February 21, 2019

Book Recs with a purpose

Posted on February 4, 2019 by in Features

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America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

With the new year in full swing, authors within the thrillers and fantasy genre have caused a spurge in fresh titles that reciprocate to their readers needs in the unexpected. According to the New York Times Best-Sellers, the following list is categorized based on the author’s notoriety and impact in the list:

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.

The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.

Freedom Road by William Lashner

Instead of willing to live out his final years in despair, Oliver Cross is fresh out of jail. However, he finds out his granddaughter, a wild child who reminds him of his late wife, has vanished, thus Oliver jumps parole. With a sketchy teen and an abandoned dog, he hits the blacktop to find her.

On the road and on the run from a vengeful Russian drug dealer, he finds himself on a trip across America and into his own past, fueled by fumes from a Ford F-250 plus a reason to live. It’s a journey that could all end in redemption or a hail of bullets. And either’s okay by him.

An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’s experiments blurs.

Dr. Shields seems to know what Jess is thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Jessica’s behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated.

Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Overall, what makes these three books stand out besides the subject matter they tackle, the authors themselves are persistent, thoughtful, and cunning when adding on symbolic and thematic elements into the stories which leads on the reader into questioning their own stances in a fixated arc of doubt. In turn, this revolves unto making the protagonists realize not only their right to self-satisfaction, but giving up personal happiness so that those in vulnerable positions can attain and understand the true meaning behind togetherness with others, and individually.

Top 10 Movies to Watch Over The Christmas Break

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in Entertainment, Features

Top 10 Movies to Watch Over The Christmas Break

Karina Olivera

Chronicle Reporter

 

Christmas is all about spending a wonderful time with family and friends. These are the top 10 movies you can watch on Christmas and New Year’s.

 

The Elf  ( Fantasy / Romance )

Buddy (The Elf ) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves.

 

2 ) Home Alone ( Comedy / Adventure )

An 8-year-old Kevin acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic.

 

3 ) Miracle on 34th Street ( Drama / Fantasy )

In this Christmas, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual and people find out Santa Claus is an actual person.

 

4 )  Gremlins ( Fantasy / Horror )

A salesman is looking for a special gift for his son for Christmas and finds a store in Chinatown.

 

5 )  The Muppet Christmas Carol ( Fantasy / Drama )

The Muppets perform a show with Christmas Spirit and find the meaning of Christmas.

 

6 ) A Christmas Story ( Comedy )

A young boy that dreams about his ideal Christmas gift

 

7 ) The Nightmare Before Christmas ( Fantasy )

The misadventures of Jack and who gets bored frightening people in the real world so he plans out a Christmas plan.

 

8 ) Frosty the Snowman ( Fantasy )

A discarded magic top hat that brings to life the snowman that a group of children made.

 

9 ) Christmas Vacation ( Farce )

Clark the main characters wants to have a perfect family Christmas so he pesters his wife.

 

10 ) The Santa Clause ( Drama )

Two characters are transported to the North Pole.

 

Best Apps Available on the App Store

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in Features

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America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

With the year almost out of the way (and finals approaching), this month’s trending apps in the App Store and on Google Play will help to organize yourself for a new clean preface on social media and on your daily routines for the following year:

  • Slack
    Used for group messaging and great for class team/group assignments, the app is known for its unique format for clear communication throughout every level of document organization. Slack instantly syncs across all devices and is compatible with dozens of other apps and services (like Dropbox) to make your job simpler and easier.
  • Uber Eats
    With Uber Eats, ordering food is simple — especially if you’ve used Uber before. Browse the menu of available restaurants to order from and pay straight through the app by linking your credit or debit card. You’ll then be given an estimated delivery time and you can track the location of your order in real time.
  • Nintendo Switch Online
    While it may not be the perfect solution — forcing you to use your phone in addition to your Switch console for voice chat — Nintendo’s just-released Online app offers the most convenient way to play Splatoon 2 with friends, and thus earns a spot on this list. Currently, Splatoon 2 is the only game the app supports, though this is sure to change over the coming months. Next year, Nintendo will begin charging a $20 yearly fee to use the Switch’s online features — but until then, the app remains free.
  • Calm
    Calm is a meditation app that offers guided sessions for beginners, along with programs for those on intermediate and advanced levels. You can choose from different breathing exercises, adult bedtime stories, or soothing nature sounds to use during yoga.
  • Spotify
    Spotify is changing the game for the entire music industry. It’s free on PCs and tablets, but $10 a month if you want to fully use it on iPhone. It’s worth it. You can listen to full albums and create playlists.

As of this month, the following apps are not only popular within their respective app categories, they’ve also reached a new high in downloads and rankings online. Keep in mind that starting towards the end of this year, many apps within the gaming and food genres will be starting to add new deals following New Year’s Day on in-app purchases.

CSU’s “fire” response

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in News

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Chronicle Reporter
America Flores-Hernandez

Many seniors have sighed in relief and for a good reason, in response to the recent wildfires, the following press release by the CSU was made: “With many prospective students, their families and communities facing hardship due to wildfires affecting the entire state, the California State University (CSU) is extending the priority application deadline for fall 2019 admission to December 15.” They also announced that accommodations would be made for certain individuals affected by the fires, if they were to consider on-campus housing once verifying their acceptance to any of the 23 campuses. In addition to these press releases, students will receive financial-aid based on the severity of their situation based on the fire’s impact towards their communities.

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/CSU-to-Extend-Fall-2019-Application-Period-to-December-15.aspx

Halloween at The Wellness Center

Posted on October 29, 2018 by in Features

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Chronicle Reporter
America Flores-Hernandez

With Halloween right around the corner, the Wellness Center has recently announced that they will be holding a haunted house within the Wellness Center that will also include treats being given after the main attraction. “The majority of the students seem to find the day festive but could use an extra hand in making it a fun day for everyone,” says Amanda Fitz, an SAS senior Peer Advocate. “Plus, it’s free and can be something fun to do after school to kick off a night of other spooky plans students might have,” she said.

The Haunted House will be held on Halloween, being a Wednesday this week, after school at 3:30 PM through 4:30 PM. In addition, this can also be seen as an opportunity for students who haven’t had the chance to go to the Wellness Center and take a look at the place and see the resources it offers students from medical to mental health care knowing that they are available throughout the school day. This is a sight you wouldn’t want to miss.

2018 Fall Book Recommendations

Posted on October 8, 2018 by in Features

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America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

From amazing female detectives to solemn narrators that twist and turn stories, this list consists of selections from the mystery/thriller genre that are bound to leave you hanging from the edge. The following are based on this seasons “on the rise” reads. Publishers’ descriptions included below.

The Cuckoo’s Calling – by Robert Galbraith

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A Is For Alibi – by Sue Grafton

When Laurence Fife was murdered, few mourned his passing. A prominent divorce attorney with a reputation for single-minded ruthlessness on behalf of his clients, Fife was also rumored to be a dedicated philanderer. Plenty of people in the picturesque southern California town of Santa Teresa had a reason to want him dead. Including, thought the cops, his young and beautiful wife, Nikki. With motive, access, and opportunity, Nikki was their number-one suspect. The jury thought so, too.

Call Me Princess – by Sara Blaedel

An online flirtation can have horrific consequences, as Detective Inspector Louise Rick discovers when she is called to an idyllic Copenhagen neighborhood where a young woman has been left bound and gagged after a profoundly brutal attack. But then a new victim is found–dead this time–and the case becomes even more complex when Susanne attempts suicide. From scanning seemingly innocent singles’ profiles to exploring a digital window on the city’s dark and dangerous nightlife, to understanding a troubled mother-daughter relationship, Louise races to uncover the shocking truth behind the crimes.

Keeping Cool in the Heat

Posted on April 11, 2018 by in Features

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America Flores-Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

It’s that time of the year again! Now that we’re moving on from the cold, spring has sprung and as you may have noticed it’s gotten warmer than usual. Consider that during this season, the average temperature here in California is around 50-60 degrees. As of this week its at 70 degrees, giving us an early look at summer. For now, try to stay hydrated and cool with the following tips:

🌞 In some cases, those who don’t have ACs should try not to sleep in satin, silk, or polyester bed sheets, as they are more likely to contain sweaty and body fluids left from previous rest. After all no one likes tossing and turning in bed, now do they? Instead use not so heavy bed linens, more preferably made of cotton which can increase a steady breath and provides airflow within a room.

🌞Take a cold shower to loosen up from sweat and dryness. Plus a cold shower can increase alertness, speed up your metabolism, and tightens your skin from ashiness.

🌞Avoid getting your lips chapped, dry, or flaky by keeping them moisturized. Water is usually the main solution and source, but try adding honey with sugar and almond oil, and gently rub it on your lips to knock off dead skin. Or instead use the traditional chapstick.

🌞A personal favorite is drinking watermelon juice as a treat during the evening since it can keep you hydrated throughout the night, which can lower stress levels.

Tumblr blogs that’ll bright up your week

Posted on February 28, 2018 by in Features

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America Flores-Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

So you decide to join tumblr but don’t know where to start, in this case, of who to follow for genuine good content. Well look no further, the following recommendations pertain to different parts of the unique online community ranging from writers to that of photographers:

conceptish : this blog is among the freelance art and social trends that occur within the artsy community. Within her own art, she attempts to convey the obvious themes of insecurity alongside self reflecting issues, which is aimed at mostly teenagers who can relate to the depictions of ordinary things being the most significant to Everyday Life. Most of the anonymous artist work is done on pastel or dry erase canvases.

teamrocketing : seen as the “ruler, of the cinematic and debate category, this blog’s content is centered around said subjects that consists of recent films that have been released with a review alongside it. In this case of debate the other administrator in charge is famed with discussing important in issues that ranges from school life to working activities, in defense of the working class. Basically, anything that’s been reblogged about current events, has probably been posted from them.

bibliophile : beloved by most of the literacy living users, this blog has been a personal favorite for many reasons. They post weekly and monthly book recommendations based upon their ranks in the best sellers and have a daily poetry horoscope that comes from a certain book and leaves the user wondering from which book it’s from. And the best part of it all is that if they’re lucky, they might have the chance to obtain an insert from an upcoming novel awaiting release. Sometimes leading to occasional site crashings.

ascendingvenus : blending with photography and astrological values, these groups of photographers (also astrologists) have a heavy following throughout the site due to the certain signature angle that’s repeated constantly in their photos. While also posting horoscopes, they give a little spin to the exaggerated issue by assigning each sign with am aesthetic background that’s had followers being immediately attracted to their work. Overall, they also take their time in having Q and A’s addressing differences in casual and professional photo taking.

How to prepare for the SATs

Posted on February 1, 2018 by in Features

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Chronicle Reporter
America Flores-Hernandez

From late night studying to mood swingers, its that time towards the end of this semester where most seniors results depend on their futures, and what it will bring forth. Also known as the Scholastic Assessment Test, the SAT is a set of standardized college admission tests developed by the College Board, which considers the principal concepts of measuring mathematical and verbal reasoning, in specific subject areas. So sit back and consider these tips and recommendations on getting ready for the test:

🎓 Take Practice Tests
Become acquainted with as many prep tests you can take to get the feel of how the test goes thoroughly. Plus, it’s important to learn strategies dealing with test exhaustion and figuring out how to pace yourself. Pretty soon you can focus on your weakest areas, already knowing what to expect.

🎓 R E A D !
Besides the practice tests, you should also consider reading articles on unfamiliar subject matters before the test. As you read paragraphs, keep in mind that you should figure out the author’s argument. Not only will it be helpful to your reading comprehension, it’ll help you understand any words you don’t know as you read.

🎓 Memorize rules and formulas
Since the test itself contains some geometry problems, you should still memorize all formulas. Such as area, the Pythagorean Theorem, average formulas, special triangle rules, and exponent rules by heart. Plus it saves precious time.

🎓 Know when to guess on a question and when to skip it entirely.

🎓 Allow some time to relax and unwind before the test.

Expressing yourself through venting

Posted on December 6, 2017 by in Features

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America Flores-Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

 

Do you ever have something on your mind that gives you the urge to tell someone who isn’t close to you, or in any way that could affect others? Vent, created by Dean Serroni , doing exactly what its name says, lets users vent to other random users. What’s also very convenient about it is that your contacts list is pushed out of the picture, giving the user complete privacy to their posts, also known as vents, on their profile if they wish to remain anonymous or not.

The app itself can be addictive considering that you can find other vent posts categorized by emotions such as calm, irritated, annoyed, angry or furious and mild to intense. Throughout the app, you also have the choice of following other users alongside commenting and leaving an icon vote for them. Vent’s purpose is to just be a comfortable form of social media to airdown issues and is a great way to relieve stress, anxiety or perhaps any other emotion you could feel overall, basically a virtual way to get something off your chest.

Plus this app is more targeted to most adolescent users considering that most of the overall users attend high school or some other secondary education. It’s also a better way for expression instead of bottling stuff inside. Overall, it’s more healthier then keeping things unsaid.

Currently, the app is available on different platforms for download such as the App Store for iPhone iOS and Google Play for Android users.

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