The Student News Site of Northwood High School

The Northwood Howler

The Student News Site of Northwood High School

The Northwood Howler

The Student News Site of Northwood High School

The Northwood Howler

Women Deserve: Ella Schnake passionately performs her Program Oral Interpretation speech titled “Debate Like A Girl” at the 2019 National Speech and Debate Tournament finals—a reminder of the prevalence of sexism that impacts people in Speech and Debate and aids sexual harassment.

Debating Debate Practices: Sexual harassment in debate

Abigail Fang, Layout Editor
January 19, 2022

The timer beeps and the teenager in front of their computer sets off at a rapid pace, flying through their speech on water protection and nuclear war. Throughout the room, pens are scribbling down key...

TRASH OR TREASURE: Rising food waste from school lunches continues to exacerbate the existing supply chain crisis.

Prevalence of cafeteria food waste

Arya Bhattacharjee, Staff Writer
December 9, 2021

For many people, food seems like somewhat of an infinite resource, and that is how it should be, right? Food is a basic necessity; yet as with everything, food is not unlimited. With the impact of the...

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT: Sophomore Julien Valladares studies a college brochure as they search for a school matching their interests.

The reality of college admissions

Parashar Bharadwaj, Staff Writer
December 9, 2021

During the tumultuous times of application season, Northwood seniors experience inevitable stress regarding their college applications. But this stress is often exacerbated by an unfortunate school culture...

HOCO NO MO’:  Seniors Mei Ono and Rachel Gima celebrate their historic victory, breaking the precendent of cisgender courts.

It’s time to dethrone our outdated traditions

Mei Ono, Editor-in-Chief
December 9, 2021

The Homecoming King clutched their tightly folded suit as they exited the girl’s bathroom on the first floor of the 900s building after changing post-rally. An uncommon sight that will only become more...

FILTERING THROUGH FEEDS: Students are exposed to social media everyday, making regulation critical.

The necessity of holding social media companies accountable

Rhea Gupta, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021

Gen Z has essentially grown up around social media, influencing our interactions with peers, personal perception and participation in politics. Recently, with the Facebook whistleblower, the intentions...

California education funding is insufficient

California education funding is insufficient

Parashar Bharadwaj and Arya Bhatacharjee
October 27, 2021

For an institution so instrumental in shaping new generations, public education has almost always lacked the support it needs. But after the implementation of the Biden Administration’s American Rescue...

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Rising population growth in Irvine poses challenges to resident satisfaction in the future.

Harmful Irvine population growth

Rachel Yokota, Staff Writer
October 27, 2021

For half a century, Irvine has taken pride in sustaining its master-planned city structure and providing excellent services for its citizens. The city’s clean and safe reputation gave rise to a burst...

OCEAN CONTAMINATION: Poor safety regulations surrounding oil pipelines led to the Huntington Beach spill.

Modifying oil drilling regulations

Helia Degan and Annie Lee
October 27, 2021

As a result of a recent offshore pipeline leak, roughly 25,000 barrels of oil spoiled the waters off the coast of Huntington Beach. Immediately, chemical constituents of the oil spill devastated the local...

FIERY SKIES: Northwood students are greeted by thick smoke from the Dixie Fire in Northern California as they step outside.

California Wildfires: Changes necessary to stop their spread

Eugenie Chang, Viewpoint Editor
October 26, 2021

When Northwood students stepped out of class on Sept. 25, the sky was hazy and tinted the surroundings orange—a result of smoke drifting down from the Dixie Fire in Northern California. Reminiscent of...

Pocket discrimination and what it says about equality

Pocket discrimination and what it says about equality

Rhea Gupta, Staff Writer
October 16, 2021

Finding apparel with pockets is an age-old struggle for all who wear women’s clothing. You either have to sacrifice functionality, quality or style—there is no happy medium. The issue isn’t just...

Relieving stress: The Well provides Northwood students a space to relax from the daily stressors.

Managing mental health at Northwood

Hari Sreeramagiri, Staff Writer
September 30, 2021

From constant pressure to emerge victorious inside the classrooms to time-crushing extracurriculars outside the classroom, high school is a bumpy ride—but what makes it bumpier is when it is made...

CHAOS AT LUNCH: Long and crowded lines, limited food choices and increased food waste are just some of the numerous problems with the distribution of free lunches at Northwood.

The hidden costs of free lunch

Arya Bhattacharjee, Staff Writer
September 29, 2021

The introduction of free meals through the California Universal School Meals Program has been accepted as a great idea to combat a multitude of issues, but there’s no such thing as a “free” lunch....

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