Austin Zhang

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Presidential decorum key quality in candidates

The U.S. Presidential Seal consists of an eagle with a shield over its breast, grasping in one talon a bundle of 13 arrows and in the other, an olive branch. However, the highest office in this nation is more than just the ability to bear a seal. As the foremost leader of the U.S., the president has upon his or her shoulders certain responsibilities that go beyond merely reviewing bills or giving speeches. Presidential decorum is one of the most important parts of the office, and when considering which of the prospective presidential candidates to support or reject, it must play a vital role. We must understand that th...
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The White Rose

By the end of their high school careers, most students can name the major highlights of the Second World War. Adolf Hitler rises to power, the invasion of Poland, the horror of the Holocaust, the Pacific Theater, the Russian Front, D-Day and the atomic bombs. “The White Rose,” however, offers a different perspective: A look into the lives of a handful of German University students, opposed to the workings of Hitler’s Third Reich, defiant and terrified, as they print and distribute the anti-Nazi leaflet known as the White Rose. “The White Rose” provides an intimate focus on the students over the cours...
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“Never Hillary” supporters are hypocritical

The 2016 Presidential election season has been one of the most heated in recent years. The contest for the Republican nomination between Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Donald Trump, as well as the struggle between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, has dominated media coverage. Now, the entire nation waits to see who will emerge to be each Party’s nominee. The shifting opinions and newfound loyalties of people of all voting demographics have been a key focus for the candidates. Analysts have noted in particular the continued support for Trump despite controversial actions — like the disparaging comme...
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Baseball beats Poway 2-1 after earlier loss

Baseball (13-7) edged out Poway High School (13-7) 2-1 in the second game of a doubleheader after coming off a 3-1 loss in the first game. “Today, in the first game of the doubleheader, it was just a tight game the whole way through, but we came up short 3-1,” pitching coach Chris Possemato said. “So we’re just trying to win, at least not get swept in the series.” The Titans failed to get on the board in the first. Two hitters each flied out to right field and third flied out one to center.  The Falcons duplicated that in the bottom half of the frame with three f...
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Pinwheels made for Healing Classrooms Challenge

From Feb. 18 to March 16, TPHS students made paper pinwheels for the Healing Classrooms Challenge held by the Students Rebuild Organization, raising just under $3,000. According to art teacher Emily Moran, who supervised the activity, the paper pinwheels made by students were matched by the Bezos Foundation at a rate of $2.50 per pinwheel, and the money raised will go toward training teachers to engage with children affected by conflict in Iraq and Lebanon. A selection of pinwheels will also be sent as gifts to the children.  For the art department, this has been the third challenge done with Students Rebuild, the previo...
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Pro: Apple should unlock phones of San Bernardino Shooters

On Dec. 2, 2015, the Inland Regional Center of the health department of San Bernardino County was attacked by a former restaurant inspector from the department and his wife. The shooting claimed the lives of 14 employees. Although it has been three months since the massacre, the investigation into the histories of the perpetrators and their methods for carrying out the attacks continues. Recently, the FBI obtained a court order requiring Apple to create software that would allow the bureau to retrieve data from the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the male shooter in the San Bernardino attack. In response, Apple CEO Tim Cook issued ...
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Baseball falls to La Costa Canyon

Baseball (5-2) lost to La Costa Canyon High School (6-1) 4-2 on March 22 after losing an early two-run lead.  The Falcons opened strong in the first inning, after the Maverick pitcher walked outfielder Sean Bingham (9) in the opening play. Middle infielder Ryan Bramlett (12) then hit a fly ball into right field, putting him on first and Bingham on second, and a ground ball to center field by outfielder James Rutledge (12) scored Bingham and put Bramlett on third. Then, a hit by outfielder Ben McCaskill (11) down the left field foul line brought Bramlett home, bringing the score to 2-0. The Falcons held ...
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United States should brace for Chinese market volatility

The modern world is one of interconnectivity and globalization. For better or worse, the nations of the world and their economies are more intertwined than they have ever been. One needs only to look at the effect that Greece’s faltering economy had on the EU and elsewhere to see the ripple effect one nation’s economic health has on others. Most recently, China, the world’s second biggest economy, suffered a huge stock crash on Jan. 7, one that dropped the CSI 300, an index used as a performance indicator for 300 stocks in the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, by 7 percent. This drop was detrimental enough ...
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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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Locked and Loaded

As an active Student Congress debater and a wargaming hobbyist, weapons and combat are not uncommon conversation topics between my friends and me. Firearms, in particular, are fascinating pieces of technology to me. Despite this fascination, in recent years I have become somewhat horrified with the frightening regularity with which incidents of gun violence appear in the media. Yet, for all of the assault weapons debates I have participated in and for all of the discussions on the role that rifling systems played in WWI and the Civil War and for all of the news reports on shootings I had seen or heard, I had never actually used a...