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School holds carnival to improve CST scores

Drama finds beauty in the “Beast”

CHRISTINE BABAYAN n hopes of motivating students to lock up their friends in a cage. ACSY do well on the upcoming Califor- officer Evelyna Vartanians (’12) exnia Standards Test (CST), a car- pects it “will create some good laughs nival will be held on March 9 from and attract a lot of attention.” 3-6 p.m. in the main quad before the Meanwhile, Random Acts of annual Stars Shooting for Hope Kindness will be administering cutCelebrity Basketball Game. out photo booths, where participants Although there is no entrance fee can pose in front of various backto the event, students who scored pro- drops for pictures, and the journalism ficient or better on last year’s CST class will be operating a Dance will receive free tickets to use on the Dance Revolution arcade game. games. Assistant Principal Caroline According to Principal Jennifer Sweeney, who is planning the event, Earl, the carnival is part of the said the carnival is “a very traditional school’s efforts to and old-fashbuild on the “we ioned idea,” need to grow a and hopes to quarter” concept, make it an a plan to raise the annual tradiAcademic Pertion. 810 801 formance Index After Goal (API) by 25 the carnival, points. the 4th an790 The API is a nual Stars state-wide measShooting for 776 urement of the H o p e 773 academic perCelebrity 770 formance of a Basketball school. It is based Game, a on the school’s game of 750 scores from the teachers ver2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 CST and the Calsus celebrities, will be ifornia High held in the School Exit API: The school’s API improved by 3 Exams. The scale points from last year, but is still 25 points main gym 7-9 of the measure- below the required 801. To encourage the from ment ranges from the school to meet its API goal, a carnival p.m. The entrance fee is 200-1000, 800 will be held on March 9. $5, and all being the prethe proceeds ferred target. Last year, the school fell short with an API go to the Desi Geestman Foundation, of 776, and was consequently labeled which helps provide support for families suffering through pediatric cana Program Improvement school. During the event, clubs will cer. “With the huge buzz going fundraise by holding activity booths AN UONG | TORNADO TIMES around about the carnival, we’re hopand selling food. American Cancer Society Youth ing it’ll help give us an awesome MUSICAL: Michael Yapujian, playing the Beast, and Ally Specter, playing Belle, rehearse a scene from the (ACSY) will be managing a “jail turnout for the game, too,” ASB ad- drama production of the musical “Beauty and the Beast.” The performances will be on March 10, 16-18 at 7 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Go to pages 8-9 for a full preview of the musical. booth” where students will be able to viser Edgar Melik-Stepanyan said.


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Scholastic Bowl team prepares for annual academic competition CHRISTINE BABAYAN hat is the largest church in the Christian world? What character in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the same type of being as Ariel in “The Tempest”? Goldfish are domesticated versions of what freshwater Asian fish? These are the type of academically challenging questions that students from Clark Magnet, Crescenta Valley (CV), Glendale, and Hoover High schools will be quizzed on at the 22nd Scholastic Bowl, held at the Glendale High School Auditorium on March 19 at 7 p.m.

W AN UONG | TORNADO TIMES PRACTICE: (from left to right) Lucine Oganesian, Stephen Ghazikhanian, Edward Nadurata, Meagen Yuen, and Matthew Benitez of the Scholastic Bowl team practice with buzzers to answer questions. The team will compete against other GUSD high schools in the academic competition on March 19 in the Glendale High auditorium.

The Scholastic Bowl is an annual competition, hosted by NBC weatherman Fritz Coleman, in which students from the district’s four high schools compete to answer academically challenging questions. Before the actual event, there is an essay challenge on March 5 in which every member of the team will write an essay on a currently relevant topic. The points received on each essay will then be averaged out and every team will be awarded a score to jumpstart the quiz portion of the event.

This year’s team consists of seniors Stephen Ghazikhanian, Edward Nadurata, Lucine Oganesian, junior Matthew Benitez, and freshman Meagen Yuen. The team usually practices once or twice a week for an hour; however, as the competition date nears they start practicing more often. English teacher and coach Brian Crosby is positive that the team has strengths in all five of the categories: language arts, fine arts, math, science, and history.

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wo students were killed and three were injured on Monday at Chardon High School in Ohio after a suspect opened fire in the school’s cafeteria. The gunman, a 17-year-old sophomore, was forced out of school by an adult and arrested.


rincipal Jennifer Earl has posted a list of students who have earned the privilege of being part of the Hoover Honor Roll. Students who have received the title are sorted into different levels. They are first divided according to their graduating year. From there, a student’s position is determined by their grade point average (GPA). Highest Honor Roll requires a 4.0 GPA or higher, High Honor Roll requires a 3.75-3.99 GPA, Honor Roll requires 3.5-3.7499 GPA, and Honorable Mention requires a 3.0-3.49 GPA.


he Hoover Tornado Marching Band received $42,000 worth of instruments from Lexus of Glendale Vice President and General Manager Johnny Harrison. According to the band director Martin Rhees, Harrison “stepped in with a quality set of instruments, specifically for marching.” This includes four mellophones, four baritones, and four tubas. Rhees received the last of the instruments on Feb. 10 and surprised his students in the auditorium when he drew the curtains.

AN UONG | TORNADO TIMES ASSEMBLY: David Amirian and art teacher Jason Pinsker participate in a relay game during the first winter sports assembly on Feb. 1 in the main gym. A similar spring sports assembly is being considered. See more photos online at

Bowl continued from page 1 In December, tryouts were held in which Crosby asked questions from previous years and students that answered the most questions correctly were chosen for the team. Crosby feels the team’s diversity in both age and academic knowledge gives them an advantage. Yuen is currently the only freshman on the team and although she can “hold her own,” she admits that at times there are math or sci-

ence questions that stump her. “I try not to think about the fact that I’m the youngest on the team,” Yuen said. “I just focus on the question given and dig deep into my knowledge.” She believes the team has a “decent chance” of winning and looks forward to possibly rejoining the team next year. A mock competition will be held on March 15 at the Americana at Brand in which a combined group of four students and four teachers from each participating high school will compete in a buzzer round to answer 25 practice questions.

"[The Scholastic Bowl's] no different than a football or basketball game, except the kids get to compete with their brains,” coordinator Dennis van Bremen said, Each member of the first place team will receive $500 and the second place team will win $125. Both the third place team and the fourth place team will receive $75. The money for the grants comes from an array of sponsors including Knapp, Petersen and Clarke, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Glendale Educational Foundation. Answers to the first paragraph are online at

Matthew Benitez (’13) Strength: Math Weakness: Arts

Stephen Ghazikhanian (’12)

Lucine Oganesian (’12) Strength: Math Weakness: English

Meagen Yuen (’15) Strength: Trivia Weakness: History


Meet the


Bowl team

When: March 19, 7 p.m. Where: Glendale High auditorium

Edward Nadurata (’12) Strength: History Weakness: Math

Strength: Science Weakness: Grammar

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ost of us can only dream to see the world from a bird’s eye view. For Adiss Benlian (’13), this is his reality. Every week, Benlian soars high in the sky in his Cessna 172, chasing his dream of becoming a licensed commercial pilot. Benlian began working on his private pilot’s license nine months ago. He takes guided flying lessons for 5-7 hours a week at Vista Air Academy, based at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima. The school offers licenses of all types, whether it’s private, commercial, transport, or instructor. Benlian spends about 20 hours a week researching anything to do with planes and flying. He claims he even researches crashes and watches videos of accidents in order to learn what not to do. Tony Benlian, Adiss’ father, has also been a major supporter of his goals. Adiss credits his father for sparking his interest when he gave him a flight simulator for his 16th birthday. He has also financially supported him throughout the process, paying close to $11,000 for him to go through flight school. In order to work for a large commercial company, Adiss must complete several hundred hours of flying as well as receive a commercial license and type-rating license for the plane he wishes to fly in addition to his private pilot’s license. Mohammed Elghobashy, Adiss’ flight instructor, suggests that those interested in becoming professional pilots


should start early so they can compile hours and experience. Adiss must also have at least a bachelor’s degree to apply. Adiss hopes to go on to work as a flight instructor in order to get hours for flying time while attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to get his bachelor’s in professional aeronautics. He wants to eventually become a commercial pilot working for major airlines such as Delta or United. “There [are] a million pilots and it takes a lot to become the best,” Adiss said. Adiss says his brother, Evan, who is also a pilot, is his biggest inspiration. “He always supported me and pushed me to go far,” Adiss said. Evan already has his private pilot’s license but is mostly using it for recreational purposes. He usually helps mentor his brother by teaching him what to do on the simulator and discussing flying techniques. “I think it’s a career that needs a lot of passion and patience,” Evan said. “Adiss has those things.” Although Adiss will be a young pilot, the process of becoming a pilot is not simple. First he had to take an hour long trial class in which he was shown how to work the main panel of a small plane, and then taken for a quick ride to experience what it is like to control the plane. “[During] my first ride, my instructor took me to

WINGS: Adiss Benlian begins to fly the Cessna 172 aircraft (shown above) at Vista Air Academy, based at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima. He has been working on his private pilot’s license for nine months and will complete within five months.

8,000 feet and made a 60-degree turn,” Adiss said. “It was [unlike] anything I had ever experienced.” Adiss said he wasn’t nervous at all. After his ride, he started taking regular classes with an instructor and working towards his private license. Adiss eventually wants to fly to places like Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Israel. The promise of new cultures, foods, and friends is what inspires him to travel. A beginning pilot’s pay is not considered very high and Adiss said he even considered going into the air force as a pilot, but when he found out this required an 8-year commitment as well as a bachelor’s degree before entry, he decided against it. Because of the time and schooling commitment, Adiss feels this would not be a good use of time as he hopes to be a Captain by the time he is 30. “I find the time because [flying] is what matters most,” Adiss said. Although it may take several years for Adiss to reach his dream of becoming a commercial pilot, he says all the hard work is worth it. “If I want to do something, I do it well or not at all,” he said. “I want to become the best.” Adiss will be receiving his private pilot’s license within the next 5 months as he nears the end of his training. For him, the sky is not the limit but only the beginning.



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ometimes life can feel like a pile of manure, a real wasteland where you have been placed and forced to clean up the mess. However, every time you try, it just gets messier and messier until you’re as filthy as the mess you were trying to clean. Other times, you wonder how life could be so wonderful and why you ever bothered with such dark thoughts about it. Still, at the back of your mind is a nagging inkling reminding you that this feeling of euphoria can never last, despite your desperate attempts to cling on to it as it swiftly and cruelly escapes the clutch of your fingers, like smooth and delicate silk, leaving you to wonder if you ever really felt it at all or if it was just a tantalizing dream. But what if there was a pill that could

A pill that could make you feel invincible, transcend you into an ultimate state of bliss, and make you exempt from a reality that constantly reminds you of your limitations? make that feeling last forever?

You’d have to be a madman not to take that pill every day for the rest of your nonsensical existence. But hold on—what if you knew that pill came with one condition: you would thrive on the pleasures and seemingly endless horizons the pill would give you, but your life would

and everybody expects you to catch it stoically and carry it regardless of your breaking bones. At this point, why not take some of that

ecstasy somebody offered you and just roll with it. The drugs would feel better than anything else that life has offered you thus far. Unfortunately, the


illusion of bliss fades, the consequences of getting high are overflowing until it’s like somebody clogged the toilet with too much paper and when you pull the toilet handle once again, the grimy waters just spill over, disgusting and useless. Who has to clean the ugly mess and get rid of the appalling stench?

You. All the while, you get dirtier and dirtier, inside and out until you’re a bitter, unredeemable mess. Disgusting, yes; but, this basically sums up your life once you hand it over to drugs and

seal it with a snort.

There is no denying that most people submit to drugs either to mess around and have some seemingly harmless, teenage fun or to run away from their problems. As wonderful as that may sound, the fact of the matter is that the effects of drugs will catch up with you and only make your problems worse, crankier and with more vengeance than karma itself. According to,

student claims that it gave him an incredible ability to focus. Though it is effective in treating ADHD, it has potentially serious side effects. It contains amphetamines, thus Adderall abuse can lead to fatal heart and blood pressure problems. states that amphetamine-type drugs like Adderall are “habit-forming,” thus addictions are not uncommon. Though the student was able to beat his addiction when he realized he was doing himself more harm than good, he did not do so until several trying experiences, including a

suicide attempt. When asked about why he felt the need to turn to drugs, he described an inexplicable feeling of anger towards society and the people around him, in addition to his insomniaclike symptoms. Though these feelings of animosity are often associated with teen vapors, it’s something much more than just some teenage rebellion and peer pressure problem. As an increasing awareness of society’s demands and pressures increases, so does the need for coping mechanisms. Some turn to video games, others books, and, of course, some to drugs. Assistant Principal Hagop Eulmessekian says that when he finds out a student has been resorting to drugs, it “stings,” especially when he has to notify parents who are usually dumbfounded to find out that their child has a problem. “It breaks their heart and you just sit there,” he said. “There is nothing you can say or do to make them feel better.” During her 14 years as an agent, Pullen has seen people go to great lengths for a good high. During one drug raid, she and her col-

50 percent of seniors in eventually your high school admitted to mind would lose its grip having used drugs, and about leagues found two parents cooking meth after having on reality and sanity alto- 10-15 percent grew an addiction. Drug Enplaced plywood over their forcement Agent (DEA) Special agent Sarah gether. Pullen says that methamphetamines (meth) baby’s crib in a pathetic attempt to be cut short, and

Would you still take the pill then? In a world that is an oxymoron in itself, it shouldn’t be surprising that many people would prefer the pill. There comes a point in most of our lives when we wonder what it would be like to go under the influence, to willingly allow ourselves to be

seduced by drugs

and consumed by an illusion created by the substances that help us escape a harsh and bitter reality. It’s tempting to give in to the curiosity, especially when it seems like your world is spiraling out of control before you and any attempt you make to bring some order back to your life equates to you pulling the toilet handle over and over again. When you’ve just about had all you can handle, life throws another boulder at you,

and prescription drugs are Los Angeles County’s most common sources of drug abuse. A senior in the school, who would rather remain anonymous, battled an addiction to prescription drugs during his junior year. He started off with

NyQuil Syrup, a

cold medicine that has the ability to knock somebody out for up to eight hours. He “desperately needed some sleep,” so he didn’t think it would hurt to take the syrup just once. However, with his inability to sleep only getting worse, he began to use the syrup regularly, leading to a continued use of Tylenol as well. He began taking

Adderall, a med-

icine used to treat people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The

keep from harming it. Nonetheless, the meth was still able to impose itself on the baby’s lungs. Pullen says that though they have seen a decrease in drug activity over the past ten years, there has been a rise in the use of synthetic drugs like meth and cocaine. states that meth is very hazardous to the body’s central nervous system. Even when taken in small dosages, the drug increases heart rate, leading to irregular heartbeat and elevating both blood pressure and body temperature. Additionally, like most drugs, meth alters the way the brain functions. It not only increases dopamine levels, but prevents the released dopamine from being absorbed, negatively affecting motor and verbal skills. Eventually, chronic users lose not only

physical abilities but mental ones as well. They begin to engage in psychotic behaviors

paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions. and experience

Irregular and elevated dopamine activities have been associated with



a disorder characterized by

hallucinations, delusions, and mental deterioration among other symptoms. Cocaine leads to similar effects of paranoia, anxiety, and even aggression. Synthetic drugs can aid the onset of schizophrenia for people who are genetically predisposed to the disorder. Even if one does not seem to have any family history with the illness, drugs alter our brain chemistry at such dangerous levels that our minds no longer function the way they should, leading to disorders including but not limited to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, manic depression, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCD), and anxiety among other attacks on one’s psychological state. Drug Counselor Inese Zalkalne says these situations are called “dual diagnoses,” which she feels is the worst condition somebody can have. “Addicts typically have mental illnesses,” Zalkalne said. “But it’s hard to tell which came first—the mental illness or the addiction.” Because people with a dual diagnosis take medication for their mental illness, they experience the same side effects that somebody would have had had they taken certain drugs. Sometimes, they may be going through hallucinations or delusions caused by their medication rather than illegal drugs, or vice versa. Zalkalne recalls a 40-year-old woman with bipolar schizophrenia that claimed to

tried “every drug available on the street,”


from marijuana, meth, and mushrooms to lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD or acid) and cocaine. Addicts with a dual diagnosis no

forget about everyday tasks, like

longer behave normally and

taking care of their hygiene. Oftentimes, the woman would arrive at the Adult Day Health Care Center where Zalkalne works without having bathed for days or changed her clothes. Zalkalne has seen many addicts who

lost their teeth and nails, have scabs all over their body, and


who have acquired diseases like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and


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Formerly beautiful and handsome individuals transformed into “living corpses.”


“Richie,” who is currently being treated for schizophrenia, said that if he could go back and change anything about his past, he would never go anywhere near drugs. He remembers having started with “weed,” after which everything went “downhill.” He began to experiment with a variety of drugs, including meth and cocaine, but was ultimately addicted to LSD. He said it’s “a wonder” that he is still around, even with a disorder that has changed and in many ways limited his life. Though not all drug addicts end up with a mental illness, most share a feeling of being

trapped. They can

break their addiction, but they are convinced they can’t because it’s too hard to

break up with something that they’ve had a relationship with for so long. After attending a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting at a recovery treatment center in Los Angeles called New Choice, it became easier for me to tap into the mind of an addict, though no one can ever claim to truly understand what it is like for addicts on the road to recovery unless they are recovering addicts themselves. This may be why most drug counselors are former addicts. One of the employees who helps to run the center, “Caleb,” had been ad-

doors than they opened. Things were no longer “peachy,” even though the drugs helped him believe that everything was okay. He was constantly chasing after that “feeling of being Superman” and it

came across NA where he met people battling the same “disease.” He heard stories about “junkies” who had started their lives over again, and seeing people fighting and winning gave him the hope to continue. Though recovery percentages are low, it is possible. Caleb believes that

At relapsing is part of re51, he is 12 years covery; however, as Zalkalne pointed out, it’s okay to relapse as long sober, but it wasn’t until he migrated as you pick yourself up soon.

drugs were everywhere, “free and accessible.” In the beginning, he felt like “Superman,” because his senses and abilities were sharpened, so it opened many doors for his music career since he was able “to do more.” “Sometimes, life sucks, sometimes you just don’t want to feel, to fight your thoughts,” Caleb said. “With drugs, you can always adjust the way you feel.” Eventually, however, his addiction caught up with him and closed more


her husband and daughters, including her newborn. Until then, she resides with her mother. Addiction and recovery isn’t easy. It often requires breaking ties with people in your life. Mary distanced herself from her husband, a former addict and current counselor, and moved to Oklahoma where her sobriety began. She has had several relapses, but has been sober for five years. Still, she knows that she can go back any day, so she takes it one

At five years old, she was already drinking beer. was all about the drugs, “get She says that addicts will do anymore, feel more…it’s a thing to satiate their addiction, including 24/7 job, you’re busy “kill, rob, prostitute… consequences chasing for more, it’s the always about the next don’t mean nothing.” day at a time and “thanks God “I’m two years sober, but I’m not one and the next one cured,” Keri said. “The disease of addic- for every day that and the next one.” tion…there is no cure. [she] is clean.” It was after he “lost everything” You’re never cured. You “Tammy,” another woman who atwhen he recognized the need for change. tends the NA meetings, battled with adhave to work hard at getting sober and diction since the age of 31. An abusive He had been arrested several there is progress every day.” relationship with her husband triggered “Mary,” who currently attends NA times, lost his loved the addiction. She finally left for the sake meetings at New Choice, began taking her children, not wanting them to ones, his career, and cocaine, heroin, and speed at the age of of think that it is okay to hit a woman. She doesn’t remember why she even contemplated sui- 11. However, her addiction to cocaine grew started, just that “it was the thing to worse and she was raped while under the do.” cide. influence by her friend’s sister’s husThough she overdosed four times Caleb says that though he had made throughout her addiction, it wasn’t band. She left her children the decision to quit years prior to his reenough to stop her from taking more covery, help wasn’t avail- drugs. She even did six years for armed in the care of her of a bank because she “needed mother and hasn’t able. He didn’t know how to get it or robbery money for [her] habit.” to how to even minimize his use. She attempted recovery several seen them for 19 years. When he arrived in the U.S., he

dicted to drugs since the age of 20.

from the Ukraine to the United States when his recovery journey began. Caleb says that in the 80s,

for 27 years, having first taken the drug

Caleb, who is not only helping run New Choice but involved with two bands, says that he doesn’t consider himself an addict, but if he could take drugs without facing the consequences, he would because the feeling of being high is not bad. The temptation is still there, but he knows that he isn’t physically or emotionally capable of going back to his old lifestyle. “You need to get tired of the way you live. If it still works for you, you’re never going to stop,” Caleb said.

“I’m superman without the drugs now.” “Keri,” a drug counselor training to be a case worker, was addicted to heroin

at age 11.

times in L.A., but attending anonymous meetings where she heard stories about people relapsing after 25 years of being clean didn’t work wonders for her confidence in abandoning drugs. Zalkalne recalls meeting someone with a Master’s in Business who relapsed after years of being clean when his father died. Addicts usually experience relapse when they are going through something difficult, whether it’s the passing of a loved one or feeling “rejected and angry,” like Mary did when she would go back to drugs. Typically, it takes addicts years to even reach recovery because they are in denial about their disease. One woman at the NA meeting, “Anna,” denied

social workers took her baby away from her because she

being addicted to drugs, claiming

had taken two tablets of ibuprofen prior to going into labor. According to her drug counselor, she had not taken ibuprofen, but meth, to which she is currently addicted. Anybody watching Anna sitting in the chair, twitching and fidgeting, would know she is an addict in denial. However, if she remains sober until August, she will be allowed to move back in with

As of April 2, she will be sober three years. For many, drug addiction seems like an overrated problem, made to sound worse than it is. But in fact, it’s worse than most people would think. You lose everything and everyone you cared about, including yourself, and the

drugs become the center of your life. Even though you may not feel you are getting addicted at first, it has a way of catching up to you until it’s too late to stop. The problem builds up like a tornado, growing stronger and stronger. When the storm is finally over, the damage is so severe that it can take months and years to recover. During the storm, however, lives can be taken forever. After the storm, full recovery of what was lost is never guaranteed. But, as Mary said, you have to do it for yourself because the pressure of doing it for others creates more stress, which only contributes to relapses.

“I’m doing this for me, not for anybody else,” Mary said. “I want to live.”

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Election ’12

AK March 6 27

Other Primaries US Virgin Islands: March 10, 6 Guam: March 10, 9 Puerto Rico: March 18, 20 DC: April 3, 19

HI March 13 20

Delegate Count (as of print time)

3 4

1 Romney: 123 2 Santorum: 72

Gingrich: 32 Paul: 19

Zooming through Super Tuesday EDWARD NADURTATA uper Tuesday, the biggest primary event of the 2012 presidential election, is set to take place on March 6, when 10 states hold their primaries or caucuses. To those of you who don’t know the process of primary elections, here is a simple overview. Contenders vie for their party’s nomination for president. Our country has two main political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats. As a sitting president, Barack Obama is the presumed Democratic nominee, so the only real drama during the primaries is who will become the Republican candidate. For a contender to win, one must get the majority of delegates’ support during his party’s convention. In order to gain delegates, a candidate must win the primary election or caucus of the state. Each win leads to a number of delegates pledged to vote for the candidate’s name during the party’s convention. The importance of Super Tuesday is that there are 10 states that will be holding their primaries/caucuses on the same day. There are 437 delegates ready to vote


for the Republican winner of their state’s election when they all meet in Tampa Bay, Florida from Aug. 27-30 for their national convention. In recent weeks, Rick Santorum has rocked the Republican primary scene by winning Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri on Feb. 7. He is seen as a threat to the party’s leading presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, who has more delegates. Currently, Romney has 123 delegates, Santorum has 72, Newt Gingrich has 32, Ron Paul has 19. A total of 1,144 delegates is needed to clinch the nomination. With Romney being from Massachusetts and its former governor, he is expected to win that state’s 41 delegates. Only Paul and Romney appear on the Virginia primary ballots (49 delegates). Paul, who has never won a single primary or caucus, has now set his sights on Washington for its primary on March. 3. California, the state with most delegates, will be holding its primary on June 5 with 172 delegates on the line.


- Straw poll: A vote that is used to see how much support a candidate or a legislation has with the people in a state. - Caucus: Private meeting of people within the party that determines who wins that state. - Primaries: Elections run by state and local governments which are governed by state laws. - Open primaries: Primaries in which a voter can choose whether to vote Democrat or Republican on election day. - Closed primaries: Primaries in which only people pre-registered for a party can vote for that party. Compiled by Edward Nadurata

Tornado TALK Which Republican nominee do you know and why?

“I don’t watch it because I’m just not interested in that stuff. I don’t really care too much about them.”

“I’m not interested in politics because I can’t vote, but when I’m of age, I’ll get more into it and pay attention.”

“Mitt Romney because he and the other Republican nominees are made fun of on the Colbert Report, and the stuff they say makes no sense.”

“I find the craziness and stuff that Santorum and Romney say fascinating.”

Angela Villareal (’12)

Cassandra Hart (’13)

Tommy Hill (’14)

Madeline Duke (’15)


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Haibert produces his own album ALEJANDRA ROSAS any students enjoy mixing tunes in their spare time. However, not many find themselves presented with the opportunity to be part of a record label, become a record producer, and have their own music released on their own Extended Play (EP). Junior Haibert Barfian, however, has had this very opportunity. Barfian’s interest in music was first ignited at the age of 12 when he began playing the drums. Although it was just a form of entertainment, it led to his interest in producing music later on. In the seventh grade, he was first introduced to a software known as Frooty Loops, which allows users to mix songs and experiment with their tempo, sound, etc. Delving deeper into the software, Barfian was intrigued by the art of D.J.’ing. His newly found hobby eventually became a passion and even a part-time job. Along with former partner Anthony Grigoryan (’13), Barfian became known for performing at a number of different house and birthday parties. “Haibert is undoubtedly talented and he knows how to play music that really makes people want to dance,” Grigoryan said. According to Barfian, he found D.J.’ing really fun and a great way to occupy time, but realized that he wanted to create his own music rather than just “playing someone else’s.” For a period of time, Barfian spent hours on his black Sony VAIO remixing a great number of songs and uploading them onto his YouTube account, Haibertdude. Over the course of two


years, the number of listeners quickly grew leaving him with 4,000 subscribers as of today. Andrew Assatourian, a 19-year-old producer and owner of Grindin’ Records, came across Barfian’s page on YouTube and listened to a few of his remixes. Without hesitation, Assatourian contacted him on Facebook and asked Barfian to become a part of his record label, one that is known for representing other artists such as JayyFresh, Equinox, and Barcode among many others. At first, mother Violet Barfian was skeptical and concerned about her son being asked to join Assatourian’s label. She warned Barfian to be careful with his personal information, but still gave him permission to join the label and supported him all the way. According to Barfian and Assatourian, the EP called BARF that they worked on consists of five tracks, three of which Barfian had previously worked on for approximately one month. “Each song you create makes you smarter and more experienced for the next one,” Barfian said. “You build skills and more love for the music.” Barfian uses a software often categorized as a Digital Audio Workstation called Ableton Live, from which he creates songs from scratch, focusing mainly on the details of the song which seem minor, but to Barfian, are the “most important.” After perfecting a song to his liking, Barfian sends the song to Assatourian via Facebook. Assatourian then takes the time to review it several times and if he is content with it, he proceeds to send it to a

website called Beat Port. If Beat Port also approves the music, they give the producer a release date for the music on the website. Visitors of Beat Port can purchase and download it for a certain price, ranging from $1$2. Regardless of the amount of people who purchase the songs, however, Barfian makes 50 percent of the profit and is paid approximately every two months. Friend Andre Davidian (’13) listens to his music and has worked with Barfian on four tracks by contributing to melodies through the piano. He says that Barfian is always “consistent” and applies himself to make the most out of music. “Knowing that my friend had his own EP was very exciting,” Davidian said, “He earned it with his talent.” According to Barfian, having his EP released was just the “first step” in his music career. Barfian aspires to have his own album released in approximately five months, which he is currently working on. The album will consist of 10 tracks, one of which has already been completed. Although Barfian aspires to make a future out of producing music, he also expects to have a business major after high school as a back-up plan. “Producing music is my job, but it’s also something I have fun with and want to continue doing for the rest of my life,” Barfian said, “This EP only marks the beginning.”

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ALEJANDRA ROSAS | TORNADO TIMES EP: Haibert Barfian edits music on his Sony VAIO. He released his first EP called “BARF” last month.


February 29, 2012


Living up to a le You know you’re Belle if you are kind, caring and you love to read. You don’t care about physical appearance because you know that inner beauty is more important.

You know you’re Cogsworth if you are uptight, proper, and a know-it-all. You always follow the rules.

You know you’re Madame de la Grande Bouche if you are a diva, a little big mouthed, and an amazing singer.


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You know you’re Gaston if you are shallow, cocky and arrogant. You only care about yourself and you are only interested in looks.

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veryone is familiar with Disney’s “tale as old as time,” but for the first time in the school’s history, the drama department brings the classic childhood favorite to life. “Beauty and the Beast” follows the adventures of Belle, a young woman who longs to escape from her mundane life in the village. Her father, a quirky inventor, is on his way to a convention when he is attacked by wolves and takes shelter at an abandoned castle. Little does he know, the castle belongs to a young prince who was turned into a beast by a disguised enchantress. She cast a powerful spell on the Beast, along with the rest of his castle, turning all his helpers into household objects. She

gives him a single enchanted rose, which will bloom until he turned 21; if he cannot find true love by then, he will be doomed to look like a beast forever. Besides teaching viewers not to judge a book by its cover and many other themes, “Beauty and the Beast” has catchy songs and romantic love story. “It’s all [Elizabeth Richey’s] fault,” director Dave Huber joked on the choice of this year’s musical. Ally Specter (’13) felt “insane” and “incredible” after receiving the role of Belle, her “dream role” that she’s “worked so hard for.” She hopes the audience will be “impacted” and see the musical “in their own way.” Specter started preparing for the

lead role of the musical at the beginning of the year. She chose her audition song “To Be Free” from Aladdin on Stage at Disney’s California Adventure because she felt that it “showed a similar situation to Belle’s.” She listened to the song constantly and analyzed the words to fully understand the song. “The first time I met Ally, she mentioned that ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was her favorite. She’s wanted to be this character since she was five,” Huber said. “Ally knows the story better than anyone else and she will be amazing.” Michael Yapujian (’12) snagged the lead role of the Beast. He feels the musical is going to be a big hit because it’s something that all high school students “grew up and fell in

love with,” but that expectation also adds pressure to the actors. Yapujian says the musical “expands on the cartoon” while displaying a “broader range of emotion.” When Yapujian first auditioned, he was “unhappy” with his performance. He felt that after all his practice, he “[lacked] the vocal intensity that was required for the role of the Beast.” But when he got the part, it took him “weeks to believe it actually happened.” Besides the acting, “Beauty and the Beast” has dance numbers, choreographed by assistant principal Caroline Sweeney. This is the third musical that Sweeney has choreographed and she finds the cast to be “amazingly talented and fun to work with.” Specif-

ically, “Be Our Guest” is a large group production number with a “showy” feel, “Beauty and the Beast” is a personal waltz, and “Human Again” is more “melodic.” The only difficulty she ran into while choreographing was in “trying to get [her] vision across.” However, the cast was “patient and worked hard” to adjust to her teaching methods. The cast has been meeting for two months of countless after school rehearsals and two Saturday rehearsals since Jan. 9. Yapujian describes them as “physically and mentally straining.” Diane Chung (’12) plays the percussion parts for the musical, including the drums, bells and tympanis. In her opinion, the hardest part


gacy of magic You know you’re the Beast if you are short-tempered, goodhearted, and illiterate. You may sometimes come off too strong, but your heart is in the right place.

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“Beauty and the Beast?” 1. Why does Belle come back to the castle after running away? a) She misses Lumiere. b) The Beast saves her from a pack of wolves. c) She wants to save her father.

2. What does the Beast’s rose symbolize? a) Time and love. b) Wealth and power. c) War and peace.

3. What’s the Beast’s real name? a) Prince Eric. b) Prince John. c) Prince Adam.

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4. Where does Chip sleep at night?

you’re Lumiere if you’re kindhearted, helpful, brave, but a bit rebellious when you want something your way. You always remember to be optimistic.

a) In the wardrobe. b) In the cupboard. c) In the oven.

5. What was the Wardrobe before her transformation? a) An opera singer. b) A maid. c) A cook.

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is keeping up with the fast tempos. Her favorite song to perform is “Be My Guest” because it is an “upbeat [and] fun” song. According to Specter, the “music in itself is challenging” but the hardest part is “learning” all the notes of the songs and then trying to really feel the music. “If we don’t feel it, then the audience won’t feel it, and we won’t be doing our job,” she said. The musical features seven songs that aren’t in the cartoon such as “If I Can’t Love Her” and “Is This Home?” Annie Lee (’12), who will be portraying the role of the motherly, loving Mrs. Potts feels that the musical will be a big hit since “anyone from ages three to 80 can be in-

spired” by the classic. Lee says that the biggest hardship for her is taking into consideration the size of her teapot costume and having to interact with others accordingly. Junior Justin Cha will be playing the self-involved villain Gaston. During the first rehearsals he found difficulty in portraying his character because he felt it “contradicted” his own personality since Gaston is “arrogant and confident.” His favorite part about this musical is getting to do things he wouldn’t normally do off-stage, including kicking righthand man Lefou (senior Joe Pison) in the face. Students are looking forward to seeing their favorite childhood movie come to life. Rima Sahakyan (‘14) is eager to witness how the

drama department will “create the characters” and make them “humanlike.” She wants to see how the cast will perform together, particularly the seniors because she feels they are “the best Hoover has ever had.” This musical is different from previous years because it calls for a great amount of special effects. Three onstage transformations will take place: two in the beginning involving the beggar woman turning into an enchantress and the prince into the Beast, and one at the end when the Beast finally transforms back into a handsome prince. “I hope it takes them back to their childhood, when beauty wasn’t just skin deep and everyone still believed in happy endings,” Specter said.


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ife is short and beautiful, not in the rainbows, sunshine and unicorns “kumbaya” kind of way, but with a sense of chiaroscuro, a brilliant fusion of light and dark. Unfortunately, some of us lean more toward that darker side where it’s difficult to see clearly. On Feb. 10, 15-year old Drew Ferraro from Crescenta Valley High School committed suicide. Administrators and students alike had to witness the ordeal as it unfolded before them. Within seconds, he was gone forever. In recent years, there has been an increase in teens and adolescents who have put an end to their own lives. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death among people within the 15- to 24-year-old age group, usually due to bullying, drug abuse, depression, and personal problems. In a survey taken by The National Violence Youth Prevention Program, it was discovered that in the past year, one in five teens contemplated suicide, one in six planned it, and more than one in 12 actually made an attempt. Almost half of teens who succeed in killing themselves have attempted to before. Suicide is a cry for help.When someone takes his own life, people need to realize that he has reached a hopeless state. People react differently to suicides: pity over lost years, anger over a selfish decision, or sympathy. This world is definitely not a place overloaded with rainbows,

but teens shouldn’t have to think about killing themselves and they certainly shouldn’t have to see somebody commit the act. Too many people put an end to their lives when it has the potential to be so much better, Ferraro being one of them. However, he was a young adult with a future full of possibilities. He was a student with teachers and friends. He was a child with parents and a family. Not only is he gone, but those who loved him most are forever scarred with his absence, forever haunted by the thought that maybe they could have done something to help before Ferrero shouted out his last cry for help. Maybe his suicide was his desperate attempt to bring attention to himself and the misery that led him to such an act. Maybe he made it public for people to know that he was hurting and perhaps for those who saw him to never forget that he was once alive. Maybe it was his way of making his mark on the world. His parents blame his suicide on bullying, and since his death have taken an anti-bullying stance. At his memorial service, they handed out cards with Ferraro’s picture and information for suicide prevention to inspire others to live, and for that, we respect them. Ferraro shouldn’t have died, but let his death not have been in vain. Let Ferrero be a beacon of hope for those who contemplate suicide and a reminder for bullies that sticks and stones can break bones, and that words can kill.

ove is said to have no boundaries. It does not discriminate with age, race, or even social status, but what about gender? In the battle of legalizing gay marriage, or worded in a more fitting way, the equalization of marriage, a United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco found that Prop. 8 violated the civil liberties of same-sex couples. Prop. 8 was a voter passed legislation in 2008 that banned the marriage of same-sex couples, which quickly led to appeals all over the state. How is the marriage between two men or two women wrong? Twenty states, including California, allow first cousins to marry each other, when we have been enlightened with inbreeding and other biological risks of marrying close to your kin. What will a

happy, same-sex couple do to harm you? One can argue that “gay” marriage is immoral as per their religious belief, but most if not all religious beliefs advocate one to be good to one’s neighbor. Hate has and always will be a sin and the spite expressed by many “religious” people constitutes hate. Although the Court of Appeals found it unconstitutional to ban same-sex marriage, marriage ceremonies won’t begin until the Supreme Court decides on whether they are going to take on the matter. (And by the looks of the situation with the backlog in the Supreme Court, this won’t be until next year.) Straight. Gay. Black. White. We’re all people. We all deserve happiness and it is downright wrong to say that two people who love each other cannot marry one another just because they are of the same gender.

What will a happy, samesex couple do to harm you?

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why isn’t everybody acing


JOSH BRIGGS t’s the “most important test” you will take in high school—the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Every spring, thousands of sophomores across the state are required to take the CAHSEE, which is comprised of two sections: English-Language Arts and Mathematics. To some, the test is a breeze and somewhat of a joke, but to others it jeopardizes the likeliness of walking across the stage come June of their senior year. According to the California Department of Education’s records, the school had a pass rate of 85 percent in English and 89 percent in math during the 2010-2011 school year. Although these scores are solid “B” grades, the CAHSEE has another category above just passing – proficient. In order to pass the CAHSEE, students must score 350 on both the English and Math portions of the test. But to reach the level of proficient, students must score 380 on both sections. Of the 85 percent passed in English, only 63 percent of the students reached proficiency. Math scores seem to be very similar, with only 65 percent proficiency. Why is it that so many people can pass without being proficient? And why is there still a 15 percent failure rate on a test perceived to be so simple? I’d like to divide the group of failing students into two categories. One group of students consists of those who choose not to participate in the educational system. There is a small minority of students who just do not care about school and throw the test away, completing it without any real thought. This group will likely pass


the test the next time it takes the CAHSEE, realizing that it’s required in order to graduate. The second group of students are those that try, but do not exactly have the capability to pass. This group would include English Language Learners and students in Special Education. How can the state expect those who have been speaking English for less than a year to pass a comprehensive English exam? Last year alone, only 61 percent of all English Language Learner students passed the English section of the exam and of those, only 25 percent were proficient. Their math scores were better with a 76 percent pass rate and 43 percent proficiency. Special Education students are an entirely different situation. For starters, any accommodation they need (large print, extra time, etc.) is met. The ending result last year was an unfortunate 58 percent pass rate and 16 percent proficiency rate in English and a 44 percent pass rate and 20 percent proficiency in math. Although it seems that certain ethnic and economic factors have an effect on the success of a student, the majority of the problem does not seem to be the students. I am in no way trying to make the excuse that students from particular backgrounds are at a disadvantage, but the content of the test itself is unfair to the students that take it. All students are on a different learning curve. It is not reasonable to have universal standards for all students across the state. There are a large majority of factors that could also play into tests like this. A student could be a bad test taker, experiencing family problems, too tired to stay

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awake through the whole exam, or simply having a hard time focusing on the task at hand. English teacher Deborah Fox says that “the CAHSEE is a test of cumulative knowledge,” so there is “nothing to worry about.” But, if you begin to lose focus, Fox advises you to “remember your reading strategies.” When the test rolls around on March 13 and 14, there are a lot of easy ways that students can ensure that they do the best on this important test. Avoid those social networking sites that keep you up for hours on end, get plenty of sleep both nights so you are not struggling to get through all the problems, and be sure to eat a decent breakfast because no one has good mental functions on an empty stomach. But the question still remains—how do we fix the problem of students who continue to fail? One solution could be to completely redraft the test. It should be administered more like the standardized tests by having certain difficulty levels for different students. Another possibility would be simply to allow extensions to English Language Learners so they have at least a year of instruction before being forced to take the exam. It just seems to be a fact of life that not everyone passes all the time. Not all hope should be lost though. In the last ten years, both English and math scores for the school have increased significantly. With the help of the state, teachers and students can work towards reaching goals of higher pass and proficiency rates.



- Eat a good breakfast - Get a good night’s sleep - Pace yourself; skip questions that are too hard and come back

- Don’t cheat off of others - Don’t take the test lightly: it may be easy, but it is still important - Don’t stress out over the test

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"I thought it was a really easy exam, and definitely important. The test is just meant to prove basic skills and isn't very difficult.”

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surviving the

on WAR

Journalists AGNESSA KASUMYAN f you ever see a journalist, I urge you to turn and walk the other way. Walk slowly at first, just to confuse them, and then make a break for it—run far, far away and don't you dare look back. These people are scum—they will get your number and harass you over and over again just for a single quote that may, in fact, give them headlines but ruin your reputation for years to come. If so much as a single word of what you say goes onto their blood-stained notepads, consider yourself done for. For as long as I can remember, journalists have had a bad reputation. Even as a kid eating tater tots while my parents and relatives watched the news, I remembered hearing that journalists are biased, one-sided, money-hungry low-lives who contribute to the ultimate form of propaganda and brainwash through the media. As I grew older, this stereotype lived on—not only among my own family, but my growing circle of friends and acquaintances. On TV and social networking sites, celebrities are constantly complaining that reporters and paparazzi stalk their every move, twist their words, and manipulate photos to make them look bad. I won’t deny that paparazzi and entertainment “reporters” do this; however, let’s keep in mind that these people aren’t journalists, they’re entertainers. It’s like calling Reality TV stars thespians. Can you imagine comparing Meryl Streep to Snooki? It’s blasphemy, it just shouldn't happen. When a reporter like CNN’s Anderson Cooper pokes fun at certain celebrities, at least he does it in a classy way to show viewers that their often outrageous behavior isn’t acceptable and shouldn’t be considered part of the norm. It’s not like he dedicates his entire program to bashing Snooki’s book, “A Shore Thing,” about hard-partying ways. It’s definitely “a shore thing” that every profession has the few bad seeds that ruin it for the rest. If one actress makes a sex tape and posts nude pictures online, does that make all actresses foolish and sleazy? If a few cops work with drug dealers to make some extra cash, does that make all cops corrupt? Don’t get me wrong, journalists aren’t perfect. As a


young journalist myself, I’ve had moments where I’ve wanted to shove pie in my face like several people did to Rupert Murdoch, a media mogul who founded News Corporation, one of America’s largest media conglomerates, while he was on trial for several of his newspaper outlets, most notably "News of the World," hacking the phones of public citizens and celebrities alike. To say that the News of the World scandal is one of the most embarrassing in journalism history would be an understatement. At first, it was believed that celebrities and royalty in the United Kingdom were the only victims of the phone-hacking scandal; however, according to "The Guardian," a national daily newspaper in Britain, it was later revealed that Milly Dowler, an English girl who was abducted and killed at the age of 13 back in 2002, was victimized, yet again when News of the World reporters hacked her voicemail while she was still reported to be missing. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the Guardian states that the “journalists”—as much as it pains me to call them that— deleted some of her messages, which could have served as evidence in her case, to make room for more messages on her voicemail as it was already full. With News Corporation’s headquarters in New York, they also hacked into the voicemails of several 9/11 victims. Murdoch’s minions represent the worst of journalists. This phone-hacking scandal took the media world by storm, further contributing to the bad reputation that journalists receive. But let’s not forget the journalists who have worked tirelessly to bring the public hard-nosed facts that sometimes result in changing history. During the infamous Watergate Scandal, it was Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein that revealed the involvement of Richard Nixon’s administration in the scandal through extensive investigative research and Deep Throat, their secret informant. Their journalistic efforts actually contributed to the downfall of the former president. Edward R. Murrow, an American broadcast journalist, famously reported on Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Red Scare craze in the United States when

During September of last year, there were 145 journalists in jail.

Americans feared a Communist takeover. CBS wouldn’t even sponsor episodes of his program, "See it Now," that revealed how McCarthy falsely accused people of being Communist spies and sympathizers. Murrow and his partner, Fred W. Friendly, ended up paying for their own newspaper advertisements to publicize the program. Murrow's critical reporting on McCarthy is largely credited for bringing attention to McCarthy's reign of terror and helping put it to an end. Call me crazy, but it doesn’t seem like any of these journalists sold out to politicians and media corporations that control their every move. Instead, they risked their careers to report carefully investigated and truthful facts, and shed light on individuals who were corrupting society and willfully—or in McCarthy’s case, obsessively—taking advantage of their stature. Journalists don't just run around all day trying to bring down politicians and begging for interviews as most people may think. Putting a story together isn't as easy as 1-2-3, as it takes more than just interviewing and paraphrasing what people say. Triple-checking sources, making countless phone calls, and even waiting hours for just one small piece of information is no easy feat. Neither is dissecting all the information they may receive and putting it together to produce a fullfledged story. It can take reporters days, weeks, and sometimes months to bring hard facts and sometimes touching—depending on the subject—stories to the table. According to, 81 journalists from all over the globe were in jail by the end of 2000. That number skyrocketed to 118 by 2001. During September of last year, there were already 145 journalists in jail, mostly on “state security charges.” The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) states that the number of journalists being imprisoned worldwide has increased more than 20 percent during the past two decades. Towards the end of last year, CPJ reported that 179 reporters, editors and photo journalists were put behind bars, with the Middle East contributing to the imprisonments more than any other region. Last year, Cooper was attacked by

pro-Mubarak reporters in Egypt, hit in the head as he tried defending himself. CBS News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted by a mob of men while reporting from Egypt after the resignation of Mubarak. "...All I could feel was their hands raping me over and over and over again... they were trying to tear off chunks of my scalp," Logan told 60 Minutes. On Jan. 11, French journalist Gilles Jacquier was killed by rocket fire during a pro-government rally in Syria. Jacquier had previously reported from other war zones including Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, and the Congo before meeting his fate while on the job in Syria. According to "Reporter Without Borders," a Frenchbased international organization that advocates freedom of the press, 20 journalists were killed and a reported 553 journalists were attacked while reporting from the Middle East by the end of 2011. Last week, 56-year old Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin and 28-year old French photographer Rémi Ochlik were killed in a Syrian rocket attack after they sought refuge in a media building. The two had crossed into Syria illegally due to Syria’s attempt to minimize foreign coverage on the 2011-2012 Syrian uprising. The funny thing is that a woman dies of an overdose (Whitney Houston, if you haven’t figured it out yet), makes more headlines and breaks more hearts than two people who die doing their job. These journalists represent hundreds who put their lives on the line to report hardedged stories. Were it not for these reporters, we would remain ignorant of issues important not only in the United States but the entire world. I’m not trying to tell you that journalists are saints; at the end of the day, they're human. But the sacrifices that many journalists make to report crucial news should not be overshadowed by the people whose actions give journalism a bad name. Next time an annoying reporter comes up to you and asks you for some information, just remember that she’s only doing her job. Ask yourself: would I be willing to put myself in a position where I know I will be criticized and looked down on just to report news to the public?

CNN’s Cooper was attacked in Egypt, hit in the head as he tried defending himself.


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Sports In Edward’s Defense

Stephen RUNS LA PAUL HONG n inspiring program known as Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA), challenges students to experience the benefits of goal setting, character development, and improved health through running. People might think that running is a waste of time, but Stephen Ghazikhanian (’12), who has been in this program for four years, has been dedicating his time towards this program. Each student must accomplish 26.2 miles of running in order to finish the marathon. To train for this event, students practice three times a week along with Saturday morning practices. Ghazikhanian joined this program knowing that it was going to be a challenge, but a selfgratifying one. Running provides him stress relief. “The hardest thing about running is maintaining your speed and stamina,” Ghazikhanian said. “But once you start getting used to it, running is an enjoyable activity.” Throughout the years, Ghazikhanian has attended 10 races in total. In 2009, he took part in a ten kilometer races in which he finished with a time of 56:41 and a five kilometer one with a time of 33:39. The same year, he also ran in two Honda marathons in which he finished both with 6:32:16. In 2010, Ghazikhanian ran in five races including two half marathons in which he finished with a time of 2:14:08 and 2:39:16, one 10 kilometer and 15

Complaining out of context EDWARD NADURATA aving a younger brother has its benefits. I get to visit and bother him when I want to. I also get to hear freshmen talk about their plans for high school as I walk down the freshman quad. Not that I eavesdrop or anything...they speak loudly. An interesting thing to note about students in our school is that they are whiners. They whine about how the school’s team sucks at sports, and moan and groan about how we never win games. It’s a funny thing to say considering these kids have, one, never been on a sports team and, two, never even bother going to support the teams’ numerous games when they’re but a few yards away from their lockers. So according to this group of brawny freshmen who were eating their lunch and loudly speaking at the same time, they only plan on staying on whatever team they are on for two years. In short, to fulfill their physical education credit. There are many problems associated with this mentality. Why would one join a team when they’re not fully dedicated to it? All programs in the school rely on people who are willing to do work in the said programs because they want to. That’s why it’s by choice to join a sport or an elective. A school in our league actually has no Physical Education classes. Arcadia forces its students to either join a sport or marching band to meet the 2-year physical education requirement. Although teams with a lot of players may seem intimidating, do you think half of those kids love what they’re doing? How dare people complain about how we “suck” as a school with sports when they themselves have no dedication in the sports they are in. If you are not fully committed to something, don’t even join. The team would be better without you as they work with the players who actually want to be there. It has been really tiring to hear peers complain about Hoover and its sports programs. How do you think the players feel when they lose a game after trying their best every single time, not even seeing a single student supporting them? Before you complain, put yourself in an athlete’s shoes and see the issue through his eyes. It’s not easy to play a sport. It involves dedication and will.


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kilometer in which he finished with a time of 1:05:43 and 1:31:36, respectively. The last race of the year was the Honda marathon in which he finished in 5:57:58. This year, Ghazikhanian ran an 18-mile trail run with a time of 3:27:05. “My greatest accomplishment involving this program would be actually finishing each race without quitting,” Ghazikhanian said. Last year’s Honda marathon, however, received a fair amount of rain which created a slippery road which delayed the race about thirty minutes. Despite the dangerous run Ghazikhanian had to face, he did not falter. “What motivated me the most that day were my family, friends, and random strangers in the crowd saying I could do it,” Ghazikhanian said. “I will never forget the amount of effort I put in that day along with the amazing feeling of accomplishment at the end.” Ghazikhanian loves to test himself with activities that are not common within the student community. He first discovered SRLA from his cousin Elin Ghazikhanian (’10), who took part in the program when she was in middle school and found that it was also offered at school. “Even though running seems like a boring activity to do on a daily basis, I have made numerous memories with fellow runners standing beside me towards the finish line,” Ghazikhanian said.

“Just the feeling of crossing that finish line is a [precious] memory for me.” Although running is an exerting activity, Ghazikhanian still manages to do well in school. He is ranked number two among the whole senior student body. “Stephen is very well mannered and gets along well with everyone in the class,” math teacher Vandana Sood said. “We need more students like him on campus.” According to mother Marlet Ghazikhanian, Stephen still makes time during the weekends to spend it with family despite his busy schedule with school and running. As well as having that substantial feeling of triumph, this program also gives seniors a $500 scholarship with the completion of the marathon. “The only reason why I stayed in this program is because Stephen stayed,” physical education teacher and SRLA adviser Jennifer Capehart said. “As adviser, it was my responsibility to continue to run this program for the sake of the students still committed to it.” “He trains very professionally,” Yervand Azatian (’12) said. “During his long mile running, he k n o w s how to

pace himself and is able to complete the race smoothly.” Johan Sangalang (’12), who has been in this program for a month, already finds this program beneficial because of the great feeling of success after running. “Stephen gives me advice such as not stomping my feet and to be sure to wear running shoes,” Sangalang said. Although nothing affects Stephen and his determination towards the program, the small number of members slightly discourages him. He believes other people should be aware of this grand opportunity. “I am sad that more people don't know about this program,” Stephen said. “It really is a great way to stay in shape and also helps you motivate yourself to complete your goals.” At this point, SRLA will be discontinued due to the “lack of members” in the program, Capehart said.



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Athlete of the Month: CHRISTINE BABAYAN hat exactly makes a good bas- (’11), currently coaches the freshman girls ketball player? According to basketball team, and their stepfather Troy senior Samantha Barakat, being Fox coaches the junior varsity team. committed and having your heart in the “She’s worked hard to improve her game is more imporgame and I am very tant than scoring the proud of what she’s most points or getting accomplished so the most rebounds. far,” Fox said. “She This is Barakat’s has always been an fourth year on the athletic and combasketball team as a petitive person.” shooting guard. Teamwork is She started playvery important to ing basketball her Barakat, who treats freshman year and inher teammates like stantly fell in love a second family. with the “aggression “Basketball and competitiveness” isn’t a one-man of the sport. game,” Barakat “I regret not havsaid. “I need my ing her on the varsity teammates for moteam last year,” coach tivation to play betStan Watson said. ter every day.” “She always has a reWith this being ally strong work ethic said, she finds the and positive attigreatest inspiration CHRISTINE BABAYAN | TORNADO TIMES tude.” to win in her own Growing up, Barakat spent much of teammate Kariz Alberto (’12). her time doing gymnastics, but always had Although they have been friends her eye on her older sisters who frequently since their freshman year, this was the played basketball and learned the rules of first year Barakat and Alberto got to play the game pretty quickly. alongside each other on the same team. Her older sister, Lauraine Barakat “She made our last season together a


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great one,” Alberto said. “You can learn a lot from her dedication and fun spirit.” When she’s not on the court, Barakat likes to keep in shape by running and doing different exercises. Samantha is still unsure what she wants to major in; however, she currently plans on attending Los Angeles Community College after graduation. Unfortunately during the last home game against Burbank High, Barakat suffered a severely sprained ankle. “It was more painful than any other minor injury I ever had before,” Barakat said. As she jumped up trying to block, the opposing player went for a rebound. Barakat fell instantly on the outside of her ankle. The injury happened to be on the same night that the seniors on the team are honored by teammates, coaches, and parents. With the help of her parents, she was able to walk across the court to receive flowers and a gift, then rushed over to the hospital to get her ankle checked out. It was weird for everyone to see Barakat hurt or anything different than her usual strong self. “That’s what I love about my sister,” Lauraine said. “She plays her hardest and isn’t afraid to take risks.”

DAPHNE ONG | TORNADO TIMES Basketball: Samantha Barakat evades players to make a basket. She suffered an ankle injury during the game against Burbank Feb. 3 that prevented her from playing the last two games of the season.

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This is the 2012 February issue of The Tornado Times. It was published on February 29, 2012.

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