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Gordon Jack Publishes Debut Novel

Gordon Jack Publishes Debut Novel

Rachel Lu, Senior Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1, Showcase

The idea behind school librarian Gordon Jack’s debut novel, “The Boomerang Effect,” began when he noticed that while there was a wide range of humorous children’s literature, there were not as many humorous young-adult books. “I think that’s a real shame [because] those are my favorite...

Is this the swan song for music radio?

Is this the swan song for music radio?

Cameron Avery, Staff Writer

August 24, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue 0

For years, the radio — that is, old-fashioned, AM/FM radio — has been on a steady decline. Though the number of Americans who tune in to the radio each week (93 percent in 2016, according to Nielsen Ratings) has remained steady over the past decade, that statistic belies a different story: radio...

In Full Color: Hollywood’s Lack of Diversity

In Full Color: Hollywood’s Lack of Diversity

Paola Campos, Staff Writer

June 8, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-8

Take a second and think of an actor. He or she doesn’t have to be in your favorite film, be good looking or even be particularly good at acting. Go ahead, any actor at all. Do you have someone in mind? Good. Now, ask yourself this: Is your actor white? Is he male? Is he or she straight? My guess is...

Changing our minds: Pop culture we liked better the second time

Changing our minds: Pop culture we liked better the second time

Hanna Khosravi, Jessica King, and Eli Colbert

June 8, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-8

An "Implicit demand for proof" | by Jessica King It’s difficult to speak badly about something you love. Even if you know you once hated it, you can’t help but look back at that time and wonder why you ever did. Maybe you love it now because it simply grew on you, or maybe you outgrew your...

Behind the Scenes of Broken Box

Behind the Scenes of Broken Box

Anisha Desai, Staff Writer

May 20, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-8

It’s easy to imagine the costumes for a high school play being thrown together by a director after a couple read-throughs of the script, but for Broken Box, costume design is an art form and furthermore, a key element in the production of each show. The costume design department is student-led and w...

Year(book) in Review

Year(book) in Review

Miranda Li, Staff Writer

May 17, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

A rich, textured royal blue cover binds the comprehensive record of Los Altos High School 2015-2016, embossed with minimalistic white lowercase letters. A year of happy, hormonal high school experience documented in approximately 300 glossy pages: the yearbook. This year, the yearbook boasts an impressive...

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

Akhil Jakatdar, Staff Writer

May 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

On May 6, 2016, the third installment of the Captain America Franchise, Captain America: Civil War, was released into theatres nationwide. One of the most anticipated movies of the spring, Civil War has not only lived up to the hype it has received, but has opened up a completely new style of superhero m...

Relocation of Castro Street businesses is for the best

Relocation of Castro Street businesses is for the best

Anisha Desai and Miranda Li

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-7

Before construction began, Castro street goers could inhale the familiar scent of kebabs, smoke and the savory breeze of Rose International Market. They could grab a Peet’s Coffee on a chilly Sunday morning or Gochi sushi for dinner. But these small businesses, close to the hearts of Mountain View...

Apple releases new, smaller iPhone

Apple releases new, smaller iPhone

William Jow, Copy/Content Editor

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-7

Ever since the launch of the iPhone 6, many unsatisfied Apple customers have been asking for a phone that isn’t the size of a small bus. After a year, Apple answered by releasing the iPhone SE in late March. The iPhone SE sports a 4-inch aluminum chassis similar to that of the iPhone 5s, but packs...

Political Comedy

Avi Varghese and Ben Zaeske

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-7

Since the earliest political cartoons, comedy has been an important medium to express political views. With the wide variety of media available to the public today, comedy continues to have an increased influence on the political field and has made tough issues more accessible to the public than ever....

‘Cleopatra’: for those sick of cliches

‘Cleopatra’: for those sick of cliches

Alexis Malgesini, Staff Writer

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-7

“Cleopatra,” The Lumineers Folk Rock Apr. 8 2016 ★★★★★ The Lumineers, the folk rock trio responsible for the whimsical, upbeat melodies of their most widely known 2012 hit song “Ho Hey,” released “Cleopatra” on April 8. “Cleopatra,” full of soothing tones and insightful ly...

‘Zootopia’ addresses societal prejudices

‘Zootopia’ addresses societal prejudices

Eric Thiem, Business Manager

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-7

  “Zootopia” Mar. 4 2016 (PG) Directed by Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Rich Moore Starring Ginnifer Goodwin ★★★★★ It’s not uncommon for animated kids movies to have deep underlying messages. “Wall-E” taught people the importance of taking care of the environment. “Happy ...

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