Successful Winter Concert

By Jannelle Dang

Opinion Editor

Gabrielino High School’s band and orchestra showcased a semester’s worth of effort on Wednesday night at their Winter Concert, which was held in the Goodson Theatre at 7 p.m.

The advanced orchestra, concert band, and Gabrielino Eagle Marching Regiment (GEMR) were joined for the first time by the intermediate orchestra on Wednesday. This year’s freshmen class brought more additions to Gabrielino’s music program in comparison to previous years.

In contrast, the size of the concert band was unusually small, totaling only 12 musicians. Despite these changes, Melissa Romero, director of Gabrielino’s Music department, and her students worked with what they had, and put together a program with a diverse range of music genres, including classical, festive, and 70s rock pieces.

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English learners win big in Speech

By Christine Tran

Staff Writer

At the end of summer, sophomores David Deng and Jason Liu, two native Mandarin speakers, had no intentions of continuing Speech and Debate. Yet, in the past month, they have gone on to win two consecutive speech tournaments.

On Nov. 4, the pair took first place in Varsity Duo Interpretation at the Cal Rio Invitational, and on Nov. 12, Deng and Liu won JV Duo Interpretation at Fall Novice.

This is the first time that two English language learners have won a varsity speech tournament for Gabrielino High School, let alone two tournaments in a row. The pair placed over native English speakers and competitors who have been in Speech for years.

“I’m not surprised,” stated senior Bianca Moy, event leader of Duo Interpretation at Gabrielino. “They’re so confident and hilarious […] They always put themselves out there.”

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Students pay visit to L.A Kitchen

By Deandra Du

Editor in Chief

On Dec. 1, Gabrielino High School’s Life Skills class visited the Los Angeles Kitchen, a non-profit organization that uses uneaten food to produce meals for the homeless and disabled. The purpose of the trip was for students to both volunteer and learn about careers in the culinary arts.

Life Skills, part of the Special Education department, is taught by Matthew Van Gelder,and combines functional literacy with consumer math. It provides students with the opportunity to participate in community-based services that help them better understand in-class instruction.

The group left campus at 9 a.m. for the trip to the Kitchen. After putting on hairnets and gloves, students began the process of making pesto by first cleaning kale, spinach, and basil. Positioned in an assembly-line fashion, one person would remove the stems of the leaves, handing them over to another person who would cut the vegetables.

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Staff Editorial: Electors should place the good of the nation over the will of their states

On Nov. 8, Donald Trump shocked Americans and people worldwide when he won the presidential election. Despite his victory in electoral votes, President-Elect Trump lost the overall popular vote to Hillary Clinton. According to the Los Angeles Times, Clinton won at least 2.8 million more votes than Trump and, because of this, and the fact that a Trump presidency would be detrimental to the United States, members of the Electoral College should cast their votes for Clinton, the candidate whom the majority of American voters favored for president, on Dec. 19.

There are several reasons why the electors should take this bold and unprecedented move. First, electors have the freedom to vote against their state’s majority and their own party’s candidate. It is distinctly stated in the National Archives and Records Administration that “no Constitutional provision or Federal law […] requires Electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their states.”

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College athletes deserve pay for play

By Venisa Wang

Staff Writer

College sports have gathered the support of millions of fans, yet between these games and cheers for favorite teams, another contest is taking place – the re-hashing of the debate over payment of college atheletes. It is high time for these athletes to receive the pay they have long been deprived of, for their efforts and dedication on the field.

While college athletes have their living accommodations and tuition covered, many aren’t aware that there are costs that colleges don’t cover. According to The Huffington Post, athletes spend close to 90 hours per week training for their season, and often only get out of practice after dining halls close.

Consequently, athletes have to get part-time jobs just to feed themselves. But aside from the basic need to clothe and feed themselves, colleges do not cover another necessity: the athletes’ safety.

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Viewpoints: Should Americans continue to protest the election of Donald Trump?

Protestors speak for their cause

By Brendan Villena

Staff Writer

Thousands of anti-Trump protesters across the United States have taken to the streets since president-elect Donald Trump won the 2016 election. Riots across the country have only increased in intensity. Protestors, or, justice seekers, are rightfully utilizing the liberties provided for them in the Constitution to express discontent over the results of the election.

Peaceful protests are explicitly protected by the First Amendment, which states that “Congress shall make no law […] abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” and should be respected as such.

The understandable purpose for the peaceful protests is to push for compromise and to influence some of the policies that Trump plans on implementing in office. Protestors also wish to oppose Trump’s viewpoints on groups he targeted over the course of his campaign, such as the LGBT community.

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Viewpoints: Should Americans continue to protest the election of Donald Trump?

Disruption does not fix division

By Jady Ojeda

Staff Writer

The tension that brewed prior to the presidential election has spawned out of control following Donald Trump’s victory. The country has been filled with swarms of protesters who are fighting to be heard at all costs. Although the protesters are exercising their right to freedom of speech, they have only increased the violence and tension surrounding the election. Protesting should be put to an end in order to protect citizens and the overall well-being of the country.

Protesting did not work before, and it certainly will not work now. Negative and ridiculing opinions of the president-elect that swamped social media prior to the election did nothing to prevent the election of Trump. Likewise, current protests against Trump and the Republican party will lead to no significant political change.

Rallying will only halt productivity and create unnecessary scenes, in a time when the nation needs less division and more dialogue. We should ensure that our voices are heard in a civil and less forceful manner in order to effectively influence the government’s actions.

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