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The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

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Arts & Entertainment

Should you Skip or Stream? “Selena & Yolanda: The Secrets Between Them”

Should you Skip or Stream? “Selena & Yolanda: The Secrets Between Them”

Nahomi Garcia Alarcon, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 23, 2024

Selena's captivating melodies and infectious rhythms were a constant soundtrack of my life. Her voice and stage presence made her an icon not just in Tejano music but across the entire music industry. Her untimely death in March 1995 cast a somber shadow on her legacy, leaving fans like me with the loss...

Your Reading List for Black History Month

Your Reading List for Black History Month

Nahomi Garcia Alarcon, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 16, 2024

February is Black History Month, a period dedicated to celebrating the Black community and their many contributions to our society. The curated list below offers you a roadmap to diversify your reading and serves as the staring point for a continuous journey of discovery. You will find a mixture of well-known...

Valentine’s Day Movie Staff Picks 

Valentine’s Day Movie Staff Picks 

David Contreras Delgado, Sports Editor February 14, 2024

Valentine’s Day is here, and however you celebrate this day, nothing reminds us of those warm fuzzy feelings quite like our favorite romantic movies. We asked our staff what some of their favorites were, and what makes them special.    Justin Gans – News Editor: Moonstruck (1987)  “Cher...

Universal Music Group removes one third of TikTok’s most viral songs

Alexander Concepcion, Staff Writer February 9, 2024

A recent dispute between Universal Music Group (UMG) and TikTok has caused songs by artists such as Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, and Olivia Rodrigo to be removed from the app. This occurred after UMG and TikTok were unable to agree to a licensing contract that would have allowed UMG-owned music to remain...

Behind the Scenes at the Grammys

Kayla McCarthy, Opinions Editor February 8, 2024

I was told to arrive at 7:30 a.m. with my ticket in hand and then I proceeded to wait for everyone to arrive at 9 a.m. We were then instructed to enter the Crypto Arena, where the stage and floor had been set up, and find a seat to watch the performers rehearse their acts. Since I arrived early I was...

Cover art for Armand Hammer’s new album, We Buy Diabetic Test Strips.

Concert Review: Armand Hammer in Santa Ana

Justin Gans, Assistant News Editor November 1, 2023

Armand Hammer—a rap duo comprised of underground legends Billy Woods and ELUCID—released their latest album, “We Buy Diabetic Test Strips,” to widespread critical acclaim on September 29, 2023. Although Woods and ELUCID have received praise from critics for over a decade, a recent string of LPs...

Movies to watch during Hispanic Heritage Month

David Contreras Delgado, Staff Writer October 5, 2023

Watching internationally produced Hispanic films can be a bit of a challenge due to distribution rights in the United States, but for those still looking to celebrate our Hispanic communities, here are some recommendations for you. There is no doubt that the two most internationally recognized Hispanic...

The Dungeons and Dragons Movie is a Fun Ride

Nik Chrissanthos, Assistant Arts & Entertaintment Editor April 12, 2023

There is plenty of reason to be skeptical about Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. Chief among them being Wizards of the Coast’s recent controversy regarding their changes to the Open Game License. And hot off the heels of this controversy is the aforementioned movie. Despite any misgivings...

Fire Emblem Engage’s Expansion Pass, Good but Not Essential

Nik Chrissanthos, Assistant Arts & Entertaintment Editor April 12, 2023

This review will contain spoilers for Fire Emblem Engage’s main story and the Fell Xenologue. Fire Emblem Engage’s Expansion Pass has been released in full, adding seven more Emblems and a story expansion in the Fell Xenologue. And just as I found the main game to be somewhat hit or miss in terms...

The Oscars: Winners

Cassidy Lovell, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 3, 2023

Missed the 2023 Oscars? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a complete list of winners from the event. Best Picture: Everything Everywhere All at Once Best Actor: Brendan Fraser, for The Whale Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh, for Everything Everywhere All at Once Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan, for...

The Bad Batch Season 2, Highs and Lows

Nik Chrissanthos, Assistant Arts & Entertaintment Editor March 29, 2023

This review contains spoilers for season one of The Bad Batch, and for season two after a certain point. Season 1 of the Bad Batch was quite entertaining for me as someone who grew up watching Star Wars The Clone Wars. There were plenty of episodes in the first season that might be described as filler,...

The Last of Us, a Stellar Adaptation of a Bleak World

Nik Chrissanthos, Assistant Arts & Entertaintment Editor March 13, 2023

This review will contain spoilers for both The Last of Us the video game and the show. This review will also make reference to sensitive subjects such as suicide and gore. I had a very conventional play through of the original The Last of Us game. It came with my PlayStation 4 so I played it because...

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