Part 3 of 3: Marvel takes first step into multiverse with “Spider-Man: No Way Home”


Warning: The following article contains spoilers.

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Out of the many Spider-man: No Way Home movie posters circulating, this appeared to be one of the more popular ones based on fan feedback and sharing on social media sites. (Credit to Marvel Studios)

Distraught from May’s death, Peter flees from the building without contacting any of his friends, who are obviously worried after the fight. In a desperate wish to see his friend, Ned accidentally uses Strange’s sling ring to open a portal to Parker.

But the portal they open is not to the Peter they expected, but to Peter Parker of “The Amazing Spider-Man” films played by Andrew Garfield. 

During Garfield’s interviews for the 2021 movie “Tick..Tick.. Boom,” he was constantly asked if he was in the movie, but denied it until the release.

“I wasn’t expecting to ever have a conversation again about potentially playing Peter Parker. I felt very excited just to be a fan again. But I got this call from Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige and Jon Watts with this idea. It was immediately undeniable. It sounded incredibly fun, incredibly spiritual — trippy and thematically interesting. On a base level, as a Spider-Man fan, just the idea of seeing three Spider-Men in the same frame was enough,” Garfield told Variety.

Mj and Ned are shocked that he had opened a portal that took Strange weeks to first open. Not only that, but now a Peter from a different universe was in the dining room. Confused and untrusting, MJ throws bread at Peter until he agrees to prove he is truly Spider-man by hanging and crawling on the ceiling, which he does. 

The two are still confused, but figure they will try again to reach the correct Peter. In an attempt to do so, Ned opens a portal to Peter Parker from Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films played by Tobey Maguire.

In the Deadline interview with the three Spider-Man actors, Maguire had stated, “I was intrigued immediately, like, in that conversation, the kind of love and celebration of these movies and what it meant, I think, to Amy [Pascal] and Kevin [Feige] was apparent. And to me, when artists or, you know, people who are steering the creative process have a kind of authentic, genuine intent of celebration and love, it just was so apparent in both of them, that, I don’t know, I just wanted to join that.” 

When they first meet, the two Peter’s are slightly confused with Raimi-Verse Parker saying “wait that’s not your friend” when referring to Webb-Verse Parker. The two Parkers then start a very brief fight where Webb-Verse Parker realizes that Raimi-Verse Parker is Spider-Man as well. The two then decide they need to find the MCU Peter Parker, and ask Ned and MJ if there would be any place he would go to “get away from everything.” MJ knew where to find their Peter from this comment and, with Ned, found their Peter on the roof of Midtown High. 

After embracing their friend and giving their condolences, MJ tells Peter that “there’s some people here” to see him, introducing the other Peters to their Peter. At first, MCU Peter was frightened by seeing the two Peters, and was angered when they first spoke to him saying that they ‘understood’ what Parker was going through when he thought they didn’t. Parker said they did not understand “what [he’s] going through” before Raimi-Verse Peter responded with the death of Uncle Ben and Webb-Verse Peter responded with the death of Gwen Stacy. 

After they share their understanding of “with great power comes great responsibility,” they decide to get to work on cures for the villains. The following scene develops the chemistry between the Spider-Men with a shocking reveal of Raimi-Verse’s webbing or even the Spider-Men pointing at each other with the script saying, “All three point at each other: Him? Memes!” 

After developing the cures and Ned’s reassurement that he will not turn into a villian and kill MCU Peter, the Spider-Men set up at the Statue of Liberty and MCU Peter uses J. Jonah. Jameson and the Daily Bugle to broadcast his location to the villains. Before the final battle, the Spider-Men indulge in small talk, like how exactly the Raimi-Verse Peter’s webs work or the most dangerous villains the Spider-Men have ever fought.

Their dialogue is interrupted by their spider-senses going off followed by the strike of Electro’s lighting and the reappearance of Sandman and the Lizard. MCU Peter quickly throws the Machina de Kadavus to MJ and Ned who are still at Midtown High. 

In the pursuing battle, the Peters attempt to take the villains on together but quickly find out that they are really bad at working as a team. The Spider-Men meet in the scaffolding of the Statue of Liberty and discuss how to properly work as a team. It’s at this moment where MCU Peter brags about being on the Avengers in which the other Peters respond with a confusion on who the Avengers are.

Ready to take their threat head on, the Spider-Men leap back into action and start taking out the villains one by one, starting with Sandman. The plan was to lure Sandman into the head of the statue and activate the collider to cure him.

The next target was Electro and to cure him by sapping the energy from his body to get rid of his electricity. The plan goes awry when Electro gets ahold of Webb-Verse and Raimi-Verse Peter, but luckily they are saved by the recently cured Otto Octavious. And he is then able to cure Electro and take away his powers. 

While Electro was being cured, MCU Peter was dealing with the Lizard who had tried to attack Ned and MJ due to Ned’s inability to close the portal. After chasing him out of Midtown High, MJ throws the Lizard’s cure to Peter and he manages to bring Curt Conners back to his human form.

With the villains cured, Ned and MJ try hiding the Machina de Kadavus but end up opening a portal to Doctor Strange who had been “dangling over the Grand Canyon for twelve hours” and is about to send the villains back to their universes until he sees that MCU Peter’s plan is working.

With Octavius now at the scene, he is finally reunited with Raimi-Verse Peter who share a very heartwarming few minutes that reference the first scene the two had together in the 2004 film. Meanwhile, Electro, now powerless, has a conversation with Webb-Verse Peter and praising him for everything he does and mentioning that he thought Peter would be black, to which he apologizes for.

Electro’s hope is referencing Miles Morales of the 2018 film “Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse.”

The peace was broken by the return of the Green Goblin, who implanted a pumpkin bomb inside the Machina de Kadavus. Green Goblin’s return to the scene had ensured one of them would be hurt or almost killed, this being MJ. 

Goblin’s pumpkin bomb had blown MJ off the structure into harm’s way and MCU’s Peter immediately jumps after her but is unsuccessful in catching her as Goblin’s glider pushes him away before he could reach her. Webb-verse Peter watches as all these events occur, then jumps and catches MJ without a second thought. 

Fans went crazy in theaters realizing he completed the task he once failed with his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) who tragically died by his hand in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Peter begins to cry after landing and making sure MJ was okay, remembering the same incident that caused Stacy’s death in the 2014 film. 

“We were shooting for two weeks, Tobey and I, but I think we managed to achieve something that is not just showing up and going, ‘Hi! Bye!’ My Spider-Man got to save his younger brother’s romantic relationship, potentially,” Garfield told Variety. “And to heal the most traumatic moment of his own life through doing it for his younger brother. Making sure that he didn’t have the same fate, there’s something cosmically beautiful about that. It meant getting a second chance at saving Gwen.”

Gobin is now the last villain that needs to be cured. When MCU Peter is able to confront him and tells him he’s going to kill him himself, he throws constant punches while Goblin laughs through every hit.

 As soon as Peter gets Goblin down for the final time, he grabs the same glider that killed May, in hope of killing him with it. Before he gets the chance, Raimi’s Peter steps in as a way of telling Peter not to. Right at that moment, Goblin unexpectedly stabs Raimi’s Peter. Webb’s Peter then throws Goblin’s cure to MCU’s Peter who immediately gets the satisfaction of doing the same thing to Osborn.

Fans who were afraid for Raimi’s Peter were relieved when he said he’s “been stabbed before.”

While the villains had all been cured, there was still the issue of the multiverse collapsing onto the MCU, which was caused by the Goblin’s previous pumpkin bomb. The cracks in the multiverse are seemingly irreversible until MCU Peter offers a solution, making everyone forget Spider-Man and Peter Parker are one and the same. Strange hesitates but eventually agrees and tells Peter it would be best to tell his friends goodbye for the last time. 

Peter first stops by the other Spider-Men and together have the biggest brotherly hug between any superheroes. He then stops to finally say goodbye to Ned, his best friend since his first movie, and MJ his girlfriend for the remainder of their time in the MCU. With one last promise to MJ telling her that he will find her after they forget him, the spell is cast and the multiverse is saved.


With everyone now forgetting who Peter Parker is, Parker heads to the coffee shop MJ works at with a speech to hopefully refresh her memory. When actually meeting MJ, Peter opts out of telling her and decides to keep her out of his life as Spider-Man. 

It is still possible that MJ has a slight recollection of Peter with the script saying, “HOLD ON MJ, watching Peter go with a lingering sense of… recognition”.

With his former life behind him, Peter moves into his new apartment after graduating from high school via a GED. He then suits up in a brand new blue and red Spider-Man costume that is “new for him, but reminiscent of suits he’s seen before” according to the script. He then flies over the RockefellerRockefeller Christmas tree with the last line in the script saying “Peter Parker is no more, but Spider-Man lives on…”

Part 2 of 3: Marvel takes first step into multiverse with “Spider-Man: No Way Home”


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A second marketing poster before the movie was released. (Credit to Marvel Studios)

A second  marketing poster before the movie was released. (Credit to marvel studios)

This is not the first time MCU fans have seen the multiverse. In earlier projects, the multiverse was hinted at in films such as “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “Doctor Strange” but only proved to be real when the short series “Loki” and “What If…” were released in mid 2021.

Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, said, “The Ancient One mentions it in Doctor Strange, when she’s taking Stephen Strange through that sort of mind warping journey. It was always one of the most powerful storytelling tools in the comics. One you have to wield carefully, because it can get overwhelming. One that now with, obviously the 60 to 80 year history of the comics, now we have a 20 plus history of the movies and there are enough characters that we can start playing with it that way.”

Having 20+ films in the MCU provided enough material for the multiverse to finally come alive in “Spider-man: No Way Home” and future MCU projects, such as “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness” which is said to feature the Scarlet Witch, Spider-man, and many other characters.

Parker leaves without knowing the multiverse has been opened. Now feeling completely hopeless, he attempts to make things better for his friends, who have endured the same amount of trouble Parker has, by meeting with someone from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). But during that time, Parker has an unexpected visit from none other than Otto Octavius, better known as Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) from the original Spider-Man films from 2002. Molina’s return as Doc Ock had been leaked long before the confirmation in the trailer that was released Aug. 30, 2021, but it was constantly denied. 

“When we were shooting it, we were all under orders not to talk about it, because it was supposed to be some great big secret,” Molina told Variety. “But, you know, it’s all over the internet. I actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!”

“It was wonderful,” Molina stated. “It was very interesting going back after 17 years to play the same role, given that in the intervening years, I now have two chins, a wattle, crow’s feet and a slightly dodgy lower back.” 

Because of these concerns, CGI was used to disguise him to look the same as he did 17 years ago. This was all it took for Doc Ock to come alive once again, even though Molina had other concerns regarding fight scenes, but remembered the robotic arms did all the fighting and all he had to do was have “a kind of mean look on [his] face.”

Parker is confronted by Octavius. Minutes pass and the two are fighting because of a big misunderstanding. Octavius is not aware he is in a new universe, and believes he is fighting a different Peter Parker. When he finally realizes that Holland’s Peter isn’t the one he knows, Parker takes control of Octavius’s mechanical arms.

After Parker takes control of Octavious and safely saves MIT’s Vice Assistant Chancellor, he and his friends are accepted into the school with the Assistant Chancellor’s blessing. The short moment of peace is interrupted by the Green Goblin’s (Willem Dafoe) pumpkin bombs. As Parker is ready to head back into battle, he and Octavious are transported back to the crypt of Doctor Strange.

Dafoe’s reprisal of Norman Osborn was welcomed with open arms by fans and was received as well as his first time as the Goblin nearly 20 years ago in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. 

Dafoe was very willing to return as the Goblin for the film on one condition, he wanted to do his own stunts. 

“To do this physical stuff was important to me,” the 66-year-old actor Dafoe stated. “In fact, one of the first things I said to Jon [Watts] and Amy [Pascal], basically, when they pitched it to me before there was even a script, was, ‘Listen. I don’t want to just pop in there as a cameo, or just fill in in closeups. I want to do the action because that’s fun for me. And also, because it’s really impossible to add any integrity or any fun to the character if you don’t participate in these things.”

Now, in captivity along with Octavius and Lizard (Curt Connors), Strange explains to Parker what is happening and that he needs to capture the last two villians and where to find them.

Parker heads to a forest in an all black suit, which seemed vaguely familiar, reminding fans of the black suit used in San Rami’s “Spider-Man 3” in 2007. Coming to a clearing in the forest, Parker finds Electro (Jamie Foxx) using the energy from power lines running through the forest. 

Foxx stated, “You know what I was excited, knowing Amy [Pascal] for years man, and knowing what she’s done with this franchise, and she was explaining to me it was gonna be hot you know.” 

Foxx also explained that “[he] didn’t have to be blue” which was a major point of contention for him and his character.

Dillons initial, and obvious, first move is to attack Spider-Man, and has the upper hand until Sand-Man, or Flint Marko from Sami Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 (Thomas Haden Church) is also revealed to be in the forest and saves Spidey. After the duo take down Electro and the newly introduced villains stop seeing Parker as a threat, Parker explains their situation. The two are then teleported to the same crypt the other three villains are being held in by Parker.

Now back at the crypt, Strange continues to explain to the three (and the villains in captivity) the concept of the multiverse and the fate of those being held, which was to be killed by Spider-Man, in their own universes. Now upset by this, Parker takes the ancient artifact from earlier in the movie and traps Strange in the mirror dimension seen in Doctor Strange. Now Parker believes it’s his duty to ‘save’ these villains so that their fate isn’t to die at the hand of Spider-Man.

Parker then takes all five villains and Aunt May to Hogan’s apartment where he uses the missing Stark tech that Hogan has possession of to accommodate each villain, with MJ, the artifact and Kaecilius’ Sling Ring safely at Ned’s home. Starting with Octavius, Parker (with the help of Norman Osborn, given he is also a skilled scientist) replicates the chip that keeps the robotic arms from controlling Ock and attaches it where it was before being destroyed. Immediately, Ock is met with relief. Every voice Ock has claimed to hear from the past is gone and he is able to control the arms on his own. Parker and Osborn are ecstatic knowing it worked.

The happiness doesn’t last long, as a moment after, Osborn’s second personality (Green Goblin) has made itself clear and begins to attack Parker because they “do not need [him] to save [them] and do not need to be fixed”. It isn’t long before all remaining villains begin to rebel and leave the building to avoid being ‘fixed’ and sent back to their universes.

Osborn and Parker fight in Hogan’s apartment for a while before smashing through multiple stories within the building. Before watchers know it, Parker and Osborn are in the main lobby of the apartment complex where the final moments of the fight take place. May, who followed Parker downstairs with the cures to the final three villains, Osborn, Lizard, and Sand-Man, tries to help Parker by injecting Osborn’s cure into him. To their surprise, it does not work, and now angered by this attempt, Osborn attacks May and Parker with the glider that killed him over 20 years ago. 

With no time to recover, Parker is caught more off guard as Osborn hops on the glider and leaves with a single pumpkin bomb left to finish the job. These attacks did not kill Parker as Osborn had wanted, but rather ended with the death of May with her uttering the famous words, ‘With great power, must also come great responsibility’ in one of her last breaths.

Read Part 3 here:

Part 1 of 3: Marvel takes first step into multiverse with “Spider-Man: No Way Home”


Warning: The following article contains spoilers.

One of the six official marketing posters for Spider-man: No Way Home that was released after the movie’s debut. (Credit to Marvel Studios)

The highly anticipated “Spider-Man: No Way Home” was released on Dec. 18, 2021, exceeding fan expectations by a landslide with all hopes, speculations and theories coming true. As of Jan. 21, 2022, “No Way Home” has made $707 million, just a little over a month of being in theaters.

The movie begins where “Spider-Man: Far From Home” left off with Spider-Man’s identity being revealed by J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) of the Daily Bugle and the chaos that followed. Spectators see what happens with the now known Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and the trouble Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) left after his passing. Not only is Parker’s identity on every news outlet in the city, but all the chaos interfered with his personal life and education as a high school student, with reporters on the outskirts of his home and school, and the students and staff watching his every move.

With the world now knowing Parker’s identity, legal trouble had found its way to Parker, his aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and friend Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). Daredevil’s Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) had a surprise appearance as Parker’s attorney, leaving fans speechless as well as cheerful and excited for Murdock’s newfound role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  

Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, confirms Cox will be returning as Daredevil in future MCU projects.

 “If you were to see Daredevil in upcoming things, Charlie Cox, yes, would be the actor playing Daredevil. Where we see that, how we see that, when we see that, remains to be seen,” Feige stated.

With Murdock’s appearance, the famous line fans adored so much came. As Parker was speaking to Murdock, a protester outside of Parker’s apartment had thrown a brick into the window which Murdock caught with his left hand having senses similar to Parker’s. With Murdock having caught the brick, Parker asked how he was able to catch it, to which Murdock replied with, “I’m a really good lawyer.” Fans absolutely adored this line and have created many jokes and memes associated with it.

Initially, Parker had trouble with his identity being revealed from paparazzi at his school to people vandalizing his suit but was ready to accept the consequences until his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya) and best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) were prevented from getting into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology because of his actions. Parker immediately attempts to fix everything for his friends. This entire segment of the movie, and the movie as a whole, accurately depicts Peter Parker’s selflessness by showing how he would do anything for anyone he cares about other than himself.

After his revelation, Parker goes to Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in hope of Strange’s help to have all citizens of New York forget the identity of Spider-man. Strange, having lost his title of “Sorcerer Supreme” due to the 2018 blip shown in “Avengers: Infinity War,” refuses Parker at first, thinking there wasn’t anything he could do to help without his title, and knowing that Wong (Benedict Wong) would not help him.

Before Parker is able to leave, Strange then remembers another way he can help without the title of ‘Sorcerer Supreme.’ He then leads Parker into a basement, later revealed to be Strange’s crypt, where Strange begins a spell involving an ancient mystical device known as the Machina de Kadavus. The relic would be able to perform a memory wiping spell, so that everyone, including Parker’s loved ones, would forget who Peter Parker is. This does not sit well with Parker and asks Strange to have it so that certain people could remember who he was. Strange does, rewriting the spell time after time as Peter lists all the people he would like to remember him as Spider-Man. The spell was rewritten a total of six times before backfiring and unknowingly opening the multiverse.

Read Part 2 and Part 3 here

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with sugar cookies


Baking, in general, is always proven to be a good time whether it’s solo, with friends or with your loved ones. From countless sweets, the choices are unlimited. Valentine’s day, referred to as the day of love, these heart shaped sugar cookies are the perfect treat to share with that special someone. 

Servings: 25 cookies


Ingredients used for sugar cookies. (JASMINE ROSALES/ Ethic News photo)

2 and ¼ cups of all purpose flour

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

¾ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

¾ cup white sugar

1 large egg

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Optional: ¼-½ tsp almond extract


  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Mixed dry ingredients (JASMINE ROSALES /Ethic News photo)

2. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or whisk, beat the butter on medium speed-high speed until smooth for about one minute. Add the granulated sugar and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about two minutes. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract (if used) and beat on high speed until combined, about one minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed.

Wet ingredients mixed in a separate bowl (JASMINE ROSALES/ Ethic News photo)

3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. If the dough seems too soft, you can add 1 tbsp of flour for better consistency to roll.

Combined dry ingredients in big bowl (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News photo)

4. Divide the dough into two equal portions, then roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment paper or a lightly floured silicone baking mat to about ¼ inch thickness. The rolled out dough can be any shape, as long as it is evenly ¼ inch thick.

One portion of rolled out dough. (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News)

5. Stack the pieces, with parchment paper between the two, onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least one to two hours, or even up to two days.

6. Once chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment papers. Remove one of the dough pieces from the fridge and using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut the dough into heart shapes. If needed, re-roll the remaining dough until all dough is used.

Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, make indents in dough. (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News)

7. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Recommended to rotate the baking sheet halfway through the baking time for even browning.

Laying prepared dough on baking tray (JASMINE ROSALES/ Ethic News photo)

8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes, transfer to a cooling rack to fully cool the cookies. 

After cooling, it is ready to eat. (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News photo)

Once cooled, it can be decorated. Take a glass of milk and enjoy!

The Ghost brings the Havoc on “Wreckage Manner”


Content warning: Explicit language in song title 

New York’s legendary hip-hop icons, Havoc, from the Queensbridge Rap duo Mobb Deep, and Styles P, from the Yonkers Rap group “The LOX”, team up as a super group to deliver their self titled collaborative album “Wreckage Manner” on Dec. 3, 2021.  The album Wreckage Manner consists of 10 tracks with a length of 31 minutes, entirely produced by Havoc. The collaborative album is accessible on all streaming platforms and has been labeled with the Parental Advisory sticker by the Recording Industry Association of America because of the explicit content on the album. 

The collaborative album consists of the tracks: 

  1.  F— Around 
  2.  Move How We Wanna 
  3.  Fiend For 
  4.  Pay Me In Cash 
  5.  21 Gun Salute 
  6.  YO 2 QB 
  7.  Havoc and The Ghost 
  8.  Good As Gold
  9.  Hymn to Him 
  10.  Nightmares 2 Dreams  

The album’s lead single “Nightmares 2 Dreams” was released Nov. 18, 2021 and an official music video was released on YouTube on the same date as the album. Both rapper’s Havoc and Styles P reminisce about their journey from transitioning from street life into the music industry over snare, a hypnotic piano loop and patterned drums. 

On Jan. 22, Clockwork Music and Addictive Affairs present a one night only concert at Revolution Live featuring Havoc of Mobb Deep with Big Noyd and DJ L.E.S., Styles P of “The LOX”, Kool G Rap and special guest performance from Termanology. This is Havoc and Styles P’s first performance of their collaboration album “Wreckage Manner.” 

Havoc and Styles P have been interviewed as a collective with Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM on Jan. 24 and the podcast Drink Champs under Revolt on Feb. 5, speaking about their life experiences, their careers in their respectable groups and their collaborative project. 

Havoc says, “One day I just woke up, I wanted to do a project with one of my favorite artists, Styles P was at the top of that list, you know what I’m sayin’, so I text him up, I hit him up, he was with it, sent him some music and we just did the thing.” 

Styles P says, “Wreckage synonym for havoc and manner is synonym for styles and we felt you know, we was bringing what we was bringing, but we was bringing it in a different way and respect to our respective groups LOX and Mobb Deep. He’s a member of the Mobb and I’m a member of the LOX. We’re gonna to give you that, but it was in a manner we was gonna do it and we felt like it was gonna be real accurate hip-hop that gives you a wreckage feeling, but with grace and style.” 

A&E hangouts: New Dirtbag cafe is grounds for more than just coffee


In Redlands, California, there are countless cafés to satisfy coffee cravings. Yet, Dirtbag Coffee offers the experiences of a coffee shop embedded in the heart of historic downtown Redlands. Within the shop, in addition to a hot cup of joe, apparel and merchandise is offered, created by Aaron and Angie Ohama, who founded Dirtbag Coffee on Feb. 19, 2021.

The front of the coffee shop seen from State Street. Dirtbag Coffee Shop has unique seating arrangements compared to other coffee shops. (MIRIAM YORDANOS/ Ethic News photo)

During a trip with her husband, Angie Ohama was in need of motorcycling gloves. After stopping at a shop and trying to find gloves, the Ohamas were motivated to open their own business. 

Dirtbag Apparel makes homemade items, such as crewnecks, rings, different types of jackets, leather bags, scrunchies and more. The items that are not homemade are from small and local businesses, including young entrepreneurs. For example, Dirtbag sells scrunchies that are made from a small business run by an 11-year-old girl. 

Dirtbag Apparel Shop is attached to Dirtbag Coffee. Dirtbag Coffee opened after Dirtbag Apparel Shop. (MIRIAM YORDANOS/ Ethic News photo)

Krystal Cannon, the manager and sales associate of Dirtbag, loves that the store always has something new each day. Cannon states, “It’s an experience here. What we have to offer and our value here. We have really put faith first and do value that anywhere and we make that the stable of our foundation.”

Originally a customer, Cannon would visit whenever in town and soon became close friends with the owners. Cannon discovered the local shop accidentally and fell in love with the coffee cafe. 

While walking into Dirtbag, there is a strong scent of coffee. The building has plants, a bunch of different colors and a very distinctive aesthetic. Step back outside and Dirtbag is surrounded by a community of many different shops on state street.

Gabby Valencia, a barista and sales associate, said,  “The aesthetic is pretty unique. The owners’ ride motorcycles and are very outdoorsy so they have a very collective style. We have funky chairs and I really like the vibe.” 

Unlike other coffee shops, Dirtbag doesn’t charge an extra amount for dairy substitution.  Besides coffee, they offer various Italian sodas and teas. 

Similar to other coffee shops, Dirtbag has different menus for different seasons at a time. Their current best sellers are mocha latte, vanilla latte, caramel latte and dirty chai latte.

Valencia enjoys seeing the regulars often and feels lucky to be a part of someone’s day, especially when they come in often.

One of Valencia’s favorite customers comes in often after having an art class. Her favorite drink is the Brown Sugar Latte, which happens to be a winter item from their summer edition menu.

Valencia says, “Our coffee is great too, but I mean in Redlands you could go to a million other places for coffee and it’s going to be good coffee. So, what we try to make a more unique experience is our customer service and our environment and everything else.” 

Currently, Dirtbag Apparel has a few selected items on sale and a new menu for the winter season. Check out the new menu and sale at their location on 204 E. State St.

A&E hangouts: The Olive Market’s impact on historic Redlands


The smiling faces of adults and children, the smell of pastries and coffee, wafts in the air, as soon as someone enters the Olive Avenue Market. 

The front of the Olive Market that can be seen on Olive Avenue. (AVA LARSON/ETHIC NEWS)

In historic Redlands, California, the Olive Avenue Market sits on the corner of West Olive Avenue and South Michigan Street.

The shop is filled with vintage candies, soda and drinks.

There are many seating areas in and around the Olive Market. The patio in the back has many picnic tables, benches and even a small play area for kids. It’s surrounded by plants and has a beautiful view of all the Victorian houses. 

The back patio of the market. In the back patio, customers, there is a place for children to play and walk around. (AVA LARSON/ETHIC NEWS

In the back patio, there is seating available for customers to dine. (AVA LARSON/ETHIC NEWS)

After being built in 1924, the Olive Market shared their shop with one of the first ever  Stater Bros Market from 1939-1974, according to the

At the Olive Market customers have a variety of drinks that they can choose from that come in many flavors and sizes. (AVA LARSON/ETHIC NEWS)

Sonia Rozzi, one of the owners of the Olive Market, says, “The little things make a difference, like knowing our customers’ orders before they even get to the counter.”

The logo of the olive market.(AVA LARSON/ETHIC NEWS)

Rozzi loves that the market has become a local hang out and makes people feel comfortable and welcome. Kids and teens from all over Redlands love coming to the market for a snack before or after school.

According to Rozzi, many of the older customers came to the Olive Market when they were kids.

Many of the customers have become friends with the employees and owners.

Michelle Buckman has been coming to the Olive Market since before they had ceramic cups. She walks everyday and always stops by the market with her friends.

The olive market’s seating on the side and in the back of the building.(AVA LARSON/ETHIC NEWS)

Employee, Sean Corrigan, says, “The Olive Market is my second home, and I love for anyone to come to visit me, and I want people to feel welcome.”

Many people take their kids to the market to get pastries and drinks, like Marty Morision, who takes his kids to get hot chocolate and cookies.

The market also has a great brunch menu on the weekends that includes avocado toast, pancakes, different omelets and many more items.

The Olive Market’s brunch menu is only available on Saturdays and Sundays. (AVA LARSON/ETHIC NEWS)

The market opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 2:30 p.m. daily.

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Sad songs for a sad hour


Sometimes you feel bummed out and you need to cry. These songs are here to support you for when you do. These songs provide comfort with artists such as Ricky Montgomery who are able to sing about emotions you never knew you had.

Line without a hook by Ricky Montgomery

Mr Loverman by Ricky Montgomery

Heather by Conan Gray

Bubble Gum by Clairo

Love Like you by Lizz Robinett

Strawberry Mentos by Leanna Firestone

Hopelessly devoted to you by Glee

My heart is buried in Venice by Ricky Montgomery

Snow by Ricky Montgomery

A soulmate who wasn’t meant to be by Jess Benko

Suneater by Leanna Firestone

A&E hangouts: Redlands Ramen has oodles of noodles for hungry students


Redlands Ramen is the latest noodle stop located in the newly created Packing House District, a few blocks from historical downtown Redlands. Redlands Ramen was opened on Sept. 18, 2019, and has since been a success.

Two bowls of noodles with add-on toppings chicken and egg on Oct. 30. Redlands Ramen allows customers to customize their orders. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

A very strong street art vibe and underground influence is felt in Redlands Ramen. There are paintings and murals everywhere, with artwork reminiscent of downtown Los Angeles culture. While interesting, some of the murals may turn away more conservative and family audiences, as some of the murals feature suggestive imagery and partial nudity.

A mural highlighting various rappers in an artistic intepretation is shown at Redlands Ramen on June 17. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

Bryan Ramirez, the lead server at Redlands Ramen for over two months said, says that one of his favorite elements of the shop is “the inviting environment, along with the employees here with great personalities, with the cooks being especially full of integrity.” Ramirez feels this sets their restaurant apart from the competition.

The noodle shop also has a bar section, active at night, with the very late hours allowing for a midnight noodle run if you get hit by late night cravings, as many teens are often struck by. 

Because of the long hours, the different times of day have very different feelings, regarding the atmosphere. For instance, in the afternoon, it is a much more expected and serene atmosphere for an eatery in a small shopping district, but at night, it is transformed into a bustling noodle hub.

One of Redlands Ramen’s greatest strengths lies within its customizable menu. Of course, there are the base soups, such as the traditional ‘tonkotsu’ or the creamy, chicken based ‘Tori’, a popular choice for ramen newcomers. Some of the customization options include level of spiciness, ranging from none to spicy, and other ramen essentials, such as proteins and egg.

This previously mentioned customization has one major downfall however, and that is the price. If you get their most expensive base, the ‘Niku’ and you add Japanese pork, along with extra protein and all of the possible add ons, which have been standard for most other ramen shops in the world, it would cost a whopping $43.50. So while the price may be very high compared to other locations, it makes more sense when you consider its high quality ingredients and good service.

In conclusion, Redlands Ramen is a worthy option for hungry high school students who like an upbeat, street atmosphere. The food is delicious, however it can be expensive. Potential customers should be aware of the cumulative prices of the add-ons. 

Because of the friendly and helpful staff, the delicious food and the unique style, Redlands Ramen is definitely worth patronage.

Southern California lights up for the holiday season


The holiday season encourages people to embrace a festive spirit and produce joyful memories with family and friends. Although snow isn’t a common occurrence in the Inland Empire, one can still surround themselves with the sights of the season with many festive light displays to see in Southern California.

Riverside Festival of Lights

The Riverside Festival of Lights features a decorated Mission Inn as well as other light displays and decorations on Main Street.

It is free and the lights will take place up until Jan. 6.

For more information, visit

Greenspot Farms Lighted Hayride

Up until Christmas, Greenspot Farms in Mentone hosts a Lighted Hayride every night from 5 to 8 p.m. The Lighted Hayride allows visitors to sit comfortably on a cart, in which a tractor drags it through a decorated lighted path on the farm.

Decorations found on the Lighted Hayride path in Mentone on Dec. 7. The hayride lasts approximately ten minutes. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photos)

Tickets are as follows: $15 for adults, $10 for children and no cost for children under three years of age. 

For more information, visit

Wildlights at The Living Desert

The Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert features many life-sized animal decorations and festive lights following the zoo’s closing at 5 p.m. One of the greatest attractions is the luminescent lantern tunnel that is in sync to holiday music. Food and beverages are also available for purchase. 

The Wildlights take place from Dec. 17 to 24 and Dec. 25 to 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $16 for general admission and $12 for children. 

For more information, visit

Thoroughbred Christmas Lights

Thoroughbred Lane, a neighborhood in Rancho Cucamonga, attracts visitors in their cars every December with their Christmas light displays.

A house on Thoroughbred Lane in Rancho Cucamonga has Star Wars themed decorations on Dec. 7. Thoroughbred Lane also features others houses with themed decorations, such as “Frozen,” “Toy Story,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and more. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

There is no cost to see the lights. The drive-thru takes place from Dec. 10 to Dec. 24 from 5 to 11 p.m. 

Given the popularity of the light displays, the line to drive through can become quite long, therefore it is recommended to get there early. 

For more information, visit

Dana Point Holidays at the Harbor

Dana Point has lots of Christmas spirit to offer that range from holiday lights, live music, boat rides with Santa and boat parade of lights.

Live music will be Dec. 9, 16, 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information, visit

Christmas at Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo is a nice calm little shopping center in Los Angeles.

There are a lot of shops that offer a variety of commodities as well as amazing food

They have a vast amount of Christmas lights and have a huge Christmas tree, as well as karaoke.
For more information, visit

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What’s up with Marvel: What can fans expect out of Marvel’s ‘Hawkeye?’


Warning: This article may contain some spoilers.

 Image created using Adobe Spark, a photo editing software made by Adobe Systems. (EMMITT MURPHY/ Ethic News image)

“Hawkeye,” the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), premiered on Disney+ on Nov. 24. The mini series follows Clint Barton, played by Jeremy Renner, as he confronts the enemies he made during the five year gap between “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” as Ronin. The show will also be the debut of the second Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld.

The show takes inspiration from the 2013 comic book “Hawkeye” written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by David Aja. The book follows the Hawkeyes as they go through their day to day lives, whether that be taking down an underground Russian mob, hijacking a high society auction to steal back a stolen S.H.I.E.L.D tape, or just helping a dog who got hit by a car.

Many elements from the book are transferred from the comics such as the tracksuit mafia, the aforementioned Russian mob that are the main antagonists of the comic. The tracksuit mafia are hellbent throughout the story to eliminate Clint Barton after he constantly caused them a problem, like when he forced them to sell him a building after they threatened to harm their tenants or how he saved one of the mafia’s runaway wife trying to escape.

In the show, the tracksuit mafia are connected to Clint through his Ronin persona, where it is revealed that they were one of the criminal organizations that Clint attacked during his time as Ronin. The most prominent deviation from the comic is that the tracksuit  mafia is led by the deaf assassin, Echo. 

Echo was first introduced in “Daredevil #9” (Dec. 1999) where she was shown to be raised by Wilson Fisk after her father was murdered by him. She was originally set to take out Daredevil until she found out he was Matt Murdock, who she was in love with. After Matt told her the truth about Fisk, she confronted Fisk and fatally wounded him.

Her backstory in the show is similar to the comics. The main deviation is that her father in the show was the leader of the tracksuit mafia before being wiped out by Ronin. It is still up in the air on whether Fisk is involved in Echo’s origin, but his appearance has been hinted at with the unnamed Uncle character who was referenced by Kazi who is speculated to be Wilson Fisk.

Speaking of Kazi, he has so far only been a sign language interpreter for Echo, but in the comics Kazi is the mercenary who deafens Clint Barton. Originally from a Russian circus family, Kazi moved to America as a boy when his family was tragically murdered in an armed conflict. As a mercenary he worked for countless crime syndicates before making a deal with the tracksuit mafia to hunt down Clint Barton. 

There are also a select number of characters being taken from the comics alongside Echo, the most prominent being the second Hawkeye: Kate Bishop. Kate Bishop first appeared in “Young Avengers #1” (April. 2005) and took up the title of Hawkeye in issue #12. In the comics, Kate is the understudy of Clint Barton but seems just, if not more, capable than him, displaying superior confidence and archery.

In the show, Kate Bishop is portrayed as a more hotshot archer who is in over her head in most situations and needs Barton as a mentor. Kate’s addition to the universe also grows the ever expanding roster of underage heroes in the MCU, possibly building up to the Young Avengers in later installments into the universe.

Of course, not every storyline and plot point from the comics will be adapted into the show, but it is likely that the ones listed above will be adapted into the series, and with the rumors of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk returning, the series may add to the universe in a greater way than expected. 

Spotify Weekly Playlists: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching


Need that one playlist to just dance and mosh all your feelings to? Well, Ethic News has the playlist for all of one’s dancing and moshing needs. This playlist is filled with feel good songs to get your boogie on.

What You Know by Two Door Cinema Club

Someday by The Strokes

(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To by Weezer

A-Punk by Vampire Weekend

Why so Serious? by Alice Merton

Conga by Gloria Estefan, Miami Sound Machine

Understatement by New Found Glory

Alright by Supergrass

Are You Gonna be My Girl? by Jet 

Hard Times by Paramore

Spotify weekly playlist: Weekend Vibes


Everyone needs a good weekend playlist; whether you’re cleaning or just hanging out, here’s some fun songs to listen to. With a mix of uplifting songs, this playlist is perfect for anything. Maybe you’ll even find a new favorite song.

Golden by Harry Styles

4EVER by Clairo

505 by Arctic Monkeys

More Than A Woman by Bee Gees

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by The Smiths

Stargazing by The Neighborhood

Lover’s Rock by TV Girl

my future by Billie Eilish

How You Get The Girl by Taylor Swift

Tongue Tied by Grouplove

Sunflower Vol. 6 by Harry Styles

Cupid’s Chokehold by Gym Class Heroes

Video: Students show their skills in Redlands East Valley’s Talent Show


On Nov. 19, Redlands East Valley Highschool hosted the annual talent show at 6 p.m. in the Blackstone Theater located on campus. The show consisted of 14 students of all grades who showcased their talents for three cash prizes for the top three winners. The first place winner, Eric Napoletano, won a one-hundred dollar cash prize for his performance on the drums playing “Tom Sawyer.” The packed crowd was also treated with a surprise performance from the Eduskators, the REV teacher band of Doug Porter and Andrew Hoch. 

News brief: Auditions for “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind”


“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” is a fast-paced 60-minute show that contains 30 miniature plays that are written and performed by students. Auditions are open to any junior and senior at Citrus Valley High School. At the audition, students will be given a scene to perform as a cold read. There will be no pressure to memorize or prepare a scene in advance. Although not required, students are greatly encouraged to write a short one- to two-page scene or monologue that will be reviewed to help determine casting. 

Acting, writing and technical skills are aspects that are being looked for during the auditions for “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.” Auditions for the production are on Dec. 10, at 3:15 p.m. in the Blackhawk Theater. Students have the ability to become a writer or work backstage on tech for the show; however, they are still required to attend the audition. At the audition, they must clarify that they are interested in writing or working backstage on tech. Students can participate in multiple areas if they choose.

Information on the upcoming auditions. (Provided by Victoria Ramirez)

Head student directors Victoria Ramirez and Sophia Partain say they are looking for “storytellers, writers, creative thinkers and those interested in acting.” 

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact them through their emails and .

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Variety Pack


With hundreds of music genres it may be overwhelming on which ones to listen to. This playlist has songs from all types of genres. No matter if you are into blues or pop, this playlist has you covered. This is the perfect place to find something new.

Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix

Riptide by Vance Joy

Just What I Needed by The Cars

Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz

Leave The Door Open by Bruno Mars

Africa by TOTO

Two Princes by Spin Doctors

Ride It by Regard

Faded by Alan Walker

I Can Dream About You by Dan Hartman

Spotify Weekly Playlist: “Emo” hits of the 2000s


In the early 2000s, the “alt” subcultures flourished with many great hits that still define the ideology and feelings of the group today. These are a few of the classics that any former “emo” kid would recognise and enjoy.

Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance

Thnks fr th Mmrs by Fall Out Boy

I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic! at the Disco 

Helena by My Chemical Romance

Sugar we’re going down by Fall Out Boy

My Happy Ending by Avril Lavine

Bring Me To Life by Evanescence

Gives You Hell by All American Rejects

Dear Maria, Count Me In by All Time Low

Sifting the sands of the Dune universe: Looking beyond the surface of the newest Dune film adaptation


Warning: Mild spoilers for the 2021 film ‘Dune’ (PG-13) ahead.

The latest —and highly anticipated — adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction epic Dune (1965) is an extraordinary film. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, a French-Canadian director and writer best known for his work in “Blade Runner 2049” and “Interstellar,” excels in capturing a new perspective of the novel on screen while not altering the plot enough to change the story.

The storyline

The story centers around Paul Atredies, the son of a noble family, taking a precarious and emotionally charged journey from his home planet, Cardan, to the unforgiving desert planet of Arrakis in the year 10,191.

To ensure the safety and security of his people, Duke Leto, Paul’s father, is tasked with cultivating the planet’s well-known resource: spice. Also known as melange, spice is a hallucinogenic drug that promises long life, heightened awareness and other medicinal properties, making it one of the most desired commodities in the galaxy.

However, others such as the Harkonnens, a rival noble family, want this wealth. During the Harkonnens siege against the Attredies house, Paul and his mother Jessica, find themselves stranded in the formidable desert where they must evade the beasts that swim beneath the sand as well as buried secrets about their pasts that will determine their futures.

The artwork depicts a scene from the movie ‘Dune’ where the main protagonist, Paul Atredies, and his mother, Lady Jessica, are escaping a sandworm while stranded in the hot deserts of Arrakis.  (Artwork by Alicia Gullon)

Previous movie adaptations

There have been many attempts to adapt Herbert’s novel, but they came with little success. In 1971, producer Arthur P. Jacobs bought the rights to produce the movie, who then asked Alejandro Jodorowsky to direct the film. Ultimately the movie was never made due to the lack of funding when the project billowed out to a whopping 10-14 hour film.

David Lynch, an American filmmaker and musician, then took the role of directing the first official adaptation of the novel, released in 1984. However, Lynch’s film failed to convey the original story Herbert wrote and upset a large proportion of the intended audience. According to IndieWire, the movie was so hated that Lynch publicly disowned his work as not to let it define his career.

The influence of history on “Dune”

“Dune” is the first novel in a 15 book series, six of which Herbert wrote before he died in 1986,  and the authorship went to his son Brian Herbert. Written in the 1960s, Herbert drew on real-life history to develop his story including the Cold War, Middle Eastern oil politics, Russian Imperialism and environmental movements in the United States.

The conflict between the House Atreides and Harkonnens mirrors the clashes between Imperialist Russia and Middle Eastern territories during the 1900s.

 According to Thomas Chi, in his book “Petroleum Oil on Dune by Frank Herbert,” the character Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is written to be similar to Vladimir Ilch Lenin, a politician who, after the fall of the Romanov Dynasty, became a founder of the Russian Communist Party in 1917.

Their names further link the similarity that they both sought to gain large control of industries. The Baron sought to regain control of  the spice production on Arrakis, so he invaded the Atreides house. And Lenin wanted territory, power, and influence against his English rivals, so his attempts to gain said things involved invading the Middle East to gain a resource that the world depends on — oil.

Significance of culture and religion

Herbert also incorporated Islamic and other Middle Eastern cultures into the “Dune” universe through the religion of the Fremen: a group of Arrakis natives who follow the fictional religion Zensunni—a portmanteau of Zen Buddhism and Sunni Islam.

Middle Eastern influence is also seen in the languages Herbert created when he refers to Paul using  words with Arabic undertones including  “Usul,”  “Muad’Dib,” “Lisan al-Gaib”  and “Kwisatz Haderach.”

The Catholic Church is also referenced in the religion of the Bene Gesserit: a religion composed of women who interfere in intergalactic politics to further their own agenda by using genetic experimentation to help direct humanity on a path to enlightenment. The Bene Gesserit have elder leaders known as Reverend Mothers,  which, like in Catholicism, are Mother Superiors among the group of women.  

The ecology in “Dune”

The parallels of real world history within “Dune” are undeniable, especially in Villeneuve’s movie. As a novel heavily influenced by the role humans have over ecology, Villeneuve’s choice to film in Abu Dhabi and Jordan — Middle Eastern territories — gives the audience a true landscape of Arrakis than any green screen could. It also allows for more interpretation of a main point in Herbert’s novel: should humans hold the power to manipulate entire ecosystems for their benefit?

For an inhabitant of Arrakis to survive, they would need a stillsuit — a full body suit worn in the open desert and designed to preserve and reuse the body’s moisture for the wearer to drink. On a planet with no known water resources — excluding dew — water is seen as a form of wealth among the population.

To help monitor these harsh conditions, Dr. Liet Kynes, a planetary ecologist was sent by the Padishah Emperor—the highest governmental power within the Imperium. While Kyne’s initial role was to serve the Imperium as liaison, her allegiance alternated to the Fremen who worked with her to solve the water and environmental crises that they faced. Even after she died, Paul sought to carry on her legacy of altering the ecosystem to benefit the Fremen, a controversial action in the book and in real life.

Representation in cast

Kyne’s character serves as a representation of gender and ethnic roles within the movie. In the book, Kynes was originally a white man and was even portrayed this way by Karel Dobrý  in the 1984 movie. However, in Villeneuve’s “Dune,” Kynes is played by Sharon Duncan-Brewster, a Black British actress.

The rest of the cast consists of extraordinary and well-renowned actresses and actors including Zendaya as Chani Kynes, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atredies, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Issac as Leto Atreides, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Harkonnen, Javier Bardem as Stilgard, David Bautista as Glossu, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries and Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat.

The cast of ‘Dune’ features representation of genders and ethnicities, but lacks the Middle Eastern representation seen in Herbert’s novel. This potentially feeds the idea that “Dune” is a white savior narrative with cultural appropriation. Considering where the movie took place, it is hard to imagine that Villeneuve was unable to incorporate this. However, these are not the only holes that Villeneuve failed to incorporate. Yet, he will have the opportunity to fill these minor story gaps in “Dune: Part Two,” set to release in 2023.

The film’s immersive score

It is not just the filming locations that bring the audience closer to the story of Dune. Hans Zimmer, a German film score composer best known for his work “No Time to Die,” “Interstellar” and “Inception,” brings a landscape of immersive music to the film. Untraditional sound techniques such as throat singing, non repetitive drum rhythms, war horns, scraping metal, bagpipes, electric instruments and haunting female vocals — which, according to Variety, are to represent the Bene Gesserit order — all play a role in conjuring the disorienting sounds of “Dune.”  

With the unorthodox use of unnatural instruments to create music and sounds, Zimmer’s music transports viewers into an otherworldly experience. It connects the audience with the hallucinogenic effects of spice and other unsettling psychological aspects of the film.

While there have been failed attempts, Villeneuve’s “Dune” is a cinematic masterpiece. By incorporating the ecological, spiritual, political and psychological aspects of the late novel, Villeneuve almost accurately creates the world that readers of “Dune” have envisioned and waited 56 years for.

The cast of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ shares their preparation for the production


Redlands East Valley High School Theater Department brought Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” from print to live production. Set in Victorian London, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a comedic play with an equal amount of satire and drama.

Students from the Moderate-Severe program were given an opportunity to present themselves in this production during the garden party scene where they sat and spectated discussions between Gwendolen and Cecily. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)

The play stars a pair of Englishmen, John Worthing played by Keyvon Rankin and Algernon Moncrieff played by Aiden Gonzalez, who falls in love with two young women—Gwendolen Fairfax played by Megan Rimmer and Cecily Cardew played by Evie O’Brien.

At the end of the play, the entire stage production team bowed and received a round of applause from the audience. The stage production team worked to change the stage’s scenery and props a total of three times during the play. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)

Both men lie to the women and claim their names are Ernest. The women immediately become infatuated with them and the men are placed into a difficult, comedic situation as they try to continue the charade.

From stage production to costume changes to memorizing lines, putting together a play requires lots of dedication and hard work. With the play being almost two and a half hours long, actors set aside a lot of time preparing for the live performance.

Aiden Gonzalez (left) and Keyvon Rankin (right) stare intently at each other.  During the play, the actor’s characters, Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing, often have opposite attitudes and opinions. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)

Keyvon Rankin, a senior at REV said, “I memorized my lines and most importantly, had to work on my British accent. Having already an accent of my own, practicing my British accent has been the most difficult.”

Rankin continued, “Memorizing with an accent is a whole other thing than just memorizing a line period. When you add an accent to it, you still have to convey what the line is trying to give.”

In Act 1, Keyvon Rankin and Megan Rimmer’s characters first meet each other. Throughout the play, Rankin’s character continuously seeks Rimmer’s character’s hand in marriage. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)

Ella Fletcher, a senior at REV, plays Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen’s controlling mother, and she believes she prepared for the role “too much.”

Fletcher said, “I memorized and memorized and memorized until my brain was dead.”  

Ella Fletcher poses at the end of the play as the audience applauded her for her performance of Lady Bracknell. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)

Some of the actors including Fletcher, Gonzalez and Jonathan Black, a senior at eAcademy and Algernon’s manservant in the production, mentioned that they have had previous play experience that helped them prepare for their role.

Black said that his experience had “given [him] an idea on what he needed to do and what things [he] needed to prepare for.”

Adam Garcia, a junior at REV, plays Rev. Canon Chasuble. Garcia said that it is actually the audience who helps him improve his portrayal of his character.

“I want the audience to feel what I am trying to portray,” he said. “I can gage the way I act, or how dramatic and funny I am based on the audience’s reactions.”

Evie O’Brien and Aiden Gonzalez stand close to one another during the play. O’Brien who plays Cecily Cardew is Gonzalez’s love interest throughout the play. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)

Similar to how each actor prepares differently for their role, they all appreciate different aspects of the play process.

“I enjoy the professionalism of this theater and the play itself, ” Gonzalez said.

Unlike his time in middle school theater, “the set pieces and costumes actually make [him] feel more intrigued with the play itself.”

Patricia Musselman, a freshman at REV, plays Merriman the butler and agrees with Gonzalez on the influence costumes can have on an individual’s performance.

“The costumes help me feel more confident on stage,” said Musselman.

Megan Rimmer and Evie O’Brien embrace each other during the second act of the play. Their characters establish a friendship after learning that both of their lovers lied about their names being Ernest. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)

Megan Rimmer, a senior at REV, acknowledged that playing a character whose personality is completely different from hers makes the play really fun.

“I feel like characters that are not similar to me are the most fun to get into because it’s acting more. You have to make yourself to be this extravagant person that you’re not really, so you have to act,” Rimmer said.

Keyvon Rankin’s character, John Worthing, gets on his knees as he talks to his governess, Miss Prism, who is played by Rose Blatchley. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)

Rankin said his favorite part of the play process was “seeing it all come together. We all started off sitting in a circle reading the script and this small little thing turned into a bigger production that people can come and see for themselves: to witness all the work and time we have put in so they can enjoy.”  

He further said that he finds the whole process to be fun.

“I have the opposite of stage fright,” he said. “Watch me, I am the attention.”

In Act 3, all the characters gather around a table as the lead character, John Worthing, discovers that his actual name is Ernest. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)

The actors performed the play live for audiences three nights in a row. Due to current COVID-19 guidelines, they had to perform with masks on for the entirety of the play. Despite this challenge, the actors still delivered their best performances and the play consisted of a well rounded cast, featuring actors from the moderate-severe classes and Redlands eAcademy. 

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Road trip Vibes


Although most of the world is stuck inside, that does not mean we have to be sad about it. These are some songs that give you road trip vibes, but whether you travel or not this playlist can be a fun way to commemorate different places. Even if we all come from the same city, state or county, all places can be seen or celebrated differently, which can create a wide range of diversity and culture.

Portland by Bowling Shoes

West Virginia by The Front Bottoms

Los Angeles by The Midnight 

Beverly Hills by Weezer

Jesus in LA by Alec Benjamin

Hello Seattle by Owl City 

Miami by Taking Back Sunday

Welcome to New York by Taylor Swift

Houson by R.E.M.

Strasbourg by The Rakes

Review: After six years of silence, Adele’s ‘30’ album tops charts


Adele’s last album, “25”, was released in 2015 and she later went on a 6 year hiatus until now. On Oct. 14,  2021, Adele released “Easy On Me,” along with a music video. She later stated she is releasing a new album, “30”, on Nov. 19, 2021. The album has 12 songs, lasting 58 minutes.  The album can be streamed on all music platforms.

The songs in the album include:

  1. Strangers by Nature
  2. My Little Love
  3. Oh My God
  4. Can I Get It
  5. I Drink Wine
  6. All Night Parking (with Erroll Garner) Interlude
  7. Women Like Me
  8. Hold On
  9. To Be Loved
  10. Love Is a Game

Adele had a ‘One Night Only Concert’ on Nov. 14 where she performed 10 songs at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. She performed six songs that were from her past albums, along with four songs from her new album including ‘Easy on Me’. 

The concert audience included celebrities like Lizzo and Melissa Mcathy and people who managed to get tickets. This was her first concert since 2017. 

She had damaged her vocal cords causing her to cancel her last two shows, according to USA Today. This caused a huge break in the singer’s career. 

Adele has also announced that she will be doing a Las Vegas concert residency. It is set to start on Jan. 21 and end on April 16 2022, where she will perform two shows a weekend.

Taken on Nov. 18 2021, a day before the release on Nov.19 2021 at a local Target, Adele Vinyls and cassettes being sold and purchased. (NADIA CENICEROS/ Ethic News photo)

Before the album was released, Target had released the vinyl and cassette player the day before release date. Fans were able to purchase them before the album was supposed to be released. 

Only three days after the album was released, the album has become the best selling album in the US in 2021. The album stayed the top of the Billboard Music Charts for several weeks, selling over 1 million copies.

The album is about her divorce with Simon Konecki. “The estranged couple originally separated in April 2019, before Adele officially filed for divorce in Sept. 2019,” according to Vanity Fair. The songs relate to how the divore happened and how she felt during it. The songs also involve her son Angelo Adkins. Angelo was six at the time of the divorce. 

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Ultimate Halloween Party


With Halloween nearing, all have begun planning the ultimate party to celebrate the spookiest holiday. And a great Halloween party always has to have great music to go with it, so get dancing to this playlist! It has great songs ranging from popular children’s movies to songs some have never heard before.

This is Halloween by Danny Elfman

Friends on the Other Side by Keith David 

Monster Mash Bobby Pickett and The Crypt Kickers

My Family by Migos, Karol G, Snoop Dogg, and Rock Mafia

Freaking Me Out by Ava Max

Spooky, Scary Skeletons by Andrew Gold

Disturbia by Rihanna

Graveyard by Halsey

Calling all the Monsters by China Anne McClain

Oogie Boogie’s Song by Ken Page and Ed Ivory

Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell

Haunted Heart by Christina Aguilera

Remember Me (Duo) by Miguel

I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow

Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” brings a interesting and new experience for Sony’s October release 

By Emmitt Murphy

Note: This article will contain spoilers. 

Directed by Andy Serkis, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s “Venom” starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and Venom and Woody Harlson as Cleatus Cassady and Carnage.

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Released in the United States on Oct. 1, the film has grossed $90 million on its opening weekend with a current box office total of $353 million.

Critics seem rather indifferent about the film with ratings of 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 48 on Metacritic, and 6.5 on IMDb. On the other hand, audiences seemed to enjoy the film with an audience score of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.3 on Metacritic.

The film wastes no time and jumps straight into action. Within the first 20 minutes, Cleatus’s motivations are set and the amazing computer-generated imagery for Venom is shown in full, not to mention the witty banter between Eddie and Venom. While Cleatus and Carnage’s rampage through the city, watching Eddie and Venom argue like a married couple is very entertaining.

The finale is down wonderfully, from the action to the atmosphere. The fight was incredibly tense as Venom was at a disadvantage at almost every moment, not to mention the incredible CGI on both symbiotes.

“‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage is action packed and has many humorous moments,” says Citrus Valley freshman Presley Price. “The special effects were excellent along with the soundtrack. Overall, I liked the movie and recommend it to Marvel and sci-fi fans.” 

Though the movie is fun to watch, critics aren’t too fond of the film due to plot conveniences such as how the symbiotes can do almost anything.

As Eddie searches for the bodies of Cleatus’s victims, Venom is seemingly able to do everything. From perfectly remembering a drawing on a wall to making Eddie type extremely fast.

Carnage also falls victim to the symbiote plot convenience. In the movie, Carnage is able to do incredibly outlandish actions, including hacking a computer to find the location of Ravencroft Institute.

With a runtime of only one hour and thirty minutes, Naomie Harris’s character of Shriek is not able to get any character development. She appears to be a simple plot device to give Eddie and Venom a disadvantage with her staple super-sonic screams.

For anyone with a liking to superhero movies or anyone who just likes a fun experience, the film is a good watch.

Also, Spider-Man fans who plan to see the film might want to stay past the credits.

REVIEW: “Squid Game” tops the charts worldwide

By Salvador Barrera

“Squid Game,” a television series on Netflix, has become a worldwide phenomenon in the blink of an eye. The show poses the question: how much are you willing to sacrifice for a chance at salvation? “Squid Game” boiled down to its core, demonstrating how much humanity is willing to sacrifice for hope.  

Salvador Barrera poses with a card that is seen frequently in the show. (Bella Espinosa/Ethic News photo)

The series starts with Gi-Hun in poverty and needs money to regain custody of his daughter after. As the show progresses, he meets a man who offers him a chance to participate in Squid Games where he gambles his life for money. He competes in children’s games and as he continues in the games, he becomes desensitized to the death of others. By the end of the series, a man is willing to persevere and not succumb to the death that longs for him. 

This series is a masterpiece in its own way. However, it leaves much more to be desired as many plot holes need to be addressed in the new season, such as what happens to Gi-Hun’s daughter and how do the organizers of Squid Games get gamemasters to host the games. 

Although many questions arise, “Squid Game” gives a thorough explanation for the current events in the story, such as the backstories of each of the main characters and the shock that the old man has a dark realization that everything is not as it seems.

Yet, the show identifies the different plot points well. The show depicts how every contestant has a life outside of the games and their different motives for wanting to win the prize. The cash prize is the incentive for the contestants since they are all currently in poverty. Despite the different plot points, the show finds a way to connect this to the main idea that all the contestants have to play. 

It successfully brings attention to the hardships that many have to endure and how they see no other way out of their pain and struggle besides the games. 

Although the contestants are faced with the reality that they can quit the games, they decline and put their life on the line for a glimpse of hope. 

Many critics of “Squid Game” say that it is too gory and insensitive to audiences. However, the show uses an adequate amount of horror to hook the audience in and keep them on the edge of their seats. It is not made for children, it was made for people seeking the truth of humanity with evil and people should expect this as they watch it.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” trailer leads to speculations


The long-awaited trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” was released to the excitement of many fans worldwide on Aug. 31. Since then, leaks and speculation have surfaced on social media focused around the villains, heroes and overall plot of the movie.

The image is the first promo of the film “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in December 2020. Ever since the release of the trailer, many speculations have been discussed.  (This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License)

So far, three villains have been confirmed for “Spider-Man: No Way Home”: Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus and Jamie Fox as Electro. 

Fans believe that the trailer shows Sandman, played by Thomas Haden Church, due to a sandstorm shown with the first strike of Electro’s lightning. 

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” was released in the United States on Oct. 1. The film’s post credit scene has Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, being transported into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and witnessing Spider-Man being named a criminal by J. Jonah Jameson. With the focus on Peter Parker being framed as a murderer by Mysterio, it is safe to assume that Venom will be in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” bringing the Sinister Six to the big screen for the first time.

The most anticipated aspect among fans is without doubt the potential of both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their roles as Peter Parker. Leaked videos and photos from the user spider.fan1962 on Instagram on set reveal both Macguire and Garfield in costume. 

These videos were thought to have been deepfaked. But, recently VFX artists on Youtube, The Corridor Crew, debunked the theory in their video “Andrew Garfield Spider-Man is Real – VFX Artists Explain Why.”

Gabriel Leon, a freshman at Citrus Valley High School, said, “I think it will be astonishing to see Tobey reprise his role as Spider-Man along with Tom Holland, as well as Willem Dafoe coming back as the Green Goblin, the movie will truly be a great experience.”

There have also been rumors of Matt Murdock played by Charlie Cox making an appearance. If true, this would officially canonize Netflix series “Daredevil,” bringing Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin into the MCU who is a major villain between Spider-Man and Daredevil.

With the plot already confirmed to be focused around the multiverse, there has been speculation on Twitter that this could possibly be how Spider-Man leaves the MCU. Sony has been building their own cinematic universe with 2018’s “Venom,” “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” and now “Morbius” set for 2022. These are all characters from the Spider-Man mythos with no Spider-Man, leaving fans to think Tom Holland’s role as Spider-Man will find a way to leave the MCU to be a part of Sony’s cinematic universe.

 Noah Jaffer, a freshman at Citrus Valley, stated, “Well, I mean that’d be pretty disappointing. With ‘Captain America: Civil War and Avengers Infinity War,’ we saw Spider-Man in the MCU for the first time with all these great character interactions with Iron Man and Doctor Strange and them all and so if he were to leave the MCU it’d just feel just so much more empty.” 

With speculation, it is important to take everything with a grain of salt because of how easy it is to spread misinformation on the internet. Nothing is truly set to happen until it is either confirmed by Sony or Marvel themselves.

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The next generation consoles cause frustration


 The Xbox Series X, released November 10, 2020. (SPENCER MOORE/Ethic News photo)

The Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles are in short supply. While almost every console gaming fan wants one of these illustrious machines, the process of obtaining one, even after nearly a year of being on the market, is ridiculously hard.

Unfortunately, what seems to have happened is that a perfect storm of a number of elements come together to make purchasing one a nightmare for the video game consumer. These elements include resellers, semiconductor shortages and the unprecedented level of demand.

First and foremost, the reason that most consumers blame for having so few of these consoles in supply at retailers around the country, is because of the resellers, commonly referred to as scalpers. As evidenced by popular reselling websites, these scalpers are selling these hot ticket consoles at a ridiculous premium of up to $1,800 when the retail price is $300 to $500.

With so many consumers either unable or unwilling to pay these incredibly high markups, many people throughout the world have expressed their frustration with these resellers. Along with this, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the majority of retail chains across the nation to switch to online-only purchases for these consoles opening up an opportunity for scalpers to set up bots to buy them in mass.

Another massive cause for these console shortages has been the worldwide semiconductor shortage. This shortage was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic requiring a greater number of mobile phones, laptops, personal computers, webcams  and more to be produced so people can stay connected along with making work run smoothly while being at home.

The majority of the semiconductors in the world are assembled by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company or known as TSMC. They are responsible for 54 percent of the semiconductor production in the world. With a lack of a key component, the manufacturing arms of Microsoft and Sony cannot produce these devices.

An additional reason that the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X|S are difficult to purchase is due to the unprecedented level of demand for each of these consoles. In Winter of 2013, the season in which the Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles launched, the Playstation sold over 4.2 million units, while the Xbox One sold just over 3 million units.

However, in 2020, the Playstation 5 sold over 4.5 million units and the Xbox series consoles sold around 4.1 million units, according to GameSpot. This doesn’t sound like much, however, with all of the above factors, demand is a huge part of availability for the masses.

A possible solution for this issue lies in these companies producing more machines for the masses.

Nathan Upshaw, a senior at Redlands East Valley High School, says, “They should have waited until they had a good few million units to ship, to meet the demand.”

When these companies produce more units, the demand will be met.

Another possibility for a higher purchase rate for these consoles is due to the lowering of their price, especially with the scalped console prices.

Ruben Lara, a freshman at Redlands East Valley High School, says, “If the consoles were lower in price, there would be a higher adoption rate.”

Purchasing a Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X|S has been difficult, and likely will continue to be, but fans of these respective devices should be aware of the reasons behind the difficulty. Whether it be scalpers, semiconductors or high demand, there will always be a barrier for consumers to get these highly demanded items.

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Redlands East Valley builds homecoming floats to kick off homecoming week


For Redlands East Valley High School’s homecoming, the different classes made their floats after their fairy tale theme called “Once Upon a Homecoming.”

 Redlands East Valley High School  sophomores decorated their homecoming float’s background as the ending page of the book “Hansel and Gretel” on Sep. 30. The sophomore class won best homecoming float.  (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News Photo)

 The class of 2025 created the grandmother’s house and a hooded girl with a forest background from a children’s tale on Sept. 30. Their homecoming float has the theme of “Little Red Riding Hood.” (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News Photo)

 The class of 2025 showed off their “catchy” play on words with their theme on the back of their homecoming float on Sept. 30. (KENDRA BURDICK/ ETHIC NEWS)

A trio of freshmen students begin to paint the tree trunks in the forest background of their “Little Red Riding Hood” float on Sept. 28. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News Photo)

 The class of 2022 homecoming float had the words “Surrender Dorothy” in black clouds on Sept. 30. This showed off their theme of “The Wizard of Oz” perfectly. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News Photo)

The class of 2022 added the yellow brick road and the tornado swept house to add to their scene on Sept. 30. All of their add-ons helped complete the float and earned them second place in the homecoming float competition. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News Photo)

Two senior students painted the city of Oz in green on the “Wizard of Oz” inspired float on Sept. 28. All floats were inspired by the theme of fairy tales. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News Photo)

The class of 2023 created the beanstalk on their float to represent their theme “Jack and the Beanstalk.” This shows off their theme and how much effort they put in to make their float. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News Photo)

REV junior Deborah Toma helps with painting the gradient of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” float in the REV autoshop area on Sept. 29.  The REV Associated Student Body displays these floats during the homecoming football game and uses their funds and donations to gather materials for each float. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News Photo)

REV junior Deborah Toma (left) and ASB junior Emma DeDoes (right) work on painting grass on the juniors’ float on Sept. 29. Everyone was welcomed to volunteer and work on their class’s float. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News Photo)

Redlands East Valley students are seen working on floats, eating snacks or talking with friends on Sept. 28. The students building the float gain, not only, community service but also a fun time to spend with friends or make new ones. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News Photo)

Weekly Spotify playlist: Motivational Monday


Mondays are the bane of existence for some. For others, it is the first thought when it comes to pure joy. Whether or not Mondays are what make you moan and groan, this playlist is made to get you up and motivated to face the week head-on.

Float On by Modest Mouse

Don’t Stop Me Now by The Regrettes

Good Grief by Bastille

Send Them Off by Bastille

Too Late by The Happy Fits

Make It Right by The Greeting Committee

No Instructions by The Happy Fits

Keep Going by The Revivalists

All These Things I’ve Done by The Killers

Ladies of Cambridge by Vampire Weekend

Citrus Valley High School Black and Gold Brigade prepares for first major post-pandemic show “Accused”


As football slowly makes its way back to Hodges Stadium, Citrus Valley High School marching band, the Black and Gold Brigade, follows. BGB will return this fall with a brand new show with beautiful, well rehearsed music for audiences all around. BGB students have been working hard to prepare for their first big show of the season, “Accused”, after a long year of distance learning.

The marching band waits for instruction on the field during their first day of band camp. This instruction would later be used for the full field show. (Photo credit to Jeicy Jimenez)

Austin Meiners, the band director at CV, states, “It’s based loosely off ‘The Scarlet Letter’ and the whole purpose of the show is to use music written from old times classically and pop music to kind of tell a story about society misunderstanding and then eventually embracing someone who is different. It’s kind of a loose idea of that but mostly it’s just coming out of COVID and I want everyone to feel like they’re part of a team again.”

Meiners said, “The show has music, specifically for the halftime show, we’ve got classical music such as Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, that has been converted for the field. We have the main theme from a movie called ‘Kill Bill’ which is famous for that little whistle, and it also has a little bit of Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ which is incorporated in the ballad and the closer.”

CV marching band has a variety of sections and instruments to hear in the stands and see on the field. From the woodwinds, which include the flutes, clarinets and saxophones, to the brass section, which include the tubas, trumpets and trombones, to the percussion, which include the marimbas, xylophone, snare, base and tenners. Along with color guards with their flags and rifles. These four sections come together to perform at home football games and multiple competitions across Southern California.

Just like all other school sports and extracurriculars, BGB lost their entire 2020 season. However, they had the opportunity to perform at a few football games in early 2021.

“[Losing the season] definitely had an effect on how we structured everything we do. But, we are doing our best right now to comply and be safe and responsible and give the students an opportunity to make music and art together,” Meiners stated.

Students talk amongst themselves during their time in the Blackhawk theater while learning their show music. During this time, BGB students would also prepare for a parent preview of the first few show minutes on the last day of band camp. (Photo credit to Jeicy Jimenez)

Teaching band in-person once again has given Meiners much joy after so long.

“I’m so happy to be back in this environment, the students here really give me a lot of joy. The marching band is a lot of fun, but it’s exhausting. I get home exhausted, tired and late many nights but seeing the result of their effort and their work is why I come back every day with a good attitude because I see the attitude and positivity it brings others on our campus,” Meiners explained.

Black and Gold Brigade is currently hosting a fundraiser through Snap Raise that will last from Aug. 19 to Sept. 15. Donations will be put toward new uniforms, equipment and travel costs for the season.

“I really appreciate getting some information out there and I really am glad that the marching band, I think, has a good reputation on this campus as a fun and positive school place and I hope it continues to be just that. I hope people enjoy our show,” said Meiners.

After much hard work and dedication, Black and Gold Brigade made their first appearance at the first home football game of the season on Aug. 27. The halftime show and game tunes were both major successes, according to many students and parents that attended the football game.

“They sounded and looked incredible. I can’t wait to see the completed show,” said BGB parent Christina Marin.

Black and Gold Brigade students take the form of an ‘A’ for their show titled “Accused.” The very first show on Aug. 27 was a two minute preview of what their complete show would look and sound like in competitions and future home games. (Photo contributed by Christina Marin)

BGB will have their first opener preview on Sept. 18 at Redlands High School along with other bands across the Inland Empire. Attend ready to cheer for BGB and the many other bands that take the field that night. Information on upcoming BGB performances will be advertised on the BGB Instagram and in the school bulletin.

Video: Citrus Valley “Enchanted” homecoming information

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The executive cabinet of the Associated Student Body at Citrus Valley High School, seniors Jenna Negrete, Madeline Hernandez, Tora Bruich and Arianna Nelson, share information about the upcoming Homecoming Dance. The dance will take place on Sept. 25 on campus. (EMILY WALOS and BELLA ESPINOZA/Ethic Media)

After 16 months of not being able to return to campus due to COVID-19, Citrus Valley High School has announced that they will hold a Homecoming for the 2021-22 school year. The dance will take place on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. and will last until 11 p.m.

The location of the dance will be one of both familiarity and novel as it will take place in the school at the Citrus Valley quad. However, it will be transformed into a fairytale atmosphere as this year’s theme is “Enchanted.” Citrus Valley Associative Student Body is working with the production company Props AV to put on the event as they will provide the decorative elements of the dance.

Ticket prices for the dance are $65 with ASB, $70 without. Prices will increase on Sept. 20 to $70 with ASB and $75 without. The last day for students to purchase tickets is Sept. 23.

Each student will be required, before buying their ticket, to sign and turn in a dance contract which they are able to receive from the Citrus Valley finance office.

This year, Citrus Valley is allowing guests to attend the event, meaning students of Citrus Valley are able to invite other students from any other school as well as bring any graduate to the dance. The guest must sign a contract and purchase a ticket. The last day to turn in a guest pass is Sept. 22. 

Tiktok enforces new parameters for the Milk Crate Challenge


The Milk Crate Challenge became popular in July 2021. It became TikTok’s newest craze as thousands of accounts posted new videos trying to gain the fame that came along with going viral. This challenge has seen many people injured, and because of this, TikTok has attempted to put a stop to it by banning it all together on its app.

Salvador Barrera, a junior at Citrus Valley, takes his first step in his attempt to complete the Crate Challenge in the courtyard at Citrus Valley. This photo was attempted in a safe environment to spread awareness of the dangers of the challenge. (EMERSON SUTOW/ Ethic News photo)

TikTok, originally known as the app before it was bought out by ByteDance Ltd. in 2016, led to the birth of this challenge. TikTok was made to let people express themselves and share with others has bolstered over 2 billion downloads, which has let them become the number one app on the app store.

With this TikTok trend riveting the nation, many social media platforms have tried to discard it completely from their platform. However, many still attempt this challenge regardless of public opinion.

Many celebrities have also boosted the popularity of this challenge, forcing a massive increase in people attempting this challenge.

In an official statement, TikTok said, “TikTok prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous acts, and we remove videos and redirect searches to our Community Guidelines to discourage such content. We encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior whether online or off.”

In its attempts to get rid of the crate challenge, TikTok has banned the hashtag. The hashtag allows people to search for the challenge directly; removing it significantly decreases the chances of finding similar videos.

Public opinion is similar about the hashtag being removed from TikTok.

Riley Hokestra, a junior at Citrus Valley, said, “I think it’s good because it just stops people from getting hurt and going viral off of it and encouraging them to do it more.”

Brooklyn Tim, a junior at Citrus Valley, agrees, saying, “I think it’s good because everyone is getting hurt.” Yet, she also said, “I would probably do it because it looks fun.”

It is important to note that although the crate challenge is now being attempted worldwide, most people who attempt this challenge were left with injuries and some hospital trips due to the overwhelming amount of risk taken with the instability of the crates.

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Spotify Weekly Playlist: Finally Friday!


Ever feel like you’re going to lose your mind if the weekend does not swing around to pick you up? If so, this playlist helps you jam out during the well awaited Friday. 35 minutes of upbeat and head banging bops are what you will find in this playlist.

Friday I’m in Love by The Cure

Your Soul by Forrest. (ft. Biskwiq)

Pick U Up by Foster The People

Violet by Sea Girls

Saturday Sun by Vance Joy

New Perspective by  Panic! at the Disco

Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind) by  Panic! at the Disco

It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) by The 1975

Sit Next to Me by Foster The People

Saturday by Sam Fender (explicit)

Wildcats’ drama department fosters creativity with student-written plays through Bakeoff Showcase

Originally published in La Plaza Press



Due to the school year being held virtually, many extracurricular activities have had to adapt and change drastically. Theatre had one of the biggest changes, because no plays have been able to be performed this year.  

This has not stopped students and teachers from getting creative.  Teacher Kaitlyn Daniels gave students a chance to express their creativity with the Redlands East Valley Writers Bakeoff.  The Writers Bakeoff was a class for the spring quarter where students were able to write and create their own plays.

Six plays in total were created and performed.  Each of these plays are available to the public via the Redlands East Valley High School website.  From all different varieties and locations, every play tells a tale that the students told through playwriting.

The showcases of student plays are a replacement of the spring play that normally takes place in the spring at Redlands East Valley. “I had a dedicated, creative, hard-working group of students that made this project and its final results possible.” says Kaitlyn Daniels, the theater director at Redlands East Valley High School. “I would absolutely love to do a project like this in the future. I really enjoyed the process and the outcome at the end of the eight-week experience!”

The Showcase is available to watch here:

Garner Holt brings imagination to life through animatronics and robotics


Garner Holt has set up a virtual walk-through of their studio in Redlands, allowing people from all over to experience the field of animatronics and robotic entertainment.

Holt produces designs that are considered to be world-class attractions, as they are used in shows and exhibits in popular theme parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studios.

“I think Holt’s animation presentations are awesome and well put together. The staff who work on each part are very good at what they do,” Andrew James, a substitute teacher of Redlands school district, says.

Garner Holt is identified as the “world’s largest manufacturer of animatronics…specializing in special effects, show action with show elements,” according to their website, They help spread their art and talent by giving school tours and doing what they do: the creation of animatronics. According to Garner and Holt’s website, they want to share their services for the next generation of dreamers.

Education Through Imagination, a group that allows anyone to request a field trip to view Holt’s art, says, “We are certainly pleased that schools and youth groups are working to educate and inspire the students they serve with the work we do.” 

Some of their most recognizable works are included in various attractions at Disneyland, such as Ariel, It’s a Small World, The Haunted Mansion, Monsters Inc. and the fire breathing dragon from the iconic movie Sleeping Beauty that still stands at the park. They also created all of the dinosaurs on the Jurassic Park ride located at Universal Studios.

Holt Productions, Inc. is the entrance to realms of beyond belief artistry, technical work, imagination, quality and experienced industry experts. They make extraordinary life-like creations that are widely spread from retail restaurant settings to museums. According to the Garner Holt Productions website, “We’ve learned a thing or two about making a truly exceptional product. We take care to make sure that from the sketch stage to sculpting, animatronic parts fabrication, paint.” 

The studio of Garner Holt is located at 1255 Research Dr, Redlands, CA 92374. Due to the mask and distance precautions, they have opened up an entire new entrance, completely dedicated to their tours. (Kendra Burdick / Ethic News)

According to the Redlands’ Daily Facts, Holt Inc. has, above all, created more animatronic figures than any company in history. The presentations that Holt creates for all around the word clients are titled to be the very best and available anywhere. 

Holt’s company lets everyone take joy in their creations all over the world by continuing to make their work accessible to children and many others.

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Coffee lover explores underestimated coffee brands


To say that people enjoy coffee could be an understatement. Most people actually have an obsession with coffee to the point that they could be moody without it.

WebMD states many adults or teens claim to have an addiction to coffee and, according to them, people can experience withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop taking heavy intakes of caffeine too quickly. For anyone who feels that they are addicted or simply enjoys coffee, it could be helpful to know where to buy coffee without unreasonable expenses.  

Obsessions with coffee and the reasons for it can vary. While some people love to explore new coffee places to find a flavor they truly enjoy, others like to post their coffee on their social media because it looks pleasing and enjoyable.

Whatever your flavor, expensive coffee doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good quality coffee. Most people think that good coffee has to be expensive or from a trendy place that everyone goes to. That’s actually not true. You may be paying extra for fancy packaging or the location and not the coffee itself.

Every coffee drinker should be open to try new flavors or orders of coffee because it doesn’t hurt to try new things. It is also better to go to more places, as you may find a better coffee for cheaper. For simple hot or iced coffees, Del Taco, McDonalds and Jack in the Box can be just as good as other trendy coffee places, as they are cheap and allow for crowded cafes and long obnoxious lines to be skipped. A large iced coffee from McDonalds is only $2.49, while a large iced coffee from Starbucks is $3.45. This may not seem like a lot, but if you are a self-proclaimed coffee addict, those dollars can add up.

A large iced coffee from Starbucks costs about $3.45. On the other hand, a large iced coffee from McDonalds costs only $2.49. (Nyla De Carvalho/Ethic News Photo)

Let’s talk about the most popular coffee shop on many corners in town, Starbucks. Customize your drink by adding any of their many toppings and flavors, like caramel drizzle. They also offer food and refreshers, as well as hot chocolate. Just like their coffee, these items can be overpriced. According to Sarah Schmalbruch, a Syracuse University graduate, it “feels [like] the coffee doesn’t taste as good due to coffee beans that aren’t as fresh as other shops.”

Another cheap alternative is to make your coffee at home. Waking up in the morning to fresh coffee and a boost of energy is a convenient way to get your daily dose and decrease the daily dollars spent. It is very easy to make hot or iced coffee from home and, just like Starbucks, it can be made perfectly to the individual’s taste, rather than placing a long and complicated order.

In order to get good coffee or find your favorite, be open minded and try coffee from all different places. You may find your new favorite coffee for a lot less money.

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Photos: Roast The Dead Coffee shop scares its way into Yucaipa

Originally published in La Plaza Press


Located at 12764 California St. in Yucaipa, this horror themed coffee shop is not something civilians would see in everyday life. The shop is based on the horror genre and multiple horror movies which makes it a very rare and uncommon theme to see in a coffee shop. It has grown in popularity since opening Valentine’s Day weekend, and it’s no surprise why.

The Roast The Dead Coffee shop sign at the entrance is just the beginning of a coffee shop experience horror-movie lovers will never forget. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

A small statue of Sam from “Trick ‘r Treat” (2007) stands with his lollipop alongside the disposables and menus holding treats for patrons to enjoy. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

An accurate replica of the Anabelle doll from “The Conjuring” franchise sits inside of her glass box in the resting corner of the shop along with a ouija board, a friendly ghost statue and two pieces of 80’s style furniture. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

In the corner of the shop, posters of the classic movies “The Lost Boys” (1987), “Halloween” (1978), “The Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), “Friday the 13th” (1980) and “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” (1988) are accompanied by smaller photos of the classic horror movie characters Anabelle from the “Annabelle” film series, Leatherface from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” film series, Pinhead from the “Hellraiser” franchise and 2017’s Pennywise from the “It” films. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

Life size statues of the well known horror characters Micheal Myers, Freddie Kruger and Jason Vorhees stand on the right side of the shop constantly watching attendees enjoy their drinks. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

This part of the shop is where patrons decide which of the many delicious drinks and pastries they will purchase. Each of the unique drinks have creative horror-themed names such as ‘6 ft Under,’ ‘Freddie’s Nightmare’ and ‘The Myers.’ (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

The final verdict for Roast the Dead Coffee is that it is an amazing shop and a must-see for all horror-movie lovers. The shop itself may not be the biggest, but in the end, that is only a fraction of what matters. It has delicious drinks and pastries, hard working and kind employees, a supportive community and a very pleasant vibe. In short, the shop has something for everyone to enjoy. It is heartwarming to see Roast the Dead Coffee exceed in all areas so well. Yucaipa is fortunate to have such an amazing and rare coffee shop in its community. 

Editorial cartoon: Return back to school?

Originally published in La Plaza Press


The Redlands School Board voted on schedules for returning to in-person instruction for secondary schools on April 1. Middle school students will return to school on April 12 and high school students on April 19. Each student can choose whether they would like to opt for in-person instruction or continue with distance learning and may mark their decision on Aeries.

Amusement parks begin to reopen with new restrictions as the pandemic continues


Whether it was the thrill of a fast and menacing rollercoaster, getting to meet a favorite character or getting to snack and walk around while enjoying the atmosphere, the magic of theme parks has always put a smile on countless faces. 

Since March 2020, theme parks have closed to help reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 among the population. With a constant decrease in COVID-19 cases recently, theme parks have a chance of opening again with limited occupants and new restrictions. 

A new bill was introduced in Anaheim, California and, if passed, will allow large theme parks to open. According to the New York Times, “The state’s theme park reopening guidelines hold that a larger theme park can reopen at only 25 percent capacity when its county is in the minimal tier of less than one new COVID-19 case per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus positivity rate of less than 2 percent.”

Reopening theme parks is an important step to returning to normal, as theme parks are a big help to the economy. It helps by allowing more people to return to their jobs and allow others to get some out of the house enjoyment while prioritizing safety. Additionally, it attracts tourists from all over the state and different countries bringing in income for the government.

Samantha Fujiwara, a freshman at Citrus Valley High School, is a huge Disney fan. She has been to Downtown Disney twice since the pandemic and she was recently also able to visit Disney California Adventure Park. “It was very different, but in a good way,” she says, “They are taking all the correct precautions for the pandemic.” She says that she felt very safe the whole time she was there, and she still “got [her] Disney fix.”

Disneyland is partially open, including Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street with certain dining and retail locations and excluding the rides. Downtown Disney in Buena Vista is going to close on March 15, 2021 to prepare for A Touch of Disney on March 18, 2021. The tickets for the event include shopping and dining, which will take place at Disney California Adventure Park. 

New ticket sales are temporarily on hold at the moment and reservations must be made in advance to enter the park. All Disneyland hotels are closed as of right now and are planned to reopen in late April. Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will also remain closed for the time being. 

Infographic created using Piktochart, including information about the updates regarding popular amusement parks such as Universal Studios, Disneyland, and Six Flags. (Ethic Digital Art/ Allison Stockham)

Jennifer Rhodus, a teacher at Redlands East Valley High School, has been to Disney’s California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm since the pandemic. She attended the Taste of Knott’s event in August as well as Taste of Fall-O-Ween at Knott’s in November, which are both events where you get to walk around the park and try different foods. 

“I did not enjoy them as much as I thought I would. There really wasn’t anything to do but eat.  The food was good, but both times I went I did not use all of my food tickets because I was so full.”  Rhodus explains how it was very different walking around the park without the rides, saying, “It’s very quiet. It also takes some of the spontaneity out of a trip to an amusement park.” Since the start of the pandemic, Rhodus says that she really enjoys Disneyland and noticed how they have tried really hard to keep the normalcy with things like different food, their seasonal treats and buckets and new merchandise, but it is, of course still not the same. 

Six Flags is a theme park favored by many for its giant, thrilling roller coasters. While this park has been closed since March 13, 2020, it is planned to reopen in March 2021. The park will only be open three days a week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with shorter hours until it is safer to stay open for longer. Guests must also reserve a spot for the day they want to visit the park in order to maintain a certain capacity. 

According to the official Six Flags website, “all guests will be asked to carefully review [their] health policy, which requires all attendees to have been healthy for at least 14 days prior to their visit. Guests over the age of two and all team members will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth throughout their time on the property, Six Flags [will only accept] card and mobile payments only at all locations including restaurants, retail stores, games, ticket windows and parking toll booths.” Six Flags is also staying safe by keeping temperature check stations all over the parks along with enforcing separations on rides, in lines and seating areas. They will be constantly disinfecting common areas, eliminating objects of contact and monitoring the health of employees. 

To boost reopening, Six Flags is promoting The Underground, a new area full of new roller coasters like West Coast Racers or Apocalypse, which opened on January 19, 2020 but failed to receive much attention due to the pandemic. The area also has rides for audiences who want to still enjoy the park without the fear of large roller coasters. The website describes The Underground as “an LA centric urban-themed area where guests enjoy a high-energy street vibe. Currently located in this area is the popular wooden coaster, Apocalypse and Pacific Speedway Go Karts.”

A separate theme park, Universal Studios in Hollywood is full of characters and rides from many shows and movies such as Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Jurassic World, The Walking Dead and many more. Universal Studios is still currently closed, but when they reopen in April, face coverings and temperature checks will be required by all guests and staff.

A temperature higher than 100.4 will not be allowed in the park and everyone must social distance and follow the labeled floor markings. Guests will also be required to use hand sanitizer at certain times, like boarding rides. There is also a limited capacity of people at one time to help make social distancing even easier. 

When they reopen, however, state rules have to be followed to maintain safety of both staff and guests. The world is slowly starting to go back to normal, and as COVID-19 cases continue to reduce, theme parks will surely be one of many locations that people will excitedly wait for.

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Photos: Disneyland memories before the pandemic revives nostalgia for park attendees

Originally published in La Plaza Press


As Disneyland reached their one year anniversary of closing on March 14, 2020, some may need to be reminded of how magical and happy Disney was before Covid-19 prompted the shutdown of amusement parks.

The view from Tarzan’s Treehouse in Adventureland in Disneyland on Sep. 8, 2017. Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Indiana Jones Adventure are some of the principal rides in Adventureland. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

Disneyland attendees line the parade route to watch the attractions pass by in the afternoon during Pixar Fest on  April 22, 2018. Pixar Fest is an annual month-long celebration in September in Disneyland that consists of events, like the “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks, “Paint the Night Parade” and “Pixar Play Parade.” (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

Park attendees are seen tightly packed together as they walk down Main Street to experience the annual holiday decor at Disneyland on Dec. 14, 2017. Winter decorations adorn the entire park from New Orleans Square to Fantasy Faire, and comprise glistening lights, festive wreaths and garland on storefronts and lampposts. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

The Pixar Ball statue lit up at night on the pathway to a nearby Disney parking garage on Feb. 2, 2020. The Pixar Ball, also known as the Luxo Ball, is known for its appearance in many Pixar films, most notably the “Toy Story” films. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

The Beauty and the Beast float during the “Paint the Night Parade” float on April 15, 2018. The “Paint the Night Parade” is Disneyland’s first all-LED parade. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

A chocolate drizzled M&M treat from Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District on July 12, 2015. Marceline’s Confectionery is named after Marecline, Missouri, where Walt Disney lived for five years of his childhood. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

Park attendees stroll through Batuu in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on Feb. 23, 2020. Batuu is one of the many fictional planets in the “Star Wars” film series and is known specifically for being a stop for travelers. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

The real life replica of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge within Disneyland Park on Feb. 13, 2020. In California, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened on May 31, 2019. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

The Sleeping Beauty Castle seen in the afternoon in Disneyland on Feb. 23, 2020. The Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland is the only Disney Castle that was overseen in construction by Walt Disney. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

A funnel cake pictured from Stage Door Cafe in Disneyland on Sep. 10, 2018. Stage Door Cafe, a fast-food outpost located in Frontierland, has a small variety of funnel cakes to choose from for dessert. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)

Disneyland may be closed, but Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street are still open for shopping and dining. A trip to Downtown Disney and Buena Vista St. may not make up for everything, but it is still exciting to see something that is part of Disneyland after so long. 

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Friday Fight Night: Doctor Strange vs Doctor Doom


Photo made using FlamingText, a logo design and name generator (Azriel Olmedo / Ethic News).

Note: Doctor Doom will be solely represented in his comic-book versions, while Doctor Strange will be represented by his live-action version.

Magic is gradually climbing the ranks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Characters such as the Scarlet Witch and the Ancient One have already made their debut, opening the door for more magic-users to enter the live-action universe. While it is not a subject that is widely discussed, the introduction of magic in the MCU calls for many different paths that all characters may interact with, such as dimensional forces, universal catastrophes, or tears in the space-time continuum.

Doctor Strange has a wide range of magical abilities. The film of the same name was released on October 20, 2016, and was directed by Scott Derrickson (Photo from Den of Geek).

In Fall 2016, Marvel’s Doctor Strange was released in theaters, and fans got to see magic at play for the very first time. Doctor Strange was quick to develop his understanding of the mystic arts, and has grown to become widely recognized as the successor to the Sorcerer Supreme. Since his debut, Strange has surely improved his magic and has been heavily involved in the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Doctor Doom made his first debut in Marvel Comics “The Fantastic Four #5” in 1962. Since then, he has not made an appearance in the MCU, but has recently been rebooted in 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” in 2015 (Image from CinemaBlend).

With the promise of future installments in the MCU, fans are wondering when the infamous Doctor Doom will make his debut. Victor von Doom is primarily recognized as the most dangerous enemy to the Fantastic Four, another debut fans are patiently waiting for. Doom is a polymath with genius-level intellect, and received his abilities after the same accident that granted the Fantastic Four their abilities.

There is a rich history between Doctor Strange and Doom, as both have been realized as powerful sorcerers, which begs the question: who would best the other in a one-on-one duel?

Round #1: Power

After discovering Kamar-Taj, Strange quickly became proficient in the mystic arts, even impressing the Ancient One. His proficiencies include transmutation (when he is able to transform Thanos’ attack into a swarm of butterflies), astral projection, magic manipulation and self-duplication. 

Among his many proficiencies, Strange is a master of the sling ring. Additionally, he has access to the Mirror Dimension, “a place to train, surveil and sometimes to contain threats,” as said by the Ancient One in Doctor Strange.

Much like Strange, Doctor Doom is also a sorcerer, and has frightening abilities that are displayed through sheer wrath and willpower, such as demon summoning, technopathy, energy absorption/projection and telekinesis.

Doctor Doom stands with his Doom-Bots at his sides. Doom can easily control his Doom-Bots with his mind, in which he mostly uses to fight his battles for him (Image from Den of Geek).

Apart from his supernatural abilities, Doctor Doom also has diplomatic immunity, as he is “the sole ruler and monarch of Latveria,” a fictional nation appearing in Marvel Comics. While he is a villain, “the world is unable to harm him,” according to ScreenRant.

Round #2: Applications

With the help of many Kamar-Taj disciples, Strange managed to open a large number of portals in time for the final battle against Thanos and his army in Avengers: Endgame, allowing for the dusted-heroes to return for one final bout against the Mad Titan. 

Sling rings are seen as the ultimate convenience so far in the MCU, as they are able to allow anyone anywhere with ease. Not only can it transport living beings, but it could also serve as a form of transportation for solid objects as well.

What seems like the most memorable seen from Avengers: Endgame is when the portals begin to open. Avengers: Endgame released on April 26, 2019 (Photo from Daily Express).

While Doctor Doom does not hold a sling ring with him, he uses another form of travel. Using his genius-level intellect, he was able to create what he calls a “time platform that could send anyone who stood on it back into the past,” according to the Marvel Database. At first, it required the use of a large machine to operate, however, as the years passed, Doom had integrated the machine into his armor, allowing him to travel to the past whenever he desired.

Doctor Doom’s time platform allows him and a number of others to travel to the past. Its first appearance was in Marvel Comics “Fantastic Four #5” (Image from Marvel Database).

Doctor Strange, as seen in the MCU, has also dabbled with time. The Eye of Agamotto made its very first appearance as a holder of the Time Stone in Doctor Strange. The very first time that Strange took hold of the artifact, it was said that he was not “manipulating the space-time continuum, [he was] breaking it,” as said by Wong, a recurring character in the film.

Round #3: Accomplishments

Mastering the mystic arts in such a short amount of time is most definitely an accomplishment, especially for someone who had lost all mobility and functionality of his hands. 

Strange also took part in a time loop with Dormammu using the Eye of Agamotto, overwhelming the being from the dark dimension and stopping him from taking the Earth. Additionally, using the Time Stone, Strange was able to view “14 million, six hundred and five [possible futures]” according to himself in Avengers: Infinity War, and revealed that there was only one outcome where the Avengers would emerge victorious.

Doctor Doom has also had his fair share of growth in his years, such as stealing the Power Cosmic from the Silver Surfer. This turn of events had granted him “a vast source of limitless, godly, cosmic energy and power,” according to the Marvel Database. Additionally, using his genius-level intellect, Doom was also able to completely cure Ben Grimm, otherwise known as The Thing in the Fantastic Four. This procedure was something that Reed Richards, or Mr. Fantastic, could never accomplish.

Doom was also found worthy by the Panther God, the same god that gave the Black Panther power, in his efforts of obtaining Vibranium.

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Recipe: Baking fudge in the comfort of one’s home


There are moments when one develops a strong craving, in this case having a sweet tooth for a delicious dessert. A popular delicacy for people who want to satisfy this appetite and love chocolate, is fudge. Whether it contains nuts on the inside, other toppings or even if plain fudge is preferred, the options are nearly endless and convenient to make in the comfort of one’s own home with this easy four-step recipe. 

Before beginning the tutorial, the following will be needed:

– A seven-ounce jar of marshmallow creme

– One and a half cups of white sugar

– Two-thirds cup of evaporated milk

– A quarter cup of butter

– Two cups of milk chocolate chips

– One cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

– Half a cup of chopped nuts (optional)

– One teaspoon of vanilla extract

Double check and make sure that all the correct ingredients and amounts have been obtained before beginning. (Jasmine Rosales/Ethic photo)

Step 1:

Line an eight-by-eight inch pan with aluminum foil and set aside.

Step 2:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix the marshmallow cream, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Bring to a full boil and cook for five minutes with a constant stirring.

In the pot make sure all ingredients are mixed in smoothly and contain no clumps. (Jasmine Rosales/Ethic photo)

Step 3:

Remove the saucepan from heat and pour in the semi-sweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate is melted and your mixture is smooth. Stir in nuts and vanilla. 

Once removed from heat, combine the remaining ingredients until fully mixed. (Jasmine Rosales/Ethic photo)

Step 4:

Pour into the prepared pan. Place it in the fridge and let it cool for two hours or until it is firm.

Pour into lined pan. (Jasmine Rosales/Ethic photo)

Step 5:

Remove from the fridge and cut into desired size and serve.

Remove from fridge and serve (Jasmine Rosales/Ethic photo)

Shop Local for Valentines Day: Gift ideas for that perfect someone from Redlands small businesses


As Valentine’s day is just around the corner, the stress of finding that perfect gift may be creeping in, however there are many Redlands’ small businesses that can help. During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic it is critical that small businesses are supported; by shopping locally one can beat the large crowds at the larger retail stores, such as Kohls and Target, and get quality products on safer and faster terms. 

Here are some businesses in Redlands that are selling specific Valentines Day items, some are still taking Valentines day orders, which will make for that thoughtful, special gift for you or your Valentine. As a reminder please order or shop as soon as possible to allow for a smooth holiday. 

Clarity Candles

Let the smell of love fill the room on Valentine’s Day with a gift from Clarity Candles. This small business owned by, Redlands East Valley, senior, Brooklyn Fashempour is selling limited edition Valentine’s candles with the 4 different scents called Be Mine, XOXO, Cupid’s Arrow, and Rose’s are Red. Other candle items available for purchase include her newest collection Salt Air and Honeydew, Ginger Coconut and Amber, Woody Leather and Brandy, and many more. Shopping is still currently open for Valentine’s Day. 

Three of the different candles that Clarity Candles offers, possible Valentines Day gift ideas. (Photo credit Brooklyn Fahsempour)

4 oz candles are recommended by Fashempour as “they are so small and cute, but, the 8 oz size makes perfect gifts as well.” 

Order type: Locally in Redlands for pick up, shipping, pre-order 

How to order: Online by going to 

Yayi’s Yums

Looking for a business to hit that sweet tooth? Well Yayi’s Yum owned by Valerie Alfaro, a junior at Citrus Valley High School, has got it covered. For the holiday specifically her bakery is selling limited edition heart shaped cookies, heart shaped cinnamon rolls, and Valentine’s themed cupcakes. Her main menu also includes various flavors of cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and cinnamon rolls. She is currently taking orders until Feb. 13 and on the 14 she will only be supplying pickups. 

Valentines Day themed cupcakes, just one of the possible gifts available for purchase from Yayi’s Yums. (Photo Credit to Valerie Alfaro)

Order type: Locally in Redlands for pick up, pre-order 

How to order: Direct Message @yayis.yums on Instagram Or By calling (909) 665-0381

Swank Design/Swoon Home 

By having a double category store Swank Design/Swoon Home has a variety of personal items that are sure to gain a smile. Selling themed pillows, vases, candles, bath and body items and books there is sure to be just the right item fit for your important someone. Shopping for Valentine’s Day is still available. 

Table at Swoon Home store, featuring the Valentine’s Day themed items they have available. (Photo credit to Swoon Home and Swank Design)

Raelena Vasquez, the owner of the shop, states “all of the above” when it comes to a recommendation of products. 

Having five stars on both Google Reviews and Houzz this local business will not disappoint. 

Order type: In-store and curbside 

How to order: In-store shopping Or Online by going to

Above the Stem

Above the Stem is the one stop shop for your traditional Valentine’s Day; as they sell various flower arrangements, chocolate, swiss chocolate, cards, bears, soap, pens, lotions, and candles. It is important to note that Above the Stem is not only selling roses but also other elegant flower arrangements containing flowers including Calla Lilies, Tuples and Ranunculus to name a few. Nevertheless don’t fret about the supply of traditional roses! According to Prerea Kapadia, the owner of Above the Stem, they “have plenty of roses” with the bouquet of “designer choice being amazing” as well. 

Focusing greatly on supporting the community Above the Stem gets most of its merchandise and materials from other local shops in Redlands. They are open for orders and walk-ins on Valentines Day as they will have their displays in the front of their store as customers can pick what they would like and have it brought to them outside of the store as a COVID precaution. 

Order type: In-store pick-up, pre-order, delivery  

Opening the door to a beautiful bouquet of flowers is sure to be a heart pleaser on Valentines Day. (Photo credit to Above the Stem)

How to order: In-store shopping by calling (909) 335-850 Or Online by going to

Emerson Fine Jewelry

Find the perfect set of jewelry to complement the beauty of your loved one this Valentine’s day. At Emerson Fine Jewelry elegant, hand crafted pieces that are sure to elevate the day. For the holiday specially they are selling the items: Silver Horizontal Bar Bracelet, Love earrings, It’s only love necklace, Puffed Heart Pendant With Diamonds, ANGÈLE 3 Mini Hearts On Chain. They are a family owned and operated business located in the heart of Downtown Redlands. They are still currently taking Valentine’s Day orders. 

One of the necklaces for sale on Emerson Fine Jewelry’s website with a Valentines Day themed message. (Photo credit to Emerson Fine Jewelry)

Order type: In-store pick-up, delivery  

How to order: In-store shopping (Extra covid safe in store) Or Online by going to


Want a more personalized touch to your gift? WashingtonWildflower has you covered. Owner, Elysse Washington hand creates every piece order, with items including one-of-a-kind home decor and embellished hair clips. Some of her Valentines pieces include a Floral heart wreath and Valentines XO set. She is still currently taking Valentine’s Day orders. 

Dried floral hanging wreaths, hair clips and palms palms can be found for sell, as the wreaths come in various different shapes as well as sizes. ( Photo credit Elysse Washington)

Washington states, “I just love making one of a kind pieces for people to love.” 

Order type: Shipping and local delivery 

How to order: Direct Message @washingtonswildflowers on Instagram Or Online by going to 

Sugar Bee

Sugar, Spice, and everything nice can be found at Sugarbee Cafe & Bake Shop. For Valentines Day the bakery offered a variety of gifts including: cocoa bombs, chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, breakable hearts, and more. However, they are no longer taking orders for the holiday as they are sold out. However, they also sell custom cakes and cupcakes for any occasion, as well as keto, vegan and gluten free desserts.  

A chocolate heart surrounded by chocolate covered strawberries, a sweet treat for a possible Valentines gift. (Photo credit Sugar Bee Cafe and Bake Shop)

Order type: In-Store pick up 

How to order: online by going to


During these days of lockdowns, nail salons have been shut down and reopened again so now is the time to get your Valentine a manicure. Nailsbymeriel, owned by Meriel Wasbotten, offers premium manicures and gift certificates that will work as an exciting gift. The salon also offers pedicures to make for the complete nail package. Pricing ranges from 35-50 dollars. 

A gift certificate for a pedicure service by Meriel Wasbotten, a possible valentines day gift idea for a loved one or friend. (Photo credit to Meriel Wasbotten)

How to order/make appointment: Direct Message @nailsbymeriel on Instagram Or By calling (909) 528-8083 

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to showing the ones closest to how much they are loved and appreciated, by purchasing locally for gifts both will be achieved as well as helping the local community thrive.  These are hard times for all, allow this holiday of love to be an outlet for everyone to enjoy. 

Featured Image: Valentines Day themed art. (Art created by Emily Walos/ Ethic News Art)