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The Main Library Youth Commission.

Main Library Youth Commission

Sarai Gross, Polaris Editor February 7, 2024

“Libraries are often plagued by understaffing, underuse, and lack of appreciation,” states Bibinaz Nami, a senior at John W. North. Nami is the founder of the Main Library Youth Commission (MLYC),...


New FAFSA 2024-2025: What You Should Know

Sharon Ma, News Editor February 7, 2024

For students looking to attend college, figuring out how to pay for can be a major concern.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is the primary application used to apply for federal...

Christmas decorations

History of Christmas Decorations

Phoenix Joven, Staff Reporter December 18, 2023

Christmas decorations have been around for centuries and are a tradition for many families around the world. Christmas decorations date back as far as 2,500 years ago in ancient Rome in a celebration called...

Christmas Cheer In a Cup!

Christmas Cheer In a Cup!

Mae Sergeant, Editor-in-Chief December 18, 2023

People worldwide get excited about the holiday drinks that different coffee shops release every holiday season. Starbucks, Dunkin’, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Dutch Bros re-releases are always fan...

Holiday gram designs

North’s Holiday Charity Events

Sharon Ma, News Editor December 18, 2023

As the holidays approach, celebrate early with some of the holiday charity events, hosted by various organizations on campus! ALIVE, North’s Christian club, is selling holiday candy grams for $1 each;...

Shoppers fight over TVs at an electronics retailer on Black Friday in 2018 (Cris Faga/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Black Friday Blues

Gwen Gollihar, Opinions Editor December 18, 2023

In previous years, Black Friday has been a busy day for people in the U.S. as people gather together to prepare for the day they are about to have. However, the past couple of years have been less chaotic...

A billboard for the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery game prizes in Missouri.

The Lottery Curse

Sharon Ma, News Editor December 1, 2023

  Doesn’t everyone dream of winning the lottery? It’s definitely a thrilling prospect- the $2 ticket bought on a whim at the gas station turns into a million dollars overnight. This October,...

A child sleeping, possibly for too long?

How Much Sleep is Too Much Sleep?

Mae Sergeant, Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2023

High Schoolers are constantly complaining about being tired or not getting enough sleep at night. But when we eventually do sleep very often during the day or night, we feel even more tired or the same...

The increasing temperatures of this year throughout each month.

Fall Weather Isn’t Fall Weathering

Gwen Gollihar, Opinion Editor December 1, 2023

While fall has officially been in session for almost two months now, the fall weather has yet to arrive. Southern California is still facing lots of summer heat and, while it is not quite as intense, it...

A picture of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Will The Kennedy Curse Live On?

Jameson Crawford October 31, 2023

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the many politicians running for president in the 2024 presidential election. The last time we saw a Kennedy run for president was Ted Kennedy in the 1980 presidential election,...

Homeless people living on the side of the street in the US.

Homelessness on the Rise

Jonathan Sanchez September 21, 2023

As one drives through the streets of Riverside, one can’t help but notice the homeless on the streets as more of them appear every year. You may see them pushing around a shopping cart, holding a sign...

Backhanded compliment example

Dangerous Compliments

Joanna Martinez Garcia September 20, 2023

Compliments are typically used to make a person feel good or to praise them. They could be used before and after a big event. Even a positive comment, on someone's style. Even with positive and encouraging...

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