The Tam News

Students Say Farewell to Ms. Klein

photo by: Jordan Blackburn

By Jordan Blackburn

June 11, 2014

Alex Cabana, Junior “I was really looking forward to having Ms Klien as a teacher [again next year] so I’m a little disappointed that she won’t be here ... I really enjoyed having [her].”   Connor Brogan, Sophomore “She’s a really nice teacher. I was never art inclined, I just ...

Hawk Talk: Affirmative Action

Hawk Talk: Affirmative Action

By Bella Levaggi

November 8, 2013

In 2006, the state of Michigan passed a public referendum that barred the preferential treatment of college applicants based on gender or race. This move against a practice commonly referred to as “affirmative action” was later contested in court, and has now come before the Supreme Court of the...

Hawk Talk: Government Shutdown

Hawk Talk: Government Shutdown

By Bridget Lowry

October 23, 2013

The federal government shut down September 30 at midnight due to Congress’s failure to come to a consensus on a national budget. Many Republicans insisted that any budget passed include provisions to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that went into effect regardless...

Hawk Talk: Conflict in Syria

Hawk Talk: Conflict in Syria

By Sophia Ellingson

September 25, 2013

In the past two years, Syria’s civil war has resulted in more deaths (approximately 100,000) than the total of all American deaths in Vietnam (approximately 58,000). Recently, a chemical weapon called sarin,  which has been banned by the United Nations, was used in attacks on Syrian citizens by president...

Hawk Talk: Senior Advice for Freshmen

Hawk Talk: Senior Advice for Freshmen

By Cody Duane-McGlashan

June 6, 2013

Coming to high school can be an exciting and intimidating transition filled with new classes, teachers and peers. We’ve all been through it, and who better to ask for advice than our wise and knowledgeable seniors who will soon have completed all of high school? In this month’s Hawk Talk seniors...

Hawk Talk: Is Day of Silence Effective?

Maddy Sebastien, Sophomore

By Chris Yip

May 23, 2013

Tam’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club held its annual Day of Silence Event on May 3, honoring those in the LBGTQ community who feel they must keep their identities hidden. Students were invited to wear the purple “Day of Silence” shirts sold by GSA and commit to a full day of not speaking. Below...

Hawk Talk: Technology in the Classroom


March 24, 2013

Tam’s plentiful technological resources have grown in recent years. For some innovative teachers, this means supplying students with web-equipped devices, such as laptops and iPads, and making use of reconfigured classrooms like 2020 to update their teaching techniques. But how effective is Tam’s...

Hawk Talk: Gun Regulations

Ryan Leary, Freshman

By Sophie Newman

February 14, 2013

After recent incidents such as the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre rampage, the Oregon mall shooting and the Newtown school massacre, a battle between gun rights supporters and gun safety activists has been reignited. Many Americans have begun to question whether new gun-control legislation protects or...

Hawk Talk: Apocalypse 2012

Hawk Talk: Apocalypse 2012

By Sophia Ellingson and Sonja Hutson

December 20, 2012

December 21, a date which happens to fall on Tam’s last day of finals before winter break, is the end of the ancient Mayan calendar. Many have interpreted this to mean that the world is coming to an end. The potential approaching apocalypse has been widely discussed by students. Some believe fervently...

Hawk Talk: Is Math Painful?

Hawk Talk: Is Math Painful?

By Aidan Hersh

December 4, 2012

A study conducted at the University of Chicago in October exposed a possible connection between mathematics and physical pain. The 28 people selected for the study were shown a colored light corresponding to the question they were to be asked, including subject and difficulty level. The results showed...

Hawk Talk: Hurricane Sandy

Hawk Talk: Hurricane Sandy

By Sonja Hutson

November 7, 2012

Post-tropical superstorm Sandy, one of the largest storms the northeast has seen, made landfall the night of Monday, October 19 around Atlantic City, New Jersey and over the past few days has impacted most of the eastern seaboard. The damage has been immense: 110 fatalities as of November 4, according...

Hawk Talk: Gay-Straight Therapy

Hawk Talk: Gay-Straight Therapy

By Sonja Hutson

November 1, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill outlawing gay-straight therapy for minors in California on September 30. Gay-straight therapy entails attempting to change the sexual orientation of an individual by meeting with a therapist who develops a treatment plan. California State Senator Ted Lieu, who sponsored...