October 22, 2017

Halloween is coming right around the corner

Posted on October 18, 2017 by in Features

America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

As Halloween is creeping upon us, have you ever wondered about the real story behind the tricks and treats? Being one of the most celebrated days of the year, the origins of this holiday trace as far back to ancient Europe. However, it wasn’t always about fun and games.

Dating back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). 2,000 years ago in what is now Ireland, the U.K and France, the Celts celebrated their new year on November 1. It was a significant date that signified the end of the summer harvest commencing the start of the heavy winter season, which was at the time, associated with human death.

In commemoration of winter beginning, huge sacred bonfires were made where people gathered to burn crops and animals to be omens to Celtic deities while wearing costumes of animal heads or skins and at the same time attempting to tell fortunes. In such way, the bonfires were meant to protect them for the winter.

Other traditions that would be the basis for trick-or-treating developed in 8th century medieval Britain. For instance, souling involved those of the lower class to beg for pastries known as “soul cakes”, in return they prayed for deceased relatives. Guising on the other hand, was a trend among adolescents who wore costumes either accepting food, wine and even money in exchange for singing, reciting poetry or telling jokes in front of the elites.

By the 19th century when Irish immigrants moved to the U.S., they helped re-popularizing the spoopy holiday we know today. It was toned down a bit so it could be more fitted into a family event. As the popularity of this holiday increased, so did businesses that began using it to create more money benefiting their companies.

Overall, the 31st of October is a day when everyone can enjoy fun times with family and friends, in a way to prepare for a season where (some, not all) can deal with the bitter cold and hope for something to pull them off the edge of their seats. Either by fear or excite.

Get Ready for the Frightful new Frappuccino

Posted on October 15, 2017 by in Features

Gina Babayan

Chronicle Reporter

Starbucks is getting in the Halloween spirit this October with a new drink for a limited time.

After news came of the limited Unicorn Frappuccino, people went wild for the drink for its color, taste, and tumblr look. So Starbucks thought of another drink to hype everyone up once more. Unlike the vampire frappuccinos of 2015, rumor has it that they are adding a new drink called the Zombie Frappuccino. The drink will be cream-based, and will contain green caramel, apple powder and pink powder. The whipped cream will be pink, and the whole thing will be finished off with a pink drizzle.The drink would be sold from October 28 until October 31. The frappuccino would be drop dead and fit perfectly for a Halloween theme and all the aesthetically pleasing pictures.


P.S If you miss the Unicorn Frappuccino, then do not fear because Starbucks turned it into a permanent drink on a secret menu! Yes, a secret menu, if you download the Starbucks app on your phone, they will give you a list of many other fangtastic drinks that are kept hidden.

Music lovers, there is now a club for you

Posted on October 10, 2017 by in Features

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

Ethan Murga

Now thanks to Open Mic, there is a club specifically for music. The club’s main purpose is to make music and for you to express yourself through the flow. Club presidents, Isaak Ramirez and Giovany Morales, made the club because both presidents share enthusiasm and passion for music. The club meets in room 123 B, Mr. Bitran’s room, every Thursday at lunch.

Isaak’s main reason as to why he made this club is because he wants to make an outlet, or stress reliever, for students to forget about their everyday worries and struggles. Isaak personally loves the musical genre that is hip-hop or rap. Isaak’s way of expressing himself is making poems and verses as he loves music and he is a big fanatic.

Giovany wanted to join in with Isaak as he plays the piano and expresses himself as well throughout music and musical instruments. Fun fact: Giovany is a self taught pianist. Which is rather very impressive as he did not pay for lessons or reach out for help.

Together they infused with a plan of making a club for others just like them, to make a club of which would revolve around music whether it is playing an instrument, learning how to play one, making songs, or many other activities concerning music like rap battles. The presidents ask of you to come and express yourself through the musical flow.


Make the most out of Spooptober with scary amusement parks

Posted on October 6, 2017 by in Features

Katie Adaya

Chronicle Reporter

Looking for a way to spend a fun, memorable night out with your friends? Start off this month at these thrilling theme parks. Prices vary from each theme park and each bring a different feeling of excitement.


At Universal Studios’ Horror Nights, there is so much to see. The mazes include “Titans of Terror”, “Saw: The Games of Jigsaw”, “Insidious: Beyond the Further”, and many more. Not only are there mazes but also new Jabawockeez show, The Walking Dead Attraction and the terror tram. You can save up to $26 (prices depend on date).


Six Flag’s Fright Fest includes haunted attractions, entertainment, and scare zones. Some mazes include “Dead End” and “Red’s Revenge”. Their “Club 6-Feet Under” will have you jamming with your friends and their “High-Sierra Hypnotist” will have you amazed. Prices depend on which ticket is purchased but vary from $17 to about $399.99.


This is the largest park that engages with Halloween activity in SoCal. It has about 9 mazes, 4 scare zones and 3 shows. Their tickets are as low as $42 but raise up depending on which ticket is purchased.

Hispanic Impact in Society

Posted on October 4, 2017 by in Features, Uncategorized

For years, Latinos have made many contributions to our daily lives as well with ideals. From technological advances to artistic styles, centuries of Hispanic culture have been engraved in history just like other unique societies. From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate the Latinos who inspire us to be proud of where we come from and appreciate our roots.

Artists who were pioneers in the early stages of rock and roll among the Hispanic Americans were Ritchie Valens, who recorded many hits, most notably “La Bamba” and the iconic rock and roll song “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” written by Herman Santiago. Holiday/Christmas songs that are heard throughout the season are “¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?” is a Christmas song with 12-year-old Augie Ríos, was a hit in 1959 which featured the Mark Jeffrey Orchestra alongside “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano. Another notable figure is Miguel del Aguila, in over the span of his career wrote 116 works and has three Latin Grammy nominations.

American literature has also been impacted heavily with Hispanic influence, “Tales of Alhambra” by Washington Irving and the works of O. Henry have captivated readers with the stories of the Cisco Kid and Zorro. Dominican American, Julia Alvarez is known for including her own childhood memories in the Dominican Republic in her writings, the novels being How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991), In the Time of the Butterflies (1994) and Before We Were Free (2003). Amongst these writers is the acclaimed Gary Soto who uses fiction and narrative poems in his literary works, such as Baseball in April and Other Stories (1990) and the novel Taking Sides (1991).

With much vigor and determination, most of these notable figures, men and women, both have proved to society that one of the traits of being Hispanics is their willingness to mix with others and,creating new relationships. Because of this experience, they can help find solutions to the barriers, prejudices and stereotypes that have divided us as a nation along racial and ethnic lines.

Just get spooky

Posted on October 4, 2017 by in Features

Novalee Lopez

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

Fall has finally arrived, although it sure doesn’t feel like it. Days are still hot and far from that crisp fall weather but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get into the fall spirit. Here are a few ways to make your fall spirit more alive.


It’s that time of year again when all the spooky movies come out and play. Cuddle under a blanket with a nice cup of hot chocolate and your favorite snacks and enjoy all the horror movies you could watch. Some classics are Hocus Pocus and Halloween Town.


Fall means Halloween and Halloween means nights full of sweet treats. There are so many fall sweets that you just can’t pass up such as pumpkin pie, Halloween cookies and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.


That time has come again where you can wear a sweater and tights everyday and no one will look at you weird. Now that it’s starting to get cold again, spending your days under blankets is a must. What’s not great about being able to spend your days in bed all snuggled up watching movies.


Pacific standard time is here, and no its not about time.

Posted on October 1, 2017 by in Features

Guadalupe Huerta

Chronicle Reporter

Once in a lifetime opportunities don’t appear very often. Especially if you have to wait a couple of years to have it come to your city. Pacific Standard time is finally here. No, it does not mean the actual time.

What it means is that over 50 museums’ will enhold Latin American Art from September 2017 through January 2018. It will vary from modern and contemporary art to that of the ancient world and pre-modern era. The museums will consist of a collaboration effect between art and activism.

Thanks to The Getty, the project known as “Beyond Borders” will shed light onto the injustice against Chicano culture while simultaneously honoring Latino roots. The event will be held throughout museums in the LA County with the sole purpose of raising political awareness for causes that demand change.

The exhibitions will consist of thought provoking photographs, murals, and video art revolving around the concept of the Latin community.   So why not take advantage for the time it is here and check it out. 

Join the Luncheon

Posted on June 1, 2017 by in Announcements, Features

Catherine Lee
Chronicle Reporter

The Class of 2017 will have their Senior Luncheon on Monday, June 5th at the school cafeteria. Seniors will be rehearsing for the graduation in the auditorium from eight in the morning to 12:30 pm. After the rehearsal, the seniors will have their luncheon from 12:30 pm till the end of the school day. The tickets will be sold in the student store for 25 dollars.

The luncheon will be the last senior activity taking place at school, before the graduation ceremony and the grad night at Disneyland. It will be a great opportunity for seniors to eat and socialize with their friends for the last time in Hollywood High School for they will be rehearsing the whole day on Tuesday till 12:30 and they will be at the Bowl on Wednesday.

The seniors are expected to come back to school on Thursday to pick up their diploma from 9am to 11am. 

Simple Tips to Pass Finals

Posted on May 23, 2017 by in Features

Katherine Quezada

Chronicle Reporter

Every year at the end of each semester high school, college and even middle school students are stressed due to finals week. Everyone struggles trying to study for their upcoming tests that will determine if an individual passes the course or not. It leads to sleep deprivation, stress, and possibly anxiety for those who are on the borderline of passing or failing.

If you are a student who does not do well under pressure, stress or simply cant seem to be well organized when studying for finals, here are a couple of tips that one can use to lessen their stress and maintain mentally stable so they can succeed in passing all classes with good results.

Manage your time: Prioritize what you need to study on. If a student has a final on math the next morning, study for that specific class the night before. It would not make sense to study for History if that final is in three days. Procrastination is not a good thing to do at all, many students stress more because of having the obligation to fit in a lot of knowledge in one night, take it day by day and it will be easier to accomplish.

Be Organized: Put your phone away and only have the supplies you need for that subject you are studying on, it will allow you to focus more and not feel so stressed about having to study for other subjects. Use highlighters and labels for things that are still unclear and ask your teacher for help.

Take small breaks: If you are a person who cant sit still for long, study for 30 min to an hour and then take a five to 10 minute break, it will be easier to stay focused.

Celebrate National Teacher Day

Posted on May 9, 2017 by in Features

Catherine Lee
Chronicle Reporter

Today, May 9 is the National Teacher Day. The National PTA declared the first week of May to be Teacher Appreciation Week. Students, teachers, and parents celebrate this day to show appreciation to teachers. To make this day even better, restaurants and retailers are offering deals and freebies for hardworking teachers.

Here is a list of retailers that are showing some appreciation for teachers this week.
1. Aerosoles is offering 15% off any footwear with a teacher ID.
2. J.Crew is also offering 15% off any purchase with a valid school ID for teachers and college students.
3. Banana Republic offers 15% discount for both teachers and students.
4. Barnes & Noble offers up to 25% off for teachers for the rest of this week.