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Schurr High School | Volume XLII | Issue 3 | October 26, 2012
Take a look at the history of Forever 21, one of the largest clothing store chains in the fashion industry.
Support Homeboy Industries as they give “at risk” individuals a second chance to rebuild their lives at Homegirl Cafe.
Renaissance hosts Winter Formal API score continues
to rise, exceeds goal BY JUSTIN LEE Reporter
Academic Performance Index (API) by six points and surpassed its target score by one point. Schurr and the Applied Technology Center are the only high over 700. Last year, Schurr received an API score of 718. These scores are determined using scores from the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), California
FORMAL SITE: Los Coyotes Country Club will serve as Renaissance’s Winter Formal venue Nov. 3; its entrance includes a fountain and a hill-top view, with several flower bushes along the walkways.
BY ERICA SUH Reporter
Renaissance will host the annual winter formal Nov. 3 at Los Coyotes Country Club from 7-11 p.m. Formal is open to students of all grade levels. Tickets will be on sale until Oct. 30 in Room C-206 at $45 for singles with USB cards and $50 for singles without USB. Students are encouraged to purchase tickets early, because Renaissance will sell only 350 tickets. Students who wish to fundraise to reduce the ticket cost may pick up a catalogue in Room C-206. Guest passes are available in Room C-206. They must be signed by the guest’s school principal and turned in by today. Although formal is traditionally held in December, it was moved to November because of the availability of the Los Coyotes Country Club. This also accommodates students with a tight budget around the December holidays.
“The main reason it’s [winter formal] near the beginning of the school year is because students have more spirit and school pride early in the year,” said Kenneth Seto, Renaissance coordinator. The club has a terrace, partly sheltered under a shady archway, which adjoins a spacious ballroom with an 18-foot-high ceiling and six-lamp chandeliers. Students can look out onto a small manmade lake from the side of the ballroom, lined with picture windows and French doors. students could enjoy for an affordable price. It could be held in the gym or Quiet Cannon, but students wouldn’t want to dress up, and it would feel too close to home,” said Seto. The main course served will include chicken and beef fajitas, rice, beans, salsa and penne pasta. Beverage choices are coffee, iced tea and lemonade. Desserts will be provided.
“We are trying not to be too different this year, because we were successful in the past. It is a fun event for the price we have set,” said Seto. Nominations for formal king and queen were Oct.17. Katherine Gonzalez, Elena Manriquez, Kimberly Sermeno, Maritza Serna and Jackie Zacarias were crowned Formal princesses and Memo Babaoglu, Edgar Giron, Eddie Guerra, Eric Lopez and Mark Rivera were crowned Formal princes. Final voting will take place at the formal.
Assessment (CMA) and the California Standards Tests (CST) of students in grades 9-11. Scores range from 200 to 1,000. The score helps students and administrators understand their academic performance by comparing them to previous scores. “Our API growth score is a testimony to everyone’s hard work, especially the incredible efforts of teachers and students,” said Julia Morita, academic specialist, who coordinates all test administrations. Result reports of the CSTs divide test results into subgroups that include race or ethnicity, socioeconomically disadvantaged, English learners and students with disabilities. Since the California Public School Accountability Act in 1999, API scores have been given to inform schools of their progress in reaching the state standards. “The school is making progress towards the state’s 800 target,” said Morita. “Teachers are getting the Rigor & Relevance training. We hope it will translate to more student learning and achievement.” Along with an API score, schools will receive a statewide ranking in February that is determined by comparing API scores with other schools at a similar socio-economic level with similar student demographics. “We [as a school] need to continue to work hard, set high standards and meet the challenge,” said Morita.
What: Winter Formal, $45 w/ USB, $50 w/o USB. Oct. 30 is the last day to purchase tickets. Who: All students may attend When: Nov. 3 from 7-11 p.m. Where: Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Park JESSICA HSU
BRIEFLY Blood Drive
USB will hold a blood drive Nov. 7 in the Multi-purpose Room. Students age 16 and older may donate, but 16-year-old donors must have parent permission. Forms are availabe in the Student Store.
Seniors Billy Chu, Karyn Franco, Zachary Grau, Wendy Lam, Ying Liu, Emika Nishi, Brandon Serpas, Ilse Tse and Michele Wong were inducted into NHS at the Oct. 17 Honors Assembly.
Students wishing to support Spartan gridders by participating in the student section during the last two home games will wear green.
Key Club members will host Harvest Festival at Wilcox Elementary Oct. 31 with entertainment and game booths.
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BY JENNY LU Editor in Chief
We often become easy victims of irrelevant
Dreamy nights, eerie frights One night, a strange man wearing a worn-out fedora and a trench coat walked up to our door, begging to be let in to escape the chaotic storm outside. Against my protests, my parents opened the door. Saying thank you, he offered them CocaCola, their favorite drink. However, after one small sip, their eyes glazed over, their skin turned an awful shade of sickly into mush.
PERSPECTIVE VINCENT JONES Deputy Director & Senior Program Officer at Liberty Hill Foundation
Recent reforms have made it easier to become a
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EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT V O T I N G . . .
BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK While most students will not be 18 by the time Nov. 6 voting date rolls around, the presidential election and the California ballot can still serve as important reminders why the right to vote remains a powerful civic tool in today‘s modern democracy.
BY ALEX KANEGAWA & JULIE SHIOZAKI Opinons Editor & Assistant Opinions Editor America’s forefathers imagined this country as a thriving utopia, a shining beacon of justice and equality for all the world to marvel at, built upon the will of its people and executed by their elected representatives, all efforts galvanized towards the betterment of mankind. Without sounding jaded, most know our current state to be somewhat incongruous with this vision. Idealism and pragmatic thought now lie on opposite ends of a spectrum, the former’s presence growing increasingly faint as faith in our democracy’s ability to meet our individual needs wanes. Approximately 200 of the 300 million citizens living in the U.S. currently possess the right to vote, according to data compiled by the Federal Election Commission. The 2008 election saw a record voter turnout, with over 131 million votes cast nationwide. Of those 131 million, approximately 23 million came from voters in the 18-29 years old demographic, or, in other words, the burgeoning youth of America. This year, 46 million youth will be able to vote, and by 2015, they can make up to or even over one-third of the total electorate.
However, potential does not always match up with reality. While the youth can account for up to 21 percent of overall votes, the highest percentage ever reached was 17 percent. A 4 percent disparity may not seem like much, but it can mean up to millions of uncast votes when taken into the context of such a large demographic. Two things may account for this dearth of participation: lack of education on the issues and platforms discussed on the ballot, and the apathy that generally springs from the belief that individual votes do not matter in the grand scheme of things. on laws affect how the country will be run until the next voting period arrives; that leaves plenty of time for the changes made to take effect and either improve or worsen situations. These civic opportunities present themselves only periodically, making it of greater importance to participate when they do come around. Here in California, all that is required of the state and a documented citizen, along with being 18 years of age or older by Election Day. Voting privilege can be exempted if the individual has been in prison, county jail or is on parole. In other countries, such as North Korea and Burma, governments do not allow citizens to voice their opinions and even punish those who try. In this
I think VOTING is IMPORTANT because...
…[we need] our voice to be heard in this country, mainly because we have a say in this world and voting is what helps us accomplish that.
ARCELIA FLORES, SENIOR
… nobody cares enough anymore to actually do stuff. I think Americans take everything for granted and we’re all blaming the government, but really we should be blaming ourselves. Everyone should get involved.
EDDIE GUTIERREZ, SENIOR
… because people should always be accountable and feel a sense of responsiblity for what goes on in the world around them.
SAHARA ZAMUDIO, SENIOR
Additional money will go towards school funds, NO - Personal and sales taxes will not increase, substantial state budgets cuts will ensue.
CHLOE ROMERO, SENIOR
SIDNEY CESENA, SENIOR
… it’s part of the foundation of our country. People should vote because it helps better our government and keeps them honest.
ANTHONY FRIAS, SENIOR
PROP 31 YES - State governments will be required to undergo public review before passing laws and pay development. NO - Local government will not receive funding to implement new plans or be eligible to develop their own procedures.
… you get to feel that your opinion matters and have it make a difference. You have the right to voice anything you want [in this country] and it’s important to take advantage of that.
OSCAR DOMINGUEZ, SENIOR
we have the capacity to make a profound change in the world, to break cycles of suffering and oppression and to move beyond the petty trivialities that have engulfed our nation. This can only be accomplished through a concerted effort to be informed, to seek solutions and harbor a genuine desire to improve the conditions around us. It is important to acknowledge that the power has, and always will, lie with the individual, so long as he or she chooses to use it.
YES - Sales tax will increase by 1/4 cents and
… it changes your community. You get to be the one who decides what goes on around you and you are the one who makes things better.
…it helps determine the future of this country and has a positive influence on the lives of many American citizens.
they do is because we allow them to through our collective authority as citizens; removing ourselves from that process makes us just as accountable as they are for their decisions, good or ill. As it now stands, the United States is not the paradise it was designed to become. However, that is by no means an indication it cannot eventually reach this goal. Now, more than ever, with our generation’s natural aptitude for learning and the vast array
… [voting] is a part of your civic responsibility. I think people believe it means nothing when you vote, but it’s actually really important; it’s pertinent to everything we do. It’s more than a responsibility, it helps people and benefits everyone. MATTHEW KARTANATA, SENIOR
democratic society, we are blessed with not only the ability to speak without fear of censorship, but to decide who will best uphold our principles and beliefs. As Thomas Jefferson famously stipulated in the Declaration of Independence, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.” The only reason
YES - Felons cannot be given the death penalty under state law, and those already sentenced will serve a life sentence without chance of parole. NO- Felons will continue to be able to be sentenced to the death penalty.
PROP 38 YES - For 12 years, personal income taxes will increase child care, and the state debt, distributed in whichever way is deemed most prudent by the state government. NO - Personal income taxes will not increase or decrease, but no additional money will be available for schools, child care, and the state debt.
ON THE BALLOT:
KEY CALIFORNIA PROPOSITIONS All photos by CHERISE WOO
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Legion prepares to compete BY ELMER GUARDADO Advertising Manager
‘BLOWING AWAY’ COMPETITION: Flute section band members practice marching in preparation for field show and parade competions tomorrow.
Parade and competition season for the Spartan Legion begins tomorrow with both the Loara Band Review and the Golden State Field Classic. The Legion will participate in three other competitions three Saturdays in a row, including the Chino Invitational Band Review and Sierra Vista Field Tournament Nov. 3, Los Altos Field Tournament Nov. 10 and the Arcadia Festival of Bands Nov. 17. Competition season will conclude with the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) Championships Dec. 1. “We have a very compact practice schedule as it is, and now our Saturdays are basically booked for the
next month,” said junior major. “But I believe that this will give the Legion an extra amount of motivation to perform well.” This year’s march is John Phillip Sousa’s “Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company,” and for the
The Legion began preparing for their season in August with daily rehearsals working on memorizing and performing music, marching techniques, and learning and cleaning the drill. They practice their parade skills on the upper show on the soccer practice
perform an arrangement of “Rhapsody in Blue” originally composed by George Gershwin. The title of the show is “Pathway to Success;” the Legion’s goal is to tell a story through music and formations on “I think this year’s show has the most potential of any other shows I have been a part of in my four years as a Legion member,“ said senior Yashira Zazueta, band president. “We have all the tools necessary to do great.”
every home football game. “This season we were presented with a new challenge: London,” said Antonio Castro, band director, referring to the band’s plans to travel and perform in their New Year’s Day Parade. “Adding this new responsibility to our already hectic season has proven to be challenging, but we are working hard towards our goals, and the support of our staff, students, and community has been incredible.”
Folklorico performance pays tribute to Dia de los Muertos BY ESMERALDA CERVANTES Reporter
To celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Folklorico members will wear typical during nutrition. They will be presenting three dances: Pavido Navido, No Te Rajes Tijuana and El Tololoche Chicoteado will be performed by all 37 members. The last one will feature the advanced group. All three display the Northern Mexican region style of dancing. Dance practice is held in the auditorium every Monday and Thursday from 3:304:30 p.m. “We start [our practices] with warmups, then we review steps and go over the choreography,” said Aurora Echauri, returning member. “I joined because I wanted to explore a different side of the Mexican culture,
and I really enjoy dancing,” said senior Brenda Perez. Although the group does not compete against others, they do participate in community events. “We attend outside gigs, like community events and fundraisers,” said Daisy Mendez, adviser. Folklorico will perform on Nov. 9 Dia de los Muertos and Harvest Festival at the Applied Technology Center 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold by Mendez and at participating elementary schools for $5 to youth, ages 4-17, and $12 to adults. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. Their last performance of the school year will be May 10 in collaboration with the dance team and salsa group. The Dia de los Muertos performance is an annual tradition, that began when the group was formed in the early ‘80s by Rudy Ceballos.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Senior Noricel Marin, junior Pedro Castaneda, senior Alyssa Arteaga, junior Marco Amador, sophomore Veronica Navamete and junior Eric Rojas practice their routine for the annual Dia de los Muertos performance Nov. 1.
PICTURE Pool officially opens after ceremony
Welcoming science teacher Jonathan Tuthill What science classes do you teach? Earth science and coordinated science. What has been your best experience at Schurr so far? My experience at Schurr has been great due to the great students and staff, the good connections between staff members and the stellar environment here on campus.
What are you most looking forward to this year? I’m looking forward to watching the upcoming athletic events and learning more about Schurr.
RECORD In the Oct. 5 issue, the quote from Bernadette Ortiz, freshman USB vice president cut off. She said, “I hope to learn to be more responsible and to take care of business,” in response to the question “What experiences do you hope to gain from being a part of USB?” Photo credit was incorrect for the Big Picture. The photo was taken by Cherise Woo. BRANDON CHANG
A NEW BEGINNING: MUSD Board President Hector Chacon cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the Schurr High School Aquatic Center Oct. 16. Student representatives attended.
The advertisement was missing the stylist’s name Jasmine Nava and esthetician’s name Hilda Magallanes.
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Bomb threat causes evacuation
Photo courtesy of LISETTE DE LA TORRE
ON THE LOOKOUT: (ABOVE) Patrol cars surround the entrance of the school Oct. 8, as Montebello police officers search the campus, investigating an anonymous bomb threat. After three hours, only a backpack was found near the custodian office containing deodorant, clothing and shoes. A suspect has yet to be identified. (RIGHT) Students remain calm on the Ken Davis Field during the evacuation, waiting for further instructions and updates about the situation from the staff.
Photo used with permission of ABC News
Student volunteers beautify campus BY IRENE WONG
It is currently undecided whether both clubs
Working together for Clean My School Day Nov. 11, members of Gardening and Green Earth Club will repaint parts of the school and replant gardens. “I’m so glad that people are partaking in this activity to help build our school to be a better place and environment, because after all this is our home,” said Carven Lau, Gardening Club vice president. Students will be helping to create a cleaner environment for students and faculty. In previous years, Clean My School Day has been an event solely for Gardening Club, but the inclusion of Green Earth has brought more participation. CINDY VUONG “We are teaming up with Green Earth Club SOWING SEEDS: Gardening Club members Anthony Frias, senior, Carven so many people should be attending. Members
Lau, junior and Sharon Phu, sophomore, work together planting strawberries in front of the main office as one of their beautification projects.
said Kei Iemori, Gardening Club President.
Orders can be placed in Room A-8 during nutrition, lunch and after school from now until Nov. 1. Items will be distributed in Room A-8 after school on Nov. 14 until 7 p.m.
locations within on campus. General cleaning will be done throughout the school, such as picking up trash and recycling. Repainting bleachers will most likely be done as part of project. “I think it’s really great that so many people are willing to come on a Sunday to help out the environment and improve the overall appearance of our school,” said Jason Hernandez, Green Earth Club vice president. According to Lau, one major project for the Gardening Club this year is to try and restore replacing soil, mulch and compost. There is currently no sprinkler system installed in the senior park, which has caused a delay in this project. However, the club is more suitable for warmer weather conditions and less water.
Pumpkin Roll w/Cream Cheese Filling
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecakes Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Profits from every item sold will help maintain the journalism program!
Sept. 14, 2012
MERCHANDISE DISPLAYS REDESIGNED TO FIT EVOLVING TRENDS OF NEW CENTURY
FIRST LOCATION OPENS ON FIGUEROA STREET; FASHION 21 CHANGES NAME TO FOREVER 21.
FIRST LOCATION OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA OPENS AT MALL OF AMERICAS, MIAMA, FL
11TH LOCATION OPENS IN PANORAMA CITY, FIRST FOREVER 21 STORE IN MALL
Fashion blooms from humble beginnings Katie Nishida & Emika Nishi Features Editor & Cartoonist Forever 21, one of today’s most popular clothing stores, traces its history back to its local origins. First emerging on the fashion scene in 1984, Forever 21 was founded by Do-Wang Chang and his wife, JinAngeles. The store, originally called Fashion 21, quickly grew in that they were able to open new locations every six months.
Forever 21’s expansion became evident in the Shops at Montebello. For example, in 2008 Forever 21 replaced Mervyn’s, a middle scale department store located in the north part of the mall. Amidst the exponential growth of Forever 21’s retail stores, the brand has ignited controversies throughout its years of business. In 2001, employees boycotted the company in solidarity for better working conditions and wages. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a famous organization against animal cruelty, caused Forever 21 to cease production of clothing with animal fur in 2004. Several fashion designers have infringement, but a majority of them have been settled. criticized for certain shirt designs, such as its “Allergic to
at an inexpensive, reasonable price while he was working at a car wash, and saw that most successful businessmen with luxury cars were all in the clothing industry. Immediately, he began consulting retailers and producers in order to create his own clothing store. Within months,
FOREVER 21 RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES IN LOS ANGELES, OPENING 355 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE, AVERAGING 90 NEW LOCATONS PER YEAR. PHOTOS ACQUIRED FROM PUBLIC DOMAIN
location now famous. Today, the brand is known for providing the most current, high-fashion clothes at very affordable prices. With the evolving trends of our time, Forever 21 pushed for the design and production of clothes at a faster rate. When new trends appear, designers begin working on them, producing interpretations of the trend immediately and shipping the clothes to the location within a matter of days, a much faster rate than other retailers.
retailer for selling “Oriental Girl” necklaces, claiming it was a stereotype and an outdated term for the Asian population. Forever 21’s launch of its maternity line in July of 2010 caused a stir in the public because of the line’s popularity with teenage girls. The controversy has not stopped Forever 21’s America and the Middle East. Though the roots of Forever 21 are as a small store on Figueroa Street, it has expanded within a few decades into a powerful fashion empire with legions of dedicated customers.
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C A R V I N G A P U M P K I N:
Preserving growing traditions
Cutting into history Pumpkin Sugar Facial of jack-o-lanterns Do It Yourself:
Pumpkin’s beta-carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, zinc and natural enzymes combined with sugar’s alpha hydroxy acids create a way to exfoliate dead skin cells from the face, leaving skin soft.
BY NICOLE MESA
According to marthastewart.com, the standard way to carve a pumpkin involves
With its origins tracing back to the Celtic Era, the iconic carved pumpkin, also known as a jack-o-lantern, is still used by many today to celebrate Halloween. During the Celtic Era, Halloween was celebrated to remember loved ones that had passed away. The Celts believed that a veil separated the real world from the world
First, one must cut a hole in the pumpkin with a carving knife. If one plans to put a candle inside the pumpkin, the hole must be cut on top of the pumpkin. If one plans on using other lights with cords or batteries, the hole must be cut on the bottom of the pumpkin.
believed to be at its thinnest. According to pumpkincarving101.com, Celts used carved turnips and gourds to welcome the spirits of their deceased loved ones, while also using them to keep away evil spirits. After placing burning lumps of coal in the carved vegetables, they were used as a source of light. Because pumpkins were only found in the western hemisphere during the Celtic Era, the Celts could not use pumpkins for carving. It was not until the discovery of the Americas that pumpkins were found and used for carving. Now, pumpkins are used as decorations to help set a spooky mood for Halloween. Although there are multitudes of ways one can possibly carve a pumpkin, some ways are more widely used than others.
be extracted. Everything from seeds to pulp must be scooped out and scraped off of the sides of the pumpkin. Next, one must place his or her design on the pumpkin. After drawing the design, holes are poked along the lines that have been drawn, tracing the design. After this, carving begins by running a knife through the small holes and follow the lines of the design until all the holes have been cut. Then the parts of the pumpkin that have been cut out can be pushed out. or other source of light inside the pumpkin to illuminate it. Carving gourds may have had a very tradition of carving has been passed on through generations and is still a popular way to celebrate Halloween.
A ‘Taylor’ed Perspective BY TAYLOR HONDA Managing Editor
Facing my fears I hesitated to reply. My friend had asked me if I wanted to watch a horror However, in order to avoid becoming the laughingstock of my group of friends, I courageously entered, or rather, got sucked into a realm of terror. It consisted of several I watched: “Sorority Row.” The opening scene of the movie depicted sorority and fraternity houses throwing a party. It made college look quite fun; nothing scary at all. But this was just the beginning. The story progressed to some horrors that looked anything but fun. of the movie, one girl had already died. I could already
1. Use a pen to mark the area where the top will be cut open. Carefully cut the pumpkin until the cut is deep enough to remove the top.
2. Remove all insides of the pumpkin, separating the seeds from the pulp. (Keep pumpkin seeds to cook or bake.)
3. Place 5-6 tbsp. of pumpkin pulp inside a bowl and add 3 tbsp. of sugar. (If creating a body wash, use 1 cup of pulp and 1/3 cup of sugar.)
4. Mix the ingredients until they become thick, and lather the mixture onto the face. Gently wash off after 2-3 minutes. BRANDON CHANG
imagine what would happen throughout the movie. The girls began to receive threatening messages, causing them to live every day in fear, all the while background music created an eerie mood. I was already pretty freaked out, and yet, I couldn’t stop watching. Sitting on the edge of my seat, I hugged a pillow for comfort. As my friends and I roamed the terrifying realm, my friend’s sister decided it would be funny to yell out from behind us, prompting us to scream loud enough to wake the neighbors. It wasn’t funny, at least not at the moment. After the movie ended, I surprisingly felt a rush of adrenaline. I expected to be scarred for life, but I really had just developed a love of horror movies, a love for being scared. The best part of a horror movie is suspense, as it is a good contrast to the clichéd “good defeats evil” ending. To be honest, I have fallen asleep in countless movies, such as “Iron Man 2,” “Easy A” and even “The Dark Knight,” but when watching horror movies, my body is jolted with Since “Sorority Row,” I’ve watched several horror movies, from “Insidious” to “Walled In” to “The Uninvited” and many more. Aside from movies, my all-time favorite thriller TV show is “Pretty Little Liars.” Similar to “Sorority Row,” the movie centers on a group of four girls who begin to receive anonymous texts from a person known only as ‘A.’ The girls receive threats, which often result in lost relationships and even deaths of loved ones. Though the show is not technically a horror show, I would never dare watch it in the dark alone.
During horror movies, I do not get scared, but afterward, suddenly, the dark becomes my worst enemy. All the movies and TV shows I have watched provide theories as to what could happen to me at night. The countless noises I hear then become a zombie; or maybe a murderer, or a rapist, or a thief, or even Lord Voldemort. My mind goes so crazy that my theories begin to skew far from reality. Even though I had never watched a horror movie elementary school, but without even seeing anything scary, I “chickened” out and shut the movie off. I believed people when they said certain movies were scary, and so I never Row,” I realized that they really weren’t that scary and quite thrilling. suspicious-looking car had been parking across the street from our house, driving away abruptly whenever someone in my family would arrive home. As my paranoid mind began to think of the potential dangers of occupants of the car, my mom calmly told me it was probably nothing. She told me that I was thinking about it too much and that I needed to just forget it. But even so, as I went to sleep that night, I stood by my I immediately turned it back on. Once I gained the courage to keep the light off, I sprinted to the safety of my blankets, because blankets obviously keep me safe.
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Drills test safety procedures
BY STACEY HONDA
Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Last week, the entire district participated in the statewide drill, “The Great California Shake Out.” At our site, we practiced the “drop, cover and hold” technique, staff members checked on classrooms, and the clerical staff assembled the records which would be needed if we were to evacuate. Administrators practiced radio communications with the Emergency Operations Center
This event and the recent evacuation are reminders that we live in a world where we must always be prepared to take appropriate steps in case of an emergency. Following our Oct. 8 evacuation, I commended everybody for their calm demeanor and ability to follow directions. Administrators met to review and evaluate procedures, addressing issues where needed. There is always something to learn from every experience.
Two years ago, with the assistance of ROP and the workability program for our students with special needs, emergency bags with some basic supplies were distributed to all classrooms. Current plans include securing snacks and water for them also. The district has supported our emergency preparedness by having schools participate in drills for a variety of situations. A safety template was distributed to all staff, and teachers should have this posted in their classrooms. Members of the Safety Plan Committee of the School Site Council walk through the campus, noting concerns to be addressed by site and district personnel. It is my hope that students’ experiences will be only be in drills, and that they never confront actual concerns, and remaining calm enables all personnel to operate at optimum levels. Remaining calm is a direct result of knowing what to do, and we will continue to practice our preparedness through drills.
Red Cross helps victims of explosions BY JENNY LU Editor in Chief
What is the
American Red Cross? The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization that provides services such as disaster relief, blood donations and health and safety education courses. For every employed Red Cross member, there are 60 volunteers, including trauma counselors, nurses, government liaisons and others to help with distributing food. The volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds — engineers, retirees, teachers and attorneys. According to Public Information Officer Volunteer Phil Wendel, “Our role is to feed and protect these people for as long as we need to, and point them toward agencies that could help them.”
Three explosions at the McKenna Apartments in Montebello Oct. 20 prompted the American Red Cross to relocate 43 people to Byers Gymnasium. Nobody was injured, and investigators suspect that paint fumes were ignited by either a faulty water heater or a broken gas line. The apartment where the explosions occurred and the unit above sustained most of the damage, while 14 other apartments were damaged by smoke. The American Red Cross received a call at 10:30 p.m. and tended to the victims by midnight. After relocation to Byers Gymnasium, the people were given shelter, food, drinks and cots. Schurr High School is part of
a number of pre-arranged locations that have agreed to provide shelter for disaster victims. Forty-three people stayed at Schurr that night, and 18 people stayed Oct. 21 night. Remaining citizens left Oct. 22 afternoon. More than 50 Red Cross volunteers from the Long Beach and Rio Honda Chapters helped, with 8-10 people per shift attending to victims. The apartment residents, some of whom include Schurr alumni, declined to give interviews. Phil Wendel, public information camaraderie of the residents. “It’s really amazing,” he said. “They were so happy that nobody was injured. They’re all neighbors, and said that it [the accident] brought their group closer together.”
‘RED’Y FOR ACTION: Red Cross volunteers gather at Byers Gymnasium to discuss their next course of action for relocating Montebello residents.
First Aid Tweezers
Medical wrap & tape
Food and Water Granola bars Water bottle
Miscellaneous Scissors Flashlight & batteries
SPEAK Do you feel more prepared for an emergency at school or at home, and why?
I feel more prepared at home because I have lived there longer, and I am familiar with the area. AARON LAY Freshman
I think I am more prepared at school because they talk about it and tell you what you should do. ERICK ROJAS Junior
At school, because they practice the alarms even when there is no disaster.
LIZETTE ZAMORA Sophomore
I feel more prepared here at school because at home, we don’t really have that in mind. IVETTE CHAN Senior
Having a well-stocked emergency kit is important to make sure that your family is prepared for a natural disaster. Photos by TREVOR QUAN & CHERISE WOO
Sept. 14, 2012
Global horror stories: Ed Gein Chinese Hopping Corpse Jumping around from one village to the next, a hopping corpse is a body that has not yet been fully decayed. Its soul has not left for the afterlife but remains lingering around Earth. However, the problems start as the soul begins to wander, because that is when it turns evil. Endlessly, it hops, searching for its hometown. It is said that hopping corpses are usually found wearing Qing Dynasty burial clothes. The myth of the hopping corpse appears repeatedly in Chinese movies, including the film “Hong Kong.”
Rewrtitten from horrorstories.anthonet.com
Ed Gein was born in 1906. Growing up, his mother was very protective, often abusing him and not allowing him to interact with any other people besides her. Once his mother died, Ed Gein was left devastated, taking over the family farm, boarding up any rooms that she had used in the house. Left alone, Gein began to dig up graves of recently buried middleaged women who looked like his mother. Once he dug up the bodies, he would peel off their skin, making masks with the skin from their faces and clothing items with other body parts and human flesh, with the intentions of making a “woman suit”. Gein also murdered a females who resembled his mother and was sent to trial in 1958, later being charged with first degree murder. He was soon sentenced to life in prison, which he spent in a mental hospital where he died at 77 in 1984. Gein’s actions inspired movies such as Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Rewritten from wisconsinsickness.com
The Slit-Mouth woman comes from a Japanese urban legend about a disfigured Japanese woman who carries a pair of large scissors and preys on children. She has an enormous slit across her mouth that extends from ear to ear, causing a permanent, eerie grin. According to the legend, the Slit Mouth Woman wears a surgical mask and hunts for children around the streets of Japan. If a child crosses her path, she stops and asks the question, “Am I beautiful?” If the child answers yes, she rips off the mask and reveals her shockingly deformed face. “Am I beautiful NOW?” she shrieks. Horrified, the child will struggle to answer her. If he answers “No,” she will pull out her large scissors and behead him, killing him instantly. If he answers “yes,” she will take out her scissors and slice the corners of his mouth, creating a gaping smile similar to her own. If the child tries to run away, she will hunt him down and kill him. Rewritten from scaryforkids.com
Keeping up with
the Spartans Ann Martin Class of 1975
SPARTAN 1. What college did you attend? [I attended] UCLA for my BA and Cal State Los Angeles for my teaching credential. 2. What is your current occupation? I teach sales and presentation skills to sales people at Hilton Worldwide. 3. What jobs did you have before your current one? I was a hotel salesperson for 19 years. Prior to that, I taught elementary school for five years. 4. How has your experience at Schurr helped with your current occupation? Schurr gave me a good foundation in communication and critical thinking skills. During high school, I also realized that I loved to learn and help others learn. 5. Did you participate in any extracurricular activities during high school? Yes. On campus, I was on the Annual Staff and was also on the Songleader squad.
SPEAK Do you believe in any myths or legends?
I don’t believe in myths because I think they’re just stories that people pass on within their own communities.
JENNY PEREZ Senior
I believe in Greek Gods and myths because I felt like they had to have some kind of truth in their origin. Someone had to have to seen it happen.
SAMANTHA ALDAMA Sophomore
I really don’t believe. The stories that people tell seem like a way to explain the unknown or to act as allegories. IRVING WEIHS Junior
I do believe because there’s no way to disprove them.
NATHAN ROSALES Freshman
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Terrifying tales spring up alongside centuries-old legends of caution and doom... Baga Yaga
The Baga Yaga is an old witch with great power and fierce iron teeth. Stories about the witch may have originated from people who lived deep in the forests of Russia. Stone statues were named Yaga and were placed in huts made of tree trunks. People are very wary and respectful towards the witch because she can control people’s fates. Unlike other witches, Baba Yaga does not ride on a broomstick but rather flies on a pestle used to mix mortar. It is believed that she lives in a hut that is able to move around. People say that those who enter never come out. Numerous movies have been released about the tale, including “Baba Yaga,” about a photographer who falls under the witch’s spell. Rewritten from myths.e2bn.org
The legendary ghost ship, Flying Dutchman, once anchored off the coast of The Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Its captain, a man known as Vanderdecken, rushed its superstitious crew back out to sea during a storm and disappeared without a trace. Since then, the Flying Dutchman has been reported, from its disappearance in the 18th century all the way through to the 21st century, to appear before those at sea who are doomed to suffer coming disaster and glow an eerie color. It has since been the premise for countless variations in literature and film, more recently as the ship of Davy Jones in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and as a recurring character in Nickelodeon’s “Spongebob Squarepants.” Rewritten from Encyclopedia Brittanica
La Llorona tells the story of a beautiful girl named Maria, who met and married a dashing ranchero with whom she had two children. After a few years, the husband would only visit the children. One evening, Maria and her children were strolling near a river and the ranchero came by. He stopped and spoke to his children but never glanced at Maria. Filled with rage, she tossed them into the river. They drowned before she realized what she had done. The next morning, she was found dead on the bank of the river. That night, the villagers heard sounds of La Llorona crying, “Where are my children?” and they saw her wander the riverbank looking them. To this day, children are warned to not go out into the dark for La Llorona might kidnap them and they would never return.
Rewritten from literacynet.org
Cthulhu (commonly pronounced kah-thu-loo) came into being as the creation of a 1928 pulp fiction story written by H.P. Lovecraft, the man who spawned the genre of weird fiction known as the Cthulhu Mythos, but the creature has since become something of a pop culture icon. Lovecraft created Cthulhu as a mysterious alien being, one of those who are, in Lovecraft’s tales, the true masters of the Earth. Growing hype over the past decades has even led to a widespread belief that many of Lovecraft’s creations, notably the Necronomicon and evil cults who worship Cthulhu’s brethren, the Old Ones, actually exist. While descriptions of the Old Ones vary, Cthulhu is often described as a sort of gigantic bipedal, winged octopus, with tentacles descending from his face. Compiled from the works of H.P. Lovecraft
Que Sera, Sarai BY SARAI JARAMILLO
Lead Copy Editor
Rising from my shadows Of all the rituals of childhood, one that I’ve never really completed is overcoming my fear of the dark. I’ve lost my baby teeth; I’ve stopped believing in Santa Claus; I’ve even put away my favorite stuffed animal, but this one aspect of my childhood still lingers. I’m not sure when this fear began exactly, but by the time I was 7 years old, a nightlight was an established
the soft light it provided. However, as the sun went down, the nightlight’s rays seemed to grow feebler. The shadows lengthened, and my overactive imagination quickly drew up grisly scenarios in which I would succumb to the darkness forever.
When my paranoia grew too strong to ignore, I would duck my head under my covers and curl up into a little ball, childishly believing that I was safe from all evil if I only remained in that position. Still, even that belief was not strong enough to get rid of my paranoia completely; I would check the shadows every so often to make sure they had not come closer to my bed while I hid under my blankets. My fear became a full-blown terror after I watched a particularly scary movie with my older sister. During the movie I was frightened, but I pretended I was completely nine then, and I believed myself to be too mature to be frightened. That night, I had a vivid nightmare that still makes me shudder when I think of it. It involved heavy rain, lightning, a mysterious crying baby and heavy footsteps coming up the stairs to my room. I woke up crying, too around my bed. I shut my eyes tightly, but I could still feel an imaginary sinister presence in my room. When I could take it no longer, I bolted from my bed there. She grudgingly acquiesced, probably as a way to get me to shut up rather than out of genuine sisterly affection. I couldn’t care less; I just didn’t want to be alone. Since then, I’ve learned to rein in my imagination when it gets out of hand, but I still haven’t gotten over my fear completely. Obviously, I no longer use a nightlight (I
dark creates even more shadows), and I no longer run crying to my sister’s room when I’m afraid. But I’ll admit that I still huddle under my blankets when a particular shadow seems unusually ominous, and I still seek my sister’s company whenever there’s a power outage. The only difference is that now I can grit my teeth and attempt to convince myself that shadows are insubstantial, instead of becoming paralyzed by fear. Even after all this time, I still don’t know why I’m afraid tales that we are taught teach us at an early age that dark is bad and light is good. It is possible that these lessons have become so deeply rooted in our subconscious that we can’t shake them, no matter how much time has passed. Or maybe, as J.K. Rowling suggests, “it is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” I always remember this quote when my old fear strikes. It is logical, and this fact provides more comfort than anything I tell myself. I can only compare its effect to that described in a 12-step program: realizing that there is a problem is the I am afraid of the dark. It is a slightly embarrassing fact, but I have learned to accept it. I’m proud to say that I’ve (mostly) come to terms with the shadows in my room, and I very rarely hide under my blankets. However, I still have a lot of work left; I must overcome the shadows lurking just beyond my dining room if I want to completely master my fear.
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Musical comedy captivates, ‘pitches’ unrealistic plot BY TAYLOR HONDA Managing Editor
Entertaining viewers with its ‘acaawesome’ comical perspective, “Pitch Perfect” portrays competitions and romance in the lives of college a capella singers, while providing insight on our own Vocal Ensemble. Released Sept. 28, the movie follows the progress of The Bellas, an all-girl a cappella group. After The Bellas fail to
A’CHOIR’ING TALENT: Seniors Natasha Rojas and Valerie Lopez, junior Gabrielle
Razo and sophomore Alondra Ruiz practice for Vocal Ensemble during 2nd period.
competition at Barden University, the two remaining girls seek out new members at the activities fair the next year. New to the school, Beca (Anna Kendrick) comes across the group, but lies and says she cannot sing in order to avoid the audition, though she later joins anyway. Following storylines similar to the
through the use of dialogue as well as song. However, the main aspect of the movie is not the music but its humorous punch lines, exhibited mostly through the character Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson). skinny girls do not say it behind her back, setting the tone for her personality and humor. Throughout the movie, Fat Amy lightens the mood, even leader Aubrey (Anna Camp) ridicules group members for their lack of cooperation. Fat Amy also pokes fun at Aubrey’s diction, creating her own rendition of Aubrey’s signature phrase: ‘aca-scuse’ me?, with her phrase ‘aca-awkward.’
Album The 2nd Law deserves 1st
Muse takes music, career to new heights
BY TRISTAN BROSSY DE DIOS Entertainment Editor
Muse, a three-man troupe from England is unlike many other artists of the century, succeeding where others have failed in the development of their music as time goes on; the release of the band’s new album, The 2nd Law, marks yet another milestone in the group’s historic career as they make their point about the looming future heard. Matthew Bellamy, lead vocalist and lead guitarist, pianist and song writer for Muse, forms an eclectic collection of Muse’s past albums, 2009’s The Resistance, the hard-hitting rhythm of 2006’s Black Holes and Revelations and the jumpy nature of 2001’s Origin of Symmetry to The 2nd Law’s varied track listing. With this, Muse crafts what so many cannot, songs that voice an assertive, meaningful outlook on life while creating songs with catchy rhythms that makes one want to jump for joy, then dive for cover but moments later. The true oddity of the album lies hidden within, as the seemingly random notes of the instruments, their upbeat rhythms resonating through the heart and mind of the listener in a reassuring and exhilarating manner, are nevertheless accompanied by grim lyrics. The band’s words of caution clash ironically with the energetic instrumental portions of songs. The album centers around the principles of the second law of thermodynamics, which states that, in an isolated system, entropy, the destruction of the system, will ensue. Muse
the entire world, the pinnacle of Muse’s talents in composing a relatable song. “Survival” focuses on the principles that make humans who they are, their drive to win, the adrenaline-fueled perseverance that can be stirred within anyone and the fervor that builds, the principles that lead the human race toward destruction. Viewers of the closing ceremonies and Olympians alike could appreciate the song for what it was, a triumphant theme for a proud celebration of strength, yet “Survival” means so much more taken in context. Bellamy, drummer Dominic Howard and bass player and vocalist Christopher Wolstenholme, not only create new ways of tapping into controversial themes, but also explore new musical styles and genres, as much of the album, from the single “Madness” to the notorious bass drops of “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,” employs more electronic music than ever used in a Muse album. It is not the a new genre to maintain an increased following, but Muse surpasses many others whose branching musical styles have crumbled at the roots. However, music’s true purpose must be met. Bellamy’s ending to the album’s closing track, “The 2nd Law: Isolated System,” does just that, sending one last chilling reminder of entropic destruction to its listeners. Muse taps into universal truths throughout the album, mastering the art of storytelling like almost no other band has managed to do, earning The 2nd Law its legendary title.
portrayal of humanity’s ultimate self-destruction in coming years. “A species set on endless growth is unsustainable,” reads the voice of a post-
very entertaining.” Although there is no doubt that “Pitch Perfect” is a humorously witty movie, it is important to remember the amount of strenuous work put into real-life a cappella performances.
Muse’s Music (R)evolution Muse has always kept a politically-minded agenda at the ready, embedding social and political issues in its songs as early as their second album Origin of Symmetry. However, Muse’s past albums, while just as deep as The 2nd Law, focused less upon rising issues and instead on epic ballads of love and loss. The Resistance, the album that preceded The 2nd Law, pushed its audience to think harder than most had thought before when listening to music, but it also favored a romance-filled theme, one which is virtually absent, with the exception of “Madness,” in the more mature The 2nd Law. Instead, Muse takes a more mature approach, touching subjects not all musicians agree should be explored.
Scenes ‘Chasing Mavericks’ Based on a true story, a miracle comes to life as a young teen, Jay Moriarti (Jonny Weston) turns to a professional surfer, Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) to help him gain the skills needed to defeat the monstrous Mavericks waves and all of life’s other great challenges.
of “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable.” To understand the instability that builds up to the cataclysmic decay of humanity at the album’s end, one must themes Muse plants in its songs. One theme that weaves through the album in
London Olympic Games. The anthem is one for
Another humorous character is Lily (Hana Mae Lee). Almost alien-like, Lily speaks in whispers and says ridiculously bizarre things, whenever she does speak. In music terms, the team definitely picks some popular songs for their a capella competitions. While the group previously relied on songs from the past, Beca (Anna Kendrick) enters the group with a fresh perspective, breaking the traditions of The Bellas and choosing contemporary songs. From the R&B beats of “No Diggity” to their mash-up of “Just the Way You Are” and “Just a Dream” to “Party in the USA” and “Price Tag,” The Bellas’ selections touch a wide range of genres, appealing to different age groups. However, as our Vocal Ensemble is preparing for their Winter Concert, it is clear that singing a cappella is not nearly as simple as it is portrayed in the movie. While The Bellas in “Pitch Perfect” belt out their auto-tuned voices impromptu, choir members know that in a cappella singing, much practice is required to reach success. “I believe that movies like ‘Pitch Perfect’ and similar TV shows like ‘Glee’ are grossly inaccurate representations of what a cappella and choral singing is really all about,” said Angela Chong, choir director. “It’s a shame that people don’t get a chance to see all the hard work that goes into learning different parts, and it also puts a lot of pressure on teachers because people just expect us to be able to mimic these sort of
Photo courtesy of UGO Entertainment
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Homegirl Cafe liberates taste buds
BY CHERISE WOO Photo Editor
contemporary Latino dishes for breakfast, lunch or Saturday brunch.
Several booths are located along the walls and tables sit at least two guests in the center of the room. Although it appears spacious, the restaurant is highly populated around noon. It opens Monday – Friday It stays open for an extra hour Tuesdays – Fridays.
with bold Homeboy Industries signage above the on Sunday. Menu items contain organic ingredients because involved young adults, training them in service and food before hiring
the restaurant. “Most of these girls This [the social enterprise] provides a start at learning
manager. “This is possibly the first time in their lives that they can hold on to a stable life.”
Most of these girls have never had a job before. This [social enterprise] provides a start at learning how to work at a job. This is possibly the first time in their lives that they can hold on to a stable life.
JOHN ERIC WATERHOUSE Co-Manager
percent of its produce, herbs and teas in urban “mini farms” located behind the restaurant and throughout Los Angeles. “The basis of our menu is using organic, local ingredients prepared simply,” said Waterhouse. Flavors and dishes were designed after long deliberation and careful selection, all combinations of the food despite the variety of tastes. However, prices can sometimes be an
Regardless of expense, the food is high quality and is created with attention to detail before delivery to the customer. In addition to the variety of the menu, ranging from traditional chilaquiles to the revamped Kale grilled
Entering through the glass doors, an assortment
consist of either vegetarian or vegan options, the same cultural experience as the average patron.
artists’ works. “I think they [our customers] come from two groups: those who like the food and the art and the other group that wants to support the mission we have,” said
beyond food, too, and has an original “homegirl” limeade and spinach. food and atmosphere, the charismatic “homegirls”
This venue primarily serves Latino dishes, and its completely unlike any other dining experience to be found elsewhere in Los Angeles.
“HOME” SWEET HOME: A specialty grilled cheese sandwich and chilaquiles
represent part of Homegirl Cafe’s Saturday brunch menu. The restaurant specializes in breakfast and lunch with a bakery in the front and its offices above.
RAMBLING RHETORIC BY ALEX KANEGAWA
Fear, Loathing, Zombies Zombies, zombies, zombies, roaming everywhere. From “28 Days Later” to “The Walking Dead” franchise, to even the “real life” zombie attack that occurred in Miami several months ago, it’s clear that there’s a growing fascination with the undead present in our contemporary pop culture. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of the horror genre, but even I can appreciate the raw entertainment value monstrosities inspire a unique sense of dread in their beholders, indicating both nihilistic inevitability and irreversible global decay. While zombies may be frightening in appearance, the real scares stem not from the visual effects fabricated by a design team so much
driven existences and our own. Let’s start by examining the nature of violence present in nearly every piece of zombie fiction to date. The protagonists eke out relatively peaceful existences
antagonists of contemporary society, ever since John Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” established the stereotypical zombie and used it as a metaphor for the communist threat. For example, in “Dawn of the Dead,” “28 Days Later,” they represented the latent aggression
leading normal lives. However, once the outbreak occurs and societal standards come crumbling down, these personas are progressively discarded and replaced by rugged, morally ambiguous pragmatists. In this new world, killing is more than okay: it’s encouraged. After all, zombies aren’t people anymore and therefore don’t deserve to be treated as such. But no matter how mindless the violence is, the fact remains that killing zombies is never really a utilitarian action; rather, it’s motivated almost entirely by emotion. The truth of the matter is that zombies are killed out of hatred. Why? Because people instinctively learn to hate what they fear. Whenever we feel afraid, that fear makes us feel weak, which then makes us angry at our own impotency, leading to the same brand of bitter hatred that’s prompted every great schism and remorseless genocide in recent human memory. When audiences look at zombies, they subconsciously fear that the baseness of their existence gives them the same primal foundation as the rest of humanity, drawing a chilling parallel that’s proven to be an allegorical mainstay for the genre. Another component of this fear lies in the fact that zombies have consistently served as placeholders for the
Ultimately, zombies serve as receptacles for our shared fear of the unfamiliar, the foreign. As if this wasn’t enough, zombies possess the ability to corrupt and convert “normal” people in a nonconsensual manner, playing off of our innate displeasure with the absence of freedom and choice. In this case, indoctrination is what generates our fear, a manifestation of our aversion to the archetypal “other” and the nagging doubt that they and we have always been one and the same. In a world plagued by widespread xenophobia and unilateral interests, it’s no wonder that the zombie concept
every passing year, further blurring the lines between a The reason I don’t identify as a horror fan is because I fails at leaving a lasting impression upon my psyche;
new reason to lie awake at night, unable to sleep soundly, knowing that somewhere out there there’s a true zombie apocalypse waiting to happen.
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Races provide thrills, raise funds BY JOESON CHIANG & MARIAH LIN
landmarks, live entertainment and bands, squads of spirited people and lots of support from spectators, according to runrocknroll.competitor.
Sports Editor & Assistant Sports Editor
Several spooky, thrilling Halloween-themed celebrations and races will be held to kick off this season early. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon features a
two-day Health and Fitness Expo. The race will start at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 28, beginning on South Figueroa Street between 11th and 12th Streets, heading south, ending on South Flower Street at West Olympic Boulevard. Another race taking place on the same day is the 15th Annual L.A.
and fundraising program dedicated to helping animal lovers walk, run or cycle towards the numerous life-saving programs and services for animals nationwide.
The course starts and ends at San Vincente Boulevard and Eisenhower Avenue in Los Angeles. Runners will follow a route around the historic tree-lined paved streets on the Veterans Administration Grounds in West L.A. The 5k will be a single loop, while the 10k will be a double loop. Registration for the race begins at 6 a.m. After the 5k and 10k races conclude, entertainment will be offered for the whole family, with the Kids Can Cure Fun Run, Children’s and Adults’
getting an exciting view of diverse famous
A Zombie 5k Course Race was held Oct. 20 and 21. Teacher Carrie Cunningham, along with senior Adam Moreno and sophomore Eric Guzman participated in this event. “In the beginning, I felt scared and nervous.” said Moreno. “If there is ever a zombie apocalypse, make sure to stick together.” The Zombie 5k Course Race was not just about running, but more about how skilled participants were at avoiding the clutches of zombies. The race consisted of 12 man-made obstacles, which included mud, water and blood. Runners needed to climb, duck,
volunteers trained to be either a fast “Chaser Zombie” or a “Stumble Zombie,” according to runforyourlife.com. Their jobs
“I ran around mountains, and zombies chased and scared me. There are also man-made obstacles, like a Smokey house, orange wires and a maze,” said Guzman. “I also crawled through mud and jumped over boards. Overall, runners participated for various reasons, but in the end, it could have been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “It was a lot different running this race than for cross country,” said Moreno. “Since I had to dodge zombies and jump
Q & A with Carrie Cunningham, teacher 1. Why did you decide to participate in the run? It sounded really fun, and I decided to do it because it motivated me to train and work out. My cousins and I did it together, and we wanted to make exercise fun. 2. Generally, what was the course like? The whole first mile was uphill and dusty. The zombies were not as scary as I thought they would be and were like normal people. 3. What was one of the highlights of the run? The highlight was bonding with the family. We did the run together, and it was awesome to hear them cheering for me at the finish line. 4. How do you think you influenced others by participating? I think I serve as an example. If I can do it, anyone can do it.
Spikers experience success, hope to improve BY TAYLOR FONG Reporter
With a current league record of 6-2, the spikers will face the San Gabriel Matadors Oct. 30. The spikers played against the Montebello Oilers Oct. 25, but scores were unavailable at press time. On Oct. 23, the varsity strikers defeated the Mark Keppel Aztecs, 3-0. The strikers also won against the Bell Garden Lancers, Oct. 18, with a score of 3-2. During the second round of the season, the strikers came out victorious against the Alhambra Moors, Oct. 16, 3-1. The strikers suffered a loss, Oct. 11, 3-0, to the San Gabriel Matadors, but overcame the Oilers, Oct. 9, 3-1. “In our game against Bell Gardens, I felt so frustrated and excited at the same time,” said junior Alissa Yoshida. “I kept thinking about how depressing it would be if we lost. That game was intense, and I got excited after winning the third set, as and it would give us a chance to win that game.” Seeking redemption, the JV spikers defeated the Aztecs, 2-0, Oct. 23. Facing the Bell Gardens Lancers on Oct. 18, the JV spikers lost, 2-0 but were able to defeat the Alhambra Moors, 2-1, Oct. 16. Due to a power-outage, the game against San Gabriel was cancelled, and the make-up game’s date has not yet been set. On Oct. 9 the Spartans beat the Montebello Oilers 2-0. “After a loss, I take things seriously and work hard at practice, because how you work at practice is the way you play in a game,” said sophomore Destanee Cortes.
Seeking to add another win to their record, the freshman spikers defeated the Mark Keppel Aztecs, 2-0, Oct. 23. The spikers played the Bell Gardens Lancers Oct. 18, but suffered a 2-1 loss. A power-outage Oct. 11 caused the cancellation of the game against San Gabriel. The freshman spikers were able beat the Montebello Oilers, 2-0, Oct. 9. “As a coach, I see a different perspective of the game. Now that the girls are use to playing a few games, there the spot during the game. I think it just depends on the situation,” says coach Alysha Miller.
Upcoming Runs Whittier Community Foundation “Fit for Life,” “Spooktacular” 5k and Creepy Crawly ½ Mile - Dash along historic streets of Whittier starting from the Whittier Community Center Oct. 27, 7:30 a.m. Lasse Viren 20k Trail Run -A Classic trail run through Sycamore Canyon in Malibu, featuring a scenic course with relaxing atmosphere and cool awards Oct. 28, 9 a.m. Pumpkin 5k Run and Spook Fun 1k -Kick off the day with an invigorating run around Lake Balboa in Woodley Park in Van Nuys filled with beautiful scenery starting at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 28. Run Love 5k/10k -Help support an orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya, by running around Irvine Nov. 3, 7 a.m. Mud Factor 5k Obstacle Run -Experience a hardcore and thrilling 5k obstacle run at the Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino Nov. 17. Teacher Elliot Codding will participate in this run.
Game Laura Sandoval Senior Volleyball
“I usually enjoy listening to mariachi music to get me pumped and excited before a game. I also eat a burrito about 30 minutes before for good luck. Then, we get together as a team for a pep talk. CHERISE WOO
SETTING IT UP: Junior Misty Salazar passes the ball to
a setter for a return against Bell Gardens Oct. 18.
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Harriers dominate league competition BY TREVOR QUAN
sophomore Fatima Patino eighth and senior
Hoping to improve in the last invitational at the Apache Invitational at Arcadia County
FINISHING UP Senior Edson
STAYING AHEAD: Freshman Dana Navarette picks up her pace Oct. 17.
Escamilla strides during the end of his race Oct. 13.
In the varsity girls race, senior Sarah Chaides
Netters regain momentum H20 polo looks to finish strong BY JUSTIN LEE
BY THERESA NAKAMURA
Hoping to advance to the next CIF round, the varsity netters have a chance to play at The
The Spartans played at home against
a splash in their last league game at
individual performances at league prelims, the Spartans either advanced to league
The varsity netters lost to the San
“I feel that this season has made my
more games this season than last year,”
have had a lot of fun this year, and it is sad to see it coming to an end,” said Isaac
PIVOTAL POINT: Up in the air, senior Jillian Sarao performs her serve.
TAKING AIM: Senior Steve Lopez holds the ball high against Roosevelt defenders and looks for an opportunity for his team to score, Oct. 19.
It’s a ‘Wendy’ful Life BY WENDY LAM Managing Editor
Fighting irrational fears
nighttime, preferring to go out at night and staying up to lingers in my mind just as I feel something is lingering
this column, in my fully lit room, I feel another person near
I turn off the lights, run to my room and slide under the
in my head that save me from the paranoid thoughts it
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Gridders remain resilient BY JIMMY CHEN
Moors had advanced far into Spartan territory
24-21. With 0:02 left in the game, the Spartans
Looking to close league play with a victory, the varsity gridders will host the Montebello Oilers Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. “We want to make the playoffs at the end of season, but we need to get better and execute when the game is on the line,” said Offensive Coordinator Victor Salazar. The gridders faced the Mark Keppel Aztecs at home last night, but scores were unavailable at press time. The Spartans suffered a tough loss against the Alhambra Moors, 24-21, Oct. 19. the game was tightly contested, with both teams playing tough defense. The Spartans attempted to
Moors intercepted the ball. The game ended in a Spartan loss, 24-21. “I think I could’ve done better, but teams make mistakes, and the outcome is not always going to be what you want,” said Perez. The gridders lost a close game against the Bell Gardens Lancers, 27-24, Oct. 12. The Spartans possession after the Lancers intercepted the ball with 0:41 left in the game. The loss marked the
I feel like even though we came off of two losses, we can’t let that affect our mentality. ERIC PEREZ Junior
end of the second quarter but missed, and the score was tied, 7-7. The game remained competitive in the second half. With 6:44 left in the third quarter, the Moors scored a 26-yard touchdown but the point after touchdown failed, making their lead, 13-7. The Spartans responded, with junior Eric Perez scoring a 4-yard touchdown with 1:56 left. However, the team also failed to convert after the touchdown, leaving the score tied, 13-13. In the fourth quarter, the Moors took control early, scoring a touchdown and making a twopoint conversion with 8:53 left to lead the Spartans, 21-13. With 3:12 left in the game, the Spartans completed a strong offensive possession when senior Ricardo Fonseca scored a touchdown. Perez completed a two-point conversion to tie the game, 21-21. However, the Spartans’ defense could not keep the Moors from controlling the last few minutes of the game. With 1:47 left, the Moors had advanced to the 38-yard line. With just 0:41 left in the game, the
During Homecoming Oct. 5, the Spartans recovered to overcome the San Gabriel Matadors, 1615. “I feel like even though we came off of two losses, we can’t let that affect our mentality. We can come
off right,” said Perez. The game was a struggle for the Spartans from the outset, and neither team was able to score in the were given many opportunities to score, but they could not capitalize, and the Spartans were behind at halftime, 3-0. Both teams picked up their offense in the third quarter, but the Spartans still trailed, 9-7. During the fourth quarter, the Spartans were behind, 1315, with 1:45 left. The team managed to advance within scoring range with just 0:06 left in the game, an offensive time expired, senior Estevan Tonche kicked the Spartans the victory, 16-15. “Our strengths are in our offensive line, running game and defense, but we need to work on limiting our mistakes and penalties,” said Salazar.
Q & A with Ronald Pruitt, Head Freshman Coach 1. What do you like about coaching freshmen? You get a different set of kids each year with a different set of problems. I’ve been doing this every year since 1984. 2. How do you feel about your former freshman players ? I feel proud that they stay in the program because as freshmen, a lot of them quit due to being discouraged or getting low grades. For those who stay, it’s good that they stay successful. 3. What growth have you seen in your former players? Most of the freshmen linemen have never played before, and as they move to varsity and JV, I can see that their aggression has gone up and their technique has improved. 4. How did you feel about seeing your former players playing in the Homecoming game? I feel really happy for them because success at a higher level feels good. I didn’t coach all of them, but it was great to hear what they had done in the last six seconds of the game. However, I’m happy with any level of success that they have achieved. 5. What changes regarding maturity have you seen in your former players? I see a physical difference. As freshmen, they were only kids, but as seniors, they became more mature as adults. Their behavior changes, and they become less goofy than when they were freshmen with lots of energy. I’m happy they still play football, but I’m even happier to see them get their diplomas.
STAYING STRONG: (TOP) Junior Abel Troncoza pushes his Moor
opponent to advance the ball, Oct. 19. (BOTTOM) Tackling the rusher, junior Jonathan Enriquez prevents Alhambra from gaining yards.
JV gridders improve performance BY JASON BASULTO Reporter
Seeking another victory, the JV gridders will play the Montebello Oilers at home Nov.1. Yesterday, the gridders played against the Mark Keppel Aztecs and won decisively, 30-0, making their league record 3-1. The JV gridders beat the Alhambra Moors, a pass play, making the score 7-0. However, on the kickoff following the touchdown, junior Dario Robinson ran the ball from near the end zone and scored a touchdown, tying the game. The Spartans started pulling farther away from the Moors when sophomore Ricardo Alcantara completed a pass from sophomore Chris Gonzalez to score a touchdown with 4:59 left in the quarter, gaining a 14-7 advantage.
Quick to respond, the Moors immediately scored a touchdown in the next 10 seconds. However, Alhambra’s conversion was blocked, making the score 14-13. The Moors fumbled the ball, giving the Spartans a chance to recover. Gonzalez managed to score a second touchdown with 1:45 left in the quarter. Neither team scored in the second quarter but during the third quarter, junior Rafael Negrete yard line, adding to the Spartans’ lead, 24-13. “Although I was injured, I did not want to let my team down, and I just pushed through the
could,” said Negrete. For the remainder of the third quarter and all of the fourth, the gridders maintained their lead and prevented the Moors from scoring. With 11:11 left in the fourth quarter, Gonzalez scored another touchdown to make the score 31-13. The gridders then scored two additional touchdowns before the game ended, completely shutting down the Moors. The last touchdown came when sophomore Tristan Rojas made an interception and ran into the endzone, ending the game with a score of 45-13. “I worked hard this whole week, and hard work pays off. I came into this game with the right mentality and was able to get an interception,” said Rojas. The JV gridders lost to the Bell Gardens Lancers Oct. 11, 28-0 but defeated the Azusa Aztecs Oct.4, 25-12. The freshmen gridders played the Mark Keppel Aztecs yesterday, but scores were unavailable at press time. The Spartans defeated the Moors Oct. 18, 40-14, and the San Gabriel Matadors, 21-12. BRANDON CHANG They lost to the Lancers Oct. 11, ‘DERRICK’TING THE OFFENSE.: Junior Derrick Lopez 38-21. The freshmen will play the Montebello Oilers away Nov. 1. jumps over his Alhambra opponent, Oct. 18.