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Web 2.0: an idiocracy

By RAYMOND JIMENEZ
Student contributor

The press hailed Web 2.0 as a great invention.  Sites like Facebook and YouTube allowed people to connect in new, innovative ways—or so went the tagline. When TIME decided to name the person of the year in 2006, who did they decide upon? “You.” A stream of journalists ensured that we got the message: the Internet was now the bastion of the best thing ever: user-generated content. Users, before taken to be fools, were now substantial participants on the Web! It was the panacea for all problems—the public could now voice its opinion!
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By STEVEN SANDER
Assistant opinion editor

Structural violence (such as hunger and poverty) against the Third World remains the most significant, albeit forgotten, global issue. Institutionalized violence against ethnic minorities, the environment and women have resulted from both militarism and the way in which peace is conceived. When scholars of international relations discuss theories that attempt to explain actions between nation-states, they often take no notice of this form of global oppression, which has killed more people than all conventional wars combined. As Chris Cuomo, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia, wrote, “Ethical approaches that do not attend to the ways in which warfare and military practices are woven into the very fabric of life in 21st century technological states lead to crisis- based politics and analyses.” As a result, the reconceptualization of peace and war is required to solve a problem as massive as global structural violence.

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Fans have voiced their frustration lately with the faculty’s confusion as to where the line between spirited enthusiasm and abrasive expression lies.

By JORDAN SMITH and BEN SAMUELS
Sports editor and Editor-in-chief

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As part of the Global Studies Program, Trinity College’s basketball team visited Poly and played in an all-school assembly against the Panthers.

The Panthers and the players from Trinity College pose before their game. In an unexpected turnout, the Panthers emerged victorious, 56-39. Evan Robinson/The Paw Print

The Panthers and the players from Trinity College pose before their game. In an unexpected turnout, the Panthers emerged victorious, 56-39. Evan Robinson/The Paw Print

By BILLY OLSON
Sports editor

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Conducted by SARAH CHEN
and CHARLOTTE CLEARY
Life editors

On December 8, the boys basketball team from Trinity College in Perth, Australia visited Poly. The team, on its summer break, is currently on a tour of California. The team played in an exciting game against Poly’s own varsity team during an all-school assembly in the  Gamble gym.

The Paw Print caught a few minutes with visiting Australian seniors Phil, Nick, Mitch and Sam for a short interview.

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With a blend of experience and  youth, the Lady Panthers have started their season with a strong record of 3-1.

By MIMI BEA
Assistant sports editor

Though the season is just getting started, prospects are promising for Poly’s varsity girls basketball team. The Lady Panthers started their season off right, obliterating Ramona 64-18 in their first game of the season. The girls fought valiantly in their second game, but were unable to gain traction against Village Christian in the final seconds of a 64-62 loss. The girls did not let the loss faze them, and in the opening game of the Poly Invitational Tournament, the Lady Panthers defeated Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 64-49. Freshman Michelle Miller scored an astounding 30 points, and junior Julia Brown added another 14 points to the scoreboard. After recently defeating Maranatha, junior Carolyn Williamson noted with jubilation: “That team has always been one we have struggled to beat in the past.” Williamson hopes that the win is merely “a precursor to a very successful season.” Continue Reading »

By ALISON SONNENSCHEIN
Opinion editor

College-bound baby boomers could carry all their books with a simple book belt, not study for the SATs and spend their summer before senior year just hanging out with friends. Today, we walk across campus looking like turtles with our overstuffed backpacks, crack open that dusty SAT prep book once in a while and spend the summer before senior year at selective “enrichment” programs.  Continue Reading »