The Fanfare

Behind the Curtains of a Berkeley Musical

Austi Critchfield, Staff Writer

January 23, 2014


Filed under School Productions

The warm touch of spring will grace Berkeley grounds with a renewed vigor: the frigid cold front will be gone, the birds will flutter about, and a metaphorical song will dance on the lips of nearly every student. While the season brings a tangible lightness to the air and to the heart, it also beckons...

Pics with a Purpose

Mira Rajani, Staff Writer

January 23, 2014


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Raising $3,000 for charity may seem like an overwhelming task for any student, but Freshmen Sammie Lee and Jessica Cascio, founders of the company Pics with a Purpose, are well on their way to achieving this goal. The company is the brainchild of Lee, who hoped to sell photographs in order to raise...

Catching Fire Ignites a Frenzy

Catching Fire Ignites a Frenzy

Annie Phifer, Staff Writer

January 23, 2014


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“Catching Fire,” the second film in the “Hunger Games” series based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novels, earned $161.1 million on its opening weekend in the U.S.  The epic movie had the fourth highest-grossing debut ever and the highest with a female lead, starring Jennifer Lawrence as...

Fanfare Book Pick: The Fault in Our Stars

Regan Dabbs, Staff Writer

December 6, 2013


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“Don’t forget to be awesome.” This phrase, coined by John Green, undoubtedly rings true for his fourth novel, “The Fault in Our Stars.” As a 16-year old girl with terminal cancer, Hazel Grace Lancaster is somewhat pessimistic about her future. But as fate may have it she meets fellow “cancer...

Video Games Are Helping Us Learn

Zachary Diamandis, Features Editor

December 6, 2013


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High school is a lot of work. Students with busy academic and extracurricular schedules often find it hard to set aside leisure time. The free time that they do have is spent in different ways, but a common yet controversial method of relaxation is playing video games. The topic of video games brings...

Theatre of the Night Rocks Out

Natalie Yob, Staff Writer

December 6, 2013


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When Kathi Grau first began working in Upper Division, the theatre department was undergoing a major transition towards a more formal drama program. With these new adjustments taking place, Grau hoped to, “give the students a creative outlet” through which to prepare for future auditions and experiment...

“Prisoners” Sets Melancholy Tone

Brett Sokol, Staff Writer

October 31, 2013


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Autumn’s arrival marks the departure of sunshiny days, shorts and summer blockbusters. (At least for most of the United States).  To accompany the cool winds and cloudy skies, French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve released Prisoners, likely the year’s gloomiest movie.  Its premise of a chil...

Students Enjoy Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson Concert

Emily Johnson, Staff Writer

October 31, 2013


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The Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson concert was unforgettable. As my friends and I set out our red blanket on the green grass of the Amphitheatre, my heart jumped with excitement. This was the second concert I had ever gone to, and I was a big fan of both Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson. As we sat in the...

Status Update: Is Social Media Dominating Our Lives?

Dana Manning, Staff Writer

October 31, 2013


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According to BusinessInsider.com, there are more devices connected to the internet than people on Earth. Daily use of social media is becoming increasingly prevalent in our society. According to the Huffington Post, 94% of teens ages 12 to 17 actively use the internet. Of that percentage, 81% use...

Fanfare Book Pick: “The Cleaner”

Alan Armero, Opinion Editor

September 2, 2013


Filed under Reviews

A satirical take on the traditional murder mystery novel, The Cleaner puts the reader in the mind of Joe, a closet serial killer who poses by day as a janitor with special needs.  You can’t help but laugh at Joe’s dry, candid commentary as he plays detective in order to defend his serial killer...

Fanfare Book Pick: “A Game of Thrones”

Alan Armero, Opinion Editor

September 2, 2013


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A Game of Thrones is a book that deals in fantasy, political intrigue, action, and even a little romance. At first, it showed very little promise, due to a large, confusing cast of characters coupled with an almost plot. Until I was almost a quarter of the way into the book, I seriously doubted my abi...