moreau catholic high school•27170 mission blvd - hayward, CA 94544 • volume 43 issue 4 • december 2011
Campus unites to bless Marian grotto The Moreau community, 1000 strong, gathered on Thursday, Dec. 8 for a blessing on The Grotto of our Lady. President Terry Lee presided over the ceremony in the Festival Area, which concluded with a ribbon-cutting by Mrs. Bernie Puccini and Freshman Cecilia Saenz.
PHOTOS: DARRELL NIELSEN AND BRENDEN ESPANOLA
Be one of Santa’s little helpers
Plant. Grow. Feed.
There is no better way to make a child feel that they are a valuable part of our community than to give them a gift during the holiday season. The current economic climate means fewer toys and other gifts for children who are most in need. “It’s a slow start this season for the Salvation Army, as gifts for children in need trickle in,” Salvation Army spokesperson Tamara Barrels of donated toys sit in the bins in front of the library. McElwee said. You don’t have to look far if you want to make By now, you have spotted students and faculty a difference in a child’s life. alike placing gifts in the bins. Every year, Moreau students and faculty parItems you can donate, in addition to toys, ticipate in the Salvation Army Toy Drive. include athletic equipment, art supplies, board Since we returned from Thanksgiving break, games, and even clothes. three industrial-sized toy collection bins have There is especially a need for gifts for children been placed outside the front of the library. ages 8-13 . “The best way for students to get involved is “Participating in the toy drive gives me an opto get out and buy some toys to donate,” Assistant portunity to shop for fun gifts, and give Principal of Student Life Katie Teekell said.
Moreau’s Catholic Social Teaching class, led by Ms. Amy Armstrong, wants to feed the hearts and minds of our school and community. Over the past few months, the CST students have visited the student garden at Tennyson HS and a num- Fresh vegetables, a great addition to any lunch. ber of other organic farms around our community. Seeing these places inspired many Mariners who are eager to improve our school. “My dream was that the students would propose a school garden and healthy school lunch program,” Armstrong said. The students settled on an agenda promoting organic food for a healthy school lunch program. Their proposal included a school garden which would partner with neighboring Saint Clement’s school, as well as a tree-planting extravaganza. “Our goal in this challenge-based project is to help better our
By Katy Carscadden Staff Writer
By Elissa Joseph Staff Writer
>>Toy Drive on Page 4
>>CST Garden on Page 8
sports Athletes of the Month
The Twilight Saga: just a hype or something that will stick around? The Twilight Saga. Three words that have held a dominant reign over the literary and pop culture world for the past decade. Some may even call it the “super series”. With four movies under its belt (all released within a span of four years), the first part of Breaking Dawn currently in theatres, and the second installment of Breaking Dawn set to come out next year, Twilight is nothing less than one of the most famous series of all time. Released in November 2011, the first part of Breaking Dawn covers the illustrious relationship of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan as they get ready to spend the rest of forever together in matrimony. Though I do not want to give away too much, the movie basically stretches the wedding, their honeymoon, and a “surprise” during their honeymoon into two hours. “Breaking Dawn was good and I cried,” sophomore
By Elise Reyes Staff Writer
Tiana Gibson said, “It was better than I expected it to be and I liked how it made the book really come alive.” Personally, I enjoyed the movie and for the most part, I was satisfied with the portrayal of the book; however, I did not like how the movie dragged out and focused on three main events. I don’t think it was necessary to split the movie into two parts. “The way the first part of the movie ended made me super excited for the second part,” sophomore Corinna Sanding said. “I don’t mind Breaking Dawn being split into two movies for a few reasons because there is a lot of material to cover,” science teacher Jana Kleczek said. “I like that the story isn’t being compromised for the sake of one long movie or hacked to bits to shorten the movie. It draws out my Twilight time.” Since the second part of Breaking Dawn, and final part of the infamous series, is scheduled to drop next year, comments, thoughts, and feelings of the end of the movie series are building up. As a fan of the series, I am a bit disappointed that the end of the movie series is near, but I know that they will live on. The books and movies will always be available to read and watch. Although the anticipation of the movies and the mile-long movie premiere lines filled with crazed, enamored fans will only be around for a while longer, the memories, like the books and movies, will be around forever.
Christmas Break comes a little later than usual By Matthew Comadante Health Editor
It’s finally December and that means one thing: Christmas break. If you looked at the calendar, however, you might be shocked at what you see. We get out much closer to Christmas this year.. “I didn’t even know we got out later because I really was just focusing on getting off for break because school has been really stressful,” sophomore Rj Sundiang said. What does this extra time do for us? It doesn’t seem it would really help at all considering teachers tend to pile up more work during this time of year. Personally, I don’t like these last minute tests we’re having but maybe there’s an answer to this madness. “The way the calendar worked out this year is pretty unusual, but we made Christmas break later in order to
have an equal number of instructions days in the fall and spring. Plus, we know students would probably appreciate taking their finals before Christmas break. So the only way to do that was to get out much closer to Christmas,” Assistant Principle of Student Life Katie Teekell said. “It’s really hard to focus because I really just want it to be Christmas already,” freshman Vivian Tran said. No matter who you are, you can’t deny that Christmas break is something that you look forward to at the end of year. While finals on the other hand is the last thing you look to forward at the end of the year. Taking seven tests isn’t exactly the best Christmas wish. But hey, finals after break doesn’t sound too good either. “I like having finals before break because if we had to do finals after the end of the year I would fail,” junior Michael Pacheco said.
Spend less, enjoy more this By Jonathan Vivet holiday season Opinions Editor Beween Black Friday, Cyber Monday, half-off, and two for one discounts, Christmas has been transformed. “Christmas is the Disneyfication of Christianity,” famous English philosopher Don Cupitt once said. What is the Christmas season really even about? Cupitt hit the nail on the head. In recent years the focus of Christmas has indubitably changed to the new video game, pair of shoes, or coolest winter gadget. Materialism, especially in today’s American society, runs rampant during the holiday seasons. At every turn consumers are hit with a new marketing scheme. “The media today just shows you what they want you to buy for Christmas, but Christmas isn’t even about that,” Senior Maria Lupita Gonzalez said, “ It’s supposed to be centered around spending time with your family and the birth of Jesus.”
That’s the problem. We’ve somehow drifted towards the need for gifts. Christmas is commercialized. Every year the movie industry churns out the same stories with just a couple different facts. There’s plenty of other ways to celebrate Christmas appropriately. Instead of searching for the next big deal a few weeks prior to the 25th, spend a night helping a family in need. Many families can’t even
“The media just shows you what they want you to buy for christmas, but Christmas isn’t even about that.” - Senior Lupita Gonzalez afford a Christmas tree, let alone presents to put under it. “ I wrap presents for kids who can’t afford it,” sophmore Breana Pearsall said. “I really like to help the less fortunate
during Christmas because it actually makes you feel like your spreading Christmas spirit.” The Christmas season creates the perfect opportunity for the beginning of new family traditions. Whether you’re extended or immediate family, an annual yuletide ritual can put your Christmas over the top. “Every year my family makes tamales,” Junior Jonathan Landavazo said, “it has been the best part of Christmas for us. It’s really nice because everyone stays really late we all help my mom set up the Santa stuff for the younger kids.” These sorts of traditions can bring a family together more so than a present underneath a tree. In ten years I know I’m not going to remember what an uncle or sibling got me for Christmas. I might not even remember how that present made me feel. But I’ll always remember the joy I had spending time with them.
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Despite how weird it may sound, finals are way more logical before than after our Christmas break. But instead of being able to watch those all-time Christmas movies and celebrating the holidays, we are studying. But one thing is for sure: When we finally get out for Christmas vacation, we can enjoy our break with no stress, or school work.
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What’s your best or worst Christmas present ever?
“My worst gift was Stars Wars cookie cutters because I don’t watch Star Wars and like my cookies round.” - Annica Asilo ‘12
“My worst gift was a barbie my uncle gave me when I was six, and I cried.” -Larry Maya ‘13
“My best Christmas gift ever was a pinball machine. It was actually the first Christmas gift I remember when I was a kid. I played with for a whole entire year until it broke.” -Leonard Lacap ‘12
Operation Secret Santa
By Jatin Kumar
Many Mariner clubs, classrooms, and students have initiated a secret Santa protocol among their groups. Our very own Explorer staff had the opportunity to participate in this humble exchange of gifts. For those who do not know, secret Santa is a program where students receive a person who they must get a present for, to celebrate the Christmas spirit of giving and receiving. But what is the secret Santa agenda really about? Is it the presents or is it about the everlasting friendship and the bonding between the giver and the receiver? “I think that the secret Santa program is all about the giving,” junior Milton Liu said. “Giving is more fun and it feels nice to get to show the value of friendship in the form of a gift. Its all about the bonds of friendship that develops when people give each other presents, and recently the Interact club has had the opportunity to do just that.”
Christmas Carols Over the years, the coming of Christmas time comes with some things like the cold weather, lights that illuminate the streets, and frantic shopping. But one of the most assuring aspects that show us that the holidays are upon us, is the Christmas music that plays almost every where we go. The jolly music that we hear from the radio, music that plays as you shop, and little jingles through out our day really put people in the mindset of the holidays. Certain songs really get stuck in your head, and the Christmas tune that you heard in the car on the way to school might become the soundtrack for your day. Some may think that Christmas music can get repetitive and boring, but the fact that they only come around once a year make every opportunity to listen and sing along to them festive and jolly. The question I have for you though is, why do you listen Christmas music? For me, I listen to Christmas music to get into the festivities and spirit of the beautiful holiday. But do some of you listen for other reasons? Do you even enjoy Christmas music? What are the songs that you really love? As for me, the first songs that come into my head when I think of Christmas tunes are songs like “Dreaming of a White Christmas” or “Jingle Bells”, but those are some of the most generic Christmas songs. As I have been listening to more Christmas
Link crew and numerous clubs and people have also been participating in the secret Santa exchange as well. Senior Jasray Atwal, a member of Link crew, had a different perspective about the secret Santa program. “It is all about the receiving,” he said. “The secret Santa [program] is about the gifts and the stuff you get. I mean the friendship is nice and all, you can make friends anytime, and should not be limited to just Christmastime, but really its about what you get. I also to give as much as I receive, and its that simple act can warm the heart as much as any amount of gifts.” I think that the secret Santa exchange is a little about both. It’s about both the gifts and the friends that you make. The bonds that you make, by giving, lasts you a lifetime. And the gifts that you receive might not last you long, but the love that is put into the present stains the heart for a lifetime.
By Anton Cardenas Opinions Editor
music this season, I have heard a lot of new Christmas tunes, and I really enjoy the diversity of the music that is moving away from old classic ones. Although the new Christmas tunes may have a different swing to them, I believe that the classic Christmas songs are the ones that our grandparents opened presents to as kids. Those songs really bring out the true Christmas spirit. The music that I am talking about is the music that deviates from the new theme of receiving for the holidays. The music that I am talking about is the music that observes the happiness and warmth that is passed on from heart to heart. Songs that I also believe are true Christmas tunes are the ones that elaborate on the fantasies and stories that bloom during this time of the year. Frosty the snowman, Rudolph, and that grandma that got run over by some rain deer. Think about this as you listen to more Christmas music, what is the real reason for this season? Should the real reason be to receive and ask Santa for more gifts? Or is the reason for the season to love others and share warmth, and love others like Jesus loved us, as he is the real reason for the season.
The beginning of the end: a last look at our first semester By Matthew Ramson Staff Writer
Our parents are always telling us, “You’re going to have to start inspirational football team defied a lot of people’s expecmaking adult decisions soon.” tations by making the NCS playoffs for the first time in Well, I’m not quite ready to grow up yet, Mom. 15 long years. Seniors, this is it for us. After these finals and our last Winter “It’s really bittersweet,” senior Dania Delfino said Break, it’s time for our last semester as high schoolers. about knowing this was her senior year of sports at But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In respect to our last Moreau. “I’m excited and motivatgo-around at Moreau, let’s step back, and take a look at what ed for the season, but it’s also sad senior year has shown us so far.We start from the beginning: because I’m not going to be playing our last first day of basketball as much as I do now.” school. We all came back from summer with a new attitude. And now look at us. College application season is in full Each and every senior knew this was our swing. There are talks of where people are applying, who’s getting a scholarship, and who’s already guaranteed a seat at year to shine, and that we ruled the school.Then, the event we were all waiting for: Spirit college orientation... Week 2011. After last year’s disappointment, there was no “A lot of people choose to wait last minute, because they’re too way this was going to slip busy enjoying senior year to move on,” Rachel Velasco said. away from us. The Senior “It’s good to know you’re going to college,” Katie Frazer Sock Hop reigned supreme, (already accepted to Chico State) said. “It’s a relief knowing I’ve been accepted. It’s crazy to think that and we took the crown as Senior Rachel Velasco weighs in on the college another step of my life is going to happen,” Tommy Aiello (SF Spirit Week champions. State) said. “It feels good to finally application season. Personally, I’m scared beyond belief about college. I’m not ready to let all of the be at the top of the totem pole,” senior TJ Booker memories and friends I’ve made disappear or become distant. But change is inevitable, said. and we just have to adapt and ride the wave of life. From there, the focus shifted to the emotions of So buckle in, seniors. We don’t have a lot of time left to enjoy ourselves. athletics. Cross country came back from Hawaii, Let’s make the most of it, because five months from now, we’ll really be saying, “It’s girls’ tennis continued its dominance in HAAL play a wrap!” (although they recently fell to the faculty), and our
The magic of Kairos: A retreat that renews the soul By Josie Jayme
Photos by Fr. Tito Bonoan
while on retreat. “The most rewarding thing to see on retreat is their reactions”, senior Annica Asilo said. “That’s how we know all our hard work has paid off.” “For me, Kairos changed my life because being able to experience the Kairos magic is heartwarming”, senior Mary-Angeline Limun said. “We love them”, senior Katrina Sison said. “My personal goal is by the end of the Kairos is for these students to walk away feeling better about who they are and celebrate who they are”, Tabora said.
Seniors who went to Kairos 9 gather together for a group photo.
Holiday Hires The holiday season is a time to spend time with people you love, great food and a job? Black Friday is one of the biggest days to shop. While there were tons of students getting ready to hit the stores, there were the few getting ready to work. The holidays are a hectic time for retailers, and almost every store can use extra hands. Some Moreau students have had the opportunity of being hired during this busy shopping season. “Black Friday was actually my first day! It was crazy. There was so much going on. I was assigned to the front part of the store, so I would greet people and fold the clothes, making sure it looked presentable,” said senior Amy Moore.
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The rush of the midnight hour had begun, but it continued to stay untamable throughout the day. “People were taking complete piles of clothing, so we had to rush to prep and restock everything in a constant, fast moving cycle,” said Rachel Velasco. “It seemed like they called every employee into the store, and even that wasn’t enough to keep everything sane.” Though the shopping season is crazy, senior Jessica Marin said “working is one of the best things that has happened to me because it teaches me responsibility and how to be independent.” The role of having a job takes a lot of responsibility, “I also pay attention to the money I spend. It’s nice saving up, so I’ve learned to just put money away instead of
spending it on something I don’t need. The money I have made so far I will actually be putting towards Christmas gifts!” “I like the fact that I’m making my own money. It makes me feel more mature, knowing that I can hold down a job and handle my school work,” Velasco said.
Photo courtesy of Laurén Brown
On November 21, 2011, Moreau Catholic’s Campus Ministry Team embarked to Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park for their first Kairos retreat of the year. Known as “God’s Time”, Kairos is a three-day retreat exclusively for the senior class who are encouraged to participate as a way to escape the tension that is built up from grades, sports, and most notably, college applications. Although they are preparing for their future after graduation, the retreat is held for seniors to reflect on the time they’ve spent during their last four years in high school. Only a small group of seniors attended, giving the retreat a more intimate atmosphere so participants can grow closer together as a group. Not only is it a time to interact and share their experiences among one another, but it is also a time to discover themselves with the silent time they are given during the retreat. “Kairos is a time for one to figure out where their life is going”, campus Ministry Supervisor Ann Tabora said. “There is plenty of time for a person to find themselves on this retreat.” Campus Ministry Team’s leaders undergo a lot of training in preparation for Kairos. It includes group training to better prepare their leadership skills in time for retreat. In their training, they learn how to run a small group and how to better assist the participants when interacting with them
Laurén Brown pays a visit to Jessica Marin at Journey’s in Newpark Mall.
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“Participating in the toy drive gives me an opportunity to shop for fun gifts, and give back to my community,” said junior Sydney Cariel. This year Moreau hopes to top last year’s record and donate more than 400 toys to the Salvation Army. Students have until December 16 to bring in their gifts. With the economy being as bad as it is, families have so much to worry about and can just barely afford the necessities. Giving a child in need a toy or other gift won’t just make their Christmas special but will also make you feel great about making a difference in someone’s life.
New campus web series: day in the life at MCHS Installment 1: Christopher Baca, football player
Photos by Seth Borneman and Darrel Nielson
A few weeks ago, you may have noticed there was a camera crew following senior Christopher Baca. Several MCTV students, in collaboration with the communications department, traced the everyday events of Baca’s life. The inspiration for this day in the life video was found in a profile video of a football player for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. While the video primarily focused on the everyday interactions and classes Baca goes through, it also highlighted the excitement of spirit week and the homecoming game. This is because the film was shot on Moreau’s annual Mum Day, while this added interest to
the video it also created difficulties. Due to these difficulties, and the amount of hard work required the videos release is pending. “The fact that we had to whisper throughout the whole process made things much more difficult, especially now that we have to try to edit around some problematic areas” senior Darrell Nielsen said. The video is planned to be released onto the Moreau website in the coming weeks. The day in the life video highlighted Baca, when he was getting to school, in his classes, during lunch, at the spirit week rallies, during pregame, and at the Homecoming game. The video crew consisted of (left to right) Darrell Nielsen, Greg Spallas, Mr. Cameron Stewart from Institutional Advancment, and
By Seth Borneman News Editor
“I was filmed in order to show people what it is like to be a student-athlete at Moreau. I was filmed in the classroom, at lunch, on the field, and everywhere in between.” Baca said. That being said, while the video was focused on Baca, it was also about the Moreau community as a whole. “When we were walking through the halls we got to see all my friends, and they got to get a glimpse of everyone during breaks, classes, and passing periods” said Baca. According to the Moreau communications department, this video is planned to be one of several videos of similar theme, each focusing on a particular person.
Strength for the journey: A look inside junior retreat By Matthew Comandante
Juniors enjoying themselves at the retreat and become closer to God and their classmates. They played games, prayed together, shared personal stories, and made memories that are sure to last a lifetime.
Photos courtesy of TJ Marcelo
On November 29, a group of juniors embarked on their way to the Dominican Motherhouse for an overnight retreat. They were guided by Peter Shelley, and seniors Brittany Andres, Krissy Segismundo, Marcus Coronel, and Tyler James Marcelo. During the retreat, the participants learned how to have “strength for journey,” as well as other life lessons that they could take with them once retreat was over. “Retreat taught me that no matter how bad I can be struggling, there’s always someone who has it worse so I have to keep my head up and move forward with everything,” junior Erika Mendoza said. Just like Mendoza, all the of juniors that went on retreat were able to not only grow spiritually, but also got to know their classmates a lot better. “I got closer to be people I never really talked to, and learned that everyone has a story,” junior Andrew O’Bryan said. With having time away from the hectic life of school and extracurriculars, many found the retreat to be a breath of fresh air. “I expected it to be like normal retreats but it wasn’t at all. The retreat was really fun compared to others I’ve been on,” junior Courtney Brockman said. With one more junior retreat in the spring, all of those who haven’t already gone are highly encouraged to go. The short amount of time they have really allows them to strengthen relationships with their friends and also with God. It will give them time to really look at their lives without the distractions present in our day-to-day lives.
Moreau gets festive
Asilomar Presentation By Jaipal Kaur
Christmas decorations around Moreau
Relaxation, reflection, and rejuvenation are a few of the things one can do when visiting Asilomar Conference Grounds located in Pacific Grove along the Monterey Peninsula. During the first weekend in December, a part of this place was used for another purpose. That reason was for the annual California Mathematics Council, which was attended by teachers from around the state, including our very own Nadine Medeiros. “I love to talk to other teachers and hear what their experiences are and what they are doing in their classrooms,” Medeiros said. “There is always something that I bring back from any conference. Either I found something I want to try in my classroom or I get an idea for something.” Each of the presenters brought a different element to the conferences. Medeiros talked about how she discussed teaching geometry in the 21st century, and how using technology supports Geometry instruction in a balanced and interactive way. She continued her presentation with going further in depth with the things she uses in her classroom like patty paper activities, sketchpad investigations, Wiki projects, and a google site resource page. Along with sharing ideas, the teachers and educators essentially helped each other in building their own math programs. “The feedback I got from the teachers who attended made me feel validated as a teacher. People asking questions made me feel like I was able to help them help their students understand Geometry better,” Medeiros said. The sessions are led by teachers and other educators providing the people within the conference valuable information. Their discussions ranged from new lessons and ideas for the classroom, to the latest mathematics education news. Everyone involved shared and took away something that will help them better their teaching methods. “You find out what’s being done by talking to people who are teaching the same subject matter as you [but] in a different way,” math teacher Peter Peabody said. “It opens your eyes to a much bigger world.” Having to talk to many people, especially when you have never met them before can be a difficult task, but Medeiros talked about how in the end it turned out well. “I was a bit nervous because the conference is a big deal, but I was very excited,” Medeiros said. “It’s not everyday you get a chance to share what you are doing with other professionals, and now that I’ve done it, I’m very happy with the way it turned out and I think it was well received.” Images courtesy of Google
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By Anton Cardenas
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the halls of Moreau Catholic. Classroom doors are being adorned with lights, paper, ornaments and other holiday trimming. In the past, many teachers and faculty decorated their doors around campus in a competition to see whose door was the most festive and creative. From simple tinsels and paper decorations, to full on fireplaces, the decorations for doors were very creative. The feeling that is made with these doors go right along side sitting by the fire at home with a nice warm drink, a lavishing blanket, and maybe a loving dog on your lap. In other words, it feels very homey. This year, a select group of judges will go around the halls and judge the artistic merits and holiday spirit on display.
The holiday scene in the main office always attracts attention. The holiday door competion runs Dec. 12-16. An early entrant emerged in A-Hall last week. I walked through A Hall asking different teachers about Mr. Baptist and the “fireplace scene” in A06. “I love it. He went all out and even has Christmas pictures on there!” Spanish teacher Mrs. Patterson said. “I had no time to buy decorations, so he automatically wins the competition.” Patterson’s decorations this far are minimal, but she contributed to Baptist’s door by adding a holiday plant. “I love it also,” World History
The library puts up this 13-foot tree every year. teacher in A11 Fr. Bruce Cecil said. “Maybe I’ll compete! But his decorations go over the top.” “That door sets the bar high,” French and Spanish teacher, Mrs. Audrey Schroeder said. But there’s room for possible improvements. “One thing I would add, though, is maybe an automatic hot chocolate maker. That would be amazing,” Schroeder said.
English teacher Dave Baptist made the whole A hall festive with his decorations.
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Why so S.A.D.? We are in the midst of transitioning seasons. The air distills to its cooler counterpart, the birds fly south, and the streets flood with shoppers. But the weather isn’t the only thing that’s changing. 6% of American adults and teens experience a difference in behavior around wintertime. What is this phenomenon that effects people aged 15-55 during this stint in time? “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), it’s a temporary type of depression that is tied to the seasons,” psychology teacher Coleen Galloway said. “Symptoms range from nonsocial behavior to overeating, and is usually caused by the weather in cooler seasons.” SAD seems to occur around the cooler seasons in teens and the younger spectrum. And through the years, if untreated, could develop into a more habitual form reappearing every year as the air changes to its colder colleague. Some other symptoms of SAD include an increase in sleep, an escalation in cravings for carbs, a loss of interest in daily activities, or even a sudden change in moods. It can sometimes be hard to distinguish between regular non-seasonal depression and SAD. However some ways to find out whether you have SAD is to record your depressions over a period of three years, and find out whether you have the same type of symptoms corresponding to the time of the year. Treating yourself or someone who has SAD can be a daunting task. “It’s a good thing to talk and socialize with someone diagnosed with SAD. Little things like this could help them envelope out of their depression. Usually patients with SAD like to stay at home and seclude themselves from the world, so it’s essential
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for them to go outside, take a breathe of fresh air and bask in some in sunshine,” Galloway said. According to WebMD, psychologists and doctors often prescribe two types of treatments for the depression in the form of light therapy. The first treatment is known as bright light treatment, and for this treatment, you sit in front of a “light box” for half an hour to hallucinate the brain into picturing a morning. Next comes the Dawn Simulation, similar to the “light box,” a dim light illuminates while you sleep to simulate a sunrise. And through these two treatments the patient experiences a feeling of spring that usually causes them to oust their depression.
But the most uncertain aspect of this depression is the cause. Doctors and experts still have not found out the true trigger causing the depression. A more primary deduction of the cause originates inside the brain. “SAD is somehow triggered by the brain’s response to a decrease in daylight exposure,” according to Kidshealth.org, “current theories about what causes SAD focus on the role that sunlight might play in the brain’s production of key chemicals.” SAD affects thousands of people each year, and is growing in our society. So if you feel that you have symptoms like these, take a walk, get chatty, read a book, anything at all to get through this winter.
Seasonal affective disorder affects 1 in 25 teens in America. The problem is not new, but the rates of occurence seem to be increasing.
community and to make a difference,” senior Karina Sanchez said. They spent weeks researching information ranging from finding grants that would help cover the cost of the projects to finding the benefits that their plans would bring about. Feeling confident about their work, the students broke into three groups and presented their proposals. “With students making this project, leaders such as our principal and AP’s see the work that we have done. They are able to feel how students feel, because they made the project,” senior Carlos Briones said. “I am really optimistic about the proposals getting passed because we were well prepared for our presentations,” senior Richard L’Heureux said. “Overall, I think that [the proposal] was a great and successful project. There was a lot of stress while making the project, but we pulled through it,” Briones said. But the proposal is just the first step in a detailed process. This project not only improves our school and community, but it also benefits the many who participated in it. “[Administration] likes our ideas,” Sanchez said. “And now we need to the actual process of designing, funding and organizing the project.” Researching possible sources of revenue and other logistical concerns are a shared responsibility of students and administration alike. “This isn’t going to get done in a week,” Sanchez said. “But over time, it will be completed.”
How to handle yourself and your business this holiday season
By Kathy Parra
Photo Courtesy of Matthew Ramson/ The Explorer
Junior Michael Pacheco stresses out during the holiday season because of all the end of the semester tests that are coming up.
For many girls, putting makeup on in the morning is like drinking coffee—you can’t get through the day without it. Sure, cosmetics are used to beautify their appearance, but there are benefits that lipgloss and mascara can “make up” other than your face. Makeup has the power to help highlight a woman’s facial features like the eyes or lips, to bring more attention to those areas. As it has the power to enhance one’s features, it acts as a shield against blemishes and other unwelcomed marks one may not want a person to notice or focus on while interacting with them. Products like concealer and powder can instantly make one’s skin more even in tone and color. According to fashion.arts.ac.uk, students at London College of Fashion conducted a study that
last minute or try to pull ‘all nighters,’” math teacher Jeffrey Stone said. “Over the weekend, I usually spend about an hour or 2 studying for finals,” junior Olivia Hanna said.
Do not try to do everything at the last minute or try to pull “all nighters” -- Mr. Jeffrey Stone “I’m not that confident when it comes to finals,” junior Ashley Lim said. Maybe students shouldn’t be
so concerned, “to manage stress during finals week, remember that grades are not a reflection of you as a person. They are a measure of your work, not you,” Stone said. With all the stores having huge sales, it can be hard to juggle shopping with schoolwork. “I usually do my Christmas shopping after finals,” Hanna said. Christmas isn’t all about the presents, it’s a season of giving; to be generous and help out the people and families who really need it. Finals can be overwhelming, but you shouldn’t worry too much this season, just take a deep breath, relax, and have yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate.
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Managing stress over the holidays Finals. Christmas shopping. Presents. The holidays are supposed to be the perfect time to gather with family and friends, to be happy and joyful over the holiday season. Instead, many people end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed. With finals quickly approaching, students often become worried about how they will do on their semester final exams. Here’s some advice to help you be more organized during the week of finals. “To prepare for finals, students should schedule their study time. Do not try to do everything at the
By Josie Jayme News Editor
discovered 85 percent of women believe they are in a better mood when they wear makeup. “The reason women feel better with makeup is that they feel they fit in better with society.” Women’s issues psychologist Roseann Woodka said [chicagofashionandbeautyjunkie.com]. An optimistic mood can make a woman’s selfesteem boost, making them feel more empowered to get through their day. Dr. Patricia Pineau, director of research communications at L’Oreal, claims the studies done by the makeup company found women who wear makeup had better posture than those who didn’t, proving one’s posture can improve when their confidence improves. With makeup, not only do you enhance your already pretty face, but enhance yourself as a person.
Seniors Michelle Popelka and Lauren Pagtaconan put on makeup everyday and explain the benefits about applying mascara and other makeup on a daily basis
liday Album Review A&E
Must have albums of this winter season
By: Elise Reyes Staff Writer
Talk That Talk - Rihanna Rihanna’s upbeat sixth studio album, Talk That Talk, is infused with catchy lyrics and danceable beats that will be sure to have you singing and moving along. Among the 11 tracks, popular songs include “You Da One” and the title track featuring Jay-Z. If you’re a free-spirited person who loves to have a good time and blast fun music, this album is for you!
Take Care - Drake
Christmas - Michael Bublé
“October’s Very Own” Drake is back with Take Care, his second studio release within the last two years. With a more mellow and soft-spoken vibe, Drake brings out his versatility and shows that he can alternate his hard-hitting verses with more personal and sentimental songs. Take Care includes the ever so popular track Marvin’s Room and an array of featured artists like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Stevie Wonder. It’s definitely living up to the hype!
Nail the Look
Tips & tricks for perfect nails By: Katy Carscadden Staff Writer Need nails to dry fast?
Michael Bublé’s soothing, soulful voice brings holiday cheer in his latest studio release aptly titled Christmas. Covering holiday favorites like It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Jingle Bells, Santa Baby, and many more, Bublé brings the pleasant sounds of the holidays early. So when you’re sipping hot cocoa and lounging around the Christmas tree, set the mood by listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas!
Under The Mistletoe - Justin Bieber
Pop sensation Justin Bieber takes his talents to a new level with his first Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. Filled with original songs and contemporary renditions of classics like Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and Silent Night, Bieber brings a new, refreshing meaning to the standard Christmas album.
Seeing Ourselves and Others:
A Look At Portraiture
Located in the Br. Stephen Walsh Memorial Gallery
Swipe on your polish, then put a drop of vegetable oil on your nails and it dries them in an instant. Desire whiter nails? Use this home recipe: 1 tablespoon peroxide 2 tablespoons of baking soda Let this sit on your nails for five minutes and voila! Whiter nails. Want quick designs? Put rubbing alcohol on your nails. Next apply scrapbook paper with your choice of design and apply pressure.
Design transfers straight onto your nails. Hate getting nail polish on your skin? Apply vaseline with a paint brush around your nails before polishing. Mistakes can be wiped off when your nails are completely dry & cuticles will soften at the same time. Everyone likes soft cuticles.
“Having everyone see my art really motivates me to pursue my art career.” -Mary Rodiriguez ‘14
“My art being shown publically makes me feel amazing and accomplished.” -Ryan Nguyen ‘12
MCHS Employee of the month By Michael Tacchella Staff Writer
Chris Ragasa: Coordinator of fun
Q: If you could do something different at your job, what would it be? A: I wish I wasn’t restricted to a single department. For example, GameZone Technicians aren’t allowed to work at Sales or in Kitchen. Q: What’s your favorite part of working at Bounce-arama? A: I love working with the kids. Watching the way they act around arcade games and inflatable bouncers reminds me of how I used to be like them. In a way, I see myself through these kids and that makes my job a lot more exciting.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve had to experience while on the job? A: I remember working as a supervisor for one of the inflatables. I had to make sure everyone that wanted to ride was at least 42 inches. A short little girl, too young to understand that she wasn’t tall enough to ride, kept trying to get past me by crawling under my legs. She somehow got past me as I looked away for a split second and climbed to the top of the slide. She randomly started acting like a lion and roared at the other kids. It was really funny!
Q: What does your job primarily consist of? A: During my 8 hour shifts, I primarily work with any technical issues involving the machines in GameZone. I have a large array of duties: fixing ‘Ticket Eater’ machines, arcade games, restocking inventory at the Redemption booth and ultimately making sure the customers are satisfied.
Much ado about production
By Michael Tacchella Staff Writer
I learn in this letter that Don Peter of Arragon comes this night to Messina. The line of the play Much Ado About Nothing that sets the play into motion and this year, the line that indicates the beginning of our annual fall production. Each year, the Moreau Catholic performing arts department puts together a play in the fall and a musical in the spring of varying writers and genres. This year, the department has chosen to perform William Shakespeare’s popular play Much Ado About Nothing, a comedy about two war heroes and their pursuit of the woman they both love. “This is our 4th time doing Shakespeare, and it amazes me how difficult it is in so many ways. There are always hard times understanding the context of the script. It’s so much work yet the kids make it look so easy it astounds me,” drama teacher Arlene Hood said. After auditions, the crew jumped into practicing for their approaching play. When we think of the crew, we typically think primarily of the actors who are the ones we’re focused on while sitting in the new chairs in Teves theatre. However, among the actors are the tech, makeup, and props people who are responsible for all the other little details that make the show so great. “Tech crew is as crucial to the production as the actors, set designers, or director are. A production is a group effort; if for some reason that none of the actors were not there to be in a certain night’s showing, we would have to cancel the show. This is the same for crew, because without the quick changes, light, and sound cues we would have quite a bland play,” said sophomore Chris Castro. The work of all the actors, tech people, makeup and costume designers, and the director of course all come together to create a show where the hard work everybody has had to do truly pays off. All this hard work creates a real bond between everybody Photo credits to Christine Kosmicki and the fall play turns into both a performance and a bonding experience. “It was fun to work with everyone and it’s always fun. It’s stressful at times but the thing that makes it all worth while are the people you meet in theatre. We all help each other out and by the end of each show we are practically family. Everyone is close and accepting of each other and there is always room for our theatre family to grow so don’t be afraid to audition for the spring musical,” said senior Miguel Angeles.
Christmas movie previews
By Jon Vivet Staff Writer
Elf: A Vibrant and quirky film, Will Ferrell brings holiday cheer to life in Elf. This tale centers around Will Ferrel’s character seeking his real father in New York city and adapting to his new surroundings. From candy spaghetti, to a sleigh with an engine, Elf puts an original spin on the Christmas genre. Home Alone: Directed by Chris Columbus, Home Alone is one of the most well known Christmas movies in America where eight year old Kevin Mcallister is left at home alone and deals with a duo of burglars. Full of laughs and heartfelt moments, Home Alone sets itself apart as an first-rate Christmas flick.
A Christmas Story: Centered around little Ralphie Parker in the 1940 and his incredible Christmas, A Christmas Story creates a nostalgic annual classic. Touching and funny, director Bob Clark delivers a timeless movie ready to be unwrapped Christmas Day.
Nightmare Before Christmas: Tim Burton creates a wonderful, holiday confused animation with The Nightmare Before Christmas. King of Ghouls, Jack Skellington, attempts to take charge of Christmas. Superb stop action animation and catchy musical numbers creates another Disney Classic.
The Santa Clause: The Santa Clause is about the accidental death of Santa caused by bad footing on a snowy roof. The movie then follows Tim Allen, who has to take over Kringle’s responsibilities and learns to love the job. Although it’s the beginning of a drawn out series, The Santa Clause offers fun for the whole family.
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Hoops on the road
By Karanvir Singh Staff Writer
“I was not part of the varsity team last year and so the trip was a good bonding opportunity for me”-David Radich ‘12
Fall Athletes in the Winter
Players have different schedules after season
“We wanted to make sure that we came out strong and didn’t have any slow starts. I would say we accomplishied that!” - Shahin Marzband ‘12
Unlocked: NBA Lockout comes to an end. By Athenie Galvez Editor in Chief
By Seth Borneman Staff Writer With the end of the season, Mariner fall athletes found them selves forced into temporary, or permanent, retirement. With all of this new found free time, Mariner athletes are doing all sorts of things to keep busy. Fall athletes now have a few extra hours every afternoon now to do whatever they used to have to do after practice. Some take it as an opportunity to bring up their grades. “I’ve been really dedicated to school now that football is over. With all of the extra time I can study for my classes way more than during season” junior Matthew Linzmeyer said. Some take it as an opportunity for socialization. “After school I have a lot more time for friends, and I can actually talk to people now that I don’t have to rush to practice right after school” junior Kelsen Adeni said. The end of the fall season is toughest for senior athletes, knowing there is no guaranteed next season. “I feel like there is nothing to do after school, football was my life and when the season ended. Life changed, it doesn’t feel quite right, and it’ll
Photos courtesy of Frank Knight
On Thanksgiving, a couple weeks ago, we all gathered around our loved ones making great memories together. However, Moreau’s Varsity Boy’s Basketball team had a different Thanksgiving schedule. They were in Arizona playing five other high schools in intense tournament games. With the long, hard practices, the players won a triumphant defeat over Santa Rita High School. “We played as a team that game,” senior David Radich said. “The players on the court gave their 100 percent while the players on the bench cheered them on every single play.” “We had more energy and we came out excited because it was our first real game,” sophomore Wyatt Carscadden said. “Our basketball team is a family on its After crushing Santa Rita with a 13-point lead, the next three games own so we did have a family to be with followed with losses by only a couple points. “Rincon High School was the hardest loss, emotionally, because for thanksgiving dinner” we gave up the seventeen point lead we had up to the fourth quarter,” -Wyatt Carscadden ‘14 senior Anmol Singh said. The score was tied with a minute left and junior Parth Radia made a lay-up putting the team up by one point. “In the last 10 seconds, Rincon scored and they won by one point” Salpointe Catholic, the host team who ranked 23rd in the state of Arizona, also won by a small margin: three points. “They were all giants so they used their height to their advantage,” said Radich. “However, we were the quicker team so we should have won that game. [The score] was close the entire time.” The only big loss was against Ignatius High School. TJ Booker was the leading scorer with a total 75 points, and Joe Calub made 8 threepointers without missing a single one. Even so, the final score ended with Moreau losing by 32 points. Although this was a disappointing loss, they left Arizona with great new memories and friendships. “It was great kicking it with the guys at the hotel,” said Carscadden. “We played tons of nerf gun wars and charades.” “There was tons of team bonding,” said Singh. “I’m so thankful for this experience because it wouldn’t have been the same at home.” The players are now back from Tucson and once again working hard for the rest of the season. “Now all we have to do is work this on to the end,” senior Shahin Marzband said.
never be the same.” senior Sean Regner said. “There’s nothing after school now, no running, no hitting, no practice, I’ll just go home, do homework, and relax. It’s nice, but I’ll definitely miss my last year of football” senior Jacob Donida said. However, some seniors have a lot to keep busy with. “Since volleyball ended I have more time for the friends that we neglected during the season. Also, I can study a lot more, school keeps me going” said senior Asha Smith. Fall athletes that also take part in Winter athletics likely had the least free time, considering some sports even overlap. “It stinks to not be playing football anymore, but it is exciting to be starting up a new sport. I will always miss the sport that I get done with, but there is always that excitement of doing your next sport. But my day is ordered differently because football practice was from 3-6 and now basketball goes from 5-7. So I have to do most of my homework before practice” senior Christopher Baca said.
Merry Christmas, basketball fans. Starting December 25, the NBA season will be finally be underway. Bring out your Warriors jerseys and rally caps because the basketball is back. “Now that the lockout is finally over, I can go to Warrior games again,” senior Sean Regner said. “I’m really happy to have the NBA back in my life.” An agreement was reached between the NBA and NBPA on November 26, ending the 161-day lockout. During the final press conference, Commissioner David Stern announced that the owners and players had ratified a new collective bargaining agreement, which was the final step to ending the lockout. According to OregonLive.com, “The 10-year deal promises owners savings of perhaps a quarter billion dollars a year but largely leaves intact the soft salary cap system that the players fought hard to maintain.” This agreement paved the way for training camps and free agency to open the following day. Since then, multiple trades have been discussed and finalized. Though nothing is set in stone, the preliminary stages of the NBA season is well underway. “I’m excited to see the new players the Golden State Warriors are going to pick up. I really just wanna go out and support my team,” junior Rigo Carvajal said. With the NBA’s new and improved revenue sharing program, Stern assures the fans that the league will witness huge improvement in the coming years. This season will only consist of 66 games instead of the usual 82, but even with the shorter season fans are still excited for what’s to come. “I doesn’t really matter to me that there aren’t going to be as many games as before as long as there’s still a season to watch,” sophomore Trevor Brown said. “Sixty-six games is still plenty of NBA for me.”
ATHLETES OF THE MONTH Eric Padilla
Q: What’s on your pregame playlist? A: I usually listen to Salsa music before my games.
Q: What’s on your pregame playlist? A: Haley Joly and I sing “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry.
Varsity Girl’s Basketball
Varsity Boy’s Soccer
Q: Do you have any good luck charms? A: I have a pair of lucky cleats that I wear for every game.
Q: Do you have any good luck charms? A: Sometimes I drink Jamba Juice before games.
Q: What are your goals for this season? A: I want to either win or tie every game this season. No losses.
Q: What are your goals for this season? A: I hope to help the seniors have a good final year.
Varsity Boy’s Basketball
Q: What’s on your pregame playlist? A: I usually listen to Tyga, Drake, Wale, Big Sean, and J.Cole before my games.
Varsity Girl’s Soccer
Q: What’s on your pregame playlist? A: I listen to loud upbeat Banda and sometimes even some Beyonce or Keyshia Cole.
Q: Do you have any good luck charms? Q: What soccer player do you look up to? A: If I feel like I’ve been playing bad for a few days, I wear my favorite pair of basketball A: I admire Andrés Guardado on the Mexico club team. He has ridiculous goals. socks the next game or practice. Q: What are your goals for this season? A: My main goal for this season is to just play confident and to have a successful season.
Behind the shield... who is Mariner Man By Michael Tacchella Arts & Entertainment
By day, James Carroll. By night, Mariner man. As many around campus know, Mariner man was invented in the junior’s spirit week skit as the super hero protagonist. But, I’m sure many of us didn’t expect for his superhero double to be out at the football games bringing hope to the game goers. While he may seem like just a regular guy in tights and a costume, he also has some key superpowers that add to the fun of the football games. “I can orchestrate clutch plays and do high kicks with cheerleaders,” junior James Carroll said. After his comedic heroics and great spirit at the homecoming game, he just had to make an appearance at the last home game. Fortunately the team won both games. Coincidence? I think not. “The fans have been really good about interacting when I call out cheers. One of my main goals is to show everyone that they don’t need an over the top costume to go crazy in the stands. I’ve definitely seen a positive change in spirit” Carroll said. Thank you Mariner man, you have saved the hope of your fellow Mariners and brought entertainment to the people.
Q. What are your goals for this season? A. I hope to make it to NCS for my last high school season.
Senior recruits take it to the next level By Karra Gardin
Seniors Jessica Marin and Carlos Briones are honored in a signing ceremony on Monday, December 12 in the Ivaldi Student Center.
It was September 1, 2010 that Carlos Briones made his first unofficial visit to Santa Clara University. A mere 10 months later, Briones was offered a full ride scholarship and officially become a member of the Bronco’s golf team on December 12, 2011. “This is the type of recognition he deserves,” teammate Kevin Murray said. To many people around campus, Briones is known as the golf star. Winning the SF City Golf Championship as a freshman and representing the Moreau golf team at NCS, Norcal, and State competitions, it is no surprise that he is recognized for his talent. “We knew from frosh year that Carlos had all it took to be a college athlete,” Athletic Director Christine Krisman said. Nonetheless, with many coaches interested in Briones, the recruiting process was no walk in the park. As many senior athletes know, the college recruitment process can be stressful. “The recruiting process is a two way street. The college has to want you, but you also have to want the college,” Krisman said. But, what separates Briones from most other recruits is his determination. “He’s been working for this his whole life. Ever since he was seven, he’s been practicing all the time,” Murray said. Even during practices on the range, Briones will take breaks hitting balls and help other players on their swing. “His work ethic has been a model of inspiration for the entire squad,” coach Don Morneau said. And, with his final season as a Mariner just around the corner, it is no surprise that Briones has high hopes for the team. “We are ready to have a breakout season and have as much or even more success than we had for the past two years,” senior Carlos Briones said. Even with these expectations, however, Briones prepares for a bittersweet spring as this is his last year as a member of the Moreau boy’s golf team. “The past four years have been with people that I have made close relationships with and will never be forgotten,”
Volleyball, Soccer, or Softball? For the past three years, this was the question senior Jessica Marin has had to ask herself. On December 12, Marin made her decision. Jessica Marin signed to the Academy of Art with a partial scholarship for softball. Throughout her life, Marin has been a tri-athlete, competitively competing in volleyball, soccer, and softball. For her, there is no such thing as an off-season. The end of one sport brings the start of anew. However, it wasn’t until after sophomore year that she discovered her passion for softball was stronger than it was for her other two sports. “Softball is my getaway and I’m just happy to be playing it on a profes sional level in college,” senior Jessica Marin said. By junior year, Marin began to pursue her dream of playing softball on the collegiate level. She contacted various coaches and was invited to camps, open houses, and practices. Among these colleges was the Academy of Art. “I contacted [the coach] with my information and her recruiter was able to make it out to one of my games.” “That’s when it all started,” Marin said. Proceeding the initial contact, Marin was invited to practice with the Academy of Art team and based on her performance was offered the scholarship. “She will bring a great talent, passion and skill to the team and I expect her to be one of the leaders on the team by her sophomore year,” Athletic director Christine Krisman said. And, with the stress of college applications and acceptances gone, Marin is is excited for the transition from high school to college athletics. Howe ver, like any incoming freshman, she is prepared for the challenge of earning her spot on the team. “College softball will be my life once I go, and the commitment will have to be increased on my part to catch up to everyone’s level,” Marin said. But, with her role as a leader on Moreau’s softball team, her teammates are confident that this will be an easy transition. “She is always having fun and makes the team relaxed but knows when to focus and get things done,” teammate Cassidy Lyon said. As her final season on the Moreau team approaches, Marin hopes to continue the softball team’s tradition of making it to NCS. “I’m hoping that we all are able to come together with all the talent we have and use it to succeed,” Marin said.