Volume 15, Issue 5

All content from Volume 15, Issue 5 was published and distributed on Apr. 7, 2013.

Behind the kendo mask

Kendo, a Japanese martial art, features one-on-one combat using wooden swords and protective armour. The goal is to strike the opponent in specific target area...

Cleaning the Streets

JOE WYSOCKI currently lives in an SF shelter, which he will be forced to leave in March. He is yet to find housing. It’s a cloudy Sunday morning, just before ...

Value of a Prep

Remember back in middle school, when you looked forward to high school preps as an entire period to do whatever you wanted? Free time, unlimited food, the ability to go home and take a nap… The opportunities preps seemed to offer were unending. But what are preps really meant for? [...]
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We Want the Airwaves

Sophomores Saba Moussavian and Clara Wolfe explore the vinyl collection at KZSU Radio station. Photo by Samantha Dewees. In the heart of  Stanford campus in...
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Delaning 9th Grade English

Whether they’re in English 9 or English 9A, every freshman reads the same books: “Of Mice and Men,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Animal Farm.” What sets these class...
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Keep Calm and App On

After the bulky orange “get ready” sign flashes fingers begin to tap upon the smartphone screen in a rhythmic beat guiding the pixelated bird, the main characte...

Double Time

The Board of Education makes decisions about the welfare of the Palo Alto Unified School District and, as stated by its philosophy, is supposed to “provide  a s...

The Man Behind the Screen

Robert Minkoff, the director of “The Lion King” and multiple other children’s films, graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1980, and went on to study animation at the California Institute of the Arts in San Francisco. His first movie, “Tummy Trouble,” was released in 1989, and he has directed nine movies since. His new movie, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” came out March 7. In a phone interview with Verde, Minkoff reflected on his time at Paly and how it has influenced his current life and career.