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MAY 2014 Vol. 40, No. 3






MR. HANSEN By ARTHUR HWANG and KAITLYN WANG “When you know somebody’s name, you create a relationship.” Foothill’s new temporary vice principal, Jim Hansen is known around school to be able to memorize the names of students quickly. Working in the Pleasanton School district for 41 years since 1973, he has been an English teacher and the principal of Dublin High School, Wells Middle School, Valley High School, Harvest Park Middle School, and Amador Valley High School. Now retired, Hansen has returned from months of traveling to serve as Foothill’s vice president until the end of the 2014 school year. He has already made a lasting impression on Foothill students, from his warm, happy personality to his mission to remember every student’s name. Foothill’s Inflight News had the privilege to learn more about him. ••• Q: What was your first impression of Foothill? A: I was a little bit nervous because I spent my career on the other side of town. However, everybody was very welcoming, and I enjoyed meeting the kids and the staff. My first impression? It’s a very good place, a very happy place to be. Q: Is it any different from Amador? A: At Amador they wear purple, here they wear blue. There are far more similarities than differences though. Just as a side note, eight of my brothers and sisters went to Amador but the gym here is named after my cousin— the Tom Hansen gym—so we have family on both sides of town. | Continued on Page 2

Foothill High school is well known for its beautiful murals around campus, painted by the students themselves. This year, Foothill’s Mural Club is revamping old murals with modern replacements of old ones and new additions in remembrance of the 2013-2014 school year. The new additions to the murals are due to be done before the summer begins. Outside of the library, Mural Club is revamping the multicultural mural with a new color blocked theme. So far, they have painted over the original mural, patched old holes, and primed the surface. The students in the club have begun painting the different colored panels to form a background for the subjects of the mural. They are beginning to add figures and shading to prepare for the

final painting. This mural is meant to symbolize and show respect for the diversity at our school. It showcases just a few of the countless cultures and tradition practiced by our students. Gwen Kelly (14) is a member of mural club working on the multicultural mural. “Our beliefs and morals show through in our art, and it is important for a school to be not only diverse and friendly, but to have a way to show it,” Kelly says. Another project mural club is working on is a tribute to Mrs. Koobatian. The mural will be located outside of the choir room facing the gym. So far students have leveled the surface to begin their painting and have started to plan a design in remembrance of Mrs. Koobation. Kelly adds, “Art is a medium that we use to show everyone an idea in a way that is uplifting and pleasing to the eye, so Mural Club’s real job is to show our school’s ideals on its skin.”

By BRENNA SCOTT and CESAR SALDANA Just as most things, Foothill High School has changed over the years, particularly the Student Body Demographics. Since its opening in 1973, Foothill has seen an increase in just about every ethnic group. The school falls into the large mixing pot of varying ethnicities known as the Bay Area so this doesn’t come as a surprise. Foothill was predominently Caucasian when it opened; however, according to the 2012-13 PUSD School Accountability report, the student population is 51% Caucasian, 31% Asian, 17% Hispanic, and the rest is a mix of African AMerican, Pacific Islander, and other. History teacher Robert Mueller graduated from Foothill in 2002 and began teaching at the school in 2008 so he knows first hand how the school itself and the student body within it have evolved. Mueller says that even when he attended Foothill, there were little ethnic diversity. However he says that when he came back after 6 years of being away, he saw how drastically the school had changed. “The look of the school was definitely different when I came back,” Mueller added. “We didn’t have a pool when I was here and the D-Building didn’t exist.” He also said that he notices now that there is a lot more pressure to take AP classes and to surpass a GPA of a 4.0. Mueller said that when he went here, the school was more sport driven. “There’s a lot more ethnic diversity her now, but Pleasanton as a whole hasn’t experienced a big drastic change.”



Betty Thoe, Senior English Teacher said that the school has changed a lot since she began teaching here. She says the school is less happy. Commenting on how school has changed since she’s been in school, Thoe said that it is less serious with less homework than she had and less strict rules. “Foothill has changed. It is not as happy as it was in 2000, but its getting happier. The budget cuts and the change in rules. The stress that’s been put on the teachers has trickled down to the students.

news & features Q: How was it, moving around a lot, being part of so many different schools? A: I’ve been fortunate to have such a vast experience. Especially, starting Village High School was exciting. Everything had to be planned when forming a high school: creating a new environment, seeing different challenges, getting one project done, moving on to the next... There is kind of a spirit that moves you to the right place. I loved my work, wherever I was at.

Foothill’s New (Temporary) Vice Principal MR. HANSEN talks about forgiveness, famous former students, and name memorizing

Q: What motivated you to become a teacher? Did you have any other careers you planned for? A: After high school, I went to Berkeley. When I went there, I majored in everything. I wanted to become a doctor and took chemistry… but I figured out I didn’t like chemistry. And then I decided to become an architect and started preparing for the School of Environmental Design. And then I finally ended up majoring in history. History is a combination of everything. I studied Russian history and architecture history. After I got out of school, I decided to teach. I wanted to teach because my dad was a teacher, and he had fun being an administrator….A career is about fun and following your passion. That’s how I got on my path. There wasn’t a plan; I tried all kinds of different things.


The Foothill hallways and parking lots seem to be less congested. Our classrooms have become more quiet, and the truancy letters are on the rise. What could possibly be the cause for all these seemingly mysterious happenings? A highly contagious disease best known as “Senioritis”! No one is safe from the wrath of Senioritis. One day, you’re on top of all your homework and attendance, next thing you know, you’ve forgotten it was even a school day. Kendra Chao (‘14) says that she “thought [she] would always do well in the beginning of the year, but after realizing what College [she] was going to, [she] just did not care anymore.” She even admitted FHS JOURNALISM


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Q: Did you have any special experiences that stick out in your mind? A: Kids I met over the years have made an impression in my mind: Eric Swalwell was a student of mine; he is our Congressmen for the district. Tim Sbranti, a student of mine, is the mayor of Dublin today. Chris Michelle, another student of mine became President George W. Bush’s speechwriter at age 26. He is now Chief Justice Roberts’ head clerk as an attorney. So to see my students succeed is pretty fun. Q: You say it takes 5 times for you to memorize a name. What’s the story behind names? A: I try to remember names and I work hard at it, but as you get older, it becomes harder. You know, the smaller the school the easier it is to remember kids’ names. At Harvest Park I think I knew everyone’s names, I went to Amador, and you know, there were 2900 kids there. I knew a lot of their names. And then I got here and I’m learning names... Q: Do you have a trick? A: The fifth time is the magic time. Sometimes I look at facial structure and compare it to someone I know. Photo: Arthur Hwang

Q: What is the favorite part about your job? A: What makes me happy is working with students and staff. If there is a challenge, we work together to solve that challenge. It’s rewarding to working with students when they make a mistake and help them realize they made a mistake and help them go forward, incorporating forgiveness. I think that’s one piece we forget when we work with people. Kids make mistakes, people make mistakes. There is a need for consequence, but there is also a need for forgiveness. Seeing people grow, including myself is exciting for me.

Q: Why is forgiveness so important? A: When disciplining students, many administrators often forget that the goal is to change their behavior—not punish. Forgiveness is when they forgive themselves for their mistake and realize they are forgiven. Change in behavior is about giving people time to reflect and helping them on that reflection. And realizing your mistake and going forward is the most important thing.

Q: Do you have a philosophy behind why you memorize names? A: When you know somebody’s name, you create a relationship. If I say ‘Hey Arthur, come here’ you’ll come here, right, as op-

that she “never even opens [her] backpack until the next day when [she] comes back to school.” Many seniors that have contracted this disease, and have their own way of handling it. Uma Paranjpe (‘14) talks about how she decided she would watch “all of How I Met Your Mother in a month, that is nine seasons in thirty days, and each season being twenty two episodes a season” While Tully Montgomery (‘14) stated that in his case, he has “terminal Senioritis” where after figuring out what college he was going to, he just started letting “a few things slide” Some cases of Senioritis are more severe than others. In most cases, the disease only starts developing second-semester of senior year, but Sharada Kumar (‘14) tells about how she contracted hers “around sophomore year, and it’s only gone downhill from there” She continues to explain with how

her parents have been dealing with it saying, her “mom hates it, because [she] barely come to school, but she’s accepting it since there isn’t much she can do about it”. Some classic symptoms of this disease are •Sleeping in class •Skipping classes •Hanging with friends after class has started •Unorganized notes and binders

posed to ‘hey you.’ When you know someone’s name, you have a little bit of power with that person and that person has a little bit of power with you...I think it helps in terms of creating climate, of creating discipline. Kids are less likely to do things they shouldn’t do, at least when you’re around, when they know you know them. Q: What was a challenge in your life and how did you overcome it? A: I went to a small boarding school and a lot of the challenges was my parents had ten kids. I wanted to go to Berkeley, but my parents didn’t have enough money. I had only applied to one college because that’s where I wanted to go. I got in, and I had to pay for it. I had to work 40 hours and go to school, Living in the basement of the fraternity house, worked my way through college. Q: Do you have any goals for the future? A: Well I am retired, so. I do have a few goals, I want to spend time with my wife. We did a lot of traveling for the eight months I wasn’t working. I went to Cancun, I want to travel-- my family went to anywhere warm. Our next trip is the Dominican Republic in January. I want to write. My wife wants to take dancing lessons, like “Dancing with the Stars.” I paint, so I want to do more of that. I want to get more involved with community service. I’m not sure specifically what I want to do, but the Wheelchair Project seems like a good initiative. Q: What do you want to write? A: I’ve got a story in my mind, but I just don’t know how to explain it. Kind of an autobiographical but not really. But yes, I want to write a book. ••• Wherever Mr. Hansen is, he’s dedicated to getting to know the students of Foothill and making a difference in their lives. He’s only here until June, so get to know him while you can.

•Neglecting homework •An increased knowledge in Television shows This is a somewhat serious disease that can be cured, but sufferers probably won’t even try. If you or anyone you know develops Senioritis, please try to at least show up by second period.

senioritis |sēnyərītis| noun

a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance: I try not to let my grades suffer from my senioritis. ORIGIN early 20th cent.: from senior + -itis.


Read the full article at Weeks Away Till Rio By ADIT SHRESTHA With the 2014 World Cup starting on June 12 at Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, many countries are struggling to pick their final squads and keep their players healthy. All 32 countries will be training harder than ever for their once in a lifetime shot at their dream to win the World Cup. Injuries have been a huge problem for countries like Colombia, who is most likely not going to have its star player, Radamel Falcao, fit and ready in time. Although he played in the qualifying rounds, Colombia will struggle without him in the round of 16.

Crisis in Ukraine By MARIA AKHTER The death toll in Ukraine is rising and tensions are increasing in Russia in regards to Crimean control. Most average Americans have heard of “the crisis in Ukraine” and are very curious to know the details and diction of this global enigma but are unaware the inner workings and turmoil that are in effect. The issue is rooted with the political corruption of Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, who partook in fraud and embezzlement of government money and made an economic partnership with Russia instead of a much more effective deal with the European Union.

TV Shows You Have to Watch This Summer By JESSICA OU 1. Parks and Recreation A comedy series that recently ended its second to last season in April 2. Game of Thrones A series with an overwhelming amount of action-packed drama, plot twists, and many, many character deaths all mixed together in a medieval-like setting. 3. True Detective A crime drama series about two police officers who are investigating a possible serial killer in rural Louisiana.


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Need a recipe? Google’s got you. What about reaching a friend who lives in a completely different country? Email is your best friend. Cat videos? Makeup tutorials? Music? Youtube is the outlet. Youtube started out as a small company meant to allow users to upload and share videos, but since 2005, when the site first launched, it has snowballed into the video sharing platform. In 2012, more than four billion videos were streamed daily, and since then, the number has increased. What makes Youtube so successful? How has the simple video sharing site bloomed into something that can display everything from cellphone videos to a pristine 1080p, and garner billions of views in a day—in just a few years? The answer is simple: the people can choose what content they wish to watch and the creators can upload what they wish to show. And it all costs nothing. Many amateur video bloggers and content creators have amassed large amounts of fans. There’s a certain sense of genuine conversation when someone just like you talks to you through a camera. There’s nothing artificial, as many uploaders aren’t sponsored or trying to sell a product—although many businesses do use Youtube as a channel for advertisement—and thus, viewers can be assured that the content they are watching is not affected by commercialism. Youtube has grown, however, and corporations see that. They see how simple it is to reach a vast audience through a popular content creator. And so, they’ve reached out. A lot of content creators aren’t paid for what they do on Youtube, but it has increasingly become a profession. Sponsoring aids

By TORI KNUPPE that. Fans are getting angry, feeling as if their favorite Youtube star has now become a sellout for endorsing certain companies. Do they have a right to be angry? I don’t think so. A fan can be angry if they want to, but have they thought about why a content creator might chose to accept offers of sponsorship? In the same way as playing a sport is the job of professional athletes, for many content creators, making videos is their job. Youtube doesn’t necessarily pay the uploaders for their videos, and fans certainly don’t. They have to make a living somehow, especially in order to continue creating what they love. And if sponsorship is the way to do it, so be it. Sponsorship doesn’t have to be a big deal, in sports, it isn’t. Why is it so different in the world of Youtube? For example, popular channel Wong Fu Productions is sponsored by a clothing store called YesStyle, and sometimes they place their logo at the end of their videos. It’s not intrusive on their content at all, and many times, the product and logo placement isn’t terribly obvious. There are ways for the Youtuber and the fan to meet in the middle. Fans have to remember that the content creators are making videos for them to watch, but also, they are creating things for themselves. If sponsoring is not intrusive on the beliefs of the creator, why should the fans be angry that it happens? Fans are meant to support the creator, and if they don’t like what the creator is doing, stop watching their videos. It’s really as simple as that.

   Spring months for students at Foothill High can be a time of stress and excitement. Although spring is notorious for standardized testing, AP tests, and finals, it is also a time of formal dances, “UnderWater Basket Weaving”, and the our first annual Lip Dub. Several students over the years have questioned the necessity of high school dances and the benefits they bring to the high school experience. I, however, have noticed several upsides to high school dances that far outweigh some of the negatives.     The first positive of formal dances, namely Prom and Ball, is that they give students a nice stress-reliever during a very chaotic time of the year. Although some claim that planning the schedule for the day of the dance is enough stress in itself, I believe that with preparation and help from friends, planning can be an exciting process. Also, planning activities such as dinner and pictures on the day of the dance can be an effective way of relaxing your brain and taking a break from the daily grind. In the midst of numerous tests and projects, dances provide a fun, carefree environment where students can enjoy themselves for a night without constant worries or tasks.      In addition to relieving stress, school dances give students the opportunity to feel like the proverbial princes and princesses that they have always witnessed in

the movies. Girls get to wear long dresses, do their makeup and hair, and wear their best jewelry. Boys can rent or buy tuxedos, gel their hair, and slap on that new aftershave that they’ve been saving for the occasion. All in all, dances are a wonderful environment for looking and feeling your best, which is not something that high schoolers get to do very often. In addition to looking classy, paying for prom or ball tickets also contributes some much needed money to the school.    Lastly, school dances give students something to look forward to as the school year dwindles to an end. As summer is just out of reach, a fun dance is just what students need to rejuvenate and hold on for the final stretch. While some kids say that dances serve as a distraction during a vital part of the year, I say that they are just the kind of distraction we need. Students need something to look forward to in order to motivate them to work hard and finish strong.     School dances may be viewed as stressful and distracting by some, but to me and many other kids at the school, they are a vital part of high school life. Not only do they relieve stress and provide an occasion to dress up, but they also give students a light at the end of the tunnel as the school year comes to a close.



3. Rosie Ruiz (1980)

This April, Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda was caught hiding pine tar (a sticky substance that can be used to cheat) on his wrist while pitching against the Boston Red Sox. A week later, he was caught pitching with pine tar again, this time trying to hide it on his neck. Pineda was ejected from the game, and handed a 10-game suspension from Major League Baseball. It seems absurd that Pineda would try something like this in front of dozens of television cameras and thousands of fans. However, he is not the first athlete to make desperate attempts at cheating. Photos: Wikimedia Commons

Ruiz appeared to finish in first at the Boston Marathon, but was caught taking a shortcut and riding the Subway to the finish line. She was disqualified, and received the nickname “Subway Rosie.”


1. New England Patriots “Spygate” (2007)

4. Danny Almonte (2001)

Patriot’s coach Bill Bellichick was caught videotaping coaches of opposing teams to steal their play signals. Bellichick was fined $500,000, and the Patriots lost a first-round draft pick.


WANTED 2. Mike Tyson (1997) During a boxing match against Evander Holyfield, Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s right ear. Tyson was disqualified, fined $3 million, and banned from boxing for over a year.



Leading his New York baseball team to the Little League World Series, Almonte was later discovered to have lied about his age, faking a birth certificate to show that he was 12, when really he was 14. After the investigation, his team was stripped of all of its wins by Little League Baseball. 5. Tonya Harding (1994) Before the 1994 Winter Olympics, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (Harding’s rival) was attacked with a club, injuring her knee. Harding’s bodyguard had coordinated the attack, and Harding was aware of it. She was stripped of her championship title and banned from the United States Figure Skating Association.

Racism Not Welcomed in NBA By WOOJIN LEE

Many people around the United States waited for another great playoff season this year. After a only few games, one man spoiled his team, the NBA playoffs, and our current society by making a racist remark. Donald Sterling, the owner of Los Angeles Clippers, demonstrated racism in a conversation with his girlfriend. His voice was captured on tape, a recording that included racist comments spoken to his girlfriend. He said he did not want his girlfriend to associate with African American NBA players, which included NBA former star Magic Johnson. In the tape, he said, “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people.” The Media was shocked and blamed Sterling, saying that he should be punished. LA Clippers' players threw their practice jerseys away, protesting against their team owner, before Game 4 against Golden State Warriors. During the game, they played wearing black armbands and black socks. Big name corporate sponsors also began backing out of their agreements with the Clippers such as Mercedes-Benz, Sprint, State Farm, and others. After few days, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Donald Sterling, the owner of LA Clippers, will be banned from NBA for his life and fined $ 2.5 million. He was also forced to sell his team Racism and prejudice are also related to the society of the United States. This issue states racism still exists even in California. Adedayo Adesokan ('17) stated, “ I think it was a good decision to ban Donald Sterling for life. I'm shocked that an old man reveals his racism.”

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JUNIOR PROM in pictures Photos By Greg Hadley

This Year’s Must-have Fashion Trends By MONICA AZMI and SHARON CHU


Springtime brings out the color in people and allows them to express their snazzy, fashionable side! Pastel colors are this year’s ultimate trend; from soft, beachy blues to gentle warm colors such as peach and lilac, these soft and comforting hues can be found on Prom dresses, smartphone cases, and everyday clothing around campus. Floral prints are a must in anyone’s closet; whether it is a floral romper, dress, skirt, or top. One can pair this trend with whatever his or her trendy heart desires. Adding more floral to an outfit such a flower crown is a great way to get that Coachella or typical festival fashion look. Being comfortable yet cute is the style in which many females strive to accomplish in their daily outfits. Wearing a comfy romper or maxi skirt paired with a neutral-colored cardigan or kimono will achieve that ready to go style. Issy Balles’ (‘15) favorite look is being “comfortable and cute”. Bro socks, Sperry’s, muscle tees are sporty and fashionable articles of clothing for guys this year. Males throughout campus are quickly embracing the new trend of Chubbies shorts as well, showing a lot more skin this season with these shorts that rise just above the kneecap. Hair has also seen quite a few profound changes this past year; braids and updos have become more elaborate while many have begun to adopt shorter and lighter hairstyles. Females have fallen in love with ombre and dip-dye hair in particular, two styles which flawlessly combined lighter and darker hues into one. 2014 will definitely see a great deal of breakthrough fashion trends, and one must admit that we’re at quite a terrific start!

SUMMER 2014 READING LIST By ALICE LEE Summer is almost upon us, and with that comes the eternal question: what to do? Currently, post-apocalyptic thrillers, called dystopians, mixed with touches of romance, philosophy, and/or coming-of-age are trending amongst teens. Here are five young adult books that will (hopefully) enthrall you this summer. 1. If You Haven’t Read This Book Yet, You Are Missing Out On So Much: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green For all those people who have been living under a rock for the past couple of years and have stoutly refused to read this, you are missing out. Hazel and Augustus have fallen victim to young love, but the couple’s status as cancer patients creates complications. The threat of death hanging over the story creates a despairing air to the plot, and eventually creates a sort-of apocalypse in the mind of the reader. A movie adaptation coming out in June promises to stay true to the literary edition and has only increased the popularity of this book. Those who haven’t read it yet will enjoy a vastly unique teenage romance novel fraught with intelligent humor. 19/20 2. Never A Moment Of Silence: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts, and a boy tries to find silence. Patrick Ness’s post-apocalyptic tale follows

the journey of a young boy as he runs away from his oppressive hometown and meets a girl, who takes him on an adventure beyond his imagination. A focus on the theme of information overload makes it somewhat relatable to the teens of today. Though the main character’s speech patterns are hard to get used to at first, it provides a fresh twist on the mindset of the archetypal post-apocalyptic protagonist. 17/20 3. A Deceptively Innocuous Satire of Teenage Life: Uglies by Scott Westerfield This was published back in 2005, but this book’s relevance to modern society still stands. In this book, young teens aspire to undergo plastic surgery at age sixteen and live in a utopian society where everyone is beautiful and the party never ends. The story of a young teen and her experience with rebellion against the machine calls to mind the inglorious yet glitzy picture of young life that the media likes to show to the world, and the countless teens that beg to differ. It takes some time to set up, but those constraints are subsequently smashed in a relatively fast-paced adventure that makes the reader think about the consequences of trailblazing in a sheltered society. 16/20 No matter what your taste in teen literature is like, this list is guaranteed to introduce you to the niche that is dystopian literature. READ the rest of the reading list @ FHSINFLIGHT.COM



Cold Cucumber Salad (serves 4-6 people) (prep time: 5 min) 1 Cucumber (long) ¾ C vinegar ⅓ C water 3 Tbsps sugar ¾ Tsp Salt ½ Onion 1. Mix the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt together in a bowl and set aside 2. Peel the cucumber and slice the cucumber 3. slice the onion very thinly 4. Mix the cucumber slices and onions into the liquid mixture 5. Salad tastes best when chilled in the fridge an hour before serving Cold Bowtie Pasta Salad (serves 4-6 people) (prep time: 30 min) 2 C Bowtie pasta (or any pasta you choose) ½ C Cherry tomatoes 1 Jar of pesto sauce ½ onion 1 small can of black pitted, pre sliced olives Italian dressing 1 red bell pepper and 1 yellow bell pepper 1. Boil the pasta in water for about 15 min and after the pasta is thoroughly cooked, drain the water and set aside 2. cut the cherry tomatoes into halves 3. dice the peppers 4. Slice the onion into thin slices 5. Mix the pasta, tomatoes, olives, onions, and peppers into one bowl 6. Using about two spoonfuls of pesto sauce, mix into the pasta mixture 7. (opt) If you feel the pasta is too dry, pour some Italian dressing (or any salad dressing of your choice, Ranch recommended) on top 8. Chill before serving Candied Flowers (serves: 3 people) (Prep time: 15 min) 1 C Cane sugar 1 tsp water 1 dozen edible rose petals 2 large Egg whites 1. Mix the egg whites and water into a bowl 2. using a brush, coat the flower petals with the egg whites and water 3. While still wet, coat the petals with sugar 4. Place the sugar coated petals on a pan (drying rack works best)

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