Isabella Balandran

Isabella Balandran

The history of senior musical

Lights, camera, senioritis! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkleLJljINE 42 years ago, Mater Dei debuted its first senior musical, "Bye Bye Birdy," which has since become a long-standing Mater Dei tradition. Senior musical was originally brought to life by former Mater...

Summertime Sadness

Summertime Sadness

It seems even summer is taking a vacation, because I can't seem to find my sunglasses—or my sense of fun—anywhere. Not that I'll need either of them during this break. As the dog days of summer limp by, why do I find myself worrying more about which summer assignment...

Column: An Insiders’ account of ‘Bookchella’

Column: An Insiders’ account of ‘Bookchella’

Dubbed "Bookchella" by festival-goers, the LA Times Festival of Books began its 20th annual chapter on Saturday, April 18 and concluded with a happy ending on Sunday, April 19. From avid comic fans to horror enthusiasts, from sponge art installations to food trucks,...

Column: My mom is head-scarfed, but happy

Column: My mom is head-scarfed, but happy

We don't eat out anymore. When we walk, it's one foot forward at a time — step, pause, step, pause. The well-worn sounds of pages flipping and keyboard clicks have ceased — for anything that requires intense concentration brings on headaches. Tasks lay half-finished,...

Meet the Serengetee-m

Meet the Serengetee-m

Philanthropy? Check. Fashion? Check. Fun? Three checks and we’re out! Meet Serengetee, a clothing company that makes tees, tanks – everything you’d ever need to complete your closet, basically – from fabrics all over the world and gives back to global communities....