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UCs must go test-blind, Alameda judge rules

SAT and ACT prep books lie on a shelf. A judge in Alameda County ruled that the University of California must immediately cease considering SAT and ACT scores in admissions and scholarship decisions.

by Arushi Saxena and Aditya Singhvi

September 4, 2020

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled in a preliminary injunction on Sept. 1 that the University of California system must immediately bar all use of SAT and ACT test scores for scholarship and admissions decisions.  “The current Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in restrictions on the availabi...

Senior spring online: making the most out of virtual college visits

Boston University is one of several colleges offering extensive online resources for prospective and admitted students.  These involve interactive video chats through Zoom or other platforms that involve Q&A sessions.

by Gloria Zhang, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2020

Congratulations! *Cue the confetti* After months of waiting for “an update to your application status”, seniors, we finally reached the moment to embark on our college adventure. Yet, instead of spending our spring break with air travel or road trips on the way to admit weekends, we have inst...

Colleges cancel classes and international travel to minimize risk of coronavirus

Columbia University last February. Columbia is one of several schools that has decided to cancel its admissions events as a part of new procedures that have emerged after the ongoing spread of the coronavirus.

by Varsha Rammohan, Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

As more information is released about the closure of universities and colleges around the United States, this article will be updated with the latest news. Check Harker Aquila for continuous coverage. This article was last updated on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. As the United States sees more cases of...

Students attend LIFE assemblies, meet with Eagle Buddies

Stephen Hughes ('12), Nick Nguyen ('15), Sheridan Tobin ('15) and Raghav Jain ('16) talk about their college lifestyles during a LIFE meeting for the seniors last Wednesday. The discussion was moderated by seniors Radhika Jain and Adhya Hoskote.

by Saahil Thoppay, Reporter

November 19, 2019

 Freshmen, sophomore and seniors attended LIFE assemblies on Wednesday while the juniors went to the Bucknall campus for Eagle Buddies.  The freshman assembly in Nichols Auditorium was a presentation hosted by Colleen T. Lee, an attorney for Skadden and Harker alumni, about the possibly incrimin...

Up close and personal: On the sidelines of a college football game

Harvard running back DeMarkes Stradford makes a move before carrying the ball past blockers on the line of scrimmage.

by Muthu Panchanatham, Sports Reporter

November 19, 2019

As my brother, my cousin and I walked through the tall black gates protecting Princeton University’s stadium, an eruption of wild cheering emerged, signaling a Princeton first down. A sea of orange filled the stands, rising up in appreciation of the new set of downs. The 6-0 Princeton was battling ...

Judge rules in favor of Harvard in affirmative action battle

In the verdict of a lawsuit claiming that Harvard University discriminates against Asian American applicants, the judge in the trial ruled on Oct. 1 in favor of Harvard’s admissions practices and defended the use of race-conscious admissions in ensuring diversity on college campuses.

by Eric Fang and Sara Yen

October 21, 2019

In the midst of college application season, the results of a lawsuit claiming that Harvard University discriminates against Asian American applicants have sparked conversation among upper school students, a majority of whom are Asian American. The judge in the trial, Allison Burroughs, ruled on Oct. 1 in fa...

Editorial: Race-conscious admissions maintain diversity in college

Editorial: Race-conscious admissions maintain diversity in college

by Editorial Board

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 ...

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...

College here I come!

This College Starter Pack lists items seniors might want for college. In this article, alumni offer advice to the seniors about what they wish they knew before coming to college.

by Erica Cai, Esha Gohil, Saloni Shah, and Alysa Suleiman

May 23, 2019

In just a few months, a quarter of the Harker Upper School population will be heading off to college, into the great beyond. To prepare our beloved seniors for the next stage of their journeys, seasoned alumni shared some words of wisdom that might enrich soon-to-be freshmen’s college experience. Advice #1...

Seniors and juniors celebrate close of school year with annual Baccalaureate ceremony

Juniors Simar Bajaj and Jai Bahri read the program, waiting for the ceremony to begin. At Baccalaureate, the school welcomes the rising seniors to be the future leaders on campus next year.

by Erica Cai and Anna Vazhaeparambil

May 23, 2019

Students of the class of 2019 and 2020 gathered in the quad with parents and faculty on yesterday for the annual Baccalaureate ceremony, an event where the current senior class passes down their responsibility as leaders of the school to the junior class. “I think it is important to symbolically...

Heart of Harker: Lessons in stress and pressure

Heart of Harker: Lessons in stress and pressure

by Joanna Lin, Alumna Guest Writer

April 25, 2019

You’ll never get there. Right now, all that matters is college. Once you get in (and you WILL get in), it’s internships, grad school, med school. And afterwards, your own lab, your own practice, your own Silicon Valley startup. And suddenly you’ll find yourself signing your kids up for Suzuki violin ...

Editorial: Scandal reveals flaws in admissions process

Editorial: Scandal reveals flaws in admissions process

April 25, 2019

Last month, federal prosecutors charged over fifty people for their involvement in a college admissions scandal in which, among other illegal practices, parents of college applicants allegedly paid large sums of money to falsify standardized test results or have their children recruited for sports t...

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