The Poly Spotlight


BASKETBALL: Clippers owner Donald Sterling made nationwide headline news with the racist comments he...

HOCKEY: The Stanley Cup Playoffs are upon us. By Jared  Kanouse, Sports Writer That...

DEDICATION: Lawrence O’Hara leads the Poly track team with his intense commitment and skill....


  • 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

  • ENTERTAINMENT: Poly Link Crew puts on Poly’s first all-male pageant. By Birdy Jones, Staff Writer Every year, clubs and sports struggle to find a way to raise funds for their group. Link Crew is no exception. This year, their struggle proved to be worth it, when they put on the Mr. Poly Pageant for the …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • TESTING: The College Board introduces different methods for student examinations in A.P. subjects and the SAT. By Matt Kaye, Staff Writer As students take advantage of their last days to study, they brace themselves for another year of Advanced Placement (A.P.) exams. From calculus to history to foreign languages, the A.P. tests offer an eclectic …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • ARTS: The Riverside School of the Arts has the opportunity to rise to higher levels of success as they compete for a national scholarship. By Matt Kaye, Staff Writer In a time familiar to budget cuts and downsizing, performing arts and other “nonessential” programs have frequently gotten the short end of the stick. There has …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • April 11th, 2014
    WASC visits Poly’s Campus

    EVALUATION:  The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visits Poly’s campus. By Tim Chen, Staff Writer The WASC committee’s three-day visit was a self study of Poly. “It evaluates where we are as a school site,” Lauren Nelson, Poly’s WASC coordinator, said. This process consists of five areas targeted for evaluation: vision, organization, curriculum, …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • DISCIPLINE: Assistant Principal Brian Frost describes the use of invalid parking permits at Poly High School and explains the actions taken to address this issue. By Birdy Jones, Staff Writer For years, licensed Poly High School drivers have purchased parking passes and utilized the student parking lot. Seniors have first priority in receiving parking permits, …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • CHANGE: ASB advisor Vanessa Douty and Poly High School students discuss the shift from online voting to in-class Scantron ballot voting for ASB elections. By Birdy Jones,  Staff Writer For several years, Poly ASB handled elections in a particular way: holding an interest meeting, distributing packets of campaign guidelines, covering the campus with banners and …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • EVICTION: Riverside Ballet Arts received an eviction notice on February 20 and must vacate the Aurea Vista Building by April 1. By Kira Roybal, Staff Writer After 53 years of service, Riverside Ballet Arts (RBA), the city’s local professional dance school, must pack up its ballet barres and Nutcracker costumes and relocate to a new …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • By Matt Kaye, Staff Writer Four Poly students competed in the History Day competition at the county level. After advancing from the RUSD district competition, these four Poly competitors succeeded again at the Riverside County competition. Tina Velez (11) wrote a historical paper on the “Government Debacle at the Stringfellow Acid Pits,” and won the …Click Here to Continue Reading

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  • 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....

  • Six Stage Symphony

    April 30th, 2014
    Six Stage Symphony

    MUSIC: The West Coast’s largest music festival, Coachella, is now behind us. By Cole Nelson, Diversions Editor As a puny sophomore in high school, I bought tickets to that year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival to tag along with...

  • LiLo My Hero

    April 18th, 2014
    LiLo My Hero

    METAMORPHOSIS: No longer the punch line of the media’s jokes, Lindsay Lohan regains control of her life . . . for now. By Antonio Serros, Staff Writer Gone now are the eleven o’clock mimosas, late nights in seedy Los...

  • Apple Strikes Back

    March 24th, 2014
    Apple Strikes Back

    MUSIC: Apple is pressuring record labels to release their albums exclusively to iTunes. Is Apple going too far? By Jonathan Whang, Staff Writer When Beyoncé released her self-titled album without warning in December of last year, the world was...

  • Cosmos Take Two

    March 24th, 2014
    Cosmos Take Two

    REBIRTH: Neil deGrasse Tyson presents a follow up series to the 1980 television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. By Ruthie Farrell, Staff Writer Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage first aired in 1980. He endeavored to create a presentation that explored the...

  • CULTURE: Cultural appropriation becomes more and more prevalent in pop culture, but what exactly is the issue? By Antonio Serros, Staff Writer Take a trip to a now-technicolor Memphis, Egypt “a crazy long time ago” with Katy Perry. In...

  • TREND: Tattoo artists test their limits by exploring new styles of body modification. By Ruthie Farrell, Staff Writer Over the past few years, tattoos have taken long strides of progress in our society. What used to be considered taboo...

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