Borders is a bust

Photo by Hailee Stanton.

Staff Writer

Books are a way to explore a new world and forget about your troubles. But with our prominent bookstore closed how will we do these things? Book lovers out there craving a new release can’t hop on over to Borders anymore. They will have to order it on Amazon and wait, and wait. The reason for Borders closing is because of an unfortunate bankruptcy, so Visalia isn’t the only city suffering from Borderosis, or loss of Borders.
While Borders was on its deathbed, sales were at an ultimate low. When Borders first announced that they were going bankrupt, sales were only 20 to 30 percent off. A bit too low for Visalians to rush on over there. Then it seemed desperation took over and everything was 80 to 90 percent off. Then Borders was packed and countless customers were seen clutching ten books to their chest. Even if there wasn’t anything good left, anything thatsounded remotely good was grabbed.

Another downside to Borders is that now there will be less of a local profit from Visalians buying books. Borders generated $400 a month towards local profits. This may have several thinking, “Oh, Borders why did you have to go and get bankrupt?”. Any money towards Visalia with this economy counts.

Although it is undeniably sad that Borders has gone from our lives forever, there are substitutes to satisfy your inner book worm. There are those newfangled gadgets, Kindles, Nooks and e-books. And if you’re one of those that needs the actual book in their hands, that new book smell, or simply the sensation of turning pages, check out the public library downtown. There are also plenty of used bookstores scattered around Visalia, such as Bargain Books at the Save Mart shopping center. Or you can borrow books from your friends; it’s a great way to discover a thrilling, romantic, tear-jerking, or spooky read. Until then Miners, let us keep our fingers crossed that a Barnes & Nobles will pop up in Visalia.

Becoming Unbroken

Graphic by Mary Park

Staff Writer

Demi Lovato has been a inspiration to everyone! She has been nothing but determined to follow her dreams and be a positive role model for her fans. Unfortunately, being a celebrity has its not-so-glamourous moments; the media caused Lovato’s personal life to come flooding into her professional career. She was hospitalized and treated for an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, self-mutilation by cutting, alcohol and drug issues. She was taking a wild chance with her life, if her parents didn’t intervene when they did, who knows where our talented Skyscraper singer would be today?

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Demi said the “negative breakdown” changed her life in all sorts of ways. She also says that if she never had that breakdown she probably would have never entered rehab and got help for her personal issues. “If I had never gone into the treatment. I don’t know if one, I’d even be sitting here today. Two, if I’d be alive today,” said Demi Lovato. Lovato has no regrets for receiving her treatment, she sees it as a blessing of many sorts.

She has come a long way from checking into treatment a year ago. As Lovato was growing up she felt that she didn’t have anyone to look up too. That is why she wants to use this experience as an example for other young girls out there that is suffering from the same problems. Since Lovato finished treatment in January 2011, she wants her friends to look at her as a positive role model NOW. She would rather have her fans look up to her than the “skinny-skinny models” in the magazines that are trying to portray this perfect body, smile and look. Its those same models that we see everyday that made Lovato doubt her appearance and her self-esteem.

When Demi first got out, she recorded some songs about how bad it got and the pain that she was feeling. From that came something good. She says that once something positive came out of those recordings and the journals that she kept while she was in rehab. She than started writing other songs that were about the most important lessons she learned in that dark hour. “That life is what you make of it” is how she would put it. Her life began to change again and she started becoming more happier, healthier and stronger about herself.

Her album, Unbroken is about receiving a positive feeling while listening to the track. She wants us to get from the CD that we need to enjoy life as it comes. As we all should! She also says that the album reflects on her and what its like to be her now since she is in a better-state of mind. The name of the album says a lot within itself. Lovato hopes that we as her fans can relate to each song and use it for whenever we are having our own personal struggles. She wanted her album to have two parts to it, one part of it to have a “dance till you forget what you’re supposed to be getting over, (Rhianna)” and the other part to be how she power-sings through her problems. Having the fact that she struggled with cutting since she was a preteen, Lovato admits, ”I ended up with wounds to bind…and I just ran out of Band-Aids.” That’s how ”Fix a Heart” came about. “Skyscraper” was such a honest and heart touching song that you can see in the official music video and the sound of her voice breaking. It has clearly been a tough year for Miss Demi Lovato, but with that she has come out on top and is ready to be a positive role model that her family and friends know she can be!

Update on Japan

Graphic by Zach Martinez.

Co-Sports Editor

There has not been much said on the earthquake and nuclear meltdown in Japan, so as a journalist I decided to look for answers. As of September 11th, it has actually been half a year since the earthquake that destroyed most of Japan.

The after-report has shown that over 15,000 people had lost their lives and over 80,000 are left homeless. There have been widespread projects to build mass numbers of temporary houses. Approximately 70,000 people have been given unemployment benefits but after October passes they will no longer be available. Many local communities have combined to find financial funds for the government and people, but the ability to actually hold on to the money is harder than expected since the destruction has caused constant reconstruction.

The nuclear power plant meltdown has many concerned that it is still hazardous towards the public. For a while there had been traces of radiation in the local food sources and many citizens are still being treated for the radiation. The site of the meltdown is more under control and is being well taken care of, but now there have been riots from Fukushima victims protesting an antinuclear protest. They believe that they do not need anymore nuclear power plants and that they deserve profit for all those affected by this event.

Journalists in Japan have currently been collecting signatures that run into the millions in pursuit of getting rid of nuclear powered energy. This process will continue until March of 2012.

Hottest athlete

Graphic by Mary Park.


Since sports are a pinnacle element of our school, and we all know deep down you have a crush on an athlete, we picked four of the hottest sport stars of the season and asked you which one is hotter.


First: Arizona Cardinals’ Matt Leinert won the poll winning over 75 percent of the girls hearts.

Second: New England Patriots’ Tom Brady was not able to beat Matt, but still managed to gain several votes and maintain his hotness.


First: Golfer Natalie Gulbis secured the win. Hey, pro golfers are not only old people.

Second: Tennis pro Maria Sharapova was pretty close to Natalie, but unfortunately didn’t win. She still looks great whether or not she is going crazy on the tennis court.

Random facts

Graphic by Ryan Seymour.

Staff Writer

Fact # 1:
A child’s superman costume has a warning stating, “Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.”

Fact # 2:
A cat’s urine glows under a black light.

Fact # 3:
The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.

Fact # 4:
Spongebob Squarepants lives in a pineapple on Conch Street in the town of Bikini Bottom.

Fact # 5:
Your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body.

Fact # 6:
In Eureka, Nevada, it is illegal for men who have mustaches to kiss women.

Fact # 7:
When cells shrink due to exposure to stress hormones, they disconnect from each other, which contributes to depression.

Fact # 8:
Tyra Banks was the first African-American to appear on the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, in 1997. The second was Beyoncé Knowles, in 2007.

Fact # 9:
Grapes are the only fruit that are capable of producing the proper nutrition for the yeast on its skin and sugar in its juice to ferment naturally.

Fact # 10:
Cats are extremely sensitive to vibrations. Cats are said to detect earthquake tremors 10 or 15 minutes before humans can.

Fact # 11:
The hooves of a fully grown giraffe measure about 12 inches wide which is about the size of a dinner plate.

Inmates on the loose!

Staff Writer

Attention all California residents! Lock up your house, your car, your money, and all of your valuables! Or, like it’s been said before, “Hide ya kids! Hide ya wife! And hide ya husband!” Starting on October 1 of this year the state of California is releasing about 10,000 inmates within the next two years. In order to reduce the inmate population and the overcrowding of California prisons, they will be released into the county jails by the thousands. The thirty-three prisons were originally created to hold about 79,858 prisoners; they are currently overcrowded with about 143,000 inmates. Since the state (supposedly) does not have enough money to expand these prisons, they are pouring millions of dollars into this new bill in order to “save money” and reduce the crowding. However, money isn’t truly being saved; instead,it is simply being spent in a different way. 8.8 million dollars are going to the county jails. However, this is only for Fresno County and only for one year. This means that millions of dollars will be dumped into every single county for the use of the inmates. The problem with this is that this money is only to last about a year; once the county jails run out of money who is going to pay for the expenses? California tax payers! Thanks to the AB 109 Bill, the state is going to spend more of their money (and our money) on inmates, not to mention they’ll be putting our community in danger. So what does this mean for California residents? You just be one hundred times more cautious of your surroundings and who you are around. Crime rates will surely sky rocket. So beware. Here’s what’s going on.

Although they aren’t being released straight from the prisons into the community, they are still being released into the community in the long run. The state did not give the county jails enough time to figure out what they’re going to do with all of these inmates, so as a last minute decision most of them will be thrown into the county jail; however, to prevent overcrowding in the county jails some of the inmates will be put on house arrest, probation, and parole. You may be thinking, “Oh well then I guess that’s not so bad,” but you are wrong. Obviously, they were locked up in prison for a reason. Some of them have already been on probation or parole before, but that clearly didn’t work the first time around.

But which inmates are being released into our communities? The thieves? Child predators? Sex offenders? Murderers? It’s quiet possible. If they have already discharged or cleared a previous violent offence they are no longer considered a “violent offender” (even thought technically they still are); they have already paid that debt. Therefore, the county jails do not acknowledge the prisoners previous violent offenses (which could very possibly be a murder or something extreme); they only look at their current minor non-violent offenses that they are still charged with. Only the non-violent offenders (or the violent offenders who are already in the clear) will be released from the prisons. Nevertheless, an inmate is an inmate and they were in prison for a reason.

However, once the county jails becomes crowded, those prisoners are going to need some where to go. Instead of being put on parole, they will be released to probation where they will rarely be supervised; whereas on parole they would be strictly monitored. When on parole they are closely watched and if they violate their parole then they are sent back to prison again. The problem is that probation (which is where they will go instead of parole) is a lot less strict which means they will be able to get away with a heck of a lot more crime without the proper consequences. If anything, they will be sent back to the county jail and the cycle will continue to repeat itself. The Bill still has not been passed yet; it is still under discussion by the Supreme Court. However, the way things are going it seems as if it will be . So be prepared for crime at an all time high.

In town games! Miners vs…

Staff Writer
Girls Tennis Boys Water Polo Girls Water Polo Girls Golf
Golden West
Varsity- 6:30
JV- 7:30
JV- 4:30
Varsity- 5:30
Mini Tour @ Golden West
Football Cross Country Volleyball
Mt. Whitney
HOME (El D field)
Freshman- 5:309/30
Mt. Whitney
AWAY (Mineral King Bowl)
JV- 5:30
Varsity- 7:30
Mt. Whitney (Invitational)
@ Mooney Grove
Golden West (Invitational) @ Cutler Park

Local Arts in Visalia

Staff Writer
Visalia might not seem like a thriving town of culture and may seem rather boring.  However for all you art enthusiasts, if you dig deep enough Visalia it may surprise with how many artistic avenues and cultural hubs it offers.  For instance, restaurants like the Vintage Press and The Depot offer fine dining for those who might enjoy getting out in higher ended restaurants.

The Vintage Press offers many styles and flavors with their diverse cuisines.  You can taste different flavors from California, Continental tastes, and even Europe.  The Vintage Press has a contemporary feel and if you’re in the mood to dress up for dinner it is a perfect place.

The Depot, another expensive restaurant here in Visalia, offers a very different feel then the Vintage Press.  It captures the magic of the old railroad era of the early twentieth century. It has a beautiful décor to enjoy while dining.

Another quaint restaurant downtown on Main Street is Café 225.  Right across from the Fox Theater it a nice restaurant to enjoy food, however it is a little less formal.  It is small and charming. Perhaps you could come across it after a night of enjoying Main Street and enjoy their delicious food.

But if you rather enjoy somewhere to relax and hang out instead, Café 210, not far from Main Street, is the perfect spot.  It has a small café that offers appetizer foods and drinks and a nice lounge area to enjoy when you want to relax.  They have live music where you can enjoy local bands play.  And for art fans they display local art for visitors to see and enjoy hung on their walls. It is a great public space to sit back and relax.

However Visalia has more than just great places to eat.  It also offers great entertainment.  If you’re looking for something more than just a movie and one of the Regal Cinema Theaters, you can check out the Fox Theater or the Main Street Enchanted Playhouse.

With a mood of a fancy evening in the air, the historic Fox Theatre has a whole host of shows to offer.  From symphonies to singers and performers to concerts there is no way the theatre can bore.  If you want to admire historic culture in Visalia there is no better place than the Theatre.

If you want a more toned down but still culturally appeasing theater to go to, The Enchanted Playhouse is a nice place to go.  With a voluntary staff the playhouse shows many productions year round.  Their plays aim to excite and enchant audiences with storylines from classic stories.  It is a family oriented outing for people of all ages.

Visalia also has a strong local art scene.   It is strongly supported by the community and the city itself.  Sofa Art is a major art exhibit in the city of Visalia where artists around the city can display their art for the whole community to enjoy.  The Convention Center also holds local art displays where people can go to enjoy the different types of art.  There are many places in Visalia, in restaurants, different businesses and other art displays, where Visalians can go to enjoy local art.

The art scene may be a little harder to find and may require some digging, but well worth to see what the city of Visalia has to offer in art and culture.

OMG! Embarassing moments

Graphics Editor

We’ve all had our fair share of embarrassing moments. Check out the crazy moments these students dared to share with all of us:

MuMu Baig (Junior)- “I was riding my bike one time in 8th grade and my bike was horrible. And one day as I was riding, it made like this weird, loud sound and all the neighbors came outside of their homes, and they were like, ‘What’s going on?’ and I was like ‘Oh it’s just my bike!’”

Evan Collins (Junior)- “I was in a 2nd/3rd grade combo class and we were doing math. My teacher said we were doing a really important lesson, but I told her I had to go to the restroom, and she wouldn’t let me. So I went to my desk, which was in the back of the room, sat in my chair, and I peed in my pants.”

Blake Pierce (Sophomore)- I was in 6th grade and we had a substitute and it was really quiet because we were reading, and I had to fart. So I tried to let it out really slow, but it came out like a high pitched sound. Everyone heard me and laughed at me. And I was in a corner so it was obviously me and I couldn’t hide it.”

Sydney Stephenson (Senior)- “This one time at a soccer game, we were winning and the other team’s coach was really immature and annoying. She was yelling at me saying that I wasn’t going to be able to save the ball that was going out of bounds. So I slid to try to save it and I took out the coach on the other team. And then when I offered to help her up she slapped my hand away. It was so embarrassing!”

Reid Adams (Senior)- “Five days after I got my license, I rear-ended someone in a BMW.”

Kelsey Hebert (Senior)- “So I was in 2nd grade, and my brother was wearing swim trunks and they irritated his butt. So he had lotion for his butt and it was called ‘Desitin.’ I was in the 2nd grade and I was going to brush my teeth and I thought that the word ‘Desitin’ was dentist, so I put it on my toothbrush, and brushed my teeth with it for like two minutes. Once I spit it out I thought that toothpaste tasted so gross. Then I realized that I just brushed my teeth with my brother’s butt cream.”

Mr. Sheaff (Teacher)- “One time about 20 years ago I was out water-skiing, barefoot water-skiing. And I was out on a boom, which is pull out off a side of a boat. And I was doing great, barefoot water-skiing, until I fell down, and I tried to swing my body around. The water shot into my swim suit, and took it completely off. I didn’t realize it because I was trying to get myself around and all my buddies were laughing at me on the boat, and I didn’t know why until I looked down…”

Ovation 2 hits the stage

Staff Writer

Support the dramatic arts. Ovation; the second of its kind is an up and coming drama production put on solely by the drama department for the people. It is a series of one act scenes and monologues put on purely for the entertainment for the audience. I personally interviewed the director of the upcoming production, Mr. Ryan Pullen. He stated that Ovation 2, “Is a showcase of dramatic talent and the students have worked hard to put together acts ranging from contemporary to comedy. There are going to be lots of crazy characters, and tons of funny acting.”

According to the students involved, this show is going to be a rare treat considering it’s not held every year. I had a chance to speak with one of the drama department students, Mary Beth Bourne. I simply asked her why people should go and see this sequel to last year’s Ovation. Her comment; “People should go and see Ovation because it’s so rare in this modern age to get to see a live performance of drama and I know whenever I see live drama, it’s so impacting compared to on the screen because that’s it; just one take. Unlike a movie where they can take it over and over and perfect it down to the nub. This…this is real.” Ovation 2 certainly seems like it will be the hit of the season.

So come on down to the El Diamante High School theater and see the show. There will be two shows this Saturday, September 24, 2011; one at 2 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. It’s fun; it’s entertaining; it’s Ovation.