Jolly Roger

Alice Simenstad
April 24, 2020

Every night, as the clocks chime eight across Marin County, residents open their doors and howl together as a way to stay connected with neighbors, friends, and family. Citizens started the howl to appreciate healthcare and grocery store workers, first responders, mail carriers, and so many more who put themselves in danger during this global pandemic. The nightly howl originated in neighborhoods in Mill Valley, who were inspired by videos of people in Spain applauding healthcare workers. Ella...

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Lucie Martikan and Sarah Barsky
March 30, 2020

It’s springtime, which, for lots of high school juniors, means it’s time to think about college. While also trying to stay on top of their classes and take part in extracurriculars, juniors most likely will take the ACT or  SAT. From two seniors, here is our advice on how to get through this dreaded test.    SAT Tips by Lucie Martikan: Beginning to study for the SAT can be daunting. You may not know where to start, and it can become overwhelming pretty quickly. The number one...

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Jury declares Mock Trial a success

Alice Simenstad
March 10, 2020

The sun has set on Drake’s 2019-20 Mock Trial season. The team finished Feb. 1 with one win and three losses. Even with a losing season, freshman Bri Woods, freshman Jack Long, sophomore Finn McKitterek, and the team’s captain senior Pierre Beaurang won ‘best in role’ awards, proving the Drake team held their own against the competition. Mock Trial is an academic sport that exists in most...

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Dance troupe duo shines among the rest

Kyla Seeley
March 10, 2020

The first beats of the song hit and two dancers leap out from the sides of the gym bleachers into a front flip. Within a second, they are enveloped by the rest of their team. The group moves as one body, but there is something about these two that, from the start, make them stand out. These dancers are Nate Horn and Isaac Dorfman.  Despite being the only two boys in the 17 person troupe, they make...

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Tender Tenders serves up exceptional chicken, mediocre ambiance

Samantha Parr, Staff
February 25, 2020

After hearing countless opinions about the crispy chicken and addictive fries at Tender Tenders, I knew that I had to see what the chatter was all about. Tender Tenders, a fast-food restaurant in San Rafael, focuses on one thing: chicken tenders. It is tucked away in the spacious parking lot of the West End Center, which also houses Best Buy and Pink Owl Coffee. It was nearly impossible to miss...

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Nick Anthony
February 12, 2020

I didn’t know Paul as well as I could have. I didn’t really make much of an effort to initiate any conversations, or learn about his hobbies. The information about his personal life that I did know was often second or third-hand - sometimes true, sometimes false. Sometimes, it was gray, things that I wanted to ask more about but didn’t know how. More than a few questions were left unanswered.  In eighth grade, my friends and I begged Paul for a ride to McInnis Skate Park just before dark...

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Coronavirus prompts ideas surrounding the perpetuation of racist culture

Melissa Auchard, Staff
February 12, 2020

“F*** the Chinese.”  “The Chinese really on some f*** s***.” “The Chinese tend to be so f***ing stupid and gross and dirty.” Each of these quotations are things that have come from the mouths of my peers.  Put yourself in the position of the population targeted with these comments. How might it feel to have your entire identity bashed for a disease that isn’t your fault?...

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Both sides of drake’s political spectrum- Julia Pelletier

Kaden Brastow
February 3, 2020

In a community lacking meaningful political identity, senior Julia Pelletier advocates for better protection of human rights on a global scale. Julia is a self-described liberal focused on human rights, especially when it comes to immigration and human identity liberties. She is also a member of Studies of the Environment Academy - Drake Integrated Studies Curricular (SEA-DISC).   She attributes...

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Kaden Brastow
February 3, 2020

Agreements: Government should promote renewable energy Decriminalize marijuanna possession Comprehensive background checks for all gun purchases Targeting Iranian cultural sites is bad President Trump is impulsive and reckless Drake’s monolithic political identity is harmful

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Both sides of Drake’s political spectrum – Ian Christie

Kaden Brastow
February 3, 2020

Senior Ian Christie considers himself a moderate conservative, but he believes a label can only go so far to describe one’s political identity. As someone who does not fit the liberal stereotype of the average Drake student, Ian is disappointed by the uniformity of Drake’s political being.    “Drake is dominated by liberal Democrats,” Ian said. “It’s definitely difficult, being...

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Sarah Barsky
February 3, 2020

“You’re too young for this.” “Shouldn’t you be retired?” “Young people are lazy.” “You’re probably too old to understand this.” These are ageist remarks that can have far-reaching effects on the mental and emotional health of others. This form of discrimination, known as ageism, affects the lives of many generations.  According to the World Health Organization, ageism is the “stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age.”...

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Gender neutral dolls raise questions about identity

Melissa Auchard, Staff
February 3, 2020

What has blue eyes, blonde hair, and tanned skin? Add disproportionately long legs, a waist the width of a pinky, and perfectly perky breasts to the mix and this has been the face of the doll industry for over sixty years.  Barbie Millicent Roberts made her debut in 1959. Launched by the toy company Mattel, she was modeled after influential females of the time, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.  Since...

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