Marteen is heating up with his new single, “Sriracha”

Marteen promoting his new single

Jenny Hamburg, Ads and Distribution Editor/ Photographer

October 17, 2017

     Marteen Estevez is a 16 year-old from the Bay Area.  Music has been a major part of his life from a young age. Born to a Colombian dad and American mom, his parents always encouraged him to pursue his passion for music. Marteen began learning classical piano at just ten years-old. He also wo...

The Stranglehold of Social Media

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Markus Albihn, Front Editor

January 25, 2017

Within the age of likes, friends, followers, and favorites, social media has developed an uncompromising grasp upon news, opinion, and any semblance of individuality. One attends the assembly of opinion within the Twitterverse and logs off attaining an amalgamated view upon the world.   Not on...

The Paradox of Hypocritical Thought

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Markus Albihn, Front Editor

January 19, 2017

In Islam, there is an idea called nifāq. Nifāq is a type of hypocrisy shown in the munafiqun which are a group of Muslims who were said to be unsympathetic towards the cause of Muslims. Outlined in Sahih al-Bukhari, one of the most important books for Sunni Muslims, “The prophet Muhammad said: ‘The ...

New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me

Ethan Simons, Staff Writer

January 9, 2017

Renew that gym membership, because it’s that time of year again. The new year marks millions of resolutions being created by people who are seeking a change in their lives. Unfortunately, these resolutions are notoriously likely to be forgotten or abandoned. The reasons for this are not set, as many ...

Safe Space: Sheltered Place

Safe Space: Sheltered Place

Markus Albihn, Front Editor

December 8, 2016

A safe space is "a social space which is restricted with respect to social relations, language, political views and/or behavior." To put it cynically an area where people's feelings of marginalization are placed higher than the first amendment of the constitution. It is a place where dialogue, discussion...

Leonardo DiCaprio and Climate Change

Samantha Venegas, Media and Arts Editor

November 3, 2016

On October 30th, Leonardo DiCaprio premiered his documentary, “Before the Flood”. The documentary follows DiCaprio’s three year trek around the world visiting places where climate change has affected. In the beginning and throughout the film DiCaprio refers to the painting The Garden of Ea...

The Courage it Takes to Follow Your Heart

What is essential is invisible to the eye.

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor

June 7, 2016

  The most important lessons we learn in life are often in the beginning, rather than the end.   We learn about ourselves and who we want to become.  We also learn that who we want to become isn’t always how we will end up, and we don’t have to be the same as those around us.  We are all ...

Happy Little Pill

Happy Little Pill

Mackenzie Watkins, Advertising Editor

April 19, 2016

  Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie Doll” is a modernist take on the values placed upon vanity and perfection by society. Piercy’s emphasis from the poem was the idea that children are impressionable and when you feed them with notions of what is ugly and what is beautiful and what they should and shoul...

Lessons Learned from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”

Toula (Nia Vardalos) struggles to maintain a balance between marriage, parenting, and dealing with her big Greek family

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor

April 8, 2016

Every family is unique in its own ridiculous ways.  That ridiculousness was captured perfectly in the 2002 romantic comedy, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”  Even if you’re not Greek, you will still laugh at the exaggerated story of a Greek family’s interference when Toula Portokalos marries the...

Donald Trump’s Problematic Administration

Donald Trump’s Problematic Administration

Mackenzie Watkins, Advertising Editor

March 20, 2016

  On Saturday,  March 19, Donald Trump hosted a rally in Tucson, Arizona where he was met by protesters parading around profane signs. Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski was seen speaking to one of the protesters right before an altercation broke out. Reports from witnesses and the protest...

Sweet Seventeen

Senator Bernie Sanders is the most popular candidate among young voters

Celia Janes, Op/Ed Editor

March 10, 2016

In twenty-two states, seventeen-year-old citizens can vote in primaries, provided that they will be eighteen by the general election in November.  California is not one of those states. Of course, this election differs substantially from previous years.  Many would argue that there are no strong...

Never Worth the Risk

Danger Takes the Wheel: The cost of street racing outweighs the thrill.

Christina Davenport, Media & Arts Editor

March 9, 2016

   Driving is already inherently dangerous even when one obeys the rules of the road. Driving recklessly only escalates the risk of accidents, injuries, and death. Even so, foolhardy drivers grip the wheel and step on the gas in a fast-paced attempt to prove their machismo. Or maybe, they do it for a qui...

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