ALL-AMERICAN HALL OF FAME
ISSUE 24, VOL. 104
TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014
ASB Campaigns Begin New Student Leadership JADE LIEU Staff Wrter
also wish that ASB can do their best to support the various talented teams that we have at our school,” ASB Director
2014 ASB campaigns have arrived, and elections are just around the corner. On March 26, the ofﬁcial candidacy list was posted at the SGR and Business Activities. ASB candidates ofﬁcially began their campaigns on March 27 and will continue until April 7. During these two weeks, candidates can advertise their goals and appeal to student voters by promoting themselves through ﬂyers and posters approved by ASB adviser Jocelyn Castro. “I hope for next year’s ASB to be considerate of the majority of the students’ opinions, as well as make every student feel welcome and ready to learn. I
of Campus Environment Nathan Tran said. ASB candidacy is open to all students. Students who would like to apply for an appointed or cabinet position must set an appointment with Castro by April 14, and interviews will be held on April 18. Candidates are required to record a prepared speech; a video with all the speeches will be broadcasted throughout lunch on April 3 and April 4 during the meet and greet, in which candidates can appeal to the students by meeting them face-to-face. Elections will be simultaneously held at the Quad. “I believe that what ASB is currently doing is great. The pep rallies we’re doing keep the students more involved in student activities,” ASB Staff Assistant Anna Xie said. MOOR graphic by SYDNEY LI
Spring Rally Introduces Sports Teams, Prom Court Dance Teams ConJACQUELYN LOI Field Captain Catalina Li said. Moors Marching Band began to play tinue Winning Streak Staff Writer The Rally began at the Quad where and split into two different groups. Both Decorations and steamers ﬁlled the campus on March 28 during the Spring Pep Rally hosted by ASB. Spring sports teams, which include Swim, Baseball, Softball, Boys’ Tennis, Boys’ Volleyball, Badminton and Track and Field, were invited out to participate in the rally. In addition, there were special performances by AHS’ dance teams as well as the Mighty Moors Marching Band. “The Spring Rally was a great opportunity for people to come out and support the teams. I believe the Spring Rally really helped with letting others know how our season is progressing so far. [It] also got people really hyped up about all the different sports,” Track and
Prom Court boys’ nominations were an- groups then met at Third Street, where the rest of the Rally continued. Afterward, Track and Field, Swim and Badminton were then announced on Third Street and All-Female Dance Team and Cheer performed. Senior shout-outs and Prom Court girls’ announcements also took place on Third Street. “All the performances were all really entertaining and really well coordinated. It also made me feel more involved how all the sports teams were doing. The Rally itself helped raise my school spirit and I felt really nounced. Baseball, Softball, Boys Tennis proud to be part of the Alhambra Moors and Boys’ Volleyball were recognized family,” freshman Christina Tran said. and Cheer, Drill and All-Male Dance MOOR graphic by Team performed. Afterward, the Mighty GENEVIEVE THIPATIMA
Monterey Highlands Student Protests Against AUSD Actions
SHELLEY LIN Staff Writer
On Jan. 17, eighth-grader Maia Wu and her siblings were expelled from Monterey Highlands Elementary for protesting against the wrought-iron fence that was built around the school, a protective measure that was deemed necessary following the shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Wu’s and her siblings’ inter-district permits to attend Monterey Highlands were revoked based on their “unwillingness to cooperate with school ofﬁcials and abide by district policies and procedures,” ac-
cording to the Alhambra Source. In response, Wu posted a video on YouTube in which she decried the AUSD’s actions. “Monterey Highlands and the Alhambra Uniﬁed School District are obsessed with control and are no longer thinking about students when they make their choices,” Wu said in her video response. The school ofﬁcials are aware of the video; however, according to the Alhambra Source, the school denied Wu’s claims. “My priority is to provide and ensure safe learning environment for all students and […] staff members, due
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to several tragedies that have been happened on school campuses, we have to take a proactive stance rather than a reactive one,” Monterey Highlands Principal Debbie Kotani said, according to the Pasadena Star News. Nonetheless, Wu’s mother and other parents also protested and attempted to communicate with AUSD. “I have a vision of a school that will embrace student voice and student participation in civic matters. I want to learn in an environment that welcomes freethinkers, opposing viewpoints and values the democratic process,” Wu said in her video response.
BRIANA THAI Staff Writer
Since February, Alhambra’s All-Male, Drill and Orchesis dance teams have been competing in various competitions. This year, the teams have attended Streetdance USA and Glendale Games at Glendale High, along with other competitions at Sonora, Glen A. Wilson, West Torrance and Fountain Valley. During this season, Alhambra’s All-Male Dance Team has been undefeated in the Large All Male Hip-Hop category. “I love my team and competing! As a four-year member, it’s such a relief that we’re doing so well. I’m glad I’m ending my All-Male career with this year’s team and the dance family,” Captain Raymond Tran said. Meanwhile, the Drill Team has placed in several of their competitions in the Kick and Pom category. “Drill started off really well but slowly decreased in placing, but we hope to get back on top again,” Drill Captain Marilyn Htingbai said. In the Co-Ed category, AHS placed ﬁrst at Sonora, second at both Wilson and Glendale Games, third at Streetdance USA and fourth at West Torrance. The dance teams’ last competition, Miss Dance Drill Team USA, is on April 5 at UC Irvine, but they may sign up for additional competitions. “I honestly think my team started off somewhat unprepared with the proper mindset for competition season, but we deﬁnitely narrowed down our focus and worked a lot harder towards improving as a whole. Regardless of how we do for the remainder of the season, I am deﬁnitely proud of this exceptional team,” Orchesis Captain Nicky Ng said.
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Disney Waves the Rainbow Flag at Boy Scouts
Barbie: A Setback to Female Empowerment KAYIU WONG Staff Writer Every year, Sports Illustrated (SI) releases their annual Swimsuit Issue in recognition of the swimsuit industry. Featuring fashion models wearing swimsuits at beach locales, the edition is perhaps one of the most hyped up issues of the year. However, this year’s edition brought even more commotion. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of SI’s swimsuit issue, yet the talk is all about SI having Barbie on its cover. I have to admit, when I first heard about this, I thought, “For real?” Well, for real, if having a plastic doll posing in a swimsuit should even be considered “real.” According to the Associated Press, the reason why Barbie, dressed in a swimsuit, is on the issue’s promotional overwrap around the magazine is because the publication of this year’s swimsuit issue coincided with the American International Toy Fair occurring in New York. However, having Barbie on the cover brings up the question about whether it intends to convey the impact Barbie has had or only demeans women to an unrealistic female form. I understand how having Barbie on the cover fits in with this year’s “SI Swim Legends” theme, but it is still a bit of a letdown for Barbie admirers like me who see more than a pretty face in her. I do not have any problem with the magazine, and the models who appear in it are beautiful, but when the swimsuit issue rolls around, SI reminds me that women are still admired for what they look like, not for what they do. Adding Barbie to that mix does not boost the self esteems of the millions of young girls who look up to her. At the end of the day, Barbie is a symbol of imagination and creativity, not an object of sex.
CINDY LUO Staff Writer
Nonetheless, homosexual kids were excluded from the “youth” and were not allowed to join the BSA throughout its “No freedom till we’re equal,” century of experience. Although the BSA said not only Macklemore in his song claimed that it was a “youth develop“Same Love,” supporting the LGBT community, but the Walt Disney Company as well when they pulled funding from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) due to its policy of banning gay leaders. According to the Washington Times, instead of providing direct funding to BSA, Walt Disney Co. occasionally donated money to local Scout troops through “EARS to You” — a program that recognized Disney’s employees for their volunteerism through financial contributions to the eligible charities of their choice. On Feb. 26, Disney announced that they chose to discontinue this support because ment” organization which aimed to teach their views do not currently “align with the scouts “lifelong values” through “eduthe BSA” as they discriminate based cational activities,” it failed to teach them on “race, religion, color, sex, nation- that LGBT rights, which are common, al origin, age, marital status, mental basic human rights, and equal opportunior physical ability or sexual orienta- ties should be advocated and supported. A tion” according to Scouts for Equality. person’s sexuality is just another normal The BSA is one of the nation’s largest characteristic, like gender or race, not a and most prominent values-based youth defect. Being gay does not reduce one’s development organizations, according determination, ambition, competitiveto its website. Founded in 1910, the BSA ness or physical ability at all. Therefore, believes, and through over a century of all homosexual kids or adults deserve the experience, knows that helping youth is same respect and opportunity that heta key to building a more conscientious, erosexual people have always received. responsible and productive society. After strongly opposing gay mem-
bers for a dozen years, the BSA finally dropped its ban last year under the pressure of public opinion. According to ABC, “open or avowed” homosexuals will be allowed to become scouts starting from January 2014. However, homosexual adults are still forbidden from any leadership positions, employments or even volunteerism in the Scouting program. Ironically, according to ABC, a Boy Scouts spokesman said in a statement in reaction to Disney’s declaration that the organization is “disappointed” by Disney’s decision, because they believe “every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience” and the decreased funding “will impact our ability to serve kids.” If “every child” deserves equal opportunity, are kids granted such opportunities only when they are minors, and lose these rights overnight when they become adults? Absolutely not. Disney has always been an inspiration for children around the world. Their position on this issue delivers a positive message to youths by encouraging the LGBT body to “live on and be yourself,” as Macklemore said. The BSA’s policy may be legal, but it is not moral for discriminating against homosexual adults and it must be revised. Disney should be praised for being a role model, making the right decision by withholding their support and proudly waving the rainbow flag.
Should permission be required to appear in YouTube videos? CAROLINE REN Editor in Chief
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Moreover, online content may have far-reaching consequences for an individual’s future. Individuals commit acts they later regret, and if these actions are caught on film and uploaded, those people could suffer from many various effects: suspension or expulsion from school, difficulty finding or maintaining jobs or even hardships in personal relationships. These possible outcomes should be kept in mind. Perhaps YouTube has become so integrated in our lives that privacy isn’t as big of a concern anymore, but considering that media release forms are required in schools for student activity to be photographed, videotaped or voice recorded, it’s strange that the same concept doesn’t apply to another large medium, one with far greater impact than many assume.
With online videos becoming increasingly accessible and invasive, the idea of privacy—and whether it even exists in this generation—is a highly debated one, with permission as the suggested remedy. It seems trivial and unnecessarily troublesome to ask for permission from every person identified within a nonprofit video, assuming that such persons are not the focus of the video’s content nor is their private information explicitly identified for public eyes. Moreover, if the video was shot in a public location, it is unreasonable for someone to expect privacy. Individuals who are afraid of negative repercussions because of any recordings should be aware of what they engage themselves in prior to the actual event.
OLIVIA CHEUNG Editor in Chief Some may argue that this idea of signed consent is similar to school media parent-signed release forms, but those release forms are typically only necessary when students are clearly identified or are within special education programs. Videos that are shot of students anonymously engaging in normal school activities or during events available to the public are harmless and expected, respectively. Privacy laws were designed to protect identified individuals from any possible abuse, which is logical and respectable. However, for unidentified individuals who are happenstance cameos, signed consent seems inessential and ultimately hinders creative expression from well-intentioned video creators. MOOR graphics by GEN THIPATIMA
Disney Channel’s well known sitcom The Suite Life of Zack and Cody once said,“Girls can do anything boys can do, and [they] can do it while wearing high heels.” In the past, women’s roles were viewed unfairly: in ancient Rome, women were only seen as wives and mothers and even maids; during the Revolutionary War, American women were rarely given political or legal privileges. To this day, men and women are still fighting for gender equality, but many countries have come a long way from their former sexist restrictions on women’s rights. The month of March has been appointed as the National Women’s History Month, highlighting the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. REBECCA ZENG
The Road Away From Home ELTON HO
In 1848, about 300 U.S. women and 40 men gathered in Seneca Falls for the very first women’s rights convention, calling for change in women’s social conditions. After over a century of protests and reforms, the U.S. Congress met in 1981 to request that a week in March be proclaimed “Women’s History Week.” The week was expanded into a month between 1987 and 1994, and Women’s History Month continues standing strong in 2014. Women’s History Month recognizes the contributions of women throughout history, which were often made in oppressive male-dominated societies. Honoring these legacies encourages future generations of women to work toward their aspirations. Furthermore, the month raises awareness of the current-day issues regarding women. Even in the U.S., inequity pervades in society. 2013 data from the U.S. Bureau of Life Statistics reveals that the median weekly income of women is still less than men in almost every single profession, hardly different from how it was a decade ago. Along with workplace discrimination, unjust social norms dictate women’s lives; for example, wives may be expected to perform domestic labor while their husbands rest after the same long day of work. Nonetheless, there has been progress for women in some areas. According to an extensive 2011 White House study, women have caught up with men in college attendance and are more likely to graduate. Also, sexual assault, which primarily affects women, has decreased by more than half since 1993 according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. “As we honor the many women who have shaped our history, let us also celebrate those who make progress in our time. Let us remember that when women succeed, America succeeds,” President Barack Obama said in his proclamation of Women’s History Month 2014, according to whitehouse.gov.
Past Women Educating Today JANET GUAN
Women have come far in their efforts to be treated as equals to the opposite gender. Decades ago, women still did not have the most basic rights. Yet, even with these roadblocks, females of the past still shaped our experiences in education. Some major women who have shaped education today include Elizabeth Blackwell. Raised under feminist ideals from her father, Elizabeth Blackwell eventually realized that the occupation opportunities women had during her time were limited to teaching. Despite living in a male chauvinistic era, she ventured into the medical field. Boarding with the families of two male physicians, she practiced under them as well as studied textbooks. Many medical schools refused her application until Geneva College in New York accepted her. Excluded at first, Blackwell gradually gained the respect of her peers and teachers and graduated first in her class in 1849, the first woman to receive a medical degree. Despite facing opposition, Blackwell continually insisted on treating patients and encouraging other women to earn medical degrees by establishing medical societies, institutions and schools. Women throughout centuries worked in their own era to give women the basic rights they deserved. Their efforts disproved societal expectations and eliminated limitations imposed upon females.
Street ha rassment is an action DER EK W often done by men all over U Staff the world. This includes any forceful Writ er action or communication that is may also be disrespectful. It is often motivated by sexism toward women and how they are supposed to act or dress. Street harassment occurs almost everywhere; according to an online survey in 2008 811 females had reported that 99 percent of them had experienced some type of street harassment that includes stalking or verbal comments in public places. Males are usually driven to harass females because of misogyny and gender generalizations in our modern society. Men and women are often pressured to act and dress in a certain way that fits expected gender roles depicted in media and society. Women are generally considered weaker and often seen as a person who needs to rely on men. Recently, Marvel came out with T-shirts for men and women, with the male T-shirts having phrases such as “Be A HERO,” while the female version had phrases such as “I Need A Hero “ and “I Only Kiss Heroes,” indicating that the presence of certain stereotypes and general disrespect toward women is visible not only in the public, but also in large corporations. This problem that women face every day, there are many different types of street harassment ranging from verbally disrespecting a person, to violently harassing a person. Any type of harassment is unacceptable and should be stopped immediately. There are several methods to stop and spread information about street harassment. Talking to peers and posting online blogs and statuses are effective examples of sharing these perspectives via online means. Street harassment remains a problem that women still faces. However, with the growing public resources that continue to spread the discomfort women feel toward this issue, street harassment will hopefully decrease over the years.
Kayiu Dig It? NFL’s N-Word Penalty: Atrocious or Needed? KAYIU WONG Staff Writer Today, the N-word is heard and used quite prominently. Whether on a post on Facebook, in a song on the radio or even addressing a close friend, I can personally say that I hear it a lot. Even more so, the word has impacted the professional playing field the most. National Football League (NFL) players are currently being faced with the possibility of being penalized for saying the N-word during a game. When I first heard about this, I thought the rule was ridiculous. The consequences are pretty severe and harsh for simply saying one word. A player’s first offense in breaking the rule would result in a 15-yard penalty and a second offense gets a player ejected from the match. If anything, the rule is going to be hard to regulate and keep intact. NFL referees have a difficult time officiating games as it is and adding the tasks of “language police” over complicates what to focus on. The root of the controversy is mostly over the ways the N-word is and can be used in football. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman stated, “Among African-American players and people, it’s used among friends all the time. It seems like a bit much for the NFL to try to get rid of it.” He emphasized the Nword ending in “-er” is racist, but the N-word ending in “-a” is not when used among Afri-
can-American players. Therefore, is this an issue of being degrading or an infringement of free speech for today’s players? I see banning players who say the N-word as unnecessary, nor do I think it will be a fair process in the long run. Players should know how to use the N-word in an inoffensive connotation if they really are going to use it to refer it to someone. A ban should not be needed to decrease the use of derogatory terms or foul language on the field because that should be a natural thing already. We must keep in mind that although some may use the N-word in a joking manner, there are always those who do not take the word so lightly. We are always going to perceive things differently, but at the end of the day, it is personal choice. Saying the N-word can be perceived as immature and unprofessional but to others it is a way to indicate someone you consider close. Yes, it is aberrant that curse words are used by today’s society to address someone but it really boils down to how exactly the word is used. Regardless of how one may see the N-word, the sensitivity this issue brings serves as a reminder that although something may not offend you, it may be offensive to the other person. I do not believe players should be banned, but I do not see this an issue of degradation or free speech either; it is a test to see if we can step up and know how to properly use such an ambiguous term.
Baseball Looks to Continue Dominance In League
MOOR photo by SHANNON KHA ALOHA On Saturday, March 22 at Moor Field, varsity baseball player Christian Maciel pitches the ball to Hawaii State’s Kalani High School. After a well-fought game against the Falcons, the Moors ended up with a defeating score of 1-2. SIMEON LAM lieves that he should never look ing. Practice typically ends with Staff Writer back, but instead focus on the hitting drills and conditioning. future, especially since many of Even though the team is young, With April around the corner, the league championships in- the team has proven that they are the Moors varsity baseball squad volved were very close and down capable of competing in the prebegins their quest for their record- to the last games of the season. season. The Moors own a nonbreaking 10th Almont League Gewecke and the team have conference record of 5-1, winChampionship in a row; but their used the offseason to improve ning five in a row before losing goals do not end there. Going their fundamentals and to gain to Monrovia 0-2 on March 13. deep into the California Inter- more experience. According “We are an all-around scholastic Federation (CIF) play- to Gewecke, the team is very team, meaning that we can off brackets would also be a ma- young with seven starters gradu- play well in every aspect of jor accomplishment for the team. ating last year, leaving many the game,” Figueroa said. “[The team] would love to openings in the varsity squad. Leading the Moors varsity win league this year and show “The offense has been bet- squad are returners Marco Briohow awesome [our] baseball ter than I expected, especially nes, Nick Giambalvo and Adrian program is at Alhambra,” soph- the power aspect of hitting,” Ceron. Each of those players look omore shortstop and second Gewecke said. “The pitch- to bring their game to the next baseman Gabriel Figueroa said. ing depth has [also] been a level. The team now has five se“Our expectation is to get better nice surprise, [especially] with niors and a transferred left fielder both individually and [together] only one returning pitcher.” from rival school Mark Keppel. to improve our weaknesses.” The Moors’ daily practice “This team reminds me of 2010 Head Coach Steve Gewecke routine consists of stretching, because they weren’t supposed has led the Moors to these re- catching and individual defense to win league and had only one cord seasons, including their CIF based on positions. They then pitcher, like this squad,” Gewecke championship game appearance move onto team drills, which said. “But the pitching and hitin 2012. Even with this contin- include offensive strategies, ting has both improved signifiued success, 10 championships situationals, defensive position- cantly and has made us contendis irrelevant to Gewecke. He be- ing and controlled scrimmag- ers in the Almont League again.”
Varsity Swim Team Works to Improve from Last Season’s Record ANHAYTE GUAJARDO Staff Writer As the cold winter season comes to an end, the AHS swim team is once again jumping into the pool and training for their upcoming Almont League season. After finishing in fourth place last year with a record of 4-3, the team, as well as new Head Coach Adrian Lopez, are working hard in order to improve from last year’s sea-
son and send some of their athletes to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs. “The team is hungry [for competition] and they want to work really hard,” Lopez said. “As long as we keep up our work ethic, I feel like we will have a great season.” The team practices at Granada Park from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every weekday, working on
breathing techniques, endurance and speed. According to Lopez, the team has had a terrific 3-1 re-
Colorful shoes in any sport gather the attention of both spectators and opponents. They serve the same functions that plain old solid color shoes do; however, they are a fashion trend which typically catches attention. More high school athletes are seen wearing shoes of more than three colors, even some with neon colors. Another trend that seems to be picking up in sports are thin headbands. Forget the one-inch wide, old-fashioned headbands with a large embroidered logo; headbands of short width, mostly one centimeter wide, are beginning to spread among different sports such as basketball, volleyball and soccer. This is due to their portability and efficiency;
they can be worn around the wrist as bracelets when not in use, and when worn, they keep hair out of athletes’ faces as well as keep sweat away from the eyes. Why wear a long sleeve shirt under your uniform when you can simply put on compression sleeves? Similar to the sleeves worn by professional basketball players on their shooting arm, compression or “running sleeves” are leaving a mark in the athletic world. They serve several practical purposes: to keep the arms warm, to keep the blood in the arms circulating, and to add compression to sore muscles instead of having to wear an extra layer of a full-length sleeve shirt. Finally, probably one of the
cord start in preseason, with varsity victories from the boys’ and girls’ teams against Sierra Canyon, Workman and Pioneer High School. Lopez also claims the team still has the capacity to push themselves harder in order to achieve their personal goals. ¨I feel this season will end great. Right now we are training new swimmers on techniques and drives [in order] to perfect their stroke
and make the most out of every stride,” junior Macy Chung said. The team’s first two league meets were on March 13 at Smith Park against the Gabrielino Bald Eagles and the Bell Gardens Lancers on March 20 at Bell Gardens High School, both games resulted in a loss. The team currently has a league score of 0-2. Their next league game will be on Thursday, April 8 against Schurr High School at Alhambra Park.
most common athletic fashion statements trending right now is…on your feet. Nike Dri-Fit elite socks have been a new vogue which differ from ordinary socks because of the synthetic material they are consisted of. Although they were primarily intended to be used for basketball and football, athletes in almost all different types of sports wear them. When they were released, they quickly gained popularity as several college and professional athletes began sporting them. Athletes use Nike’s trademarked Dri-Fit technology or Under Armour’s compression technology, which is meant to keep the feet cool during game play. However, they do come at a price, ranging from
about $14 per pair and above. “I wear Elite socks because they keep my feet from overheating and drenched from sweat whether it be from practicing or exercising,” varsity volleyball setter Greg Kurniawan said. Trends in the sports worldwill always be changing, whether for a new innovation or simply because another movement is fading. Some of these trends are spreading due to practicality and efficiency they provide, while others spread due to visual appeal. Whatever the reason, fashion trends will always be present in the sports world.
Recent Increase in Fashion Accessories in Student Athletics NATE GARCIA Sports Editor WESLEY TSAI Staff Writer
Wherever one travels in the world, there will always be trends. Phases. A style that’s “in.” However, not only do trends have a presence in the fashion world, but they also happen to run in the sports world, no pun intended. Over the past few months, a few of the same athletic accessories have been trending in different sports, both to serve a purpose and to make a fashion statement. Some of the most popular include colorful shoes, thin headbands, running sleeves and multifunctional socks.
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