Issue 4 February 10, 2012
Uncle Sam wants YOU to be politically informedâ€”find out how much your class knows on page 8-9.
Issue 4 February 3, 2012
Explorer Staff Editors-in-Chief
Jackie Wang Taylor Bencomo
Assistant Editor Erin Duncan
Alanna Black Samantha Skory
Blake McGill Juanito Taveras
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Ad Manager Cal Mundell
Assistant Managers Tommy Rash Cody Tanner
Stephanie Johnson Claire Kim
Coronado teachers want it in ink: Teachers and their tattoos p.10
Brennan Patrick Carlos Chandler
Photography Editor Sam Wang
A series of unfortuante monetary events: budget drama increases as cuts to classrooms intensify p.5
Stephen Freyermuth Meredith Rotwein
Staff Photographers Carlos Garcia Gil Arias Gaby Ferreiro Victoria Urrea
David Morales Lilian Diaz Desiree Garcia Jerra Miller Meagan Fennell Mariana Caballero Tessa McCune Cris Esparza
Cover Art By Justin Liu
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News 3 Blacking Out to Save Internet: Sites, Public Fight SOPA and ACTA Issue 4 February 10, 2012
here has been a large dispute over two bills that have been spawning controversy on the Internet. S.O.P.A. (Stop Online Piracy Act) introduced on October 26, 2011 by Lamar Smith, and A.C.T.A. (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), an international bill aiming to enforce copyright laws and do away with counterfeited goods, first introduced by Japan and then the U.S. in 2006.
The SOPA bill basically serves to block certain things on the Internet, mainly piracy. Many sites were against the bill, and have taken protesting to action. Many websites “blacked out” (took down their service) in protest of the bill, including Wikipedia, Craigslist, Mozilla, BoingBoing, Reddit, ArsTechnica, Wired, and 4chan. Google changed their logo to a black bar and started a petition against the bill. This case is still under debate in the Senate. The vote, which has gone on for several years, has been postponed. “One of the things that we are doing is using the laws that we have to enforce, and making sure that intellectual property is protected. I think that it’s going to be possible to make sure that we protect intellectual property, and that creates a lot of jobs in this country, but we should do this in a way that’s not affecting the fundamental integrity of the Internet as an open transparent system,” said President Obama in response to the bill. The ACTA bill, on the other hand, includes countries other than the U.S., such as Japan, Canada, Australia, and Mexico. In June 2010 a conference was held, and a group of more than seventy-five law professors signed a letter to President Obama demanding that ACTA be stopped and rewritten.
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In Tokyo on October 1st, 2011, the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea signed the treaty. The opposing groups fear that the treaty would restrict the rights of freedom of expression and private communication, and they claim that ACTA invades privacy by demolishing legal safeguards of Internet Service Providers. ACTA also threatens to abolish generic medicine brands, which are currently used to help pharmacies sell customers medication that they would otherwise struggle to pay for. ADD medication, for example, is sold under brand names such as Adderall or Ritalin for over $100 per 30-day supply of pills. The generic brands, which offer the same effects as the name-brand pills but are sold as “dextroamphetamine salts”, can be bought for as low as $10 a bottle. Many consumers rely on these lower prices to help make a variety of medications affordable, and ACTA threatens the stability of such a system. Though SOPA has been tabled for now, and ACTA is soon to follow. The U.S. public should maintain a healthy level of awareness regarding bills that could threaten the future of the Internet.
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Issue 4 February 3, 2012
Ben Vasko, Tuba
Kayla Uribe. French Horn
Emilio Mesa, Saxophone
Jordan Chesak, Trumpet
Nicole Sanchez, French Horn
Exceptional Musicians Make it to All-State
Lauren Lozano, Choir
Stuart Anderson, Bass
The All-State competition is the highest achievement possible for Texas high school students, who participate in UIL. Seven students from Coronado have made All-State in either band, orchestra, or choir. These students have dedicated themselves far beyond anyone else to earn such a title. The four-day event is scheduled for February 11, 2012 in San Antonio. Two percent of the 55,000 auditioning students are selected from around Texas to perform for three different panels of judges before they are scored for state. In order to be considered for All-State, also known as the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, the students must advance through the All-Region and Area competitions. Coronado is included in the area with the most prestigious high schools of the Dallas/ Ft. Worth region. Out of all the high schools in El Paso, Coronado is sending the most students to San Antonio to compete. In band, Ben Vasko, four time All-State tuba, Nicole Sanchez, French horn, Kayla Uribe, French horn, Emilio Mesa, alto-saxophone, and Jordan Chesak, trumpet, were honored with the All-State achievement. With twenty eight Regions, and divided into seven Areas, the Coronado students met a decent size of competition. This opportunity to compete will notify colleges of the musical talent and dedication of the All-State participants. “We’ve been working on our music since about late July, and to make it to All-State we had to go trough region, then area, and then state,” said Ben Vasko, 12. Students competing for the chance to make it to state must win the first two levels of the UIL system that began in September. The first being All-Region, followed by Area. At All-State, the selected students attend a convention where they audition for a chair placement. Students have the opportunity to attend a convention where band directors, teachers and students sample from 500 workshops on musical teachings. “It was a mixture of everyone who motivated me, my private teacher, my parents, everyone gave me so much support. They only take the top six french
horns from an area for state, which pays off for all my practice,” Kayla Uribe, 11. To finish the convention, the All-State students perform with a guest conductor to display their achievements in single-sex or co-ed choirs, the symphonic orchestra or the symphonic band. “This would be my third time making state. My parents supported me the most, along with self motivation, and the experience from it helped me become a better player,” said Nicole Sanchez, 12. All the students dedicate themselves to practicing for hours, months in advance in order to be prepared for the All-State competition. The Coronado AllState competitors will compete against students of every race, culture and region of Texas. “I would practice the étude for tryouts about an hour and a half each day since the beginning of August,” said Jordan Chesak, 12. In orchestra, Stuart Anderson, 12, made AllState his fourth year in a row. Very few musicians at Coronado have had the honor to compete at All-State four consecutive years. For orchestra, students play two étude and four sections of a piece in a recording studio. They only get one chance, and if the judges like them they move onto State, where they perform another recording for chair placement. “I would have to say Mrs. Steadman and my private teacher pushed me the most to try my best,” said Stuart Anderson, 12. Finally in choir, Lauren Lozano joined the All-State event. For choir the singers had to sing trough Area, Pre-Area, Sight-reading, and finished with State tryouts. “I was so nervous when they were calling out the names of the people who made it, after they announced the alternates I thought for sure I didn’t make it, but then I heard my name called and it was unbelievable! I felt so happy! My voice coaches motivated me the most to practice every day and do my best,” said Lauren Lozano, 10. All the students who achieved this award departed February 7th for San Antonio to begin the most prestigious competition in their high school career. Story by: Cris Esparza, Staff Writer, and Macy McBeth, News Writer Photos by: Gil Arias, Photographer
Issue 4 February 3, 2012
Newest Budget Rework Could Benefit EPISD Employees
School board Vice President David Dodge speaks at the open community meeting about budget cuts on February 1.
community meeting was held at Coronado’s cafeteria on February 1 in order to discuss the current EPISD budget. The floor was then opened to questions spanning topics such as where the funds would be distributed, possible suggestions to save money, and issues that already existed due to the cuts from before. Although the questions presented that night were not answered right then and there, Dr. Terri Jordan, interim superintendent, promised to take all of them into consideration. But some students are beginning to feel dissatisfied with the answers that the district is providing them. “I went up to Dr. Jordan after the meeting was over to ask her if they would be willing to come and have another meeting dedicated to just answering the questions brought up at tonight’s meeting, and she just danced around the question,” said Eliana Toren, 12. The House Bill 1, which rolled back property taxes throughout the state of Texas and put a
cap on how much districts could raise property taxes on the people to $0.04 per year, was passed in 2006. Two years after it passed, the Tax Ratification Election proposing that taxpayers contribute 13 cents more per $100— raising the rate to $1.17—from their taxes to give $19.3 million a year to EPISD was rejected. Consequently, the district was forced to cut about $23 million dollars across the board, and with more cuts in the foreseeable future, will continue to save wherever possible. According to administration, the only drastic changes will happen outside of the actual school campuses. “We’ve already gone through one round of budget cuts at Central Office, and are looking for areas to reduce that won’t affect the campuses at all,” said Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Parker. According to Parker, there were only 100 layoffs the past school year, and none were teaching positions. The more welcome route taken last year, and
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continued this year is a process called attrition. With the possibility of teachers taking on an extra class period—making the total seven out of eight classes per teacher—when one teacher retires or moves to a different position, there would be an extra teacher to fill the empty position. But there is no way of knowing for sure or regulating how many teachers retire per year, and there are bound to be some people who are left over. “We had to go through about $23 million of cuts last year; now we were able to offset that some because of the jobs bill. And we didn’t have any teachers that lost their jobs—we had a number that either retired or found a job someplace else—and we were really able to move our teachers around, so there were no teachers that lost their jobs last year, and I would think that the same thing would happen this year,” said Parker. Parker also said that next year has the possibility of pay raises, something that has not happened for teachers for two years. The projected amount of money the district is looking to cut is within the boundaries of $7 to 11 million, and much thought is put into how to distribute the funds. “Every year, different campuses have different needs, and so every year it’s all balanced based on those needs,” said Assistant Superintendent James Anderson. Anderson is optimistic about how the budget will turn out. “With funds being moved around, we hope to come out $1.7 million in the positive,” said Anderson. However, since budget decisions are not finalized until June, these are still the early stages of development and there are no guarantees as to what will happen just yet.
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Issue 4 February 3, 2012
Should Colleges Give Minorities a Hand? As far as this subject goes, I’m pretty biased, given that I’m a white Anglo-Saxon from a Protestant family. I also have mediocre grades. Both of my parents went to college, as did both of their fathers. Being a white C student from a middle-class background, I have nothing to make myself stand out on a college application, aside from extracurricular activities and my SAT scores. This doesn’t just change the way I feel about affirmative action, I’d go so far as to say I’m bitter about the way it’s handled. I recognize, however, that given the background I come from, I’m already at a pretty huge advantage when it comes to the stability of my future. It’s also important to understand that affirmative action is designed to help rebuild suffering demographics after a long history of discrimination and segregation in the United States. It’s a very touchy issue for all those involved. Having to identify your ethnic background is especially complicated for applicants who are mixed-race. A student who identifies himself as mixed race black-and-white might have a better chance of getting
in if he just puts himself as “black.” It wouldn’t necessarily be dishonest, but the idea that an applicant has to play down certain aspects of his/her ethnic background in order to look like a better choice for a college doesn’t exactly promote color
Marines Video: Un-American It is a human quality that pushes them towards documenting every moment of life through photographs, and as technology advances, this same documentation occurs through videos. However, unfortunately for four Marines a video may cost them their jobs and self-respect. Early January, a video was posted online showing four Marines urinating on dead Taliban corpses. One of them jokes, “Have a nice day, buddy,” while another makes a lewd joke. The thing that most people are focusing on is why they filmed their actions. But more importantly, why did they deface those men? Understandably, war has a reputation for changing people, turning even gentlemen into savages, but does this give soldiers the right to desecrate the bodies of men who were
fighting for their own cause? If it had been Taliban urinating on American soldiers, people would have been up in arms with even greater ferocity than they are now. The nationality
blindness or equality. Asian students and white students are often better represented at universities, whereas black and Latino students aren’t. While this does correlate with race, it has more to do with economic class. Someone from an upper-
class family is more likely to attend college than someone from a low-income family. The issue is that low-income families are often minority families, whereas the upper class in the U.S.A. is predominantly white. Oftentimes, the students that benefit from affirmative action are fortunate enough not to have been affected by race and class in the first place. These types of programs do little to actually promote higher education and upwards mobility in lower-class communities because of their focus on race rather than class. Colleges themselves aren’t segregated. Racial prejudice isn’t a problem for the upper class. Colleges shouldn’t be just looking at race when trying to reach out to underprivileged students. There are well-to-do, hardworking students of every ethnicity. Colleges, instead, should be making an effort to reach out specifically to students who are restricted by their social class-their families, their education, their income, regardless of race. No student applying to college should have to feel that they’re at a disadvantage because of their heritage. Story by: Carlos D. Chandler, Humor Editor
forbids the “photographing or filming of human casualties” after the large amount of press coverage over the events at Abu Ghraib. Many compare what the Marines did to the atrocities committed at Abu Ghraib. While capturing the torture, rape, and death of dozens
someone else’s dead body? And what compels them to smile over someone else’s death in the first place? According to Defense Secretary, Leon Panneta, the four men involved in the video will be fully investigated for their “utterly deplorable” and callous acts. He said such behavior is “entirely inappropriate for members of the United States military” and those responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent. Thankfully, the video will not affect relations with Afghanistan, but Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the video as “completely inhumane.” The true test of character is in how people act when they do not know they are being watched, and these Marines demonstrated harsh and cruel character when they desecrated the bodies of those men.
In Early January, a video was posted online showing four U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban corpses. of the person should not influence the reaction. The action remains inhumane and cruel, not to mention it violates military law and could lead to court-martial. Military law specifically
on camera is harsher than what was displayed on the Marine video, the question remains the same: what compels people to document images of them smiling and joking over
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Issue 4 February 10, 2012
Increasing Interest in Pinterest
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New Superintendent? f the position for I superintendent was based solely on work
experience and genuine passion towards helping the students, Dr. Terri Jordan would be more than qualified, especially considering that the last EPISD superintendent appointed was arrested by the FBI on charges of fraud and embezzlement. The past year has been anything but normal, with Dr. Garcia’s arrest and prompt resignation as well as budget cuts, but Dr. Jordan has stood up to the challenges facing the El Paso Independent School District. Her professional and strong character allowed her to deal with the FBI investigation, as well as act as the Interim Superintendent. But, the quality that Dr. Jordan possesses that sets her apart is her true love for the students. She attends student-generated events that occurs in the school district and reaches out to those in charge, thanking them for their participation in the community. She has a certain passion for education and wants to give back to her hometown through the students. Dr. Terri Jordan has worked as a part of the El Paso Independent School District since 1986 when she taught math at Austin High School. Through the years she has moved up in rank, from teacher to assistant principal to principal at Franklin High School to a variety of positions at central office. In 2009, she was named Chief of Staff, and as of August 2011, Dr. Jordan has been acting as the Interim Superintendent of EPISD. With twenty-five years of teaching and administrative experience, Dr. Jordan seems to be more than dedicated to education. And with EPISD as the seventh largest school district in the country, a passion for education is an especially necessary quality for a superintendent to possess. According to the Texas Education Agency, a branch of the state government responsible for public education, in order to become a superintendent of a school district, one must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education; hold, at a minimum, a principal certificate; and must pass a superintendent educator preparation program and an eight hour exam on the standards required for the superintendent certificate. It was confirmed that Dr. Jordan surpasses the requirements, but the decision is not up to the school district, but to the school board, which is made up of elected officials who volunteer their time to EPISD. If the decision was left up to the teachers and administrators working in central office, Dr. Jordan would be a shoo-in for Superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District, but unfortunately, it’s up to the school board to decide. After the year EPISD staff and students have had, it would be nice to have a person that the community feels comfortable with in charge, and that person could easily be Dr. Terri Jordan.
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Issue 4 February 10, 2012
Issue 4 February 10, 2012
How politically knowledgeable is Coronado? The Survey: 1. Which one of these was a candidate for the 2008 election for president? a. Mike Newman
b. John Edwards c. Michael Woods d. Nick Terranova
2. Who is the Texas Secretary of State?
a. Hope Andrade b. Rick Perry c. Thomas Gold d. Chris Lake
3. What act(s) are being debated in the House of Representatives?
a. S.O.P.A b. P.I.P.L c. J.E.F.A. d. D.O.R.A.
4. Who is the current Speaker of the House? a. Jim Jeffords b. Frederick Muhlenberg c. James G. Blaine
d. John Boehner
5. Who is the Vice President? a. John Kerry
b. Joe Biden
c. Mike Gravel d. Marcel Woods
Percent by grade level that got question correct:
Freshmen: 0% Sophomores: 25% Juniors: 20% Seniors: 14% Freshmen: 90% Sophomores: 100% Juniors: 70% Seniors: 100% Freshmen: 10% Sophomores: 62.5% Juniors: 77% Freshmen: 70% Seniors: 80% Sophomores: 87% Juniors: 100% Seniors: 100% Freshmen: 20%
6. Who is the current congressman of our district? a. Joe Bardon
b. Silvestre Reyes c. Ron Paul d. Bill Flores
7. Who is the city Mayor?
a. John Cook
b. John Callahan c. John Martinez d. John Damons
c. November 6
d. October 13
Sophomores: 62% Juniors: 80% Seniors: 71%
Freshmen: 90% Sophomores: 100% Juniors: 100% Seniors: 100%
Freshmen: 30% Sophomores: 62% Juniors: 90% Seniors: 92%
8.When is the next presidential election? a. September 22 b. April 5
Freshmen: 55% Sophomores: 87% Juniors: 70% Seniors: 60%
Results calculated from population of 300 students (75 per grade level).
Making the Grade? 20% 62% 70% 71%
of of of of
freshmen passed. Average: 43 sophomores passed. Average: 71 juniors passed. Average: 73 seniors passed. Average: 70
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ith so many shows, so many activities, and so many social networks, today’s common teenager is well-connected to many things. However, politics appear to be on the back burner of many of adolescents’ minds despite modern resources. Here at Coronado, however, several groups have emerged in the last few years with the goal to stimulate and increase political literacy and participation in the student population. iVoteTexas and most recently WE(fillintheblank) have staged several debates for both political parties. Recently, WE(fillintheblank) organized a debate among the 16th district congressional democratic primary candidates. WE(fillintheblank) is again organizing a debate with the 16th district congressional republican primary candidates set tentatively for March 1st. The entire community is encouraged to submit questions at wefillintheblank.weebly.com. Story by: Taylor Bencomo, Editor-in-Chief
Why is it important?
“You should know what’s going on in your country. It will be a great asset to you when you’re older and you’ll be able to make a well informed vote.” -Jamie Trubowitsch, 9.
“I think this survey is immensely valuable. It shows the progress of political awareness from freshmen to seniors. Students are becoming aware of issues and working towards being active members in society.” -Jasleen Shokar, 10.
“Political decisions affect your life everyday. If you have the power to influence those decisions you should use it.” -Adi Soto, 12.
“In order to have a legitimate government citizens need to promote their self-interest.” -Mr. Berglund, AP Government teacher.
Issue 4 February 10, 2012
Coronado Ink: Teachers Participate in Tattoo Craze In eras past , members of the military were the only Americans commonly getting inked, but as years passed so have those ideals. The art form has become even more popular in the past twenty years despite its old label as abnormal or unusual. Tattooing has become so popular that several television stations have hosted shows on the topic, such as the famous LA Ink, and the lesser-known NY Ink. There is also another program where artists from all over the nation come together for a competition on The Spike network called Ink Master. There are also four tattoo parlors in the Coronado area; they’re lined up from the intersection of Doniphan Road and North Mesa Street up to Thunderbird and North Mesa. To some people, a tattoo is a homage to someone who has passed, reminders that a better day will come, or maybe a representation of one’s true self, but there’s more meaning to it than that. For English teacher Mr. Holland, it’s a reminder of his heritage,
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represented by an ever-aging oak tree. The tree quaintly placed on his upper arm makes him feel proud, something he adores. It also tells him a special story. “It’s something that I wanted and liked ever since I saw it on my wife’s friend. The oak tree is sacred to the Irish. A tree is something that bridges the Earth together and it’s symbolic to life itself,” said Mr. Holland. For most people it takes a long time to think on the subject. Mr. Holland was 28 when he got his first tattoo. For Mr. Warswick, an AP and IB history teacher, it didn’t take long to decide. “I always wanted one, and since I was of age, I decided to get one,” said Mr. Warswick. At the age of 22, Mr. Warwsick got his first ink. Years of consideration have left him with a “no regrets” attitude. Although he has a number of tattoos, one sticks out the most to him. A phoenix, a mythological creature which dies and is born again from its ashes, reminds him that you can overcome anything. It
doesn’t bother him that the art will be on his body for the rest of his life. “When you look at them after so long, they become a part of your body and blend in,” said Mr. Warswick. Some can agree that the art is not for them no matter how enticing or interesting the subject is. Mr. Keen has no problem with tattoos and in fact wanted to get one. “I came up with ideas and tried to follow through, but after thinking it over it kind of passed me by,” said Mr. Keen. Mr. Keen’s idea of what constitues good tattoo art ranges greatly, but after many years of mulling it over he found he could not make up his mind. Body art can represent much, but to others, it means little. A fad to some, and yet to others eternal words carved in fleshy stone. Who could imagine the world being bland in black and white when it could be as bright as a canvas covered in the artistic beauty of ink? Story by: David Morales, Staff Writer Photo by: Carlos Garcia, Staff Photographer
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Issue 4 February 3, 2012
Money Matters: FAFSA Making Dollars, Sense for College
Tomas Porras, 12, receives help from Irma Walsh, a UTEP financial officer, at Financial Aid Night Feb. 1 at Coronado. Photo by: Jackie Wang, Editor-in-Chief
When filling out the form, a person needs their Social Security Number, driver’s license, bank statements, income tax returns, and investment records. In order to be eligible for aid, the student needs to be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national or eligible non-citizen, own a high school diploma or GED, does not own refunds on any federal students grants or is not default on any student loans, and is not guilty of the sale or possession of illegal drugs while aid was being received. The information reported on the form determines their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Colleges use EFC as an index to determine how much financial aid they would need to attend their school. If the EFC is low enough, they could be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. The amount of the grant depends on the EFC, cost of attendance, and the enrollment status. This grant can provide up to $5500. FAFSA also offers Stafford loans, Perkins loans, and the Federal Work-Study program. Stafford loans set the interest at 6.8%. If subsidized, the government pays for the interest while the student enrolls at least half-time. If unsubsidized, the interest accumulates onto the balance. The Perkins loans is similar to the Stafford but the loans are lent directly by the schools that are Title IV-eligible. The Work-Study program requires students to work parttime then have 75% of their wages reimbursed by the government. No matter what the financial situation, every student should fill out the FAFSA form. There is little to lose from filling out a quick, free form that could possibly pay for the majority of a college tuition.
ollege is said to be one of the best times of a person’s life and a place where they can start over, however, it is also one of the most costly endeavors they or their parent’s wallet will have to endure. To lessen the stress put on the wallet, it is highly encouraged that every student fills out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This form will determine their eligibility for any type of federal student aid in the form of grants, loans, or work-study. To receive a bigger check, it is recommended to fill out the form as close to January 1st as possible. The deadline for the state of Texas is not until June, however, the grants are Story by: Erin Duncan, Assistant Editor usually given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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Issue 4 February 10, 2012
Plans With Cupid Interviews by: Kelsey Applebaum, Staff Writer
“I will get my special girl flowers and spend a quality evening with her,” Wilson Lambeth, 9th grade.
“I want to get a big teddy bear, chocolates, flowers, and something nice from Victoria’s Secret from my boyfriend,” Daniela Salazar, 10th grade.
Hollywood is ringing the wedding bells for Valentine’s Day. The Vow is the perfect movie for a romantic date. Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams star in this dramatic and heartwarming film based on a true story. When newlyweds Paige (McAdams) and Leo (Tatum) are in a car crash, their lives are changed in seconds. Paige is put into a coma, and after she wakes up is revealed to have suffered severe memory loss, which included the memories of her husband (spoiler alert: it’s Channing Tatum).
Leo remains faithful and tries to regain Paige’s attention and love despite that fact. However, in Paige’s mind, she is still engaged to her ex-boyfriend. All the while, Leo struggles with the guilt of being in an intimate relationship with a brain-damaged woman. The Vow comes out February 10. Fans of P.S. I Love You and The Notebook will love this film about overcoming a void for the sake of true love, and giving justice to “till death do us part.” Story by: Tessa McCune, Staff Writer
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“I think if you love someone you should show it every day, not just one day out of the year. My ideal Valentine’s Day is what I picture every day like,” Annie Alvelais, 12th grade.
“I have big plans for my girlfriend and I this Valentine’s day. But these plans are secrets,” Danny Lavi, 11th grade.
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Issue 4 February 10, 2012
First Look at this Month’s Entertainment Wicked came to El Paso’s Plaza on February first and will continue showing until the twelfth. The award-winning Broadway play tells the untold story of how the Wicked Witch of the West came to be. The tale starts from the beginning, when the Good Witch was better known as Glinda, The Wicked Witch of the West as Elphaba, and the Wicked Witch of the East as Nessarose. “I loved the play! I was in London when I got to see it. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like the play, because I was never a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz, but I honestly think it’s worth your while,”said Grace Park, 11. As Wicked gets closer to showing in El Paso, many Coronado students are becoming more excited. “I’m very excited to go see Wicked. Finally El Paso is getting some real entertainment, because other plays have not been actual Broadway plays, just copies of them. I have been wanting to see the show since I saw how many
It’s turning out to be an exciting year for entertainment in El Paso; on February 15, Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion will give a dazzling performance at the Don Haskins center. Dralion is derived from two popular creatures from Chinese culture, the dragon, symbolizing east China, and the lion, symbolizing west China. The show is inspired by Eastern philosophy. Not only does this show include Chinese culture, but it also has Indian and African inspiration.
“When I went to Cirque du Soleil’s show, Alegria, I was completely blown away by it, so I am extremely excited to see how amazing Dralion is going to turn out to be,” said Angela Jimenez, 11. This show is amazing and very colorful; it takes more than 5,000 meters of colorful fabric to make the costumes and décor. The show has more than 12 exciting acts, which include: aerial hoops, bamboo poles, diabolos, aerial acrobats, juggling, trampoline,
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great reviews it received,” said Isabel Garcia, 10. Wicked has won more than 25 awards, including a Grammy and a Best Musical award. So much work was put into this play by the producers and the cast & crew to make it an unforgettable event. The production of this play requires more than 200 pounds of dry ice, several wardrobe and wig changes, and enough electricity to light up 12 houses for 9 hours. Tickets are expensive (nearly triple digits) if you are purchasing them late, but this play is definitely a magical experience that you don’t want to miss.
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and the most anticipated show of all, the dralions. Dralion requires hours of practice and 1500 different wardrobe changes, you’ll be surprised in every act. Not only is Dralion a Cirque du Soleil show, but it was inspired by a fantastic book. This show is considered to be one of Cirque du Soleil’s most popular shows, and tickets have already gone on sale, so make sure you buy your tickets before they’re sold out.
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Issue 4 February 10, 2012
Slam Dunk: T-Birds Playing for Championship
Daniel Hernandez, 11
Will Wakefield, 12 and George Chidiac, 12
With rumors of illegal recruiting, and offers to coach college basketball circulating, Coach Peter Morales has fought through adversity and distractions to move the Coronado team that finished fifth in district last season into a tie for first place. The team can attribute its success to the defensive mentality that Morales wears on his sleeve, otherwise known as “32 minutes of havoc,” a term he coined earlier this season when describing how he wants his team to play. However, there have been games where it seems as though the T-Birds only play eight minutes of havoc in the fourth quarter of the game. For instance, in both comeback wins against Franklin and Americas, Coronado was down by as much as eleven with under eight minutes remaining in the game. Because of the full-court press that Morales implemented in the waning moments of the game, turnovers were forced and converted into easy points for the T-Birds giving the team wins. “It’s a change. We’ve beaten teams that Coronado hasn’t beaten in a long time which is obvious sign of hard work,” said Paul Pounds, 12. Hanks, and Montwood are the only teams
to defeat the T-Birds in district play (Hanks having beat the T-Birds twice). With three losses out of the thirteen games played, Coronado finds itself in a position to win the championship, and all it would take would be a victory over Franklin February 7. Beating Franklin would also give the TBirds a sweep over the season series against the Cougars, another feat that has not been accomplished while the current seniors have been on the team. However, the players keep their minds on the championship, not Franklin. “It’s great to know that we have the chance to win district after two decades, and especially in our last year here,” said Mauricio Garrido, 12. A district championship would break that nine year drought from playoffs, and would establish Coronado as a contender every year for the top spot in El Paso. That would also move Coach Morales into an elite class of high school coaches not only in El Paso, but in the state. By taking Bowie to the Sweet Sixteen in 4A playoffs, making Socorro a contender for a playoff birth, Coronado was put in the position to win a district championship and be the best team for the first time in recent
memory. For the six seniors leaving Coronado at the end school year, this season has been bittersweet. The players know that this is their last season, but they also know that by making playoffs, and even by winning district, they would have erased the notion that Coronado basketball teams cannot compete in El Paso. “We have worked hard all four years of high school to be able to play for spot in the playoffs, and especially a chance to be the best team in the district,” said Corey Fruithandler, 12. By just defeating rival Franklin, Coronado would win district, and reverse years of coming short. The players know how close they are to obtaining this elusive goal. “We know that the next two games are away, but if the students could travel to Franklin and Americas we know that we could have a better chance at winning those games and even district,” said Pounds. If you would like to learn more about the success of Coronado’s Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball teams visit explorer. episd.org. Story by: Stephen Freyermuth, Sports Writer Photos by: Victoria Urrea, Photographer
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Swimming Dives to Regionals
Issue 4 February 10, 2012
Soccer Kicking Off New Season
Marques Zarate, 10
Renata Lopez, 12
As the season progresses for both the boys’ and girls’ varsity swimming teams, the district meet gets closer, meaning more work for the swimmers. For the varsity girls swimming team placing second and varsity boys placing fourth at the Cathedral/Loretto Invitational meet, made many feel confident for the future meets that they face. “We’ve been strong and are getting ready for one of are top competitors, Franklin, on December 9th which is always fun,” said Meredith Heins, captain. Even though feeling confident for the future of the season, they still have meets that determine what Coronado swimming is all about.
“The girls’ goal for this season is to try and defend their title and the boys’ team is looking to place in the top three,” said Chris Nava, 11. Other than the determination the swimmers share, there’s always a strong connection within the team every season. “This season has a much more positive feel to it, everybody is doing good and overall we’re healthy as a whole,” said Nava. Having big expectations, a family as a team, and the determination to soar over the competition; this is a season to show their pride in Coronado, the team, and the passion for swimming.
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Jorge Bilbao, 12
After football season ended, and now that the basketball season is coming to a close, soccer can shine in the spotlight and garner T-bird support in what will be another great season. The T-Birds are hard at work trying to exceed all expectations by going further than they have in years past. So far, they are 3-1 in district play, 5-2-3 overall. Top scorers include Jorge Bilbao, Hiraku Matzuda, and Chelo Marquez. One of the wins coming out of district play is from this past Friday’s game against rival, Belair. The T-Birds came out victorious, gaining confidence from their win. “After Friday’s hard fought win, I feel like we definitely have a great chance to win district and show everybody what we’re capable of,” said Luis Osegueda, 11. In years past, the T-Birds fell just short in state, losing in the sweet 16 two years in a row. But all the hard work and practice will hopefully lead the team further than the last few years. “After reaching the sweet 16 the past two years, we’re really motivated to pass that stage and maybe eventually win state,” said Jorge Bilbao, 12.
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Issue 4 February 10, 2012
Radio La Chusma The House of Rock 6:00 pm
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Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Talent Show Capshaw Auditorium 7:00 pm
Cirque de Soleil Don Haskins Center 7:30 pm
Lyceum Series Speech Auditorium B-Lunch
Jazz Band Concert Capshaw Auditorium 6:00 pm
Friday Feb. 10
Gabriel Iglesisas Don Haskins Center 8:00 pm
Never Ending Buchanan’s Events Center 7:00 pm
Brad Paisley NMSU Pan American Center 7:30 pm
Dayglow: Paint Party Buchanan’s Events Center 9:00 pm
Willie Nelson The Plaza Theater 7:30 pm