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New Nintendo console codenamed NX

New Nintendo console codenamed NX

Booker Martin, Staff Writer
March 9, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

Nintendo is in a difficult position — it needs a new console to remedy its mistakes and get sales back on track. However, abandoning its current home console, the Wii U, risks upsetting loyal fans who bought the console expecting lasting support, not a measly catalog of future releases. Nintendo’s...

Smash Bros. is done with downloadable content

Smash Bros. is done with downloadable content

Booker Martin, Staff Writer
March 9, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

“Super Smash Bros.” makes me yell at my best friend. And laugh at him, high five him, cheer with him and sulk with him. It brings eight people together in my family room, all engaged in the action taking place on-screen. As a video game franchise, Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros.” offers arguably...

At Sugarbaby, Los Altos comes full circle

At Sugarbaby, Los Altos comes full circle

Spencer Dembner, News Editor
March 9, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

Ask Darren Howze why he does what he does, and he points to a hand-painted sign over the store’s entrance. It says, “It’s a Beautiful Day to be Sweet.” Howze, along with his wife Colleen, is the owner of Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe, a new candy store nestled on State Street that opened in February....

Best Director

Eli Colbert, Staff Writer
February 12, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

  Will Win: George Miller Could Win: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Should Win: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Birdman, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s previous feature, and a swirling, manic gift of a movie, won him last year’s ‘Best Director’ belt. This year, the Mexican director focuses his efforts in t...

Best Actress

Hanna Khosravi, Features Editor
February 12, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

  Will Win: Brie Larson Could Win: Saoirse Ronan Should Win: Brie Larson This year’s Best Actress category presents a classically varied cast of characters: A young victim of abduction who finds her strength in the upbringing of her son, a wife who discovers a dark secret about her husband’s...

Controversy at the Oscars

Eric Thiem, Business Manager
February 12, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

For the second year running, only white actors and actresses have been nominated for every major acting category in the Academy Awards. But this time around, people all over the country aren’t taking this lying down. Spreading like wildfire, the controversy has sparked national outrage and prompted n...

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle

Savita Govind and Anisha Desai
February 12, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

Waking up to a blaring alarm in the morning, right in the middle of peaceful, deep sleep is a daily struggle for most high schoolers. Now, instead of trudging through the morning half-asleep, students can download Sleep Cycle to help them out. An interactive alarm clock, Sleep Cycle tracks sleep patterns an...

Best Actor

Akhil Jakatdar, Staff Writer
February 12, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

  Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio Could Win: Matt Damon Should Win: Michael Fassbender Five men. Ten combined Oscar nominations between them. Two Oscar winners among them. The field for the 2016 Oscars Best Actor in a Leading Role nominations is rich and filled with many deserving candidate...

Best Picture

Spencer Dembner and Josh Kirshenbaum
February 12, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

Will Win: Spotlight Could Win: The Revenant Should Win: Spotlight This year’s group of nominees for Best Picture has a little of it all. From the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies to the Financial drama The Big Short, to the frontier epic (The Revenant) to both post apocalyptic and extra-terrestrial...

Neko Atsume

Neko Atsume

Savita Govind and Anisha Desai
February 12, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

Whether you are a cat lover or would just like a fun app to pass the time, the quirky and compelling game Neko Atsume can be enjoyed by all users. Neko Atsume is a newly popular, free mobile game in which users have one simple objective: use food to attract stray cats. When the cats arrive, users can watc...

Heads Up!

Heads Up!

Savita Govind and Anisha Desai
February 12, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

Created by talk show host Ellen Degeneres, Heads Up! is a great pastime in which players can name celebrities, guess funny accents and imitate silly animals. The objective of the game is as simple as it gets: guess the word on the screen across your forehead. One player holds up a device with a word on ...

Alessia Cara’s “Four Pink Walls” is a stunning debut

Paola Campos, Staff Writer
January 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

Earlier this year, Alessia Cara released her debut EP, Four Pink Walls, as an introduction to her debut album, Know It All, which was released on November 13th. Discovered by Universal Music Group and eventually signed onto Def Jam at the age of eighteen, Cara’s Know It All pays tribute to the four pink walls of he...

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