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Conan O’Brien proves why he must stay

Conan O’Brien proves why he “must stay”

Grace Hefner April 22, 2024

For more than 60 years, hosting a late night talk show has been a coveted position for comedians. Officially starting with Johnny Carson and the creation of The Tonight Show, late night shows and their...

Freshman applicants should be undeclared while applying to college

Freshman applicants should be undeclared while applying to college

Sania Gali March 27, 2024

As college acceptance rates continue to plummet, the overall competitiveness of college admissions continues to increase. Every year, the University of California system receives over 210,840 freshmen...

Examining Dr. Suesss life, legacy

Examining Dr. Suess’s life, legacy

Savannah Giford, Graphics Editor March 7, 2024

Many young readers across America were introduced to reading with the fantastical creatures, sing-songy phrases and silly imagery of Theodor Seuss Geisel, much better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss....

Living with a heart defect

Living with a heart defect

Devon Valance, Staff Writer February 13, 2024

Valentine’s Day — the day that some go out with their partners and others celebrate with their friends. For me, it’s the day my mom emails a note of gratitude, a health update and a picture of me...

STANLEY CUPS CREATE BONDS:  Breanna Zide ‘24 and Tati Zide ‘27 clink their Stanley Quenchers, adorned with straw covers and stickers.

Stanley cups reveal overconsumption culture

Ayushi Khattar, S February 6, 2024

Long gone are the days of VSCO girls with their hydro flasks and hair scrunchies. Now, a new generation of water bottles is here: the Stanley Cup.  The Stanley brand has steadily grown in popularity...

Using sustainable wrapping paper is one step in the right direction towards helping the environment as a whole.

Ways to celebrate holidays sustainably

Lanza Peretti, Staff Writer December 21, 2023

Wrapping paper, tape and ribbons – all staple materials for the holidays, however they are quite unsustainable. Each year, many of these materials contribute to the devastating amount of waste being...

Tieu many lyrics: instrumental music undervalued by listeners

Tieu many lyrics: instrumental music undervalued by listeners

Allison Tieu, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 19, 2023

Music is an integral part of life, one that is found nearly everywhere — whether driving in the car, shopping at the mall or sitting at a desk doing work.  With the recent release of Spotify Wrapped...

Adolescence with Anya: cooking for comfort

Adolescence with Anya: cooking for comfort

Anya Monga, Graphics Editor December 11, 2023

For what felt like the millionth time that day, I sighed and looked at my dog as if he could save me from the mountain of homework that had accumulated in the last few weeks of school. Like the rest of...

Summ-ing it up: creative outlets boost emotional awareness

Summ-ing it up: creative outlets boost emotional awareness

Summer Nichols, Web-editor-in-chief December 11, 2023

Microsoft Word was my window into a passion for writing poetry.  I was eight years old, and my mom had just downloaded Microsoft Word onto her desktop computer. I watched eagerly as the cursor began...

Creative arts help society thrive

Creative arts help society thrive

Lucas Van Parys, Web Design Editor November 28, 2023

I’m going into film. I’ve been debating that for too long, but I am. My grandfather is worried for my income once I graduate college. The best people in film make quite a lot of money, but the lowest...

Black Friday baits consumerist society

Black Friday baits consumerist society

Alexa Koniares, Business Manager November 17, 2023

The day is almost here. It’s the day everyone has been waiting for. The day people endlessly scroll through shopping websites. They sprint through aisles, foraging for the best discount and pushing one...

Civics needs funding over STEM

Civics needs funding over STEM

James Miller, Opinion Section Editor November 6, 2023

There’s scholarships for it every week. There’s record federal spending for it. There’s vast amounts of students dedicated to it. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics: STEM. It’s the best...

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