Britt Jacobson

Voices Editor

The easiest way to burn out at a music festival is to try and catch every set. This is especially true of Coachella, which is held in the scorching Indio Valley. In order to mentally prepare those of you attending Coachella, as well as boost the quality of your playlists (you’re welcome), I present “Britt Jacobson’s Official Coachella Set List.”

Listed below are 2016’s must-see artists and their must-hear songs to help you prep for a crazy 3 days. Yes, I know that the festival is still a couple months away, but you can never start making your playlists too early!

EDM aka (Coac)Hella Hype

This playlist is for the Sahara Tent junkie. 

Calvin Harris

Reason: He puts on a great show and who knows? Maybe girlfriend Taylor Swift will be in attendance too! (If the fact that he in undeniably attractive isn’t enough…)

Must hear: “Pray to God” ft. Haim 


Zedd

Reason: His accent makes performances the best. With all of his collaborations, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect another famous artist to join him.

Must hear: “Hourglass” (feat. LIZ)  

Disclosure

Reason: This gives you a great opportunity to hear their new album, Caracal. Also, these brothers are so modest in their performance and really make it all about their music.

Must hear: “Holding On” (feat. Gregory Porter)

Ellie Goulding

Reason: You will never hear a voice like hers. And with all of her hit-singles, you can certainly try to sing along (but you probably can’t hit the same notes as her.)

Must hear: “I Need Your Love” 

Flume

Reason: This performance will (hopefully) be largely from the new album he’s expected to release any day now. The first song is already out!

Must hear: “Never Be Like You”

Jack Ü + Major Lazer

Reason: This line up gives us double the Diplo, both in Jack Ü and Major Lazer. I am most excited for Major Lazer, since they always interact with the audience by tossing around beach balls.

Must hear:

“Take Ü There” (feat. Kiesza)

“Light It Up” (feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG) [Remix] 

The Chainsmokers

Reason: This adorable set will be chock full of hit songs you already know all the words to.

Must hear: “Waterbed (feat. Waterbed) 

Honorable Mentions:

Years & Years, Joywave, Lido, Tchami, ZHU

 

Alternative aka (Coach)Chillin’

This playlist is for those unafraid to discover their indie side. 

Beach House

Reason: This duo just released a new album, Depression Cherry. They have an extremely unique sound, and even though you might not have heard of them before, this is the perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with their work. Comedian Aziz Ansari named his popular Netflix series after this must hear song.

Must hear: “Master of None” 

 

Cold War Kids

Reason: Fellow Roar editor Justin Leff recommended this band to me several months ago.

Way to be ahead of the hipster curve Justin! If he likes them, then you will too.

Must hear: “First” 

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Reason: To give you full disclosure, I’m partial to this band because Milken’s very own chamber ensemble used to perform their famous single and your must hear, “Home”.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Reason: This must-see, relatively unknown band is a band with the type of name that Jimmy Kimmel makes fun of Coachella attendees ruthlessly for pretending to know. So don’t pretend- really get to know them!

Must hear: “Multi-Love” 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Matt and Kim, Of Monsters and Men, The Silversun Pickups, The 1975, Wolf Alice

 

Essentials:

Put your taste in music aside and be sure to catch these once in a lifetime concerts.

Guns N’ Roses

Reason: You don’t need one. Just huddle up with virtually every other attendee to catch this performance, because when will you see these legends perform again?

Must hear: “Welcome to the Jungle” 

 

Ice Cube

Reason: There is already a confirmed NWA reunion, and that is not something you want to miss. This alone gives you an excuse to see one of last year’s biggest movies, “Straight Outta Compton”. Don’t forget that Ice Cube has plenty of solo work as well.

Must hear: “No Vaseline”

 

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Hannah Newman and Sophia Ghadoushi

Staff Writers

With summer approaching, Milken students often find themselves scrambling to find something to do to fill the seemingly countless hours that will be missed come next school year. The Roar is here to inform you of some fun options if you still have a clean slate for your summer plans. Our list includes local, national, and international opportunities, that provide meaningful and fun experiences for high school students. Some may nonchalantly say, “It’s only February,” but most programs require early sign ups in order to assure a spot or save on early bird specials.

For Milken students who want to travel the world while engaging in community service, going on a trip with Rustic Pathways is the way to go. Rustic Pathways is an organization that takes teens on national and international trips, offering over 100 programs in 19 countries. Each program differs in amount of community service, housing situation, age of participants, price, and length. Participants in Rustic Pathways programs have the opportunity to meet students and staff members from around the world, and learn the culture and traditions of the country they are visiting. Whether you’re looking to spend a week in Costa Rica ora month in Thailand, Rustic Pathways definitely offers a program that will match your criteria. Rustic Pathways programs fill up pretty quickly, so make sure you sign up soon to secure a spot on your preferred program! To learn more, visit: http://rusticpathways.com/

 

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Do you want to be a camp counselor and earn community service hours at the same time? If so, Freedom School would be a great option for you to check out. Freedom School is a program funded by the Children’s Defense Fund that works to improve literacy for kids coming from low-income families in the Los Angeles area. Although Freedom School has a primary focus on improving literacy, the program also provides these children with a summer camp experience, which they may have not been able to afford, given their current financial situations. As a high school student, you would be a Junior Service Leader Intern, which entails being assigned to a classroom and helping the Service Leader Intern — usually a college student — with the kids in that class. Throughout the day, you will read books, teach small history lessons, play sports, do arts and crafts, make friendship bracelets, and sing songs with the children at Freedom School. Freedom School has programs at multiple local sites, including Milken, The Wise School, and American Jewish University. This program works to motivate children to read, generate positive attitudes toward learning, and connect the needs of families to their community’s resources. The kids at Freedom School range from ages 7 to 12, and you will have many opportunities to create relationships with those children. If you are interested in this program, there is an informational meeting on March 2nd. To learn more, visit: http://www.wisela.org/freedom-school-description/ 

http://www.childrensdefense.org/programs/freedomschools/ or contact Rebecca Grossberg at rgrossbergwisela@gmail.com

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If Milken students are staying local this summer, Camp Wise is a great option to make some extra money while spending time with kids. Just minutes away from the Milken Campus, students have the opportunity to become counselors in training or co-counselors for the camp (depending on their age and grade level). Co-counselors entering junior and senior year are assigned groups anywhere from the grades K – 6. As a co-counselor, students get to help facilitate over one hundred activities and field trips, which serve as great leadership experiences. As a counselor in training, tenth graders enter a four week program that strengthens leadership skills and teaches valuable teamwork skills. CIT’s do not get paid, but they receive 150 hours of community service. The application deadline for Camp Wise is March 1, 2016.  To learn more, visit: http://campwisela.org

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Travel for Teens, an international experience, includes endless opportunities to explore the world with teens from around the country. The goal is to evolve teens from tourists into travelers. Travel for Teens includes many different types of programs based on service, language, activity, photography, and culture. Travel for Teens’ main priority for all their participants is to balance education, fun, and safety. Students have flexibility in their schedules, while still being in a safe environment. The program leaves students with growth, trust, and amazing experiences. A few of the many once in a lifetime trips include: Amsterdam, Belgium, Paris, Australia, New Zealand, and Barcelona. To learn more, visit: http://www.travelforteens.com

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If students are looking to have an educational college experience over the summer, Summer Discovery provides programs at some of the best colleges in the world for high school students. Summer Discovery provides pre-college enrichment programs in areas that range from business to marine biology. The program offers over 300 courses across 13 campuses, some even outside of the United States. When on one of their trips, Summer Discovery also offers SAT prep and college counseling sessions. The goal of this program is to immerse high school students in a college environment and educate them about the college experience, while providing them with opportunities to take classes in their areas of interest. To learn more, visit: http://www.summerdiscovery.com/

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Left: An unidentified woman found on thirstyroots.com. Middle: Miley Cyrus. Source: MTV.com  Right: Kylie Jenner. Source: MTV.com

Lauren Cohen

Staff Writer

Walking through a night bazaar in Mexico with my family this past summer, my eyes were caught by all the brightly colored beads, painted skulls, knick-knacks, generic tourist T-shirts and gesticulating merchants. Nestled among the bright colors and commanding yells, I somehow caught sight of a rather humble lady braiding people’s hair in cornrows. “Nice,” I thought. “Cornrows look cool, why not try ‘em out?” I got my hair braided and I loved it. However, after attending a Student Diversity Leadership Conference early this December, I learned that the fact that I, as a white-passing person, got my hair braided in such a way, isn’t so cool, and is perceived by many as “cultural appropriation”- especially after the black community has voiced how insulted it is by non-black people wearing the hairstyle.

Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 6.04.54 PMMy brother and I in Mexico this August. Photo Credit: Brandon Cohen

Since then, I have learned much about what cultural appropriation means and the role it plays in American society. But before getting into a discussion of such complexities, it’s important to define cultural appropriation. Here is Wikipedia’s definition, which, keep in mind, is quite oversimplified:

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Many argue that the issue with someone who is not black wearing cornrows or dreads (as exemplified by me, Miley Cyrus and Kylie Jenner) is that such hairstyles are important characteristics that a people have developed for themselves, and while black people are often looked down on as trashy when wearing cornrows/dreads, others who sport the trend are seen as hip and edgy. This in and of itself is another form of subjugation as it implies the issue is not the hairstyle, but rather the (black) individual wearing it.

However, things are more complex than they initially appear. Can’t wearing dreadlocks and/or cornrows be seen as a way of integrating black culture into mainstream American culture and henceforth creating a more inclusive society? Can’t braiding or twisting your hair in such ways be seen as a way of embracing another culture in an attempt to fulfill one’s self-expression and endeavors of diversity? For most who believe in the detriment of cultural appropriation, the answer to both my questions is a firm “no.” And to be clear, for those same people, the issue involved is policing what aspects of oppressed cultures white people can partake in to prevent further oppression and disrespect.

I am still personally unsure of where to draw the line between respect and disrespect when it comes to interaction with another culture. American society is melded from the diverse cultures of those who have found and continue to find shelter and freedom in America: Europeans, Africans, Iranians, Chinese, Indians, Mexicans, Spanish, Japanese, etc. In the melting-pot that is America, a place where there is no singular, simplistic, or contiguous American identity, where do we draw the line between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation? How can we lead an existence in which we continue to appreciate and integrate the cultures around us into our lives while still being sensitive and respectful to the people of such cultures?

According to Jarune Uwujaren’s article, “The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation,” cultural exchange has to be mutual and welcomed by someone from that culture for it to be okay. Furthermore, she eloquently states that “using someone else’s cultural symbols to satisfy a personal need for self-expression is an exercise in privilege,” considering how many groups of oppressed people have “felt forced and pressured to change… just to earn enough respect to stay employed and safe” and whose “modes of self-expression are still limited.”

Some believe that what is most important to prevent cultural appreciation from becoming appropriative is the intent behind the person who is interacting with a culture that is not theirs. A Persian SDLC student, Chloe Khosrowshahi, says that there is no problem when someone wears Persian apparel with understanding of the clothing’s meaning, but the problem arises when that person’s intention is to ridicule the culture or to simply look pretty, rather than what would be okay: consciously engaging in a respectful, culturally immersive act. Kai Song, another SDLC student, proclaimed that “If any cultural appreciation is happening, someone from that culture has to be deliberately and willingly inviting that person to partake in it.”

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Yoga has been an integral piece of mainstream American culture for quite some time, and I have yet to hear of any group of Indian or Buddhist descent coming out and proclaiming: “We feel comfortable with Americans utilizing yoga- something rooted deeply in spirituality and Buddhism and Hinduism- as a relaxing workout.” And, likely for that reason, students at the University of Ottawa have pressured the school’s yoga teachers to end the University’s yoga classes. But has any group or movement of Eastern descent or affiliation gotten together to protest against yoga because of how offended they are by its practice in America? Not that I’ve heard of. Hence, I don’t think it is the place of students at U.O.O to be offended on behalf of other cultures, nor the place of any person to tell one of another culture when something should (or shouldn’t) offend them. What is important, though, is to be empathic to when the people of that particular culture voice that they have been hurt by cultural integration that has gone too far. In terms of my initial example, cornrows, many people of the black community have spoken out against people who are not black wearing cornrows- and for that reason, any non-black person should be empathic toward that call and respect black culture by refraining to partake in certain aspects (regardless of how “cool” they look), lest it be oppressive.

Brandon O’neill, the author of This obsession with ‘cultural appropriation’ is leading us down a very dark path,” believes that such empathy and refrain is “ultimately a demand for cultural segregation” and that the ideology of cultural appropriation is an “obsession with cultural purity [that] echoes some of the darkest political movements of the twentieth century.” Although his opinion is not often heard or discussed in the context of cultural appropriation, I believe that it is very important that we, in our approach to contemporary issues, do not plague ourselves with hypocrisy and mute out the voices of those who don’t agree with us. If one preaches listening to the stories and voices of all, all voices means all voices; it means listening to what each person has to say and really thinking about their thoughts rather than jumping to conclusions and searching for labels by which to dismiss their opinions. I believe that if you want to act, act consciously, with intention. And if you consider yourself to be one who listens to “voices” and creates a safe space, listen to each voice and hence make it a real safe space, rather than one that is fabricated by censorship of the voices you don’t believe are “politically correct” or “right.”

I now realize that Ice Cube has been right all along, and the moral of the story really is, “check yourself before you wreck yourself”, my friends.

 

 

Josh Berenbaum

Sports Editor

Tuesday was Tamir Saban’s ‘18 night to be king, and the Westside Jewish Community Center was his throne. On fire from the first quarter to the final seconds, Saban’s 25 points were a lifeline to a Milken offense that had trouble finding the basket against YULA’s tenacious defense.

The first quarter saw Saban, a Sophomore transfer from Israel whom YULA had never seen before, make two early three pointers to spark the Wildcats first quarter lead. The latter three pointer would be the last open shot Saban would get. YULA adjusted after finding themselves down 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Offensively, YULA played at a fast pace utilizing quick passes. They rarely took jump shots, instead opting to pass until they found an easier basket. But the Panthers had a hard time finishing their open looks, which allowed the Wildcats to keep the lead while they struggled on offense. At the half the Wildcats owned a 23-20 lead, and Tamir Saban had 15 points.

The third quarter was the turning point for the Panthers, mostly due to the fact that they held Saban to two points. The Wildcats briefly fell behind until an Idan Yohanan ‘17 three put the Wildcats back on top 30-29. But following a YULA timeout, the Panthers scored six unanswered points to end the third quarter with a five point lead.

After holding a lead for the first two and a half quarters, the Wildcats were forced to adjust as they fell behind. Their strategy: put the ball in the hands of Tamir Saban. Fighting double teams and ferocious defense the entire third quarter, Saban embraced the spotlight in the fourth, scoring six straight points to bring the Wildcats to within one. Yohanan made another timely basket, to put the Wildcats on top by one with two minutes left.

Following a timeout, YULA guard Aaron Muller made a three pointer from the corner, which was countered by a three from Tamir Saban. YULA was then fouled on a full court press set, and the clock ran down an extra five seconds after the whistle. Coach Michael Whiting argued, and the clock was reset to 30 seconds, even though the Wildcats believed it should have been set at 32. But this was not the first time something like this has happened, according to center Brian Pearlman, “It happened twice during the last minute, and even more times during the rest of the game.”

YULA left the free throw line with a one point lead, but Tamir Saban made another two point shot giving the Wildcats a one point lead. On the ensuing possession, YULA’s Alan Gindi scored a reverse layup after sneaking behind the defense. As time expired, Tamir Saban’s three pointer hit the back of the rim and fell out, and the Wildcats lost 44-43.

With the loss, Milken moved to 1-2 in Liberty League play and are now forced into must-win situations throughout the rest of league play. The first of such games ended in victory, as Amitai Afenjar ‘18 led the Wildcats in to Providence High School. The Wildcats are now 2-2 in league play.

The Wildcats will get another chance against YULA, at home on February 11th at 7:30. Pearlman believes that Milken has a good chance saying that, “losing because they were better is one thing, but losing because seconds were shaved off is not fair. Hopefully we get a fair shot next week.”

 

 

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Lauren Pakravan

Staff Writer 

On Sunday January 24th it was Tu Bishvat. However, most students at Milken aren’t aware of this holiday. Tu Bishvat is the new year for trees and gives us an opportunity to refocus on God’s creations. Tu Bishvat has come to be associated with sensitivity and an appreciation of the natural environment. Trees occupy a special place in Jewish thought.

On Monday January 25th, there was a picnic by the farm, on the second floor patio of the fourth building during lunch in honor of Tu Bishvat. Ms. Kattler suggested, “The Milken community can celebrate this holiday in a variety of ways that lean toward ecology and food justice. For those interested in environmental issues they can join the environmental club which provides a lot of opportunities to learn and move this school in a more environmentally friendly way. Yozma Greening is tasked with issues of growing the Urban Farm on campus, and the food raised is donated to local homeless shelters.”

But why does this holiday so often go neglected? As a community we should care for Tu Bishvat. After all, trees are all around us in our environment. Today, if a tree is not given proper care, it will die.  We should remember to always appreciate our surroundings, and Tu Bishvat allows us to spend time focusing on God’s creations.

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Michael Schulman and Natalie Ahdoot

Staff Writers 

Video by Natalie Ahdoot and Justin Leff

 

As you can see from the video above, Milken needs a little clarification as to what El Niño exactly is. In short, El Niño is a naturally occurring climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. The west coast will be receiving many thunderstorms and rain this winter due to the abnormal wind currents.

Normally, during winter months in the Pacific Ocean, winds push all the warm water from the west coast, towards east Asia. However, this year, that is not the case. The wind currents are not as strong during an El Niño, and all the warm winds stay on our coast. The warm seawater creates lots of moisture in the air above. Thus, during El Niño, these persistent thunderstorms will shift from the middle of the Pacific Ocean towards the west coast.

Along with this warm water comes warmer winds. So, be prepared for warmer temperatures during the thunderstorms.

El Niño is not only affecting the pacific ocean. It t can actually have an effect on other atmospheric changes as well. El Niño causes wetter climates in the southern United States, and creates drier climates in the Ohio Valley, as well as Great Lakes and Northern Rockies.

An El Niño system occurs approximately every 2 to 7 years. Scientists can try to measure water temperature in the Pacific Ocean, but an El Niño system is still very unpredictable. In fact, not all El Niño climate cycles are the same. Each one is very different, but according to Mike Halpert, Deputy Director of the Climate Prediction Center, “El Niño is already strong and mature, and is forecasted to continue gaining strength. It is expected to be among the three strongest on record since 1950.”

All of the discussion about El Niño raises the question: how bad will it get in Los Angeles? Bill Patzert, a climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge, said, “Los Angelenos need to prepare for mudslides, heavy rainfall, one storm after another like a conveyor belt.”

Milken students, and many others, seem to be troubled as to why the system is called El Niño, because in English the phrase means “little child.” This seems very random and irrelevant due to what El Niño actually is, but there is a hidden meaning behind it. The term “little child” relates because fisherman off the coast of South America noted this change in warmer water temperature around the end of the year.

El Niño has already started in Los Angeles, and experts have reason to believe that it may go into April and May. Everybody be sure to stock up on rain gear. Milken students are certainly in for a long El Niño.

Courtesy of Mr. Voltz and his family.

Britt Jacobson and Mira Berenbaum

Voices Editor and Staff Writer

We sat down with two of Milken’s favorite Midwesterners, Mr. Holton and Mr. Voltz, to talk about the recent change in weather.

How do you feel about the weather lately? Would you say that it’s cold?

*Both laugh very loudly*

Holton: No.

Voltz: I would say cold is a relative term, and yeah, this is not it.

How does your El Nino clothing compare to regular clothing?

Holton: It is exactly the same.

*Mr. Voltz is wearing a short-sleeved shirt*

Mr. Holton: I’m pretty sure that during the rainstorm I was walking around in a short sleeve shirt, some slacks.

Mr. Voltz: Yeah I remember that it was a nice outfit. I brought an umbrella.

Mr. Holton: Yeah, yeah I brought one too. No reason to be wet if you don’t have to. I walked by a junior boy that was wearing like 5 layers of clothing.

Voltz: Yeah I’ll wear a light jacket or something if it’s COLD in the morning.

What is your memory of winter in the Midwest?

Voltz: Sledding… a lot of time in the snow

Holton: Sledding, ice skating

Voltz: Snowboarding, skiing

Holton: Skiing, bad driving

Voltz: Yeah bad driving

Holton: Actual bad driving, not like how people in LA drive when it rains, like actual dangerous roads.

Voltz: Yeah like when you hit the brakes you actually slide, not like people here slamming on the brakes and then you run into them.

Holton: Cause they’re dumb

What are your thoughts on your students’ reactions to El Niño?

Voltz: Borderline ridiculous, but again, it’s relative.

Holton: You mean to the rain last week…. uhhhh… I was surprised the girls didn’t melt.

Voltz: Yeah! I think everyone did pretty well for a rainstorm last week.

Holton: I didn’t know there could be so many different types of galoshes worn by Milken girls. Especially when there was no standing water.

Voltz: Yet, I saw ZERO umbrellas.

Holton: There was one.

Voltz: Okay, one umbrella, despite the fact that it was pouring rain. You were worried about the rain… one umbrella.

How does El Niño compare to the coldest winter you’ve experienced?

*More laughs*

Holton: Umm, it doesn’t?

Voltz: It doesn’t come close

Holton: I mean when we were still in Michigan it was the coldest. There was one probably in elementary school, middle school.

Voltz: We got held out of school for 3 days.

Holton: Yeah, when the wind chill and everything was below zero

Voltz: Like to be held home from school for the wind chill,  it has to be 30 degrees below zero because of the wind chill.

Holton: Do you know what wind chill is?

Britt: ……No….

*Voltz laughs way too loudly*

Holton: SO there’s temperature, just normal temperature and then there’s wind chill. And… I’m not sure exactly how they measure it.

Voltz: Think, it’s the opposite of heat index, when you feel a certain amount. Wind chill feels like it’s a certain amount of cold. It’s like colder than the wind.

Holton: So they’re literally saying DON’T GO OUTSIDE because your skin is going to get frostbite

Voltz: To get held back from school wind chill has to be 30 degrees BELOW zero… You can throw water up in the air, and if it’s hot water it evaporates.

Britt: Have you done that before?

Voltz: Yeah as a science teacher you always do stuff like that. Yeah like it literally doesn’t compare, it’s a 70 degree difference.

Britt: So was that the coldest winter you ever experienced?

Holton: Two winters ago, we were here obviously, but it was pretty cold. It was like second worst in Michigan history.

Voltz: It was like -10 one night.

Holton: It was a polar vortex or something.

Mira: Wasn’t this year unreasonably warm?

Holton: This year it was an unseasonably warm winter break, warm Christmas.

Britt: Can we get a mini-sciency explanation from you?

Voltz: So you’re recording this so I have to know it? Uh…

So the waters from the Pacific near the equator are really warm, water that is moving North is warmer than normal, so it makes it wetter here and um… and because of the jetstream and the way it dips too, it’s just going to make it colder in other places.There’s a graph from weather channel or something.

What are your thoughts on LA winter coats?

*They laugh AGAIN*

Holton: that they should only be worn in the winter… so never.

Voltz: They’re far more fashionable than any winter coat should be. Winter coats are supposed to keep you warm. These don’t do that. They just look pretty.

Per the recommendation of Mr. Voltz, here is the SNL El Niño skit!

And there you have it folks! El Niño is… not even remotely on par with the rest of the country’s weather.

You’re welcome.

Stephanie Afari and Alexa Pakravan

Staff Writers

You may have heard that “El Niño is here.” Are you prepared? This is not the average “LA weather.” Rain is unusual in Los Angeles and the drought-stricken Southern California has been waiting for months and finally, with the New Year, the heavy rain is expected to drop six inches of rain by the end of the week.

LA’s weather is pretty unusual so most people are unprepared and unaware of what they should be wearing. And many consider it very difficult  to keep up with fashion but still remain warm. Being stylish in winter and staying cozy should not be a difficult task and definitely not something that will bug you all winter. Although it requires a bit more effort, it is not hard to attain. If you really want to achieve the perfect winter outfits, throw out those old sweaters and your life will be a whole lot easier after reading this article!

Beanies:

Beanies and hats are a great accessory to make your outfit cute and stylish. With a beanie, you can keep your head warm while adding an interesting component to your outfit.

When we asked Lauren Cohen ‘17 what the necessity of her outfit is, she described:  “The scarf wrapped around my head empowers me as a woman to combat the bitter cold of this world.”

Yoni Ben-Naim ‘18 explained, “Also, my hair keeps me warm from the rain and does not let my head get wet.”

Shoes:

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Shoes can make or break any outfit. They enhance your wardrobe, but be ready to put in a little effort, money, and time.

Trevor Yashar ‘18 needs his sneakers “so [he] can keep [his] feet warm and walk comfortably.”

Sweaters:

Sweaters are extremely easy to wear while making a fashion statement and looking unpredictably chic. It creates a sophisticated and mysterious look to add to your outfit.

Josh Stone ‘17  said, “Yeah its pretty cold out, so I have a sweater and I wear it over a t-shirt and under a rain jacket and now I’m warm.”

Jackets:

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With jackets you can beat the cold with style. You can throw jackets over simple tops to create a bold look.

Noor Kohanim ‘17 describes her jacket as an essential item saying, “I’m wearing a jacket and carrying an umbrella on a cold, rainy day to keep me warm and not wet.”

Yoni Ben-Naim’s ‘18 essential clothing item is his “rain jacket, because it keeps me from the rain and haters.”

Davina Makabeh ’19 says “I need my jacket because it’s really fuzzy and keeps me warm like a blanket.”

Samantha Behar

Co Spotlight Editor

Living in Los Angeles, A.K.A. the land of perfect weather, our lives stop when it rains. This year, we are having an El Niño winter. Southern California usually receives 13 inches of rain, but this year we are expected to receive up to 35 inches. Since most Los Angeles activities include spending time outdoors, many Angelenos are finding themselves sitting at home eating Tostitos. Don’t despair- here are some things to add to your agenda for the next rainy day:

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, LACMA should be on your El Niño bucket list. You can see modern art, classics, and take some trendy Instagrams. LACMA also currently has a rain room which is an immersive project that has constant downpour that only stops when it detects a human body. The rain room is sold out indefinitely, but its stay has been recently extended.

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http://zevyaroslavsky.org/?s=LACMA+Rock&x=0&y=0

Surfas Culinary District

Calling all food lovers: take a cooking class and enjoy a delicious meal made with authentic ingredients. Surfas Culinary District’s three locations are in Costa Mesa, Culver City, and Hot Springs. Make sure to make a reservation in advance so you can enroll in the cooking class of your choice. The classes range from “Perfecting Gnocchi” to “Classic French Desserts.”

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http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/surfas-in-culver-city-bannetons-and-bottarga-and-cooking-classes-2382232

Ipic Theaters

This movie theater is no ordinary theater. While watching a movie, you can relax in a comfortable chair and eat a delicious meal from their in-house restaurant, Tanzy. Get thirsty in the middle of the movie? A waiter will check in with you throughout the film to see if you want to order anything else.

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https://www.ipictheaters.com/#/home/movie/movies/

The Broad

This new contemporary art museum recently opened in Downtown, and is perfect for modern art lovers. The Broad is all the rage right now, so either make a reservation in advance or get there early enough to beat the lines. Tickets are already sold out for the next two months, so if you want to go in April, buy your tickets as soon as possible.

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http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/broad-museum-photos-inaugural-speeches-eli-broad-eric-garcetti.html

BAO Foot Spa

School can be stressful; getting a massage can help you relax. BAO Foot Spa in Beverly Hills costs $35 for an hour long massage, but between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. it only costs $25. Massages are a great way to relieve stress when you have multiple tests or finals.

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http://www.baofootspa.com

Tea at the Peninsula

Want a cute and classy way to spend the afternoon? Enjoy tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Whether you are going for a special occasion or just for fun, this is a perfect activity for your next rainy afternoon.

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http://chicago.peninsula.com/en/fine-dining/the-lobby-afternoon-tea

Max Karaoke Studio

With great song choices and reasonable prices, Max Karaoke Studio is the ideal place to go on a rainy day. It is a great place to wait out the rain and make a memorable experience with your friends. Get ready for lots of laughs and plenty of bad singing.

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http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/blog/best-karaoke-spots-los-angeles

Duff’s Cakemix

Let the artist and designer in you come out at Duff’s Cakemix. Choose a theme and then decorate your own cupcake or cake with frosting and toppings. There are professionals there who will assist you to make sure your creation is a masterpiece. You get to eat your cake when you finish, which is always a plus. Or display it in your living room if it’s just too beautiful to eat.

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http://duffscakemix.com/press/

Escape Room LA

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a horror movie? Could you perform under tremendous pressure? Enjoy a day of team building and puzzle solving with your friends and family while you solve clues to break out of the designated room. Escape Room LA has many different themed rooms to try, ranging from sleuthing  to being stuck in a cavern.

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http://escaperoomla.com

Netflix Marathon

There is nothing like staying home in the rain and watching movies. This classic rainy day activity is perfect for lazy days and unwinding after a stressful week. The best part about this option is you don’t even need to leave your house!

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http://www.digitaltrends.com/movies/best-netflix-instant-movies/

If you have any other rainy day favorites, let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Noah Cohen

Staff Writer

As California readies itself for the fourth straight year of the statewide drought, Californians are still drowning in questions. One of the biggest being how this year’s El Niño will affect this catastrophic drought.

Southern California government officials have been working to come up with strategies to try and take advantage of the heavy rainfall that is expected to continue in the next few weeks. According to elninola.com, the city of LA is increasing its efforts to capture rainwater to transfer to our city reservoirs. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says that “Today, on average, more than 27,000 acre-feet (more than 8.8 billion gallons) of stormwater is captured each year at centralized spreading grounds where it recharges the San Fernando Groundwater Basin.” This number is expected to increase depending on the amount of rainwater we get from El Niño.

The Save the Drop Campaign, founded in Los Angeles, is a campaign that aims to help people limit their water conservation and to increase the amount of water that is in our state’s reservoirs. According to their website savethedropla.com, residents are are still recommended to limit their water consumption in the usual ways, including limiting sprinkler use and shortening shower time. They say that while El Niño is expected to help the drought problem somewhat, it still isn’t enough to solve it completely. Angelenos are even being recommended to buy rain barrels to collect and use rainwater.

There are still some skeptics about how our city is handling their water conservation. Mark Gold of the LA Times says that “Southern California’s water infrastructure still isn’t equipped to capture sufficient rainfall during a wet year”. He goes on to say that “El Niño may very well provide much needed short-term drought relief. But that relief won’t last with our current infrastructure. It’s imperative that we never waste another opportunity like this one again.” No matter how our city is dealing with this issue, it is still important for everyone to do everything in their power to save water to try and end this devastating drought.