Celebrate the year of the pig this weekend

Posted on February 7, 2019 by in Features

Celebrate the year of the pig this weekend

Elvira Roman

Chronicle Reporter

The Chinese New Year is a celebration of the beginning of a new year according to the traditional Chinese calendar. This holiday is one of the world’s most popular festival and is celebrated in not only countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia but also Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and other areas with a Chinese community. The New Year began on Feb. 5 and this year it is set to be the year of the pig.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Los Angeles by attending the Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival. This year is the 120th annual parade and festival in Chinatown. The parade takes place in Chinatown and begins in the evening. Floats, marching bands, and cultural groups, are a glimpse of what is to be expected.

For more information visit  http://www.lagoldendragonparade.com

Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 6, 2019 by in Features

Celebrate Valentine's Day

Katie Adaya

Chronicle Reporter

Show your appreciation and love for friends, significant others, or any other loved one by celebrating Valentine’s Day with these two activities at Hollywood High.

Come and support LGBT Club on their annual Marriage Booth set-up on Feb. 14. You can purchase a $5 package. This package includes a polaroid picture taken at the booth, a certificate of “marriage” for each person, and two free ring pops. If you just want the polaroid picture taken, it will only cost $2.

Following that, leadership will be selling Valentine grams in the quad during lunch for only $5. These grams include a mug, a small teddy bear, chocolate, and a note. They will continue to sell them through Feb. 11. On Feb. 14, these grams will be sent during first and fourth period to the recipient.

Make sure to buy these grams before time runs out and stop by the marriage booth to create some unforgettable memories.

Book Recs with a purpose

Posted on February 4, 2019 by in Features

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America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

With the new year in full swing, authors within the thrillers and fantasy genre have caused a spurge in fresh titles that reciprocate to their readers needs in the unexpected. According to the New York Times Best-Sellers, the following list is categorized based on the author’s notoriety and impact in the list:

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.

The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.

Freedom Road by William Lashner

Instead of willing to live out his final years in despair, Oliver Cross is fresh out of jail. However, he finds out his granddaughter, a wild child who reminds him of his late wife, has vanished, thus Oliver jumps parole. With a sketchy teen and an abandoned dog, he hits the blacktop to find her.

On the road and on the run from a vengeful Russian drug dealer, he finds himself on a trip across America and into his own past, fueled by fumes from a Ford F-250 plus a reason to live. It’s a journey that could all end in redemption or a hail of bullets. And either’s okay by him.

An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’s experiments blurs.

Dr. Shields seems to know what Jess is thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Jessica’s behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated.

Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Overall, what makes these three books stand out besides the subject matter they tackle, the authors themselves are persistent, thoughtful, and cunning when adding on symbolic and thematic elements into the stories which leads on the reader into questioning their own stances in a fixated arc of doubt. In turn, this revolves unto making the protagonists realize not only their right to self-satisfaction, but giving up personal happiness so that those in vulnerable positions can attain and understand the true meaning behind togetherness with others, and individually.

Photography apps that are snap worthy

Posted on January 29, 2019 by in Features

Photography apps that are snap worthy

America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

On the App Store and Play Store, most of these applications are within the categories of Lifestyle and Productivity, and are mostly aimed towards the adolescent groups which have a tendency to use them. Photography is no exception since the rise of editing, photoshop, and aesthetic backgrounds has increased in the last decade, with our advances in technology itself. The following apps are recommended based on personal and widely reviewed qualities.

VSCO

A mobile app for iOS and Android devices made by the US Visual Supply Company. One of the great things about VSCO is that it offers a one of a kind experience for users to alternate and edit their photos however they wish. Partly due to the wide arrange of filters that enhance the appearance of digital photography. Users can publish their photography through a journal for the public to see.

Snapseed

Having a wide array of choices in filters and background icons with fading highlights, there’s a lot of reasons as to why this app’s simple perspective even has professionals hollering. The majority of the editing work is done within the Tools section of the app itself. Other tools include filters for head poses, portraits, lens blur, double exposure, and text. It’s also very addictive by the moment you begin wandering from the tools to make adjustments, after all nothing is permanent until you decide it is.

Afterlight

Taking your photos to the next level, especially in terms of its manner of shooting and editing, while beautifully doing it. One unique feature in Afterlight is white balance lock. This feature can be accessed directly to the right of the grid button and can be used to lock your white balance on the fly. This is especially helpful when shooting in dark environments.

Huji Cam

An app that’s inspired a cult following among a lot of influencers for taking photographs as if you’re “back in 1998.” One of the varying reasons as to why it’s a major jewel within the photographic scene is that not only does it offer tons of filters, perspective changing angles, and a vintage tone that gives off an ancient vibe, it truly makes you feel as if you’re entering another era.

10 Tips for Finals Week

Posted on December 9, 2018 by in Features

10 Tips for Finals Week

Maria Alfaro

Crimson Chronicle

Winter break is right around the corner, which many students are looking forward to. However, before they can go on a break they must get through finals. Finals week can be stressful for students because it can either bring up their grade or lower it causing stress and anxiety. Here are 10 tips to make it through finals without being overly stressed.

#1 Study 

Study every day, but not all at once. Try to study in your free time and not procrastinate. Study in a quiet place to avoid getting distracted.

#2 Time Management 

Manage your time well by studying for the hardest things and then the easiest. Try to study in the order you have your finals each day that way the information is still fresh. Don’t cram everything in one day.

#3 Stay Focused 

Avoid distractions and focus on studying for what might be on the exam. Give it your full attention and take breaks to not overwhelm yourself.

#4 Quiz Yourself 

Quiz yourself on the topic with flashcards. You can also ask one of your friends to quiz you which would help remember things easily.

#5 Different study methods

Use different study methods to find out which one works best for you. This would help you memorize information better.

#6 Color Code 

Color code your notes by what’s most important.

#7 Have a good night sleep

Get a good night sleep by getting at least eight hours of sleep. Don’t stay up too late trying to remember everything because it won’t work.

#8 Have a good breakfast 

Have a good breakfast every morning because taking an exam with an empty stomach can be distracting.

#9 Motivation 

Motivate yourself by putting a goal. Don’t give up if you feel frustrated after studying for a long time, take a break and remember that this will benefit you in the end.

#10 Stay Positive 

Remember that exams do not define your level of smartness. Always try your best and stay positive.

 

Top 5 tips to help you through the finals

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in Features

Top 5 tips to help you through the finals

Kenyon Dawson

Chronicle Reporter

 

With the semester coming to an end and final grades rapidly approaching, the stress level for most of the school is at an all-time high. Many students are searching for ways to make-or-break their grade, and are trying to do so by getting a good score on their final exams. Luckily, this article will provide you with 5 beneficial tips for doing the best you can on your finals (without cheating).

 

Tip #5: Managing your Time

Time management is a very useful skill to have, not only during finals, but also in life. Instead of trying to study every note and flashcard at the last minute, try to plan ahead and organize study sessions in advance to decrease your stress and maximize what you’re learning.

 

Tip #4: Study Efficiently

Instead of sitting down for an hour doodling on your notes, try your best to spend every minute of your study sessions as effectively as possible. Whether it be reviewing flashcards or using Khan Academy, make sure you use all the time you have wisely.

 

Tip #3: Eat the Best You Can

It’s not such a good idea to go around without any food in your system, so why would you want that while your reading and studying? Learning requires a lot of concentration, so why would you want to attempt a final exam on an empty stomach?  Nutrition is essential to our everyday lives, so make sure you fuel up on as much food as you can.

 

Tip #2: Get Enough Sleep

Its no secret that a good night’s sleep is a great remedy for stress and good way to clear the mind for a big day. So how about you use that to your advantage? Make sure to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep in advance of your finals to reduce stress levels, and increase memorization skills.

 

Tip #1: Minimize Distractions

Whether it be during your study session, your sleep routine, or even in the middle of an exam, you have one goal, and that is to do the best you can on the finals. The most simplest way to go about this goal, is to minimize distractions as best you can. Try not to let your mind drift away from the task at hand. Studies show that while teens prefer to listen to music, text friends, or even watch television while studying, they are less likely to remember the information they have studied for. Keep this in mind when your favorite song comes on while studying.

Top 10 Movies to Watch Over The Christmas Break

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in Entertainment, Features

Top 10 Movies to Watch Over The Christmas Break

Karina Olivera

Chronicle Reporter

 

Christmas is all about spending a wonderful time with family and friends. These are the top 10 movies you can watch on Christmas and New Year’s.

 

The Elf  ( Fantasy / Romance )

Buddy (The Elf ) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves.

 

2 ) Home Alone ( Comedy / Adventure )

An 8-year-old Kevin acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic.

 

3 ) Miracle on 34th Street ( Drama / Fantasy )

In this Christmas, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual and people find out Santa Claus is an actual person.

 

4 )  Gremlins ( Fantasy / Horror )

A salesman is looking for a special gift for his son for Christmas and finds a store in Chinatown.

 

5 )  The Muppet Christmas Carol ( Fantasy / Drama )

The Muppets perform a show with Christmas Spirit and find the meaning of Christmas.

 

6 ) A Christmas Story ( Comedy )

A young boy that dreams about his ideal Christmas gift

 

7 ) The Nightmare Before Christmas ( Fantasy )

The misadventures of Jack and who gets bored frightening people in the real world so he plans out a Christmas plan.

 

8 ) Frosty the Snowman ( Fantasy )

A discarded magic top hat that brings to life the snowman that a group of children made.

 

9 ) Christmas Vacation ( Farce )

Clark the main characters wants to have a perfect family Christmas so he pesters his wife.

 

10 ) The Santa Clause ( Drama )

Two characters are transported to the North Pole.

 

A gift that keeps on giving

Posted on December 6, 2018 by in Features

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Elissa Martinez

Chronicle Reporter

Are you on a budget this Christmas but still want to buy your loved ones presents? Here is a list of some gift ideas you can buy them that are just under $10.

1. Fuzzy socks –

You can’t go wrong with having fuzzy socks. Everyone needs some warm feet this winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. A mini speaker –

Anyone would appreciate this mini speaker if they love bopping to music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Beanies –

Beanies are the new look this year, so give someone’s look a pop of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. An adult coloring book –

Coloring is fun and can be relaxing so gift this to someone who needs a stress reliever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. A gift card

Unsure of what to gift someone? Buy them a gift card so they can purchase what they like.

Best Apps Available on the App Store

Posted on December 4, 2018 by in Features

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America Flores-Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

With the year almost out of the way (and finals approaching), this month’s trending apps in the App Store and on Google Play will help to organize yourself for a new clean preface on social media and on your daily routines for the following year:

  • Slack
    Used for group messaging and great for class team/group assignments, the app is known for its unique format for clear communication throughout every level of document organization. Slack instantly syncs across all devices and is compatible with dozens of other apps and services (like Dropbox) to make your job simpler and easier.
  • Uber Eats
    With Uber Eats, ordering food is simple — especially if you’ve used Uber before. Browse the menu of available restaurants to order from and pay straight through the app by linking your credit or debit card. You’ll then be given an estimated delivery time and you can track the location of your order in real time.
  • Nintendo Switch Online
    While it may not be the perfect solution — forcing you to use your phone in addition to your Switch console for voice chat — Nintendo’s just-released Online app offers the most convenient way to play Splatoon 2 with friends, and thus earns a spot on this list. Currently, Splatoon 2 is the only game the app supports, though this is sure to change over the coming months. Next year, Nintendo will begin charging a $20 yearly fee to use the Switch’s online features — but until then, the app remains free.
  • Calm
    Calm is a meditation app that offers guided sessions for beginners, along with programs for those on intermediate and advanced levels. You can choose from different breathing exercises, adult bedtime stories, or soothing nature sounds to use during yoga.
  • Spotify
    Spotify is changing the game for the entire music industry. It’s free on PCs and tablets, but $10 a month if you want to fully use it on iPhone. It’s worth it. You can listen to full albums and create playlists.

As of this month, the following apps are not only popular within their respective app categories, they’ve also reached a new high in downloads and rankings online. Keep in mind that starting towards the end of this year, many apps within the gaming and food genres will be starting to add new deals following New Year’s Day on in-app purchases.

Holiday Season at LA’s Pop Up Shops

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in Features

Holiday Season at LA's Pop Up Shops

Salma Rodriguez

Chronicle Reporter

Thinking of some unique gifts to give friends and family members this festive season? Look no further, LA’s unique holiday pop up market is here just in time for christmas. In this upcoming weekend, not only will you be able to help celebrate their 10th anniversary but you will also get the opportunity to shop from 300 selected independent designers and artists. You can find one-of-a-kind gifts that range from beauty, jewelry, clothing, baby gifts to home decor and art. This event will provide DJs, DIY projects, and photo booths so they can be enjoyed with friends and family.

From Saturday Dec. 2 to Sunday Dec. 3 you can join in on the fun at California Market Center (CMC), 110 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90079. They are open from 10 am to 5 pm. General Admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets are $35, children of ages 12 and under enter for free and parking will be available for $7.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unique-markets-holiday-popup-downtown-la-tickets-51571530837?janus_fv=exp_eb_86972_related_events%3DA

 

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