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Adjusting to America: an inside look

CORRECTION: Ashkan Shamaei has been misquoted in the sentence “school teachers are allowed to hit students if they do something wrong.” He would like to clarify: “I never said teachers are allowed to hit people. I said some teachers hit students.” [Originally published January 19, 2014] Although all University High School (UHS) students are surrounded by American cultural influences, many are...

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Pigment of your imagination: What do colors really say about you?

When your friend is down, you may say he is feeling a little blue. When you receive an A on a test, you may say your classmate is green with envy.We associate colors with emotions and character traits.Though nobody can define their character with just a few adjectives, how closely do their favorite colors match...

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The beginning of holiday traditions

The holiday season brings many traditions with it, but where do these traditions come from? While some of them have religious roots, others began with little religious connection. 1. Christmas Trees Even before Christmas was established, evergreens were regarded as something special during the winter months. Evergreens were thought to be able to keep away...

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Classes at community college campuses

A majority of colleges and universities in the United States offer dual enrollment for high school students who want to take college courses while they are still in high school. These courses can be used to get ahead and complete some college courses or to substitute required high school classes for college classes that are more appealing...

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New creative director at Louis Vuitton

The luxury brand Louis Vuitton has recently appointed a new creative director. In the fashion world, a creative director is the highest creative position in the fashion house. Their main role is to establish what designs should be created, what will appeal to the target audience and how the concepts will be reflected in the collaboration. Louis Vuitton has picked...

Synesthesia: a mixing of senses
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Synesthesia: a mixing of senses

If you think Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” is spiky, 4 is purple or November has a nasty temper, you might have synesthesia. Synesthesia is a psychological phenomenon where a person’s senses are linked, so sensing one thing triggers another. One of the most common types of synesthesia is grapheme → color, where letters, numbers, and words...

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UHS participates in district-wide Hunger Games Food Drive

The Hunger Games Food Drive, which goes from December 2 to December 13, is a fundraising competition between not only the fifth period homerooms but also between the four high schools in the Irvine Unified School District. Last year, University High School won first in the district for collecting the highest number of cans. Cans can...

Holiday date ideas on a budget
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Holiday date ideas on a budget

As the exciting holiday season is approaching, and you are spending tons of money on gifts, your wallet is probably starting to get a little tight. When you are spending all of your cash on friends and family, it is hard to find affordable date options and activities to do as a couple. However, there...

Annual Toy Drive is Underway
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Annual Toy Drive is Underway

University High School has started its annual toy drive for the winter holidays. Holiday Helpers Toy Drive was founded in 1996 originally  to help a family who had lost their home, days before Christmas. Holiday Helpers Toy Drive has since expanded its program to help other families and now provides many with meals, trees and...