SpaceX: Out of this World

Most people’s side hobbies are scrapbooking, knitting, photography, or the like. For business magnate Elon Musk, a side hobby is starting the multibillion dollar space exploration company SpaceX. SpaceX, founded in 2002, aims to reduce the cost of space transportation, and to eventually create a colony on Mars.

Posted on May 28, 2018 .

Sullivan retires after 43 years of teaching

Beloved history teacher Dave Sullivan plans to retire from teaching high school after 43 years on the job. Sullivan started teaching in 1975 at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California and then came to Burlingame in 2001 to be the Assistant Principal for two years. In 2003, he left to teach at Capuchino High School, where he taught for seven years.

Posted on May 25, 2018 .

District Bridge Program collaborates with culinary arts class

The English Learning Development (ELD) Bridge Program—A San Mateo Union High School District’s English program for non-native speakers--is growing. The program is designed to serve ELD level I students entering the SMUHSD as juniors and seniors with few to no credits who would be better served in an alternative program. 

Posted on May 3, 2018 .

Loneliness: All the way from England to Burlingame

At the end of last year, Britain’s Commission on Loneliness released the statistics found in a year-long survey. The study was published after the murder of Jo Cox, a British Labour Party politician who tried to improve issues of social isolation and loneliness. After her death, her work was continued by the newly established commission in her name. The study reports that over 9 million adults, 14 percent of the population, experience constant loneliness.

 Tracey Crouch, Britain's Minister of Loneliness

Tracey Crouch, Britain's Minister of Loneliness

 In response to unsettling results, on Jan. 17, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a new position in government: Minister of Loneliness.The job now belongs to Tracey Crouch, who also serves as the minister of Sport and Civil Society. Crouch’s purpose, the UK’s government stated, is to “identify opportunities to tackle loneliness, and build more integrated and resilient communities.” Among other ideas to do so, she hopes to create “pocket parks” where empty areas outdoors can be transformed into parks in which lonely people, especially the elderly, can gather and socialize.  

Many people praised Crouch’s new role as an important step in addressing social isolation.With new reports on its shocking health effects, more people are beginning to worry about the issue. Even more, in compiling hundreds of studies on the topic, researchers found that lonely people have a 50% increased risk of death. 

Emily Tam, a senior in Burlingame’s Bring Change 2 Mind club, commented on the significance of Britain’s actions.

“It shows that the country is making an effort to take care of the wellbeing of citizens,” Tam said. “It’s really important.”

However, the step to create a “Minister of Loneliness” has also received backlash. Soon after it was announced, Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Night Show, told his audience one night, “They’ve defined the most ineffable human problem and come up with the coldest, bureaucratic solution.” While its purpose was to be humorous, Colbert’s criticism represents a broader opinion that appointing a Minister of Loneliness is an ineffective, and even comical, approach. 

Left-leaning British politicians have voiced concerns as well, claiming that the new focus on social isolation is hypocritical. In critics’ opinions, May’s government is suddenly interested in aiding loneliness after significant decreases in funds for social-services under her administration. Furthermore, around 500 libraries have been shut down due to budget cuts under May and the previous Prime Minister, David Cameron. Some worry that such actions negatively impact loneliness in a way for which a Minister of Loneliness cannot compensate.

Regardless, loneliness appears to be a major issue, even in our community.

“We have a lot of kids that feel like they have acquaintances but not true friendships,” counselor Tammy Esrailian said.  

However, students on campus are taking action to try to tackle social isolation. 

On May 19, Burlingame’s Bring Change 2 Mind club is hosting “Boundless,” a district-wide event to connect and bring people together. The event, previously known as kNOw Limits, focuses around the concept of “big talk”, the deeper, more important alternative to “small talk.”

Posted on May 3, 2018 .

Security cameras face issues

After the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas and two unexpected fire alarms on our own campus, BHS staff and students have been discussing safety on our campus. There are cameras on campus, a campus security guard, and a school safety officer; but compared to Aragon high school, which has a total of 60 cameras on campus, the BHS campus is lacking in terms of an up-to-date security system.

Posted on May 3, 2018 .

The Rise of Fortnite

Ever since its release just over five months ago, Fortnite Battle Royale has been dominating the video game world. The online third person shooter game has already attracted 45 million players.Epic Games, Fortnite’s developer describes the game simply as “one giant map. A battle bus. Fortnite building skills and destructible environments combined with intense PvP combat. The last one standing wins.” Most people can get the jist of the game with only a short explanation.

Posted on March 6, 2018 .

College Board reveals wide gender gap in certain AP courses

In the most recent “AP Report to the Nation,” data released by the College Board revealed that many Advanced Placement courses across the country are dominated by one particular gender. Although this report analyzed AP tests taken by the Class of 2013, data from Burlingame High School’s 2018 spring semester shows that some AP courses on campus are still overwhelmingly taken by one gender.

Posted on March 6, 2018 .

Jim Chin: BHS’ most interesting man

Jim Chin just might be the most interesting person ever to have set foot on Burlingame High School’s campus. The AP European and Modern World history teacher is the teacher-advisor for BHS’ Model United Nations (Model U.N.) club, the Teacher-Coach of BHS’ Mock Trial team, and an absurdly fast grader of student work. He has also fended off a gang of muggers with a foam sword.

Posted on March 2, 2018 .

A Letter to Student Body

A note to the students of Burlingame:

Positivity is the mode by which humans conduct the most fulfilling, rewarding lives. In positive environments, empathy flourishes and happiness is abundant.

More than ever, the Burlingame campus needs positivity.

Posted on February 12, 2018 .