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Portola Pilot

Press Pause on the Podcast and Open up an Article Instead
Parmin Zamani, Photo Editor
January 30, 2023
Those in favor of tuning into podcasts enjoy the flexibility and productivity offered by the more immersive medium, while fans of articles argue they can gain a deeper understanding in a shorter period of time.
H2H: How Should You Get Your News?
January 30, 2023
Hear Me Out: Here is Why You Should Give Podcasts a Try
Tyler Kim, News Editor
January 30, 2023
Citizens in China have started to break down the ‘wall’ of censorship and political control the Chinese Communist Party has placed upon its citizens. Protests for the removal of Zero-Covid, and more importantly, Chinese President Xi Jinping, reveal a rising wave of young, political dissenters that will shape China’s future political sphere.
Protests in China Are Not about Zero-COVID; They Are About the Chinese Government
Michael Sun, Staff Writer
January 5, 2023
Skiers often have a much more enjoyable experience on the mountain, effortlessly coasting down flat slopes, while snowboarders are left behind, often losing their balance. Falling on a snowboard can be extremely traumatic, especially when falling forward since both feet are attached to the board, according to snowboarder and senior Chris Lee.
Settling the Feud in the Snow: Skiing will Always Remain Superior
Mia Jong, Photo Editor
January 4, 2023
Gift giving is an endearing method to share love and show thoughtfulness. “It shows not only do I listen to you, but I also care about you,” junior Sarah Alkatib said. “Im going to take the time to get a gift for you.’”
Gift Giving Gives More Satisfaction than Receiving
Jana Malek, Staff Writer
December 15, 2022
A careless student riding his e-bike streaks past the speed limit. The uncontrollable speed causes him to fall hard on the ground, unmoving.
E-Bikes Race Over the Speed Limit of School Safety
Elise Ngo and Aditi Salunkhe
November 17, 2022
Media platforms such as Netflix and Hulu often weaponize and manipulate the trauma of real people for financial gain, failing to provide accurate consideration for these real people’s lives. “I feel like it is impossible to only want to inform. You need people who finance these shows and documentaries, and they want to see certain things,” science teacher Michael Tang said. “I don’t think we can ever achieve objectivity or completely good intentions. It’s so tied to money; it’s so tied to fame.”
Trauma Voyeurism: An Unethical Means of Gaining ‘Clicks’ in the Modern Age
Hannah Ko and Tara Vatandoust
November 7, 2022
While artificially generated art can be produced at a faster rate, it is not comparable to the beauty of human-made art. “I think that [art] often ties into self expression and ties into processing how youre feeling or whats going on in the world and being able to communicate in that way, and those are pretty complex, big things to do,” visual arts teacher Kearci Thompson said. “So its not as interesting to most people that study art because were like, okay, [the AI] can do some of the things kind of well, but it doesnt have that human aspect that draws you in.”
AI Art Will Always Stay Artificial
Ruhi Samudra and Shaina Taebi
November 3, 2022
While many overlook the importance of tipping workers, it is a crucial practice that acknowledges their hard work and services. Tipping culture prevents people from becoming bound to money and the prospect of its loss.
Tipping Culture: It’s Deeper than You Think
Hannah Ko, Staff Writer
October 28, 2022
While society often perceives trick-or-treating as a tradition reserved for younger children, teenagers can have great enjoyment from the festivities. Many people try to hand out extra candy to teenagers to encourage them to hold on to their childhood, according to Spanish teacher Kari Tubbs.
Trick-or-Treating Is Not Less Sweet as a High Schooler
Mia Jong and Tara Vatandoust
October 26, 2022
Fans of serial killers will send love and support to their idols, while the victims’ loved ones are trying to grieve.
Romanticizing Serial Killers Harms the Victims
Maitri Allani, Photo Editor
October 21, 2022
While fast fashion is an affordable option for many people, it can lead to harmful environmental consequences.
Overconsumption is Ruining The Environment
Jana Malek, Staff Writer
September 26, 2022
Biden’s loan forgiveness plan, introduced August 24, provides benefits that will undoubtedly benefit struggling workers. However, the funds required to pay for this action are greatly overlooked — a potential $1 trillion will come from taxpayer’s wallets, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Budget Model, a nonpartisan research initiative that analyzes the economic impact of fiscal policy.
Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Fails to Meet Even Liberal Criterion
Michael Sun, Staff Writer
September 22, 2022
Many school libraries exclude banned books in their availability of books, specifically books featuring minority groups like POC and LGBTQ+ communities according to PEN America.
Banned Books Negatively Impact Representation
Arshia Sista and Sonia Wang
September 20, 2022
Whereas freshmen acceptance rates to UCLA hover around 12 to 16 percent, members of IVC’s Transfer Alliance Program are accepted to UCLA at rates between 70 to 85 percent, according to the IVC website.
Community College–a Stepping Stone to Greater Opportunities
Emma Haag and Ryan Jung
May 26, 2022
Toxic Asian-beauty standards have made many South Asians use face-whitening products like Fair and Lovely to have a more Eurocentric look.
Toxicity in Asian-American Standards: South-Asian Underrepresentation
Arshia Sista, Staff Writer
May 25, 2022
The new California Math Framework draft acknowledges how mathematics education has remained as an obstacle for certain groups of students with limited access to an advanced course track. The new California Math Framework draft acknowledges how mathematics education has remained as an obstacle for certain groups of students with limited access to an advanced course track.
New Math Framework: One Step Towards Equity or Ideological Pedagogy?
Martin Yoon, Staff Writer
May 24, 2022
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