New year, new California laws

February 15, 2018

From addressing gender discrimination, to changing hiring practices, to lowering minimum wage and more, numerous California laws have been put into action at the start of the new year. Check them out below.

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The consequences of net neutrality

February 15, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission dismantled net neutrality, the rules that require internet providers, such as Comcast or Xfinity, to give content providers equal access to all consumers, on Dec. 15.

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Affirmative Action: Is it fair?

With origins dating back to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, affirmative action, as defined by the West Encyclopedia of American Law, currently “refers to both mandatory and voluntary programs intended to affirm the civil rights of designated classes of individuals by taking positive action to protect them [from discrimination].” Such laws and programs, usually instituted in higher education and the American workplace, generally have goals of promoting diversity and making up for past cases of discrimination. This, however, was not always the case.

December 14, 2017
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SMUHSD climate control policy: Too cool for comfort

December 14, 2017

In a letter from Kevin Skelly, the San Mateo Union High School District Superintendent, the district informed Aragon staff at the beginning of November that teachers will no longer be able to regulate their classroom’s temperature due to the new sustainability policies.

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Analyzing how athletes prepare during the offseason

December 14, 2017

Many professional athletes played multiple sports before eventually narrowing their focus to their main sport. For example, Golden State Warriors point guard and two-time MVP Stephen Curry used to play football, baseball and soccer along with basketball. Playing several sports provides athletes with conditioning for their main sport. At the high school level, athletes similarly play other sports, as well as do conditioning during their offseason by playing in leagues,…

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The first step to curing addiction is to remove the stigma

December 14, 2017

America is currently facing an unprecedented opioid epidemic. One in 10 people over the age of 12 suffer from addiction. Drug-related deaths now stand at over 64,000 a year, making it the eighth-leading cause of death in the United States. In response, the Trump administration has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Unfortunately, without additional funds and major reform to increase the accessibility of healthcare, there is still…

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Middle College: An alternative to high school education

November 21, 2017

Located at the College of San Mateo, the Middle College program is an alternative education program provided by an agreement between CSM and the San Mateo Union High School District that allows junior and senior high school students to concurrently enroll in high school and community college courses. This program gives juniors and seniors the opportunity to finish their high school graduation credits, obtain college credit, and also have a college oriented experience as a high school student.

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Breaking the habits of drug abuse and addiction

November 16, 2017

“Marijuana started as kind of a thing that made me laugh,” Kelly* said. “Just like something just to relax, but like every time you do it it kind of changes your experience.” Drug addiction starts in different ways. Some begin using the drug on their own while others are introduced through friends or family. The variability of drug addiction continues from exposure through recovery, as each individual faces challenges that…

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Admin enforces new hall pass policy

November 16, 2017

Last month, the administration implemented a new policy that requires students to wear a hall pass when leaving a classroom. According to the administration, this policy has been enforced in order to distinguish between those who leave to go to the bathroom and those who are ditching class.

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