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Increased student vape pen usage at TPHS

Student vape pen usage has recently increased at TPHS, raising concerns among staff and administration. Vape pens, short for vapor pens, are electronic smoking devices that heat nicotine, flavored juices, marijuana oil, or some combination thereof, in a chamber, providing users with various effects. The level of nicotine and marijuana in the vape pen can vary, depending on the user’s desire. Because of their variable substance capability, vape pens and their use are illegal on school grounds, and they are considered drug paraphernalia. Even at the legal cigarette-smoking ag...

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Pro: Should it be legal to ban the American flag on college campuses?

Free speech cannot be curtailed merely because people are offended. The attempt by students at the University of California, Irvine to ban the display of flags prompted backlash from veterans, state legislators and UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. The flag is a powerful symbol that holds special significance for many Americans. But responses like California state sen...

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Modest Mouse: Strangers to Ourselves

It’s been seven years since I first sang “Float On” on Rock Band 2 — which, I’m not ashamed to admit, is how I discovered Modest Mouse. So, lucky me! I haven’t had to wait the full eight years since We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank for a new album. But st...

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Game Time: March

Down 3-5 in the second set, my doubles partner James Hunter (12) and I realized we were in trouble. As two of the lowest-ranked players on the National Champion varsity tennis team, we don’t like losing any matches. It’s a strange feeling being two of the lowest-ranked players on a te...

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When Words Collide

If you were to speak with Marshall Thompson, a student at Wheaton College in Illinois, you wouldn’t notice that he spells nearly one in six words incorrectly, unconsciously obliterates certain words while writing or has nearly illegible handwriting. In fact, he is probably one of the most well-spoken people you’d ever have the privilege of talking to.  “Writing is very frustratin...

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    “I have a voice.”

    I chewed my lip in silence. The doctor’s office was lit by bright, harsh fluorescent lighting made softer by the plush couches...

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    Untitled (A Lifetime of Art)

    By 11 a.m., Julie Limerick’s fourth period art class is working into a quiet hum. Her Advanced Placement students are contempl...

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    One in 2,726: Andrew Rim

    Since childhood, Andrew Rim (11) has been immersed in music. He has a “very musical family” and began playing the cello ...

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Boys volleyball loses to CCHS 2-3

Boys volleyball (9-5) fell to the Cathedral Catholic High School Dons (7-5) in a close 3-2 match at home on March 24. The final set scores were 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 22-25 and 13-15.  The Falcons began the first set on offense, with setter Emerson Ye (12) serving. Opposite Colin Bailey (10) quickly scored the Falcons’ first point, and consistent serves from outside hitter Kannon Kile (12) and...

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    Coach’s Corner: Jono Zissi

    Q: How long have you been the TPHS lacrosse coach and how has the team changed over the years you’ve been here? A: This is m...

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    Spring into Action

     It was the moment Ines Ramirez (10) had waited months for. She arrived at the field Saturday morning, lacrosse equipment slung...

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    Falcon Tries: Badminton

    There’s not much that I can do better than my co-editor, Varun Bhave. His grades are nearly perfect, his debate awards and sch...

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Of Montreal: Aureate Gloom

It is nearly impossible to pinpoint a precise genre that Of Montreal embodies. As soon as you categorize the band as indie or psychedelic pop, Of Montreal releases a new album, and you realize that you really do not know anything about them at all. Aureate Gloom is the band’s latest addition to their extensive discography and a musical departure from 2013’s disappointing album lous...

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    Micaela Roy: A Giving Heart

    Micaela Roy (11) admits that she is “a little bit crazy” when it comes to dreaming big. Setting her sights on a double m...

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    Balboa International Market

    On a rainy Sunday afternoon, I ventured out of my Asian-supermarket comfort zone and into the less known — the staffer-recomme...

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    Zion Market

    Asian food is nothing new to me. After years of binge-eating Thai takeout and other food of foreign spice at friends’ houses, ...

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Garden of Hope cleaned up by NHS

The Garden of Hope, located by the B building, will be cleaned by the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Foundation in the coming months and later renovated to honor cancer victims and survivors. “We’re [first] planning on fixing up what’s already there,” NHS President Rocky Maas (12) said.  According to Matt Chess, psychology teacher and advis...

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Con: Should it be legal to ban the American flag on college campuses?

The Stars and Stripes have flown freely and proudly over the nation for many decades and rightly so. The flag is an integral part of U.S. history and heritage, and as such, restriction of its display carries many implications. Thus, when the student council of the University of California, Irvine voted to ban the display of flags, including the American one, in their office, they enacted a policy that si...

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