Many Bothered by BMI

Chloe Postlewaite and Sara Raubvogel

February 18, 2018


Filed under Health and Lifestyle

Despite being a mandatory assessment in California schools since 2001, the BMI fitness test still sparks controversy among students. Adolphe Quetelet, a Belgian mathematician, created the Body Mass Index (BMI) in 1832.  Today, twenty-one states, including California, require the BMI. Schools use it bo...

Uber: Safe for Students?

Uber: Safe for Students?

Taila Lee, Copy Editor

February 9, 2018


Filed under Health and Lifestyle

Contributing to Uber’s forty million monthly rides, Woodside students commonly use Uber for quick transportation: how safe are students taking Ubers? Uber, the popular mobile app that allows users to instantaneously access quick rides, boasts a soaring net revenue of $6.5 billion in comparison to i...

Homophobia in Hip-Hop at Woodside

Homophobia in Hip-Hop at Woodside

Grace Newby, Staff Writer

February 5, 2018


Filed under Health and Lifestyle

Listeners recently called out Offset, a member of the hip hop trio Migos, for a line perceived as homophobic in his verse of “Boss Life” by YFN Lucci. Offset responded to this criticism by explaining he had not known “queer,” the controversial word he used, disparaged gay people. This ...

Middle Schoolers Should Learn LGBTQIA+

Kianna Koeppen, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Health and Lifestyle

In sixth grade I was walking on the playground at my middle school when two of my classmates ran up to me and asked me to check my nails. I held my hands out with my palms facing the ground so I could look at my nails, to which they let out a breath of relief and said, “Okay good, you’re not gay....

Catcalls vs. Compliments

Catcalls vs. Compliments

Taila Lee, Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Health and Lifestyle

I didn’t realize they were talking about me. I strode to class from lunch, walking in my favorite lace skirt.  Behind me, I heard two male voices laughing.  As their voices grew closer, I caught a fragment of their conversation: “I knew I saw a fresh piece of ***.  Come here, cutie… ” I s...

Your Social Media Presence as a Teenager

Your Social Media Presence as a Teenager

Grace Newby, Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Health and Lifestyle

Most teenagers are involved in social media, but every comment, like, or picture they post could have an affect on how colleges and future employers see them. In the age of the internet and social media, students tend to spend a lot of time tweeting, instagramming, and/or snapchatting. It seems t...

Healthier Students or Heavier Traffic?

Healthier Students or Heavier Traffic?

Emma Chiu, Staff Writer

November 2, 2017


Filed under Health and Lifestyle

Nearly eighty-three percent of high schools nationwide, Woodside included, offer classes beginning earlier than eight thirty in the morning.  Although later start times may improve teens’ overall health, the California State Assembly recently shot down a bill to push start times later. To add to the ...

Woodside’s Preparedness for Disaster, Ready or Not?

Woodside’s Preparedness for Disaster, Ready or Not?

Joe Balsama, Photo Editor

November 2, 2017


Filed under Health and Lifestyle

At Woodside, students are often fooling around and not taking emergency drills seriously, leaving some worried about the preparedness in case of a real life situation. Danny Avina, a Woodside student, does not believe that students would follow the guidelines: “Since we have so many kids, and it’s...

What Does LGBTQIA+ Mean to Members?

What Does LGBTQIA+ Mean to Members?

Kianna Koeppen, Health & Lifestyle Editor

November 2, 2017


Filed under Health and Lifestyle

The acronym LGBTQIA+ means different things to different people, especially to people within the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, Intersex, asexual, aromantic or all, and the + represents the other sexualities and genders that exist. A person ...

Brazilian Rainbow Rights Regress

Brazilian Rainbow Rights Regress

Taila Lee, Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Health and Lifestyle

Brazilian judge Waldemar de Carvalho legalized conversion therapy in early September 2017, causing indignation among the LGBTQ+ community. In 1999, Brazil’s Federal Council of Psychology banned psychologists from “curing” sexuality, but Carvalho recently overturned this ban by supporting psycholog...