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February 2018 | Volume 2 Issue 4 | San Joaquin Memorial High School

Golden Age of Formal With bright lights, flashy decor, and glamourous attire, SJM students brought old-age Hollywood to the Golden Palace. - News, Page 3



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Juniors hit up the dance floor at the Golden Age of Hollywood fomal.

Photo: Presley Allen



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Marijuana Legalized Matthew Magill Opinion Editor It’s the most widely abused illegal substance in the world. It’s a psychoactive drug with the ability to render ambition obsolete, relax the hyperactive, and ease the pain of the sick. It’s now legal. While marijuana is still an illegal substance in the eyes of the federal government, many states now allow the medicinal purchase and use of marijuana; some states, including California this year, have even gone so far as to legalize the recreational use of the drug. “I guess my concern about legalization is that young people might use it as justification for experimenting with it,” said science teacher David Duncan. As of Jan. 1, California has joined six other states in passing legislation that allows recreational marijuana use. Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use in 2012. Many people, like Duncan, have expressed concern that the legalization of cannabis may normalize the drug, which might lead to greater abuse by teens. In contrast to such concerns, data collected has not made clear an obvious correlation between marijuana legalization and teen marijuana use. For example, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) points out that although Colorado is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation for teen marijuana use, Colorado was No. 1 before legalizing marijuana as well.

“Preliminary data shows that the legalization of marijuana has had little to no impact on the overall rate of youth use of marijuana,” the DPA report concluded. While one can argue the moral pitfalls of legalizing cannabis, one cannot deny the fact that hundreds of millions of dollars will be saved by not pursuing marijuana based charges. After 2012, Washington saw a whopping 98% decrease in marijuana possession charges with Colorado trailing at 50%. According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch, in any given year, the American police typically arrest more people for possession of marijuana than all violent crimes combined. Additionally, the arrests are nowhere close to racially proportional despite fairly equal usage rates among the various races. U.S. government statistics show that nearly 75% of marijuana users are white, and yet blacks are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use. Although there may seem to be some justice in the new cannabis legalization, the Catholic Church is far from supporting it. “Attempts, however limited, to legalize so-called ‘recreational drugs,’ are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce desired effects,” said Pope Francis, in response to the growing support for legalized marijuana use. Pope Francis makes clear that the Catholic Church does not

condone the recreational use of any drug. However, that does not mean the Church is completely opposed to the use of drugs. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense.” Therefore, while the recreational use of recreational marijuana is not supported, the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes may be morally acceptable, depending on the circumstance. As far as Fresno County is concerned, medical marijuana will be the only cannabis that can be legally sold. While the Fresno City Council has yet to approve the establishment of recreational marijuana dispensaries, those who are 21 and over can still legally use the drug as long as they abide by California law. Although this includes not driving under the influence of marijuana, identifying a “stoned” driver will be a difficult task for the police. “I think they’ll develop some sort of field sobriety test,” said Duncan. Duncan went on to say that the police can test one’s blood for the presence of THC, a chemical compound found in marijuana, but, regardless of the result, the test could not say whether the suspect had recently used marijuana. Until there is a marijuana indicator equivalent to a breathalyzer, cops will have to rely on behavioral indicators. Regardless, how will scien-

Staff Box: Editors-in-Chief: Elliott Nerenberg Patrick Monreal

Head of Design: Camilo Daza

News Editor: Ryan Golden

Opinion Editor: Matthew Magill

Out of Uniform and Sports Editor: Ricardo Garcia

Feature Editor: Lokesh Bhardwaj


Braeden Bailey Tony Fagundes

Photographer: Presley Allen

Business Manager: Andrew O’Rourke

Social Media Manager: Evie Der Manouel

Cartoonist: Reilly Hendrix


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tists and lawmakers identify the amount of marijuana one can have before it starts to impair their driving abilities? The legalization of recreational marijuana is in its early stages, but it can be assumed that as more

places begin to legalize it, more statistics and new technologies will begin to answer any remaining questions still about marijuana use and how to control it.

Forever In Our Hearts: Chet Frantzich Ricardo Garcia Out of Uniform and Sports Editor

A longtime Memorial favorite leaves SJM to pursue new opportunities.

For many students, it was a bitter goodbye when beloved English teacher Chet Frantzich announced that he would be leaving San Joaquin Memorial at the end of the fall semester. In a final statement written

by the man himself, Frantzich shared, "a high school in Clovis had an English opening […] Clovis being the home that it is to me, I decided to put my name in the pool of candidates, and I was offered a contract.” For many, Frantzich was a role model, often telling his students to “own the moment” and “dominate” through their writing. “My favorite memory is him standing by the door and patting me on the back, reminding me to dominate everyday, and to [shut out] all the haters,” senior Brandon Garcia said. He was most popular among AP Composition and AP Litera-

ture students and was known as one of Memorial’s elite teachers. “Every day before I got to class, I always told him, ‘Give me an A,’ and he always responded, ‘In your dreams,’” senior Celeste Madrigal said. “Before he left, he wrote it on my card.” Though he doesn’t give away A’s for free, Frantzich always offered lots of advice and had a high AP passing rate. Many of his former students came back and told him how he helped them prepare for college. Before he left after finals, Frantzich left the following words on his whiteboard: “We’ll all be crossing paths

again very, very soon. Until then, it’s been more than a pleasure. Keep working hard, never let up,

and don’t let ‘em clean the wall.” Indeed Mr. Frantzich, until the day we meet again.

Mission Statement

The Red and Blue is an award-winning, student produced publication that is executed in a professional manner by delivering quality stories that are up to date and accurate. All staff members understand and abide by the standards of ethics and professionalism set forth by California State Law and the proposed Diocesan Publications Policy. The school community anticipates and appreciates the publication and plays an active rolein providing feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of San Joaquin Memorial High School and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.

Seniors Anne Sampson and Ally Martin pose with Chet Frantzich shortly before his departure from Memorial. Photo: Ally Martin

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Summing Up Trump A Golden Formal Patrick Monreal Editor-in-Chief

One year into Trump’s presidency, it is time to reminisce on the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Despite the rollercoaster of events that was 2017, there was always one constant in the news and media: President Donald J. Trump. With last month marking one year since Trump’s inauguration, it seems like an appropriate time to look back at his first year in office. The following is a list of issues, events, and trends (both positive and negative) that defined the 45th president’s inaugural year. Changing Administration The list of advisers and secretaries who have either been fired or quit grows every month. In fact, the White House’s turnover rate among high-level aides in Trump’s first year is 34%, the highest in modern history. The second-highest, Reagan’s, was 17%. High-profile exits include Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, James Comey, and Michael Flynn. Puerto Rico Four months after Hurricane Maria, approximately half a million Puerto Ricans remain without power. In October, Trump gave his team a “10” for its response to the natural disaster. Just recently, On Jan. 9, FEMA officials notified Puerto Rico that it would not be disbursing a multi-billion

dollar loan. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are leaving the island for the mainland United States Economic Stability In Trump's first year, unemployment hit a 17-year-low, GDP growth consistently improved, and the stock market was booming. In the coming years, we will see whether or not the tax reform bill passed on Dec. 20 and new trade policies foster further growht and development. North Korea From “Rocket Man” to comparing nuclear button sizes, there is no question that relations with North Korea have worsened this past year. On Jan. 25, the Doomsday Clock, used to describe how far the world is from total destruction, was set at two minutes from midnight. However, there has been a recent glimmer of hope surrounding North and South Korea’s cooperation in the Olympics. Twitter Trump’s tweets have been a subject of amusement around the world. Toward the beginning of his term, the National Archives advised the White House to preserve all his tweets. In November, the Department of Justice ruled that the tweets are, in fact, official statements. That’s right: “covfefe” and The Fake News Awards are

official statements from the President of the United States. Mueller Investigation On May 17, Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate possible links between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign. Since then, four people have been charged in the probe, and Mueller has interviewed Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, and Sean Spicer, among others. Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed, and Trump has said that he is “looking forward” to speaking with Mueller. On Jan. 25, it was reported that Trump tried to fire Mueller in June. Immigration From DACA to the travel ban to the wall, immigration is likely the most controversial issue surrounding Trump’s first year in office. In fact, disagreements over immigration led to the government shutdown in January. With short-term spending bills becoming commonplace, we will see if immigration debates cause further issues. The Memorial community seems divided over the president’s first year in office. While 26% of students gave Trump a one out of 10, 19% of students gave him a 10. At 16.4%, the next highest rating was five. The opposing opinions represent the current division of our nation.

A Bid for a "New California" Evie Der Manouel Social Media Manager Earlier in January, the prospective founders of “New California” released a Declaration of Independence, attempting to become the 51st state in the Union. The idea to split California into two different states has become more popular as voters are becoming restless and feel that their counties are not being properly represented or cared for under California’s current government. This is not the first time the state’s ideological division has been brought up. The primary issue is that rural and urban California have different needs, causing some to feel that the state would benefit from separation. Robert Paul Preston, spokesperson for New California, describes the current state of California as “ungovernable” because

options, they also had to design centerpieces for the table. “Sure, there were things we could’ve improved on, but with Winter Formal 2018 was truly what we had to work with, we a blockbuster event! The Golden were quite successful,” said junior Age of Hollywood came to life on Jillian Jordan of the table group. Jan. 27. While students enjoyed “We worked well together and walking the red carpet, many do hopefully created a memorable not know what goes on behind formal for all the students.” the scenes. The focal point group worked Kim Hodges, activities di- alongside the entry group in decrector, and her leadership class- orating the venue but focused es put a lot of work into set- on the desert table that had an ting up the dance. The entry, eye-catching centerpiece. table, focal point, and publicity “There was a lot of planning groups, planned that went into it the event for such as calling months. different places The entry to see who gave group was in the best deal, charge of crewhat everyone ating a scenic would like, and entrance to the what is the easdance. From iest,” said senior buying velvet Ali Miller of ropes to setthe focal point ting up a phogroup. to-taking area, Lastly, the the entry group publicity group ensured that Juniors Riley McCann and advertised the The Golden Age Maddy Wilkins enjoy the Gold- dance and got en Age of Hollywood of Hollywood people excited Photo: Presley Allen was felt right as to attend. They people walked in. Their determi- hyped up the event with signs and nation working with the “Holly- announcements, designed invitawood” balloons popping empha- tions, and handled bid sales. sized how hard they worked. “I thought my group did a “We had a few balloons pop good job because a lot of people the night before but we were able went and that made us look good to get more,” said senior Nicole because we were advertising the Barsotti of the entry group. dance,” said senior Andrew O’RoThe table group had to come urke of the publicity group. up with a unique design for the So, consider formal the clos30 tables that filled The Golden ing credits and give a round of Palace. Not only did they decide applause to those who made this on plate, napkin, and tablecloth possible. Ryan Golden News Editor

of the tendencies to generalize funding for the state, neglecting the unique needs of each area. If the bid for the creation of the 51st state gained popularity and was accepted by the government, which would take years, California would comprise of Sacramento and the coastline, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, while New California would contain the areas above Sacramento and east of the coast. In theory, the split of the state would also divide the political representation as it currently stands. This would especially affect the Senate and Electoral College, as rural landowners and farmers in New California may push for conservative representation while urban California might push for liberal representation. The split could relieve political tension and help the Central Valley receive more attention. Getting funds to improve specif-

Map of the proposed "New California." Photo: USA Today

ically rural California could individualize us, but the process of dividing a state takes years and has only been done once by Virginia around the time of the Civil War. Will California split? Most likely, no. However, the rise of secession movements like New California and Calexit represent the growing discontent among Californians who feel as though they are disconnected from the large coastal cities.

Funding a Better Future

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Seniors Tessa Martinez and Olivia Baldwin are making a difference by fundraising for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as Student of the Year candidates. Student of the Year is an annual fundraising competition held by LLS. This year two Panthers are eagerly taking this opportunity to give back to the community. “Tess and I are both very excited to raise money and awareness for such a great cause. Both of our mothers have gone through cancer treatments themselves so we feel very touched to get the opportunity to help other people and families going through the same experiences as we did,” Baldwin said. LLS plans to use funds to continue research for a cure for cancer. The Society has been around since 1949, and their research has been instrumental in the advancement of cancer treatments. There are other organizations that perform similar research, but

LLS stands apart from some of its peers, finding itself in a balancing act within the scientific community regarding embryonic stem cell research. Though LLS has supported the use of embryonic stem cells that would otherwise be destroyed, “no LLS-funded research is studying human embryonic stem cell research.” Olivia and Tessa hope to spread their enthusiasm for LLS's life-saving efforts while retaining a Catholic attitude that promotes greater respect for human life. “We would love to get the whole school involved in any way we can to support such a great cause!” Baldwin said. SJM supports students’ charity work. And though the administration is proud that these Panthers feel this passionately about the cause, the administration and the rector have decided to withhold endorsement for any project that might conflict with Church doctrine. Regardless, finding a cure for cancer is something we can all get behind.



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Catching Some Z's or Taking L's Camilo Daza Head of Design

The harmful cycle that plagues countless teenagers in America: sleep and school, and the solution to fix it: late start. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA)—the list goes on and on. These are just some of the largest associations that have endorsed, advocated for, and recommended the implementation of later school start times within the United States. Over 350 studies have been carried out on this topic, ranging from sleep patterns to economic consequences, and an overwhelming majority are in favor of it. If there is all this evidence in favor of pushing back school start times, then why do only 21% of California’s 10,477 public schools start school at 8:30 a.m. or later? Starting next year, however, San Joaquin Memorial High School will follow in the footsteps of that 21%.

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A study done by the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota backs up this information: after just one semester of a late start of 8:35 a.m., grades rose almost across the board a quarter step, the equivalent of going up from a B to a B+. Contrary to expectation, bedtimes usually stay the same when start times are pushed back. In 2014, a study was carried out analyzing over 62,000 American teenagers, and the results showed that teenagers that attended schools with later start times simply got more sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that teenagers should get 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night to achieve “optimal health and learning.” Even if a late start that ensures such sleep is not feasible, given that a majority of Memorial students, specifically 51%, sleep less than seven hours a night on average, almost any increase greater than a half hour is more than beneficial. Nationwide, this number is even worse. According to the CDC, around 70% of high school students sleep less than seven hours a night on average. Teenagers that do not get enough sleep are, again, according to the CDC, more likely to be overweight, suffer symptoms of depression, and perform poorly in school. Adding to the above, around 44% of students surveyed live 30 minutes away or more from

school, and once again, sleep ties back into the equation. Research also suggests that a later start time can reduce accidents on the road caused by tired teenage drivers. Senior Matthew Ricci further agrees with these statements. He says that “for many students the drive to school includes waking up some time before 7, meaning 8 hours of sleep is an impossibility for many of us.” He further argues that even just an extra hour can make a huge difference, allowing for students to be more alert for the coming day. As Ricci says, it is a win-win situation, “students get more sleep and are more productive.” 86% of Memorial students agree with Ricci, saying that they do feel more alert on foggy days, and an even larger 94% support starting school at a later time. And yes, extracurricular activities and sports programs might have to be adjusted, but it is in the student’s best interests in mind that our school has held in making the decision to implement a late start schedule with classes beginning at 9:00 am. As a senior that gets very little sleep, and only slept for four and a half hours the night before writing this article, I am more than ecstatic for the implementation of a late start schedule for next year. Later start times correspond to improved attendance, less tardiness, less falling asleep in class, and better grades.

Out with the New Matthew Magill Opinion Editor

From “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to “Beauty and the Beast”, almost everything shown on the big screen today is either a sequel or a remake. In today’s market, an unpopular movie can cost the production companies millions of dollars. For this reason, many in the film industry can be wary about investing in a new, untested movie. For most movies, it’s either boom or bust, and producers aren’t as worried about originality as they are about making money. When the original “Star Wars” debuted in 1977, it was something completely new. It was the ultimate science fiction movie and its success stemmed from new special effects and its originality. Today, most new science fiction movies are either sequels, remakes, or based off of books. Even "Avatar," another original, high grossing sci-fi movie from 2009, is coming out with a sequel in 2020. All of these producers want to

invest in something they can be sure will do well. However, they have lost their sense of high risk, high reward. The "Avatar" movie was something totally new and expensive, costing somewhere near $237 million to produce. While the movie was incredibly high risk, the reward of a $2 billion box office revenue made "Avatar" one of the highest grossing films of all time. Although most new and original movies may not turn out as well as "Avatar" or "Star Wars," is not the reward worth it if it means not only making something great? Even though the avid moviegoers continue to see the same thing, it leads one to wonder whether or not these box office sure things are actually killing the movie industry? People enjoy watching something familiar and comfortable more than taking a chance on a movie that costs $12 to watch. However, one thing can be sure: if there is ever a "Fast and Furious 9," Vin Diesel is not the only one that will be furious.

Are Foggy Days Making the Cut This Year? Lokesh Bhardwaj Feature Editor

Foggy days seem to be dwindling as time goes on. Why is that? A student and administrator give their take on Memorial's foggy day schedule. It was announced in November of last year that Parlier Unified School District must pay $500,000 after a student died on the way to school during a foggy day. A few months earlier, the California Highway Patrol reported a 50-car pileup on Highway 198—a direct result of dense fog. Now San Joaquin Memorial will have to tackle the growing issue of fog interceding on the commutes of parents, teachers, and students alike.

Year after year, dense fog settles along the Central Valley, inconveniencing the lives of many. Interrupting people’s work schedules, delaying flights and being an inconvenience are common effects of the seasonal fog. While the fog may be a severe inconvenience to the citizens of Fresno, it has proved to be a profound disturbance to students, many of whom are new drivers. In order to combat the harsh weather, schools in the area have implemented different schedules, starting school later in the day, allowing students to wait for the fog to settle. San Joaquin Memorial has adopted the foggy day schedule, allowing for students to come to the school later in the morning, and yet, we have yet experience a schoolwide this year. The process of calling foggy days was explained by principal Tom Spencer. “Our Transportation Coordinator, Brandy Darnell, plays a large portion in calling foggy days,” said Spencer. “She contacts local sheriffs and gets

word on whether or not conditions are safe enough for students to commute,” Spencer added. “A schoolwide foggy day is called if three areas are affected by dense fog or the Fresno area is covered with dense fog,” he said. It seems as if foggy day schedules are occurring less and less as the years go by, without any noticeable decrease in the amount of fog. The lack of foggy days may have resulted in a San Joaquin Memorial student, junior Liliana Lopez, getting into a car accident. “It was early in the morning and I was not able to see the tail lights in front of me due to the fog,” Lopez said. “I do feel like the fog inhibited my ability to see, eventually causing my accident.” “It’s a struggle trying to get to school on time [while] feeling unsafe when driving, especially for people like myself that live 45 minutes away and have to deal with the deep and heavy fog,” Lopez added. Some days, the fog is so heavy that parents stop their children from going to school at the usual

time due to it being a dangerous environment. Senior Matthew Taksa has had such experiences. “I live in Hanford, so I have to drive 35 miles to get to school. Fog visibility map from Jan. 16, 2018 measured in I’m not will- miles. Days like these with less than a half mile of ing to risk my visibility are often not called as foggy days delife driving 35 spite dangerous conditions. Photo: ABC 30 miles in dense ularly scheduled day should do, fog, so I have missed important vice principal Joan Bouchard enlectures and assignments in my couraged families to be careful. AP Physics and World Literature "Our primary concern is for classes,” Taksa said. the safety of SJM students. If it is When asked if the school foggy[...]the parent is authorized should implement more foggy to call the attendance office to days Taksa responded, “Foggy get a 'Foggy Day Excused Tardy,'" days protect students from drivsaid Bouchard. ing in dangerous conditions, so As such, a re-examination they should be utilized every time of the foggy day policy may be a there is dense fog. Student’s lives good idea. It goes without saying are worth much more than one that students like Lopez and Takhour of school.” sa would be grateful if policy adWhen asked about what stujustments were to be made. dents traveling in fog on a reg-

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Coffee or Tea? We've all been there. You nearly pulled an all-nighter studying for AP This and AP That. You only manage to sneak in a couple hours of sleep and are barely able to wake up. Put simply, you need caffeine to get through the day. What do you grab: coffee or tea? Evie Der Manouel Social Media Manager Coffee and tea are old rivals. Both are usually drunk in the morning for a quick burst of energy. The question is, which drink do you like better? For me, it depends on the amount of caffeine and sugar I am willing to ingest before I go to school. If I’m in dire need of a kickstart, I’ll try coffee. To be quite honest though, many who have seen me drink a “coffee” would know that it's basically creamer with a dash of coffee. Usu a l ly when I drink black coffee, I get an insane amount of jitters and

usually crash pretty hard halfway during the day. Regardless, if I’ve stayed up all night, I’ll take a cup of joe if it means that I’ll be able to stay awake during my first period when we’re on a block schedule. I spoke to students about their experiences with coffee and tea. Junior Hannah Schmiederer said that she would prefer tea, partly because she has never tried coffee. I was surprised to hear this, so I continued asking others about their preferences and took a look at our Red and Blue survey. The divide between our school’s population was almost 50-50. Most people who preferred tea stood by the fact that they didn’t feel “shaky” or worn out after drinking their morning tea. Many tea drinkers prefer a cup from Starbucks that’s iced before school. “The ice and mild taste of the tea is refreshing and gives me energy for my day,” said junior Esmeralda Altero. Coffee and tea will always be pillars of the early morning pickup, but teas are becoming increasingly popular because of the variety of flavors and choices of how caffeinated you want your tea to be, whether it be green, herbal, or black tea.

Presley Allen Photographer Feeling tired? Get coffee. Need something to do with friends? Get coffee. Have to be up all night finishing a project? Get coffee. It seems as if coffee is the boost that people need to get through the day. With its extensive variety of flavors and options, coffee has become the go-to beverage of the 21st century. It is the perfect beverage for all seasons due to the fact that it can be served hot, iced, or blended. Despite this, many feel as if tea is a better option because the taste is not bitter like coffee and it does not give them “the jitters”. “I get the chills whenever I drink [coffee] because of all the caffeine,” junior Ashley Graham said. Although coffee may make some feel a little jumpy, many appreciate the extra boost of caffeine. “Coffee seems to get me through the day better,” said junior Jillian Jordan. Coffee may have an acquired taste, but it comes in a multitude

of flavors and choices. “There’s a ridiculous amount of coffee choices when you go to Starbucks or Dutch Bros compared to teas,” says junior Seth Freitas. The vast array of options for coffee has popularized the drink and provided people with more than just the typical dark roast with cream and sugar. “I think people prefer coffee over tea because the flavors are more universal and more varietal than tea,” said Jordan. Coffee and tea may both provide one with the energy they need to get through the day, but, overall, coffee is a better source of caffeine and has more of an abundance of options.


Editorial: Don't Let Senioritis Fool You Panthers! Don’t fool yourself. Senioritis is real, and it can affect your future.

It sweeps the nation every year from January to May. It infects almost every high school senior. It devastates work ethic and ability. No, I’m not talking about the flu; I’m talking about senioritis. Merriam-Webster’s defines senioritis as the “ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.”

You may know what senioritis is, but you may not know the consequences. For one, colleges can revoke your admissions offer. In 2009, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) reported that 65.3% of admissions revocations were due to final semester grades. Furthermore, because merit scholarships are dependent on grades and GPA, students can actually lose aid if their grades drop during their final semester. NACAC reported that students whose class rank dropped lost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 per year. While statistics surrounding

the frequency and extent of senioritis are hard to come by, 67% of Memorial seniors surveyed admitted to falling victim to senioritis at some point during this year. Psychologists say that the epidemic revolves largely around extrinsic motivation. “For some students, it could be that now that the rewards system no longer matters in high school,” said Dr. Darcia Narvaez of the University of Notre Dame. “They’re shifting their extrinsic motivation. They don’t feel motivated for high school anymore.” In the 1970s, concern over senioritis gave way to the idea of “Senior Semesters," schedules

that allowed seniors to spend time outside of school exploring other interests or attending seminars. The plans, nonetheless, were never widely implemented. Perhaps it is time schools consider “Senior Semesters” again. As for students, take it easy, but don’t go too far. The best way to stay motivated is to try something new. Join a club or sport not to fill that résumé but to have fun. Enjoy your senior

year, but ensure you maintain decent grades.



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Spencer Spices It Up Man vs. Machine Elliott Nerenberg Editor-in-Chief

Reilly Hendrix Cartoonist

Katerina Spencer, English teacher, shares accounts of her previous experiences as an educator and her aspirations for education in her new position.

Katerina Spencer participates actively in instructing her American Literature class on 5 February 2018. Photo: Presley Allen

When it was suggested that she come to SJM as a substitute teacher in the fall of 2016, Katerina Spencer had not a clue what she was getting into, and decided to go for it. After teaching as a substitute, she interviewed for a more permanent job that next spring. By the following school year, she had left, and after missing it returned once again as a substitute teacher. “Once I came back as a sub, I began to miss it even more,” Spencer said. Now, she is back as the fulltime teacher of AP Language and Composition and American Literature. In her brief time as a teacher in the 2016-2017 school

year, she was the adviser for the Journalism staff. “I think I had the most fun in the Journalism class,” Spencer said. “Once we had established an understanding of what the expectations were, I really could give them free reign to be [their] best creative selves.” Having received her broad liberal arts degree in Ohio at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, she is well-versed in literature and writing. She asserts that sharpening writing skills is imperative to a student’s understanding of what good writing is, and favors thorough discussion and analysis of a given piece as the most efficient way to understand it.

Get ready to meet Ryan Guinn, San Joaquin Memorial’s new IT guy. When any member of the staff has a problem with their computer, it is up to him to fix it. And he always has a fun time working with computers. Guinn gave his new job a ten out of ten. “I get to play with computers and technology all day long,” he said. Guinn’s training began at the UEI College in Fresno, where his major study area was in computer technology. This background has prepared him for his position at

“How I approach [learning] is to read through a piece and discuss it as much as possible and to such a degree that every student comes to an understanding of various components of good literature,” Spencer said. Above all else, however, she emphasizes writing with a purpose. Rather than focusing on receiving a high grade, Spencer argues, students should write for the sake of sending a message. “The most important thing is having a point, knowing what it is, and communicating it,” Spencer states. Nonetheless, her teaching will contribute to and enrich the SJM experience. Welcome back home, Ms. Spencer!

Memorial. Besides dabbling with technology at SJM, Guinn is also part of a tech crew elsewhere. “I am an instructor at UEI College for heating and air conditioning,” Guinn said. In talking with Guinn it is obvious that he enjoys this other job, too. One of his hobbies is making his own computers at home. This and other reasons is what inspires him to fix computers at Memorial. Surrounded at work by what he loves, it can be said that he is living the dream. “I have always been fascinated with technology,” Guinn said. It seems, then, that Guinn is the perfect fit for Memorial!

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Nate Wathen or Stephen Ferdinandi? Who Knows? Wathen’s hobbies are just as interesting as he is, as he is an avid rock climber, likes drawing, and enjoys reading. During his free time, he frequents Yosemite National Park and MetalMark climbing gym in Fresno. Wathen’s connection with Memorial is even closer than one might think. He is first cousins with Stephen Ferdinandi, famed AP Calculus and Algebra 2 teacher here at school. During Wathen’s freshman welcome week, Ferdinandi was his senior, making him dress up as Coach Pete Dalena. If Ferdinandi is any sign of what’s to come, Wathen will contribute greatly and positively to the Memorial community. The similarities do not stop here, however, as both Ferdinandi and Wathen sport a very similar

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Memorial welcomes former tutor and alumni to its teaching staff. San Joaquin Memorial’s newest teacher is Nate Wathen, with just over a month at Memorial under his belt. Upon the departure of beloved teacher Chet Frantzich, Wathen, an independent tutor, stepped up to the plate, filling a difficult role, and taking on one of the English Department’s most challenging courses: AP Literature. A graduate from Memorial in 2007, Wathen’s experiences during that time inspired him to pursue a degree in anthropology with an emphasis on world religions from UC Santa Cruz. Wathen treasures his time at Memorial, saying that his favorite teacher, Ms. Fourchy, a former AP Composition teacher at Memorial, influenced him significantly “My debates with Mr. Gar-

Nate Wathen AP Literature Teacher abedian and the insight I gained from Mr. Danks-Ferguson’s world religion class … inspired me to pursue this field of study,” said Wathen. His studies at UC Santa Cruz allowed him to realize “just how much religion can help shape things,” as evidenced with his

Catholic upbringing beginning at St. Joachim School in Madera. As his quick adjustment to the Santa Cruz lifestyle with the assistance of Memorial graduates, Wathen has adapted quickly to teaching at Memorial due to his tutoring experiences with many current and former students.

hairstyle. “One might even say we go to the same barber,” he adds. His inspiration to teach, however, might be a little different from most. “About four years ago I broke my leg while rock climbing and started to work with students,” said Wathen. The rest is history, as they might say. Since then, he has worked as an independent tutor, collaborating with many Memorial students, both past and present. As he continued to tutor, Wathen got closer to that teaching job, coaching water polo and later serving as a substitute teacher. Eventually, the opportunity came, and now he is the AP Literature teacher. Everyone at Memorial is excited to see another alum return, and the journalism staff wishes him good luck.

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Lights, Camera, Action! Oscars 2018 Andrew O'Rourke Business Manager The Oscars are right around the corner and the nominations have just been released. This year will have tight races in every category and each nominee is deserving of an award. SJM completed a survey and submitted their guesses for the Academy Awards. Best Actor - SJM poll: 41% Daniel Kaluuya- Get Out Although Kaluuya put up a tremendous performance in probably the breakout movie of the year, I think Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour will take the cake. His transformation into Winston Churchill did not go unnoticed at the Academy of a Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He, like

Kaluuya, is looking for his first Oscar. Dark Horse: Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel Esq. Best Actress - SJM poll: 31% Margot Robbie- I, Tonya With her spot-on portrayal of Harding, Robbie made I, Tonya as good as it is. However, Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the front runner. Her character is demanding and she steals the scene every time she is on camera. After winning a Golden Globe for this performance, all eyes are on McDormand. Even though less than 10% of the school thinks so, McDormand is clearly the favorite, seeing as how she earned a Golden Globe. Dark Horse: Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water Best Supporting Actor - SJM

poll: 32% Christopher Plummer All the Money in the World Christopher Plummer had to quickly get into the role of Paul Getty after Kevin Spacey was fired. He did a spectacular job in that short amount of time. This award is the tightest among all of the categories outside of Best Picture. The favorite right now is Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri after winning a Golden Globe for his role. This is a toss up. Dark Horse: Richard Jenkins The Shape of Water Best Supporting Actress - SJM poll: 26% Octavia Spencer- The Shape of Water Octavia Spencer did an amazing job with her performance in The Shape of Water. Allison Janney, however, is my pick. She stole the show in I, Tonya and was the

winner of the Golden Globe for the role. As the race for best Supporting Actress is tight, anyone can win. Dark Horse: Mary J. Blige Mudbound Best Animated Movie - SJM poll: 48% Coco This is Coco’s to lose for me. Pixar did it again with another masterpiece in this Day of the Dead movie. It has a whirlwind of emotion and has a solid storyline to go with it. The Boss Baby comes in at second with 37%, but was not as emotional and heartfelt as Coco. Dark Horse: Shouldn’t be one Best Original Song - SJM poll: 43% Remember Me- Coco This song is what made Coco such a great movie. It is a great song about love and about family. “This is Me” in The Greatest

Showman is Coco’s close competitor. Both songs set the tone for their movies. Any one of these two songs would be good for me. Dark Horse: “Stand Up for Something”- Marshall Best Picture - SJM poll: 26% Get Out This is the closest race of the movie season. Every movie had a quality to it that made it Oscar worthy. The excitement of Get Out will make it a contender. The performances in Lady Bird and Darkest Hour will have those up for contention. And, of course, never doubt the mastermind Christopher Nolan. Prediction: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri After the Academy messes up the cards again: The Shape of Water.

Where Are They Now? Timothy Farrow Ryan Golden News Editor

Timothy Farrow had quite the presence on SJM’s campus before he graduated in 2015. He had an infectious personality that made

it impossible not to smile when you were around him. He was committed to water polo and rugby and was simply enjoying life. Farrow was ecstatic, considering he had been accepted to an impressive program in which he would play rugby in New Zealand and work at a local boarding school. His plans collapsed, however, when he suffered a serious concussion only four weeks before graduation. He was not able to go to New Zealand and left high school with no future plans. Knowing the ambitious Farrow, it is no surprise to find out that, three years later, he is now the CEO of Spacebar Technologies, a software and application development company. “I decided that software is what I wanted to do, so that’s what I went and did,” Farrow said. Farrow first became interested in software when he was young, making a program that would do his math problems for him. He kept it as a hobby ever since. When his mutual friend said he was starting a software company, Farrow took the opportunity as he knew he wanted to do this type of work and that he might not get hired elsewhere without a degree. “When I started working here is when I started doing [software]

all day, every single day. I did not do anything else,” Farrow said. “Hobbying is one thing but when you have to make an application work or you’ll literally die on the streets, it’s kind of motivating.” As he began working for Spacebar, he really honed his programming skills as he completed projects for different companies. He provides for any software needs that any company has. They have worked extensively with school districts as they have huge amounts of data that Farrow and his team can organize into legitimate softwares and dashboards. “One of the biggest recurring themes we get, especially from school districts, is data management, data quality and data aggregation,” Farrow said. After explaining his current business ventures, Farrow reminisced about life at Memorial and shared some of his fondest memories. One of his favorites was interacting with the Chinese foreign exchange students. He was curious about their culture and immersed himself into it. “I went and hung out with them at lunch and felt really stupid for a couple months because they’re all speaking Mandarin and I just don’t know what they’re saying. But, that was still my favorite

part about high school,” he said. Lastly, Farrow gave a piece of advice to current high school students that he felt was vitally important. “Pay attention in Spanish! It’s so important. You know how many people speak Spanish and only Spanish? A lot. A whole bunch of them. That’s the only class that isn’t pointless, your Spanish class. That’s the class that’s going to allow you to connect with other human beings,” Farrow exclaimed.

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Is Valentine's Day The Real Deal?

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Is Valentine’s Day a legitimate holiday or an overcommercialized cliche? You walk into Target. As you’re picking up your weekly groceries, you turn the corner, and in your peripheral vision, you spot an array of pinks and reds. The shelves are filled with heartshaped boxes, teddy bears with big red bow ties, and all the chocolate you could ever eat. But, it’s only December.

As you look at all of the cheesy, stereotypical Valentine’s Day gifts you begin to wonder, is this holiday even legitimate? Modern Valentine’s Day traditions have given the holiday a reputation of being too commercialized and cliche. The typical boxes of chocolate and red roses have led people to undermine the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. No one seems to know much about the history besides the fact that it pertains to Saint Valentine. The roots of Valentine’s Day trace as far back as the 400s. Around this time, on Feb. 5, the Romans paid tribute to the festival of Lupercalia, an event that celebrated fertility. In the year 496, a pope by the name of Gelasius recast it on Feb. 14, which is the saint day that celebrates three

different martyrs named Valentine, thus giving Valentine’s Day it’s name. The faithful actions of these martyrs is what has given Valentine’s Day its loving, romantic flair. When asked if whether or not Valentine’s Day was a real holiday, junior Seth Freitas claimed that it depends on the perspective one takes. “If you take it on more of a religious, historical perspective, or if you’re Catholic, it could have a lot more purpose,” said Freitas. He went on to explain that it depends on if you believe in the saints or simply just pay tribute to Valentine’s Day in order to celebrate the love. “You could say it’s a holiday based on the culture centered around Valentine’s Day, in terms of showing love to others,” said Freitas. “You believe what has

been built around it.” Whether or not one celebrates Valentine’s Day because of modern-day culture or for religious reasons, Freitas believes that Valentine’s Day is real. Junior Liam Jacoby, on the other hand, has a different opinion. Jacoby feels that the holiday is somewhat irrelevant because, although it is a widely known festivity, not everyone celebrates it. Despite the fact that it is religion-based, celebrating Valentine’s is not taken as seriously, in terms of commemorating, as other religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Jacoby also claims that Valentine’s Day is not legitimate because it is “way too commercialized.” Junior Justin De Sousa argues that it

is just as commercialized as Christmas and Easter, holidays that Jacoby believes are legitimate. “Every holiday is commercialized,” De Sousa said. “So I don’t think that really matters.” What De Sousa believes does matter about the holiday is being able to appreciate those around you that you love. So, whether or not Valentine’s Day is legitimate, what really is important is that it is the perfect day to show your family, friends, and significant other how much you care about them.

Is Love Dead? Freshmen Jalen Douglas, Jaden Geron, and Logan Esqueda display their brotherly love for each other. Photo: Elliott Nerenberg

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DEAR REILLY“What do you prefer: Roses or Chocolate?” -PICKY VALENTINE

DEAR PICKYMy personal opinion is chocolate because if you give your valentine a rose, bees will swarm over the rose and his/ her hands will be poked badly with thorns. -REILLY

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Matthew Magill Opinion Editor Is love dead? And I’m not talking about romantic love or even the love one has for a sibling or their dog. I’m talking about the love people share with everyone around them. Is love dead? Because I can’t remember the last time I got 30 personalized valentine cards with lollipops or chocolates on them. Can you? In today’s world, it seems, only children can show that kind of affection for the people around them. As we grow older little things like handing out cute valentines to everyone in your class has become childish or immature. Now we consider ourselves “too old” to do stuff like that. People might say that it’s because as you get older, you decide to only put forward effort to show your love to the few closest to you, definitely not a classful of 30 classmates. Is love dead? Because I can’t remember the last time someone reached into their backpack to hand me a butterscotch. Is ran-

domly handing out obscure candies reserved for little kids, or the elderly? People seem to have a soft, although hardening, spot for the young and old. Has our desire to show affection or appreciation for everyone in between 7 and 70 been buried and forgotten? Surely it isn’t. No one is ever too young to start doling out candies to strangers and friends. No matter how old you are, it’s always the right time to make someone’s day. Getting something sweet for no reason at all still brightens even the worst of days. Come on, I can’t be the only one flattered by the gesture. Is love dead? Maybe this sort of love is dead, or maybe it’s not. True love for others can be found in a random act of kindness, a smile, an unexpected blessing. Maybe the more you do it, the more it will happen to you. Maybe love hasn’t gone anywhere; it’s just waiting for us to revive it.


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"Betty White is fire" @NickZavala

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Humans aren’t the only ones who who should receive love on Valentine’s Day. The beloved furry and scaly friends owned by students here are incredibly diverse and deserve some love this February season. While many students at SJM live with the familiar dogs and cats, some students have found other small friends to keep them company. Senior Liam Cornell is currently caring for three ball pythons, a bearded dragon, and a gargoyle gecko. “When I was a kid I was obsessed with dinosaurs and so when I got a bit bigger I really wanted something like that. So, it started with lizards and just kinda went from there,” Cornell said. It is common for ball python owners to own multiple snakes because of their vast pool of breeding possibilities. Cornell owns one male snake, which he

calls McLovin. When asked why but then it will oink at me," Zamthat was so, he replied, “it’s be- betti laughingly said. cause he has two older girlfriends According to Zambetti, the that he loves to get all balled up rabbit is a great pet and lives in with, if you know what I mean.” harmony with the pig and dogs. Cornell then went into detail It’s unusual size can be intimidatabout how friendly his snakes ing at first, but it’s lovable nature were. He describes them as “chill” clearly outweighs any negative it animals who enjoy the company may bring. of humans. He also appreciates “It’s bigger than my dog, and that they only need to be fed once my dogs pretty big,” Zambetti a week. remarked. “It’s kind of scary be“Snakes are seriously miscause it can jump really far.” understood. They get a bad rep, but I don’t know a friendlier, nicer creature than McLovin,” Cornell said. Senior Vito Zambetti has also found some unique friendly animals to keep him company. At home, Zambetti cares for a Flemish giant, a pig, and two dogs. For the u n i n f or m e d , a Flemish giant is massive breed of domestic rabbits. “Sometimes I’ll get Liam Cornell's snake, McLovin, wraps around his the pig and the hand. Photo: Liam Cornell dog confused

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"Shawn Mendes is my husband"



DEAR REILLY“Does Derpy have a love interest?” -BIG FAN OF DERPY

DEAR BIG FANSadly, no. Derpy is the only person who speaks in emojis and is friends with ReiKtnHen who works with him in his company, ReiKtnHen’s Productions. Besides, if he met a girl, she would not understand him. -REILLY

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Winchester House Haunts Theaters Tony Fagundes Designer

Popular tourist spot in San Jose, the Winchester House, has its haunted past explained in a mediocre movie. "Winchester," a movie about a family cursed for producing a deadly rifle, is inspired by actual events based in San Jose, California. Starring renowned actress

The Winchester House in San Jose, California, the subject of the movie. Photo: Mercury News

Helen Mirren, it was highly anticipated, but with a less ecstatic reaction upon its debut. “It was cool to see this movie having visited the house, but I was

disappointed because it wasn't as entertaining as I had hoped,” senior Ryan Golden said. This movie got off to a slow start. It began with a doctor being

recruited to do a psych evaluation of Mrs. Winchester to see if she was fit to run the business; she kept expanding her house for reasons that were supernatural. “The beginning of the movie dragged. I was waiting for something to happen for the first hour of the movie and when it did it wasn't enough," senior Andrew O’Rourke said. The movie began to pick up as the doctor began to see things as well. This led to a good amount of jump scares that really took the crowd by surprise. “The best part of the movie was definitely the jump scares. I don't like horror movies because of jumpscares like those because

they leave you scared walking out of the movies,” O’Rourke said. Then, after the climax began to build up, the crowd would be disappointed with an unsatisfactory, anticlimactic ending. “The ending was very disappointing. Momentum was beginning to build up and I thought this movie may actually be good, but the ending was very bland and boring. I wasn't a fan,” Golden said. Even with this ending the directors still left it open for a sequel with the last scene. All in all, I was not a fan of this movie, but it wasn't terrible. I give it a 6/10.

Migos Kick Off 2018 With Culture II Braeden Bailey Designer

Hip-hop's hottest trio releases the anticipated album Culture II.

Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff, formally known as the Migos, are back again with “Culture II”, a sequel to their 2017 hit album “Culture”. The three Georgia-born rappers were pushed into the mainstream last year with their quadruple platinum single “Bad and Boujee”. Since then, they have collaborated relentlessly with many rappers, featuring on almost every major release of 2017 and becoming prominent kings of the trap genre. The “Culture II” tracklist itself is ambitious; totaling at one hour

and 45 minutes long, the 24 track album features guest appearances from 21 Savage, Travis Scott, Drake, and many more. The album opens with “Higher We Go”, a track that highlights the chemistry between the three as they sing the chorus in unison. In the 23 songs that follow, there are a handful of tracks that stand out for their catchy production and earworm hooks sung by auto-tuned member Quavo. On the track "Stir Fry", Migos stepped outside their comfort zone with a beat produced by Pharrell Williams. “Narcos” is another standout, as the trio spits cocaine-riddled verses over a fastpaced guitar beat. Unfortunately, there are also many filler tracks that are so forgettable and repetitive they should have simply been cut from the album. On the track “Gang Gang”, the group makes a questionable attempt at a pop/rap song that results in a monotonous mess.

Most of the songs on the album also fall victim to a “formula”. Quavo will start off each song with a hook, followed by a verse from Quavo, then Offset, and finally Takeoff. In addition, Quavo has completely oversaturated his sound over the past year, resulting in his auto-tuned voice becoming increasingly obnoxious as the album progresses. For example, on the track “Walk It Talk It”, Quavo manages to say the phrase “Walk it like I talk it” a total of 80 times before the track ends. Many tracks on "Culture II" are not necessarily bad, they are just largely predictable and lack quality control. On the 10th track “Too Much Jewelry”, the formula is finally broken as Takeoff is given the only verse and allowed to rattle off bars, resulting in one of the most refreshing songs on the project. Takeoff shines the most on this album, his low rumbling voice and effortless flows became something to look forward to on

each song. In short, “Culture II” is not a terrible album, it is just massive disappointment and drop off from last year’s “Culture”. If anything, Migos have given their fans a glorified mixtape. Somewhere in that monstrous 24 track listing, there is a great trap album. Every 1,500 Migos' new album, Culture II released on Jan. 26, song streams 2018. Photo: HypeBeast is equal to 10 er than “doing it for the culture”, song downloads which is equal to Migos was doing it for the charts, one traditional album sale. This a poor practice that should be sneaky business model will allow avoided in the future. Migos to completely dominate the sales charts despite having a lackluster release. It felt as if rath-

A Hidden Vietnamese Gem Right in Fresno Lokesh Bhardwaj Staff Writer

Huong Lan, one of Fresno’s best Vietnamese restaurant, is evaluated by Memorial students. It’s Friday. You just got done with a long day of school and all you can think about is food. Well, you could go to 7-Eleven for a quick snack or maybe stop by fast food on your way home. However, on this particular day, you want quality food. Well, you

are in luck. Huong Lan, a perfect afterschool restaurant, is the best Vietnamese food you will find in the entirety of Fresno. Immediately when walking into Huong Lan you can experience the bustling and robust nature of the restaurant. You are quickly greeted by a nice worker and directed to a table. You can also visibly see the chefs making the food behind the counter and serving it to the customers. Huong Lan first originated in San Jose, spread to Fresno, and is currently still expanding. From boba to pho, Huong truly covers the Vietnamese palate. What sets Huong Lan apart from its competitors are its Vietnamese sandwiches, called bánh mì. Culinary connoisseur, Ian Cochiolo, is a regular at Huong Lan.

“I have been going to the Huong Lan in San Jose since I was about eight and have been eating at the Fresno location since it opened,” Cochiolo said. The abundant menu at Huong offers a wide range of Vietnamese food, allowing for one to never get tired of the food. The homey atmosphere along with the authentic Vi e t n a m e s e food offered at Huong Lan truly makes for a great restaurant. I

wholeheartedly recommend Vietnamese food, especially Huong Lan, to all in the Fresno area. “Vietnamese food is unique because it combines fresh ingredients with rich and complex fla-

vors,” said Cochiolo. “If you have not tried it, I suggest you do so as soon as you can; it is truly a hidden gem.”

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XXIII Olympic Winter Games Preview Ricardo Garcia Sports and OOU Editor

With the opening ceremony having come and gone, here’s what to expect in this year’s winter spectacle from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Russian Doping Scandal In December 2017, the International Olympic Committee suspended the Russian Olympic Committee as a result of drug testing violations. The 169 Russian athletes who are permitted to compete will do so under the title “Olympic Athlete from Russia.” Hockey Tournament This year, the National Hockey League will not be sending their top players to the Olympics in a highly controversial decision. So now, most of the participating teams will be comprised of unsigned NHL free agents, Kontinental Hockey League veterans, and top hockey prospects. Of

course, teams will also comprise of players from their country’s respective hockey leagues. Expect Canada as the early favorite in the men’s tournament. That said, Olympic Athletes from Russia should not be discounted, despite the doping scandal. As for the women’s tournament, the two favorites are expected to be the United States and Canada. The United States will look to rebound from a heartbreaking collapse in Sochi in 2014, when they were less than a minute away from winning gold. Also look for a Finnish national team on the rise following their win at the World Championships in 2017. Figure Skating Figure Skating falls into five categories at this year’s Winter Olympics: men’s solos, women’s solos, pair skating, ice dancing, and the team event. As one of the more popular events, figure skating will be on throughout most of the Winter Games, spanning 12 days. Expect the US, Japan, and Canada to be serious medal contenders in each of these events. Bobsleigh Men’s bobsleigh will feature three events, while women’s will feature two. Teams get four runs over two days, and the winner is

Repeat Success? Tony Fagundes Designer

The SJM girls basketball team has been moved up a division in chasing their second ring in as many years.

This year's varsity girls basketball team faces a new challenge as they moved up a division in their chase to defend their valley championship title. “I feel like this year’s team has good chemistry, even with the recently added freshmen,” junior Mikaela Mangente said. To back up there title, the team needs not only chemistry but improved talent and some new players. “This year’s team is a lot faster; we've been able to beat almost every team by 50, and the recently added freshmen have all been able to contribute to the team,” senior Courtney Anaya said. As another year goes, the seniors are leaving the juniors with large leadership gaps that will need to be filled next season. “From being a freshman on varsity to a senior on varsity, a lot has changed. I went from being

Jada Shakoor dribbles out of a tight corner against pressure from Edison. Photo: Presley Allen

the one looking up the seniors to the one who was having to be the role model and leader for the younger girls. I feel like it’s my job to include everyone on the team and make sure we all get along,” Anaya said. With a long season after a championship, it is easy to get impatient and not focus on individual games. “Our goal is to get through game by game. We want to win it all this year. Our team will never be satisfied. That’s why we progress and become better as one,” Mangente said. This mindset is preparing the team for a new challenge. “This year it's different, being that we moved up a division and won't be seeing the same teams as last year. As a team, we're going to work hard and get through each game one at a time,” Anaya said. Their next game is against Bullard on Wednesday the 14th at home. Make sure to come out to support SJM’s girls basketball team as they play our rivals!

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is among many NHL players disappointed that they will not be able to represent their countries this year. Photo: Digital Journal

determined by the final aggregate time. Germany looks to dominate in each discipline. Look for Canada to sneak into the top three for a few events. North Korean and South Korean Tensions North Korea and South Korea

will send out their athletes under one flag and have a joint women’s hockey team. This follows as a stark contrast to the threat of nuclear war between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Un. Many world leaders have welcomed the news

as the first step in diffusing tensions between the two countries. The Winter games will be on from now until closing ceremonies on Feb. 25.

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Fly Eagles, Fly! Andrew O'Rourke Business Manager

The Philadelphia Eagles upset the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LII. The city of brotherly love can finally celebrate. Going up against arguably the best coach and quarterback duo ever, Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 for their first ever Super Bowl. On Feb. 4th in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Eagles matched up against the defending Super Bowl champs in Super Bowl LII.

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The Eagles came into the playoffs as a No. 1 seed with a 13-3 record, but were an underdog in every game ever since their franchise quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL weeks before the end of the regular season. The Patriots were a No. 1 seed with a 13-3 record and were a 4 point favorite heading into the game, too. The odds were stacked against Philadelphia. They were playing with a backup quarterback going against Tom Brady and the Pats, who were going for their sixth Super Bowl. This would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowls ever for a team. Weeks before the game, the Patriots were the favorite in this David versus Goliath skirmish. Even as the Eagles were up 2212 at halftime, it just seemed like

Eagles TE Zach Ertz dives into the endzone to put the Eagles back up 38-33. Photo: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

the Patriots would come back like they always do. Even with Nick Foles catching a touchdown pass, performing the first touchdown catch by a quarterback in Super Bowl history, it had to be New England to come out on top. And after the Patriots took the lead 33-32 in the middle of the 4th quarter, it was Nick Foles who rose to the occasion. He took on the pressure and the moment, and is now in history for it. After a well-orchestrated 14 play, 75 yard drive, Foles found tight end Zach Ertz for an 11 yard touchdown to go ahead by 6. On the second play of the Patriots’ next drive, Brandon Graham found Brady and forced a fumble that was picked up by the Eagles, sealing the game. There was no one more deserving of the most valuable player than Foles. When he was a free agent, he almost quit football to become a pastor. After a camping trip changed his mind, he is now Super Bowl MVP. It was an entertaining game. Viewers held onto the edge of their seats as the final moments of the game brought a major disappointment. The half-time show featured a long-standing music superstar. Even the record for yards in a Super Bowl was broken with 1,151 total and quarterback yards, 505 of them by Tom Brady. It will go down as one of the most memorable Super Bowls ever.

It's Tennis Time Elliott Nerenberg Editor-in-Chief

Strength. Coordination. Patience. Dedication. Skill. These characteristics all contribute to peak physical performance in any field of athletics. Yet, there is one mental attribute often overlooked: positivity. Having a positive mindset is vital in maintaining concentration and achieving success. This is no different when discussing the sport of tennis, and SJM’s Boys Tennis team understands the clear connection between positivity and success. “Our team’s greatest strength is how we can keep things on the bright side, since tennis much of the time is about keeping a clear head,” Jad Gerges, junior, said. “It’s always good to remain positive.” Gerges, who has played on the team since his freshman year, understands the role positivity plays in adapting to the game. He emphasizes practice, the maintenance of physical skills, and managing a good temperament as the most important aspects of playing tennis. As the team utilizes them in their regular practices, Gerges is confident in their ability to challenge other teams. “My greatest hope is that we become a strong team and always give our opponents a hard time in our games,” he said. Naturally, players learn most from losing to another team, an experience practice cannot always offer. Because tennis is often over-

whelming and a demanding sport on both a physical and mental level, it can be challenging to cope with a loss. According to Gerges, it is part of the growing process. “The most important thing to remember when playing is to focus with one point at a time,” he stated. “You have to just stay in the game.” Learning this lesson ultimately maximizes the value of losing: maintaining a positive, open-minded attitude helps a player cope with and learn from his or her mistakes more efficiently. Of course, the coach can assist the players in their path to greatness, and SJM’s Coach Kienan Clewis is no exception. “My goal is to bring out everyone’s potential to maximize their performance,” Clewis said. “With that comes titles like league or valley.” Clewis, who is relatively new to team coaching but has led tennis camps and offered private coaching, emphasizes like Gerges that the cultivation of inner strength must not be underestimated in light of physical performance. As in every sport, success comes from the body and mind, and maintaining a positive attitude is the gateway to progress as an aspiring player. “If you’re not having fun, you shouldn’t be on the court. Point blank period,” Clewis said. “If you’re giving your best, there’s nothing more I can ask of you.”

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