Miner at heart


Staff Writer

Miner. In the dictionary the word is defined as a person who works in a mine digging for minerals. The El Diamante definition of a Miner is a person, who digs for the best seeking and striving for positive goals while having pride and faith in our school. But what is it that unites us? Is it our pep rallies? Dress up weeks? Sporting events? The Saddle? Perhaps it is all of these factors combined together. But now that the Saddle is gone, what will be come of us Miners?

The truth is that it wasn’t the actual Saddle that united us. Sure, it played a big part in knitting together the fabric but the Saddle isn’t the whole quilt. Miner spirit and pride are what sticks us together as a school; it is something that each of us, parents, students and faculty, share. When we lost the Saddle there was a tiny tear in our fabric; students didn’t know how to react to the damage because it has never happened before, so people lost hope. How do you patch up a new hole when you have no experience in repairing such a tear? Well we simply don’t have to try to repair it. The gap isn’t very drastic and just as long as the rest of the thread sticks together the quilt will be just fine and repair itself over time.

Moral of the story is that just because we lost the Saddle doesn’t mean that we are weak; it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be supportive of our school and it certainly doesn’t mean that we should lose hope or our Miner pride. To be a true Miner we need to be as positive as possible, to cheer at every game weather we are winning by an inch or losing by a milestone. The more positive we are the more united we become.

On the other hand, negativity is a huge downfall. It has been rumored that this year we are becoming worse than any other Visalia team (but I’m not going to drop any names). Our reputation of being the respectful school is diminishing quickly. We used to be the school that everyone looked up to and wanted to be like. Now, that we are losing a little self respect, respect of other schools, pride and spirit we are no longer looked up to. Keeping and protecting our Miner pride should be very important to each and every one of us. Being united as a High School will make us stronger in every aspect and will make high school experiences much more exciting and memorable. We are Miners at heart. We bleed green and blue.

November: National Diabetes Month

Staff Writer

     November is filled with that brisk, refreshing air of fall along with the delicious flavor of the turkey on Thanksgiving, but November also happens to be national diabetes month. Diabetics in general are often ignored and their disease is misunderstood. Most people do not consider diabetes a serious disease, but this disease takes a huge emotional and financial toll on our country. For this month, we owe a little understanding to all diabetics, across the globe.

     So what is diabetes, anyway? When you are diabetic, your pancreas, or the organ that produces insulin, does not work properly. The symptom is high blood sugar. Excess high blood sugar can lead to necessary amputations of limbs, loss of vision, and other organ damage. There are actually two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a disease that you are born with, and there is no prevention for this disease. Type 2 diabetes is often caused by stress, obesity, or excess weight gain. Contrary to type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is actually preventable. By eating healthy, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight, you are lessening your chances of getting diabetes. While type 2 diabetes sometimes goes away with weight loss, type 1 is not curable, and the person has it for their whole life.

     How many people in America have diabetes? A baffling 26 million children and adults have diabetes. With obesity raising, 76 million have the risk of obtaining type 2 diabetes. Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease; it kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

     Now that we know what diabetes is and who has it, what is life like as a diabetic? Imagine before having to eat, stabbing your finger to extract blood, and testing your blood glucose. Then after eating, you must estimate the carbohydrates you just ate and then dose with insulin in a syringe. (Yes, that has a needle. Someone with diabetes cannot really be scared of needles because their life depends on it.) Sometimes, though, your estimation is incorrect, leaving you with this feeling of shakiness and dizziness, a sign of low blood sugar; you must now eat some fast-acting carbohydrates, such as Skittles. On the other hand, you could have underestimated your carbohydrates, leaving you to stare at the mind boggling, high glucose for you to deal with now. It is a constant battle with your body that is difficult to manage.

     Diabetes does not just affect the people who have the disease; it affects the people around them as well. Not only does this disease cause stress in the household, but it is a costly disease as well. Insulin, test strips, testers, syringes, and other supplies must always be in stock for the diabetic in order for him or her to survive. Let us take to heart the seriousness of this disease and remember all diabetics, not just in the month of November, but always.

Rainy Day Tips


Tip Writers

1.  Arts and Crafts.  Don’t waste away the day by watching television, texting, or browsing the web, but get your creative juices flowing.  You can create unimaginable things from objects just laying around your house.  You could: tie dye, make jewelry, sculpt clay, make puppets, make fun masks, make a storybook, fold origami, shaving cream paintings, make homemade candy, or even just paint a picture.

2.  Build a fort.  Don’t be afraid to let lose that inner child within you.  We all know it’s there, so you might as well show it by constructing the coolest princess castle and mote out of sheets and chairs.  Once you make your fort and decorate the inside with monograms and personal touches, gather up all your blankets and pillows and make a comfy hang out place where you can eat popcorn and watch some movies.

3.  Bake.  Rainy weather is the perfect weather to bake warm, delicious treats for you and your friends.  There is nothing better than curling up with a blanket and eating a warm cookie and glass of milk.  For those of you who are not meant to be in the kitchen, stick with simple recipes such as chocolate chip cookies, but if your the next Cake Boss or feeling adventurous, bake and decorate a gourmet cake.

4.  Camp. Create a camping site right in the middle of your living room to make a dull afternoon into a fun and creative one.  Pop up a tent, make a fake fire, and roast some marshmallows over the stove to get the full effect.  But make sure to leave your electronics somewhere else because you have no reception in the mountains.  And if you really want to feel like your camping, turn all of the lights out and use only flashlights!

5.  Homework.  If none of these fabulous, creative ideas work, you can easily catch up on some homework.  The sound of the rain makes a perfect study environment that is soothing and allows you to concentrate on your work. You are trapped inside with nothing to do so you might as well study up so you can beat the smartest kid in the class on the next test!

6. Classic board games. Bring out the inner competitor in yourself with a game of monopoly or Candy-Land. It may seem a little childish to place these games but I guarantee a night full of fun.

7. Take a bubble bath. Rain and thunderstorms can sometimes be really stressful and a real bummer on your day, so instead of huffing and puffing and waiting for the rain to let up, try a nice relaxing bubble bath. You can use some stress releasing aromatherapy bath salts

8. Have your own film festival at home. Go all out, rent some classics like the star wars trilogy, Forrest Gump, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Movies like these will boost your mood and make your rainy night much more entertaining. Top it off with some pop corn and candy and you’ve got yourself a movie fest.
9. Facials. There is no better way to unwind than pampering yourself with some great facials. When your done you’ll feel fresh and rejuvenated. Try a honey and ground nutmeg face mask to remove scars on your skin, or a lemon facial to shrink the appearance of your pores.

10. Have a make over party. Ladies, this one’s for you. Invite some of your friends and set up an awesome make over station. Get some eclectic nail polish colors, hair curlers, and fun make up. With these tools you’re guaranteed to come up with some crazy make overs.

Republic Wireless releases 19 dollar cell phone plan

Staff Writer
    Republic Wireless is a new service that has a $19 per month cell phone plan. Awesome, right? For you money savers this could be the new carrier to switch to! Wi-Fi is the base for their network. When you are in a Wi-Fi zone you can access everything in a phone. If the arc picture on your cell phone screen is green then you’re using Wi-Fi. If the arc is gray you are in a cellular network. That is an easy way to distinguish what you’re connected to.

     The first phone they are releasing is called the LG Optimus. Unfortunately, you cannot use the phone you currently own. Just like the saying, “it’s too good to be true,” this occurs with the cheap cell phone plan. The first cost you have to pay is $199 plus tax for the first month. That covers the unlimited plan of text, talk, data, and a new phone. The phone is Android powered. Then after that first month you start paying $19 a month.

There are never overages, hidden fees, contracts, or early termination fees. If you are not satisfied with the phone, you have within the first 30 days to return it, no questions asked; you will get your money back. Also, if you need a replacement for misplacing a phone or damaging it they offer refurbished units for sale ranging from $49 to $99 or a new one for $149.

The loss of a great man

Staff Writer

     Steve Jobs is a name that means many different things for people. He was an entrepreneur, innovator, and a genius. Steve Jobs created the popular  iPhones and iPods, and was also the co-founder, chairman and CEO for Apple inc. and Pixar.

     Steve Jobs was born February 24, 1955 to Joanne Simpson and John Jandali. Steve was put up for adoption as an infant, his adopted parents are Clara and Paul Jobs. In a taped interview with his biographer Walter Isaacson, aired on 60 Minutes, Jobs said: “When I was looking for my biological mother, obviously, you know, I was looking for my biological father at the same time, and I learned a little bit about him and I didn’t like what I learned. I asked her to not tell him that we ever met…not tell him anything about me.” Jobs was in occasional touch with his mother Joanne Simpson.

     Jobs became de facto chief and then CEO Gil Amelio was ousted in July 1997. He was formally named interim chief executive in September. The company subsequently branched out, introducing and improving upon other digital appliances. With the introduction of the iPod portable music player, iTunes digital music software, and the iTunes Store, the company made forays into consumer electronics and music distribution. On June 29, 2007, Apple entered the cellular phone business with the introduction of the iPhone, a multi-touch display cell phone, which also included the features of an iPod and, with its own mobile browser, revolutionized the mobile browsing scene. On July 11, 2008, Apple released the iPhone 3G, Apple announced the iPhone 3GS on June 8, 2009, and on January 11, 2011, Verizon announced during a media event that it had reached an agreement with Apple and would begin selling an iPhone 4. Verizon said it would be available for pre-order on February 3, with a release set for February 10. The iPhone 4S came out on October 19, 2011.

     Jobs died at his California home around 3 p.m. on October 5, 2011, due to complications from relapse of his previously treated islet-cell neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer, resulting in respiratory arrest. He had lost consciousness the day before, and died with his wife, children and sister at his side. His death was announced by Apple in a statement which read: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

Music Appreciation Club

Staff WriterEarlier this year, thoughts of starting a Music Appreciation Club came across the minds of a handful of El Diamante students. The club has now been put into action, and is available for any student to come and join.

Every Wednesday in the French room, members of Music Appreciation meet and listen to various forms of music. It’s recommended that any member should bring their ipod or mp3 player if they have music they’d like to share.The purpose of Music Appreciation Club is to get students involved in exploring varieties of different music. This means that anyone who joins needs to have a passion for listening, creating, or finding any form of it. A key element in this club’s foundation is to be involved as much as possible, not to just sit back and let others around do the interacting.

From Reggae to Metal, to Indie to Electronic music, all forms will be incorporated in the club’s atmosphere. There won’t be a single genre that will be looked down upon in Music Appreciation, and any type is open to listen to in the environment.

PETA Sues Sea World

Staff Writer

     In the US Constitution, the thirteenth Amendment states that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Now, this statement does not specify human slaver and has therefore been brought forth to the federal court by the PETA organization (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). PETA is suing Sea World for violating the thirteenth amendment; they are, in a sense, enslaving killer whales. These whales include Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka and Ulises. PETA’s general council, Jeff Kerr, brought it to the courts attention that the orcas are “kidnapped from their homes, kept confined, denied everything that’s natural to them and forced to perform tricks for SeaWorld’s profit”. While many can see truth in this statement others take offense to it. Many believe that the Constitution states American rights of the people while many extreme animal lovers hope to extend these rights to their four legged and flipper friends.

     Sea World has fought against PETA’s claims of mistreatment denying any slavery of the animals. They stated that their institutions are highly respected and some of the best in the world, “There is no higher priority than the welfare of the animals entrusted to our care and no facility sets higher standards in husbandry, veterinary care and enrichment.”

     As for the entertainment, the animals are used to educate children and adults about the animals of the sea and to show just how wonderful they are. Many observers agree; however, PETA still believes that these animals must not be held captive and should be free in their natural habitats. Unfortunately for them, in the US animals are considered to be property and therefore the thirteenth amendment, nor any other, applies to them. It has been said that the lawsuit will most likely not make it’s way through and the federal court will deny the charges made to Sea World and cancel the lawsuit.

More than just entertainment

Staff Writer

Football, soccer, baseball, and basketball are all well-known sports. But what qualifies a group as a sport? Is it the use of a ball or the constant running? Or is it teamwork, dedication, and long hours of practice that make up a sport? If that’s the case than cheerleading is a sport too.  Many consider cheerleading as nothing more than just a form of entertainment during the games, but in reality there is more than meets the eye.

Cheer practices after school, perfecting their routines for the crowd to see. They have to build up muscle strength to be able to lift up their fellow teammates. One major reason why cheer should be considered a sport is because they are required to take integrated P.E. for that reason, to build up their muscles and cardio for their routines. They also partake in Zumba to build up their endurance for their demanding cheer routines.

Our cheerleading team used to go to competitions in Anaheim, but now with budget cuts they do not have the money to attend them. For now, cheer represents our school spirit and spreads it throughout the student body at games. They play a major part in our Miner pride by showing the true school spirit. And in a way, they do compete against our rival schools by showing the other cheer teams up with their moves and cheers.

Cheer should also be considered a sport because they are all about teamwork. They can not rely on just themselves, they need their teammates to support them, literally. They must work together to achieve perfection in their routines.

Cheer is a team because of the intense workouts they do, the competition they have against schools, and by the teamwork they display. So the next time you question if cheer is a sport or not, consider these facts and support our El Diamante cheerleading team.  Remember they are more than just entertainment, they are a sport.

Misconception regarding originality of songs


Promotions Editor

When people hear similar sounds within songs, they often automatically assume that the songs were stolen from who ever did it first. This is completely and utterly wrong. For example, many people often assume that the song ”Baby” by Justin Beiber was stolen from the song “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. This is not true. Granted the two sound very similar, but it is not because Bieber copied King.

The reason they sound similar is because they use the same chord progression. This is not to say that all songs use only the same four chords, but many popular songs do. Some chords complement each other perfectly, and so they are used often. In “Baby” and “Stand By Me” the chords are G, Em, C and D. The more popular progression is, however; G, D, Em and C. They are the same chords in a different order and both ways are pleasing to the ear.

The  G-D-Em-C has been studied by an Australian comedy group known as the “Axis of Awesome” who created a song that combines thirty different songs, playing the same chords repetitively. In their video one of the group, Benny Davis, begins by playing the introduction to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” on piano. The other two men in the group,  Jordan Raskopoulos and Lee Naimo, start discussing how the song is very unique. Davis interrupts them by beginning to sing. Instead of singing “Don’t Stop Believing;” however, he sings “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt, followed by “Forever Young“ by Rod Stewart. The medley of songs that composes the “Four Chords” song is continually varied, often incorporating new releases. The Axis’ song “Birdplane” (itself a parody of the Five for Fighting song “Superman”) is always included, as well as Australian folk song “Waltzing Matilda” and “Down Under” by the Australian band Men at Work.  Other songs include “Con Te Patiro” by Andrea Bocelli, “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga, “Barbie Girl” by Aqua, “Canvas Bags” by Tim Minchin and Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry.”

With such a variety of similar songs, we have to realize that music isn’t really stolen. It cannot be. Music is something that just exists. There are twelve notes that can be played with other notes to form a seemingly infinite variety of chords, which can then be formed into songs. There are only so many ways these chords can be combined effectively. The Beatles did not steal from Journey and Rod Stewart did not steal from Bob Marley. They put their hearts into their music, and that’s what matters.

Fitness Tips

Tip Writers1. Eat healthy. When you put nutritious food in your body, you will react positively and have a better mood and more energy.  Try eating foods that are high in protein like peanuts, lean meats, and fish. For calcium drink milk, eat cereal, and spinach. With these foods you will be feel healthier and ready to begin your fitness routines.

2. Drink water. Your body is about 70% water, so you need to constantly replenish that need for moisture to keep functioning. Drinking water every day is proven to regulate body temperature, detoxifi

es, protect the moisture in your joints and help with your metabolism.3. Sleep. You can’t very well live an active lifestyle if your constantly exhausted, you need energy to go on with your day. Sleeping at least 8 hours a night will do the trick. Getting enough sleep will vastly improve your metabolism, memory, and immune functions. Without enough sleep we’d all just be bumps on a very pathetic log.

4. Take a jog. Like any other person, you’re busy and you may not always have time or money  to go to the gym and get a membership. So instead of shelling out the extra cash, just use the environment around you as your gym. Just step outside your house and go for a light jog. It may not be as extraneous as pumping iron at the gym but it will surely benefit your body.

5. Yoga.  Yoga is not only a physical, but also a spiritual and mental discipline. Through this you are trying to reach a state of perfect spiritual insight.  Don’t worry if you can’t do the sun salutations or tree pose, you will get to that point eventually with hard work and determination.

6. Make a playlist.  If you need something to pump you up and get you going, make a playlist of your favorite music that strikes that perseverance within.  It could be
heavy metal, rap, or Frank Sinatra, but it must get your blood flowing and give you the will power of Superman.  Once you find this magical music that makes you feel on top of the world, you will be pumping iron like a body builder.

7. Try new classes at the gym. There are always classes going on at the gym: Whether it is really early in the morning or after school, there is a class.  If you want something heart pumping, take a spinning class; and if you want something fun and exciting, try Zumba.  Whichever you choose, it is a twist on the average workout session that can get you involved in a routine schedule.

8. Walk your dog.  Why not hit two birds with one stone? Let your little furry friend stretch their legs while you get some exercise.  It is easy to take an hour out of your day to take a stroll around the neighborhood with your best friend.  You are not only exercising, but keeping your dog healthy as well.