Official school publication of La Jolla High School since 1925 • Volume XCI • Issue 6 • April 3, 2017

What’s Inside

Ryan Robson Brooke Kaufman

EDITOR Asha Alagiri
Zoe Mendel
Khalil Eley
Jimmy Irwin
Ariana Dennis Wildflowers in bloom in Anza-Borrego
LINE EDITORS (Cover photo by Maia Pearl)
EDITOR Elle Necoechea
Sam Kinsey NEWS 3
Shayna Kobrinetz OPINIONS 7
Georgie Morris
Star Austin, Ilias Benbatoul, Dania Basave, Claire
Benedetto, Sophie Bolinger, Sydney Brown, Sara
Carroll, Monaghan Cromeans, Benjamin Deckhut, Ariela CREATIVE CONTENT 16
Feinberg, Diego Guevara, Arman Hamrah, Cameron
Hickman, Adina Keeling, Nathan Miller, Nicolas Nunez,
Maia Pearl, Annabelle Reeves, Orianna Rodriguez,
Dominic Scurio, Samuel Shindel-Spencer, Anna-Maria
Zarembok, Fengsong Zhang Student poetry, writing, and art: all featured
in the Hi-Tide’s student creative section.


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2 CONTENTS April 3, 2017

of LJHS students surveyed said they
left San Diego during Spring Break Where is Mrs. Zink... 2 years later?
Sources tell the Hi-Tide that the principal was
present in a case on Tuesday, March 14 (on an
LJHS WASC visit day) regarding the absence
from campus of LJHS math teacher Emma
Zink since October 2014.
The case involves Mrs. Zink’s continued fight
to return to the LJHS campus and to clear her
The Hi-Tide first reported on Mrs. Zink’s case in
2014, and it has been the subject of two reports
Coach Demiral Injured by Rory Devine on NBC7, the most recent of
which was aired in August 2016 before the start
During Seniors vs. Faculty of the school year.
Basketball Game
Central to Devine’s report is the fact that Zink
LJHS JV Basketball Coach Huseyin is being paid almost $90,000 in salary and
Demiral suffered a punctured lung receiving about $27,500 in benefits without
during the Seniors vs. Faculty bas- teaching in an LJHS classroom.
ketball game on March 17 and was The report also cites the influence of a petition
hospitalized. “The most important signed by La Jolla community members. An
think about this injury was, it made earlier report from NBC7 displays an anon-
me realize how happy I am to be part ymous advertisement placed in the February
of this community,” Demiral said in 2016 issue of the Hi-Tide, which received push-
an e-mail. back from some community members and
The class of 2017 defeated the LJHS SDUSD officials.
faculty in a rare upset. Sources allege that the petition data is being
misrepresented. Wufoo, the platform used to
host the petition, said it would only be able
to release the full range of survey responses if
compelled to by law enforcement.
Neither Mrs. Zink nor the SDUSD were able to
comment for NBC7’s report on the matter in
Illustrations via

New LJHS Field: Campus or
Community Resource?
BY SOPHIE be liable if there were strategies should be put access to the track, they The track and field
BOLINGER AND accidents. Athletic Di- in place or taken into can get a subscription. renovation is finally in
NATHAN MILLER rector Paula Conway consideration. Some The school could issue place after 16 years of
Staff Writers said unless community even believe that the fa- cards that electronical- waiting and fundrais-
members seeks per- cilities should be open ly track who comes in.” ing struggles. La Jolla
Some La Jolla citi- mits, it is too much of solely based on taxpay- The issue still comes High students want to
zens are upset that the a gamble for the school. er dollars going into down to funding, AD keep the new ameni-
newly-opened La Jolla Conway also discussed funding the school. Paula Conway suggest- ties clean and orderly.
High School track and how the community Along with the peti- ed. This would need to Many students believe
field will not permit could conceivably come tioning, some commu- be a community effort that if the school and
free community access together and fund-raise nity members are even and not a responsibility community have mu-
as the previous facili- for a system to regulate cleaning up the track of the school. tual trust, the commu-
ties did. the community’s use of and field on weekends. McNally said the nity will most likely
As of now, use of the the facilities. A local soccer group community under- respect the students
track and field is only For example, LJHS on Feb. 11th walked stands that if the facil- and school’s new reno-
permitted for La Jolla and the communi- around the facilities ities were to be opened vations.
High students, athlet- ty came together and to clean up, trying to to the public they Casper Abbasi, an
ics, and events. Others would have to restrict- LJHS Junior and Cross
can potentially use the ed to certain hours Country and Track
field under a rental fee “[Opening the track and field to public] is not and not interfere with and Field athlete, uses
in place for all San Di- that simple because the school has to protect school hours or activi- the track almost year-
ego Unified School Dis- ties. round for his sports at
trict track and field fa- the students, but if the school could possibly The new facili- La Jolla. When asked
cilities, $53.50 an hour, give hours to the public and be part of the ties have been sched- what he thought about
although certain fee uled for use by school the public using the
reductions may be put community, that would be great.” sports teams almost new facilities Abbasi
in place. Many La Jolla year-round. With such said, “The public has
citizens are hoping for controls in place now, been able to use the
an alternative option raised funds for addi- prove how much they it’s understood that if track for many years
to resotre their access tional access to the new value the school fields. the facilities were to in the past, why should
to the facilities. LJHS tennis courts. In Ian McNally, a La be opened, their use they not be allowed to
Revenue from rent- response to members Jolla High alumnus and would be restricted. use it now just because
al fees would not cover of the public arguing local business owner, McNally comment- we have a nicer facili-
the Maintenance and that because their tax also believes the fields ed, “[Opening the track ty? I believe that there
Facilities Manager that dollars helped fund should be opened. and field to public] will be no harm done
would need to be put the new facilities, they “As a resident of is not that simple be- in letting the commu-
in place. Paula Con- should have access, the community I am cause the school has to nity have the access to
way, the La Jolla High Conway said, “Just be- feeling a bit frustrated. protect the students, the field, as long as it
Athletic Director, said cause my tax dollars I’m an alumnus of La but if the school could doesn’t interfere with
there are options avail- go to the fire station Jolla High school, a lo- possibly give hours to school sports. If no one
able to use the field. doesn’t mean I can just cal business owner who the public and be part is using it why should it
Community members waltz in wanting to makes nutrition prod- of the community, that not be open to the pub-
are able to get permits use their facilities for ucts for runners, I am would be great. I to- lic?”
in order to use the fa- my own use; the same a member of this com- tally understand that Community mem-
cilities. The real issues thing goes for the La munity and I’m a tax- during school hours it bers are hopeful for a
come down to the re- Jolla High track and payer,” McNally said. won’t be open to the compromise, as La Jolla
liability factors in the field.” “I feel that I should be open public, [and] it is High’s track and field
public using the field. Despite the re- able to use the track totally fine. The ques- has been a part of the
Without proper per- strictions, community for my interval train- tion is how about from La Jolla community,
mits or insurance in members have oth- ing; my impact would 5 to 6am or 9 to 10pm?” and the community
the public using the er ideas. Many think be minimal. Maybe if Student athletes wants the access they’ve
field, the school could alternative payment people want to have also have an opinion. grown accustomed to.

4 NEWS April 3, 2017
Trump’s Travel Executive Order 2.0
What the President’s re-worked order means for travelers and the courts
“minority religion”, in
this context Christian-
ity, was removed in the
second ban.
The first executive
order also placed an in-
definite ban on Syrian
refugees. In the revised
order, a 120-day ban has
been placed on all refu-
gees (regardless of their
country of origin) seek-
ing to enter the coun-
However, this new
executive order was
blocked as well. This
occurred on March
15th when Judge Der-
rick K. Watson of Fed-
eral District Court in
Honolulu issued a re-
straining order on the
ban, claiming it was is-
sued “to disfavor a par-
ticular religion, in spite
of its stated, religiously
neutral purpose”. In
Maryland, Judge Theo-
dore D. Chuang agreed.
Trump replied to these
The first ban affect- maining six countries. claims by stating he
Photo via Sean Spicer (Twitter)

Staff Writer ed citizens from Iran, This, however, would might reissue the first
Somalia, Sudan, Ye- not apply to current order, not the second
On March 6th, men, Syria, Libya, and green card holders and which he described as a
President Trump Iraq. In the new order, would not revoke exist- “watered down version
signed a new execu- Iraqi citizens will no ing visas. of the first.
tive order concerning longer be denied en- Unlike the last ban, At the moment
immigration, only a trance into the US. This Trump claimed the new it is unclear whether
month after his first was determined after ban would have no reli- the new order will be
one was blocked due to much discussion be- gious bias and thus no blocked. It could be
several legal challenges. tween Trump’s admin- longer favor Christians simply temporarily
This order, titled “Exec- istration and the Iraqi over Muslims. The first halted or permanently
utive Order Protecting government. Some order had stated that restrained or, as Trump
the Nation from For- credit Iraq’s involve- it would “prioritize claimed, replaced en-
eign Terrorist Entry ment in fighting the refugee claims made tirely by the first,
Into the United States,” Islamic State as well as by individuals on the stricter ban.
was planned to be en- the “close cooperation” basis of religious-based
forced starting March between the US and persecution, provided
16th. While similar in Iraq as key factors in that the religion of the
purpose, the new or- excluding the country individual is a minority
der contains small but from this ban. religion in the individ-
noteworthy differences A 90-day travel ban ual’s country of nation-
from the previous or- to the US was also said ality”. This statement,
der. to be placed on the re- meant to prioritize a

Nor’easter Kim Jong Nam Assassinated
“Stella” Hits Former heir of North Korea killed in Malaysia
East Coast
March storm affects cities

Stella on March 14, 2017 (via JJBers)

BY SAM SPENCER beach, which caused
Staff Writer flooding and coastal Kim Jong Nam, the former heir of North Korea
erosion. Four deaths
Beginning on arose due to harsh driv-
BY ADINA KEELING poison on Jong-nam’s North Korea, making it
March 11th, a nor’eas- ing conditions and low & SAMANTHA DENG
ter storm, (one which visibility. The fastest face, which killed him highly suspect that VX
primarily concerns recorded wind speed Staff Writer; Guest in 20 minutes. The was used to kill Jong-
the northeastern part during the blizzard was Contributor suspects claimed that nam.
of the United States) measured at 72 mph they thought they were The North Korean
named “Stella”, devas- in Wellfleet, Massa- On February 13, playing a prank on a government has yet to
tated cities and towns chusetts, and the most various news outlets re- stranger as part of a TV confirm that the man
from Boston to Wash- snowfall was measured ported that Kim Jong- show. Other suspects killed was in fact Jong-
ington D.C. Nor’easter at 30 inches, which fell nam, the older paternal have also been arrested nam, instead referring
storms form over the in Damascus, Pennsyl- half brother of current in connection with the to him as Kim Chol,
East coast when the vania. Three different North Korean dictator, killing, many of whom the alias he was living
warm air of the Atlan- governors declared Kim Jong-un, had been hold North Korean cit- under. North Korean
tic Ocean confront- states of emergency in killed at the Malaysian izenship. officials stated that
ed arctic winds from response to the storm. Kuala Lumpur Inter- After an autopsy, he died from a heart
the North and West. Overall, New York national Airport. Jong- Malaysian authorities attack. The country
These conditions can City narrowly avoided nam was considered to concluded that Jong- opposed Malaysia’s de-
cause extremely high the brunt of the storm, be the heir apparent to nam died as a result of cision to conduct an
speed winds and heavy although upstate, New his father, Kim Il-sung exposure to VX nerve autopsy on the body,
snowfall. A little over England, and Canada from roughly 1994 to agent. Less than a drop and later rejected the
a week into the bliz- are expected to be hit 2001, but subsequent- of VX is enough to finding that VX was
zard, cities like New by Stella. Millions of ly fell out of favor and cause severe damage used, accusing the Ma-
York and Boston have citizens were advised to was officially exiled in by preventing mus- laysian government of
had to cancel most in- stock up on groceries, 2003. cles from relaxing, and attempting to malign
coming and outgoing and not to travel unless He was reported to eventually preventing North Korea. Malaysia
flights due to treacher- there is an emergency. have lived in Macau, a victim from breath- demanded that North
ous conditions. Roads On the storm clouds where he became one ing. VX was banned by Korea apologize for its
all over the northeast silver lining, many of the most high-pro- countries that ratified criticisms of the inves-
were covered in lay- schools have enacted file critics of the North the United Nations tigation, but no apolo-
ers of frozen rain and snow days, and many Korean regime. Experts Chemical Weapons gy was issued, resulting
sleet, posing serious areas were passed over speculate that his crit- Convention, which in Malaysia expelling
risks in transportation. by the storm lightly icisms are what could outlaws and destroys the North Korean am-
Up and down the New enough for citizens to have made him a target. chemical weapons. bassador, Kang Chol.
Jersey coast, winds car- enjoy the snow recre- The day of the Only four countries As a result, tensions be-
ried seawater past the ationally. attack, two women have not ratified the tween the two nations
reportedly sprayed treaty, one of which is have increased.

6 NEWS April 3, 2017
Dear Trump: The Military is Already Huge
Don’t cut important domestic programs for the sake of “defense”
BY ELLE stated motives are to
NECOECHEA fulfill his promise of International Military Budgets
Line Editor greater national secu-
rity and safety for the
The United States American people as
has a long standing his- well as to ensure that he
tory of having the larg- sends a dominant “mes-
est military spending sage to the world in
budget in the world; these dangerous times
$598.5 billion in 2015. of American strength,
In fact, the United security and resolve.”
State’s military budget Military spending al-
is so large it is bigger ready suffocates the
than the next seven budget as it consumes
Data via; graphic via Hi-Tide

largest spenders com- over half (54%) of dis-
bined: China, Saudi cretionary spending.
Arabia, Russia, The The next largest entity
UK, India, France, and is government, which U.S. China Saudi Russia U.K. India France Japan
Japan, respectively. consumes 6% of dis- Arabia
The premise for cretionary spending,
such an audacious bud- or $72.9 billion—a mi-
get has been subject to nuscule expenditure in U.S. Discretionary Spending, 2015
political debate and comparison. Instead of
turmoil for years, yet increasing monstrous
it has been brought military spending,
into a new light after perhaps we should be
President Trump made gradually decreasing 54%
clear his ambitions late and reallocating the Military
last month to increase funds to other aspects $598.5 billion
of discretionary spend- Other
defense spending by
ing in order to benefit $510.6 billion
an extra $54 billion, or
roughly a 10% increase science, education, in-
in the current budget. frastructure, and other
President Trump’s social services.

In examination of ment program spend- will rapidly decline. the proposed budget
the proposed budget ing stand so far to the Consequently, when will not give rise to the
increases, one must right at times that they those affected seek President’s promises of
not overlook the dras- even challenge some out treatment, many safety and security, yet
tic setbacks that will of the traditional doc- will find that their instead breed chaos
result in consequence. trines of the Republi- healthcare plans have and instability in the
President Trump has can Party. The slashes been withdrawn and American public.
made his opposition that the discretionary no longer cover their
to tax increases clear, spending budget shall needs—leaving them to
so consequentially the endure will reduce be subjected to a cruel
primary targets of the Environmental Pro- solitude.
cuts will be Social Se- tection Agency spend- It is evident that
curity and Medicare ing by nearly $2 bil-
as well as Veteran’s lion dollars, a low not
Administration bene- seen in decades, and PAID ADVERTISEMENT
fits, the Environmen- an amount crucial to
tal Protection Agency, the ensure of the safe-
the Internal Revenue guarding of drinking
Service, as well as oth- water and clean air.
er domestic social pro- The Trump Admin-
grams. Trump’s overar- istration’s proposed
ching message is that budget not only relo-
these government ex- cates essential funds to
penditures are useless fulfill a pointless agen-
and wasteful, and that da, it serves as a direct
America’s overinflated attack on the well-be-
military ego is a much ing of Americans. With
more appropriate and the depletion of clean
deserving recipient. water and quality air,
The President’s re- it can only be inferred
marks and proposals that overall public
for government entitle- health and happiness

Cartoon by Cami Hickman

8 OPINIONS April 3, 2017
The WASC Show
Why can’t we be honest about our school’s problems?
BY ANONYMOUS from the last time this our entire district and ed, she said, was “the of suppressing the
Guest Contributor circus rolled around). the entire country. psyche of students who truth and quashing the
Are our counselors at Problems like these felt they were associ- pursuit of knowledge
The scratchy sounds fault for pushing these arise and exist in high ated with being under about our own campus-
of plates sliding over students onto lower schools everywhere, a negative cloud.” Her es.
each other as the fine educational tracks? Are are birthed from devel- daughter, high school Dear WASC: La Jol-
china makes it out of our teachers at fault for opment in elementary graduate sans accredi- la High has not made
the cabinet and onto wholly ignoring these and middle schools, tation blessing? Admit- significant strides to
the table. Cloth nap- groups? Probably not. and are both exacer- ted to every college she address its goals. Stu-
kins, freshly ironed. Our kids wan- bated by and intensify applied to. dents couldn’t care
White and red wine der the halls baked problems at home. So let’s stop the per- less about the school-
glasses. Dessert spoons. (although not quite wide student learner
It’s time to impress the enough to try the caf- outcomes. The mission
guests. eteria delights). Does The WASC “dog and pony show” is part of a statement? Not even
Only this isn’t the blame rest on that broader trend in education also evidenced by known well enough to
Christmas dinner. It’s corrupting influence of the rampant grade inflation at LJHS: one of parody in this publica-
WASC time at La Jol- VICE News? A short- tion.
la High School, and age of finger-wagging suppressing the truth and quashing the pur- Does La Jolla High
the dust gets brushed assemblies? Doubtful. suit of knowledge about our own campuses. School deserve to lose
off the mission state- But can we at least ad- it’s accreditation? Of
ments, purposes and mit that when WASC course not. But organi-
outcomes, and learning is here, they’re likely WASC high schools formance. If we refuse zations such as the dis-
objective posters. looking at classrooms rarely lose their accred- to admit the existence trict and WASC should
But what goes on where at least one stu- itation. And it may of problems in our use their power to hold
when the guests aren’t dent is fried? (Hint: not even matter. Gwen system, how can we our administrators to
around? make classes worth be- Grant, President and possibly address them? account and force them
The enrollment of ing present for.) CEO of the Kansas The WASC “dog and to deal with the very
minorities and low-in- Let’s get real. These City Urban League, pony show” is part of real problems that exist
come students into our are systemic problems— watched her daughter’s a broader trend in ed- on this campus, rather
AP classes is horren- requiring broad and in- entire school district ucation also evidenced than continue to allow
dous (one of our WASC clusive solutions—that lose its accreditation. by the rampant grade them to masquerade
goals to improve upon exist at schools across The only thing affect- inflation at LJHS: one the truth.

Students Bathroom
Protections are a
Basic Right
With transgender students already
facing significant challenges, Trump’s
decision to lift protections puts them
back at additional risk
BY MONAGHAN portant for students liam’s Institute, a sur-
CROMEANS to feel comfortable in vey showed that 70%
Staff Writer their school environ- of the respondents had
ment in order to suc- experienced denial of
Recently, President ceed. Taking away gen- access to a public re-
Donald Trump with- der-neutral bathrooms stroom, or even some Gender-neutral restrooms are becoming
drew rules that allowed takes away a students’ form of physical as- increasingly common, particularly on
transgender students to sense of protection, sault. college and university campuses. (top
use the bathrooms that and trust that their Eight out of the 93 photo via; bottom photo via
they felt correspond- school can keep them respondents had been sarahmirk)
ed with their gender safe. physically attacked in
identity. The denial of Transgender stu- a restroom. The pro-
access to appropriate dents who are consis- tection of transgender
bathrooms for trans- tently treated as the citizens is equally just
gender students is im- gender that matches as important as the
moral and wrong. It is how they live every protection of others.
taking a huge step back day allows them to feel LGBTQ children who
from the previous- secure in themselves, felt high levels of re-
ly stated fairness and and taking away their jection were about six
equality for the LGBT- bathrooms won’t per- times more likely to be
GQ community. mit this to happen. depressed, according to
I think that gen- According to a study the United States Cen-
der-neutral bathrooms conducted by The Na- ter for Disease Control.
are a safe place for tional Center of Trans- They also are three
transgender students gender Equality, 82% times more likely to
until they are comfort- of transgender youth abuse illegal drugs, and
able enough to use the feel unsafe at school, eight times more likely
restroom they feel fits 44% claim to have been to attempt suicide.
their identity. Lambda physically abused in Protecting the
Legal states that pub- some way, and 67% have transgender youth is
lic restrooms invite been bullied online. protecting our future.
extra scrutiny based on This goes to show Security for our trans-
stereotypes and about that every little step to- gender students and
how men and women wards equality counts transgender people in
are supposed to look for making the trans- general is extremely
or act. Gender-neutral gender youth feel safe important, and keep-
bathrooms allow trans- and at ease in their ing gender-neutral
gendered students to school environments. bathrooms, although a
feel comfortable and In a recent study con- small feat, can be a ma-
safe. ducted by the UCLA jor stepping-stone for
It is extremely im- School of Law’s Wil- success.

10 OPINIONS April 3, 2017

Hot Licks in Seaport Village
Provides Hot Sauce Kicks
Store is a wonderland of hot and spicy foods from mild to extreme

When Sriracha isn’t ries a variety of spicy local manufacturers. In store, the sales
enough to add flavor to food products includ- Contests and music are staff is very knowledge-
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Some people just don’t get it...

Cartoon by Dominic Scurio

Cartoon by Tanner Ford

Cartoon by Calvin Zhang

Helix + Felix by Sam Spencer

12 CARTOONS April 3, 2017
Cartoon by Benjamin Deckhut

Cartoon by Cami Hickman

Daniela McGrath, 10: “After Arianna Monell, 9: “In ten Hobie Hood, 9: “In ten years,
college I see myself as a chef years, I want to be out of col- I want to be playing minor
and at night school. I wanna lege and in a successful career. league baseball, and move out
work on getting my teaching I want to have already traveled of state.”
credential.” out of the state or country.”

Where do you see
yourself in

BY GEORGIE MORRIS, Student Focus Editor

Morgan Smith, 12: “In ten
years, I want to have graduat-
Shushu Crevoshay, 10: “In Pablo Jativa, 10: “In ten ed college with a degree. I see
ten years, I see myself as the years, I see myself in the begin- myself living in a house-spe-
CEO of a company in New ning stages of starting my own cifically not in the Midwest. I
York.” business.” want to be well traveled with a
successful career.”

14 STUDENT FOCUS April 3, 2017
Michelle Reuwer, 11: “In Halle Trim, 11: “I see myself Sadie Lee, 11: “In ten years I
ten years, I want to be an x-ray studying horse radiology at want to be part of a Green Day
technician and move out of UC Davis.” cover band.”

10 years?

Carlos Perdomo, 12: “In Kate Miller, 12: “In ten Mason Wilkins, 9: “DJ-ing
ten years, I see myself on years, I see myself in prison in Santa Monica. I want to
billboards in Europe and New for gang violence.” have been in College for Engi-
York. I also see myself model- neering.”
ing for magazines.”


Art by Jamie Esjay

This Month’s theme: BEYOND
Featuring artwork by Jamie Esjay, Morgan Smith and anonymous, poetry by Diego G. Valdez and
anonymous, and short stories by Thomas O’Loughlin.

16 CREATIVE April 3, 2017
Art by Jamie Esjay

The Bamboo and Oak
by Diego G. Valdez

The bamboo and the oak
one from the east and the other from the west
Each from the ground and earth woke
Yet which of the two is best

The bamboo is tall and thin
The oak heavy and thick
Both with roots that sprout from within
And to the ground like glue they stick

But when a storm strikes fierce
one will fall and the other stand
Into the strong wood it will pierce
Dealing a deadly hand

The oak stands strong
Unyielding to the maverick waves of winds continues
But it will not fight long
For after all thats left is a fallen mess

Stronger gales beat in the east
The bamboo does not fight against
Instead it yields and bends with the beast
A complete survival sensed

by Jamie Esjay

18 CREATIVE April 3, 2017
Crude Oil
by anonymous

Crude oil spills
Over the corpse of our Earth
The land quakes
Because of the greed of our powers
They don’t recognize
The pain they have caused
The struggles they have made
They strain to keep it hidden
From the people
They oppress the press
Science is suppressed
Climate change is denied
Our government has lied
I was wrong when I thought
His presidency
Wouldn’t affect me

Sweet Dreams
by Thomas O’Loughlin

E thereal rest, do not peep, just let me sleep. This not to be shared in the
streets, you best be discrete. For when we meet, you’ll hear the beat. This
is my treat. Do not bother me, my body is bake ‘in, my mind is think ‘in. Leave
me be, in glowing peace. The curtains rise and fall, the world breathes into my
room, breathing essence, magic, and life into me. My soul dances in the rivers
of ether, in lazy, ragdoll-like motions. It feels as if both the ocean and the sky
have encased me in a heavenly atmosphere, one that I wish would never end.
Let me swim in the night sky. Turn off those ridiculous devices, stop time and
sleep. That painful ripple in my mind tears open with my wake and I watch as
my sand & time sift through it and I with it. The simple breaths of slumber is
unbelievably comforting. So whatever you do, don’t come near, do not wake me,
just let me sleep…

Art by Jamie Esjay

20 CREATIVE April 3, 2017
by Diego G. Valdez

I can’t sleep,
My thoughts grow to deep.

Tossing and turning,
To rest I’m yearning.

The covers grow hot,
Thinner sheets I should have got.

I open a window,
Inside begins a cool flow.

Yet it mustn’t be open long,
As soon the room is chilly.

Too hot or too cold,
A balance I cannot hold.

The struggle of rest,
Should not be such a pest.

Art by anonymous

Art by Jamie Esjay

22 CREATIVE April 3, 2017
by Diego G. Valdez

Numbers, numbers, everywhere
Hiding in plain sight.
How many legs in a chair?
What is the measure of one’s height?

Our world is ruled by time,
Counting up and down,
Working hours for more dimes,
Numbers even worn for sound.

To understand the world,
Simply look at the numbers.
Everyday at one they’re hurled,
Once comprehended can lead to wonders.

The laws of physics are mathematical,
The universe works through properties of math.
A change in numbers can be drastical,
For they follow the logical path.

One plus one is two.
After three comes four.
That is what is true,
Although to many it’s a bore.

How many syllables in a word?
How many stanzas in this poem?
How many animals make a herd?
I suppose you must count them.

by anonymous
the eyes you think are too small, too dark,
the neck you think is too thick and too short too far apart can see: they see you staring at
was taught to turn the other cheek. other women like their cattle in a herd. they
notice when you’re looking at someone ver-
the shoulders that you think resemble an ape sus when you’re seeing them.
or a football player were taught to slump and
slant to the floor, because we’re inferior. the ears you think stick out too much can
hear the lies in your words, when you say
the ribs were taught to stick through the skin “it’s not about how she looks.” they hear the
like the images you want us to look like. the names you call women, degrading them like
stomach was taught to disappear when walk- animals, or like food for you to feast on. the
ing on the beach. the hands were taught to honey in your voice has crystallized - the
be soft and loving and gentle. added sugar has surfaced and it’s obviously
stale. we don’t want your fake words.
the hips you think are too thick, too thin,
too round, are taught to sway when we walk, the nose that’s too big or round can smell
because we’re supposed to condone sex at all your cheap cologne (and your desperation).
times and all activities.
the voice inside these lips that you judge
well baby, darling, dear, based on their thickness and width, and how
many teeth show when smiling wants to
my thick neck refuses to turn. my ape shoul- scream and shout at you. we are not bodies!
ders no longer slump. my ribs and stomach we are human! we are alive! but we know
no longer listen to you. my hips won’t swing you will not hear us. your own thoughts and
anymore. self-confidence is deafening. you can’t hear us
my hands are in fists.
your sweet words and kindness has a last-
my shoulders are squared, my arms, ribs, ing impression. we love hearing nice things
stomach tensed. my legs are wide in a stable people think of us; that’s a human trait. we
fight stance and my eyes glisten with calcu- also love to be valued as souls and minds - as
lated rage. i can knock you out. people.

i am not a toy, i am nobody’s plaything, i am if you speak to me and all you can think
not a mannequin in a store window for you about is what my body looks like then you’re
to gawk at. i am not afraid of what you think not seeing me. you’re merely viewing what
of me. my insides are worth more than any- i look like through the clouded window of
thing you could ever say about me. shallow judgment.

the brain inside the forehead that you think how dare you attempt to comment on my
is too big likes to think and analyze and humanity when you can’t even call me by
respond to the world around it. it’s active and my name?
alive and constantly growing with knowledge
and ideas and concepts you can’t even get to, (All emphasis by the author)
because you’re busy thinking about what she
looks like in pictures she takes at the beach.

24 CREATIVE April 3, 2017
Art by Jamie Esjay

PHOTO Luxury

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1 5
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11 13


Photos 8 and 11 courtesy of Parker Repp
Photos 1 and 12 courtesy of Maia Pearl
Photos 7, 10, and 15 courtesy of Ryan
Photo 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 14 courtesy of
Alexa Kideys
Photo 9 and 13 courtesy of Shayna

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Wildflowers in Bloom
Staff Writer

For the first time in 12 years wild flowers are carpeting deserts all over
Southern California. Many desert locals and scientists are calling it a “Super
Bloom.” Wild flowers start to bud every year at the start of spring, but what
is making this years bloom so special?
In order for a “super bloom” to occur, the weather must be ideal from
September through March. Seeds can stay dormant until the perfect condi-
tions cause them to sprout. These perfect conditions start out with a “trigger
rain”- one inch of rainfall any time from late September to early Decem-
ber, the earlier the better! The trigger rain should be followed by regular
rain showers, around an inch of rain a month. Seeds typically start sprouting
in late February and bloom in mid to late March, although they can start
blooming as early as late February, or as late as May. It is quite unusual for
the conditions to line up perfectly and to have a super bloom occur. Typically
it happens every 10 years and the flowers will only be in abundance for 2-3
weeks. Previous super blooms have occurred in El Nino years, 1998 & 2005.

30 FEATURES April 3, 2017
TEACHER PROFILE Tips to Beat AP Season
Ms. Bonnell Get prepared for your Advanced Placement tests
Staff Writer
2015-2016 LJHS AP
As May draws Enrollment
near, students across
the nation are getting
ready for their AP ex-
ams that take place for
two weeks in mid-May.
406 59
What is AP? AP, or med/high income low income
Advanced Placement, students students
are a variety of courses
ranging from English
to math, to various sci-
ences, that are college Data via CollegeBoard
Photo via Asha Alagiri level offered in high
school. If you are tak-
ing an AP class, you Make a plan: Set that you do not go
bands while you were may have been notified
Staff Writer in high school? up a timer for one into your three hour
by your teachers that hour and review your exam tired because you
The Rolling Stones, you can take the AP
What’s the most ad- Jim Morrison. notes and study guides pulled an all-nighter
exam in May, which for that whole time the night before. You
venturous thing you’ve would allow you to
ever done? Please give us a four- (putting your phone want to be able to stay
gain college credit for on silent is crucial for focused, so that you can
Probably going on word memoir to de- those courses. Here are
the underground tube scribe yourself. this one). Don’t for- do the best you can.
tips to study for your get to compound your Getting a good night’s
in London. Happy, nice, loving AP exam:
life. reviews! For most AP sleep has many bene-
Buy a study book: exams, repetitions help fits, and for your AP
What’s the most em- There are books online,
barrassing thing that If you were to write an to cement the facts in exam it is necessary. It’s
similar to SAT prep your mind. Practice better to be well rest-
has ever happened to autobiography, what books, that you can or-
you in your role as a would its title be? questions, free respons- ed with less study time
der online specific to es, and essays all help than exhausted and
teacher? Me, and all about that course. These can
I had a student me! to get familiar with the frazzled from cram-
be extremely helpful content on the exam. ming.
jump up on a table and because they give you
run around. That was What’s the craziest Being familiar with Eat breakfast: So
practice tests and tips format, timing, and ex- you aren’t thinking
pretty embarrassing. teaching experience to do well on the exam.
Especially when he was you’ve had? pectations really helps about food while you’re
Write all over your make the exam less in- trying to solve a math
6’2. The craziest in class book! Devise a high-
experience was when I timidating. equation. You can even
lighting system that Make a study group: bring a water bottle
What’s the oddest/ was able to stop a fight tells you what you need
most unexpected place between two girls. That If you and your friends and a snack into the
to know - quickly. That are all in the same testing room.
you’ve ever bumped was really crazy! way when you’re skim-
into a (former) stu- course, it may be help- Take a deep breath:
ming later to review ful to get together to A lot of hard work goes
dent? If you could be one ce- you get all the import-
I ran into a couple lebrity, who would it review things that you into preparing for and
ant facts. don’t remember or cre- taking these exams, but
at restaurants. I would be? Don’t procrasti-
never expect them to I would probably ate a study guide that you can do it! Remem-
nate: There is a lot of you collaboratively ber, you’ve been pre-
be there. They’re work- pick someone that does information covered
ing. That was surpris- a lot of volunteer work. work on. Divide up the paring for these tests
in the AP exams, as it review so each mem- since September, and
ing. Angelina Jolie is the is everything you have
one that comes off the ber gets to teach the your teachers had that
learned from the begin- group the topic they’re in mind as they admin-
What is your greatest top of my head. ning of the year to that
non-teaching accom- most comfortable with. ister the courses. You
point, and the odds of Be sure to find a quiet know more than you
plishment? Have you ever met a you remembering ev-
Probably the family famous person? If yes, space to work so none think you do. You got
erything is unlikely. of the group members this!
I’ve raised. who? Start looking over all
Yes! I met Bart Star. get distracted. Good luck!
of your old notes and Get a good night
Who were some of the He was an athlete, a assignments as soon as
most popular singers/ football player. sleep: It is important

Mr. Atwell: Waterpolo Coach
BY DOMINIC SCURIO water between. So, very race from Death Valley day I get up around 2 or randomly bumped into
Staff Writer mentally taxing. to the Whitney portal. 2:15 and that’s when my him there. I also can re-
So that’s kind of the day usually starts. member one morning
What inspires you to What motivates you target race right now What’s the odd- on January first right
continue to Coach Wa- to stay in such good that I’m really looking est or most unexpect- after new years and I
ter polo? shape? forward to. ed place you’ve ever was going on a run and
Every year when we It was after college bumped into a student? i was just running into
have the alumni game when I was trying to Do you have any ritu- I can think of two PB and I see a kid stum-
at thanksgiving, and qualify for iron man als that you follow on a things off the top of my ble out of, from behind
all the alumni show up that I first got sick daily weekly or month- head. Once I had just a bar and kinda stum-
it reminds me of why with cancer and, the ly basis? finished a 100 mile race ble into the street, and
I wanted to become reason I survived well, Yeah, I do some- in Houston and was ac- I’m looking at the guy,
a teacher in the first you know the kind of thing everyday, some- tually in a wheelchair and all the sudden he
place and it’s to hope- cancer I had is a real thing to get my heart because I fractured looks up and yells “Mr
fully have a positive rare kind of cancer and rate up and break a my hip in the race and Atwell, Hi!” So it was
effect on people. To see a lot of people don’t sweat every day. An un- was getting wheeled kinda funny to run into
all the different players survive it; it has a real- fortunate ritual is that through the airport and a kid at that point.
that I’ve coached over ly low success rate for I have trouble sleeping, I saw a former student
the last 15 years and see survival, um, and they and so generally every- in the airport and just
them out in the world attributed a lot of the
doing good things, that reason I survived be-
gets me fired up to stay cause I was fit at the
time. And so that’s al-
in it and keep doing it.
ways kind of been in
the back of my mind, I
Freshman Accepted to
Georgetown Summer
What is the most Phys-
ically or mentally de- always want to kind of
manding thing you stay in shape in case it
have done?
There’s two things
comes back, that I’ll be
ready to fight it. Study Program
that come to mind, I
ran 160 miles contin- What is your proudest Maya Landsberg to study politics in D.C.
uous that was from moment as a coach or
Huntington Beach to teacher?
Coronado Island and As a teacher… you
know there’s so many BY ARMAN
that was that was well, HAMRAH
mentally, it wasn’t things that really make
you proud. I was named Video Editor
that tough, I mean it
was, I ran for 36 hours teacher of the year at
straight, but more Scripps Ranch and that LJHS Freshman
physically that was re- was kind of a proud mo- Maya Landsberg has
ally demanding. To stay ment to have the kids been selected for an im-
in it was really tough. nominate me as teacher mersion study program
Mentally, I ran rim to of the year. As a coach at Georgetown Univer-
rim to rim in the Grand you know there’s just sity this summer.
Canyon in a race there countless memories of “I was looking
and, that was a really seeing guys, and it’s not for things to do this
mentally challenging always when you win, summer [UC San Di-
thing. It was 103° at just seeing people that ego]-wise and George-
the bottom of the can- have achieved higher town is my dream
yon and it was snow- than they thought they school, so I might as and then we do simula- high school, I realized
ing at the top of the could, and those are the well go there,” Lands- tions.” I have to put myself to
Northside so dramatic moments you embrace berg said. Program descrip- work,” Landsberg said.
changes in temperature and make you want to During the three- tions say students will “I like work.”
and you had to carry come back for more. week program, Lands- meet elected officials Dr. Karen Hom,
all your nutrition with berg will focus on during the program. Landsberg’s history
you, and there’s only What’s one race that American diplomacy Students will also teacher, said she was
six water stops on the you are preparing for? and politics and struc- tour the capitol build- proud of her student
whole route, so to plan Right now every- ture. ing and other relevant and thought she was on
accordingly to make thing is geared towards “It’s really hands sights in Washington her way to a career in
sure you had enough racing Badwater this on,” she said. “We do D.C. politics.
summer. It’s a 135 mile classes and lectures “Now that I’m in

32 FEATURES April 3, 2017
NCAA Rankings Anti-Trump
On the selection committee Tweet Backfires
team to lose its first in fact, quite accu- Sportscaster who criticized
round game. rate for the majority President on Twitter suspended
Sports Editor But why are teams of teams, and based
ranked in the higher on full season perfor- by his employer, an ABC affiliate
As the 2017 NCAA number so successful mances, most team’s
Basketball Tournament early on? Part could be play seems to be well
continues, upsets begin caused by poor ranking accounted for. The
to populate brackets, choices, such as this main issue is the dom-
and once again top year’s #8 Wisconsin. inant ranking through-
seeds fall to unlikely Wisconsin finished 3rd out the season and
victors. If upsets are an in the Big 10 in regular into the tournament of
ingrained part of the season play, and fin- teams that don’t play
tournament and num- ished 2nd in the Big 10 in power conferences.
ber 1 seeds rarely all Championship. And A large majority of the
last to the Final Four, out of the 5-player Big teams that these highly
why is the selection 10 All- Tournament ranked teams, such as
committee still making team, three of those #1 Gonzaga and #1 Vil-
what seems to be ma- players were Badgers. lanova, play don’t even
jor mistakes in ranking So with the talent and qualify for the NCAA
teams? the record, why was Tournament, let alone
Only once have all Wisconsin ranked at are good enough to
four #1 seeds all been in #8? It may have been contend seriously with
their major loss to these so-called power- BY SOPHIE
the Final Four, in 2008 BOLINGER
with Kansas, UCLA, Michigan in the Big houses. While the play-
North Carolina, and Ten tournament, or it ers might be exception- Staff Writer
Memphis. And it’s could have just been an al and the team might
not uncommon for top oversight, and a team work well together, After a controver-
seeds to be eliminated that must work even there is no true test on sial tweet, Chicago’s
early on in the tour- harder to prove their whether these teams ABC-TV sports news- Mark Giangreco
nament, as we’ve seen worth going forward. are the real deal or not caster Mark Giangreco (via Twitter)
this year with #3 Flor- Even so, the selec- until they play high- has been suspended in-
ida State losing to #11 tion committee has ly ranked teams from definitely. Giangreco is
Xavier, #2 Duke falling flawlessly ranked #16 power conferences with a very well known and natic to be ‘elected’.”
to #7 South Carolina, seeds, as no #16 seed has much tougher sched- highly respected news- The tweet was
#2 Louisville losing to ever won a game in the ules, and possibly more caster in Chicago, his quickly taken down
#7 Michigan, and final- tournament, especially talent. Now that’s not suspension was a shock shortly after, but not
ly, last year’s champion since #16 seeds always to say that teams from to many. before it went unno-
#1 Villanova’s loss to play #1 seeds. And the non-power conferences Giangreco was sus- ticed by the public eye.
#8 Wisconsin. Regard- trend continues for the with easier schedules pended for referring ABC stated that Gi-
less of rank, it’s still a consistency of double- don’t have the potential to President Donald angreco tweet violated
shocker when major digit ranked teams, as to be basketball power- Trump as a “cartoon the ethical code of the
basketball powerhous- only one #12 seed has houses, but the odds lunatic” in his tweet. company, according
es like Duke and Louis- made it to the Elite are certainly stacked Giangreco’s tweet came to the Chicago Tribune.
ville fall to teams with Eight, and one #10 seed against them, and it’s form responding to To- Giangreco local news
less of a history. Brack- has made it to the Final much harder to prove ronto sports newscaster station also stated,
et busters like Villano- Four. However, three yourself when all of Bruce Arthur’s tweet, “Sports anchor Mark
va’s fall to Wisconsin #11 seeds have made it your opponents are un- “Donald Trump: a hate- Giangreco’s Twitter
are heartbreaking, but to the Final Four, and ranked. ful ignorant corrupt comments are not in
definitely not rare. Xavier could add to Regardless of who simpleton supported line with ABC 7 Chi-
Last year, #2 Michigan that number, especially you picked as your by 87 (percent) of Re- cago’s non-partisan ed-
State, a favorite to win considering the domi- National Champion, publicans.” In which itorial standards,” the
the tournament, fell to nant way they’ve been March Madness is nev- Giangreco then joined station said in a state-
#15 Middle Tennessee playing so far in the er short of a few sur- in to say, “America ex- ment. “We’ve reviewed
State in the Round of tournament. prises, and always, at posed as a country full the matter and are tak-
64, making MSU the The selection com- least One Shining Mo- of simpletons who al- ing the appropriate ac-
highest ever ranked mittee’s selections are ment. lowed this cartoon lu- tion.”

Girls Soccer Wins CIF Championship Stand for
LJHS Varsity Women’s Soccer wins CIF Title Soccer
Staff Writer

The United States Soc-
cer Federation has recent-
ly adopted a policy that
mandates all players and
staff to stand respectfully
during the playing of the
National Anthem before
games. The policy was
proposed to the Board of
Directors following the
Women’s US National
team midfielder, Megan
Rapinoe kneeling in sup-
port of the NFL player
Colin Kaepernick’s pro-
tests about alleged police
The Board of Directors
approved the policy imme-
diately. This policy 604-1
directly states, “ All per-
sons representing a Feder-
ation National Team shall
stand respectfully during
the playing of national
anthems at any event in
which the Federation is
CIF Champs! (via La Jolla Light) represented.” Although
the Federation has not put
forth any specific potential
BY CLAIRE ing a point for their only be a minor fluke enthusiastic.” punishments or penalties
BENEDETTO team; 1-1. at the time, with still With the CIF cham- for those who don’t follow
Staff Writer Now a stalemate, half of the game to go, pionship title, La Jolla this policy, they have been
the intensity increases the opposing team’s High was given the op- clear that they will not put
Saturday, March on both sides, as the mistake, along with portunity to play in a up with anybody who does
4th; Mission Bay High players fight fearlessly the flawless efforts of series of tournaments, not comply.
School - La Jolla High for the winning point. La Jolla High’s players, with the possibility It seems that most of
School’s very own Var- A bit before the half- gave the win to La Jolla of winning Regionals the players and staff are
sity Women’s Soccer Champion title for the pleased with the rule as
Team plays in a game season. However, at the both Men’s and Wom-
against West Hills to first game of the tour- en’s coaches Bruce Are-
claim CIF champion- “It was a great game to watch, with both nament, the girls suf- na and Jill Ellis said that
ship title. With an un- fered an unfortunate
defeated streak thus teams displaying lots of sportsmanship...the loss of 0-1 against Cla-
they stand with this pol-
icy while famous players
far, the players were crowds were very enthusiastic.” remont of San Gabriel such as Tim Howard and
“confident that they Valley, and their place Megan Rapinoe say that
can take home the ti- to compete in Region- they will respect the rule
tle.” als has been revoked. and that others should as
Just halfway into way point, one of West High School with a fi- Regardless, La Jolla well. However, accord-
the game, Emma Del- Hills’ players passes the nal score of 2-1. High School is proud ing to Breitbart, ESPN
gado, a senior on the ball to a teammate. Ap- Both sides were to have such a talent- “slammed” the Federa-
team, scores the first parently too close for courteous to the other, ed group of girls to tion calling policy 604-1
goal against West comfort, West Hills’ with one account stat- represent their Varsity anti-American and even
Hills, making the score goalie attempts to re- ing that “it was a great Women’s Soccer team! anti-soccer. It is an expec-
1-0. Quick to regain direct the ball, instead game to watch, with Congratulations, all! tation for someone repre-
strength, West Hills scoring a point for La both teams displaying senting the United States
strikes back with a Jolla in her very own lots of sportsmanship... National Team to stand
header-off across, scor- goal. What seemed to the crowds were very and be respectful during
the national anthem.

34 SPORTS April 3, 2017
NFL Combine
To scout or not to scout? Draft coming up on April 27 NFL staff at the
2010 Draft (via Mar-
ianne O’Leary)
BY SOPHIE a round or even in the drills. Prospects’ per- sarily mean they won’t
BOLINGER last round makes your formance at the com- be able to improve in
Staff Writer future as an NFL play- bine can make a huge the coming years. Put- port stated, “Brown’s
er not seem so bright. impact on their draft ting such a strong eval- strength and instinct
National Football Depending on how stock. However, the uation on players so deficiencies will make
League scouting has the potential player is evaluators may not get early on makes it much it difficult to sepa-
become one of the observed/reviewed can a true understanding of more difficult for play- rate at the next level.
most fundamental change opportunities prospects full athletic ers to improve in their Character concerns
components in today’s for him drastically. ability, due in part to NFL careers later on, could limit his appeal
NFL draft, especially The combine has the fact that the drills and judgment of the and knock him off the
in perspective player’s become a major scout- tested at the combine scouts isn’t always ac- draft boards. NFL pro-
rankings and pre-draft ing resource and com- have been the same curate. For instance, jection: Late draftable
profiles. But how much ponent in evaluating since 1985. Antonio Brown, the pick.” Whereas players
of an impact is NFL players, if they perform These drills are highest paid receiver in like Tim Tebow, a first
scouting really making well at the event it will practiced over and over the NFL, had a negative round pick that same
on player’s draft num- help increase their over- again, making them feel pre-draft scouting re- year, had a highly rated
bers, and what’s the all “stock.” The com- almost learned behav- port in the NFL’s 2010 Pre-Draft pick evalua-
overall importance the bine is a four-day event ior by players the time Draft. Scouts reported tion but when it came
process? for NFL prospects held they have to endure him to be a late-round down to it, he was bare-
The NFL draft is in Indianapolis. Over them at the combine in draft pick and predict- ly able to succeed at the
considered to be one the course of four days front of evaluators and ed that he would not professional level in
of the most import el- prospects go through coaches. have much success in football.
ements in a prospective a series of interviews Giving such an exten- his career. He ended The scouting pro-
player’s future in the from interested teams, sive evaluation of these up being drafted to the cess may need to reeval-
pro-league profession, take the Wonderlic test prospects isn’t always Steelers as the 195th uated, but the true test
for obvious reasons. (an intelligence test), the most reliant meth- pick in the 6th round, of its reliability will be
But the draft can also and on the fourth and od. Even if at the time and Brown has made displayed during this
make or break the rep- final day are tested on players are scouted the Pro Bowl 5 of his 7 year’s 2017 NFL Draft
utations of these play- their agility and skill they seem weak or skin- NFL years. on April 27th.
ers, being picked late in sets through series of ny, that doesn’t neces- His Pre-Draft re-

La Jolla MCASD & Music Society Under
Openings scheduled for 2020 and 2019
Staff Writer

Two art institutions
in La Jolla, The Muse-
um of Contemporary
Art (MOCA) and the
La Jolla Music Society,
are undergoing major
remodeling and recon-
struction this year.
MOCA is San Di-
ego’s leading modern
art forum and is, ac- Photo via
cording to its mission
statement, “devoted was started to contrib- common good of the cert Venue. ture and acoustics, Ep-
to the exploration and ute to the renovation. community with its In his honor, it will stein Joslin Architects
presentation of the art The museum’s ren- vast array of perform- be called the “The Con- and Nagata Acoustics
of our time.” ovation will be sure to ing arts specialities. rad”, and opens in early America were selected
MOCA closed in contribute to the grow- Due to the need for 2019. for the jobs respective-
January and the remod- ing cultural scene in La a permanent location “The Conrad,” will ly.
el is already underway. Jolla. for the La Jolla Music replace the La Jolla If interested, people
Plans include qua- The museum will Society, members of Music Society’s existing can watch a live stream
drupling the museum’s reopen in 2020, and un- the community have auditorium at the Mu- of the construction at
existing gallery square til then, art-lovers can advocated for the new seum of Contemporary
footage to 40,000 visit the Downtown lo- construction. Art, and will be located The new concert
square feet and dou- cation on Kuttner Bou- The late San Diego on Fay Avenue. venue will be sure to
bling the facility as a levard. philanthropist, Conrad The construction be a home for music
whole. The La Jolla Music Prebys, donated more will give way to a 500 and culture, as well as a
In honor of MO- Society is San Diego’s than $20 million for the seat Concert Hall and a gathering place for the
CA’s 75th Anniversary, largest arts presenter remodel of the La Jolla large Cabaret venue. community to partake
a $75 million campaign that contributes to the Music Society’s Con- As for the architec- in the arts.

Coachella 2017
Staff Writer
April 14–16 and April
summer 2017 following
her performance at Su-
to headline Friday and
Sunday, respectively,
9. In addition
to music, the festival
perbowl LI and Coach- of both weekends. also features large art
1. Lady Gaga will 3. Beyoncé will ella. installations and over
be headlining Satur- perform at Coachella 7. The festival fea- 100 food vendors.
day for both weekends. in 2018 instead, as the 5. Organizers were tures approximately
Her performances will singer would have been determined to replace fifty artists per day. 10. The festival is
replace those of Beyon- in her third trimester Beyonce with anoth- sold out; however, as
cé, whose performanc- carrying twins at the er female performer 8. Other notable of March 6, resale tick-
es were postponed fol- time of this year’s fes- as the festival has not acts include the xx, ets are for sale on sites
lowing her pregnancy tival. seen a woman headline Travis Scott, Father such as StubHub for
announcement. since 2007. John Misty, Bon Iver, around $550.
4. Gaga will also Future, DJ Snake,
2. The festival runs be embarking on her 6. Radiohead and Lorde and Justice.
Joanne World Tour in Kendrick Lamar are set

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Meeting Chris Cleave
A Student’s Account of Meeting the Up-and-Coming Author
BY ADINA KEELING lessened as the war in- had stashed them away
Staff Writer tensified, the charac- years ago.
ters continued to use it “Why did you never
On March 15th, six as an outlet for escap- ask?”, she responded.
students at La Jolla ing the pain surround- Sometimes, ask-
High (including my- ing them. ing questions is just as
self) were given the op- In our private ses- important as answer-
portunity to meet with sion with Cleave, he ex- ing them, Cleave con-
an up-and-coming au- pressed how surprised cluded, adding that he
thor. he was when, after ex- personally prefered the
Chris Cleave, au- tensive research and in- former.
thor of Gold, Incendiary terviews on WWII, the When asked about
and #1 New York Times concept of humor kept his writing style, Cleave
bestseller Little Bee, was reoccurring. stated that he was a
hosted by the La Jolla This humor, which meticulous planner,
Literary Society at the Photo via Robert Boyd is well incorporated creating sketches and
La Jolla Country Club. into the novel, not only story maps and even
We were invited The story was also temerity to have these adds an entertaining el- excel sheets depicting
to their luncheon af- largely inspired by the opinions; however, it ement, but also reveals the story arcs for each
ter which Cleave gave love letters between also takes an immense an important theme character.
a 30 minute speech on Cleave’s grandparents. amount of bravery to present in WWII. However, within
his time in the US (he’s While address- look upon the oppo- Cleave also stressed about fifteen minutes
British), the inspiration ing the title Everyone site side and forgive that he tends to ask of actually sitting down
behind his latest book, Brave is Forgiven, Cleave them for their beliefs, questions instead of an- and writing, the story
the research methods brought up a very to learn to respect their swering them. would simply go off in
he utilized, and his thought provoking opinions, to overcome This was in response whatever direction felt
writing process. concept: the relation- disagreement and pre- to the end of the novel the most natural, and
Before the event we ship between bravery vent it from interfer- which ended in a cliff- he would always end up
were given half an hour and forgiveness. ing. hanger. completely scrapping
to meet with Cleave For Cleave, the Cleave also stated He furthered his the plans he had made.
privately. meaning of these words that forgiving others argument on the im- Cleave also de-
During our time are very intertwined. for their beliefs is cou- portance of asking scribed how he is often
with Cleave and during To explain this idea, rageous and demon- questions by describ- carried away with writ-
his speech, his latest Cleave used current strates the strong con- ing a day in his life in ing pages upon pages
book Everyone Brave Is politics as an example. nection between these which his grandfather of witty dialogue that,
Forgiven was key to the As a British citizen, words. told him about his ex- although entertaining,
discussion. Cleave added it was not Although Cleave’s periences as a soldier in don’t take the plot any-
This book features his place to talk about novel brings up many WWII. where.
the story of Mary North US politics (although interesting concepts His grandfather However, he added
(a young teacher), Tom US politics could be and themes, what had never before men- that this isn’t necessar-
Shaw (a school official), applied to his point struck me as the most tioned his time during ily harmful to writing
and Alistair Heath (an as well) and focused fascinating was how the war, much less gone since it helps the char-
art restorer who enlist- instead on politics in Cleave used humor in into detail. acters develop and re-
ed in the army). The Britain. the context of war and Cleave asked why veals the relationships
three are drawn into a He described the violence. his grandfather had between them.
love triangle as WWII extreme polarization Taking place during never mentioned the After reading Chris
rages. present in Britain to- WWII, Everyone Brave war before, and his Cleave’s novel, I was
The novel accu- day: 48% of the popula- is Forgiven characterizes grandfather replied, impressed with his
rately depicts war torn tion believe Brexit was, the sheer destruction “Why did you never writing skills; and after
London; however, the and is, suicide for the of the war. Strangely ask?” listening to his speech,
book is not centered nation. enough, however, his This occurred again I was impressed with
around war, rather it The other half of characters deal with when Cleave first dis- his speaking skills as
portrays the relation- British citizens strong- the pain of war through covered that thousands well as the insight he
ships between people ly believe Brexit is humor. of letters between his shared with us.
in a war-torn society. helpful and will im- \ They accept the grandparents were I’m grateful to have
As Cleave said prove the nation. deaths of those around stored, untouched, in had the chance to meet
during his speech, the First, Cleave said, it them matter-of-factly the attic. him and I greatly rec-
book is not about war, takes courage to stand and continue to joke “Why did you nev- ommend his novel, Ev-
but instead about “the completely on one around. er tell me?”, Cleave eryone Brave is Forgiven.
spaces in between”. side and possess the Though this banter asked his mother, who

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