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Loehmann’s Plaza vs. The UV – Two popular shopping centers go head to head

Loehmann’s Plaza vs. The UV – Two popular shopping centers go head to head

Jackson Margolis, Page Editor

April 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Over the past month, sophomore Jackson Margolis visited seven restaurants and food shops in the newly remodeled UV at 458 Howe Ave. and seven similar restaurants in Loehmann’s Plaza (LP) at 2577 Fair Oaks Blvd. He then compared each restaurant from the UV with the place most similar to it i...

THE SKINNY: Strange encounters of the canine kind

THE SKINNY: Strange encounters of the canine kind

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Dogs and babies always stare at me. It’s not a loving or excited gaze. It’s more like they’re too stunned to look away. Dogs rarely bark at me, so it’s not anger or hatred. They’re quiet, as though something about me is throwing them off. My family went to Carmel, a very dog-friendly town, almost every week...

‘Ready Player One’ – a futuristic film that’s full of ’90s nostalgia

‘Ready Player One’ – a futuristic film that’s full of ’90s nostalgia

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

If “Ladybird” is called Greta Gerwig’s love letter to Sacramento, then “Ready Player One” could be Steven Spielberg’s love letter to geek and pop culture. Or, more specifically, a journey back to the ‘90s at a speed of 1.21 gigawatts in an old DeLorean (the lead character’s wheels ...

THE SKINNY: Senior plays Irish roulette, dangerous match of Simon Says on family vacation

THE SKINNY: Senior plays Irish roulette, dangerous match of Simon Says on family vacation

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

My bloodline is Scandinavian and Irish. I’m most familiar with my mother’s heritage since I have visited the ancestral home of both her mother (Denmark) and father (Ireland). (Until SpaceX starts regular trips to the moon and back, I’ll have to wait to chart my dad’s ancestry). In 2012 before o...

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: Gary Gilmore was more than a murderer; he was an ‘artist,’ a ‘poet’

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: Gary Gilmore was more than a murderer; he was an ‘artist,’ a ‘poet’

Gabi Alvarado, Blogger

March 14, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Sometimes I'll read instead of write, or vice versa. I get the sense that I can either read or write, but not both in the same span of time. Lately I’ve been reading. But then there's the trick of what to read: prose or poetry. I have three shelves in my room dedicated to unread prose, and there's always...

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Years of skiing, ballet have improved swimmer’s stroke

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Years of skiing, ballet have improved swimmer’s stroke

Rebecca Waterson, Blogger

March 4, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Are swimmers and astronauts the same? Are the effects of swimming in a pool and floating in space the same? Of course, they aren’t exactly the same; swimmers don’t experience loss of blood circulation in their legs, swelling behind their eyes, and loss of muscle mass when they are in the water like astronauts do. But I th...

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ highlights B Street Theatre’s new locale but doesn’t keep up the pace

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ highlights B Street Theatre’s new locale but doesn’t keep up the pace

Jackson Margolis, Page Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Sophomore Jackson Margolis and his brother, eighth grader Dylan, regularly review plays presented by the B Street Theatre, now part of The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts which is located at 2700 Capitol Avenue. On Feb. 9 they saw Richard Bean’s British adaptation of the Italian comedy “Ser...

THE SKINNY: Senior’s a sick straw sleuth

THE SKINNY: Senior’s a sick straw sleuth

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

First I consider myself an amateur sleuth. In fifth grade I flew through the first 60 novels of the Nancy Drew mystery series, devoured “The Nancy Drew Sleuth Book” and even got my hair bobbed to match the girl detective. But despite my impressive credentials, I have been floored by my latest case and ...

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Every swim meet is unique; here’s the physics behind it (video included)

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Every swim meet is unique; here’s the physics behind it (video included)

Rebecca Waterson, Blogger

February 12, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

Every swim meet is the same. The swimmers warm up, wait for their events, race, warm down and repeat. Nothing changes; it’s the same routine every time. If you have ever thought that, you are in for a surprise. Every swim meet is unique because of the location, weather, pool type and the natu...

THE SKINNY: It’s time for my beloved Carmichael to have its own ‘Lady Bird’ moment

THE SKINNY: It’s time for my beloved Carmichael to have its own ‘Lady Bird’ moment

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Sacramento received a nice ego boost after the release of  “Lady Bird,” an amazing movie about a girl maneuvering through her senior year in “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” Director Greta Gerwig called her film “a love letter to Sacramento.” How sweet. But ever since the movie w...