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Serving Recipes from the Melting Pot

Serving Recipes from the Melting Pot

Kelthie Truong, Back Page Editor

November 19, 2019

Like a switch has flipped, the energy of stressed, sleep-deprived students replenishes as the year transitions into the distinct season of nippy weather, frequent breaks, preliminary Christmas music streaming and feel-good holiday cuisine. The reemergence of nostalgia feeds the collective excitement...

Reviewing Kombucha, the Famously-Fermented Fizzy Drink

Reviewing Kombucha, the Famously-Fermented Fizzy Drink

Emma Haag and Bia Shok

November 18, 2019

Kombucha is a growing trend that promises multiple health benefits, such as improving the digestive system, preventing infections, aiding weight loss, reducing the risk of heart disease, supporting liver health and even promoting positive mental health. From crazy flavors, kombucha is making a splash...

Fall Play Promises Performances of Mythical Proportions

Fall Play Promises Performances of Mythical Proportions

Charlotte Cao, Lauren Hsu, and Nate Taylor

November 18, 2019

Wild cheers escaped the audience as Diomedes (junior Jasper Scott) rushed onto the stage, holding up his trademark hand symbol and shouting, “Diomedes rules!” This year’s fall play, titled “The Iliad, the Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less,” took place Nov. 7-9 in...

How to Thanksgiving: Pies

How to Thanksgiving: Pies

William Hsieh, Julia Kim, and Farhad Taraporevala

November 15, 2019

In the second installment of the series, we will be making pies. The fillings are easy to make, but pie crust is notoriously finicky. If you have never baked before, we suggest you seek the advice of a seasoned baker. Apple Pie Filling What you need: 3 Granny Smith apples 1 tablespoon lemon j...

Campus Performers Embrace Their Passion by Playing Out Their Hearts

Campus Performers Embrace Their Passion by Playing Out Their Hearts

Bia Shok and Minnah Tanzeen

November 14, 2019

Adrenaline pumping sounds of heavy metal, rock or even pop music stimulates the curiosity of passing students in the quad or near the music room; during lunch, snack or even office hours. Most of the time, you will find one of these four musicians who carry their guitars around campus to be the produce...

Gallery: Stores Deck the Aisles for 2019 Holidays

Gallery: Stores Deck the Aisles for 2019 Holidays

Jaein Kim, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

From Christmas trees to reds and greens, stores rush to decorate and advertise new seasonal holiday products right as the Halloween craze dies down.

How to Thanksgiving: Side Dishes

How to Thanksgiving: Side Dishes

William Hsieh, Julia Kim, and Farhad Taraporevala

November 12, 2019

Foodies everywhere rejoice as the Thanksgiving feast draws nearer. For those who wish to give a gift in food form, this is the perfect holiday. From beginners who have never cooked in their lives to experienced chefs approaching Gordon Ramsay-level, there is a Thanksgiving recipe for you. For beginner...

Students Celebrate Day of the Dead by Honoring Their Role Models

Students Celebrate Day of the Dead by Honoring Their Role Models

Lauren Hsu and Bia Shok

November 8, 2019

Vibrant paper decorations and flickering plastic candles could be seen scattered across the collab spaces, accompanied by colorful tissue-paper marigolds and photos of influential figures. From Oct. 28 to Nov. 6, students from Spanish 2 courses created altars for Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday...

‘Cinderella’ is the Perfect Fit for the Spring Musical

‘Cinderella’ is the Perfect Fit for the Spring Musical

Tiffany Wu, Co-News Editor

November 8, 2019

When the clock ticked 9:24 a.m. on Oct. 31, a princess clad in blue, her fairy godmother, her wicked stepmother, two Prince Charmings, one pumpkin carriage, one blind mouse and one missing glass slipper revealed the spring musical: ‘Cinderella.’ “We picked this show because it’s a really,...

Don’t be Chai: Satisfy Your Boba Cravings at OneZo

Don’t be Chai: Satisfy Your Boba Cravings at OneZo

William Hsieh, Julia Kim, and Farhad Taraporevala

November 8, 2019

You may have tried brown boba, but have you tried pink, yellow or even green boba? Then you may want to take a trip to OneZo Boba, which opened Oct. 31. Located in the Woodbury Town Center in between Panera Bread and Asian Tapas, this chain makes all of its boba in house, and the quality is evident in e...

‘For the Children’ Earns Standing Ovation

‘For the Children’ Earns Standing Ovation

Lauren Hsu and Kelthie Truong

November 4, 2019

Harmonized voices tinged with heartbreak and passion radiated off the stage, pervading almost as fluidly as the glow of colored lights through the stillness of an awestruck audience. All four choirs delivered an emotional performance on Oct. 17 in order to raise awareness for the southern border crisis....

Neighborhoods in the Halloween Spirit: Ranking the Top Trick-or-Treating Communities Close to Campus

Helena Hu and Julia Kim

November 1, 2019

As fog settles on Oct. 31, and neighbors creep out of their dimly lit homes, the tradition of trick-or-treating in Irvine has people young and old out of their homes at dusk, ready for a night of festivities. As you begin to plan your Halloween night, we have decided to rank the best Irvine neighborhoods...

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