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Marching Band is Rocking and Rolling into 2019 with Rush’s ‘Closer to the Heart’

Marching Band is Rocking and Rolling into 2019 with Rush’s ‘Closer to the Heart’

Priscilla Baek, Co-News Editor

May 31, 2019

Complete with wigs and ‘70s groove, performing arts teachers Desmond Stevens and Kyle Traska revealed the 2019 marching band theme, “Closer to the Heart,”  a famous song by the Canadian rock band Rush. New leadership positions were announced the same night, May 21, in preparation for the next...

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Never Quite Takes Off

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Never Quite Takes Off

Ali Elmalky, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

On April 30, the first official trailer dropped for “Sonic The Hedgehog,” a feature film starring SEGA’s speedy blue star. Sonic is a mascot character beloved by many. Created by SEGA in 1991 as an effort to rival Nintendo’s wildly popular mascot Mario, Sonic soon blasted into the video game mar...

Taking a More Modern Approach to Religion

Taking a More Modern Approach to Religion

Simrat Singh, Sports Editor

May 28, 2019

Sweet but powerful voices fill the stage with uplifting gospel songs as sophomore Kailyn Pham performed in the Mariners Youth Culture Band, a group she has been a part of for almost a year. While Pham performs, fellow sophomore Natalie Ng moves around at the performance, taking videos and pictures to h...

A Look into Disney’s Master Movie Timeline

A Look into Disney’s Master Movie Timeline

Aaron Sha and Nicholas Hung

May 28, 2019

While moviegoers are awed by current big screen hits like “Avengers: Endgame” and eagerly await new additions of beloved series such as “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” Disney has been busy, mapping out its movie releases far into the future. The two largest franchises slated for a revamp ...

‘Detective Pikachu’ is Saturday Morning Pokémon Brought to the Big Screen

‘Detective Pikachu’ is Saturday Morning Pokémon Brought to the Big Screen

Nicholas Hung and Benjamin Kim

May 24, 2019

In 1995, Ken Sugimori and Satoshi Tajiri created the fantastic world of Pokémon, and their cute characters quickly spread around the world. Twenty-four years later, “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu,” produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, adapts their creation to the big screen, recreating beloved Pok...

Searching for the Most Tea-rrific Boba

Searching for the Most Tea-rrific Boba

Julia Kim, Jordan Lee, and Shawyan Rooein

May 21, 2019

Quickly rising to the top of most-wanted desserts, boba has taken Irvine by a storm as a hub for socializing, de-stressing and drinking. With a wide selection of boba shops in Irvine, we chose the top five, ranking them from best to worst. 1) 7 Leaves Cafe: Arguably most popular in Irvine, 7 Leav...

Music Sets the Tempo of English Teacher’s Life

Music Sets the Tempo of English Teacher’s Life

Jenny Won, Business Team

May 9, 2019

With a gold microphone in hand, literary and language arts teacher Aaron Kwan brings his exceptional singing talent into his everyday life, both on his own and with his students. From singing in the shower to auditioning for “American Idol,” Kwan’s passion for music started at an early age and con...

Billie Eilish Releases Debut Album And It Is Everyone’s “Strange Addiction”

Billie Eilish Releases Debut Album And It Is Everyone’s “Strange Addiction”

Giselle Villegas, Staff Writer

May 8, 2019

Billie Eilish’s debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” combines smooth beats and meaningful lyrics with songs such as “you should see me in a crown” and “bad guy.” Born and raised in Los Angeles, Eilish works with her brother, co-writer and producer, Finneas O'Connell, to...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Closes the Curtain on the Infinity Saga

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Closes the Curtain on the Infinity Saga

Jenny Won, Business Team

May 7, 2019

Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” the finale to an 11-year cinematic universe of 22 films, hit theaters worldwide on April 26. Directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, the film passed $2 billion in the box office just eleven days after its release, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2019 and the second-hig...

First-Ever Jazz Night? No Treble

First-Ever Jazz Night? No Treble

Julia Kim and Tiffany Wu

May 6, 2019

Flowers and dim candles adorned the tables, and swaying blues filled the air on April 20 as jazz musicians showcased a preview of their hard work and their trip to Reno on April 25-28. Jazz II Combo, a select group consisting of sophomores Johnny Fowler, Daniel Han, Justin Kim and Edison Ta and ...

Choir Teacher’s Musical Roots in Irvine Run Deep

Choir Teacher’s Musical Roots in Irvine Run Deep

Ariana Wu, Contributing Writer

May 1, 2019

As Adrian Rangel-Sanchez stands in front of the classroom teaching choir, anyone can tell that he loves teaching almost as much as he loves music just by looking at the smiles on both his and his students’ faces and listening to the laughter in the air. However, not many students know just how lon...

Will the 2019 ‘The Twilight Zone’ Please Stand Up?

Will the 2019 ‘The Twilight Zone’ Please Stand Up?

Jane Zou, Staff Writer

April 30, 2019

In an abyss between science and imagination lies “The Twilight Zone”, a CBS television series that popularized science fiction and dystopian fiction before its time in 1959-1964. Hosted by Rod Serling, the 156-episode saga centered around cautionary tales; trapped by their ethics or how society ...

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