December 16, 2017

Give back this Christmas

Posted on December 8, 2017 by in Announcements, Entertainment, Features

Nick Macadaan

Chronicle Reporter

While the holidays are usually full of parties, fun, and gifts, it is also a time to give to others. Here are three things to do over the holiday break to get on Santa’s nice list:

 

1. Donate gifts to Toys for Tots

 

Toys for Tots is run by the U.S. marine corps and every year they collect new unwrapped    gifts to hand out to needy kids. There are many drop off locations throughout the city. If you do not have an extra gift, you can also make a donation online at toysfortots.org.

 

2. Volunteer at food on foot

 

Food on Foot is an organization in Hollywood that serves the homeless. For a donation of 25 dollars, people can go serve food to a group of homeless people who have cleaned up Hollywood under the supervision of the organization leaders. After the service, they tell their personal stories about their background and progress towards finding work and housing.

 

3. Visit LA Works Website

 

You can visit www.laworks.com and view their list of community service that you can volunteer for. There is a variety of ways to help out listed on the website.

Keep active during Winter Break with these amusement parks

Posted on December 7, 2017 by in Entertainment, Features

Jack Cortez

Chronicle Reporter

Looking for something to do over winter break? Here are three places you can go to kill your boredom and get festive over break:

 

CHILL at Queen Mary, with a 38,000-square foot Ice Adventure Park featuring a two story 140 foot long ice tubing slide, Amsterdam bumper cars, zip line, ice shuffleboard, Ice Skating, Ice Track, and much more

 

CHILL  is open daily at the Queen Mary from Dec. 13-Jan. 7

4:30pm 11:00pm

$20-children

$30-adults

 

 

 

 

 

Universal has all kinds of fun family wintery/Christmas activities to do, See Martha May Whovier and the Who Dolls, Grinchmas, Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, regular snowfall at the CityWalk mall and more

 

Open Hours

 

9AM–7PM

 

Gate Prices

 

Adult   –  $110.00

Child   –  (3-12) $104.00

 

https://www.smartdestinations.com/los-angeles-attractions-and-tours/universal-studios-hollywood/_attr_Lax_Att_Universal_Studios_Hollywood.html

 

It’s the most magical time of the year this holiday at the Disneyland Resort with lots of activities to do with the whole family; World of Color- Season Lights, Santa’s Holiday Visit at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, Sounds and Flavors of Delight, and much more

Open Hours

8AM–12AM

 

Prices vary on purchased Tickets

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/tickets/

Expressing yourself through venting

Posted on December 6, 2017 by in Features

America Flores-Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

 

Do you ever have something on your mind that gives you the urge to tell someone who isn’t close to you, or in any way that could affect others? Vent, created by Dean Serroni , doing exactly what its name says, lets users vent to other random users. What’s also very convenient about it is that your contacts list is pushed out of the picture, giving the user complete privacy to their posts, also known as vents, on their profile if they wish to remain anonymous or not.

The app itself can be addictive considering that you can find other vent posts categorized by emotions such as calm, irritated, annoyed, angry or furious and mild to intense. Throughout the app, you also have the choice of following other users alongside commenting and leaving an icon vote for them. Vent’s purpose is to just be a comfortable form of social media to airdown issues and is a great way to relieve stress, anxiety or perhaps any other emotion you could feel overall, basically a virtual way to get something off your chest.

Plus this app is more targeted to most adolescent users considering that most of the overall users attend high school or some other secondary education. It’s also a better way for expression instead of bottling stuff inside. Overall, it’s more healthier then keeping things unsaid.

Currently, the app is available on different platforms for download such as the App Store for iPhone iOS and Google Play for Android users.

Get jolly and festive this winter season

Posted on November 30, 2017 by in Entertainment, Features

Stephanie Starks

Chronicle Reporter

For most, Christmas starts when Halloween ends. The decorations go up, all the themed commercials start playing and “All I Want For Christmas” by Mariah Carey starts hiking up in views on YouTube. Now, as December is approaching quickly, for those who aren’t in the Christmas mood, watching Christmas movies is the perfect way to boost your spirit. Here are 6 classic Christmas movies to get you feeling holly and jolly:

A Christmas Carol (2009)                                                                                                                                                                                           Join an adventure with Ebenezer Scrooge, the Ghost of Christmas Past and Present as they explore the joys of Christmas and the happiness and purity of it all. Realising the meaning of Christmas, the two entities help Scrooge change his miserable ways and become a lover of all and an advocate of Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)                                                                                                                                                                                     A hermit with a strong disdain for Christmas intends to make everyone feel his pain by stealing their presents and ruining Christmas.  The story of the Grinch shows the power of love and friendship as Cindy Lou Who increases the Grinch’s heart by two sizes.

Frosty the Snowman (1969)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A  snowman comes to life with a thrown away top hat and help the children of the neighborhood spread the Christmas spirit. Soon, the owner of the top hat tries to get it back and the children try to get Frosty away from the owner and the warm weather before he melts.

The Polar Express (2004)                                                                                                                                                                                   A boy who has trouble believing in Santa and getting in the Christmas spirit goes and adventure to the North Pole and is put through a series of situations to hopefully get him to believe.

Home Alone (1990)                                                                                                                                                                                        Eight-year-old Kevin gets left home alone when his family accidentally forgets him when they go on vacation. Waking up alone, Kevin finds himself defending his house alone against two grown men who planned to rob their house while they were on vacation.

Elf (2003)                                                                                                                                                                                                        Finding it hard to fit in, Buddy the Elf enters Santa’s Workshop as an adult. Travelling to New York, Buddy spends his time looking for his real dad.

 

 

 

Top 5 Study Tips For Finals

Posted on November 30, 2017 by in Features

Jennifer Carrasco

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

 

With upcoming finals in a little over a week, it can get very stressful to handle all these finals so close together. Finals are always some of the most stressful weeks. Here are the Top 5 tips that will help you study to pass your finals.

  1. Start Studying Now: Don’t wait to the last minute to study for all your finals. You have plenty of finals to study for, take some time out of your day to do so. Cramming is a ineffective way.
  2. Set A Study Schedule: Organizing your study time is essential. Set your alarms as a reminder to study. Make to-do lists so you know what you need more time studying.
  3. Ask For Help: You will eventually get stuck on something and not know how to do it, so ask for help. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it, or else you won’t be able to solve it on the test either.
  4. Khan Academy it up: Khan academy is a helpful tool to help you to study, even if it isn’t your style you should look for other sites and apps. Find something that helps and motivates you to study. Have an accurate site checking your work, so you know how to learn from your mistakes.
  5. Take Breaks: Give yourself time to breathe. Get good rest and eat well, so you can study better. Getting frustrated and continuing to study won’t help, just annoy you. Be sure to take a break from time to time.

Hollywood will be serving the two masters

Posted on November 29, 2017 by in Features, News

Novalee Lopez

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

Once again the schools Performing Arts Magnet is putting on another play. Only this time the cast won’t be filled with zombies, this time the play takes place in the late 1700’s influenced with Italian culture. The school will be performing The Servant of Two Masters, which is more of a classic play compared to the last show that was put on. This play has quite the standards to uphold, all the plays that the school’s Performing Arts Magnet has ever put on has never disappointed so this time should not be different.

Some students have already seen a quick scene of the play when the King of Nigeria visited the school a few weeks back. The play was a real crowd-pleaser, students were laughing and looked interested in what was going on. The first showing of the play is November 30 and the last showing is December 3, students and family should come out and show support towards the schools Performing Arts Magnet

Hollywood hosts 86th annual parade

Posted on November 28, 2017 by in Features

Ethan Murga

Chronicle Reporter

Starting, arguably, the most wonderful time of the year, this year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade was as beautiful as the one from last year. On Sunday, Nov. 26, the Christmas parade came back to Hollywood, California to spread its influence and scenery once again. From Betty Boop to Darth Vader and Santa Clause, many civilians who live in Los Angeles came to watch this yearly attraction.

Although it is only November, it is the time of year when black friday shopping for Christmas presents is at its peak and stuffing ourselves with turkey is a past memory. It is a clear way of welcoming the holidays until Christmas, which celebrates and gives students of all ages to look forward to Christmas vacation of 3 weeks to sleep and procrastinate homework until the last day.

Nevertheless, the Christmas parade could be considered stunning as always, giving a most unforgettable feeling, a sense of warmth for all ages. As the parade is 3.5 miles on Hollywood Boulevard it goes back on Sunset, a neighboring street as it is so lengthy, the parade easily gives a well amount of citizens a joyful experience. As families camp out, they sit in their seats they wait for many familiar charachters to pass by concluding most recognizable, Santa Clause in the end.

As it is closer to the christmas citizens of Hollywood or generally Los Angeles would see and experience great attractions and joyful experiences.

Get ready for Christmas

Posted on November 27, 2017 by in Features

Gina Babayan

Chronicle Reporter

 

All holidays are important, but one of the most awaited one would probably be Christmas. Now that Thanksgiving has ended, people are already getting into the spirit of eggnog and caroling! Here are some ways you can get ready for this upcoming holiday!

 

  1. Make a Christmas Playlist. Carols are a must if you want to feel the spirit, whether it is on a CD, YouTube, Spotify, or any other way.
  2. Watch Christmas Movies. Some suggestions that will get you in the spirit are, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone, Elf, and Rise of the Guardians.
  3. Decorating. To feel the spirit you need to show some spirit by giving your room, car, locker, or any other space with things like a wreath, colorful LED lights, scented candles, holiday pillows, or even make a few DIY’s (you can find ideas on places like Pinterest, We Heart It, or Instagram).
  4. Gift Plan. It is never to early or late to think of gifts you will give to your loved ones, friends, and family.
  5. And lastly, buy and decorate a Christmas tree. One of the most important and merriest parts of Christmas is the tree! While jamming to some carols you can decorate the tree by yourself or with someone to spread the joy.

Tumblr blogs that’ll satisfy your creative mind

Posted on November 16, 2017 by in Features

America Flores-Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

Has it ever occurred to you, when a certain idea for an essay or freestyle writing, is good enough? Even if you’re not into writing or are trying to get into it, consider these blogs that could get your brain being more novelistic :

✒ Pulsing-ink
This lovely blog posts weekly haikus, (also known as a Japanese term for poems), slam poetry and cinquains. Its main lyrical themes revolve around youthful perspectives and reflective thoughts on current issues found in today’s society. Should be recommended to anyone who’s in the mood to get insightful.

✒Dolores-hazy
Unlike most “aesthetic blogs”, Writing Wrongs takes free verse poetry to a whole new level of what some online writers may consider, “spilled ink.” In fact, they’ve created genres such as prompt-rewording where a few sentences posted by previous individuals on chat dashboards are continued with a different tone and topic. Most of their work consists of first-person narratives that instead of sentences use phrases that can be heard in any casual conversation, however, they provide emphasis on how that person truly feels behind those short responses.

✒Late-nights-and-daydreams
A personal favorite, under the aliases of Music and Kitten, the admins of this blog are amongst the most recommended writers in the tumblr community, the rarest to be exact. However, the blog creates most of their works through ask requests either anonymous or not that simply allow the submitters to vent. Through each vent, a quote seen as very enlightening is used in their poems where themes such as coming of age, emotional trauma or reflections come together to become what we see as the people who are around us. A bonus to them is that the duo occasionally posts daily horoscopes, instead each signs daily issue is in the form of an acrostic, limerick or any form of poetry.

Overall, these blogs are deemed quite enlightening in a way since there are certain things actions can’t describe.

3 Oldie but Goodie Book reads for Fall 📚🍂

Posted on November 13, 2017 by in Features

Lexa Sorto

Chronicle Reporter

 

Check out these Classics to Spice up your Fall this year !

 

🍁 Twilight by Stephanie Meyer ( MAJOR MOTION PICTURE)

Seventeen year old Bella moves to Forks, Washington when she meets and falls in love with Edward Cullen, the one- hundred

year old vampire who holds an interesting past.

 

  FUN FACT –  Jennifer Lawerence actually auditioned for Bella however didn’t land the part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

🍁Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ( ALSO A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE)

Fifteen year old Charlie is learning to cope with the loss of his friend, Micheal. To ease his emotions,  Charlie begins writing letters to a stranger he knows but he’s never met.

 

FUN  FACT : Stephen Chbosky is not only an author, but he’s also a screenwriter , and film director.  He’s written screenplay’s for films like RENT and Disney’s Live Action Beauty and the Beast

 

🍁 Looking for Alaska by John Green

Being bored with his secure life, Miles decides to make a change. Intrigued by poetry, he heads off to the world of boarding school. Down the hall lives Alaska , who turns his life around and helps him discover his true self.

 

 

FINAL FUN FACT: 

Not only John Green an author , he also is the host of Crash Course along with his brother Hank Green. Crash Course is an education youtube channel that varies from a variety of different topics from Astronomy to U.S History