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Heart of Harker: An introduction!

Heart of Harker: An introduction!

by Scott Engelhardt, Guest Writer

November 10, 2019

Hey Eagles, it’s Mr. Engelhardt or Mr. E, the new attendance coordinator! I haven’t had the chance to meet all of you yet, so I wanted to take this chance to introduce myself. I’ve loved the vibrant community here at the Upper School, and I hope that everyone feels totally comfortable coming...

Editorial: No joke has bullets as a punchline

Editorial: No joke has bullets as a punchline

November 5, 2019

A threat is never a joke.  In the downstairs Dobbins boys’ bathroom this morning, an as-yet-unidentified student graffitied two lines from a J. Cole song: “I'm counting my bullets / I'm loading my clips.” They added a third: “Don’t come to school tomorrow.”  That threat led to the f...

Editorial: Race-conscious admissions maintain diversity in college

Editorial: Race-conscious admissions maintain diversity in college

October 20, 2019

Two weeks ago, Judge Allison Burroughs ruled that Harvard University’s use of race in the college admissions process is legal and not discriminatory against Asian Americans as was alleged by the group Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) in 2014.  In short, the court upheld affirmative action, the ...

Perspectives: Conversation on Columbus Day

Perspectives: Conversation on Columbus Day

by Catherine Feng, Arya Maheshwari, and Aditya Singhvi

October 20, 2019

Day celebrates more than Columbus 1891, New Orleans, 11 Italian-Americans die in the single largest mass lynching in American history. Their killers? “The first, best, and even the most law-abiding, of the citizens,” according to the case’s grand jury.  During the wave of immigration from 1...

Kick Back with Kushal: California does right by collegiate athletes

Kick Back with Kushal: California does right by collegiate athletes

by Kushal Shah, Sports Columnist

October 16, 2019

On Sept. 30, free labor in California’s college athletics programs finally came to a close with California’s newly instituted “Fair Pay to Play Act,” also known as Senate Bill 206. Of course, while students can’t expect anything like Stephen Curry’s $37.46 million annual salary from thei...

Kick Back…to School!

Kick Back…to School!

by Kushal Shah, Sports Columnist

September 19, 2019

Anyone else excited for the new 2019-2020 school year? I definitely am! Sure, I may have a few qualms about this upcoming year, but there are certain aspects that are just undeniably thrilling. Coming into this year, I often heard whispers drifting around campus of the intense workload that would com...

Boys can dance: Insensitive comments show that toxic stereotypes live on — but shouldn’t

Boys can dance: Insensitive comments show that toxic stereotypes live on — but shouldn’t

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor

September 17, 2019

Imagine a ballet dancer. Did you summon an image of a lithe woman with a bun, clad in a tutu and pointe shoes? Or did you instead conjure a sinewed, muscular man elegantly leaping several feet in the air? Now consider these iconic men from professional sports and Hollywood: Rob Gronkowski, Herschel...

Editorial: Shift conversation to guns

Editorial: Shift conversation to guns

September 4, 2019

One month ago, a murderer fired at the Gilroy Garlic Festival killing three and injuring thirteen. More than nameless numbers, they were loved. They were family. They were us. For many of us here, going to school just an hour away, it’s a jarring wake up call. One that said, “the problem has come ...

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...

Learning balance as a junior

Learning balance as a junior

by David Feng, Guest Writer

May 23, 2019

Junior year is nothing short of a balancing act. Many students consider their third year of high school the worst and most stressful year, and they are correct to an extent. More things are being dumped onto your plate than you can possibly consume. Classes are becoming increasingly difficult. The loo...

Perspectives: Community dress standards

Perspectives: Community dress standards

by Nicole Tian and Catherine Feng

May 23, 2019

Dress choices emphasize expression While faculty and administration play a major role in deciding the community guidelines for dress, student opinion and changing styles are important factors to consider before making decisions. Clothing is a way for students to display their personality, and since the ...

Stop repeating the names of shooters

Stop repeating the names of shooters

by Sara Yen, Assistant Features Editor

April 25, 2019

One month ago, a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. In response to this tragedy, the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said to The Washington Post, “You will never hear me mention [the shooter’s] name. He is a terrorist; he is a criminal; he is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.” Ardern emphasized that a person who has committed crimes as horrible as he did does not deserve recognition for his ac...

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