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Seniors stress over college acceptances

Harry Phillips, Editor-in-Chief

March 27

Filed under Opinion

This is the time of year when seniors are an emotional rollercoaster as they find out about college decisions. Some seniors stress out about it a little too much. Seniors should realize that they are probably not going to get into every college they have applied to. Once seniors admit this, it will lessen the blow. Personally I have not gotten any rejections yet and I have been accepted to three of the seven colleges I applied to, but I know that I will probably get at least one rejection before I decide where I am going for college. Last year, I luckily didn’t see any of my senior friends go crazy, but I know...

Venice High School is great because…..

Venice High School is great because…..

March 16

We encourage people to help promote positivity about Venice High and be aware of all the school's achievements. To further this cause, we ask the public to comment on the positive qualities of Venice High. Post your comments at the bottom of the article. Start with "Venice High is great because ..."

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Black Lives Matter

Amiah Woods, Reporter

March 6

Filed under Opinion

Racism in America is rapidly increasing. It’s like history repeating itself. It’s not only hurtful, but it’s deadly. Black men are being killed all over America because of the color of their skin, and no one is suffering consequences for these murders. We can make a change by coming together and getting justice for these innocent human beings whose lives were taken. Making these murderers accountable for their crimes will show that regardless of race, everyone matters, and they will be punished to the full extent, as they would if a white man were killed. What we see today is that in America, black lives don’t...

Self Love on Valentine’s Day

Self Love on Valentine’s Day

Aranza Naguanagua, Opinion Editor

March 6

Filed under Opinion

Every year when Valentine's Day rolls around, people tend to fret about not being in a relationship. But to have a successful Valentine's Day, you don't need to have that special someone to spend the day with. This day should be dedicated to doing things you love with people who mean a lot to you, not just someone who has a petty title such as "Valentine." Even people who are in relationships...

The Six Pillars of Character

Jacqueline Payan, Reporter

February 27

Filed under Opinion

Recently during morning announcements, the six pillars of character have been presented to motivate students to have a good day practicing good values. The six pillars of character are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. In many ways it makes sense for the administration to want to encourage these qualities among students since it is important for students to get along and respect each other. But practicing these values isn’t that easy. Besides trying to make students shake off old habits and use different ideas, the way the values are presented should first be improved. These...

The Bathroom Privilege

Jacqueline Payan, Reporter

February 27

Filed under Opinion

Using the bathroom is something we all have to do during the day. It’s a basic human need that keeps us alive and healthy, like eating, sleeping and breathing. Yet I have witnessed various occasions since the beginning of elementary school where a teacher has denied a student the right to use the bathroom and instructed them to “hold it” instead. As high schoolers, we are told that we should be able to manage our bathroom schedules in between classes and during breaks, but students don’t always need to use it then. I personally try my very best to go in between classes, if the bathroom lines are short enough...

Self love on Valentine’s Day

Self love on Valentine’s Day

Aranza Naguanagua, Opinion Editor

February 14

Filed under Opinion

Every year when Valentine’s Day rolls around, people tend to fret about not being in a relationship. But to have a successful Valentines Day, you don’t need to have that special someone to spend the day with. This day should be dedicated to doing things you love with people who mean a lot to you, not just someone who has a petty title such as “Valentine.” Even people who are in relationships...

Unrealistic Valentine’s standards for guys

Unrealistic Valentine’s standards for guys

February 13

Valentine’s Day; a day of romance, heartbreak and a lot of money being spent. As a guy I feel completely stressed out about Valentine’s Day. Growing up, I noticed on TV and in society that there is a lot of pressure for guys to provide a great day for their partners. Guys are expected to find ways to give their romantic lover a great day that they will never forget. For some guys it comes naturally...

Non-violence is the solution to the problem with Charlie Hebdo

Harry Phillips, Editor-in-Chief

February 3

Filed under Opinion

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages,” Thomas A. Edison. Twelve people died in a terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine based in Paris, France on Jan. 7. Al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for the attack on the magazine. Many people agree what happened at the magazine was horrible, but some religious communities are now protesting the magazine even more now. As a journalist and an American, I feel sorry for the people who died on that fateful day because of terrorism. I believe strongly...

Skateboarding Is Here To Stay

Chad Sharrieff, Asst. Photo Editor

December 11

Filed under Opinion

  In the spring of 2013, a student was riding a skateboard at school, fell, and hurt himself. School administrators responded by banning skateboarding on campus. The school or LAUSD could have been sued. The simplest way for the school to prevent further accidents was probably to ban skateboarding at Venice High. As a student and skateboarder, the ban is a problem. Even though the ban is constantly ignored, I don’t use my personal skateboard on campus because of it. However, I feel confident that I can ensure my safety as well as the safety of others around me if I were allowed to use my skateboard. ...

Appreciate What You’ve Got

Appreciate What You’ve Got

December 11

I often hear: “I don’t like this food.” “I have a lot of homework.” “ I don’t want to clean my room.” “I need new clothes.” “My teacher doesn’t like me.” “My mom didn’t let me go out.” and the list goes on. We teens have so many complaints about life. Why don’t we ever take a moment to say: “I’m so glad I have enough clothes because there are many people out...

Losing Communication

Losing Communication

December 10

Up until recent history, face-to-face talk was essential. There was no other way to communicate with others. But now there are a vast number of ways to communicate with people all over the globe. We have social networking like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. With all these systems we can talk for hours up with 140 words or less, pictures and pages. In addition to social networks, we have the...

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