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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

Sources:
http://www.whatsonstage.com
http://www.express.co.uk
https://interestingliterature.com

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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Mia Takasaki
Staff Writer

Trivia

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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

Sources:
~ inquirer.net ~
~ theverge.com ~
~ nydailynews.com ~

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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

 

How to Achieve Plan-tiful Goals

Jessica Yee
Copy Editor

Looking back at many New Year’s resolutions, it seems that people’s lists are not so much lists of goals but of wants. Most people want to be more organized, more selfless and more well-rested, yet those are just words untied to any sort of commitment. What many people miss is a specific plan of action that would often turn wants into goals and goals into reality. A plan of action includes reflective analysis and sometimes smaller goals that hold people accountable. Starting there, it is easier to make better resolutions.
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Anti-Procrastination Revolution
Jason Zhu
Editor-in-Chief

It is common for teenagers to find themselves putting off important tasks and using their time inefficiently. Many people, especially high school students, suffer from procrastination at some degree. In order to conquer procrastination, one has to know what it is and how to identify it so that it will not chronically affect and stop one from fulfilling his or her potential.
According to psychologist Professor Clarry Lay, a prominent writer on the subject, procrastination occurs when there is a large time period between when people intend to do a job and when they actually do it. If a person is filling his day with low-priority tasks or waiting for the right mood or the right time to tackle an important task at hand, then the person is most likely procrastinating.
Procrastination is not something that can be conquered overnight. Breaking procrastination requires the adaptation of different strategies and persistence until the bad habits cease to exist. Disorganization can be solved through keeping a to-do list and setting time-bound goals while focusing on one task at a time. Large and seemingly-overwhelming projects can be dealt with by learning to break them into sets of smaller, more manageable tasks. More importantly, students should reward themselves after each completion in order to keep themselves motivated for more.
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Starting the Year Right
Samantha Lanzo
Staff Writer

When heading into this new year in such a rush, there are many things to think about alongside room for improvement and goals to strive toward that many people work to accomplish.
Some of these goals may be to become financially secure, lose weight and work on future careers. However, achieving these goals may not be as easy as they seem. Although it may be challenging and time consuming it can all be worth it.

According to Lifehack, people have kept their resolutions successful by following certain tips that kept them on the track to success. Some of these steps are to plan ahead, anticipate problems, write it down on paper, let people know about it to receive support and make congratulatory awards when certain steps toward the goal are met. These tips are very useful when trying to complete a goal because when planning ahead, it helps to get the necessary resources to ensure success.

However, when trying to achieve a goal it is also helpful to try and make a list of problems that might happen. When anticipating problems, they will be easier to solve when they do come around. Finally achieving the goal grants a feeling of euphoria and accomplishment, so always keep pushing toward that finish line regardless of any obstacles in the way.
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Benefits of Writing out Objectives
James Reyna
Staff Writer

Writing out plans as opposed to taking mental notes is a more effective way to remember tasks and objectives that need to be completed. Memory can fade and be forgotten over time, it is an experience many can relate to.

In everyday life, people have tasks that they need to remember such as homework, chores and appointments. According to the Positivity Blog, writing down thoughts is more reliable than taking notes mentally. By keeping a calendar or schedule people will be more mindful of their responsibilities.

Students attending Alhambra High School are given an agenda at the beginning of the year. Students should ask their teachers if they need an agenda; agendas enable students to keep track of what they need to do and stay organized. Some people also use the calendar app on their phone.

Using mental notes for every task will run the risk of forgetting and, therefore, missing out on some of the most important things in people’s lives.
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Trivia
Vicky Lam

After reading the articles, here are some topical questions to answer.
1) Which is the best planning method?
A. Going with the flow
B. Writing down and completing objectives
C. Waiting for the right moment
D. Thinking about success

2) What is the best way to stop procrastinating?
A. Breaking the task down to make it easier
B. Taking care of things other than the main task
C. Waiting to work under pressure
D. Taking a long nap beforehand to be more productive

3) What is the best way to create objectives?
A. Making mental notes
B. Telling someone to remind you
C. Creating an agenda
D. Writing one at a time then taking a break between each one
Answers: (1) B, (2) A, (3) C

What’s Next After High School?

James Reyna
Staff Writer

High school is an extremely important step in transitioning from a teenager to a young adult. A home where people meet some of their best friends, high school holds some of their greatest memories. Sadly, it does not last forever. Once high school is over, people must face the challenge of becoming an adult, whether that is immediately getting a job or continuing education in college. Life after high school may seem like a scary roller coaster in the beginning but at the end of the crazy journey it might not be that bad of a ride.
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Living in College
Jessica Yee
Copy Editor

The rush to get students into college often leaves no room to prepare students for lifestyle changes. However, many students find it difficult to transition into a larger environment with more responsibilities. While many enjoy the freedom of staying out late, others find that coursework and extracurricular consume a lot of their time.

According to U.S. News, 38.8 percent of college students spent less than five hours a week with friends. Admittedly, the decreased interaction could be due to the increased social media use. Along with the lowered hours of interaction, many students feel more pressure from their classes then they did in high school. Only 50.7 percent of people scored an above-average mental health. However, students can sign up for social clubs, fraternities or sororities to help them along their new lifestyle and improve their mental health.

Still, many students enjoy the flexibility in their class schedules. College students can select classes early in the morning or late into the evening. In college, students are able to focus on their field of study, enabling them to think about their future. Colleges provide a myriad of clubs to advance students’ careers including engineering, poetry and cultural clubs.

Teaching styles also vary in post-secondary schools. Often times, students ask for help from teacher assistants and rely on study groups to get through finals weeks because professors are preoccupied. Really, it depends on the type of post-secondary school people pursue. Those who enjoy one-on-one help from professors would enjoy liberal arts schools, while those who favor a larger setting would prefer community colleges, Cal States or one of the Universities of California. It is important for students to tour campuses of schools to get an idea of their lifestyles in the future.
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Get the Job Done
Vicky Lam
Staff Writer

After graduating high school, graduates are free to choose their own paths in life. If young graduates choose to join the labor force for the first time, it may appear very daunting; however, many people will find it easier with some prior research.

In some cases, having a four-year college degree does not always guarantee a job. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the labor market is very tough on young workers with the unemployment rate of those under age 25 being slightly higher than the unemployment rate overall. Those that keep this in mind turn to the surprising amount of non-degree jobs available. From small business owners to detectives and criminal investigators, there is a large variety of jobs to pick and choose from.

Finding a job can be a frustrating experience and writing a resume can be even worse. Attending events and having a wide range of contacts will make it easier to search for a job; otherwise, online job searches on a specific career can often be successful. When writing resumes, a bit of boasting and a focus on key accomplishments can make employers more inclined to give the job position.

After overcoming the job search and resume phase, the job interview is the final hill to climb. Employers do not want to hire people that come across as desperate and too willful to work. Rather, they want to see people that will prove to be positive and competent in their work. To achieve this, it is as simple as staying true to oneself. Keeping a personality real will leave a more lasting impression on employers.

It is important to go through the job process thoroughly no matter how difficult it gets. After all, a job can lead one to major success.
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Adulthood: The Reality
Samantha Lanzo
Staff Writer

Reaching adulthood is a time where maturity sets in. It is a time of responsibilities and truly growing up. With adulthood comes the freedom that allows people to start a new chapter of life that is not always going to be easy. Adulthood allows people to use everything they have learned to their advantage. Truly, adulthood is waking up and realizing the total control of the future ahead. It is a time to start getting serious about choices whether they are difficult or not.
There are many responsibilities that come with being an adult. These responsibilities may be financial, for yourself or for others. As a child, many let people around them control their decisions, but as an adult is it up to them to distinguish between right and wrong. There are some social markers of adulthood, the things everyone looks forward to when they hit the stage of being an adult. Some of these markers include getting a job, moving out and having a family of their own. However, there are also stressful parts of becoming an adult such as taxes, debt and insurance.

Taking the next step in life, finding a place in the world and leaving a mark are truly what it means to have reached adulthood. Although adulthood may feel like a big weight on many shoulders, it grants true freedom and a feeling of accomplishment once achieved. Independence and adulthood come hand in hand, and it is truly a goal to strive toward.
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Fun Facts
Jason Zhu
Staff Writer

1) Since 1980, the most popular major is business.
2) 90 percent of millennial graduates say that college has paid off or will pay off.
3) The average college student attends 62 parties a year.
4) An average student’s debt after college is around $23,700.
Sources: nces.ed.gov, pewsocialtrends.org, teenlife.com

Millennials: The Generation of the Future

James Reyna
Staff Writer

The term millennial can seem hard to understand at first, but it is actually quite simple. There are six generational gaps, which include The Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and millennials. All generations differ from each other and have certain characteristics that make them special. Millennials, people born in from 1981 to early 2000s, are very unique because they do not tend to follow society’s standards and instead are introducing new ideas and reshaping the world for the better. They are the new trendsetters, becoming more educated, culturally diverse and more mutually understanding than any other generation before them. This generation is not comprised of followers, but leaders.
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Generation ‘Me’llennials
Vicky Lam
Staff Writer

When millennials are discussed, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a generation of spoiled, selfish individuals. While there is a tendency to have some sort of resentment toward younger generations, millennials are no exception to these traits.

The prominent presence of internet in millennials’ daily lives contributes to their entitled nature. According to Oxford University’s Internet Institute, the younger generation views their identity on the internet as the determining factor to identity in real life. Millennials are wrapped up in social media, trying to appear superior compared to peers. This requires them to solely focus on building up their identities as well as their egos.

Now that the standard of living has reached a point where most Americans can maintain a healthy lifestyle, parents tend to spoil their children. Dan Kindlon, research psychologist specializing in behavioral problems of children and adolescents, interviewed more than 1,000 parents and found that 60 percent of surveyed parents thought their kids were spoiled. Millennials receive more than they actually need, which causes them to become accustomed to the idea that the world revolves around them. This rising sense of entitlement shapes them into the people seen today.

Millennials have been labeled with conceited characteristics. Although that may not represent the generation as a whole, it is still a firm part of the identity of a millennial.
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Comparing Generations
Jessica Yee
Copy Editor

Watching Baby Boomers and Generation Xers distastefully talk about millennials, the divide between the older generation and teenagers today is recognizable, but what comes to mind when the older generation talks about millennials? Baby Boomers encompass the people born in 1946 to 1964 and Generation X people are born in 1965 to 1980. There are several stereotypes surrounding all these categorized generations, mostly based on historical background.

Many Baby Boomers had largely successful careers, with money, title and recognition. Having lived after World War II and during the Vietnam and Cold War, Baby Boomers are typically anti-war. They are fervent about their rights, and feel entitled to “The American Dream.” Since they are largely career-based, there is a conflict between retired Baby Boomers and millennials. Several minimum wage jobs have gone to Baby Boomers for their experience, leaving behind millennials trying to pay for education.

On the other hand, people of Generation X pride themselves in their self-reliance and pragmatism. Although, to many, they seem skeptical or even cynical compared to millennials. Generation X people are often seen as ambitious with high job expectations. They also have high rates of divorce, which could be attributed to their own independence.

With advances in technology, millennials are more technologically equipped, which makes their lives more convenient. To many elders, this translates to shorter attention spans and dependency. However, the younger generation does get credit for being a more accepting society with increasing attention to civil and LGBT rights. Bear in mind, these stereotypes should not be used to solely characterize one individual. Still, it is helpful to take generational differences into consideration when looking at modern culture.
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Making the World a Better Place With Millennials
Samantha Lanzo
Staff Writer

The millennial generation is full of people with amazingly open minds. They give back to their population and spread their creative ideas to create a better future.

Brittany Wenger is a 22 year-old girl who is an inspirational millennial. She managed to develop a computer that detects cancer. She was recognized by TIME magazine as someone who is changing the world in a positive way. Her computer system is a way to detect and diagnose leukemia. It uses a thin needle to test lumps under a patient’s skin for cancer.

Matthew Monos is a 28 year-old man who believes in creating movements for pro bono services. When Monos realized the alarming fact that the U.S. nonprofits spend $8 billion on domestic marketing alone, he created a service called Be Very Nice in 2013. With his work he made it easier for social enterprises, startups and nonprofits to use money previously spent on marketing and design to make their causes more successful.

Maurya Couvares is a 22 year-old who teaches disadvantaged children to code. She is the co-founder and executive director of ScriptEd which is a non profit organization that teaches young students about computer programming and then places them in technology-based internships. She hopes to teach as many kids as she can in computer programming so they can create better lives for themselves.
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Fun Facts
Jason Zhu
Editor-in-Chief

1) An estimated 49 percent of millennial voters voted for Hillary Clinton while only 21 percent will voted for Donald Trump
2) Millennials are the most racially diverse generation
3) Millennials are the most educated generation in American history with over 63 percent having a Bachelor’s Degree
4) Only about one-fourth of the millennials in the US are married

What Time Is It? Homecoming Time!

Katelyn Barerras
Staff Writer

Homecoming is the time to celebrate our school and is the first big event of the school year. This year’s Homecoming theme was “A Golden Moment With You.” Plenty of festivities were held for Homecoming like spirit week, the Homecoming football game, the parade and lastly the Homecoming dance. Here are some golden moments from this year’s Homecoming.

Gaining Experience for the Future

Christian Nguyen
Staff Writer

Getting an internship is a great way to get experience for the future. Internships give opportunities to gain work experience to put in resumes. There is even the possibly of being paid, which is a nice bonus. Dress appropriately, be confident and start searching for internship opportunities.
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Learning Moor
Ellen Lei
Staff Writer

The word internship is defined as any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or professions. In other words, internships can be seen as opportunities to work at a firm related to one’s study for a limited amount of time. The most common duration of an internship is for one semester or quarter which is about three months or ten weeks respectively.

According to the American University of Washington D.C. interns are usually students who have not yet found employment. They usually work in a temporary position for an employer of an industry. Instead of emphasizing employment, internships focus on training. Thus, students who apply for internships can anticipate learning more about a profession and mastering it before actually being employed.

Different types of internships include paid internships, unpaid internships and research internships. Paid internships are common in engineering, legal firms, technology and science. The wage for paid internships usually depends on the degree of the applicant. For example, an applicant with a bachelor’s degree would be paid less than one with a master’s degree.

On the other hand, some internships only offer experience and not pay. Unpaid interns, however, can still learn about a profession or workplace. In a research internship, students usually research for a particular company, usually on how their company can be improved. The results of the research must be put into a formal report and presented to the employer.
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Available Internships Around Alhambra
Yi-Feng Ho
Staff Writer

There are many fairly easy ways to find an internship that do not require going around many places.

The first way to find out if there are internships available is to visit the Career Center on campus. The Career Center not only provides students with the information they need to pursue their career, it also provides students with different internships. For instance, one internship available from the Career Center is for those who want to work as graphic or web designers, journalists, office administrators or advertisers for Fiesta Publications.

Another way to get into internships is to take Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. These after-school classes train students in a specific field, giving them the skills they need to pursue this field, and some will put students in an internship program. One CTE class that will put students in an internship is the Restaurant Services Management CC/CVE class. This course not only give students the skills they need to get a job in the culinary field, they will be placed in unpaid internships along with students who are employed in the field.

The next way to find an internship is through the internet. Since most students have smartphones, computers or other ways to access the internet they are not hard to find. However, some of these websites should not be trusted, so those who want to try to find an internship online need to be cautious.

Internships are available in many places, from the internet to people on campus. All students need to do is to ask around and they might come across an internship they may be interested in.
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Benefits of Interning
Katelyn Barerras
Staff Writer

There are plenty of benefits that come out of an internship like learning more about a chosen field or gain a work experience. Gaining a valuable work experience can help students learn what it is like in the work field. It can also help generate more work experiences for a student’s portfolio and improve his or her resume.

Internships may also be beneficial when deciding a career path. Working with a company in a field of interest can give insight on what it is like.

Another benefit that comes from internships is the potential to develop and build up on skills. According to the U.S. News, “Learning new skills in an internship can help with future employment opportunities and is a major advantage in the application process.” Internships can also help with making connections for future jobs.

Lastly, internship programs can introduce people with similar interests allowing them to make new friends.
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Additional Tips and Tricks
Nguyen Kim Tran
Staff Writer

– Chamber of Commerce: Contact our local Chamber of Commerce for internship options.
– Nonprofit organizations: Contact any nonprofit organization nearby that spark an interest. Nonprofit organizations are open to volunteers.
– Make connections: It may sound hard, but high school is a good time to start networking. Networking can work through social media as a method to present one’s best version of themselves. Talking to other peers and teachers can open you to more opportunities. Keep relations with organizations and businesses for future references.
– Surfing the Web: Beware of internship scams. Make sure to carefully assess the internship and research the company. If it is too good to be true, most likely it is a scam.
– Join Handshake: Search up Handshake.com online, and sign up. The website will try to match you up with other internships.
– Career Fair: The Career Fair is another event that students can look forward to. Employers make internships available for high school students.
– Work on that cover letter and resume: Need help with that cover letter or grammar? Try the Cal State Writing Lab on our campus.
– Reference letters: Prepare reference letters to showcase your skills.
– Filter your social media: Make sure your social media is appropriate. Your potential employer may check your history.
– Design internships: Keep your designs up to par. Alhambra’s digital media teachers have a knack for catching minor mistakes.
– Too Busy: If you’re too busy during the school year, try interning over the summer. Start early and do your research. Plan out your goals; it is best to do it now. Don’t procrastinate.
– Be confident: Relax. Many gravitate toward honest and genuine people.

Boys’ Varsity Basketball Shoots for Moor

 

BRIANA THAI

LISA PHUNG

Staff Writers

As the fall sports season comes to an end, winter sports athletes lace up their shoes. The Alhambra boys’ basketball team is putting in their greatest amount of effort every day at practice, training with their sincere determination to prepare for their first season game on Nov. 28 against Blair High School. Currently the team is reviewing plays and conditioning so they are as ready as possible when season comes along.

“Our goal this year is to win league,” senior Matthew To said. “We plan to achieve this goal as a program by consistently working hard during practice in correlation with believing in the system and playing hard defense in order to make CIF and obtain the league title that we want by the end of the season.”

Last season under Coach Bryan Gonzalez, they had a 16-11 record for the overall season, and a 7-3 league record. Working together as a team, they plan on achieving their goal by maximizing their efforts and commitment in practices and games. They hope to utilize the skills that they have gained since freshmen year in order to meet these goals.

“As a senior, I feel that I have progressed a lot in basketball since freshman year,” senior Jason Trang said. “We have a full roster and every one of us has potential.”

The team will next play on Dec. 12 at home against Rosemead High.

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