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The Bull’s Eye WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013

Volume XXXI, Issue VIII | ONLINE at | Published Monthly

Girls’ League recognizes scholars

APES classes envision and promote eco-friendly changes

The club gave away seven scholarships to outstanding senior applicants.

The three APES periods focused on a specific project for the end of the year.



For the ninth annual Girls’ League of Diamond Bar High School Merit Scholarship Award, the school club awarded $1,500 to seven graduating seniors. Five seniors Joshua Chen, Genevieve Cheung, Kayla Norys, Udori Okwandu, and Jennifer Wang were each given $100, while two seniors Jocelyn Hsu and Justin Park were each given $500. Each applicant had to go through an application and interview process with the advisor of Girls’ League, Lisa Pacheco, during the first week of May. “This year the applicants were all very stellar individuals and it was very difficult to make a decision. I literally had to sleep on my decision overnight. They were all merit worthy candidates, and I wish we had more money to give away so that we could acknowledge them all,” Pacheco stated. Girls’ League was looking for ideal candidates who were truly

In efforts to raise awareness and encourage students to take steps in preserving the environment, the three AP Environmental Science classes of Angela Jensvold and Greg Valor each constructed a project pertaining to an issue they felt passionate about and wished to address. Their efforts culminated in rallies during the weeks of April 29 and May 6. Valor’s first period APES class presented its project, Put a Cell on It, on May 10. The group’s goal was to encourage the school to place solar panels on the various lamps around campus, enabling the lights to stay on at all times. The rally included a presentation of the topic as well as an activity to encourage student participation. “We noticed that the outside lamps in the parking lot and school lights cost us a lot of money and also turn off after a certain time in the evening. We thought that if we put solar cells on the lamps, it would enable the lights to stay on throughout the night, promoting a



THROW IN A CHANGE - Students participate in a lunch time activity at the APES rally, Put a Cell on It, on May 10. safer environment and also cutting the cost by half,” stated President of the project senior Jason Chen. The bRight Light rally, held by Valor’s fourth period APES class on May 9, promoted the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs. The event opened with an activity involving a piñata shaped like an incandescent light bulb, followed

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by various musical performances. “[Our class] chose to do this project because it was something that could be implemented relatively quickly, since it is not as expensive as solar energy. Changing the lights [at school] would save a lot of money and also help the environment,” shared bRight Light President senior Nyla Simjee.

Senior Class Commitee prepared various activities and events to wrap up the year.



As the school year comes to an end, many seniors are transitioning to the next chapter of their lives. This year, seven exceptional students, Jason Chen, Sarah Cho, Irene Jeon, Jennifer Lim, Chris Park, Udodiri Okwandu, and Hoi Wong will attend Ivy League colleges, proving that hard work and dedication can accomplish great things. Jason Chen, who received an early acceptance to Princeton University, is planning to major in finance and economics. After obtaining a degree at Princeton, Chen hopes to continue to a business school and earn his Master of Business Administration. Chen is thankful for his time here at DBHS, especially for his golf team, who had been his

As the graduation date approaches, the senior Class Committee prepares to memorably wrap up the four years of Diamond Bar High School’s 2013 class. Senior Week, from May 24 to May 30, consists of various activities planned to celebrate high school careers. Senior Week kicks off with the Senior Breakfast held at Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Friday. The Disneyland-themed breakfast will include a professional hypnotist show and student talent performances. In addition to a breakfast buffet and entertainment, the event will also feature a gag awards presentation recognizing accomplished students. Unlike previous years, Grad Night will begin right after the Se-


“second family” throughout his high school years. Sarah Cho will be attending University of Pennsylvania with a major in English Literature. She intends to change her field of study in the future to branch out and explore her options. She aspires to study criminal law, forensic or clinical psychology, or law enforcement. Cho is excited not only for the great educational reputation

the school has, but also the social environment of the big city school. “It feels sort of surreal because I don’t think I, myself, realized how hard I worked until I finally saw the fruits of my labors. To be honest, there were times that I almost pulled my hair out and felt like sobbing like a baby, but there

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Seniors prepare for end of the year

Seven seniors committed to various Ivy League schools in the past month.

COLLEGE BOUND - Seniors Sarah Cho, Chris Park, Jason Chen, Hoi Wong, Udodiri Okwandu (left to right) are five of the seven Ivy League students.

Sophomore Sabrina Liang is the president of Jensvold’s third period APES class, whose goal was to promote water conservation. Audience members were treated to a performance of Jack Johnson’s “the 3 R’s” during the rally on April

nior Breakfast. Students will board buses to Disneyland at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon and stay until 3 a.m. the next morning. Filled with fun rides, California Adventures will be locked down on May 24 exclusively for the seniors. “Planning all the events for senior week was really nostalgic. It finally dawned on me that the end is almost here,” Class Committee officer Priscilla Tu explained. The Senior Picnic will be held in the lower field on May 28. The water-themed event will proceed with water balloon and water gun wars. Besides waterslides and photo stations, seniors will also be free to enjoy shaved ice, cotton candy, as well as burgers from an In-N-Out truck. The week celebrating seniors’ high school achievements closes off with the graduation ceremony—where DBHS seniors bid their farewells to fellow Brahmas. Class committee ordered flowers and balloons to garment the football field in honor of seniors transitioning to their next stage in life. The ceremony will end with the traditional fireworks and release of white doves, signifying that every senior’s end is only the beginning.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013


DBotics team ranks high in regionals Senior Column

The team, consisted of 23 members, made two different robots for the competition. BY GLORIA KIM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


Write, write as fast as you can. You can’t stop me, only the ticking clock can. This may be a rather unorthodox way to express a multitude of clichés that try to explain the phenomenon of life. Though I did make this up in an attempt to relate something to my experience in Journalism II, I also feel that this phrase reveals a little bit more about me than any other vague clichéd phrase possible could. Ever since I was a child, my father drilled me to write journal after journals. Usually, I made up stories that, now that I think about it, really held no significance and did not help me improve my writing at all. My father was far from proficient at writing English, so he could not really judge my writing accurately. Since I was an ignorant and easily influenced child, I thought, to put it simply, I was good at writing. Though it is not modest or inaccurate to say that I was a prolific writer, I was not exactly the most influential writer in my grade—ever, even after changing schools about 4 times before I hit middle school. It was quite a shocker when teachers started to take creative writing a bit more seriously in middle school. I remember getting a C once and I completely freaked out. Talk about a wake up call. I had no idea that I was so inadequate at writing. I was the type of person who surrounded herself with positive, yet not very sincere friends. They told me that I wrote wonderfully—well they lied and it hurt me more than it would have hurt if they just told me the truth from the start. This actually caused me to stop writing. It is a strange feeling to say that what you once loved can no longer be a part of your life. When I registered for classes my freshman year, I had no idea what to choose for an extracurricular. But my eyes were naturally drawn to the glowing letters of “Journalism I”. I was not from the Walnut Valley District and had no idea what to expect from any of the classes that I carelessly chose. However, I knew that journalism had to do with writing, which is what, I felt, was the only possible skill that I could aim to improve because all my other skills were lost causes. I must say that this decision basically saved my high school life. If I am a loser now, then I would have been more than that if I had not chosen to partake in Journalism. We all need to feel like we belong to something bigger than ourselves to feel secure—to feel needed. Journalism is where I found that feeling. Anyone would be fortunate to feel this way. I will admit that nothing was really perfect or how I imagined it, but it was sufficient. And, I am actually proud of that. As I prepare to graduate, I promise to not fool myself into believing that my graduation is a beginning to the rest of my life. Every day is a chance for me to start all over again. I do not want myself to fall victim to the idea that I can do something next year. Instead, I want to get myself accustomed the idea that I can do it in the now. I am not quite sure what this arrangement of 26 letters really means for anyone beside myself, but I hope that you, the person reading this, can take something away from this. Thank you to everyone who stood by my side. And thank you for reading this. Goodbye, Holly Liu

Despite being inactive for one whole year, Diamond Bar High School’s robotics team of 23 members re-formed as DBotics this year and ranked 11th at the Las Vegas regional robotics competitions last month. DBotics’ entirely studentbuilt robots, as opposed to rivaling teams’ that received professional help from their mentors, made this feat an especially outstanding one. This was the school’s second year entering a robotics competition. After the 2011 team, Sprocket, won the Los Angeles regional competition and entered the world championships, the DBHS robotics team disbanded due to multiple issues and could not form again in 2012. Finally at the beginning of this year, the former members of the Sprocket were able to put the team together. The regional competition that DBotics entered was held at Cash-


TECH IT TO THE TOP - DBotics members prepare their robot for competition. men Center, Las Vegas from April 4 to 6. Each competition lasted three days with over 80 participating teams. Each group was given exactly six weeks to construct a robot that could operate within specified game details. This year’s game, called “Ultimate Ascent,” required robots to shoot Frisbee discs into goals located at the opposite end of the field to score. For bonus points, the robots had to climb a jungle-gym-like pyramid. Only four members of each team

District announces new superintendent BY JOY CHOW NEWS EDITOR

The Walnut Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees officially announced Robert Taylor as the new superintendent at a board meeting on May 15. Beginning his new superintendent duties on July 1, Taylor is currently the deputy superintendent of the Corona-Norco Unified School District. “I’m excited [and] humbled to have this opportunity to work with fantastic people and such an outstanding district. The reputation of Walnut Valley speaks for itself,” Taylor commented. Taylor started his administrative career as part of the YucaipaCalimesa Joint Unified School

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The Ivy League students chose their schools based on what they had to offer. were a whole lot more times when I slacked off and didn’t do that much,” Cho commented. Located on the other end of the country, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York will be a new home for a few Brahmas. One of these students is Irene Jeon, who plans to major in psychology. She has always lived by the motto: “study hard, play hard,” which she will continue to follow by performing well in school, while having fun. Another future Cornell student, Jennifer Lim hopes to become a surgeon. She is thankful for her friends who helped her through the stressful years in high school and is looking forward to the cold New York climate. Chris Park, who is also attending Cornell, aspires to work in the medical field and become a doctor. His goal is to become more active in hospital-related activities and maintain a good GPA, all while meeting new people and having fun. Fellow Ivy League student Udodiri Okwandu will be attending

District; he has a wide range of experience, having worked as a director, principal, assistant principal, and teacher. He has a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in educational administration, and a doctorate in educational leadership. “I’m going into a district that has a long, strong reputation for student achievement, that puts kids first and produces high results in the classroom,” Taylor said. The Walnut Valley Unified School District former superintendent for the past three years, Dean Conklin, 57, will be leaving the district on June 30. Conklin spent 12 years as WVUSD assistant superintendent before moving to Duarte for five years as the Duarte Unified School District superintendent. Afterwards, he returned to Walnut and worked as superintendent. Harvard University with a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. She is also hoping to aid those who are underrepresented or economically deprived of healthcare. Okwandu defines her time in high school as a period in which she was able to push herself to excel in rigorous courses and participate in activities she was passionate about, such as track. “I chose Harvard because of the vast opportunities that it has to offer. I look forward to taking part in the tradition at the university. It’s also a beautiful place and resembles Hogwarts, which is always a plus. It is not only academically strong but also community-orientated and will provide me with vast alumni networking in the future,” Okwandu stated. Hoi Wong will be attending Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, studying economics. Wong admires the eclectic group of people in Dartmouth and is confident that Dartmouth will allow him to grow as an individual by meeting new people. “I think my biggest attribution to getting into college isn’t really academics and the activities itself.... It’s the whole package that includes my unique story, my unique personality, and my unique drive that really got me to where I am now,” Wong stated.

are allowed to participate in the game, including two drivers who control the robot, one human player, and one coach. During the first two days of the competition, all teams would compete in multiple qualification matches to determine their rankings. Then, the top eight, in the order of their team ranking, chose their alliance groups with whom they would proceed to the eliminations round. Each alliance group comprised of three teams, and the winning alliance of the three eliminations matches would qualify for the national championship.

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The groups focused on publicizing their project to the school and to the community. 30 and encouraged to participate in a water ping pong blowing contest. “As a first step [in reaching our goal], we are advocating the usage of more efficient sprinkler nozzles

In the Vegas competition, DBotics, at 11th, was only one rank shy of qualifying for the eliminations round. The group’s successful performances were attributed to the arduous hours and energy it spent in preparation. Starting from January, the DBotics team met at least 30 hours a week for six weeks to construct two robots, each costing about $4,000 to build. The team of 23 members was divided into three specialized sections: mechanical, electrical, and programming. After the construction of the robot was finished, the team met 15 to 20 hours a week for final arrangements. Thanks to the numerous sponsors, professionals, and college student volunteers who supported the team financially and physically, DBotics had little difficulty paying for the robots’ high expenses or preparing for the competition. The group is also sponsored by various organizations including Spectrum Inspection, Magnificent 7, and Walnut Valley Educational Foundation. “I thought they did a fantastic job. They really showed initiative by pulling together, getting adult sponsors, and fundraising. I was proud of their efforts as a rookie team and look forward to many years of success for our Team DBotics,” Principal Catherine Real stated. for both public and municipal areas,” Liang states. “Our current project site is at Diamond Bar’s Silvertip Park where we will be changing out almost 90 sprinkler nozzles, which will save up to 20% of the amount of water that the old ones consumed. Furthermore, by reaching out to almost 200 elementary students, we also strive to educate the youth and be role models in promoting the saving of man’s most precious resource: H20.”


Diamond Bar High School Student Newspaper


Editors-in-Chief News Editors Editorial Editor Asst. Editorial Editors

Gloria Kim, Angie Zhang Joy Chow, Katlyn Lee Gloria Kim Hanna Kang, Yusheng Xia

Feature Editor Asst. Feature Editor

Angie Zhang Emily Leung

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Claire Huang Emily Wong

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Andrew Choi, Joseph Park Xing Yen Quek Emily Hwang Katlyn Lee Emily Leung Hanna Yi Vrinda Chauhan, Gaby Dinh Doug List


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Best Buddies take a walk of friendship Senior Column

A number of Best Buddies clubs gathered at the Friendship Walk at Long Beach. BY KATLYN LEE NEWS EDITOR

Stepping toward awareness and equality, Diamond Bar High School Best Buddies members joined thousands of other participants in the club’s Southern California Friendship Walk on May 4. Newly elected co-presidents of the club Ruben Reyes and Molly McCabe, along with other club officers, attended the event and came back inspired to bring new changes to the Best Buddies club. “[The event] really motivated me to try to make the Best Buddies club on our campus better and to be the best it can. I got ideas from the other schools and even some individuals, who we managed to talk to specifically in a one-on-one setting,” sophomore co-president Reyes shared. Various chapters of Best Buddies from throughout the state gathered at the annual friendship walk to fundraise for the organization and promote awareness of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, also known as IDD. The event, held at Shoreline



TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME - Enthusiastic Best Buddies officers participate in the annual Friendship Walk. Village, Long Beach, included various activities as well as Willpower, a DJ part of a disabilities program. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and a few individuals with intellectual disabilities were also present at the event to deliver speeches and support the organization. The event concluded with the two-mile walk and an awards ceremony. “The motto [of the walk] was “Inclusion is the Finish Line” to basically say that we need to include people with intellectual dis-


FRANCE Many people only dream of travelling around the world, but Frenchman Jeremy Marie actually did—and for free. Originally from Normandy, France, Marie had been hitchhiking around the world since 2007. Over the course of five years, the 29-year-old travelled over 100,000 miles and visited over 71 countries. Throughout his trip, he never paid a single penny and relied entirely on the kindness of strangers for rides around the world. His tour, called Coup de Pouce Autour du Monde, literally means “a thumb around the world.”

Women have always claimed that men will never know the pain of giving birth. Dutch television hosts Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno proved them wrong. Last week, the two hosts decided to take on the challenge by using electro-simulations to simulate labor contractions. Then Storm and Zeno went through two hours of simulated contractions, clutching pillows in complete misery. After this experience, the hosts concluded the challenge as torture and Zeno even wondered if his wife would want to go through the same pain. A video of this experience was aired on their show.

TEXAS In a recent interview with, Texas resident Pearl Cantrell revealed that the key to her longevity was bacon. Cantrell, 105 years old, has been eating three slices of bacon every day of her life. She shared that the bacon helps her stay youthful at her old age. When meat company Oscar Mayer heard about her love for bacon, it provided Cantrell with a lifetime supply of her favorite food.

abilities into our everyday lives,” Reyes shared. Held annually all throughout the nation, the Best Buddies Friendship Walk raised a total of $45,000 this year through various donations, pledges, and merchandise sales. Proceeds will be used to fund state programs helping those with IDD acquire one-to-one friendships, leadership development, and integrated jobs. The friendship walk has been providing opportunities for people with disabilities

and will be helping at least 350,000 individuals this year. “I got a lot of great ideas—from other chapter presidents—that I’m excited to bring to Diamond Bar. Especially after this event, I am encouraging people to check out Best Buddies because it is an amazing organization and I just want to make our club as strong as possible. Just going to that walk and seeing how it directly affects people’s lives is something you never forget,” McCabe said.


for. Although no one does community service hoping for something in return, it’s always nice to be recognized for that hard work and commitment,” senior Jocelyn Hsu commented. The seven seniors were announced as the scholarship winners on May 10 by Girls’ League. “This was our ninth year of awarding scholarships. To date we have awarded $14,000 to graduating, college bound seniors, and the tradition will continue next year,” Pacheco said.

All applicants for the scholarship submitted a resume with a letter of recommendation. involved in helping the community and at school. Candidates had to turn in their application with a 300 to 500 word essay, a recent transcript, a resume reflecting their community service, a verification of acceptance or application to an accredited college or university program, and a letter of recommendation. Once Pacheco narrowed down the candidates, potential awardees at the time were contacted for an interview. “I didn’t expect to get the $500 scholarship since a lot of amazing people applied, and I was really honored that Girls’ League thought I exemplified what it was looking

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Never would I have thought that this day would come: the day when we embark on a new chapter in our life has finally arrived, and consequently, I am filled with a great sense of accomplishment and bliss. No one ever said it was easy, and by all means, it wasn’t easy to get to where we are today. The people who are here today have survived four years of Spanish, or freshman health class, or Mach 5, or Statistics with Hewit, or journalism 2 with me (you know where you are); I think we can all take some pride in that. But before we go our separate ways, I just want to thank those who’ve helped me come this far: my inspiring teachers and GLCs who have pushed me endlessly, my caring parents whose unconditional love has supported me every step of the way, and of course my friends who never fail to help me get through the day with their wild senses of humor. You guys have all been so incredibly amazing. To room 250 aka my second home: I will always cherish the memories I made here since the very first time I stepped into this room. There is so much talent on staff; it was truly an honor working with you all. And of course, how can I forget? I have the fortune of calling my peer staffer my very own roommate for the next school year. Colene, that one was for you. But lastly, I extend my thanks to those who have filled me with peace and left me with hope for all those lengthy nights cramming in 30 pages of reading for an Euro exam the next day—yes—let me thank the compassionate staff at Starbucks. Waiting in line at Starbucks, there are many choices that a thirsty young student must conquer: Frappuccino or latte? Soy or whole? What to do with our lives seems a tad more important than the debate between passion fruit or green tea. And finding a way to finance a $40,000 college tuition is certainly a lot more crucial than pitching in one more dollars to upgrade to a vente. However I’m aware that as I travel into the future, I face these choices well on because if I was once able to make a choice on cup size, I’m confident that I’ll be able to make any choice that we must face in the years ahead. There will be days when the courseload seems too much to start on, when our losses outweigh our wins, and when our efforts—futile despite the endless hours we put in. But when we face those days, we must also remember, as Marilyn Monroe once said, “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” As I venture into a new journey, I think of my remarkable peers here who I’ve been lucky enough to call my classmates. Like how we’ve survived the brutal years of high school, we will get through the years to come and likewise, we will succeed. It has been an incredible four years here at DBHS, and it couldn’t have been so if it weren’t for those I met along the way. Class of 2013—we did it.



Eye of the Editors

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

FOOD SALE | USB should clarify policies concerning food sales on campus to ensure students do not violate the rules.


“Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”-John Wayne. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”-Theodore Roosevelt. “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.”-Plutarch From the first time we set foot on Diamond Bar High’s campus as a freshmen, to the last rally we cheered together at as a senior class, it’s already been 4 years. Throughout this journey of laughter and tears, the senior class has grown together; not only as a class but as individuals. As freshmen, we seemed to worry about where we would be eating for lunch and who we would be hanging out with for the next four years. School work didn’t seem to be too difficult, but simply as classes that were helping us ease into the high school academic life. At this point in our high school career, we were simply fascinated with the idea of being in high school. As sophomores, we seemed to worry about what classes we should take or what specific clubs we should join to get into our dream colleges. We started to take school work a bit more seriously, grasping the opportunity to take AP courses that were offered to us. At this point in our high school career, we were settling into high school life while some of us were beginning to think about what we wanted to pursue in our future. As juniors, we seemed to worry about SAT scores and college research. School work was taken more seriously as many of us tried to maintain our then current GPAs or even raise them. At this point in our high school career, many of us were wondering about our future and trying to find out exactly what was the best college and even career for ourselves. It was a time of stress but also joy knowing that we only had one year left until we would graduate. As seniors, we seemed to worry about college acceptances and trying not to let senioritis catch up to us. Although many of us still tried to keep decent grades, our main focus was the future. Some of us were accepted into our dream colleges while others were denied, but one thing was clear: we were still excited and hopeful for the future, and life would go on. In a fast paced community like Diamond Bar, we often don’t take a step back and look at all we have accomplished already. We always seem to be wanting more and more from life, never paying attention to what we already have gained. It’s times like these where we are reminded that it doesn’t matter which college accepts us and where we commit to, but we should instead to remember that we still have the power to define our future and the path we will step onto. Which college you will go to should not define who you are; what you decide to do at college and your actions should. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”Audrey Hepburn.

There is no doubt that students enjoy buying the various food items sold during school hours, whether it be from club members fundraising for their organization or private sellers hoping to raise money for their personal gain. Indeed, the school campus, with a population of over 3000 students, is an ideal site for such sales. Since it benefits both groups—the seller who can earn profit and the consumer who attains food not regularly sold at school—such activities seem harmless, even beneficial. What many don’t realize is that this violates a current standing school policy that inhibits the transaction of money between students on campus. Because the policy is unclear and not widely publicized, it is understandable that students and teachers choose to ignore the issue. Students hoping to learn more about this rule would not be able to find much clarification in the DBHS website or the student handbook. From actions seen around campus, it

seems that many faculty members and students are either unaware of this rule or turning a blind eye to it. Some club advisors do clarify that fundraising must take place outside of school gates, yet students continue to sell candies and other food items during class and in the hallway. Teachers who see these activities going on in their classes inform students to put it aside if it causes a disturbance to their lessons; but in most cases, they allow sales to persist. And sometimes, even teachers purchase these treats from students. Also, there are no clear-cut consequences for those who choose to break the rule. Add in the fact that students often face a deadline for the fundraiser and it is easy to see why such transactions occur. Under the threat of losing points or other detractions, the pressure to sell the items increases, and students choose the easiest and quickest way to get rid of them– even if club advisors have instructed members not to sell them on campus.

Another factor may be the sheer size of those who look upon the sales favorably. The snacks are much appreciated by those who just happened to skip a meal or are simply feeling the need to exercise their mouth. There is no opposition against sales, as students and teachers are either supportive or hold no comment against it. Both the provider and the consumer benefit from such sales; everyone is happy. It would be prudent for USB to clarify and explain the purpose of this policy. Copies of the policy should also be made easily accessible online and to clubs and advisors. Although the federal, state, and local laws regulate sale of foods of minimal nutritional value in order to prevent future health problems and child obesity, the reality is that many students just don’t care to follow them. USB needs to emphasize the importance of following such laws and why they exist in the first place; otherwise, the indifferent attitude students have adopted will cause the problem to continue to grow.

Eye of the Editors is an editorial piece of The Bull’s Eye. Statements and opinions expressed in the article herein are strictly those of the editors of The Bull’s Eye. The view of the editors does not necessarily reflect that of the entire staff.

STUDENTS | Should students be allowed to sell items on campus for fundraisers?

“I think we should be allowed to sell on campus because it doesn’t affect or harm the school in any way.” —Ritesh Pendekanti (9)

“I am against selling items at school because it distracts students from learning and students might also think it’s okay to sell other items besides school fundraising items.” —Amberly Cheng (10)

“Because there’s a budget for everything and [students] don’t get as much money as they [deserve], they should be allowed to take it upon themselves to earn money.”

“The student store has unfair prices [for some items]. For fundraising, students should be able to ask their friends. It’s not like they’re forcing them to buy anything.”

—Brandon Wilson (11)

—Alex Thornock (12)

Letter to the Editor Bull’s Eye Editors: I feel compelled to weigh in on the “Con” section of your article in the May 1st issue (Here’s an AP Problem!!!), to discuss some points that I wish had been expressed. I’ve never been an advocate of AP classes, and even if I do take many of them, my hypocrisy is stemmed more out of a necessity to polish an otherwise bland college application than out of some misguided desire to take on “university-level courses.” AP classes severely undermine the very reasons we come to school in the first place—to learn. Our school (among many others) prides itself in structuring an entire class around passing a test, and making students memorize as much information as humanly possible without much regard for actually exploring, or even appreciating, the depths of these complex subjects. The truth memorizing material simply to perform well on a test is a deeply flawed method of absorbing and retaining information is one that is seemingly lost on students, as a result of their teachers placing more value in achieving an elusive “5” than in learning about the subjects that are being tested. This rant of mine isn’t simply a form of venting during testing season; the school’s method of teaching to the CARTOON BY GLORIA KIM

test needs to be acknowledged as a serious hindrance to students’ educations. While our administrators could easily sit back and boast our accelerated calculus program, I question why anyone would advocate rushing through a subject and not taking the time to appreciate the merits of a specific field of learning, or more particularly, why it is important to retain the information—or at least the problem-solving skills necessary to complete the course work—past the AP exam. Because of this omission of real world context in our AP classes, students no longer care for learning a subject. Instead, they are far more preoccupied with passing the AP exam, since the school continues to stress this accomplishment as its primary objective. Instead of establishing competitive atmospheres and difficult parameters in AP classes, our instructors should focus more on helping students understand and even enjoy their classes. This simple shift in attitude towards teaching could help reduce students’ propensity to cheat on tests— since most students who resort to cheating also aren’t the first to commend the subject—and would most certainly alleviate the stress and the pressure to perform well on the AP exam. Shomik Mukherjee (11)



Wednesday, May 22, 2013




s another year rapidly comes to a close, senior students all over campus are preparing to bid a bittersweet, sentimental farewell to the school they have called home for four years. Which means, it’s also time to finally act on whatever challenge or daring wish that’s been bugging your mind, because you know that you aren’t coming back here. You won’t get another chance once you graduate. And that’s why I decided to write this piece on the truths and myths surrounding the most discussed, prominent, and undoubtedly disliked organization on campus: USB. I was the Commissioner of Performing Arts from 10th to 11th grade, and the IOC Chairperson, a member of the Executive Board, from 11th to 12th. So I know how USB functions, inside and out. First and foremost, it is true that USB members are granted much freedom in handling money. Each pair of commissioners is given a budget every year, ranging from a few hundred dollars to as much as thousands. As a member of USB, I have never once been restricted on budget, but was rather encouraged to spend more if it meant I could put together a better event for the student body. Really, all a commissioner needs is a signature from the advisor to spend whatever

amount he or she desires. I know that USB has been put under fire repeatedly for its misuse of budget, and there is really no excuse for that. We sometimes spend money on things that seem completely unneeded and extraneous. Especially when some organizations are struggling to pay off their debt, there is no clear justification regarding the large pool of money we can freely tap into whenever our heart desires. However, I can assure you that every member of USB spends purely for the betterment of the student body. We rented extravagant props at rallies so the students can be entertained. We hired YouTube performers during lunchtime so the students can enjoy good music. And of course, we bought a junk car so the students can get pumped up with Brahma spirit during Branding Iron. I know that some of these didn’t turn out the way we hoped. When we receive criticism from students, we try our best to learn from them. But sometimes, people forget that USB is just a group of typical, flawed teenagers who are no different from any other student on campus. We are prone to making mistakes, but with the financial power and liberty we are given, we can make mistakes on a much bigger scale. We are just ambitious servant leaders who aren’t satisfied with mediocrity. One might emphatically defend this argument by asking, “USB is still corrupted. What about all their perks?” Trust me, we are well aware the Tstudent body harbors

great hatred toward the notorious rewards USB members reportedly receive. Many rumors are true, while others are just misinformed claims. We do attend most performing arts events on USB’s dime, but that is our way of supporting the groups. We fill over thirty seats each event, and the costs of the tickets are transferred directly to the organization. Also, we receive free tickets to the Homecoming dance every year, but they are contingent on working and participating in every preparation and event that take place during the season. This includes coming to school at 6 a.m. to put together the HC Assembly, staying after school every day to handpaint the backdrops, working until midnight Thursday to rehearse for the halftime show, and that late again Friday night for the actual show, which takes place the night before the dance. Not to mention that all this took place three days after Back-to-School Bash, when we all worked 10 hours straight until 2 a.m. It’s really disheartening for us when our labor and dedication are masked by the privileges we receive, which include a pizza meal after event setup, two annual field trips, missing classes on rally days, monthly birthday cakes, and so on. (We don’t receive free tickets to Prom, or a yearbook, or snacks from the student store.) They are substantial perks, sometimes disproportionately generous, compared to what other groups on cam-

pus get. When we are offered them, we gleefully accept like happy children given candy. Truth be told, it’s really hard for us kids to say no to these perks, especially when we physically put in the work as USB members to gain that privilege. Our physical labor isn’t exclusive to large USB events; from working the student store every week to attending sporting events as ticket receivers, to setting up audio and meals every day for AP testing, to working during summer registration, we are often the prime resource of manpower for any oncampus occasion. And although we complain about how frequently we are requested for trivial labor, we realize that we are well rewarded for it. I am nervous as to how this article would come off. Maybe as an emotional, reasonable plea, or a whiny, stuck-up speech. Regardless, I hope it was a worthwhile endeavor. To the current and future USB, it is my personal belief that the students deserve to know what we do as representatives of the Brahmas. And to the DB student body, please understand that we’re just teenagers. Our judgment isn’t always crystal clear, and we can sometimes be blinded by the freedom and power we are given. But harsh criticisms and bitter remarks posted on Facebook and Twitter could only take us so far in the right direction. What we need from our fellow Brahmas is a stronger voice, better guidance, and warmer support.

Tablet vs. Textbook Advances in technology raise the question of whether textbooks should be replaced with tablets. BY YUSHENG XIA ASST. EDITORIAL EDITOR


the invention of tablets came a new generation of textbooks crammed into a single system called the e-textbook. This simple technology is perfect for schools as it provides students with advanced ways of learning. Offering benefits that highly outweigh the costs, tablets should replace textbooks because it will take our education system a huge step forward in the endeavor for student success. Prudently spending money to purchase classroom materials has always been a challenge for school districts. However, recent statistics on school budgeting show that tablets are a viable solution for this issue, as they are both a smarter and cheaper alternative to regular textbooks. According to a report from the Federal Communications Commission, school districts spend an average of $8 billion per year on textbooks. Because such a large amount of money is needed to replace textbooks, schools often keep the same materials for several years, resulting in textbooks that contain outdated information. On the other hand, course materials in tablets can be instantly updated with the latest textbook editions, providing students with up-to-date information at all times. The price of purchasing online textbooks is cheaper compared to buying the hard-covered versions. In addition, with the large number of classes that students take, carrying around a different textbook for each class can hurt…literally. While doctors recommend that people should carry a maximum Tof 15% of their body weight,

books for the four to five academic subjects exceed that limit. This results in over 13,000 backpack-related injuries a year for kids between the ages of 5 to 12. Tablets, on the other hand, weigh only about one to two pounds, yet are able to store thousands of information for numerous courses. Tablets also come with features that regular textbooks don’t have, such as temporarily highlighting phrases, looking up unfamiliar words, and saving important information. This makes the tablet an effective device for students who find it boring and difficult learning with a regular textbook. Schools should incorporate tablets as a part of the everyday learning experience as technology continues to advance. In the 21st century, it is essential that all young people have a fundamental knowledge of using electronic devices, as future jobs will require people highly accustomed to such skills. Learning to use tablets from a young age will not only encourage children to pursue a career in the field of electronics, but will also prepare them for the highly advanced digital world that we live in today. As a country, we are given the opportunity to transform our schools in a way that will greatly benefit our students. This opportunity cannot go to waste. Replacing textbooks with tablets is a key change that will surely enhance a student’s way of learning, as well as develop a well-equipped generation of undergraduates ready to make a difference in the world.



satisfaction of slamming a textbook shut after completing an assignment and letting out a huge sigh of relief, to me, cannot be replaced by a tablet. What can I do to express my frustration on a tablet? What can I do to release all of the pressure bubbling inside of me while I work? It won’t help me much to poke a tablet screen in an angry rage –the fulfilling effect is just not there. In addition to these objections associated with using a tablet, studies have shown that people using printed textbooks actually extract m o r e from the content in front of them than those who use tablets. With textbooks, a visual placement of information is presented. Unlike on a tablet, using a textbook is straightforward and simple, especially for people more comfortable with user-friendly items. For instance, if I need to find a certain page, I can quickly flip or skip over sections of the book to get to my desired destination. If I need to highlight, annotate, or circle different words to help me adequately absorb information, it’s easy to grab a pen or pencil nearby and make notes. With a tablet, however, I cannot fulfill my needs to learn to the highest capacity possible. I cannot be as ef-

ficient as I want to be. Just to mark something, I would have to change tools, maybe even change tabs – I’d definitely lose my train of thought. Endless scrolling can be tiring, slow, and heavy on the eyes. Plus, words on a tablet have different sizes and fonts that take away from the overall learning experience of an individual read important content. Some may argue that tablets are convenient and portable and make accomplishing tasks easy. Though this may be somewhat true, the temptation of surfing the Internet and drifting away from the actual purpose of taking the tablet along with you in the first place, almost always prevails. I cannot speak for every human being, but I know that for most teenagers like myself, having an electronic device right there in front of you, in your hands, inevitably leads to procrastination. Simply put, tablet = distraction = procrastination = failure to get things done. Now that we’re done discussing the hypothetical issues at hand, we can take a step back to visualize the realistic picture. Integrating tablets into classrooms along by training staff members to utilize the new technology is more costly than beneficial. As our universe becomes more and more acquainted with new uses of technology, these supposedly useful devices that are meant to serve as convenient resources in life can turn out to be curses disguised as blessings. Printed textbooks cannot and will not freeze or crash; they are also less susceptible to causing dry, irritated eyes as might tablets. The implementation of tablets as our main learning resource will only induce more complications. Printed textbooks are ultimately the way to go–it’s easy and purposeful, so let’s not change what already works perfectly for us.

Senior Column BY COLENE ENG FORMER EDITORIAL EDITOR W00ooo0o0o0W. What the heck, high school is over!? IDK how to feel at this point. Sorta excited, yet sad, yet anxious, yet bittersweet, yet…….?! As I think about what is in store for me in the future, (hopefully a studly husband, a mansion, 5 different cars, a diploma, kids, and dogs), I can’t help but think about how the past four years have completely shaped the way I think, the way I act, and the way I present myself. LOL, that sounds so completely cliché. HAHA. Well, anyway, get ready for the best senior column written by #queencolenephelps. � shoutout to the “studly husband” mentioned above. OOF. I just realized that there really is no direction or organization to this column. LOL, welcome to a little look in how my pea-sized brain works. I’m like that little dog from “UP” What’s his face again? The little Labrador or golden retriever or whatever. HAHA, okay, anyway, it’s really weird to imagine that in just a few short months, I’m going to be in college, away from the Eng household, my loving parents and cutesy doggie. Notice that I didn’t notice my “ohso-popular” (blegh) brother?! HAHA, jk, I’m actually going to be spending my college years with him so whutwhut !! #foreverovershadowedbycasey #diariesofthelesscoolchild it’s okay, he’s aighht I guess. When people ask me how I feel about going to college, I think I would have to say that my dominating emotion is definitely anxious. Yeah, of course I’m excited, but truth is, I’m scared I won’t find my niche. I know I’m gonna have my semi-cool-but-stilllame roomie that I’ve known for the past four years (here’s your shoutout LOL), but it’s still kinda scary to think about how the people I’ve grown up with for the past twelve years aren’t going to be by my side anymore. Sigh, I guess that’s life doh !! Speaking about the people that I’ve become super comfortable with, a huge THANK YOU to the people who have suffered through my long-winded bitter filled rants about school, people, and life in general. HAHA, as bitter as 99% dark chocolate……not 100% cause I’m still a lil angel, but you get the point. From those who have comforted me in my darkest times (hi, GGs!!) to those who have literally been there for me and believed in me even when I didn’t (wdup soulm8!?), I honestly have to say that my life would be completely lost without you guys. Ugh, I’m already nearing the end of my word count. LOL. I just reread this and realized how little impact my column will probably have on most of you guys. But that’s okay cause you know what— life is short. As short as I am, all 5’2 of me. HAHAH ok #T0O0O0O0DLEL00 !!!



DIY: Carpi Sun Beach Bag

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

By Gloria Kim


I’ve looked forward to being able to write my senior column for three years now and now that the opportunity stares me in the face, I’m not quite sure what to say. Rather than having a lack of content, however, it’s almost as though I have too much. Every memory I have with The Bull’s Eye and its staff is fighting each other and pushing against the floodgates to be the first one to be immortalized on paper. This newspaper has meant too much to me and this little column tucked away on the side of the Feature page isn’t nearly enough to fit all of the good, the bad, and the ugly, but also the beautiful, things that have happened to me because of journalism—but I’ll try my best to sum it all up. • Not knowing if I hate Justin or love him • Winston miraculously going from shorter than me to 5’11” • Andrew John’s hair • Sharon Lin’s bad puns • Elizabeth Lee getting sick all the time • Marcel’s hugs •Rachel’s constant exaggerations • Colene’s undying love for Michael Phelps • Katlyn collapsing under the weight of two sections on her shoulders • Tripping Emily on the way to 6th period • Hanna Kang’s biting reviews of everything on the face of the Earth • Rose never being on time for anything…ever • Obsessing over “Phantom of the Opera” with Austin • Sarah’s impeccable fashion sense • Gloria’s unceasing blushing • Mr. List’s dedication to yogurt and bananas • Xing keeping Andrew and Joseph in line • Claire and Bill being cute • Austin sleeping with his eyes open • Jen and her boy problems • PDA with Mink • Viv and James and their couple app • Nerf guns • Christine and Mink’s Korean ragings • The Hanna’s being best friends • Quiet, dependable Angie • Joy not being able to handle all the boys who want her • Deciding that I guess I do kind of sort of love Justin • Also, let it be known that Winston used to love Vampire Diaries and was very Team Stefan, which I did not approve of.

Step 1: Collect empty Capri Sun pouches. Step 2: Wash them in the sink with water, squeezing out all the residual liquid inside the pouches and flattening them out with your hands so that juice will not come out while you’re making the bag. Step 3: Lay out the pouches faced down, side by side to form a rectangle of your desired size. You can make the bag as small or as large as you prefer. (I did a 3 x 2). Step 4: Cut out a piece of duct tape equivalent to the height of one drink pouch. Carefully place the duct tape between two pouches lying side by side. Repeat this step to make one full row; then make another row. Step 5: Ask someone to hold the two rows of pouches together while you take a large strip of duct tape and gently place it between the two rows, attaching them to each other. Step 6: Repeat steps 2 to 4 to create another rectangle that will become the other side of the bag. Step 7: After you have finished making two equal sized rectangles, lay the two sides back to back. Use duct tape to tape together the bottom and sides of the rectangles. Be careful to line the tape parallel to the side edges because the tape (especially if you choose to use a colored duck tape) is going to be visible. Step 8: Punch two holes along the center, top edge of one side. After one set of holes are made, mark the holes on the other side so the holes on both sides will align. Step 9: Cut out two pieces of ribbon of the same length. Insert each end of the string through each hole from the outside of the bag. Double knot them together on the inside. Repeat this step for the other side, making sure that the handles are symmetrical and even in length.

And there you have it! Your all-original DIY Capri Sun tote!

Complextion Perfection: Tips on getting... Tan


As summer vacation quickly comes our way, we all begin to desire the beautiful glow of bronze skin. While, it may be tough to score a perfectly golden tan, here are some helpful tips to remember before you decide to bask in the sun.

Choose the Right Tanning Lotion: Although you may consider tanning lotion to be the quickest and easiest option for a summer tan, you must be careful when choosing a product. Some tanning lotions are simply a color additive that causes the surface of the skin to darken, while others contain certain oils that absorb ultraviolet rays, causing your skin to rapidly produce melanin. Despite obtaining a nice tan, such oils can lead to permanent damages in the skin. Hence, check the label before you purchase a tanning lotion to ensure that there are sun-protective ingredients in your product. Exfoliate and Moisturize Your Skin: Because much of the outer layer of our skin is composed of dead skin cells, exfoliating allows the healthier skin underneath to get an even tan with a lasting effect. In the shower, gently scrub your body with a rough cloth or exfoliating soap in order to remove all the dry skin cells. Then, be sure to moisturize your skin with lotion, preferably one that contains sodium PCA. This substance keeps the skin healthy by absorbing moisture from the air. Healthy skin that is well moisturized is more likely to tan well! Also, apply moisturizer after you tan. Aloe-based lotion is effective in soothing your skin and preventing it from becoming flaky and dry after a long period of time in the sun. Apply Sunscreen: Believe it or not, sunscreen is crucial to achieving the sun-kissed skin we all long for. Sunscreen with a low SPF can protect your skin from getting burnt by UV rays while allowing your tan to gradually build up. Apply sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 in order to prevent skin damage while tanning. To those with a fairer skin tone, try applying sunscreen with a stronger SPF to ensure that your skin does not burn! Maintain Good Nutrition: You don’t always need a trip

to the beach to give your skin the golden hue. If you want to go completely natural, try adding fresh produce to your diet. Fruits and vegetables filled with carotenes can add pigments to your skin and give it a healthy, tanned look. Carrots and plums are a few of the carotenoid-rich produce that can improve your skin’s color. For full effects, experts recommend at least five servings of these nutritious foods per day! Follow these simple steps, and you’re on your way to the perfect summer tan! Just remember to allow your skin to gradually soak up the sun: patience is key! If you happen to choose the wrong tanning lotion or bake too long in the sun, don’t worry! Taking long, hot baths and rubbing lemon juice or cucumber slices on dark spots and streaks can quickly help fade unwanted color. Now it’s time to hit the beach and have some fun in the sun!



While some people are frantically spending money for tanning treatments, still others are actually searching for a way to make their skin lighter. Living in California, we scoff at the idea that tanning is difficult to achieve; the real challenge is finding a way not to resemble a burnt piece of toast. For some, with the approach of summer come a fear of getting sunburned and a desire to maintain that perfect alabaster complexion. These tips on how to stay pale will definitely come in handy during those sunnier days of summer.

Learning the Basics: First of all, let’s state the obvious—apply sunblock. Sunblock is one of the most effective ways to maintain a lighter skin tone, as it helps prevent UV rays from penetrating the surface of the skin. It is best to use a sunblock of at least SPF 30 and wait fifteen minutes before going out in the sun. One factor to be aware of is that you use sunblock, not sunscreen. Most people are not conscious of the fact that, while sunblock fully deflects the sun’s rays, sunscreen only filters them and may allow you to get a mild tan. Home Treatments: From brightening hair colors to serving as emergency deodorants, lemons have a variety of uses. Fortunately, lemon juice can also help lighten dark spots on the skin, including uneven tans, freckles, and even aging spots. Squeeze lemon juice on a cotton ball and apply over the desired area three times a week, Because lemons are acidic and may dry your skin out, you can first dilute the juice with water or mix it in with facial cleanser. Secondly, though it may sound unusual, a milk bath can also help in preserving a light skin tone. Simply pour two gallons of milk into your bathtub, fill up the rest with water, and soak in it for about thirty minutes. Due to the presence of lactic acid and fat in milk, it can both reduce the darker spots in skin and act as a great moisturizer. For the purpose of skin care, milk in its most concentrated form will be very useful in this treatment.

Exfoliating: For faster, more immediate results, try using a peeling scrub (for more sensitive skin) or a granulated scrub (for tougher skin). Exfoliation techniques help with the image of a paler and brighter look by taking off dead skin cells. However, using exfoliation products in excess can harm your skin by removing too many layers, exposing the sensitive skin to the sun and prompting the opposite effect of making your skin tanner. With the newfound knowledge on how to stay pale, even in the summer, it is now time to try these procedures out and care for that creamy white skin. The only thing to keep in mind is to not go overboard; while you may be delighted at these remedies, it is important to not enjoy the effects too much. With this in mind, the next step of your path to amazing skin is right in front of you: go pick up a few lemons from a nearby grocery store or pull out some milk from the fridge and lather away. Lighter skin is within your reach.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013




Dating it Back

By Emily Leung

Two teacher perspectives on relationships in high school.

Emily Clark A face glistening with sweat, wind-blown hair, and a football jersey are all things that reminds Clark of the boy who asked her to her senior prom. Your first thought may be, “what a heartthrob”; but, Mrs. Clark found it anything but romantic, since the asking took place in the middle of football practice, as she was diligently working as a one of the football team’s trainers. High school has changed drastically over the past few decades, with the practice of high school dating being no exception. Clark feels that technology has played a huge impact on dating, because instead of going out on dates, couples will just message or call each other instead of interacting face to face. Places to go for a date haven’t changed too much. Clark remembers living near Newport Beach, which was a common place that she and her friends would go to for group dates. However, group dates are definitely not as common as they were when she was in high school. Nowadays, many more high school students have their own cars so group dates are becoming less popular. Clark had many of the same high school dances that we currently have, along with Winter Formal and a Yearbook Signing dance, nonetheless what happened before and during the dance has changed drastically. The way students ask each other out to dances now is far more romantic and elaborate than how Clark ever remembered it being done. Back when she went to school, flowers were pretty much all students used, while now, creative planning such as surprising them at their house or asking them out with a musical entourage are all ways that students pop the big question. Also, during her time, Clark says that the students never had to wear a wristband because inappropriate acts such as “freak dancing” rarely occurred. She thinks students should be allowed to be in a relationship in high school because she feels that relationships can benefit the couple by teaching them “how to navigate emotional entanglements and how to express themselves.” She also feels that in high school, students should be mature enough to learn and contribute to a healthy relationship. Her advice to high school couples is to “be honest both with yourself and with your partner, be respectful both of yourself and your partner, [and] small courtesies go a long a way.”

daniel Roubian We are often consumed with material wealth, so it is no surprise that what we enjoy doing often reflect that worldly mind. However, Roubian recalls that in his high school days, dates didn’t always have to carry such a high price tag. Restaurants and movies were classic date spots when Roubian was in high school, as well as “cruise” locations, which were ideal spots to “cruise” on a car. Students were able to enjoy their surroundings, such as pedestrians, their friends, or nice cars while slowly driving around a street. The biggest difference Roubian sees with dating would be the stages of it. He finds it extremely hard to differentiate between each stage, such as “talking” or “seeing each other.” Whether it’s the beginning of a relationship or the end of one, everything muddles together now. The impact of technology on a relationship has found both a positive and a negative place in Roubian’s heart. Positive in the sense that it can help to start a relationship by communicating online, but negative in that breaking up in an email or a text builds no character and just allows people an easy way out. Roubian also feels that Diamond Bar High School parents are much more strict with dating than parents from his day. However he finds that a positive thing. Aside from family views, Roubian finds the cultural background of the student to also have a large impact on dating. With all of that said, Roubian feels that students should be allowed to have a relationship in high school if they deal with it as a “high school relationship.” Couples who think of each other as “their one and only” could very possibly “hurt [their] grades and the person can drift away from close friends.” So what lesson have we learned today? We have learned that Justin Bieber’s lyric, “And girl you’re my one love, my one heart. My one life for sure” holds no ground.

The Unsung Tale of Pathways students

what pathways means to me...

Pathways is a school within a school. It focuses on creating a family-like atmosphere that emphasizes more communication than a regular class does. Pathways also provides its students with career opportunities, highlighting the many possibilities available in the world. These first-hand experiences allow students to become more competitive in the job market. BY LAUREN LYTLE What Pathways means to me is coming together as a family. A family is built of people who will love and be there for each other no matter what the situation is. They are there to share your joy and happiness throughout the years. This is exactly what our Pathways family is like. From my personal experience, I got to meet so many new people in our Pathways leadership class. If it wasn’t for that class I don’t think I would have known some of the seniors that I have become friends with. I’m pretty shy when it comes to meeting people, and I am so glad I joined PCA. We all started out not knowing one another but as the year progressed, our bonds with each other have grown stronger each day. I look forward to these bonds continuing to grow even after we graduate. BY SOPIARYA NUON What Pathways means to me is getting to work together on class projects. Personally, I learn better working in groups. Often in Pathways we have the opportunity to do group projects. One example is my Pathways leadership class; in that class

I have worked with other students to create brunch time activities and assemblies. In my history class, I worked on a group PowerPoint based on World War II. I like working in groups because I learn from other students and get to share my ideas. Pathways is like a team; we all work together toward a common goal. BY DEJA WILLIAMS What Pathways means to me is having fun while working on my communication skills. Personally, Pathways has helped me excel greatly in so many different ways. Before Pathways, I used to be a shy student, but now I have improved my speaking and writing skills. One thing that really helped me was the mentor program. All Pathways juniors have mentors that come in and talk to us about the skills we need to succeed and get a job. We also do a lot of presentations where you have to stand up in front of the class and speak. In the beginning I was nervous, but thanks to the Pathways program, I have become comfortable with public speaking. I am proud to be a part of the Pathways family.

Student: Is the school still on blackout right now?

Student: I think it’d be cool to have a tattoo of Donald Duck on my butt.

Student: I like to chase girls that are mean to me.

Student: It’s so hot I saw tires melting on the freeway.

Student: Don’t be all up on my Kool-Aid if you don’t know my flavor.

Student: Is wood an element?


My high school career as a Brahma is finally coming to a close. Even though I’ll only be a freeway away from this quaint city of Diamond Bar as a USC freshman (Fight on!), the thought of leaving is yet too surreal and bizarre. Without a doubt, I am truly thankful for all the things DBHS brought to my life. My 22 partners-in-crime in Room 250, my fellow E-Board members (Thirsty Thursday?), and all USB kids I’ve grown to love and cherish. I could go on forever talking about every one of them, but unfortunately, I was given just a column. So I decided to dedicate this humble column-worth of a space to thank all the teachers I’ve had in the past. These teachers had the tenacity, dedication, and passion for teaching to put up with everything that entails being my instructor. This includes putting up with my less than friendly attitude, excessive absences and tardies, and last but not least, my notoriously incessant sleeping. Of course there were more obnoxious traits about me that gave these teachers an extra hard time in class... but then again, I was given just one column. Dear Ms. Chu Mr. Sorenson Mrs. Chai Ms. Gallardo Ms. Cook Mr. Acciani Ms. Russo Ms. Liao (Lu) Mrs. Grunseth Mr. List Mr. Wiencek Mrs. Thomas Mr. Holmes Mr. Brose Ms. Kirkeby Mr. Zylstra Mr. Murphy Ms. Gee Mrs. Bravo Mrs. Galindo Mrs. Mesdjian Ms. Hewit, and Ms. Smith, I sincerely apologize that you had to deal with such a troublesome child like me. But I thank you for your care and support in your classrooms. I am truly inspired by the level of dedication and compassion you have for your Diamond Bar High students. Should I become successful in the future (and hopefully I will), I will never forget that I owe it all to you. And I promise to sleep less in college. Sincerely, Justin Park



Wednesday, May 22, 2013


2013 “What diddid Diamond Bar Bar HighHigh School meanmean to you?” “What Diamond School to you?”


I’m going to miss all of the sporting events we have. This is the last time we will be able to go to a sports game surrounded with people we know while knowing everyone on the team.

I learned that high school is truly the best time of one's life and that one shouldn't let it pass by without making something great out of it.



I’m going to miss the individual attention teachers give to their students. Never again will teachers ask us why we didn’t do the homework. Sometimes we take that personal attention for granted.

I have learned the value of putting myself out of my comfort zone, having people who support me no matter what, and being confident about who I am.






Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How to have....

BY SARAH CHO FORMER FEATURE EDITOR In the years that I’ve been working for this paper, I’ve written about a multitude of varying topics from the tumultuous and very mock-able Rihanna and Chris Brown relationship to the “hottest” spring fashion. But, I’ve never truly been given the chance to write about myself. And though this seems to be a tantalizingly perfect opportunity—this being a Senior Column with an emphasis on the “senior”—I can’t help but freeze with uncertainty. And I don’t know if that’s because I have no idea what to write about or because I have too many ideas. And what’s worse is I have a 500 word limit. It’s hard to describe who you are in less than 500 words—it’s asking someone to capture a million different miniscule characteristics and traits, as well as a history of experience and emotional conflict in order to impart a lasting message. But, if you think about it, it’s what we do every day. We make snap judgments about people in the real life version of 500 words. We do it all the time, to everyone, in all situations. Eventually, we’re forced to make our own version of numerical calculations, which have been broken down into an overly simplified algorithm which doesn’t account for all the complexities of human life. And I’m not condemning this practice; I’m not giving a moral sermon. But it’s what comes to my mind as I write this column. And in the course of my philosophical digression, I’ve lost almost half of my word count. Half of my word count on abstract, intangible musings that do little to help in the accomplishment of my goal. I am not any closer to describing who I am even though I’ve written over 250 words by this point. 295 to be exact. 295 words, on an idea—a single budding thought process with no definitive conclusion. It was an observation—simple and shallow that led to no great epiphanies. But, here I am reaching 332 words. Well actually, that was 333. Now it’s 341. And as I write, the word count keeps progressing and I can’t help but stare at the little marker at the bottom of my Microsoft word as each letter, each phrase I methodically type, leads to an increasingly larger number as my column grows and evolves like its own organic being. And in the course it took me to record my observations to explain my predicament, I’ve reached 410. And yet, you still know nothing about me. 419. I should be reaching my glorious climax—my brilliant crescendo— yet I’m stuck counting the numbers. 436. And with each number I waste another word—a precious drop in my word count. Then I begin to superficially estimate the value of this adjective or of that verb, of whether or not I should make this digression. 476. Luckily, in real life there are no word counts—no limits on how much you can express or how much you can take in. 500. It’s simply a matter of choice. Yet, we choose to live as if we have a word count, as if some higher being has restricted us to mere slivers of time, time fragments of an episode, episodes of a longer, more intricate story. 545. And I’ve reached the end of my word count, yet I keep writing. 559. Because if I 563 choose to focus 567 on the 570 numbers, the 573 meaning of 576 my words 579 becomes 581 difficult 583 to 585 comprehend. If there’s one thing I learned from all of my years in journalism, it’s this: word counts are not concrete, immovable things. You can play with the fonts; you can change the size of the box; you can choose to hear more, do more, be more.

The Perfect Summer Picnic Locations


Lemon Creek Bicentennial Park:

Want a place that is peaceful and serene? Somewhere distant from traffic noise and the outside city? Then Lemon Creek Bicentennial Park in the City of Walnut is the perfect place. Various types of flowering plants can be seen all over the park, setting a scene for a perfect picnic. Visitors can also enjoy a view of the river from an exquisite wooden bridge.

Schabarum Regional Park: Picnic areas, hiking trails, athletic fields, and tennis courts—Rowland Height’s Schabarum Regional Park is known for its diverse amenities. Just 15 minutes away from Diamond Bar, Schabarum Regional Park encompasses lovely surroundings that visitors are sure to enjoy. The huge 75-acre park provides ample space for the perfect picnic site in which to relax and explore. English Springs Park: Known for its lustrous pond and waterfall, English Springs Park in Chino Hills is the place to be on a hot, summer day. Visitors can take pictures next to the waterfall, or spend a carefree afternoon feeding small ducks and geese in the pond. There are basketball and volleyball courts at one end of the park, and a clean, paved path that winds throughout the grounds. With a sizable playground for young children, English Springs Park is the ideal picnic spot for the entire family to enjoy!

Rice Wrapper Spring Rolls


Ingredients: � 8 rice wrappers � 4 oz. rice vermicelli � 1/2 cup shredded carrots � 1/2 tsp. sesame oil � 1/4 lb. string beans, cut into strips � 4 oz. shredded imitation crab or deli sliced turkey � dipping sauce: 1/2 cup of ponzu (dumpling) sauce � 2 plates sprayed with cooking spray Directions: First, soften the vermicelli in hot warm water. Then using scissors, cut it into bite-sized pieces. After draining, place the vermicelli in the bowl and sprinkle it with sesame oil. You can set this aside for the moment. Next, soften each individual rice wrapper by putting it in a shallow bowl filled with hot water. Be careful when you pick them up out of the water as they tear easily! Place the wrappers on a plate sprayed with cooking spray and fill them with the assorted vegetables and/or meats. Refrain from overstuffing leaving enough space in the edges to be able to wrap around the middle. After filling the wrappers, roll them up, folding in the corners like a burrito. Arrange them on another plate lightly sprayed with cooking spray along with the cup of ponzu sauce and they are ready to serve.

Frozen Oreo Pudding Pie

Ingredients: � 1 package instant vanilla pudding � 1 1/2 cups milk � 3 cups Cool Whip � 1 cup crushed Oreo cookies � 1 graham cracker pie crust Directions: Start by pouring the milk and vanilla pudding into a large mixing bowl and beating it until it becomes thick. Then, slowly stir in the Cool Whip and the crushed Oreo cookies. After mixing well, spoon the mixture into the crust. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!


Senior Column

Pineapple Iced Tea

Ingredients: � 4 cups water � 7 regular size tea bags � 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice � 1/3 cup lemon juice � 2 tbsp. sugar Directions: Begin by boiling the water in a large saucepan. Then, add in the tea bags and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. After the allotted time, discard the tea bags. While the tea is still warm, add the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved. You should refrigerate the drink overnight for the flavors to blend. Feel free to serve this delicious concoction with mint sprigs and pineapple spears if desired.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013





Wednesday, May 22, 2013



BY EMILY WONG ASST. A&E EDITOR BY ROSE KIM FORMER WEB EDITOR Dear Mr. List, Surprise! I know you dreaded turning the previous page, probably wanting to put off facing the terrible 200word cliché I gave you as my “senior column.” Actually, my original intention was to use that half-butted article. It was only when I saw your disappointment after turning it in that I realized how important this assignment was, and how important is should’ve been to me. For the past few weeks, I was racking my brain trying to figure out what you would want for a good-bye gift. It finally occurred to me that day I turned in my sad excuse of a column that what you wanted most was for your students to succeed. To live up to the potential you see in every one of us. You are one of the greatest adults I have ever met, Mr. List, and the best possible advisor The Bull’s Eye could have asked for. And I can’t help but feel it fitting to leave you with a letter published in the very newspaper that allowed me the opportunity to meet you. Of course, I didn’t know how much you would mean to me when I first met you during the second semester of my junior year. At the time, you were merely the man who took away my dreams of an easy A.Justin had told me the year before that all anyone ever did in J1 was watch movies. Can you imagine how excited I was at the prospect of watching movies all day and getting an A for it? Little did I know, the next year, there would be a substitute for the first semester and a completely new teacher for the second. I was seriously crossing my fingers for magical lesson plans Mrs. Grunseth left behind that read: “every day is movie day.” As we both know, that was definitely not the case. Since day one you had us working on ledes, editorials, features, writing exercises, current events, documentaries, and I think there was even an editorial cartoon you made us do somewhere in there. Despite my initial disappointment at having to actually work (at school, imagine that), I believe for the first time in a while, DBHS’s Journalism 1 class is now worth taking. I may not have turned in every assignment, but trust me, a lot sank in. Whether it was the story of Stephen Glass, or discovering one of my new favorite movies “His Girl Friday”, how to rearrange the details of a story to catch a person’s attention, or how to apply make-up in class in the sneakiest way possible, I’ve learned. I think that’s as much as I can ask for in any class—that those 55 minutes weren’t a waste of my time, or the teacher’s. It was in J2, though, that I was able to see you as more than teacher. I mean first, you became my advisor. One who gave me these haunting looks every time I missed a deadline (that made me feel so very sorry that I had). One who was so generously open to my creating a completely new position of Web Advisor, trusting that I would do a good job in opening The Bull’s Eye’s first ever website. And one who stands behind every member of The Bull’s Eye staff and our goal for a better paper every issue. And in no time at all, you became a friend. I wish I knew more about who you were as a person outside the walls of Room 251, beside the general characteristics, traits, and quirks I’ve learned about you these past two years. But what I do know for sure is that you are able to do what most adults cannot: you can look at us, and see passed the two digit number that supposedly defines the validity of our thoughts, our opinions, in the eyes of anyone born some number of decades before us. We have had our talks on pretty much every topic imaginable—movies, novels, plays, current events, life—and I have enjoyed every single one. I will also never be able to thank you properly for all the times you let me slip into your classroom to print things out. The leeway you gave me in turning my articles ~a bit~ past due date. The touching speech you gave at the banquet (I can’t believe all the little things you remembered!!!). The faith you put in me in spearheading the new website. The collection of plays you gave me that will be keeping me out of trouble over the summer. And the big hopes you have for me and my future. I LOVE YOU MR. LIST. See you soon. -Your Lucky Student

A robbery skit, “monkeys” dancing, and Tahitian dancing were just a few of the many eclectic dances showcased at the 2013 Diamond Bar High School Spring Dance Concert. Dancers in the production were all from the dance department, which includes Beginning and Intermediate dance classes, Advanced Performance Ensemble, All-Male Dance Crew, and Taurian Co. Dance Team. The wide variety of dance styles included hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical. The show commenced with “The Heist,” choreographed by Derrick Sy, which also doubled as a skit in which the dancers comically acted out a failed theft. The concert’s theme, “Stealing the Show,” was inspired by this dance piece. Soloists included seniors Franklin Yu, Grace Sim, Derrick Sy, and Kylie Montoya, who danced to “Fine By Me” by Andy Grammar, “Stay” by Jade Novah, “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys, and “Never Let Me Go” by Florence + The Machine, respectively. “It was my first solo ever so it was nerve-wracking. It was fun dancing on stage though,” Sim said. Yu, who is also senior cap-


“ORI ORI,”with the dancers’ hip swinging, added a Tahitian flair to the concert. tain of All-Male, danced and choreographed his second solo routine. “I’m really happy with the way I ended my three years of dance,” Yu stated. Performed by sophomores Peter Kang, Austin Kim, John Kim, and Kelvin Pang, “Dumped” also provided an entertaining hip-hop performance in addition to “The Heist.” “Any Other World” was choreographed by Ricky Alvarez and performed by the Taurian Co. Dance Team to the song of the same name by Mika. The dance titled “Ori Ori” deviated quite a bit from the earlier dances as the piece incorporated


Summer Movies


his new home, Earth, from evil.

3. “World War Z” (June 21)

With summer just around the corner, many students are probably stressing over the many months of summer school or summer homework they will have, while others have absolutely nothing to do. Luckily for all, this summer will be jam-packed with some of the most highly anticipated movies of the year that cannot be missed.

Summer can get pretty lackluster when you spend hour after hour with nothing to do. But throw in a couple zombies, and it just might enliven your day. Brad Pitt will once again shine on the big screens, starring as a U.N. employee in the film “World War Z.” In the midst of a deadly zombie pandemic that is threatening to change the face of Earth, he will have to abandon his family and travel around the world in search for a cure to stop the deadly disease before time runs out.

1. “Now You See Me” (May 31)

4. “Despicable Me 2” (July 3)

In the blink of an eye, transform a normal summer day into a magical adventure. “Now You See Me” takes the art of illusions to levels never seen before, as a group of magicians shock the nation by stealing from banks all around the world. Jesse Eisenberg and Morgan Freeman put on their top hats and star as some of the Robin Hood-like thieves that use their skills of deception and trickery to swindle millions of dollars and disseminate it all to their audience. As FBI agents swarm onto the case, they realize the rash of bank heists across the globe might just be small distractions to an even bigger trick that no one will see coming.

2. “Man of Steel” (June 14) It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s superman! Follow the story of how Superman came to be and journey to the inception of adventure when Clark Kent, played by Henry Cavill, is sent to Earth after his home planet Krypton is destroyed. Possessing super powers, Clark grows up feeling dissimilar from the society in which he lives and desperately desires to fit in. But when the world comes under attack, Clark finds himself to be the only one capable of protecting

Gru is back with new cars, cool gadgets, and deadly weapons in the exciting 3D sequel “Despicable Me 2”! Except this time, he and his mighty yellow minions are officially switching sides from evil to good. This summer, they will have to team up with the Anti-Villain league and face Eduardo, one of the most evil villains yet. Steve Carell reprise the voice of Gru, who uses his experience as a former villain to tackle down the treacherous Eduardo. But will his part-time job of being a dad get in his way?


“Pacific Rim” (July 12)

When giant sea monsters that rose from a crevice in the Pacific Ocean overrun the world, mankind responds with massive fighting robots known as Jaegers. Yet, even the most powerful of the Jaegers is no match for the endless army of monsters pushing the human population to the brink of extinction. When all hope seems lost, two heroes rise up and defend mankind with a legendary Jaeger—their only key to survival. Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi star in this film “Pacific Rim” which illustrates a new kind of apocalypse that might just end the human world, once and for all.

traditional Tahitian dancing. Before intermission, several members of AMDC and Dance Team danced to “Mannequin,” by Katy Perry. The routine, which was choreographed by Clay Boonthanakit, earned the merit as a 2013 National Champion dancing piece. The second part of the show consisted of dances to songs such

as “Violet Hill” by Coldplay and “Countdown” by Beyonce. The former was choreographed by senior and Dance Team captain Erin Mendez and the latter was choreographed by seniors Lina Park, Grace Sim, and Taylor Yada. “Man in the Mirror,” choreographed by Sy and Yada, was performed to the famous Michael Jackson song. Senior Kylie Montoya’s emotional performance of “Never Let Me Go” was the last solo dance of the night. “We had about a month to prepare [most of] the dances. This isn’t much time to get a dance [concert] ready because there is the long and stressful process of choreographing and teaching the choreography,” sophomore Austin Kim explained. After a tribute to the Class of 2013 dancers, All-Male concluded the show with their 2013 National Champion dance piece. “Motown,” choreographed by Jeffrey Calimbas. “Every single student involved from the beginning dance classes to the dance team seniors really invested a lot of effort to make this an impressive show and I couldn’t have asked for more!” dance director Janna Lindenberg stated.

What Are You

Reading Now?

Each issue, the Bull’s Eye’s Former Editor-in-Chief Lea Chang reviewed a book she was currently reading. It may have been a recent novel or an old classic, but with every book, she revealed her opinions as she read. This will be her last review. BY LEA CHANG CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Last issue, I reviewed “Purple Hibiscus” by Chimamanda Adichie, a work which proved to be that elusive school-assigned reading novel that doesn’t bore students into a coma. Its feminist values and call to “challenge the man,” as it were, are exactly the kind of thing I enjoy in literature and make for a very inspiring read. As this is my last article for this column, I decided to review a book I had already read and could give positive feedback on because I would hate to leave you with a Kong’s Korner-esque rant. “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay is an extremely moving novel about the Holocaust in France and is one of those rare stories that has the potential to stay with the readers for the rest of their lives. The only reason I picked up “Sarah’s Key” in the first place was that there is a testimonial on the front cover by Augusten Burroughs, one of my favorite writers of all time. I figured if he had anything good to say about the novel, it must be worth reading; and it was. But it was good in that tear-yourbeating-heart-out-and-rip-it-intothousands-of-pieces kind of way. I have no doubt in my mind that even the manliest of men on this planet would bawl the way yours truly did after completing the book. “Sarah’s Key” follows two plotlines: one of a Jewish girl called Sarah who was arrested during the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in Paris, and

the other of Julia, a journalist who is writing an article on the roundup 60 years later. The beginning of the novel consists mostly of narrations by Sarah, with some chapters jumping to the present in Julia’s voice. As the book progresses, so does Sarah’s story, until it ends abruptly and the reader is left only with Julia’s chapters of investigative journalism to discover Sarah’s fate. The film adaptation of “Sarah’s Key” as directed by Gilles PaquetBrenner is equally brilliant and stays true to De Rosnay’s style. It’s almost more heart wrenching than the actual novel, if that’s even possible. Whether through film or the pages of the book, the message and the story is the same. This brutal historic event, as well as so many others, cannot be forgotten. Their repercussions are felt even today. As Julia says, “We’re all a product of our history.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2013




Girl in an STUDENT Asian Angry World SPOTLIGHT

Tiffany Ding



As the Youtube video begins, one can tell how undeniably talented junior Tiffany Ding is as she sings and plays the piano to a cover of the Script’s “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.” However, this isn’t the only video showcasing her talents; other videos on her Youtube channel feature her playing the guitar and dancing as well. Ding has been dancing since she was 8, singing since she was 3, and playing the guitar since she was 11. She has also been playing the violin since she was 12. Except for dancing, all of these talents have been self-taught. “I’ve always been exceptionally good with music and my perfect pitch helps me a lot. My dad influences me a lot since he’s been a musician his whole life,” Ding stated. At Diamond Bar High School, Ding is part of the competitive Dance Team and the Performance and Dance Ensemble, an advanced dance class where dancers are able to showcase their own choreography. She also participates in Symphony Orchestra where she has been conducting for three years. Although she admits that it is difficult because it requires leadership and natural talent, she does enjoy standing on the podium and guiding the musical group, a goal she had since she was eight years old. Throughout her high school career, Ding has proudly made many achievements in the fine


arts. In her sophomore year, she was named “Most Dedicated” by Concert Orchestra. In addition, each year, her dance team has won numerous first place trophies. Although Ding does have her hands full with extracurricular activities, she still manages to maintain a weighted 4.4 GPA, despite her rigorous schedule with classes from periods 0 to 6A. Even when she occasionally has dance team or orchestra practice afterschool, Ding continues to uphold her superb academic performance. “Grades are definitely number one priority,” Ding stated. In the future, Ding sees herself performing or being involved with music editing, which will be a great fit for her because of her remarkable talent and relentless dedication to the arts.

She’s a firecracker. She’s cranky. And she hates everyone. But it’s not her fault, really. “It’s hard being a girl with mean parents, a dumb boyfriend, and annoying friends,” Lela Lee said while introducing the character Kim, a snarky 6-year old Korean American in Lela Lee’s online comic strip, “Angry Little Girls.” With its sassy and colorful perspective on Asian-American female rage, the comic strip has attracted the attention of Mnet, an Asian American television channel. The comic has been signed for two seasons as an animated series, which Lee will be working on with “The Simpsons” writer Josh Weinstein. The pilot is expected to premiere this summer. “Angry Little Girls” centers on Kim, who struggles as the only Asian American girl in her classroom. Kim and her posse of ditzy and sometimes crazy friends are the brainchild of the torment and rage that their writer felt throughout her own childhood. “Growing up, I’d always been frustrated with racial and gender stereotypes. It just kept build-

ing up… [“Angry Little Girls”] was just a great way to express what I’d always felt,” Lee said. By relating her own experiences in these comic strips, Lee addresses issues that she was forced to deal with as a child. She also incorporates other aspects of life as an Asian American girl such as the constant pressure to fit the image of perfection let by her extremely strict parents. Originating from just a simple animated clip, “Angry Little Girls” took off when Lee launched its website in 1998. Since then, the comic has become widely successful, totaling up to a million hits last December. In addition to the online comic strips, she has published a number of “Angry Little Girls” books and even sells clothing and merchandise with Kim’s sassy trademark lines, such as “I hate people” or “You looked better online.” With “Angry Little Girls,” Lee hopes to break away from the stereotypical all-American image prominent in society today. With relatively little Asian representation on television today, “Angry Little Girls” will break from the mold and add a sense of Asian culture to the TV industry. “I grew up not seeing any sort of Asian representation, and I was hungry to have a reflection of myself in pop culture,” Lee said.

BY AUSTIN KONG FORMER A&E EDITOR Hello. I’m going to be honest and say that I am not a person who likes writing about the past, which is why I know that it is impossible for me to write an entire column about what had happened during my last four years of high school. Instead of doing something that I know will take an eternity to do, I will just share with you some quotes that I live my life by and serve as inpirations to succeed and achieve my goals.

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life.” from “Rocky Balboa” (2006) “The world doesn’t owe you anything… it was here first” – Mark Twain “You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you, you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” from “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006) These first three quotes have a reoccurring theme. They tell us to be assertive and to quit making excuses for failure. Nowadays, people just expect to become successful and expect that they automatically deserve happiness for being alive. If you don’t put in the effort to become successful, then you don’t deserve anything. Stop making excuses and pointing fingers for any failures that you go through. Only cowards make excuses.

The movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic successfully captivates its audience. BY HANNA KANG ASST. EDITORIAL EDITOR

When I heard that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic was to be released as a major motion picture, I was rather concerned. I did not wish for the acclaimed high school reading list perennial to turn out as yet another distorted book-to-movie adaptation. As the release date neared, I chose to put aside whatever literary agenda I inclined to bring with me—for pure entertainment. I had no reason to, as the original storyline squeezes quite nicely into the film. The mysterious and heartrending story of the party-giving millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) follows narrator Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and heads to New York City for Wall Street, rampant with postwar exuberance. Carraway lands in a cottage in Long Island’s nouveau-rich West Egg, across the bay from his airheaded cousin Daisy Buchanan

(Carey Mulligan) and her husband Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Next door lives the enigmatic plutocrat Jay Gatsby. Through an invitation to one of his evening parties, Carraway is almost forcefully drawn into the world of the rich and exposed to the impossible love between Daisy and Gatsby. I was quite surprised that the film managed to stay faithful to the novel throughout. Initially, I feared that director Baz Luhrmann had merely resorted to the sensationalism of it all. I was wrong— Lurhmann proved himself to be a genius. His production highlights the happy-go-lucky lifestyle upper class New Yorkers maintained during the Roaring 20’s. The menagerie of stunning visuals, detailed camerawork, and exquisite scenery illuminate the characters’ distorted understandings of reality, love, and their empty perception of the latter. Luhrmann’s distinctive style allows Fitzgerald’s derisive opinion of the era pull through quite clearly. The Jay-Z produced soundtrack further establishes the film as

“How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.” – basketball coach Jim Valvano -------------------------------------------

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SELF-MADE MILLIONAIRE JAY GATSBY reunites with Daisy Buchanan. a jewel of the lot. What kept my eyes glued to the screen during the bawdy party scene was the unique experience of hearing various contemporary artists blend into classic Gershwin tunes. Every single song in the soundtrack is truly fitting for whatever scene it graces and represents the turmoil within the characters as well. And the acting is amazing. I cannot think of a better cast than what has been offered. DiCaprio boasts a simply astounding performance. The long-time screen star captures Gatsby’s persona effortlessly and makes the seemingly unplayable

role achingly real. The rest of the cast is outstanding as well. To say that I was pleased with their performances would be an understatement. As picky as I am, this movie succeeded to appeal to my good side. But I fear that not everyone will perceive the film in the way that I did. So here is a bit of advice. If you choose to watch this film, don’t see it as a mere love story. Because it’s not. Rather, it is a tale of impossible love, true friendship, and ultimate betrayal—all used to fashion one man’s skewed perspective of the American Dream.












“When you’re going through hell, keep going” –Winston Churchill C











“These young guys are out there playing checkers… I’m out there playing chess” –Kobe Bryant S








“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” – author Napoleon Hill “I don’t know the key to success, but I know the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” –Bill Cosby


Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Badminton and Golf Recap BADMINTON AND BOYS GOLF| Diamond Bar’s badminton and boys golf team finishes the season strong, adding to DB’s athletic excellence and proving they are the premiere athletes in the area. BY YUSHENG XIA ASST. EDITORIAL EDITOR

Senior Column BY MICHELLE LEE FORMER BUSINESS MANAGER Yes! This is it! My high school years are finally over. Okay well, I’m not saying that I won’t miss high school and the years I’ve spent as a little teenager in this notorious Diamond Bar bubble (wait never mind, I won’t really miss the bubble…), but I just can’t contain my excitement for the bright future that lies ahead of me. I have to admit, everything did pass by faster than I expected, but I haven’t let my high school years go to waste. I have no regret. I’ve made some life-long friends who showed me a new definition of friendship and most importantly, I have been inspired by some of the most admirable role models here at this school. Despite all these grateful things, I still can’t say I enjoyed every moment of my high school career, because well, nothing’s perfect. However, I can say that every moment was a learning opportunity and a memory I will cherish in my heart forever. Yes, this bright future I am overly excited for may seem bleak on the way, but hey, life is full of ups and downs -- successes and failures – and things do not always turn out the way we want it to. The experiences I have hurdled through these past few years have opened up so many perspectives and have brought clarity into the picture of who I truly want to be. This isn’t about being a doctor, a lawyer, a pharmacist, you name it, but about the kind of person I truly yearn to be. And I say that this clarity overcomes any downs, failures, or disappointments awaiting me or anyone, really. So let me throw this out. Don’t worry too much about not knowing the specifics about your future, but first focus on figuring out who you are or maybe who you want to be. Who knows, maybe this pursuit will open a new route in your life. It definitely did for me.

The Diamond Bar badminton team had another incredible year, as the elite squad of young, talented players defended their CIF title, becoming the Hacienda League champion for the second straight season. “Considering how we are the two time undefeated league champions, I would say we had a good year,” coach Kemp Wells said. The Brahmas swept past every team they played this year, going undefeated in every match. They breezed through the regular season with an amazing 9-0 record; three were perfect games with a 21-0 score against Azusa once and Baldwin Park twice. And yet the red-hot Brahmas did not stop there. After pulverizing their competition in the regular season, the Brahmas headed into the league finals, looking to win CIF once again. Everything seemed to be going in their favor as they advanced past the first two rounds with a perfect score of 21-0 in each game. The championship game was the real challenge for the Brahmas, as they were trailing in the match for the first time in their season. However, with the title on the line, the team rallied back with the strong plays of senior co-captain Samantha Li and freshmen Krista Hsu. Still, the Brahmas could not have gotten as far as they did without the leadership of their senior cocaptains Li, Carissa Chung, and Ryan Huang. The Brahmas finished their season with an extraordinary 12-0 undefeated record for the second

PRIDE AND GLORY- Diamond Bar’s golf team boasts its exceptional achievemnts. consecutive season. This milestone will add on to DB’s history of being one of the strongest badminton schools in the area. The Diamond Bar golf team did not disappoint this season, as the team won its second consecutive CIF Southern Section Western Divisional Regional Championship on May 6 at the Sierra La Verne Country Club despite poor weather conditions. The Brahmas destroyed powerhouse schools such as Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, and Servite by 15 strokes. “If you pretend this was

team regionals on May 30. However, there was still a highlight in the day as sophomore Sahith Theegala shot a 68 and became the low medalist. However, this missed opportunity does not define how great the season was for the Brahmas. The team consisted of six members who became First Team All-Hacienda League with senior Chris Nijthaworn winning the League Individual tournament. Many teams go into a rebuilding stage after a great year. However, the Brahmas look forward to winning CIF again.

Diamond Bar adds Mountain Biking as a sport

MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM| The Mountain Bike Club makes a successful transition into Diamond Bar’s

athletic program as the Mountain Bike Team.


So goodbye, The Bull’s Eye, and good luck next year. P.S. I wouldn’t have been able to finish high school in one piece without my support system. I love you shushu, yoom, and Jessie for sticking through from the beginning to the end and a big bucket full of thanks and love goes out to each and every unique weirdos in fifth period with whom I shared so much laughter. And of course, Mr. List, our #1 “yogana” fan, who poured so much love and time into the production of The Bull’s Eye and Mrs. Mesdjian who aided me with her kind heart and care during my hardest times.

basketball, we would of had beaten them by 40 points or more,” coach Ty Watkins said. Sophomore Jefferson Kao led the way with a score of 69 and became a low medalist. Since the team is stacked with such talent, junior Dean Sakata and senior and future Princeton University golfer Jason Chen shot a 72 and 71 respectively. The CIF Southern California Golf Association Regionals on the other hand went a bit differently for the Brahmas. DB missed the cut by four strokes and was unable to reach the Southern California



BUMPY ROAD - Diamond Bar freshman Vince Lam rides through the dirt.

With a year filled with numerous Hacienda League titles and CIF appearances, Diamond Bar High School has a new addition to its athletic program—the Mountain Bike Club has turned into a Mountain Bike team. After learning that the Mountain Bike Club competed in the SoCal league, which consisted of 40 high schools, 400 riders and five races, the DB athletics’ program had no reason to not turn the club into a new sports team. “I am excited that the club is becoming a sport,” freshman Kenji Yoshimoto said. During the beginning of the school year, the Mountain Bike team was considered a club, not a sport, since any student was able to sign up and participate. After, the team was able to recruit 15 riders; coach Yoshi Yoshimoto considered implementing a try-out process because the team would be gaining almost all of its members back next year. “With most of the team coming back and many new players interested in competing, a tryout would be beneficial for team,” Yoshimoto commented. The Mountain Bike team is just like any other sports team; as the Brahmas meet up three times a week to practice. The team would even work out at LA Fitness two months prior to its season to pre-

pare for the competition. The achievement of becoming a renowned sport at DB does not overshadow the fact that the Mountain Bike team was able to have a successful season. Although the Brahmas competed in the Division I of the league and finished the season in ninth place out of eleven teams, the Mountain Bike

This was a great improvement for our team. Before, the players would just stop cycling and walk up the hill... Coach Yoshi Yoshimoto team still had a successful season as six members are competing at the State Championships. Despite being such a new sport, the Mountain Bike team has shown great improvement since the start of the school year. At the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, many of the members did not know how to ride a mountain bike. With hard work and determination, the athletes can now cycle at an 18% to 19% incline. “This was a great improvement for our team. Before, the players would just stop cycling and walk up the hill. However, as time [went] on, the members were able to cycle up the slope without any kinds of problems,” Y. Yoshimoto expressed.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Coming out of NBA’s closet



GAY ATHLETES| The 34 -year-old free agent, Jason Collins announced that he was gay through an interview with Sports Illustrated, breaking a homosexual barrier in sports. BY JOSEPH PARK SPORTS EDITOR


SAY CHEESE - Jason Collins marks a significant event in sports history.

Jason Collins, an NBA free agent, is now commonly known as the gay athlete. He is the first professional male athlete still involved in his sport to publicly announce that he is gay, marking a significant event in sports history. With the world already in a heated debate over gay rights, Collins came out of the closet right on cue. “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins said. Collins initially admitted his sexuality on April 29 in an interview with Sports Illustrated, where he was featured on the cover. “I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.” Collins said. The free agent’s courageous step forward may pave the way for other gay professional athletes. He is a trailblazer. In this generartion, being gay is something people are becoming more comfortable. The public announcement sparked a worldwide multi-media frenzy. Collins was widely accepted in the sports world as he received numerous positive responses from renowned athletes such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Along with these athletes, NBA Commissioner David Stern also showed his

support in an interview. “Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue,” Stern said. However, Collins’s announcement was no surprise to former NBA player Charles Barkley, as he claimed almost every athlete played on a team with a gay athlete. In the gay culture, this event was something to celebrate, as a member of the NBA brought sports and homosexuality one step closer together. However, for others, including an anti-gay ESPN analyst, Chris Broussard, it raised the issue of Collins’ Christian beliefs. “Personally I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’s a sin,” Broussard said. Collins’ homosexuality brings to light many concerns in the locker room and sports in general. Would a team want to be around a gay athlete in the locker room? Some players’ discomfort with gay athletes may become a major problem for all of sports managements. The debate on gay rights continues, but Collins’ admittance brings a double effect: strengthening support for gay rights, while on the other hand, raising major concerns for sports teams. Following suit, many other athletes may come out of the closet, and it will be no surprise, thanks to this gay athlete.

The Lady Brahmas head back home after loss

SOFTBALL| The season comes to an end for Diamond Bar as they were stunned in a wild card match

against the Aliso Niguel Wolverines, falling short 9-1. BY JOSEPH PARK SPORTS EDITOR

The Lady Brahma’s softball season came to an end after a devastating loss against the Aliso Niguel Wolverines on Tuesday afternoon in a wild card game. Unable to get consistent hits and struggling to contain the Wolverine’s offense, DB fell short 9-1. “We underestimated the other team and we were not ready to play,” senior captain Dani Wilson admits. The Wolverines scored two runs right from the beginning, commanding the tone of the game and keeping DB scoreless as it struggled against AN’s pitching. The first inning ended with a score of 2-0. After a short break, DB seemed to get things going as freshman Andrea Gonzalez scored one run. However, one run was not enough to outlast the Wolverines, who scored two runs in their half of the inning. DB struggled the rest of the match as they could not score again, finishing with five hits. “We committed too many errors that opened the door for Aliso Niguel. You can’t do this against a good team,” coach Roberta Garcia said. Taking advantage of DB’s inability to score, AN scored one run in the third inning and two runs in the sixth and seventh, finishing the game. It was a lopsided match as the heavily favored Wolverines proved their overall record of 2012. Although the season came to an end, it was a learning experience

for many underclassmen who will be returning next year with a more determined attitude. “We need to gain more game experience outside of the high school season,” Garcia said. DB has high expecations for the next season. “We are graduating three seniors Dani Wilson, Briana Gonzalez, and Yolanda Leon. We look forward to next season as

most of our returning players play travel softball over the summer. This experience that they gain is important for our program. If we are going to compete against softball teams in Division II we need all players to play outside of the high school softball season. We had some awesome plays from our underclassmen as we started three freshmen, one sophomore, and two

juniors,” Garcia said. The Lady Brahmas concluded its season with an overall record of 12-15 and a league record of 3-4. DB tied second in league but lost the tie breaker by the a coin flip. It was a season to remember. “Overall, I thought we had a good season and we learned a lot about coming together and playing as a team,” Wilson said.

VALIANT SAVE - Sophomore Danielle Cornejo makes a diving catch to finish out the inning.



As my time on the Bull’s Eye staff comes to an end, I can clearly see the impact it has made on my life. Through journalism, I have found the passion I have for sports, a passion that very few people are lucky enough to find in their lifetime. For those who think that sports is simply a pastime or hobby, sports has played a vital role in bringing necessary change to society and proving the ultimate cliché of nothing being impossible. I don’t want to bore you with a long article, so the rest of this will be short notes and quotes to support what I have said. We all know about Kobe Bryant’s 81 and 62 point games and yes, they are extraordinary. However, what impresses me more is the sheer will the man has to win, the type of determination that only comes with passion for the game. The ultimate showing of this drive came when he suffered the worst injury of his career, a torn Achilles tendon. He could have easily left the game, but he literally hobbled back to drain two free-throws in the clutch, a typical Kobe-esque moment that will forever be remembered. There have been dozens of motivational moments in the history of sports: Adrian Peterson’s epic return to win MVP, LeBron James’ 25 consecutive points against the Detroit Pistons, or even the 1980 Winter Olympics in hockey dubbed Miracle on Ice. However, none have been more awesome than Michael Jordan’s flu performance in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. With a severe flu for which he was given IV fluids during halftime, Jordan willed his team to a pivotal victory. Only one word can describe this performance: inspirational. On November 7, 1991, Lakers superstar Magic Johnson forever changed American culture when he announced that had tested positive for the HIV virus. Not only did he bring awareness to the AIDS epidemic, he brought it to a whole new audience, showing that the disease was not limited to homosexuals. On a related note, NBA veteran Jason Collins recently announced that he was gay. This may not initially seem like a big deal, but this gives people, especially adolescents, the courage to come out and be who they are. Both of these players brought and are bringing change to society through their status as a professional athlete. Here are some quotes that have inspired me. “What I’m doing right now, I’m chasing perfection.” –Kobe Bryant “A lot of times I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don’t ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren’t blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.” –Tom Brady “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan




Wednesday, May 22, 2013



















Southern Illinois University

Tufts University

Major Undecided

“I don’t really like planning ahead for my future, since everything is always changing. I just work on what I’m doing right now.


UC San Diego

UC San Diego

Major Undecided

“I’m definitely “I’m still very stepping out of my undecided about my comfort zone. I hope future, but I look that I discover my true forward to passions, meet discovering my inspiring people, and passions and find my own identity.” interests.”

Human Biology

UC Santa Cruz

UC Berkeley

Human Biology

Molecular/Cell Biology

“I’m looking forward “I plan to study to being on my own human biology for the first time (Pre-med) while without the guidance. continuing in helping I can’t wait to experi- the community at ence everything the Santa Cruz.” world has to offer.”

Pepperdine University Business

Harvard University Neuroscience

“I’m hoping to meet “I plan on becoming a “Although I am not new friends. I want to successful entirely set on my experience the full businessman by career, I know that I college life and figure majoring in business want to participate in out what I want to do at Pepperdine. I hope research that could with my life in to have fun in Malibu.” potentially affect lives in a positive way.” San Francisco.”

Diamond Bar’s Athletic Scholars


ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP| As the seniors’ athletic high school careers comes to an end, they will continue their excellence in college. BY VRINDA CHAUHAN STAFF WRITER

Isabelle Shee, a senior varsity golfer at Diamond Bar High School, just recently accepted an athletic scholarship to UC Riverside. This opportunity has been an impelling cause for Shee to strive and excel at golf as well as part of the reason she started playing. Influenced by her family, Shee started playing golf when she was 13 years old. A year later, she started playing for the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort. Shee has been on the DB varsity golf team since her freshman year. This year, the Lady Brahmas took second place in State Finals and won CIF Championship. “I’ve been working really hard to get a scholarship ever since I started and I’m glad I got this opportunity,” Shee said. Tatum Lockett, a devoted varsity soccer player at DBHS, was recently admitted into UC Riverside, also on an athletic scholarship. Outside of school, Lockett currently plays for Legends FC, a professional youth soccer organization. She started playing soccer when she was three years old and has been on the school’s varsity soccer team since her freshman year.

Tatum Lockett

Jason Chen

Lockett plans to play professionally while earning her degree in Business Management at UC Riverside. “A scholarship wasn’t really something I planned. I just played for fun at the beginning. I started getting more serious about it by sophomore year,” Lockett said. Lockett’s two older brothers, both former DBHS athletes, received football scholarships and served as an inspiration and role model throughout her life. “My family definitely plays a big role. My brothers are the ones who really pushed me to be where I am now,” Lockett said. Jason Chen, a senior at DB was recruited by Princeton University because of his exceptional skills in golf, as well as his academic dedica-

tion. In October, Chen received a letter from Princeton ensuring his admission to the fall 2013 school year, as long as he maintained his academic standards. In December, he received a formal acceptance letter and will be joining Princeton’s golf team. During his recruitment, Chen had the option to choose among the Ivy League colleges. Many aspects of Princeton were appealing to Chen, since he was looking for a “good balance between sports and education.” He was offered an athletic scholarship by many prestigious colleges, such as Stanford University and UC Berkley. However, Chen was not looking to be on the road playing tournaments for the majority of his time. He pre-

Kristie Yang ferred Princeton’s calm environment as well as the quality of its golf team. Chen plans to play in the PGA after graduating Princeton with a business degree. Chen was first introduced to golf when he was nine years old by his parents at Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort. Since then, Chen has played many tournaments all around the world, including Europe, Japan, Korea, and China. Last year, Chen was ranked the 38th junior golfer in the country by American Junior Golf Association. Kristie Yang, a dedicated golfer as well as an excellent student, received a scholarship to play golf at Southern Illinois University. Driven by her father, who had dreams of becoming a professional golfer himself, Yang started play-

Isabelle Shee ing golf recreationally when she was eight. However, in middle school, she started to take golf to another level and she competed in junior tournaments all throughout Southern California. Yang played for numerous clubs such as Southern California PGA, All- American Junior Golf, and Junior Amateur Golf Scholars. She has been on the DB varsity ever since her freshman year and became captain as a sophomore. Though she trained rigorously for the scholarship, Yang reveals that she did not plan to attend a specific college or career. Instead, she looked for colleges that wanted her and chose the best from those. Yang leaves home “excited to get the full college experience of growing.”

May 2013 II  

The Bull's Eye - May 2013 II