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Hot Take Tuesday, Vol. 1
Opinion
Hot Take Tuesday, Vol. 1
Stratton Rebish, Editor-in-Chief | February 27, 2024

As she sits and prepares to work on her homework, Emily Thornton (‘25) looks through her playlists deciding which would be best to listen to.  Looking for the perfect mix of songs to help set a mindset that will lead to success, Emily chooses her gym playlist. “Not having music in when doing something is pointless. Especially with homework, my music is what keeps me going,” Emily said. Having hopes that it will increase her energy and encourage her to keep going, like it does when she is working out.
Columns and Series
How to make a playlist
Ethan Normann and Troy Seanoa | February 22, 2024
The Honor Cabinet members placed posters all over the dining hall and the tables. The posters read, “Don’t use tech! Try to connect!” to promote conversation. “So many posters were published around campus as a way to launch the initiative in a noticeable way,” said Frannie Hinch (‘25), an Honor Cabinet member. “the main goal of the posters was to remind people that by not using their tech they would form better communities.” This campaign serves to help remind Webbies to have genuine, face-to-face conversations with each other instead of connecting through technology.
Science and Technology
Initiative to connect without tech!
Berklee Antecol and Sydney Mildon | February 21, 2024
Drake Drendel (‘25) intensely looks at his monitor at his set-up made with all the highest technology you can find for gamers. Wagering fellow professional players in tournaments or 1v1 is very common for Drake, and here he is competing against a friend of his to practice his skills and prepare himself for the next upcoming Cash Cup.
Columns and Series
How to play video games professionally
Brandon Arteaga and Nicolaas Grobler | February 21, 2024
Jenny Wang learns the chorus dance for “Super Shy” by Newjeans by playing its choreography video on her laptop. A second-semester senior eager to learn new skills before the school year ends, she finds dancing to be a fun, enriching, and challenging pastime. “I’ve been watching tutorials on Little Red Book [a Chinese equivalent of Instagram], practicing individually in my room, and asking friends for advice on how to improve,” Jenny said.
Columns and Series
How to learn K-pop choreography
Emily Li, Chief of Media | February 20, 2024
After careful cultivation, your dorm can transform from an empty room into a perfect place for you and your expression. After all, you’ll always come back to your dorm after a bad day or an exciting event.
Columns and Series
How to decorate your dorm room
Kristine Bisgaard, Staff Writer | February 19, 2024
Hanbo Xu (‘25) and Leia Albornoz (‘25) sit side by side during a long lunch in the Fawcett library. On the left side, Hanbo is diligently working on his physics homework, and on the right side, Leia is procrastinating on schoolwork by scrolling through Instagram reels. Social media and technology are one of the easiest ways to procrastinate. “I concentrate and stop procrastinating by setting a 15-minute timer on Instagram and putting my phone outside my room,” Hanbo Xu (‘25) said.
Columns and Series
How to stop procrastinating
Stephanie Ma, Co-Editor of Opinion | February 18, 2024
Jonathan Li (‘25) is hard at work within Room 1, one of Webb’s various study spaces in the Fawcett Library. The room is just one of many quiet niches that populate the campus, located everywhere from Stockdale to the Ruddick Room in the Upper Dorms. “Staying focused on a task is a lot harder when you are working with your friends or surrounded by distractions,Jonathan Li (‘25) said.
Columns and Series
How to start your homework
Phillip Park, Staff Writer | February 17, 2024
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Columns and Series
The Bonnie Johnson Hall stands as the latest addition to Webb’s campus, containing modern technology and an underground storage space allotted to storing fossilized tracks. This addition was gifted to Webb by donors and is a result of a lengthy yet rewarding construction process.
How to build a science lab: The Bonnie Johnson Hall
Garry Zhang (‘23) cleans up tools from the science department. He cleans up after conducting a lab for his organic chemistry independent study project. “I enjoy science from both the fun and phenomenon and experience seeing the reason behind why things do work,” said Garry. As he washes the science materials, he talks about his interests in his fascination for science.
How to find your passion
Four flower bouquets of different styles are in the picture. On the top left sits a rose bouquet with “snow” powders on top, for Christmas; the bottom left was for a friend’s concert; and the two on the right were for friends’ birthdays. “Buying flowers for my friends has always been my love language,” Amy Wang (‘24) said.  Often, flowers could mean more than just flowers, an expression of care and attention.
How to customize the best flower bouquet for your friends
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News
With a powerful skip shot, Drew Holland stretches for the ball as it bounced into the net. Scored! The team was practicing 6 on 5 drills, a scenario in which the defense team is down a player from an ejection, after talking to the head coach, Dejan Udovicic, and assistant coach Gavin Arroyo.
USA men’s water polo team makes a splash at Webb
Kathy Duan, Jenny Tran, and Emily Li | January 26, 2024
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Jay Pang (25’) and Aaron Yang (25’) wear masks while working with Armen Xue (25’) on an assignment, modeling a new era in COVID-19 control at Webb. Webb no longer requires mandatory isolation for cases without severe symptoms due to a decrease in the severity of COVID-19 seen in LA County. “This is a welcome change, especially for international boarders since they don’t need to look for somewhere to stay if they get COVID” Armen said. Webb used to enforce a five-day mandatory isolation period off-campus for students who test positive, which required students to find a place to stay in case of infection.
BREAKING NEWS: Webb updates COVID-19 management protocols
Eric Luo, Yuki Layman, and Gianna Darden | January 24, 2024
Passengers waiting for their flights, played by Kathy Duan (‘25), Catherine Shen (‘25), and Jerry Hu (‘25) are in shock as the two flights crash and become engulfed by fire. “When people realized that their flight [were] canceled, they started to get really anxious,” Zona Zhou (‘26) said. The disorder inside the airport matched the scene outside.
Chaos erupts at Haneda Airport
Kathy Duan and Catherine Shen | January 9, 2024
Webbies take the now opened passageway to lunch without having to find an alternative strenuous route. “I was excited to see this when I returned to campus,” Jordan McCray (‘24) said. “I can finally use the walkway.” As more students noticed, this magical sight evoked many similar emotions all around.
Walkway to heaven shortens circuitous route
Sydney Mildon and Berklee Antecol | January 9, 2024
Xi Jinping, pictured left, and Joe Biden, pictured right, engage in negotiation over educational issues in front of a school. This debate represents the tension between the United States and China, which has largely affected education. “As an international student here, I need to juggle between my identity as a Chinese person and also this questionable relationship between US and China,” Joy Li (‘24) said. The fight between the two superpowers has impacted the daily lives of students.
U.S.-China tensions create educational barriers
Kathy Duan | December 16, 2023
Opinion
With the growing industry of filmmaking and movies, what caused their decline in quality? In recent years, more and more remakes and sequels came into sight in the cinema, but the original ones are beginning to disappear. These sequels can be identified as IPs. “The IPs establish a solid audience that will be attracted to this movie as long as it is the same IP,” said Joy Li (‘24). Is money-making the dominating idea in movies nowadays? This might be the reason that we see a trend of decline in movie quality.

Credit: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wonka, Barbie, Elemental, Mulan, Wish, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Oppenheimer, and Avengers: Endgame.
The downfall of the movie industry
Eleanor Hong and Lisa Peng | January 20, 2024
A popular spot for boarding students to finish their nightly assignments often takes place within dorm communal areas. “I love studying with my neighbors in Jones during stressful times because it makes me feel less lonely and that we are suffering together,” said Emily Shao (‘26). Emily Shao (‘26), Sophie Lin (‘26), Natalie Au (‘26), and Steph Ma (‘25), sit together in the Jones common room at 10:30 pm as they complete their assignments for the night.
Webb should have Mental Health Days
Sydney Morales | December 15, 2023
Throughout the school day, the hustle and bustle of Webbies pervade Fawcett Library. Housing a vast collection of books, whiteboards, study rooms, and classrooms, the library acts as the center of academics at Webb. As many Webbies spend their free time diligently working at the library tables, it is clear that they care about their academics... a lot.
Editorial: Webb’s “unbounded” curriculum needs more flexibility
The WCC editorial board | December 11, 2023
Left to right: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, deceased Wagner private mercenary group leader and Russian military contractor Yevgeny Prigozhin, Russian president Vladimir Putin, and Hamas militant group terrorists, above a destroyed residential building in Mariupol, Ukraine, after Russian forces shelled the city in March 2022.
The world is drowning in blood: can the Third World War be prevented?
Elena Petrova | November 16, 2023
As Lia Thompson, a transgender woman, wins the women’s National Collegiate Athletic Associations (NCAA) division one swimming championship, many trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERF) protest against trans women in sports. With a focus on feminism, TERFs have created an opposition between trans rights and feminism.
Trans-exclusionary radical feminism undermines the core values of feminism
Kathy Duan | November 16, 2023
From left to right, the photo features Zombie Apocalypse, Haunted Tour, Alumni Weekend, DSP Fall Social, Homecoming, and Fall Play. All these events were packed into the weekends of October, making students busier than usual. “I brought my computer to Homecoming to fill my college application, because the date is just three days before the deadline,” said Tina Wang (‘24). Students are unsatisfied with the Calendar Committees plan for October and call for a more reasonable schedule for next year.
Webb students question October schedule
Chloe Wang | November 13, 2023
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Sports
WSC varsity basketball head coach Micheal Dunford coaches his team on the sideline, directing each player exactly what he wants to see out on the court. He sends in substitutes to have a fresh lineup on the court, replacing all the starters.
WSC Varsity Basketball keeps fighting through the season
Nicolaas Grobler | January 25, 2024
In preparation for the incoming volleyball season, Jacob Zhang (‘26) practices serving the ball during the WSC Clinics. Despite the ascent to Les Perry Gym, prospective students interested in playing Volleyball this Spring will have to make the climb. “Volleyball clinic was a great way to get to know the players on the teams and coaches and to work on my skill,” Samantha Crawford (‘26) said. Whether it is the VWS or WSC volleyball clinic, the experience serves as an important building block for all players.
WSC volleyball clinic prepares players for domination
Gianna Darden and Ben Madanski | January 22, 2024
Brian Caldwell, Triathlon team head coach, stands next to the pool as swimmers flip turn and do another lap. The steamy fog reflects a freezing temperature of 35 degrees fahrenheit at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. Despite the cold, swimmers persevere and continue training for their full triathlon by the end of the season, with breathtaking dawns as their constant companion.
Seas the Day: Triathletes conquer the early morning pool
Jenny Wang and Emily Li | January 15, 2024
Excited varsity Webbies across grades and schools prepare to take on alumni, for a competitive, fun packed game of sibling rivalries and reconnection with old friends. Coach Mbengue steps in to play alongside his students, anticipating an action-filled game against his former team.
Varsity vs. Alumni: Winter break’s competitive soccer match!
Lauren Gutierrez and Kristine Bisgaard | January 12, 2024
VWS wrestlers (left to right: Alina Li (‘25), Grace Zhu (‘25), Nancy Chen (‘27) and Evelyn Fu (‘27)) pair up to practice different techniques like takedowns and pins in the wrestling “temple”. Their coach, Rieanna Duncan, emphasizes the importance of tough training so that the athletes are prepared for anything that comes their way in a match. Practices with the team often run up to three hours long, with intense drills, conditioning and team building.
Webb’s new girls wrestling team prepares for the 2024 league season
Taya Sibichenkova | January 9, 2024
Mathew Maschler (24) and Jonathan Rosales-Cardenas (24) stand together on WSC Soccer’s field while talking about their new afternoon activities for the Winter Season. Jonathan is WSC Varsity Soccer this year; having been a part of the program for the last 3 seasons, he said, “I am excited for my senior season and enjoy playing with my friends on the team.” Both Matt and Jonathan are excited for this season of sports at Webb and plan to attend as many of their fellow peers games as well.
Webb athletes prepare for winter season
Nicolaas Grobler | November 30, 2023
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Science & Technology
Webb’s empty Health Center is decorated with Christmas trees and warm lights for the holidays. The COVID-19 testing station is no longer present, and significantly fewer students pay regular visits to the Center than in the last few winters.
Seasonal disease prevention vs. treatment: what’s better, and what’s changed since Covid
Taya Sibichenkova | December 13, 2023
Nick Protich, Tech Office staff stands in the Tech Office, located to the left of Berry Center in Fawcett Library. His office is the go-to location for any issues you may be having with your devices. It is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, and you can always email techno@webb.org or call (909) 482-5207 for any questions you may have. Even if they are unable to fix the problems you encounter, they can lend you a spare Chromebook while your device is repaired at an electronics store so you can keep working.
Wi-Fi, Firewall Restrictions, and more
Phillip Park | November 30, 2023
Sohum Uppal (‘25) ponders what may lie in the future of college testing while reading the College Board’s Digital PSAT announcement. As a rising senior, he is unsure what the standardized testing part of the college process would look like next year.
Technology overtakes the PSAT
Olivia Cooke | November 17, 2023
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