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Spartan Scroll

Volume XLIII | Issue 5 | June 6, 2014

Graduation ceremony celebrates senior class BY NATHAN PHAN Lead Cartoonist

Representing the class of 2014, Valedictorian Wendy Trieu and Salutatorian Jimmy Chen will lead the graduates into the ceremony June 19 on Ken Davis Field at 6 p.m. Chen and Trieu were honored during the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) banquet, held in the library May 27. Chosen by a committee of teachers and an administrator, they were selected based on their academic and leadership excellence. The committee chose the students based on criteria including SAT scores, GPA, leadership positions, number of semesters of Advanced Placement and honors classes, and AP exam grades. Trieu, who will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, is the second vice president of CSF, vice president of National Honor Society (NHS), secretary of Orchestra and historian of Gardening Club. She is also a two-year member of the Spectrum

BRANDON CHANG ‘DYNAMIC DUO’: Valedictorian Wendy Trieu and Salutatorian Jimmy Chen will speak at the graduation commencement June 19 at 6 p.m. at Ken Davis field.

O’ Brian Youth Leadership seminar as a sophomore.

but every moment spent here at Schurr was a genuine learning experience,” said Chen. Chen, who will attend Yale University vice president of Key Club, treasurer of NHS and a two-year sports editor of the Spartan Scroll. He is a four-year member cross country and a three-year member of the USB Cabinet. He was also selected to attend Boys State last summer. “I was very honored because this class has an amazing group of students. I’m proud to be salutatorian and have the opportunity to represent the class,” said Chen. Graduation practice begins June 16, and tickets will be given to each senior during the last practice on the morning of graduation day. The ceremony will also include a welcome by USB President Samantha Wada, and the class history given by Senior Class President Angel Hernandez. Guests are asked to refrain from bringing balloons and umbrellas, as they can obstruct the view of others during the ceremony.

Rally showcases achievements BY ERIC GUZMAN Graphics Staff

Recognizing student achievement for the have its rally today in Byers Gymnasium. Students that have a GPA of 2.5 or above in the third quarter report card or have improved eligible to attend the rally. Approximately 730 freshmen and sophomores, and 790 juniors Two rallies will be held in order to accommodate the large number of students eligible to attend. The freshman and sophomore rally will be held during second period, and the junior and senior rally will be held during part of third period and all of fourth period. As a result, all juniors and seniors will have second lunch. The theme of the rally will be the Sammies Award Show. Based on popular award shows such as the Academy Awards, the Sammies Award Show will recognize and award individuals based on their exemplary

student athletes will be recognized. In addition, videos, skits and performances by the dance and drill teams, drumline and Renaissance members will be presented. “The rally has more entertainment [than previous rallies] both live and skit-wise,” said junior Renaissance member Zoraya Aranda. “The theme itself allows us to play around with the idea of an awards ceremony, allowing us to place more emphasis on the importance of recognition.” In order to raise money for the rally, Renaissance relied on Power 106 basketball game ticket sales, Mr. Schurr High ticket sales, catalog fundraisers and the Clippers ticket decorations, prizes and other expenses. “We hope to make the people we recognize feel proud of themselves, and motivate them to keep on going above and beyond,” said junior Renaissance member Andrew Rosales. “If we can make everybody in the school feel good about themselves, the whole school will become a better place.”

CECILIA WU SPARTAN PRIDE: Senior Carrie Couch works on a poster of a Spartan’s head for today’s Renaissance Rally.


AP U.S. History Play

The A.P. United States History classes will be performing an interpretation of “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller in the Auditorium June 9. Tickets are $5 and can be bought in C-202.

Poetry Club

Senior Marineidy Palma, juniors Raquel Diaz and Nathan Phan, sophomore Robert Miranda and freshmen Michelle Amezcua, Ruby Bonilla and Briana Martinez were published in Creative Communications’ Spring 2014 poetry anthology.

NHS Inductees Seniors Daniel Barrios-Molina, Andrea Chotephanpong, Jason Kwong, Jose A. Lopez and Jasmine Ruiz will be recognized at the Renaissance Rally today.

Relay for Life

Relay for Life will be held on the track for 24 hours starting from 9 a.m. June 7 to 9 a.m. June 8 to raise money for curing cancer.


Starting to part

As the school year draws to a close, it is a very rewarding experience to look back on the year’s events and how we have developed from them.


Spartan Scroll Editor in Chief

We have participated in many events and

said, “Flying is learning how to throw

Only two weeks left of high school and while all I can

work that we have invested this year. stepping stone towards my development as a person,

not worked. Trying again and again will

life to end, I also can’t come to terms with the fact that high school is almost over. These last two weeks will be a there will be something greater waiting for me to discover. To be honest, I am secretly excited to attend college.

While certain events may have seemed them, when looking back, we see whether

academics and rigor, the whole embodiment of college

of the past.

months, freshman year is going to begin again, except this time I know what I want from my college experience.

its phonetic harmony?


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Read three books to receive a gift and chance to win a indle.

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$1 for children 17 years or younger, $2 for adults tickets to Splash Zone waterpark.

Tuesday and Wednesday are free admission for kid’s movies at Whittier Village Cinema.

Visit for more information about hours.

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How the media focuses on the wrong subjects.

Since the beginning of 2013, there have been

3 million articles on the internet about the criminals’ lives

163 victims

36 mass killings 0 articles about the victims that do not mention any of the killers’ names

Nation mourns, should remember victims BY RAQUEL DIAZ Copy Editor

Because the recent Isla Vista shootings occurred near a college campus, students, in particular, have resonated with the fear aroused by the actions of the mentally unstable perpetrator. Rodger Elliot murdered six people, killed himself, and injured several individuals May 23, according to The previous day, he uploaded a Youtube video explaining his resentment toward women because of their rejection of him, and detailing how he would take revenge through violence. Sources such as assert he was both mentally disturbed and a misogynist, emphasizing his hate speech targeted toward women who rejected him, which rendered him a victim of both delusions of grandeur and entitlement. While sexism and rape culture is a prevalent issue, a tragedy such as this shooting should not be exploited to advance personal or feminist agendas. Undeniably, a component of Elliot’s violent


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interactions with women. However, articles such as one in thebottomline. by Isabelle Geczy focus only on how women are victims of misogyny, forming a personal rant against men’s entitlement from the killings and implying that all the victims were women. Not only is this insensitive and insulting to the families of the victims, but it also detracts from the coverage of the victims’ stories. They are not simply

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of an individual. Instead of focusing on the lurid details of the murders



or using the event’s prominence in media to advocate a cause, the media and public should give peace to the victim’s families by presenting the information as delicately as possible, directing more coverage toward their lives. Some may argue that providing backstory for the victims is not relevant to the news event, but extensive coverage has been granted to Elliot’s life, and readers voraciously consume this information, due to the disturbing intrigue of the macabre. Publicizing positive contributions to society will give readers, especially teenagers, something to aspire to, such as when our National Honor Society assemblies laud academic achievement. The victims of the May 23 tragedy were individuals deserving of having their story published. Grieving parents reminisced about their children in the press, providing much-needed insight into the victim’s character. Students Katherine Cooper and Veronika Weiss were together at the time of the occurrence. Delta Delta Delta President Phyllis Durbin Grissom praised Cooper for her “enthusiasm for life,” and Weiss’s father Bob recalled that his daughter “was the person who would reach out to the kids who weren’t the popular kids…” Male students were victims as well, including Christopher Martinez and Elliot’s roommates. Martinez’s father, Richard Martinez, said he was “kind and gentle.” Elliot’s roommates were George Chen, Chen Yuan Hong and their visiting friend Weihan Wang. According to the, they were kind people with accomplished academic backgrounds. These students deserve to be remembered; instead of fear resonating with readers, compassion should abound in such troubling times.

Do you think the media should be allowed to publicize perpetrators’ names and stories?


Yes, because it is important that the public knows the crime that happened.



No, they shouldn’t be able to. It is okay for the police to know, but not the public.



No, because it is none of their business and sometimes they twist things and say things that aren’t true.


All photos by KERRY MULIA

No because that’s personal and no one else’s business.



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Speech team members enter nationals BY SASKIA SANI Reporter Competing among qualifying students from throughout the country, seven students will represent the Speech and Debate team at the National Championship Tournament June 15-20 in Overland Park, KS. Seniors Jacob Alfaro and Joyce Kunishima will compete in Humorous Interpretation and Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, respectively. Juniors Christopher Hernandez and Alexandria Valenzuela will compete in Duo Interpretation, in which two speakers perform together. Juniors Saskia Sani and Javion Sun will be competing in Original Oratory and Congressional Debate, respectively, and senior Tyler Tippings will perform in Dramatic Interpretation. The qualifying students have been preparing for the competition through afterschool practices. At the tournament, students must compete in six preliminary rounds before

move on to break rounds will compete in supplemental and consolation events. “It’s an unbelievable experience to know that I was able to make it to Nationals as a novice,” said Hernandez. “I’m more scared than excited, but I’m looking forward to it.” At the Night of a Thousand Laughs showcase May 22, team members performed their speeches for students and parents.

Brian Salvanera performing Humorous Interpretation, seniors Morgan Kuwashima and Tippings performing Original Oratory, and senior Jason Kwong performing his Original Prose and Poetry piece. The second half was comprised of Dramatic

and Tippings, along with Hernandez and Valenzuela’s Duo Interpretation. At the May 17 Novice Champs tournament at Gabrielino High School, the novice team members competed in their last tournament Humorous Interpretation and Expository Speaking. Juniors Daisy Salazar and Melissa Vasquez placed second in Dramatic Interpretation and sixth in Original Oratory, respectively. Eliana Valencia placed second in Duo Interpretation, while Estrada also placed in Oratorical Interpretation. In Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, sophomore Alexander Xia placed fourth and freshman Charles Vuong placed sixth. Freshman William Kunkle placed second in National Extemporaneous Speaking and fourth in Impromptu Speaking. “I was both honored and humbled to be

really starting to feel like I’ve got a bright and hopeful future regarding speech next year.”




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Senior Final Exams are June 9-12 with regular bell schedule. ERIC GUZMAN

KERRY MULIA PREPARING FOR NATIONALS: Juniors Alexandria Valenzuela and Christopher Hernandez practice their Duo Interpretation routine after school.

Dancers to give final performance tonight BY SARAH HANASHIRO & ROBERT MIRANDA

Cartoonist & Assistant News Editor Dance will be presenting an end-ofthe-year showcase tonight at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $5 pre-sale and can be bought from any of the dance team members. They will be $7 at the door. Soloists, duets and group dancers from the dance team and the ROP dance classes will be performing a variety of dance styles including lyrical, modern, and hip hop. “We have been practicing this whole week to review our technique, facial expressions and attitude,” said Samantha King, sophomore. Members have been practicing and after school every Tuesday and Thursday. They have also been

Summer school begins June 23 BY OLIVIA GONZALEZ & KAYLA SISON Reporter & Cartoonist

Summer school will be in session June 23 - July 25 for students to make up credits or be introduced to high school. “It’s [summer school] a great opportunity for students to make up credits and get back on track if they couldn’t during the school year,” said assistant principal Phillip Nolasco.

second session will be July 8 - July 18. For incoming the second session will be June 15 - July 25. No classes Classes will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:20 p.m. each day. Lunch will be free and provided daily for students credits per session if they pass their courses.


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Students will be dropped from summer school and will receive no credits if they are absent more than once or arrive late to class more than three times per session. weeks] by sticking to a schedule. Most of the time, students fail not because they didn’t understand but because they didn’t do the work. When there’s nothing else to do except geometry for six hours and twenty minutes every day, it’s less social and more focused.” said Vivian Nakano, geometry teacher for summer school. There will be a total of 32 classes in session throughout summer school and roughly 1380 students present each session. “During summer school I approach the classroom long and these students are making a commitment to raise a grade, so I endeavor to help them accomplish that,” said Jacqueline Montanez-Ramirez, summer school English teacher.

practicing after school every day during this week. “We hope that people start to understand how hard we work for these performances. I feel that we are a very underestimated team but we really try and put a lot of dedication and passion in what we love to do, which is dancing,” said King. “My students have been working on this performance all year. This showcase includes all the dances that performance to our last,” said Erica Okada, teacher. Dance team performed at Knott’s Berry Farm for a competition in March, and performed for P.E. classes in April. “I’m really excited for this showcase because I know it is going to look really cool, but I’m also sad because it is the last performance of the year,” said Maggie Huang, sophomore.

cLASS, HOURS Schedule Incoming 10th - 12th graders

June 23 - July 18

Incoming 9th graders

June 30 - July 25

First Semester will end July 14, First Semester will end July 7, before Lunch. Second Semester before Lunch. Second Semester will begin after Lunch. will begin after Lunch.

Class 7:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Lunch 10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Class 11:20 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. Classes are Monday through Friday *No summer school on 4th of July.






Your Educational Journey begins at Rio Hondo College! Who should attend summer classes:

6-week Session

June 23 – August 1

(Includes on-site & online classes)

8-week Session

Graduating Seniors

(Includes on-site & online classes)

Students attending Rio Hondo in the Fall

5-week Session

Students attending other colleges or universities in the Fall Students undecided in what to major/study Students thinking about attending college

Questions about

summer classes at Rio Hondo College?

Please contact the Freshman Success Center at 562-463-6650 or email

June 23 – August 15 July 14 – August 15

To register, go to: If eligible, current 9th-11th grade students, may take college courses for FREE!

Just $46 per unit for California residents* *Subject to change

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vaping grows As teen usage of vape pens increases, scientists and researchers continue to conduct studies on the consequences of using vape pens; however, they are uncertain of exact effects. Currnet laws make owning or purchasing an e-cigarette for or by anyone under age 18 illegal. New laws for tougher regulations on e-cigarette sale and usage are pending.

Understanding e-cigarettes Two-piece electronic devices are the most common models. They use a USB power source or a battery and hold a cartridge which contains liquid and an atommizer that heats the liquid to a boiling point. As a result, they produce vapors, not smoke.

Various types of flavors

The substance one inhales when vaping is called e-liquid which typically contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine and food-grade flavors. Many flavors have exotic names such as Rip Tide, Summer Detox and Abyss, which range from flavors similar to Jolly Ranchers, grape and other natural or mixes of flavors. FLAVORFUL VARIETIES:

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E-juices come in many flavors, which are used to enhance the vaping experience. The flavors shown are: Candy Bar, Mewlew’s Magic Blend, Blue Beard Tobacco, Harvest Berries, Vanilla Tobacco, Sour Skittles and Monkey Businesss.

Using vaporizers responsibly The safest way to use a vaporizer, is not to use it nor give in to the hype. Currently, research is being conducted to understand the implications that vaping can have on a person’s health, thus the danger of using vaporizers is the lack of scientific findings. Reported side-effects include dehydration, perhaps because of propylene glycol’s ability to absorb and trap water. Some people may be sensitive or allergic to it. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are common additives in cosmetics and food and are considered safe by the FDA, but no one knows the long-term effects SOURCE: of inhaling them yet.

Misconceptions about vaporizers MYTH:

Second-hand vapor is a threat to bystanders.





E-cigarette cartridges offer many flavors in order to attract adolescent users.


E-cigarettes are a threat to children and teens.


Many adult‐intended products offer a variety of flavors. Products of all types offer colors, flavors and other variations in order to appeal to consumers.


There are few conclusive studies on vaping that show its effects on children and teens. Ongoing studies are continuing to discover long-term vaping effects.


E-cigarettes will soon be illegal.




E-cigarettes contain little to no carcinogens such as those found in tobacco cigarettes and pose no threat to bystanders.

Modeled by ANONYMOUS


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In the U.S., some places have tried to ban them, but as e-cigarettes have become more accepted, the FDA is currently attempting to impose regulations on the sale and use of e-cigarettes.

Vaping is a gateway drug to tobacco cigarettes.

On the contrary, many people use vaporizers as a way to quit tobacco smoking.

E-cigarettes all have antifreeze. The FDA has tested e-cigarettes for diethylene glycol, the toxic component in antifreeze and has found no evidence of it. SOURCE:


in popularity

Vape culture sparks health concerns BY KENNY OSHIMA Cartoonist With the recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruling to begin regulating electronic cigarettes used for “vaping,” public health advocates worry that the FDA is not taking the necessary steps to regulate an increasingly popular yet questionable alternative to traditional tobacco smoking. Electronic cigarettes allow users to simulate smoking through the inhalation of vapors from battery-powered devices, including nicotine, without tar and other carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. The proposed ruling would place restrictions on ingredients used in e-cigarettes’ liquid solutions, which include nicotine and other food additives, such as vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol, both of which are considered safe by the FDA, according to the New York Times. However, the health risks of vaping are largely unknown, and results of current

and the e-cigarettes’ role as a gateway to regular smoking is currently being debated, according to the Los Angeles Times. The true danger of vaping comes not come from the liquid solution but rather the vapor itself. A study from the Nicotine and Tobacco Research found that in certain highpower e-cigarettes, the heating components produced high enough temperatures to cause a chemical reaction producing formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Health advocates have stressed that the FDA has focused almost entirely on the regulation of the ingredients found in e-cigarette solutions, while ignoring the vapors produced by the devices. However, other health experts have found these studies questionable, claiming that the amount of heat required to produce such


Cloud of doubt

Do you vape or know anyone who vapes?

documented, with psychologist David Abrams, executive director of the American Legacy Foundation’s Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies in Washington stating that reasonable amounts



everyone, apart from pregnant women. According to the Los Angeles Times however, even small amounts of nicotine can produce nausea and vomiting in adults if swallowed, and can be very dangerous for small children.



Very addictive

How addictive do you think vaping is?


Somewhat addictive 59%

more pronounced on youth, according to a on general’s report which found that

Not addictive

development. Public health advocates and some members of Congress worry that the


Which of these do you think is worse than vaping?

e-cigarette manufacturers in a position to market the devices to younger audiences. E-cigarettes have also been used to help people quit smoking, along with nicotine patches and gum. According to the Los Angeles Times, there is little evidence

Tobacco 10%



of nicotine cessation. A study expected



patches and gum, but found them to be no Even if the FDA proposal calling for the is passed, companies would have up to two years to register their products and the chemicals used in them. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes have been used by over a million youths. In the interim of he FDA ruling, according to the Los Angeles Times, the sale of the devices has become a multi-billion dollar industry, reaching more than $1.5 billion in 2012.

Do you consider vape pens to be a drug?

38% Yes


SOURCE: 205 students in grades 9-12 were polled June 2 & 3. Some figures may not add up to 100% due to incorrectly completed polls

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Do you think vaping should be illegal? Why or why not?

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No, because the most recent vape pen technologies don’t harm our lungs and it’s a way to release stress. Vaping is better than cigarettes because it doesn’t smell bad and if it becomes illegal, addicts will be furious about it.

compounds is unrealistically high, according to the Los Angeles Times. Other concerns, such as the impact of nicotine itself, have been debated,

Yes, it should be illegal because it harms your body and health. It’s as equally as harmful as smoking a cigarette.


No, because it has no physical harm. It’s no different than taking a shower and seeing and smelling the steam.


No, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it unless it has a lot of nicotine. It’s also safer than cigarettes.




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‘Cool’ ways to spend summer time BY ELMER GUARDADO Entertainment Editor

With summer right around the corner, students will soon have more free time. According to Professor Ken Gold from the University of New York in Staten Island, summer vactions began in the 19th century because at the time, educators did

not need certifaication or previous college preparation to become a teachers. Therefore, they were given the summer to prepare for the following year’s curiculum. “Deciding what quarter of the year to give students

Since the inception of the summer vacation the idea of making the most out of this free time has become a preplexing topic for students all around the nation. Besides seeking internships, taking classes, or other

consistently the quarter where students performed the poorest,” said Gold, “and once the summer vacation was created and embedded in American culture and psyche, there is a number of economic interests that are centered around summer leisure, or summer leisure pursuits.”

students seek outings to help expand social skills while unwinding from a “(hopefully) strenuous year.” Below are recommendations by the Spartan Scroll Editorial Board for inexpensive, fun ways to spend summer leisure time.

Santa Monica Pier - Since its creation in 1909, the

Make Music Pasadena

environment for all ages. Spanning half a mile, the pier features everything from live street performers to up and coming musical guests. For a full event calendar, visit

Surfer Blood, Yuna, Finish Ticket, Andy Allo, Run River North and many more. Visit for the full line up and schedule.


Located next to the iconic

hiking trails. Voted LA Weekly’s “Best Hiking Area” information visit

- Since its begining in the early 1900s, the OC Fair has provided countless attractions and hours of entertainment to the general public. With Jully 11. For more information visit


- Held June 26 through

Southern California’s

competition held annually in Huntington Beach. It is the

- This is the business district of Pasadena, a city located just 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles. This old town area features entertainment and activities for kids and adults alike: museums, galleries and music events, as well as movies, shopping, restaurants and outdoor cafes. Old Pasadena



The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is

to anyone 17 and under (for details visit Current featured exhibits include “Chinese Painting from Japanese Collections,” “Futbol: The Beautiful Game” and “Levitated Mass.”

and conveniently located near Main St., which is full of restaurants.

- Located at 1200 Getty Center Dr, this is a free museum with an extensive collection of antiquities, paintings, drawings, sculptures, 19th and 20th century American and European photographs and much more. For business hours go to The Getty Center

Levitt Pavilion


For three months every year, the

Pasadena transforms the city’s Memorial Park into a venue for jazz performances. Admission is free; for more



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Author Angelou inspires


Maya Angelou, one of the world’s most inspirational home in Winston-Salem, NC. Angelou has left a lasting impact through her work as a celebrated poet, author, speaker and civil rights activist. One of her greatest contributions to literature is her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The book abandoned by her parents and sexually violated by her mother’s boyfriend. She also struggled as a teen mother and being homeless. It was nominated for a National Book Award in 1970 and was on the New York Times Bestseller List for two years. Marguerite Annie Johnson, later known as Maya When her parents split up, her father sent the 3-yearold and her brother to live with his strong-willed, devout mother Anne Henderson in the small, segregated town of Stamps, AK. At the age of 7, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. He was beaten to death before his prison sentence and as a result of his murder and the traumatic She was encouraged to read books written by African American authors like Langston Hughes and Bertha Flowers. An educated African American woman in Stamps convinced Angelou to read out loud fromShakespeare, novels by Jane Austen, and works by

various poets. She developed a love for writing. She and her brother went to stay with their mother and gave birth to her son, Clyde Bailey Johnson. She graduated from Mission High School, struggling to raise her son as she worked multiple jobs to survive. She was married to a former sailor and aspiring musician, Tosh Angelos, for three years. Trained as a dancer, she worked as a nightclub singer, and took the professional name Maya Angelou, a form of her former husband’s surname. She toured Europe in the mid1950s, performing in a production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Angelou returned to the U.S. to help Malcolm X build an organization but he was assassinated that year and she started to work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She was devastated when he was assassinated. Her friend James Baldwin to begin writing, and she I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Her following memoirs, like Gather Together in my Name and The Heart of a Woman have also achieved great acclaim, but I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is the most widely known of these works. Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Angelou wrote and recited a poem for President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in January 1993, earning her widespread prestige. President Obama praised Angelou Angelou made frequent television appearances on Oprah Winfrey’s show and network. Winfrey credited her as a “phenomenal woman.”

PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRAINPICKING.ORG SONG OF FREEDOM: President Barrack Obama praised Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and awarded her the Presidential Award of Freedom in 2011.

Summer of 1982 models perfect film release season COMMENTARY BY JONATHAN BAHK Webmaster

forth the release of “E.T.,” “Tron,” “John Carpenter’s The Thing,” “Blade Runner,” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Poltergeist,” and the list keeps going. When any summer movie season is dissected in terms of success of movie seasons aspire to resemble. It is an anomaly, a moment in time where everything aligned just right so that new tentpoles of stunning quality were released into movie theaters week after week after week, privilege of enjoying a perfect movie season. in a variety of sources, criticizing recent summer movie seasons unable to match the consistency of For every “The Dark Knight,” there’s been a “Meet Dave”

released that year, there’s also been a new “Transformers”.

of a new Transformers feature length toy commercial. But it looks to be close enough. Delightfully, audiences have been enjoying a level of consistency higher this summer movie season than in recent memory, a surprising amount of quality programming being

Likewise, “The Fault in Our Stars” has relished in a similar critical success, dubbed “romantic and heartbreaking.” original in nearly every way, elevating the franchise to soaring new heights. Emotional, darker, poignant, but

America Winter Soldier” and an “X-Men Days of Future Past”. For every “Blended,” there’s been a “Neighbors” and of “Under the Skin,” a devastatingly haunting, moving exploration of enthrallingly ambitious crime epic that many reviewers immediately proclaimed as “the best

While it is possible that this consistency in quality will not prevail, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” are a source for anticipation in the coming months, looking to be unique, thrilling experiences. is an anomaly that will more than likely never be recreated in full: a one-time event resulting from a stunning amount

“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the seventh should have lost all creative drive a long time ago proved itself to be the best of the series. “Captain America Winter Soldier” was a riveting throwback to the conspiracy thrillers of

brought classics that are dissected by this generation, and will likely be for generations to follow. If perceptions are recalibrated, then what

weight. “Chef” was a warmhearted crowd pleaser been released. It is currently the beginning of June, and with the stellar programming so far, it appears the best is yet to come. “Edge of Tomorrow” has been critically acclaimed with 90%

ultimately, close enough. It’s an anomaly in itself; in








and me together. We deem this philosophy “FTE,” or “for the experience” and swear by it. Our own version of the more reckless “you only live once,” we do things to We bonded over our shared disgust of the pungent odor of stinky tofu that was almost impossible to escape,


If you do not know what stinky tofu smells like, it has a sour, acrid odor – think fried rotten milk. (I am losing my

A certain insouciance is always associated with summertime, which begins in two weeks and is marked by the end of the school year and summer solstice. The sun sets later, creating the illusion that our days are longer and there is more time to do anything. The sun is bigger and brighter, bringing warmth and happiness to those exposed. Of course, the school year is over, so there is more time to relax and explore the world beyond campus.

As we lingered on the grounds of the Santa Anita Racetrack, encompassed by the smell of stinky tofu and exploring foods from various cultures, we grew curious about its taste and decided to give stinky tofu a try, for the experience. We recorded reactions of ourselves eating it and dubbed our video series “The Stinky Tofu Challenge,” documenting our taste buds’ rejection of the acquired taste, some more than others. It caused one friend to almost throw up and others to cough unceasingly, and the remainder of

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advent of my summer. I say this because last summer’s night markets began a philosophy that brought my friends

That experience with the stinky tofu was the initiation of

our FTE philosophy and friendships that I know will last a lifetime. Since then, we have ventured to many new places and tasted countless new foods, including takoyaki and escargot. We realized that there is always something to do and see; the world is an endless chasm of beautiful things, and we are here to enjoy and experience it. Experiencing the night market again this year, well, probably not the stinky tofu part, will begin another this time around we will be more valiant in trying other edible oddities. As summer approaches, I look forward to the carefree attitude that my friends and I will exhibit in our many adventures before we part ways for college. My time at Schurr is coming to a close, and I am okay with that. My high school experiences have taught me so much about the world and myself, and I will carry them with me in the rest of my journey through life. I’m not at all worried about starting college in a foreign place. In fact, I look forward to all the new experiences that await me and independence in Boston, with which I have fallen in love.

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SPORTS World Cup rallies global interest BY JUSTIN LEE Copy Editor

One of the most watched sporting events in the world, First held in 1930, the World Cup is an international competition held every four years, except in 1942 and

1946 due to World War II. It was started by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) due the growing popularity of soccer garnered during previous Olympic games. every four years; this year, the World Cup will be held in Brazil. According to , to qualify for the World Cup, 204 teams faced each other in the preliminary competition, which took place over the past three play in the World Cup. Those 32 teams were then

GEAR UP: Team merchandise is displayed for sale in Barcelona,

‘ONE NATION, ONE TEAM’: Team USA pictured displaying camaraderie and unity to mentally prepare themselves for a pretournament game.

groups, each composed of four Spain to excite fans for the upcoming games. teams, denoted by letters A through H. Each team plays three matches with other teams in the same group, and the top two teams of each group move on Janeiro, Brazil. to the next round, where they face the top two The U.S. World Cup Team is currently ranked 14 by teams of other groups. FIFA. Of the 23 members of the team, there are a few notable players such as Tim Howard, goalkeeper; Clint place team of Group B, and so on for the other Dempsey, forward; and Jozy Altidore, striker, according eight groups, until only 16 teams remain. to An international sporting event, the FIFA World a single-elimination style to qualify for the Cup brings all cultures and nationalities together through soccer.

Sterling feels negative backlash; shows lack of professionalism SPORTS COMMENTARY BY NATHAN PHAN Cartoonist

In a world where the privacy of words no longer seems to exist, the racism scandal of former Clippers words can carry into reputation. Upon the release of audio recordings of his private conversation with his girlfriend V. Stiviano, where he criticized her African American friends and demanded that no African Americans attend his NBA games, Sterling. Because of his racist comments, lost ownership of the Clippers. Despite making the comments privately, Sterling faces not only the issue of being racist, but also a question of his professionalism. As a person who holds an aware that his opinions and thoughts carried a greater representation, not only of himself but also of the NBA. His words transcend the average bigot, as he

player Magic Johnson in his racist tirade, thereby associating his NBA ownership with his personal beliefs. Being the owner of such a diverse basketball team, Sterling should have know that such harsh comments would lead to a tremendous backlash from both the basketball community and the legions of NBA fans of all nationalities, even if his words were private. The issue being questioned is not that he expressed his opinions, but ultimately how his beliefs

FACING THE HEAT: Sterling is banned from the NBA for his racist comments and loses ownership of team.

profession. For many professional organizations and teams, it is general knowledge to realize that every word that is voiced, private or public, can of it.

Sterling is entitled to his own opinions, but in the end his problems illustrate that there must be caution personal beliefs and the reputation of the entire NBA organization.

words propel Sam to center DRAFTED: Powerful but leave achievements overshadowed SPORTS COMMENTARY BY MARIAH LIN Web-Managing Editor

“I’m Michael Sam, I’m a football player, and I’m gay.” Those powerful words propelled Michael Alan Sam Jr., a former defensive end for the University of Missouri, to national headlines in early February when he came out to the world about his sexuality. Fast forward to the present, and Sam is once again openly-gay professional football player to be drafted (by the St. Louis Rams) into the National Football League (NFL) as the 249th overall draft pick. What is interesting about the media’s role in the portrayal of Sam is that a lot of the coverage, both positive and negative, has been largely focused on Sam’s sexual orientation.

BREAKING BARRIERS: Sam becomes the first openly gay player to be drafted into the National Football League.

not be the focus of the story; rather, the story should focus on his merits, talents and work ethic which have enabled him to achieve. Lost amid various media reports is the story of the

driven young man who never felt that his sexuality should ever be a deterrent from him achieving his dreams. Although equality in sports and society is a concept, it is not a reality. Sam’s story is not about football but about all aspects of life. It should not be debated whether Sam’s merits were good enough for him to deserve a place on the Rams’ roster, because he already is on it. The world is divided into minorities in a cultural, racial and social sense. The expectations and norms that come with succeeding as a minority do not always empower, and sometimes limit. By taking the initiative to step out of comfort zones, speak out and emerge from the shadows, people such as Sam help others to become more accepting and break down the barriers of the status quo. High school students face the same, if not greater, amount of pressure from peers and others to conform and However, as seen with Sam, it is evident that we should not be afraid to work hard and pursue our dreams. Perhaps one day sexual orientation of athletes will not even be mentioned or covered on such a large scale because it will not be a topic of interest anymore.

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Softball dominates competition


last year, this season the Spartans had a younger team, but they have risen to the occasion. The Spartans played their last regular season game on

Web-Managing Editor With an overall record of 19-10, varsity softball concluded the season in the second round of CIF Southern Section Division 5 Playoffs with an 11-3 loss against the Silverado Hawks. with a strong game against the Estancia Eagles. In an 11-1 blowout win at home, the Spartan’s strong offense carried them through the game. a league record of 9-1, defending their Almont League title also with a 9-1 league record, are league co-champions along with the Spartans. The Spartans ended regular season with a six-game winning streak, their longest of the season. Compared to last season’s record of 15-14, the team has shown great team dynamic. As the team bid farewell to several seniors

victorious with a blowout win. As the game progressed, the Spartans scored an additional eight runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 13-1 lead. Both teams remained scoreless for the next three innings, and the Spartans took a 13-1 win. The JV Spartans also closed out a successful season, claiming Almont League Champions with a 7-2 record. “I could not be more proud of the team this season,” said Ackerman. “We were successful in bringing the [Almont League] Title back to the Spartan Nation, and that took hard work and dedication from the girls.” opponents to close out the season, tying the season series at 1-1.


AVOIDING THE OUT: Junior Marylsha Nicolaides slides onto the base during the game against Estancia in the first round of CIF Playoffs May 20.

Netters make strong playoff push BY ERIC GUZMAN & CINDY VUONG Graphics Staff & Photographer

Ending their season strong, varsity doubles No. 1 team

a set, a 10-point match takes place. In order to compete at Almont League. League playoffs began with prelims at Whittier Narrows

while JV placed third.

“Everyone did extremely well this season. Although we The varsity team advanced to the second round of CIF,


SWINGING BACK: Eyeing the ball, senior Maxon Earl returns the ball against the San Gabriel Matadors at home April 29.

game,” said Lin. on the second round of Prelims, while doubles No. 2 players Tony Lee and Jason Lo and doubles No. 3 players Cory

Netters must win two out of three sets in each round in order to advance to the next round. If both teams each win

unable to advance to CIF.

Tracksters perform well, finish at CIF BY JIMMY CHEN


Sports Editor

place in the th place.

individual medals. multiple competitors making it to CIF.

boys, while Capranica won the event for the varsity boys. th


place for the varsity boys. Sophomore Scott Valencia won the

the 110m hurdles and was the only Spartan to advance the event for the varsity boys. th



place in the 400m run and th place in

RACING ON: Sophomore Kirstyn Middo competes in the 100m hurdles at league finals May 9. won the event for the varsity boys. However, the Spartans did not win any league titles in the girls divisions.

his anger over his lack of relationships and love. It is clear

Anger to Advocacy BY MARIEA SEKIJIMA Spectrum Editor in Chief

and deeply distraught beyond our own understanding. the everyday male, the tragedy itself has offered the idea that many men share thoughts similar to those expressed perturbed thoughts. fact, extreme and can be attributed in some degree to his history of mental illness and privileged upbringing. In fact, focus would be geared less on his manifesto and more on

A few pages into the 137-page manifesto of the shooter and I couldn’t read any longer. As the events of the Isla Vista tragedy show, in a most extreme and unfortunate way, misogyny is a huge part of our culture today. Setting aside the issues of gun control and mental illness, the tragedy has cast a spotlight onto the women today. was suffering from a mental illness – using all of 137 pages to rant, rave, and condemn the entire female gender due to

video before his rampage by what appear to be average, everyday men show that this issue is far from being an isolated problem. User comments on the video suggesting that the women

rather it targets a wide spectrum of ages, races and social classes. Although it is true that not all men are violent and sexist aggressors, enough men seem to hold these beliefs that the idea that this type of behavior is allowable spreads across society.

movement, with the hashtag “#YesAllWomen” trending for several days on Twitter. It was used as a response to both the Isla Vista incident, in which the killer actively sought out to “punish” females due to their apparent lack

regarding their gender. Stories that accompanied the hashtag, including accounts of sexual assault, violence, and widespread fear that many women experience, were shared by millions. We as a society perpetuate this type of behavior by focusing on the wrong aspect of the issue, such as in the Steubenville High School rape case where some media outlets were offering sympathy to the perpetrators while blaming the victims, or ignoring the issue entirely.When extreme sexist or misogynistic views. This happens not only by agreeing with these views, such as in the YouTube users’ case, but by being one who chooses not to speak up against it. As an advocate for women’s rights and a participant in the “#YesAllWomen” movement myself, I have chosen to speak up. In so doing, I’m taking the steps that I hope will eventually lead to change.

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Wrapping it up: Spartans finish spring season Boys Tennis Varsity Finish: Second League record: 6-2

Baseball Varsity Finish: Fifth League record: 6-9

Track & Field Varsity Boys Finish: First League record: 5-0

Boys Volleyball Varsity Finish: Fifth League record: 2-8

JV Finish: Third League record: 4-4

JV Finish: Second League record: 11-4

Varsity Girls Finish: Fourth League record: 2-3

JV Finish: Fifth League record: 2-8

Frosh Finish: First League record: 7-1-1

Frosh/soph boys Finish: First League record: 5-0 Frosh/soph girls Finish: Third League record: 3-2

Golf Sophomore Armando Hernandez and Freshman Alex Salcedo competed in league finals. Salcedo finished in eleventh place overall in the Almont League and earned second-team all league.

Swim Varsity Boys Finish: Fourth League record: 2-4 Varsity Girls Finish: Fourth League record: 3-3 JV Boys Finish: Second League record: 5-1

Softball Varsity Finish: Tied for first League record: 9-1 JV Finish: First League record: 7-2-1

JV Girls Finish: Second League record: 5-1 Graphics by WESLEY YUEN

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Inevitable Endings BY JULIE SHIOZAKI

Spartan Scroll Managing Editor Finifugal. syllable leaves your lips. It’s an obscure word. It’s not recognized by any dictionary online or in print, and when googled, only 14,300 results pop up, which we all know, (or at least those familiar with Google do), is a pretty miniscule number. It’s an adjective that is used to describe anyone with a dreadful fear of endings who will go to great lengths to prolong or avoid such endings. I use it to describe myself. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always hated


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last page and the back cover of the book. I didn’t want my books to end or the stories within them to cease existing within my mind. I hated going to sleep at night because I didn’t want the day to end; I hated last days of school because they made me want to cry, and I hated endings of movies for a meal because that meant it was gone. Even worse, I hated thinking about serious endings in my life, such as losing a friend, someone close, or any important aspect of my life. devastating, and thinking about the friends I’ve lost contact with is depressing. I’ve lived my entire life with this ongoing fear and anxiety, knowing that endings are horribly inevitable, that no matter how tightly I clamp my eyes shut and wish on all the stars in the night sky, I can’t control when or if things will end. So of course, nothing has gotten me more emotional these past few months than graduation. In 13 days, I will be promoted from “Schurr High School student” to “Schurr High School alumna.”

Regardless of my feelings about high school, I’m scared to leave. I’ve never been good at adapting to changes, but soon I will be forced to give up all that I’ve grown accustomed to in these past four years and enter a, somewhat, “real world.” I’m scared, overjoyed, wistful, relieved and a tad bit in denial and disbelief. But in all honesty, I’m excited. I think of the summer vacation’s beginning, which will also mark the beginning of my new life, and everything that I am now miles closer to achieving. College is extraordinarily thrilling to think about, and promises a life I’m impatient to begin. Even my life after college is exhilarating to imagine. As I come to the end of my column, I am rather pensive. However, so much awaits in the future, so much I can’t continue to restrict myself with apprehensions What will I write next, accomplish next, do next? Only the future knows, and as that great imaginer Walt Disney said, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” So I will leave the future in the hands of destiny, and try to enjoy the present moments of my life.

Vol. XLIII, Issue 5, June 2014  
Vol. XLIII, Issue 5, June 2014