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The Mirror

Richard Feynman was quite the curious character. He ascended to the highest forms of academia at Princeton, Cornell and Caltech, yet remained a prankster at heart.

Richard Feynman and the art of teaching

Or, why the bongo guy in “Oppenheimer” is more important than he was portrayed to be
By Daimler Koch, Online Editor-in-Chief Aug 29, 2023
Or, why the bongo guy in “Oppenheimer” is more important than he was portrayed to be

Easing back into normalcy: LAUSD relaxes pandemic policies

Superintendent Carvalho recently made the decision to relax pandemic policies, and urged students with mild cold symptoms to show up to school.
By Baron Kim, Staff Aug 25, 2023
Superintendent Carvalho recently made the decision to relax pandemic policies, and urged students with mild cold symptoms to show up to school.
Hurricane Hilary is expected to make landfall on Sunday August 20. Here is a satellite image from the National Weather Service, showing the storm swirling off the coast of Baja California in the warm ocean water.

Hurricane Hilary could hit Hollywood

The National Hurricane Center predicts heavy rain, strong winds, with a side of hurricane. Could school be cancelled? Hard to predict.
By Olamide Olumide, News/Features Editor Aug 18, 2023
The National Hurricane Center predicts heavy rain, strong winds, with a side of hurricane. Could school be cancelled? Hard to predict.
Coach Cox is faced with many unique challenges after switching over from football to softball.

Coach Cox trades in football for softball

Coach Cox helped form a team that gets along and is able to communicate effectively, share ideas and work towards a common goal. 
By Emely Arevalo, Staff Writer Jun 7, 2023
Coach Cox helped form a team that gets along and is able to communicate effectively, share ideas and work towards a common goal. 
FIVE-STAR WONDER: Senior Joselyn Giron has held a passion for sports since she was six, with her most recent endeavor being basketball.

Super athlete: Why pick one sport when you can sweat through five?

In the grand tradition of teenage overachievement, senior Joselyn Giron conjured up quite the audacious plan last summer.
By Jaden Gervacio, Staff Jun 5, 2023
In the grand tradition of teenage overachievement, senior Joselyn Giron conjured up quite the audacious plan for the 2022-2023 school year.
Starbucks prices have been rising, with prices going up by 6% in 2022, discouraging some customers from purchasing their coffee.

Starbucks: The coffee chain that stomps on other coffee shops

PERKING UP PRICES: Starbucks has been criticized for having overpriced products compared to other franchises in the nation.
By Ana Villalva Jun 5, 2023
PERKING UP PRICES: Starbucks has been criticized for having overpriced products compared to other franchises in the nation.
A beyond meat plant-based burger at a supermarket.

From pork to pea protein: Plant-based alternatives to red meat

Plant based meat can be a delicious alternative to replace the traditional red meat.
By Wendy Gonzalez, Staff Writer May 29, 2023
Plant based meat can be a delicious alternative to replace the traditional red meat.
Although more and more students quality for voting age, many are without proper guidance.

Tips for when it’s time to vote

Mia Ramirez gives a couple pointers to prepare new student voters.
By Mia Ramirez, Staff May 18, 2023
Mia Ramirez gives a couple pointers to prepare new student voters.
Joselyn Giron, #4, uses her guarding skills to not let the San Fernando player get past her.

A new girls basketball coach is seeking athletes for her upcoming team

Girls basketball season has officially started, and they're kicking off the season with a new coach.
By Isabel Valles, Athletics Editor May 15, 2023
Girls basketball season has officially started, and they're kicking off the season with a new coach.
Disneys original plan for Tomorrowland was to create a blueprint of the future circa 1986. Today, however, the land has strayed far from that goal, with it becoming an amalgamation of Star Wars, the 80s, and Jules-Verne-esque architecture.

Disneyland’s Tomorrowland is stuck in yesterday

Victorian steampunk. The ‘80s. The Space Age. What do these have in common? Disney’s failure to live up to the promise of the future, of course.
By Daimler Koch and Docette Danialypour May 8, 2023
Victorian steampunk. The ‘80s. The Space Age. What do these have in common? Disney’s failure to live up to the promise of the future, of course.
There has never been a single standard of beauty; the standards have changed based on what is most beneficial to the oppressive systems of the time. 

The horrors of beauty standards

By Alexa Ballesteros, Staff Writer May 2, 2023
Beauty standards, the patriarchy’s best friend. It’s sad, really, to see not only what beauty standards have done to our current society, but why they have become the way that they are now.  
The two main characters of the film, Mario and Luigi, as they celebrate their hard work forming their own plumbing business.

Let’s-A-Go to the Movies: The Super Mario Bros. film is surprisingly entertaining.

Is the new Super Mario Bros. Movie worth watching? Find out in this spoiler free review!
By Alexis Martinez, Staff Writer Apr 17, 2023
Is the new Super Mario Bros. Movie worth watching? Find out in this spoiler free review!
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