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VOL. XLI NO.11 May 25, 2012

Schurr High School, Montebello, CA



Take a ride on a variety of boards.

Explore Cars Land, the newest attraction at Disneyland.

Learn about the history of Cirque du Soleil.



Prom integrates Cirque du Soleil



WASC gives six-year term accreditation BY POY WOO News Editor

Photo printed with permission from ANGEL LIANG

INSIDE SCOOP: The interior of the Wallis Annenburg Building will be transformed with lights for prom.



Themed Cirque du Soleil, prom will be held June 9 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Wallis Annenburg Building in Los Angeles. Built in 2004, the Wallis Annenburg Building for Science Learning and Innovation was originally created to promote scientific research. “It is a very popular prom site at the moment. Its industrial, open look drew us in, as well as its second floor of foliage and light board that will set the perfect mood for our prom,” said Jenafer Hansen, co-adviser of Prom Committee. Members of Prom Committee and their advisers, Hansen and Jerry Ortiz, have organized prom plans. Teachers Amber Ackerman, Adriana Estrada and sophomore class USB will be helping with setup, as is tradition. Prom clearance and guest passes are currently available in Hansen’s room, D-4. Guest passes will be available until May 31. All guests

must be 20 years old or younger and be approved by administrators. Ticket prices increase every two weeks. Prices are currently $90 per person with USB and $95 per person without USB, with no discount for couples. The final price increase of $5 will be May 29. Tickets will be $95 per person with USB and $100 per person without USB. The last day to get cleared and purchase tickets is June 6. Each ticket comes with an invitation, directions and admission into prom. Nominations for prom king and queen began last week. Final voting will take place during check-in at the prom. Coronation of king and queen will take place at 10 p.m. Self-parking, which costs $10, and designated limousine dropoff locations are specified in the invitations included with the ticket. As gifts to the guests, three photo booths will be provided at the Wallis Annenburg venue. “There are numerous surprises that will keep guests entertained

• Memorial Day Classes will not be in session May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

throughout the night,” said Erika Miranda, Prom Committee co-chair. Food will be served buffet-style. Main courses include chicken piccata and a carving table with roast beef. The music of the night will be chosen by DJ Vick One from the radio station Power 106. “This program will be talked about for decades. We hope everyone will enjoy the work that we [Prom Committee] have put into it,” said Ortiz.

FAST FACTS WHAT: Prom WHEN: June 9, 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. WHERE: Wallis Annenburg Science Center ADMISSION: $95 per person without USB and $90 with. Prices increase by $5 on May 29.

• 3-on-3 Co-ed Basket-

ball Tourney The last game will be played May 30 from 12:40 – 2 p.m. in Byers Gymnasium.

Following the report from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visiting committee, a six-year term of accreditation with a midterm review, expiring on June 30, 2018, was granted. “I’m happy for the school, students and staff. There was a lot of hard work and effort put into this. Everyone did a great job,” said Principal Stacey Honda. “The process is a reflection of what we do everyday and it validated our work.” For the next six years, students attending Schurr will be recognized for attending an accredited school, which makes them eligible to receive Cal Grants, attend a University of California and other colleges and opens up other opportunities, such as scholarships and military recruitment. The midterm review will consist of a written report from the school outlining progress made in implementing the school-wide action plan and a one-day visit in 2015 by a two-member team. The purpose of the visit is to check the progress of the action plan, ensuring that the school is on track. The WASC term of accreditation dictates the year of the visit. The action plan consists of an overarching goal and three school-wide areas of focus: Algebra I, English Learners and college and career readiness. “We looked at a lot of data and realized where we need to improve and where our students are struggling,” said Honda. The overarching goal in the action plan is to continue Professional Learning Communities (PLC), introduced in 2008. With district support, the PLC leaders of various academic departments met with representatives of the other high schools to identify essential standards, create pacing guides and develop benchmark assessments. In the frame of PLCs, Schurr’s goal is to continually refine the process of planning, implementing and monitoring during collaboration meetings, site sub days and meetings with administration, in order to make informed decisions regarding instruction. Schurr plans to continue finding ways to utilize and operate PLCs more effiectively. To improve in the three areas of focus, the self-study, which is a document submitted to WASC that outlines actions that will be taken, includes implementation steps that the school will be acting on. For example, to improve Algebra I test results, a pilot Loyola Marymount University Algebra I program has been implemented in nine classrooms. For English Learners, Schurr’s plans include implementing classroom walkthroughs that focus on the English Learner population and focus on research-based, content-specific strategies. Continued on page 4...

• SHS Dance Showcase Schurr Dance Team and Latin Dance Class will collaborate to hold the SHS dance showcase June 1 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $5 presale from members of the team and will be $7 at the door.

• Blood Drive A blood drive will be held June 5 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the MultiPurpose Room. Students may sign up in the Student Store until June 1. All participants will receive a coupon from Cold Stone Creamery and a Leader for Life T-shirt.


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STAFF EDITORIAL As the year comes to a close, students and teachers are receiving recognition they deserve. Individuals will be receiving awards for their accomplishments, such as with the art show, where students have the opportunity to showcase their creative talents ranging from painting, to photography, architectural design and sculpting. Their works will be displayed at school for others to see. Sports teams who have worked hard through their season have earned spots in CIF, and specific players who have put hours into practices and have excelled in sports will receive recognition in upcoming sports banquets. For graduating seniors, graduation is an accomplishment in itself, as students have had to pass many classes to satisfy the requirements. However, recognition should go beyond just individuals. With the efforts of every student and faculty member, we have received a six-year term of accreditation with a midterm review from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the highest assessments that a school can receive. This not only reflects the accomplishments of the students, but the Spartan community. Even the construction of the new aquatics center is a product of the diligence current and prior students have displayed. Individuals around the community have recognized Schurr’s exemplary work with improving students’ academics and honing skills that will be useful later in life and voted to provide funds needed to start the construction of the pool. The awards we have received and the accomplishments for which we have been recognized mirror the perseverance and dedication that the people at our school have put into improving not only their individual skills but the quality and reputation of the school as a whole.

Finding peace without Jarvis BY JESSICA APARICIO Editor in Chief

Just so you know I have EIC Syndrome. Individuals suffering from EIC Syndrome may experience an array of different symptoms that can be diagnosed at the start of an individual receiving the new position. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, losing phones, misplacing books and failing to recall which class to attend. Sadly, I have been diagnosed with all of these symptoms since day one. It was the day after the announcement of my new position and I was sitting in class. At the, last five minutes of the period, I had pulled out my smartphone to show a friend a video. During that time, my phone was one of my most prized possessions. I used it to listen to music and explore the Internet. I even went as far as to name my phone Jarvis after the supercomputer that Iron Man owns. I have never been the one to misplace things and leave them forgotten. I have always diligently kept things like keys, wallet and purse by my side and have never lost a single item, but for some inexplicable reason, I walked away without my smartphone. I did not notice that I had left it on the desk until five minutes later. By the time I rushed to retrieve it, it was already too late; someone had stolen Jarvis. I was never going to get him back. At first I panicked and was slightly angry. My parents had always taught me that it was extremely important to keep your valuable possessions with you at all times, and by losing such a thing I was scared about what my parents would say. Scratch that. What would my sister say? She was the one who had paid for that smartphone. I let myself calm down for a few seconds by seeking solitude. That choice was a bad move as I began to think of the perpetrator who had stolen my phone.

What if he or she hacked onto my Facebook? Surely the person would see that I was continuously logged onto my profile. What embarrassing things would be posted to ruin my life? I gnawed at my lip. I had to be rational. I went back to my English class and spoke to the teacher to see if she had seen Jarvis. I could see the amusement flicker in her eyes as she told me, “no.” She knew that I had caught the condition, and I had caught it bad. I was later assessed and evaluated as an emotional wreck. The first month, I suffered withdrawal symptoms, and it did not help in the least that my smartphone was not replaced by another. I was stuck with a phone on which not even all the buttons worked properly. I underwent hallucinations that caused me to see teenagers with their smartphones in hand everywhere I looked. The initial phase of the treatment was quite clear: I needed to forget about Jarvis and become self-actualized. As the months passed, I realized that my psychological and physical need to have my smartphone with me at all times was unnecessary. I was fine with the basic necessities that my prehistoric phone provided for me. I also fought the condition by realizing that I was not the only one who had it. In general, EIC syndrome is considered to be highly contagious and inherited according to its theoretical etiologies. The last editor in chief, Veronica Jimenez, passed it on to me, as I am sure the one before her did the same. My prognosis has been marked fair. Although I do not lose my phone anymore, I know that I am still forgetful with my other possessions. The situation has gotten better, though, as I take time in the day to stop and see what I am missing before I depart for my next destination. While there might never be a cure, I know that I will get past my condition and not let it invade my life, like it once did with my missing phone.

Jess’ So You Know

10 Second Opinion

Working hard will pay off in the future.



Freshman Studies Teacher The Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC) oversees a process to help schools meet the personal and academic needs of their students and encourages school improvement. The process standardizes an approach for self-evaluation. A visiting team observed Schurr’s progress by looking at such factors as the school Academic Performance Index (API) composed of the California Standardized Tests (CST) results and the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) results. The visit concluded with a recommendation by the team for a term of accreditation of up to six years.


Schurr earned a six-year term from the Accrediting Commission. Hard work by staff, students and community went into accomplishing this goal. One change in the accreditation process is a move from a departmentbased viewpoint to a Professional Learning Community (PLC) viewpoint. The purpose is to broaden the sharing of student performance data and to create a sense of connection between disciplines. A student who is physically fit should perform better in English or math, showing a connection between Physical Education and academic classes. Everything is connected. Another benefit of the PLC is the emphasis on teachers sharing teaching strategies. Student performance data influences teaching, since data provides information on how well students are learning the material. It is easier to identify students’ academic problem areas, which leads teachers to review or use different teaching methods. Students often try their best on the CAHSEE because they must pass to graduate, but may not on the CSTs because they feel they do not count; actually, the API is 88% CST scores and only 12% CAHSEE. Spartans, please do your best on both the CAHSEE and the CSTs. Show your Spartan Pride.



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Companies are making their food products “healthier” by putting on labels such as “fat free,” “sugar free” and “low calorie,” such as with 7-11’s new Slurpee Lite. However, eating these alternatives is not necessarily beneficial and may even be potentially harmful.


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How do you feel about diet foods, such as low-calorie, low-fat, fat-free, sugar-free snacks and diet soda?


I like them since they help bring out good taste to diets.


I don’t have a problem with them, but I don’t see the use in them since the artificial sugars and products used seem more harmful than the original.


I really like them. I can taste the difference in the healthier foods. They taste fresh.



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They taste bad. It’s the sugar that makes the flavor.



NUMBERS 62% of Americans

consume diet soft drinks.

187 million American adults consume low-calorie, sugar-free foods and beverages.

78% of Americans use

low-calorie, reduced-sugar and sugar-free foods and beverages as a method of weight loss. SOURCE:

Diet labels mislead consumers BY SARAI JARAMILLO Copy Editor

Catering to the tastes of health-conscious individuals, many food companies have begun to release new, “diet” versions of their products; however, these diet products are not necessarily healthier than the original. Recently, 7-Eleven released a new sugar-free alternative to their signature Slurpee—the Slurpee Lite. An eight-ounce Slurpee Lite has 46 fewer calories than eight ounces of a regular Slurpee. According to usatoday. com, Slurpee Lite is aimed primarily toward healthconscious young women, contains no sugar and comes in a variety of flavors, including the popular mango. Though it may seem healthier than the regular Slurpee, this “diet” version is misleading. Aside from the sugar content, it still contains the same nutritional value; that is to say, it has no nutritional value. Replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners and relabeling a product as “lite” only leads to misconceptions of nutritional content to health-conscious consumers and lulls them into a false sense of security. Likewise, many products advertise a new and improved recipe of their original product that has less fat. Though seemingly a positive step, this is not necessarily accurate. What many consumers do not realize is that the fat content that is printed in the Nutritional Value chart on the back of many food products applies to a certain type of fat molecule only, and does not include the entire category of fats. Traditional “bad” fats are saturated fats, usually found in animal products, and trans fats, usually found in oily or fried products. Most products that are advertised as having less fat or even no fat are usually referring to these two types of fat molecules. However, unsaturated fats and fatty acids are not taken into account. These fats are typically praised as the “good” fats, since they do not have the same negative effect on the body as trans and saturated fats. Though it is true that unsaturated fats and fatty acids are healthier than the other two, they can still be detrimental to one’s health if consumed too frequently.

According to, people who eat unsaturated omega 6 fats too frequently can shift their body’s optimum balance from omega 3 to omega 6 fats. Consumers unaware of this fact who consistently buy products labeled “low fat,” may be unintentionally causing harm to their bodies. The popular peanut butter manufacturing company, Jif, advertises reduced-fat peanut butter as a healthier alternative to the “full-flavor” original. However, when the fat is removed, an extra gram of sugar is added to make up for the slightly different taste, according to A diet rich in sugary foods can lead to a myriad of health concerns, including risk of dental cavities and type II diabetes. Food companies with strategic advertisements are not the only ones responsible for nutritional misconceptions. Many popular restaurants are also guilty of printing misleading information. In order to keep up with the calorie concerns of consumers, many restaurants have begun to print calorie totals of meals on their menus. For example, Subway prints calorie information of several different subs and compares them with products of competitors, such as McDonald’s and Burger King. The comparisons lead one to believe that Subway sandwiches are the healthier choice; however, the fine print indicates that only basic sandwiches with a specific bread and no cheese or condiments are included in the calorie information. Since most people like to customize their sandwiches by choosing different breads from six options and adding popular condiments such as mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard, getting an accurate picture of the true calorie count and how it compares to other restaurants’ food is difficult. The road to a healthier lifestyle is, unfortunately, full of speed bumps of misleading information. Though calorie counting makes many people more confident about the health value of the food they are about to eat, it often does not accurately reflect its true nutritional value. Health-conscious consumers must be aware of common nutritional misconceptions in order to avoid becoming victims of a shrewd advertising strategy.



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Choir presents spring concert BY GENESIS DIAZ Reporter

Turning back the clock to the age of rock ’n roll, Choir and Vocal Ensemble will present their annual Spring Concert June 8. “The concert is a celebration of the music of the ’60s,” explained Choir Director Leslie Ziff. “The purpose of focusing on this specific era is for the students to have a better understanding of the music of the ’60s and for them to share their enthusiasm with their peers and their family.” The concert will feature music from popular, well-known bands like The Beatles and The Mamas and the Papas, as well as songs from the musicals “West Side Story,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Hair.”

“I’m really excited to perform music from the ’60s. A lot of people listen to music from this era and are familiar with the musicals we are showcasing. The whole concert is going to be fun to perform and enjoyable for the audience,” said Jasmine Delgado, Vocal Ensemble president. In addition to group performances, duets, trios and solos will be presented. Auditions for these take place today after school. Piano accompanist Randy Guiaya has made himself available during nutrition for students who need help on their auditions. To add more fun to the concert, a dance will be choreographed to the “Hair” soundtrack. “The pieces we’re performing are a little challenging, but we’re all working hard to make everything sound great and


SOARING NOTES: Juniors Brianna Ibarra and Marina Ramos and senior Daniela Flores rehearse “Black Bird,” which will be performed at the spring concert June 8. entertaining for everyone who attends,” said Delgado. Vocal Ensemble performed their own arrangement of “Black Bird” by The Beatles and “A Clare Benediction” by John Rutter in

the choir festival at Montebello High School May 23. Both songs will be featured in the Spring Concert as well. Tickets go on sale June 1 and cost $5 for general admission.

“We welcome anyone to come to watch, enjoy a night of great music and support the students,” said Ziff. “A lot of work is going into the event, especially since it is just around the corner.”

Organizations hold Relay for Life Artists showcase BY BRANDON SERPAS Reporter

To raise money for cancer research, several school and community organizations will participate in the annual Relay for Life June 2-3 at the Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School track. Relay for Life is a community event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS), where participants run around the track in order to help raise money for cancer research. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and go on for 24 hours. “I can’t wait to finally do the event this year, it would be great to help people that are affected by cancer,” said Shirley Lui, Interact member. A number of traditions mark the event. The race starts with a survivor’s lap—an inspirational lap where those who have fought and defeated cancer are invited to circle the track together to celebrate their victory. Relay for Life is open to everyone and is a community event. Participants must register online by creating or joining a team or signing up individually. If a team is formed, it must raise at least $100 and be represented by a team member on the track for the 24 hours. The event will consist of members from various groups on campus, including Interact and Key Club. The event is also open to students who are not involved with

a club. These students may register online by joining the Schurr High School team. Schurr participants will not be staying overnight this year and may leave whenever necessary. While not running or walking on the track, students may relax, cheer on other participants or visit various booths that will be set up for food or more information on the Relay for Life organization. Starting at 9 pm June 2, a traditional candle-lit ceremony, the Luminaria, will be held in remembrance of all those who lost their lives to or have been affected by cancer and to celebrate those who won their battle against the disease. Lighted candles inside plastic bags filled with sand, each bearing a name of a person who has had cancer, will be placed around the track to light the night, while participants often take a lap in silence. The event will conclude with the Fight Back Ceremony, where participants make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer. The commitment usually involves having and encouraging others to have a cancer screening, pledging not to smoke cigarettes and advocating for less smoking in public areas. “It’s really fun, and even though we’re having it at a new location, I know that it’ll still help connect the community in fighting cancer,” said Key Club representative Jillian Sarao.


Drama presents mix of eras, elements

creativity, talents BY CHERISE WOO & CINDY YU Photo Editor & Graphics Editor

Displaying the work of students in visual arts classes, the annual art show will take place June 11-15 in the Multi-Purpose Room. “I have always considered this a great outlet for creative students to show their work and creativity,” said Marvin Inouye, photographer teacher. “The art show is a great advertisement for the visual arts department although it is the end of an era for photography in this school.” Teachers may reserve a day to take their classes to view the show, as students are not allowed into the exhibit between classes, after school or if unaccompanied by a teacher. Student photographs and other artwork from the classes of Erik Greene, Inouye and Michele Nakano will be presented. All art students are eligible to participate in the art show. However, artwork must be approved and selected by teachers in the judging process. “Judges vary from year to year, based on availability. I utilize friends of mine who are professional working artists in the fields of fine arts, illustration and commercial design,” said Greene. Awards include Outstanding Achievement in Beginning Drawing, Beginning Painting, Advanced Drawing and Advanced Painting. Photography awards will be given for first, second and third place in the categories of Portrait, Fine Arts, Special Effects, Human Interest, Photojournalism and Open. The most prestigious photo award is the Photographer of the Year, given to students who produce a portfolio. The awards ceremony will be held June 12 in the Multi-Purpose Room and is open to the public. “People get to see what I have been working on for years. They can also be inspired to do it themselves,” said Selene Lopez, art student. “I have a political piece that I’ve been working on. It is about the effects of pollution, but it also combines what is beautiful about the world too.” The art show will be open every day during class time but will be closed during nutrition and lunch. Continued from page 1...


UNDER THE MASK: The Phantom, played by Ruben Amaya, professes his love for Christine, played by Ivana Velasquez, after removing his mask in the sixth act of “Tales of Mystery and of the Imagination.”

In terms of career and college readiness, faculty has looked at data and the number of college-bound students. Schurr plans to continue providing student counseling, college and career speakers, college visits and application assistance though the College Office, while trying to improve resources for students. “Just because the WASC visits are over, doesn’t mean we’re done. We are continually working on ways to improve every day,” said Honda.



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Renaissance rally recognizes student, faculty achievement BY CONNIE CAI Reporter


POWER POSTER: Junior Cassidy Escobar works on a poster for the Power 106 game, one of the events to raise money for rallies.

Poets publish original works BY BILLY CHU

Assistant News Editor Under the guidance of Betty Harbison, Poetry Club members have been selected to have their works published in a nationally recognized anthology by Creative Communication. Six students were chosen to have their original poems published. Seniors Elmast Kozloyan, Erick Ortiz and Jacqueline Stephanie are having their poems, “Untouched,” “Smoking” and “Temporal,” respectively, published in A Celebration of Poets after entering Creative Communication’s Spring Poetry Contest. Sophomores Alexandra Alonso and Alondra Garcia and freshman Raquel Diaz are also publishing their poems, “Destruction,” “Remember” and “The Great Lavatory Escape,” respectively, in the anthology. “I’m really proud that we have Spartans who are entering such a wide variety of contests this year because students have to enter to win,” said Harbison, club adviser. All of the students are currently in the process of being judged for a place in the top 10 in the poetry, essay and art contests. Creative Communications is awarding the top 10 poetry entries a $25 check, special recognition in the book and a free copy of the anthology. Kozloyan, along with sophomores Jesie Amaya, Noe Flores, Lina Lopez and Gabriel Salazar were published after entering the Winter Poetry Contest in December, with their poems “Instrumental Insomnia,” “Goodnight,” “Paper Forest,” “I’m Ready for the Future” and “Fire,” respectively.

To recognize student achievement, Renasissance will hold its final rally of the year June 8 featuring a “Scooby Doo” theme. “Students are going to feel rewarded. We’ve worked super hard so far, and the real work has yet to come,” said Lauren Sanchez, senior Renaissance member. Students with a GPA of 2.5 or above on the third quarter report card or those who have improved their GPA of at least 0.33 from the first semester will be eligible to attend the rally. Two rallies will be held to accommodate the number of students qualified to attend. Freshmen and sophomores will attend during second period, while juniors and seniors will attend during third and fourth periods. All juniors and seniors, even if they did not attend the rally, will have second lunch. “We have a lot of good things to celebrate at Schurr. Many amazing seniors from the Class of 2012 are going to schools like Yale, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Notre Dame and many more,” said Kenneth Seto, Renaissance coordinator.

“We also have a state champion from our speech team and many more amazing things happening at Schurr. That is truly what Renaissance is all about: celebrating all the great things.” Videos, skits and a number of dance performances will be presented by the dance team and Renaissance members. The rally will conclude with a dance number featuring a mix of popular songs. Awards will be presented to AP scholars, inspirational staff members and other deserving individuals. Sports teams and other organizations that have displayed excellence will also be recognized. In order to raise money for the rally’s props and materials, Renaissance members fundraised through events like Mr. Schurr High and the Power 106 game. A total of $5,000 was spent, including all the equipment, prizes, decorations, costumes and other expenses. “This upcoming rally is set up in a different way, and we’re trying to incorporate many different elements in it,” said Rudy Duarte, senior Renaissance member. “We always try to better ourselves and the school, so hopefully we meet our goal and put on a good show.”

Teacher receives Golden Apple award BY HELIA NG

Lead Copy Editor In recognition of his outstanding student teaching, the Charter School of Education at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) awarded the Golden Apple Award to Deepak Gulati during its annual “Day of the Teacher” reception May 11. Gulati is a first-year teacher currently teaching American literature and READ 180, a reading program that helps students raise reading achievement and prepare them for standardized tests, such as the California High School Exit Exam, and college coursework. “I was pleasantly surprised. I knew it took a lot of work, and I was fortunate that I had one of the best master teachers [Elizabeth Rodarte] that trained me with instructional strategies and practice,” said Gulati. Upon the recommendation of Rodarte, Gulati was nominated for the award, based on his exemplary work as a student teacher. “This recognition is also a tribute to all those who made it possible. My heartiest gratitude to my former professors at CSULA for their inspiring instruction, Ms. Honda, our captain, for welcoming me onboard the ‘Spartan ship’ and Ms. Rodarte, my remarkably qualified master teacher and mentor, for her invaluable guidance,” said Gulati. According to the CSULA website, nominees must have been rated in the top 10% of student teachers during


RECOGNIZED: Teacher Deepak Gulati received the Golden Apple Award from CSULA May 11 for his oustanding student teaching. the past academic year and must have provided excellent work in the following practices: development of learning opportunities that effectively address the needs of children with special needs, instruction that encourages students to think, integration of cultural values within the classroom and completion of all the Directed Teaching competencies at an exemplary level. To improve classroom learning, student reading and writing competency, Gultai uses a combination of visual, auditory, tactile and

kinesthetic methods. He also utilizes technology in the classroom consistently and effectively by giving PowerPoint presentations to help strengthen and cement acquired skills. “It [the award] has definitely energized me towards doing my very best for the students at Schurr,” said Gulati. “In my classroom, I wish to apply the effective and powerful strategies in the classroom gained through the elite faculty at CSULA and my master teacher and mentor Ms. Rodarte to help students gain advanced reading and writing skills.”

Senior activities schedule

June 11-14 Seniors will take their finals during the regular school schedule throughout the week. June 14 Grad Night will be held at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Tickets cost $75 per person and sales are from May 29 to June 12. Only 250 spots will be available. June 15 Breakfast will be served for seniors at 7:30 a.m. in Byers Gymnasium. June 18-19 Seniors pick up caps and gowns at Byers Gymnasium 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. June 19 The senior panorama picture will be taken in Byers Gymnasium and will cost $25. Seniors must bring their gowns. June 20-21 Mandatory graduation rehearsal will be held at Byers Gymnasium June 20 and the Ken Davis Field June 21. June 21 Class of 2012 graduation will begin at 6 p.m. at the Ken Davis Field.


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Gomez ‘sculpts’ artistic prospects BY JEANETTE LIU & BENJAMIN YAO

Features Editor & Advertising Manager Most view ceramics as an artform for adults and individuals who have more time on their hands, but sophomore Edith Gomez begs to differ. Gomez started doing ceramics when she was 13 at the Commerce Studio. She believes that art expresses one’s personality and emotion, and that is how she discovered the world of ceramics. After entering and winning a contest, she was given the opportunity to display her work in a book. “[My work] will be published in a book called Art Appreciation,” said Gomez. She learned her trade from her previous teacher, Luciano Pimienta, and is currently under the careful eye of Beatriz Jaramillo. Under their supervision, she has excelled in the world of art and is able to express her “artsy” personality. “My classmate, Art, told me that being unique is okay, and he inspired me to use as many colors as I want,” said Gomez. She uses very unique mediums to assist her in her artworks. Aside from the normal clay tools, she often uses many practical tools that are not considered typical clay-sculpting tools, such as chopsticks, a needle and a cork. A ceramic is an inorganic, nonmetallic solid made through the process of heating, followed by cooling. Noncrystalline ceramics, also known as glass ceramics, are formed from melted glass. If the glass if fully melted, the ceramic can be shaped in a casting, but if it has not melted completely, methods such as blowing to mold the shape are more practical. Another type of ceramics, crystalline

ceramics, is made by shaping the clay into the desired form and firing it. Ceramics of this type have specific forming techniques, including free-hand shaping, throwing with a potter’s wheel, slip casting, tape casting, injection molding and dry pressing. Although Gomez does not work in glass ceramics, she often utilizes the wheel or freehands her art pieces. “I make ceramics with a sculpting wheel and many other forms,” said Gomez. To make her piece, she first gets clay and wedges it so that all the trapped air can escape. Then she sculpts the clay into the shape and form that she wants. After shaping the clay, Gomez fires it in the kiln. She pours glaze, which is a glossy type of paint for ceramics, all over the hardened clay. To complete the piece, she places it in the kiln for a second time so that it is ready for use. Typically, this process takes about a month to complete. Her finished products are often sold and displayed in art shows. Gomez makes miniature ceramics as well and gives them away as presents to her friends and family. She advises others to take risks because that is the only way to create something abnormal and unique. With such an interesting beginning, there is a bright future ahead of Gomez. “Take risks and don’t be afraid to ruin a piece. It will be very hard at first, but if you try, you will eventually succeed. Believe in yourself; you can accomplish anything you set your mind to,” said Gomez. Gomez is currently continuing her classes at Commerce Ceramic Studio on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. Balancing many activities and schoolwork along with ceramics, Gomez continues to sculpt her future artistic prospects.


OUT OF THIS WORLD : Edith Gomez displays her sculpted ceramic globe.

Diaz, Phan show ‘poetic power’ as winners of essay contest BY ERIC CHUNG Copy Editor

Upon winning their first poetry competition, freshmen Raquel Diaz and Nathan Phan continue to compete in writing contests in hopes of continuing their success and bettering their writing. Diaz and Phan recently participated in the Poetic Power Essay Contest after being introduced to it by Betty Harbison in their Honors English 1-2 class. Both students were winners of the contest. “Winning was an unexpected surprise to me, but I put my best effort into my writing, so it felt satisfying.” said Diaz. “I was shocked, and I was hoping there was a cash reward, but there wasn’t.” A member of the school’s Poetry Club, Diaz has enjoyed writing since she began to read. She was interested in creating her own stories and characters so that she could express her own thoughts through the use of words. This prompted her to start writing as a hobby, join Poetry Out Loud and take her teacher’s advice to enter her first essay competition. Phan, on the other hand, found interest in writing in 8th grade after practicing how to write essays. He already liked the arts prior to this; however, Phan enjoys the extra freedom that writing gives him—that he can write about and describe anything in detail with

words and not be criticized about content. His newfound interest in writing is what influenced Phan to join journalism. Already learning about the competition in English class, a recent assignment in journalism inspired him even more to enter his first writing contest. “Writing is a form of art. It’s another way for me to express myself,” said Phan. “I have always liked writing, but I never do any of it unless it’s school-related, so I decided that it would be fun to try something outside of school. It was very surprising to me when I found out that I was one of the winners.” Although the winners of the competition do not get a prize, both Diaz’s and Phan’s compositions will be published in an anthology by the creators of the contest. “If there is another opportunity, I would like to give it a go. I really enjoy writing, even if my responses make it seem like I have no initiative or devotion to it,” said Diaz. Inspired and instilled with confidence by their recent win, Diaz continues to look for more contests in which to compete, while Phan recently entered another writing contest, also suggested by Harbison.




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Evolution of shorts: explore new lengths BY TAYLOR HONDA Features Editor

From casual to athletic to formal, shorts have changed drastically throughout history, with printed shorts currently in fashion. According to, shorts are believed to have originated in the late 14th century. Originally worn by men, the first “shorts,” called breeches, were knee length tight pants that were usually worn with a belt. From the 19th century until after World War I, knee pants, short light pants extending to the knees, were worn by boys who were from 8 to 16 years old. According to, the term “shorts” for short pants did not come into use until the 1920s, when younger boys between the ages of 2 and 8 began to wear a style of shorts with wider leg openings. Star tennis player Alice Marbles started a revolution of shorts when she played a professional tennis match in knee-length shorts in 1933. Although many were at first outraged, since society was not accustomed to showing skin in public, shorts became more accepted by the ’50s. In the early 20th century, the British Royal Navy created a new kind of shorts in London that was later known as the Bermuda shorts. However, they did not become popular until the ’50s in the British colony of Bermuda; hence, the name. The popularity of these shorts spread to other countries, including the United States, according to The style of the shorts entails that they must be no more than three inches above the knees. The ’50s was also marked by the short-shorts trend, allowing women to stay cool and chic. These shorts, cut off in mid-thigh, are still popular to this

day. However, short-shorts are still looked upon warily by some conservative people, depending on the length of the shorts. Capri pants became popular in the ‘60s, which cut off at the upper calf area. These type of pants are in between the length of pants and shorts. Though popular among women, Capri pants have been rising in popularity in men’s fashion recently. At the end of the ’70s, a kind of shorts called “Daisy Dukes” became popular when actress Catherine Bach played the role of Daisy Duke in “The Dukes of Hazard” television shorts. Her shorts were cut off on the upper thigh area. Women then began to make their own Daisy Duke by cutting their jeans and sometimes even made it even shorter by folding the cut-off ends. The ’90s were characterized by zip-off shorts, where the sections can be zipped off to create shorts. Like taking off a jacket when warm, the pants could be altered to stay cool. This season, printed shorts have come into style. These shorts are characterized by comfortable material and are worn for casual and more formal occasions. According to, the printed shorts trend gives people an excuse to wear pajama-like clothing outside of the house. Certain types of these printed shorts can even be worn to events such as weddings and job interviews. These shorts usually have colorful patterns on them; hence, the name “printed shorts.” Since the first use of shorts in the late 14th century and its growing popularity in the 20th century, shorts continue to offer a stylish way to cool off during summer heat.

Fitting perfect jeans with Levi’s Curve ID BY TAYLOR FONG Reporter

Because finding the right pair of jeans can be difficult, Levi’s introduced customized jeans that cater to the body types of modern women. Levi’s customized jeans are mostly based on shape rather than size. According to, this line of jeans was made to fit the curve of a woman’s body. Three types of jeans are offered, depending on one’s curve: the slight curve, demi curve and bold curve. The slight curve is designated for those with a straight figure and defines the wais, while the demi curve is designated for those with even proportions and accentuates the waist. The bold curve is designed for those with genuine curves and hugs the waist without gapping or pulling. Using the Levi’s Curve ID Fit Finder, one can easily find the perfect size of jeans. The finder measures waist



These types of shorts became popular in the ‘70s when actress Catherine Bach wore these shorts when she played the role of Daisy Duke in the television series “The Dukes of Hazard.”


The short-shorts trend began in the ‘50s, where women wore shorts that cut off at the upper thigh area.


These shorts were invented in the early 20th century by the British Royal Navy in London, but did not become trendy until the ‘50s in the British colony, Bermuda.


As the name implies, knee pants cut off on the knees. Tennis star Alice Marbles caused an outrage when she wore these shorts to a professional tennis match in 1933, but she also started a new trend.


In the ‘60s, Capri pants, which cut off at the upper calf area, fell into fashion. Though originally popular among women, these are now trendy among men.


These pants have zippers on the leg areas. Depending on where the zippers are, the pants can be transformed into different types of shorts. CINDY YU

definition on the scale of little to defined curves, seat and fit issues, such as having jeans that are too tight around the waist, having gaps in the back or not having enough coverage. By following three easy steps, one can find the proper “curve” to fit one’s body. The price of these curve styles range from $68 to $78. Each curve comes in different washes, or colors, lengths and styles. For example, the slight curve comes in modern low rise skinny, modern low rise straight, modern low rise boot, classic mid rise slim, classic mid rise straight, classic mid rise boot, plus skinny and plus boot. Each pair of jeans comes in sizes ranging from 22 to 34, or on the traditional scale of 0 to 16. On May 20, 1873, Levi Strauss and his partner Jacob Davis received the patent for the process of riveting pants. According to, Strauss established a wholesale dry goods business under his own name and worked as the West Coast representative of his family’s firm, importing clothing, fabric and other dry goods to sell in the small stores all over California and other Western states to supply the rapidly expanding communities of gold miners and other settlers. The first pair of jeans manufactured by Strauss and

Davis was the “waist overalls” that had one back pocket with the arcuate or bow shaped stitch design, a watch pocket, a cinch, suspender buttons and a rivet in the crotch. Strauss died in 1902 at the age of 73, and his nephews took over the business. In 1922, belt loops were added to the overalls and in 1936, the famous red Levi’s tag was added to the side of the overalls. Levi’s has now expanded all over the world, with stores not only in the U.S. but also in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Asia and Europe. They can be bought at any Levi’s store, JC Penny’s, Kohl’s or online. With the introduction of the Curve ID Fit Finder, Levi’s makes finding the perfect pair of jeans easier than ever before.

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Emotions, expressions act as univers BY JESSICA APARICIO & KAYLA ICHIBA

1) Realize that happiness does not come from financial success. Money is only a temporary source of happiness. 2) Manage time wisely. Set reasonable daily goals and achieve them. 3) Act happy. Pretending to be happy can actually make one feel happier. 4) Invest time in polishing skills. Move around instead of relaxing. 5) Exercise. It is good for health and helps relieve depression. 6) Sleep. Teenagers need about 8-9 hours of sleep daily.

Editor-in-Chief & Managing Editor Emotions and facial expressions have a powerful force on humans, as they are universal and affect the body in a multitude of ways. Strong emotions can cause one to take actions that might not normally be taken, but emotions are complex, and psychologists still do not know exactly how emotions form. Some psychologists mix the theories of emotion and facial expression, but the term “expression” means that the body must specifically develop a reaction. Psychologists deny that there is no state within the human body that accurately reflects an emotion. Those that oppose this idea believe that “expression” refers only to responses that help convey internal states of emotion through a communicative result. Some theories of emotion are those developed by William James and Carl Lange, Walter Bradford Cannon and Phillip Bard and Stanley Schachter and Jerome Singer. The JamesLange Theory of Emotion states that emotions

7) Give close relationships priority. It is good

follow biological response. For example, while watching a scary movie, one might feel his or her heart beat rapidly and interpret this physiological change as fear. In contrast, Cannon and Bard proposed that chemical and physical changes in the body are experienced simultaneously. In the same situation as before, one might feel his or her heart pound while he or she experiences fear. Schachter and Singer’s Two-Factor Theory states that emotion is produced as a result of a physiological change and a cognitive label; therefore, while watching a movie, one might feel scared if one feels a pounding heart and register in his or her mind that the movie is scary. Psychologist Caroll Izard isolated the seven basic emotions that humans feel: joy, anger, interest-excitement, disgust, surprise, sadness and fear. Psychologist Phillip Shaver and his colleagues believed that love is an emotion, but Caroll Izard disagreed and said that love is a mixture of other emotions, such as joy and interest-excitement. Emotions affect the human body in biological and behavioral ways. Emotion causes changes to occur in the electrical activity of the brain, in the circulatory system and the respiratory

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Happiness Factors Researchers have found that happy people tend to have high self esteem, are optimistic, outgoing and agreeable. They also have close friendships or a satisfying marriage, have work and leisure that engage their skills. People who are happy also have a meaningful religious faith, sleep well and exercise. Happiness does not relate to factors such as age, gender, education levels, parenthood (having children or not) or physical attractiveness. ANSWERS: A. Joy B. Surprise C. Interest-ecitement D. Guilt E. Fear F. DisgustG. Sadness H. Anger




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Into ‘big top’ history BY VANESSA LE

Advertising Manager


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Entertaining people around the world, face-painted stunt masters, better known as Cirque du Soleil performers, bring a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment to their audiences. Cirque du Soleil performs shows ranging from “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” in Canada, USA, Mexico, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Spain, “Ovo” in USA and Australia, “Mystère” in Las Vegas, NV, “Iris” in Los Angeles, “Kooza” in the United Kingdom, “Corteo” in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany and many others. According to, Cirque du Soleil has attracted nearly 100 million spectators with either shows traveling from city to city or those taking root in certain urban areas. At the core of these astounding creations, 5,000 employees and artists from more than 50 countries put together performances in more than 20 languages. The International Headquarters, located in Montreal, includes three acrobatic training rooms, a dance studio, a studio-theater and weight-training facilities. After being recruited by the casting department, all artists who join Cirque  du  Soleil for a new creation are required to go to the International Headquarters for preparatory training before joining a show’s cast. Each show is a synthesis of circus styles from around the world, with its own central theme and storyline. Shows feature continuous live music and performers, rather than stagehands, who traditionally change props and prepare the stage. Cirque du Soleil expanded rapidly in the 1990s and early 2000s, going from one show to 19 shows in 271 cities on every continent except Antarctica. According to, the idea for Cirque du Soleil originated in Baie-Saint-Paul, east of Quebec City. In the early 1980s, Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (“The Stiltwalkers

of Baie-Saint-Paul”), a theatre group founded by Gilles Ste-Croix, walked on stilts, juggled, danced, breathed fire and played music. These young entertainers, including Cirque du  Soleil-founder Guy Laliberté, constantly impressed and intrigued Baie-Saint-Paul’s residents with their performances. In 1984, during Quebec’s 450th anniversary celebration of Jacques Cartier’s discovery of Canada, organizers searched for an event that would bring the festivities to all citizens. Laliberté convinced them that the answer was a provincial tour of Cirque du Soleil performers. Since Cirque  du  Soleil had the resources to pursue its dreams and perform around the world, it chose to become involved in communities, particularly at-risk youths. Concerned with the future, Cirque  du  Soleil turned its attention and resources to global issues, such as fighting poverty. According to, working together with valued partners such as Infiniti and Xerox, Cirque  du  Soleil is making a difference in nearly 80 communities, in over 20 countries in five continents. In the fall of 2006, Cirque du Soleil adopted a proactive policy based on sustainable development in order to communicate its commitment to the environment. Their policy addresses major issues, including water management, air quality and climate change, waste management and hazardous waste disposal, as well as education and awareness. Traveling in tours around the world, Cirque du Soleil performers continue to enlighten and uplift audiences of all ages.

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Recent renovations lead NEW ADDITIONS to increased park prices BY KATIE NISHIDA & MELISSA LOPEZ

Entertainment Editor & Assistant Entertainment Editor Disney’s California Adventure is slated to expand with its new Cars Land attractions, based on the Disney/ Pixar animated film Cars; unfortunately, however, this will lead to a major increase in admission costs. Cars Land, opening June 15, will provide an inviting family environment with its three major rides: Radiator Spring Racers, Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and will include many of the characters found in both Cars and Cars 2, such as Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Luigi. Some rides are similar to those found in Disneyland. Radiator Spring Racers is the most expensive attraction ever to be built in the Disneyland Resort, costing over $200 million. The ride will allow the guests to place themselves in the middle of an actual race between characters in the movie. Luigi’s Flying Tires will allow guests to float upon a flying tire and glide through Luigi’s tire storage yard. On Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, guests will ride upon a trailer and be swayed along with the lively music sung by the tractor, Mater, and the melody created from old auto parts. Various Cars-themed restaurants and shops will be available, so guests can dine with the characters and purchase souvenirs. Due to the expenses relating to the park’s expansion, 3,000 new cast members will be hired to work throughout the park, and ticket prices are dramatically increasing from $87 to $107 for a single day and from

$125 to $127 for a park hopper ticket. Annual pass prices have also increased; the least expensive pass, Southern California, increased from $269 to $329, and the Deluxe pass increased from $379 to $469. The most expensive pass, Premium including parking, increased from $499 to $649. Park guests have complained about the increase of prices on various online forums, such as Yahoo, but when asked whether she thinks the increase will affect the attendance of the park, Debbi Shibuya, professional intern for Disneyland Park Event Sales, said, “We are pretty sure the prices will not turn people away. Disney is such a big name and there is a huge audience for this [Cars Land]. Ticket sales are actually up now.” The renovations and additions to the park are expected to dramatically increase the crowd size for California Adventure during the summer, despite the rise in prices. Along with the addition of Cars Land to the northwestern quadrant of California Adventure, various other renovations are being made to the rest of the Disneyland Resort. At the main park, the Matterhorn Bobsleds will be renovated to allow space for more guests, three per car with two additional cars linked together. Another renovation includes a change of music being played as guests first enter the park and walk down Main Street. California Adventure will be closed June 14 to allow for media preview and last minute preparations that need to be made before their grand opening of the new Cars Land the following day. However, Downtown Disney and Disneyland Park will remain open.

•Cars Land : a 12-acre, 1.2 billion dollar expansion of California Adventure •Matterhorn : each car will now accommodate three guests, and t wo cars will be linked together •Ghiradelli chocolate shop: worldfamous candy store and soda fountain located in California Adventure

TICKET PRICES • 1-day ticket: $87 • 1-day Park Hopper: $127 • 2-day Park Hopper: $200 • SoCal annual passport: $329 • Deluxe annual passport: $469 • Premium annual passport: $649 Source:


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Will the increased ticket prices at Disneyland/California Adventure affect whether or not you would want to go? Yes, I could not afford it before and now it is even harder to pay.

Yes, because it is not worth paying $100 for only one day.

Yes, because it is really expensive when you factor in the food and other things you buy.




No, because I love Disneyland.






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Musicians share passion for ukulele BY ALEX KANEGAWA Entertainment Editor


Daniel Ho and Jason Arimoto come from slightly different musical backgrounds, but they share in a mutual passion for their craft: playing and composing for the ukulele. After meeting at a music festival in Australia, Ho, a six-time Grammy award-winner, and Arimoto, a Hawaiian-born Los Angeles blues artist who recently earned his PhD in molecular biology, collaborated to form Ukulele Creations, a resource for ukulele players everywhere. “We started Ukulele Creations around the middle of last year,” said Ho. “We wanted to create a website dedicated to ‘all things ukulele’: recordings, books, DVDs, accessories, events, workshops, private lessons – everything.” “It was founded not just to teach people how to play [the ukulele], but how to create their own music; it’s not just about covering songs,” said Arimoto. “The curriculum is designed to get people playing right away while also helping them learn the music theory behind what they’re playing.” On Tuesdays and Saturdays, Arimoto teaches classes in Ventura and Huntington Beach, respectively, as well as once a month in San Jose. He spends weekends performing in Huntington Beach solo and Mondays performing with his reggae/rock band JMD. Both Ho and Arimoto will be traveling to Chicago for the

Festival of Aloha, held today through May 27. While the website and their joint-lessons are what bind the two together, Ho and Arimoto are relatively divergent in their musicality. Ho cites The Beatles, Queen, Chicago, Bach and Dave Grusin as artists whose music has helped him develop his own unique style, while Arimoto finds inspiration in the likes of IZ, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jake Shimabukuro, Bob Dylan and even Ho himself. A quick listen to either of their works will reveal similar differences. Ho’s music is characterized by an uncanny smoothness, featuring breathtaking displays of skill and artistry; Arimoto’s songs are an eclectic mixture of pop covers and original compositions, rooted in traditional Hawaiian sounds but heavily influenced by the soulfulness of the blues. Ukuleles have quietly maintained a presence in popular music for years; famous devotees ranging from George Harrison to Marilyn Monroe maintained an active fascination with the miniature four-string instrument, yet it never gained much mainstream recognition until recently. With the release of ukulele musician Israel “IZ” Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole’s popular mash-up of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” as a hit single around the world, the instrument’s fame steadily began to climb. Thousands of ukulele amateurs and professionals have taken to YouTube to share their enthusiasm with others, and the internet has come to play a major


role in cultivating a whole community of “uke” fans. “I think when most people think about musicians, they only think about the performance aspects of being one, but to make everything work you have to wear different hats,” said Arimoto, “Multiple creative and revenue streams have to be working together and simultaneously to sustain you as a musician and as an artist... I guess my point is that the ‘artist’ hat is only one aspect of being a musician. A Dick Grove quote that I heard from Daniel sums it up: ‘You have to be like a duck swimming in a pond. Cool and collected above water, and paddling like crazy below it.’” The ukulele is a deceptively humble instrument, simple in design but capable of infinitely complex and varied music. It is said that it is almost impossible to play it badly, as every pluck of its strings elicits a charmingly light-hearted sound, but, at the same time, it takes an expert to actually play it well. Ho and Arimoto are this and more, men who have invested their hearts and souls into their music, playing with an almost palpable sincerity that makes them artists of the truest kind.


‘THIS DREAM BEGINS’: 1. Jason Arimoto records at home using an electric ukulele. 2. Arimoto performs at the Cerritos SoCal Uke Festival. 3. Daniel Ho recently released an album entitled ‘This Dream Begins.’ 4. Ho proudly displays his Grammy for ‘Best Hawaiian Music Album.’


Photos courtesy of JASON ARIMOTO & DANIEL HO


Self-actualizing through literature BY KEVIN SOTO

Staff Writer It is a strange thing to run into people my age that have not read “Catcher in the Rye”—even stranger that they have not heard of it. Here was a book that defined what it meant to be a teenager in a state of rebellion against an unfair and alien world. The very essence of adolescence was, for better or worse, distilled in its 277 pages. I can’t say that young people don’t read anymore because I don’t have any empirical evidence to back it up, and I do know plenty of people around my xtime. But I am willing to admit that most teenagers do not read anywhere near as much as they should. The way to go about addressing this problem is tricky. I still remember being 8 and thinking that everything that was adult fiction consisted of dull, boring writers like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen—writers who to this day I cannot stomach. Doubtlessly, most teenagers view literature with a similar disdain and wariness as my 8-year-old self did. As my taste in literature matured, I realized what it was that made these books so insightful and fun to read. Herein lays the irony of great literature— “the root of the root and the bud of the bud,” as a great poet once put it. The best writers are teenagers at heart—every single one of them. They challenge widely-held

beliefs, rebel against social conventions and strive to find the answers to questions that cannot ever be answered. The themes and sentiments should resonate with anyone who is or has ever been 17 and takes time to contemplate things. Despite this, the execution of these works is anything but adolescent. Often world-weary, these writers have figured out ways to word the feelings we go through but cannot describe easily. Their sentences are messy and eloquent and ardent and confusing, but they ring true. A writer should always be cognizant of his ignorance and stupidity so that he may yearn to know more but be sobered by the fact that he can never know it all. The very acts of writing these books were acts of rebellion, struggles against what their authors perceived to be injustices in society and flaws in themselves. The idea of Hermann Hesse exploring Eastern philosophy and Jungian psychology to defeat spiritual crises and acquire self-knowledge during an increasingly hostile Germany in the ’30s is a beautiful one. We are able to see his books not as the teachings of a wise guru who had the answers to everything, but the ruminations of a man who was just as desperate as the rest of us to seek answers. If that does not say anything about what it means to be a teenager— to exist in a state of flux and uncertainty—then it most certainly says something more vital: about what it means to be human.

“My favorite Mongolian food would have to be huusher, which is comprised of ground beef and onions wrapped in fried dough. I grew up making it with my family, and have eaten it for dinner countless times.” Nomuundari Batdelger Sophomore




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Paramount celebrates centennial movie history BY JONATHAN BAHK Reporter

Experiencing numerous hardships and successes over the years, Paramount Pictures recently celebrated their 100th anniversary in the film business on May 8. According to, the idea that began a legacy of filmmaking came from a Hungarian-born man by the name of Adolph Zukor. An early investor in nickelodeons (early 20th century movie theaters that cost 5 cents), he realized that movies mainly appealed to working-class immigrants. With the help of fellow investors, he founded the Famous Players Film Company in 1912, which would later be officially be renamed Paramount Pictures under its current incarnation in 1936. A century later, Paramount Pictures has become one of the biggest names in movies, known for their versatile library of films that range from beloved classics such as “Chinatown” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to modern blockbusters such as the “Mission: Impossible” and “Paranormal Activity” franchises. Paramount has also set numerous records, ranging from winning the first ever Academy Award for Best Picture for their 1927 silent film “Wings,” to releasing the movie with the greatest cost-to-profit ratio, “Paranormal Activity.” James Cameron’s beloved epic “Titanic,” a joint venture between the studio and 20th Century Fox, was the highest grossing film of all time for over a decade until Cameron topped his own record with “Avatar,” released by 20th Century Fox alone.

BY KAYLA ICHIBA Managing Editor

‘Note’able accomplishments

Hello, my name is Kayla Ichiba and I am a notebook “junkie.” This simply means I cannot help but garner notebooks sporadically throughout the school year. I realized my addiction to acquiring the simple school supply after I completed my mass post-AP room clean up. In a corner of my room, I have a bin filled to the brim

The TCM Classic Film Festival helped Paramount celebrate their golden anniversary in Hollywood this past April, with screenings of such classics as “Black Sunday,” “Love Story,” “Marathon Man” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” Paramount has also released a new updated logo created by the animation studio Devastations, Inc. along with a new fanfare composed by Michael Giacchino. This logo first appeared during their 2011 blockbuster hit “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and was most recently seen preceding Marvel Studios’s “The Avengers.” The logo will carry a banner proclaiming their 100th anniversary for the duration of 2012. Paramount Pictures holds the unique title of being the only active film studio located in Hollywood. Visitors can take daily studio tours from Monday through Friday, with reservations. Stages used in classics such as “Rear Window” and “Sunset Boulevard” are still in active use today, mostly by hit televisions shows such as “Glee” and “NCIS.” The studio also contains a massive back lot set with multiple facades representing different sections of New York, from Harlem to the financial district. Paramount has survived through many of its troubles over the last centennial, ranging from problems as distressing as near bankruptcy to frequent box office failures. Yet despite this, they hold fast to their humble beginnings, and remain one of the strongest film studios in Hollywood to date, with multiple film divisions worldwide.

with notebooks of all sizes, textures, colors and prints. My shopper’s impulse seems to take over whenever I see a notebook adorned with vibrant colors or a shimmery exterior. My infatuation with notebooks brings my attention toward cardstock pages rather than mundane lined paper. I recently came across my collection of notebooks and began scanning the pages. Each notebook has its own personality: sensible notebooks for school, simplistic notebooks for planning, inquisitive notebooks for quotes and creative notebooks for doodles. And in each of these notebooks a little bit of my mind is laid out on paper. The content ranges from an amalgamation of my favorite quotes, pages filled with daily scribbles or random thoughts collected over the course of months. Although each of these notebooks contains completely different subject matter, they still lack completeness. I can never seem to finish a notebook. At least a good 10 pages remain in each notebook left completely clean of my signature black-ink pen chicken scratches and complementary sketches. These pages taunt me, begging to be written on, but still I leave them blank. And that’s how almost all of my notebooks end their lives: unfilled. When I realized I have never actually completed a notebook, the thought irked me. I would always come to the last few pages, but fail to actually close that chapter. After a couple pages of quotes, I would give up and try out a new notebook, similar to the fate of many hobbies I had taken up when I was younger. Hula lessons were every Thursday after school and I tried my hardest to keep up with the instructor’s choreography. However, I would get frustrated so easily, simply give up

and move on to the next activity. I attempted piano, guitar, hip hop, odori and then hula for a second time. I would keep up the activities by attending the weekly practices, but I would always fall short. I would never put 100% effort into them, so I would either fall behind during class or completely lose interest. My parents would be angry with my accumulating failed attempts to find a passion. However, recently, I have finished my first notebook. I scribbled a sketch of John Wooden’s pyramid of success onto the final page of a notebook I had been using since the beginning of junior year. At the top of this pyramid lies faith and patience, two qualities that helped me to finally complete this task. I patiently waited for this notebook to be filled instead of moving on to the next one, as I would have normally done, and kept faith in myself that I would actually finish it this time. This completion may be seen as a minimal accomplishment to many, but I compare it to a great feat. I feel accomplished for actually completing something thoroughly. Basketball, the sport that I had believed to be the passion that I would stick with through the long haul, failed to be part of my senior year schedule. Journalism, on the other hand, proved to be the dark horse, the activity that I ended with the strongest finish. I have been on a roll as far as completing tasks thoroughly. Henceforth, I will concentrate more on the completion of tasks, rather than just starting strong and later quitting. Nearing the last month of senior year, I cannot afford to slack off as I would typically do in these types of situations. I am making a conscious effort to avoid the faults of senioritis. GRAPHIC BY CINDY YU Photos used with permission by PARAMOUNT STUDIOS


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New boards revolutionize style BY ARCELLA MADRID Reporter

Originally fashioned from wooden boxes with roller skates attached, skateboards have evolved drastically in design, shape and style since their creation in the 1950s. Today, numerous types of skateboard designs are sold nationwide, such as modern, “old school,” freestyle, long board and penny boards. According to, the idea for a skateboard came from California surfers, who wanted a way to practice when the waves were not suitable for surfing. However, skateboarding soon became popular and was not specifically just done by surfers. In 1963, skateboarding became a trend, and there were soon mass production of skateboards popularized the sport and competitions began for freestyle skateboarding. According to, a typical skateboard is made out of layers of wood laminated to wood between 31 and 32 inches long, 7.5 and 8 inches wide and 0.5 inches thick. The modern, or new school, board is the most common shaped board among skaters because it has the most versatile shape, and a skater can do almost any type of skateboarding using it. According to, “old school” boards have decks that are wider with small noses and large square-shaped tails, making them more stable for certain tricks. This type of board was popular in the late ‘70s, but it soon developed into the modern skateboard. A freestyle board is symmetrical and square, which is more useful for flips and poses on flatland.

‘PENNY’ FOR MY THOUGHT: Senior Andrew Barajas rides his penny board, gliding smoothly along the pavement.



It was used more during the ‘80s, but freestyle combined with the “old school” boards to make the modern board. So-called “long boards” have longer decks than a modern deck and are typically used to cruise or go at a higher speed. They have greater weight and bulk, which makes them unsuitable for tricks. However, they are more stable at high speeds and have more momentum. Movement on the long board is similar to that on a surfboard and snowboard. The penny board is a more recent reinvention of the skateboard, created by Ben Mackay, the inventor and owner of the Penny Skateboards Company. According to, Mackay was inspired to create this board by his first skateboard, which was a smaller version of a modern board and made out of plastic. He soon started his own company and created a special plastic formula that gives the board more flexibility. He not only wanted to make a skateboard that had a great feel but also was attractive, so he added neon colors to the board and wheels. The penny board is 22 inches long and 6 inches wide, which is small enough to fit in a backpack or locker. The penny nickel board is slightly bigger, being 27 inches long and 7.5 inches wide. These boards are supposed to give owners a “high performance, long-lasting, ultra-fun plastic skateboard,” according to With the evolution of skateboards, many enthusiasts have the chance to discover their style of skateboarding and enjoy the ride.






Pool brings accessibility, marks new era BY JIMMY CHEN Copy Editor

With the completion of the pool, profound changes that promote school pride can be found not only within the swim and water polo teams, but the entire Spartan community. It is true that finally having a pool on campus means the end of routine travel for practices of the swim and water polo teams at East Los Angeles College (ELAC). In addition, the financial condition of the athletic department improves, since money previously used on bus travel for practices, games and meets can be saved for other purposes. The teams’ moods will improve with the prospect of discontinuing so much travel. These obvious benefits from the pool’s completion cannot be overstated, due to the amount of time saved, as well as the uplifted spirit of the teams.

However, the pool relates to the entire school community, serving as a symbol that has a broader impact than just helping the swim and water polo teams. The sports teams will be able host swim meets and water polo games instead of always traveling away for these competitions. This provides comfort for the teams, since they can play at home with potential fan support that has never been achieved. The pool also sparks a newfound interest and pride in water sports, since more students will be motivated to join these teams with its completion. These students will feel that participating in or simply supporting the teams is more feasible than ever before just because of the presence of the pool they will walk by on a daily basis. The completion of the pool will most clearly be seen in the benefits of the swim and water polo teams. Yet, it will also cause waves of increased fan support as students dive in to appreciate a newly surfaced interest.


NICE DAY TO SWIM: The newly finished pool stands on the upper campus, adjacent to Byers Gymnasium.

BIG PICTURE “It’s good to eat proteins, so steak and salad are good choices. Just stay away from sugars.” Head Varsity Baseball Coach Ken Marrero


PLAYING FOR ‘FUN’DS: Junior Aaron Mariscal rushes toward the basket while Sebastian Caberra pursues him; Mkrtich Godjabashian jumps to block Arturo Aguirre’s shot May 22. The 3-on-3 games will continue May 30.

“Don’t eat cookies because they are high in sugar.”



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BY SHANNON CHU Visual Arts Editor

Anticipating new series I never thought that I would see the day when I would get a long-awaited message on School Loop that notified, “There are no more swim practices for the remainder of the school year.” Oh, how my heart soared when I laid my eyes on the words “no more swim practices!” What I could only yearn for during season was now reality: the cessation of practice granted me an abundance of free time to do whatever I wished. But, of course, this initial bliss of the end of my high school swimming career gradually subsided. As the days that I went without jumping into a pool went by, instead of experiencing constant joy, the absence of water in my life left me feeling incredibly empty. I craved the sight of the

sun reflecting off the lapping pool surface and longed for a chance to swim just one more lap. A few days before receiving this magical message, there had been the swimming CIF competition where five girls from the varsity team qualified for the preliminary championship. With Coach Lee, we piled into two cars and headed for the Riverside City College Aquatics Center with the mindset that we would try our best because this could be our last swim meet. At the end of the day, although we didn’t swim our best times and didn’t qualify for the championship finals, I think it’s safe to say that we ended our season on a good note. During the car ride home, I couldn’t help but notice how the excitement from the competition and the definite end of our season gradually died down as we neared Montebello. Our bursts of happiness over how we could now eat everything in sight and have time to actually finish homework became silent stares out of the car windows. I couldn’t shake the feeling of emptiness that permeated the car. The difference between this year and any other year is that in any other year, I always had an upcoming year of swimming to look forward to. The end of season was just a break from swimming; there was always the comfort of another year. Much like each year in high school, as a freshman, I could look forward to sophomore year, and as a sophomore I could be excited for my junior year. But once

senior year ends, there will be no more high school—there is no comfort of another year. The empty feeling that followed swim season was very similar to the empty feeling that I had once I finished the Hunger Games series. For days, I had devoured every word, “fangirled” over Peeta and Katniss and obsessed over the storyline as I read each book straight through. The books had taken up so much of my time and claimed my attention for so long that once I finished the series, I didn’t know what to do with myself. It is through these musings that I’ve noticed how much our lives are like a series of books. Our lives pass by day by day, month by month—chapter by chapter. Each little part of our day translates into the details that make up each chapter. The books of our lives are the individual years of our series: childhood, teenage years, high school, college, starting a family—the possible series of events in our lives seems endless. And while one series ends, there are always new ones that are waiting to be read. As this year comes to a close, the thought of a summer free of deadlines and summer assignments enthralls me. I can’t imagine how much free time I will have to do whatever I wish, but I know that this excitement will soon wear off; the adrenaline of a carefree summer will subside, and emptiness will take hold again. But while the inevitable emptiness that will follow the end of my four years in high school scares me, what settles my heart is the comfort of knowing that once the fall arrives, I will have a new series waiting: college.


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Softball ends season at Barstow BY TRISTAN BROSSY DE DIOS Sports Editor

Ending their season in the second round of CIF playoffs for the first time in four years, the varsity softball team lost, 13-3, to Barstow High School May 22. “It was a great accomplishment to get to the second round of playoffs,” said Head Coach Jacqueline Montanez. “This season we were able to compete at a very high level and faced opponents in divisions higher than our own. During their first CIF playoffs game against Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School May 17, the Spartans beat the Cardinals, 6-2, earning their spot in the next round. Their first playoff win since 2008, the victory marked a change in the team’s success. “I was very pleased [with the team] because we proved that we could beat teams while we were the underdog,” said Montanez. Though they maintained a substantial lead against Cantwell, they did not manage to dominate

all opposition prior to CIF competition. Despite beating Alhambra May 10, 11-2, the Spartans finished league with one loss, completing their season with a 9-1 record. Determined not to let San Gabriel score, the Spartans also beat the Matadors, 10-0, May 8. After losing to Montebello, 4-1, May 3, the win provided the team with a wave of reassurance. “The win against San Gabriel brought our confidence back up because the loss [against Montebello] had killed it,” said junior Breanna Bolanos. “The win gave us the boost we needed to finish league and carried us to playoffs.” The JV softball team reflected the varsity team’s success, as they also beat the Alhambra Moors May 10, 15-1, ending their season as undefeated league champions. They dominated the Matadors May 8, 180, in the second-to-last game of their season, triumphing as equally at the beginning of the season as at the close. On May 3, the Spartans came face-to-face with the Montebello Oilers and, unlike their varsity counterparts, defeated them, 17-5.


‘JESS’ SWINGING: Senior Jessica Rivera strikes the ball May 17 during the first round of CIF competition, a win against Cantwell.

Netters conclude CIF in second round BY MICHELE WONG Cartoonist


POINT BLANK: Sophomore Saul Tejeda conects to the ball, sending it back across the net May 18.

Playing at their fullest potential, varsity members Joshua Grau, Matthew Lin and Saul Tejeda competed in CIF at Whittier Narrows May 18. The tournament consisted of three rounds. Winning two of three singles sets, Lin bageled Marantha High’s Randall Hsieh, 6-0, for the first round of CIF. Lin continued to the second round, but was defeated by Bishop Montgomery High’s Errol Smith, 6-2 and 6-4. The doubles team of Grau and Tejeda faced the Marmonte League alternates Daniel Barrington and Branko Andrews of Calabasas High for the first round and lost 6-1 and 6-2. Although no Spartans advanced through all three rounds, the competitors who did will play at Seal Beach tomorrow. “My main goal is to make it past the third round so I can play at Seal Beach next year,” said Lin. In order to compete in CIF individuals, Grau, Lin and Tejeda had to place either first or second in the Almont League. Lin won league champion for the third consecutive year, while Grau and Tejeda placed second. League playoffs began with prelims and quarterfinals at Whittier Narrows May 4 and continued with semifinals and finals at San Gabriel High May 7. Prelims and quarterfinals

consisted of winning two sets, but if both players each won a set, then a ten-point tiebreak match took place. However, semifinals and finals required the contenders to play best of three sets. Lin swept through the first three rounds and advanced to finals against Alhambra’s Brendan Ma. Although he lost one set, 6-3, facing Ma, he rebounded by defeating him in the two remaining sets, 6-1 and 6-1, placing as the first seed in singles league individuals. Grau and Tejeda also swept through the first three rounds and moved on to finals. The team placed as second seed for doubles after losing to San Gabriel’s team of Hayes and Xie, 6-4 and 7-6 (8-6). “I think we made our expectations [this season], but we could have pursued for more,” said Grau. The doubles team of Miguel Cortez and Brandon Fujishima beat Montebello’s team of Gentil and Perez, 7-6 (7-4) and 6-0 and advanced to quarterfinals, but lost against Alhambra’s team of Hoang and Vu, 6-1 and 6-0, and were eliminated. Because the varsity netters placed third in team league, they faced the Gahr Gladiators in a wildcard match May 8. The team won, 10-8, and advanced to the first round of CIF. Continuing strongly to the first round of CIF, the Spartans opposed the Laguna Beach Breakers May 9 away, but fell short, 10-8, and were eliminated.

Mittmen fall short in competition BY TREVOR QUAN

Assistant Photo Editor Concluding their season with a 5-10 league record, the mittmen were unable to advance to CIF. Overall, including preseason, the mittmen have a 6-14 record. Ending the season, they have a batting average of .229 with a total of 53 runs in all of the league games. “We were disappointed not only as a staff, but as a team,” said Head Coach Ken Marrero. “But it was very fun to


RIGHT ON TARGET: Senior Diego Rubio bats against Alhambra May 11.

coach the team because they were a very tight-knit team.” Playing their last game against the Alhambra Moors May 11, the Spartans were defeated, 12-2. They struggled to score runs and were finally successful in the third inning. They made their second run in the sixth inning. The Spartans had another tough game May 8 against the Moors and were defeated, 11-1. However, they managed to get one run in the sixth inning by senior Jacob Ramirez. On May 4, they beat the San Gabriel Matadors, 9-1. They gained an early lead by scoring five runs in the first inning, followed by three runs in the third inning and concluded the game with one more run in the seventh inning. Ending their season with a 9-5-1 record, the JV mittmen lost to the Moors May 11, 8-0, and May 8, 11-3. However, on May 4, they beat the Matadors, 6-3. “We could have improved on errors during the season,” said David Torres, JV coach. “I would have liked to see the team play harder against our biggest competitors, Alhambra.” On May 11 and 8, the freshman team lost to the Moors, 11-1 and 121, respectively. However, they were victorious against the Matadors May 4, 11-0. “We did very well considering the fact that we only had 10 players. They performed very well and met my expectations,” said Frank Gonzalez, head coach. “We could have put more hits together, but our defense was solid.”


Swim (top): Jolene Viramontes Lauren Gil de Montes Gabriella Shibata Pasadyne Ly Shannon Chu


Track and Field (bottom): Lauren Coronado Jackie Peng Trevor Kuresa (not photographed)

TREVOR QUAN Logo printed with permission from CIF

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