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In 2020 we find new meaning in Camus’ The Plague

Credits: Vintage International (Penguin Random House)

By Sofia Hegstrom

October 12, 2020

Never has ‘La Peste’, or The Plague, as it has been translated in English, been more relevant. It’s now a classic commentary on the human condition, and its striking message of resistance only rings louder today. Albert Camus, who penned The Plague, was a Nobel Prize winning French Algerian novelis...

A Way to Fit During Quarantine

By Donovan Snell, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

The See 10 Do 10 challenge has arose across social media sites, mostly Instagram, to encourage others to stay active during these tough times. The challenge works by being tagged on social media doing the challenge, once you are tagged you then do the challenge yourself and tag other people to partici...

Dark Lane Demo Tapes: Even darker than it appears

Dark Lane Demo Tapes: Even darker than it appears

By Alexandra Silva, Staff Writer

May 12, 2020

Drake has been one of the most sonically predictable pop star of the most recent decade and furthermore a work in progress. From collection to collection, year to year, he draws from a standard palette of ill-humored R&B and puffed-chest rap, sincerely charged hip-jump and solid soul. He continues to...

Instagram’s 30-Day Song Challenge

Instagram's 30-day song challenge is a trending activity that allows Instagram users to share their favorite music along with a little information about themselves.

By Lamar Qaddumi, Staff Writer

April 30, 2020

This new normal has caused me to try many new things such as bike riding, cooking, redecorating, and spending my days scrolling through every social media outlet on my phone, especially Instagram. With so much free time on our hands, we tend to get bored and with that free time, many new challeng...

Operation Facetime Fiesta: a virtual birthday celebration

On April 17th, 2020, I threw my first online birthday party via Zoom.

By Gabi Rodriguez, Editor In-Chief

April 28, 2020

Currently, reality is like the bag of frozen peas at the bottom of your freezer: frozen and never to leave the confines of its residence. Yet, just because life has seemingly paused doesn’t mean that the world has stopped spinning. The clocks still tick, the days still crawl forward, and evidently, th...

Crash Landing on My Sleep Schedule

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By Hilary Nguyen, News Editor

April 28, 2020

Normally, during the school year, I find myself staying up late to do homework. While these are not normal times, I still find myself staying up late. The only difference is that this time, I am staying up late to watch a show. Tonight, I decided to start and finish “Crash Landing on You”, a Korean dra...

30 Days of Art for 30 Days of Quarantine

This 30-Day Art Challenge allowed me to capture the ups and downs I've experienced throughout this pandemic. This piece

By Ema Wilson, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

As we are at home during quarantine, it can be a struggle to try and find something to do. Oftentimes we resort to just working on school work to keep our minds busy, but what about the creative side? That’s why the 30 Day Art For Home Challenge is a perfect way to destress and allow your creative juices ...

Apps To Keep Us From Feeling Isolated During Quarantine

Students Prisha Multani, Jenna Mercado and Maia Vo playing

By Esha Sharma, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

During this time, it is hard to not isolate and distance yourself from your loved ones. So, I decided to try a range of different apps and sites to find out the best ways to keep in touch without friends and family. The first app I tried was Rave. The app allows you to create a group and stream movies, TV sho...

“The Perfect Remix” Live- How a Father and Son Work to Beat the Instagram Algorithm

“The Perfect Remix” Live- How a Father and Son Work to Beat the Instagram Algorithm

By Ashton Brown, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

Among the many things our society has lost because of COVID-19--including the ability for some to go to work, and black lives at a disproportionate rate--one aspect of life we have had to improvise is a way to entertain ourselves while stuck at home. In the face of this, we look to DJs and other entert...

Virtual Dinner: Minecraft Style

My friends and I attempted a Minecraft virtual dinner; while it satisfy my hunger, it did satisfy my need for friends and fun during this pandemic.

By Vivian Huynh, Editor In-Chief

April 28, 2020

As students adjust to quarantine, they devise new ways to keep in touch, stay creative, and enjoy themselves as they usually wouldn’t in their hectic lives. While many try online challenges, such as the fitness challenge and the virtual 5K Race, others look to simple ones like virtual dinners and b...

A Way to Escape the Current Crisis into Another World

Haley Solano's online book club is easy to engage with and features a wide array of books for book lovers like me.

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

April 28, 2020

Ever since I was young, reading has always been a solace of mine. It got me through a lot of tough times. When I was a kid and had trouble making friends; when I was in middle school and school was causing huge pressures; the summer before 9th grade when I was terrified of the change that was happening...

Feed Your Cravings With This Easy Mug Cake

Try this easy mug cake recipe to fill your cravings.

By Maria Angelica Amaya, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

Every day during this pandemic, my dad and I watch either Criminal Minds or Law & Order. While watching Criminal Minds one day I suddenly got the urge to eat cake but I didn’t want to bake a whole cake since I’m the only one who wanted some. So I started looking for a small quick cake to make ...

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