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Over 250 students step out of class in climate strike

Over 250 students step out of class in climate strike

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

March 16, 2019


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Over 250 students participated in a 15-minute walkout organized by Green Team on Friday in solidarity with the Youth Climate Strike. The Youth Climate Strike was participated in by students from around 112 countries according to the website of the organizers of the strike. It was originally orga...

Justice Department indicts fifty people in nationwide college admissions bribery scandal

Justice Department indicts fifty people in nationwide college admissions bribery scandal

by Kathy Fang, Nicole Chen, and Arushi Saxena

March 13, 2019


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The Justice Department indicted fifty people yesterday for involvement in a nationwide conspiracy to commit fraud in order to secure spots at elite universities as recruited athletes and to falsify college entrance test exam scores, according to documents released Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office...

Power outages shake up lights, PCR, server

Power outages shake up lights, PCR, server

by Arushi Saxena and Kathy Fang

March 5, 2019


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School servers, portals, phones and email system crashed over the weekend due to a power outage that struck the upper school campus, following two days of intermittent outages. According to current reports, all Harker systems have come back online. In an email to parents on March 2, Head of School...

“For the People:” Kamala Harris to run for president in 2020

“For the People:” Kamala Harris to run for president in 2020

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

January 28, 2019


Filed under Editor's Pick, News, Online Exclusive, Showcase

Sen. Kamala Harris (D.-Calif.) announced her bid for the 2020 presidential election this afternoon at a launch rally in the Frank Ogawa Plaza of her hometown, Oakland. Standing at a podium beneath the towering city hall, Harris addressed a large crowd of people waving yellow and blue “Kamala Harris...

Longest government shutdown in history ends as Trump reaches temporary deal

Longest government shutdown in history ends as Trump reaches temporary deal

by Kathy Fang and Arushi Saxena

January 26, 2019


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Thirty-five days into the longest government shutdown in history, President Donald Trump reached a deal to reopen the federal government until Feb. 15. The deal came amidst tensions between Republicans and Democrats over funding for Trump’s proposed southwest border wall, which would require billions...

Third year of Women’s March protests takes up variety of current issues

Third year of Women’s March protests takes up variety of current issues

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

January 21, 2019


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As comedian Mona Shaikh ascended the dias and took hold of the microphone before a crowd of marchers and protest signs gathered in San Francisco’s Civic Center, a surge of cheers and shouts rang across the plaza. “This guy being the President, it’s like there’s a horse loose in a hospital,”...

Annual winter concert unites Lab Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra

Annual winter concert unites Lab Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra

by Ryan Guan, Executive News Editor

January 20, 2019


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The upper school’s Lab Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra, directed by music teachers Naoki Taniguchi and Dr. Dave Hart, performed their annual Winter Concert in the Patil Theater on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Lab Band performed "What Do You Say, Dr. J?" by James Williams, "Zigaboogaloo" by Nicholas Payto...

A 125th year in review

A 125th year in review

by Zachary Hoffman, TALON Reporter

January 20, 2019


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A lot happened in 2018 at the Harker Upper School. Harker welcomed its 125 anniversary in 2018. With that came the opening of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center. The Student Directed Showcase, with its senior directors Haley Keller (‘18), Sameep Mangat (‘18), Anika Banga (‘18) and Jessica Skinner (‘18), and the annual Dance Production, with its theme “Viva La...

Student-Directed Showcase presents comedies, dramas under seniors’ direction

Student-Directed Showcase presents comedies, dramas under seniors’ direction

by Jessie Wang, Reporter

January 16, 2019


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This year’s four Student-Directed Showcase (SDS) shows, directed by seniors Dilara Ezer, Emmy Huchley, Ellie Lang-Ree, and Neha Premkumar, were performed last Friday and Saturday in the Patil Theater. SDS is an annual project of the upper school's Conservatory program, giving four seniors the chance...

San Jose City Council approves loan plan for federal airport employees working without pay

San Jose City Council approves loan plan for federal airport employees working without pay

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

January 15, 2019


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San Jose City Council officials have called a special meeting scheduled for tomorrow to address a potential loan plan for airport federal employees at the Norman Y. Mineta International Airport who are currently working without pay as a result of the ongoing government shutdown. The council meeting, which will begin at 2 p.m. tomorrow, will address action plans to provide aid for local federal airport...

Seniors named Regeneron scholars

Seniors named Regeneron scholars

by Ryan Guan, Executive News Editor

January 11, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusive, Showcase, STEM

Seven seniors — Ayush Alag, Cameron Jones, Natasha Maniar, Ruhi Sayana, Katherine Tian, Cindy Wang and Richard Wang — were named Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars on Wednesday. The science research competition selected 300 high school seniors in total from 1,964 entrants, awarding $2,000...

American Party System, Take Six

American Party System, Take Six

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

January 6, 2019


Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion, Showcase

Nov. 6, 2018—the fated, long anticipated Election Day—came and passed in a flurry of red and blue. Voters around the country trickled into the polls to register and cast their ballots, newspapers and broadcasts ran nonstop programs and the nation held its breath in anticipation of the final results:...

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