All In: The Fight for Democracy

All In: The Fight for Democracy

October 22, 2020

Racism and voter suppression tactics are far from gone. With the recent rise in social justice protests and the 2020 election already underway, “All In: The Fight for Democracy” is a timely film. The documentary came out just last month and covers the history of voter suppression in the United States and how it’s still prevalent, just in different forms than it once was. It follows Stacey Abrams running for governor in 2018, she would have been the first Black female governor if she had won- or perhaps if there hadn’t been voter suppression tactics in place across Georgia. “[“All...

“The Social Dilemma” Movie Review

October 20, 2020

The popular Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” has recently entered the Top 10 movie selections on Netflix. Directed by Jeff Orlwoski, we learn in the docu-drama that human beings are products to advertisers. We are manipulated by algorithms that are created to capture our attention and give us a fixed perception of the world. The documentary features top executives from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other websites that dig into the minds of their audiences. The experts assure viewers that they never intended for their sites to become as intrusive and addictive as they...

Review of “House of Dragons” by Jessica Cluess

May 29, 2020

For centuries, the eldest (or only) children of the five royal houses of Etrusia have competed in the Trial for the Dragon Throne. All their lives, these children have honed their abilities, preparing for the fateful day of the calling. Said to be given by the Great Dragon himself, only dragons can hear who is called. Upon arriving in a location known only by the chosen childrens’ dragons, the five participate in the Hunt, the Game, the Race, and the Truth. But this year, the expected chosen ones weren’t chosen at all. Instead... Emelia of the Aurun must put the research she did for her older brother, Alex, to the test. But more importantly, she must conceal her dark powers, or risk being sentenced to a fate far worse than death. Hyperia of the Volscia has been dreading saying goodbye to her dear sister, Julia....

Disney Classics for Quarantine

Disney Classics for Quarantine

May 18, 2020

With the quarantine blues getting the best of all of us, what better way to pass the time than going back in time? The Lancer has compiled a list some popular classic Disney movies. All of these movies can be found on Disney+ or purchased from iTunes, so grab a blanket, some popcorn and a warm drink, and enjoy these Disney classics. Dumbo - 1941 Dumbo is an animated movie about a little circus elephant of the same name. He was given his name because of his big ears, which the other circus animals bullied him about. When the showrunner, Max Medici, learns that Dumbo’s oversized ears give him...

Recipes on Repeat

April 28, 2020

With a lack of restaurants to go to and the drastic increase of free-time, the lancer staff has compiled these at-home recipes to help out students. Here are some things you can make to cure both your hunger and your boredom. Dalgona Coffee, also known as whipped coffee, is a fun and easy recipe that is very photogenic. Over the past few months, this caffeinated trend was made popular by the app TikTok because of its whimsical appearance, but the original concept comes from a Korean recipe.  The most common recipe for this drink is made by combining 2 parts sugar, 2 parts dry instant coffee, a...

TOHS Staff shares their favorite music

TOHS Staff shares their favorite music

April 27, 2020

During distance learning and working from home, creative ideas to stay connected have flourished. Prompted by Dr. Eric Bergmann, TOHS staff has taken on their own tradition: Song of the Day. Each day a staff member adds a song along with a few words to the staff email thread. Keep reading for some of our favorites or access the full playlist below.    "This was my favorite song while playing volleyball in college and still is one of my favorites. I also like this video because she recognizes the unsung heroes in her career, the band. I would like to lift all the unsung heroes on campus who do...

Review of “It Sounded Better in My Head” by Nina Kenwood

Review of “It Sounded Better in My Head” by Nina Kenwood

April 27, 2020

Natalie’s life is nowhere near perfect. But when she hears that her parents have secretly been planning a divorce for the past ten months, what used to be the one stable part of her life is now falling apart. And with her rampant anxiety and depression, it’s hard for her to see how any of this could be what her mom wants her to think of as a “good thing.” Set during the summer after high school graduation, Natalie learns that finding your feet is a lot less running and a lot more stumbling. In this unapologetically awkward story, she, along with her two best friends Zach and Lucy, must...

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Do’s and Don’ts of Spring Break

April 11, 2020

Amidst distance learning and the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's spring break is certainly a unique one. The Lancer has compiled a list of Do's and Don'ts to help you navigate and make the most of this week. DO... Take care of your mental health We are living through a global pandemic, and that can be stressful, to say the least. Make sure you take care of yourself. Some ways to cope include keeping a steady routine, getting dressed in the morning, making sure to get fresh air and keeping up with personal hygiene. Check out the CDC resources for mental health here.  Stay (virtually) connected wi...

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Snap Away the Competition

April 7, 2020

On March 27, 19 Conejo Valley (including four TOHS Photography) students took home prizes from the 2020 Greater Conejo Valley Student Awards Juried Art Show — from home. The winners had been announced not at the usual banquet at Agoura Hilla Recreation and Event Center, but through a slideshow. The art show banquet, put on by the Cultural Arts Council (CAC) of Agoura Hills and the Westlake Village Art Guild, had been scheduled for March 27. Students submitted works for all or some of the following categories: 2-D fine art, 3-D fine art, photo – color, and photo – monochrome. One work from...

The Lancer and ASB present the TOHS Virtual Talent Show

The Lancer and ASB present the TOHS Virtual Talent Show

April 3, 2020

Due to school closures, the TOHS Talent Show was unable to take place. However, The Lancer and ASB still wanted to provide performers with a place to showcase their talent. Senior Tiffany Kim chose to sing "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5. “I did a slower more mellow song last year so I wanted to try a happier more up tempo song and [it was] the first one I thought of,” Kim said. "I did the talent show last year as a way to step out of my comfort zone and I had a pretty good time so I thought it would be a good thing to take part in my last year of high school”. Quarantine prevented h...

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