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Modern renovations in store for Notre Dame de Paris

Modern renovations in store for Notre Dame de Paris

by Gloria Zhu, Reporter

May 29, 2019

A little over one month ago, a fire struck Paris’s famed Notre Dame cathedral, damaging the central spire of the church and most of its now-collapsed wooden roof, along with endangering several valuable relics within the building. Immediately, the world swept itself into an uproar, with social ...

Humans of Harker: Staying upbeat

Humans of Harker: Staying upbeat

by Mark Hu, Reporter

May 29, 2019

Whether he’s on the field playing volleyball during lunch or talking with friends, Keval Shah ('19) can be seen having fun while still managing his work. When he has free time in his AP English Literature class, his face lights up as he plays code games with his classmates, and he makes his classmates...

Humans of Harker: The harmony of STEM and arts

Humans of Harker: The harmony of STEM and arts

by Arely Sun, Reporter

May 28, 2019

Standing on the dark stage, Shreya Dasari ('19) sways to the lyrical melody of her violin. Although her feet are firmly planted on the ground, she appears to be floating on each note. The music seems to be her voice, almost as though she were singing through the instrument. Ever since first grade,...

Humans of Harker: Process over product

Humans of Harker: Process over product

by Heidi Zhang, TALON Editor-In-Chief

May 28, 2019

Under the Shah staircase, Elizabeth Yang ('19) slowly and meticulously places sticky note after sticky note on the white walls underneath the Shah staircase. As the hours tick by, perfectly aligned columns of green, blue, purple and pink squares decorate the once-blank interior, creating an artistic...

Julian Assange’s alleged attempt at hacking deviates from ethical journalistic practice, even if done for the greater good

Julian Assange’s alleged attempt at hacking deviates from ethical journalistic practice, even if done for the greater good

by Eric Fang, News Editor

May 28, 2019

As Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder and Australian journalist, ​continues to face potential extradition to the United States, debates rage on over what justice Assange deserves. Recently, numerous thinkpieces, as well as celebrities and politicians like Pamela Anderson and Tulsi Gabbard, have weighed in on the charges against him. As a student reporter, I am particularly interested in the implications Assange’s case holds for the fu...

Keeping up with the Kuehn Klass: Behind the scenes of an after school dance classes

Keeping up with the Kuehn Klass: Behind the scenes of an after school dance classes

by Alysa Su, Reporter

May 27, 2019

Ambient white blocks of fluorescent lights line the angled ceiling, reflecting in the wall-length mirror of the dance room. Spread across the polished wooden floor in two straight rows, dancers in the Tuesday 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm. “stretch, leaps and turns” class sit in a straddled stretching position...

Behind the scenes of AP testing

Behind the scenes of AP testing

by Nicole Tian and Irene Yuan

May 26, 2019

During the first two weeks of May, the doors of the auxiliary gym and Nichols are lined with backpacks starting from 8 a.m. and stretching long into the afternoon. However, members of scheduling begin planning for the APs long before the atmosphere surrounding them sets in. Scheduling for these exams...

Measles Outbreak: What You Need to Know

Measles Outbreak: What You Need to Know

by Lucy Ge, Reporter

May 26, 2019

The first version of the measles vaccine was developed over half a century ago by John Enders who, in 1963, successfully created the vaccine out of a specific strain of measles. Measles was reported eliminated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2000. Yet with upward...

Alumnus Sandip Nirmel dies of “extended illness,” the Crimson reports

Alumnus Sandip Nirmel dies of “extended illness,” the Crimson reports

by Gloria Zhang and Eric Fang

May 26, 2019

The Harvard Crimson reported Friday that alumni Sandip Nirmel (’17, Harvard ’21) died on Thursday after “an extended illness,” according to an email sent by Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana to students Friday morning. Sandip was involved in the Harker upper school student council all four ye...

British PM Theresa May steps down, leaving fate of Brexit uncertain

British PM Theresa May steps down, leaving fate of Brexit uncertain

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

May 25, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation as leader on Friday, citing her failure to deliver Brexit. Standing outside of No. 10 Downing Street in London, May announced that she will resign on June 7, allowing the Conservative Party to choose a new leader who will resume her position...

Narendra Modi clinches win in Indian elections

Narendra Modi clinches win in Indian elections

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

May 25, 2019

Indian Prime Minister achieved a landslide victory in the country's general elections on May 23, gaining 63.6% of the vote according to a Nielsen poll. Dedicating his victory to the Indian people, Modi earned himself a second term in office, leading the Bharatiya Janata Party to a victory. Following...

Humans of Harker: Artistic apotheosis

Humans of Harker: Artistic apotheosis

by Jessie Wang, Reporter

May 24, 2019

Taylor Vaughan ('19) leans over a plaster-caked table in the sculpture room, gliding an exacto-knife over red sheet paper laid atop her graduation cap. With precise movements, she traces out detailed designs. For Taylor, art offers her a break from academic classes, and gives her a chance to use a...

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