Arrow 100 Lakeview Canyon Rd. Westlake Village, CA 91362 Volume XL | Issue 4 | February 13, 2018
The three faces of
Valentine’s Day he said—she said
NBA All-Star Weekend
Boys soccer heads to playoffs
Don’t fear fake news claims
by the editor team
Hamilton’s third anniversary
Flu season strikes again
Are APs worth the cost?
Should government officials who disagree with the viewpoints of news sources call them “fake news”?
Black Panther preview
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We, the journalists, bear the responsibility of the Fourth Estate. Journalism is a crucial check on the government and plays an important role in ensuring democracy and freedom. It’s an inalienable right protected by the First Amendment. Lately this right has been threatened by politicians who express their disagreement with media outlets by labelling them “fake news.” However, it is crucial that citizens understand the difference between fake news and honest reporting mistakes by reliable sources. Every day, thousands of fake stories circulate on the Internet, such as Ireland taking in American refugees fleeing from Trump’s presidency, and are read by viewers across the country. Because of this, many people question the credibility of the media as a whole regardless of a given source’s reliability. “Fake news is false information that is deliberately presented as if it is real news,” said Patty Rhule, Director for Exhibit Development at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “Fake news became such an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, both with fake stories that were perpetrated all over the internet, as well as with politicians calling out legitimately reported stories about them that they may not like, fake news.” For instance, major news companies such as CNN have mistakenly reported information that was false or inaccurate. These errors have been attacked and labeled as “fake news” even though they were simply errors. On Jan. 17, the Republican Party announced the “Fake News Awards,” criticizing many of these false reports. As a result, there has been a growing distrust of many media outlets. Some individuals even take the idea of eradicating “fake news” to a new level with threats and violence. On Jan. 9 and 10, a Michigan man made 22 calls to CNN’s headquarters, calling the media source “fake news” and sending threats saying, “I’m coming to gun you all down.” This is one of many examples of the detrimental effects of sensationalizing fake news. The idea that a news source is fundamentally “fake” because of a few reporting errors is irrational and will do more harm than good. The leader of the attack against CNN and other news outlets is none other than President Donald Trump. “We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me),” said Trump in a Nov. 27 tweet. “They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!” Therefore, it’s no surprise that CNN has reported an increase in phone call threats towards the network. It’s unacceptable for journalists to have to fear for their personal safety. Threatening people for speaking the truth has characteristics of an authoritarian government. However, citizens must acknowledge that all news outlets
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Staff Opinion: Yes No 2 20 Abstain 5 will have some form of bias. After all, we’re all humans, and although good journalists attempt to suppress their bias, it is impossible to hide it all. “Media is constructed by people who bring their bias to the table, in who they hire, what they decide to cover, how stories are framed,” said Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, executive director of the National Association for Media Literacy. “It doesn’t mean it’s not truthful. It’s just reported from a point of view.” Citizens must develop their own lenses for analyzing the information they read. This means reading multiple news sources, preferably ones that slant oppositely from one another, to gain an understanding of the full picture. This also means that readers should implement their own fact–checking system. Despite the existence of a bias in the news, there is no excuse for a politician to claim that news is fake unless it actually is fake. Constantly crying wolf regarding the honesty of news sources cultivates a divide between the people and the press, opening opportunities for a dangerous scenario. Though the press and politicians have not always agreed, the press is imperative to preserving democracy. Citizens rely on news sources to reveal the truth; news reveals scandals and corruption. Without media, the government and politicians can manipulate and distort the stream of information to further their political goals. The bottom line is CNN, Time and other major news outlets do not fabricate fake stories in an deliberate attempt to maim the president. Fake news comes from independent, irrational individuals who write stories to deceive others. There is a clear distinction between the two. In this time of controversy, it’s imperative that citizens recognize the difference. It’s also critical that they realize that, although news is at times biased, the vast majority of major news outlets seek to report the truth. By using their own judgements and fact–checking, citizens can avoid the bias of news. The foundation of our democracy and freedom rests upon the shoulders of the press. It’s best to not add any extra weight to a burden that is already so heavy.
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Year in review with Trump by sydney schlesinger co-feature section editor One year and 24 days have passed since President Trump’s inauguration. Within this eventful year, new policies and actions have compelled many people to become invested in a controversial political scene. Here’s a recap of what Trump did in the first year of his presidency. Trump made many promises during his campaign, including an increase in employment, better care for veterans, a stronger military and a wall to strengthen the border between the United States and Mexico. “The Wall is the Wall, it has never ... evolved from the first day I conceived of it,” tweeted Trump. “The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the US.” Trump intended for Mexico to cover the costs of the wall. However, the recently proposed Border Security for America Act outlines new border regulations, which includes funding by Congress to construct a wall and hire 5,000 new border control agents. “This bill would authorize at least $14 billion in new border–security spending over four years, nearly all of it along the US– Mexico border,” stated the Washington Office on Latin America.
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Furthermore, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in January 2010 was 9.8 percent due to the Great Recession. Unemployment decreased to 4.8 percent by the end of Obama’s presidency. Within this past year, it further decreased to 4.1 percent. Trump has a lower approval rating after his first year than past presidents: thirty–nine percent compared to Obama’s forty–seven percent, according to BBC News and Politico. The low rating corresponds with how people respond to his actions and beliefs, including
issues regarding the border wall and the legality of abortions— both divisive issues. Under Trump’s administration, H.J. Res 43 was passed, prohibiting states from funding facilities that provide abortions like Planned Parenthood. Many citizens were aggravated due to the loss of the resources that Planned Parenthood provides. According to Planned Parenthood, their facilities not only offer abortions but also offer “access to health care like birth control, cancer screenings and STD testing and treatment.”
Over the past year, the economy has prospered— the Dow Jones Industrial Average grew by 28.5 percent, according to BBC News. However, the Dow fell drastically as of Feb. 5. The Dow is a stock market index of 30 major U.S. companies. It indicates how well these companies are doing in the stock exchange, which can be extrapolated to estimate the health of the stock market as a whole. Also, the environment is becoming an increasing concern as attention and funding are redirected to other programs and issues. In June 2016, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, an agreement within the United Nations that makes decisions regarding greenhouse gas emissions. The withdrawal is not the only environmental impact he has made since in office. “On Jan. 4, the Trump administration unveiled a five–year blueprint to expand offshore drilling and gas leasing in nearly all U.S. waters,” reported National Geographic. “The plan, which would span 2019 to 2024, would also let the government auction off permanently protected areas.” Whether it is about the stock market boom or policies against abortion, people have polarizing opinions about the president. Now that Trump has had a full year in office, citizens can review his actions and policies and decide what to expect in the upcoming year under the Trump administration.
Garcia fights California’s tampon tax by caelyn pender managing editor Recently, debates have been raging across the country regarding the infamous “tampon tax.” In California, the charge is led by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who is fighting to remove the sales tax from the purchase of feminine sanitary products such as tampons. On average, tampons alone cost a woman $1,260.72 in her lifetime, according to sapling. com. This estimation assumes a period length of only four days while using four tampons per day, but cycle length and the amount of tampons used will vary between women; thus, this price can potentially be much higher. “Every month, for 40 years of our lives, we are still being taxed for being born women,” said Garcia. “Every month of our adult life we are taxed for our biology. Every month we are told our periods are a luxury, while also being told they are something to be ashamed [of] and we must hide.” Tampons are considered a non–necessity by the state of California, meaning that normal sales tax applies. The California sales tax is 7.25 percent, which can amount to a hefty price over a woman’s lifetime. Items that are considered necessities, such as food, medicine and certain hygiene products, are exempt from sales tax in California, but feminine products are not included. “I have no idea why states would tax these as luxury items,” said former President Barack Obama in an interview with YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen. “I suspect it was because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed, and I think it’s pretty sensible for women in those states that [have tampon taxes] to get those taxes removed.” Garcia is trying to do just that, using slogans such as “basics before booze” and “ladies over liquor” to further her point. She argues that it is unfair to tax a gender–specific necessity and estimated that the tax costs women $20 million each year in California alone.
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“I’m going to be fearless and unapologetic about it,” said Garcia. “My health is not something that’s funny.” There are 13 states that currently do not tax period products; however, five of those states do not have any sales tax at all. In 2016, 15 states introduced potential legislation to lighten the burden of the so–called “tampon tax,” including California. In 2016, Garcia proposed Assembly Bill 1561, which aimed to exempt tampons and other feminine products from the state sales tax. However, this would cost the state an estimated $20 million in tax revenue per year. Although
the bill passed in both the Senate and the Assembly unanimously, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed it in September 2016, claiming that “tax breaks are the same as new spending.” Garcia’s second attempt to make tampons tax–free aimed to replace the tax losses with a higher tax on alcohol. The bill, AB 9, proposed increasing the tax on hard liquor by $1.20 per gallon. This tax would not apply to the sale of beer or wine, and lawmakers estimate that the price of each cocktail would rise by about two cents. “Liquor is a choice and a luxury, and human biology is not,” said Garcia. “Our tax code needs to reflect the fact that it’s not okay to
tax women for being born women. No one can claim liquor is a basic necessity of life.” During a hearing regarding one of Garcia’s bills, representatives from the alcohol industry claimed that the increase in taxes on hard liquor would “cost $170 million in retail sales and 2,400 jobs.” This bill was relabelled as a “two–year bill” by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, so it will come back up for discussion in 2018. Other women have taken up the torch to try to abolish this tax as well. Twins Rachel and Helen Lee, students at UCLA, started a petition on change.org in 2015 to be sent to Brown that has since garnered more than 25,000 signatures. In their opinion, “half of the population should not be financially penalized for something that occurs naturally in the human body.” Another change.org petition, started by Jennifer Weiss–Wolf and Cosmopolitan, aims to abolish the tampon tax nationally. This petition has more than 70,000 signatures. Additionally, Cora, an organic tampon company based in San Francisco, pays the tampon tax for women living in California who buy their product to protest what they consider to be a “blatantly gender–biased tax.” “We decided to base our company in California because we believe in its progressive values and commitment to the health of its citizens,” said Cora’s founder Molly Hayward. “We believe this tax is inconsistent with those values, and we cannot, in good conscience, follow California in wrongfully burdening women this way.” Even though AB 9 was postponed until this year, another bill proposed by Garcia, AB 10, was passed and went into effect on Jan. 1. This bill requires any school with a poverty rate of forty percent or more to “stock at least fifty percent of the school’s restrooms with feminine hygiene products at all times.”
Celebrities protest sexual assault in Hollywood
by milla wu news section editor In the wake of several Hollywood sexual harassment scandals that involved prominent names such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., celebrities responded by participating in activist causes. One example is the Me Too movement. Me Too was started in 2006 by civil rights activist Tarana Burke, as the slogan of her nonprofit organization called Just Be Inc., which supports victims of sexual violence. On Oct. 15, 2017, actress Alyssa Milano co–opted the term by tweeting, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” #MeToo became a viral hashtag within 24 hours, according to CNBC. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Viola Davis shared their solidarity with the movement, and even many private people shared their experiences of sexual assault online. “I’m here because I hear the voices of women who said, ‘me too,’— which, one of them was me,” said Davis in an interview at the 2018 Golden Globes. “I hear those voices, those people … who don’t have a platform… to talk about their sexual assault and rape … The women who are still in silence because of trauma … They need to understand that it’s not their fault, and they’re not dirty.” Another celebrity–driven movement, Time’s Up, rose to prominence in the days leading up to the Golden Globes. According to the New York Times, Time’s Up involves a legal defense fund “backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women … protect themselves from sexual misconduct
and the fallout from reporting it” and includes legislation intended nor is gallantry a chauvinist aggression,” stated the letter. “As a result to “penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to of the Weinstein affair, there has been a legitimate realization of the discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.” sexual violence women experience … But now this liberation of Several actors and actresses wore black at the Golden Globes speech has been turned on its head.” in solidarity. Notably, Oprah Winfrey addressed the movement One main argument in the letter, and of critics in general, is that in her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award. the Time’s Up and Me Too movements are attacks on sexual freedom. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if “We defend a freedom to bother, indispensable to sexual they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their freedom,” the letter continued, whose writers argue that they time is up. Their time is up,” said Winfrey. are “sufficiently farseeing not to confuse a “It’s here with every woman who chooses clumsy come–on and sexual assault.” or too long, women to say, ‘me too.’ And every man— every The Oscars are set to follow the Golden man who chooses to listen.” have not been Globes’ trend of celebrity activism, but some At the Grammys on Jan. 28, 2018, heard or believed predict setbacks because the Oscars are later celebrities wore white roses to support Time’s in the year and have competing interests from if they dare speak the truth to its broadcaster, ABC. Up as well. Kesha delivered an emotional performance of her song “Praying,” which “The Globes … took place less than the power of those men. But she wrote in response to her legal battle with a week after … unveil[ing] the Time’s Up their time is up. Their time former producer Dr. Luke, who allegedly initiative. News that women would be is up.” wearing only black gowns to the Globes sexually and emotionally abused her. “We come in peace, but we mean –Oprah Winfrey … only whet the media’s appetite,” wrote business,” said singer Janelle Monae, the New York Times Oscar coverage series who introduced Kesha’s performance. “The Carpetbagger.” “[But] the Oscars have “To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two a hard act to follow … The academy and the show’s broadcaster, words: time’s up.” ABC, have a financial interest in high ratings, … so even when The movements and associated celebrities received backlash many people agree on a cause, like fighting #OscarsSoWhite, from critics arguing that their accusations lack nuance. French there can still be all–white acting nominees two years in a row.” actress Catherine Deneuve, who starred in the Roman Polanski Despite the unpredictability of the remaining awards season, film Repulsion, “lent her name to a public letter denouncing the many celebrities are standing by the cause. movement, as well as its French counterpart, #Balancetonporc, or Actress America Ferrera said, “The time is now for us to ‘Expose Your Pig,’” according to the New York Times. do the work that will make women and all people more safe and “Rape is a crime. But insistent or clumsy flirting is not a crime, more equal in their workplaces and in their lives.”
D i a r by megan king graphics & photo editor Smartphones: faithful companions, all– knowing friends, potential carcinogens. Recently, more research has been conducted to determine if cell phones emit cancer–causing radiation. All phones emit radiofrequency energy, a form of electromagnetic energy, as they send signals to cell towers. “RF energy is not as powerful or as damaging to cells or DNA as some other kinds of electromagnetic radiation, such as X–rays or UV rays from the sun,” stated the California Department of Public Health. “Some scientific studies have, however, suggested that there may be increased health risks from exposure to RF energy.” On Dec. 13, 2017, the CDPH released an article informing California citizens on ways to reduce their RF energy exposure, sparking conversation about the effects of mobile phone use on human health. According to the CDPH, despite the fact that “the scientific community has not reached a consensus on the risks of cell phone use, research suggests long–term, high use may impact human health.” Scientists and researchers seek to determine
I N T O a if mobile phones cause brain, breast and testicular cancer as well as damaged sperm from high use and exposure. In addition, the CDPH stated that RF energy promotes tumor growth and causes “hearing loss or ringing in the ears, headaches and decreased general well–being.” “A cell phone is a two–way microwave– radiating device whose long–term use has been associated with glioma, acoustic neuroma, meningioma, salivary gland tumors, eye cancer, testicular cancer and leukemia, along with a wide range of other biological effects,” stated The Truth About Cancer website. However, the American Cancer Society states that RF waves are not strong enough to directly damage DNA and heat body tissue, making it unclear about how phones could cause cancer. From 2000 to 2012, 13 countries participated in the Interphone Study, an international study that aimed to determine if phones cause brain tumors. Comparing thousands of people with and without brain tumors, the Interphone Study ultimately did not find a link between brain cancer and phone usage. “Overall, no increase in risk of glioma or meningioma was observed with use of mobile phones,” stated the official Interphone report from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. “There were suggestions of an increased risk of
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glioma at the highest exposure levels, but biases and error prevent a causal interpretation. The possible effects of long–term heavy use of mobile phones require further investigation.” While the Interphone Study conclusion does not attribute mobile phone use to causing brain cancer, others like Tony Isaacs, a member of the National Health Federation, pointed out that “in actuality, the Interphone Study did discover that long–term mobile phone usage increased the
chance of glioma by [forty percent].” Other research about the effects of keeping a phone in one’s bra suggests a link between breast cancer and the habit. According to Isaacs, a study conducted at Breastlink in California showed that each of the four women they studied who had developed breast cancer and kept their phones in their bras all day “developed tumors in the areas of the breasts immediately underlying the phones.” Ultimately, most organizations believe that there is no substantial evidence to prove that phone use causes cancer but acknowledge that the research is not over. “Current scientific evidence has not conclusively linked cell phone use with any adverse health problems in humans, but more research is needed,” stated the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Because of the inconclusive results about the effects of RF energy from mobile phones, the CDPH seeks to “provide guidance for those people who want to reduce their own and their families’ exposures to RF energy from cell phones, despite this uncertainty.” The easiest way to reduce RF exposure is to talk on the phone less and not keep phones in pockets or bras. Also, turning phones on Airplane Mode (turning off WiFi, cellular and bluetooth) stops all RF energy. The CDPH also recommends that people “reduce or avoid using [their] cell phone[s] when [they are] sending out high levels of RF energy,” which occurs when there are “only one or two bars displayed, … you are in a fast–moving car, bus or train, [or while] streaming audio or video, or downloading or sending large files.” It is best to avoid sleeping with a phone near one’s bed unless it is on airplane mode and to not wear wireless headsets when they are not in use.
History has its eyes on H milton by avery pak feature editor Hamilton: a name that gained a great deal of fame in the past three years; a name that can hardly go unrecognized today; the name of Lin– Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical. Inspired by Rob Chernow’s biography Alexander Hamilton, it is a musical that depicts the challenging life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers. Despite being born out of wedlock and orphaned at 13, Hamilton persevered and began a new life in America, rising up from the shadows of his past to become one of the top figures in American history. The musical had its first Off–Broadway debut on Feb. 17, 2015 at the Public Theater in New York City. Even though over 1,095 days have passed since the first showing, Hamilton is still one of the most popular American musicals. Whether it be due to the catchy hip–hop and R&B inspired music, the talented performers or the storyline, Hamilton quickly grasped the attention of not only history fanatics and musical enthusiasts, but also everyday citizens all over the nation and at WHS. “I wanted to watch Hamilton because I listened to all the music on repeat probably over 50 times,” said Joy Collins ‘21. “I fell in love with the story and music, and I longed to see it performed in real life.” While classic Broadway shows such as Wicked, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera remain among the highest ranks of musicals, Hamilton delivers something special that cannot be found in many other traditional hits. “Not only is [Hamilton] a rap musical, but its set and costumes are very minimal, and that
is different for a musical,” said Sam Goldstein ‘18. “The fact that it’s super simple yet very complex from the dancing, acting, rapping and singing makes it super unique.” But one major aspect distinguishes Hamilton as modern and fitting to today’s American society: the wide range of cultural diversity among the performers. Coincidentally, Hamilton’s three year anniversary falls in February, also known as Black History Month, a month honoring the achievements and roles of African Americans in history and present–day society. “I feel like some people expect it to be strictly racially based exactly how it was in history, but [the diversity in Hamilton] didn’t affect it at all,” said Josh Lunsford ‘19. “I actually enjoyed it, and everyone was absolutely amazing.” Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), who is of Puerto Rican descent, created and starred in the original
Broadway production. While he is not African American, he serves as a forefront for the racial diversity among Hamilton cast members. “Technically, it’s American history and [most Americans] used to be white, but it’s really cool now because it doesn’t matter what race you are,” said Naomi Sylvester ‘20. “It’s a story that can be anyone’s.” Many people of color played the key characters in the original Broadway show, as well as in current performances. Together, this multiracial cast formed a successful contemporary musical. “The diversity added a touch of modern history to the historical musical, and it was comforting to see other people and races in a musical where the time period had slaves,” said Collins. “It re pre s e nt s how far w e’v e
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come. Now we have to stand together, and Hamilton displayed that perfectly.” In addition, both historical Hamilton and Lafayette were not originally Americans and are referred to as “immigrants” in the musical. Both men achieved remarkable things. “In entertainment, if whenever we talked about the past, we only used examples from the past and nothing of today, we wouldn’t be able to change anything,” said Jeremy Garelik ‘20. In the modern world, especially in the entertainment industry, racial discrimination still exists; however, it is gradually lessening as a multitude of strong, ethnically diverse figures are perceived as role models by students and adults alike. Hamilton is a reflection of the decreasing gap between past and present–day society. “America is a place where you have diversity,” said Lunsford. “It should be a place where everyone is accepting of people’s differences, especially in the arts.” The rise of actors and actresses with different ethnic backgrounds sets up a positive message for young aspiring performers. “To show kids that you can do whatever you want with theater, however you look, whatever your height ... is really inspiring,” said Goldstein. While several years have passed since Hamilton was first presented to the world, it is still loved by many. And while the founding fathers had light skin, Hamilton’s cast doesn’t look like a traditional history textbook. It defies stereotyped normalities to present the audience with a taste of modern America’s changing demographics. Stated by none other than Miranda himself, “This is a story about America then, told by America now.”
Tara Krisch: Wonder Woman of WHS
by michelle hang & connie shi business manager & web editor
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Math and technical theater teacher at WHS by day and Universal Studios stage manager by night, Tara Krisch does it all. After finding her groove in the tech theater department in college, Krisch has never looked back. “I had no idea about tech theater until I got to college,” said Krisch. “Since then … I would rather be backstage than on stage.” Along with her involvement in the theater world, Krisch has also developed an interest in teaching. She teaches classes in both Algebra I and tech theater, working with the drama department to manage the light, sound and sets for theater productions. “She’s inspired me,” said Amy Steinman ‘19, three–year tech theater student. “The way she works in the theater [reveals that] she’s very experienced and she knows what she’s doing ... I learned a lot from her.” After majoring in theater with a focus on tech theater and working as a sound engineer at UC Riverside and USC, Krisch put her talents to use at Knotts Berry Farm, running various shows at the theme park. Krisch sought more stability, though, looking for another job in addition to her stage managing endeavors. “I like showing people what to do, [so I thought] I could teach and I could still work [in theater],” said Krisch. Around the same time Krisch started applying for teaching jobs, she was hired at Universal Studios. “The same characteristics that make her a good teacher also make her a good fit for [Universal Studios],” said math teacher Andrea Salisbury. At Universal Studios, Krisch manages the stage, overseeing productions such as WaterWorld and the Hogwarts Castle seasonal projection shows. Her job involves problem solving under pressure to ensure the safety of the cast and crew. “Her attention to detail is crucial in the safety–sensitive role she plays at [Universal
WATER WONDERLAND: Tara Krisch calls cues at Universal Studios’ WaterWorld, a tribute to the 1995 action movie of the same name. The show features 63 pyrotechnic effects and over 50 stunts.
Studios],” said Salisbury. “Her patience helps her deal with the many different personalities that she interacts with, from actors to guests.” Krisch describes her role of stage manager as both thrilling and challenging, requiring physical and mental strength. “A lot of it is thinking on the fly, so when stuff comes up, you have to fix it immediately,” said Krisch. “I’ve trained myself to think about all different scenarios ahead of time, but even then, you can’t think of everything.” Recently, she contributed to the New Year’s Eve Event at Universal Studios as the main stage manager. Calling the cue to set off the fireworks was a rewarding experience, as Krisch enjoyed entertaining and exciting the audience. Krisch has also worked for the Scientific and Technical Awards of the Oscars for three years, including the recent 2018 Sci–Tech Awards Feb. 10. “Even though she is always willing to
try new things, she doesn’t just jump into anything without thinking it through,” said Salisbury. “She gives every aspect careful consideration before making decisions and taking action.” Krisch began working at WHS in 2014, starting with math and eventually adding a tech theater class. “She’s one of the most organized people I know,” said Juliana Plascencia ‘20, one of Krisch’s math students. In her tech theater class, Krisch prepares students for the theater world, equipping them with skills to find success both inside and outside the classroom. “Working up to [the performances] is fun, but actually doing [them] is the good part because the payoff in that class is really good,” said Steinman. “She makes it worth it … She really makes me want to succeed.” Krisch typically teaches Monday through Friday and works at Universal
Studios on the weekends, but she is willing to sacrifice more time and sleep when opportunities present themselves. “Last May I was fortunate enough to open their new Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show, so I was teaching and then going to rehearsals until like two or three in the morning,” said Krisch. “That was a little rough, but it was a great opportunity, … and it was worth it to me to not have sleep.” Balancing her time between teaching and stage managing, Krisch’s dedication to all of her jobs is evident. “Just based on how much time she gives out of her own personal life, it shows how committed she is to her job,” said Weston Ginoza ‘21, a member of both Krisch’s math and tech theater classes. Between all of her jobs, Krisch still finds time to enjoy her life. Universal Studios has provided an exciting environment for her where she has made great friends. “It’s fun, otherwise I wouldn’t do it,” said Krisch. “I’ve done it since 2006, so I’ve been there longer than I’ve been teaching.” Her accomplishments in the theater help create smooth transitions between scenes, often exceeding the audience’s hopes and expectations. “It’s also satisfying to call cues for a show and watch the crew execute them perfectly ... It’s an art in itself and a great example of teamwork,” said Krisch. “One of my favorite memories was watching a scene change from last year’s production of The Wizard of Oz. The timing and movement of the set pieces looked like it was automated.” Krisch hopes to accomplish even more in the coming years. “In teaching, I look forward to coming up with new ways to help students learn that can benefit them beyond high school, not only in math and tech theater, but with skills they can use in any of their college classes or career choices,” said Krisch. Krisch continues to pursue her passions in both the classroom and behind the scenes. “Sometimes it’s easy to let the job overwhelm you and the fun gets lost,” said Krisch. “I try to make it fun— that’s what keeps me motivated.”
Keeping up with the clubs: Shelter Helpers by melanie zhang arts & entertainment editor
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Every other Friday at lunch, students pile into room 61J to attend the Shelter Helper meeting to discuss ways to help the community’s pets. During the previous school year, co–presidents Kelly Jiang ‘18 and Mominah Subhan ‘18 restarted the former club that ran from 2014–2015 after realizing the lack of animal–based clubs at WHS. “We thought that it was an important niche to have at WHS, … so we wanted to provide a place for people who are interested,” said Subhan. The club advocates for the adoption of rescue animals. The purchase of pets from animal breeders results in fewer shelter animals being adopted, a problem Jiang wants to combat. “We want to promote adopt[ing] at shelters and not spend[ing] money with a dog breeder,” said Jiang. “There are millions of homeless dogs, and the majority of shelters are overcrowded, leading to the euthanization of thousands of dogs each year.” Jiang and Subhan organized events in the past to support rescue animals, including the Thanksgiving Grams hosted at WHS last November. They donated the $300 earned from the fundraiser to Pets for Vets, a nonprofit organization that matches shelter animals with veterans who may have a hard time transitioning back to civilian life.
Other activities include making dog toys during the meetings, hosting various drives for blankets and collaborating with other clubs on campus to help the community. Shelter Helpers most recently coordinated a joint drive with Music Honors Society to help out the Thomas Fire victims. “[We brought] human supplies, as well as animals’ supplies and food since a lot of animals were also displaced,” said Jiang. Additionally, the club makes frequent visits to PetSmart and Shelter Hope Pet Shop to assist in adoption events. Club member Ruby Sirota–Foster ‘21 joined the club because of her passion for pets and the various activities that the club offers. “This club seemed like a great one to be a part of ... it helps improve the lives of animals,” said Sirota–Foster. “I like how the club finds different ways to help [them].” With over 100 members in the club, the club officers are vital in organizing and keeping the club under control. Secretary Sierra Reed ‘19 and treasurer Rohil Ahuja ‘19 help keep track of upcoming events and the funds of the club, respectively. “I really like animals, and I thought it was for a good cause,” said Reed. “I decided to join and try and [earn] a position, and I became a secretary … I like keeping track of what’s going on in the club and future events of the club.” Although the club is active in endorsing animal adoptions within the community, both Jiang and Subhan would like to see
HOT DIGGITY DOG: Alex Dohn ‘19 and Preston Knapp ‘19 make dog toys out of old T–shirts during a club meeting. The toys are sent to Shelter Hope Pet Shop and the Ventura County Animal Shelter.
more volunteer opportunities for students in high school. “We’re looking for more interactive organizations because a lot of activities we want to do have [an] age limitation of 18 years old,” said Jiang. “We want to look for more programs geared towards teenagers and younger students.” For more information on club meeting dates and events, follow @whsshelterhelpers on Instagram.
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Flu season ravages WHS’s student body by kay lim co–editor–in–chief Throughout the season of giving, many WHS students were unfortunately given the gift of the flu. The virus hit towards the end of December, continued throughout January and still ravages into February. The influenza virus comes in four types — A, B, C and D— and different strains of the virus surface each year and are dispersed amongst many people. According to the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, “the timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year–round; however, seasonal flu activity often begins as early as October and
November and can continue to occur as late as May.” This flu season, H3N2, a strain of virus A, made the flu epidemic more severe than breakouts in the past because it is known to make people more sick and it is harder to prevent with the flu shot. It is known to be more dangerous to the elderly and children. Each year, developers of the influenza vaccine make guesses on what strains and mutations of the virus will hit. However, the vaccine this year is only about thirty percent effective against the H3N2 strain, according to the CDC. Even if an individual is vaccinated, it is still possible to obtain the flu because the shot only reduces the chances of getting the flu and other infections. However, doctors still recommend that people get vaccinated to decrease the chances of contracting the illness. The CDC recommends that individuals should limit
contact with people who are sick, wash hands often with soap and disinfect surfaces to prevent getting the illness. Since the flu hit many local students while they were on winter break, it gave them sufficient time to stay at home, recover and not spread it to more people at school. However, a second wave of the flu occured in late January and early February. Since there are more people on campus getting sick, it results in more students missing days, therefore causing them to fall behind on the material they learn in class. “I think it almost negates what learning a student can do, especially dealing with the distracting symptoms like cough, runny nose, fever, pain, etc.,” said Ethan Elasky ‘20. Not only are students missing learning opportunities, but there is a certain number of days a student can be absent without being
dropped from a class, so students have to come to school whether they are feeling better or not. “I think the flu impacts students in that it can cause kids to miss school and fall behind in their schoolwork,” said Arabella Raab ‘19. “Coming to school while sick is detrimental since other kids will get sick and it’s hard for students to learn.” Symptoms of the flu include cough, headaches, fever, chills, fatigue, congestion, muscle aches and runny nose. It is recommended to see a doctor within 48 hours of seeing these symptoms. “[This is a] big issue because Westlake students are basically wearing summer attire and when the cold front comes, they are easily susceptible to cold and flu,” said Daniel Chow ‘18. “Wear warm clothes at all times and do not be afraid to ask for a sweater.”
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Los Angeles will host the 67th annual NBA All–Star weekend at Staples Center from Fri., Feb. 16–Sun., Feb. 18. There are six main events leading up to the penultimate All–Star Game: NBA All–Star Celebrity Game, Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, JBL Three–Point Contest This year, teams are not divided between Eastern and Western conferences. Instead, they were chosen by team captains, who were voted on by fans as well as other players and members of the media. 1 All–Star Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors are the team captains for “Team LeBron” and “Team Curry” conferences respectively. Additionally, outside of the main events, there are other activities. NBA Crossover, a free event that highlights art, music, fashion and technology, is an opportunity for people to meet NBA players basketball, such as concerts and yacht parties. Tickets are available on www.staplescenter.com and range from $25–$8,899.
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LeBron’s team is stacked with old teammates and new rivals. Most people believe that James used his first pick on eight–time All–Star Kevin Durant, his longtime enemy in numerous NBA Finals. Althoug strategically seperates Durant from his Warriors teammates on the opposing team. Durant will play alongside Russell Westbrook, his former ally. Although their current relationship may seem hostile, it will be Westbrook’s current teammate on the Oklahoma City Thunder. James also selected Kyrie Irving, his former teammate who left last season for the Boston Celtics. The two have played together in three NBA F relationship between superstar big men Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins, who are current teammates on the New Orleans Pelicans. Although Cousins will not play due to injury, Davis will still be a dom Walker, Drummond and Dragić are all replacements for injured players. Team LeBron will have fans dying to see how the players compete with and against each other in this year’s game.
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Team Steph is composed of elite talent and with two Raptors, two Timberwolves and three Warriors playing together, the team’s overall chemistry should be on full display. Under the direction of Rockets he will flourish getting wide open three–pointers, and big men will be able to demonstrate their range and versatility, spreading out the court allowing backdoor layups. With Draymond Green, the 2016 Defensiv will be plenty of fast break steals leading to flashy dunks and blocks that emulate volleyball spikes. Unlike Team LeBron, everyone has stayed healthy and most players have even seen an increase in their produ old and only two players older than 29, their athleticism will be showcased with ankle–breaking crossovers and thunderous dunks. Team Steph may seem like the underdog in numerous surveys, but don’t be su
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Following the Taco Bells Skills Challenge on Sat., Feb. 17, eight of the best three–point shooters in the NBA will compete in the JBL Three–Point Contest beginning at 5 p.m. PST. The competitors will have one minute to shoot 25 basketballs placed around the three–point line. There are five ball racks located around the arc with five basketballs each. Each ball is worth one point except the four multicolored “money” balls worth two points. One of the five racks is an “all money ball” rack, and its location is chosen by each competitor before his attempt. This means there are nine money balls and 16 regular balls totaling a possible 34 points. Baskets will not count if the player’s foot is on or over the three–point line, and the referees can utilize instant replay to enforce the rules. The three players with the most points after the first round advance to the championship round. The championship round follows the same format as the first round, with the lowest scorer starting the round. A 30–second tiebreaker will take place to break a tie in the first round. To determine a champion from a tie, the two competitors will follow the same format in a one–minute tiebreaker. If necessary, the processes will be repeated until a winner can be crowned. Here are the contestants:
t, Verizon Slam Dunk Contest and NBA G League International Challenge. 14–time All–Star LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers and five–time and celebrities daily. There are various events for adults not pertaining to
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The second game of All–Star Weekend is the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game at Staples Center on Fri., Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. This year, the teams are comprised of first and second–year players, split into their countries of origin. In this expedition game, quarters are 10 minutes long instead of 12, and players will not be able to foul out, unlike in regular NBA games. At the end of the game, a Most Valuable Player will be announced based on players’ performances.
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Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ers Dario Saric – Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons – Philadelphia 76ers Buddy Hield – Sacramento Kings Bogdan Bogdanovic – Sacramento Kings Lauri Markkanen – Chicago Bulls Dillon Brooks – Memphis Grizzlies Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets Frank Ntilikina – New York Knicks Domantas Sabonis – Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball Los Angeles Lakers – Kyle Kuzma Los Angeles Lakers – Brandon Ingram Boston Celtics – Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics – Jayson Tatum Milwaukee Bucks – Malcolm Brogdon Atlanta Hawks – John Collins Chicago Bulls – Kris Dunn Utah Jazz – Donovan Mitchell Dallas Mavericks – Dennis Smith Jr.
The final event on Sat., Feb. 17 will be the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest where four of the most explosive dunkers in the league will throw down to try and win the coveted $100,000 prize. The contest consists of two rounds. All four dunkers will attempt two dunks in the first round, and each one of their two dunks will receive a score from five judges. Each judge will give a score from six to 10 to rate each dunk, meaning that one dunk will be in the range of 30 to 50 points. The two dunkers with the highest combined score from their two dunks will move on to the final round. The final round follows the same format of the first round: the final two dunkers will attempt two dunks, the judges will score each dunk and the dunker with the highest combined score in the final round will win the contest. In both rounds, dunkers will have three tries for each dunk. In the event of a tie, a one dunk “dunk–off ” will take place to break the tie. All eyes will be on Larry Nance Jr. (Cleveland Cavaliers) who will attempt to follow his father’s footsteps. Nance Sr. was the winner of the very first slam dunk contest. Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) will try to follow up his teammate, Glenn Robinson III, who won last year’s contest. Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) and Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks) are two high–flying, electrifying rookies who are looking to make a name for themselves.
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Bysshe, please by amanda ju featured columnist It is a truth universally acknowledged that every time someone paints their face green for Halloween, accessorizes with clip–on screws from Party City and screams “IT’S ALIIIIIIIVE” to scattered applause from the soccer moms at their cul–de–sac block party, Mary Shelley coughs up a hairball in hell. I have personally annoyed my friends and family with enough Frankenstein nerd–ranting to qualify for My Strange Addiction. But for good reason! Besides taking the cake for the worst/best overuse of the word “wretch”, which pops up a grand total of 64 times throughout the entire book (I mean, “Frankenstein” only shows 32 times) Frankenstein is 213 pages of pure metal. Almost as metal, in fact, as the lady who wrote it. So buckle up, wretches, ‘cause we’re gonna talk Mary Shelley. First of all, her mother was one of the most notable feminists of all time, and her father was the first modern proponent of anarchism (hardcore much?). And after her mother died, she was left to fend for herself with her stepmother and stepsisters like the little Cinderella that she was. If Cinderella spent all day brooding in a big Gothic mansion and reading by her mother’s grave. Which Mary did. Fast forward to her eloping with the very famous, very married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley to a fancy lakeside villa in Sweden belonging to none other than Lord “Chick Magnet” Byron himself, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for EPIC HORROR MASTERPIECE OF THE CENTURY. Since then, over 60 adaptations of Frankenstein have graced the stage and screen, and, besides the iconic black–and–white movie, most of them are god–awful at best. My personal favorite is the 2014 movie I, Frankenstein, which is set in the present and follows the Creature, who is somehow still alive (red flag) looking like a Calvin Klein underwear model (red flag) and named “Adam” (RED FLAG) as he helps the gargoyle queen stop the demon apocalypse with his rippling twelve–pack. Or Blackenstein from 1979. I won’t explain that one. All of the adaptations have one thing in common: they don’t follow the book. And this is a combination of making the novel’s heavy themes digestible for a big–screen audience and blowing up the exciting bits to keep them in their seats (hence the lightning). Not to mention, unless they’re forced to in high school, most people don’t read the book. My favorite example of this is the Mary Shelley quote “Beware, I am fearless and therefore powerful,” which is circulated in inspirational watercolor typography for teenage girls to Instagram by the thousands. Which is great and all, but I feel like the quote is better understood in the book’s context, in which the Creature threatens to strangle Victor’s wife, to which Victor yells some variant of “I’M NOT YOUR REAL DAD ANYWAY,” to which the Creature promptly responds, “Beware, I am fearless and therefore powerful,” and proceeds to strangle Victor’s wife. Yeah, not really choice material for your feminist blog. The thing is, though, people don’t get any less from the film. It’s an awesome movie and a horror classic. And I think that makes it just as important as the book for being literally the reason every single man, woman, child and eight–foot–tall humanoid grafted from corpse–flesh in America knows the story of Frankenstein. The big takeaway from this is that adaptation is a super powerful thing that shouldn’t be looked down upon for not capturing every nook and cranny of the original. And in lots of cases, all of the gritty bits in the source material actually create the need for adaptation. So watch your movies, maybe leave some of the popcorn out for Mary Shelley’s ghost and have fun, okay? And if someone turns up their nose at you for doing so, you have my express permission to strangle their wife.
Hi, remember me? I wrote a Valentine’s Day story last year. Yes, I still don’t have a Valentine. And yes, I still love Valentine’s Day. After yet another year of sacrificing boys for the sake of my GPA, watching all of my friends date and living through high school as a hopeless romantic, I still believe that Valentine’s Day should be a celebrated holiday. But, for those of us who don’t have a significant other, it should be a tribute to friends, family and, of course, ourselves (because treat yo self is real). Although I have zero authority to give any advice about dating, I do know one thing: everyone could use a day to focus on the people they love. Although couples should always celebrate each other, Valentine’s Day can serve as an escape from their busy lives to really focus on and appreciate their relationship. For long distance couples, Valentine’s Day provides a reason to see each other. This day spent together can give them the strength to persevere through all the time that is spent apart. After all, “distance means nothing when the person means everything.” I can see why people dislike Valentine’s Day. It’s basically a Hallmark–made holiday, a commercial date created exclusively for couples. Yet, there are ways to appreciate Valentine’s Day with all the loved ones in our lives. For those of us without that special someone, we can celebrate the other parts of our hearts that are
Against: Valentine’s Day isolates singles and has become less about love and more about material gain. by jamie lee news editor Valentine’s Day: a holiday where single men and women watch disturbingly close couples feed each other chocolates. For someone who does not have a significant other, this so–called holiday is absolutely meaningless. When thinking of Valentine’s Day, the first thing that comes to mind is the romantic dates for couples. The reason singles abhor Valentine’s Day is the realization of loneliness it brings. This leaves only those in relationships to celebrate Valentine’s Day’s true purpose. As a holiday that celebrates love, Valentine’s Day should be dedicated to all people, regardless of their relationship status, meaning that it should celebrate the idea of love between friends and family. However, this begs the question: Why do people need one special day to commemorate their love? Significant others should respect each other every day, and one day should not validate a relationship. True love is not defined by a gift of flowers or chocolates, but is determined by the shared affection between the lovers. Valentine’s Day gifts are usually idolized and expected in relationships. Shops have taken advantage of this craze and have turned Valentine’s Day into a commercial opportunity. As soon as New Year’s Eve is over, stores like Target immediately start selling red and pink decorations with sparkly hearts. In fact, people go so crazy for this holiday that according to the National Retail Federation, a total of $18.2 billion is expected to be spent on Valentine’s Day.
full. Everyone has someone they love, whether that be a friend, family member, boyfriend, girlfriend or even one’s self. There are many untraditional ways available to celebrate Valentine’s Day with anyone. You could hold a “Galentine’s Day” (yes, I took that idea from Parks and Recreation). Get your best friends together and go out for a brunch to exchange gifts in celebration of the support and acceptance you share each other throughout the year. Make a Valentine’s Day meal for your family. You can include heart–shaped pancakes, a heart–shaped pizza or anything chocolate. Let them know you will always love them, no matter what life has in store. Don’t forget about yourself, too. Have a personal spa day where you do face masks and paint your nails. Or have a Netflix day where you watch classics like Clueless or rewatch Law and Order. Maybe take a whole day to sleep because, let’s be real, we definitely all need it. Another option is to pick up a pack of Valentine’s Day cards with candy attached, like the kind you used to get in elementary school. Spreading cheer in little ways like this is a simple way to thank the important people in your life. Valentine’s Day should be seen as a reward for all types of people in all different stages of their lives. Make Feb. 14 whatever type of celebration you see fit, whether that’s love, life or appreciation. Take the time to appreciate those around you and have a happy Valentine’s Day!
That’s a whopping $136.57 per person spent on a single day. Spending over $100 on a gift when you could be spending that money on more urgent world problems by donating to the poor or environmental improvement organizations seems detrimental. The crazed commercial aspect of Valentine’s Day leaves people obligated to buy something for their significant other. Oftentimes, relationships are burdened from expectations for a gift that represents their relationships. With this comes stress for the people who are pressured to find the perfect gift. Valentine’s Day used to be my favorite holiday. In elementary school, everyone would be encouraged to decorate a box for their Valentine’s Day candy. And not to brag, but my box was perfect; it was decorated in bright pink wrapping paper clad with hot pink and cherry red, glittery hearts. Everyone in the class would walk around and drop a small candy or note to every classmate, and we would spend the rest of the day filling ourselves with delicious sweets. Over time, cliché rom–coms and high school movies struck us with the unlikely notion that we would find someone in high school to ride off into the sunset with. This altered the idea of Valentine’s Day, creating a more exclusive holiday where only select people would get their happily ever after. I miss the days when all my classmates got together to celebrate each other rather than fawning over their individual sweethearts. To me, Valentine’s Day is not worth celebrating because every day should be a day when we can highlight the love that exists between all of us, and we don’t need a gift to show it.
Senioritis claims more victims by sydney rosinski & lo yarnall feature & sports section editor Senioritis is defined by Urban Dictionary as “a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include laziness, an over– excessive wearing of track pants, ... a lack of studying and repeated absences.” Teachers have warned us about this phenomenon since the start of the school year, and now that second semester is here, senioritis has officially set in. So in true second semester senior fashion, we are just starting to write this story the day before its deadline. Second semester senior is a title that most high schoolers wear like a crown, one that is earned after suffering through the endless projects, essays and required reading books that the first three and a half years of high school bring. As each day passes, plowing deeper into second semester, senioritis claims more victims. The moment first semester finals end, a foreign feeling starts to manifest. At first, it may feel like pride for finally reaching the home stretch of one’s high school career. It could also be excitement or anticipation for all the fun senior activites that are waiting in only four month’s time. But this unwelcome intruder reveals its
true colors as more days pass by. Soon a single of when missed work can be made up without any yellow slip excusing an absence for a “doctor’s real issues. Turning off the alarm and blissfully appointment” turns into a litany of “dentist retreating back into the abyss of sleep soon follows. appointments” and “physical therapy One thing leads to another, and eventually appointments.” Then the yellow seniors find themselves slips begin to pile up in the trudging down the hill office, claiming illness after from the illness to excuse absences. student The phrase “yellow slip” lot wearing becomes synonomous with sweats, slippers and Chick–fil–A and happiness occasionally a Class of ‘18 — or maybe that’s just us. senior sweatshirt, most likely By the time seniors late and seriously considering just think, “Hey, maybe I have turning back around to go home. senioritis,” it’s too late. The With colleges starting infamous disease has already to release their decisions, rooted itself into the brains even more students of the once eager and begin to fall prey to motivated students. the deadly epidemic. The habit of However, senioritis can casually sleeping–in be considered a sign of once in a while is a triumph. It’s certainly gateway drug for satisfying to know chronic absences. that all the hours Once seniors start spent writing and thinking about skipping class, revising countless college essays they’ve already lost. The sound and preparing for (extremely of the morning alarm brings overrated) standardized tests with it a quick review of the day’s are now over and were worth agenda and skillful hypothesizing something in the long run. That, GRAPHIC BY ELLIOT KIM
Students question value of APs by lo yarnall sports section editor While the natural disaster that is AP Season quickly gathers strength in preparation for its May massacre, AP students have already started losing sleep. And it’s only February. Any mention of the tests sends a shiver through every student’s body, bringing flashbacks of sitting in plastic chairs, nervously rearranging a pencil–eraser–pen regime as the proctor clicks in her heels down the center aisle waiting for volunteers to pass out hundreds of test packets. While the sun is shining a beautiful 75 degrees outside, AP students are stuck inside a musty gym for hours enduring mental torture. Why WHS’s brightest willingly endure multiple AP tests seems obvious: the coveted college credits. No 21st century student would pass up the chance to possibly enter college as a sophomore and save all of the money one extra year would cost. With college price tags creeping higher each year, students and parents alike jump at the chance to reduce the inevitable financial stress. But colleges are becoming more and more restrictive with what AP test scores they accept as class credits. While it does vary from school to school, patterns are showing that the number of subjects colleges accept are significantly decreasing. And many colleges that do accept AP credits require scores of fours or fives, with some even going so far as to only accept fives. From a college’s perspective, limiting the amount of accepted scores makes sense; universities lose money if students only attend for three years instead of the typical four or more. Yet the increasing selectivity of accepted AP credits is placing even more pressure on students who already have to deal with the stress of taking AP courses, passing the tests and applying to colleges with acceptance rates
of four percent. Now the question for students is whether taking the course and paying for the $105 test is worth it if the colleges they’re applying to have a high possibility of not even accepting the hard–earned scores. WHS is full of fledgling geniuses, proven by last year’s 59 valedictorians. Due to the number of success–driven students at WHS, the course selection caters to the demands of this driven population by offering an increasing number of AP classes. However, the students who won’t be in the top of their graduating class are the ones who are on the fence about taking the AP tests: the above averagers. The above averagers don’t have a full schedule of six AP classes. However, they do not have three CP classes, one office aide period and one TA period either. They’re the ones who take one or two AP classes, possibly an honors class and CP classes to fill in the rest of their day. These students plan on starting college as a freshman rather than as a sophomore, but they still want a challenging class schedule to match their intellectual level and to appeal to colleges. While taking AP tests isn’t required, many WHS staff members strongly encourage students to participate. Some teachers even go so far as to assign a point value for participation in the exam, reasoning that the school’s blue ribbon reputation partially rests on AP results; therefore, students have a responsibility to contribute. If WHS increases its selection of honors classes and gives students the same GPA boost that AP classes have, all of the above–averagers would find themselves with their perfect academic course load to achieve success in the future without spending hundreds of dollars and facing all the stress of AP tests in May. But until that happens, AP season will rear its ugly head every spring and students will continue to march headfirst into the gym to face imminent doom.
right there, is enough cause for celebration. Second semester is also the time when all the beloved activities that go along with #seniorszn commence, including the senior picnic, grad night, prom and, of course, the honor of putting up that paper star in the office with a name and college on it. Some may view this last year of high school as a transition from childhood to adulthood, and for many seniors it’ll be the last time they can hang out with their high school friends. This year has been the first of many lasts, like the last bit of freedom before the responsibility of a job or the challenges of further education. It’s surreal to accept that our time at WHS is drawing to a close with each passing day, and, at this time in a senior’s life, graduating and starting a new journey is what most have been waiting on for the past four years. So attend that weekday basketball game and take a break from studying because the bittersweet truth is that our time at WHS is drawing to a close. And to those fallen brothers and sisters who fought the good fight against senioritis, all hope is not yet lost. Though these next four months may seem like they’re dragging, don’t wish it all away too quickly because, soon, second semester will be over and senioritis will no longer plague the class of 2018, for the only cure for senioritis is graduation.
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Keeping you Post–ed by katie reul arts & entertainment section editor Although considered a period piece set in 1971, The Post’s recurring motif of power of the press versus government intelligence transcends time barriers and proves to be relevant in modern society’s struggle against “fake news.” Steven Spielberg’s newest film expands on the joint effort of publisher Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) as they attempt to promote the truth by publishing the Pentagon Papers, a highly classified study that reveals the government’s awareness of America’s inevitable failure in the Vietnam War. Keeping with the trend of fighting social inequities, Spielberg also tackles institutionalized sexism and, more broadly, the poor treatment of women in the workplace. Kay Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper and, as a result, receives harsh criticism and judgment from her male counterparts. Spielberg symbolizes Kay’s exclusion through the way in which he films, such as when Kay enters the meeting room and is depicted as the only female amongst a sea of men. Streep earned a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards with her skillful aptitude for character development as proved through the dynamic transformation of Kay. At first timid and unable to speak up to her male counterparts, Kay later learns to take risks and speak with authority. Upon my first viewing of the film, Streep’s climactic moment of female empowerment even elicited cheering and applause from the audience. Despite the phenomenal acting, I could not help but feel as though the story was dragged on longer than necessary because, in essence, the film merely revolves around a singular decision. The majority of it takes place over the course of a few days, yet the film lasts two hours simply to convey the inner turmoil felt by characters and potential consequences of publishing highly–classified government papers for public viewing. Nonetheless, Spielberg wraps up the film fantastically (don’t worry, no spoilers), ironically not giving closure, but rather leaving the film open to history and allowing the audience to fill in the blanks. In this way, I felt both a sense of continuity and ambiguity at the same time. Proving to be increasingly relevant with the frequent attacks against “fake news” and new sexual assault scandals on a daily basis, The Post functions as a historical embodiment of modern struggles while emphasizing the critical role of journalists as purveyors of the truth and the immense power of the press.
by alex li opinion section editor Black Panther comes in theaters on Feb. 16, preluding Marvel Studios’ momentous conclusion of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Infinity War. Following Captain America: Civil War, the newly crowned King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to his native country of Wakanda in Africa to assume the throne. T’Challa, otherwise known as the Black Panther and protector of Wakanda, must keep his country safe from the insurgent Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and greedy Ulysses “Klaw” Klaue (Andy Serkis). T’Challa’s home country is replete with vibranium, a metal native to Wakanda and nearly indestructible. Klaw stole billions of dollars worth of vibranium in the past, which he sold to the evil robot Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Klaw resurfaces in Black Panther as one of the main antagonist seeking the rest of the country’s supply of vibranium, threatening the entire world. One of the advantages of the Black Panther is his completely bulletproof Panther Habit suit designed by his sister Shuri (Letitia Wright). In conjunction with the Panther Habit, T’Challa is also a near–superhuman with
enhanced speed, strength, stamina and agility. Trained in martial arts and proficient in acrobatics, T’Challa is able to transition attack into defense with sweeping kicks, aerial takedowns and slashes with his clawed fists— much like a panther hunts prey. Killmonger, born as N’Jadaka in Wakanda, yearns to avenge his father who was exiled by T’Challa’s father. Trained and conditioned as a US black–ops soldier, Killmonger craves defeating T’Challa. Look forward to juicy action sequences between Killmonger and T’Challa as the former is experienced in close– combat fighting; T’Challa utilizes traditional A f r i c a n fighting styles a l o n g with his enhanced abilities. Combined with his fighting proficiency and natural charisma, Killmonger is familiar with Wakandan culture and threatens everything T’Challa holds dear. T ’C h a l l a’s task is far from
simple, and his people must unite under him to stand a chance. Not all the tribes of Wakanda believe in the use of vibranium and one tribal leader, M’Baku (Winston Duke), separated his tribe from mainstream Wakandan society. If T’Challa cannot garner the support from his country, Wakanda is in danger. Marvel Studios selected Ryan Coogler, who is known for his work on Creed and Fruitvale Station, to direct Black Panther. Coogler grew up on comics and holds Black Panther dear to his heart. “I am a fan myself, and I am honored to be on a project that people care about this much,” said Coogler. “As a kid, I would go into comic book stores and ask, ‘You got any black superheroes? Anyone who looks like me?’ and they would point to Black Panther.” Duke has nothing but good things to say about Coogler and the work he’s done to make Black Panther a reality. “He was a fantastic leader and deeply collaborative. From day one, he gave us a lot of room to experiment, play and bring our own voices into the film,” said Duke. “He’d have very personal sessions with you to master the character. He made the space very open and everyone could do their best work.”
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$19 billion, the biggest ever showbiz merger at the time. While consumers may see this purchase as a positive sports web editor move, there are consequences that will follow the deal. If Disney launches its own streaming service, customers will have to pay On Dec. 14, 2017, the Walt Disney company agreed to a more to continue watching the same amount of content. This deal to buy 21st Century Fox for $52 billion and receive all of the could come in conjunction with possible price inflation because company’s assets in an all–stock purchase. of the death of net neutrality. The deal, which is the second–biggest merger in “With the deal, consumers will have to pay for Netflix’s entertainment history, gives Disney the rights to all Marvel original content and for Disney’s own service,” said English Cinematic Universe characters previously made by Fox, including teacher Lauren Denchfield. X–Men, the Fantastic Four and Deadpool. Besides the Hulu share, Disney also acquired the 20th “I love the move,” said Cade Kritsch ‘19. “Now, the X–Men Century Fox cable group, which includes the FX networks, can be with the Avengers, and it’s going to be so dope. I want to National Geographic and other international channels. Disney see Wolverine and his new suit.” will also gain Fox’s interests in Endemol Shine Group, the However, the deal could be much more significant than company that produced The Biggest Loser and MasterChef, and character interaction. With rumors already circulating about Sky, the largest satellite broadcasting company based in the Disney’s plan to start its own streaming service, Disney will also United Kingdom. acquire Fox’s thirty percent share in Hulu, giving the company a 21st Century Fox will hold onto its own broadcasting much bigger stake in the streaming market. assets, which include the Fox broadcast network, Fox News, Fox Disney already pulled its cinematic content from Netflix Business and Fox Sports and its various networks, including streaming services back in August 2017, and Disney’s CEO Bob t h e Big Ten Network and Fox Deportes, Iger announced that the company would pursue a streaming which is the Spanish sports channel. service for ESPN, which would launch this year. The The company plans to spin these company also hopes to finalize its own off into the Fox Broadcasting streaming service in 2019, which Company. would have a drastic effect on The deal is the streaming market. not set in stone, “This is a historic move however. The forward for us, one that Federal Trade reflects a rapidly Commission is evolving media still required landscape that to approve the is increasingly merger between defined by the two transformative entertainment technology and giants, a consumer trends process and expectations,” that is said Iger. pre dic te d “Empowered by to take new and exciting at least technology, today’s a year GRAPHIC BY CONNIE SHI AND MELANIE ZHANG consumers want to complete. more access to entertainment If the regulators do and information, … and they want their entertainment not approve the merger, then Disney will pay Fox $2.5 billion. experiences to be more compelling, easier to find and easier If the deal is approved, then Disney could own forty to use.” percent of the domestic box office. Almost a century after the Disney is no stranger to massive media mergers. Back in company was founded, the Walt Disney Company remains a 1996, the Walt Disney Co. purchased Capital Cities/ABC Inc. for formidable powerhouse in the entertainment industry.
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Pass the Aux
by katie reul arts & entertainment section editor As if taking on the Demogorgon wasn’t enough, Millie Bobby Brown, star of Stranger Things, will return to the screen to solve crimes as Enola Holmes, Sherlock Holmes’ enigmatic sister. The 13 year–old actress gained international acclaim with her breakthrough role as Eleven on Stranger Things, and she has since proceeded to win MTV’s Movie and TV Award for Best Actor In A Show as well as earn an Oscar nomination. Branching out from her Stranger Things roots, Brown recently starred as the lead in the Godzilla sequel, during which she partnered with Legendary Entertainment, a film production company run out of Burbank. Taking the next step in her film career, Brown made a multi– film deal with Legendary Films for the Enola Holmes mystery series and will “co–produce through her own company, PCMA Productions,” according to wmagazine.com. The Enola Holmes movie series focuses on the youngest Holmes sibling as described by Nancy Springer, the author of the six Enola Holmes mystery novels on which the series is based. Although Enola is not a part of the original Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Springer expands on Doyle’s Victorian universe, incorporating key characters and settings from the original series in her work. Since the films are unrelated to the BBC modern adaptation Sherlock, the popularized actors from that franchise will not be included in the new Enola Holmes series, but fans can expect to hear some familiar names. Springer’s original book series incorporated characters such as Mycroft and Inspector Lestrade. The general plot line follows Enola, who is 20 years younger than her brother Sherlock. She still lives at home with her mother until one day her mother mysteriously vanishes. Dead–set on finding her mother and solving the mystery, she discovers that she has detective capabilities comparable to those of her brother’s, who would prefer for her to stick to traditional Victorian gender roles rather than pursue a dangerous lifestyle. “The more I researched the ridiculous restraints that were imposed on girls and women in the Victorian era, the more I discovered a subculture of clever women inventing ingenious ways to flout the proprieties,” said Springer in an interview with Science Fiction and Fantasy World. “And because Sherlock was such a confirmed bachelor, because he so assiduously avoided female contact, Enola could blindside him time after time. I’m surprised nobody else took advantage of this story angle before I did.” The series looks to be promising for devout Sherlock fans and will feature a variety of puzzling mysteries while weaving elements of feminism into the Victorian era.
What song do you listen to as a couple?
Fiona Watkinson ‘21 Noah Eubanks ‘21 “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
Ashley Gonzalez ‘20 Moises Ortega ‘20 “Him & I” by G–Eazy & Halsey
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, couples play music to show their affection for each other. Click the camera icon on the Spotify app and hover Compiled by Sona Bhargava & Michelle Hang over the scan code located underneath each response to tune in to what these Warrior lovebirds are listening to.
Ashton Valdovinos ‘19 Justin Fealy ‘19 “The Way Life Goes” by Lil Uzi Vert
Alyssa Cabral ‘18 Nick Zhang ‘18 “Love Story” by Taylor Swift
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PROUD MOMENT (above): Shawn Shepard celebrates his first goal in WHS’s victory over Calabasas High School on Feb. 6. BREAKING AWAY (left): Varsity co–captain Paul Marques tears free from his defender to propel WHS to a 7–0 victory against CHS. This victory helped push the Warriors into the playoffs.
Reviving a culture by lo yarnall sports section editor In almost every movie about high school, there’s a posse of guys wearing lettermen jackets. This idea of the hallways being littered with leather sleeves became so ingrained in my brain that, when I stepped onto campus freshman year, I expected to see the same. But in reality, I saw the exact opposite. I think I’ve seen a grand total of three lettermen jackets over my four years at WHS, and each time, it’s been a boy wrestler. Varsity jackets were what I was most excited about for high school. Showing you’re an athlete, proving you’re on varsity and representing your sport and grad year on the sleeves: it’s every student–athlete’s dream. But for some unknown reason, lettermen jackets don’t play a major part in school culture at WHS. They’re practically an endangered species. To a lot of high school students around the country, the varsity jacket is sacred. Not only is it a rite of passage for athletes on varsity, but getting to wear a player’s jacket to his or her game is considered one of the highest forms of flattery. And let’s not forget about slinging the jacket over the shoulder for perfectly timeless senior portraits. While high school alumni don’t wear their jackets a day past graduation, they are dry cleaned and stored in attics and garages around the country, waiting eagerly to be unearthed and displayed proudly to future generations. WHS students won’t get to partake in this kind of reminiscing and have the lack of the jacket culture on campus to blame. Maybe the price is the issue. Lettermen jackets are for sale in the student store for $200. That’s just the jacket alone; patches to customize the jackets increase the cost. Or maybe it’s the social stigma that surrounds someone who wears them at school. Students could be perceived as showoffs who want to appear superior compared to their other non–athletic, regular person (or NARP) peers. Another possibility could be the complete and utter lack of school spirit WHS is famously plagued with. Whatever the underlying reasons may be, it’s time for future generations of Warriors to resuscitate the rapidly fading trend. Having more students wear the jackets around campus would boost school spirit significantly, creating hype for different sports’ game days and showcasing school pride. Wearing the jacket and repping school colors would translate to better spectator turnout at sporting events. So, ask for the jacket as a congratulations gift for making varsity. If you’re a senior, ask for the jacket as a birthday or holiday gift. For too long has the student athlete’s shoulders at WHS been without the classic leather sleeves.
Boys soccer shoots into playoffs by nate brenner sports editor WHS varsity boys soccer punched its ticket to the CIF Southern Section playoffs after finishing their Marmonte League competition with a 4–3–3 record. The team made a giant leap from last year, doubling their total of two wins in Marmonte League and adding a handful of ties to back it up. After missing the playoffs the last two years, even head coach Bill Propster was surprised by his young team’s progress. “We didn’t really have any expectations coming into the season,” said Propster after the team’s 3–1 win at Calabasas High School on Jan. 19. “We just have to keep [the wins] coming.” Propster’s team has a strong balance of both seniority and youth. The team’s captains, Andrew Douille ‘18, Spencer Alonge ‘18 and Paul Marques ‘18, fill the spine of the team with Douille and Alonge manning the center of defense and Marques starting in central midfield. Meanwhile, the attack is filled with young faces, including Matt Fairweather ‘20, Kapono Dacascos ‘21 and Ashton Alonge ‘21. “I love the fact that the younger guys are scoring goals,” said Propster. “There are games
where we’ve started four freshmen and three sophomores, and sometimes it’s the other way around. They’re not as big and athletic as other teams, [but] they can play.” With a squad filled with underclassmen, Douille and Spencer Alonge are taking on big roles as the leaders of the team. The pair’s effort in the defense paid dividends for the Warriors, as they were second best in the league by only allowing seven goals in Marmonte League games. “It means everything to me,” said Douille. “Just going out on the field and motivating my team is what I live for.” The hard work from the experienced defense passes to the young attackers where they show why they belong on varsity. Despite being younger and smaller, the agility and speed of the Warriors are unrivaled. Able to weave through defenders and set up teammates in the attack, the nimble core of the offense display their worth time and time again. The Warriors opened up the season with a 2–0 win against Thousand Oaks High School, and after a 0–2 loss to Newbury Park High School, WHS went undefeated in their next three games, beating CHS and Oaks Christian High School and drawing against
Agoura High School. Following a streak of two straight losses to TOHS and NPHS, the Warriors got back on track by earning five points in three games with draws against AHS and OCHS, while beating CHS in a 7–0 game at home. The rout of CHS was easily the team’s most impressive showing of the season, as Shawn Shepard ‘19 and Josh Garelik ‘18 led the team to victory by each scoring two goals. Juan Sosa ‘18, Fairweather and Dacascos scored the others. “Being a member of this team means a lot to me,” said Dacascos. “It shows all the work I’ve put in, and it’s the result of all my hard work over the last few years.” The Warriors finished third in Marmonte League with a goal difference of +7. Although league play has been a success for the Warriors, their attention is diverting from Marmonte to the playoffs. “I’m really excited for the team, especially the seniors. We’ve worked really hard this season in training, and we always put our best effort out there in games,” said Shepard. “We’re all really pumped we were able to get rewarded with some important results and I know we are up to the task in the first round of CIF.”
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INTIMIDATING THE COMPETITION: Lola Mormino stands as the only girl on the East County Outlaws. She also plays for the all–girls L.A. Lions team.
Recently, Mormino was offered a chance to play for the L.A. Lions 16AA team, an all– girls hockey club. However, she isn’t a big fan of the rules. “In the girl’s league you can’t hit, so I get penalties,” said Mormino. “I like the boy’s league better because it’s more competitive, and you don’t have to hold back. I fit in better there.” Although she’s currently a busy sophomore at WHS, Mormino spends hours every day perfecting her skills on the ice. She practices six days a week with her teams to train for games. Additionally, she works on her individual skills to get better, stronger and faster. “If I hadn’t trained for so long, then it would be hard,” said Mormino. “I’m pretty used to it now, so it’s not bad.”
Every athlete needs his or her fans. For Mormino, her friends and family are the ones who have supported her passion throughout the years. “My parents support anything I do that makes me happy,” said Mormino. “They help push myself to be the best.” And as a true student–athlete, Mormino has learned how to juggle her time between playing hockey and participating in the rest of her daily activities. “I practice so much, so I understand if my friends don’t like it,” said Mormino. “But they’re happy for me. They want me to do it because it’s what I want to do.” With all of her dedication and hard work, Mormino has begun to see the results she works diligently to achieve. She’s as comfortable as ever on the ice. Every day she comes closer to her ultimate dream of playing in the NHL.
Baseball’s changing coaching staff by taylor chen & matt zhang sports editors
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In January 2017, WHS hired Zach Thornton as the new head coach of the boys baseball program. Thornton is the third coach of the WHS varsity baseball team within the past year. “We had Coach Burtzloff, then he left, then we got a new coach for a few days, then he left as well,” said Casey Kleinman ‘20. “So now we have Coach Thornton as the interim head coach.” Baseball has faced a constant rotation of coaches for several years now. The seniors have had at least one different coach each year they’ve been at WHS. “We have had over five coaches in the past four years,” said Matthew Calvert ‘18. “Coach Billy, Coach Rocco, Coach Cassionoi, Coach Burtzloff, Coach Tenon and now Coach Thornton.” The experience Thornton has sets him apart from past coaches who have run the WHS baseball program. He has played baseball professionally for the past seven years, starting in 2010. “I was originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2010,” said Thornton. “Then [I] was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 and then traded again in 2014 to the New York Mets.” During his first offseason from professional ball, Thornton worked with Coach Zach Miller in coaching the WHS baseball team. Since then, Thornton has
LONG STRETCH: Base runner Casey Kleinman slides into third base as Blaise Liu ‘19 prepares to catch the ball and tag him out.
continued to be a part of the WHS baseball coaching staff. Along with his coaching experience (from little league all the way up to college varsity), Thornton hopes to utilize his skills to bring maximum success to the team this season. Although the players have had to adjust to a new coach, Thornton has incorporated rigorous and effective coaching techniques into the practices. “With Thornton, we’re allowed to be ourselves and the best players we can be,” said Johnny Victor ‘18. “He disregards the parents
and focuses on training with the kids.” This frequent change in team leadership has caused various effects on players and their ability to perform in games. As each different coach takes control of the team, players are unfamiliar with the different coaching techniques. This hinders team chemistry. “Whenever there is a new coach it throws the whole team off a bit,” said Hayden Vaughn ‘19. Despite this, some players don’t let a change in coaches impact their mindset or performance. “Transitioning coaches is really not that much of a deal,” said Calvert. “I just go out and play, hitting dingers.” Because Thornton assisted previous varsity baseball coaches at WHS, he has known many of the players for a few years. “There was no adjustment period when I became coach,” said Thornton. “The kids respect me and believe in what I do.” Having a previous bond with the players gives the team a great deal of confidence going into the sesason. “The team we have currently is very talented,” said Thornton. “I see us doing big things once the season starts.” The boys baseball team has its first game on Sat., Feb. 24 at home against Chatsworth High School. “We definitely feel more confident this season,” said Calvert. “We expect a CIF ring.”
(as of Feb. 12)
Record: 18W–9L Next game: Feb. 14 vs Highland HS Location: Highland HS
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Many young boys dream of playing professional sports when they grow up. However, it is not every day that a teenage girl aspires to play hockey at the top level. As for Lola Mormino ‘20, her dreams of playing in the National Hockey League are as strong as ever, and they’re rumbling forward with great potential. Growing up in a family with deep hockey roots, it was natural for Mormino to follow in the footsteps of her father when she decided to lace up her skates for the first time five years ago. “I love the feeling of stepping onto the ice,” said Mormino. “It’s like nothing else matters. It’s kind of hard to describe the feeling.” The game provides her with an escape from her life as a high school student. While the pressure of homework and tests may weigh students like Mormino down, hockey provides the relief. There’s no doubt that ice hockey is traditionally a competitive boy’s sport. In Mormino’s case, her commitment to the sport reveals her disregard for preset social standards, allowing her to pursue her passion without any outside interferences. Mormino plays for the East County Outlaws, a team based out of Simi Valley. She’s the lone female, but that doesn’t matter to her teammates, and other teams know better than to underestimate her skill; Mormino’s toughness makes her a feared opponent. “I never feel left out,” said Mormino. “It’s fun to talk trash; I always do it to the other team.”
Record: 8W–16L Next game: Season over
Record: 2W–2L Next game: Feb. 17 vs TBA Location: TBA
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Record: 9W–20L Next game: Season Over
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Record: 6W–8L–4T Next game: Feb. 14 vs Pasadena HS Location: WHS
Mormino checks gender barriers
Record: 6W–3L–7T Next game: Feb. 15 vs Hart HS Location: Hart HS For the latest sports updates, stories and scores, visit the WHS athletics website at www.westlakeathletics.net. Compiled by Matt Zhang
Street wear strikes WHS
Streetwear culture has been on the rise since late 2016, peaking in 2017 and continuing to flourish into 2018. Designer brands such as Supreme started collaborating with the The North Face and Louis Vuitton to create the new outlook on fashion, combining athletic wear with high–end styles. Also trying to leave their mark on the fashion world, brands such as Fila, Reebok and Champion, which had previously been overlooked, took advantage of the trends and saw a surge in popularity. These brands were given an opportunity to rebuild their reputations and produce some of the most desired products in the industry.
STEPPING UP THE FASHION GAME (left): Lance Minkow ‘19 uses fashion and sneakers as a gateway to show who he is. “I describe my style as simple yet crazy,” said Minkow. With a plethora of sneakers at his disposal, he can mix and match his clothes with his shoes. His outfits are influenced by brands such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci. MAKING HIS MARK (right): Ned Jacobs ‘19 always tries to differentiate himself from the status quo. “It’s kind of like a reflection of who I am— weird, but out there,” said Jacobs. “It’s ... the image I want to put out.” Jacobs expresses himself through his favorite brands, including Kenzo, Y3 and Kappa. To add personal flair, Jacobs considers jewelry and accessories staples to his wardrobe. In addition to his love for fashion, Jacobs snowboards and dances, showing his multifarious nature and creative mind.
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A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND (far left): Jennifer Carlson ‘18 joined the streetwear trend with her love for shoes. Carlson is a dancer, and her shoes have always been her favorite pieces in an outfit. “My favorite brands are Adidas and Puma when it comes to shoes because they are probably the best looking and most supportive,” said Carlson. “If you don’t like what you’re wearing when you’re dancing, then you can’t really dance your best, but if you’re wearing your best outfit, you feel more confident.” HIDDEN LOOKS (left): Jonathan Bryman ‘18 indulges in high end brands such as Supreme, Yeezy and Stone Island. Bryman sees fashion as a creative outlet for when he’s not hard at work at school. “I like to be in the fashion scene, but I dress casual to school,” said Bryman. “I think style describes you as a person. I think it’s more about what you want rather than what other people want.”
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