The Puma Press

A Musical Hierarchy

May 5, 2017

Humans have an ancient tradition of connecting with beats and rhythms as we feel something utterly beautiful well up inside. The sound of those beats has changed over time, but there remains a reaction to music that calls up tear...

Less Talk, More Action

February 13, 2017

In a scary political climate, students need their controversial voices heard University Prep needs to take an unambiguous stand for what is right when it’s under attack. In the first few weeks of his presidency, Trump has...

Keep Arts Mandatory

February 13, 2017

A point of clarification: this piece is not intended to discount or attack the previous op-ed entitled “Don’t Force Us To Take A Performing Art.”  It was a well-written, thoughtful piece, and we wish to continue the di...

The Ban and Me

February 13, 2017

Over mid-winter break, I’m supposed to head to London to visit my grandparents. Despite my whole family having US citizenship, I also have a Pakistani visa and my parents have Pakistani citizenship, so we don’t know what it’s...

Stop The Censorship

February 13, 2017

Art is supposed to be about creativity, freedom and expression. But how can we be expressive when our administration continues to censor our Fine Arts department? Censoring art that addresses problematic social issues is suppo...

Stop Broadcasting; We Don’t Need To Know

December 16, 2016

College is important, but some are still stressing more than others Dear my fellow seniors; I know some of you are flying high on acceptances. Some of you are dying of fright and dejection. Others are ambivalent, neither here...

Stick to Semesters

December 16, 2016

The schedule is going to change. With change in the works for next year, one of the options is switching to a trimester-based system. This is a terrible idea. The trimesters would be split so that one ends at thanksgiving,...

RIP Environment

December 16, 2016

President-elect Trump owned up to his campaign promise to dismantle key climate change policies by appointing an extremely controversial man to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) transition team. Trump chose S...

Don’t Force Us To Take A Performing Art

December 16, 2016

One wrong note and everyone is laughing. One wrong step and everyone is pointing. Standing front and center on a stage with everyone staring at you is not for everyone. Forcing a required performing art onto every student is comp...

We The Sneetches

November 11, 2016

University Prep’s administration saved us from becoming Dr. Seuss’s Sneetches, the high and mighty with the green star and those without, vying for a star of their own. The separation of ‘coolness.’ Those with  letterman...

Over the Top Funding

November 11, 2016

Where students’ art and accomplishments used to hang, there now lays a sign saying ‘Donate to the Puma Fund.’ You can’t walk through the halls without seeing it advertised somewhere along the walls. Directly spread out ...

We’re All Stuck Up

November 11, 2016

There’s a psychological trait in humans where we always want more than we have. No matter how much privilege, happiness and wealth we obtain, we always need more. This can be a good thing, like if one strives to get a better ...

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