Teachers Give Seniors Advice for After Graduation

Posted on May 15, 2018 by in Features

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Advice to Seniors

Seniors: Wise Words from Disney Movies to Light Your Way

Posted on April 5, 2018 by in Features

"Adventure is out there!"

Celine Gimpirea, Crimson Chronicle Reporter

Now that the school year is almost at a close, seniors, you have finished your high school career, experience, pardon period, and so on… It’s time to make your dent in the world. And though it’s scary and unclear and alone at times, it’s time to create the architecture of your own future. It’s all you. So here are some words to guide you in whatever direction you choose, as given to you by your favorite Disney characters. Who’s better to trust, right?

If it’s a tough dilemma, if you’re stuck, if you did something embarrassing or stupid or– you know– sleep on it. You always think more clearly in the morning.

Follow your dreams and all that good stuff, yes, but don’t be afraid to ask for exactly what you want all the same. Don’t settle for less. Otherwise, it’s not your dream anymore.

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Change is good. For every sad story you’ve heard about– the person lived to tell it. And lived to see the change.

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Here’s one from Big Hero 6. There are always at least two options in any situation. You have full control!

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The classic. Explains itself!

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And here’s one from Dr. Seuss I couldn’t pass up:

Also: here are 100 wise words a teacher left his high school seniors with.


Train based on your body type

Posted on March 12, 2018 by in News


Many people build their workouts (and their meals) around the what is popular, what has been believed to work, and what people generally suggest. However, there is a faster, better way to get stronger: train based on your body type.

Disclaimer: What you eat (your diet) makes up for 70% of your body training. Only 30% is the physical activity.

There are three body types: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph. They are genetically defined, and they each require special modifications to the traditional or “trendy” healthy diet.


Think Taylor Swift and Eddie Redmayne. An ectomorph can eat and eat and eat… and remain slim. But while an ectomorph has a hard time gaining weight, (s)he also has a hard time gaining muscle.

To train, an ectomorph should eat protein and carbs, lift weights regularly, and keep cardio and aerobics on the downlow. Because it is harder to get “bulky” as this body type, it’s unlikely you will overdo yourself.


Think Sylvester Stallone and Selena Gomez. A mesomorph has the middle: a tendancy to gain weight as fast as losing it, prone to quick muscle-building, and weight maintenance is middle-low.

To train, a mesomorph should eat a lot of protein and little carbs and sugars (sugars as a general rule for all body types). Lift weights in moderation and cardio to the finish line. Consistency is key.


Think Kim Kardashian and Matt LeBlanc. Endomorphs gain weight fast and lose weight with difficulty. With a bigger frame, that may also mean a bigger rib cage and more muscles surrounding key bones, but it also often means a higher body fat storage.

To train, an endomorph needs to eat foods high in protein, moderate in fat, and low in carbs. A Paleo-like diet is optimal. The workout pace should also be high, with lots of cardio and moderate weight-lifting.

Though these are the three man body types, there are many bodies that may come in the middle of the three. Either way, with these tips, maintaining your body strength and weight to where you need and want it will be much easier.

Take the test to find your body type here: https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/becker3.htm

WE Need Gun Control

Posted on February 15, 2018 by in Op-Ed

Students file out of the building to safety, as led by the armed FBI.

Celine E. Gimpirea

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

An angsty teenager trudges into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, Feb. 14,  after an Uber drops him off just outside. His bag weighs him down more than usual this particular day; however, and it’s not the extra homework.Within just over an hour inside the building, he loads his AR-15 rifle and fires over 100 shots, killing 17 (and injuring 14). Nikolas Cruz, 19, the suspect, was taken into custody soon thereafter.

This is real. This is Columbine, this is Sandy Hook, this is Belsan, this is a cycle. And this could just as well happen to us. It only takes one to kill a hundred.

We lost 17 lives this Valentine’s Day at the hands of a boy with no restrain and at the hands of a government with no reins. One of the victims was a 17-year-old star swimmer who had just been awarded a scholarship for the fall to begin his career, his life. Another was a 14-year-old freshman in JROTC who volunteered at a natural disasters reform organization on the weekends.

Who gave Cruz the right to put his life above everybody else’s? Nobody. Who gave him the idea that it was possible? We all did. We did not heed the dozens of warnings preceding this.

We need to address the issue that is of such prominence today. We need gun control. Though what holds us back is the issue of infringing the Second Amendment, our right to bear arms, we need to filter the individuals deserving that right.

According to NBC and CNN, many students who had come into contact with Cruz had reported obvious indicators of his reckless behavior. One of his former classmates says, “He went ahead and showed me all his layout of guns, said that how he would just shoot them around for fun.” This had been almost a year ago. Cruz had been 18.

Many other students kept away from him, some saying “something was off” or that “he was always a reckless kid,” according to CNN. Senior Criminal Analyst Clint Van Zandt tells NBC, “Anytime we see a shooter like this, there are always pre-incident indicators. They either tell someone, they write about it on the internet or some social network page… We never see an individual just totally act out of the dark.” Not only must we pay attention to the words and actions of those around us and act on them sooner, but we must take off the bureaucratic gloves and handle the recurring horrors with the necessary preventive measures. Zandt goes on, “The problem is, we never connect the pieces; we never put two and two together until the terrible shooting takes place.”

What would save us are more thorough background checks and investigations of those we permit to own guns and more out-of-the-box acknowledgements of possible consequences. For example, the NRA-ILA, the entity responsible for the permissions to own guns, states as three of its 11 total points of disqualification, “The following classes of people are ineligible to possess, receive, ship, or transport firearms or ammunition:

  • Those adjudicated as mental defectives or incompetents or those committed to any mental institution.
  • Persons less than 18 years of age for the purchase of a shotgun or rifle.
  • Persons less than 21 years of age for the purchase of a firearm that is other than a shotgun or rifle.”

The Sun-Sentinel reports that Nikolas Cruz, prior to Wednesday’s shooting, had been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He had shown signs of mental illness both verbally and physically, he was outcast socially, and he had been academically challenged thus. Nonetheless, he had access to a gun.

There will always be malice in the world; we are all too different to avoid it. The root of the problem, the social or mental hardships teenagers face, because of these differences, cannot be stabilized uniformly. Thus, we must prevent the destruction these hardships can lead to, and that is gun control. Guns were made, domestically, as defense and only that. THAT should be the defining guideline as much as it should be the focal point of education preceeding the permit to own a gun. We must assure our safety by defining our standards and not allowing just anybody to have access to a murder weapon.

It is scary to think that a shooting like Parkland could happen to any of us in any moment. Hollywood NMA Senior Aldo Jimenez says, “Anything can go wrong at any time, but we can’t just live our lives in fear. We have to learn from our mistakes.”

That means a stronger defense system on the part of the NRA-IRL towards a country that should not fear the destruction of its most innocent institutions: its schools. Our children, our parents, our staff, and our communities should not fear murder when measures could be taken to prevent it. We must stand up for us. The alternative is self-destruction.

Aggressive Flu Kills Hundreds Nationwide

Posted on January 25, 2018 by in News

The H3N2 virus

By Celine E. Gimpirea Crimson Chronicle Reporter

This year’s influenza has spread to every state, hospitalizing over 9,000 people and specifically targeting children.

Intensifying, the H3N2 virus originates from Australia but has spread to numerous foreign countries, believed to be contracted from animals. Because viruses, both A and B types manifest themselves most agressively in the hosts of weak immune systems, its deadliest attack has been, thus far, on children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 kids have been reported dead and many others have been hospitalized since Oct. 2017. The latest flu shot, though highly recommended, promises only 30% efficiency.

Historically, the H3N2 virus and its cousins have been known to cause pandemics, including the 2009 “swine flu”, which killed over 203,000 people. However, they are rare in occurance, which does not allow people a strong immunity to them, making them all the more dangerous. Additionally, having no defense against it, people are more susceptible to it.

Symptoms (of severe manifestations) include:

  • Body Aches
  • Fever (100 or higher)
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Exhaustion
  • Minor Congestion
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea

Even though the symptoms are clear, the cure is not. “I am very paranoid,” says Hollywood High Junior Arman Tovmasyan. “If we don’t do something about it now, I don’t how far it’ll go.”

Doctors recommend immediate vaccination and hospitalization if any of the symptoms above develop, while researchers still scramble to find a cure for the sprouting pandemic.


Girls’ Soccer Takes the Win

Posted on December 11, 2017 by in Sports

Girls’ Soccer Takes the Win

Celine E. Gimpirea Chronicle Reporter

Varsity and JV girls’ soccer teams took on Mendez in a home game and won big Dec. 5. JV led with a 1-0, while varsity stole with a 4-1. But this is only the beginning for the Lady Sheiks.

Going undefeated for the past seven games this season, the girls’ win is another step closer to playoffs. Multiple players report that the experience in the games thus far make future games flow more smoothly, even against rival team Bernstein (which they played on Nov. 30 and won 1-0 in Varsity).

Andrea Arancibia, NMA junior, says of her varsity team, “It’s been a great feeling [being undefeated], knowing that the girls and I deserve it. We’ve been working really hard to get this far and hopefully it continues.”

Well-prepared and united, the Lady Sheiks are optimistic about their next game against Soto Mayor at home this Mon., Dec. 11. “We’re going for League Champs. That’s what we really want and we’ll work hard to get there,” says Arancibia.

Netflix welcomes new movies, removes old

Posted on November 30, 2017 by in Entertainment

Netflix welcomes new movies, removes old

Celine E. Gimpirea

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

Netflix honors the coming of a new year with new films, but not without eliminating a few titles from their vast collection.

In effect throughout December, contracts with the streaming medium for movies such as Scary Movie 1 and 2, Hoffa and Holes, are being terminated, while new ones are installed for movies to stay in intervals ranging from one to three years.

The influx includes a total of 52 traditional and contemporary movies for different audiences, basely aimed at families. Here are a few to look out for:

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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2017 ‧ Fantasy/Science fiction film ‧ 2h 18m


The Little Rascals

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1994 ‧ Romance/Comedy ‧ 1h 28m


Full Metal Jacket

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1987 ‧ Drama/Action ‧ 1h 56m


Ace Ventura

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1994 ‧ Thriller/Action ‧ 1h 27m


All-new Netflix original Bright (starring Will Smith)

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And for Christmas…

Disney’s The Santa Clause 1, 2, & 3 to make December a month of marathon classics.

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The change is bittersweet, though. Here are a few of the movies and shows leaving Netflix next month. Catch them before they’re gone:

The Rite

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (All seasons)

Source: Popsugar.com

Have fun this Halloween Night

Posted on October 26, 2017 by in Features


Celine E. Gimpirea

Chronicle Reporter

From least to most frightening, here are some thrilling places in and around L.A. to check out this Halloween Tuesday, as according to Timeout:

Rides & Haunted Houses


1. Ghost Train

Geared towards family, this is a ride for all. Decorated over a wide stretch of land, the 25-minute experience winds through haunted “old towns” and morbid tunnels of lights, sounds, and fog– all the while on the back of a small, open passenger train.

5202 Zoo Dr., L.A.; 7–10:30 p.m.; $20.

2. Wicked Lit

This attraction features a guided walk through Altadena cemetery, with theatrical performances to watch along the way. In large groups, this is an adventure to be shared. Some of these year’s productions include The Damned Thing, Thoth’s Labyrinth, and The Open Door and Liliom.

2300 N Marengo Ave, L.A.; 8a.m.-5p.m.; $40-80.

3. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Featuring the infamously frightening clowns, the Hayride is for the more mature audiences. It takes riders through the darkness of Griffith, danger all around. Proceed with caution.

4730 Crystal Springs Dr., L.A.; 7-10:30 p.m.; $35-60.

4. Escape Hotel Hollywood

In the heart of Hollywood, the Hotel allows you to choose from nine rooms of different levels of scares, from mystery crime genres to pure horror genres, in which you are locked until you put together the clues to escape.  Best in groups and at night, the attraction promises to be a lot of fun.

6633 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; 11pm-12am; $39-50 depending on group size.

5. Into the Black

A mix of watching and experiencing, this walk-through is not for the light-hearted. Not only must you enter all alone and at your own discretion, but you must guide yourself through the Victorian, seeing only so far through the darkness. One of the biggest thrills in L.A., it’s sure to get some screams.

Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona; 2pm–midnight; Haunted house $29, VR $13

And a party…

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

A crazed atmosphere where everyone is in costume and the spirits come out to play, the parade/carnaval features DJs, bright lights in amid darkness, and Live Entertainment. With crowds of up to 500,000 people, this is no neighbor’s backyard party.

One-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard/Historic Route 66 between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard; 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; free.

All-new Blade Runner hits theaters tomorrow

Posted on October 5, 2017 by in Entertainment

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 tells the story of a police officer (Ryan Gosling) in future Los Angeles, a new blade runner, on a journey to find a hidden message that would otherwise destroy what is left of humanity. On his way, he seeks out the former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) and attains information from him that could change the trajectory of life for good.

The movie, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015)), stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and Jared Leto.

Following the original 1982 Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford, 2049 clones it detailedly in story but brings much more production value to the audience through heavy use of special effects and CGI. The luxury of today gives us unforgettable cinematographic effects that 2049 utilizes to best enhance the ride, including a scene of Frank Sinatra’s hologram serenading Officer K from within a glass cage (playing a joke on the old coin jukebox). Ridley Scott said in a recent interview, “When I directed the original Blade Runner thirty-five years ago, I had no idea how iconic it would still be.”

Though Scott’s initial outlook on Los Angeles 2019 proved inaccurate in the first Blade Runner (we still await flying cars and a dystopian society today), Hollywood had not failed him in advancing the movie industry so much so that it allowed unlimited control over every aspect of the sequel, taken over by Villeneuve, giving way to a whole new world. 

A revived epic, Blade Runner 2049 looks to be a promising addition to the original legend. We will just have to wait and see, but until then, here’s a sneak peak:

Catch Blade Runner 2049 at Arclight, The Chinese Theater, and all other theaters starting tomorrow, Friday, October 6!

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