ALL-AMERICAN HALL OF FAME
ISSUE 5, VOL. 103
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2013
Newtown Shooting Elicits Mixed Reactions About Gun Control Across US
ELLEN LI News Editor
ed one week after the Connecticut shooting, calling for armed guards at schools; according to CNN, they believe that more guns will provide true security. The NRA also announced that it will fund a team to design a
President Wayne LaPierre said in a CNN interview. After the NRA’s proposal, 200 teachers were given free gun training at an indoor sports arena in Utah, an event organized by the Utah Shooting Sports Council in
cut, I’m fully prepared to respond with my firearm,” Utah teacher Kasey Hansen told Reuters. It was what President Barack However, others are more hesiObama called “the worst day of tant to carry weapons into class[his] presidency.” On Dec. 14, rooms, since teachers could be 2012, twenty-six victims were overpowered for their guns, miskilled in the Sandy fire or cause an accidental Hook massacre. Twenshooting. ty children and six “I do not believe teachadults died that day ers should be given guns,” • Of the 11 deadliest shootings in the U.S., five have hapwhen a heavily armed English teacher Nancy Papened from 2007 onward. man invaded the Newdilla said. “I didn’t sign up town, Conn. elemento be a policewoman. We • Gun ownership in the U.S. is declining overall. tary school and went have precautions and secuon a murderous ramrity in place; if anyone gets • There is substantial evidence to indicate page. that point, they will get that there is a correlation between guns and to In the aftermath in whether they have a gun murders. of this tragedy, a reor not.” newed call for gun In order to curb gun • States with stricter gun control laws have control swept across violence, Obama has supfewer deaths from gun-related violence. the nation. Propoported more restrictive nents of this measure gun control laws. He urged have been pushCongress to vote on meaSOURCE: Washington Post MOOR graphic by SHARON XU ing for tighter laws sures banning the sale since this massacre, of assault weapons and which was the fourth response to the Newhigh-capacity ammunition mass shooting in the program town shooting. Teachers were magazines and requiring backU.S. in 2012. According to place taught how to handle firearms by ground checks before any firearm to CNN, 52 percent of Amerarmed se- gun activists who say that armed sale, according to the Washington icans favor major restrictions on curity personnel on school cam- educators stand a chance of Post. White House aides also said guns. thwarting deadly shooting ram- that a working group led by Vice puses across the country. However, the National Rifle “The only thing that stops a pages in their schools. President Joe Biden will probAssociation (NRA), a prominent bad guy with a gun is a good guy “If we should ever face a ably come up with mental-health gun rights organization, respond- with a gun,” NRA Executive Vice shooter like the one in Connecti- initiatives as well.
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“With proper procedures in place, such occurrences can be prevented,” junior Sean Cho said. “This stems from a systemic ignorance of the mental health of youth. Because of this, we see that most of the problems that arise could be treated by instituting better policies for detecting mental disorders and better screenings for those who buy guns.” The Los Angeles Unified School District has already begun taking precautions in wake of the Connecticut shootings. When campuses reopened after winter break, the Los Angeles Police Department, the sheriff’s department and other law enforcement agencies added random daily patrols to more than 600 elementary and middle school campuses, according to CBS. “I advocate armed guards patrolling around schools, not in them,” freshman Anthony Guerra said. The police presence around campuses will continue for an indefinite amount of time, according to ABC. Officers will also patrol any private schools that request extra security. Story continued on page 2
Capturing a Snow-Globe Moment at Winter Ball JENNY LEE Staff Writer
and it was interesting how the chefs cooked the pasta right in front of you.” This past December was an eventful However, the most significant difmonth packed with several changes. ference from the previous Winter Amid the holiday season, it was the Ball was the dance contract requirefirst time current AHS students had fiment, a new implementation by the nals in December because the semester administration for all dances beginended before winter break. Aside from ning this year. These mandatory the two-week vacation, one of the redance contracts have been shown to curring traditions of AHS is its annual affect students who wish to attend Winter Ball. dances; ticket sales dropped, though Hosted by Girls’ League, the 2012 they did improve the last few days Winter Ball was held on Dec. 20 from before the dance. 7 to 11 p.m., at the Quiet Cannon in “I was glad that I was able to A SNOW-GLOBE MOMENT The 2012 Winter Ball court is presented as they await the anMontebello. Dark teal, silver and ivory achieve a much lower price from colors complement this year’s “A Snow nouncement of the King Jason Lee-Raza and Queen Valerie Russo. the previous years and ensure a bufPHOTO courtesy of SHIRLEY LI fet at Winter Ball,” Director of Girls Globe Moment” theme. “A Snow Globe Moment” is a play served a buffet packed with pasta, nachos good view. Girls’ League actually spelled and Girls’ League President Kimberly on the phrase, “a Kodak Moment,” since and ice cream sundaes. out Winter Ball with Christmas lights and Phan said. “Although I wish ticket sales Girls’ League wanted a “capturing mem“The Winter Ball theme was unique and you could see it from the window,” junior were a lot higher, I was happy with the ories” theme. This year, the Winter Ball original. The place was elegant and had a Emily To said. “The food was pretty good end result since everyone enjoyed it.”
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School Security Paramount to Safety After Sandy Hook Shooting Story continued from page 1 At AHS, security is the number one priority for staff members. According to Assistant Principal of Student Services Chris Takeshita, school officials are always re-evaluating procedures and working with district and law enforcement to continue to improve AHS’ campus security. For instance, a recent district directive was given to teachers for all classroom doors to be locked throughout the school day. “The recent horrible events that occurred in Connecticut were just part of the reason for [the new district directive],” Takeshita said. “Studies and experience show that the harder we make it for someone to get into a classroom, the likelihood is that they will leave that
room and go somewhere else.” Teachers and students have mixed feelings about the implementation of this new policy. Most feel it is troublesome to continually open and close doors for students who leave or enter classrooms, but they also said that it is better to be proactive about security in case of an emergency. “Security-wise, I understand we have to take all the precautions we can to secure the campus, but as a classroom teacher, it can be very inconvenient when I have to stop my lecture to open the door for students,” math teacher Aya Kamimura said. “But we can’t trade security for convenience because student safety comes first.” However, there are some concerns about how easily non-stu-
dents are able to enter campus without visitor’s passes. Towards the end of first semester, some alumni came back to visit former teachers by entering campus posing as current students. “I saw alumni without the visitor’s passes stickers on campus during finals week, and they visited my classrooms,” senior Jay Chang said. While the alumni have not caused any problems yet, this may be an issue that administration should address in order to prevent any future incidents that may occur, if any. In response, Principal Brad Walsh said that he will make sure that all administration and supervisors know of this concern and keep them on their toes. “I have no knowledge of
[alumni visiting campus without passes], but if that’s the case, teachers can’t harbor students,” Walsh said. “The alumni are supposed to get guest passes so we can account for everybody who’s supposed to be here in case anything happens. If they try to blend in, they can be subject to arrest. Visitors can come, but they have to do it the right way.” Currently, AHS requires all visitors to check in at the welcome center to gain access onto the campus. Teachers can also fill out forms for requests, such as having former students visit their classes. “I think it is a concern considering the fact that [alumni] blend in very well,” senior Colleen Chau said. “It’s nice to see them visit, but during school hours is not exactly an appropriate time for that.”
Sleigh Ride Through a Music Wonderland JENNIFER THAI Staff Writer AHS hosted its annual Winter Concert on Dec. 6, held in the auditorium. The concert featured Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) programs on campus, including Choir, Guitar, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Band and Tri-City Orchestra. The directors began their preparation for the Winter Concert once the new school year started in order to help the students perform to the best of their abilities. “The beginning of the year is always a little tricky because we are starting from the very basics,” Choir Director Samuel Chen said. “Since we started [school] earlier this year, I felt like we had a good amount of time to prepare for the concert. I’m very proud of how the students performed
and I heard a lot of positive feedback about the concert.” This year, the Winter Concert was performed in a pops-style. A pops-style concert is when each group performs various pieces that are spread throughout the evening, as opposed to having each group perform their pieces all at once and exiting the stage. Pops-style was introduced as a way to ensure that there was an audience for each group that was performing at the time. Prior concerts have indicated that parents in the audience would leave right af- MUSIC OF THE NIGHT Choir, Tri-City Orchestra and Jazz Band ter their children’s part in the con- were some of the performing groups in the annual Winter Concert. MOOR photos by YIBEI LIU cert ended, resulting in an influx or decline in the size of the audience style will not be used for the to appreciate the program more before or after certain groups. Spring Concert. Instead, the per- and more,” senior and four-year “We consider these compre- formance will most likely be split member of Band and Orchestra hensive programs in music and into two separate nights, another Emily Adsit said. “[However], other creative arts to be essen- style that has been used in previ- I think that students that aren’t tial components of a balanced, ous years; this style allows the involved in VAPA should attend high-quality learning process,” groups to create a more complete future concerts. Even if you perparent Tammy Principe said. performance for their audience. sonally aren’t performing, you It has been noted that pops“I think the campus has grown get to see your peers excel.”
Rockin’ Around the Holiday Committee SYLVIA WINSTON Staff Writer AHS proudly holds around 75 clubs on its campus; one such club is the Holiday Committee. The committee is involved in various activities, including canned food drives, holiday grams and the annual Eui Lim Memorial Scholarship. The committee’s main goal is to raise money and send it to a local charity bank. However, over the past weeks, questions have arisen regarding the club’s name change. “‘Christmas Committee’ is not the right name because we celebrate more than Christmas,” co-adviser Lori Naylor said. Naylor and former Assistant Principal of Activities Jeremy Infranca discussed some rules on how to name clubs, and both agreed it should be changed. The committee has clarified that its name is still subject to change in coming years. Regardless, others disagree with the decision to break tradition. “I don’t like how our club changed our name because ‘Christmas Committee’ was known throughout the school,” sophomore club member Candice Romero said. “Our [current] name has no history or value.” Regardless, the committee remains dedicated to serving others in need. “The name [of the club] matters, but not as much as the students learning how to give back to the community with a grateful heart,” Holiday Committee adviser Shi Ming Zhang-Liu said. MOOR graphic by SHARON XU
Words of Poets Brought to Life in Poetry Out Loud
OLIVIA CHEUNG Editor in Chief Poetry is defined as a literary work that emphasizes the expression of feelings and ideas through the use of a distinct style and rhythm. To many students at AHS, the essence of poetry is captured at the annual Poetry Out Loud competition that serves as an outlet for students who wish to express themselves through the spoken word. “I participated because I abTHE POET’S POSE Poetry Out solutely admire how words in Loud finalist Brianna Sandoval poetry have such an impact on one’s character and perspecprepares to recite her poem. tive,” sophomore Siciley Munoz MOOR photo by JOYCE TSUI said. “Poetry allows us to ex-
press words in a way [that] we can all connect to other’s inner fears, emotions and thoughts.” Poetry Out Loud is a national competition that begins in a classroom setting and eventually progresses to the national stage. First, there are class competitions; the winners from these class competitions advance into their respective high school’s competition. The top high school winners then compete in the district and gradually move up to county, state and nationals. Winners of the state competition are awarded $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in nationals. The first-place national win-
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ner will receive a $20,000 award and their high school will receive $500 to purchase poetry books. AHS’ high school competition took place on Dec. 7 in the Little Theater. Eight out of the 19 participants advanced to the district competition that took place on Dec. 12, also located in the Little Theater. The eight participants included Andrew Benavides, Andy Chan, Gabriel Covarrubias, Tina Le, Ricky Perez, Emma Ruvalcaba, Brianna Sandoval and Esther Xitumul. Sophomore Brianna Sandoval won both the AHS competition and the district competition; she is scheduled to participate in the Los Angeles Coun-
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ty competition on February 6. “I am really honored to have won both the high school and the district competitions. I am not going to lie, it was pretty tough and I feel so lucky to be going on to the county competition,” Sandoval said. Currently, AHS students interested in poetry have been encouraged to consider participating in the Alhambra Moors Poet Society (AMPS). “It always inspires me to see a student connect with a certain poem and read more about the particular author afterwards,” AMPS adviser Joshua Moreno said. “Finding that connection is why […] Poetry Out Loud is so powerful.”
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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace DENISE TIEU Staff Writer
If the Declaration of Independence clearly states that, “all men [are] created equal [and] endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” then why is America still fighting a war to take away people’s happiness? Same-sex marriage is condemned and banned in 31 states. Why? Because it’s not “normal.” What isn’t normal—love? Should we ban love too? Everyone is born with free will, including loving someone of the same sex. Some people have defined marriage as a “union specifically between a man and a woman in which procreation is involved.” However, if mar-
riage is based on the ability to reproduce, then by that logic, should infertile couples still be allowed to marry? Society should not undermine the choices of people who wish to be in a same-sex marriage. Fortunately, homosexual couples are one step closer to gaining equal standing with heterosexual couples. For the first time, the Supreme Court reviewed two cases regarding federal and state laws that define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The first will be
a case against federal law that denies married samesex couples the federal benefits that heterosexual
ons from harming others. The possible mental instability of shooter Adam Lanza leads me to think that the guns should not have been anywhere near him, and that it was unwise for his mother Nancy Lanza to keep a firearm unsupervised. If an unstable parent or other close relative was living with me, I would not want weapons or the ability to shoot one to be so easily accessible, as it could potentially be dangerous. There are definite pros to
owning firearms, of course, and the right to bear arms is one that some Americans particularly appreci-
couples receive, while the second will reconsider the ban of homosexual marriages in California. If the Supreme Court makes the
ban void, there is a high possibility that the 31 other states’ bans will also become void. In the past, people who are homosexual have experienced numerous hardships. Many have suffered through h a t e crimes, discrimination, harassment or selfharm, due to their inability to match up to the public’s expectations. America should have learned from previous gay rights movements that un-
equal rights exist and those who experience it will fight to the end to gain equal standing with the rest of society. In today’s society, we should be able to surpass the general opinion and avoid discriminating based on sexual orientation. No one in the world should be allowed to take away the rights of an individual or a certain group of people. Today, people who are homosexuals continue to fight against the public’s opinion on the one thing that they should be allowed to have: the right to marry whomever they desire. Marriage should only be the concern of the two people involved, rather than dictated by bigots. Although people who are homosexual have lost many battles, they are now close to winning the war.
burglar, for example. The possession of weapons is a freedom that the founding fathers considered a priority and worth protecting. I am sure that they also realized the great responsibility that weapon ownership bestows. This may be what is lacking in terms of guns and gun control, and is a lesson learned at a terrible price. Many believe that more gun control laws will lower the rate of deaths in such violent crimes as these. That may be true, but legislation can only be
enforced to a certain extent, and some may resort to illegal weapons instead. Personal responsibility is something that should be stressed more often. More important than regulations or our rights is the decision to do the right thing in the end. The twenty children, as well as the six adults who died as a result of this violent act, will be mourned and remembered for a long time. As Voltaire once said, “with great power comes great responsibility,” and, in this case, great consequence.
Responsibilities Over Rights and Regulations
SUSANNA AIGA Staff Writer
Why do people recklessly pull the trigger, putting innocent lives in danger? What pushes them over the edge? As America mourned and struggled to find an explanation to Sandy Hook’s shockingly heinous crime, many questioned the usage of firearms and called for stricter gun control laws. However, guns themselves are not responsible for crimes committed. The freedom to bear arms requires an individual’s responsibility to keep weap-
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ate. If I had a firearm in my house, I would feel safer if confronted with an armed
You Can’t Just Facebook Everyone
SEAN NGUYEN Staff Writer After four years of laborious work, students across the nation and students here at AHS are traditionally given the privilege of cracking open a yearbook to find out who among the student body were chosen to receive the glory of representing their graduating class as a “Senior Best.” Yet, it is apparent that not everyone came out happy in the wake of the use of a more modern, online voting process. In a stunningly ironic display of electronic protest, a vocal group of students attempted to make it clear that Facebook is not an appropriate method of disseminating important information by voicing their fervent opinions to —Facebook. I can understand the upset. This year’s senior class totals to 727 students. At the time of this writing, the AHS Class of 2013 Facebook page used by Senior Council and ASB to inform us about key events only comes up to 454 members. Although there may have been an increase in this year’s voter turnout, by relegating the Senior Best announcements to the online page, about 37 percent of the senior class has been potentially left out of the loop and unable to contribute to one of high school’s most defining traditions. Moreover, this number does not account for those students who
are unable to regularly check Facebook, even if they maintain an account. Because Facebook was used as the primary form of communication, a sizeable group of our graduating class has been excluded from a process that they deserve to be a part of. Still, why are those affected turning back to the very same method of communication that they are disparaging in the first place? If the students who were affected are attempting to make the point that Facebook is inadequate in successfully relaying information and including as many seniors as possible, then it is foolish and hypocritical to again rely on the same medium to demonstrate that point. Instead of relying on Facebook “likes” and comments to bolster these opinions, petitions should have been made, speeches should have been delivered and meetings should have been convened. Even if Facebook is the most direct method of voicing their disapproval, surely the students who have been denied their right to vote on Senior Bests can do more than drop a couple lines of abbreviated text. There may be an unhealthy reliance on social media to communicate important ideas, facts and information. The ease and convenience of the Internet has become simply too alluring to ignore. This year’s Senior Best controversy is because the Internet has been allowed to replace, instead of augment, more traditional and guaranteed forms of reaching the student body.
MICHELLE PAULINO Opinions Editor
Sorry, Your Dreams Are Out of Reach To feel insecure is inevitable. When applying to college, whether you are ready for it or not, you are going to doubt your abilities. On your quest to apply to a reputable and reachable university, sites like College Prowler and College Confidential may become frequented on a routine basis. To help get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted, some sites offer a “Chance Me” option that enables other people to vote on the chances they think you will get into a university you apply for. The process starts with filling out the information most wouldn’t normally gloat about, like their grade point average and SAT scores. You can also enter in your extracurricular activities and rank your own high school’s performance and difficulty, as well as a few other options. After all is said and done, you then anxiously await the blessing of a complete stranger. The stranger can vote from options ranging from, “Yes, it’s very likely,” to “Sorry, it’s out of reach.” At times, it is hard for us to remember that most schools look at applicants holistically, meaning they take into account the experiences you mention in your personal statement, what you set out to do in the future and who you are as a person. Overall, these anonymous poll-style online predictions should be taken with a grain of salt because every college is different and you may just be admitted to the school that you thought was out of reach.
Twinkie,Twinkie, Little Star, How I Wonder Where You Are
TINA CHEN Staff Writer
If your childhood fantasies consisted of leprechauns, Prince Charming and unlimited Twinkies, one of these three will probably be considered foreign to your grandchildren. Moreover, if you did not wish for boxes of Ding Dongs under the Christmas tree that could supply you for the next decade or have not headed to the closest County Fair for your very first—and last— deep-fried MoonPie, then you
are out of luck. As of Nov. 21, the company Hostess is now closed after filing its second bankruptcy, leaving thousands of workers unemployed and millions of snack-cake fans to fend for themselves. Such a tragedy, right? Obviously, Americans know what their priorities are; the Syrian Crisis and even our tax reforms are nothing compared to America’s loss of the fattening cream-filled delicacy with little to no nutritional value, because we have finally realized we are too fat for our Cana-
dian hat. As Americans slowly turn toward the direction of a healthier lifestyle and show concerns for child obesity, many disappearing companies like Hostess are causing a nostalgic frenzy among supporters who can only look back in 20 years and recollect all of the fat American childhood memories that Twinkies held. I say we should all run out to our nearest grocery store, buy the last remaining boxes of fat cakes and sell them on Ebay to those who show no concern for their waistline.
January 21: (Dutch Teen Sails Around the World) Laura Dekker became the first youngest sailor at sixteen years old to complete a global voyage alone. She began her trip January 20th, 2011 and finished January 21st, 2012, when she landed in St. Maarten, which is located in the Carribean.
August 6: (Curiosity on Mars) The Mars Science Laboratory successfully landed the rover, Curiosity, on Mars. The rover studies Mars’ geology and climate, preparing data for a manned mission to the red planet. Curiosity was estimated to cost $2.5 billion.
November 6: (Barack Obama Re-elected President) Having received 332 Electoral College votes and 50.3% of the popular vote, President Barack Obama won the 2012 election. November 7: (Prop 30 Passed) Prop 30, the tax measure for educational funding passed. Universities most impacted by this proposition include the California State Universities. Because the measure passed, 23 CSU campuses have received money by the end of November.
August 29 - September 9: (Summer Paralympics) London hosted the fourteenth Paralympics, the largest ever with around 4,200 athletes competing. The name actually derives from the Greek prefix “para-,” meaning “alongside” because it is parallel to the Olympics; it has nothing to do with paraplegia or paralysis.
May 23-24: (New President of Egypt) Egypt elected Mohammed Morsi as president. He won with 51.7 percent of popular vote, while his opponent Ahmed Shafik gained 48.3 percent of votes. Morsi is the first Islamist to become a head of state in the Arabic world.
February 6: (Diamond Jubilee) Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated her 60th anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee, as queen of 16 sovereign states. Official events, such as the lighting of beacons across the Commonwealth realms--the areas which she reigns over--took place later in June. The only other monarch of these states who has celebrated a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.
June 1: (Samoa Independence) Samoa pardons 35 prisoners in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its independence from New Zealand.
September 21: (Endeavour Lands in California) After a three decade career in space, the space shuttle Endeavour flew from Florida to Edwards Air Force in California. It landed in LAX, bringing an end NASA’s space shuttle program.
February 9: (Women Allowed Closer To Combat) After a year-long debate, the Pentagon reached the decision of allowing women in the military to have permanent jobs as radio operators, medics and tank mechanics. Although many women already serve in those jobs, it was only due to an increase in demand due to the Afghanistan war. This new rule does not apply to jobs in combat tank units, special operations commando units or the infantry.
March 22: (Quebec Protest) Largest protest in Quebec’s history occurs in Montreal with over 200,000 people marching against government tuition hikes and for free access to post-secondary education.
April 2: (Oikos University Shooting) One Goh, a 43-year-old former student at Oikos Univeristy in California, opens fire on the campus killing seven people and wounding several others. Sources: Ed.Gov, Huffington Post, NY Times, The Atlantic, CNN, The People History, BBC, Infoplease, News. Yahoo, Research Maniacs, Holiday Smart, The Diamond Jubilee, Wikipedia, CBC, London 2012
December 7: (Same Sex Marriage Cases Brought to Court) Two Same-Sex Marriage Cases Are Brought To The U.S. Supreme Court. One from New York argues that the federal law requires U.S. government to deny all benefits to lesbian and gay couples. The second case is from California and would ultimately decide the constitutional right of same-sex marriage. Decisions on both cases are expected in June 2013. December 14: (Sandy Hook Massacre) A man opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School, located in Newtown, Connecticut. Twentyeight people were killed, including the murderer, Adam Lanza and his mother Nancy Lanza. Twenty of the victims include students who attended the elementary school. December 21: (Presumed End of the World) The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar completed a cycle of 13 periods of 144,000 days each, which many people believed to mark the end of the world. However, NASA scientists assured people that claims involving the Mayan calendar, planetary alignment and collisions with celestial bodies are all implausible in the near future. They proved to be correct when the world in fact did not end and continued to exist in relative stability.
July 19: (Child Left Behind Policy) Thiry-three following states have received No Child Left Behind waiver. This waiver essentially provides states with the flexibility regarding specific requirements of this law, while allowing them to implement their own state-developed plans to improve education. July 20: (Twelve Killed in Colorado Theater Shooting) During a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, a gunman fires on the crowded theater in a Denver suburb. Twelve people were killed and 58 others were wounded. July 27-August 12: (Summer Olympics) London, England hosted the Games of the XXX Olympiad under the responsibility of the British Olympic Association. The city is the only one in England to have ever hosted the Olympics, and Great Britain is the country that has hosted the Olympics the second greatest amount of times, after the United States.
October October 29: (Superstorm Sandy Hits Staten Island) Just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, with winds up to 90 mph, Sandy arrived at the United States. The next day, millions reported to have no electricity and water levels continue to rise. In the U.S, 125 people were killed and more than 72,000 homes and buildings were destroyed, which totaled $62 billion in damage.
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Do you think gun control policies should be reformed to prevent tragedies like those in Newtown; if so, in what ways? “I don’t think gun policies should [be reformed] because people need to protect themselves. School safety should be important.” -Unique Martinez, Junior
“[Gun] laws should be reformed. People don’t need guns. Other methods [of] self defense can be used. The right to bear arms is no longer needed.” -Marine Wei, Senior
“They have to make [laws] stricter so not just anyone can own a gun.” -Mayra Aguilar, Freshman
“Yes, laws should be reformed because every gun remains a possible danger. Less guns will help society. Not having guns would make people feel safer about their environment. Stricter policies need to be enforced. -Yixia Chen, Senior
“Assault rifles should not be distributed in the U.S. because they could be used to kill innocent people.” -Joseph Nava, Sophomore
“I don’t think it’s necessary. [People] should be able to protect themselves. Teachers should be responsible [for their students], and schools should be safe.” -Valentine Lopez, Sophomore
“I don’t like guns; personally, I think firearms should be banned.” -Adolfo Osuna, Freshman
“Laws should be stricter because no one would want that [violence] to happen. School safety should be enforced. For example, having more staff and security would be a good place to start.” -Kayiu Wong, Freshman
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Varsity Wrestling Diligently Practices in Preparation for Almont League
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MOOR photo by YIBEI LIU RESTLESS WRESTLING Senior captain Michael Robles practices with alumnus Alfred Ginez in preparation for their next wrestling matches at the West Covina Tournament on Jan. 18. NATE GARCIA Assistant Sports Editor As many make their New Year’s resolutions and the new semester begins, hair is bleached once again as the varsity wrestling team prepares for their upcoming season. Last year, the team took second in league with a record of 4-1, and an overall outside tournament record of 20-3. This year, the team has been practicing rigorously since the beginning of the season in order to be successful. During practice, which is held daily in the wrestling room, the team begins with a series of stretches, then starts drilling in their offensive and defensive positions. After, they learn new moves and put them into practice as they break into groups to simulate real match scenarios. The practice is then ended with sets of push-ups and sit-ups.
However, one of the problems facing the Moors this year is the lack of experience on the team. Ten seniors graduated last year, causing the team to have a reduced roster. This year, according to Head Coach Michael Williams, the two captains, Mi-
been a fashion this year [...] we had to forfeit two weight divisions [...]” -Michael Williams chael Robles, whom is 25-4, and Steven Ovsepian, whom is 26-3, are carrying the team. “We have a really young team. Last year we had a lot of seniors, and this year we have a lot of freshmen [and] it’s really hard to tell what [rank we are currently holding],” Robles said.
As a result of the small roster this season, there are a few empty weight divisions, which must be forfeited during a match, causing the team to lose overall points. “Wrestling hasn’t been a fashion this year, and we had to forfeit two weight divisions […] because we didn’t have anyone to fill in the spots. It’s hard to join this sport,” Williams said. Even under the difficult circumstances, the team will continue to strive forward. This years newcomers are being pushed and trained as well as they can be in order to overcome their opponents during matches and prepare for the Almont League season “Our goal this year is to do well as a team during [matches] and to perform well during league finals in order to qualify for [the] CIF matches,” senior Victor Verduzco said.
Lance Armstrong was regarded as one of the best cyclists and athletes of all time. With his story of fighting cancer and still being able to be an athlete winning countless titles, he has inspired many, including myself. He has won several cycling titles, including seven Tour de France titles and one Olympic bronze medal. Armstrong was also the chairman of the Livestrong Foundation, an organization designed to support patients with cancer. However, in October, events took an unexpected turn as Armstrong’s use of illegal substances was exposed to the public; many did not expect that Armstrong’s achievements and titles were attributed to the use of banned substances. He also supplied these drugs to his teammates and others around him. His drug use was described as “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sports has ever seen” by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Although Armstrong hid it for most of his career, he has now been exposed and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and his reputation, as well. Cheating in sports is a significant problem that also happens on a smaller scale in high school sports. People are always trying to find ways to be the best and get ahead of the curve, even if those ways may challenge their ethics. Some student athletes have taken performance-enhancing drugs. Though it may feel good to be better than everyone else, students are only cheating themselves when they take enhancement drugs. Cheating is a serious matter and comes with severe consequences. There are no shortcuts in life; to be the best, you have to work hard and make sacrifices. In Armstrong’s case, he was able to get away with cheating for a while, but his honor, dignity and achievements were eventually stripped from him.
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NFL Chiefs’ Linebacker Kills Girlfriend in Murder-Suicide ANHAYTE GUAJARDO Staff Writer On Dec. 1, 2012, the tragic death of the Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, was found dead after he fatally shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, 22, several times. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he committed suicide in front of his head coach Romeo Crennel, linebacker’s coach Gary Gibbs and the team’s general manager Scott Pioli. Belcher left behind a three-month old daughter he had with Perkins named Zoey. “The entire Chiefs family’s
... hearts are heavy with sympa- their bedroom when Belcher fired sport with the risk of a concussion thy; [our] thoughts and prayers up to nine bullets into her body. standing at 75 percent for males. go out for the families and According to NewsOne.com, “Concussions are painful. It friends affected by this unthink- Belcher’s reactions may have feels like [...] massive headable tragedy,” Chiefs aches,” sophomore “The entire Chiefs family’s ... Laura Salazar said. chairman Clark Hunt said in an interview hearts are heavy with sympathy; Research has shown that with Kansas City Star. [our] thoughts and prayers go out concussions frequently According to mulprofessional and for the families and friends affect- affect tiple media sources, the high school athletes. It is relationship between ed by this unthinkable tragedy.” shown that 5 to 10 perBelcher and Perkins had cent of athletes will ex- Clark Hunt been strained, with con- perience a concussion in stant arguments over isany given sport season. sues, such as money. On the day been triggered by multiple head Headaches and dizziness are of the murder, Belcher’s mother concussions that he had suf- most commonly reported sympwas in the house, reporting that fered due his football career. toms immediately following the couple had been arguing in Football is the most common concussions for injured ath-
letes. However, it is estimated that 47 percent of athletes do not report feeling any symptoms after a concussive blow. In addition, an autopsy report revealed that Belcher’s bloodalcohol level was at 0.17 percent at the time of the murder-suicide, over twice the legal limit for Missouri drivers, which is currently at 0.08 percent. Belcher had been suffering from short-term memory, which, combined with the influence of alcohol and constant concussions, may have impaired his judgment at the time of the incident.
New Season on the way for the JV Girls’ Soccer Team JV Boys’ Basketball Determined to Strive in Preseason DAVID TAN Staff Writer As winter begins to roll in, the JV girls’ soccer team will be getting ready to start their long-awaited season. The team has been practicing and preparing in their off-season, which includes summer practices, working on conditioning, communication and technique. However, there is
still much work needed to be done before the start of their season. “We should improve on communication on the field and [our] technique,” captain Renata Rodriguez said. The team feels they still need to work on ball control, passing, dribbling and talking on the field, as well as growing closer together in order to have a success-
ful season. The girls believe that communicating efficiently during games is the key to the team’s success and plays a big factor in determining the outcome of every game. “My most important goal right now is to put them together as a team,” coach Nabor Solis said. MOOR graphic by ARELI ARELLANO
KEVIN KONG Sports Editor As students return from winter break, many athletics resume. One such team is JV boys’ basketball. They currently hold a record of 2-1 in preseason and train daily in order to prep for the regular season. “We are doing well [so far]. We have a nice, young core of sophomores and we
have high hopes for this year,” coach Bryan Gonzalez said. The team trains by beginning with warm-ups that consist of jump shots, sprints and breakdowns of fundamentals. The schedule proceeds with shooting drills, such as V-cuts, offensive practices designed to improve positioning and communication, five-onfive situationals and final-
ly, conditioning. According to Gonzalez and captain Matthew Aguilar, the team is strong in scoring but must work on their defensive strategies. “If we play good defense, no team will be able to beat us. As long as we practice hard, we will have a great season,” Aguilar said. MOOR graphic by SHARON XU
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IN REMEMBRANCE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (1929-1968)
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January 2013 -- The Moor Issue 5