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XCOM: Chimera Squad review

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a pretty decent expansion for the price you pay.

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer

June 2, 2020

“XCOM: Chimera Squad is an interesting entry in the XCOM series, to say the least. It’s advertised as a story-focused spin-off to a game series known more for its focus on gameplay than anything else. This game sparked outrage when it was revealed that players would be working with the aliens tha...

Creative “Cuarentena” Part II: Netflix’s Top 10 Spanish shows to binge in quarantine

Netflix's Spanish-language programming might be just the ticket to get you through this next stretch of quarantine.

Marilyn Santos, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

If the last list left you wanting more Spanish shows to binge watch, look no further. Here are the last five of 10 suggestions for Spanish shows streaming on Netflix to satisfy your binge-watching needs.   “Gran Hotel” (Grand Hotel) “Gran Hotel” is recommended if  you want mystery and rom...

“Are You Experienced”: A classic album turns … 53

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief

May 14, 2020

“Are You Experienced” is the critically acclaimed debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and one of the albums that invented hard rock. The album was released on this day… 53 years ago. Yes, 53 doesn’t quite have the luster of 50 or 55. But if you’re somehow unaware, there’s a pandemic...

“Final Fantasy VII Remake”: A reinvention, not a rehash

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief

April 24, 2020

“Final Fantasy VII Remake” is an ambitious and stylish piece of video-game art that, while occasionally tedious, is well worth more than five years of waiting. Publisher Square Enix, which released “FF7 Remake” on April 10, was relatively silent on the project between the game’s announce...

Creative “Cuarentena” Part I: Netflix’s Top 10 Spanish shows to binge in quarantine

Netflix's Spanish-language programming might be just the ticket to get you through this next stretch of quarantine.

Marilyn Santos, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

If you're finding yourself bored at home, why not stream TV in Spanish to either experience a different culture and learn a new language, or to practice what you already know while being entertained. Here are the first five of 10 suggestions for Spanish shows streaming on Netflix. “Casa de Pape...

Sonoma County Student Film Festival: A socially distanced showcase of student talent

Following recent shelter-in-place orders in response to COVID-19, the Sonoma County Student Film Festival moved to Zoom videoconference where audience participate from the safety of their homes.

Edgar Soria Garcia and Nick Vides

April 9, 2020

The show went on for the annual Sonoma County Student Film Festival, which presented student-made productions virtually, at 7 p.m April 3 via a Zoom videoconference. Despite Santa Rosa Junior College cancelling in-person events through May 23 due to current COVID-19 shelter-in-place regulations, t...

No need for social distancing; Three video games to keep you connected during shelter-in-place

Embrace your inner pirate in the fantastical, gorgeous world of

Stephen Howe, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

It’s been a month since quarantine started, you haven’t seen your friends in forever and you're probably bored right out of your mind. So what kind of games would be good to play in a time like this? Here are three recommendations to keep you virtually occupied and social. Sea of Thieves Ever dream of being a ...

Five Netflix shows to watch while you’re cooped up

The pacing and chronology of events in the docuseries “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

Jonathan Bigall, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

With shelter-in-place orders extended through April, here’s a list of five must-watch new and old shows on Netflix that will make your home quarantine more enjoyable. “Altered Carbon” With elements taken from “Black Mirror,” “Ghost in the Shell” and “Blade Runner,” there is a beauti...

Five free feel-bad film classics for quarantine

One of the darkest films in the noir canon,

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2020

It’s easy to get bored with your typical media consumption habits during quarantine. Instead of another list of feel-good content that will take your mind off the coronavirus pandemic, here are five gloomy films you can access for free, along with thousands of other public domain films at archive...

Board games to beat boredom; Five not-digital games to entertain during shelter-in-place

Skull is one of five board games recommended to beat the boredom under Sonoma County's shelter-in-place order dictating social distancing.

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

Everyone is stuck indoors until this pandemic blows over. If you’re bored of Netflix and video games, there is another option to occupy your time: board games. An American staple since long before video games, board games have expanded to a number of themes and types, from deep 4x strategy in Twi...

Refurbished Burbank Auditorium opens after two-year closure

Students, faculty and alumni gather at Burbank Auditorium to celebrate the unveiling after an over one-year long process.

Edgar Soria Garcia, Magazine Editor

March 19, 2020

The grand reopening of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Burbank Auditorium brought students, faculty and alumni alike through inviting doors to celebrate the updated building. “We’re really here, aren’t we!” said Leslie McCauley, chair of SRJC’s theater arts department. “We’re still pinching o...

“Sonic the Hedgehog”: Forgettable but fun video game adaptation

“Sonic the Hedgehog”: Forgettable but fun video game adaptation

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin and Stephen Howe

March 12, 2020

From “Prince of Persia” to “Assassin’s Creed,” video game film adaptations are notoriously bad, but “Sonic the Hedgehog” is an odd surprise. The film concerns the inter-dimensional blue anthropomorphic hedgehog named Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz. Sonic had fled to Earth because of an u...

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