Physics constructs instruments

By Venisa Wang

Staff Writer

On Feb. 14, Gabrielino High School students taking Advanced Placement (AP) Physics 1 presented self-made wind and string instruments in class.

This is the first year that physics teacher Kevin McClure, has conducted this project, and the turnout was a success. The students worked with not only the materials provided, but added their own creative twist as well.

Each student started off with a baseline grade of a C for producing the instrument, but was given extra credit for decorating and playing various songs.

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AP Art classes unveiled

Starting next school year, Gabrielino High School will expand its visual arts department with three new Advanced Placement (AP) art courses: AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art 3D Design, and AP Studio Art Drawing.

After working nine years at Gabrielino, art teacher Kat Ross will now teach all three AP Studio Art courses. She is grateful to be finally receiving an AP class of her own and help high school students get professionally started with their careers in the visual arts.

“I’m offering students an opportunity to seriously pursue art in a concentrated way,” Ross explained. “Students have been asking for this type of class for years. It’s a good process to help art students think about their work in depth.”

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Preview next week’s Gab Week

By Tiffany Kuo 

Staff Writer

Next week, Gabrielino High School will hold its 7th annual Gab Week in which the central theme, Involved and Connected, will be showcased around the campus and within the classroom.

This year, Assistant Principals Christopher Guyer and Vince Lopez worked in conjunction to choose a message that would best resonate with students. Since the first Gab Week in 2011, it has been the duty of an assistant principal to oversee the week’s events.

“We noticed that more students were becoming involved in school activities and clubs,” stated Lopez, “and wanted the theme to reflect an [increasingly interconnected] campus.”

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Staff Editorial: Repealing federal funds for sanctuary cities jeopardizes American values

President Trump issued Executive Order 13768, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” on Jan. 25. This mandate removes immigrants with criminal records and withholds federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions. However, it is the government’s moral obligation to sustain safe havens for immigrants to protect humanity and provide opportunities to those in need.

Sanctuary cities are areas that do not enforce federal immigration laws in order to protect undocumented aliens from deportation.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the executive order threatens more than 400 cities in the U.S., some of the largest including Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles.

However, these cities do not breed crime, as Trump and his supporters suggest. The American Immigration Council stated that incarceration rates are higher among native-born Americans than immigrants with 3.3 percent compared to 1.6 percent.

Lower crime rates are correlated with higher immigration rates. Between 1990 and 2013, unauthorized immigration rates more than tripled. According to FBI statistics, it was during this time that the violent crime rate fell by 48 percent.

Cutting funding to these cities would diminish the sense of security that these shelters provide to undocumented immigrants. Adriana Guzman, an immigrant who resides in San Francisco, stated to the Independent that in San Mateo, without a sanctuary, “children are afraid their parents are not going to be there to pick them up from school.”

This order has been viewed as a violation of the Constitution because it discriminates against a specific demographic. On Jan. 31, San Francisco filed a lawsuit against Trump’s administration.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera told the Los Angeles Times, “We must be the ‘guardians of our democracy’ that President Obama urged us all to be in his farewell address.” The current administration fails to see that immigrants deserve the same rights and treatment as any other American. Instead of isolating aliens within the country, we should focus on uniting the people under common values of freedom and compassion.

The first step to achieving that goal is to revoke this order and continue to fund sanctuary cities. Even though a significant portion of the federal budget must be allocated for these cities, the cost is incomparable to the benefits, paid taxes, and labor that undocumented immigrants provide to the economy.

They are people who simply came to this country for safety and a chance at a better life. The government must recognize that these goals are shared by native American citizens, and should not be denied of immigrants.

Sanctuary cities are not places where crime thrives, but rather, shelters that protect humanity and allow diverse communities to flourish in America.

Abolish prejudiced immigration ban

By Jannelle Dang

Opinion Editor

On Jan. 27 President Donald Trump signed an executive order to temporarily block travel from seven Muslim-dominated countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, from entering the United States for a period of 90 days.

According to the Guardian, it also paused the country’s refugee admissions system for 120 days, and abolished the Syrian refugee program altogether. Although Trump’s decision was made in the interest of protecting the nation from the possible entry of terrorists from foreign countries, the U.S. Supreme Court should suspend the order on the basis of its unconstitutionality and misalignment with American principles.

An executive order is a declaration issued by the president, but it does not hold the same power as a law, which can only be made by Congress. Yet, it is still holds weight because it directs how federal agencies use their resources and funds for certain projects.

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Viewpoints: Will artificial intelligence benefit or threaten mankind?

Technology revolutionizes society

By Raymond Lo

Staff Writer

Artificial intelligence is the ability of a computer to perform human tasks that involve learning and decision-making. Further development in the field of artificial intelligence could lead to the creation of machines that will help minimize human labor. Although this effect can be viewed as a threat to current jobs, it would allow humans to pursue other professions, and perhaps create new careers. Artificial intelligence, despite early consequences it may have for mankind, can ultimately advance our knowledge and capabilities beyond today’s limits.

Currently, industrial robots cost from $50,000 to $150,000. However, the International Business Times reported that prices are expected to decline by 20% over the next decade. Although the initial cost for artificial intelligence would be high, companies can actually save money because, according to the Health Researching Funding Organization, by using artificial intelligence, they will not need to pay workers for manual labor.

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Viewpoints: Will artificial intelligence benefit or threaten mankind?

Artificial intelligence poses evil

By Garrett Gallego

Staff Writer

Since the beginning of time, the human race has used technology as a means of achieving efficiency to ease everyday tasks. But creating a greater-than-human machine intelligence is a frightening and dangerous possibility in today’s world.

In a 2014 BBC News interview, physicist Stephen Hawking vocalized his fear that a manmade intelligence would have the capacity to outsmart humans, stating that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

On Jan. 30, several of the world’s top poker players were brought in for an experiment. The objective was to see how a newly developed supercomputer system, named Libratus, would fare against other humans in a game of no-limit Texas Hold’em, an activity that requires intuition, bluffing skills, and intelligence.

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