Racket Ricochet

by MIRIAM SANDERS

Staff Writer

One single net separates the opposing teams from collecting their win. Every bounce of the ball and every swing of the racket adds up to the final score. Spring time is here! That means spring sports arrive at the courts this time of year. The fuzzy green ball is ready to bounce around the courts. Boys Varsity Tennis presents itself this season, kicking it off strong.

Practice makes perfect. Every player of every sport must engrave this into their minds so they remember to practice. Sometimes practice interferes with a personal life the player may have; however, players must sacrifice some of their personal life and come to practice ready to give it all, as if they were playing their biggest rival at a tournament. With practice comes improvement, meaning there will probably be more wins in the season. Like any other sport, tennis requires a certain amount of dedication in the game. Without dedication, the team would fail miserably. Dedication involves the players to practice even when the sport is not in season. Along with dedication, tennis members must look at the game with a perspective that leads to balance. Players often focus on winning, leading to unwanted drama on and off the courts. Balance of reactions to wins or losses is extremely important for tennis. That way the environment everywhere is calm. Even though the tennis team doesn’t have as many members other sports, the players must respect the others around them. The team must work together for the common goal of victory, even though this sport is a lot of solo work.

The way a team interacts affects how they will play. Teamwork is vital especially when playing doubles. This is when two of each team plays against each other for the win. The varsity team consists of 8 to 9 people, with 4 to 6 players playing singles and the rest playing double. When asked what the relationship of the team is, Hamza Bhatti, a Junior on the Boys Varsity Team, says, “We are actually really close, especially the varsity. After our tournament this weekend, we went on to celebrate our victories by going to a movie together.” These boys resemble a family, on and off the courts.

The season started a little over a month and a half ago. When asked how the season has gone so far, one teammate states, “Pretty awesome. It’s been fun to be on the courts.” When a teammate wins, it is more than just a personal win since you faced the opponent alone. The win spreads to the team, also. Last Monday, Boys Varsity Tennis defeated Mt Whitney with a score of 9 to 0. This Wednesday, March 14, the Boys Varsity Tennis team faced Hanford. Monday, March 19, the Boys Varsity Tennis team plays Redwood at home. Later that week, on Wednesday, March 21, El Diamante Boys Varsity Tennis team is away, facing Lemoore. At home on Monday, March 26, the team plays Hanford West. Away on Wednesday, March 28, the Boys Varsity Tennis team faces their biggest rival, Golden West. This season has come with a good start. For this season, Hamza Bhatti confesses, “My hopes are to win valley, but that is going to be tough, so we can start by winning WYL.”

The Boys Varsity Tennis team has a great season ahead of them. For a great success, the team needs your support in the stands. Go out and support your El Diamante Miner Boys Varsity Tennis team.

Processed Chicken McNuggets: Would you Like Fries with That?

by BRIANNA BANUELOS
Staff Writer

Many Americans have seen the golden arches which symbolize the tasty and delicious fast food chain McDonald’s. It’s known for its cheese-burgers, hamburgers, and chicken Mcnuggets. With its affordable meals, the price is not an issue; however, it is what goes into the food that has many worried.

In 2002 McDonald’s ended up in the deep fryer, when a judge claimed the nuggets, a “McFrakenstien creation”, because of all the weird ingredient names. The case was dismissed because it lacked harm to the consumer. In 2004, Super Size Me revealed how chicken nuggets were really made. Chicken nuggets are made when a chicken that can no longer lay eggs, is de-feathered, de-breasted, and grinded as whole with eyes, beak, bones and all, then smashed into the odd figures.

As well as unnatural, the ingredients are lethal. There is a syrup that is used in the nugget and it is called Petroleum Yup Butane. Butane is a gas, but McDonald’s uses it in it’s cosmetic form. Another product that is tainted is the dipping sauce. It contains mercury, which is dangerous if consumed. The last ingredient used is deadly. The fast food industry calls it TBHQ. TBHQ is the most dangerous ingredient of them all, based off of petroleum and either sprayed on the box of the chicken Mcnugget or sprayed directly onto the nugget. It leads to collapsing and trouble breathing, and if you consume 5 grams, it will lead to death.

In January, British 17 year old Stacey Irvine, collapsed because her diet has only consisted of chicken nuggets since the age of two. Doctors in the past have tried to warn her about the terrible diet she has. All the young girl has eaten since the age of two is nuggets, which lead not only to her collapse, but caused anemia and inflammation of veins in her tongue.

The McDonald’s franchise has been trying to curb the pressure about using real meat, but they believe in using “all of the chicken,” so they have proceeded to dip it and fry it in so many chemicals that the FDA approves it because it is still considered edible. The judge who claimed the food ‘harmless’ was unbelievably incorrect: the chemicals used in these products are capable of causing long term damage to anyone who eats an excessive amount of it.

Nail Polish: Yay or Nay?

by MYRA CHEAH and CORRIE KRUMDICK
Staff Writer and Promotions Editor

Nail Polish Forever!

Nail polish is an art that occupies many people’s times. In fact, youtube and blogs are filled with just nail polish blogs. From Nail Polish Giveaways to Nail Polish swatches, they’re all covered by millions of people. There’s celebrity-inspired nail polish like Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry for OPI, athlete-inspired nail polish like the Serena Williams OPI collection, to really anything a mind could think of. Nail polish is everywhere and it’s here to stay.
Nail polish really brings out a person’s creativity. Techniques such as water marbling, dotting, stamping, and others makes every nail unique and unlike any other.There are even different types of nail polish such as crackle, neon, matte, glitter, chrome, fleck-effects and so on. If no pre-existing nail polish suits your fancy, one can even make one in minutes!

The nail polish choices are really limitless. From every color possible from OPI’s Fiji Weejee Fawn to Butter London’s No More Waity, Kaity. There’s sheer colors to cremes. Base coats, top coats, nail polish stickers.
Really though, let’s be honest, nail polish just adds to the professionalism to a person. Cracked, poorly cared for nails is the exact same as messy hair, torn clothing, or even making a fashion faux pas and is simply just not professional. People might not say anything to your face, but biting one’s nails isn’t impressive and can be just the perfect little addition to one’s overall appearance.
There are haters everywhere in life and nail polish is just one of those items. The cost can be expensive, but only if you choose to buy the expensive nail polishes. That’s simply life, a house can cost millions, but one can also find one that’s really cheap and that same logic applies to nail polish. A nail polish can cost 46 cents to even 132,000 dollars! It just depends on the person buying. If they want to splurge they can or if they want to spend the two quarters found on the ground they can do that too.
In fact, nail polish is so awesome that to some people it’s not only for girls or people doing drag. That’s right, some men wear nail polish too. I’m not just talking about the clear nail polish that some men begrudgingly let their girlfriends put on them, but actual nail polish. They even blog about it too! Blogs like polished-men.blogspot.com and www.onegentsten.com both capture evidence of men wearing nail polish. Even celebrities like Dave Navarro are embracing the recent surge of men wearing nail polish. So nail polish is not only universal, but transgender as well.
Nail polish, in the end, is a harmless little thing. Sure, there might be a small odor when some nail polishes are open, but it’s merely like smelling gasoline at a gas station or perfume at a perfume shop. Really, nail polish is another lovely, beauty product and everyone should fully accept because nail polish is for all and that’s not going to change.

 

Down With Nail Polish!
Nail polish is an infectious disease that creeps into the hearts of women everywhere with promises beauty and appreciation. Really, no one cares. They are nails, ladies. It really shows the extent of our societies lust for vanity when we have to decorate the tips of our fingers and toes. From designers and pop stars who have their own lines of polish, to nail polish collections in honor of The Hunger Games, it’s really getting ridiculous.

When it comes to creativity, there are a thousand other ways in which we can express ourselves. We can write, draw, design, sing, paint… The possibilities are endless. People shouldn’t have to decorate their fingers in order to express themselves. Once the polish you choose is anything brighter than neutral, you’re just asking for attention. And no one likes that.

There are those that say nail polish adds a certain sense of professionalism to a person. I quite honestly agree with that, to a certain extent. Having chipped nail polish just looks trashy, and it looks even worse if a nail falls off. That being said, would it not it be easier to not put it on in the first place? Just keep your nails trimmed and your hands clean, and try not to bite them! Really, if your nails are painted, it increases the chance of something like a chip diminishing your professionalism.

Also, there is a matter of the cost. Nail polish is expensive. I don’t mean to say that every bottle is worth a thousand dollars, but some are worth that much. Others only cost fifty cents. The cost comes in when you embrace that nail polish is an addiction, just like caffeine or technology. Once you have one color, you decide you don’t like it, so you need another. There are also those who just buy a polish when they go to the store. That sounds fine, but let’s look at the math. Say for instance one bottle of polish is a dollar. Cheap, right? Now. Let’s say you are a compulsive buyer, and you get one every time you are at the store, and you go there four times a week. That’s four dollars, and we all know you bought an extra for fun. That’s five. Say there’s a dance that month, and you splurge on a four dollar polish. Over the course of four weeks, that’s twenty four dollars. It doesn’t seem like a lot to those with a lot of money, but to others, that’s food for a night. That’s gas money. And as with all addictions, your desire will increase, and the amount you spend will as well.  

If men and women want to spend countless dollars on polish, that’s their problem, but there is a point when it becomes too much. For example, when girls put on polish in class. The smell is not only aggravating but can make some people sick. The classroom is not the time or place. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “My right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins.” In this case, your right to put on polish ends when it becomes a nuisance to others.  As with everything, if you want to, go ahead. But there really is no point. It’s just a waste of your money, time, and effort, Myra. Whoops, I mean…. everyone.

Bowling: Not just a game

by MIRIAM SANDERS

Staff Writer

Spare, strike, turkey. A long, waxed lane separates you from hitting ten glorious pins. What’s the game? That’s right; we’re talking about bowling. Bowling has been around for many decades, spreading the smiles and wins all around the country. Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, built a single-lane bowling alley in the White House. However, you don’t have to be the President of the United States to enjoy bowling. Bowling is popular for both young and old players; however, there is a debate as to whether it is a sport or not.

Is bowling just a game? Many people feel that bowling is indeed ‘just a game’, and not a sport. It’s not in the Olympics; therefore, it’s not sport. They also point out that there is little physical activity, so it cannot possibly be a sport. Anyone who has tried bowling on the Wii probably has come out with a pretty good score. Since it is easy on the Wii, bowling with a real bowling ball must be pretty easy too. Anyone can bowl. It’s true that when you go into a bowling alley, whether you are the world’s best bowler or an amateur at bowling, you will  receive the same treatment as anyone else. Your score, however, will be all on your shoulders.

Is bowling a sport? There are leagues for bowling, where you compete for money and higher Tournaments to win. Like any other sport, the bowling league members act as a close family working for a common goal. While bowling may not be in the World Olympics, bowling presents itself in Special Olympics, involving individuals with disabilities. Similar to other sports, people who are serious enough about bowling have their own ball and shoes to use. Even when bowling for recreation purposes, bowling takes hard concentration, technique, and a good throw. It is very easy to end up with a game full of gutters if you do not know what you are doing.

El Diamante proudly presents a Bowling club for all students to participate in. Bowling about every month on Sunday, they give it all to the lanes. Brennan Marquez, the president of this club, shares a little bit about the bowling club at El Diamante. He says, “Bowling club isn’t about being the best.  It’s about trying to do your best, but most importantly to have fun. This club is all about enjoying yourself with the members of the club while bowling.” When asked if bowling is a sport, he proudly states “It’s on ESPN, isn’t it? Bowling is definitely a sport because it requires skill and accuracy with every move in order to hit every pin in every frame.” Even though bowling is a unique sport, it is undoubtedly a sport.

Is bowling a sport or not? It takes the same amount of skill and technique as any other sport. Hit those lanes up. After making a few gutters with your lack of expertise, you’ll realize bowling isn’t just some silly game, and it is indeed a sport.

Places to go for Spring Break

by TAYLOR SINGLETON
Staff Writer

Spring Break is a great time to head out of Visalia and travel. There are some amazing vacation spots right in our own state. Let’s check out a few of them.

San Francisco – Filled with historic sights and quirky attractions, this unique city is a delightful place to spend your spring break. Drive down Lombard Street, “the crookedest street in the world”, visit Fisherman’s Wharf, and enjoy some clam chowder from Boudin’s or even walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are looking for some great food with a touch of local flavor, check out Tai Chi, located on Polk Street.

San Luis Obispo – San Luis Obispo was dubbed “The Happiest Place in the USA”, and rightly so. This charming town is full of quaint shops, yummy restaurants and lots of shopping, including a huge Forever 21. San Luis Obispo is minutes away from several beaches: Morro Bay, Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. If you are looking to save some money and want to enjoy some free activities, you could take a hike up Bishop’s Peak, stroll the Farmer’s Market on Thursday evenings, or be part of history and add your own piece of gum to Bubblegum Alley on Higuera.

Hollywood – Even if you’ve been to this famous city before, it’s always fun to do a little sightseeing! Tourist attractions like the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre are awesome tourist spots. If you are in the mood for some shopping, head to The Grove. It is a huge shopping and entertainment center that contains a 14 theater movie complex, restaurants, and many stores, like Barneys New York, COACH, Anthropologie and Apple, to name a few. You might even see Mario Lopez filming his entertainment news show, Extra, who films there Monday-Friday. The famous Pink’s Hot Dogs is a great place for celebrity sightings, attracting stars like Katy Perry, Snoop Dog, Betty White, Tyra Banks and Nicole Kidman, who have been known for stopping to get a bite to eat here.

San Diego – San Diego has it all: warm beaches, lively city life and amazing shopping. Lining the streets of downtown San Diego are countless restaurants and stores. Little Italy is jam-packed with quaint Italian restaurants that are locally owned and operated. If you want to hit the waves, La Jolla Beach is one of the best beaches around. Horton Plaza Mall, in the downtown area, is filled with over 100 shops, ranging from Abercrombie & Fitch to Nordstrom to Sam Goody (a giant electronics store).
Visiting any of these locations ensures an awesome spring break!

Lunch: On or off-campus?

by ALYSSA PENA and JULIA VALDEPENA
Staff Writers
Going Off Campus

How many of you Miners were excited for your sophomore year, the year when you can first actually leave campus for your lunch and have the independence to choose where you want to go? What about you freshmen, are you excited? Of course you are. Going off campus is a great privilege here at El Diamante where you can ditch the cafeteria food and broaden your selection.
If you’re tired of sitting in the same area at lunch at school or bored with walking laps around its perimeter, you can go off for lunch. People seem to have plenty of time to head over to McDonald’s or Amigo’s, grab some food, and head back just in time for the bell. It doesn’t seem like much, but heading out somewhere else for a change can surprisingly be a lot less boring. If you happen to have a car it’s even better. Taking a little road trip to just about anywhere within a ten minute driving distance from El Diamante will leave you with a reasonable amount of time during your lunch break.
Along with your wider selection of foods comes healthier choices as well. Granted, El Diamante does have its fair share of salads and pastas in the student store, but as much as I like pasta, our love doesn’t last forever… Nearly all fast food restaurants now offer specially listed foods that are prepared with healthy ingredients. Still doesn’t suit your taste? Head home if you can. Nothing beats making your own food (unless you’re lazy like me).
But going off during lunch can also be helpful in other ways. Say you forgot something for your fifth or sixth period class. With that 40 minute break you may be able to head home and grab it. In all honesty, I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten something, or wanted to grab something, so I went home during lunch to get it.
Now I’m aware some of you miners may be short on money, and going off seems like a bust on your buck. But who says it has to be? A couple bucks can get you a decent meal from nearly every restaurant. Now that still may be a problem. So just don’t go off everyday. Set up a day with a group of friends that you all go off to eat together, and on the other days, you can stick to the campus with a sandwich. While you’re there, you can look into some clubs that meet on days that fit your schedule.
Overall, going off campus is a fun for nearly all of us Miners can enjoy. Whether you’re grabbing some fast food, or your homework you forgot, off-campus lunch trips are great.

Staying On Campus

Staying on campus has its major benefits. Some people condone staying on because it’s what freshman do. That’s not true at all; I, being a senior, stay on campus quite often. It saves money, doesn’t really cause tardiness, and it has academic benefits.
Staying on campus saves huge amounts of money. Going off campus would lead to spending about twenty dollars a week, but staying on it is far less, especially if you get free or reduced lunch. Also, the school food is not bad at all. At the student store, you can get a delicious and reasonably healthy lunch for three dollars such as the chicken parmesan. Try finding something that cheap and healthy at the closest fast food place. For those that drive off campus everyday, staying on occasionally would save a lot of money, especially with the way gas prices are rising.
You won’t have to worry about those moments when you race back onto campus. Staying on campus allows you to comfortably walk back to class with no rush instead of racing against the clock. When the bell rings, you can even linger for a few moments finishing up a conversation with your friends, whereas going off campus can lead to your I.D. card getting taken away and possibly a Saturday school if there is a tardy sweep going on.
Staying on campus every once in awhile can lead to great opportunities. You can do your homework in the library, or visit a teacher to get some help on homework that you are really struggling with. It is all only a couple of feet away. You can also get a little study group going during lunch so that everyone can join in the study party.
Now that you’ve seen some of the benefits of staying on, you might consider staying on more often. I’ll even admit that staying on all the time could become a bore, but don’t go off every day. You’ll save money and sometimes it’s nice to see what happens on campus during lunch. You might end up with a nice surprise.

How to prepare for cheer

by MACKENZIE DOMINGUES

Staff Writer

Now that cheerleading tryouts are here for the 2012-2013 season, many girls may wonder what the key is to making the team. I’m here to tell you what you should do in preparation for the tryout day at the end of the week.

First off, I know that going to the first day of tryouts can be very intimidating, but to start off on the right note you are going to want to be sure to arrive in the proper attire. What El Diamante’s cheer program asks is that you wear either black or green shorts with a plain white t-shirt (no tank tops). Returners aren’t allowed to wear any cheer gear from years past, making everyone feel more equal or on the same level, giving everyone a fair advantage.

Second, you’re going to want to have all your hair pulled back and out of your face. Having a clean ponytail makes you look more professional and lets the coaches know you’re serious about making the squad. If you have a sloppy ponytail with your bangs down in your face it alters your neat looking appearance.

Third, being a cheerleader calls for confidence. If you’re confident in your routine, cheer/chant, and stunting abilities this will help you to having a successful tryout. Even if you’re not confident in general outside of cheerleading, this is where you can show that you are or can be. Along the way your confidence in yourself is going to grow but it’s going to have to start somewhere. Let that be here at the week of tryouts.

Fourth, be open to all advice that is being given to you at all times. We are all there to better ourselves in hopes to making the squad, so listen to the helpful critiques. In the long run it will help you to become a stronger cheerleader.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t feel comfortable asking about certain things in front of everyone, pull a veteran cheerleader aside and ask any questions you’d like.

On the tryout day, everyone’s nerves are going to be exactly the same. Don’t stress. You’re going to have lots of time to go over the dance routine you’ve learned and practiced all week. Go over the crowd response cheer. As for stunting, you’ll be evaluated the day before, so that it doesn’t  interfere with the tryout groups on the actual day.

Good luck!

Peyton Manning

by BRIANNA BANUELOS
Staff Writer
This past season, Colts fans have watched their beloved Peyton Manning stand on the sidelines while the Colts could not keep up with the rest of the NFL teams. It was a depressing season for Colts fans, trying to figure out what was going to happen to Manning. On March 7, owner of the Colts, Jim Irsay, released Manning who is now a free agent and is up for grabs.
It was a heartfelt farewell from Manning because he built the foundation for the Colts. Manning was drafted in 1998 by the Colts and had been with the team since the beginning  of his NFL career. On the team he was well known for his strategy and great eye for an open team member. Now that he still in the game, team owners are ready to try and win him over.
Manning is visiting teams like the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins. Other teams that were interested were the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs but they failed to keep up with their interests and could not get Manning. He has already visited and spoke with the owners and coordinators of the Cardinals and Broncos, now he is on his way to speak with the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans. Tennessee wants Manning badly, quoting owner of the Titans Bud Adams “I want Manning, I’d love to see him in Titan blue after watching him so many years with the Colts. I want him. I am ready to do what it takes to get him aboard, and I think he’d be the guy to get us into the playoffs.” He has refused to speak with New York Jets or any team in the NFC division, but why? He doesn’t want to have to play against his brother if they ever go head to head for the Super Bowl.
Manning passed up Tennessee Titans, the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49er’s but on  March 19, Manning made his decision to join the Denver Broncos. Denver gave him a more than fair deal, paying him 96 million dollars for a 5 year contract. We will wait and see how that plays out for Tim Tebow.

Teacher recipes: Mr. Mayo’s hummus

by DARIAN PAYNE
Staff Writer

Staff and teachers. Guess what? They do have lives outside of school; they aren’t aliens.They have families, they watch TV, they go to Disneyland, and they eat super delicious food and have their own delicious recipes. This week we have a yummy hummus recipe from Mr. Mayo. What is hummus? It is a thick spread that originates from the Middle East and is also very popular in the Mediterranean. Basically, hummus is softened garbanzo beans that have been blended with a variety of herbs to make the spread extra delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • Paprika (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine the garlic, chickpeas, salt, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, and water into a food processor.
  2. Pulse the ingredients until smooth and scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Season with salt, olive oil, or paprika, if desired to add taste.
  4. Refrigerate up to 7 days.

Waiting for the crisp Apple product

by MEGAN “KARL” MOORE
Staff Writer

Between advertisements and common sense, one would realize that about every other month Apple puts out a shiny new gadget, advertising it on TV or on the Internet, instantly out-dating their newest electronic. Keeping up with Apple’s latest gear is like a race; once you start to get in first, Apple turns down a new road and zooms in front of you.

Everyone knows that the longer you wait to buy electronics, the cheaper they become. You should never buy an Apple product the same day it is launched unless you are buying the older model. When the new model comes out the older models price drops, helping you to receive the product for a much lower price.  Also, there is no reason to spend tons of money to buy something the day of it’s release when it is just going to be outdated in a few weeks.

When the iPod Touch 4G came out, I thought it was one of the coolest gadgets ever; until I had the chance to try it out for myself. The first week I had my new iPod, I noticed multiple errors. For starters, my camera kept giving me a black screen, instantly  freezing the whole iPod. Every time I tried resetting or restoring it, the same issue occurred. I also noticed how thin the screen was. If I were to even accidentally tap the screen too hard, the screen was likely to shatter. On top of that, there was a light leakage problem around the edges of the screen. I returned my new iPod a week later.

When buying new Apple products you are bound to have multiple errors. On the bright side, Apple fixes the problem when producing their next gadget. Unfortunately, no matter how much they fix the ticks, they are always going to have major issues. It’s sort of a “buy at your own risk” type of thing.

I suggest waiting to buy Apple products until they are a bit outdated because there is usually a major drop in price. Also, there  will be plenty of quick fixes available to fix the newest issue your new tech may have. For example, when the old video iPods were having freezing issues we were told to drop it. The impact boosted the hard drive back in place, automatically fixing the problem. On top of that, you will have tons of reviews at hand that can tell you whether it is worth buying the product or not. If none of the quick fixes work, you would know that you should not waste your money on it. If all else fails, you can always send back the product to Apple and they will take care of the issue at hand.