ALL-AMERICAN HALL OF FAME
ISSUE 10, VOL. 103
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
In Loving Memory of Esther Suen able to express their grief and share their feelings toward Suen on this public forum. “I feel […] regretful to be On March 22, Mark Keppel given six classes in three High School (MKHS) years with her senior Esther Suen and still [not] died after a hiking bond with her. accident at Eaton “Esther [...] had Esther, howCanyon. One the ability to touch ever, never of her friends, and reach out to so hesitated to MKHS senior many people.” wave hello with Taisei Sasaki, was a bright smile to injured with a fracme in the hallways,” tured arm and leg and MKHS senior Minnie a dislocated shoulder. The Yu said. “How heartbrounexpected tragedy created ken everyone is reflects what a nearly instantaneous wave of action across both social media an amazing person [she was].” A memorial was held in honor and real life. A Facebook page, titled “R.I.P. of Suen on March 30 at Emmaus Esther Suen,” was created with Lutheran Church and School, the purpose of honoring Suen and where Suen attended elementary “bring[ing] our community to- and middle school. During the gether as one during this difficult event, her loved ones spoke about time,” according to the page de- their memories of her, including scription. People, even those who her love of food, her cheerfulness did not personally know her, were and her zest for life.
DIANA LI News Editor
“Go!” Reverend Yvonne Boyd said at the memorial. “In the spirit of Esther, have your own adventure!” Boyd, the presiding pastor, shared an anecdote about a sleepover Suen and her friends once had. During the sleepover, the girls watched Pixar’s movie “UP.” Boyd compared Suen’s passing to a line from t h e movie,
“How heartbroken everyone is reflects what an amazing person [Esther was].”
i n which a chara c t e r writes, “Thanks for the adventure – now go have a new one!” Boyd emphasized the importance of moving on past the tragedy and celebrat-
“To me, [Esther] was always ing Suen’s life. “I [...] wish more people had the kind of person who would algotten the opportunity to have ways smile through everything,” met Esther or known her better,” Lee said. “No matter when times were tough, she always a Facebook post writhad that signature ten by Suen’s sunshine smile on close friends her face, and that’s Lia Lee, “Go! In the spirit of what people really Mallory recognized her Esther, Chen and for.” have your own Lisa Li said. As the commu“Esther [...] adventure!” nity gathers to mourn had the abilthe loss of a notable indiity to touch and vidual, Suen will always be reach out to so many remembered by everyone who people.” ever knew her. Suen also demonstrated “Esther is interwoven through excellence in both academics and extracurriculars; she had been ac- all of our lives, regardless of cepted to and planned to attend whether you were a close friend Cornell University. In addition, of hers or simply passed by her she was a long-standing member in the hallways,” Lee, Chen and of MKHS’ diving team, having Li said. “She will always be with led the team to several CIF cham- us.” PHOTOS courtesy of pionships. Her achievements are R.I.P. ESTHER SUEN numerous, but what people reFACEBOOK PAGE member her by is her character.
ASB Invites AHS Students to Participate in Campus-wide Service SEAN NGUYEN Staff Writer At AHS, students have numerous opportunities to become involved with community service through student-run clubs and organizations. In an effort to further spur the spirit of community service at AHS, a campus-wide service is being organized by the Assocated Student Body (ASB) and AHS’ various service clubs. Leading the effort to coordinate the first AHS campus-
wide service is the ASB Director of Clubs, Jimmy Lin. The conception of the campuswide service originates from ASB’s effort to set long-term goals for the school year and see these goals through realization. Lin hopes for the campus-wide service to be the first of a long-standing tradition here at AHS. “Alhambra High has one of the strongest service traditions out of the high schools in [the San Gabriel Valley] area. I feel like students aren’t aware
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of that and should learn about what these clubs do,” Lin said. All AHS students are invited to participate as volunteers at the campus-wide service even if they are not currently associated with a service club. “Participating gives back to the school and rewards the efforts of hardworking students and teachers who give up time to be advisors,” Lin said. The primary beneficiary of the campus-wide service will be AHS itself. ASB is currently coordinating with teachers
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and faculty to identify a list of key tasks and responsibilities that may be handled by the service. Student volunteers will be divided into teams that will each be assigned to different tasks identified by ASB. “Although I’m not currently in a service club, I’m interested in participating in an event that would let us students do community service and give back,” freshman Isaac Ramirez said. “I believe that the event will be successful if they present and promote it well enough.
That being said, I hope that it does succeed and I’m excited to see it become a tradition [at] AHS.” The campus-wide service is set to occur on Thursday, April 18, from after school until the end of Open House. The service is occurring simultaneously with Open House because teacher supervision is required for the service to take place. Students who want to get involved can look to fliers and bulletin announcements for more information.
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Newly Approved ASB Constitution Encourages Participation CAROLINE REN Copy Editor With Associated Student Body (ASB) elections drawing close in mid-April, new changes to the ASB constitution will alter the voting process. The new constitution was approved with changes that included assistant positions designed for students who wish to gain experience in their pursued roles. In addition, this will be the ﬁrst time that current freshmen will be able to run for certain ASB positions, such as a cabinet position. “The goal was to create more of an inclusive environment at Alhambra High School, and this year’s ASB hopes that it will encourage students to take more leadership positions and ultimately become more involved in their school community,” Student Relations Chairperson Daniel Castaneda said. Currently, ASB consists of a directorship and a cabinet, but there will also be commissioners in the future. Furthermore, aside from the president, class council ofﬁcers cannot hold a position on ASB and vice versa. “Both council and ASB require a lot of dedication, so it makes
sense for someone to not have too much on their plate [by being on both council and ASB],” Sophomore Council President Kristie Sham said. “I’m really looking forward to having more underclassmen participate in ASB.”
“Once we brought [this issue] up, ASB explained it was to have the most direct relationship to make sure deadlines […] would be met,” Sham said. For the upcoming election, the president of each class council
IN A NUTSHELL • New assistant positions have been added to supplement the director positions, while other positions were merged into one. • Class council ofﬁcers cannot hold a position on ASB and vice versa. • Each grade level will have two ASB representatives. • In order to run for presidency, candidates must have at least one year of experience on ASB prior to running. • The class council president is elected by the students, not the class council; the president must also be one of the representatives of their grade. • Some director positions were renamed as commissioner positions. While each class council previously had a member who was a representative on ASB, that member is now the council president. Additionally, another representative of each class will come from outside the council, meaning there will be two ASB representatives from each graduating class.
will be elected by the student body, as opposed to the old method of electing nine council members and allowing them to discuss amongst themselves which positions went to whom. A student who runs for class president but does not attain the position can still be elected as a council of-
Steubenville Rape Exempliﬁes Bystander Apathy ELLEN LI News Editor
“Individuals don’t act upon these situations because they think [...] ‘Oh, there’s so many people here, someone else might The small town of Steubenville, Ohio help’ or ‘I’m so glad that’s not happening garnered national attention last month to me,’” senior Raphael Solis said. during a widely publicized rape trial. A Two key factors contribute to the by16-year-old girl was allegedly sexually as- stander effect. Firstly, because there are saulted by two high school football players other observers, individuals feel that the when she was heavily inebriated while her responsibility to act is shared among all peers looked on, several of whom docu- of those present. Secondly, when other mented the acts on social media sites. observers fail to react, individuals view it The defendants were convicted of rape as a signal that a response is unnecessary. on March 17, but there remains a question In Steubenville’s rape case, not only as to why onlookers allowed the attack to were there witnesses to the assault, but continue. there Bystanders do have a responsibility In a recent were Wa s h i n g also to act when they witness crimes. ton Post article, other teen-Felix Zhang Kathleen Parker explored agers who learned of the the potential reason for the witnesses’ ap- incident through posts on social media parent apathy, saying that this case has outlets. “captured the ‘bystander effect’ in graphic According to Parker, though social meand nauseating detail.” dia has been credited with helping solve The bystander effect is a psychological this crime, what has not been addressed term coined after the infamous case of Kit- is the role that social media plays in the ty Genovese, who was raped and murdered event itself. The ease with which people on the streets of Queens, N.Y. in 1964. can take pictures and record videos reGenovese’s neighbors reportedly ignored moves people from circumstances and her screams and did nothing to intervene. thus responsibility. Nonetheless, people While this rendition of events was later need to be aware of their own involvedisputed, people were horriﬁed by the ap- ment in such situations, whether it is as a parent lack of interest from her neighbors witness or an online viewer. during the crime. According to Psychol“Bystanders have a responsibility to ogy Today, the bulk of research evidence act when they witness crimes,” junior over the years has shown that the larger Felix Zhang said. “[They can] inform the the crowd, the less likely anyone is to of- police and tell others so people have a fer help. chance of stopping it.”
ﬁcer, the exact duty of which will be determined by that council. If that student does become president but had enough votes to be one, of the eight ofﬁcers for council, his or her spot will be dropped and the person with the
next highest amount of votes will be bumped up. In addition, changes were made to elected and appointed positions. Elected positions are won through a school-wide election, while appointed positions are attained through an interview process. The ASB declaration form
for applicants allows them to choose one elected position and up to three appointed positions for which to run. Each term is now one school year long, instead of one semester. Though the new constitution was approved, it does have additions that may potentially generate conﬂict in the future. “Although I am a huge proponent for this new constitution […], I am not particularly thrilled about the fact that in order to run for the presidency during a student’s senior year, [he or she] must have one year of ASB experience prior to declaring the position,” Castaneda said. “I do understand the implications of knowing what you are getting yourself into, but it does make way for some tricky technicalities and [...] even limits the pool of future presidents.” Ultimately, ASB continues to pursue its goal of reaching more of the student body and hearing the students voice their opinions. “I hope [these changes] will have a positive impact because ASB should be more […] inclusive,” Director of Technology Anthony Le said. MOOR graphic by SHARON XU
Soda Consumption’s Detrimental Effects
DENISE TIEU Staff Writer
There are many leading causes of death in the United States, but one would not expect soda to be a trigger for these deaths. Soda is carbonated sugar water that has no nutritional value. It instead increases the buildup of fat around the skeletal muscles and liver, which causes both insulin resistance and diabetes. A study conducted by the Department of Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine implies that excessive consumption can accelerate aging due to the high levels of phosphate in soda. Most of the ingredients from soda are derived from corn; according to the website greenamerica.org, 88 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modiﬁed to resist toxic pesticides or even made to create pesticides within themselves. While there have been no studies to prove or disprove that these corn crops are safe, pesticides have been found to be linked to cancer, Attention Deﬁcit Hyperactivity Disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and birth defects. “Everything you eat or drink affects your diet, but I think its common knowledge that soda affects it negatively. Ingredients on any food packaging are labeled according to how much is in the food, and judging by the can of soda on my desk right now, high fructose corn syrup is the second most prevalent ingredient,” sophomore David Tran said. A postdoctoral researcher at Harvard
School of Public Health, Gitanjali Singh, and her co-researchers have compiled data from national health surveys around the world, linking up to 183,000 deaths worldwide each year to sugar-sweetened beverages. 25,000 of these deaths are within the U.S. They have tied sugar-sweetened beverages to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 44,000 deaths from cardiovascular diseases and 6,000 deaths from cancer in 2010. “I think our ﬁndings should really impel policymakers to make effective policies to reduce sugary beverage consumption since it causes a signiﬁcant number of deaths,” Singh said, according to Yahoo. During late 2012, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg enacted a ban on the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces and other sugary drinks at establishments that receive inspection grades from the health department. The ban was to be approved and made effective on March 12; however, on March 11, the ban was overturned by the Supreme Court in Manhattan. Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling deemed that Bloomberg went beyond his authority by proposing the ban to NYC’s Board of Health, whose members were all appointed by Bloomberg. According to the New York Times, several school districts across the nation have banned the sale of soda in school. Even in face of setbacks, there are still movements across the nation striving to limit soda consumption. MOOR graphic by SIMON ZHAO
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What Changes Constitute the New Constitution?
KATHERINE ONG MICHELLE PAULINO Opinions Editors
Every year, the Associated Student Body (ASB) reviews their constitution to ensure that the policies, regulations and positions work fairly in the interests of the student body. This year, the traditional constitution was overhauled and recreated from the backbone up. The current ASB believes that the old constitution was very unclear and vague on many points and included many concepts that were unnecessary and unreasonable. This was a well-planned move on ASB’s behalf, considering that the old constitution was truly outdated, lengthy and excessive. ASB’s modiﬁed version features condensed sections, concise language, explicit objectives and an overall well-organized structure. Each position’s duties are now clearly outlined in an easily comprehensible manner. However, the new constitution also includes several changes to the terms, resulting in quite a digression from points written in the previous constitution. A major change in the constitution was ASB’s decision to extend a service term from one semester to a full academic year, eliminating the need for mid-year elections. The purpose of this change was to eliminate inefﬁcency as a result of re-elections . At ﬁrst,
this may seem like a self-serving change since eliminating the chance to elect another student to the position for second semester results in half the opportunities for interested students and guarantees the incumbent member their same position for the next semester. However, this change streamlines productivity for ASB. First semester members were not allowed to plan the next semester’s events, resulting in a loss of valuable time better spent on preparations. Efﬁcient functioning is more beneﬁcial to facilitating the student body than giving other students a chance to serve on the committee. Besides, re-elections have been futile in the past since incumbent members were re-elected into the same position the following semester more often than not; essentially, valuable time was lost for unnecessary reasons. The constitution created the new positions of Assistant Directors to compose part of the newly constructed Cabinet. In order to get the position, students must be appointed by the Election Committee. The intent was to make sure that the individuals appointed are qualiﬁed for the responsibilities required and are not chosen based on popularity. It is understandable that ASB would want
to avoid a popularity contest by appointing Assistant Directors. However, this seems contradictory due to the fact that Director positions are elected by the student body. The constitution features a drastic remodeling of ASB’s components. Many ofﬁces were either cut or merged with a similar ofﬁce, in addition to the creation of new ofﬁces. The MOOR
Representative and the ALHAMBRAN Representative positions (commonly known as Newspaper and Yearbook Reps. respectively) were merged under the Director of Public Relations position. We oppose this notion due to our familiarity with the responsibilities that the MOOR rep. entails. ASB’s intention for this change was due to the similar job responsibilities of the two ofﬁces. So similar, in fact, that they decided that one person is sufﬁcient for both jobs.
Nevertheless, these positions were better left as two separate ofﬁces. Although the representatives have similar responsibilities within the ASB committee, the organizations themselves have responsibilities to the student body that are unrelated to each other. To merely have one person to serve as a representative for both, when both have dissimilar or even contrasting goals and interests, is inefﬁcient and counterproductive. A d d i t i o n a l l y, since representatives serve as liaisons between the organizations’ members and the committee, it’s unreasonable to expect organization members who may be unfamiliar with the appointed representative to comfortably relay their concerns to someone they have had no prior experience cooperating with. Although the members might have opportunities to work with the representative, unless these instances are frequent enough to substitute working with a member of the same organization every day, a trusting relationship cannot be built. In regards to whether this aspect of the new constitution will be helpful or not, this approach may actually perpetuate ineffectiveness in communications be-
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Phoney Phone Laws JENNY LEE Staff Writer The United States is the land of the American dream, the Statue of Liberty and Chuck Norris. It is also the nation with some of the most laughable laws ever passed. On Jan. 26, Congress decided that unlocking a cellphone for multiple SIM card usage is now illegal to prevent copyright infringement. Unlocking a phone without
the carrier’s permission can result in ﬁve years in jail and/or a $500,000 ﬁne. This sounds more than absurd, considering that someone who threatens to kill our country’s president or vice president can also spend up to ﬁve years in jail. The Congress equates unlocking a phone—a phone that consumers acquire with their own money—to that of a death threat. Just imagine being crammed in jail alongside criminals who have committed actual heinous crimes because one evening, you decided
unlocking your phone would be a snazzy thing to try. What a pleasant experience that would be. As a response to this law, the White House received a petition that exceeded 114,000 signatures, which requires a response. The White House agreed with the petition. These 114,000 residents and others are now waiting on Congress to address the issue. Of course, knowing Congress’s speed—or lack thereof—the question is whether they will really mend the issue or simply acknowledge it and push it aside?
Crime is like a disease that worms its way into society, inevitably creating obstacles. The question is how this problem can be dealt with. Keeping a prisoner incarcerated costs $44,563 a year in California. That is nearly the same price as a year at Harvard University, including room and board. Is incarcerating one prisoner equally important as education in one of the world’s most prestigious universities? The fact that California is utilizing a large amount of its state budget to keep criminals in jail instead of gearing their funds toward education, which can bring about unfavorable effects. The foundation for success in society is established by acquiring an education. Funding education should be the government’s main priority. Although the government should continue funding jails, ofﬁcials need to balance the state budget in order to prioritize education. Students cannot attain quality education without adequate funding. Prisoners should be given an alternative to incarceration because prison is not always effective. Every offender is unique and should therefore be treated as such. Cre-
tween the Public Relation ﬁgures on campus with ASB. Despite its few ﬂaws, the new constitution remains to be a positive step towards campus improvement. In comparison to the old constitution, it now provides ease and overall streamlining so that ASB can now focus the entirety of their efforts on improving the campus experience. We hope that other organizations that have been affected by the merged and/ or eliminated positions will not be as adversely impacted. As a whole, the constitution will beneﬁt the student body and help ASB fulﬁll their responsibilities more efﬁciently. Appreciation must be given to our ASB members for the hard work they have demonstrated in their creation of the entirely new type of student government that will be put into action next year. Though these changes might not signiﬁcantly inﬂuence the impact the new ASB will have on the governing the student body, they do alter the way ASB will operate itself. All changes included in the new constitution have been made with consideration to the student body’s needs, and it is clear that they had many difﬁcult issues to mull over in order to make policies in the best interests of the students. Although their revision of the constitution was not without its faults, they have laid a strong foundation to which future student representatives can provide their own amendments. ating a sentence that tailors speciﬁcally to a certain criminal will be more cost-effective and will provide the criminal with a better chance at rehabilitation. Alternatives may include, but are not limited to, house arrest, ﬁnes, boot camp and community service. Finding alternatives to incarceration can be beneﬁcial to many. It can save taxpayers millions of dollars because the alternatives are cheaper and prevent overcrowded prisons. In addition, applying alternatives such as community service will allow them to contribute to society. According to Families Against Mandatory Minimums, over half of all the people who leave prison will be back in prison within three years of their release. This shows that sending prisoners to jail may not be as useful as we thought it was. However, other options such as therapy have been proven to help the offender get to the underlying causes of their crime. This will then help prevent criminals from committing new crimes. The state must seek out alternatives to prison and apply them to the criminals they sentence so that the results will garner the highest success rate. We need to think outside the box instead of throwing all prisoners into jail, with the belief that it will magically solve all of our problems. The public must also consider that education needs to be emphasized and a way to do it is through balanced state funding.
It pays to be Green Get Away From That Pump! Gasoline is heavily relied upon in many aspects of daily lives; the use of gasoline affects both us and the environment around us. Vehicles emit greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. Gasoline can also contaminate soil and surface waters, entering the food chain through the meals people eat. Many harmful effects of gasoline are due to individual chemicals in gasoline, which are present in small amounts that can lead to nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, breathing difficulties and other complications. Some effects of skin contact with gasoline include rashes, redness and swelling. Being exposed to large amounts of gasoline can lead to coma or death. Are habits truly hard to break? What if you saved money for breaking some of them? With gasoline prices increasing incessantly all across the country and oil in its demand, the search for alternatives is dire. Although there is the common answer of owning a hybrid car, which is eco-friendly but expensive, there ultimately needs to be more practical and effective alternatives to decrease the amount of gasoline used. It’s quite simple, actually. Start by inflating tires to the recommended level, 32 to 35 per square inch, which helps minimize fuel efficiency loss. Another way is to get a tune-up, helping maintain the engine and improves mileage. If the tires are aligned when parking, it reduces tire friction. Quick checks on the vehicle’s air filter and oil level can also improve mileage. Instead of driving back and forth, combine errands in one trip to reduce the gas bill. Other alternatives include taking public transportation, carpooling, walking, or biking. The U.S. public transportation system has been estimated to save 3.4 billion gallons of oil a year, which cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 26 million tons. Carpooling also has its advantages by splitting the cost of gas with each other. Walking or riding a bicycle is a two-in-one alternative, because it saves fossil fuels and helps people stay in shape. Although gasoline is still one of the leading sources of energy for driving cars today, its demand continues to increase as the amount of oil worldwide decreases, indicating that prices will keep rising. However, as technology also continues to advance, the shift from gasoline to an alternative fuel will start to occur in exceeding numbers. But for now, there are simple, efficient methods that can help cut the gas bill.
By Staff Writer Jennifer Thai
Energy is the very thing that fuels the earth, enabling people to accomplish essential everyday tasks such as cooking food. Without it, plants would not be able to photosynthesize, animals would be left hungry and humans left helpless. The sun, as the ultimate source of power, enables people to live in light and serves as a model to create various new forms of energy. However, since our resources are limited, inhabitants of this earth need to find ways to conserve energy.
I’m Not Lying, Recycling Works Like a fierce lion, Mother Nature constantly fights to protect the land she owns. Unfortunately, she has to cope with the careless inhabitants that invade her precious Earth. Many people have heard the words greenhouse effect, global warming, climate change and greenhouse gases, but may not truly comprehend the extensive consequences that are associated with them. Nevertheless, hope still exists and the methods to aid our planet are endless. To begin with, the most popular technique utilized is recycling. This method is used more often because of the compensation people get for trading in their plastics, glass and aluminum. In addition, planting a tree in a local park is another good tactic for keeping the planet healthy. According to JEA, a community-owned utility business that focuses on energy efficiency, recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to light a standard 100-watt light bulb for four hours. Most people are aware that recycling helps the environment by reducing trash and saving space in our landfills, but few know that it also saves energy. For example, recycling one aluminum can has the ability to save enough electricity to run a TV for three hours. There are many ways people can help reduce waste and reuse items. For example, packing meals in lunch boxes or cloth bags is one of the many methods commonly used. Also, using both sides of every sheet of paper, cutting paper into smaller squares for notes or giving away old books instead of throwing them away are other useful tactics that can help save the Earth. Preserving this planet will take a lot of work and determination. However, it is not impossible and if people works- together, Earth will be restored to its best settings once again. If we want change, we must start by doing our job as citizens of this planet. By Staff Writer Sylvia Winston
Shine Bright Like Electricity Electricity has been a natural phenomenon since the beginning of time. An ordinary flow of electrons in the expanse between the skies and land is seen during thunderstorms, as a bright light zaps across the sky. In lightning, the attraction between positive and negative charges in clouds results in a build-up of protons on land and especially on trees, mountains and people. As the charges connect from the sky down, lightning begins to strike. By figuring out how this natural occurrence functions through more research, new inventions were created, such as fluorescent light bulbs. The very discovery once thought of as brilliant is now lackluster today. Many utility companies keep their customers shackled to imported coal, instead of investing in clean energy. For example, in 2008, the Southern Company sent more than $2.6 billion out of Georgia to pay for coal imported from places like Wyoming and South America. In fact, most of the U.S.’s imported coal comes from Wyoming, creating a huge carbon footprint in our environment. However, there are ways to maintain a clean environment while saving electricity and money. Some of these include changing to compact fluorescent light bulbs because although more expensive, these light bulbs last about 10 times longer and run on less power than normal ones. Another strategy to cut electricity costs by 15 percent raising the temperature of the room a few degrees while keeping the air conditioner on. Also, washing clothes at night in cold water uses half as much energy as hot water does. Scraping the food off dishes and then putting them in the washer can help save over 20 gallons of heated water a day. Utilizing a power strip to conserve energy when appliances are not in use is also helpful. All in all, it is estimated by scientists that if strong investments in energy efficiency are promoted, U.S. energy productivity could be doubled by 2030. Conservation could help extenuate the life and wellbeing of earth for future generations.
By Features Editor Cynthia Luong
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In the town of Almost, Maine, miracles of love really do occur... John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine,” directed by Daniel Ingram, is a collection of witty, loosely connected vignettes of love between the inhabitants of Almost, a small town in the state of Maine. In the town of Almost, love appears to be the miracle catalyst that makes or breaks these fragile relationships. More often than not, a sudden unexpected smooch climaxes the scene and the audience is left waiting to see whether this particular couple will be one of the lucky ones or one of the poor broken-hearted souls. The scenes all have a touch of magical whimsy: a lost shoe falling from the sky, miraculous recovery of neurological senses, somatic symptoms of “falling” in love and reuniting pieces of a broken heart. This allows for a playful, yet heartfelt take on the phenomenon of love. Though all of the vignettes are enjoyments to view, some stand out as particularly laudable. In “Her Heart,” Glory carries pieces of her heart in a bag to meet with her late love’s spirit through the northern lights, but instead ﬁnds East, a repairman who strives to piece her heart back together. In “Sad and Glad,” Jimmy’s pain-ridden confrontation with ex-ﬂame Sandrine is trumped by the coincidence of meeting a woman who shares the same name as his comically ruined tattoo “Villian.” Although love is lost, serendipitous opportunity beckons. Steve, who can’t feel pain, is miraculously able to feel an affectionate peck after his encounters with Marvalyn in “This Hurts.” As one of the most memorable scenes, “They Fell” stands as an eccentric love story featuring Randy and Chad, who discuss nuggets of life around a campﬁre. The story later climaxes in an adorably corny display of their realizations that they are perfect for each other. The production ran nearly perfectly. Subtle to the point of almost unnoticeable, stage arrangement was intriguing and really contributed to the play’s overall impact. The locations of the scene sets were strategically placed to alternate quadrants of the stage, producing the sense of continuity appropriate for the play’s short story nature. Though this element of the play attempted to provide for smooth transitions, its attempts were thwarted by the northern lights image projected onto the backdrop during scene changes that felt like interjections that ruined the atmosphere. Although they were appropriate in “Her Heart,” where the northern lights actually seamlessly blended into the scene, it was disenchanting to see Macintosh-like screensaver “northern lights” images appear on the ceiling over what is supposedly an intimate indoor scene. Additionally, abrupt shut-offs of the music sequence that accompanied the projected image further disrupted our experience. A simple gradual fade-out during the music sequence would have easily ﬁxed this problem. On the other hand, the music selection, from the mellow northern lights tune to the Michael Bublé tracks integrated during breaks helped contribute to the overall mood of the play. Further preparation may have prevented the sound and technical difﬁculties experienced during certain scenes of the play. Though it was opening night, it is expected that all problems with sound quality should be surely dealt with before the play opens. Certain actors had to project their voices due to the absence of a working microphone. We were still able to hear the dialogue; however, we had front row seats, and those sitting further from the stage might have found it difﬁcult to hear from a distance. Sound issues aside, the actors themselves were phenomenal. Though there were a few stumbled lines occasionally, the actors were able to recover quickly and power through their minor mistakes, using them to their character’s advantage. Stuttered words enhanced the portrayal of feeling intense anger or a charming awkwardness. Overall, the entire cast demonstrated talent, dedication and hard work; some even showed professional potential. The play was very well-received amongst the audience, as well. In moments of seriousness, such as the opening dialogue between Pete and Ginette, the audience was engrossed in the plot; the auditorium as silent as can be. Humorous shticks executed like that by Randy and Chad at the end of “They Fell” almost effortlessly yielded chuckles and giggles. Intimate moments like those exhibited between Rhonda and Dave generated “aw’s,” a telltale sign of a successful cathartic experience. Overall, “Almost, Maine” did a fantastic job at executing sweet and somber stories and we hope to see more performances of its caliber from our Thespians. MICHELLE PAULINO MOOR graphics by ARELI ARELLANO KATHERINE ONG Opinions Editors The MOOR
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Varsity Coed Swimming Dives into League Season
Badminton Causing a ‘Racket’ in Almont League
ANHAYTE GUAJARDO Staff Writer
MOOR photo by YIBEI LIU DIVE IN The Moor swim team prepares for their last preseason meet on Apr. 4 against the Bell Garden Lancers. Both varsity teams were victorious; the boys won 99-47 and the girls won 89-43. NATE GARCIA strengths is that the team size has Giberti said. weight room. Since most of the Assistant Sports Editor doubled the amount compared to The team holds practice at the team is comprised of newcomlast year’s team. Granada Park Aquatic Center dai- ers, the coaches maintain intense Chlorine isn’t often known as “Last year, we had [half of the ly at 3:15 p.m., where they start practices in order for the team to the best hair product, but it is rec- s w i m off with a 450 reach its potential. “The way they’re going, meter kickognized as an essential ingredient m e r s ] “I am really surprised, [...] a by the AHS varsity swim team, we have it’s going to be a great run at p u l l - s w i m , lot of these guys don’t know that which spends its after school this year, then move on much about swimming, but they league ﬁnals and CIF.” hours lightening their hair and [and now to different catch on quick. The way they’re darkening their skin under the that numsets assigned going, it’s going to be a great run spring sun. ber has by either Head at league ﬁnals and CIF,” Duran -Nathan Duran They currently have a league doubled] Coach Sarah said. record of 1-1, having lost to Ga- which is very beneﬁcial [to us Duran or Assistant Coach Nathan The Moors currently have their brielino on Feb. 26, and defeated as a team]. We work more on Duran. The Moors sometimes eyes ﬁxed on their next meet Bell Gardens on April 4. This strength exercises rather than on begin their school day with a which will be against Schurr on year, one of the teams’ greatest technique,” co-captain Danielle 6 a.m. morning practice in the April 11 at Schurr High School.
Giving Homeschooled Kids a Chance to Play in High School Athletics ANHAYTE GUAJARDO Staff Writer One’s source of education can be signiﬁcant in determining one’s future, in both the academic realm and sports ﬁeld. For example there are many talented home-schooled athletes that would like to pursue a career in sports, but are unfortunately unable to join a high school sport because of their source of education. There are currently only thirteen states that allow broad (WC) access to homeschoolers and this year was the second year Virginia tried to be among those states. A bill called the Tebow Law, named after NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, that would have allowed homeschooled students to participate in public high school sports and other extracurricular activities, was outvoted on Feb. 4 in Virginia by members of the Senate Education and Health Committee. Some opponents who argued the bill stated that it was unfair that homeschoolers did not have to face the same standards that public schools must face. Homeschooled students should be able to participate in high school sports teams because they deserve equal opportunities instead of being penalized for a family descision to be homeschooled. Parents may decide to homeschool their child because they are concerned about their safety; for example shielding them from negative inﬂuences such as drugs and peer pressure. However, that does not mean they should be excluded from participating in the public school’s sports team. Forbidding students to join a sports team can hurt their chances to play sports in college. Letting them participate gives them an opportunity to show their talents and get recognized by colleges just like Tim Tebow. Being homeschooled himself, he received the opportunity to attend Florida State University to play football, and is now a successful NFL football player. Students should not be denied access to sports that are an activity that can bring communities together and can prove to be rewarding for an athlete’s future.
Like every spring sport, the Alhambra coed badminton team has been diligently preparing for league. Having placed third last season with a record of 8-4, the team is hoping to rank in the top three by the time the season ends this year. The Moors’ ﬁrst league game was on March 26 against San Gabriel, which resulted in a loss of 6-2, and a success against Mark Keppel, 14-7, on March 28, leading to the current league record of 1-1. Despite the ﬁrst loss, Head Coach Lou Brambila believes that the team’s future looks bright. “Most of the kids on our team are pretty good, but like every match you don’t know what will happen,” Brambila said. To keep the team in top shape, the team practices every day from Monday to Thursday from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.. With many new faces this year, the team has been working hard to understand the rules and having practice drills that focus on exercise, improving speed and teamwork. “We [mainly] need to improve to on our full work, but we are a very cheerful team and we give each other a lot of support,” varsity player Helen Hunt said.
Boys’ Tennis Move on Despite Preseason Record
KEVIN KONG Sports Editor
ence, [since] we haven’t played enough ing more consistent in our shots,” [games and have] very few experienced sophomore Arie Quintanilla said. players,” Head Coach Tom Jelsma said. The Moors practice daily after Going into the regular season with The team lost eight seniors last school on the tennis courts and cona ﬁnal preseason record of 0-9, the year, leaving only one returning mem- stantly train by running and stretchvarsity boys’ tennis team was de“[Our main focus is] working ing, followed by team drills, termined to improve in order to individual drills, practice scrimcontinue defending their Almont on our weak spots and becom- mages and end with conditioning. League title for the third consecu- ing more consistent in our shots,” The Moor’s ﬁfth regular season tive year. The boys played their game will take place on April 11 ﬁrst regular season game against against the Bell Garden Lancers. -Arie Quintanilla “We never give up; we have a their long-time tennis rival, the San Gabriel Matadors, on March 26. lot of endurance. [Our goal this However, the boys lost with a score ber. The remainder of the team, accord- year is] to win the league [championof 0-18, making the team’s current re- ing to Jelsma, is new to the varsity team. ship],” sophomore Douglas Pang said. cord 0-2 and their overall record 0-11. “[Our main focus is] work“[Our weakest area is] our inexperi- ing on our weak spots and becom- MOOR graphic by SHARON XU
Varsity Boys’ Baseball Hopes to Finish Season Strong, Attaining League Championship After Slow Start DAVID TAN Staff Writer The varsity boys’ baseball team has come off to what they feel like is a slow start to the season with an overall record of 5-4. After winning 2-1 in their previous league match-up against Bell Gardens on March 22, the Moors have a league record of 2-1. Their record places them second in the Almont League behind the Montebello Oilers. Despite being able to play good defense, their losses this season are attributed to poor batting skills. “We are disappointed [that] we haven’t played better,” Head Coach Steve Gewecke said, “We need to raise our game and I think we can, it’s just a matter of whether [or not] we will.” While the other teams in the Almont League are improving and climbing up
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CAPTAIN BRANDON MORALES MOOR photo by JOYCE TSUI
“We need to work on the basic fundamentals, because during the game, we think it comes [naturally] but sometimes we make mistakes with the easiest things,” captain Brandon Morales said. Although the Moors did not have an ideal start to their season, they remain focused on defending their ninth consecutive Almont League championship. They also believe that they can make it to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs and perhaps even make another historic run to play a CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium. However, they know that they must remain mentally focused and play diligently to suceed. “Coach [Geweke] tells us [to focus on] one game at a time; CIF will come if we play our game and that is what we have to do, “ captain Alan Rivera said. The Moors’ next league game will be on April 12 against Schurr.
MOOR photos and montage by JOYCE TSUI MOOR graphic by ARELI ARELLANO
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