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The MLB playoffs are here, and everyone should watch. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

MLB Playoffs Are Here

October 11, 2021

While many associate October with fall, pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween, it means one thing to MLB die-hards: the postseason. Even if one isn’t...

Staff Illustration: Tatum Herrin.

America Needs Gun Reform Laws Based On Recent Shootings

June 2, 2021

Throughout the earlier stages of the pandemic when people had to stay within their homes, avoid large gatherings and limit face-to-face interaction, shootings...

With relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, fans are now able to attend most sporting events in person. Staff Illustration: Sophie Fang

Menlo Students and Faculty Hope To Attend Future Sporting Events

May 26, 2021

Think all the way back to pre-COVID-19. What in-person games did you attend? Was it your favorite team? A playoff game? Something overseas? For months,...

Members of the Menlo community have watched various shows during the pandemic, including new releases and older, timeless ones. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Menlo Students and Staff Identify Favorite Shows During the Pandemic

April 16, 2021

Pandemic shutdowns have caused people to spend more time indoors, and TV viewing rates have increased by 73%, according to Comscore. Staff members and...

March Madness 2021 is approaching; the annual college basketball tournament was canceled as a result of the pandemic last year. The tournament has altered some of its rules this year to accommodate safety measures. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

March Madness is Back After One-Year Hiatus

March 11, 2021

March 12, 2020 marked the beginning of many shelter-in-place orders across the U.S. But for college basketball fans, March 12 became particularly devastating...

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

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,...

Teachers are adapting their classes for the virtual and hybrid learning formats. One teacher might use the strategy of waving to their class through Zoom. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

Teachers Describe Virtual Teaching Takeaways

January 23, 2021

Many Menlo community members have had to sacrifice things during the pandemic, such as in-person events and school. Many Menlo teachers feel that they...

Senior Lindsey Ball and fellow church members sing together in person before the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Ball.

COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Religious Schools and Programs

December 21, 2020

As San Mateo County re-enters the purple tier for COVID-19 restrictions, places of worship are required to be outdoor-only. For many Menlo students, this...

Twitter can provide you with any type of news you are looking for, whether that be politics, sports or entertainment. Staff illustration: Michele Hratko.

Twitter is a Must-Use App

November 6, 2020

Being a professional NBA reporter is pretty cool, but when you tweet the news of President Trump contracting COVID-19 five seconds later than he does,...

Justices Scalia and Ginsburg maintained a close friendship despite having opposing political views. Americans today should follow their example and embrace friendships with those they disagree with. Creative Commons photo: Wally Gobetz on Flickr.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia’s Friendship Is Missing in America Today

October 3, 2020

It is not too often that you see two people on opposite sides of the political spectrum become incredible friends. Yet the late Supreme Court justices...

Science Department Chair James Formato made an at-home setup for the classes that he teaches. In this picture, he has a monitor, a document camera, a stylus and other tools to ensure that he is well equipped for virtual learning. Photo courtesy of James Formato.

Teachers Face Difficulties and Distractions Amid Virtual Classes

September 18, 2020

Imagine teaching a class on Zoom and having Wi-Fi issues, with children making a fuss and pets barking at a mailman in the background— many teachers...

COVID-19 has caused more than 845,000 deaths worldwide, prevented in-person school in many places, cancelled events and caused a lot of suffering around the world. Taking notes on paper has been rendered more challenging by the pandemic; all work and learning now takes place virtually. Staff illustration: Mallika Tatavarti.

Resuming In-Person Classes Will Be Difficult

September 8, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting so hard on America, distance learning has become the reality for many students. COVID-19 struck in January 2020, but...

The NBA was going strong before the virus surfaced but then ended abruptly. Will NBA commissioner Adam Silver and company find a way to resume play for this years NBA playoffs? Creative Commons image: Michael Tipton on Flickr.

U.S. Sports Should Resume Quickly, But Safely

May 17, 2020

It is, quite frankly, frustrating that major events cannot take place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For something, anything, to return is needed...

Health care workers put the finishing touches on their uniforms to stay protected at all costs. As you can see, they are covered from head to toe. Creative Commons photo: Cody R. Miller on

Governors and the President Must Limit Second and Third Waves

May 3, 2020

Because the coronavirus is a once-in-a-lifetime type of pandemic, there is very little margin for error. Some mistakes that could occur due to governors'...

While stadiums would normally be full during this time, sporting events have been put on pause. Creative Commons photo: Michael Coghlan on Flickr.

Unpacking the Latest Updates on the Eventual Resumption of Sporting Events

April 23, 2020

Theoretically, sports games are one of the first “no-no” when it comes to respecting the CDC’s social distancing guidelines, due to large group gatherings...

A big cat pokes its face out to see the outside a cage. Staff Writer Jake Lieberman believes big cats, like this one pictured, shouldnt be kept captive, and deserve to be roaming free in their natural habitat. Creative Commons Image: Wikipedia Commons.

Tiger King is a Must-Watch During Quarantine

April 13, 2020

One request for everyone during quarantine is to please watch the documentary, “Tiger King.” This is an insanely out-of-the-ordinary show that throws...

Due to the coronavirus, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo was postponed for one year. Creative Commons image: Viktor Hertz on Flickr.

Coronavirus Affecting Professional Sports Seasons: How to Look at The Bigger Picture

April 1, 2020

After all the major sports leagues suspended or cancelled their respective seasons, the question looming over many people's heads is: What are we going...

As we know, March Madness has been canceled this year. Devastating loss to all the seniors, coaches and teams dancing for the first time in years. Fans are already counting down the days until college basketball resumes! Creative Commons image: Todd Wickersty on Flickr.

Truly March Madness: Coronavirus Cancels Annual NCAA Tournament

March 19, 2020

68 teams in the field with four teams for each 1-16 seed make up the hands-down best tournament of all sports.  This year could have easily been one...

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