No more cashiers: Amazon Go is changing the way we shop

Amazon Go store on 300 California St., San Francisco.
By Lena Bianchi, Design Editor.

Lena Bianchi, Design Editor

February 28, 2019

Most of the time, grabbing an item off the shelf of a grocery store and walking right out the door without checking out, is stealing. However, at Amazon Go, this is the only way to purchase items. Amazon Go is a different type of corner store-supermarket that allows their customers to enter by using an ...

Are your laptop habits affecting your health?

Are your laptop habits affecting your health?

Emma Draisin, Features Editor, Staff Writer

October 26, 2016

    It’s 11pm on a Thursday night. The blue glow of the screen reflects off my sun-deprived skin. I sit hunched over my keyboard, furiously typing away at my English essay. My neck goes stiff. My toes fall asleep. My eyes glaze over. Every weeknight, Urban students are in the exact same predicame...

Dependency on tech translates outside classroom

Olivia Mitchel, Staff Writer

March 23, 2016

Looking back on the high school application process, I find myself classifying the bulk of the essay prompts under the umbrella of influential figures, past challenges, and personal growth. Amidst this abundance of mundane, personal prompts, one written prompt, prior to a high school interview, stood ...

Technology: Today’s impact on childhood

Olivia Meehan, Staff Writer

June 4, 2015

The fluid integration of technology into our youth is a topic that continues to fascinate me. My younger sister does not have a phone or computer, yet she spends all of her free time on my parents’ devices. My sister’s excessive use of technology has had a noticeable effect on her character. She...

Urban School transitions off of FirstClass, searches for new learning management system

Niki King Fredel, Staff Writer

February 10, 2015

Logged off at: June 2016. Connected for: 20 years. Time remaining: 0 seconds. Total time used: 160 weeks. Beginning this year, Urban will transition off of the communication application FirstClass. The application has been used since 1996, which, according to Kelsey Vrooman, Director of Educational...

Popular San Francisco high school sports news website stays alive despite budget crisis

Popular San Francisco high school sports news website stays alive despite budget crisis

Jason Cinti, Staff Writer

February 23, 2012

Log on to, one of the only sources of coverage for high school sports in the Bay Area, and you will immediately notice a “Help Keep Alive” button in the top right corner. According to the website, in the summer of 2011, Jeremy Balan, the founder of SanFranPreps....

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