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Chinese Class Shines the Moonlight on Lunar New Year

Chinese Class Shines the Moonlight on Lunar New Year

Jane Zou, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019

Prior to the Lantern Festival on Feb. 19, students in all three levels of Chinese classes created projects to display in the Learning Commons. These projects not only highlight the Lunar New Year celebrations but also the contributions and impacts of Chinese culture in ancient and modern history. ...

Bulldogs Bring Home Blue at IUSD Science Fair

Bulldogs Bring Home Blue at IUSD Science Fair

Tiffany Wu, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019

Ten participants from Portola High competed against students from other Irvine Unified School District elementary, middle and high schools at the 38th Annual Science Fair on Feb. 6 at Northwood High, with several participants receiving awards for their hard work and efforts. Projects demonstrated creat...

Government Shutdown Causes Cybersecurity to be at Risk

Government Shutdown Causes Cybersecurity to be at Risk

Maya Sabbaghian, Opinions Editor

February 6, 2019

With the current government shutdown, numerous employees whose job is to monitor and defend digital privacy and security of citizens have been furloughed, putting U.S. citizens at risk of serious cyberattacks and other digital privacy issues on both the short-term and long-term levels. “A spo...

CES 2019 Continues to Push the Limits of Technological Possibilities

CES 2019 Continues to Push the Limits of Technological Possibilities

William Hsieh, Director of Photography

January 30, 2019

More than 180,000 people traveled to Las Vegas for Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 from Jan. 6-11, according to Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Rollable TVs, self-driving taxis and artificial meat are among the many new innovations of this year. Every year, CES showcases over 4,500 compani...

Social Media is Becoming a New Factor in College Admissions

Social Media is Becoming a New Factor in College Admissions

Dylan Gates, Media Director

January 29, 2019

Beyond essays, transcripts and teacher recommendations lies another factor now being considered in college applications: social media. In 2017, ten Harvard freshmen had their applications rescinded due to their obscene social media accounts, marking the beginning of an era when social media accounts ...

Scientists Develop Plant-based Burger that Tastes Like Meat

Scientists Develop Plant-based Burger that Tastes Like Meat

Benjamin Kim, Business Team

January 25, 2019

Engadget and Digital Trends, two premier news outlets for all things tech-related, announced the Impossible Burger, a new plant-based burger developed at Impossible Food’s laboratory in Los Angeles, as the most innovative product at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Jan. 10. ...

Hostility Towards Journalists Increased in 2018 According to New Report

Hostility Towards Journalists Increased in 2018 According to New Report

Maya Sabbaghian, Opinion Editor

January 25, 2019

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) recently released a report  that named the top five most dangerous countries in the world for journalists in 2018: (in order of ranking) Afghanistan (15 journalists’ deaths), Syria (11), Mexico (nine), Yemen (eight), India (six) and, for the first time, the United ...

Students De-Stress with Therapy Dogs

Students De-Stress with Therapy Dogs

Maryam Shama, Editor-In-Chief

January 23, 2019

To help students during stressful finals week, wellness coordinator Maureen Muir worked with the counseling team to bring dogs to campus during lunch on Jan. 14. Generally, the team plans “Wellness Wednesday” lunch time activities every month; however, they shifted the plan for finals week to giv...

Returning to Irvine Talks with New Perspectives

Returning to Irvine Talks with New Perspectives

Maya Sabbaghian and Nicholas Hung

January 7, 2019

Eighteen performers shared moving stories on “Perspective” to students from all Irvine Unified School District high schools, who gathered in the Portola theater on Dec. 15 for “Chapter 2” of Irvine Talks. Performers expressed themselves through dances and passionate speeches, each one opening up t...

Daylight Saving Might Happen Year-Round

Daylight Saving Might Happen Year-Round

William Hsieh, Director of Photography

January 7, 2019

California Proposition 7, the Permanent Daylight Saving Time Measure, was approved with 59.8% of voters in favor on Nov. 6. Prop. 7 will establish year-round daylight saving time starting in March. Some medical researchers claim the biannual time change is hazardous to people’s health and product...

FDA Starts Cracking down on Vape Flavoring

FDA Starts Cracking down on Vape Flavoring

Nicholas Hung and Ki Joon Lee

December 21, 2018

Prominent electronic cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs announced on Nov. 12 that it will remove most of its collection of highly popular e-cigarette flavors from retail stores and close promotional social media accounts. Soon after, on Nov. 15, the Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on all flavored...

White-Out Pep Rally Snows off Winter Athletes

White-Out Pep Rally Snows off Winter Athletes

Jane Zou, Staff Writer

December 21, 2018

In contrast to previous pep rallies, the white-out pep rally that took place on Dec. 14 was almost entirely in the dark. Students’ phone flashlights lit up the pitch-black bleachers while a spotlight lit the way for sophomore Ian Pham-Aros to sing the national anthem. Cheer performed the routine that qualified t...

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