December 9, 2018

Get ready for a possible Block Schedule

Posted on February 15, 2018 by in Op-Ed


Jonathan Bernardino

Chronicle Reporter

As the second semester continues, we learn about the future plans our new principal, Edward Colacion, has in mind for Hollywood High School.

One of the things that stood out to me the most was his statement about changing the regular school schedule into a block schedule. Even though the block schedule may sound very unfamiliar, it could very well bring many benefits to both students and teachers. 

Teachers would be able to use different or more creative techniques to better teach the class when the class periods are longer. More content could be covered with fewer interruptions and because of this, students can receive more support from teachers on a one-on-one conversation. Having to see many students every day may be difficult for teachers and cause them to spend less time and give less attention towards each and every one of the students throughout the day. Teachers would also be able to give students more in-depth assignments that would not be able to be completed in the 50 minutes we normally have. Due to each period being so limited on a regular schedule, the relationship between a student and a teacher may not be as strong, and students who really need the help may not get the attention and support they need in order to pass the class and students are not willing to ask for help because they do not feel comfortable or confident enough to ask for help.

Teachers need to prepare for 6 periods each day with each class full of students. They also may be forced to rush with the grading of assignments, which causes them to provide less advice or feedback to each student’s work, or rush and not think thoroughly when planning and organizing lessons. Students also need to study for more classes, which can be very overwhelming. Taking in large amounts of information for 6 classes every day may be very stressful and impact the learning of students.



Latinos gone missing in Hollywood

Posted on February 8, 2018 by in Op-Ed

Latinos gone missing in Hollywood

Milagros Robelo

Chronicle Reporter

There are 326,766,748 people in the United States and 52 million people are Latinos, the second largest ethnic group in the United States. Latinos make up 16.7 percent of the population in the United States. But why are they not represented on the big screen?

When Latinos are on the big screen, they are secondary characters with stereotypes such as gangsters, loud latina women, labor workers, and Latin lovers. Latinos are never the star nor the lead. When roles are made for Latinos, people tend to cast the whiter version of it. Catherine Zeta-Jones played Elena Montero in the film Zorro when Shakira and Salma Hayek, both latina women, were considered for the role. Then just recently Zeta-Jones played the famous Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco for the lifetime movie The Godmother. Scarface follows the rise of a Cuban drug lord but they cast Al Pacino an Italian-American actor. They could have had Benicio Del Toro or Javier Bardem. Natalie  Wood, an American actress, played Maria, Puerto Rican girl in the famous musical West Side Story. They could have had Rita Moreno as Maria instead of Anitta.

In the Academy Awards for 2018, I found out that only two Latinos were nominated and two latino films. Guillermo Del Toro was nominated for his work of The Shape of Water.The Shape of Water has the most nominations for this years Academy Awards with 13 nominations.  Carlos Saldanha is nominated for Ferdinand. A Fantastic Woman is Chilean film nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Coco is nominated for Best Animated Film. I tried to figure out if any Latinos could play the leads in the nominees for best picture, they could not. That is when I figured out that people are not even writing roles for Latinos.

Jaime Camil, a Mexican-born actor and the father from Jane the Virgin, spoke to Slate Magazine and said “ “It’s ridiculous right now … Gina Rodriguez and everybody at the show, we were outraged about the fact that SAG-AFTRA and other award shows didn’t nominate one single Latino in their shows. It is not that we want to get an award for free, like, ‘Oh, the poor Latinos, throw them a little bone. Throw them a little award just for them not to feel ignored.’ No, no, no. F**k you. It’s not about that.” He then went on to call out the Academy Awards for not nominating people of color or recognizing them.

In the 90 year history of the Academy Awards, Latinos have been nominated 16 times and six have won. Till this day it has been six years since a Latino actor has been nominated for an Academy Award. Latino actors and actresses can play any role one gives but they are not given the chance. The stories of Latino writers are silenced by the same old biopic from a white writer. The rich stories of Latino history are being whitewashed.  

Why do girls sports not get as much recognition as boys’ sports?

Posted on February 5, 2018 by in Op-Ed

Why do girls sports not get as much recognition as boys' sports?

Stephanie Starks

Chronicle Reporter

Early in the morning, congratulations of the boys teams for achieving the bare minimum can be heard, while whispers of the girls’ success are only passed around.

Why is this?

This is the third year in a row that girls soccer has made it to playoffs, yet you’ll find more posts about the boys being league champs for the first time in 10 years. This is the first time in a while that girls volleyball has made it to playoffs (they made it far; semifinals), but around that time, the Hollywood High School Instagram kept posting about football, 2 weeks after they lost in the first round and their season was ended. Boys basketball is successful, yes, but why are the seats empty when the girls have home games.

The underlying sexism in public schools is obvious, ranging from rules to dress codes. It is wildly apparent in the vast difference in how girls teams are treated compared to boys teams. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed because it only encourages the athletic success of men, but not women, which further contributes to the wage gap in mens and womens sports.

The showing for girls basketball is sad. If you walk in the Hollywood High School gym when there is a home game the stands are nearly empty. Girls basketball gets even less advertisement than girls soccer. They are forgotten in the morning announcements and are rarely heard of when they win. This is sad.

Girls and Boys sports should be celebrated and shown off equally. Although league champs for 3 years in a row, Girls soccer has never gotten a banner while I have been in high school. During my freshman year, we were told that there was not enough money for it. A banner. Yet football got a banner for their 2017-18 season for no apparent reason.

It is 2018. People are still searching for a reason why women are getting treated the way they are as adults, and I think to eliminate the subtle sexism early on, like in grade schools, would be a good start to demolish the inequality between the sexes.

A helpful reminder that science is scary

Posted on January 18, 2018 by in Op-Ed


Leslie Figueroa,

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

The world in today’s day in age has become an extraordinary scary place. With things such as our president’s daily outrages and movie directors getting exposed, it’s hard not to get caught up in the news of politics and entertainment. Nevertheless, it is important to also delve into the world of technology and medical innovation from time to time to check up on how the world is progressing while one sleeps. This here is your daily dose of technology catch up.

Something in particular that has been shaking the world by storm is the recently unveiled first-ever quantum computer. While classic computers have enabled many amazing things such as the internet it still can go a long way. They use “bits” or in other words 0 and 1s used for data and processing. For example say if I had 4 bits, you could arrange them in the manner of 0000, 0001, 0010..ect. However, when we take a look at Quantum Bits, they are still expressed as 0 and 1s individually but can also be expressed as 0 and 1 combined at the same time. It is a bit confusing but the results and things we could be able to do with this is astonishing. For instance, taking the 4 bits example again, if the bits are expressed as 0 and 1, there are a total of 16 possibilities they can make. Now let’s say these were numbers to a password you wanted to crack. A normal computer would take each and every one of them and try them out. Eventually, it would get the right answer but simply put a Quantum computer would do so much better. Since the 0 and 1s exist at the same time it would input all of the possibilities at the same time as well and thus get it right at the first time.

This in itself does not seem to make much of a difference, but it really does. If one thinks about very high-end security there are an infinite amount of possibilities for a password which would take a regular computer millions of years to be able to crack those codes, but with a quantum computer, it would only take seconds. If we were to dive deeper and touch on the subject of artificial intelligence, we could understand that quantum computers could affect that as well. What if we gave a computer the ability to reprogram itself? A normal computer would not be able to do such a thing because it wouldn’t know the best way to do it; having to run an infinite amount of possibilities in order to find one. A quantum computer could run all of them simultaneously and find it in seconds.

Not going to lie, it is a very scary thing. Seeing as with such an innovation in science we are well on our way to robots taking over the world. We already have a robot by the name of Sophia who has official citizenship in Saudi Arabia, it isn’t too long until they will be able to function completely independent from their creators and be able to reprogram themselves with the help of a quantum computer. Just a little thing to think about to keep your mind off of everything else going on in the world!

Prepare to say farewell to the Principal

Posted on December 13, 2017 by in Op-Ed


Carlos Agaton

Chronicle Reporter

As the first semester comes to a close, not only will we be stressing out over finals and leaving this semester behind, but we will also be saying good-bye to our principal, Mrs. Sanchez. She had the privilege of working here for several years but now she must move on. She has been promoted to become the new Staff Relations Field Director for Local District West. She announced her departure from Hollywood High on Aug. 18.

Knowing she had only about four months left as principal, she did her best to make it memorable for the students and teachers. Although there can be various opinions towards her and her decisions, she still tried to make our school stand out from others by making decisions that she thought were good for us.

Her presence around the school was extremely active because at any given moment during school hours someone could easily bump into her because she was always walking around observing what students were doing.

Her final day as principal will be on Dec. 15 and any kind of farewell could mean a lot to her. So be sure to do that as a sign of respect for what she has done for the school.

Santa’s Frosty Follies come to town

Posted on December 10, 2017 by in Op-Ed


Esteban Garcia

Chronicle Reporter

A marvelous choir show premiered on Thursday night, full of joy and Christmas spirit. Tis’ the season to be jolly and what a great way to start the season, with a holiday show. With solos in the show and Santa and his little helpers in the action, Christmas seems ever so close to arrive.

” I liked how Dr. Keislar was dressed up as Santa and the High Notes because it was very entertaining,” said Nicole Vasquez. ” I believe the show put everyone in the Christmas spirit.”

With Dr.  Robert Keislar as  Santa, the show made a spectacular hit in the Hollywood School. Not only did the singers sing, but they also performed on stage with their own little act. Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the red nose reindeer joined the action, with their own little skit.

“I thought it was a success in general,” said Jonathon Har, a High Note. ” Everything was amazing. I liked the way I was able to interact with students from other periods rather than just my own class.”

It was a splendid show with some humor on the side. It was all balanced out to make the show interesting but not long enough to bore anyone down. Lisa Hertzner, the choir teacher, put on a great first Christmas show at Hollywood. She has also performed this show at her school that she founded in Arizona.

Prepare for finals week

Posted on December 5, 2017 by in Op-Ed


Oscar Perez

Chronicle Reporter

With finals week coming up, teachers push their students to wrap up the semester by turning in work and preparing for their final. Students that are behind in the class could considerably have a very stressful week. Most of the week will be spent with doing all the assignments that they did not turn in when they were due.

From my perspective, I feel very stressed, even as I’ve turned in all my assignments. This means that even if all my work is turned in, teachers will give students the week before finals as a study week to prepare. While other teachers are still giving tests and assignments, expecting the students to study for the finals as well. With teachers giving assignments, students do not have a chance to study for the final at home and are stressing out as teachers begin to explain what will be on the final.

I believe that the finals are an excuse for teachers to lower down your grade. The teachers say that the final is going to be a big part of your grade and becomes worth more than half the semester work. From my past experiences of taking finals, the test is way different from what the teacher tells you to study for.

Does winning the lottery actually make one happy?

Posted on November 16, 2017 by in Op-Ed

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Leslie Figueroa

Crimson Chronicle Reporter


    Try to imagine winning a multi-million lottery at this very instant. How would you feel? If you’re anything like the general population, you’d feel ecstatic. Just imagine what one could do with that type of money! There’s just one problem, would you still feel this way in a couple of months? Chances are that you probably wouldn’t. In a study, researchers studied a group of 22 lucky lottery winners and a control group of normal individuals who lived life in a relatively conventional manner. Surprisingly the lottery winners levels of increased happiness were not that different compared to the control group. In fact, some had reported that they were more unhappy then than before the big win.

  Other researchers like the one In 1978 by a trio of researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Massachusetts concluded that emotional well being (the frequency and intensity one feels emotions) did not correlate with wealth or status to a certain point. This is, in theory, corresponds with a thing called hedonic adaptation, or as it is more commonly known as the hedonic treadmill. By definition, it is “the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes.” In short, it is the human ability to adapt emotionally to any situation. For example say I offered you delicious food, the idea of that food would excite you, but you wouldn’t stay that excited for long. After perhaps taking the first bite, your happiness level would theoretically revert back to the way it was before I had even propositioned food to you.

 So while in a sense the hedonic treadmill limits our enjoyments of good things, it also helps us recover from the suffering of disheartening events. Nevertheless, it is also crucial to note that this is not the only thing that could make winning the lottery less enjoyable. Factors like not being able to wisely spend the millions of dollars, or even splurging all of it at once can make us unhappy. That is not to say that money makes us sad or even that winning the lottery is a bad thing but that if one wins a multi-million lottery to be cautious and not immediately assume all problems have poofed into thin air.

Students undergo stress as the semester ends

Posted on November 15, 2017 by in Op-Ed


Michelle Munera

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

With the semester coming to an end, there are even more assignments due and more tests scheduled. Most people (like myself) are just waiting for Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break to come. Already looking forward to celebrating the holidays, students are losing motivation as more school work keeps piling up.

Everyone wants to end the semester on a good note with good grades but the added stress just makes it more difficult. Teachers seem to be trying to cram more lessons and giving more tests to go into our grades. Perhaps it’s because they need to keep up with what the order the curriculum requires. But this ultimately just makes it more harder on the students, especially because it is rushed. Teachers also feel the pressure of keeping up with grading assignments and turning in grades on time.

School work is normally a challenge to keep up with throughout the semester, but it especially becomes more intense towards the end. All the extra lessons and quizzes just add more to our study list when preparing for our final exams. The fact that we learn some things last minute also makes them harder to stick. There are six classes we need to worry about and keep up with all at the same time. Although not all six classes give a final and the difficulty level is not the same for each one, we are still expected to be able to balance whatever work is assigned to us.

As a junior, each year that Finals Week comes around, it only seems to get more difficult to handle. Especially when having college in mind, the pressure of trying to impress colleges and reaching the standards they expect is what worries most students.

We also have a life outside of school, and some of us are involved in extracurricular activities or sports after school. We may not have all the time in the world when we get home to get our homework and studying done. Being teenagers, we have a lot of other things to learn and worry about as we get older.

As the curriculum just gets more tough each year, so will the tests and finals at the end of the semesters. Each year will not become easier even if you have become accustomed to feeling the pressure. But it is how students work under this pressure and stress that determines how good of a student they are.

To help take off some stress, it is helpful to prioritize time and stay focused while doing homework. Everyone can develop their own form of working and studying skills that may help them stay concentrated and will result in a good performance on the tests. It is definitely something that is possible to accomplish, and everyone is capable of doing so.


Sudan the last of his kind

Posted on October 26, 2017 by in Op-Ed


Leslie Figueroa

Chronicle Reporter

Unfortunately, animal extinction has come to be something of ordinarity. We don’t exactly know how many animals go extinct every year but it could be around 100,00. To put that into perspective that is about 1 every 5 minutes. Animals ranging from the polar bear to chimpanzees to the adorable giant panda is expected to go extinct within the next 15 – 40 years. This is very heartbreaking seeing as how these animals, in particular, are ones we grew up within the zoo and on the pages of our coloring books.

     What is it like to look upon the last of something? It’s mind-boggling to think that an animal as magnificent as the northern white rhinos could ever be in danger of becoming fictional, a thing of the past. You are seeing this unfold. Sudan is a captive Northern white Rhinoceros who lives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya. If he is not able to successfully mate soon with one of the last two female white rhinos at the conservancy then there will be no more of their kind, regardless of gender anywhere on earth.

To further the problem it doesn’t seem like Sudan has a good chance at reproduction. He is getting old currently at 44 years of age and all of his previous breeding efforts have failed. Apart from these three animals at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, only two other northern white rhinos exist, unfortunately, both females and in zoos.

    Sudan is a precious thing, the last male of his kind. His horn was cut off to deter poachers who kill rhinos and sell their horns. It’s sad to think that a beast as magnificent as him, has been dragged through the dirt and now carries a sad exterior about him. In all of his pictures, he carries his head down with age, small black eyes downcasted. If you want to help visit the link below and help make a rhino!

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