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Bad food leads to unhealthy food habits

Bad food leads to unhealthy food habits

May 11

LAUSD’s food quality is to blame for students skipping meals and developing unhealthy food habits. The problem begins with the cafeteria meals. All LAUSD food is packaged. These foods can be unappetizing. Although the LAUSD constantly tries to change the menu over and over, students always dislike the food. Cafeterias should have a survey on which are the favorite lunch dishes at school. Meals...

Senior Ditch Day was planned poorly

Harry Phillips, Editor-in-Chief

May 11

Filed under Opinion

On April 20, a few Venice seniors ditched school to participate in the long tradition of Senior Ditch Day. Most seniors however, went to school that day. The fact of the matter is that the date was chosen poorly to say the least. The date was too close to AP exams. A lot of seniors take AP classes and they need every minute of class time that they can get, especially if their teachers are overworking them. If this activity was planned strategically, it should be the day after prom or the day of Grad Night. The Monday after prom would be better because everyone can have a long rest. This is even better because after...

The stress of going off to college

The stress of going off to college

Harry Phillips, Editor-in-Chief

May 11

Filed under Opinion

As the school year winds down, seniors have decided where they are going to go for college. With these decisions comes a load of stress, which is not uncommon, if not normal. Seniors, soon to be college students, are stepping into the next phase of their life and it’s scary. Seniors who are leaving for college are excited that they will be on their own and not have to listen to their parents nagging...

Smart Balance test a waste of time

Kimberly Velasquez, Reporter

May 7

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...

The Tardy Sweeps

Jacqueline Payan, Reporter

April 24

Filed under Opinion

Whenever the bell rings and the music starts to play, it signifies a tardy sweep. Students begin to walk at a quicker pace, not wanting to get caught up in the tardy sweep. It is understandable that staff wants everyone to get to class on time but when caught in the sweep, it takes time for students to get a pass when they could already be in class. Especially when there are reasonable causes for why many students are late. Tardy sweeps can make it hard for students to get across campus to their next class because halls are crowded. Sometimes students are caught up in work in their previous class and have to hastily...

High School Preparing Us For Life

Jacqueline Payan, Reporter

April 24

Filed under Opinion

The real world can be a scary place and I think that in high school we should be taught more about living life rather than keeping our heads in a textbook. Growing up can be stressful, especially when you’re a senior. So many of us are oblivious to the world around us and are more familiar with textbooks and math equations. Teenagers can barely make it out of bed at 7 a.m., so I really don’t understand how school expects all students to make decisions like what they want to do after high school. We are told what classes we need to take every year and how many credits we need. Then suddenly, we are expected...

50 Shades of Abuse

Jacqueline Payan, Reporter

April 24

Filed under Opinion

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is a terrible movie and book. It gives an inaccurate message to readers and viewers, especially younger ones. Of course the R rating for the movie makes it harder for people under 17 to see it, but when there’s a will, there’s a way. Whether its by sneaking into a movie theater or reading the book, teens know the story about Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Even though it is seen as romance, it is not. It glorifies emotional manipulation, coercion, and sexual abuse. Even though the movie is toned way down compared to the book, it still glorifies those three things. The main character,...

The Cost of Prom is Not Worth it

Jacqueline Payan, Reporter

April 24

Filed under Opinion

While many of my peers are renting their party buses and spending hundreds of dollars on dresses, I’ve decided to skip prom. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of having an end-of-high- school dance, but honestly I’d rather spend my money at about a thousand other places than at our high school prom. After hair, makeup, nails, the dress, the tux, boutonnieres and corsages, a party bus, dinner, and the actual tickets, a high school senior can spend about $600 to over $1000. It turns out to be quite a lot of money for only one night. The dresses that were chosen months in advance will be left in the closet...

Students need to be prepared for the real world

Jacquline Payan, Reporter

April 16

Filed under Opinion

The real world can be a scary place and I think that in high school we should be taught more about living life rather than keeping our heads in a textbook. Growing up can be stressful, especially when you’re a senior. So many of us are oblivious to the world around us and are more familiar with textbooks and math equations. Teenagers can barely make it out of bed at 7 a.m., so I really don’t understand how school expects all students to make decisions like what they want to do after high school. We are told what classes we need to take every year and how many credits we need. Then suddenly, we are expected...

The burden of AP is killing students

Harry Phillips, Editor-in-Chief

April 16

Filed under Opinion

To say that the AP tests stress students out is an understatement to say the least. The tests reflect what students have been studying since the first day of school. All of the work that students have put in leads to an exam that gives them college credit if they pass or make them feel horrible for wasting so much time on a class because they don’t pass. AP classes, depending on the teacher, can give students little to no work or so much work that students only get a few hours of sleep. However, the workload is usually in between these two extremes and can help determine how ready a student is for the AP test. For...

It’s great to be a Gondolier

It’s great to be a Gondolier

April 16

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...

Janitors Not Recycling

Kimberly Velasquez, Reporter

March 27

Filed under Opinion

We only have a few janitors working at school to help keep it clean, but they aren’t recycling. A variety of students and staff members are thankful that janitors are doing their best to keep the school clean, but I believe that we should also make an effort to save the environment. At times I’ve witnessed a janitor throw bottles left in my class for recycling in the trash. A few of my teachers have witnessed this too. One teacher has wondered why janitors are throwing out bottles that teachers save to be recycled. I believe that something should be done about this dilemma. Recycling is very important to help...

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