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International Week February 11-15 A celebration of cultural diversity on campus

FEATURES........3 OPINION...........4 LA ESQUINA LATINA.............6 A&E...................7 SPORTS............8

Health Week

February 19-22 A week to promote a healthly lifestyle on campus

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Meet the ASB Candidates for March 13 Election opportunities, and I would like to help other bearcats with theirs.”

be all of them and more. Not only that, but I can shake my thang with Dance Team too!”

ers, I attend every banner party, and all I do in class is draw anyway, so hey why not?”

ASB Treasurer

Spirit Commissioners

ASB President

Kat Fadrilan, Junior

I’m running because I want to continue making our school a more welcoming and inclusive environment. I want to take the Bearcats to a new level of pride and excellence. Rachel Royce, Junior

“I am running because I truly have a passion for San Mateo. I want to fill next year with spirit and fun making it a memorable year for everyone.”


Megha Bindal, Junior

“I’ve served class council for three years and this year I’m junior president. I’m running for ASB VP to help plan great events and stop pigeons attacking at lunch.” Benjamin Chang, Junior

“My name is Benjamin Chang, and I am running for ASB Vice President. As VP, I would help ensure that Leadership stays efficient and helpful to the Bearcat Community.”

Hana Alverina, Junior

“I am running for ASB treasurer because I believe I can bring new ideas to the student body while still effectively using my abilities to improve the council.” Jake Monasch, Junior

“Hey guys I am Jake Monasch and I am running to be your ASB Treasurer. I am very involved in the Leadership and I love this school!”

Kevin Huang, Junior

ASB Secretary

Lucy Dai-He, Junior

“I’m class secretary of three consecutive years. I’d be a great ASB secretary because I enjoy school spirit/planning events and will make sure nothing is typed in comic sans!” Lindsey Seto, Junior

“Hi, I’m Lindsey Seto and I am a candidate for ASB secretary. San Mateo has given me many amazing

“What’s up Bearcats? Experienced in leadership as your current JCC VP, a Renaissance Leadership member, and a member of Varsity Football, I promise to make our next school year unforgettable.” Mikayla Stoveland, Junior

“I’m Mikayla Stoveland and I would love to be ASBVP. I love SMHS and want next year to be great. I’m hoping to branch out and extend my bearcat family.” Jane Sun, Junior

“Whatever your ideal Bearcat qualities are, I promise to strive to


Russell Zych, Junior

“We’re running unopposed which awards us the opportunity to ask the students and remind them they’re a student body. I intend on having every rally better than the one before.”

Dance Commissioner

Jessica Aurell, Junior

“I’m Sarah and I’m running for ASB Publicity! I love making post-

The annual SMHS Art Show will open March 14 with a reception from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Library. There will be snacks and entertainment at the free event. The show will be exhibited through March 31. In other Art Department news, five students from San Mateo were accepted to Bay Area Youth Art Month exhibition hosted by History San José: Luna Chang, Vivian Chuang, David Huang, Savannah Liu and Natalie Rejas. Their artwork will be on display from March 2 to May 28 at the San Jose History Museum. Make sure to check out our very own artists’ work on display.

Stephanie Wan, Class of 2016

“Ms. Casale’s class because I like that class and there’s food.” Marshae Glenn, Class of 2015


Paolo Castillo, Sophomore

“I am a sophomore and I’m running for UASB. I’m a part of Renaissance and student council. As UASB I would dedicate my time and effort to this school.” Sara Lepisova, Sophomore

“My name is Sara Lepisova and I’m a sophomore. I’m responsible, motivated, hardworking, and I’m running for UASB to apply my qualities, and get involved in our school’s leadership program!”

San Mateo’s Mock Trial team finished third in North County after three hard-fought rounds at the South City courthouse. The team was the best in the courthouse by the third round, according to the scores, but that wasn’t enough to make up for a slow start in round one, giving South City and Mills the honor of progressing to the semifinals to face Menlo and Hillsdale. Led by team captains Amin Nilchian and Liza Leykina, San Mateo’s team made a very strong showing. “We were robbed,” said Ms. Fergusson, teacher advisor. “Our two attorney coaches and I

“I’m running for UASB to be a more active part of San Mateo High School Leadership and to be an active participant in the change going on in our district.” For more election coverage, see!

Mock Case Closed

agreed that we were the best team in North County.” Menlo and Hillsdale faced off in the finals last night, with the winner advancing to the state level. “The freshmen on the team showed a lot of promise,” said long-time participant Marie Angle. “It was a very challenging season and disappointing to come in third,” she said, “but overall, it’s been a great four years.” Mock Trial teams across the nation are given the same set of facts and witness statements in a hypothetical legal case, then mount both a prosecution and a defense. \Stay tuned for tryouts in the fall.

If you were stuck in one period, what class would it be and why?


“I would stay in Ms. Yapp’s class because she’s nice.”

“I’m an active member on campus, currently in leadership, and involved in Performing Arts. My goal is to put on your most memorable nights while you’re here at San Mateo!”

Ilya Rozenblat, Sophomore

“My name is Jessica and I’m running for Dance Commissioner. I’m involved with the dance and musical theater programs here at

Mateo Artists Show Their Talent


“Russell and myself are running unopposed which gives us the chance to start brainstorming right away for bright, new ideas for next year! We strive to have an excellent year!”

ASB Publicity

Sarah Wilson, Junior

Ashley Chiu, Junior

Mason Otus, Junior

Yash Nevatia, Sophomore

“Yash is a publicity officer for RLT and Jefferson Awards. Yash recently finished a design workshop taught by a Stanford senior, in addition to 3 leadership courses with Rotary International.”

SMHS along with Renaissance. I love doing anything creative!”

“I’d be in office aiding because it’s easy and fun.” Rachel Patterson, Class of 2014

“Nels Johnson’s class because he’s funny and I’m never bored.” Marco Zanbrano, Class of 2013

“I would want to be with all my students; I love all my classes equally” Mr. Pirie, Staff

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San Mateo Young Minds Not SLACing

Victoria Xiao Editor-In-Chief

The members of San Mateo’s own Science Bowl team had an intense day at the National Science Bowl competition at SLAC on February 9. Science Bowl is a national competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy, like a Quiz Kids for science. Topics of competition include earth science, physics, math, biology, astronomy, energy,

and chemistry. Computer science was removed as a topic in 2012. The competition on February 9 was a regional qualifier for the national competition. The morning started with a round robin competition to decide who would advance to the afternoon’s elimination round. There were thirty teams this year from twenty different schools from the Peninsula and South Bay, six more teams than the usual twenty-four. As a result, competition was fiercer than usual to vie for

the coveted position of Regional Champion. San Mateo started off the morning against Leland High School, where a bad start led to a disappointing defeat. The next two matches against Andrew Hill and Piedmont High Schools were a victory for San Mateo, but they lost the final one against Bellarmine, the previous year’s champion. As a result, they were eliminated at the last minute from the round robin group and did not get to go to the afternoon’s

elimination rounds. However, the team was happy with their performance. “We did better than we did last year, we worked very cohesively,” said Shadi Barhoumi, senior. As part of preparation for the Science Bowl, team members Shadi Barhoumi, Cher Tang, Rebecca Tien, Victoria Xiao, and team captain Eric Liu drilled with practice questions and studied weak areas like earth science and astronomy intensely. Mr. Gin was the team

advisor. “We had scrimmages with Hillsdale to see what other teams would be like, so we were way more prepared,” said Shadi. The practice noticeably paid off, especially since Cher Tang’s study of earth science gave them a competitive advantage. All in all, it was a great experience, especially since after the competition they had the opportunity of attending a lecture on the Higgs Boson.

Winterguard: Mateo’s Hidden Talent Hannah Poplack Business Manager

Winterguard is one of the lesser known, but more successful groups, at San Mateo. In the fall and spring, this group, which boasts 15 members, is better know as the “Colorguard,” marching in front of the band at parades and in competitions with their rifles, flags, and banners. However, in the winter, this group transforms into the “Winterguard,” a dance troupe of sorts that competes all over California, dancing to choreographed routines as they spin flags, rifles, and sabers. “What most people don’t realize is that unlike Colorguard, which marched with the band, Winterguard is definitely a form of dance. You don’t need to be a dancer to be a part of it though. It is so graceful, yet you are throwing sabers, rifles, and flags. It is this beautiful contradiction,” said Fiona Yeung, Winterguard and Colorguard Captain San Mateo is home to the only competing marching band and Colorgaurd in our school district, and one of the few in the San Francisco Bay Area. “At San Mateo, marching band is a tradition,” said Lisa Millstein, Co-Captain. “It is really, really special that we have one. We have the only competing marching band in our district. We are lucky the San Mateo the Music Boosters, our Guard Director, our choreographers, and the Music Director support us. Guard is a huge commitment and without them, we would not be here.” The Winterguard comes into the season from Marching Season. At almost every Marching competition the guard took first place, out of up to 20 other guard units. “The guard had a spectacular season, and led our band really well. They took first place at every com-

petition but one,” said Mr. Tribuzi, Music Director. For members of San Mateo’s Winterguard, this is a labor of love. The group practices over five hours every Sunday, and during 0 Period each day, nearly all year long. “Guard is no small commitment. You commit your weekends, your mornings, and your energy. But we do it because we love it, because when you get out in front of the crowd at competition all the hard work is worth it,” said Lisa. During the Winterguard’s competition season, which begins soon after the marching band season and ends championships in mid-April, the team becomes an even greater time commitment. The team travels to four to five competitions each year (roughly one a week), excluding the San Mateo Winter Show, where they perform only as an exhibition. Competitions begin before daybreak, and often don’t end until the middle of the night. This year’s routine, which was unveiled for the first time at the Winter Show is choreographed to the song “Us,” from 500 Days of Summer. “The last show and the first show are different routines,” said Fiona. “As we learn new things, our choreographers adds more to the routine. It’s always evolving and getting better.” “Competitions are exhausting, but they’re really fun. The best part is the performance factor, performing a routine we have been working on for so long.” said Fiona. As for what comes in the future, Guard Captain Fiona is optimistic about the group’s chances of winning. “I have a feeling this will be a really great show. But, win or lose, what really matters is that we have fun.”

The Polynesian Club performs their cultural dances during Poly Day and students show their Columbian pride in the Fashion Show. See photos at



San Mateo celebrated diversity during International Week on February 11 by kicking off the first day with a Fashion Show and a Middle Eastern performance. “It’s nice that we have a week to recognize the different ethnic groups on campus and I loved the Fashion Show and the food from the food faire,” said Maylin Ortiz, a senior. India, France, China, Mexico, Columbia, and other countries were represented in the Fashion Show. With a strong start, the week continued with the International Food Faire. Samosas, spam musubi, fried rice, root beer floats, lumpia, and other ethnic foods were sold in the quad, attracting the larg-

est crowd ever. “We were so happy to see everyone in the quad to see International Week,” said Melissa Alvarez, ELD commissioner. The Filipino club showcased their ethnic dance . The girls in the La Raza Unida Club wore dresses and bows in their cultural colors to perform three different dances. Emilie Bohorquez and Melissa Alvarez, seniors, choreographed a merengue dance for their performance. The highly anticipated Poly Club performance ended the week of festivities. “Melissa and I are so thankful for everyone who participated and supported us in International Week,” said Calvin Hu, ELD commissioner, “Team work makes the dream work.”


Joey Wong News Editor


International Week Attracted Largest Crowd of the Year

From left to right: Fiona Yeung (captain), Jordan Losongco, Lisa Millstein (co-captain).

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We divide music into 8 counts. Winterguard is a perfoming art. If you are not getting bruises, you’re not doing it right. We compete in gyms.

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We werar a lot of makeup for performances. We use sabers, rifles, and flags. We have a director and two choreographers. Competition day can be over 12 hours long.


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Exchange Students Experience Mateo photos by diana brewer

Sebastian Stokke

Giulia Rotunno Jean Fan Features Editor The best part of coming to the United States, Giulia Rotunno says, is that she gets the chance to create new relationships – with her new ‘sister,’ in her host family, and with the Bearcats at San Mateo High School. Giulia, a fourth-year high school student in Italy, came to the United States last summer. She’s been attending San Mateo High since the beginning of the school year. Since her arrival, she’s had many new experiences – visiting Angel Island, for example, or going camping for the first time. In her free time here, she hangs out with her host family, goes to the gym with her host sister (who goes to Hillsdale High) and does some photography. In Italy, she has one more year of high school to go. The education experience is markedly different in the two countries.

Here, we change classes and classmates every hour. In Italy, they stay with their classmates every day for five years. There are 20 students in Giulia’s high school, and they spend a huge amount of time together in comparison to students in the United States. “You get to know people differently,” said Giulia. “Especially because I’ve switched classes so often here, I’ve gotten the chance to meet a ton of people at San Mateo.” Even her extracurricular activities are different here: in Italy, Giulia spends a lot of time going to oratory, a Catholic youth group where she volunteers almost every day. One of her favorite experiences has been working there during the summer. She plays games and sings songs with the children, who she loves like her “little siblings.” “They just want to play; it’s not just about winning,” said Giulia of the kids, smiling. “It’s great.”

Jonathan Slowey Web Editor

Coming from Nøtterøy Videregående Skole in Southern Norway, Sebastian Stokke is attending San Mateo High School as part of an exchange program. “I wanted to go on exchange for a year to experience something new, meet new people and learn to speak better English,“ he said.

Marco Bergami

Kay Zhang Features Editor

Moritz Bielinski Jeremy Gofman Social Media Editor Mo is a German exchange student who traveled from a small town outside of Cologne about half of a year ago to the United States. Since then, he’s noticed many differences between his natural German culture and his adopted American ways. “There is a lot of Mexican and fast food here, and we have that with Turkish food and pommes currywurst, which is fries with fried sausage in a spicy tomato curry sauce. I really, really miss pommes currywurst!” Mo exclaimed with a smile. “I really enjoyed playing football last semester, because where I’m

from you can’t play sports at school. There, you just go to class and get grades, and then leave, but here, people are very involved with school and school spirit,” Mo said. Socialization does not seem to be a challenge for Mo. “Here people are open-minded and nice. I expected it to be like in the movies where everybody is separated, but it’s not – it’s a lot more welcoming,” he commented. “California was my biggest dream. I could have been placed in Alaska or Kansas, so I’m happy I was sent here. California is California – it just doesn’t get better,” Mo said, “San Francisco is something really nice – a good change from the little town I’m from.”

After school, Sebastian likes skating and hanging out with friends in California’s weather. “I love the weather here, it’s one of my favorite things about California,” he said. The current forecast for Tønsberg, Norway is about -1 degrees Celcius, much colder than the Bay Area is used to.

The mayhem of P.E. class makes for a rabble-filled background, but freshman Marco Bergami is completely undistracted as he speaks animatedly about his experiences as a student from Brazil. Although he is not technically an exchange student – he lives with his family – moving to the United States has been just as much a new experience for him as it has been

for exchange students who are in a formal program. After his stepfather got the opportunity to work at Oracle in the United States, Marco’s mother and brother moved to the United States while he stayed in Brazil with his grandparents to finish middle school. There were major differences between the education systems between the two countries. “At my school, middle school happens in the afternoon, from

Although he loves California’s famous weather, Norway is still at the forefront of this thoughts. “I miss my family and friends, obviously, and I really miss snowboarding,” Sebastian said. “But the food here is great! I’m going to miss 5 Guys and InN-Out a lot when I leave, since we don’t have those at home.” noon to five,” he explains. “High school happens at night, from six o’clock to ten thirty.” It’s not only the schedules, however, that are different here. “The United States is cleaner and safer,” he says. “There are better schools and hospitals, compared to Brazil.” Despite a different background and schooling experiences, Marco shares the interests of many everyday students at San Mateo. “I was on the soccer team here last season,” he begins. “I also played with AYSO. Mostly I just play a lot of sports and I like to run. I also play guitar and do some computer programming, mostly stuff with iPhone apps and web pages.” The interest in programming seems to run in the family – “My dad works with programming, so when I was young I picked up an interest in it.” “I thought it’d be really hard with having to deal with a new language, a new everything, but it’s been easier than I expected,” Marco concluded. “It’s been a great experience with friends,” both from Brazil and from the States.

Evan Adary Staff Writer

Yurico Tsuchie, a senior from Shimane, Japan, will take a year of classes at San Mateo High before going back. She is enjoying her time in America and says she is having a lot of fun. Tsuchie is staying with a family whose child goes to Hillsdale until June. School in America is different for Yurico because teachers here expect students to participate and interact. In Japan, she only had to listen to lectures. In her school in Japan, she had to stay in one classroom as teachers moved from room to room. Classes are longer here than in Japan; the ones in Japan are only 50 minutes long per class. She was also expected to study much more in Japan.

Yurico Tsuchie Yurico said Americans are much friendlier and has been acclimating with ease. She was only homesick for a short while but is not anymore. Tsuchie also said that the roads are strange to her here. The car

steering wheel and streets are on the opposite side in Japan. Yurico is very adventurous and brave. She continues to have fun and try new experiences until she goes back to her home country.


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Don’t Tell Me What To Think! Religion in Schools

Ava Gerami Web Manager Religious tolerance is the very foundation of this country; the right to freely practice and preach religion has been around since the drafting of the Constitution. But the separation of church and state has been around for just as long, and is an equally, if not more, important concept. In the modern public education system, particularly in California, there have been great measures taken to keep this separation concrete. I believe that the sanctioning of religious clubs at public schools is an in direct violation of all of the efforts we’ve made so far to keep the evangelization of religion from spreading into our state facilities, namely our schools. Religious establishments have always had and will continue to have the right to proselytize outside of their congregation, but does that right extend to preaching at a public institution around very malleable minds? Does that right extend to endorsing one particular religion over another? Because let’s face it, in the United States of America, 7376% of people identify as Christians according to a study done by Trinity College; so if anyone is going to be pressured into adopting a religion, they’re probably not going

to convert to Scientology. Peer pressure has always been discussed in terms of the pressure to drink and do drugs in high school, but couldn’t we very easily extend it to religion? When all of your friends and your family are doing one thing, you will likely tag along to be part of the accepted majority, regardless of your personal beliefs. But whenever anyone begins to talk about limiting any kind of religious activity, people will pull out their pocket constitutions and start barking about the First Amendment and how freedom of speech will always reign over any sort of limitation on religious conduct. This is the argument of a child who’s only read two lines of the Bill of Rights and misinterpreted even those two lines. The First Amendment outlaws the prevention of speech, what you say after being given that right is fair game by all counts. And once anyone bothers to finish reading the Constitution, they’ll see that there are numerous clauses that give legal basis for the limitation of religion in a public institution; specifically,

“You will likely tag along to be part of the accepted majority...” the Establishment Clause of the Constitution prohibits any laws establishing a state religion, and has come to prohibit the preference of one religion over another. Overall, the presence of religious clubs at school is unconstitutional and in some regards, immoral, and should be prohibited as a measure to protect pliable minds from being exposed to peer pressure in yet another way.


“Yes, because if people believe in a religion they should be able to spread it.” Manasa Balakodaty, Class of 2016

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I’m not a religious person; but this doesn’t mean I don’t respect the rights of others to assemble and express their faith, so long as it doesn’t interfere with my rights. There is constitutional support for allowing religious clubs to meet in public schools, and regardless of court ruling, it is appropriate to have such clubs in public schools. In 1990, a student at Westside High School in Nebraska was denied the ability to form a biblical study club after school. The Westside Board of Education argued that religious groups on a high school campus violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” noticing that the school, as a public, government program, shouldn’t sponser a religion. The Establishment Clause is followed by the Free Exercise Clause, which states “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The Supreme Court concluded that student religious expression is private speech, not government speech, thus permitting religious clubs under the Free Exercise Clause. Anyone arguing the other side of this can surely find some case where it appears to prove otherwise, but this simply isn’t an issue of church and state. By allowing students to create and participate in student-run religious clubs, the school is not endorsing religion. Students speak and think for themselves, not for the school and thus not the government. This seems like common sense; the school isn’t teaching or forcing kids to go to the club, so where’s the congressional establishment of religion? Even though it has been proven to

be constitutionally sound to allow religious clubs on public school campuses, some may argue that it is still inappropriate. Religious clubs do not bully people on our campus, and if they do elsewhere, that’s not an issue of religion, that’s an issue with bullying and harrassment. Religious clubs are not a negative thing; if anything, they benefit the school and community immensely. “When we’re not doing community service, we’re providing somewhat of a service to each other,” explained Co-President of the Christian Club, Sarah Rossi, as club members spoke quietly within their prayer groups. “We provide people who can’t go to church for whatever reason a chance to experience it.” Religion and faith are good and wholesome things and just because it doesn’t fit into one’s philosophy does not mean they can prohibit others from expressing their faith.. Religion can give people a moral guideline, give them hope, or bring them closer to other members of their community. “We help each other, we pray for each other,” said Sarah Rossi. How could this possibly be offensive and “unconstitutional” when it’s supported by the Constitution and common sense.

Do you think that religious clubs should be allowed on a public school campus?

“Yes, because religion is worthy of having a club too, and people aren’t forced to join.” Patrick Wetherbee, Class of 2015

“Yes, because people should have the opportuniy to express their religion.” David Rampley, Class of 2014

“Yes, because the school isn’t teaching or endorsing the religion.” Miranda Liu, Class of 2013

“Absolutely; freedom of religion/ speech are essential. But it should never influence policy.” Mr. Ortega, Teacher


Students Enjoy Their Visit To The News Industry Karen Chee Editor-in-Chief

Students interested in studying broadcast media visited the Everyday News Corporation (ENC) on Tuesday to learn about how each day’s news is processed, written, and presented to the public. In addition to a tour of the building, the students had a Q&A session with an editor of the ENC and one of the dozen daily news writers. Recorded from the Q&A Session:

“How do you explain difficult material, like politics regarding the sequester, in terms for everyone to easily understand?” asked Angela Moose, junior. “Oh that’s easy, we just check out one of the Associated Press or Reuters articles on that,” said Dilbert Finn, an editor for the ENC, shrugging. “Is it difficult to decide which story to put on the front page in print and online?” asked Arthur Clem, senior.

“Not really. We pick the most interesting story. Like, did you see what Anne Hathaway wore to the Oscars?!” said Finn, excitedly. “My grandpa tells me that thousands of people die in Africa every day because of preventable diseases. How come things like that are hardly ever featured?” asked Suzy Derkins, junior. “Because we try to deliver the exciting, daily news,” said Anthony Press, a news writer. “That kind of depressing stuff happens all

the time and never seems to stop; it would bore people if we wrote about it every day.” “Isn’t it really important to cover it, though?” asked Derkins. “No follow up questions, please,” said Press, explaining, “To be fair, we try to go by the same rules that politicians do. They don’t allow follow up questions, either.” --End snippet-The students said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience, citing the Q&A as very eye-opening.

“I had a great time on the field trip,” said Josephine Allen, freshman. “It’s great to know that the people running the news business are just like me. That way they’ll present what I want to learn about, instead of the boring stuff.” “I also really enjoyed the experience,” said Punjab Punjeet, sophomore. “I always wanted to work for E! or some other arts and entertainment business, but I think I want to work for the real news now.”

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Synthetic Marijuana: Legal... but Lethal

Political Cartoon Corner: Standardized Testing


Juhie Desai Staff Writer

Liberal Media Puts Thirst Ahead of Facts Juhie Desai Staff Writer If you’ve been watching the news lately or reading articles online after Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union Address, you’ve probably viewed headlines like “From Gulp to Gain” or “Marco Rubio Drinks Water During GOP State of the Union Rebuttal.” Instead of focusing on issues the Senator addressed, news sources are writing articles about Rubio’s thirst. This is without a doubt ridiculous, but this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this. In fact, this is nothing but a ploy by the liberal media to distract from what Rubio actually said at the State of the Union. What better

way to completely avoid opposing points made that could deter from Obama’s platform then by making a joke out of Marco Rubio’s speech? Senator Rubio did an adequate job of systematically rebutting most of Obama’s major arguments such as tax increases and America’s debt issue. Rubio even ended his speech optimistically, calling for Republicans and Democrats to set their differences aside, and claimed “our children will be the most prosperous Americans ever.” However, Rubio’s words were hardly represented in news articles. in fact I only found about 1 article pertaining to his speech out of every 5 stories on mainstream news sites. Despite the senator’s valid arguments, mainstream media

decided to completely avoid mentioning any of it. So what if Marcos Rubio’s now-famous “gulp” was even the slightest bit awkward? Marco Rubio is human, just like the rest of us, is he not? Prominent news sources like CNN and Huffington Post have failed to understand that they aren’t proving anything by attempting to throw Rubio underwater through such immature antics. The American people want to know the truth, they don’t want to see irrelevant articles flooding the mainstream media. It’s time for both Republicans and Democrats to put aside their child-like desires to degrade their opposing party. It’s time to focus on what truly will help our country rise to the top.

The legalization of marijuana has been under intense discussion lately, but most people don’t know about a synthetic which has recently become a much more urgent issue. And the most disturbing part about this is the fact that target ages are 12-17 years old. As cases are reported, more light is shed on synthetic marijuana. On December 16, 16 year-old Emily Bauer was taken to an ICU in Texas after consuming synthetic marijuana. Bauer suffered from traumatic brain injuries and barely survived, according to Best known by the street names “Spice” or “K2,” fake weed is an herbal mixture sprayed with chemicals that’s meant to create a high similar to smoking marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Like many teens, Emily purchased marijuana at a gas station packaged as “potpourri,” the site said. The synthetic marijuana was easy to purchase; in fact, it was legal. As harmful as synthetic marijuana may be, signs of repercussions are very vague, and many times unidentifiable. After smoking “Spice” with friends, Emily claimed she had a massive migrane and went to sleep. From there everything went down hill. According to a national survey by the University of Michigan,

1 in every 9 high schoolers have admitted to using fake weed. This is an indication that too many students are getting hold of lethal products much too easily. Instead of focusing solely on banning efforts, we should look at why these teens are consuming illicit amounts of fake weed. They are under the wrong impression that synthetic marijuana is a better option than real marijuana, still giving them the “high” they desire. But that is far from the reality of the situation. Most teens don’t know that fake weed is sprayed with harmful chemicals and the majority of the time it is sold without regulation. I believe the most important step in preventing such cases is to educate and spread awareness about fake drugs. When people are informed, they make better decisions. If teens are aware of what they are consuming, they will most likely think twice before purchasing something curious at a local store. And of course, there needs to be better, more forceful regulation. Unidentified drugs should automatically be illegal until proven to be safe. We all learn about cocaine and alcohol, so why not teach our youth about synthetic marijuana? No teen should have to fight for their lives for making an easily preventable decision. Until then, get educated and stay away from synthetic marijuana.

Editorial Cartoon: SAT Worries

Apparently Now OK to “Bet Against USA” How many times during Obama’s reelection campaign did the President attack Mitt Romney on his investments in numerous offshore accounts, including one in the Cayman Islands? The answer is lots. (And lots). After the countless attacks towards Mitt Romney in which President Obama deemed Romney unsuitable for office because of this behavior, the President holds his Cabinet members at the same standard… or so one would think. Over the years, President Obama has often criticized offshore investments, and in particular the Ugland House in the Cayman Islands, a notorious building where over 12,000 businesses claim to have their headquarters. Although some people call it tax evasion, the Cayman Islands is actually a way for companies to benefit from tax neutrality, not avoidance. Investors in the Cayman Islands are still responsible for taxes in their home countries, but the Cayman Islands provide a tax neutral platform so investors don’t have to deal with additional layers of foreign taxes in addition to the home country taxes, according to the website of the law firm that advises financial, institutional, and business clients on the laws of the Cayman Islands, Ireland, and the British Virgin Islands, Maples and Calder. But according to the 2009 version of President Obama, Ugland House is “the kind of tax scam that we need to end.” So it seems odd that President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of

the Treasury, Jack Lew, invested over $56,000 in Citigroup, a division of Citi Bank that is based in the Cayman Islands. He also oversaw over 100 Cayman-based funds for Citigroup, and received a $945,000 bonus preceding the bank’s taxpayer bailout. All of his investments were based in the Ugland House. Jack Lew faced the Senate

Obama portrayed Romney as a hypocrite for investing in offshore accounts... just as Treasury Secretary Nominee Jack Lew does.

Finance Committee two weeks ago on Wednesday, February 13, to discuss his nomination. When asked about his offshore investments and giant bonus check preceding the tax-payer funded bailout for Citigroup, “Lew, sounding calm and confident, told the Senate Finance Committee that his compensation at Citigroup was in line with others who worked in the financial industry,” reported the Huffington Post. Lew handled the hearing extremely well, and many were woo’d by his quick responses that claimed responsibility while remaining calm, cool, and collected, “I was compensated for my work. I’ll leave for others to judge,” said Lew. Many of Lew’s “excuses” or

explanations resembled that of Romney’s, reported by the Washington Post in July 2012. The Romney campaign denied all along that there was any tax advantage for Romney, resembling Lew’s comments in the hearing: “I always reported all income, I always paid all taxes.” Lew and Romney did nothing illegal in investing offshore, and I’m not saying that Lew is unqualified for the job. “Investing in the Cayman Islands does not make Lew unfit to be Treasury Secretary. But it does make him unfit to be Obama’s Treasury Secretary,” said Marc A. Thiessen, writer for the Washington Post. When you think about it, the person managing our country’s money probably shouldn’t be involved in the world’s “biggest tax scam,” as Obama puts it. “The irony is thick,” said Iowa Senator Charles Grassley.


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Una Nueva Esperanza Para Todos

Un niño pequeño no quiere ser separado de su madre.

Andrea Caceres Staff Writer Obama ha propuesto unas nuevas ideas de inmigración que pertenece a los Americanos y a los inmigrantes de diferentes culturas, incluyendo a los Latinos. Los dos partidos llegaron a un acuerdo de cómo nuestro futuro debe de ser, cuales son las problemas que necesitan centrarse en, y como pueden ayudar a los inmigrantes sin afectar a los Americanos. La primera parte—tratando con el problema en la frontera—afectaría los Latinos y otros inmigrantes en forma estricta. Obama ha contratado más patrullas para vigilar la frontera. Ahora son más estrictos, y todavía quiere empujarlos para ser más estrictos. Con la nueva ley,

las patrullas podrán usar tecnología más avanzada para “proteger a nuestras comunidades del crimen.” Pero, también la propuesta ayuda a inmigrantes que a veces son perseguidos. Los que se encuentran en problemas por pasar de contrabando drogas, armas, dinero, o hasta personas se encontrarían en nuevas penas y castigos. Estas nuevas restricciones también van para los que quieren pasar de contrabando usando pasaportes y visas que no son de ellos, gente que tiene la intención de cometer fraude. Los que ya están encarcelados serán deportados después de su término sin poder entrar otra vez. No quieren inmigrantes que no siguen las leyes o que pasan su término en los Estados Unidos.

En los negocios, dueños y gente principales no podrán contratar inmigrantes ilegales sin que las autoridades le consideran responsables a ellos y a los trabajadores ilegales. Pero, los empleadores que “quieren jugar acatando las reglas” pueden verificar la legalización de sus empleados para alejarse de problemas legales. Pero, al final del día la propuesta ayuda a los inmigrantes. Obama dice que quiere tener una forma para que inmigrantes puedan obtener la ciudadanía, así ellos pueden empezar a pagar sus impuestos. A la vez, los inmigrantes que viven en los estados unidos ilegalmente tienen que asumir la responsabilidad por sus acciones, incluyendo una pena por no pagar sus impuestos. Pero, si ellos pasan la verificación de antecedentes y criminales, pagan sus impuestos y pena de impuestos, y aprenden el inglés, podrán ser ciudadanos sin duda. Los hijos de inmigrantes también podrían obtener su ciudadanía—mas fácilmente—si entran el militar o universidad. Hablando de educación, Obama también quiere estudiantes que estudien las matemáticas y ciencias en los estados unidos en vez de traer sus habilidades a otros países. Los que tienen negocios también son animados a traer sus negocios a los estados unidos con visas. Además quiere reunir familias que fueron separadas.

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San Mateo ven Las Sombras

Karen Chee Editor-in-Chief Translated by Kimberly Cano LEL Editor Las clases de hablantes nativos tubieron una gran opertunidad el viernes, 1 de febrero, cuando asistieron a un viaje escolar para ver Fuera y Dentro de las Sombras, una nueva obra de Gary Soto. Realizado por el Teatro Juventud Marsh, esta obra gira en torno a los

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adolescentes indocumentados que sueñan con asistir a la universidad y trabajar en los Estados Unidos. Las clases fueron acompañados por las profesores Sra. Freyre, Señora Adamcikova, y la señora Mitchell. La obra fue creada especialmente como una colaboración entre los artistas jóvenes y Gary Soto, autor de los hijos notables, para introducir las ideas de justicia social, de nuevo en la conversación común. Los alumnos disfrutaron de la obra y consideró que habló de temas im-

portantes que están mal clasificados como tabú. “Fue una experiencia tan agradable ver una obra de teatro sobre un tema tan fuerte que tenemos en los Estados Unidos”, dijo Maribel Amador, 11. “Las personas dan por sentado las cosas cotidianas que tienen y olvidarse de las personas que no tienen nada en absoluto.” La apreciación de la obra era evidente entre los estudiantes mientras hablaban con entusiasmo después del show. Muchos estudiantes hicieron comentarios sobre relación de las escenas y ver historias paralelas a la suya o de su familia. “Me gustó el juego, que ofrece una nueva perspectiva para aquellos que no entienden acerca de la inmigración”, dijo Jackie Gonzalez, 11.

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El Rincón de la Poesía: Corriendo Kimberly Cano LEL Editor Toda mi vida he estado corriendo Corriendo de mi pasado, Corriendo de mis errores, Corriendo Corriendo hasta que me encuentro sangrando, Corriendo de el dolor, Corriendo por las espinas de un cactus, Toda mi vida he estado corriendo, Corriendo, no puedo callar mi respiración Corriendo y agachándome a través del alambre de púas, Corriendo con cortes que cubren mi tobillo, Corriendo


Toda mi vida he estado corriendo, Corriendo con las caras que están a punto de caer, Corriendo alrededor de las tierras desiertas, Corre, corre, lo mas rápido que puedas Corriendo Toda mi vida he estado corriendo Corriendo a través de semáforos inexistentes, Corriendo es lo que se espera de ti, Sin correr, ellos te atraparan, si Toda mi vida he estado corriendo

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“No voy a ir porque salgo en las tardes y no tengo tiempo.” Katherine Munoz, 10

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“Sí porque es mi último año.”

“Desafortunadamente, no tengo tiempo.”

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PLAYLIST This month’s playlist by Talia Gurevich

You Are Not A Robot Hoodie Allen Lifeboats Soft Swells Plastic Dreams G-Eazy Let’s Paint Our Teeth Green Margot and The Nuclear So & So’s Lucky Man Hoodie Allen Satellite Guster False Astronomy Mister Lies DMT XXYYXX

That’s what makes you beautiful spiteful and annoying I’m british

Musical Cuties Steal S.F. Hearts

Zach Lorenzini A&E Editor

There’s something alluringly charming about the totally platonic chemistry between songbirds Adam Green and Binki Shapiro, which is skillfully brewed up in their latest musical treat, Adam Green & Binki Shpairo. I got to share firsthand this duo’s lighthearted energy when they stopped by San Francisco’s The Chapel on February 2, to kick off their first American tour together. The two are both known to hop around from musical project to musical project, Green especially taking precedence over the antifolk genre in The Moldy Peaches, and Shapiro known for her divine vocal efforts in Brazilian trio Little Joy. But Green’s dominant singer-songwriter charm is neutralized in this latest project, allowing Shapiro’s milky-sweet vocals to guide each song over his matured, country-tinged acoustics. The small and homely Chapel, located on 19th and Valencia, opened its doors around eight and welcomed the small congregation of fans to pick a spot on the spacious venue floor. The mock-church theater filled in comfortably with a slow-growing


So he calls me up and he’s like “we never dated” and I’m like “SHHH!”

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Adam Green & Binki Shapiro perched in all their luster.

audience. After a peppy and almost tiring opening act, Green and Shapiro found their spots on stage, merely two feet from the floor, and eased into their single ‘Just To Make You Feel Good,’ spawning an uproar of delight from the 80 or so fans in attendance. The set continued for just over an hour, including songs from their album as well as some of Green’s solo work. The spotlight remained fairly balanced between the two, each generously allowing the other to show their individual talents. Green humbly stood back behind an acoustic guitar while Shapiro enchanted with her drowsy, caramelized voice, evelloping the air in a sensuous cradle. After a while,

and between lovely harmonies, Shapiro stood back behind a guitar and left Green to incite the crowd with his earnest vocal energy and endearing dance moves. After an encore duet of Green’s poetic ballad ‘Getting Led,’ the two made their way through the crowd to sign autographs and greet fans, which Green insists he “didn’t even know they had in San Francisco.” They were genuinely humbled by the fans’ adoration, unknowingly adding to it. With a signed copy of the Adam & Binki record, I left The Chapel feeling more than satisfyed with their excedingly hearty performance, as well as their wholehearted intimacy as people and artists.

Winter Show Wows All Tommy’s Little Album Corner Hannah Poplack Business Manager

On Friday, February 15, San Mateo played host to one of Northern California’s largest adjudicated competition for Drum majors, Winterguards, and Percussion units: The San Mateo Winter Show. Over 300 students from nearly 15 schools all over Northern California flooded our fields and gyms to compete in competitions for drum majors, where students perform routines spinning a mace; Winterguard, a form of dance involving spinning flags and throwing sabers and rifles; and percussion units. The event is organized by April and Brian Pietsch, San Mateo Band alumni and Colorguard Directors. The show is a fundraiser for the San Mateo Music Boosters, which funds band programs and is

currently fundraising to buy new uniforms for the Marching Band. San Mateo’s own Drum Major, Allie Munier, a senior, competed in the “Mace Masters” division, alongside Andrew Manning, a senior and avid member of San Mateo’s Drum Major Club. Freshman Joe Veglak also competed in the Mace Apprentice division. Mateo’s own Winterguard also performed, although they preformed as an exhibition, as they were the hosts of the show and therefore ineligible to compete. “The show is a really fabulous event that truly brings the Music Boosters and students together,” said Mr. Tribuzi, the official host of the competition. “Next year’s show will be even better, with twice as many units, twice the fun, and twice the exposure for the different groups.”


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180 Palma Violets

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Heartthrob Tegan & Sara

Their first single, “Best of Friends” deemed the ‘best song of 2012’ by NME late last year, London-based newcomers Palma Violets have a lot to live up to with their debut, 180 – and that’s only critics we’re talking about. That being said, the ‘Palma Violets’ sound is definitely akin to larger scale band names in their prime at the moment, playfully bridging between an exciting early Pixiesera and that poignant garage bite of a simpler Vaccines or Black Keys, furthering their power with the two charismatic vocals leads.

After a twenty-two-year hiatus, Dublin-born, alternative dreampop band My Bloody Valentine, have returned to appease the deprived moans and groans of their everchanging, age-transcending following. The new My Bloody Valentine sound has once again morphed into something otherworldly, iconic, and practically cinematic - what’s all the more surprising is that most of it hasn’t been digitally altered according to the band. If lightning were to ever diffuse through music, m b v comes as close as an album can get.

Taking quite the leap forward into music’s drastic migration towards using electronic/pop compositions, Tegan and Sara add another solid album to their illustrious repertoire – one that dates back to the year I was born. First single, “Closer” is a prime depiction of their refreshing revamp; recognizable at its core yet beckoning a very promising and culturally-relevant future, jumpstarting their most exciting album to date. Despite the duo having already established themselves in their corner of the music world, Heartthrob is their highest charter.


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Senior Night Ends Sentimentally


and diving for balls throughout the entire game. Burlingame played all their subs in the fourth quarter, and the Bearcats quickly took advantage by forcing turnovers and stealing balls from their second and third string line ups. Collin Chew and Emer Rivera combined for four steals alone in that quarter, and although the Bearcats outplayed the Panthers in the fourth, Burlingame won yet

“The game was good even though we lost. It was a bittersweet ending.”

Senior captains Sameh Bdier and Jonathan Arevalos get a warm welcome from the bench and cheerleaders before tipoff.

Jonathan Mou Sports Editor Both Bearcats and Panthers crowded into the gym on Senior Night as both teams battled for the basketball Paw on February 8, and although the Bearcats loss to the division-champion Panthers, they did not fail to put up a fight on one of the most sentimental games of their careers. Unlike any typical high school basketball game, Senior Night was different—each senior was introduced before the game and each one presented a rose to his family, creating a warm atmosphere in the gym before tip-off. The seniors lined up as coach Julian Hudson called out their names, shaking hands with both the players


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and their family members as they lined up along the sideline. “It was nice seeing all the seniors give roses and having all the families get together,” said senior captain Jonathan Arevalos. After fifteen minutes of warm-up, the buzzer rang and signaled the team to huddle up and review the game plan. The starters were then announced, and the crowd boomed and cheered after each introduction. The starting lineup included: Jonathan Arevalos, Sameh Bdeir, Nikko Marcelo, Derek Kawahara, and Sam Bekker. Arevalos led the Bearcats to a commanding 8-0 start to begin the first quarter, sparking energy and optimism from the crowd while captain Sameh Bdier knocked down back-to-back three pointers

Gina Titus, junior, and Christina Dressel, Allie Munier, seniors

again with a score of 70-39. “The game was good even though we lost, but I think that we played well in the first half but they came out better in the second half,” said Arevalos. “It was a bittersweet ending.” Even though Mateo did not make the playoffs this year, upcoming talent from a league-champion junior varsity team provides lots of hope and optimism for next season. The Bearcats finished the season with a lackluster record, but had many close games, especially against Hillsdale and Sequoia. As the seniors of 2013 graduate this year, the juniors and sophomores will be constantly preparing over the spring and summer to bring back the pride that both teams shared last year as division-champions.

to help fuel the run. However, the Panthers quickly gained momentum as Panther Connor Haupt, who scored a career-high 31 points, caught fire from behind the arc. Despite the Burlingame surge that propelled them to a 16-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. “I felt like we had a chance in the first half, since Jonathan and I were hitting big shots and we were in it. It was a very exciting half and I am really proud of the way we played for those two quarters,” explained Bdier. For the most of the second quarter, both teams traded buckets. The Bearcats were running and gunning them down the court, while the Panthers responded with consecutive three-pointers by

Haupt. Arevalos led the Bearcats, charging through each Burlingame defender and muscling in put-backs and lay-ups. However, the Panthers never lost momentum as they outscored the Bearcats 19-13 in the second quarter, resulting in a 35-23 lead by halftime. Each team came out into the second half with confidence, but the third quarter turned out to be the worst quarter for the Bearcats, as the Panthers were relentless from the three-point line. Despite good defense from the Bearcats, they were still beat in the third quarter, being outscored 23-6 in the quarter. Even though Burlingame took a 28-point lead by the end of the quarter, the Bearcats did not give up as each senior played their hearts out, hustling


Softball games are usually 7 innings.


You can’t stop on first base.

Bearcat Soccer Comes to a Close

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The lead is taken as soon as the pitcher releases the ball. 4 balls is a walk to first base.

Homeruns are uncommon in high school softball.

You lose a point if the ball hits the net.

Wooden bats are almost never used in high school. Communicating is crucial in softball.

Jonathan Mou Sports Editor The varsity Bearcat soccer team had a fantastic season this year, sporting a 6-3-2 overall and 4-2-2 league record in the competitive Bay division. Led by seniors Kent Turtletaub, Ryan Onizuka, and many more, their season included an impressive 6-0 rout over Burlingame and a 4-0 win against Menlo-Atherton. Qualifying for CCS, the Bearcats dominated the first round against Santa Cruz, holding the opponents scoreless to a 4-0 victory. CCS games are seldom played at San Mateo, and the team did not fail to impress the crowd as they secured the win. The Bearcats faced Sacred Heart Prep in the second round and went into the game with confidence. After a game of rough officiating and physical play, the Bearcats fell 2-0. “We didn’t win the league like we were predicted to, and losing in the second round of CCS was disappointing. This was just

another team we had to beat,” explained senior Larry Campbell. Losing in any CCS game knocks the team out of the playoff bracket, and that turned out to be the last game for the Bearcats this season. “We wanted to compete

“We had more talent than anyone else we played.” -Chris Haas-Kwon

in league and CCS, and we definitely did. We had more talent than anyone else we played,” said senior Chris Haas-Kwon. While Mateo winter sports are over this year, the soccer team did not disappoint as they were one of the most feared teams in the league, especially since they won CCS last year. While many seniors are departing this year, the juniors and upcoming sophomores will seek to uphold their legacy as one of the best teams in the Peninsula.

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