July 26, 2017

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

International Week Shines -

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Patent Battle Closed for CRISPR -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump’s New Executive Order Is Not Effective -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Uber Drives Itself Into a Corner -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A New Tale That’s As Old As Time -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“Life” Falls Flat -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A New Tale That’s As Old As Time

Panning scenery and elegant, intricately designed rooms capture your attention, then song sets the mood, drawing you into the long-told tale of “Beauty and the Beast.” The tale describes the struggles of Belle, who is chased by the persistent Gaston, after she ends up in the castle of the once-glorious and proud Beast. The inhabitants of the castle believe that she is “the one,” and try to convince her that the Beast really isn’t as terrible as he seems. What happens in the end is for you to find out (unless you already know). Directed by William “Bill” Condon (who…

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“Life” Falls Flat

“Life” is a science fiction horror movie directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Espinosa is a Swedish film director who previously worked on the movie “Child 44” which came out in 2015, and “Safe House” that came out in 2012. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as David Jordan, Rebecca Ferguson as Miranda North and Ryan Reynolds as Rory Adams, to name a few. Aboard the International Space Station, the crew captures a probe returning from Mars that contains soil samples from the rocky planet. One of the scientists makes a shocking discovery: there is…

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“Between the Shades of Gray” is an Inspiring Novel

  “Between the Shades of Gray” is a moving novel written by Ruta Sepetys. The novel depicts the horrific scenes of the regime in the Soviet Union under Josef Stalin.   The story begins with Lina Vilkas, a fifteen-year-old budding artist, living in 1941 Lithuania.  As she is beginning to write a letter for her cousin Joanna, who recently moved to Germany, the Soviet Secret Police storm into her house and order her, as well as her brother and mother, to pack their bags. Lina later finds out that her dad was arrested separately for conspiring against the Soviets, and…

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Logan Poignantly Closes the Wolverine Saga

“Logan” (2017) is the tenth installment in the X-men series, and the third and final Wolverine movie directed by James Mangold, and written by James Mangold, Scott Frank and Michael Green. Mangold also directed a previous Wolverine movie, “The Wolverine” (2013). The movie features Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Dafne Keen as Laura. In a dystopian future, a Wolverine (Logan) whose regenerative powers are dwindling cares for a weak Professor X in a hideout near the Mexican-American border. He surrenders himself to alcoholism and works as a chauffeur to get by. One day, he…

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Twenty One Pilots Concert TOPS All Others

Twenty One Pilots hosted a concert in the SAP Center in San Jose on Friday, Feb. 10. And, let me tell you, it was utterly amazing. Twenty One Pilots, a duo consisting of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, first formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. The band then consisted of Tyler, Chris Salih and Nick Thomas, but Salih and Thomas left in 2011; Josh joined shortly afterwards. They have released a total of four albums, with their most recent being “Blurryface” in 2015. They’ve been nominated for and have won countless awards over the past few years, with their single…

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BTS Breaks Records With New Album

[By: Sydnee Tan and Cindy Yan] After keeping fans at the edge of their seats and eagerly anticipating for four months, BTS has finally come back with four new amazing tracks to satisfy their fans. These four songs have been included in the repackaging of their album “Wings,” which was newly titled “Wings: You Never Walk Alone.” Bangtan Boys, more commonly known as BTS, is a seven-member South Korean boy band. The band name for BTS in Korean translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts.” The group was formed by Big Hit Entertainment, after the current members showed up for the company’s…

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“Rings” Movie Review

After the success of the Japanese movie franchise “Ring,” Hollywood has been trying to find a storylines that will include both the chills and excitement of the original movie. Just released on Feb. 3, “Rings” is a sequel to the 2002 movie “The Ring.” When a certain person watches the cursed videotape, the phone will ring, and a voice says, “Seven days.” After a week, that person will die at the hands of Sadako, a ghost of a girl looking for revenge. This movie is directed by F. Javier Gutierrez, and it is his first major film. The movie stars…

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LEGO Batman Succeeds in Theaters

“The Lego Batman Movie” is a CGI Lego-inspired movie directed by Chris McKay and written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jared Stern, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers and John Whittington. McKay previously supervised animation on the very successful “Lego Movie,” which served as the basis for “The Lego Batman Movie.” Will Arnett stars as the cryptic Batman, with Zach Galifianakis voicing a surprisingly sensitive Joker and finally, Michael Cera as Batman’s adopted son, Nightwing (Robin).   After countless Batman films and comics (all of which the movie acknowledges), everyone accepts the fact that Batman has no problem outsmarting the same Gotham villains over…

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Jr. Bach Festival Brings Out the Best in Bay Area Musicians

Top music hits today will likely be forgotten next year, but composer Johann Sebastian Bach has remained a favorite among young musicians for more than four centuries. Hundreds of the Bay Area’s best young musicians gather each year to compete for a spot to play in the Junior Bach Festival. Founded in Berkeley, California, in 1953, the Junior Bach Festival is led by a group of music teachers and musicians dedicated to celebrating the life and music of J.S. Bach. The festival commemorates Bach through 10 Bay Area concerts held around March 21, Bach’s birthday. It’s a chance for music…

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La La Land Does Not Stick Landing

If there’s an “it” film of the year, it’s the Damien Chazelle-directed “La La Land.” Starring the dynamic duo of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, “La La Land” tells the story of two struggling artists barely getting by in modern-day Los Angeles. With song and dance infused into its narrative, “La La Land” harkens back to the classic movie musicals of the mid-20th century, iconography and all. Though it boasts an outstanding cast, an infectious score and lush cinematography, “La La Land” feels uneven on the whole. The first third of the film is spectacular, living up to the hype…

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