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THE SKINNY: Senior’s habit of ‘getting stuck’ leads to sticky situations

THE SKINNY: Senior’s habit of ‘getting stuck’ leads to sticky situations

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

January 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

“I’m going to get you an electric dog collar, and every time you drive over the line, I’ll zap you,” my driving instructor said, chuckling. I was not laughing. I was sweating. And it wasn’t just because it was early August and I was too nervous to adjust the AC on the driver’s side. I had driven to...

THE SKINNY: How little Johnny died on the soccer field and other memories of lower school

THE SKINNY: How little Johnny died on the soccer field and other memories of lower school

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

January 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

It was well known that little Johnny met his end at the edge of the soccer field during after-school enrichment. The circumstances behind his tragic demise are unknown or mostly forgotten, but testimonies from multiple sources of a finger being found poking out of the bark chips located along the soccer field give this fact some backing. How...

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Good blogs come to those who wait

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Good blogs come to those who wait

Becca Waterson, Blogger

December 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

I know, I know. It has been awhile since my last one. October is a busy and tiring month. Student Council is planning for Spirit Week, and the pep rally preparations are getting underway. Then my birthday, Fall Family Festival volunteering and Homecoming preparations gnaw at the dwindling bone of ...

Despite high-tech CGI, witty dialogue, ‘Star Wars: the Last Jedi’ falls flat for lack of villains

Despite high-tech CGI, witty dialogue, ‘Star Wars: the Last Jedi’ falls flat for lack of villains

Spencer Scott, Reporter

December 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

This review of “Star Wars: the Last Jedi” will be broken into two halves: non-spoiler and spoiler.   Non-Spoiler: A short, short time ago in a theater far, far away, in El Dorado Hills, a sophomore sat down to watch the newest installment in the wildly popular “Star Wars” series. Despite generally being bored with the seve...

Blue House Korean barbecue has better environment, wait time and taste than Oz (video included)

Blue House Korean barbecue has better environment, wait time and taste than Oz (video included)

David Situ, Assistant Media Editor

December 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

What would happen if you combined two great things - barbecuing your own food and meat prepared Asian style? Well, you’d end up with Korean barbecue. Seniors Bryce Longoria, Jake Longoria and Nina Dym, junior Harrison Moon and I reviewed the all-you-can-eat meal at two Korean barbecue locations: Blue House K...

MY ANGLE: OK, so I am a little Scrooge-ish

MY ANGLE: OK, so I am a little Scrooge-ish

Jackson Margolis, Page Editor

December 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

It was 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 6, and I was leaving school early for an orthodontist appointment. If only I had known of the holiday horror that I was about to experience.  Halloween had been only a week ago, and as my mother and I drove down American River Drive, there were still a few spiders and skeletons in some peo...

THE SKINNY: Senior discovers life-threatening golf hazards other than sand traps

THE SKINNY: Senior discovers life-threatening golf hazards other than sand traps

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

About a month ago the sign-up sheets for spring sports were rolled out. Students flocked to scrawl their names and enlisted friends to participate in order to scrape together teams. “Who can catch a ball?” one person asked. “Uh,” a kid raised his hand, “sort of.” “Great! Do...

OK, Andy Weir’s ‘Artemis’ isn’t ‘The Martian,’ but it’s charming, witty and filled with fascinating science

OK, Andy Weir’s ‘Artemis’ isn’t ‘The Martian,’ but it’s charming, witty and filled with fascinating science

Allison Zhang, Design Chief

December 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

I loved “The Martian.” In the weeks prior to the movie’s release, when I had first read the book, all of my conversations inevitably led to “Have you read ‘The Martian’? It’s really good.” Once my love for the book plateaued, a peaceful two years passed before I learned Andy Weir had...

MY ANGLE: Runners aren’t the only ones exhausted by marathon races

MY ANGLE: Runners aren’t the only ones exhausted by marathon races

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

There should be a universal calendar. Not one that has the major national holidays (whatever the heck Flag Day means and is, I’ll never know or care about)  but one that is tailored to you. I mean, isn’t that what technology is for after all? Especially considering net neutrality is a thing of the past, shouldn’t there be some perk...

MY ANGLE: iOS 11 creates more problems than it solves

MY ANGLE: iOS 11 creates more problems than it solves

Ming Zhu, Reporter

December 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

A few weeks ago, my mom asked me to help her with her iPhone. I was confused since she has been using Apple products for years, but once I took a look, I understood why. The menu and layout for the default applications have changed dramatically with the iOS 11 update released on Sept. 19. In the new iOS update, und...