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Halloween Recipe: Spooky Marshmallow Cheesecake

By Richard Sanchez

This season’s Eats and Treats is Spooky Marshmallow Cheesecake. With the help from your friendly ghost Casper, let’s spook the crowd and have something cheesy.

This delectable treat takes 30 minutes to prepare, 1 hour and 30 minutes to bake, and 2 hours to chill and set.

Casper’s favorite treat has 479 calories, 30 grams of fat, 17 grams of saturates, 48 grams of carbs, 37 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and 0.6 grams of salt.

Items needed to begin your baking adventure are:

  • 300 g of cream-filled chocolate sandwich biscuits
  • 75 g melted butter
  • 180 g white mini marshmallows
  • 50 ml milk
  • 500 g full fat soft cheese
  • 200 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • For the ghost you need: 2 egg whites, 200 g caster sugar, and black writing icing.

•STEP 1

Start off with using a food processor or blender to turn the biscuits into fine crumbs. Pour your melted butter in with crumbs and blitz to combine them. Line a loose bottom cake tin with baking parchment. Pour crumb mixture into cake tin and press the mixture against the base and sides of the tin. Leave the tin in the fridge to chill while you make your filling.

•STEP 2

Put your marshmallows and milk into a sauce pan and put it on low-medium heat and stir until the marshmallows are melted. Let it cool down for a few minutes.

•STEP 3

Place your soft cheese, cream, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and whisk. Pour your warm marshmallow mixture in with your previous mixture and mix until smooth again. Remove your chilled biscuit base from the fridge and scrape your filling in, smooth the top and chill for 2 hours.

•STEP 4

Heat your oven to 250 degrees, line a baking tray with baking parchment, put egg whites in a large clean bowl with a pinch of salt and whisk till foamy. Beat 1 tbsp of sugar into your meringue and make sure it holds soft peaks.

•STEP 5

Spoon your meringue into a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle and add your ghost to the top of the cheese cake. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes then let it cool.

•STEP 6

When the meringue is cool, use your icing to carefully draw faces on your ghosts. Carefully remove the cheesecake from your tin and place on a plate or cake stand. You should keep the cake in the fridge for up to 2 days to let it all set but you can eat it once you’re finished.

Voila! You have created your very own spooky cheesecake to launch off this Halloween season, I hope you enjoy and make sure to look forward to next quarter’s recipe. If you are curious about any other Halloween recipes such as this, check out BBC Good Food.com.

This is RS signing off, Stay safe out there people. 

Film Review: Don’t Worry Darling Offers Drama on and off the Screen

By Karissa Meno 

Don’t Worry Darling is as excellent as it is suspicious, not only horrifying but a puzzle that is not so easy to start and not easy to find the pieces.

This 1950’s inspired film was directed by Olivia Wilde with screenplay by Katie Silberman. Editors include Jennifer Lame, Affonso Gonçalves, and Andrew Leven along with the beautiful costume design by Arianne Philips. The cast includes the very actress known for her suspenseful movies, Florence Pugh (Alice Chambers), Harry Styles (Jack Chambers), Chris Pratt (Frank), Gemma Chan (Shelley), Olivia Wilde (Bunny), Nick Kroll (Bill), Dita Von Teese (Gigi), and Timothy Simons (Dean).

Don’t Worry Darling has an important and emotional cast. Not only do they fit their roles but every character feels like a part of the small puzzle that is Don’t Worry Darling.

Summary: 

The 1950’s-themed movie shows our lovely couple Alice and Jack who live in the modern dream-like suburbia that is a small part of the experimental company named Victory. The company provides the houses that all the couples live in. With the provided houses, all the men go to work at the headquarters of Victory while the women stay home and fulfill their wifely duties or go shopping.

The town consists of fancy parties, neighborly get-togethers, elegant drinks, and the occasional ominous flashbacks. Everyone’s life is on a strict routine and everyone seems to comply, except for when one woman disagrees with the lifestyle everyones has taken up. This shakes up Alice, in particular, to investigate the strange goings-on that the town is hiding from the other wives and even causes some of them to step out of their routine. With the investigation, Alice leads into a deeper and more secretive vortex.

The Performances:

As I mentioned earlier, all the characters felt fit to play the role they were assigned, and it was only the matter of how they used the elements of their character to create that suspenseful atmosphere. Florence Pugh does an excellent job at portraying the troubled and impactful role of Alice. She uses her character to express the stress and concern of trying to find answers and figure out what the true story is throughout the movie. Pugh’s character makes you want the answers and to step out of the confinement their world offered.

The role of Harry Styles didn’t quite sit right with me throughout the movie. This is not to say his acting was substandard, but Styles didn’t give me the element of Jack that I was looking for. I felt Styles looked too sweet and humble to play Jack. I expected a more rigid and tough character who displays the components of the suburban male. Jack was able to communicate the secretive and mysterious persona, but so do all the other characters.

As for background characters–including Bunny, Frank, Gigi, Margret, and Bill–they all felt very secretive and somewhat evasive of their surroundings.They felt as if they wished to avoid all other issues and unanswered questions that were happening in their town. It was a “smile now and ask questions never” level of communication.

My Opinion: 

When starting the film, Don’t Worry Darling felt warm and cozy. The movie made me feel safe with the adoring modern and neat suburbia storyline. The concept of a routine filled and vibrant life along with classical mechanics of the 1950s has always been a genre and movie style I could admire.

As time went on in the movie, you start to see the world unraveling and the people breaking down. They had a good way of making you wonder what all of these scenes and messages meant. I was encouraged to come up with theories and possible conclusions of my own. The suspense was good, but when you think of horror you don’t think of Don’t Worry Darling. There were no true jumpscares but I was unsettled and nervous like I could feel something about to happen.

The music and the sounds are very important to pay attention to. The music makes you queasy and anxious and sometimes it is even enough for you to cover your eyes. There were scenes that made you flinch and made you have the strangest looks on your face.

The ending, on the other hand, wasn’t anything I was expecting, but not in a good way–it was different, but it wasn’t quite the spin I was looking for. I had hoped the ending would be more lurid, horrific, or contain an unexpected plot twist. Even though the movie tried to have a plot twist it didn’t come as a big surprise, and it was almost anticlimactic. The ending could have been worked better and give more of the twisted storyline to Don’t Worry Darling.


The Off-Camera Cast Gossip:

Later on after shooting and before the premiere of Don’t Worry Darling, there were possible disputes involving the cast. Most tense situations with the cast are mostly rumored or stated. Most alleged drama was surrounded by Olivia Wilde, and there were possible arguments between Florence Pugh and a new romance with Harry Styles. Even after these allegations most were confirmed or explained to be a misunderstanding. There were rumors stating that Harry Styles had spat on co-star Chris Pratt which was confirmed to not be true. Even during casting for Don’t Worry Darling, Harry Styles’ character, Jack, was supposed to be played by another actor which was eventually cut out due to scheduling conflict. Later on during filming, people thought that Pugh wasn’t approving of Styles and Wilde’s relationship even when there was no direct comment from any of the stars themselves about the relationship.

Don’t Worry Darling is an anticipatory movie with much potential that almost hit a climax but didn’t quite fit the horror aspect it set out to achieve. It is still an enjoyable and interesting movie that I would recommend to people if they enjoy the colorful aesthetics of the 1950s incorporated with the horror of living a routine life.

Wordle: A New Way to Explore the English Language

By: Joseph Kilis

Now, if you have not heard of Worlde, the hit word-guessing puzzle game overcoming Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram feeds around the globe, I’m convinced that you live under a rock. Sorry if that was a little harsh, but I’m going to be seriously surprised if you say you’ve never heard of it, let alone have not seen those stacked green, yellow, and black squares. Go try it out for yourself, you might enjoy it. (Yes, I don’t mind if you stop reading this story, just come back once you’re done to realize how right I am.)

You see, I’m not one to fall through the rabbit hole of what’s trending or not, but this game (for some odd reason) has got me quite obsessed. I can’t go a day without playing it; but why? Why does almost every student and teacher need to play this game on the daily? I get that teachers probably think it’s cool their students are “into vocabulary words” all of a sudden, but why do we, as the human species (I know, very broad, but you get the gist) feel so drawn to play an online word game?

Competition. Competition, competition, competition. I am going to humble myself, and go on and say that I am an extremely competitive person. Sports aren’t up my alley, so I think I manage to use all that competitive energy within this game. In case you are not aware, Wordle functions kind of like Wheel of Fortune; except instead of guessing fun phrases its five-lettered words. Every twenty-four hours, you get only six chances to correctly guess one word by inputting in other words to find letters that are in said “word of the day.” (Sorry for saying the word “word” way too much, I’m starting to think that this Wordle story is getting a little wordy.) Anyway, when you get a correct letter in the correct spot, the square around it turns green. But, if you were to guess a letter that is in the incorrect spot in the word, it would turn yellow. Using the letters that you input, you need to find the correct word. (If this was confusing, just play it for yourself; it’s free!)

Anyway, back to competition. It’s always a great feeling to see that you correctly guessed a hard word in three tries when everyone else got it in four or more tries; and I think this is one of the reasons people are flocking back to Wordle day in and day out. This competitive aspect is what makes this game engaging for families and friends, as they all share their scores with others to brag about their score. Trust me, I have a whole group chat called “Wordle” on my phone, just for my family to go back and forth with their scores. The competitiveness of this game is very apparent, because if it wasn’t, I don’t think it would have been this popular.

On top of this competitive part of the game, another reason this game became such a hit (and so addicting) was because you could only play once a day. If there were unlimited words to guess, it would diminish the reason to post your score. You still could post your score, but it would mean a lot less since you are bound to have a good round every once in a while. The time limit makes it all the more competitive, and (in my opinion) that much more fun.

Simplicity and accessibility is also a very important thing to note when talking about Wordle’s success. It is probably one of the simplest games out there; just type in words and pray you do good. It is a simple premise, but also can be very challenging; I’ve had days that I have wanted to give up (but then I remembered that I needed to show off my score, so I continued). The challenging part of this is brought on by the player, since usually the word is painfully simple (with exceptions to the words “ulcer” and “cynic.” I HATED THOSE!) This game, in a way, shows the consequences of our own actions; if you put in a bad word, that’s on you.

Back to the point of accessibility, Literally just look up “wordle” in your browser. It literally is that simple. And also, to mention that this is free, also widens the population of people playing. For someone as broke as I am, it’s nice to be in on something that connects everyone without spending a dollar.

The collaborative aspect is also very special, as it brings many people together to talk about something harmless, such as a word that they guessed. In a world with such division, it is really nice to have a harmless puzzle game bring family and friends together. Heck, a woman was even saved from being held hostage because of Wordle. (Yes, it’s true. Look it up.) This game that unifies us all is really something special, and I think is one of the main reasons I enjoy the game so much. (Other than showing off, that’s fun too.)

On the surface, Wordle is just a simple daily puzzle game that challenges the mind. But it has grown to connect families and friends, build vocabularies–save lives, even–and provide some harmless competition for the competitive ones out there.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, go do that right now! Just don’t spoil the word for anyone. They won’t appreciate it.

(I feel the need to mention we aren’t sponsored or anything fancy like that. I just really enjoy this game.)

Bob Saget- A Remembrance

By: Brian Scott

On January 9, 2022 Bob Saget, one of the world’s most beloved TV dads and comedians, sadly passed away in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida. Bob Saget will be remembered by not only his loving wife Kelly Rizzo and his children Aubrey, Jennifer, and Lara but also his TV children Jodie Sweetin, Candace Cameron Bure, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen and the world. Dying at the young age of 65, many people around the world are remembering him by watching his hit show Full House, where he starred as Danny Tanner or by watching his time as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, for which he was also well-known.

Bob Saget will always be remembered as the man who took the 20th century by storm. Bob will always be loved, adored and remembered by his loving personality and outgoing spirit. The cast of Full House wrote a tribute to Bob saying this: “Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls, and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”

Rest in peace Bob Saget

1956-2022

Honoring Vicente Fernández

By: Itzmali Vasquez and Diego Avalos

Vicente Fernández was born February 17, 1940. He was born and raised in Huentitán del Alto, Jalisco, Mexico to a poor family and had to work since his childhood to maintain himself. He was forced to drop out of school in the fifth grade to help support his family. He entered a singing contest in Guadalajara when he was 14, and won first place. That win gave him the confidence to start performing in restaurants and weddings. In the summer of 1966, Fernández signed with CBS México (now Sony Music) and recorded his first hits: “Tu Camino y El Mío,” “Perdóname” and “Cantina del Barrio.” Fernández ‘ recording career had begun. Other hits followed including “Soy de Abajo,” “Ni en Defensa Propia” and “Palabra del Rey.”  

Fernández also branched out into movies. His first film was Uno y Medio Contra el Mundo. He won his first Grammy Award 2010 Fernández was awarded his first Grammy Award for best regional Mexican album for his record Necesito de Tí — which he also earned a Latin Grammy Fernández’s work earned him three Grammy Awards, nine Latin Grammy Awards, fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sold over 50 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all time. Maria del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor, a.k.a. Maria Abarca Villaseñor is Vicente Fernandez’s wife.  The couple met in Huentitán and later got married on 27 December 1963 the two were married for almost 58 years and had 4 kids.

Fernández died in Guadalajara in his home state of Jalisco. He had been hospitalized for four months after a fall at his ranch. Fernández suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome, which made it difficult for him to recover; he was buried at Los Tres Potrillos. He was a strong enough artist that he could take our deepest desires, our passions, and our pain, and he could get up on stage for the world to see and release them. He had a huge impact on mariachi music. Vicente Fernandez’s memorial service was held just 12 hours after his passing, with thousands of people in attendance. There wasn’t a moment without the melodies that the iconic Mexican charro gifted to the world. Throughout the memorial service, videos of Fernández’s most iconic performances filled the back screen and his voice rang throughout the crowd. His beautiful words will live on forever in the hearts of his fans all over the world.

The Book Of Boba Fett Review

By: Orion

The Book of Boba Fett released its season finale on February 9th on Disney+, with 7 episodes to boast, each of which run from about 50 to 60 minutes. The series serves as a sequel/spinoff of The Mandalorian and by extension the Return of The Jedi with many of the pivotal cast members from the Mandalorian returning to reprise their roles. ​​Temuera Morrison returns as the titular character, Ming-Na Wen and Pedro Pascal also return respectively as Fennec Shand and Din Djarin. Others who reprise their roles are Timothy Olyphant (Cobb Vanth), Emily Swallow (The Armorer), Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka Tano), Corey Burton as the voice of Cad Bane (portrayed physically by Dorian Kingi), and most notably Mark Hamill voicing Luke Skywalker (Graham Hamilton as the onset performer).

The story begins right after the ending of the second season of The Mandalorian with Boba Fett becoming the new Daimyo of Tatooine after taking it from Bib Fortuna who succeeded Jabba the Hutt after his death. Flashbacks also occur early within the first half of the season, they tell of Boba’s escape from the sarlacc pit, his travels and tragedies of traveling with Tusken Raiders, even some scenes of his boyhood in Kamino.

The Tuskens capturing him and making him one of their own after he earns their respect has had a profound impact on his outlook on life, it explains his transition from ruthless bounty hunter to a more diplomatic anti-hero. He has trouble earning the respect and tribute of the local crime bosses and citizens of Mos Espa without outright using an iron fist like his predecessors. He instead uses more favors and his reputation along with job offers to those in need and alliance compromises to gain what he wants. In a departure from his original characterization, Boba is much more forgiving than his comic/movie past self which works towards his benefit as his forgiveness gains him many allies against the criminal Pike Syndicate.

The Pikes are the main antagonists of the show and are the reason why Boba didn’t stay with Tuskens as they were killed by the Pikes without his knowledge (ironically when he was going to town to strike a deal with them on behalf of the Tuskens). Distraught and saddened, Boba sets out to find his armor that he lost and his old ship from Bib with the help of a now partially cyberized Fennec Shand who he saved to enlist her help. He then takes his revenge on a speed biker gang he thought responsible and goes off with Fennec to the events of the Mandalorian to find his armor. Boba has to deal with a wookie bounty hunter sent by Jabba’s twin cousins and unemployed bandit cyborg youths, all of which he recruits as his employees as a way to reconcile their differences and keep as allies.

Meanwhile, the story checks on Din Djarin, his travels as a bounty hunter without Grogu, his defending of the title of holding the darksaber from other mandalorians, and his rejection from his mandalorian tribe by revealing his face to someone else willingly. After getting a new ship Din and promising to help Fennec, Din travels to visit Grogu training with Luke Skywalker on a forest planet. He wants to give him a beskar chain mail gift in person and he meets Ahsoka Tano and R2-D2 who promise to give it to Grogu, of which Luke does and offers Grogu a choice to be a jedi or be with Din again.

Boba has to strike a truce of neutrality with the lower criminal lords and Mos Espa mayor to not join the Pikes in their slave spice trade, and has Din to embark on the help of Cobb Vanth and his people of Freetown. The Pikes in turn bomb a local Mos Espa club called the Sancturay and hire Cad Bane to kill Cobb in hopes it would scare his people into not joining Boba and letting the spice trade run through. Boba (who at this point is very much opposed to the spice trade) is learned of the truth by Cad Bane that the Pikes are the ones who killed his Tusken tribe; to add insult to injury, the local crime lords have revolted against Boba in favor of the Pikes. The people of Freetown and Grogu (who chose to be with Din) with the help of R2, have come in Boba’s time of need to help him and his allies defeat the Pikes/Cad Bane and their coalition. Boba confronts and kills Cad Bane, effectively killing the last part of past bounty hunter life and has Fennec assassinate the rest of the local crime/Pike leaders who are hiding on Mos Eisley. The story wraps up with Boba and his allies earning the respect of Mos Espa, and Din leaving with Grogu.     Overall the show had high viewership but mixed reviews from both critics and audiences alike with the show having some highs and lows, particularly with the character departure of Boba from his more established characterization.

Angels Tijuana Tacos Review

By: Isaiah Almanza

Angel’s Tijuana Tacos is beyond just your average taco stand. Angel’s is located around the Los Angeles area and locations vary but you can find them on their Instagram page @angelstijuanatacos. 

Angel’s offers flavor and tenderness to its various selections of meat such as Carne Asada (Steak), Al Pastor (Marinated Pork), Pollo (Chicken), Buche (Pork Stomach), Chorizo (Pork Sausage), and Cabeza (Beef Head). Angel’s menu consists of tacos, molitas, and beverages.

While Angel’s is known for their tacos they also have their signature Angel’s Potatoes, which are a mix of queso and pastor and they put it on a grilled potato with toppings of your choice and with their freshly made corn tortillas and if you don’t feel like having tortillas you can also get a queso shell. It is perfection and is fried perfectly. Their food is quite filling and is known for its size and quantity.

Strange But True! Odd News from Around the World

By: Oliver Cisneros

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/02/03/pentagon-security-finds-chicken-henny-penny/6646499001/

Chicken Wandering around the Pentagon

“The loose hen was found early Monday morning near the U.S. Department of Defense headquarters, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Virginia, wrote on social media.”

https://www.foxla.com/news/cow-wanders-onto-210-freeway-in-lakeview-terrace-area

Cow Loose on the Streets

“A steer is safe in a pen after leading authorities on a chase along the freeway, through a parking lot, and into a local yard Wednesday afternoon.”

https://www.npr.org/2022/02/12/1080142361/valentines-day-roach-zoo-name

Name a Cockroach for Valentine’s Day

“The Bronx Zoo’s Name a Roach program, now in its 11th year, offers an unusual way to show your undying love. For $15, you can name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your special someone. The money benefits the Wildlife Conservation Society, a nonprofit organization, the zoo’s website says.”

Dog Saved with Sausages

“Volunteers from a drone pet rescue organization became desperate to find Millie, a Jack Russell-Whippet cross, so resorted to attaching her favorite snack to the devices to lure her to safety.”

https://news.sky.com/story/bette-midler-west-virginia-governor-jim-justice-raises-dogs-backside-in-the-air-and-tells-actress-to-kiss-her-hiney-12527782

Bette Midler Told to “Kiss a Dog’s Hiney”

“The governor of West Virginia lifted up his dog, raised its backside in the air, and told actress Bette Midler to “kiss her hiney!” – as bizarre scenes played out in the state’s capitol building.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/02/15/mexico-birds-falling-sky/

Birds Suddenly Drop From the Sky

“The residential street in Cuauhtémoc — a city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, some 216 miles away from Texas — was seemingly quiet when, in one fell swoop, a cloud of birds suddenly dropped from the sky.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/-batman-screening-interrupted-real-bat-released-theaters-prank-rcna19247

Live Bat Disrupts Batman Movie

“A moviegoer released a live bat at a recent showing of “The Batman” in Austin, Texas — forcing theater employees to interrupt the movie as animal control officers tried to remove the flying mammal from the premises.”

Top 10 Love Songs of All Time

(In no particular order and entirely my opinion; subject to change)

By Orion

“Pale Blue Eyes” by The Velvet Underground

A very beautiful acoustic song about Lou Reed’s former lover, who despite her marriage they still both have feelings for each other but cannot express them openly.

“Hey Mama” by Ye

“Hey Mama” is much more of a familiar love ballad that Ye dedicated to his now late mother Donda West, who constantly supported him throughout his career until her death and raised him as a single mother.

“Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin

Aretha’s vocals here are, as always, beautiful but somehow even more operatic; and the universal lyrics are about breaking down defensive boundaries within a relationship to get closer to each other.

“I Will” by Mitski

“I Will” represents the more simple everyday domestic pleasures of being with your lover, along with staying devoted even through tough times.

“Me and Your Mama” by Childish Gambino

The psychedelic soulful rock here is something truly special, and Gambino’s screamed vocals at his utter devotion to his woman only serve to amplify the song as a whole.

“Ivy” by Frank Ocean

“Ivy,” in my opinion, is Frank’s best song — an amazing somber guitar riff combined with Frank’s perfect vocals with a higher pitch in some parts, that talks about young love and maturing up to having that love be broken apart but with the feelings still remaining.

“Love” by Kid Cudi

“Love” is one of those songs for continuing on. Even if you struggle with finding love, you will still find it and  never give up your pursuit, as everyone gets lonely. The lyrics, combined with the uplifting guitar and almost lullaby-ish intro, serve to make for some of Cudi’s best work.

“Nothing Even Matters” by Lauryn Hill, feat. D’Angelo

Lauryn Hill delivers a beautiful, soulful vocalization on the uniqueness of love over anything else. D’Angelo’s verses only serve to amplify the idea of love over material possessions and that they essentially need nothing more than love.

“Apocalypse” by Cigarettes After Sex

“Apocalypse” contains the themes about past relationships and their effect on current ones, with Greg Gonzalzes’ dreamy vocals and soundscapes urging his lover to continue on with him even if it ends the same as the past.

“Soreha Tadano Kibunsa” (English Translation: “It’s Just A Feeling”) by Fishmans

This soft, psychedelic J-rock ballad is purely soothing to the ears with the very mature theme of loving and listening to your partner even when they’re not at their best being surrounded by sadness and both physically and mentally exhausted.

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