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San Joaquin Memorial

April 2015 - Volume 6 Issue 8

Presidential Heat New candidates enter and the race intensifies. Olivia Luchini Editor-in-Chief With the middle of 2015 quickly approaching, presidential candidates for 2016 are now announcing their campaigns. As of April 13, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio have announced that they are running. Out of these four, Clinton is the only demo-

cratic candidate. Clinton’s previous positions include being the First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, United States Senator of New York, and the Secretary of State. She graduated from Yale Law School and, if elected, would be the first female president of the United States. Clinton is pro-choice and believes we need a banking reform, but the right kind of banking reform. She also supports women’s rights and believes

that the American education system has not been properly supporting its students. Ted Cruz, a republican, is the current junior United States Senator from Texas and was previously Solicitor General of Texas. He graduated from Harvard Law School. Rand Paul is another Republican Candidate and is currently serving in the United States Senate. He graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine. He

is considered a supporter of the Tea Party movement and dislikes the Federal Reserve System. Recently, he has faced heat for admitting he is “short tempered” in an interview with CNN. Marco Rubio is also a Republican and is the youngest of all currently official candidates at 43 years of age. He was previously a member of the Florida House of Representatives and was the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. He is

currently the junior United States Senator from Florida. Rubio’s stances on social activism are usually defined by his voting against the Violence Against Women Act, being pro-life, and speaking out against gay marriage. Obviously, others could declare that they are running in the near future, but as of now these four politicians are who America can expect to be on future ballots.

Sun’s out, spirit’s out! 2015 Spring Rally to be held in the football stadium. Mikaela HArris Opinion Editor When brainstorming for the final rally of the year, SJM’s Leadership Class decided to change the traditional rally format and take it to the great outdoors. “[The idea] began around the theme itself, which is ‘The Hunger Games,’” ASB Moderator and Leadership teacher Kim Hodges said. “People were concerned that it would look too much like last year’s Harry Potter rally, and that’s when I suggested talking about doing it outside.” The event will be the first to be held outdoors in years. “For the past sixteen years I do not recall [an outdoor rally],” Hodges said. “I don't even know that there’s ever been one, but maybe for Homecoming in the past.”

Though standard all-school rallies have always been indoors, optional night rallies have been held outside for the Holy Bowl, previously in 2011. “Never has the whole school been a part of an outdoor rally,” Hodges said. Changing the location presents several challenges for ASB, Leadership, and class councils. The rally will be held in the morning to assure that the heat will not be an issue, but there are still several possible issues to consider. “Weather, moving objects around, and setup times are things to consider,” Hodges said. “[There is a] potential limitation on decor for the class councils, but I think it’ll be more fair as sophomores and juniors won’t get extra space.” Above all else, those who are planning the rally can’t

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Previous rallies have taken place in a setting like this.

wait to see the students’ reactions. “We’ve planned every-

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thing out, its just a matter of how [students] respond,” Hodges said. “We want to

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see how they respond to not only the theme, but to a different scenario.”





April 23, 2015

Frats are whack Racial slurs, rape allegations, and binge drinking raise questions about why fraternities are still around. Steffani Gaona StaffWriter Concern has grown over the purpose of fraternities and sororities, within the past few years with recent allegations that have risen against various intolerable actions of fraternities. In March a video containing racial slurs from Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) of the University of Oklahoma was posted online and captured the attention of the nation.

The SAE video contained chanting and references to lynching. The actions of the fraternity gained disgust from the SAE president as well as the nation. The fraternity would be disbanded. Recent events have shown how far the meaning of fraternities has changed from the 1700s when they were created to “be bound by rituals, symbol, and tradition” according to Maria Konnikova. However, this incident is not the only occasion that gathered the attention of the

nation. A young women named Sabrina Rubin Erdely stated that the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity of the University of Virginia gang raped her. The story was heavily publicized by Rolling Stone despite the allegation being a single-source story. Later an investigation done by the Washington Post would find problems in Erdely’s story when they began speaking with other sources-no evidence was found. The allegations against the young men at the Univer-

sity of Virginia led to further review of “fraternity culture”. According to a study done by Harvard on, it was discovered that four out of every five sorority or fraternity members are binge drinkers. Binge drinking has been the cause of accidents, sexual assaults and sometimes death. Although the allegations against Phi Kappa Psi was proven to be false, this example should not detract that from the fact that rape is the most underreported

crime in America. Only 10 percent of rapes are reported and 2 percent of those are false accusation. After a two year investigation done by Caitlin Flanagan, she found “while these organizations raise millions of dollars in charity and steer thousands of young men into lives of service and success they also have a long, dark history of violence against their own members and visitors to their houses.”





April 23, 2015

Cash money equa;ls chaos Mikaela Harris Opinion Editor According to CBS News, six hundred Indian students were expelled from public school this past month for cheating: not off of their

fellow classmates, but off of their parents. The state of Bihar, India recently offered to pay lower class students roughly 160 USD for scoring just 50% on standardized tests. Photos can be seen of parents and other family members scaling the walls

of suburban Indian schools, some three or four stories high. In a sense, this story is familiar to all of us as students in today’s age. We live in a world where success in education is not based on “how much I have learned,”

Ditch day doomed Allison Yniguez Editor-in-Chief In light of recent events having to do with some members of the senior class paying Millerton Lake a visit during school hours, it appears as though there may not be any future ditch days. Hang with me while we mull over the complications of such a day. It is understandable how the school would be concerned for students participating in such an event. For example, schools are liable for students’ unexcused whereabouts on a schoolday. However, other schools’ students have a senior ditch day. Is this to say that other schools are not concerned about the safety of their students? It is also understood that

Memorial is not like other schools in regards to being partially controlled by the Diocese of Fresno. But, besides attendance, what was hurt by this day? Ditch day is simply a day for seniors to express their teen rebellion and feelings of excitement for graduation. I am sure that is fairly understandable. Even the teachers and members of administration were high school seniors once. In fact, according to some teachers who prefer to remain nameless, they took part in their ditch day and found their experience to be one they think of fondly. I am sure faculty would not want to deprive students of an opportunity to create lasting high school memories with their friends one last time before they graduate. So, I propose that administration creates a scheduled

date for seniors to plan their free day. This would allow teachers to plan their lessons accordingly. The problem lies in calling this day a tradition, because it is not a school sanctioned event. In order to find common ground, maybe schools could declare a free day for seniors in advance. If seniors are permitted a free day in the spring semester, such controversy could be alleviated. Other schools have used this method of scheduling an earned free day on the calendar for many years and have had much success. Maybe it’s time for Memorial to consider this option.

but rather “what my final grade is.” I completely understand what it is like to not be fortunate enough to take the time to genuinely be fascinated by and explore the content which is presented to me, which was the original intent

of schooling. However, I will never understand the magnitude of having my family’s well being be dependant on my test scores. We are told to get good grades to “get into college,” not so that our families can eat.

A call for collegiate classiness Samantha Jones Out of Uniform Editor Okay, soon-to-be-collegestudents; we’ve all heard the stories. So, you look around and find yourself at a party. There’s music playing, laughter, and it’s a classic college gathering. And then there’s that one girl who’s already way too drunk and there’s the “gentleman” helping her upstairs. I’m sure his intentions are good… Look, I’m not saying you shouldn’t have fun in college; I’m not telling you to never go to a party. That’s part of the college experience, regardless of where you go, but please try to maintain decency. Girls, I don’t care what the guy in the movie does, that’s fiction. When one gets drunk, judgement is impaired and risks of making bad choices

are increased. Always have somebody around to ensure nothing bad happens. Guys, we’ve gone to school together for the past four years and I want to believe that you are not capable of this… With that being said, when you are in college, at a party, and you see that drunk girl, please remember this article. Also please remember your sisters and your mothers, your female cousins and your friends. What if it was one of them? Overall just remember that getting drunk at a party has negative consequences, regardless of gender, and even when judgement is impaired, people still have dignity that needs to be respected. This includes taking care of yourself and not putting yourself in a dangerous situation in the first place.

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April 23, 2015

Turner’s Turn

No progress A call to action for new water fountains goes unanswered. Turner Christensen

StaffWriter Last year, our former opinion piece writer, Jimmy Ruh, wrote an article complaining about our school’s water fountains. “All of the fountains in the arcade are so gross that some students refuse to drink from them,” Jimmy Ruh said. As members of the SJM

community, we like to take pride on our campus and its appearance to visitors, or even future Panthers who are interested in coming to Memorial. However, when these fountains are seen by any civilized human, the first feeling that comes to mind is disgust. The school has been too focused on spending money on other aspects of the school: renovated media center, Holy Cross Hall, and

the gates around the perimeter. Instead the school should focus on the most important aspect of life, the one resource that actually keeps humans alive: our water. We should add to our todo-list of repairs the water fountains on campus. Lets get them working and lets get that water flowing. This way students can feel satisfied while hydrating their bodies.

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“Selena Gomez.” #freshman

Staff Box @ Emily_Murrell Editors-in-Chief Olivia Luchini Allison Yniguez Elise Lozano

“Nick Jonas.”


Photo/Arts Editor Shaun Alsing Out of Uniform Editor Samantha Jones Sports Editor Maddy Laval

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“Ellen Degeneres.” #junior

Opinion Editor Mikaela Harris News Editor Brenna Flynn

Web Master Zhuogu “Zac” Yu Designers Turner Christensen Steffani Gaola


“Kevin Hart.” #senior

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Out of Uniform


April 23, 2015

Spain is the main “It’s unbelievable; absolute craziness,” chaperone Denise Zanutto said. “You can’t comprehend it all, it’s too much.” The group also visited the city of Zaragoza, where they were surrounded with ornate architecture. “The visual is unreal,” Zanutto said. “It’s hard to describe.” In addition to their studies, the students walked an average of 12 miles a day. “[The walking] was worth it because it allowed us to experience the culture more,” Lassotovitch said, “it was a workout!” The final destination of the trip was Madrid, Spain’s capital. “We learned a dance called ‘sevillanas’,” Lassotovitch said. “It was really cool.” The students went to a local dance studio in Madrid where professionals taught

Madison Laval Sports Editor SJM students venture the world and immerse themselves in Spanish culture. “It was a once in a lifetime experience,” junior Ellie Lassotovitch said. SJM students embarked on a trip to a Spain to experience a taste of the local culture. The trip began in Barcelona, where they enjoyed local art and food. “My favorite part was riding bikes along the coast in Barcelona,” Lassotovitch said. “It was definitely once in a lifetime!” The students visited several museums and landmarks, including the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, Park Güell, and La Sagrada Familia, a large Roman Catholic church, designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. Panthers enjoy a picture in front of a building wtih traditional Spanish architecture.

them the dance. Shortly after learning the dance, the instructors performed a popular routine for them. The students returned home culturally enriched with memories that will last a lifetime. “I made countless memories on the trip that I will never forget,” Lassotovitch said.

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Elizabeth McKegney, Shaun Alsing, Jacob Bouchard, and Camille Diener snap a pic before doing service.

A guanaco.

Peru for you Macchu Picchu.

Brenna Flynn News Editor

Photos by Chamile Diener and Shaun Alsing

Over spring break, a group of students traveled to Peru on a service oriented trip to help the local communities overcome poverty. “Throughout my four years at Memorial, my goal was to go on at least one service trip,” senior Camille Diener said. “When I heard about going to Peru, I jumped at the opportunity. After months of begging my parents, they decided to let me go. Peru is such a different and unique place, I never thought I would end up going.” During the beginning of the trip, students shopped in

local markets, went sightseeing, and climbed Machu Picchu. Two days were spent doing service work, which included the building of a greenhouse as well as harvesting potatoes on a farm. “By showing the people that we really do care while we were working, we were able to bring them happiness and hope, and we each shared in experiences that will last a lifetime,” senior Elizabeth McKegney said. Students also went to a local school and played with the children there, who loved taking pictures with their iPhones. Then, the students built a greenhouse for a single mother and her three children. The greenhouse and all it produced will become the main source of

income for this family. “[It was] breathtaking; every image, every landscape was picture perfect, and the people were extremely sweet and pure of heart,” McKegney said. The students who took part in the trip were enthralled by the kindness of the Peruvian people. “In the beginning of this trip I didn't know what to expect. I was looking forward to going to a different place, but I didn't know if they would be kind and welcoming,” senior Zayna Bassi said. “By the end of this trip my perspective changed. The Peruvian people were so welcoming and kind to us. Even when we had trouble communicating with them they tried their hard-

est to help us, and I was not expecting that. Also when we did the service I wasn't expecting them to be so thankful, but they were and it was very touching.” Overall, the students seemed to have a deeply moving experience working with the Peruvian people. “On the last night, I was walking to the bus and I looked up at the stars. That’s when I knew that I needed to come and continue to serve,” Diener said. “I looked to the right and a few miles away I saw a gigantic cross that was all lit up. Words can’t even describe how happy this trip made me feel. I felt at peace and could sense God with me.”

Out of Uniform

April 23, 2015

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Spring Concert Where: Cafeteria When: Today Time: 7 p.m.

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Performances from the jazz band, drumline and choir. There will also be a special performance by SJM teachers.


Ta Da! DIY: High-waisted shorts Mikaela HArris Opinion Editor As the weather continues to get warmer and warmer, summer fashions are making a comeback, but no single trend nearly as much as the classic high-waisted shorts. However, these shorts that are for sale at stores such as Forever 21 and the Laundry Room are: a) ridiculously overpriced, b) only made for rail-thin consumers, and c) way too short. So what’s the solution? Why not make your own? I traveled down to the Salvation Army and bought myself a pair of hideous 90’s high-waisted jeans for four bucks, grabbed a pair of scissors and got to work. Start by laying your super stylish jeans on the floor. Us-

ing a marker, draw a line on one leg from the inside of the leg out, making the line diagonally sloping upward. You want the line to be placed at a significantly longer level than you actually want your shorts; you can always go back and make them shorter.

The finished product.

guide while you cut the other leg to match in length. Once both legs are cut, put on the shorts. Using your marker, look in the mirror and mark the length that you want your shorts to actually be. Take the shorts off and repeat the process until you make your shorts the length you want them to be. Finally, proceed to wash and dry your shorts over and over again. This will cause them to fray and give them the fresh-out-of-the store look. And tada! Your high-waisted shorts are runway ready!

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Following the marker line, cut the shorts. Next, fold the cut leg of the jeans over the other leg and use it as a

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April 23, 2015

Brenna Flynn News Editor Although boys volleyball may not be meeting their goals this season, the friendship and fun-loving seniors still remain strong. “My favorite part of being a part of a team with my friends is that we get to warm up together and have fun during practice,” senior captain Jacob Hambalek said. Both on and off the court, these teammates enjoy each other’s company. However, on the court, they seem to have a new sense of seriousness about their sport. “If I had to describe our friendship on the court in one word, it would be ‘swag’,” senior Daniel Frea said, “because we have swag.” These seniors are attached at the hip, playing

volleyball is just one thing that makes their bond grow even stronger. “We’re like brothers,” Hambalek said. “We trust each other and aren’t afraid to mess around and have fun.” These guys aren’t wrapped up in the number of games they win or lose, playing this sport in their senior year is simply another way to make lasting memories. “My favorite part of this season has been hanging out with [my friends] at tournaments,” senior Phillip Rontell said, “even when we’re on the bench, we have fun.” Despite the tough season, the seniors’ carefree attitude towards losses brings a more enjoyable and less competitive atmosphere to the court. “[One thing I’ve learned this year is] winning is fun, but losing is fun too,” Frea said. Since they are not entirely

Daniel Frea and Phillip Rontell enjoying themselves at practice.

concerned with their winning or losing record, the teammates are able to be more lighthearted and just

have a genuinely good time with one another. “If I had to describe the season in a quote this year,

Photo by Brenna Fylnn

it would be ‘Volleyball is not life,’” Hambalek said.





April 23 , 2015

Underdog dreams The baseball team strives for the best this season. Allison Yniguez Editor-in-Chief The baseball team, with an overall record of 10-13 and a league record of 2-5, aspires to emerge the underdog victors in D1 playoffs. "Nothing comes easy in sports," senior Ben Ecklund said. "But, playing like how we did in the Easter classic will make it easier." With good standings in the Easter classic, this goal seems to be attainable for the team. "The boys worked hard for this and come a long way from the beginning of the year," coach Pete Dalena said. In striving to accomplish this goal, the team would be faced with obstacles to

overcome, such as team mentality. "Our loss to Clovis was hard because as a team we weren't 'beaten' by our opponents - we lost [the game]," Ecklund said. The team, having already had experience in dealing with said obstacles, has been able to pinpoint how the team could grow. "As a team, we are young," Ecklund said. "We’re still learning what it’s like to compete in a league as tough as ours." The team went undefeated in the Easter classic up until the championship game, and they whave learned from this experience. “We are just trying to make it to playoffs in a D1 league,” senior Drew Engleman said.

The team stands for the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Young Gonzalez plays like a veteran Freshman Daniel Gonzalez does well for the first half of the season. Olivia Luchini Editor-in-Chief Freshman Daniel Gonzalez has just entered high school, but has been on the tennis scene for quite some time. As the season progresses, the young player proves that he is a force to be reckoned with through his winning record. Being the younger brother of SJM senior and varsity tennis player Raquel Gonzales, Daniel has been able to practice with the help of his tennis-playing family for many years, but he only recently became serious about competing. “I started playing seriously about a year and a half ago,” Gonzalez said. In the first half of the season, the Panthers took on the Bullard Knights and,

though the team lost, Gonzalez emerged as the only win of the day against junior

“[My hopes for this season and playoffs are] to DOMINATE,” Gonzalez said. Lincoln Hoppe. Gonzalez grew up playing with Hoppe as well as many other competitors throughout the valley. He believes that is is fun to play against his lifelong friends, but he does find it

distracting at times. “It’s very hard to stay serious in a game with [the people I grew up playing with],” Gonzalez said. “Lincoln and I would start a conversation after every switch of sides.” With a winning record and years of experience behind me, Gonzalez appears to be one of many promisng young players in the valley. Gonzalez is enthusiastic for the postseason tournament and is hoping to prove himself to the older players in the valley. “[My hopes for this season and playoffs are] to DOMINATE,” Gonzalez said.

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April 2015  

The Red and Blue |San Joaquin Memorial HS Archived Publication: April 2015