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Orchestra teamed up with eighth graders from Suzanne Middle School in the annual Autumn Serenade concert. “It was very memorable because it was the first concert of the year. In the moment, we felt as if we were part of the music and in the end, we felt like we could do anything.” Herman Wang, 9 PHOTOBY BY BELLE SUN PHOTO JEFFREY TRAN


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With the release of her music video, senior Reigna Roberts pursues a career in the music industry.

7. OPINION A predetermined mindset of teachers can hinder our learning experiences.





10. IN-DEPTH With the advent of technology, communication is made much easier.


How does social media play a role in major world events?



Veronese Gallery Cafe offers an excellent setting for studying and conversation.

16. ARTS Band and Color Guard dressed in pirate themed costumes for the Field Show on Halloween.


Undefeated girls’ golf won league for the third consecutive year.


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


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


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A Noble Pursuit

Learning for the sake of learning, they tell us, is a noble pursuit. They tell us curiosity is a virtue and the pursuit of truth has the potential to help humanity improve. It is this insight and understanding that has set the foundation for our historic achievements and our future advancements. So here, read the next 40 pages of this chapter and then make sure you know the age, height, hair color, specific clothes, specific RGB values of eye color of all the characters, and all the historical speeches word for word. Somewhere along that train of thought, there’s a disconnect: between possessing the information and actually making use of it, we have to first learn how to think. After all, what can a gunner do if he has a bunch of ammunition but doesn’t actually know how to load the artillery? We memorize and memorize and memorize but for what? It’s a point that our educational system has been trying to answer through the introduction of Common Core, a whole-hearted attempt to help us link those pieces of information we have so diligently inhaled and then spit out on Scantrons. While the execution has been shaky and under scrutiny, the program pushes students to look beyond purely memorization for memorization’s sake, to understand that math

and English extend beyond numbers and letters because they serve a useful purpose in helping us to survive and thrive in the world. Helping students connect the knowledge they learn to what they can do in the real world isn’t just to set them up to be able to work, but it’s also a better way to motivate them. Frequent battle cries of “When are we ever going to use outside of the classroom?” attack teachers. But by highlighting the immediacy and translational impact of what we learn, teachers may find that students are more apt to learn and pick up knowledge if they realize the importance. The first step of education is to learn the facts; the second step is to take these facts and do something with them. These two steps aren’t mutually exclusive: we can learn the facts and how to effect change with what we learn at the same time. So sure, it’s easy to just dive into the textbook, knowing that memorizing verbatim may seem the most urgent and practical thing to do. Yet, as we hope it is apparent after reading the few previous paragraphs, focusing on rote memorization only allows us to learn a play without teaching us how to truly execute it. So what happens when we actually have to play the game?

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Finding hope: Savannah’s story Fueled by memories of her sister and cousin’s struggles to overcome depression, senior Savannah Hernandez dedicates her time to saving the lives of others. Bryan Wong Feature editor Senior Savannah Hernandez has seen it all - unfortunately. From the hospitalization of her sister to the raw, devastated look on her aunt’s face when she lost her son to depression, she’s witnessed more than her fair share of tragedy. But if there’s a silver lining to these traumatic experiences, it’s that they engendered an undying will in Hernandez to prevent others from succumbing to depression. Clad in her “Hugs for $1” T-shirt, Savannah appeals to the Walnut community for donations for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). She and her two sisters, Brianna and Katie, who fundraise with her, donated this money at AFSP’s “Out of the Darkness Walk” on Oct. 25. “I just feel like I need to do something to make sure none of this happens to someone else,” Hernandez said. “The funny part is, [Katie] just walked into my room and said, ‘We’re doing this.’ And [Brianna] and I just said ‘Okay, we’re doing it.’ We didn’t need to discuss it, we didn’t need to argue it, we didn’t even want to decline. We were already on board with it the moment she came in and said ‘I signed us up.’”

source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

60% of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression

---There’s a story behind her crusade against depression and suicide, and it isn’t a pretty one. Before moving to Walnut, the Hernandez family lived in Victorville. Savannah’s older sister Katie, then a teenager, attended Serrano High School, where she says fear among students and apathy throughout the administration perpetuated a culture of bullying. She says administrators swept the issue under the rug and, after receiving reports on incidents of bullying, chalked the complaints up to attention seeking. “Pretty much, I mean, bullying kind of ran on fear. Anyone who was different or did anything that the majority didn’t agree with, you got bullied and even if other people thought it was wrong, nobody ever like stood up or said anything because there was always that fear that ‘Oh I don’t want to get bullied too,’” Katie said. “One of my friends, which I didn’t find out until a couple of years ago, I guess she went to one of the counselors and told them that I was depressed and was hurting myself, that I was being bullied, but one of the counselors said just to ignore it and it will go away and that I was probably just looking for attention. The bullying towards Katie began in the form of food throwing and harsh comments telling her to “shut up” in the classroom. Eventually it became more brutal, and escalated to physical assaults in the bathroom, confrontations by kids armed with razor blades and death threats. At one point, Katie would “accidentally” miss the bus home to avoid her tormentors. But it didn’t stop there. She was even targeted during work at the Westfield West Covina mall, where co-workers verbally abused her. Nowhere was safe. “It went from little things like that to more extreme things, where I was getting shoved into my locker,” Katie said. “I had a group of boys come up to me because he was the boyfriend of this one girl that was bullying me saying he was going to come after me with a knife. So it started off little and kind of just exploded into much bigger things.” Like other victims, Katie was targeted for her personality -- a friendly, loud, silly girl who simply smiled too much. Her classmates singled her out for deviating from the norm and attacked her for her overly optimistic attitude. She says she was afraid to speak out about her traumatic experiences at Serrano because of a pervasive culture that was hostile to whistleblowers. To speak against the perpetrators was the equivalent of stapling a big, red sign on your back that read “Kick me,” or worse, in capital letters. “Everyone else had the fear of standing up and saying ‘hey that’s wrong’ or ‘you’re bullying this person by doing this’ because no one wants them to turn around, and you know, come after them,” Katie said. “Like I was being bullied on a school bus one time and one girl did stand up for me, saying ‘hey you guys, knock it off ’ and they started bullying her. So nobody wants to be the one to stand up because everyone is scared for their life too.” Continued at

13.7 minutes a person dies by suicide in the United States

80% of people diagnosed with depression respond positively to treatment

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The reign of Reigna

Roberts poses for a photoshoot in Long Beach in October. Her photos were used for her demo album cover.

With her music video debut “Lying to Myself,” senior Reigna Roberts seeks a career in the music industry. Airi Gonzalez Staff writer She sang before she learned to speak. Senior Reigna Roberts is unlike any student you’re going to find in your choir class. Because to her, singing is more than just a hobby. It’s her life. “I enjoy singing because it’s what I’ve been doing my whole life, and it’s what I’m best at. I sing because it’s what I was made to do. There’s nothing I’d rather do than sing because it’s what I love,” Roberts said. Roberts’ mother, Kenitha Roberts, was a part of Star Search, an American television show in which contestants competed in several genres of entertainment; Kenitha took second place. With the encouragement of her mother, Roberts was led to the life of singing. She began singing at the age of two and since then has taken roughly ten singing classes instructed by Valerie Morehouse, who taught pop artists Avril Lavigne and Christina Perri. Her mother also encouraged her to play the piano, a hobby Roberts primarily disliked but later saw as an asset to her singing career. “My mom made me start playing piano and I hated it at first, but as I kept playing it, I fell in love with the instrument,” Roberts said. “I love to please and entertain people. That’s what my singing does. I love when people are engaged in my voice and the lyrics that I say.” Roberts expresses her emotions by writing it all down on a piece of paper and spending an hour or more composing a song. Beyoncé inspires her in writing music and she wants to produce music as

great and memorable as hers. “Writing a song helps me get what I’m feeling out in the open. If I don’t want to talk about it, I write about it. I try and write songs that people can relate to and feel a certain way when they hear it. I always love singing. It helps sort out my emotions. When I was younger, I would listen to [Beyoncé] and Christina Aguilera and how they sang and I would try to imitate them. So I would do that all the time because I never really had singing lessons [until] the past year. It helped me kind of train my voice in a way. And I think she’s an excellent performer,” Roberts said. Her first professional music video, “Lying to Myself ” was produced this year by Great Art Productions and was released on iTunes on April 17 by Music Reigns. On the first day of school at El Dorado High School, Roberts fell head over heels for a classmate and changed her hair, makeup and clothes so he would notice her presence. Thus she was inspired to write “Lying to Myself,” which tells of her efforts to impress her high school crush. A special dance was choreographed for the music video by 12-year-old Annisa Jolie, who came from a local dance studio. Ω Continued at PHOTOS COURTESY OF REIGNA ROBERTS

Emily Shelton: 16 and graduating Junior Emily Shelton pursues her dream of becoming a chemical engineer. She plans to graduate early and attend college. Alison Chang Feature editor Junior Emily Shelton lives and breathes chemistry. From her daily attire of chemistry-related shirts to the genuine enthusiasm she shows in her AP Chemistry class, it’s pretty clear that Shelton’s passion for science is unparalleled by most other students. But if you think that her love for chemistry ends there, it doesn’t. Motivated by her goal to become a chemical engineer, Shelton plans to graduate from Walnut High School as a junior and attend a research

university in the fall. “Chemistry has been the thing that really drives me forward and I know that sounds really nerdy. Last year, I had it in sixth period and so, I would always tell myself, ‘Just get through this day. I know you’re really tired but don’t worry, because then only two more, three more classes, then you have chem. Don’t worry,’” Shelton said. Shelton first became interested in science in sixth grade. Under the guidance of science teacher Michelle Lorrain, Shelton was inspired to take her enthusiasm for science beyond school and began registering herself

in online classes. “I had a really great science teacher and I started taking online classes and stuff, just watching videos. Any problem that you have, anything that you can imagine or don’t understand you can go and find it out with an experiment. You know? Get your hands dirty and test it out,” Shelton said. “Chemistry is probably my favorite science because it really combines math and using knowledge to help you understand the way the world works around you.” As a freshman, Shelton had originally planned to stay the four years in high school. However, with

the elimination of the Spanish V course and the thought of not taking a chemistry class in her senior year, she made the decision to graduate early. “You have to be a specific type of person to do this because there is a lot of benefit to being in high school for four years. But for me, the last year I have, I won’t have a language and I won’t have chemistry. It’s also really sad because you get to really enjoy your friends, and you really like them and you don’t want to leave them,” Shelton said. “I love friends a lot but I think that, while it would be nice to stay with them for another year, I know that you make more friends in

college and with the advent of social media and all that stuff, I don’t think staying connected will be a problem.” For Shelton, her decision to graduate as a junior has come at a high price. While graduating early does guarantee her more time to pursue a chemistry major, Shelton has had to take extra courses and two English classes in her junior year. “It’s almost suicide because I’m taking two English classes this year. Just the support of everyone around has helped,” Shelton said. “With the schedule I have, I can’t fool around too much.” Ω Continued at


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HIP TO THE BONE With the winter season approaching, it’s important to stay warm -- and look fresh. Ruth Osnorio, 11 Forever 21 outfit, black belt, ash gray TOMS // “As a kid, I just liked old things, I never liked modern things, like modern technology. I just like flowers and florals. Anything like the browns and burgundies -- the colors are more mysterious.”



Bucket List Outside of school, these teachers are explorers who cross each item off their bucket lists one mountain, zipline and country at a time.

Susan James, 12 American Apparel shirt, thrift store dress, black socks, Urban Outfitters shoes, Charlotte Russe bag // “I like to mix different prints together at the same time and I take fashion from different generations cause I like the way it looks. It’s different.”

Pam Booth English teacher

skiing the mountains

Austin Lacanilao, 12

adventure // “We’ve skied in Park City, we’ve sun danced, we’ve made it to Mexico. We would like to end up in Europe.” way of life // “It’s probably one of those bucket lists that never gets empty. I would think as you get older you keep adding to it.”

Thrift store shirt, North Face vest, Active pants // “I just like to dress simple, there you go. I would think that I’m a simple guy and go-with-the-flow type of guy so I guess your style just represents who you are, and just simple.” PHOTO BY ELAINE LIU COMPILED BY EMILY CHEN

Giving a voice to the world

After seeing the poverty in Indonesia, senior Samantha Dhali decided to take action. Jeffrey Tran Staff writer In her early life, she witnessed poverty first hand, observed children begging for money on the street and saw the struggle for educational rights. The memories of her 10 years in Indonesia still remain vivid in the mind of senior Samantha Dhali. Once she moved to the United States, Dhali was inspired to take on a leadership position at Voice of the World, a student-run human rights organization that has an online newspaper dedicated to spreading awareness about human rights violations. In an effort to bring awareness to the local community, Voice of the World partnered with AMC in La Puente to showcase a documentary, “Girl Rising,” on Thursday, Oct. 23. “When I was little, on my way to school everyday, I would witness streets filled with traffic and motorcycles. There would be children waiting for the red stoplight to turn on so they could beg for money. Once the red light turned on, they would literally rush in front of the car windows and beg for money. And it made me feel really sad. At my young age back then, I couldn’t do anything about it and I felt pity for them. But then I realized that pity is not enough and just feeling bad


is not enough - I actually have to do something. Even though I’m still in high school, what I can do is spread awareness about it,” Dhali said. Dhali was first interested in Voice of the World during her sophomore year, but as a junior, her passion for helping those in need was rejuvenated while taking English 3 AP. The class had headline assignments that prompted her to research controversial foreign affairs and current events. The assignments reminded PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF SAMANTHA DHALI her of the poverty and social injustice around RAISE AWARNESS: Staff writers report on human rights violations throughout the world. the world. She found VOW hopes to raise awareness on issues such as human trafficking and arranged marriages. inspiration in many of about worldly issues going on in the marriages and the limitation on the the stories she read and decided to dedicate herself to helping world, but I think Voice of the World education of women. Voice of the covers not only the overdone stuff World hoped the audience would the less privileged. The objective of Voice of the like Ebola. We’re kind of reaching realize the importance of giving World is to bring awareness to foreign out to kids our age, [and] writing women proper education. “By watching the movie, I’m issues by reporting on topics such what we’re interesting in, not only as human trafficking and poverty stuff that are played in front of us in sure [viewers] will be able to learn so on its online newspaper, globalvow. the news,” staff writer junior Armana much about the story of the girls. I think of one of the more important To promote action Chadha said. Aired at the promotional event things they can learn is value their from readers, staff writers link their articles to online petitions at change. for Voice of the World, “Girl Rising” education more. By looking at the featured the story of six girls around girls, the people that go mostly WHS org. “I think Voice of the World is a the world and their fight against students, they’ll be able to value their good organization, because we hear female objectification, arranged education more,” Dhali said. Ω

Kirsten Thibeault English teacher

ziplining in Mexico

around the world // “I’ve always wanted to go places my entire life. Europe’s my main goal.” thrill seeker // “I’d like to do something that scares me. Like perform in theatre on stage. Or sky-dive to get over my fear of heights.”

Jonathan Wood History teacher

visiting all 50 states

adventure // “I purchased this special ticket that was offered by Jetblue and [it] allowed me to fly as many times as I wanted to within a month.” experience // “For me, I want to live life richly, not by wealth but through experiences.” PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAM BOOTH, KIRSTEN THIBEAULT AND JONATHAN WOOD

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Don’t cosplay around

To resemble Yin, an emotionless doll from the anime “Darker than Black,” Liu wore purple contact lenses and fake eyelashes.

Drawing inspiration from the Japanese music group Vocaloid, junior Giuliana Liu expresses herself with various cosplay outfits. Vivian Lee Staff writer

Liu was first inspired to cosplay by Vocaloid, a music group that uses holographic anime bodies.

Kade Bosanko: the return Sophomore Kade Bosanko enrolls into public school after five years of being homeschooled.

Jonathan Liu Staff writer Five years later, it was the very first day of school -- again. Although he had originally attended a public elementary school, stepping onto the Walnut campus seemed alien and foreign to a formerly homeschooled student. Managing to find his classes in a whole new territory, rushing in between 10 minute passing periods and finding a balance between academics and extracurriculars are unfamiliar concepts for sophomore Kade Bosanko, who is used to the secluded environment of a home education. Bosanko wasn’t always a homeschooled student. From kindergarten to fourth grade, he attended a public elementary school until bullying started to affect his performance in his final year. Kade Bosanko’s ’s parents were concerned that his former school was not the best fit at the given time. In addition to the harassment he

Within a few minutes, junior Giuliana Liu can take her regular brown-haired, brown-eyed appearance and transform herself to a doll with silver hair and purple eyes. Cosplay is dressing up as a character usually from a certain movie, book, anime or manga. But for Liu, it‘s a way to showcase what she enjoys doing in her free time. “[Cosplay] is a way of expressing yourself because it’s a way of doing what you like, because you like cosplaying and dressing up as your favorite characters. It was to distinguish individuality. Even though a lot of people do [cosplay], it’s still different from what normal high school students would put the effort into,” Liu said. “So why not do something that’s more fun and more interesting that differentiates yourself?” In eighth grade, Liu was drawn into cosplay by Vocaloid, a music group that performs with and takes its name after a voice synthesizer created by Yamaha. “The animes I used to watch weren’t all bloody or violent, but they had a lot of action and a good plot. I prefer those because shoujo [romance] animes were too corny and it just didn’t correlate with my personality at all,” Liu said.

experienced, Bosanko felt that the teachers at his former elementary viewed and treated the students as burdens. “[Elementary school] was stressful because [teachers] did have us do a lot of homework for elementary school. It was good for the first few years, but then I felt like I didn’t have any close friends in fourth grade. It was just hard for me emotionally, I remember coming home and just breaking down because the kids were hanging out and taking my food.Eventually I told my mom about it [and] we fixed it for a little while but still, I don’t know if my friends really cared about me anymore,” Bosanko said. “Now it wouldn’t seem as big of deal. Back when I was that age, it was a big deal because in games, they would always cheat and gang up against me, steal my food and stuff and say it was all just a joke. The friends I thought I had weren’t the greatest friends.” Bosanko and his family eventually decided homeschooling

I didn’t know anybody during homeschooling, but after I got to know people, I would probably say it was some of the best years of my life.

would be his best choice. In contrast to public school, homeschooling consists of drastically smaller classroom sizes, such as Bosanko’s eighth grade English class of five people. For him, his daily schedule was flexible and his major examinations at the end of each year allowed Bosanko to be unstressed for a majority of the year, a major difference between home and public school. This was the approach to learning that he familiarized

Now, Liu draws inspiration from animes and dressed up as a character named Yin for this year’s Halloween cosplay. Yin is a female doll from the anime “Darker than Black” who has silver hair and purple eyes. “I just like her costume because it’s not revealing like a lot of other stuff. Plus I have like a similar stature to her too, so I’m just like, you know what, I’m just going to do her this year,” Liu said. For her cosplay this year, Liu wore a purple dress, black jacket and silver ponytail wig - just half of the process to become Yin. Then using make up and colored contact lenses, she further transformed herself into Yin. To resemble the emotionless doll, Liu drew eyeliner to make her eyes appear droopier, wore purple contact lenses and put on fake eyelashes. However, Liu doesn’t make her own costumes. This Halloween she enlisted the help of her friend, senior Tina Chang to make her costume for her. For Liu’s cosplay, Chang confirmed the color, type of lace and fabric that Liu wanted. After purchasing the materials from the Nogales swap meet and JoAnn, she drew the designs to figure out the measurements. The process can span from over a couple of days to several weeks. Ω Continued at

himself with. “[In] homeschooling the schedule is a lot more flexible; you can take days off and put them at the end of the year. Everything is not set in stone, [and] people are more lenient about getting your homework in, but here it’s in stone. You can’t change it,” Bosanko said. “My first year of homeschooling, I didn’t like it because it was very hard for me. It was a new setting. I remember wanting to change back to public school because I felt like I didn’t get to see my friends as much. But it’s because I didn’t know anybody during homeschooling, but after I got to know people, I would probably say it was some of the best years of my life.” Bosanko pictured his routine to be normal: going to teacher Bill Bosanko’s classroom, his father’s, in the morning and venturing out to discover new-found interests, such as drama. Ω Continued at

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Hi, my name is Xin

Hi, my name is Anthony

but my Chinese name rarely makes an appearance in everyday life. Even so, first impressions of me will always be influenced by my legal name.

and I am a failed violinist, coffee aficionado and just another stressed out high school student. I am as averagely American as it gets. PHOTO BY JAMES LI AND MARY ZHANG

Anthony Zhang Photo editor I live a double life. By day, I’m Anthony Zhang: a chronically tired, slightly awkward human being who should probably stop watching corgi videos and get to Starbucks to finish an IA or something. By night, I’m... still Anthony Zhang, just a little more caffeinated, a little more sleep deprived. The other guy? He lives almost exclusively tucked in piles of paperwork and between the trippedover syllables hesitantly offered by teachers calling roll on the first day of school. The only time he’s allowed to have his moment is when I’m forced to sign “Xin Zhang” on official documents, momentarily consigning “Anthony” to the space between the parenthesis. Personally, I’m glad that “Xin” is forced to stay there--though if I had my way he’d go away altogether. Names are more than just a string of letters we stick onto things for the

sake of convenience. Instead, they often become so intertwined with our identities that when we see or hear the name of someone we know, that simple sequence of sounds often calls to mind our memories with, feelings about and ideas of that person as a whole. My point is, those syllables should carry quite a bit of weight, so you can imagine the weird disconnect I feel when I have to go by “Xin” when I’ve already invested my entire identity into “Anthony.” On top of that, though, names can also entail our family histories as well as our cultural histories. In my case, my Chinese name serves as a reminder of my immigrant background, including my parents’ pursuit of the American Dream and all that jazz. I was born shortly before we moved to the States in search for business opportunities. Reflecting that, my Chinese name is a compound character made up of the same three components: the character for “gold”, not exactly subtle. While I appreciate



People remember me more because my name is unique. I get a lot of comments on it that I wouldn’t get if I had a regular name, although it’s embarrassing when people mispronounce it. My parents just don’t want me to forget that I’m Chinese. Chianhui Qin, 9


1 in 9

of those with whitesounding names


1 in 16

of those with ethnicsounding names

received an invitation to interview or an encouraging telephone call


the sentiment behind my name, I hardly identify with the cultural background it’s tied to. Over the course of elementary school, the fact that I was from a different culture was sometimes painfully obvious, from the kid in first grade who insisted on calling me “Chinese boy” to the fuzzy green pajamas my parents made me wear because they weren’t up to date with the latest trends in American third grade fashion. By middle school, I was making semi-conscious efforts to imitate the way my more Americanized peers spoke, picking up their slang and listening to myself during conversations to make sure I sounded like a typical American middle schooler. That I’m still legally recognized as “Xin Zhang” seems to fly in the face of my attempts at assimilation and it’s hard not to resent that at least a little. The fact is, the first impressions future employers, professors, etc. will have of me will likely be influenced by my legal name. That might not be a



Names tend to give people a strong first impression, and I do get judged because of mine. It’s never bothered me; it’s not something I can control. I’ve learned to accept my name because there’s more to a person than just a name. Konstantine Papatheodorou, 11

good thing in my case, as suggested by a study conducted by University of Pennsylvania, Wharton. In the study, emails were sent to 6500 professors across 89 different subjects from 258 U.S. universities. The emails were all under the guise of prospective doctoral students looking to meet with the professors to discuss their futures in their respective fields of study. The e-mails were nearly identical, the only difference being the genders and ethnicities suggested by the names of the fake students. Of the emails, 36.7 percent of those sent under Chinese male names were ignored while 66.8 percent of the meeting requests did receive a response were denied. In comparison, 26.5 percent of those sent under Caucasian male names were ignored while 52.4 percent of those that did get a reply were denied. Keep in mind that this is an industry saturated with highly-educated people who, as a whole, purport to value racial diversity. Ω Continued at

My name has its prons and cons. I do get teased, and people can’t pronounce it, but it shows my national pride and heritage. This is part of who I am, and if I’m embarrassed about who I am, then it’s as if I’m afraid of my own face and identity. Donghyeok Kim, 12


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How concerned are students about admissions officers doing online searches of them?



12% 85%


not at all not too very

50% 27%



somewhat 9%

of admissions officers say alcohol consumption, illegal activities, and vulgar language in photos and posts negatively impacted a prospective student’s chances

of colleges use Facebook to recruit students of colleges use YouTube to recruit students


of admissions officers visited an applicant’s social media profile



found something that negatively impacted a student’s admissions chances

Around college application season, 22% of students change their social searchable names on social media in 2008,

colleges 61% ofand universities use social 98% media in 2014,

Maxwell Zhu Staff writer

I [my parents] have a dream

The meaning of the American Dream has evolved so that the children of immigrants have the responsibility to fulfill the Drea m for their parents.

S i x months. That’s the deadline my father imposed on himself in 1998 as a first-generation immigrant to the United States. Like countless contemporaries, he understood that it was all-ornothing: he had enough cash for six months, and by then he would have either succeeded in achieving the American Dream or wasted his time and energy on a hopeless endeavor, forced to return to China. Now over seventeen years later, my father is a permanent resident and my mother a United States citizen, and stories of “nothing-but-the-clothes-on-myback” are but “back-in-my-day” anecdotes. But shockingly enough, the ultimatum they gave themselves years ago has not been fulfilled yet, and I doubt my parents are simply a statistical anomaly when it comes to immigrant parents. Sure, many of our parents are established, reputable members of society, but few have achieved the wealth and education they envisioned for themselves when they first set off for this land

“Like” my resume

Rather than avoiding admissions officers and employers online, applicants should use social media as a way to express themselves. Samantha Gomes Opinion editor

T h i s generation of youth is comprised of social media gods and goddesses, yet every year, as the wind grows chilly and the leaves turn red and orange, students hide their presences online from employers and college admissions officers. They hide under the disguise of a fake Facebook name or a private Instagram account, fearing the worst kind of reprimand from the Fates of college admissions and employment who will hunt down their profiles and discover photo evidence of wild escapades and homemade memes of infamous teachers. Prospective students and employees often approach social media as a weapon against them, as opposed to a tool. Social media, much like the rest of the Internet, is a platform on which people connect with others and voice their opinions. Its purpose is to share information, not to hide a private life. Job and college applicants should take advantage of their

decades ago. After all, many can’t speak English fluently, and fewer still have college degrees, unable to spend the time or effort to take advantage of this country’s educational opportunities. Our parents are in America, but they have not achieved the American Dream: to have a stable family, financial security and most importantly a renowned social status that results from a successful career and hard work. Rather, at one point they must have realized that they would not be the ones to achieve this dream: we, as their the English-speaking, American-raised, secondgeneration immigrant children, would. See, there is a reason that Asian parents in particular fulfill the stereotype of Tiger mom (or father) who constantly pushes her child to succeed, especially in education. Some of this mentality undoubtedly comes from remnants of Asian educational systems, but it is also a reflection of the personal investment that our parents have poured into us. They have dedicated and continue to dedicate their time, energy and livelihood to our well-being precisely because our success is their success; our failure is their failure. Our parents, who have gone above-and-beyond

additional opportunity to showcase their talents and hobbies on social media. A resume with only a GPA and work experience does not fully reflect a person’s ability or potential. Resumes don’t inform application reviewers of an applicant’s interests or what he does in his free time, nor do they reveal his personality or his priorities. When all of these

Take advantage of the additional opportunity to showcase talents and interests on social media.

elements of a person are “cut off ” from an employer or admissions officer, employers and admissions officers often turn to the bank of information that exists for public domain on social media websites. While some companies and universities do not search for their applicants online, prospective students and employees should still take precaution. Employers

and admissions officers invest in people who represent their brands in a positive manner. Aggressive opinions and public arguments on Twitter may not reflect well on a person’s ability to work with others, but they may reflect even worse on an entire company or university. Applicants should utilize social media to further convince employers and admissions officers that they are the right person for a particular job or university. Applying for a job at Barnes and Noble? Consider making the “Books” list on Facebook public. Interested in an internship at a law firm? Follow its clients on Twitter. Simple alterations on one’s profile not only reflect the applicant’s interests in relevant ways. Instead of repressing an aspect of ourselves that we deem important, namely our presence among friends on social media, we should extend our presence to potential employers and colleges. For example, I have two Twitter accounts - one for socializing with peers, and the other for networking with working professionals. Both accounts are reflections of who I am, just in different respects. Ω Continued at

Q&A DREAM ON Do you feel


Cindy Zhang, 10

“Sometimes I do feel pressured with grades and going to a good college in America, but I have my own dreams outside of school and they support me in them.”

Erik Salazar, 12

“[My parents] had to work hard to establish a living environment for me that is better than what they had, and I just don’t want to squander what they gave me.”

that your parents’ hopes and dreams rest on your shoulders?

the already difficult occupation of sacrifice, have forsaken the American Dream in the hopes that of living it vicariously through us. So yes, much is expected of us, and we are pushed. Hard. Sometimes even unfairly. We are “highly encouraged” to take AP and IB classes, maintain exceptional GPAs and attend Ivy Leagues. They do so not because they think they know better than us; such a narrowminded outlook on our relationship

with our parents is both ignorant and selfish. Rather, they are just as committed to our future, perhaps even more than we are. And it is for precisely this reason that, while I may disagree, even fight, with my parents at times, I am unable to hold a grudge against them. Because if they are willing to forsake their futures in exchange for ours, then the least we can do is to respect them and make them proud. Ω Continued at

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TED TALKS We fear failure so much that we hinder ourselves from reaching our full potential.

Ted Zhu Editor-in-Chief


Ms. Perception

Entering classes with predetermined evaluations of teachers often taints students’ perceptions of them. James Li our teachers beforehand is really food or product. To treat teachers Staff writer beneficial for ourselves as students. as though they provide a simple I t ’ s It’s easier than ever to get good or service is to dehumanize m i d - J u l y , information to aid in our decision- them, flatten them, and turn the registration for making. Faced with a plaza of classroom into nothing more a new school restaurants to choose from, we turn than a product to be judged and year is well to Yelp to read which places other compared. The learning process is under way, people liked, which dishes to order more than just a simple transaction and the Facebook messages start to and which to avoid, how the service - it is a relationship between pour in. “Hey, have you had ___? is. Confronted with endless options student and teacher, a year-long What is she like?” And often times for products, we turn to the equally mutual agreement to work together the responses: “He hates students.” countless Amazon reviews to battle towards a shared goal. “Her class is an easy A.” “He doesn’t the plethora of choices and make We cannot simply walk into teach.” “Get on her good a classroom, sit down side.” More likely than and expect to be served not, you’ve seen these knowledge. Education messages. Maybe you’ve is not only the job of sent them. Or maybe the teacher, but also you’ve hopped onto a site the responsibility of percent of percent of of like RateMyTeacher, just the student. In order to scope things out before to be effective learners, students students students the year starts. Better to we must be active have think their do not be prepared, right? participants in our respect teachers feel The end result is own learning. We must for their have supported that on the first day of question, we must be teachers respect by their school, many of us enter open, we must challenge our classes carrying more and - as a teacher once for them teachers mental baggage than just said - we must fight for SOURCE: QISA.ORG the bleariness of having understanding. woken up too early: we Pre-evaluating carry with us the often negative an assessment about what to spend teachers takes the student largely presumptions that come with the our precious money on. out of the equation. It removes the prejudgments we’ve made about But here’s the thing: our “YOU” component - that unique our teachers. We can’t help but teachers aren’t restaurants or apps perspective that only you can bring be constantly reminded of the or books. They’re people. They’re into the classroom. The person opinions we heard from those not here to simply serve you a who is hated by one is the same friends or that we read in those web meal or to fulfill a specific one- person who is loved by another; reviews. This information clouds time purpose and then be shelved it’s all a matter of perspective, and our interactions and influences away. They’re here to facilitate your perspective is the only one our attitudes towards our classes. education, and being taught by a that can determine the experience Maybe it’s time to ask whether this teacher is a far more complex and you have. Ω practice of doing our homework on involved process than consuming a Continued at

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It’s that time of the semester again - stress is in the air. All around us, holiday decorations are going up, and so are the mumblings and conversations centered on the English essay that just can’t be cracked, the next big math test that will make or break the grade, the PSAT, SAT, ACT that looms over us... and the list goes on. A common thread is a sense of anxiety, embodied by the question of what happens, just what happens, “if I don’t do well.” It can be a frightening and an absorbing feeling. Will that test lead to a bad grade? Will that grade turn out to be why I can’t get into college? Will I end up not being successful because of it? What happens then? Dramatic, perhaps, but after hearing many variations of these questions from my peers lately, I am beginning to feel their dread, too. Looking around, I find that this sense of anxiety is not only pervasive, but it is also making many of us so fearful of failing that we start to play too safe. I hear people say – look, she was successful, so I will take the same classes, join those clubs, and that path will lead me to success, too. While it sounds tempting and can be very rewarding, I’d like to think that simply following the path of what has been done before is not

always the right path for everyone. “Fallor ergo sum,” Saint Augustine had said, “I err, therefore I am.” I hope we can all remember his famous words and realize that it is only through failures, errors, and mistakes, that we learn the value of progress. Letting fear hold us back from trying new things, or trying too hard, only keeps us at a standstill. I understand the stress of tests, essays and applications, because I am going through them, too. In fact, every time I write a column, I feel scared, because I’m wary it’s not good, I’m sensitive to the comments and judgments afterwards, and I don’t want to disappoint. But I also know I must keep on pushing forward, or else I won’t ever have a chance to be better. Some may argue it’s better to keep on doing what one already knows best, but I hope we don’t let fear hold us back from trying new things or going for them with all that we have. If we have goals and dreams, if we have desires to go places and do things, then we will probably feel hurt or disappointed when, along the way, we stumble and fail. We have to accept our mistakes, however far away from our desired goal, and learn to live and move on with it. Our dissatisfactions shouldn’t just be reminders of the failures; they can become reminders that we are striving to be better. Through our mistakes, we reach our dreams. Ω



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Teach me how to COMMUNICATE Technology and social media have a big impact on our lives. With all these accessible apps -- such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, to name a few -- we spend a majority of our day checking the latest notifications, updates and trends. Because technology plays such a big role in our lives, it’s important to adapt to the different idiosyncrasies of each media. Since we spend so much time communicating through social media, the online culture becomes integrated in our own cultures when we interact with other people directly. But how does technology affect the way we speak in real life? We typically don’t talk the way we do through social media in everyday life. This difference stems from our tendency to turn off formal speech and thought processes in an online forum. Since we’re accustomed to the virtual world in which

compiled by Cherie Chu, Sophia Ding and Katie Nguyen


proper grammar and spelling don’t matter, we’re more prone to include the internet slang and emoticons on pen and paper, in which these things do matter. It’s hard to piece together a formal “Voltaire’s poking fun at Leibnez elicits sympathy for the deists” when we’re used to simple “LOL”s and “aw man”s. And that difficulty lurks outside the classroom too. It’s a lot more difficult to humor a friend with a genuine laugh than to type “HAHA OMG,” and expressing genuine sympathy is a lot harder than typing “:( #sadlyfe.” While communication is easiest through the internet, miscommunication is also experienced through online conversations because of the lack of context and ambiguous “LOL”s. Despite the convenience of instant communication through social media, perhaps it’s more effective to speak face-to-face. Anita Chuen, Manager

INSTAGRAM Smartphones have a variety of different uses, including video calling, texting, taking photos, and many more.

student statistics

Q&A: What do teachers think about classroom technology? compiled by Brian Chen, Kelly Chen, James Li and Brandon Ng

“I can look at it as both beneficial and detrimental. On one hand, social media allows people to converse and form meaningful dialogue across varying ages, geographies and even socio-economics. However, there is a risk that depth of thought and attention to detail are lost.” Katelyn Burke English 2H, English 3, Humanities

“[Technology] has increased the rate of how much homework is turned in. The excuse of “I didn’t write down” or “I forgot to” is not a common excuse because that information is so accessible. It has provided a lot more options of opportunities for students to be more engaged and to have access.” So Hee Tan English 3AP, English 4H

“[Technology’s] forcing you not to be able to give reasons for why you are saying what you are saying; it doesn’t allow for subtlety, nuance, tone and detail -- things that [are the hallmarks of] really good thinking and good writing and good communication. I can tell that the students aren’t paying as much attention. It’s easy to blame technology, but I think that’s too easy.” David Kim English 3AP, Primary Language Lab

“So much information is out there online now, so students can just google a lot of things. It becomes our job to properly use that information -the assignment itself has to change. If nothing else, this generation is full of digital naties, so students are actually more comfortable typing as opposed to writing with a pencil and paper.” Erik Jameson English 1, English 1 Sheltered, English 4

based on surveys of 306 students

Which form of communication do you use most?

11 12

2% none

8% email

10 9

10% other 47% texting



26%4 3 7


Which form of communication do you prefer most?

17 in 20 students own a smartphone 29% instant messaging

63% face-to-face

of students prefer the use of electronics in class


Do you think electronic communication effectively conveys the meaning of the sender? yes

compiled by Shahar Syed and Jeffrey Tran

“With social media and technology we are able to communicate with each other over great distances and meet many different people. However, when we communicate over the internet and not face-toface we don’t feel as personally connected to those on the other side creating only weak ties of friendships that don’t run as deep.” Justin Chau, 10

“Face-to-face communication has become almost obsolete with Facebook. I believe this is a bad thing because slowly, people will lose the ability to speak face to face. I sometimes catch myself saying “brb” or “tbh” in real life. I have accidentally said internet slang in classrooms and I once wrote ur instead of your on the final draft of an essay.” Alvin Li, 11

“[Social media] is the way a lot of people communicate now. [Technology] has its advantages and disadvantages, but overall it’s a good thing. It’s a lot easier to communicate through social media than it is face-to-face. I’ve never used [internet slang] in a school setting on accident but I’ve used it on purpose.” Danielle Escamilla, 12




68% 59%

41% 32% 26%





When did you start Tumblr? June 2010 How much time do you spend on Tumblr? “I check it just to scroll through what was going on [once a day.]” What do you do on Tumblr? “There was a point where I posted a lot of advice and my feelings. People asked me questions and I would reply to them.” What do you plan to accomplish with what you do? “People don’t really ask me for advice anymore, but I would if people asked. I would do my best; I wouldn’t give them something I didn’t really think about.” How has Tumblr affected your life? “I made a lot of friends on Tumblr so it’s helping me expand who I talk to and it’s opened me up more.”


2% email


When did you start Instagram? July 2011 How much time do you spend on Instagram? “I probably spend my whole day on Instagram!” What do you do on Instagram? “I just post random things. I take pictures of my food, my friends, that kind of stuff. I see things and I go ‘oh, that’s instagram-worthy!’ It doesn’t really matter what kind of photo it is, but it has to be good quality, nothing blurry or anything like that.” What do you plan to accomplish with what you do? “I just post photos for fun and I like sharing that with people.” How has Instagram affected your life? “Instagram is my life. I love it. I love Instagram.”



of students check their phones every few minutes

33% facebook messaging

6% voice calling


Q&A: How has social media and technology affected communication? “People are talking less face-toface than texting, but it’s good if you need help on something or to talk to someone. Because you can’t hear the person say it and you read it as whole different way, it may come off offensively. I [prefer] face-to-face communication] more because [with] electronical communication you can’t [hear] the other person saying.” Riley Panacewicz, 9


When did you start YouTube? March 2013 How much time do you spend on YouTube? “I keep it to one video a month.” What do you do on YouTube? “Just singing covers. I think it’s just a hobby right now. I’m in choir and I guess I’m trying to expand on it.” What do you plan to accomplish with what you do? “It’s like a way for me to relax. Singing is like a passion, so it’s just a way for me to escape the hardships. I do it just because I like singing, not to get views or anything.” How has YouTube affected your life? “[My videos] are for my own passion, but it’s always good for other people to watch me. I mean, it helps motivate me.”




When did you start Twitter? August 2012 How much time do you spend on Twitter? “No more than 30 minutes a day.” What do you do on Twitter? “When I’m bored, I look at whatever other people are posting or I’ll just post whatever lyrics I’m feeling.” What do you plan to accomplish with what you do? “It keeps me occupied and more informed about what’s going on because a lot of people communicate on there.” How has Twitter affected your life? “I’m pretty content with [my social media presence]. It’s weird that so many people know me through social media now.”

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The Rise of Social Media

The Internet never sleeps. Which isn’t incredibly surprising, considering all the noise. We’re connected through phone screens, but that connection transcends the devices in which it exists; like it or hate it, you can’t escape the grasp of social media. The Ebola scare spread halfway around the world in less than a week via #EbolaOutbreak hashtags. Umbrella Revolution protesters in Hong Kong use Telegram, an app that deletes messages, videos and photos once viewed, to coordinate their movements. And ISIS recruited over 2000 fighters from the West - more than Al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan, the Maghreb, the Arabian Peninsula and India combined - through its frighteningly effective Twitter campaigns. The physical and online worlds push and pull each other. In that sense, then, we are always onl ine. Derek Wan, Tech team

Photos used with permission of AP Images



Synopsis: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, was formed in April 2013 and has evolved into one of the main jihadist groups fighting government forces in Syria and Iraq. Social Media: The terror organization turned to social media websites to promote their actions as well as recruit new members. Their posts on social media have attracted about 2,000 Westerners. ISIS also uses services like JustPaste to publish battle summaries, SoundCloud to release audio reports, Instagram to share images and WhatsApp to spread graphics and videos.


The Umbrella Movement

4 Ebola

Synopsis: The student-led pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have been dubbed the “umbrella revolution.” Student groups and pro-democracy activists are angry at the Chinese government’s decision to select candidates for Hong Kong’s first direct elections in 2017. Social Media: Protestors posted on an online forum, HKGolden, to coordinate occupation times and places, as well as used apps like Whatsapp and Firechat to spread information among the protestors.

Ferguson shooting


Synopsis: The shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer sparked violent protests and riots. Social Media: Phrases like “Hands up, don’t shoot” and hashtags like “IfTheyGunnedMeDown” went viral on Facebook and Twitter to protest the racial discrimination against African Americans.

Synopsis: A recent outbreak of Ebola in Africa sparked international concern over the disease. Just under 10,000 people have been infected worldwide, and there have been about 5,000 deaths.The hardest hit countries are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Social Media: When Ebola Aid Workers were transported back to the US for treatment, various protests and demonstrations were held to keep the workers from bringing Ebola to the United States. Various hashtags on Twitter like #ebola, #ebolavirus and more recently, #ebowla, have been worldwide trending topics. Media and news coverage have brought the disease to the world stage because of its mortality rate; according to the Centers for Disease Control, Ebola kills an average of 50% of infected patients.

november 6, 2014 Principal Jeff Jordan uses social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share about the events at Walnut High School to the students, parents and the rest of the community. “The idea behind [having these three accounts] is that not everyone has Instagram. Not everyone has Twitter. Not everyone has Facebook. If some have all three, then they can see all three. If some have only one, at least they’re catching one of our medias. It’s strictly a business account.”


Walnut High School Principal’s Page Likes: 1,864

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



Social media in school


Students Allows for: - online discussion, - academic networking - development of 21st century skills - promotion of the use of technology - additional information for school activities - collaboration efforts

A pilot program in Oregon reported 50% of students had higher grades from interactions on social media.

59% of schools say their students use social networking for educational purposes

Administration walnutprincipal

walnutprincipal Posts: 81

Followers: 115


Allows for: - professional community of educators to collaborate with one another - exchange of ideas and methods - exposure to new technologies for the classroom - easier communication with students - immediate answers for students with questions - lesson recaps

84% of

universities and colleges now use Twitter to reach out to students

58%ofteachershighandschool47 @WalnutPrincipal Tweets: 299

Followers: 108

percent of all K-12 teachers said that they believe social media use can enhance their students’ educational experience Sources:,,, WWW.THEJOURNAL.COM., WWW.CDC.GOV,,

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Laugh with Bill Murray


“St.Vincent “ redefines what it means to be a hero. Michelle Feng Staff writer Contrary to the film’s title, Vincent MacKenna is no saint. He is grouchy, vulgar, and answers all his phone calls with “Come on, coward! Try to sell me something!” With characters finding hope in the most unexpected of places, “St. Vincent” meticulously blends together romanticism and humor. A light, poignant comedic drama, Theodore Melfi’s debut film offers a candid take on the run-of-the-mill storyline of redemption and recovery. In spite of its successes, the plot is markedly

hackneyed, relying on a solid cast to triumph its way into critical acclaim. Bill Murray shines in the lead role of Vin, a tired, bitter war veteran who has since plummeted to a life of debauchery and alcoholism. His days are either spent drunkenly lounging around his dump of a house or gambling at the equally dumpy horse track, while his evenings are spent with the “Lady of the Night,” a pregnant, gaudy Russian escort. When a newly-single mother, Maggie Bronstein (Melissa McCarthy), moves in next door, Vin begrudgingly agrees to become the surly babysitter of Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), her scrawny but bright 12-year-old

son. Unbeknownst to his mother, Oliver becomes an accomplice to Vin’s colorful itinerary of errands. Typically, child actors in movies are annoying and melodramatic, and though Oliver’s bumbling, awkward disposition is all too familiar, Lieberher does a fantastic job transcending the script’s limitations. Consisting of an eager, intuitive child paired with a child-phobic adult, Vin and Oliver’s relationship is not uncommon. Yet the chemistry between the two actors is clear; they create an earnest portrayal of a conventional drunkard reformed by the charming kid next door. Ω Continued at


The living dead in a lively film “The Book of Life” brings Dias de los Muertos to life. Katie Nguyen Staff writer


Forrest Gump

Mary and Max

Set in New Zealand, “Boy” is a humorous yet heartfelt coming of age film that follows the life of an 11-year-old kid named Boy, a diehard Michael Jackson fan living on a small farm, searching for a bag of money he buried years ago.

“Forrest Gump” chronicles the story of his life to an unknown elderly lady beside him. A classic story of love, friendship and heartbreak, “Forrest Gump” is an unforgettable narrative, weaving history and people into a world of monumental proportions.

“Mary and Max” is a thoughtprovoking stop-motion narrating the pen-pal relationship between two individuals. Mary, a forlorn 8-year-old living in Australia, seeks comfort in her friendship with Max, a middle aged, severely obese man with Asperger’s, hidden beneath the chaos of New York City.


REST AND RELAX: Mary Zhang listens to a fan favorite by Denetia and Sene. PHOTO BY ANTHONY ZHANG

To cope with college applications, I chill out with Denetia and Sene. Mary Zhang Editor-in-chief I cycle through albums like there’s no tomorrow. I’ll fall in love with an album for a few days and fall out of love faster than you can say “breakup” and move on as if nothing happened. Some albums do manage to make it through a few weeks, but very few have been able to stay with me through months. *Cue disc scratch to an

introduce exception.* Denitia and Sene’s his and hers. album has managed to make it through my entire junior year and continues to carry me through the stressful days of my senior year. And I can’t just say I only love their his and hers. album - every track the duo has produced is a favorite. For me, when I really like an artist, learning of their background only adds to the intrigue. Denitia and Sene. is a Brooklyn based

duo created by coincidence, and their music mirrors just that. Denitia’s cool crooning lifts Sene’s solid beats as they come together in a sort of R&B PB and J. They pride themselves in being uncategorizable, a woozy blend of R&B, electro and pop. Their first extended play, “blah blah blah.”, sets their style with hazy tracks that put you in a soft mist of Denitia’s low vocals. Ω Continued at

As an homage to Mexican culture, “The Book of Life” paints a strikingly vivid picture of love, honor and courage with a refreshing approach to animation and storytelling. Though the storyline itself paled in comparison to the vivacious nature of the film, the movie humbly offers an array of charming characters, easy-going humor and fun-loving songs with a subtle depth that makes this film one to watch. The film begins with a group of outcasts dubbed “the detention kids” attending a field trip at a museum on Nov. 2, the Day of the Dead. The story shifts as the kids are introduced to their tour guide, an affable but mysterious woman who leads them on a detour through a Day of the Dead exhibit. Using wooden dolls, she begins painting a picture of the film’s main narrative, the story of Maria, Manolo and Joaquin. The two young amigos, Manolo and Joaquin, playfully compete for Maria, the town’s beautiful spitfire. Fast forward 10 years: the fated trio is once again reunited and the love triangle is set aflame once again. Set between Joaquin, the ambitious and undefeated war hero, and Manolo, the sensitive and musical bullfighter, the competition for the enchantingly free-spirited and beautiful Maria begins anew. Don’t be fooled—this love affair has much larger implications as La Muerta and Xibalba, the overseers of the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten, respectively, wager their domains on the successor. Should Joaquin marry Maria, Xibalba would win the keys to festive Land of the Remembered,

but if Manolo prevails, Xibalba would never again interfere with the affairs of man. The main selling point of this film is definitely the stunning visuals as the lively aesthetics engage darker topics, such as death and loss, in a playful way. With a vibrant color palette, director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo Del Toro triumph in CG animation, employing puppet-like characters to bring a certain warmth and charm to the advanced technological medium. With intricately eyepopping worlds and uniquely crafted characters, “The Book of Life” begs to be experienced on the big screen.

The main selling point of this film is definitely the stunning visuals as the lively aesthetics engage darker topics, such as death and loss, in a playful way.

Alongside the awe-inspiring visuals, “The Book of Life” features an entertainingly eclectic soundtrack with soulful renditions of Radiohead’s infamous “Creep,” Mumford and Sons’ folksy “I Will Wait” and Elvis’s timeless “Can’t Stop Falling in Love with You.” Diego Luna, the voice of Manolo, croons Latin-infused covers, giving the film a quieter depth. Ω Continued at

november 6, 2014


Bite S i ze

There’s no place like Veronese

PASADENA Lavender & Honey Expresso Bar by Megan Wu

Set in a disctinctly comforting setting, Veronese Gallery Cafe offers adequate meals.

Shahar Syed Staff writer I was angry when I was looking for Veronese Gallery Cafe. I missed the cafe more times than I’d like to admit. It was a small place, did not stand out, and did anything but call out to you as you drive by. Yet as soon as I entered, my anger vanished. On Commonwealth Ave in downtown Fullerton, Veronese Gallery Cafe creates a mellow vibe and solid dishes for all customers to enjoy. I immediately noticed

the music, paintings and lighting fostering a relaxed environment. There was a garden in the front that made the cafe feel plain. Behind, there was a backyard, where everyone hung out as if they were at their friend’s hangout. The staff was quick to serve me and was friendly throughout my stay. The music was soft and light, which added to the already calming aura of the cafe.The furniture was cozy and made Panera seem like a rigid work environment. It was as if the stresses of the world faded away. I ordered clam chowder and a strawberry slush. The chowder was


hot, thick and rich. It wasn’t too salty or fishy, just hints of both, making a mildness that did well to create a subtly appealing taste. It wasn’t outrageously flavorful as expected, but had enough flavor to make the right amount of impact. I was almost saddened once I finished my bowl. The strawberry slush was average at best. It was a bit too icey, and wasn’t that flavorful. Some sips were easy and tasted wonderful; at its peak, the slush tasted sweet and felt fresh. Other times, it required effort to slurp and once the slush had met my tongue, I was disappointed to with taste of ice in my mouth. Overall, the food was

solid but not spectacular. The prices were daunting to a frugal teenager. If you’re looking for a lot of food at a low price this place is not for you. My meal was fourteen dollars, and by no means was I full. I was disappointed with the amount of food I was given. But you aren’t paying for the food. You’re paying for the nice ambiance as well. Veronese Cafe may not have spectacular food, but you don’t go for the food; the setting is what draws your attention. If you’re looking for a serene place to have a nice chat, or study, or just be at peace, then Veronese is for you. Ω


With a variety of unique combinations, Dog Haus can fulfill anyone’s hot dog cravings.

The busiest store in its old-town inspired plaza, it offers coffees, pastries, sandwiches and salads. I got a Lavender Latte, infused with a light, floral aroma and topped with a thick layer of smooth, foamy cream. This is a trendy place to grab a few quick bites from a menu offering a broad selection of unique café drinks and food. Ω

HACIENDA HEIGHTS Foo Foo Tei by Jeffrey Tran Walking in, I noticed the run down look, but enjoyed the aroma of food from the open kitchen. I ordered the Nanchatte Tonkotsu ramen, which had a pork and corn based broth, two tender slices of pork, a soft boiled egg and egg noodles. Foo-Foo Tei gave a good ratio of rich, creamy broth to soft, sweet egg noodles. Ω

I’m in the mood for something... BURGER-LIKE • fresh, crisp vegetables • tangy and mildly spicy sauce • sweet and perfectly baked bread • tender, plump and juicy sausage Sooo Cali: wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado, tomato

• mayo, mustard and ketchup were creamy and accompanied the bell peppers well • crisp, sweet onions • salty bacon-wrapped sausage balanced the sauces


• mildly sweet chili overpowered the taste of diced onions and cheddar cheese • sweet and perfectly baked bread • crunchy chips



Downtown Dog: bacon wrapped, onions, bell peppers, mayo, mustard, ketchup

Little Leaguer: haus chili, fritos, shredded cheddar, diced onions

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CHINO HILLS Sustain Juicery by Emily Chen A small, shop in Chino Hills Marketplace, it offers unique, healthy and delicious smoothies. I got an original pitaya bowl, a mix of granola, strawberries, bananas and pitaya (a type of dragonfruit). The cool and refreshing smoothie blends well with sweet granola and bananas, making a taste that isn’t too overpowering. Ω

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In Photos: Band Field Show

Band and Color Guard performed for a “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed Field Show on Oct. 3 .


Clockwise: 1. Senior Claire Atanacio performs her routine for the song “Fog Bound.” 2. Saxophone player sophomore Austen Benton watches the conductor to stay in time. 3. Junior Hillary Nguyen dances to the closing song. 4. Junior Chelsea Michaeliszyn plays the xylophone to the beat of the music. 5. Trumpet player sophomore Abel Mora begins his solo near the finale of the song “Fog Bound.” 6. Clarinet player sophomore Catherine Farr plays “Mermaids” while performing the new visual.







Hours leading up to the Field Show are crucial for the Color Guard team to ensure a well rounded performance.


Members spend one and a half hours putting on makeup and pirate costumes.






Equipment check; members do hair and costume check and then do some stretches.


The team parades the block and performs the “Star Spangled Banner.”


The team remains in the volleyball courts and members do a full run through of the routine in the second quarter.

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Orchestra showcases Autumn Serenade Intermediate and Advanced Orchestra performed with Suzanne Challenger Orchestra.


PHOTO BY JEFFREY TRAN Irene Ornelas Staff writer The Walnut High School Orchestra and Suzanne eighth grade Challenger Orchestra performed for the annual Autumn Serenade Concert in the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 30. Like last year, there was no particular theme but rather a collage of many different styles and genres. The concert included a piece during the second half of the concert called “Sakura Sakura,” which was conducted by Erin

Hobbs, the eighth grade music teacher of Suzanne Middle School. “The performance wasn’t like adding a middle school orchestra, it was like adding another really good high school orchestra. It was really tight and everything really stayed together and that’s the most difficult thing with a large group,” band director Corey Wicks said. The first half featured freshman Olivia Chiang who performed “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the Walnut Orchestra and senior Phyllis Pan who performed “Rhapsody in Blue,” a piece that has

AUTUMN SOUNDS: Advanced Orchestra violinist junior Celine Chong performs “Concierto de Aranjuez.”

not been played since the PAC first opened over 14 years ago because of its complexity. “I thought the first half was amazing. I’ve seen all those kids play that music,” band conductor Corey Wicks said. “Phyllis is one of the best musicians we’ve ever had, she’s like a professional, she’s really amazing. We’ve been hearing about [Olivia] for a few years because she went to Suzanne Middle School. I thought both of those songs were really interesting pieces of music.” Ω Continued at

Drama presents annual dinner theatre Drama hosted a murder mystery show from Oct. 24-25 and Nov. 1. Jeffrey Tran Staff writer Drama showcased its annual dinner theatre, featuring a comedic murder mystery called “A Family Reunion to Die For” on Oct. 24-25 and Nov. 1 in the MPR. This year’s Dinner Theatre was more casual and engaging in contrast to previous murder mysteries


SET SAIL: The band parents designed and built a rendition of a pirate ship from the film.

Drama has performed. The cast sat and interacted with the audience, directly involving the viewers with the production by asking questions and making eye contact. “We were nervous before the show started and afraid not many people would show up on opening night,” sophomore Farhan Kamdar said. “When I walked in and heard all the laughter, the nervousness was

immediately gone and I started to have more fun. It was a brilliant experience, something I’ll never forget.” The play included romantic couples, characters with conflicting personalities, snarky dialogue and several asides in which the action paused and a character would share information only with the audience. Ω Continued at

Tribute to band parents The parents of the Blue Thunder Marching Band support the musicians every step of the way. Michelle Feng Staff writer The parents of Walnut’s Blue Thunder Marching Band lie in the quiet shadows of their children. However, they are an integral part of the school volunteer community. “Behind the scenes, we try to talk to the district office and different people to spread awareness of the band community. Our biggest accomplishment is probably solely supporting the band. We make bandwiches, we hem the kids uniforms, we chaperone their events; we’re even there when they get hurt. We do our best to get the kids to the events, back, and fed,” mother of senior Wyatt Swift-Ramirez, Christine Swift-Ramirez said. These parents work to ensure that their kids get the care and financial support necessary to maintain the caliber of the program. “We love it. It requires more action than you’d expect; it’s almost like a sport because there are so many competitions. They go to football games, they have parades, and a lot of practices. It’s a lot of work,” mother of junior Frederico Lassalle, Karina Lassalle said.


Most of these parents begin their involvement in the program through their children or because of a pre-existing history as a parent volunteer. However, they continue this work not out of obligation but rather out of the sense of unity that the band community creates. “Last year, I saw so many parents working and helping the kids that I wanted to become involved. When you see all that, they make you want to be involved. By doing something for my kid, I’m doing something for all of the other kids, too,” Mrs. Lassalle said. This year, the theme of the annual field show competition for the band is the “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Through a two month long process, the parents designed, prepared and assembled a rendition of the ship from the movie. “Some weekends I would have almost 20 people at my house, all helping to build the boat. We all worked together as a machine, contributing hours of our free time away from work dedicated to completing the ship,” Mrs. Lassalle said. Ω Continued at










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By Shahar Syed Staff writer Whether he’s on the mat showing off a couple of wrestling techniques, or in the gym encouraging others to push themselves, Coach Darrell Sebastian is always looking to help individuals with fitness. “Coaching kind of helps change kids’ life, so I decided to take a personal training because I wanted to change lives I guess,” Sebastian said. He recently created a home gym fitness company called “Art of Balance.” In the last year he has been helping individuals get and stay fit. He wants to help people balance their life by being fit and taking time to do it. His mission is to help remind people that they always have time to take care of themselves and that it is possible to do so. “Not too many people put health as their priority. It’s up to me to remind them that it is. Because without it nothing else


matters if you can’t get off the couch and live an active life,” Sebastian said. Sebastian always enjoyed bringing positive change through fitness to students, but sought out a way to reach more members of the community. He wondered how he could help individuals who weren’t student athletes. It dawned on him. Personal fitness seemed like the perfect next step to further his positive influence. “I wanted to create my own business, so I started attending small entrepreneur events just to get ideas and motivation how to start one. So I found my passion and now put a hundred percent into it,” Sebastian said. Sebastian believes the components of the “Art of Balance” to help one feel better are lifestyle, balance and health. Even with those of us who are busy, he feels that staying fit is important for overall morale. “If you can incorporate one hour a day, that equals to four percent of your 24 hours, or just half an hour to walk you dog, or you don’t even have to have a gym, if you just do something active you’ll feel better about yourself, and some people say they don’t have time for it, but sometimes you got to remind them that they always have time,” Sebastian said. Ω

Ω the hoofprint Wrestling coaches brothers Darrell and Cecil Sebastian teach together, but when they’re not instructing, they are fitness trainers and caretakers. By Eric Peng Staff writer Glancing at him, your first impression is a strong and intimidating guy with broad, strong shoulders and a muscular chest. But underneath his toughness, wrestling coach Cecil Sebastian is the opposite of what one might think. Sebastian has been coaching for 11 years now, but outside of school he provides long term care and necessities for children with mental disabilities by running a facility home called Our Lady of Mercy Home. His mother who nursed the elderly, inspired him to follow in her footsteps. “I don’t look at it as a job. It’s more like helping people who are less fortunate. My mom always had a big heart for people less fortunate and the elderly. I kind of fed off of that growing up, so I like helping these kids,” Sebastian said. “Helping these less fortunate kids is different from coaching because these [students] don’t have mental disabilities and I love coaching just as much as my job. I watch these [students] grow, but I only have these kids for a short time but most of my clients I have for a long time. These kids are high schoolers so it’s different.” Just as Sebastian has changed his students’ and clients’ lives, he has learned a lot throughout his experience of coaching

students and helping children with mental disabilities. Even though his occupations has two different perspectives, it involves helping and improving others’ lives, no matter who they are. Sebastian’s students and clients drive him to teach to the best of his abilities, while learning from them too. “I know these [wrestlers] need a different kind of help and are more physically active so I come into the gym with a better attitude as far as sports is concerned. I know that every athlete is different [in some way]. I started coaching at a very young age and I’ve been humble enough to understand that I’m still learning a lot,” Sebastian said. “I’m not the best coach or perfect coach, I try to be, but I know I’m not, so as I get older and get more experienced and come across different types of kids, I learn from that. I’m still young and learning [from my experiecnes]. I’ve learned to be very grateful and am fortunate to have what I have.” Ω

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Girls’ golf wins league for the third straight year The three-peat is not a myth. Girls’ golf continued its reign of victories as the team breezed and stayed undefeated all season to win league finals for the third straight year. By Joshua Shen Sports editor Newest league MVP freshman Katherine Muzi placed first in the Hacienda League Finals, scoring 71 and 69 to lead the girls’ golf team to its third straight league title. “To be honest, I didn’t even know I was playing for the finals because I thought it was just another league game. When I found out that it was and I won I was surprised and confused at the same time,” Muzi said. Following Muzi, senior Patricia Wong placed second scoring 73 and 70, and junior Megan Hou carded 71 and 79 to place third. Six of the top players from Walnut qualified for CIF Individuals out of eight possible from the Hacienda League. Those who qualified are: Seniors Serena Hou and Patricia Wong, juniors Alison Chang and Megan Hou, sophomore Anabelle Chang and freshman Muzi. “[Qualifying for CIF is] an


KATHERINE MUZI The freshman newcomer won league MVP and placed first at league finals. She scored 69 on Monday and 71 on Wednesday. Currently she is number one on the team.

achievement that let me know that all my hard work paid off. I felt relief that I was able to make it in my last year, and I’m just glad that I had the chance to make memories and have the experience of playing with the top six girls at CIF,” Hou said. League finals took place on Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 20 and 22. The first match was held at La Mirada Golf Course and the second at Santa Anita Golf Course. “[Before league finals] I felt like this year, I was especially nervous because it was my last year. I kept telling myself that I really wanted to make it since it was my last chance.,” Hou said. “I was overjoyed and very happy [when I found out I made CIF], but I was trying not to let the scores get to my head. I can’t let my guard down because I still have to continue working hard,” Hou said. The girls competed at CIF Individuals and Team on Tuesday, Oct. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 30. Ω A recent update on CIF is at

Football falls short on Senior Night With a 30-45 loss against Chino, the Mustangs fall to a record of 2-7 and 0-4 in league. There is one more away game in the season.


FINDING A LANE: Halfback senior Matt Magallanez, who averaged 5.3 yards per carry against Chino, looks for blockers to help him run freely and into the end zone. By Jackie Sotoodeh Tech team

Contributing to the Mustangs’ offense, wide receiver senior Adam Broad caught a career-high seven catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.

slow for both teams as the score remained close 3-7. As the first was winding down, the Mustangs played Quarterback junior Micah efficiently getting to Chino’s 5-yard Maes scored four touchdowns and line at the end of the quarter and rushed for 71 eventually leading yards on 14 car9-7 at the beginries as varsity ning of the secfootball failed ond. However, all to make a late things fell short second half for the Mustangs comeback 30-45 as the Cowboys on Senior Night stormed back and against Chino scored 21 unanKicker senior Adrian “Boise” Outside linebacker senior on Halloween swered to lead Saldana tied the Walnut High Jeffrey Maes led the night. 9-28 at the end of School longest field goal record Mustangs with a career-high “If we the half. would have “We have by kicking a 50-yarder in the first 10 tackles and two tackles scored [more] proven, through quarter. for loss. it really would the Baldwin park have shifted the game, that when momentum towards winning. If we Completing a total of 27 tackles, we have energy and play with a purscored early if would have made the outside linebackers seniors Jeffrey pose even if we are down we can other team think they might lose Maes, Christian Robinson and linechange the outcome of the game,” and we would come out with a win,” backer junior Eli Goichenberg led wide receiver and free safety Mario defensive back sophomore Cameron the way for defense. Chalew said. Ω Walker said. In the first quarter, things went Continued at





ADVICE DI-SPENCER Being too enveloped with fantasy sports will distort the everyday fan’s perception of the sport as a whole. Spencer Wu Editor- in Chief I recently joined a fantasy basketball league with a few of my friends to tip-off the 2014-2015 NBA campaign. As a first-year player, I had no idea what to expect and knew very little about the culture of fantasy sports, but was excited, nonetheless. The biggest difference I noticed was the “dehumanization” of the game. Although it felt great to assume the role of general manager, I felt a certain estrangement from the players I “owned.” First off, I drafted them with the click of a button and released some just as easily. Trades were even more impersonal, as players were treated more like assets than individuals. Their identities no longer mattered to me since game percentages and projected statistics took precedence over my rooting interests. It also occurred to me that some players’ impact on the game didn’t reflect in the box score. For example, numbers would be inflated for certain players if a teammate

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constantly demands double teams. In addition, big plays, like drawing a charge that would change the entire complexion of the game, is not a fantasy category. So should we be playing for the love of the sport or the desire to win the game? Only one week into the NBA season and I was reacquainted with my diehard passion for my favorite team, the Portland Trail Blazers. However, I noticed a big difference when I started cheering for players on the opposing team who were on my fantasy roster. My perspective on the game shifted from staunchly loyal to scatteredly vigilant. I had to balance out my loyalty to the Blazers with the players I owned. Because of this, I started watching the association more often and more closely, but for all the wrong reasons. In the end, we have to keep in mind that it is just a game. It is great that fantasy owners have a chance to bond (and bicker) over a sport we love, but the power can get to some of our heads. With all the attention given to numbers, players who are too caught up in the world of fantasy sports will have a distorted reality of the reality of the game. Ω

We asked two girls’ tennis players from varsity and junior varsity about their accomplishments in going undefeated in league.


“ Katherine Jantarach,12


I think for the doubles players, during practice we mostly played together with our partner, so we really got to know our partners and really got into the rhythm with them. I feel like it’s a great way to end senior year because we’ve never been undefeated.”

“ Jessica Liyanage, 11


I’m pretty proud of my team because I remember that, in my freshmen year, our tennis team wasn’t undefeated. We were probably second or third in league, but we were never undefeated so being number one is a pretty great accomplishment.”

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1,175 Career-high total yards, accumulating total rushing and passing yards for quarterback junior Micah Maes. This is a career-high season, setting a high in rushing yards (486). Place for the girls' golf team at CIF on 10/28 and 10/30. Senior Patricia Wong and sophomore Anabelle Chang led the team with scores of 69. Freshman Katherine Muzi and junior Alison Chang scored even par of 71. Senior Serena Hou scored 75 and junior Megan Hou, 79.


Years since girls' cross country won league. The last time it won was 1987. This is the first girls' cross country title under coaches Jim Polite and Keith Thompson.

FALL SPORTS SCOREBOARD Football 10/10 vs. West Covina 0-42 L 10/17 @ Diamond Ranch 10-31 L 10/24 vs. Charter Oak 0-28 L 10/31 @ Chino 30-45 L

Boys' Water Polo


10/21 vs. Los Altos 8-18 L 10/23 @ West Covina 19-4 W 10/28 @ Webb 16-15 W 10/30 @ Chino 22-4 W

Cross Country 11/03 League Finals Millen Trujillo, 12 15:40 Dominic Gonzales, 11 16:28 Daniel Dobson, 11 16:36 Jessica Gallardo, 11 18:55 Anahi Betart, 12 18:57 Carol Wong, 12 20:50

Girls' Volleyball 10/23 @ West Covina 1-3 L 10/28 @ Diamond Ranch 2-3 L 10/30 vs. Charter Oak 3-2 W 11/03 @ Chino 3-0 W

Girls' Tennis Hacienda League Finals Singles 2 Florence Ao, 9 Doubles 1 Jacqueline Sotoodeh, 12 Emmaline Loo, 11

Girls' Golf League finals 1 Katherine Muzi, 9 league MVP (71 and 69) 2 Patricia Wong, 12 (73 and 70) 3 Megan Hou, 11 (71 and 79)

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