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â€œI was jittery and anxious from day one, getting onto Homecoming Court and then preparing all the way to the assembly. I was really excited to know that my peers actually voted for us, and that when we got up there and tried to make people happy by putting on a little performance for them, they all screamed for us. When I got crowned, I was just smiling, waiting for them to tell me to come down, but all the while I was floating on cloud nine.â€? Angie Duran, 12 PHOTO BY EUNICE PANG
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Students give back through involvement in volunteer clubs on campus.
Get ready for the Holidays with a show of school spirit!
Grade boosts are intended to assist student’s grades, but it also has a down side.
Choir held its annual Winter Concert from Dec. 12-13.
10 16 18 What do students think about volunteering?
Candee treats hearself to a Taiwanese breakfast.
Varsity Boys‘ Basketball wraps up its second tournament.
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 discussion. Through our coverage, we hope to represent the distinct character of the Walnut community.
Staff Writers: Andraes Arteaga, Jezebel Cardenas, Anabelle Chang, Crystal Chang, Emily Chen, Cherie Chu, Samantha Gomes, Kent Hsieh, Caroline Huang, Michael Hyun, Sajid Iqbal, Daniela Kim, Austin Lam, Jessica Lee, Doris Li, Serena Lin, Susan Lin, Aurora Ling, Elaine Liu, Sarah Liu, Cynthia Lu, Jason Luna, Gabrielle Manuit, Ashlyn Montoya, Eunice Pang, Nikita Patel, Joshua Shen, Lisa Shen, Caroline Shih, Deanna Trang, Terrence Tsou, Morgan Valdez, Sabrina Wan, Alexa Wong, Bryan Wong, Brian Wu, Kevin Wu, Aaron Yong, Yolanda Yu, Anthony Zhang, Laura Zhang, Maxwell Zhu Print Editors-in-Chief: Jessica Wang, Candee Yuan Online Editor-in-Chief: Alvin Wan Managing Editors: Janzen Alejo, Tiffany Diep Copy Editor: Nathan Au-Yeung News Editors: Alison Chang, Michelle Chang Opinion Editors: Jackson Deng, Spencer Wu Feature Editors: Brandon Ng, Jessica You In-Depth Editor: Mary Zhang Arts Editors: Chantel Chan, Ashley Xu
Reviews Editor: Megan Wu Sports Editors: Bryan Wong, Ted Zhu Business Managers: Janzen Alejo, Tiffany Diep, Jefferey Huang Photo Editor: Belle Sun Tech Team Leader: Jackie Sotoodeh Tech Team Editors: Anita Chuen, Derek Wan Adviser: Rebecca Chai
The teacher-student dynamic varies from classroom to classroom. Some teachers are known for their easygoing interactions with their students and are sometimes even regarded as admired, older peers. Others run their classes strictly, permitting not a toe out of line when it comes to respect. Most fall in between these two sides of the spectrum. However a classroom is run, it is imperative that we, as students, help maintain that balance of formality and recognize the line between having fun and being disrespectful. Although that line may sometimes be difficult to define, general rules that have been repeated time and time again include paying attention when the teacher is speaking, asking for permission to get up to move, and providing an answer when a question is asked. Still, depending on how comfortable the atmosphere of a classroom is, or how willing students are to cooperate, these rules are often disregarded. Whether or not we do this intentionally, we decrease classroom efficiency, and more importantly, neglect our basic duties as students. Each class is a unique blend of personalities that often defines the level of classroom participation. Sometimes, we are afraid to speak for fear of being wrong in front of our classmates. What results is an ineffective discussion, marked by long moments of silence. Although easier said than done, it is necessary to put aside that fear for the sake of receiving a fuller learning experience by hearing the insight of your peers’ thoughts. Part of the reason teachers encourage us as students to actively participate in class is so that we can become more confident in ourselves. Apathy and unruliness are both the result of a variety of factors, which include lack of sleep and lack of interest. But it is important to remember that a student’s attitude toward the teacher and the subject material is also easily influenced by the teacher’s attitude toward both the students and the subject material. Respect is a two-way street in the classroom. Students must be mindful of classroom behavior in order to reduce miscommunication and maximize instruction time. No matter how comfortable some of us are around certain teachers, it should not affect whether or not we have manners in the classroom. We must realize that on top of being beneficial to our own growth, participating in the classroom is a basic respect. After all, it isn’t just about respecting our teachers; it’s about respecting our peers and pitching in to a positive classroom experience for them as well. Ω
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Nurse speaks for UnitedMed
Homecoming Dance features jungle theme
The first speaker of the year for UnitedMed members was a registered nurse and former military medic. This year, the jungle-themed Homecoming dance featured a photo asking contest for participants. Anabelle Chang Staff writer
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SPEAK UP: Registered nurse Jorge Rodriguez gives a presentation on the responsibilities of his job and shares photos of his workplace. Derek Wan Tech editor UnitedMed invited Mr. Jorge Rodriguez, a Registered Nurse (RN) from the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, to provide background information on nursing on Monday, Oct. 28. Inviting the RN to speak revolves around the purpose of the club: to promote the awareness of what medical workers do in an interesting way. “Exposure to true workers in the field is one of the two ways to see what actually happens in the field,” president junior Timothy Yeung said. “By being exposed to healthcare workers, we get a first-hand account
of what happens.” Mr. Rodriguez spoke about the types of work he does at the Emergency Room and his former work as a military medic. He also showed club members photos of his work area and some of the injuries he had treated in the past. “Having Mr. Rodriguez over for the first meeting showed that we are trying to help others find their passion for the medical field instead of wasting their time. Mr. Rodriguez is part of the ER team, which allows the members to think about other jobs besides general nursing,” secretary junior Jacqueline Djen said. Ω Read more at whshoofprint. com under the news section.
backdrops, all the colors - it was just amazing,” ASB member senior Kush Parikh said. “They worked really well The annual Homecoming dance, with the theme. It took a lot of time to themed “Born to be Wild,” was held set up, but it was worth it in the end. in the gym on Saturday, Oct. 26. We got a lot of positive feedback and “We chose this theme because it looked good.” we’ve never really done a jungle To promote ticket sales and get theme before for any of the dances, students more involved, ASB also so we thought it’d be cool to do it this put together its first photo and video year,” ASB dance committee member contest on Instagram, Facebook, senior Ifeoma Ike said. “I think our and Twitter. Students who used main reason for the hashtag, choosing this #WHSHC2013, to “I think the contest was post videos of the theme is because a good idea because it best asking had the we thought that the student body brought more spirit and chance to win one of would enjoy it prizes, which people did a better job three the most and be included discounted when asking.” able to have fun tickets and front of with it.” the line passes. To get “I was really -Hannah Lloyd, 12 prepared for excited because I Homecoming, didn’t think I was the ASB dance c o m m i t t e e going to win. It was my friend’s idea: spent the end of summer and much she planned it out and she kept on of the school year planning the event saying, ‘Oh, I think you’re going to and deciding on the props, which win,’ but I didn’t really think it was included exotic animals, wildflower going to happen,” senior Hannah centerpieces for tables, and jungle- Lloyd, who won the first place prize themed backdrops. Compared to last for the contest, said. “I think the year’s dance, ASB did not include contest was a good idea because it any new games for this year’s brought more spirit and people did a Homecoming dance. better job when asking someone else “All the animals we had, all the to Homecoming.” Ω
MORE makes reading an interactive event
MORE high school and elementary students came together to trick-or-treat and read at Walnut High School. Michelle Chang News editor For the first time, MORE Club Vejar Elementary students visited Walnut High School for a Halloween reading event on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Buddies went around to various places in the school and received candy after
listening to teachers, including Kellee Lyons and Elizabeth Chang, read Halloween-themed stories. “It’s important for the buddies to come to Walnut so they can just experience the environment of the high school and see the structures and buildings.” MORE Club officer senior Kevin Cheung said.
The buddies visited the horseshoe and stage and listened to teachers read picture books, including “T-Rex Trick or Treat.”Activities, such as making scary Halloween noises or acting out roles, were incorporated. “We really wanted to make Halloween more educational but still fun at the same time to show that
Halloween really doesn’t have to be that scary,” Cheung said. The event allowed the buddies to bond with each other interactively. “I appreciated the opportunity because it was different from what we usually do. My buddy opened up to me more,” junior Jamie Quiambao said. Ω
Anime Club holds contest For the first time, the anime cosplay contest was opened to all students, and first place prize was $55. Anita Chuen Staff writer Anime Club held its annual Halloween cosplay contest during lunch in chemistry teacher Jeri Braviroff’s room. For the first time, the contest was opened to the entire school and the first place prize was $55, which covered the cost of an anime expo ticket. To make the event more efficient, the club created certain requirements for the contestants, like handmade costumes. The club also added a new format on how the contest was run, including having the students walk around the room for the judges to
critique. “Last year, it was just people in costumes in the front and it didn’t work out so well because half the time, the club members got distracted and weren’t focused on the costumes themselves,” senior cabinet member Susie Law said. Opening the contest to the entire school allowed club members to share their love for anime with other students. “It was fun, I got to learn new characters that I didn’t know about,” sophomore Winnie Yuan said. “We can show off in front of the whole school and maybe introduce it to people who might be interested.” Ω
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DRESS UP TIME: Freshman Adrienne Caparaz dresses in an anime costume and acts in character for students to judge her cosplay outfit.
BRIEFING Blood Drive Caroline Huang Staff writer Girl’s League is hosting its annual Blood Drive on Nov. 8th, and seniors are given the opportunity to donate blood to those in need of it. “We give back to the community by helping to save lives,” said senior Danielle Urista. “Last year we donated a lot of blood; it benefits people who are in need of it, like a blindfolded act of kindness. It’s nice to see that a lot of people care.”
Supply Social Anabelle Chang Staff writer To fundraise for secondary schools in Africa, the Supply will be holding a lunch social on Friday, Nov. 8, in Mr. Lares’ room. Participants will be able to play games and eat food in exchange for a donation of their lunch money. “We are hopeful that our members will open up to the board members and share their ideas for the club,” president senior Angelia Untung said. “Our board members will be encouraging their friends and peers, and we will broadcast this event through social media in order to let people know about it.” Ω
ACS Collaboration Lisa Shen Staff writer American Cancer Society (ACS) and the football team collaborated to raise awareness for breast cancer by having players wear pink colored socks and shoelaces during the Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 25. After each touchdown, ACS members went around with buckets to gather donations and encouraged the spectators to help support the cancer foundation. “It felt good to be supporting American Cancer Society while we were playing, because I know a lot of people have breast cancer,” said football player sophomore Brennan McKenzie. “The most rewarding part was the fact that the whole team was wearing pink, even the coaches; we were happy to wear pink to raise awareness. I think the crowd was also more interested and into the game, since we were playing for a cause.” Ω
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Walnut High School:
The world in your pocket
Compiled by: Alison Chang, Michelle Chang, Anita Chuen, Jackson Deng, Aurora Ling, Ashlyn Montoya, Alvin Wan, Jessica Wang and Candee Yuan
Media Usage: The Voices of Students Several leading voices on campus gave their thoughts on how we use media.
Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Ask.fm, Smartphones, iPads, and laptops - these are only a few of the popular social networks and networking devices that have risen to overtake an entire generation so quickly. We are participators of this mass movement of electronics and media whether we try to be or not. The increase of social media has also seen an increase of rash decisions and miscommunications, which often result in dire consequences that many, caught up in the ease and speed of social media, fail to consider. This issue of the Hoofprint’s Investigative Report looks into the roots of our impulsive and deceptive behavior online, as well as steps we can take to lessen the harms that social media can do.
Top Three Rankings: 93% of students at WHS use Facebook.
82% of students at WHS use Instagram.
67% of students at WHS use Twitter. 90% of students use social media to interact with friends. Over 55% of students use social media on their phones at home.
follow their interests
get help on homework
Students use social media to:
stay updated with social events
stay in touch with friends BASED ON A SURVEY OF 279 STUDENTS
Behind a Screen “It makes it easier to bully people, easier to be mean. Having [social media] around all the time for your convenience just lets you say anything behind a screen. “
Relationships “I saw a girl who was being mean on Twitter and slandering her ex-boyfriend. It can ruin relationships - not just relationships between boyfriends and girlfriends but also between friends and family.”
Did you know? 74% of students spend 2+ hours on social media every day.
“People abuse it. A simple thing like Snapchat that is used to send funny pictures, can also be used to send inappropriate photos. They’ll go in between the lines to abuse it.”
Emotional Battle “Back then there was no social media so when people got home they could get away from it. But now, it’s just a constant emotional battle people have to go through. You can’t get away from it.”
Permanence: Always Connected
Publications sat down with Peer Counseling to discuss media usage, the permanence of online actions, and the effects these actions have on students. Q: How do you think media affects society and high school students? PC: When you make a mistake or poor choice, the whole world can know. There’s no forgetting because, for the rest of your life, that image just bounces around on the Internet. A momentary lapse in judgment, which has happened for centuries, is suddenly magnified and permanent. PC: People often use negativity as a way to get noticed on social media, but don’t realize the negative effects that result. PC: On your Instagram or your Twitter, you can only get the surface of a person. It’s all very superficial. It’s easier for them to put somebody else down to bring themselves up. Q: Do you think students realize the permanence of their actions on social media?
PC: Sometimes students make decisions based on what they’re feeling, so they’re not thinking it through their heads. They’re really not contemplating what the consequences may be from posting something.
PC: Social media wasn’t intended for pain. It’s just meant to interact with friends, but some people take it the wrong way or see it in a negative light. They abuse how easily word can get out there.
Q: Why do you think students misunderstand the possible consequences of their actions when posting/ distributing something through media?
Q: What would your definition of bullying be?
PC: Most people don’t realize the consequences of their actions, because they aren’t able to understand the pain that someone else would have to go through if they were the victim. PC: You’re acting on your emotions or making decisions based on what you’re feeling. You’re not thinking it through your head and so you’re really not contemplating what the consequences may be from posting something. Q: Ultimately, do you think social media is hurting this generation?
PC: There’s no set line to cross, we’re all different and we all have different levels of pain we can tolerate, so if it hurts you or if it makes you feel bad about yourself, then you have the right to let someone know that you’re being hurt. Q: How do people approach Peer Counseling? Do they go willingly? PC: A lot of times, it’s the kids. It’s their choice that they feel that they need somebody to talk to and a lot of times, they know how to handle it or what’s wrong with them, but they need to talk to somebody. That’s basically what we do, we just listen to them.
“When you’re young, it may be the cool thing to do. But later on, it might keep you from getting a job and you passing your background check because you made some foolish decisions while you were young on social media. Legally, you could get into trouble for using social media.”
“Everything is traceable, There’s a record of it somewhere. For every keystroke you type in on your phone or your computer, there’s an unquestionable memory of it. Legally, you could get into trouble for misuse. It’s a tool that could be used for good; it’s a tool that could be used for bad.”
Psychological Consequences The Bystander
“Bystanders who witness bullying are also someone we try to support as they may feel afraid, powerless to stop the bullying, and guilty that they don’t help.”
“Students who bully often do so because they have social or emotional problems too. We are also interested in helping this student and we want them to learn productive ways of dealing with their own issues and emotions.”
The Victim “The effects of bullying are very real in high school. Victims of bullying are more likely to suffer from anxiety, low selfesteem and depression.”
Guilty As Charged
A Walnut sheriff described the legal consequences that come with using media in irresponsible ways. “You have obtained personal identification of another person and use that information for unlawful purposes. Whether you’re obtaining goods, opening a credit account, opening up a checking account based on the other person’s information, you’re using it to obtain money, goods, services.”
“This has to do with getting the access Sec. 502 without permission, which is computer COMPUTER CRIMES system hacking. If you can hack someone’s personal Twitter account, or Facebook account, get their passwords not good.” 518PC EXTORTION
CA CC: 44, 45a, 46 DEFAMATION
“When you want to say lies about someone via social media and spread the lies, and you know it’s totally false, you can get in trouble for that. You could be civilly liable for that and even criminally liable.” “Defamation includes libel and slander. When you say something completely false that damages someone else’s reputation, you are also civilly liable for that.”
would do nothing.
would tell the person that it makes you uncomfortable or ask for it to be removed.
...an anonymous user started harassing you through private messaging? 57% 39% 29%
14% would post something equally embarrassing of the poster
13% would report it to an authority or an adult
30% report it to authority.
...someone posted an embarrassing photo of you?
ask user to stop.
A Walnut sheriff described the possible consequences that can come with misusing media.
What would you do if...?
engage in argument.
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...someone started harrassing your best friend on social media? GIRLS 9%
would do BOYS nothing. 20%
would join the conflict and defend BOYS the friend or respond 58% immediately.
would ask the BOYS user to stop. 34%
would report the user to an BOYS authority 17% or an adult.
Bul ly /’bu -le/
verb gerund or present participle: bullying
1. Over 50% of students consider bullying to be when friendly teasing is no longer funny. 2. 96% of students consider bullying to be when someone is being directly insulted or threatened. 3. 96% of students consider bullying to be when someone starts feeling hurt or uncomfortable.
Three Steps to Respond to Bullying 1. The sooner, the better.
“The sooner that they bring this to our attention, the sooner that we can sit down and negotiate some sort of truce in an amicable situation. My advice would be that the minute somebody says something about you on social media that is derogatory, that you immediately report that to Peer Counseling, a GLC, or a teacher.”
2. It’s best to report it.
“Students should consider talking to a school psychologist or counselor anytime personal or social problems are hurting their progress. They should also talk to someone if they feel that they might be depressed or if they struggle to manage their stress levels. Peer Counseling is another option for students who want to talk about things that worry them.”
3. Don’t be afraid to speak up.
“There is a legitimate fear that people will be like, ‘I can’t believe you snatched or ratted me out!’ What I believe is that, that person has already chosen a side that is against you. Worrying about their feelings and how upset they are that you reported it is really a silly thing. If you don’t report it, you’re worrying more about the aggressor than about yourself.”
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Testing how we learn Q&A: In the classroom, most students usually get their tests returned to them. However, some do not get the luxury of seeing what they got incorrect. Michelle Chang News editor
You know that feeling of dread. Your teacher is standing at the front of the classroom as he or she slowly calls out names one by one, as if calling out your death sentence, to pass back the graded tests. However, some teachers completely skip this process and don’t even bother to pass back tests, resorting to putting a score on Parent Portal. So why is it so important that you get closure with your tests by being physically handed the graded tests? A score on Parent Portal does not fully reflect where a student is – it is only a mere number that does not give students the opportunity to realize what they did wrong. For students to truly gauge how much they know, they must be able to see their results and the problems that they missed. Through reviewing their scores, student are provided with a good indicator that allows them to understand which areas need improvement. Students are able to ask the questions they need to ask to ensure that they can prevent themselves
from making the same errors again, which proves to be especially useful in preparing for final exams. It’s very important that the students are building a strong foundation for themselves before they move on to the next lesson that needs to be
It’s very important that the students are building a strong foundation for themselves before they move on to the next lesson that needs to be covered in that class. covered in that class. The purpose of testing is better upheld by looking through errors Teachers are humans, and they make occasional mistakes when grading tests. For students, getting tests back is a way to look over the questions and make sure that no grading mistakes were made. Personally, every time a math test is passed back to me, there is always a crowd of students forming a giant blob around the teacher - one student wants partial credit for showing work, another student says he only
wrote the wrong answer in the answer column, and so on. When the process of reviewing incorrect answers is overlooked, there is the possibility that some students get scores that were mistakenly lowered because of careless grading. Instead of blindly accepting their scores, students should be encouraged to figure out exactly why they were marked off. Students will get full explanations of their mistakes and may even get points back for grading errors. Opponents may argue that valuable class time is wasted when time is specifically allotted to going over graded tests. However, the time used to improve upon areas of weakness is actually an essential part of the learning process, and its necessity should not be ignored. While it isn’t used to give a lecture on new material, the time spent looking over questions marked off is equally important in allowing students to be better educated. So the next time that you find yourself sitting at your desk with a pounding heart to wait to look at the results of the test you didn’t study for, know that the whole ordeal isn’t really as bad as it may seem. There’s a whole lot that you can gain out of the whole experience, too. Ω
Do students benefit from getting their tests back?
“It helps because you have to learn it when the teacher goes over the corrections. Teachers go over missed questions on the test because students need to understand the missed problems.” -Brian Zeng, 9
“It tells you the process of doing the problem so you can get the answer right on the final. I feel like I learned a little more, because sometimes, it’s a really tricky question to understand.” - Tiffany Kao, 10 “It generally helps since I don’t like to have to go over it myself, especially with the new schedule. It just helps explain something that you’re not particularly familiar with and it helps you see how the teacher expects you to answer it.” - Howard Chen, 11 “It’s good to review when the teacher goes over it. She usually does it to help us and gives partial credit Doing it over and over again will help us remember it more clearly next time.” - Hannah Lloyd, 12 COMPILED BY EMILY CHEN
The write choice The domain of education Many English teachers maximize their students’ productivity by assigning essays. Anita Chuen Tech team editor When it comes to writing essays, teachers have the choice between letting their students write an essay at home or giving them a timed one during class. Although both benefit the student in different ways, take-home essays benefit the student the most because it allows students to develop their writing skills rather than their speed. The main point of an essay on literature is to give a well-thought out analysis of the novel, not to see how quickly a person can write. With the pressure to finish within the time restraints, it’s easy to forget your train of thought during an in-class essay, which may lead to poor analysis. More time allows the student to feel more comfortable, as in sitting in Starbucks drinking coffee to finish the paper, and allowing the student to think deeper on the analysis. This also gives an opportunity
for the student to advance his or her writing skills and develop the thesis. Although it’s part of the learning experience to think under pressure, good quality should be developed at home first before it is put to the test during class. When preparing for an in-class essay, it’s possible to memorize something from SparkNotes or ask a friend who already wrote onethe same problem that many find in take-home essays is still there. In a take home essay, the analysis is from the same person and needs the same amount of work, but the possibility of forgetting any important statements and the fear of not finishing on time is out of the picture. With a better thinking environment and more time to write, students can produce better essays and teachers can see the students’ capabilities in writing when not put under pressure. These essays should focus on the quality of the student’s analysis and critical thinking skills instead of focusing on how quickly the student can write an essay. Ω PHOTO BY JANZEN ALEJO
With many students signed up for designated classes, there is often a lack of seats. Luckily, online courses provide a convenient alternative. Nathan Au-Yeung Copy editor
The idea of convenience is making administrators and teachers around the globe jump at the idea of online teaching - to them, online courses mark the next step in providing a new learning environment for kids. However, while online classes can be convenient for many people who cannot attend a traditional school, they cannot compare to traditional classes when it comes to a truly enriching learning experience. One of the most obvious issues with online classes is the scarcity, or even lack of, social interaction between students and teachers. You can contact your online teacher through email or instant message, but all these modes of communication are blown out of the competition by face-to-face interaction with the teacher or professor. Interacting with your course teacher or professor provides the genuine personal discussion and learning that online classes cannot provide. If you want
a problem explained, it can be done on scratch paper right in front of you, in person. Sure, some online classes use virtual whiteboards, videos, and webcam, but online courses lack the instant feedback present in personal interaction between teacher and student in the traditional classroom. Traditional classes also provide instant go-to methods for students in groups who at least interact with each other to some capacity in class. Online students will likely be a hodgepodge of random strangers who probably know more about John Stamos than each other. The lack of personal interaction with online classes underscores another major problem - the ease with which students can cheat. It is simply way too easy to cheat; after all, who is there to rat you out for Googling answers for a test? There’s just no telling just how many people have done so in a digital classroom. The most educators of online classes can do is change up the questions on a test, but that still leaves the gaping issue of student collaboration offline. Online classes are extremely limited in their resources to counter cheating; there are just too few ways to combat
cheating effectively Traditional classes provide a strict learning environment with very few distractions to veer students off course. However, for online classes, it can be difficult to concentrate when the entire Internet is in front of you. All it takes is one click to switch from taking a quiz online to talking to friends on Facebook or indulging in a Youtube video marathon. How effective is online learning when online distractions are ubiquitous? There is almost nothing to keep an online student from going online to spending hours browsing the Internet. Our generation today practically worships the World Wide Web, and it is almost impossible for us to resist the allure of the Internet and the tons of content it provides access to. The realm of online learning is full of potential, but the way they are managed today diminishes our ability to receive all the benefits of such a promising avenue. Its misuse leads us to abuse a luxury. Online courses can, with time, mature into promising alternatives or substitutes for traditional classes, but for now, let’s stick to the spiral notebooks and stay away from the software. Ω
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Finding a cure to the cause
Many people are supporting the fight against breast cancer this month. But does the advertising effort directly translate into helping the cause?
Often times, we are measured up against the likes of our siblings. Thus, we can learn a thing or two from our brother or sister.
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Ted Zhu Sports editor Pink hats, pink shirts, pink shoes. Pink bags, pink mugs, pink blenders. Pink NFL. Heck, for a couple of hours, we even had a Pink House in Washington DC. This color tsunami is a hallmark of the October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which has become an expected, if not universally celebrated, annual event across the country. Programs educating women to stay up to date with mammograms and campaigning for research funding to cure this horrible cancer are both extremely worthy goals. Early screening and treatments ranging from surgery to chemotherapy to radiation have decreased the death rates from breast cancer by 34 percent since 1990. This 34 percent decrease may seem like a crowning achievement for breast cancer awareness advocates, but this purely quantitative outlook fails to realize that cancer treatment is a laborious process. Common treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery uncompromisingly deal harsh punishments that leave patients frail and emaciated - not to mention the mental pressure and fright that leaves families wondering if they will still have a daughter, a mother, a sister, or grandmother when all is said and done. Which leads us to the following. What, if anything, can women and
society do to prevent the tumors from growing in the first place? Why has there been a 40 percent growth of breast cancer diagnoses in the past 30 years? And why are we leaving women resigned to huddling in the dark until cancer ambushes their bodies and lives, when we should be providing them tools to strike first? While there is no denying the good intentions behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month, something is conspicuously missing in the message that severely limits its efficacy in eradicating breast cancer: prevention. Surprisingly, prevention is rarely a part of the message right now - my search on the Breast Cancer Awareness Month homepage on nationalbreastcancer.org yielded no result on the word. Yet, as Harvard biologist John
BY THE NUMBERS 1 out of 8
women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
women in the United States will be diagnosed every year
women are predicted to lose the fight against breast cancer
of sales from pink NFL merchandise goes toward cancer research SOURCES:
Cairns’ epidemiology research has shown, treatment alone does not eradicate diseases. In his report, Cairns expounded the success of prevention and wrote that “the death rates from malaria, cholera, typhus, tuberculosis, scurvy, pellagra and other scourges of the past have dwindled in the US because humankind has learned how to prevent these diseases...To put most of the effort into treatment is to deny all precedent.” Many may argue that preventing breast cancer is impossible, that it is a genetic cause that those doomed cannot evade. However, statistics from the National Institutes of Health indicate that only about 5-10 percent of the cases are hereditary. So what are the non-hereditary causes? Guesses range from environmental factors to unhealthy lifestyles. Precisely because information is not yet definitive, research funding should be directed as ardently in this pursuit of understanding as in the search for other forms of curative treatments. The fight against breast cancer will be long, but we can look to lung cancer as a tool of reference. When lung cancer rates were on the rise, we didn’t focus all attention on devising treatments. Instead, we determined that smoking was a major cause, and campaigns warned consumers about carcinogens in cigarettes. We have not yet eradicated lung cancer, but it cannot be denied that prevention has helped mortality rates drop two percent each year for the past 10 years. Breast cancer will remain the troublesome Hydra until we burn the root of the problem. Ω
When he was little, my brother played a bunch of sports for fun before my parents committed him to tennis in the third grade. It became kind of a general consensus in our family that he’d continue tennis and keep playing it throughout high school and maybe through college and even after that. We thought tennis was his thing. We were wrong. One day during the summer before he entered the seventh grade, he announced that he wanted to devote himself to basketball. This came as a shock, seeing that he was well-entrenched in tennis by then. He was met with a lot of initial opposition - we were convinced that this was simply a phase. Despite my parents’ vehement disapproval of his choice, he persisted, so after a month of back-and-forth arguing, they caved in and allowed him to commit to basketball. Out of nowhere came a drive I never expected to see; along with joining a team, he began scouring the Internet for instructional videos, conditioning with my dad, religiously watching games on TV, practicing a good eight to nine hours each day on the driveway. Sometimes he’d spend so much time outside training that my parents would get worried. But we just guessed that it was determination in its purest form and perhaps a dose of rebellion, too. Bit by bit, evidence of an athlete in the making
surfaced. His improvement skyrocketed. His appetite increased threefold. He burned through several pairs of shoes and developed cracks on his fingertips. He kept a journal detailing his weekly drills and areas of improvement. Crates of Gatorade started appearing in the house, and on early Saturday mornings, I would be jolted awake by the sound of dribbling in the garage right under my room. Other parents commented on his uncanny drive. Since the start of school, he still finds time for a game every Saturday and manages to squeeze five hours of practice into his daily schedule. For as long as I can remember, I took pride in being the one looked up to, setting an example of discipline and academic merit for my brother. I was the sibling who listened, did as she was told. I was the older one, but I slowly awakened to the fact that that didn’t necessarily mean I would always be the one to show my brother how things are done. I believed what I heard about younger siblings following in the footsteps of their older brothers and sisters, so I was surprised when he made a deliberate decision to fall out of line and prove all of us wrong. Unlike me, he wasn’t afraid to disagree. My brother’s journey thus far with basketball has been the most inspirational thing I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t know what it means to believe in something that hard at 13 years old, but I do know that a lot of us will do anything if it means being happy in the end. And he’s happy. With basketball, he’s happy. Ω
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IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY
WHO PAYS THE PRICE OF GOING TO DANCES?
PHOTO BY KENT HSIEH
Michael Hyun Staff writer Get the flowers, posters, friends and muster the confidence. Cute asking, done. She said yes, and now time to get the corsage, the tux, tie, limo rental, dinner money, photos and finally the tickets. This is inevitable for the guys. The things we always see in photos are the suit-and-tie moments with smiles up and hair in picture-perfect positions. But there never seems to be an acknowledgement of the price paid for having fun at a dance, except maybe if the flowers look lavish enough. It is obvious that the boy takes a blow in the wallet, especially with a student budget. Ultimately, the boy caters to the wants of the girl, and things like tie color coordination become a big deal. However, the fact that guys pay for a majority of the dance is because the precedent has been set, and we, as males, do have a sense of pride to uphold. In the end, paying for the girl does not become as much an obligation or a commitment to honor as it is a privilege- it is the “gentlemanly” thing to do. After all, it is the guy who asked first. Nonetheless, this transaction is the 21st century’s way of giving a girl the Cinderella treatment. Guys want the girls to enjoy their time at the dance, and it is out of this desire to give a girl the best experience that they invest so much money into a dance. But quite frankly, there is also another undertone to all this spending. Snippets of post-dance conversation can either praise or vilify, and the tradition of paying for one’s date can boil down to maintaining one’s reputation. This is not to say that reputation becomes the ulterior motive behind paying for a girl, but it comes as a perk for future dances. Guys will be seen as either the right date or not. On the other hand, some couples do compromise when it comes to allotting the costs. It is the norm for girls to pay for photos while the guys take care of the rest. But there are many couples who end up splitting the cost evenly or vice versa to lift the financial burdens off one person. Compromising and splitting the bill fairly is most ideal, but speaking from observation, this rarely happens. If the guy offers to split, he may be seen as rude, and girls can be afraid of offending guys that feel obligated by tradition to pay. Girls shouldn’t necessarily feel bad for guys that want to cover the cost and guys shouldn’t necessarily be against splitting the bill either. Chivalry may be dead, but for those that want to, paying for a night out can fulfill a basic sense of duty that comes with taking care of a girl. Ω
DANCING TO A
DIFFERENT TUNE a)
a) 56.6% b) 43.4%
a) 51.5% b) 48.5%
a) 36.8% b) 32.3% c) 17.5% d) 9.30% e) 4.15%
1. Do you think the boy has to pay for both parties? (Male responses) a) Yes b) No
2. Do you think the boy should pay for both parties? (Female responses) a) Yes b) No
3. What is an acceptable amount to spend on Homecoming? a) $50-75 b) $76-100 c) $101-125 d) $126-150 e) $150+ SURVEY OUT OF 257 STUDENTS
Mary Zhang In-depth editor The bell rings at the end of your last class of the day. As you pack your bags and hustle out the door, something stops you in your tracks. Out of the corner of your eye you see a boy standing outside with your name on a poster with a bouquet in his hands, a goofy smile plastered on his face, waiting for your answer. A million thoughts rush through your head as you stand there, paralyzed, unsure. People can see the boys as getting the short end of the stick in asking girls to dances, but in reality, the girls aren’t let off so easily either, especially in instances where the girl feels pressured into saying “yes” to a boy. In cases where a girl just does not feel comfortable with going to a dance, it’s hard to say “no” when someone is in front of her with a bouquet of fresh flowers and a huge poster with a poem scrawled over it. Even harder to overcome is the crowd that always seem to amass wherever an asking is detected. No one wants to seem heartless in front of so many people, and no one wants to go back and tell her date that they must withdraw from the dance. So in most cases, the only way to go is “yes.” When girls and boys do go to dances, at first it seems like girls get the sweeter side of the deal in terms of spending. The boy is the one who’s supposed to cover the expenses of tickets, food, corsage, tickets, and transportation, and in some cases, girls enjoy being pampered. But in other cases, there exists a sense of guilt and pressure when the guy handles all the finances. Thoughts like “Should I offer to cover half?” and “Wow, I feel so bad that someone is spending so much money on me,” zing through our minds. Occasionally, we will offer to pay for our portion or split costs down the middle if we don’t mind the risk of offending a sense of chivalry. This isn’t putting a price tag on having a good time, rather, the concern of making a fair trade-off. If we get to pay for our portion, it takes away some of the worry of constantly making sure that our date is enjoying himself and gives us the opportunity to loosen up. It then becomes that both girl and boy are on an equal standing and neither feels that the other has bought him or her in. So boys, please don’t be offended or feel like its a test of chivalry when a girl offers to pay for her part. She’s just trying to make it easier on you. Sometimes by defying tradition and giving a girl the power to pay you’re relieving the pressure on both sides of the party. Ω
Should the boy be paying for both parties at a dance?
“The guy should pay because that’s the gentleman thing to do. It’s nice to let the girl not have to pay, but I would understand if the guy can’t pay for the ticket.” -Nicole Do, 9
“I don’t think guys should pay for both tickets. The guy paying for the girl is based on tradition, but paying for our own ticket represents how we can do things ourselves.” - Valeria Villasenor, 11
“The guy should pay for the dance. He’s the one who asks so he has to take charge. Because he pays for her, the girl will respect him more for being responsible.” -Bassil Takleh, 12 COMPILED BY CRYSTAL CHANG AND LAURA ZHANG
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New student teacher on campus ready to teach Student teacher Andrew Chen has recently started teaching math with Jennifer Nicholls in order to gain knowledge as an educator. Cherie Chu Staff writer Many teachers want to see their students grow both academically and personally. Though he is just a student teacher, Andrew Chen became a teacher-in-training for math teacher Jennifer Nicholls to engage in handson experience that can prepare him for his own possible career in teaching. “I feel like teaching is a rewarding job and I like the impact I can have on students,” Chen said. “When I change someone’s outlook on something positively and make their life and future better, I’m happy.” Prior to his teaching at Walnut, Chen privately tutored students and taught math at an after school program for seven years. “Tutoring was how I started, so it gave me the experience and a little taste of a career that I may want. It was a nice introduction to see whether I want to be a teacher or not,” Chen said. Despite his former teaching experience, his transition to public school brought challenges. “The after school program I worked at for seven years is not
public, so it’s not government owned, which means the rules and the standards are generated by the owner or the director. It is an after school program, so students don’t really take it as seriously as regular school because they feel that their grades there don’t really matter that much. It’s more for tutoring and extra help,” Chen said. “At Walnut High you have a lot more rules. You have to go with guidelines and you need to follow the state standards. It’s definitely different because at an after school program you’re kind of teaching based on what the students learned in school whereas in public school you’re the one teaching, deciding which chapter to go to and what to teach.” Chen believes that his time spent with Ms. Nicholls has given him insight into teaching at a public school. “I learned that each student can learn in a different way. Just because a student’s not paying attention doesn’t mean they don’t know the material. A lot of students can lose focus really quickly especially during lectures, and I learned that the majority of students do care about their grades and their futures,” Chen
said. “Ms. Nicholls, I think, dedicates her life to help the students, which is rare. There are students with special needs in her class, a lot of English language learners, and she chooses to teach them because they need a good teacher. The impact she can have on these kinds of students is tremendous and she really cares about them. I definitely admire this about her.” In the future, Chen plans to continue teaching high school math of all levels. His previous tutoring experience and his student teaching has allowed him insight and knowledge of the job. “There are many things that are important things to remember as a teacher. Being a great teacher is being open to challenges and change,” Chen said. “If you’re not adapting with your students and constantly striving to be a better teacher, you’re not doing your job right and the students will suffer. There are many things I’ve gained from student teaching from Miss Nicholls. One of them is that if you have a real care and desire to help the students and your doors are always open, they will see that and respect you more and respond positively.”Ω PHOTO BY BELLE SUN
Using shoes as a canvas and painting for the soul Freshman Sara Han uses her imagination by painting creative and stunning designs on shoes and selling them to her friends. Michelle Chang News editor When most people hear the word “art,” they think of drawings done on paper, massive marble sculptures or abstract paintings that seem incomprehensible. For most people, shoes do not come to mind. However, freshman Sara Han uses the shoes that she designs, paints and sells as canvases to express her art. Influenced by her family, Han began painting shoes about one and a half years ago. “Many members of my family are really famous artists in another country, so art has been something with me ever since I was little. They have always done really detailed sketchings, so I wanted to do something different,” Han said. “Through social media, I have found really talented artists who also do really unique things -
they’ll draw on their houses or their cabinets. I thought that, if I could make those into smaller versions by painting shoes, then people will also like the things I create. I really just wanted to get creative with art.” Initially, designing and painting shoes was only a creative hobby for Han that was different from the average paper and pencil. “It was really just something that I wanted to do to pass the time. It fit my interests perfectly because I really just love all creative and artistic things or crafts. This was a way to combine two of my passions together: art and fashion,” Han said. A few months ago, Han began offering to paint shoes, provided by her customers, with any designs that they requested. The prices of the shoes range from $10 to $20, depending on the difficulty of the painted images. By contacting customers through social media accounts like
Facebook and Instagram, she has sold about 6 to 7 pairs of shoes. “I don’t sell shoes that much because it’s so time-consuming, and I am pretty limited with who I can sell to because I can only sell to people who live near me. I really don’t sell these shoes for the money, though,” Han said. “If anyone really wanted a pair of painted shoes, I would probably give them for free, just because it’s a unique craft. I want to be able to share my creations with everyone.” Han’s most requested shoe design is a galaxy design, but she has also painted bird, infinity sign, and floral designs. “Usually, a lot of people request mainstream images that come from Tumblr or Instagram, but I really like to do my own research and find inspiration through creative, DIY designs or projects on the Internet,” Han said. “Whenever I come across
anything really interesting or unique, I try to put the designs on shoes and combine different pictures that have corresponding elements. I just think it’s pretty special that I can translate something from a computer screen to a shoe.”Ω
Art for the sole Shoes are provided by her customers, who may request specific designs. Depending on the difficulty and intricacy of the design, each pair of shoes may take from one to two hours to complete. Han uses acrylic paint as her medium. PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA HAN
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What do you think about holiday expenses?
student statistics on spending
Compiled by: Nikita Sarwal, Aaron Yong
“I don’t think it matters how much a person spends on a gift; it all depends on what is useful or if the gift makes the receiver feel good. If they want or need something, then you should get it for them.” -Alexander Voisan, 9
In surveys completed by 236 students we have determined the most common gift, the average budget for the holidays, and the main sources of money for gifts throughout our entire student body.
the average holiday budget
of students who plan their holiday shopping, the average budget on all holiday expenses is $52.20
“The holidays are not about receiving as much as giving. Store-bought gifts have value, but I would say something that you made yourself is priceless because it’s unique.” -Patrick Utz, 10
37% do not budget
“l usually make people cards or drawings. Sometimes I give people candies and such. For close friends and families, I get them things they like such as books and clothes.” -Angelica Ubungen, 11
less than $10
According to a national survey on most popular gifts for the holidays, apparel is the most common gift - with 58.6% of all Americans gifting clothes. This is how our school compares with the national average based on a survey of 236 students.
over $100 $76-$100
have jobs. Having a job influences one’s keenness towards spending habits.
do not have jobs. Without a source
of income, the student must rely on their parents or money saved in a bank account to be able to purchase gifts for the holidays.
Students who give apparel/ clothing
Students who give gift cards
percentage of students who have jobs
What kind of gifts do we like to give? Students who give food and drinks
“I usually spend $25-$20 on a gift for the holidays and they’re usually clothes. I don’t think you can put a value on gifts based on price I think as long as they put time and effort into them - that’s what makes it special.” -Tanya Wanwatanakool, 12
Students who give stuffed animals
Students who give other kinds of gifts
Tis’ the season to plan your spending
spend over $20
¢ spend $16-$20
1. Make a gift list and plan all the persons you want to give gifts to - this helps in mapping out the overall spending you will do.
And that’s a “wrap” to unnecessary spending sources: about.com, businessinsider.com
spend less than $5
2. Cut down on the gift list. Try to limit yourself to a certain
number of people to shop for. This will save yourself stress and money, in addition to giving you more room to pick out better quality gifts for those who matter most.
3. Start early. Plan ahead of time and grab the best deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
4. Don’t shop for yourself. Discipline yourself so that you don’t
impulsively buy for yourself while shopping for others. Set a rule that you’ll only shop for the people on your list and no one else.
5. Skip the Christmas cards and expensive wrapping paper.
Cards have a tendency to add up, so limit the number of cards you want to send. And did you know that you can add up to $5 to a gift just for its wrapping paper? Opt for the cheaper one instead, because in the end, its what’s inside that matters.
average number of friends students buy gifts for 35%
buy for 1-2 friends
How have our holiday expenses changed over time?
The national average amount of money spent on holiday gifts based on studies done by the National Retail Federation across the nation from 2005 to 2012.
buy for more than 9 friends
buy for 3-5 friends
buy for 6-8 friends
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Buying gifts for friends has changed through the years. Our teachers had different shopping behaviors than we do now. Here are some of their thoughts on our holiday spirit nowadays. Compiled by: Cherie Chu, Gabrielle Manuit
“I had a job in highschool, i couldn’t ask my parents for money. We only bought gifts for our closest friends. Now people seem to be buying for their 22 best friends. Based on what I’ve seen here, the spending seems excessive. The time spent with the people you love is more important than the money that you spend. ”
average amount of money spent on one gift
Merry Christmas! Too early? For those who have already begun planning their holiday shopping escapades, not really. For many of us, the arrival of the holidays means brighter smiles, lighter hearts, but lighter wallets, too. Budgeting is essential whether we’re buying for our friends, families, teachers, or even ourselves. In order to avoid dropping more money than would be wise, we need to evaluate how much we can spend, where that cash is coming from, and what exactly it is we plan to purchase. Practicality is a top priority when making those gift lists, or any list for that matter. Good spending habits are in fact the best gift we can give to ourselves. So with the most wonderful time of the year just around the corner, give yourself the best gift of all - a budget plan! -Jessica Wang, Editor-in-Chief
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“Back them I didn’t mind the spending so much, there was a limit between $10-$20. But now I think it’s become so much more about the money. The fact that people give up Thanksgiving to wait in line for a Black Friday sale seems completely out of tune with the holiday spirit. I don’t see gross overspending in my students, but I do hear stories.”
Erik Mr. Jameson
“I would purchase gifts for around two or three people, and my budget was around $25. I see kids giving a lot of gifts out before finals, and I think it’s a nice personal touch, being appreciative. I don’t think it matters what it is, just the thought.”
Diana De La Cruz
I did give gifts to close friends. I think the actions alone might not be able to assess whether the behavior is good or bad. You need to think about the intention. Often times it’s not about just the action. It’s the attitude behind it; the motive could make it good or bad. Just because you give gifts, doesn’t mean you’re being materialistic. But just because you don’t give gifts, doesn’t mean you’re not being materialistic.
Dance to the hidden language of your soul Sophomore Maissel Vizcarra does traditional Mexican dancing to honor her heritage and become more in touch with her tradition. Alison Chang News editor For most people, dance is a form of expression and freedom. For sophomore Maissel Vizcarra, traditional Mexican folk dancing is not only an outlet for her to express herself, but also where she can proudly represent her culture.
“Mexican folk is tradition, and it was entertainment for people back then,” Vizcarra said. “Dancing has taught me to be more active and alert instead of being just a couch potato. It kind of takes over my life sometimes, but I really love it.” Four years ago, Vizcarra was inspired
to try traditional Mexican folk dancing by her brother, a dance instructor. Today, Vizcarra still attends Tradicion Dance Company under her brother’s instruction, taking two dance classes a week. “My brother was my inspiration to join since he’s been dancing for 14 years. At first I was like, ‘Oh, it’s dance,’ but after I started
performing, I liked the feeling and the rush that the crowd gave me,” Vizcarra said. “It really gives me an amazing feeling inside.” Along with her dance group, Vizcarra performs at several venues each month, including performances at weddings, church events and senior centers. “It feels amazing to be performing, to see people smile and watch what I do,” Vizcarra said. “My favorite part of dancing is going to practice and knowing that this what I want to do. When I go on stage and I close my eyes, t h e r e ’s a feeling of the audience watching me, and I feel like nothing is impossible.”
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MAISSEL VIZCARRA
Vizcarra must wear certain dresses depending on which region the dance represents, such as red dresses for the region of Sinaloa and colorful dresses for the region of Nayarit, and also uses the bright red lipstick, blue and silver eyeshadow, and blush characteristic of Mexican folk dancing. “For our group, the make-up is really drastic, and the outfit depends on each dance. If I’m dancing for this one state, then I have wear this pair of earrings, this pair of shoes, this dress, or this headpiece; they’re all different,” Vizcarra said. “Every state of Mexico has its own dance, song, and its own version of Mexican folk dancing, but it’s still Mexican folk. It’s tradition, and being a part of both the American and Mexican cultures makes my life more interesting and fun.” Although Vizcarra is unsure if she wants to pursue Mexican folk dancing professionally, she knows that it will remain a hobby in the years to come. “I haven’t really thought about dancing as a career. Right now, it’s more of a hobby,” Vizcarra said. “We’ve done one competition, but I feel that dancing in our group is not for competition; it’s just a way of showing how much you love it.” Ω
EMBRACE YOUR CULTURAL ROOTS: Sophomore Maissel Vizcarra (far left) poses with her dance company, Tradicion, for their cultural performance.
Write out the untold story of your heart
Ms. Katelyn Burke encourages students to write out their thoughts in a journal as a way of relieving the stress they have in school. Writing for the sake of writing is something that you do not do as much nowadays, and I want to push that forward for my students.” Burke uses the journals as a way to connect with students on a personal level and keep track of their daily lives as high school students. High school is no longer just about showing up to class every day and turning in your homework “A teacher isn’t just someone who stands up in front of the class and lectures and on time. High school is about handing out food to the needy in the morning and volunteering at the stays detached,” Burke said. “A high school hospital later that afternoon. High school is about coming teacher has a huge impact on his or her students home after hours of practice and fighting your way through and it can be for good or for ill. I want to make mounds of homework, all the while trying to squeeze in a sure that even if my impact is only on one text or two to your girlfriend between assignments. High student a year, it’s still for a positive outcome. “ school is drama; high school is anxiety; high school is stress. Unlike traditional English assignments, the English teacher Katelyn Burke provides an outlet journals do not restrict the students to a specific for her students to let out their anxiety in a 15-minute topic or style of writing. The ability to write “Empty the Trash” activity every Friday. Throughout freely develops her students’ writing through the year, students vent out their emotions and the ups voice development and confidence building. and downs of life in a journal through free writing. “When you’re comfortable enough through the “I understand that high school can be a very practice of writing, your voice becomes stronger and stressful time with students juggling the classes that your presence on the page becomes stronger,” Burke they have, extracurricular activities, family problems said. “It’s not something that makes a huge impact on that they might have, personal issues, relationships, their writing, but it does make a significant change in and friendships. It becomes for some people a swirling their regular practice of writing that they start to grow.” mass of emotion and stress that when you keep it Burke plans to keep the tradition of emptying the bottled up can come out in unhealthy ways,” Burke trash as it is throughout the rest of her teaching career. said. “So writing is one possible avenue of almost a By encouraging free response writing in her classroom, very healthy intuitive expression of your daily life.” PHOTOS BY BRIAN WU AND CRYSTAL CHANG she hopes to cultivate creativity in the minds of her Emptying the trash began with Burke’s students and provide an outlet for them to alleviate teaching career three years ago. She adopted the EMPTYING THE TRASH some of the pressures faced as a high school student. practice from her high school and college teachers (CLOCKWISE): Students write in “I see this activity continuing on as it has. Part who often assigned creative writing journals. their journals every week on Friday of its beauty is its simplicity. In the future, I want to “It’s kind of a compilation of a bunch of rip-offs as a way to verbally vent out their see my kids continue with their weekly journal writes, from different teachers. I had a teacher when I was stresses and “empty the trash.” | Ms. getting my master’s at UCI, [and] for a creative writing Burke reads over each of her students’ growing in their ability to confidently write for a given amount of time while exploring the creative side of unit, he had us keep journals. I figured, ‘Why not have journals after class to makes sure their mind,” Burke said. “Hopefully this will lead it every single week no matter what level they’re in, to her students are all mentally and just write?’” Burke said. “Because really that’s something physically well enough to function both them to become more open with their thoughts, and have a space to vent, thereby becoming more relaxed that we do not have a lot of today-- writing without fear inside and outside of the classroom. and introspective as students in a busy world.” Ω of censorship or writing without fear of being judged. Bryan Wong Sports editor
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WoW: Brandon Winata is ranked fourth
Sophomore Brandon Winata is ranked among the top 5 players in the world in the massive online multiplayer game World of Warcraft. He was admitted into the 2nd best guild in the world, Blood Legion.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDON WINATA
Brandon Ng Feature editor Although many gamers aspire to become one of the top ranked players in Major League Gaming, only a few ever make it to the top. However, sophomore Brandon Winata is ranked 4th in the world and plays for the #2 ranked guild “Blood Legion” in the online real-time-strategy game World of Warcraft. “I started in 4th grade with my friend. I had no idea what I was doing of course, and I was pretty casual about the game. I didn’t play that much, I just went on once in a while just to see what was up,” Winata said. “In 6th grade, I stopped playing, but I started playing again in 8th grade.
That’s when I really went into hardcore gaming.” In 8th grade, Winata was ranked within the top 100 players in the world. After he joined his new guild, he started going up in rank. Shooting up to the top 20 over the months, he finally placed #6. Now, he is ranked #4 in the world. “I was already in the top six, but it is a really cool achievement to have in the game. Being known as the top four is pretty cool. I was ecstatic about it,” Winata said. As a member of the #2 ranked guild in the world, Winata has to play competitively on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. “We’ve had several tournaments around LA. One time I went to Europe also, to do competitions
and such. There’s this thing called “World First,” and if you kill a boss first, you can claim it, and that’s pretty much how you get ranked,” Winata said. “The game is set up to these things called guilds or clans in which you’re in a group with friends and such and you play together and you try to kill these bosses together. Usually our guild leader pumps us up, and usually I’m pumped up when something new pops up when we’re going into competition, because it’s world first, and we want world first.” Recently, he and other top members of “Blood Legion” have been sponsored by the gaming equipment company, Razer. “Getting sponsored by Razer is pretty legit; it’s cool getting sent an item of your choice every month. I was flipping out when we got sponsored because I was in dire need of some gaming enhancements,” Winata said. “Me and my guild would always joke around, ‘maybe we will get sponsored.’ Two months ago our guild master was contacted by Razer and he broke the news to us during raid and everyone was freaking out.” Winata still hopes to play as a top ranked player throughout high school. “Honestly, I don’t try to go up the ladder, it kind of casually happens; like when I moved from 6th place to 4th place, I didn’t really expect it,” Winata said. “There’s so many ways to improve, such as leveling other characters and learning their spells this is one thing I do a lot to get an edge over many other classes. Next year will be another expansion to the game and there will be new bosses, so we will begin a new world race with competing guilds again.”Ω
1. Guild master’s treat: eat out with the team to de-stress.
2. Strategize with the team members before the big battle.
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3. It’s showtime. Time to go big and bring home the medal.
Learning a little something about everything Junior Jeffrey Zhang takes several online courses on Open Courseware from MIT in various subjects in order to get ahead in school. Ted Zhu Sports editor The recent boom of massive open online courses has been a boon for opportunistic students looking to get ahead or simply to explore new subjects. With over 5 million registered Courserians, 1.2 million edX users, and countless others on Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Open Courseware, online courses, ranging from high level linear algebra to music composition to philosophy, are changing the landscape of how we view education today. Junior Jeffrey Zhang is no stranger to this realm of online learning. Starting in November of 2012, Zhang began exploring collegelevel offerings on Open Courseware (OCW) to prepare himself for science competitions. “I first got into studying online when I wanted to prepare for Science Olympiad,” Zhang said. “Last year, I did the events Circuit Lab and Maglev. When doing those two events, I tried using OCW as an extra resource.” But along the way, Zhang hit a roadblock. There was simply too much schoolwork for him to devote enough time to
his rigorous online courses and he eventually put aside the course to focus on school. “A life skill that I learned from my experience with these courses is the importance of time management. Taking these courses in the school year requires really important time management abilities to finish schoolwork, balance extracurriculars, still have time to watch videos on these courses,” Zhang said. Zhang was intrigued by the complex theory and mathematics behind electricity and magnetism and wanted to come back to the course. He set a goal to finish his first course in the summer of that year. “That first class I finished was Physics 2: Electricity and Magnetism with MIT professor Walter Lewin. I really liked how in addition to his recorded in-class lectures, OCW also provided supplementary lecture notes and recitation videos that were made specifically to help students,” Zhang said. “I just really loved how much information OCW offered.” Since finishing his first course, Zhang has moved on to learn a variety of other courses. So far, he’s finished three courses on OCW: Electricity and Magnetism, Solid-State Chemistry, and Calculus 1, and is working
through a multivariable calculus course. “One of my favorite classes was SolidState Chemistry with this professor named Donald Sadoway, because he made chemistry seem very interesting. Instead of focusing on conventional general chemistry, such as reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, solid state chemistry focuses more on aggregates of molecules in the form of materials,” Zhang said. “Sadoway is just a really good professor; his lectures not only included chemistry theory but also possible research ideas.” Zhang recognizes that he’s a part of a growing education movement and sees the potential benefits that online education can bring. But as his own experiences have taught him, the courses aren’t just for anyone. “I think online websites like Khan Academy, OCW, and edX all have the ability to revolutionize conventional learning for high achieving students,” Zhang said. “But because these courses take up a lot of time and are extra in addition to schoolwork, the student must be highly self-motivated. I would say it is only useful for those who really find a passion in wanting to learn extra.”Ω
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Marching Band and “A Gap in Generations” Color Guard compete With a theater-in-round setup, Drama presents “A Gap in Generations” which features two wealthy and aging men who wish to marry off their children.
Marching Band and Color Guard compete in Glendale, winning first place and sweepstakes, and in Baldwin Park, taking second place overall. Lisa Shen Staff writer
said. “We could’ve improved on our visuals since you have to look perfect and professional, but sometimes that Marching Band and Color doesn’t happen.” Guard competed twice on Oct. Color Guard and Marching 19. In their first competition at Band did not win sweepstakes in Glendale, they won first place and the competitions at Baldwin Park, sweepstakes, while they managed to but admitted that they actually did take second place at their Baldwin better in that routine. They placed Park competition. second, competing with Kennedy “Before the actual competitions High School. in our divisions, it “The first was definitely really competition wasn’t intense because our best, and I think we knew who and it was because it how good our took place during competitors were, so the day; the sun was we pushed ourselves out and we hadn’t in practice,” flutist had much practice freshman Briseis before performing,” Yue said. “It was Color Guard member exciting and anxious junior Danna Chen for me. The band said. “For the second captains and Mr. competition, I think Wicks strived to we did a lot better - Justin Ho, 10 mainly because of help us in our music and our tone, and we the pressure from the practiced a lot.” other guards there.” Competing bands contended in It was the first time that any of separate divisions based on their size, the color guard members had been and were ranked in their designated to two competitions in one day. For categories. Sweepstakes is the them, the competition at Glendale grand prize awarded to the band was the first competition of the year. that accumulated the most points “I like performing and just in areas such as visuals, music, and having the adrenaline of performing. uniformity in marching. We do everything over and over “Our strong point is our size. again, doing drills and routines until Having a big band helps because it’s perfect,” Color Guard member we have better instrumentation so senior Chrystal Chau said. It was it sounds better; we can balance a really fun because I like being in the lot easier than the smaller bands,” atmosphere of band and the whole trumpet player sophomore Justin Ho day was dedicated to us.” Ω
“Our strong point is our size. Having a big band helps because we have better instrumentation.”
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Gabrielle Manuit Staff writer Drama presented its fall show, “A Gap in Generations,” from Oct.16 to 19 in the Performing Arts Center. The play is written in Commedia dell’Arte, a style of comedic theater developed in northern Italy in the fifteenth century. It features two old, yet wealthy men who, during what they believe to be the final hours of their lives, desperately attempt to distribute their fortune and marry off their children. “I knew the show was going to be good,” junior Becky Chen said. “The shows really depend on the audience, though. If the audience laughs, we feel like we need to keep it up and do better to top the performance.” The cast and crew’s relationship with one another has helped them in getting through rehearsal and the process of preparing for the show. “I loved working with the cast. They’re such funny, talented people and I got to spend every day with them for two to three hours,” Chen said. “It’s like a family and they really accept me for who I am.” The theater-in-the-round setup, in which the audience members were able to sit on the stage, allowed the actors to interact more closely with the audience. “It was my first show doing theater-in-the-round, and the fact that it was the Commedia dell’Arte style made it more physically demanding,” senior Samantha Joun said. “Because the audience was closer to us, it made us more aware of everything we did
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GAP IN GENERATIONS (CLOCKWISE): Seniors Jared Lindsey and Andrew Acosta are supported by their servants after stumbling. | Seniors Emily Yang and Samantha Joun as hosts confront Marian Astillero about the performance space. | Seniors Veronica Carrasco and Jason de Guzman discover their true identities and fall in love. and everything we said.” Although the play proved to be challenging for the actors since they had to make adjustments, their perseverance has led them to showcase their talents. “We struggled to adapt at first,
to pay attention to when performing? A: Posture is important; you can’t dance with a hunchback. Remembering everything can be overwhelming, but it comes as a package. Crystal Tran, 10
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| required to take outside dance lessons such as ballet to solidify techniques | dancers run a mile around the track each morning and have technique rehearsal after school every Thursday to work on butt-ups, squats, wall-stretches to build flexibility, and kicks | judges deduct points from dancers who do not point toes, unless the flexing was done purposely. Many also overextend their foot to get a better point which accentuates the line of the leg
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| always exaggerate facial expressions and dancers coordinate facial expressions with the type of song they are dancing to | some dance while lip syncing to the song
but eventually got the hang of it,” junior Kristy Lao said. “People who go see the shows don’t have any idea how difficult and stressful putting together a show is, but it’s satisfying seeing all the details we spent hours working on mesh together.” Ω
Q: How do you feel about having to
Q Amberly Hsieh, 12
remember so many things at once? A: It’s worth it knowing the final product is going to be good. Whenever it gets hard, you remember that you’re not just dancing for yourself, but for others. Vivian Wang, 11
Q: How do you connect with the
audience during the performances? A: I try to convey a lot of emotion so the audience feels the way I’m feeling. It’s all about facial expressions; your face has to be genuine. Amberly Hsieh, 12
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Orchestra Autumn Concert
Orchestra performs with eighth grade orchestra members from Suzanne Middle School on Oct. 24. Nikita Patel Staff writer Intermediate and Advanced Orchestra performed in the annual Autumn Serenade Concert held in the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 24. “I think in our third song ‘Nightride,’ we had some really good sound, but the high notes were off tune a little bit. Overall I think we did really well, [but] I probably should have practiced more,” freshman Leon Lam said. As per tradition, Intermediate Orchestra members performed with the eighth grade orchestra players from Suzanne Middle School. “I always find it interesting to play with younger players because some of the eighth grade players are actually pretty good, so it’s kind of interesting to see middle school students play high school level music,” sophomore Ardella Phoa said. “I think overall we did pretty well with the Suzanne band. We actually played with them pretty well considering we had only one rehearsal.” Because of limited rehearsals, many players felt that the Autumn Serenade Concert was somewhat more challenging than last year’s concert. “I feel like we’re a lot better
now though than from last year because last year we played not really challenging songs. It was like low expectations on us and now I guess we’re getting a little bit better,” junior Kaitlyn Tang said. Accompanying the orchestra performance were two soloist songs by junior Phyllis Pan and senior Ricki Worth. “My favorite piece was ‘Variations on a Shaker Melody.’ That was the most fun to play along with the piano concierto because we had the awesome pianist [Phyllis Pan]. She only did the piano concierto because she wanted to have a certain amount of conciertos under her belt which are long and really difficult to play. She has high goals and it’s awesome. She gets so into it,” senior Aldo Lemcke said. While performers agreed that there was room for improvement, they felt the concert was an overall success. “It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to play this kind of music. It’s fun, but you can’t play it without someone worthy enough to play the solo instruments. When you’re with the orchestra on stage you feel like one machine. We were rushing, but it was okay because we were all rushing together so no one noticed. It was fun though because we were pushing the limit.” Ω
The ABC’s of Jazz Jazz Band will have its first concert of the year featuring guest performer, Steve Wilkerson. Chantel Chan Arts editor Jazz Band will be having its first concert of the year, The ABC’s of Jazz, on Thursday, Nov. 7. This will be the first time Intermediate Jazz Band and Advanced Jazz Band both perform together. “I feel nervous since it is our first concert, but I think it’s still going to be fun and we can learn a lot from Advanced Jazz band, who have more experience,” Intermediate Jazz Band member freshman Justin Lau said. Each of the songs correspond with a letter of the alphabet and will be performed in alphabetical order. Some of the songs Intermediate Jazz Band will be playing are “Cantaloupe Island,” and “Blues in the Night” while Advanced Jazz Band will be playing songs including “Coconut Champagne,” “Broadway,” and “L-O-V-E.” “The most difficult song for me is probably ‘Broadway’ because I have a drum solo for it every four measures,” Advanced Jazz Band member senior Stephanie Loekman said. “It was a challenge to find something cool to play that can stay in four measures, but it was fun.”
Intermediate and Advanced Jazz Band will only come together to practice during dress rehearsal. “We don’t have a lot of time left until the concert, but I’m not too worried because I trust that everyone will know what to do,” Intermediate Jazz Band member sophomore Veronica Lutz-Paap said. For this concert, Jazz Band will be having a guest performer, saxophonist Steve Wilkerson, featured in “Coconut Champagne.” “I’m so excited that he’s coming. Because I’m also a saxaphone player, I feel that this is not only an opportunity to hear him play, but also to learn from him,” Advanced Jazz Band member junior Louisa Lee said. Although Jazz Band still has polishing to do, the members feel confident they can come together to give a great performance. “I think that, individually, we’re all prepared, but it’s the group effort and coming together as a team that matters,” Advanced Jazz Band member freshman Evan Wicks said. “There is always room for improvement, but I feeI that, in the end, we’ll do fine and the performance will turn out amazing.” Ω
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ORCHESTRA AUTUMN CONCERT (CLOCKWISE): Senior Ricki Worth plays the cello during her solo for the song “Elgar.” | Sophomore Ed Hou plays the violin for the piece “Variations on a Shaker Melody.” | Freshman Joyce De La Cruz plays the viola with other members of her section for the songs “Autumn,” “Habanera,” and “Night Ride.” | Corey Wicks directs the orchestra and the eighth grade Suzanne Middle School orchestra players during the Autumn Concert. | Junior Phyllis Pan performs her piano solo during the song “Piano Concerto No. 1.” | Senior Jisu Park concentrates on her piece for the violin during “Night Ride.”
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More than just fruits and vegetables 1100 N Grand Ave Walnut, CA 91789
Located near Walnut High School, this farmer’s market offers a variety of goods at the parking lot of Mount San Antonio College on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Nikita Patel Staff writer It is a given fact that I am not the biggest fan of veggies. Fresh from the garden, chopped, canned, diced, arranged in pretty forms - you name it and I’ll hesitate to eat it. Thankfully, Jack Newe’s Farmer’s Market, though a bit more oriented toward vegetables, provides enough juicy fruits and other items of interest to attract veggie-haters like me. Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the farmer’s market is held in the parking lot of Mt. San Antonio College. The farmer’s market seemed a little empty and dull at first, but as I got into the heart of it, I could hear music playing from nearby speakers and the friendly staff contributed to the overall cheerful and lax atmosphere. Despite the lively music and relaxed environment, it felt quite disheveled with the dirt path and trucks scattered everywhere. The small size of the farmer’s market was a bit of a disappointment, though. Immediately, I checked for the produce since most of them were clearly ripe, with a few select exceptions. Most of the stands had very kind service and generously offered samples of their best harvests, with notable examples including lightly crisp asian pears, sweet peaches that were almost syrupy, bright red strawberries, and fresh fruits of the puckering
citrus variety. In some cases, there were also produce at a price where freshness alone could not convince my wallet to give in. At the farmer’s market, there were two stands that served proper meals perfect for the overlapping lunchtime, a tamale stand and another called The Carbon Grill, specializing in Mexican food served with your choices of burrito fillings and made right in front of your eyes. At the tamale stand, I ordered a steaming chili and cheese tamale that had gooey cheese coordinating with the natural bitterness of the green chili, factoring into a delicious and satisfying lunch. I didn’t order anything from The Carbon Grill other than a small cup of lemonade. Sad to say, every sip of the lemonade had a slightly bitter aftertaste. The non-produce aspect of Mt. Sac’s farmer’s market is interesting, to say the least. Stands sold anything from cute wooden birdhouses to self-watering pots to magnetic jewelry to clothes for toddlers. Since the Jack Newe’s Farmer’s Market was pretty small compared to others I have been to in the past, I was pretty much done with all of my shopping in about an hour or so. All in all, the experience was a fun one despite the pricing and questionable quality of a few items, produce or not. If you’re looking for healthy ingredients or a unique, handmade scarf, then this market is the place to be. Ω
seasonal produce From handmade necklaces to ripe nectarines, the Jack Newe’s Farmer’s market offers a spectrum of fresh produce. These sweet, syrupy peaches were offered at $2 dollars per pound. Aside from the usual vegetables and fruits, they offer additional food such as tamales and lemonade, and other things like scarves, flowers, jewelry, bread, and clothes.
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A twist on the usual comfort food 2441 E Cortez St West Covina, CA 91791
Food trucks offer a variety of dishes in the parking lot of Cortez Park every Tuesday from 5-9 p.m, serving gourmet tacos, Asian boba drinks, burgers, and more. COMPILED BY MEGAN WU
Served with a choice of Italian pasta salad or fries, this burger gets its name from the layer of creamy spinach deliciously smothered inside of the soft, spongy bun. Along with the juicy and flavorful beef patty, it was loaded with cheddar cheese, grilled garlic butter, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, grilled onions, spring mix, and topped with parmesan. Ω
With grilled onions, diced steak, nacho cheese, and B.B.Q. sauce inside of soft corn tortillas, these mini steak tacos offered a refreshing change from the usual Taco Bell. The flavor, perfectly balanced between the saltiness of the meat, sweetness of the BBQ sauce, and greasy goodness of the grilled onions, was enhanced by a gooey drizzle of nacho cheese that gave a spicy kick to the dish. Ω
This burrito incorporated Asian and Mexican ingredients into a huge wrap. Stuffed to its capacity with Japanese sticky rice, beans, chicken, crisp bean sprouts, grated carrots, and a rich, asian-inspired sauce, it fused together ingredients that wouldn’t usually be seen in the same dish. The bean sprouts and carrots adding a refreshing crunch while the chicken gave it a lean texture. Ω
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“The House of Hades” is the best yet of its series
The fourth of Rick Riordan’s bestselling series, “The House of Hades” proves a success once more.
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Gabrielle Manuit Staff writer Fans have been waiting over a year for “The House of Hades” and Rick Riordan’s newest addition to “The Heroes of Olympus” certainly does not disappoint. “The House of Hades” features the characters’ most dangerous adventure yet, and combined with Riordan’s clever style of storytelling, the book is nearly impossible to put down. Picking up the story from “The Mark of Athena’s cliffhanger, “The House of Hades” follows the seven prophetic demigods as they travel across Europe to the Doors of Death on the latest branch of their quest to defeat the malicious
earth mother Gaea. After Percy and Annabeth fall into Tartarus, the rest of the group is left to travel to Epirus, Greece to find the Doors of Death and close them. Percy and Annabeth need to travel through Tartarus to find the Doors as well. Readers have the privilege of experiencing the story through the eyes of all seven main characters in third person limited point of view. I anticipated that bouncing from one character’s perspective to the next would be overwhelming, but the careful pacing of the plot allowed the story to smoothly transition between character. Since the story takes place in both Tartarus and Europe at once, Riordan is able to switch back and forth between Percy and Annabeth’s half of the quest and the rest of the group’s half of the quest as he pleases. However, in “The House of Hades” this means a recurrence of open-ended chapters that often cut off just before the action climaxed, while the
chapters ahead would move on to a different segment of the story before returning to the scene. Every time it happened, it left me mildly exasperated and I found myself rushing through the next few chapters so I could figure out what happened next. Still, I was impressed by how Riordan was able to tactfully address problems that nearly every teenager has experienced. In between battling mythological creatures, trying to save the world from impending doom, and the occasional sarcastic quip, the characters also struggle with insecurities that most of us can identify with. “The House of Hades” is perhaps the best book of the series yet. It incorporates the allure of magic and mythology into a grand odyssey while managing to relate to its audience. With all its suspense, action, and bits of comic relief, this book a definite page-turner that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next. Ω
Not your fairytale pirates Candee Treats Herself: Starring Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips” is based on a real-life story about a crew’s life-or-death encounter with pirates.
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THESE PIRATES MEAN NO HARM: Captain Phillips, the head of a United State Seal ship, is threatened by pirates. The American crew soon learns that the pirates must loot ships to PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF AP IMAGES support their families back home. Aurora Ling Staff writer It was more than just a rivalry between good and evil. Based on a true story, “Captain Phillips” is one movie that blurs the lines between black and white. Director Paul Greengrass, known for his signature use of hand-held cameras, pieces the movie together in such a way that perspectives of both the protagonist and the antagonist are understood. Viewers become aware that in reality, sometimes there just aren’t absolute rights and wrongs. In the beginning, Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) is characterized as a precautious, almost paranoid man. From fixing locks on the ship to running practice security checks with the crew, the phrase “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” takes on a whole new meaning. When the Somali pirates do land and overtake the cargo ship, Captain Phillips is left to think on his feet. The pirates eventually do leave the cargo ship, but Captain Phillips is left with the pirates on a small orange rescue raft,
waiting for the US Marines to show up and save the day. Tom Hanks does an incredible job at showing internal panic throughout the movie. There are very few people in the world who can act like Hanks acts, flawlessly integrating both logic and emotion through intensity. Better yet, though, he does a great job at showing a calm and collected attitude when trying to fend off the pirates. “It’s not personal—it’s business.” Now that line’s been overused as a poor excuse for horrible actions. In this case, it was an excuse to board the cargo ship and take hostages for money. But hey—it wasn’t personal! It was simply survival. Or at least, that’s how the director portrayed it. In the beginning, the audience is able to see that the pirates come from a small, humble village. Especially when the head pirate says to Captain Phillips, “I’ve come too far, Irish, I can’t give up” toward the end, my heart just broke. They were ordinary, moral people who just felt as if they had no other option to survive and to help their families survive than to commit acts of piracy. Those who
sign up to be pirates do it in order to survive—not because they actually enjoy it. The only part about the ending that I found conclusive was the music. The soundtrack throughout this movie was really great. There was incredible timing, and it really set the mood for the audience. At the climactic moments, there were heavy sounds that made the heart pound faster. As for the ending, the music was perfect. It wasn’t joyful—rather, it was almost mournful, but it was hopeful at the same time. It really demonstrated the grey area between black and white, where there was no joy, no sorrow, at the same time. “Captain Phillips” excellently depicted a plot where good and evil did not only coexist, but also mingled together. Though the protagonists were not viewed as antagonists, the antagonists definitely had scenes where they were not quite antagonists, but rather ordinary human beings just trying to survive until the next day. That, I believe, is the greatest part of this movie. It was captivating and sweetly honest. Ω
In the spirit of college application season, I told myself it was okay that I hadn’t finished even though they’re due at the end of the month, and I decided to go cosmic bowling. I know what you guys are thinking, but hey, live a little. And yes, pubs kids do have a life outside of the classroom (sometimes). The last time I went bowling was in the 6th grade, so I just decided why not. Bowling may not sound the most entertaining activity now that there’s Disneyland and what not, but it was something that allowed me to get out of the house and away from my computer. Going cosmic bowling was one of the most fun activities I’ve had since the start of senior year. The environment created by the black lights, spinning color spotlights, and the dance music allowed me
to immerse myself in a stress-free environment once in a long while. I must admit, the colored lights constantly changing was a little much. Sure, it can be tempting to stay at home and watch Youtube videos all day or the 24-hour Korean drama marathons, but come on; bowling actually happens in real life. It’s something that I would recommend doing with your friends or family. Cosmic bowling provided an opportunity for me to bond with my fellow editors on the board, as well as allow us to step out of being fixated on homework and the daunting college apps. With the wonders of the computer, I know it’s a little hard to get away from being glued to your computer screen. But I assure you that the couple of hours away from your computer will not kill you. Plus, it is a great way to take a break from school. Ω
LIGHT THAT ROOM UP: Straying from the typical bowling stadium, this cosmic bowling room is lit up with neon lights.
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THE BRANDING IRON
sports NOVEMBER 8
Get ready for the annual football clash with cross-district rival Diamond Bar this Friday, Nov. 8 Familiarize yourself with the biggest game of the year with a look at some essential statistics.
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“The punter really helps defensively. He give the opposing offense bad field position which backs them up into the corner and helps out our defense.” Running back Chase Clark, 12
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“The running game is going to help us a lot in this game. It’s very physical. We try to be physical as on the offensive line to get our running started. We’ve got really good running backs in Chase [Clark], Andy [Coronado], and more that are really good. Center Julian Ortega, 11
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“Ashton Lizarraga is the best linemen we have. In every game, he never quits--that’s the main thing about him. He might be on the other side of the field, but he’ll still run and do all that he can to make it. And of course when he does something like that, and tries for everything, it makes other people what to do the same.” Lineman Yu Du, 12
“As a linebacker, you must be extremely focused. Your mentality is a big key to the game play; you need aggressiveness and you can’t have fear. Linebackers play an important role in helping both runs and passes whereas other game players do one or the other.” Linebacker Christian Robinson, 11
HORSE’S MOUTH Players often allow their emotions take over and ruin the respect inherent to the spirit of sports.
“The Diamond Bar game is huge because something is at stake and it’s a traditional rivalry. For one year, to be able to walk around and see them and say you beat them is a lot.” Athletic Director Jerry Person
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“If [sophomore quarterback] Micah Maes keeps playing the next few years, he could be a good leader. He’s got everything: composure, leadership, and talent.” Lineman Alejandro Garcia, 11
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“Andy Coronado is fighting some tough injuries right now but he’s fighting for us and doing what’s good for the team. Every week he comes out with the mentality to play for the team, to play for the school.” Defensive back Matthew Magallanez, 11
In today’s wide world of sports, sportsmanship has been increasingly put on the back burner. The limelight is now continually shined upon the victories, the fame, the money, and the success of superstars. Many adore brash players, such as college football superstar Johnny Manziel, who put up sterling performances every week but are immature and disrespectful on and off the field. Since when did character take a backseat to performance? The recent fight between Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch footballs players shows an alarming case of brash hotheadedness. Video shows a player launching an unprovoked punch at an unsuspecting opponent that set off an all-out melee involving players from both teams as well as members of the crowd. Any player out on the field is laying his or her body out there for the spirit of competition. And to hot-headedly attempt to injure someone is a huge insult to the sport itself. Players sustain bruises, broken bones, concussions, and other game-related injuries for the sake of the game, not to serve as someone else’s punching bag. That being said, throwing a cheap shot at an opponent blatantly disregards the fact that that player is putting his physical well-being on the line
for the game and throws respect and morality out the window. True sportsmanship is realizing the importance of your opponent because without them, there is no game. True sportsmanship is acknowledging that your opponent holds the same aspirations and expectations as you, and respecting that drive and passion. True sportsmanship encompasses respecting the man or woman facing you– whether it is the two of you jostling for that loose ball on the court, diving for the volley in that last point in a tennis match, or sprinting the last lap of the race to clinch first place. It is these athletes who recognize the effort and heart that their opponents have put forth who have risen to the occasion and exhibit a higher level of character. With that said, taking out one’s frustration in the middle of a game insults the game itself as well as athletes from across all sports. For an athlete, putting up with bad calls and competing with other players during the game is only half the battle. The other half is learning to control one’s emotions in the heat of a situation. Instead of involving oneself in a fight mid game, athletes should recognize that competitiveness is a virtue not a vice in other players. There is a fine line between being pumped up and being rash; athletes need to recognize that line and avoid crossing it at all costs. And above all, always remain a good sport. Ω
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Waterpolo Bearcat beatdown Walnut crushes the opposition in its sixth league game to stay atop.
Bryan Wong Sports editor Boys varsity water polo dominated Bonita 20-7 in an away game on Tuesday, October 29, adding another victory to their 4-1 league record. The Mustangs outperformed the Bearcats on both ends, pushing counters on offense and initiating heavy press on defense. “We did well. It was an overkill,” senior James Kuo said. “Our communication and awareness were good, and our defense was very solid. The ball wasn’t moving around when they were on offense, and we had a lot of steals. Our offense was good too; we were looking for shots in good situations.” Walnut immediately began to
push the pace at the start of the first quarter, scoring four goals in the first five minutes of the game and preventing Bonita from scoring more than one goal throughout the quarter. “Our defense and our counter attack offense allowed us to outscore them,” junior Jeffrey Silverberg said. “We have good teamwork, [so] someone was open and we scored. We play very well with each other because we know how everyone plays.” Throughout the second quarter, the Mustangs continued to outscore the Bearcats and limit their offensive gamplan. Walnut completed five goals in the quarter, which included two counters and a five meter shot by Silverberg. A counter late in the quarter allowed junior Scott McDill to gain yet another point for Walnut.
Both teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime, with Walnut leading 10-2 . “I felt really pumped because we shut them down and they couldn’t do anything about it,” junior Jeffrey Zhang said. “We made good steals, PHOTO BY BRYAN WONG pressed high in the lanes, and [goalie junior Jonathan EYES ON THE GOAL: Junior Jeffrey Silverberg lasers in on the goal to score Ong Siong] got good blocks.” the five meter shot and put away the match in the second half. Bonita began to mount a comeback at the start of the number 15 to score on the six on five junior Jordan Tang said. “We’ve second half, scoring three goals in man up advantage during the third. been working really hard and have the third quarter. However, Walnut’s McDill took the opportunity to score really good team work. Throughout dominating offensive gameplan off a foul call in the final seconds the summer and beginning of season, prevented the Bearcats from closing of the fourth quarter before the final we’ve all grown and developed the point gap between the two teams. horn sounded, ending the game 20-7. together. We played with a good The Mustangs continued to outswim “Bonita doesn’t have as strong understanding of each other, which the Bearcats on counters,and took of a team as they had last year,” was something Bonita lacked.” Ω advantage of an ejection on Bonita’s
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Final act: Truong takes title Par excellence Senior Kassie Truong sweeps through the field and takes first at league finals. Sophomore Alison Chang and junior Patricia Wong ranked in the top 36 at CIF and advance to state.
Emily Chen Staff writer Hacienda League Finals for girls varsity tennis was held at home on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29-30. Team captain senior Kassie Truong took home the league number one singles title, defeating the top players from all the Hacienda League schools. Entering as the number one seed, Truong, who went 35-1 in league, will move on to participate in CIF Individual competition. Each Hacienda League team sent its top three singles and three doubles to compete for a spot in CIF. “Last year there were people who I knew I PHOTO BY AARON YONG wouldn’t be able to beat so SECOND SERVING: Senior Kassie Truong returns a deep baseline shot. my mind was set on being Truong beat Rowland number one Galen Jiang to win the final. second, but this year, I was more motivated because I consistent. As a whole team, I think opponents’ tendencies, habits, and knew I could get first,” Truong said. we have to be more aggressive with strengths to gain an upper edge. Walnut’s number one doubles our shots and not be afraid to go for the “We know that some schools are team juniors Katharine Jantarach ball when volleying,” Jantarach said. specifically good at a certain shot so and her partner Jackie Sotoodeh As a team, girls varsity moved we’re trying to do different kinds of bageled their first round Diamond on to play the team CIF competition formations to block their offensive Ranch opponents 6-0, 6-0 but fell against Culver City High School attacks. It’s more strategy and in the second round 7-6, 4-6, 4-6. on Nov. 5, winning 10-8 at home. observing type thinking, whereas last “Last year, the players on our The team had prepared year, it was more conventional game team were more aggressive and by thoroughly assessing play,” senior Vanessa Chou said Ω.
Caroline Huang Staff writer
Six girls competed in the team competition at Soule Park in Ojai, placing second overall. Wong scored Girl’s varsity golf tackled the an overall best of 69 and the totaled competition at the Northern Section 371 strokes, 11 off of eventual CIF Regional California Interscholastic champion Diamond Bar’s 360. Federation (CIF) on Oct. 28th and “Our goals at CIF were to shoot 31st for individuals and teams in the 70’s and to make the cut. Since respectively. Junior Patricia Wong and we’re a very young team, having sophomore only played for Alison three years, I feel Chang like we’ve taken placed in a big step and the top 36 accomplished individual something all finishers the other teams and will haven’t. [It’s] advance to probably the the CIF-SS best team I could Individual have asked for,” Finals on said sophomore Nov. 7, 2013. Hou. - Megan Hou, 10 Serena Wo n g Five out carded 71 of six girls strokes and Chang scored a 74, on the team all scored in the earning them spots in the state finals. 70’s, which is a best for Walnut. “Patricia andAlison representing “This year I feel like we did us and going to state to play is better because we all practice hard really good. It is really competitive and we’ve been pretty consistent especially with Diamond Bar with our scores,” said sophomore [reigning CIF champion], and we’re Megan Hou. “The team’s really looking forward to competing performance was good but there with the other high schoolers,” was room for improvement; we did freshman Keisha Lugito said. a lot better than other schools.” Ω
“This year I feel like we did better because we all practice hard and we’ve been pretty consistent with our scores.”
falls to Los Altos Tan, fit, and ready Volleyball The Mustangs suffer a close loss to the league-leading Conquerors team. Better conditioning led boys waterpolo on a resurgence to the top of the Hacienda League. Nathan Au-Yeung Copy editor Overall fitness in water is crucial to a water polo player’s ability to play well when game time approaches. Boys varsity water polo team uses several kinds of workouts to improve their leg strength and endurance to perform better during games. Players often use water jugs as a way to improve leg strength. Players fill up large jugs and hold them
above their heads as they tread above the water at the same time. “You need stronger legs to keep yourself above the water and be able to tread up and score b e t t e r, ” junior Esteban Martinez s a i d . The boys also use weight belts, which force them to exert more energy in order to stay afloat. “One day we were supposed to sell tickets for a car wash and those who didn’t had to put on weight belts for the whole practice” sophomore Kyle Trieu said. “You can feel the difference by the end of the day.” Ω
Brian Wu Staff writer Varsity volleyball lost 0-3 against Hacienda League leader Los Altos on Thursday, Oct. 31. Although the team performed well defensively, they struggled to keep up with Los Altos’ offensive strikes. Walnut started strong and started the first set 3-0. But Los Altos countered with a four point streak that allowed them to take the lead. Even though Walnut had the early edge, it let the first set slip away 14-25. “Everyone was covering and getting the ball up when they needed to, but nobody took their time when they were serving and we ended up giving Los PHOTO BY BRIAN WU Altos free points,” sophomore MUSTANG ON THE COURT: Sophomore Shirley Zhao serves the ball to Elizabeth Kongaika said. start the rally at the start of the second set. Walnut later lost the set 18-25. With the start of the second dropped the second set 18-25. fought back and forth to gain the set, Walnut trailed 5-10, and a “We had some rough patches lead with Los Altos ending on top, block by senior Adanna Duru led a five point rebound. Two consecutive in the game but we did pretty 25-23, to take home the victory. “In the beginning of the season spikes by senior Madison Hoff well. Our hitting was good, but and an ace by junior Alyssa we missed a lot of saves because it wasn’t clicking. Toward the Rivas stretched the lead to 13-10. we weren’t communicating well,” second half of the season, everyone Walnut maintained their senior Kimberly Anderson said. started working really well together. In the middle of the third set, I don’t know what happened, [but] lead throughout the set. But another comeback by Los Altos Kongaika ended a 15-15 stalemate we started to work as a cohesive pushed it on the top and Walnut by scoring off a spike. Both teams unit,” junior Alyssa Rivas said. Ω.
Ω the hoofprint november 6, 2013
Hitting the mountains
20 VARSITY FALL SPORTS SCOREBOARD
Senior Albert Jelowicki pursues his passion for winter sports and seeks out a sponsorship. Maxwell Zhu Staff Writer
gets me away from my problems. It’s my escape method,” Jelowicki said. Jelowicki is currently in the He was two years old. Snuggled process of making a highlight between his father’s legs and reel featuring his skiing and plopped onto a snowboard, senior snowboarding. If companies see Albert Jelowicki descended down it and wish to endorse him, he’ll a mountain slope for the first time. receive benefits such as free sporting Ever since then, Jelowicki has gone attire and the ability to go heli-skiing. snowboarding and “My goal is to skiing non-stop. become endorsed by “I started some of those higher [winter sports] brands like Armada really young Skis,” Jelowicki said. because my “That’s a dream, and dad grew up in I’m still working on Poland, and over it. Right now, it’s there there’s a lot just a hobby, but if of snow. Snow -AlbertJelowicki,12 something works out, feels like home I’ll do it for a career.” to me. Every Jelowicki also winter season, starting in December, sees snowboarding and skiing as not I go to the mountains from 4-10 just a tradition, but a sport and hobby p.m. about two to three times he will continue for the rest of his life. a week. I go the slopes every “This is something that I’ll chance I get,” Jelowicki said. pass on to my kids,” Jelowicki For Jelowicki, winter sports said. “Snowboarding and skiing and the accompanying tricks mean life to me; it means living it. and challenges are his personal Up on the slopes, I have fun, make ways of relieving his stress. bets and challenge myself. God “Skiing and snowboarding are gave me this life to use it, and this really important to me because it is how I’m going to spend it.”Ω
“My goal is to become endorsed by some of those higher brands like Armada Skis,”
10/26 Mt. SAC Invitational Boys 18. Millen Trujillo 15:54 25. Daniel Harrigan 16:08 Cota Girls 4. Jessica Gallardo 19:09 17. Carol Wong 20:09 19 Melanie Deciga 20:12
10/11 vs. Bonita 10-29 L 10/18 @ West Covina 21-42 L 10/25 vs. Los Altos 14-37 L 11/1 @ Diamond Ranch 0-47 L
10/15 @ Los Altos 14-4 W 10/17 vs. Diamond Ranch 14-4 W 10/21 @ Diamond Bar 6-12 L 10/24 @. Rowland 4-14 L
10/15 vs. Diamond Bar 0-3 L 10/17 vs. Rowland 3-0 W 10/24 @ Bonita 0-3 L 10/31 @ Los Altos 0-3 L
10/8 @ Rowland 201-220 W 10/10 vs. Rowland 206-225 W 10/15 @ Diamond Ranch 219-301 W 10/17 vs. Diamond Ranch 223-305 W
BOYS WATER POLO 10/17 vs. West Covina 12-6 W 10/22 @ Los Altos 17-14 W 10/24 vs. Rowland 17-9 W 10/29 @ Bonita 20-7 W