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Book Review: A Tale for the Time Being

By Sierra Maciorowski Heartbreakingly beautiful and terrifyingly abstract, A Tale for the Time Being’s soul lies in the delightful character of Naoko Yasutani, a 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl with a penchant for awkward self-expression. Her tale weaves the past, present, and future in a mindful knot, leaving the reader almost no time for his/her own affairs. Author Ruth Ozeki, through the alternating narratives of her own character and Nao’s, depicts the inexplicable connections between the so and not-so. That which is,… Read More »

Goin’ Up in Smoke

By Allison Ashley One of the country’s largest chains of drugstores has decided to stop selling the product that will cost it almost $2 billion a year in sales: cigarettes. Starting October 1st, this decision will make CVS the first pharmacy chain to take a stand against health issues related to tobacco products. But, will people get the message or just find someone new to support their habit? According to the American Lung Association, smoking cigarettes is known to be… Read More »

A Trip to Medieval Times at Sonoma Academy

By Amy Pino Armed with a passion for the arts, a unique idea, and plenty of inspiration, Doug Gallagher, Hillary Younglove, and Jenifer Coté are directing a production based on a script adapted from “The Canterbury Tales” (Geoffrey Chaucer, 1342-1400) that will push the limits of a traditional spring production. This spring, SA will put on a mobile play adapted from “The Canterbury Tales” that will physically take the audience on a journey around campus. The play will have large… Read More »

The Creative Spark in High School

By Elizabeth Kolling When families and kids choose schools, they are often times looking for ones that provide profound education with exemplary teachers and a place where students are allowed to express themselves both creatively and conceptually. Where some schools thrive off of students’ visionary and inventive aptitudes, others can often at times, terminate students’ creative abilities. Naturally, among other things, this is where Sonoma Academy and other schools differ, as SA not only allows but encourages creativity amongst the… Read More »

Filtering the Good or the Bad?

By Jonas Ducarroz Are the web filters too strict at Sonoma Academy? Everybody has encountered the “Web Page Blocked!” message when they have tried to access a website that is non-educational or risky, like free game or pornography websites. This is because the school has purchased and is subscribed to FortiGuard. When asked what the purposes of restricting the web are, Director of Technology Sean Freese answered, “The web filter has two primary purposes. First, it works to prevent accidental… Read More »

Food for Thought

By Sierra Maciorowski “It’s a little like Whack-A-Mole,” said Dean of Students Stacy Cohen. “You hit one and you get a point, and another one pops up.” Lunch options at SA have been anything but predictable over the past few years, and the administration’s search for reliability, like an arcade game, has been consistently repetitive. Although new options keep cycling through, some choices have remained constant, like Good Earth Catering. And, according to Stacy, that may also be the healthiest… Read More »

Balancing Act

By Jojo Sanders High school is a very important time in a person’s life. It is like a train, with hundreds of stops and destinations. College is on the horizon, new friends are waiting to be made, relationships need to be nurtured, and we still have a family to be a part of. We are all expected to manage these things simultaneously, as well as our mental health. With only 24 hours in the day, this sometimes seems impossible. Yet,… Read More »

It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here

By Allison Ashley Bikram Choudhury once said, “If you follow my instruction and do my yoga postures sequence to the best of your ability, you will live a better, healthier and more peaceful life.” However, yoga instructors and students around the world are discovering that this quote is far from the truth.     Commonly known as “The Yoga From Hell,” Bikram yoga is spreading across the country, gaining millions of followers. This yoga is taught in a room kept at… Read More »

The Olympics: What You Missed

By Sydney Weil On February 7, the world watched as the 22nd Winter Olympics opened in Sochi, Russia. However, in the weeks leading up to the event, the arrival of many controversies threatened to overshadow the games. Russia recently passed discriminatory laws against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community. The government ordered that all stray dogs in Sochi be killed. The lodging is not up to par. There is a threat of terrorism. While all of these are important… Read More »

Ready or Not (Here We Come)

By Izzy Mirabelli-Montan Calling all teen artists – Come out, come out, wherever you are! As the date of my graduation draws nearer, I’m becoming increasingly aware of the great transition period that looms ahead for the class of 2014. This transition, I feel, would be not so shocking if there weren’t so many established barriers between our “teen” selves and our future “adult” selves. I came up with the idea of a primarily teen-run art show for teens because… Read More »