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Battle of the Brands: Coke

September 15, 2017

Bridgette Gong Lifestyle Taste Test: Coke vs. Cola Word Count: 280   So it’s a hot day and you’re thirsty for some soda. That iconic red-bannered, white- labeled bottle of Coke is calling  your name, but as you reach to grab it, your hand brushes past something else that catches your attention. It is a clear bottle containing a fizzy [...]

Essential Items this Fall

September 15, 2017

Fall Essentials (non clothing) Bridgette Gong Lifestyle WC: 349   Fall is right around the corner, and while everyone knows that the perfect oversized sweater is necessary to get you through the dim and frigid months, there are also several other non-clothing items that could be great company as the leaves change color and make fall the best [...]

Brand battle: Cheez-It vs. Safeway Select Cheese Bites

September 15, 2017

Written by Emma Chiao Although generic food brands may be cheaper, they aren’t necessarily worth the price. I decided to test out the popular snack for all ages: Cheez-It crackers. At Safeway, a box goes for $5.99 while Safeway Select’s Cheese Bites sell for $2.50. The exterior packaging of each present them as nearly identical crackers– the [...]

Brand battle: Oreos vs. Tuxedos

September 15, 2017

Written by Carolyn Kuimelis We’ve all been there: you’re walking down the grocery aisle looking for your go-to Cocoa Puffs when you find yourself reaching for the deceiving, similarly colored box of “Cocoa Peanut Butter Spheres.” Despite the lower price and the almost-identical ingredient list, you choose the name brand item over the [...]

Recounting memorable autumns on the east coast

September 15, 2017

Written by Grace Tramack After living in California for almost four years now, I can honestly say that one of the things I miss most about New Hampshire is fall. Not the 70-degree, barely cool enough for jeans and still-looks-like summer kind of fall that Palo Alto has. Sure my friends on the East Coast are jealous of our beautiful year-round [...]

Celebrating different cultural takes on fall traditions

September 15, 2017

Written by Joy Huang Oktoberfest: Germany, Sept. 16 to Oct. 3 Oktoberfest is a festival that originated in Munich, Germany and has been celebrated since 1810. The main event in Munich has an average of six million visitors each year. People eat food such as pretzels, sausages and pork, and around 1.5 million gallons of beer are consumed. It is [...]

Meet the best friends on The Oracle: Grace and Emma

May 19, 2017

Written by Emma Chiao Grace and I often reflect back on the times during eighth grade when we sat in the same lunch group but never exchanged a single word and how far we’ve come since then. When we started Beginning Journalism, we acknowledged each other, but it wasn’t until we went through our first production together that we slowly became [...]

Meet the best friends on The Oracle: Laurel and Mikaela

May 19, 2017

Unlike how many friendships begin, Mikaela and I were forced into one. Not only are my sister and her oldest brother best friends, but our parents are about as close as four people can get. So it was obvious that at one point, one of us would have to break the ice and see if a friendship lay underneath. Mikaela has turned into much more than just [...]

Meet the best friends on The Oracle: Jack and Ryan

May 19, 2017

Written by Ryan Manesh Ever since I joined Oracle, I have met a mentor: the great Jonathan “Jack” Mallery, who is, for the lack of a better word, a father figure. Talking about soccer, intense life discussions, and extreme gossiping are all things you overhear when listening to the amazing conversations between us Whenever I have a question [...]

From snakes to cats: living with 10 pets

March 31, 2017

Written by Stephy Jackson I have a pretty big family. I live with seven animals; my twin, my two little sisters, my parents and, until he moved to college, my big brother. And one of the results of this living situation is that everyone in my family wanted a pet, or multiple pets of their own. That’s how I ended up with 10 pets in my house. [...]