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Quarantine Binge List: TV and Movie Recommendations

Michelle Nguyen, Jeana Lee, and Miranda LeGate tackle the age-old question:

Michelle Nguyen, Jeana Lee, and Miranda LeGate

May 23, 2020

We know you’re bored. We are too. We also know you’re sitting at home watching a lot of TV. We are too. So to help you sift through all the shows that you can devote your valuable free time to watching, we thought we’d each make our top three suggestions of shows to binge or movies to watch....

Musicians struggle during quarantine

Code Orange performs for an empty auditorium–that space in front of the stage should be packed with fans.

Ethan Thieme, Staff Writer

May 23, 2020

Different events all around the world have been being cancelled frequently due to the coronavirus pandemic. One event that has been probably hit the hardest is live music concerts, with musicians being forced to cancel shows worldwide. And without these events, many of the venues that depend on live...

Battle of the Consoles: PS5 vs Xbox One X

Reporter Max Hove helps you pick a console to game away your boredom.

Max Hove, Staff Writer

May 23, 2020

Two of the biggest video game console companies are releasing their new systems late this year around the holidays, and it’s shaping up to be one of the greatest console wars we have ever seen.  Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X are hitting stores in late 2020 (there is no specific...

Youth orchestras continue to rehearse over Zoom calls

The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra is pictured above during its 2019 concert tour of China after its performance in Beijing's Xi'an Concert Hall.

Annika Seo, Staff Writer

May 23, 2020

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions and changes.  During this lonely, isolated period of global quarantine and lockdown, people have found new ways to interact, connect, and feel less lonely. People have adjusted day-to-day lives so they can continue weekly activities at home in...

Music artists bounce back with virtual concerts

Many music celebrities like the K-pop group BTS live streamed concerts to compensate for the ones they had to cancel after the pandemic hit.

Michelle Nguyen, Graphics Editor

May 23, 2020

The year 2020 was truly the one where music events were basically lined up back to back. This was the year that the music industry was going to thrive. Unfortunately, Miss 'Rona decided to go on a world tour. When quarantine first started, we were already miserable. All of our fun and exciting...

Pandemic puts the movie industry on hold

Many movies such as Trolls World Tour, live action Mulan, and Black Widow have had to postpone their premieres because cinemas worldwide have been closed.

Tyler Aronson, Staff Writer

May 23, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has written a new script to the movie industry and how the world will experience cinema in the future.  Many films originally set to have a release date this spring were pushed to the fall or 2021 because of the mass closure of theaters. To avoid further delays, some...

Sonic the hedgehog is out for anxious fans to watch, and it did not dissapoint

The final design of Sonic the Hedgehog satisfied fans after backlash on an earlier attempt to make Sonic's design more realistic.

Rebecca Newman, Graphics Editor

April 19, 2020

In recent years, the prospect of video game movies has been revived through the financial and cultural growth of popular video game franchises. When “Detective Pikachu” was released in 2019, a niche genre for movies seemed to promise a surprising comeback — and “Sonic the Hedgehog” by Paramount...

My Chemical Romance is back

One of the year’s most exciting rock reunion will set in motion this fall with My Chemical Romance touring in October. Photo courtesy Rock Sound.

Miranda LeGate, Staff Writer

April 19, 2020

The internet was hit with a tweet that would break hearts on March 22, 2013. The beloved punk rock band My Chemical Romance was splitting up.  They spent six and a half years apart, and devoted fans were convinced they’d be gone forever, but that was not the case. Believe it or not, My ...

What? POKÉMON GO is evolving!

In the past four years, Pokémon Go has continued to grow and change, ‘evolving’ just like the monsters from the franchise it represents, and accumulating a small but dedicated community in the process.

Jay Warren, Artist

April 17, 2020

February 27 marked the 24th anniversary of Pokémon, the franchise that boomed into a worldwide phenomenon not long after its release and continues to be one of the highest grossing media franchises of all time. With various video games ranging from dungeon crawlers to RPGs, a long-running anime that...

Netizens criticize movie ‘Birds of Prey’ for not having sex appeal

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Lorelai Slaydon and Isabelle Coburn

April 14, 2020

Despite its amazing title, “Birds of Prey" (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) did not do so hot on its opening weekend. The movie has had the lowest recorded opening weekend out of any of the DC Extended Universe movies, according to the  Showbiz CheatSheet. Despite evi...