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The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan: A Bittersweet Finish

The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan: A Bittersweet Finish
November 15, 2020
Fifteen years ago, the world was introduced to Percy Jackson and Camp Half-Blood. After two five-installment book series, Rick Riordan closes the Camp Half-Blood Chronicles with The Tower of Nero, the fifth and final installment to his series Trials of Apollo. 

Music Through the Lens of Becca Cabagbag

Music Through the Lens of Becca Cabagbag
November 14, 2020
For many teenagers, music pops up in their lives as Spotify tracks in the background or hobbies to pursue when life isn’t so busy. For Becca Cabagbag '21, music means much more than a simple track or a hobby—music is her life, her art, her voice, and her passion.

The Indie Pop Singer of Mitty — Gustavo Nome

The Indie Pop Singer of Mitty — Gustavo Nome
November 11, 2020
Gustavo Nome '21, a senior here at Mitty, expresses his creativity through the chill, bedroom pop vibe of his music. He's recently released an EP called "Stay With Me Demos," check it out on Spotify!

Dylan Williams: Making the Most of Quarantine

Dylan Williams: Making the Most of Quarantine
November 10, 2020
Creativity, whether it comes in the form of art, music, or writing, is uniting so many in this time. One student at Archbishop Mitty High School in particular, sophomore Dylan Williams, is an involved and talented Monarch who is inspiring many to stay positive and continue exploring their passions.

Zenimax Acquisition: Grandiose for the Gaming Community

Zenimax Acquisition: Grandiose for the Gaming Community
November 10, 2020
What is Zenimax Media and why is this acquisition so important for gaming? Xbox Game Pass has been nothing but a lucrative deal for Microsoft and an amazing bargain for Xbox and PC players. There is just one slight problem with it — it's too unstable.

De-creasing Stress, One Fold At a Time

De-creasing Stress, One Fold At a Time
November 10, 2020
In a time of fear, stress, and anger, it’s easy to forget that we can appreciate life and—even for a moment—find beauty in the little things. 

The Queen’s Gambit: Dominating Chess One King at a Time

The Queen's Gambit: Dominating Chess One King at a Time
November 9, 2020
Pawn to Queen 4. Pawn to Queen 5. Pawn to Queen’s Bishop 4. Pawn takes pawn. Knights and rooks dance around checkered squares while black and white battle it out, vying for control over the center of the board. It’s silent, except for the faint ticking of the clock, as tension rises between the two players. And viewers are on the edge of their seats for everyone’s favorite sport… chess?

Celebrating Eddie Van Halen, the Mozart of Rock Guitar

Celebrating Eddie Van Halen, the Mozart of Rock Guitar
A tribute to Eddie Van Halen, guitarist of rock band Van Halen
November 9, 2020
Guitar God. Musical Innovator. Magnificent Songwriter. Known to many as the greatest guitarist of all time, Eddie Van Halen completely transformed the genre of rock and influenced several bands that we love listening to today. Tragically, he passed away on October 6th after losing a battle to throat cancer, but the legacy he has left should be celebrated by every music fan.

Teslas for Voting? Only in 2020

Teslas for Voting? Only in 2020
November 9, 2020
Known for all kinds of crazy stunts, notorious YouTuber David Dobrik has done everything from taking a convertible through a carwash to giving away 10,000 dollars to strangers. But his latest idea is something you might not expect. Though he’s given away Teslas in the past, this time, he’s taken this gift to a whole new level: rewarding five of these sleek electric vehicles to five random fans. The simple criteria? Registering to vote.

Rina Sawayama: No Ordinary Superstar

Rina Sawayama: No Ordinary Superstar
November 9, 2020
From high-fashion supermodel to international sensation, Rina Sawayama has not had the standard route to becoming a pop star. In her music, she expresses her struggles having emigrated from her native land: microaggressions, parental problems, intergenerational trauma, and exploring sexuality.

Enola Holmes: Romantic but Not Revolutionary

Enola Holmes: Romantic but Not Revolutionary
November 9, 2020
If you’re looking for a movie with murder plots, action, and a cute love story, Enola Holmes is definitely the movie for you. However, if you’re hoping for a film about a strong-willed woman who doesn't need a love interest … don’t bother. Even with Mille Bobbie Brown and Henry Cavill starring in this new Netflix film directed by Harry Bradbeer, it falls short of its true potential to showcase just one independent female protagonist. 

Into the LOONAVERSE

Into the LOONAVERSE
A look into the group behind "stan LOONA" + their growing popularity
November 9, 2020
LOONA has always received massive amounts of support from fans, from the aforementioned “stan loona” meme to fans buying multiple copies of their albums to help them chart on Billboard. Fans were (and likely will always be) LOONA’s #1 marketing technique. But why is that?
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