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Flex Time Relieves Stress for Students

Flex Time Relieves Stress for Students

By Shawkin Kabir

September 15, 2019

“I can’t do it. I’m so stressed out.” Quizzes, tests, projects, extracurriculars -- the list goes on for the endless papers that students work on throughout the day, and it becomes hard to balance. This is especially true at Westwood, where students’ stress becomes a particularly prominent proble...

Amazon Rainforest Fires Severely Escalate Climate Change

Amazon Rainforest Fires Severely Escalate Climate Change

By Nivrithi Kuttuva, Reporter

September 8, 2019

Smoke-smothered skies swallow the bright, sunny aura that had been beaming over the forest. The wind carries a melancholic whisper of all of the lives that have been claimed. The trees that could have been home to a family of monkeys, a nighttime campout for a sloth, or perhaps a lush environment for ...

The Removal of India’s Article 370 Will Better Integrate Kashmir Into the Country

The Removal of India’s Article 370 Will Better Integrate Kashmir Into the Country

By Dia Jain, A&E Editor

September 4, 2019

Kashmir currently holds the whole world's attention due to violent protests and backlash about a recent decision by the Indian government. This region has long been considered disputed territory by both India and Pakistan. It is divided into three parts: Indian Kashmir, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK)...

Congressional Democrats Should Not Attempt to Impeach President Trump

Congressional Democrats Should Not Attempt to Impeach President Trump

By Jake Schlanger, Reporter

August 2, 2019

It has been quite some time now since the first calls of impeachment against President Trump were heard from Democrats. When they first began, there was little pressure on Democratic leadership to do anything about it. However, in light of former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller II’s probe into a ...

Low-Carbon Energy Innovation Will Make Renewables More Efficient

Low-Carbon Energy Innovation Will Make Renewables More Efficient

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

June 15, 2019

One of President Trump’s campaign promises was to bring back the American coal industry and save coal miners. Since entering the White House, he has enacted policies to steer the United States against the more environmentally friendly renewable energy industry. Despite this, the dropping costs of renewables and increasing concerns over the consequences of cli...

Taking Care Of Your Mental Health Is Crucial

Taking Care Of Your Mental Health Is Crucial

By Sourav Dhar, Sports Editor

May 26, 2019

It’s May, signifying the arrival of Mental Health Awareness Month. Taking care of your mental health is critically important to one’s well-being and lifestyle, or mental health can lead to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, erratic mood swings, bipolar disorder, and many other conditions. With...

Solving International Crises Is More Important Than Restoring Historic Buildings

Solving International Crises Is More Important Than Restoring Historic Buildings

By Keana Saberi, Reporter

May 7, 2019

On April 15th, flames engulfed the centuries old Notre Dame Cathedral, leaving France in despair. The fire blazed through one of the cathedral’s spires and the roof collapsed in ruin. In the aftermath of the burning of the historical cathedral, people all over the world rapidly helped raise money for ...

Clickbait Titles Damage Trust In Journalism

Clickbait Titles Damage Trust In Journalism

By Sara Momin, Assistant Community & World News Editor

April 25, 2019

After the external threat lockdown a few weeks ago, 71 Republic, an independent news source, published an article regarding a possible cover-up led by Westwood officials. The article suggested the idea that a gun had been shot on campus, contrasting Principal Mario Acosta’s statement that there had been n...

Think Twice Before You Call Someone “Alt-Right”

Think Twice Before You Call Someone “Alt-Right”

By Connor Cowman, Community & World Editor

April 16, 2019

The term “alt-right” is one of the hottest political buzzwords of the last few years. According to Wikipedia, alt-right is defined as a loosely connected and somewhat ill-defined far-right movement. It contains white supremacists, white nationalists, white separatists, anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, neo-fascists, ...

NFL’s New Pass Interference Will Ruin Football

NFL’s New Pass Interference Will Ruin Football

By Vikram Joshi, Sports Editor

April 8, 2019

Set to go down as the call (or rather non-call) that changed the sport, Nickell Robey-Coleman’s pass interference (PI) on Tommylee Lewis cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl and sparked massive protests against the NFL (National Football League) and will forever be remembered as one of the worst referee mistakes in history. Now, two months later, the NFL has taken ...

Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill Should Not Become Law

Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill Should Not Become Law

By Anouka Saha and Dia Jain

April 3, 2019

For years, activists, states, and courts across the nation have debated the issue of abortion, which is the act of ending a pregnancy by removing an embryo or a fetus before it can live outside the uterus. On March 29, Georgia’s Republican-controlled legislature passed what is considered to become on...

Vaccines Are The Most Effective Way to Prevent Disease

Vaccines Are The Most Effective Way to Prevent Disease

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

March 27, 2019

When he turned 18, Ethan Lindenberger went onto Reddit and asked how he could get vaccinations against the wishes of his anti-vaxx parents. Months later, on March 6th, he talked about his story to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “There seem to always be two sides to ...