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Volume 58, Number 4

801 Ramona St., San Gabriel, CA 91776

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Coach Oliva resigns after decade as football coach John Truong, Marvin Luu, Oscar Molina In the weeks after the birth of his newborn daughter, Coach Jude Oliva announced his decision to resign from his post as head coach of the San Gabriel Matador football team. Oliva stated that his decision to resign from his post was due to having his first child and to look for a new teaching position.  This was Oliva’s 10th season as a football coach and his third as head coach for San Gabriel.  In 2003, he was hired as a passing game coordinator and wide receiver coach. That year, the Matadors won the Almont League championship and made their first appearance in the CIF championship game. After former head coach Keith Jones announced his retirement from coaching, Oliva was announced as his successor. In his first season as head coach, San Gabriel garnered a 5-5 record and missed the playoffs. That following year, the Matadors had a score of 5-0 in Almont League play, winning the league championship and making its second trip to the CIF championship game, losing to the Monrovia Wildcats.

This year, Oliva’s team held an overall 4-6 record, garnering 2-3 in the Almont League. They did not make the playoffs this season. He stated that despite his resignation, he is still willing to coach football. Oliva instilled a “Three Pillar” philosophy into his football players, with the first and most important pillar being learning to be a man with character. “Character goes a long way in life. People should attempt to be a key contributor to society,” Oliva said. His second pillar is for his players to be competitive. “I teach my guys to be competitive when they are playing because doing so will bring out the best of themselves.” His final pillar, relating to school, is to get a good education. “Education is the key to a better life.” As a college graduate, Oliva stated that he wanted to instill into his players that education would get them far in life. “I tell the players that football will only give them a key to a future in success,” Oliva said. As a 1998 graduate of San Gabriel High School, Oliva lettered in football, basketball, and track. As a senior, he led his team to the school’s first playoff appearance in over a decade.

“In my junior year, I went to a football camp for underclassmen, and some of the scouts started getting interested in how I played.” That year, he received a full athletic scholarship from the College of Canyons, where he was named Freshman of the Year as well as First Team All-Conference. After two years of playing at the College of Canyons, he received another athletic scholarship to play at South Dakota State University, where he received his degree in movement in sports science. “It was a tremendous experience. Playing high school football changed my life forever. I appreciate everything because I used my talent in football to lead me to the path of education,” Oliva said. “I think just in general, San Gabriel High School is such a special place. The attitude, effort, and resiliency of the players is great,” Oliva said after being asked about his players. “It’s a difficult decision to resign because of how the football program is at its pinnacle,” Oliva said. Oliva’s departure from the San Gabriel football team will be a significant one, but his accomplishments here are even greater. He came and inspired many young athletes to persist in their life goals, as he had dreamed he would.

Education cuts restrict summer school funding policy is fair. “If they fail, should it not be the student’s responsibility to fess up whatever it takes to cover up for On the eve of a new semester, their own mistake? At the end of the teachers announced on collaboration day, it is the student’s fault and not that free school-sponsored summer the districts’.” school for sophomores and freshTruong had attended summer men were cut and if any of these school previously for failing an Alunderclassmen had failed a class, gebra class, resulting in her taking they would have to pay themselves up a spot for free in the summer of to re-take a course. Many students her freshman year. Summer school and teachers were divided on the for her was a great opportunity and a topic that the district had cut summer great place to meet people and learn school for certain underclassmen. about topics in-depth in a six-hour The district decided to eliminate the session. It also helped her make up her program because of budget deficits. credits, enabling her to fulfill the A-G Juniors and seniors are still able to requirements set forth by the district. attend free summer school for their She thinks that the teachers who are respective failure in a course if they sacrificing their time for students express their wish to re-take it. Opinshould get the same amount of dediions were mixed amongst the student cation from the students themselves. body, varying from outrage to joy. “It’s completely unfair; this is not “It feels like our school is conright at all. Forcing students to suffer stantly being harassed with less and for their own choices is inconsider200,000 60,000,000 ate of their lives. Everybody goes through something different, and some students have difficulty learn50,000,000 ing. They should not be punished 150,000 for their own disabilities,” freshmen 40,000,000 William La said. La had previously gone to re-take his Algebra class because of his own 30,000,000 100,000 inability to understand his teachers method. He believes that summer 20,000,000 school should be free for students, because of their own unique set of 50,000 problems, such as working a job to 10,000,000 support family, resulting in his failing of a class. He was abhorred to hear of 0 0 2008 2011 2012 the new ruling for sophomores and 2008 2011 2012 freshmen, stating that they should not be forced to pay for their own Program courtesy of, Information courtesy of shortcomings. Left: The amount of money spent on funding summer school programs in “We didn’t have a choice, considerCalifornia has decreased sharply with the education budget cuts. ing the budget cuts and how educaRight: There are fewer students taking summer school courses over time. tion is being hit,” Deborah Stone said. Sonny Hy

less money. While everyone is trying to make our school better, the situation is getting worse and worse. I don’t think the underclassmen should have to suffer for our economic predicament,” junior Megan Molina said. Molina, an active member of the school community in the Associated Student Body and Choreo, had taken summer school before her junior year began for world history. She felt that it was crammed, but necessary. It allowed her to escape the predicament of missing credits, a liability that she would have faced in her senior year. Summer school for her was free due to school funding, something now unavailable to sophomores and freshmen. She laments about how some sophomores and freshmen who need summer school will now have to pay to re-take their course. Sophomore Amie Truong thinks the

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Football Coach Jude Oliva resigns from his position as head coach. He leaves behind a decade’s worth of dedication to his team.

New district-wide doorlocking policy creates controversy over benefits “The pros outweigh the cons,” Rodriguez said. Freshman Mason Tran Many of the staff and students at San Gabriel find similarly supports the new the new door-locking policy locking policy because of as a positive influence to the how it will teach students to be more prepared to go learning environment. “Locking the doors is to class. “It’s better for late stufor our safety,” Melissa Rodriguez, the new Spanish dents because it teaches teacher, said. In her point them to come to class on of view, Rodriguez finds time,” Tran said. He also it important to follow the states that students might new district policy because also be more trained to go to the bathroom prior to it makes both her and attending class in order her students feel safto avoid causing a comer in the classroom. motion. Rodriguez extols the Although he recbenefits of the policy ognizes that freover the slight disrupquent knocking tions that it may Illustration by Jelina Luu on the doors can cause. be a nuisance, “We need to follow rules,” Rodriguez Tran claims that the policy is said, further explaining that a good defense mechanism. “Even if it is a hassle, it’s teachers must be consistent and disciplined in order to better to keep [students] be a good example for the safe. [It’s] better safe than sorry.” students. Although some students Rodriguez explains that the policy was proposed and teachers enjoy the perks because of the tragedy in the of the new locked door polSandy Hook shooting. Over- icy, some find the new situall, Rodriguez believes that ation slightly disagreeable some disruptions in class, based on safety issues. Junior Jestin Ma agrees either from late students or those returning from the with the attempt of safety, restroom, is a small price but still finds some minor to pay for something as in- flaws in the policy. dispensable as the safety of Continued on page 3 students.  Jenny Bui and Steven Ho




Annual dinner theater returns with ‘What the Bellhop Saw’ Kristy Duong Bringing back a wonderful form of entertainment from the seventies, students from San Gabriel High School will be hosting a dinner theatre, featuring the play, What the Bellhop Saw, a romantic and comical farce. What the Bellhop Saw was written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, who also wrote Drop Dead, a production featured at San Gabriel High School in 2010. What the Bellhop Saw first opened at the Henderson Theater in New Jersey in 1985, advertised as, “A nice fellow checks into an expensive suite in New York City’s finest hotel, precipitating a fantastic nightmare involving a Salman Rushdie-type author, a terrorist, a vile wife from hell, a conniving bellboy, an incompetent C.I.A. agent, a nubile celebrity mad maid, a dim-witted secretary, and a little pig tailed girl.” The performance dates are February 14, 15, 21, 22, and 23 with dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. For $25, waiters will serve a four-course Italian meal from Claro’s Italian Market, and there will be live musical performances along with a humorous show. These live performances will be by –insert when verified- There will also be a photo booth for people to take pictures and purchase framed four-by-six photos. The dinner theater offers people a unique experience. “It was very positive and enjoyable. My conscience was even moved,” English teacher, Valerie Larsen, said about her prior dinner theater experiences. “Getting waited on by students is [also] nice. Seeing a play right after eating made the whole experience more unified.” According to the play’s director, Patrick Posada, there is only one reason he creates dinner theaters.

“The audiences love them. Whenever there is a play, the first question they ask is ‘Is there dinner?’” Posada said. Approximately 70 students are involved in the creation of this production. Preparation for dinner theaters is quite extensive since they need to rehearse, build the set, create a restaurant environment, order the food, and rent the Little Theater. These students learn to effectively set up and manage a business, in addition to learning to collaborate as the restaurant and play elements come together. Each new student brings a certain talent to the table. “My favorite part is the experience of creating from scratch, a night of magic. I just love that and to watch the talent of the students coalesce,” Posada said. As for the cast, this is quite a valuable bonding and learning experience. “My favorite part is obviously, the cast. They each have individual personalities. It’s like a group of comedic, humorously amusing people who just all gather in one place, and we just explode and have a play,” senior actress Tina Chan said. Behind the scenes, the stage managers, Denise Kha, Henry Tran, and Britteny Chieng are running the show. “During rehearsals, I take notes. During the show, I run the lights, sound, and make sure the stage is ready to go. I get to work behind the scenes. There is no show without us [and] each show is different. It’s fun to experience different things and gain more knowledge of how theater works,” Kha said. Everyone is encouraged to please come and see the play. The cast and the crew would like nothing more than for the audience to “have a wonderful evening of happiness, leaving with the biggest smiles on their faces.” Tickets can be purchased during lunch and after school at the Little Theater.

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Left: (From left to right) Andres Bermudez, Christian Saldivar, and Rigo Saldivar rehearse for the school dinner theater play, What the Bellhop Saw. Saldivar jumps on a fear-stricken Bermudez, displaying how much the actors dedicate all their time and energy into producing a believable play. Right: Melissa Hernandez gets into character and forcefully grips her co-actor, Andres Bermudez.

Matador Showcase informs future freshmen Kathering Montelon San Gabriel High School, hosting the Matador Showcase on a warm sunny day, January 17, welcomed eighth graders with the school band performing as they arrive. As eighth graders came by bus, peer counselors got ready to divide them into groups to tour with them around the campus. “The first group I was assigned was from Temple and the second group was from Garvey,” Mariela Flores, a sophomore peer counselor, said. Flores, having these two different sets of groups from different schools, had one common goal for both groups. “I wanted to show them that SG is a great high school. It’s fun. Also, that there are many clubs and activities they could join to make their experiences memorable,” Flores said. Flores successfully accomplished her goal, having some students from Temple signing up for the Drama Club and some students from Garvey signing up for the football team. “The first group was more enthusiastic because, they really wanted drama. So, we asked if they wanted us to show them where the class was at, and all of them said, ‘Yes.’ As for the second group, the only question they asked was, ‘When’s lunch?” Flores said. These two groups were distinct from each other

based on how much they showed their enthusiasm throughout the showcase event. “I enjoyed the Matador Showcase because it was my first time and I loved the dances and the kids were great,” Flores said. Having the Matador Showcase showed how much some of the students are really interested in wanting to come to San Gabriel High School with a lot of enthusiasm inside of them.

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Choreo Team represents the various talent at San Gabriel by performing for the eighth graders at the Matador Showcase in the Matador arena.


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At the Career Center, UCLA Representative David Martinez informs a group of San Gabriel students about how to plan and prepare for college by giving them helpful insight on community college.

Community college speaker provides transferring tips Tran Lam Anxious and curious about how college life would unfold, students entered the Career Center to learn more about college from a representative of UCLA, David Martinez, on January 18. Martinez gave the students information about community colleges, universities, the transfer process to a university, and also a variety of programs that would aid them while in college. “Community college is basically opened to anybody. Anybody can get in, and there is no requirement so there are a lot of different people who go to community colleges. There might be people who are struggling financially or there might be other areas of academic preparations that need to be done. When you go into a community college, you don’t want to take it lightly. You want to do well at the community college because those grades are going to transfer into the universities, and they’re going to evaluate you based on how well you do in the community college,” Martinez said. Many students, who were mostly seniors, were able to participate and listen to the presentation given by Martinez. The presentation gave them an idea about how the transfer process to a university from a community college works and also information on many programs that might help them during their transfer. “[Martinez] talked about some programs from college such as Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP). Programs like [these] really help when we go to college and transfer to a university since [these programs] would [provide me more] information about the universities I want to transfer to,” senior Florina Jiang said. Programs such as CCCP aid students in the transferring process to a university. It also holds responsibility for enhancing partnerships between UCLA and California community colleges, constructs academic support programs, improves students’ academic competitiveness for admission to a university, and increases the diversity of UCLA’s transfer admission pool. A part of the CCCP, its Scholars Program tries to inform and prepare students to transfer from a community college to universities such as UCLA. This program guides students through the admissions process and also exposes them to research pre-graduate opportunities and career exploration. The universities expect students to be fully prepared when they transfer, thus, students would need assistance from community colleges or programs that would simplify the process. “One thing that assisted me is I went into the transfer center basically on a daily basis. Students should visit the transfer center, find out all the resources that are available, and try to hook up some type of assistance program. There are a variety of different programs. Get in there, take tours of different universities, find what your interests are, and take a variety of courses,” Martinez said. Aside from explaining about the transferring process to a university, Martinez also emphasized on how important doing well on the assessment exams is. He said that the assessments would affect the time duration of how long it will take a student to transfer from a community college to a university. “A lot of time, students don’t realize that you want to study as hard as you can for those assessment tests. You might think well [they’re] not graded, but in essence, they can delay your transfer quite a bit so it’s really one of those things that you want to be proactive and study for. Assessments gage how long it’s going to take you at the community college to end up transferring so if you do well, you’ll could save yourself six months to a year,” Martinez said.




Counselors educate students on financial aid


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Teens for Jeans drive hosted by Aeropostale will occur nation wide from November 14 to February 10. The process: 1. Volunteer your group. 2. Host a jean drive at your desired location(s). 3. Receive 25% off for every pair of jeans you are able to donate for your organization(s). 4. Earn money for your school.

Do Something, Environmental, NHS collaborate for Teens for Jeans Jenny Wu According to Do Something Incorporation, 1.7 million teenagers are homeless, and the number one item of clothing requested by homeless shelters is a pair of jeans. To help in donating jeans to the homeless, Do Something Club, E n v i ro n m e n t a l C l u b , K e y C l u b , National Honor Society, and Yes I Can are collaborating in Do Something Incorporation and Aeropostale’s 6th annual Teens For Jeans jean drive from Monday, January 14 until Friday, February 8. “We want to be ab le to make a difference in someone else’s life,” National Honor Society Vice President John Huynh said. “If one pair of jeans can make a difference, then we should try to help out as much as we can by donating.” This jean drive is a nationwide contest, as well. Any elementary, middle, or high school can register to compete in raising the largest amount of jeans. “It’s beneficial to our school because we can win [10,000 dollars], we get a [pizza] party, and everyone at our school can get an Aeropostale jacket with the

Yearbook will be reviving a long held tradition in yearbook by selling friendship advertisements. Students can purchase their page at H2 or with any yearbook member. This popular tradition will allow friends to celebrate their high school years. Students can design their page any way they like with graphics, pictures, and text. Yearbook members can also design friendship advertisements upon request by the purchaser.

Advertisements range from small for $60 to full page for $350 with full color. For more information, students can access the school website under the “Student” tab for Yearbook or come to H2. These advertisements will allow those who did not take senior portraits to have the second chance in being part of the yearbook. “I think that the friendship ads are a great idea since I haven’t taken my portraits,” senior Fanny Huang said. Currently for a limited time only, the yearbook costs $95. Prices will rise to $100 on March 19. Students can purchase a yearbook at the student bank.

To the left is a sample page for the friendship advertisement in the yearbook. Friends and families can all contribute money for the purchase of a page designated especially for the person they admire, love, and cherish. Come to H2 for inquiries and purchasing.

Door policy stirs question on safety Jenny Bui and Steven Ho


Yearbook staff revives friendship page tradition Jenny Bui

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Irene Hong Most college applications have already been turned in and seniors are now just waiting for the decisions to come out; however, there is one more part of applying to colleges that most students need to complete and that is applying for financial aid. On Thursday, January 3, counselors hosted a financial aid presentation at the Multipurpose Room where seniors, in their social studies class, learned all about financial aid and the costs of attending college. Counselors went over the step-by-step process to applying for financial aid and how to avoid scholarship scams. Throughout the day, counselors spoke about the importance of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and for those that are applying to private schools, the College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS/ Financial Aid Profile). Handouts were passed out during the session, providing seniors the step by step process to creating their FAFSA account and explaining all the acronyms. “The workshop was a helpful guide to the application. Counselors answered some of the questions I had so when I actually went on the FAFSA website, I knew what to do and was familiar with the process,” senior Daniel Lu said. Counselors presented a slide show that showed students how to avoid scams by ensuring that they were filling out the applications on the actual FAFSA website. Students were advised to chose a pin number that is not too simple and unique to them. Counselors suggested not to use the student’s birthday or consecutive number for security purposes. In order to be considered for a Cal Grant award, students must complete the FAFSA application and submit a GPA verification form by March 4. In addition, the student must list a California school as their number one choice on the FAFSA or they will be passed up for Cal Grants. To make the process more efficient, counselors passed out the GPA verification form at the workshop. Students just had to fill it out and have it turned in at the end to complete the requirement. According to the College Board’s Advocacy and Policy Center, the financially neediest students are the least likely to apply for financial aid. Counselors set up the presentation to make the process of applying for financial aid more simple and encourage more students to apply.


school’s name on it,” Key Club President Alan An said. Any brand, color, length, and size of jeans will be accepted for the jean drive as long as they are in wearable condition and are made of jean material. “We all have old clothes that we don’t wear anymore, so we can donate them and help other people in need,” Environmental Club Vice President Zhenhua Li said. Last year, Environmental Club, Key Club, and National Honor Society were the only clubs that participated in the jean drive, collecting a total of 285 pairs of jeans from the San Gabriel High School student population. In order to raise awareness for this project, Do Something Club and Yes I Can have also joined in. “We don’t care about winning the 10,000 dollars, we just want to raise the most jeans so we can do something to help the homeless,” Do Something Club President Sofia Ong said. Anyone who would like to donate jeans can go to any of the drop-off locations at Harmonie Bassette’s room, L214, Raymond Gin’s room, A211, Karen Keller’s room SA-8, Kelly Malone’s room, SA-3, Henry Osborne’s room, A205, and Do Something Club’s table in the Quad.

“The new closed door policy may convey a sense of safety and achievement, but I believe it doesn’t do much to stop possible intruders during passing period and after school, where the majority of us students are practically sitting ducks oblivious to any hunter,” Ma said. As opposed to training the students to use the restroom facilities before class, Junior Nevin Nguyen believes that the new policy actually creates more class interruptions and disturbances. “As a student of San Gabriel High School, I feel that the policy of teachers locking their doors 24/7 is audacious. It is simply unreasonable for those inside the classroom to frequently open the doors for those that must go outside to perform duties such as going to the lavatory or running errands for one’s mentor. In addition, those outside of the doors of the classrooms would also feel as if they are a bother to the teachers and classmates that are required to perform such a measly task for them. This would also prevent students from being able to come in the classroom quietly and not disrupt the class where many individuals have a burning desire to learn. All these points add up to how atrocious and inconvenient this policy is,” Nguyen said. Across America, tragic stories of school shootings are becoming a major concern just like the various reactions toward the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School located in Newtown, Connecticut. The question as to the effectiveness and safety of the closed door policy can only be determined through time.




Winter pep rally recognizes upcoming sports athletes C h ri s t o p h e r L a n

The annual Winter Sports Rally supported the winter sports teams on campus by recognizing the athletes and helping start off the new season on Jan. 11. During third period, teachers brought students to the Matador Arena. The winter sports teams recognized at the rally were the wrestling, girls soccer, boys soccer, girls basketball and boys basketball teams. Spirit games and performances entertained students throughout the pep rally. “The performances were amazing, and [the rally] was pretty well organized; no sound problems or anything really stood out,” junior Dylan Chu said. “There were sound problems that occurred a lot before [in previous rallies].” School spirit inside the pep rallies remained a focus for ASB; ASB’s goal is still to create a vivacious ambiance for the students. “I think it’s the school spirit in general. It was awfully quiet for it to be a pep rally, and in [the second rally], so many people booed,” Chu said. On the other hand, other students thought the


rally was an improvement from previous rallies such as last year’s academic pep rally. “Compared to last year’s APR, the students’ attitudes weren’t as negative or disrespectful,” junior Kevin Chu said. Regardless, ASB will always look to increase school spirit. “ASB’s next goal is still to try to enhance the spirit our school has and try to think of more creative ways to decorate the gym. We’ve been given many critiques about the rally and [are] trying to include the [backward] side of the gym,” ASB member Ashley Yu said. This winter pep rally was also a creative experiment for ASB to try new decorative features. There was a shortage of helium, so ASB resorted to other means of decorations excluding balloons. “My opinion on the decorations would be that they came out great. It really made ASB just look and embrace the fact that we don’t need to rely on helium for decorations… Everything turned out to be okay,” Yu said.

Top: Choreo performs and dances to songs like “Swagger Jagger” by Cher Lloyd. Bottom: Varsity Cheer forms a pyramid.

Academic Decathlon kick starts the new year with a competition Kri s t y Du ong The San Gabriel High School Academic Decathlon team headed for their first day of competition on Jan. 26 at El Rancho High School. During the first day of competition, they competed in three subjects, which included essay, speech, and interview. For the essay portion, each competitor was given a choice from three prompts which included two relating to science and one related to literature and a 55 minute time limit. During the speech portion, the competitors were required to deliver a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. The interview section was conducted by three judges who asked each contestant questions about themselves, similar to a job interview. For many of this year’s competitors, this was their first time participating in the competition. “I liked the atmosphere of the competition. It was nerve wracking at first, [but] I really had a fun experience meeting new people, catching up with old friends, and just experiencing new things,” senior Brandon Pham said. The nine competitors will be tested in the remaining seven out of ten subjects, which include math, science, social science, art, economics, language and literature, and music, and will be facing off against other schools in the super quiz portion of it, on Feb. 2 at the USC Galen Center.

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San Gabriel High School’s Academic Decathlon team poses in front of their school’s posting. The results of their first performance will be published on Feb. 13 while their second competition will be on Feb. 2.

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Band visits Disneyland P ri sci l l a Li ang The Matador Marching Band participated in a parade at Disneyland on January 23, 2013. The qualifications included an audition tape. It is not ever year that the band performs at the happiest place on Earth. The last time they participated in this parade was two years ago. “It has been many years since we’ve marched across the park… [we’re] more prepared,” Band director Tammy Cognetta said. The band performed their parade march, “The Black Horse Troop,” written by John Phillip Sousa, for the halfmile parade, marching through Main Street and throughout Disneyland. The parade started at seven in the evening. The other performance choice available to audition for was a sitdown concert, but the band chose to audition for the parade this year instead. “It was our first night parade…[and] well lit,” senior Drum Major Jacquelyn Flores said. This parade marks the first of the last few parades for the school year. Their next parade, which will take place in Temple City, will be in February, and their last parade of the school year, the Play Days Parade, will be in Monterey Park, taking place in May.

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San Gabriel High School’s Matador Marching Band parades down Main Street located at the entrance of Disneyland. The auxiliary unit proudly holds shields that represent San Gabriel High School. The marching route started at the mouth of Main Street to the edge of Tomorrowland. Marching Band’s performance revolved around the “Black Horse Troop.” The march began promptly at 7 p.m. The last time students participated in this parade was two years ago.




Staff Stance

Locked doors are not enough to guarantee safety As an effort to enhance school safety, a new school policy has been issued, ordering doors to remain closed and locked during instructional hours. This policy is one of thousands that have been suggested in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14. Although most people seem to be overreacting, like the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) suggestion to keep armed guards at every school, we at San Gabriel High School seem to be under-reacting. Maintaining a permanent lock down on campus does not guarantee the safety of our school, especially when only 60 percent of classrooms are enforcing this policy. After five members of The Matador staff roamed the halls and each attempted to open ten random doors, it was discovered that only 30 of those 50 were locked. Additionally, when we asked students how the locked

door policy affected their lives at San Gabriel, the word we heard most often was “tedious.” We, here at The Matador, are not criticizing the administration for their attempts to improve school safety. Instead, we are questioning why the school has not employed more effective policies in their quest to prevent violence at our school. It seems absurd to reason that the Sandy Hook, Columbine, and Virginia Tech shootings occurred because those schools did not put a locked door policy into use at their institutions. Instead of attempting to protect students in the event of a shooting, more efforts should be made to curb violence before it becomes an ordeal at our campus, which could potentially endanger thousands of lives. The National School Safety Center urges School Safety Leadership Training in which a school’s top administrators

take classes in crisis response achieved when students and recovery. The School are included in the deciSafety Advocacy Council sion-making process and recommends quarterly meet- are aware of the resources ings between teachers and that attempt to increase our administrators where teach- safety. ers suggest what evacuation All in all, whichever polmethods would work best icy our school decides to for their students. This, ac- implement, one thing is cercording to the council, helps tain—locked doors is simply to create a customized emer- not enough. gency preparedness plan that is tailored to each school and is therefore more likely to be effective. O u r school does employ a school safety committee to collaborate on ideas of improving school policies. However, one of the main goals of school safety is to make students feel safe, and feeling safe is something that is only Illustration by Annie Huang

Time is ticking for an effective collaboration schedule N a n a A k ahoshi It’s Wednesday. I remember back in elementary school, I would always look forward to Wednesdays because it was always an early-release schedule. Here in high school, it is a different kind of “special” day, known as collaboration or “collab.” Instead of leaving school early, we start school late, except for zero-period students, when students get an hour of free time between zero and first-period. However, considering the fact that other district schools, like Mark Keppel, get a minimum day for collaboration, which schedule is actually better? As a zero period student myself, I do not appreciate the collaboration schedule we currently have in San Gabriel. For students who start school from first-period, they are allowed to sleep in and have leisure time before school starts. However, because zero period students start school at the same time as they do on regular days, they are not given the same leisure time first period students receive. After zero period ends, the students cannot go out and grab food like McDonalds or Starbucks within the hour and come back in time for first period. Once students are inside the school campus, they are stuck there until school ends. Unlike how the early dismissal collaboration schedule allows students to leave early, the collaboration schedule we have at San Gabriel restricts many options students may want to have on collaboration days. “I really like the early release collab schedule because it allows me to have the rest of the day to myself, like going out with friends or going home early and finishing my homework,” senior William Duong said.

Having an early-release collaboration schedule may be beneficial and favorable for students, but maybe not so much for some teachers and coaches. The early-release collaboration can cause conflicts that are prevented with the current collaboration schedule we have. “[The] early-release collaboration schedule can really affect sixth-period theory classes. Sometimes, it is hard to skip even one day of after school practice,” Band Director and Swim Coach Tammy Cognetta said. Cognetta explains that for sixth-period swim theory students, it is extremely difficult when they have an early-release collaboration schedule because it restricts them from going to the swimming pool since the students have to wait for her until the staff meeting is over. For students who have early release fourth-period schedule, the early-release collaboration can be a disadvantage when that student has an after-school meeting to attend. The schedule can also lead to less students attending the meeting. As for the students, and as for myself, the collaboration schedule we have is inconvenient. It restricts students to do activities they are able to do with the early-release collaboration schedule, like hanging out with friends after school or finishing homework earlier so we can have more time to relax. However, it is not wise to judge that the collaboration schedule we have is unreasonable. Considering the opinions of other students and faculty, the reason why we have our current collaboration schedule is, in fact, reasonable. Maybe it is time to think of a totally different schedule that is “special” to both students and faculties.

Illustration by Annie Huang

The ‘Wong’ Way

Crystal Wong In an imperfect world It’s the same routine every week. Wake up, go to school, go to dance practice, and try to finish homework before 12 a.m. The weekends are a little different, but they still involve spending my time in the dance studio, except it’s the whole day that I am there. Story of my life. But sometimes at half past midnight on a weekday, I find myself wondering if going to dance practice that day was worth it. Was it really worth the sweat and foot cramps I put myself through? Or was it just because dance has become such a part of me that I wouldn’t want to miss a day even if I have a test or essay due the next day? All I knew was that my life hadn’t always revolved around dance. Almost all little girls must have once dreamed about flying, and quite frankly, I still often find myself with this fantasy of someday sprouting my own angel wings and soaring through the starry night skies. Although jumping as high as I could when I was little didn’t quite necessarily satisfy my eagerness to fly, I had stumbled across something that could possibly satisfy my fantasy: ballet. Fast forward to ten years later and I’m competing yearly. Balancing high school life and dance life is hard, especially if you are more dedicated to only one of the two. Add about 14 hours of dancing per week with the regular homework load and you find yourself standing in front of a mirror and thinking just how and when did you become such a perfectionist? When did tying your shoes not tight enough annoy you to the point where you had to re-tie it over and over again until you were satisfied? When did falling out of a pirouette make you curse yourself in your head and roll your eyes? What happened to just having fun with what you were doing and not caring whether or not you messed up? “Don’t put pressure onto yourself,” I often hear my dance teacher tell me as I scowl at myself in the wall of mirrors in front of me. “It’s not that easy!” I want to snap back, but know better than to give attitude to the person who has shaped me to become the dancer that I am today. Most people don’t get it, but when you find yourself stuck in one place more than you spend time outside of school or your house, you begin to hate yourself for not being able to get every single thing perfect. I often find myself moping in silence even if I made only one tiny mistake. My mom would often remind me to not put so much pressure on myself over one silly blunder, but I would be too absorbed in my own negativity and thoughts to hear her clearly. I even remember when I cried during a competition day as I watched one of my longtime competitors dance gracefully on stage. I remember I ever-sobitterly wanting to wipe that confident smile off her face. And maybe even to my slight horror that I wanted her to mess up. Instead of enjoying what I had eventually learned to love as I was growing up, I sat in the audience trying to stop the tears from ruining my makeup and the embarrassing little whimpers from escaping my trembling mouth. “Why are you crying? Don’t be silly,” my mother tried soothing me. “You go through all this trouble to put pressure on yourself that you don’t even have fun. Don’t be scared to make little mistakes.”




Walkers slow down the halls of San Gabriel High Ka l e e n L u u Though there are many things that aggravate me, “slow walkers” definitely top the list, hands down. It really grinds my gears that there are, without fail, always a few groups of people who are lost in their own dream world; they walk and talk as if we had all the time in the world in our hands. “They’re lazy and inconsiderate to the people [who] walk behind them!” sophomore Beth Rangel said.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t share this same thought, but it makes me wonder, “What do the slow walkers, in turn, think about us?” In defense of his decisions, junior Jackson Lang said, “I’m not afraid to be slightly late. Some fast walkers prefer to keep a perfect attendance and some don’t have anyone to walk with. If [they] had a friend to walk with, [I think] they would want to take their time rather than go to class earlier.” Regardless, I still can’t seem to comprehend why some students would voluntarily make the choice to drag their feet in between classes. You’re going to have to get there in the end, so why put it off? Why do they dread their next class so much, when others choose to fast-walk there, as if their life depended on it? “There’s no point in walking slow. You have to get to class either way, and I wouldn’t want to take the risk of being late to class,” sophomore Macy Nguyen said. With only eight minutes for students to get to their next class, it’s not a wonder that in addition to me, there are many others who complain about the infamous “slow walkers.” There’s a fine line between being on time, and being late, and sometimes, I find myself involuntarily playing with that fact, being a hair away from getting marked tardy. Admittedly a “slow walker,” sophomore Priscilla Moya said, “I walk slow mainly because I don’t see the point in getting to class early when you’ve barely finished getting out of one. I’ve noticed that the slower I walk, the more relaxed I feel.” At times, I find myself being hindered by not just one person, but more often than not, groups and couplings. Yes, it’s those dreaded couples who walk ever so slowly in the halls, lost in their own lustful world who get on my nerves. I can understand that they

must really miss their counterpart, but must they really go that slow? I hate to break it to them, but time doesn’t stop because you’re too caught up canoodling! “It’s more annoying to be in traffic with slow couples who seem to be showing their love by kissing every second while walking,” Moya concedes. As I struggle to understand why some of my peers would even choose to walk at a slower pace and risk a tardy, the question whether these slow walkers are even aware of the pace they’re going at is raised.  Freshman Phong Dang said, “Some people just do things slower; they think it’s a normal pace. I think they just need to be more active.” Some people seem to not care at all about what other people think about them; they’re apathetic and can truthfully say they wouldn’t be fazed if they were cursed for walking so slow. Although whether these “slow walkers” are aware of how sluggish they seem can vary from one person to the other, more often than not they are. Senior Duke Lin said, “I’m pretty sure they’re aware when they walk into class late everyday. [People] should just walk faster, it’s not that hard!” One of the core reasons why such a large percentage of students purposely go to class slower is probably due to them being preoccupied with entertaining their friends. These students are eager to hear one last story, or tell one more joke before they are willing to sit in class for nearly another hour or so. “If it’s a group of friends walking side by side, I don’t think they realize how slow they’re going. I think they need to work on their awareness,” said sophomore Jason Tran. At times when I am racing against the clock to get to class on time, and I just barely make it because several students were lagging it, it makes me really wish that a few rules on slow walking could be implemented.  Though unfortunate, honestly speaking, I don’t really think anyone would listen if changes were ever made. As sophomore Justine Pham puts it, “Life is unfair, and no one will listen.” In the mess of it all, Dang sums it all up, concluding, “Slow walkers should wake up, and fast walkers should chill [out]!”

Illustration by Jelina Luu

Embrace the role of being the center of attention have made them feel the need for attention. In addition, these people might have lacked I threw my head up in disbelief as I the attention that they needed as a child; tried to restrain myself from flinging my therefore, as a young adult, they crave desk at the obnoxious kid across the room and seek for the attention that they never when he, once again, interrupted two fellow had. Basically, these kids might have major classmates while they were presenting. For problems that no one ever considered the third time in a row, he shot an irrelevant giving an understanding of. question at the two clueless figures in front These people may seem others feel like of the classroom as if his life depended on they do not have a care for the criticism it. I honestly did not know who I felt sorry thrown at them every day. Sadly, the truth for; the unbelievably obnoxious kid, the two is that they really do care what other people clueless students, or myself. think of them. As a result, their actions It is nice to be in the center of attention, reflect the interests of others, rather than mind you. It feels great to be someone who their own. They often feel like they need people pay attention to, or are interested the approval of other people in order for in. As a result, a lot of people tend to lean them to turn away from their insecurities toward using maladapted behaviors to gain and prove themselves worthy. “Their selfpeople’s attention. An example of these esteem depends on the approval of others kinds of behavior would be to continuously and does not arise from a true feeling of selfinterrupt the class, which does not only worth,” The Cleveland Clinic Foundation gain people’s attention, but often their wrote. annoyance as well. People with attention-seeking behavior Unfortunately, most people believe this often project a self-centered and egocentric attention-seeking behavior is encouraged image, which usually results in their through the act of narcissism; however, this misjudgment from others. As a result, I is not always the case. believe that second thoughts should “The causes are likely due be made before a conclusion is to biological and genetic set about these people. factors, social factors, and Although our lives should psychological factors,” John not revolve around the M. Grohol, Psy.D, wrote on approval of others, Psych Central. In short, there is nothing wrong some people might have with seeking the developed personal attention that we all issues amongst need in our lives. their social lives, As independent as such as low selfan individual may esteem and selfbe, everyone consciousness just needs a little that in turn reassurance. Illustration by Annie Huang Annie Huang




The perks of living in a diverse area I do not think of ethnic diversity very much. Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, having the minority be the majority has always been a common thought to me. I regard most of my peers the same way, but when I think about it, we as individuals are not defined only by our personalities; our ethnicity projects our background and in many ways, it builds our character by opening our perspectives up to different cultures and lifestyles. The San Gabriel Valley and many other places around the world now offer a variety of different foods from different cultures. Although we might not think much of this, eating different foods is opening new perspectives and tastes towards different cultures, which is important, seeing as that we are all indeed different from one another. Many of us take so much time developing ourselves through academic achievement, volunteer service, or anything that makes us seem more well-rounded as a person, but this has become so much of an emphasis on who a person is that we have forgotten about ethnicity and culture. These two variables contribute so much into our character, and yet we forget about it. It is not only the culture one comes from that shapes us, but in our multicultural society, it can be other cultures as well, whether it may be similar or very different from one’s own. The factor of ethnic identity lets us define who we are literally in terms of establishing our identity and by providing a back-

ground that is similar to some and different to others. Ethnic diversity is important because it widens our perspective of the world, by viewing the world with a different perspective while knowing one’s original identity via ethnic diversity. We have come a far way in accepting cultures, and as senior Leanna Lai said, “It’s a wonderful thing that we can get along well.” In the end, one’s ethnicity and culture are only two of the many factors that make up who one is, but it should be given greater attention, for it gives people greater insight into one’s background that is beyond the surface of achievements.

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P ri s c i l l a L i ang

Misinformed parents overreact to teen relationships to have fun once in a while. We should take advantage of our youth now while we Most of the parents’ main goal for their can and make sure that we do not make teens is for them to focus on their educacareless mistakes in life. tion. Well, teens now in our society want to Parents care about us a lot, but they have more fun than anything. They would should not worry that much in such exagrather go hang out with their friends, shop geration. They should keep in mind that at stores, watch sports on television, or they, too once had a relationship with have a relationship. someone and that they were teens too.“My “I do like school, but parents always tell me sometimes I need to school is first and think about myself too. relationships later. There are times where I would reply that I I rather do something know how to take care with my friends than of myself and I’m not that do homework all careless,” Santiago said. day,”sophomore GuaThere are some teens dalupe De Santiago that have had made missaid. takes in the past from havI strongly agree with ing a relationship. A comsome teens because, yes mon mistake that tends to school is an important happen more often is that factor in our lives and females become pregnant. education to be someone When parents look down Illustration by Jelina Luu in the world, but we need at these teens from having a K a t he ri n g M o n t e l o n

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What is the most romantic way to ask someone to Sadie’s?

“Get umbrellas and hold them open so they spell out Sadie’s and I’ll hold the one with a question mark.”

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- Madelyn Areyan, 9th grade

“Take him to a carnival and go on the ferris wheel. When it stops at the top, fireworks will spell out, “Will you go to Sadie’s with me?” -Carol Lam, 10th grade

“Wait until we’re alone and randomly ask with flowers.”

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relationship, they fear that we might make the same mistake as those who have gone through this experience. “My mother told me that this girl that went to school with me got pregnant just because she wanted to have a boyfriend, and she would think that maybe I might have a baby too. But the difference is that she was in an economic situation and she needed the money for her and the baby,” Santiago said. One thing that my parents always emphasize when we are talking about relationships is that I should worry about having a career and focus on school first. Then have a relationship. They always bring up topics like do I really want to end up pregnant now at this age. In response to this, I tell them just because someone my age was in a relationship and ended up pregnant does not mean that I am going to go through the same as she did. There are people who do think with a clear mind and do not end up pregnant.

-John Clark, 11th grade

“With a plate of food while singing the macarena in a driveway.” -Randy Ho, 12th grade

Photos by Nana Akahoshi

The Incredi‘Bui’

Jenny Bui To my grandfather The sickly smell of hand sanitizer mixed with rubber tickles my nose as I walk into the hospital room. I see my grandmother on the hospital bed with her eyes closed. She’s been battling liver cancer for over a year. The doctors said it. The nurses whispered it. Eight years ago, I lost my grandmother to that cancer. She was only 54 years-old. Eight years later, my grandfather faces the malicious intentions of my relentless friend, cancer. I realized that this was my second chance to spend as much time with someone I loved to the fullest, but the only problem was that we’re separated by thousands of miles, and stand on polar opposites of the culture spectrum. Being Italian-American and living in New York all his life, my grandfather can hardly understand the non-stop sunny weather or begin to imagine something called “boba.” Similarly, I can never understand why coffee is equivalent to water or why a pasta maker is the right way to eat Italian pasta. In short, I have come to realize that barriers, whether it may be cultural or geographical ones, are hard to overcome, but standing at the end of the finish line after hardships with someone I love is worth it. My stubbornness and defiance in reaching a mutual understanding with my grandfather and resenting him because of our cultural barriers were juvenile mistakes that I regret a lot. Every week, my grandfather’s calls nettled me for the longest time because I felt that he couldn’t quite understand his only granddaughter and her customs and ways. Now, I have come to realize that it was only because I resented him that I thought that way. His intentions only reflected a small portion of how much he cared for me, and I took it all for granted. For the past few months since my grandfather ’s cancer returned, I paid extra attention to my peers whenever they talked about their grandparents. Sometimes, they castigated, mocked, or laughed at their grandparents. I would think to myself during those moments that they cannot begin to understand or truly decipher what it feels like to have days marked off your calendar, nervously waiting for an untimely event and thinking what will happen when it comes. Although these past few months have taught me that my callow ways prevented me from getting to know somebody that truly loved me, I also learned that it is my heritage and roots that make me special. Looking back I have always admired my grandmother’s youthful spirit and how the 70s stuck with her until the 21st century and how she would cover her little grey hairs with mascara everyday before running errands. More than anything now, I want the exact same thoughts when I think about my grandfather years from now before it’s all over and I have nothing to remember. In the movie Big Fish, the son desperately tries to find his true father, not the fabricated stories his father told him. Much like the son in the movie, I want to experience and keep those memories safely in my heart.       I know my thoughts and actions in the past are irrevocable, but I can only brush it off. If there’s a chance, I hope to start by taking my grandfather out on a grandfather-granddaughter date where I would drink coffee and he boba. Hopefully, my relentless friend won’t be joining us.





Sexuality (noun): sexual character; possession of the structural and functional traits of sex. When it comes to sexuality, mum’s the word. It’s sealed up and locked away for another day. However, in recent years, the existence of sexuality has been much more open due to social and media influences. Now the standards are changing. Pop culture is more explicit than ever, people are becoming more aware of modern-day gender inequality, and acceptance for the LGBT community has become widespread. Are you willing to open up to this social taboo?






Orientation is not chosen; we were all born this way N at al i e Tran “When most of you see me every day, you see me acting the part of a straight dude, when I am in fact an LGBT teen,” Jacob Rudolph, a senior at a high school in Parsippany, New Jersey, said. Rudolph was recently awarded Class Actor during an assembly for senior favorites at his high school when he revealed to a crowd of over 300 applauding classmates his true sexual orientation. In recent years, we have seen a more liberal direction in terms of sexuality. Along with this is the wider acceptance of the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) community. If we were to travel back fifty-plus years, coming out as a member of the LGBT would seem almost unspoken of. In fact, the action of doing so would result in condemnation from society as a whole. Unfortunately, 100% acceptance of the LGBT community has yet to exist today, and prejudices still linger. One of the most controversial topics about the LGBT is from where their sexual orientation stems. Many people believe that neglect, abuse, or even rape is the cause of people becoming gay. The truth is, most LGBT members grew up with similar, if not the same, childhoods as heterosexuals. Although it is still to be explored and debated, the general consensus about a per-

One of my friends felt ashamed of being gay. He doesn’t like to tell anyone, [and] I just found out about him being gay a few days ago. Amber Dykeman, sophomore

son’s sexuality and sexual orientation is that it is congenital. Some extremists believe that not being heterosexual is a crime against nature and have gone as far as using conversion and electrotherapy to “change” or “fix” people’s sexuality – treatments so contentious that there is currently an attempt to ban it in the state of California. According to UC Davis’s psychology department, research indicates that “reparative therapy and other attempts to change sexual orientation are generally ineffective.” From the time we are born, we are already aware of our sexual attractions, whether it is with the opposite sex, the same sex, both sexes, or even no sex (this term is referred to as asexuality). Some people are also pansexual, meaning the gender of the person they are attracted to is irrelevant. Supporters of the LGBT community are fighting against the prejudice. With both the LGBT and their straight allies on their side, the community is standing up for the ethical rights for non-heterosexuals. The exposure that the pro-LGBT movement has gotten helped both the community and the concept of sexuality. Many people inside and outside of the LGBT community are now finding it less difficult to own their sexuality, feeling more personal freedom through that. Although gaining complete acceptance for the LGBT would technically be impossible, awareness and acknowledgement can greatly lead society close to it.

I was born gay. I firmly believe we are born with our sexual orientation just like how we are born with our hereditary traits, like brown eyes. We can’t change at will. Victor Garcia, Spanish teacher

Media shapes the way we see sexuality S onny H y In America, sexuality has become a tool for the media to advertise, as well as to patronize. Women, men, and children are constantly fed by the entertainment business that certain things should be accepted, certain things should be rejected, and certain things should be idolized. Barbie is an iconic doll of our generation. A woman having an unnatural, unattainable, unhealthy figure is idolized in our generation. Her very essence is an attack on young females; the fact that they have to look like this to be considered pretty or “hot.” “The media had dramatized almost all women to be sex goddesses, a standard that frankly no one should be forced to live up to,” junior Elizabeth Casillas said speaking of the images that the media is attributing to women. Companies, corporations, and even students at San Gabriel are sponsors of these unrealistic ideals. Victoria’s Secret uses voluptuous, sexualized women to market their products. Sexuality and lust are two things easily associated with this marketing strategy, yet its appeal is that if you want to, you have to buy these stringy thongs. GQ magazine features brawn men with sex appeal to set the standard for what men should look like, photo shopped beings that don’t resemble their appearance on the cover of these magazines. “I feel like I have to have bulging muscles to possibly even be looked at by others,” freshman Caleb Santos said. Students at San Gabriel are constantly at war with these ideals of sexuality. These images of what the body should look like, what girls should be doing, and what boys should be doing are all detrimental. Self-confidence can be broken with these standards of men, such as an eight-pack on your forearm and bulging muscles. Students conceive the idea, and because of the media, that they have to be able to bend their body in five ways simultaneously to satisfy their partner or even be labeled as a “nymphomaniac” to even be considered a beautiful man or woman. “Sexuality is being exploited. Innocence is being abandoned; overt sexual prowess and physical beauty has been ingrained into our culture,” sophomore Jessie Peng said. Change and confidence are necessary in a world like this. We cannot overturn the system and revolutionize the standard of beauty, but what we can do is begin to value confidence and the freedom of sexuality.

Double standards are still prevelant in society Monica Lam From history class, we all know that women have been limited to specific roles in society. Now in the modern era, gender inequality is rarely seen. It is expected that all gender inequality has been limited and potentially erased from present times, but is that really the case? Society has tried to fix this problem, and it has improved, but the answer has yet to be found. Stereotypes play a role when it comes to double standards. It is expected of women to have several standards in society. Typically expected actions from females, such as gossiping and cat-fighting, have caused many misconceptions by people. Personally, I have seen first-hand exactly how stereotypes really do weave into everyone’s lives. I have a female friend who would be typically known as a stereotypical girl on the outside. She loves to read magazines, do nails, fan-girl over hot guys, and do all those expected actions of what people think girls do. Yes, some may automatically suggest that she loves the color pink or does her makeup every day, and quite frankly, it is true, but what stereotyping fails to comprehend is the fact that every single person out there is different. Gender might be one thing that connects every female in the world, but personality is the unique part of a person that shows the difference between every human being. Maybe in this present world, men do gain the upper hand when it comes to dating. A boy who hangs out with several girls would be praised because of his actions, but a girl who is seen with multiple boys would be deemed promiscuous and avoided at all means necessary. “It depends on the looks of the person. If the guy is good looking, then it [comes to] mind that he gets a lot of girls, and it is not his fault,” President of Herstory Irene Kuang said. The past still lingers in the present, which may not be as severe as it was a century ago, but influences from the past still continue to show in the modern era. From male dominance and social pressures, females in the present still tend to receive the short end of the stick. So far, women have been perceived as the ones who suffer more from double standards, but in reality, men also become the victims. We see most men being the inferior one in double standards in committed relationships. Men are usually seen as the one who would most likely cheat in a relationship and would be labeled as the “bad guy” when a relationship ends. Maybe it really is the guy’s fault, but sometimes women become too caught up within the pain that they instinctively blame another person for the failure of the relationship. From the past to the future, both genders suffer from double standards. Whether or not this problem will ever be resolved will be determined by the future generations, but it all comes down to the acceptance of gender equality from all.


Gen BBQ House review De rri c k C h i Providing a new joint for Korean barbecue lovers, Gen Korean BBQ House serves the San Gabriel Valley with a variety of barbecued beef, chicken, and pork. The restaurant’s menu consists mainly of all-you-can-eat uncooked meat, giving people the option to cook their choice of meat whichever way they prefer to enjoy their delicious meal. When I first walked in, I was amazed at the restaurant’s interior design. The walls of the restaurant weren’t plain or bland like I thought they would be. The abstract art on the side of the wall made the restaurant more appealing and attractive to customers eating inside. The venue is two-stories high where people had the option whether to take an elevator up or the stairs. The only flaw that caught my attention was the noise level inside the restaurant. With the meat sizzling as it cooked and loud music playing, the restaurant makes it an unsuitable place to have dinner with your family or friends; however, the tables weren’t as small as I thought they would be and there was plenty of room for a group lunch or dinner. One of the waitresses explained some of the rules that customers needed to know, for example, the two hour limit that they needed to keep in mind. When we arrived to our seats, the table was already set up with appetizers in order to be courteous to other waiting customers like kimchi or salad that was seasoned with Sesame Ginger sauce. The waitresses there were quick on their feet to take our order. My favorite order was the bulgogi, which was a thinly sliced marinated Angus prime rib eye that was ready to cook. The bulgogi seemed to be a popular favorite with its tangy, light flavors and delectable aroma sizzling on the grilling pan. Another popular item that is on the menu is the Hawaiian Steak.

Gen Korean BBQ House serves the Alhambra community with its introduction of Korean dishes and meat. The dish consists of thinly cut marinated steak. One of the most unique item on the menu that I ordered was the Garlic Chicken with Jalapeño Cheese Fondue. I was disgusted by the fondue because the chicken and the fondue had a weird taste that didn’t mix well with each other. I was also disgusted by the chicken because it was too salty. “The food was succulent; the flavor is still in my mouth. I can still smell the bulgogi,”sophomore Frankie Zhuang said. Although the stench of the barbecued meat was integrated onto my clothing, it was a good first hand experience to try an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant that serves predominantly meat. Gen Korean BBQ House successfully serves the Alhambra community with their new chain of delicacies.

Restaurant: Gen Korean BBQ House Rating: 4 out of 5 Prince Range: $15-$20 per person Where: 68 W. Main St., Alhambra Parking: Limited parking Proximity: 1.8 miles from SGHS Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm

Photos courtesy of Derrick Chi

Newly opened Gen KBBQ offers a variety of seasoned meats such as bulgogi, brisket and prime rib-eye steak as seen in the photo above.

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NEWS New concepts of beauty transcends through


traditional outlooks on the word “beautiful” verse. “Everyone has a different concept of 50 years ago, the word “beautiful,” beauty. What’s important is that [the difwhen used to describe women, imme- ferent kinds of beauty] are all showcased, diately brought to mind an image of a instead of always showing [the same woman with features such as pale skin, kind],” freshman Isabella Tam said. Fei Fei Sun, 23, also big eyes, long legs, or made her mark by large breasts. Howbeing the first Asian ever, history proves woman to ever be on that the concept of the cover of Vogue beauty evolves over Italia. Since Vogue has time. What was largely ignored Asian once thought of as models in the past, it gross, unappealing, proves that the fashion or just plain ugly is world is acknowledgnow perceived as an ing the importance of interesting form of Asian figures in the beauty. model industry. An interesting “In a way, I think example of this was these changes are benexhibited with the eficial. It makes [fashannouncement of ion] more diverse, esthe spokesperson of pecially with different M.A.C.’s new line, kinds of beauty apStrength, Jelena AbPhoto courtesy of pearing on magazine bou, a Serbian-AmerThe Serbian-American body covers. Fashion doesn’t ican female bodybuilder with a ripped builder, Jelena Abbou, poses always have to be the physique more often for the M.A.C cover shoot same, and when they seen on champion for their new line, “Strength.” add changes like that, it makes [the industry] weight lifters than models for high-end cosmetics. Abbou’s seem more interesting and might attract appearance only proves that the beauty more attention,” sophomore Hui Fu said. With the standards of beauty as everindustry no longer depends on the usual stereotypical, perfectly-proportioned changing as they are, it would not be surwomen to bring in customers, and that prising to see incredibly radical changes it has accepted the fact that beauty is di- in the fashion industry in the next decade. R ebecca Lei

The secrets of Starbucks revealed Debbie Dinh “Hey, can I have a Banana Cream Pie Frappuccino?” Starbucks Coffee Company specially caters to every craving taste bud of their customers, but off the menu of the classic coffee and favorite caramel frappuccino, there lies a secret menu that is in the hands of the customer to consider. These “secret” drinks are not offered up on the menu because they have to be ordered by custom. For example, in order to have a Banana Cream Pie Frappuccino, it requires to purchase a vanilla bean crème frappuccino with a shot of vanilla syrup, a shot of hazelnut syrup, a whole banana and whipped cream. There are twenty other “secret” frappuccinos in Starbucks that the baristas are able to make with the ingredients offer. The Biscotti Frap calls for an individual purchase of biscotti and asking the barista to blend it into a favorite frap. In order to achieve an Oreo Frappuccino, it first needs to be ordered as a double chocolate chip frap with white mocha syrup as opposed to the regular mocha. The list goes on from the Cap’n Crunch Frap to The Nutella, which all can found and shared online through various portal sites. These drinks were not made from the actual company, but by Starbucks fans who utilized the availability of their options and created drinks that they could enjoy. The only caution to ordering these “secret” drinks is that they may not fit to the taste of everyone, or the company may charge you for adding additional ingredients to an already pricey item. Other than those cautions, Starbucks drinks can be custom-made to suit your own style and the crazy fraps like cinnamon roll and chocolate pumpkin are merely people experimenting with drinks that are offered on the menu. So explore all that Starbucks has to offer or stick with the more than satisfying Caramel Apple Spice.

The Nutella Order a Cafe Misto with a shot or chocolate, hazelnut and a drop of caramel.

Twix Frappuccino Order a caramel frappuccino with extra caramel, one pump of hazelnut syrup. Have java chips and whipped cream blended in and top it off with mocha drizzle.

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The Fault in Our Stars proves infinite Va ne s s a De L a R o s a The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is narrated by one of the main characters, 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, who suffers from Stage 4 Thyroid cancer. The story begins with Hazel attending a support group that her parents forced her to go to, where she meets 17 year old Augustus Waters, an exbasketball player who had been diagnosed at a young age with osteosarcoma. Augustus and Hazel both seem intrigued by one another, and she agrees to go watch a movie with him despite being immediately after their first encounter. At his home, Hazel and Augustus exchange their favorite books, one of which, named An Imperial Affliction, becomes one of the main side stories of the novel. It had always been Hazel’s favorite book, and the author Peter van Houten had left Hazel with so many unanswered questions that she sought to find the answers to. Augustus, understanding her frustration after reading the book himself 1, uses his only granted wish from “The Genies,” a foundation that grants cancer patients with one wish in their lifetime, to fly Hazel, her mother, and himself to Amsterdam to visit Peter van Houten personally. Roughly the first half of the book is constituted by Hazel and Augustus slowly falling in love with each other and their attempts to find Peter van Houten.

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Upon arriving in Amsterdam and after sightseeing and having dinner, Hazel and Augustus find that Peter van Houten was not what they expected; his assistant Lidewij Vliegenthart had been the one to set up the meeting in an attempt to get van Houten writing again. Hazel and Augustus were greeted with hostility and discourtesy, not the understanding van Houten they had been conversing

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“Haylor broke up!!! I told you all it wouldn’t last!” says a user on Twitter. Comments of such nature are seen all over the social networking site, as well as Tumblr and Facebook. We all know the story: Taylor Swift and Connor Kennedy break up; Taylor invites Harry Styles from One Direction to her rehearsals for her X-Factor performance; they date; then they break up in a matter of six weeks. The end result? Hundreds of thousands of people on the Internet throwing Swift under the bus for having another failed relationship. What “ PR shapes the the everyday Joe does not attempt image that an enter- to ask is, “Is this relationship all the tainer and their man- product of a PR stunt?” Public relations (PR) for celebriagement want them ties are a tricky business. What will to be seen as.” make this seemingly safe and quiet actress more controversial? Is this PR stunt going to give these people more headlines? PR shapes the image that an entertainer and their management want them to be seen as. PR relationships can stem for many different reasons. like for promotion, such as getting more press for a movie or TV show. Dianna Agron’s short-lived romance with her “I Am Number Four” co-star Alex Pettyfer has been questioned for legitimacy. Another reason some publicists set up relationships is to hide one’s sexuality, because to some, it is professionally beneficial to be seen as heterosexual. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have been rumored to be beards (people who cover up for other people) for each other to conceal their true sexualities. And sometimes, PR relationships are set up just to give both parties more headlines in the press. Whether or not these business-motivated techniques are moral is up to the people reading the tabloids. The media enjoys putting couples on a pedestal and glorifying relationships, which is what causes some of us to become too invested in celebrity love lives. The next time you hear about the latest celebrities hooking up, take a good minute to speculate. It could really not be as big as it is made out to be, and recognizing that fact could save you from making a hundred tweets about Taylor Swift’s next failed relationship.

with in their exchanged letters. The plan’s do not go as they expected, and Lidewij takes them sightseeing before they go back to their hotel. “I was choking on the last words as I read them. The way Augustus describes Hazel with van Houten is so intense. Augustus Waters is my favorite book character by far. I love books like these that don’t have a happy ending where they live off happily ever after because they depict the reality of life. They don’t paint a picture of fiction we know we’ll never have; they give us the sad truth that happens in life. The sad truth we so hardly accept. I love this book; it opened my eyes to a story that was sad and painfully true, yet beautiful,” junior and avid reader Beverly Mendoza said. Since its original publication date in January of last year, The Fault in Our Stars continues to emotionally rack audiences with its vivid narration. The sarcastic humor made for a pleasant ride, and I found myself laughing uncontrollably at some of the bittersweet moments. Despite the emotional turmoil the characters face, the humor and sarcasm acts as short, fleeting bursts of relief for the built-up tension. I love how the emotions Green conveys in the book seep through the pages, allowing for readers to feel the characters emotions. The book depicts a perfect balance between sarcastic humor and the agonizing truth of pain and sorrow.

The Internet is filled with endless nonsense, and while it holds many facts, there are lies waiting around every corner. Internet trolls are lurking around for a reason - to have their own versions of fun. A world where trolls seem to congregate the most is Illustration by Annie Huang on the many boards T h e Tw i t t e r i c o n ’s i n j u r i e s of Last represent the self-inflicting harm fall, 4chan users that Justin Bieber fangirls have tried to get #Baldbeen doing in order to prevent forBieber trending, their idol from doing drugs. stating that the wonderful “Boyfriend” Justin Bieber had been diagnosed with cancer, and urged fans to shave their heads in support. This year, it’s #cutforbieber. Yet another photo of Bieber surfaced on the Internet. But this was not just any photo, it was a photo that indicated that the Biebs smokes weed, as he was holding a joint in his hands. Now, this caused an outrage in the fandom of Beliebers because their idol is too pure to do such things. 4chan users monopolized on how dedicated fans are, and since the hoax of #BaldforBieber didn’t work out as much as they liked, they started the #cutforbieber movement which urged fans to inflict self-harm and to send the images to Bieber, in hopes of stopping him from smoking weed. An anonymous user posted on a board that has been removed: “Lets start a cut yourself for bieber campaign. Tweet a bunch of pics of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because Bieber was smoking weed.” Some images were fake, but some were real. This controversial incident resulted in Tweets of outrage to the situation. “If people are really saying they are gonna cut themselves cuz Justin Bieber could’ve smoked some weed the world really is coming to an end!” Miley Cyrus tweeted. She also retweeted “#cutforbieber? Cutting is NOT something to joke about. There are people who are actually suffering from self-harm, this is so disrespectful.”  Images were gruesome, and it’s disgusting how far both trolls and some Beliebers have gone. Fans seriously need to stop worshiping the ground Bieber walks on. This prank crossed a line and made a mockery of selfharm. 

San Gabriel Reacts to Entertainment News What do you think about Kim & Kanye having a baby? “I think that they will make a lot of money with the baby. She makes a lot of money. He makes a lot of money. Together they will make so much money. Their wedding will cost more than her’s and Kris Humphries’s.” - Sandy Nguyen (Senior) “It’s pretty good that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are having a baby because they have something to share. That way when they want to divorce they would have to keep in touch either way.” - Lili Ornelas (Sophomore)

What do you think about Harry Styles & Taylor Swift’s split? “I think that it’s a good thing because there’ll be a new song. She’ll make money from it. I hate how the media makes him out to be a womanizer--but the fans know her reputation as well so…”

- Mayra Jimenez (Sophomore)

“It’s bad that Taylor Swift and Harry Styles broke up because she just used him to write a song and that is not true love.” - Judith Calva (Sophomore)

What do you think about the outbreak of #cut4bieber? “Why would people want to do such a thing. I mean I don’t like him that much to the point where I want to cut myself. I think people are just crazy now a days.” - Guadalupe de Santiago (Sophomore) “And I thought Korean fangirls were scary.” - Julia Phu (Senior) “Society is going downhill.” - Kevin Vuong (Senior)

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In late December, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced to the public that they were expecting a baby.



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Sibling competition develops better athletes person, although I never tried stepping into his shadow, Loya said.” Loya has Anyone who has a brother or sister can aspirations of bettering the team and qualitell you that you are forever locked into fying for C.I.F.’s, and his brother is there to a lifelong competition with your sibling. support him. There has been no love lost Sure, you might not openly acknowledge between the Loya brothers; together they the rivalry, but you know it is there. My have paved the path for siblings playing in brother and I compare report cards, and the same sport and individually they have when he scored a shot in basketball, it hurt. carved their own legacy. The rivalry that is not, brothers Peyton I told myself I had to match it. In life, and in particular sports, siblings are constantly and Eli Manning are consummate profesaware of each other’s accolades whether, it sionals, and they have not let their football be by choice or other factors such as peers, careers affect their relationship, despite the fact that they man one of the most scrutifamily, or the media. For a younger sibling, the idea of having nized positions in sports. The Manning an older brother or sister in the same sport “rivalry” is the epitome of siblings playing may seem daunting, yet in some cases, it in the same sport. Both quarterbacks have can be uplifting. Before junior Kevin Loya experienced amounts of success which even laced up his Nikes and dribbled a usually stems into a debate of who is better. basketball on the hardware of the Mata- Most people would choose Peyton as their dor Arena, he was drawing comparisons quarterback -- I would too -- but that is not to his older brother Alvaro Loya, class of to say Eli is not a top tier quarterback. Eli, 2010, who played four years of Matador the younger of the two, boasts two Super basketball. The adolescent Loya quickly Bowl rings-both against Tom Brady, an grew weary of the constant comparisons impressive feat on its own-- and two Suas his older brother ’s legacy casted a per Bowl MVP’s to go with his three Pro shadow over him. Irked by his peer ’s Bowls. On the other hand, Peyton’s resume comments but not conceding to them, speaks for itself: 12 Pro Bowls, four AP NFL MVP’s, and a Super Bowl MVP to Loya decided to play basketball go with his Super Bowl ring. The intrinsically. One of the more older Manning has the edge in notable achievements that the statistics; however, Eli’s postelder Loya accomplished was season success has made the joining the varsity team in his great debate much more diffisophomore year. However, cult. The Manning brothers do the younger Loya followed not acknowledge the rivalry. his brother’s steps as he The two match-ups between made the varsity team as the brothers have been colloa sophomore as well. quially dubbed “The Manning Now, with a year of Bowl”. Peyton has won both varsity basketball in bowls, and the next “Manhis resume, Loya has ning Bowl” is schedblossomed and deuled for the 2013-14 veloped as a comseason. Although petitor. “At first it is an exciting the comparimatch-up, there sons bugged is too much me, but now speculation I realize it placed on the is a complicontest. These ment to be two have discompared played nothto him, ing but unPhoto by Derek Deng because wavering Junior Kevin Loya salvages in his new starting role he’s a support great for The Matadors, following the footsteps of his older for one player brother Alvaro Loya who graduated with the class of another. a n d B r ian R ios

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First time varsity boys coach Cesar Franco instructs sophomore Alexis Mercado and senior Hienz Anaya in a home matchup by maing sure they play quickly and aggressively.

Franco hopes to recreate a strong boys soccer tradition O scar Mol i na When Cesar Franco heard of an opening spot for the head boys soccer coach, he immediately stepped to the plate to take charge. “Coaching is something that I have always wanted to do,” Franco said. “I really love this sport; it’s one of my life passions.” Despite being a lifelong fan of soccer, Franco did not participate on any team at Arroyo High School, where he graduated in 2002, or at Cal Poly Pomona, where he graduated in 2007 with bachelors in History; although he did play competitively during his childhood. Throughout high school his fear of being criticized for playing an “immigrant sport” prevented him from joining the team, and in college his schedule was too loaded with a full time class schedule and work at IKEA. “Having never dedicated enough time during my high school and college years to play, thus never developing into a top tier player, I think I have a better understanding of the sport than I do practicing it,” Franco said. Initially, Franco’s goal for the team consisted of trying to reach prelims for the California Interscholastic federation (CIF), but halfway through the season he realized that there were an abundant amount of factors inhibiting them from doing so. As coach he focused on utilizing the players’ key qualities, while also teaching them better ball control, technique, and quick and aggressive attacking play. “Some players can adopt to our methodology much easier and others have a difficult time adjusting,” Franco said. “This is due to their years of playing a certain way and us trying to break them out of certain habits that may inhibit their development in their position.” His goal was to train both varsity and junior varsity players to play in similar style, thus easing the transition from one team to the other. Aside from the technical aspect of coaching, Franco said that he had to adapt to the different players’ personalities, as well as trying to satisfy everybody’s needs. “I implemented a longer and more demanding preseason and games in order to develop that team chemistry that is crucial to a team’s success,” Franco said. Throughout the season the team has had multiple setbacks, where the team barely had sufficient players, or where many finished a game injured. For example, in the team’s preseason match against South Pasadena where about half the squad picked up injuries.  However, these difficult moments were alleviated when the team won its first game after many tough losses in an excellent display by the 11 player team without a bench on a very heavy rainy morning in Duarte’s brand new turf field.  “The journey so far has been a tough and long one, however, it has been very fun,” Franco said. In his spare time Franco enjoys playing soccer on a team with his brother and friends. He also delights in buying records, listening to them, and watching live music, such as by going to his favorite record shops in San Francisco. Franco also spends time watching films or documentaries, going on occasional hikes, and trying to cuisine. Planning to come next season for his second year of coaching, Franco persists in maintaining his goal of making it to CIF prelims. He hopes to accomplish this by being more strict and developing better technical and physically fit players. Franco said, “I really enjoy my job,” Franco said, “It’s just a wonderful part of my day, being outside with a great group of kids who really enjoy the game and have fun.


The Sounds of the Game “ Coach, the Howard strategy?” -After a coach tells a player to immediately foul an opposing player “You’re so soft, who do you want to coach you? Me or Mother Teresa?” -After a player flops on the basketball court




Predicting the XLVII Super Bowl champions K are n R i v e ra Brothers Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, and John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, have guided their teams to Super Bowl XLVII, which will take place on February 3rd in New Orleans, but only one will claim the Lombardi trophy. With each Harbaugh brother standing on opposite sidelines, the battle on the field will be nothing but easy. In the NFC Championship the San Francisco 49ers had a difficult time against the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White in the passing game and lacked to pressure their quarterback Matt Ryan, however the 49ers did clinch the win. But going into the super bowl they will have to deal with the Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco who is having a successful post season beating Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos in the Divisional Playoffs and Tom Brady’s New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. Although the 49ers Aldon Smith hasn’t had any sacks

in five games he is still an important piece to help pressure Joe Flacco come February 3rd. However Aldon Smith told reporters earlier this week that he has been getting double teamed recently which he feels will benefit the rest of the defensive line. “It’s freeing somebody up. Somebody’s going to get to the quarterback. It might not be me making the play, but somebody’s going to get there,” Smith said. The 49ers will also have to be cautious of their coverage on Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta eary on in the big match. Baltimore has rushed 446 yards in the playoffs this year, but it won’t be easy against the 49ers with Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman and the rest of the 49ers defense. Opponents who have played against San Francisco have averaged 15.5 points per game, which ranked third in the 32-team NFL in the regular season. The Ravens gave up 20 per game, 11th-best. However two valuable players that can help the Ravens in the run game versus the 49ers are Matt Birk and Vonta Leach. Joe Flacco expressed how important Birk is and

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told reporters,“I guess the importance is to have a guy that can do all that quickly and get it to everybody, relay it to them very quickly so that we can kind of run at a high pace.” Vonta Leach will go up against the 49ers Bowman and Willis in which he will have to be aggressive in order to have a successful run game. The 49ers not only have a good defense to stop teams running game, but they themselves run a great read option which will test Ray Lewis. Early in the post season in the Divisional Playoffs versus the Green Bay Packers quarterback Colin Kapernick had 181 rushing yards- an NFL record and threw for 263 yards. However in the NFC Championship game Atlanta stopped Kaepernick from running, but he threw for a total of 233 yards and got the ball in the hands of Frank Gore and LeMichael James for the run. The Atlanta Falcons weren’t so lucky going up against a versatile 49ers offense. Both teams will play a physical game, but I predict a 28-24 score with the 49ers claiming the victory.

Step 1: Start in a push-up position with your palms laid flat on the floor. Step 2: Make an upside-down “V” shape with your hips Step 3: As you breathe deeper, press your heels into the floor and concentrate by keeping your eyes on your toes.

Upward Facing Dog (Yoga) Step 1: Lie on the floor on your front side. Lift your torso upwards and keep your arms straight beside your waist and perpendicular to the floor, with palms flat on the floor. Step 2: Keep your thighs firm. Lift your thighs and torso a few inches off the ground and hold that position.

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“I think the Ravens defense will have the speed to stop the 49ers read option.”

“The 49ers have youth and are more explosive. Kaepernick expands their playbook.”

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Daniels practices and teaches the art of yoga J ohn Truong

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English teacher Georgia Daniels practices yoga to relieve stress and pain induced by a car accident.

In 1997, English teacher Georgia Daniels was injured in a car accident because of a drunk driver. Since then, she has applied yoga to her daily life to heal her body spiritually and mentally. Yoga is a religious and spiritual practice that originated in India under the Hindu tradition. Daniels was introduced to the practice in the ninth grade as an exercise for stretching and strength building. While getting her degree in dancing at UCLA, Daniels also took a class in relaxation. “Relaxation practices are fun and it is also good for the mind and body,” Daniels said. As a result of her car accident, she underwent therapy to relax her muscles. According to her, yoga is one of many spiritual practices that she has found to be valuable. “I am unable to do some of the yoga poses because of my injury, so I would sometimes have to adapt by doing modified poses.”

Last summer, Daniels took classes at the Yoga House in Pasadena to learn more modified yoga poses. “Yoga can be either gentle or athletically demanding,” Daniels said. According to the Mayo Clinic website, yoga has been found to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. It also brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, which helps you to relax and manage stress and anxiety. Generally, the two most important components in yoga are poses and breathing. Poses are designed to increase strength and flexibility and they typically range from lying on the floor to doing difficult postures. “One of my favorite yoga poses is the Shavasana, or the corpse pose. At the end of a routine, I would be on the floor like a corpse and relax,” Daniels said. Breathing is integral to yoga because it teaches you that controlling it could help you control your body and quiet your mind.

Losing games affect team morale Mar vin Luu Hanging heads, long faces, silence. Athletes involved in any sport hate this atmosphere, they hate this aspect of the game. Losing is inevitable in any game, there always has to be a winner and a loser in any contest and in many ways one loss can play a huge role in others. Morality, momentum, and energy may hide in the shadows as the score and stats take the spotlight, but these attributes influence the game better than most people would like to believe and losing a game or two may affect these attributes. “I think that losses really get into our heads and we lose focus,” Sophomore Javier Bobadilla said. “We dig ourselves into a hole and it’s often tough to get ourselves out of it.” When a team wins, they go into a game with increased confidence, an attitude that is undeniable. When a team goes on a losing streak they may continue to play with low morale and energy, seeing the score before the game is over. We have seen how the latter has occurred in professional sports before the NBA’s Washington Wizards is a prime example of a team who struggles through losing streaks; the team has plummeted this year and things have gone south as losses pile up for the team. For San Gabriel’s JV boys basketball team, they are trying to end their 0-6 record. “For us we try not to think about it too much and to move on,” Freshmen Andrew Moc said. “Sometimes our team tries to use a loss as motivation for the next game and this often helps because our drive to win usually outlasts our slump that we’re in; either that or it’s just our hate for losing.”

Senior Karen Bach dribbles her passion for basketball across the courts and through the classrooms Nana Akahoshi She loves to play the guitar. She loves Korean pop. But basketball, she cherishes. Karen Bach’s passion toward basketball allowed her to be in varsity basketball for all four years, but also made her realize how basketball became much more than just a sport. Bach first started basketball when she was in eighth grade at Baldwin Middle School. “Baldwin had a basketball team, and my friends invited me to join with them so I decided to try it out,” Bach said. Bach never thought that she would soon fall in love with the sport.

Once Bach entered high school, without any hesitation, she decided to try out for the San Gabriel basketball team. With her talent and passion towards basketball, Bach successfully secured a spot in the varsity team. Although she was happy for such success, there was still a doubt in her mind. “I was really scared and worried in a place with so many upperclassmen. But the fact that there were two other freshmen who made it to varsity made me feel much more secure,” Bach said. The first year in varsity was rough for Bach because every match was challenging, and

not many games were won. However, as the years passed, it became better when the team was able to place third in league and even played in the playoffs. Participating in basketball for four years did not only help improve her basketball skills, but also as an individual. “After playing in the team, I learned how teamwork is extremely important and made me a more responsible person,” Bach said. Aside from basketball, Bach always enjoyed music; she plays the guitar, violin, and piano. Bach also volunteers at the Huntington Memorial Hospital on the weekends since she is planning on

pursuing a medical career. “I want to be a physician assistant so the volunteer experience is very valuable, and I really enjoy it,” Bach said. Even with her busy schedule, Bach still manages to balance all the activities and continues to enjoy her favorite sport. “Basketball can sometimes be really tiring because we have practice all year long. But it is also true that basketball is also a stress reliever from all the schoolwork,” Bach said. Basketball is not simply a sport or stress reliever, but a family. “The basketball team is my second family,” Bach said “I sometimes consider them more than my actual family. I really enjoy all the time I spend with them.

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WORD. Famous Hallway quotes, Volume Thirty-two

“I’m not negative. I’m just admitting that life sucks.” - Teacher talking to the class.

“If I get a 69 percent, will you give me the D?” -Student asking about grades.

“I’m cute enough for the both of us.” - Student complimenting himself.

Jessica Cheung balances the world of art and academics H ana N go Some students deem themselves as left-brain thinkers, who are more logical and analytical, whereas others find themselves to be right-brain thinkers, who are more creative and expressive. Senior Jessica Cheung is balanced on both sides of the brain as her creativity is shown from her sketches to her crafts, which include handmade items, and her logic with her studious nature as a student at both San Gabriel High School and Rio Hondo College. It all started when Cheung was young. Growing up, resources were always within reach. Her aunt worked in textiles and taught her how to sew and cut, and it was only a matter of time before she started doing things on her own. Her crafts include handmade earrings and key chains, printed T-shirts and buttons, as well as self-designed costumes she created. Past costume creations include her Pikachu in sophomore year, a sailor suit from the manga “Haruhi Suzumiya,” and a Pit toga she wore for Anime Expo.  Her proudest creation has been her Legend of

Zelda’s Link costume, which she wore for Halloween last year. “The hours I spent on that template [were] ridiculous. Finding the right color of the cloth at the swap meet, doing the detail work to fit the character’s little details, and all the accessories,” Cheung said. “My crafts really engage the mind, and while it gets frustrating, it’s very entertaining. I am happier in the creation process rather than wearing it.“ Besides crafts, Cheung also has a talent at sketching, as she first expressed herself through doodling in notebooks. Cheung also partakes in music, as she plays the flute, and is currently learning the guitar. “Having a best friend [Princess Kim] who shares this huge interest in making things and making music really makes everything even more enjoyable,” Cheung said. While art is one of her many hobbies, Cheung is actually planning on pursuing a career within the Science/Medical field. Cheung has been taking classes at Rio Hondo Col-

Gonzales works alongside police officers through the Explorer Program K at heri ng Mont el on

“How come Miss Universe is always from Earth?” -Student talking about the competition.

“If she’s pale, then you’re dead.” -Student talking about skin color.

“I have fifth period AP Gin.” -Student explaining her schedule.

“You sound like a drug addict.”


Eleven alleged gang members confronted senior Gustavo Gonzales and four officers at a restaurant in San Gabriel. Gonzales wore a bulletproof vest and carried a flashlight, ready for anything. It all started when the dispatcher gave the officer a radio call informing that a group of boys, around the ages of seventeen had dined and dashed. When Explorer Gonzales and the officer arrived on scene, they went inside the restaurant to ask questions to the head of the group. “The officers and I yelled at the gang members to stay back. The members did not listen to anyone. Then the head of the group told the group to sit down and stay down,” Gonzales said. Since last year Gonzales has been training as an Explorer with the police department. “I decided to join for the experience, and to explore and to see if it seemed awesome. And it is,” Gonzales said. Every police department has its own system to have people join the Explorer Program. Once a week, Explorers meet at the police station and go over topics like how to write parking tickets, and knowing penal and vehicle codes. Other times there will be tests to see if Explorers have studied the codes. “The ride along and shooting range are the best. Doing gig papers, push-ups, and getting yelled at is the worst. You get gig papers when you are absent or late [or] you don’t do what you have to do,” Gonzales said. He graduated in June and now volunteers once a week at meetings and ride alongs. People from ages fourteen to twentyone are eligible to join the Explorer Program. To apply, go to a department that has an Explorer Program to understand what it is like to go through training and Photo by Derek Deng graduate the Explorer Academy.

lege for five years in order to obtain her two-year degree, which is meant to fulfill her General Education. The total required to graduate is 60 units, and Cheung currently has 40 units from Rio Hondo, a n d 10 units from Advanced Placement tests, and is also taking 7 units this quarter, totaling up to 57 units. The last three units will be covered by three AP tests this spring, and her diploma will be stamped in the summer, but she will have graduated in spring. “I really don’t like making a fuss about it because I really could have done more in my academic life,” Cheung said. “I feel the same way towards art as I do my academics: I know there’s room for improvement.” While art is often looked down upon as a mindless activity, Cheung and many other artists have proven that it is beneficial and meant to make life enjoyable. Cheung continues to balance her love for crafts with her education.

Inspired by animals and cartoons, Cheung crafts cellphone charms, earrings, and costumes. Photos by Hana Ngo

matadors wanted: gotta catch em’ all 1. Which female senior runs a baking business? 2. Which male senior is a race car driver? 3. Which female junior was born on Cinco De Mayo? 4. Which male junior made a Batman costume entirel y out of cardBoard? 5. Which female sophomore has nine siblings? 6. Which female sophomore sang in front of 600 students? 7. Which female freshman is going to try out for the 2016 summer Olympics in gymnastics? 8. Which female freshman has a unique last name: Phakdeesuwan?

Illustration by Jelina Luu ANSWERS: 1. Melinda Maravilla, 2. jairo avila, 3. Vivian Sy, 4. Alex Luu, 5. Jaleen Lujan , 6. Ellice Tellez, 7. Felicia Hano, 8. Sita Phakdeesuwan

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-Student talking about using vapor inhalers.

“Old people don’t bounce.” -Teacher comparing adults and children.

All quotes overheard by The Matador staff. Comic by Annie Huang




THE EMPOWERMENT OF HUGS New Year Resolutions for 2013 Cy r s t a l Wo n g a n d M a g g i e C h e n g

Illustration by Annie Huang

If you see people hugging each other more than usual on Jan. 21, don’t be alarmed. It’s National Hug Day, a day when you can offer a hug to anyone you want. Reverend Kevin Zaborney founded National Hug Day in Caro, Michigan, a holiday to help everyone show more emotion in public. This holiday is popular in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, and Poland. Zaborney had chosen this specific date because it is the midpoint between Christmas and Valentine’s Day. During this midpoint is when everyone is at their emotional low and a simple hug from either a stranger or friend is said to change your emotional low point, according to Before you think to yourself how stupid this holiday might seem, the United States Patent and Trademark Office thinks so otherwise. Since 1986 National Hug Day has officially been recognized by them. Many Americans, though not everyone, deny displaying their emotions in public. But the fact of the matter is that this display could actually

prove beneficial. Giving a hug to someone each day can be useful to a person’s psychological and physical development. The American Psychosomatic Society has proven that hugging decreases the risk of heart diseases, builds a good immune system, and decreases levels of stress hormones, which teenagers surely need these days. According to psychologist Karen Grewen from the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, “Greater partner support is linked to high oxytocin levels for both men and women.” Giving a person a hug a day could carry over and protect you throughout the day. “Hugging gives people confidence. It’s a natural thing to do and feels like someone cares about you. It also lifts spirits up. A substitute teacher once told me that five hugs a day leads to a happy day, 10 hugs a day leads to a happy week, and 20 hugs a day leads to a happy month,” junior Jesus Meza said. Remember folks: it is not just about the physical closeness of hugging, but the benefits that derive from the act. Go out and give someone a nice hug today, and do not dare of giving an uncomfortable and awkward one to make that person feel the need to squirm away. Don’t underestimate the power of the touch and go in for a hug.

Hugging fun facts by family therapist Virginia Satir: 1. Four hugs a day for survival 2. Eight hugs a day for maintenance 3. Twelve hugs a day for growth

Matadors plan to renew themselves in hopes for the new year

P Stop playing Skyrim P Get drafted into pro soccer P Get 3 A’s on Mrs. Lapi’s tests P Go skydiving this year P Become YouTube famous P Lose weight to look good for the ladies. P Find a girlfriend who is smart, beautiful, and proper P Pass the Algebra class that I have taken four times P Don’t go broke while traveling with my best friends before we go our separate ways P Start a non-profit organization. P Run a marathon

Janett Perales aims to create a safe environment count on the support of the Alhambra Police Department, along with the campus supervisors and Dr. Bear at Student Clicking and clacking her way around campus, Janett Services,” Perales said. Perales presides over a plethora of daily tasks while sportThe staff share the collective goal of making San Gabriel ing her high heels. the best it can be, which eases the workload. Although it is Perales’ inaugural year as assistant prinPerales aspires to implement a reward program for posicipal, she is not a stranger to San Gabriel. Perales was an tive progress in all aspects of school. emergency-crisis counselor Her purpose is to reveal one’s for San Gabriel and Mark true character with motivational Keppel for four years. reinforcement. Prior to that, she was a Perales is also an active member teacher at Baldwin Elemenin the Behavioral Safety Committary for 10 years--five years tee. as a first-grade teacher and The group meets afterschool five years as an eighth-grade every week and asks what they can teacher. do to make the school safer. In fact, 2013 is a signifi“I would like to create a positive cant year for Perales because program to help students who are it is her 15th year working facing adversity and obstacles in in AUSD. their life,” Perales said. Perales prioritizes in crePerales believes that if students ating a secure learning enrespect school rules and report any vironment for the student Taking a new role as vice-principal, Janett Perales’s concerns to any adults on campus, body. She has always had a goal at San Gabriel is to create a secure learning it would create a safer and more knack for helping others and environment for the student body. She works with welcoming environment . Ruben Mata in Student Services. demonstrates leadership. Perales’s responsibilities are The responsibilities of an assistant principal are hard to shared with the co-assistant principal, Ruben Mata. Together chew, which is why Perales is thankful that she is not alone. they envision a secure learning environment with a respect“It’s not stressful because I work with my partners and ful and inspired student body . B ri a n R i os

O Hug a giraffe O Sleep for three days in a row O Stop making perverted jokes in Physiology class O Grow O Learn how to drift (driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels) O Grow a mustache O Read a book for fun O Get a Snooki tan O Grow my first armpit hair Compiled by Mimi Lam, Sandy Peng, and Julianne Teng Comic by Annie Huang




Photo by Derek Deng

The ups and downs of San Gabriel High School

Incoming freshmen from Temple Intermediate, Garvey Intermediate, and Baldwin School wait by the horseshoe for peer counselors or conflict mediators to take them for a classroom tour.

Pros: -Vending machines -Three gyms -New Matador Stadium -New Auditorium -New Softball and Baseball field -Warm tater tots (only at the start of lunch) -Fresh Pizza -Over 50 clubs and organizations -Business and Medical Academies -Dedicated sports teams -Several Dance teams -Collaboration on Wednesdays -Award winning Newspaper and Yearbook Staff -Mac computers

Cons: -Dress code regulations -No soda -Open Enrollment -Walking from E to P building (or or vice versa) -Gum on the floor -Lockers that students can't use -Traffic in the morning on Ramona Blvd -Annual Rules Assembly -Crowded lunch lines -Brown Rice -Banning of ranch dressing, salad, and pasta salad -Tardy policy

Compiled by Sandy Peng and Julianne Teng


SG welcomes Class of 2017 Prospective freshmen differ in views of high school

Q. Q. Q.

What were your expectations for the Matador Showcase?


"I expected us to walk around the campus and to see what activities there were," Jamie Yang said.


"My reaction was like wow! This school is huge and my expectations were met," Amy Huang said.

What did you gain from this experience?

A. Q.

After experiencing the whole showcase, what was your reaction to the entire event?

"I learned that high school has a lot of fun things to do [compared to] middle school. You can have a lot of fun with all these clubs, staff, and friends. I think high school is going to be great when I go next year," David Auyeung said.

What was most surprising to you?



"The people here seem really friendly. I originally thought the school would be big,, but once we toured around it, it seemed pretty small," Michelle Meng said.

What are you looking forward to once you enter high school?


"[I am looking forward to] the sports, mainly Cross Country and Track.. I am also looking forward to meeting some great friends and teachers," John Peng said. Compiled by Jelina Luu

Photo courtesy of Laura Lam, El Camino Real

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