The realities behind mixing alcohol and hook-up culture

One in four girls and one in 20 boys are sexually abused before they turn 18, with alcohol and drugs playing a factor in many cases. “Almost every female can tell you a story about that, whether they’ve been made to feel uncomfortable or worse,” history teacher Peter Medine said. “And I think the big shocking thing, for me as the guy, is just how common it really is.

Posted on March 6, 2018 .

My generation: The Revolutionaries

My generation grew up hearing about the Columbine shooting. We watched first-graders bury their best friends after Sandy Hook. But following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that left 17 dead, we’ve decided we’ve had enough. Things must change.In an unprecedented awakening, high schoolers are leading the rallying cry to revise gun control laws. Passionate and articulate students from MSD have inspired students all over the nation to unite and demand change. Like other communities, Burlingame High School is also feeding off the Parkland momentum. Senior Claire Beswick is part of a district-wide group helping organize a San Mateo March for Our Lives event.

Posted on March 6, 2018 .

Burlingame students rank Oscar-nominated films

This year, there are nine movies nominated for the Best Picture at the Academy Awards. This year there has not been a clear frontrunner throughout the awards season. Considering what happened last year, when “La La Land” was predicted to win and was announced as the winner, only to be told that had been a mistake and “Moonlight” was to receive the Best Picture award, anything could happen this year. I, along with 14 other Burlingame students, saw all of the movies nominated for Best Picture.

Posted on March 3, 2018 .

What to take away from the Mills basketball game

On Friday, Jan. 12, during the first boys’ varsity basketball quad game of the year against Mills High School, several Burlingame High School students began chanting “You can’t see us” in response to “We can’t hear you” being chanted from the Mills student section.Principal Paul Belzer shut down the cheer immediately. However, it was reported that other comments were being made to players as they ran up and down the court.

Posted on February 12, 2018 .

When “AP” stands for “academic pressure”

AP classes are an opportunity for students to earn college credit while challenging themselves to learn more about a given subject. They contribute to an impressive college application and provide that grade bump that everyone loves. Many students choose to take AP classes, and some enroll in as many as four or five of them. Currently, Burlingame has 17 different AP courses from which to choose.

Posted on February 12, 2018 .

An argument against irreversible fantasy football punishments

Year after year, avid football fans immerse themselves in the action of the National Football League. Sometimes it is to root for their home team, but more often than that, it is to keep up with the performances that their fantasy team players have.Fantasy football, a simulator in which participants draft a team of their choosing to compete for prizes or bragging rights, has become a prime focus of many on gameday.

Posted on February 12, 2018 .

Objectivity is needed

It is impossible to enter into a discussion when objectivity has been lost. When debating controversial topics, such as what role colleges and the government have in restricting personal expression, people on both sides of the argument have to understand the content of the argument should center on facts and logic, not cries of one’s personal emotions holding the power to override anything.

Posted on February 12, 2018 .

Sleeping through the missile warning

On Saturday, January 13, everyone in Hawaii received a message on their phones alerting them of an incoming ballistic missile threat and advising them to “seek immediate shelter.” The  message was written in all caps with a grim “this is not a drill” tacked on the end.

Posted on January 22, 2018 .

Changing rallies for the better

The rallies at Burlingame High School are well organized and go smoothly every year, but these rallies are not very engaging for students. Each year, students participate in the same activities during rallies, but the repetition of events gets uninteresting after a while.

Posted on December 20, 2017 .

PC Culture from a Moderate’s point of view

As students living in the Bay-Area, many of us have grown up learning to be respectful of each other, and most of us have heard in the news and in our own lives  ‘PC,’ or politically correct. Schools like UC Berkeley have appeared in the news boycotting conservative speakers in the name of being PC have led many to question PC culture as helpful or harmful

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

Binge drinking culture in the U.S.

American teenage culture is often characterized by excessive partying, beer kegs and the infamous red solo cup. Yet our country is one of few to have drinking age as high as 21. By labeling alcohol as forbidden, we also label it as dangerous and the act of drinking it, rebellious.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

The law of conservation of problems

In the field of science, there is a fundamental law called the law of conservation. Though there are many variations of this law, for instance, conservation of energy and conservation of mass, their central idea is the same: things (in this case energy and mass) cannot be created or destroyed within a system.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

Student leaders are spread too thinly

Sophomore Olivia McCaa thought she was to perform solely in the background of her grade’s dance at the Little Big Game Rally in front of the entire school. She thought wrong.Two days before the rally, the sophomore skit had not yet been choreographed. After it became clear that the people in charge of it had backed out, the responsibility fell to her and some other students.

Posted on November 28, 2017 .

The closing our political divide relies on education

Horace Mann, whig politician and a 19th century member of Massachusetts state legislature, is credited in history for being the forefather of modern day public education. Mann famously characterized education as “our only political safety.” Mann’s assertion is rooted in the commonly held belief that the backbone of a functioning democracy is a well educated electorate.

Posted on November 27, 2017 .

Why Kids Should Read The Catcher in the Rye

Every sophomore student at Burlingame High School in the Advanced Standing (AS) English classes reads “The Catcher in the Rye” as their first book of the year. Many people around the world also will or have read it. The book, although popular across the country, is still widely criticized.

Posted on October 26, 2017 .