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

Relative to their Canadian counterpart, these large American American cities have a relatively undeveloped and unreliable subway line. Design: Jonathan English/Michael Binetti/David Montgomery/CityLab. Ridership data: American Public Transportation Association/Toronto Transit Commission. Map tiles: Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under ODbL.

An American Paucity: The Effects of a Lack of Accessible Transit

Victor Nikolov, Staff Writer May 25, 2023

With public transit becoming ever more popular throughout Europe it begs the question of why America has not joined the bandwagon? For a country that has a military budget of roughly 1.73 trillion USD...

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Artificial turf may not require consistent watering, but the harms it causes for the environment are far worse than any benefits.

We Need to Rethink Artificial Turf’s “Environmentally Friendly” Label, Here’s Why

Mandy Yu, Staff Writer May 7, 2023

Artificial turf is a current landscaping trend. The topic of replacing natural grass with plastic coated blades has become a hot topic in many communities, especially those plagued by drought. For example,...

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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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Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi campaigning for a minimum wage increase

The Free Market: An Argument Against Minimum Wage

Jimmy Wey February 4, 2023

For the last century, the minimum wage has been a centerpiece of conversation—whether it be over the dinner table or in congress our lives and political conversation. Challenges have occurred in the...

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Psilocybe cubensis, or the Magic Mushroom, is the main source of psilocybin.

Psilocybin: the Miracle Drug of the 21st Century

Anders Daly, Staff Writer November 15, 2022

At only six inches tall with a three-inch wide cap, Psilocybe cubensis is an unassuming savior. But when used properly, these Magic Mushrooms have the power to treat some of the most terrible medical conditions...

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Madeline Millers two books side by side—contrasting colors but similar silhouettes.

On the Outskirts of an Epic: Why We Are drawn to Madeline Miller’s Vivid Reimaginings of Ancient Myths

Kate North, Associate Editor November 4, 2022

“Rage—goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles, / Murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses, / hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls.” So go the first...

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Capitalist Education

Capitalist Education

María José Lagunas Rojo, Staff Writer October 30, 2022

We live in a polarized, competitive, capitalist society. From a young age we are taught to succeed, to improve, and to climb the ranks. This is not necessarily bad, as it allows us to advance as a community...

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Coach Oleg (left) with his wife, Katya (middle), and mother, Zina (right)

It’s About Humanity: The Cruel Reality of the Russian- Ukraine War

Isabella Huang, Staff Writer October 17, 2022

The spring breeze didn’t carry the usual ambrosia of sweet petals earlier this year, but was rather infected with the stench of death and destruction. Words like “Russia”, “war”, “NATO”,...

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Student typing at keyboard.

A Journey Towards Equity

Amelia Zai, Staff Writer October 2, 2022

From text-to-speech software to assistive devices, the physical nature of brick-and-mortar schools provides students with a wide range of accommodations for learning disabilities. But how do online learning...

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Students exit Robb Elementary in Uvalde, and are guided onto buses by law enforcement .

When Will It End?

Ella Blanco, World News Editor May 25, 2022

In 2019, I wrote an article for my middle school’s journalism program after the shooting at Saugus High School, one of the six high schools in my school district. In it, I implored the adults in power...

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We often look to external pressure, but what about the pressure we place on ourselves - even unconsciously?

Pressure to Succeed: A Double-Edged Sword

Amanda Yu, Staff Writer May 8, 2022

It’s Saturday night and you’re on your computer, three assignments sitting on your to-do list as they wait to be turned in before Monday. There’s a test next weekend, studying you need to get through,...

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The 996 work culture is harmful to the much-needed work-life balance of employees.

Confronting the Toxic 996 Work Culture

Eddy Li, Staff Writer May 8, 2022

In December of 2021, an employee at the Chinese e-commerce company Pinduoduo collapsed while coming home from work and died. Two weeks later, an ex-employee at Pinduoduo leapt to his death after being...

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