Features Magazine Magazine Uncategorized Volume 71, Issue 1

Fall Fashion 2021

By: Riley Martin

Fashion is all about expression and typically the seasons influence fashion through colors and styles of clothing. As fall is in full swing, we see this change from summer inspired clothing to colder weather and warmer color tones. 

Freshman Ela Asarvala

Las Lomas Freshman Ela Asaravala is excited to see how fall will influence her current style. Her philosophy behind creating an outfit is centered around a realistic monetary standpoint. She said, “Especially nowadays, I feel like some people think that you have to have a lot of money to be able to have a good sense of style which isn’t necessarily true. An outfit can be great no matter the price!” This philosophy manifests through simple but noteworthy accessorizing which she demonstrated in her outfit in the photograph. When describing her fashion in one word, she said, “uninhibited,” an adjective she wishes to fulfill in the majority of, if not all of her outfits. 

Junior Nadya Novichkova

Las Lomas junior Nadya Novichkova has a personal relationship with her own fashion and what it stands for within herself. Novichkova realized the direct correlation between her style and mental health: “Something that has inspired my style is definitely my mental space; wearing a fun outfit that I’m comfortable in and feeling myself starts my day off better.” In addition to her style allowing her to feel more comfortable within her skin, it also allows her to break from traditional trends and illustrate more authenticity. She said, “It is also a way to express myself and I think dressing the way that I want to has helped me become more of myself.” In this fall season she is most excited for cold weather and the fashion that comes along with it: “Fall is a time for old sweaters.” She looks forward to new fall trends she expects to see and is always looking to try out those trends as long as she has her staple clothing item, “any type of jeans.”

Las Lomas Senior Lee Madsen

Las Lomas senior Lee Madsen has developed a foundation of clothing items for the season of fall: “As fall comes around, I usually get out the pants and vests.” It doesn’t stop there, they also enjoy thriving and build their outfit from that. This foundation allows them to shop in order to build on what their current foundation is. They said, “I usually wear skirts, but I love going out to buy some new clothes to prepare for the end of the warm weather. I really enjoy the year round shopping sprees that are brought about by the seasonal changes!” The specifics of these shoppings sprees typically vary, but there is one constant in their wardrobe, an essential: Doc Martens. 

Senior Bryant Odena

Las Lomas senior Bryant Odena categorizes his fashion as a “combination of grunge and indie.” He reflects on both his culture and identity and uses it to inspire his outfits: “I get my inspiration from Asian fashion mostly from an influencer named” He uses this inspiration and executes it “by thrifting; I tend to look for earth colors, like browns and greens.” His enjoyment of earth-toned clothing fits right in with the fall season and he looks forward to reaching the full potential of his outfits this season, as the weather more accurately reflects his style. He said, “My style is mostly layers and made for colder weather.” 

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Da Capo

By Christina Chen

Graphic by Ron Boegel

Since the start of quarantine in March of 2020, classes at Las Lomas have had to adjust so they could be taught online. Due to this, many teachers have had to change the way they teach or alter their lesson plans so they could be executed through a screen. Band classes, being a class that largely relies on group work and teamwork, had to figure out how to host band online.

With the implementation of distance learning some inconveniences and downsides arose. For many, it meant missing out on integral events: “Having participated actively in band activities, I’ve definitely been a little sad to miss out on in person rehearsals and performances.” said Senior Isabel Shic. When asked what some pros and cons of online band were, she said “I’m not really sure if there are any pros to online band – ensemble music is intended to be enjoyed by multiple people.”

Practice has also become difficult for students. Some have found that their time spent practicing has stayed consistent while others have found their practice time decreasing, “As much as I would like to say I still practice consistently, there’s really not much of an incentive to practice, such as a performance or being judged by everyone in class. So no, I don’t practice as much as I used to.” Shic said.

However, despite the difficulties presented, band teachers have found ways to host band class over Zoom and make learning interesting: “We’re still working on a few pieces using a platform called Smart Music, where we’ll play with a recording of the piece and eventually submit our own recordings. We’ve also done virtual chamber groups, where members of a group record separately, then assemble the recordings on a platform similar to GarageBand.” said Shic. “In jazz band, Ms. Shankle (our teacher) invited Director John Maltester to teach a clinic over Zoom, which was fun.” 

With hope for the future, band teachers have made preparations for students returning for Hybrid. “I know that Ms. Shankle has purchased special masks for instrumental purposes, as well as bell covers for brass players like me, so I believe students who do go back to hybrid will be protected as much as possible.” Shic said

“Nevertheless, I think Ms. Shankle is doing a great job pulling together different activities – she makes class as interesting as it can be, given our current situation.” said Shic.

Features Magazine Volume 70, Issue 4

Mask Up, and Hit the Slopes

By Caroline Johnston

Graphic By Jane Wilson

The days of drinking hot chocolate in the lodge and making friends with strangers on the lift are seemingly over for this snowboarding and skiing season. Nearly every aspect of life has been affected in some way by COVID-19, and snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding are not the exception. On a typical day at a ski resort, there may be hundreds, if not thousands, of people participating in a variety of activities ranging from sitting by a fireplace in the lodge, to taking continuous laps on their favorite runs. Now, due to the pandemic, things are looking different at the resorts due to a variety of different safety precautions. In March of 2020, resorts had to shut down prematurely due to the virus, but will remain open this winter. Thankfully, skiing and snowboarding are activities that can be executed quite well in terms of coronavirus safeness, since they occur outdoors and can follow social distancing guidelines with relative ease. 

Since public health is the main concern of the resorts, there are many safety precautions that resorts are taking to protect everyone. One requirement is that everyone must wear a mask, or face covering, especially while near other people such as in lift lines, and when walking around the lodge. Some resorts, such as Boreal, are requiring everyone to wear gloves, which isn’t too much of an inconvenience since most people already wear gloves while skiing or snowboarding. Resorts such as Squaw Valley are also not grouping together parties on the chair lifts, so there will no longer be a “singles line,” where one can usually cut the long lines and join a random group on the lift. Other resorts, such as Boreal, are putting together singles on their four person chairs, with one person sitting on each end of the chair and both wearing masks. 

In addition to enforcing safety precautions for the guests at the resorts, most resorts are also limiting the amount of people who can go ride each day and requiring visitors to buy their tickets online beforehand; this is the most inconvenient safety measure in place for many. In December, Squaw Valley is only allowing people to ride who are: lodging in the village, have a season pass, are renting equipment, or are taking a lesson. Other resorts are limiting the occupancy to a smaller percent or capping the amount of visitors each day at a certain number. Homewood employee, Billy Fletcher said that they are only allowing 1600 visitors each day, and that all tickets have to be bought beforehand and picked up at a kiosk at the resort. Other resorts such as Donner Ski Ranch are allowing season pass holders to go whenever they want, while people who are buying day tickets have to purchase them in advance. Junior Megan Lewis, who went to Mt. Rose over Thanksgiving break, said, “People are only allowed to do half days,” and, “They only had two lifts open so that made the lines really long.” Other resorts, such as Donner Ski Ranch, only had the lifts on the front side of their mountain open as well, during the month of December. People who have Epic Passes, (a combo season pass to over 20 resorts in North America, including Heavenly, Kirkwood, and North Star) can only make reservations for seven days in each new batch of released dates. With all of the reservation requirements that have been put in place this year, all trips must be planned in advance which leaves no room for spontaneity. 

This will most certainly be the year where the diehard skiers and snowboarders will be weeded out from the people just there to hang in the lodge. At nearly all resorts, the lodges are not open for indoor seating. Boreal has defined one’s car as their “new lodge.” Fletcher said that at Homewood, one can order food online and pick it up at a kiosk, but there is no indoor dining. Senior skier Jakob Lapping said, “People that like nice restaurants, hotels, shopping, and clubs in ski resort villages will be disappointed this year.” Those who truly love the sports may not be that bothered by all the safety precautions, because in the end, they still get to ski and snowboard. Lapping said, “The sport of skiing and snowboarding felt essentially the same and was equally as fun as previous years.” Although things may not be the same as previous seasons, it’s really special that people can still go skiing and snowboarding at all, since so many other sports and activities have been completely shut down due to COVID-19.