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Let’s Make Voting Mandatory

By ARUSH MEHROTRA Staff Writer Shortly after the 2014 elections, Senator Bernie Sanders admonished the country, saying “Americans should be embarrassed.” The low voter turnout, he wrote in The Guardian, “was an international disgrace.” Indeed, it is a disgrace. The fact that only about 36.4% of the American electorate took the time to go and...

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The Global Response to COVID-19

By ARUSH MEHROTRA Staff Writer I am sure many of you are familiar with Wuhan. Whether you are watching the TV, reading the newspaper, or just conversing with your family and friends, the word Wuhan seems to inevitably find its way in any of those situations.  Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei Province, is...

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University High School With Most NHD Winners in Orange County

By CAITLYN L.J. KIM Staff Writer The UHS National History Day Club (NHD) produced the most champions out of all of the participating high schools in Orange County, with 17 winners at the annual NHD-OC contest. Awards were given to Neha Bhardwaj and James Koga for the Individual Website category; Alyssa Tang for the Group...

Bot Nation 2.0: The School Away From School
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Bot Nation 2.0: The School Away From School

By KRISHNA KHAWANI Staff Writer March 13, 2020 marked a momentous day for students in Irvine Unified School District (IUSD), for it was the day that the district announced the switch to Emergency Distance Learning (EDL). Many expected this decision, as the district followed the precedent set by a variety of other school districts and...

A Criticism of America’s Justice System: Capital Punishment
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A Criticism of America’s Justice System: Capital Punishment

By ARUSH MEHROTRA Staff Writer “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper to a night already devoid of stars.” This quote by Martin Luther King Jr. exemplifies my position regarding the barbaric nature of capital punishment. The death penalty was used during the Reign of Terror in France, during the Dark Ages of the...

An Examination of Healthcare in 2020
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An Examination of Healthcare in 2020

By OZHAN ZARIFI and NIMA MOHAVEDI Staff Writers One of the most important issues in this coming election is what is going to happen to the nation’s healthcare options and what could potentially happen to Medicare and/or Medicaid. As of early March, there are three candidates still vying for the office of the Presidency, with...

Why Military Recruitment at High Schools Should be Outlawed
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Why Military Recruitment at High Schools Should be Outlawed

By JAX ARMSTRONG Staff Writer At the initial conception of the United States of America, teengagers were encouraged to join the American military and motivated to fight for their nation’s sovereignty. In the midst of the civil war, military service was made to be mandatory for young males, primarily ages 21-30, and since then, the...

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CollegeBoard Announces Revised AP Exam Due to Coronavirus Shutdown

By TANVI BARGAJE Staff Writer AP exams will be administered online this year through a 45 minute free-response exam that students may take at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Exams will be open-note and can be taken over computer, tablets, or smartphones, with students being able to submit photos of handwritten work. Exams will...

IUSD Officially Shuts For the Rest of the School Year Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
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IUSD Officially Shuts For the Rest of the School Year Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

By DYLAN DU and VINCENT WOO News Section Editor and News Copy Editor Update: In a statewide announcement on Wednesday, April 1st, CA Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Thurmond announced that all schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Update: In a district-wide announcement on Tuesday, March...

University High School Prepares Coronavirus Response
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University High School Prepares Coronavirus Response

By TANVI BARGAJE and CAITLYN L.J. KIM Staff Writers IUSD officials are developing emergency measures to be implemented in the event of an outbreak of coronavirus in the local Irvine area. IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker raised the possibility of switching the district’s students to Emergency Distance Learning (EDL), or online learning if an emergency school...