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  • Also referred to as a red tide or an algae bloom, the brilliant blue waves are caused by phytoplankton that emit blue light when disturbed. In previous years the event has been rare to find, occurring sparsely. Recently, primarily during the summer of 2023, bioluminescent waves could be seen splashing the shores of Ventura County.


    Bioluminescence: Wonders of the bright blue ocean

  • On Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Girls Volleyball took a devastating loss of 3-1 in a league game against Bishop Diego High School. Students, Addi Fallon 25, Zac Crist 24 and Petra Falcocchia 24, show their support with colorful face paint. Many students also dressed to the theme of the game, which was cowboys and cowgirls.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball beat by Bishop Diego 1-3 in hard fought game

  • Throughout the city of Ventura, pollution is washed down to the beaches through rivers and gutters, depositing cups, bags and other various trash onto our beaches and into the oceans.


    Just how deadly is stormwater runoff?

  • The charming exterior of Butter and Fold attracts many customers at all hours of business. From the elegant teal and gold color scheme to the waft of freshly baked breads, it’s impossible to simply pass by without taking a peek inside.


    Butter and Fold: The perfect place to satisfy your pastry cravings this fall

  • At the Olivas Links Golf Course, on Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf team faced off in a league match against Bishop Diego. The Dragons played well and won the match with an overall score of 249-303. Pictured above, Maddie Wicks 26 concentrates as she putts her ball toward the pin, finishing hole five with three over par.

    Girls' Golf

    Recap: Girls’ golf takes Bishop Diego 249-303

  • On Sept. 22, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) competed in their first Tri-County Athletic (TCAA) league meet. Foothill Tech races with five girls on varsity, including Danika Swanson-Rico 25, Bennett Rodman 26, Kalea Eggertsen 26, Emma Anderson 26 and Isabella Efner 25. They warm-up on the start line, exchanging words of encouragement and waiting for the queue to begin the race.

    Cross Country

    Cross country starts off strong at first league meet of the 2023 season

  • With beloved melodies and nostalgic anthems dating back over a decade, fans and general audience members alike enjoy singing along to her award-winning album, Fearless, from 2008.


    The Eras Tour: an adventure spanning 17 years of music 

  • On Sept. 21, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) boys water polo hosted a home game against their opponent Malibu High School (Malibu). With lots of splashing, Ethan Ortiz 24 attempts to find an open teammate to give Foothill Tech an advantage to win their league match.

    Boys' Water Polo

    Recap: Boys’ water polo bested by Malibu

  • Students of Foothill Tech try to make button pins of their own design at Back to School Night. This college and career class provides an opportunity to learn life skills and creativity.


    Foothill Tech welcomes parents and guardians at Back to School Night 2023

  • In the teen show “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” an adaption of the popular Young Adult novel, protagonist Belly Conklin navigates her love life in a triangle between brothers Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher.


    “The Summer I Turned Pretty”: In Defense of the Fisher Boys

  • During F.I.R.E and lunch, members of the Associated Student Body worked hard to prepare an assembly line of delicious In-N-Out for the Class of 2024.


    Class of 2024 connects through In-N-Out Burger and festivities

  • On the sunny afternoon of Sept. 19, 2023 girls tennis played against the Villanova Preparatory (Villanova) School Wildcats. The tennis team huddles together and chants in a pregame ritual before beginning their matches.

    Girls' Tennis

    Girls’ tennis triumphs over Villanova in first league match

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed and beloved video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Announced in 2019 by Nintendo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Tears of the Kingdom was released on May 12, 2023 after nearly four years of waiting. Since its release, the game has been met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike. The game directly follows the events of its predecessor, building upon them and expanding an already immense world. Writer Kelly Quinn shares his thoughts.


    “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” is victory for gaming

  • The three cakes that were reviewed were Lemon, Pumpkin Spice and Red Velvet all topped with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting.


    A dive into Nothing Bundt Cakes: America’s largest specialty cake company

  • Comprising of 12 songs, Olivia Rodrigos new album GUTS is her second studio album and was released on Sept. 8, 2023. Rodrigos first studio album, SOUR, released in 2021, was critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, making her second album long anticipated. Writer Isheeta Pal takes on the task of listening to GUTS and reviewing it, delving into its key themes and messaging.


    Album Anatomy: “GUTS”

  • A sign displayed in the store highlights the unique vendors in the store as well as promoting shopping from local artists.


    Hey! Friends shows Ventura why shopping locally matters

  • Christopher Nolan hits it out of the park once again with his brilliantly done biopic about the man who invented the atom bomb, Oppenheimer.


    “Oppenheimer” is a mind-blowingly impactful film

  • In Laufey’s latest album “Bewitched,” released on Sept. 8, 2023, she brings a jazzy and soothing take on the journey of love. Following the success of her previous album, “Everything I Know About Love,” her sophomore album comprises 14 songs, each bringing their own unique spin that is sure to bewitch the listener. Join writer Lily Toreja as she reviews each song and delves into their individual meanings.


    Album Anatomy: “Bewitched” by Laufey

  • On the eventful evening of Sept. 14, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Dragons faced off against Cate in their third league match. The matchup was very even and came down to the fifth and final set in which the Dragons were unable to secure the win. After bouncing and hitting the ball to set her rhythm, Malia Gray ‘24 (number 9) goes to serve, as her teammates and her alike hope for the best.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball endures a hard loss against Cate

  • Jackson Basurto ‘24 and Alfred “Mason” Borkowski ‘24 are in full recruitment mode as students pass by their table. The club offered a fun way to engage with other students while doing something they all enjoy.


    Dragons find their connection at Club Rush 2023

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    Ashley Amaladhas: And the Oscar for “Most Diverse Cast” goes to… nobody

    Ashley Amaladhas: And the Oscar for Most Diverse Cast goes to... nobody

    I’m always skeptical when promos for new TV shows air and they feature a sunglasses-wearing, flawlessly intelligent detective/cop/FBI agent who can solve mysteries in a matter of hours. Or a supernatural drama full of chiseled jawlines and an angsty acoustic soundtrack that proves they take themselves way too seriously. Or a sitcom that relies on laugh tracks and frequent, snappy one-liners.

    The point is, none of these taglines are new, and none of them are as unique as they are advertised to be. Multiple shows could be sorted into these categories, and then these shows end and are replaced by a similar show. As of right now, this cycle seems inevitable.

    What is an easy, incredibly neglected tool needed to break free from this cycle? Unique characters.

    Representation in entertainment is either considered a trivial matter or an integral step towards progress. Although representation in the media is lacking in several demographics, one of the most apparent lack of diversity is in the ethnic demographic. It may not seem like a big deal to some people, but having such little diversity in media is not only an inaccurate reflection of the various groups people make up in America, but also an invitation for harmful cliches to flourish.

    Just how much representation is necessary to be considered diverse? In 2012, a University of Southern California study analyzing the 500 top-grossing movies at the U.S. box office revealed that “76.3% of all speaking characters in these movies were white…” This study analyzed “ movies released at the U.S. box office between 2007 and 2012 and 20,000 speaking characters.”

    Having a TV show or a movie that has diverse, relevant, purposeful characters shouldn’t be so rare, but the numbers prove that it is. Even having diverse extras, though, would be a step in the right direction. Every person contributes to the scene in some way, and it may seem small, but it matters a great deal. The latest Star Wars film has been well received and commended for its diverse casting, especially because it reflects how diverse our culture truly is.  

    Parks and Recreation is one example of a show that has many well-written ethnic characters who aren’t two-dimensional caricatures. They are able to contribute to the storyline and enrich it with their perspectives. One of these characters, Tom Haverford is an Indian American who defies the Asian character archetype.

    His character is not saturated in any conventional image, but rather a unique character who makes plenty of mistakes, flaunts confidence almost excessively, and provides hilarious one-liners. The beauty of this character is that he could be played by someone of any ethnicity, because he is free of categorization. The show even adds playful commentary when another character, Leslie Knope, turns to Tom and asks, “You’re not from here, right?” and Tom insists that he’s from South Carolina and he isn’t “from” anywhere else. Through humor and good writing, Parks and Recreation successfully boasts a variety of relatable characters.

    As the title of this article probably indicates, the recent Oscar fiasco serves as inspiration for this article. Of course, the controversy lies in the Academy’s lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominees, a problem that was also addressed last year.

    Many actors and actresses have announced that they are boycotting the awards, and many of them felt unacknowledged for their performances in the best films of the year. It makes sense– after all, actors such as Will Smith and Lupita Nyong’o performed fantastically this year and qualify for awards, yet aren’t listed as nominees.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) plans to amend this by adding people of color to the board. I am optimistic about this, but it’s notable that such changes came after much backlash from the public.

    I hope having diverse casts will be seen as an opportunity for writers to enrich their stories. America is made up of unique and diverse individuals– it’s time to have that reflected and celebrated in our media.

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