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A picture capturing a main quote from the book Beautiful Boy.

Have you seen my Beautiful Boy?

Alec Conley, Editor-in-chief October 4, 2023

“Have you seen him? Have you seen my beautiful boy? Tell him I miss him.” - David Sheff, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through his Son’s Addiction. Beautiful Boy, written by David Sheff...

Grant Viers enjoying TOTK on his Nintendo Switch in class

Tears of The Kingdom: Switching into a New Adventure

Nikhil Mehrotra, Freelancer May 24, 2023

Recently the highly anticipated video game Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom came out. TOTK is a sequel to 2017 Legend of Zelda’s Breath of the Wild.  While BOTW was the series first foray into...

A collage of Taylor Swift at different moments performing at one of her Eras tour concerts.

Midnight Rain at the Eras Tour — Literally

Claire Kim, Staff Reporter May 16, 2023

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour is one of the biggest events in pop culture that’s happening right now. Taylor Swift, multi-Grammy award-winning American singer and songwriter, has kicked off the legendary...

Dead Poets Society Isnt So Dead After All

“Dead Poets Society” Isn’t So Dead After All

Claire Kim, Staff Reporter February 6, 2023

“Carpe, Carpe Diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.” - Mr. Keating “Dead Poets Society” is a film everyone should watch at least once in their life. Awarded the Oscar for Writing...

Some of the various matcha selections on the menu

Premium Matcha Cafe Maiko Review

Katie Fernandez Vargas, Staff Reporter February 6, 2023

Premium Matcha Cafe Maiko is a cafe that specializes in creating visually appealing and aesthetically pleasing sweets made with matcha. This cafe originated in Hawaii and now has multiple locations, including...

Dont Worry Darling advertisement showing Harry Styles and Florence Pugh in bed together.

Don’t Worry Darling was a Cause for Worry, Darling

Hannah Speed, Staff Reporter November 22, 2022

Before its release on Sep. 23, 2022, Don’t Worry Darling was causing ripples, or maybe waves, in the entertainment industry. From the public set drama, to the cast stacked with fame, many had heard of...

Sun coming through the trees of a forest during the fall.

A Fall Playlist (Featuring Mountainside’s Students)

Hannah Speed and Kayley Ramirez October 27, 2022

Many love to experience pieces of the current season in the media they are consuming. This could be movies, shows, or in this case, music. Gathering 8 of the author's favorite fall songs, and many of Mountainside...

The cast of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 rehearsing the show on Oct. 10th, 2022. Shown in photographs are Hayden Cota, Orion Hardin, Jett Gomez, Tyler Douglas, Shayan Khayambashi, Megan Recktenwald, Lauren Thompson, Carter Poindexter, and Maksim Smotkin.

Mountainside Theatre Presents: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Ramona Washburn Dolson, Staff Reporter October 26, 2022

It has spectacular humor, gasp-worthy drama, a meet-cute romance, secret passageways and ruthless murder. It’s “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”. The annual fall play performed by the Mountainside...

James, L. (2022). Taylor Swift announces new album Midnights after VMAs 2022

Taylor Swift Releases 10th Album, “Midnights!”

Kailea Golis and Ramona Washburn Dolson October 21, 2022

With nine record-breaking original albums, two re-recorded albums and 11 Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift has created a world dominating empire. The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards (the VMA’s) on Sunday Aug....


What to do During Beltane

Sidney Ambrose, Staff Reporter May 1, 2022

What Beltane is About: Beltane [Bell-tane] is a holiday, typically on or around May 1st, that is the midpoint between Spring and Summer and can be traced to some of the earliest Irish literature and...

Food taste test

Podcast Contest: Second Place Foodio Studio

Alec Conley, Andrew Acevedo, and Watsyn Tibbetts April 27, 2022

Judges notes: "Culturally informing" Alec Conley "Zesty, fun, and engaging" Andrew Acevedo

Gender Roles

Podcast Contest: First Place The Gender-Based Double Standard

Judges Notes: "Woke af" Watsyn Tibbitts "Important discussions with important connotations" Alec Conley

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