Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

The cover of Down to Business by Fenley Scurlock and Jason Liaw. (Random House)

Down To Business: A Writing Venture

Susie Yang, Staff Writer May 28, 2024

“You have a start-up idea but ... where do you go from there?” This is the question that Down to Business seeks to answer for young and aspiring entrepreneurs eager to explore the exciting world of...

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Above are the covers of Vuong’s two poetry collections, Night Sky With Exit Wounds and Time Is a Mother. The yellowed page in the former features the young poet in the center, with his mother and aunt at a refugee camp. (Jonathan Cape)

Ocean Vuong Has Influenced a Generation of Diasporic Poets. And For Good Reason.

Rishi Janakiraman, Staff Writer April 25, 2024

“If we make it to shore, he says, I will name our son after this water. I will learn to love a monster. He smiles. A white hyphen where his lips should be. There are seagulls above us. There are hands...

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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” was released by Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records in 1988.

Gas to the Flame: Public Enemy and Their Album of Justice and Fame

Zoltan Agoston, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

Beats, bars, and civil rights activism defined the early hip-hop of Public Enemy, a group known for their powerful focus on black power and innovations in early hip-hop. Public Enemy was widely regarded...

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Cropped cover of Kali Uchis’ latest album, Orquídeas,
which was released this January as the fourth album
in her discography (Credit: Geffen Records)

Kali Uchis Blooms on Latin-Influenced Album, Orquídeas

Rishi Janakiraman, Staff Writer February 29, 2024

“We have more species of orchid than anywhere on Earth,” says Kali Uchis on the Colombian national flower, their romantic symbolism inspiring her latest album, Orquídeas. Think of petals swooping...

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Vermeer, Johannes. A Maid Asleep. 1656. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Can AI Create Art?

Yanai Wang, Staff Writer February 29, 2024

With the ever-heightening presence of AI, I find myself floundering, entrapped by the fear of being replaced, both physically and metaphysically, by this luridly humanlike intelligence and the countless...

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Swiftie and OHS freshman, Carolyn Salmon, dressed up in a red dress, which represents the Red Era, and purchased a Taylor Swift popcorn bucket and drink cup.

The Eras Tour Film: An Almost-Concert-Like Experience

Inaya Dar, Staff Writer January 18, 2024

Swifties would know that their idol, Taylor Swift, didn’t release her concert film on Friday, October 13th by accident as her lucky number is 13. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour is showing in 8,500 theaters...

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Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) standing with ex-boyfriend Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) in final season of Never Have I Ever (photo credit: Netflix)

‘Never Have I Ever’: On South Asian Representation in Western Television

Rishi Janakiraman, Staff Writer December 10, 2023

There’s one thing for sure: I’ve never both loathed and empathized with a character more than I have Devi Vishwakumar. In the fragrance of her mother’s kitchen, the looming dream of Princeton, and...

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Run-D.M.C. was formed in 1983 by Joseph Simmons, Daryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizel.

“Walk This Way”: Run-D.M.C. Opened New Pathways in the Development of Hip-Hop

Zoltan Agoston, Staff Writer December 8, 2023

The early hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. is known for pioneering and popularizing the genre of “new-school” hip hop, building on elements of rock, as well as incorporating their unique intertwining vocals,...

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A table at Barnes & Noble dedicated to #BookTok.

BookTok: Is it Harmful?

Kara Lee, Associate Editor May 5, 2023

Gone are my days of desperate attempts to squeeze out book recommendations from classmates and teachers. So are my frequent visits to my local library to attend the monthly book club. None of that is necessary...

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Cover art for Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd pictures Lana

Del Rey in a blue-toned black-and-white photo (reminiscent of old Hollywood starlets) as she gazes at the camera in rumination.

Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd: Lana Del Rey’s Melodic Rumination on Life, Death, and Beauty

Rishi Janakiraman, Staff Writer April 17, 2023

“And I’m gonna take, mine of you with me.” So goes the sonorous refrain of the opening track to Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd, artist Lana Del Rey’s ninth studio album,...

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An unfortunate end for a cordyceps-infected insect.

Mushroom Brains: Zoonotic Spillover, Apocalyptic Mutations, and HBO Max

Lily Parry, Staff Writer February 19, 2023

It’s safe to say that HBO Max’s recent apocalyptic release, The Last of Us, has left viewers with a newfound appreciation for videogame adaptations, an attachment to Pedro Pascal, and the unfortunate...

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Red, White & Royal Blue is outrageously fun. I loved every second.”

What are OHSers Reading? Edition 5

Kaveri Udupa, Staff Writer December 11, 2022

Edition five of book recommendations from students, compiled by grade. Have a suggestion? Submit here: 7th Grade Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston "Red, White & Royal Blue is outrageously...

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