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March 2018 | Volume 2 Issue 5 | San Joaquin Memorial High School

All Roads Lead to Selland Boys basketball beats Selma in a thrilling 71-66 encounter on March 2, 2018 to win the Valley Championship. - Sports, Page 12


World's Hottest Pepper

- Feature, Page 7

Carlie Frye Says Hi - Feature, Page 8

Boys basketball celebrates after a tough win against Selma at the Selland Arena.

Photo: Lokesh Bhardwaj



The Red and Blue March 2018

SJM'S New AP Class Lokesh Bhardwaj Feature Editor

New educational opportunities come to Memorial as they introduce the AP Capstone program for next year's junior and senior classes. STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts/ag, math, and a new chapter for San Joaquin Memorial High School. Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, Memorial will offer its first STEM-influenced course, AP Capstone, a program focusing mainly on independent research and teamwork. The course itself consists of two AP classes: AP Seminar and AP Research. AP Seminar is a year-long course which emphasizes student independence, as students investigate real world issues, develop their own theories, and apply

them in research-based essays. These projects often inspire presentations which can be done individually or as a team. AP Research utilizes the skills learned in AP Seminar and applies them in a much more pinpointed manner. Instead of taking and compiling information from other sources, which would be done in AP Seminar, each student would plan a year-long research project to address a specific question. The course culminates in a 4,000 to 5,000 word academic paper with an oral presentation. During the 2018-2019 school year, only AP Seminar will be taught, as students will need it to move onto AP Research. With several years of experience in AP curriculum, history teacher Edward Borges will be the instructor of the new AP Capstone classes. “I knew about the AP Capstone program three years ago and only 1,500 High Schools in the state have it, two of which are in the Central Valley,” Borges said. “It is exciting to be a pioneer and see where students’ interests lie,” he added.

Being a largely independent course, each student will have to venture off into their own interests, pursuing what they deem interesting. “Students coming into the course must realize it is entirely self pacing and will be rigorous, but will pay off as it will look great on a transcript,” Borges stated. Along with the teacher who will be tinstructing the new classes, students are also excited about the coming of AP Capstone, including sophomore Jamison Bailey. “I am most excited for the opportunity to work with other students to uncover new information and apply it to any topic,” Bailey said. “Previously I have only written research papers in an English class, so being able to try a completely new class centered around research is very interesting,” Bailey added. As Memorial is continuously putting more and more effort into increasing the variety of classes offered to students, the school is headed on a bright path to educational success.

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


Ms. Maria Lorenzo

New Horizons for SJM and Fresno State Elliott Nerenberg Editor-in-Chief

Quynh Nguyen, Jerry Wang, and Leo Lin Guest Reporters

SJM and Fresno State sign memorandum of understanding, forging a new partnership and providing new educational opportunities. As learning also involves teaching, it is a collaborative effort, and is hardly attainable by a single individual. In fact, the pupil and mentor must contribute equally in order to make the education meaningful. This is the

core theme of the Memorandum of Understanding, an academic partnership between San Joaquin Memorial High School and California State University, Fresno with the purpose of offering assistance through academic opportunity to international students in particular. While the ceremony on Fresno State’s campus on March 5 was brief, the implications of the partnership are expected to bring benefits to both institutions for years to come. “The program allows for closer collaboration among the teachers and administration of both institutions,” said Sung Chu, director of the international school at SJM. “The goal is to help students get into college.” Chu, who along with Memorial’s administration spearheaded the program, began the process through dialogue with Fresno State’s international department. He seeks to enhance the education of Memorial’s international students by making the transition from high school to college,

often troubled by language barriers, more comfortable. With the program, Chu hopes to eliminate such inhibitors, thereby facilitating learning. International students meeting the appropriate English language and GPA prerequisites will be granted direct acceptance to Fresno State. “With this new partnership, we can help prepare our students for future [careers] in whatever they decide to do,” he said. The partnership’s benefits are not limited to Memorial, however. According to Dr. Joseph Castro, President of Fresno State, the University benefits equally from the partnership. English workshops, drama courses, and other supplementary linguistics programs, while meant to enrich the educations of international students, also serve to demonstrate the availability of valuable resources on campus. Castro hopes such opportunities, resources, and assistance will encourage program participants to choose Fresno State for a college edu-

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.

Student and staff representatives from Memorial pose with Fresno State representatives after the signing of the memorandum. Photo: Presley Allen

cation. What Fresno State offers Memorial in academic enrichment, Memorial will repay with diligent students. “[The partnership] helps Fresno State in that it inspires students to seek education here for college,” Castro said. “It is critical to the success of not only the institutions we serve, but to the students we serve as well.” The historical memorandum and subsequent programs promise the beginning of what is expected to be a fruitful relationship between the two academic institutions. The implications of the relationship, however, are more significant still. While this program in particular is directed toward students studying abroad, the move on behalf of a universi-

ty to offer valuable scholarly resources to high school students will be equally beneficial to domestic students. Eventually, such opportunities should expand to more directly include the interests of students and their future aspirations. In the eyes of Principal Tom Spencer, who was instrumental in the partnership process, Memorial’s partnership with Fresno State will serve as a model for future cooperation among institutions. Such cooperation will serve to amplify collaboration among students and instructors. “Our partnership should influence relationships to exist among other schools,” Spencer said. “Such partnerships facilitate education and make us stronger.” he said.


The Red and Blue March 2018

The End of Toys Braden Bailey Designer Amazon started in 1994 as an online bookstore and has grown to be the world’s largest internet retailer. Just last year, Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market for $13.4 billion, increasing their ability to distribute goods outside of the Internet. They even produce their own consumer technology, such as the Fire TV, Echo, and Kindles. Amazon Prime members currently enjoy the luxury of having everything from electronics to toys to food shipped within two days, which will only get even shorter soon as Amazon has explored shipping using flying drones. The amount of influence Amazon continues to gain is impressive but also menacing. Looking into 2018, it seems that they have begun to incidentally threaten the existence of traditional kids’ toys. In January, Toys-R-Us announced bankruptcy and the closing of over 180 stores across America. This sudden drop off could be attributed to Amazon’s ability to deliver almost any toy to one’s doorstep with the press of a button. Amazon’s own smart home speaker, “Alexa,” has also grown popular in many households this past year. The device has even drawn concerns that it may be spying and listening in on people’s lives. Regardless of whether or not this is true, it shows the unsettling amount of power Amazon currently has because of all the industries they are so heavily invested in. It does not stop there. The company has also begun the rollout of their “Amazon Go” stores. Customers are able to walk in, grab the items they need, then walk out. Scanners at the door automatically charge for items grabbed. Having said this, only the future will tell whether Amazon’s takeover of the consumer market is a good thing. While their rapidly growing technology industry may leave many workers replaced with robots, it may result in a higher quality of life for society. The fear here is not that Amazon is gaining too much power nor that it might be monopolizing one industry, though that should concern Americans enough to question the retail behemoth. The real problem is the threat Amazon’s existence poses to our brick-and-mortar stores. Local American business culture is on the verge of being completely devoured by the future, an unfortunate consequence that should be avoided if possible.


Disturbing Trends Continue Ricardo Garcia Out of Uniform and Sports Editor

School shootings have become a disturbing trend, with 18 shootings in less than two full months of 2018. It is something that nobody would think could happen to their school. Yet, when it does happen, the usual response is “now is not the time to talk about gun control.” On Feb. 14, 2018, 17 people were killed in a grisly attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the 18th school shooting of 2018. Since the shooting, there have been numerous threats for a copycat attack, including 13 here in Fresno, with targets such as Buchanan High School and Sunnyside High School. Why did the shooting happen in the first place? What are the current gun regulations? President Obama recommended establishing laws that increased gun checks for people suffering from mental illness following the Sandy Hook massacre. In February of last year, nonetheless, President Donald Trump repealed such legislation. The recent incident illustrates the combination of mental illness and lax gun control can be a deadly one. What is more, in most states the legal age to buy a gun is 18 years old, some without parental consent. Suspect Nikolas Cruz was not only 19, but also suffered from mental instability when he bought his AR-15 legally. Episodes like these trigger the debate

over gun control. “I propose that you have a peace officer at every school, one or two. Another option is to have armed guards and totally lockdown every campus,” said conservative radio personality and SJM alumnus Guillermo Moreno. There were also holes in intelligence as well. The FBI has also admitted that they missed warning signs that could have prevented the tragedy. “Any change [to US intelligence to prevent future threats] would be a result of law enforcement paying closer attention to potential threats,” government teacher Steve Williams said, “because they don’t want to be criticized like the FBI is now.” Shootings like these often leave parents frightful of sending their children to school, but schools like SJM are still among

the safest places in America. The school does have measures in place to maintain security and comfort on campus. “Students should report strangers they see on campus and report any threats immediately to the SJM Administration,” the school said in a statement. What do Memorial students think about gun laws? In a recent school survey, 52.5 percent of SJM students felt that government restrictions on guns would limit school shootings, and 69.6 percent of the student body would like to see gun laws be more strict than they currently are. When it came to prevention at the school level, 30.4 percent of students felt that mental health should be addressed, 21.5 percent felt that schools should have tougher security. 21.5 percent also felt that stricter gun control laws would be

the solution. Former President Obama once said that the US should consider looking at Australia’s restrictions as a model for the US. Since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, Australia had wide-sweeping reforms on gun laws, which included a waiting period to justify why someone should own a gun, with self-defense not considered justifiable. This has helped significantly decrease the amount of gun violence in the country. Would that work here at home? Most likely not, since the biggest hurdle to clear would be the Second Amendment, guaranteeing the right to bear arms. Regardless, Washington leaders have significant work to do to help prevent another massive tragedy here in the United States.

Emotions ran high after the deadly Parkland shooting in Florida. The event has brought attention to flaws in American legislation on gun control. Photo: Orlando Sentinel

Trump's Transgender Ban Benched? Elliott Nerenberg Editor-in-Chief

It goes without saying that service in the military is a sacrifice that takes courage, determination, and perseverance. While it is generally accepted that anyone possessing these qualities, regardless of sex, ethnicity, nationality, or religion, may excel in such a career, the service of transgender individuals has been called into question with President Trump’s spontaneous proposal in July to restrict military service from transgender people. The legitimacy of the proposed ban has since been challenged by various federal judges, and though Trump has yet to make a final decision, he is expected to do so later in March, following advice from Defense

Secretary James Mattis. As many families in the Memorial community have military connections, the ban has ben received with mixed reactions. “If my dad were transgender and Trump decided to ban him [from serving], it would affect my family because he would lose his job,” said freshman Seth Milam. Milam, who has a father and brother serving in the U.S. Army, mostly disagrees with the ban on an ideological basis. He believes that such a ban would be infringing upon one’s rights as an American citizen, and that people should be respectful of someone’s choice to serve regardless of whether or not he or she is transgender. “When people see soldiers in uniform, they should know that these people are serving for good reason, and that they’re sacrific-

ing everything,” Milam said. These moral values, service and sacrifice, are of great importance in military families. When soldiers enlist, they bear a great responsibility and are willing to protect American citizens and freedom around the world. Denise Zanutto, art teacher, emphasizes this “greater good” above all else, and is not entirely sure of where she stands with the ban. “It’s a difficult question to answer. I’m glad I don’t need to make that decision,” Zanutto said. “The military is a place where you go to serve, and personal needs should be secondary.” Zanutto, who has had a father and husband serve in the military, is concerned with the effects a soldier's sex change might have on his relationships with his peers. She calls attention to the possibility of soldiers undergoing a sex

change while in active service being a distraction for others. Moreover, she believes that it would be a personal issue and not necessarily the military’s responsibility, thus claiming to support the decision that is best for the military rather than the individual. “Entering the military is a selfless act,” she said. “You serve rather than be served.” Though they may disagree on the basis of the ban itself, Milam and Zanutto, with the military running through their veins, still agree on the greater theme at play: merit, not gender, is what makes or defines a true soldier. “Someone’s sex is not an issue, as long as it doesn’t interfere with their duty,” Zanutto said.



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iPads or iPrisons? Handicap Snap Patrick Monreal Editor-in-Chief

Braeden Bailey Designer

While the iPad program has been structured to encourage learning, many students want to see more access.

Snapchat recently redesigned their layout and received a flood of negative user feedback to the changes.

No technological improvement has revolutionized SJM to the extent that the iPad program has. From digital books to the removal of lockers on campus, significant change has accompanied the introduction of iPads. Moreover, significant change has occurred within the iPad program as well. Current seniors know all too well: each year brings new restrictions to our devices. “Freshman year we had a lot of freedom. We had iMessage, the App Store, AirDrop, and basically everything. Now you can literally get nothing because everything is restricted,” said senior Elyssa Protacio. “All you can really do is just use your books and Google.” Protacio’s sentiment holds true. In their first year, the iPads had no restrictions; students had access to all the features. As the program expanded to the whole school in the following years, more structure was needed, and less and less access was given to students. With Apple Classroom and Self Service, this year far surpasses previous years in iPad restrictions. “Next year, there’s going to

be a hard push toward Apple Classroom, ensuring teachers are trained. Students might also not be able to turn off Bluetooth,” said Director of Information Technology Jennifer Laval. “All these changes are to help you guys learn.” Even though these changes have emphasized the educational uses of the iPad, it is no surprise that many students, upperclassmen especially, have been frustrated this year. To some, it is about games. Others, however, argue that some constraints, especially the web content filter, have actually impeded some educational functions. “I was unable to watch a YouTube video about history for my APUSH class because it was blocked,” junior Peter Farrow said. “For some reason, USC’s website was blocked, too. My friend couldn’t look up DMV practice tests, either.” A majority of students feel that they could focus on schoolwork and have limited access to recreational apps at the same time. In fact, 83.5 percent of students said they would want access to streaming services like Netflix and Spotify above all else. While I would suggest incentivizing access to these apps to test if students could handle it responsibly,

the fact of the matter is that the school’s WiFi could not handle this sort of streaming. “The Internet is the biggest issue,” Laval said. “If a couple hundred of you are streaming at school at the same time, it would prevent actual educational uses of the iPad from working effectively.” If access to streaming apps is infeasible, there should at least be an easy way, even as simple as a Google Form, for students to request access to other apps. Students could submit apps for review and write a short justification to accompany the request. If we start small with something like this, perhaps other changes can take place in the future. However, students, while I call for more access, it is important to note that any changes to the iPad system would require your cooperation. Abuse of the limited access we have now will discourage any kind of review of the system. We have so much technology at our fingertips; we need to use it effectively. “I’m always up for listening to what you guys have to say. I feel like a form for requesting apps could work,” said Laval. “I’m open to hearing your justifications for needing an app. Don’t ever hesitate to come see me.”

Boasting 158 million daily active users, Snapchat is definitely not the same small social app it was in 2011 when it first launched. The disappearing image app has since continued to grow popular among many young people and celebrities. Around the beginning of February, Snapchat began rolling out an update to users and were greeted with immediate negative backlash to the changes. The familiar page where people could view “stories” has been combined with the page used to send private “snaps” to friends. This now leaves a page dedicated entirely to ads and spam articles where the stories would usually be found. “I do not like the Snapchat update. It has made looking for stories more complicated,” senior Matt Magill said. “It’s not user friendly.” The main complaint seems to be that stories are inconvenient and confusing to access now. Pre-

viously, users were able to scroll through the stories of everyone they follow and even rewatch them if needed, as they were organized in alphabetical order. Now, the stories are layered into the “friends” page, making it difficult to navigate the features of the app. It makes for a cluttered and messy-looking interface that seems to have created even more problems for the company. “Where are my group stories at?” junior Peter Farrow asked. “They’re impossible to find now.” Snapchat, like other social medias, struggles to make money. Ad revenue alone is not enough to support such a massive and demanding app, and the new free design may have reduced their ad revenue even further. Now users have no reason to visit the page with what are considered subpar news articles and ads on it, which is where stories used to be located. Snapchat has also relied on celebrity use for publicity, which as of recently has backfired. Just last week, celebrity Kylie Jenner asked on Twitter, “Does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore?” The day of the tweet, Snapchat lost a monstrous $1.3 billion in stock, which can be attributed to her tweet expressing discontent with the update. This goes to show the shakiness that the company currently faces, and this update was definitely not a step in the right direction to fixing their problems.

Memorial Girls Represent at the Girl's World Expo Evie Der Manouel Social Media Manager

Memorial Panthers help organize the Fresno Girl’s World Expo 2018. San Joaquin Memorial is proud to congratulate seniors Allison Boone, Mikaela Garces, and Ariana Wafer, as well as juniors Amaris Garces and Roxana Guillen for their involvement in planning and setting up the Fresno Girl’s World Expo this year at the Fresno Convention Center. The Girl’s World Expo is a nationwide traveling convention that includes workshops, activities and presentations to local girls ages 11-18. The event was created to give girls the chance to learn about inspirational women, future careers,

Broadcasting the Expo. Photo: Evie Der Manouel

creating healthy body images, and staying safe on the internet. Some of this year’s keynote speakers were District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp and Sheriff Margaret Mims. The expo was vibrantly energetic with B95 DJing the event and performances by local dance troops such as McCoy Hip Hop. Other features were the Sanger Robotics Team, a gallery of local art done by female students, and

fashion shows showcasing formal and quinceañera dresses. Overall, the event was an amazing chance for girls to connect and explore other cultures and potential career choices. A large part of the expo was focused on science, technology, art, engineering and mathematics. Guillen joined the expo as a Girl of Merit Award Coordinator and said that she got involved with the event because of her friend Ariana Wafer. All of our Memorial girls became involved because of the close bonds they made during the soccer season. “This event is a great way to get service hours, it’s so fun to get involved and work with these girls and expose them to a brighter future,” said Guillen. Wafer was a Girl of Merit Coordinator, Boone was a chairperson, Mikaela Garces was the Bright Ideas and Science Coordinator, and Amaris Garces was

the Public Relations and Publicity Manager. Little Black Dress Fresno hosted a fashion show at the event in which its signature prom and formal dresses were put on display for the crowd. Not only does the boutique offer dresses for high school girls, but it offers dresses for young girls and tuxedos for men. Owner Keri Frazier commented, “I saw it as an opportunity to mentor younger girls in a very positive environment. I like the idea of everything being

empowering and positive and a powerful environment for girls in general. The educational seminars I thought were invaluable for girls because they talked about subjects that maybe aren't talked about in the real world.” Congratulations, girls, for representing SJM well in our community! This is a great opportunity for women to explore pertinent social issues. As such, events like this should be more common in order to further the progress towards women's equality.

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March 2018

Salsa vs. Guacamole


You’re watching the big game, you’re craving a snack, or you’re at a restaurant and you order some tortilla chips. What do you ask for on the side, guacamole or salsa? Patrick Monreal Editor-in-Chief Fill in the blank: Chips and ______. What’s the first word that comes to mind? Guacamole? No. Salsa? Yes. “Chips and salsa” has the better ring to it, and for good reason. All in all, it’s the better choice. For one, it simply looks more appetizing. How can you even begin to compare a lush bowl of diced tomatoes, bright bell peppers, fresh cilantro, and piquant jalapeños to that green mush of avocado? “If you put salsa and guacamole in front of me, I’ll pick salsa everytime,” said senior Michael Hamp. “Guacamole looks too much like vomit to be remotely appetizing.” Salsa also has more variety than guacamole. While the most popular types of salsa include pico de gallo, salsa verde, mango salsa, and corn salsa, the options are virtually endless. There are tons of variations including specific fruits, vegetables, spices or methods of preparation. Most guacamole recipes, on the other hand, are relatively standard. “I enjoy how each salsa is different,” said senior Liam Cornell. “Salsa can be sweet, spicy, or both.” Then there’s the real crux of the debate: taste. While taste is largely a subjective characteristic, one thing is for sure—salsa has more flavor than guacamole. The unique combination of salt, tang, and spice packs every ounce

of salsa with complex flavor that leaves you wanting more. “Some say God rested on the seventh day, but I’m pretty sure he created salsa instead,” said senior Matthew Ricci. “Guacamole, on the other hand, tastes like bland butter.” For all you health nuts, salsa can be the more nutritious option. Not only does salsa contain less calories, carbs, and fats than guacamole, it contains more fiber as well. The tomatoes in salsa are also rich in vitamin C and riboflavin, important vitamins in any balanced diet. Lastly, how can we forget Jeb Bush’s campaign in 2016? While he was running for president, one of Bush’s most widely mocked items on his website was the “Guaca Bowle”: a molcajete for guacamole with “Jeb!” engraved on the side. Strangely enough, Bush was dead last in the Republican nominee polls around this time in 2016. Coincidence? I think not. There’s a reason why salsa is the standard pairing to chips at Mexican restaurants. There’s a reason why a Latin dance style is named after this delicious dip. There’s a reason why leading salsa brands generated over $500 million in sales last year while prepared guacamole generated only about $65 million in sales. Salsa is just better.

Camilo Daza Head of Design It’s a dip. It’s a sauce. It’s a spread. It’s a topper. It’s a condiment. These are just some of the descriptions offered when asking people what guacamole, the superior pairing for chips and a variety of other dishes, is. One of the main benefits that guacamole boasts is its health advantages, especially considering its base ingredient, the avocado. The avocado is rich in an array of over 20 vitamins and minerals including calcium and magnesium as well as vitamins A, B, and C. Research also shows promising links between avocados and healthy outcomes. Guacamole can be a great addition to a meal on any day of the year, but there are two specific holidays that guacamole is enjoyed the most: Cinco de Mayo and the Super Bowl. In fact, per capita consumption of avocados has tripled since the early 2000s, according to the USDA. The most important aspect of guacamole, in my opinion, is its taste. Guacamole is smooth and subtle, yet, once paired with a sandwich or tortilla chip, its complexity is truly revealed. The lime, onion, tomato, and cilantro merge together to provide a unique flavor experience. It can further be enhanced by adding jalapeños or other peppers to the mix, which

does not necessarily make it an extremely spicy dish compared to the wide unstable ranges that salsa can reach. Sauce connoisseur and senior Nathan Wilson agrees. “My friend Griffin and I have been enjoying guacamole now for almost ten years. It’s a very good way to build friendships and has allowed me to diversify my interests.” To add, guacamole and avocado have a much wider range of puns and jokes available to it, making it much more versatile than salsa in this manner. Salsa jokes are generally restricted to either its consistency or other ingredients and pairings that can vary, like tortilla chips and jalapeños. Avocado can be utilized in place of “I’ve got a,” and guacamole’s suffix “-mole” draws comparison to the phrase “holy moly.” Some examples follow: Knock Knock! Who’s there? Avocado! Avocado who? Avocado cold. What do you call an avocado that’s been blessed by the Pope? Holy Guacamole. What did the avocado say at the civil rights rally? Avocado dream. The best part of guacamole, however, is easily its compatibility with a variety of foods. Serve some with your eggs in the morning or spread it on your toast. Use fresh guacamole instead of mayonnaise and mustard in your sandwiches. Eat it with chopped carrots or cucumbers for your lunch. Salsa in a sandwich, however, is unheard of. Guacamole can be added to essentially any meal of the day, and in summary, is an extremely diverse pairing for almost any dish.

Editorial: The Benefits of Off-Campus Lunch Having the same old lunch every day can get bland. Why not allow students to get food from other places?

Cafeteria food often has a special place in the hearts of high school students. At Memorial, we are all too familiar with our own cafeteria foods. Tater tots, chicken nuggets, and our famous fries are essentially delicacies here. While

this list of foods is mouth watering, it is also somewhat limited, and perhaps not as healthy as it could be. For the sake of variety, recreational purposes, and for those who seek healthier options, The Red and Blue staff supports the option of off-campus dining for lunch. Having the option to leave the campus, maybe for an hour or so, would be an excellent opportunity to relax with friends and recharge in order to take on the rest of the day. Like having an extra hour of sleep, a moderate period of rest in the middle of the day allows students to unwind and rest,

ensuring productiveness and attentiveness in later classes. While students already have the option of recreation with on-campus lunch, going out to other places for lunch is more exciting, stimulating, and, if friends were to come along, much more fun. Additionally, this would also mean a substantial expansion of available foods, likely eliminating the possibility of growing tired of eating the same foods each day. Alternatively, students could go home for lunch or even take a nap. Thus, having the option of off-campus lunches not only provides an extra opportunity for stu-

dents to possibly unwind at home, but also gives them a chance at a fun lunch out with friends, serving as an excellent, energizing reboot. As for those who cannot drive or have no way of leaving campus, the option would not affect them in any way. Naturally, people may question off-campus lunch as it would be difficult to actively safeguard against unscrupulous student behavior. There are few ways to monitor students, and some argue that students could use the free time away from school to cause trouble or possibly engage in substance abuse. This is far from the truth;

if anything, Memorial students would be encouraged to use their time responsibly out of gratitude for simply being offered the opportunity. According to a recent poll, a staggering 45% of students say they would leave campus for lunch at least two or three times a week, and an impressive 24% would consider doing so each day. Ultimately, if off-campus lunch were to be offered as an option at Memorial, students would undoubtedly take it as an opportunity to unwind, try new foods with friends, and prepare to end the day with a more productive mindset.



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Grabbing a Bite to Eat

Cracked Pepper has the best service and fire bread pudding.

- Jake Negrete

The world's hottest pepper, tablets that alter your tastebuds, the best chicken Me-n-Ed's is the worst because nuggets—The Red and Blue has your cravings covered. All you need to know their pizza tastes like cardboard. - Evenia DiCicco about the best snacks in town can be found on these next two pages.

Buckets and Buckets of Fresno Nuggets Elliott Nerenberg Editor-in-Chief

Where’s the best place in Fresno to get chicken nuggets? After reviewing three different restaurants, I came to a fateful decision.

Prior to the invention of the chicken nugget, the snack world had been living in the Dark Ages. Perhaps no other culinary innovation has had such a monumental effect on the dietary habits of adults and especially children. Thus, the question must be asked: Where’s the best place to get them? In order to solve this mystery, I sampled nuggets from three different chains in Fresno. Even as a nugget connoisseur myself, this would be no simple task, so I enlisted the help of my sister Marrin Nerenberg, a freshman at SJM and self-acclaimed nugget critic. For our first stop, we decided to try what is likely the most well-known nugget dispensary in Fresno: McDonald’s. One can purchase four Chicken McNuggets for $2.29 or six for $3.36, averaging out at roughly 56 cents

A sample of KFC's subpar popcorn chicken.

per nugget. Having questionable experience with McDonald’s nuggets in the past, it was with much trepidation that I took my first bite. I was disappointed, but not surprised; the crust and chicken themselves were mostly tasteless,

Photo: Elliott Nerenberg

and while there was some aftertaste, it was underwhelming, offering a subtly salty, processed disappointment. Nerenberg firmly agreed. “They’re just as disgusting as I remembered,” she said. “Brings

back a lot of disappointing memories.” Thinking it couldn’t get any worse, we decided for our next destination to try Jack-in-theBox, another fairly common chain restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised with the prices: five nuggets for $1.59, or ten for $2.89, averaging out at an astonishing 31 cents per nugget. I can’t recall what exactly was going through my head before I took my first bite, but whatever it was, it was engulfed by shock and awe. I knew these nuggets would be better than McDonald’s, but I wasn’t expecting them to be as good as they turned out to be. As the soft crust melted onto my tongue, the flavor slowly culminated and burst forth in a wave of deliciousness. These nuggets far surpassed my expectations and Nerenberg’s alike. “When I eat nuggets, I search not for a snack, but an experience. Jack-in-the-Box provided me with that,” she said. “Simply delightful.” For our next and final destination, we stopped by Kentucky Fried Chicken. To my extensive disappointment, they no longer offered chicken nuggets. My world was shattered, and my day was ruined. I was forced to order a regular sized, eight ounce box of Popcorn Chicken for $4.69. In spite of my previous disappoint-

ment, I decided to try these nugget imposters with enthusiasm, but was met only by more misery. While the chicken did offer some flavor, the breading to chicken ratio was disturbingly high, meaning that I was eating mostly grease. They were overall unsatisfactory and not worth their price. Nerenberg, however, disagreed. “I can taste the love in this chicken,” she said. Seeing as how this is such a significant choice to make, I wasn’t expecting it to be nearly this easy; disappointment was more of a shock from KFC than it was from McDonald’s. I had made my decision, without hesitation, after consuming my first chicken bite. By quite a substantial margin, I would say that out of the three chains I sampled, Jackin-the-Box would take the gold medal. Not only did the quality of their nuggets far surpass my expectation, but the prices were exceptionally superior to those of McDonald’s and KFC. KFC, while not horrible, was much too expensive for the subpar snack it offers, and I would strongly discourage one from eating at McDonalds as their nuggets are simply processed mystery meat. With this in mind, whenever you’re craving some chicken nuggets and there’s a Jack-in-the-Box nearby, I’d encourage you to stop by. You won’t be disappointed.

Eating Lemons and Drinking Vinegar with Magill Matthew Magill Opinion Editor The future is here. Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, a twitter-crazed president—things that could once only be found in our dreams have become realities. Perhaps one of the most excitingly sweet dreams of all has also become a reality: the M-berry. The M-berry is a taste bud-changing tablet that makes bitter and sour foods taste sweet. The pink tablet takes a couple minutes to dissolve on your tongue and coats the inside of your mouth to make certain things like lemons not only tolerable, but enjoyable. “It was just completely sweet, it was like eating an orange,” said senior Brandon Garcia after enjoying a ripe lemon. M-berry tablets even made something as bitter as vinegar

taste sweet. However, the M-berries’ most impressive feature remains their ability to completely strip sour foods of their bite. While the futuristic taste bud-altering tablet is incredible, it does not completely transform your taste buds. M-berries’ ability to impress is sadly limited to sour and some bitter foods. Additionally, anyone motivated to try out the tablets should be cautious. “Definitely, just little bits of everything,” said Garcia when asked whether he would recommend restraint to future M-berry enthusiasts. Due to the deliciously sweet taste created by the M-berry, Garcia discovered that the overindulgence of sour foods and candies resulted in a rather uncomfortable stomach ache. So, should you decide to go ahead and try the M-berry, make sure keep track of not only what you’re eating, but how much.

Seniors Matthew Magill and Brandon Garcia chow down on some lemons shortly after consuming an M-berry tablet. Photo: Presley Allen

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The Carolina Reaper Coffee Shop Hop Lokesh Bhardwaj Feature Editor

Two students take on the challenge of eating one of the hottest peppers in the world.

On Aug. 7, 2013, a monstrosity was created in the world. It has made countless people cry, scream, and beg for mercy. It is swarming the streets, infecting kitchens across the country. The Carolina Reaper is slowly taking over America. Bred in a greenhouse of the PuckerButt Pepper Company in South Carolina, the Carolina Reaper has proven to be one of the hottest peppers in the world, reaching heights of 2.2 million Scoville Heat Units—about 450 times hotter than an average jalapeño. Being raised in an Indian household, I have grown up eating spicy food all of my life and have a fairly high spice tolerance. After reading numerous articles and watching videos of people across the world eating Carolina Reapers, I decided that I needed to see how hot these peppers re-

ally are. As soon as I ordered the pepper, I knew I couldn’t do it alone, so I invited one of my fellow classmates, Matthew Ricci, to join in on the experience. “I would say I have a fairly high spice tolerance,” Ricci said. “I have been eating spicy food all of my life, so I would say I have gotten my spice tolerance to be better than most,” he added. Before eating the Reaper, I decided to look up the best methods of tackling hot food. Many say eating bananas an hour before eating the pepper will coat your stomach and reduce the pain, and others suggest the use of canola oil after eating the pepper to lessen the pain. I completely neglected all information I found and decided to eat the pepper with no preparation whatsoever. Ricci and I met on a Saturday, had a group of our friends record, and ate the pepper. Immediately after the first bite, I could feel heat rush to my nose, my face was on fire. After swallowing the pepper, the heat started to slowly move down, resulting in blistering heat at the back of my throat. “It was really surprising eating the Carolina Reaper. Usually you only expect a hot and spicy sensation of the pepper, but this actually hurt. It felt like somebody was poking two needles into the sides

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Need a place to study, hang out with friends, or simply just have a good ol’ cup of joe? Try one of the four coffee shops mentioned in this article!

Seniors Matthew Ricci and Lokesh Bhardwaj chow down on one of the world's hottest peppers. Photo: Liam Cornell

of my throat,” said Ricci. There was a point where the heat and pain peaked, and it progressively subsided. Throughout the consumption the pepper, drinking milk and eating ice cream definitely helped lessen the pain. Regardless, Ricci lost his lunch by the end of the day. Looking back on it now, it was a fun experience, but in the moment it was the worst pain that I have ever experienced in my life.

Food Truck Fever in Fresno Camilo Daza Head of Design

Fresno’s Gazebo Gardens provides an enjoyable atmosphere to enjoy the variety of food trucks around. Bosca Wood Fired Pizza Type: Classic neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza in a variety of flavor combinations. Noteworthy dish: The classic “margherita” — the Italian take on cheese pizza. Meltdown Bistro Type: Sandwiches and other “melts” with lots of melted cheese. Noteworthy dish: The “Pig Mac” — pulled pork with mac and cheese in a sandwich La Jacka Mobile Type: Mexican food substituted with jackfruit in place of meat. Noteworthy dish: Jackfruit tacos — jackfruit prepared with chiles and spices. Naynay’s Filipino Flavors Type: Traditional Filipino food with a fast food twist. Noteworthy dish: Lumpias — spring roll with minced meat and sweet chili sauce.

Bosca's pizza and Meltdown Bistro's watermelon iced tea. Photo: Camilo Daza

With plenty of variety and a constant rotation of food trucks throughout the weekend, Gazebo Gardens is one of the best places to go for your habitual indulgence of food. Junior Jillian Jordan concurs, adding that “Gazebo Gardens offers a plethora of diverse options that cater to a variety of different tastes.” With such a variety of food choices, a beautiful garden setting—although not too suitable for cold winter nights—and live music playing, the environment of Gazebo Gardens is an exotic supplement to the general food truck experience. Of all the food choices available, Jordan says that her favorite

was the “refreshing watermelon sweet tea made by the Meltdown Bistro food truck.” Furthermore, the food trucks available at Gazebo Gardens in no way conform to the “taco truck” stereotype that many people hold to be universally true. In spite of the weather, Gazebo Gardens can get crowded, and because parking space is rather is limited, either be prepared to take some time looking for street parking or show up at opening time. The Gazebo Gardens beer garden, where the food trucks are located, runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday at 3204 N. Van Ness Blvd. The food truck schedule rotation is posted online at

The Fresno-Clovis area is full of unique coffee shops, but for some reason, you and your friends always end up at Dutch Brothers or Starbucks. I went on a quest to find the best coffee shops in the area and ended up discovering a few gems. I visited On the Edge, Kuppa Joy, and The Revue. The start of my coffee quest was in the well-known Old Town Clovis area. The first place I came across was called On the Edge. With the cozy-looking chairs, a cushy couch, and coffee tables, I felt like I was walking into a living room. On the wall was a list of local artists who were to play live music in the patio area in the evenings. As I was ordering my drink, I was taken aback by the amount of food options that were available; there was a multitude of pastries, salads, and even something called “pita pizzas.” Although my iced vanilla latte may have been a little too sweet for my tasting, I would still go back to the place. With its expansive menu, occasional live music, and comfy vibe, this hole-in-the-wall of a coffee shop seemed to be its own little all-day restaurant-coffee shop combo wrapped up into one. The next place in Old Town Clovis I tried was the well-known Kuppa Joy. When I walked in, the place was packed. The exposed brick walls, dark wood tables, and miniature decorative pine trees made me feel like I was at a cabin in the woods. The place was quite toasty inside, which added to the cabin-like atmosphere. As people

were ordering, the welcoming staff was talking to them like they were friends rather than strangers. I ordered their signature Kuppa Joy coffee. It was made up of creme brulee infused milk, chocolate or caramel sauce, and two shots of espresso. The coffee was smooth and had the perfect combination of bitter and sweet. As I sipped my coffee on the patio deck, I realized that Kuppa Joy seemed to be a place where one could really enjoy themselves with alone time or with a friend. I headed over to the Tower District and ended up at a coffee shop called The Revue. The Revue looks somewhat rustic from the outside because of the vines climbing along the walls. The white walls, bulb-shaped light fixtures, and patterned wallpaper on the coffee bar help to accentuate a modern workplace vibe. The worker at the counter went into depth explaining the different coffee options to help me find one best suited for me. He gave me their signature iced caramel coffee. The flavor was quite mild; it was not very flavorful and only slightly bitter, but overall had a decent taste. Overall, there were different aspects of the coffee shops that I liked better than others. The best coffee and service was clearly from Kuppa Joy. Kuppa Joy, moreover, is also better fit for conversing; whereas The Revue is a better place for study. As for On the Edge, it is the best place to go anytime of the day because of their wide variety of food options and occasional live music. If I were to pick one place that tops the rest, I would have to go with Kuppa Joy. Their menu was not very expansive, but had the most superb amount of options. In addition to this, I really appreciated how friendly the staff was. Although one of the members was on his break, he still made an effort to converse with customers as if he already knew them. To sum up, now having knowledge of all these local coffee shops gives me a sense of community and a more intense craving for a good cup of joe.




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Where Are They Now? Carlie Frye

Patrick Monreal Editor-in-Chief

The Red and Blue caught up with SJM alumna (class of 2001) and former teacher Carlie Frye to see how her first year teaching in Los Angeles has gone. From secret handshakes to word jumbles to personal goals, it is no question that Carlie Frye made a positive impact on every student who walked into Room 22. Many students were thus shocked when they found out she would not be returning for the 2017-2018 school year. A year later, Frye is teaching in and adapting to the Los Angeles Area. In her 11 years of teaching at Memorial, Frye taught several different English and religion

identity, too.” St. Bernard has been a new experience for Frye in many ways. Not only is she teaching freshman religion, but Frye is also teaching French 1, 2, and 3. Teaching French and Carlie Frye moderating the French and Theology Teacher at St. Bernard French Club High School in Playa del Rey, Calif. have actually produced some classes, including English 9P, Enof her favorite memories of this glish 9HP, Catholic Christianity, school year. Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, “I have very different classes. AP Literature and World LiteraMy French 3 is like an honors ture. She is currently teaching at level class,” said Frye. “French 1 St. Bernard High School in Playa and 2 are super energetic and thedel Rey, California. atrical, so we do a lot of singing, “[St. Bernard] is smaller, un- dancing and movement.” der 300 students, and different as Under the guidance of Frye, far as demographics go, but it feels the French Club has planned very similar [to Memorial] in the several cultural experiences. For sense that it’s a Catholic school example, they made crêpes for with a lot of love and tradition,” a fundraiser and plan to attend said Frye in a phone interview. a local French film festival in “It’s got a really strong Catholic April. Even with all these exciting

changes, Frye still has maintained traditions from Memorial. “My school’s not LaSallian so I taught the ‘let us remember’ prayer style to my students, we still do the big Amen clap, and I have the same best-version-ofyourself bulletin board here,” said Frye. While Frye is adapting to Los Angeles, she still misses Fresno and the Memorial community immensely, citing SJM’s tight-knit family and general closeness with each other—a feeling she has not gotten in Los Angeles yet. Despite

this, she is still enjoying the area in any way she can. “It’s been super fun living with my sister, and my brother’s at UCLA,” Frye said. “I go to a great yoga studio, and I run on the beach everyday. I love exploring Los Angeles, the beach, and downtown.” Frye left me with a message to convey to the Memorial community: “Stay classy and choose the best-version-of-yourself. I really miss and love you guys!”

Tackling Teaching Tony Fagundes Designer

Familiar to Memorial as a coach but unfamiliar as a fulltime English instructor, Richard Helepiko has taken on the role of English teacher for juniors and seniors. “It's been pretty awesome. It's a good experience. It has been nice getting to know the older kids that I didn't know last year,” Helepiko said. Helepiko started as a football coach and a substitute teacher. He believes these experiences have helped him become a better teacher. “It’s very similar to being a football coach. As a coach, we have the game plan for the week, a practice plan. With teaching, you obviously have a lesson plan. You have to make sure you know the lesson so you are then able to teach it to the kids,” Helepiko said. While it's his first full year, he loves it, and plans to stick around. Being able to coach and teach is important to him as he gets to

Richard Helepiko English Teacher meet new people. “I really enjoy being here. It's been awesome. It's been a blessing,” Helepiko said. He's loved by his students and players, and hopes to be a bright spot at SJM for years to come. “He's a great teacher. He finds a way to get his point across without being boring and gets everyone involved. I look forward to his class every time I have it,” senior Gavin Chauhan said.


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Saint Patrick's Day WHAT’S TRENDING? Ryan Golden News Editor


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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, SJM! You’d better get ready to show off your green clothes and shamrock necklaces on March 17. But, as you’re getting excited to pinch your friends who are lacking a bit of green, ask yourself: why do we celebrate St. Paddy’s Day? St. Patrick was born Maewyn Succat in England during the latter half of the 4th Century. Patricius was his Roman Catholic name that later became familiar as Patrick. He was a normal kid living in Britain until he was kidnapped by pirates, brought to Ireland, and sold into slavery. Patrick spent six years there, in prison for most of the time. Eventually he dreamed of seeing God who told him to escape on a ship. He escaped and traveled back to Britain and then France. There

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he spent about 12 years studying and training in a monastery. Once Patrick became a bishop he dreamt that the Irish were calling to him for help. He returned to Ireland and spent 20 years converting pagans in Ireland to Christianity. The legend that accompanies this story is that Patrick used the three leafed shamrock to teach the Irish about the Holy Trinity and that he banished all of the snakes from Ireland. Patrick died on March 17, 461 and became the patron saint of Ireland. March 17 became known as St. Patrick’s Day, and this day was spent celebrating St. Patrick and commemorating the baptism of Ireland. Over 1,500 years later, St. Patrick’s is still celebrated widely. This day is known for massive, festive parades, especially in New York where they have held a parade for 248 consecutive years. And of course you are well aware of the popular shamrock decora-

tion and color green that is seen everywhere on St. Patrick’s Day. However, the original color of St. Patrick’s day was blue! The use of green began during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 when the clover became a symbol of nationalism. One of the most interesting St. Patrick’s Day traditions, in my opinion, is the dyeing of the Chicago River. Every year, for more than 50 years, members of the Butler and Rowan families in Chicago have used their own dye recipe to dye the river green. St. Patrick’s Day may be an under-appreciated holiday, but students at Memorial seem to enjoy it as they celebrate by eating green-dyed foods, feasting on corned beef and cabbage, hunting for leprechauns, hanging out with family, or even dyeing their beloved pets an emerald green. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

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“Business-wise, it gives them more opportunities to make more movies or to expand and broaden their horizon, but also it is kind of weird and almost kind of frightening because they are also taking over so many businesses that they are kind of growing into this monopoly,” Mendez said. Regardless of their views on what the merger means for business, Lara and Mendez concur that it will result in a gargantuan expansion of what entertainment is available. “I think a lot of different types of entertainment might come out of it, now that they can go off into other different things,” Lara said. “[There is] quite a lot [of potential]. With Fox, they can make more live-action stuff rather than the cartoons that they usually do,” Mendez said. Finally, both agree that the merger will result in a significant shift away from what is deemed

normal by Disney’s standards. With Fox, they have much potential for content unlike anything the world is accustomed to. “I think it can change it in a way where I think it’s just people’s [big] reaction to … Disney … making new and different things and it would be a big shocker to people. They will also come up with entertainment that is for all ages,” Lara said. Mendez also theorizes that new content resulting from the merger will cause a rippling effect, influencing other producers and businesses in the industry to explore new ideas. “It will also give other businesses the idea to [expand and buy other businesses] and use them to help broaden [their] productions. It’s just growing to the fact that businesses are taking over the whole movie industry,” Mendez said.

The Fox and the Mouse Reilly Hendrix Cartoonist

On Dec. 14, 2017, The Walt Disney Company had this crazy yet industry-altering idea to pay $52.4 billion in acquisition of Fox assets. Thanks to this merger, two out of Hollywood’s six major studios will come together, reshaping the whole industry. Two Memorial students were asked about their opinions on this event. Their initial responses varied in support of it. “I think it is a wonderful idea because they can make a lot more stuff that doesn’t have to be kids-related,” said junior Jonathan Lara. Senior Angela Mendez, while supportive in the context of business opportunity, is more skeptical about the implications the merger has on the industry as a whole.


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SOB X RBE Heats Up Heroes ≠ Actors Ryan Golden News Editor

Braeden Bailey Designer

Upcoming rap group SOB X RBE delivers a satisfying album full of energy.

Bay Area rap group SOB X RBE released their new album “GANGIN” on Feb. 23. Vallejo-born members Yhung T.O., Slimmy B, DaBoii, and Lul G have been slowly rising in popularity since their self-titled 2017 release “SOB X RBE” gave them a solid fanbase. Their distinct Bay Area sound has drawn many listeners and even landed them a feature on Kendrick Lamar’s “Black Panther” soundtrack with the song “Paramedic!”. Not only did this well-timed collaboration give them the momentum they needed right before an album release, but it also earned them their first Billboard Hot 100 hit. Throughout “GANGIN”, the group takes turns spitting bars and rhymes over 15 solid tracks totalling a 43 minute run time. They do not waste time messing around, as the album opens with the explosive “Carpoolin’”, a track that demonstrates the amount of hype the group is able to muster as a collective. Yhung T.O.’s melodic baritone vocals and Slimmy B’s aggressive delivery make for an interesting combination of sounds that cannot be heard elsewhere. The group’s diversity of vocals and flows is one of the album’s greatest strengths. Each track

SOB X RBE Gangin Cover.

utilizes unique production and distinct sounds, making it a refreshing listen from front to back. Tracks like “Back to Back” and “On Me” highlight the amount of energy the group brings together for this project. Yhung T.O. does a great job of delivering most of the group’s hooks, especially the catchy hook on “Lifestyle” where he reminisces about his life prior to rap. Lyrically, SOB X RBE is slightly different from other rappers out there right now. While lyrics about drugs, money, and cars are still found scattered throughout every verse, the group is also able to bring a strong sense of youth into their writing. There are many lyrics about ambition, young love, and growing up layered into the usual rap topics that truly showcase their ability to write. Each

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member brings such energy that listeners will find themselves head-bobbing regardless of what they are rapping about. Near the end of the album, there is an incredible four track run where each member is given their own song and time to shine. DaBoii’s “Paid in Full” is especially impressive, as he strings together rhymes and raps for two straight minutes on a vibrant beat. Notably, more than half the songs on the project fail to hit the three minute mark, despite there being four different rappers that could contribute. This is quite disappointing because the group has potential to fill those gaps yet chooses not to. Regardless, “GANGIN” is a solid project that will please new and old fans alike.

Mary Poppins Flies Into SJM Andrew O'Rourke Business Manager

A famous Disney movie comes to life with the musical version of the beloved classic. Grab your umbrella and spoonful of sugar, ‘cause Mary Poppins is here at Memorial. After their spectacular performance in “The Diary of Anne Frank” in the fall, the Panther Playhouse is back with the broadway version of “Mary Poppins”. “There are a few key differences in the storyline between the musical and the movie,” said senior Julia Roque, who stars as Mary Poppins along with senior Gianna Provenzano. “But, all of your favorite songs will be in the

musical that are from the movie.” Don’t expect the musical to be the exact same as the movie. As director Dana Hamilton says, there will be some differences. “Not all of the scenes that take place in the movie are actually in the musical,” Hamilton said. “The musical is truer to the story based on the book.” Along with the movie that starred Julie Andrews and Dick

Van Dyke, the musical is also based on the book by P.L. Travers, which was based on a true story of Travers’ life. There are some elements that are unique to the musical. “There are less characters in this musical rather than the movie,” said Hamilton. “There are also no penguins because those were animated into the movie by Walt Disney.”

“The 15:17 to Paris” was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood and released on Feb. 9, 2018. This biographical drama depicts the true story of three American men who stopped the potentially devastating terrorist attack on a train heading to Paris on Aug. 21, 2015. The film follows the lives of best friends Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone up until the courageous and intense moment in which they thwart a terrorist plot, saving over 500 lives. It explores their childhood struggles, their attempts to find their places in life, and their vacation through Europe that ended on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris. This movie was important; it served a purpose different from other movies. The idea behind this movie was to commemorate the brave actions of the three young men who risked their lives to save those of many others. The bravery of these three Americans is meant to serve as an example to the rest of the world. Their selflessness and courage are inspiring. So, what better way to honor them than to let them play themselves in the movie about their story? Yes. The real life heroes of the 2015 Paris train attack portrayed themselves on the big screen, which added much emotion and inspiration to the film. “I didn’t want to see it at first, but after [Ryan] forced me to I was glad I did because it was amazing to see the actual heroes of the attack relive it in the movie,” said senior Tony Fagundes. Aside from the historical and honorable importance of this movie, I meant it when I said it served a different purpose than other movies. By this I mean that

There is excitement in the cast about performing a musical as famous as Mary Poppins. Thus, there is also more pressure to make the musical as good as it can be and ensure that it meets everyone’s expectations. “It is exciting doing a musical that we have heard of and have seen,” Roque said. “There are songs that we always sang when we were kids. But at the same time it is scary because if you mess up people will know.” Even while directing, Hamil-

"The 15:17 to Paris" poster. Photo: ImpAwards

it was not a movie to entertain or showcase acting ability, to say it respectfully. I didn’t expect much in the way of acting from the three heroes that played themselves, but I was still disappointed in the quality of the movie. You would think that Eastwood would have made sure to somewhat train these men or give them extremely detailed scripts. However, most of the movie seemed like they were having mindless conversation that had no substance and was irrelevant to the central plot. For instance, during their trip through Europe, Sadler talked about taking selfies at least 15 times. “The movie’s story was great, the only downside was that the actors were the real people involved in the incident so their acting was not the best,” said senior Sebastian Esqueda. Although the movie itself seemed subpar and was hard to watch, its message is what’s important. I probably wouldn’t watch it again but I recommend that you see it once if only to give props to the three heroes that courageously played their parts with no experience whatsoever. ton feels that the expectations of the crowd need to be met for a successful show. “We have to meet the expectations of the audience and exceed them because of how iconic the movie is,” Hamilton said. “We don’t want people leaving thinking that they should have just watched the movie instead.” Mary Poppins opened on March 9 and has other showings on March 16, 17, and 18 in the Memorial cafeteria.

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Houston Astros Face New Challengers Ricardo Garcia Out of Uniform and Sports Editor

A comprehensive preview of the upcoming season and predictions for the postseason. America’s favorite pastime is almost back; we are only a few weeks away from opening day. Over the offseason, many blockbuster trades went down, and quite shockingly, many marquee free agents were left unsigned some weeks before players reported to camp. Here’s a quick recap of the major moves made by teams: Most teams, like the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees,

made moves to bolster already strong rosters for the upcoming season. Some teams like the San Francisco Giants, who finished 64-98 last season, made moves, such as trading for Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen to retool their roster for a bounceback season. “For the Giants, I hope that their even-year magic continues,” senior Stephen Vidales said. “I firmly believe that this season is about to be something that this organization and all the fans have never seen.” Some teams this year look to bounce back following disappointing endings to their season. The Dodgers look poised to rebound after losing the World Series to the Houston Astros. The Boston Red Sox made a managerial change and signed power hitting outfielder J.D. Martinez after

losing in the Division Series two seasons in a row. “It was disappointing to see the Dodgers lose the way they did,” senior Kara Nist said. “They look hungry for redemption.” Others look to improve on surprising campaigns. The Minnesota Twins, after losing over 100 games in 2016, aspire to improve on a season in which they won 85 games to reach the Wild Card

game. The Milwaukee Brewers also look to build on a season in which they finished just one game back of a wild card spot, signing outfielder Lorenzo Cain to add to an already talented roster. Other teams have high expectations. The Yankees, after appearing to be a rebuilding team in 2017, are heavy World Series favorites after acquiring Giancarlo Stanton. The defending cham-

pions Houston Astros added another weapon to their rotation in Gerrit Cole. SJM’s Top Three Picks for World Series Champions: 27.3% San Francisco Giants 18.7% Los Angeles Dodgers 9.1% New York Yankees

Making a Splash: Swim Season is Back Presley Allen Photographer

Swim season is here again and new and returning swimmers are ready to compete!

It’s that time of year again! Swimmers are putting on their caps and goggles and getting back into the pool. It seems as if many new people are getting a feel for the sport. “We have a lot of new kids and I just want [them] to feel welcome,” says senior Celeste Madrigal.

Although the team has welcomed an array of new swimmers, they have lost some key players, including their butterflyer and breaststroker. Not only did they lose their key swimmers’ skill, but now Madrigal feels she has to take on the responsibility of being an adviser to the new swimmers. “They had a lot of wise things to tell the younger kids,” she said, “Now I have to be that person.” Although she has quite some shoes to fill, the team knows that Madrigal is capable of stepping up. For swimmers, it seems to be a year for setting goals and sharpening skills. Whether it be perfecting that dive, dropping time on a specialized event or making the cut for Valleys, the swimmers

seem to be all in. “This season I expect to be generally more organized and better than last season,” said junior Liam Jacoby. “I hope to make it into finals for breaststroke at CMAC’s.” As for Madrigal, she claims she wants to gain “redemption” in her specialty events, 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Last year, she had an injured shoulder and did not swim as well as she had hoped. “I want to get first and get the title back that I had sophomore year,” she said. While Madrigal and Jacoby are more focused on achieving personal goals, sophomore Grace Baker says she wants to grow closer with her team. “Supporting your teammates and having them

Junior Maddy Wilkins trains for her next meet.

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Picking the Perfect March Madness Bracket Andrew O'Rourke Business Manager

Tips on how to succeed in the most wild gamble in sports.

When March rolls around, it only means one thing: Madness. It is a time when one sheet of paper with 68 teams in a tournament style bracket takes over the sports world. It is a time when picking different outcomes on games becomes a priority in trying to find the perfect bracket. Of course, the odds of a perfect

bracket are astronomically low, at 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, or 1.92 quintillion for short (yes, that is a real number). That said, the excitement and craziness that surrounds college basketball make that 1.92 quintillion seem so reachable. For the roughly 50 percent of the school that said they participate in March Madness, here is how to get the perfect bracket: 1. Have an idea of the eight teams that you think could win it all. With multiple upsets and underachieving teams, there is always a team that will come out of the expected to have a chance at a title. Having an idea of those teams is a main priority to the bracket process. 2. Always have a big upset in the first round. It does not have

to be with a one or two seed, but maybe with a three, four or especially five seed. The most common upset is with the 5-12 seed matchup. It is not called March Madness because of the expected, but rather because of the unexpected. 3. Do your research. All of these tips do not help unless research is done. You don’t need to have watched a single game, but just a little background knowledge could give you the edge in getting closer to a perfect bracket. What teams do well in March or who has the more experienced players and coaches to make a deep run in the tournament are all questions to consider. 4. Before submitting, have multiple mock brackets. You will doubt every pick in the bracket, so having mock brackets will

always help. It will help with the teams that you think will go far and with teams that you pick to lose and narrows down the games that will be tough. 5. When in doubt, use your gut. If after all of the mock brackets you still have doubts on a game, use your gut feeling. There is nothing wrong with the gut feeling because there is always a game that requires it, whether it be the first round or champion-

ship game. 6. Most importantly, have fun. This is a time when random selection, always going with the higher seed, always going with the underdog, or just flipping a coin is allowed. Even when there is a better chance of winning an Oscar than picking a perfect bracket, getting the one upset that no one expected is the best win that anyone could get in this mad time.



The Red and Blue March 2018

Panthers Dominate at Selland Arena Tony Fagundes Designer

Boys and girls basketball teams emerged victorious at Selland Arena for the Valley Championships. For the first time in six years, the SJM boys basketball team came out on top as Valley champions over the third-seeded Selma Bears 71-66, but it isn't over yet. Senior Dameane Douglas finished with a game-high 31 points. Sophomore Jalen Green added 22.

“It was a great game. We played really hard. Selma played hard and was a great team. We really earned this win. Jalen and Dameane played great and showed why they are some of the best players in the valley,” senior Andrew O’Rourke said. It was a hard fought victory for the Panthers as they were up by only three points in the last minutes. They managed to come together and finished winning the Central Section Title, redeeming themselves after falling short last year. “I'm not going to lie, I was scared for a second, but I knew with our veteran team that we would make the free throws when it counted, and we did,” senior

Adam Salinas said. There was a great turnout to this championship game, as there was a packed student section. The student body arrived ready to support their fellow Panthers in their battle against Selma. “The student section was rocking. There was so much energy everytime we scored. Then, when there was a big dunk, it went insane. I also really liked the rally towels. They were a great touch,” senior Parker Nassar said. While it was a great victory, the road doesn't end here as the team has state aspirations. “It was a great win, and we will enjoy it for this weekend, but come Monday we are back in game mode going for the ultimate

prize of state champions,” O’Rourke said. As for the girls team, they entered the game as the defending Division Five Central Section champions. Once trailing by as many as ten points, they caught fire with an 18-6 run between the second and third quarters to take a 33-31 lead, and came out with a 58-51 victory over top-seeded Sierra Pacific High School, winning the Division 4 Central Section Championship. This was largely made possible by junior Symya Murray’s 14 points. “Our shots just started to go in after miss after miss, but we didn’t let that bring us down,” senior Courtney Anaya said. “We all knew at halftime that it was going

Sophomore Jalen Green dunks the ball at Valleys Photo: Henry Gutierrez

to be a team effort so as soon as we started to play together, we got good shots and they fell in.” Congratulations to both basketball teams. We are so proud of all you have done!

Ladies Lacrosse Excited for New Season Evie Der Manouel Social Media Manager

Girls Lacrosse is coming up on its third season here on Memorial’s field. As a relatively new sport on campus, they’ve had great participation. In spite of this participation, many students do not know much about the game. However, according to a recent poll, most students would stay to watch the games if warm

beverages were provided and if the sport were to be publicized more in daily announcements. In order to encourage game attendance for some of the lesser known sports, perhaps there could be voluntary opportunities to increase school spirit. Such opportunities could range from rallies to simple posters. If you play a sport, you know how it can feel when not many people attend your games. In spite of this, senior Ally Martin is

ecstatic for her last season on the lacrosse team. “It was a great decision to join! I love it and it’s a great way to stay in shape on my volleyball offseason. Seeing the team grow has been so nice because it’s a fairly new sport. I am so happy we have a larger group now and I’m looking forward to the start of the season,” Martin said. Panthers, come on out and support your Girls Lacrosse team. It’s going to be a great season!

March 2018  

The Red and Blue |San Joaquin Memorial HS Archived Publication: March 2018

March 2018  

The Red and Blue |San Joaquin Memorial HS Archived Publication: March 2018