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The Melodic Line: What Californians truly need right now

The Melodic Line: What Californians truly need right now

By Melody Chen

November 16, 2018

Our state was rattled with multiple tragedies within a few hours. A troubled Marine veteran, Ian David Long, burst into a club and shot 12 people in the Thousand Oaks community. Hours after the shooting, a wildfire raged near the community already shrouded with the tragedy of their lost families, friends and neighbors. Firefighters had to combat not just one, but three wildfires: the Camp Fire in Northern Cali...

The Ripple Effect: Another human achievement, but not the good kind

The Ripple Effect: Another human achievement, but not the good kind

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

November 14, 2018

Sixty percent of Americans can't change a flat tire. Sixty percent of traditional college students in America graduate within six years. Sixty percent of the world's wildlife has been wiped out since 1970. One of these things is unlike the others — and no, it’s not the fact that millennials ...

Being Right: The label ‘far-right’ further radicalizes the right

By Lyndon Lee A

November 14, 2018

In response to political leftism all throughout the world, reactionary right-wing movements have emerged such as Brazil’s election of Jair Bolsonaro. Due to being right-of-center, the media tends to label all of these groups as far-right. This label only radicalizes them and discredits moderate right...

Trick or treating: a dying tradition?

By Steven Lefaive

November 13, 2018

Halloween is a holiday where students celebrate by dressing up in their spookiest costumes and going door to door on a perilous quest for candy. As we grow older, people lose interest in such traditions and for undeserving reasons. High schoolers have the freedom to celebrate Halloween in a varie...

The Melodic Line: The price of the media tag

By Melody Chen

November 7, 2018

As I switched on the news, a headline emerged on the screen — college student Molly Tibbetts was confirmed to be murdered a month after her disappearance. Tibbetts was about to begin her junior year at the University of Iowa, but her life was cut short in July while disappearing from her jog close by her ...

The Denome’s Advocate: Democrats, an unruly mob? If only…

By Thomas Denome

October 18, 2018

Continuing with the American tradition of attempting to paint political opponents as insane and unreasonable, Republicans have a new platform to win the 2018 midterm elections: depicting the Democratic base as an “unruly mob.” President Trump and other Republican leaders have called the Democrat...

Being Right: The prison system is not modern slavery

By Lyndon Lee A.

October 11, 2018

    Kanye West called for a change to the 13th Amendment, claiming that although it abolished slavery, its exception regarding those incarcerated is in itself a modern form of slavery. This is a common claim made by various organizations: that politicians and law enforcement are ...

The Ripple Effect: Vote to keep protesting, keep protesting to vote

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

October 10, 2018

A presidential candidate accumulates enough loathing that he gets stabbed during a campaign rally. A presidential candidate racks up enough popularity that he leaves the opposition trailing behind him by 15 percent in the first round of voting. The two candidates are the same man. Jair Bolsonaro, a...

The Melodic Line: Hurricane Florence teaches us about empathy

By Melody Chen

October 4, 2018

T he wind whips at 50 miles per hour as building and power lines are demolished into a sea of rising waters. Billowing clouds encircle the aftermath as the storm continues to pound homes to waste. Water levels rise as fatalities continue to climb. Hurricane Florence, as well as other natural disasters, has invoked...

Being Right: The political hitjob on Brett Kavanaugh

By Lyndon Lee A

September 28, 2018

As the midterms on Nov. 6 approach, Senate Republicans are doing their best to push through the confirmation vote of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee appointed by President Trump to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. In the meantime, Senate Democrats are doing everything they can to preve...

The Ripple Effect: Immigrants are facing ever-growing barriers

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 26, 2018

Immigrants who make use of public benefits may now be denied green cards, according to new rules drawn up by Trump administration officials. Those who continue doing so could be labeled a “public charge,” disqualifying them from contention for a green card. In the past, only people who make a majority of their income from government cash assistance has been considered a public charge by the U.S. government,...

The Impatient Patient: Decisions affecting students should involve students

By Renee Wang

September 21, 2018

T he new bell schedule is perhaps one of the biggest changes in the 2018-2019 school year — yet in the two-year process of revising the schedule, outreach to students was lackluster and minimal, despite the fact that students would be most affected. This lack of outreach is evident in the new...