Library Nightmare

Katherine M., journalist

The scratches of hurried scribbling and the whirr of new printers accompanied by hushed voices comprise the ambiance of the library. Sometimes an occasional giggle of a free-spirited toddler, or a muffled sound of a police siren in the distance disrupts the peace, but peace soon returns, even more appreciated than before. Fresh oak bookshelves patiently wait for inquisitive minds to take interest in a book. They stand in line with the other bookshelves, proud and tall, knowing that their books are the best. The rhythm of the library’s noise is almost circular: First, a mouse goes “click, click”. Second, somebody’s footsteps quietly resound off of the carpeted floor, the subtle noise becoming undetectable as they stroll away. Third, a scholar or a student flips a page of their textbook. Then, “click, click”. 

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Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader: Best Friends for Ten Years

Credit: https://www.ign.com/articles/star-wars-movies-tv-shows-chronological-order 

Jenna M., journalist

Ten years ago, on October 30th 2012, the Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. While some Star Wars fans cheered and others were hesitant, all eyes were on Disney. Within the last ten years, Disney’s impact on that galaxy far, far away has been tremendous with new movies, television shows, and additions to Disney Parks across the world. 

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Investment 101: Determining Your Investment Portfolio

Chloe L., journalist

An investment portfolio is a collection of your financial investments. For simplicity’s sake, I will limit it to stocks and bonds. Stocks are the more riskier option, but offer the highest possible return for your money, while bonds are a safer form of investment that usually have lower interest rates (meaning a lower return).

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Book Review: Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P. Manansala – (Review by Gabriel T.) 

Gabriel T., journalist

I have so much love for Mia’s writing and the world she has built with Lila and all of Shady Palms. It had been so long since I had read a Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery, so of course I was overjoyed to be reading Mia’s amazing writing again. While this is the third book in the series, these books are written so they can be read as stand-alones or out of order as well. 

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Gender Inequality in STEM

Lauren B., journalist

What do you think of when you think of someone who works in STEM?  A man in a lab coat?  A man traveling through a jungle?  A man exploring a cave?  Or perhaps someone a little out of the ordinary: a woman.  Today, women make up half of our population, yet they make up less than 30% of all STEM workers.  I want to be one of those STEM workers, but I don’t want to be the only woman in the room.  We must do more to encourage girls like me to go into STEM.

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A Travel Guide to Taipei, Taiwan

Diane K., journalist

Since the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism in Taiwan has stalled because of strict border restrictions. However, the Taiwanese government recently announced that it will lift its border restrictions starting Oct. 13. Because I have been traveling around Taiwan for the past few months, I’ve decided to introduce a few of the most popular tourist attractions in Taiwan, starting with Taipei. 

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