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On Sept. 5, the Trump administration announced the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an immigration policy signed by President Obama intended to protect over 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation, although a strategy that would allow the immigrants to stay in the U.S. is currently under discussion (CNN). According to the Department of Homeland Security, DACA delayed the deportation of undocumented immigrants aged 15 to 31 — known as the “Dreamers” — for two years and granted them the ability to request work authorization. Although the Dreamers were not automatically given legal status, as long as applicants had lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 and maintained a clean criminal record, they could be shielded by DACA. As an executive order, not a law, DACA was never intended to be permanent. When the Trump administration reversed the policy on Sept. 5, applications from that point onward were no longer accepted. Congress has been given six months to create a more permanent legislative decision to address the Dreamers’ status. Despite the initial statement on the planned abrogation of the program, an unexpected turn of events may work in the Dreamers’ favor. According to the Washington Post, a Sept. 13 meeting between President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Charles Schumer introduced the tentative possibility of legislation providing for the protection of undocumented youth, accompanied by increased border protections to placate more conservative lawmakers. The potential for action against the repeal has caused confusion while angering conservative


Trump supporters and congressional Republicans. However, in a news conference on Sept. 14, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) stated there were no definite agreements made yet (The Washington Post). The fate of the 800,000 Dreamers in the U.S. is largely indecipherable as of now, especially with the chance of some form of policy that would contradict the repeal. Regardless, the continued dismantling of DACA and increased deportations remains a contentious and palpable possibility. Proponents of the repeal have praised the prioritization of the U.S.’s unemployed citizens in the Trump administration’s approach to immigration, claiming that undocumented immigration threatens Americans’ safety and economic security. While announcing the repeal of DACA on Sept. 5, Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney General, emphasized the importance of enforcing immigration laws. “We are a people of compassion and we are a people of law. But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws,” said Sessions. “Enforcing the law saves lives, protects communities and taxpayers, and prevents human suffering. Failure to enforce the laws in the past has put our nation at risk of crime, violence and even terrorism” (Politico). The highly controversial repeal has also been met with passionate disapproval. On Sept. 6, just a day after the repeal was announced, the attorney generals of 15 states and Washington, D.C. sued the Trump Administration over the nullification of the program (Time). Former President Barack Obama also responded to the repeal on Facebook, voicing his belief that the repeal was detrimental to society and contradictory to American ideals. “To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating — because they want to start


new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military and otherwise contribute to the country we love,” he wrote. “And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?” The ethical questions of the repeal are surrounded by a number of differing perspectives. On one hand, some have argued that the United States should prioritize citizens with legal status. “National sovereignty is a thing,” said one anonymous Dougherty student. “Illegal immigrants cut in line in front of the people who actually want to become citizens and part of the country’s political destiny.” Others defend the Dreamers, who often came to the U.S. as children and consider it their only home. They believe Dreamers should be allowed opportunities in the United States without fear of deportation. “Immigrants should be just as welcome here as any other citizens, and it’s unjust to deport people from the only home they’ve ever known,” stated junior Shallom Omotayo. “I don’t see any benefits of repealing [DACA] besides solidifying the xenophobia of Trump’s administration.” One of the main concerns with the repeal is the expected shortage of workers and taxpayer revenue. Ike Brannon of the Cato Institute told CNN his predictions for potential economic losses over the next 10 years. He believes the reduction of DACA recipients in the workforce could potentially precipitate a loss of up to $280 billion over the period of 10 years, hampering economic growth. However, those opposing to DACA believe the solution to this is filling vacant positions with U.S. citizens rather than immigrants. An-


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COLARD MAKES A STRONG CULTURAL CONNECTION AT DOUGHERTY By Sasha Hassan & Kavin Kumaravel Co-News Editor & Co-Arts & Entertainment Editor With seven years of teaching experience and plenty of enthusiasm, Mrs. Sarah Colard is Dougherty’s newest French III teacher. Born in France, Colard moved to Cameroon when she was nine months old, where she lived for 13 years until her parents’ divorce. She then returned to France and lived there for the next seven years. “I am French,” she notes laughing. “I have the accent and everything.” While finishing up high school in France, Colard visited California as an exchange student and fell in love with the area. She moved to California at 17. Colard then attended Golden Gate University in San Francisco and Saint Mary’s, where she got her bachelor’s degree and teaching credentials. “It sounds kind of corny, but I remember always wanting to be a teacher,” Colard stated. So far she has taught at Concord High School for two years and California High School for three years, making this year her fourth year in the district and her seventh teaching. Colard’s experience so far has been warm and welcoming. She notes that, upon arrival, the students were polite and that the staff made her feel welcome. “The staff is so welcoming. During the training, I felt like I belonged to the school,” Colard said. While she’s still in the process of settling in, Colard brings her desire to expand her French class beyond simple vocabulary memorization or routine testing, by teaching students about French culture. “Culture is the connection you have with the language,” Colard stated. “Just reading the book and talking … it’s not

Colard is DV’s newest French teacher // HARMONIE YACOB

why you’re learning the language. You should have that cultural connection.” In order to make her class immersive and exciting, Colard has her students watch French movies, listen to French songs and occasionally indulge in French food. Ultimately, she seeks to create a learning environment that will allow her students to converse with native speakers. “I really want people to talk and communicate. If you take French, you should be able to go to France and communicate with French people,” Colard said. Colard carries her passion outside of school as well. She loves traveling to different countries alongside visiting her family in France every summer and spending time outdoors. While she’s open to almost any genre of music, she has a special place in her heart for French rap and Ed Sheeran, whose concert she attended this summer. Her curious palate has also led her to try all sorts of different foods. “I like Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian and Korean [food]. My favorite food changes all the time. Right now I really love Korean food,” she said. Besides eating food, Colard also enjoys cooking her own French food at home. Following her outgoing and adventurous perspective on life, Colard encourages her students to take risks. “Be daring,” she noted in her parting comments. “Never give up.”

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other anonymous Dougherty student believes the absence of immigrant workers will allow for unemployed Americans to begin supporting the economy. “We’re aware that people are worried about how much money we’ll lose based on how many people will be displaced from their jobs, but those jobs will be filled by Americans. We cannot deny that illegal immigration is a problem,” they said, later adding that “‘America first’ is not a joke.” The repeal of the DACA program has also caused concern in the realm of education, where the ability for undocumented students to continue their education remains a point of uncertainty. “Our overarching goal remains the same,” said Principal Dave Kravitz. “We want our students to feel safe on our campus, in all facets of their lives,



so that they can have the best, most fair access to a high quality education.” Ms. Elizabeth Graswich, the Director of Communications & Community Relations for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, echoed similar sentiments, placing an emphasis on equity and inclusion. She stressed the district’s intent to provide education for all students, regardless of their identities. The DACA repeal will significantly impact California, where the number of Dreamers is estimated to be more than 220,000, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. California’s response to the actions of the Trump administration can be seen at both the state and local level. Governor Jerry Brown plans to propose the appropriation of $30 million intended to support the Dreamers (LA Times).

Additionally, the California Community College system has documented their intent to “vigorously advocate at every level of government to protect our students and our system’s values” in their “Resolution of the Board of Governors”. Although some of California’s responses to the repeal have been made obvious, the constantly-developing nature of the attitudes and events surrounding the DACA repeal make it all the more difficult to pin down any definite conclusions. The complexity of immigration issues cannot be reduced to DACA alone, and until further decisions are made, the fate of the Dreamers will remain surrounded by uncertainty. •Brandon Shi, Opinions Editor, contributed to this article


Two CSF volunteers, Odelia Chong, left. and Aisha Khandelwa, right, pose for a photo outside of City Hall in celebration of San Ramon’s 150th Anniversary // SKYLER SPEARS

By Ronit Kumar Sports Editor At the Crow Canyon Iron Horse Trail Crossing, San Ramon citizens of all ages waited along with San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson and Commissioner Philip G. O’Loane to begin the 1.5 mile walk to City Hall of Sept. 9 to celebrate 150 years of community in San Ramon. Mayor Clarkson and Commissioner O’Loane arranged a hike along the scenic Iron Horse Trail to explain how San Ramon developed from a village to a populous city. Before the walk, O’Loane showed the crowd a map of the San Ramon hiking trails and explained some of the future developments in store, like an Iron Horse Trail Crossing to be built on the intersection of the trail and Bollinger Canyon Road to control rush hour traffic. During the hike, San Ramon residents had the chance to explore the extensive Chinese contributions to railroads along the Iron Horse Trail, remains of the San Ramon village and architecture of the suggested Spanish mission in San Ramon. After the hike, residents from the Crow Canyon and California High School Walk arrived at City Hall welcomed with festive balloons, pretzels, popcorn and detailed exhibits of San Ramon history. Visitors received rulers and cards for arriving at the event. Eventually, the city officials, including Mayor Clarkson, began to give

their speeches to commemorate the 150th anniversary of San Ramon. City Manager Joe Gorton, Planning Commissioner Jeanne Benedetti, Council Member Harry Sachs, Clarkson and other officials explained the history of San Ramon in great depth. Clarkson mentioned that San Ramon was as old as European California because the Spanish suggested San Ramon as a mission while traveling through the state. It has old relationships with the Gold Rush — two men, known as the Weemer Boys who worked at Sutter’s Mill, lived in San Ramon. Eventually, many new facilities such as schools, a post office, and shops were built. These developments transformed the San Ramon village into the populous city of San Ramon. “I feel I am 150 years old. It’s very exciting to see the city grow and prosper and knowing the background of your community,” said Gorton. The officials at the birthday party enthusiastically introduced many of the facilities in modern day San Ramon, like the city’s highly advanced schools. Many high quality services such as the park system, cricket fields, soccer turf fields, entertainment and the living space maintain high living standards in San Ramon, according to the officials. “Looking at [the] vision of the public, our job is to promote quality of life and community’s residence and promote the wellbeing of people for the community as a whole,” said Sachs. Many of the older facilities also

helped San Ramon grow from a village to a city. There were small buildings like the post office, stage stop, livery stables, stagecoach stop, hotels, saloons, Chinese wash houses for laundry, shoe shop, blacksmiths and a few houses. The main public buildings included a school, church, jail and community hall. Most of these buildings were along the county round (San Ramon Valley Boulevard) and Old Crow Canyon Road (Deerwood Road). “Education, [a] great school district, the library over there ... Beautiful education has contributed to this city’s growth the most,” said Clarkson. Concerning future developments, San Ramon officials have two priorities. First, a city center with a variety of amenities will be built, to give the community a place to gather. In order to control traffic at the center, parking garages will be built for visitors. Secondly, the San Ramon officials have designed multiple plans to reduce traffic, especially on roads like Bollinger Canyon Road and near City Hall. There will be an Iron Horse Trail Crossing built and more lanes added to Bollinger Canyon Road. “San Ramon is a desirable place for people to live and we need to build carefully. We need to pick which projects to build, [which] to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to them,” said Clarkson. Over the course of 150 years, the San Ramon village has grown into a populous city as a result of construction and education.

NEW CLASS HERO’S JOURNEY BLASTS OFF AT DOUGHERTY By Sraavya Sambara & Pranav Chillappagari News Copy Editor & Staff Writer

English teacher Mrs. Jessica Tsuji is teaching the new Hero’s Journey class at Dougherty Valley High School in an effort to start conversations about what it means to be a literary hero, and how it applies to real life. In the senior English course, students analyze the characteristics of heroes found in literary works and then apply the lessons they

learn to community service projects. The real-life applicability of this course is very important to Tsuji. She explains, “The whole idea of us reading books at school is to take something from them. The authors can teach us lessons. But we very rarely can actually try to do those lessons. In this class, the community service aspect is where we take the things we’ve learned and apply them to actual situations in life.” Tsuji also hopes that, through this course, students will learn how to become better people. Her unorthodox approach focuses

on cultivating “heroic” traits in students. Students of the class have recently started Acts of Random Kindness projects. These projects, aimed to prepare students for larger community service ventures, entails going to a class and helping a teacher to make their day a little easier. For her project, senior Simran Chodavarapu decided to help Ms. Ramona Altman in Dance 3 by evaluating student dances. Chodavarapu expressed, “I learned that to be a hero, you don’t necessarily have to save someone. Patience and respect can also make

you a good person, a.k.a. a hero.” In seeing the effects of their service firsthand, Tsuji hopes that students will become more interested in future projects. The quarterly curriculum of Hero’s Journey includes books and a community service project specifically tailored to highlight those book’s morals. This is in addition to senior English requirements, like research and working on college essays. This unique class, in the words of one student, teaches that “anyone can make a difference.”





By Maitri Parikh & Oce Bohra Social Media Editor & Staff Writer

On Aug. 30, the Food and Drug Administration green-lighted the first gene therapy for leukemia, a landmark decision that opened the door to a new wave of cancer treatments. Revolutionary in its approach, the treatment, marketed as Kymriah by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, will be administered to a group of children with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Instead of using external methods to fight cancerous cells, it further enables the body’s immune system as a weapon by harvesting the body’s lymphocytes, or white blood cells, and re-engineers them to recognize antigens on targeted cells and destroy them. These lymphocytes, now referred to as CAR ‘chimeric antigen receptor” T-cells, are reinfused into the patient where they kill the cancerous cells in their midst and later prevent recurrence (FDA). Of the 3,100 new cases of ALL treated each year, standard therapy can achieve a complete remission for most, but in the case of a relapse, the chances of a successful treatment are slim, making the results for Kymriah even more noteworthy (Scientific American). According to the Guardian, in clinical studies, CAR T-cells eliminated cancerous cells from up to 90 percent of the participants, all of whom had relapsed multiple times or didn’t respond to the standard therapies that were administered. The impact of gene therapy has the potential to spread far beyond ALL, as studies show that it can potentially destroy cancers ranging from Multiple Myeloma to brain tumors. Kymriah remains the frontrunner of its kind but according to the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, 470 potential treatments are unfolding under initial clinical trials with another 34 in the final stages of FDA approval testing, signaling a future where competent treatments can provide a viable alternative to mainstream treatments. These well-known therapies, including chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy, have served as the precedent for cancer treatment over the last few decades, but are incredibly flawed. In a nutshell, these methods target cancerous cells through a process called apoptosis, in which proteolytic enzymes, caspases,

are activated by chemicals or high energy rays, and proceed to trigger cell death by splitting specific proteins in their nuclei and cytoplasm. However, apoptosis often fails to eradicate a portion of cancerous cells, leading to a high risk of relapse, leaving the body’s healthy cells severely weakened. To eliminate the potential of cancer recurrence and damage to the healthy cells, scientists in Glasgow, England developed Caspase Independent Cell Death (CICD), which sends a signal to the immune system to obliterate the last of the cancerous cells (University of Glasgow). Even though this treatment has only been focused on colorectal cancer, as with CAR T-cell therapy, it can be further tailored to defeat a wider array of cancers in the future. Before exclaiming a preliminary cheer, scientists realized the complexities of such treatments, as with most others in this domain, threaten to overshadow the benefits. Novartis set the cost of CAR T-cell therapy an upwards of $475,000 (Business Insider) a sum that sits in stark contrast to chemotherapy’s average of $30,000, the group Patients for Affordable Drugs deemed “excessive” (WebMD). While Novartis made steps to offset the price by setting up a patient-assistance program and promising to not charge patients for the treatment if they don’t respond to it. Ms. Katherine Huang, Dougherty’s Biotechnology teacher, argues the enforcement of the treatment will continue to be “a long expensive process” due to the chemicals used, the molecules that need to be synthesized and the training of physicians to administer and interpret it. While the cost alone doesn’t bode well for the future of this treatment, the sometimes fatal side effects might be a deal breaker; the newly infused T-cells can kick off a cytokine storm, a reaction that can cause a high fever and a dangerous drop in blood pressure, neurological problems and other complications that lead many patients to a precarious position between life and death before they finally recover. While its adeptness at destroying cancer cells is certain, the FDA still has to actively assess if Kymriah results in the creation of another health issue. The future of CICD is even more vague, as the treatment may not see the light of day; though they have potential, most treatments don’t tend to make it past the various rounds of FDA approval. Although researchers are hopeful about the future of CICD, years of further research and clinical trials are still required before the therapy can ever hope to become mainstream. Huang cautions against the idea that these treatments may lead to a cure, explaining her belief that “There’s no magic bullet for cancer. Cancer is something [in which] all cells die, and all cells mutate, and it’s kind of a natural form of evolution ... You should think about [a cure] in terms of treatments, like what kind of methods are there to kind of alleviate cancer.” Nevertheless, these treatments promise to change the future of cancer treatments by offering a targeted approach to cancer cell death; while skepticism does exist, these therapies bring researchers one step closer to solving a problem often deemed unsolvable.

Cancer cells can be eliminated more effectively through CAR T-cells, a revolutionary new treatment. // FLICKR

In a survey of 184 students, 64 percent of students surveyed were unfamiliar with CAR T-Cell therapy, while 74 percent of students surveyed had no knowledge of CICD. // INFOGRAPH BY TAYLOR ATIENZA

GLOBAL SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE SPARKS TERROR: BLUE WHALE CHALLENGE By Anika Garg & Riya Bindlish A&E Copy Editor & Sports Copy Editor Whales carved into arms. Teenagers jumping off roofs. Over 100 suicides committed worldwide. The Blue Whale Challenge is an online game created in Russia that encourages kids to commit suicide, and has claimed approx. 130 lives in Russia (the origin of the game), India, several countries in Europe and most recently, the United States. The game consists of many challenges, given to the player by a curator, that are completed over the course of 50 days, culminating in a final challenge to commit suicide. Although there has been no confirmation that the game directly causes suicide, there have been several factors linking the deaths to the game. Kids with carved whales in their arms, social media posts related to blue whales and relatives verifying the existence of the game, all indicate that the game has taken many lives. According to CNN, the Colonel of Justice for the Investigation Committee Department of St. Petersburg, Anton Breydo, launched an investigation into Blue Whale, trying to work with a girl who survived a suicide attempt. She informed him that players are told that once they start playing, there is “no way back.” If they try to change their minds, they are threatened by the curator, who claims to have all their information and will come after their loved ones. In a similar instance, a 15-year-old girl from Jodhpur, India claims that if she hadn’t attempted suicide, her parents would be murdered. “The girl repeatedly asked the policemen to let

her jump [into water] and requested them not to inform her family members,” said Lekhraj Sihag, Station House Officer of the police station that rescued her. In fact, multiple girls have attempted suicide by jumping into the Kaylana Lake on the outskirts of Jodhpur, indicating that youth in this region are particularly susceptible to the game. Alexander Naravy is a 22-year-old victim of the game who was rescued by the police after attempted suicide. Naravy speaks out against youth even trying the game. “It is a virtual death trap. Though I wanted to get out of the game, I could not do so ... You will go through an agonizing experience,” he warned. All of the challenges have to do with self-harm

“’s a predator-prey situation. People make things seem so legitimate through the Internet. I believe that it’s human nature to trust.” and provoke feelings of loneliness and depression. They start with simple tasks, such as taking selfies in graveyards and waking up at odd times, and increasingly grow more intense.

“Everyday, I had to watch horror movies alone, as the idea was to make victims shun fear” Naravy continued. These tasks slowly escalate as the game progresses, until finally the curator assigns a date for the player to die. In Russia, almost 20 suicides have been officially linked to the game, but politicians and the media suggest that the number could be as high as the hundreds. In July, 22-year-old Philipp Budeikin was reported as the key mastermind behind the game, being linked to over 16 Blue Whale suicides throughout Russia. Investigators report that “Budeikin branded victims of the game as ‘biological waste’ and told police that they were ‘happy to die’ and he was ‘cleansing society,” according to the DailyMail. In some regions, the issue has become so dangerous that schools are taking action against kids using social media. In India, for example, the West Bengal Education minister has instructed schools to ban cell phones entirely. As of now, there have been no confirmed deaths or suicide attempts due to the Blue Whale Challenge in California. When asked about the appeal of the Blue Whale Challenge, Dougherty Valley High School Health teacher, Ms. Agustin, talked about different teenage mentalities. Some may enjoy being able to check things off a list, and this gives them an opportunity, while others may find a sense of belonging and accomplishment by completing challenges. Agustin continued, discussing the administration of the game and the medium through which it is used: “It’s all about manipulation. The curators are looking for someone they can manipulate — it’s a predator-prey situation. People make things seem so legitimate through the In-

ternet. I believe that it’s human nature to trust.” Agustin, deeply concerned about this issue, encouraged students to be extremely careful online and absorb health information taught at school. Agustin also discussed the impact of this game on different age groups. Teenagers are especially susceptible to this challenge due to social media usage, as well as an increase of risk-taking during these years. Adults aren’t as susceptible, because they minimize the number of risks they take. In addition, adults, for the most part, have already found their sense of belonging, unlike many teenagers, for whom this can be a struggle. Dougherty Valley Mental Health Counselor Mr. Joe Ionara expressed his thoughts on the dangers of such a phenomenon. “When we have created a pressure-cooker situation at Dougherty — parents, students, teachers, administrators ... we’ve all sort of created an environment that creates a lot of pressure [with] I think a lot of undue anxiety, a lot of stress. And when you’re in that position, you do things you wouldn’t normally do, and say things that you wouldn’t normally say, and if people in this community are exposed to it at the right time, they can be very susceptible to manipulation. My fear is someone [might] get a hold of this game or convince others to do it,” he said.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, which is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.




I am a passionate hater of restrictive word counts. I am an avid consumer of all things unhealthy and spicy. And I am somewhat of a music snob, though definitely not as much as Dear reader, Armaan. (I love you, Armaan!) Every year, Editors-in-Chief For future issues, if any of you actually have are offered the opportuni- any actual questions you want answered, ty to have their own column to write about email me at “something.” This year, my co-Editor-in-Chief, If you want to remain anonymous, then just Armaan Rashid, is likely going to write about drop your questions off in a box in Room 1205 some really deep topics about culture, society and include some clever, rhyming, alliteraand life, as the intellectual human being he is. tion-y names, e.g. “Seriously Sacrilegious SaI, however, am not that intellectual and mantha”, “Gross Gas Greg” or “Bread Ted.” In the very likely case that I don’t deep. receive any questions, I will just After a lot of thought and my dear friend Karen write consideration, I came to the I am a hard have questions and I will answer them decision that I wanted to start an advice column. core fan of in this column, as opposed to simply talking to her in person. Am I qualified to give life adsweatpants Or even better, I will ask myself vice? Probably not. questions and will utilize this colWill I use this advice coland hoodies. umn as a place for me to work out umn to rant about many of my own existential crises — in a my own problems? Probably very public manner. yes. Be prepared to become uncomFor our first issue though, I thought I’d introfortably familiar with who I am this school duce myself. I am a senior at DVHS. I have lived in San year! Ramon for a majority of my life. I am a hard— Amanda Su core fan of sweatpants and hoodies, though this godless weather has been unforgiving.


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THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: THE LEAST PRESIDENTIAL OF THEM ALL By Miguel Dickenson Assistant Opinions Editor When I was in the fifth grade, I read an absurd book called “The Kid Who Ran For President”. It was about a young, charismatic boy named Judson Mood who took on the political establishment — the mature and political adults. Mood appealed to the ignorant and impressionable to ultimately win the presidential election and become the first pre-teen president in the history of the United States. At 10-yearsold, I thought that although the book was entertaining, it was incredibly unrealistic and could never have any parallels with real politics in the United States. As it turns out, 10-year-old me was quite ignorant. When you picture a U.S. political can- As it turns out, didate, what do you 10-year-old see? Do you see a seasoned congressman? me was quite Do you envision a credentialed military ignorant. advisor? A professional lawyer? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have to begin to reevaluate your idea of the modern political candidate. Just last year, for the first time in United States history, a man without any prior political or military experience was elected president. And it’s not just a fluke. Recently, there have been a myriad of public figures running for political positions, who have no such a backgrounds, but rather backgrounds in singing, acting or performing. These include figures such as Dwayne Johnson (or as we know him, The Rock), a movie actor and former WWE wrestler most famous for his biceps; Kanye West, best known for his rap music and avant-garde clothing line, and asking Mark Zuckerberg to “invest one billion dollars into Kanye West ideas” and Kid Rock, a country singer with a controversial past, including Confederate flags and sex tapes. These people may very well be the next presidential candidates of the United States. We must start coming to terms with this, as well as the fact that our political landscape is changing, and changing fast. In July 2016, Dwayne Johnson declared in an interview regarding his potential presidential candidacy that if he “felt that [he] could step up to the plate and become a tremendous leader and make a real difference and make change, [he] would do it.” Soon thereafter, Kid Rock launched an official campaign website for his Michigan Senate run in 2020. Late this past August, Shailene Woodley demonstrated interest in politics as well. This movement has reached a level of prominence that demands discussion. Whether you believe that these pseudo-politicians are, in fact, competent enough to govern our country just as well as a seasoned senator can, or, instead, posit that said politicians merely use their charisma to appeal to the fallacious insecurity and ignorance of the people, it is clear that there are specific inner-workings at play here. Adam Bellows, AP Comparative Government,



U.S. History and Sociology teacher at Dougherty icalization of their platform. And a highly radiValley High School argues that these public fig- cal policy platform is often synonymous with a ures feed off of a growing “discontent with the highly disadvantageous real world impact. For current political system.” example, one could argue that Trump’s radical In short, a group of people, a certain nation if views on immigration and climate change led to you will, is not satisfied with their lives and there- the political mishaps of the travel ban (deemed fore are not satisfied with the way things are run, unconstitutional by federal courts) and the deas they naturally attribute their shortcomings funding of the Environmental Protection Agento government. Subsequently, all it takes is for cy (condemned by scientists across the globe). a captivating figure to march onto the political However, it does not seem like these substantive stage and effectively say, “our current leadership arguments against a faux-populist regime have sucks; I will fix that for you,” for people to get on penetrated the consciousness of those riding the board with the given candidate. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or the Kanye West Moreover, Bellows comments: “There’s [a] presidential band-wagons. In fact, these persongrowing sense from all sides of the political alities have seemingly gained more support. A spectrum that those people in power, the bu- supporter of the Rock’s campaign officially regreaucrats, the institutions, [...] are not serving istered the Run The Rock 2020 party with the the interest of the people.” Federal Election Commission, and with a poll Whether or not this “feeling” is misguided, it is demonstrating that he would take the cake in one of the main contributors as to why people a new election. Furthermore, Mark Cuban, the have felt disconnected from the current political famous reality television host, announced he establishment. would strongly consider running and was able Now that there is have an idea of how these to engage with several news reporters about his un-political politicians have gained popularity presidential possibility. But don’t worry, that’s and legitimacy, we should focus on what will not all: Mark Zuckerberg has also been eyeing happen as a result of this new political trend. the political game, as he recently hired Hillary Historically, people have associated a lack of Clinton’s pollster during her election run. Aside Celebrities are announcing their plans to pursue experience with a lack of competency. They from these cases, there have been a myriad of elected office. // FLICKR possessed their own filter that an individual celebrities announcing, seemingly out of noneeded to pass through in order to become where, that they are running in 2020. Most peo- fallacious catastrophe, Clinton, out of the blue, politician-worthy. But, it seems that in modern ple would take it as a harmless joke, but after all decided to support it in order to gain an upper political culture, we no longer make the same that has happened, we should be more careful. hand in the election. This is a clear example of association. We believe (opposite from before), Now, of course, this aforementioned trend ap- how false logic and charisma, driven by people’s that these charismatic figures, pears unprecedented — ignorant perceptions and emotional desires to who purely constitute charm, something completely latch on to anything that, at face, sounds reaspowerful rhetoric and compe- “I think that it’s a real injurious that we haven’t suring, can often reign supreme over facts. tent appearance, possess the until just recently. Bellows puts it this way: “If you just look at stapossibility.” seen know-how and political acuiBut, if we closely exam- tistics, most people make a lot of their decisions ty to affect real change in the — Dwayne “The Rock” ine the nature of the based off of sentimental feelings.” world. This change in ideology presidential election and And these “decisions” have occurred not only can be seen even in incumJohnson, on a 2020 run its candidates, we may in the recent election, but in the U.S.’ political bent politicians. see that the trend is not history as a whole. In short, although the state of For instance, Bill Dodd, a for president as unusual as we think. politics has been particularly infelicitous lately, California state senator, said In the case of celebrity prior to this things were not too different. this: “I would hate to see the politicians, charisma So our election system is arguably completepublic in general seeing the Donald Trump ex- and rhetoric play a major role in their appeal ly flawed. What now? Will things continue to ample and never electing anybody that lacks power. However, most politicians running for spiral out of control until Idiocracy Part Two government experience.” office throughout history also utilized the same happens in real life in the United States? Until This case of a state senator supporting the idea tools. Especially recently, presidential debates fifth graders are elected leader of the free world? of a celebrity as a politician clearly demonstrates have not been a place to hold mature and intel- Until any renowned figure with the ability to the change in sentiment of the public regarding lectual discussion about real issues, but more conjure convincing eloquence for effectively bewhat it takes to become an elected official these so a platform to attack and belittle the political nighted people can gain support? days. opponent with empty rhetoric or deceitful perOr, will we come to our senses and begin to So, the people give the okay on this phenome- suasion. Even going as far back as the 90s, Bill prioritize things like substantive governmental non. But is their feeling justified? Clinton ran his 1993 campaign off of an ideal experience and voting records over e-mails and Bellows took the opposing side to comment: that he would not have been endorsed other- reality television appearances? For now, the “If political parties and officials in office are not wise if he was not pressured into doing so by his ultimate direction in which we are headed as a actually passing policy that people are asking for political advisors. After several election cycles of country is unclear. One thing is for sure, howev... [they’ll either be] elected out of office, or there Democrats standing by, staunch on their belief er: the 2020 presidential election will probably will be some type of larger political or cultural that the War on Drugs was an unethical and not be so presidential. revolution.” Furthermore, if we consider the example of Donald Trump, a president with no former poEDITORIAL POLICY: Columns and guest contributors do not necessarily represent the litical or military experience, we learn that these opinions of The Wildcat Tribune. The Wildcat Tribune encourages all readers to resorts of figures are highly susceptible to not only spond to all articles or important issues by writing a Letter to the Editor. Columns and personal scandals which ruin their image, but letters in the Opinions section are printed at the discretion of the Editorial Board. The also policy blunders which destroy their esteem. Wildcat Tribune reserves the right to refuse or edit any letter submitted for publication. 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THE TRIBUNE DISCUSSES AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: PROGRESSIVE THINKING OR REBRANDED RACISM? By Anumita Jain Managing Web Editor In 1961, former President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10925, a part of which encouraged government contractors to “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color or national origin.” The purpose of this executive order was to offer a level playing field to job and college applicants who were historically discriminated against and take a step towards bridging the achievement gap. His executive order ended up fulfilling its intended purpose. The fact that people today argue against affirmative action shows that there are in fact minorities who have been historically discriminated against who find themselves at a socioeconomic advantage today. Although it’s not a lack of intelligence or motivaAffirmative tion that would’ve action played hindered them from this success a crucial role in the absence of affirmative action in the success — it’s America’s undeniable racof these Ameriism that would’ve cans. done that job — affirmative action played a crucial role in the success of these Americans. In short, it worked. The idea that the original form of affirmative action is not applicable today is undeniable. However, it is also undeniable that the concept of affirmative action is still necessary. While back in the early ‘60s the main factor hindering applicants from acceptance into

the college of their choice was race, this factor has changed to income today, and affirmative action should definitely be amended to focus on socioeconomic status rather than race. (Only around three percent of the student body at the country’s most selective colleges is comprised of students from the lowest socioeconomic quartile. while a staggering 72 percent comes from the top.) But regardless of which aspect it focuses on, it’s still affirmative action — it’s still action being taken to ensure a level playing field for all applicants. A quick defense of racial affirmative action: underrepresented minorities are still inherently disadvantaged in the college admissions process. While I in no way mean to make a blanket statement correlating income to race, it is definitely true that America’s implicit racism often hinders underrepresented minorities from taking positive strides up the socioeconomic ladder. The only method by which one can climb the socioeconomic ladder in this case is a quality education. (The average starting salary for a graduate of a highly selective school is around $10,000 greater than that of a graduate of a less prestigious university.) Another reason racial affirmative action (in addition to class-based affirmative action, of course) is important is because of representation — when someone who comes from a family that doesn’t see many people going on to pursue higher education, it is important that they see someone that they can identify with pursuing higher education in order to understand that higher education is an option (and a very advantageous option). In order for them to see this representation, there has to be some sort of race-based affirmative action to introduce the idea of underrepresented minorities at top universities. A final note: underrepresented minorities still make up a smaller portion of the population of the nation’s top colleges than of the college-aged population of the country.

As colleges become increasingly more selective, the affirmative action debate rages on. // ARMAAN RASHID

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By Sasha Hassan Co-News Editor The great American Melting Pot is a proof of what many consider to be our greatest strength: diversity. The diversity seen in our streets and our homes does not find proportional representation in schools, prompting colleges to find solutions to better represent minorities. This ultimately flawed system, known as affirmative action, seeks to serve those it considers systematically disadvantaged and promote diversity. Despite its best efforts, however, it fails to create an effective system to promote these values. Many have supported racial considerations in colleges and jobs as a way of promoting those who were less fortunate. If African Americans as a whole earn less than white people, then it so follows that certain opportunities would have been systematically denied. Not being able to afford a private school or a math tutor would add up to a lower quality of education all the way up until college, where affirmative action would swoop in and balance the system. African Americans would be given the equivalent of a 230 point SAT score boost in order to put them on a level playing field. Similarly, Hispanics would be given a 185 point boost, while Asian Americans would be penalized 50 points. This racial point addition or deduction system would, hypothetically, help poorer students fare better. However, controlling for race in order to bolster the applications of economically disadvantaged students is highly ineffective. A 1990 Princeton study showed that, with all other factors controlled for, poorer students received little to no lift compared to affluent students. Although lower-income minorities somewhat benefitted, lower-income white people were not. Meanwhile, middle class students as a whole continue to fare worse than athletes, affluent applicants or so-called legacy students, i.e. children of alumni. This means ultimately, affirmative action doesn’t really help poorer applicants: which it really shouldn’t, anyhow. Trying to quantify the differences between affluent and lower-income students and then casting a blanket score booster over individuals of certain races shouldn’t be our solution. It casts aside notions of actually improving our public education by instead implementing a haphazard system to recruit underqualified poor students to fit quotas. While it has good intentions, it just creates an ineffective system that prevents real solutions for benefitting the economically disadvantaged from day one. Grooming applications by race is more often justified for a different reason: diversity. Having a mix of races and preventing minority underrepresentation sounds good in

theory, but comes off as condescending. Instead of implementing bottom-up changes in our education system to help minorities, we resort to lowering our standards in order to fill quotas. It’s lazy to simply use a racebased system under the guise of equality and claim that it is fair. Rather than working to create ways to allow minorities to work hard and gain admittance by their own merit, we hand them admission by changing the rules to help them. Is diversity an ideal colleges should work toward? Definitely. But placing such a heavy weight on race creates representation of less-talented individuals in competitive colleges due solely to ...the ideals their race. Not every school will be a perof diversity fect melting pot with proportional can be better exactly representation — achieved if and that’s okay. But the ideals of diquality educa- versity can be better achieved if quality tion is provid- education is providearly on. That way ed early on. ed underrepresented minorities can earn positions through their own hard work. Although some may fear that discontinuation of affirmative action could undermine diversity or minority representation, minority growth can still exist without affirmative action. According to the New York Times, even though affirmative action was removed in several schools in 2001, many still saw a net increase in the percent of underrepresented minorities. UCLA, Berkeley and Texas A&M all still saw an increase in Hispanic freshmen from 2001 to 2011. Furthermore, this argument for diversity fails to see the point of college admission. Admissions officers go through a great deal of trouble to judge each individual on a case-by-case basis to find driven pupils that are interested in learning. Not only could colleges be missing out on talented and hardworking students, certain people of socalled “privileged” races could be denied a hard-earned position in a talent. When colleges start to value innate characteristics over personal merit, it becomes the search for token minorities to flaunt, instead of a search for, truly talented and driven individuals. People stop becoming unique and become part of a larger category; it becomes well-meaning but misguided racial profiling that punishes or benefits people based solely on race. Our push for equality and diversity should create environments where people are given the tools for success from Day One, instead of being judged by their race when they leave high school. We begin to become the very monsters we sought to destroy the moment we place value on the color of one’s skin over the content of their character.


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DON’T BE A-FREUD OF LOVING DANIEL CAESAR’S “FREUDIAN” BY ERIC CHANG Staff Writer 22-year-old hip-hop artist Daniel Caesar reaches new heights in his new album “Freudian,” released on Aug. 25. The debut artist explores the depths of love, highlighting both the romance as well as the setbacks in relationships. Caesar breaks out of his shell from his first album, “Pilgrim’s Paradise,” and focuses his lyrics on love and its effects on people. The album art cover features the young Canadian climbing up a platform. At age 17, Caesar was kicked out of school for a minor weed infraction. Soon afterward, he had a falling out with his father and left home, getting a job as a dishwasher and sleeping in friends’ houses and on park benches. Through this cover art, he cleverly informs the listener of his transformation from a starving, homeless artist to a rising music industry star. In a culture where hip-hop music has turned into a form of media to spread misogyny and greed, this unique artist focuses instead on affection and devotion, a heartwarming style that has been long forgotten. The album begins with “Get You,” which hones in on a new relationship that has him thinking about how it all came to be. Throughout the hit song, he repeats the line, “Who would’ve thought I’d get you?,” illustrating his newfound feelings. By placing this song first, Caesar helps establish the atmosphere in which he will venture into the depths of love, lust and

the meaning of being in a relationship. In an interview with Billboard, Caesar reveals the purpose of the song, saying, “I met a girl and got very involved. She brought things and feelings out of me that I didn’t know I had. ‘Get You’ is a song of praise to a love I didn’t even feel I deserved at the time.” Caesar takes a sharp turn in “Hold Me Down,” delving into the insecurities that one feels in a relationship as well as the ups and downs of love. The song begins with an ominous chorus and leads to a slow, jazz guitar theme, signifying the mixed signals he received. He continuously repeats, “First you love me then you leave me on the pavement,” illustrating his frustration and the difficulties of a new relationship. In combination with the accompaniment of the guitar theme, it creates a reassuring effect that the listeners can interpret as an attempt to put Caesar’s mind to rest. The rising hip-hop star later elaborates on his purpose for the album in “We Find Love”-to reveal the story of his love for that girl who brought out feelings never experienced before. In this song, his biggest insecurity comes to life: the love of his life grows apart from him and walks out of his life. Caesar compiles his journey through love with the lines “We find love, we get up/ Then we fall down, we give up.” The album closes out with the title song “Freudian.” Caesar keeps listeners on their toes in this song, as he talks about his mother diverging from the concept of past relationships. “You are the reason / The reason I sing” can give most listeners the impression that he is speaking of the love of his life. However, if one listens

attentively, he writes “You are the reason, the reason I’m alive,” speaking of his birth. While Caesar tells his mother he loves her, he furtively apologizes to his mother for all his mistakes. “I know I brought shame / Put a mock on your name … I made some change.” One can hear the pain in his voice when he repeats, “Isn’t it nice / Human sacrifice,” accentuating how his mother’s sacrifices shaped who he is today. Surrounded by frequent hip-hop themes, Caesar’s “Freudian” stands out with its preaching of love and restoring trust. Capitalizing on common pop culture, Caesar skillfully produces lyrics that relate to his audience and pours his feelings and experiences into his music, a trait that is lacking in today’s music industry. “Freudian” is truly an emotional and elegant album with an electrifying effect.

Daniel Caesar’s debut album impresses. // GOLDEN CHILD RECORDINGS

AMERICAN HORROR STORY TACKLES POLITICAL POLARIZATION BY VIKRAM BALASUBRAMANIAN & SKYLER SPEARS Satire Editor & Photography Editor “American Horror Story” (“AHS”) lives up to its name in season seven, masterfully combining “American” and “Horror Story.” The unique American political world has created a set of circumstances that director Ryan Murphy has expertly capitalized on, creating a striking, visceral and thrilling fear within viewers. We’ve never been more scared of an episode. Technically, that is the goal of every “AHS” episode, but this season blurs the line between reality and fiction. It’s hard to imagine the probing aliens of “Asylum” and the blood orgies of “Hotel” occurring in everyday life, but everyone can relate to what they felt on election night, whether it was fear or thrill. If you’re a Hillary supporter, you can feel the horror creeping up on you like a murderous clown behind you, and worry for the future and the rights you hold so dear. If you’re a Trump supporter, we are certain you can relate to Evan Peters’s character, “Kai”, and his exuberance of a win for a candidate who promised a brighter future (maybe without the screaming and Cheeto Puffs.) However, “AHS” manages to play both sides. Liberals are portrayed as dependent on “trigger warnings” and precious “snowflakes.” The positioning of a lesbian couple that is portrayed as anti-gun and ultra feminist is not accidental but rather a reflection of the microcosm liberal “coastal elites” live in; this provides contrast with the fringe Trump voters one expects elsewhere. Trump supporters are also shown on a hyperbolic scale with Evan Peters play-

ing a blatantly racist ‘white trash’ character who lives in his parent’s basement screaming “USA” at every turn. But he serves the larger purpose of representing how liberals perceive every single Trump supporter. Obviously this characterization is incorrect, but it brings to mind the reason that Trump supporters exist. It is easy to resonate and hate Kai, because that’s how we think of someone who targets minorities. Liberals ask, “How can we care about someone who so blatantly doesn’t care about us?” (It’s not about the “economy”– it’s about us versus them). And suddenly, this is the state of politics, and now, art. The political satire of “AHS” takes a dark turn as Kai, the Trump supporter, takes an anti-semitic, pro-fear stance. In line with “AHS”, and according to Kai, fear is the ultimate human motivator. Despite his manic presences, Kai genuinely believe in his message of fear being a motivating factor. To ensure this belief is incorporated in the new world created by the election of Trump, he appears before his local council. Not as the screaming, blue-haired person the opening scenes introduced, but as a calm and collected

It’s said that art imitates life. “AHS” capitalizes on that idea by using a new season to tell us how we feel. Murphy uses this ‘clownish’ medium to present a wider truth on the state of American life. citizen. A suit and tie affords him an initial aura of trust and respect, but it is immediately reduced and ridiculed by the other side. It seems to portray how liberals view every Trump proposal.

It’s said that art imitates life. “AHS” capitalizes on that idea by using a new season to tell us how we feel. Murphy uses this ‘clownish’ medium to present a wider truth on the state of American life. Perhaps the biggest consequence of the election is the pervasiveness of politics into everything. Nothing is safe from political controversy. True to its roots, “AHS” sticks to its time-honored traditions of pure, nonsensical horror. In one scene, Murphy taps into human’s primal instincts. Twisty the clown murders a couple, weaves youthful lust, adrenaline and gore together, all things “AHS” is known for. The scene also shows the season’s fail to expand on its original plot. The show is most noteworthy for having a new set of unrelated characters each season, but rather copies “Freak Show”’s motif. The scene is fun and light when a viewer hasn’t seen the show’s classic plays since last season, but falls flat in providing viewers with the unique feeling a new season’s story expected to provide. One thing the show does right is bring ing back a fan favorite of clowns. While the image of Ronald Mcdonald may pop into your head, anyone familiar with ”AHS Freak Show” knows that these clowns rarely bring a smile to your face. These clowns are sinister and terrifying. Interestingly enough, Murphy directs the clowns to not only play with viewers’ emotions but to also play with our minds, never confirming if the clowns are real or a delusion of the troubled main character Ally. Either way, they are a welcomed element and bring the horror in “American Horror Story”. “AHS” excelled in one area: it made me sick to my stomach, and it brought a fear and uncertainty that is nearly impossible for a synthetic medium to present. “AHS” is one of the best and most promising shows of the season.


CREEPY, CURIOUS AND CULTIVATING, THE WORLD OF BUZZFEED UNSOLVED BY SKYLER SPEARS & KATIE WILLIAMS Photography Editor & Staff Writer The hit show “Buzzfeed Unsolved” has recently become Buzzfeed Blue’s most popular segment, drawing in viewers all over the world. Hosts Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej narrate short unsolved crimes or haunted spots for viewersd. There are three seasons, each with a slightly different theme. The first and third seasons are called “True Crime”, while the second season was dubbed “Supernatural”. One of the key factors that separates “Buzzfeed Unsolved” from the many other crime channels on YouTube is the detailing of each case. Shane and Ryan delve deep into each mystery, reviewing facts of each crime. They overlook nothing, thoroughly conducting their research. “Buzzfeed Unsolved” alternates between “True Crime” and “Supernatural”. Currently, season 3 of “True Crime” is in session. It offers a unique look into unsolved cases ranging from disappearances to murders. In each episode a case is presented along with all the known facts about it to allow the viewer to understand the case and guess what may have happened. After the case is displayed, the top theories are posed by Ryan, who goes into detail about each theory and gives Shane the chance to offer his opinion. Usually they will state what they think happened, but ultimately it remains unsolved and the viewer is left to decide for themselves. After presenting the specific case(s), Ryan shares all of the theories on what could have happened. He tries to include a variety of theories no matter how obscure. Oftentimes Ryan will even go as far as to claim the strange disappearance was due to alien abductions. Avid “Buzzfeed Unsolved” fan Hanna Saleh, junior, describes her favorite aspect of the show, saying, “Hearing about debated “Hearing about debated theories at the end is really cool too because you can form your own opinions and do your own research,” avid “Buzzfeed Unsolved” fan Hanna Saleh, junior, describes her favorite aspect of the show.

theories at the end is really cool too because you can form your own opinions and do your own research.” However crazy these theories may sound, they shed light onto the case and can potentially provide some sort of closure to the strange mystery. People can also form their own theories, which it leads to some fun dia-

logue between Ryan, Shane and the audience as to what actually happened. Shane and Ryan also like to lighten up the serious mood of the show by adding little comedic anecdotes and opinions. They often go onto tangents about the bizarre parts of the case and can make you laugh whilst listening to some gruesome cases. Shane’s commentary in the “Supernatural” season became an internet sensation. His dark humor captured audiences all around. His famous words “Hey demons, it’s ya boy” boosted viewings for the YouTube series. There is quite a debate over whether “Supernatural” or “True Crime” is the best season. Many like “Supernatural”’s ghost hunter vibes, while others believe it’s fake and staged. Fans like Christina Garcia argue that “Supernatural” shows different places around the world, giving viewers something really interesting to watch. In contrast, fans like Saleh would claim that “True Crime” is more factual based and less staged. It is more about the actual crime and mystery aspect of it, and less about proving some theories true. It all really boils down to who you like best as a host. Some stay neutral in this debate, while others have a clear side in the manner. “I like Shane much better because he gives the show some humor and makes me laugh,” Hannah shares. “He knows how to lighten the mood.” Which host you like best most likely depends on your personality. Both Shane and Ryan have distinct qualities that make them special. While the two are best friends in real life, they serve as direct opposites in the show. Ryan is a believer in ghosts, demons and aliens. He is also an avid conspiracy theory fan. This makes the “Supernatural” season a rough one for him. On almost every trip to haunted locations, he is terrified and provides all the viewers who are scared someone to relate to. Shane acts as the foil to Ryan in all things supernatural. He only trusts logic and hard evidence. This allows him to approach the “Supernatural” season with a much more level head to provide comedic relief in the scary moments. Both of them approach the “True Crime” season with curiosity and often agree more on the subject, but they still often find each other on opposite sides of what actually happened. There’s something about mysteries that captures our attention as humans, perhaps it’s our curiosity in the unknown or our need to know everything. The spirit world and bizarre crime have captured society for decades. “Buzzfeed Unsolved” is no different, finding a unique balance of humor and crime, while encapsulating the growing YouTube population.





was pleasing. We also ordered the California Sunset drinks in both the mango pineapple and strawberry peach flavors. The drinks came in a lightbulb bottle and were both sweet and mildly fizzy. The strawberry peach flavored drink tasted like a sweet fruit punch and the mango pineapple had a more strong and tangy flavor. Instagram Worthiness: The beverages and ice cream pop out perfectly against the white walls of the creamery. The shakes are heavenly and photogenic.

Food can be interpreted as a piece of art that should be shared, and what better way than through photography. So get your phones ready for some insta-worthy local eats! TOUS LES JOURS BAKERY & CAFE

7151 Amador Plaza Rd, Dublin, CA 94568 Tous Les Jours is a self-serve French-Asian bakery . It has a wide variety of pastries, cakes, coffee, espressos, and savory food.The place was homely and inviting. The first thing you see when you walk in are the employee’s greetings and a compilation of mouth-watering desserts. The only difficult part of the self-serve experience was trying to lift the desserts without ruining their beautiful

ICICLES The lightbulb bottles of O’Honey. // SKYLER SPEARS

your way to the middle. That, in tandem with the rich and creamy custard and fresh fruits, gave the pastry a sweet and tart flavor that melted in your mouth and had you craving more. The Chocolate Coronet had a crunchy outer shell that led into a cool, sweet cream on the inside. Instagram Worthiness: The amount of time and effort these bakers put into their designs, topping the fruit, and making each pastry symmetrical takes a great deal of skill. The strawberries inside the Strawberry Croissant, the juicy fruits atop the Fruit Tart and the intricate design of the Chocolate Coronet gave a distinctive quality to each pastry that captures the eye.

600 Main St Suite F, Pleasanton, CA Icicles’ claim to fame is their unique ice cream rolls. Out of all the places, the service here was the most enjoyable. First, you go up to the counter and order the flavor you want from the list on a board. Afterward, they call your name as they make the ice cream rolls. Watching the employees maneuver the tools as they make their art is the most exciting part. Food: Icicles has more to offer than just a pretty picture, with an large array of flavors, including dairyfree ice cream rolls for lactose intolerant or vegan customers.We ordered a thai-flavored ice cream topped with boba, and it had a creamy sweet taste, and the strawberry lemonade sorbet, which


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Tous Les Jours’s pastries. // SKYLER SPEARS

appearance. Food: We decided to try three different pastries: the Strawberry Croissant, the Chocolate Coronet, and the Fruit Tart. The Strawberry Croissant had a soft, flakey outside topped with a light whipped cream, complementing the taste of fresh strawberries. The Fruit Tart had a buttery crust that turned into a moist sweet bread as you worked

had a fresh and fruity flavor to it with a slight tinge of tanginess brought by the refreshing feeling of the lemonade. Instagram Worthiness: The perfectly formed rolls of ice cream, in addition to each customer’s choice of toppings, looks stellar on camera. Its simplicity is eye-catching with its beautiful array of color and innovative new concept.

O’Honey makes an impact on Instagram culture and is known for their aesthetically-pleasing ice cream cups and beverages in lightbulb bottles. The perfect place to pose with a treat is right under the simple wood sign of their symbol with a bee in the middle or under their grass grown mural with the words “Room for Dessert.” The process of getting your treat is as simple as the decor. Food: We ordered the Cotton Milk Cream ice cream. Although it may be viewed as a bizarre combination, it possessed a subtle strawberry taste, which

A frozen treat from ICICLES. // SKYLER SPEARS

Inklings’s Lavender Latte. // SKYLER SPEARS


530 Main St, Pleasanton, CA Walking into Inklings feels like entering the Hogwarts library, from the antique novels lining the wall to the bizarre flavors of coffee. Food: Inklings’ Lavender Latte has the right balance of sweetness. The unique flavor of lavender surprisingly compliments the strong coffee. A feather was sketched on top of the creamy foam. The store does offer to-go coffee, but between the cozy seating and magical decor, it’s definitely a place you’ll want to stay at. Instagram Worthiness: The frothy design and pretty presentation photographed against a background of vintage novels will be sure to get you compliments on your Instagram feed.

LET’S STOP CLOWNING AROUND: “IT” IS NOT A PROPER HORROR MOVIE very obvious when something is bound to happen: the music crescendos, the lighting wanes and the top two thirds of someone’s head always retreats into the shadows. The approach resembles Following the release of horror movthe slow climb to the top of a rollerie after horror movie, Director Andrés coaster, but then again, the physical Muschietti’s rendition of “It” clinches drop is more likely to elicit a scream the end of summer releases, as the than loud music and a pair of freakish friendly character of Pennywise the eyes. Dancing Clown graces the big screen. But the story does retain its macabre The story was written in 1986 by the undertones. The appearance of Peninfamous horror writer Stephen King, nywise is enough to make everyone at as an over-1000-page extravaganza least uncomfortable, in a messed-up that would both confuse and chill a darPavlov’s dog situation. ing reader to the bone. I read “It” in the This can largely be credited to Stesummer of sixth grade with the utmost phen King’s portrayal of It. The charfascination — and that fascination was acter is supposed to represent the revived as I stepped into the packed culmination of evil in the world, so it’s theater. I was expecting to be horrified not an abstract character — It directly based on scenes from the trailers I had references real life. The effect of this is watched. Bill Skarsgård’s depiction of It implied, however. The kids’s fears are included a dramatic grin and piercing rarely addressed before they are faced eyes, and the striking image of a misswith It, meaning their interactions with ing child’s little yellow rain jacket stuck It have little purpose except to bind the ominously in my mind. Loser Club with a shared experience The movie’s specificity on the child and add some clichéd horror to the run time of the film. The film lacks the nuance and subtlety of the book, which is to be expected when condensing a 1000-page book into two hours. The heartfelt and fear driven monologues, most likely taken directly out of the book, appear cheesy and unprecedented, never providing the somber tone the movie needed to realistically justify the character’s actions. “What a kid-tastrophe,” a friend responded to a particularly trying segment in the movie, as Ben revealed that Derry had a child disappearance rate six times the national average. What was meant to inspire anguish was received with an eye roll instead. Besides being the horror movie flick “It”, the movie, fails to live up the horror in Stephen King’s original book. // Warner Bros. to end all summers, the popularity of

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years of the “It” universe is set in the little American town of Derry, ME. As school is let out for summer, the main characters — Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), who has a stutter, Richie (Finn Wolfhard), the wisecrack, Stan (Wyatt Oleff), the Jewish skeptic and Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), an asthmatic hypochondriac — are shown emptying out their backpacks and making R-rated jokes. They collectively refer to themselves as the ‘Loser Club’, and within the same scene, their real-life antagonists are also introduced. They go by the catchy name of the ‘Bowers Gang’ and the movie version depicts three older teenagers that unite the Loser Club through their constant bullying, as the four boys of the Loser club largely find solace in each other’s terrible lives and endurance of the gang’s torment. Other characters include Mike, a home-schooled African-American boy, Beverly, a girl abused by her father and plagued by rumors fabricating her indecency and Ben, an obese, intelligent boy, who all

end up joining the Losers Club because of this. It, the supernatural antagonist, is a shapeshifting creature that prefers the form of Pennywise the Clown in order to lure in its preferred prey: children. This reality is chillingly cemented in the first 10 minutes of the movie’s running; the capture of Georgie, the little boy in the yellow rain jacket and Bill’s younger brother, is a stark contrast to the rest of the movie, and associates the face of Pennywise with a disturbing, stomach-churning unease. The fears each of the members of the Loser Club face resemble the typical dramatics and gore of horror movies from the past decade, but because they are marked with the same noticeably-CGI floating red balloon and a creepy clown smile that shouldn’t be possible on the human face, the same sense of dread fills the psyche. And it can be argued that there are no jump scares in the movie. Due to the use of music and the lighting, it is

this movie has only cemented Stephen King’s genius; It’s title has guaranteed the frustration of the masses who say “no pun intended” way too often in reference to this movie. Or guaranteed the delight, depending on the context. While they say the book is always better than the movie, “It’s” organization is better than its book counterpart. Although it’s creepiness is translated well from the book, it would seem that the purpose of the character of It needed work — whether it be how It terrorizes people or It’s purpose itself So “It” wasn’t scary. But it wasn’t a bad movie either. For a thriller/comedy, the movie is successful — the interactions and bonds between the kids feel genuine, and are a delight to watch. Richie’s jokes with foul language were brilliantly executed by Wolfhard, and his character was one we all once were or once knew — the funny kid who was a laugh to be around, but also really wants attention. I’m even willing to pardon the haphazard love triangle between Ben, Beverly and Bill. It was never fully explained what the point of the Triangle was, other than, I assume, sticking closer to the book’s original story, but it is a nice end to a disturbing story. After the gory, action-packed battle between the kids and It, there is no real indication what becomes the fates of the missing kids, or how the town reacts. The kids make a blood oath to return and kill It when it comes back in 27 years. In true horror-movie-sequel fashion, “It: Chapter One” flashes on the screen; the adult version of the adventure the kids go on is bound to be even gorier and disturbing than the first. But let’s be honest, the most unprecedented battle in the movie has to be the one between Penny’s forehead and his hairline.








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By VIKRAM BALASUBRAMANIAN Satire Editor A new Pew Research Poll reveals that 98 percent of respondents, when shown a picture of the White House and the president, responded with “utter horror.” When asked, “What does this image bring to mind?”, the vast majority of people polled responded that the picture of the clown brought to mind

their “deepest and darkest fears” and that they “wouldn’t wish this on their worst enemies.” The poll was conducted with the highest scientific standard. Researchers used an image of Pennywise the Clown, from the movie “It”, as a control. The data clearly showed an elevated fear response when those polled were shown a murderous, psychopathic clown compared to Pennywise. One respondent told the Tribune, “The only thing that could make this worse, is if he was some sort of pedophile, and

wanted to date his daughter!” In a stunning rebuke, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the news “a fraud at the highest level,” arguing that Pennywise the Clown was unfairly compared to a murderous clown, and there are “good people on both sides.” When a respondent was asked about his weekend plans, he told the Tribune, “I’d like to relax and take a break from reality, and watch a fun and light movie. Can’t wait to see “It” in theaters.”

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the score at two apiece. Despite the Mustangs scoring in the third quarter, Stemmons stepped up once more to even the playing field with 15 On Sept. 15-16, Dougherty Valley’s men’s varsi- seconds left. Entering the fourth quarter, it was difficult to ty water polo team won three out of four games at the De Anza Invitational at Contra Costa Col- discern which team would emerge victorious lege to completely turn around a 0-3 start to the from the neck-and-neck race. Capuchino took advantage of an ejection to pick up the lead at season. Over the course of the tournament, the team 4-3 with 3:44 left in regulation. Only 20 seconds only lost to Clayton Valley, defeating Pinole Val- later, however, Wong ricocheted a exquisite skip ley, Capuchino and Novato to return to the regu- shot off the crossbar from near half court to restore the deadlock. lar season with an overall record of 3-4. From there, the teams continued to grow inIn the first game on Sept. 15, a forceful Dougherty used superior fast breaks and quick passes creasingly aggressive on both ends of the pool. As to crush Pinole Valley 23-8, with the first quarter time was running out, a defensive closeout in the score alone 10-1. Captain Jacob Laubach scored hole by Captain Junaid Atieque and goalie Sharfive goals and assisted three, Jaxon Stemmons win Patil earned possession for the Wildcats. added another five and David Wong tallied a John Remmers, Stemmons and Wong streamed upfield, outnumbering the Mustangs’ two debrace and four assists. Despite winning the third and fourth quar- fenders. Patil hauled the ball to Wong on the ters by a total of 3-2, Dougherty’s second game left wing, who crossed to Remmers in the right against Clayton Valley was decided by the Ea- side of the two meter zone. With 0:50 left in the game and what was likely gles’ eight-point lead from the first half. Ultimately, the team lost 10-3 against the Division 1 team, the Wild-cats’ last opportunity, Remmers brilwith Captain Rishi Mistry scoring two goals for liantly chipped the ball over the goalie, thus establishing the team’s first lead since the first quarthe Wildcats. ter. Coach Jeff An hour later, Eiorio quickly the inspired rotated into Dougherty a defensive Valley team “They’re leaving here with their lineup, and returned to heads held high, and they the Wildcats the pool to firmly held face Capu- deserve it.” their positions chino. Mistry the scored once - Coach Brad Lehto tol a ssecure t-minute in the first victory, 5-4. quarter, and Wong later 30 seconds before halftime, Stemmons assisted Wong to tie relived the winning moment, saying, “There were

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Team captain Jacob Laubach looks for an open pass. // SKYLER SPEARS

two people on me, and there was splashing everywhere—I saw John, and I just tossed it over to him. And I had my faith that John would score that goal.” On Sept. 16, the varsity team returned to Contra Costa College for their final game against Novato. Though the match was contested throughout, Dougherty managed to keep the upper hand and win 13-8. In the spotlight was Alex Burr, who had just returned from a two-week concussion and had not been cleared for Friday, scoring a stunning five goals and assisting four more. When asked about the tournament’s impact on the rest of the season, Edwin Mui, who scored a hat-trick against Novato, reflected: “Overall, what this means for the rest of the season is we just got to get out there. We’ve had a rough start

in our league games and our non-league games, so this tournament was really a morale booster for us.” Head Coach Brad Lehto paralleled, this idea, saying, “They’re leaving here with their heads held high, and they deserve it — because it’s not ego, it’s confidence and it comes from hours of work and hard talks and humbling situations. It’s just paying off for them and I couldn’t be happier.” After a rough start to the season, the De Anza Invitational indicated that the team was and is improving. With more players recovering from injuries, they will only continue to develop. Dougherty Valley will face off at home against Piedmont on Oct. 2, followed by an Oct. 5 away game against Monte Vista.



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DV Football turned the tables at its most recent home game on Sept. 22 against San Lorenzo High School with a score of 22-21, despite previous losses against Las Lomas, Amador Valley and San Ramon Valley, with scores of 3514, 33-0 and 56-0 respectively. Dougherty Valley took their first league game win of the season during the game versus San Lorenzo. Even after the lesson Sept. 8, Head Coach Nick Tisa felt optimistic about a new coaching method, concentrating on core values, was being implemented that would hopefully change the flow of their future games. Now, it looks as if this new method has paid off in their victory against San Lorenzo. After their loss on Sept. 7, Tisa reflected,“[I] reminded them during the game [of our] core values--[commitment and pride]--and teammates encouraged each other through body language and commitment…On Saturday, after the game, we watched the films and reflected… We [saw] when in the game we messed up and how it got out of hand”. During the game versus the Amador Valley Dons on Sept. 7, Dougherty begun with a strong first quarter, but unfortunately, the quarter ended with DV unable to cross the goalline for what would have been their first touchdown of the game. From that point on, despite the Dons frequent false starts and several pass interference penalties throughout the game, Amador made a series of touchdowns that cemented their victory with a score of 33-0. In lieu of their defeat against Amador

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Steven Bratcher drives towards a first down against Amador Valley. // SKYLER SPEARS

and following defeat against San Ramon Valley that transpired in a similar fashion, Dougherty was quick to spot the errors in their game play and address them. “[San Ramon Valley] kinda came out early. They really put it on us in the first drive. [We] weren’t able to respond [even though we] got down to the red zone, the goal line ... but we weren’t able to execute and score so that’s going to be a huge emphasis this week,” remarked Coach Kravitz. Thanks to such precise evaluation, DV put forth even more effort to “break and tackle” past the goal line during their game against the San Lorenzo Rebels with significant success. During the first quarter, despite an early Rebels touchdown, DV wide receiver Steven Bratcher scored a retaliatory TD himself, ending the quarter tied 7-7. Unrelenting, DV’s Chris Thompson pushed to score yet another TD, leaving the score at 14-7 by the end of the first half. Additionally, DV maintained a hearty defense in the third quarter, making

it impossible for San Lorenzo to take a single TD, instead forcing a healthy number of false start penalties. By the final quarter, the Rebels did manage to rush past DV’s line of defense, landing a touchdown that tied the game at 14-14 and forcing the game into overtime. During overtime, the Wildcats scored a game-winning touchdown and 2point conversion to break the tie at 2221, marking their first league win, and setting their season record at 1-3 thus far. Coach Tisa explained his thoughts on the reason for the win, commenting, “We played as a team and trusted one another. [The players] gave it their all for all four quarters.” Defensive Back Daniel Tang also explained, “We came out ready to com back and were hungry to win and turn our season around. We were more focused on working together and were focused on what we had to do.” Dougherty Valley will face off against Livermore High on Sept. 29 at the Homecoming game.


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The DV Varsity Cheer team kicked off the first home game of the year with a lot of spirit to wake up the inner Wildcat of everyone in the crowd. Sept. 8 was Dougherty’s first home football game of the season and the cheerleaders couldn’t be more excited. The 24-member team was full of enthusiasm throughout the game. During halftime, the team broke out into various stunts, including extensions, liberties and preps. “The first home game has the most spirit of the year,” said senior and Captain Megan Hooks. Throughout the game, the cheer team kept the crowd filled with spirit and hope, despite the losing score. The team used numerous cheers to hype up the crowd and keep them positive. When asked what their favorite cheer or moment of the night was, the majority of fans said either the homecoming proposal or the Wildcat Rumble. The Wildcat Rumble seems a crowd favorite since it’s easy to remember, so everyone can chant along: “Everybody do the Wildcat Rumble, everybody do the Wildcat Rumble. Stop. Drop. And Rumble.” To go with it are easy dance moves and a catchy chant that makes the crowd go wild as they rumble along with the cheerleaders. Apart from the Wildcat Rumble, the crowd also adored the homecoming proposal. Ally Brady, a senior, said, “The girls held me up, with a sign that said ‘Luca, will you fly to homecoming with me?’” The crowd chanted her name and cheered her on as she proudly held up the sign. When asked whether the season is different from past seasons, Captain Sara White (senior), replied, “This season, we were able to incorporate different skill sets that the team brings to the table. It helps us as choreographers to make the team more visually appealing.”

Charlene Ho is lifted into a pyramid formation by her teammates. // SKYLER SPEARS

When asked about plans for the year, Coach Chatto commented, “[The cheer team] is focusing on keeping traditions, from a spirit standpoint. Having school spirit is the biggest goal.” According to Chatto, the girls are more than prepared for the upcoming games because of their hard practice and efforts. A new trick added to the stunt list this year is a “pop off”. Coach Chatto was an athlete herself back when she was in school. She believes that cheer is just as athletic as any other sport and that both talent and motivation are needed to succeed in the sport. Not only does being on the cheer team require lots of leadership, it also requires a lot of team bonding. A lot of work is required to make the team function. Hooks says that the team is “like a family” and that they work very well together. “The rest of the season is only going to progress,” Chatto said.





STORY & PHOTOS BY AMANDA SU Co-Editor-in-Chief To start the 12th annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony hosted by the San Ramon Valley Exchange Club, event emcee and former Club president Karen Stepper, told the audience, “Every year I get asked, believe it or not, why are we here each year, why are we still doing this?” She paused. “Because it means so much to our country that we do,” she said. The event was held at Oak Hill Park to honor the first responders — firefighters, police, and veterans — to the attack, 16 years ago on New York and gold star families. It featured a joint Police and Fire Department Honor Guard, local Boy and Girl Scouts with dozens of American Flags and the Monte Vista High School Choir. As rain fell down and emotions ran high, speakers, including San Ramon Valley Fire Department Chief Paige Meyer, Danville Police Chief Allen Shields and San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, took to the podium to share words of encouragement, hope and resilience. “I think we can lose track of where we’re going if we don’t look back at where we’ve been,” Shields said.

“On that day, 16 years ago, our nation saw evil. The very worst of human nature. And we responded with the very best of America,” Danville Mayor Renee Morgan said. The keynote speaker for the event was Derek McGinnis, a Marine Medical Corpsman and Sentinel of Freedom graduate. During his service in Iraq, he sustained a traumatic brain injury, extensive shrapnel wounds, damage to his eye and amputation of his left leg above the knee, all of which resulted from the time a suicide bomber drove a vehicle into McGinnis’s Humvee ambulance. Nevertheless, he continues to persist, having competed in numerous triathlon and running races and authoring the book “Exit Wounds” in hopes to help other returning soldiers overcome the chronic pain that never disappears. “I came in here early today, I had the privilege of parking here in this parking lot. And I saw and listened to the sounds of freedom … As I look out here in this audience, I see defiance. Honoring our loss and not letting the terrorists change our ways of life. They will not win,” McGinnis said. “For the one percent out there who are putting it all on the line today, I’m sorry I didn’t finish the mission with you. But I’ll tell you what, I believe in you ... I will not forget.”


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Volume V Issue 1