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MMEH Club: A Relaxed Approach to Art and Crafts

MMEH Club: A Relaxed Approach to Art and Crafts

Priya Dixit and Daphne Ih

December 14, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

A cheerful group of students enters the art room and begins to fold colored paper from a stack on the central table. Even after they settle down, the room is lively as they begin folding and creasing paper squares. Before long, the space is transformed into an origami menagerie of cranes. Other students...

How Music Forms the Holidays

How Music Forms the Holidays

Madison Woo, Senior Writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

Michael Bublé is a holiday god in my family. His sultry voice is played 24/7 from November 1 to December 25, his rendition of “Holly Jolly Christmas” steadily hyping us up for the one day of the year when we can open gifts and celebrate being together as a family. The quintessential holiday ...

A Newfound Vulnerability in Taylor Swift’s “reputation”

A Newfound Vulnerability in Taylor Swift’s “reputation”

Rachel Zuraek, Guest Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

She’s a snake. She’s money hungry. She dates too many guys. Whether you agree with the rumors or not, it’s no question that Taylor Swift has quite the reputation. Since her musical debut in 2006, Swift has become one of the most well-known and successful artists in the modern music industr...

Fast Fashion: A Trend to End

Fast Fashion: A Trend to End

Savita Govind and Isabella Borkovic

December 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

Remember rompers, Toms and Lokai bracelets? Just last year, these necessities were all the rage, but now they sit sadly on Goodwill racks among many other dead trends. So why did these once super-cool fashion trends fall into obscurity? The answer is fast fashion, a term used to describe the rapid cy...

Los Altos History Museum’s Take on Asian American Stories

Los Altos History Museum’s Take on Asian American Stories

Noelle Hanson, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


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Behind a glass case, a collection of old family photos and letters to loved ones are scattered with underlying captions explaining their significance. The handwriting on these artifacts are from Asian American Immigrants who settled in the United States many decades ago. It’s clear to the observer th...

A Dichotomy of Lil Pump

A Dichotomy of Lil Pump

Gialon Kasha, Guest Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

A rumoured Harvard dropout, lyrical mastermind and pioneer of the rap industry, 17-year-old Gazzy “Lil Pump” Garcia carries the burden of solving humanity’s problems, moving America forward one song at a time. Lil Pump rises to the occasion in “Gucci Gang,” a contemporary masterpiece in whi...

The Benefits of Binge Watching

The Benefits of Binge Watching

Isabella Borkovic, Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

Before I sat down to write this, I watched four 40-minute episodes of “Stranger Things” back to back. I kept on clicking that tantalizing red “Next Episode” button over and over until almost three hours had passed and it was suddenly 8 o’clock. I’m sure many of you have also experienced...

The Upsides and “The Upside Down” sides

The Upsides and “The Upside Down” sides

Cathy Wang, Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

IMDB ★★★★☆ A little girl with a number for a name and a soft spot for Eggo waffles, Christmas lights and Dungeons & Dragons. These features only scratch the surface of the first season of Netflix’s smash hit, “Stranger Things.” Full of 80’s nostalgia and stellar performan...

Injustices in female hip-hop

Tino Tugwete and Ian Tseng

November 14, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

Max Weirauch Remember way back in the day when you could shout, “WHO DAT, WHO DAT?” in the hallways, and someone would immediately respond with, “I-G-G-Y!” Now, if you randomly decide to bring up Iggy Azalea in a conversation, somebody might actually say, “Who dat?” Iggy’s career ...

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Fulfills Marvel’s Formula, But Not Much Else

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Fulfills Marvel’s Formula, But Not Much Else

Maddie Chu and Javin Pombra

November 2, 2017


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“Thor: Ragnarok” is feel-good. It’s the classic villain-tries-taking-over-the-world (or galaxy) and the-hero-saves-the-day story. Ragnarok checks the boxes: The humor hits all the marks. The action scenes are filled with well-designed CGI and tons of neatly-choreographed fights. The superhe...

Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month

Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month

Jocelyn Maeyama and Daphne Ih

October 28, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

Introduction October is LGBTQ+ History Month in the U.S., coinciding with National Coming Out Day on October 11. While its June counterpart, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, revolves around the present, History Month looks back to see the progress members of the community and their allies made in the fight for civil ...

Raising Mental Health Awareness Through Hip Hop

Raising Mental Health Awareness Through Hip Hop

Brian Huebner and Kristen Fan

October 24, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

When Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab in 2016 for depression and suicidal urges, the hip hop scene woke up to the real world of mental illness. “I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life,” Cudi wrote in a Facebook post. “My anxiety and depression have...

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