• September 19Major Earthquake in Mexico

  • August 28Japan Raises Alarm After North Korea Missile Launch

  • August 28Thousands Stranded in Houston With Waters Still Rising; Death Toll Rises to 10

  • May 26Man hijacks Dept. of Corrections van with inmates inside

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 Review

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 Review

Zach Saldivar, Online Manager

May 15, 2017


Filed under Music, Showcase

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, released their newest “Awesome Mix”, another collection of classic (mostly) 70’s songs, ranging from pop to funk. The first Awesome Mix had hits such as “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede, “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum, and “Ain’t No Mountain...

Heartworms: An album review

Heartworms: An album review

Zach Saldivar, Online Manager

April 11, 2017


Filed under Music, Showcase

  The Shins fifth studio album, “Heartworms”, is the band’s first album in five years. After undergoing some member changes, Mercer and crew put together something that Mercer says is closer to the Shin’s original sound than their previous work, “Port of Morrow.” The album itself...

A Sociopath Next Door

A Sociopath Next Door

Melissa Rodriguez, Staff Writer

February 24, 2017


Filed under Media&Arts, Showcase

As many of his students may know by now, Mr. Mac is reading a book titled "The Sociopath Next Door," by Martha Stout PhD. "It is a Nonfiction book, as any book I read is, and I originally started reading it so I could teach the disorders chapters in psychology."  Mac continues by explaining his lack...

Wonder Woman 2017

Wonder Woman 2017

MelIssa Rodriguez

January 20, 2017


Filed under Media&Arts, Showcase

After a pilot crash-lands on an all-female island, he meets Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), princess of the Amazon. He tells her of the horrors of war in the outside world, convincing her to leave the island in hopes of ending the conflict.   There, she becomes Wonder Woman and discovers the full potenti...

Black Mirror: Season Three [Series Review]

Black Mirror: Season Three [Series Review]

Markus Albihn, Front Page Editor

October 26, 2016


Filed under Focus, Media&Arts, Showcase, Uncategorized

  Originally broadcast on the British network Channel 4, "Black Mirror" is a Sci-Fi anthology series. It criticizes culture through its use of dark and sometimes satirical themes regarding the dangers of technological advancements in modern society. The creator of the show Charlie Brooker stated th...

Miracles Can Happen

Miracles Can Happen

Lauren Kliewer, Editor-in-Chief

April 4, 2016


Filed under Media&Arts, Showcase

With average reviews, "Miracles From Heaven" is expected to be less than great. But Jennifer Garner and Kylie Rogers prove to make the movie impeccable. The movie is based on the true story of Annabel Beam, who survived her pseudo-obstruction motility disorder after falling through a hollow tree. The plot sho...

Album Review: Untitled Unmastered

Album Review: Untitled Unmastered

Christian Duarte, Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Media&Arts, Music

  “Untitled Unmastered,” an Extended Play by none other than Kendrick Lamar, was released on March 4, 2016. The songs are all untitled but numbered and dated according to the day they were created. The EP itself has reached number one on Billboard 200 and US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in less than thirty days....

Album Review: Too High To Riot

Album Review: Too High To Riot

Christian Duarte, Staff Writer

March 14, 2016


Filed under Music

    Queens rapper Abbas Hamad or simply Bas is rapidly making his name know with his sophomore album “Too High To Riot.” “Last Winter,” the title of his first studio album, was released on April 29, 2014 reaching 103 on the Billboard 200. He sold 3,601 copies the album’s first week. This...

Mike’s Jukebox: Closer by Joy Division

Mike’s Jukebox: Closer by Joy Division

Michael Hill, Music Editor

March 9, 2016


Filed under Music

Joy Division holds a place in every post-punk lover's heart, including my own. The combination of sorrow and pain that's delivered by frontman Ian Curtis is perfectly matched by the creative geniuses that compose the rest of the band. With Bernard Sumner on guitar, Steven Morris on drums, and Peter Hook...

“Daddy’s Home” A Movie in Review

“Daddy’s Home” A Movie in Review

Mackenzie Watkins, Advertising Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Uncategorized

  The new movie, Daddy's Home was released on December 25, 2015 and hit the public scene with no signs of flair or excitement. The comedy stars Mark Wahlberg as Dusty, super cool and charismatic dad who's not close with his family and Will Ferrell as Brad, a kind and loving radio executive who has...

“Sisters” A Movie In Review

“Sisters” A Movie In Review

Mackenzie Watkins, Advertising Editor

January 9, 2016


Filed under Media&Arts

  The new comedy “Sisters”, directed by Jason Moore, hit the big screens on December 18, 2015. This hilariously captivating film stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as two sisters, Maura and Kate,  with completely different personalities reconnect after they learn that their parents will be selling ...

Queen of the Clouds: Tove Lo Concert Review

Queen of the Clouds: Tove Lo Concert Review

Christina Davenport, Media & Arts Editor

September 30, 2015


Filed under Music, Showcase

Queen of the Clouds and ruler of our hearts, Swedish pop artist Tove Lo gave a stunning performance on September 29th at the Observatory in Santa Ana. Back in Orange County for the first time in a year on her Queen of the Clouds Tour, Tove Lo performed songs from her debut studio album ("Queen...

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