Is PIZZA now a veggie? — page 7
December 16, 2011
Volume 51, Issue 2
Media College Preparatory High School, Oakland, CA
New tardy policy sweeps students out school gates
Teachers 'occupy' classrooms
Students outside of class must have a hall pass Martin Ortiz & Jose Rodriguez Staff Writers
photo by Araceli Ramos
reporting on occupy Media Academy juniors Kemish Quintero (left) and Diego Garcia interview a protester during the Occupy Oakland general strike on Nov. 2.
Teachers weave movement into math, history, journalism Jorray Hart Staff Writer
Teachers have been occupied with tying a worldwide issue with an Oakland angle into their classrooms lessons — Occupy Oakland. During the first week of Occupy Wall Street, social studies teacher Elizabeth Siarny began teaching her Media Academy students in American Government about the movement. She gave them news articles about the Wall Street movement and led fishbowl discussions about the articles. “I felt it was important for the students to learn and be informed about the movement because I think there aren’t many students who understand it and what it’s about, so they may not be taking it seriously,” said Siarny. “I wanted students to have more information, instead of going by what they hear, in order for them to be able to make their own critical decision about if they support the movement or not.” The Occupy movement is a series of protests in the U.S by members of the “99 percent” who are demonstrating against what is known as the“one percent," wealthy people, banks and big corporations. Protesters accuse the one percent of unfairly holding most of the money and power in our country. The Occupy movement included a general strike on Nov. 2, which became violent after protesters marched to close down the Port of Oakland. One of Siarny’s students, Mariah Hines, said the lessons about Occupy have been good. “I learned that a lot of people in the community wants a change in how much we share being the 99 percent,” Hines said.
Joanna Brownson, an algebra teacher at Media Academy, wanted her class to have a better understanding of what the 99 percent and the 1 percent were. Brownson’s class created a visual representation of what wealth the 1 percent of population shares (40 percent) versus the amount of the wealth that the other 99 percent of population shares (60 percent) in America. Students calculated the hourly wage of the people in both the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Brownson says that she felt it was important that her students understood how math was used to make arguments. She also said “math is used to create policies or defend injustice and if you don’t understand it, you are more likely to be a victim of that injustice.” At College Preparatory & Architecture Academy (CPAA), social studies teacher Elizabeth Schuster, informed her classes about the Occupy Wall Street by having them look at New York Times slideshows of the protests for their morning warm ups before the movement’s general strike on Nov. 2. After the slideshows, Shuster’s students broke into discussion groups and explained if they agreed with the protests or not. Another teacher at CPAA also informed her class about the Occupy movement. Advanced Placement U.S. Government teacher Ji Suk Lee had her students read articles and she answered lingering questions about what they had read.
homecoming canceled OAL ends Fremont's season early; players protest by walkout and march
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OCCUPY page 3
Students without hall passes are getting swept off campus and they must stay there until the next period starts. That is the new truancy policy that began at the Fremont Federation of High Schools campus on Oct. 3. Students have mixed reactions on the policy. Some think the truancy sweep is a good idea, but others believe it will have a negative effect on learning. “No matter how many times they do [the sweeps], people are still getting kicked out, and what if someone’s just late?” said College Preparatory & Architecture Academy senior Anthony Harris. “They’re basically kicking them [out] for no apparent reason.” The truancy policy was implemented because some
students walk around the school instead of going to class, said Eric Dubois, case manager of Media Academy. “We care about [students], and we want to ensure that they are learning and moving toward graduation. We don’t want them to fail,” said Dubois. “We are making them accountable to be in the classroom.” “If they are not in class and are chronically truant, they will fail,” Dubois added. “Our motivation is to help them graduate, which is not possible if a student is outside of class half of the time.” As part of the sweep, when students are caught on campus during class without passes, school safety officers escort them to the front gate and take their names. If the students give a false name, they will be suspended and can only return to see SWEEP page 2
Media drops Spanish from freshman schedule Pearl Joy Balagot & Tiffany Sanders Photo Editors
To save teacher jobs, Media Academy freshmen are not taking Spanish classes this year. School officials decided freshmen should take two media classes instead. That’s the explanation Media Academy director Michael Jackson gave the Green & Gold. Due to declining enrollment at Media, there weren’t enough students to fill all the classes usually taught by media teachers Lisa Shafer, Richard Yacco and Howard Ruffner. By adding an extra media class to the freshman schedule, one of the teachers did not have to move to an English position, which would have pushed one of the current English teachers, who have less seniority, out of a job. This year, Shafer teaches
Journalism and Ruffner teaches multimedia to freshmen. Previously, Shafer taught Media Studies to sophomores for a semester and Ruffner taught Journalism to freshmen. Another change is that Yacco teaches Media Studies to sophomores for a full year instead of just a semester. The decision to change the freshman and sophomore electives was made at the end of last year. “We decided to try something new with 9th graders by having them start newspaper, print journalism ... and take Spanish next year,” said Vice Principal Sarah Mazzotta. The changes have made some students glad and others mad. Freshman Melissa Mejia thinks freshmen should take Spanish in 9th grade because as she has gotten older she has forgotten how to speak it. “I feel like I want to take it see
TROPICAL WALL Artist creates new Polynesian mural
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Leadership club opens student store, hopes to fund prom with proceeds
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NINTH page 3
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Freshmen receive reading assistance
F photo by Tiffany Sanders
Selling spirit CPAA seniors Stephanie Quiñones and Yadira Robles organize the student store, which sells T-shirts, pom-poms and more. They are part of the Leadership class, which started the store.
Students now in business
New campus store to raise money for prom while raising school spirit
Devonyei Frazier & Janae Rushing Staff Writers
rom should run smoothly and be more affordable if fundraising through a new student store is successful, Leadership officials say. The Leadership class has started to sell “spirit wear,” including Fremont hoodies, beanies, scarves, lanyards and school IDs to reduce the cost of prom. The store is located in the cafeteria by the auditorium in a space previously used for a school bank. It will now known as the student store. The Tiger Clinic's Wellness Committee helped Leadership come up with the idea to sell merchandise with the school name on it. According to Leadership coordinator Nidya Baez, the student store proceeds will pay for activities like senior field trips and to restock the store. “The student store will increase students’ pride in their school,” said Baez. Students who are athletes, on honor roll or have perfect attendance can receive discounts once a marking period of about 10 percent. “It will encourage students to do well,” said Baez. Fremont students are planning to take advantage of the student store by purchasing spirit wear. “If we all participate [in buying products from the store], then we will have a lot of school spirit and pride. We will be a better school if we all participate,” said Media Academy senior Mariah Hines, who plans to buy some spirit wear.
SWEEP: Policy aims to reduce student tardies
PLANNING PROM The new revenue for prom has many excited as they make plans for an event cheaper and more convenient than last year's. The starting price for prom tickets is $45 for a single ticket, according to Baez. Couple tickets start at $90. In the beginning of January, prices will go up. Last year prices were $50 per person and $100 for couples. Instead of being held at the San Francisco Hilton like last year, the 2012 prom will be held at the Concord Hilton. The prom theme had not been decided at press time. Another change is the date — prom is usually held in May, but this year’s prom is scheduled for April 28. That was the only day the Concord Hilton was available, Baez explained. Reaction to the earlier prom date is mixed among Fremont students. “I feel like prom shouldn’t be so early because it’s not gonna ‘smack’ as hard," said College Preparatory & Architecture Academy senior Latrail White. “Fremont would be the only school in April having prom while everyone's is in May,” The earlier date is good news for some students, including Media Academy junior Aaliyah Kerr. “Having prom early is a good thing because it’s right after spring break, so every one gets to see each other at their best,” she said. By having prom at the Concord Hilton, students can park closer to the facility, Baez said. “Parking in San Francisco was a pain last year,” said Baez. But transportation may still be a issue for some. "The location should be closer," said Mandela Academy senior Thai Vo. "Some people may not be familiar to the area."
of students with passes. Five out of 10 students had hall passes on Oct.11; two of 10 students had hall passes on Oct.18, and nine out of 10 students had from page 1 hall passes Oct. 24. The results on Oct. 24 suggest the to campus if they bring a parent. truancy policy may be working with If students are caught up in a sweep more students having passes when out more than twice, there is a strong pos- of class. sibility that mandatory parent meetings Media teacher Howard Ruffner will take place and that the school will thinks the policy teaches students refer the student to the Student Atten- responsibility. dance Review Board (SARB). “It’s letting students know that the To see if the policy is working, school is concerned that they’re not in reporters sat at the main entrance of class,” said Ruffner. “It’s helping the Media Academy for 15 minutes on school be aware of students skipping three dates and counted the number class and learn why they’re skipping.”
In the story "Tiger Clinic hires nurse" that ran in the October issue of the Green & Gold, we incorrectly reported the employer of the school nurse, Amanda Dunn. Dunn is employed by the Oakland Unified School District. The Green & Gold regrets the error and aims to report as accurately as possible. If we publish inaccurate information in the future, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jameela Rougeau & Sherry Munguia Staff Writers
remont students are now getting help in reading with a new literacy program. Literacy specialist Michelle Gonzalez started teaching "Academic Literacy" in the first few weeks of the school year and already some students have "graduated" from the class with improved reading skills. Students — so far just freshmen — are placed in the class based mostly on their results of the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), a reading comprehension test all high school students in the Oakland Unified School District are now required to take. The SRI gives students scores from 0 to 1,500 points. Students whose reading scores fall below the 700 Lexile are recommended for the course. If students reach a Lexile level of 800, which is about a grade-eight reading level, they can leave the program. The Academic Literacy classes include about 30 students at a time. They are divided into two classes of 15 students during 5th and 6th periods. In previous years, students who took the reading intervention classes, called Read 189, took the course for the whole year and were not able to test out of it. Gonzalez, a Fremont High graduate, taught at College Preparatory & Architecture Academy for two years and then at Youth Empowerment School for one year before returning to Fremont as a literacy specialist. Gonzalez said the program will help students in their whole academic experience and to keep up with other classes. Studies shows that reading is one of the most important skills for academic success. According to literacydirectory.org, children who cannot read by third grade are more likely to drop out of school, do drugs or go to jail. Besides the individual students benefitting from the intervention, Gonzales sees hope for the school. "The school will benefit from the reading program because scores on the California Standards Test will likely go up if students improve their reading skills," she said. Many teachers are hopeful about the program. "I know that the district is trying to emphasize literacy in high grades, so we now have a literacy specialist on campus," said Media Academy English teacher Sonja Totten-Harris. "I'm hoping she'll be able to help struggling readers get up to grade level." Although some students have been reluctant to attend the literacy class, some of those who do attend regularly enjoy it. “We do work [but] it’s not that much work in this class like others, and the teacher is awesome,” said CPAA sophomore Jose Puac. Media Academy freshman Damon Randle agrees. “I like the teacher. I know my typing skills have gone up due to this class,” said Randle. “My favorite thing to do in this class is reading.”
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Green & Gold December 16, 2011
Belarus visitors teach students about censored news No freedom of press in European country, Media students learn
"The [Belarus] radio, TV and newspaper are controlled by the government."
Fernanda Lopez Assisstant Features Editor
Students got a taste of a 10,000-yearold country on Nov. 4 , when five visitors from the European country of Belarus visited Media Academy. Belarus, composed of 800,000 mostly Jewish people, used to be part of the Soviet Union but broke away in 1991. The visitors spoke to fourth period Michael Jackson’s drama class and presented the class with their red and white national flag. Visitor Piotr Kuzniatsou explained the legend behind the flag. It was created when a wounded man covered his bleeding head with a white sheet and then took the sheet off and waved it in the air to the people, symbolizing that he was alive. “I liked the flag story,” said Media senior Shima Kaid. “It’s cool because it symbolizes such a powerful thing — being alive.” In addition to getting a Belarus flag, Media Academy students also received foreign money from the visitors. Their
— Piotr Kuzinatsou Belarus visitor
photo by Howard Ruffner
FLAG LEGEND Piotr Kuzinatsou explains the meaning behind the Belarus flag to Michael Jackson’s drama class on Nov. 4. Students learned about the country's money and politics. money is known as the Belarusian ruble, and no coins are used. A dollar in Belarus would equivalent to 9,091 rubles. “It was very generous that the guy gave us money,” said Kaid. “I mean, who
gives out money to people that they don't know?” Belarus has been under the dictatorship of Alyaksandr Lukashenka for about 17 years.
“The radio, TV and newspaper are controlled by the government,” said Kuzniatsou. The visitors explained that young journalists leave Belarus in part because they have no freedom of press and are obligated to watch the government’s TV programs. Russia is the primary destination for Belarus citizens who decide to leave their country, explained Kuzniatsou. Despite many differences, Belarus citizens also have much in common with Americans when it comes to popular culture. “Young high school students listen to music such as Adele, Tupac and Eminem,” said Yauheni Puhach, one of the visitors.
OCCUPY: Lessons include fishbowl talks, discussions, reporting from page 1
photo by Nicholas Tuiono
FINDING WELLNESS Media Academy freshman Richard Vu (left) harvests dinosaur kale from the school garden as part of a unit on Wellness he is doing in his journalism, English and multimedia classes. Vu and other freshmen are not taking Spanish this year.
NINTH: Director says new schedule will help freshmen with literacy from page 1 “I feel like I want to take it since I’m Mexican,” said Mejia. “I need to relearn my Spanish since I lost it.” Freshman Bopha Chim is glad to take journalism this year instead of Spanish. “I wouldn't want to take it because it'll be hard for me to learn another language,” Chim said. But administrators said the move to eliminate Spanish in place of another media elective served two purposes. “It was a conscious decision by the staff at Media Academy in order to maximize the opportunities for incoming freshmen and also employ some of your favorite teachers,” said Jackson.
He believes giving freshmen extra reading and writing practice this year through what the teachers are calling the “Communication Arts Cluster” of English 1, Journalism and multimedia will help them with their literacy skills. “English students who are not functional in English could wait a year to learn a second language,” said Jackson. The Communication Arts Cluster has collaborated on several projects and are focusing on a theme of "Wellness" this year. Students in the sixth period Journalism class, for example, are working with garden educator Jessica Godfrey to revive the Media Academy garden. They have harvested vegetables and eaten dishes made with dinosaur kale, cherry tomatoes, basil, potatoes and other vegetables. Shafer said she enjoys her new teaching schedule. “Teaching journalism for an entire year to the same students gives me a
better chance to dig deeper than I [could] teaching only one semester of Media Studies to sophomores,” said Shafer. “On the other hand, I am sorry that students in the heart of Fruitvale don’t have the chance to take four years of Spanish. This is a community where Spanish skills are essential to have.” Spanish teachers Felicidad Guirao and Rebekkah Ford say they miss having freshmen as students. “I would love to teach Spanish earlier, but I respect the decisions that were made to better our freshmen’s learning,” said Ford. Guirao was disappointed that she no longer had the opportunity to teach freshman. “I miss freshmen because they are very energetic and they have so much vitality,” said Guirao. It is unknown what will happen with next year’s freshmen schedule as Fremont Federation becomes a big school.
Media Academy journalism teacher Lisa Shafer taught her freshman classes about the Occupy movement by having students read Tammerlin Drummond’s columns in the Oakland Tribune and writing about whether they agreed or disagreed with her opinions on "The strike Occupy. showed how Shacommunities fer also took three are able newspaper to come students to the general together to strike as a protest." journalism project. — Diego Garcia “Being at the strike Media junior first hand was more exciting than learning about it in class because it showed how communities are able to come together to protest against the government for something they believe in,” said news editor Diego Garcia, who interviewed protesters in Frank Ogawa Plaza. Garcia reported that protesters were gathered around city hall with a diversity of signs, including some that read “bail out schools, not banks” and “peacefully pissed.” He also interviewed Tony Mai, a Media Academy student he ran into while reporting in Frank Ogawa Plaza. The Occupy movement “is going to change America,” said Mai, who decided not to go to school so he could support the movement and join the general strike. Many Oakland teachers wearing green Oakland Education Association T-shirts also protested. It is unclear how many of the 300 or so Oakland teachers at the strike were from Fremont High.
Green & Gold
December 16, 2011
Mural highlights Polynesian culture Sherry Munguia
eople walking from the Health Clinic towards the main building at Fremont Federation of High Schools may feel a bit tropical. That’s because Tom Siu, a cousin of the Poly Club coordinator Darlene Kato, has been painting a new mural on the wall near the auditorium. The mural, which is being funded by the YMCA, depicts two men on a double-hulled canoe and Tongan and Fijian patterns and dancers, among other symbols of Polynesian culture. Kato came up with the idea to paint the mural and is very excited to see the end result. “I became extremely interested in a mural project because there is no other Oakland school with a Poly mural,” Kato said. Siu has been working on the mural at least twice a week since May. Mandela junior Sifa Kaufusi, along with Illon Hansen, who was a Mandela sophomore last year before transferring schools, helped Siu with the mural last spring. Since then, Siu has been working on the mural by himself. “It runs in my blood," said Siu. "Almost everyone in my immediate family are artists, so it feels like it's hereditary. I set my mind on any artist piece and I draw from the heart. It's also my first mural work,” said Siu. Many students, including College Preparatory & Architecture Academy junior Keyanna Patton, think the mural is a good idea. “It’s good to have diversity in the school to show more than one culture,” said Patton. CPAA freshman Apolosi Halahingano also liked the project. “The mural is nice, cool and traditional,” said Halahingano. “The females and males dancing are my favorite part." The mural joins others on campus that celebrate Hispanic, Southeast Asian, Aztec and African American cultures.
photo by Kim Mejia-Cuellar
Dancers and warriors A new mural is being painted to honor the Polynesian culture. It is being funded by the YMCA and painted by Tom Siu, cousin of Poly Club coordinator Darlene Kato. It can be found by the auditorium.
Cultural pride Aside from the Poly mural, Fremont is home to various murals around campus representing different cultures. From top left, they include a mural showing Southeast Asian cultures, a mural depicting civil rights leaders, a mural of an Aztec calendar and a portrait of Malcolm X. photos by Pearl Joy Balagot and Fernanda Lopez
Students display swagg on campus JAMEELA ROUGEAU Media Academy Senior
TRA WESTBROOKS CPAA Senior
TRINESE SIBLEY Media Academy Senior
What would you call your style? Beauty-Fly
What would you call your style? Different
What would you call your style? Vintage
Where do you shop? H&M, Hot Topic, and PacSun
Where do you shop? Forever 21
Where do you shop? Wal Mart, Kmart, Payless, Susie's Deals, and Factory 2 U Did you make anything you're wearing? I crocheted my hat and my scarf How much do you spend yearly on your clothing? I really don’t know Photos and interviews by Vanessa Chavarria & Shantel Berry
What is the best item you have on? My shoes How much do you spend yearly on your clothing? About $2,000 What is the best bargain you have found recently? 80's looking shoes from H&M for $17.95
What is the best item you have on? My boots! How much do you spend yearly on your clothing? About $3,000 What fashion item do you want for Christmas? Gucci boots
Green & Gold December 16, 2011
No work, all play for Media seniors Aleanna Santos
edia Academy seniors got to get away from school, stress and studies a block away from campus for one day. English teacher Candice Valenzuela planned the free senior retreat at the Eastlake YMCA on Nov. 3. History teacher Elizabeth Siarny, Leadership Coordinator Nidya Baez, Mills Education Talent Search Adviser Barbie Penn and Tiger Clinic Health Educator Katie Riemer also helped to facilitate the event. “The retreat was important to provide a space for seniors to come together as one,” said Valenzuela. “Sometimes the graduation stage is the only time that all the seniors are in the same place at the same time. I don't think that's right.” The YMCA was economical and available, explained Valenzuela. She added that the Y was “very gracious” to let them use their space. In fact, the space Media seniors used for their retreat was donated by the Y. Valenzuela wanted the retreat to happen soon, which is one of the reasons why it was held at the YMCA. If the seniors were to fundraise the event themselves, it would have taken much longer. “All we needed was an open space with enough room for the activities,” said Valenzuela. “I was thankful to the Y for letting us use their facility.” Although some students complained and were skeptical about having their senior retreat at the YMCA, it didn’t affect anything or anyone, according to senior Sabrina Lee. One of Lee’s classmates, Leland Moore, said he was “really shocked” about the location of the retreat. “I expected to go to a park or something,” Moore said.
photo by Tony Srimoukda
Dream catcher Media senior Ricky Esquival (right) explains his dream of becoming a soccer player during an activity led by Leadership Coordinator Nidya Baez during the senior retreat on Nov. 3. Ysaira Torres agreed the location of the retreat was close to the school but added that “the location didn’t matter, who attended was what was more important.” Students got the chance to interact and get their energy going by participating in ice breakers. Afterwards, the students went into the gym to play their first team-building game called Dream Catcher. The goal of the game was to obtain the students' written dreams without physically touching the outside of the circle. “It wasn’t really that hard, it was just frustrating,” said Matthew Phork. “All we had to do was create a
Student thrives, earns 4.0 GPA in big turnaround
Chico journalism professor recruits at Media Academy Arnice St. Remy Opinion Editor
Vanessa Chavarria & Jafeth Santos Staff Writers
At Media Academy, 19 out of 100 students on the honor roll received 4.0s for the first marking period. Many of them were used to getting high grades in school. But one of them never imagined she would be on the honor roll, let alone be with a 4.0 GPA. That student is Sandra Felix. She is a senior who has made a big turnaround since her freshman year. It was the first time ever that Felix earned straight A's in her three years of high school. When Felix started high school, she said she wasn’t doing her best in school. She had a grade point average of 0.5 her whole freshman year. Felix didn’t get in trouble often during her freshman year, but cutting school definitely had a huge effect on her GPA. "I cut school because I hated school,” said Felix. “I didn’t care and I wasn’t thinking right. I wasn’t thinking about what I wanted to do in the future as a career.” Teachers are pleased to see the change and remember the way Felix used to be. “Sandra has always been a very thoughtful and sweet young lady, but I remember that [when she was] a freshman, I would see her maybe once a week or twice,” said English teacher Candice Valenzuela. “She wasn’t focused, her mind was on parties, or whatever was going on at home.” “I’m trying to graduate and go to a
base on our feet and hold onto each other, creating a chain like bond.” Other team-building games included Giants, Wizards and Elves, which was similar to human rock, paper scissors. The seniors were divided into two rival teams. “My team’s name was Team Sparta,” said Martreca West. “We did awesome.” The last activity was called the “Unity Circle.” The purpose of the activity was to build a stronger bond between the students by sharing common experiences. “We can reach our goals more effectively if we work together,” said Valenzuela.
photo by Kim Mejia-Cuellar
driven to excel Media Academy senior Sandra Felix went from 0.5 GPA to being on the honor roll.
four-year college, I want to go to San Diego State and major in nursing,” she said. “I want to be a nurse because I like the medical field and I think it’s for me.” Felix plans to keep up with her good grades during the whole school year. Graduation is her motivation. In order to graduate, she has to make up classes. She is currently in the process of making up English 2 with teacher Sonja Totten-Harris. “She’s just step, by step, by step, understanding that things are serious and that she can make it happen if she wants to,” said Totten-Harris. “It’s nice sometimes to have seniors, especially in freshman classes because it’s sort of like a reminder, ‘Hey freshmen, if you don’t pay attention, you might have to repeat the class.'" Felix has some words of advice for the freshmen this year who are walking the same path she did three years ago. “Get at least a C because you don’t know how bad it will affect you three years from now,” Felix said. “You won’t
A professor drove three hours from Chico to Oakland to sell his awardwinning journalism program to an awardwinning high school journalism staff. Dave Waddell, director of Journalism at Chico State University, came to Media Academy on Oct. 31 to recruit seniors and inform juniors about the journalism program at Chico. “Our school newspaper, The Orion, won 11 Pacemaker awards,” Waddell told members of Media Academy’s Green & Gold newspaper, which won fourth place last year in a national competition. The Pacemaker is a national award for excellence in student journalism and is known as the “Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.” Media Academy has been a recruitment target for Waddell for at least five years. Several former Green & Gold editors have attended Chico State, including student Emely Srimoukda, Ronald Johnson, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Brittany Sneed from the class of 2009. Jamari Caldwell and Powell Lee, both members of the Class of 2008, also are at Chico. Waddell, who has been at Chico more than 16 years, wasn’t just trying to admit more newspaper journalism students. He also spoke about other majors such as a new multimedia program. Features editor Aleanna Santos was one of several Green & Gold students to talk to Waddell about how Chico would match her interests. Speaking with Waddell, she said, expanded her knowledge about the college. It is one of her top choices.
“Dr. Waddell is committed to having more diversity in his journalism program.” —Lisa Shafer Green & Gold Adviser “I would recommend students to go to Chico because it's really different compared to Oakland,” said Santos, who learned Chico has very few minorities. “If people only stay in their comfort zone, then I feel like that won't get them really far in their life because of the lack of experience." Green & Gold adviser Lisa Shafer said Chico has been a good fit for many Media Academy students. “Chico State has an excellent awardwinning newspaper,” said Shafer. “Dr. Waddell is committed to having more diversity in his journalism program, and when our kids go to Chico, he helps them feel at home." During his visit, Waddell also shared his thoughts about the Green & Gold. He liked a lot of stories, including one by Santos on the California Dream Act and one on teacher Richard Yacco's experience in the world-famous Stanford prison experiment by Gloria "Jack" Mejia. However, he told Mejia she could have used more than one source in the story. Mejia added another source for that story and it will be published in the Oaktown Teen Times this week.
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Green & Gold December 16, 2011
Occupy violence, vandalism are hurting our city EDITORIAL
ing Occupy Oakland’s general strike, only 32 of the 103 people who were arrested or better or worse, the Occupy were Oakland residents, according to news Oakland movement has put our reports. city on the map. The Occupy Oakland demonstrators are The Occupy movement is a protesting to gain economic equality and series of protests in the U.S. stop corporate greed. by members of the “99 percent,” who The Oakland police have tried to stop are demonstrating against the wealthy the movement by forcing people to leave people, banks and the camp site. They big corporations — If the Occupy movement is escalated tensions what they call the about making things more when they began to “one percent” — for equal, why are [protesters] use tear gas against unfairly holding the protesters, as most of the money taking money away from authorized by Mayor and power in our a community with so many Jean Quan. country. An Iraq veteran, underprivileged people? We, the Green Scott Olsen, was in& Gold, support the jured when he was hit Occupy movement, but we are opposed on his head during clashes with the police. to the violence brought on by infiltrators. Because he was the first to have a seriThe movement needs powerful leaders to ous injury and because he had served our advance its goals and keep the peace. country in Iraq, this news went nationwide. This movement has now become world- Olsen stood up for himself, his country and wide and has affected many communities. social justice. Thousands of students and activists have While Olsen has our sympathy, the demonstrated at the University of Califorprotesters who took out their frustration on nia, Berkeley and other college campuses Oakland businesses do not. around the nation. Occupy Oakland activists vandalized But many of these grassroots movea Whole Foods store during their general ments have been hurt by outsiders who strike march. On the night of the first raid of have caused violence. For example, durthe encampment, windows were broken at
If only I knew this when I was a freshman...
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kim Mejia-Cuellar
Diego Garcia Katelyn Bauzon, assistant
Aleanna Santos Fernanda Lopez, assistant
Araceli Ramos Shantel Berry, assistant
Arnice St. Remy Ruliver Santos, assistant Laura Lem Alejandro Vasquez Tiffany Sanders Pearl Joy Balagot
Gloria 'Jack' Mejia-Cuellar
Juan Aguilar Alondra Alvarado Kenay Anderson Vanessa Chavarria Yuliana Estrada Devonyei Frazier Jorray Hart Aaliyah Kerr Sherry Munguia Adrian Nelson Martin Ortiz Kenny Perry Kemish Quintero Jose Rodriguez Janae Rushing Jameela Rougeau Tiffany Sanders Jafeth Santos Alex Toris
ow that I’m a senior and people give me advice about college and education, I think to myself, “If only I knew this as a freshman.” In my junior and senior year, I feel I have learned so much about college that I should have been taught my first year of high school. For example, learning that Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) graduation requirements are different from college admissions requirements can be a big help. As a senior applying to college, I was confused. What OUSD finds acceptable, colleges don't. Another big thing freshmen should learn is that even if you can graduate high school with D’s in some classes, colleges require at least a C to consider you for
"It was a drastic move, but those rules should have applied to everybody." Emiliano Sanchez CPAA, assistant principal
acceptance. Students who learn that too late and received D’s, now have to come after school to make up courses in Cyber High. They could have done the work needed to get at least a C during class time, not their after school time. As a senior, you can feel overwhelmed because you have only 10 months to make sure the credits from the previous three years and the current year will be enough to get your diploma on time. Students might not be educated on how transcripts work. If students don't do well during the first through third marking periods, those three grades average out to become your semester grade. And that is the grade that shows up on your transcript. That is the only grade colleges will see. When you’re coming into high school, there are so many pressures to be and do certain things.
Bank of America, Whole Foods, Clorox and Wells Fargo. As Oakland struggles with budget crises, Occupy protests have cost the city at least $2.4 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Many small businesses in Oakland have been hurt. This is unfair. All that money could have been used for books, new technology, youth programs and keeping our city safe. If the Occupy movement is all about making things more equal, why are they taking money away from a community with so many underprivileged people? The movement is supposed to better society, but whose voice is really being heard? No one is taking the time to figure out how youth and the community feel about the situation. It seems as if the voice of the community is not being heard by anyone, including the police and the mayor. The Green & Gold would like for the one percent to give back to the people who live under poverty. We would like people who live outside of Oakland to only protest here if they stay nonviolent. We would like big corporations to pay more taxes so money can go to schools and a better education system. The Occupy Oakland violence is affecting all of us in a major way. The violence must stop.
JANAE RUSHING For example, people skip school and don’t take grades seriously. Then when they’re finally put up to speed on the effects of their decisions, they wish they could have done it differently. Everything we do from freshman year to senior year plays a big role in our lives during and after high school. Not valuing education and not going to college closes off many opportunities. Students also don't realize they absolutely need to develop rela-
tionships with their teachers. A great way to keep your grades up is to actually talk to your teachers on your own time outside of class. Communicating with your teacher will help you be more successful in school because they can help you one on one. You might not like a teacher, don't let that be an excuse to not do your work for that class. If you have an issue, talk to the teacher. Not talking to your teacher because of personal reasons doesn't affect the teacher; it affects your future. As a senior, there are so many “I wish I woulda” statements you will make. It’s best to start off high school as a freshman strong, so when senior year comes, you will have no regrets or mistakes that you have to go back and fix. You will not have to say “I wish I woulda.”
What do you think about the OAL taking away the Fremont football team's three wins?
"It's wrong because to us football is all we got. After football, we don't have nothing." Sue Tavgavau Mandela, sophomore
"It wasn't fair to take the opportunities from the players. " Rosalin Cox School safety officer
"Basically, we all mad because we didn't get our spotlight at home." Moni Toli CPAA, freshman
"It's wrong for [them] to take games away from kids." Tyler Newell Media Academy, senior
Green & Gold December 16, 2011
Pizza named a veggie, surprising many Congress counts pizza as vegetable for school
Juan Aguilar & Kemish Quintero Staff Writers
s pizza a vegetable? Most people at Fremont, including cafeteria manager Lawanna Wyatt, don’t think so. But members of Congress think tomato sauce makes pizza a vegetable and that schools involved in the National School Lunch Program, including Fremont, should be able to continue to count a slice of pizza as a serving of vegetables. Wyatt, who has worked as the cafeteria manager for four years, said she did not know about pizza being considered a vegetable or the recent controversy it has stirred up until a reporter told her. “I was just shocked because there’s no way it could be a vegetable. I couldn't believe it,” said Wyatt. On the other hand, Katie Riemer, the health educator at the Tiger Clinic, did hear about the pizza controversy. “I am not surprised [the government counts pizza as a vegetable] because they consider the fries a vegetable also,” she said. Schools across America had been counting pizza as a vegetable for years, but on Nov. 15, Congress voted on whether to increase the amount of tomato paste they would have to put onto pizza to treat it like a vegetable. The proposal was to increase the tomato sauce from two tablespoons to a one-half a cup
under the recommendation of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to the New York Times, the USDA made the recommendation in January along with other suggestions to limit the amount of starchy vegetables that schools serve. (The USDA is responsible for developing and executing U.S federal government policies on farming, agriculture and food.) Congress, however, did not make the changes that the USDA proposed. Many of the students we interviewed did not know that the pizza they were eating was considered a vegetable by Congress. “I thought it was considered junk food,” said Ysaira Torres, a senior at Media Academy.
Matthew Phork, also a Media Academy senior, agreed with the Congress and believes that pizza is a vegetable. “It’s a vegetable because it’s wheat, tomato and spices and if it didn't have the pepperoni it would be vegetarian,” said Phork. Even though Fremont cafeteria workers don't think pizza is a vegetable, they have made changes to try to make it healthier. They say they use fresh ingredients for their pizzas. “We use whole grain dough and we prepare our pizzas fresh every day,” said Wyatt. However, Riemer says that she does
"I was just shocked because there’s no way it could be a vegetable. I couldn't believe it."
—Lawanna Wyatt, Cafeteria manager
not see the whole grain crust on every pizza the cafeteria serves. Still, she says, “pizza, even when not made with whole grain is not that bad for you as long as the rest of your diet is good.”
Health officials urge males to get HPV vaccination too Shot that prevents cervical cancer is no longer just for girls Alondra Alvarado &Yuliana Mujica
photo by Howard Ruffner
anti-bullIEs (from left) Cal graduate students Aubrey Daquiz, Jonathan Madragon and Maria Fernandez speak to Howard Ruffner's multimedia class about bullying on Nov. 3
Cal grad students help freshmen stop bullying DeAnna Wooden
ullying at Fremont includes cyber threats, fighting and name calling. That’s what Media Academy freshmen said during an anti-bullying workshop on Nov. 3. The workshop was run by volunteers from the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Public Health and took place in three classes: Journalism, English and multimedia. “I learned that bullying is a very cruel thing and that people should stop doing it,” said freshman Deantae Kennedy. Students brainstormed ideas about what they thought bullying was and what they thought they could do to stop it. They also presented what they brain-
stormed and got each other’s opinions. Some students said the most interesting activity was brainstorming. “Writing down our ideas was most interesting because we got to talk about bullying,” said freshman Malik Candler. Teachers Sonja Totten-Harris, Howard Ruffner and Lisa Shafer organized the workshop because they are concerned about how students are treating each other at school. “Bullying is a very damaging situation,” said Shafer. “It hurts the individuals and it hurts our school.” Maria Fernandez, who is the leader of the volunteer group, and five other graduate students met with the three teachers on Tuesday to plan their next workshop, which probably will take place in February. They hope students will come up with an anti-bullying plan for the school.
HPV, not only through sexual intercourse. There are about 100 different types of Staff Writers HPV and about 30 of them are sexually Many people may think the HPV shot transmitted. The Gardasil HPV vaccine is is only for females, but that is no longer the only shot available that helps prevents four types of HPV. The shot is given as the case. three injections over six months. The Now males also are being encouraged shots don’t fully protect anyone against to receive the vaccine for the human HPV, so precautions and vaccinations are papilloma virus — the injection given to urged, as stated in the Gardasil's website help prevent cervical cancer in females at gardasil.com and genital warts in males. Doctor Raul Gutierrez from the Tiger The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Im- Clinic said that the vaccine has been munization Practices said the vaccine can “proven to be safe for both men and women.” be given to males Some students, as early as age "It's a good idea [for including Media nine, CNN.com males to get vaccinated] Academy junior reported. Up until now, because it prevents it from Jenny Saechao, agree that males the shot has been happening more." should get the vacgiven to girls cine. ages nine to 26 to —Jenny Saechao, “It’s a good idea prevent cervical Junior, Media Academy because it prevents cancer, but now it from happening doctors are enmore,” she said. couraging males to Media Academy freshman Gina Norn also receive the shot to reduce the chance agrees. that the virus will be spread. The shot “It’s not fair for girls to only get it (the also prevents males from getting genital vaccine)," she said. "Guys should too.” warts. According to Tiger Clinic health ”It’s a good idea because that way we won’t get it at some point,” said Mandela educator Katie Riemer, the clinic offers HPV shots for both boys and girls who Academy senior Jose Lopez. make an appointment. The Clinic is open Genital human papilloma virus Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to transmission can happen with any kind 3:30 p.m. but is closed for lunch. of genital contact with someone who has
Green & Gold December 16, 2011
photo by Paul Coover
juan aguilar runs at the state cross country meet in Fresno.
Fremont runner makes it to state Fernanda Lopez
photo by Katelyn Bauzon
Momma tiger speakS OUT Ema Apadoca (left) and her son, CPAA junior Bishope Apadoca, speak to OAL
Commissioner Michael Moore on Nov. 16. Football players were outraged when the OAL cancelled Fremont's season.
Tigers protest OAL forfeits Laura D. Lem & Katelyn Bauzon Editors
Despite a protest march to the Oakland Athletic League office, a meeting with the league commissioner and a formal plea from the principal, Fremont Federation of High School’s football team still wasn’t eligible to play its homecoming game or the league playoffs. Fremont was disqualified from the homecoming game and had to forfeit three victories because the OAL determined the school had ineligible players during previous games. The players learned about the homecoming cancellation Nov. 10, two days before they were supposed to play the Castlemont Knights at Curt Flood Field. The players were deemed ineligible for many reasons including living outside the Fremont boundaries, not having a 2.0 GPA and turning in paperwork late. Principal Daniel Hurst sent an inquiry on Nov. 14, to principals across the district to check the eligibility of players from each OAL team — Skyline, McClymonds, Oakland High, Oakland Tech and Castlemont — because he and other school officials believed those schools had players with similar situations as Fremont’s ineligible players but did not have their seasons shortened or games forfeited. Some teams also allegedly had players who attended multiple summer camps, which is a violation of OAL rules. “These inquiries are not done out of vindictiveness, but done to allow us the opportunity to examine and fix our system so that it does not unfairly punish students,” Hurst stated in the letter. Many students were upset with the OAL's decision.
“I feel like the OAL hates Fremont,” testified Mandela freshman Tyshone Gaines, who plays free safety on the team, during a two-hour meeting about the penalties with commissioner Michael Moore. The forfeits and cancellation made Fremont ineligible for the league championship Silver Bowl. Before the games were forfeited, Fremont's league record had been 3-1. Fremont’s only loss in the OAL was to McClymonds, the team that ended up winning the Silver Bowl in a 33-19 game against Skyline on Nov. 25. On Nov. 15, just five days after the homecoming game was cancelled, football players, cheerleaders, coaches and parents marched down High Street to the OAL office. The walkout was organized by parents of football players. “We did the strike because they canceled our game and we wanted more information on why they canceled the game,” said Mandela senior Siliveinus Tomasi, who played right tackle and right guard. In response to the protests, Moore held the meeting in Fremont’s auditorium. Faculty members, football players, coaches, cheerleaders and the players' family members attended. Many of them spoke. Fremont supporters complained that the OAL had had seven weeks to inform the team that it had ineligible players on the roster, but the league did not declare the ineligible players until the day before homecoming. “We weren’t informed that we were ‘cheating,’” said Media Academy senior Marcus Robinson, a running back, wide receiver and safety for the Tigers.
Girls basketball team wins 2nd place at Gridley
After seven years, the Fremont cross country team sent one of its runners to the state meet. Media Academy junior Juan Aguilar ran in the state meet in Fresno on Nov. 26 after placing 8th in the Oakland Athletic League. At the state meet, he ran the mile in 5 minutes, 20 seconds, finishing 201st out of 208. “It felt good seeing lots of runners with their coaches and family there,” said Aguilar. “I felt nervous because it looked like there was lots of competition. Everybody looked very athletic, and they had a lot of school spirit.” Aguilar joined the cross country team to condition for his main sport, soccer, and was also a kicker on the Fremont football team this fall. Although he practiced cross country for months, he didn’t realize he was going to make it to state. “I had a week to train, and I had to practice different things like running for 20 minutes, and special practices in a track course with my coach, Paul Coover,” said Aguilar. Aguilar said he had a lot of motivation for the state race. “The support I received was from my family, friends and my coach,” said Aguilar. Coover hopes that Aguilar will be a role model for other students. “Juan shows that there’s a lot of potential walking on this campus,” said Coover. “I would really, really like it if he set an example that others wanted to follow.” Aguilar said he felt the hard work paid off. “Honestly, I feel proud of myself because I didn't quit. I kept going, and I had good confidence in myself,” he said. Aguilar called this year’s meet “a great experience” that showed him what he needs to work on in the summer and he plans to join cross country next year and train for state. “I know I can do better next year,” he said.
Basketball player excited for season Amahnii Foster & Malik Candler Journalism I
Media Academy senior Leland Moore, a shooting guard for the boys basketball team, spoke to our freshman reporters.
Devonyei Frazier Staff Writer
The girls basketball program, which has been struggling in recent years, won second place in the 31st annual Gridley Tournament, otherwise known as the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic. The Lady Tigers won the trophy on Dec. 1 in a field of eight teams. After beating host Gridley and Oroville High, the Tigers lost to El Camino in the finals. Players feel the strong showing will prove to other Oakland Athletic League opponents that the Tigers need to be taken seriously this year. “It feels really amazing to be even participating in the championships," said Tierra Penny, a senior at College Preparatory & Architecture and a shooting guard for the team. “Fremont High hasn't brought home a trophy in 14 years. It's just a great feeling,” League play starts Jan. 3 for the Lady Tigers.
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photo by Pearl Joy Balagot
What is your basic workout? Running for 2.5 miles, doing 150 push-ups, 500 sit-ups and 300 jumpingjacks. What adjustments do you make for your team? You sometimes have to sacrifice your individual achievements for what’s better for the team. How do you feel about the season? I feel confident. We have a legitimate chance to do good. What was your best experience with the team? Our first game this season against Hayward High. We were only able to
photo by Gloria "Jack" Mejia-Cuellar
have four players play during the last few minutes of the game. People thought we were going to lose, but we pulled together and won 62-54. What is your goal this year? To win the state championship.
Dec. 2011 Fremont Federation of High Schools Oakland, CA