High Life

Poly’s Activist Legacy

Zelda Mazor-Freedman, Staff Writer

December 22, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Poly students and activism have long held a strong relationship. Such a diverse student environment has fostered great conflict, but also great conversation, both in years past and today. No matter what the date is, Poly students have not shown themselves as shy about being heard. Back in the 1970s...

Singers Tear It Up Before Tear Down

Singers Tear It Up Before Tear Down

Kd Maleki, Staff Writer

December 22, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Poly’s Holiday Vocal Concert was a great success. The Choral Music Department came together last Wednesday, Dec. 10, to perform 15 charming holiday songs for friends and family in Poly’s auditorium. With the help of directors Brian Dokko and Lori Grace leading the show, the singers delivered plenty...

Atticus Finch Walks into a Starbucks…

Atticus Finch Walks into a Starbucks…

Maria Palaroan, Staff Writer

November 25, 2014


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It’s 10:18 p.m. on a weeknight as I stay up doing everything except homework, when my friend in New York sends me a link. He’s doing exactly what I am (which is absolutely nothing) three hours in the future. I glance at the link, reluctant to click on it because 1. It’s on Tumblr, and God knows...

A Mix of Rock and Ireland: Hozier

Annabella D'Amico, Staff Writer

November 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture, Reviews

. Hozier (full name Andrew Hozier-Byrne) just released his instantly popular debut studio album, self-titled “Hozier.” You may have already heard his hit single “Take Me To Church” from his previous EP, which is a perfect blend of deep soul and dangerous lure that attracts us and pleases our...

Box Office Takes Flight

Zelda Mazor-Freedman, Staff Writer

November 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Interstellar Space travel once again graces the silver screen in this new thriller, but this time with a much darker motivation. Matthew McConaughey takes to the stars in this film, searching for a new home for humanity as Earth reaches its final days. Big Hero 6 Disney embraces Japanese culture...

Orchestra Concert

Orchestra Concert

Maria Palaroan, Staff Writer

November 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Poly’s annual Fall Orchestra Concert was held on October 29 in the auditorium at 6:30pm. A night filled with dramatic winds and delicate string pieces, the concert was a success. It featured pieces such as Full Orchestra’s “The Carmen Suite” and Chamber’s “Quiet City”. Students from all...

Plastic Piano Pelts Poly Players

Plastic Piano Pelts Poly Players

Zoe Adler, Staff Writer

November 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

The Long Beach Poly Marching Unit competed at Huntington Beach High School last Saturday, Nov. 1, against five other bands, including Millikan. Edison High School hosted the competition. This was the first time in marching band history that Poly has competed against Millikan in a field show tournament....

Back to 1989

Kevin El Khoury, Contributing Writer

November 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture, Reviews

When Taylor Swift dropped the lead single from her fifth studio album entitled 1989 on a late-August afternoon in 2014, it was not simply a song release—it was a global event. This may sound like hyperbole to many, but it is hard to deny that Swift (love or loathe her) stands unrivaled in terms of...

Recent Faves: Horror Movies

Katana Faaloto and Maria Palaroan

November 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

The Conjuring If you want to wet your pants, go watch this movie! Carolyn Perron is possessed by a witch known as Bathsheba who sacrificed her 7-day-old baby to Satan and possesses every mother who lives on her land forcing them to kill their children. Carolyn nearly murders her daughter but is saved...

Fall into the New TV Season

Garron Obom, Staff Writer

October 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Fall is a great time of the year! Halloween, Thanksgiving, cooler weather. But for me, fall is all about television. After their usual summer hiatus, the hit television shows have returned with a bang, as well as some very anticipated new shows that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. I...

AP Teacher Leads Double Life

Zoe Adler, Staff Writer

October 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

For a student, seeing a teacher outside of the school setting can be strange, but the students of David Burns, Poly’s Advanced Placement Psychology teacher, have to get used to it. Mr. Burns teaches part time, coming every day for first period, and teaching seventh and ninth periods every other day. During...

Triumphant Choral Concert

Maria Palaroan, Staff Writer

October 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Long Beach Poly held its annual Fall Choral Concert on October 15 at 6:30pm in the auditorium. As usual, each group performed splendidly, from Chamber’s intense “The Word was God” to Grace’s energetic “Ooh Child.” “It’s great to see all the energy that the kids are putting into the music...