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Pilot Press Working to Death: Winter 2016 - Quarter 2

Japan’s Corporate Culture

Editors In Chief: Gemma Carretta ‘17 and Julia Isbell ‘17 Moderators: Ms. Cuaresma and Mrs. Devore

Holiday Acts of Kindness

2016 Election Speeches

Student Life

Holiday Random Acts of Kindness By: Lily Lucero ‘18

The holiday season is here! For the girls of OLP, that means bright lights surrounding campus, wreaths hung on every balcony, spontaneous dancing to Mariah Carey, Christmas at Our House, and extreme holiday cheer. The days leading up to Christmas are undeniably some of the greatest at OLP - and Pilots have some pretty wonderful days. Unfortunately for some, the holidays are difficult times. For families experiencing homelessness, loss, or other hardships, this time may bring about feelings of pain or sadness. So this holiday season, OLP students are called to be thankful, to love, and to show appreciation for one another. Below is a checklist of random acts of kindness appropriate for the holiday season. Copy and post it in your planner or inside your locker as a reminder to show compassion in the days leading up to Christmas. Join in spreading kindness, but do not stop after Christmas! Continue to demonstrate what it means to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, be kind to one another, and always remember to pay it forward.

10 Things Only OLP Girls Understand By: Makena Huey ‘17

1. With the help of Common Grounds, it is possible to feign mental stability on minimal hours of sleep 2. Not only are we members of the oldest high school in San Diego, but we are also members of the oldest high school that announces the ‘soup of the day’ every morning after prayer. 3. We are constantly impressing adults by how confident, independent, and well-educated we are. 4. Piggy back rides, sun-tanning, laughing until you cry, and sharing food are definitely normal habits, right? 2016 Welcome Assembly | Photo courtesy Faith Beyer and Yearbook 5. No Grandma, our teachers do not wear habits to class! 6. Tripping up the stairs may be an everyday occurrence at OLP, but it actually is not that common in the outside world.


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7. The plaid skirt is stiff, the gray skirt is comfy, and the blue skirt is stylish, yet we must accept that everyone has a different favorite skirt. 8. Running up and down the stairs in search of an available co-co classroom is all the exercise a girl needs. 9. No OLP student would ever write about Mary Magdalene as a prostitute - Thanks Mrs. Allen and Ms. Knapp! 10. Spring Sing: the time of year when spirit soars and grades drop!

Student Life Carondelet Christmas Tradition By: Mariela Lopez-Oviedo ‘19

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace has many known holiday traditions including ASB Christmas activities, Candlelight Procession, and Christmas at Our House. There are also some traditions which most students do not know about such as the Carondelet Shoe Christmas Tradition on St. Nicholas Day. This tradition has not only been used in OLP, but also many other parts of the world. On December 6th, St. Nicholas Day, girls in Carondelet Circle go around campus to each section and classroom to leave little treats in the students’ shoes. Carondelet Circle members are the Student Ambassadors who wear those bright blue blazers at events like Candlelight Procession. Dr. Melinda Blade, Director of Mission Integration and Historian, stated that this tradition has been around for approximately 20 years at OLP. It was first introduced to the Academy by one of our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Sr. Joyce Hampel. This is because it coincided with her birthday on December 4th and she absolutely cherished Christmas time. Because Sr. Joyce was one remarkable woman, this tradition has Catholic Co. been a tribute to her after passing away on Sunday, January 19, 2014. In order to keep this Christmas spirit alive and to keep Sr. Joyce in the hearts of OLP students this Christmas season, refer to “Holiday Random Acts of Kindness” in the Student Life section.

The Winter Arts Festival by Vianna Schatz ‘18

The presentation of “Oceans” by the orchestra, choir, and ASL class | Photo by Stephany Webb ‘18

The Winter Arts Festival, a tradition for many years at OLP, was held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, presenting all of the art projects completed in the first semester. There were some amazing pieces from talented artists like Hana Diamond ‘17 and Adia Magill ‘17, a few songs performed by the band and choir, a monologue by Elisa Litke ‘17, a moving song performed by Gabriella Nechita ‘20 and Emory Standifer ‘18, and a special American Sign Language performance in union with the choir. Although this year’s festival was exceptional, students have been sharing their talents with the OLP community for many years. Mrs. Herb started the event around 1993 when she became Department Chair as a way to let all students see and appreciate what the art departments were doing at OLP. The first festivals were actually held in the evening, but since it is so hard for students to fit the art festival into their schedule, not many people could attend. Somewhere in the early 2000’s Sr. Dolores suggested that the festival be made into an assembly to make it easier for

students, teachers, and parents to enjoy it. As a result, both the Winter and Spring Arts Festivals were established. There were so many memorable exhibits and performances at this year’s Winter Arts Festival, and surely next year’s will be even better.

Student art work | Photo by Stefi Cerqueira ‘17

Current Events Working to Death: Japan’s Corporate Culture By Caroline Muñoz’18

On Christmas Day, 2015, Matsuri Takahashi, a twenty-four year old woman, jumped to her death from the top of a building. Takahashi was working 105-plus hours a week and was physically bullied by her superiors. Over eight months later, Mita Labour Standards Inspection Office ruled that her death had been caused by overwork, a phenomenon known as Karoshi.

Karoshi is a Japanese word meaning “overwork death” or “occupational sudden mortality.” It has been reported in Japan’s labor ministry reports that about 100 suicides per year are due to Karoshi. Yet this number does not represent the South China Morning Post total amount of deaths due to overworking, and Karoshi has become an infamous cause of unfortunately this number is growing rapidly. death because Japan’s culture is nearly forcing citizens to work to death. In some parts of Japanese work culture, employees are expected to put their occupation above everything else. Therefore, twelvehour work days are considered normal and workers will continue after hours in order to please their employer, and thus will work roughly 80-105 hours per week (Fifield). Japan’s Labor Standards Law currently mandates a 40-hour workweek with a maximum of 15 hours per day (Spitzer). But, often this law is ignored and allows unlimited overtime if there is a written agreement between a company and its labor unions. Gannett Satellite Information Network


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To get around this loophole of only 40 hours, companies will enable employees to work after hours by calling this time “service overtime” (Ryall). By renaming it “service overtime,” employees are not allowed to clock their extra hours and thus will not be paid for their extra work. Although it is not explicitly stated, many workers feel compelled, almost forced, to work extra hours because of the level of competitiveness in their company. Takahashi’s case has struck a nerve. Citizens want the government to find a solution to this

Current Events impending crisis. A Cabinet Office report issued last month found that employees at 23% of Japanese companies worked 80 hours overtime per month in 2015 (Ryall). According to a psychologist, that is the starting number at which the risk of death from psychological and physical causes is significant (Ryall). Because of the abundance of reports being found, the Japanese government is attempting to confront the problem. Recently, the government passed a law which set specific targets against overworking and occupational hazards. Copious numbers of workers have been recorded working more than 60 hours; this law aims to reduce this amount to 5% by 2020 instead of the recorded 8-9% (Fifield). Additionally, the legislature is trying to get employees to take their paid vacation leave. Workers receive about twenty days leave per year, but few take even half of those days because it may seem as a sign of slacking or a lack of commitment to the job (Fifield). Takahashi’s death not only brought her inner struggles to light when she took her life in December of 2014, but also brought the cruel realities of Japan’s corporate culture to light as well. The government of Japan is trying to change the corporate culture before this crisis becomes any worse, but in the meantime, people are still dying from “occupational hazards.” Works Cited Fifield, Anna. “Do Japanese Really Work Themselves to Death? In Some Cases, Yes.” The Washington Post. WP Company, 2016. Web. 08 Dec. 2016. Ryall, Julian. “Karoshi Crisis: Why Are Japanese Working Themselves to Death?” South China Morning Post. South China Morning Post, 22 Oct. 2016. Web. 08 Dec. 2016. Spitzer, Kirk. “Japanese Are Working Themselves to Death--literally.” USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 17 Oct. 2016. Web. 08 Dec. 2016. White, Stanley. “Death by Overwork on Rise among Japan’s Vulnerable Workers.” Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 19 Apr. 2016. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.

2016 Election: Acceptance and Concession Speeches By Celia Martinez ‘17

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On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. In the early hours of the morning, he delivered his acceptance speech. He began by thanking Hillary Clinton who called a few moments before his speech to congratulate him. In praise of her he said, “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.” Then, recognizing that our community is severely divided, he emphasized unity. He said, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division…To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.” He then continued, “It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”

In the morning after Donald Trump’s speech, Hillary Clinton, fitting the theme of this untraditional election, delivered her concession speech. Hillary Clinton spoke to the younger generations in particular, saying to them, “I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks. Sometimes, really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional public and political careers. You will have successes and setbacks, too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is worth it.” She continued by addressing women saying, “And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” It is clear that both Hillary Clinton and President Elect Donald Trump want what is best for the United States, as do all Americans. Therefore, regardless of who is in power, as Americans it is important that we emphasize unity and persistence as we work towards creating a better future for our children and our dear neighbor. May God bless America, may God bless the President of the United States, and may God bless all people who have an outspoken desire to better their country.


The Foods of the Holidays

By: Lily Lucero ‘18 and Caroline Muñoz ‘18

As the holiday season is now here, families all across the globe will be preparing to celebrate the Christmas season. Below is a compilation of some of the most popular festive foods to be found during the holidays, and that can certainly be enjoyed by OLP students throughout this Christmas break. Visit for more recipes from around the world. Peanut Brittle - United States Ponque de Navidad - Colombia

Ingredients: - 1 cup flour - 3/4 cup sugar - 6 eggs, scrambled in a small bowl - 1 cup butter - 1/2 teaspoon baking powder - 1/2 cup chopped raisins - 1/2 cup chopped candied ginger - 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (dates, figs, etc) Ingredients: - 1/2 cup chopes nuts (almonds, pecans, etc) - 1 cup raw, shelled peanuts - 1 cup red wine - 3/4 cup sugar - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla - 1 tablespoon water - 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves - 3/4 teaspoon baking soda - 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Directions: - 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1) Heat a saucepan to medium heat. Add - 1/2 teaspoon salt pecans, sugar corn syrup, and water. - 1½ tablespoons ground canela or brown sugar 2) Cook, stirring occasionallly for about 10 - Zest of 1 orange or so minutes, or until syrup is golden. Directions: 3) Add the baking soda and stir thoroghly 1) Preheat oven to 350 ° F until it is combined. (Mixture will foam 2) Place dried fruit, prunes, and rasins with and deepen in color) wine in a seperate bowl (can be done the 4) Quickly pour mixture onto buttered night before) rectangular baking pan and spread as 3) Sift the flour, baking powder, and spices. thinly as possible with a knife. Then add the salt and canela and stir with 5) Break into bite-sized pieces once it has a wooden spoon. cooled completely and is no longer sticky 4) Beat the butter with the sugar until the to touch. mixture is light and fluffy and similar in 6) Keep in plastic or glass tupperware. texture to cream 5) Add the eggs and flour mixture and buche-de-noel/ combine thoroughly with beater. http://www.sweetysalado. 6) Stir in the dried fruit, nuts, and orange zest. com/2014/12/torta-negra-colombiana. html 7) Pour the dough into a floured 8 inch round pan. nut-brittle-recipe/ 8) Bake in the over for around 1 hour.


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Buche de Noel (Yule Log) - France

Eating Italy: Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant By: Jesseca Saavedra

Ingredients: - 2 cups heavy cream - 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar - 1/2 cup unsweetened ccoa powder - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - 6 egg yolks - 6 egg white - 1/2 cup white sugar - 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder - 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract - ¼ cup white sugar Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 375 ° F and line a 10x15 inch jellyrool pan with parchment paper. 2) In a large bowl, whip the cream, 1/2 cup cocoa, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until thick and stiff. Refrigerate. 3) In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar until thick and pale. Blend in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and salt. 4) In large glass bowl, using clean beaters, whip egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, and beat until whites form stiff peaks. Immediately fold the yolk mixture into the whites. 5) Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the pre heated oven, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched. 6) Dust a clean dishtowel with confectioners’ sugar. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and turn the warm cake out onto the towel. Remove and discard parchment paper. Starting at the short edge of the cake, roll the cake up with the towel. Cool for 30 minutes. 7) Unroll the cake, and spread the filling to within 1 inch of the edge. Roll the cake up with the filling inside. Place seam side down onto a serving plate, and refriger ate until serving. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Address: 2061 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 Hours: 9am- 9:30pm Have you ever wondered where to feel the Italian vibe without actually having to spend your college fund going to Italy? Well your search is over! Beautiful Little Italy in downtown has a small, yet chic Italian restaurant: Mona Lisa Italian Foods. This Italian restaurant offers cuisine from many regions in Italy, and great service in a relaxed and comfortable mediterranean atmosphere. The restaurant’s menu includes pizza, antipasti, hot and cold sandwiches, pasta, ravioli, and house specialties, including veal and chicken dishes, lasagna, manicotti, seafood, and more. Mona Lisa Italian Foods also boasts a grocery that offers a wide selection of Italian cheeses, bread, crackers, desserts, meats and Italian coffee! If you’re not feeling like sitting down for lunch or dinner, there is a quick and easy buffet where you can have delicious Italian food on the go, or there are delicious deli sandwiches that are always prepared fresh daily. The service is incredible, the staff is super sweet and attentive, and, best of all, it leaves its customers feeling like they just had lunch in Italy!

Arts & Entertainment Christmas Playlist By: Alejandra Garcia ‘17

I, for one, love Christmas music, but sometimes listening to the same guy singing “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas” can get a little tiresome. My gift to you is a Christmas playlist full of some cool covers and beloved festive tunes!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside -She & Him Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) -Death Cab for Cutie You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch -Jim Carrey Christmas Time Is Here -Vince Guaraldi Trio (Charlie Brown Christmas) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas -Cat Power Silent Night -Beyonce It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas -Fruit Bats Holly Jolly Christmas -Sufjan Stevens Jingle Bell Rock -Rogue Wave Carol Of The Bells (Opera Of The Bells) -Destiny’s Child Visit for a link to the Spotify playlist

What To Do Over Winter Break By: Alejandra Garcia ‘17

Winter break is tough, I know. You’ve just finished finals and all you want to do is fling yourself onto your bed and sleep for two weeks straight. While a good long rest is well-deserved, winter break can also be a great time to actually do things! If you’re at a loss for ideas on how to keep busy, I’m here to help!

Arts & Entertainment Plaid Problems By: Gemma Carretta ‘17

I am so excited!! Since November 1st at midnight I have been counting down the weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds, and milliseconds until Christmas. My alarm clock on November 1st was “Jingle Bells,” and each day I chose a new Christmas song to wake up to. As you can tell, I LOVE the Christmas season and celebrate it until the traditional end date on January 6th. But because Christmas is such an amazing time of year, do you know how to make Christmas last year round? I really want to get to a point where watching Rudolph on the couch in my grinch pajamas while eating an entire gingerbread house in July is acceptable. - Extra Jolly Junior I think “Extra Jolly” should be replaced with “Obsessed” but that’s just me… Anyway, there’s a lot to look forward to about Christmas: messages of peace, love, and joy, presents, the cold weather, presents, spending time with loved ones, presents, and awkward Christmas dinners with distant family members that your parents insist you spend lots of time with once a year. Who doesn’t love that? If you want to make Christmas last year round (and trust me, a never-ending cycle of Christmas definitely won’t get old) then all you need to do is get creative in how you incorporate Christmas into your daily life. Here are some ideas: → You know those Christmas sweaters that have those “interesting” designs on them? Wear them constantly: around the mall, on a date, to school dances, to weddings, to YOUR wedding. This way, you will always be reminding yourself and oters that it’s Christmas, and that they too should be celebrating year round. → Compile your own “Naughty & Nice” list. Begin by categorizing your entire family, friend group, and school in the list and giving them coal or presents, respectively. No, this isn’t annoying because everyone loves it when those who are close to them are constantly reminding them that they need to step up their game if they want to escape the never-ending coal. → Become Santa. All you need to do is grow out the beautiful beard you were always destined to have, buy a handful of reindeer, find your perfect Mrs. Claus, gain a few (hundred) pounds, and constantly hand out presents and good cheer to everyone you meet. → Or, if you remember the real reason we have Christmas, spread that Christmas cheer through living out Jesus’ messages of love, compassion, and forgiveness year round.


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Physical Life History of Saints Pit and OLP Flight Deck By: Bridget Barclay ‘19

Flying on over to OLP, the Flight Deck has become a new addition to OLP’s athletic life. This Flight Deck has been created to increase school spirit and provide encouragement for the sports teams.

Photo by Laura Toscano


Upon entering the Saints gym, the body heat can be felt, the excitement in the air is palpable, and the screams from the crowd roar loudly. Walking in on a neck and neck game and seeing the enthusiasm of the Saints Pit is a truly unforgettable scene. The Pit, created years ago, earned its name from the countless number of Saintsmen present in the student section to support their teammates. As a Saintsman once said in a KUSI interview, “The pit is like you’re in a pit. It is a bottomless pit of Saintsmen and spirit. The pit strikes fear in every team.” This Pit stays fairly exclusive to the Saintsmen, allowing few peers from outside schools to join. The Pit travels to most sporting events, but remains central to basketball and football games. It also has color themes that change weekly. For example, the students wear pink for breast cancer awareness and black for black out games.

Similar to the Saints Pit, the Flight Deck has made appearances at the volleyball games to cheer on fellow OLP students and will continue to appear at future sporting events. The Flight Deck has even made special appearances at Saints football games like the Holy Bowl to help energize the crowd and support their brothers.

Courtesy Faith Beyer and Yearbook

The all-inclusive Flight Deck additionally welcomes Saintsmen to help support both Saints and OLP. Both Pilots and Saintsmen have incredible spirit and will continue to support their athletic teams, and one other, throughout the years - together.


Physical Life Healthy Foods for a Healthy Life

By: Lorena Ramirez ‘18, Andrea Valle ‘18, Anitza Velázquez ‘18

Acai Bowl (Serves 2-3)

Ingredients: - 3.5 oz pineapple juice - 11/3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce - 2/3 tbsp honey - 1 tsp vinegar - 11/2 tsp cornflour - Dried chile to taste - 6.3 oz cooked brown rice - 6.8 oz chicken - 11/2 tsp sunflower oil - 1/2 red onion - Chopped carrot - 1/2 garlic clove - 1/4 tsp grated ginger - 1/4 of a red capsicum - 3/4 of a zucchini - 3.2 oz of pineapple - 1/2 tsp fresh coriander Directions: 1) To make the sauce: whisk pineapple juice, tamari or soy sauce, honey, vinegar, corn flour, and chili flakes in a bowl. 2) Cut the chicken into small pieces. 3) Heat the oil in a large non-stick fry pan over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook for 2-3 mintues. 4) Add the garlic, ginger, and chicken. Saute for 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. 5) Reduce the heat and add the capsicum and zucchini. Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Add the pineapple juice and pieces. 6) Add the sauce to the chicken and vgetables and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Cook 1-2 minutes or until thickened. 7) Place the rice in a bowl and top with the sweet and sour chicken and chopped coriander.

Ingredients: - 2 cups frozen strawberries - 2 frozen, sliced bananas - 4 tablespoons acai powder or 2 packs frozen acai - 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut water - ½ to 1 tbsp of honey to taste Optional Toppings: - Fresh fruit (bananas, strawberries, goji berries) - Bee pollen - Granola - Coconut flakes - Chia or hemp seeds Directions: 1) Add the frozen fruits, acai, almond milk or coconut water, or honey to a blender. 2) Blend until creamy and smooth, adding more milk until it reaches a frozen yogurt consistency 3) Spoon the acai mixture into a bowl and top with sliced fruit and your choice of toppings. Visit for more healthy recipes.–– Acai -Bowl-Berries-Banana-Recipe-36950488)


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Pilot Press Teacher - Kid Match Up By: Elizabeth Ortiz ‘17

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