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Why Kanye West’s battle with mental health is symptomatic of a bigger problem

Why Kanye West’s battle with mental health is symptomatic of a bigger problem

Jordi Barrientos

May 24, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Kanye West had an interesting 2018, to say the least. Under his label GOOD Music, a subsidiary of UMG, Kanye produced five albums in five weeks, with one even being nominated for rap album of the year at the 62nd annual Grammys. He also said slavery was a “choice” on TMZ, went on a long rant abo...

My experience with migraines

My experience with migraines

Jacob Thompson, Reporter

May 23, 2019


Filed under All, Columns, Opinions

I woke up as usual at 7:30 am, but with a sharp throbbing pain in my head. Assuming I was just tired, I tried to get up. I was greeted with an enormous amount of nausea rushing through my brain and I collapsed back down on my bed. My dad walked into my room when he heard all of the groans I was making,...

Sick Culture: Why you Should Stay Home

Sick Culture: Why you Should Stay Home

May 22, 2019


Filed under All, Editorials, May 2019

It was winter finals of her freshman year, and current sophomore Lilo Bergensten-Oliv found herself throwing up in the math wing bathroom. Feeling she could not afford to miss a day of finals, she had come to school despite suffering from a bad cold. After a P.E. final consisting of two and half hour...

FROM THE EDITOR: Goodbye

FROM THE EDITOR: Goodbye

Susan Wong and Olivia Sohn

May 22, 2019


Filed under All, Letter from the Editor, May 2019

Dear readers of The Lowell, Unfortunately, this is the last letter that we will be writing to you. We leave the publication in the capable hands of the next generation of editors. For this issue they brainstormed story ideas, wrote and helped edit many of the articles and designed the magazine layou...

Seeing through the smoke: How the Camp Fire shook my world

Seeing through the smoke: How the Camp Fire shook my world

Olivia Sohn

May 22, 2019


Filed under All, Columns, May 2019

After several hours of driving and a quick Starbucks run, we drove past the flashing lights and police cars that marked the restricted area where civilians and even property owners were not allowed. Only Search and Rescue (SAR) vehicles, fire crews and PG&E trucks drove these roads. Already we we...

In defense of laziness

In defense of laziness

Sofia Woo, Opinions Editor

May 22, 2019


Filed under All, May 2019, Opinions

By winter break, the first wave of symptoms started kicking in: pushing back homework, decreasing performance on tests. By spring break, I was fully diagnosed with senioritis. I began counting down the days until graduation. I tried figuring out which classes I could potentially skip for a day. I stop...

Power to the press

Olivia Moss, Columns Editor

May 3, 2019


Filed under All, Opinions

2019’s World Press Freedom Index, compiled each year by Reporters Without Borders, came with a shock to the United States. For the first time, our country was categorized as “problematic” for journalists, ranked number 48, below countries such as Botswana, where the main press sources are owned by th...

How systemic racism affects Lowell admissions

How systemic racism affects Lowell admissions

Sergio Herrera (Guest Writer)

April 26, 2019


Filed under All, Opinions

Lowell’s admission process has been the center of controversy these past few years. In October 2018, SFUSD voted to give qualified students from Willie L. Brown Middle School (a predominantly African-American school) an automatic acceptance to Lowell. It was met with opposition from some Lowell alu...

Why I support legacy admissions

Why I support legacy admissions

Sofia Woo, Opinions Editor

April 12, 2019


Filed under All, April 2019, Opinions

Imagine you’re a parent with $500,000 at your disposal. What would you do with that money? Maybe you would save it, buy a house, invest in the stock market. Or maybe you would bribe officials and coaches at top colleges to buy your kid a spot in the school’s freshman class. That’s what 35 Hollywood ...

Why I love Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat SO much

Why I love Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat SO much

Emily Sobelman

April 12, 2019


Filed under All, April 2019, Columns

My family’s pre-dinner time conversation usually involves discussing the Netflix shows we’ve been watching lately. Honestly, I don’t usually have much to contribute because I have an embarrassingly short attention span; shows normally hold my attention for maybe an episode or two. But for once...

TO THE EDITOR: Make school lunches unhealthy

TO THE EDITOR: Make school lunches unhealthy

Henry Lei

April 12, 2019


Filed under All, April 2019, Letter to the Editor

Dear The Lowell, In elementary school, we once had such dining options as canned fruit juices and chicken tenders. Today, these same options would be absolutely banned from school cafeterias, with the school district having a very pretentious notion that cutting these choices would cure obesity and di...

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