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A Look Into Earth Overshoot Day

By Michael ChenStaff Writer As a growing population, we are responsible for understanding our impact on the environment, and although the environment has been a growing concern over the past several years, there are still many unique areas of study that we may not be aware about. If you are anything like me, you are...

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Thrifting Threatened: the Gentrification of Thrift Stores

By Yasna RahmaniStaff Writer Shoulder bags, low rise jeans, vintage slips, button-up cardigans, baby graphic tees, and the list goes on and on. Ever since 2018, vintage clothes have been making a comeback, and it’s taken the fashion industry through a transformation, especially recently during lockdown when the y2k fashion trends caught quite a bit...

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Social Justice on Social Media

By SYDNEY GAWStaff Writer In light of recent events, including numerous protests, political debates, natural disasters, and other civil disturbances, there has been an international call to action for increased advocacy for important human rights issues.  Since the beginning of quarantine, technology has had an ever-increasing presence in our lives, even more so for younger...

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Humor: An Update from University Plank

By KRISHNA KHAWANI Staff Writer Dear Students, We here at University Plank hope that you are staying safe during the COVID-19 crisis! Now while we understand that this may be a difficult time for many, we are here to let you know what you will still have the “opportunity” to take your Accelerated Position exam(s)!...

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Dear Class of 2020…

By HARRISON HILL Staff Writer This year’s seniors, including myself, will be graduating in less than two weeks, and the entire class will enter the next phase of life. Students will be moving to colleges around the country come fall, others committing to different military branches, and some taking time to explore what this post-high...

What to Bake During Quarantine
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What to Bake During Quarantine

By ELAINE ZHOU Staff Writer Classic Banana and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Start your morning off with a nice breakfast. Turn up the song Banana Pancakes By Jack Johnson while you wait for your pancakes to cook. Ingredients 1 ½ cup flour 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 ¼ cups milk 2...

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Tips for Working at Home

By CLAIRE CHOI Staff Writer I associate my home as a place of comfort, a sanctuary to come to after a long day of working. For the past few years, my daily routine has consisted of going to school, then extracurriculars, and then a local coffee shop or library to finish homework. The minute I...

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Coronavirus: A New Way of Life

By CLAIRE CHOI Staff Writer In this difficult and surreal time, looking after our mental and physical wellbeing and caring for those around us has never been more important. One of the hardest aspects of what we are all going through is the uncertainty. I truly believe that making the most of an unfortunate circumstance...

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Staying Productive During Quarantine

By Harrison Hill Staff Writer Within the past several weeks, COVID-19  has spread rapidly throughout Europe, Asia, and now the United States, forcing schools to close until the end of the school year. A stay-at-home order was put into effect, so with you trapped in your home indefinitely, what now?  Many people, including myself, were...

Bot Nation 2.0: The School Away From School
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Bot Nation 2.0: The School Away From School

By KRISHNA KHAWANI Staff Writer March 13, 2020 marked a momentous day for students in Irvine Unified School District (IUSD), for it was the day that the district announced the switch to Emergency Distance Learning (EDL). Many expected this decision, as the district followed the precedent set by a variety of other school districts and...