Boys’ Basketball Adapts to Second New Coach

Although they have had a few losses, the boys’ freshmen basketball team is hopeful for upcoming games. As new Head Coach Monte, a first-time coach and former player for Pasadena City College, leads them into the rest of the season.

“He pushes us a lot more [than the previous coach]. It gets really tiring, but in the end, it will pay off more [in] the games,” said forward Chris Rodriguez. “We want to be the team that works together [well] and that other teams fear.”

A new coach in the middle of the season presents some obstacles that still need to be settled out, such as adjusting to new training methods.      However, there are other aspects that the team needs to focus on, such as their rebound and defense during games. They must also cope with a decreased number of players, which went down to 14 after some were promoted to the JV level.

“It’s a work in progress,” said Monte, “The defense is a major concern and is part of the fundamentals. Once they tackle that, they can tackle almost anything. We’re all here […] to aim for the League title.”

Despite losing with a score of 60-80 in their Jan. 29 game against the Montebello Oilers, the team picked up their performance in their following game on Feb. 2 against the Schurr Spartans. The Moors won by two points in the final shot of the game.

“We put in more effort in that [game] and [cooperated] better in what we needed to do,” said point guard Wai Sett.

The team played their last game against the Mark Keppel Aztecs on Feb. 12 as they end their season.

by Johnny Huynh

Staff Writer

Forgotten ID Cards Result in Consequence

At the beginning of each semester, AHS implements new rules, but one that has not changed is the replacement and consequences of losing or forgetting ID cards.

Losing the cards can be a hassle. Without them, students are not allowed to borrow any books from the Bookroom. In an emergency lockdown, students without proper identification are not allowed to step onto campus and also have to go through necessary precautions.

According to Vice Principal Phuong Nguyen, students are required to carry identification with them at all times.

“If students are outside on campus during a lockdown, students are required to show their ID cards for proof of being a student at AHS. It is very time consuming just to find the student’s information during a lockdown,” said Nguyen.

Furthermore, if any students are asked to show their ID cards by a staff member and do not have it, they are sent to Student Services for disciplinary. Other consequences for losing the cards range from warnings to suspension.

“First it is a warning. If students repeatedly forget to bring their ID cards with them, that can lead to suspension. [They] are exactly like a driver’s license,” said Nguyen.

Angelyne Chu, Staff Writer

Tianjin Nankai Students Visit Campus

On Feb. 3, students from Tianjin Nankai High School (TNHS), in southern Beijing, visited AHS. It is one of the most prestigious high schools in China and a distinguished public school for preparing students to take the National College Entrance Exam.
They are part of a program sponsored by East Los Angeles College to allow students to come to America and learn about the culture.
The 36 students, as well as three adults who accompanied them, arrived at 7:15 a.m. The students attended first and second periods with Executive members before gathering in the Student Government Room to play games, such as Impulse and Telephone.
According to Sophomore Representative Amy He, the event was successful, especially for a short collaboration day.
“The overall goal was to have fun, learn about them and have them learn about the American culture,” said He.
In addition, the students enjoyed the visit and the insight they gained from the experience.
“I like the freedom the students have and how they can talk to each other in class. The students here are very nice. I want to move here because it’s very beautiful, and there are beautiful girls here,” said TNHS student Wu Yifan

Artists’ Anonymous Get Down with the 60’s

For the past months, the members of Artists’ Anonymous (AA) have been working on an exhibition influenced by 60’s styled visual art. Entitled “Kaleidoscope Eyes,” the collection consists of student-created artwork  inspired by the themes expressed in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s counter-culture movement.

Currently on display at the AHS library, the exhibit features vibrantly colored collages, psychedelic paintings and optical illusion art. The walls are adorned with posters and album covers representing the cultural sensibilities of the era.

“There’s a broad range […] of ideas to feed off of,” said AA President Brenda Chi. “We encouraged [the students] to use optical illusions and bright, vivid colors.”

In addition to work done by AA members, the Déjà Vu history club has also contributed a collage. The exhibit contains 60’s related paraphernalia donated by teachers and staff. Speech and Debate coach Kevin Tong loaned his Motown album covers to the exhibit while mathematics teacher Ron Matossian provided his “dirty biker” helmet.

The showcase will be open to all students at lunch or after school until Mar 26. A public reception is scheduled on Friday, Feb. 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to dress in 1960’s clothing and take part in the costume contest. A prize will be awarded to the person with the most authentic attire.

Alcohol Restriction Lowers Teenage Death Rates

In Oct. 2009, San Gabriel High School alumna Vicky Chen was killed by a drunk driver as she and a friend tried to fix a flat tire on the freeway.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 350,000 people between the ages 15 to 19 received medical treatment from car accidents. Of those 350,000, 500 were killed in 2008. Approximately 26 percent of the incidents were due to driving under the influence (DUI) with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of  at least .08 percent.
Actions, such as enforcing the legal drinking age, set by law enforcement have decreased DUI fatality rates. The under-aged DUI tragedy rate has decreased by 60 percent since the 1960s, as shown in trends by the National Institution of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
In Alhambra, sobriety check points are done twelve times a year, in addition to weekly radar trailers.
Another initiative, the Zero Tolerance policy delivers consequences for people driving with any BAC of more than zero percent, disapproving of any consumed alcohol amount and vehicle operation.
However, students feel that the laws are certainly helping prevent drunk driving.
“Although [the age 21 law] might not eliminate all risks, it definitely allows minors to mature for a few years before letting them choose whether or not to endanger their lives by drinking and driving,” said sophomore Jimena Jaramillo.

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