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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...

Rating the Most Underrated and Overrated Candies of All Time

Rating the Most Underrated and Overrated Candies of All Time

Bia Shok, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

Many different candies come together in trick-or-treating bags during Halloween. From Snickers bars to Jawbreakers, the types of candy range in flavor, type and texture. I rated a few of the most underrated and overrated candies to help you sort through some unexpectedly good or bad treats. Top Two Most Un...

Halloween Costumes That Are Easy and Effortless

Halloween Costumes That Are Easy and Effortless

Simrat Singh and Bia Shok

October 30, 2019

The orange hued Jack-O-Lanterns are warmly lit at doors, neighborhood streets are eerily decorated with white cobwebs and of course, all sorts of amazing costumes fill the streets. With costumes arguably being one of the most exciting parts of the Halloween season, here are some recommendations of som...

Seeking Cinema’s Best Scares: Comparing Five Beloved Halloween Movies

Seeking Cinema’s Best Scares: Comparing Five Beloved Halloween Movies

Charlotte Cao, Social Media & Marketing Team

October 30, 2019

From jumpscares to nightmares, horror movies have become an integral part of Halloween culture. With Oct. 31 around the corner, children and adults alike are searching for the creepiest and most horrific films to watch late at night. Ranked from worst to best, here are five of the most popular Halloween...

Orange County’s Spookiest: Rating Top Local Haunted Houses

Orange County’s Spookiest: Rating Top Local Haunted Houses

Jenny Won, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

October 28, 2019

As Halloween rapidly approaches, adventurous families and independent thrill-seekers alike begin their search for the best horror experiences to celebrate the beloved holiday. For those who want a little more thrill than trick-or-treating for candy, Orange County offers three haunting experiences suited...

A Review of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments:’ What Ending Would You Like to Have?

A Review of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments:’ What Ending Would You Like to Have?

Kate Hayashi, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 28, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was published in 1985 when my mother was a teenager. Its sequel “The Testaments” came out last month; a generation later, the story seamlessly reopens and suggests timeless relevance of the topics of gender, power and faith first explored by its predecessor. “The...

Students Become Entrepreneurs with Instagram Businesses

Students Become Entrepreneurs with Instagram Businesses

Kelthie Truong, Back Page Editor

October 25, 2019

Unique from the ubiquity of teenagers purging hoarded items from their closets to earn quick cash, junior Bailey Cooper and senior Isabella Green look to their campus for serious clientele. Cooper and Green, known on Instagram as @fresh.garb and @evasive.styles respectively, began selling their old clothing...

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