A Scope Into Theater

Issue 22 Features

Mia Takasaki
Staff Writer

Theater originated in ancient Greece. School productions tend to recreate classic plays, such as “Kiss Me Kate,” the upcoming play at Alhambra High School which will be presented in April. One of the world’s most famous playwrights is William Shakespeare. He wrote about 37 plays during his lifetime. Some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays include “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet.”

The Stage is Set
Jesse Rosales and Nguyen Kim Tran
Staff Writers

Cole Porter’s“Kiss Me Kate” is a musical about actors performing a musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Porter’s work had its opening night on Dec. 30, 1948.

The comedic musical centers around two characters, an actress named Miss Vanessi, played by senior Lorena Coronel and her director, Frederick C. Graham, played by junior Henry Caceres. Throughout the play, the two clash in a battle to gain the spotlight in the musical. Eventually, they realize that they have a profound love for each another. The play questions the complications in discovering true love and personal identity. At the end, Miss Vanessi must make an important decision regarding her future as an actress.

Alhambra High School’s Thespian Society will proudly present“Kiss Me Kate” on the 6,7, 13, 14 of April at 7 p.m. and additionally on April 8 at 11:30 a.m. Pre-sale tickets will be sold for $8 for students and $10 for adults. The prices will increase at the door. VIP tickets will also be offered for $15 during the presale. Premium seating at the front of the show will be accompanied with complimentary chocolates in the VIP package.

The cast includes over thirty members and the set will be two levels high.
“The cast has been preparing [for the play] over the past three months,” Assistant Producer Dahlia Morena said,“I hope that this will bring more exposure to the Thespians and more people will come to our shows.”

The Theater Meter
Katherine Gong
Staff Writer

Since the first humans fell in love with theater and the endless worlds it can create, various types of theaters have emerged. Depending on the audience, time period and message, theaters are able to communicate a variety of stories to a variety of audiences.

Some of the most common forms of theater are school productions. These types of shows often recreate classic stories such as “Romeo and Juliet” or Disney favorites with a component of high school authenticity.
Next are community theaters, which began as a collective movement to illustrate local dramas.Community theaters assemble a group of professionals to develop a play that is oriented to a specific community. In addition, the Broadway theaters, located in the Theater District of Manhattan, showcase numerous nightspots that offer entertainment through shows such as musicals.

Theaters also differ in levels of the environment. They can be conducted in nearly any environment: outdoors, warehouses, stairwells or open stages. An arena is a setting where the audience completely surrounds the stage, while a thrust stage is one where the audience surrounds the platform on three sides. An end stage is one where the audience directly faces the stage; both occupy the same architectural space.

Despite the different levels of theater, all theaters aim to leave an audience with a lasting impression of the arts.

The Classics
Michelle Lin
Staff Writer

Although plays are not as popular as they were during the Elizabethan era, modern works such as Amy Herzog’s“4000 Miles” continue to bring joy and enjoyment to viewers.

The famous play.“Romeo and Juliet” was originally published in 1597 and centered on two lovers with rivaling families. Shakespeare’s other more well-known play, “The Tragedy of Hamlet,”revolved around Prince Hamlet’s vengeance for his father. Along with “Macbeth,””King Lear” and“Othello: The Moor of Venice,” the four works are known as Shakespeare’s Four Great Tragedies. These plays all feature characters with high staus, such as kings and princes. On the other hand, modern plays often concentrate on ordinary people and their daily life.

The modern play,“4000 Miles,”was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play centers around Leo, a 21-year-old man, and his relationship with his 91-year-old grandmother, Vera. Despite all the differences in past and modern plays, more playwrights and plays are sure to debut as times progresses.

The Origins
Destiny Luna
Staff Writer

The theater has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient times. Over time it has evolved into categories and the audience has expanded.

Before there were famous playwrights such as Shakespeare, the Greeks had begun contributing to this form of art in their own way. The Greeks used theater as a way to broaden their understanding of the life they lived. Theater plays were popular throughout all of Greece. Wealthy citizens sponsored local theaters, believing they would gain popularity amongst peers or using it as a pathway to enter politics.

Musicals came about in the 19th century in order to intersperse dramatic scenes with musical interludes. As years have gone by music has been incorporated into the theater in order to make the show lively. It is frequently used in Broadway shows and has become the center of attention for modern plays and theater performances.

William Shakespeare is one among many playwrights who helped shaped theaters into what they are today. His works captured the hearts of many and opened the door for younger writers. He inspired writers such as Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams. Theatre progressed and has reached new elements as more playwrights began to publicize their work.

Fun Facts
Lynn Zhang
Staff Writer

1.The Palace Theatre in London has two permanently bolted seats for the theater ghosts to sit in.
2.When Hal Berridge, the boy playing Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” died suddenly, Shakespeare may have had to take up the role of Lady Macbeth himself.
3.In Ancient Greece, the audience would stamp their feet instead of clapping their hands to applaud.
4.On July 27, 2010, the longest continuous dramatic performance took place in New Jersey by the 27 O’Clock Players. It was 23 hours, 33 minutes and 54 seconds long.
5.In 1782, a woman named Mrs. Fitzherbert died laughing at a theater performance of John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera.”


Facing the Phobias

Issue 21_features

Lynn Zhang
Staff Writer

Everyone has a phobia of something, whether it is of something abstract, such as the fear of failure, or of something tangible, such as spiders. They affect people’s everyday lives, especially in the school environment and in the workplace.

Phobias have deep psychological causes and implications, usually caused by stressful situations or frightening events. Luckily, there are ways to deal with, or even overcome, certain phobias. Read on to take a look at how phobias are commonly developed and how they can be overcome.

Phobias Are Not A Problem
Michelle Lin
Staff Writer

It can be hard to live a life with phobias, and that is why professional are there to help and offer advice on how to cope with certain phobias. There are plenty of resources and assistance for people with different phobias, ranging from tips on self-help to techniques that therapists use.

Helpguide, a non-profit organization, recommends trying different relaxation techniques and meditation when trying to stay calm. A person under anxiety from phobia can try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and muscle relaxation, as these movements can help control the physical symptoms of anxiety. When self-help fails, it is time to seek help from mental health professionals. According to Mayo Clinic, the most effective treatments are exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Therapists use exposure therapy to help patients overcome their fears by presenting their fears right in front of them. CBT is aimed to change patient’s’ way of thinking and eventually change the way he or she feel toward a certain phobia.

It is only a matter of time before people find the best way to cope with their phobias. In the near future, as more information surfaces about phobias, more treatments will become known and available to the world.

Fears and Careers
Katherine Gong
Staff Writer

Phobias come in different levels of extremes, effects and places of origin. However, phobias can affect workplaces, regardless of the type of people that endure them. For example, glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, could inhibit the rising success of a CEO or executive. Regardless, phobias both major and small could potentially alter career choices, depending on how much a person allows it to impact his or her decisions.

Major fears include agoraphobia, the fear of crowds and open spaces, and claustrophobia, the fear of closed spaces, which could impact the working environment a person chooses to adapt to. Phobias that prevent skill-building and effective communication include: bibliophobia, the fear of books; decidophobia, the fear of making decisions; and epistemophilia, the fear of knowledge. Technophobia, the fear of technology, could even limit the types of careers a person chooses to take.

According to All About Counseling, phobias can be treated with a “combination of fear-reduction conditioning, behavioral conditioning, personal counseling, and medication.” Hypnotherapy is recommended to open a patient to a calmer mindset and prevent them from reacting to real-life situations in a defensive manner. Forbes also states that women are two times more likely to be affected by career-related phobias than men. Despite this, if a person has ergophobia or the fear of work, he or she has a lot of work to do!

Phobias Affect Students
Destiny Luna
Staff Writer

Some of the most common phobias that affect students are related to anxiety and can often last months at a time impacting the student’s education. The school environment often initiates these phobias.

Public high schools vary in size but the average classroom occupancy generally ranges from about 30 to 36 students. For some, the thought of being in large crowds is nerve wrecking and has already caused students to stay at home rather than attend school. According to Do Something, an average of 10 percent of teens suffer from panic disorders. Students who suffer from agoraphobia often have panic attacks. This affects the student when they stop showing up due to their phobia. When students feel uncomfortable within the school environment, they are less likely to attend school.

Another phobia that is seen within schools would be mysophobia, the fear of germs. Schools are full of germs in the eyes of those who have mysophobia. Those with mysophobia believe that they must always be clean. They are so distracted by the germs that they begin to lose focus in class and their education.

The Origins of Phobias
Jesse Rosales
Staff Writer

From cognitive learning to influencing phobias, the adolescent years absorb the most information in human development. A Harvard Medical School study analyzed that children look up at adults with trust and place their emotional and physical needs. The trust children give their caregivers leads children to avoid things that adults mark as dangerous. People often develop a fear of closed spaces if they had an experience of being trapped when they were a child. The study went on to also analyze that people can learn phobias from family members who have similar fears.

Researchers do not know what causes complex phobias, such social phobias. However, it is thought that genetics, brain chemistry and life experiences all play a part in the development of complex phobias. The physical reactions a person experiences, when faced with their fear, is generally considered a reaction to something immediate that threatens their security or safety. The emotion of fear is an indicator that a species could physically be harmed. Fight or flight is considered a fear response and is the behavior of various species when they are threatened.
Phobias have protected humans from predators and other threats to their survival. It is no wonder that certain dangers evoke that emotion since fear helps protect and is, therefore, adaptive, functional and necessary.

Poll: Greatest Fear

What is your greatest fear?

Poll collected by Katherine Gong and Jesse Rosales
Staff Writers

Graphics by Xiaoye Wang
Staff Writer

Mia Takasaki
Staff Writer


1. What is one of the most known phobias?
A) arachibutyrophobia
B) arachnophobia
C) cynophobia
D) bibliophobia

2. What is cibophobia?
A) fear of ugliness
B) fear of clowns
C) fear of food
D) fear of dogs

3. What is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth?
A) arachibutyrophobia
B) acrophobia
C) anthropophobia
D) arachnophobia

4. What is nyctophobia?
A) entomophobia
B) bibliophobia
C) spectrophobia
D) fear of darkness

Answers: (1)B, (2)C, (3)A, (4)D

Striving for Recognition

Issue 20 features

Ellen Lei
Staff Writer

Students often aim to achieve success at school to obtain a sense of confidence and pride or simply to feel satisfied. In some instances, students can even be rewarded for their achievements through awards. Awards have always acted as a motivator for students to work hard and push themselves to their fullest potential. On the other hand, it can simply be a reward for students that have demonstrated an exemplary work ethic. There are several different awards that can be given out to students that meet the requirements. Although there are various awards, people should understand that if there is no true merit or significance for the award, it should not be considered an honor. Thus, students should focus their efforts on challenging themselves to accomplish greater achievements, not just on winning awards. It is time for students to take advantage of their potential and the future rewards that await them.

Katherine Gong
Staff Writer

The Truth About Trophies

When DJ Khaled released his 2008 hit song “All I Do Is Win,” the song quickly hit the Billboard Top 100, not only because of the song’s catchy chorus but perhaps also because it accurately captured humanity’s innate desire to always come out on top. Whether it be at the Grammys, Oscars or Golden Globes, winning awards is a feeling that everyone desires. However, what causes such ambition or happiness? What makes a trophy worth more than its physical form?

In 2006, researchers from Toronto’s Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Center conducted a study that revealed that Academy Award-winning actors and directors tended to live longer than their runner-ups. “We are not saying that you will live longer if you win an Academy Award,” said Donald Redelmeier, the lead author of the study, “Our main conclusion is simply that social factors are important… It suggests that an internal sense of self-esteem is an important aspect to health and health care.”

As it turns out, according to a CBS article, winning triggers a release of dopamine in the brain, causing a feeling that makes people happy and competitive. While awards promote a healthy ambition, people often associate winning with being the best. This sense of competition, despite the lack of permanence in the satisfaction it brings, leads to competitive mindsets and drive. As long as pursuing awards is kept at a healthy balance, winning accolades can create confidence and purpose within a person.
Jesse Rosales
Staff Writer

A for Effort

The “everyone’s a winner” mentality has emerged and is becoming more prevalent in the world today. In a match there are winners and losers. If a team wants a trophy, they have to be the best. However, the standards to be considered a winner are changing. It is becoming more common for children to receive a participation trophy. The phrase “A for effort” is seen as a compliment and a sense of achievement. A Princeton study on social interactions analyzed that schools, social interactions, even jobs are being influenced by this phenomenon.
By making everyone a winner, students are losing out on learning how to lose graciously or pick themselves up from a failure. Trying one’s best never guarantees that they will get the dream job, the big promotion or meet the requirements. Many argue that the biggest lesson sports teach athletes is how to face defeat and return another day to try and improve their game; until one day when they can put themselves and their team in a position to win. Yet, they remind students that their effort, regardless of ability or results, is valued. Participation trophies tell them that what matters is showing up for practice, learning the rules and rituals of the game and working hard.

The idea that trophies create an entitled generation who learn to expect praise for participation clashes with the idea of commitment and determination. There has been little research to prove the benefits or harm of participation trophies in sports. For now, participation trophies will continue to symbolize a transition to the different perspectives on the growth of students, athletes and workers.
Mia Takasaki
Staff Writer

Honoring Moors

There are many types of awards in high school. They can range from academic awards to extracurricular awards. A few of these awards include CSF, National Forensic League and MDDTUSA.

CSF, or California Scholarship Federation is a program that was started in 1921 by Charles F. Seymour. CSF is about recognizing students and their outstanding academic achievements. There are three types of awards given out, the first being the Seymour, which is considered one of the highest honors given to a high school student. The second award is the Outstanding Sealbearer, which is an award of $1,000 for students who do not qualify for the Seymour. There is also a third award which is for seniors who are part of the CSF chapter. Colleges throughout the nation still participate in this program, recognizing students for their great academic accomplishments.

Another company that gives awards and scholarships is the National Forensic League. The National Forensic League, now known as the National Speech and Debate Association, was founded by Bruno E. Jacob in 1925. The school with the most advancing rounds at the speech and debate tournament receives the Bruno E. Jacob award. There are also sweepstakes awards given out to the top schools at the tournaments.

MDDTUSA is another competition which frequently awards prizes to high school students. Miss Dance Drill Team USA founded by Kay Teer Crawford, is a dance competition for dance teams and studios. MDDTUSA has a scholarship foundation which gives out three types of scholarships to students: The Dr. Kay T. Crawford award, The National Solo Title Pageant Award and the Brenda Caspary-Crawford Scholarship award.

These are just a few of the many awards students are able to earn in school. With these and the many other awards available, students will continue to work hard physically and academically to strive for excellence.

Lynn Zhang
Staff Writer

Achievements Through History

Ever since ancient times, awards have been used to recognize outstanding victories. In fact, the English word trophy was derived from the French term trophée, which means “a prize of war” and the Latin term trophaeum, which means “monument to victory.”

Awards today do not look the way they did in the classical times, however. After a victory on the battlefield, the Greeks would use the arms and armors of their opponents to construct a trophy. The Romans’ awards took the form of columns and arches. There were also smaller awards, such as a twisted olive branch used at the original Olympic games in Greece. Although this does not seem like a lot today, it was a serious symbol of status in those times, given only to the most elite athlete.

In the Middle Ages, chalices were given to winners of sporting events. These chalices are the foundation of the modern-day cup-shaped trophies, such as the Davis Cup and the Stanley Cup.

Awards have also come to recognize achievement in music, acting, scholarly work and many other categories. For example, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theater. It was first awarded in 1949 and has numerous categories, such as Best Choreography and Best Play. Another well-known award is the Nobel Prize, a set of prizes that recognize academic, cultural and scientific advances. The first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901.

The desire for recognition is an integral part of being human. History demonstrates this through the use of awards and trophies which have been used to mark achievement since the ancient times.

Destiny Luna
Staff Writer

1. Walt Disney holds the record for winning the most number of Oscars by an individual.
2. In 1934, Shirley Temple was the youngest person to receive an award at 5 years old.
3. The only movies to win 11 awards in one ceremony include ‘Titanic,’ The Lord of the Rings and Ben-Hur.
4. La La Land made history in January, breaking the record for the most Golden Globes won by a single film by snagging all seven of the awards for which it was nominated.
5. The Oscars are not open to the public.
6. One-quarter of the presidents have won a grammy, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
7. About 27 awards have been discontinued from the MTV VMA’s.

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A World of Color

Issue 19_Features

Katherine Gong
Staff Writer

They are in what people see, what they feel and in everything that they do. Without colors, this world would be a tunnel of uniform black and white vision. When Isaac Newton passed a beam of sunlight through a prism to discover the color spectrum, he unleashed a cornucopia of possibilities that went on to shape the world.
Whether they are turned into an entire industry, twisted into the latest trends or hold the psychological reasons for much of our actions, colors undoubtedly play an enormous part in life. They have been present in every past, exist in each person’s present and will shine a rainbow onto the future. These shades of light reflect an entire spectrum into a world of color!
Colors in Marketing
Lynn Zhang
Staff Writer

One of the most important and controversial aspects of marketing is the use of color and the perception of color. There have been attempts by researchers to decode what emotion a certain color evokes, such as whether yellow evokes optimism, clarity and warmth. However, the effect that color has is different for each individual, due to different experiences, personal preferences and cultural upbringing. That is not to say that color does not affect consumer responses at all, but the patterns found in color perception are broader than just what a certain color makes the consumer feel.

Color has an effect on how consumers perceive a brand. A study conducted by Lauren I. Labrecque and George R. Milne, respectively, graduates from Northern Illinois University and University of Massachusetts Amherst revealed that a consumer’s purchasing intent is greatly affected by color because it reveals the personality of the product. In this sense, color is not just important in marketing because it can evoke emotions, but also because it gives consumers a first impression of the product.

Furthermore, studies from the Radiological Society of North America show that people’s brains prefer immediately recognizable brands, which makes color an important factor in portraying brand identity. A journal article titled “Color Research and Application” even suggests for new brands to pick out colors that are unique and different from their competitors.

Although it is hard to place a finger on what color evokes what emotion, it is safe to say that color has a strong psychological impact on consumers and is an important marketing technique.
Coping in a World Without Color
Mia Takasaki
Staff Writer

Color blindness is a condition that can be difficult to deal with. There are multiple ways to cope with it such as using EnChroma glasses, asking for help and looking for differences in colors. It is a condition that is more often inherited by men than women. According to Colour Blind Awareness, about one in 12 men are colorblind and one in 200 women are colorblind in the world. People that are colorblind can usually see colors, but have a hard time distinguishing the different shades of certain colors. This condition can affect people’s daily lives in many aspects, such as cooking or getting dressed.

People who are colorblind can have a difficult time cooking. When meat is being cooked they cannot tell if it is finished by its color. It is also hard to tell if fruits are ripe or not. Being colorblind can make it difficult to do something as simple as getting dressed because it is hard to match clothes. It can even be hard to drive if you struggle with red and green color blindness because all three of the lights can look very similar.

Recently, the company EnChroma invented a pair of glasses that allow colorblind people, or people with color vision deficiency, to see red and green colors better. The company used the most recent research on colorblindness to create a model that lets people see how a person with red and green color blindness would see. Next, they used a method known as ‘multinotch’ filtering to enhance or strengthen certain colors. The company has become popular with their customers reaction videos of before and after using the glasses.

Since there are no cures for colorblindness, the best way to cope with it is ask for help, look for cues in colors like brightness, and label items with the color they are. Do not be afraid to ask for help in picking out outfits or cooking foods. There are currently no treatments for color blindness, or color vision deficiency, but there are glasses and contacts that can be used to help enhance colors.
Color Psychology Makes Learning More Effective
Michelle Lin
Staff Writer

To engage bored and tired students, teachers often use different methods. Most teachers utilize color psychology through powerpoints and highlighting to help students learn.

According to an article on Aura Interactiva, an eLearning website, the color yellow can enhance readability in the text by 40 percent. Yellow highlight is the best when it comes to recalling information learned.

Hard colors including red, orange and yellow are more visible by making objects look larger and closer that they actually are. These colors can easily grab one’s attention, especially when presented in a long text. On the other hand, soft colors such as violet, blue and green are less visible to the human eye and may appear smaller and farther away.

Using certain colors can improve cognitive skills and allow students to better recall details and concepts given during the lesson. Instead of looking at plain text, colors allow learners to establish connections and stimulate reactions from the brain. Finding the relationship between eLearning, teaching through electronic media and color psychology enhances education for both students and teachers.
Fun Facts
Jesse Rosales
Staff Writer

– People, in general, are more likely to choose blue as their favorite color.
– Pink suppresses anger.
– White and black are not considered colors.
– The sun is actually white when viewed from space. The Earth’s atmosphere makes it appear to be yellow.
– The colors of the rainbow in order are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.
– The first color we see is red.
– The colors of the rainbow are also known as the spectrum.
– Most people dream in color, but for those of you who grew up watching a monochrome television, you most likely also dream in black and white.
– Red can go the deepest in the ocean because it has the longest wavelength.
– Females are more attracted to males who wear red.
– People who wear blue are considered more trustworthy.
– Republicans and Communists use red as their color of identification.

Source: Artyfactory.com

1) Worldwide, what color are people more likely to choose as their favorite color?

-A. Red
-B. Yellow
-C. Green
-D. Blue

2) Which color has the longest wavelength?

-A. Blue
-B. Green
-C. Yellow
-D. Red

3) Colors that are see through are called what?

-A. Monochrome
-B. Polychrome
-C. Opaque
-D. Transparent

All answers are D.


Varsity Swim Flip Turns into Season


Staff Writer

Swimmers, take your marks. Boop! The sound of a horn indicates that swim season has arrived, swimmers gather their suits and goggles. Like all other sports, a few of the best swimmers have left since last year including several CIF qualifiers. Now the team has to prove to themselves as well as everyone else that they have what it takes to be successful.

“I feel pretty confident about the swim team this year as I have seen much growth in everyone,” Captain Leslie Gutierrez said, “However, I am sad that we lost many of our best swimmers last year. As a team, we can improve together by motivating each other and cheering for each other during our races. For practice, we work on a variety of techniques to improve our strokes so that we are able to swim faster and better.”

Gutierrez believes that no matter what happens, they will in fact be successful. The Moors will go on to perfect their dives as well as their skill set focusing on both technique and speed. Since swim is an individual sport, it is an important factor to trust oneself and in others during relays. With the season here, the Moors must build up their faith and reliance on one another. The team is preparing for their next away meet against the Montebello High School Oilers on March 9.

Varsity Boys Tennis Prepares for Spring


Staff Writer

Spring is quickly approaching and that means the varsity boys tennis team is getting ready to take on the season. Currently, the dedicated athletes of this team are maximizing their efforts every day at practice in order to prepare for another season. So far the team currently holds a 2-1-1 record.

At practice, the boys begin with running a few laps around the court in an attempt to build their stamina. They then have short rallies while waiting for everyone to finish their laps. Soon after, the team gathers together to warm up. They then seperate to do drills. Toward the end of practice, they play scrimmages against each other while the coach observes their individual skills, weaknesses and strengths. From this, they are able to match the players for doubles or singles.

“Our goal is to at least make the CIF playoffs,” senior Captain Jason Ho said, “To get to this goal, we must work on our doubles teams.”

Although their major goal for this season is to win the Almont League Championships, team bonding is something that they would like to have as well. The team feels that this is hard for them because tennis is more of an individual sport. Even though they are scored as a team in the end, they play individually or with one other teammate.

With their season coming up, revisiting their skills during their drills and addressing their weaknesses are important factors to consider in order to achieve noticeable improvements and reach their goal of winning a league title. The team also plans on successfully attaining their goal of improving more on their chemistry with each other.

The boys are preparing for their next game at home on March 7 against Rosemead High School.

Varsity Track and Field Pacing Through Their Pre-season


Staff Writer

As the temperature picks up and the rain dims down, various spring sports teams begin to prepare for their upcoming seasons. One sport in particular, the Alhambra varsity track and field team, has been working tirelessly since their pre-season practices began in the middle of December. With their first meet coming up, the players on both the field and the track set their personal goals for the season.

“My goals beginning this season [are] breaking my personal record in at least one of my events, such as the [one mile],” senior Distance Captain Donovan Zavala said. “We are looking pretty well as a team so I believe we’re going to [be successful] on Saturday.”

With a new season comes new players to the team. This year’s newcomers seem to be adapting and working well alongside the returners. The coaches and captains often see newcomers as an opportunity to get the most out of the team as a whole. Teamwork is often the most important thing in a sport. Without a team, a player does not have the necessary influence to reach their individual potential.

“There are a good amount of new throwers,” junior Throwing Captain Allen Sasso said, “I am looking forward to seeing how their first year of throwing goes for them individually. Hopefully they are in it for the long run and come back next year.”

Looking ahead seems to be a common thread among the various events of track and field. Some of the groups have been preparing for the season by attending all-comer meets. These meets pushed them to strengthen their skills and allowed newcomers to have a taste for the competition. As with most sports, the team’s long-term goal is make it to CIF at the end of the season. Competing allows the team to have an early advantage over other teams.

“Pre-season has been great so far,” Zavala said, “[We have] been practicing since winter break, so I feel ready [for the season]. I’m striving to make it to CIF alongside the runners we have this year. I have a good feeling we’re going to do great this season.”

The players are expecting the best for themselves, individually and as a team. The primary goal of most of the players is to surpass their personal records and create new ones.

“The players this year are working very well alongside the returners,” Sasso said, “We expect success in our first meet and for the rest of the season. More practice and hard work leads to more wins.”

Hopefully, the team is fortunate enough to carry out their plans and accomplish their various goals. With new talent combined with the returning players, the season is sure to be full of promise.

The Situational Comedy

Features Issue 18

Jesse Rosales
Staff Writer

Television is the major form of entertainment in the world today. The Museum of Broadcast Communications reported that by 1986 there were about 150,000,000 watchers in the United States, greater than the amount of cars, bathtubs, washing machines, or refrigerators. On average, people watch seven hours a day and over 50 hours a week.
American life has been shaped and transformed by television. While sitcoms originated in radio, they are found predominantly on television today. An estimate of 27,000 sitcom scripts have been written in just the last 50 years! It is clear that audiences love sitcoms for its reality of humor and wit. Television sitcoms have tackled themes of religion, ethnicity and social status. Let’s explore the format of a television series involving independent episodes of the adventures of characters.
Sitcoms: Sitting in Comfort with Family
Michelle Lin
Staff Writer

The fast pace lifestyle today is making it increasingly difficult for families to spend time with each other. They are either busy at work or school and overlooking the importance and value in the term “family.” Nowadays it seems, that the only time they spend time together is when watching TV. Sitcoms allow families to share a moment of laughter and relaxation with each other at the end of a busy work day.

According to Daily Mail, both parents and children spend the majority of their time outside of home, leaving less time for bonding with their family. A survey by Freesat shows that more than half of the people surveyed believe that watching TV is the best way to bond with family. In addition, modern people are becoming more independent than before with loose family ties. However, sitcoms provide an opportunity for them to communicate and discuss their opinions on current issues and their day outside of home. Sitcoms such as the Modern Family, Friends and Seinfeld also teach viewers significant values in relationships. From watching these shows, family members are not only enjoying but also learning ways to talk to each other and thus build a strong relationship.

With fast lifestyles come stress and anxieties, at a time like this, sitcoms help ensure that a family has some time for chatting and fun. At the end of the day, spending time with family can help you relieve the stress from work and school.
Laughs from the Past
Katherine Gong
Staff Writer

Sitcoms began in the 1950s, and the man who was said to have invented the sitcom was director William Asher, who lead I Love Lucy. In the 1980s, sitcoms were generally about family misadventures with lessons that are conveyed through catchphrases and laugh tracks. During this time, television revolved around the concept of a nuclear family, or two parents with two children. The portrayal of nuclear families reflected the reality of middle class families in real life, with economic booms and rising wages. Sitcoms gradually became inclusive, with females in the Golden Girls and The Cosby Show featuring successful black families.

The 1990s introduced the era of Friends, Seinfeld and The Simpsons with unique individuals trying to figure out their lives in the big city or dysfunctional working class families. Sitcoms then expanded to center on singles trying to find relationships and comedic families. The 2000s welcomed the bolder personalities in the workplace of How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. The legacies of sitcoms combine the past formats with changing times; by doing so, sitcoms ensure that laughs will never end.
Changing Times, Changing Minds
Mia Takasaki
Lynn Zhang
Staff Writers

Through modern sitcoms, people are more exposed to cultures and ideas that they might not have been otherwise. In fact, one of the great accomplishments of modern sitcoms is how they integrate changing times through satirical and comedic strategies.

For example, the television sitcom Modern Family is known for its diversity and reflects changes and ideas pertinent to the 21st century. The sitcom centers around a gay couple raising their child. a plethora of issues people do not often consider are brought to light.Modern Family successfully pulls attention away from the gay couple raising a child and focuses on their relationship as parents raising a child and does it in a way that shows the viewers that gay parents face the same struggles as everyday straight parents.

Another sitcom that reflects changing times is Fresh Off the Boat, a sitcom about a Chinese-American family trying to deal with the cultural differences in a community that does not have a large Asian population while pursuing the “American dream.” The sitcom challenges the notion of whether Americans truly prefer integration and celebration as opposed to cultural assimilation and shows the constant anxieties that Asian-Americans have to deal with today.

Times have changed, as well as the issues are at the center of concern. Sitcoms such as Modern Family and Fresh Off the Boat reveals and centers around those changes and the success of these television shows prove that people’s views and mindset on certain subjects have changed and become more open.

Friends: 94 votes
How I Met Your Mother: 59 votes
The Big Bang Theory: 39 votes
Fresh Prince of Bel Air: 35 votes
Modern Family: 28 votes

Total: 255 votes
Poll conducted by MIA TAKASAKI and LYNN ZHANG

Wrestling Their Way To CIF


Staff Writer

On Feb. 17, the varsity boys wrestling team boarded the bus to Grand Terrace High School. All 12 of the team members had qualified to compete at the preliminary rounds of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships.

After placing second in the Almont League, the boys continued to practice every day after school for two hours, perfecting all the moves they know, from lateral drops to jap whizzards. For the last 30 minutes they practice their moves by wrestling with each other.

“CIF was a really tough tournament for the majority of the team, but overall, a great experience,” senior Captain Brandon Ly said. “Hopefully, we can improve our results next year by practicing harder and [recruiting] more students into the team for a full line-up.”

The CIF finals were held through an elimination process, and only the top six would move on to CIF Masters. Unfortunately, the majority of the team was eliminated throughout their preliminary CIF matches, with only senior captain Robert “Bobby” Ramirez placing fifth in finals. He is advancing onto CIF Masters and if he places in the top eight, he will continue onto the State Championships.

“CIF was a learning experience for [the team] and I hope they will perform and place next year,” said Ramirez.

Despite most of the team not being able to advance to higher rounds of CIF, the wrestlers have high expectations for next year, as they hope to become a larger and stronger team.

Everyday Heroes

Features Issue 17

Jesse Rosales
Staff Writer

Heroes do not only save cities from alien invasions, they are the people who take part in everyday good deeds. Whether it is volunteering to clean a local river, running food drives or acting as our role models, actions by everyday people change the world for the better.  It is easy to underestimate the power of one person’s influence. Everybody has people in his or her life who make positive impacts. A friend or parent, a sibling or teacher, whoever they are, students across campus tell their story of an everyday hero! Students have their own ideas of an everyday hero.

“A hero is a someone who is courageous and brave. He or she can stand up for what they believe and won’t let people down, like Martin Luther King, Jr. He continued to fight for equality even [after being] arrested several times.”
– Sophomore Scott Klein

“Dorothy Vaughan is a heroine because she made a positive impact on… society. NASA was able to send people to the moon mainly because of her contributions. Especially since before, there were no computers yet and because she was an African American woman who worked in the science field during the time of the Civil Rights Movement.” – Senior Samantha Jones

“I think that heroes… value the needs of those that surround them. So, they should have the capacity to think not only for themselves but for those around them too, whether [the people] are dear to them or not.” – Sophomore Andrea Primicias

“There’s a man at Costco named Jesus and when he helped this old lady, he didn’t ask for anything in return. She tried to give him money but he wouldn’t take it.”
– Sophomore Winston Yan

“In my opinion, anyone has the makings of a daily hero. Sometimes a hero doesn’t even have to be a person… that daily supplies us with assistance or happiness in times of demand. From a parent that drives you to school to the janitor that stays late to clean each room. Right now, my everyday hero is my mom for her daily sacrifices and for her being able to put up with [my siblings and I] every day.”
– Junior Abigail Goy

What makes a hero is someone who has to make tough decisions and… sacrifices. It’s brutal and that’s what makes someone a hero. [For instance,] my mom is my hero because she had to make sacrifices and helped raise me and helped me become who I [am] today.” -Sophomore Shirley Magee

“Everyday heroes are everywhere, from that guy holding the door for you or some stranger helping you pick something up from the floor. And it’s not always physical help either. A word of encouragement or some comfort from anyone goes a long way. In general, we are all everyday heroes, making each other’s lives more tolerable in our own little ways.”- Junior Jerry Kwan

“When I say that a hero is always there for you when you need help, I think that a hero is there to help you and support you if you’re struggling with something and they’re there to lift you up and get you over all the bad things in your path. I think that a hero won’t leave your side until they know for sure that you’ll be fine and you’re taken care of.”- Freshman Danielle Luna


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