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Vol. 15, No. 3


January 29, 2008

Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications & Fine Arts, 1701 Victoria St., Laredo Texas 78040

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XV años Dancers star in ‘The Nutcracker’

page 3 School unites to support families


Many people noticed Garza’s hair the day after she cut it. “Nobody expected me to cut my hair. Everybody was very surprised, and a lot of Junior choir student Julissa people told me they liked Garza cut 16.5 inches of her hair it,” she said. on Nov. 28 to give to the Locks of Ana M. Vargas, a close Love organization. friend of Garza, told Garza said she has always let her Garza about the Locks of hair grow. Love organization. “I would never cut it; every “I actually didn’t time I went to the hair salon know about Locks of I would only tell them to Love until my friend trim it,” said Garza. told me about it,” She knew giving her said Garza. hair away to children According to who needed it was for a the Locks of Love good cause. Web site, Locks “I decided to give my of Love is a “pubhair to Locks of Love lic non-profit because it was for a organization that provides hairgood cause and the pieces to financially disadvanchildren needed it,” taged children under age 18 said Garza. suffering from long-term MT photo by Krystal Battistata G r i s e l d a medical hair loss from any Julissa Garza displays 16.5 inches of hair she donatAmbassadors cut her ed to Locks of Love. diagnosis.” hair. “I do miss my long hair, but “I was really nervous. I didn’t expect it to be this I’m glad I cut it. I hope more people do it because short,” Garza said. it goes for a good cause,” she said. AND

Clubs collect gifts for Casa de Misericordia BY LUCIA VILLAGOMEZ MT STAFF WRITER

pages 6-7 Martin graduate returns as coach

Tears filled the eyes of seniors and teachers as they donated gifts to the less fortunate at Casa de Misericordia on Dec. 19. Alyssa Garza, Monica Garcia, Lorie Zamarripa, Joey Hernandez, Ashley Reilly and Lucia Villagomez, all members of both Quinta Essentia Club

and the Senior Class, were the ones chosen to present 90 gifts to Sister Rosemary Welsh. The teachers who accompanied the students were Senior Class co-sponsor Diana Martinez, and Quinta Essentia Club sponsor Gerardo Flores. While presenting the gifts several students felt moved by the emotional stories that were told by Sister Rosemary Welsh. Students were moved by the

gift-giving. “Just knowing that we were there making a difference was awesome,” said Garza. The Senior Class and the Quinta Essentia club asked all VMT students to donate as many gifts as they could. Since both clubs were informed Casa de Misericordia seems to receive fewer gift donations for teenagers, they decided to focus on gifts for

ages 13-18. Students were given community service hours, depending on the price for every gift they donated. Several faculty and staff also donated gifts. The clubs also offered free gift-wrapping and bows. According to its Web site, Casa de Misericordia, was established in 1998. It is a domestic violence shelter See GIFTS, page 2 MT photo by Kimberly Evans

Adopting families

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Senior Class and Quinta Essentia members sold ornaments and stockings to raise $600, enough to adopt five families at the South Texas Food Bank. From left, Senior Class member Amanda Cruz, school Director Jose Cerda, food bank representative Gloria Jackson, Senior Class President Ashley Reilly, Senior Class co-sponsor Diana Martinez, Quinta Essentia sponsor Gerardo Flores and Senior Class Treasurer Alyssa Garza. See related story, photos, page 6-7.

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2 Art students visit two Austin museums School News

BY VERONICA MEDELLIN MT STAFF WRITER Art students and teachers visited museums in Austin to see different types of artwork in December. They went to Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas and MexicArte, a Mexican art museum. Jorge Vasquez, art instructor, explained why they visited. “There was an educational Mexican art show that dealt with Mexican artists after the Revolution. It included famous artists like Orozco, Diego Rivera, and others,” said Vasquez.

He explained the goals of going to the museums. “To expose the students to Mexican art and to take them to Blanton Museum,” Vasquez said. Art students Vanessa Sanchez and Nicole Hernandez thought going to the museums was fun and exciting; it was also a new experience for them. “We got to see other artists’ artwork,” said Sanchez. “We also got to see different styles of artwork,” said Hernandez. Vasquez described how the students reacted to the work that was on display. “For some, it was their first trip, and it

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was a great experience, especially Blanton,” Vasquez said. Sanchez and Hernandez shared their favorite artists’ work. “Peter Dean’s paintings because of the way he uses his colors and the way he paints,” Sanchez said. “Louise Nevelson’s paintings because she’s one of my favorite artists,” Hernandez said. “I was glad to see her artwork.” The trip benefitted students in a very positive way, Vasquez said. “The students were getting ready to make acrylic paintings on canvas and murals, and the trip had a positive

impact on it as well as in other assignments,” Vasquez said. The art students definitely agreed the trip to the museums was an inspirational help with their art. “It inspires us to continue with our art,” Sanchez and Hernandez said. “We learned about new artists, and it was cool to spend time together at Austin with the entire visual arts department,” they added. “We want to thank Jose Cerda for making the trip possible because it’s not easy to go to Austin with a group of 46 people,” Vasquez said. “I think it had a very positive effect on students.”

Three chosen as Head of the Class, Youth of the Month BY AMY GARCIA MT STAFF WRITER Melissa Treviño, strings student, was selected Head of the Class for November. Treviño also attends Nixon High School, where she is a part of the strings department, as a violinist. Her strings teacher, Bobby Compton nominated Treviño for Head of the Class. “She deserved it,” he said, explaining what made her stand out above the other students. “Her accomplishments and her balances in her academics,” added Compton. Treviño is also a member of the Nixon Orchestra and the National Honor Society. Treviño’s reason for applying was because it was something she wanted to accomplish for her senior year.

Qualifications for Head of the Class includes following certain requirements such as living a drug-free lifestyle, being involved in school and the community, showing leadership roles, and most importantly, must be a senior. “At first, I was relieved because I had been waiting anxiously for the results, but then, when it finally sunk in I felt happy and accomplished,” Treviño said. Being Head of the Class, Treviño added, “has given me the motivation to work harder in both my music and academic classes while at the same time giving me a sense of accomplishment and self worth. It makes me feel like all my hard work has finally paid off.” Joey Hernandez, senior piano student who also attends Nixon, was chosen

MT photo by Amy Garcia MELISSA TREVIÑO

MT photo by Nick Lopez JOEY HERNANDEZ

“Head of the Class” for December. “I feel really great and confident. I think this will be a great experience,” said Hernandez.

“Youth of the Month” was received by dance senior Annie Miller, who also attends Martin. She said she felt honored to receive this award.

“Only one student is nominated each month. This award motivates other students with their endeavors,” explained Miller.

Poe story gets presentation

MT photo by Jose Perez UT College of Communication visit


Darrell D. Rocha, assistant dean of the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, speaks to VMT communication students in the school board room on Monday, Nov. 19. He and Academic Adviser Noe Gonzales discussed what is one of the top communication colleges in the country, which offers degrees in Advertising, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Public Relations and RadioTelevision-Film.

Lily Castillo, English/ Creative Writing instructor and her students reenacted Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Masque of the Red Death” on Dec. 6 in the Recital Hall. Castillo thought this performance was more like a presentation than a play, and explained how this story was changed into one. “We just reenacted the main events in a ‘ball-like scene.’ Dialogue between and among characters added to the transformation resulting more into a presentation than a play,” she said. The students who were involved were her English II

GIFTS, from page 1 which provides comprehensive services to abused women and their children. Casa de Misericordia’s vision is that battered women, despite all they have endured, can reclaim their lives by receiving comprehensive, holistic services and consis-


tent long-term support, the Web site states. It is run by the Sisters of Mercy. “You should feel good about opening your gifts on Christmas, knowing that because of you somebody else has gifts to open as well,” Sister Rosemary said.

MT photo by Alyssa Garza Students Estefania de Hoyos, Cristal Flores, and Eliza Villafranca volunteer by wrapping gifts for less fortunate families that live at Casa de Misericordia.

and Humanities classes which totaled 26 students. She says they were optimistic about this experience. “All students reacted excitedly and positively to the experience. We always bond during presentation project experience,” Castillo said. Ivan Valdez, one of Castillo’s students who was involved in the presentation, was the pianist. He explained how he prepared. “I had to practice with the dancers at a danceable tempo, not too fast or not too slow,” he said. When he finished he said he had felt happy and relieved, but still nervous. He said he played the hardest piece he

had in his arsenal. The audience, which composed mostly of parents, relatives, and friends of the performing students seemed to enjoy the performance and praised the performers. Castillo explained what the goals of this presentation. “We aimed at depicting a certain tone, creating a certain mood, integrating our fine arts and of course communicating effectively while reinforcing our literary skills,” she said. She said her classes will have another presentation based on a different selection. “All are invited to be on the look out for flyers, announcing it and to attend,” Castillo said.


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Dancers perform ‘Nutcracker’ BY ASHLEY REILLY MT STAFF WRITER The color and pageantry of “The Nutcracker” came to life once again in a performance by ballet students. Under the direction of Mary Ellen Leyendecker, ballet instructor for Dance Department at V.M.T and Laredo Ballet Theatre, the ballet was performed at the SAC on Saturday, Dec. 8, and at the country club on Sunday, Dec. 16. “The ballet is performed to entertain audiences of all ages from all different backgrounds,” Leyendecker said. The dancers who performed in “The Nutcracker” are ballet students of the V.M.T dance department and ballet stu-

dents of the Laredo Ballet Theatre. Rehearsals and preparations began in late September. The dancers practiced from 4:308:30 p.m. from September to November. As the performance got closer practices became more demanding; dancers then began weekend practices as well as daytime hour rehearsals. The lead roles for “Nutcracker” were Julio Rodriguez, former V.M.T dance student and current Laredo Ballet Theater member, as the prince and Azahy Ayala, a junior dance student at V.M.T, as Clara. “I am very pleased with all the performances I have committed to,” Ayala said.

Ayala said she practiced many hours to make sure she was ready for every performance. “Every second I practiced was definitely worth it because I feel that practices follow to dedication and create confidence in me, which shows in every performance,” Ayala stated. Performing on stage as a lead role for the first time made Ayala nervous, but as soon as the light hit her she knew she would do just fine. “Sometimes my stomach would get little tingles, but once I was on stage with all the lights on my face I was confident and proud to have a tremendous role in such a short time of ballet experience,” Ayala explained.

‘Nutcracker’ performance great BY VALERIE BRISEÑO MT STAFF WRITER Dance students put on a flawless performance in their annual presentation of “The Nutcracker” at the UISD Student Activity Complex Auditorium. The lights became dim and the presentation started with the first scene. The Dec. 8 performance began at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Stahlbaum (Asher Solis and Christina Vasquez) for their annual Christmas Eve party, held in the living room where there was a Christmas tree to create the illusion.

Review Godfather Drosselmeyer (J.J. Flores) planned a surprise for his godchild, Clara Stahlbaum (Azahy Ayala). He presents her with a wonderful wooden Nutcracker Doll. Clara’s brother, Fritz (Alonso Flores) became jealous and steals the Nutcracker from Clara. During the running and chasing, Fritz accidentally broke the Nutcracker. Godfather Drosselmeyer assured Clara he could fix it. The party ended and Clara returned to the living room to check on her Nutcracker. She falls asleep and begins to

dream her Godfather turned all the toys to life-sized dolls. Suddenly the mice and the soldiers appeared and the battle began. Just as the toy soldiers seem to be winning the great Mouse King (Juan Nava) appears. As the battle goes on Mouse King gets the advantage and just as he is going to overpower the Nutcracker, Clara distracts him, giving the Nutcracker the chance to defeat the Mouse King. After the battle, the Nutcracker (Julio Rodriguez) transforms into a handsome young prince. He then takes her off to an enchanted jour-

MT photo by Ashley Reilly Azahy Ayala and Julio Rodriguez, main characters, reenact a scene from “The Nutcracker” in the Treviño Center. ney. He first takes her to The Snow Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy where she is entertained by dances from many lands. Clara and her prince danced together surrounded by dazzling flowers. The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier (Sara

Flores and Eli Mendoza) perform for them. The handsome prince then carried Clara back to her home. When she awakens she is not sure if it was a dream or reality. The audience cheered and applauded. In all, the performance was unsurpassed.

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Entertainment 4 Saosin: Not your typical shaggy Emo band The Magnet Tribune January 29, 2008

ARTIST: KATE NASH CD: FOUNDATIONS DEMO (A) inally a voice incomparable to any particular genre! Kate Nash has splashed onto her own kind of scene. Instrumentally, Nash’s music compares to the sounds of the Postal Service and Rilo Kiley. The only thing that separates her and Jenny Lewis is Jenny’s acting background and Kate’s accent. Nash compiled “Foundations” with four songs to be featured on her upcoming full length album “Made of Bricks,” which is now out in stores. Songs to live your life by are “Foundations” and “Merry Happy.” ARTIST: SAOSIN CD: SAOSIN (B) Who said these guys were just another Emo band? Well, before I encountered this album I thought this was another group of loud and untalented, shaggy haired followers. So maybe I’m not sick of all the melodic bits of music mixed with fast drums and tight pants. This album just may be one to grow out your hair for. Now while the general sound of this album is not atypical to the Emo stereotype, their lyrics—although hard


Hear, say





By Theresa Rocha to believe—bear true meaning and give literal meaning to the emotional genre. Comparable to the style of Circa Survive, their hit “It’s So Simple,” demonstrates their ability and credibility as an amazing band. Two thumbs up for this album! ARTIST: THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS CD: DON’T YOU FAKE IT (C) Speaking of followers… Typical of whatever other scene bands have done before, songs off this album include clapping, audience feedback and terrible screaming. Although songs like “Face Down” and “Your Guardian Angel” have been well liked, the rest of the album is a far cry from aesthetic greatness. The only song I found real was “Cat and Mouse,” but even realness can’t save them from sounding like the usual Emo quintet. I don’t see myself buying this album

and therefore do not recommend it to others. Sorry guys! ARTIST: SWITCHES CD: WE ARE SWITCHES (D) These guys should change their name to Hooks because that’s exactly what their music is. Some good is coming from the UK and I’m not talking about lamb. The Switches, a four-piece rock band from Southend and Guildford, England, have debuted with their demo called “We Are Switches.” Other than having an insanely unique name for their debut EP, Switches had an amazing old school sound: these guys could’ve opened up for the Stones or some other old rock band. Songs like “We Lay Down the Law” and “Message from Yuz,” are incredible. The upcoming album is due Feb. 12. Buy this album! ARTIST: RUE MELO CD: RUE MELO From her writing style to her style

and wardrobe choice, Paris native Rue Melo is definitely one of a kind. Melo’s music falls under a strange, rather unnamable subgenre of HipHop…making for a strangely un-catchy track list. Her band is comprised of three other male bandmates. The album includes Spanish translations of some of the songs but the latter was bad enough in English. There is no doubt that she is a real soul singer but I don’t see myself signing up to the Rue Melo fan club anytime soon.

Teen finds growing up a business deal


een, Inc. is a pretty good, fun read. Not only because it takes a concept like Big Brother and gives it an updated, teen twist; but it’s also more than just that. I know some people are going to look at this book and be like, “Big Brother? I thought we already went over this in ‘1984’ or ‘Brave New World.’ PETRUCHA What are they going to use that hasn’t been used a million times before?” I know this because, well, I sort of thought the same thing. Written by Stefan Petrucha, it is a light read with a straightforward plot, conveyed

Bookworm By Cassandra Perez in first person. Told from the point of view of Jaiden Beale, this way the reader gets strong insight into his personality. The story revolves around 14-year-old Jaiden and his life as he tries to hide the fact that he’s being raised by a multimillion dollar firm, NECorp. When Jaiden was just a baby, the company tragically killed his parents in a freak accident; NECorp decided to take action against protesters and “tree huggers” and legally adopted Jaiden. The book opens in on Jaiden

and his normal, well his trying to be normal lifestyle, as he goes to school at Deever High. People at Jaiden’s high school are pretty much oblivious to his life as his claim to fame and, well, Jaiden likes it like that. Jaiden is pretty much a regular kid at school instead of a case that needs care at NECorp. And Jaiden is joined by his best friend, David. Despite the fact that everything about him outside of school is anything but normal, Jaiden has the one thing that

makes him normal — his first time crush on his classmate, Jenny Tate. The plot is pretty much, and, I hate to say this, but it’s pretty much predictable. Nothing happens for the sake of happening, but rather to further the plot so that in the book there’s no greater objective. Maybe it’s because this book is meant for younger teens and tweens, but this book wasn’t that interesting. The plot thickens when he finds out Jenny’s father advocates against NECorp, saying the company that won all these EPA awards is actually poisoning the environment. Jaiden discovers it’s true, and has to decide where his loyalties lie, to go with his friends or his “family”, and if a

14-year old stands a chance of standing up to Big Business. In the end, everything works out for Jaiden and his friends and everyone’s happy. Like I said — predictable.

Latest Resident Evil game offers the best of Wii


esident Evil — You may have seen the movies, but have you played the game? From Resident Evil 0-4, Outbreak File#1 -#2, and Code Veronica: X, Capcom doesn’t disappoint players… At all. I know I’m not! Now Capcom introduces “Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles.” When I first heard about this game, I was really looking forward to it. I constantly looked for new videos every day and some more insight on what would be featured in it. Now that it’s out, I can safely say that the waiting was worth it, as Capcom has thrown out one of the best experiences the Wii has to offer. Story: 9/10 It goes through RE0, RE1, RE3, and has a scenario in Russia. For the fans, it reinforces the story of what happened before. For the new ones,

Game Break By Juan Olivares it gives you the gist of what’s going on without you having to play through a ton of games. Resident Evil has always had a good story in my opinion, and this just adds to it. It answers some of the questions we were asking, but not all of them. For example, why is RE2 cut out of this game? Graphics: 8.5/10 This is probably the bestlooking Wii game to date other than Mario Galaxies, of course. The graphics have always look great, as usual. The backgrounds are all well done (besides some muddy textures if you look really close) and add atmosphere to the game. The

characters look nice, but the hair could look a bit better. All I’m wondering is why they couldn’t push the Wii to do better. It just seems this is a top-end Gamecube game, not up to what the Wii is supposed to be. Sound: 10/10 I just love the Resident Evil music score, all of it. The sounds of gunshots going off, zombies moaning and shuffling across the floor, along with the music we all know and love (hopefully) adds a truly epic soundtrack to the game. Game play: 10/10 I just love arcade shooter

games, and they’re even better in a series in which I hold so dearly to my heart. The Wii remote is extremely responsive and adds a much better experience than a hulking piece of plastic like a light gun would. The range of different enemies keeps you on your toes at all times, along with interactive environments (shooting lights, tables, etc), a variety of weapons, and extreme boss battles all adding to the experience. Co-op is extremely well done, adding a bit of competition and teamwork to your game experience. It has tons of secrets and items to obtain in the game so you’ll be coming back for more. No lie. Replay Value: 10/10 This is one of those games you’ll come back to time and time again. Trying to beat your old scores, tons of side quests (Wesker scenario, Ada sce-

Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles nario, Rebecca scenario, etc…), co-op, upgradeable guns, secret files and items, and hours upon hours of game play, this won’t get old any time soon. Plus, it does a lot for the hardcore fans of the game. See GAME BREAK, page 16



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Junior loves singing, dancing, theatre


icco Crofford, junior, is one of the golden voices in the Golden Chords Choir at VMT. Nicco is a well-rounded individual with multiple talents. One obvious talent is his voice, which he has practiced since he was just 5 years old. During his freshman year in high school, Nicco won a singing contest and sang the National Anthem at the Alamodome in San Antonio for a basketball game. “There was one person from each high school…I was the youngest one in the competition,” he said. Aside from singing his heart out, Nicco also likes to dance. He has participated in sev-

The System By Monica Garcia eral musical theater productions and performed in the Nutcracker, which was put on in December by the VMT dance department, in conjunction with the Laredo Ballet Theater. Some of his other hobbies include playing tennis and power lifting. He also likes to compose his own music. After high school Nicco wishes to attend either the University of Texas at Austin or New York University where he will major in music composition and psychology.

Nicco describes himself as energetic, positive and colorful. He added that he is a proud homosexual individual, and hopes that one day everyone will receive equal rights. “I am not ashamed of who I am, and other people see that,” he said. Nicco also strongly believes that if you respect yourself others will respect who you are. MT photo by Monica Garcia

Nicco Crofford

Cheers and Jeers By Nick Lopez



The New Year! 2008!

The cold weather coming and going.

Christmas Vacation

Trying to make your way through traffic and crowds throughout the holiday season. Trying to figure out what to buy someone for Christmas. Not getting what you wanted for X-mas.

A great first semester. Quinta Essentia and Senior Class adopting 5 families. The Dallas Cowboys making it to the playoffs.

Nick’s SAT scores. The death of the great Evel Knievel.

Who knows you better? By Lorie Zamarripa Beverly Fraga

Celina Flores

Mr. Buckley

September 14

When is your birthday? September 6 What is your middle name? I have no middle name What is your favorite type of movie? Horror What is your favorite sport? Softball/Cheerleading

In October

She doesn’t have one Horror Cheerleading/Softball Pink and Aqua Sprite Hang out She is undecided

Since she was a toddler Jazz and Hip-Hop

What is your favorite color? Pink What is your favorite drink? Sprite What do you like to do on your free time? Party What choice of career do you wish to pursue? Medicine How long have you been dancing? Since i was 2 years old What type of music do you like to dance to? Hip-Hop

I don’t think she has one Romance Dance/Cheerleading/ Soccer Blue Coke Spend time with her trio of trouble-makers and her bf Law

7 years Retro 80’s, Pop-Rock, and modern music

Celina Flores challenges teacher and best friend Freshman dance student Celina Flores tests her best friend, Beverly Fraga, senior dance student and English II instructor James Buckley to see how well they really know her.


Helping others

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Clubs lead way in raising $600 to adopt five families BY LINDA OBREGON MT STAFF WRITER

instructor and Senior Class co-sponsor. The ornaments. which sold for $1 each, not only have the purpose of decorating the he Senior Class and Quinta Essentia tree, but these ornaments helped raise the donated $600 to Adopt-a-Family in a $600 that helped adopt five families in ceremony on Dec. 6 in front of need. the tree. “All students and faculty were willing The Christmas tree on the to buy ornaments; nobody comsecond floor of the Harding plained about the price,” added Building held Christmas Martinez. ornaments that members of Seniors also donated stockings, both clubs donated and which then sold for $5 to VMT students purchased. clubs and LISD offices. “Students wrote their Students who led this event names on tags that were Senior Class members were placed on the and officers Alyssa Garza, ornaments and hung Ashley Reilly and Amanda Cruz. the ornament on the Martinez said she plans to do tree,” said Diana it again in the coming Martinez, English years. “What a better way to learn the value of caring, sharing and giving,” Martinez added. Many students donated ornaments and stockings and many helped by selling the ornaments. In a ceremony by the tree on Dec. 6, Gloria Jackson, representative from the Laredo Food Bank, accepted a large-sized check for $600. “Don’t feel guilty opening your (Christmas) gifts. Know that because of you all, a family can eat,” Jackson said. Martinez was pleased by the students’ efforts. “I am very proud of the students’ initiative and cooperation. They have demonstrated great leadership skills and are excellent role models in our school,” Martinez said.


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MT photos Tree at far left, Ana Gonzalez Rocking horse, Ashley Reilly J.J. Martinez attaches an ornament, Kimberly Evans Large bow, Claudia Alba Reindeer stocking, Claudia Alba School Director Jose Cerda, Kimberly Evans Snowflake, Alyssa Garza



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MT photos by Kimberly Evans Scenes from the Martin vs. Alexander game Tuesday, Dec. 18. Left: Martin head basketball coach Hector Noyola, in light suit, talks to his players during a time out. Right: players clasp hands after the time out. Alexander won 57-51.

New Martin coach returns to his alma mater


ew Year, new beginnings, and new faces! Hector Noyola is the new head basketball coach for the Martin Tiger boy’s basketball team. Noyola started his coaching career at TAMIU as an assistant basketball coach, for four years, and then was hired for the coaching job at Martin High. “The difference from college basketball to high school basketball is the level of the game increases,” said Noyola. “At the college level we’re able to recruit and find players that can fit our system, and at the high school level you have to work with what you have,” Noyola said. Noyola graduated from Martin in 1998 where he started playing on the varsity team as a freshman. By his senior year in high school, Noyola was the city’s MVP, and All State 2nd Team. He led state class 5A in scoring with 31 points a game, was Laredo’s all time leading scorer, and scored over 1,000 points in his senior year. Noyola received a scholarship to play college basketball at the University of Texas at

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“When you become a coach you always think about going back to your old high school and becoming a head coach.” Basketball coach Hector Noyola Arlington, NCAA Division I, for two years. He then transferred to NCAA Division II Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. “The guys in college are a lot bigger, faster, stronger, and it was hard,” said Noyola. “I realized I wasn’t going to make it into the NBA. But I knew I wanted to do something with the sport of basketball,” Noyola said. Noyola said he always wanted to come back to Martin. “When you become a coach you always think about going back to your old high school and becoming a head coach,” Noyola said. And that was exactly what

Noyola did. He applied for the head coaching job at Martin. Later officials called to let him know they accepted him. “I don’t consider what I do a job, it’s more what I love to do,” Noyola said. He said he wants to teach youngsters to learn to play basketball and to motivate them to go to college and to succeed in life. “I really enjoy hanging out with the students and being around them all day,” Noyola said. Varsity basketball captain, senior Victor A. Tijerina III, said so far its been all right getting to know his new coach.

MT photo by Kimberly Evans Martin varsity basketball player Victor Tijerina shoots a free throw against Alexander at Martin’s gym in the Dec. 18 game which the Bulldogs won. “He is very patient with us,” he coaches. said Tijerina. “It’s not hard, but we do “He doesn’t get that mad; it have to work together as a takes him a while, although I team so that we can succeed,” don’t really enjoy the running said Cruz. that he makes us do. I mean Noyola said he thanks everyits good for us, but I hate it,” body and the students for the Tijerina said with a small opportunity to be the leader of laugh. the basketball program. Another varsity basketball “I’m proud of the guys player, Carlos Cruz, said hav- because they really have been ing a new basketball coach is working hard. It has been almost the same. The only hard for them to learn my style thing he finds different is that of play, and they have he has to get used to the way responded well,” Noyola said.

New version of ‘Beowulf’ differs from book The latest “Beowulf” movie presents a different plot from the book. The year is 507 A.D., King Hrothgar (Anthony Hopkins) king of Danmark, and his people have conquered many other people. Finally they are at peace and have much treasure to go around. King Hrothgar decides to build a mead hall, one they called Harrot. to commemorate his victories. But Hrothgar’s countless parties of singing and dancing becomes a painful annoyance to Grendel (Crispin Glover) a half-human, half demon. Outraged and in anger Grendel attacks the Harrot, killing many of the townsfolk

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and warriors, though sparing Hrothgar. After the attack, Hrothgar orders the mead hall

to be sealed up and calls for any warrior to rid his kingdom of Grendel. Beowulf (Ray Winstone) of the Geats answers the call to fight Grendel. Upon arrival Beowulf is mocked by Hrothgar’s General Unferth (John Malovich). Despite the comments, Beowulf orders the mead hall to be reopened. There he and his men spend the night singing, in order to provoke Grendel. That night Beowulf defeats Grendel, but loses

many men. Beowulf decides to attack Grendel’s mother, the Sea Hag (Angelina Jolie). Beowulf and his second-incommand Wiglaf (Brendan Gleeson) go to the cave where the Sea Hag resides. Beowulf goes into the cave and comes out a different man. Upon his arrival at the Harrot the kingdom is rejoicing, but Hrothgar knows that Beowulf has done a horrible thing. That night Hrothgar declares Beowulf will be the new king when he dies. After Hrothgar’s death, many years pass. Beowulf is now king, a great leader of the Danes and all is well. But one day Unferth, who is now is a priest, comes to

Beowulf badly burned. Unferth tells Beowulf the dragon is attacking the village. When Unferth and Beowulf are alone Unferth tells Beowulf the dragon has taken human form and tells Unferth to pass on this message to Beowulf: “the sins of the father are visited upon the son.” Beowulf is a movie that will have you on the edge of your seat, and have you gasping at the same time. One of the big things I liked was Beowulf’s emphasis on four big traits: love, betrayal, honesty, and loyalty. Although this movie is very loosely based on the book I still enjoyed it and recommend you go and see it to.



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Toenails offer us many interesting diversions


Why do we have nails? Ofelia.

A: Besides the fact that they are (1) essential to any wonderful manicure/pedicure and (2) fun to paint, human nails really just aid in protecting the tips of the toes and fingers; but the fingernails, more specifically, help us pick up small objects and scratch ourselves. Our distant relatives, the primates, are capable of gripping objects with their feet, just like their hands, so their toenails have much the same function as fingernails. Human toenails seem to be an evolutionary leftover. Unless of course you are talented at picking up small objects with your toes. In that case you have successfully shattered that sorry notion and you have rightfully proven that your toe nails aren’t quite so useless after all.

Useless Fax By Jessica Rodriguez Q: Who is the actor that plays Barney, the purple dinosaur? Teresa. A: Ah Barney, that loveable mono-toothed mammoth who, quite frankly, is the only prehistoric predator I know that can pull off wearing such a lovely shade of purple. No doubt about it, Barney is adored all around the world by millions of drool-drenched preschoolers because he is charismatic, lighthearted, and genuine; he is also a 44-year-old bald man named David. Yes, it’s hard to believe but Barney is not in fact a real dinosaur. He is merely a shell of

a suit that actor David Joyner has been slipping into since 1991. Bob West is responsible for providing the dinosaur’s magical voice in the television series and in most of the musical recordings for Barney’s just as magical commercial franchises. Four actors have been dancing in the Barney, and four voice actors have supplied Barney with that memorable dopey pitch, but most importantly, thanks to all eight of these magnificent artists who have worked together to bring Barney to life, an endless supply of joy and delight have been brought to dozens and dozens of huge, happy crowds of

children that only a fire marshal could hate. Q: Why is Starbucks coffee so expensive? Juan. A: Whether you go to Starbucks to bask in the hipster ambiance, to enjoy soothing tunes, or to buy a $10.00 cinnamon scone, you can’t deny the obvious reality that most, (if not all), folks go to Starbucks primarily to get their caffeine fix on. But why not just go to your nearest convenient store to buy 99-cent generic Joe in a thin cup? Or if you’re feeling really fancy, that $1.75 faux gourmet vanilla cappuccino? Why pay $5 for that Java Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks? The answer is clear: people who buy its coffee don’t just need any coffee; they need Starbucks coffee, which packs a real caffeine punch. Talk about an ingenious business plan!

RECAP: Whether it be a sweaty man inside of an absurd, bulky costume becoming your best buddy, by using your imagination hard enough, you can make anything seem real but not as real as Starbucks selfrighteously mocking us with their ridiculously high prices is either business suicide or the ultimate act of arrogance… Personally, I think it’s a brilliant idea. Our resources agree that nails help us pick up little stuff like pencils, peanuts, and even bottles of nail polish. Like I’ve said before, if you have a hankering for useless facts look no further, for I have the scratch for your itch right here. Without nails, I wouldn’t be able to do that? So if you can, pick up a pen with your talented toes and write to Useless Fax where you’ll find plenty and even more toe-tally weird answers. Till next time!

Fashion mistakes are easy things to correct ll Ha

(Editor’s note: This is part one of a twopart series on fashion mistakes. Look for part two in the next issue.)

Fashion Runway Amanda Cruz, Lucia Villagomez Ricky Soliz



hen it comes to men’s and women’s fashion and trends, we all want the same thing: to look great! Unfortunately, there are some fashion mishaps that should be reported to the fashion police. With the help of “” Here is Part I of the most common fashion mistakes that will hopefully make you wiser fashion consumers. Fashion Mistake #1 – Following Fashion Trends Too Closely One of many fashion mistakes that both, women and men make is relying too much on the fashion media to choose what they wear. Keeping in touch with changing styles

is great but following them to the extent that your clothes are outdated by the end of the season can cost you money and leave you feeling like you never have anything to wear. People who have developed their personal style have something to wear for every occasion, feel good about their purchases, can mix and match easily and always look great and in style. Fashion Mistake # 2 (Clothes That Don’t Fit) The Perfect Fit. Brand names or the latest fashion doesn’t guarantee you’ll be well dressed and look great if what you are wearing doesn’t fit. Wearing ill-fitting clothes is a com-

mon fashion mistake many women and few men make. To look great your clothes must look like they are made for you–not too tight, not too big and hang perfectly. When choosing clothes it is also important to take into consideration your body shape. Women have different shapes and what looks great on one can be unflattering for another. Men are more or less the same, just slight differences here and there. The line in clothing (the way the fabric its fitted to your body) draws the eye in different directions creating illusions of bulginess (not a very flattering look).

What you wear on top, for example can make you look larger or smaller depending on the garment lines. Fashion Mistake # 3 Always Wear the Same Styles. (Are You in a Style Rut?) Being in a style rut is fashion mistake number three. You’ll know if you’re making this fashion mistake if what you’re wearing looks boring, is a fad from three or five years ago or feels boring. Sticking to classics is a great way to stretch your clothing budget and make shopping easier. The drawback is a never changing wardrobe can get dreary. You feel like your wardrobe lacks excitement. Just remember, rushing in and making drastic changes could leave you feeling uncomfortable with your new look. Start slow and make your way up. These three common fashion mistakes are just a glimpse of what’s in store for part II. Follow wisely and shop carefully for the time being.

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strike by writers in Hollywood has stopped production of television shows and movies which need scripts for production. Television shows that have been affected by this writers strike are shown on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. The current strike has lasted more than 12 weeks already. The last strike in 1988 lasted 21 weeks and six days, costing the American entertainment industry an estimated $500 million ($870 million in 2007 dollars), published reports state. The strike is by members of the Writers Guild of America, East and

EDITORIAL The Magnet Tribune believes writers of television programs and movies deserve the pay increase they are asking for. the Writers Guild of America, West that started on Nov. 5. They are two labor unions representing film, television and radio writers working in the United States. Over 12,000 writers joined the strike, news stories state. The writers are mainly striking for a large increase in pay for movies and

The Green Scene By Alyssa Garza

Keeping it green, clean now easier Keeping it green and squeaky clean just got a lot easier! It's time to make the change from your old toxic cleaning materials (which btw are filled with nasty chemicals that can be bad for both you and Mother Nature) for some fab, fresh, and healthy cleaning products. My absolute favorite brand of eco-friendly cleaning products is Method! The people at Method have developed some very hip and "green" cleaning materials. They have many different products to fit your unique cleaning situations. Some items include laundry detergent, dryer clothes, dish soap, and all purpose cleaners for several types of surfaces. Method makes hand and body products such as bodybars, lotion, shave cream, hand wash and sanitizer. If you're not sure where to start you can purchase the super awesome Method Detox Kit! According to the product’s Web site www.method this kit is "Everything you need to give dirty the boot and evict toxic cleaning chemicals from your home, so you can reclaim that space under your sink once and for all." Some Method products are also available at Target! Also go check out the website listed above so next time your mom or dad are doing the shopping you can school them on some eco-friendly products You'll sound both smart and green and we all know that's the "in" thing. Shaklee! Even the name sounds fun! The folks over at Shaklee believe "your home should be the safest place in the world." Now isn't that the truth! Why don't you steer over to their Web site and check out "The Real Dirt On Clean." There you can find

It's time to make the change from your old toxic cleaning materials ... for some fab, fresh, and healthy cleaning products. some great products and very surprising statistics that will change the way you think about cleaning products. These aren't the only ecofriendly cleaning products out there you all! You can find many more by surfing the web! Reuse your clothing You know (or should know, unless of course you've been living under a rock, if so excuse me) that glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, and aluminum are recyclable. Have you ever considered recycling your clothing? Okay so it's more like reusing but it's still great! Finding a home for your old clothing isn't that hard. You can donate items (that are in good condition) to some non-profit organizations or thrift stores. You will not only being doing a good service to our earth but you’ll also be helping people who shop at these places! One idea is to take your stuff to our local Goodwill. You can take all sorts of different items but not large appliances, mattresses, or box springs. Goodwill is located at 5901 San Dario Avenue, and you can drop your stuff off Monday-Saturday. Another suggestion is the Salvation Army store, 408 Matamoros. While you're donating your items to either of these places or even another one you should consider shopping around too. You'd be surprised at the retro and unique things you can find at thrift shops.

television shows released on DVD, and for more money from their work released over the Internet, according to The New York Times. Actors have a shown their support for the striking writers, both individually and through their union, Screen Actors Guild, news reports state. The Times stated production companies have accumulated taped programs and scripts for television series, and studios have accumulated scripts for movies. Daytime and late-night talk shows were hurt immediately by the strike, and as more shows run out of pro-

grams or scripts to create new ones, networks will fill the time with reality type shows. TV viewers who do not like this replacement programming lose an entertainment option. We as writers (and photographers) understand the need for fair treatment in exchange for work performed for publication. Therefore, The Magnet Tribune supports the writers and their strike, and their attempt to receive fair pay for their work. Written for the staff by Amy Garcia, Ofelia Gonzalez, Juan Olivares, and Shaula Rocha

Christmas gives pleasant thoughts Christmas is a time when we celebrate Jesus’ birth, but there are some people who don’t celebrate it. We wanted to know if students observed Christmas and what they thought about it so we asked, “What do you think about Christmas? Do you celebrate it?

Christmas for me is a joyful time when we give and receive gifts from the people we love and friends that are near. Jennifer Garcia, freshmen

I like celebrating Christmas and getting gifts. I still believe in Santa. Mayra Inocencio, sophomore

A Penny for Your Thoughts By Claudia Alba

I do celebrate it, but I do not like the Santa Claus version because I think it is about Jesus, not Santa. Jossie Gonzalez, sophomore

Christmas for me is a time to spend time with family and forget bad things. I also think Christmas is a time to start a new year. I celebrate Christmas with my grandma. Cynthia Selina Gamez, senior

Christmas reminds me of the movie “Christmas Story,” and that is what I think of Christmas. Amanda Meza, senior

I do celebrate it. I love the idea of giving gifts, but I also love getting them. Lucinda Cardenas, freshmen

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Experiences in life help you to grow I am so happy that mid semester has passed. Winter break’s over and it’s exactly what I needed; a break from it all. I’ve never been one to make such a big deal about school vacations because in a sense it was the same as being at school (at least for me). This year though, it’s a different story. For once in my life, my home life isn’t so bad. I mean there are still tons of unresolved issues there, but I finally feel like I belong somewhere. School on the other hand is still such a big drag for me.

The Bug By Claudia Ramos When I think about it, high school was a pretty hard transition for me. I didn’t realize it at the moment but now that’s it’s finally nearing its end I can kind of see the big picture. I’ve made a lot of mistakes from the very beginning of my high school years. I got mixed up un what adults would consider “the

bad crowd” and all the good stuff that comes with it. And although it got me into a lot of trouble, I really don’t think I’d take any of it back. Through it all I experienced a lot of things that I don’t think I would have, had I stuck to the path that some of my former middle school friends walked down.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with being a good kid, it’s just that living a sheltered life keeps you from experiencing certain parts of life. Even though those parts might be a tad bit on the negative side, lots of good comes out of it. You can become more understandable and open minded to alien ideas. I learned a lot of tough life lessons and though I nearly broke down, I’m still holding on somehow. Even though I’m still currently struggling to break free

from all my previous mistakes, I think that in the end, I will be a stronger smarter person. In my opinion, the only way to grow as a person is to go through tough times. Of course, in order to mature from such things, you must first conquer them. I’ll end this with one of my favorite quotes that I believe sums up this column perfectly. “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” Henri Louis Bergeson.

Jesus is lost in Christmas mercantilism It is amazing how mercantilism plays a big role in the Christmas holidays. It is the time of year where fabricants, commercialists and wholesalers get their best earnings. Christmas is the most important celebration of the world. The World Book Encyclopedia defines it as “the epoch more happy and occupied for millions of Christians and non Christians of the whole planet” Besides this fact, a great number of people don’t even seem to know the reason why The Magnet Tribune The Magnet Tribune is a publication produced by students in the Newspaper Production and Photojournalism classes of the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts, Laredo Independent School District. This publication’s intent is to provide readers with information relating to the school and its students, provide students a lab for producing a newspaper using professional-level computer software and offers an open forum for student opinion. The MT is distributed free. Jose Cerda Principal and publisher Mark E. Webber Journalism instructor and adviser, The Magnet Tribune Vol. 15, No. 3, January 29, 2008 Editor of this Issue: Monica Garcia. Name plate shows the bronze statue south of the Harding Building, “The Force of Creation,” designed and created by former art Instructor Armando Flores in 1993-94. Newspaper redesign by second block students in August 2007. Production is by VMT journalism students using QuarkXPress and Adobe Photoshop software on a network of Dell computers. Printed at the Laredo Morning Times Copyright ©2007: Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts and The Magnet Tribune

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Observations By Nancy Hernandez they are celebrating Christmas. A great majority don’t really seem to care. But there may be some people that would like to know the history behind it. Was Jesus Christ really born in December? There are no Biblical records that agree with this belief, and there is

no proof that he ever mentioned it and much less ordered to be celebrated. I’m not trying to kill the spirit of Christmas, but a little backup history wouldn’t hurt. The night Jesus was born has become very popular. The book of Luke tells us the shepherds were spending

the night out-of-doors with their flocks. The weather in Bethlehem during December is very cold and it is unreasonable to think the shepherds would have spent the night outside such severe weather. Therefore, Bible researchers have concluded that Jesus could not have been born in December. So if Jesus was not born in December, when was he born? The chapters 26 and 27 of Mathew indicate that Jesus was executed the 14 of Nissan which corresponds to

March 31st of the year 33. He was about 30 years when he got baptized and started his ministry. That ministry lasted three years and a half. Therefore, Jesus was about 33 years and a half when he died, and he would have been 34 approximately the 1st of October of the year 33. Knowing this just makes me think that Christmas is just another excuse to make a party, spend money, consume alcohol in excess and do many other things not having to do with Jesus.

Part two of life, soon to begin Many people get scared to leave town for college after high school. I can’t wait! Although my parents believe I have other reasons for wanting to leave, like not wanting to live under their rules, that’s not what I have in mind. I am planning on leaving for the right reasons. I want to go to college and graduate with a master’s degree in psychology, and possibly go for a Ph.D. With so much ‘senior stuff’ going on, this year seems to be going by so fast, yet so slow. I can’t believe the time is coming for me to graduate but I can hardly wait. Most people don’t want to grow up so quickly. I don’t understand why I am in such a rush to grow up, but I want so bad to do so already. I’ve tried so hard to make my parents proud of me, even though sometimes I

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feel I’ve let them down too often; but they never fail to let me know how proud they are of me. As bad as they may wish I’d stay with them forever, I’m sure they know that the time will come when I have to go. My plans do include leaving Laredo even though I am a bit unsure of how things will end up. I’ve never had to live without my parents and I feel it will be a bit lonely without my brother and sister. The thing that keeps me confident that everything will be okay is that

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I know my family will be there when I come home, however long that might be. They have showed their support my entire life and the fact that I will no longer be in the same city cannot change that. Of course I’m going to miss them all very much but there comes a time when a person needs to separate from the usual customs of always having someone to depend on, and learn to depend on themselves. Right now I feel ready enough to start learning how to be on my own. I

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There comes a time when a person needs to separate from the usual customs of always having someone to depend on, and learn to depend on themselves. just hope so bad that I don’t end up like a lot of people who say they are leaving and end up staying because I know there is plenty more opportunities out there. But in the meantime I still have lots of planning to do and of course finish and enjoy my last year of the so-called ‘best years of my life’ -- high school.

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El proximo baile de invierno se acerca POR ANAKAREN SERNA REDACTORA DE ESPAÑOL


l baile de invierno un evento súper esperado por los estudiantes de VMT esta a la vuelta de la esquina. Adriana Arriaga presidente de la clase 08 en la tarde, y Matías Arambula maestro, organizador y uno de los encargados del evento nos comentan un poco sobre el suceso tan deseado. El lugar para el evento se decidió después de una larga plática con los organizadores sobre el asunto. “Decidimos cambiar de lugar debido al espacio. El año pasado el evento fue realizado en el Centro de Bellas Artes, estaba amontonado y fue más caro”,

Arambula dijo. “El salón de baile en Holiday Inn fue la primera propuesta que se nos ofreció, así es que se decidió este salón para que ya estuviera separado para el día del evento”, Arriaga comentó. Los graduados han reaccionado de una forma grata sobre el evento que se aproxima. “Muy emocionados, todos están muy ansiosos esperando el evento”, Arambula expresó. “Todos se ven muy entusiasmados con la idea del baile, todos esperan un día muy memorable para ellos, esperamos superar todas las expectativas”, Arriaga explicó. Los preparativos para el evento ya van muy avanzados aunque hay una que otra cosa que falta.

“Decoraciones, invitaciones, y juntas de alianza para platicar sobre los planes, son algunos de los preparativos ya avanzados. Ahora solo esperamos que los graduados se animen a comprar sus invitaciones”, Arambula expuso. “Las decoraciones, música, comida, e invitaciones son los planes ya hechos, lo único que no hemos decidido y terminado es el lugar de las decoraciones en el salón y las ventas de las invitaciones”, Arriaga añadió. El evento a proyectado un buen de aceptación, todos estamos ansiosos por que el día llegue. “El tema de Alicia en el País de las Maravillas va a ser muy lindo”, Arambula concluyó.

Fotografia tomada por Anakaren Serna Estudiante Nancy Hernandez comprando una invitacion para el baile de invierno izquierda Matias Arambula maestro de historia, y organizador encargado de la venta de invitaciones.

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Winter Ball is soon Delia Talamantez, left and Elizabeth Villarreal prepare decorations for the Winter Ball, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Civic Center Main Ballroom. Theme is “Alice in Wonderland.” For ticket information visit Senior Class co-sponsors Matias Arambula or Diana Martinez in their classrooms.

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Musicians from Texas State University performed for VMT music students on Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Urbahn Recital Hall.

Geography instructor becomes technology trainer BY ANA GONZALEZ MT STAFF WRITER Many people know Sean Gaynor, former World Geography teacher, as a dedicated person. People may wonder what happened to Gaynor, and what kind of job he has now. He explained his new position. “I am a campus technology trainer for Lara Academy and V.M.T,” said Gaynor. “In my position I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help even more

students indirectly through assisting their teachers in the use of instructional technology,” he said. “The types of responsibilities I have in each of GAYNOR the schools is to train teachers on the use of district software systems and for maintaining hardware and instructional resources,” Gaynor added. He said he enjoys his new position. “What I have found most interesting about my new position is that I am

really excited to see how teachers are using technology to motivate and teach students,” said Gaynor. “I miss my students very much. It was not an easy decision to leave my old position,” said Gaynor about his former classes. He said helping students prepare for the future is a highlight of his hew position. “My highlight of teaching here at V.MT is helping students go on to study at the college level,” said Gaynor. Gaynor urged students to always try their best.

“Regardless of who your teacher is make the most out of your education by taking responsibility for your own work and studying for exams. Any teacher can only do so much for you. So the rest is up to you. Think about the kind of life that you want to have and decide how you’re going to get there,” he said. Gaynor said he will still be at school, available to students and faculty. “I’m here. Please feel free to say hello to me when you see me on campus,” said Gaynor. MT photo by Evangelina Martinez

Hot chocolate serves as reminder to submit work BY ALYSSA GARZA MT STAFF WRITER The cold weather of Dec. 17 could not stop rosy cheeked students from rushing into the library in between classes. Rows and rows of labeled foam cups were placed on top of library tables waiting to be filled up with hot chocolate and topped with puffy white marshmallows. Creative Writing instructor Lily Castillo’s Tapestry students handed out hot chocolate free of charge, hoping the labels on the cups would serve as a reminder for students to turn in their work for this year’s Tapestry.

The Tapestry is the only high school literary magazine in Laredo. VMT students are welcomed to submit poems, prose, plays and other types of writings as well as art and photography. “Don’t miss the chance to publish. This looks really good on resumes,” said Castillo. The theme for this year’s Tapestry is “Synergy,” which is a combined effort or operation, explained Castillo. She encouraged art students interested in designing the cover to get together with their art teacher. For more information students can go to Castillo’s classroom.

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MT photo by Jennifer Hernandez Cups of hot chocolate were served by creative writing students in the library on Dec. 6 as a reminder to submit work for Tapestry creative writing magazine, to be published in the spring.

Conclusion: 9/10 It’s a great game, with really small flaws that don’t really take it down at all. Capcom did a lot for the previous fans of the series with this one, and I’m sure newcomers will like it too. The Wii controls really make it a must have for the console. My only real complaint is that they skipped my favorite part of the series: Resident Evil 2. Where’s my Claire and Leon? =( Overall Score: 9/10 So while you’re waiting for the upcoming “Resident Evil 5” for the PS3 and XBOX 360, I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of “Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles.” You WON’T be sorry!

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