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“Being on stage is like being in a different reality. I think what I’ll miss the most about being in the musical is probably just being able to be connected with people, inspired by other people and encouraged at school. A performance to me is really serious. For me, the fun part of being on stage is doing the best I can.” - Toni-Marie Gallardo, 12 PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION BY THE DRAMA DEPARTMENT
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EDITORIAL The value of hearts and clubs In the beginning of the year, many club ideas were proposed to ASB. Few were accepted. However, at the beginning of the second semester, many clubs were reconsidered and approved. The admission process for a club is now much less selective. For some of us, this may be good news. Club proposals have a much higher chance of being approved, and thus, we will have a wider pool of clubs to choose from when Club Fair comes around, as well as a larger opportunity to run our own clubs on campus. Even though the new situation sounds advantageous, we must consider its possible consequences. Lots of us are driven to spread our ideas. That’s the case behind many clubs. Every club starts with an idea, whether it’s introducing a change or bringing people of common interest together. The true test is the heavy task of maintaining a club and keeping it strong. With ASB allowing us a more lenient process, we must realize that it is not ours to abuse, and that our responsibilities go beyond simply ﬁlling the quota of holding a weekly meeting. Another possible outcome is the increasing number of clubs with overlapping causes and activities, namely service clubs. Between some
clubs there is no critical difference that separates them from another club with the same goal, which is to help people through outreach community service activities. Although these clubs may not necessarily be started with the intent of crossing into another club’s agenda, this often ends up being the case. With the new club application process, we must remember that successful clubs have unique, clearly deﬁned plans. Having too many clubs that do the same things may be detrimental in the long run in that this would prevent people from making a clear choice of which clubs to join. Lastly, we must keep in mind that the number of available advisers is slowly diminishing with the creation of each new club. Clubs affect more than just our own individual priorities. Given, there are beneﬁts to the new club approval system; having more clubs around means more opportunities to succeed in a small niche, and more places to explore and discover our interests. However, with nearly a hundred clubs on campus, the inﬂux of clubs should be carefully tempered. Lots of sprinkles can indeed add to the appeal of a bowl of ice cream. Everyone likes it, but it may be unnecessary.
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March 28, 2013
Walnut W.I.S.E. hosted speakers
During a lunch meeting, two teachers elaborated on the exploration of the math and science fields. Anita Chuen Staff writer
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DEDICATED TO LEARNING: The Dedicated To Learning Web site, used by both Walnut and Diamond Bar High School, assists students signing up for summer school classes by offering conveniences and services.
Summer school registration changes
The school district implements a new system for summer school applicants. Leon Ho Business manager Dedicated To Learning, an addition to the district summer school program, provides students with a range of classes, from Algebra to Smart Phone Application Development, for credits. “I signed up for SRC ﬁrst semester and the required technology course for second semester,” sophomore Ariana Tamura said. “Since technology is becoming a huge impact on our lives, it’s important that we know how to use
it. Especially for someone like me, who isn’t very technologically savvy, I think this course can help me to catch up with the rest of society.” While there was initial confusion at the registration process for a few students, the problems were resolved immediately and students were able to register. “My experience [with the program] at ﬁrst had mistakes because after the process, I was registered for Diamond Bar. However, Mr. Jones was quick to ﬁx the problem,” freshman Patrick Utz said. “I’m going to take World
History Honors and I just hope that the teacher and I will be on par.” Some students take the offered summer classes so that they are able to ﬁt classes during the school year, while also experiencing a different way of learning. “I think it is a great opportunity to take classes that won’t ﬁt in our schedule or for extra credits.,” junior Allen Lin said. “I hope that classes are transformed into a forum-like atmosphere for open discussions and that we are not limited to the amount of help that we can get from teachers.” Ω
Walnut Women In Science and Engineering Club (W.I.S.E) held a meeting at lunch with two guest speakers, teachers Tony Goossens and Stephanie Tufenkjian, who spoke about college and the computer sciences, math, and engineering ﬁelds on Tuesday, March 19. “We wanted them to talk about their experiences since Mr. Goossens worked in the industry, and Ms. Tufenkjian had a lot of experiences in college, especially when she was one of two girls in her class [in one of her couses],” W.I.S.E. club president senior Heidi Shelton said. Goosens shared his experiences in the industry while Tufenkjian gave advice about being one of the few females in a college science class and in the academic ﬁelds. “It’s very interesting because it helped me focus on where I want to go in engineering,” freshman Nikita Rubio said. “There are different sections in engineering and I was able to choose which type I wanted be.”
The speakers talked about jobs most members were unaware of when they asked about different jobs offered in the math and science ﬁelds. “[I hope] that they see a small glimpse of what’s out there businesswise,” Goossens said. “The more people you have with diverse backgrounds, the more information you can give a student as to what they ﬁnd interesting to pursue.” Goossens and Tufenkjian advised them to make a lot friends and connections, especially because there are not as many females in the math and science ﬁelds. “I encouraged them to ﬁnd a mentor or some other woman who’s in the ﬁeld,” Tufenkjian said. “I hope they’re encouraged to continue with their interest in the sciences and math.” The girls plan to use the advice given about college and careers. “I’m going to take their advice and take classes that are more general until I know exactly what I want,” junior Maggie Shelton said. “That way I can switch to multiple different areas easily.” Ω
March 28, 2013
ASB approves new clubs Link Crew
Various clubs, after being reviewed intensely for a year, have been accepted and officially recognized as functioning clubs for the upcoming school year.
Link Crew plans to disband for next school year. Nathan Au-Yeung News editor
PHOTOS BY MARY ZHANG
JOIN THE CLUB (FROM LEFT): Juniors Anabel Zhang, Ann Liu, Rax Wang, and Angel Zhang elaborate meeting. // Junior Calvin Lee places a quarter inside the donation bottle for the UNICEF fundraiser. Janzen Alejo Arts Editor After a semester, ASB has begun to accept potential clubs that had previously been rejected. “At ﬁrst there were about 25 clubs and only 2 were accepted. We didn’t get in, but then in second semester the principal started to review again, and they accepted some more clubs,” Chemistry Club president, junior Michael Wang said. “I was pretty happy; when the club didn’t get formed I feel like all the work I put into this was wasted.” After students ﬁll out the proper forms and get the club’s concept approved by the proper ofﬁcials, their group will be aknowledged as a school club. “Any student can start a club if they want to as long as it’s legitimate
and they know people will join their club” ICC chair junior Daphne Ha said. “As long as you run it by the new club approval committee and they understand the concept behind it, it can become a club.” Some clubs that waited after being rejected are now able to function as an ofﬁcially recognized club. “I’m really happy and relieved, but at the same time I feel a bit sad thinking about all the time I’ve waited, but it’s a bittersweet feeling because now there’s so much to do,” UNICEF president, junior Anita Wang said. “All we want to do is help people, but there is all this red tape in the way and all this administration and because our only obstacle were those [procedures], it’s a big relief to be done with it.” In the process of creating a club,
a teacher representative is required to become the club’s adviser. “Now we have close to 100 clubs and now it’s difﬁcult to ﬁnd class advisers,” Schultz said. “It makes it difﬁcult to ﬁnd class advisers because the pool of available teachers that used to be available [for the position of class adviser], are now club advisers. ” ASB looks to accept more clubs in order to appeal to more students. “We realized that some clubs have infrequent meetings [so we wanted more clubs] so that people feel like they belong. We’re just more accepting [of new clubs],”Ha said. “We realized that people are interested in different things so we can’t like [generalize them all]. It’s just good to see that people [can now] connect on different levels with something in common.” Ω
Class Cabinet Officers 2016 Vice President
freshmen. That told us that whereas the program was really good at the beginning, we really didn’t need Link Crew will no longer be to sustain that throughout the year. in operation starting this summer, A lot of the connections that were ending after a three-year run. being made weren’t being continued Financial issues are one reason throughout the year.” why the school and Link Crew’s The relevance of Link Crew was coordinators decided to terminate also taken into account. With several the program, with the cost of running organizations, teams, and clubs the program exceeding the goals and around campus, the coordinators felt results of the program. as if Link Crew was not a necessity “We reevaluated the cost versus for all the freshmen nor a high school what we staple. w o u l d “We have After three years of [Link a lot of other consider a successful to support Crew], we noticed that ways program and students, like ASB the freshmen weren’t peer counseling, we thought that it just multiple really staying connected and was not as clubs and things successful,” with their seniors and like that,” Nicolas f o r m e r said. “Considering their juniors.“ Link Crew the kinds of coordinator kids we have N o r l y n here at Walnut, Nicolas we have really said. “It high-achieving never really did take off considering students. Even as freshmen, they can the cost of running it.” ﬁgure their way out.” Besides insufﬁcient funding, a Despite its limited success, Link lack of long-lasting relationships Crew accomplished what it aimed between Link Crew leaders and to achieve in some students, who freshmen played an important role in looked forward to reciprocate what Link Crew’s termination. Link Crew gave them by offering “The program was initiated to their services to future classes, but no help freshmen get acclimated into longer have the opportunity to. high school and after three years “The impact that my leader had of it, we noticed that the freshmen on me really affected my high school weren’t really staying connected life,” former Link Crew leader, junior with their leaders” former Link Crew Joshua Liu said. “Link Crew helped coordinator Paul McLaughlin said. me get a head start. I just wanted “Some of the Link Crew leaders were to pass this knowledge on to future kind of disconnecting from their freshmen.” Ω
-Paul McLaughlin, former Link Crew adviser
Officers-elect give their thoughts on the election or his or her plan for the upcoming year. COMPILED BY CHANTEL CHAN AND SERENA LIN
“Getting elected was a really great feeling. You have to have confidence and manage many responsibilities. You also have to support your class and have them vote for you. We plan on fundraising a lot more to plan for prom. We also want to create more events and come up with more varieties of food for fundraisers.”
“I really like being part of the class and helping them. I already started in freshman year and I just want to continue my ideas We want to make our class unique and not like other schools. I want to give back to the school and to continue my visions. Spirit wise, we’re pretty good. Our spirit unifies us together. We’re proud of our apparel and design too.”
“I feel that being in Class Cabinet this year has really opened my eyes to how the student body works, so I was really motivated to run for president again. I think I will be able to bring a lot of new ideas to the table as well as a lot of changes. Everyone’s been telling me how it’s going to be extremely overwhelming, but honestly, I think I’ll be able to handle it. I’m just thinking about how exciting it will be to president next year and it’s just amazing that I’ll also be able to call myself that.”
March 28, 2013
APES takes field trip to Lemon Creek
Brandon Ng Staff writer
Lynze Tom Staff writer PHOTO BY EUNICE PANG
TESTING THE WATERS: Senior Marietta Kusumo and Junior Jessica Chan uses a water testing kit to verify the water’s pH and alkalinity. setting and see the ecosystem surrounding the creek. “[The fun part] was going to the park, breathing in the fresh air, seeing the nature, and going in-depth about everything we learned. We were able to experience the natural environment where we can breathe easily,” junior David Bacani said. “I learned that our water is very clean compared to places in other countries. It feels good to make a difference in our drinking water and our habits in order to contribute to avoiding pollution.” Through this trip, APES students saw ﬁrst-hand the severity of
pollution’s effect on an ecosystem by testing the creek water for harmful substances. “We ran different tests. We ran pH levels of the water and we also checked the quality, trying to determine the overall health of the creek. I learned that it’s important to keep our waterways safe and manage our waste because our future generations depend on it. It was cool because I was able to experience ﬁrsthand the different quality of the water and see with my own eyes how water is affected by humans,” Torres said. Ω
New program initiated as an alternate pathway
Accepting its first members from the class of 2016, the IBCC program will focus on developing students interested in a biomedical learning route. Michelle Chang Staff writer The International Baccalaureate Career-related Certiﬁcate (IBCC) program, which will allow students to specialize in a career-related pathway, will be offered for the ﬁrst time to the class of 2016 for the 2013-2014 school year. The school has chosen the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Bio medical Sciences Program as the career focus for earning a careerrelated certiﬁcate. Over 60 students are expected to join the program for the upcoming school year. They will begin the threeyear program during their sophomore year. Students, upon completion of the program, will earn a career-related certiﬁcate, the IBCC equivalent of an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. They must also fulﬁll requirements in the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program by taking four classes with an emphasis on preparing for a profession in the biomedical ﬁeld through a hands-on, real-world approach. “The main focus of this program is that students will be better prepared for a career when they leave high school,” IB Coordinator Manette Davies said. “They will have learned
ASB cancels Sadie’s ASB stops the preparation of Sadie’s after falling short of the set ticket-sale requirement.
AP Environmental classes applied classroom concepts in a nearby ecosystem.
The AP Environmental Science classes took ﬁeld trips to Lemon Creek park on March 19 and 20 in order to reinforce topics covered in class. The students learned directly about the effects of pollution on the creek.. “We wanted to study and test how much an effect pollution has on the water. It’s very easy to see how our area around us affects the ocean and the water,” senior Jeno Torres said. “I was very fortunate to have gone because my peers and I actually experience hands-on what we’re learning in class.” Going on a ﬁeld trip provided an alternative learning environment to the traditional classroom
valuable career-type skills and earned a familiarity with the things that people in the medical ﬁeld today are really doing. It’s deﬁnitely a very useful program for anyone interested in pursuing a medical career.” Because the students must take the ﬁrst PLTW Biomedical Sciences class, Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, during sophomore year, the choice to join the IBCC program must be made during freshman year. The program will also incorporate some of the IB program’s features. Although they won’t be working toward full IB Diplomas, students must also meet requirements similar to those of the IB program, such as community service and two IB courses. “I didn’t really want to do the full IB program because it seems pretty scary to me. The [IBCC] program would ﬁt me better because I can still get some of what it’s like to be in IB without having to do the full IB program. I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to sign up for this new program,” freshman Maria Sy said. In the four PLTW Biomedical Sciences classes, students will have access to new technology, such as Chromebooks and a machine that students can use to practice
performing surgery. “I think with all the technology that is a part of this program, students are exposed to a lot of new things that they would not be exposed to in any other class on campus,” Class of 2016 Grade Level Coordinator Danny Daher said. “There is just a lot of really neat equipment for students to use, and I think [they] will really enjoy working with the technology. IBCC will have a really good balance of fun and rigor.” Walnut High School is currently the only school in Southern California that is offering a biomedical focus in the IBCC Program. Because IBCC is a completely new, the future of the program is still uncertain. “I am very proud to be a part of this program, but I am also a little anxious. Pretty much anytime we are dealing with the unknown, there’s always the uncertainty about how this will end up,” Daher said. “However, I am also very optimistic. Our school has great students, great teachers, a hardworking administration, and supportive parents. All the right pieces for this program to succeed are deﬁnitely there, and I guess time will really tell us how this will turn out.” Ω
Sadie’s, set to take place on Saturday, March 9, was cancelled. ASB only sold 50 tickets, unable to reach its 400-ticket requirement. Tickets for Sadies’ were on sale for one week before it was cancclled. “It was very disappointing at ﬁrst because it is my senior year, and I would have liked to go. But it really just depends on how the school felt about it, and if the students didn’t want to go, there’s nothing we could have done,” dance committee leader senior Jacqueline Murillo said ASB advertised for Sadie’s by making posters, announcing it on the PA system, creating a ﬂyers, and utilizing social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook. “It was such short notice, we want to give them more time next year. It just seemed really rushed,” ASB store commissioner senior Nikos Sarantopoulos said. “A lot of people were getting asked, but I don’t think they were buying tickets before the deadline. I really don’t think people knew about the 400-ticket requirement.”
The theme, “A Waltz With Disney”, encouraged attendees to dress up as any Disney character of their liking. However, some feel the timing of the dance may have affected ticket sales. “We did Winter Formal pretty late, we usually have it towards the middle of January. If we had done it a lot earlier, maybe in the beginning in the year, or maybe done Winter Formal a little earlier, more people would have gone. We deﬁnitely will [have the theme again], we repeat our themes, but we probably won’t have Sadie’s anytime soon though. It basically depends on what the students want,” Murillo said. Some members in ASB feel that in hopes of a higher turnout at the next Sadie’s, it should be stopped for a few years. “We’re going to promote it better, hype it up a lot more, get people to think ahead of time, because it was really rushed this year. I think that we should take a break for about two years. If we start it up again later, I think people will have a different opinion and people would want to go again,” ASB member, sophomore Phillip Silesky said. Ω
March 28, 2013
True music appreciation With the use of computers on the rise in the recording of songs and young artists, some choose to limit their musical palettes. While certain genres take precedence and popularity in a given time, there are others that can be appreciated. Derek Wan Staff writer Any devout music listener will tell you there are some songs that are better off not heard. But sometimes, what may sound like a masterpiece to one person will sound like a broken record to another. Whichever song that may be is determined by the listeners and genre of music. These differences exist primarily between those who have caught on to newer styles of music (dubstep, auto-tuned music, etc.) and those who refuse to accept them. People prefer music based on what emotions or memories it stirs, and they’ll enjoy most the genre that suits them best. And sometimes, when new, hard-tounderstand music fails to convey any emotion or meaning to its audience, people impulsively turn away. But it’s no crime to indulge in a new genre of music. J.S. Bach pioneered music with the piano,
and it turned out to be something that millions of people learned to love, play and listen to. When given the chance, did they realize the piano’s potential to make beautiful music. Similarly, we’ll never know the full potential of the computer until we give it a chance and accept it as just another instrument. Perhaps these recent years are the modern equivalent of that time before the piano became household furniture. Maybe the computer is the musical norm of the future. Maybe we just need to give it a chance. Maybe the only things that ever held back the popularity of techno music were the poor iTunes ratings and YouTube comments. Then again, maybe those weren’t the only things. A vast number of people don’t like these emerging music genres because they feel that computer-assisted music challenges the integrity of being an artist, which brings us to the question: what makes an artist an artist? It’s certainly not just singing talent, since some of the greatest music composers who ever
lived couldn’t sing. It’s certainly not just instrumental talent, since some of the greatest singers who ever lived couldn’t play. And it’s certainly not just a combination of both, since some of the most popular artists today can neither sing nor play. A musician is a person who chooses to express his or her emotions through beats, majors, minors, dissonances, rhythms, melodies and harmonies, which are all used even in the most abstract dubstep songs. So really, using the computer shouldn’t prevent artists like those of dubstep from being labelled musicians. What using the computer does do, however, is allow music to expand in new ways. While not all change is progress, all progress is the result of change, and we need to be able to expand our comfort zones to accommodate for those changes. So, since popular music (whatever that means to you) won’t be dying out anytime soon, why not hop on the bandwagon for once and listen to some “broken records” with an open mind? You might be surprised. Ω
Please don’t stop the music COMPILED BY MICHELLE CHANG AND ANITA CHUEN
“[I like] either rap or hip hop because some rappers have a story that talks about their struggles and life. They’re more interesting. It calms me down because some people have a harder life than I do.” - Joshua Chavez, 10 “My favorite genre of music is rock because it uses instruments instead of a lot of the weird techno music that is popular now. Rock music has more meaning and more thought.” - Jessica Gallardo, 9 “I like pop, hip-pop, rap and some alternative rock because I like the beats. It’s better than the other kinds of music because they’re more suited to my personality.” - Jordan Shen, 11
It’s everyone’s business Seniors take on varsity Sometimes it is the “it” factor that takes priority Being aware of current events is without a doubt important. However, students often ignore the line between their lives and the lives of others. over skill when placing seniors on varsity teams. Jessica Kwok Editor-in-Chief
If there is a loop, I’m not in it. You’d expect someone in Publications who’s part of the newspaper staff to be up-to-date with the latest news. Unfortunately, I’m not. No, I didn’t hear about Taylor Swift’s latest ex, I haven’t heard about these two people getting together (but yes, they ARE pretty cute), I didn’t hear about that ﬁght last week (we have ﬁghts in this school?), and wait, who exactly got asked to that dance by whom? All right, I’m socially clueless. And some might say that’s a good thing. Keep your nose out of other people’s business, don’t listen to gossip. But here, gossip has a negative connotation - and it shouldn’t. Gossip is nothing more than news about other people. We’re always told that we should be more aware of current events, and aren’t current events just other people’s business? We have to be conscious of what’s going on around us, because no matter what we think, the world as we know it will change. Other people’s business isn’t just their business when it affects us, too. It’s our business. That latest tax raise? It’ll come back to bite you when
you’re an adult. We have to know if we don’t want to be swept away by the tides of change. And besides, being up to date with all the celebrity gossip can be pretty helpful when it comes to ﬁlling in the awkward spaces in conversations. Of course, at a more local level, it isn’t quite as dramatic. It isn’t “lifechanging,” but it certainly does affect our daily lives. Knowing about next year’s schedule change is important we spend half of our lives in school at this age. Knowing about the best place to eat Korean BBQ is somewhat important when it comes to hanging out with your friends. Knowing who was just asked to the dance is more important than you think, because I
can only imagine how embarrassing it must be when a guy (or girl, that’s okay too) asks someone to the dance just to receive the response “Sorry, I’m already going with so-and-so. Didn’t you know?” I’m not saying that you should go and ask your friend everyday if he and this other person are together. That’s not being aware, that’s being a nosy busybody who doesn’t know when to stop harassing other people. But there’s nothing wrong with poking around carefully in what other people are doing. Emphasis on carefully. So yes, be informed. After all, what else are you going to talk about with your friends if you don’t know what’s going on? Ω
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MARY ZHANG
Alvin Wan Tech leader Consider the kid who’s tried and failed time and time again. Strewn tears left and right, worked to the bone day and night. It’s die-hard commitment suffering before your eyes. Just how great would it feel to hand that kid the winner’s stuffed animal? Now imagine this kid a teenager. Senior. Last year of a hard-earned high school career in a sport that this senior will never touch again. Fork over a free pass to varsity, and suddenly, all bets are off and it’s no laughing matter. What’s become of doing a good deed? In fact, you couldn’t, and shouldn’t, hope for anything better. There’s a problem here. Reduced to its simplest form: that player isn’t playing at the varsity level. Compassion, sympathy, favoritism - however it’s put, it’s giving an undeserved title to an undeserved student-athlete. But as unpopular as it is, here’s the twist - rewarding commitment is humane. True, there is no middle ground, but granted, it’s this intrinsic belief in karma, working as a positive force to award positive traits, that governs actions. The want to continue this understanding, that hard work
reaps rewards, is an innate force, and to continue this idea, a varsity athlete can actually be redeﬁned. This varsity selection and the ability to make that selection beyond performance, must take into account the culmination of many factors. Dedication may be one of those many factors, and in fact, it should be the foremost factor. Playing at the varsity level can and should mean either of two things: excelling at a sport like a star athlete or excelling at a sport in the sportsmanlike sense. The latter of the two evaluations is often overlooked, and it’s downplayed in the allegedly practical argument made above. But here’s why dedication should be prized. Athletes talk of sportsmanship, winning in modesty and losing with acceptance. Athletes talk of maintaining cool and playing all out, all talk of character and upholding it under any situation. And dedication? It’s a core element in character, and by recognizing commitment as a decision-changing factor when selecting varsity athletes, coaches are also factoring in character. It’s going to be unpopular. But taken at face value, it’s exactly the indescribable that makes giving a senior a varsity spot worthwhile, because ultimately, that’s what makes a coach human, a sport fun, and most importantly, that kid with a stuffed animal, a winner. Ω
March 28, 2013
Price worth the score? PARK’S PLACE During testing season, prep books become ubiquitous and the student’s best friend. But they are not the only sources that guarantee a high score.
Switching places helps bring new perspectives into play. For some, letting go of old obligation provides an eye-opening experience. Elliot Park Editor-inChief
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY AMY LEE
Leon Ho Business manager As testing season rolls around, many of us ﬁnd ourselves carrying more and more books to school. Whether it be that IB Chemistry practice book or the College Board SAT I book, some of us take these prep books with us everywhere, with hopes of soaking in as much information as possible from what the 200 pages offer. But how well do these books really help us study and prepare for the exams in May? Purchasing prep books for the exams is a pretty large investment. I, for one, enjoy the numerous practice tests in the books, but I have not found the notes and information to be worth their price. A big advantage that our personal notes, such as the process of solving a problem, have over prep books is that we are more familiar with them. Sometimes, problems in prep books are worked and explained differently because I was taught a different method to approach a chemistry problem. Through our personal notes, we have a better understanding of how certain things are worked out and the process that led us to the answer. Yes, it might be helpful to refer to the book if we forget some of the dates or if we did not know the properties of a certain
chemical compound, but notes that we produce ourselves are more ﬁrmly rooted in our heads than unfamiliar (although pre-organized) prep books. What is a prep book worth, then? A Barrons AP Chemistry review book is priced at $17.09. An REA AP US History book is priced $18.95 on the Web. An AMSCO book can easily cost 30 bucks. In addition to the amount we spend to order each each
“For many of us, this can be a pretty big investment, as there is no guarantee that we will benefit from it .” AP exam we are taking, we spend around $18 for something that will supposedly “help” us. For many of us, this can be a pretty big investment, as there is no guarantee that we will beneﬁt from it. This isn’t to say that prep books lack any merit. They do offer a variety of questions that could possibly appear on the AP, IB, or SAT test. The books also offer test questions in the format in which they would appear on a test, and often help me form a plan of attack on each section on the test. I admit that I do gain a
bit of conﬁdence from completing a practice test and scoring high on the given scale. However, multiple sources that fulﬁll this need, inexpensive and easily accessible, are far more attractive than a receipt for $60. You could search up practice questions on the web or simply borrow books, such as Barrons, from the LA County Library. As I mentioned before, teachers have the extra worksheets and problems so if you are willing to take on the extra practice, approaching your teachers is also a substitute to purchasing books that you may never even open. If you still want more practice, there are other sources online like podcasts and books that provide additional information. Prep books do offer review but when the price is compared to its utility, it is ultimately not worth the money. It seems that we have the books to make ourselves look elite because we carry those AP books as if they are some sort of battle scar that we can show off to our friends. You must understand that the way to score high on tests does not depend on how many prep books you stuff in your locker, but it depends more on your attitude and discipline to study. Simply purchasing a prep book does not guarantee that you will enhance performance. After all, review books are not useful if one does not have the determination to work hard and actually open the books. Ω
We did our annual switch issue this time around. Editors get jumbled up in different sections with different coeditors working with different pages. It’s crazy, but it’s always fun getting some fresh air, getting a feel for a different job. I got moved to the Arts section. Jumping from being an Editor-in-Chief, watching over the entire paper, making sure everything’s running, to being a section editor again, working with one page, designing from scratch, was a pretty huge shift. And I was excited to be working in a section again, not having to tackle the big picture as EIC. But even then, I still found myself doing the same thing I did as an EIC. Especially during these past deadline days, I found myself wandering around section to section, checking on pages that weren’t mine, the things I usually did. And it only hit me recently that I got so caught up in being on top that I forgot there were three switch EICs already at work. I tried to step into shoes that didn’t need to
I always believed leadership was pretty onedimensional. I had one philosophy, “Work hard so that they’ll work hard.” That was it. But I don’t think that’s
all it takes to lead. Because in my rush to keep being EIC, I forgot the whole purpose of the switch issue. The switch issue, itself, is a trial run for everybody, a chance to get a feel for potential positions, Editor-in-Chief included. I forgot that my job wasn’t to step in and work; my job was to step back and watch. Maybe leading isn’t just about setting an example. I think I’ve come to understand that leading requires us to know just as much about when not to step in. Letting things play out as they’re supposed to, letting the people you want to see succeed fail. Letting them make mistakes so that they can pick themselves up. There’s a scene in “Batman Begins” with a battered Bruce Wayne in his burning mansion, beaten to the ground. And at that moment, of complete failure, Alfred pierces him with these words: “Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” I always thought when someone needed help that I had a responsibility to step in. But helping doesn’t always help - sometimes it stops us from growing. Maybe a leader needs to know more than just when to step in and be the hero; maybe a leader needs to know when to stay out and let someone be their own hero. Resilience is something that can’t be given; it’s something everybody has failure is not a mistake; failure
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March 28, 2013
How should we leave our mark? Every year, as part of the Mustang tradition, seniors leave their last impression with their senior class gift. Most opt for and have pride in gifts that beautify the school in one way or another, but what about the gifts that are not as visible?
CLASS OF 1990: Walnut Sign
CLASS OF 2012: Mustang Mural Rebecca Liaw Staff writer Senior year. A time for things to be left behind – bad habits, old friendships, advice for underclassmen, and the ever important senior gift. The senior gift is a present to the school from the graduating class, chosen by the class cabinet, and paid for by residual funds. In previous years the senior gifts have usually beneﬁted the aesthetic appeal of the school, with a prominent example being the concrete sign bearing the name of the school and facing out towards Pierre Road donated by the class of 1990. But in recent years the gifts, with some select exceptions, have strayed toward being practical over appearing aesthetically pleasing, such as the class of 2010’s donation, an awning that goes over the stage facing the snacketeria. This year, the class of 2013 is in talks to use its funds to buy new textbooks to replace outdated ones, a big step forward in terms of the practicality of senior gifts. Some have said this gesture robs the senior class from feeling satisfaction and pride because few would know who donated the textbooks and they wouldn’t even arrive until the class had graduated. To be honest, that is the truth – new textbooks wouldn’t be used until long after the students of the class of 2013 have ﬂipped their tassels and tossed their mortar boards. But isn’t temporary pride a worthy sacriﬁce for practicality? True, a senior gift of a smaller magnitude would also require the graduating class to sacriﬁce public recognition for personal pride. Obviously a grand gesture beneﬁting the aesthetics of the school could be more widely seen, so more people could know who gave the gift to the school. However, the question of the publicity of the senior gift doesn’t need to be an either-or question. The class of 2012 went both ways – they commissioned a new mural to painted on the wall facing the snacketeria, but they also bought shirts commemorating the school for the teachers. The class could see the whole of the student body appreciating the new mural, while having a more muted sense of pride for the shirts given to the faculty. There’s also the possibility of combining practicality with aesthetic appeal, even without buying two separate gifts. The class of 2011 donated the horseshoe-shaped bench that lies between the J and K buildings. Before, there was only a small patch of grass bordered by a few concrete dividers that doubled as benches. Now students have a new place to sit during lunch, the area has been spruced up, and the whole school can appreciate it that it was the class of 2011 who donated the gift thanks to plaque afﬁxed to it. A practical senior gift such as new computers for the library or a new set of classroom chairs would beneﬁt the student body, a group that every student who has graduated, whether that be ten years ago or just a few months ago, was once a part of. We’ve all complained about outdated textbooks, creaky, broken chairs, and slow computers. It’s worth sacriﬁcing a little pride so that future students won’t have to make the same complaints. They might notice that the class of 2013 bought those new textbooks, or they might not. No one’s going to sing praises to the graduating class because they won’t even be there to hear them. But graduates can take pride in their cabinet and in their class for making school just a little bit better and nicer for new students. Ω
CLASS OF 1998: Walnut Letters and Clock
CLASS OF 1993: Mustang Statue
CLASS OF 2011: Horseshoe
CLASS OF 2002: 9-11 Memorial
CLASS OF 2010: Stage Awning
What kind of senior gift do you want to leave behind?
STATISTICS COMPILED BY MICHAEL HYUN
them. It’s going to be there forever
Based on Class of 2012’s budget, the statistics have shown that 33% of its $30,000 funds were alotted to the senior mural and staff shirts.
SENIOR GIFT TOTAL: $10,000 $5,000 - mural $5,000 - staff shirts
will notice the change.”
“Probably stuff that’s better for the school because the mural can only MISC. TOTAL: $20,000
more.” - Anthony Rosas, 12
- class cabinet donations COMPILED BY MICHAEL HYUN
March 28, 2013
Power to the kids
Out of my League
Teaming up with Amnesty International and various schools around the region, a group of friends play League of Legends to raise and donate money.
UNICEF has influenced the school, despite starting so recently.
Crystal Chang Staff writer
Spencer Wu Sports editor It’s rare for a brand new club on campus to receive positive feedback so rapidly. However, the founders of United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF), juniors Calvin Lee and Anita Wang, have started on a solid note. “My friend, [alumni] Dorothy Qian, told me about it two years ago. Calvin and I are in the original, founding group, and personally, it has beneﬁted me,” Wang said. Both Lee and Wang establish monthly causes that the club will participate in, such as education, nutrition, HIV/AIDs and others. “It helps a lot that UNICEF is everywhere. There’s already a peak of interest for members in that it is all encompassing,” Wang said. “This is a microcosm of the world, and the main point of the club is to educate, advocate, and fundraise and you grow as a person by experiencing this.” The presidents went to a leadership summit in Santa Monica to further develop their learning and communication skills.
PHOTO BY BRANDON NG
Children’s Funds: During a meeting, juniors Calvin Lee and Anita Wang place money into a jar to help fundraise for their monthly cause. “We wanted to reach out to a global community. We think UNICEF will beneﬁt the school by raising awareness and by enlightening students about issues,” Lee said. “We’re very sheltered here in Walnut, and it’d be good if we could show students the real world.” Meetings are held every other Tuesday in adviser Joseph Khouzam’s room (E-6). “A lot of people were interested. Since we started late in the semester, it might have been weird for them, but the response was positive,” Lee
Do you have the
said. The leaders plan to make UNICEF a trademark at Walnut. “We noticed other clubs are focused locally. We started this because we wanted to reach out to the global community,” Lee said. Many members in the club feel UNICEF is a positive organization in the school. “I think a lot of us live in the Walnut bubble and this club reminds people that there are things outside that you can do something about it,” junior Sirena Chu said. Ω
local community.” The tournament was planned by League gamers and members of League of Legends. To some it’s Amnesty to bring in enough players another mainstream game made to to collectively participate in this turn teens into addicted gamers. To cause. others, it’s an amazing battle arena “We really got people to join video game to test skill and strategy by giving them an incentive to play, in virtual combat. But to a group a cash prize. The tournament is of students here at Walnut, it’s an going to be played online,” junior opportunity for charity. Victor Chen said. “Initially, we were Several students planning to have joined forces to create the tournament “I’m just hoping for a physically where a League of Legends fun and challenging everyone Charity Tournament sat p a r t n e r e d together in one experience. Win or with Amnesty but logistics lose, I think playing room, International. Open didn’t work out. against these other It’s only our ﬁrst to other schools such as Diamond people will be fun year, so hopefully Bar, Troy, and everything will and exciting.” UCLA, half of the work out.” total entrance fees The League -Marian Xu, 12 of will be donated for Legends good causes through tournament not Amnesty. only has charitable intentions, but “We wanted to ﬁnd a way to both also is a way for local students to have fun and work for charity, so we gather through their love for gaming. created this event,” senior Albert “I’m just hoping for a fun and Lin said. “The money is going to challenging experience. I just think Amnesty International where we’re it’ll be nice to meet new people going to use it to fund future projects. through this,” senior Marian Xu said. We’re going to either donate it to the “Win or lose, I think playing against western regional section of Amnesty these other people will be fun and or to promote human rights in the exciting.” Ω
to fix used cars?
After purchasing a 1973 Datsun 24OZ online, senior Michael Shum and friends fix and refine the motor vehicle in a warehouse.
Serena Lin Staff writer Senior Michael Shum is not your typical car fanatic. While you may have a glossy poster of a car on your wall, Shum is at his parents’ warehouse ﬁxing his 1973 Datsun 240Z. “I found it on Craig’s List and it was in San Diego. The car was relatively cheap and everything was in decent condition. Other cars that run go for much, much more. Since it wasn’t running, I knew a friend who owns a trailer. He helped me go to San Diego and buy it,” Shum said. “When I ﬁrst had it, it didn’t run. Now it runs and I mainly just ﬁx the interior.” Shum’s interest in cars was sparked by his involvement in engineering activities. “I was in a thing before called Solar Car. I did a lot of building stuff, so that’s what got me started,” Shum said. “My mom wouldn’t let me buy a car if I didn’t have a lot of mechanical experience, but I did.” Through the aid of various sources, Shum was able to learn the process of ﬁxing a car. “There’s a bunch of manuals that you can read. I was referring to
that but I had some help along the way,” Shum said. “Even though I participated in the solar car event, it involved a gas engine rather than a mechanical engine so there were some things that I didn’t know which my friend helped me out with.” Since he has a free sixth period, Shum ﬁxes his car as a part-time interest rather than a career option. “I work three or four days a week. I also work on the weekends. Other than those days, I ﬁx it whenever I have time,” Shum said. “It’s more like a hobby. Even if I could [consider it as a career], it’s not really a high paying job. However, it’s just fun in general to do stuff with your friend who wants to help out and what not. It’s an easy way of hanging out and doing interesting stuff.” The price of the vehicle, coupled with his passion for cars, inﬂuenced him to purchase it. “[Fixing cars is] interesting to me. The car I have is very unique and was one of the best cars when it was sold,” Shum said. “Also, cars are basically a giant machine that can have many visual or internal modiﬁcations, which makes it a fun process to put everything together.” Ω
PHOTOS BY KEVIN YIN
NEED A LIFT? (TOP TO BOTTOM): Seniors Michael Shum (left) and Jonathan Vuong use tools to tune up the1973 Datsun 240Z in Vertex China, the warehouse he spends hours in. Shum is tuning the blow off valves to increase the high-end RPMs. // His car has many parts that Shum which currently makes the low end acceleration too overpowered.
Q&A Hear my thoughts in every note Q
VOLUME 45, ISSUE 4
February 14, 2013
Staying SHARP when youâ€™re feeling FLAT
bassics of fine-tuning
How do you feel about the progression of music over the years?
DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU STUDY?
Now and then, you may be eating in a restaurant and hear a song playing that you like. You may discover an interesting artist while
Would you like to try?
in the background of a car commercial may catch your attention. good
Are you easily distracted?
Are you easily distracted?
evolved along with music itself. Many of us may know that our choice of
How have these changes affected students?
we listen to may also impact our behavior, our academic performance, and even our overall mental state of well-being. As with what we eat, sometimes it does us good to be choosy (or at least aware) of the music we consume. As testing season rolls
Is it because computer?
your earphones in and click on iTunes or Spotify for a work session,
What makes a song popular today? What do you think most defines GOOD music?
of students listen to music while they do homework/study
What makes a song stand out to you?
Now do you want to try?
14% Rock 27% Hip-Hop/ R&B/Rap
3% Country 13% Electronic
DID YOU KNOW?
DID YOU KNOW?
Music therapy has been used to treat ADD, depression, seizures, premature infancy and insomnia.
On average, students score 12% higher on math exams while listening to music.
The PROGRESSION of music over the years 450 - 1450
1450 - 1600
1600 - 1760
1730 - 1910
1920 - 1970
ROCK & ROLL
HIP HOP / RAP
March 28, 2013
Not your average economics teacher During down time away from school, Economics teacher Nick Madrid writes books for his family during the holiday seasons.
PHOTO BY MARY ZHANG
READ TO ME: During a lunch break, Economics teacher Nick Madrid reads his children’s book, “Dorian the Historian Interrogates a Rock.” Mary Zhang Staff writer Some choose to give chocolate. Others, miscellaneous novelties we could do without. And some even dare
accept the challenge of last minute gift scavenges. But as a present to his son and wife, Economics teacher Nick Madrid decided to publish a children’s book for his son to relish in the future. The book, named after
Madrid’s son, is aptly titled “Dorian the Historian Interrogates a Rock.” “When I was little, my mom had gotten this book from the library with my name in it, and she always said that the book was written for me,” Madrid said. “So when Christmas came, I thought ‘why don’t I make a book for my son as a present to him and my wife?’” Drawing up his story of “Dorian the Historian” required retrials and historical research in order to create the enjoyable piece of ﬁction. “At ﬁrst, I started the story out like a Dr. Seuss book. I had the whole story written out with rhyme, but I didn’t like it so I junked the whole thing,” Madrid said. “Then I read a story about an ancient Chinese ofﬁcial, and I went with the idea of Dorian learning about historical events, like the one I read, and using them to solve modern day problems.” Madrid took advantage of opportunities to work before and after school to ﬁnish the story to send to his mother for illustrations.
“I came up with the idea in November, and I managed to ﬁnish it by the end of the month,” Madrid said. “Then I sent it to my mother, who illustrated it. She drew in the characters of my wife and I, along with Dorian, and our pet rabbit ‘Panda’.” Despite publishing the book online, Madrid hopes to keep the book close to family, friends, and people who are interested, without making a cent of proﬁt out of purchases. “I don’t want the book to become too popular, because it’s his [Madrid’s son, Dorian] story,” he said. “Right now, he’s only one years old, and the only thing he is interested in is eating the book. But I just did it because I wanted him to have a book when he got older.” With “Dorian the Historian Interrogates a Rock” published online, Madrid has two more books lined up to continue the series, this time expanding the circle of characters to include the children of his friends. “The second book is about Dorian
going to school, and I put my friends’ children in the classroom too. I’m ﬁnishing it up and it should be done around spring break, and completely illustrated by my mother and published around summer.” Madrid said. “I liked the way the ﬁrst book turned out, but I know that it could be better. We’ll make improvements on the second one and it’ll be more coordinated than the ﬁrst.” Ω
Planting the seeds for a healthy future When you see a teacher on campus, you don’t normally think about their lives away from school. However, Spanish teacher Steven Hernandez makes it apparent as he brings his vegetable smoothies and other various fruits for his students in various classes. Anita Chuen Staff writer Instead of a pool, he has a garden. Instead of drinking soda, he satisﬁes his thirst with a homemade fruit and vegetable smoothie. Instead of buying vegetables from the market, he’d rather grow his own fresh greens with a variety of plants that can’t be found in stores. This is the lifestyle of Spanish teacher Steven Hernandez, who plants his own fruits, vegetables, and ﬂowers in a garden maintained daily since 2006. “I like to grow greens because pretty much anything I eat is expensive at stores,” Hernandez said. “One of my goals is to not buy produce at the grocery store.” Hernandez has always loved gardening since both of his grandparents also enjoyed growing
vegetables, fruits and ﬂowers. “My grandmother on my mom’s side had veggies and stuff,” Hernandez said. My other grandma had mostly ﬂowers and fruit trees, so since I was little, I’ve always loved the gardening, and being outdoors.” Hernandez plants his own produce not only because he enjoys it, but also because fresh grown heirloom plants are healthier compared to the stores’ selection that are genetically engineered. “I grow heirloom vegetables that are organic. Some methods include no pesticides, no toxic elements, no chemicals, not even for the bugs,” Hernandez said. “You are what you eat, and the plants are what they eat. They eat the soil, the nutrients, the water, the sunshine. If you can provide that for them, you’ll have healthy plants, and if you eat those plants you have a healthy you.”
Hernandez, who is lactose intolerant, prides himself as a nutritionist who shares his vision on health with students through informational facts, and even fruit and veggie shakes from home. “I am concerned about the nutrition of not just me, but of everybody,” Hernandez said. “That’s why I talk to my students about gardening and share seeds. You name it, I have it, and I try to share the same insights about nutrition and vegetables.” Having a love and appreciation for nature, Hernandez hopes to extend his beliefs of a healthy diet outside his classroom. “We need a radical transformation of our diet. If I could have a class where I could teach gardening or have a little community garden here on campus, I would love that,” Hernandez said. “Everything
PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVEN HERNANDEZ
FRESH: Spanish teacher Steven Hernandez tends to his garden. we need we can just take from the earth. We can grow it and not have to pollute our environment.” Hernandez continues to grow his own vegetables to save money and experience the power of nature as he watches the plants grow.
““It’s the awe; you get the sense of the power of nature, of how nature works. A tiny seed can produce this huge plant that produces so much,” Hernandez said. “It kind of reconnects you back to the earth and our lifecycle - our environment.” Ω
Food For Thought: “Chard with Bacon”
Chop up the onions, garlic, and garlic leaves.
Fry it with 1/3 container of thinly sliced bacon. Deep fry until crispy.
Continue mixing the bacon. Chop the stems of the chard and mix it in with the bacon.
Once the stems soften, throw the trimmed leaves in.
For taste, add salt and pepper. *Optional: serve with white rice.
PHOTOS USED WITH PERMISSION OF AP IMAGES.
March 28, 2013
Eileen Lek premiers first studio recording Many students dream about making it big in the entertainment and music industry. For senior Eileen Lek, that dream is a reality. With a debut extended play (EP) titled “Love is Love”, Lek produces songs that advocate a message of living life with respect. Jessica You Tech team member 3, 2, 1. The studio recording lights go on. A gentle melody ﬂoats through the air with a guitar to accompany it. Senior Eileen Lek has been playing and singing for as long as she can remember, and this spring, she will be releasing her ﬁrst EP, “Love is Love.” “I’ve been playing ﬁnger-style guitar since I was eight and I haven’t stopped since. When I joined choir, I realized I could put the two together and create songs,” Lek said. “From that point, whenever I felt compelled to express my thoughts in that moment of time, I would sit down, start playing chord progressions, and the melody and lyrics would follow.” For Lek, the EP is more than just a showcase of her hard work and talents; it is a way for her to show her gratitude. “This EP is to show my appreciation for my family, friends, and those who have supported me more ways than just music. My goal isn’t to make it big, I just want to make it meaningful,” Lek said. Starting off was not easy for Lek and she had to grow into the
studio mold. As time progressed, Lek stepped out of her fears. “Initially, it was intimidating to be in the studio. I’ve grown accustomed to performing live so the environment was new to me,” Lek said. “Recording in a studio is challenging, especially for the ﬁrst time. The pressure to get it right the ﬁrst time adds to the nervousness, but it’s been getting better each time I go to record.” This EP is very important to Lek and she hopes to connect with her listeners through her music. “I was inspired to write about how my experiences shaped me as a person and how that inﬂuenced my positive outlook on life,” Lek said. “The beauty behind songwriting is that while certain emotions or concepts can be reﬂected in the lyrics, no two people can interpret them the same. The meaning of the song is all relative to the listener and what they have been through. For Lek, her music not only helps her convey her feelings but also helps her see herself better. “On a personal note, the EP is my own way of coming to terms with who I am and being thankful for family and friends who have helped me along the way.” Ω
TRACKLIST SIMPLICITY BE YOURSELF LOVE IS LOVE
“‘Love is Love is the one that brings all six songs together. The reason why I chose that title is because it encompasses all that I’ve experienced. I love the simplicity in the phrase because it can be interpreted on so many levels relative to that person.”
FACE THE UNCERTAINTY THANK YOU IT GETS BETTER
PHOTO COURTESY OF CATHERINE HA
Sticking to her favorite gloss
While many are satisfied with a few lip products to carry around, freshman Kristen Ilar takes cosmetics to a whole new level. With an array of over 500 lip products, ranging from EOS to Burt’s Bees to her own homemade chapsticks, Ilar has one for every occasion. Alison Chang Staff writer She glances at the clock on her nightstand. She quickly rummages through her drawers of lip products to ﬁnd the perfect chapstick. Rummaging through the immense collection of products, Ilar feels a sense of pride and accomplishment. Should I use EOS, Burt’s Bees, Rosebud Lip Salve, or Nivea? she wonders. With more than 500 lip products, it’s no wonder choosing the perfect chapstick is such a hard decision for freshman Kristen Ilar. Her collection, which started three years ago in sixth grade, consists of store bought lip balms, chapsticks, lip salves, lip glosses, lip scrubs, lipsticks, and even her own homemade chapsticks. “I’ve had chapsticks all my life. They looked really nice together, so I just started collecting them,” Ilar said. “Sometimes, I look back at it and it’s like, ‘Did I really waste all my money on this?’ But I don’t regret it [and] I just like the way it looks. Plus, with the different colors, there’s a variety to choose from.” In order to help build on her large
collection, Ilar purchases at least two lip products each time she goes to a department store. Other times, Ilar receives lip gloss as presents from friends who know of her hobby. “Sometimes I ﬁnd lip glosses in my locker that people give to me. Usually there’s a note with it, and it’s super cute because they know my actual interests,” Ilar said. “It [makes me] feel special because they took the time to buy thte lip glosses and put them in my locker. I love locker surprises.” With brands ranging from Nyx to MAC, some of Ilar’s favorites include EOS, Rosebud Lip Salve, Urban Decay Lip Junkies, Nivea and Burt’s Bees. She has roughly every color of the popular EOS lip balm. “I like [them] because of the way they apply, their color, their function and their quality. They work really well for me. I mostly use three at a time or keep them in my bag, and switch them out,” Ilar said. “There’s a lot to choose from, but I try to give each one a chance. Usually, I’ll just go with chapstick since color [might be] too much for school, but I’ll match my lip gloss with my outﬁt on
PHOTOS COURTESY OF KRISTEN ILAR
Got Gloss? (From left to right): Beginning her collection three years ago, freshman Kristen Ilar displays a portion of her collection of over 500 lip products. // Ilar applies lip gloss in her room for a special occasion. special occasions or I’ll use lipstick for performances.” In addition to collecting storebought lip care products, Ilar also makes her own chapsticks, which she crafts from home. “I heard that you can make them from old lip glosses and other ingredients, so now I have a bunch of my own homemade lip glosses. I just use them for the color,” Ilar said.
“I don’t really like them as much because they don’t look as nice and they’re not in good containers, but I enjoy making them.” Although she already has more than 500 lip products, Ilar plans to continue collecting them throughout her high school years. She also plans to further expand on her arsenal of cosmetic products. “I feel proud [when] I look back
at my collection because it shows how long I’ve been dedicated to this, but it’s not something I go around saying. Sometimes, I do my research and try ﬁnding stores for the limited edition ones,” Ilar said. “I just want to keep collecting and using them because if you don’t use them, they’ll go to waste. I take a lot of pride in my collection because a lot of dedication and time went into it.” Ω
March 28, 2013
“The Music Man” Drama performed to a full house its opening night and claimed similar success afterwards for what Ms. Karr calls one of Drama’s best musicals.
COMPILED BY REBECCA LIAW AND KENT HSIEH
Anyssa Aviles Student Director Q: What are your responsibilities as a student director? A: I help with the dancing primarily. For example, if students need help or if they can’t get the moves down I’ll go over and work with them. I also either record the dance routines or memorize them myself so I give them help. Q: What’s your favorite part of the job? A: I like hanging out with the cast, helping out with the people who need a little bit of help, and just having fun even though it’s still technically work.
Nathan Rubio Student Director, Floor Manager Q: What are your responsibilities as a student director? A: To help out the production in any way possible by showing the actors, controlling the actors, silencing them backstage when they need to be quiet, and by giving them my own little critiques on to make the performance better. Q: What’s your favorite part of the job? A: The looseness of it. The fact that I could help out with acting one day, dancing another day... plus, being student director gives me a little bit more freedom than just rigidly going through one job.
Alejandra Madrigal-Avina Stage Manager Q: What are your responsibilities as a student director? A: My responsibilities are to make sure the show runs as best as possible. I’m in charge of lighting, sound, spotlights, floor crew, so if something goes wrong it’s basically on my head. Q: What’s your favorite part of the job? A: The little things that happen backstage kind of make your year sometimes. Even if it’s just a laugh you had with your friends or a joke you played, just the little events that happen can mean the world to you.
PHOTOS USED WITH PERMISSION OF THE DRAMA DEPARTMENT
THE MUSIC MAN (CLOCKWISE): The majority of the cast performs “Ya Got Trouble” on stage. // Mayor Shinn, played by junior Jonathan Kim, thanks Mrs. Shinn, played by junior Samantha Joun. // Harold Hill, played by junior
Bryan Wong Staff writer Despite the simple title, the play “The Music Man” tells a heart wrenching story with romance, drama, comedy, and much more. Students from Drama, Choir and other organizations performed in the play in the Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday March 15, 16, 22, and 23. “It was wonderful. We felt ourselves connect to our characters, [and] at the same time [we] concentrated and [did] not lose our character” junior Lance Floresca said. “I just want the audience to have a good time and for me to have a good time, performing for them and making them happy.” The musical tells the story of Harold Hill, a salesman who starts a band in order to cheat townspeople out of their money. While carrying
out his scheme, he falls in love with the local librarian, Marian Paroo. “It’s really creatively written,” freshman Leah Rickard said. “If you listen to the lyrics, a lot of them can be used to take advice for situations in real life. In ‘My White Knight’, Marion talks about the kind of guy she wants. [The lyrics] make me think [about] what I would want in a boyfriend.” Band and Orchestra students provided music during the performance, playing pieces such as “Ya Got Trouble”, “Shipoopi”, and “Marion the Librarian” “I’ve never gotten an opportunity [to play in a musical] before,” sophomore violinist Hillary Fan said. “But if [the musicians] mess up, it ruins everything because the choreography matches the music. [However], we played really well.” Members of the cast practiced 3-5 p.m. every day since Jan. 7, and
began practicing until 7 p.m. in the ﬁnal weeks leading up to the shows. “[The extra practice] always pays off. It never seems like it will, but in the end [when] it all comes together, the satisfaction of knowing that the audience appreciates what you do pays off,” junior Samantha Joun said. “Ms. Karr, Mrs. Rehm and our choreographer Daniel have all been working us really hard because they know we can handle it.” On opening night, the cast performed to a full house of audience members, and had similar success in the next day’s performance. “After the show, Ms Karr came backstage and she said ‘That was the best you guys have performed.’ That’s a very huge compliment because it doesn’t happen very often,” junior Jared Lindsay said. “The lines ran smoothly, the blocking went well, and the scene changes went well. We couldn’t [have] hoped for better.” Ω
Band and orchestra to play at Gettysburg
Students will perform at a commemoration concert over the spring break. Lynze Tom Staff writer In honor of the 150th anniversary the Battle of Gettysburg, Band will be traveling to Gettysburg, PA to play at a commemoration concert from April 4-7. Only 130 members from both Band and Orchestra can attend due to limited space and funding. “I’m really nervous because there’s less people than we have in the whole Orchestra playing. It feels really exciting and interesting,” sophomore Ellis Chang said. “It’s probably going to feel different since I’ve never been so far away. Many of the concerts there are the parents of all the students, but for this one
there’s going to be people we’ve never seen before.” For this concert, the students will attempt more difﬁcult music including Band and Orchestra Director Dr. Buddy Clements’ own piece, called “Remembering Gettysburg.” Members will also be playing Civil War themed songs including “The Blue and the Grey,” “Gettysburg: The Third Day” and other various wartime tunes. “‘Remembering Gettysburg’ is a really great song and I think it sums up the whole reason the Orchestra is there. I like the song since each part of the orchestra has a different mood and different melodies added up together. It’s just like experiencing
the tension, joy and emotions of that time,” sophomore Angie Chang said. “When you read and learn about it, [the Civil War] sounds so far away... but when you ﬁnd out that you are actually going it all becomes reality.” Band and orchestra received an ofﬁcial invitation by mail from the National Festival of the States through the association Gettysburg 150 to perform at this concert. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience to be part of this thing. It’s a really special opportunity and to be able to play music right there where it happened and it was such a turning point. I think it’ll be really moving and leave a lasting impression,” Clements said. Ω
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PHOTOS BY JEZEBEL CARDENAS AND KEVIN YIN
AROUND THE WORLD (CLOCKWISE): Korean Club demonstrates a traditional, celebratory fan dance known as Buchaechum. // Senior Shawn Lee grabs junior Leo Wu by the arm as he prepares to throw him over his head in a coordinated martial arts showcase that featured swords and wooden staffs. // Senior Joseph Nombrado leads the members of Polynesian Club in their annual chant to open the Multicultural Assembly. // Junior Kush Parikh performs alongside other Southeast Asian Association members in a Punjabi-style dance known as Bhangra // Junior Alyssa Bernal leads Halo dance.
Adjustments improve assembly
Performances underwent a variety of modifications, from show-wide to small-scale adjustments, that benefited the whole Multicultural assembly. Megan Wu Staff writer With a few adjustments in the club lineup, the annual Multicultural Assembly was held in the gym on Friday, March 1. Hosted by ASB members Kyle Parisi and Sienna Serrano, the event featured various clubs which displayed their cultures through a combination of modern and traditional performances. “The dance we do demands a lot of energy out of the body,” Polynesian Club member junior Chase Clark said. “I felt conﬁdent; I didn’t mind all the people. Dancing shows a lot of personality and attitude, and I think it’s a great way to show your culture. As you can see, that dance was really old and it’s still amazing.” Polynesian Club included an interactive segment with the audience. This is likely to be its last year of performing, because Ofﬁce Clerk Ave Tauvao, who has served as their choreographer for the past six years, will be leaving the club next year. “It’s kind of sad in a way, because the tradition will not be carried on anymore,” Polynesian Club member senior Joseph Nombrado said. “If someone wants to carry it on, I’m glad, but it won’t be the same as previous years.”
Breaking away from its usual two-performance show, Martial Arts Club decided to merge both Taekwondo and Wushu into a single dance routine, allowing members of each martial art to bond through their experiences in their rehearsals. “In previous years, we came in at separate times, and we had to split the time between the martial arts and weren’t able to do as much,” junior Charles Kwang said. “This year, we could do something bigger and better with the entire ﬁve minutes for both sections. Having practiced together, members of Wushu and Taekwondo got to bond together. We ended up pulling it together and it worked in our favor.” Despite losing a key member who graduated last year, the Southeast Asian Association (SAA) worked hard to create this year’s performance, incorporating Dance Team members and beginning practices earlier. “I myself did not choreograph, but it took a lot of thought to choreograph because we did not have the dance completed until a week or two before the dance itself. It was very difﬁcult [losing Arpit Bhanderi]. He was the one who taught me the dance moves, who helped me a lot,” junior Faisal Qasim said. “It felt great, just on that stage, everyone cheering;
it’s great to know that we are looked forward to. It’s exciting to see. It’s a great feeling seeing everyone chant, hearing every cheer.” Swing Club also improved its performance this year by integrating several new moves into their routine and hosting auditions for the show, allowing for more ﬂexibility. “Last year, the stage was really crowded with so many people, and there wasn’t enough room for stunts. I think that this year, with the auditions, there was just more room to dance,” Swing Club member junior Chayla Noto said. “We did most of the same stunts as last year, but we did learn two new stunts that we’ve never done before. I think that we did a really good job this year, because there were less couples and new moves.” Overall, many felt that the Multicultural Assembly compared favorably to last year’s despite the fact that some clubs did not perform this year. “The performances this year were really nice,” ASB member sophomore Abiyah Parris said. “Everything went together really well; everything was perfect. There were different people, which was a new experience from last year, and there were also new dances. Hopefully, next year will be even better than this year.” Ω
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You’ve got nothing on our four-pack apps. You’ve probably seen them before, but just to make sure, here are the four apps that your friends are certainly going to try during Spring Break. Why not try out Real Racing III, 10000000, VSCO, and 4 Pics 1 Word?
David Cao Guest writer
Both the banana peel dodgers of “Mario Kart” and true car enthusiasts and licensed drivers can ﬁnd a happy medium in “Real Racing 3” (RR3). Gameplay takes place in the Cup mode in which you compete against 21 other cars on the tracks like Hockenheimring. As you race and progress, you can purchase cars of all kinds from familiar brands like Ford to foreign brands like Koenigsegg. By connecting to Facebook or Game Center, the game creates a Time Shifted double: AI whose skill level is adjusted based on the player’s times from each race. This allows you to race against friends in each game, even when they’re ofﬂine. In addition to basic repair, maintenance of critical components like the oil, engine, and brakes will become essential as each part gradually wears down. As the car is in the shop, you can race other cars or pay gold to eliminate the wait. Being a “freemium” app doesn’t impede gameplay — every race and car in the game is accessible with patience. RR3 provides the thrilling experience of driving expensive cars you probably couldn’t afford and driving, winning and crashing them at speeds you probably wouldn’t want to drive at — all from the comfort of your phone or tablet. Ω
Elliot Park Editor-in-Chief
With the connect-three puzzle of “Bejeweled,” the endless runner gameplay of “Tiny Wings,” EightyEightGames’ “10000000” creates a unique puzzle-endless runner experience that’s worth your two bucks. To put it plainly, you’re a guy trapped in a dungeon for reasons unknown. Your goal is simple: earn 10000000 points by running, endlessly. Whenever you enter a dungeon, your avatar is constantly running and with every step, you gain points. Gameplay is like “Bejeweled” in that you’re given a board ﬁlled with blocks of different colors and symbols to connect. The catch is that connecting blocks allows your avatar to perform an action. Connecting three sword blocks lets you attack; connecting three key blocks opens up chests. And nothing really beats connecting a row of shields to defend a dragon’s ﬂames, then taking it down with a four-block sword swoop. It’s a unique and satisfying gameplay mechanic that keeps you on your toes at all times. “10000000” is simple, clever and above all else, unlike anything else out there. If you’re ready for some dungeon-crawling, endless-running action, give it try. Ω
Michael Hyun Sports editor
Hipster. Photography. Put those together, and it’ll probably be the next big thing that gets you more likes than a #selﬁesunday. With Instagram and Facebook geared towards the visual appeal of our generation, it’s impossible to not edit photos before hitting the post button. VSCO comes with various features, emulating the feel of a mobile photoshop program. As with all photo editing apps, VSCO comes with the usual crop, exposure, and contrast tools, providing options such as fade, temperature, highlights and saturation adjustments. But the most unique characteristic is the set of ten overlays it provides. I can choose to edit my photos from a slight grayscale portrait to a Kodak ﬁlm image to a cool, purple tone visage. Although some pre-set frames are not the best for certain photos, most bring an unusual touch to the original images. One downside to the app is the amount of time a photo takes to export onto the camera roll. Although “patience is virtue,” three minutes of waiting to post a photo on Instagram really chews at my sanity. But if you’re looking to give your photos an enhanced, different look from the rest of the others, give VSCO cam a try. You’ll probably notice triple digits in your likes. Ω
Alvin Wan Tech leader
Four pictures. Which word? For those that have yet to experience this mind-blowing puzzle game, “4 Pics 1 Word” seems quite trivial. On the same note, the challenge and selfgratiﬁcation actually make it quite addicting. The game is self-explanatory: spell a word that describes all four photos. Like other apps in its genre, “4 Pics 1 Word” depends on a concept of self-gratiﬁcation. Solve the puzzle. Feel the pride. I like it, and it’s what keeps me coming back to the app. Here’s another bonus - this app has virtually no learning curve. The intuitive interface and simple concept makes catching onto the game a onetwo-three process. On the other hand, varying difﬁculty levels mean allaround appeal. However, the big drawback is the game’s simplicity. The simple gameplay doesn’t give a lot of room to adapt and grow. Trying to alter the straightforward gameplay would destroy what makes it fun: it’s intuitive design that’s easy to pick up and play. Even after taking drawbacks into consideration, there’s no harm in trying “4 Pics 1 Word,” but without crowd-sourcing or any level of userinteraction, “4 Pics 1 Word” will never grow beyond the casual app. Ω
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CANDEE YUAN
Selling foreign products at a cheap price Daiso Japan presents customers with a wide selection of different items from Japan that can be used in their daily lives. Specialty Store 17160 Colima Rd Ste A Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Serena Lin Staff writer Low prices. Quality products. What more could you ask for? Part of a large network of Japanese stores, Daiso Japan, has recently established a new location in Hacienda Heights. From kitchen knives to plaid ties, Daiso sells basic necessities as well as Japanese goods making it the perfect place to do some quick shopping. Upon entering the store, I was immediately transﬁxed. Each aisle was lined with bright green and orange signs, contributing to a clean and modern atmosphere making it simple yet eye-catching. In addition, the organization of the products in each aisle made browsing quick and easy. Varying from kitchenware and toiletries to makeup and tools, Daiso offers an impressive variety of products. Everyday items line the
shelves along with unique products that offer a different cultural aspect. Special products such as Japanese fans, traditional cloths, and tea ceremony goods could be found exclusively at Daiso Japan. The wide variety of goods that Daiso offered made it more convenient to shop rather than visiting numerous places to complete your shopping list. Another notable plus would be the reasonable prices. Items such as gardening supplies and stationery were sold at a low price of $1.50 unless marked otherwise. Daiso is deﬁnitely one of the few convenience stores who sell products worth your money. Despite the prices, each item can last longer than products from other stores. The items that I bought were worth the price that I paid for. The only downside about Daiso would be the insufﬁcient breathing space. Crowds of shoppers would pour into the narrow aisles every
minute limiting the option to browse around. Each time I reached out to grab an item from the aisle, it seemed as if my hand would collide with another shopper’s. The carts that they provided didn’t contribute to the situation. Abandoned shopping carts littered each aisle restricting the area even further. The feature that I really liked about Daiso was the wide range of items on display. Instead of products found in everyday run-of-the-mill convenience stores, Japanese products were offered alongside products found at Target. Personally, I like to shop in peace but if you’re the type of person who enjoys NEED A MAP? SCAN ME! shopping at busy, lively places, Daiso Japan is deﬁnitely the place for you. Ω
WANT TO GO TO THE STORE WITH ME? (CLOCKWISE): Not just a typical store, Daiso Japan sells small merchandise that you would not typically an affordable price. Among the many items that Daiso Japan sells, pens that are typically found in Asia can be found and purchased at a low price of $1.50. PHOTOS BY SERENA LIN
Tea time can now be served
Recently opened, PJ Tearoom pleases customers with their food and drinks. Restaurant
Do you have 20/20 in sight? Chantel Chan Staff writer
Jessica You Tech team member
PHOTOS BY JESSICA YOU
AFTERNOON TEA PARTY (CLOCKWISE): As part of their menu, boba milk tea and mango smoothie are one of many delicacies. PJ Tearoom offers various sandwiches. the nasty medicine tasting pudding or fake slushies you ﬁnd elsewhere. The food that followed after a short wait was just as good. The sandwich and fried chicken I ordered were ﬂavored perfectly and tasted a lot fresher than the food you get from the bigger boba franchises. The only setback to what would’ve been a perfect experience here is that the food was a little bit pricey. Despite that, I felt like my money was worth it since the food and drinks were so fulﬁlling. Compared to
Half&Half or Meow Meow, where most of the time I felt like I was being cheated of my money, PJ Tea Room gave me exactly what I wanted. Even though PJ Tea Room is a little pricey for a boba place, the food and drinks were deﬁnitely worth it. So next time you’re around the Colima/ Puente Hills area, don’t forget to try PJ Tea Room. Ω
Food Truck Festivals in Puente
Visit Puente Hills Mall the first Friday of the month for a food truck festival experience.
Justin Timberlake released his newest R&B and pop album “The 20/20 Experience.” I’ve never been the type to listen to R&B music. So after ﬁnding out I would be reviewing it, I wasn’t expecting too much. After listening to the album, though, I have to admit I was surprised at how much I liked it. What sets this album apart is that he mixes modern sounds with old school rhythms to create a futuristic effect. Although it’s not the best album I’ve ever heard, it’s memorable. It’s a new take on modern music and it’s refreshing to see an artist doing something different.
PHOTOS BY ANITA CHUEN
CAN I GET YOUR ORDER? (LEFT TO RIGHT): The Kogi BBQ truck offers a variety of foods that combine Mexican food and traditional Korean BBQ into a single, affordable meal. At the food truck festival, The French Bonaparte truck has different foods from French cuisine. sliders were very savory and it had a lot of rich ﬂavors. The toasted buns, crisp lettuce, tender beef, melted cheese, and the spiciness really complemented each other, leaving me wanting more after each bite. I tried some of my friend’s short rib taco, and we both agree that it’s like Mexico and Korea had a baby. The ﬂavors of each ingredient were very distinct and savory. I went to the French Bonaparte truck and ordered the HazelBerryAna crepe with vanilla ice cream for an extra $1.50. When I got my order, I was delighted by the huge crepe and the beautiful presentation. The strawberries and bananas were really
fresh and the crepes are much better with the ice cream. Overall, I enjoyed the food trucks and I appreciated the quality of the food. The food is surprisingly really fresh and delicious, and the presentation is better than any other fast food restaurant I’ve been to. Try picturing a mix of restaurant quality food and the quickness of a fast food restaurant. I would love to go again and I deﬁnitely recommend this to anyone who is up for a variety of good eats. Ω
The opening song “Pusher Love Girl” begins with an orchestral intro, then becomes upbeat when Timberlake starts singing. Even though the change in melody is a bit abrupt, it keeps me interested. “Blue Ocean Floor” is the highlight of the album. It is the one track where I ﬁnd myself relating to the title of the album. Listening to it, I feel like I can actually see “that blue ocean ﬂoor” Timberlake is describing because of its soft and soothing melody. Overall, I thought the album was original and each of the songs were very catchy. If you’re looking for music that really emphasizes on rhythm, then this just might be the one. Ω
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Kwok’s Korner: “The Dinner”
Herman Koch’s “The Dinner” provides an interesting story with its plotline about a serious parental decision. Jessica Kwok Editor-in-Chief
Anita Chuen Staff writer If you’re a regular at the Puente Hills Mall, then you’re familiar with the many changes occurring. Instead of going to the food court to get something to eat, try the delicious foods sold by food trucks at the parking lot outside of Round 1. Among other changes in the mall, every second Friday of the month, an area in the parking lot is dedicated to food trucks selling ﬂavorful foods. I have to admit, I went in with doubts about the quality because the food is coming out of a truck, not a counter, but I was surprisingly faced with the complete opposite. As I walked in, I had to pay an admission fee of $1 and the food trucks were parked in a circle with tables in the middleg. The atmosphere was very welcoming as a fair would be like. From the eight food trucks, I ordered food from the Kogi BBQ truck and the French Bonaparte truck. I ﬁrst went to the Kogi BBQ truck since there was a pretty long line, so the food must be good. I ordered the Kogi sliders. The preparation for the food didn’t take as long as I thought it would be since there were a lot of people and not many workers. The
Album After a little over a decade, Justin Timberlake debuts his new album, “20/20”, with new music and sounds.
17418 E Colima Rd Rowland Heights, CA 91748
I’ve tried them all: Half&Half, Meow Meow, MJ’s Cafe; you get the point. So when I decided to try the new restaurant near Puente Hills Mall, PJ Tea Room, I wasn’t expecting much from it. They say ﬁrst impressions make a huge difference in things, but my ﬁrst impression walking in and my impression walking out were very, very different. Though PJ Tea Room is just a small boba joint off the side of Colima, their service was amazing. When I ﬁrst walked in, I was greeted by a friendly waitress who, after seating us, immediately asked us what we would like to order. The waitress was extremely friendly and polite the entire time and was eager to suggest what was tasty to eat. After I ordered my mango smoothie, it came out immediately and tasted nothing short of delicious. It was made with real mangoes and wasn’t the powdery rip-off juice you usually get from money-hungry businesses. Their mango slushie tasted like bits of icy mango heaven - not
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Two weeks ago, if you had asked what I thought upon hearing the word “dinner,” I would have said, “Chicken. Rice. Vegetables.” But now, when you ask me the same question, I’d say, “Herman Koch. Moral issues. Social status.” Herman Koch’s “The Dinner” revolves around a dinner between brothers Paul and Serge, the latter most likely going to be the next Dutch president, and their wives, Claire and Babette. A normal gathering, except there’s one unspoken issue about their children that they all dance around. I loved Koch’s direct writing style, although I’m not sure if that’s him or the person who translated his writing into English. The character development is outstanding, with Paul’s sardonic comments about his brother saying just as much about himself - Koch exceeds at building Paul into a character we can’t help but appreciate and doubt at the same time. But in a novel where only one event takes place, the characters must be - and are - the plot’s foundation. I’m just going to say right now that this book is a test of patience (no, that doesn’t mean it drags). But that’s one of the things that makes this so appealing - the subtle foreshadowing
of something that already happened. I have to admit, though, it takes a little too long for the reader to realize that there’s something wrong with this dinner (apart from the fact that Paul seems to hate his brother... which isn’t normal in the ﬁrst place). But between the questions about morality (which aren’t mind-
numbingly philosophical, for once) and the sometimes dragging of the plot, it’s a strong novel with an interesting presentation. Feel free to serve yourself a helping of this delicious book. You’ll be chewing on its meaning for a long while. Ω
PHOTO BY FRANK LIN
March 28, 2013 Ω Track wins second league meet against West Covina the hoofprint
The Mustangs rebounded and defeated the West Covina Bulldogs 90-46 for boys varsity and 110-26 for girls varsity. Spencer Wu Sports editor In the second league meet of the season, track and field competed against West Covina on Thursday, March 21 at Ken Gunn Stadium. The Mustangs defeated the Bulldogs in jumps, field events, and running events and finished with a score of 90-46 for boys and 110-26 for girls. “We were tied right before the high jumps, and we ended up winning because we did well in the high jumps. We started off by losing our very first league meet, so we had to get out of that slump, and we ended up winning this meet. I think with one win comes another win, and this will really help boost our morale,” freshman Huy Le said. “Many of the people who are new to track are getting more experience in competing. This is around the time when most of us set our goals for where we want to be by the end of the year.” Recovering from ailments from the previous meet against Los Altos, the Mustangs bounced back against West Covina by sweeping all three divisions. “At last week’s meet, we lost because we were missing a lot of people who were sick. This week, everyone was back, and we were able to win and regain our confidence for this season,” senior
Xavier Magallanez said. “I feel really good about our performance as a team. There are only a few little things we need to fix. These are just small things in technique that we can easily improve. We need to just keep pushing ourselves forward. Hopefully, each of our runners can make it to CIF Individuals.” The success of the pole vault team is a constant that many members hope to lean upon to win meets. “As a pole vault team, we need to not give up when we are down to our third jump. Rowland’s not really a competition against Walnut for pole vault, since our pole vault team is actually really strong,” junior Jeremy Lee said. “We can’t get sloppy or think ‘Oh since this is just against Rowland. I don’t really have to try.’ We need to stay in the mentality that it is still a competition and first is first.” Walnut, with its 1-1 (boys) and 2-0 (girls) records in League, will face off against the Rowland Raiders at home in its next regular season meet. “We really need to continue to work hard. At practices, we just need to give it our all, instead of just going through the motions. I think we did really well. I am really pleased that everyone’s hard work in our practices has been paying off,” sophomore Catrina Gonzalez said. Ω
PHOTOS BY BELLE SUN
TRACKED DOWN (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): Jordan Gallegos runs in a 4x1 relay.// Senior Brian Minitolli and sophomore Matthew Magallenez jump over a hurdle during the varsity boys hurdle race Freshman Jessica Gallardo runs the 4x1 relay.// Sophomore Andrew Leu does the high jump.
Varsity swim wins meet at Los Altos Varsity swim teams swept Los Altos in a victory that helped them get one step closer to winning another Hacienda League title. Ted Zhu Opinion editor Varsity swim defeated Los Altos with a resounding victory on Wednesday, March 20 with scores of 110-57 for girls and 118-52 for boys. “It feels like we got better than last year since it felt really easy to beat Los Altos this year. We’ve improved a lot over the season and gotten a lot of good performances this time,” junior Megan King said. With the victory, both varsity teams solidified their status at the top of league standings and took a step closer to locking up another yet Hacienda League title. “It feels good knowing we just beat out our best competition in league, especially with our meet against Diamond Bar coming up, who is probably our second biggest competitor to win league,” sophomore Bryan Dao said. Dao points to team chemistry as an important factor of the team’s success this year. “We’re a very organized team.
MUSTANG IN WATER: Junior Megan King swims the 200 meter Mustangs against the Los Altos Conguerors. // Junior Derek Kao breaststroke. We’re a big family, close. We’re very supportive and we always have people helping with the lap counts, cheering from sidelines, being really supportive and it’s helped us a lot this year,” he said. With the added confidence from this meet, the swim team will face off against rival Diamond Bar on Wednesday, March 27. The meet will be held at Mt. Sac’s aquatic center instead of the Walnut pool
PHOTOS BY BELLE SUN
due to issues with the damaged starting blocks. “The expectations are really high for this meet after our win against Los Altos, so I have a really good feeling for the meet versus Diamond Bar,” King said. Ω
Serena Hou competes in Toyota Tour Sophomore Serena Hou qualified to compete in the Toyota golf tournament in Carlton Oaks. Belle Sun Feature editor
experienced golfers gave Hou the opportunity to observe and learn. “When you’re playing with Competing among some of better competition you notice how the best junior golfers in southern they’re more focused and more California, sophomore S e r e n a concentrated,” Hou said. Hou participated in Hou aimed to the first Toyota Tour stay calm during “When you’re Cup event of the the tournament. playing with better year on February “I’m nervous 18-19 at the Carlton for competition you tournament I every Oaks Golf Course in play notice how they’re in but I try to Santee. “When I first myself less more focused. make started I was in nervous because Southern California obviously you play Professional better when you’re Golf Association confident so I try (SCPGA) tournaments, and then I to boost my confidence by would go to tournaments for people avoiding negative thoughts,” Hou ages nine to 18, and there are said. certain tournaments for qualifiers Through competing in the for the Toyota Tour, and I wanted Toyota Tour, Hou feels that her to advance onto the next better golfing experience has not been playing field,” Hou said. in vain and plans on playing golf Although Hou practices daily, throughout her high school career she keeps a certain mindset before as well as in college. a tournament. “I feel like I’ve finally “Before a tournament I’ll try accomplished something now that to make my score more consistent I’m competing because I’ve been and stable,” Hou said. playing golf for around six years Competing with more now,” Hou said. Ω
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COMPILED BY BELLE SUN, ALISON CHANG, MICHELLE CHANG, BRYAN WONG, DEREK WAN, AND DORIS LI
Arthur Tang (11) : Tennis
In every sport, the captain
Dylan Harcourt (12) : Golf “As a leader, Dylan tells us to
you want to talk to someone, you pretty well, most people already
NIcole Phan (11) : Swim
leadership, motivation, and performance. The Hoofprint asked athletes what their captains mean to them and their teams.
Robert Iwasaki (12) : Baseball “Everyone needs someone to take the example from so they can work
Kathleen Luu (12) : Track
makes me want to push myself and
how much they care about the
Parker Sin (12): Swim
really cares about everyone on
Teodora Parker (12): Softball
Andres Shen (12): Track
what’s expected of us, and she knows we should do our best and what we
Boys varsity tennis falls to Rowland, beats Diamond Bar After losing a tough match against the first place team in league, Rowland, Walnut bounced back to beat rival Diamond Bar Elliot Park Editor-in-chief
PHOTOS BY ANDRAES ARTEAGA
BEAT IT (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): Sophomore Henry Ao sets up to hit a forehand. // Junior Allen Sarmiento chases down a wife backhand shot. // Junior Jonathan Chiu swings through a forehand.
Despite losing to John A. Rowland High School 7-11 last Thursday, March 21, boys varsity tennis edged out league rival Diamond Bar High School with a score of 10-8 this past Tuesday, March 26. “I feel pretty good. We stepped it up in singles [against Rowland] compared to last time [against Diamond Bar] definitely, but they were also down one of the singles players so we can’t be too happy about that. But our Doubles played... even better this time; we got two extra games in doubles and our doubles one definitely stepped it up this time. They swept all three, which helped us a lot.” During the Rowland meet, the doubles teams beat out the Raiders with five wins of their
nine matches. On the singles front, Rowland took seven wins out of nine matches. “Our returns have to be stronger and our serves have to be more precise and we have to be more aggressive at the net,” junior Luke Chen said after the Rowland match. “They were taking advantage of our lack of rallies because a lot of their shots were really cross-court; they made it hard for us to come up to the net and therefore we couldn’t volley.” Against Diamond Bar, tennis jumped up in the first round with a 5-1 lead. By the tail end of the third round, however, Walnut’s four match lead had dropped to one, with the score at 9-8. Freshman Jimmy Zheng cemented Walnut’s win in his singles three match during the third round, beating his opponent 7-5 and leaving the match count at
10-8. “It just feels like you lost to a rival and then beat them; it’s sort of like revenge,” Zheng said. “I was pretty relieved that I didn’t lose for my team.” For now, the biggest test for the team lies in their rematch against Rowland at the end of the season. “Our coach said that [the Diamond Bar match] is the match that determines where we are throughout the season and if we beat Diamond Bar this time we’re going to be second-place, for now, until we play Rowland. So that definitely helped boost our confidence.” Tang said. “[Rowland’s] singles is just really, really tough so we might have to definitely buff up our doubles. We’re just really happy we beat Diamond Bar but we still have to be careful about Rowland.” Ω
Freshmen on varsity: Spring sports
Every year a new crop of outstanding freshman athletes surpass expectations to make varsity teams. Meet this year’s talented freshmen. Bryan Wong Staff writer A golf ball soars through the air. Droplets of sweat run down their necks with muscles straining. The thundering sound of legs kicking in the water. Dust flies from the slam of a tennis ball. The steady beat of footsteps. With promising talent and passion for their sport, many freshmen challenge the odds by fighting their way onto the varsity teams. For Rami Abdou, being in varsity golf and competing at a higher level brings both pressure and excitement. “I really love golf and being a freshman on varsity is special and I admire it. I don’t want to be disappointing and I just want there to be great success,” Abdou said. “It’s good being in varsity for the learning experience because I’m a lot younger, but I can learn from the seniors. They help me out in the games. People have high expectations for me, so there’s pressure, but that’s what drives me forward.” Being in varsity swim not only allows Megan Chan to follow her passion for swimming, but also to follow in the footsteps of her
March 28, 2013 VARSITY SPRING SPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS TENNIS 2/26 3/1 3/5 3/7 3/11 3/14 3/19 3/21 3/26
vs. Diamond Bar vs. Wilson @ Bonita @ Diamond Ranch vs Ayala @ Los Altos vs. West Covina vs. Rowland @ Diamond Bar
L 5-13 W 14-4 W 15-3 W 17-1 W 14-4 W 18-0 W 17-1 L 7-11 W 10-8
BOYS GOLF 2/25 vs. Oak Hills 3/1 vs. Los Osos 3/5 vs. West Covina 3/6 @ Orange Lutheran 3/7 @ West Covina 3/11 vs. Arcadia 3/12 vs. Los Altos 3/13 @ Los Osos 3/14 @ Los Altos
SOFTBALL 2/25 2/26 3/11 3/12 3/13 3/14 3/21
vs Wilson @ South Hills @ Laguna Hills @ Dana Hills @ Laguna Beach @ San Clemente @Edgewood
W 4-1 L 2-9 L 4-5 L 1-5 W 14-5 L 7-12 W 16-8
PHOTO BY ANDRAES ARTEAGA
W 234-248 W 210-221 W 210-279 W224-226 W 224-289 L 210-189 W 206-218 W 204-210 W 220-194
BASEBALL 2/23 2/23 3/1 3/4 3/6 3/8 3/12 3/13 3/23
vs. Ontario W 7-0 vs Ontario W 9-0 @ Cajon L 1-2 vs Bloomington L 1-5 vs Western Christian W 1-0 @ La Puente W 5-1 @ Eisenhower W 6-5 @ Covina L 7-5 Chino Tourney vs La Quinta L1-7
FRESH MEAT: Freshman varsity tennis player Henry Tang uses a forehand to hit the ball over the net at a home meet against Rowland. brother, junior Gary Chan. “My brother was also in varsity, so I thought it would be a good idea to be in it, too. After joining, I found out that people have really high expectations of you to be able to swim extremely fast,” Chan said. “I just have to practice every day, though, and it’s actually pretty fun because all my friends are with me.” Playing for the varsity tennis team motivates Henry Tang to work
harder and appreciate the sport. “I wanted to join varsity because I felt it would challenge me more and it seemed more fun to be able to play with the school’s best players. At first, I thought it would just be like any other sport, but then I started to take it more seriously once I actually began playing,” Tang said. “Teamwork is one of the most important things I’ve learned, and being in varsity motivates me to play better.” Ω
TRACK 3/19 vs Los Altos W 120-16 (girls) L 67-69 (boys) 3/21 vs West Covina W 110-26 (girls) W 90-46 (boys)
SWIM 3/8 @Glendora W 113-57 (boys) L 47-123 (girls) 3/14 @Damien W 88 - 82 (boys) 3/20 @Los Altos W110 - 57 (girls) W118 - 52 (boys)