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VOLUME 43, ISSUE 2 OPINIONS The advantages and disadvantages of assigned seating. PAGE 7
November 5, 2010
SPORTS ASB creates the Mustang Stable to boost school moral during football games .
FEATURE Joseph and Wesley Harijanto care for over 50 birds in an aviary in their backyard.
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Clubs fundraise for Pakistani flood victims Muslim Student Association (MSA) called on various clubs to help fundraise and raise awareness for flood victims in Pakistan. Timothy Huang Staff writer
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ice flow: MSA officer senior Hira Rizvi sells shaved ice in a fundraiser for Pakistan flood victims. Although MSA coordinates with clubs for the effort, each club holds its own fundraising activities.
In response to the recent flooods in Pakistan, Muslim Student Association (MSA), Southern Asian Alliance (SAA), Middle Eastern Students United (MeSU), and American Red Cross (ARC) formed the first inter-club union, by fundraising and raising awareness together. Floods in Pakistan have displaced 20 million people, leaving many without food and safe drinking water. The United Nations calls it a disaster “worse than the tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Haiti earthquake.” “People there are suffering now, they have no food, no clothing, and their government has no money to support them,” MSA president, senior Kashif Iqbal said. With the help of Facebook and email, the clubs’ presidents communicate and share ideas to keep each club updated and informed. “Some cabinet members were reluctant to join with too many clubs because it might be too hard to handle,” Iqbal said. “However, we need to unite for projects to help the world because it doesn’t matter whether it’s just MSA or multiple clubs working together.” Larger inter-club efforts aided in promoting awareness around the campus. The larger group working for a common cause attracted more students. “Allowing clubs to have joint projects also raises the awareness
of important issues and perhaps even club morale. So it’s really positive in every single way,” ARC president, senior Michael Doan said. To contribute to the effort, each club is in charge of individual projects. American Red Cross will be constructing care packages for Pakistan victims. Club members also plan to sell hot chocolate and doughnuts on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and root beer floats after school on Fridays. Middle Eastern Students United will be selling beverages and snacks, collecting donations, and sending care packages as well. “Even though we each have our own separate jobs, we still help each other out and give each other ideas for this great project,” Iqbal said. Getting project ideas approved by the administration has posed an obstacle for clubs. Southern Asian Alliance has not been able to get their Henna Stand fundraiser idea approved, but hopes to have other ideas approved. MSA, SAA, MeSU, and ARC, aspire to make a larger impact on those flood victims. “We do these things because we know it’s very devastating for those people and it affects us personally as well. These people need to be helped right now,” SAA president, senior Shivani Shah said. ”We need everyone as a whole, whether it’s your culture or not. People should just be helped.” Ω
Propositions and candidates from midterm elections Students express their thoughts on the outcomes of the 2010 midterm elections. Andrew Koo Online Editor In Chief The national midterm elections closed last Tuesday, Nov. 2 spurring opinions from students who are not yet of voting age. “Politics is very interesting. There are policies behind everything that has to deal with, for example, the marijuana proposition or air pollution. These policies will impact me and I might not like them,” senior Willis Chen said. “Politics does impact everyday life - that’s why I pay attention to it.” Proposition 19, the proposed legalization of marijuana with strict regulations, was rejected by a margin of 7.8 percent. “I wanted it to pass, but I think it’s a good thing that it didn’t pass because a lot of bad things would happen,” senior Alex Carlos said. “It could add to a lot of problems that we already have, like drunk driving.” Proposition 25 was passed, changing the legislative vote requirement to pass budget-related topics from a two-thirds to a simple majority. “My family owns a small business which got hit by the fis-
cal crisis, and just to add to that, we don’t have a state budget. It affects me personally and it helps the everyday Californian, essentially,” senior Kelvin Wong said. “This proposition stops legislature gridlock and makes legislatures accountable.” In the California governor race, democratic candidate Jerry Brown was elected by a margin of 12.3 percent over his republican opponent Meg Whitman. “I’m very pleased that Jerry Brown defeated Meg Whitman,” Young Democrats co-president, senior Andrew Rodriguez said. “Jerry Brown wants to reform the education system, but I think the legislature needs to get their act together first and Prop 25 will help too.” Although students could not make a direct impact on the elections, many feel that their opinions are still important. “Even though I didn’t get to vote, I feel like developing opinions early on is a very good thing. You get to establish where you stand on certain issues, instead of pondering over both sides and getting influenced by the media,” Chen said. “Once you establish a position, you become very informed and you will have an easier time understanding what politics really is.” Ω
California Governor: Jerry Brown California Senator: Barbara Boxer Prop . 19: Marijuana legalization (NO) Prop . 20: Redistricting of congressional districts (YES) Prop . 21: State park funding, vehicle license surcharge (NO) Prop . 22: Prohibits state from taking some local funds (YES) Prop . 23: Suspends air pollution control law (AB 32) (NO) Prop . 24: Repeals legislation that gives businesses lower tax liability (NO) Prop . 25: Simple majority vote to pass budget (YES) Prop . 26: 2/3 vote for some state/local fees (YES) Prop . 27: Eliminates state redistricting commission (NO)
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&previews PREVIEW: LInk crew tail-gate party Susan Lin Staff Writer Link Crew is holding a ‘tailgating’ party before the football game against Northview High school on Friday, Nov. 5. “We want to show the freshman school spirit and make it a fun setting for them,” link crew adviser Norlyn Nicolas said. For the event, freshmen will hang out with their link crew leaders at a dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and watch the game from the Mustang Stable. “It is another way of reaching out and getting the freshman involved.” adviser Toni Simmons said. The event will be held near the cafeteria where barbecue, snacks, and chips will be served. “We definitely want the freshman to bond with their link crew leaders [through the party].” link crew adviser Mr. Mclaughlin said. “ The freshman look up to the other classes as an example for school spirit.”
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Youth in First Aid Station Teams holds sessions in Arcadia for ARC officers and cabinet.
Tiffany Diep Staff writer American Red Cross officers and cabinet members at least sixteen years old are eligible to be trained in a program called Y-FAST (Youth in First Aid Station Teams) by head coordinator Richard Steward and his assistant to learn how to handle emergency situations. “I heard that this program was the first step to becoming a volunteer for Red Cross outside of school and the description of all the materials we would learn caught my attention,” junior Helen Cheng said. This program offers training for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), AED (automated external defibrillator), and first aid. The first session took place in October at the Arcadia Chapter for two days where the students learn for about nine hours each day. “CPR training was the training I was most excited about,” Cheng said. “Even though it was on mannequins, the procedures were interesting.” Having knowledge about CPR and first aid helps students who want to become doctors or nurses. “I’m planning to major in pre-med in college and hope to be a doctor in the future,” senior Bryan Huang said. “Therefore, I think doing Y-FAST would be a head start since all pre-med students are required to complete these trainings.” During the class, students read material, watch films for demonstration, observe trainers
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perform CPR on mannequins, and perform on mannequins in a controlled environment where no one is actually injured. “The learning experience was quite serene, though the real experience is nerve-racking and immense,” Doan said. Doan’s first experience performing CPR took place at a rodeo show when one of the riders fell and started breathing irregularly. He is now on a roster to go to events such as rodeos and Relay for Life to help treat those
who are injured. “It’s a shock at first because you don’t quite know when people will lose consciousness or why,” Doan said. “But then I just come back to the sense of reality and perform the steps I’ve learned in my training.” After the training, students are certified in CPR for two years and in Standard First Aid for three years. The next training session will be in early 2011. Ω
Speech and debate team competes at Alhambra High Six members remain undefeated and the team continues to practice for future competitions. Vanessa Chou Staff writer
bRIEF: Red Ribbon Week Poster winners
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Pressure: Junior Helen Cheng measures a patient’s blood pressure during a Youth in First Aid Station Teams training session.
Three out of Walnut’s 22 member teams remain undefeated through four rounds at the first Novice Speech and Debate competition on Oct. 15 at Alhambra High School. Varsity members from different schools served as judges, critiquing the debates based on a set list of criteria. “When coaching teams, the varsity teach the novice procedure and how to come up with arguments. I usually help out with critiquing the debates, but varsity is most important,” club adviser Jeff Silva said. The Debate team tripled in size compared to last year’s team that averaged two wins out of four rounds at the end-of-the-year Novice Championships. Novice and varsity members debate impromptu in Parliamentary Forum or on
a researched topic that changes monthly in Public Forum. A common issue that appears during competitions is varied numbers of participants from different schools. While schools like San Marino High School have Speech and Debate as a class and have around a hundred participants, Walnut has it as a club. “To deal with the varied numbers of students, tournament officials organize rounds and rotate students. Our Speech team only has two members, so imbalanced numbers among teams are quite common,” Silva said. “The debate team’s main problem is time commitment. Since the experienced members of debate are involved with multiple extracurricular activities, time management and commitments to tournaments has been an issue,” co-president Brian Yu said. The next debate competition
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DEBATE BUDDIES: Varsity and novice debaters, juniors Arpit Bandari, Michael Malki, Mohammad Abou-Ramadan, and Brandon Abari celebrate at the Alhambra High competition. may take place as soon as in a few months, depending on whether the team is willing to compete more. “We might decide to compete
in November, according to our schedule,” co-president Rushabh Shah said. “We may also take up a few invitationals.” Ω
Parents association’s efforts aid students and school CAPA has donated funds to the school and aims to connect Chinese parents with the school. Alvin Wan Staff writer
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Parents and the school are connected through Parent Partners, an association composed of five parent groups: the Chinese American Parent Association, Korean American Parent Association, Latin American Parent Association, and African American Parent Group. “[Parent associations] do several things: One, they’re able to form a sort of conduit, they’re a part of the community. For example, the Chinese American Parent Association, CAPA, helps parents to connect to the school,” Principal Jeff Jordan said. Organizations serve as bridges between the school and the parents, and they are able to keep the two in touch. “There’s sometimes a language barrier, and organizations help to overcome that issue. They [organizations] sometimes host meetings for SAT discussions or maybe to talk about college admissions,” Jordan said. Many of the newly arrived Chinese families speak fluently in their native tongue and are still in the process of learning English. “Most Chinese parents are first generation immigrants. They have a different background, a different language, and a different way of doing
things,” CAPA President Betty Tang said. “CAPA helps to educate the parents about the American way.” For the past couple years, the association has been able to submit dragon-boating teams to regional competitions. “The event counts towards volunteer hours and it helps children of Chinese background born in America to experience another culture,” CAPA Vice President Sumee Lin said. CAPA hosts meetings to promote student awareness of college, to discuss parent-child interactions, for numerous other subjects to explain education in America. As a part of their international connection, three of Shanghai’s principals visited in September to observe Walnut High’s campus and American education in general, and CAPA aided in translation. “We were close to the Chinese principals because of our common background,” Tang said. “We could help with questions and communication with the principal. They wanted to know how our school, district, and students were.” CAPA’s president, Tang emphasizes that students and parents are central to the association’s success. “The parents and students are important to us. A good education will help our community, and a good community will help our school,” Tang said. Ω
“CAPA helps to educate the parents about the American way.” - CAPA President Betty Tang
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The Least Bell’s Vireo nesting season was one of the factors delaying construction progress. Construction is now underway and will be completed in February. Ashley Xu Staff writer
The construction of Meadowpass Road, is projected to be completed by Feb. 12 after delays caused by conflict with the nesting season of an endangered bird. Though the construction workers’ main plan is to create a more convenient road for Walnut residents, another important part of their plan is to restore natural resources. Workers tried not to conflict with the nesting season of Least Bell’s Vireo, resulting in a limited amount of time to work. Regulatory agencies such as the Department of Fish and Game, Water Quality Board, and the Army Corps of Engineers who protect endangered species such as the endangered bird. “Since it’s the time of the bird’s nesting season, they are more vulnerable to the disruption that we would be making, with all the bulldozers. We wanted to save as many of them as possible,” director of community services Mary Rooney said. The construction workers hope to restore photo By andrew koo wildlife and natural purposes to maintain a riroad work (CLOCKWISE): The parian place mainly of rivers and streams. “In Walnut, as with many cities, roads, and Meadowpass Road resumes construcstreams, we aim to move and bring in ornamen- tion and is estmated to finish on Feb. 12. tal species, and finally, to remove the non-native In attempts to save the endangered birds things, helping the native plants grow a lot bet- during their nesting season, the project ter,” Rooney said. “After repairing the riparian, was delayed. we would hopefully have created a more beautiDRAWING BY AMY LEE ful walking environment.” ence,” freshman Deedee Chen Focusing also on residents’ lives in Walnut, workers are resaid. “I’m excited to see how everything is going to turn out, but storing as much of Lemon Creek and Snow Creek as possible. at the same time, getting to places on time will probably take “We are taking every chance we get to restore those areas, some effort.” to improve the environment, water quality, nature wildlife, and With students living in the Meadowpass neighborhood, maybe restore both Lemon and Snow Creek, all piece by piece,” Chen is not the only person who feels affected by the road conRooney said. struction. The city hopes to link Lemon and Amar together but some “The road has had a fence surrounding it for a long time. residents are against the extra traffic. However, I don’t think having to wake up to the sound of cars “I live in a quiet environment, so having cars drive everyevery morning is going to be a nice experience,” freshman Amwhere near my neighborhood would definitely be a new experiberly Hsieh said. Ω
between active and inactive members Susie Law Staff writer
The California Scholarship Foundation (CSF) on campus has introduced a new concept of active and inactive membership due to the previous lack of involvement in the club from the members. “Before I joined the CSF team, I was looking through yearbooks from years like 1989. CSF was one of the only four clubs on this campus and it recognized students for their academic achievement,” president of CSF junior Jessica Sheu said. “CSF had been dormant from various changes in advisors and unstable cabinet. However, looking through those yearbooks really inspired me to change CSF.” Sheu introduced the idea of changing CSF during a meeting in the summer, and the plan was made possible through the combined efforts of the cabinet, officers, and Marta Dibell, the club adviser. “Since this year is the first we are doing this, this concept will have many trials and errors but whatever the outcome, I know that it will bring positive consequences toward shaping the club into being better and more experienced,” Sheu said. Active members are students who participate in the majority of the events planned by the officers and will receive a special cord along with a gold seal and cord on their diploma that can be listed on college applications and transcripts. “This year we’re starting with fundraising and donations, like a See’s Candy fundraiser, Books for Africa, and Schools on Wheels. Last year, all people did was pay their dues each semester,” recording secretary sophomore Nahlee Lin said. “I think people should work for this; they should want to work for the community.” The division of active and inactive members does not affect members’ eligibility to receive the Gold Sealbearer Distinction on their diplomas and gold cords when they graduate, but active and inactive members receive different cords. “These new rules will be enforced by encouraging all members to be ‘Active’ because the new cord is an incentive for members to do well in the activities and in the club,” Sheu said. “I think this current way will be very effective since many people want their cords at the end of senior year.” Ω
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Women’s Ensemble prepares for upcoming Concordia University Classical Festival Women’s Ensemble focuses on improving their vocal quality as a whole through rehearsals, performances, and critiques. Candee Yuan Staff Writer Women’s Ensemble, also known as Rhapsody in Blue, will be attending the Concordia University Classical Festival at the University of Concordia in Irvine on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Having attended this festival for about ten years, Women’s Ensemble continues to perform at this festival to acquire new skills during their rehearsals. After Women’s Ensemble sings for the audience, the judges of the festival do an on-stage clinic, where they inform the choirs of their strengths and the possible improvements. “The onstage clinic is really great because it makes us stronger as a whole,” senior Ivy Lek said. In preparation for the festival, the choir members work to improve their sound and performance quality. To sound more as a whole, they do breathing and running exercises to train their breathing and voices. They also do theory to improve their sight reading and work on using their ears to harmonize better. “The exercises that we do help make our words easier to hear, making the song sound prettier,” sophomore Laura Wei said. Women’s Ensemble will perform mainly classical art songs at the festival. They will be singing songs such as “Benedictus,” “Allelujah FanFare,” and “Sussex Carol.” “The songs we’re singing are fun, because there is a lot of different rhythm patterns in the songs,” Lek said. Ω
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SUSSEX CAROL: Senior Ivy Lek, junior Klarissa Banagale, and seniors Azzedine Estaris and Mica Tan practice their vocals by singing “Sussex Carol” for the Concordia University Classical Festival in Irvine on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Treble Choir rehearses for Redlands High School Festival Treble Choir experiences new multicultural music pieces for Redlands High School Festival. Candee Yuan Staff Writer Treble Choir will be attending and performing at the Redlands High School Festival on Thursday, Nov. 18 at the University of Redlands.
Treble Choir has been attending this festival for 15 years now, consisting of about 60 members in the choir and eleven different groups singing in the festival. Treble Choir prepares for the festival by practicing the chosen songs from the beginning of the school year and is currently at the “memorizing stage.” They will be singing mostly traditional and foreign language songs including “Festival Sanctus,” “Riu Riu Chiu,” and “What Child is this?” “The songs we are singing are fun mainly because we don’t usually get to sing in Spanish or any other language very often in our songs,” junior Elizabeth Horn said.
This year’s Redlands festival will be based on either a Medieval or a Renaissance theme. “I really like the theme of the festival, the music is very fascinating and festive,” freshman Adanna Duru said. For the past few years, Treble Choir performed at the festival with their dresses, but this year they might not wear them due to the late arrival of the new dresses. “When getting your choir dress, you feel nice and unified. So, it’s disappointing [to not wear our dress], but if we really can’t wear it, we just have to perform our best,” freshman Jin Zhang said. Ω
Cheer performed Halloween dance Peer Counseling creates
a new introduction video Peer Counseling includes student statistics in its new introduction video. Austin Au-Yeung Staff Writer
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BURNING UP: Varsity Cheer performed an on-stage firefighter themed dance during lunch on Halloween. JV Cheer joined Varsity during the last song, “Fireman” by Lil Wayne.
Cheer performed fired-up Halloween dance for students. Kevin Yin Staff Writer Cheer performed a firefighter themed dance on-stage during lunch on Friday, Oct. 29 to celebrate the spirit of Halloween. Every year, cheer performs a Halloween dance based on a different theme, voted by members of the squad. The firefighter theme was last chosen in 2004 and 2005. “The girls have been wanting to do a fire department theme for a while. A lot of the girls made their own costumes, which were really
creative,” cheer coach Evelyn Sanchez said. While most of the routines usually require more rigorous practice, this dance was much easier to pick up for cheer. “We practiced Mondays and Tuesdays after four. It was pretty easy to learn, and it was kind of like a time crunch,” senior Bridgette Dominguez said. Performing to Nelly’s “Hot in Here,” Sean Kingston’s “Fire Burning,” and Lil Wayne’s “Fireman,” cheer enjoyed the theme’s overall simplicity. “The adviser lets us do what we want with our dances, so we really get to express our ideas and what we want to do,” captain, senior Parveen Hothi said. Ω
Peer Counseling plans to produce an introduction video which will be used along with the Lifeline cards to inform students of Peer Counseling’s secure and confidential environment for students to discuss about any problems. “The video is there to show that Peer Counseling is ready for anyone. We want to show that no matter how big or small the problem is, we’re here to talk to you guys,” senior Erick Townsend said. Peer Counseling aims to finish the video sometime in November. “It is still in the formative stages, but our goal is to tap into the issues that students are dealing with and let them know that there is a safe, confidential place for them to talk about their problems. So many people feel all alone in dealing with their problems, but they don’t have to. The video is a way to let the Walnut students know that,” adviser Drew Johannsen said. Unlike last year’s video, this year’s video will put together statistics that show the percentage of the students who are going through a certain problem in school. “Last year’s video was about the lifeline cards. This year it’s about the kinds of situations we deal with. We’re going to have different statistics about teenage problems like drinking and
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VIDEO STATISTICS: Junior Crystal Tran writes on a white board the statistics in the upcoming Peer Counseling video. These statistics will show the percentage of students encountering problems at school. abuse,” junior Cameron Grant said. Peer Counseling continues to use the Lifeline cards and makes them more readily available. “The Lifeline cards are just a resource for kids who are wrestling with something they want to talk about but don’t know how to start a conversation with someone or who to start the conversation with. The cards include hotlines and have an introduction section that encourages whoever the student gives the card to, to be a good listener,” Johannsen said. Ω
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‘The mystery of jazz’ concert
Clockwise: Senior Ali Hernandez harmonizes with Jazz Band to Nora Jones’ “Don’t Know Why.”// Senior Adam Valdez and sophomore Jhustin Custodio keep rhythm to “Mission Impossible.”// Senior Sean Chen, sophomore Alex Takahashi, junior Malik Habbak, and sophomore Kevin Fong play their trumpets to “The Rockford Files.”// Junior Jared Witcher and senior Michael Hanlon play their guitars to “Theme from Canon.”// Senior Royal Morris, sophomore Grant Hoh, and senior Daniel Rodriguez prepare to play their saxes to “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”
Jazz Band and Chamber Singers collaborated in ‘Cops and Robbers: The Mystery of Jazz’ ‘The Mystery of Jazz’ Concert entertained audience with a mix of vocal and instrumental pieces. Angela Aie Staff Writer The first Jazz Band concert, held on last Thursday, Oct. 28, was called ‘Cops and Robbers: The Mystery of Jazz’. The inspiration for the theme came from a unique place. “One of the things [I’ve noticed] over the last 50 years is that cops and detective shows have a tendency to have jazzy music and some of them are pretty classic,” Jazz Band director Buddy Clements said. “We usually have a guest artist but for this performance we’re just going to showcase the students’ talents.” This was Jazz Band’s first concert of the year and some students felt that the amount of talent would carry the performance to another level. “Even though we had minor errors, I think we did well for our first concert. I hope that our future performances will be just
as good, if not better than this performance,” tenor saxophone player, senior Royal Morris said. Morris and senior Sean Chen were featured in “Bluesette” with their saxophone and trumpet. Seniors Daniel and Andrew Rodriguez were featured in “The Theme from Canon” and “Fever,” respectively, with their saxophones. Additionally, Clements played his tuba along with the Jazz Band. Chamber Singers, seniors Michelle Abiera, Lauren Hsieh, Ellie Ikeda, and Ali Hernandez, were also featured and sang “That’s All.” Hernandez also sang “Don’t Know Why” by Nora Jones and “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” “We have really good singers which definitely hyped up the performance. The crowd really enjoyed our music and had fun,” keyboard player, senior Michelle Lin said. Because of long hours of practice spent for this performance, students held high expectations for an entertaining concert. “All of us have made sure that we can play all the rhythms correctly and we practice whenever we can. Dr. Clements occasionally will give us assignments on Smartmusic so that we can test on the pieces we are performing. All of us takes our music very seriously,” Rodriguez said. Ω
Honor Choir practices for annual Regional Honor Choir concert Four select students attend rigorous rehearsals for annual High School Regional Honor Choir concert. Mabel Kyinn Staff Writer The Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA) is holding its annual High School Regional Honor Choir concert at Santa Monica High School on Nov. 19-20. After completing the application, auditioning, and rehearsal process, students from Walnut High participate and are divided among dozens of other high schools from all over Southern California into three groups: Women’s, Men’s, or Mixed Honor Choir, each performing a classical song. Auditions have been particularly selective because SCVA is an organization that represents vocal music in Southern California, and participants were expected to perform especially well. Regional Honor Choir include senior Michelle Abiera, juniors Dansel De Luna and Chloe Chng, and freshman Dylan
Chng. The first rehearsal took place last Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “It’s a really different experience because you’re singing with some of the best singers in Southern California, and it’s a choir made up of singers who are musically-inclined,” senior Michelle Abiera said. Only 260 of over 600 applicants will be accepted, so the pressure to excel past the competition is high. Students must prepare for both the auditions and the rigorous training following acceptance into SCVA. Once they have made the decision to enter, they are given the option of leaving, but most choose not to, for a good reason. If students who pass the audition decide to withdraw from participation, their school will no longer be a part of the program. However, the selectivity and conditions of participating are understood, so colleges and universities will take special note of the performers. But for some students, filling up college applications is only part of the students’ motivation to participate. “I wanted to experience singing with a big group of students from other schools, and at the same time, I like singing and making new friends,” junior Chloe Chng said. Ω
‘Alibis’ Review ‘Alibis’ provided comical entertainment for audience and for cast members. Jacqueline Chow Arts & Entertainment Editor The dinner theater show, ‘Alibis’, was performed on Oct. 21-23. The mystery play started off with whimsical butler, Justin, informing the audience of disguised movie producers in the play. As guests began to arrive to heiress Prima Donna’s mansion, it was revealed that Prima was dead and that all guests had motives to kill Prima. Dr. Jacqueline Hyde’s irritation of Hope Lesley Trite, and Detective Solvedd’s attraction for Monique the maid were apparent throughout the play and added to each character’s personality traits. Although Justin died early in Act I, Detective Solvedd’s interrogations in the latter part of the play increased audience interaction. Each character’s individuality created a colorful melange of personalities. Additionally, Hope Trite���s tipsiness, Monique the maid’s French accent, and Madam Tanley’s British accent all further contributed to the comedic feel of the play. Like most mysteries, ‘Alibis’ had a twist, but the play’s surprise ending made sense and did not cause eyerolling or unhappy sighs. The characters’ motives were carefully explained, and their presence at the mansion proved to serve their purpose. The fast-paced play carried the audience along and accompanied the Italian dinner beautifully. Ω
6 opinion editorial
Acceptance beyond tolerance Despite the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” words have the ability to haunt and traumatize people. Unfortunately in countless schools across the nation, bullying has become a serious issue that has resulted in several suicides. It took the deaths of four young students for the public to become aware of bullying’s effects. At the ages of 13, two boys committed suicide because of the verbal and physical abuse unleashed by their peers. An 18-year-old boy jumped off the George Washington Bridge because of a YouTube video posted by his roommate. Another teen could not handle the daily harassment from his peers. Now that we have realized its effects, we must begin to change and speak out against bullying. The transition to acceptance requires an open mind and a willingness to change. Without this willingness, change will never come and bullying will continue to be a vicious, perpetual cycle. As technology advances, more opportunities have been created for hurtful words to strike students, whether through cell phones or the Internet. We must be aware of the consequences of our words and actions toward others. What may seem like a witty remark can come off as a snide comment. When we speak before we think, we often unintentionally offend others. Each individual possesses the responsibility to maintain compassion despite our differences. After all, the Golden Rule remains the most important rule. At a young age, we learned to treat
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others the way we wanted to be treated. Yet, this simple idea seems easier said than done. At one point in our lives, everyone experiences unfair treatment. For some, feeling even the slightest tinge of acceptance continues to be a constant battle. Though tolerance and acceptance are two similar concepts, a dividing line does exist. By tolerating others, we practice fair and objective attitudes toward their ideas and beliefs. However, by accepting them, we truly display compassion and empathy toward the individual, thus showing that people should not only be tolerated, but also embraced. We must move past tolerating and avoidance and, instead, move toward acceptance. To accomplish this, we must not only accept, but also speak out. We cannot rely on authority figures to fix everything because by doing so, we become guilty bystanders. Change begins in redefining our attitudes and not relying on others to solve the problem. And so we ask the leaders of our school, which include but are not limited to, ASB, Peer Counseling, and ourselves to continue to promote a positive attitude. Current efforts such as Fuzzy Friday, Lifeline Cards and Day of Silence are starting to move us in the right direction. However, in a sea of 3,000 students, there are many opportunities to make a difference. We cannot only expect our appointed leaders to make a big change. We must also ask the student body to work together and create the beginning of a more open-minded community. Ω
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Mall in Washington DC, drawing over 215,000 people. Although they are men of parody, Colbert and his Comedy Central counterpart John Stewart have drawn more and more young people to take interest in politics, a noble feat in itself. As they target young Americans (usually 20-somethings and college students), high school students are beginning to tune into the Colbert Report. As much as adults would like to think that young people vote as recklessly as they drive, we don’t. As ardent conservatives flock to Bill Handle, young Americans have found their outlets of political expression through figures like Colbert and networking sites like Twitter. Younger voters tend to have more liberal views, as seen in a relative majority support for Prop 19, that would have legalized marijuana. Yet their support for the bill isn’t driven by Harold and Kumar movies; in reality, most support the rationale of making the drug taxable and see restrictions on usage as too imposing of the government. Its causes like these that should have young people voicing their opinions through the ballot. People around the world are fighting to have the right to have a say on issues. What a waste it’d be to pass on voting. So don’t be lazy. If you’re 18, pick up a newspaper, actually read about the issues, and go to the polls. Share the love, share the franchise. Voting and political involvement are not just displays of civic responsibility. Voting has actually become – dare I say it – cool. Ω
“People around the world are fighting to have the right to have a say on issues. What a waste it’d be to pass on voting.”
Name that politician These influential individuals are powerful in government, but many citizens are unaware of them. Do you know who they are? Results were based on 100 random students. a
32% of students surveyed correctly identified this person
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Sports Editors Esther Hwang Felix Lee
When you’re 18, a whole world of opportunity opens up. No longer must you wait those six months to get a license—you can walk to the DMV on your own free will. And more importantly, no longer must you sit aside as your parents watch Meet the Press with dismal distance. You finally get to do something about it—vote. Now I understand what Uncle Ben from Spiderman was saying when he uttered, “With great power comes great responsibility.” This draws a parallel with driving. Adults hate sharing the road with nervous 16-year-old drivers who get their right and left turn signals mixed up. If teens can barely handle the roads, can they handle the Choice? More than ever, students are increasing their involvement in political campaigns, as seen in the City Council elections from last fall to the November 2010 ballot (I’ve even read up on issues from the spam-like notifications from the Students for Meg Coalition). And you can’t forget about the massive Facebook movement led by Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz which amassed millions of fans, many of them under the age of 25, for President Obama’s 2008 campaign. More recently, Steven Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive on October 30 inspired his cult-like following to assemble in the National
than Au-Yeung, Eva Chen, Carlene Chinn, Cloris Chou, Vanessa
Opinion Editors Sharon Lay Josephine Lien
Scene Editor Elliot Park
Stephany Yong Staff Writer
thy Huang, Robert Hwang, Michael Hyun, Iqra Iqbal, Kashif Iqbal,
A&E Editor Jacqueline Chow
With politics becoming a part of popular culture, teens have more access to the political world than they had in the past.
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News Editors Eddie Cox Brittany Tsou
Feature Editors Jessica Kwok Karen Ou Reetika Singh
Vote for the future
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26% of students surveyed correctly identified this person
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Take a stand on seating
Assigned seating can seem advantageous to some and a nuisance to others. editorial cartoon by Amy Lee
CON Jeffrey Leung Staff Writer
Every single year, I sit next to the same kid in class. It’s not luck or coincidence, and he’s hopefully not stalking me. He just happens to also have a last name that starts with “L.” Although this may not seem completely desirable, assigned seating benefits both students and teachers. Most students focus better in class when they’re not seated around friends. There’s always that annoyingly talkative friend (you know who you are) who, no matter how much you may love him, will cause you great pain and anguish. Being near friends may make boring classes bearable, but it is not worth the lower grade or the time it takes to learn what I missed in class from Google. Learning calculus on the Internet is a lot more difficult than it seems. Seating charts also create an opportunity to meet new people. I’ve made plenty of friends by simply being placed beside them in class. It takes away the awkward introductions and can
force students to get to know each other despite initial judgements and assumptions. Assigned seating establishes an organized environment, allowing teachers to easily pass back papers, take attendance, and record grades. Seating charts aid teachers in committing their students’ names to memory. It’s unfortunate when a teacher has yet to learn your name four months into the school year. In a number of my classes without assigned seating, people incessantly chat during instructional time. People who want to learn are left frustrated and annoyed, along with equally upset teachers. The teacher often resorts to moving certain students around due to the disruption they create. If a seating chart had been implemented, all of this nonsense could have been avoided in the first place. Although free seating allows students to grow closer to friends, the cons of free seating outweigh the pros. Seating charts help students focus and aid teachers in executing daily activities. They also create opportunities to meet new people. All things considered, I would rather sit by the same kid every year than sit by the annoying friend who can’t stop talking. Ω
Daniela Kim Staff Writer Some may view assigned seating as a positive class necessity. Other students feel that having assigned seats is a burden. While assigned seating supposedly helps students pay more attention, it may actually produce an opposite effect. Assigned seating removes the element of distraction from friends and helps students concentrate on the lesson being taught. Although this is somewhat true, there will still be those students whispering conversations to their friends across the room, rendering the original purpose of assigned seating null and void. Being seated next to strangers makes class seem long and tedious, especially when you feel alone and awkward, which quickly loses the interest of students. As the students become more and more reluctant to go to class, many resort to texting and listening to music to tune out the teacher.
Although classes prohibit these activities, it serves as a back up stress relief when our friends are not there to listen to our problems. When classes require interaction, more timid students may not feel comfortable voicing their opinions around people they are not familiar with. This limits the amount of participation during class and inhibits productivity. Through free seating, students learn to control their actions, knowing that every action affects the freedom that has been given to them. Students only realize the privilege of free seating once it is taken away. By understanding privileges and consequences, students will learn how to be responsible for their actions. Assigned seating, a traditional form of keeping order in class, no longer keeps talkative students in their place and also limits class participation. By letting students choose their own seats, free seating gives them a feeling of maturity and accountability. In contrast, assigned seating restricts students from fulfilling the potential of learning self-control and discipline. Ω
The tragedy of movie interpretations
It is a common practice for filmmakers to base new films off books. However, this trend is arguable because moviegoers often leave disappointed because of the low quality of the films. Esther Hwang Sports Editor Countless books have been made into movies with people expecting the movie to be as good as the book or even better. However, I’m sure that there was a moment for everyone when they anxiously awaited the movie interpretation of their favorite novel to start and then felt their high expectations slowly decline as they watched their favorite novel get ruined on screen. This poses the question of whether books should be turned into movies with the risk of disappointment or simply stay on the shelf. People come out of the movie theater unsatisfied because
they have already been influenced by the depth of the book. Books are unlimited because writers are allowed to make their books as long as they want. They can create an infinite number of characters and chapters and fully use their imagination and creativity. However, movies have too many limitations and cannot adequately portray the book to the satisfaction of their viewers. People expect the movie to be exactly the same as the book, but reality shows that this is impossible. There are not enough resources to transform a 250 page book into a two hour long movie. In effect, moviegoers feel as if there are many important details missing. Another reason why film adaptations may be disappointing is because of the influence books have on readers. When people
Red Ribbon Week in review Red Ribbon Week attempts to reach out to students and raise awareness. Reetika Singh Feature Editor Aside from the familiar posters, and run-of-the-mill trinkets, the Red Ribbon Week poster competition encouraged students to be involved with this year’s campaign. This new campaign for awareness gave a much needed boost to the overlooked week-long event. While majority of students were not directly involved in creating the posters, this competition was a definite step toward improvement. The posters were designed with the motto in mind: “One Choice... Live Clean,” which was also a new addition. The three classes (Hildreth, Gomez, Tan) with the posters that best represented Red Ribbon Week won pizza parties. This prize provides incentive for the students to participate and become more involved in the spirit of Red Ribbon Week. The posters, which are now posted up
around campus, are a constant reminder of the dangers of drug use. They present a more catchy approach than the token signs that are put up every year; and there is more sentiment behind each unique one. Though students may have only put in the effort for the cheesy goodness they might have received, the posters still serve their purpose. The posters were not the only things that improved Red Ribbon Week. The totaled car demonstration showed the dangerous effects of drug use. Bracelets were also passed out that reiterated the motto. These activities helped raise awareness and made students informed. Although Red Ribbon Week will not guarantee the compliance of every student, these changes bring attention to the neglected topics that need to be addressed. By reaching out and creating an interactive activity for the student body, Red Ribbon Week has effectively raised awareness and spread knowledge about living clean. Ω
read a book, they imagine the setting and characters of the book. However, when people see the movie after reading the book, what they see is usually not what they imagined. Therefore, they feel as if the movie portrayed the book incorrectly. The movie Eragon is just one example of a movie that deviated from the novel. Too much of the book was cut and edited from the movie to make it appeal to a younger audience, which made the movie different from the original. As a final point, I will say that the movie only had a run time of 104 minutes. The book was 497 pages long. Thus the story felt rushed and incomplete. There have been some great films made from books, but typically, movie versions of books tend to disappoint. Books and movies are very different entities and to enjoy them both we should keep them separate from each other. Ω
College admission process Certain factors that affect the admission process must be considered when applying to colleges. Josephine Lien Opinion Editor Around this time of year, high school seniors go on an insane frenzy over two words: college applications. With all the energy put into these applications, one would expect college acceptance rates to reflect fairly on the quality and effort of the students. However, there are several factors that college admissions officers consider that are undoubtedly questionable. First and foremost, race plays a huge part in the decision-making process. If a college must decide between a student who is a majority to a student who is a minority yet slightly less qualified, the minority student would gain the spot in most cases. This practice, called affirmative action, contains several flaws. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe that any person has ever had the right to select his ethnicity at birth. Why punish a qualified individual for a something that he or she cannot control? Instead, colleges should award the more qualified student.
What many people don’t realize is that recruited athletes, legacies (people whose parents have attended the school), minority students, and development cases (a family member made a significant donation to the school) are selected prior to the application due date. What is even more shocking is that these groups make up 40% of the freshman class. This heavily reduces the number of spots open for prospective students. The acceptance of development cases brings me to the next factor: money. Like most institutions, colleges simply cannot escape the lure of money. As a result, it continues to influence college admissions. Although it is understandable, it remains discouraging that the rich kid has a better chance of making it into my dream school just because his parents can pay a larger portion of the tuition or pay for a new library. So let’s just state the obvious: the college admission process is unfair. For now these problems will not change and we students must deal with the reality of getting into our dream school. However, this shouldn’t stop anyone from applying to their desired colleges. Race, money, and athletic ability aside, if the candidate is truly qualified, these factors will only be a small obstacle in his or her way. Ω
Chefs cooking up a culinary storm November 5, 2010
Volume 43, Issue 2
For these four students, cooking is a hobby and are forum for their expressions. Some of their specialty dishes include Banana Nut Carrot Cupcakes, Mexican Style Tamales, Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken, and a variety of omelets. Compiled by To-Van Hoang, Esther Huang, Jessica Kwok, and Reetika Singh
Andrew Kwok Banana Nut Carrot Cupcakes Ingredients for batter: 2 eggs 1 banana 1/4 cups applesauce 2 cups dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon A pinch of nutmeg 3 cups grated carrots 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 2. Smash bananas and whisk in eggs, brown sugar, apple sauce, and vanilla extract. 4. Then combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. 5. Combine the two mixtures and add carrots and nuts. 6. Put batter in a muffin tin, bake for about 23 min. Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting: 1/4 cup butter 8 ounces Neufchatel (low fat cream cheese) 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon lemon zest Instructions: 1. Mix the cream butter and Neufchatel together. 2. Beat in the remaining ingredients until smooth.
For a lot of people, cooking is a form of expression equivalent to painting or making music, and every cook has his or her own personal style. For senior Andrew Kwok, baking is his niche. “I love to bake. I like making people happy, and the fastest way to the heart is through the mouth,” Kwok said. Kwok was introduced to this world of cooking by a friend in sophomore year and was motivated by his own sense of competition. “I met this girl named Josephine Lien and I kept hearing about how miraculous her cupcakes were,” Kwok said. “Then I had one of her cupcakes that people were getting all excited about and tasted it and thought, ‘I can do better than this.’” And once Kwok was started on baking, he was hooked. He couldn’t stop when there were so many recipes he could concoct. “I’m in love with the concept - the concept that you can take an edible thing and make something personal out of it,” Kwok said. “With baking, you’re good at baking everything, but cooking is specific- you need to know exactly how much of each thing you need to put in.” His passion for personalization allows him to bake cupcakes, scones, and other assorted pastries for himself and his friends. “I’m trying to bake healthy now because my baking obsession has gotten me fat- especially my friends and I feel guilty about it,” Kwok said. But no matter what ingredients he is given, Kwok knows he can have fun in a kitchen with an oven. “While baking, you can make a billion things with just basic ingredients, like strawberry jam, custard or some flavoring,” Kwok said. “Anytime I bake, it’s like having a child that you can eat.” Ω
photos By Jessica Kwok
CUPCAKE KING: Senior Andrew Kwok uses a spoon to separate an egg yolk from the white into a glass mixing bowl. He enjoys baking cupcakes and giving them to his friends.
photos By reetika singh
A TAMALE FIESTA: Senior Rachel Lew fills a corn husk tamale wrapping with masa. She often cooks with her mom, who taught her most of the dishes she knows how to make.
Senior Rachel Lew holds a dumpling in her hands, carefully wrapping the skin around the meat center. She seals it shut with a dab of water and looks at it. Perfect. Lew, exposed to cooking from a young age, learned her cooking skills from her mom. “It was just something my mom passed down to me and it was kinda like an inheritance. I picked it up over the years in an accumulation of recipes,” she said. She often cooks when her mom, whom she considers her teacher, brings home the cooking supplies for dinner. “Usually, my mom just buys the ingredients and if all the ingredients are there I’ll help my mom cook,” she said. “[Sometimes my mom and I hold dumpling parties] with other foods as well, when she buys a lot of ingredients and everyone comes together to make food.” Lew’s favorite part of cooking is wrapping the center of the foods into their shells, in the case of dumplings and tamales. “[My favorite part of cooking is folding, because] making dumplings and tamales are a lot of fun because you put the ingredients and fold it,” Lew said. “It’s like wrapping a package or a present.” She enjoys cooking as a hobby and pursues it in her free time. “There are a lot of things I like to cook because there’s always some kind of wrapped food like tamales, sushi, and potstickers,” Lew said. For Lew, cooking is a source of happiness that relates to her future. “I’m glad I can cook so that [when I go to] college, I can eat home cooked meals,” she said with a laugh. Ω
Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken Ingredients: 1 lb. bite size chicken pieces. 2 tbs. sugar 1 tsp. Chinese 5 spice 1/2 cup light Soy Sauce 1 tbs. Ground Black Pepper 1/4 cup Rice Wine 2 cups corn starch/flour for dredging 4 leaves of basil 2 cups of vegetable oil. 1 whole egg Instructions: 1. Create the marinate by mixing the sugar, soy sauce, pepper, five spice, chopped basil , and rice wine together in a bowl. 2. Place the chicken in the bowl and put it in the fridge and let it marinate for at least twenty minutes, one day yields the best flavor. 3. Remove the chicken from the marinate and add one well beaten egg into the marinated chicken and dredge it through the corn starch and then in all purpose flour. 4. Pour oil into the pan and then add some white pepper into the oil. 5. Lower the individual chicken pieces into the hot oil. Let the chicken fry for around 3-5. 6. Let the chicken cool and sprinkle salt and white pepper.
Ingredients: 1 large bag of chicken thighs, boneless-skinless (Costco size) 2 onions- diced 1 cluster of garlic cloves 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. red pepper flakes 2 tbsp. salt Instructions: 1. Put the ingredients into a large pot with water to cover ingredients. 2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until chicken shreds easily with fork. 3. Let it cool for 1/2 hour then pour off most of liquid, keeping the onion and garlic with chicken. 4. Fork shred the chicken and add chiles. Stir in green chile enchilada sauce until meat is desired moistness. (1-2 28oz. size cans) Soak corn husks according to package instructions. Spread prepared masa onto corn husk about 1/4 inch in thickness over an area about a hands span wide. Spoon meat mixture into center and fold to cover. Layer tamales into pot for steaming. Make sure the tamales do not sit in water. Steam for about 2 hours. Turn off heat and remove tamales to cool a few minutes before eating to let the masa set.
Deanna Zhang If there is a teenager who enjoys an outing to the farmers’ market or grocery store more than going to the mall or catching a movie, it is junior Deanna Zhang. Zhang started cooking at an early age, when she was seven. “The first thing I ever cooked was fried eggs,” Zhang said. “I felt excited and amazed because I had never made food for myself.” Zhang cooks a wide range of food, from desserts to cultural main dishes. “My favorite dish is honey mustard chicken pizza,” Zhang said. “I also make desserts like cake, sponge cake, cheese cake, and Japanese cheese cake.” Just as with any other skill, Zhang has specific goals she wants to achieve through cooking. “My goal in cooking is to be talented enough to cook for people’s gatherings,” Zhang said. “If I do improve in cooking, I will like to try to make some complicated soup bases for udon and hopefully make green tea bread.” Although Zhang’s family and friends always compliment on her dishes, Zhang believes that she can accomplish much more. “My friends really enjoy my cooking and are often surprised that is not store bought. However, I think the food that I make is good, but I [also] believe it still can be improved upon,” Zhang said. For Zhang,the taste matters less than the feelings of success. “I like cooking because I like [seeing] the happiness on the faces of my friends and family when I cook something for them,” Zhang said. Ω
Mexican Style Tamales
photos By Jessica Kwok
SHARP SKILLS: Junior Deanna Zhang skillfully chops up some parsley for her meal. She began cooking at the age of seven, when she first made fried eggs.
By the Numbers: 10
minutes it takes to hardboil an average sized egg.
photos By reetika singh and roger ochoa
SUNNY SIDE-UP: Senior Roger Ochoa pours six beaten eggs into a pan to make an omelet. He began cooking omelets in the seventh grade, and they are now one of his specialties.
For senior Roger Ochoa, omelets were love at first sight. “The first time I saw someone make an omelet was at a resort. I was fascinated; it looked so cool when they flipped it, and it tasted amazing too,” Ochoa said. Ochoa has now been making omelets for six years, and makes them for many of his friends. “I don’t think I’ve ever made just one omelet,” Ochoa said. “I use almost a carton of eggs every time; it’s fun to cook for my friends, and I like to please people.” He uses a range of ingredients from conventional ones like onions and tomatoes to less common ones. “My friend and I once put fried chicken into an omelet,” Ochoa said. “The chicken was from KFC, and it actually came out pretty decent.” Ochoa enjoys experimenting with different combinations of foods, and ends up with some interesting dishes. WMark; it was actually one of the best combinations I’ve ever made.” Although he creates a lot of innovative foods, there are some downsides to trying unusual ingredients together. “I made this thing of Bologna wrapped around garlic and onion and it was horrible,” Ochoa said. “I felt like throwing up after I ate it. It was really bad.” Ochoa cooks for others because he enjoys seeing their delight after he makes a dish. “I do like the fact that cooking gets my mind off of things, but ultimately, I like to see the smiles on peoples’ faces, and their reaction to my food.” Ω
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Supreme Breakfast Omelet Ingredients: 3 whole eggs 2 ounces American cheese 1/4 cup bell pepper (diced) 1/4 cup tomato (diced) 1/8 cup onion (diced) 1/4 cup ham (diced) 1/4 cup mushrooms (chopped) 1/4 cup sausage (sliced) A pinch of salt Instructions: 1. Break eggs into a mixing bowl and beat them until they turn pale yellow then add the remaining ingredients. 2. Pour the mixture into a medium sized pan and let the eggs cook for a minute. 3. Use a spatula to gently push one edge of the egg into the center of the pan, then tilt the pan to allow the liquid egg to flow in underneath. Repeat until there’s no liquid left. 4. Gently flip the egg pancake over and cook for until there is no uncooked egg left. 5. Using a spatula, lift one edge of the egg and fold it across and over, so the edges line up. 6. Cook for another minute, but make sure the egg does not overcook. Do not allow the egg to turn brown. If needed flip the entire omelet over to cook the top for around 30 second. Make sure to not let the egg brown.
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Head dragon of the boat For senior Daniel Fu, dragon boat racing is not a recreational activity but a passion for his team and the sport. He spends his summers at the beach training his dragon boat team and preparing for the main race at the end of the summer. Amy Lee Staff Writer The sun on his skin, the sea spray misting his face, the surge of the boat as paddlers dig into the water with their sturdy wooden paddles - for senior Daniel Fu, these sensations make dragon boat racing the most enjoyable way for him to spend his summers. Fu began participating in dragon boat racing before his freshman year and is the steersperon for the Confucius Chinese Language School’s dragon boat team. “I felt great when he asked me to come back and join because I knew that my previous captain was going to graduate soon. I thought I could take over the job and continue what we had going,” Fu said. Fu continued to pursue dragon boat racing and developed a passion for the sport. “At that point, I knew I wanted to keep dragon boating for a long time, even if the practices are intense sometimes; I feel a lot better after each practice,” Fu said. Fu became the steersperson for his dragon boat team after taking a required test for his steering license. “After you pass the written portion of the test, you move on to the actual test on water. The photo By Daniel Fu docking portion of the test is one of the big ones they look at because every year they always have RACING THE DRAGON: Standing at the back of the boat, senior Daniel Fu steers the boat with the longer steering paddle. Fu has people who do not dock properly, causing delays participated in dragon boat racing for four years in the Confucius Chinese Language School team. in the schedule,” Fu said. morale,” Fu said. Fu said. Fu is dedicated to committing his best for the team. In every Along with concentration, rowing together is the key to an Fu’s inspiration to continually devote his time and effort to race, Fu stays focused on the team’s goals and spurs the rowers efficient dragon boat. Fu is aware of the need for communication dragon boat racing stems from the strong relationships and joy on. and harmony within the team. that he experiences through the sport. “During a race, I feel very intense. I try to encourage my “I enjoy dragon boat because its a sport that involves team“Building a strong friendship and teamwork drives my interteammates to paddle their best and to not give up. I know that work, and it also works your whole body, not just your arms, and est in dragon boat. Also, having fun is an important part of what by the second half of the race, everyone is tired and they want being able to work your whole body means building a healthier inspires me to keep on participating in dragon boat [racing],” Fu to stop paddling, so I start screaming and try to boost up their body. Dragon boating promotes teamwork and active people,” said. Ω
Spencer plus nineteen Junior Spencer Nemeth is never bored, not with nineteen older siblings. He and his many siblings, related to him through a surrogate mother, are a happy extended family.
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FAMILY LOVE (CLOCKWISE): Junior Spencer Nemeth, in the back, poses with his costumed siblings for their Halloween get-together. Although they do not live in the same house, Nemeth and his siblings keep in touch through Facebook, text, and email.
Jessica Wang Staff Writer
Ever find yourself complaining about your one, two, or even six siblings? Whether it’s being teased by them or being held responsible for looking after them, nothing compares to having a total of nineteen brothers and sisters. Junior Spencer Nemeth is the youngest of fifteen brothers and four sisters, all step-siblings related to him through a surrogate mother. He lives with his parents and has three brothers and a sister currently in high school, though none attend Walnut High. “We go out and have fun at the park, eat together, and share memories. I remember going paintballing with them once, and I still have paintball scars on my arms that won’t go away,” he said. Although Nemeth doesn’t live with his brothers and sisters, they constantly keep in touch over Facebook, text, and email. He often spends his weekends with them and celebrates their birthdays. “Usually, birthday celebrations take place at my dad’s house. We light fireworks for fun half the time,” he said. Occasionally, his siblings can interfere with his school work by taking him out to dinner or a party instead of allowing him to do his homework. “At times, [my brothers] steal me away from schoolwork for days on end, and when I come back I have a load of homework to finish,” he said. “On one occasion in my freshman year, my brother sent me a text in the middle of fifth period, saying we had to go celebrate our mom’s birthday. I told him I was still in class, but he came to pick me up in five minutes anyway.” With his siblings’ ages ranging from 18 to 48 years old, Nemeth goes to them for things varying from school life to family. “The older ones act sort of like aunts and uncles to me. I can talk to them about my feelings, family issues, or school, because they’ve basically gone through all the stuff I’m going through, so they understand,” Nemeth said. He feels especially close to his 18 year old brother and 19 year old sister because they are around his age and live near him. “They were practically with me when I was born,” Nemeth said. “Other than my mom and dad, they’re like the first family I loved. It’s great having a huge family that understands you so well and loves you so much.” Ω
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Fashion for passion The TOMS shoes and I <3 Boobies bracelets seem like typical fashion trends that are circulating around school, but these two trends have a charitable aspect to them. These popular accessories help the needy poor and the breast cancer research. Jessica You Staff Writer You see them almost everywhere: the TOMS shoes and “I <3 Boobies” bracelets. To the everyday student, it may seem like another school fashion, but in reality, these trends actually promote charity. “I wear I <3 Boobies bracelets because it keeps us aware of breast cancer and a portion of the money goes to breast cancer awareness,” freshman Enrique Abreu said. M a n y students wear these fashion accessories because they wish to help contribute to society. “I love the idea of giving things, like those wonderful shoes, to people who need them, and being able to donate to help fund breast cancer research, because it makes me feel really good inside,” freshman Christy Lay said. Other reasons for wearing these fashions are because the students see it as something trendy to wear. “Those [I <3 Boobies] bracelets are really the hype right now and ev-
eryone is wearing it and it’s a really nice accessory just to wear for fun,” Abreu said. Although it can be difficult to find a way to successfully promote for charity, the fashions are a new way to help students become more aware of people in need. “Basically it’s sort of cool to be able to wear something fun and comfy and in trend, and also help a cause at the same time,” freshman Keilyn Uradomo said. “By wearing them its sort of also spreading the trend of the shoes like at first not a lot of people liked them. Some even thought they were weird like I did, but in the end I bought a pair and I actually enjoy wearing them.” Using fashion to help raise money for good causes could be the next step to saving thousands of lives or conducting necessary åresearch for diseases. “It brings awareness to those who are less fortunate and unable to have things such as shoes which we take for granted,” junior Celina Kim said. Ω
“It’s cool to be able to wear something fun and comfy and in the trend and also help a cause at the same time.” - Keilyn Uradomo, 9
photos By Jessica You
FASHION FOR CHARITY (COUNTERCLOCKWISE): During passing period, freshman Naihley Torres walks to class in her green TOMS; Seniors Patrick Hu and Aaron Kim, wearing their gray and black TOMS, chat with each other; Sophomore Jay Won opens a door while wearing his white I <3 Boobies bracelet.
Brothers sophomore Joseph and senior Wesley Harijanto take care of over fifty birds of many different species. Caring for so many birds can be a serious responsibility, but because of their care, they are rewarded by their birds’ returned affection. Kevin Yin Staff Writer Most of us see pets as lovable companions that can also be a source of entertainment. Siblings sophomore Joseph and senior Wesley Harijanto have taken that to a whole new level. The brothers have an aviary in their backyard housing over fifty birds in almost ten different species. They work together to ensure the well being of their birds. The brothers work to make sure the pets have food, water, cages, and attention; commitment is crucial to their relationships with the birds. “It can be challenging because caring for birds requires a lot of responsibility and dedication. It is also difficult to take care of them when you have other responsibilities as well,” Joseph said. “It’s my dad’s hobby to collect birds. It was a hobby he used to have when he was little, and [he] asks us to take care of them,” Joseph said. Life with so many animals can be difficult, but can offer its own source of contentment. “It takes a really long time to feed them, and they’re very noisy. But there’s always something to do with my birds, and it’s very rewarding because you learn to enjoy their company,” Joseph said. They get a sense of satisfaction with the duties the
bird’s entail, and take pride in their vast collection of birds. “They’re interesting because they are special animals, but take a lot of responsibility,” Wesley said. The birds also have their own temperaments and preferences. Some of them have grown distant from the brothers. “I was really angry and upset after playing with a bird for a year, one day, it just started to hate me. It won’t let me touch it anymore,” Wesley said. But one of their birds, named Casey, has become especially close to them. “I like Casey, our goffin cockatoo, because he’s a unique bird; he doesn’t talk much, but is really friendly. Most of the other birds are mean. He’s the nicest bird we have,” Wesley said. With so many birds, its sometimes hard to recognize when one needs a little extra care. A bird once died of cardiac arrest in Joseph’s hands. “I was really sad because it was a colorful bird; after it died, everyone started playing the blame game afterwards because we all really liked that bird,” Wesley said. After owning the birds for so long, the brothers have adjusted to the company of all the birds, but have only recently learned to appreciate them. “I have been accustomed to them since I was young, so I don’t think they’re much, but when you see other people’s reactions you learn it’s something special you cherish,” Joseph said. Ω
“There’s always something to do with my birds, and it’s rewarding because you learn to enjoy their company.”
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Joseph Harijanto, 10
- Joseph Harijanto, 10
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Find fun on weeknights at the Crazy Horse You might think that those trips to the Village might be losing their appeal after eating the same food at the same place. With its fine dining and electrifying atmosphere, however, the Crazy Horse is your new go-to destination for a great night out. Jasmine Lin Staff Writer VIP booths, dance floors, DJs, and live performances on a weeknight. Not to mention a crowd of older people. Suddenly, those after-school trips to the Village don’t seem nearly as glamorous. Finally, a chance to be “in the scene.” The Crazy Horse is a restaurant located near the Westfield Mall in West Covina. The restaurant is permitted to guests of all ages on weekdays, but strictly for guests 21 and older only on weekends. The new hangout spot could be a great place to eat, relax, and dance, with DJs spinning everything from 80s to hip-hop on their turntables. Their menu includes the typical pastas and steaks, and a long, delicious list of appetizers. On the fancier side, the restaurant also serves exotic dishes, such as baked stuffed New Zealand Green Lip Mussels Parmesan, which I was not bold enough to try. Although the bill may be a bit pricey, the food itself is definitely worth a try. Aside from the food, the staff who served me during my visit actually made me feel more welcome than I’ve ever felt at a restaurant. I actually made conversation with several workers, and it wasn’t just about the food. Aside from being a typical restaurant, the Crazy Horse often hosts special events, from contests to dance parties. During my visit there on an Open Mic Night, the crowd went wild for a Mt. Sac acapella group, who received a $10,000 contract with the help of Will Smith at the contest. In addition to affiliations with Will Smith, the Crazy Horse has also witnessed the performances of some famous artists like Ron Artest and Frankie J, as well as visits from record dealers. Although Open Mic Night Wednesdays are over, the Crazy Horse is still eagerly looking for brand new artists and bands to feature on their stage. From being an audience member exposed to new talent, to being the talent exposee, people who go to the Crazy Horse are given an ideal connection for local musical interaction. Who knows? There may be a record dealer listening in the audience waiting to sign the “next big thing.” However, even as a tone-deaf visitor with no hopes of ever being rewarded a cash prize for my voice, I still found the Crazy Horse atmosphere enjoyable, relaxing, and fancier than my typical Wednesday nights. Ω
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Crazy for Clubs: Everything from live performances to exquisite cuisines can be found during your visit to the Crazy Horse. The restaurant offers various appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages for underage students, and an exciting and stimulating atmosphere.
Take a little bite of the Old World at this deli With everything from hearty soup to perfectly baked garlic bread, Old World Delicatessen has a wide range of European inspired dishes that is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a healthy alternative to the multitude of fast food chains. Carmel Yang Business Manager
photos By Elliot Park
Clockwise (Top left): Old World Deli has a number of different combos, including a bowl of spaghetti with garlic bread on the side. Although smaller than most restaurants, Old World Deli is still a great spot for those looking for a quiet place and a filling meal. The salad bar is massive with a wide assortment of dressings and includes all of the typical additions to any salad.
Modern food must be fast, cheap, and accessible. While not entirely glamorous, it serves its purpose in fueling fast-paced lives. Still, after suffering from this bland McCorporate food for years, freshness and edibility is making a quick comeback. Though new-age franchises like Panara Bread are helping to branch off from this trend, sometimes a person grows nostalgic for warm, baked bread and local deli meat from the days of the past. And for those people, there is Old World Delicatessen. Old World Delicatessen, out in the Eastland Mall Center in West Covina, is one of those hidden places reserved for people with a preference for dim lighting and casual wear. Inside, there’s always a distinct aroma lingering within the restaurant. In a sense, it’s almost like an unpleasing mustardy, almost sewage-like smell that doesn’t give the best first impression. The menu is a motley of Germanic-Italian-American-Greek cuisine and includes everything from the classic pastrami sandwich to spaghetti with meat sauce. Each order comes with a side or drink (depending on their different specials) and a guarantee of freshness in every dish. The specials change daily and offer great deals for every day of the week. The salad bar is $9 per person for unlimited usage. It’s a bit pricey, seeing that the selection stands as nothing out of the ordinary, except they are the only place in Southern California with marinated mushrooms. And for those who like fungi, the mushrooms alone may be worth it. Their soup selections range from clam chowder to Italian Style Wedding and usually taste nice and hearty. On previous occasions, sandwiches at Old World gave off an explosion of warm bread and flavor meat and the cheap prices made every bite taste better. Nowadays, however, the chicken is less juicy, the bread less warm, and the steak sandwich might have less gravy, so don’t always expect delicious perfection on a consistent basis. But still, it beats Subway any day. Of course, the highlight of any Italian-themed restaurant would have to be its pasta and here, Old World Deli truly excels. Their lasagna is filling, stacked with layers of meat. Of course, the spaghetti with meatballs is always a good choice. Overall, Old World Deli may have its cons, but in a world filled with unhealthy, preservative-filled foods, it certainly stands above the competition as an appetizing, yet fresh alternative. Ω
the hoofprint Old Shows, New Cops Hawaii 5-0
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A of screams and scares Sure, Halloween might be over, but by no means have the scares gone with it. See what we think about the season’s hottest and most fear-inducing movies.
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Michael Hyun Staff Writer As a rare time viewer of the detective show genre, I assumed Hawaii 5-0 to be another mundane CSI-oriented hit, but after watching its first episode, I knew I was wrong. A remake of the 1970s hit T.V. series, Hawaii 5-0 recently debuted its pilot on CBS a couple weeks ago. Despite being a remake, the show still presents itself as much more modern, actioncentered, comical, and definitely hotter than the original. Starting the episode is the killer theme music. It sounds as if it has been mixed with a surfing U.S.A. tune with the iconic jazzy sounds of the James Bond theme. Steve McGarret (Alex O’ Louglin) plays the lead detective in the story and brings a level of tension and suspense to the overall mood, which kept me on the tip of my toes. Danny Williams (Scott Caan) plays as McGarret’s partner and brings cold-humor into the cast, making the show more enjoyable. Although his acting is solid enough, McGarret stands as the real star of the show. On the other hand, I was not all that crazy about the setting that has become a staple of the series. In fact, it seemed ironic that all the action could take place on an island, especially known for vacation getaways and beautiful sunsets. However, the plot is indeed heart-throbbing with surprises and hidden clues here and there. I predict that this show will be high on the charts with the positive reaction I got out of it. Crime drama may not be your thing, but if you get a chance, check out Hawaii 5-0. Ω
Law and Order: LA
Karen Ou Feature Editor
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Smart cops, plot twists, and intense energy. These were what I looked forward to as I watched the premiere of Law and Order: Los Angeles. As expected, I found myself drawn into the suspense of the crime and chilled by the distinctive “chung-chung” sound of the series. But at the same time, I wondered, “Does Law and Order: Los Angeles deliver what viewers like so much in the original?” and in my opinion, it has slightly missed the mark. It definitely has the strong foundation of the original, being well-produced, plot-driven, and nicely acted. Yet, I am most concerned over the lack of an introduction to the main characters or to the story - simply throwing the audience abruptly into the midst of the crime. On top of that, the story of the premiere episode itself, which regarded a burglary crew breaking into the homes of some of Hollywood’s young starlets, mixed in with irresponsible parents and drama, was only slightly interesting - somewhat of a disappointment. The second episode was far more engrossing, yet still, the debut episode should have been the one to thoroughly grab my attention. Also, the chemistry between the primary L.A. detectives Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and Tomas “T.J.” Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) failed to excite. On first sight, their interaction with each other comes across as stiff and awkward. Frankly, the two definitely do not place among the best pairings seen on Law and Order. Despite these setbacks, Law and Order: Los Angeles does show promise and I eagerly await what else the show has to offer in the future. Ω
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Saw 3D: The Final Chapter
Paranormal Activity 2
Josephine Lien Opinion Editor
Sonia Chou Copy Editor
Seven. That’s the number of times I gagged while watching the latest addition to the Saw series, Saw 3D. That might not seem like a lot, yet it is approximately seven times more than I’ve ever gagged in a movie. Overall, although anyone who has watched a Saw movie would be familiar with its iconic grisliness and stimulating plot, this one absolutely takes it to the next level. The film begins with a typical scene: frightened individuals awaken in a gruesome game set up by an accomplice of Jigsaw. This time around, however, the horrified public is able to view the entire trap in a display case. Innovations like these establish another dimension to the movie and set it apart from the preceding ones. Acting-wise, Saw 3D delivers. Sean Patrick Flanery, who plays the deceitful Bobby Degan, stands out with his convincing determination to save countless others from their looming deaths. Returning as Detective Hoffman, Costas Mandylor portrays his character’s anger and violence with brilliant aptitude. Twists are a major aspect of this film, and they will not disappoint. Just when it seems like the final twist has been revealed, another one occurs and then another. I honestly left the theater uttering nothing but “wow” for much longer than what’s considered sane. Seeing that Saw 3D is expected to be the last of its series, it would be worthwhile to give it a shot if you haven’t seen any of the previous ones. That is, of course, if you have a strong enough stomach for severed bodies, splattered guts, and blood. And there’s lots of it. Ω
I’ve never been a fan of scary movies, especially those that are based off a “true” story. Consequently, watching Paranormal Activity 2 proved to be a very bad choice, for it did its job and truly terrified me. Located in a average suburban home in Carlsbad, CA, the plot follows the tale of the Rey family, relatives of the characters of the first film. This movie unfolds its tale a bit differently than most traditional horror films. With a combination of a shaky camcorder and security camera-esque footage, Paranormal Activity 2 achieves its masterful storytelling skills by making the entire movie seem believable and possible, similar to the first film. A brilliant film in its acting, Paranormal Activity 2 features a wonderful cast whose believable growing terror accompanies the audience’s. The Rey couple (Brian Boland and Sprague Grayden), their teenage daughter (Molly Ephraim), and infant son (Tim Clemens), a seemingly ordinary household, all react convincingly to the mysterious disturbances. The addition of a superstitious nanny and an alert German shepherd accents the movie’s overall hair-raising screenplay. Although I must say, even as an amateur scary movie viewer, the anti-climatic plot moved along a bit slowly through subtle details that are frightening, but easily missed. The movie packed just enough suspense to be both believable and creepy. However, the slightly overdone ending dampened the rest of the film’s effectiveness. Still, Paranormal Activity 2 raises goosebumps and is definitely perfect for this time of year. Ω
Hall of Fame: Horror
From demon children to gruesome traps, here are some of the horror films that have filled us with terror and have earned a spot in our Hall of Fame.
The Omen (2006)
Josephine Lien Opinion Editor
Janzen Alejo Staff Writer
Most horror films these days rely on special effects to produce screams and shudders from the audience. The Omen (2006), however, accomplishes the virtually impossible and employs alternative scare tactics that are so frightening that I consider it the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. The film is about the demented tale of a boy named Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) who is secretly adopted by the President’s godson Robert (Liev Schreiber) to replace his wife’s (Julia Styles) dead newborn. As Damien develops, the family and those around them are increasingly placed in ominous situations, which leads to several gruesome deaths. It is eventually revealed that their child is the Antichrist, setting Robert off on a journey to cease Damien from committing further sins. Although the film is a remake, I’ve never seen a better one. The chilling cinematography and flawless acting create a creepy atmosphere that tests the viewer’s mental strength. If you possess enough courage to watch The Omen, prepare to have a demon boy’s face stuck in your mind forever. Ω
With its disorienting music and repulsive visuals (and that deep iconic voice of Jigsaw that has followed the films for all these years), everything about the original Saw makes this blockbuster hit my favorite horror movie of all time. In Saw, two complete strangers, Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Dr. Lawrence (Cary Elwes) find themselves locked in a dirty, abandoned bathroom. Soon after, they realize that they have fallen into the sick mind game of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and that they need to escape. At the time, the idea that people would go to the greatest and most gruesome lengths to save themselves was new to me. This survival-oriented theme repeats itself in horror films time and time again in movies such as Hostel and Untraceable, but Saw still stands out as the king of torture. The brilliant concept, with its unique plot and amazing storyline, chilled me to the bone. All in all, Saw comes off as a very good low-budget horror film and with its action, gore and excellent storytelling, it could easily be considered within the Horror Film Hall of Fame. Ω
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How are the budget cuts affecting sports?
Sports teams are attempting to get past the effects of budget cuts by finding ways to make up for setbacks. Each team is organizing fundraisers to replace the money that the school can no longer provide.
Varsity Waterpolo As a result of the cuts, the tournament schedules have changed to games closer to home, so that there are more games and trips with less costs for transportation. In addition, the cuts have forced the team to pay $5 for extra time in the pool. “We’re actually doing okay, but sometimes it’s hard because we don’t always know if we have a coach or not. We have one head coach, and we don’t know if she can do everything,” varsity captain Allison Hu said. The waterpolo team maintains itself with purchases of its own expense. For instance, the team sells the spirit pack that costs $175, which helps fundraise. The members also receive donations from sponsors. The parents of the athletes are very supportive and more involved. “I have a great parent group, and they’re doing a lot. The students and parents are supporting, and they do a lot of things I can’t such as the snack bars,” coach Lani Ruh said. Ω
Boys’ Varsity Basketball The boys’ varsity basketball’s booster clubs came together to fundraise and host a Stüssy sale on Saturday, Oct. 30. “The Stüssy sale was a huge success. A lot of people showed up, more than I expected. I myself bought some stuff and I do feel reassured about how much money we earned from this fundraiser and all the other fundraisers we did,” senior Zack Galman said. Along with the Stüssy sale, the athletes have also sold wreaths from Oct. 18 to Oct. 29, starting at $20. Some of the other fundraisers include car washes, advertising banners, and a fall league hosting. The team will host the league, and have other schools pay admission to join. Due to the cuts, the Frosh/Soph and JV teams will not be able to participate in as many tournaments as before. “To keep all levels playing, we need to fundraise. We were all freshman once; its only fair we do our part to keep their [team] there,” junior Kevin Quon said. Ω
Cross Country Not only do the budget cuts cause stress for the athletes, but they also create problems for the coaches. “I mean not only am I stressed and the team stressed, but our coaches are going out of their way to support us financially,” senior captain Jasmine Hennessy said. Due to the costs for uniforms, coaches are paying more than they are charging. With limited money to pay for coaches, there are no longer two coaches but only one. Cross country has had to give up the $500 bus rides to save money. “It’s different from the past years, and makes us not take our team for granted,” junior captain Ashley Stanford said. The cross country banquet has been changed. It is no longer held at a fancy restaurant, but in the MPR due to reduced budgets. “I personally dislike it because it doesn’t bring formality. When you think of the MPR, you don’t think of banquets, but assemblies,” Stanford said. Ω
Girls’ Varsity Basketball With the budget only paying for the varsity coaches, it has been decided that the Frosh/Soph team will be cut because the team never paid back the large amount of money spent. “It is difficult to get the logistics together for fundraisers, and they require more work to get our money, however I like to look at the positive side of this,” senior Amy McDill said. “The fundraisers we organize can also be team-bonding experiences and a lot of fun.” To maintain the team, the players are selling ads, making a media book with the boys’ basketball team, and having a fall league. In some ways, these fundraising events have brought good effects to the team. “Fund raising is fine. I don’t really see it as a bad thing because when you do fund raising it raises money, and it can be about team bonding, spending time with the team together,” senior Tricia Choy said. Ω
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Track and Field
The track and field team has not been affected seriously by the budget cuts as the others. Although fundraising may help to keep a coach, it doesn’t mean the team size will remain the same. However, practice time will shorten gradually. “[Fundraising] takes away time from being able to figure out what I want to teach and to fundraise. This sometimes means less time for practice, homework, or other social activities,” coach Keith Thompson said. There have been many changes to the team due to the cuts. For instance, the team has already cut competitions and one Saturday meet. To prevent these losses, the team will rely more on the students and the parents with volunteering and committee formations. “I have to put pressure on the athletes to help more and for them to put pressure on their parents to help as well. It will get increasingly more difficult to fund raise each year as it is. If we continue to have greater and greater budget cuts, I’m afraid of what might happen to track and field and cross country as well as other sports,” coach Thompson said. Ω
Varsity Football The budget cuts have caused the football team to raise money in order to get basic equipment like shoulder pads. “It has a big impact since we have to raise $40,000. We started back in February and the budget cuts cut down coaches. We tried to raise money for equipment since it was a safety issue,” coach Mike O’Shields said. To help fundraise, a group of parents formed the Quarterback Club to create a series of fundraisers. It reaches out to get corporate donations and host family barbecues. “My biggest concern is looking ahead and having to raise money every year, since it was already hard,” coach O’Shields said. Instead of having one hundred members like the previous years, JV and Varsity football have only 80 student athletes this year. “There’s a couple things: I have a great coaching staff and I want to keep them together. I want to have a quality football program regardless of budget cuts,” coach O’Shields said. Ω
Unexpected weather alters game schedule All outdoor sports have been affected by the inconsistent weather this year. Eunice Pang Staff Writer Just as the winning field goal can turn the game or season around, a change in weather can be just as unexpected. “As a team, we prepare so much for the game, and suddenly when it gets cancelled, everyone’s motivation drops,” junior tennis player Joyce Thung said. “We’re usually already in our uniforms until it starts to rain, and there’s nothing else to do but cancel the entire game. You get the feeling that you wasted a day, and being mentally ready is not always an easy thing to do.” On the other hand, many student athletes find the idea of playing a game in unlikely weather conditions to be quite satisfying because it may give them advantages. “We play unless there is extreme lightning,” junior water polo player Jerry Quin said. “Swimming in the rain is so much better because the water temperature is warmer than the temperature outside the pool. The cold weather stimulates my neurons, making me more concentrated. When it’s hot, I tend to bathe in the water instead.” Due to the heat and rain, the tennis team was unsatisfied with the fact that their game against Diamond Bar was canceled two times after intense preparation. “The weather makes everyone anxious, we never know when an important game would get canceled,” coach
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Cross Country: Sophomores Aaron Huang, Michael Duarte, Jason Steadward run at practice. Richard Kim said. “We were all ready to play the game against Diamond Bar, but just as we entered the courts, it started raining. The team and I were all upset about this, but luckily we had another game against Diamond Bar, and Walnut won.” Not only does the weather affect the momentum to play, but it can also affect the control of the players. “The ground gets really slippery, so adjusting to the speed of the game and keeping up with the other opponent is really difficult,” senior JV soccer player Chris Ong said. “I prefer the hot weather because when it’s raining, the water affects the speed of the ball, causing the ball to bounce and making it harder to control the soccer ball.” Players are still learning to deal with the weather changes by maintaining the right attitude when playing. “We still play no matter what the weather is like,” freshman soccer player Enrique Abreu said. “We either stay in the lower field or the varsity field to play. Playing in the rain can be harder, but we learn to deal with the difficulties when the ball is more slippery.” Ω
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Harrigan breaks the 16 minute mark In one month, freshman Daniel Harrigan was able to improve his three mile run time by two minutes. His quick advancements and talent prove that Harrigan will be a great asset to the team. Jessica Wang Staff Writer Adrenaline courses through his veins. His heart hammers with excitement. He passes a slowing competitor in a burst of sudden speed. The finish line is in sight - all he has to do is run. A member of the cross country team, freshman Daniel Harrigan was able to run a total of three miles in 19:10 at the beginning of the year, and now, after only another month of training with the Mustangs, he accomplished the same length in 17:10. “This is a pretty good time for a freshman,” Harrigan said. “If I could improve even more over time, I would be a really good asset to the league. I plan to be able to break the 16 minute mark during the next few years, it’s a pretty rea-
sonable goal.” Both of his parents were runners, and his grandfather, also a talented runner in his youth, made it to the CIF state championships. Although his speed is remarkably fast, he only discovered his natural talent last year. Currently part of an extracurricular organization called the Roadrunners, a youth community for races, Harrigan prepares himself and tries to improve his time outside of school. “[Roadrunners] was something my mom did. She knew it was a really good cross country team, so I joined too. I think it’s pretty helpful, and they prepare [runners] really well,” he said. Like all athletes, Harrigan keeps in shape by training to maintain his exceptional time. “[I practice] five days a week with the team, and I sometimes have extra practice on weekends with a few
teammates,” he said. Harrigan continues to participate in cross country because of the strong teamwork and trust that exists between him and his teammates. “[The best part of Cross Country] is the relationship between all the team members,” Harrigan said. “We’re all pretty close and we try to pump each other up before races. We all take [the races] seriously, and that just shows how determined we are to win.” Harrigan does not plan to let go of this sport any time soon. In the future, he hopes to run a marathon and gain a scholarship for his efforts. “I’m going to try to stand out by breaking ridiculous times and training with the top runners, and I definitely want to run in college,” Harrigan said. “[Running is] something I’m good at. It’s something that makes me unique, makes me feel good about myself, and makes me who I am.” Ω
Daniel Harrigan, 9
Basketball and volleyball teams face gym time conflicts All of the sports teams need as much gym time as possible. However, with only one gym, all the sports team have made a plan to give the gym to the sports that are in season and rotate the orders around. Angela Aie Staff Writer Three sports, eight teams, and one gym. Girls’ volleyball, girls’ basketball, and boys’ basketball all have to share the gym for practice time. Volleyball practices are everyday after school with JV practicing from 2:45 to 4:45, frosh from 3:00 to 5:00, and varsity from 4:30 to 7:00. “The coaches want us in the gym as often as possible. Our games and practices and tournaments take place in the gym so it makes sense that we practice often in that environment,” junior volleyball player Esther Ebuehi said. While some feel that the gym time is much needed, others
feel that there needs to be a more organized schedule for practice times. “I think that if you’re in season, you should get the first pick of gym time. I in no way begrudge the volleyball team for using all the gym time they can,” senior girls basketball player Amy McDill said. “However, I think that there needs to be an organized and fair system under which everyone gets their own amount of gym time. There shouldn’t be a whole week where [we] get no gym time at all.” Girls’ basketball spends sixth period conditioning when the gym is not available. The boys’ basketball team, who gets the gym Monday and Wednesday after school, also spend their extra time conditioning.
“After school we are in the weight room, track or [we do a] walk-through outside,” junior boys basketball player Kevin Quon said. “[Volleyball] is in season so they need to practice too but we play after their practice a lot.” Volleyball naturally gets priority because it is their season, but they willingly share the gym with fellow sports teams. “We’re in a new league so in order for us to secure a spot for CIF we need all the practice we can get to get us there,” varsity volleyball captain Sage Aguilar said. “Since volleyball is currently in season, boys and girls basketball gives us majority of the gym time and we do the same for them when they’re in season.” Ω
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Mustang Stable fires up the crowd ASB creates the Mustang Stable to bring students together and increase school spirit at varsity football games. Jessica You Staff Writer
of the games and encouraging the football team. “I don’t think it would To ensure that there will help because people who go be an active, cheering crowd at to the games come to socialhome football games, ASB has ize, and they already come presented and implemented a with their spirit. I think the new student seating area called more people there are at the the Mustang Stable. game naturally, the more spirThe Mustang Stable is ited the atmosphere would be where students sit in one spot to at the game,” freshman Anaincrease school spirit, keep the bel Zhang said. crowd active, and basically cheer Not all students disagreed for the football team throughout to the idea of Mustang Stable, the game. some stu“Mustang Stable is awe- dents really “The Mustang some because it promotes supported the Stable is a idea. school and team spirit and great new “This is way for all a great idea also the kids play better the students because it with spirit.” to join tolets the playgether to ers know help supthat Walnut -Coach Mike O’Shields port the students are football here to supteam. I port them and think in an environment where encourage them throughout you’re surrounded by students, the game,” sophomore David you wouldn’t be afraid to scream Peig said. and cheer, whereas if you’re near Both the football team parents you might keep your and coach Mike O’Shields voice a bit quiet,” senior Mi- believe the Mustang Stable is awesome because it promotes chael Le said. “So really if you’re bringing school and team spirit and all the students together you have also the kids play better with one large unit where you know spirit. “Mr. Schultz does a great there will be pride and spirit for job promoting team spirit,” the team.” Despite the goal of Mustang coach O’Shields said. It is something that enStable, students who go to the Photo By iqra igbal games wonder whether or not sures players that there will HOPING FOR SUCCESS: Seniors Daniel Tashroudian and Marc Francisco raise their hands and cheer on the the mustang stable is actually always be people around to football team as part of the Mustang Stable during the Branding Iron game, showing their spirited support. effective in improving the mood cheer and support them. Ω
Waterpolo dominates Los Altos with a 28-10 win Matthew Almeida Staff Writer Varsity boys’ waterpolo defeated Los Altos after school on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at home. Los Altos scored the first goal of the game gaining a 1-0 lead. For Los Altos, however, the opening goal was their only lead of the game–weak defense kept them from maintaining their advantage. Los Altos was unable to hold their lead. Walnut finished the first quarter with a 6-4 lead. The team started the second quarter by going on a 3-0 run, one of which was a 5-meter goal by junior Douglas Marriott. Los Altos had a chance to gain some momentum with about 3:30 left on the clock with a 5-meter shot, but senior Alex Arias read the set from Los Altos and made a great save sending Walnut into halftime with a 13-8 lead. At the start of the second half, Los Altos cut Walnut down to 13-9 after a quick goal. However, Walnut responded to the goal by going on a 12-0 run. Walnut won 28-10. Captain, senior Danny Overstreet finished the game with 16 goals. The team played solid offense during all four quarters. Ω
photos By Eunice Pang
Easy win (left to right): Junior Doug Marriott battles for possession of the ball. Junior Michael Guitterez aims to score over two defenders.
October Varsity Scoreboard Girls’ Tennis
10/08 vsDiamond Bar 4-14 L 10/11 vs Rowland 8-10 L 10/12 vs Los Altos 17-1 W 10/14 vs West Covina 13-5 W 10/20 vs Diamond Ranch 17-1 W 10/26 vs Bonita 14-4 W 10/27 vs Diamond Bar 6-12 L 10/28 vs Rowland 9-8 W
Boys’ Waterpolo 10/06 vs West Covina 20-4 W 10/08 vs Los Altos 15-3 W 10/13 vs Rowland 22-2 W 10/15 vs Bonita 8-9 L 10/21 vs Poly Pasadena 6-8 L 10/22 vs West Covina 26-3 W 10/26 vs Crestenta Valley 6-9 L 10/27 vs Los Altos 28-10 W
10/05 vs Rowland 3-1 W 10/12 vs Los Altos 0-3 L 10/14 vs West Covina 3-0 W 10/19 vs Diamond Ranch 3-0 W 10/21 vs Diamond Bar 3-1 W 10/22 vs St. Lucy’s 0-2 L 10/23 vs Ontario Christian 2-0 W 10/26 vs Bonita 0-3 L
09/10 vs Troy 16-10 W 09/17 vs Claremont 13-38 L 09/24 vs Covina 49-42 W 10/01 vs West Covina 24-41 L 10/08 vs Diamond Ranch 28-35 L 10/15 vs Diamond Bar 34-7 W 10/22 vs Bonita 14-44 L 10/29 vs Rowland 33-28 W