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Justin & Gen: A Tribute to the Senior MSD Duo

Ria Sudhir, Staff Writer April 17, 2022
For Seniors Genevieve Mckenzie and Justin Fusilero, speech debate is an outlet to express themselves and explore their passions. This iconic duo began their speech and debate journeys in freshman year with a little encouragement from upperclassmen and their peers. Since then, their enthusiasm for the activity has only continued to grow.
The Batman (2022): An Unexpected Comedy

The Batman (2022): An Unexpected Comedy

Mason Ng, Staff Writer April 16, 2022
We’ve already heard both praise and criticism for the newest Batman movie from complaints of the movie’s three hour run time to overwhelming appreciation for the attractive cast. But what is often overlooked in mainstream bat-discourse is the movie’s use of comedy: intentional, and more notably, unintentional. 
Setting Sitcoms Straight

Setting Sitcoms Straight

Davia Rode and Aaleesha Doshi April 14, 2022
Wondering which TV show you should watch next? This list will guide you as to which sitcom is the perfect fit for you.
Dont Look Up: An Allegory for Climate Change & COVID

Don’t Look Up: An Allegory for Climate Change & COVID

Kaydence Liu, Staff Writer February 20, 2022
Adam McKay’s "Don’t Look Up" mostly captured the essence of a satire through great performances from the cast and hilarious lines, and it was an enjoyable watch despite the reminders of the climate crisis and the uneasy feelings that came with them. But if you didn’t like the movie as much as I did, at least you got to see Timothée Chalamet declare his love for fingerling potatoes.
A Gaming World Update: League of Legends Arcane and Genshin Impact

A Gaming World Update: League of Legends’ Arcane and Genshin Impact

Aadhithan Arivalagan, Faith Borrello, and Bianca Sutioso February 19, 2022
Arcane is a story centered around Violet and Powder, two sisters who stumble into the twisted web of politics and war that makes up the city of Piltover. Genshin Impact’s, one of the most successful games in the world, features an immersive, open-world environment, providing hours of exciting in-game content from fishing to building your own housing system,
Apocalypse Radio: A Review of Dawn FM

Apocalypse Radio: A Review of “Dawn FM”

Naomi Carvalho, Staff Writer February 19, 2022
Part of a long-running, perhaps "meta" story arc, Dawn FM is the narrative sequel to The Weeknd’s 2020 album, After Hours. To embody our new protagonist's character development after learning about the “Blinding Lights” of media and fame, Dawn FM was released with almost no press fanfare—perfectly opposite to the viral success of its predecessor. If After Hours is death and everything that leads up to it, Dawn FM asks the question: what comes after?
All Too Well (Ten Minute Version)(Taylor’s Version)(From the Vault): Long Song, Short Film

“All Too Well” (Ten Minute Version)(Taylor’s Version)(From the Vault): Long Song, Short Film

Ellie Fasoli, Staff Writer December 7, 2021
Surprises are nothing new with Taylor Swift, but after these past few months it's safe to say that she is definitely not your typical singer-songwriter. With the release of her second re-recorded album, Red (Taylor’s Version), Swift chose to take a fan favorite from the album, “All Too Well,” a step further, releasing the original, 10-minute version with its own short film.
Harry Styles: The Love on Tour Experience

Harry Styles: The Love on Tour Experience

Nicole Hartman, Staff Writer December 5, 2021
After I see artists in concert, I always question whether I like them more or less after seeing them live. With Harry, it's undoubtedly obvious to anyone who was there that it's basically impossible to like Harry any less, and only possible to like him more. There was no better way to spend my night, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
The Great British Rank-off

The Great British Rank-off

Kaydence Liu, Staff Writer December 4, 2021
When time doesn’t feel real, you need structure in your life. For some, it’s having a daily routine, but for me, it’s knowing when Friday is because that’s when a new episode of Great British Bake Off is released. I mean what’s better than humor, sweet treats, and British accents? Not to mention the eccentric and unique characters that this year’s bakers are. It was extremely hard to pick favorites for who I want to win the competition. Nevertheless, here’s my ranking of this year’s Great British Bake Off contestants!
Mittys Recent Album Picks

Mitty’s Recent Album Picks

Nicole Hartman, Clara Schultz, and Andrew Ordoñez October 16, 2021
Take a dive into Mitty's favorite recently-released albums from alternative indie to underground EDM to mainstream pop: Lorde's long-awaited Solar Power, Camiella's U.U.F.O, and Lil Nas X's Montero.
The Magic of Arts & Wine Festivals

The Magic of Arts & Wine Festivals

Isabella Canales, Staff Writer October 16, 2021
Arts & Wine Festivals are long-standing annual events in Silicon Valley that celebrate the talents and passion of those who wish to share their abilities with others. With booths lining the streets of downtown Capitola, as is the case of the city’s own festival, the community is brought together to admire artistry, from paintings to hand-sculpted vases to glass-blown pumpkins to delicately embroidered quilts.
Bananas: A Reminder That Art is Not Dead

Bananas: A Reminder That Art is Not Dead

Guhan Karthik, Staff Writer October 16, 2021
    Let us draw our attention to the pinnacle of modern art, created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, which is quite literally a banana duct taped to a wall. But don't let its simplicity take away from its true value. Sold in 2019 for around $120,000, this artwork serves to remind us that the culture of art is, in fact, not dead.
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