The Case Middle School
Volume 6 March
Issue 4 2010
Produced by the Students of Punahou School, 1601 Punahou Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Punahou Book Drive: By Kaitlyn Yonamine grade.
In one of the eighth grade advi-
Bringing the Gift of T he Punahou School Book Drive
is coming, and fast! This Book
sories, they have a book challenge
to bring in lots of books.
Reading to Others Drive started on
February 9, and
have made signs to
will continue put up, and book
through March 9. marks for the books
To get more they donate.
information about There are three
this book drive, goals for this school-
the Courier inter- wide literacy initia-
viewed Mrs. Cathy tive.
Kawano-Ching. One, is to support
How many the K-12 book drive.
books are col- Two, is to raise
lected total from awareness of literacy
the Book Drive? issues. And three is to encourage
Mrs. Kawano-Ching told us that our own literacy development.
last year around 200 boxes of The books in this year’s drive
books were collected! will be donated to Na‘alehu El-
What kind of books are do- ementary School, Hawaii Literacy
nated? (reading rooms), Kokua Kalihi Val-
There are many books collected, ley, and Read Aloud America.
ranging from age groups infant You can visit the web site www.
to adult. Most of the books col- theliteracysite.com if you want to
lected, however, are for toddlers to donate books to other organiza-
around sixth graders. tions.
How are students involved In chapel, Mr. Jed Gaines, a
with the Book Drive? representative from Read Aloud
In the first grade, they have a America, recently talked to the
Photos by K. Yonamine 100 Books Day. In seventh grade, students about RAP, the Read
we had a movie night where the Aloud Programs, and to raise
admission was one book. They awareness at Punahou about
collected over 300 books from the illiteracy issues.
THE BAND By Mackenzie Feldman & Mia Masuda But like many other students,
THE BAND was cut from POPS.
Lends a Hand T he CMS Courier sat down
with a group of 8th grade
But did getting cut from POPS
stop this band?
for Haiti girls who call
“THE BAND.” after POPS
But they’re turned them
not just any down and the
middle school devastating
band, they’re earthquake in
From left to right, Alana Todd, trying to show Haiti struck,
Ellen Ashford, Ally Mullen, Ashlee people that you they decided
Grover, Kristin Nishimura, and can make a dif- to persevere
La‘akea Marquez. Not Pictured: ference through and change the
Roxy Kiesling and Kirsten Bishop. music. message, lyrics
Alana Todd, and purpose of
Photo and Photoshop work Ashlee Grover, their music.
by M. Feldman & M. Masuda Ally Mullen, They chose
Kirsten Bishop, to dedicate
La‘akea Mar- their songs,
quez, Roxy time, and
Kiesling, Ellen thoughts to
Ashford, and educating and
Kristin Nishimu- raising aware-
ra have already began to make a ness for Haiti.
difference with their music. Besides raising awareness, they
It all started when they tried raised $601.72 for Haiti at the re-
out for the 2010 CMS POPS Talent cent Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.
Show, singing the popular song by With lyrics like “Hot sweat and
Boys Like Girls, Love Drunk. blurry eyes, A hundred thousand
Ally Mullen says, “We thought people lost their lives, Haiti, stuck
it would be great to try out and under debris, Their door to the
blow people’s minds with our mu- future is jammed shut, But now
sic and love.” …continued on page 2
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Just in Case: By Kelly Correa & Kylie Ishii Why: “It sounds cool.”
Natalie Tsukada, ’16
F or this edition of the Courier’s
“Just in Case,” we asked:
“What is your favorite song, why,
Song: Fireflies by Owl City
Why: “It’s very cheerful.”
Reed Morgan, ’16
and who is it by?” Song: All the Right Moves by
Here are the answers: One Republic
Jackie Kojima, ’14 Why: I like the special effects.
Song: Because You Love Me by Adam Lowell, ’16
Song: Soul Sister by Train
Why: “I got it on my phone...”
Tiffany Chang, ’15
Song: Energy by Keri Hilson
Why: “It’s very deep.”
Aina Katsikas, ’15
Song: e Pele e by her Kumu (not
the original, but she doesn’t know
who it’s by)
Why: “We practice it in my hula
halau, and Pele created our island.”
Top (left to right): Jackie, Maxen, Celine Dion Jessica Gum, ’15
Sydney, Natalie, Adam, Reed. Why: “...the lyrics are nice.” Song: Love Song by Sara Berilles
Bottom: Tiffany, Aina, Jessica, Ms. Maxen Chung, ’14 Why: “It’s just a good song...”
Leekley Song: All the Above by Maino Ms. Leekley, 7th grade social
Photos by K. Correa Why: “I just like it.” studies
Sydney Parish, ’14 Song: All Star by Smashmouth
Song: Follow Me by Uncle Why: “Gordon sings it in advi-
we have the key to help them out, for Haiti?
The key, it’s with you and me.” Kristin Nishimura: We re-
4 THE BAND They were instantly recognized ally wanted to share our love for
…continued from page 1 by UNICEF, who offered to fly music and help people around the
them out to Haiti free of charge. world.
UNICEF wanted them to help La‘akea Marquez: We chan-
rebuild houses, provide aid, and nelled our personal loss into world
share their love for Haiti. wide loss. The destruction and
sadness really touched our hearts
How did you start your and “hit home.” We are more
band? fortunate than the people of Haiti
Ally Mullen: We thought it and so many others, so it is our
would be a great opportunity to duty to help out.
show fellow students our love for How did you come up with
each other and music. those new lyrics?
Who plays what, and how Alana Todd: It was a major
did you decide? group effort
Alana Todd: Vocals Ashley Grover: We all put our
Ashlee Grover: Keyboard. I had hearts and minds together.
been playing piano for nine years. Ellen Ashford: I tried my best
Ally Mullen: Guitar. I only had but lacked in my lyrical abilities.
three lessons but was able to pick Ellen Ashford on Kirsten Bish-
it up by using my ear for music. op (who was not at interview):
Kristin Nishimura: Backup Kirsten was a major key in writ-
vocals. I wanted to dance, but it ing this song. She even wrote her
wouldn’t have matched the song. own triangle music.
Ellen Ashford: Backup vocals. I What’s your advice for peo-
also wanted to dance. ple wanting to be in a band?
Ellen Ashford on Kirsten Bishop Ally Mullen: Seriously commit
(who was not at interview): She yourself, then practice a lot!
plays triangle because she is good Kristin Nishimura: Be excited
at everything. She is also our and passionate in everything that
amazing band manager. She is you do.
great at hiking and taekwondo. Ellen Ashford: Live by the
Roxy Kiesling: Drummer. Ash- phrase “you can do it”. Don’t let
ley’s mom taught me how to play others tell you that you cant. Find
different beats and rhythms, and I love in everything.
just picked it up after awhile. La‘akea Marquez: Have passion
La‘akea Marquez: Vocals and feeling no matter what you
What made you want to play do.
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Punahou’s Laptop By Hunter Mee-Lee ate information, anyone can do
anything on almost any article,
Rules and Regulations K ids are saying they are infuri-
ated by the recent YouTube
blockage. Is it really okay to play
from inserting a subtle (and mis-
informed) opinion to deleting a
whole page or vandalizing it.
online games on your computer? Games are another thing that
What does “reputation” mean on students wonder about. After 2:45
the blocked site page? p.m., students are allowed to play
First off, YouTube was not flash games on various sites like
blocked because of student viola- Addicting Games and MiniClip,
tions. YouTube was supposed to be however they are banned before
blocked since the beginning of the school, at lunch, and — obviously
year, but apparently it flew over — during class. What kids aren’t
IT’s heads. allowed to do is download game
There’s nothing wrong apps onto their computers. Games
with YouTube, says Mr. like Plants vs. Zombies (see be-
Landgraf, but since You- low) and Marble Blast are popular
Tube is such a bandwidth games that have violated the code.
hog, it must be blocked Something else that kids are
because it clogs up Puna- always wondering about is the
hou’s network. Seventh “reputation” feature on the web
grade supervisor, Mrs. site blocked page.
Tyau, also said that some “Reputation” has nothing to do
YouTube videos would be con- with a student’s grade or anything
sidered “inappropriate.” like that. The reputation is a fea-
Another question kids are ture in the filter itself that shows
wondering is about Wikipedia. For what category that the web site
many people, Wikipedia is the first falls into.
source for quick information. How- Teachers recognize that there
ever, Wikipedia is often stereo- are methods to bypass Punahou’s
typed as always being incorrect. filter.
This is not always true, as many However, teachers and authority
articles are directly from encyclo- figures around school trust their
pedia. However, since there is no students to do the right thing and
filter for incorrect or inappropri- have integrity.
Student Laptops: By Michael Tome playing until the campaign and
mini-games are fully completed.
(and Sharp) Sword
A virus can be described as a
“harmful or corrupting influ-
ence.” A virus can also be de-
Despite the game’s entertain-
ment value, it quickly lost its
momentum. Within approximately
scribed as an “infection caused by two weeks, the number of stu-
an agent that multiplies.” dents playing it during advisory
I n mid-January, 2010, a virus
hit Pai Public.
But this is not a mi-
and after school dramatically
croscopic virus, or even
As long as there are a computer virus. This
virus happened to be
computers, there will be a game, a game called
“Plants vs. Zombies.”
computer games, and This game was
posted by a still un-
considering how accessible identified user who had
access to Punahou’s
they are in these times to Pai volumes. The game
anyone with a computer, was posted sometime
in mid-January, 2010,
there will always be and was accessible to
all students of Punahou
the issue of how to school for around three
days. Even though it
balance entertainment was removed from
the server, the game continued to This is probably because of the
and school work. spread via mainly student flash fact that the player’s scores in
drives to other computers. levels and mini-games can quickly
What made this game so con- reach a maximum.
tagious? Plants vs. Zombies is a However, this has not been the
tower-defense game, reminiscent first time, or the only time, that
of arcade games of the past. The students have had games on their
game play is of you strategically computers.
placing plants that do a variety of In fact, two-thirds of students
actions triggered by zombies being surveyed admitted to having some
in range. type of game on their computers.
This varies from plants that As long as there are computers,
fire projectiles to plants that take there will be computer games,
down zombies by dragging them and considering how accessible
underwater. they are in these times to anyone
The game is mainly you and with a computer, there will always
the enemy both increasing in be the issue of how to balance
strength, urging you to continue entertainment and school work.
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Mr. Yorck: Only Male By Connor Lee & Zack Dang A: Well, it does at times, but
when I came to teach at Punahou
Kindergarten Teacher H ave you ever walked into a
class, only to find that you
are the only one of your gender?
30 years ago, some female teach-
ers weren’t ready to accept me
because male teachers were new
Well, Punahou Kindergarten has back then.
only one male teacher. Mr. Yorck Q: If you could change to any
has been teaching Kindergarten grade or stay here, what grade
for 30 years being the only male would you switch to?
teacher. A: If that would happen, I would
Think how he must feel stay here. I’m happy here. It’s the
now that Kindergarten is kids. I love how they love to learn,
joining up with first grade — and don’t want to talk back. I also
and he is still the only male love watching them grow. Every
teacher. He will be one man year, I have a reunion of the chil-
among twenty-six women. dren I had in Kindergarten who are
We went to interview this graduating that year.
“thorn among the roses” to
see what he thinks. Over-all, Mr. Yorck seems to
Q: How to you feel about love what he does. He loves his
being the only male teacher job, and of course, the kids!
out of 26 other female Right now, Mr. Yorck is working
teachers? on the book drive, trying to donate
A: It’s been hard, I’ve and find donations for a school on
been here for 30 years, and the Big Island, Na‘alehu Elemen-
it can be a challenging at tary and Intermediate School.
Mr. Jonathan Yorck times. If you ask us, Mr. Yorck is going
Photo by C. Lee & Z. Dang Q: Are your teaching methods to be here for a long time, since
different from female teachers? he obviously has a lot of love and
A: I have a different view about passion for teaching children.
teaching kids. I don’t baby them Thirty years is a very long time
as much, and I try to raise them for a teacher to be the only male
as a father would. teacher out of many females.
Q: Does it feel a little weird at Commitment is a good value to
times to be here? keep.
Staycations for By Bridgette Dodge & Kara Dung burgers for around $6.90, salads
for $3.40, both of which taste
Spring Break! S pring Break is coming around
the corner, and we all know
that the econ-
good and are very filling.
There is also Killer Tacos located
around the North
omy is bad shore. For great
and we need tacos, that are
to make some for $2.29.
budget cuts. There is also
But everyone La Pizza Rina
still wants to located around
have a fun time South King
for cheap prices. street. They
So we’re here have sub sand-
to tell you some wiches for $6.95,
things that you and a medium
can do during pizza there costs
Spring Break, right here in Hawai‘i $13.00 (additional topping $.60.)
for low prices. For dessert, you can go to Yog-
There are many things that artland or Menchies—great yogurt
you can do here in Hawai‘i with- for low prices — and the new place
out traveling off the islands, like a located in Kahala Mall, Red Mango.
staycation. You can also, of course, go to
First, you can go to the mov- Ala Moana Center for great shop-
ies. Here are some movies that ping and even more tasty restau-
are coming out during our Spring rants. After you’re done, you can
Break: Alice in Wonderland that relax with a spa getaway at Solar
comes out on 3-5-10 and Clash of Nails located right the Center. For
the Titans comes out 3-26-10. a night out, your family might try
You can also go to a great new a local hotel stay for reasonable
“town” called Chinatown for good prices, like the Ala Moana Hotel or
food and little trinkets at cheap the Ilima.
prices. Then, to get some exercise, you
Of course, you can go to the can go hiking, like at Koko Head.
beach, it’s free! After you go to Cool down afterward with some
the beach you can grab a bite to shave ice from Koko Nuts located
eat like at cheap lunch places like in Koko Marina Center.
Zippy’s, Costco snack bar, Cali- If you still want to travel, you
fornia Pizza Kitchen, Duke’s, Sam can travel to an outer island, like
Choy’s, and an island favorite that Maui, for around $50.
is hard to find. It’s Mitsquen, a So, instead of going on a $700
great bento place; they’re famous trip for Spring Break, you can just
for their garlic chicken plate. stay here and do many fun, tasty,
For other eateries, try Kua ‘Aina and cheap things to do here on our
located in Ward Center. They have own islands!
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 5
A Shock For America; By Kapri Lisehora on health care,” commented Sen-
ate Minority Leader Mitch McCon-
Massachusetts T his past January 19, Massa-
chusetts made history. Previ-
Texas Senator John Cornyn,
Makes History ous State Senator Scott Brown
(R) made an amazing victory over
chairman of the National Repub-
lican Senatorial Committee, also
Attorney General Martha Coakley declared: “Democrats nationwide
(D). should be on notice: Americans
Brown won the special election are ready to hold the party in pow-
to take late Senator Ted Kennedy’s er accountable for their irrespon-
(D) seat, which he had held for sible spending and out-of-touch
more than 46 years. agenda, and they’re ready for real
The shock for Americans was change in Washington.”
more than just Kennedy’s death; it Massachusetts wasn’t the only
was Massachusetts voting Repub- rallying point Republicans have
lican. been wielding. Recent Republican
The state had always been wins in both Virginia and New Jer-
known to vote Democratic, even sey have boosted the confidence of
though the majority of the popula- the Republican Party and started
tion is classified as independent. to assure them that the political
Losing Kennedy’s Senate seat pendulum was starting to swing in
had a major effect on Democrats. their direction.
Brown became the 41st Repub- The communications director of
lican seat, taking away the Demo- the National Republican Congres-
cratic “super” majority and disal- sional Committee, Ken Spain said:
lowing them the filibuster-proof “Democrats will try to play this
Senator Scott Brown votes which had already pushed race off as an isolated incident,
Photo courtesy of buzzbrockway.com President Obama’s Health Care Bill but the recent spate of polling in
through in late 2009. swing districts across the country
A Democratic operative who proves that Massachusetts isn’t
advises members of congress said, the exception of the 2010 election
“My message to my clients? Jump cycle, it’s the rule. Any Democrat
ship now...Obama can’t help you.” who voted for the health care bill
Republican leaders around the now knows how big of an albatross
country have taken this election in they will have hanging around
stride, and are using it as a rally- their necks.”
ing point to prove to Democratic As the political war continues
leaders that their point of action is to rage between the two main
not appreciated by the American political parties, American voters
people. will have to show their opinions
“There’s a reason the nation through their votes. Hopefully they
was focused on this race: The vot- will turn the country around for
ers in Massachusetts, like Ameri- the best, and continue to uphold
cans everywhere, have made it the country known as the United
abundantly clear where they stand States of America.
Will There Viewpoint by Victoria Lee But it isn’t going too well be-
cause it is estimated to be about
Be Change? P resident Barack Obama of-
ficially became the 44th
President of the United States on
$210 billion on the whole project.
Not only that, but it will also be a
January 20, 2009. President Obama hopefully
Ever since then, he has been plans to bring this into action,
helping the which will give a
United States total of 7 million
with its eco- people jobs.
nomic and He also plans
financial prob- to take some
lems. But in initiatives for
his first year of health. His
office, he had wife, First Lady
disappointed Michelle Obama,
people because had first sug-
of the several gested these
setbacks and plans.
the failure to In this plan, it
explain his would be more
plans to the affordable to
public over the all Americans.
past year he has been president. It makes it more affordable by
When we elected him as presi- providing huge tax cuts for middle
dent, we expected him to take his class people. This plan is also more
job as president and expect some sustainable and will help everybody.
change. The health plan will also even help
In his first state of the union ad- reduce obesity for children.
dress, he was discussing his plans Even though there wasn’t much
so far as president. change yet, there will be more
In his address, he planned to change to come. President Barack
create more jobs for people who Obama and First Lady Michelle
don’t have them and are strug- Obama still plan to help and im-
gling to make a living. prove the United States.
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 6
Tap or Bottled? Viewpoint by Shirley Lin river, but a contaminated well in
the middle of a city. As much as
Which Will I f I offered you a cup of tap
water or a bottle of water, which
34 out of 103 bottles of water had
chemicals such as arsenic in them.
You Choose? would you take out of my hand?
I know what you’re thinking. Of
I don’t think that’s very good for
course the bottled water is better When the water is bottled, it isn’t
because it’s safer and it tastes way shipped out until months later. The
better. bottles sit in a hot and stuffy stor-
You may have heard about 8th age room for months, letting the
grader Sean Ching who wrote an chemicals in the plastic soak into
article last year about the pros of the water you are drinking.
bottled water. Now I will be inform- Tap water in California is sold for
ing you from a whole different per- $1.60 for 1,000 gallons, about 1/10
spective of this age old debate. of a cent per gallon. Bottled water
Tap water is much better than is sold for an average of 90 cents
bottled water because it takes less per gallon. If you buy water from
energy to produce, it is safer to the vending machines, the water
drink, it is cheaper, and it is better that cost you $1.50 for a single bot-
for the environment. tle actually costs over 10,000 times
Did you know that it takes about the price for the same amount of
1,100 to 2,000 time more energy to tap water.
package, produce, and deliver one Even if you disregard the cost
liter of bottled water than it takes of bottled water, you may consider
to treat the same amount of water? that over 80% of the bottles we
So basically, the energy it takes buy end up, when empty, in our
for you to get your liter of bottled nearest landfill.
water, you could have gotten 1,100 That’s 38 billion bottles or 1.5
to 2,000 liters of tap water. million tons of plastic.
When people think about bottled Plastic takes thousands of years
water, they think about a crisp to decompose naturally. So while
mountain scenery with refreshing those plastic bottles sit in that
cool air. Right below is a clear river landfill, lying under the hot sun,
with bright green bushes and grass the chemicals in their plastic leach
hills. What they don’t think about away into our water supplies. Not
is a dirty factory located in the only is bottled water directly bad for
middle of a smoggy and filthy city. your health, it also contaminates
That’s where much of your bottled the water supply. So do the right
water comes from. The water does thing, take the cup of tap water
not come from a clear refreshing instead of the bottled water.
Fine By CMS Staff & 6th Grade Reporters in their study of China and the
China A nimals, folk art, food and
games from China are just
part of the exhibit now showing
The exhibit has inter-
active activities, items
from the daily life of
over at the Wo Center, upstairs. students in China, and
According to Mrs. Terrina Wong there are even some
of the Center, the exhibit was de- (miniature) terra
signed to support our first graders cotta warriors.
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 7
Defense Against By Michele Miao showed different methods to learn
a list of things and we learned to
the Dark Arts D efense Against the Dark Arts:
most of us know it as what
remember memories from our
childhood that we already forgot.
Comes to Punahou Harry Potter excels at. But starting
this year, sixth graders have had
It was cool.
What was your favorite thing
a chance to experience it in a new you learned, and what were
exploratory. you best at?
Punahou’s Defense Against the My fav thing I learned was the
Dark Arts, or DADA, is basically making up a story to remember a
visualization, observation, memo- list of things technique. I was also
rization, 3D image manipulation, best at that.
whole brain integration, mental Did you struggle with some
math, and creativity all rolled up of the things that you were
into one exploratory. taught?
The instructor, Mr. Wagenseller, I didn’t struggle with anything.
has taught the students some Is there anything else you
simple tips to stay focused during would want to learn?
class, and some hints to memorize Oooh, I want to learn to read
lists in a snap. people’s minds in some way IF
Lisa Lewis, one of the students that’s possible, but in reality I
in the course for fall semester, was think I learned A LOT and I don’t
able to answer some of the CMS think I have anything else to learn.
Courier’s questions: If you could, would you do
What were some of the this class again?
things you learned in Defense YES!!!
Against the Dark Arts? It may not require a wand and
We learned how to do mental teach how to repel dementors, but
math with two digits and three Defense Against the Dark Arts, the
digits and he told us some tricks Punahou version, seems pretty
to make mental math easier. He magical.
For those seventh graders between milk and paper towels.
who can’t take the course, or Imagine you spilling the milk,
the sixth graders who didn’t and using paper towels to wipe
get in, here’s one of the things it up.
DADA students learned in this Do the same things for the
class. rest of the words. You might
The Linking Technique: wrap the French baguette in
When you need to remember a a three paper towels, and use
Lisa Lewis. grocery list, your things-to-do, the baguette to make a giant
Photo courtesy of Lisa or any list of words, the linking
sandwich with ketchup in it, and
technique can help you.
clean the ketchup off the plate
For example, we’ll use this
list of words: milk, paper towels, with dishwashing soap.
French baguette, ketchup, and The key to make your links
dishwashing soap. memorable are using motion,
Imagine a glass of cool milk large sizes, and numbers. The
on the kitchen counter. Make milk spilled (motion), we were
it vivid; add in as many details making a giant sandwich (large
as possible. The glass is three- size), and we wrapped the ba-
quarters full with milk. guette with three paper towels
Next, make a connection (number).
uBoost Makes By Ellia Bower at www.uboost.com and watch
Points with Students S
oldiers get medals, kings get
crowns, but what do students
Once earning enough points,
you can spend them on virtual
room items to enter the room con-
You may have received a sticker test. Purchase furniture and pets
for your efforts or a 4; that is, to decorate your room.
until now. You can even make your room
uBoost is a student recognition a skate park or Concert stage and
program that rate your buddy’s room in the
gives points room contest.
to teachers to Why spend $299 on an iPod
award to their touch when you can put your
students in name in the sweepstakes for just
any way they 15 points?
please. It is Valentine’s Day! Gift some
You could virtual flowers to your friends.
get points If your mom won’t let you get a
by earning a dog, donate to one in need.
100% on a Give a dog a bone for just 15
Wordly Wise points.
test, helping How lucky are we to be going to
out during study hall, or even for Punahou School?
perfect attendance. Reflect upon your blessings and
Teachers can check out the site give to a child in Haiti.
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 8
Obscure Holidays: By Amanda Nakanishi There’s another day like that.
False Confession Day which is on
Just How Many W e all know about regular
holidays, like Valentine’s
But while you can run around
Are There? Day, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s
Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving,
yelling fake false confessions, you
shouldn’t run around yelling that
April Fool’s Day, and Hallowe’en. you killed someone, or that some-
But what one is hurt, or
about the lost etc.
holidays that Not to men-
don’t get as tion Stay Home
much credit? Because You Are
Holidays like Well Day. It’s
National Choco- basically a day
late Covered created by the
Cherry Day (Jan. people at well-
3) or National cat.com.
Pie day? (Mar. The main ob-
14, because the jective is to call
number pi starts into work and
with 3.14) say you can’t
What other make it to work
days do we not or somewhere
know about? because you are
There are some days that we feeling well.
can shamelessly take advantages It might get you in trouble
of, like No Homework Day (May 6) though so you should think before
or National Goof Off Day. (Mar. 22) you participate in this holiday. It
There’s also Blame Someone takes place on Nov. 30.
Else day, which is always the first These days are all really fun
Friday the thirteenth of each year. and interesting to look for but be
This year it’s in August but careful incase you get in trouble
when it comes around, think about for doing something the day tells
all the possibilities that the day you to do.
gives. So tread carefully but have fun.
Google By Ale Hedlund fire in which James Harvey burned
a large man and a small dog made
Doodle G oogle: the most popular
search program in the world.
Everyone knows the familiar
out of wood. Now, it is celebrated
by many people in Nevada.
The cool thing about Google
blue, yellow, red and green logo of Doodles is that they don’t show
Google, but there are many other only popular holidays and events,
logos Google has had in the past. such as the Winter Olympics hap-
The original Google Logo was pening now (shown below), but
created by Sergey Brin using the
free graphics program, GIMP, in
According to graphic 1998. In the beginning, the Google
logo had an exclamation mark,
much like Yahoo’s logo.
designer, Ruth In 1999, the official, and pres-
ent Google logo was created.
Kedar—the person It shows the six letters, each a
primary color, with the exception they also show more minor things.
who created the of the L, which is the secondary Sesame Street characters were
celebrated in November, last year.
now famous logo— Also, not only American holidays
are celebrated. Google celebrates
peoples birthdays and holidays
the green L shows from all over the world!
The latest Google Doodles have
color green. According to graphic
that “Google doesn’t designer, Ruth Kedar—the per-
to do with the Winter Olympics
that are currently happening in
son who created the now famous Vancouver. They show different
follow the rules.” logo—the green L shows that
“Google doesn’t follow the rules.”
types of Olympic events such as
curling, skiing and figure skating.
On August 30, 1998, Google Google Doodles are not just in-
created it’s first Google Doodle. teresting to look at. By clicking on
Every Google Doodle has to do them, they direct you to different
with an event or celebration. Usu- information about the holidays.
ally the Doodles come out
as the logo for a day on
The Burning Man Fes-
tival was the event that
Google used for their first
Google Doodle. It features
the original Google! Logo,
with a man-like figure
behind the O. This festival
started because of a bon-
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 9
An Icy Way By Julia Barruga and winter sports.
The Harbin Festival was a “cool”
to Cool Up O n January 5th, the annual
Harbin Festival in Harbin,
tourist attraction, but ice hotels
are another attraction. There are
Your Day China kicked off its 26th year. The
Harbin Festival is one of the four
a total of seven ice hotels around
the world. There are ice hotels in
largest ice festivals in the world. Finland, Canada, Norway, Roma-
Ice buildings and sculptures line nia, and Sweden.
up all along the Songhua River. The architecture of each ice
The Harbin Festival
first began in 1963,
but there were many
interruptions in the
next few years due to
the Cultural Revolution
It resumed in 1985.
Before the Harbin
Festival began, many
ice sculptors worked
hard on making them.
The sculptors used de-
ionized water to make hotel is very different. Most ice
transparent blocks of hotels are built to look like igloos
ice. They also used because of its stable structure. The
ice picks, chisels, and structure is built out of ice and has
swing saws to create steel framing. The walls, fixtures,
their sculptures. and fittings are made entirely of
The Harbin Festival ice. They are held together with
started off with a fire- “snice” (snow and ice) which acts
works celebration and like mortar, which is used to build
the illumination of ice a regular brick hotel.
sculptures. The ice hotels are reconstructed
The festival had every year depending on the tem-
many winter activities. peratures.
Winter activities such One of the most popular ice
as skiing, sledding, hotels in the world, Icehotel, lies in
and winter swimming Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. Icehotel was
were some of the many activities the world’s first ice hotel.
at the festival. Another famous ice hotel is
Temperatures at the festival the Hotel de Glace, which lies in
have reached below zero degrees Quebec, Canada. This was the first
both in Fahrenheit and Celsius. hotel in North America.
Temperatures dropped to -30º This hotel is a tourist “hotspot”
Celsius (-22º F). according to Quebec’s Tourism
Fairy tale palaces, pagodas, and Department.
the Egyptian Sphinx were some of These ice hotels are only two of
the ice sculptures at the festival. the others.
At night the sculptors lit up their One of these ice hotels are so
sculptures. The festival featured famous that they were featured in
varies of architecture that goes the movie ‘Die Another Day’.
back to its historical links. Ice hotels and ice sculptures
The Harbin Festival attracts are icy ways to cool up your day
many tourists to China. They enjoy because they are enjoyable and
the varied types of architecture just plain cool.
Fashion 2010: By Victoria Mak type clothes are in fashion for
What’s In and W hat is in and what is out for
Spring 2010 fashion? Can
Elements of the future warrior
trend include metal plating, tunics
What’s Out! you believe that solid colors, big
hair, heavy foundations, French
(especially in leather), chain mail
inspired detailing and tribal in-
manicures and super-spiked hair- spired motifs.
cuts are out of fashion? Also, leggings are still in for
According to one of the most 2010. If you can’t figure out what
famous designers to wear, then put on a pair of leg-
that ever lived, Coco gings, an oversized top, and some
Chanel, “Fashion is winter boots and you are good to
not something that go!
exists in dresses only. Long sleeve plaid lightweight
Fashion is in the sky, country tops are still in and you
in the street, fashion can wear them with or without a
has to do with ideas, tee shirt belt. But beware, store
the way we live, what all of your Ed Hardy wear away
is happening.” until the Jon and Kate Gosselin
But on the other mess is over.
hand, hot pants and Super-hyped hair and tanning
boy shorts, knee high until you turn orange is definitely
and over the knee out of fashion. So good luck and
socks, bow hand make sure not to wear things that
bands and warrior are out of fashion.
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 10
Ko Olina, By Karrie Honnaka 18,000 sq. ft. spa and 8,000 sq. ft.
the ‘Place of Joy’ T he Walt Disney Resort is to
open in O‘ahu, Hawai‘i in
This place is going to have a
restaurant that will feature foods
Wins Aulani 2011. They officially announced
that they were going to open a
unique to the Hawaiian Culture.
Also when eating at the restaurant
Disney Resort in Hawai‘i on Oct. for dinner you will have a alluring
3, 2007. The great resort is to be view of the sunset.
located at Ko Olina Resort on the Some of Disney’s Hawaiian
(western side of O‘ahu). Heritage is that in 1937 the Mickey
It is a 21 acre ocean front Mouse animated video Hawaiian
property with a great view. Holiday.
Disney paid about $144 million Walt Disney Pictures continued
dollars for this great resort. the Hawaiian theme in 2002 with
Families will be able to dis- the big hit Lilo & Stitch.
cover the wonders of Hawai‘i. It This is about a Hawaiian girl
was designed to honor the local that is trying to tame a unname-
culture of the Hawaiian islands. able alien by trying to teach the
The resulting design is to be meaning of “ohana.”
a village celebrating Hawaiian The resort will be called Aulani,
customs and the traditions that a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina,
we have here. Hawai‘i. It looks like this resort
This resort is to include 350 has big plans and will be a big hit
rooms. It is going to have a next year.
Aulani, In-Depth and purpose-built for families. “I have worked at Disney
Every activity and every aspect since high school and will cel-
Ms. Diane Hancock, Disney of design even the rooms will ebrate 30 years with the compa-
Public Affairs Manager, answered be family-friendly in ways that ny this year. I am the manager
some of our questions about the only Disney can do. We will also of Public Affairs and responsible
Aulani Resort. deliver excellent guest service, for media relations, community
Will there be some characters fun the whole family can enjoy relations, internal and executive
like at the other Disney Parks? If an immersive Hawaiian experi- communications. I’ve worked
so what might they be? ences.” on the announcements coming
“This is our first destination What are some of your from the resort and the ground
resort outside of the theme thoughts about this Aulani? blessing of the property, which
parks. The focus of the resort “We are excited to become was one of the most rewarding
will be on telling the stories of a neighbor in Hawai‘i, and we events; I’ve done in my career
Hawai‘i. The Disney characters traditionally work hard to be a at Disney. We’ve been so warmly
will make appearances, but we good steward of the environ- welcomed on O‘ahu and have
haven’t booked their travel just ment and to stay involved in the truly experienced the Aloha
yet.” community.” Spirit. Regrettably, I won’t be
What age group is the park How long have you worked moving but hope to visit of-
aimed at? All families? Young for Disney? What is the nature ten. Our Vice President, Djuan
Families? Just married couples? of your job? How does your job Rivers, lived on O‘ahu during
“This resort will be influ- relate to this park? Will you be college and returned to oversee
enced by the stories of Hawai‘i moving to O‘ahu? this new resort.”
The Last By Flora Zhu get off the island, trying to send
of a signal from a radio transmit-
of Lost T he first episode of Season Six
of Lost came out on Tuesday,
February second, 2010. Season
A mysterious booming, knock-
ing trees down, continues to scare
Six is the last season of Lost. the survivors.
Lost is a TV show about survi- When they get a radio signal
vors of a plane crash who don’t from somewhere on the island,
know where they are. they realize they’re not alone and
Among the survi- someone has been on the island
vors, Jack Shepherd, for 16 years.
a doctor, runs to In the beginning of Lost, ev-
everyone trying to do erything flashes back, and pasts
what he can to save are revealed. In the middle of the
the dying or accom- run of Lost, everything flashed
modate their needs. forward, and the future was re-
As the night wears vealed. Now, in Season Six, the
on, the survivors story “flashes sideways,” meaning
hear a mysterious there are two different dimen-
booming and crash- sions and the story goes as what
ing, knocking trees would’ve happened if Oceanic
down. Flight 815 landed in LA like it was
The main charac- supposed to.
ters of this show are Lost has been a huge TV series
Jack Shepherd, Kate on ABC. It’s a show full of twists
(Katherine), Sawyer and the unexpected - the outcome
(James Ford), and surprising everyone.
Locke (John Locke). Sadly, now Lost is ending. What
In Season 1, the will be the end? Certainly not how
survivors try to figure out how to everyone will think it will end!
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 11
New Technology: By Kaylee Wedderburn-Pugh
& Hayley Morgan
is more than most laptops have.
You can also listen to music for 140
Apple iPad hours with the screen on sleep be-
J ust a few weeks ago, Apple
fore it has to be charged again.
processor of this
the iPad. It will be device is the new
officially released A4 chip. If put
sometime in late into the iPhone,
March of this year it would be the
for the Wi-Fi only fastest phone
version. out there.
The iPad is And just how
essentially a gi- much does this
ant iPhone. It iPad cost after
has a headphone having the A4
jack, built-in chip?
microphone, and It depends on
connection dock if you are getting
where you can it with 16, 32
plug in the cam- or 64 gigabyte
era connection flash memory. It
Kit or the key- also depends if
board dock. It can you want a Wi-Fi
even run on the only or a Wi-Fi
3G network, the plus 3G network
same as the iPhone. model.
This version will be released in The Wi-Fi only models start at
late April of this year. $499 (16GB) and move up to $699
Its screen is 9.7 inches long. It (64GB), whereas the Wi-Fi plus 3G
is also half an inch thin and weighs models start at $629 (16GB) and
only one and a half pounds. go up to $829 (64GB).
Apple is also planning on mak- There are also a few accessories
ing apps specifically designed for such as the iPad keyboard dock
the iPad. It is also designed to run which connects to the iPad and
the 140,000 apps currently made. provides an actual keyboard similar
It can also stretch the normal apps to those of the PCs.
from the iTouch and iPhone to fill There is also the protective case
the screen. that protects it from scratches but
However there are a few envi- also doubles as a stand for the
ronmental requirements for this iPad.
new device: In the future, there will be more
It operates best in between 32˚F accessories, guaranteed.
to 90˚F (0˚C to 35˚C), and it can’t The iPad is a pioneer in the world
operate in -4˚F to 113˚F (-20˚C to of technology and electronics.
45˚C). Hopefully in the very near future
Its maximum operating altitude improvements will be added to the
is 10,000 feet or 3,000 meters. iPad to insure that it becomes one
This incredible new tech even of the greatest computer inventions
has up to ten hours of battery. That of our time.
Older Technology: By Brandon Yahiro Over the past years, the Apple
company has kept improving the
Apple iPod? T he iPod has changed our mu-
sic industry. The iPod allows
an easier way to download music
music player, from the mini iPod
shuffle to the big iPad (see story
from iTunes. iTunes allows you to The music player just keeps on
buy music from its online store. improving.
It provides the latest updates in Right now, the iPad is the big
entertainment. talk around the world.
With the creation of the iPod It is an iPod as well as a com-
Touch, it allows you to play puter.
games on your iPod. It starts around 500 dollars.
The MP3 player does not allow The creation of the iPod will
you to play these types of these continue to improve in the future
games on the iPod. creating new versions of amazing
Also, the iPod now has internet electronic systems such as a tele-
access which allows you to search vision, computer, iPod, phone.
the web on the go.
The first iPod did not
have this feature.
In the beginning of time
the first music player was
called the phonograph.
It was made by Thomas
Edison in 1877. The next
after the phonograph was
the tape recorder. After that
a CD player was invented.
Then the last one is the
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 12
Where Your Dog By Michelle Nagata bred at every heat cycle, at about
twice per year.
I magine being a poor, fright-
ened dog locked up in a
cramped cage. You
Eventually, they become unable
to reproduce and are often killed
have little food, water,
and socialization with
other dogs. This is what
puppy mill dogs experi-
ence every day.
A puppy mill is a dog
breeding facility that
cares more about profit
than the dogs’ well be-
ing. Conditions in puppy
mills are unsanitary,
and are barely even
cleaned, depending on
Dogs are stacked
on top of one another.
These cages often have wired or abandoned by the operators.
flooring, which may injure paws From puppy mills, dogs are sent
Faces of misery: the production of and legs. to pet stores such as Petland. If a
puppies for profit. They are fed dog food sent in by dog is ever bought from Petland,
Photos from saawinternational.org,
the load, sometimes with sweep- chances are that it has health
ings off the floor. problems.
They never experience being On average, vet bills range from
able to play with toys, receive $40 to $400 per year, sometimes
praise and treats, exercise, take even more. Owning a dog with
walks, or have basic grooming. diseases and conditions will only
Puppy mill operators do not add to that bill. It takes even more
remove sick puppies from their checkups and medicine to care for
breeding pools, resulting in dis- puppy mill dogs.
eases and health conditions such All this could have been prevent-
as heart disease, kidney disease, ed in the first place, if only puppy
blood disorders, deafness, upper mill operators were responsible
respiratory infections, pneumonia, enough to care for them and pro-
and heartworm. duce dogs of higher quality. They
These puppies can be marketed care more about profit. Should
as young as eight months old. Bro- dogs have to suffer this way?
kers may claim that the dogs are If you would like to help bring
in good condition, when many are puppy mills to an end, you can
later found to be ill. Breeder dogs boycott dogs from puppy mills and
suffer with the puppies. They are help to spread this information.
La Bohème, Review by Jackie Emley on working on his drama, which
he had burned to keep the fire
a Night T his year for the 8th grade
opera, the students saw La
While he is working, he hears a
to Remember Bohème.
La Bohème is an original Ital-
knock on the door and a woman,
Mimi, asking him to light her
ian opera written by Giacomo candle.
Puccini and was first performed When he lets her in, he notices
in 1896. La Bohème has been the her beauty, but also that she
inspiration for several modern seems a little sick.
day movies, such as Rent and Soon after both of their can-
Moulin Rouge. dles go out and they are plunged
Before heading to Blaisdell, into darkness, then Mimi loses
most of students gathered in her key.
Twigg-Smith pavilion to eat din- Rodolfo finds it, but keeps it so
ner and discuss the opera. she will not leave and so they fall
Many parents and several stu- in love.
dents helped out, and 8th grade After the opera curtain falls
choir teacher, Mrs. Scanlan, of and everyone applauds, the first
course. intermission begins.
La Bohème is broken into 4 During the twenty-minute
parts, in the first part you meet break, students can purchase
the two lovers. drinks and snacks, but not take
Before you meet them, you see them into the theatre.
a group of two friends huddled This is also a great opportunity
around a dying fire. to show off everyone’s dresses
Rodolfo, the writer and Colline, and great outfits. Then they all
a philosopher. head back in, find their seats and
Then Shaunard, a musician, watch the next three acts.
comes with good news—he has If you are interested in seeing
a job for a rich English man and La Bohème, it will be at Blaisdell
has enough money for rent, fire- center until March 6th.
wood, and food. Or if you can’t make it, you
The friends decide to go out, should check out Rent, which is a
but Rodolfo stays back insisting modern version of La Bohème.
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 13
Percy Jackson, Review by Leah Arakaki letters, which seem unreadable
to most, form words to help him
in the Movie I n the new movie, Percy Jack-
son and the Olympians – The
Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson, a
answer one of Mr. Brunner’s ques-
While Mr. Brunner leads the rest
demigod sets out on a quest to not of the class around, Ms. Dodds,
only find his mother, but to return Percy’s evil substitute teacher,
Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt. takes him aside to “talk” to him.
Zeus’s master lightning bolt has What really happens is that Ms.
been stolen – and Zeus is accus- Dodds transforms into one of Ha-
ing Poseidon! Even though gods des’s Furies. She lifts Percy into the
are forbidden to steal a god’s main air, demanding the Lightning Bolt.
source of power, Zeus thinks that But, Mr. Brunner and Grover Un-
Poseidon’s son stole it. derwood, Percy’s best friend, come
He demands the bolt back by the into the room.
summer solstice, or there will be Mr. Brunner demands that the
war. Fury put him down, or he would
Percy Jackson was a troubled kid severely hurt her. The Fury drops
– he has dyslexia, words scramble Percy, smashing through the win-
when he looks at them, ADHD, dow, and flies away.
and, sometimes, things he couldn’t Mr. Brunner and Grover seem
explain happened. For instance, he to be hiding something, but Percy
could hold his breath underwater isn’t getting anything. Mr. Brunner
for 7 minutes, and he would come entrusts Percy with his “powerful
up alive. weapon”, Riptide, which just hap-
At a class trip to the museum, pens to be a pen.
Percy thinks he hears a voice talk- Grover and Percy rush to his
ing to him. He looks across the apartment. Grover tells Sally,
street and sees a man in a leather Percy’s mother, what’s happening.
jacket looking at him. But, a bus They try to rush out of the house
rolls by, and when it turns the cor- but Gabe, Percy’s stepfather, stops
ner, the man is gone. them. But Grover beats him up
Mr. Brunner, the tour guide, with his walkers.
leads the group through the mu- On the drive out to nowhere,
seum. For Percy, the ancient Greek …continued on page 15
Percy Jackson, Review by Sarini Saksena three, will at the age of 16 decide
the future of the world—whether
in the Book P ercy Jackson and the Olym-
pians series written by Rick
Riodan is one of New York Times
there will be a war or peace.
Percy is accused of stealing
Zeus’ thunderbolt. He is given ten
Best Seller and has been on the days to return the thunderbolt of
charts for over a year. Zeus, the king of Greek gods, to
This widely popular series is Mount Olympus in order to stop
based upon Greek mythology. Now a war between the gods. He has
a movie is being released about many adventures along the way
the first book in the series, The such as dealing with angry gods,
Lightning Thief, directed by Chris an evil betrayer and a rise of an all
Columbus. mighty Titan Kronos.
Columbus wanted to direct the His friends Annabeth Chase,
Percy Jackson movie because it Daughter of Athena (The Greek
gave him the “opportunity to do a Goddess of Wisdom), and Grover
movie that we haven’t really seen Underwood he will go on an ad-
before for this generation.” venture that will save the world.
When I was a kid,” Columbus You will see that in the movie,
says, “there were movies that The Lighting Thief, Percy Jackson,
dealt with Greek mythology, which is being accused of stealing Zeus’s
in terms of visual effects were Master Bolt as well. And he is
really primitive. So I thought this given until the Summer Solstice to
was an opportunity to deal with return it and, similar to the book,
Greek mythology which children war will follow upon the gods if
and adults all over the world are not done so. Along with his friends
fascinated by and it was not a new Annabeth and Grover, he will go
genre but a new avenue, dealing on an adventure that will save the
with mythological creatures in a world.
contemporary setting” The plot line is very similar to
Percy Jackson, the main charac- the book but there are many more
ter, is a twelve-year-old boy diag- flaws in the movie. Here are some
nosed with dyslexia and ADHD. He examples. (To read more about
tries to live a normal life but, after the movie, please view the review
getting kicked out of every school of this movie by Leah Arakaki.)
he ever attended, he is fed up. Af- •One of the biggest flaws in
ter going on a field trip and being the movie was that Percy, Grover,
attacked by his math teacher, he and Annabeth were portrayed as
finds out that he is a half–blood, at least 16 years old where in the
half Greek god and half human. book he was only 12.
He is sent to Camp Half-Blood, a •When he reached camp, there
camp for children like him. After were many missing scenes and
he arrives, Poseidon, the sea god, missing characters such as Cla-
claims Percy as his son. A proph- risse, the daughter of Ares. She
ecy states that a child of the big …continued on page 14
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 14
was an interesting character and stole the bolt. But in the book, it
she despised Percy. There were was a plot to start a war between
4 Percy Jackson Book hilarious chapters about their skir- the Gods so the Titan Kronos could
…continued from page 13 mishes and fights. reclaim the world again.
•One of the main features of •There were additional scenes
Camp Half Blood was Thalia’s pine added to the movie as well such as
tree and magical boundary. Thalia the Hydra scene and The Perse-
was a daughter of Zeus and was phone and Hades battle scene. In
turned into a pine tree by her the book Percy never battled the
father to prevent her from dying. Hydra in the temple. This scene
Now this pine tree protects the didn’t even occur in the series.
boundary of Camp Half Blood. Persephone was not introduced in
•Chiron, the camp trainer, in the the book nor did she ever stop Ha-
movie knew the parent of Percy, des from stealing the bolt. In fact,
whereas in the book he was deter- Hades didn’t steal the bolt at all.
mined or claimed by Poseidon. Percy Jackson and the Lightning
•In the book, when he reached Thief was a great movie, if you
Camp, Percy was given a quest by haven’t read the books yet.
the Oracle, or prophet, to find the If you are a huge fan of the se-
lightning bolt. But in the movie ries, then this movie, sorry to say,
this never happened. Instead he, will be disappointment.
Grover and Annabeth ran away to But the books were great. If you
find three pearls to save Percy’s are interested in reading them,
mom from the underworld and find please check out the following
the lightning bolt as well. books.
•In the book, Hades didn’t •Lightning Thief
want the Master Bolt. He wanted •Sea of Monsters
his Helm of Darkness. But in the •Titan’s Curse
movie he did want the Master Bolt. •Battle of the Labyrinth
In the book and the movie, Luke •Last Olympian
Valentine’s Day: By Michele Miao & Melissa Miura Harrison gave her, and leaves.
One of Julia’s students, Edison
‘A Love Story. T he poster for the movie Valen-
tine’s Day reads, “a day in the
(Bryce Robinson), orders a flower
from Reed to be sent to his Valen-
More or Less.’ life of love.” What it should read,
however, is, “Warning: this movie
tine. He gives them to Julia, and
Julia tells him to give it to a girl in
is only for those who enjoy bore- his class.
dom.” Edison’s baby sitter, Grace
In other words, it was a Valen- (Emma Roberts), plans to sleep for
tine’s Day disaster. Valentine’s Day her first time with her boyfriend,
is neither heartbreaking nor earth- Alex (Carter Jenkins). However,
shattering, a movie that is not Grace’s mom and Edison’s grand-
moving at all, unless you count the parents find out about this plan,
fast and confusing transitions from causing Edison’s grandmother
story to story every five seconds. A (Shirley MacLaine) to reveal a
disappointment, especially con- secret affair to his grandfather
sidering there were so many A-list (Hector Elizondo). In the end,
stars with roles in the movie. Then Grace and Alex decides to wait,
again, maybe it was just too much and Edison’s grandparents plan to
to take in all at once; too many say their marriage vows again.
great actors and actresses shoved Grace’s friends, Willy (Taylor
into a poorly plotted movie trying Lautner) and Felicia (Taylor Swift),
to pull off what other classic ro- experience new love, and talk
mance movies have already done. about their love and support for
The movie starts off with a each other on the news.
florist, Reed (Ashton Kutcher), Edison’s mother, Kate (Julia
proposing to his girlfriend Morley Roberts), meets a recently-single
(Jessica Alba). She accepts, and man named Holden (Bradley
he tells Alfonso (George Lopez), Cooper) on an airplane back home
Reed’s friend and co-worker, and to see her son. At the end, it is
Julia (Jennifer Garner), a elemen- shown that Holden broke up with
tary school teacher, this news Sean (Eric Dane), but he goes
happily. Later on, Morley changes back to him. Sean, a professional
her mind, and Reed discovers that football player, contemplates end-
Alfonso and Julia always thought ing his career with his publicist,
that it wouldn’t work out. Kara (Jessica Biel), and his publi-
Julia falls in love with Harrison cist, Paula (Queen Latifah).
(Patrick Dempsey), a doctor, not Kara plans her annual “I Hate
knowing that he is married. Reed Valentine’s Day” party, but be-
finds out that Harrison ordered comes interested in sports re-
flowers for both Julia and his porter Kelvin (Jamie Foxx), who
wife, and tries to warn Julia. Julia also dislikes Valentine’s Day. Paula
brushes this off, and goes on the hires a new receptionist, Liz (Anne
plane to meet Harrison. When she Hathaway), who starts dating Ja-
is at the hospital where Harrison son (Topher Grace), the mail room
works, she learns from a nurse clerk. Jason is shocked when he
that Harrison is indeed married, finds out Liz is a phone entertainer,
and makes a scene at a restaurant but accepts it later.
where Harrison is eating with his The review—story: one star;
wife. Julia gives back the toy that acting: one; direction: a half star.
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 15
Sally tries to explain about Percy’s He demands the bolt in ex-
father, but the explanation is cut change for Percy’s mother.
4 Percy Jackson Movie short when the Minotaur attacks When he disappears, Chiron tells
…continued from page 13 them. Grover reveals he is a satyr, Percy to bargain with Zeus.
and they race toward the Camp So, that night, Percy leaves to
Half-Blood border. But because find Hades. But, Grover and Anna-
Sally is mortal, she cannot enter beth insist on coming along. Percy
the safety of the camp. She is reluctantly agrees, and they set off.
caught by the Minotaur, and turns So, with the help of Luke, his
flying converse shoes, Percy’s new
shield, and his enchanted map
telling where the pearls that will
safely get them out of the Under-
world, they find the pearls in three
different locations – Aunty Em’s
Garden Emporium, the Nashville
Parthenon, and the Lotus Casino
But of course, they meet some
problems on the way. Aunty Em
turns out to be Medusa, and she
turns a lady to stone right in front
But, Percy slices off her head,
and on her wrist is the first pearl.
At the Nashville Parthenon, the
second pearl is on top of a replica
of Annabeth’s mother, Athena. But,
it is nearly 30 feet up, and there
are mobs of people around. So,
they come back at closing, where
Percy uses the Converse shoes to
grab the pearl. But five custodians
turn out to be a fire-breathing Hy-
dra, and they are nearly burned a
few times. But, Percy draws water
into dust. from a water fountain, and they
Using Riptide, Percy defeats the make it out safely.
Minotaur by stabbing it with its own At the final location, the Lotus
horn, but passes out after the feat. Casino and Hotel, they try to locate
After being unconscious for three a pearl in this huge casino. But,
days, he wakes up in the Camp they are blinded by the powers of
Half-Blood infirmary, where he the lotus flower, and end up forget-
slowly learns he is a demigod. He ting about the pearl. But, in the
sees Annabeth Chase, daughter of end, they find the pearl, steal a
Athena, dueling about four warriors Lamborghini, and make it out… five
at once. He also learns that Mr. days after they went in!
Brunner’s actual name is Chiron, That means the summer solstice
and that he is a centaur. would arrive the following day!
But the biggest surprise is that Will they find the bolt? Will there
his unknown father is actually one be war? And how does Luke tie into
of the biggest gods up on Mount this?
Olympus – Poseidon. Some things about this movie
And his stepfather, “Smelly don’t really match the original
Gabe”? Well, the only reason Sally book, The Lightning Thief, by Rick
Jackson stayed with him was to Riordan.
cover up Percy’s demigod scent. First of all, Annabeth Chase has
Being one of the Big Three, his brown hair in the movie. But, the
scent would attract more monsters. book clearly says that Annabeth is
But, because of Gabe’s stench, he blonde. And, if you look at every
was able to stay safe all that time. drawing of Annabeth Chase on
But, there is the stolen lightning Google, the artists will give her
bolt, and he learns that he is the blonde hair.
prime suspect. He knows that he is In the book, their quest is
not the culprit, and Chiron believes mostly to find the entrance to the
him. But, if they do not find it, war Underworld to win back the soul of
What’s wrong with this pic- will fall upon the gods. Percy’s mother. But, in the movie,
ture? That depends on whether But, for now, Capture the Flag is they mostly focus on looking for
you know the book or only the coming up. Percy is put on Luke’s the three pearls that would get
movie! team. (Luke is a son of Hermes.) them out of Hades’ palace.
After running away from some For more book/movie changes,
Ares warriors, he ends up by the read Sarini Saksena’s article on pg.
stream where, surprisingly, the flag 14.
is. He reaches out to grab it when… Out of 5 stars, I’d give it the
Annabeth leaps out of the tree. movie a 1.5. I give it this rating
She beats him up pretty badly, but because of the way they changed
Percy uses the water to heal, and the story. The kids are portrayed
beats everyone who stands in his as 16 when should be 12, the story
way, securing the Blue Team vic- line is pretty messed up, and there
tory. are a bunch of things that didn’t fit
At the campfire, Annabeth the story.
confesses she has feelings for him, If you’re planning to see this
positive or negative. But, at that movie, I hope you didn’t read the
moment, Hades explodes out of the book because, for me, it really
campfire. messed up the movie.
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 16
Fire Up the Oven By Melanie Lee 1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup canola oil (or olive oil)
and Try This Recipe I f you’re one of those people
trying to banish junk food from
your diet, don’t give up just yet.
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
Fire up your oven, dust up 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
your dustpan, and shop for these 1 cup chocolate chips
ingredients because we’re making
Eatingwell.com has a variety of 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat
healthy cookie recipes to choose two baking sheets with cooking
from and the recipe that I chose spray.
was “Bev’s Chocolate Chip Cook- 2. Grind oats in a blender or
ies”. food processor. Transfer to a me-
These healthy cookies have no dium bowl and stir in flour, baking
hydrogenated fat, contain all- soda and salt. Beat butter in a
natural ingredients, and as much large bowl with an electric mixer
whole-grain flour as possible. until fluffy.
When I baked them at home, Add oil, granulated sugar, brown
I tried the recipe with a few sugar, egg and vanilla; beat until
changes. Instead of canola oil, I smooth and creamy. With the
used olive oil and 2/3 cup Splenda mixer running, add the dry ingre-
brown sugar blend to make them dients, beating on low speed until
more healthy. just combined. Stir in chocolate
They turned out great. chips.
The recipe makes about two and 3. Drop the dough by heaping
a half dozen cookies, and the total teaspoonfuls, at least 1 inch apart,
time taken to make them is 35 onto the prepared baking sheets.
minutes. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time,
until firm around the edges and
You’ll need: golden on top, about 15 minutes.
3/4 cup rolled oats Cool the cookies for two min-
1 cup whole-wheat flour utes on the baking sheets, then
1/2 teaspoon baking soda transfer to wire racks to cool com-
1/2 teaspoon salt pletely.
The Hot Book: By Yeseul Do This made the Capitol feel
extremely degraded, and Katniss
Catching Fire I n 2009, the acclaimed book
writer Suzanne Collins started
a new book series
created a rebellion against the
Capitol. The President threatened
to Katniss’s best
called The Hunger friend, Gale,
Games Trilogy. because of the of-
The first book fensive rebellion.
was titled The The President
Hunger Games. knew about the
It is set in an un- secret plan of
known future, and pretending to be
the main charac- lovers. He wanted
ters are named Katniss to per-
Katniss Everdeen suade Peeta that
and Peeta Mel- they really did
lark. love each other,
Every year, and the reward
there is a compe- would be: he
tition called the wouldn’t kill Kat-
“Hunger Games” niss’s loved ones.
where two teen- In Catching
agers from an Fire, Katniss and
area of Panem Peeta are forced
(the supposedly to be part of
future name of the next Hunger
the demolished Games, and go
North America”) through many
fight to the death, and the winner troubles. Other than trying to stay
gets a year’s supply of food and a alive during the game, Katniss is
substantial amount of money. also stuck with love problems.
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta She has mixed feelings for her
Mellark were the contenders of the childhood friend Gale and Peeta’s
73rd Hunger Games and the first in love with her.
pair to win. Catching Fire was excellent, as
As part of their plot to both sur- it is full of adventure, suspense,
vive, they acted as “star-crossed and romance. I would recom-
lovers.” This was unusual in that mend this to everyone, especially
only one person normally wins if you’ve read the popular series
the games. To show their stub- Gregor the Overlander, which was
bornness, they both threatened also by the same author, Su-
to commit suicide. With no other zanne Collins. Also, if you haven’t
choice, the Capitol (the govern- read the first book of the Hunger
ment of Panem) allowed both of Games trilogy, I highly recommend
them to win. it before reading this one!
March 2010 The CMS Courier Page 17
2010, 52nd Annual By Amanda Chau emony, there is a “General Field”
of awards. It consists of four main
Grammy Awards O n January 31, 2010, the 52nd
Annual Grammy Awards took
place at the Staple Center in Los
awards: Album of the Year, Record
of the Year, Record of the Year,
Song of the Year, and Best New
Angeles, California. Artist.
If you didn’t know what the This year, a lot of popular artists
Grammy Awards were, they are were awarded during this celebra-
awards for critical success in mu- tion. Taylor Swift’s album, Fear-
sic. They were estab- less, received Album of the
lished in 1958. How the Year.
awards got its name was Beyonce, famously
because “grammy” is known, won six awards,
short for gramophone, breaking the record for
an old-fashioned record most wins by a female art-
player. The awards are ist in one night. Her song,
presented annually by “Single Ladies,” won the
the National Academy award Song of the Year.
of Recording Arts and The song, “Use Some-
Sciences of the United body” by the rock band
States for outstanding Kings of Leon won Record
achievements in the mu- of the Year.
sic industry. The Grammy awards are fo-
The gramophone trophy, manu- cused on giving awards to the
factured by Billings Artwork, is a hot new artists, and broadcasting
small, gilded gramophone statu- celebrities across the world on
ette. It is awarded each year for national television.
outstanding achievements in the The evening of the awards is
musical industry. about relaxing on your couch and
The awards ceremony fea- enjoying performances from some
tures performances by hit artists, of your favorite bands, artists, and
and some of the awards of more singers.
popular interest are presented in a Some of them are just “one hit
world-wide televised observance. wonders,” and some will go down
Basically, during the award cer- in music history.
And the Oscar By Libby Hoffenberg best picture was “Wings.”
The Oscar statuette, officially
Goes to..... E very year, the Academy
Awards recognizes the out-
standing films of the past year in
called the Academy Award of
Merit, shows a knight holding a
crusader’s sword, standing on a
several categories, and awards the reel of film. The film reel has five
hardworking actors and directors spokes, which signifies the five
with a shiny gold statuette. original branches of the Academy
This year, on March 7th, Alec (actors, directors, producers, tech-
Baldwin and Steve Martin will nicians, and writers).
be co-hosting the 82nd annual It was designed by Cedric Gib-
Academy Awards ceremony. bons, chief art director of Metro-
How did the Academy Awards Goldwyn-Mayer and has a height
start? of 13.5 inches and weighs 8.5
In early 1927, M-G-M stu- pounds.
dio chief Louis B. Mayer had The statuette is manufactured
dinner with actor Conrad by R.S. Owens & Company in
Nagel, director Fred Niblo, Chicago, and it takes about three
and producer Fred Beetson. or four weeks to manufacture 50
They began talking about of them, which is about how many
creating an organization to the academy gives out each year.
benefit the entire film industry. Over the 81 years that the
The next week, they had an- Oscar ceremony has been held,
other dinner with 36 people to 2,701 statuettes have been given
hear a proposal to found the In- out.
ternational Academy of Motion Because the Academy Awards
Picture Arts and Sciences. have gone down in ratings over
The group liked the idea and the years, the Academy has been
by mid-March of that year, the looking for something that they
first officers were elected and could do differently this year.
Douglas Fairbanks was elected Instead of having only five nom-
president of the academy. inees for the best picture category,
The first Academy Awards there will be ten nominees.
were officially presented at a din- Those nominees are: Avatar,
ner at the Hollywood Roos- The Blind Side, District 9, An Edu-
evelt Hotel on May 16, cation, The Hurt Locker, Inglouri-
1929, where 15 Oscars ous Basterds, Precious: Based on
were given, honoring the the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, A
achievements between Serious Man, Up, and Up in the
August 1, 1927 and July Air.
31, 1928. The 82nd annual Academy
Tickets were five Awards ceremony will be held
dollars. on March 7th at 5 p.m. Hawaiian
The first movie standard time. Go to oscar.go.com
recognized as the for a printable ballot and enjoy!