Volleyball makes historic run to NorCal semifinals

The girls’ varsity volleyball team went the furthest that any Burlingame volleyball team has ever gone: the NorCal semifinals.That semifinals game ended the team’s season with a loss against James Logan High School. The Panthers had over 20 wins and only five losses this entire season.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

Movies to watch this Holiday Season

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By Hanna Sato and Payton Toomey

Bad Moms Christmas

In this sequel of Bad Moms, three “bad moms” struggle to live up to the expectation of creating the perfect Christmas. As their own mothers drop in unexpectedly, they crack under the pressure and rebel against the idea of the “picture perfect Christmas” that other moms of the community have seemingly created.

According to New York Times reporter Jeanette Catsoulis, this comedy film appeared to be anything but that. Catsoulis found the film had very few redeeming qualities, which included the casting of Christine Baranski and Kathryn Hahn. Rotten Tomatoes agreed with Catsoulis’ review, giving the film a drastic 27%, saying the film fell short compared to the last.

However, sophomore Julia Doherty did not agree with either review and found the movie to be a great continuation of the first film.

“I thought the movie was really funny and a lot people would really enjoy it,” Doherty said. “It was hilarious and a funny way to start the Christmas season.”

In the end, audiences must decide for themselves about what these bad moms bring to the holiday season and if Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn can continue to show the world what it means to be a “bad mom.”

 

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Star Wars The Last Jedi

The much anticipated eighth film of the Star Wars series will be released on Dec. 15. This film will follow protagonist Rey’s journey to master “the force” under the guidance of Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi remaining. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to battle the infamous Kylo Ren and the First Order, under the guidance of General Leia Organa. Hopefully, the film will answer the questions left unanswered in the last film. For many, the seventh film ended on a bittersweet note, as they witnessed the death of the beloved Han Solo, but saw the return of the legendary Luke Skywalker within the last few seconds of the film. The 2015 film previous broke several box office records including highest-grossing film in North America in 2015 and made roughly $2 billion in box office. Audiences expect their high standards from the previous films to be met by director Rian Johnson. The movie will continue to feature actors from the first films, released as early as 1977, including Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa).

 

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Standing at number one in the box office, the Disney-Pixar movie, “Coco” has been a hit since the time it was released in theaters. Based on Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), this movie is about an adorable boy named Miguel with a passion for music and love for Ernesto de la Cruz, a famous singer, despite his family’s ban on all music. Soon, Miguel finds himself in the lively Land of the Dead where he reunites with old family members and learns some new facts about his family’s past. Families of all sizes and shapes would find this movie wonderful due to the strong family aspect throughout the film. As Miguel looks more into his history, audiences find a new sense of family and the meaning behind it.

Full of rich music and lively comedy, this movie is truly a holiday film that parents, children, grandparents, and much more would enjoy.

“The colors and music were well chosen,” junior Kaitlyn Ngai said. “It beautifully represented the culture.”

This movie is truly a way for the younger generation to become intact with a culture that is underrepresented in today’s society.

The movie is receiving rave reviews from critics as well as many recognition in the award season up ahead. “Coco” has been nominated for Best Motion Picture, Animated and Best Original Song for “Remember Me” in the Golden Globes. The song “Remember Me” was written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and performed by artist, Miguel.


 

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

An highly anticipated sequel to the 1995 film “Jumanji”, which starred the late Robin Williams, is set to come out Dec. 20. Like the original, the movie is based around a game that becomes reality and takes a dangerous turn, but the sequel contains a modern twist. Four teenagers are drawn into a video game, Jumanji, where they have taken the form of avatars played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart and others. The players then have to survive the treacherous  game filled with perilous obstacles. They have the help of a few other people during their adventure inc played by well-known actors playing including the former Jonas Brother, Nick Jonas. “Jumanji” is set to be a nail-biter that adventure seekers and fans of the previous film will find fascinating.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

Improv show a huge success for Burlingame Improv Theatre Enthusiasts

This past Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16 and 17, the Burlingame Improv Theatre Enthusiasts (BITE) held a two-day show. On Thursday, there were two teams made up exclusively of Burlingame students who competed against each other with set improvisational games they planned to play. On Friday, BITE mixed with teams from San Mateo, Aragon and Hillsdale to create three teams.

Posted on November 27, 2017 .

Drone Club, The Place To Be On Thursdays At Lunch

Every Thursday for 30 minutes, friends gather in room C113 to fly drones and socialize over lunch. During the club meetings, which were started by experienced drone pilot sophomore Aristotle Marangu, students learn to navigate the controls of drones and eventually perform certain tasks with them.

Posted on November 26, 2017 .

Burlingame University dogs leave powerful impact on community

Almost every day during lunchtime, Burlingame University student Justin Entenmann, wearing a baseball cap and dark sunglasses, walks his three-legged Border Collie named Ellie over to a patch of grass next to the senior quad. He throws a neon green tennis ball, and the dog fetches it.Along with daily walks and games of fetch, Entenmann feeds and pets Ellie.

Posted on November 26, 2017 .

Manish Mahadevan and his Mridangam

At last year’s annual cultural assembly, sophomore Manish Mahadevan was thrust into fame. His South-Indian drumming performance dazzled the audience, and he became instantly recognizable.But while many are now aware that Mahadevan drums, few know much about his particular genre of drumming, and what it means to him.

Posted on November 26, 2017 .

At the crossroads of stress and success

The account features memes stereotyping life in the Bay Area, especially focusing on such subjects like the obsessive buzz over the latest Apple products, Juuling, computer science, stressful AP classes and veganism. The account posts several times a week.

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

How Students Go From A's to Zzz's

The whole room is quiet, everyone is half-asleep and laying on their desk. The teacher asks a question but no one responds. This is a typical morning in a high school students’ first-period class. “I find that my students say they are tired or may seem a little sleepy,” said Jenna Joseph, a freshman and sophomore English teacher.

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

Aether United: the competitive video-gaming brainchild of two Burlingame students

Burlingame High School junior Ryan Cheng and Middle College junior Justin Zheng have founded an esports company and competitive team, named Aether United. Already treated like any other professional sports industry in European and Asian countries, “esports,” or the competitive playing of videogames, has yet to reach comparative peaks of popularity in North America. Nonetheless, it has blossomed relatively quickly.

Posted on September 26, 2017 .

BITE improvisation performances are a milestone

The hard work of Burlingame Improvisation and Theater Enthusiasts (BITE) culminated in two performances on Thursday, April 20th and Friday, April 21st. This year, the club metamorphosed into a full-fledged competitive team, complete with a coach and an eager attitude. As these two performances were the first of many to come, they mark a special milestone in the evolution of the club-turned-team.

Posted on April 28, 2017 .