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Why Indians should stand with the Black Lives Matter movement

Digital drawing of an Indian woman wearing a Black Lives Matter mask.
Confronting colorism in the community, deconstructing the model minority myth and providing support to combat injustice
September 8, 2020

The Gandhi Mahal, a Bangladeshi-Indian restaurant in Minneapolis, was set aflame on May 9 amid the protests and riots regarding Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the unjust treatment of George Floyd, amid crimes...

The Great Debate

The 2019-2020 Bollywood dance team, Guzaarish, poses for a photo before their weekly Friday afterschool practice. Guzaarish means
The infamous argument is that dance and cheer are strictly arts, but here is why they should be categorized as sports too
May 29, 2020

Music blasts in the gym. Students cheer on the Guzaarish dancers. After Guzaarish ends, students clap for the cheer team as they watch them create a variety of formations. Then, a flyer is lifted up into...

Under Pressure

Under Pressure
September 6, 2019

On the three orange and blue plaques hung up in every UPA classroom, students are told to be honest, accountable and to persevere in all of their academic endeavors; however, there comes a point when students...

Mental Health? What’s That?

June 3, 2019

“Split.” “Psycho.” “Girl, Interrupted.” Hollywood movies tend to use mental health as a driving force through their characters. Often a defining characteristic of the villain, mental illnesses...

A Book Over a Cellphone

A Book Over a Cellphone
April 8, 2019

You check the time on your phone and turn on a playlist to listen to as you walk towards the doors of the library. Once inside, you put down your phone and pick up the sequel to the book you just finished....

Rewinding the History of YouTube Rewind

Rewinding the History of YouTube Rewind
February 12, 2019

YouTube is one of the key aspects in social media and trends. Anyone is able to upload videos with a diverse variety of content including gaming, appealing skits and blogging. If a video garners...

The Real Life “Crossy Road” Experience

The Real Life
Dangers and benefits of taking the VTA light rail
July 8, 2018

People are familiar with the game “Crossy Road,” released in 2014. It is a mobile game where the player must avoid being flattened by cars while trying to cross the streets. UPA students and teachers...

We’re Not Angry; We’re Just Disappointed

June 8, 2018

Thirteen and a half years. We had been preparing for 13 and a half years to enter the realm of adulthood by stepping into the next phase of our life: college. We crammed every bit of those 13 and...

No, Women Are Not Up for Grabs

March 8, 2018

In light of increasing tension around the issue of sexual harassment, victims of harassment who have exposed their perpetrators—also known as Silence Breakers—are setting the example on an issue that...

Violence Warrants a Desire for Changes

A #VegasStrong banner now covers the area where shooter Stephen Paddock broke the window to his 32nd-floor suite on Oct. 1, killing 59 people attending an open music festival on the Vegas Strip. 
December 4, 2017

Reading the news in 2017 is like watching a horror movie, seeing so many people die right in front of your eyes. With what seems to be a shooting every day, it begs the question: How many...

Scouting Worlds Collide with Mixed Reactions

November 4, 2017

This will probably be the first and only time I will say this, but there is no reason for girls to be included. This was my gut reaction to the announcement on Oct. 11 that Boy Scouts of America will...

To Pimp an English Class

Juniors (left to right) Adithya Gutala, Adrienne Lee, Joshua Villarin, Hailey Finnecy, Zoe Marley, Joanna Mathew, Shirley Nguyen, and Samuel Indurkar annotate and compare rap lyrics to novel
October 20, 2016

A communist pig with a vendetta to animals, two teenagers infatuated with each other, and a pair of best friends who work to buy land and have a farm walk into a bar. The bartender asks, “What...

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