Glen A. Wilson High School
Hacienda Heights, California 91745
October 24, 2008
Choir ‘jazzes’ up mix of songs from musicals By LUBINA KIM STAFF WRITER
Why choose one, when you can have it all? At least, that seems to be the motto for the choral department this year. Instead of following their annual tradition of featuring songs from one Broadway musical, choir will sing songs from various musicals for their first performance this year. The opening show, Broadway Highlights will showcase songs from Hairspray, Wicked, Les Miserables and more. “A whole bunch of musicals packed into one night can be a lot to handle, but it’s also a lot of fun,” said Jazz Cat member senior Tiffany Kim. Choir held an audition to determine who will get the limited parts. Adviser Claudia Turner says that the students who tried out had to perform their songs in front of the entire class to ensure their dedication to the concert. “I got a duet with Amanda Liu, so we practice during school and any chance we get with the pianist,” said freshman Sunny Ho.
Choir was able to assemble a band of instrumentalists to harmonize with the voices. Pianist Judy Greenlees and members of the choir will accompany the Jazz Cats on the drums, piano and bass instruments. “My song from Hairspray is really upbeat, and the drums in the background make it sound even better,” said soloist senior Aftin Jaramillo. Preparations of the concert were slow at first, but are now going well. “More than half the members of Jazz Cats graduated last year, so the loss of voices and personalities did affect us a bit in the beginning. But we have realized that it is our responsibility to keep the success going for years to come,” explained Jazz Cat historian junior Daniel Zamilpa. The show is set to debut next Wednesday in the gym at 7 p.m. “It would make us so happy if everyone came and listened to our music. We always try our best and keep up with our passion,” said Jazz Cat president senior Jenny Choi. Tickets will be sold by choir members until next Tuesday. They cost $3 for all students and $5 for all adults.
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LET ME GO! - Assistant principal Ben Webster, as Batman, holds onto the Joker, sophomore Nick Oueijan, to prevent him from stealing the crown during last friday’s football game. PHOTO/VIRGINIA TANG
Haunted house to debut with increased fear factor By JACOB EWALD STAFF WRITER
Senior Tina Chen, as Harvina Dent, gets dragged away by sophomore Martin Ronquillo and junior Justin Chung, who are dressed up as policemen, in order to keep her from helping the Joker steal the crown in last friday’s Batman rally in the gym. PHOTO/MICHELLE GOR
After finally admitting their mistake, Nebraskan lawmakers need to hurry to rectify their “Safe Haven” law. pg 2 EDITORIAL
SPORTS | Boys varsity
football trounced in last Friday’s Homecoming football matchup against the Rowland Raiders, 41-13. pg 4
Some things just get better with age. The drama department will soon be holding their annual haunted house attraction to raise funds towards the renovation of the Little Theater. Drama adviser Meghann Kraft says this year’s haunted house is scarier and more entertaining than before. She rates the scariness of this year’s haunted house at nine out of ten. “Students are bombarded at every corner with different types of scares. We mess with their senses of sight, sound and touch. This year, there will be psychological scares as well as monsters jumping out at you,” said Kraft. Certain aspects of the walkway have been modified from last year. The hallways are narrower to lengthen the maze and induce the feeling of claustrophobia. Also, there are more props and actors fitted into the maze to frighten people. Last year, the climax of the haunted house was a death scene called the Autopsy Room, in which a viewer watched as a doctor hacked up his victim. This year, the death scene will be more interactive. With each drama class holding its own version of the attraction, there will be four chances for students to experience the thrills of the haunted house. The first three showings will be held by the three Intro to Theater classes and the final performance will be held by the Advanced Drama class. Because different students perform in each showing, it is possible to experience the haunted house in four slightly different ways. Kraft encourages students to attend the maze more than once. “It’s a fun way to spend Halloween, and it’s a great fundraiser for the drama department. It’s a fun, cheap thrill and it’s much better than last year. I hope everyone decides to attend,” said Kraft. Some drama students say they agree with the drama adviser. “I think this year will be a lot better than last year. Advanced drama put a lot of work into the maze for their Halloween show,” said senior Desire Ventura. Showings of the haunted house are set to take place Oct. 29-31 at lunch and on Halloween after school from 3-4 p.m. The haunted house costs $3 per person to attend, and it will be held in the Little Theater. The correct entrance to the Little Theater will be the door across from F-1.
October 24, 2008
Revision of safe haven: overdue and incomplete Last July, Nebraska lawmakers ratified their own version of a safe-haven law, which exists in several other states. According to the law, parents can legally and anonymously abandon their children in locations such as state hospitals, police stations and fire houses. However, ambiguity of the law has given rise to unintended consequences. From the time of the law’s ratification, 18 children, ranging from 22 months to 18 years old, have been abandoned in Nebraska. Some out-of-state parents have even traveled to Nebraska, desperately determined to liberate themselves from parental obligations. In two separate and more controversial incidents, parents from Iowa and Michigan drove thousands of miles to abandon their children—a 14 year old girl and 13 year old boy, respectively—in Nebraska. In other states, a safe-haven law serves to prevent parents, usually single mothers, from taking drastic measures such as aborting or murdering newborn infants. What sets Nebraska’s safe-haven law apart from others is that the law permits “the act of leaving a child in the custody of an employee on duty at a hospital licensed by the State of Nebraska” and does not specifically state any age range or limit, unlike other states’ laws. Thus, this Nebraskan law serves as an outrageous excuse for negligent parents to disown their children with few consequences. The ambiguity of Nebraska’s law allows certain parents to abuse the original good intentions of a safe haven mandate. Months later, after numerous children had been abandoned, lawmakers have finally realized that the blatantly obvious shortcomings of the law need to be rectified. This week, politicians decided upon a maximum age of three days old. Ultimately, the state’s government is responsible for overlo o k i ng the errors of this safe-haven law. The problem l i e s
within the state officials who tolerated the numerous questionable incidents for The
such a long period of time. fact that Nebraska’s government allowed parents to elude the consequences of abandoning their children so effortlessly is completely unacceptable. Parents were the ones who chose to exploit the law and desert their children, but it is ultimately the government that let these mistakes happen. The government is entirely liable for allowing the law to be active for so many months during which infants and teens continued to be left behind. There has been no committed attempt to completely rectify the faulty law. According to Nebraska officials, the law will not be formally amended until the state legislation committee convenes next year. For now, the only progress made by politicians has been to agree upon an age limit. 18 children have already been abandoned—some purposely transported thousands of miles to be deserted in the state. The emotional distress suffered by these children supersedes any political formality. Nebraskan politicians have the ability to convene a special legislative session but have taken no intiative to do so. Lawmakers have already erred by letting such a vague and easily misinterpreted law to be ratified; n o w that their mistake has become so obvious, no time should be wasted to remedy a grievous mistake that has allowed biological parents to desert their children.
ART/ VANESSA HO
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October 24, 2008
Average Joes attain YouTube stardom By MELODY WANG STAFF WRITER
Celebrities seem so close, and yet so far. They are on billboards and T.V. shows, but always surrounded by body guards in some far-away mansion or island retreat. But a new brand of celebrities—just as popular, and even more appealing—is emerging. Without the need to wear fancy getups or to have the best singing voice, they exist in a world we are all too familiar with: YouTube. When the word “celebrity” comes to mind, you might think of someone who is extraordinarily talented or exceptionally beautiful. But
‘But what makes these YouTube personalities so appealing?’ the celebrities on YouTube are as normal as the person sitting in front of you in class. On YouTube, it’s so simple to record a video and with a click, upload it for the world to view, rate and enjoy. Of the millions of people contributing to the growing number of videos floating around on the web, a few “YouTubers” have created
particularly unique or “viral” videos that brought them to fame. One example would be the infamous Chris Crocker. With his impassioned video rant “Leave Britney Alone,” he became a YouTube phenomenon. Because of the publicity he received from his videos, Chris Crocker was invited to speak on television. His video inspired numerous parodies as well as novelty merchandise, like t-shirts bearing the slogan “Save Britney.” While blogging and making videos may be a hobby to some, it is also a profession for many. When a YouTuber gains fans, they will be able to receive money from advertisement revenues, sponsorships and the sale of custom merchandise. Chris Crocker was not the only vlogger whose
California, and are on the path towards stardom. While some people’s YouTube videos led them to fame, other users prefer to continue on with their lives, occasionally sharing with the world their personal thoughts. College student Kevjumba posts his
YouTube days led to greater fame. Nigahiga’s hilarious “How To” videos tickled the funny bones of teens across the States. After many views, the Nigahiga crew received the chance to film a movie in
thoughts on racism, his parents and college—things people can relate to. If you post videos on the internet, it is certain that you will get page views, whether the video is on serious topics such as the election or stupid ones
like my friend confessing his love to an imaginary girl. Even my silly, nonsensical videos have received comments, ratings and even favorites. I’m not famous or talented. But there are still people out there who enjoy it. Even those not trying to be funny may become viral hits. One example would be 14-year-old Lucas Cruikshank from Nebraska, better known as Fred. Creating a crazy online personality, Fred’s six-yearold alter ego with a squeaky voice has gathered, as of now, 601,258 subscribers. The very first Fred video was created out of boredom when Cruikshank decided to imitate other bloggers who like to talk about their own trivial problems. Today he’s invited to
T . V . interviews and earns money through commercial endorsements. Traditional celebrities of Hollywood’s elite have YouTube channels of their own, but even they do not gather as many subscribers as Fred, Kevjumba and others.
Compared to these famous YouTubers, Disney channel super stars Miley Cyrus (267,455 subscribers) and Jonas Brothers (365,173) can’t hold a candle to Fred’s robust number of subscribers.
‘Fans feel as if they can relate to them.’ But what makes these YouTube personalities so appealing? Most fans would love to speak to their idols. Online, the YouTubers are just an email away while fanmails to pop stars may be collecting dust. Because online YouTubers are so close, so real, fans feel as if they can relate to them. They are people who go to school, go to work, talk about the future and deal with life in a way similar to ourselves. YouTube and the internet have made it so easy for the public to show the world what they’ve got without going to auditions or having connections. If a normal student like me can get views, so can you. The next time you upload your friend’s witty remark or a skit you made for fun for the world to see, you just might make it big, strike it rich and become a YouTube star. ART/SONIA TELLIS
Whether you’re winding down from Homecoming festivities or taking advantage of some spare time between block schedules, here are some COMPLILED BY MICHAEL ZUBIA movies to catch in upcoming weeks.
High School Musical 3
The Haunting of Molly Hartley
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Disney’s High School Musical is hitting the big screen, and the story only gets better. The cast, including Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) and Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale), heads into their senior year. The tension of graduation and moving on to college will put friendships to the ultimate test.
In the fifth installment of Lionsgate’s popular Saw series, Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is out to capture a character by the name of Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), the last person alive to carry out the mysterious “Jigsaw Legacy.” But when Jigsaw’s secret is threatened, Hoffman must go to extremes to eliminate all loose ends.
A young teenage girl named Molly Hartley (Haley Bennett) realizes that her parents have made a “pact” with the devil to save Molly’s life. But when the devil begins to make his reappearance, Molly experiences horrid visions and voices that hold a secret from her past, leaving Molly to deserately seek a way out from the devil’s evil clutches.
While returning to New York onboard a penguin-piloted plane, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiler), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) make a crash-landing in Africa. Their mission: find their way out of Africa and get to New York in one piece.
Release Date: Oct. 24 MPAA Rating: G
Release Date: Oct. 24 MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: Oct. 31 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: Nov. 7 MPAA Rating: G
October 24, 2008
Raiders invade Wilson at Homecoming By CHARLES TSUEI SPORTS EDITOR
Other than the halftime Homecoming spectacle, fans showed that they had nothing else to cheer for, falling silent as the football team lost 41-13 to Rowland last Friday. On a night where Tim Gilmore (12) ran for 245 yards Wilson jumped to an early 7-0 lead on the running back’s 60 -yard TD on the Cat’s sixth play of the game. However, the Raiders had little to no trouble with scoring, as evident on their first play of the game when Branden Stansell (12) ran 59 yards for the six points. After the Raiders scored on the second play of their next possession. Chris Johnson (12) ran 68 yards and Coach Greg Hoyd challenged the team to “wake up” and continue to “fight!” “We just turned around in disbelief,” said Hoyd. “We worked all week and it’s not like they did anything special.” Defensively, Rowland’s coach Craig Snyder said he
had warned his players of Gilmore’s abilities and after his touchdown, the Raiders limited him to one more 50-plus gain, which set up a touchdown pass to Matt Orosco (12). “We only had one weapon and when you go into a fight with one bullet, you have to be a good shot. We didn’t deliver the knock out punch,” explained Hoyd. With the absence of Moses Vega (10) and Patrick Neal (11), Hoyd relied heavily on Gilmore, giving him the ball 33 times. Eric Gonzales returned after missing two games due to injury and (12) completed four of his 16 passes, accumulating 17 yards. “He managed the game well, but we needed him to make the big plays,” said Hoyd. “He was getting his feet wet again. It was all about the timing.” Yet, the Raider defense did provide opportunities for Wilson. One of which occurred when Brandon Gonzales (11) recovered a fumble midway through the third quarter.
FINDING A HOLE - Tim Gilmore (12) searches for an opening to run through in last week’s Homecoming PHOTO/VIRGINIA TANG game. The Cats’ next home game will be next week against Bonita.
With the time ticking away and with the score at 35-13, the Cats failed to move the ball. Gilmore ran for one yard, Gonzales threw two incompletions, and the team suffered two penalties that resulted in a fourth and 18 punt. The Cats continued their early defensive struggles.
“It was our mistakes,” said linebacker Alex Ramirez (12). “We just messed up the little things. [Rowland] wasn’t really that great.” Wilson will now begin league competition tonight against the Chargers. Despite facing a strong defense and sub-par offense,
the team said they feel Wilson can get their first win of the season. “Charter Oak is going to be tough. They have back ranked number one in the county and averaged  points a game in all six wins,” said Hoyd. “Maybe they’ll overlook what we can do.”
Mistakes victimize Cats in league matches “We came out expecting to win, but we didn’t play the way we were supposed to,” said Eric Cheng (12). The team finished their frustrating week Wednesday, losing to Los Altos, 11-9.
“It was a team we should have beat,” said co-captain Greg Yokomizo SPORTS EDITOR (12). “We were really upset in our performance.” Disappointed was the word the boys Teammates agreed with him, water polo team used to describe their saying that they rushed the game and last two games. made several errors, such as not getting back on defense and taking ill-advised shots. “We really need to clean up our mistakes. We can create opportunities to score, but we just can’t finish them,” said Yokomizo. Cheng led the team in scoring, finishing with four goals. Patrick Liang (12) added three while Eric Chang (11) and Brandon Cheng (9) both contributed one point. The Cats did not have much luck against Charter Oak Tuesday losing 12-6. “They’re a pretty good team. We have the potential to beat them, but we had a slow start,” said head coach Billy Cavezza. “They came out more aggressive and had more intensity.” ALL THE WAY - Janet Hsiao (12) finishes her swing after hitting the ball back towards her Los Cavezza contributes PHOTO/FION LING Altos opponent. The Cats won 14-4 on Tuesday. several factors for their By CHRIS CHIANG
slow start, one of which was Charter Oak’s smaller pool. “It was hard getting used to the size and I was trying different line ups,” said Cavezza. Apart from the team’s sluggish start, players say that the absence of Yokomizo had a major impact on the game as well. “Greg is one of our best defender and offensive player, so his absence affected us a lot,” said Cavezza. According to the team, Yokomizo was suspended for one game for using foul language during their previous match and was cited for game misconduct. Despite the loss, Cavezza says that the team performed well, especially in the second half of the game. “We didn’t change quickly enough in the beginning, but once we adjusted we really shut them down,” said Cavezza. The Cats, however, dug too deep a hole for themselves in the first quarter and could not overcome the deficit. “Water polo is a very fast game,” said Cavezza. “We got caught sleeping in the first half, and though we played very well in the second half, we still lost.” The team’s top scorer was Cheng again, who led the boys with three goals. Eugene Chang (12), Liang and Eric Chang all contributed one point each. The boys will play against Charter Oak again at home next Wednesday. “If we play the way we should, I expect us to beat them,” said Yokomizo.