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How to practice self-care

Fill your head with words, not worries. Reading is a useful tool when you're looking to take your mind off, well, anything–whether it's a text left on

by Prameela Kottapalli, Winged Post Features Editor

April 12, 2018

It’s come to that point in the semester. The days are longer, the nights are shorter, and school feels harder. Freshman year finally starts to feel like high school. Sophomore year, for many, brings the foreboding promise of the first round of AP exams. Junior year is, well, junior year. Evening skie...

Heart of Harker: What It Means To Be Conservative

In this repeating guest column, we encourage all student writers from around the community to share their memorable experiences while at the Upper School.

by Raymond Banke, Guest Writer

April 1, 2018

Imagine a tightrope, high above the ground. On one end, a donkey is biting the rope, occasionally yanking it an inch back. Across from the donkey rests an elephant, its trunk wrapped furiously around the line between death and safety. Treading this narrow rope is a creature unknown to many: the porcupine....

Facebook breach underscores our own lax privacy standards

Facebook breach underscores our own lax privacy standards

by Editorial

April 1, 2018

Facebook users across the world were shocked to learn that private data about them may have been collected—through a breach of Facebook’s policies—by a political marketing firm. In 2013, Russian-American academic Alexsandr Kogan created a personality quiz app to collect data that he claimed w...

The ethics of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests

The ethics of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests

by Gloria Zhang, Asst. Features Editor

April 1, 2018

The world turned upside down when a new era of polarization stumbled through not the doors of the White House, not the doors of American citizens, but the doors of the world. When will this back and forth quarrel be over? When will we pause to think of the people? On Oct. 5, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed...

Editor’s Note: letting go of mottos and prioritizing myself

by Kaitlin Hsu, Editor-in-chief

April 1, 2018

“Five minutes early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.” “Positive mental attitude.” “Everything happens for a reason.” “Everything does not happen for a reason.” “Failure is the path to success.” “Fake it until you make it.” Harker (and Sil...

Dialectic: Technology and Modernity

Dialectic: Technology and Modernity

by Vivian Jin and Zoe Sanders

April 1, 2018

In our recurring Dialectics, two authors with contrasting viewpoints discuss an issue of prominence in the local or broader community. We hope to use these multiple view stop provoke deeper thought among the student body and help readers explore new perspectives. Throughout human history, technological...

Media Matters: Misconceptions of Beauty

Princess Jasmine intensely stares down the camera, revealing her pouted lips, seductive eyes, and stressed hourglass body. This depiction is an actual scene in the movie “Aladdin.”

by Farah Hosseini, Reporter

March 29, 2018

Seven years ago, my father asked me why I favored a certain contestant after watching the season finale of “American Idol”.  I responded that I liked her blonde locks and perfectly shaped body, but as I finished my sentence, my father looked into my eyes and taught me a truth that I still live by...

Dialectic: AP Tests

Though the College Board devised the AP in the hopes of providing college-level curricula to high schoolers, many teachers and students are skeptical that they achieve this end. How does the AP hold up under scrutiny?

by Nicole Chen and Karina Chen

March 8, 2018

Winged Post: At Harker, many students choose to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Are AP classes really college-level courses? Karina: Yes, they should be considered college-level courses. For instance, credits students have achieved from taking College Board AP examinations can be used to...

P.E. credits insufficiently credited for camaraderie

P.E. credits insufficiently credited for camaraderie

by Arya Maheshwari, Reporter

March 8, 2018

Given the right outlook, the P.E. requirement can become something so much more than a box that is grudgingly checked off, as is the case with most obligations. Squeezing out 10 service hours with reluctance, to have one less thing to do or one more thing on a resumé, is definitely possible. Similar...

Institutionalized doping in sports obliges cultural reform

Institutionalized doping in sports obliges cultural reform

by Saloni Shah, Reporter

March 8, 2018

A flood of grey and white dominated the floor as 169 athletes maneuvered through the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, following behind the Olympic flag instead of proudly displaying their native Russian flag. Watching the Russian athletes compete under the banner “OAR” (Oly...

Gamer aggression: the hate speech growing behind screens

A screen for reporting aggressive chats is displayed. Gamer aggression is a significant problem in the gaming community.

by Arya Maheshwari, Reporter

March 8, 2018

“Hey you, support, I said I needed healing. Do you maybe want to do your job and support me? Hey, is there actually something wrong with you, you piece of–” At that point, after trying to explain that I was doing my best to help the team, I dropped my headset onto the desk, knowing the toxi...

Media Matters: Queer representation by the numbers

Media Matters: Queer representation by the numbers

by Nina Gee, Reporter

March 8, 2018

Moonlight surpassed seemingly insurmountable bounds with it’s heartbreakingly honest narrative, becoming the first LGBT film to win the Best Picture Award. However, even after its memorable win at last year’s Oscars, there doesn’t seem to be a noticeable change in the way that Hollywood treats L...

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