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We will not be writing just for no reason, but hopefully we dont necessarily always know why we’re writing, we know only that there is a kind of insistence in language. Poems really do begin with playing, poet Philip Metres said.

The Poet’s Project: ‘I wrote those lines because they were true’

by Sarah Mohammed, Features Editor November 19, 2021

Philip Metres is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an award grant for exceptional creative thinkers to have time and space for their craft, and the author of 10 books, including his most recent collection...

The Jared Schonig Quintet rehearses during the master class before the concert last Friday. 
The quintet performed later that night in the Patil Theater from 7-9 p.m.

Jared Schonig Quintet performs for Harker Concert Series

by Olivia Xu, Reporter November 12, 2021

The Jared Schonig Quintet performed for the first act of the 2021-22 season of the Harker Concert Series in the Patil Theater at 7 p.m. last Friday after conducting an open master class at 3 p.m. the same...

Is art ever truly original?

Talk around campus: Is art ever truly original?

by Ella Yee, Reporter November 10, 2021

Is any work of art truly original, or are all creations simply extensions of what has already been made? Does the influence of an artist's individual emotions, experiences and biases make their work unique,...

An illustration of the clown from the popular horror movie It. The film, adapted from Stephen King’s novel and directed by Andy Muschietti, follows a group of children on their endeavor to hunt down a murderous child-killing predator.

Halloween’s haunting horror movies: Entertainment and fright

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor November 5, 2021

Beep beep beep. The electronic tune on a toy rocket starts playing. The noise, seemingly innocent, contrasts the dead silence of the scene. The father runs, but not fast enough, only to see his son get...

Benedick speaks about their marriage and love for Beatrice. In the swing cast, Benedick and Beatrice are played by Avayna Glass (9) and Sonya Apsey (10), respectively.

Students perform Fall Play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ as first in-person performance in over a year

by Kinnera Mulam, Reporter November 3, 2021

Multicolored lights spin as hues of pink and purple dance across the stage in harmony to the soft instrumental music flowing from the speakers. Soldiers and women don elaborate masks with shimmering silver...

Saumi Mehta (12), one of the four senior directors, participates in a staged reading of the play Squad Goals on Oct. 1. The student directors posted the cast lists for all the plays on Saturday.

Cast lists for 2022 Student Directed Showcase plays announced

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor October 21, 2021

The Student Directed Showcase (SDS) student directors announced the cast list for the 2022 SDS productions in a Schoology post on Saturday.  Performing Arts Director Laura-Lang Ree uploaded a post...

Intimations is an approximately 100 page series of essays in the form of a memoir written by Zadie Smith that was first  published in 2020. Smith is also the author of White Teeth and On Beauty.

Book Corner: “Nothing to be afraid of — we’ll get through this, all of us, together”

by Sarah Mohammed, Features Editor October 21, 2021

Entering Zadie Smith's “Intimations,” I expected to see loss alongside love, loneliness alongside care. I didn’t just expect it: I needed it — so I could try to do the same myself. As a writer,...

Sydney Ling (10) doodles on the Art Wall on Oct. 15. That day, the prompt was: “In one word, how are you feeling today?”

Art Wall’s return brings smiles to campus

by Alena Suleiman, Reporter October 19, 2021

Taking the shortcut to Main from Shah, Katelyn Zhao (10) wanders through two pillars engulfed in vines as she comes face to face with a large, rectangular chalkboard almost completely covered in colorful...

Chess master Beth Harmon concentrates over a chess board of pieces and pills. Netflix limited series The Queens Gambit broke numerous viewership records and won 11 Emmy awards.

“The Queen’s Gambit” television show breaks records, blending glamour with genius

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor October 17, 2021

When Netflix’s original series “The Queen’s Gambit” launched on Oct. 23, 2020, I didn’t watch the show right away. Over the following weeks, the cover image of a young woman with bright orange...

Student dancers extend one arm together while practicing part of their routine. The dancers started rehearsals on Wednesday.

Student choreographers begin Dance Production rehearsals

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor October 6, 2021

Dance Production rehearsals began this week for student-choreographed dances that will be performed in the “Blast from the Past” show in January of next year. Six dances, taught by 10 choreographers...

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” opened in theaters on Sept. 3 and instantly began to break records: first Marvel movie released exclusively in theaters since 2019, highest Labor Day box office opening, first Marvel movie to feature an Asian lead hero. It received 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, bringing it to fifth place out of all 25 Marvel movies according to the Tomatometer, tied with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Movie review: “Shang-Chi” makes waves as first Asian Marvel superhero movie

by Arely Sun, Aquila Co-Managing Editor September 30, 2021

As a Chinese American accustomed to seeing Asian faces excluded from blockbuster movies, I never thought I would see the quintessential Marvel theme song fade into a shot full of Chinese characters; I...

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Sunday at the L.A. Live complex. Here’s to the 73rd Emmys, and congratulations to the winners! 

Agree or disagree? Reactions to the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor September 24, 2021

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted on Sunday evening at the L.A. Live complex, sent home numerous television shows with a variety of awards: some deserved, and some I would have awarded… differently....

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