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Attending to Absence

Attending to Absence

by Nicole Tian, Winged Post Co-Lifestyle Editor

September 9, 2019

About 20 minutes into third period, Attendance Coordinator Susan Prutton has just begun to keep track of the 794 students at the upper school. With her eyes fixed on the monitor screen, she picks up the phone, starting with “Hey, can you take attendance for me?” and ending with a smile, “Th...

Gen Z Rises: Mass shootings push students to stand up and speak out

The recent shootings in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton have inspired students and teenagers to take a stance against guns.

by Alysa Suleiman and Varsha Rammohan

August 28, 2019

Fifteen-year-old Adrian Palomares flees from yet another result of America’s growing gun problem: the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting, which left three dead and 13 injured on July 28. Six days later, a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, was the next victim of gun violence. Less than 24 hours ...

The Jazz Factor shares their love of music

William Rainow (12) plays the bass. He joined the Jazz Factor last year.

by Nicole Tian and Eric Fang

August 28, 2019

Trills of assorted jazz music float through the pavement in front of the Glass House as six musicians tap their feet along to the rhythm. Before their performance at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Jazz Factor, a band made up of several students from the Bay Area, started a little over two years ago as ...

Flame of liberty: How Hong Kong’s riots burned through the city’s economy

An extradition bill proposed by the Hong Kong government has led to a series of demonstrations and protests against it.

by Nina Gee and Emily Tan

August 28, 2019

It started off peaceful: hundreds of thousands of people marching the streets of Hong Kong, fighting for their right to a due democratic process and for the identity of a nation.  And then, suddenly, it took a turn for the worst. Spirits clashed, fires flew, the streets filled with tear gas and rubb...

Finding the rainbow: Pride in London hosts first Pride 10K, empowering LGBTQ+ community

Finding the rainbow: Pride in London hosts first Pride 10K, empowering LGBTQ+ community

by Nina Gee, Co-Design Editor

June 23, 2019

London-based volunteer organization Pride in London held the very first Pride Run 10K on June 9. The half-marathon, which was set up with help from The Race Organizer, another London-based organization that sets up non profit runs for charities all over London, was fundraising for the annual London pride par...

Humans of London: Life along the riverfront

The Thames Riverfront in London.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Co-Sports Editor

June 18, 2019

Strolling along the River Thames, between the London Bridge and Tower Bridge, one can see people of all backgrounds enjoying their time in this area. Ranging from workers to tourists, these are four of the hundreds of humans who pass by the riverfront every day and a glimpse into their lives. ...

The liberal conservative: In conversation with London Assembly Member Andrew Boff

London City Hall is the headquarters for the mayor, Sadiq Khan, and the city’s 25 assembly members, who represent the Greater London Authority (GLA). The building was principally designed by Norman Foster and is located on the River Thames in the London borough of Southwark.

by Eric Fang and Anthony Xu

June 18, 2019

Upon meeting London Assembly Member Andrew Boff, he welcomed us into his office and invited us to pour ourselves water from a pitcher on a low glass table. We sat around this table on black leather couches as Boff spoke about his role as an assembly member since being elected in 2008. His office would not strike anyone as out of the ordinary...

Colors of London: A look into the London’s variety of markets

A Londoner motions to cross to the other sidewalk as a cherry red double decker rushes down the busy street.

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter

June 18, 2019

Upon entering any market found on London’s cobbled streets, the wide spectrum of colors, scents of grilling food and spices and the sounds of busy market-goers immediately hits one’s senses. Although each are unique, what pulls the young parents with toddlers as well as the usual older customers...

Voice your opinion: Brexit protestors continue fight over EU

Two people with signs against with messages against Brexit, shout at a member of parliament walking out the The Palace of Westminster. Theresa May, the Prime Minister of Britain, lost in the House of Commons on January 15, 2019, over her deal to leave the European Union.

by Carter Chadwick, Humans of Harker Videographer and Photographer

June 18, 2019

A small group of protesters shout at passersby and members of the British Parliament who exit The Palace of Westminster after a session on June 11. The Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May made a deal with the European Union on Nov. 25, 2018. This deal included the fine that Britain had to pay the...

Step into history: Sir John Soane’s Museum lends insight into life in the early 19th century

An astronomical clock sits on the right windowsill the house’s living room. It has the ability to tell the time and date and show the location of the planets in the solar system. Because photos were not permitted in the Sir John Soanes Museum, students were invited to sketch the various features of the house.

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor

June 18, 2019

As our group of journalism students approached the faded brick townhouse, a middle-aged man with graying hair and a warm, smiling eyes greeted us. We were given plastic bags for our smaller belongings and placed our larger bags in the cloakroom. Upon entering the building, the worn maroon carpet compressed...

Moments of London: A walk through my memories

The metal fossil of a dinosaur lined in rainbow flags stands outside a biology complex at Cambridge University. The university, the second oldest in England, is composed of 31 colleges, each containing 100 departments.

by Nicole Tian

June 18, 2019

Paddington Station After an unknown descent into the London Underground, I am met with streams of tourists converging like the river delta gathers at its mouth, all flowing out to unknown routes. I lug my suitcase through an unfamiliar labyrinth of staircases and finally stumble onto a train towards...

Memorial to be held for alumnus Sandip Nirmel, remembered as a president, teammate and friend

Former ASB president Sandip Nirmel ('17) makes a speech at matriculation in 2016. The Harvard Crimson reported Friday that Sandip, who was a sophomore at Harvard University, died of

by Eric Fang and Gloria Zhang

June 17, 2019

Everyone who attended Harker at the same time as Sandip Nirmel (’17) knew who he was. From giving a speech at the class of 2020’s matriculation to running school meetings, Sandip led the student body with a characteristic smile and a baritone announcer’s voice. However, people’s fondest memories of Sand...

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