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ISSUE 16, VOL. 104


The Continued Fight for Transgender Rights

JADE LIEU Staff Writer

Assembly Bill 1266, which was signed into law last year and went into effect on Jan. 1, is a law that guarantees that only transgender students from K-12 are allowed to use public restrooms, join team sports and use locker rooms with the gender they identify with. Being transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity does not match with the sex to which they were assigned with at birth. The law’s purpose is to enrich the diversity of the schools and eventually, the students. Assembly Bill 1266 attempts to create a sense of support and safety for transgender students to ensure their safety at school. “I support the law. They should create [more gender-neutral] bathrooms just like we have family restrooms in public places,” track and field Coach Sandra Rodri-

guez said. According to the Transgender Law Center, many transgender students have been discriminated against and excluded from sports teams and other school activities, contrary to the California law that pro-

limited them from achieving credits. “The only way the world can progress without hate and intolerance is change. Slowly and surely people will learn to accept transgender people,” sophomore Angelica Torres said.

hibits discrimination in education. Having these students be discriminated not only affects the transgender students’ self-esteem, but also their school records. Some transgender students were not allowed to participate in physical education, which

However, not all agree with Assembly Bill 1266. According to The Advocate, the new transgender law immediately spurred anti-LGBT groups, who began to call for signatures to repeal the law by 2014’s November ballot. Last November, they gar-

U.S. Teems with Obese Teens in Technological Era BARRY CHEUNG Staff Writer One of the nation’s largest health problems is obesity, which currently affects American children at an increased rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity rates among teenage boys rose from 14 percent between 1999 to 2000 to 18.6 percent between 2009 to 2010. In addition, the CDC mentions that almost 17 percent of children and adolescents are currently either obese, while the number increases to over 33 percent in adults. “There is a paradigm shift with people’s interests. With electronic devices here, people [...] are being too involved in their video games,” school nurse Anita Man said. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, more than two hours of electronic use, such as watching television, has been linked to causing individuals to becoming overweight or obese. In addition, NBC News states that for every 10 percent increase in what a country spends on information and communications technology, there is a corresponding 1 percent increase in obesity rates. In the U.S., that 1 percent translates roughly into 4.2 million people. “With the increasing dependency on technology, teens spend more time on technology than on exercising,” sophomore Samantha Li said.

nered 81.5 percent of the voters needed to repeal the law, according to Los Angeles Times. The repeal must have at least 504,760 valid signatures in order to reach the ballot in November. “If [people who are transgender] feel the way they feel and they want to be expressed that way then they should have every right to use the facilities and fit into society. It gives them a sense of acceptance,” sophomore Jackie Lam said. According to Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Unified School District had a similar approach for almost a decade. Their policy helped transgender students feel more comfortable in their surroundings rather than feel isolated at school. Without the protection of Assembly Bill 1266, many students who have decided to change their identity will have a lack of support and will continue to go on without essential support. MOOR graphic by SYDNEY LI

‘More Than a Memory’ at Sadie Hawkins SHELLEY LIN Staff Writer

Sadie Hawkins, the high school tradition of the girl-asks-boy dance, originated from a comic strip. In the cartoon, there was a designated day in November when unmarried women could chase bachelors around town in hopes of catching them for marriage. The comic became very popular and the tradition was born. Schools across the country were inspired by the unique day and began holding dances on Sadie Hawkins Day. Today, the celebrations pop up anytime between November and February. At AHS, Junior Council hosts the annual Sadie Hawkins dance. It will

take place on Feb. 21 this year, the following Friday after Valentine’s Day. For the first time ever, Junior Council will host the dance between the AHS’ C and D building instead of in the underground parking lot.

ty of this is that you will really be blown away when you see how we turn this ordinary space into a beautiful dance location.” The concept of an outdoor dance has also appealed to students. “I’m looking forward to this year’s new location, considering we’ve never had a dance outside before,” sophomore Vanessa Gutierrez said. Junior Council hopes that this year’s Sadie Hawkins will be enjoyed by attendees. “We can amazingly decorate the dance and hype it up as much as we want, but nothing makes a dance experience great like the people there to make it ‘More Than a Memory,’” Chau said.

people like the underground “ I knowstructure and can’t imagine a dance in our location, but that’s the appeal. - Vivian Chau

“I know people like the underground structure and can’t imagine a dance in our location, but that’s the appeal,” Junior Council President Vivian Chau said. “The beau-

Speech and Debate Club Reaches 400 Club BRIANA THAI Staff Writer

As the second semester of the 20132014 school year starts, the AHS Speech and Debate Team enters the 400 Club. As a member competes in competitions, they accumulate points that add up. At a certain point threshold, the student is awarded a seal. The 400 club is reflective of a team reaching a combined 400 total seals. The 400 club is one of the most prestigious levels within the National Forensic League that teams strive for throughout the year of competition.

“I remember my freshman year when Mr. Tong was still striving for the 300 club. Back then, even the 300s was a huge deal. The fact that our team has come so far and exceeded so many expectations in so little time makes me unbelievably proud to be a part of the Alhambra Moors Speech and Debate team,” co-captain Anthony Zhu said. The rankings of schools are based upon the number of members on a team, the number of tournaments the team attends and the number of winnings. “Our team has accomplished a plethora of accomplishments this year and I’m certain that the best is yet to

come. Making it into the 400 club is quite an accomplishment, but it won’t mean anything if we let it get to our heads,” co-captain Andrew Quach said. Currently AHS’ Speech and Debate team is nationally ranked at 21 out of over 3,000 schools. Of these 3,000 schools, only 39 schools are part of the 300 Club and only 17 are part of the 400 Club. “When I first arrived at Alhambra High School, the team would barely make the 200 club - or not at all. It is very gratifying to see the students achieve a national standing collectively,” advisor Kevin Tong said.

No Nickels for Knowledge CINDY LUO Staff Writer Nowadays, most students in Kansas are dealing with this situation: sharing one 36-people maximum occupancy classroom with over 50 students, lacking replacements for well-thumbed textbooks or teacher resources, but are still being asked to reach even higher academic standards or career readiness in the presence of these adverse conditions. According to the New York Times, a series of educational budget cuts in Kansas was first issued in 2009. Benefiting mostly upper-income Kansas residents, Governor Sam Brownback proposed a $1.1 billion tax break that accelerated the cuts. The proposal was enacted in 2012 and it triggered significant program reductions which led to repercussions as parents filed and won a lawsuit in Gannon vs. State of Kansas. However, rather than comply, Governor Brownback appealed to the court and the Kansas legislators also denied any court order for increased funding. The outcome of the lawsuit could send waves through state capitals across the nation. The issues addressed will not only be focused on educational budget cuts, but also on deeper concerns about the political system. Ignoring a state Supreme Court order is a violation of law and a denial of the elected branches’ own responsibility and judicial indepen-

dence. Their action is undermining the basic principles and structure of our democracy, as legislators

are not even following requirements set by previous legislation. Along with 11 states including New York, Florida and Texas, California allegedly provides inadequate and unfair school funding. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, California has slashed public education funding to 13.8 percent from what it was in 2008. Instead of solving any problems, cutting the budget is actually bringing new problems. To help districts cope with the cuts, schools need to reduce school days by up to five days a year. The New York Times reported that most summer school programs for students from elementary through high school were also canceled due to budget cuts. According to the Los Angeles Times, some public school classes in Los

Tea Time With TIna

First and Last Generation TINA CHEN Opinions Editor Many people would label students like me the “First Generation”—the first ones to attend college—but I believe the term “first” is misleading. Instead, I call myself and those like me the “Last Generation,” the last ones troubled by poverty. My mother, who I affectionately refer to as my mama, is someone who has been through far more than the average American. With so little she could tangibly give me, she made sure I was and am nurtured and live a life paved with opportunity and good fortune. Though there is a gap that separates our generations, it is the shared ideals and influences that she passed to me that impact my life day after day. Therefore, it is unfair to call myself the first to break out. I grew up taking the comfort of an American upbringing for granted, while my mama is shadowed by a childhood of loss, change and disappointment. Day after day, she would come home exhausted, perpetuated by the long hours of manual labor and touted by what little she can accomplish with no education. It was her plethora of sacrifices that taught me skills no strangers in a classroom can. Despite the fine distinction between “first” and “last,” the meaning between the words lies solely in the differences of our beliefs. Both words are respectfully valid, yet we only hear about the former perspective. First this and first that. As the first generation to attend college, it’s my responsibility and privilege to be the last generation growing up with poverty. I have—in many aspects—acquired all the knowledge in the world to know the limitless boundaries I have yet to discover. Because I’m not the first generation nor am I the last.

Angeles are so crowded that students sit on the floor while teachers struggle to maintain quality and grade hundreds of papers. The cuts along with the tax break will also deepen the gap between higherincome students and the majority group. At a time when students with the skills to master new technologies become extremely important to a country’s prosperity and also the global economy, this decline in state educational investment is cause for concern. In order to give every child the educational opportunity to meet his or her promise, and to strengthen and advance the core American value of equal opportunity, provisions for suitable school funding must be made because the government is responsible for the education for all children. Essential cuts on useless spending are necessary, but the cuts should not affect any teaching standard or the quality of education. More specifically, sufficient funding should allow the schools to hire enough faculty and prevent students from studying in overcrowded environments. Legislators must take the responsibility to provide and allocate adequate resource for education, for the young adults and for the country’s economic competitiveness.

Surrogate Living Invokes Potential OLIVIA CHEUNG Editor in Chief While the first few months of each year promises excitement from various awards ceremonies—namely the Oscars, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild—the awards are, oddly enough, not always the center of attention. What’s highlighted just as, if not more, often are the red carpet appearances. Dior. Gucci. Armani. Naturally, the aforementioned brands aren’t affordable for the typical consumer, so why do we care? Though some believe that the attention placed on apparel is unnecessary and excessive, perhaps it’s our need to live vicariously that drives such actions. Living vicariously has long existed, even since the first Olympics that gathered thousands of spectators. We enjoy seeing others live life in ways we cannot, whether they’re strutting down runways in thousanddollar gowns or running 100

meters in under 10 seconds. Collectively, as a society, we’re supposed to better each other’s lives. While setting seemingly inhuman records and adorning lavish dresses cannot compare to a cure for cancer, it’s the lessons such events teach that’s important. Through athletics, we’re reminded of how valuable devotion and endurance are and the vast potential we all have. Through celebrities, we’re reminded of the lifestyles that we, too, are capable of achieving if we take risks and pursue our passions. There’s nothing wrong with living through others if we’re reminded of our potential and inspired to work harder for our ideal lives. Too often do we forget about the innumerable possibilities of life once we naturally nestle into comfortable routines. We need to be reminded of the seemingly impossible, but surprisingly feasible once we dedicate ourselves to a meaningful pursuit.

The Seventh Deadly Sin: Pride JOSEPH NEY-JUN Staff Writer “Overconfidence precedes carelessness,” said Toba Beta, an Indonesian author. Hubris is one of the seven deadly sins in Christian ethics. Today we typically call it being cocky, something generally seen as excessive arrogance or pride. Our past has been full of hubris. For example, our “most powerful nation” status went to our heads in the Cold War. We raced for arms and against another ideology rather than attempting to compromise, so sure of ourselves that we told the world democracy was the only way to go. An even earlier example was Hitler thinking he was strong enough to defeat Russia on their own soil. His confidence was warranted, given his success, but his success clouded his judgement in

the same way the Russian Winter clouded Germany’s hopes. With one breath, people tell others not to lack self-confidence and to never doubt themselves. However, if someone says they will never doubt themselves, it provokes a negative reaction in which people tell you to stop being cocky, to stop doing what they had told you to do in the first place. Then if the person begins to doubt again, it will begin the cycle all over again. It is a hypocritical and endless cylinder that most people run in all of their lives. Note the cylinder, because there is a third side to this problem, and by far a better option between the two. It is a middle ground between the two. That is the middle ground where we all need to go. It is not any better to be over-cautious than it is to be overconfident.

Though we all attend AHS, how many of us are aware of the history behind our school? We all know that our mascot is the Moor and that our school has been influenced by the Alhambra in Spain. However, many do not know why our school has adopted the Moor as our mascot or why our school was founded. Perhaps it is time to explore the roots of AHS, from the original Alhambra and the Moors in Spain to our establishment in 1898 and the achievements we’ve accomplished since then. ANGELA YANG Staff Writer

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A Moor History

JANET GUAN Staff Writer

By looking at our mascot’s weapon of choice, many can tell that the bolizes our school’s fighting spir Moor symit. However, numerous students origins of the Moor. do not know the The word “Moors” refers the Muslim inhabitants of the Ibe 711 A.D. These invaders werto rian Peninsula in e usually known to originate from Although set to conquer mor Algeria or Morocco. e Eur rounding people. However, in the opean land, the Moors were resisted by surlands they did take over, the Moo convert multiple Iberians to Isla rs were able to m. The Moor state gradually dec as it split into separate factions and line d in influence as the Reconquista in the 15th cen the remaining Muslims out of Spa tury drove in. Nevertheless, the Moors left beh remnants of their past, such as buil ind significant ding s and art forms, which still stand today. One such building that rep nts the Islamic presence in Spa bra, a palace found in Granadrese Andalusia, Spain. Its original purin is the Alhama small fortress, until it was rena,ova pose was to be of the Kingdom of Granada. The ted by Moorish king Mohammed Ben Al-Ahmar pala ce was seldom used afte and gradually fell into disrepair. Reconquista After being rediscovered in ther the European tourists and undergone 19th century by ren ova tion s, the Alhambra is Educational Scientific and Cultural ted Nations Organization (UNESCO) WoraldUni housing both Islamic and Christia Her itage site, n influences. In 1874, Benjamin D. Wilson bou ght 275 acre s of land between seasonal river and canyon, and the Old Mill Wash. Wilson named histhe Arroyo, a hambra” as his daughter Ruth had venture “Alton Irving’s book Tales of the Alha insisted, since she had been reading Washingmbr a alon g with her sister Ann The great Alhambra palace Spain inspired our city’s name. school’s name. The Moor servin e, as well as our es as the well-fitting mascot beh namesake. ind our home’s

Varsity Boys’ Soccer Kicking off Season

field daily to improve their game. The team has continued onto their regular league season after returning from winter break. The Moors currently maintain a league record

of 0-3, having lost against the Schurr Spartans, Bell Gardens Lancers and San Gabriel Matadors.. “Although we got off to a rough start, we have [worked on] [improv-

ing] to dominate the with shooting drills and game and maintain[ing] occasional scrimmages. the ball on the offensive “The team is definitely side,” senior midfielder motivated to succeed, they Jose Lara Robles said. have set forth goals that The t h e y “The team is defiboys want to nitely motivated to pracachieve t i c e succeed, they have set d u r d a i l y, forth goals that they want ing the alterseason to achieve during the sea- to imnating son to improve as a whole.” p r o v e b e tween as a -Netza Bravo holdwhole. i n g They practice at Moor Field are there for each other and on the field on school during games,” Head grounds from after school Coach Netza Bravo said. until around 5:00 p.m. Despite beginning the During practice, the boys season with a rough start, warm up and begin with the team is optimistic conditioning exercises to for their future games. improve their stamina, Their next league game continue on passing and is today against the Mark touch drills to train their Keppel Aztecs at Mark ball handling and end Keppel High School.

ers [coming] back this year and essentially my core from JV that moved up this year, we [are] a fairly new group,” Gonzalez said. “We struggled with chemistry early on and struggled defensively too, but I feel that we were able to put it all together just in time.” With a fairly new squad, the Moors have seen their strengths change from last year’s team to this year’s. They have changed to a more offensive approach, as opposed to last year, due to several skilled shooters. According to Gonzalez, he has seen more leadership roles and much more hard work. “We struggled early [on] playing with one another

and trying to come together as a team, but we never gave up,” captain Ryan Gerardo said. “We put our losses behind us and work hard every practice.” On the other hand, the team would like to improve on the defensive end. They stated that they need to become solid, push each other harder and not slack off. Lastly, Gonzalez and his players believe that success will come from be minimizing mistakes and turnovers during games. “The only way we can win is just to play hard and play defense,” junior shooting guard Matthew Aguilar said. “We can accomplish [this] with the players and coaches we have.”

Photo Courtesy of TEVIN VOONG LAYING IT UP Junior point guard Cesar Gomez jumps into the air to lay the ball up as he evades an opposing defender.

MOOR photo by SHANNON KHA MOOR DEFENSE After losing the first goal to Bell Gardens at the Jan. 21 varsity boys’ soccer game, the Moor defensive players came together to form a surrounding blockade in order to redeem themselves. However, AHS encountered a detour and ended the game with a score of 0-5. NATE GARCIA Sports Editor Winter may be a time to stay in and cuddle, but in this case, the varsity boys’ soccer team is out on the

Varsity Boys’ Basketball Faces New Season, New Challenges

SIMEON LAM Staff Writer

With the season coming in full stride, the Moors varsity basketball team is pushing to compete with every team in the Almont League. Head Coach Bryan Gonzalez and the players believe that they are a topthree team in the league and have a shot at winning the coveted championship. However, the Moors have started the league season with a record of 0-2, including a close loss at Bell Gardens in overtime, resulting in a score of 6970, and a loss at Mark Keppel. The squad includes one freshman and an even mix of juniors and seniors. “With only two return-

Lady Moors Score Victory in First Season Game Lady Moors Demonstrate DefenANHAYTE GUAJARDO Staff Writer

Gutierrez, one of the best ways for the team to keep up their undefeated record in league is for the girls to avoid injuries. It was advised by the coach that the best way to avoid injuries is to warm up and stretch during practice.

and working together on the field. The girls keep in shape by practicing on their The Lady Moors’ varsity speed, endurance, stability, soccer team began their communication, footwork, first league season game defence and offence; Gution Jan. 14 with a 2-1 vicerrez has expressed that the tory against the Schurr team’s greatest challenge Spartans. Finishing their is staying mentally tough. preseason with a record “The team must stay “We finished the of 7-2-1, they currently and work together hold an undefeated pre-season really strong, in order to complete 3-0 record in league. and after our first league our goals. I expect The girls are optimis- game, I can see the all the girls to work tically awaiting their as an all girls profesupcoming games. After team finishing on top,” sional team. [Howfinishing second last ever]I am very pleased year behind Bell Gar-Casey Moore with numbers right dens, they are worknow,” Gutierrez said. ing hard to finish the Due to the poor season as league champs. air quality, caused by “We finished the pre“We try to take every the Glendora fire, the season really strong, precaution in order to avoid team’s second league and after our first league injury, but sometimes it is game against Bell Garden game, I can see the team inevitable,” Gutierrez said. was postponed to Jan. 21 finishing on top,” sophoWith high expectations at Moor Field. The game more center midfield- this year, the team is work- ended with a score of 2-1. er Casey Moore said. ing hard during practice, anSupport the Lady Moors According to the team alyzing strategies, finding today as they play against and Head Coach Armando solutions for their mistakes, the Mark Keppel Aztecs.

sive Drive as Season Progresses KEVIN KONG Sports Editor Under the guidance of Coach Jacqueline Gonzalez, the JV girls’ basketball team is focusing on defense in their daily regimen. The team kicked off the new year with a preseason record of 2-5. As the team returned from winter break, the Lady Moors played their first regular season game on Jan.14 against the Bell Garden Lancers, ending with a score of 22-34. “As long as we are working hard, we’ll all be satisfied with our season. We are definitely trying to get our voices out there [...] to cheer on our own teammates,” sophomore shooting guard Pauline On said. The team practices every day after school, with the first half of their routine primarily focused on in-

dividual skills and fundamentals. The Moors then proceed to running plays in a way that combines the individual skills to form a team collaboration. “We tend to stick to zone [defense]. We like to pressure and sometimes we like to double team when they’re on top. I mostly try to focus on defense so that’s where I’d like for them to improve,” Gonzalez said. Though they are focusing on defense, they still practice offensive skills. Specifically, the team gains most of their points per game off defensive turnovers. “Our strength would be defense and how we always help each other out. It benefits us by stopping the opponents’ offense.” captain Christina Ye said. Support the Lady Moors today as they play against the San Gabriel Matadors.

Beyond the Arts: Marching Band and Dance KAYIU WONG Staff Writer Society today can be quick on labeling and defining what is what in the world. However, these labels can sometimes be misconceptions. Defining marching band and dance teams as only performing arts groups is a perfect example; both activities are so much more than that. They are not the same as the typical sports we watch on TV or read about in the Sports section of a newspaper, but the amount of effort, rigor and execution it takes to succeed in marching and dancing makes them just as physical and serious as other sports. Essentially, marching band and dance have the label of being what I like to call “sparts,” both an art and a sport. As someone who has danced before and is an athlete and marching band member now, I can confirm that although these three activities are extremely different from each other, they all require athletic skills nonetheless. Running a race can be just as hard as performing a routine. Moving with your instrument at 180 beats per minute can be compared to doing nonstop sprinting drills. Likewise, a track meet holds just as much pressure as a dance or band competition. There really is not a big difference. In marching band, we have to be consistent athletes in our lower bodies and classical musicians from our waist up. While dancing, there is always the task of moving with the music and being on point every second with the routine sequence. I understand not everyone has danced on a regular basis or has marched a season of band before, and that is why I am stressing not to label these activities as simply a form of entertainment. Just as we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, we should not dismiss these activities as something less than what they are before gaining a wider perspective. In both activities, you cannot really understand how difficult performing or learning a show can be unless you have experienced that pressure and physical dedication firsthand. Everyone loves a captivating performance and riveting music, and that is what dancing and marching band can deliver. It is everything that builds up to that moment that really makes these activities hardcore sports. These “sparts” will always be both physically challenging and artistic; it should be okay to have two labels for this type of activity.

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