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MUSINGS FROM THE MIDDLE KINGDOM: Atheist propaganda doesn’t mean religion’s been squashed

MUSINGS FROM THE MIDDLE KINGDOM: Atheist propaganda doesn’t mean religion’s been squashed

Chardonnay Needler, Editor-in-Chief

August 13, 2018


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Some people call me a “Chinaboo”; I prefer the term “sinophile.” I’ve been to China twice: from mid-July to mid-August in 2017 and then July of 2018. This year I went to Dalian to teach English, but I ended up spending more time being taught about the religious and cultural complexities...

B Street’s all-female version of ‘The Foursome’ boasts intriguing storyline, characters

B Street’s all-female version of ‘The Foursome’ boasts intriguing storyline, characters

Jackson Margolis, Page Editor

July 9, 2018


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Junior Jackson Margolis and his brother, freshman Dylan, regularly review plays presented by the B Street Theatre, which is now part of The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts and is located at 2700 Capitol Avenue. On June 22 they saw Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s revamped version of his ...

A tale of two French films: actor goes from incestuous brother to niqab in drag in hilariously bizarre movies

A tale of two French films: actor goes from incestuous brother to niqab in drag in hilariously bizarre movies

Chardonnay Needler, Editor-in-Chief

July 2, 2018


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The French term for “lol” - mort de rire (mdr) - literally translates to “died of laughter.” That’s a fitting sentiment for an experience at the annual Sacramento French Film Festival (which I can now say I’ve gone to). Two films - “Gaspard at the Wedding”  and “Some Like it Veile...

Third installment of cannibalistic Japanese anime series starts off gentle, perfect for new viewers

Third installment of cannibalistic Japanese anime series starts off gentle, perfect for new viewers

Chardonnay Needler, Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2018


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For a show about humanoid beings who live off of human flesh, the first episode of “Tokyo Ghoul: re” was fairly tame, easy on any less bloodthirsty viewers. But that certainly doesn’t mean that I was disappointed. If you haven’t seen the first two seasons of this anime, things might still make sense, but you won’t ap...

EDITORIAL: Hey, admin, let’s get going on these proposals!

EDITORIAL: Hey, admin, let’s get going on these proposals!

June 26, 2018


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The juniors who are pursuing the solutions that they first created for the AP Language and Composition proposal essay have done all the hard work - many interviews, hours of research and late nights weighing the pros and cons of solutions (“Juniors use proposal essays to push for change”). Now ...

Eons behind its predecessors, fifth installment to ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise is expectedly lacking in plot

Eons behind its predecessors, fifth installment to ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise is expectedly lacking in plot

Mohini Rye, Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2018


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Finally, I’ve answered the eternal question: What could possibly be better than dinosaurs? Ah, yes - dinosaurs with lava. I walked into “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” nearly completely in the dark, not out of choice but rather because the trailer revealed almost nothing about the direction of the film. I know that it’s a bad idea to give away...

MY ANGLE: Should semester one finals be moved to before winter break?

MY ANGLE: Should semester one finals be moved to before winter break?

Ming Zhu, Media Department Staffer

June 24, 2018


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After a year of hard work, school is finally finished. Finals are over, students have received their grades and everyone is enjoying a long, relaxing summer break - especially me. I studied hard, took the semester two finals with confidence and earned a well-deserved break. However, thinking...

‘Super’ sequel: character development, action, humor make ‘Incredibles 2’ great

‘Super’ sequel: character development, action, humor make ‘Incredibles 2’ great

Sarina Rye, Page Editor

June 19, 2018


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After over a decade of anticipation, audiences can finally see the second “Incredibles” movie in theaters. And after watching, I’d say it was well worth the wait. However, the delay was so long that before the movie started, the voices behind superheroes Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and Frozon...

Snappy, witty ‘Ocean’s 8’ proves worthy remake of traditional franchise

Snappy, witty ‘Ocean’s 8’ proves worthy remake of traditional franchise

Allison Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

June 13, 2018


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When I asked my friends about going to see “Ocean’s 8” together, the common response was, “Well, it probably won’t be any good. I mean, just look at the ‘Ghostbusters’ remake.” To those friends - you know who you are - I say, “Sucks to be you because you missed out.” ...

Seniors say ‘Sayonara’: editors-in-chief bid adieu with funny memories, bittersweet farewells

Seniors say ‘Sayonara’: editors-in-chief bid adieu with funny memories, bittersweet farewells

Katia Dahmani, Annya Dahmani, Sonja Hansen, and Sahej Claire

June 12, 2018


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Katia Dahmani As a freshman on staff in 2014, I felt like hot stuff when my first story - a food review of sushi burritos -  was assigned to me for the highly esteemed print issue. With this confidence I visited Wrap N’ Roll Sushi in Midtown with my older brother Yanni, ’13, then returned h...