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September 2017 | Volume 2 Issue 1 | San Joaquin Memorial High School

Strains of Faith

“Nuns” shock the Catholic community by selling cannabis-based medicines. - News, Page 2


REILLY’S REMARKS - Opinion, Page 6



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Staff Box: Strains of Faith: Sisters of the Valley Editors in Chief Elliott Nerenberg Patrick Monreal

Head of Design Tony Fagundes

Web Editor Camilo Daza

Business Manager

Andrew O’Rourke

Social Media Manager

Evie Der Manouel


Presley Allen Braeden Bailey

Sports and Out of Uniform Editor Ricardo Garcia

Feature Editor Lokesh Bhardwaj

News Editor Ryan Golden

Opinion Editor Matthew Magill


Reilly Hendrix


Ms. Maria Lorenzo

Sisters of the Valley shock the Catholic community by selling cannabisbased medicine while dressed as nuns. Ryan Golden News Editor

San Joaquin Memorial students are familiar enough with Catholicism that they know what defines a Catholic nun. They picture a benevolent, compassionate, and humble woman donning a black and white habit and serving the poor. The fact that a group of nuns in the Central Valley grow marijuana and sell canna- Ms. Lorenzo, Mr. Garabedian, and Ryan Golden pose with the Sisters of the Valley on their farm in bis-based medicine can be a cul- Merced. Photo: Sisters of the Valley ture shock. This is the case with her life. After experiencing the on the Sisters of the Valley, Sister confirmation classes. Sister Kate and her Sisters of the very liberal Catholicism practiced Kathleen, a member of the School Many people might expect Valley order who have created a in her Dutch parish, however, she Sisters of Notre Dame order of a religious organization such as booming business in order to, in began to stray from, what she denuns and former SJM teacher, the Catholic Church to condemn their opinion, help the world see the supposed benefits of cannabis scribes as, the rigid and patriar- gave her insight regarding these the the Sisters of the Valley’s use and to empower women by giving chal aspects of the Church. After issues. Sister Kathleen admitted of cannabis to aid those with terthem an opportunity to become returning to the United States, she that it was unusual for her to ob- minal illnesses due to the negaindependent. Their business and was an activist that joined many serve a group of women suddenly tive connotation associated with way of life contradicts that of protests including the Occupy claim to be nuns. She explained marijuana. Sister Kathleen finds nothing wrong Catholic nuns, leaving those that Wall Street Movement and several the origins of the bus strikes. She adopted the nun Catholic sisterwith their busi“[Marijuana] is a are a part of this religious compersona to gain influence and athood and that other than munity wondering how the Cathdrug, like any oth- ness tention as an activist which grew their purpose it being a little olic Church will respond to these er drug, and if it’s as Sister Kate and her fellow siswas to live on unorthodox.The self-proclaimed “weed nuns.” “I did my research. The mak- ters claimed their own order with the margins of used properly it can original purpose of the nuns was ing of this business was not a their own vows, including some society and help heal. God created that focus on the natural spirit of the poor. Simple to go out among whim,” Sister Kate said. “What the marijuana plant. habits were a way the poor to heal marijuana. It’s the we really wanted was to empow“[Catholicism] is a patriarof blending in to of their er women, we feel like women abuse of any drug people chy. Like every other contempodo the work of ailments, and are under atthat’s wrong.” rary religion, it’s God. In contrast, this is what the tack.” Sister Kate “I did my research; Sister Kathleen founded by men, the Sisters of the “weed nuns” are founded Sisters for men; it’s a Valley first used doing. Although the making of this of the Valley in 2014. After her business was not a men’s club, they their portrayal as nuns as a spec- she doesn’t believe in the recremake the rules,” tacle and to create wealth rather ational use of marijuana, Sister first year sales of whim.” Sister Kate stat- than share it. Sister Kathleen was Kathleen doesn’t see any sinfulabout $70,000, Sister Kate ed. not comfortable with this aspect ness in its medicinal uses. Sister Kate exSister Kate’s of their order. “It’s a drug, like any other panded her marbusiness and lifestyle were built “It’s a spiritual calling...[the drug, and if it’s used properly it ket, had good results and publiciout of her desire to empower habit] is not something we put on can heal, ” says Sister Kathleen. ty, and expects this year’s sales to women. She spoke of her conand take off, ” Sister Kathleen said. “God created marijuana. It’s the exceed $1.2 million. But, while tempt for, what she believes, is When asked about her views abuse of any drug that’s wrong.” her business was not a whim, her a the patriarchal tradition that of the Sisters of the Valley’s activThe Sisters of the Valley are decision to become a nun was. characterizes today’s society. The ist attitudes and goal of empowerpushing social and religious limits “I declared myself a nun… I Sisters of the Valley use cannaing women, however, Sister Kathwith their business and lifestyle. was giving the finger to the system and donned the Catholic bis-based medicines as a vehicle leen surprised even herself when In this society, however, pushing habit, the black and white, and to give women opportunity, al- she revealed that she agrees with the limits may be the best way to started going to protests,” Sister lowing them to create their own them. She is aware of the issue of accomplish something important wealth, property and business, women being overshadowed by because you have to grasp people’s Kate said. the authority of men. attention. They have raised eyeShe practiced Catholicism all without obedience to a man. Sister Kate has two main rea“Working in the church, I brows in the Catholic community sons for choosing the cannabis can’t be ordained. I can’t preach, with their portrayal as nuns, but plant as her business venture. although, I think I could do that this may have been just what they First, she hopes to promote the job,” Sister Kathleen said. needed to support and promote conservation of our ecosystem The Catholic Church has a the empowerment of women and with the use of hemp as a com- long way to go in this area, ac- the rights of the terminally ill. Almon textile rather than the envi- cording to Sister Kathleen, as though the Sisters of the Valley ronmentally harmful plastic ma- there are still many restrictions have generated controversy with terials. Second, she wants to gain on the leadership of women in their methods, they have ultimore rights for the terminally ill, the Church. While she believes mately garnered respect by showas she believes that cannabis can that the Church may not yet be ing sheer passion for causes that help treat many serious ailments ready to have female priests or are not only important to them, yet is not prohibited in many deacons, she hopes that she has but to Catholic nuns as well. places. empowered women through her To give a Catholic perspective own teaching both in school and

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No more free lunch: prices raised Be prepared to spend more to keep yourself full. Ricardo Garcia Sports and Out of Uniform

Professional soccer has come to Fresno Camilo Daza Web Editor The new soccer team will begin playing in early 2018 in the United Soccer League with team colors of light blue, navy and yellow. The USL is to Major League Soccer as AAA is to the MLB. Hopes are high for Fresno FC, and with the recent success of Fresno’s amateur soccer team, the Fresno Fuego, Fresno is in for a bright future with regards to all of various sports franchises. Fresno Fuego’s current supporters group, Fire Squad Fresno, also supports the new franchise, believing that fans “will have the best product possible” out on the field. Beginning play in 2003 here at San Joaquin Memorial, the Fresno Fuego were Fresno’s first soccer team ever and the first in the Central Valley. 14 years later, the Fuego are still playing in the Pre-

mier Development League in the fourth division of American soccer. The Fuego regularly attract over 3,500 people to each game, one of the highest in the PDL. For Fresno FC, slated to start play in the United Soccer League in early 2018, this is a big deal. For this reason, Ray Beshoff, president and owner of Fresno FC, says that Fresno “is a powerful soccer market.” Fresno FC will begin playing at Chukchansi Park, where the Fresno Fuego have called home since 2007. Two years from now, however, Fresno FC and its owners have even bigger plans for the franchise to expand in Fresno. Beshoff, who owns numerous car dealerships across Fresno, including Mercedes-Benz, says that “there is potential for [Fresno FC] to have its own stadium down the road.” Beshoff said he was excited to show the passion the city has for the sport to a wider audience as

Fresno Football Club is set to begin play in early 2018 in the USL. Photo Courtesy of Fresno FC

it joined the USL, and Fresno FC will surely help continue Fresno’s rise as a fantastic city to live and work in. Beshoff then added, “You’ve got to put a good product on the field, and we’re going to do just that.”

If you have found yourself questioning the sudden change in cafeteria prices, you are not alone. Earlier this month, the cafeteria raised the prices on some of its products. “[Silco Vending] approached the school in June to raise prices,” Robert Del Pozo, San Joaquin Memorial’s Financial Controller, said. The price changes, however, are out of the cafeteria’s control. According to Del Pozo, the third-party vendor passed on operating costs to the school. High operating costs forced Silco to increase their prices. That now means students will be forced to

New year, new Media Center rules and hours The media center has acquired some new rules that aim to curb the rampant misbehavior and misuse of the facility that occurred last year. Braeden Bailey Designer This year, students are no longer able to enter the media center during lunch, regardless of whether they want to hang out or use the printers. The media center is also closed before school every day and after school every Friday. Although the students have expressed their general discontent about the new rules, they seem to be backed by good reason. Mr. Garabedian has become the new sentinel of the media center this year, making sure there is no chaos during the hours it is open. “I like the new media center changes. Last year the principal we had wanted this to be a social

Mr. Garabedian speaks to students after school in the Media Center. The Media Center is now only open after school for study hours in order to foster an environment of studying and concentration. Photo: Presley Allen

pay more money than they are used to. “I just feel like it’s a bit more expensive to eat here,” Senior Ana Rodriguez said, when asked about SJM’s current cafeteria prices. Among the foods affected by the price changes include burritos ($2.50 to $3.00), chicken nuggets and chicken strips ($3.00 to $3.50), and cheeseburger with fries ($5.00 to $5.50). Prior to January 2015, San Joaquin Memorial was, at one point, responsible for providing food at lunchtime. “Before 2015, SJM used to staff and run the cafeteria at a loss,” Del Pozo explained. “Because of a lack of experience, the school outsourced to a third-party vendor.” As for some students, they do admit that some prices were fair in some respect. “The fries they sell (which are $2.50) I think are fair because they give you so much,” Rodriguez said.

place, and that would be fine if there were enough people in here to maintain some structure. One person can’t do it,” Mr. Garabedian said. The rules seem to be put in place for good reasons. Mr. Garabedian could not express his frustration more with how much “junk [he] cleaned up every day”. He said it would also be unreasonable to keep it open longer without anyone watching over the students. When asked about how he thinks the students feel, he replied, “They probably don’t like it. I know they don’t like it. But I know that a lot of them are actually doing homework,” Regardless of how the students view it, the new media center rules aim to foster studying and concentrated work at school. Instead of procrastinating on the couches and watching the televisions, students are now encouraged to get their work done earlier. Many students disapprove of the rules despite the positive consequences they have caused. When asked about how he feels about the new rules, senior Vito Zambetti disagreed with Mr. Garabedian, simply replying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”



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Is World War III on the horizon? US and North Korea have exchanged a series of threats in the past few months, escalating tensions on the international scale. Ricardo Garcia Sports and Out of Uniform Editor A series of intense diplomatic transactions between North Korea and the United States

throughout the summer has put the world on edge. The tensions are a result of North Korea’s continuing development of nuclear weapons. As of recently, the communist dictatorship confirmed that it had developed a hydrogen bomb. In addition to developing the bomb, North Korea has also conducted several missile tests, most recently on August 29, 2017. North Korea has also claimed that its missiles could hit key cities on the continental United States, such as Los Angeles, Denver, and Chicago. “If North Korea thinks their missiles could reach the US, I would take it seriously,” english

teacher Chet Frantzich said. Also, the rhetoric of the United States and North Korea has also heightened the friction between the countries. President Donald Trump’s unscripted “fire and fury” response to the threats to Guam, a U.S. territory, has caused fear and controversy in Asia and among American politicians. “Trump was showing force with his rhetoric,” said former SJM government and history teacher Bruce Garabedian. “If he continues, it can become dangerous. Allies don’t want to see an American president just being nonchalant about saying it.” Recent North Korean threats

have prompted the United Nations Security Council to pass sanctions, restricting imports of oil and textile exports. “It will be interesting to see how North Korea responds,” government teacher Steve Williams said. “The U.N. could pass more sanctions to see what effect it has. The response will tell what will happen down the road.” In regards to North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, Garabedian believes they still have work to do to perfect it. “They don’t have the weapon to put on [the missile]. [The United States] doesn’t think [Kim Jong-un] has the capability to

miniaturize the atomic bomb onto the missile.” he said. The ongoing international crisis has brought concern to U.S. citizens, but Frantzich believes that people should not be ignoring the news. “It’s hard, because people don’t really trust the news right now. I think we should pray for our country and leaders. Badmouthing won’t do anything, Ignoring the truth won’t do anything. The most powerful thing we can do right now is pray.”

Welcoming freshmen the Memorial way Matthew Magill Opinion Editor

As San Joaquin Memorial’s seniors prepare for their last year of high school, it is fitting that they be the ones to welcome the new SJM panthers into the next chapter of their lives. After being introduced and paired up at a school mass, the freshman and senior classes celebrated what is known as Freshman Welcome Week from September 11th through the 15th. “Freshman Welcome Week gave me the opportunity to grow closer with this incoming class and to make lasting memories with my peers,” said Julia Roque, senior. Roque explained that she had a great time getting to know some of the freshmen, and she especially enjoyed the ever exciting dress up days.

The combination of fun costumes given to the freshmen by seniors as well as the various activities, such as a senior/freshmen lunch and the freshman retreat, created an inviting and comfortable environment in which new friendships were made and new bonds forged. “Freshman Welcome Week was a really fun way to joke around and get closer to your new classmates,” said freshman Gabby Carr. The annual Welcome Week, as emphasized by Carr, helped the new freshmen get better acquainted with each other while also creating lasting memories as a class. Freshman Welcome Week provided the perfect way to begin high school as a freshman and an even better way to begin the end of high school as a senior.

Multiple freshman pose for a picture on the Rock and Roll dressup day of Freshman Welcome Week. Photo: Presley Allen

Hurricane Irma rips through Florida, displaces millions and knocks out power statewide Hurricane Irma, which had been leaving a path of destruction throughout the Caribbean, hit the southern coast of Florida last week. Elliott Nerenberg Editor in Chief

The harsh storms came first. Heavy rain poured down upon the citizens of Southern Florida. Then came the flooding. By this time, though, millions had already evacuated. As Floridians are still reeling in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction, it remains to be seen how and when the damages can be repaired. “The storm tore down trees and fences,” said Elena Otero, a Miami resident. “We were lucky.” Otero, cousin of Memorial’s very own journalism adviser,

Maria Lorenzo, has evacuated with her family, and are currently seeking refuge in Kendall. Her family is doing well, and property losses were not horrible. Others who lost more, however, may not be as lucky, and will need more help. “[Some people] will need federal aid which will hopefully be plentiful for those who need it,” Otero said. “Most losses for property will be covered for most by insurance.” So why does this matter? Why would you, dear reader, my fellow Memorial student, care about

something so far away? Sure, you may acknowledge that the situation is unfortunate, but how much do you really care? Here’s something to put it into perspective. “I was investigating a crack in my bathroom flooring the other day,” biology and anatomy teacher David Duncan said. “I was thinking of what a pain it was going to be to fix it.” But then something hit him. “I suddenly thought of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida,” he said. “Since then, I’ve learned to be grateful for smaller inconve-

niences. It really put things into perspective for me.” According to Duncan, many places are still underwater, and conditions need to be right again in order to start rebuilding. He said that the best way to help is to have a positive mindset. “The best way to be is to be united as a nation,” Duncan said. “When things get serious and people are in need, people have the ability to set aside differences to help each other out.”


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In God We Trust


In August, the Visalia City Council voted against posting the national motto, “In God We Trust,” inside the city council chambers. The proposal, put forth by Council Member Steve Nelsen, raises questions regarding the implications of our national motto.

Patrick Monreal Editor in Chief Aronow v. United States, Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, Zorach v. Clauson—the list of court rulings protecting our national motto goes on and on. “In God We Trust” is considered ceremonial deism, meaning its usage is deemed to be ritual and non-religious through long customary usage. It is intended to be unifying, not dividing. “There is so much division in this country; I looked at it as a unifying force,” said Council Member Nelsen. “It is meant to say, ‘Hey, we’re all one. We’re all Americans.’” Opponents typically cite the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits the establishment of religion by Congress. However, in Zorach v. Clauson, the Supreme Court clearly stated that recognition of God does not constitute the establishment of a religion. “[The motto] has been affirmed by the Supreme Court and Congress,” Nelsen said. “We do the pledge of allegiance and prayers from different religions before meeting. We should have our national motto displayed as well.” Nelsen is right. “In God We Trust” is not coercive and does not favor one religious denomina-

Camilo Daza Web Editor

tion over another. Rather, it generates a sense of patriotism by referencing the principles our nation was founded on. Congress has even recently recommended that the motto be publicly displayed.

“To put such a motto on coins,” President Theodore Roosevelt wrote, “or to use it in any kindred manner, not only does no good but does positive harm, and is in effect irreverence, which comes dangerously close to sacrilege.”

House Resolution 13 of the 112th Congress states, “Congress reaffirms ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States and supports and encourages the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions.”

America is a multicultural and multireligious nation that strives for unity. To establish a national motto that purely serves a political purpose and that leaves out millions of people is more than counter productive. The American way is to let people decide for themselves what to believe, and as such, the motto “In God we Trust” has little to no place here in our national, state, and local governments.

Aside from the legal decisions, the fact of the matter is that acknowledgment of a supreme being is embedded in our government institutions. Erasing all references to religion means altering our legal tender, the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, the Declaration of Independence, and so much more.

“We have people of many different faiths,” Visalia Mayor Warren Gubler said. “We want the chamber to be welcome for everybody who wants to speak. It wasn’t something to put on the walls.” Visalia’s city council did what was ethical and patriotic by voting to include everyone. The motto clearly endorses a religious point of view and further implies a preference for a religious perspective under God.

One of the reasons the First Amendment protects worship is because we are a nation built on religion. Let’s keep it that way.

“In God We Trust” assumes that all Americans trust in God

Editorial: Our Rights as a Paper With National Constitution Week taking place last week, it is important that we, the students, review the rights guaranteed to us by the First Amendment. As up and coming journalists, we see the value of understanding our rights and how they could apply in the professional journalistic environment we are attempting to emulate. There is freedom of speech and the freedom to worship, but what is sometimes overlooked is the freedom of press. As students in a private school, we hope to

find the balance between fulfilling our responsibilities to our community as well learning how to exercise our first amendment right as responsibly as possible. California Education Code Section 48907, known as the Student Free Expression Law, grants public school students the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press. It also protects student newspapers as professional publications. Because The Red and Blue is produced within a private institution, we do not fully exer-

cise all the liberties guaranteed to most journalism students in the United States. That said, the California Leonard Law is a step forward in the push for protection. The Leonard Law (Section 48950) states that private high schools cannot punish students for writing or communication, which out of school is protected by the First Amendment. This protection extends to religious high schools, unless content is not consistent with the religious tenets of the organization.

Five years ago, a proposed publication policy for the school newspaper would have granted us further protections. Konnie Krislock, an author of the original Free Expression Law, said of the policy, “Students wrote a law facsimile to 48907 that could be applied to parochial schools, understanding that there are some things you won’t be talking about in a Catholic newspaper.” The Red and Blue staff wishes to revive this proposal to ensure we are fully protected.

and does not equally represent all of America. I am confident that no one has mistaken this phrase as a reference to Allah or Ganesh, and it clearly is not referring to the near 75 million Americans that have no religion. Neither religious nor non religious people need to be reminded that they trust in God every time they purchase gum or clothes. For Mr. Danks-Ferguson, Religion teacher and Cross-Country coach, forcing “In God we Trust” on the entire American population “pretends that everybody believes in God” and “cheapens what we mean by trusting in God.” Mr. Danks-Ferguson is correct. It is not necessary to make all members of our nation agree to trusting in God. The Founding Fathers established this nation as one that would not be influenced heavily by religion during a time when only about 17% of the nation’s population belonged to a church. The Founding Fathers established the United States as a nation of unity, and to exclude even a minority - although 75 million really isn’t that small of a number - is still excluding people. The First Amendment may protect worship, but if America is truly a melting pot as it has been described across centuries, then a national motto of “In God we Trust” has little to no place due to just how much it excludes.

With this in mind, The Red and Blue staff wishes to practice our right, as a high school publication, to offer our perspectives on pertinent issues. We also acknowledge our reasonable limits and will respect them accordingly, as doing so allows us to create the professional journalistic environment we seek to establish. Nonetheless, with our liberties in mind, The Red and Blue staff looks forward to a productive year of producing and delivering quality publications.



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Reilly’s Remarks

A Q&A with Reilly Hendrix

DEAR REILLY “Rumors are being spread about me that aren’t true, what should I do?” - LIES BEHIND MY BACK

Quesadilla Gorilla’s typical ‘dilla with black beans, grilled peppers, grilled vegetables, and melted cheese. Photo: Evie Der Manouel

Going bananas for Quesadilla Gorilla “Fresh ingredients, unique combinations, homemade salsas.” Evie Der Manouel Social Media Manager Quesadilla Gorilla opened its doors in October 2013, originating in Visalia by the Fox Theater. As a family owned restaurant, Gorilla aims to brings its customers together through their famous quesadillas and food options that are affordable and appealing to customers of all ages. The wide range of ingredients and stuffings for your “dilla” make it easy to tailor your food to your liking while also creating options to those who have a gluten intolerance or vegetable preference. When Quesadilla Gorilla opened its doors in Fresno in March of 2017, I was eager to try it.

After a long day at school, I enter Quesadilla Gorilla with student Caroline Fisher in tow while my stomach rumbled and I was more than ready to eat. Upon entering I was greeted by a friendly open space that had many customers and a chalk menu on the wall. I felt welcome, and many customers seemed more than satisfied with their quesadillas. Being right by Fresno High School, many of the customers were students awaiting a warm quesadilla after a grueling Monday. As we moved up in the line, I saw that the orders were created by the customers on a paper, then taken to the cashier. This system made it easier for the customers to prevent miscommunication and saved so much time while diminishing the annoying time wasted at other “choose your topping” type restaurants such as Chipotle. I looked on the chalkboard placed on the left wall upon entering that had the most popular combina-

tions as well as the “dilla of the day.” There were many options for vegetarians which gave range to prices. The average quesadilla which was filled to the brim with locally sourced ingredients ranged from $5-7. The most expensive quesadilla was $12, which doubled everything in the originally created quesadilla. I decided on a gluten free tortilla filled with cilantro lime chicken, a mixture of jack, mozzarella and provolone cheese, followed by pico de gallo and red onions. The tough part was choosing the salsa. Caroline and I decided to share; she got the spicy salsa verde and I chose the hot habanero. Can you tell we like spicy food? The quick turnaround and stellar customer service shocked us considering the amount of people in the restaurant. The food was well prepared and noticeably fresh. The modern set up combined with fresh, fast food was a recipe for the perfect after school meal. Five stars!

Dear LIES You can do two things. One is to confront the person yourself (You can do this privately). You can tell him/her that it hurts your feelings when he/she is telling false rumors to people, and that it should never happen. If you can’t cooperate with him/her or you don’t KNOW the person, you can tell a teacher or your parents. Don’t worry about speaking to an adult about this. They can take care of the problem when you talk about it. - REILLY

Dear REILLY “Why are we ignoring the fact that Rhode Island is neither a road nor an island?” - DEEP THOUGHT Dear DEEP The story of Rhode Island’s name dates back to 1524. Giovanni de Verrazano mentioned this state as “ isola de Rhode”, “Roode Eylandt” was mentioned by Adriaen Block, and Roger Williams referred to the state as “llande of the Rodes”. Then in 1633, King Charles I of England called this state as the “Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” shortened for Rhode Island. In conclusion, Rhode Island was not named for roads or islands, but rather for settlement values. - REILLY

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Fancy Burger sure is fancy! Tony Fagundes Head of Design

Fancy Burger lives up to its name, providing an elegant way to eat a good burger. When you enter Fancy Burger, you are greeted by a beautiful overhang saying “Welcome to Fresno” with a chandelier. “When I first stepped in I was

surprised because I didn’t expect a burger joint to be so fancy,” senior Ben Camarena said. It may be called Fancy Burger, but saying it is just a burger joint is an understatement. The menu contains a variety of choices, such as salads, appetizers, and shrimp baskets. “The variety of food is amazing. I come here often and try something new every once in

awhile and have yet to be disappointed,” senior Gavin Chauhan said. With all this variety it is tough to pick a favorite. You cannot go wrong with a burger and a milkshake. However, Camarena believes the fries are the best aspect of this restaurant. “The fries are nice and fresh and to die for,” Camarena said. Sadly, the placement of this

store causes it to not get much business. It is hidden in the corner of West and Herndon behind Jack’s Car Wash. Even with this Camarena believes it is worth the trip. When asked to describe the restaurant in his own words he says “Them boys sure are fancy!” A tasty double burger with fries. Photo: Tony Fagundes


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Where are they now? Phillip McDougal Phillip McDougal undergoes training exercises at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Photo Courtesy of McDougal Family

Andrew O’Rourke Business Manager Ever since the middle of June, Phillip McDougal has been learning and working at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. His first choice for education after high school was not always the Air Force Academy, however. It was not until the end of the college application process that he considered the academy. Phil has always wanted to be an engineer, which was a core reason for applying to the academy. “The Air Force Academy is in the top 5 for aerospace engineering programs in the nation,” McDougal said. “The military is not only passionate about accom-

plishments in the classroom, but as leaders and athletes as well.” McDougal is currently a Fourth Class Cadet, the military equivalent of a freshman, and has valued the time and information he is currently getting at the academy. “I have definitely grown as a person since I’ve been here and wouldn’t have progressed this far had I gone to a civilian university.” Some of the basic training that Phil went through was long distance races, log relays, and team tug-of-war. One of Phil’s most memorable training exercises was living in the woods for two weeks in tents. He credited his time in the Boy Scouts and being an Eagle Scout for this experience. “Boy Scouts has helped me a ton in the academy. This training was like a

Welcome Woolf three years and overall loves how fulfilling his job is. He claims that teaching suits him well because he has wanted to pursue a career as You’re walking to class and the a teacher since high school. “You nerves start hitting you. You have know that you’re making a differa trig test next period and a wave ence in the world [when you are of uncertainty hits you. You walk teaching],” he stated. into class and see a cartoon duck He is still adapting to the Mewearing a sombremorial communiro with a caption ty, but claims that that reads, “buena the other teachers suerte” drawn on make coming to the board. This is work fun because the kind of fun, of the friendly enpositive envivironment they’ve ronment Stuart created for themWoolf creates for selves. his classroom. As far as his Mr. Woolf is students go, Woolf one of the newis “still getting to est members of know them”, but Mr. Woolf helps a student the SJM staff. He says they seem Photo: Presley Allen previously taught “a c a d e m i c a l l y at Clovis High and Buchanan motivated”. As far as his teaching High School, but took on a job style goes, one of his students, as a math and computer science Justin De Sousa, explains, “[Mr. teacher here at SJM. When Woolf Woolf] comes up with creative is not showing his students how ways to explain things. He’s smart to find the derivative in trigo- [and] knows what he’s talking nometry, he is DJing, working about.” The Memorial community with his at home chemistry lab, or is excited to see what Stuart Woolf at the local pub answering trivia has in store and wishes him good questions. luck in all his classes this year. Woolf has been teaching for Presley Allen Photographer

higher stressed campout with a lot less water.” Phil is currently taking classes such as Calculus, Russian, and Soaring as an extracurricular. In his soaring class he will be skydiving and flying everything from parachutes to operating T-53s. He credits his time at Memorial for helping him organize his school work. “Every day I’ll know I have a set amount of time to do my homework. I also know when work is due so I can stay ahead of the workload.” When Phil becomes an upperclassmen he wants to become an Instructor Pilot (IP), which helps other cadets learn how to operate and fly aircrafts. He is enjoying the academy and says it has “changed his lifestyle for the better.”

Mr. Sung settles in Memorial adds a new Director of International Schools.


China to South Korea, and Vietnam to Indonesia. “The freshman are eager to learn and excited to try new things,” Sung said. While there are many students, Sung wants the school to be a better place, believing that Tony Fagundes expanding the reach of exchange Head of Design students is one way to do it. “What is really important for the school is that we try to diversiThis year there are many new fy our international efforts so that additions to the we find students faculty and staff, that can really but none quite shape and mold like Mr. Sung. not only our faith Mr. Sung is based systems we the new Direchave, but also the tor of Internaother technoltional School at ogies, and get San Joaquin Methem involved in morial and is in the community,” charge of recruitMr. Sung Sung explained. ing international Director of International Mr. Sung is exstudents. Schools cited to work here He is new to at San Joaquin Memorial and to Fresno and has previously lived in make the school known worldNew Jersey for six years. wide! “My goal is to always be open “That’s my overall goal, to not and listen to their ideas,” Mr. Sung only let people know of SJM, but said. when students are here they unThis year there are a total of 47 derstand each other’s cultures, foreign exchange students, their and everybody learns things home countries ranging from about each other,” Sung said.



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Bell Schedule: Perspectives from Teachers and Students BELL SCHEDULES (2015-2016) (Block Schedule w/Homeroom)

BLUE DAY 85 Minute Classes

RED DAY 85 Minute Classes

Warning Bell Block 1 Break Block 2 Block 3 Lunch Block 4

Warning Bell Block 5 Homeroom Break Block 6 Lunch Block 7 Collaboration/ Meetings

7:55 8:00-9:35 9:35-9:45 9:50-11:15 11:25-12:50 12:50-1:30 1:35-3:00

7:55 8:00-9:25 9:30-9:45 9:45-9:55 10:00-11:25 11:25-12:05 12:10-1:35 1:40-3:00

For the past four years San Joaquin Memorial High School has repeatedly adopted different bell schedules, and this year is no exception. BLUE DAY (FLIP) 85 Minute Classes

Warning Bell BELL SCHEDULES (2015-2016) Block 1

(Block Schedule w/Homeroom) Break

BLUE DAY 85 Minute Classes

RED DAY 85 Minute Classes

Warning Bell Block 1 Break Block 2 Block 3 Lunch Block 4

Warning Bell Block 5 Homeroom Break Block 6 Lunch Block 7 Collaboration/ Meetings

7:55 8:00-9:35 9:35-9:45 9:50-11:15 11:25-12:50 12:50-1:30 1:35-3:00

7:55 8:00-9:25 9:30-9:45 9:45-9:55 10:00-11:25 11:25-12:05 12:10-1:35 1:40-3:00

BLUE DAY (FLIP) 85 Minute Classes

RED DAY (FLIP) 85 Minute Classes

Warning Bell Block 1 Break Block 2 Block 4 Lunch Block 3

Warning Bell Block 5 Homeroom Break Block 7 Lunch Block 6 Collaboration/ Meetings

7:55 8:00-9:35 9:35-9:45 9:50-11:15 11:25-12:50 12:50-1:30 1:35-3:00

RED MASS DAY 85 Minute Classes Warning Bell


7:55 8:00-9:25 9:30-9:45 9:45-9:55 10:00-11:25 11:25-12:05 12:10-1:35 1:40-3:00

Block 2 Block 4 Lunch Block 3

RED DAY (FLIP) 85 Minute Classes

7:55 8:00-9:35 9:35-9:45 9:50-11:15 11:25-12:50 12:50-1:30 1:35-3:00

7:55 8:00-9:25 9:30-9:45 9:45-9:55 10:00-11:25 11:25-12:05 12:10-1:35 1:40-3:00

RED MASS DAY 85 Minute Classes

WHITE DAY 45 Minute Classes

RED RALLY DAY 85 Minute Classes

Warning Bell Block 5 Homeroom Activity Break Block 6 or 7 Lunch Block 6 or 7 Collaboration

Warning Bell Block 1 Block 2 Break Block 3 Block 4 Block 5 Lunch Block 6 Block 7

Warning Bell Block 5 Homeroom Break Block 6/7 Lunch Block 7/6 Rally Collaboration

7:55 8:00-9:20 9:30-9:40 9:40-11:00 11:00-11:10 11:15-12:40 12:40-1:20 1:25-2:50 2:50-3:00

7:55 8:00-8:45 8:50-9:35 9:35-9:50 9:55-10:40 10:45-11:30 11:35-12:20 12:20-1:00 1:05-1:50 1:55:2:45

RED DAY (or Flip) 85 Minute Classes

our bell schedule this year.

Teachers on-site 7:45-9:10 Warning Bell 9:10

middle week was an issue…to tie

Warning Bell 7:55 Warning BlockBell 1 of7:55the 9:15-10:30 9:15-10:40 “The inconsistency into thatBlock and5deciding whether or Block 1 8:00-8:45 Block 5 8:00-9:30 Break 10:30-10:40 Homeroom 10:45-11:00 Block 2 8:50-9:35 Homeroom 9:30-9:45 lunch period was becoming a not to include the flips and put Block 2 10:45-11:55 Break 11:00-11:10 Activity 9:40-11:00 Break 9:35-9:50 Break Block 3 (or 4)9:45-9:55 12:00-1:10 Block 6(or 7) 11:15-12:40 huge factor. For athletes, for peothe white days in the beginning Break 11:00-11:10 Block 3 9:55-10:40 Block 6/7 10:05-11:30 Lunch 1:10-1:45 Lunch 12:40-1:20 Block 7 11:15-12:40 Block 4 Lunch issues; 11:25-12:05of the week; we had to reference The6 or2017-2018 Bell Schedule ple 10:45-11:30 who have dietary Block 4 (or 3) for 1:50-3:00 Block 7 (or 6) 1:25-2:50 Lunch 12:40-1:20 Block 5 11:35-12:20 Block 7/6 12:10-1:35 Collaboration 2:50-3:00 has been anyone who isRally the possibility of Block 6 or controversial 7 1:25-2:50 as our Lunchre12:20-1:00 1:40-2:30 (approx.) Collaboration 2:50-3:00 Block 6 1:05-1:50 that’sCollaboration 2:30-3:00 turning students feel that constant diabetic, having classes at Block 7 1:55:2:45

Evie Manouel BlockDer 5 8:00-9:20 Homeroom 9:30-9:40 Social Media Manager

“Having the white

changes in our schedule makes a problem. So City Colday in the middle Fresno each year more difficult in terms we looked at it lege or even havFOGGY DAY BELL SCHEDULES 52 week was an issue.” ofBLUE getting to class on time. There from that pering kids do some DAY (or Flip) RED DAY (or Flip) WHITE DAY were definitely to Classes spective-that was 35 minutes classes - Mrs. Hodges interning.” 70 Minute Classes disadvantages 85 Minute students and athletes would on-site critical. ” Mrs. Hodges Collaboration 7:45-9:10 who Teachers 7:45-9:10 Teachers in-site 7:45-9:10 Warning Bell 9:10 Warning Bell 9:10 Bell 9:10 often lose tremendous amounts of Last year our Warning lunches were also made it clear that their deBlock 1 9:15-9:50 class during inconveniently either at 11:25 or 12:50huge cision was not made to benefit a Blocktime 1 9:15-10:30 Block 5 9:15-10:40 Block 2 a 9:55-10:30 Break 10:30-10:40 Homeroom 10:45-11:00 Break 10:30-10:45 timed collaborations. Ms. Hodgissue for any student that had to certain group of people and was Block 2 10:45-11:55 Break 11:00-11:10 Block 3 10:50-11:25 es,Block our3 director of Student Block Activrhythmic mealsBlock and4 for11:30-12:05 any- made to maintain honesty with(or 4) 12:00-1:10 6(or 7)have 11:15-12:40 Lunch 1:10-1:45 Lunch 12:40-1:20 Block 5 12:10-12:45 ityBlock here4 (or at3)Memorial, was Block happy one1:25-2:50 really who needed some12:45-1:25 sort in the academic requirements for 1:50-3:00 7 (or 6) Lunch to give us the reasons why our of structure cycles. Collaboration 2:50-3:00 in dietary Block 6 1:30-2:05 classes. Block 7 2:10-2:50 administration decided to change “Having the white day in the “We didn’t see any data with 52

7:55 8:00-9:30 9:30-9:45 9:45-9:55 10:05-11:30 11:25-12:05 12:10-1:35 1:40-2:30 (approx.) 2:30-3:00

FOGGY DAY BELL SCHEDULES BLUE DAY (or Flip) 70 Minute Classes RED RALLY DAY 7:45-9:10 Collaboration 85 Minute Classes Warning Bell 9:10

WHITE DAY 45 Minute Classes

Warning Bell Block 5 Homeroom Break Block 7 Lunch Block 6 Collaboration/ Meetings

WHITE DAY 35 minutes classes Teachers in-site 7:45-9:10 Warning Bell 9:10 flip dates that benefitted our athBlock 1 9:15-9:50 Block 2They 9:55-10:30 letes. would still miss 7-8 Break 10:30-10:45 classes at least within the season” Block 3 10:50-11:25 Block 4 11:30-12:05 would make This obviously Block 5 12:10-12:45 athlete drop dramatically Lunch GPA’s 12:45-1:25 Block 6 their 1:30-2:05 during season and misrepBlock 7 2:10-2:50

resent the scholastic diligence of our Panthers. The ranks of our GPA’s are posted every year for every sport. If the schedule had not been changed, we would have had a worse chance to improve ourselves. In the words of Mr. Padilla, “We are student athletes, NOT athlete students.” Our administration was looking to concentrate on only missing one class less frequently for athletes instead of miss-

ing up to two classes fourteen times. Prior to this change, not only did this cause problems for our students, but it also irritated the teachers due to an inconsistent schedule and not giving the faculty adequate time to eat, use the restrooms, or take children to appointments if need be. Due to inconsistent lunches, insufficient breaks for teachers, and a schedule that affected athletes in a negative way, our administration took the time this summer to change our bell schedule in order to provide a balance for Memorial as well as benefitting all groups, even if it is a difficult transition!


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Lokesh Bhardwaj Feature Editor While the administration may have concrete reasons for making these changes to the schedule, it is not well received in the eyes of the students. The bell schedule at Memorial consists of three different days: red days, blue days, and white days. Red days include three classes and a collaboration period, blue days four, and white days all seven. The 2016-2017 school year fixed white days on Wednesday’s, and staggered blue and red days to fill the rest of the week. The new bell schedule assigned white days to Monday’s, red days to Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, and blue days to Wednesday’s and Friday’s. A survey was administered to the sophomores, juniors, and seniors in order to grasp the students’ perspectives on the new bell schedule. About 44% of students do not like the new bell schedule, and close to 47% of students preferred the previous year’s bell schedule as opposed to the current year. These staggering results demonstrate the student’s disdain for the new bell schedule. Two upperclassmen shared their thoughts on the new schedule.

Seth Freitas, junior, thinks fusion that came with flip days. negatively of the new schedule. Matthew Magill “It’s simpler, more uniDuring his three years at MemoriOpinion Editor form,” said Denise Zanutto, an al, Freitas has always been inconart teacher, in response to being venienced by the bell schedule. Out with the old and in asked how she felt about the new “The bell schedule is a nuiwith the new. Over the last four bell schedule. sance, especially to athletes like years, this has seemed to be the Zanutto was not alone in myself. I end up missing the motto that the creators of the new her praise. Joe Olivares, a history same classes every time I have bell schedules have kept in mind, teacher and SJM’s resident pun an early out,” said Freitas. When and the 2017-2018 school year is enthusiast, was more than happy asked if he had any thoughts on no exception. to share his positive outlook conthe changing schedule, Freitas This year at San Joa- cerning the bell schedule. Olivareplied, “Why quin Memori- res explained that he prefers the did they need “I am in golf so I miss every Tuesday which al, the new bell revised bell schedule over the preto change it?” is also collab so it makes it extremely diffi- schedule put vious few and that it has helped Adam Kain place has make school life as a teacher a litzarian, a senior cult to catch up since most teachers can’t been a prom- tle bit easier. at San Joaquin have you come in at lunch. It doesn’t work inent source While David Duncan, a Memorial, has of discussion. veteran science teacher, expressed with athletes.” experienced a Although some some disappointment in the loss - Anonymous different bell upperclassmen of flip days, he shared that he schedule every single year during have loudly expressed disappoint- had no concerns for the new bell his high school career. ment in the change of schedule, schedule. Duncan, along with a “I don’t like the schedule confew people have stopped to ask few other teachers, maintain faith stantly changing every year. There the teachers about their thoughts in the new system, and so far, it was nothing wrong with the 2014regarding the schedule change. has not let them down. Bell Schedules (2017-2 2015 schedule,” Kazarian said. In spite of this, several “Thanks to the teachers “Two classes after lunch makes teachers have made it clear that it that were on the committee for the day feel like 472,847,483 has made their professional lives a better schedule,” ZanutWhite making Day years.” at 7:55 much easier. According Warning to someBell to said.AM Block Durationhas Start End Block The statistics and interviews teachers, the revised schedule 1 50 minutes 8:00 AM 8:50 AM Block 1 point to the conclusion that stusimplified Block class transitions and reBlock 2 stress 45 and minutes 8:55 AM 9:40 AM Homeroom dents disapprove of the new bell lieved some of the conBreak 10 minutes 9:40 AM 9:50 AM Break schedule. How will the adminisBlock 3 45 minutes 9:55 AM 10:40 AM Block 2 tration respond to the student’s Block 4 45 minutes 10:45 AM 11:30 AM Lunch dissatisfaction? Lunch 40 minutes 11:30 AM 12:10 PM Block 3 Block 5 45 minutes Block 6 45 minutes Block 7 50 minutes Faculty Mtgs/PLC/Dept

Bell Schedules (2017-2018)

White Day Warning Bell at 7:55 AM Block Duration Start Block 1 50 minutes 8:00 AM Block 2 45 minutes 8:55 AM Break 10 minutes 9:40 AM Block 3 45 minutes 9:55 AM Block 4 45 minutes 10:45 AM Lunch 40 minutes 11:30 AM Block 5 45 minutes 12:15 PM Block 6 45 minutes 1:05 PM Block 7 50 minutes 1:55 PM Faculty Mtgs/PLC/Dept 2:50 PM

End 8:50 AM 9:40 AM 9:50 AM 10:40 AM 11:30 AM 12:10 PM 1:00 PM 1:50 PM 2:45 PM 3:30 PM

Blue Day Warning Bell at 7:55 AM Duration Start 90 minutes 8:00 AM 10 minutes 9:30 AM 85 minutes 9:45 AM

End 9:30 AM 9:40 AM 11:10 AM

Block Block 4 Break Block 5

Red Day Warning Bell at 7:55 AM Block Duration Start Block 1 90 minutes 8:00 AM Homeroom 10 minutes 9:35 AM Break 10 minutes 9:45 AM Block 2 85 minutes 10:00 AM Lunch 40 minutes 11:25 AM Block 3 90 minutes 12:10 PM Collaboration A 45 minutes 1:45 PM Collaboration B 30 minutes 2:30 PM Teacher Office Hours 3:00 PM

End 9:30 AM 9:45 AM 9:55 AM 11:25 AM 12:05 PM 1:40 PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM

12:15 PM 1:05 PM 1:55 PM 2:50 PM

1:00 PM 1:50 PM 2:45 PM 3:30 PM

Blue Day Warning Bell at 7:55 AM Block Duration Start Block 4 90 minutes 8:00 AM Break 10 minutes 9:30 AM Block 5 85 minutes 9:45 AM Lunch 40 minutes 11:10 AM Block 6 85 minutes 11:55 AM Break 10 minutes 1:20 PM Block 7 85 minutes 1:35 PM Teacher Office Hours 3:00 PM

End 9:30 AM 9:40 AM 11:10 AM 11:50 AM 1:20 PM 1:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM

Weekly Schedule Monday: White Day Tuesday and Thursdays: Red Day Wednesday and Fridays: Blue Day Masses (Goal is Tuesdays or Thursdays) Activities are Tuesdays or Thursdays

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2017’s “It” Movie Ryan Golden News Editor It: Chapter One, a 2017 American horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, focuses on a group of bullied kids from Derry, Maine in 1989. The film follows this self-proclaimed “loser club”, as their summer vacation takes a turn for the worst when a supernatural, shapeshifting demon, that takes the appearance of a clown, starts terrorizing and hunting the children in Derry. Muschietti’s film is based on Stephen King’s novel, It, written in 1986 which was then adapted into a miniseries four years later. With any remake of a classic such as this movie, people wonder how it compares to its previous adaptations and can sometimes be very disappointed if the remake does not quite match up to the original. Fortunately, the miniseries and film are very similar. Apart from the introduction of higher quality graphics and differing appearances of Pennywise the clown, the storyline of the film did not stray far from that of the miniseries. One of the only

differences is that in the miniseries, the loser club comes back as adults to face the clown when he resurfaces, yet the film ends with them as kids. However, there is some foreshadowing that suggests that there will be a sequel to the film in which they come back as adults. It’s fear component makes it a top-notch horror movie with suspenseful moments ranging from traditional jumpscares to blatant and terrifying interactions with Pennywise the clown, the obvious source of fear in the movie, and his many forms. Although many jumpscares are predictable due to suspenseful music or context clues, such as walking towards a door marked “not scary”, there were some moments that even the most prepared moviegoer would jump out of their seat. Other interactions that the characters had with Pennywise were even more terrifying than the jumpscares as he was not afraid of showing himself and being right in their faces or running towards them. Another upside of Muschietti’s production was the extensive and efficient character development of the loser club. Immedi-

ately the insecurities of each kid are shown and exploited by the circumstances of the plot. These insecurities help define each character’s distinct personality that is developed through interactions between them. Finally, to see the true nature of each character, Pennywise harassed each of the kids by tapping into their deepest fear. By connecting with each character’s personality and then seeing the turmoil they are being put through, the audience becomes invested in them, which makes for a significant and satisfying experience. “It was good but it would’ve been better if I had my eyes open,” said Gavin Chauhan “It had an easy story to follow and there wasn’t anything that needed to be explained. The jumpscares always got me,” said Adam Kazarian “Pennywise scared my mom so much she screamed in the middle of the theater and made my friend throw popcorn on someone behind us,” said Emilie Cunha

“It” theatrical release poster

Luv is Rage 2

Lokesh Bhardwaj Feature Editor

Luv is Rage 2 Album Cover Photo Courtesy of

Saturation 2 Braeden Bailey Designer

Brockhampton, a young rap group based in Los Angeles has released the sequel to their debut album, Saturation, that gained them instant fame. What makes them so special is their ability to create diverse songs that showcase the individual talents of each artist. The album consists of 16 unique tracks that each bring a different feel to the table. The album opens with “Gummy”, an energetic and lyrically

charged track about the group’s meteoric success. The jazz influenced “Tokyo” is a standout track, demonstrating how the group manages to set themselves apart from the trap music currently dominating the hip-hop genre. Each track also carries its own lyrical substance, careful to ensure what they are rapping about actually means something. Tracks like “Fight” and “Junky” tackle the social struggles of racism and homophobia that the group has overcome. The album closes with “Summer”, in which the listener is surprised with a soft guitar ballad ac-

Symere Woods, also known as Lil Uzi Vert, finally dropped his debut studio album, Luv is Rage 2, topping the charts, premiering at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. The album featured his hit single, XO TOUR Lif3, which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, being his highest charting song as an artist and boosting his net

companied with crisp vocals. Many artists before Brockhampton have tried to “change the game”, but none of them have been able to consistently put out good music like they do. The group is still in its infancy, but proves that as a collective they are able to continue adding variety to the hip-hop genre. The album’s instrumentals draw influence from multiple genres, including rock and funk. Brockhampton is not limited by a definition of genre, and listening for yourself is the only way to truly understand their unique sound.

worth to about 3 million dollars. Lil Uzi Vert showcases more singing than rapping, as opposed to his previous mixtape, Luv is Rage. Lil Uzi Vert’s new album has caught the attention of a hip-hop connoisseur at San Joaquin Memorial, Michael “Hamp” Hamparzumian. Although he is long time Uzi fan, Hamp has some criticisms about his new album. “This is a different step of what people thought Uzi would have

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taken, I personally am not a fan,” Hamp said. “He decided to take a more mainstream approach, which is perfect with songs like XO TOUR Lif3,” he explained. After asking Hamp about any closing opinions about Lil Uzi Vert as an artist, he replied by saying, “In my opinion, for his next project to be better he has to showcase more versatility, an evolution of his style, not a recycling of it.”

Sports The Red and Blue September 2017

Holy Bowl’s history Andrew O’Rourke Business Manager The Holy Bowl is one of the most unique traditions in all of sports. San Joaquin Memorial and Garces Memorial are the only two Catholic high schools in the Central Valley, and have the longest running rivalry of two Catholic high schools in the state. All of the fall sports teams play against each other, and the schools come together for the finale of the varsity football game. With this being the 52nd Holy Bowl, the game is about six months older than the Super Bowl. It is a game that is so unique that coach Anthony Goston calls it a family affair. “Garces has been our sister school for so long, it is like wanting to beat up your little brother. We respect who they are, but we want to beat them as much as they want to beat us,” Over the past 10 years, Memorial has won six games and Garces has won four. From 2008-2011, Memorial won four games in a row. Coach Goston calls it a rarity when either team goes on a win streak like that, stating, “[There are] usually no more than two [wins]

in a row. Both teams don’t like losing.” This year, Memorial was looking for revenge after a 40 point loss to Garces last year. Coach Goston took it the hardest, saying, “I am not forgetting last year’s beat down.” The Garces team this year stood as a test to the football team. “They are always a well developed team,” Goston said. “Always consistent and successful.” This year Memorial took care of business, beating Garces 49-42 and putting last year’s lost to rest. This was a big win for the Panthers, who are now 4-0. With 15 seniors on the team, many of whom have been playing on varsity since their sophomore year, Goston thinks this team is very well led. “This team likes and respects one another from sophomore to senior,” Goston said. “They have been groomed over the last three years in talent, culture, and leadership.” After falling just short in the Division 3 semi-finals, Memorial is poised for a comeback to the playoffs. “If we can stay healthy, there is no reason for us to not be at the valley championship on December 1st.”

Sports standings as of September 20th, 2017


Memorial’s powerful offense lines up against the Garces Rams on the 16th of September 2017.

Photo: Camilo Daza

Noseguard, LJ Ayson, and Defensive End, DeShaun Holliman, prepare to tackle Garces players. Photo: Braeden Bailey

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Girls Volleyball falls in a tough match to Garces

Ryan Golden News Editor

Senior Griffin O’Brian extends himself and leaps above the water to attempt to block an incoming shot. Photo: Camilo Daza

Panthers fall behind versus Garces

Panthers drop to 9-4 after close loss. Ricardo Garcia Sports and Out of Uniform Editor

Memorial’s water polo team played what they consider to be one of their best games of the season. However, their six game winning streak was snapped at the hands of the Garces Rams. The Panthers could not overcome an early 4-2 first quarter deficit that ultimately led to a 12-10 home loss. SJM put up five goals in the fourth quarter, but could not complete the comeback as the Rams scored three times late to put the game out of reach.

Senior Kevin Orlando scored two goals and had three assists to lead Memorial, while senior goalie Griffin O’Brien had 14 saves. “Some good out of that game [is] that we’re right there with [Garces], but I think we gave that game away in the first quarter,” Coach Gary Gleason said. “We squandered a great game by [Griffin O’Brien]. When you have a great goalie like we have, and he’s on like he was today, we’ve got to take advantage of that.” The loss dropped the Panthers to 9-4 overall on the season while the Rams improved to a perfect 7-0. Coach Gary Gleason believes that Memorial’s record should have been 10-3.

“[Garces] got away with a lot of stuff out there,” Gleason said. “We came up short, but we really came up short in the first quarter.” Coach Tom Gleason put a positive spin on what was a tough loss to swallow. “To me,” he said, “that was the best game Memorial played in my two years here [as a coach].” Senior goalie Griffin O’Brien felt good about the team’s chances to bounce back. “I think we’ll bounce back good,” he said. “We’re a tough fighting team. We push each other hard in practice. Our ultimate goal is Valleys. We’ll bounce back. We’ll be good.”

Girls Tennis Faces CMAC Rival in Early Season Match Evie Der Manouel Social Media Manager On September 12th, the Girl’s Tennis Team walked onto a Memorial bus to Sanger with hopes of clinching an important match against Sanger High-their biggest rivals. The team was eager to win on Sanger’s home court and send a message to their former co-league champions of 2016; this is their year to snag the CMAC League Championship. Led by coaches Karen Luchini and Janelle Dunn, every member of the Varsity and JV teams knew

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that this match could determine the possibility of winning the League Championship. “We have a lot of respect for Sanger Tennis. We’ve developed a strong rivalry over the past 5 years that is based on respect for one another and fine sportsmanship on both sides. We are always ready for a battle everytime we play and we must bring our best tennis to win,” said Karen Luchini, Co-Head Coach of Memorial’s Girl’s Tennis. Walking onto the courts, the teams warmed up alongside one another, sneaking looks. After warming up, our Panthers knew that this wasn’t going to be an

easy match. Emerson Fung, our #1 singles player battled from one set down to win against Sanger’s #1 player in a third set super tie. Caroline Fisher at #2 also made an amazing comeback in her sets causing an upset against her opponent. Our Girl’s Tennis Teams represented Memorial well in terms of sportsmanship and effort. Rallying through their doubles matches, our Panthers came through with the win after hours of tiebreakers and grueling points. Our Panthers won their tennis match 5-4 against the Sanger Apaches on their home court—sending a message to the rest of their D1 division.

San Joaquin Memorial’s Varsity girls’ volleyball team left it all on the court during the 2017 Holy Bowl, but unfortunately came up short against the Garces Rams and lost the first three sets, ending the game. Going into the game, our Panthers were expecting a tough match. Thinking of last year’s battle against the Rams affected the girls and could have thrown them off their game, according to Olivia Baldwin, a senior varsity player. She felt that if they had come out stronger and more focused, they would have had a better chance of beating Garces.

“I think we got in our heads a little bit before we even started playing, which definitely contributed to the overall outcome of the game,” Baldwin said. But all is not lost. Although they did not walk away with the win, Baldwin and her teammates are proud of how they performed. They improved from last year’s Holy Bowl and gave Garces a run for their money as they “really had a chance of winning that second set,” Baldwin mentions. There are things they wish they could change, but the team is ready to work hard this year, improve and play next year for the win. “I’m really proud of my team and will definitely be back to watch us play [Garces] next year,” Baldwin concluded.

Tegan Pearce readies to serve the ball.

Photo: Ryan Golden

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