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Graffiti is Art

Graffiti is Art

March 3

As we walk around different neighborhoods, we see graffiti. It is captivating to observe the mixture of colors used in street art. But is street art real art? A basic form of graffiti is tagging, where the writer signs his name or signature with the use of spray paint and is used by taggers to mark territory. I do not approve of that. I don’t believe it requires much skill. Graffiti is any...

Women and Men Should be Equal in Society

Briana Marcial, Assistant Features Editor

December 18

Filed under Opinion

Feminism is a topic that is still very important and yet some women are still not treated fairly.

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Teenager Stereotypes are False in Many Ways

Cynthia Rubalcava

December 18

Filed under Opinion

Not all teenagers from this generation are bad.

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Easier Said Than Done

Nichole Landaverde, Reporter

October 27

Filed under Opinion

It’s important that your home life not affect your school life. Sometimes issues at home become an excuse for not doing your schoolwork. It can be overwhelming, I know, because I did the same thing. My excuse for not focusing in school was the death of my mother. After she passed away three years ago, my dad would ask me in the mornings if I wanted to go to school. I felt well enough but the concept of school was overwhelming, so I said no. I believed my lies. I told myself I didn’t want to see people or convinced myself I was not hungry so I wouldn’t have to get out of bed. Looking back, it’s likely I was...

What Happened To School Spirit?

Raul Magallanes, Editor-In-Chief

October 8

Filed under Opinion

On Friday night, Sept. 25, surprisingly half the football stands were empty when the varsity team kicked off against Newbury Park. Towards halftime, the stands were still only partially filled. Perhaps the school spirit of Venice High has been exorcised or is simply fading away. Clearly it’s not as strong as other schools’. There’s no enthusiasm to show school pride. Students at football games don’t even cheer louder than the adults, only small crowds gather in the gym to pump up volleyball or basketball players and the soccer team barely has 20 people in the stands. Where are the students, where are the...

Breakfast in the Classroom has Potential

JAcob Jimenez, Entertainment Editor

September 28

Filed under Opinion

Breakfast in the classroom is a smart idea that has some flaws to it. It is a intelligent way to give students in Venice High School food without making them wait in a long line. Most people didn’t want to waste time at nutrition just to get food, but now the students can eat and have a full belly. The main flaw is that much of the food is thrown away. The bags that are used are also too big for such a small amount of trash. It is bad to waste food and not try to give it to the homeless. Even science and environmental science teacher Jess Rabinowitz said that the large plastic bags are bad for the environment because...

It’s great to be a Gondolier

It’s great to be a Gondolier

June 2

Venice High has recently been under the scrutiny of the media for reported sexual assaults that happened on campus involving under-age students. But despite the bad press, students from Venice High clearly know that they attend a great school. Recently students and teachers from the school have rallied behind the trend #VeniceHighIsGreatBecause, started by the Venice Oarsman’s Twitter, to show...

The Reading Experience

Jacqueline Payan, Reporter

May 27

Filed under Opinion

When I read, I become part of the book and its adventure. I let the story I am reading take me away into its world. It is an amazing feeling to escape from the real world for a bit. I can imagine myself dealing with the characters’ problems and understanding their thoughts. Reading can sometimes even be an emotional experience. Books can make you cry, laugh and even get mad! I enjoy being moved by what I read. Being totally involved in a good story or mystery not only makes my free time interesting, it also helps me to forget the stress of my life, like having to study all the time. Reading outside of class for...

Mandarin Language Classes Shouldn’t be Cut

Andrea Lo, Assistant News Editor

May 22

Filed under Opinion

Venice’s Mandarin program may be cut. This is disappointing to hear, because it would negatively affect the whole school. Mandarin is being cut is because only a handful of students are taking Mandarin. Relative to other language classes, such as French, Mandarin has fewer students. Mr. Tim Liang currently teaches four levels of Mandarin. Cutting the Mandarin program would be a blow to the World Language and Global Studies Magnet. Only four languages would be available: Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese. In previous years, Russian and Latin have also been taught. German was completely cut just last year. Incoming...

Gender roles should be abandoned

Gender roles should be abandoned

Harry Phillips, Editor-in-Chief

May 21

Filed under Opinion

“Be a man.” “Don’t be a sissy.” “That’s for girls.” “Only guys do that.” All of these are examples of how gender roles are negative influences on people. Gender roles hurt people’s individuality and constrain them to “traditional” roles. We live in the 21st century and we should abandon gender roles completely. For one, gender roles makes people feel bad about who they...

Smart Balance test a waste of time

Kimberly Velasquez, Reporter

May 13

Filed under Opinion

It’s imprudent that school administrators had students take the Smart Balance test a few days before Advanced Placement tests. Students not only have to worry about losing class time that prepared them for AP testing. The Smart Balance test was taken by juniors and was used to see how much knowledge 11th graders have accumulated. However, this test took up three periods for four days. Some students finished early, but for those who were having trouble with their iPads or worked more slowly, they had to continue working on their test. Students could choose to sign an opt-out form if they didn’t want to take...

P.E. Shouldn’t Be A Class

P.E. Shouldn’t Be A Class

Jacqueline Payan, Reporter

May 11

Filed under Opinion

Looking back to the two years of P.E. I took, I question why I even had to take P.E. I remember having to run under the sun’s heat and play sports with classmates who made little effort. I feel like it was a waste of my time attending that class when I could’ve had another class that I actually needed in order to graduate or to prepare for college. P.E. is not a beneficial class. It provides...

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