The Poly Spotlight


AMBITION: Poly’s varsity football team has high hopes of winning a CIF title this...

SUCCESS: Poly’s cross country team exceeds expectations at the last three meets. By Timothy...

ADDITION: Poly’s girls’ soccer program adds a “frosh” team this year. By Abby Burke,...


  • MEDICINE: Pending ballot measure Proposition 46 challenges the way healthcare is conducted in California. By Matthew Saenz, Staff Writer Healthcare recently became a hot topic within various organized groups—from political parties to medical associations. Issues regarding healthcare came to a head in California with Proposition 46, which will be voted on on November 4, 2014. …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • CONTROVERSY: A Riverside Unified School District committee voted to remove “The Fault in Our Stars” from a middle school library, evoking national interest. By Emily Hughes, Staff Writer Recently, John Green’s famous young adult novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” was removed from a Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) middle school library. The incident was featured on …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • PARTICIPATION: The Student Advisory Meeting encourages Poly students to participate in homecoming activities and keep the campus clean. By Martina Krakora, Staff Writer Last year Principal Dr. Michael Roe created the student advisory, a leadership group on campus consisting of individuals elected by their fourth period classmates, in order to encourage student involvement. The group …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • PROGRESS: California is on track to construct the first high-speed rail system in the nation. By Brendan Brown, Staff Writer Today the average plane ticket for a nonstop flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco is approximately $210. Driving the same distance would cost about $50 but would take at least six hours on a …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • MEDICINE: The University of California, Riverside (UCR) addresses the nationwide shortage of physicians. By Matthew Saenz, Staff Writer With the number of physicians in the United States at an all-time low, many attempts were made to increase these numbers. As this need for physicians became more and more dire, universities nationwide began increasing the number …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • REVITALIZATION: Principal Dr. Michael Roe implements his plan for a school year filled with changes and upgrades as students regain ownership of their school. By Matt Kaye, News Editor In the start of his second year as principal, Dr. Michael Roe assured the entire student body that this school year will be like no other. …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • CHANGE: Principal Dr. Michael Roe removes honors history classes from the curriculum. By Emily Hughes, Staff Writer Principal Dr. Michael Roe has implemented many changes this year in sports and school programs, as well as in Poly pride. One of the academic alterations eliminated Honors World History from the school’s course options and will remove …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • DISCIPLINE: Revisions to rules, stricter enforcement and technological incorporation point to stricter disciplinary measures. By Martina Krakora, Staff Writer Poly’s 2014-2015 year has brought new changes in discipline. Due to last year’s parking permit scandal (students were caught with forged parking permits), Poly administration has ordered and distributed completely new permits, which have made forgery …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • COLLEGE: A new rating system places UCR at the top of the list. By Tim Chen, Staff Writer Using the Department of Education’s new criteria, Time magazine placed the University of California (UC) Riverside above both UC San Diego and UC Irvine. The new criteria ranks colleges based on graduation rate, tuition and student welfare. …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • LATEST: The new SBAC testing offers updated assessments and new approaches to testing. By Matt Kaye, Staff Writer This year, students face a new form of testing that will dominate California from 2014 on. By now, many are familiar with the term “Common Core” and the national wave of change that it promises for education. …Click Here to Continue Reading

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  • Generation YouTube

    October 9th, 2014
    Generation YouTube

    TECHNOLOGY: Members of Generation Y create an entirely new job market through YouTube. By Antonio Serros, Diversions Editor Nestled somewhere between grandparents and babies lies not a lost generation but a generation lost to technology. Once dubbed “the next...

  • Not Your Basic Cup

    October 9th, 2014
    Not Your Basic Cup

    COFFEE: Local coffee shop provides an alternative source of caffeine for students. By Joey Vangsness, Staff Writer As more and more people look for cute and quirky places to Instagram their food, specialty “Third Wave” coffee shops give them...

  • GAMING: League of Legends gains popularity at a staggering speed in the online gaming community. By Miguel Toner, Staff Writer I was first introduced to League of Legends by Riot Gaming through my good friend Tyler. At first I...

  • GAMING: With new features, the Nintendo 3DS will provide a better hand-held gaming experience. By Miguel Toner, Staff Writer With Nintendo’s announcement of the new version of the Nintendo 3DS, gamers can only wonder: What’s new? Improved graphics or an enhanced...

  • A Week Makes a Year

    September 18th, 2014
    A Week Makes a Year

    FASHION: Although Fashion Week may seem insignificant to the average person, it actually has a great impact on society. By Michelle Boulos, Staff Writer Across the world, high-end designers frantically check up on their picturesque models and awe-worthy clothing. Yes,...

  • Joan Bids Adieu to Her Throne

    September 17th, 2014
    Joan Bids Adieu to Her Throne

    DEATH: Controversial comedienne Joan Rivers passes away at age 81, leaving the world polarized. by Antonio Serros, Diversions Editor The Watergate and Monica Lewinsky scandals may be just as old as her (although thanks to the miracle of plastic...

  • UNEXPECTED: Stephen King’s new short story, Bad Little Kid, makes its debut to startled movie producers. By Ruthie Farrell, Staff Writer It seems that Stephen King has an unstoppable creative drive. Ever since he was seven years old, he...

  • PAPARAZZI: Do we really need them? By Jonathan Whang, Staff Writer Every so often, a headline of a scuffle between a celebrity and a paparazzo appears. The latest involved Avatar star Sam Worthington, who in early May settled a...

  • Switching Lanes

    May 1st, 2014
    Switching Lanes

    MUSIC: Jessica Newham rises to fame as Betty Who. By Jonathan Whang, Staff Writer Betty Who might be P!nk’s long lost cousin. The striking blonde hair, the raw, honest lyrics, the pop and the feminist flare—they’re all there. However,...

  • PREJUDICE: Muslims disapprove of Hollywood’s cultural inaccuracies and stereotypes that represent their faith. By Ruthie Farrell, Staff Writer Recently, our world has shifted from a place of intolerance and condemnation to a relatively healthy environment that supports minority groups....

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