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Dance like nobody’s watching: Archer’s dance program adjusts rehearsals due to remote learning

In the virtual space, members of Archer's dance program have had to readjust and readapt their usual rehearsals for this semester. In preparation for the annual Night of Dance performance in the winter, all members of the program have been collectively rehearsing their respective dances via Zoom.
October 14, 2020

With inverted camera angles, slow internet, lagging music and isolation, Archer's dance company has faced many forms of "difficulty" in the virtual space, according to junior Dance Company member Emily...

‘Cobra Kai Never Dies:’ Netflix’s ‘Karate Kid’ spinoff revives classic story for new generation

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September 25, 2020

I still remember the first time I saw "The Karate Kid." I always felt a deep connection to the story and what it said about the true purposes of fighting and ideals of honor. It was the first classic 80s...

Review: Pattinson and Dafoe make for a twisted, maddening duo in film ‘The Lighthouse’

September 18, 2020

The film 'The Lighthouse', released in May of 2019 and directed by Robert Eggers, follows two lighthouse keepers in the 1890s as they plan to spend four weeks on a small, rock-type island far out at sea...

Review: South Korean film ‘Parasite’ touches on subjects of class, symbolism

June 7, 2020

"Parasite," a film directed and produced by Bong Joon-ho, made multiple headlines after winning Oscars for Best Picture, Directing, International Feature Film and Writing for Original Screenplay). Not...

Music department cancels annual Spring Concert due to COVID-19

June 7, 2020

While Los Angeles and the rest of the world safeguards itself against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by closing schools, restaurants and banning all gatherings of 50 people or more in line with social...

Teen in business: Junior Bella Morgan creates digital ceramics company Organic Matter Pottery

Junior Bella Morgan, founder of of Organic Matter Pottery, works in the Archer ceramics studio painting a mug.
May 31, 2020

Junior Bella Morgan drives to the UPS store near her house twice a week, a bulky package wrapped in bubble wrap sitting on the passenger seat. A salad bowl, a coffee mug or a dinner plate was made to order...

Review: Justin Bieber’s album ‘Changes’ reveals his growth as a singer, person

Review: Justin Bieber's album 'Changes' reveals his growth as a singer, person
May 31, 2020

I have loved Justin Bieber ever since I heard his first album, "Justin Bieber My World 2.0," when I was just 7 years old. When I heard that Bieber was coming out with his fifth album, "Changes," I was...

Review: Netflix Party sparks reconnection among friends during quarantine

The Google Chrome Netflix Party extension is at its peak in popularity among those practicing social distancing. The extension allows users from around the world to sync Netflix videos and chat simultaneously.
May 29, 2020

Ever since quarantine started, many people have been using Netflix Party, a Google Chrome extension that allows users to watch Netflix and chat simultaneously. The extension synchronizes video playback...

Review: Netflix’s “Unorthodox” tells a journey of self-exploration with a twist

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May 20, 2020

When I think of Judaism as an adolescent, the things that typically come to mind include Bat and Bar Mitzvahs, Hebrew school and Passover dinners. However, Netflix’s new four-part miniseries “Unorthodox”...

Review: “Outer Banks” makes us nostalgic for pre-quarantine days

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May 20, 2020

“We're the Pogues, and our mission this summer is to have a good time, all the time,” John B. (Chase Stokes), the protagonist in “Outer Banks,” said in the opening scene. One of the biggest Netflix...

From Arabic to art: Community explores new hobbies during quarantine

These are some of the pieces Azrialy has made in her free time.
May 18, 2020

On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order due to the COVID- 19 outbreak, which has remained in place since. While at home, many students have picked up new activities and skills to...

Review: Netflix’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ perfectly captures high school adolescence in a unique way

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May 18, 2020

On April 27, Netflix released the first season of the original show "Never Have I Ever." The show is rated TV-14 and was created by actress Mindy Kailing and writer/producer Lang Fisher. This series...

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