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“It came down to just me and [senior] Micah [Van Setten]; it was just us two for the last 150-200 meters and so we sprinted for home for the ﬁnish. I got him by a second. Walnut went 1, 2, 3 so we dominated that race.” - Millen Trujillo, 10
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November 16, 2012
EDITORIAL The value of cooperation Back when they were common in the education system, high school advocates acted as representatives of the student body. If students had suggestions or complaints, they could go to the advocate and he or she would speak to the administration about the students’ issues. So now, who do we go to when we have suggestions and concerns about the school? Prior to this year, we had a House of Representatives hosted by ASB, where student representatives would meet during fourth period enrichment to discuss school issues. It may not have been the most efﬁcient forum for student say, but it was still an appreciated place for students to have their say. The recent Technology and Instructional Materials Drive is an example of where students could have had a bigger inﬂuence. The letters sent home to us were very clear about where the money raised would go: purchasing iPads, iPad accessories, Lap Top Mobile Labs, Library Collection Material, Microscopes and English Class Literature Sets. It’s a healthy variety of materials, one that emphasizes technology for classroom use. We’re thankful that this drive would occur
on our behalf and we’re not asking who decided where the money went; we’re wondering how decisions for the student body were made without much, if any, input from the very people this drive is meant to beneﬁt. Then again, the problem may lie mainly with us, the students. Maybe it’s not that we don’t have any outlets to express our opinions; maybe it’s that we just don’t want to express them. Maybe we’re too shy. Maybe we just don’t care enough. Whatever it is, it’s something we have to overcome. If we want to see a better school, we need to speak out and have our opinions heard. In the end, this isn’t about pointing ﬁngers or making more outlets for communication; we just want to feel like there are people willing to listen to our comments and concerns. ASB and administration have already proven that they’re willing to listen to the student body in the form of the House of Representatives and the Principal’s Facebook page. But really, just knowing that our voice matters and and that we have a say is enough. Perhaps with more enthusiasm and communication, we can take the ﬁrst steps toward actively improving Walnut together.
We, the Hoofprint staff, strive to inform the student body in an accurate, timely and objective manner. While we take responsibility for the legitimacy of our reporting, we also recognize the freedom of the press and speech given to us under California Education Code 48907. We seek to reﬂect the diversity of the school and to be an open forum that encourages student expression and discussion. Through our coverage, we hope to represent the distinct character of the Walnut community.
STAFF Staff Writers: Michael Aie, Andraes Arteaga, Jezebel Cardenas, Chantel Chan, Alison Chang, Crystal Chang, Michelle Chang, Cloris Chou, Anita Chuen, Jackson Deng, Avika Dua, Diane Fann, Samantha Gomes, Raytene Han, Kent Hsieh, Daniela Kim, Michelle Kim, Joyce Lam, Chase Lau, Jessica Lee, Doris Li, Rebecca Liaw, Jasmine Lin, Serena Lin, Susan Lin, Sarah Liu, Gabrielle Manuit, Ashlyn Montoya, Brandon Ng, Eunice Pang, Leonie Phoa, Caroline Shih, Agnes Shin, Angelina Tang, Varisa Tantiwasadakran, Lynze Tom, Deanna Trang, Terrence Tsou, Morgan Valdez, Derek Wan, Alexa Wong, Bryan Wong, Kevin Wu, Megan Wu, Kevin Yin, Aaron Yong, Yolanda Yu, Laura Zhang, Mary Zhang, Maxwell Zhu
Editors-in-Chief: Jessica Kwok, Felix Lee, Elliot Park Managing Editor: Leonie Phoa Copy Editor: Karen Ou News Editors: Nathan Au-Yeung, Ashley Xu Opinion Editors: Jessica Wang, Ted Zhu Feature Editors: Jefferey Huang, Amy Lee, Belle Sun Arts Editors: Janzen Alejo, Tiffany Diep
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November 16, 2012
Class of 2015 creates WHS Compliments
Solar boat team begins work on boat
After looking for new ideas for its sophomore year, class of 2015 cabinet began a Facebook page that aims to share compliments from the student body. Brandon Ng Staff writer The newly introduced WHS Compliments’ Facebook page, created by the class of 2015 cabinet, allows students to anonymously submit messages about others to help them get through a hardship or to brighten their day. “WHS Compliments is a page where students can send personal letters that are anonymous to other students, but it’s meant to be sent in a respectful, friendly, and helpful manner to get the message across,” sophomore Jonathan Kao said. “If the message is good and worthwhile, we will post it.” Class president sophomore Jefferey Huang came across the compliments idea after searching through Google for inspiration and reading about what a Texas school had successfully accomplished. “We thought it was a really good idea because we saw the compliments they were giving,” class secretary
sophomore Ruth Chen said. “We thought we could probably unify the school better and make everyone see our love for each other. There’s bullying at school, and we want to show that we care.” Students submit messages to the page, and censors check for any negative content. If the message is approved, WHS Compliments then posts the message as a status and tags the person the message is intended for. “We want to show people that we care. We want to acknowledge people and make them feel special. It’s a schoolwide thing that we do,” Chen said. One of the class of 2015’s goal with this page is to provide a sense of appreciation for the student body by posting messages aimed to make someone’s day. “It makes me feel good - like a happy, fuzzy, warm feeling, because you know that there is someone out there that appreciates you,” freshman Crystal Tran said. Ω
Following a year of absence, the solar boat team built the base of its solar boat on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Three Valleys Municipal Water District.
PHOTOS BY NATHAN AU-YEUNG
SOLAR POWER (FROM LEFT): Senior Daniel Lee and junior Michael Wang drill holes into the bottom side of the boat. // Sophomore Angie Chang and freshman Paulina Lam drill holes and sand the boat’s side. Nathan Au-Yeung News editor The solar boat team headed over to Three Valleys Municipal Water District on Saturday, Nov. 3, to begin building the hull of the solar boat for May’s competition. Three Valleys Municipal Water District offered epoxy, wood, work goggles and other materials for the many schools to use even with the district’s budget cuts and missing miter saws.
“I think the people at the water district are really generous, as they continue to hold the solar cup competition even with a tight budget at hand,” junior Michael Wang said. “I think their generosity comes from the fact that they want to see students working together completing a relatively hard project.” The solar boat members also took the time to bond as a team and to get to know each other better. “We work together, so we can like learn more about each other and
become good friends,” freshman Paulina Lam said. “I guess the work gets kind of messy, but we support each other at the end.” Though the team only built the hull of the boat, the members look forward to a season after being unable to compete last year. “The team was pretty close as a team,” captain senior Daniel Lee said. “I expect them to work as hard as they can, give their best shot, and keep their word and go beyond expectations.” Ω
November 16, 2012
Prop 30 passes on Election Day
California governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 triumphs in the polls with more than half of the popular vote and aims to support public education. Nathan Au-Yeung News editor Proposition 30 passed 53.9 percent to 46.1 percent on Election Day. The bill is aimed at funding public education, allocating tax revenue for public education while disposing of budget reductions of up to $6 billion that would have been enforced without Prop 30. Under Proposition 30, Californians with incomes exceeding $250,000 will have to pay additional income taxes. Sales taxes will increase by one-fourth of a cent, and the proposition will allocate 89 percent of temporary tax revenues to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. However, because of the additional income taxes, some people fear that their money will be going toward a less purposeful cause. “My family’s money going toward income tax because of Prop
30 was going toward my personal education,” freshman Lynne Ji said. “Now that it’s going toward income tax, that’s less toward my personal education. That’s basically hurting me.” More funding will provide public education with more money, allowing for fewer furlough days than the projected 15-20 without Prop 30, as well as less drastic budget cuts. “If the proposition didn’t pass, this generation and the future generation will probably have a less rounded education, and that’s not good,” sophomore Katie Nguyen said. “Educating the young is one of the most important things we can do right now. Our education system is losing a lot of money and we’re losing more opportunities, so I think more taxes will help our school system.” Despite Prop 30’s potential beneﬁts, some feel that these beneﬁts are not guaranteed and that the
proposition comes with problems. “I don’t like Prop 30 because even though it states that the money is going to help the school, it doesn’t require politicians to use the money for school,” senior Edwin Lai said. “I really want the money to help the students and school districts instead of letting politicians spend the money on something else.” Although it is too soon to speak of Prop 30’s effects, many still ponder about the proposition’s possible beneﬁts on California’s education system and its eventual impact on Walnut’s education system. “Short-term, it’ll deﬁnitely beneﬁt all the students, all the teachers, and all the schools, but it’s short term beneﬁts, not long-term,” junior Brandon Ho said. “We have to think about the long-term beneﬁt. Will it help us ten years down the line, twenty years down the line, not just within the next three, four years?” Ω
Speech and Debate prepares for first debate Debaters prepare for their first debate on Friday at Alhambra High School. Michelle Chang Staff writer Speech and Debate’s Parliamentary Debate and Public Forum Debate will attend their ﬁrst competition of the year on Nov. 16 for novice and Nov. 17 for varsity at Alhambra High School. The captains taught the basics, such as introduction speeches, body arguments, and rebuttal speeches, to the novice Parliamentary debaters. “While others focus on things like eloquence, we’re focusing on teaching the heart of debate. I think that deﬁnitely makes our arguments stronger and gives us an edge,”
president senior Elijah Chang said. During these practices, varsity debate also holds debates on random topics and current events. “The thing about Parliamentary Debate is that we don’t know what to expect. We get assigned all sorts of resolutions and have to be prepared to debate them,” varsity debater sophomore Andy Tsai said. “It helps to have debates weekly because a lot of us are rusty after the summer.” The lessons and practices helped novice debaters improve their skills. “We’ve been working hard to prepare and I have conﬁdence that we’ll perform well. The captains have been doing a good job teaching us the
core of debate in an easy-to-follow format,” novice debater freshman Brian Ko said. “There isn’t much pressure because I’m just going to go and enjoy the experience.” Public forum is also preparing for the ﬁrst debate of the year by holding weekly practices to discuss and debate the competition’s topic. “The practices have been helping us to get to know more about our topic,” varsity Public Forum debater sophomore Shahar Syed said. “I’ve learned that the best way to understand a topic and get prepared to debate is to go up there and just debate. Competing is a great learning experience and it’s always fun.” Ω
PHOTO BY MARY ZHANG
HEAR, HEAR: Junior Sairah Saeed recites “Totally like whatever, you know?” by Taylor Mali for her audition to join the Spoken Word team.
Writer’s Guild creates Spoken Word team Newly formed Spoken Word poetry team aims to introduce a different form of poetry to students. Janzen Alejo Arts editor Branching off from Writer’s Guild, Spoken Word, which is also a form of poetry, is Walnut’s ﬁrst team dedicated to writing and performing poetry. “I think the inspiration comes from the love of poetry we have,” Writer’s Guild tutoring director junior Jin Zhang said. “It started when we clicked open a TED video and began to listen to words come out of [spoken word poet] Sarah Kay’s mouth.” Most members, new to Spoken Word, took the audition as a chance to explore a different way to express themselves. “I saw poetry in a new light,” junior Debbie Tan said. “There’s something about speaking and performing that seems more appealing than reading and analyzing poems.” First formed by Zhang and Writer’s Guild president junior Susan
Lin, the team hopes to participate in many poetry related events. “The team’s just starting off, so we don’t have sky-high expectations,” Zhang said. “But Susan and I do hope that we can compete once or twice this year.” The basic purpose of the team is to educate the members about Spoken Word. “A lot of people think of poetry and automatically think ‘ew,’ but through Spoken Word we want to show the students that poetry is more than what we analyze in English,” Lin said. “Spoken Word is unique because its only prerequisite is a desire and passion to tell a story. Through our team, we want to entice a passion in people about how powerful words can be and also make a difference in our community with those words. I think Spoken Word may be where performing arts meets a very personal kind of story telling. It’s the best of both worlds.” Ω
Mock trial wins first competition
The mock trial team participated in its first competition at the LA County Courthouse, defeating its opponent and moving on to another trial on Nov. 14. Mary Zhang Staff writer
PHOTO COURTESY OF JAZMIN ZELAYA
COURT IN SESSION: The mock trial team poses in front of the fountain at the LA County Courthouse before heading in to begin the mock trial.
The mock trial team competed at the LA County Courthouse on Nov. 5, assuming the role of the defense in a hit-and-run case and scoring a total of 195 points out of 255 for the victory. “We learned how a courtroom is run, what things to say, what certain motions are, the way we are supposed to talk, and how attitude is in court,” sophomore Vivian Wang said. “We learned a lot from the experience and hope to use it in the future.” After the team’s leaders ofﬁcially registered the team, it only had three weeks to prepare. “I feel we did very well for
the time that we had,” sophomore Bob Feng said. “During the cross examination, the responses from the opposing team were what we hoped for; the opposing witness played right into our hands. It felt like we completely outmaneuvered them.” Despite being new, members felt that they put on a strong performance during the trial. “Louisa gave an amazing opening speech; it was strong and direct,” Wang said. “Bob Feng held his ground after having questions thrown at him by the judge. He kept a clear mind through the case and he stayed on top of the subject.” Sophomores Louisa Lee and Andy Tsai were awarded MVP
titles from their opposing teams for contributing the most to their team’s defense. “We spent a considerable amount of time preparing and working for this,” Tsai said. “I’m glad the other teams were able to recognize our hard work. It feels good to know they saw the effort I had put into this.” The team gained insight from this ﬁrst experience and sought to use its experience for the next competition on Wednesday, Nov. 14. “We did very well during this competition. I think the hard work and dedication deﬁnitely shows through,” junior Minesh Patel said. “With what we learned, I think we’ll be twice as good for the next.” Ω
November 16, 2012
Administration seeks to replace late start
The administration proposes several possible alternatives to replace late start for better efficiency. Ted Zhu Opinion editor
for frequent collaboration between teachers and students,” principal Jeff Jordan said. Several different plans are still The administration has proposed up for review and discussion. A likely possible plans to eliminate late start plan involves days beginning next having school school year. After “Our plan is to use the start at regular last year’s WASC entire school day more time, 7:50 a.m., accreditation, the shortening school is acting upon effectively and give more but each period to new ideas that are opportunities for frequent give time to a designed to make collaboration.” “tutorial period,” better adjustments to where students the school. will spend the end “The school -Jeff Jordan, Principal of the day with a was given a six year teacher whom they action plan after last year’s WASC accreditation. need the most help from. “We’re in a process right now of Previously, when we had late starts, all that time in the beginning of the deciding what exactly we want to do. day wasn’t optimally used. Our plan Ultimately, the action plan is meant is to use the entire school day more to help guide us as a school to better effectively and give more opportunities support the kids,” Jordan said. Ω
PHOTOS BY ANGELINA TANG
IT ALL ADDS UP (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Math Club poses for a group picture near the facility. // Members discuss math problems before the test. // A Walnut team earned second place in the Pepperdine competition.
Math Club places second in annual competition
Girls’ League hosts blood drive
Girls’ League held its blood drive at the gym, accumulating 130 pints to donate to Red Cross.
Members of Math Club headed to Pepperdine University to compete against other schools and listen to speakers discuss math and its uses in many fields. Angelina Tang Staff writer Math Club competed in the annual Pepperdine Math Day event in Malibu on Saturday, Nov. 10, coming in second out of 18 schools. Students participated in a math faceoff speed round and engaged in other activities, with many winning prizes such as movie tickets and shirts and a select few winning scholarships and programming equipment. The exam composed of 45 questions including concepts from algebra, geometry and trigonometry as well as a few from number theory, combinatorics and probability. It did not focus as much on the students’ knowledge as it did on their ability to think carefully and creatively. “The competition was a great opportunity for students to share their interest in math. Personally, the test was intimidating because it made you search your brain for ways to solve a problem that may appear hard but is doable once you have found the trick to it,” junior Iris Zhang said. After testing, students also had the opportunity to participate in a math face-off contest, battling head-to-head in solving or reciting mathematical
problems and numbers. “The most memorable part was the competition for the digits of pi when the ﬁve boys and one girl were listing the inﬁnite numbers for a few minutes. The winners did some pretty amazing memorization,” sophomore Rachel Wang said. Guest speakers Annie Chang from Disney Studios and Rod Bogart from Pixar Animation Studios delivered a presentation about the correlation between mathematics and movies. They showed clips from movies such as “Finding Nemo,” “Up,” “Bambi,” “Cars,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” and explained how the trajectories and angles of the visual effects correlate to the materials taught in class. “There was a lot of math hidden within each frame,” sophomore Allison Tang said. “To just position one arm in one scene in “Wall-E,” the engineers had to pinpoint each and every angle and vector. In the end, all you got were multiple lines, and that didn’t include inking, rendering, sketching, or shadowing the effects. It was mind-blowing to learn that a one second scene took months to create.” Following the presentations, the faculty announced Arcadia High
School as ﬁrst place, with Walnut second by one point. The highest individual scorer from Walnut was sophomore Brian Deng, who also placed in the team category along with seniors Daniel Suryakusuma and Wesley Lin and juniors Robert Wu and Ming-Wei Wang. They each received Maple 16 sets, which are hundred dollar college-level formulaic programs designed for researchers and scientists. “I am glad that I got a piece of math software used in many colleges for math courses,” senior Wesley Lin said. “I was nervous that I would do badly, since I felt like I was running out of time when taking the test.” Although the exam was reported to be harder, students improved from last year’s third place to this year’s second place. They will compete next year in hopes of placing ﬁrst. “The team surpassed my expectations, and I was proud of everyone giving their all,” president senior Daniel Suryakusuma said. “I’m not going to say it’s impossible to get ﬁrst place, but with how much the team had exceeded my expectations, placing higher shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, we also beat Diamond Bar; that made up for Branding Iron.” Ω
PHOTO COURTESY OF KELSEY LACANILAO
KEEP BLEEDING LOVE: During the blood drive, senior James Te lays down on a stretcher after having his blood drained into a blood bag. Jessica Wang Opinion editor The annual blood drive hosted by Girls’ League was held on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the gym. Like previous years, the community service project collaborated successfully with Red Cross, seeing a large turnout of 190 donors. “I think it’s amazing that Girls’ League gets to host this at our school,” Girls’ League Ofﬁcer junior Annie Fan said. “I’m really proud that we do this because I think it does make a huge difference in that donating blood is such a small effort - it only takes two hours if you get backed up - but two hours out of your life, and you’re saving three others.”
With the recent occurrence of Hurricane Sandy, the units of blood collected for this drive could potentially aid those on the East Coast. The donors all had to meet certain requirements in order to participate in the process. Weight, height, hemoglobin count, and speed of heartbeat were taken into account. In addition, blood samples were taken from the donors beforehand to ensure eligibility. “I really wanted to give back. I wanted to help people, but I’ve never done anything like this before. Sometimes, I look at myself and I’m like ‘I’ve got a good life, and it’s not fair.’ I don’t need all this blood and somebody else does, so they should take it,” senior Priyanka Peer said. Ω
It’s the thought that counts
Showing even a little bit of appreciation is better than taking others for granted. Leon Ho Business manager
We all have different ways of showing our appreciation, from the simple “thank you” to an elaborate dinner. One of the most common ways we show our thanks is by giving gifts. I’m not referring to gifts of love and kindness, but physical objects we so carefully wrap and deliver to people on special reasons. Evidently, gift giving is a common tradition during birthdays and Christmas, but on other special occasions, we give gifts when we want to express our gratitude for someone. I, for one, have given gifts for traditional reasons as well as out of personal gratitude. To me, there’s a sentimental difference between giving gifts to my parents for Christmas and giving gifts to them for staying up until 2 a.m. to support my attempt to create a Saturn model from styrofoam and straws. Having been stuck in trafﬁc and enduring a difﬁcult day at work, my parents were overjoyed to receive the most elaborate present a 10-year-old can give: a thank you note plastered with stickers and cut with fancy scissors. Such gifts momentarily put the spotlight on the person receiving the gift and are simple reminders with great effect. However, gift giving can sometimes be seen as an attempt to gain an advantage in a classroom setting. When a teacher receives a present from a student, some see this as an unfair inﬂuence that has to be rivaled. But there is no reason in silently condemning those who actually do so to acknowledge their gratitude. Since the gift takes on such a personal role, we should not be hindered or bothered by the remarks of those around us because the issue has nothing to do with them. There comes a time when we have realize that we wouldn’t be where we are without the help of others. We must acknowledge those people so that they do not feel unappreciated. It is easy for us to simply take the actions of people around us for granted. It might be hard to thank people when they assign us ﬁve page essays, delegate us mountains of chores, and ignore us when we need someone to complain to, but when we examine what we gained from them, we will recognize our duty to give back. Ω
November 16, 2012
A barrier worth breaking
Interaction between student and teacher is often minimal both inside and outside the classroom. As a result, many opportunities to contribute to the ideal learning environment can be overlooked. Bryan Li Guest writer When you are in a class of twelve, your teacher pays more attention to you than the State Department did to the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. In fact, your teacher pays so much attention that he or she can anticipate your every move. When your right hand slides below the desk to grab your phone but hasn’t really reached your pocket just yet, you’ll hear a familiar clearing of the throat and a subtle warning, “Let’s focus on Gatsby, shall we?” Walnut, with its classes of 30, is ideal for students who wish to hide both in and out of the classroom. You never need to talk (unless there is a participation grade, in which case, curses), you never need to ask questions, and best of all, you
never need to interact with your teachers on an individual basis. Obviously, this is an exaggeration, but unfortunately, not a very grotesque one. For disinterested students, the relationship between themselves and their teachers is similar to one between two best friends who just had a ﬁght trapped in an elevator. It’s awkward, but let’s suffer through it and make sure we avoid eye contact at all times. I get it. Few are brave enough to be the class overachiever who raises his or her hands extremely often. Even fewer are willing to stay behind and talk to a teacher one-on-one about his or her class performance. This unwillingness to foster closer relationships with teachers is understandable; there are a myriad of factors that include anything from shyness to peer pressure that stand in our way. Nevertheless, we do ourselves a disservice when we choose to not develop a personal relationship with our educators.
Establishing a personal relationship with our teachers makes education more of an interactive, two-way process. Information such as a student’s personal background, skill sets, strengths and weaknesses and interests plays a huge role in helping educators create more effective and interesting lessons and materials. Have you ever heard of the expression, “Know your audience?” Student information plays the same role that demographics do in helping politicians decide what to include in speeches at rallies and conventions. It sharpens the message. But only acknowledging the objective beneﬁts of closer student-teacher ties would be ignoring the elephant in the room. It’s safe to say that a teacher who knows his or her students well are more likely to have a personal stake in their academic wellbeing. As a result of that, they pay closer attention to individual progress and detect issues before they deteriorate into crises. A “C” that normally would have gone relatively unnoticed will be taken more seriously. For years, doctors have raved about the value of preventative care. Fortunately, it is just as effective in education as it is in medicine. Even if you don’t buy the argument that teachers will act any differently, consider how a closer relationship will impact you. If you know a teacher on a personal level, you would be incentivized to pay closer attention in class and ﬁnish homework promptly. You would be less uncomfortable with asking questions. You would be more personally invested. This repetition of “you would” is not an attempt to do a Jedi mind trick. Rather, it is inferred from a long period of observation on the nature of the teenage soul. When we feel involved in something, we tend to try harder at it. Ask any boy who has ever worked his butt off in something his crush loved doing, and you’ll get why I’m advocating for better studentteacher relationships.
The price is right... or is it? EDITORIAL CARTOON BY DAVID CAO
Brand names have emerged as an important factor in people’s shopping habits. However, basing a decision to buy something purely based on the name on a tag is not the best way to assess its value. Jackson Deng Staff writer A ﬂannel plaid shirt at Gap will run at $50, whereas a similar ﬂannel from Walmart costs just eight dollars. The difference in price is astronomical for two products that are more or less the same. A 40 percent difference in polyester content should not warrant another 42 dollars on a price tag. The 100 percent cotton cloth from Gap is more comfortable, but is it six times more comfortable? The price simply does not reﬂect the actual quality of the product, with exponential increases in price for a mostly trivial point. In fact, according to TMS Promotional Wear and Tear Products, a polyester/cotton fabric will actually last longer than a traditionally full cotton ﬂannel (such as the one from Gap). Brand names ultimately cause people to overpay for their clothing, while bargain brands offer comparable products at far more affordable prices.
Why do people pay so much more for a logo on a shirt? The answer lies in the inherent social value of a brand name. People naturally equate price with quality: when people pay more money, they expect better products. The amount of money you spend on clothing is directly proportional to how well off you are, making brand names more of a way to ﬂaunt wealth than anything else. Unfortunately, this leads to a sort of vicious cycle. We create the need for brand names on our own, even if by accident, by spending extravagant amounts of money on products that aren’t necessarily even superior in quality and promoting new fashions each season. In turn, society rewards us with a congratulatory nod of approval for conforming to the newest fashion. This sort of “fast fashion” offers transient, superﬁcial style at best, and siphons away money that we need now more desperately than ever. Now I’m not saying that people shouldn’t pay for quality; famous brands can be consistently well made and aren’t necessarily inferior. What people
should learn however is that spending more than six times the amount of money on a ﬂannel shirt whose main distinction is that it’s made by Gap is worse than silly; it’s wasteful. The crucial point of this argument is really the actual value of clothing versus an inﬂated price. Ultimately, it’s a distinction between two pieces of crafted cloth – and a brand should never warrant driving the prices into the hundreds. We’ve been conditioned to believe that
brand names are better, that higher prices mean a better product. Teens may not buy from extreme examples such as St. Johns clothing, whose prices can go into the thousands, but the fact remains that there are people out there who do. Teens still pay far more money on brand names than they would’ve with comparable unbranded clothing. Unfortunately, what we have is a willingness to spend so much on something that really should be worth much less. Ω
Q&A: Do you buy brand names?
COMPILED BY JESSICA WANG
“I think it’s all about preference. I tend to go to certain stores because they cater to my taste, but I don’t think brand names really matter too much. It’s more just what you end up buying.” - Jonathan Gonzalez, 12 “I just buy whatever’s cute. I don’t really buy brand names, because I don’t think they’re that important. It’s the same thing, but it’s more expensive with the brand name on it.” - Camille Casilang, 10
November 16, 2012
Don’t judge me We all know some stereotypes, and often apply them to others. Sometimes, we subconsciously let them affect ourselves as well.
PARK’S PLACE We get caught up in a whirlwind of worries and lose sight of the more valuable things in life - it’s okay to slow down once in awhile. Elliot Park Editor-inChief E v e r have one of those weeks? You know, one of those weeks. When your eyes refuse to stay open, when your brain just shuts down, when you feel like you’ve got too much to do and not enough time to do it. Yeah, that kind of week. It was mid-October. I think it was a Thursday. I was having one of those weeks. The bags under my eyes were as heavy as the bag carrying my books. I was drained, out of it, done. And
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY AMY LEE
Jessica Kwok Editor-in-Chief We hate stereotypes. Right? They’re racial slurs, the extremes of a religion, an exaggeration of the true stances of a political party. They’re just distorted reﬂections of the truth and they deﬁne us as people we aren’t. We hate stereotypes. Right. Stereotypes are just masks – they make us look like one thing when we’re really something else. If you’re Chinese, you’re good at math. But what if you think one plus one equals a window? Then you’re not truly Chinese. If you’re black, you play basketball. But what if the granny shot is the only way you can make a shot? Then you’re not truly black. If you’re Filipino, you sing well. But what if your voice would put a dying, wailing cat to shame? Then you’re not truly Filipino. At every point in life, we ﬁnd ourselves judged for what we’re afﬁliated with, whether it’s for race, religion, or political stances. Let’s face it. Assumptions hurt. Yes, I’m an Asian woman. No, I am not an unsafe, horrible driver. No, I don’t appreciate you thinking that I’m going to crash the car. We don’t want to be labeled as people we’re not because we’re taught that we’re unique, that we make ourselves. Yet you could say that stereotypes make
us. And all our hard work toward becoming “individuals” goes down the drain. But the worst part about this isn’t just that we’re hurt – it’s that we end up turning around and looking at others with that same narrow view. Now they’re the ones feeling insecure, and we’re the vindictive ones. We can’t help but judge people, but we should make a conscious effort not to apply stereotypes to people. We hate stereotypes. But maybe
“Maybe prejudices exist because we try so hard to be conscious of them so that we don’t offend anyone.” we shouldn’t. After all, it’s not wrong to want to fulﬁll a more positive stereotype. It’s perfectly okay to be Asian and not take Calculus. But an Asian who doesn’t understand math but wants to be good at it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. That’s striving for improvement. Or think about people working diligently to overturn assumptions. Who says all Christians hate homosexuals? There are Christians who are indifferent, Christians who love homosexuals and support same-sex marriage. We look at these more
“open” minds and hold them up as paradigms of inspiration. So what exactly are we learning from stereotypes? Looking at both sides of the argument, it all boils down to “Just be your own person.” Go ahead and eat rice and be competitive if that’s what makes you happy. Or eat hamburgers and do nothing. If that’s what you want to do. Just let your choice be your own. I’ve just spent the last 450 words (go ahead and count) discussing how stereotypes inﬂuence us in both good ways and bad. But the point is, they shouldn’t. I shouldn’t have even had to write this article because, to put it quite bluntly, stereotypes shouldn’t exist. We’ve come so far in terms of equality and rights, and we’re still bickering over how we’re judged for this or that when we are the very ones perpetuating the existence of stereotypes. Maybe prejudices exist because we try so hard to be conscious of them so that we don’t offend anyone. Maybe if we all just stopped being so sensitive about race, religion, politics and everything in between, stopped debating the pros and cons of stereotypes, stopped preaching from the rooftops about how necessary it is to be politically correct, these “huge issues” wouldn’t be here anymore. Stereotypes are neither good nor bad. They’re just what we make them, and right now, we’re not seeing them for what they are, just as we often don’t see each other for who twe truly are. Ω
day, I could barely keep myself awake. But on my way to sixth, something hit me. I stopped right between D-building and the library and looked at the clouds. And it just blew my mind. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and the clouds - dude, the clouds. They were ripped straight out of a Monet. I wasn’t thinking about anything, no philosophical realization. It felt so good to stand there, doing nothing. I don’t remember if it was a Thursday or if it was October but I remember that. I’m not a runner, but you know that hard sprint and the awesome was it. Because a lot of the time, I get so caught up with checking things off this list that never stops getting longer and
longer. And I think I get too caught up in checking things off the list. I keep telling myself that I’ll hang out with Kyle when I’m done with applications, I’ll go out to eat with my parents once my Bio homework is done, I’ll go to a dance after I get into college. I did get a lot done, and stuff I wanted to do afterwards. But priorities aren’t just about putting work before play, work before family, work before life. If it were, time management would be easy. But it’s not. “The list.” It never stops. It keeps going, and going, and going. And sometimes, slowing down isn’t such a bad idea. There’s a life we’ve got to live. One that we have to live away from a desk, off a computer, outside of a room. I’ll end with this. In The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy (I’m going to spoil the book, so yeah, my bad), Ivan spends his entire life working harder than the day before, trying to get a better job, buy a better house, look a little better in front of his peers. But on his deathbed, Ivan sees his family weeping, and realizes how misguided he was. “Maybe I did not live as I ought to have done... But how could that be, when I did everything properly?” It is what it is. Because I feel like a lot of you guys reading this will keep pushing yourselves a little too hard. But I hope I’m wrong. I hope you take a few more naps. I hope you take the time to sit. I hope you end up living a high school life you’re proud of.
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November 16, 2012
of shoppers during the Christmas season plan to buy something
In 2011, consumers spent a total of
$52 billion on Black Friday
The wrong kind of spirit
As the holiday season comes around each year, a great majority of people focus their time and energy on taking advantage of the countless seasonal sales and fall victim to other commercial aspects of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Jasmine Lin Staff writer N o b o d y needs a calendar to know when the holiday season is approaching. Starbucks sells its limited-time Peppermint Mocha, artists release Christmas albums hoping to become relevant once more and 20,000 Santas are hired to pose with wideeyed children. Everywhere you turn, the so-called “holiday spirit” seeks to monopolize your attention. As American consumer culture has grown since the 20th century, so has the commercialization of holidays. Businesses take advantage of the shopping craze from October through December to reap a large portion of their annual proﬁts. The three-month period of crowded malls and crashing websites earns the nickname, “Hallmark holiday.” Greenwich’s annual Halloween parade in New York is one of the most famous Halloween attractions in America. The site draws in media attention and proﬁts made from parade-goers and tourists. Because
of its booming popularity, the parade was postponed to November in the midst of Hurricane Sandy. While victims try to rebuild their homes it seems rather inappropriate for New Yorkers to celebrate a holiday of no personal attachment during a time of devastation. But the money makers aren’t the ones to blame. We are. We offer the demand for commercialization. Even though we’d like to think we value the true meaning of the holiday season, it’s not the ﬁrst thing on most of our minds. Christmas carolers try to spread their festivity by singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Yeah, you and a Tiffany’s necklace. Over the years, holidays have gone from valuable time spent with family, to the new iPhone you expect to be in your hands the next morning. As a busy student, I’m guilty of taking advantage of the holidays as a time to catch up on sleep and homework. In the midst of planning where to order turkey and mapping out a Black Friday shopping game plan, there’s little time to consider the real reason why we even have a four-day Thanksgiving weekend: to give thanks. Last year was the
39% Michael Bublé sold
copies of “Christmas” last year
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Is shopping taking over the holidays?
ﬁrst Thanksgiving in a long time that I observed the holiday for what it really is. I participated in an “I am thankful for…” circle with my friends. Although it’s often assumed to be a childish kindergarten activity, I witnessed honest, emotional outpourings from my friends as they shared their ﬁnancial difﬁculties, recent deaths, family problems, and insecurities that they aren’t usually open about. Despite the wide-ranging stories, everyone’s messages were the same: appreciation and gratefulness for their families, friends and lives. It’s impossible to tune out every trace of holiday commercialization. However, “Hallmark holidays” can only supplement, not substitute, true holiday spirit. While decorating a tree is a Christmas tradition, the ritual is valueless if not performed with loved ones. Turkey is just another dish if not prepared and eaten with family and other loved ones. In short, don’t neglect your loved ones by locking yourself in your room to watch ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas” special - instead, really take the time to celebrate those 25 days with the people who matter, not characters. Ω
COMPILED BY REBECCA LIAW
“It’s not that everybody isn’t raised right and that they don’t know what Christmas is supposed to be about, but the shopping and commercials make it seem like it’s all about the gifts.” - Alexus White, 9 “On the surface it does take away from the real meaning of giving, but all the commercialization can teach us to look for the real meanings of Christmas and how to understand them.” - Samantha Joun, 11
of children want an gadget for Christmas
PHOTOS BY MARY ZHANG AND SAMANTHA GOMES STATISTICS FROM OSXDAILY.COM AND NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
of people start Christmas shopping
November 16, 2012
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Now that the winter chill is beginning to sweep its way through Walnut, students find different ways to bundle up and stay warm.
Michael Hyun Sports editor As the record-high summer temperatures gradually transition into the winter season, students are starting to accommodate the lower temperatures. In the girls’ department, students are bringing back last year’s trends with all things knit – circle scarves, turbans, headbands and sweaters. In addition, students are layering up with berets, leggings, coats and combat boots. “Probably my favorite piece for the fall season are beanies because they’re really cute, and I really like boots a lot. They seem to ﬁt the season somehow, and they just look right to me,” junior Keilyn Uradomo said. “I’m changing my wardrobe by adding more jackets, thicker coats, longer socks and different pants.” With the temperatures plummeting from high to low, students try to blend their summer clothes with their thicker layers. “I’m trying to mix it up a bit and see where my budget can take me in regards to buying new clothes,” sophomore Brian Pan said. “The night before I wear something I will try out different combinations and see how those work for me.”
SEASON up your outfit
To complete your winter look, try these warm and cozy accessories that can compliment your outfit as a whole. COMPILED BY MICHAEL HYUN
“I love cardigans but I don’t really like jackets. I like cardigans that are as warm as jackets but not oversized because they’re lighter and they’re not a hassle to wear.” - Maryam Rehman, 11 PHOTOS BY MICHAEL HYUN
FASHION FORWARD (LEFT TO RIGHT): Junior Elizabeth Zita, sophomore Hayne Lee, senior Ben Rasmussen and sophomore Brian
In the guys’ department, students pull out scarves, sweaters, ﬂannels and jackets, straying away from the casual t-shirt and jeans combination. “I wear more sweaters because when it’s warmer I tend to wear shirts and when it’s winter I wear more ﬂannels and scarves,” senior Ben Rasmussen said. “I’m also wearing more jackets and coats than last year. It makes me feel a bit more conﬁdent when I’m presentable, clean and nice.”
As winter is the only time to layer up, especially in warm California weather, students welcome the winter breezes. “I like the winter season because you can bundle up as much as possible and because it’s better than the pressure of having to show skin,” junior Elizabeth Zita said. “What I look for is something contemporary. Last season was all black and maybe grey, but I’m trying to add a dash of color to change things up.” Ω
“Boots keep my feet warm and they’re also fashionable because of the different colors and varieties of boots.” - Hannah Lee, 10
“I feel like I can mix and match it with a lot of other clothing and it’s a good way for me to change my I can just put on a bright sweater.” - Sabrina Verduzco, 11
is out of your
Fantasy sports leagues, such as baseball, basketball and football, allow participants to compete online with the teams they choose. Felix Lee Editor-in-Chief Swoosh. Dwight Howard is now 9/13 from the free throw line, but you don’t care so much about the score of the game as much as the fact that he didn’t wreck your free throw percentages on your fantasy team. Participants in online fantasy leagues act as owners who draft real players in professional sports onto fantasy teams and compete against other teams in the same league using the statistics in real sports games. In one of the possible teams, basketball, points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks are among some of the categories that are used. “Basketball is something that I enjoy watching and playing for fun, so the idea of managing my own team seemed pretty interesting to me,” junior Austin Au-Yeung said. “My brother asked me to join, but really, there’s a kind of a competitiveness between my friends and that also drew me in.” Each season is started off with a draft, in which players are placed in a random or selected order to choose their team. Fantasy involves some degree of luck and knowledge to make trades and to add undrafted players, which requires a deep consideration of potential and the health of each player.
“My favorite part about fantasy is managing my team and creating trades with other players,” junior Jacob Tsai said. “I ﬁnd it enjoying to make different transactions, taking in all of the little stats into consideration to make the best trade possible.” Each day, players hope that someone on their team has an out-ofthe-ordinary game to boost stats up. “I love it. I’m addicted. I check my stats every 30 minutes because I love the sensation of dominating another team. The excitement of each day’s stats bring the feeling of suspense and it also involves discovering other players that may not have been appreciated,” Chiu said. Anyone can play Fantasy, but those without enough dedication or understanding of the sport will be at a disadvantage. “You have to actually care about it and have the time and energy to set up your team everyday and you have to have an adequate knowledge about the sport,” senior Alan Mao said. Fantasy brings a feeling of suspense because of the uncertainty of each season and each game. “There’s always some type of freshness and mystery in each year’s draft because of new players, and season break-out players,” Chiu said. “I love the feeling when the chances are in your favor.” Ω
MVP? We asked students to select the player who helps their team the most. COMPILED BY JESSICA LEE AND AARON YONG
“James Harden is my best player because he scored game when he was traded, and he used to be on the bench for Thunder.” - Ivan Dineros, 11
“Chris Paul is my best player because in our league, assists and steals are worth more than actual points scored, and Chris Paul gets all of those.” - Erikson Lectura, 11
“Lebron James is my best player because he brings me the best stats. But you can’t only depend on him; you also have to have other good players.” - Rodd Golshan, 12
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FANTASTIC STATS: A screen shot shows the current average statistics of NBA players on a fantasy team.
VOLUME 45, ISSUE 2
The race toward a better understanding
Values in the Classroom
2 Test Taking: Scientific study has shown that groups that are stereotypically academically inferior score lower on tests after being reminded of their race. (Aronson & Steele, The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology)
The Hoofprint asked 214 juniors and seniors the following questions:
3 Political Opinion: Study has shown that a certain race of people are more likely to back a leader and his policies/views that they can identify with, such as the same race or religion. (Pew Research Center; Tesler-American Journal of Pol. Sci.)
Are you affected by your values, your race, and your ethnic background in your classroom learning environment?
4 Friends: People tend to choose friends who are similar on multiple dimensions, race included. (Hallinan and Williams, 1989)
Why should/shouldn’t your race, gender, ethnicity and values affect your classroom learning environment? *based on a survey of 214 juniors and seniors
by Elliot Park, Editor-in-Chief
EQUALITYFAIR CHANCEDIFFERENT VALUES IT’S HINDERINGCON
UNDERMINES THE FREEDOM OF EDUCATION
BLIND ENVIRONMENTUNIQUENESS EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES ACT
UNAVOIDABLE BROUGHT UP UNCONTROLLABLE IT’S UNFAIR. INDIVIDUALITY
Should values, gender, race, and ethnic background affect your classroom learning environment?
America (Pop. - 311, 591, 917)
Where Race Still Affects Us 1 College admissions: Colleges are still legally allowed to consider race in the admissions process to diversify based on the idea set forth by Brown v. Board of Education stating that social interactions are a part of the educational process.
Well, yeah. When you’ve got a guy from Indonesia, Zeus’s son and a girl that’s hosting her quincenera next week and they’re all in the same class, you’ve got to think, they can’t all think the same things, act the same way, be the same person. I mean, come on, when it comes down to it, no two people end up the same. Does your race define you? No, we don’t think so. But it’s part of you. You’re a whole human being, and a lot of pieces make you whole. And maybe all these things do play a role into how often you raise your hand, how loud you are during presentations, maybe even into how much you value a high school education. Race included. Does it? Maybe, maybe not. But we think so. Walnut doesn’t belong to any one race and isn’t defined by one culture; it’s got a character of its own and the cultures mixed together on our campus are what make Walnut what it is.
WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS. DIFFERENT VALUES O JUDGE OTHERSWHAT I LOOK LIKE MY IDENTITY OFFERS INSIGHT OBJECTIVE HUMAN TENDENCYSUIT EVERY PERSON DISCRIMINATION EQUAL CHANCE FAIRNESS UNEQUAL ADVANTAGES OBJECTIVE DESCISIONS
American Indian/Alaskan Native
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander
How do you think your race and ethnic background affect your education?
Do you think your values are affected by your race and ethnic background?
California (Pop. - 37, 591, 917) *2011
PHOTO BY BRANDON NG
November 16 2012
American Indian/Alaskan Native
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander
Walnut High School (Pop. - 2,904 Students)
American Indian/Alaskan Native
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander
“There’s different expectations and different standards. My attitude toward school may be different than another person’s. When people say all Asians are overachievers, it’s bold. Everyone can do it, if you just try hard you pretty much have the same result.”
My classroom is affected by... The Hoofprint surveyed 214 juniors and seniors on what they thought affected their classroom learning environment. Ethnicity Race (16.9%) (18.1%)
-Jonathan Yang, 9
PHOTO BY JESSICA LEE
“I really don’t think that my race changes my learning habits, I make friends with people in my class, so race doesn’t really matter. I have different groups of friends, and living here really opened me up to different people. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I’m really happy that I was brought up here.” -Jacop Lepp, 11
PHOTO BY FRANK LIN
PHOTO BY JEZEBEL CARDENAS
“I was raised with the idea that an education is important, and without it, you’ll be doomed in life. Being black, I have to overachieve to show that I can compete on an equal level with other ethnicities. Not all blacks are stupid; we can have intelligent qualities just like any other person. -Quincy Jackson, 10
I feel like my ethnicity, being Mexican, makes me see things differently compared to other people. I feel like I have to be better to make up for others who do not have those privileges, or at least take advantage of the opportunities that I have. -Mauricio Madrigal-Avina, 12
Affirmative Action: Through the years 1964-1965
President Lyndon Johnson signs Civil Rights Act outlawing discrimination looking to provide equal opportunity.
Regents vs. Bakke: The Supreme Court outlaws reserving places for minority applicants, but race can be taken into consideration.
California Civil Rights Act/ Prop 209: Race will no longer be a factor in government hiring or public university admissions in CA.
Washington bans preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin for the state.
Grutter v. Bollinger: University of Michigan banned from predetermined point allocations based on race, but race can be a factor in admissions.
Voters in Nebraska pass a ban on affirmative action by public entities while voters in Colorado did not pass the ban.
Fisher v. Univ. of Texas, Pending: This could end affirmative action under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for any institution receiving federal money.
Sources: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/affirmativetimeline1.html; http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/brief/citizens-guide-initiative-200-washington-state-civil-rights-initiative; http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/us/ california-affirmative-action-ban-upheld.html; http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/11/us/a-changed-court-revisits-affirmative-action-in-college-admissions.html
November 16, 2012
me costume crazy Worth his weight in gold Call Sophomore Tina Chang both designs and sews her Freshman Daniel Kong collects currency from locations all around the world.
Rebecca Liaw Staff writer Penny for your thoughts? What about a drachma or a peso for a collection? Any money would be a welcomed addition to freshman Daniel Kong’s collection of foreign coins and bills. “I started collecting coins when I ﬁrst found some while cleaning my grandparents’ things. I kept collecting because I enjoyed the history behind the currency and their designs,” Kong said. “I get new coins mostly from change, online through eBay, or from banks.” Kong is often given new pieces by family, friends and teachers who get them while traveling. “People offer me coins and my relatives will bring me back pieces from their vacations,” Kong said. “I feel happy knowing that someone actually wants to help me.” Besides being given pieces from others, Kong also ﬁnds many of his pieces himself. “I’m always on the lookout. I don’t have anything speciﬁc I want to ﬁnd, just anything new I can get,”
Kong said. “I actually become happy with any piece I get because all coins are neat to me. Once, I found a Bulgarian coin in the middle of Chinatown. Sometimes I ﬁnd weird stuff on the ﬂoor and I feel really happy and lucky whenever I do.” Aside from foreign coins and bills, Kong also collects the currency of his home country, the United States. “I like collecting coins and bills from the United States because that’s where I live and because I know the most about the history behind the money,” Kong said. “Knowing about the history behind the money helps me know what to look for and why how it’s different to the current money now.” E v e n with so many coins and bills, Kong still takes notice of subtle differences and oddities in his collection. “I have a 1947 penny with part of a side missing, commonly known as a clipped planchet error. I think coins with mint-made errors are neat because they stand out among other pieces,” Kong said. “The weirdest coin I have is a 2012 Taiwanese yuan
PHOTO COURTESY OF TINA CHANG
PHOTO BY REBECCA LIAW
DESIGN-IT-YOURSELF: Chang poses in her costume based on the convention.
AS GOOD AS GOLD: Kong
Amy Lee Feature editor
coin because it changes pictures when you tilt the coin.” In Kong’s collection of over 100 bills and thousands of coins, there are still some pieces that stand out. “The most valuable coin I own is an 1841 Seated Liberty Dime,” Kong said. “All my pieces are my favorite, but a few old dimes from the 1940s that my grandparents gave me have a special sentimentality.” Kong receives about ten new pieces per month from a variety of different countries and hopes to continue collecting for the foreseeable future. “I don’t really know how much my collection is worth because it seems like it is constantly growing,” Kong said. “My goal is to ﬁnd as many as I can. Maybe one day I’ll put it in a museum.” Ω
With a few stitches here, some fabric there, and a lot of creativity, sophomore Tina Chang started making her own costumes when store-bought costumes fell short. Chang’s love for anime and manga sparked an interest in cosplaying at conventions, but after realizing how expensive it was to buy costumes that did not always provide the best ﬁt, she was inspired by her friends and online cosplayers to take up the needle and thread. Although she started with the intention of cosplaying herself, she soon found that she prefers making the costumes over wearing them and sometimes helps others with their creations. “I love putting stuff together and seeing how slapping together pieces of cut fabric will end up being a ﬁnal wonderful who-knew-this-could-ever-
The school’s pint -
own costumes for conventions and cosplay events.
happen product,” Chang said. One of her favorite parts of the entire process, however, is seeing people’s reactions. “What makes me most happy is when someone maybe asks me about how I did something, because it means that my hard work paid off, and people see it and I’m able to explain to them how it happened, and how they can also one day possibly create their own costumes and love it too,” Chang said. Despite the opportunities for money-making through commission work, Chang, who has done ﬁve projects so far, sees costume-making as a “just-for-fun” activity. “I think sewing will always remain a hobby to me because I don’t want to ever be put in stress and not able to enjoy it,” Chang said. “I make costumes because I want to, not because I have to, and I want to keep it that way.” Ω
sized heroic donors
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. That means more than 44,000 blood donations are needed every single day. On Thursday, Nov. 8, hundreds of students took time out of their day to contribute what they could most of them doing so for the very first time - to the constant need for blood transfusions in order to help save lives.
What was your overall feeling about donating blood for the ﬁrst time? “I’m not afraid of needles, and my dad does this regularly. I’ve always wanted to do this but I just never had the chance. It’s a good thing you’re doing this because someday, maybe your family or yourself might need blood.” - Sandra Ko, 12
What was your initial reaction upon getting ready to give blood? “I was a little freaked out at ﬁrst, but then I was like 'calm down, just count to ﬁve, squeeze the ball.’” - Brett Kinsey, 12
PHOTOS BY ASHLYN MONTOYA
EVERY DROP COUNTS (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT):
Why do you think donating blood is important? “I think donating blood is important because it’s good to get a chance to save a life by doing something so simple as drawing some of your blood.” - Lauren Mora, 12
PHOTOS BY ASHLYN MONTOYA, MARY ZHANG AND BELLE SUN
November 16, 2012
Going the extra mile outside of class Everyone needs some way to relax after a long week of hard work and some teachers find their escape in marathons and daily runs.
Alison Chang Staff writer The steady beating of the runner’s heart resounds loudly. Thump. Thump. Thump. The music, once playing loudly through the earphones, is now barely audible soft and distant as the runner nears the last few miles. Two more to go, the runner desperately thinks. Thump. Thump. Thump. And ﬁnally, after weeks of endless disciplined training, the runner crosses the ﬁnish line in triumph. Running marathons are all too familiar to teachers Jerry Knox, Kellee Lyons and Lisa Tanner. Although they teach different subjects, these three teachers share the same passion for running marathons, ranging from 13.1 to 100 miles. “Running is not only physical, but also therapeutic. It really cleanses me,” special education teacher Mrs. Tanner said. “It’s like my reset button, and I always feel so much more renewed after I run.” However, not only does running marathons require skill and stamina, but it also demands disciplined
preparation beforehand. “I prepared myself for my ﬁrst marathon by following instructions from a website that was speciﬁcally for ﬁrst time runners. It had a ten week schedule and added miles and laps as the race got nearer,” English
“Running is like my reset button, and I always feel so much more renewed after I run.” - Lisa Tanner, RSP teacher teacher Lyons said. “I sometimes go to the gym and use the treadmill, although I prefer to run outside.” Tanner, who takes part in 50 kilometer (roughly 32 miles) trail races, has grown to love running in other environments and races outside of the normal 26.1 mile marathon. “Trail races are on a totally off-road course. It’s a skinny, single
mountain trail and requires a lot of climbing. I really enjoy them because it’s just a totally different style,” Tanner said. “In the trail races, it’s a rocky terrain. I’m constantly climbing up a giant mountain, and it’s just a different mindset. I especially love the view. It’s absolutely gorgeous it’s just you and this beautiful view of the vast mountains and all the trees.” Knox, also an avid runner, controls his diet to consist of healthy foods in order to better prepare himself for marathons and to remain healthy. “Most runners don’t eat a lot of fast food and junk foods. I’m a little extreme, but I like to be extra healthy,” history teacher Mr. Jerry Knox said. “I dabble with the Paleo diet, which means I eat what the cavemen ate just a diet of meats, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Running makes you more disciplined in everything.” By participating in full marathons, half-runs (13.1 miles), ultra marathons (up to 100 miles), and 50k trail races, Lyons, Knox, and Tanner have each learned to appreciate the sport. “Running has taught and helped me understand determination and
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JERRY KNOX, LISA TANNER AND KELLEE LYONS
OFF AND RUNNING (LEFT TO RIGHT): Social science teacher Jerry Knox runs in the Walt Disney marathon. // RSP teacher Lisa Tanner takes on a trail race on rocky terrain. // English teacher Kellee Lyons poses after participating in the beach-side “Really Big Free Marathon.” perseverance more,” Lyons said. “I’ve started to notice the sunrises and nature scenes more by running outside. Running has really helped
with my stress and my perspective on life. When I run, it’s at least an hour of downtime with me and God, with no husband or children. I love it.” Ω
Hocus pocus abracadabra Now you see it, now you don’t. From morning to night, junior Aldo Lemcke spends his free time perfecting his magic tricks and skills. Jessica Kwok Editor-in-Chief
PHOTOS BY KEVIN YIN
IS THIS YOUR CARD? (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): Junior Aldo Lemcke asks a volunteer to tightly bind his wrists together with rope in preparation for his escaping trick. // Lemcke holds up the volunteer’s card, a queen of spades, as the successful result of a card-guessing trick. // Lemcke folds the corners one dollar bill together. a step in a complex illusion.
Watch him closely. His hands shufﬂe the deck of cards and your queen of diamonds is gone. Where? Don’t blink - you might miss the magic. Two ﬁngers draw a card out. “Is this your card?” he asks. And it is. A trick? More than that; it’s magic. If a stranger walks up to you during passing period and asks you if you’d like to see some magic, it’s probably junior Aldo Lemcke, the president of Magic Club, who has been interested in magic tricks since the age of four. “I’ve been doing this for my whole life, ever since I could remember,” Lemcke said. “My ﬁrst trick was at a ﬂea market in Florida, when my parents bought me a magic coloring book.” Since card tricks are his preferred magic, Lemcke always keeps a deck of cards on hand and constantly practices to perfect the dexterity needed for his tricks. “I practice in class, in the car, walking to class, everywhere, all the time; from 5 a.m. - 10 p.m., probably half of that time is spent practicing,” Lemcke said. He looks up to magicians Dan and Dave Buck as well as Penn and Teller, learning his tricks not only from them but also from books. “I like to jumble a lot of
techniques together to make a trick really mine,” Lemcke said. “With famous magicians, I can see the effects, learn the secrets behind their tricks and add their techniques to my own.” Lemcke’s skills led ASB adviser Andy Schultz to ask him to perform at the Homecoming Dance. He performed both card and stage magic with his assistant, junior Angie Duran. “The hardest part about this is not just doing the trick, but performing it, dressing it up and making it look fantastic,” Lemcke said. As the president of Magic Club, Lemcke teaches other aspiring magicians his techniques, but he himself is still learning. “Magic Club helps me improve because I’ll perform a trick, explain how it’s done, and then I’ll go home and put together a similar trick with a new technique for next month’s meeting,” Lemcke said. For Lemcke, the reactions he receives are the greatest reward for his magic tricks. “I have gone to just random strangers and performed tricks for them, and they’re just smiling in disbelief,” Lemcke said. “I’ve heard people call my tricks witchcraft and black magic. It’s cool because I was able to entertain them and have them believe in the impossible.” Ω
Jazz Band plays with pros
The Glenn Miller Orchestra performed at the Performing Arts Center to help raise funds and be an example for Jazz Band members to learn from. Chantel Chan Staff writer Jazz Band played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Performing Arts Center. It was the band’s ﬁrst time performing with an orchestra with such a prestigious reputation. All the proceeds from the concert will fund the WHS Instrumentals Music Program. “We just thought it would be a really great opportunity because the Glenn Miller Orchestra has never played in our area before,” Band director Buddy Clements said. “They wanted to bring their music to this area, and they were willing to do it cheaper. What they did was give us a huge discount, and they did two shows, so we got them for a ridiculously low price.” This event gave Jazz Band a chance to learn from professional musicians.
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JAZZ HANDS: Sophomore Danny Kim and senior Grant Hoh practice their pieces for the upcoming concert with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. “I really learned from watching the drummer,” drummer junior Stephanie Loekman said. “He played like he didn’t care, and although most people would think of that as a bad thing, he played so nonchalantly that if he played something incorrectly, it would sound like it was correct.” For the students, this was a oncein-a-lifetime experience to interact with a well-known orchestra.
“At ﬁrst, it was pretty overwhelming and pressuring knowing that we had to meet their level of expectation. In the end, though, they told us we were really good players,” trombone player senior Andrew Chuen said. “The experience was just wonderful and completely unreal. It’s deﬁnitely not something every high-schooler gets to experience.” Ω
who have agreed to pay last May but who are now not paying. I think that when kids realize that their donations actually do have an impact, they take home the uniform paperwork and take it a little more seriously.” Since the choir members are not required to pay, the choir program does not have the necessary funds to perform at some out-of-school events or to purchase certain materials. “The lack of funds has serious effects on the choir program because we simply don’t have the funds for performances,” senior Mira Chiu said. “It’s crucial for the choir program to
have the funds it needs for uniforms and events, as well as for entrance fees, bus fees, etc.” Although the choir program currently lacks funds, the students remain optimistic that they can fundraise the money necessary for Choir to attend events and festivals. “We have a variety of fundraisers such as See’s Candies chocolate, closet sales and sponsorships from businesses,” senior Kelsey Lacanilao said. “All of us are affected by the cuts, but this helped bring Choir together as a family to think of ways to raise money.” Ω
Band goes to state championships
In preparation for state championships, Band is intensifying its practices.
Derek Wan Staff writer The Blue Thunder Marching Band will compete as one of seven bands at state championships this Saturday, Nov. 17. Under the instruction of Band directors Buddy Clements and Corey Wicks, the students intend to polish every detail of their routine by working on their marching and practicing in class and after school. “When you’re at such a high level in band and musical competitions, judges are looking for anything they can nail you for. When that happens, visuals become the equal of the musical component of the performance,” Clements said. “The way our students carry themselves and set their posture is going to be
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Students are urged to donate to help fund field trips and performances.
The choir organization has modiﬁed its schedule because of a lack of donations to fund the events of the upcoming year. “Our school is actually very generous because they fund the ﬁve choirs, the accompanist and the great facilities. We could still have a great classroom experience, concerts and small ﬁeld trips,” Choir director Lisa Lopez said. “However, the reality is that we have a huge uniform bill looming over our heads, with kids
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what sets the difference between us and the other bands that play really well.” The musicians and instructors alike have increased practices after the conclusion of football season and the beginning of competition season. “During football season, we had sort of a negative attitude. We were all relaxed and weren’t as worried about messing up as we are now,” freshman Casby Wong said. “But Mr. Wicks really pushes us now, and he tries really hard to get us motivated. We’ve been getting more focused during practice, and we’ve been getting better faster.” With the additional practice protocol, students anticipate the upcoming championships for both individual and school pride. “It gives us a chance to see who’s
better. I want to see how others do, and I personally want to get better,” sophomore Preston Wong said. “These championships are really important because it’s the one we’ve been working toward all season long.” After several weeks’ worth of technique adjustment and choreography corrections, the musicians look forward to seeing their work pay off this weekend. “We really want to win. This is the state championships - all the competitions we’ve had lead up to this one. We haven’t really won any competitions so far, but now we have a chance,” freshman Courtney Takahashi said. “We’ve really improved since the beginning. Changing a whole lot of little things in our marching and visuals has made one big difference.” Ω
Q: Why did you decide to become Cheer Coach for the Walnut Cowboys? A: I wanted to teach them because that’s where I started with cheer. My cousin teaches with me as well. Q: How is coaching different from actual cheering? A: Coaching cheer is a lot different because I’m in charge and everyone listens to me, and the way the team looks when they compete reflects back on me because I made the routines and I taught them, so if they look bad, it’s my fault.
Irene Chen Cheer Mascot Q: Why did you try out? A: I tried out for mascot because I was really tired of not doing anything and even though I was in drum line, it wasn’t as fun as being mascot, and I felt like I got along better with people in cheer. Q: What do you think your job as mascot is? A: As mascot, I think the most important job is to entertain. It adds on to the school spirit at games and without the mascot, it’s just boring.
Dress to impress
Band members comment on the importance of proper dress code for their band competitions. “I don’t really mind [the strict rules]. On competition days, they provide stuff such as nail polish removers, make-up removers and band moms to tie your hair. It just helps us to look uniform for a teeny price.” -Angela Ko, 11
“It’s important to look professional for competitions, or else judges might mark us down. The uniforms are actually really comfortable, especially during the winter, because the uniforms are made of wool. The only complaint that I have is that it can get really hot and stuffy when we have to march outside.” - Christian Perez, 12
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Fall Show IN PHOTOS November 16, 2012
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CIRCLE TIME (CLOCKWISE): Seniors Kristen Munoz, Jessica Villanueva, Jordan Canova and Joseph Din raise their hand when asked questions about their abilities by their kindergarten teacher in the scene “Yes, Of Course I Can.” // Junior Erin Harris faints into junior Jared Lindsay’s arms during her “daughter’s” wedding in the scene “MOTB.” // Junior Crystal Wong narrates the morning routine of sophomore Shrinithi Kalaichelvan right when she runs into a web in the scene “Spider.” // Junior Jonathan Kim takes a ride through the sky in a lawn chair in the scene “Larry Walters.” // Taking a trip to the zoo, “grandmother” senior Toni Gallardo and “granddaughter” junior Charmae Astillero create a closer bond in the scene “Pigeons.” // Senior EJ Cabasal walks his “daughter” senior Paulina Tinana down the aisle for her wedding in the scene “MOTB.”
Drama performs annual fall play
Incorporating new elements to the performance, Drama’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” provided a unique experience. Megan Wu Staff writer Drama held its fall play, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” on Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3. The production led the audience through the lives of several characters as they matured and learned to use the basic values of their youth later in life. “I think it has a really good message of how small things do matter and how little things in life affect the future,” junior Erin Harris said. “It brought attention to all the little things we sort of look over.” On opening night, the play took an unexpected turn for both the audience and crew members when a blackout occurred. However, the cast continued the rest of the scene, projecting their voices further to ensure that the audience could capture their emotions even in the dark. “This has never happened to me during a show before,” senior Jordan Canova said. “It was kind of a letdown at ﬁrst, but it also kind of tied in with the moral of the show - stuff happens, and we have to deal with it and move on. It helped me learn how to react to situations - it was like improv, because we had to keep the scene going.”
Like last year’s “Flowers for Algernon,” the production was arranged in the theater-in-the-round style, where the audience was seated on the stage around the actors. “In theater-in-the-round, the actors are a lot closer to the audience,” Harris said. “It’s a more intimate setting. As audience members, you get to see the emotions of actors from a close range. As actors, we have to realize that we’re a lot closer to the audience, and we have to make sure we stay in character.” As an added bonus, TVs on the side of the stage displayed images that related to the play’s scenes – in a scene of a character walking through a spider web, for example, a spider web was shown on the screens. “Because the set is so minimal, the TVs bring a nice visual element for the audience,” junior Charmae Astillero said. “It helps set the scene better and establishes the environment.” The TV screens posed just one of the technical difﬁculties that Drama experienced during rehearsals. “This show used the most technology we’ve ever done,” junior Emi Tsukada said. “We used the two TVs in addition to the basic lighting and sound that we usually have. Sometimes the TVs wouldn’t work,
and we had to stop to ﬁx them in the middle of rehearsal. We were nervous because we didn’t know if they would turn off during the show.” Because the play was an ensemble show – meaning that no one has a named role – each member of the cast may not have the same role in different scenes. All members of the cast were assigned several roles, challenging their theatrical skills. “It really does challenge you to be in a different mindset for each scene,” Canova, who played characters ranging from a prince to a married adult, said. “I loved playing different characters because it helped me develop my overall characterbuilding skills and learn how they react to the world around them.” Playing multiple roles provided actors with an opportunity to improve their abilities on stage, in addition to receiving help from the director, Joanne Karr, who remained active in helping them build each of their individual characters throughout rehearsals. “She was really involved in helping us develop our characters and getting to know them so it would come across well on stage,” Harris said. “We did lots of monologues as different characters, and we got to expand our acting horizons.” Ω
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Science at museums featured in a new way The Discovery Science Center and the California Science Center display new hands-on exhibits for their guests to experience.
California Science Center Exhibit
700 Exposition Park Dr Los Angeles, CA 90037
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DEFYING GRAVITY: The Discovery Science Center, located in Santa Ana, provides a place where kids can encounter interactive exhibits.
Discovery Science Center Exhibit
2500 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92705
Candee Yuan Scene editor A museum that is 25 minutes away (not accounting for trafﬁc) and centered around science is deﬁnitely not a place that I would typically go. However, the Discovery Science Center was a worthwhile place with reasonable admission prices. Walking in, I ﬁrst noticed kids. At times, it was so hectic that I was worried about running over a child. The science center was a little fastpaced because of everything going on, but was big enough that I didn’t feel squished in a tiny room. One key thing that stood out to me was that the museum made sure that guests were not only learning new things about science, but were
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IONIC BONDS (LEFT TO RIGHT): To give guests a hands-on experience, the California Science Center has animals for kids to see. // The California Science Center shows exhibits to keep guests involved. also having fun. The second ﬂoor was where I felt like I was a “big kid.” The exhibits dealt with more real-life situations. Though the center was more suitable for younger children, I, as a teenager, could still appreciate the opportunity to learn. The museum may seem like another exhibit with kids running around, but the exhibits are more than enough to make up for that. Overall, the Discovery Science Center is the place to visit for education (and fun) for only a small price. Ω READ MORE AT WHSHOOFPRINT.COM
Michelle Chang Staff writer As a teenager, my ideal Sunday morning consists of going to the mall or to Disneyland, not to a boring museum ﬁlled with essaylength descriptions of meaningless models and countless “Please do not use ﬂash photography” signs. The California Science Center is the complete opposite. It features many hands-on exhibits that were both entertaining and educational without costing me a single penny. Upon entering, I quickly realized that the majority of visitors were young children (ages four to ten) accompanied by their parents. As a 14-year-old, I felt like a giant to the children and a dwarf to their
parents. There were times when the kids around me got too chaotic, but the overall atmosphere was pretty relaxed and carefree because of the open environment. One of the things that I enjoyed the most was the museum’s efforts to get visitors involved, engaged, and informed - all free of charge. Exhibits ranging from the “World of Life” to “Air and Space,” offered a wealth of information for me to take in. It was rewarding to experience something instead of just reading about it off of a sign. The hands-on experience is exactly what the center is all about. At the Island Zone, located in the Ecosystems exhibit, I tried to catch ping pong balls in a machine that recreated the struggles that barnacles go through to catch
food. Every exhibit in the center included concise facts that I enjoyed reading. I never felt like the exhibits were forcing information on me, something that most other museums tend to do. I was able to understand new information by interactively experiencing it - something a textbook can’t do. The California Science Center really stands out because it does the seemingly impossible by providing visitors with a hands-on method of learning new things. While it wasn’t a day spent at Disneyland, it was a fun opportunity to learn. Ω
Can I get you a cup of coffee from Tom n Toms?
Originally from Korea, Tom n Toms Coffee offers a café like atmosphere while selling drinks you would find at Starbucks. Restaurant 20649 Golden Springs Dr Walnut, CA 91789
Jacqueline Sotoodeh Staff writer I expected Tom n Toms Coffee to be a typical coffee shop, a place for studying or for grabbing a quick drink on the go. When I glanced at the menu, I saw that their drink sizes were the same as those at Starbucks. When I left, I realized I had just visited the Korean version of Starbucks, which was a refreshing new change for me. The store was spacious and a good place to relax or chat with friends. There were posters advertising their newest and most popular items,which made me want to try some of the items they were publicizing. Their packaging for drinks and food items
was very unique, with boxes and cups speciﬁc to the items they sold. When I walked up to the cash register, I noticed the cashier wasn’t paying much attention to the customers. The employees seemed rushed and didn’t associate much with the customers. Yet, they were very efﬁcient and quickly delivered the food and drinks to the tables. The ﬁrst items to draw my attention were the green tea, pepperoni pizza and the mint chocolate beverage. I found the drinks rather disappointing. The green tea was just water and a tea bag, and the mint chocolate beverage tasted like milk with chocolate shavings. The ﬁrst thing I noticed about the pizza was
its uncommon appearance. At ﬁrst, I saw only a tortilla with mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce, but after the ﬁrst bite, I was surprised by the burst of ﬂavor. The use of a tortilla instead of a normal pizza crust made the dish even more enjoyable. While the drinks were a little overpriced considering the quality, the food made up for that. I deﬁnitely recommend Tom n Toms if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, but as for drinks, Starbucks may be a better choice. Ω NEED A MAP? SCAN ME!
REGULAR OR DECAF (CLOCKWISE): Tom n Toms’ modern interior design describes the food and drinks from their menu with picture-adorned mirrors that surrounded the wall. // As one of the unique items on the menu, Tom n Toms’ tortilla pizza is not a normal pizza in that it is made with tortilla.
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November 16, 2012 Movie
With cute and memorable characters that differentiate it from other animation films, Wreck-it-Ralph pleases audiences at its theater debut. Megan Wu Staff wrtier We’ve all played them: the video game classics like Pac Man, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario that seem to be embedded in our childhood memories. Disney brings all of them back to life - literally in its new animated movie, WreckIt Ralph, introducing an original idea that is easily relatable to our generation. The movie’s incorporation of timeless video games,
comedy and heartfelt qualities brings to the theaters a ﬁlm that cannot be missed. For a movie packed with lots of adventure, WreckIt Ralph takes place in a surprisingly small space - an arcade. Behind each arcade screen, characters play their assigned roles in their games whether it is racing go-karts or dancing to upbeat tunes. Like many other arcade games, “Fixit-Felix,” featuring Ralph (John C. Reilly) as the villain, has a “good” guy and “bad” guy. Most of the bad guys have learned to embrace their roles the unpopularity it brings them. But Ralph, tired of this discrimination, journeys outside of his game to obtain a medal that he hopes will gain him acceptance. Through a power outlet known to them as Game Central Station (not
much different from a typical New York metro station), Ralph “game jumps” and soon ﬁnds himself in Sugar Rush, a colorful kartracing game. He meets a glitched character called Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) and soon develops a father-daughter relationship that I was easily captivated by. I must admit that when it comes to cartoon movies, I often fall asleep before they’re over - so it was a good sign that my eyelids didn’t droop. The writers’ use of comedy was crafted into the movie with a perfect combination of playful sarcasm and comical personalities. While it follows a generic storyline, Wreck-It Ralph’s comedy and heartwarming characters will be sure to please everyone. Ω
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Having watched the previous two James Bond movies, I had high expectations for Skyfall and was not disappointed. The movie grants the audience a look inside the mysterious life of a secret agent and the choices he has to make. The audience is able to step into the world of Bond and experience the action that most people can only imagine. Skyfall begins with James Bond (Daniel Craig) being accidentally shot by his partner, Miss Moneypenny (Naomie Harris). Bond ends up returning to the service of MI6 after his supposed death, only to discover that the organization had been breached by an unknown source. Bond chases Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem),the villian in this movie while dodging bullets and facing personal obstacles. In this
movie, the character M (Judi Dench) plays a more central role, and Bond discovers his boss’ past. This Bond movie is different because it includes more humor and less gadgets. It was nice to have breaks from the continuous action, but the changes in the Bond theme made me cringe
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slightly. I felt let down when I saw that Bond only had a personal gun and a small microchip. Another change in the theme is how Daniel Craig portrays Bond as a human being with vulnerabilities. Yet, within a short time, Bond becomes the reliable agent who gets the job done despite the circumstances. The change of pace did not make the movie ﬂow as well because I had to change from the slow paced development of the plot to a sudden resolution. One aspect of the movie that really stood out to me was the actions and personality of Raoul Silva. Both director Sam Mendes and Bardem did an excellent job of creating a psychotic villain who acts as kryptonite to Bond. Silva can be compared to the Joker from the Batman series because both characters are despicable, yet they have such an ingenious way of calculating others’ actions and acting accordingly. Skyfall was an exciting movie that kept me interested most of the time because of the intriguing plot and the way that the director portrayed Bond as having a more vulnerable side. Despite the changes to the Bond motif, the movie will still keep the audience on the edge of their seats, while it takes them into a mysterious adventure. Ω
on another action-packed mission.
Kwok’s Korner: Casino Royale
Although lacking action, Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale makes up for it with its attention to detail. Jessica Kwok Editor-in-Chief People contend over who the best James Bond is. Sean Connery, some say. Pierce Brosnan, argue others. And there are those who champion Daniel Craig. But I think the best Bond is the original one: cold and meticulous. Yes, before the movies, there were books by Ian Fleming (no, not the other way around). And Casino Royale is an amazing start to the series. In this novel, our manly secret agent is sent to the Royaleles-Eaux casino in France to deal with a man called Le Chiffre, a powerful Soviet agent who the British Secret Service wants to humiliate by bankrupting him through the card game baccarat. Having seen the 2006 ﬁlm, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the 1953 novel, but I was pleasantly surprised. Fleming’s writing style manages
to be both concise and detailed at the same time. He has a detached, matter-of-fact way of phrasing his sentences to describe scenes without being text-heavy. Of course, it’s not a setting in France without the French language scattered throughout the novel. For those who can’t read French, good luck. I recommend keeping Google Translate open. I, having taken French, spent half the time getting excited over being able to understand certain French words. The other half of the time was me staring at an unknown French word and then just moving on. I found Casino Royale to be a delightful novel, one to which the movie actually stays somewhat faithful. It may lack action but makes up for it in intensity, detail and realism. Whether you watched the movie or not, read the book: this classic secret agent is always worth your time. Ω
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Football finishes season
November 16, 2012
Joshua Hamilton helps build a basketball court
Sophomore Joshua Hamilton coached kids in El Salvador in partnership with Casa La Atarraya.
Varsity football dropped its last game of the season. Michael Hyun Sports editor
Varsity football took a loss in its last league game against Diamond Ranch, 0-35, on Thursday, Nov. 1. Although Diamond Ranch committed multiple false starts during the ﬁrst half of the game, the Mustangs did not capitalize on the opportunities. “It was still very memorable and emotional because, knowing that it was their last game, the seniors tried their best, and it was their last time that they would ever be playing with each other,” junior varsity junior Enrique Abreu said. The game was followed by the annual senior night awards ceremony. “I thought it would be more emotional, but we all kept under control,” varsity running back senior Robert Gonzalez said. “I learned to value every moment of it, and to appreciate the practice and everything because you will realize how much it
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HELPING OUT: Junior varsity forward sophomore Joshua Hamilton (middle) poses with his two-time champion youth basketball team. Spencer Wu Sports editor
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BREAK AWAY: Running back senior Robert Gonzalez (25) sidesteps away from a Diamond Ranch cornerback in the second quarter. meant.” Selected junior varsity players were put into the game as a way to transition into next year’s team. “It was fun, and the experience
was fun. On varsity, everything is faster compared to JV,” junior varsity sophomore Tanner Martinez said. “We just need to get better overall, stronger, and faster. Ω
Walnut represents at Nuway Southwest Kick-Off Classic After hearing about the event from a friend, seniors Michael Sill and Freddie Hsiao participated in the Nuway Southwest Kick-Off Classic. Alison Chang Staff writer His eyes are trained on his opponent. The only thing that matters now is this. Breathe in, breathe out, he quietly reminds himself. Now focus. For seniors Freddie Hsiao and Michael Sill, wrestling is their ideal way of spending a weekend. With that said, it was no surprise that Hsiao and Sill participated in the Nuway Southwest Kick-Off Classic “The Freak Show” wrestling tournament held at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 2-4. “Since it was only a preseason event, there wasn’t much pressure,” Hsiao said. “I was able to wrestle good people and see where I’m at and what I need to improve on.” With wrestlers from 25 states participating in the event, Hsiao was able to evaluate his own performance to the likes of many other skilled wrestlers. “It was a really big event, and the skill levels were pretty intense. People who win get nationally
Junior varsity basketball player sophomore Joshua Hamilton helped build a basketball court, started in 2008 and completed last year, for underprivileged children in Ahuachapan, El Salvador. Working with Casa La Atarraya, he helped coach a team that won two regional championship titles, recruiting kids who have never played the sport before. “I’m thankful for what I have, and it makes me want to help more because there are a lot of unfortunate people out there,” Hamilton said. “It makes me look at my life and be happy for what I have because others wish to have what I have.” Hamilton, who spent six years in El Salvador, began community service work when he moved to Israel for mission work at the age of ﬁve.
“When I’m helping them, I know I’m bringing them joy and a good time,” Hamilton said. “They forget how bad their lives are, and when I’m done, I want to help more people.” Hamilton assisted in bringing food supplies and building an entire stadium to replace the dirt roads the kids used as a basketball court. “I was so excited to work with the youth, and now we can do a lot, like help when there are storms, shelter them and play games,” Hamilton said. Hamilton gave a speech to the junior varsity team at the Teen Center. “I wanted to tell the speech to show how good we have it. I wanted to show that we can do more than we think. Life is not just about ourselves. There are more people who need help,” Hamilton said. “I just wanted to motivate the team and tell them a little about me.” Ω
Girls golf to CIF and State Mustang girls golf placed third at CIF and moved on to finals at Jurupa Hills with a score of 392. Kent Hsieh Staff writer
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HITTING THE MATS: Senior Michael Sill meets up with former collegiate ranked,” Hsiao said. Sill was able to place fourth in the event, though he had set higher expectations for himself. “There are some tough wrestlers out there and they may be satisﬁed with fourth place, but I wasn’t satisﬁed,” Sill said. “It’s not enough for me.” Despite not being able to meet
personal expectations, Hsiao and Sill both gained a new experience for wrestling outside of high school events. “When you wrestle here, a lot of the names are familiar, but out there you’ll be wrestling people you’ve never heard of with good rankings,” Hsiao said. “It’s a good competitive atmosphere.” Ω
Girls golf ﬁnished third as a team in CIF to move onto the CIFWSGA tournament on Monday, Oct. 22 at Jurupa Hills Golf Course in Riverside, California. They became the ﬁrst girls golf team to move on to CIF ﬁnals. The team consisted of junior Tiffany Kuroki, sophomores Serena Hou and Patricia Wong, and f r e s h m e n Rebecca Harcourt, Megan Hou and Alison Chang. They had a total score of 392, holding third and taking one of the four qualifying positions for CIF ﬁnals.
“I practiced really hard for this. I wanted us to make it all the way to state, and my hard work did pay off,” sophomore Patricia Wong said. “I shot two under 70but unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the next round for ﬁnals.” CIF began with Kuroki ﬁrst scoring a 76 for Walnut and Wong following up with a strong 77. “The tournament inspired me to work harder and practice more in order to help my team get to the next level of CIF,” freshman Megan Hou said. “It proved that age doesn’t matter and that I can be just as good as upperclassmen if I keep playing.” Ω
“It proved that age doesn’tmatter andthat I can be just as good as upperclassmen if I keep playing.” -Megan Hou, 9
November 16, 2012
CSUF interns work with athletes Assisting athletic director Nelson Chen, student athlete trainers from CSUF help with providing medical attention to injured student athletes.
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SERVES YOU RIGHT: Sophomore Grace Murtidjaja practices with her doubles teammate in preparation for the upcoming CIF individuals.
Girls tennis advances to CIF
Singles player junior Kassie Truong and doubles players sophomores Jacqueline Sotoodeh and Grace Murtidjaja moves on to CIF individuals. Ted Zhu Opinion editor PHOTO BY MICHAEL HYUN
STRETCHING: Intern Kelly Knaup helps varsity football senior Xavier Magallanez loosen his hamstring. Candee Yuan Scene editor Interns from California State University of Fullerton (CSUF) were invited at the beginning of the school year to receive a first hand experience of what it is like to assist student athletes with their sports medicine. “They are here to gain experience in what it is like to work in a high school setting in athletic training. They are getting handson experience on rehab and injury evaluations, gaining confidence in
skills and building a reputation for themselves as athletic trainers,” athletic trainer/sports medicine teacher Nelson Chen said. Many of the student athletes are able to receive more attention to their injuries as a result of having the CSUF student athlete interns helping out. “It’s beneficial to me because before, Nelson was always preoccupied with other athletes, Sometimes he would be with me for 20 minutes and then go to another student to help them out. The interns know exactly what
Girls Volleyball wins last match Wrapping up the season, girls varsity volleyball finished with a 3-0 win over Diamond Ranch. Mary Zhang Staff writer Girls varsity volleyball made a swift 3-0 victory for its last game of the season against Diamond Ranch on Wednesday, Oct. 31. “We had a rough season, so this was our redemption game,” senior Madison Hoff said.” We wanted to go out with a bang and completely destroy the other team. And that’s what we did - we destroyed them.” The girls took everything they learned throughout the season and played their hardest through the night, winning each set 25-13, 25-17 and 25-18. “We played how we were supposed to play the whole season,” sophomore Pauline Mendoza said. “Everyone was full of energy.
Everyone was focused, and we all had a really good spirit during the game.” Being a young team with only three seniors, the girls feel confident about next year’s play and set up. “We did very well for a young team. We competed and always came in close with the other teams,” varsity captain senior Ariana Chivari said. “They’ll be an older team with more experience, and they’ve learned to trust each other, which helps with their playing.” Ending their season on a high note, the girls look forward to next year’s season. “Next year, I’m definitely expecting that we will make CIF from all the experience, and we’re going to kick butt.” Ω
I need, and they’re teaching me new techniques,” junior Alexandra Salcido said. The CSUF student athlete trainers are using this opportunity to work with student athletes in real life situations and to obtain new knowledge. “This is the first time working with high school athletes, and we’re teaching athletes about their injuries,” CSUF student athlete trainer Kelly Knaup said. “I’m learning about how important it is to tell them about their injuries. It’s good practice for the future.” Ω
Girls varsity tennis lost a close team CIF match on Wednesday, Oct. 31 against Yorba Linda High School. Although both teams won nine matches, the tie was broken by a four-game advantage, which handed Yorba Linda the win. “When we lost, it was really disappointing,” sophomore Maliha Moloo said. “It was one of those times when one match determined everything.” Number one and two singles players junior Kassie Truong and sophomore Jacqueline Sotoodeh both swept their opponents, combining for a total of six wins. Number three singles player
sophomore Grace Murtidjaja won two matches, which added the total to eight. However, the three doubles teams for Walnut only managed one victory. “We really didn’t practice enough for doubles, and our lineups kept changing. But I think we did better than I expected. We only lost by four games, and all our singles players aren’t even seniors. We almost beat a school a lot higher ranked than us, and it was so close,” senior Alice Yu said. CIF individuals competition will be held beginning Monday, Nov. 19 at Claremont Club. Truong will represent Walnut as a singles player, and Sotoodeh will team up with Murtidjaja to represent Walnut as a doubles team. Ω
Megan Morales takes to the air Coach Morales will be enlisted in the Air Force for six years on Jan. 8. Terrence Tsou Staff writer Just as nuts and bolts go hand in hand, so too do a strong personality and a determined mind. That’s exactly what Megan Morales, three-year assistant coach of Walnut water polo, has to help her complete a six-year contract with the Air Force as a mechanic. Morales waits for Jan. 8 of next year, the day she will enter a new chapter of her life and continue to propel herself toward her dreams. “I am excited about the Air Force because I want to be part of something bigger than myself. I can’t wait to wear the uniform because I want to be part of a team again,” Morales said. “I love the accountability that comes with being part of a team. I want to do the work and wear the uniform proudly.” Morales’ coach at Cal State Long Beach sent her team to Coronado to train with the Navy SEALs during Morales’ sophomore year . “I loved it,” Morales said. “I enjoy the fact that I didn’t need to be the strongest or the fastest to be one of the last ones standing. NAVY Seal training broke our team down to the same level and then built us up together.” Morales has big plans ahead of her, including a Master’s Degree in business administration paid for in full by the Air Force. “My plan is to have them pay for my Masters program,
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FISH OUT OF WATER: Coach Morales and Coach Lani talk during the girls’ water polo tryouts. and come out debt free,” Morales said. Her experience in coaching girls water polo has lent Morales a few tips for surviving in the Air Force. “I’ve learned to keep my emotions in check because sometimes I don’t get results from students,” Morales said. “I’ve got to trust my teammates to be accountable and to be accountable for myself.” Ω
November 16, 2012
Wrestling starts season Waterpolo makes with Intrasquad Meet CIF quarter finals Wrestlers participated in a friendly competition at their annual meet. After defeating Crescenta Valley during the first round of CIFs, boys varsity water polo ended its season with a loss to Pasadena Poly, 20-9.
Bryan Wong Staff writer Wrestlers sparred and showcased their skills at the third annual Blue and Gold Intrasquad meet on Thursday, Nov. 15. “This event builds character because you see what kind of wrestler people are,” senior Samuel Suleiman said. “It was a good experience because to win, you first have to experience loss and agony.” Money from admission fees, snacks and t-shirt sales will go towards paying for tournaments, transportation, equipment and to help maintain the coaching staff. “It’s a really good idea to raise money because we’re all having fun and we’re just going against each other,” captain senior Jazmine Lao said. The size of the program increased a great deal this year with 80 wrestlers and a new frosh team.
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GRAPPLE: Senior Betty Villantay looks to take down her opponent. “I believe the program will grow every year as it has last year,” coach Cecil Sebastian said. “I truly
believe that every student athlete who makes the team has potential to be great.” Ω
Cross Country to League Finals
Bryan Wong Staff writer
Boys varsity placed first while the girls placed second overall at league finals at Mt. SAC. Brandon Ng Staff writer The Cross Country team attended league finals on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Mt. SAC Lodger Stadium, with varsity boys placing first overall and varsity girls placing second overall. “I’ve been running for a very long time, so the past invitationals helps with experience. It’s good racing experience along with the training, so it’s just getting in shape,” sophomore Rachael Shapiro said. Freshman Jessica Gallardo finished first out of the girls varsity team with a time of 20:16, and senior Micah van Setten finished seventh overall and first out of the boy’s varsity team, with a time of
15:50. “I’ve never been in a varsity race before, so I didn’t know how to pace myself, but I ended up doing well,” Gallardo said. “I paced myself well because, at the end, I was able to go up the hills while everyone else was tired.” Although they will not be going to the CIF Finals this year, the varsity team remained undefeated throughout the season. “The finals for the boys went well; we worked well together. Our fourth runner, Michael McBride, really stepped up and helped us get a bunch of extra points,” sophomore Millen Trujillo said. “We’re really going for another win, and actually next year we want to move onto CIF, CIF Finals and possibly the state meet.” Ω
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RHYTHM: Senior Timothy Huang paces himself during the race.
VARSITY FALL SPORTS SCOREBOARD GIRLS GOLF
10/8- Ayala Tournament - 436 (placed 7th out of 21 teams) 10/9- vs. Diamond Bar 198 - 196 W 10/22- vs. Diamond Bar 389 - 389 (CIF Team) 10/25- Tiffany Kuroki- 72 Patricia Wong- 82 (CIF Individuals)
BOYS WATER POLO
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UNDER THE PRESSURE: In the third quarter, Sophomore Jeffrey Silverberg attempts to shoot the ball into Crescenta Valley’s goal.
10/29- vs. Los Altos 4-11 L 10/29- vs. Rowland 3-2 W 10/31- vs. Diamond Ranch 3-0 W 10/30- @ Los Altos 13-14 L 10/31- @ Rowland 7-5 W 11/7- vs. Crescenta Valley 8-6 W 11/10- @ Pasadena Poly 20-9 L
Making a comeback from last year’s loss in the first round of CIF, boys varsity polo advanced to the second round where they were defeated by Pasadena Poly, 20-9, on Friday, Nov. 10. “We lost so we obviously didn’t play as well as we wanted to. We couldn’t put away our shots, and our offense was really stagnant because no one was moving, and we needed more ball movement and communication,” senior Joseph Harijanto said. “But I’m happy because we had gotten farther this year than last year.” The team made it to the second round after defeating Crescenta Valley, 8-6, in the first round. “Crescenta Valley was a great team. Although we did have some minor flaws and mistakes in the game, we did work together making good passes, good moves, reading the other team and taking advantage of their flaws,” senior Michael Moon said. “There’s always room to communicate more. If we communicate, we all
CROSS COUNTRY 11/1- League Finals @ Mt. SAC Boys: 1. Micah Van Setten- 15:49 2. Daniel Harrigan-Cota- 16:02 3. MIllen Trujillo- 16:19 Girls: 1. Jessica Gallardo- 20:16 2. Anahi Betart- 20:25 3. Melanie Deciga- 20:34
know what’s going on, the plan is set, and we know what each others’ roles are as far as the play goes.” The rigorous practices not only gave the players the skill level required to be league champions, but also prepared them for CIF. “The fact that our season was ending towards the end of October was a true eye opener. That was the time when we focused on doing our best in our first CIF game and making sure we worked on our weaknesses during practice and that we didn’t goof around and waste time,” senior Roland Chen said. “The season’s work as a whole contributed to our success in the first match in CIF, where we really played our game and not their’s.” The team aims to reach CIF semi-finals next season. “During the season, the team got much better working together as a team, and everyone, individually, got much better,” sophomore Jeffrey Silverberg said. “We could have went farther, but I am still happy with what we succeeded with this year.” Ω
10/16- @ West Covina 14-4 W
10/5- vs. West Covina 7-35 L 10/12- vs. Rowland 21-28 L 10/19- @ Diamond Bar 35-41 L 10/26- @ Los Altos 7-35 L 11/1- vs. Diamond Ranch 0-35 L
10/17- vs. Los Altos 16-2 W 10/18- @ Rowlan d 12-6 W 10/22- vs. Diamond Bar 9-9
Walnut High School Newspaper November Issue