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Disney Expands Film and Park Properties

Disney Expands Film and Park Properties

Ava Caleca, Social Media Specialist

May 10, 2019

Disney has progressively purchased large companies such as ABC, ESPN, Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment, which has expanded the business into a larger company. On March 20, Disney announced its latest purchase of Fox’s assets, owning franchises such as The Simpsons. The Walt Disney Company has also flourished ...

Club-a-Palooza Fundraises a Total of $2,500

Club-a-Palooza Fundraises a Total of $2,500

Maryam Shama, Editor-In-Chief

May 9, 2019

Through a walkway of brightly-colored posters advertising different clubs in the Timeline, Bulldogs enjoyed an extended lunch for Club-a-Palooza on May 2. Clubs members were eager to sell a variety of food including ramen, churros with ice cream and boba. Although only 25 out of 100 clubs participat...

First Image of Black Hole Attracts Public Interest

First Image of Black Hole Attracts Public Interest

Jane Zou and Aamina Khaleel

May 7, 2019

Astronomers took the first image of a black hole in Messier 87 (M87) on April 10, achieving a new astronomical advancement by capturing what astronomers thought was unseeable. M87 is in the constellation Virgo, approximately 55 million light-years from Earth, according to the New York Times. T...

Bulldog Turns Trojan

Bulldog Turns Trojan

Maya Sabbaghian and Maryam Shama

May 3, 2019

Junior Liz Moerman will skip her senior year and attend the University of Southern California this fall under the Resident Honors Program as part of the Class of 2023. Moerman and junior Ajinkya Rane were two of 20 juniors selected out of 500 applicants to start college early, notified of their ...

Election Convention Selects ASB Leaders for 2019-2020 School Year

Election Convention Selects ASB Leaders for 2019-2020 School Year

Simrat Singh and Maya Sabbaghian

April 17, 2019

Two delegates from each advisement voted for the 2019-2020 student body leaders at the second annual Election Convention on March 26. The winners are: President: Mustafa Hassan Vice President: Nishad Francis Student Representative: Benjamin Kim Student Activities Coordinator: Kevin Lu Spir...

ASB Opens Forum Regarding Gender Fluid Court

ASB Opens Forum Regarding Gender Fluid Court

Tiffany Wu, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

ASB is organizing a forum for students to voice their opinions on whether or not to adopt a traditional Forthcoming Court with a king, queen, prince and princess or modern approach of Forthcoming Royalty with gender fluid roles. Students will be able to submit feedback at tinyurl.com/HomecomingCourtO...

Teenager Testifies to Senate on Vaccine Rights

Teenager Testifies to Senate on Vaccine Rights

Julia Kim, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2019

After 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger gained national attention for updating his immunizations despite his mother’s anti-vaccination beliefs, he and two professors of pediatrics and epidemiology spoke in a hearing to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on March 5. Tit...

College Scandal Reveals Corruption

College Scandal Reveals Corruption

Maya Sabbaghian, Opinion Editor

March 25, 2019

Thirty-three parents were charged on March 12 with allegedly trying to influence college admissions decisions for their children through money and bribes at various universities. UCLA, USC and Yale are among eight universities named in the indictment in what is now known as the largest ever admissions ...

Student Speakers Prep for First TED-Ed Night

Student Speakers Prep for First TED-Ed Night

Jenny Won, Business Team Member

March 25, 2019

TED-Ed club, the Portola chapter of the nonprofit organization Technology, Entertainment and Design, will host TED-Ed Night at 6 p.m. on March 29 in the Student Union. The student-run event will feature six student speakers: junior Kyle Sugita and freshmen Andrew Chen, Kevin Lu, Hassan Samiullah, Shr...

FIRST Robotics Team Qualifies for World Competition

FIRST Robotics Team Qualifies for World Competition

Benjamin Kim, Business Manager

March 25, 2019

FIRST Robotics team will compete in the International FIRST Championships in Houston April 17-20 after winning the “Rookie All-Star” and “Highest-Seeded Rookie” Awards at the Orange County Regionals in March. The team began working on the award-winning robot in early November. Every day after ...

Pegasus Brings Home Gold in House Olympics

Pegasus Brings Home Gold in House Olympics

Helena Hu, Centerspread Editor

March 21, 2019

In a battle of brains and brawn, Hercules, Orion, Pegasus and Poseidon house students faced off to win points in the first House Olympics, which took place from March  12-14 at the football field and in the Student Union. Although the beginning started off shaky for Pegasus, its wins in days two and ...

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