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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


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

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


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

“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...

‘Mother!’ and ‘It:’ Horrifically Disappointing

‘Mother!’ and ‘It:’ Horrifically Disappointing

Mia Scher, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

Warner Bros. Mother! Jennifer Lawrence had something profound to say about her latest movie, 'Mother!,’ a psychological horror film, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. "It depicts the rape and torment of Mother Earth... I represent Mother Earth; Javier, whose character is a poet, represe...

Bonchon Chicken Fulfills the Fundamentals

Bonchon Chicken Fulfills the Fundamentals

Maddie Chu, Opinions Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

Given the immense popularity of the Bonchon Chicken franchise around America, the opening of a downtown Mountain View location on Castro Street was highly anticipated by many. Bonchon’s specialty and main selling point is Korean fried chicken, but it also offers a wide variety of Asian American ...

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty: Makeup For All

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty: Makeup For All

Tinomuda Tugwete, Senior Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

Carissa Lee   Robyn Rihanna Fenty, aka popstar and fashion-beauty icon Rihanna, had not only her fans, but the entire makeup industry clutching their pearls when she dropped her new makeup line Fenty Beauty on Sepember 8 at midnight. Ms. Fenty came out with the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Lo...

Broken Box: From Script to Stage

Broken Box: From Script to Stage

Jocelyn Maeyama and Ethan Ruyack

October 23, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

Broken Box, Los Altos’ Acting II course, remains an enigma to many. Its members can be seen in character promoting productions on the morning announcements, or sprinting through the quad in end of the year initiation rituals. But in the theater, their talent and hard work shines three times a ye...

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