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Governor Brown Advocates for School Funding, Energy Efficiency

DEBORAH CHEN Copy Editor In 2011, California faced a $26.6 billion budget deficit. When Governor Brown took office, he eliminated these shortfalls in revenue with billions of dollars in cuts in the previous two state budgets. He went on to advocate a 2013-2014 state budget to increase investments in education, implement health care reform and stabilize California’s finances. Brown plans to considerably increase state funding for each student in K-12 schools and community colleges, which will increase by $2.7 billion by next year. By 2016-2017, the annual funding will increase by $19 billion. “Education has such high value and, as high school students, we are pushed to go to college and have a successful life. [...] The governor’s plan could help lower the costs of tuition and send many students to college,” junior Vivian Phang said. The state budget also increases funds for UCs and CSUs by five percent, which is an additional $250 million. Brown plans to strengthen California’s higher education system, reduce student debt and ensure affordability with a stable funding plan. Due to the rapidly rising cost of higher education, low and middle-income students are paying the price. By having UCs and CSUs use their resources more effectively and shorten the time it takes for students to complete

their degree, the system will be more affordable for both the students and the state. “It’s a great idea that Governor Brown is rededicating funds to universities and colleges because we should be showing commitment to the future and to the students who will be leading our teacher country,” history Jose Sanchez said.

Brown has also proposed to provide half of the revenue from Proposition 39, around $400 to 450 million, to fund energy-efficiency projects at K-12 campuses and community colleges. He hopes to build facilities that use renewable en-

ergy so that schools can cut utility costs. The governor also proposed another plan that will invest in renewable energy technology and create more than half a million green jobs. “Investments in clean energy produce two to three times as many jobs per dollar as gas, oil or coal,” Brown said, according to “Clean energy jobs and businesses have grown much faster than the economy as a whole in the past fifteen years and have continued to grow even during the economic downturn.” Brown’s plan includes setting a goal of 20,000 megawatts in renewable energy, plus investments in original efficiency technology by 2020. His goals include making existing buildings more efficient and adopting stronger appliance efficiency standards. According to, investing in clean energy and increasing efficiency are critical components in rebuilding the economy. Doing so will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, increase energy independence and protect public health. However, some believe that the success will be short-lived and not viable as a long-term solution for California. “Like anything else, we will have to keep looking at the situation and evaluate it. [...] In order for it to last long term, we need to look at a better way to generate a steady stream of revenue,” Government and Economics teacher Paul Stein said.

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Celiac Disease Leads to Lawsuit Against School DIANA LI News Editor Last December, Lesley University faced a settlement that now requires the school to serve gluten-free foods. The U.S. Justice Department received a complaint in 2009 alleging that the university violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not accommodating students with celiac disease, a common genetic disorder that interferes with gluten tolerance and other food allergies. Although the case affects only that university, this settlement sets a precedent in favor of students with food allergies, who can file lawsuits against restaurants and public schools for not meeting their dietary needs. “Because there is an increasing amount of people with a need for a gluten-free diet, public eateries should learn to adapt to the growing needs of the population they feed,” senior Rebecca Vilaylak said. This settlement holds implications on the food served at public schools. Currently, AHS is in the green; AUSD allows students with valid medical statements to request special meals by completing an application. “As a person with food allergies, it’s important for a school to have a [wide] variety of food served in its cafeteria,” junior Shaina Kim said. “However, it is also important for students to be responsible for what they eat.”

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Custodians Maintain School Grounds, Help Foster Education DIANA LI News Editor The amount of work custodians put into their jobs is immeasurable. In Orlando, Florida schools, those applying for the position of custodian must pass a fitness test to be hired for the job; this measure was designed to select the most able applicants to potentially reduce work-related injuries. However, more than one quarter of the applicants did not pass the fitness test. According to National Public Radio, the high cost of workers’ compensation, which ranges from $500,000 to $800,000 annually, encourages schools to hire selectively for a more qualified staff. The dilemma that schools face is between filling the vacancies within the custodial staff with

unqualified applicants or having a smaller staff work overtime to complete jobs meant for a larger staff. With the latter scenario, the custodial staff is often strained to complete both their own jobs and the jobs of unfilled positions. Custodial workers have one of the highest rates of job-related injuries, oftentimes missing more work days than police officers due to work injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), custodians can suffer injuries, such as cuts, bruises and burns from using machines, tools




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and chemicals on the job. Furthermore, custodians’ jobs often involve repeated movements, which can result in strained

muscles and fatigue. A survey by the BLS showed that more than 15,000 custodians in the U.S. were injured on the job in 2010.



At AHS, the day crew often lifts heavy objects, while the night crew cleans the campus, including pathogen-filled bathrooms. Workers must take many precautions in order to prevent injuries and sickness, such as wearing gloves while cleaning restrooms. Manny Molina, the former plant foreman and head of the AHS custodial staff, has had first-hand experience of these dangers. Molina, who retired from AHS after first semester, worked with AUSD for 26 years and nine and a half years at AHS. He began as a technician at SGHS but later transferred to AHS in 2003. After spending many years working as a foreman around the high school

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environment, Molina emphasizes the importance of positive school environment for successful learning. “We are in the safety business before anything [else]; it is the absolute number one priority,” Molina said. “Safety, health and welfare are conducive to [creating] a good learning environment.” With the school campus being integral to students’ education, the significance of an able-bodied custodial staff is undeniable. “AHS is a very big school, and it takes a lot to clean [the campus] each day,” junior Kathy Castro said. “I really appreciate the hard work [the staff is] doing to keep our school in tip-top shape and clean.” MOOR graphic by SHARON XU

Take a look at the varsity boys’ soccer game against Montebello.

An Annual Tradition of Individual Recognition JENNY LEE Staff Writer Each year, the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) recognizes those who have played a significant role in students’ education by awarding them the Founders Day Award. The founders of the PTA were Alice Birney, Phoebe Hearst and Selena Butler; the award was created in order to share their legacy as founders. The recipients have to be a PTA member and are selected based on how they enrich the school community and their PTA achievements. The AUSD is comprised of 13 elementary schools and three high schools, each with the opportunity to create its own PTA program. On Feb. 8, all of AUSD’s PTAs came together to honor the recipient from their respective school. From AHS, the PTA chose to honor Jose Sanchez, Jocelyn Castro, Jessica Castillo and Hung Luu. Sanchez is a history teach-

er, MOOR College Preparatory teacher and adviser of the MOOR College Club. He creates a college-going atmosphere by sponsoring college week and workshops. This past s u m m e r, he was one of the two teache r s chosen from C a l i fornia t o

“This is [my] first year here, but I knew he would be a really good teacher,” freshman Aaron Chhor of Sanchez’s AP Human Geography class said. “I never thought I’d be interested in geography but he makes i t very interesting. He really de-

tor and Associated Student Body adviser. Castro has been working to transform the school’s culture. Under her coordination, WASC gave AHS a six-year accreditation with a threey e a r review. “ I t w a s definitely a surprise to receive

special education department and is dedicated to serving the community. In California, a school’s Academic Performance Index (API) score is used to measure a school’s academic performance and development. With Castillo’s help, AHS’ API score has increased by 60 points. “It’s my privilege to serve the community, and I take it very seriously,” Castillo said. “I believe that everyone took responsibility to make the [API score increase] happen.” Luu is a parent receiving the honorary service award for his outstanding leadership in PTA. He stepped up to the plate when the PTA had been struggling. According to PTA President Adele Andrade-Stadler, he earns PTA COMMUNITY LEADERS Jose Sanchez (left), Jocelyn Castro (middle), Jessica Castillo the respect of those who have worked closely with him. (right) and Hung Luu (not pictured) were honored on Feb. 8 for their work in enriching the AHS “It’s a wonderful event to community. recognize that there are special MOOR photos by YIBEI LIU and JOYCE TSUI people in the community of Alstudy at the Supreme Court. He serves this award.” the award,” Castro said. “I was hambra High School,” Andradehas always supported the PTA by Castro is a biology teacher, not expecting it, but it was an Stradler said. “It sets aside all our visiting their booths and fundrais- Western Association of Schools honor.” busy schedules to say thank you ers. and Colleges (WASC) coordinaCastillo is the chair of AHS’ to people who work very hard.”

AHS Receives Positive Reviews After Inspection for Audit

SYLVIA WINSTON Staff Writer Inspections are regular routines that take place at almost every workplace. They occur at high expense companies, government bases and schools. To this AHS is not an exception. An audit was ordered by the California Department of Education for Dec. 13, 2012 at AHS. The inspection appraised three areas: Migration Education, Compensatory Education (Title I) and English Learners. “[These three areas were audited] because they are our three major groups at our school,” Assistant Principal of Instruction Marisa Meyka said.

Several weeks ago, the Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) selected AHS as the last of many high schools it would inspect. “We [receive] categorical money. [This money] helps us fund identified need areas, such as the English Learners. [The audit’s purpose] was to see if the school’s money was being spent appropriately,” Principal Brad Walsh said. After a thorough inspection that spanned several days, the board finalized their review and reported that there were no findings, meaning that AHS was free of any violations. “They complimented our school and even said it ran like a trustworthy organization,” Walsh said.

This inspection caused a lot of anxiety among the administrators. “We were very stressed. It was breath-holding when the auditors were reading the results. The auditors [praised] our school, teachers and students,” Meyka said. Meyka was also the coordinator of the audit. After the audit concluded, Walsh said that he received compliments from the committee regarding the fluidity of AHS. “After the inspection was done, one of the guys in the back stood up and said, ‘It was obvious that we left the best school for last,’ ” Walsh said. AUSD Director of Categorical Programs Terry Jaurequi mentioned the pride the district and

AHS took after the audit. “We feel very proud of the job we do to help students profoundly. Personally, I like to see that we are using our money ethically, [which] gives me pride. I was

surprised to see everything well organized. [Outside] businesses did a great job [of] supporting us,” Jaurequi said.

throughout classes. Teachers level was 40 to 50 decibels,” scicomplain that the ventilation sys- ence teacher Daniel Hyke said. tem disrupts class instruction. The The current decibel level does amount of air transported cre- not meet the state standard for ates the distinctive whirring that California, which is 35 decibels makes it We’ve had experts check difficult the vents [and the] noise for students to level was 40 to 50 decibels. pay atten-Daniel Hyke tion. “The classes upstairs have it in an empty classroom. The noise worse because they are closer to level problem has been an issue the vents […] We’ve had experts for over two and a half years now, check the vents [and the] noise since the science building was

finished. The ventilation company has been conducting an ongoing repair and redesign in order to dampen the air vents; however, the problem still remains. Information on the company’s name was not available by the AUSD at the time of publication. “There’s no timeline on when it’ll be approved [by the Division of the State Architect]; they are still working on minor repairs to

lower the noise level,” Principal Brad Walsh said. “It’s still being negotiated.” Air ventilation problems come at the expense of a successful learning experience. At times, teachers and students cannot hear each other during class. “It’s hard to concentrate sometimes because of the AC noise, [especially] when I’m near the wall in class,” sophomore Monica Wu said. “I’ve heard the workers fixing [the vents] on the roof before. I hope it gets fixed soon.”

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Hot Air Over Science Building Ventilation System JENNIFER THAI Staff Writer What do you notice as you take a tour around Alhambra High? Some might answer with its architecture while others comment on its school spirit. However, behind every building is the mechanics that keeps the air on campus functioning. Complaints from students and teachers alike have been recently spread regarding the heating and air conditioning ventilation

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Nuns or Nones? I grew up in a household that did not consist of Sunday mornings at church, but at a temple. As I grew up, my knowledge of religion expanded and I realized my parents’ religion was just that; it was their religion and not mine. While I believe the deity they believe in exists, I don’t adhere to their beliefs and practices as there is no one God I look up to. It seems nowadays that the biggest religious preference is no preference at all. Recent studies have shown that about twenty percent of the American population are checking the “None” box when it comes to identifying their religious preference—the “None” category including the Agnostics, Atheists, freethinkers, skeptics and humanists. While I do believe in a higher being, spiritually, I don’t partake in a particular religion. Now, why is that percentage growing? Today, it seems that all people really talk about when it comes to religious topics in politics is abortion and same-sex marriage. Granted, in the past presidential election, these were some of the main issues that were argued about; however, is that really the extent of people’s knowledge when it comes to subjects regarding spirituality? These issues have become so prevalent, and because both are affiliated with religious beliefs, it seems that most are straying away from faith because of certain controversial ideals, such as keeping marriage between a man and a woman or taking a life post-conception, be it a fetus or a fully grown human being. The “Nones” may be a growing trend for young adults, but for the most part, it is not because they are not spiritual; they simply do not affiliate themselves with an organized religion. Ultimately, it is one’s own choice to be a part of a specific religion or not to believe in spirituality, at all. To keep the church alive, maybe the generations to come just need to be more informed, otherwise, soon the only religion left will be “None.”

Every Saint has a Past and every Sinner has a Future


Think of the children. Stacie Halas, an elementary school science teacher from Oxnard, California, used to work in pornography. What nerve! Halas was attempting to make ends meet after being abandoned by her boyfriend and falling into debt. Three years later, she decided to turn her life around and became a teacher. Out of shame, she never disclosed her naughty past. After teaching for a few years, students and teachers began to stumble onto bits of her past, consequently resulting in her job termination in April 2012. How dare this education system allow her to teach the youth of America about photosynthesis when just three years ago she was-insert sex

Dare Say Nothing but the Truth

SEAN NGUYEN Staff Writer

It can be easy for people--journalists included-- to relegate journalism to be nothing more than words on paper. However, the profound influence of media extends its reach across the perceptions and decisions of countless families and individuals. Good journalism enables people to make informed decisions and the journalists involved are entirely responsible for ensuring that this process continues to provide the truth and nothing but the truth. Yet, what happens when journalism goes awry? What happens when the writers and reporters that we rely on fail to report only the most accurate of news? For all the merits and benefits journalism provides to the masses, careless or sloppy journalism can just as easily become the ruin of individual figures and families. Take the recent controversy behind football player Manti Te’o for example. Media outlets across the nation lauded Te’o’s perseverance and will to continue playing football for Notre Dame even though his grandmother and girlfriend had recently passed away. Nevertheless, why do we no longer consider Te’o to be an enduring football star to be proud of? Because the journalists originally behind the story failed to dig deep and accurately represent the reality of the story and because it turns out, in truth, Te’o’s

girlfriend was nothing more than a sham. That’s right. The center of national news, a star football player’s deceased girlfriend, never existed in the first place. It had been reported that Te’o maintained the fabricated relationship with his supposedly Stanford educated girlfriend exclusively through the Internet and that Te’o had, in fact, lied to his own parents about

meeting her in person. The reality, however, is nowhere close. After someone finally went through the process of actually investigating this said girlfriend, it turns out that the pictures Te’o had thought to belong to his deceased love belonged to another woman who is still very much alive. Now, the question is whether Te’o himself had known that

this girlfriend was fake. Now, the center of the nation’s attention is on Te’o’s fake girlfriend, and how this debacle came to be. Sure, it was Te’o himself who told the press about the loss of his grandmother and his girlfriend. However, a journalist’s job is not about regurgitating the words of others and presenting them as fact. A journalist’s job is to investigate and pick apart the truth piece by piece through research and careful observation. In the rush to capitalize on this sensational story, the journalists involved limited their perspective to only Te’o himself. As a consequence, the reputations of Te’o, his family and even the reputation of Notre Dame itself are at stake. If the facts had been investigated thoroughly before publishing the story, the whole debacle could have been avoided and Te’o could simply have remained an untarnished star in the world of college football rather than a pitiful victim of a laughable Internet hoax. In the end, it does no good to simply criticize the mistakes of others. However, it is important to recognize the effect that sloppy journalism can have on the lives of others. Although the efforts of journalists can sometimes be taken for granted, the writers and reporters of news cannot afford to ignore the consequences of the information they portray as genuine when so many people rely on them to make their everyday decisions.

Should anything be done about the large fee discrepancy

Staff Editorial: between middle-income students and low-income students? As the economy worsens every year and the middle and lower income classes start to suffer financially alike, questions arise about whether the financial aid system is considerate of all students as it should be. Currently, middle-income students pay full fees while low-income students qualify for fee reductions and waivers, whether they are for the AP tests, college preparatory standardized tests, college applications or even school lunches. As a result, low-income students experience exponentially lower fees than that of their middle-income peers. Yes, this system technically performs its obligations: helping those in need by allowing them to have the same opportunities as their low-income peers. However, it coddles those students in a way that those who qualify for financial aid, but don’t necessarily need it, are encouraged to take advantage of the “free money.” By allowing low-income students such easy access to standardized tests, lunch and applications, this places an unfair balance of stress on middle-income students. Middle-income students must face the situation in which they consider the cost of heavy fees every time they take a test, submit an application or fork over $2.75 for lunch. Low-income students can take seventeen AP tests for the price of one full price student’s AP test, and they’d still have four dol-

euphemism because it’s vulgaron camera. The audacity! Get that woman away from our teenagers before she perverts the minds of our innocent darlings. In all seriousness, porn is no joke. It objectifies women, perverts the mind and can ruin relationships. However, teachers are people whose lives have not always been concerned with the classroom. Teachers make mistakes, and, unless those mistakes impede their effectiveness of a child’s learning, include illegal activity or are harmful to others, they should be forgiven. In fact, a teacher’s effectiveness should be the primary guiding factor to dictate their employment, not how their dirty laundry may become the brunt of every thirteenyear-old’s joke. After a failed appeal, Halas has until Feb. 13 to once again appeal for her job back in the classroom. Is such redemption possible? Does this sinner have a future?

lars left over. For low-income students, these concerns may be dismissed as most of their own bills are dismissed for them by the government. The funds that support the government’s financial aid system are gained through taxes, which middle-income families pay a higher percentage of. Thus, middle-income families not only pay for themselves but also indirectly pay to allow low-income students to have such low fees.

The financial system’s requirements that decide whether student qualifies for financial aid are inefficient in determining whether the student truly needs financial aid. A paycheck does not include an invoice on the back that reports what bills the money will be used for. Families may experience a wide range of living expenses that can stretch any paycheck—no matter how large or how small—too thinly over the week. However, the

system only has two categories determined by criteria: qualified and not qualified. A student, who receives financial aid but still struggles to make ends meet, has to compete with other students whose families make just low enough an income to receive fee reductions and cuts but doesn’t have as much living expenses. Middleincome students whose families earn too much to receive aid but have a large amount of living expenses may struggle unfairly as well. Not every student is guaranteed to experience these scenarios, but they show just how the nation’s financial aid system could possibly be less of a godsend as it seems. A solution would be to create a median range of income in which students would receive an amount of financial aid that more thoroughly considers living expenses, as well as to conduct through investigations on whether the student really needs financial aid in order to succeed in their studies. Additionally, waivers and fee reductions should be given with more consideration of the student’s merit as well, guaranteeing that the student will really take advantage of such a blessing to its full potential. Such a change in criteria would allow funds to be directed more towards helping truly qualified students whilst avoiding giving opportunistic students an unfair advantage.

Jane Anderson President

Jane Anderson, who is currently serving as president of the AUSD school board, is appointed to voice the opinions of the entire committee. Anderson grew up to love the city of Alhambra, as she attended Garfield Elementary and later Alhambra High. After receiving her California teaching credential and Bachelors of Arts degree at UCSB, she went to CSULA to attain her Masters of Arts in Education. Anderson later taught second grade at Monterey Highlands for 35 years. After retiring from her teaching career in 2002, she mentored new teachers and later applied for a job in the school board in 2007. “[It was] a real honor [to be] appointed to the board; [I am able to] give back to the community, care for children and carry out [my] family legacy,” Anderson said. She wants to continue the road her father took, as he was also president of the board at the time of her graduation from AHS. Anderson says that even with all of her daily activities and hobbies, she devotes the most time to her job. She wants to use the money from Governor Brown’s plan to invest in technology in order to do testing for common core standards. In addition, since about 80 to 85 percent of the district’s funding is for employees, Anderson plans to keep providing these funds to maintain high-quality education and teachers for students of this district. She proudly encourages all students to “[be] very proud to be able to attend a high school that has a wonderful [history]. Be proud of your heritage.”

Meet Your School Board!

The school board consists of five positions—the president, vice presi- Clerk Clerk Chester Chau has been on the school dent, clerk and two members—in which everyone serves a rotation basis. board for the past eight years after serving Each member’s term lasts for a year. As they rotate annually, the presi- as an adjunct professor of accounting and finance at CSULA and Pasadena City College. dent becomes a member, while the vice president becomes the president, He attended AHS and was the ASB president senior year. Chau attended UC Berkeley, and so forth. All of them contribute their opinion to better the Alhambra his a B.S. in Business Administration. Unified School District. Together, they voice ideas and implement plans receiving He later received his MBA degree in finance from CSULA. that would help students receive a high-quality education. The school board runs on a rotation system

By: Features Editor Cynthia Luong

Patricia Rodriguez-Mackintosh Member

Chester Chau

Robert L. Gin Vice President

Robert L. Gin currently serves as vice president of the AUSD’s school board. He lives in Monterey Park with his wife and four daughters and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business from CSULA. Before taking on this job, Gin had the position of being former president of the entire Parent Teacher Association of the AUSD. He reaches out to the public by volunteering at non-profit organizations, like a health fair at a church in El Monte. His vision is to inspire people and aid them to strive for better. Gin describes the process of receiving this position as having to apply first, then filing and obtaining signatures from people in the school district. If opposed, the candidates will have to raise money and campaign, finally getting elected. When Gin first ran for the position, he lost to his opponent, but he ran unopposed and won the second time. As VP of AUSD’s school board, Gin’s job is to assist the president and lead meetings if they are not present. In addition, he claims, “Asians are good leaders, but in a different way. We are not vocal, but we work with people.” The staff and superintendent oversee where the money from Governor Brown’s plan would be placed. They then plan strategically to use that amount effectively and support children in our district. Gin believes that the legacy is through our schools; the students are the future. Gin encourages students to “be involved with school and give back to the community; don’t be afraid to do it.” By: Features Editor Dalla Wong

Patricia Rodriguez-Mackintosh was born in East Los Angeles, and attended Los Angeles Downtown Marinello School of Beauty, a cosmetology school, after graduating from high school. She has been president of the Parent Teacher Association for four terms, and has been a member of the School Site Council and Bond Committee at Alhambra High School and Marguerita Elementary School. Additionally, she has been president of the AUSD Board of Education twice, and previously worked at Alhambra High School for seven years as a volunteer coordinator. Rodriguez-Mackintosh also worked for 17 years at the snack bar at Moor Field and 15 years as Grad Night coordinator. Rodriguez-Mackintosh says that one of the top priorities for additional funding is to enhance the educational program and to support the transition to common core standards. She is currently a member of the Alhambra Educational Foundation Board and of the Parks and Recreation Commission and JointUse Committee. Rodriguez-Mackintosh has been on the Board of Education for nine years now, saying that she ran after being encouraged by Robert Gin, the current vice president of the board. Her advice to AHS students is to “never be embarrassed. Never be shy. Some students are so amazing and they don’t realize that.” By: Copy Editor Caroline Ren

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and for this term Chau holds the position of clerk, which includes signign documents. In the next term, Chau will be rotated to the position of vice president. Chau greatly believes that every child should have a quality education. If the school district was to receive more money, the school board would have to see how to make it last. “The AUSD wants to compress [the incoming money] to the best of the staff’s ability [and keep teachers rather than lose them],” Chau said. By Staff Writer: Sarah Takhar

Adele Andrade-Stadler Member

Adele Andrade-Stadler grew up in Monterey Park and attended Monterey Highlands Elementary and Mark Keppel High School. She earned an associate degree at East Los Angeles College and attended CSULA and Pacific Oaks College. As a homeowner and a parent, Andrade-Stadler desired to serve the public, so she ran for the AUSD’s Board of Education in 2004. Andrade-Stadler worked as an early childhood educator at the Foothill Development Center and at the Union Bank Childcare Center. She also worked as district director for Congresswoman Hilda Solis, which inspired her to join the school board to create changes. When asked about Governor Brown’s plan to increase the budget for education, Andrade-Stadler clarified that the funding would possibly come with spending requirements. The additional money would likely go to English as a second language (ESL) learners of the promotion of career-oriented courses, such as health care. She currently serves as Transportation Commissioner of the Alhambra Planning and Housing commission, is on the board of directors for the West San Gabriel YMCA and is a member of Soroptimist International, which works to advance women’s rights. She is also president of the PTA. To AHS students, she advises students to “reach beyond what you think you can do. Find what your passion is. Find what makes you tick. You might not know what you really want to do right out of high school, and that’s okay. Do what you want in your heart.” By: Copy Editor Caroline Ren

Do you believe the district’s door-locking policy is necessary? Why or why not? “A little bit of both, because we are just getting paranoid about the recent shootings. It would be good for the [doors] to be closed because people cannot get in as easily, but also, it could mean students cannot get to safety just as easily.”

“Yes, because it is not much trouble to [lock the door, and] it is beneficial [in the case of a campus shooting.] It is a better method for prevention.” Minh Nguyen, Senior

Christopher Koga, Sophomore

“Yes, because there has been a lot of incidents with shootings. What if we get shot? How can we be safe at school? I would not come to school anymore.”

“I do not think it is necessary, because if the school has cameras, why else do we need to lock the doors? I was late a few times because the door was locked and I don’t believe I would have been [late] if it wasn’t.”

Yoppie Noer, Junior

Montserrat Fost, Freshman

“No, because if someone brings a gun to school, it would not matter whether the door is locked or not, because the [criminals] will get in just as easily no matter what.”

“Yes. I think that we’ll be more protected than without the door locked; the shooters would be able to get in [if the doors were kept unlocked].”

Tori Simper, Senior

Anthony D’costa, Junior

“I do not think so, because it does not make kids feel very safe when you have to lock the doors. When you cannot get into the classrooms, it makes you feel like a stranger or a criminal.”

“Yes, because you never know what can happen at any time. Someone could just jump the gate or the fence.” Kelly Miranda, Sophomore

Joseph Ney-Jun, Freshman

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Boys’ Soccer Falls Short in Tight Game Against Oilers DAVID TAN Staff Writer On Jan. 29, the varsity boys’ soccer team hosted a league competition against the Montebello Oilers. The Moors came into this match with a league record of 3-3 while the first place Montebello Oilers had a record of 5-0-1. After their 0-1 loss against the Oilers on Jan. 10, the Moors hoped to come back with a win in this game. The team has been working hard in practice to prepare for this game. They worked on conditioning, decision making and communicating effectively during the game. “We need to start strong, communicate and finish off our goals,” captain Jaime Espinoza said. The Moors started off the game with energy and determination. From the blow of the whistle to the end of the game, they were able to match up with Montebello with their offense and defense. However, Montebello’s goal in the middle of the first half made the score 0-1. The rest of the half consisted

Sports: They Wander Off the Field and Into Your Life NATE GARCIA Assistant Sports Editor

MOOR photo by JOYCE TSUI GOING FOR THE GOAL Right midfielder Joseph Pelayo fights for the ball against the Montebello Oilers in their Jan. 29 game. After an intense match, the Moors lost with a score of 0-1. of good defense by both teams, were either over the top or off “I think we had more chances with neither team giving an edge. to the side. Due to strong de- to score than the other team. We The second half continued with fense and missed opportunities, had more energy and we domistrong defense, including two the game was decided by only nated, [but] we just missed a crucial saves by goalie Ricky one goal. At the end of the game, couple shots on goal,” Head Arroyo, which kept the score at the score remained 0-1 with Coach Netza Bravo said. 0-1. The Moors eventually broke Montebello coming out on top. The Moors currently have past the Oiler defense and came The team felt that they defend- a record of 4-5, and will conup with chances to score. How- ed fairly well against the Oilers, tinue to work on their deever, the Moors were unable to but the few mistakes that they fense and passing to prepare score due to missed shots that made had cost them the game. for their upcoming games.

Varsity Boys’ Basketball Endeavors for Successful End to Season

Lady Moors Prepare to End Their Season on a Positive Note

Basketball requires thoroughness and athleticism, which is why the varsity boys’ team practices their fundamentals in the gymnasium on a daily basis. They currently have a record of 4-5. One loss was a triple-overtime game against the Mark Keppel Aztecs on Jan. 11. However, the Moors defeated the Aztecs in a rematch on Jan. 30 with a score of 49-42. With this win, the team is determined to end the season strong. “I always want to improve defensively. The team chemistry is good; we are playing well [together]. We have only ten guys playing, but all are solid,” Head Coach Robert Blanchard said. Despite a slightly reduced ros-

As the winter season comes to an end, the varsity girls’ basketball team is working hard to hone their skills. Last year, the team finished their season with a 3-7 record. This year, they currently hold a record of 2-7 as the team continues to focus during practice to defeat their opponents. “We need to improve on our communication and helping each other on the court,” captain Samantha Garcia said. Flexibility, conditioning, speed and agility, along with strength and power, are the areas of emphasis that the basketball team worked on to prepare for the season. The team is driven during practice, working on drills, such

KEVIN KONG Sports Editor

ter, captain Wai Sett and center and power-forward Carlos Barrios feel that the team is strong on offensive possessions, but agree with Blanchard about improving their defense. The team rotates between offense and defense in their practices for balance between the two virtues. “I believe we are able to score whenever we want. We just need to focus on every defensive possession,” Barrios said. The team’s focus is currently on the league finals. Blanchard prepares the boys for the finals intensively because he believes rigor and routine will lead to progress. “We’re very good offensively when we control the tempo of the game. We just have too many mistakes that are more mental than physical,” Sett said.


Varsity Girls’ Water Polo Ends Regular Season as an Experienced, Unified Team

NATE GARCIA Assistant Sports Editor

team. After all of the physical work is done, Head Coach Sarah Duran explains the key essentials While students take cover from to forming a successful team. the thunderstorms or walk around “Experience […] plays a big in their tank tops during 2013’s role in our team. These girls are unpredictable weather, the varsity mostly seniors that have been girls’ water polo team is together for most of their “These girls are mostly seniors hard at work, rain or shine. four years. They underThis season, they curthat have been together for most of stand each other well and rently have a league rehave a great knowledge cord of 0-4, having lost their four years [...] they understand of the game,” Duran said. to Montebello Oilers, As all teams have their each other well and have a great Bell Gardens Lancers, glory days here and there, knowledge of the game.” Mark Keppel Aztecs, this one will be hard to miss and the Schurr Spartans. -Sarah Duran with all of the varsity athHowever, the team feels letes graduating this year. they have neared their “I think the team has potential and have made great are held at Granada Park consist made huge progress from preprogress since their last season. of warming up their legs, tread- vious years. This year, we had “We have improved a lot in ing water, improving the accu- many girls that are dedicated terms of strength as a team, be- racy of their passing and shooting and passionate, I’m proud of our ing able to understand each and enacting real-game scenarios girls,” senior Priscilla Alfaro said. other better and communi- with scrimmages against the JV

as running, passing and shooting, while improving on their communication skills in order to enhance their performance in games. In their recent game against Mark Keppel on Jan. 29, the team lost with a score of 1692 but hopes to win their last game today against San Gabriel to finish the season strongly. According to captain Lauren Wong, thanks to new Head Coach Erik Williams, the chemistry within the team has improved, placing the team in an optimistic mood towards the rest of their season. “I think we are driven now for the second round. By the end [of the season] we will have improved on all the things we have lacked on,” captain Tracy Yoshimizu said.

MOOR graphic by SIMON ZHAO

We athletes have all heard it, “Focus! This is your time! Pain is temporary! Quitting is forever!” Those are the words that circle the locker room before a game. They can help you get at the top of your game when it is needed most. However, what happens after you win league or stand on the podium? Whatever the reason for participating, the confidence achieved by excellence in a sport can sometimes wander into classrooms. Confidence in sports can give students a reason to keep their grades up. In order to stay on a team, athletes must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. The requirement keeps most athletes striving to maintain their grades; no one wants to get kicked off a team before league finals. Confidence is a fundamental building block of being an athlete. However, it shouldn’t overpower them so much that it causes a significant change in the athlete’s attitude towards other classmates. Being a varsity athlete, I know how hard it is not to have a smug attitude toward my friends when it comes to those “I’m faster than you” debates. The words that come out can lower the self-esteem of others, and can also create an arrogant picture of themselves. Sports allow us to break away from school, to be set free where no pen is required. Nevertheless, it is important that every student-athlete maintain a humble nature and good study habits to achieve the full respect of others both in the classroom and on the field.

cate well during games,” senior Herschella Kozasky said. The girls have followed their daily routine ever since the beginning of the season and hold practice as long as there is a pool filled with water. Their practices

Caraveo started playing football at Park Elementary School in the sixth grade. When he earned his spot on the Alhambra varsity football team, he worked hard to become the best defensive player in his position. He finished his football career at AHS with an average of 14.5 sacks and a total of 77 tackles. Caraveo is most proud of his game against Wilson High School which consisted of his 95-yard touchdown and 5 sacks. Caraveo also qualified for the 2012 All-CIF team. At the moment, he looks foward to attending college, and, although he has not been offered a scholarship, Caraveo is confident he will play college football. “I felt that I got noticed because I worked hard in the off-season and, when the time came, I performed better than anyone else in my position,” Caraveo said. “I feel extremely proud and [feel] a huge sense of accomplishment.” MOOR graphic by SHARON XU ANHAYTE GUAJARDO MOOR photo by JOYCE TSUI Staff Writer

The Moor Issue 6  

February 2013 -- The Moor Issue 6

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