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Pulse of the People: Biden-Harris and the promise for change

President-elect Joseph R. Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris’ win on Nov. 7 brought about the possibility of increased representation for marginalized communities. The last four years have exacerbated discrimination and underrerpesentation for groups such as Latinx, Black and LGBTQ+ communities, but Biden’s administration signals potential changes for the better.
November 16, 2020

On Election Night, Jeannette Fernandez, a Latina and upper school math teacher, recalls sitting in her living room, watching with bated breath alongside millions of other Americans as the nation collectively...

Election 2020: Live coverage

After months of campaign stops, policy proposals and debates, Election Day is finally upon us. Harker Aquila is launching our Election Day coverage on Nov. 3 with regular live updates and community reactions starting at 4:30 p.m. as polls begin closing on the East Coast and results start coming in. Check in with this package to stay informed tonight as incumbent President Donald Trump battles former Vice President Joe Biden in this historic presidential election.
November 3, 2020

Keep reloading to see live updates.  Current electoral vote count: Biden 306-232 Wednesday, Nov. 11 7:45 a.m. Alaska (three electoral votes) has been called for Trump, who won 56.9% of the votes...

Politics over dinner

Speak with the goal of making your voice heard, not with the goal of changing someone’s opinions. Speak with the facts at the forefront, not emotions. Speak with a clear message and listen with an open mind.
November 2, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, a racial justice movement and a historical presidential election, young people across the nation are experiencing a political awakening. Those eligible for voting cast their...

Pulse of the People: Local restaurant adapts to pandemic

Hand sanitizer and COVID-19 guidelines at The Table in San Jose. “I thought that people would be really excited to come and eat here, but even from the get-go you still have people that were going to be unhappy. Unfortunately, sometimes it is taken out on people like essential workers,” manager Alisha Lorenz said. 
Staff at "The Table" in Willow Glen work through financial strain, stress and restrictive protocol
November 1, 2020

Across the Bay Area, restaurants that previously boasted boisterous crowds of energetic parties conversing over delicious food now stand empty, spare the few individuals dining at the spaced-out tables...

Editorial: Ousting Trump is the only choice

Editorial: Ousting Trump is the only choice
Biden may not be perfect, but he’s the better candidate
October 29, 2020

Over 221,000 Americans dead from coronavirus. The killing of unarmed Black men and women prompting protests across the nation. Unemployment shooting up to 14.7% in April. Leaders are defined by their...

The rise of K-pop: crossing over to the Western market

In the next few years, K-pop’s popularity can be expected to attain even greater heights worldwide: wider recognition of the K-pop industry and more meaningful interactions between both Western and Korean artists will follow.
October 28, 2020

BTS and Nicki Minaj. Blackpink and Cardi B. These artists hail from opposite sides of the world, yet their names stand right next to each other under the titles of a recent series of crossovers between...

Redefining honor amidst uncertainty

Junior Carter Chadwick works on math homework after school as upper school students continue to take classes from home. “You get out what you put in. So if you just use other people’s work, what’s the point of it? Why even take the class or go to school? That’s how I feel about cheating in general,” Carter said.
Honor Week sparks conversations over integrity during remote learning
October 27, 2020

Greek philosopher Aristotle argued in his book Nicomachean Ethics that only voluntary actions, or the actual practice of virtue, could create a virtuous person. For Roman philosopher and statesman Marcus...

Let’s (sc)roll: Roller skating community finds new members during quarantine

Clicking #rollerskating on any social media platform is sure to conjure lively videos of agile roller skaters navigating the concrete mazes of skate parks, ebullient dancers jamming out on their wheels and the hiss of toe stops with “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac playing in the background. Many have fallen for the dreamy aesthetic of quad skating depicted online, myself included.
October 12, 2020

Clicking #rollerskating on any social media platform is sure to conjure lively videos of agile roller skaters navigating the concrete mazes of skate parks, ebullient dancers jamming out on their wheels...

Captain’s court: Seniors reflect on postponed athletic seasons

Captain's court: Seniors reflect on postponed athletic seasons
October 6, 2020

The CIF announced in a press release in July that high school sports for this school year will only start in December of 2020 or January of 2021. The three usual high school sports seasons — fall, winter,...

A champion for the underdog

Though Justice Ginsburg’s entire legal legacy rested on both successes and setbacks, her very presence reached the hearts of those far beyond the Supreme Court doors. Even after her passing, her legacy as a woman and societal issues champion will continue for generations to come.
RBG leaves behind a powerful legacy for America
September 29, 2020

Amidst a sea of black robes traditionally tailored to reveal a man’s shirt and tie, a colorful feminine collar twinkled in the courtroom, the clasp sitting beneath a pragmatic, pulled-back bun. They...

Editorial: Gen Z defines itself through adversity

What do we look like through our own eyes? We have been endlessly defined by a time range, compared with analyses of older generations and their defining moments: wars, disasters, crises. But what about by ourselves?
September 29, 2020

Completely reliant on technology. The “snowflake” generation. A lack of focus. A short attention span. Such common stereotypes may pervade characterizations of Generation Z, but the reality extends...

COVID-19: A data dive

A data-driven dive into the effects COVID-19 has had locally, nationally, and globally.
September 16, 2020

259 days. That’s how long it’s been since the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that a novel coronavirus caused a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China. And since then, the staggering numbers...

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