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Junior Zarah Taufique celebrates her sister’s birthday with her extended family during the quarantine. While it may seem at times that the world has come to a halt, students are still finding safe ways to have fun with their family and friends.

How to Make the Most of Your “Corona-cation”

Lauren Hsu, Staff Writer | April 15, 2020

While emergency distance learning may have begun on April 6, many students are still finding themselves with an abundance of extra time on their hands. Even though you may not be able to go shopping or...

Gov. Gavin Newsom pictured speaking at the California Democratic Party State Convention in 2019 after he entered office in January of that year. As of April 14, New York has 202,208 confirmed cases according to the New York Times, the state has especially been experiencing a shortage in ventilators to supply patients in critical condition.

Gov. Gavin Newsom Announces Gradual Plan to Reopen California After Sending Ventilators to Aid New York’s Combat with COVID-19

Bia Shok | April 15, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a six-step plan on April 14 to gradually reopen California’s economy, after his decision to send 500 of California’s available ventilators to New York on April 9, according...

With countless chains making online ordering and delivery an option, social distancing can be practiced even when shopping for groceries.

Social Distancing Should Not Be Ignored

Farhad Taraporevala, Co-News Editor | April 15, 2020

California became the first state to issue a “stay at home” order to deal with the COVID-19 crisis with executive order N-33-20 on March 19. Clearly, Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken the threat seriously,...

DIY Disinfectant Wipes

Priscilla Baek, Media Director | April 14, 2020

In regards to sourcing their coffee beans, Able Coffee Roasters works with a foundation named Café Femenino. Dedicated to improving the economic and social rights of female coffee workers, Café Femenino pays a fair trade cost for all of the coffee beans that these women farm.

Local Coffee Company Brews Cheer During Crisis

Claudia Lin and Charlotte Cao | April 10, 2020

From mom-and-pop restaurants to local bookstores, small businesses play a large role in establishing the character of a community. But with the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting...

Listening to music can help your mood improve and decrease stress according to With the COVID-19 crisis, music can play a key part of your life in quarantine.

Kicking off the Quarantine Quarter: Creating Playlists to Keep You Entertained During Isolation

Farhad Taraporevala, Co-News Editor | April 6, 2020

Days upon days spent at home, going nowhere, can turn your house into a jail cell. Here are playlists you can create to help “Break Free” from your isolation during the quarantine quarter. The Message/Theme...

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students found it harder to resist being on their screens. Students spend more time playing video games and scrolling through social media platforms during the time they would normally be at school.

Students Need to Step Away From Their Screens

Bia Shok, Staff Writer | April 6, 2020

After California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered residents to limit social interaction outside of a household, more students have been turning to entertainment on Netflix, TikTok and Instagram. However, students...

As the coronavirus continues to spread, it is easy for people to succumb to fear and hate in order to cope with the uncertainty of the next few months. However, labeling all Asians with a disease strips them of their humanity and leaves them as innocent victims to harassment and hate crimes.

Coronavirus Pandemic Should Bring Compassion for Asians, Not Contempt

Ariana Wu, Staff Writer | March 20, 2020

Since the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, colleges including Chapman University and the University of California, Irvine have suspended in-person instruction,...

While COVID-19 may not be a direct threat to everyone, nurse James Matejeck recommended that people still practice social distancing for everyones safety.

Q&A with James Matejeck

Minnah Tanzeen, Staff Writer | March 20, 2020

The World Health organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on Mar.11.  According to ABC News, “When panic is present, people tend to become doubtful, fearful, pessimistic. Panicked people subconsciously...

While many may see online school as a way to do minimal work, students and teachers must work in tandem to manage Emergency Distance Learning.

Staff Editorial: Students Cannot Afford to Slack Off

March 19, 2020

With Irvine Unified School District’s (IUSD) closure of all schools and facilities in the district, effective March 16 until April 6 at the earliest, students will participate in Emergency Distance Learning...

Spring Sports Postponed

Emma Haag, Staff Writer | March 18, 2020

Updated April 7: The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has cancelled all spring sectional, regional, state championship events, according to CIF executive director Ron Nocetti in an official...

Development for a Covid-19 Vaccine Steadily Progresses

Charlotte Cao, Social Media and Marketing Team | March 18, 2020

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread, approximately 35 companies or academic organizations are attempting to create a vaccine, as reported by the Guardian. According to the Associated Press, the...

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