The Boiling Point

OPINION: Bring the ‘covenant’ to Town Hall

OPINION: Bring the ‘covenant’ to Town Hall

November 15, 2017

The Agenda Committee’s officers signed a “covenant” early this year, outlining guidelines that every officer had to abide by, such as adhering to the S...

OPINION: Modesty isn’t the issue when poor women need assistance

OPINION: Modesty isn’t the issue when poor women need assistance

November 15, 2017

Two weeks ago, senior Sarina Finn — standing on the corner of Pico and Robertson outside Walgreens — collected 4,704 tampons and pads for wom...

Constitutional convention will revitalize Just Community

BP Editorial Board

September 19, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

In 2003, Shalhevet’s students, faculty, administration and staff together created a constitution that outlined the purpose and practice of Town Hall, school election guidelines, and a procedure and policy for bringing proposals to the community to debate and decide. Over time, much of the constitution was lost, and the Agenda Committee essentially made up rules and policies as n...

OPINION: Our Series ends, but not our commitment

September 15, 2017

In May of 2016, the Editorial Board of the Boiling Point pledged that for the next year, every issue of The Boiling Point would address drinking in some way, “recognizing that journalism has a unique capacity for advocacy, especially in a high school setting where we are true peers.” That coverage became a series called Alcohol Roulette.

OPINION: When hate comes to visit

OPINION: When hate comes to visit

April 3, 2017

“Same sex marriage dooms nations,” “God hates the people in Hell,” and “144K Jews will repent,” were never phrases we expected to land – l...

EDITORIAL: Favoritism: a multi-sided call for action

BP Editorial Board

January 27, 2016

Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

There are no facts. There is no evidence. But there are feelings, and feelings are important enough to confront the topic of favoritism.

EDITORIAL: For leadership, two is less than one

BP Editorial Board

May 30, 2013

Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

Fairness Committee, Choir, Boiling Point, the Senior class, Yearbook, SAC, Basketball. All of these groups have had something in common this year: co-chairs. More and more, our seniors are deciding to split the bill. Rather than risk competitive elections against their friends or face the challenges of leadership themselves, seniors arrange to be co-chairs. Both...

EDITORIAL: A risky plan to divide and conquer

BP Editorial Board

November 20, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

Most high school students would jump at the chance to see half of their school demolished. We will try to take more nuanced view of the situation. The administration plans to vacate and sell everything south of the Reception area to a private buyer, who will construct an apartment complex on that portion of the lot. The idea is that by cutting and selling the property, we’ll...

EDITORIAL: Yes on Prop. 30

BP Editorial Board

November 1, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

Who knew taxing the one percent one percent could be so hard? The numbers aren’t exactly that – it’s more like taxing the top three percent one, two or three percent – but the problem is the same. In perhaps the most important and closely contested referendum on next month’s statewide ballot -- Proposition 30 -- Governor Brown proposes we divide the $250,000-and-up...

EDITORIAL: No on Prop. 34

BP Editorial Board

November 1, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

In any society, people kill people. And throughout history, the popular response has been to kill the people who kill people. In California's recession and budget crisis, our first instinct is to cut programs that have little practical significance. Proposition 34 is certainly slave to this instinct. Prop. 34 proposes an end to the death penalty in California. Since death...

EDITORIAL: Bittersweet end for AP Art should be sweet beginning for something better

BP Editorial Board

June 13, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

The closure of the AP Studio Art marks a bittersweet moment for students interested in arts. Although students are no longer able to take an AP art class, and are therefore unable to receive college credit, a new honors art class is being offered next year. AP Art, designed by the College Board and taught by Art and Performing Arts Department chair Roen Salem, forced students...