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New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor • February 20, 2024

In March of this year, Dreamworks is set to release a Peacock exclusive TV show and movie sequel to the beloved 2010 MegaMind movie. The trailer...

In Fastbreak Fashion
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 14, 2024

Lancers lead the way in the second half. The Great Oak Wolfpack came into Thousand Oaks Tuesday night for the CIF quarterfinals and with them...

Perserving in Penalty’s
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 14, 2024

The Lady Lancers traveled to a neutral site in Anaheim to take on the Katella Knights in the second round of the CIF-SS girls soccer playoffs....

Kanye - He's Back at it...or Maybe Not?
Elijah Brown, The Lancer Staff • February 14, 2024

Kanye West's new album “Vultures 1”, many nationwide were skeptical at first about Kanye's new album considering the controversies he has...

It’s Valentine’s, Baby
It’s Valentine’s, Baby
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief • February 14, 2024

St. Valentine’s Day commemorates the death of St. Valentine, but for others, the holiday marks a day of birth. Junior Chokee Weezer was born...

Health Science Majors Program hosts their senior showcase
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief • February 12, 2024

Last week, the seniors in Health Science Majors hosted a showcase, featuring various professions that they hope to pursue in the future. At the...

Advancing Again
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 12, 2024

The Lancers left campus during lunch to travel to Temecula for their round two playoff game, and the ride wasn’t enough to stop the Lancers....

Double-Double Galore
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 12, 2024

The Lancers once again came out of a playoff game as a victor, behind a powerful Trent Maclean performance nonetheless. Maclean powered his way...

Avid Attack
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 9, 2024

A massive performance from standout freshman led the way for the Lancers at Ventura College, freshman Maddie Linville started the game off strong...

Advancing at last!
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 8, 2024

Fast start, with no slowing down, your Lancers took down the Chaffey Tigers 3-1. A very early goal from junior attacker Gabriel Torreblanca gave...

Elias Chin ready to take a shot
Onto the Next
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 8, 2024

Advancing at last!  Despite a close score after each of the first two quarters, stars Elias Chin and Trent Maclean were able to help the Lancers...

Valentines Day grams for your special someone -- or not
Valentine's Day grams for your special someone -- or not
Gabriella Muller, The Lancer Staff • February 8, 2024

With Valentine's day approaching quickly, the student store is crowded with students buying Valentine's Grams for people they know -- and those...

Sephora Takeover
Sephora Takeover
Gabriella Muller, The Lancer Staff • February 8, 2024

With the rise of popular skincare brands coming from Tiktok, Sephora is seeing a rise in sales but a massive drop in age. “10-13 year old kids...

Point Counterpoint: The Super Debate
Point Counterpoint: The Super Debate
Kevin Starr and Christian-Isaiah Aguilar February 8, 2024

Two The Lancer columnists -- Kevin Starr and Christian-Isaiah Aguilar -- have strong opinions about the upcoming Super Bowl. Here, they square...

on the bottom is real animal based leather, while on the top is “vegan” leather, or “pleather”
Vegan Leather is Worse for the Environment than Real Leather
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor • February 8, 2024

Throughout the the past 20 years the interest in sustainability and ethicality has risen immensely, especially in regards to fashion, as the...

Back to the Bookshelves

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From time to time, I journey my way towards a bookshelf in the Lancer Library to pick up an interesting, eye-catching title and take a good, long look at it. Then I put it back— I would rather look more into the future than take a gander at reading. While reading sometimes happens here and there, it’s been something that’s just shelved off in a dusty corner after years of proclaiming, “Read a good book!” and “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Summer reading program booths become something you look at from afar rather than participate in. Sometimes, after those years of reading book after book for the fun of it, the process turns to burnout— the plots become too repetitive, characters become similar and blurred, new interests take over what originally drew you into the new and different perspectives. Contributing to this is the high school literature read for English— Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, for instance, filled with dull, archaic terms that just aren’t as relatable or easy to understand. Not all books are dull, though, and taking the time to go back to the bookshelves can be a fun change from current high school habits of studying and new hobbies. Beginning to take the step back into reading after a well-deserved break can be a great learning practice.

Books can be journeys into new thought. The inspiration you can draw from other people’s combinations of words is inspiring in of itself, painting portals into landscapes from your imagination. The ability to transport yourself into a different place through the diction of a well-versed author can create passions and interests, solve problems, explain situations, even connect with a character.

Or, you can just lose the patience for expanding your knowledge by swearing off books completely.

“I just don’t have the time to do it,” the overworked student exhales, sobbing internally at the paper mountain left behind, the lowest priority. But here’s a word of advice: borrowing some time and a title off the shelf could be an interesting change from the average visual consumption. Perhaps you’ll even change your mind after a chapter or two. And the others? Pick it up that one action-adventure sometime. Get into that weird sci-fi fantasy that seems just interesting enough to pique your interest. Enjoy the books you read, the ideas you learn from them. Picking up one every so often isn’t the worst thing in the world— that potential new perspective gained from it is worth the time of reading.

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