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Book or movie?

BOOKS VERSUS MOVIES. While there may never be a true winner to the everlasting battle between the craft of an author’s paper and pencil or the moving artistry of a director’s camera and editing, you can decide for yourself with these ten titles. Whether you are looking for teen romance or a gripping adventure, this list has you covered. And maybe, just maybe, you can determine if the novel or film comes out on top.

Katie Mott, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

I am a book lover. To me, there is nothing more comforting than curling up on the couch with a new read from Barnes and Noble and a mug of hot chocolate, slowly transporting myself into the fictional or real world that I hold in my hands. My sister, on the other hand, always chooses the movie. Seeing...

Photoshoots fill quarantine time

Charlotte Weiss, Feature Chief

May 21, 2020

   Throughout quarantine, many people on the app TikTok have begun to do at home photoshoots. From bringing a mirror outside to taping flowers to your face, TikTok users have seen it all. Since quarantine, the app TikTok has been used more and more to try and cure adolescents’ boredom through ...

7 fun activities to do at home

Grace Zhang, Assosciate Web Editor

May 17, 2020

Fun family activities to do at home by Grace Zhang...

Quarantine crafts

Lazy Daisy Stitch: The lazy daisy stitch is a simple way to make flowers or other single looped stitches. For this stitch you go up at point 1 and down at point 2, but you do not pull the string all the way through, you leave a loop the size that you want your stitch. You then come up at point 3 and go over the loop you created, and bring your needle back down at point 3 securing your lazy daisy stitch. This stitch is most commonly used for making daisies, but you can modify the closeness of point 1 and 2, or the length of your loop to make other flowers as well. 

Grace Zhang, Assosciate Web Editor

April 30, 2020

Business Infographic by Grace Zhang...

A new hobby

Preparing your materials: To do embroidery you will need fabric, an embroidery hoop, embroidery floss, embroidery needles, and a pair of scissors.  I prefer to use muslin fabric, but any tightly woven fabric works. Do not use a stretchy fabric to start learning on, it is very difficult to embroider on especially if you are a beginner. To prepare your fabric, lay it over the inner ring of your embroidery hoop, then place the outer ring around both the fabric and the inner ring and tighten until your fabric is taught. To prepare your embroidery floss you need to split it. If you look closely at the floss, you will notice that it is made up of six individual threads. For all of these stitches I use three strands.

Chloe Kapsal, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

   Over quarantine, many people have picked up new hobbies, maybe even revisited old hobbies. From old rainbow looms to random sketchbooks, the majority of us have found random supplies laying around in an attempt to stop our boredom. A craft that almost everyone did when they were younger was maki...

Explaining the recent bread craze

Bread baking may seem like a daunting task, but in all honesty it’s a pretty simple formula. As the quarantine stretches on, bakers across the country are taking shelter in the comfort provided by a warm loaf of fresh bread.

Serene Tarabishi, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

   The smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your kitchen. The beautiful golden crust of a still-warm loaf fresh out of the oven. The soft and fluffy interior found under the thick crust as it’s split by the bite of a sharp knife.     Bread.    An essential part of our human civilizatio...

Contagion Movie Review

RECENTLY,  I WATCHED the ever more popular movie “Contagion” directed by Steven Soderbergh and released in 2011. The intense and terrifying story line uncovers how a virus, similar to Coronavirus, is released into the population and what the effects of it are. It is honestly really scary to see how similar the plot of this fiction movie is to what is happening in the real world right now.  If you are bored while sitting around your home, I would definitely recommend watching this movie to see the similarities to Coronavirus, but do not get too paranoid as the movie is merely fiction.

Ria Parikh, Staff Writer

April 20, 2020

   Recently, I watched the ever more popular movie “Contagion” directed by Steven Soderbergh and released in 2011. The intense and terrifying storyline uncovers how a virus, similar to Coronavirus, is released into the population and what the effects of it are. It is honestly really scary to see...

Recipes to make with 5 ingredient or less

QUARANTINE COOKING. In the past two weeks, we have been in quarantine. A large problem for many people is that all we are eating is junk food. It doesn’t seem worth it to make a meal for one person when you can go grab some junk out of the cabinet. Maybe making recipes that have only a few ingredients will make it easier. Check out easy recipes  to make with five ingredients or less.

Chloe Kapsal, Staff Writer

April 5, 2020

   In the past two weeks, we have been in quarantine. A large problem for many people is that all we are eating is junk food. It doesn’t seem worth it to make a meal for one person when you can go grab some junk out of the cabinet. Maybe making recipes that have only a few ingredients will make it ...

Expansion of emojis

WEARING A MASK. This new emoji relates to quite a few people. It depicts how while many people appear to be smiling, but inside, they are really hurting. While it may be used as more a joke, the deeper meaning of this emoji makes it a nice addition to Apple products.

Ria Parikh, Staff Writer

March 9, 2020

Candy upcycling

 ZERO WASTE. By using old candy to create something new, the issues of still having Valentine’s Day candy several months later and wasting candy are things of the past. Next time you find yourself with an abundance of leftover candy, try these recipes on for size. From chocolate dipped pretzels, to candy-filled blondies, or a creative take on trail mix, everybody can find their perfect recipe. “What I like about these recipes is that one can eat the candy in innovative and exciting ways, instead of the same old, straight from the wrapper candy bar,” said Ellen McPherson, 10.

Katie Mott, Staff Writer

March 9, 2020

After about two weeks of nibbling on everything from candy hearts to chocolate roses, most find that it is about time to finish their beloved Valentine’s Day candy, or pitch it—unless they intend on slowly finishing heart-shaped boxes of chocolate until May.     For those of us who are not racing to fi...

Old memories, New music― Map of the Soul: 7

MAP OF THE SOUL. Bangtan Sonyeondan, better known as BTS, released their latest album ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ on Feb. 21. With a total of 20 tracks, the album has 15 new ones and five old ones from their last album titled ‘Map of the Soul: Persona.’  The album is the “darkest, strangest and yet most relevant and ambitious music BTS has made yet,” according to LA Times.

Bhaavya Jha, Broadcast Editor

March 9, 2020

It is that time again when each BTS fan, or ARMY, has a job to do. Some may connect dots from lyrics and metaphors, creating theories. Some may practice their dances relentlessly, getting ready to upload tutorials. Most of them, however, would be streaming their music and videos non-stop, to break r...

4 fun and easy nail designs

First, choose a base color and paint all of your nails. Then, pick a nail design of your choice. They are in order of easiest to hardest. Feel free to mix and match them. Make sure to let your base color completely dry before creating the nail design.

Claire Berlier, Staff Writer

March 9, 2020

We all know getting your nails done at the salon is super expensive. One way to combat this issue is to paint them yourself. Here are some easy nail designs that are almost impossible to mess up.   First, choose a base color and paint all of your nails. Then, pick a nail design of your choice...

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