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What does home mean?

What does home mean?

by Gloria Zhang, Aquila Asst. Features Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion

“Kia Ora,” he said, as he flipped to the photo page of my black passport, the silver ferns lining the edges reflecting the ceiling light. “Excuse me?” my mind was focused on the accumulating airport security line, struggling to process the simple words. “You’re from New Zealand, right?...

Media Matters: Comedic tragedies should avoid the token inclusion of social issues

Media Matters: Comedic tragedies should avoid the token inclusion of social issues

by Adrian Chu, Columnist

January 15, 2018


Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Martin McDonagh’s black comedy, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” is about revenge, but in its 1 hour and 55 minutes runtime, the movie also covers no less than rape, racism in the criminal justice system, the futility of changing offensive vocabulary, homophobia, divorce, police bru...

Silicon Valley’s pseudoscientific guilty pleasures

Silicon Valley’s pseudoscientific guilty pleasures

by Derek Yen, Winged Post Opinion Editor

January 12, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion, Showcase

A piece recently published by the New York Times describes a new trend of “raw water,” or water that has not been filtered, sterilized, or at all treated since being sourced from springs. Proponents of raw water claim that it is beneficial to health, and that tapwater and bottled water are eith...

Magical myths: innocuous or inimical?

Magical myths: innocuous or inimical?

by Aditya Singhvi, Reporter

December 13, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion

As the holiday season draws near, so do all of the festivities associated with it. The smell of brownies baking permeates the air, holiday music firmly lodges itself in ears everywhere and grotesque sweaters are suddenly socially acceptable garments. And whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it is impossi...

Dialectic: Gun Control

Dialectic: Gun Control

by Jin Tuan and Aditya Singhvi

November 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

The topic of gun control has reentered the public arena with increased freshness int he wake of mass shootings at Las Vegas and in Texas. What steps should be taken to prevent deaths and injury from gun-related violence? Winged Post: After the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX, Sarah Huckabe...

(Occasionally) “taking the L”: A cost-benefit analysis of senior fall

(Occasionally) “taking the L”: A cost-benefit analysis of senior fall

by Sahana Srinivasan, Winged Post Editor-in-chief

November 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

Cost-benefit analysis: It’s one of the most fundamental concepts of economics, something 100 of our upperclassmen learn every September and then again three days before their May exams. For those of you not familiar with economics, it boils down to this: is what you put into something worth what y...

Heart of Harker: The other side of the interview

Heart of Harker: The other side of the interview

by Melissa Kwan, Guest Writer

November 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

Every spring, the journalism program undergoes a “leadership transition.” The underclassmen applying for positions curate their best work, interview with Ms. Austin and wait for the fateful decision email to appear in their inboxes. It’s comparable to the casting of a play, both in drama and in...

Blindly donating to relief organizations may not benefit target populations

Blindly donating to relief organizations may not benefit target populations

by Nicole Chen, Features Editor

November 19, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion

In light of recent global natural disasters like the northern California wildfires and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, awareness of how resources are being utilized and organization-to-public transparency is key. Historically, relief organizations have played a significant role in bettering the l...

Meetings should incorporate more student input

Meetings should incorporate more student input

by Editorial

November 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Winged Post

There recently were two notable schoolwide assemblies: one on gender, in which marriage and family counselor Maureen Johnston gave an introduction to topics in gender, and another, the honor council town hall, which aimed to enable discussion of honor through small groups led by student moderators. T...

Media Matters: Hollywood’s culture shift on sexual misconduct should focus on prevention

Media Matters: Hollywood’s culture shift on sexual misconduct should focus on prevention

by Adrian Chu, Columnist

November 14, 2017


Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

2016 was the year where many beloved movie celebrities died. 2017 is beginning to look like the year where celebrities are dead to me. First came the Harvey Weinstein allegations in early October, news that did not surprise many. Often the butt of public jabs on TV shows, Weinstein's less than stellar...

Gun control after Las Vegas: Our government’s actions speak far louder than words

Gun control after Las Vegas: Our government’s actions speak far louder than words

by Staff Editorial

November 6, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion, Showcase

One month ago, on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas, a gunman opened fire out an outdoor concert, wounding 527 and killing 58, using a semi-automatic weapon with a bump fire stock accessory that allowed him to fire at the rate of a fully automatic weapon. In response to mass shootings, thoughts and prayers are...

Some things last forever

Some things last forever

by Saloni Shah, Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion, Showcase

My family celebrates the Indian Rakhi festival every year. On this day, I tie a sacred thread on my brother’s wrist, celebrating the eternal emotional bond between a brother and sister, though I follow the ritual primarily to receive gifts from my brother. Although being a younger sister has its...

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