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The best boba in the East Bay

The best boba in the East Bay

Kenzi Hilario,
Contributor

February 28, 2018

Sweet chewy tapioca pearls and your choice of milk or fruit-based tea. These ingredients come together to make one of the most popular Asian drinks to hit the Bay Area. Depending on where you are, the drink has several names such as bubble tea or tapioca. Boba, as it’s known locally, is a chilled, te...

‘Black Panther’ surpasses the hype

'Black Panther' surpasses the hype

Ricky Szeto,
Contributor

February 28, 2018

The latest addition to the MCU is the best yet “Black Panther” has hit theaters, meeting and surpassing high expectations from fans. The newest superhero film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a fantastical joy ride. Fans and critics are raving about it, and it’s not hard to see why....

My first rave experience was full of love and success

My first rave experience was full of love and success

Kamille De Guzman,
Contributor

February 21, 2018

Excitement filled the air on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for the annual music festival and rave concert, Crush. Thousands of attendees filled the sold-out venue, waiting for artists, like Flosstradamus, Ghastly or Yultron, to get on stage. It was my firs...

The end of an era, say bye to compact discs

The end of an era, say bye to compact discs

Yasmine Castañeda,
Contributor

February 21, 2018

Best Buy to stop selling CDs this summer Growing up, there were many things that made my heart content but only a few that made my it whole. Music was the main contributor to my overall happiness. When I look back on my childhood, I’ll never forget the first concert I went to. I was four years old...

Phone lock pouches comes to a live event near you

Concertgoers use their cellphones during a Fifth Harmony concert March 23, 2015, in New York. The company Yondr created a locking pouch to hold phones during performances, creating a

Yasmine Castañeda,
Contributor

February 14, 2018

Phone addiction is a growing at an alarming rate. If you’re like me, you may have been able to control yourself and disconnect. For others, disconnecting or even putting your phone down may not be as easy. With the vastly growing world of technology and social media, millions of people around the wo...

No, Oprah Winfrey should not run for president

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Justin Mutch,
Contributor

February 14, 2018

America’s unhealthy obsession with celebrities poses a grave threat to democracy Now before you post an angry response in the comments section, or tweet to The Pioneer that I don’t know what I’m talking about, just hear me out. If you don’t know why people are suddenly calling for Oprah to be on th...

February’s ‘First Friday’ honors Black History Month

February's 'First Friday' honors Black History Month

Priscila Chavez,
Contributor

February 14, 2018

On the first Friday of every month, the City of Oakland blocks off West Grand Ave. down to Telegraph Ave. from 5 p.m to 9 p.m to host its monthly “First Fridays.” First Fridays is a community run event that includes local artists, vendors, music and food. The year long celebration attracts about...

Stop making New Year’s resolutions

Stop making New Year’s resolutions

Jessica Avila,
Contributor

February 7, 2018

They’re hurting you more than they’re helping you This is how the typical New Year’s Eve plays out. The clock strikes midnight. Cheers -- it’s officially the new year. People throughout the world celebrate, grateful to see another year through and excited to start it off on the right foot w...

Valentine’s Day is overrated

Valentine’s Day is overrated

Tawny Pederson,
Contributor

February 7, 2018

Not your typical hate from a girl without a date As a little girl, I always thought, “Why can’t we just have a second Thanksgiving instead of Valentine’s Day?” Growing up, I was ignorant to the problematically racist background of Thanksgiving and believed that being with family and eating...

MoviePass is the future of movie theater ticket purchases

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Thamina Shah,
Contributor

February 7, 2018

It has become so tedious to go to the movies nowadays. The digital age of movies is only getting better. For those born in the last two decades, there are shortcuts to make it easier and cheaper to enjoy activities like going to the movies. You can now save money and put it towards more expensive...

Service workers rely on gratuities to survive in the Bay Area

Service workers rely on gratuities to survive in the Bay Area

Eduardo Gonzalez,
Contributor

January 31, 2018

The living wage per adult in the Bay Area currently stands at $16.01 per hour. This is what a full-time working individual must earn in order to cover all of their annual expenses. However, with the exception of a few cities, the California minimum wage currently stands at either $10.50 or $11.00 per...

Coping with stress and depression in college

Coping with stress and depression in college

Isabel De Honor,
Contributor

January 24, 2018

College: what some may say will be the best four years of your life. These are the years you’re supposed to enjoy life to the fullest, experience new things and find your true self. I bombarded myself with new experiences and attempted to stray out of my comfort zone my freshman year. I met new ...

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