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  • 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.


    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

  • On the afternoon of Sept. 14, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf faced off against La Reina at the Olivas Links Golf Course. Maddie Wicks ‘26 tees it up with hopes of sticking it close to pin and hopefully having a birdie opportunity. Wicks finished hole six with a double bogey and finished the entire course with a 56.

    Girls' Golf

    Foothill Tech defeats La Reina in league match

  • Isabella De La Rosa 24 (number 3) and Charlis Swezy 27 (number 1) block from the net, while Malia Gray 24 (number 9) and Morgan Houston 25 (number 2) stay behind to cover any unexpected plays from the other team.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball spiked on by St. Bonaventure

  • Students hit the ground running as the 2023-2024 school year picks up its pace. With this years You Belong Week taking place Sept. 11-15, 2023, as well as Club Rush on Sept. 15, 2023, Dragons are busy keeping up with all the events.


    FDP-TV: Season 2, Episode 2

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Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” is a frightfully fun movie for all

Karli Riehle
20 years after the initial film, the 2003 movie, “The Haunted Mansion” is given a revisit. With its release, movie critic Rihanna Samples gives her thoughts on this spooky delight.

On July 28, 2023, Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” made its way to the big screens relatively unnoticed compared to its box office competitors “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.” With a star-studded cast, the film follows Gabby (Rosario Dawson) and her nine-year-old son, Travis (Chase Dillon), as they hope to start their lives anew by moving to a historic old mansion in New Orleans. As Gabby and Travis begin exploring their new home, they instantly realize this abandoned mansion has a sinister secret.

As soon as the clock strikes midnight, the undead apparitions come alive and the mansion turns into a dangerous place run by its ghostly guests. In order to protect themselves, and hopefully rid their new home of its otherworldly spirits, Gabby and Travis enlist the help of Ben Mattias (LaKeith Stanfield), a grieving astrophysicist who vowed to put the paranormal behind him, Father Kent (Owen Wilson), a “religious” priest who performs exorcisms, Professor Bruce Davis (Danny DeVito), a historical expert with knowledge of the paranormal and a seemingly phony spiritual medium named Harriet (Tiffany Haddish).

Promoting the theatrical release of Disney’s “Haunted Mansion”, the movie poster shows all six of the main characters along with the eerie illusion of the Gracie Mansion inside the crystal ball. The dark, mysterious colors along with the ominous mood, invites the onlooking “foolish mortals” to join the characters for the spooky spectacular ride, if they dare. ( WDW Info)

While each member of the group investigates the mansion, they find themselves forced to stay inside; otherwise, when they try to leave, they are haunted by a hitchhiking ghost. By working together to sort through the clues, they discover that not only are they being kept inside the mansion by a malicious spirit, but this spirit only needs to claim one more willing soul until it can wreak havoc on the world. With the clock ticking down, the group battles against outward spirits, along with their inner demons, as they desperately search for a way to escape the mansion and stop an unspeakable evil from destroying the world they love.

Although the storyline seemed promising from the initial trailer, the actual film struggled to fit itself into a specific genre. It wasn’t quite scary enough to be horror, funny enough to be strictly comedy, or even mysterious enough to be a mystery. The storyline was highly predictable, especially during the climax of the film, which took away from the overall ‘mystery’ of the story. In moments where it was meant to be suspenseful, such as the final standoff between the protagonists and the Hatbox Ghost, it was obvious what the outcome was going to be and exactly how the protagonists were going to win before it even happened. It’s hard to stay invested in a film when you’re able to guess what’s coming next. This was majorly reflected by the negative critic scores, as “Haunted Mansion” only received 38% by critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

That being said, “Haunted Mansion” does have its strong points. The best thing about the film is the message behind it, along with the difficult topics it portrays. Throughout the entire film, the importance of family is highlighted again and again, showing that not all families are related by blood. In fact, many are shaped by the circumstances that they endure together. Gabby and Travis find a family they never thought they would have in the spiritual guides they hired. The film also tackles the topic of grief and the profound impact and guilt it can create. The main antagonist of the film, the Hatbox ghost, is a personification of the crushing fear that grief can inflict. The film overall does a great job of normalizing grief, by showing the hardships and trials that Ben Mattias faces as he begins to process his grief and by illustrating that overcoming it doesn’t happen instantaneously, it is a process that takes time.

Along with the strong central message, the film’s many references to its Disneyland counterpart will not disappoint any diehard fan of the original ride. It is chock-full of fun easter eggs including the scowling 3D statues, paintings with moving eyes, the stretching room, the hitchhiking ghosts, along with the famous settings such as the dining room and graveyard. Not only does it include fun easter eggs for any ride-loving watcher, but the two main mansions in the film are directly modeled off of both major Disney attractions; the Gracie Mansion is modeled after the Disneyland ride, while the Crump Mansion is modeled after its Disney World equivalent.

While it may not have been the next cinematic masterpiece, or even a huge box office hit—only making a little more than $24 million on its opening weekend compared to its $150 million budget—the outstanding performances by the lead actors, along with the spooky visuals effects and heartfelt message, make up for the movie’s predictable plot. It is a great film for people of all ages, even a Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) student wishing to kick back with a bowl of popcorn. “Haunted Mansion” is far superior to its 2003 predecessor and earns a solid four out of five-star rating.

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Rihanna Samples, Multimedia Editor
A junior who is constantly looking at the world through the lens of a camera.
Karli Riehle, Illustrator
A first-year illustrator, obsessed with dragons and doodling.

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