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Campaigning for Canada: Candidates from different parties seek to replace Trudeau

Campaigning for Canada: Candidates from different parties seek to replace Trudeau

by Lucy Ge and Varsha Rammohan

October 18, 2019

Canada’s 43rd general election will take place on Oct. 21 in order to elect members of Parliament. Canadian Governor General Julie Payette dissolved Parliament on Sept. 11, officially marking the start of the election campaign. In the upcoming election, current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau w...

From countrysides to cityscapes: Homecoming 2019

From countrysides to cityscapes: Homecoming 2019

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

October 17, 2019

This year’s spirit rally wrapped up this year's homecoming week on Oct. 11, bringing students and faculty together in the athletics center for a series of festivities and competitive events before Oct. 12 homecoming game against St. Vincent De Paul High School. The cheer team kicked off the...

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...

Fall play “Almost, Maine” displays the trials and rewards of love

Fall play “Almost, Maine” displays the trials and rewards of love

by Catherine Feng and Alysa Suleiman

October 13, 2019

With all the explosive arguments and touching confessions that a classic love story presents, this year’s fall play, “Almost, Maine” celebrates the beauty of human relationships by displaying the tribulations and rewards love has to offer. Directed by upper school theater teacher Jeffrey Draper,...

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 ...

Students travel the world for hands-on learning

Students travel the world for hands-on learning

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

September 1, 2019

Four Harker-sponsored trips took place over the summer: students taking Japanese visited Japan, members of journalism toured London, students taking the summer ecology class traveled to Alaska and the cast and crew of Urinetown went to Edinburgh, Scotland to take part in the Fringe Festival. The ...

Tensions escalate over disputed Kashmir region

by Saurav Tewari and Michael Eng

September 1, 2019

Ever since the British partition of the Indian Subcontinent in 1947, India and Pakistan have been at odds with each other, whether in athletics or nuclear armaments. However, recently, that historic rivalry has been escalating into actual fighting on the ground.   “India and Pakistan were never meant to ex...

Kick Back with Kushal: Another unusual NBA offseason

Kick Back with Kushal: Another unusual NBA offseason

by Kushal Shah, Sports Columnist

August 30, 2019

Absent for the summer? Or a rookie NBA fan not yet able to understand the gigantuan and mind-boggling moves this past offseason? Or just absolutely missed out on the cosmic waves that were emanated from the depths of the NBA’s offseason earth-shattering blockbuster deals? No worries! Your Sportsman is h...

Mia Purnell coaches students through the race that is life

Mia Purnell coaches students through the race that is life

by Muthu Panchanatham, Sports Reporter

August 30, 2019

Newly appointed cross country and track head coach Mia Purnell stands proudly beside her bicycle, wearing a bright green Harker Athletics polo and a wide smile on her face, watching her student-athletes run around the track at the Blackford Campus.  As a child, Mia Purnell “wanted to race everyone.” From raci...

Loren Powers uses football as a mantra to life

Loren Powers uses football as a mantra to life

by Vishnu Kannan, Sports Editor

August 30, 2019

Sitting in a swivel chair in his office in the Harker weight room, new Harker football head coach Loren Powers fondly recalls watching the 49ers as a child and being captivated by “the glitz and glam of the 49ers’ red and gold.” Powers said that watching greatness in motion through the likes of ...

Harker awarded CalHi D4 School of the Year

Harker awarded CalHi D4 School of the Year

by Aditya Singhvi, Aquila Co-Sports Editor

August 30, 2019

The Harker School was awarded the CalHiSports.com Division 4 school of the year award for the Eagles’ overall athletic performance over several sports last year, including boys volleyball, swimming and girls golf.  The honor, presented to schools that perform remarkably in several sports, is the...

New year, new sleep: understanding sleep cycles in the transition back into school mode

New year, new sleep: understanding sleep cycles in the transition back into school mode

by Arya Maheshwari and Erica Cai

August 30, 2019

Drowsy eyes and long yawns make numerous appearances at the upper school everyday, often with increased frequency around the time of final exams or capstone projects. But in these opening days of the school year, which lack most of the standard suspects for sleepless nights, the pronounced yawns and drowsi...

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