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Drumline participated in its first competition of the season at Chino Hills High School on Jan. 30. “This is Walnut’s first time doing an indoor drumline competition. Our drumline is wellbuilt this year and determined to get better. This year may be the start of something great and I think that through this whole experience, everyone in our line has developed a friendship. We see each other as family, and that bond has grown stronger.” Matthew Distante, 10 PHOTO BY ANDRAES ARTEAGA


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3. LONGFORM Couples deal with the ups and downs of relationships, learning more about themselves in the process.

4. FEATURE The Walnut Solar Car team welds together metal parts in preperation for its upcoming race in Fortworth, Texas.

7. OPINION The purely objective analyses of technological programs can fall short when they are meant to replace humans.




The different ways that people handle money allow them to truly understand the worth and value of a dollar.


The Night Owl, a cozy little cafe in Fullerton, provides adequate meals from late mornings to later nights.






Take a look at two seniors who have experience with earning, managing and spending money.

16. ARTS Drumline takes to the field to compete in its first competition of the school year at Chino Hills High School.

18. SPORTS Varsity swimmer freshman Cara Le hopes to use her five foot stature to her advantage on the competitive


We, the Hoofprint staff, strive to inform the student body in an accurate, timely and objective manner. While we take responsibility for the legitimacy of our reporting, we also recognize the freedom of the press and speech given to us under California Education Code 48907. We seek to reflect the diversity of the school and to be an open forum that encourages student expression and disscussion. Through our coverage, we hope to represent the distinct character of the Walnut Community.


Staff Writers: Andraes Arteaga, Jezebel Cardenas, Crystal Chang, Brian Chen, Emily Chen, Emily (Yuanhui) Chen, Kelly Chen, Olivia Chiang, Jocelyn Chow, Sophia Ding, Michelle Feng, Airi Gonzalez, Kent Hsieh, Sajid Iqbal, Brandon Lai, Albert Law, Jessica Lee, Vivian Lee, Dori Li, James Li, Ashley Lin, Serena Lin, Elaine Liu, Jonathan Liu, Sarah Liu, Kyle Loc, Cynthia Lu, Jason Luna, Katie Nguyen, Irene Ornelas, Eric Peng, Belle Sun, Amanda Taing, Jeffrey Tran, Sean Wang, Brandon Win, Megan Wu, Aaron Yong, Anna Yu, Yolanda Yu, Laura Zhang, Maxwell Zhu Editors-in-Chief: Spencer Wu, Mary Zhang, Ted Zhu Managers: Anita Chuen, Ashlyn Montoya Copy Editor: Gabrielle Manuit Photo Editor: Anthony Zhang Business Managers: Anabelle Chang, Anita Chuen, Ashlyn Montoya Sports Editors: Joshua Shen, Brian Wu Opinion Editors: Michelle Chang, Shahar Syed


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EDITORIAL Self-reflection

NBC news anchor Brian Williams was a model journalist – trustworthy, reliable, and dependent, until this week he was asked to take a 6 month leave of absence without pay from his namesake news program. While the jury is still out on whether he fabricated parts of his reporting in Iraq and New Orleans, the allegation is especially damaging because it strikes at the heart of journalistic integrity. The pursuit of truth is the most basic tenet of journalism. Reporting embellishments and omissions are ethical breaches that obstruct the conveyance of truth. While everyday life may be congested with lies and white lies, journalism is a realm where truth is paramount, and the foundation of any journalist or publication’s credibility. Nevertheless, the journalistic pursuit of truth is fraught with temptations of missteps, as the Brian Williams story is highlighting. The media frenzy isn’t just about a famous anchor’s latest stumble and the latest trending Twitter joke he has inspired; it’s really about the difficulties of maintaining journalistic integrity in a society obsessed with [the drama of the next breaking news story], and the importance of holding journalists to that high standard, regardless of stature or reputation. In the eye of truth, all should be treated equally. Some may argue this standard is too draconian, insist that life is messy, filled with shades of grey, not lines of black and white,

hence a bend of truth is simply another perspective. They are missing the point – it is precisely because of our society’s complexity that journalists need to tell the stories as they are, not as the journalists would like to see them; the public benefit from truthful reporting by being shown life as it is, in all its complexity. If one journalist starts to embellish or omit the facts he sees, in order to present a story he thinks the public wants to hear, it could be the start of a domino chain that leads to more and more copycats. Without the truth, journalism will become empty, hollow of its purpose, pandering to the whims and desires of whatever influence stakes a hold. While the resulting stories may be fascinating and entertaining, they belong in the realm of fiction, not news. Ultimately, journalistic reporting is a reflection of who we are, as individuals, as communities, as a society. As a newspaper, we strive to put thought and analysis into our story-idea selection and our writing to accurately represent the important events of our school. In this process, we ask for your input and ideas in helping us refine our decisions. Because in adhering to truthful reporting, we are committing to uphold a mirror to our collective lives, to showcase them as they are, but we can only do so much by ourselves. Just as words help convey ideas, news stories help convey the truthful reflections of ourselves. Ω

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High school relationships can be a complicated and emotional undertaking. Couples not only discover their shared identity but also their individual characters.

Alison Chang Feature editor


ometimes, all it takes is the right place at the right time. Before French 3 Honors, junior Courtney Takahashi and senior Vincent Liu were complete strangers. She was the marching band drum major, the sweet girl known for baking personalized Rice Krispies treats on her friends’ birthdays. He was the math whiz, whose expertise in the world of zeros, limits and logarithms earned him the position of Math Club president. As partners in French class, they bonded over a shared interest in art and music. Suddenly, the outward differences didn’t seem as obvious as before. “The chance of us meeting was so slim. It was random, by card choice,” Takahashi said. “We became really close friends really quickly. I kind of liked him before, but I didn’t think he’d like me back.” Their friendship began with a tutoring offer from Liu, who noticed that Takahashi was struggling with math. Every afternoon, they met up for tutoring sessions at local cafes or Takahashi’s house, and grew closer with intimate conversations about their goals in life and childhood stories. “I thought he was really funny and his personality was pretty down-to-earth. I knew he was really intellectual, so whenever we talked, he’d give me a deeper analysis of everything. That really intrigued me because I’d never come across a person like that,” Takahashi said. For Liu, that friendship soon blossomed into something more profound after he realized that they had much in common. A relationship with her would be his first - a daunting thought that he had never considered before. “Before I asked her out, scores and college decisions were pending and I really wasn’t sure that it was a good time to start a relationship. And then I thought that I already tried my best on everything and there really wasn’t much I could do at that point besides wait patiently, so I decided it was the time to not let those college-related things restrict me anymore. That’s how I kind of got ready for this relationship,” Liu said. Three months later as a couple, one is hardly ever seen without the other despite only sharing a single class. They eat lunch together daily, walk each other to class, and once the school day ends, maintain communication through texts and nightly Skype calls. For Liu and Takahashi, both their parents have been supportive of the relationship, allowing them to spend more time together outside of school. “A few times we have gotten in trouble for being late, but it’s more of learning how to comply. Our parents are just trying to have us be safe,” Takahashi said. “[And] if we eat with my parents, my dad and Vincent are really similar. It’s just really strange. But they click.” Continued at

It takes


of a second to fall in love

42% of

high school relationships are in the same grade

40% of high school

relationships consist of an older boy and younger girl

18% of high school

relationships consist of an older girls and younger boys

SOURCES and Arcidiacono, Peter, Andrew Beauchamp, and Marjorie McElroy. "Terms of Endearment: An Equiliibrium Model of Sex and Matching ." NBER Working Papers

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Her racing outfit includes breeches made by Romph and boots manufactured by Ariat.

LaFantasie’s saddle was manufactured by Prestige, her bridle by Da Vinci, martingale by Pessoa and girth by Stubben.

Don’t horse around with me Competing with her horse Celina, freshman Natalie LaFantasie holds the title of 2012 McCoy Horse Show Reserve Champion.

Jeffrey Tran Staff writer These 1,200 pound horses have minds, bodies and souls of their own. Your objective: to learn how to trust, understand and listen to these animals, a skill not commonly found in other sports. But over the years, equestrian freshman Natalie LaFantasie has built a strong foundation of communication with her horse, Celina, allowing her to win more than twenty competitions. “Having my horse is kind of having a friend you can say. You really need to work with them as your partner. You can’t just tell them to do something and expect they’re going to do it. They’re not going to listen to you if you don’t have any respect for them,” Lafantasie said. “If you respect your horse, it’ll give back the respect you deserve.” LaFantasie’s love for horseback riding first started seven years ago, at a local ranch near her house. Her parents encouraged LaFantasie to participate in more activities, and after several lessons, she decided to pursue the sport competitively. “I remember the time my parent asked me to ‘Do you want to try that?’ I was like sure. Then I tried it. It was spur of the moment,” LaFantasie said. “I’d admit it was pretty cool trying to get to know my horse for the first time.” With a short time of training, LaFantasie has excelled in local horse shows. For example, she took first in the 2012 McCoy Horse Show, receiving a title of Reserve Champion. For horse shows, LaFantasie   jumps hurdles at 2 feet and 6 inches off the ground, and faces disqualification if completed incorrectly. Judges allocate points based on two main areas: equitation, or her steadiness as she rides her horse, and under saddle, or the

appearance of the horse. “It’s kind of nerve wracking, because you can never really know what’s going to go wrong, for example, you can break equipment. It’s like all other sports, but it’s kind of stressful because you see [that] everyone else is so good and [think], ‘I’m not going to get that.’ Then when you get it, you’ll feel really good,” Lafantasie said. “After competitions, it’s really about how I did. If I had a bad day, I’ll be okay and I won’t be a LIVING HER FANTASY: With her horse Celina, freshman bad sport. [Most likely] I’ll be Natalie LaFantasie trains at Kennedy Pedigo Farms in Chino disappointed because I wasn’t Hills. // In competitions, she and her horse compete in hurdles. able to do better.” Lafantasie dedicates an kind of really want to push myself so I can not hour per day, four times a week to practice put it to waste,” LaFantasie said. “I could look with her trainer and horse. On a regular basis at myself now and see how much I progressed, she must do certain exercises, which range or a few months ago I improved a little and see from flat work, a simple walk during which myself doing better.” she directs the horse around the arena into a Recently, LaFantasie has been taking a certain gate, to cantering, a two-beat action break from horse shows, but she’s hopeful she that exercises the horse’s legs. can start once again in 2016. In the future, she “A few years ago I moved to this new does not see horseback riding as a profession, training facility and [the trainers] have been but a hobby. a lot better. They’re really detailed. If I do LaFantasie has taken her experience to one thing wrong, they’ll tell me and I would give herself an outlook to different aspect in have to fix it right away. They have really high life, for example, communicating with other standards, so I to try to meet those the best I people. can,” LaFantasie said. “I can take this and have a more mutual Along the way, LaFantasie’s parents have respect for people you may not know much been consistent supporters, funding her to about, so you’ll probably be more polite and pursue this sport. Besides driving LaFantasie refined. My experience has made me more of a to and from practices and horse shows, her patient person. I used to be really impatient; I parents also film her performances so she has wouldn’t even wait ten seconds for someone to a source for improvement. give me an answer. Now when people think for “My parents have been really supportive. a minute or so, I’ll be fine with it. I’m really laid Because they’re spending so much money, I back now,” LaFantasie said. Ω


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Fast Food: The preview

After three years of continuous filming, the movie will be released in the summer.

Sophia Ding Staff writer

“ FILM IS LIFE: An actor in the film “Fast Food,” junior Ryan Maidment practices his lines at the park before another take.

Grass is greener on this side Utz’s four minute film “Grass” explores questions about the human existence and its similarity to the ubiqitous plant.

Junior Ryan Maidment: actor. Junior Fong Kuo: director, filmmaker, screenwriter and cinematographer. Curating a 90-minute long movie? No problem. After three prolonged years of hard work and dedication, they finally produced their first feature film, “Fast Food.” Fong’s vision for the film kindled one day when he was in a Chinese restaurant eating dim sum with his parents. At the time, he didn’t like Chinese food, so he had the idea to make a movie about children’s struggle to integrate into their parents’ cultural lifestyles. Fong’s dislike for the conformities thrat are placed upon Chinese children led him to make “Fast Food” to dramatically portray his personal experiences a n d emotions about the A s i a n American society. I n a way, e ver yt hing that happens in “Fast Food” is a rendition of his personal

I’ve improved a lot since freshman year and that’s helped a lot with the production, especially with speeding it along. Ryan Maidment, 11


“[They’re] Fong’s ideas. The characters, the situations are all based off of what Fong thinks, what he sees,” Maidment said. “So, he tries to make every event relatable to the audience [and] the best way to do that is to show what he thinks himself. That goes along with culture, with parents talking to children about grades and friendship--all that kind of stuff.” It all started in their freshman year when Kuo filmed, scripted, hired and casted everyone for roles. Initially, he was hesitant to hire Maidment since he didn’t know his capabilities. However, upon seeing Maidment star in a friend’s film, “The Dark Encounter,” Kuo saw that he was a good fit and hired him to play James Malone, a supporting role in “Fast Food.” “Before, I wasn’t very good with lines, but I joined Drama junior year and I’ve gotten a lot of practice with memorization,” Maidment said. I’ve improved a lot since freshmen year and that’s helped a lot with the production, especially with speeding it along.” The title “Fast Food” is a little misleading, however. The movie isn’t primarily focused on burgers and the typical fast foods. This movie, rather, is about the implications behind different meals and the conflicts that arise between parents and children over the value of cultural traditions. Continued at

Olivia Chiang Staff writer Grass -- nobody thinks about it or even cares enough to pay attention to it. But junior Patrick Utz believes that even the most ubiquitous plant has a story of its own. Having started filmmaking in elementary school, Utz expresses this belief through his short film, “Grass.” “I wanted to start making these short films so that I could start getting my work out there and enter competitions because I noticed that this is what I wanted to pursue,” Utz said. “The best parts are actually going out in the fields and filming and [seeing] the end result.” Utz originally got the idea for “Grass” from the television channel National Geographic, hen he learned that after a bushfire, grass would grow back. He related this to how human beings go through obstacles in life, but they must persevere to overcome these hardships. “[The short film] compares our struggles to something such as grass,



Beyond the classroom Many years of teaching, many years of friendship. These teachers are more than solely colleagues - they not only teach together but eat and travel together as well.

You can call me “amiga” Ten years ago, Spanish teachers Jazmin Zelaya and Diana De La Cruz met through a discussion about the Spanish curriculum. Throughout their friendship, they have gone to each others’ houses and even started the Spanish camp together. “I look up to her because she does a lot of work, and she has to manage her family, her kids and work. I just always admired that about her, and I think that has held our friendship,” Zelaya said.

Adventures in Europe For math teachers Francis Dorn, Melanie Hildreth and Cathy Jeng, 18 years of teaching has resulted in a strong friendship between the three. “If I needed some advice, they would be honest with that advice. If I needed to confide something in them, I know that it would go no further,” Dorn said. “I just treasure their friendship.” GRASSY: For his short film, junior Patrick Utz included footage of the school lawn. His film explores themes about human endeavor in the face of adversity. that one normally wouldn’t compare with,” Utz said. “Also, the plot and what not is very unique, which is why it is classified as an ‘experimental’ film.” Seniors Brian Sonner and Donghyeok Kim helped Utz with acting and audio editing, respectively. The group submitted their film to various film festivals across the nation. They are currently semi-finalists for the National Coalition Against

Censorship (NCAC) competition in New York, awaiting approval for finalists. “I think they probably saw that the idea was quite creative, unlike most of their other films,” Utz said. “I was really happy and pretty surprised due to many reasons, one of which is that we didn’t think we would get that far with our first competition short film.” Continued at


This past summer, Dorn and Hildreth traveled to Europe on a 17 day trip, even getting briefly stranded in Paris, France. “We totally planned this all by ourselves. The first thing that we did was learn the public transportation of each city and I got very good at that,” Dorn said. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JAZMIN ZELAYA AND FRANCIS DORN

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Pedal to the Medal

Currently building its two solar cars, the Walnut Solar Car team strives to place in Texas this summer.

“ VROOM VROOM: The solar car has both a set of batteries and a motor, which relies on the panels to run. // Junior Mitchell Lee welds metal together to construct the frame of the solar car.

The Walnut Solar Car Team isn’t any ordinary school team. As an off-campus team, it aims to teach kids the fields of engineering and mathematics, while allowing them to apply what they’ve learned. Members use math, science and physics to work with the motors and panels. Merging its skill and knowledge, the team is currently building two solar cars to compete with in Texas this year. The car has a set of batteries and a motor that allows it to move. The motor gets the power from the battery, which charges from solar panels that connect to power trackers. Power trackers are boxes that convert the energy from solar power to energy the team needs to run the cars. “It’s really fun to put the car together and to see the progress throughout the year. It feels great at the end of the year to know that you built this fully functional car with your friends, and then you get to race it against other teams all over the country. We get to learn a lot of mechanical and electrical engineering, but this is non profit so we also have to fundraiser our money. We learn communications and business and also get to apply knowledge from school like physics, trig, [and more],” junior Mitchell Lee said. With motors and batteries that cost up to $70,000, the team raises money to pay for the

It feels great at the end of the year to know that you built this fully functional car with your friends, and then you get to race it against other teams all over the country. Mitchell Lee, 11

costs. Sponsorships by solar companies such as Solar Max and Vertex Telecom contribute funds to the team. The team raises money through hosting booths at the Walnut Family Festival and the Diamond Bar Birthday Party. “We generally try to look for companies that specialize in the same area of expertise as us, such as solar panel companies or battery distributors. Once our presentations are given, I feel like the companies will be able to truly understand what they are contributing to our team,” Lee says. Many problems occur while building the car, such as tube breakage, battery problems and engine malfunction. At competitions, these problems can cause the team to lose its chance for the prize. The team has to build its car exactly the way the competition host, Dr. Lehman Marks, wants it, while following a tight schedule. If the competitors don’t reach the requirements, they have to take time off the race to fix its problems. Competitions for solar car races are annual. The team will race this year in Fortorth, Texas in two divisions: advanced and electric car. For the advanced division, competitors race with cars with solar panels on top, and for the electric car division, they’ll race with chargeable cars. This year the race is at the Texas Motor Speedway, which is a NASCAR track. The team will be competing with other solar teams from states across the country, such as New York, Oregon and Florida. “Our team hasn’t really looked at the competition yet because we’re just focusing on building the cars, but I’d say that we’re doing really well. We haven’t looked at the other competitors cars, so we have to keep working hard. Even though the competition isn’t until late July, I’m pretty confident that we can still win the sweepstakes,” freshman Kelly Huang said. Ω

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These student musicians will travel to perform at one of the most prestigious venues in the world, Carnegie Hall.

Justin Lee, 10

Angel Wong, 11

Katherine Lu, 12

Event // piano performance

Event // choir performance

Event // choir performance

Dreamseeker // “It honestly feels really rewarding. It’s a musician’s dream to even perform in Carnegie Hall because it’s a worldwide event. It was a lot of hard work recording me playing the piece, it took at least 15 takes.”

Preparation // “We’re doing this one piece called ‘The Seal Lullaby,’ it’s my personal favorite. Ever since this year started we’ve had extended rehearsals in choir. We’ve been extended from two hours to two and a half hours just to get extra preparation in.”

Team effort // “I think I’m most excited about performing with and meeting members of other choirs because they aren’t all from California. It feels surreal. Our choir is made up of mostly younger children so I was really surprised when the teachers told us that we were invited to go perform at Carnegie Hall.”

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of what is meant to be human

With Common Core pushing for computers to grade our essays using algorithms, we have to step back and realize their limitations.



Computer grading is an interesting way of attacking the learning process. Computers can be more accurate with grammar, but you also need another person to understand what you’re saying.

Alya Rehman, 11

[Computers] could be a way to grade essays more accurately, but at the same time it takes out the integrity of what the writer is trying to convey because essays are meant for a physical reader to interpret.


James Li Staff writer In many little ways, we’ve all learned to game the system. As we participate in that human endeavor to minimize effort, we learn what to study and what to gloss over in order to get an A on that test; we discover the essay themes and catchphrases that certain teachers like; we explore the bottom limits of how thorough homework needs to be in order to get that grade. When we need to attach a score to students’ work, computerized grading seems like an ideal solution. The software E-Rater, developed by the Educational Testing Service, ETS, can grade 16,000 essays in just 20 seconds while matching or exceeding the accuracy of human graders. Where grading hundreds of essays was previously a monumental and weekend-consuming process for teachers, those essays can now be instantly graded and returned to students as feedback. It’s a technology that opens new doors in improving writing—assuming that computers are an adequate replacement for humans. The problem lies in how

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accuracy of automated essay scoring in producing scores similar to those of humans, according to a study conducted by the University of Akron


11 12 out of

of the mistakes the system caught weren’t actually mistakes


computerized essay grading must fundamentally work. Unlike subjects like math in which there is one accepted right answer, language is highly subjective and deeply human. There may be guidelines and structures that help students write strong essays, but it’s ultimately how

It is crucial that we ask whether learning, and specifically the humanities, can really be made into a quantitative process.

the writer weaves words and sentences and ideas together that determines the quality of writing. E-Rater can analyze sentence structure and grammar, it can measure word complexity, and it can consider essay length, but it cannot understand how arguments are built nor identify logical fallacies nor acknowledge strong examples. Computerized reading does not appreciate it when grammatical rules

of state testing costs can be reduced each year by using software to score tests

are broken—yet as writers as varied as Shakespeare and Orwell and the New York Times editorial staff can attest, good writing isn’t simply long sentences and big words. Sometimes the simplest words have the greatest depth. Some rules are meant to be broken. To embrace computerized reading is to embrace teaching to the test. It’s to cut out thoughtfulness in favor of speed and efficiency. In doing so, we discourage creativity and encourage conformity. As our education system increasingly holds up standards as the answer for ensuring understanding, even as our overburdened teachers and administrators are faced with shrinking budgets and growing demands, it is crucial that we ask whether this is really the right direction. Can learning, and specifically the humanities, really be made into a quantitative process? “Gaming the system” implies missing the point of learning, yet a system built around scores and rules is only another game to play —a computer game, not a human education. If we want our education to teach us not how to win the game but how to grow as thinkers, computerized essay grading may not be the answer we need. Ω


essays from six different states have been tested by automated commercial essay scoring programs SOURCES: NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, PARCC ONLINE


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OPINION Gabrielle Manuit Copy editor

Je suis aware of the impact of our words

People should be more mindful of the words they use while holding themselves accountable for the sentiments conveyed by those words.


As Americans, we regularly exercise the right to speak what’s on our minds. While it’s fine, and even encouraged, to be expressive and make our opinions known, we often forget to consider the effects of our words. It is imperative that we know exactly the ideas we wish to convey so that we may take responsibility for our words and actions. Our First Amendment right allows us to freely discuss anything and everything, but we should not take our freedoms for granted by defending every offensive thought with the line “I have the right to express myself.” Words have power—they can sway public opinion, provide innovative ideas and boost morale. And with this power comes great responsibility that we ought not to ignore. No words or actions come without consequence, so we must be aware of ourselves because we will be held accountable for what we say and do. Take, for instance, the recent Charlie Hebdo incident. The French satirical magazine, which boasts insensitive material against a variety of people groups, published a controversial cartoon of the prophet Muhammad that provoked a shooting at the magazine’s headquarters, leaving 12 people dead, including five cartoonists, on Jan. 7. Having undergone attacks in the past, the


What research have you done about this cause?

“Before I joined Habitat for Humanity, I learned that it built homes for low-income families. I also knew that former President Jimmy Carter funded the organization during his term and still regularly participates in builds, making the cause seem more credible.” Taha Hasan, 12 Habitat for Humanity

What specifically attracted you to support this cause?

“I just found being a volunteer interesting. I liked the fact that ECGA was environmentally

aware by helping clean up campuses and beaches. I also met more people people who supported the same ideas.” Emily Genringer, 9 Environmental Care and Global Awareness

What impact or difference do you think you have made? “We thought it would be cool to help raise money to build schools because all the money goes directly into building schools and paying teachers to teach at the schools we built. We thought education was really important to broaden your horizon when you’re educated.” Jessica Lai, 11 Pencils of Promise

people at the headquarters knew of the possible retaliations. Though the decision to publish the cartoon ended in tragedy, the magazine continued by featuring another picture of Muhammad on its front cover, determined to show that its members would not shy away from their freedom of expression. Whether the decision is right or wrong, the magazine takes advantage of its irreverence and is conscious of its effect. Just as you reserve the right to be offensive, you reserve the right to be inoffensive. It’s possible to predict the severity of the consequences based on what you say and do, and having this kind of foresight is useful in making decisions on what to self-censor. While it may seem like the fear of affronting others limits us from true freedom of expression, maintaining respect for your audience is oftentimes more responsible than dismissing the values of that audience. However you choose to express yourself, it is important to understand how your choices can be held against you. The freedom of expression does not protect us from consequences, so we cannot be careless with what we say. To make the most of our right of free speech, we need to use it, not abuse it. Ω



The freedom of expression does not protect us from consequences, so we cannot be careless with what we say. We need to use our right of free speech, not abuse it.


U.S. journalism organizations showed solidarity with Charlie Hebdo


minute had an average rate of 6500 tweets at the tag’s height


million tweets with this hashtag in a 24-hours period


of Americans believe that there should be a ban on hate speech

THIRTY-ONE percent of respondents say that Muslim dislike of the cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad should not stop their publication

Giving with a purpose In choosing what to contribute toward, whether it be in the form of money, time or support, it is important to invest careful thought. Jonathan Liu Staff writer Most of us students have become used to the routine of attending volunteer meetings or donating our money to charity organizations, failing to consider the possible impact—the “difference”—that we are making. Appearances can be deceiving and unfortunately, some organizations that fundraise millions of dollars for a noble cause may not be exempt from this truth. According to Huffington Post, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) euthanized 2,454 of its 3,369 cats and dogs in 2014. People understand that this organization is a well-known advocate of the no-kill policy but don’t always research how the organization follows through with the cause that it supports on the surface. In fact, students and adults locally and internationally support

this cause without being informed of this disparity between the exterior and logistics of the cause. And this statistic highlights the core of a problem: we often too quickly agree to much of our volunteer work. Of course, everyone wants to eradicate cancer and donate to disabled newborns—the appealing exterior and promised outcomes of any causes or charities are too enticing to dismiss. Yet as a result, we have fallen into a dangerous habit of thoughtlessly dedicating our time, money and support to causes. Our uninformed resolve decreases the efficacy of the impact we can make with what we have to offer. And still, we continue to fall into this vicious cycle—not because we desire to make less of an impact, but because we fail to acquire sufficient knowledge. When an organization truly makes an impact, it efficiently utilizes the resources given to it, regardless of the different approaches and means of getting there. This impact also requires responsible allocation;

the divvied money requires the charity to do everything in its power to maximize its potential. There must exist a transparency so that donors and supporters can hold organizations accountable for their spendings. Thus, before impulsively dedicating our efforts to any certain cause, we must thoroughly inspect situation and delve deeper into any system’s mechanics. It is imperative to understand the purpose of fundraising, the delegations of raised money and the trustworthiness of each respective organization. Billionaire couple Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz abandoned the conventional approach of contributing to traditional establishments, specifically schools and churches, and instead sought out solutions to make the biggest impact on humanity possible. They’ve evaluated every cause down to its credibility and headed toward the direction of what they have deduced would lie the most promising returns to society. Ω Continued at

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TED TALKS Taking challenges comes with its benefits in the form of growth and learning.

Ted Zhu Editor-in-Chief


Not an act of heroism nor of bravery The wrong kind of publicity for issues that are serious can actually undermine, rather than raise, awareness for such problems.

Despite being your t y p i c a l narrative of mischief and absurdity, “The Interview” remains one of the most controversial films of 2014. Most of the controversy stems from the film seemingly building upon an entire nation’s misfortune for a pretty penny. To its credit, the film doesn’t purposefully say anything about the North Korean people. However, with its outlandish caricature of a Katy Perry-loving Kim Jong-un, the film’s subtext paints North Koreans as drones who accept their supreme leader’s propaganda without question. That being said, “The Interview” wasn’t meant as a sharp political statement that would attack the totalitarian system that is established in North Korea. Rogen has claimed that the movie wasn’t meant to be taken seriously and no one with power to change the situations in North Korea did. Rife with crude humor, “The Interview” missed an invaluable opportunity to broaden the mainstream view of the North Korean conflict and inspire change

TIMELINE OF EVENTS DEC. 19 FBI concludes that North Korea is responsible for Sony hacking.

DEC. 23 Sony decides on limited release of the movie in cinemas and online.

with biting political satire. While some supporters claim that the film drew public attention to the conflict, in actuality, that attention was passive at best and at worst, detrimental. The film, intentionally politically incorrect, doesn’t accurately represent the closed society in North Korea or help viewers understand it. Furthermore, the media storm that surrounded the film has almost exhausted the topic for the public, rendering later satire pieces obsolete. The film is just a silly, frat-bro comedy that was lucky enough to garner a strong backing that didn’t support the movie as much as it supported American liberty. With so many having rallied for its release after its being pulled from theaters, “The Interview,” a subpar movie, is elevated and praised as a symbol of American resilience and power against terrorist threats. While threats against core American values, such as freedom and expression, shouldn’t be easily dismissed, the fact remains that having this particular movie as the figurehead of America’s strength is laughable. In this way, the film says more about American interventionism and pride than it does about Kim Jong-un’s regime. Ω Continued at

Generation Z, it has been said, is even worse than the Millennials. We’re a group of impatient, egotistical snobs, who’ve lost the way of greater, older generations. We’re condemned to a life full of triviality and will get nowhere because we simply don’t know what it means to be selfless or to work hard at something other than finding the best selfie angle. Our rallying cry should follow along the lines of “i h8 it when my phone takes longer than 3 secs to load instagram!!! #pain #crying #occupytheinternet.” These stereotypes, as exaggerated as they are, hold some truth. And I fear that the ease with which we dismiss them is clouding the reality that many of us do, indeed, have an obsession with instant notifications, messages and gratifications. In the process of this evolution, we’re losing out on what it means to work for a goal and gain step-by-step progress in taking on challenges. I had this fierce internal debate earlier this year when I signed up to take Spanish at Mt. SAC because it couldn’t fit into my school schedule. For the last three years, Spanish had been a nerve-wracking, hairtearing ordeal for me, with its multitude of verb tenses and false cognates throwing me off. That first day of class, I seriously considered the question la profesora asked each student to answer – why are

you here? One answer piqued my interest. In a deep and commanding voice, the man in his fifties politely stood up, saying in a heavily accented Spanish that he was here to learn Spanish, for the challenge and fun. His answer inspired me. Learning Spanish is still immensely frustrating. Yet recent research from Northwestern University and the Chinese University at Hong Kong have suggested that learning a new language strengthens inductive reasoning, working memory, sound discrimination and task switching. This is a concrete justification that the toil of labors provides tangible benefits. At the same time, taking on this challenge is a statement that the road less traveled isn’t just to fulfill a quixotic philosophical goal, but also to push the boundaries of learning and growth. So I stuck with the class, even though it was difficult to rationalize the decision when the promise of an earlier bedtime beckoned to me. Having gone through half of the year, I believe even more firmly that it is these self-imposed challenges, which confront our deep-rooted convictions of what we think is possible, that pave the way for us to find own advancement and fulfillment in this constantly growing, changing and innovating society. And if we, as a generation, want to end the negativity surrounding ourselves, perhaps setting aside our instant phones and taking on challenges can be a good start. Ω


DEC. 24 The White House approves of Sony’s decision.

DEC. 29 Online sales from iTunes, and other sites reach $18 million.

DEC. 30 Researchers claim Sony employees could be responsible for the hack.



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What do students think about the way they obtain and handle money? Compiled by Brian Chen, Cherie Chu and Vivian Lee

“I usually just gig around with my band and get some cash from it sometimes. I’ll usually spend my own [money], but I’ll save it up if I don’t have anything at the moment. It teaches [me] how to handle money in the future. [I] always want to save money, just in case. I spend it on stuff for my gigs. Sometimes I just wait for a rainy day to use it.” Glenn Arnade, 9

“I get an allowance every month. The way I handle money teaches me financial responsibility because I have to spend my own money on basically everything. It teaches me to save and to handle my money responsibly since it isn’t just a continuous flow of money like [what] some kids get from their parents. It’s important to save money because it builds better habits for the future.” Anam Moloo, 10

“I applied for a job because I didn’t want to have to ask my mom for money. I felt bad because she works hard. So now, she only gives me money when I really need it. When you’re little and you don’t understand anything and you ask your parents for money, you’d be like, ‘Oh, whatever, they have a lot.’ But when you grow up, you understand how hard they work.” Jessica Liyanage, 11

“My mom made a deal with me back in middle school that she would give me $100 for every A. It’s a big bonus towards getting good grades and learning new stuff throughout the year. As a high school student, I prefer to save my money so that in college, I have something to spend because all you see around are little college students eating ramen from styrofoam cups.” Lynel Ornedo, 12

Stocking up


Money is all aroun a symbol of exchange, senior Florine Tang for in spending and saving On her choice of independence for hers “I like the fact I ca money, because I don’t shouldn’t be something work to grow up and b myself.” Tang shows how di behind each person’s c “I try not to spend much work it took to e like to spend money on them happy because I At the end of the d so furiously for, but is a who we are and what

student statistics


based on a survey of 281 students

Cherie Chu, In-depth editor

Which is worth more: $10 a day for one month, or one percent of your dad’s earnings in stocks? When investing in these stocks result in $200 thousand, the latter seems like a better option. Senior Kenneth Truong earns money by managing one percent of his father’s investments. Inspired by his dad, who invests in stocks to prepare for his retirement funds, Truong decided to pursue his hobby in the stock market during his sophomore year. “I asked him if he could get me started. He taught be how to do it successfully -- using graphs, looking at price-earnings ratios, analysts opinions and other things,” Truong said. Being involved in stocks allows Truong to take risks in real life situations. Once, he had sold stocks a mere month before the company filed for bankruptcy. “It’s a calculated gamble. There’s always the possibility of losing money. I could’ve lost everything if I wasn’t paying attention,” Truong said. For him, the money made from selling stocks will be used to pay for college. “It’s something I have influence over,” Truong said. “Financial aid is based on my parent’s taxes and income, and the same goes for the normal person’s out-of-pocket type stuff. How much I get depends on whether I make the right choices and how closely I look at it.” Despite his earnings, Truong simply intends to keep this as a hobby. “[I plan to] continue to grow my initial investment during college [and] maybe add to it. I’d rather use this as a tool to further my other goals,” Truong said. “The next step is like venture capitalism, which is cool and all, but it’s a big commitment. Where I’m at now is just some of my free time [but] can still amount to something substantial.”


What are students’ preferred method of payment?

11% cash

debit cards

11% gift cards

6% credit cards





How are seniors paying for college? 15% out-ofpocket only

2% scholarship only

3 in 10 students have had a paying job

How do students rate their personal finance skills? 5% terrible 11% bad

15% scholarship and out-ofpocket 18% financial-aid and out-ofpocket

31% great

29% good 50% financial-aid, scholarship and out-of-pocket

42% average




Pathway of money 4% 61% of students earn


of students receive money as gifts

money from their parents

7% of students

of students get money through other means

earn money from a job

It’s all about the


nd us. Face it, money dictates everything we do. But aside from being , money has the ability to tell a different story for each person. Take example. From the way she receives money to the choices she makes g it, the journey of her cash is solely unique to her. having a job as a piano and keyboard theory teacher, she learns self. an be independent and that I don’t have to go to my parents to ask for ’t like relying on my parents because they work for themselves and it g just handed away,” Tang said. “I don’t really work for the money, I be more mature and to become independent on how to take care of


1 in 3

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students prefer to spend money

to save money

ifferently each person’s money travels and the unique thought process choices, including the ways it’s earned and spent. d money on myself. I don’t like spending because I think about how earn the money and how hard it was to go through that,” Tang said. “I n my friends, though. I like giving things to other people and making feel like it’s worth it.” day, cash not only provides as a little green slip of paper we all work an individual marker for each one of us that paints a unique picture of we choose to do. Mary Zhang, Editor-in-chief



of students spend money on food

eachers’ take: “I usually spent money on books, stationery, snacks and sweets. I got an allowance from my parents if I needed anything; if not I would just save it. I definitely think kids should budget their finances. In the class, I give students life applications and the bottom line is math in real life. You want to know the difference between ‘want’ and ‘need.’ What we need is more important that what we want.” Shari I


of students spend money on entertainment


of students spend money on clothes


of students spend money on other things

of students spend money on school

How do teachers think students’ money management has changed since they were in high school? Compiled by Brian Chen, Austin Lam, Lisa Shen and Jackie Sootoodeh

“From a high school perspective, now it’s so much more challenging with all those AP classes. In the past it was not uncommon for a high school student to get a job and get some working experience. Personally, I feel that it’s invaluable for a young person to go out and learn about the real world as well as gaining the financial responsibility. They earn money and it starts their road to independence.” Neil Jacoby

“My mom would call me a ‘one day millionaire.’ I didn’t spend money wisely and I always bought clothes or went out to the movies with friends. I think students now spend the way I did, but now they have more choices of things they can buy. If I didn’t have responsibilities [now such as] paying for insurance, I’d probably behave the same way I did back then.” Eric Peralta

“It seems like all my students are always buying a lot of stuff. You need money to buy all the stuff you need; parents must be spending a lot of money to pay for cell phones and things like that. I was definitely a saver; I saved all my money from the summer and I was pretty stingy with how I would spend it. I wasn’t like what I’m seeing here. I would bring my lunch from home and saved my money to buy clothes.” Tiffany Redcher

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Paddington bear goes back to basics in an endearing comedy “Paddington,” a new take on an old classic, is a heartwarming hit for audiences of all ages. Brown (Sally Hawkins) who notices the label around Paddington’s neck which reads: “Please look after this bear. Thank you.”

JANUARY 16 1958 Based on a teddy bear in Paddington Station, Michael Bond had published “A Bear Called Paddington.”

Olivia Chiang Staff writer Based on Michael Bond’s classic 1950’s children’s book, “Paddington” successfully maintains the spirit of the original books while modernizing its story for the 21st century. Watching the movie’s effectual trailer beforehand, I was quite eager to experience the charm of this talking bear, his unfortunate mishaps and search for a home. Lighthearted and wildly entertaining, Paddington’s movie adaptation provides plenty of laughs, tears and is an absolute delight to watch. The film begins in “darkest Peru” where Paddington (Ben Whishaw) experiences a sudden earthquake that ruins his home, leaving his aunt with no choice but to send him to London, where his British explorer friend had promised him a warm welcome a few years ago. After a long voyage and lots of marmalade, Paddington wanders in Paddington station alone, until he meets Mrs.

1975 His popular books

were adapted into “Paddington,” a television series that aired on the BBC Channel in the United Kingdom.

2006 Paddington

Bear appeared on a series of Royal Mail 1st class stamp in the Animal Tales series.

With Whishaw’s warm and playful voice as Paddington, the bear’s innocence and kindness is captured wonderfully.

Even though Paddington’s journey is quite dangerous, director Paul King effectively weaves in countless silly jokes to lighten up the mood, including humorous events like the flooding of Browns’ bathroom, getting stuck in a toilet and chasing down the town’s pickpocket. Along with its compelling story, the film does a good job with its outstanding visuals, making

Paddington look as realistic as possible to fit in with the live actors. With Paddington’s amazingly detailed facial expressions, I felt concerned and worried for the menacing misfortunes that followed him. With Whishaw’s warm and playful voice as Paddington, the bear’s innocence and kindness is captured wonderfully. And Paddington’s ruthless rival is portrayed exquisitely though at some points, her character could be played a little too dramatically. Meanwhile, the Browns provide insight into what a modern family would look like: an uptight Mr. Brown balanced out with a compassionate Mrs. Brown, along with their two teenagers struggling to grow up. These excellent performers are a joy to watch, whether with family or friends. “Paddington” is truly a surprising film, somehow turning an unrealistic storyline into a very meaningful one. The movie, flawlessly crafted and suitable for anyone of any age, will make you shed a few tears while making your heart molten with its subtle humor and numerous moments of warmth. Ω


Remembering the king


“Selma” poignantly paints a very deep portrait of the civil rights movement. JANUARY 9

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To celebrate what it means to fall in love, Mary pays a visit to Rhino Records Music Shop . Mary Zhang Editor-in-chief Young man in a rasta cap banging on a djembe as he is perched on the ledge in front of the store. We look at each other and both nod to the rhythm and share a smile as he hammers out a fat beat to carry with me into the store. This is how I started my Friday night at Rhino Records in Claremont Village. Rhino Records started out as a spot for small, indie rock

records, trumpeting a huge collection of obscure indie rock and electronica. Walking in, I immediately knew what was in store as I saw aisles upon aisles of records lined up before me. Like most record shops, the vinyls are sorted by genre and artist, so looking for your favorite isn’t a search for a needle in a haystack. But still, what I feel brings you closer to the music is the physical motion of going through the bins and flipping through each album and holding your breath in the

hopes of finding a particular record. That uncertainty - that baited breath - is what makes me realize just how much I am in love with an artist or an album. Drifting through the store, I realized just how many artists are out there, waiting to be listened to. Nowadays with Spotify and Soundcloud at my fingertips, I’ve lost the perspective of the vast amount of music out there, me being cooped up with my favorite artists and genres. Ω Continued at

Battles fought in history are often led by characters. “Selma” reminds us of the human side behind the historical icons involved in the civil rights movement. Rather than a movie filled with onedimensional characters, the film is bold enough to portray both heroes and villains as complex characters. While most movies focus on his march on Washington, “Selma” focuses on his voting rights movement in Selma, culminating in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Historical events, from the Birmingham Bombing to the Montgomery marches, are theatrically covered. It also covers personal conflicts, like the animosity between the CIA director and King. What truly separates “Selma” from other civil rights movies

is its focus. Instead of centering around a few characters, the movie is driven toward the issue of voting rights. Thus, it develops more side characters than most historical films do. People like George Wallace, Malcolm X and Coretta Scott, portrayed by Tim Roth, Nigel Thatch and Carmen Ejogo respectively, have key parts within the movie. It was enjoyable watching George Wallace plot the downfall of King and Malcolm X gain the trust of Coretta Scott. Very few movies have covered such an array of characters as successfully as “Selma.” Unfortunately, this also meant inadequte time to properly do characters justice. There are storylines that I wanted to see more of, but there just isn’t enough running screen time. It was a small gripe, but it was reasonable. Another difference between “Selma” and other historical dramas is its portrayal of main characters. Instead of making King a demigod, “Selma” shows his flaws as well. Ω Continued at

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Kentro’s: it’s all Greek to me

Greek and chic, Kentro’s Greek Kitchen offers excellent meals. 100 S HARBOR, FULLERTON Sophia Ding Staff writer Upon entering Kentro’s Greek Kitchen, I was welcomed by its cheerful and warm ambience and was instantly impressed by the sleek and fashionable, yet casual environment. The restaurant walls were half-covered with black wooden panels and with simple pictures hung all over. The menu was presented on large chalkboards and the monochrome chairs were paired with wooden tables to give the space a nice contemporary touch. Instead of ordering at the tables, like most restaurants, I was told to first order

at the cash register, then pick any table to sit at. I picked a two-person seating table - just big enough for my mom and me. We chose a spot directly next to a window that offered plenty of natural lighting, yet partially secluded in the back of the restaurant, providing more privacy and peace. Considering that I had never tried Greek food, I had no idea what to expect and was fascinated by the vast menu. Taking my waitress’ recommendation, I ordered the Avgolemono Soup served with slices of bread. The soup was lightly packed with rice, chicken, onion, lemon, carrots and basil. At first sip, the sourness of the lemon flavor was overwhelming, but when

paired with the bread, they created the perfect harmony between savory and sour, though I did not mind the extra sourness. I then ordered the Chicken Pita served with a side of Kentro fries, all nicely presented to me on a large plate. The Chicken Pita was stuffed with red onions, tomatoes, arugula and dijon aioli, fresh vegetables and dressing. Though the pita bread itself was dry, the richness and creaminess of the dressing compensated for the bland texture. The french fries had an herbal blend of garlic and basil, unearthing a rich savoriness I had not expected for such a simple dish. For dessert, I ordered the Loukoumades, a Greek beignet topped with attiki

honey and karithi cinnamon dust. A scoop of vanilla bean ice cream accompanied the warm, fresh doughnut holes drizzled with cinnamon powder and finely chopped nuts. Every bite of the ice cream was accompanied by the chewiness of the hot donut holes; the Loukoumades proved to be the perfect end to my meal. I can genuinely say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed dining out this much in a while. Each dish was served with high quality foods and every detail of the restaurant had clearly been given meticulous attention. If you’re visiting Downtown Fullerton, Kentro’s Greek Kitchen is definitely a must-try. Ω

Bite Size


Afters Ice Cream by Katie Nguyen

Rich and oh-so-smooth, the lavender-colored jasmine tea was my favorite; the flavor was refreshingly light and palate-cleansing, perfect for dessert. Afters Ice Cream was sweet and fun, but considering the wait and the price, it’s only worth a visit for its variety of new flavors. Ω


Far East Joint by Emily Chen


Enjoying a nocturnal meal at The Night Owl

Open until late nights,The Night Owl has an array of satisfying coffees and cakes.

200 N HARBOR, FULLERTON Michelle Feng Staff writer An avid coffee shop goer, I am always on the lookout for new, local coffee shops that are open late and suitable for studying. In a small town, there are few internet cafés open past midnight. Although there are no 24-hour cafés in the area that would fulfill a student’s dream, The Night Owl in downtown Fullerton is the next best thing. Open from 8 a.m.-3 a.m. daily, Night Owl exudes an intimate, relaxed atmosphere that offers a charming environment for thoughtprovoking late night conversations, last-minute cramming for a test or to simply unwind in cool company and

Music Food

warm couches. Sadly, there was an immediate shortage of seating as I walked into the small cafe. I noticed that the seating inside was a combination of mismatched antique furniture. The room’s structure was eclectic and disorderly, with no uniform style of decoration. Colorful paintings were strewn across the wall and various owl figurines adorned every corner of the compact room, giving a welcoming, living room-esque vibe. There was a significant amount of communal wooden benches and tables, along with a stage for open mic nights and music acts. As for the food, the Night Owl is known for integrating hemp milk into the drinks, so I opted for the hot chocolate with hemp milk and a chocolate muffin on the side. Ω Continued at


I got Joint Fries, a mix of french fries, Korean beef, kimchi, grilled onions, cheese and a spicy aioli sauce. These ingredients gave layers of sweet, savory and spicy. However, the multiple flavors from the excessive amount of ingredients were too overpowering for the french fries for me. Ω


HaiDiLao Hot Pot by Jonathan Liu


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I chose Szechuan Spice with a plate of pork and rice cakes. The spice wasn’t overwhelming and the meat went well with my ponzu dipping sauce. I also ordered their famous hotpot noodles. The noodle’s texture was chewy yet firm, so it gave a satisfying finish to my meal. Ω

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Let’s Talk Money



A’s in math don’t always equate to A’s in real-world money management. A brief glance at general Walnut culture reveals the reason behind such an inconsistency. Take, for example, registration: students fight for the most coveted, intellectuallychallenging classes but leave “Foundations in Personal Finance” or “Basic Money Skills” out of the crossfire, a puzzling fact considering that the quality of much of our adult lives will depend upon how well we manage money. Such a blind frenzy reflects the narrow focus of most students: few seniors toggle with their personal finances as well as freshmen toggle with the TI-89 graphing calculator. In other words, though a substantial number of students excel at pure mathematics, few excel at proper money management. Perhaps practical-application finance classes deserve a second chance. As of 2013, nearly 7 in 10 college seniors owed money by graduation, $28,400 on average (Project on Student Debt.) Though financial literacy may not directly alleviate those debts, a deeper understanding of money management, especially in times of stress as a college student, certainly wouldn’t hurt.


The Financial Literacy Survey of Adults revealed U.S. adults’ knowledge of personal finance.

56% admit that they do not have a budget.

33% do not pay all of their bills on time.

13% use prepaid debit cards to purchase everyday items

74% use prepaid cards because they feel it is safer than cash.

56% find that the prepaid cards enable them to manage their money.

A student business owner, Wu runs his online company by coding and managing websites as well as providing technical help.

How did you prepare youself to take on the business world? A lot of it is experience. There’s no way you can learn anything without actually having done it and being very familiar with whatever it is you’re selling. What classes in school have you seen to be relevant in the business world? It depends. School is meant to give a general idea of everything, while in a business you tend to specialize on one very specific thing. How do you manage your business’ finances? My finances are really different from a lot of other people because the way my business works is that there will be some like really good months and I will get a lot of income some months and there will be some months where I don’t make anything at all. Right now, I am saving it all.

Derek Wan, Tech team leader

Current financial situation

Jesse Wu, 12

Tips from Wu on being an entrepreneur:





Value your clients. If they like your product, they will voluntarily help you sell it. This is the best advertisement.

Focus on solving a problem. If the problem you solve is important enough, the business will follow.

Be ready to not make any profits for a while; starting out in business is almost always slow.

Be prepared to dedicate a significant amount of time to your business. It is not a small project.

Students 76%

of students report that they wish they had more help preparing for their personal finances.

Financial Involvement

Financial Awareness of American Teens Ages 13-18


Student Expectations

consider themselves knowledgable about how to budget money.


of students have bank accounts.



consider themselves knowledgable about how to pay bills.


consider themselves knowledgable about how credit card interest and fees work.

of high school senior use debit cards.


of high school senior use credit cards.

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Student Reality

62 percent of American teens ages 13-18 believe they are prepared to deal with the adult financial world after high school.

The fastest growing group declaring bankruptcy is young adults ages 20 to 24, and only 59 percent pay their bills on time every month.

86 percent of teens want and expect their parents to stop supporting them before age 25.

85 percent of college graduates plan to move back home after graduating.

Teens predict an average salary of $145,500 based on career interests. Boys predict $173,000 while girls predict $114,200.

Graduates earn starting salaries of $50,000 on average, and $95,100 by the middle of their careers.


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Sam Muneer, 12


Muneer, who lives on his own, manages his monthly living expenses and spending — including paying for food and rent.


How do you balance your budget? At first, 65 percent was eating out and enjoying; 35 percent was on bills and essentials. Now that I’ve learned, 60 percent goes towards bills and 40 percent goes towards luxury and other essentials. What have you learned from having to live alone? Now that I have to manage my own time, I get to make a lot of mistakes and learn from them by myself. I don’t have someone there to teach me anymore, so I think the concept of self-teaching is very important. How different was it for you to have to pay your first bills? My first bill that I had to pay was for rent. I actually had to go to the bank to go get a check, and then I also had to turn in a money order. Before, I never really had to worry about that.

Tips from Muneer on being independent:





Keep track of your expenses. Pay all your bills on time in order to avoid getting any late charges.

Make sure you spend less than what you make or get each month. That way, you will not overdraft.

Eliminate any type of debt. Make sure you have enough in your account to properly afford your purchases.

Develop a budget and follow it. You can use a computer to keep track of your bills and account.

State requirements for financial education

3 out of 50

states require at least a one-semester course devoted to personal finance.

17 out of 50

states require personal finance instruction incorporated into other subject matter.

30 out of 50

states, including California, do not have any requirements

What teachers think about financial education Fi L i t n an c era ial cy

The majority of teachers, 8 in 10, think it is important to teach financial literacy in U.S. classrooms.

About one-third of teachers think their state has standards related to financial literacy, but nearly threequarters believe their state should have academic standards for this subject.

Parents of American parents with teenagers report worrying that their children might make financial missteps such as overspending or living beyond their means.


of parents say students are prepared to deal with the financial challenges that await them in the real world.


Parental influence in teaching finance 35 percent of students would like to learn about finance from their parents.

26 percent of 13-21 year olds say their parents taught them how to manage money.

80 percent of parents see themselves as positive money role models for their kids.

34 percent of parents have taught their teen how to balance a checkbook.

Books 55%


Students who do not receive parental help

Computers and laptops 45% 55%

Food 59%

Only about half of teachers, however, say they do teach some form of financial literacy to their students.

According to teachers, financial literacy skills are lacking among young people in the U.S., and many say their students need to be exposed to the basic financial skills they will need to function in society.

10 9 8

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7 6 5

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Not enough time, state curriculum requirements and lack of demand are the top three challenges to teaching financial literacy topics, according to teachers.

There is little academic agreement as to what kind of personal finance instruction works. Many educators are waiting for clarity before they sign on.

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Balancing checkbooks, managing credit, making intelligent economic decisions and staying out of debt are all topics teachers mention as being important to teach students before they go out into the “real world.”

Often times, the educators themselves are not familiar with financial materials and are afraid that students will ask questions that they do not have the answers to, so they steer clear.

48 percent of parents have discussed the importance of needs versus wants.

Looking at financial independence of college students Students who receive parental help

(though personal finance may be taught as an elective.)




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In Photos:

Drumline Competition

Drumline participated in its first competition of the season at Chino Hills High School on Saturday, Jan. 30. PHOTOS BY MEGAN WU


5 1. Drumline leader junior Alexander Baybay line up with other drummers to play the introduction of the opening song “Glitch.” “I felt like a different person. I belong there and I had a responsibility,” Baybay said. 2. Freshman Fitty Liu focuses on the music score and keeps in time to the rhythm of the group. “It was a huge rush of adrenaline actually [and] really kind of exciting,” Liu said. 3. Freshman Shawnee Huang plays the third position bass drum. “While we were practicing before the competition, it was really intense because we had to make sure we played everything correctly. We couldn’t mess up or go a beat off because we played everything without a metronome,” Huang said. 4. Freshman Lauren Wonn plays cymbal rows for their show. “It was good knowing everything was [all right],” Wonn said. “I was excited because it was our first show and I can see other groups perform.” 5. Drumline leader junior Chelsea Michaliszyn counts the beats of the opening. “It was the first time any of us had ever done a performance like this. None of us knew what to expect so we all just gave everything we had,” Michaliszyn said.





For its first competition of the season, Drumline held various practices to perfect its techniques.






Members practice among themselves outside of class rehearsals to further strengthen their skills.

Rehearsal times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the band room or in the basketball courts.

The team arrives before 11:45 a.m. to unpack and prepare for their performance, waiting to be called for their turn.

Members line up in their formation. The pit, or the melodic percussion, forms the front ensemble. The battery, or the marching percussion, follows.


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Choir hosts Pancake Breakfast Choir presented its annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser in the MPR. Jonathan Liu Staff writer All choirs performed their annual fundraiser “Pancake Breakfast” at the Multipurpose Room on Saturday, Jan. 31. The 30 choir members showcased their talents through solo or group acts. Choir diversified its tunes, with songs ranging from pop tunes to musical theatre composition, including “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse and the theme of “Beauty and the Beast.” “My favorite part was probably when [Treble choir] went to perform, because we recently just learned some of the songs and didn’t have time to perfect them,” Treble choir

singer sophomore Cindy Zhang said. “[However], we all gave it our best and ended up [giving] a really good performance.” Despite facing some setbacks early in the morning, the choir members were still able to pull through even with a tight performance schedule. “Barring a few technical issues, the entire morning went smoothly onstage, backstage, and in the audience. They didn’t really stop the flow of the morning, so we just adapted and kept going, ” Chamber choir singer junior Austin Si said. “Overall, it was pretty fun.” Some were accompanied by music playing through overhead

DELICIOUS-SOUNDING: Sophomore Michelle Park serves fresh pancakes and beverages at the beginning of the show. // Freshman Andrew Liu performs a “Blank Space” mashup by Louisa Wendorff. speakers while others were accompanied by musical instruments. “[Pancake Breakfast] was great because I was accompanying my close friends and my guitar complemented their voices. I felt I was just as important as the singers

were,” Chamber choir singer junior Petre Quintua said. “ [Also], it was just another great day to be around your choir family and listening to great soloists singing their best. This was my first year being an ‘MC’, master of ceremonies, and it was a

new experience.” Participants who sang alongside with friends during the breakfast or watched the performance as spectators were able to enjoy the performance. Ω Continued at




With the Sonora USA Regionals coming up, Dance Team has been gearing up for competition through detailed preparations ranging from music selection to overall design.


Officers work with costume designer and coaches to create a dress that best fits the team as a whole.

Masters of the craft SOUND MASTER: Freshman Adrian Ramirez adjusts the sliders on the soundboard to control the volume of each microphone used on the stage during the Advanced Orchestra concert rehearsal.


Dancers wear “Super Jazz Show” jazz shoes in either black or white depending on dance outfit.



Items are chosen based on theme of the dance that are inspired from everyday things like Starbucks and well-known songs.

An integral part of productions, Stagecraft students work behind the scenes to make the shows and dramas possible. Irene Ornelas Staff writer While the students at Walnut watch plays or musicals, the stagecraft crew is behind the curtains making it all happen. They have provided countless hours of work by painting sets, setting up lights and managing music during plays. For any show, preparation can take anywhere between 12 to 25 hours a week. For the second semester, each person must contribute at least 40 to 50 hours. “I prefer stage managing,” sophomore Lauren Belknap said. “I feel like I’m in charge and contributing. A lot of people don’t know how much we do, they just think that we’re back there for the actors but we actually have a job and

we help. If we don’t do our job then the show won’t happen.” Stage production allows students a better time to focus on both social and interactive skills. “We kind of build our little family in stagecraft,” senior Kristy Hill said. “We spend so much time together backstage or during shows. We have to figure out how to solve problems together and if something goes on, we have to be on it. We can’t let the audience know that something’s going wrong.” Most of the students in stagecraft have to stay after school to earn their hours, but if a member is past their second year and heads a show by doing lighting, sound or stage management, they can earn money through the mail from the school secretary.

“Something that gets other students to join is the fact that they can get paid after their second year,” senior Aaron Centeno said. “They also join because you learn to get really close with theater. You can really be who you are. The [students] get to know each other really well [and develop] friendships throughout the year.” Stagecraft is recommended for students with dedication, drive and ample time on their hands. “I like contributing to [stagecraft],” Centeno said. “It’s something that I learned, something that I enjoy to do, that I continue to love over the past four years. At first I had just joined it as an extracurricular class, like something to put on your college applications, but it turned out to be something really fun.” Ω


Coaches select unique songs that accompany the theme and offer variety, such as “Explosions” by Ellie Goulding.

Kristie Law 11

Q: What is the team’s goal?

A: “Every year, we have one goal which is to become champions at Nationals and I think that message is starting to come across to the girls.”

Jade Chen 12

Q: How has Dance Team improved from the beginning of the year?

A: “Since the majority of the team are new members, they really improved themselves by listening to all the corrections and applying them.”

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Flying through the water

BUTTERFLYING: Freshman Cara Le swims her best stroke, butterfly, at a meet.

Five foot tall freshman Cara Le looks to be the star swimmer for the varsity swim Airi Gonzalez Staff writer Tall, lean, big hands, big feet. That’s what most people think about when asked about an ideal swimmer. However, with her 95 pound weight and five foot stature, freshman Cara Le wants to use her size as an advantage to be the fastest and most efficient swimmer on the varsity swim team. Le’s parents motivated her to start swimming at the age of six at Walnut High School’s non-profited teenager swim team, Walnut Sharks. After swimming with them for about a year, she learned the basics of swimming. “I was pretty scared because I

didn’t know anyone around me and I was scared to get in the cold water. I love swimming now. The practices I do may seem really hard but the friends around me push me harder so I love going to practice all the time,” Le said. During her time at Walnut Sharks, Le learned more techniques and strokes, including the butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle and back stroke. “We do a lot of distance sets which makes me sore and tired. Working on my best events and being sore will help me become stronger and swim faster in the real competition,” Le said. Swimming was originally a hobby but eventually became a

competition because she wanted to race against her friends. Le participated in her first swim meet when she was seven years old and since then, she has attended two meets a month. In her competitions, she won junior Olympics when she was 10 for the 100 butterfly and placed in the top 10 for the Winter Invite, a meet in which certain times are needed to qualify. “I didn’t feel accomplished because I feel like I could’ve swam better, but it’s in the past so I have to look at the faster meets in the future,” Le said. However, her swimming achievements didn’t end there. Le tried out for varsity and made the team. Since then, she has been

practicing two hours a day for six days a week. “I think it’s challenging because I have to race with all the upperclassmen They’re bigger and stronger than I am, but it’s also fun because I get to experience racing my sister and my friends from other high schools,” Le said. Ω Continued at


GOOD SWIM: Le (middle) finished first place at the Q Invitational in the 200 medley competiton meet.

Girls’ basketball comes up PLAYER OF THE GAME ALENA KOAY short against Diamond Ranch Failing to come back against Diamond Ranch, the Lady Mustangs lost to Diamond Ranch, 56-58. Jefferey Tran Staff writer Clock running down, pressure mounting, 34.3 seconds could change the outcome of the game. Girls’ basketball missed two potential game winning shots in the last minute against Diamond Ranch after making a late game run, losing 56-58 on Wednesday Feb. 5 at home. Center senior Alena Koay filled the stat sheet with 27 points and 14 boards, followed by power forward senior Kayta Echavez’s 17 points. “Alena played so well. In my opinion she did the best on the team. I know she was getting fouled a lot and that really upset her but she kept on trying,” shooting guard sophomore Chloe Hsu said. “Those two girls were the reason we were in the game. They hustled, got offensive and defensive rebounds, so they put it back up for us.” In the first quarter, both teams exchanged baskets until the last minute of the period when Diamond Ranch went on a 5 point streak, creating a 16-20 lead. Within the third minute of the

second quarter, Diamond Ranch’s momentum continued with a 11-4 run, which added to its lead, 20-31. Furthermore, Koay scored Walnut’s next seven points to bring Diamond Ranch’s lead to four, 29-33. “The mentality you should always have is it’s always a tied game. You should always want the lead. It’s really hard to because the scoreboard is always there and you see it.,” forward junior Amber Wong said. In the third quarter, Walnut had

trouble defending shooting guard senior Kristeen Sheriff, allowing her to score nine more points and ending the quarter 45-51. “The deficit wasn’t too frustrating. We tried to stay positive because we still knew we had a chance to win.. You need to tell your teammates to keep playing because when you’re out there the encouragement makes you want to play harder,” point guard senior Hayley Masuda said. Continued at



DOUBLE TEAM: Point guards senior Kimberly Mayekawa and sophomore Chloe Hsu look to steal the ball from a Diamond Ranch player during a full-court press.


“I kept on repeating to myself to keep fighting. When we’re in this situation a lot of times we get negative and that really hurts, but I tried telling myself to keep working. In my head I never thought we were going to lose.”

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Boys’ soccer stalemates Charter Oak ADVICE DI-SPENCER Going into overtime, boys’ soccer came back from a 1-2 defecit, tying the game 2-2. Eric Peng Staff writer Center midfielder senior Jonathan Nakamine chipped in a game tying goal during overtime, resulting in a 2-2 tie against Charter Oak on Feb. 5 at home. In the first half of the game, the Mustangs were able to attempt seven shots at the goal and score one goal from Nakamine. The team was able to contain Charter Oaks to three attempts at the goal. Goalie junior Ali Naeem blocked all three, solidifying the Mustangs first half lead of 1-0. “I was just happy that we were on top in the first half. Joey Love gave me a good cross so I just wanted to finish the first half with a lead. I just wanted to do my best for the team because for this game we practiced possession and changed our line up in a way so that we could control the middle,” Nakamine said. During the first 10 minutes in the second half, both teams

attempted two goals each, both blocked by the other team’s goalies. As the end second half came to an end -even though the Mustangs had 18 defensive stops in the second half -- the Chargers managed to tie the score 1-1 by getting the ball into the goal box PHOTO BY JAMES LI and eventually pushing it past CAN I KICK IT: Center midfielder senior Jonathan Nakamine the Mustang’s looks for an open teammate to pass to as he scans the field. goalie. The Mustang’s defense began “We practiced hard for this to fall apart as the first additional game. We worked on our touches minutes were added to the original and threw balls for our shots to 90. Once the Chargers tied up the approach the game. During the score, the Mustangs continued to game, we probably could have drive the ball down the field, which created more chances for ourselves allowed the Chargers to steal the ball and taken more shots,” midfielder eight times and score once. Ω senior Justin Ochoa said. Continued at

The art of “SHOE GAME”

We asked three players from basketball, wrestling, and soccer to describe their shoes and its importance. High tops: provides ankle support and stability

Cushion: comfort and lightweight movement

Cleats: keeps traction and control of the ball


They’re not the lightest cleats but I like them because they fit my foot perfectly. They’re perfect for my position, not too stylish and not too light.”




The bottom part is rubber and it has high tops, so it can protect your ankles. I think that my shoes help me move around quicker and stay on my feet.”

Personally, I feel that my shoes improve my game because it prevents me from slipping The way its built GAVIN RODABAUGH, 11 helps [my feet] have traction on the court.”

Nowadays, shoes have evolved from a necessity to an accessory, as advertising has changed the game. Spencer Wu E d i t o r- i n Chief “ It’s not about the shoes; it’s about what you do in them.” That’s what NBA legend Michael Jordan told aspiring athletes in one of his famous Jordan brand commercials a few years back. Interesting choice words of advice for a guy who makes $60 million a year, per Forbes, for his globally recognized sneaker empire. In the current culture of sports, players now place a much greater emphasis on style. It is now as important to look good as it is to play well. The influence from superstar athletes and big-market companies has altered the sports world completely and changed the way people watch and play them. The competition for companies to milk as much money from athletes, especially the rampant commercialization of shoes, has saturated the sports world with advertisements and marketing. The equivalent of an athlete “making it big” is no longer gracing the cover of a Wheaties box, but rather

Girls’ water polo loses to Charter Oak

Despite a 3-3 tie in the first, girls’ water polo ended up losing.

having a multi-million dollar shoe deal, treating athletes like marketing pieces in exchange for big bucks. Back in the ‘70s, players would wear simple, comfortable shoes: Chuck Taylors, plain cleats, etc. Nowadays, players opt to wear fashionable and colorful shoes that can easily cost upwards of $150. If you think about the production cost of name-brand sneakers, the material itself only comes out to around nine dollars, depending on what type of shoe, of course. Factor in personnel costs, development and shipping, and the average cost for both the manufacturer and retailer comes out to around $35, a far cry from the stratospheric ticket price you see in retail stores. When I saw people camp ing out weeks ahead of time for the release of new Jordans, I felt as though they were not staying true to themselves, the game or even the brand. A nice pair of shoes is just that, a pair of shoes. And if this trend continues to grow, the shoe industry will be entirely diluted with heavy advertising and even heavier price tags. Because nowadays, these sneakers cost an arm, a leg and a pair of feet. Ω Albert Law Staff writer Girl’s water polo lost to Charter Oak 4-15, dropping its league record to 2-6 on Thursday, Feb. 5. Walnut started the first quarter by utilizing lob passes to get past its opponent. This strategy led to an early 3-3 tie with two goals scored by wing sophomore Erin de Anda and one from wing senior Melissa Chan. “At first, we were really confident because we were tied. The first game we played Charter Oak, we only scored one point the entire match and got discouraged. Even though they played really dirty, we still stuck through it and never lost hope,” wing sophomore Lauren Carlton said. Half-way through the second quarter, the Chargers were able to break down Walnut’s defense and understand its offensive strategy. Ω Continued at

HANDS IN THE AIR: Wing sophomore Erin De Anda, who totaled two goals in the game, raises the ball as she tries to score again.

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Blocks per game, which is a career high for center senior Ryan Herrera. He is currently the Hacienda League leader in blocks per game, above Diamond Ranch's seven foot center.

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New members on the boys' Undefeated league title for tennis team. There are three boy's wrestling after it beat Los new seniors, one.junior, one Altos, 51-27. sophomore and one freshman.

38-21-3 FRESHMEN


Girls on the softball team this season.


Overall record under current coach for varsity boy's soccer since 2012.


Girls' Basketball

01/30 @ West Covina 88-83 W 01/31 vs. Villa Park 73-60 W 02/04 vs. Diamond Ranch 62-58 W 02/06 vs. Charter Oak 73-39 W

01/28 @ Los Altos 58-51 W 01/30 @ West Covina 48-39 W 02/04 vs. Diamond Ranch 56-58 L 02/06 vs. Charter Oak 55-24 W

Boys' Soccer

Girls' Soccer

01/27 @ Los Altos 0-1 L 01/29 @ West Covina 3-1 W 02/03 @ Diamond Ranch 3-0 W 02/05 vs. Charter Oak 2-2 T

01/27 vs. Los Altos 1-1 T 01/29 vs. West Covina 2-1 W 02/03 vs. Diamond Ranch 0-1 L 02/05 @ Charter Oak 0-1 L

Wrestling 01/15 vs. Diamond Ranch 70-0 W 01/29 vs. Chino 50-18 W 02/03 @ Los Altos 51-27 W

Girl's Water Polo 01/31 vs. Etiwanda 6-19 L 02/03 @ Webb 8-13 L 02/05 vs. Charter Oak 4-15 L 02/10 @ Chino TBA

February 2015  
February 2015