Maya Kota

News Editor/Opinion Editor


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Legislation for air passenger rights should be enacted following United Airlines incident

On April 9, David Dao, a doctor from Kentucky, was dragged off a United Airlines flight departing O’Hare International Airport in Chicago for Louisville, Ky. after refusing to give up his seat on the plane. Looking for seats for four of its employees, the airline asked if any passengers would be willing to get off the flight and guaranteed compensation for their tickets in return. When none stepped forward, airline officials randomly picked four passengers to leave the plane, and Dao was one of them. Dao told the officials that he could not deplane because he had “patients waiting for [him] in Louisville” which ...
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Personal Perspective: Maya Kota

My sense of humor has become solely defined by my intentional mispronunciation of words. It started a few months ago when my mom asked me if I wanted to eat a tangerine. I responded with, “You mean a tang-er-rye-nee, right?” And to my surprise, she went along with it and said: “Yeah, that’s what I mean.” My mom and dad put up with a lot of weird things I say and do, and I think that’s why they’ve become my best friends. I’ve never been the most outgoing or talkative of people; my sister was usually the one to be out on weekends while I stayed home watching Shark Tank with my...
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Reduce, reuse, recycle?

Custodian Dave Ham makes his daily rounds in the hallways of the B building after school. He enters each classroom, picks up both the trash and recycling bins by the door and then empties them into a single waste receptacle. According to the SDUHSD Quarterly Refuse and Recycle Weights report for October, November and December of 2016, TPHS recycled 5.01 tons of waste, the second-highest amount of recycling at a school in the district. But, according to Ham, the custodial staff has a limited role in handling recyclable materials on campus. “Cardboard goes into a recycling bin, and then ... each room is ...
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Prop AA renovations complete at front of school

Proposition AA renovations at the Del Mar Heights Rd. entrance were completed on Feb. 1, ending the second phase of construction, funded by the $78 million TPHS portion of the $449 million Proposition AA bond. An outside ramp winding up to the B building from the student drop-off area was added, the stairs adjacent to the ramp  were widened and the parking lot in the front was expanded. “There’s been expanded handicap parking and the staff parking has been reopened in the front,” science teacher Brian Bodas said. “I’m already seeing a bunch of people parking out front [incl...
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Planned Parenthood should not be defunded

On Dec. 20, the Texas Health and Services Commission announced that the state would officially remove Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid coverage program beginning Jan. 19.  But Texas’ fight is only part of a larger legislative trend within the Republican party; on Jan. 5, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced that defunding Planned Parenthood will be included in a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and doing so will only require a simple majority. Planned Parenthood, the largest single provider of reproductive health services in the U.S., received $528 million in federal Medicaid funds last year. $3.1 mill...
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Pro: U.S. Electoral College

The Electoral College serves as the symbol and functioning implementation of federalism in the American constitutional system. Despite being deemed an anachronistic, undemocratic way of selecting a president, it allows both the states and citizens to have a say in the federal process. The fairness of the electoral college has always been somewhat contested, but has recently been called into greater question after the election of president-elect Donald Trump who, in spite of winning 302 electoral college votes, is more than 2.5 million popular votes behind opponent Hillary Clinton. The concern of many is that in our democratic sys...
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New social worker hired

Louisa Triandis was hired as the first TPHS social worker as part of a district-wide effort to provide “another support system for students so that they have someone who is connected to people around the community,” according to Principal Rob Coppo. Triandis was hired as a full-time social worker at SDUHSD, working Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at TPHS, Tuesdays at Pacific Trails Middle School and Thursdays at Earl Warren Middle School. There are also three district social workers who work at the other schools in the district. According to Triandis, she and the other district social workers wil...
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New social worker hired

Luisa Triandis was hired as the first TPHS social worker as part of a district-wide effort to provide “another support system for students so that they have someone who is connected to people around the community,” according to Principal Rob Coppo. Triandis was hired as a full-time social worker at SDUHSD, working Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at TPHS, Tuesdays at Pacific Trails Middle School and Thursdays at Earl Warren Middle School. There are also two district social workers who work at the other schools in the district. According to Triandis, she and the other district social workers will w...
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Pearl Park (12) creates business to fight food insecurity

As the current president of FULL, an initiative founded through the UCSD for-credit program Whatever It Takes (WIT), Pearl Park (12) fights food insecurity in San Diego by providing elementary school students with food during breaks and holidays when the school’s free or reduced-lunch program is not available. WIT is a social entrepreneur and leadership program that teaches high school students how to create and manage a social enterprise. FULL was created six years ago as a WIT project but was inactive in 2013 and 2014 after its founder graduated from high school. After hearing about WIT from a presentation in her market...
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Teachers picket against Muir, Salazar in Board race

The San Dieguito Faculty Association organized a rally against school board members Maureen “Mo” Muir and John Salazar outside of a monthly district board meeting held at San Dieguito Academy on Sept. 15. The participants, SDUHSD teachers and various community members, carried signs along Santa Fe Dr. beginning at approximately 5:15 p.m. According to the Association president  and Earl Warren Middle School physical education teacher, Bob Croft, Muir and Salazar voted against Proposition AA renovations after the measure had passed and money had been allocated, in particular the construction of new class...