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School considers changing athletic leagues

AP fee waiver may be removed CHRISTINE BABAYAN tudents from low-income plans on taking four AP exams families may no longer this year, said that if the bill were have the option of taking to be passed, it would be “difficult to have to pay hundreds of their AP tests at a reduced price. Last September, the House dollars for all of those exams at Appropriations Committee re- once.” Upon the release of the bill, leased a bill proposing to eliminate funding for the Advanced the College Board felt alarmed Placement (AP) Test Fee and In- enough to send out emails to varcentive Program, which has been ious AP teachers and administrahelping low income students pay tors, warning them about the for AP exams at a discounted potential abolishment of AP funding and suggestprice of $5 ining immediate stead of the usual action such as $80-$95 since I’m surprised the contacting state 1999. The commit- government proposed representatives in ashington, tee, which consomething so harmful W D.C., to voice trols and decides support for the what funds the to students. program. government is alAngelic Kirakosyan (’14) Counselor lowed to spend, Rose Samore said proposed the bill the bill might rein an effort to decrease the nation’s expenses and cut spending. sult in a “negative perception” of Although the Senate Appro- the school and the school district, priations Committee proposed re- because if the number of students taining the program, concern still taking AP exams were to drop it lingers in the air. The bill is cur- would appear as if the students rently being revised by the Com- “just don’t care.” Junior Angelic Kirakosyan is mittee for the House of Representatives’ approval. The currently taking three AP courses, final decision on the approval of and her younger brother David the AP bill will be made by the Kirakosyan (’14) is enrolled in two. Ever since their father got end of this year. About 400 students take AP laid off from work last year they exams at the school every year, have been “struggling” to make and roughly half of them depend ends meet. She stated that if the on fee reductions from the AP bill was to pass it would “cause a Test Fee and Incentive Program lot of problems at home.” to take their exams. Teni Arakelian (’13), who See “Waiver” on page 2



LEAGUE: Daniel Yepremian and Fernando Olivares tackle GHS running back Alex Yoon in the Nov. 10 cross-town rivalry homecoming game. To play with schools of similar populations, the athletic department is considering changing to the Rio Hondo League. Unless GHS makes the same league change, BGD would become a pre-season game.


STEVEN LEE he school’s athletic department is exploring the possibility of changing from the Pacific to the Rio Hondo League for all sports teams. If it decides to switch leagues by next year, they will apply for the league change which would take effect starting the 2013-14 school year, with the approval of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). The Rio Hondo League con-

sists of Blair, La Cañada, Monrovia, San Marino, South Pasadena, and Temple City high schools. The department is considering the league change primarily due to the large difference in demographics between the school and the other schools of the Pacific League, which consists of Arcadia, Burbank, Crescenta Valley, Glendale (GHS), Burroughs, Muir, and

Pasadena high schools. While the school consists of about 1,900 students, the other schools in the Pacific League have student populations ranging from 3,000 to 4,000. Football coach Andrew Policky would like to move to the Rio Hondo league so that the team will be playing against teams with similar number of players.

See “League” on page 2

ACLU files lawsuit against administrators, police for “racial profiling” AGNESSA KASUMYAN he American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against school administrators and Glendale and Los Angeles police departments on behalf of students and family members who alleged they had been racially profiled by school administrators and police officers when dozens Latino students were allegedly taken to two separate rooms on Sept. 24 of last year. Although the lawsuit has been officially filed in federal court, the plaintiffs have yet to be served. The City of Glendale, the County of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County Probation Department are also named in the lawsuit. Carmen Merino, the GPD General


Counsel, claims the incident was an “educational intervention;” however, the ACLU refers to the situation as a “round up” and “textbook case” (or classic example) of racial profiling. According to ACLU lawyer David Sapp, the exact number of students involved is “difficult to estimate given the nature of the case.” Among the alleged students involved, only six are currently named in the complaint. Administrators named in the complaint include Principal Jennifer Earl, Assistant Principals Hagop Eulmessekian and Caroline Sweeney, and Student Resource Center personnel Alex Garcia and Ara Mgrdichian (who is no longer

with the school). According to juniors Karen Lopez, Ashley Flores, and Mirena Alvarado, who were sophomores at the time of the incident, they were taken to room 2104 during lunch and told by police that they “could not hang out with each other anymore and that if [they] did, the police would tell [their] parents that [they] are involved in a gang.” Similarly, seniors Giovanni Pablo and Matthew Murillo were walking to the first floor when Eulmessekian told them they were going to have a meeting. Pablo said he initially thought the meeting was going to be about “how well” they were doing in school

that year academically and behaviorally, but were led to room 2104, where they were told by police to remain calm and take a seat with about 20 other students. During the incident, students were asked to write information such as their full names and physical descriptions on sheets of paper. The students claim police threatened to raid their houses at six in the morning if they did not do as they were asked, but that Mgrdichian told them not to take the situation seriously. The policemen also asked to see tattoos and confiscated cell phones. The students were then asked to hold up the sheets of paper below their chin, and their

pictures were taken in the fashion of a mug shot. The primary concern of the students and their lawyers is to make sure that all the information collected during the time is destroyed so that they won’t be used against them in the future. According to the ACLU, “it is not against the law to be Latino,” but that the school and collaborating police departments “acted as though it were” when they “rounded up, interrogated, photographed, and collected personal information” from the students “solely because they appear to be Latino.”

See “Lawsuit” on page 2



November 22, 2011

Tornado Times

Breaking dawn on Tornado TV’s rise by nine percent morning show

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AGNESSA KASUMYAN ith the state budget diminishing, tuition for the California State University (CSU) system was raised nine percent last week, the second increase this year, boosting by $500 tuition costs to $5,970 for next year. The CSU lost $650 million with budget cuts, which raised tuition by 12 percent during the 2011-2012 school year. According to the Los Angeles Times, if the state does not receive sufficient revenues, another $100 million will be cut at well. Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, who voted for the in-

Lawsuit continued from page 1 Sapp claims that GPD refused to provide students and their parents with a letter that stated all of the information collected on the day of the incident had been destroyed. Merino, however, stated that she “personally reached out” to Sapp and the other attorneys on the case in April and told them that they had “no objection to providing the letter” but did not hear back from them until the lawsuit was filed. District spokesperson Steven Frasher questions what motivation the district and the school would have to racially profile anyone. According to Frasher, the planned activity was to show students what

Waiver continued from page 1 “I’m surprised the government proposed something so harmful to students,” Angelic said. An AP exam is a national test that students take in May after completing a college-level course. Students can submit the score they receive on college applications to help their chances of getting accepted. Research released this year by

crease, said that they have an “obligation” to run the system well, despite lack of adequate funding. Andranik Mkrtchyan, a freshman at Cal State Los Angeles (CSULA), understands that they had to increase the tuition due to the budget crisis; however, he stated that the “nearly 10 percent increase” will put a great deal of financial burden on students who “barely receive enough financial aid for tuition and board.” Because the nine percent hike will raise fees, financial aid will have to pay more, eventually “burning out”

can happen if they ever get involved or are associated with anybody who is in a gang. “When you think of youth, the assumption is that students are on the right path,” Frasher said. “What scares us [educators and police] is that students might get into drugs and gangs.” The school has had several encounters with gang violence in the past. In 1989, three gang members were arrested after they physically attacked a student who belonged to a rival gang. On May 5, 2000, 17-year-old senior Raul Aguirre was stabbed to death after trying to stop a fight between Latino and Armenian gang members. During the week of his funeral, however, Latino gang members shot a male Armenian teenager in retaliation, further stirring ethnic tensions between the two groups.

the College Board presents proof that students who score a 3 or above on the AP exam (5 being the highest), are more likely to enroll in college, perform better academically, and earn their college degree on time. Science teacher Nerses Abramyan stated that the bill would be “extremely unfair” for students taking multiple AP courses because if they are unable to pay and take the exams, universities would have no proof that they are educated in all of the classes.

more money than it can support. According to, financial aid to CSU students has increased by about $800 million since 2007. The increased rates will also impact students like Mkrtchyan, who pay out of their own pocket. In addition to helping run his family’s business, he will have to take up a second job to accommodate the rising fees. Sergio Hernandez, also a freshman at CSULA, relies on financial aid, and finds that it is “unfair” to increase rates during “these hard economic times.”

Following Aguirre’s death, his parents sued the school and the city for “failing to provide sufficient protection after increased tension between Armenian and Latino gang members,” according to Merino, who oversaw the case. Although the ACLU contends that the school and the police had no reason to believe that the students were involved in a gang aside from the fact that they appeared to be Latino, Earl and Probation Officer Gilda Davis, also named in the lawsuit, decided to hold the intervention after Earl was provided with evidence that a few of the students were in the process of being recruited into a gang. Earl stated that, as an educator, she felt it was her responsibility to warn students about the dangers and consequences that come with being involved in or associated with a gang.

League continued from page 1 Another reason for the change is due to the competitiveness and the increasing losing streak of some sport teams. According to Director of Athletics John Van Patten, although the sport teams work diligently, the results of many of the games for the past two years are enough reason for the athletic department to consider this change.

SAMANTHA MARIANO ornado TV (TTV) premiered its new weekly bulletin announcement show Morning Edition on Nov. 7, the first telecast in the school’s history. From now on, these broadcasts will air every Monday. The regular public address (PA) announcements will continue on Wednesdays and Fridays. Although the video lasts approximately three minutes, it takes two to three days to produce, according to English teacher and TTV adviser Brian Crosby. The shooting and editing are completely done “by the students, for the students.” Principal Jennifer Earl stated that “the fact we don’t have all the equipment or the studio yet” makes her proud that the TTV members followed through on the video piece. Currently, TTV is borrowing most of their equipment from the Visual and Performing Arts department. They hope to receive donations through in order to purchase more items. A door and drapes are being installed in the first phase of the new studio. In order to view the show, second period teachers need to connect their laptops to their LCD projectors, and click on the Morn-


ing Edition link on the school’s website. The process of producing the show begins with Jeannie Mai (’13) who compiles bulletin notices collected from the school staff. Steven Lee (’13) is in charge of the “teleprompter,” using the Elmo projector to display the script for news anchor Agnes Gholoonian (’13) to read. Benjamin Kwok (’12) sets up the camera, microphone, and lights while Gholoonian is placed in front of a green screen and awaits the cue to read her lines. Afterwards, Kwok teams up with Gabby Carreiro (’14) to shoot her short remote piece. Finally, the scenes are edited by senior Dahn Kim using the editing program Final Cut Pro. Social science teacher Christian Hong said that the new way of making announcements is “much better” compared to announcements made over the PA system because “we can actually hear it.” James Pineda (’12) believes that the broadcast is more attention catching. Compared to his last three years in high school, during which announcements were made over the PA system, the new video broadcast is “more high-tech, easier, and efficient.”

AN UONG | TORNADO TIMES CAMERA: Tornado TV camera man Ben Kwok records the weekly Monday Edition show. Tornado TV’s Morning Edition replaces PA announcements on Mondays.

Van Patten believes that changing leagues will help these teams win more games. “The teams are working hard, putting a lot of sweat and tears into their performances,” Van Patten said. “Because team numbers would be even, our teams would have a better chance of winning.” According to Van Patten, some disadvantages to such a change include a much different geography and a smaller probability to join playoffs. The school would be competing against schools farther from the area than

those in the Pacific League, and there are only three spots for playoffs as opposed to the Pacific League’s four. If the league change does happen, the traditional cross-town football team rivalry with GHS, better known as BGD, may become a pre-season game during early September. GHS is currently considering changing to Rio Hondo league as well. “BGD is a tradition, and [we] hope to be able to keep this tradition alive,” JV football player Alvin Kim (’14) said.

November 22, 2011

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BGD poster causes peril


s four gigantic posters unfolded from the third floor on BGD, seniors cheered and cried, as they were dropping their poster for the last time. However, as soon as the posters rested in their usual spots reigning over the first floor quad, the cheers and cries turned into angry tweets and infuriated Facebook statuses. This year, one of the days seniors look forward to most, ended in anger and tension between upper and underclassmen once it was realized that the senior poster had been ripped, with paint plastered all over it as a prank. A little nostalgic, seniors even wrote their names on the poster to symbolize the years they spent at the school, but even those were crossed out with big ugly “X’s.” Perhaps those who thought that sabotaging the seniors’ chance of winning the poster contest was a good idea after inhaling too much paint while working on their own poster. For some underclassmen and juniors, it may be difficult to understand why seniors get so worked up about their last poster drop, why they care so much about making sure their last skit is perfect, or why they do everything they can to attend their last BGD game. It may be clichéd, but as soon as you hit your senior year, reality kicks in. You realize that you’re no longer going to be able to enjoy the blissful traditions of high school and

get that giddy feeling when you see your peers unite in school spirit. The perpetrators may have thought that it was okay to play pranks in the name of spirit and pride, but when the prank results in sabotage and hurt feelings, it’s kind of a hint that things have been taken a little too far. The seniors worked hard to make their poster as great as it was, using their own time to get it done. The fact that the other classes worked just as hard on their own posters makes the entire ordeal even worse—they should have appreciated and valued the work that was put into the posters. It’s not like seniors are going to get another chance to make their last poster drop a memorable experience. Well, on second thought, it sure is memorable now that they will look back on the day with some bitterness. Dramatic? We don’t think so. We don’t think anybody would want their work to be basically spit on. We get it that it feels good to be the funny guys that got to the seniors, but really it’s kind of a shame that people have to try so hard to be “cool.” Believe us, we know how to appreciate a good prank, but this one just felt short of class and good humor. Next time you want to get back at the snooty seniors, try doing something that doesn’t involve too much damage, like challenging them to a dodge ball match.

SAT subject ensues stress


he class of 2012 and those that come after are lucky—they are not required to take those pointless SAT subject tests. By not being required to take these “extra” tests, we are given the chance to actually have some time to work on our school assignments, the thing most of us forget about when November rolls around. When required by the UCs, the SAT subject tests were not a “make-or-breakyou” test, but rather more of a “show-off-your-skills” test. Those that take it should only do so if they are extremely knowledgeable in the subject at hand. Average students planning on going to college should not feel the need to compete with those who are more academically competitive. Some private universities require at least one of the subject tests taken be a science or math one. Why should anybody who’s not majoring in mathematical or scientific fields be required to take tests that do not correspond with their future career? The reason we bring up this issue is that we are confused. Do colleges still want us to take these tests? This question has been swarming in everyone’s mind since the UC system announced that the SAT subject tests would no longer be mandatory for admission. If you have a 4.5+ GPA and are considering Pre-Med, by all means take the Math and Biology subject tests.

But universities like Stanford have this statement to say when asked about the subject tests: “We recommend (but do not require) that you submit official results of at least two SAT subject tests, as these additional scores often assist us in our evaluation process.” Two seems like overkill—why not use that time to complete college applications and study for the SAT reasoning portion? Besides, taking the subject tests seem repetitive and defeat the purpose of AP exams, which already test students in a variety of subjects. At least the AP exams give college credit. However, since the UCs do not require these tests, hopefully more of an emphasis will be placed on other admission factors like extracurricular activities. If so, we trust that you’ve all been doing your volunteer work, joining clubs, and playing those sports. Being the first class that is cursed with this freedom, we’re not sure how much these tests would actually affect our admissions. We’re kind of like the guinea pigs of the new system. The UCs should be clearer as to what they want from us. After all, it is our futures we are taking about here. If you know that the tests will completely work to your advantage, go ahead and take them. But if you are “iffy” about them, don’t. Why show the university something you’re average at, when you can show them more things that you are excellent at?


OPINION Tornado Times

Sticks & Stones

Financial aid misses the middle class AN UONG cholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): $45. Advanced Placement (AP) Test: $80. Average College Application: up to $100. A quality education? Not so “priceless” anymore. And that list does not even include the fat, juicy college tuition all seniors fear to face. For apprehensive juniors and seniors, this time of the year is not only the most nerve-racking, but also the most money-draining. There is financial aid for those who qualify, but for the middle class, which makes up a great portion of our community, there is very little funding. Students whose families fall in-between what is considered to be “rich” and “poor” end up with mounds of fees to pay simply because, on paper, it appears to be perfectly fine and doable. Let’s face it: financial aid institutions are far too detached from the nation-wide student body, forcing counselors and students to grapple for sufficient aid. Very few take into account the struggles of a single parent or the health issues of a family member. None of these complications can be explained on feewaiver forms, since such applications focus mostly on the amount of income each family


Dreamers afraid to awaken MICHAEL YAPUJIAN ollege is just around the corner. It’s kind of like a pimple: you can see it coming, but you never thought it would be here so soon, and that it would have such a huge impact on your life. For the past 17 or 18 years we have lived our lives as dreamers, imagining how wonderful our lives will be in the near future. We have all dreamt. We’ve thought about becoming firefighters, artists, or video game designers, and I’m sure that a few of us have even gone to sleep and imagined becoming computer technicians or something. But many of us have decided these careers are not, and here’s the word I dread most of all, “practical.” And due to the “impracticality” of these dreams, we have decided to give up on photography and major in law instead. My point? That we have always imagined achieving these wonderful tasks, but have never really had the chance to work towards these goals. But now, as we’re applying for colleges and graduating high school, we finally have the chance to put those dreams into action; in other words, make them realities. So isn’t it ironic that the moment we actually have the chance to pursue these careers we decide to give up on them? And more importantly, why do we give up on them? The answer to this is simple: bock bock bock bock bock. CHICKEN. We are scared. Terrified even, of doing something that will be just a little bit harder, that is just a little bit more out of our reach. I’m not saying that getting a degree in engineering is a bad thing—if you’re passionate about that, then go for it. But those of you that are going to study something “practical” such as biology, law, or engineering don’t receive the every day criticisms, the demeaning glances, the smirks that those of us who want to do something just a little bit out of the realm of normality are forced to deal with. I understand—it’s not easy being constantly thought of as stupid, or being told that you are going to be a “hobo” if you keep your head stuck in your “unreachable” dreams. But possibly the worst consequence of being a dreamer is doubting yourself. Staying up nights in fear of the future, imagining yourself reaching for the stars and failing miserably, being sucked into a black hole and achieving nothing in life. Don’t let these nightmares get the best of you; let your dreams overcome them. I realize that I’m beginning to sound like a Hallmark card, but sometimes we need a little bit of inspiration, even if it comes from some theatre kid’s high school opinion column. The most important thing to remember is that our lives are what we make them. Those who accomplish all they ever dreamed of are those who never gave up, those who had enough passion and determination to walk past the doubt, the fallbacks, and the fear towards ultimate happiness. So go ahead and train those dolphins, don’t let anyone get in the way of reaching your dreams. Especially yourself.


November 22, 2011

makes, regardless of personal tions are often not aware of the pupil’s personal circumstances. conflicts. Even though, as the College Usually, the students who are in the Free or Reduced Lunch Board reports, the National AssoProgram are able to receive fee ciation for College Admission waivers. The Food and Nutrition Counseling (NACAC) does conService considers a student eligi- sider the “counselor's personal ble for this program only if the knowledge of family circumfamily’s income lies within the stances,” students are often unguidelines: for families of two, aware of this possibility. Despite havthe annual ining the potential to come must be no more than Very few take into qualify for aid, many students $27,214, all the account the struggles “don’t realize that way up to families of eight, at of a single parent or they should step no more than the health issues of a up” comments junior counselor Rose $69,616. Samore. Students It is under- family member. do not advocate standable that enough for themboundaries must be set for the sake of clarity selves, leaving the counselors and efficiency, but that does not without a means to connect stumean everyone else should be dents to financial assistance. Senior counselor Rena ruled out simply because their families make a few thousand Scharch has personally reached dollars more than what is consid- out to private schools for students who “have a hardship that preered as the eligible income. The College Board and the vents them from being able to pay ACT work in the same way when for their application.” However, setting qualifications for who re- when it comes down to those who ceives how much financial aid, are just a speck above the borderusing similar income require- line, even counselors do not have ments. These qualifications are much room to work in. The numbroad and can never be an accu- bers might just look too good for rate representation of a student’s any persuasion to sway private ability to pay, since such institu- school policies.

As a student who receives generous financial aid when it comes to test and college application fees, I personally understand the relief that comes with not having to worry about how I will be paying the expenses. Senior Lucine Oganesian is one of those who is faced with a heap of fees to pay. Having already spent $179 on her standardized tests, she now faces $700 worth of application fees.. Being wedged in between the two polar societal classes keeps her in the limbo area where she does not qualify for many scholarships for tuition either. These students are squeezed into a tunnel where efficiency is key, and quality is no longer widely available. A wide range of schools is supposed to be open for students, but many cannot even imagine attending simply because they are considered as “well off.” The system of giving needbased financial aid lacks a personal relationship that would allow aid providers to gain a better understanding of those who would not qualify on paper. The middle class often bears the brunt of the situation, leaving them fending for themselves in this battle for equal educational opportunities.

API Also Proves Inadequate JEANNIE MAI e are a program improvement school. In other words, we’re a “failing” school. You’re all familiar with the infamous No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, brought into action by former president George Bush in 2002 and is currently being repealed by President Barack Obama. According to, NCLB “[takes] particular aim at improving the educational lot of disadvantaged students.” Because of this act, schools are measured by a system known as the Academic Performance Index (API). According to, the API scores are “calculated using each school’s test results from the California Standards Tests (CST), the California Modified Assess-


ment (CMA), the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), and the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE).” Are you kidding me? The grueling, excruciating tests that all students dread come May are used to judge our school? This is extremely ridiculous. We all know that although these exhausting tests are not necessarily difficult, they are awfully lengthy, leaving students worn out after the first 30 questions. I do not know anyone who cares even the least bit about his CST scores. On Sept. 21, letters were mailed home informing families that our school has an API score of 776. Students were then given the option to transfer to Cres-

centa Valley (CV) High School—a high school in La Crescenta with a significantly higher API score of 884. Shortly after receiving the letter, the parents of one of our own, Durga Ghosh (’13), applied for a permit and had their daughter transferred to CV. Mother Ruby Ghosh felt that this was a great opportunity to have her daughter transfer to a school of a more “competitive medium, with each teacher pushing students to learn.” This is exactly what I mean; the API system creates a false illusion of our teachers and students. If our school is marked as a “program improvement” school, other schools and students outside of Hoover will merely focus on that fact and fail to realize the

great elements of our school— like our arts programs, for example. Even though the CSTs are tremendously boring, I’ve always made an attempt at passing with a high score. But apparently, that’s not the case for other students. Everyone knows there are always going to be those students who just don’t care about their schoolwork or their education, so why are we being judged as a whole based upon their poor performance? What kind of student wants to say “I go to Hoover, a program improvement school?” The API scores shouldn’t be based solely on test results. Changes need to be made, a new scoring system must be created. The API is a failed system that relies exclusively on test scores, missing the big picture.

Tornado What do you think about the way fiTALK nancial aid is distributed?

“If you work hard and get good grades, you deserve some sort of aid. It’s unfair to be based only on income.”

“I think it’s fair; it’s helpful to the families who can’t pay.”

Reef Oldberg (’13)

Paris Zadoorian (’15)

“A lot of people cheat the system, they don’t deserve the aid they receive.”

“It’s unfair and I think new criteria should be set.”

Andrew Galstyan (’13) Sevada Khodaverdi (’12) Compiled by Jeannie Mai AN UONG | TORNADO TIMES


November 22, 2011


Too much weight put on body image “P

CRISTINE KENADY eers into the mirror, mirror on the wall, frowns at her face, her eyes, her skin, not fair.” These lines from Pat Mora’s poem “Same Song,” touch upon a serious issue that, even in this day and age, still go on. Body image issues are currently receiving a lot of attention, but there are still issues that deal with self-image that rarely, if not never, receive attention. Many girls are teased about their weight, often being told to “go lose weight” or told mean jokes about their size. This is pretty prevalent, and a lot of girls claim that they feel pressured to be skinny because of that, but something that is never talked about, which infuriates me, is the bullying of those with thinner builds. A controversial trend has emerged in this new era of technology: a blogging fad called “thinspiration.” Thinspiration, also known as pro-ana, short for anorexia, or pro-mia, short for bulimia, are the glorifications of eating disorders as acceptable and healthy ways to lose weight. Typical thinspiration involves giving advice on how to best induce vomiting, tips on how to ignore or suppress hunger pangs, and advice on how to hide weight loss from doctors and family members. According to a study done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information in 2010, the number of blogs that shared out crash dieting information and techniques rose from 67 percent in 2006 to

83 percent in 2010. The number of these blogs is still on the rise, and, unfortunately, they affect both sexes. While it isn’t as mainstream as female thinspiration, male thinspiration is still prevalent among teenage boys. They aspire to be almost waiflike, similar to the male models that appear on designer runways. According to, one in every 10 teenagers that have eating disorders are male, and teenage boys are just as likely as teenage girls to have Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). BDD in boys, however, mostly deals with the desire to look lean and muscular, like, say, Cristiano Ronaldo or The Rock. It’s saddening that the public coverage of eating disorders among boys is practically nonexistent. Just because a certain phenomenon isn’t as widespread as another doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. I stand at five foot three and weigh about 105 pounds, and throughout my life, I have heard comments about me, ranging from “oh my god you’re so skinny!” to “you’re practically anorexic!” to “go eat something!” These comments make me feel terrible and make me hate my body, and it’s incredibly frustrating that the media, who is now so hung up over body image issues, never acknowledges the fact that even the skinny people, who are marketed as being the “ideal” shape of a woman, still get harassed and made fun of. They are tormented as



lliteracy. It's rapidly like a virus, infecting many of the people that we know and love. We notice it everywhere: at school, at the mall, on the Internet, you name it. In the comfort of my home, I always enjoy sitting down and surfing the 'net. If there's one website I used to look forward to visiting daily, it was Facebook—a site that most people log on to frequently. When I first joined, I thought of it as a wonderful way to communicate and catch up with friends and family. Nowadays, I am constantly clicking on the “close” button, disgruntled and peeved. It seems as if a status posted on Facebook with perfect grammar and spelling is a rarity these days. Nearly every post I come across on Facebook is filled with a vast amount of errors. “Your” and “you're” are always used incorrectly. “Their,” “they're,” and “there” are all switched around, all the time, and the same applies to “then” and “than.” Many people claim that they are “very busy” and “in such a hurry” that they have no choice but to often shorten words. “Don't” becomes "dnt,” “your” becomes “ur ,” "are" becomes “r,” and so on. Some may think it's not much of a big deal, and that it is only prevalent on the Internet through websites such as Youtube and social networking sites, but it is not. According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 42 million adults are incapable of reading, 50 million adults can recognize so few words that they are capped at a 4th or 5th grade reading level, and one out of every four teenagers that manage to graduate out of high school has at most the equivalent of an eighth grade education. This proves the astounding amount of illiteracy in our nation.


much as people of heavier builds and the reasons why no one mentions it are beyond me.

There are many issues surrounding body image, and whether they are wellknown or not, they need to be examined.

Playing the prison fame game ANI HAKOBYAN

If you think that students would never dare to include careless mistakes such as the ones mentioned above on essays, you're very wrong. English teachers at our school have known for a very long time about the lack of literacy. English teacher Kathy Angers states that students “can't read because they don't read” and that they “can't write because they don't write.” She believes that students "can't speak with fluency" and notices that they fill up sentences with “um,” “like,” “stuff,” “okay,” “thing,” and “dude,” which shows their lack of articulacy. It has even spread onto T-shirts. To her dismay, Clark student Eliza Turdzhyan ('13) once encountered a certain shirt as she was strolling down the mall. The shirt stated “I cry because YOUR UGLY!” Notice anything wrong with this statement? I hope you do, because “your” is supposed to be “you're.” When she saw this shirt, she felt as if “illiteracy [was] being sold,” and in a way, being promoted. It is evident that America no longer cares about being literate if such a huge error is bypassed and put into stores for parents to buy for their toddlers. Is there a way to stop illiteracy? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe Facebook desperately needs a spelling/grammar check. Maybe schools shouldn't focus on "filling in the blanks on a worksheet" and instead should direct students to write sentences. Maybe we need more of an emphasis on quality check for items. In any case, this is an issue that should be taken seriously and there should be an effort to stop it. I miss seeing grammatically correct sentences, and you should, too.


indsay Lohan, Robert Downey Jr., and Paris Hilton. What do all of these infamous celebrities have in common? They have all been in jail. But that’s not all. They have all received unjust special treatment because of their celebrity statuses. Celebrity statuses, I should say, that were undeserving to people of such vulgarity and barbarism. Lindsay Lohan, who has been sentenced to jail four times and released every single time due to “overcrowding,” was again taken into custody on Oct. 19 because she failed to complete the community service requirements (mandated in her probation) at the Center for Women, a women’s shelter in downtown Los Angeles. This cycle of being arrested, then freed, then arrested, then freed again, has caught the attention of many. Why does this “Queen of Failure” deserve to go home when she could have killed someone because of her reckless driving in 2007? What about stealing a necklace worth $2,500 in January? You would think that this would have convinced her to get back on track. Nope. The jailbird is back in her habitat. Once again, she was arrested and sent to jail on Nov. 2. She is to serve 400 hours of community service at the county morgue. Initially, the judge ordered her to be in jail for 300 days, but shortened it to 30. That is, of course, if Lohan can clean up her act. Hold your applause, people. The chance of Lohan staying for more than six days is very rare. Lohan took a trip down the memory lane on Nov. 7 when she “visited” Century Regional Detention Facility around 8:48 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department website. She was released at 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning. The reason? “Overcrowding.”

Pretty unoriginal if you ask me. Yet again, the former Hollywood royalty has found a loophole to avoid doing jail time. She deserves to be in jail just like the “commoners” who have committed similar felonies. But of course, Lohan gets to roam free while others rot in jail for their crimes. So what if she is rich and famous? What exactly sets her above the law? Not even famous people should be able to find a way out of jail. So why are Hilton and Lohan able to squeeze out of their sentences? The answer is pretty simple. Does the word “celebrity” ring a bell? I guess they are so busy thinking about the next place to party that they “forget” about their probations. Room 7021, also known as “the Heisman” in the Los Angeles County Jail because of O.J. Simpson, who inspired the name when he spent time in 1995, has hosted many celebrity inhabitants besides Simpson, including Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee, and Sean Penn. According to the New York Times, the room offers hygiene products, tasty food such as a continental-style breakfast, and, most importantly, solitude. According to Captain Richard Adams of the Los Angeles County Jail while talking to Prison Legal, celebrities are put into room 7021 because they do “not want anyone getting hurt.” Thus, the high priority of the protection of celebrities is confirmed. Obviously, celebrities with wealth and fame are more important. After all, no one wants to hurt the feelings of those poor people, who earn only tens, of millions of dollars annually. Who cares about the others? I say the justice system needs to get its priorities straight.

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Partying in the USA


ASHLEY MCCLURE uring the summer, my family and I set up a separate room for my French pen pal, Marine Moindrot. We decided to decorate the room with a classic Hollywood theme that she would find interesting. We hung movie posters and shelves for our movie memorabilia. I helped my family brush up on their basic French and constantly emailed Moindrot to make sure she had everything she was going to need for the trip. I ended up welcoming Moindrot’s classmate Lara Mortier to stay with us as well. After school, on Oct. 27, we gathered all students taking French class in the lower quad to await the arrival of the French students and their teachers.


As they entered the quad, chaos ensued with the clashing of two languages to find our pen pals. We were divided into color groups for better communication. Each group had about five to six American students and at least one teacher. The groups were decided upon which American students were friends with each other and, therefore, ended up spending quite a lot of time together. French students whose pen pals dropped out of the program at the last minute were either placed with other volunteer students or were placed with teachers. Their first day at school was a whole new adventure. We took the French with us and introduced them in all of our classes, receiving different re-

.departure A ll of the students came to school completely decked out in the school’s purple gear on Nov. 10. They attended the annual poster drop and BGD assembly. “The assembly was very amazing, there was so much going on,” Moindrot said. Later that day, all of the host students gathered in the peace garden to have one last lunch together. There were definitely extreme emotions in the air— being with these students for two weeks created strong bonds between us all. Throughout the whole trip our pen pals collected loads of souvenirs and American memorabilia. They bought shirts, chocolate, key chains, and postcards for their family and friends that didn’t

sponses from students. Some students spoke with broken French while others spoke slowly and carefully—in English, of course. After spending the whole day at an American high school, I couldn’t help but ask what they thought of America. “Everything is big,” Moindrot said. “Your houses, roads, school—everything.”


Because the pen pal program is brand new, all of those involved were hoping to make it a big success. The great thing about the program is that every French student got a very unique experience. Because each family is different and does different things, all the students were bound to leave America all having grasped very different pieces of American culture.

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uring the first weekend my pen pals were here, my family and I took Moindrot and Mortier to the Los Angeles Zoo and out to eat at my favorite diner. We also ended up going to a Halloween party that Saturday, hosted by the French 5-6 class. On Halloween, I lent them my homemade Marilyn Monroe and cowgirl costumes and took them trick-or-treating on Kenneth Road. Almost all of the pen pals in the program could be spotted on Kenneth that night, each with very unique costume choices. “Halloween is very strange but fun,” Manon Damien said. “We don’t celebrate it that much in France.” Because the pen pals practically became part of my family, they came to all of the events I went to. As a volleyball player, my pen pals as well as all of my friends’ pen pals came to support my team at our game against Glendale. They all made posters and cheered for us both in French and English. I was not the only one to have the French on my side. French students attended water polo games, football games,

and even tennis games. The idea of such excitement over a high school game was a very new concept for them, but they dove right into it in their purple and white gear. In France, one of the biggest fascinations about America is Hollywood. All of the students could not wait to go to Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Unfortunately, it rained on the day we went to Universal Studios, but this did not seem to faze them as this is normal weather in France. Their favorite rollercoaster was the Simpson’s Ride, claiming that there is nothing like it in France. A few days later, my group had an early Thanksgiving dinner, complete with traditional Thanksgiving food. Most of the pen pals did not understand the point of the holiday, but loved the food and said it was very American as we are “always eating.” On their last night here, we went over to social science teacher Kate Duggan’s house for a final dinner together and a bunch of rounds of cards. We all went home that night extremely excited for BGD the next morning. AN UONG | TORNADO TIMES

come with them. Some families gave their pen pals parting gifts to remember them by, and we all promised to write often and hopefully come visit them someday. When we arrived at the airport and got off the bus, I told myself I wouldn’t get too emotional. But when I gave Moindrot and Mortier hugs goodbye, I couldn’t help but cry. I was going to miss them so much. For the two weeks they were here, our school and our students participated in a once in a lifetime experience. It wasn’t just the people hosting that benefited from the program–it was our whole school. Even students outside the program who didn’t speak a word of French enjoyed and learned from the program and the time they spent with the pen pals. PEN PALS: (top left) Some of the pen pals helped chalk the quad on Wednesday, November 9 along with the rest of the senior class. (above) The pen pals are packed and ready to leave for the airport after saying their goodbyes to their student hosts.

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Cutting calories, not taste A



lthough we all love and look forward to stuffing our faces with all of the mashed potatoes and turkey at Thanksgiving time, most students don’t actually wonder about the aftermath of this mass consuming. Sophomore Vanasis Ohanian “can’t help but think about which gym [she’s] going to get a membership to after Thanksgiving.” However, there are healthy alternatives that can satisfy your stomach just as much as the unhealthy foods that usually crowd the Thanksgiving table. Ellie Krieger, the host of the hit show “Healthy Appetite” on

Food Network, gives wonderful recipes that not only have high ratings, but are also healthy. Now, since dessert is always a personal favorite, we’ll start with that. Krieger’s Thanksgiving recipe for dessert is a pear ginger crumble that includes pears, cinnamon, oats, freshly grated ginger, and ice cream. I baked this crumble myself and my friends and I agreed that it was a very good mixture of tenderness and crunchiness. This dessert, which serves about eight, is only 266 calories. See? Delicious and nutritious. Next, we have (and this isn’t going in any particular order) the

smashed potatoes with sour cream and chives. The side dish serves four and has 130 calories per serving. After eating about two big bowls of this dish that I made, I can say first hand that it is phenomenal. The potatoes melt in your mouth and the chives add a bit of a kick to the creaminess of the smashed potatoes. The potatoes are a perfect example of a plate that is both mouth-watering and easy to make. The next side dish is jewel roasted vegetables. I understand that the thought of eating vegetables makes most teenagers cringe, but Krieger’s way of

roasting the vegetables with garlic brings out the rich flavor in the carrots, beats, and other vegetables, softening them just the right amount. The jewel roasted vegetables are 190 calories per serving and serve about six. One of Krieger’s Thanksgiving appetizers is the Antipasto Sausage Skewer which has fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, Italian-style sausage, and artichoke hearts. Krieger’s recipe makes 14 skewers and has 140 calories per serving (four skewers). Now, for the main dish: turkey roulade with apple-cider gravy. Yes, even turkey can be

healthier. This dish has dried cranberries, freshly grounded pepper, and many other wholesome ingredients that make this main course a good choice for your Thanksgiving dinner, including the fact that it only has 400 calories per serving. So just as long as you can have a good and healthy meal, stuffing your face on Thanksgiving is absolutely accepted and even encouraged. To me, it’s a day for eating. And of course, for giving thanks. But what’s better than giving thanks, eating everything in sight, and not having to worry about getting that gym membership?

Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives





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Put 1 1/4 potatoes in a steamer basket over a pot of boiling water. Steam for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Place the cooked potatoes in a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup of lowsodium chicken broth and coarsely mash the potatoes.

Add 1/4 cup of sour cream and 1 1/2 tablespoons of chopped chives. Stir and season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy.


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Entertainment October 24, 1945

Summer 1933 Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany. The first anti-Jewish laws are established and the Franks decide that they must move to the Netherlands.

June 12, 1942 Anne receives a diary for her 13th birthday.

Otto Frank receives a letter informing him that his daughters died and is given her diary.

August 4, 1944 The residents of the Secret Annex are betrayed and arrested, then taken to a concentration camp where the men are separated from the women.

Summer 1947 The first 1,500 copies of Anne’s diary are published in Amsterdam.

July 6, 1942 The family goes into hiding.


Dramatizing the Holocaust in a Frank manner JEANNIE MAI hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.” Anne Frank’s famous words have reached out and captured the attention of the drama department, as it gets ready to stage “The Diary of Anne Frank” in the Little Theater on Dec. 8. The story follows the lives of the Franks, the van Daans, and Albert Dussel through their troubles under Hitler’s regime. It revolves around a young Jewish adolescent, filled with energy and hope, trying to find herself during a time of tragedy and despair. The play will show how the families lived in a cramped space and how they coped with the constant fear of being captured and killed. Director Dave Huber cast 13 students to play the characters in Anne Frank’s life during her teen years. He is “incredibly happy” with the cast and feels confident that they will be able to convey the true emotions behind the moving piece. “This was a play I had to do. I needed to do this,” Huber said. “It’s an amazing piece of theater.” Huber found the casting process tough and “agonizing.” He cast the actors not based on their individual talent but on how much chemistry the group of students had with one another. Junior Kristine Paguinto and senior Michael Yapujian will be playing the lead roles of Anne Frank and Otto Frank, her father. Paguinto felt “unusual” upon receiving her role, because it was the first time she’d ever gotten the lead of a play. She feels a lot of “pressure” but says that she will try her best to portray her character. “I love the play, it allows you to actually get into the minds of people during the devastating period of the Holocaust,” Paguinto said. “The audience will be able to gain insight on the characters.” Although Anne Frank’s situation was hopeless, Paguinto said that her


character is one of the more “optimistic” ones because she believes that things will get better despite hardship. Junior Emily Shin is one of many who look forward to watching this performance. “I want to see the live experience,” she said. “[The story] isn’t something that happens today, so I want to know how Anne coped with the situation.” The actors have put much of their time into the play with two-hour rehearsals every day after school and one on Saturday. Besides the acting experience, the actors hope theatre goers will leave with something else from this play. Yapujian feels whenever he is having a bad day, the play is his “wake-up call,” and that it “isn’t just for the actors, it’s for the audience to understand how lucky they are.” Charlene Brandt (’12) is playing Anne’s older sister, Margot, a ladylike and proper young woman. She says that other than the stage experience, she hopes the students will gain a sense of strength by getting a better understanding of the struggle the families went through. Assistant director An Uong (’12) looks forward to learning about the “nature of hope” from the play and watching “how the actors grow into their characters as they interact with each other.” Though the story of Anne Frank revolves around her traumatic life experiences, the cast and directors want to reveal more than that. “We all know the story. They die, but we don’t play that. Anne lived her life; she believed people were good at heart,” Huber said. “We incorporate the comedy, the sadness, the tragedy, the terror and the hope.”

Dates: Dec. 8-12 Time: 7 p.m. (5 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2 p.m. on Dec. 11) Place: Little Theatre Price: $8

PLAY: The cast for the “The Diary of Anne Frank” rehearses for the upcoming play. It premieres in the Little Theatre on Dec. 8. AN UONG | TORNADO TIMES ANGINE SHAHBAZYAN | TORNADO TIMES

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Movie Review

Music Review

Breaking Dawn breaks expectations

M83 dreams up a nice album SOPHIE MIRZAIAN aking up from a long night of dreaming is a strange experience. You feel groggy and a bit disoriented until you begin to recall the wonderful things you experienced, the people you met, the scents that filled your nostrils, and the sounds that filled your ears. M83’s latest album, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” shares a similar experience. The genres M83 identifies with—electronic, shoegaze, dream pop, ambient— allow for the most dreamlike of music. There are stories of cupcakes and magic frogs in “Raconte-Moi Une Histoire” and more melancholy themes in “Wait,” along with lots of what would be nothingness in a dream but does not appear as such in the album. This ambitious two-disc album both begins and ends strongly. Zola Jesus, an upand-coming synthpop/goth rock artist, is featured on the first track, “Intro,” and “Midnight City” is packed with drum parts reminiscent of the 80s and never-beforeheard elements such as saxophone solos. “Raconte-Moi Une Histoire” (meaning “Tell Me a Story” in French) is the most unique song off the album. There is a little girl speaking on the track about a special frog with a quaint electronic tune playing in the background, showing off her splendid imagination and emphasizing M83’s love of youth, fun, and adventure, as well as creative thinking.


Source: Summit Entertainment DAWN: The latest film in the saga, “Breaking Dawn: Part One” takes a lighter approach to the more depressing tones that the previous movies set. It premiered last Friday.

NATALIE HOVANESIAN here I was, impatiently waiting in the unbearable cold with strangers at my side, excitedly chattering about what they were about to see. The moment we had all been waiting for, Nov. 18, had finally arrived. The midnight premiere of “Breaking Dawn: Part One” consisted of six hours of sitting uncomfortably on the icy, coarse concrete, frantically doing homework and losing sleep—but it was all worth it. The movie is the fourth of the Twilight Saga, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The main character Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is a human who falls in love with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a vampire. Together they conquer all forces that try to break their love apart. In this particular film, the couple gets married and Bella unknowingly gets pregnant. The “fetus” grows very quickly and slowly destroys her from the inside out—the only way for her to survive is to be turned into a vampire. One aspect that I didn't like was that “Breaking Dawn: Part One” had a completely different tone than the previous films. In the beginning, the movie is more comical than what audiences are accustomed to because most of the characters crack jokes here and there. But the moment that Bella realizes she is pregnant, the mood changes entirely becoming very serious. Everyone is worried for Bella's life, made evident through the actors' wonderful depictions. When Edward finds out that the baby is sucking away at Bella's life, he goes into shock and yells at her with a powerful and frightening look on his face. This is a side of Edward that audiences haven’t seen before that Pattinson does a great job conveying. Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) also depicts his role very accurately. During one scene, he starts crying be-


cause he learns the bad news. His face expresses extreme anger and sadness that the audience can relate to, making the viewers sympathize with the character. The special effects of the movie are also incredible. Bella's portrayal when she is pregnant is just as I had imagined while reading the novel. Her face has black creases everywhere, she loses a great amount of weight, and her stomach is completely bruised. At one point, I was even disgusted by her because the makeup looked so natural. In another scene where Bella is becoming a vampire, venom is shown spreading throughout her body and revitalizing her into a completely different person. Her hair turns light, her skin regains its color, and all her scars and bruises heal. These changes happen quickly in one shot, leaving the viewer mesmerized. The soundtrack was notable as well, as it effectively enhanced the emotional aspect to “Breaking Dawn: Part One." The song used for the wedding scene, for instance, is the same one used in the first film during Bella and Edward's first dance. Incorporating “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron and Wine as their wedding song was a great idea that fans definitely noticed and enjoyed. There were also some instrumental songs that stood out because, once again, the melody was taken out of the first movie's soundtrack and combined with the new music. Since “Breaking Dawn: Part One” is the second to last movie, there are flashbacks from the other movies put together to summarize Bella's struggles in her life. The last scene contained memories that remained from her "human life" that symbolized the beginning of her new life as a vampire. “Breaking Dawn: Part One” is a movie you’re not going to want to miss.

“OK Pal” on disc two has an 80’s vibe to it with its booming drums and heavy synth. Late in the album, “Echoes of Mine” recaptures your attention with some subtle French lyrics and leads you to the concluding two tracks. A new element seldom previously heard—if at all—is the use of instruments besides synthesizers and electric guitars and basses typical of shoegaze bands. Acoustic guitars can be heard on several tracks, as well as the saxophone solo on “Midnight City.” M83 definitely does not fail to please with this album. As dreams make the night pass, the album makes time fly. It feels like a 45minute album despite the fact that it clocks in at 74 minutes. There are no overwhelmingly long songs as there have been on other albums, the longest being five minutes and 42 seconds. Compared to old albums, however, it is significantly longer, but the grandeur is incomparable. M83’s past albums, although they had vocals and similar synth arrangements, were subtle compared to “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” This album can only be described as monumental. Anyone who has enjoyed M83’s past albums will most likely be happy with this one as well. If you haven’t heard M83’s music before, enjoying this album won’t be a problem as long as you like electronic, shoegaze, or ambient music, or if you’re fun-loving and open-minded.

Source: Virgin Records

Wandering through the Wonder-ful years DAPHNE ONG fter a personal hiatus from Netflix, I discovered how many new movies and shows were added to the instant queue. To my surprise, all 115 episodes of the 1988-1993 American comedy-drama “The Wonder Years” are now available to watch instantly. The show centers around a typical American teenager, Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), in the 1960’s. No, this does not involve a teenage girl getting pregnant every season like teen shows of today, but is more about the classic, innocent teen experience such as dealing with parents, older siblings, academic struggles, friends and first loves. For those of you who have never heard of this iconic show, I don’t blame you—it did stop airing right before most of us were born. How-


Source: 20th Century Fox ALEX KARIBYAN | TORNADO TIMES

ever, the years of syndication on networks such as Nick at Nite and ABC Family are the reason for its familiarity among teens my age. There are so many aspects to love about this show. For one, it tends to bring out a lot of heart from situations between the family members and from the lessons Kevin learns. However, the awkward middle and high school positions that any teenager is put through is inevitably funny. In one episode, Kevin and his classmates have to endure learning about the female reproductive system in gym class. The excitement is immediately shot down by the diagram shown by their teacher. The characters, however, are what make this series most memorable. There is the father who hates his middle-management job, the stay-athome mother (who later reflects the feminist

movement), the rebellious hippie sister, the abusive older brother, and the nerdy best friend who is allergic to practically everything. But above all, who could forget the girl next door, Winnie Cooper? The love between Kevin and Winnie is the ultimate basis of the series. One of the most iconic moments in the show is Kevin and Winnie’s first kiss in the pilot episode. When Winnie’s brother had just been killed in Vietnam, she goes to Harpers Woods alone. Kevin arrives to comfort her, puts his Jet’s jacket around her to keep her warm, and kisses her. Even though this show is not a modern take on American families, Kevin goes through the same events that today’s teenager normally would, minus the cyber bullying.

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Sports In Edward’s Defense

Carlos twirls her way to the top PAUL HONG ow do you twirl flags, run Anita Bacon said. “She makes your senior class, deal sure everyone is working hard; with school, and fit in her attitude is strict but fair.” time to eat, sleep, and study? It’s Being in pep flags for so impossible. long, Carlos has made numerous Rather than doing everything memories with her team. at once, one must find a way to “The most memorable expebalance everything out. This rience in flags for me is going to sounds like a difficult task to ac- nationals and performing in front complish, but senior Wenona Car- of a huge audience,” Carlos said. los has managed a way to make As the USA Nationals at the this her daily routine. Anaheim Convention Center apA regular day for Carlos proaches, Carlos and her team are involves waking up at 6:15 after motivated to win first place. "clicking the snooze button six This year’s routine consists of times," getting ready for practice the original one flag and two flags at 7 in the morning until second in which the team uses only one period, after which she carries on flag for one show and two flags her day at school, finishing off for the other show. This routine with something to do related to ei- placed them third last year during ther school or errands. nationals and second during fiAt home, Carlos sleeps from nals. the time she comes home until “I really want us to be in the midnight. Then she wakes up and top three this year, and if we work finishes her homework. If she has really hard, finish in first place,” any extra time left over, she drives Carlos said. to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and To add to her impressive reruns early in the sume, Carlos morning. also attended As pep flag capShe’s everything t a e k w o n d o tain, she must motipractice when vate her team to we look for in a cap- she was work hard, practice tain. She makes sure younger. hard, and strive to T a e k everyone is working wondo, win this year’s nabeing a tionals, which is set hard; her attitude is Korean martial during April. art, combines strict but fair. Carlos joined combat tech-Anita Bacon pep flags her freshniques, self-deman year and stuck f e n s e , with it until her senior exercises, and, year. She joined because it in some cases, meditation. After seemed like an active and enjoy- three years of training, she earned able sport to be in. her black belt at the age of 14. With her stay in pep flags, "To be honest, it’s hard at Carlos has learned to work well times to manage everything bewith others and perform in front cause I am a procrastinator," Carof a huge crowd. los said, "but I work well under “She’s really patient with us pressure." even when things get frustrating,” As the ASB senior class presvarsity pep flag teammate Sarah ident, Carlos must be on top of Shin (’13) said. “Not only does everything—nothing can be subshe understand our problems, but par for her. As well as monitoring she goes out of her way to help us the acts and events of her flag despite her busy schedule.” team, Carlos must also make sure When her teammates need that the senior class is up and acher, whether it is emotionally or tive. financially, she’s there for them. “She is a phenomenal, charis“She demonstrates the quality matic, outspoken individual who of a true captain, which is why I shows the qualities of a great presadmire her,” Shin said. “She’s like ident,” ASB adviser Edgar Melik a big sister to us.” Stepanyan said. “When she talks, In addition to her teammates people listen.” appreciating her company, her Other ASB students also adcoaches also admire her dedica- mire her enthusiasm. tion. “She motivates me to be “She’s everything we look for more spirited and involved toin a captain,” assistant coach wards all the events,” said fellow

H Moving away from tradition EDWARD NADURATA or many years, our school’s administrators and sports officials have been talking about transferring leagues from our current Pacific League to a “lesser” division, the Rio Hondo league. And this time, it seems clearer than ever. One big problem with the teams in our school is the participation among the students. The football team had no chance of substituting players during games because they did not have enough players to do so. Unlike other teams that had 50 players or more, we had 26 this season along with many players getting kicked out of the team for a plethora of reasons. Since many of the schools in the Rio Hondo league have the same number of players, the odds of winning will be greater. One of the biggest things I am concerned about is BGD. The second game against Glendale is the big homecoming game and Glendale is in the Pacific League. If we switch leagues, the first preseason BGD becomes the homecoming game, breaking away from tradition and basically discarding the many festivities each class prepares for during the weeks before the usual November game. There are also only six teams in Rio Hondo, which means that there are fewer spots open for our team to enter playoffs. Note that all our school teams would be switching leagues, not just football. What can happen to our ever so successful water polo team that is basically dominating our league? Can their record change because of our move? Before we move leagues, we need to see that winning isn’t everything. Before us is one of the longest standing cross-town rivalries in California history and all of this can go away in a heartbeat if the school decides to move. Is it all worth the move? Is a win greater than tradition?


AN UONG| TORNADO TIMES TWIRLING: Carlos cheers for the football team Nov. 10 during the annual homecoming game against Glendale. Besides from being a dance captain she is also the senior class president has a black belt in taekwondo.

ASB member Hilary Noori (’12). With such a busy but productive schedule, Carlos makes time for family during the weekends. “I usually go out to eat with family and spend some quality time with them,” Carlos said. Although all of these activi-

ties may seem stressful and overwhelming, Carlos does not regret her choices. “I would rather be busy than just be sitting around and doing nothing,” Carlos said. “I know my choices will benefit me and my future.”


Novemeber 22, 2011

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MLB grant used for improvements The baseball team received $ 39,800 from Major League Baseball for improvements including new batting cages. STEVEN LEE


ith the $39,800 that raise the same amount of money Major League Base- as they will be receiving, which ball (MLB) awarded would total nearly $80,000. the school’s baseball program last After months of hard work January, the team purchased in- selling sponsorships, snacks, and field soil, grass seeds, two new holding a summer training camp, batting cages, new equipment, the baseball team was able to new purple unireach its intended forms, a pitching goal in January. machine, and outthe With our new re- grantReceiving field dirt. relieved equip- many of the playB a s e b a l l placement Coach Joe Cotti ers and, most imment we’re able to portantly, applied for the Cotti grant back in Au- practice harder and himself. gust 2010 through “It was not a the Baseball To- more effectively. piece of cake,” morrow fund, a Cotti said. Accord-Tim Gneier (’13) joint initiative of ing to Cotti, he MLB and the had to write a 40MLB Players Aspage application sociation that promotes the that took days to complete and growth of youth participation in weeks for approval. baseball. Despite this, the baseball After representatives from program has been able to thrive MLB had visited the team and in- due to support from various sponspected their equipment and field, sors and families of the team. The the baseball team had to raise grant money not only helped the $39,800 in order to receive the team revamp their equipment and MLB’s donation through the field, but also heightened their matching grant, a grant that re- spirits. It motivated them to work quires the recipient of the grant to even harder at fundraising and

AN UONG | TORNADO TIMES BASEBALL: Kevin Mendoza practices for the team’s pre-season winter games on the reseeded baseball field. In order to receive the grant that MLB offered, the team had to raise and match the $39,800 that was offered.

honing their skills to make it to playoffs. “With our new replacement equipment we’re able to practice harder and more effectively,” player Tim Gneier (’13) said. “It helped our varsity team make it to the CIF playoffs this past year.” According to player Thomas Alchermes (’12), the old field did not have green grass and it contained crab grass and weeds on the edges. The outfield dirt was unevenly leveled which posed a problem for the players because there was a greater possibility of injury. Much of their old equipment was worn down. The old uniforms used to be blue and were so old that some buttons were missing. This is the first year the baseball team will be playing during the winter. Tryouts were held last week. “We’re going in the right direction,” said coach Cotti regarding the players’ progress. “It takes not just financial support, but also individual support and the support of the school. We’re not going to give up.”

FOX RUNS FREE English teacher Deborah Fox joins “The Turkey Triathlon” as a way to celebrate her birthday. ANI KIRAKOSYAN hen thinking of common ways to spend your 60th birthday, running a triathlon is not one of them, except in the case of English teacher Deborah Fox. For the last month, Fox has been doing just that preparing for “The Turkey Triathlon” next Sunday at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. The first of the three-part Triathlon is a half-mile swim. Fox has been swimming for 25 years and used to swim almost every day during her younger years. “I grew up in Southern California so body surfing and swimming was something I grew up with,” Fox said. Her love of this sport was so great that she even swam through her pregnancies up to a week and


even a day before she went into labor. The second leg of the triathlon is a 14-mile bike ride. In preparation for this, she is cycling up to 11 miles daily. Fox wants to get to at least 14 miles before the triathlon. The final part of the race consists of a 14.5 mile run. Preparing for this portion of the race has been the only bump on her road to success, according to Fox. One night, as she was out training for her run, she fell and broke her arm. This injury “made it hard” for her to continue training. It especially interfered with her swimming practices, but she did not let up. “I think it’s really cool that she wants to do it,” Hayley Black (’13) said.

Fox likes to think of “The Turkey Triathlon” as “The Aluminum Woman” because of how much strength it would take her to actually complete the triathlon. “I’m extremely proud of my mother for setting a goal for herself and working hard each day to achieve it,” daughter Rebecca Fox said. “She really wants to prove that she’s a ‘tough cookie.’” Fox has wanted to participate in a triathlon since she was 20 years old. She considers it a form of “challenging herself.” She had run races before, such as the Los Angeles 10,000 meter race, but nothing as intense as the upcoming triathlon. Finishing first or last is not what is important to Fox. What is important to Fox is the accomplishment of finishing.

The Three Parts of a Triathlon 1. Half Mile Swim 2. 14-Mile Bike Ride 3. 14.5 Mile Run


29 Miles

Courtesy of Deborah Fox TRIATHLON: English teacher Deborah Fox poses before going biking around her neighborhood as preparation for “The Turkey Triathlon.” Fox has been wanting to participate in a triathlon since she was 20 years old.

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