Beauty: Work or Wonder?

Beauty can be rewarding
by Myra Cheah
Staff Writer

Beauty can be plagiarized as the worst thing ever. The health risk and time that is put into the art of beauty is seen as vile to some. However, there are always two sides of the story.

Spending hours and tons of money on make-up and hair might seem excessive. To others it’s their everyday life.

Joan Rivers, a popular comedian who is 78 years old, has undergone an unprecedented number of plastic surgeries – 734 operations she jokes. In her current reality tv series, “Joan and Melissa: Joan knows best,”  Rivers showed how she underwent her latest surgery. When she revealed her plans for another surgery, her daughter Melissa worrying that perhaps enough is enough staged an intervention. However, the intervention backfired when Rivers argued that if she paid for everyone’s operations they would do it, not one person argued against her.

Now plastic surgery is costly and time-consuming, but that isn’t the only thing to beauty. Beauty can range from pretty much everywhere from that volumizing shampoo to a nip and a tuck. Even deodorant is part of this category! Now granted, there are people who don’t use deodorant, but it’s pretty much a given that once one is old enough to produce body odor most people go out and get themselves a stick of deodorant. After all, you don’t want to be remembered as the stinky person for the rest of your life.

Also, many women opt for the au naturale look for their daily appearance, but the truth of the matter is more often than not it’s not truly au naturale. Women shave their legs, thread, pluck, or wax their eyebrows, straighten or curl their hair and many more beauty activities to even achieve looking “au naturale”. So, in all honesty, many who criticize those that wear make-up, are also people who care about their own beauty in the end.

The truth of the matter is that beauty is vain. Humans are vain creatures. By looking pretty we psychologically believe that we are pretty and pretty means our confidence grows. There are always going to be people who have the need to be the wicked Stepmother in Snow White, to be the “prettiest of them all”, just like there are people like Cinderella that are just naturally beautiful.

Wearing make-up and using beauty products doesn’t make one trashy, or lose their self-esteem. It might not though make you into the next Taylor Swift. Beauty can transform someone into the Joker, a zombie, or even a princess. It all depends how one uses it. So before writing off that beauty makes everyone into the next Paris Hilton or Miley Cyrus, think about it, beauty can also accentuate someone’s look into the next Kate Middleton. It’s not just for hookers, it’s for the everyday person. Beauty has its rewards and downfalls; it all depends how much or how little you oblige in it.

 

Beauty is not about the looks.
by Corrie Krumdick
Promotions Editor

We live in a society that values beauty over almost everything. So much effort is put into putting on makeup and making a supposed beautiful face, but in reality, creating a supposed beauty covers true beauty.

People spend insane amounts of time and ridiculous amounts of money to achieve what they consider to be beauty. Whether it be with a thousand plastic surgeries or hours on hair, resources are wasted. Time is spent at the hair salon, at the doctor, in the store buying products, and at home putting it all together.

In 2004, Americans spent $12.4 billion on cosmetics, an amount of money that is 33% larger than the amount needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide water and sanitation for all people in developing nations, and, ironically, since cosmetics are often advertised as symbols of women’s rights and independence, just slightly larger than the amount needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide reproductive healthcare for all women in developing countries.

So, knowing that, what is the true definition of beauty? Is beauty looking beautiful, or is beauty having a generous heart? Thats what is comes down to. In the grand scheme of things, Humans are vain. We worry about what people think of us, and how we appear. We don’t, however, look inside ourselves to see what we truly are. Instead of worrying about being physically beautiful, when it comes down to it, being beautiful is more about being a beautiful person.

Privacy Meets Publicity

by MIRIAM SANDERS

Staff Writer

In today’s economy, jobs are very scarce. If you have a job, you are lucky. The job market is not one to play with, since money is the inevitable necessity to buy food, clothes, and shelter. Since jobs are rare, when you are at work, you are on your best behavior in order to keep that job. You dress nicely, act professional, and do not use profanity. However, when you are off-the-clock and relax at home, your professional behavior disappears. Why would it stay? After all, you are at home. Now with jobs so scarce as water in a desert, employers chose to look at the workers’ work life as well as personal life. One of the ways the bosses do this is by asking the employees for their  Facebook passwords.

Is this really necessary? Some say yes. By looking at people’s facebook, the employer can learn what the worker is like outside of work, even the parts that the worker chooses to hide from his or her friends. With this system, the work world would definitely be different. The relationship between the employer and the employee would be more personal rather than just work related. After all, the employer would know everything the worker did on his or her Saturday night if the boss chose to check up on the workers’ Facebook. The company would definitely be more secure with this policy since all of the workers would be more loyal to their workplace since the boss knows everything about them and all of their actions. However, is knowing everything really ensuring the security of the company?

Privacy is sacred to everyone. There’s a reason why there is a privacy setting on Facebook, and when we use this setting, we are simply telling the world that we do not want everyone up in everyone else’s business. Our private lives are different than our public ones. By giving the employer the password to our Facebook, these two lives of public and private are mixed. This should never happen because when it does, the employee loses respect for his or her employer. If the employee has to give up the password to his or her Facebook, then the boss should have to as well. The boss was once at the bottom of the workplace, working as the waterboy or something like that. Now, he is the boss; however, he had to work himself up to get where is he now. The boss probably did not have to give his or her Facebook password when he or she just started working, so why would he or she request the Facebook passwords of his or her workers’? I guarantee the boss would not want to give his or her password out to reveal his or her private life. With this system, it is a basic cycle of trust issues and frustrations. The worker no longer trusts his or her boss because the boss wanted to check up on the worker, leaving the worker to believe the boss believes the worker does not live an honest life outside of work. This cycle will never end as long as this ridiculous idea of sharing Facebook passwords lives on.

Private and public life should never mix. We act differently depending on where we are and who we are with. When we have to act professionally all the time, the work becomes off balance, since there is no relaxation in your schedule. For once, the employers need to step into the workers’ shoes and try to understand that asking for a Facebook password is an invasion of privacy instead of ensuring the security of the company.

Culinary Controversy

by MIRIAM SANDERS and CHRIS TERCERO
Staff Writers

Cooking; a lot of teenagers don’t always know the ways of the kitchen and what to make to help build a strong, healthy body. Here at school, we learn science, math, English, and history; however, we do not learn basic life skills needed to survive in the world after graduation. Previous generations presented a class called Home Economics, which is a class that teaches how to cook, set a table, and other domestic tasks. Joanna Solis, a junior here at El Diamante, states, “I think Home Ec. should be an elective. The point of school is to prepare us for the real world. What’s more real than the need to feed ourselves? Home Ec. is one of the few classes that will be useful for everyone no matter what career path they decided to go with.” Alyssa Douglas, a junior, announces, “I think it would be amazing if we could have a Home Ec. class. Kids need to learn how to cook so that they can be prepared when they leave their parents homes; it’s just a good skill to have.” Whitney Lawson-Hunt, a junior, declares, “We should have a Home Ec. class because I think it is important for everybody to take an elective for whatever their interests are; sometimes, that is cooking.” Sabrina Fagundes, a junior, adds, “I definitely think having a Home Ec. class at El Diamante would be a great idea. It would give a lot of the students the opportunity to learn something new and also prepare them for the future when they will have to cook for themselves and/or their families.” Nowadays, Home Economics is not offered for students to take. So the question is: are our future lives widely affected by the fact that our school does not provide a Home Economics class?

First off, let’s take a look what they do in the existing class. When asked what the students do in the cooking class, Mrs. Bethel, the teacher of this class, responds, “The ones here at pre-first prepare the food for the day. 1st. and 2nd period assemble the food such as put the sandwiches together. 3rd and 4th finish the work, like wrapping cookies in a package to sell.” They make a variety of foods, learning how to use different equipment. Mitchell Morrill, a junior in the class, gives us a little glimpse of how this class has helped him. He shares, “This class provides work experience.  It also ensures that you know how to cook. If you have a double period, then you can work in the coffee shop. This class gives real life experience in the workplace.” Matt Downing, a junior also in the class, adds, “This class teaches us some skills that people need. It has taught me how to cook while giving me good work experience.”

Everybody eats. Whether we eat healthy or not is a totally different situation. When you’re in high school, your mom can always whip you up a quick meal. However, after high school, when you move out, who is going to make your meal? You’re looking at him/her in the mirror. That’s right. YOU are responsible for feeding yourself. Without the proper education, you could get hurt or just end up with eating dry cereal everyday. A junior at El Diamante confesses, “I wish there was a cooking class because I don’t know how to cook.  When I go to college, I want to know the basics, so I can live on my own independently. Buying food everyday at McDonald’s or any other fast food restaurant will get expensive, not to mention unhealthy.” Jacob Escamilla, a junior, suggests, “It would be awesome for a cooking class elective. I would for sure do it because I like to cook for one, and it would be a good experience for the people who cannot cook.” Janet Furtado, a senior at El Diamante, adds, “Cooking is a vital necessity in order to become an independent adult.”  The want to have a cooking class for everyone, doesn’t stop at the students.  Mrs. Bethel, the teacher of this class, pronounces, “It teaches skills everyone needs to know.  I think that the class should be available for everyone.” By not offering this class to everyone, the school is in a way discriminating against regular ed students. Both groups of students would benefit from having everyone take the class. Not only would the class help the students learn to cook, it would also integrate the kids with learning disabilities and regular ed. students. This would create a special bond with these two different groups of people.

Liability; it makes everyone squirm with an uncomfortable feeling. Some people do not support providing the cooking class to the whole school. With a cooking class comes a lot of equipment, and when dealing with equipment, students must act responsible and care for it. Let’s face it: a lot of teenagers are careless with school property. They live in a world where everything is disposable and replaceable. Many students would not handle equipment with the proper care that it deserves, creating a broken oven, mixer, or any other supply needed for this class. Also, if a student gets hurt while learning, the school is liable. Another issue is money. Money is something that this class needs to fund for the food and equipment. When asked why they don’t offer this course for regular ed. students, Mrs.Bethel states, “I don’t know. I think funding is the issue. I try to get as many teacher aids in here as possible to help all students.” Money is a problem; however, if the students had enough interest in this class, they could fundraise.

It all boils down to what students, teachers, and administrators do. School is becoming less and less fun as as we focus more to the teaching of the tests. However, there are some things that just aren’t on a test, such as basic life necessities. Students all around the El Diamante High School campus desire this class, so we need to bring those words into action. Home Economics shouldn’t be a thing of the past. We should bring it back into the lives of high school students nowadays. After all, high school is the step before the real world, and we, who are in high school, are the future of America.

Earth Day: Let’s Give the World a Break

By MARY PARK
Graphics Editor

Along with April showers comes Earth Day. The Earth is a big place, but why not show some respect for our planet instead of spreading harmful gas everyday. Visalia also recently had their annual Earth Day last Sunday at Miller Creek Park. Volunteers planted seeds, trees, and cleaned up areas. Our very own Green Club and Interact Club volunteered as well.Myra Cheah, Green Club President, says, “ Our first location was at the St. Johns river. The area around had several construction sites, so a lot of waste such as wood, bricks, and other things were found in the river, so we cleaned it all up.” Cheah also adds, “The second location, we planted had about 600 shrubs and 200 trees. And we finished within a couple hours with about 200 volunteers.” The volunteers were not just from Earth day, but also from the “Serve Visalia” community, which are several churches who came to volunteer. Cheah’s experience overall was great, but wished to help out more. “This experience was really, really helpful. But in all honestly I think we should have done more, and moved around to many locations. I feel that we had so many volunteers that we could have covered much more areas.”
So why do we celebrate Earth Day? Earth Day is very significant in our lives because, well, we all share the same planet. Whatever environmental challenges that encounter our Earth, it is up to us to protect it. And when talking about environmental challenges, this is not about global warming (for those of you who don’t believe in it).This is about air pollution and damaged soil and water that is man-made. This actually creates holes in our ozone layer. To simplify this, we are making holes and thinning  our safety zone. The safety zone protects us from ultraviolet rays. on top of that, if the ozone thins and gains more holes, this can bring in harmful exposure of rays to animals and plants, thus endangering species. But the world is huge, and if we all do our part, we can help a lot.

The official Earth day happened April 22, Sunday. Countries around the globe all celebrated unique traditions that they have annually. China, for example, celebrates Earth day by having a different theme every year on the subject such as, protecting Geographical and Scientific Development. Australia holds a parade with people dressed up as animals and also to raise awareness for air pollution. In Kenya, volunteers and school children would gather to plant trees, in honor of their self created, “National Tree Planting Day” along with Earth Day.

Earth day has passed, but the spirit of the holiday did not, so let’s all do a small part to help make a big difference that could go a long way.

By MARY PARK
Graphics Editor

Along with April showers comes Earth Day. The Earth is a big place, but why not show some respect for our planet instead of spreading harmful gas everyday. Visalia also recently had their annual Earth Day last Sunday at Miller Creek Park. Volunteers planted seeds, trees, and cleaned up areas. Our very own Green Club and Interact Club volunteered as well.Myra Cheah, Green Club President, says, “ Our first location was at the St. Johns river. The area around had several construction sites, so a lot of waste such as wood, bricks, and other things were found in the river, so we cleaned it all up.” Cheah also adds, “The second location, we planted had about 600 shrubs and 200 trees. And we finished within a couple hours with about 200 volunteers.” The volunteers were not just from Earth day, but also from the “Serve Visalia” community, which are several churches who came to volunteer. Cheah’s experience overall was great, but wished to help out more. “This experience was really, really helpful. But in all honestly I think we should have done more, and moved around to many locations. I feel that we had so many volunteers that we could have covered much more areas.”
So why do we celebrate Earth Day? Earth Day is very significant in our lives because, well, we all share the same planet. Whatever environmental challenges that encounter our Earth, it is up to us to protect it. And when talking about environmental challenges, this is not about global warming (for those of you who don’t believe in it).This is about air pollution and damaged soil and water that is man-made. This actually creates holes in our ozone layer. To simplify this, we are making holes and thinning  our safety zone. The safety zone protects us from ultraviolet rays. on top of that, if the ozone thins and gains more holes, this can bring in harmful exposure of rays to animals and plants, thus endangering species. But the world is huge, and if we all do our part, we can help a lot.

The official Earth day happened April 22, Sunday. Countries around the globe all celebrated unique traditions that they have annually. China, for example, celebrates Earth day by having a different theme every year on the subject such as, protecting Geographical and Scientific Development. Australia holds a parade with people dressed up as animals and also to raise awareness for air pollution. In Kenya, volunteers and school children would gather to plant trees, in honor of their self created, “National Tree Planting Day” along with Earth Day.

Earth day has passed, but the spirit of the holiday did not, so let’s all do a small part to help make a big difference that could go a long way.

Senioritis

by MIRIAM SANDERS
Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again. Most commonly right after Spring break or the last few months of school, a disease spreads through the high schools of America like wild fire, and this disease is no ordinary disease. It cannot be cured with any medication or treatment. Seniors all around El Diamante seem to catching this incurable disease quite quickly, losing all of their motivation to do work, as they focus on their desire to graduate. What is this incurable disease? Experts seem to call this strange lack of motivation Senioritis.

Beginning high school as a freshman, a student does not expect that four years later they will be ready to fly out of here, diploma in hand. The first day of their freshman year, they are probably thinking they will keep the same friends for all four years, and they will want to stay in high school forever. Things have changed these past four years, though. It is their last year in high school, and seniors are blinded by the sight of the graduation stage that they get distracted, especially in the last few months of school. Now all they want to do is graduate and go to college to find themselves and their future path that lies ahead of them.

What is senioritis? When a senior is suffering from senioritis, he or she does not do any more homework. In class, the senior normally gets bored and does not pay attention. It is not their fault, though. The light at the end of the tunnel is overwhelmingly exciting. Graduation is the first step to reality in the big scary world of adulthood. Once they walk across that stage, they have to think about putting the i-n- in front of dependent to be independent. Seniors are to soon face college, jobs, and bills; however, if they don’t complete their work, they will never get to the future road that lies ahead of them.

In order to get to graduate, it takes hard work and dedication. Senioritis stops the hard work and dedication needed to graduate. This makes having senioritis even more dangerous than just lack of motivation.

Having senioritis is very dangerous. So in order to reach your future road, you must travel down the graduation stage, and in order to do that, you must keep the motivation to do homework and classwork. Cure the senioritis so you can go on to be independent and successful.

Styles that are going out of style

by AMANDA VALADEZ
Staff Writer

1. Feathers. The famous accessory that is a feather that can attach on to hair or earrings. It became a very popular trend yet ended so fast. I personally was crazy about them too. Feathers had every color and pattern to chose from. You could also curl or straighten the feather to match your hairstyle. I think that is what made them really stand out. You could match it to any outfit. Cicily Levya, says “I think feathers were a really short fad.”

2. Ripped Jeans. Jeans started off with no holes, just regular plain jeans. But the trend started to grow more. More people liked the idea of their jeans showing rips or tears. Why? I don’t really know why. But they were selling! Yazmin Pena says, “There is ripped jeans that are cute. Maybe like a tear here or there is fine. But I think it’s overdone sometimes.”

3. Varsity Jackets. These types of jackets are different colors and have a letter on the right side of the jacket. Yazmin Vargas says, “A lot of people started wearing them and they are overrated.” But, with the weather starting to warm up the phase of the jackets are going to start fading away.

Universal Studios Hollywood gets a new ride

by CHRIS TERCERO
Staff Writer

We all know what Disneyland and Six Flags Magic Mountain are, but the theme park many people forget about is getting a new ride. Universal Studios has a history of movie making but it also is an active theme park centered around its movies. There are many shows and rides that will entertain people of all ages. The park is mainly known for its Studio Backlot Tour which takes you down many streets and areas that everyone has seen in a movie or TV show. Everything at Universal Studios Hollywood is exciting and fun, but this year they are releasing Transformers: The Ride 3D.
It was announced in 2007 that Universal Studios Hollywood would be getting Transformers: The  Ride 3D. After five years of waiting the ride is one month from its grand opening day, May 25th. It has been in production since 2010 and replaced two existing attractions, one of them being moved to a different location. The ride will feature many of your favorite Autobots and Decepticons.
From the moment you walk into the queue you are fully immersed into the NEST and are told of what is happening with the Decepticons. You learn that they are after the allspark which is held in the NEST. At the end of the queue you are given 3D glasses for your journey. Once you enter your ride vehicle, whose name is EVAC, the riders are told about what’s happening and are whisked away into battle to save the allspark from the Decepticons.
Currently the ride is going through technical rehearsal so it is open for a limited time before the annual pass viewing on May 4-6. If you plan on going to Universal Studios this summer, to go on this ride, expect long lines.

Track preparing for WYL

by ALYSSA PENA
Staff Writer

So far, the track team has been doing great. Recently, they just had their Tulare County track meet where the boys placed second place and the girls placed first. Gary Henry, on the boys track team, successfully won first in the long jump, first in the triple jump, and second in the high jump. Henry is also tied third in the valley for the high jump and second in the valley for the long jump. Katie Reeves, on the girls track team, received first place in not only the high jump, but the triple jump and the long jump as well. She is tied for fourth place in the state for the high jump.
The track team’s biggest competition right now is Mt. Whitney high school. Mt. Whitney’s boys track is as of now beating the boys team, but the the girls track team is still ahead of theirs. Mr. Rice, the track coach, says that they are working really hard and are about to close the gap. He also mentions that Redwood’s track team is also some competition. “It’s basically a three way competition between us, Redwood, and Mt. Whitney.”
WYL is coming up in 2 weeks, both the girls and boys track team have been working hard and have been really stepping it up; Rice says, “Practice is going amazing, they are doing everything they are supposed to be doing.” says Rice. “I’m seeing a lot of leaders emerging from the teams which is great, like Henry Fuse and Bryson Frazer from the boys and Marisa Lemus and Katie Reeves from the girls. They’re doing great and are really pulling it together when it counts.”

Trayvon Martin Case

by RYAN SEYMOUR
Staff Writer

Since February 26th, 2012, the media has been buzzing with news about the controversial, fatal shooting of the 17 year old, African American male, Trayvon Martin. Normally, it would not be necessary to mention someone’s race when describing them in a story like this, but this case is an exception, due to the accusations of racism against the 28  year old shooter, George Zimmerman, who is a bi-racial Hispanic American. According to George Zimmerman, who is head of the “Neighborhood Watch”, the teen was crossing through a gated community when Zimmerman reported his behavior and appearance as “suspicious” in his 911 call. Shortly after Zimmerman’s call to 911 ended, there was an altercation between the two in which Martin was shot once, fatally in the chest. When police arrived,  Zimmerman had wounds on the back of his head and had a bloody nose, seeming to confirm his story about the altercation with Martin. He was then taken the police department for questioning. Afterwards, a special prosecutor filed charges against Zimmerman claiming 2nd degree murder. Since Florida has a law known as the “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows the use of deadly force in the process of self-defense, it would be extremely difficult to convict him of this. Zimmerman has been accused of hate crimes for several reasons. There are many theories on the degree of racism Zimmerman possessed,  however; media reports have been skewing things. Especially the phone call between Zimmerman and the police in which various reports have slurred the conversation to implicate Zimmerman as assuming that Martin was suspicious because he was an African American. When in reality, the operator asked him to determine Martins race, in which he was not sure. As of April 20th,  the judge presiding over the case approved Zimmerman’s bail and he is set for trial.

PERFECT ACE

By: KARLA GARIBAY
Staff Writer

It’s April 27 and our varsity boys tennis team still stands undefeated. In case you were deprived of the team’s amazing video during the 2012 spring rally because you were home feeding your cats, then you did not miss much except for the fact that we have an AMAZING swim team. Team member Luis Carmona says,”Our hard work has really paid off, our record speaks for itself.”

Although El Diamante does have an outstanding team, they have had some very close calls. When playing against Redwood, the score came up to 5-4. Luckily our boys gave it their best and came out with yet another victory. These guys have been training hard all season and it will be worth it. With the way things are headed, it looks like tennis will pick up the slack of the football team in WYL this year. Luis Carmona says,” We do play hard, but we only play with 80 percent of our game instead of 100, that way the other teams don’t feel as bad when they lose.”

Tennis has become one of the most underrated sports here on campus, when in reality, it is a real challenge. Team member Kyle Bullock says,” I think the hardest part about tennis is that you’re trying to beat yourself. It’s like you are your own competition.” A fellow varsity member, Victor Lopez, says,” It’s almost as hard as beating Ryan.” That could be hard to believe since all of these boys have had an outstanding season. Victor Lopez has already had some highlighting moments this season such as: beating Redwood, being second on the ladder, and even returning the ball to himself during a match! This year’s tennis team is making El Diamante’s tennis program out to have a bright future. Coach Harding can expect yet another great team. Kyle Bullock says,”Thanks for everything, Mr. Harding.”