Take-off This Year Suffered From Some Turbulence

Posted on October 11, 2012 by in News

Take-off This Year Suffered From Some Turbulence

It was a rough start for the 2012 school year as the school struggled from budget cuts and other problems from within and from the district.

In September, several things that Hollywood High normally supplies seemed to be dwindling, namely planners, picture day photographers, and toilet paper. Planners every year have been distributed to students. This year however, students will have to find another way to remember homework as planners will not be provided to them.

Students also faced a picture day with a shortage of photographers. In the years past, the school has always provided for at least four photographers for students. This year, only two photographers were provided, leading to long lines and an overcrowding of students outside the large gym in hot weather. Instead of receiving ID cards on the spot, as promised, student had to wait a week.

Perhaps the most bizarre incident was the disappearance of toilet paper in student restrooms during the second week of September that left students stranded in restroom stalls.

“I think it’s a funding problem that starts not at the school, but at the state and national level,” said social studies teacher and United Teachers Los Angeles chapter chair Michael Ulmer.

Plant manager Frank Muniz said that the budget cuts had some involvement in the fiasco, but it was the management to be scrutinized.

After a few days, a $1,000 shipment of toilet paper arrived during the same week the crisis began and with $3,500 in toilet paper coming the week after that. Muniz advises students to use hand driers when drying wet hands instead of using toilet paper. “Please use the supplies properly; don’t make a mess,” said Muniz.

Nothing is going to knock this girl down

Posted on October 11, 2012 by in Entertainment

Nothing is going to knock this girl down

Ten years after its last album, 90’s group No Doubt is making a comeback with its new album “Push and Shove” released Sept. 24,  2012.

Its first single “Settle Down” proves that despite the long break, lead singer Gwen Stefani and her band mates haven’t lost any of their edge.  After their decade-long success, they decided to split up and pursue other musical opportunities.

The band’s hiatus allowed some of the members to evolve musically on their own, participating in other projects like drummer Tony Kanal’s  collaboration with P!nk  on the album “Funhouse.” Stefani went on to have a solo career and engaged herself in numerous side projects. She came out with a multi platinum album titled “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” and later in the year became a mother.

Eight years later, No Doubt announced that they would have a reunion tour in the summer of 2009 with Paramore, Katy Perry, Janelle Monae and Panic! at the Disco despite not having their album finished.

Stefani began songwriting while promoting her second album and in June the band announced on their official website that the album would be titled “Push and Shove”.

The single “Settle Down” was released a short while later and gained popularity amongst old and new fans. “Settle Down” sounds a lot like No Doubt a decade ago, bringing back its catchy hooks and surf like beats. What is different about this track is that you can hear the Jamaican influences throughout the song a lot more clearly. While still maintaining its strong ska roots it brings something different to the table, allowing my ears to feel instant gratification.

Stefani delivers empowering lyrics such as “I’m a rough and tough, I’m a rough and tough and nothing’s gonna knock this girl down.” She masters these playful words with her strong yet youthful voice and occasionally delivers an angsty whine that makes you want to join her island jam. What more could you ask for?

Students Run LA at Dockweiler Beach

Posted on October 11, 2012 by in Sports

Students Run LA at Dockweiler Beach

     There are more than 3,000 students who participate in the Students Run LA program, and there are 17 of them at Hollywood High School. Not many people know what the program is or how it benefits the students. One does not have to be an athlete to be part of the program. SRLA is not only about running marathons but about learning to complete a goal.

Over the summer, returning SRLA runner Giovanni Granados completed a 50K Ultra Marathon with biology teacher Manny Alas. He was the youngest runner participating in the marathon and came in 2 nd place with a time of 4 hours and 57 minutes. “He just wanted to challenge himself,” says Geoffrey Buck, SRLA coach and math teacher. “It felt great to finish 2nd, I was the youngest runner there, so the hard work paid off,” says Giovanni, SAS, Senior. This was a great way for this Sheik to get ready for the upcoming SRLA season.

The Hollywood Sheiks started their first race of the 2012-2013 season on Saturday Sept. 22, 2012 at Dockweiler Beach. The race was a Say No to Drugs 3.1 mile run. Runners received a Say No to Drugs booklet, a medal, and a T-shirt. These are not the only items the students will receive. Throughout the season they will receive running shoes, T-shirts, and uniforms. This race was just the first of many, and slowly the runners will move up to be a part of one of the most important race of the season, the LA Marathon!

Superintendent Talks Recovery

Posted on October 11, 2012 by in News

  Superintendent Talks Recovery

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy attended a press conference Sept. 14 at Hollywood High School about improving student attendance.

“We had the highest attendance rate in LAUSD history last year,” said Deasy. “We’ve made a lot of improvements over the past few years.”

Also speaking was school board member Steven Zimmer, and Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti. Both men represent the Hollywood area.
On this day, a group of workers for LAUSD went from house to house and made phone calls to students who have stopped showing up to school without a reason.  “We did a total of 83 home visits and recovered 27 students on that day. We also made a total of 168 phone calls,” said Jenny Liu, graduation project counselor.

Noyra Benitez, a graduate from San Fernando High School, spoke about how she got helped on student recovery day a few years back and how the counselors got her back on track. “To know that there are programs like these for people who lose hope, is great,” she said. ”It was hard, but I knew the outcome would be worth it.”

This program offers students a chance to win prizes that are awarded monthly if they attend school. Seniors are eligible for a brand new car. The school district hopes to improve attendance with this program and achieve at least a 96% attendance rate.

Trouble With Printers

Posted on October 11, 2012 by in News

Trouble With Printers


Printers will not be removed from classrooms as some had feared, rather a contract with Toshiba will change the ways copies will be made.

With little funds for printing utilities, the Los Angeles Unified School District is signing a contract with Toshiba to implement new copy machines. These copy machines will not remove all of the printers from each teacher’s classroom as feared by teachers and students.

At the Sept. 24 meeting held by the School Based Management Committee, members voted to have this release with Toshiba. Students will still be able to print their documents from teachers’ classrooms, but copies and toner will be more limited.

The machines that the school has now can only print roughly 500 pages per toner cartridge. We only have a $12,000 for printers and copy machines which are more costly when considering other printing utilities such as toner.

“We need to conserve,” said Principal Sanchez during the meeting.

Conservation and what the teachers and students need will help regardless of limited money. The only catch would be that teachers will need to physically go to a new printer for larger amounts at once.

“The teachers have what they need for the students and Mrs. Sanchez is able to stay in her budget,” said Michelle “Hope” Walker, an SBM member.

The issue on printers will be discussed at the next School Based Management meeting on Oct. 8, 2012.

Student Pepper Sprayed In Boys’ Bathroom

Posted on October 10, 2012 by in News

Student Pepper Sprayed In Boys' Bathroom


A student was pepper sprayed Monday Sept. 24. 2012, in the boys bathroom according to Mr. Allen, dean of students. No names or information about the students involved have been revealed but the case is still open.

“It is a crime; this is being treated like if the student had a weapon. It is surprising that many students do not know pepper spray is a weapon,” said Allen. According to Allen, this is the first time he has dealt with pepper spray incident. The school police officer, who did not give us his name, did not comment on this and gave no information out regarding the students involved.

Student was seen in the hallway of the 200 building with red and watery eyes saying “This pepper spray really burns! My eyes are hurting! It’s so hot!” Student Ike Dayon witnessed the boys arguing. He was asked what he saw and replied, “A group of guys go out of the restroom. One of them wiped his eyes and his face was red. They start yelling at each other and one group leaves. The other group goes back into the restroom and then leaves later.”

Mrs. Scibetta, assistant principal of discipline, said, “Pepper spray is considered a weapon and pepper spray is an arrestable offence. If a student brings pepper spray to school, they will get arrested. The student has been disciplined.” According to Scibetta, “A student should not wait until a problem escalates. If they have a problem, they should talk to their  counselor an administrator.”

Staff Editorial – October 2012

Posted on October 10, 2012 by in Op-Ed

Video Credits :
Producer: Mike Melikyan
Camera & Editor : Artur Didorenko

After 11 years of attending school, the arrival of senior year is very exciting to most students…until they see the price they must pay.

Every year the prices seem to be fair and manageable, but this year the senior dues have increased by at least 25 percent. Prices start from $125 and go up to $145 for later payments. Senior dues have always included items that are not exactly necessary, such as a second tassel or senior breakfast.

It is a tradition to partake in some of these treats and events, but some of us have trouble affording it. Parents could be left with an empty wallet by the end of senior year and seniors are going to be too overwhelmed with college applications, senior projects, and homework to get a job to help pay off their dues without endangering their grades.

As far as fundraising goes, this new plan is terrible. The plan is to sell from a catalog instead of the usual two boxes of chocolate. This is largely due to restrictions by the district regarding selling unhealthy food on campus.

To make that goal of 20 sales, about $7 apiece, you are going to need a lot of friends who owe you a favor. Although selling chocolates did not promote healthy eating, it was a more efficient concept than selling off of a catalog. To top it off, seniors still do not have any idea what they would be selling from the catalog.

That will be a big problem this year because there are fewer options in terms of who to sell the stuff to. Adults often do not trust teenagers with their money and do not enjoy waiting a week or so for their items and students are unlikely to carry around more than $1 or $2 that they would be willing to part with.

The only way out of the senior sales is to pay a fee of $70 as if the senior dues were not enough already. Not all seniors are going to be as successful as others at this fund raising activity and for that they get another fee slapped onto their list of troubles.

Maybe if seniors were allowed to fund raise on their own without the catalogs at school they would be able to pay off their fundraising requirements themselves instead of making their parents pay for it.

Perhaps the school should sell the very basic necessities of graduation individually instead of choosing from packages that include unnecessary items. The A La Carte price guide the seniors were provided with already do nothing to shave down the minimum cost of $125 and should include that kind of selection.

If the school or the district are unable to put a cap on the rising costs of graduation, upcoming seniors will definitely have to smash their piggy banks if they want to walk the stage.

Memorize Your Lunch Code Already

Posted on October 5, 2012 by in Op-Ed


New Year, New Meals, New Codes.I felt relieved when I got my extra packet of lunch tickets during advisory on the second week of school. I had lost last year’s packet somewhere in my room,.Coming from a school where budget cuts were non-existent and lunch tickets were known as ancient, I had a hard time keeping my lunch tickets around. When Dr.Burns gave the announcement of a new lunch system, I have to admit, I was stoked.“Will it be like Palisades High School’s lunch system?” “Is this the end of lunch tickets?” “Are we swiping a card or using a code?”. I was anxious to know the answers to my questions.

Everyone received a card, with their name and some sort of bar code imprinted on it. While everyone in m advisory seem puzzled, I felt a huge relief for this year. When I saw students struggling and with a face of frustration when they’d get to the window, it then hit me that nobody really knew how much of an upgrade the system is.

There have been many comments on the new lunch system, and how it seems to be a failure, but I believe it’s only a matter of time. Line will be faster, you will have more time to enjoy you’re food, and you get to chat with your friends longer during lunch. The faster every student memorizes their code, the faster we’ll see results, and that’s a fact.

So is the new lunch system an upgrade to our school? It definitely is. Goodbye to those annoying lunch tickets, and long lines; now it’s up to our fingers and memory to do the job.

Pass The Toilet Paper

Posted on October 5, 2012 by in Op-Ed


While looking around the school during the first week, I saw students lined up all around the main building because they did not get the classes that they need to graduate. It seems ridiculous that students were in the hallways when they should be in class just because their class schedules were wrong.

One student was programmed into two different classes during the same period. He attended the correct class, but he kept getting automated calls at home saying he wasn’t attending the other class. This went on for weeks and his parents couldn’t understand why the school was unable to correct the situation.

And to top everything off, there was a period of time last month when there was no toilet paper in the bathrooms. By the time sixth period came, the toilet paper was gone and there was barely any soap left at all.  I had to wait until I got home, otherwise I might have gotten stuck in the bathroom. Or, as one of my classmates said, “Once I knew there wasn’t any toilet paper, I didn’t have to go anymore.” Holding it all day cannot be healthy.

At least we know that some of these problems have been fixed, but others are still going on. We students apparently have to learn to deal with it.

Music Video Brings Seniors Together

Posted on October 5, 2012 by in News

Music Video Brings Seniors Together

Senior Karryn “Willow” Hudson is filming a music video for the popular song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen starring all participating seniors.

Filming has been going on for the past month, but more seniors are welcome to join in on the fun. So far only about 30 seniors have signed up for the video out of the 300 seniors enrolled this year.

The music video will be a collage of seniors singing and dancing along to the song; enjoying their final year at Hollywood High School.

“I think it’s a really good idea because it’s a new school year for us, why not try something different and fun?” said senior Kimberly Luna.
This music video will be one of the many memories that seniors will be able to carry with them for the rest of their lives.
“ It’s our last year in highschool and I was like ‘if I want to have my big movie break, why not have it my senior year with my fellow seniors?’ “ said director Karryn Hudson.
Hudson invites all seniors to participate in her project which she hopes will be shown during the senior reception or senior breakfast.
“ I think this will be a fun and enjoyable experience to produce this video with my fellow seniors,” said senior Luis Rivera.
If any seniors are interested in participating in the video, feel free to contact Karryn at her e-mail: karryn.hudson@gmail.com

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