The Arrow November 2021

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100 Lakeview Canyon Rd. Westlake Village, CA 91362 Volume XLIV | Issue 2 | November 8, 2021

Community College Versus University page 9 WHS’s upcoming play

Re–evaluating homework

Eternals movie review (coming Nov. 14)

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Highlighting Indigenous peoples

Arrow’s favorite fall flavor



Varsity football recap

Arrow staff picks


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“Racist and derogatory team names have real and harmful effects on [American Indian and Alaska Native] people every day, particularly young people,” wrote Erik Stegman and Victoria Phillips in an article for the Center for American Progress. A possible solution could be to change the mascot and the name of “Warriors” completely, eradicating any and all insensitive references to Native American culture. The reality is, though, that this approach is not feasible. According to Branham, changing the mascot requires polling WHS alumni, consulting various committees and agreeing as a WHS community upon a new mascot. All this takes multiple years and too much money. Sports uniforms would have to be redesigned and murals would have to be repainted. An approach that is more effective and plausible is rebranding the mascot from the Native American view of a warrior to a more appropriate image such as the Spartan warrior. “To me, it’s about the branding of [the mascot],” said Branham. “Rebranding to me is completely different than changing names. When you change names, you’re getting to the core of it … [but] there are a lot of different ways to look at [the idea of “Warriors”] and interpret that.” Keeping the name of “Warriors” and rebranding the image associated with it would still be a long process but simpler than completely changing the mascot. Though the task of rebranding will take time and money, in the end, the benefits of adopting a more respectful and culturally– sensitive mascot would ultimately be worth the effort.







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“Tribe. Tribe! TRIBE! TRIBE! TRIBE!” As the chanting grows faster and faster, the crowd of students at the rally erupts in cheers and applause. The students may not pay much attention to the words they’re shouting, but in reality, those words hold far more significance than a simple high school chant. WHS, like many high schools throughout the nation, has a mascot related to Native American culture. However, many of these references to Indigenous culture through school mascots, chants and school organizations’ names can be inappropriate and insensitive. As such, WHS should consider rebranding its “Warriors” mascot and altering any references of such that are in affiliation with the school to a more appropriate image. Ideally, having a mascot related to Native American culture should be a celebration of the heritage rather than a casual reference. According to an article in the LA Times written in 1998 by Joel Engardio, the WHS administration at that time was considering changing the Warrior mascot from the profile of a Native American headdress to an image that was more “historically accurate.” However, the result many years later was only the removal of this headdress image. Other references remain, such as the name “the WHS Warriors,” the name of this newspaper The Arrow, the name of WHS’s yearbook Wah’Kon–Tah (a word meaning “great spirit” or “great mystery” from the Osage tribe in Oklahoma), chants at rallies and football games, and images of arrows. According to WHS principal Jason Branham, the original mascot was intended to be a Spartan warrior, much like Westmont College’s mascot. However, sometime between the voting and the inauguratory class, the mascot changed to a Native American depiction of the warrior. Along with that came the tribe chant and other Native American references. Many assert that this Native American depiction of the warrior is a symbol of diversity. Examples of this can be seen in the names of state professional athletics teams such as the Washington Redskins. However, “that [assertion] ignores the dangerous possibility that such ethnic names and imagery affect how other people view Native Americans — possibly in subtle and damaging ways,” wrote Justin Angle from The Conversation. In fact, inaccurately used ethnic imagery can prove to have harmful effects for American Indian children and students at school. The generalization of their community and insensitivity towards their culture is certainly not something that should be cultivated in what should be a welcoming learning environment.



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by angela ling & soumya monga



In honor of November being National American Indian Heritage Month, we wanted to address why WHS should consider rebranding its mascot.



Should WHS change its mascot?

New core literature books

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CVUSD seeks to adopt new core literature books

by ella marcum social media editor Conejo Valley Unified School District’s Equity Task Force committee is in the process of adopting new core literature books for the high school curriculum in hopes of incorporating more diverse voices. CVUSD has started the process to implement Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto, How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang and Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro for the 2022 spring semester. Kitchen has already been reviewed by some teachers for the 12th grade curriculum. “One theme is the need to process grief in order to progress in life,” said Lora Novak, AP English Literature and Composition and English 10 Honors teacher. “The novel also examines relationships between people, how they form, the value of these ties and the need for others in our lives.” Novak has also read Klara and the Sun, a science fiction novel that’s set in a dystopian

world, which is being reviewed for the 10th grade curriculum. “While [Klara and the Sun] is longer, students will appreciate the technology angle,” said Novak. “It is another novel that deals with relationships, particularly between friends, and artificial ones at that, and between parents and their children.” Despite the positive reactions to the books from teachers, CVUSD still has to follow a lengthy process to approve the books. According to WHS English department chair Joseph Nigro, the process requires a teacher and department chair from the English Articulation committee to present a book to the Secondary Curriculum Advisory Council for approval. The EA committee consists of English department chairs and district–level administrators. SCAC then sends the book to the school board for discussion, and parents are able to preview the book before the school board votes to adopt it. The Equity Task Force committee, led by Catherine Xu ‘22, has taken the lead in getting these books approved by the district.

Xu has been a part of ETF ever since it was established and has worked to implement books written about diverse experiences by underrepresented authors “Many times, we don’t read texts about these underrepresented groups and experiences, and in turn, many students struggle with relating to the stories because there is a lack of diversity,” said Xu. Parents can participate in the preview event to offer their insight on the book selection. According to, there was a virtual preview event on Oct. 28 where Xu advocated for the necessity of diverse literature. “It’s crucial to include diversity in our curriculum and in our district as a whole because if students are able to read from diverse texts and learn about the different accomplishments of diverse groups, then they are more understanding of each other and about many cultures,” said Xu. “Students are able to see themselves and their cultures reflected in the curriculum [and learn] to appreciate their culture.”

To find out more about the adoption process, visit

High school books being considered for adoption 10th grade

“What stays with you is the haunting narrative voice — a genuinely innocent, egoless perspective on the strange behavior of humans obsessed and wounded by power, status and fear,” wrote The Booker Prizes.

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang “Zhang captures not only the mesmeric beauty and storied history of America’s sacred landscape, but also the harsh sacrifices countless of people were forecd to make,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle.


Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto “Yoshimoto’s writing is lucid, earnest and disarming, emotionally observant [and] fluently readable ... [It] seizes hold of the reader’s sympathy and refuses to let go,” wrote Michiko Kakutani from The NY Times. GRAPHIC BY ALLISON TIEU

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In brief Free Period products WHS’s girls’ bathrooms now have free female hygiene products. For years, women have lacked access to these products, especially those living under the federal poverty line. In the past, female students had to pay 25 cents to purchase menstrual products from the dispensers in the bathroom, but come 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law requiring California public schools to provide free menstrual products in school bathrooms.

Substitute Teacher Shortage With California’s substitute teacher shortage, WHS has often had to rely on current full–time teachers or administrators to supervise classes. During the 2018–19 school year, the California Commission reported that Teacher Credentialing, the agency that provides full–time and substitute teachers with licenses, licensed around 64,000 teaching permits, which dropped to 47,000 during the 2020–21 school year.

UC applications Applications for the Fall 2022 admissions for the University of California schools are due Nov. 30. The application fee is $70. To go through the application process, students must create an account on apply.universityofcalifornia. edu. For more information visit admission. or Rebecca Mertel in the College and Career Center.

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California requires ethnic studies course in 2025 by allison tieu business manager On Oct. 8, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that requires California public high schools to offer at least one ethnic studies course beginning in the 2025–26 school year, and WHS plans to offer a pilot program next year. Ethnic studies is the teaching of the history of different ethnic and racial groups in the United States, from their discrimination to their contributions and achievements, bringing light upon their long brushed aside history. Over the years, discussions have circulated regarding the idea of ethnic studies being a required course. Last year, Newsom vetoed a bill that required students to take an ethnic studies course to graduate high school. Newsom stated in his veto message that he supports the role that ethnic studies plays, but he felt that the latest draft of the bill still required revision. “California’s students have been telling us for years that they need to see themselves and their stories represented in the classroom,” said Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, on Oct. 8. “Today’s historic action gives schools the opportunity to uplift the histories and voices of marginalized communities in ways that help our state and nation achieve racial justice and create lasting change.”


In March of 2021, the State Board of Education created a revised state curriculum guide for the ethnic studies course before Newsom signed the bill. “The critical thinking skills and self–esteem [students] develop in ethnic studies helps them advance in their education, communities and careers,” said Siobhan King Brooks, a professor of African American studies at California State University, Fullerton.

Students who have taken the course have shown academic gains. A Stanford study at San Francisco Unified School District, published in 2017, showed that students have positively benefited from the ethnic studies course with a higher attendance rate and grade–point average due to students being more engaged in the class. The course has allowed students to identify with what they are learning because they can observe their ancestors’ role in

history through the perspective of their personal experiences. “I feel it is a very necessary course to learn, especially for people our age growing up and about to enter the world,” said Kieran Groves ‘23. “I think it’s very important to learn about everybody and their struggles through history and how we can move forward and address current problems.” Next school year, WHS will be introducing a pilot ethnic studies course using other local curriculums as examples. Stakeholder meetings involving teachers, students and parents from the district have been involved in planning this new addition to the Conejo Valley Unified School District high schools. Emily Dale, AP Human Geography and AP European History teacher, and Michael Lynch, AP U.S. Government & Politics and AP Human Geography teacher are on the committee in charge of creating and planning the ethnic studies course at WHS. “I think that the idea and the movement towards ethnic studies for all of California is trying to encompass the kind of diversity that we have in this state, country and world,” said Dale. “[In] a lot of our history courses, we get right to the verge of ethnicity and different groups, but it doesn’t fully happen ... I think that being citizens, having knowledge about this is a really great thing, and I hope to be able to be part of bringing that forward.”



Update on Biden’s first year of presidency

by grace hefner feature editor


President Joe Biden accomplished many of his goals for the United States in the midst of the COVID–19 pandemic, strengthening a weakening economy and opposing political uprising in his first year in office. When Biden was elected 46th president on Nov. 7, 2020, the United States was facing multiple crises, including the COVID–19 pandemic that was dividing the nation. “[Biden] had a huge task ahead of him to not only solve the pandemic, but how to get all Americans on the same page about the pandemic,” said Sabrina Beckwith, World History and U.S. Government and Politics teacher. Biden was quick to oversee the administration of 100 million COVID–19 vaccines before his first 100 days in office. “Today, [April 22, 2021] we officially reached our goal of 200 million shots in my first 100 days,” stated the POTUS official Instagram account. “Make no mistake: this is an American achievement.” On March 11, 2021, Biden signed the COVID–19 Relief Bill, which included $70 billion for COVID–19 vaccine distribution, an extension for unemployment insurance and as much as a $1,400 check for lower–income Americans according to the Los Angeles Times. “This historic legislation is about restoring the backbone of this country,” said Biden during the signing ceremony according to CNBC. “That’s what the essence of this [bill] is.” Although the pandemic devastated the U.S. economy, unemployment rates dropped from 6.2% to 6% after 916,000 jobs were added in March of 2021, according to NBC.

INAUGURATION DAY: President Joseph Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses greet the crowd at the Capitol Building during the 59th inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2021.

“Today’s report is good news,” said Biden according to NBC, addressing the progress the economy had made. “We still have a long way to go, but I know we can get there, and we will get there together.” Since the beginning of his campaign trail, Biden claimed that he wanted to take back many actions his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, had made during his time in office, such as stopping the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. “As a candidate, Biden had vowed to reverse a decision by President Donald Trump and revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline,” according to NBC. “Biden made good on the promise in an executive order just hours after he was sworn in.”

Biden also wanted to rebuild alliance organizations, along with America’s reputation, with countries the nation had once shown its support for. “[The United States] had followed this specific pattern, and we have a reputation as being one of the front runners,” said Beckwith. “Trump pulling us out of those alliances was scary to a lot of people and a lot of other countries.” During his time in office, Trump voiced multiple problems he had with many transatlantic alliance organizations, which Biden has now shown his full support for. “I speak to you today as the president of the United States at the very start of my administration, and I’m sending a clear

message to the world: America is back,” said Biden at the Virtual Munich Security Conference according to their video published on Feb. 19, 2021. “The transatlantic alliance is back, and we are not looking backward; we are looking forward together.” As much as Biden has been praised for building a foundation for the next few years of his presidency, he has also faced some backlash recently for how he handled the removal of American troops from Afghanistan. “This was a war that [the United States] has spent a lot of time and money on, and to see it end so abruptly and to see the power that we tried to fight off for so long just get what they wanted, I think hurt a lot of people,” said Beckwith. Along with Afghanistan, many Americans, specifically young adults, are frustrated with Biden’s lack of effort toward the ever growing climate change crisis. However, as of mid– October, he has begun to take some action. “The president and the first lady are set to travel to Europe in two weeks, with the global climate crisis at the forefront of Biden’s agenda,” according to CNBC. “Biden will also travel to Glasgow, Scotland to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26, at the start of November.” With his first year coming to a close, Biden has been put to the test with the many challenges and harsh criticisms that are having a massive effect on the nation as a whole, many of which will most likely expand into his second year in office. “No matter what he [does], there is going to be backlash, and I think that goes along with every president,” said Beckwith. “Every choice they make, there’s a side that supports it and a side that doesn’t.”

Double health crisis predicted for this winter season by alyssa rice opinion section & graphics editor

Recent developments for double pandemic – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have started administering booster shots to high–risk individuals and people 65 years and older. – Flu and COVID–19 vaccines can now be given at the same time.


This fall and winter season, health experts are anticipating both COVID–19 and influenza cases to spike: a health crisis dubbed the double pandemic. “The truth is, we’re due for a flu pandemic,” said Dr. Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention and control for UCHealth, according to “We have flu pandemics, on average, about every 10 years, so we are overdue.” According to CNN Health, with both viruses posing health risks for those infected, especially on the lungs, health experts worry that an infection of one will increase the risk of catching the other leading to disastrous health consequences. As the COVID–19 pandemic slowly nears the two–year anniversary of its official declaration, mask mandates are receding, posing additional risks for a faster spread of both infections. “I do think that the flu will hit us harder this year than it did last year because of all of us being more relaxed in how we are socializing, and I think the strains may be hitting us harder,” said WHS nurse Sarah Hayden. According to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2020–21 flu season is at a record low because of stay–at–home orders, social– distancing and the mask mandate. However, the return to a more normal life and the upcoming fall and winter holidays may contribute to a spike, and flu cases may wreak havoc on increased efforts for contract tracing COVID–19 infections.

“It will be difficult because the symptoms overlap so everyone who will get the flu will have to get COVID–19 tested,” said Kirsta Andrew– Fischer, AP and Honors Biology and Honors Biomimicry teacher. “But if it means that people who have the flu will stay home, we may have a lighter season because people are taking care of themselves and not spreading it at school.” Beyond health problems, an increased number of school absences will impact students academically and socially. Students will have to catch up on missed work while not having the opportunity to interact with classmates and teachers. “Missing school affects students because they are not sitting in class,” said Hayden. “It is harder to learn material when you are doing it through email or online. The best way to learn is in–person, so the more students that are out sick, the more I think it will affect kids through their grades and understanding of the material to mental health because it is hard to not be with other people.” Teachers are also concerned about how missing school will affect students’ ability to learn material and keep up with the pace of their classes. “I would hate for someone to get ill and then have that make up time period, particularly for classes that move a bit faster, because then they have to make up work for all their classes,” said Fischer. Despite the concerns about a double pandemic, there are many ways to stay safe, protect the WHS community and slow the spread of both viruses. Neither virus is new, so there is a variety of research on their transmission and effects. “[My advice is] for sure masking up, wearing your mask over your nose and mouth,

– The new quadrivalent infleunza (flu) vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses opposed to just three in past versions of the vaccine. – People should check with their doctor to be sure they are able to get the vaccine.


and washing hands,” said Hayden. “If you are sick, the best advice is to stay home because it protects you and it protects your friends, classmates and teachers.” To slow the spread of the COVID–19 virus, Los Angeles County issued a new vaccine mandate on Oct. 7 that requires employees and customers at indoor bars, wineries, distilleries, nightclubs and lounges to show proof of both doses of COVID–19 vaccination for entry. According to ABC7, large events also require guests to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID–19 test within 72 hours of the event for entry. Masks will still be required in all indoor spaces. As of Sep. 22, Pfizer–BioNTech received FDA approval for its booster dose of the COVID–19 vaccine for distribution to high–risk individuals


and those 65 years and older, according to Additionally, this vaccine has been approved for kids ages 5–11 as of Oct. 29. According to, Johnson & Johnson received approval for its booster shot on Oct. 15. Pfizer boosters have already begun being administered, with Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to follow suit. “As we learn more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID–19 vaccines, including the use of a booster dose, we will continue to evaluate the rapidly changing science and keep the public informed,” said acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. in an FDA news release. CareNow Urgent Care, located on Thousand Oaks Blvd. offers flu shots to all ages at a discounted rate of $20. To schedule an appointment, visit



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visits, receive information on financial aid and scholarships, register for AP tests and obtain sports editor work permits. WHS has many resources available to “People often confuse what Mrs. Mertel students including year–round academic and does with what I do,” said career education mental support centers, which students are program coordinator Dr. Laurie Looker. “She encouraged to take advantage of. provides information on College and Career, Tutoring for history, science, world whereas I deal with career exploration … as well language, writing and math is offered as community connections and resources.” throughout the year. Despite it being cost–free Another on–campus center is the Wellness and having a wide variety of subjects, students Center, a district–provided resource to help hesitate to attend these subject centers. students maintain a healthy state of mind for “Many students know about free tutoring school and non–school related aspects. It is opportunities here [at WHS] ... although I open for students by appointment or walk–in don’t think a lot of people take advantage from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. of these resources,” “There are different said history peer tutor mental health clinicians think students don’t for each site … on Bella Kauffman ‘24. “I think students don’t understand how easy different campuses,’’ said understand how easy it it could be to get help WHS’s mental health could be to get help if you clinician Jennifer Julian. if you are having a hard time “This is a safe place to are having a hard time with something. There is with something.” come on campus if you’re always a way to get help –Bella Kauffman having a really hard and hopefully improve day. We can help you in a subject instead of gain coping skills, tools, keeping questions to yourself.” communication skills or just provide a place to The WHS website offers information calm down if you’re feeling escalated or having on the peer tutoring system. According to a panic attack.”, appointments are available With access to a wide array of resources during lunch throughout the week. Students and support centers, students can receive help should book their first appointment well in managing their academic and mental well– before an assignment deadline to avoid last– being. Hesitation to seek help at the many minute stress. resource centers on campus often stems from The College and Career Center is run unfamiliarity with the process. by coordinator Rebecca Mertel. Through “Many students have heard of these support the College and Career Center, students can centers by word–of–mouth,” said Julian. “But connect with peer tutors, sign up for college sometimes reaching out can seem intimidating.”

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Reviewing go-to local boba shops



Azuki Boba & Tea

The Boba Cafe

Chakaa Tea Cafe

3835 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.

22941 Ventura Blvd.

520 N. Ventu Park Rd., Suite 140

Azuki Boba recently opened its doors and is quickly rising in popularity among WHS students. About a five–minute walk from campus, Azuki is a new hangout for students looking for fresh drinks and a comforting environment to hang with friends and drink boba tea. Azuki’s drinks usually cost $4.75–$5.25, depending on size and flavor. Azuki’s fan favorite drinks include strawberry or mango matcha fruit lattes and the classic dirty milk tea with boba. There are multiple sizing options for drinks, with both small and regular sizes available. There is also the option to have any drink with or without the tapioca boba pearls. All milk–based drinks contain dairy; however, there are also non­–dairy options such as fruit teas, including the tropical fruit tea and the citrus bloom tea.

Off of the Ventura freeway nearing Woodland Hills is the popular Boba Cafe, with milk and fruit tea options. Their colorful galaxy drinks and classic milk tea options make the 20– minute drive worthwhile for many boba fans. Drinks range from $4.75 teas to $5.99 smoothie and icy milk drinks, and any milk tea can be made hot or cold with adjusted sweetness levels. The Boba Cafe is also well–known for its wide array of toppings ranging from fruit jellies to chia seeds to popping boba. Many of the cafe’s drinks are dairy–free and given out in reusable cups. The atmosphere of the store lacks comfort and enjoyment, since seating is only available outside along the busy street, but The Boba Cafe is mostly known for its online orders and pick– ups so customers can get their boba with ease.

Newbury Park is the home of Chakaa Tea Cafe, a popular boba tea shop with an array of drink options. The wide variety of teas and modern atmosphere with two levels of indoor seating are encouraging motives to check out the cafe. The price ranges from a $4.25 classic milk tea to a $6.25 grass jelly dessert drink with the option of fruit, tiramisu, ice–blended, cacao and matcha teas. The Chakaa favorites include milk tea classics like the House Boba and Thai tea, as well as ice–blended fruit drinks, such as Fresh Orange Boom and Strawberry Cheezo (a cheesecake–flavored foam). The milk teas all have oat and almond milk alternatives available, and many fruit drinks are already made without dairy, although the Cheezo foam does contain dairy.

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WHS theatre puts twist on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by vivian stein a&e section editor


For its first production in the 2021–22 school year, the WHS theater department presents an original retelling of Shakespeare’s famous work — A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “It’s Shakespeare with an ‘80s theme,” said theater board president Ellie Donohue ‘23, who plays Lysandra, one of the leading roles in the production. “Our twist is that it’s couples going to prom, and [there’s] a same–sex relationship that’s not approved of. They’re trying to get permission to go to prom together.” The theater department put a modern spin on this classic play to hopefully allow students to better understand the plot and connect with the characters. “It’s one of [Shakespeare’s] most convoluted works, but it’s also one of the most well–known and well–understood,” said theater director Elisa Griffin. “It’s easy for an audience to understand what’s going on, and I think the way that we’re going to stage it with the ‘80s theme will make it more accessible to a student audience.” The show will run on Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Carpenter Family Theater. The cast of 25 students began the audition process in mid–September and has held after school rehearsals every day since. “[We rehearse] after school from 3:30–5 p.m., but during tech week, we’re going to have more hours,” said Brooke Davis ‘25,

READY FOR A DEBUT: Cast members (left to right) Ave Mallillin ‘23, Callista Benavente ‘25, Keira Lefkowitz ‘24, Hanna Adler ‘25, Ben Daniels ‘24 and Margaret Schwartz ‘24 add final touches to their scene during tech week in preparation for WHS’s first show since quarantine.

who plays Puck in the play. “It’s the week when we work with all the crew that’s made all the props and plan out when we’re going to do what and where.” During tech week, the week leading up to the opening night, the cast and crew will have longer rehearsals after school in order to work out last–minute details and practice extensively for the show’s run during the second week of November. “[I’m excited] to make a statement,” said Donohue. “I think we’re taking a risk with

what we’re doing with it to put a message into the world.” After working diligently on the production for over a month, Griffin and the cast members are looking forward to seeing their hard work come to life on the stage. “When I see them either click with their character or click with another character or actor on stage, and you can see that they are just [enjoying] theater together, that’s what I do it for,” said Griffin. “I love to see them once they hit the stage and are ready to go and convince

me that they are [their characters].” The characters from the original Shakespeare play have all been modified in terms of names, genders and personalities in order to fit this version’s various twists and subplots. “My character, [Puck], is very mischievous,” said Davis. “We’re basing my character on a gamer. I’m the one who causes a lot of drama, but I’m also a henchman at the same time.” Because this version of the play takes place during the ‘80s, there are many allusions to popular culture from the time period, such as video games, movies and other aspects of the beloved decade, all to bring a more modern touch to Shakespeare’s work. “Everything in the fairy realm is going to be vintage video games,” said Griffin. “All the fairies will be Legend of Zelda characters, [and] we’re going to represent Pac–Man and classic ‘80s characters.” With twists on the time period and characters, the department hopes to create a fun and innovative version of this beloved play. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the WHS theater department’s first in–person play after more than a year–long break due to the COVID–19 pandemic, and as a result, the cast has been able to grow closer. “[The play] has been a really good way to connect with new people, especially after the pandemic,” said Donohue. “I think my favorite part is just getting to go to rehearsals, [to] be around everyone and be together again as a community.”

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International shows, movies take Netflix by storm


Foreign film recommendations A Separation This Iranian drama film centers around a young, middle–class family hoping to provide better opportunities for the youngest member of the household. Through well–developed characters and stunning screenplay, A Separation delivers a complex narrative that is sure to leave an impact long after the credits roll.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham This classic Bollywood movie depicts the ups and downs of multiple entwined families. The three–and–a–half hour film includes oustanding musical scores that will stay stuck in your head for days, and incorporates elements of family ties, friendships and social obligations. PHOTOS COURTESY OF PUBLIC DOMAIN

biggest launch series with 142 million watchers as of October 2021. The show gained even more photo editor popularity due to social media platforms, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok. Throughout 2021, Netflix’s top 10 “Squid Game gave [Netflix] more shows and movies list has included more confidence that our global strategy is going international movies than ever. With the towards the right direction,” said Kim. Korean drama Squid Game ranking No. 1 at According to Kosse, 50% of Netflix’s its peak viewership, international films have membership base has watched a non–English grown immensely in popularity. film in the past year. As a result, more “When we first started investing in international shows have gotten attention and Korean series and films … we wanted to make garnered critical acclaim. world–class stories for … fans across Asia “I think [international films] have and the world,” said Minyoung Kim, the vice exposed me to a new genre of filmmaking,” said president of content for Netflix, in an interview Samai Srinivasan ‘22. “I’ve only been exposed with CNN. to American films and some Indian films, but With the creation of stories for that’s about it. I am really excited that more and international fans, David Kosse, the vice more people are being exposed to Korean films, president of international film for Netflix, Indian films, Chinese films and Japanese films.” also spoke about the reason behind Netflix’s Netflix’s attention to international international ventures. movies and shows helps “We think not only filmmakers share am really excited their work, but it also [reaching out to international fans is] that more and more helps audiences around going to give filmmakers the world feel seen, heard people are being and represented on the around the world ... exposed to Korean films, big screen. The inclusion more flexibility in terms of stories they tell and Indian films, Chinese films of diverse backgrounds new diverse stories to tell broaden the variety of and Japanese films.” films viewers can enjoy. in different languages,” –Samai Srinivasan said Kosse. “[It] allows “I love it,” said us to embrace and take Srinivasan. “That’s what chances on stories that I always thought about others didn’t.” in media and film. There’s a big lack of Indian Netflix reaching out to more foreign and Chinese people in prominent roles, [but] industries does more for these productions because of shows like Patriot Act and movies than other companies could with its huge like Parasite and shows like Squid Game, we get viewer base. For example, Squid Game, a series to see more … [people] of color represented in previously rejected for six years, was Netflix’s our media.”

by alyssa joo


Life is Beautiful This Italian war and drama film dives into the life of Guido Orefice, a Jewish man trying to make ends meet in the early 1940s. Based on the true story of Rubino Romeo Salmoni, the movie follows Guido as he is taken into a concentration camp and forced to use imagination and willpower to protect himself and his son. GRAPHIC BY VIVIAN STEIN



opinion section & graphics editor One of the most desired parts of growing up is the classic college experience — wandering around campus while breathing in the crisp fall air, meeting your friends for coffee on a Friday afternoon and having a newfound opportunity to explore a new place and meet new people. Universities give students all of these opportunities and so much more, making them the best place to go to college. They also give students so many new experiences that they remember for the rest of their lives. Students typically attend a university outside their hometown, exposing them to new environments and experiences. These experiences can help them become more independent, as they must learn to manage their classes, homework, meals, health and social life. Exposure to new places can even give students ideas on where they want to live when they graduate. Universities also give students more opportunities such as joining unique clubs that tailor to their major, allowing students

Is a university a better choice for post–secondary education than a Opposing community college? Opinions

With an increased focus on students’ mental health, options outside traditional universities have become more prominent. Here, The Arrow weighs the pros and cons of both options, so students can find their best fit.


by julie rendon

a&e editor Community colleges have many benefits, and choosing to attend one over a university is neither bad nor shameful. Going to a community college prepares students for a university experience if they choose to transfer and, later on, also provides students with a quality education that sets them up for many long–lasting careers. Community college is also significantly more cost–effective because students can complete a two–year degree at a fraction of the cost of a four–year college. The tuition is much more affordable, with California in–state students paying an average yearly cost of $1,310, according to California has the least expensive community college system in the nation, and according to, students may also

be eligible for the California College Promise Grant which helps with financial aid. Moorpark College is one of the best– rated community colleges in California, and according to, the average yearly cost is $1,112. Moorpark offers students different ways to complete their courses, with options for on– campus, online or hybrid learning. According to, MCC is known for its Accounting, Anthropology, Art and Art History majors. While the thought of managing school and a part–time job may sound stressful at first, students have so much flexibility when creating a schedule that works for them. Students are free to work at their own pace and can schedule classes for times when they know they can learn at their full potential. Although community colleges do not offer as many courses as universities, if students choose to transfer to a university, they can carry over credits earned at community college to gain a Bachelor’s degree. The Associate degree that community college students receive after graduating carries

with it many credentials and certifications that help students build résumés for any career they wish to pursue. Another supposed downside to community college is the lack of “college experience.” Though joining sororities or fraternities, hanging out on–campus and having a fun night in the dorms may seem like a great time, this simply isn’t a true depiction of the university experience. In addition, the ability to commute to college from home is easier for students because they can choose to do their schoolwork at home, and it is more affordable than out–of–state colleges. Community college is career–oriented, and graduates can be on their way settling into a career after a two–year degree. According to, many jobs that only require a two–year degree are in high–demand, such as wind turbine service technicians, forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists, massage therapists and others. Community college is not inadequate in comparison to university. It provides just as good of an education as university does and still sets students up for success.

The Arrow’s favorite fall flavor

Pumpkin spice 7 votes

“It reminds me of the first time I tasted pumpkin pie with my family. It’s more so about the memories than the actual flavor.” –Soumya Monga

Apple spice 4 votes

“Apple spice is a perfect name for a great flavor — crisp and fun for a good, cozy fall season of getting together.” –Alyssa Joo

Chai spice 2 votes

Pumpkin pie 1 vote

“Chai teas are always my fall go–to because they are sweet and warm drinks with a bit of spice to their flavor.” –Andy Lynch

“Pumpkin pie tastes delicious with a perfectly sweetened custard filling and crust that crumbles with every bite.” –Allison Tieu

Compiled by Alyssa Rice

Not the Norm


by alyssa rice

benefit of variety in class selection. Many schools offer over 100 different majors, sometimes even more than 150, and many more minors that do not exist at smaller colleges, allowing students to pursue a unique educational experience that relates directly to their interests and classes. Students can select classes that interest them while earning credits, and the honors college program at many universities provides even more specialized classes that keep students engaged and excited about learning. The large number of universities nationwide allow students to pick a school that will challenge but support them academically allowing them to learn and grow. However, the two biggest concerns surrounding universities are cost and course rigor. To combat cost, students can apply for scholarships offered by a range of organizations, and many universities commit to providing low cost education for students through financial aid. According to, the Federal Student Aid program provides over $120 billion annually to students through grants, work– study and loans to help them pay for college or career school. Universities may pose challenges for students, but ultimately, they will become more well–rounded individuals with the experience and tools to succeed in today’s world.



to receive hands–on experience in their field of interest. These schools also have the advantage of study abroad programs that expose students to new cultures and experiences that can’t be gained any other way. Many small schools and community colleges lack this option, but larger, more well– funded schools may even give grants to students. For example, Michigan State University has designated WHS a Spartan Select school, allowing students to receive scholarships, including one towards studying abroad. Universities also have a diverse population, which allows students to meet different people and learn about various cultures and experiences. According to, 41% of the student body at the University of Washington consists of diverse students, and 16% is from international countries. Universities across the nation have similar numbers that community colleges do not as they are primarily composed of local students. Working with a variety of people in a classroom setting will also benefit students long after graduation since they will constantly have to communicate and collaborate with a variety of people in the workplace. Because of their sizes, universities have the




Too tired to think by makenna norman featured columnist Greetings WHS students. I assume most of you are reading this at a reasonable time of day because, let’s be honest, you have better things to do from 10 p.m.–6 a.m. than reading The Arrow, such as receiving the recommended amount of sleep for a teenager. I, unfortunately, am writing to you at 3 a.m. on a Monday morning, so I will not be getting the necessary 8–10 hours of sleep tonight. My sleeping habits might suggest that I’m a huge procrastinator, but the real reason I’m up so late and finishing assignments last– minute is because I’m a marching band kid. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I get home from school at around 6:30 p.m., take a break after my 10–hour school day and start homework at about 8 p.m. On Wednesdays, I return to school at 5 p.m. for rehearsal, get home shortly after 9 p.m. and finally start homework at around 10 p.m. Some Fridays I have football games from 5:15–10 p.m. or later. Saturdays are either all– day rehearsals or competitions with an 8 a.m. call time and 11 p.m. return time. I’m sure it’s clear now why I’m staying up all night doing homework, even on Sundays and Mondays, because those days become “homework days” where I desperately try to catch up on all my late assignments and study for upcoming tests. To be fair, I can’t blame band for all my struggles because I chose to take several honors and AP classes. But that’s because I comply with the unrealistic standards society has placed on students to go beyond what they’re mentally capable of in order to get good grades and be accepted into a great college, not because I was unaware of how overwhelming it would be. I know many of you have a combination of sports, extracurriculars and difficult classes that keep you up through the night, and while I don’t have any strategies to offer you about completing your homework faster and going to bed earlier, I do have one very valuable piece of advice: your mental health should always come first. Having such an intense schedule and receiving little sleep can severely impact your mental health, so try to remember that high school isn’t the most important thing in the world. It is okay to not always finish all your work every night and turn in assignments late. Many teachers this year are trying to be more aware of mental health struggles amongst students, so having a conversation with your teacher could possibly save you from late penalties, or at the very least help you to better understand what you’re learning in class so you can finish work faster and study more efficiently. Don’t sacrifice your mental health in order to turn in a few assignments on time. Close Canvas, shut your laptop and get some sleep.



Re–evaluating homework policy by allan tieu news section editor After spending eight grueling hours at school, trudging your way across campus to often remote classrooms, listening to lectures and working on assignments, all you want to do is to go home, enjoy time with your family, listen to music, relax and do the things you love. But the reality is that many students have found themselves staying up until midnight or even later doing homework. Homework is like an extension of school into students’ private lives. Students’ lives at home should not be dictated by the absurd amount of homework given by teachers. This time should be spent pursuing activities that help teenagers live healthy and balanced lives. Excessive homework takes time away from these leisure activities. In addition to cutting students’ time for hobbies, homework is also taxing on physical and mental health. “Research showed that excessive homework is associated with high stress levels, physical health problems and lack of balance in children’s lives,” according to CNN in a study conducted by Denise Pope, senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. “Fifty– six percent of the students in the study cited homework as a primary stressor in their lives.” Some health problems associated with excessive homework include exhaustion, sleep

Alternatives to traditional homework Teachers currently assign...

Instead, teachers can require students...

– comprehension questions

– to write their own questions based on the assigned reading

– excessive practice problems

– to complete fewer problems that challenge students to think critically and better understand the material

– memorization of definitions and concepts

– to develop their own explanations for each topic using a method that works best for them

deprivation, headaches, weight loss and stomach problems according to a survey of students in the same study. These physical and mental health issues are derived from homework and negatively impact the lives of many students inside and outside of school. As such, teachers should not assign large amounts of homework that result in these issues for their students. On the other hand, some argue that homework is beneficial as it encourages good study and work habits by allowing students


to practice what they learned in class. Many also claim that homework encourages communication between students and teachers and that it helps students develop time management skills. However, there is not enough evidence or proof to back up the claims for these benefits. In fact, many studies have proven that homework is actually less effective in helping students. “Endless surveys have found that homework creates a negative attitude towards school, and homework has not been found to

be linked to a higher level of academic success,” according to the University of the People. “The positive effects of homework have not been backed up enough … there is no real proof that homework makes for improvements.” Additionally, studies conducted by Britannica report that 90% of middle school and 67% of high school students have admitted to copying someone else’s homework, further proving the ineffectiveness of homework in helping students retain and practice what they learn in class. Homework also means more grading for teachers, making them feel overwhelmed with having to grade homework along with other projects, tests and written assignments. A possible solution to this issue is making homework optional. Students who do not fully understand the topic or want extra practice can complete homework, while those who do can utilize their time in other more beneficial ways. Teachers can also assign homework as extra credit. Students who do not need points do not have to complete it and those who perform lower on exams can earn extra points to boost their grades. Teachers should re–evaluate whether or not they give homework to their students or at least reconsider the amount of homework they give on a regular basis. They need to take into account all the other classes students’ have in addition to the life they would like to enjoy outside school.

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WHS varsity football ends season

Fall Sports Stat Box

by grace hefner & alyssa joo feature & sports editor

(as of Nov. 3)

Student–athletes focus on mental health

by shane douglas feature editor


Olympic gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the 2021 Tokyo Games because she was facing extreme pressure and stress prior to competing. Ever since July when this occurred, mental health has become an increasingly hot topic in the world of sports. “With sports, more than half of it has to do with mental health,” said varsity cross–country runner Richard Hoffman ‘23. “Whenever I was in a good mental state, I would always perform really well, so it’s really important.” For many WHS student–athletes, practicing almost every day while still keeping up their academics can have a drastic impact on their mental well–being. Because of COVID–19, last year’s girls volleyball team did not have an official season. Some dedicated players played on club teams until volleyball tryouts started in the fall of 2021. “It was about a 10–month period of all volleyball [during which] people burnt out,” said girls volleyball team captain Cashe Olswang ‘22. “If you do something [too] much, you lose interest, so a lot of my teammates [thought], ‘This is too much.’” As for WHS runners, cross country has summer practices to help them stay in shape. The season officially started at the beginning of the school year and ends around Thanksgiving. There is a two–week break in between the end of cross country and the start of the track season. “I would definitely feel really sad if I wasn’t running, and when I’m injured, I feel really

Athlete’s guide to improving mental health

Dedication to your sport is important, but it’s also important to have hobbies outside it. Listen to music. Do what makes you happy!

Get a good night’s sleep of at least eight hours. Sleep allows your body to recover both physically and mentally after a tiring day.

In high–pressure situations, just breathe! Taking deep breaths can slow heart rate and calm the body and mind. GRAPHIC BY ALLAN TIEU

down,” said Hoffman. “I [think] running makes me feel a lot better in general ... It’s just really nice being able to run every day.” For some WHS student–athletes, pre– performance anxiety is a real obstacle. To help combat this, many look to upperclassmen for support and advice. “Before we got into the buses to go to Royal High School for our first championship, the [upperclassmen] gave us a pep talk, and that eased my conscience,” said marching band trumpet player Mitchell Ito ‘24. “[I thought,] I’m going to do this. I’m going to do it how I practiced, and it’s going to be fine.” For others, focusing on pleasant things such as clearing one’s mind through music can help diminish pre–performance anxiety. “Not overthinking what is going to happen in the race is the biggest thing, and I’ve heard to listen to music right before, [to] get your

thoughts away from all the pain you’re going to experience,” said Hoffman. “Throughout the week, not constantly thinking about the race, and letting loose a bit [is beneficial as well].” The amount of sleep an athlete gets can also greatly impact their mental health, which can directly affect their ability to excel at their sport. “Obviously sleep is very important, so I try not to work late because that obviously makes things very stressful,” said Hoffman. “I’m constantly reminding myself I have to be able to run at my best tomorrow, so I need to get ... sleep.” Even though too much of a sport can feel overwhelming for some athletes, many see sports as an escape. Their sports help relieve any pressure and anxiety they might have on a day– to–day basis. “I love sports because it’s an escape,” said Olswang. “It’s an activity to do, and you make friends and everything, so it’s got a lot of benefits.”


Record: N/A Next meet: Nov. 12 at CIF–SS Prelims Location: Mount San Antonio College

Water Polo


ups and downs of the season. The players persevered through setbacks with their strong bond and friendship. “We played hard every game. We’ve never given up,” said Grace. “We’ve giving full effort every single time and every single snap, and I think that was a goal of ours: to never give up in any game.” At the end of the day, support comes as a collective team effort from the players, coaches and student body. “I truly enjoy the atmosphere that WHS has provided,” said Servé. “I love the atmosphere here, and I’m looking forward to building on that and making it a more positive experience [and] a more impactful experience for everyone.”

Cross Country Record: 18W–4L Next game: Season over



like talking skills, friendship [and] even competitiveness,” said Conner Nekovar ‘24. “It’s made me a more competitive person and a better person overall.” The team has experienced major improvements compared to the 2020–21 season especially the defense and special teams, players that are on the field during kicking plays and are ready to carry those new skills and strategies into the next season. “[For] offense, I’m hoping that we’re going to get a break out [some time] soon and improve the way that we’ve been able to move the ball, but all in all, I’m proud of the guys,” said Servé. “I’m proud of the team and the way that they’ve been playing.” The team never gave up through the

Record: 5W–5L Next game: Season over

Record: 10W–0L Next game: Season over



NO “I” IN TEAM: Kicker Nathan Alexander ‘23 kicks off the Sept. 24 game against Valencia alongside his teammates. Despite the 15–13 loss, the season came to a close with a 39–12 victory against Calabasas on Oct. 30.


Record: 9W–9L Next game: Season over




The WHS football team stuck together through every challenge and victory as their 2021 season came to an end. This year the team welcomed new head coach Mark Servé, who has brought a new dynamic to the football program. “Our offensive coordinator and our head coach, Mark Servé, is fantastic,” said team captain Bennett Grace ‘22. “He has made the whole team more energized. He brings energy, [and] he makes the whole team better.” Despite the team having better energy and bonding, the football season still came with some challenges. “[In] the season thus far, we feel like we let a few games get away from us,” said Servé. “I think everyone in the program feels that way, but I feel like at times we’ve played really, really well.” Despite some losses, the players persevered and learned valuable lessons about the sport, themselves and the team. “The losses are the losses and nobody likes to lose,” said Servé. “The one thing I will say is even though we have lost … I’ve truly loved how our team has responded in those moments where adversity has shown itself.” Alongside their teammates and friends, the players work together to achieve their aspirations. “Last season was not what we would have wanted it to be,” said Grace. “But this year we’ve seen people step up who didn’t step up last year ... Overall, we’re just a better, close–knit team.” In addition to playing an important role in the players’ lives on the field, football influences players off the field, too. “It has impacted my life a lot for everything

Record: 7W–3L Next game: Season over

For the latest sports updates, stories and scores, visit the WHS athletics website at

Compiled by Grace Hefner



Arr w staff picks WATCH SHOP If you are in need of some fun activities this fall season, cozy up, and give our staff picks a try!

by Vivian Stein

LISTEN by Andy Lynch

Standing in the middle of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery surrounded by hundreds of people as I eagerly waited for Lord Huron, I never expected to see a young redheaded woman dressed in colorful country clothes walk on stage. Allison Ponthier is an up–and–coming indie folk singer who is growing in popularity after singing on TikTok and recently releasing her first EP, “Faking My Own Death.” It is safe to say her music is addictive. Ponthier puts a twist on the country music genre, turning

classic narratives into an original exploration of growing up queer and entering a new world of city life after her country upbringing. Currently opening for Lord Huron for their Long Lost album tour, the 25–year–old singer takes the stage for the very first time in her career. Her song “Cowboy” is my personal favorite from the EP. It compares her experiences of being stuck as a cowboy in New York to her coming out experience after meeting her girlfriend. Ponthier is a brand new artist to the scene, but I’m quite certain her creative twist on the country folk narrative will send her career flying.



was there, I helped students follow the class, cleaned up the room and took on other jobs to keep the class running smoothly. It gave me a sense of order and kept me productive. Although I had to dedicate many hours to the program, it always felt rewarding. Just helping in little ways made the experience truly worthwhile to see people at the center smiling and enjoying their day. Volunteering at the CRPD is a simple and effective way of contributing to the community, and it benefits both you and those you help. Visit to get involved.



Last summer, I volunteered at the Conejo Recreation and Park District and found that the hard work of the experience was the reward of all my time spent there. There are many different volunteering jobs to choose from such as helping out with sports, homework, therapeutic recreation and aquatics. You can find an opportunity that suits your capabilities and interests, so you can be both productive and confident as you help other people. Personally, volunteering at an art class for a week was a perfect introduction to the program. While I


by Alyssa Joo




If you are looking for unique clothing pieces to vamp up your style, Coalition Thrift Store, located on 270 E. Main St., in Downtown Ventura is the place to go. Upon walking into the store, you are greeted with clothing racks divided by pants, leather jackets, long sleeve shirts — whatever you can imagine. While the sections of clothing are separated into men’s and women’s, you can shop in whatever area you want, picking up pieces of clothing that suit your style. You can always count on Coalition to find at least one good piece of clothing simply because of its wide selection. Thrifting is all about entering the unknown, so you can surprise yourself with pieces that end up becoming a staple in your style. Coalition has such a large variety of clothing with easy–to–find clothing for any aesthetic you want to achieve. The store also features

different areas that includes racks of shoes, decorations for around the house, as well as books, DVDs and VHS tapes. Not only is thrifting better for the environment, as purchasing secondhand clothing is eco–friendly, but Coalition also supports and empowers survivors of domestic and sexual assault.

EAT by Alyssa Rice

On a cold, chilly night, nothing beats a warm dessert with a taste of fall in every bite. Add a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and you have the perfect combination: apple pie à la mode. Apple pie has long been a favorite but often underappreciated fall dessert. Unlike many other pies, it has the perfect balance of textures, with a flaky, golden crust encasing sweet, gooey apple filling. While many other pies under–deliver on flavor, apple pie is a classic that never fails. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have perfection. The warm pie and cold ice cream pair perfectly and the rich vanilla flavor complements the spiced apple filling in every bite. In terms of diversity of flavors and textures, apple pie à la mode has it all. For people looking to make something new out of traditional desserts, apple pie has so many options for creativity. The filling pairs well with caramel for an extra gooey filling or streusel for a


as they build relationships and their lives progress. The show often features fast and witty dialogue with humor and sarcasm, but there’s also truly heartfelt moments, as the show starts when Rory is 16–years–old and concludes after her graduation from college. Anyone who has watched this show can also agree that nothing quite beats this timeless 2000s drama and the comforting scenery and characters. All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls are available on Netflix.


I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching Gilmore Girls, especially during the fall. After rewatching it again during quarantine, I’ve truly come to realize that this comfort show has it all, from the stunning screenwriting to the talented actors and producers. With over seven seasons and 153 episodes, viewers follow Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory as they navigate the ups and downs of life in their small New England town, Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Over the course of the show, viewers get to know a variety of the eccentric town members and follow along with Lorelai and Rory

by Julie Rendon



coffee–cake–inspired dessert. The versatility of the pie crust allows for unlimited decorations from the classic lattice weave to an intricate fall–inspired design. I have made apple pie countless times and it is the perfect, simple recipe to try for yourself. Here is my go–to apple pie recipe that never fails: Apple pie has long been my favorite fall dessert, and I now hope it will become yours.

Compiled by Julie Rendon

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