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Column: Flower power — California’s ‘super bloom’ phenomenon

Column: Flower power — California’s ‘super bloom’ phenomenon

By Grace Wilson and Lauren Evans Katz

June 5, 2019

Spring sprung, meaning it was inevitable that Californians saw flowers somewhere on their social media feed. From the unkempt greens of the bluffs to the bundles of vibrant colors that scattered the coastline, flower power was everywhere. The heavy winter rainfall we all just (barely) fought throu...

Column: IHOP — Not a pancake house, but a pancake home

Column: IHOP — Not a pancake house, but a pancake home

By Lauren Evans-Katz and Grace Wilson

May 29, 2019

I’m sure you all – our beloved, devout readers – have been wondering where exactly it was that the two of us first hung out. After nearly two years of middle school together without an outside-of-school encounter, we opted to eat a hefty meal of mozzarella sticks, pancakes, french toast, hash br...

Column: Stereotypically slimy snails

Column: Stereotypically slimy snails

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

April 15, 2019

Snails: you either love them or hate them. Ask someone their opinion on snails and you will get answers ranging from “They eat my lettuce and are gross and slimy” to “My whole life’s purpose is dedicated to them” (a highly rare but nonetheless valid answer). Personally, I believe snails to be ...

Column: A natural connection

Column: A natural connection

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

April 11, 2019

Maybe it’s my last name, but I’ve always felt a strong connection to plants. At a young age, my ability to feel one-sided empathy for greenery was strong. I have vivid memories of pretending to be a ‘plant doctor’ and placing bandages on the vine in my backyard whenever it secreted milky...

Column: What it’s actually like being Latina in the classroom

Column: What it’s actually like being Latina in the classroom

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019

“Are Latinas responsible for teaching their peers about their race?” This is a question that has popped up in my life multiple times recently. Whether it comes up at an Hermanas Unidas affinity meeting, at a debrief of "The Hate U Give" at Archer's Diversity Conference or when setting classroom norms for our race unit in hi...

Column: Lights, Camera, Action — Street Food Cinema’s groovy outdoor movies

Column: Lights, Camera, Action — Street Food Cinema’s groovy outdoor movies

By Grace Wilson and Lauren Evans-Katz

February 12, 2019

Street Food Cinema has revamped the classic movie-going experience. With the same vibe as the popular Cinespia and Rooftop Cinema Club, Street Food Cinema is a production company that projects classic pop culture films in a variety of outdoor venues across Los Angeles, while also offering gourmet street food and live music. ...

Column: Let them eat…pretzels?

Column: Let them eat…pretzels?

By Courtney Wernick, Columnist

February 10, 2019

I have never lived by the famous Marie Antionette phrase "Let them eat cake!" The "cake" part has always been substituted with some other food. Imagine 6-year-old me at my best friend’s birthday party. This is a typically momentous event for a little kid, especially when the frosting-filled cake ma...

Column: Killing two birds with one stoner — marijuana industry affects native wildlife

Column: Killing two birds with one stoner — marijuana industry affects native wildlife

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

January 22, 2019

California’s beautiful forests are ridden with poison. The culprit? Recreational marijuana. It’s not the cannabis plant itself that is fatal, however — it is the chemicals that the illegal growers leave behind. Safe permitted marijuana cultivation is not the problem. Legally, a Californian over 21 is al...

Column: Why would I mispronounce my name?

Column: Why would I mispronounce my name?

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

January 21, 2019

At school, my name is pronounced Celeste (suh-lest). At home, it's pronounced Celeste (seh-lehs-tay).  When most people meet me, they ask how I prefer to pronounce my name. In the past, I would instinctively say, “I don’t care” or “Whatever is easiest for you.” As I've gotten older, es...

Thrifting and sifting: An insight into Melrose Trading Post

Thrifting and sifting: An insight into Melrose Trading Post

By Grace Wilson and Lauren Evans-Katz

January 14, 2019

At the corner of Melrose and Fairfax lies a hub of Los Angeles teenage obsession: the Melrose Trading Post. Each Sunday, Fairfax High houses a flea market in its main parking lot that boasts a diverse array of vendors and attendees. Though the majority of these attendees are self-proclaimed art connoisseurs looki...

Column: What’s all this squawk about? Parrots flock to Los Angeles

Column: What’s all this squawk about? Parrots flock to Los Angeles

By Zoe Bush, Columnist

January 10, 2019

Picture this: It’s a hot day in Los Angeles, the sun is shining and the roar of the highway is lulling you to sleep around noon. Suddenly, the cry of a bright green parrot wakes you. "Why," you may wonder, "is there a parrot in Los Angeles? And why did it have to wake me up on a weekend?" If ...

Column: Inter(new)tional eats — Picky eating in a foreign country

Column: Inter(new)tional eats — Picky eating in a foreign country

By Courtney Wernick, Columnist

January 9, 2019

Traveling, especially to where a different language is spoken, is tricky. Adventuring to different parts of the world always forces me to step out of my comfort zone — literally and mentally. For example, last winter break, my family went on a trip to Italy. We explored multiple cities and had...

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