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October 14, 2020
Volume XXXVII | Issue V
Welcome back from a hopefully restful weekend! With local elections approaching and toxic cancel culture, our feature on Compassion Week will bring a smile to your face during these hectic times. Many people are discovering new hobbies amidst the pandemic; learn about how our senior writer de-stresses with meditation and the sports clinics four juniors started. Maybe your new pastime can be reading through Talons newsletter! Whatever you do, remember to take care of yourself :)

Opinion: TikTok exacerbates the issue of eating disorders

By Emilie Enser
Cedric Chan
Trigger warning: Discussion of eating disorders and body image.

So many young people battle with their mental health. It’s no secret that social media has played a major role in the worsening issue, and TikTok’s huge platform and unhelpful algorithm is seriously affecting our generation’s healthy (or not so healthy) relationships with food and body image. Click
here to read staff writer Emilie Enser’s opinion about the pervasive, harmful impacts of eating disorder content on TikTok.

Spreading love and glitter through Compassion Week

By Anika Sikka
 Courtesy Compassion Week
Compassion Week, an organization that aims to engage the Los Altos community in a week’s worth of volunteer opportunities, hosted a myriad of life-changing events last week. Due to the pandemic, its volunteer opportunities have also expanded to include remote service projects. Click here to learn more about Compassion Week and its glittering impact.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life versus ‘On the Basis of Sex’

By Lauren Chung
Lauren Chung
After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, videographer Lauren Chung took a look at 2018’s “On the Basis of Sex” which describes RBG’s late academic life, early law career and the barriers she worked to break as a woman in the field. How do scenes from the movie compare to the real RBG? Click here to watch Lauren’s take on fact versus fiction in iconic RBG’s story.

Local elections 2020: The Talon’s endorsements
Editorial Board

Graphic by Emily Zhu; Photos by Kaavya Butaney, 
Tomoki Chien, Elana Eisenberg and Navya Singhai
While flies on candidates’ heads have been notably absent from city forums, voting in our local elections remains crucial this fall. The Talon previously reviewed the plans and policies of each candidate, but now it is time to decide. Read about our endorsements for the Mountain View–Los Altos District Board, Los Altos City Council and Mountain View City Council.

Café Au Lait

By Elli Lahdesmaki

“What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book and a cup of coffee?”                                                                  Anthony Trollope, The Warden


Experience a taste of European vibes with this playlist of songs that remind us of a café somewhere on the outskirts of France. 


The farm, pilot and suit: A definitive guide to the Foothills Park controversy

By Tomoki Chien and Olivia Hewang

Tomoki Chien

For decades, Foothills Park has been embroiled in a divisive debate over its non-resident ban. The Talon put together a definitive guide to the controversy, broken into three parts: the farm, the pilot and the suit. Click here to read the full story.

MVLA to construct new high school to accommodate anticipated growth

By Olivia Hewang

Emily McNally

The Mountain View–Los Altos School District is planning the construction of a third high school in Mountain View. Read more here.

District to begin in-person return for select groups of students

By Olivia Hewang and Natalie Wei

                                                                                                                                                   Tomoki Chien
MVLA announced in its October 5 Board meeting that the majority of the student body will remain in distance learning, but select groups of students will begin to make an in-person cohort return this semester. Click here to read the full story.


Coaching through COVID-19

By Allison Bricca
 Tomoki Chien
Imagine coaching 40 athletes through a computer screen or adjusting a player’s form from 6 feet away. For many LAHS coaches impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, this has been reality over the past few months. Click here to read more about their experiences with distance coaching.

Free kicks and free throws: Students spearhead sports clinics

By Cameron Cox and Kaley Kwan
Courtesy Eliza Kedrov
Among the many summer plans derailed due to COVID-19 were youth sports camps — long days of sweaty scrimmages, sack lunches and water gun fights seemed completely out of the question. However, four LAHS students recognized the need for these classic summer experiences and decided to launch COVID-safe sports clinics to benefit the community. Click here to read about how these juniors started AE Soccer Training and DA Basketball Clinics.


Didn’t attend Club Day? Talon’s got you covered!

By Kaavya Butaney, Tomoki Chien and Parisa Larson
Lauren Chung
Although many students have struggled to find a sense of community during distance learning, over 90 student-led clubs this year will hopefully help everyone feel a little less isolated and inspire new passions. Click here to read about a handful of clubs on campus dedicated to helping students virtually connect.

Post-grad plans during a pandemic

By Allan Feldman, Emily McNally and Natalie Wei
Graphic by Rachel Rudyak; Photos courtesy Miguel Orozco, Alex Guh-Siesel, Gurshaan Arora, Sean Li and Alyssa Hamamoto
The Talon interviewed several LAHS graduates to give you a look into college life — distance learning edition. While some students are learning virtually, others have chosen to defer their first year. Click here to learn about how the pandemic has affected these graduates’ decisions.

Freestyle: A creative portal into the real world

By Emilie Enser
Elyssa Kennedy
The MVLA District has been running the Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology program, an opportunity for juniors and seniors to explore their educational path and test out potential artistic careers, for nearly 15 years. In this new distance learning environment, students have to use the best of their creative abilities to adapt to changing conditions. Click here to learn about the Freestyle Academy.


How meditation keeps me sane

By Elli Lahdesmaki
Cedric Chan
For the longest time, senior writer Elli Lahdesmaki thought stress and procrastination were unavoidable in high school; but during quarantine, she found that the best form of relief was something she used to dread. Click here to read about Elli’s journey to finding the benefits of meditation.

It’s time to cancel ‘cancel culture’
By Allan Feldman and Mira Sundar

Natalie Wei
The phrase “cancel culture” has boomed all over the world, becoming an integral part of pop culture and political discourse. But many fail to take a step back and think about what cancel culture really means and whether it’s a step in the right direction. Click here to read staff writers Allan Feldman and Mira Sundar’s take on the cancel culture movement.
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