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Socially-Distanced Justice Movements Bring Activists Together

Black Lives Matter protests became prevalent throughout the country around early June, as evidenced by this local protest which took place at the Irvine Civic Center on June 3.
November 24, 2020

Although social justice movements typically meet in person or in large crowds to protest, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new obstacles for groups while also opening up opportunities for organizations...

Student Performers Show School Spirit for the Holiday Season

Senior Sonia Goyal and junior Amy Chen perform their socially-distanced number called Bola Rebola. All of Dance Company performed the same dance for the video pep rally, but in small groups of five to seven people.
November 24, 2020

ASB will present the virtual winter pep rally on Nov. 30 during advisement with a festive dress code of holiday pajamas and sweaters. ASB chose the theme “‘Twas the Night Before the Rally” to match...

We Should Celebrate Thanksgiving despite its History

A family can celebrate Thanksgiving while still understanding and acknowledging its history. Thanksgiving’s story is important, but the holiday has modernized into a different meaning.
November 24, 2020

Shortly after the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims began to take away land from the Native Americans. In turn, this led to the relocation of many idenginous tribes and ultimately the decimation of several...

Black Friday vs Cyber Monday – What’s the Difference?

With Black Friday deals already rolling in, its counterpart Cyber Monday is just around the corner as well. While both days share a similar purpose, it’s important to know the differences to get the most out of the annual events.
November 24, 2020

Many shoppers look forward to Black Friday and Cyber Monday as they are a source of large discounts and sales. This year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are occurring on Nov. 27 and Nov. 30, respectively....

How to Stay Safe during Thanksgiving

How to Stay Safe during Thanksgiving
November 24, 2020

With Thanksgiving finally arriving, students should know how to stay safe, especially with temptations from Black Friday and Thanksgiving dinner traditions. It is important to meet with friends and family...

Celebrating Thanksgiving from a Distance


Many students have yearly Thanksgiving plans and traditions that won't be able to occur because of COVID-19. The introduction of video conferencing programs like Zoom create a new way to be around family without in person gathering aspect.
November 23, 2020

With COVID-19 restrictions and growing case numbers in Orange County, many students and their families are finding new ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.  Sophomore Kiara Knight normally has...

Ariana Grande Releases Third Hit Album in Past Two Years

While Grande has been able to produce a number of popular songs, “positions,” “34+35” and “pov” from her new album “Positions” are currently ranked in the top 50 songs of the Billboard Hot 100.
November 23, 2020

From "Sweetener," an album all about love and lust, to "thank u, next," an album about grief and heartbreak, Grammy award-winning artist Ariana Grande has shown remarkable range and proven that she is...

Congressional App Challenge Reports Record Participation

The Congressional App Challenge attracted record numbers of students, who invested unprecedented hours of code into almost 2,000 apps.
November 20, 2020

Students submitted self-designed apps to the Congressional App Challenge on Oct. 19, a Congressional district-wide competition.  The competition, hosted by members of Congress, invites high school...

An Environmental Responsibility for Humanity

Over the last few centuries, industrialization and population growth have resulted in increased carbon emissions, thus increasing global temperatures. Individuals can reduce their carbon footprint and improve the Earth’s environmental condition by adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle, which may include using sustainable alternatives, buying less, eating less meat and recycling more.
How reducing our carbon footprints will impact Earth's future
November 20, 2020

COVID-19 caused a brief pause in the massive pollution and emission issues of the world. Although most industrial powers and daily human life have returned to normal, the impact of the short break shows...

Putting an End to the Popularization of ‘Pro-Ana’

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, eating disorders are the second most deadly category of mental illnesses, causing over 10,000 deaths each year. These numbers are only supported by the normalization of harmful behaviors on social media, such as sharing “target weights,” participating in group fasts and publicly criticizing bigger bodies.
November 19, 2020

Content warning: This article contains descriptions of eating disorders and links to external resources that may contain triggering images and content regarding eating disorders and mental illness. In...

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