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VOLUME 43, ISSUE 3 A&E Check out the fall Drama production “The Mouse that Roared” in photos.
December 3, 2010
SCENE Find sculptures, paintings, and photographs at the Getty Art Center.
FEATURE Freshmen Johnathan Chui and Chris Cuevas manage the inky business of selling T-shirts.
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rocking it: Senior Michael Hanlon, a guitarist in the band Urban Riot, strums his electric guitar at the Teen Center sponsored Battle of the Bands competition. Because five bands performed at the competition compared to last year’s 12, the Teen Center held only one competition in which three winners were chosen.
Two Walnut bands place in Battle of the Bands Urban Riot placed first and Scratchbook placed third out of the five different bands that performed. Eddie Cox News Editor Electric guitars blasted their zingy tunes out the open doors of the Senior Center at the annual Battle of the Bands competition where five bands, two of which had members from Walnut, performed.
Urban Riot received first place, Ariya second place, and Scratchbook third place. Each band received a Sam Ash gift card valued at $200, $150, or $100. Music genres ranged from band, What iF’s thoughtful, wavy blues rock tunes to the band In Oceans’ heavy metal pieces. Last year’s finalist, Scratchbook, returned with bass player, senior Mark Lucas, singers and guitarists, Walnut alumni Chris Cusson and senior John Franco sing alternative pop rock, new drummer junior Gerard Bajumandi. “We want to get really big,” Franco said. “None of us doubt ourselves, you can’t doubt yourself, ever.” As Urban Riot, a hard rock/metal band took the stage, drum-
mer, senior Adam Valdez and bass player, senior Michael Hanlon cracked jokes at each other. The band invited drama and choir member, sophomore Toni Gallardo to sing, “That’s What You Get” by Paramore. The audience shouted for encores after the results of the competition were announced. At the end of the performance, English teacher Mrs. Kirsten Thibeault’s son, seven year old Joseph Kazoyan, was invited onto the stage, and received splintered drumsticks from Valdez and a cracked cymbal from In Oceans which had the message in black marker: “Thanks for the support, little man.” Ω
ECGA introduces Eco-talks to promote environmental awareness ECGA secretary junior Jerry Qin, created Ecotalks, a forum for students to discuss issues relating to the environment. Angela Aie Staff Writer This year ECGA started Eco-talks, a forum in which students raise awareness and express their ideas about the environment. “We want people to care and love the environment because we are still a specie in this
large ecosystem of millions of species,” Ecotalks founder and ECGA secretary junior Jerry Qin said. “But the thing is we can only love and care for the things we understand, and that’s what we are here to do, to understand.” Although the goals of this forum is to educate members of ECGA, the ultimate goal is to encourage people to discuss environmental issues. “Eco-talks encourages students to speak up in front of their peers. It will definitely help students come out of their shells and engage in deep discussions about topics that they are affected by and interested in,” ECGA cabinet member sophomore Katie Takahashi said. Meetings involve student produced pre-
sentations on general topics of the environment such as global warming, and brainstorming for projects to spread awareness. One of these projects was donating bottles for material to make life straws which act as filters for dirty water. Nonmembers can also join Eco-talks. “We have many people [participating] who are not in the club because they know the difference between picking up trash and learning how to stop that trash from being there in the first place,” Qin said. “People who are involved are not simply curing the symptoms but getting to the roots and learning about the cause [of the problem].” Eco-talks participants help out in the com-
munity by participating in events such as acting as research aids for college students and listening to presentations at the Claremont colleges. Members also plan to speak at elementary schools to reach the next generation. “[It] gets you more informed as to what is occuring in the everyday environment and how it affects our modern day lifestyle,” Eco-talks member sophomore Nikos Sarantopoulos said. “I think that Eco-talks is a fun activity in the club and I’m glad to be a part of it.” Qin hopes that in the future Eco-talks will become a place where people can come and give their input on issues such as pollution, conservation, and climate change. Meetings are held every Monday after school in room C-8. Ω
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preview: feeney and Friend of Tanzanian orphans Timothy Huang Staff Writer
Civics teacher and humanitarian volunteer Paulette Feeney plans visits and helps Tanzanian children. Since becoming a member of the Friends of Tanzanian Orphans (FOTO) two years ago, she has made two trips to Olasiti, a Tanzanian village near Mt. Kilimanjaro. “In Tanzania, orphans are outcasts,” Feeney said. “We are the only organization serving in this area.” FOTO, is a volunteer organization co-founded by a friend of Feeney, Virginia Hinkle, that makes annual visits to Tanzania to educate orphans. “We help promote health, education, social adaptation, and AIDS awareness,” Feeney said. “To help them financially, we make money transfers twice a year.” Some parents in Tanzania see children as burdens, so they dump their children on the streets. Feeney and the FOTO organization try to help rebuild these kids’ lives and give them the tools to be self sufficient. “We are not like other orphan organizations,” Feeney said. “These kids are not adoptable and we want to make these kids accepted members of the community.” Interacting with these children has given. Feeney a passion for these children in Tanzania. “I was intrigued when I saw the pictures,” Feeney. “When I went, I just fell in love with the kids and how hard they work to survive.” Feeney is working with senior Royal Morris to host a fundraiser at Rubio’s for Tanzanian children on Dec. 15. Ω
brief: PUENTE HILLS MALL TRIP Susie Law Staff Writer On Nov. 30, Special Ed. adviser Cheryl Faren and her third period class went to the Puente Hills Mall to apply for Transit Access Payment (TAP) cards, that allows them to access rides using public transportation. Students experienced the feeling of riding public transportation for the first time. “They [the trips] are always fun. There’s always a relaxed atmosphere around the kids. This is planned as a fun activity.” These trips happen at least once a month, and the students’ next trip takes place later this month. Ω
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Solar boat team begins construction of solar boat Solar Boat members built a wooden hull for the base of the solar boat, beginning the seven month construction. Kevin Yin Staff Writer To mark the beginning of the annual Solar Cup, the solar boat team attended the boat building session where they built a wooden hull that would be used as a base, the first step of a seven-month program that ends in May. The Three Valleys Municipal Water district holds the Solar Cup every year at Lake Skinner where over 800 high school students from across southern California submit their solar powered boats to compete in the sprint, endurance, and visual display fields. “I think that it went really well because everyone participated and learned a few things. By the end of the year, I hope our entire team will understand the intricacies of the boat and how to operate it, ” junior Aaron Kho said. The team split members into “task groups” with specific jobs to increase organization. “It will make our team more efficient and make more time for modifications,” president junior Nitin Agrawal said. The team will make several changes to the boat’s overall design and structure by installing two motors, implementing a new design, and
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working hands: Junior Aaron Kho, adviser Mike Yamashiro, junior Vincent Lee, sophomore Daniel Lee, senior Felix Chen, and sophomore Jackie Tu construct the base. reducing drag. “We want to get first place and really increase our speed, which is the reason why we didn’t do as well last year,” Kho said. To find the best configuration for a successful boat, the team will measure speed and electrical output based on various engine changes. “I believe that figuring out what you did wrong is the hardest part because you have to be your [own] toughest judge and critic. I don’t
feel that this process is tedious, because fixing your mistakes, continual testing and effort is the only way to achieve success,” vice president senior Rajith Rohan said. With a wooden base and new plans ready, the leaders look forward to the next step. “After sanding and waterproofing it, we begin the more technical work by actually setting up dates to work and deadlines on what we should have completed,” Rohan said. Ω
Music Appreciation Club performs for senior residents Music club members played classic and contemporary pieces for the seniors to enjoy during Thanksgiving. Vanessa Chou Staff Writer Music Appreciation Club performed at a Thanksgiving concert on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at the Masonic Homes in Covina. Although many senior residents sat in wheelchairs and did not know which city Walnut was, the approximately 40 member audience sat attentively and applauded loudly after the performance. The club’s repertoire included classical pieces (“Handel’s Water Suite”), show tunes (“Edelweiss” and “All I Ask of You”), and holiday music (“Silent Night”). While some songs were sung as duets, like “All I Ask of You” and “I’ll Be There” or played as solos such as “Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite,” others, such as “Silent
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flying fiddles: Sophomores Sharon Wu and Molly Yee, junior Willa Chen, and sophomore Jessica Kwok perform as a quartet for the elderly at the Masonic Homes in Covina. Night”, were played with various instruments. Members wanted to entertain the senior citizens with this community service event. “I like performing for the senior citizens because I like seeing their smiles after the performance [and how] we got our audience to
feel warm and cozy inside through music,” freshmen Alicia Wei said, who played “The Spring of Yang Ming” on bamboo flute. The last song, “Silent Night”, was a six-member song, with seniors Michelle Abiera and Sonia Chou singing background vocals, junior Willa Chen, on viola, soph-
omore Jessica Kwok on cello, and sophomores Sharon Wu and Molly Yee on violin. “It touches my heart to see them travel back in time, simply triggered by the sound of music,” senior Michelle Abiera said, who sang “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson 5 and “Silent Night” as duets. Ω
Health Careers class takes field trip to hospital Students gained hands-on experience by assisting nurses, monitoring patients, and interacting with children. Angelina Tang Staff Writer The Health Careers class took a field trip on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to Shriners Hospital for Children to experience the environment and settings of a medical hospital. The students learned how to assist nurses with their tasks and helped monitor the patients. They learned how to take the vital signs of a person. “It’s a great opportunity for us to get to see where we might actually work in the future by visiting the hospital,” senior Michelle Lin said. Last year, Health Careers students helped victims of fires, many of whom were children. The class donates money to the hospital. “I think this will be a good experience because it gives me a sense of accomplishment in that I can help the kids with their struggles,” sophomore Bryan Lin said. Besides experiencing the hospital life, the classes livened up the patients’ spirits by talking and playing with the children. “We are there mostly to interact with the kids and to take a
tour of the hospital,” Michelle Lin said. The class brought with them gift bags for the 24 girls and 24 boys there. They each contain chocolates, lollipops, PlayDoh, rubber ducks that look like either Santa Claus, a penguin, or a reindeer, and some stamps. The third period class drew hand made cards for the children as well. Afterwards, they played with the kids in the playroom where all the kids talked with the students and had a good time. “Our visiting them is very meaningful to them, and I want them to feel better and happier about their current situations, such as their health or their family,” Bryan Lin said. Besides touring and helping children, the Health Careers class learns about First Aid, CPR, and the human body. The students study the history of health care, the infection cycle, proper hand-washing techniques, communication skills, and try to Bryan Lin, 10 demonstrate the responsibilities of a health care worker. In addition to learning how to take the blood pressure, pulse, and temperature of a patient, the third and fourth period students practice patience and confidentiality, hone their observation skills, and also learn how to properly use a wheelchair. “This will help me in the future because I plan to go into the medical field and it helps me prepare me for it,” said sophomore Nahlee Lin. Ω
“I want them to feel better and happier about their current situations.”
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Band and Colorguard dominate in competitions With much practice, Band and Colorguard’s efforts and dedication contributed to their success in their field show competitions. Jessica You Staff Writer Blue Thunder Marching Band and Colorguard won Sweepstakes in Chaffey High School on Nov. 6 and placed third in State Championships in Huntington Beach High School on Nov. 20. “Although it was freezing, we all did our best to perform our show,” band member freshman Allen Lin said. During practices, band and colorguard dedicated their time and effort in order to perform as a whole. “Practicing was really long and tiring, but I knew that all the hard work will pay off in the end. I also really liked working with band because we interacted more that way, and it adds a lot toward colorguard,” colorguard first assistant senior Alexa Redman said. For other students, winning Sweepstakes was more than just a reward for all the hours spent practicing - it provided a whole new and thrilling experience for them. “Standing on the open field with all my friends and preparing our songs, I couldn’t help thinking ‘don’t mess up, don’t mess up.’ But as the second sweepstakes came, we were more than ready to perform,” Lin said. Throughout the numerous practices, band and colorguard did not hold back and gave their best performance possible, placing third overall in State Championships. “Because the Mary Poppins themed show was very animated and was a movie that people were familiar with, I felt that this year’s field show competition was the best field show in all of my four years in colorguard,” Redman said. Ω
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TROMBONE SECTION: Sophomores Mason Yu, Andrew Chuen, Lan-Anh Ngo, and senior Wyatt Moscoso played their trombones in preparation for the competition in Chaffey High and State Championships in Huntington Beach High.
Dance team prepares for its third annual ‘Winter Wishes’ Aside from preparing for the upcoming competition season, Dance team also practices for the holiday performance. Alexa Wong Staff Writer The Dance team will be performing its third annual winter show on Dec. 9-10 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. “I’m very excited, because older members in the dance team make it fun,” freshman Crystal Wong said. Themed ‘Winter Wishes,’ the upcoming show is choreographed by groups formed within the team, and by the members themselves. Groups pick a wish they want to give to the audience and portray the wish by conveying their message through their dance. “Our group’s wish is forgiveness. All of the wishes from our team is made to the world,” sophomore Kelsey Young said.
By having each group come up with their own ideas and choreograph the dance, the members of the dance team have gotten closer. “This way of choreography allows us more time to practice the dance and more freedom to express ourselves,” Young said. This year, however, instead of having only one showing, the Dance team will be performing for two nights. “I’m definitely excited for this addition because it’s my last Winter Show performance, and I know it will turn out really well because we’ve been and will continue practicing our dances,” senior Judy Chang said. Besides preparing for the Winter Show, the team is focusing on four competition routines, including a medium jazz routine, a lyrical routine, a prop routine, and a high kick routine, for the upcoming competition season in January. “It’s definitely difficult to do all this because we have to work on so many routines as well as working on the winter show. It’s hard to manage, but we get by. We take things one step at a time,” junior Tricia Fu said. Ω
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“GROOVY CHRISTMAS”: Juniors Tricia Fu and Kane Sun, sophomore Kelsey Young, and senior Joanna Shen practice their pirouettes in the closing number to ‘Winter Wishes.’
More ensembles in Choir Winter Concert Chamber Singers in Candlelight Ceremony Treble Choir, Men’s Ensemble, and the Barbershop group, whose members are made up of members from Men’s Ensemble, Mustang Singers, and Chamber Singers, rehearsed in class and afterschool everyday for this past week. The concert also featured soloists junior Dansel Daniela Kim de Luna and seniors Michelle Abiera and LorStaff Writer raine Sobretodo. “There’s more dancing this year, and evThis year’s Choir Winter Concert featured more boys than last year, introducing Men’s eryone’s working harder so that the audience Ensemble and the Barbershop group. The per- can have a good time. We added more choreography to the song ‘Feliz formance took place Navidad’ that we have last night and will take been performing for place tonight at 7 p.m the past years,” Treble in the Performing Arts Choir member senior Center. Samantha Sarwar said. The first act of the Concluding the show featured more year with the winter classical music while concert, choir provided the second act focused entertainment not only on more modern, popstyle pieces with choSamantha Sarwar, 12 for the audience but also for themselves. reography. Aside from “The holidays are giving a successful performance, choir also aimed to better them- the happiest time of the year, and our goal was to put on a great show with singing and dancing selves in this concert. “Every year, our goal is to improve, and to get everyone in the holiday spirit,” Women’s there has not been one year where there is no Ensemble member sophomore Megan Hustana improvement. I am proud of each and every one said. “I think this concert was one of the best of the choir students,” Choir Director Lisa Lo- because the choirs this year are very talented, and we are really stepping up to the plate, makpez said. Chamber Singers, Women’s Ensemble, ing it a fun show that everyone will enjoy.” Ω
Choir spreads the holiday spirit through a combination of music and choregraphy.
“There’s more dancing this year, and everyone’s working harder so that the audience can have a good time.”
Having made the tryouts, Chamber Singers progress to performing at Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony. Ashley Xu Staff Writer Chamber Singers will be performing at the Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony tomorrow from 12 to 8 p.m. This processional will show off not only the voices of the school, but also the voices of more than 700 other singers who will be standing in the form of a Christmas tree for holiday spirit. After Choir Director Lisa Lopez assigned numerous songs and chose based on the quality of each song, the singers recorded “Ding-Dong Merrily On High,” and “Sleigh Bells” in the audition tape. Since Chamber Singers did not make the cut last year for a performance at the ceremony, they ensured with much practice and dedication from every singer that they would make the cut this year, continuing the tradition from the previous 11 years. “We were all pretty worried as to whether or not we were going to make it this year,” senior Cindy Lin said. “Making the tryouts felt well-deserved because we worked hard to perfect our audition tape.” As soon as the Chamber Singers received the notification that they had been accepted,
folders full of music that needed to be memorized within the first week were handed out, as well as CDs with different voice parts. After days of cite reading and independent work completed at home, the singers attended a regional rehearsal last Tuesday, Nov. 21, where Disney conductors assisted them on finding the right tone, as well as on fully expressing themselves. “I’m really excited for the Candlelight Ceremony because it’s got a thousand other people performing with us,” senior Lauren Hsieh said. “Our conductor is really great, really funny, and really knows what she’s doing. I can’t wait to sing with a bigger group of people who are all extremely passionate about what they do.” Preparing for two shows, one in the afternoon, and the other at night, the Chamber Singers will be singing on Disneyland’s Main Street with songs such as “Il Est Né,” “Silent Night,” “We Three Kings,” and “Candlelight Terrell.” A celebrity guest singer will also perform in the ceremony, accompanied by trumpets, handbells, and orchestra in the background. “It’ll be really exciting, especially for the Chamber Singers who have never participated in this event before, to actually go and be a part of this festive parade Disney hosts every year,” Lopez said. “This performance would really be a beautiful ceremony. 700 people form this big Christmas tree, and knowing that you’re singing in this tradition Walt Disney started is all just great.” Ω
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Clockwise: Sophomore Paulina Tinana and juniors Elizabeth Horn and Ayisha Emerson gaze upward, concerned about Tully’s victory.// Sophomore Daniel Zarco interviews tourists freshmen Samantha Joun, Bryan Ko, and Cloey Pierce and sophomore Jessica Villanuera about Grand Fenwick.// Senior Michael Brown asks Dutchess Gloriana for her scarf.// Scientist junior Spencer Nemeth reveals the Q Bomb to U.S. Secretary of State senior Megan Freeman and U.S. President sophomore EJ Cabasal.// General junior Sean Trimmer is guided off-stage by freshman Debbie Tan to the ship.
‘The Mouse That Roared’ cast work through difficulties Drama showcased satirical fall play and improvised according to the audience’s reaction. Angela Aie Staff Writer This year’s fall play, ‘The Mouse that Roared,’ took place on Nov. 17-20. Instead of the usual performance on Saturday at 2 p.m., the Drama department held its first Wednesday night show. The performance focused on a small, fic-
tional country of Grand Fenwick battling with the United States for control of a destructive bomb. “The play was from a book that came out in the 50’s, and it basically made fun of our government. I think this play was chosen because its idea of the government is pretty similar to what ours is today,” junior Sean Trimmer said. The play’s political aspect enhanced the educational side of the play, but not all audience members caught the subtle humor.However, cast members tried to solve the play’s problems by adding their own touches to their lines. “We had a few days that weren’t the best,
and we knew that but we didn’t let it get to us. On Thursday, the audience was dead. We tried making our interactions with each other more noticible, and we tried getting them to laugh at us personally, hoping to convey a little more so they could understand it better,” sophomore Paulina Tinana said. “We improvised, not in terms of words but in terms of actions.” Despite the difficulty of the executing the performances, the cast members felt satisfied with their performance and team effort on and off-stage. “We put in a lot of effort, and this production went well. This cast is really close and uni-
Band and Orchestra collaborate in the upcoming annual Holiday Concert “We don’t have to do the concert,” Clements said. “But it’s kind of our little offering to the community and the campus. We all get more in the spirit.” The concert will be performed not only by orchestra, but also by the instrumental band. A lot more musicians will be involved, along with more practice and effort. . Michael Hyun “I feel that it’s like any other concert except it’s bigger and Staff Writer longer because all the band and orchestra groups are playing,” Band and Orchestra will start off the holiday season with freshman Nicole Phan said. Each piece that band and orchestra will perform at the Holitheir Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m in the Performing Arts Center. This year’s concert will consist of not only day Concert will have different tunes and melodies. These different harmonies will bring different the classic Christmas carols, but also of moods and feeling to the audience. some contemporary pieces. “We’re going to play different “We try to blend a mixture of trasongs, and they are sounding beautiful. ditional Christmas carols and popular Some of them sound sort of like melosongs and have a blend of some of the dies you hear in a church. Some of them traditional and commercial popular are tranquil, and others are dramatic music,” Band and Orchestra director like the 3-minute nutcracker,” sophoBuddy Clements said. more Jesslyn Widjaja said. “Some of Having a blend of traditional carthe songs are flowing and are slower. ols and pop songs increases the diffiBuddy Clements They sound like a waltz. The other culty of the pieces, but the band and orchestra student solve such difficulties Band and Orchestra Director ones are faster and mimic a march.” Everyone is welcome to come and through practice. watch the performance. Band and or“Our orchestra director spends a lot of time picking and choosing pieces the audience will enjoy chestra students feel that it will be a great way to start off the and recognize,” junior Emerald Chiang said. “We spend a lot of holidays after hearing some holiday pieces in the concert. “We do one every year. It’s how we get the students, partime practicing the pieces to make them perfect at performance ents, and our community to get in the spirit of the holiday,” Clelevel.” The Holiday Concert will serve as a gift from band and or- ments said. Ω chestra to the school.
The annual Holiday Concert will feature all musical instrument ensembles and a mixture of traditional and pop pieces.
“We don’t have to do the concert. But it’s kind of our little offering to the community and the campus. We get more in the spirit.”
fied and really made the production a lot easier to go through the long rehearsals. Even though we had smaller audience sizes compared to the past years’, we still received good feedback,” junior Ayisha Emerson said. As the Drama department’s members look forward to the upcoming spring musical, ‘Annie,’ they hope to learn from their mistakes and new experiences. “It’s kind of like a sports team. If you warm up that way then that’s how you’re going to play. We learned that there are times to be serious and times to goof off and to really give everything your all,” Tinana said. Ω
One-Act Drama Festival Directing the play themselves, Advanced Drama students participate in the upcoming Rancho Cucamonga Festival. Tiffany Diep Staff Writer Advanced Drama students will attend the Rancho Cucamonga One-Act Festival, which will feature one-part plays, on Saturday, Dec. 11. All students will perform together in a play called ‘Check, please?’ This comedic play revolves around a boy and a girl who fall in love with each other while speed-dating others who prove to be bad dates. Practice started three weeks ago and only take place during class time. “It’s always exciting to see different performances from other schools. It’s also nice to showcase some of the talents of our school,” junior Carmina Portea said. Instead of having Drama adviser Joanne Karr direct the performances, juniors Sean Trimmer and Elizabeth Horn are directors for this play. They are the ones who cast the performers and help students with character development. “I like how it’s student directed because that makes the experience more chill. Overall, it’s just a more relaxed environment, but that also makes it hard to get things done as fast as it would have with a director because it’s hard for the student directors to have as much authority because they are working with their peers,” sophomore Andi Seeget said. After watching all of the performances, judges will not only decide who will be awarded for outstanding performances but also provide commentary for improvement. “Going to the festivals is a really good chance to get critique and see what other schools are doing, and to really work as a team,” sophomore Toni Gallardo said. Ω
the hoofprint editorial
Family: the greatest gift of all As the holidays come around, we are reminded that this is the time of year to bond with our family, and most of us do. We celebrate Thanksgiving around a table crammed with coma-inducing dishes and Christmas around a tree surrounded by presents. Though we readily spend time with our loved ones during the holidays, every other day during the year we are too consumed by our own lives to think about our families. During a time when reading the next status update comes before having a conversation with parents, teens continually stray from their families and increasingly focus on their social lives. This is in part due to the many distractions (Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, anyone?) that have developed over the last decade. However, these new distractions are not an excuse for not spending time with our families. It is our parents who are the ones taking care of us when we’re trying to recover from a fever and the ones smiling proudly when we wave those graduation diplomas. After a long period of neglect for our fellow house inhabitants, we teenagers come out of hibernation to enjoy the festivities and feasts of the holiday season. It may be the singing, movies, munching, or endless holiday movie themes about family and togetherness, but something about the holidays makes us come together. Only during November and December do we remember to spend time
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with our families and cherish all that we have, and we have a lot to be grateful for. Whatever the reason may be, our short union with our loved ones must be prolonged. Although we have the opportunity to spend time and love our family all year round, we only force ourselves to do so two out of the twelve months of the year. Of course, for some of us busy people, two months seems like a lot. Giving our family members only two months out of the year strikes an unfair balance in our day to day relationships. While our parents have provided us with most of their time, energy, and finance, we often ignore them or push aside their affection. For most of our lives, we do not realize or appreciate the support and necessities given to us by our families and we tend to take them for granted. Perhaps that is because we have spent most of our lives with them and do not realize that our time with them is limited. As we prepare for college, we often forget that we’re not only saying goodbye to our usual surroundings, but also to our families. Our social lives and networking sites take up most of our free time now, but let’s stretch the holiday spirit yearround (not just for the few months after our New Year’s Resolutions) and be closer to our parents and siblings. The good times spent with family are always worthwhile. After all, family is truly the greatest gift we have. Ω
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Frustration of finals
Final exams take place at a time that is inconvenient for students, yet they are necessary in remembering important lessons.
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Sharon Lay Opinion Editor Since ninth grade, I have always considered January to be both a happy and horrible time. January represents the end of a semester and the beginning of a new one. A new semester means grades start over, giving me the chance to forget the past failures and stick to my new year’s resolution of doing better. Though the start of the new semester marks a fresh beginning, the end of the old one brings a daunting three day event: finals. Every year, finals cause me to go overboard with studying. I am consumed by my desire to succeed and the majority of the time, I do. But because of this almost obsessive drive, I tend to ignore the people who are most important to me: my family. Though I love and value the time I spend with them, if I have to choose between my family and my grades, I choose my grades. I’ve skipped so many family get-togethers with my cousins over the years that when I finally do make it to one, I’m left out of the loop, unaware of anything that’s happened in their lives because I was never there. I’ve missed out on so much, and the only good thing that has come out of it is my grade point average. Finals not only cause me to miss out on time spent with my family, but it also forces me to work over winter break. Winter break was essentially a time to have fun enjoying the holiday season. However, with the amount of homework I have to finish, family time has
become study time. Even with all the studying I do, my mind eventually turns to mush as I allow myself to be tempted by the television and the internet. Near the end, my will to get good grades is forgotten and in its place is a spiteful and bitter hatred for all things educational. Despite all the pain finals have caused me, it’s given me a lot of love as well. Finals give me a chance to turn B’s to A’s, an opportunity I don’t take for granted. Without them, my GPA would barely be surviving. Though the possibility of ruining my grade is also there, it rarely happens as I had paid attention throughout the semester and know the material. Finals exist to make sure we actually remember the stuff we learned over the semester, instead of flushing it down the toilet after we take the chapter test. In reality, our success in finals really depends on our time management. As I’ve learned from personal experience, procrastinating leads nowhere except despair. Good time management is the key to finishing that pile of homework that’s been sitting on your desk for the past week. All in all, finals benefit everyone, even for that girl sitting on the couch with a bag of chips in her hands, staring at the television. Though studying for finals consumes a lot of time, it’s worth it if we learn something. If we forgot everything we learned after a chapter, we’d never learn anything, and going to high school would be a huge waste of time. Because of finals, we can leave high school knowing when World War II started and even how to factor a quadratic equation. Ω
“If we forgot everything we learned after a chapter, we’d never learn anything, and going to high school would be a huge waste of time.”
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December 3, 2010
Volume 43, Issue 3
‘Tis the holiday season of
Nothing brings to mind the spirit of the holidays more than giving gifts. Whether they are for friends or family, meaningful gifts touch the hearts of all, especially the givers. Here, students give their thoughts on what they think of gifts during the holiday season.
The best gift of them all
Made by hand and heart
During the holidays, people receive gifts from others at every turn. These students recall the best gift that they’ve ever received.
Deciding on a gift for a friend may be hard, but sophomore Nahlee Lin solves this problem by making simple handmade gifts for all.
Compiled by Jessica You, Staff Writer
Compiled by Jessica Kwok, Feature Editor
“[I think the best gift I’ve ever received is] the gift of friendship because my friends help me through difficult times and they are always there to make me laugh.” Allison Do, 9
Shred paper of multiple colors and fill a decorated container halfway with the paper. Place a bag of hot cocoa inside. Place another layer of paper on top.
“[The best gift I got was] a handmade poster my best friend gave me for my birthday because it’s colorful and has a long meaningful letter on it.” Kevin To, 10 “I would say my mini laptop [is the best gift I’ve ever received] because it made my IB life a lot easier. I didn’t have to write notes anymore [in class].” Spencer Liem, 11 “[The best gift I’ve ever received is] a necklace my friend gave me. The necklace said “QTPI” because it was an inside joke between the two of us.” Katrina Nieh, 12 photos By Jessica You
Wrapping it all together The most fundamental part of gifts is the process of wrapping them. With these easy steps, no gift will ever be hassle to wrap. Compiled by Amy Lee, Staff Writer
Fold paper loosely around box to measure how much you need and cut the paper. Put the box upside down on the center of the paper. Wrap one side of the paper two-thirds around the bottom (now the top) of the box. Then wrap the other side the same way. Tape the loose end down. Turn the box, still upside down, to one of the open sides. Fold down the top flap, creating two more flaps on the left and right. Fold in the two side flaps, which creates a final flap on the bottom. Then fold the bottom flap and tape it down.
Jessica Wang Staff Writer As the holiday season approaches, students find themselves facing the notorious annual dilemma: what presents to get for their friends. “I usually start planning for what to buy my friends near the end of November. That way, if something doesn’t work out, I can go back and exchange it. I can make sure I got everything I need in time,” senior Jacqueline Olivia-Sierra said. While early preparation certainly helps with gift giving, the question of the present itself proves to be more complex. Students judge what to give to their friends by using one simple method. “I guess I know what to get my friends just based on their personality. If I know what their personality is, then I know they’d like my present,” junior Samantha Piña said. Being familiar with someone’s taste makes the job of finding the perfect gift easier as well. “If you know what they’re like and understand them, then you can use that knowledge to get them the best gift,” freshman Christy Wong said. Many others believe that a handmade gift surpasses a store bought one in worth for various reasons. “Handmade gifts have more meaning. I’d be happy if someone just made a card for me. I know they put their own time in to actually make something,” senior Nael Hafeez said. Often, students decide to give creative presents, ones that carry an extra meaning. “Usually my gifts have to do with inside jokes. I think it’s kind of a unique way to give a present,”
Arrange the candy such as chocolate in the container on top of everything else.
sophomore Cathleen Nguyen said. Others feel the same way about either receiving a bought or handmade gift, as both have their positive aspects. “You’re still going out of your way to buy something, so either way it shows that you care for that person. They’ll feel special because they will know you made the effort,” freshman Ahmed Kanu said. A few organizations, including a few sports and electives, participate in “Secret Santa” during the season, an activity that involves anonymously buying a random teammate or classmate a gift. “What’s fun about it is that you might be giving a present to someone you don’t really know. Usually you won’t know what to get that person, so you kind of have to be creative,” junior Desiree Joyce Sarmiento said. “It’s an opportunity to get to know another person better by guessing what they want.” A negative aspect of receiving gifts, however, is receiving something quite unwanted. Though it has always been “the thought that counts,” being presented with something more desirable would undoubtedly be more appealing. “To hint what I’d like, I would bring it up in a casual conversation, but not in a gift related conversation,” sophomore Mira Chiu said. “Talking about it would give my friends a better idea of what to buy.” In the end, all presents, whether meaningful or not, large or small, early or last minute, carry some meaning at least. “[Gift giving] somehow makes you more aware of what other people do for you,” sophomore Cheyenne Tate said. “It’s an opportunity to return a favor or give back to them at the same time.” Ω
Close the container with the lid and tie a ribbon around the entire box. Fold a notecard in half and create your own personalized card. Slip the card under the bow of the ribbon.
“If you know what your friends are like and understand them, then you can get them the best gift.”
Wanting the perfect gift It’s that special time of year again. You’re making your list and checking it twice. What do you want as your holiday present? Compiled by Angelina Tang, Staff Writer
Christy Wong, 9
“I want clothes from Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 because I think that clothes can really accent your personality and looks.” Courtney Murakami, 9
“I’ve actually wanted a Pandora bracelet for a long time now. They’re really beautiful, but sometimes expensive.” Candice Wu, 10
“I just mostly want money. You can use it for anything and a lot of the stuff people want nowadays is too expensive to be a gift.” Timothy Diep, 11 “I’ve wanted a Martin OM-42 guitar for two years now. [However], the price is around $4,900, so I don’t think I’m going to get it.” Bryan Yang, 12
Repeat steps 3-5 for the other side. The wrapped box can then be decorated with bows and ribbons. photo By Jessica Kwok
photos By Jessica Kwok
By the Numbers: 3709
photos By Jessica Kwok
Number of gifts wrapped per mall during the holidays
Percent of Americans believe the holidays are about family, not gifts
photos By Angelina Tang
Average hours spent on holiday shopping
12.03.10 Vol. 43, Issue 3
What is the season of giving anyway?
The downfall of illegal music downloading Many teenagers download music illegally, yet they fail to acknowledge its consequences.
The true meaning of “giving” is questionable due to the popular practice of buying pricey gifts for others. Christine Liu Staff Writer The winter months, the season of giving, winter vacation, the holidays, whatever the upcoming month is called there lies one central idea: spending time with loved ones. What may sound like a cliche is ultimately the truth. Given the time off, people spend time with one another. However, showing others how much we appreciate them has become a difficult task. It’s hard not to get dragged into the convoluted idea that money is the best way to show others that we care. Of course, it can be attributed to the multi-million dollar sales industry, but buying loved ones the latest tech gadget or a useless kitchen appliance from a Googled list of “Hottest Holiday Gifts of 2011” is the easy way out. That doesn’t really scream “I love you” or “you mean a lot.” So then there’s another dilemma, how do we - teenagers on a budget (if we’re lucky to even have one) - convey our love without dropping the big bucks? Teen magazines and other forms of media like to advise DIY gifts as the best way to show how much we care. A handmade scarf or necklace is indeed more meaningful than store-bought items with price tag stickers sloppily removed. Yet for those that lack either the creativity or time to make such gifts, there’s a definite need for another way to enjoy the season of giving. I find that good ol’ gatherings with my friends and family is the best alternative. Making memories with loved ones offers us the opportunity to relax and give each other some quality time, taking a break from our busy lives
and simply enjoy each other’s company. Besides, gift giving presents non-drivers like me with another conundrum, if I’m going to give someone a gift (store bought or handmade) I need some way to see them other than meeting up with them at school. I get more “bang for my buck” if I plan a gathering with all of my friends present. Even if there are no gifts being exchanged, I find the best vacation days are those when my friends and I lounge around, watching movies or playing games, without having to worry about an upcoming math test or oral presentation in a foreign language. And there are also family gatherings that I both love and hate. They consist of not only awkward conversations with distant relatives I rarely see, but also of well-cherished time spent with people that I don’t get to see enough. There’s no way to describe them without cutting out little nuisances; each family gathering gets its share of funny stories and new memories. All things considered, what sets the memories made during the holidays above material gifts is the relative ease by which they come. More time is available to spend with loved ones, and the truth is that everything would be a lot better if we weren’t bogged down with worries of money, gift cards, or gadgets. I don’t need scientific studies to know that it’s healthier spending time enjoying others’ company during the holidays than trying to make money out of thin air. Even a game day or picnic in the park would suffice as healthy living because in our academic lives, we’re faced with the behemoth known as finals right after December. So let’s spend a little time giving each other some comfort before we look at our textbooks and say “bring on the stress.” Ω
“What is your definition of ‘giving’?”
“It means to care about others, and make them happy when you can. It’s better to give rather than receive because it makes others happy and makes you feel better.” -Nicole Yap, 11
“It means to be thankful to the people in your life and show that you appreciate them.” -Edison Cheng, 11
“It means I have to spend time with my family, but I enjoy the feeling of having everyone there.” -Khrista Pastrana, 12
PHOTO By SHARON LAY
Jessica Kwok Feature Editor Almost e v e r y o n e downloads songs onto his or her iPod or other musical devices. I used to do that too. These days, however, I know that downloading illegally isn’t the best way to obtain music. When you download music for free, you are stealing music from the artist. Stealing (or downloading) music can be compared to stealing from the grocery store. If it’s not paid for, it’s stolen. It seems strange that although most people would not steal from the grocery store, they would not hesitate to download a song illegally. The effort artists puts into songs goes to waste when you download their songs for free. Way to support your favorite artists. Not only that, downloading music usually results in songs of poor quality. In the days I used to download songs illegally, more often than not, the songs were barely audible. I had to crank up the volume trying to hear a song, and then turn it back down to listen to the next one. Now, my purchased songs always have great quality. With hackers attempting to crash your computer through hidden viruses in music files, illegally downloading music offers little safety for a computer, unless you own a Mac. And even Macs don’t
offer complete immunity to viruses. I’d rather shell out some money than face a malfunctioning computer that would annoy me to no end. Although many think stealing a song won’t do any harm, it often ends up that one song can and will be harmful to your wallet. Take, for example, a Minnesota woman found guilty of illegally downloading songs from the Internet. She was fined $1.9 million for 24 songs - that’s $80,000 per song. Now compare that to a song you might buy from iTunes. Whether you pay $1.29 or $80,000 for a song, you’ll eventually end up paying. I’d rather pay the cheaper price. The recent shutdown of Limewire demonstrates the immorality of downloading music for free. Although Limewire’s intended usage of sharing files is perfectly legal, sharing music without the copyright consent of the producer is not. I am pleased to see that the illegal sharing of music files through Limewire has been stopped. It is a step toward preventing people from putting up music illegally for others to download. Programs similar to Limewire should also be banned due to people misusing the systems by sharing music illegally. Illegally downloading music is unacceptable, seeing as it is morally wrong and usually results in songs of poorer quality. The cons of downloading music heavily outweigh the one positive reason of free songs. Ω
Black Friday: the country’s most overrated event Every year, millions of Americans rush to their favorite stores in hopes of saving a load of money on their purchases. This event, Black Friday, has become the biggest and most hectic shopping day of the year. Sonia Chou Copy Editor After stuffing ourselves with turkey and waking up from self-induced food coma, we prepare for one of the craziest days in the year: Black Friday. Being the day when everything goes on sale, Black Friday has become the epitome of the American love for bargains and cheap prices. Americans all over the nation flock to every store possible to participate in the annual megasale, but I wonder if this seemingly profitable family activity lives up to its reputation. While I do love a great deal and single digit price tags, the hectic environment of every shopping center poses a huge problem for me and my fellow shoppers. Now, I do not know about everyone else, but I like shopping in quiet places where I can relax and take things slowly. Trust me, being shoved and pushed as you reach for those 50 percent off boots feels more
painful than rewarding. Honestly, how are you supposed to shop comfortably when everyone and their six brothers and sisters
“For both males and females, despite stereotypes about females being proshoppers, shopping in a loud and crowded area tends to cloud judgment.” have to swim through masses of people simply to reach the cash register? For both males and females, despite stereotypes about
females being proshoppers, shopping in a loud and crowded area tends to cloud judgment. I do not know if anyone can decide which cashmere cardigan or Toms shoes seem to be the best deal, while the people nearby scurry past with their gigantic shopping bags. Makng decisions between good deals already causes me great pain, but having to do it with other, numerous side distractions? I’ll pass, thank you. Most importantly, I highly doubt that anyone saves money on these occasions. Yes, I know it says “discount” in big red letters, but I think instead of helping you save more, big sales pressure you to buy more now under the guise of saving money. I’m sure all of you have thought, “I should just buy it now when it’s cheaper.” Though the stores have reduced the prices, buying a lot of it still adds up. Despite all of my criticisms, I do agree that Black Friday packs some great prices, but next time I’m sitting, out and for those of you who see shopping as a hobby to do in your downtime rather than a sport, I suggest you do the same. After all, shopping should be R&R time not rush hour. Ω
12.03.10 Vol. 43, Issue 3
your heart out
While most kids have their hands filled with school work and extracurricular activities, these freshmen have been developing their T-shirt designs. Jonathan Chiu, Cris Cuevas, and Ed Lee all create T-shirts, and sell their designs to their classmates. Kevin Yin Staff Writer
me because half of my shirts are messed up,” Chiu said. Jonathan Chiu and co-owner Ed Lee are good Freshmen Jonathan Chiu, and co-owners Cris friends, and while they own competing businesses Cuevas, and Ed Lee have created their own, home- on campus, the two don’t necessarily view it as a rimade T-shirt selling businesses to put their imagina- valry. tion to work. “It is a fun experience competing with a friend “It’s a passion that I’ve had for a while. It started even though it isn’t much of a competition, because out as just as an idea, and I never thought we would we have different types of styles.,” Lee said. really put it into action,” Lee said. The artists have also tried a variety of advertisEach of the students require ing techniques to various tools and programs to make sure their “It’s a passion that I’ve had for a while. It products are well help bring their ideas to life. “Crewed-Love” owner Cris known. started out as just as an idea, and I never Cuevas creates his T-shirts “Using fawith the help of his computer cebook, tumblr, thought we would really put it into ac- and aim is unreand screen printer. “It gives me the freedom liable, but it gets tion.” of wearing my shirts to show the word around. the world what I see and view It’s better to ask about everything,” Cuevas face to face about said. buying a shirt,” Although web-based deChiu said. signing is becoming increasThese stuingly popular, “Kings Famdents see makily Clothing” owner Jonathan ing T-shirts, and Chiu prefers taking a more hands on approach while clothing, not only as an opportunity to earn money, making his clothing through the use of a variety of but also a unique way to express themselves. T-shirt inks and silk screens. “It makes me happy because its great making “Overall, its pretty difficult to make shirts, and something people like. For us its not about money like it’s also time consuming. Its very messy because ink other [people]. We do it to show our imagination and is everywhere, and my mom sometimes gets mad at creativity run through our shirts,” Cuevas said. Ω
DIVINE BY DESIGN (TOP): Freshmen Ed Lee and Cris Cuevas sketch out a possible design for a future shirt, for their co-owned business, Crewed Love. SCRAPING BY (RIGHT): Freshman Jonathan Chiu pulls a silk screen squeegee over a screen stencil transferring the T-shirt ink on to the cloth, creating a silk screened T-shirt for his company Kings Family Clothing.
Ed Lee, 9
photoS By REETIKA SINGH AND JONATHAN CHIU
“The shirts are made entirely by hand, and he puts a lot of effort into all of them; I like that you can’t get anything like them anywhere else.”
“Jonathan’s shirts are cool because they are really original and the facial expression of his character is really cute and cartoonish.” Dylan Chng, 9
“I saw one of my friends wearing one, and it looked really nice so I bought one. It is really comfortable, and I love the design on it.”
“They’re really inexpensive, and the design is really cool. They put a lot of thought into it. It’s sometimes called a smart-shirt. ”
Aaron Koay, 9
Christy Lay, 9
Amberly Hsieh, 9
‘Parading’ her talents After many long hours of preparation and practice senior Anne Lu was one of the select few Californian students to travel to New York and perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Reetika Singh Feature Editor
Marching through a street filled with millions of people pointing and staring at her, senior Anne Lu played her flute and marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Lu wanted to push her limits and see if she would make the cut. “After my band director mentioned it, I knew I wanted to try out. I never really thought I was that good, but I just wanted to test myself. I practiced for nearly six hours every day for my audition tape,” Lu said. Arriving in the bustling city of New York alone was somewhat intimidating for Lu. “It was pretty daunting at first when you notice you are stuck in one of the biggest cities in the world, marching to represent them in a huge parade,” Lu said. “But it also felt sort of fitting, because after you start marching, you realize you have practiced for weeks on end for this, you start to think, you can do this.” Although she practiced for over two hours every day for the actual parade, Lu felt dumbfounded by the sheer size of the crowd. “The first time I laid eyes on the crowd my heart stopped, people were standing shoulder to shoulder, jammed in next to each other and staring out of windows for stories up,” Lu said. “If the N.Y.P.D. wasn’t there the street would have been overrun.” Even though Lu sailed smoothly through her performance, the road to New York included some obstacles. “I told the band that I probably would not be able to participate in the parade because of the cost. My band-mates told me they would not let me miss out on an opportunity like this, and the entire WHS music program helped to finance the trip,” Lu said. After marching for nearly two and a half hours, the magnitude of the entire experience struck Lu. “Just before we played a short performance in Harold’s Square, it hit me, this was it; I had many people to thank for such an opportunity, and I was very proud of myself and all my efforts,” Lu said. Ω
photo By Jessica Kwok
Five Fast Facts: Flutes 1. The flute is the only member of the woodwind family that produces its sound from the flow of air against an edge, instead of using a reed. 2. Traverse flutes have been found in paintings dating back to the fourteenth century. 4. The flute uses more air than any other wind instrument and has a range of three octaves. 5. Flutes are made up of 150 pieces. Compiled by REETIKA SINGH
12.03.10 Vol. 43, Issue 3
Getty-ing a good glimpse of art In general, television and media have lost contact with the classical cultural world. But at the Getty Center, you will find a wide selection of masterpieces, making it easier to reconnect with the world’s past and find a passion for art. Elliot Park Scene Editor
Photos by elliot park
WORK OF ART (Clockwise): Even the modernist architecture of the Getty complex could be considered a part of the art. Dining at the Getty Center may be pricey, but it is sure to please. Portraits and sculptures fill the halls of the Getty Center and you’ll find a piece from practically every time period, imaginable.
With the holidays closing in on us, here are some personal gift recommendations for the music lovers out there.
For a lot of us art enthusiasts, a good painting isn’t just a piece of canvas with streaks of color on it; a good painting tells a story and provides an experience. But only with the right setting and perfect environment can you truly experience all that art has to offer. And for those of you who are willing to witness and enjoy the beauty of art, the J. Paul Getty Museum is the place to go. To start off, the J. Paul Getty Museum contains one of the largest selection of art, ranging from finely crafted portraits of the Italian Renaissance to the most abstract of modern sculptures. The sheer variety of classical and present-day pieces is simply amazing and no matter what kind of art you love, whether it be abstract, impressionism, cubism, or anything in between, you’re sure to find something that will float your boat. The interior of the Getty Museum gives you everything you want in an art-viewing expedition. Simply put, it’s always quiet and calm, thus leaving out any form of distraction. Something about just being alone and still in a wide open room full of history’s greatest art offerings just appeals to the art nerd in me and personally, it’s my escape from the rush and clutter of high school. Even the exterior of the complex serves as
another notable part of the Getty. This includes the gardens, which fills the courtyard with the lush green leaves of the plants. The exterior also contains a picnic area that provides a nice and quiet place to chill and relax. Still, I just can’t describe to you how magnificent the awe-inspiring view of the Los Angeles skyline is from the Getty Center. Of course, even art lovers get hungry, and at the J. Paul Getty Museum cuisine is almost as abundant as the art. At the Getty restaurant, the very formal dining creates a classy and “artsy” kind of atmosphere, which will surely make you feel like a sophisticated art spectator. The menu changes daily and everything from salmon to steak is present. However, considering the fact that you’re getting five star treatment at the Getty restaurant, you’ll have to pay top dollar. That means almost $15 for essentially any entrée. So if you’ve got money to burn, it’s a nice place to go. But for the rest of us, the café remains a viable option, with a wide range of soups and small lunches that comes at a reasonable price. For all of you who refuse to give up a pretty penny, you will be glad to hear that your visit is free, aside from the $15 fee for parking. All in all, the Getty Center can be described in no other way then as an art enthusiast’s paradise. With a massive assortment of paintings that will sure to please anyone simply interested in art and a low, justifiable price, there’s nothing stopping you from getting to the Getty. Ω
Call of Duty: Black Ops Does Call of Duty get its time in the spotlight, or should these Black Operations be kept hidden away, in secret?
Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas II You
photo USED WITH PERMISSION OF Island records
Daniela Kim Staff Writer In her new Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You, Mariah Carey shows her wide vocal range and true talent. The album features 13
songs that will capture the holiday spirit and have your fingers tapping along to the beat. As someone that enjoys more of her energetic, pop songs over those that are calm and quiet, “Oh Santa” appealed to me the most and definitely had me abusing the replay button. One of the standout songs on the album is “O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus”, in which Carey sings a duet with her mother, Patricia, a former opera singer who appears with Mariah for the first time on an album. Although the song contains background music and vocals, Patricia Carey dominated with the first few notes as her opera voice caught my attention and left me sitting in awe of her ability to produce such sounds. Rather than trying to recapture the essence of her first Christmas album, Merry Christmas (1994), Carey offers a more festive song selection that still complements her singing style. I would surely recommend Merry Christmas II You to both fans and newcomers alike as a perfect gift for the holidays. Ω
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album
photo USED WITH PERMISSION OF Columbia
Ashley Xu Staff Writer Glee gets in the holiday spirit with Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, which includes 12 festive songs that are sure to get you
in a joyous mood. Above and beyond any possible expectations I had before I took my earphones out, “Deck the Rooftop”, a mash-up of “Deck the Halls” and “Up on the Rooftop” was a completely unexpected surprise to this fast-paced CD. Mashing two popular holiday songs into one, Glee managed to recreate a catchy sing-along that seems to replicate the arrangement of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”. The extremely flirtatious jazzy duet, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, sung by Chris Colfer [Kurt] and Darren Criss [Blaine], is sure to be a headturner and will encourage you to cozy up next to someone or even invest in some mistletoe. All of you Gleeks should know by now that Amber Riley, who plays the feisty Mercedes on Glee, has a voice to be reckoned with, and the song “Angels We Have Heard On High” certainly does her gospel-inspired style justice. These 12 holiday songs should put your doubts at rest, for with this Christmas album, Glee shines at its very best. Ω
photo USED WITH PERMISSION OF Treyarch
Kevin Yin Staff Writer To this day, Call of Duty holds its place as one of the most acclaimed franchises in gaming history, so there’s no surprise behind the anticipation for the series’ latest entry, Call of Duty: Black Ops. As an extremely robust package, it overflows with content and while much of it remains essentially the same, that doesn’t mean it still can’t be a lot of fun. The singleplayer mode has players assuming the role of former special operative Alex Mason, who, for reasons unknown, is mysteriously interrogated about his past. The game plays out through a continuous string of flashbacks which take players everywhere from Cuba to the Ural Mountains and even Vietnam gradually pieces together parts of the plot. Frankly, the campaign paces itself too quickly and it can be difficult to understand the storyline, due to the many explosionfilled, over-extravagant missions which distracts from the overall experience. Despite these issues, the singleplayer can still be an exciting, fast-paced package that has a strong cast of characters and voice actors. This time around, multiplayer has returned with many pressing issues addressed. Many annoying player perks have been re-
moved and overpowered killstreaks rewards and weapons toned down, so the gaming environment feels more balanced while retaining its competitive and addictive formula. These corrections to the once broken multiplayer create an overall more entertaining and less frustrating experience. Though the multiplayer experience remains as focused and fast as it has ever been, Treyarch has again presented us with the same formula that has remained unchanged for the past couple of years and there might be a need for innovation. In addition to balance changes, multiplayer received a large number of new features. Interchangeable camos, reticles, facepaint, and emblems come together to form an incredibly customizable experience, while theater mode, the new free-for-all wager matches, and returning favorite, Nazi zombie mode, offers another layer of even more lasting appeal. Black Ops certainly does not take a significant step forward, yet it provides the same rewarding gameplay that we have enjoyed for years. The campaign is better than ever, with varied action and plenty of memorable moments, while the multiplayer once again basks gamers in the addictive formula that will delight them for months to come. Ω
12.03.10 Vol. 43, Issue 3
photos By Felix lee and justin kang
Alumni return (left to right): Sophomore Somil Patel attempts to steal the ball from alumnus Bradley English. ‘10 alumnus Christian Chen handles the ball while looking for a pass. Alumni play in one of the practice games. ‘10 alumnus Leonard Rhodes gets the easy putback.
Basketball and cross country reunite with alumni Varsity boys’ basketball and cross country played in their yearly alumni game, which allowed the players to meset past students and bond as a team once again. Kevin Wu Staff Writer
The boys’ basketball and cross country’s alumni game occurred on Thursday, Nov. 18 and Thanksgiving morning respectively. The basketball game was held in the gym with two
modified games of two quarters each. Cross country played soccer at Morningside Park with series of small games having a best of three, first of five match. “It was better than I thought. I got to meet a lot of old alumni that I didn’t know before,” senior Michael Guerrero said. “They were really nice and even though we were competing, they were good sports.” For the alumni, it was a chance to showcase their talents with old teammates. “I like playing with my old teammates so I can show them how much I improved since high school,” ‘09 alumni Arnold Chang said. “It’s just a fun feeling because you play with all types of players from different graduating
years.” Compared to a normal match, an alumni game is less competitive and more about enjoying the moment. “There’s less pressure because you’re not really trying to win, you’re just trying to have fun and get everyone involved,” Chang said. The game gave an opportunity for the players to socialize with graduates. “It was good letting me see they turn out and how I’m going to turn out,” sophomore Somil Patel said. “It was interesting seeing how people changed and what they’ve done with their lives.” Ω
Track and field makes changes to tryout procedure The coaches have decided to test athletes in multiple events to determine the strong points of each player. Timothy Huang Staff Writer In order to assemble a more competitive
track and field team, the coaches of track and field will alter the four-day tryout, which will start on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Before, athletes tried out for the event of their choice, gave the coaches only a limited view on the talent and potential that were present. “Last year’s tryouts were more general,” coach Keith Thompson said. “It [only allowed] us to see if athletes were fit. This year, [how-
ever], we wanted to bring a smaller, but more competitive team [than last year’s].” Hopefully, through exposing athletes to different events, the coach can find talent in multiple events. “On the first day, athletes will either be tested on sprinting or jumping,” coach Thompson said. “On the second day, the athletes will do the other test depending on the one they did on the first day. The third day will be for those
who made the cut, and the fourth day athletes will do pole vaulting and a 1-mile run.” With athletes trying out for multiple events such as long distance running, short distance running and pole vaulting, the coaches are hoping to find athletes suitable for multiple events. Tryouts will be held from Dec. 7-10 from 3:30-5:30. Athletes without a physical form filled out, will not be able to participate. Ω
01.07.11 Vol. 43, Issue 4
Runners plan to race in half-marathon Three cross country athletes will take the sport to another stage by participating in a half-marathon next Saturday, Jan. 1. Andrew Koo and Matthew Almeida Online Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer Senior Scott Margiotta, junior Josh Gonzalez, and sophomore Isaac Moreno will compete in the 20th Annual Southern California Half Marathon this Saturday, Jan. 8 in Irvine. A half marathon is 13.1 miles. “It’s a longer race so you have to mentally prepare yourself for enduring the hardships of running for a longer period of time,” Margiotta said. For these athletes, running is more than just a sport - it is a passion. “It’s about having a sense of achievement and being able to push yourself. It helps to reflect who you are as a person,” Moreno said. Different runners have different experiences that shape the sport into something more personal. “I got into running in fifth grade in order to lose weight and pass the physical,” Margiotta said. “I’m pretty good at emptying my mind and that blocks out the pain, making it possible to keep on going.” Running is just as much a mental sport as it is a physical one. “I personally see a lot of who I am when I run. I see my character and will in it. I see when I slack and I see when I try. I have no one else to blame but myself. Running, for me, shows a reflection of my effort,” Gonzalez said. “I can apply this to how I will try in other areas of my life, such as in school, or for my own personal growth to see how far will I go to achieve what I want.” While the preseason athletes condition on the track or under the stadium, the half-marathon runners go on long runs off-campus. “We’re training with a lot more mileage [to build stamina] because you still want to keep the same pace for
Photo by Andrew Koo
SNAIL’S PACE: Senior Scott Margiotta, junior Josh Gonzalez, and sophomore Isaac Moreno finish their one-mile warm up on the track before starting their off-campus “long run” to train for the upcoming half-marathon this Saturday.
the entire race,” Moreno said. “For me, it’s a lot more of an enjoyable race. In cross country, you’re dead from the beginning because it’s so fast; in a half marathon, you ease into that pace.” About 4,000 runners attended last year’s event, including “wheelchair participants” and “race walkers.” “It’s much more of a relaxed mindset, especially without all of the pressure of league and school races,” Moreno said. “I’m personally planning to go out and see what feels comfortable race day without worrying about time for the first few miles. This helps me stay relaxed and I’ll know if I’m hitting the right pace when I check my watch after three miles.” The runners’ goal is to finish under one hour and 30
minutes, a pace just less than seven minutes per mile. “A race is simple. It has to be relaxed but focused with one thing in mind and that is to run with everything,” Gonzalez said. “It is a ‘How hard am I willing to push myself with only myself to rely on?’ race.” Moreno, Gonzalez, and Margiotta will line up 30 miles from school at 8:00 a.m. with thousands of other runners to finally run against only themselves. “At the start line I will think I am really tired, I want this to get over with, this is going to hurt. And I’m looking forward to it,” Margiotta said. “I know I’m crazy. I think I am insane.” “I know I am,” Moreno added with a smile. Ω
Soccer wins first season game Despite two quick goals by West Covina in the last quarter, the team was able to hold them off. Timothy Huang Staff Writer Varsity soccer opened up their season with a 5-4 victory over West Covina on Tuesday, Jan. 4. In the first half, Walnut held most of the possession which created many chances to score. As early as the first minute into the game, a header went wide off the Covina net. In the sixth minute of the match, a breakaway shot from senior Matthew Almeida flew, again, just wide off the far post. However, in the 7th minute, senior Christian Ruelas took a shot 20-yard out and buried it in the bottom right corner to give Walnut a 1-0 lead. With Walnut controlling the game, West Covina showed their frustration with two yellow card cautions for hard fouls forcing those players to temporarily leave the game. West Covina ended with fourth yellow cards in total. Then again in the 20th minute, senior Chris Dobson boosted the lead to 2-0 after dribbling past the West Covina keeper on a breakaway and scored into the open net. West Covina scored in the 24th minute after the ball was punched out by keeper senior Farhan Jangda, the ball fell right in front of an attacker who easily placed the ball into the net. Although Walnut held the ball for most of the half, they only went into halftime with a mere 2-1 lead. At the beginning of the second half, Walnut showed their domination with more possessions. In the 51th minute and in the 56th minute, a string of passes resulted in two goals by substitute junior Peter Ochoa pushing the lead to 4-1. West Covina showed that they were not ready to hand the game over with a goal in the 58th minute when a point-blank shot of a deflection bounced just over keeper Jangha. Ruelas revealed his superior shooting skills in the 73rd minute when he took a shot from 30 yards out that surprised the keeper and curled right into the back corner of the net. West Covina gave Walnut a scare in the final 10 minutes of the match with two goals, one from a shot and one from a penalty kick awarded for a Walnut foul. In the end, Walnut remained victorious in their first league game with a 5-4 victory. Ω
December Scoreboard Varsity girls’ basketball 12/8 @ St. Lucy’s 52-49 W 12/14 @ St. Lucy’s 39-46 L 12/27 @ Summit 41-61 L 12/29 @ Ayala 50-33 W 12/30 @ Pasadena 42-49 L
Varsity boys’ basketball 12/6 @ Monrovia 59-57 W 12/11 @ Bishop Amat 43-49 L 12/16 @ Ocean View 50-54 L 12/29 @ Damien 32-57 L 12/30 @ Diamond Ranch 43-38 W
Varsity boys’ soccer 12/27-12/29 Don Lugo Tournament-1st vs Chino 4-0 W vs Glendora 4-2 W vs Gladstone 2-2 T vs Covina 1-0 W vs Rowland 1-0 W vs Pomono 3-2(PK shootout) W 1/4 vs West Covina 5-4 W
Varsity girls’ soccer 12/17-12/20 Nutcracker Classic vs Cajon 3-0 W vs Wilson 6-0 W vs Cypress 2-0 W
Varsity girls’ waterpolo 12/7 @ Brea-Olinda 24-2 W 12/9-12/11 Los Altos Tournament - 5th vs South Pasadena 7-14 L vs Bell Gardens 17-13 W vs Crescenta valley 4-8 L vs West Hills 11-3 W vs El Modena 12-6 W