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Faria Focus

Faria Focus

By Jackson Faria

March 27, 2020

We have seen the effect of coronavirus on the world: the pandemic has shut down international travel, schools and worst of all — sports. For many sports fans, the seasonal change from winter to spring is a welcomed one. Some argue it is the best time of year on the sports calendar. During thi...

Abolish the SAT requirement from college applications

Abolish the SAT requirement from college applications

By Jane Park

March 24, 2020

Schools all over the nation are closing due to  the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the SATs and ACTs scheduled for March, April and May are canceled or postponed at local high schools and colleges which serve as testing sites. Spring test dates are vital for current juniors because it gives them more opportuni...

Protect the Parks: Low waste and irony in a global pandemic

Protect the Parks: Low waste and irony in a global pandemic

By Jane Park

March 24, 2020

It’s 2020, and the world is in a panic. Toilet paper and hygienic supplies are flying off the shelves, schools and stores are shutting down and people are terrified of being infected with the coronavirus.  There are lots of ways to stay secure in this time of panic buying. The shortage of toilet paper has a simple, eco-friendly solut...

The Partisan Party: Trump’s lies about the coronavirus are hurting Americans

The Partisan Party: Trump’s lies about the coronavirus are hurting Americans

By Sahil Venkatesan

March 23, 2020

President Donald Trump is lying to the U.S. when he claims he knew the coronavirus would become a pandemic. In reality, Trump downplayed the severity of the virus and gave a false sense of security to Americans in a time when we needed to prepare for the virus. “I've always viewed it as very serious,”...

Mock Trial finals cancelled due to COVID-19 risks, team’s progress halted

Mock Trial finals cancelled due to COVID-19 risks, team’s progress halted

By Nitya Kashyap and Dexter Tatsukawa

March 22, 2020

The Mock Trial team had been preparing to advance to state finals after defeating CHS in the Santa Clara County finals, held in the Old Courthouse in San Jose on Feb. 26. However, in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the finals have since been canceled by the National High School Mock ...

Spread of COVID-19 results in school closures, local state of emergency

Spread of COVID-19 results in school closures, local state of emergency

By Shruti Magesh

March 21, 2020

Santa Clara County faces an increasing number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases each day, with a confirmed 196 cases and eight deaths as of March 19, according to Santa Clara County Public Health. To slow the spread of the virus, the city of Santa Clara declared a local state of emergency, which includ...

The Impatient Patient: Mislabeling the coronavirus is counterproductive during a pandemic

The Impatient Patient: Mislabeling the coronavirus is counterproductive during a pandemic

By Renee Wang

March 19, 2020

Before the “Wuhan virus,” Wuhan, capital of China’s Hubei province, was more commonly associated with its Yellow Crane Tower and its signature dish — re gan mian or hot dry noodles. Today, it is noted more as the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, and is increasingly being referred to as...

STAFF EDITORIAL: Social distancing: the life-changing impact of staying home

STAFF EDITORIAL: Social distancing: the life-changing impact of staying home

March 17, 2020

School has been canceled. It seems like it’s the perfect time to meet up with your friends at Philz. Except, it isn’t. With 490 confirmed cases in California, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and 251 cases reported in The Bay Area alone, Santa Clara County remains one of three hotspots fo...