Short or long periods?

Posted on March 20, 2019 by in Op-Ed

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Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

From middle school to my first year of high school I grew to the comfort of block schedule.

Three classes a day for two hours. There were benefits from it like having more time in class to finish assignments or homework wouldn’t be due the next day. The thing I dislike about it is that every class is about two hours and sitting for two hours straight can be very draining.

I went around school and asked two students on how do they feel about block schedule and which do they prefer, normal or block schedule?

TCA Senior Giselle Santiago said, “I prefer block schedule because we get time to catch up on work and as a senior it really piles up.”

PAM Senior Daisy Pinto said, “I feel like the block schedule is better because you don’t go to all six classes and feel stressed about multiple assignments due the next day and if your in a class you like you should have no problem.”

I personally don’t like block schedule because I don’t like being stuck with the same people for two straight hours. I like seeing other people and having different conversations throughout the day.  

Metro’s “big” change

Posted on March 5, 2019 by in Op-Ed

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Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

Before 2018 ended the LA Metro Board of Directors approved on Dec. 6 to give trains letter names over keeping the color system. I think that this approved plan will not be a huge change at all and that train riders will still call them by their current names. This approved plan won’t be implemented till 2028 when the Olympics is set to happen in LA.

I went around school and asked a student and a teacher who ride the train on a daily basis how they felt about the change and if they prefer the current system or the new one.

NMA Senior James Mezovari said, “I don’t like that change. Everything right now is simple and easy to understand. By changing the system most people will get confused, I prefer the color system.”

TCA Senior Natalia Torres said, “I think it’s pointless because everybody knows it as it is right now. So why change it? Just to confuse people? I prefer the color system because the new system is pointless.”

Color system over to letter system names (Draft):

Blue line -> A train

Red line -> B train

Green line -> C train

Purple line -> D train

Gold line -> E train

New rail lines going to be added:

K train ( LAX to Torrance )

Q train ( Sylmar to West LA )

S train ( Downtown LA to Artesia )

Visiting Abandon Mall

Posted on February 11, 2019 by in Op-Ed

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Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

During my sophomore year my friends and I decided to visit an abandon mall. A mall only an hour and a half away from Downtown LA. We did not know what expect. We were also expecting not to get in. When we finally arrived we walked around the mall till we noticed that a fence blocking the entrance to the parking lot was wide open. After a long debate on whether we should try to get into the mall or not. We decided to go in and not take this very big opportunity. We eventually found a hole on the wall and one by one we all entered.

It was very cold and very quiet. The cold air coming from the hole on wall and the sunshine coming in through the open roof was very soothing. You can hear drops of water dripping from the roof. It was very relaxing, we all sat in the middle of the floor taking it all in.   We then continued to look around till the sunset.

The day I met Mayor Eric Garcetti

Posted on January 30, 2019 by in Op-Ed

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Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

It was freshmen year only a few months before my first year of high school ended. I had been taking pictures with my camera for only 9 months and didn’t really have a clue as to what I wanted to do. I would always take the Gold Line and ended up in Sierra Madre the last station. I found out that the Gold Line is getting an extension and will open up in just few weeks. I was very excited and couldn’t wait for that day to come. Riding the Gold Line various times during my freshman year that just the thought of new stations opening made me very happy because it meant I’d get to visit places I’ve never been before.

The day finally came and I got up right on time. Got my camera and headed out. It takes about 40 minutes from Union Station to Sierra Madre. I thought that the train would continue to the new stops but when I got to Sierra Madre they made all the passengers get off and form a line to get onto a train that runs to the new stations. While waiting to get onto a train everybody suddenly started looking towards the back of the line. I turned around out of curiosity and saw the Mayor. He was shaking hands with those waiting in line. Eventually he was shaking hands with the person behind me and I genuinely didn’t know what to say or how to act.

He then came to me and I smiled, shook his hand and had a good three minute conversation with him about what I wanted to pursue after high school. I then eventually got on the train and visited all the new stops.

Sat with Raf

Posted on November 27, 2018 by in Op-Ed

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Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

It was early in the morning, on my way to Hollywood High. I got on the 207 bus and noticed that nobody was sitting next to this African American homeless man. I’ve been riding the bus my whole life and learned to not care who was in the bus. If I saw an empty seat I’ll sit. I smiled at the man and he smiled back. I sat down and put my camera in my backpack, the man saw that I put my camera away and immediately told me that my camera reminded him of his youth and when he worked at universal studios. I introduced myself and he introduced himself. Ironically his name was Raf which immediately lighten up my morning. He talked about how he would work there every summer and the fun experience he had working with friends. He talked about how he saw all the backstage things and how everything worked.

Sometimes people we ignore have the best stories and experience in life.

 

Book review: We All Looked Up

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in Op-Ed

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Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

‘We All Looked Up’ by Tommy Wallach is a book of four teenagers perspective on their last month of humanity before an asteroid strikes. The four teenagers, Eliza, Peter, Andy, and Anita put their hearts together to throw a party on the day the asteroid “Ador” is supposed to hit. Together they go through many adventures putting a plan for the party.

I personally enjoyed reading the book because it put me through different emotions and getting to know the characters was really amazing. The best thing about the book is how all four teenagers are very connected and come together to throw the biggest party for everyone to enjoy rather than feeling hopeless. Although the book is 416 pages long it the story is worth reading.  

 

Art therapy can help reduce stress

Posted on October 22, 2018 by in Op-Ed

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Rafael Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter


The form of art therapy that helps me reduce my stress is photography. The way that photography helps to reduce my stress is that it distracts me from the loads of school work I have waiting for me back home. It also makes me bring out the creative side of myself and adding to that it lets me express want I am feeling into a picture. Photography is most fun when you have your friends with you exploring the different kinds of neighborhoods around the city. I personally like taking pictures at night when there aren’t much people in the streets and you are able to do whatever you want. Seeing the city during the night from afar is very beautiful and soothing.

Art therapy can be any form of art like painting, collaging, digital art, photography and textile. I recommend to find the form of art that helps you reduce your stress cause forgetting about something is way better than sticking with the feeling of stress. Buy a coloring book or play around with photoshop, anything that makes you use your creative side will most definitely help you reduce your stress.

Discover new places at Downtown LA

Posted on October 9, 2018 by in Uncategorized

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Rafael Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

If you are looking for a place to catch the sunset with friends after school during the weekdays, Los Angeles City Hall is the place to go. It offers a 360 degree beautiful scenery of all the different neighborhoods like Boyle Heights, Chinatown, & MacArthur Park. The observation deck on the 27th floor at LA City Hall is open to the public on weekdays. Its public entrance to City Hall is on Main Street. In order to enter, you will need to pass through metal detectors and will need a valid I.D. to check-in. Then follow the instructions by the check-in to get to the observation deck.

After visiting, head east of City Hall to Grand Central Market, open from 8 am to 10 pm, where there are varieties of foods and drinks. Foods like pizza, pho, hamburgers, tacos, vegan food, and so much more are available there. Make sure to grab some Mexican candy from La Huerta in stall F-7, where they have a variety of candies, on your way out, or I recommend a delicious cheese burger from Jose Chiquito in stall A-6. It is a great place to spend time with friends.

To end the day, head east of Grand Central Market to The Last Book Store, open from 10 am to 10 pm. The Last Book Store has not only books but dvd’s, vinyls, and art studios on the second floor. There are varieties of books like horror, comedy, poems, comics, cooking, and drawing books. The art studios on the second floor sell many other things other than art like cameras, stickers and gifts. They also have benches around the store to sit and read with big windows to look out at the street.

Make sure to grab a friend and check out these places at Downtown Los Angeles.Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.


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