Guyer new Assistant Principal

By Deandra Du

Editor in chief

On Oct. 3, Christopher Guyer made his debut as Gabrielino High School’s new Assistant Principal.

Since the departure of Jonathan Lyons, Assistant Principals Ruth Esseln and Vincent Lopez have taken on busier schedules. Guyer plans to ease their workload, and is happy to help because the faculty have been patient and kind with him since day one.

“Every day that I am here just reinforces that I made the right decision,” stated Guyer.

He says that although he is just getting to know the staff, they do their job so well that it makes his even easier.

“When we start new positions we are all nervous and want to do things right. But he’s always smiling and that gives us a lot of energy,” stated Accounting Secretary Sheryl Ramirez, also a new face to Gabrielino.

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GEMR victorious in competition

By Angelina Liang

Addendum editor

On Oct. 15, the Gabrielino Eagle Marching Regiment (GEMR) competed against five other bands in Division 1A at Baldwin Park High School, receiving first place in their second competition of the year.

GEMR’s score went up 13 points from their first competition on Oct. 1, where they placed second out of three bands.

“The competitions are about five hours long,” stated band member Dominic DiConti, junior. “We warm up for most of the time, performing takes about 10 minutes.”

This year, GEMR’s performance set, titled “The Music of Queen,” features music from rock band Queen. The marching band opens with “Bicycle Race,” then transitions into “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and finally closes with “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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Students participate in YIG election

By Venisa Wang

Staff writer

For the sixteenth year in a row, Gabrielino High School held its annual Youth in Government (YIG) election, showcasing a group of ten students who are passionate about improving the city of San Gabriel. Voter turnout from students was one of the biggest in Gabrielino history.

Before the election, YIG speeches took place on Oct. 7 in the Goodson Theatre, with approximately 150 students filling up the seats. After days of campaigning, the ten candidates, Elysia Adi, Deandra Du, Joseph Glenn, Kevin Ing, Keanu Lim, Bianca Moy, Sanjaye Narayan, Calvin Nguyen, Nathan Wu, and Claudia Yu, delivered their prepared speeches, explaining the reasons behind why they would best represent their city.

Before the bell rang for first period, City Clerks Janet Han and Ethan Tan didn’t have much preparing to do, as they worked together weeks before the election in order to ensure that things would run smoothly.

“We planned everything ahead and [were] able to communicate with the city council candidates,” stated Han. “Ms. Monahan also provided us with guidance, which allowed Ethan and I to facilitate the election smoothly.”

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Celebrate indigenous people of America, not Columbus

By Cassandra Gallegos

Entertainment editor

Columbus Day is a national holiday created to celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus and his arrival on the American continent. The counter celebration of Columbus Day is Indigenous Peoples Day which is celebrated in various localities in the United States. It is important that we, the citizens of the United States, redefine the meaning of Columbus Day to instead honor the history of the Native American people.

The idea of Indigenous Peoples Day was born in 1977 at a United Nations (UN) convention, but it was not until fourteen years later that the Berkeley City Council declared October 12 to be the Day of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. Since then, meaningful action has been taken to appropriate Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

According to the Unitarian Universalist Association, Indigenous Peoples Day “reimagines Columbus Day and changes a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historical truths about the genocide and oppression of indigenous peoples in the Americas.”

Columbus Day celebrates Christopher Columbus and his crew, whose arrival to the New World triggered ongoing crimes against the native people, which include the murder, rape, and enslavement of the locals. It is unjust to honor the very man who caused Native Americans to face discrimination and genocide.

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Viewpoints: Should celebrities use their influence to affect public opinion in Hollywood?

Stick to acting roles in Hollywood

By Christopher Lung

Staff writer

Celebrities are once again becoming involved in politics as the November election looms less than two weeks away. Although a number of actors and singers are properly informed about governmental affairs, many famous personalities decide to participate in politics without understanding its full scope. Instead of spreading opinions on political topics or verbally endorsing presidential candidates, uninformed celebrities should stick to their profession.

Celebrities engage in politics to appease external influences or to boost their reputation and wealth. By supporting particular candidates and making generous donations, stars seek to increase their fan base rather than to educate the public in critical political matters. Regardless of their motives, celebrities can cause negative impacts on society through their attempts to impact the political scene.

The most significant concern with celebrity involvement in politics is their level of education in a particular subject. Despite the fact that they may understand one angle of a political issue, they might not be aware of all aspects of a topic. This could mislead people to draw equally uninformed conclusions about significant political matters.

According to The National, actor Robert De Niro responded to Donald Trump’s leaked controversial video on Oct. 7 by referring to Trump as a “punk” who “doesn’t have a clue what goes on in the rest of the world no matter what he says.”

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Viewpoints: Should celebrities use their influence to affect public opinion in politics?

Stars offer valuable input, ideas

By Jasmine Venegas

Staff writer

Over the years, celebrities have used their fame to promote their ideals and share what they believe in. Currently, countless celebrities are using their popularity and status to bring attention to political issues, especially those in the 2016 presidential election. This act of expression is essential because celebrities have the ability to bring attention to important issues and to try invoke change in them.

According to CNN, members from the previous and current Star Trek series have come together to prevent Donald Trump from becoming President of the United States, by creating a Facebook page entitled Trek Against Trump. The page has gained 29,000 followers and counting.

A post from the Facebook page states, “Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House. One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities, while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has the proven ability to work with Congress to pass legislation.”

The Star Trek stars are leading examples of how popularity and fame can be utilized to fight political apathy by engaging a larger audience. They are reaching out to avid fans who may not care to keep up with political issues, but are willing to lend an ear.

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Powderpuff lets girls play football, too

By Kaylan Kha

Features editor

When people think of football, they picture men clad in helmets and shoulder pads tackling each other on the field. Women are hardly associated with the sport, but powderpuff presents girls with the opportunity to play football at the high school level.

While not all students may be interested in playing in powderpuff, students at Gabrielino High School should at least have the option to participate.

Powderpuff is a version of flag football in which the gender roles are reversed. The girls are playing on the field, while the boys are cheering in the sidelines. Schurr High School in Montebello, Arroyo High School in El Monte, and Rosemead High School are a few schools in the San Gabriel Valley that offer powderpuff games.

Powderpuff can help Gabrielino lift school spirit, encourage student participation, and raise money for the community.

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