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Junior Cindy Mei plays a guzheng with her performance group from the Lotus Bud Guzheng Academy. They use guitar picks to pluck the strings and incorporate various techniques seen in other string instruments such as the vibrato, according to Mei. “Its just kind of our tradition,” Mei said. “Its just a great time to perform and hang out at the Global Village Festival afterwards with the rest of my ensemble.”
Volunteers at the 21st Annual Irvine Global Village Festival Facilitate Cultural Activities
Aditi Salunkhe, Staff Writer
October 20, 2022
Upcoming College Deadlines
Upcoming College Deadlines
Arshia Sista, Front Page Editor
October 18, 2022
Seniors Rishabh Bajaj, Xasive Espinosa Aldave and Caroline Wang tape posters to the ground in celebration of Homecoming. Spirit Night was inspired by University High’s tradition, according to ASB co-adviser Kate Avery.
First Homecoming Spirit Night Begins Week-Long Homecoming Festivities
Cara Chan and Madeline Chung
October 17, 2022
California Vehicle Code 21950 states that the driver of a vehicle should always yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway, as shown in the sign. Gov. Newsom signed the Freedom to Walk Act to allow pedestrians to jaywalk without the penalty of a ticket, as long as they cross safely.
New Law Decriminalizes Jaywalking in California
Claire Chan, Staff Writer
October 17, 2022
President and junior Injila Adil helps members during a workshop on coding with consideration of syntax. “Its my first year doing this club, and so far I think its a great experience,”  sophomore Shriya Ravipati said. “I dont know coding that well, so the others are helping me learn. I feel like coding is just a good skill to have.”
Girls Who Code Club Get in the ‘Algo-rhythm’ of Inspiring and Teaching
Sidra Asif, Backpage Editor
November 18, 2022
All fourteen teachers in the math department, styled as Mario Kart characters, drive themselves to a second consecutive victory in the costume contest after last year’s success. The Halloween costume contest is an important competition for the math department and takes many months to plan, according to math teacher Shelley Godett. “We started talking about it the first week of school,” Godett said. “Because everyone wants dibs on a good costume.”
Staff Goes All Out for the Annual Department Costume Contest
Hannah Ko and Elise Ngo
November 4, 2022
Ambassador and senior Aslesha Chandra listens as senior and transfer Thomas Bittencourt explains his transfer journey to Portola High. “Its complicated; it was pretty worrying,” Bittencourt said. “This isn’t speaking on the ambassador program. Its just like moving from state to state getting unpacked and probably one of the biggest worries for me would be GPA transferring.”
Portola Ambassadors Provides a Helping Hand to New Transfer Students
Jana Malek and Gwyneth Yung
October 24, 2022
The Black Student Union club puts up a booth during club kickoff on Sept. 21. “When I first came to Portola, I was looking for clubs to join, and I looked at the club list to be a part of something and have a group of people to relate to,” club secretary and senior Jesulayomi Bello said. “I heard they were starting a Black Student Union, and I thought that it would be a lovely way for me to be a part of it.”
First Black Student Union Club on Campus Represents Black Joy and Perseverance
Sidra Asif and Claire Chan
October 20, 2022
Portola Pioneer
President and junior Injila Adil helps members during a workshop on coding with consideration of syntax. “Its my first year doing this club, and so far I think its a great experience,”  sophomore Shriya Ravipati said. “I dont know coding that well, so the others are helping me learn. I feel like coding is just a good skill to have.”
Girls Who Code Club Get in the ‘Algo-rhythm’ of Inspiring and Teaching
Sidra Asif, Backpage Editor
November 18, 2022
All fourteen teachers in the math department, styled as Mario Kart characters, drive themselves to a second consecutive victory in the costume contest after last year’s success. The Halloween costume contest is an important competition for the math department and takes many months to plan, according to math teacher Shelley Godett. “We started talking about it the first week of school,” Godett said. “Because everyone wants dibs on a good costume.”
Staff Goes All Out for the Annual Department Costume Contest
Hannah Ko and Elise Ngo
November 4, 2022
A careless student riding his e-bike streaks past the speed limit. The uncontrollable speed causes him to fall hard on the ground, unmoving.
E-Bikes Race Over the Speed Limit of School Safety
Elise Ngo and Aditi Salunkhe
November 17, 2022
Media platforms such as Netflix and Hulu often weaponize and manipulate the trauma of real people for financial gain, failing to provide accurate consideration for these real people’s lives. “I feel like it is impossible to only want to inform. You need people who finance these shows and documentaries, and they want to see certain things,” science teacher Michael Tang said. “I don’t think we can ever achieve objectivity or completely good intentions. It’s so tied to money; it’s so tied to fame.”
Trauma Voyeurism: An Unethical Means of Gaining ‘Clicks’ in the Modern Age
Hannah Ko and Tara Vatandoust
November 7, 2022
While artificially generated art can be produced at a faster rate, it is not comparable to the beauty of human-made art. “I think that [art] often ties into self expression and ties into processing how youre feeling or whats going on in the world and being able to communicate in that way, and those are pretty complex, big things to do,” visual arts teacher Kearci Thompson said. “So its not as interesting to most people that study art because were like, okay, [the AI] can do some of the things kind of well, but it doesnt have that human aspect that draws you in.”
AI Art Will Always Stay Artificial
Ruhi Samudra and Shaina Taebi
November 3, 2022
While many overlook the importance of tipping workers, it is a crucial practice that acknowledges their hard work and services. Tipping culture prevents people from becoming bound to money and the prospect of its loss.
Tipping Culture: It’s Deeper than You Think
Hannah Ko, Staff Writer
October 28, 2022
Utility player and sophomore Ryder Tonkovich prepares to score in a league game against Northwood. The majority of varsity players such as goalie and team captain Grant Kramer are seniors, which motivates the team to work harder. “My mindset is that because I’m a senior, it could be any game or any practice could be our last practice,” Kramer said. “Because if you lose, you’re done.”

(Photo Courtesy of Grant Kramer)
Boys’ Water Polo Makes Bulldog History as League Champions and CIF Runner-up
Mia Jong and Sonia Wang
November 15, 2022
Juniors Kalynne Mendez and Emaleena Elson represent their Filipino heritage and the opportunity to play in an international basketball tournament through the team jerseys. Mendez played in the under-18 division while Elson played in the under-16 division.
Basketball Players Emaleena Elson and Kalynne Mendez Had Their ‘Swish’ Come True
Ruhi Samudra, Staff Writer
November 3, 2022
November 2022: Volume 7 Issue 3
November 2022: Volume 7 Issue 3

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October 2022: Volume 7 Issue 2

September 2022: Volume 7 Issue 1
September 2022: Volume 7 Issue 1

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May 2022: Volume 6 Issue 8

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