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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.

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.

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.

History of Valentine’s Day

By Ros Avila

Saint Valentine’s Day began February 14th, 496 A.D in Rome. Pope Galasius I, started the Feast of Saint Valentine’s Day as a celebration of love, romance, and commemoration of Saint Valentine. Saint Valentine was a priest who helped couples get married in secret because the emperor made it illegal to get married. The emperor found out about Valentine’s actions and had him arrested and executed. 

Some people believe that Valentine’s Day is also an offshoot of Lupercalia. Lupercalia is an ancient Roman purification ceremony that promoted health and fertility; it was celebrated on February 15th. One of its rituals started off by single men sacrificing goats and dogs, then single women’s clothes were removed and the man whipped them with the skins of the sacrificed animals. Then the men picked the women by random and the woman they chose was theirs for the day. The festival was originally known as Februa (which means “purification”), and its name, of course, became the name of the month in which the festival occurred.

Lupercalia ritual

Modern day Valentine’s Day customs like sending greeting cards, candy, & flowers developed in early modern England and spread throughout the English-speaking world in the 1800s.

Letters from Secret Admirers

Messages of Love from our Readers on Valentine’s Day

During the week of February 7-11, we asked our readers to send in anonymous messages to their special Valentine. Here is what we received. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Dear Mr. Wes,

Every day you bring us music and sometimes laughter, but you always bring us L>O>V>E! Thank you for your years of service and for always shouting out to us teachers, reminding us that we are in the right place at the right time to do the right things for the kids at our school. You are inspiring.

-Love, a secret admirer


I really like this boy. He’s in my 1st and 2nd period. We went to the same middle school and we weren’t really close back then; but when we entered high school, I became closer with him. That’s when my feelings started to build up. For a while I didn’t suspect that I liked him but the closer I got to him, the more my feelings started to build up. I finally suspected that I liked him a few weeks ago but he’s moving away soon so I wanna tell him but I don’t wanna ruin our friendship… So I’m saying it here!


Em,

I love you and you make me the happiest I’ve ever been, and you’re so special to me.


I love you Kevin Gonzalez


To Oliver:

Happy Valentine’s Day and 3-Year Anniversary to my love, my everything. Thank you for always being there for me and always knowing what to say when I’m upset. I will cherish you forever and I can’t wait to see what life after high school will bring us<3 I love you.


To my greatest love,

Even with the years we’ve known each other I feel like I’ve known you forever. As the months and years go by, my love for you becomes greater. Even through the ups and downs of our relationship I can proudly say that I have met the one for me. No person will ever be better than you in any way. Your love for me is nothing compared to what life may throw our way. To another Valentine’s Day and many more years of our relationship. I will always love you.

-B.B.


You’d look beautiful when you’d smile, and your laughter was contagious. Two years have passed and this stays true. Despite the fact that you were an irksome individual at the beginning, I couldn’t help thinking about you.


Happy Valentine’s Day ! I love you 🙂

Always ❤


Dear Juliette,

Thank you for doing your work in yearbook. I hope you seek the help we’ve talked about needing!


oh my goonies dear noelani

I am so in love with you please go out with me. I’m on my knees begging. Please because its you, you’re the one that I want. It’s only you until the end of time. Please kiss me right now. I’m just kidding, not here. Not in the public. Wait… actually please do so everyone can see. Also, wanna marry me?

-your true love <33


To my beloved,

The moment I laid eyes on you I knew it was love at first sight. From the moment I wake up to the moment I close my eyes, all I can think of is you. I cherish the times and every little moment we spend together. You keep me going. You keep me happy. You motivate me.

I love you Edmund


Dear Edmund,

The way you look at me makes me feel different, like no other can make me feel. Each time I step onto campus, the I receive fascination from the same air we breathe. I am nothing but devoted to you; you make feel like no other.

I love you.

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