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I’m Not a Bad Jew

I’m Not a Bad Jew

Hannah Chorley

September 21, 2015


Filed under Featured, Features

For the longest time, I thought I was a horrible Jew. My family only attended synagogue on the High Holidays, and to pass the time there I braided my uncle’s tallit. My mother dragged me to Jewish school, depositing me in an angry, whining heap at the front of my classroom at nine every Sunday...

Ignon’s Silent Struggle

Kennedy Cook

September 21, 2015


Filed under Features, Profiles

The doctor told freshman Lily Ignon the lump was probably just swollen lymph nodes, nothing really, but her mother had to be sure. Soon after her exam, Ignon was given an X-ray at UCSF. She awaited her results anxiously. During Ignon’s initial exam, the Doctor was not pushing the idea of getting...

Not So Spirited?

Not So Spirited?

Megan Butt and Megan Butt

June 4, 2015


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Every year at the homecoming football game the Tam stands are filled with spirited students and members of the community. However, throughout the rest of the year, those stands remain predominantly empty. This wasn’t always the case. According to Tam alumna and staff member Jewel Barrow, sports...

Off the Mainland: A Look into Student Life on Angel Island

Off the Mainland: A Look into Student Life on Angel Island

Claire Donohue and Jordan Blackburn

April 23, 2015


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Every morning, senior Jordan Sherman wakes up at 6:30 a.m., rushes through his shower, and feeds his cat. If he has time, he’ll eat some breakfast, then he jumps into a van with his dad headed towards the harbor in order to make it to the 7:15 a.m. ferry. Sherman has to make sure he’s early, becau...

I Belong

I Belong

Raqshan Khan

March 24, 2015


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It happened in seventh grade during the end of math class. I was having a conversation with a couple of my friends. We were turning in homework and one of my friends asked me jokingly how I was able to get “such good grades.” I laughed and told her that all I did was turn in my homework. Another one...

Leave the Stress Behind

Leave the Stress Behind

Ilaria Lobo

March 12, 2015


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It’s hard to accurately pinpoint the first time when you felt stressed out about something, and even harder trying to deal with stress creeping up on you every now and again. Stress is a natural feeling that unfortunately has no off switch or stand by mode. Yet, this doesn’t mean that stressful situations...

The Monster Within

The Monster Within

Caroline Frost

February 24, 2015


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At the age of 11, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, a psychological disorder defined by excessive or unrealistic anxiety about everyday things. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S, affecting...

What are Your Plans for Valentine’s Day?

What are Your Plans for Valentine’s Day?

Sammy Herdman

February 14, 2015


Filed under Featured, Lifestyles

Giancarlo Lobo (Junior) -  The past two years I’ve had some success on Valentine’s day...this year I’ll find a lucky bird that I can bring to my nest. Olivia Phillips (Sophomore): I’m going to go up to Tahoe and ski. Julienne Worring (Senior): I might go see a really aweso...

The Obsession with Social Media

The Obsession with Social Media

Megan Butt

February 14, 2015


Filed under Features

Senior Russell Wirth looked down at his phone which displayed a photo he had just posted on Instagram. The photo showed Wirth and his family river rafting on vacation, and he had decided to share it so his friends could see what he had done over the break. He had spent some time editing the photo and...

Scamtron: A Look at Ethics and Motivations Behind Cheating at Tam

Scamtron: A Look at Ethics and Motivations Behind Cheating at Tam

Jordan Blackburn and Cam Vernali

December 23, 2014


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For Alice, a junior girl who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, her typical math class begins with correcting the homework that was due that day. This time is provided to give students a chance to see where they made errors and then they have until the following class period to fix their...

Feeding Marin: Exploring the Bay Area’s Hunger Crisis

Feeding Marin: Exploring the Bay Area’s Hunger Crisis

Kendall Lafranchi

December 23, 2014


Filed under Features

Thanksgiving is a holiday defined by food. Traditionally, families are seated around a table of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, piling more than enough food onto their plates. As normal as this may seem for some, for others this tradition couldn’t be further from reality. In San Francisco an...

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