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                                                   S a n ta C atalina School, Monterey, CA                                             Volume 55, Issue 3

Tragedy at                                                                                 Reportedly,
                                                                                       Hasan had been
                                                                                       unhappily serving
Fort Hood, Texas                          offenses. One worshipper remembered
                                                                                       in the military
                                                                                       since 2003. As a
co-Editor-In-Chief                        him saying, “I’m going traveling. I won’t    psychiatrist      who
paulina nguyen, 2010                                                                   counseled soldiers,
                                          be here tomorrow.” Hours later, Hasan
    On November 5, terror struck Fort     entered a processing center at Fort          he         repeatedly
Hood military base when gunman            Hood where soldiers receive medical          attempted to leave
Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed            attention before being deployed              his career but was
13 soldiers and wounded 31 others.        overseas. Witnesses reported that the        unsuccessful. The
Looking back, some realize that           murderer bowed his head, proclaimed          Army desperately
Hasan hinted signals foreshadowing        “Allahu Akbar” (God is great), and           needed         mental
his vicious rampage. Hasan was            drew his pistol. In the midst of his         health professionals
about to be deployed to Iraq before he    shooting, Sergeant Kimberly Munley,          and was not easily
unleashed one of the worst military       a 34 year old mother, ended the              willing to release him. His relatives        Fort Hood have promised to reinforce
base shootings in U.S. history. It was    massacre single handedly by shooting         and acquaintances have claimed that          their efforts to cope with soldiers
6:00 am that Thursday when Hasan          him four times. “It was an amazing           Hasan’s inner frustrations and tensions      before deployment.
left his apartment to attend prayer       and an aggressive performance by             had been mounting due to his strong             President Barack Obama attended
services at a nearby mosque. He said      this police officer,” base commander         Muslim faith in the midst of soldiers of     a memorial service at Fort Hood on
farewell to his friends and begged for    Lt. Gen. Robert Cone said. Hasan is          other religions. He became outwardly         November 10 and led the country
forgiveness from one man for past         currently in a coma.                         opposed to the wars in Iraq and              in mourning this shocking tragedy.
                                                                                       Afghanistan because of his personal          “It may be hard to comprehend the
                                                                                       religious clash. However, others             twisted logic that led to this tragedy,”
                                                                                       who lived with Hasan never would             the president told thousands of
                                                                                       have fathomed that he would act so           soldiers and families who gathered to
                                                                                       heinously. Although investigators have       remember their loved ones. “But this
                                                                                       not yet determined what directly set         much we do know: No faith justifies
                                                                                       off his shooting, it is clear that Hasan’s   these murderous and craven acts. No
                                                                                       frustrations were one motive.                just and loving God looks upon them
                                                                                           Hasan wasn’t the only one feeling        with favor. For what he has done, we
                                                                                       severe war-related stress. Since 2003,       know that the killer will be met with
                                                                                       there have been 76 suicides at Fort          justice, in this world and the next.”
                                                                                       Hood, and the crisis center has an              Let us remember and honor the
                                                                                       average of 60 phone calls a week             individuals who have fought for our
                                                                                       regarding issues of anger, suicide, or       country’s freedom yet lost their lives,
                                                                  post-traumatic stress. Army officials at     hope, and future at Fort Hood, Texas.

“TRash Island”
                                                                                                                                    other objects found in the current.
                                                                                                                                        Some people have the idea that the
                                                                                                                                    “trash vortex” is like an island that you

Invades Pacific                                                                                                                     can walk on. Not exactly; it is more
                                                                                                                                    like a plastic soup.
                                                                                                                                        Indeed, plastic is the most common
Kelsey Pennington, 2010                                                                                                             material found in this giant floating
                                          Pacific Ocean - there is a
                                                                                                                                    trash pit. It is lightweight and can
   One thousand miles northeast           huge swirling current of
                                                                                                                                    float for hundreds of miles before
of Hawaii - in a remote patch of the      human trash too large to
                                                                                                                                    being caught by the current. Also, it is
                                                                                                                                    one of the most durable and pervasive
                                              It is made up of
                                                                                                               materials used all over the world—
                                          everything imaginable, including
                                                                                                                                    in both advanced and developing
                                          light bulbs, bottle caps, toothbrushes,      and then out into sea.
                                                                                                                                    societies. The plastic is broken up into
                                          popsicle sticks, and tiny pieces of             The giant Pacific garbage patch was
                                                                                                                                    tiny shards. Now there are millions,
                                          plastic, each the size of a grain of rice.   discovered by scientist Charles Moore
                                                                                                                                    maybe billions, of pieces floating
                                          Some of the trash is abandoned fishing       12 years ago by accident as he returned
                                                                                                                                    around the Pacific.
                                          gear, but other items come from land         home from a sailing trip. He is now
                     after being washed into storm drains         conducting research on the plastic and                             Continued page 3
December 14, 2009                                                                                                                                                      2

  International                                                                       like this.” This presents
                                                                                      an opportunity for
                                                                                      scientists to formulate a

  N                       E                      W                         S
                                                                                      better understanding of
                                                                                      how plate movements
                                                                                      occur in the ocean

      briefs                              A New                                       in a more accessible
                                                                                          What is so unusual

                                          Ocean in
     Dah Kyung kim, 2010
                                                                                      about the rift in Africa
                                                                                      is that the boundaries
                                                                                      along the edges of the
A Norwegian freelance journalist, Paal
                                          Africa                                      tectonic plates appear
                                                                                      to be breaking apart
Refsdal, and his unnamed interpreter                                                  suddenly,      in     large
                                          Alex Opechowski, 2011
were kidnapped by the Taliban in                                                      increments, rather than
eastern Afghanistan November 5.               Doubt surrounding the theory that       in small bits as previous
According to the Pakistani newspaper,     tectonic movement in Africa would           theories had held. The
Refsdal’s captors demanded the            eventually yield a new ocean was            seismic activity poses
withdrawal of Norwegian troops from       dispelled recently, as researchers can      a threat to populations
Pakistan and the release of 12 Taliban    now confirm that a 35-mile rift in the      living near to the rift.
prisoners. However, the Norwegian         Ethiopian desert will do just that. It is       The movement of the African and
Foreign Minister said that there was      estimated that this process will take       Arabian plates is responsible for the      pour out to create a new ocean, which
no exchange with the Taliban but          well over a million years to complete.      creation of the Red Sea and the Afar       would connect to the Arabian Sea via
intense work to free the two hostages.        The crack, 20 feet across in some       depression in Ethiopia. Scientists         the Gulf of Aden, located between
                                          areas, opened in 2005 when Dabbahu,         hypothesize that the Red Sea will          Somalia and Yemen.
                                          a volcano at its northern end, erupted
                                          for the first time in recorded history.
North Korea                               Magma pushed through the middle of
Threatens                                 the rift, “unzipping” it in the process.
South Korea                                   An international team of scientists,
    North Korea and South Korea had       led by Atalay Ayele of the Addis Ababa
a naval clash on November 5 in water      University in Ethiopia, gathered
off their western coast. Each side is     seismic data for analysis and discovered
accusing the other of violating the sea   that the processes creating the rift are
border and firing first. On November      similar to those that occur on the
12, North Korea’s main newspaper          sea floor. University of Rochester
commented that the government will        professor Cindy Ebinger, who co-
show “no forgiveness and merciless        authored the study, says, “We knew
punishment for warmongers who             that seafloor ridges are created by a
infringe upon our republic’s dignity      similar intrusion of magma into a rift,
and sovereignty.” Analysts suggest that   but we never knew that a huge length
North Korea is seeking to improve its     of the ridge could break open at once
bargaining position with the U.S. by                                                                                                                
stroking tensions right before Obama’s

                                          Festival of Freedom
first visit to South Korea
                                                                                                                                    On November 9, 1989, the
                                                                                                                                 28-mile-long Berlin Wall that stood
                                          Monica Kim, 2011                                                                       between the East and the West Berlin
Russian President                                                                                                                for thirty-eight years finally crumbled
Promises                                                                                                                         down. The fall of the Berlin Wall that
Modernization                                                                                                                    had symbolized the division after the
   President Medvedev claimed                                                                                                    Cold War for decades meant more than
that he will bring about reforms in                                                                                              a simple deconstruction—it signaled
Russia’s economy, industrial and                                                                                                 not only the end of communism
military infrastructure, and political                                                                                           in Europe but also the promising,
institutions. He also addressed                                                                                                  peaceful days to come.
corruption, law enforcement and                                                                                                     Twenty years have passed since
police, although he did not offer                                                                                                the day both East and West Berliners
concrete proposals for reform. He said,                                                                                          crowded and clambered up the wall
“In the 21st century, our country again                                                                                          shouting, “Open This Gate!” On
requires modernization in all areas,                                                                                             November 9, the day of its anniversary,
and this will be the first time in our                                                                                           the fall of the Berlin Wall was reenacted
history when modernization will be                                                                                               with the toppling of dominos along
based on the values and institutions of                                                                                          the entire wall-path at the “Festival of
democracy.”                                                                                         Freedom” in Berlin.
December 14, 2009                                                                                                                                                    3

Saving Second Base?
Federal Government Attempted Cost Cuts
Further Breast Cancer risks
                                                                                      N a t i o n a l
Lauren Bishop, 2011                                                                    N                        E                        W                       S
    As an aspect of the ongoing
attempt to revamp the health-care
system and lessen federal costs,
                                          biopsies, unnecessary anxiety, and
                                          the discovery and
                                          treatment of tumors
                                                                                      all precautionary methods that have
                                                                                                   led to genuine discovery
                                                                                                   in the past and continue
                                                                                                                                        Eliza Harbert, 2010
a federally appointed task force’s        that would not                                           to be relevant today.
newly recommended standards and           cause problems if                                        These recommendations,
procedures of mammogram screening         let alone. Despite                                       despite being advised          President Rejects
has caused uproar both on Capitol         the fact that breast                                     by a highly authorized         Afganistan
Hill and in women’s home across the       cancer is appearing                                      board of scientists, goes
                                                                                                                                     At the war council meeting on
nation. The Medicare program, which       at younger and                                           against those set by more
                                                                                                                                  November 11, Obama asked for a
primarily covers those 65 or older        younger ages in                                          established cancer research
                                                                                                                                  revision of the four options he had
but also insures younger people with      women, the task                                          facilities, such as the
                                                                                                                                  given his national security team.
disabilities, currently pays for annual   forrce argues that                                       American Cancer Society.
                                                                                                                                  Obama’s ambassador, Karl Eikenberry,
mammograms starting at age 40, as is      the risk between 40-                                         Despite these attempts
                                                                                                                                  warned against sending a large
the current standard with most private    50 is low compared                                       to siphon government
                                                                                                                                  number of troops as the current war
insurance companies. The task force       to these detriments.                                     money out of relevant
                                                                                                                                  commander, Gen. McChrystal, has
advised that most women should not        It also recommended                                      health threats, Medicare
                                                                                                        suggested. The President has decided
start routine screening until they are    that women 50 to 74 years                                states that it will continue
                                                                                                                                  to send 30,000 more troops with an
50.                                       old be screened every two                                to cover mammograms
                                                                                                                                  emphasis on the training of Afghan
    Their reasoning lies in the           years rather than annually. And it          beginning at 40, because when it
                                                                                                                                  forces while also taking on the Taliban
few problems associated with              discouraged doctors from teaching           comes to breast cancer, there’s no room
                                                                                                                                  in key areas of Afghanistan.
mammograms, such as excess                breast self-examination. These are          for skimping when it counts.


the World Series                                                                     Trash                                        Guantanamo
                                                                                                                                      The people of Thomson, Illinois,
Christine Torrise, 2011                                                              Island                                       recently learned that the Obama
                                                                                                                                  administration is considering their
    The Series was started on October     This was the 27th World Series win        Continued from page 1                         town as a leading option in its plan
28, 2009, which was the latest start in   for the New York Yankees. Hideki                                                        to relocate some prisioners from
World Series history. The 2009 World      Matsui, of the Yankees, was awarded       Kelsey Pennington, 2010
                                                                                                                                  Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. However,
Series was the 105th edition of major     the Most Valuable Player.                 and DDT cannot dissolve in water,             the town is divided in their reactions
league       baseball’s                                                             but are easily absorbed into the              towards this plan. Some feel
playoff series. The                                                                 floating plastic. Plankton-feeding            uncomfortable with moving terrorism
Series was between                                                                  fish ingest the plastic shards, causing       suspects into their correctional center
the       Philadelphia                                                              the toxic chemicals to leak into their        even with added security measures, a
Phillies and the New                                                                tissue. Then, larger predator species         second fence surrounding the prison,
York Yankees. The                                                                   eat those fish. They also now have            and increased law enforcement. Others
Phillies were the                                                                   transferred toxins into their body.           argue in favor of it because of the
champions of the                                                                        The region of trash doubles in size       estimated 3,200 jobs it could provide
National League and                                                                 every decade and is now believed to           to an area that had 10.5 percent
the Yankees were the                                                                be roughly twice the size of Texas. It is     unemployment in September.
champions of the                                                                    held in place by swirling underwater
American       League.                                                              currents and before long will become
The last time the                                                                   as large as the continental U.S. It is        Hunger          in     U.S.
two teams met in the                                                                one of five garbage patches that are          Rising
World Series was in                                                                 caught in gyres around the world’s                The number of Americans living
1950. During that                                                                   oceans. Scientists warn that if               in households that lacked a supply
series, the Yankees                                                                 consumers around the world do not             of consistent, adequate food rose to
swept the Phillies by                                                               cut back on disposable plastic use, the       49 million last year. This number is
winning four games in                                                               gyre will double in the next decade.          a 14-year high since the government
a row.                                                                                  There are many independent                began tracking “food insecurity.” The
    In this year’s                                                                  research groups now conducting                number of 13 million Americans who
series, the Yankees                                                                 tests on the Pacific patch and what its       were added to this list in a year was
defeated the Phillies                                                               implications are for the environment          much larger than the trend predicted.
by winning four of                                                                  and the future of the oceans. One             Analysts attribute the rise to the
the games, and the                                                                  thing the patch does show is that             growth in unemployment, which is
Phillies came up short                                                              there is hardly anything that is left         now at 10.2 percent and also possibly
by only winning two.                                              unaffected by humanity.                       rising food prices.
December 14, 2009                                                                                                                                                         4

                                                                                        Tea Trend
On MarkThomas
                                                                                                                                        Jessica and Michael, our local
                                                                                                                                     vendors, originally came up with
                                                                                        Katie Griffin, 2013                          the idea last April when both were
                                                                                                                                     planning to take some time off
  SCHOOL NEWS                                                                               Bubble Tea, the hottest iced craze,
                                                                                        is sweeping the
                                                                                                                                     before going to graduate school;

                                                                                        nation! It is a

Get Involved:
                                                                                        flavored, sweet,
                                                                                        and refreshing
                                                                                        beverage that is

Save Water                                                                              usually served with
                                                                                        tapioca pearls or
                                                                                        lychee jelly. The
Tamsen Forest, 2013
                                                                                        drink started as a
    In honor of water conservation                                                      childhood treat in
month, everyone should be making an                                                     Taiwan in the late
even greater effort to help! Everyone is                                                1980’s at small tea
getting involved.                                                                       stands in front of
    Here are some great ways to                                                         the schoolhouses.
become part of the solution and learn                       Children and
more:                                                                                   adults alike looked
    Groups in our local community          organization. Friends of the River is        forward with
have worked on ordinances to ban           dedicated to preserving and restoring        excitement for this afternoon treat.         neither were very enthusiastic about
styrofoam, wise water use projects,        California’s rivers, streams, and their          The Bubble Tea craze has been            any other job opportunities. They
‘green’ building codes, community          watersheds as well as advocating for         huge in Taiwan and other parts of            realized that bubble tea would have
gardens and many other issues. Please      sustainable water management. Please         Southeast Asia for the last 15 years.        a good chance to be successful on the
see http://sustainablemontereycounty.      see                The drink has now spread to major            Monterey Peninsula because there
org.                                          The Sierra Club is a non-profit,          cities such as Los Angeles and New           was not an existing store of any kind
    Water For People assists people in     member-supported, public interest            York City. Because of the wide variety       and not many people have heard of
developing countries by improving          organization that promotes                   of flavors, people have a good chance        it. A couple months into the planning
their quality of life by supporting the    the conservation of our natural              at finding a taste that they enjoy and       stage, Jessica’s father suggested that
development of locally sustainable         environment by influencing public            coming back for more, spreading              they should have a mobile business.
drinking water resources, sanitation       policy decisions. The original               the popularity. Here in our small            Soon afterwards, they realized that
facilities and health, and hygiene         purpose of the Sierra Club was               Catalina community, it has become            there would be many advantages over
education programs. They believe in        to protect and preserve the Sierra           a well-known treat thanks to Jessica         a fixed location, such as paying rent
a world where all people have access       Nevada and other scenic resources            Hightower and Michael Joshi.                 and waiting for customers to come to
to safe and sanitary drinking water.       of the U.S. and its forests, waters,             This drink is far from the plain-        them.
Please see         wildlife, and wilderness, but it has         looking tea that you’ve seen before,             Although they are still in the
    Friends of the River protects          become increasingly involved in              and it is hard to explain to the                      development period, Jessica
and restores California rivers by          other environmental policy issues,           uninitiated. The                                      and Michael believe that the
influencing public policy and inspiring    such as pollution control, energy            tea is sweet,                                         business has a lot of potential.
citizen action. It was founded in          policy, population, toxic substances,        though it has                                         They are excited about the
1973 during the struggle to save the       and urban environment at the local,          less sugar than a                                     fact that so many Catalina
Stanislaus River from New Melones          state, and national levels. See http://      typical soft drink.                                   students have already heard
Dam. Following that campaign, the                       The drink itself is                                   of bubble tea, but outside the
group grew to become California’s             Get involved and spread the word;         usually a mix of                                      campus, the community is
statewide river conservation               the earth needs our help.                    tea, milk, sugar,            
                                                                                                                                              a little more hesitant to try
                                                                                        and tapioca balls. The “bubble” refers       the different products. Fortunately,
                                                                                        to the foam created by shaking the           everyone who is willing to try almost
                                                                                        freshly brewed tea with ice (the drink       always returns for more.
                                                                                        must always be shaken, not stirred).             Depending on the success rate of
                                                                                            Tapioca pearls, a primary the business, Jessica and Michael’s
                                                                                        ingredient, are made mostly from next step is to purchase another
                                                                                        tapioca starch; tapioca starch is truck. The fact that so many people
                                                                                        made from tapioca or bitter-cassava are excited and already know about
                                                                                        plant, sometimes called manioca bubble tea bodes well for the success
                                                                                        or yuca in some parts of the world. of the buisness. Both are extremely
                                                                                        The bitter-cassava plant is native to happy with the success that has come
                                                                                        South America and was introduced from their visits to Catalina.
                                                                                        into Asia sometime during the 19th               Although the Monterey Peninsula
                                                                                        century. Someone came up with the is fairly new to the idea of bubble
                                                                                        idea of adding tapioca pearls as a bit tea, it has been commanding the
                                                                                        of novelty, and the idea spread. This streets of Asian Suburbs for the last
                                                                                        created the new fad of adding tapioca fifteen years and there is little doubt
                                                                                        pearls into the children’s favorite tea that it will soon command the same
                                                        drinks.                                      following in Monterey.
December 14, 2009                                                                                                                                                          5

 In the Spotlight                                                                                                                     Dead
 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT                                                                                                                 Shark
40th Anniversary                                                                                                                      or Art?
of Sesame Street
                                                                                                                                      Francissca Kang, 2012

                                                                                                                                          A dead shark preserved in a blue
Michelle Lee, 2014                                                                                                                    tank is displayed in the art museum.
                                                                                                                                      This controversial piece of artwork, by
   There are certain things that            bird with such a wide range of talents,
                                                                                                                                      Damien Hirst, is called “The Physical
remain ever popular in life, such as a      from ice-skating to unicycle riding,
                                                                                                                                      Impossibility of Death in the Mind
warm chocolate-chip cookie fresh out        a forever favorite among the show’s                        
                                                                                                                                      of Someone Living.” Hirst believes
of the oven with a glass of milk or a       viewers. Or perhaps the blue Muppet
                                                                                                                                      that by showing death itself (in this
long awaited rain. Though it may lie in     Cookie Monster, who immediately             Sesame Street has reached out to
                                                                                                                                      case, by using the dead shark as the
a very different category from the two      takes to anything edible, and quite         attract people like no other children’s
                                                                                                                                      medium), people can truly understand
things, Sesame Street is undeniably         often, inedible. Conversely, parents        program. Author Malcolm Gladwell
                                                                                                                                      the abstract concept as a reality.
ever popular too.                           fall in love with the incorporation of      once stated, “Sesame Street was built
                                                                                                                                          Hirst’s work shows the procession
   From the time a child is about 4         various educational elements of the         around a single, breakthrough insight:
                                                                                                                                      of life and death. He has created
years old or so, a great joy is presented   show, such as the alphabet, lessons in      that if you can hold the attention of
                                                                                                                                      several artworks that are controversial
to them in tuning in to watch this          morality, and social skills. This creates   children, you can educate them.” This
                                                                                                                                      even today, though the art world
renowned television show every              the perfect jackpot combination that        truth still holds true today, even after
                                                                                                                                      seems to be quickly approaching un-
morning. Whether your favorite              has contributed so significantly to the     the celebration of its 40th anniversary
                                                                                                                                      shockable. Some argue that his work is
character is the ever-charming Oscar        continuation of the show. Another           on November 10.
                                                                                                                                      just cheap novelty being sold out in an
the Grouch or the lovable, endearingly      popular element is the display of               Though four decades have passed
                                                                                                                                      excessive price. Others recognize Hirst
furry Elmo, it borders near impossible      neighborhood diversity within the           since the pilot episode, the endurance
                                                                                                                                      as generating an important turning
to not be captivated by the warmth and      show, first with a mix of Caucasian and     of this educational yet very entertaining
                                                                                                                                      point in the history of modern art.
heart of this classic show.                 African-American actors, then with          show is due to the creativity and
                                                                                                                                          Demand for art has been changing
   So what makes Sesame Street              Asians and Hispanics later on.              thought put behind it. There is no
                                                                                                                                      for centuries. Naturally, its role has
so accepted by its large audience?              Through a strong visual style, fast-    doubt Sesame Street will continue it’s
                                                                                                                                      gone through many phases. Since the
Maybe it’s Big Bird, the 8’ 2” yellow       moving action, music, and humor,            legacy for many years more.
                                                                                                                                      time of Picasso, art has become free
                                                                                                                                      from the demands of the accurate

                                            Artist of the Month:                                                                      description and record of human
                                                                                                                                      history. Due to changes in what people
                                                                                                                                      want from our world, art’s true identity
                                            Taylor Swift                                                                              is still controversial.
                                                                                                                                          So what does art mean to us now?
                                            Nicole dovolis, 2010
                                                                                            That night Taylor received The            Can the dead shark in the tank still even
                                            of Scott Borchetta when performing          Best New female Artist Award. At the          be art? Think of the trends that were
                                            at the Bluebird Café in TN. She was         CMA Awards in November, she took              popular in the 60s, like denim overalls,
                                            only 14 when she became the youngest        home the Horizon Award. Taylor’s              hippy hairstyles, and the sweater that
                                            songwriter to sign a publishing deal        great milestone was her single “Our           your grandma just knitted for your
                                            with SONY/ATV.                              Song”, which remained as No. 1 for            birthday. Are they still relevant in the
                     Even though her first album             six weeks, into 2008. Her sophomore           fashion world today? Perhaps they are
   Taylor Alison Swift, born                debuted in 2006,                                                 release is titled        relevant only as a series of bad choices.
December 13, 1989, is the first female      Swift’s career took                                              “Fearless,” which        Is Hirst’s far-reaching, very real art a
solo country artist to have written         off full speed in                                                contains      songs      fad - or the new face of the art world?
and co-written all of the songs on          2007. She received                                               she has written          We’ll just have to watch and find out.
her Platinum-selling debut album.           her first award                                                  and      co-written.
Growing up in Wyomissing, PA,               in April at the                                                  On       November
she developed a love for the genre of       CMT        Awards,                                               11 at the CMA
country music, especially the music of      for “Breakthrough                                                Awards,      Taylor
country music legends Patsy Cline and       Video,” for Tim                                                  Swift proved her
Dolly Parton. As her passion for music      McGraw. At the                         talent and success
grew, she began performing at local         ACM Awards that same                                           as she won 4 out of
karaoke contests, festivals and fairs by    year, Taylor Swift sang her hit to Tim      4 nominees for Album of the Year
the age of 10. At the age of 12, Taylor     Mcgraw, who was sitting front row           (Fearless), Female Vocalist of the Year,
got her first guitar and began writing      with his wife, Faith Hill. At the end       Video of the Year (Love Story), and
her own music. Her supportive family        of the song, she reached out her hand,      Entertainer of the Year.
made regular trips to Nashville when        and said, “Hi, I’m Taylor.” This was the        Swift will be touring this year and
they realized her serious determination     first time she had met her childhood        is coming to San Jose and Los Angeles
and talent. Taylor caught the attention     country hero.                               this April.                                                 
December 14, 2009                                                                                                                                                             6

 Say Anything                                                                                A Month
 F                  O                   R                   U                    M           in History:
Heaters Can Ruin                                                                             November                                                    

                                                                                             natasha tabibian, 2013                       the importance of Thanksgiving as a

Your Skin                                                                                        The word November, derived from
                                                                                                                                          national holiday. She became editor
                                                                                                                                          of the Ladies’ Magazine in Boston,
                                                                                             the Latin word “novem” or nine, was a        which was the most widely distributed
Brooke kim, 2011
                                                                                             name given to the ninth month in the         magazine in the country during the
    You may enjoy the warmth that                                                            Roman calendar. In 1582, Catholic            1840s and 50s. She used this media
seeps through your car the minute you                                                        countries adopted the Gregorian              for 17 years to campaign for a national
turn the ignition and the hot air starts                                                     calendar with January as the first           Thanksgiving holiday. Finally, during
blowing out of your vents, but your                                                          month of the year, placing November          the Civil War, she wrote to President
skin does not. The moment you step                                                           in the eleventh position. People born        Lincoln requesting that a nationwide
in to a heated space, your skin loses                                                        during the month of November                 annual day of Thanksgiving be “a
its moisture because it has to adapt to                                                      consider topaz their birthstone. Topaz       National and fixed Union Festival”
the sudden difference in temperature.                                                        symbolizes the virtues of wisdom,            occurring on the last Thursday of
Strong heat waves directed at your face                                                      courage, and serenity.                       November. Thus, due to her efforts,
can drive away all the moisture out of                                                           Contention exists as to when and         Americans celebrate this holiday.
the skin.                                                                                    where the first Thanksgiving feast was          Interesting enough, President
    Staying hydrated, inside and out,                                                        celebrated. Colonial history records         Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to
plays a big role in skicare. Some even                                                       show that, in 1623, the pilgrims used        move the holiday to an earlier date
speculate that the skin needs water to                                                       the term “thanksgiving” to describe a        in November. It was a Depression
grow. That said, it doesn’t make sense to                                                    celebration. This year was marked by         recovery economic strategy to lengthen
freeze while driving but, if you’re going                                                    a drought that extended from May             the interval between Thanksgiving and
to turn on the heater, it’s important to                                                     through July. The pilgrims decided           Christmas in an attempt to encourage
turn on the bottom heaters in the car.                                                       to fast one day in July and to pray          Christmas shopping. Congress denied
Bacteria and dust tend to settle around                                                      for rain. When it rained the next day,       his proposal and enacted irrevocable
the filters of the heaters. So if you turn                                                   Governor Bradford proclaimed a day           Public Law # 379, establishing the
                                               or soap in your hands before applying                                                      fourth Thursday in November as
on an unclean heater and the heat is           them to your face.                            of Thanksgiving to offer prayers and
directed to your upper body, you might                                                       thanks to God. The next recorded             Thanksgiving Day.
                                               Use warm water on your skin before
as well be breathing in dust.                  you apply soap, and then use cold water       Thanksgiving Day occurred in 1631 to
    In the winter months when it’s             to wash the soap off the face.                celebrate the return of a lost ship to the
could out, forgoing the use of heaters            The hot water opens up our pores           Boston Harbor.
isn’t an option. Instead, try these tips       to allow the soap to seep in and the              Thanksgiving did not become
to keep your skin healthy:                     cold water closes your pores so that no       an annual celebration in the United
    1. Drink about eight cups of water         extra dirt enters the skin.                   States until October 3, 1863, when
per day.                                          6. Try to apply the soap with your         President Abraham Lincoln issued
    2. Keep these steps in mind when           fourth finger. Since you don’t use that       a proclamation declaring the last
washing your face:                             finger as much as other ones, it has had      Thursday in November as the
Wash your hands before you start               the least contact with bacteria.              official holiday. This proclamation
cleansing your face.                              When washing your face with                was credited to the efforts of the
Make foams by rubbing the cleanser                          water, it is best to try to      influential lobbyist and novelist, Sarah
                                                            avoid too much contact           Josepha Hale. Hale was the author of
                                                            with your hands. Only            Northwood, Life North and South that
                                                            touch your face slightly.        argued for the virtue of the North
                                                               Go to sleep before            against the evil slave owners of the
                                                            midnight. Twelve a.m.            South. In her novel, she discussed                            
                                                            to two a.m. is when the
                                                            hormones that help keep
                                                            your skin radiant activate                                           The Lamplighter
                                                            the most.
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                                                            helpful tips, you can keep                         Production Editor                 Lauren B i s hop
                                                            your skin healthy through                          Cover Editor                      Taylor G r i f f o n
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December 14, 2009                                                                                                                                                         7

Stress Can Be
                                            left over to repair everyday wear and
                                            tear. Human cells grown in the lab
                                                                                            H                 e             a            l          t                h
vanessa woodward, 2012
                                            survive longer after being exposed to
                                            taxing conditions.
                                                                                            M           A           T          T          E           R             S
                                                So next time you’re worried about a
    Here’s a statement you never hear:
“I’m so stressed out — it’s awesome!”
                                            test, remember: it will help you out in
                                            the long run.                                 Bottled Water
But the fact is certain pressure-
filled situations — say, an occasional
public-speaking or cramming for an
                                                                                          vs. Tap Water
exam — can be good for your health.                                                       lydia agacanian, 2011
Although long term stress is harmful,
                                                                                          	 “Would you care for some
short bursts of stress can have positive
effects.                                                                                  water?” a waiter will ask me at a
     In a recent Ohio State University                                                    restaurant. I usually respond no,
study, mice that experienced brief                                                        knowing full well that, if I order
but intense stress were better able to                                                    water, they will bring me a glass
fight the flu. This is because stress                                                     of iced tap water with a slice of             
jolts you into repair mode; it produces                                                   lemon—their attempt to cover the
free radicals and hormones. When                                                          tap water’s odd taste. Not only do       FDA’s regulations for water bottle
your body senses these hormones, it                                                       I dislike its taste, but I also worry    companies are far more lenient.
works quickly to repair your body. If
                                                                                          that the tap water isn’t clean.          The FDA permits a certain
the stress is short-lived, you can heal
                                                                                             Drinking water out of a neatly        amount of coliform bacteria
quickly and still have enough energy                       
                                                                                          packaged water bottle is much            in bottled water. There are no
                                                                                          more appealing. I’m not the only         federal filtration requirements for
Revenge                                                                                   one who thinks this; over 74% of
                                                                                          Americans drink bottled water. As
                                                                                                                                   bottled water, nor are there rules
                                                                                                                                   for regulating carcinogens. In the

  of the Psychics                                                                         a society, we have been made to
                                                                                          believe that bottled water is cleaner;
                                                                                                                                   NRDC’s independent lab testing
                                                                                                                                   of more than 1,000 bottles of 103
kristina flathers, 2011                                                                   however, the common notion that          brands of bottled water, one third
   Thinking about becoming                                                                tap water is less healthy, clean, or     of the tested water bottles violated
a creepy palm reader who                                                                  purified than bottled water is an        the set standards of purification.
smells of strong incense and                                                              enormous misconception.                      This is not to say that tap water
wears really thick glasses?                                                                  Many water bottles will be            is completely pure; nevertheless, it
Well, now’s just about the                                                                advertised using images of pristine      can be concluded that tap water
perfect time, but chances                                                                 glaciers or mountain springs.            is just as safe, if not safer, than
are that you’re not the only                                                                                                       bottled water.
                                                                                          These images fool consumers into
one thinking of staring
                                                                                          thinking that the water actually             In the end, it all comes down
into a crystal ball in the
near future. There’s been a                                      comes from the depicted spring or        to the consumers. Water bottles
blooming interest in psychic reading        psychics for advice on relationships          glacier. While some water actually       are convenient; they are portable,
in the tough economy as people look         and love lives (sound familiar?), but         does come from such sources, 40%         plastic, and come in a variety
for employment advice and clues into        you’d better brush up on the finances         of bottled water is derived from tap     of sizes. But water bottles are
their economic outlooks. In the past,       if you want to adeptly answer the             water. Does this mean that bottled       expensive. They also pose a threat
the majority of customers flocked to        majority of the questions asked today!        water and tap water are equally          to our environment, since many
                                               Picking up the seer calling could be                                                plastic bottles are not recycled and
                                                                                          clean and healthy? No, not at all.
                                            a very lucrative career choice: psychics
                                                                                          In fact, there are major regulatory      end up in landfills.
                                            with a big following charge up to $200
                                            an hour for a session. Back in the            gaps between bottled water and               While I am still not fond of
                                            Roman Empire, since the Romans were           tap water.                               the taste of tap water, I am now
                                            a super-superstitious lot, astrologers           While the EPA constantly              skeptical about spending money
                                            used to have plenty of clout (just read       inspects tap water, the FDA              on bottled water, especially since
                                            Cambridge Latin Course, for goodness          exempts 60 to 70% of the bottled         the quality of bottled and tap is
                                            sakes). Perhaps now astrologers are           water sold in our country from           essentially the same. By using
                                            making a comeback!                            their water standards. The EPA’s         aluminum water carriers, filtering
                                               Now, I’m not saying, “Drop out                                                      systems, and tap water, not only
                                                                                          rules apply to cities’ tap water, and
                                            of school and learn Divination” (just
                                                                                          the FDA rules apply to water bottle      can we save money, but we can
                                            a little side note for those who love
                                            Harry Potter), but it might prove an          companies. A city tap water system       also help to minimize our carbon
                                            interesting experiment to see what we         must be filtered, disinfected, and       footprint and lessen the amount of
                                            can learn from each other using the           tested for coliform bacteria or          plastic water bottles being thrown
                  words written on a tarot card.                cancer-causing chemicals. The            away.
December 14, 2009                                                                                                                                                        8

 T h e                                        B u z z
                                                                                           character he used to be. The domestic    The first step to Mickey’s makeover
                                                                                           sales of Mickey Mouse have declined,     is Disney’s new video game, Epic
                                                                                           according to the New York Times –        Mickey, which is coming out next fall.
                                                                                           less than 20% of his merchandise sale    The game takes place in a “cartoon

  T              R              E               N               D               S          comes from the States. However, this
                                                                                           might change after the makeover. Yet,
                                                                                                                                    wasteland” inhabited by Disney’s
                                                                                                                                    forgotten characters. In this game,
                                                                                                              if this project goes  Mickey is portrayed as a daring,
Mickey Mouse’s                                                                                                                                  adventurous

                                                                                                                                                thoroughly depends on
                                                                                                                                                the player’s decision;
                                                                                                                                                if the player decides to
Jiwon Yi, 2013
                                       rather than the beloved                                                                                  act selfish, Mickey will
   To many, Mickey Mouse is the character it used to be. Thus,                                                                                  start resembling a rat.
nicest, cutest, and most well-known they are trying to recreate                                                                                 The player will have to
Disney character in                                           the way                                                                           ask themselves if their
the world. But now,                                           he talks,                                                     decision is the right one
the word is going                                             acts, walks,                                                                      before making a choice
around that Disney                                            and even the way             sour, it might                                       that will affect Mickey –
is giving Mickey a                                            his house looks in           smear the name                                       which is the same question
makeover – that                                               Disney world in              Mickey Mouse                                         Disney must ask itself.
might turn him into a                                         order to make this           and upset the                                        Has disney made the right
not-so-nice guy.                                              distinction clear.           current $5 billion                                   choice for their beloved
   Disney           is                                            Many       people        merchandise sale.                                    icon? Or have they started
concerned         that know who Mickey                  This makeover                                     a smear campaign from
Mickey is becoming more of                                  is – but that’s about it.      will       change      the inside out?
a corporate symbol for the company He is no longer the most beloved Disney                 Mickey from bland to “naughty.”

The Flying Birdmen                                                                         Twitter Mania
Cindy Chu, 2012                                                                            Abigail Alvarez, 2011
                                                            two feet the Birdmen go,
                                                            they drop a foot. Only by
                                                            positioning their arms                                                                  
                                                            can the birdmen control
                                                                                                                                           which to inform the cyber world
                                                            which way they turn.
                                                                                                                                           about our daily social lives.
                                                            Flying at 140 mph, the
                                                                                                                                               Twitter began as a way to
                                                            Birdmen really feel the
                                                                                                                                           appease Jack Dorsey’s interest
                                                            effect and exhilaration of
                                                                                                                                           in knowing what his friends
                                                            “flying like a bird.”
                                                                                                                                           were doing. When he shared
                                                                To maximize the
                                                                                                       this idea with his friends, they
                                                          sensation       of      speed,
                                                                                                                                           decided to build a prototype. In
    How many times have we dreamed                        Birdmen need a visual
                                                                                                                                           March 2006, the prototype was
about flying? Flying, without an reference point, so they fly just a few
                                                                                                                                           funded by Obvious, a creative
airplane, has been a dream of many feet from the faces of the cliffs. The
                                                                                                                                           environment in San Francisco,
people for centuries. And many have most dangerous and crucial part of
                                                                                                                                           CA. By August 2006, it had
died trying.                               flying, however, is the landing. Birdmen                               
                                                                                                                                           already been launched to the
    An extreme sports group in must always remember to pull the                               Twitter has had so much success
                                                                                                                                     public. Its popularity grew and, within
Norway,           called                                              parachute when       that even large corporations like
                                                                                                                                     a year, Twitter Incorporated was
Birdmen, have been                                                    the end is in        Google and Microsoft have paid to
donning specially made                                                sight to prevent     see the millions of tweets in order to
                                                                                                                                          How about you? “What’s on your
wing-suits and diving                                                 crashing.            expand their research on telemarketing.
off some of the most                                                     In        order   Through Twitter, corporations are
beautiful mountains                                                   to fly off the       able to gain insight of what
and gliding across                                                    mountains,           is popular here and now.
spacious valleys.                                                     Birdmen need         There is also talk of Google
    The Birdmen free                                                  to hike up           wanting to purchase Twitter;
fall until the wind                                                   mountains            however, Twitter CEO Evan
inflates the nylon wing                        that are some          Williams refused their $700
suits. They then launch                                             of the biggest         million offer.
a parachute in order to land safely on in all of Europe. Birdmen say that,                    With user growth at
the ground. While flying, the wing “Money cannot buy this experience.”                     2.4 million tweets a day in
suits are not able to control height. To even attempt this sort of extreme                 January to 26 million in
Gravity prevents them from going up sport, people need to be experienced                   October, Twitter has become
or maintaining altitude, and for every outdoorsmen and skydivers.                          the newest medium through                                http://

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