Hollywood Seniors Explore SMC

Posted on March 13, 2019 by in Uncategorized

Hollywood seniors on SMC campus

Melanie Aguilar

Chronicle Reporter

Hollywood seniors on SMC campus

Hollywood High seniors took a trip to Santa Monica College on March 12 to get a hands on experience on the college life. Over 50 students attended the field trip where they were able to gather information about a potential college choice. 

The trip consisted of a mock registration for potential classes if students attended SMC. There was also a very beneficial activity that gave students a chance to place themselves into groups based on what type of person they perceived themselves as. This grouping provided many major choices based on the self evaluation our students did. The six different groups were the thinkers, creators, helpers, persuaders, and organizers. The groups would them come together and discuss the similarities they shared in terms of majors and career plans. Shortly after this, students heard from SMC students as they shared their own experiences in a student panel.

“It was the most informative aspect of the trip because we were able to hear from students not to far from our ages on what the college life is all about” said Jadine Ramirez, SAS senior. 

After the student panel, we were given meal vouchers for up to $8, and students had an opportunity to eat various food options at the SMC cafeteria. From this, seniors were able to get a taste of the lifestyle they will be living in a couple months. As the last activity of the day, Hollywood students participated in a scavenger hunt to better explore the campus. From looking into particular majors that sparked our students interests to familiarizing ourselves with the campus, Santa Monica College will definitely be taken into consideration for many of our students. 

Take action this March

Posted on February 28, 2019 by in Uncategorized

Take action this March

Elvira Roman

Chronicle Reporter

Since 1991, the United States observed Women’s History Month and on March 8 International Women’s Day will be celebrated. We use this month to celebrate women and their accomplishments, courage, cultural achievements and etc.

Another way to appreciate women is by helping organizations. Here is a list of a few non-profit organizations based in Los Angeles that would appreciate a donation. If a donation can’t be made why not help by volunteering and giving back to the community.

East Los Angeles Women’s Center

This organization was founded in 1976 by women in East LA. ELAWC helps women who survive domestic abuse and sexual violence. Their mission is to make sure women and their families live in a place free from violence and provide access to health services and social support as well.

https://www.elawc.org

Downtown Women’s Center

Founded in 1978, this organization was the first housing provider for women in the United States. This organization provides a health clinic for homeless women located in Skid Row. Their goal is to end homelessness for women in Los Angeles by providing them with housing, employment, and wellness.

https://www.downtownwomenscenter.org/volunteer

Los Angeles LGBT Center

The LGBT Center has an organization that is membership based and helps support their vital services for women and girls. The Los Angeles Women’s Network provides opportunities for service, education, and networking.

https://lalgbtcenter.org/how-you-can-help/los-angeles-womens-network

How to prepare for SAT day

Posted on February 26, 2019 by in Uncategorized

How to prepare for SAT day

Frida Larios

Chronicle reporter

As most Hollywood High juniors know, we are getting the chance to take the SAT with essay for free next Wednesday.

The thought of the SAT scares many people because they do not know how to prepare themselves so here’s a few tips to help prepare yourself.

1) Practice on Khan Academy every night.
Khan Academy offers a free SAT prep program which can help you track what you need to improve on, and will give you questions similar to the actual SAT.

2) Read the SAT prep book
SAT and ACT prep books are available in front of the college center for free. They have questions from years before so you can see what types of questions and problems you will see on the test.

3) Get tutoring for subjects you know you struggle with
If your teachers offer after school tutoring, go and ask for help. If they don’t, LACER offers after school tutoring every day in the library.

4) Brush up on your grammar and vocabulary
This will be very important since we are being offered the essay section as well and will help you in the long run. Along with Khan Academy, another academic website that can help you with this is Shmoop.

Golden Globe nominations to look out for

Posted on December 7, 2018 by in Entertainment, Uncategorized

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Elvira Roman

Chronicle Reporter

The Golden Globe Awards are to be hosted on Jan. 6 by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, who have both won a golden globe award. The nominations were announced on Thursday morning. Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”), Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”), Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), and Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”) were nominated for best actress in a motion picture.

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”), Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), and John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”) nominated for best actor in a motion picture. Here are some of the nominations for Best Picture

Best Motion Picture – Drama

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“Black Panther”

T’Challa also known as the Black Panther, has to be a king for the very advanced kingdom of Wakanda after his father was murdered. Wakanda uses vibranium to develop advanced technology for their kingdom only, but to outsiders they are known for being a third world country. T’Challa faces problems as king as an intruder tries to overrule him and take control of Wakanda.

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“BlacKkKlansman”

This movie is based on a true story of Ron Stallworth, who is is hired as the first black police officer in the Colorado police department. He successfully joins a local KKK branch to prove his worth to the Colorado Springs Police Department with the help of his Jewish friend.

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“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Bohemian Rhapsody is based on the real life events, accomplishments, and problems Freddie Mercury faced while in the band Queen. This movie follows the band in the years that lead to their iconic appearance at the Live Aid concert which happened in 1985.

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“If Beale Street Could Talk”

In 1970, 22-year-old Fonny and 19-year-old Tish are in love and planning their life together. Tish’s dream life doesn’t work out when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

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“A Star Is Born”

In Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut he stars alongside Lady Gaga as a couple of musicians who found each other when they needed it. Bradley Cooper’s character ,Jackson, is a country singer who is an alcoholic and meets a struggling singer Ally.  They fall in love and have hardships because as Ally’s career rises, Jackson’s career falls.

 

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

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“Crazy Rich Asians”

Based on the best selling novel by Kevin Kwan, Nick Young and Rachel Chu are brought to life. Nick Young and Rachel Chu are dating and they go to Singapore for wedding and to meet Nick’s family. Rachel finds out he is crazy rich. Family is bump in the road for their relationship.

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“The Favourite”

In the early 18th century, England’s Queen Anne has the throne and her very close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. However, when a new servant by the name of Abigail arrives, her charm is noticed by Lady Sarah. Sarah then takes Abigail under her wing and prepares her to be the Queen’s companion.

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“Green Book”

Dr. Don Shirley is a very talented African-American pianist who is going to go on a concert tour in 1962. Shirley needs a driver and someone who will protect him. He recruits Tony Lip, avery tough bouncer from the Bronx and the two develop an unexpected friendship.

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“Mary Poppins Returns”

Emily Blunt will be the new Mary Poppins and she is back to take care of the Bank’s kids. This will be Lin Manuel Miranda’s first main role in a big film. Dick Van Dyke will make a cameo and as well as Meryl Streep.

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“Vice”

Christian Bale will play Dick Cheney. This film is about Gov. George W. Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. When Bush becomes victorious, Cheney uses his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world. Steve Carell, Amy Adams, and Steve Rockwell will star alongside Christian Bale.

For the list of all nominations, check https://variety.com/2018/film/news/golden-globe-nominations-2019-1203082075/amp/

Another Robelo joins the Posse

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in Uncategorized

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Katie Adaya

Chronicle Reporter

Milagros Róbelo, president of Debate Club, LGBT, (F)eminist (I)ntersexuality (G)ender-neutral (H)elpful  (T)ogether Club , and Latino Student Union, is the third in her family to win the POSSE scholarship. With this scholarship, she will be attending Kalamazoo College in Michigan State.

 

“I think the pressure of having two siblings going through that process and winning it made it ten times harder for me to go through the same process,” said Róbelo.

 

This foundation “is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for individual and community development,” according to Posse Foundation. Their goals are to enlist students with different backgrounds, help create more welcoming campuses to diversity, and keep students on check to take on leadership roles.

 

To become a Posse scholar, Milagros went through three rounds. In her first round, she was placed in a room with 100 other students. They were divided into different small groups where they had to do different activities such as mini discussions, presentations, and build stuff with legos. This round was created to show if they had the ability to be a team leader and cooperate with others as a team.

 

In her second round, she had a one-on-one interview where she was interviewed by two posse staff. “I felt more confident in this round than I did on the first because I talked about myself and I’m good at that,” said Robelo.

 

Her third round consisted of 20 kids who were Kalamazoo finalists, the president of the school, an admissions officer, and two professors. This round was very similar to the first round, where they would divide them into small groups and do similar activities.

 

Two hours after she finished her last interview, she was eating dinner with her family when she received a phone call from Posse, and it was the president of Kalamazoo. Robelo recounted the story, “the president answered and he said, ‘we forgot to ask you one more question, do you have winter coats for Kalamazoo?’” A Posse staff congratulated her on her success, in which she celebrated with donuts.

 

Delving into shopping season

Posted on November 16, 2018 by in Uncategorized

Delving into shopping season

Sidney Gonzalez

Chronicle Reporter

Everyone has heard of the ever so popular Black Friday.

Whether through companies and stores claiming unbelievable deals or the fights that ensue and go trending online, chances are that you are familiar with this. Black Friday typically takes place the day following Thanksgiving, this year Thanksgiving celebrated the 22nd  and Black Friday the 23rd.

Traditionally, around this time, people are used to waking up at ungodly hours such as 4 a.m. or staking out overnight at their favorite stores while another special day passes by.

Buy Nothing Day began in 1992 by Canadian artist Ted Dave. The holiday is a response to the root of Black Friday: consumerism. Basic ideals behind consumerism are the beliefs that buying largely and spending money will benefit society as a whole, but more particularly, the economy.

Buy Nothing Day is combatting this belief and saying no to the companies and businesses in partaking in this chaotic day of shopping. More than a economic message, it hopes to send a societal message, that it isn’t necessary to feed into this large consumption of goods, which can more often than not result in accidents.

Mostly every year on Black Friday, there are reports of fights and trampling amongst people trying to buy these on-sale items.

Regardless of which you will be taking part in, make sure to keep yourself safe this shopping season.

 

A trip down to UCLA

Posted on November 8, 2018 by in Uncategorized

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Alex Glebov

Chronicle Reporter

During this week i had the chance of going to UCLA for my TCA senior project.  Me and 3 other students were taken to the university by a teacher after school to help us find an expert in our topics to interview. Luckily the day we went had almost no traffic and we got there in about 20 minutes. Once we got to the University we ended up going to many departments that might have a lead for our project subjects there, and going door by door in those departments to introduce ourselves to the professors and see if they happen to study the subjects we need or know a professor that does.

After all of us had all gotten contact information for professors that studied subjects we need, so that later on we could schedule an interview with them. We all took a look around the university, stopping by the gift shop and then getting something to eat at the dining center. We decided to call it a day and all went back home after a fun field trip to UCLA.

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.

Iggy Azalea visits Hollywood

Posted on September 19, 2018 by in Entertainment, News, Uncategorized

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Elvira Roman 

Chronicle Reporter 

     The Australian rapper and songwriter Iggy Azalea caused a commotion on Sept. 13 at Hollywood High School. Iggy Azalea is known for her top hits from her album ‘The New Classic’ such as “Fancy”, “Problem”, “Black Widow”. On Thursday, Iggy came to Hollywood High with a check of $5,000 and a few gift cards. A few days before she donated the money, Iggy tweeted, “Im visiting Hollywood high and Crenshaw high this thursday to give everyone some $$$$ to spend at fashion nova.”

     According to administration Iggy Azalea was supposed to appear to give a inspirational talk. She would mention her struggles,her poor background, and how she managed to succeed those obstacles in her life.

     Instead, during passing period right before 3rd, Iggy was seen walking around with a huge check and was rushed to one of the rooms. A few students got to take pictures with her before she was gone.

     The $5,000 was used for attendance and according to Principal Edward Colacion, a few students with perfect attendance will be given gift cards.

     Her act of kindness does not go unnoticed. A senior, Andrea Avila, said “She was generous enough to give us $5,000.”

Arctic Monkeys brings peace in tranquility base hotel and casino

Posted on May 14, 2018 by in Uncategorized

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After five years,  English rock band, Arctic Monkeys released their newest album named Tranquility  base hotel and casino 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the band’s sixth studio release with 10 new songs .  The band goes way back from the early 2000’s as they were part of the garage scene.  Although this is their newest album a lot of fans are backlashing this album as they dial it back to their last album ” AM’ in 2013

In “AM”, there was elements of psychedelic rock, r&b, gospel, and punk. The album has become one of Arctic Monkeys most successful albums to date, leading to receiving British Album of the year in 2014. Although being an English rock band, the band also had a breakthrough in America with “ Do I wanna know ” hitting the Billboard 100.

If ‘ AM’ was highly rated album , why is Tranquility base hotel and casino being criticized?

Well a lot of fans have noticed the different style that was used in the latest album.  According to the Rolling Stones, the band “tried a stylistic change-up that doesn’t quite work.” With that being said,  this new album is filled with pianos and drums  , taking a complete tour as they incorporated more R&B. Although this album is different, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad album.  Sometimes, artists take a leap of faith to really see what  style really suits what they are trying to convey to their audience.

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