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Let’s Insult, But Better

By CHRIS CHAE Staff Writer You’ve all heard the saying: “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” That childhood proverb could not be more wrong. Words have power, they always have and always will. Words allow us to communicate, as they are one of the most clear and direct...

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In Support of a Pass/Fail Grading System

By NIKKI GHAEMI Staff Writer On Tuesday, April 14, the IUSD School Board voted unanimously to change grading to a “pass/fail” system for the 2020 spring semester, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made after considering different perspectives and a lot of deliberation. After watching the meeting via live stream and speaking with...

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How to Stop The Republican Assault on Voting Rights

By JAX ARMSTRONG Staff Writer A functioning democracy is one that encapsulates the voice of all of its participating constituents. The whole premise of a democracy is to give power to the people, specifically by letting them choose members of the government either directly or indirectly. Democracy in the United States is being compromised by...

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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...