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Foothill’s new psychologist Mariko Garza is here to help

Foothill’s new psychologist Mariko Garza is here to help

Hana Vrablik, Writer

September 19, 2018

Mariko Garza likes to eat her papaya fresh with a spoon and a squeeze of lime. She likes gardening flowers and going to indoor trampoline parks with her 4-year-old daughter, Skye. She describes herself as hapa, a Hawaiian word meaning “part” or “half”, referring to her Japanese and European mixe...

Foothill welcomes Mary Smith, new Health Technician

Foothill welcomes Mary Smith, new Health Technician

Amanda Perez

September 19, 2018

Mary Smith, the new health technician, arrived at Foothill last year towards the end of May. For Foothill students, the month of May is a month of madness—finals, cramming sessions and a bad case of summer fever. The nursing office feels the same effects. With so much to do, Smith got to work assi...

Dan Baker takes on science at Foothill

Dan Baker takes on science at Foothill

Thea Wulff, Writer

September 19, 2018

You may have seen him around campus or as a student teacher in Biology—but this time, he’s back for good. After years of previous experience in the field, Baker has decided to extend his passion for science by teaching chemistry and BioScience Survey here at Foothill. Inspired by many of his teache...

Three easy ways to go greener

Three easy ways to go greener

Matthew Godfrey

September 2, 2018

Copious amounts of garbage have been drowning landfills. Forty percent of all lakes in America are too polluted for aquatic life, let alone for swimming in. It falls upon us to prevent the next 60 percent. With no end in sight, it has become an obligation for the newest generations to reduce our pollution rates so future generations can appreciate the standard of living we have ...

Systems specialist Kris Nordin retires after 17 years

Systems specialist Kris Nordin retires after 17 years

Jill Vallance

August 31, 2018

After 17 years of working as a loyal Dragon, Kris Nordin, Foothill’s Systems Specialist, will retire Friday, Aug. 31. Nordin originally moved to Ventura in 1997. Because her girls needed to get adjusted, she did not get full-time work until applying for a job in the Ventura Unified School District....

Investigative: Is Foothill “where the grades are high and the students are higher?”

Investigative: Is Foothill “where the grades are high and the students are higher?”

Jocelyn Brossia, Editor-in-Chief

August 18, 2018

Editor’s Note: This article includes potentially upsetting discussion of drug addiction, fatal drug overdose and death caused by driving under the influence. *Editor’s Note: Sources’ names that are accompanied by asterisks are altered names that were granted on conditions of anonymity. These sources agreed...

Dragon Voices: Community Service

Dragon Voices: Community Service

Amanda Perez

June 4, 2018

  The Community Service Requirement at Foothill obligates students to volunteer for at least 75 hours by the end of their senior year. Foothill recommends doing 25 hours every year. Is this a reasonable requirement for students over the course of four years? Here’s what nine dragons had to say ...

The City Center provides hope for homeless

The City Center provides hope for homeless

Jack Vielbig

May 19, 2018

How do we deal with homelessness in Ventura? It’s easy to look away: to avert our eyes and stare straight ahead or to mind our own business. Social protocol teaches us to stick to the path in front of us and not detour when asked for help. We have honed our skills at tuning out sympathy. It has bec...

Foothill athletes react to approval of baseball field at DATA

Foothill athletes react to approval of baseball field at DATA

Nick Zoll

May 17, 2018

The Foothill Technology boys’ baseball team has found a new home. On May 8, 2018, the Board of Education unanimously approved a measure that would refurbish a field at DeAnza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA) for Foothill use. The requested renovations amount to approximately $169,000. The...

The importance of dance for students

The importance of dance for students

Amanda Perez

April 29, 2018

Throughout the world, you can find dance wherever you go. Whether it be out in the streets, the Paris Opera House, the Los Angeles Music Center, the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, a school dance or a small studio, dance is everywhere you go—even at Foothill. “Dance uses the body as an instrument. Body lan...

The students who stayed

The students who stayed

Becka Shuere

April 26, 2018

Foothill was no exception to the national walkout that gripped the nation on April 20, led by the organizers of the Never Again movement. The students from the Ventura Unified School District (Ventura Unified) who participated marched approximately four miles to City Hall. The protest was a follow-up to a previou...

Red (slip) scare at Foothill

Red (slip) scare at Foothill

Sam Bova

April 21, 2018

Growing up in the shadow of gun violence, students across America participated in a school walkout on April 20, 2018, to advocate for their representatives to take legislative measures constituting effective gun reform. However, Foothill students attempting to leave campus for the effort were met wit...

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