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Trojan Outlook: Election Edition

By ERIN JEON, KRISHNA KHAWANI, CLAIRE CHOI Features Editors
On October 9, 2020, the Sword & Shield opened up the Trojan Outlook: Election Edition survey to UHS students in anticipation of the 2020 presidential election. This survey serves to create a more comprehensive understanding of the student body. 169 students participated in the anonymous survey covering questions about their political leanings, candidates of choice, and news sources.

Behind the Scenes of a Political Campaign
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Behind the Scenes of a Political Campaign

By SYDNEY GAW Staff Writer
As the voting period for the 2020 election continues, you may have seen advertisements for a particular candidate or state proposition. We can get a glimpse of what a candidate stands for through the political ads that run in between our favorite shows or YouTube videos. However, a thirty second advertisement does not convey the hours spent drafting the campaign and working behind the scenes to make these ads effective. Many people often forget that a political campaign team—much like any sports team—relies on the contribution of multiple people and departments to be successful. From volunteers to political consultants, each individual plays an important part in moving the campaign forward.

Anonymous Communities and Social Media
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Anonymous Communities and Social Media

By MEERA HATANGADI Staff Writer
The Oxford dictionary defines social media as “Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.” By this definition, social media is a means for individuals and communities to connect and collaborate. Over time, as social media has continued to grow and morph itself to better suit our society, it has become increasingly clear that there are many more intricacies than those that initially meet the eye.

Cheating During Distanced Learning
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Cheating During Distanced Learning

By SYDNEY GAW Staff Writer
While cheating has always been a concern regardless of the learning circumstances, taking tests at home and online seem to have made it more tempting for students to cheat recently. Without direct supervision from the teacher, there are a multitude of ways that students can cheat.

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No, I slept the latest!

Have you ever seen someone or have you yourself ever gotten into an argument with a friend on the topic of who slept the latest? If you go to University High School, chances are that you have.

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A Rise in Student-led Initiatives

Students across the nation have done their best to alleviate problems they have discovered during these uncertain times, and many of our own students at UHS have started their own organizations in hopes of creating an impact.

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A Look Into Earth Overshoot Day

By MICHAEL CHEN Staff Writer As a growing population, we are responsible for understanding our impact on the environment, and although the environment has been a growing concern over the past several years, there are still many unique areas of study that we may not be aware about. If you are anything like me, you...

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Thrifting Threatened: the Gentrification of Thrift Stores

By YASNA RAHMANI Staff Writer Shoulder bags, low rise jeans, vintage slips, button-up cardigans, baby graphic tees, and the list goes on and on. Ever since 2018, vintage clothes have been making a comeback, and it’s taken the fashion industry through a transformation, especially recently during lockdown when the y2k fashion trends caught quite a...