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Congress to renew national unemployment compensation program
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Congress to renew national unemployment compensation program

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, enacted under President Bush in 2008, expired at the end of December 2013 leaving millions unemployed without state benefits or relief. President Barack Obama has made extending the unemployment benefits program his first priority on his agenda for 2014. On January 7, the Democratic-controlled United States Senate voted 60-37...

Auburn Marching Regiment practices at University High Stadium
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Auburn Marching Regiment practices at University High Stadium

On January 5 and 6, Auburn University’s marching band, pep squad and Tiger Paw dance team members practiced at the University High School (UHS) stadium. Over 400 people watched the public practice as Auburn prepared for its pre-game and half time shows for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) football game in the Rose Bowl. During...

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Alumni Interview: Jocelyn Wong (Class of 2011)

Jocelyn Wong (2011), attends Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She is currently studying abroad in London, England and pursuing a career in art advising. Sword & Shield: What have you decided to major in, and why did you pick this particular major? Jocelyn Wong:  I am majoring in art history. Mrs. Raitt exposed me to the beauty of...

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Reviving the Pledge of Allegiance at UHS

A group of staff members at University High School (UHS) is currently working to implement the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance as a weekly practice in accordance to state policy. Last year, Mr. David Knight (Science Dept.) spoke to Principal John Pehrson (Admin.) and the leadership committee about the importance of reciting the pledge weekly, bringing the...

Breaking the election stalemate: Senate eliminates the practice of filibusters
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Breaking the election stalemate: Senate eliminates the practice of filibusters

On November 21, the United States Senate, headed by Majority Leader Harry Reid, changed Senate rule XXII to eliminate the practice of filibusters while also determining presidential appointees (excluding Supreme Court justices). The rule change was prompted by the increasing gridlock and filibuster use.A filibuster refers to unrestrained debate during a meeting in Congress in which a...

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Ira Glasky fills vacant spot on the IUSD Board of Education

On November 21, 2013, Ira Glasky began his term as the new IUSD board member. Out of four finalists, Ira Glasky, an attorney and a member of the districts finance committee, was appointed to serve the remainder of Gavin Huntley-Fenner’s term who announced his resignation in October. “He [Huntley-Fenner] is a great role model for me as I...

‘Tis the season for Naviance and college applications
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‘Tis the season for Naviance and college applications

As winter break approaches, University High School seniors are currently in the process of finishing their college applications. This year, teachers and students have cited increasing issues, as well as benefits, of the joint usage of the Common Application and Naviance program. In 2011, the University High School (UHS) counseling department first began utilizing and...

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University High School Mock Trial loses marginally in semifinals

At the Orange County Mock Trial Semifinals on Tuesday, December 10, University High School’s Mock Trial Team Blue lost to El Dorado by four points. Both Team White and Team Blue had advanced to the playoffs, and Team Blue continued on to the Semifinals after winning six consecutive rounds of competition. This is the farthest a mock...

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University High School Model United Nations Earns a Sweeping Victory

The University High School Model United Nations (UHSMUN) attended the 21st Annual Tustin MUN Conference held on November 23 and 24. The Tustin MUN Conference is the largest conference of the year, with over 1500 students in attendance. At MUN Conferences, delegates have the opportunity to earn Commendation, Outstanding or Best Delegate awards in debates and Research...

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Small colleges gain prominence in rankings

On November 2013, Washington Monthly released a new system of ranking colleges, which they call “best bang for the buck,” based on the economic value that students receive from their education per dollar paid in tuition. Small schools take prominence in this type of ranking, with Amherst ranked number one, above the eight Ivy League...