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Listen to the entire album and you’ll see why

By Indira Cockerill
May 19, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music

While having heard a song on the radio, you could say it was love at first song. Then as the weeks go on, replaying the song one too many time, it grows stale and I unlimitedly become bored of the song which I had once loved. While in the moment it’s satisfying, the listener is missing out on many ot...

Great America is great again

By Skylar Cunniff and Rachel Hildebrand
May 18, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

California’s Great America amusement park has been a big attraction in the Bay Area for years, but recent improvements have made it better than ever.  The largest wooden roller coaster in Northern California, the Gold Striker, opened in 2013 and the new roller coaster Patriot replaced the Vortex thi...

Stars on Ice offers talent, excitement

By Rachel Hildebrand
May 18, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

L ast Friday some of the biggest stars in figure skating descended on the SAP Center for the Stars on Ice show. It consisted of jumps, beautiful costumes and immense talent. Going in, I was most excited about seeing 17-year-old Nathan Chen, this year’s mens national champion and America...

The Reel: Why “The Lion King” is the greatest animated film of all time

The Reel: Why “The Lion King” is the greatest animated film of all time

By Mark Lu
May 10, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, The Reel

My all-time favorite movie (yes, my favorite movie ever) is the 1994 Disney animation and now-classic “The Lion King,” written by Irene Mecchi & Jonathan Roberts and directed by Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, with an iconic score by Hans Zimmer & Elton John. “The Lion King” featu...

Fate decided, it’s horrible

Fate decided, it’s horrible

By Daniel Chung
April 25, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Muscle cars, sexy women and exotic locations is not a movie. “The Fate of the Furious” is the newest film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. The film, unlike its predecessors, fails to entertain the audience. The film is the first film to not star Paul Walker,the series hero Brian O’C...

The search is over

The search is over

By Katie Snell
April 22, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Unlike some of his older, optimistic and playful music, John Mayer’s new album “The Search for Everything” is brutally honest about the pain of heartbreak. Even the melancholy expression on Mayer’s face in the cover album art expresses his struggle to find happiness through love. Some of the...

The Reel: Poetic storytelling should not be celebrated for being poetic

The Reel: Poetic storytelling should not be celebrated for being poetic

By Mark Lu
April 20, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, The Reel

A while ago, I saw “Moonlight,” a film that I commended for its screenplay craftsmanship in another column. Despite being ambitious and beautifully-shot, it lacks the essential quality of entertainment: substance. Of course, it conveys principles much needed for today’s changing times, but would it have hurt at all to add a visible storyline? I loved “Moonlight.” But as I watched it wi...

‘Strange the Dreamer’ is strangely mesmerizing

‘Strange the Dreamer’ is strangely mesmerizing

By Aishwarya Jayadeep
April 13, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Purple prose — the practice of adding unnecessarily elaborate, embellished, superfluous, intricate and detailed descriptions into one’s writing — is generally looked down upon. But author Laini Taylor makes the seemingly unnecessary beautifully necessary in her novel “Strange the Dreamer.” ...

‘Ghost in the Shell:’ a hollow adaptation

‘Ghost in the Shell:’ a hollow adaptation

By Manfred Lau
April 11, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies

I never particularly liked the original Ghost in the Shell - the 1995 anime movie directed by Mamoru Oshii. It didn’t immediately blow my mind. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by 21st century visuals. It could have been the dense political intrigue, or the (literally) drawn-out shots of random city scenery. But...

’13 Reasons Why’ is soulful, clichéd

’13 Reasons Why’ is soulful, clichéd

By Desmond Kamas
April 11, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“13 Reasons Why” is a complicated show. In the new Netflix series, high schooler Clay Jensen receives a package of 13 cassette tapes, which he discovers are the last recordings of Hannah Baker, a student who recently committed suicide. Each tape describes a person at the school, including Clay, a...

A Club Penguin Childhood

A Club Penguin Childhood

By Elinda Xiao
April 7, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

I  remember what I used to do in my elementary school summers, during those rare windows of free time. My mom would allow me thirty whole minutes of computer time, and I wouldn’t waste a second of it, dashing to the clunky family laptop as fast I as could go, waiting impatiently as my mom entered the pas...

Figure skating stars to visit SAP center

Figure skating stars to visit SAP center

By Rachel Hildebrand
April 6, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Next month some of the best skaters in the country will meet in San Jose for Stars on Ice, a tour including some of America’s brightest prospects for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Nathan Chen and Karen Chen, no relation, are some of the highlights of the tour. Nathan has set the ba...

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