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Sawyer Kroll


With finals looming, and endless hours of studying ahead, sometimes a TV break is just what the doctor ordered to cleanse the mind. Whether you need to catch up or just want to revisit a favorite, here are four TV shows to binge watch:


Considered one of the best Israeli shows of all time, Fauda follows a counter-terrorism unit in the IDF. Creators Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff deliver an exhilarating, fast-paced series packed with surprising twists and turns. However, this series is not only about entertaining action. Fauda actually has one of the most nuanced takes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Israeli television history, presenting the flaws of both sides. Currently, there is one season of Fauda available on Netflix.


Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino delivers a hit with his first TV show in which he created and starred. The comedy is about a broke man in Atlanta who tries to provide for his family and prove himself by managing his cousin who is an up-and-coming rapper, but some of the best moments stray from the plot entirely. Atlanta is random yet poignant, funny yet emotional, simple yet intellectual.


HBO strikes gold with this science-fiction epic that is my favorite series of all time. The world created is so fascinating and detailed that you cannot help but keep watching. Not only is it incredible from a filmmaking perspective, with its beautiful cinematography and amazing writing, but it raises many philosophical questions. If you are looking for the ultimate show, look no further.

Stranger Things

Netflix’s surprise summer hit is more than just a temporary fad. The retro, science-fiction story is fresh and surprising. The acting is solid (and the kids are super cute). Stranger Things is the perfect blend of entertaining and artistic. This is a series that you can watch for hours on end with some popcorn by your side. Find the first season on Netflix.

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Lauren Mokhtarzadeh and Sophia Ghadoushi
Wildlife Editor and Social Media Director

We’re back!

Below is an updated list of the best places to grab a bite in The Valley. What makes these restaurants special? Not only are they exclusive to The Valley, but each entry on this list is unique and serves many interesting dishes. Do yourself a favor, and check these restaurants out soon!

1. Wanderlust

Address: 18511 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Attention everyone! The Valley has opened an artisanal ice cream shop. This is no ordinary ice cream shop, for all of their creative flavors are either locally or globally inspired. They have their signature flavors (which are not the typical chocolate and vanilla), and also create seasonal flavors monthly. Some unique flavors that they serve include: Sticky Rice + Mango, Tonka Bean, and Abuelita Malted Crunch. 









2. Slawdogs

Address:  Westfield Topanga, 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd #9080, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

If you are craving a fulfilling breakfast burrito at any time of the day, Slawdogs is the place to be. And, to top it all off, you can add crispy tater tots inside your burrito. Did your stomach just growl? Our’s did. Slawdogs not only has breakfast burritos, but they also have hot dogs (in case that wasn’t obvious), burgers, salads, and several finger food choices. Just to name a few of their mouth-watering options: Oktoberfest Pretzel, Mini Corn Dogs, and K-Town Popcorn Chicken. All we can say is YUM.









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3. Sloan’s Ice Cream

Address: Westfield Topanga, 6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd #1560, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

This dessert paradise is not only sweet in taste, but also in its location at The Topanga Village. The heavenly smells will guide your nose to the doors of Sloan’s, making it impossible to resist. With the endless selection of homemade brownies, ice-cream, cookies, and doughnuts, your mouth will be watering as you order. With sweet treats everywhere in sight, you will never want to leave!

P.S. If you are not in the mood for ice cream (impossible, we know), at least stop by their bathroom (you’ll see why).








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4. Happy Days Cafe

Address:  14552 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

In two words: too cute. Happy Days is the perfect place to grab a treat – from ice cream to stuffed churros to churro donuts – with friends. Their specialty drinks are great as well (the Minty Coffee especially). If you stop by at night there is great live music to enjoy, along with some Insta-worthy wall art in the back.

If you are worried about the calories, we say treat yourself to some fresh nutella-stuffed churros!








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5. Cho Cho San

Address:  4928 Balboa Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

A Valley resident favorite! Some popular dishes include garlic edamame, enormous spicy tuna on crispy rice, and the 911 roll, which is
a must for spicy lovers. With so many rolls to choose from, you will be leaving in a food coma as you walk out the door. Depending on the time of day, this restaurant can fill up fast. Going for an early dinner is your best bet. It’s open all day long, so you can satisfy your mid-day sushi craving.









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6. Blue Dog Beer Tavern

Address: 4524 Saugus Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

As a true Valley kid (aka Justin Leff ‘17) once said, “Blue Dog just gives off this warm, friendly feeling, with pictures of customers’ dogs covering the wall.” Their mac and cheese is a valley favorite. If you’re in search of a casual hole-in-the-wall, go grab a burger here- you won’t regret it.







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7. The Bellwether

Address: 13251 Ventura Blvd a, Studio City, CA 91604

The Bellwether has been described as a relaxed, yet happening place to go out with friends. Whether you decide to have a girls’ night out or a casual meal with friends, you will not be disappointed by these tapas-style dishes. Some of the most popular dinner dishes include the meatballs, tempura cauliflower, and the truffled potato salad. In addition to their dinner, the Bellwether is also popular for weekend brunch, specifically their brioche french toast.









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8. La Cava

Address: 13565 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

This place is perfect for a night out on the town (if your town is near Ventura Blvd.). Dress up and go indulge in authentic Italian food. All of the food is bursting with flavor, so it is impossible to go wrong. Some favorites amongst Valley kids are the pesto gnocchi, the gorgonzola cheese pizza, and the spinach and ricotta stuffed ravioli. If you ever wish for food straight from Rome, head on over to La Cava for the old school Italian feel.








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9. Tel Aviv Grill

Address: 19014 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

We saved the best for last since Israeli food holds a special place in our heart. This is the most authentic Israeli food that has opened in The Valley- or possibly all of LA. Not only is the food A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, but the staff and atmosphere is as close to Tel Aviv as it gets- loud music, great food, and oh so many Israelis. What’s not to love? The staff always makes sure that your food is top notch while they jam out to Israeli music and give out free falafel. It gets better. The fact that you can add falafel balls to your order for just .50 cents per ball is pretty amazing, if you ask us. The staff is very generous with food quantities- imagine all the humus, falafel, fresh pita, and french fries you can eat. The owners are observant Jews so expect them to be closed on  most Jewish holidays, including Shabbat. Otherwise, there is a line out the door- literally.

We have one piece of advice: go to Tel Aviv Grill. Now!








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Stay hungry!

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Leave comments below! Let us know if you’ve visited any of these restaurants, what your favorites are, or if there are any other great Valley restaurants.


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Sawyer Kroll


Every year, billions of people tune in to the Academy Awards to find out which movies will take home the year’s highest honors. Most years, it seems very obvious which films will win in the major categories. However, this year’s show was full of surprises. It wasn’t a La La Land sweep as projected; Moonlight won Best Picture with a historic live TV upset. Even so, there were many great films this year that did not get the attention they deserved at the Oscars this year. Here are four:

Arrival (dir. Denis Villeneuve)

While many movies this year focused on the past, Arrival’s fresh take on the future was breathtaking. The film pushed forward form with its inventive story structure and its twists and turns. Villeneuve is one of Hollywood’s rising stars and Arrival shows exactly why. While awarded with eight nominations, this film only won one Oscar, Best Sound Editing. Arrival, one of the best films of the year, should have received more recognition for its achievements.

Hell or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)

Hell or High Water is a politically-conscious Western thriller that is simple, yet amazing. At its core, it tells the story of brothers who are looking to reclaim what was taken from them in the 2008 financial crash while simultaneously salvaging a life for themselves. The straightforward film thrives on realistic action and great acting. Though nominated for Best Picture, Hell or High Water should have won a few Oscars at the very least.

Everybody Wants Some!! (dir. Richard Linklater)

Richard Linklater’s “spiritual sequel” to the classic Dazed and Confused is an incredibly entertaining movie. It is a textbook example of why deep, three-dimensional characters are more important than plot. Linklater’s effortless and nuanced direction should be very appreciated in the age of big blockbuster movies. Everybody Wants Some!! was not nominated for a single award despite its huge entertainment value. In a year where it seemed that every movie was sad, Academy members should have praised a film that was joyous and fun.

Deadpool (dir. Tim Miller)

It may seem like a stretch to call a movie that grossed almost $800 million worldwide underappreciated. However, behind its flashiness and crass humor there is a very creative, groundbreaking piece of art. Deadpool breaks the trend of the big budget, yet weak Marvel superhero movie with its R-rated, genre-bending script. Though not receiving a single nomination, the film actually did get some awards buzz, highlight by two Golden Globe nominations. Had Academy voters shown some love for this popular underdog, perhaps more young viewers would have been excited for the Oscars.

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Britt Jacobson


In anticipation of the upcoming Coachella Music and Arts Festival, The Roar is releasing a poll asking students and teachers about the lineup.

Which artists are you most excited to see at Coachella this year?

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Lauren Mokhtarzadeh and Britt Jacobson
Wildlife Editor and Editor-in-Chief

If you haven’t already seen James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, get on YouTube immediately. The comedian’s segment focuses on driving around with celebrities while singing karaoke together and conducting short interviews. His guests have included Adele, One Direction, and Michelle Obama among others. The Roar has decided to create its own version with the help of the infamous math teaching duo: Mr. Gallway and Mr. Kaplan. Seeing as student vehicles are parked at the West Lot, The Roar’s version uses the next best option – the Upper School elevator! Featuring hits such as Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” The Killer’s “Mr. Brightside,” the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” and an extremely butchered rendition of Rihanna’s “Work.” Enjoy the first installment of Milken Karaoke!




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Ben Chasen and Evan Satlin

Staff Writers

In the past year, certain artists have dominated the playlists of many Milken students, such as Drake, Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and The Chainsmokers. Now, as the year comes to a close, many of those same artists and more have been recognized by experts in the music industry with nominations for the Recording Academy’s 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Here are our picks for some of the top awards:

Best New Artist


Kelsea Ballerini

The Chainsmokers

Chance The Rapper

Maren Morris

Anderson .Paak

Our Choice: Chance The Rapper

Ben Chasen (BC): You may call me biased, because if you know me, you’ve seen me proudly wearing my Chance merchandise. If you don’t know me, look out for the guy wearing a “3” hat at least once a week. Chance truly is deserving of the award, not only for creating one of the best — if not the best — projects of the year in Coloring Book, but also for pushing the Recording Academy to make streaming-only artists eligible for GRAMMY recognition. Side note: honorable mention to Anderson .Paak for sneaking his way into the nominations for Best New Artist.

Evan Satlin (ES): Chance the Rapper swooped into the music scene as quickly as possible. His distinct voice and love for music has truly helped make him one of the industry’s best artists. Milken students were not the only ones who loved his mixtape, as he gained nationwide recognition for Coloring Book, the first streaming-exclusive album/mixtape to list in the Billboard 200. I have no problem calling Chance the Best New Artist.

Record of The Year


“Hello” — Adele

“Formation” — Beyoncé

“7 Years” — Lukas Graham

“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake

“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

ES: “Work”  — Rihanna Featuring Drake

I know I’m veering from the professional predictions here, but I stand by my decision. “Work” is arguably the catchiest song of 2016 (I still have the song stuck in my head). If Rihanna set out to make an addictive tune that swept the world, she has succeeded, and I believe that she should receive a GRAMMY recognition for doing so.

BC: “Formation” — Beyoncé

Typical Beyoncé. Out here slaying. What else can I say? “Formation” has fantastic lyrics that reference Beyoncé’s heritage, relationship with Jay-Z, race-related struggles and much more. It’s instrumental and beat drip with swagger, perfecting a song that can only be described as a self-promotional anthem. It is easily my pick for Record of the Year of the given nominees. One question: where are “One Dance,” “No Problem,” and “Ultralight Beam”?

Song of the Year


“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)

“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)

“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Our Pick: “Hello” —  Adele

ES: I am choosing this song over some of the other promising nominations because everyone of all ages was, and still is, singing “Hello.” From babies to grandmothers, everyone loves this song and the deep emotion behind it. Seems as if “Hello” is going to be an ageless wonder. Well done, Adele.

BC: Not an easy choice, but the lyrics themselves are enriched with imagery and emotionally soaked. Plus, the song is extremely catchy (as noted by Saturday Night Live). Personally, I don’t really agree with some of the nominations, such as “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” getting a nod while “Lazarus” and “Ultralight Beam” were left out.

Album of the Year


25 — Adele

Lemonade — Beyoncé

Purpose — Justin Bieber

Views — Drake

A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Our Pick: Lemonade –– Beyoncé

ES and BC: Ladies and gentlemen, the Queen is back. Coming out with an album that digs deep into her personal life and background, Beyoncé captures betrayal, emotion, and so much more. She has reminded us that even the best feel pain; but the difference between Beyonce and us is that she makes an anthem and millions of dollars out of it. Not only is it great music, but it is accompanied with a complete visual album that is also up for its own GRAMMY. Beyoncé, you have done it again.


The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Awards will air on CBS at 5:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

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Britt Jacobson and Sophia Ghadoushi

Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer

There are many characteristics that make Milken so… unique. Chief among these remains Vicki’s breakfast burrito in collaboration with the Milken Mart. Join The Roar as we go behind the scenes in “Triple M: Milken Mart Munchies.”

The beloved burrito is available for purchase from 7:30-8:30 AM and 9:00-9:30 AM. The different burrito options include regular, with hot dog or soyrizo. However, soyrizo isn’t available past 8:30 because the woman, the myth, the legend, Stephanie makes a fresh batch every morning. The burrito is perfect with a side of salsa and Cholula, especially if you mix the two together. Pro-tip: try to avoid a monster food coma by sharing with a friend. You can now also purchase a side of guacamole…because it’s LA where everything is eaten with avocados? Alternatively, you can request a burrito “bowl,” essentially the filling without the added calories of a tortilla.

These burritos have hit peak popularity in recent months. According to Leigh Orloff, the head of the Milken Mart, nearly 200 burritos are sold monthly. Last February, 252 burritos were sold. In December, only half a month thanks to Winter Break, 170 burritos were made for consumption. However, she explained to The Roar that the amount of burritos sold depends on the weather – burritos are more popular when it is colder out. Regardless of the weather, we guarantee this munchie will take you and your stomach to “Flavortown.” If you haven’t tried a Vicki’s burrito, what are you waiting for?!

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Noah Cohen

Community Editor

We at The Roar are proud to announce our first photography contest! Submissions are open for all grades, 7-12. The theme of the contest is: “What makes you happy?” As we begin the dreaded stretch between February and March with little to no Jewish Holidays to break up the work,The Roar wants to take a moment to remind everyone about what makes us each happy. Your submission can be as simple as an artsy photo of your comfy bed, an adorable snap of your dog, or an extravagant piece composed of your dog on your comfy bed. The topic is completely up for interpretation. Be creative! Submissions are due onFebruary 10th, 2017. . Submissions will be open for people to vote on the following week, and the winner will be decided by the end of the day on Friday, February 17th. The winner of the contest will receive a $20 Starbucks gift card plus have the The Roar’s cover photo on Facebook changed to the winning picture for a week! Email Noah Cohen (ncohen653@milkenschool.org) to submit or ask any follow up questions.

Rules for applicants:

  • 2 submissions per applicant maximum
  • No obscene or inappropriate images
  • All photos must be taken by the applicant (must be in grades 7-12 and currently attend Milken Community High School)
  • Editing software may be used to apply filters and/or color correction.

Recap of Deadlines:

  • Submissions due February 10th, 2017. 
  • Voting during the week of February 11-17th, 2017. 
  • Winner Decided on Friday, February 17th, 2017.



Happy snapping!!!


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Evan Satlin

Staff Writer


Ladies and Gentlemen, Hanukkah has just passed, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop giving presents. Whether it’s for a birthday or just to make a family member or friend happy, gifts are amazing. While you can always choose the easy way and give the classic “gift card” to your loved one, if you want to be cool and original you could look at the wonderful and affordable suggestions below. The best gifts are always the most thoughtful ones, so let’s make your next gift one that will put a smile on both your and your recipient’s face.


Portable Ping Pong Set: $41.99



ping pongChannel your inner Jordan Brenner by purchasing this, bringing it to school and playing it in the library (as long as Mr. David Kates doesn’t see). Ping Pong is now portable and can be set up on any table in seconds.


Bluetooth Tracking Keychain: $40.00

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/bluetooth-tracking-tagtracking key

Milken students, you never have to lose your keys again. This small, trendy and convenient keychain connects wirelessly through an app on your phone and will help you locate your keys by sending signals. The keychain will then make a noise, making it easier when having some trouble locating your keys.


Taco Socks: $10.00


taco socksMr. Robert Painter will vouch for me when I say that these taco socks are not only spicy, but will also complete any outfit. As a man who has a vault of crazy socks myself, I know the benefits of dressing with style — even if it’s just your socksBest Gifts to Start the New Year. You never know when you’re going to want to make a statement and wear socks as loud as these.


Make-It-Yourself Ukulele:$40.00



ukuleleWhether youare Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole (famous ukulele player) or just a regular Joe Shmo, it is always fun to play the ukulele. Ukuleles are easy to learn, portable, and one of the most upbeat sounding instruments in the world. The only thing better than buying one is being able to make it yourself and adding your own personal stamp to it.


Smartphone InstantPhoto Lab: $24-$169


photo labThis nifty device gives you the ability to turn pictures from your phone into real and tangible photos in the form of polaroids. Now you can even keep that picture of your grandma in your wallet, without the risk of your iPhone crashing. Note: This one is more on the pricey side.


Letters to Future Self: $14.95

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Let’s be honest: we’re already in high school and need a formal way to document our experiences in order to tell our future-selves about it. These letters to yourself allow you to do just that. Whether it is sharing a particularly good day or telling yourself that you need to see the Chainsmokers in concert, it is a good feeling when you read something funny or interesting about yourself from the past.