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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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Review: “Black Panther” is more than just your average Marvel movie

Credit: Marvel/Disney

In an oversaturated market, Marvel’s newest release comes as a fresh new film to its wrinkled roster. “Black Panther” finally made its long awaited debut, critically acclaimed long before its public release and toting a star studded roster of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, the star of Creed, Lupita Nyong’o, star of the three-time Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave” and Martin Freeman, our beloved Bilbo, to name a few.

Along with a soundtrack produced and curated by Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA and The Weeknd, “Black Panther” was highly anticipated by both Marvel fans and casual moviegoers alike. It delivered on every level.

It follows T’Challa, the new king of Wakanda after his father’s death, and his quest to prove himself, alongside his sister (Letitia Wright), his ex-girlfriend Nakia (Nyong’o) , and the head of his secret service-esque bodyguards Okoye (Danai Gurira). Wakanda is a fictional African country built upon a mountain of vibranium, a powerful extraterrestrial metal that is hailed as the strongest metal on earth. The movie revolves around two main antagonists: Klaw, (Andy Serkis) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and their own desires for the Wakandan vibranium horde.

Most Marvel movies tend to follow similar arcs and subsequently become relatively monochrome, with villains that are emotionally disconnected from the audience, boring concrete tinged color grading and writing that lacks in variety and storytelling depth. “Black Panther” shines where its predecessors failed. Although it may not have hours of gut pumping action, or snappy one liners when beating up the baddie, its action is refined and concise as well as powerful and potent. Its color scheme is jaw-dropping and the costume design accents its vibrant aesthetic seamlessly.

What the movie lacks in typical Marvel adrenaline, it makes up for with incredible casting, acting and emotion. From the conflicting passions between T’Challa and Nakia, to the father son relationship between Killmonger and his father, “Black Panther” built emotional bridges better than any of its predecessors

This movie brings what most Marvel movies haven’t: characters that are full of life and reflect that to the audience. Ryan Coogler, the director, also directed the Academy Award nominated “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan. Their past work together is evident, for the chemistry Jordan brings on set as Killmonger is incredible. Every second he spends on screen feels so right, you can’t get enough of him. His charisma on screen is almost overwhelming, and his anger and passion is portrayed effortlessly by Coogler.

Killmonger, born in Oakland, has a violent passion for civil rights, which seems ironic for an antagonist, but like any other villain he is driven to take his passion to another level. Jordan plays a villain whose revenge on the Panther is justified, but somewhat misguided. The key to creating a villian in any superhero film is to not push the villain to the peripheries and have the protagonist be the sole attention, but focus on making the villain a main character. Jordan fills this role; the most touching moment in the film comes with Killmonger’s confrontation of his past.

What makes “Black Panther” special is how it shifts the Marvel movies away from the stereotypically white dominated Hollywood blockbuster film, towards a powerful piece created by and starring African Americans. Ruth E. Carter stands out as one of the big name talents behind the Black Panther’s foreground. The aesthetic of the movie is driven by the costume design, and Carter does fantastic work.

Throughout Hollywood’s history, costume designers have been told to make women’s costumes sexy. In “Black Panther,” Carter dresses her women like warriors, some bald headed and showing no skin, breaking the rigid barriers of past costume design. Carter also drew from tribal African wear to accentuate the authenticity of Wakanda.

What makes the soundtrack by Lamar so potent within the film is the resonance of his background in Compton, along with Jordan’s character in a similar neighborhood wracked by poverty in Oakland. This makes the rhythmic hip hop beats pair seamlessly with both the down to Earth Wakandan feel, and with the modern black antagonist Killmonger.

The cinematography is altogether astounding, utilizing unique effects to portray drama on another level. Some of the camera work combined with the colors of the set and the beats of the soundtrack create unforgettable cinematic moments, and considering its handle as an MCU movie makes it even more impressive.

“Black Panther” has shattered box office records already earning numbers much higher than predicted, following three days after its release a total of $361 million in earnings, proving to be a hit that many didn’t see coming. If you are interested in the Marvel Universe at any level, or are simply looking for a great watch, “Black Panther” has it all.


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    ClaytonFeb 22, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    such a great review!!!!

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    Paul MarcouxFeb 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Best article I have ever read. 10/10 would read again if I didn’t have a lit essay to write. Got every subcategory rating perfect, and the rhetoric was excellent. Thank you for turning my bad day into a great one.

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    Jakob TrivillaFeb 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Wholeheartedly agree with this.
    Favorite quote from the film:
    “When I tell you to do something, I mean that s**t.” – Killmonger