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James Harden played with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2022-2023 regular season.

When the NBA Becomes a Video Game

Tei Kim, Staff Writer December 1, 2023

James Harden, the 2018 NBA MVP, is one of the greatest players of this generation. He is a 3-time scoring champion, 2-time assists leader, and has made the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team. Despite the...

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Dillon Brooks (left) playing for Team Canada in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

Mastering the Art of Storytelling: How Dillon Brooks Embraced His Role as the Villain

Tei Kim, Staff Writer November 16, 2023

Everyone loves a good villain origin story. Someone who brings passion and excitement to every game, someone whom everyone can collectively root against, someone who can talk the talk and back it up.   The...

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The image captures a scene where OHS students and professors are savoring a delightful evening brunch as part of the Pixel Gathering and Graduation festivities.

OHS StartUps: The Anecdote to Pixel Worries

Gen Cantu, Staff Writer November 2, 2023

As Stanford OHS students, we all have vivid memories of our initial days, weeks, and, for some, even the first month at this institution. We recall the daunting and stressful experience of adapting to...

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Members of the University of California Rally Committee carry the California banner and wave two of the Cal flags near the Campanile in Berkeley, CA.

UCs Put Racial Quotas Above Fair Admissions

Noah Balough, Staff Writer October 23, 2023

On May 21, 2020, the University of California’s Board of Regents unanimously suspended the usage of all standardized tests in their college admissions process through the 2024 application season. For...

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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, Editor-in-Chief 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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