Anna Lee

Editor-in-Chief


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Con: Should cultural appropriation be condemned?

The United States is a melting pot of cultures; keeping them all separate would be impossible, not to mention of questionable value. But there is a fine line between appreciation and cultural appropriation. The examples of cultural mixing we currently witness are overwhelmingly disrespectful intrusions on various ethnic groups’ cultures, in which brands profit off designs they have no right to and non-Native Americans prance around in headdresses at musical festivals. These instances do not demonstrate appreciation — they diminish often already-marginalized groups, erasing key aspects of a cultural identity and replac...
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Gov’t. records should be available to public

In a nation that touts democracy and liberty, a certain level of transparency is expected from the government. Historically, the United States has not fulfilled such expectations. Tremendous secrets have been hidden and unveiled: the Iran-Contra affair, Wikileaks details, National Security Agency surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden. And some secrets are still under wraps — a practice that, for the most part, obstructs the promise of liberty that makes the government beholden to the American people and chips away at citizen trust in the government. Years earlier, President Barack Obama promised to declassify 2...
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Myles Hamilton

Inspiration strikes unexpectedly. Sometimes, it’s a quiet moment in the student parking lot. When Myles Hamilton (12) saw Lila Flowers (12) wearing a pair of Ray-Ban Round Metals more than a year ago, it was the beginning of an ambition that would shape his future. “I wanted [the Ray-Bans] because they were really trendy at the time … I told both of my parents they should get them for Christmas, so I ended up with two pairs of the same sunglasses,” Hamilton said. “I sold one and put that money toward a the Dior Composit 1.0s, which were around $400.” Hamilton cut back on ...
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Rainbow Week educates students on LGBT issues

The TPHS Gay-Straight Alliance held the second annual Rainbow Week from April 11-15 to “raise questions around issues of power, privilege, opportunity and oppression, especially as those questions relate to gender and sexuality,” according to GSA adviser Don Collins. The week’s events included trivia games and question-answer sessions for students to participate in during lunch, assemblies designated to educate students on LGBT issues during third and fourth period, and the Day of Silence, in which students take a vow of silence to call attention to the silence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgende...
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Prank Gone Wrong

TPHS seniors covered the school in toilet paper and caused at least $18,000 of property damage, which under California law qualifies as felony vandalism, in a senior prank the night of March 17, according to Principal David Jaffe. “If you’re estimating [the total cost], it’s not just damage, it’s time,” Jaffe said. “So you have to pay the custodial staff [for cleaning up] and all that. I have no idea what [the total] would come to, but to give you some perspective, when we had the [four-hour] lockdown last year, the person who locked us down had to pay a $3,800 bill.” According t...
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Con: Apple should unlock phones of San Bernardino Shooters

In the latest dispute over citizen privacy versus national security, the FBI is pressuring Apple to engineer new software that would override the iPhone’s encryption feature and allow the FBI to unlock the phone of one of the alleged terrorists from the 2015 San Bernardino shooting. After weeks of making arguments, Apple has taken the case to Congress, though the hearing on Capitol Hill has produced no decision. It has, however, brought to light an excellent point: There is no clear-cut method to address digital privacy, and any decisions made regarding the current case could set dangerous precedents for future legislation ...
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Click to Save the World

It was the turn of the century, and “muckraking” journalists penned page after page of wrongs against the working class, unraveling the corruption of big business to advocate for the poor and oppressed. Decades later, the people called for peace in the anti-war movement to protest U.S. involvement in Vietnam after witnessing the brutality splashed across their television screens. Now, citizens of the contemporary world spark change through other means — Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and other social media platforms.  “Every generation has a sort of medium … this generation’s medium...
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Con: Iran prisoner swap is a sound diplomatic strategy

On Jan. 16, Iran released five American prisoners in exchange for the pardon of seven Iranians detained by the U.S. government. The swap occurred alongside an official lifting of stringent economic sanctions on Iran by the United States and the European Union after the United Nations certified that Iran had complied with the agreement to curtail its nuclear program. The prisoner sideshow composed by President Barack Obama was a clever distraction from the sanctions-lifting deal, as many opponents focused solely on the swap, but it ultimately was a flawed and unwise decision. It is not necessarily foolish to open negoti...
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No Pain No Game

TPHS alumnus Max Angel (‘15) coordinated masses of soldiers, war machines, spaceships and alien warriors toward an enemy base. Defenders were slain one by one, fortifications burned and buildings exploded. Once more, Angel had secured victory, and he had done so with just a monitor and a keyboard. Angel was a semi-professional player for Blizzard Entertainment’s popular strategy game “Starcraft II.” Like many online games, players face off against each other in real-time matches to rise in rank and become champions of their division. In recent years, such e-sport games have risen in popularity. ...
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One Fan Team

Thirty years ago, Madeline Javalet and her fantasy league cohorts scoured an NFL handbook for stats and injury reports to draft players, then painstakingly calculated weekly scores by hand. Nowadays, technology has revolutionized fantasy sports, but Javalet’s Solana Beach Fantasy Football League still kicks it old school, using a physical draftboard to score and play. “People think fantasy’s new — for me, it’s been going on for 30 years,” Javelet said. “People that are just starting, they don’t have to do research. It used to be we had to look in the preseason. This was p...