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Sia's lack of consultation with members of the autistic community led to harmful characterizations of autistic people in her recent movie 'Music.' Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

Don’t Watch Sia’s New Film ‘Music’

Annie Stent, Staff Writer
April 6, 2021

Australian pop singer Sia released the movie "Music" on Feb. 10, 2021. The film is about a girl named Music who is on the autism spectrum. The movie follows...

Anti-Asian hate crimes have increased by 150% over the past year, according to California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Top Picks From Print: Let’s Put an End to Asian American Discrimination

Charlotte Palmer, Staff Writer
March 26, 2021

Headlines about hate crimes against Asian Americans are common in recent months. From the BBC: “COVID ‘Hate Crimes’ Against Asian Americans On Rise;”...

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My Perspective on Being an “Undersized” Athlete Has Changed

Annie Stent, Staff Writer
March 23, 2021

In sports, bigger is better — or at least that's how it feels to me. I always thought I was tall at five-foot-nine-inches, but as a volleyball player,...

In 1965, Karen was the third most popular baby name in the United States, according to The New York Times. In 2018, the last year for data available, it was ranked in 635th place for baby names. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Unpacking the Karen Stereotype

Penelope Stinson, Assistant Opinions Editor
March 9, 2021

Karen. She’s likely a middle-aged white woman with a pixie cut and blonde streaks. She’s likely wearing some sort of tracksuit and has sunglasses perched...

Different eating disorders include certain signs and symptoms. Scroll down to see a larger version of this image. Infographic by Kaylie Wu.

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Altered My Perspective on Body Image

Kaylie Wu, Staff Writer
March 2, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I had no idea how different my life would become. I didn’t expect classes to remain online for the rest of the school...

Republicans and Democrats are greatly split today. President Joe Biden has the ability to change these circumstances. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang

Trump’s Actions Led to Today’s Political Polarization, and Biden Must Limit It

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
February 23, 2021

After President Joe Biden's election, half of Republicans said the voting process was rigged. Republicans and Democrats are now more polarized than ever,...

Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman helped protect the building during the Jan. 6 riot. Staff illustration: Andrea Li.

Top Picks From Print: The Capitol Police Officers Need to Be Celebrated, Not Criticized

Alex Levitt, Assistant News Editor
February 16, 2021

Note: This story originally appeared in the 47.3 print edition of The Coat of Arms in February 2021. --------- Americans witnessed an insurrection on...

In order to halt the COVID-19 pandemic and save as many lives as possible, it is crucial that eligible people receive the vaccine. Some cannot receive the vaccine due to religious objections, compromised immune systems or being newborn babies, according to Mayo Clinic. It is important to continue to wear masks and follow COVID-19 guidelines to protect those who have not been vaccinated until we reach herd immunity. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe, Community Members Should Get Vaccinated If Offered

Lizzie Freehill, Staff Writer
February 12, 2021

The rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines has left many wondering whether they are safe. According to extensive studies and vaccine trials, the answer...

Teens and their parents have different opinions surrounding social media and technology use. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye.

Mother Versus Daughter Perspectives: Social Media’s Effect on Teenagers

Sutton Inouye, Staff Writer
February 9, 2021

Do teenagers really have an obsession with social media, or do our parents just not understand? I frequently get the screen time lecture from my mom. I’ll...

The COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be widely distributed in the later half of 2021, but medical workers, the elderly, and front-line workers have already begun to receive doses. Creative Commons photo: Abel F. Ross on Qapta.

We Should Look Forward to 2021

Madison Liu, Staff Writer
February 4, 2021

It is no secret that 2020 was a horrific year from start to finish. As a result, 2021 is poised to be yet another year of struggle. We enter the new year...

Nasal swabs are placed in test tubes once the test has been administered. At many public COVID-19 testing sites, healthcare professionals administer the test to patients; however, at Menlo's on-campus testing site, school community members self-administer their tests. Staff illustration: Annie Stent.

On-Campus COVID-19 Testing is a Must-Use Resource

Annie Stent, Staff Writer
February 2, 2021

Menlo’s hybrid learning model resumed Tuesday, Jan. 19, and the school administration requires weekly COVID-19 testing to help ensure the safety of the...

Tinsley poses for a photo in front of the Capitol wearing a flag, hat and shirt that read,

Sugar Shack Owner’s Participation in Capitol Protest is Unjustifiable

Alea Marks, Staff Writer
January 29, 2021

On Jan. 6, Americans nationwide watched as chaos unfolded at the Capitol; I watched in astonishment as thousands of people stormed the Capitol building....

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