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Gap year presents solution to difficult transitions

Sarah Barsky, Feature and Opinion Editor
December 26, 2019

When the majority of high school students think of college, they think of a chance to have a fresh start and to grow independent. However, high school graduates are not always prepared for this new chapter of their life. According to The 74, a website focused on educational issues, only about half of graduating seniors in the United States are prepared for college. However, 70 percent of Americans...

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Dungeons, Dragons, and Drake High School

P.J. Nave, Staff
December 21, 2019

“Dungeons & Dragons” (D&D) is taking the Pirate community by storm. The game’s core lies in a group of players, who adventure through a world created by a “Dungeon Master.” “It’s something that’s accessible to every kind of person,” senior Pierre Beaurang said. Gary Gygax has been since honored with near deific status in the roleplaying game community since he created...

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San Anselmo’s lack of diversity not an accident

Kaden Brastow, Staff
December 19, 2019

Any student at Drake is well aware of the demographics. Walking through the corridors, the homogeneity of the student body is distinct.    “We have a very homogenous culture because of our lack of diversity,” said David Cho, a member of Drake SOAR (Students Organized for Anti-Racism).  “People try to dress and act in very similar manners. I think it prevents people from acknowledging...

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Ally Fry, Feature and Satire Editor
December 13, 2019

Whether writing autobiographies or fiction, women have contributed to the world of literature while not being fully acknowledged. To commemorate the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, an internet challenge recognizes women for their literary accomplishments.  The podcast “Reading Woman” began the challenge to spend 2019 reading books by female authors, and announces their intention as “[encouraging] you to read widely.”  The goal is to explore underestimated and...

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Senior Tree facilitates memories through generations

Alice Simenstad, Staff
December 11, 2019

For generations of Pirates, the Senior Tree serves an important purpose as a place where people can talk, laugh, share stories, and be a part of the community. It stands tall over hundreds of students, watching them spend time with friends, talk during fleeting passing periods, and race to class at the sound of the bell.  The history of the Senior Tree is somewhat peculiar; there are no records...

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Let’s raise our sons and daughters the same

Melissa Auchard, Staff
December 10, 2019

I was around eight years old and sitting in a comfortable position on one of my family’s living room chairs, with my feet on the chair and legs bent on either side of my torso. “You should close your legs,” my father said. “Why?” I replied. “Because ladies don’t do that.” “Why?” “They just don’t.” I spoke to my father recently about what he said to me that...

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Windy conditions wreak havoc on Pumpkin Regatta

Will Burkhart, Staff
November 20, 2019

Out of 106 boats registered for Saturday’s “Great Pumpkin Race,” only 91 would finish all three sailboat races, proving the treacherous weather conditions of the San Francisco Bay.   “Crazy breeze, gnarly conditions, fast and close racing, and some crazy roundups,” said Sean Mahoney, a crewmember on the competing boat Tartan 101 Storymaker. Gary Clifford started the Great Pumpkin...

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Drake Drama’s Antigone X Captivates Audience in New Venue

Emily Cardwell, Staff
November 14, 2019

Drake drama has a new venue. Following the retirement of beloved Drake drama teacher David g. Smith, his former classroom has been remodeled into a new studio theatre.  Antigone X is the first play performed within the David g. Smith Studio Theatre and the first show directed by Peter Parish. It provided a unique and intimate viewing experience.  Seating 65 people embellished with new surround...

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Fighting for their right to a future 

Melissa Auchard, Staff
November 7, 2019

"What do we want?!”  “Climate justice!” “When do we want it?!” “Now!”

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Jack Reuter, Sports Editor
November 7, 2019

Ben Franklin once said, “The only certainties in life are death and taxes.” Now it seems plastic is a close third. Following plastic’s exponential rise, it's important to look back on the history of the industry and consider its place at Drake.  The history of plastic started with the first synthesized polymer in 1907. It was mainly used for combs and faux ivory, and it was made less brittle as the decades progressed. The refinement of their products and the post World War II consumer culture...

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Climate change movement widening political divide

Nick Anthony, Arts & Entertainment Editor
October 31, 2019

The loudest and most prominent climate change activists reject proposed solutions because the solutions operate under a system they deem unjust.

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Alexandra Fry
October 31, 2019

“I wanted something that was well insulated that can keep for many years,” senior Jasmyn Jansen said of her water bottle. A red, sticker-covered Hydro Flask.  A new subculture, the representation of which is known as a “VSCO girl,” has popularized the Hydro Flask water bottle. This subculture is characterized by the usage of popular photo-editing app VSCO, political liberalism, and eco-consciousness largely expressed through the products one owns. Products such as Burt's Bees, scrunchies,...

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