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By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics Update. Today we will be discussing the 2018
Significant differences were seen in one of the most highly anticipated and crucial elections in history. The Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, women seized 98 seats in the House of Representatives, and Republicans retained the Senate majority. The Democrats’ strategy was to recruit candidates that were at one point in time considered out of line for the position. That included many female candidates. The strategy was successful in turning out House voters as a record number of women will be sworn in next year. Democrat Beto O’Rourke is widely credited for a surprisingly well-run campaign. O’Rourke ran in a tight race for Texas senator. Although he did not see victory, O’Rourke’s campaign was focused on identifying new voters and refused to run negative ads. Republican Ted Cruz beat O’Rourke by a small margin, not significant enough to doubt O’Rourke’s political future. O'Rourke has shown that a progressive Democrat can mount a serious challenge in a previously red state. He has brought in thousands of first-time voters, among them many Latinos and millennials. Most surprisingly is the fact that he did this while refraining from negative attacks and staying true to his inclusive values.
Overall, this midterm election has shown a Democratic wave that may have the power to destabilize the Republican majority seen in 2018. The Democrats took back the House and won in traditionally red states. This shows a possibility of change and a change of results in the 2020 presidential election.
By: Tina Yang and Cecilia Yong
Smallfoot is about a young Yeti named Migo, who is trying to prove that another species called the Smallfoot species exists. It’s harder than it sounds though, because there is the Stone Keeper, who has stones that ‘protect’ the village. There are a bunch of rules, and things they have to believe in that are written on the stones. One fateful day, Migo discovers a Smallfoot (human) and tells the village. He was banished from the village for defying the stones. There were three other people from the village who also believed that the Smallfoot species exist, though. They took him to their leader, who just so happened to be the daughter of the Stone Keeper. She introduced herself as the leader the S.E.S.-- The Smallfoot Evidentiary Society. Soon after, they bring Migo beneath the clouds. According to the stones, below the clouds is nothingness, and you fall forever. As said in the film, there are only yaks ---all the way down.
And yet, when he descends, he lands in snow after only a very short period of time. This confuses him. Did he fall on the yaks? When he goes off to explore, he finds a little town, and he sees a Smallfoot. The Smallfoot tries to shoot Migo, but soon afterwards, they develop a friendship. The Smallfoot is a TV show host named Percy who has a show about animals. His show is going down in ratings and he’s losing his money. He can’t go on to pay off anything without his show! When Percy sees Migo, he is determined to prove to everyone that Yetis exist. He’d get so many viewers and possibly be rich! Meanwhile, Migo and the rest of the S.E.S. are determined to prove that the Smallfoot species exist, to defy the stones, and to show the Stone Keeper that he isn’t protecting the village… he’s destroying it.
Our rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ★ (four stars)
We rated Smallfoot foot 4 stars because it was only a bit predictable, but it had a really meaningful lesson. The lesson is to always be curious even though people tell you not to be. Always ask questions! It included many things in the story that an audience loves, such as adventure, comedy, and meaning. We enjoyed this movie, and hopefully you do, too. Thank you for reading this movie review!
By Alexander Zlatev
Do you think you know Fortnite? You do? Well test your skills on this quiz.
By Jaguar Share
Throughout this quiz you will be able to learn more about the mechanics and history of these two games, as you put your trivia knowledge to the test!
Hamsters are a very unique animal, known to be a common household pet in North America. They are very popular for being small and cute. Here’s some information and tips about them!
Tips for picking a hamster
Tip 1: First of all, to get a pet hamster, you have to find a place that sells hamsters.
Depending on what kind of hamster you are looking for, you can check a pet store. But if you are looking for a specific type of hamster, you can check a hamster breeder.
Tip 2: Pick a healthy and strong looking hamster.
A healthy hamster would be clean and dry, except for the scent glands. If the tail is wet, the hamster may have a disease that is contagious. So find one that is dry, except for the scent glands.
Tip 3: Think what size of a hamster you would like.
The bigest hamster is called the Syrian hamster and it can grow to be 5-7 inches.. The smallest hamster is called a dwarf hamster grows to about 2-3 inches.
Tip 4: Choose what color you’d like.
Hamsters come in many colors, mostly golden, but it depends on the breed.
Tip 5: Choose a name for your hamster
It really depends on you to name your hamster, but the ideas you could base the name off of is the color, the kind, or just a random name you’ve liked!
by Katya Shlicoff
Mochi is a Japanese sweet glutinus rice with high starch that can be put into many different forms. Mochi ice cream was originated by Frances Hashimoto. in this article I will be showing you how to make mochi ice cream!
What you need:
1. In a large/medium pot fill an estimated ¾ of it with water.
2. Bring to a boil.
3. Separately, in a heat resistant glass bowl (preferably large) mix together the sweet rice flour, water, sugar and food coloring. Place the bowl on top of the pot of boiling water and start double boiling it in the pot, kneading every minute or so with a spatula for about 20 minutes.
4. After the sweet rice flour mixture is sticky enough for you to hold, get a sheet pan and cover it with cornstarch to prevent sticking. Scoop out the sweet rice flour mixture onto the sheet pan, cover the mixture with corn starch as well. Let it cool until you can hold it and it won’t burn you.
5. After the mixture has cooled down start kneading the mixture with your hands and spread out into an estimated 12 inch long and 12 inch wide, with about ½ inch in thickness.
6. Separate the mixture into 12 almost equal squares and put a spoonful of ice cream in each piece
7. Stretch out the piece of dough and fold it over the ice cream, squeeze it and twist it to close it.
8. Any extra dough you can just pull off of the mochi.
Chez Panisse is not a Michelin star anymore.
The owner Alice Waters planned for Chez Panisse to be a place where people could enjoy themselves while eating good food. In 2006-2009, they had a Michelin star! Unfortunately, in the year 2009, they had their Michelin star taken away. And if you didn’t know, a Michelin star is like an award given to restaurants. Some critiques go to a restaurant, but they cannot be known, because they have to be like every other customer, and they evaluate it. Depending on how good the restaurant is, the highest Michelin rating is 3 stars.
Eating at Chez Panisse will require reservations about/at least 1 month ahead. You are able to call in for either the restaurant or cafe. If you call in, the available times are between 9:00am-9:30pm. Though you have to remember not to call or visit the restaurant/cafe on Sundays, because they’re closed!
How to order
When you’re in the cafe part of Chez Panisse, which is upstairs above the restaurant, it’s all about your preference but as a free appetizer they give you a sour dough bread loaf from Acme Bread Company. Next, the waiters will most likely offer you drinks. For their non-alcoholic drinks they have fresh juices including apple and orange juice. And they also include what’s called a fruit spritzer which is basically a limeade. Then, you can order your other appetizers, like corn soup, or a little gem salad. And while the waiter is taking your order, you can tell them your main dish. I highly suggest the salmon, but it’s whatever you would like.
During September, my family and I decided to go to the cafe for a special occasion. We went to Berkeley! They took my brother and I to see the campus of UC Berkeley. It was gigantic. The reservation was at 5:30 pm, or so we thought. My dad thought we would get there early so we got there a few minutes before 5:30. However, it turned out that the reservation was at 5:00pm! Once we got there, we went straight up to the cafe which is above the restaurant. The man told us that he was about to give our seats away. So then we kind of just laughed a bit about that.
I think I would rate this restaurant 5/5! The waiters were all very polite and kind. The food was amazing! The carefulness and precision they put into each dish is awesome! Each meal is a masterpiece. Just with the right amount of everything.
By Beatrice Sixt
IKEA is the biggest furniture retailer in the world. If you looked hard enough, you probably could find at least one or two items in your household from IKEA. Even though it mainly sells furniture, it sells other items like dishware, art, and even food.
The History Behind It
It started out in 1943 by 17 year old Ingvar Kamprad. It originally was a mostly mail-order sales business, but in 5 years it became a furniture retail company. The name “IKEA” is an acronym that stands for Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd (which is the farm where he grew up), Agunnaryd (which is his hometown in Småland, southern Sweden). When it became a furniture company, it went under the name “Möbel-IKÉA”, first opening in Älmhult, Småland (Älmhult is a locality in Sweden and Småland is a province.). The first non-Sweden stores opened in Denmark and Norway. The Norway store opened in 1963 and the Denmark store opened in 1969. The stores quickly spread throughout the 70s, with the first non-Scandinavian store opening in 1973, and another store opening shortly after in 1974 in West Germany. After that, the stores spread to the rest of the world.
The Upstairs Level
The IKEA I am going to be focusing on is the one in Emeryville, CA. It’s a 41 minute drive (30.9 miles) from the Sunset neighborhood in San Francisco to the store. That is if you’re lucky, mostly because of traffic and other annoying things. It usually takes an hour for me.
Once you arrive, the store is two stories and very large. There is a lot of parking with a big cement garage right next to it. When you first go inside, you are greeted with a display, an escalator diagonal from the entrance, and the play place, called Småland, off into a corner. The bathrooms are a little farther than the display.
On the upstairs level, there is the restaurant and room displays, with furniture close by for you to test out. The room displays are nice, they are great for inspiration for where to put and what do with your furniture. I’d give them a decent 8/10. If you finish with the furniture, the kids room areas are after. The kids room furniture leads to the restaurant. By the restaurant, there is staircase that goes downstairs.
You access the store by going down the stairs next to the food court. It’s pretty large and you first go through the showroom that displays all the remaining furniture. Along the way, there are bins where you can pick up some of the items displayed. The next part is more warehouse-like, there are still some displays, but it is mainly aisles. “Aisles full of what?”you might ask. Well, you know all that furniture that was displayed earlier? The aisles house boxes and boxes full of the stuff you need to build all those chairs and daybeds. They also have an as-is section (which is basically things you don’t have to build), checkout stations, and a store where you can by food. The store is nothing special. It’s a normal IKEA store, so if you’ve ever been in an IKEA bef0re, you know how it is. Out of ten, it was a strong 7.
The IKEA restaurant has many foods. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
This is a glimpse of the menu:
Swedish Apple Cake
Salmon Fillet with lemon & dill sauce
Marinated Salmon Plate
Marinated Salmon Wrap
From that menu, I’ve only ever had the meatballs. With the meatballs, you get a side of lingonberry sauce, seasonal vegetables, and mashed potatoes with gravy. The meatballs are not very gamey and have a lovely flavor. They also have quite a good texture. I would give it an 8/10. The mashed potatoes with gravy are pretty standard, a good 4/10. The vegetables are also standard, also deserves a rating of 4/10. The lingonberry jam overall is nice and compliments the mashed potatoes. The meal is filling and delicious, especially for the easy price of $5.00.
Besides the food, let’s discuss the restaurant. The restaurant has a lunchroom-like vibe, with a self-service counter. Then, there is a bar with different sides dishes like biscuits and other foods, along with a place to check-out shortly after it. This all arranged in an open staple shape. There is a dining area, with a island in the middle of it, where you can get silverware and other things you need to enjoy your meal. It’s a nice place to eat.
For this paragraph, I am going to talk about some of the furniture. I have the RENBERGET chair, which is a swivel chair with armrests made out of leather. It costs $59.00 I decided to build this a few weeks ago on September 3, Labor Day. It comes in a big brown box. Most of the pieces in the box are visable. The problem I had from here is that MOST were visable. I could not, for the life of me, find the armrests and another piece that I’ve forgotten. Finally, my mom found it inside the back, which is a pretty nice place to put it, so I will give them that. It was pretty easy. While building your furniture, make sure to put on a show or some music and it will go faster. For me, my mom and I put on a mockumentary called Cook-Off. It was pretty alright, but a movie review is for another day. Out of ten, I’d rate the chair a solid 8/10.
In conclusion, I highly recommend IKEA. It’s a great store with great food, great furniture and great fun. An overall experience of 10/10. If you would like to go, the actual store hours (Monday to Saturday) are 10am-9pm and (Sunday) 10am-8pm. The restaurant hours are (Monday to Sunday) 9:30am-8:30pm and (Sunday) 9:30am-7:30pm.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics Update! Today we’ll be discussing one current event. We will talk about the criticism over Nike’s inclusion of Colin Kaepernick, a controversial NFL player, in a new ad campaign.
Recently a new ad campaign for Nike, a company worth over $90 billion, sparked controversy for including a contentious football player, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has not played in an NFL game in over a year, but has attracted attention to himself for kneeling during the national anthem in multiple NFL games when he was a player. Nike announced that Kaepernick is one of the athletes helping memorialize the 30th anniversary of the brand’s iconic slogan: “Just do it”. The ad features a black-and-white close-up of Kaepernick’s face with the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything” — a reference to Kaepernick’s lawsuit against the NFL for purportedly conniving to keep the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback out of the league over his protests against police brutality. As a reaction to Nike’s ad campaign, people are destroying their Nike apparel and declaring a boycott over already purchased attire — all in the name of castigating Kaepernick, the newest face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign.
Unsurprisingly, this boycott has attracted the attention of our president Donald J. Trump, who recently tweeted a reaction to this issue saying, “Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!” This may be a contributing factor to the fact that shares of Nike (NKE) fell nearly 3% recently.
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