What Crosses the Line?

by Daria Jones

Staff Writer

These days, with all the different types of social media (Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc…), it can be difficult for many people to realize what might be “crossing the line” of appropriateness. It is too often that people get offended, hurt, or embarrassed by things that others say to or about them. It’s becoming an everyday occurrence, where people are simply turning to staying away and turn anti-social because of Twitter fights, offensive posts, or hurtful messages.

But what’s the difference between playfully teasing and legitimately going too far? It’s come to light that everyday people aren’t the only victims; celebrities, too, get offended by remarks sent or said to them. Even NFL player Jonathan Martin has come forward about a case of one of his teammates crossing the line in teasing and bullying. The teammate bullying Martin allegedly sent him texts using racial slurs and threatening his family. Even though the man accused of bullying said it was “all in ‘good old’ making fun,” Martin obviously did not feel the same way.

This isn’t the only current case of inappropriateness and hurt feelings. There are many that happen everyday, some on a much larger scale than others. Several months ago in September, a thirteen year old girl was driven to suicide at the cause of Facebook bullies. What can we do to prevent this? A general rule is to think before you type or text.  We were taught to “think before we speak” in elementary school, yet it’s something that isn’t well-applied in many high schools and colleges around the country. If you wouldn’t like it said to you, then why would you say or send it to somebody else?

 

 

College Rivalry

by SONALI SAMA

Staff Writer

This photograph was taken by Sonali Sama

This photograph was taken by Sonali Sama

College rivalries have been a long time tradition in our adolescent years. Some may consider them as friendly pranks, others see them as felonies. School rivalries have become a nationwide trend. The following pranks are some of the famous college pranks in history. Personally, I find school rivalry quite amusing. Examples of some of my favorite ones are listed below.

 

 

UCLA and USC rivalry has to be the most famous between all colleges. It began in 1941 when USC stole a 295-pound victory bell from UCLA. Other battle of stunts include planting 20,000 gold-and-cardinal-painted crickets in UCLA’s library, kidnapping USC fans and chaining them to fire hydrants, and numerous sneak assaults on statues of Tommy Trojan and UCLA’s Bruin Bear.

 

 

In 1899, UC Berkeley students stole Stanford‘s ceremonial ax after a baseball game, sparking a century of dueling shenanigans. In addition to back-and-forth ax-nappings, the Stanford students tweaked various Palo Alto freeway signs to say “Stanfurd,” interfering Cal’s halftime marching band with tiny motorized cars, and unleashing mice in each other’s campus libraries.

 

 

On the night before the Yellow Jackets were set to arrive in Auburn for an 1896 game, Auburn students greased the train tracks leading in and out of the local station. When Georgia Tech’s train came into town, it skidded through town and didn’t stop for five more miles. The GT football team had to make the trek back to town, then went on to lose, 45-0.

 

In 2006, a star point guard from USC got punked in a majorly embarrassing way. Gabe Pruitt, who played with the farm team versions of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers before heading to Europe, struck up a Facebook friendship with Victoria, a cutie from UCLA. Little did Pruitt know, Victoria was a made up account. Unfortunately, naive Gabe was hooked and soon decided to give “Victoria” his number. This soon turned into a courtside taunt when fans of the opposing team decided to chant them. Pruitt, who had been shooting 79% at the free-throw line that season, was only three of thirteen from the line that particular game.\

 

College rivalry never fails to capture the attention of many people. It also never fails to appall witnesses. Whether its by vandalizing the school campus, or kidnapping the school mascot, school rivalry is tradition that is eternal. The scandalous works of many college students is so enthralling to learn about. There is nothing wrong is some friendly pranks that are well thought out. I say, “Keep the pranks coming!”

Shopping on a budget

By JANET BONILLA

This photograph was taken by JANET BONILLA

This photograph was taken by JANET BONILLA

 

You don’t necessarily need to look out of style in this tough economy we’re experiencing. With a little thought and some planning, you can shop for trendy clothes on a budget. Knowing what you already have, what clothes you need and what clothes you want to get will allow you to spend your money carefully and not end up with unnecessary items in your closet that you can agree were a total waste of money. Knowing where to look for bargains will give you the best of both worlds– cute,  fashionable clothing, and more money in your pocket. Knowing how to properly do this will surely grant you some steals!

 

Fashion shopping on a budget is easy, that is, if you know what you’re doing. I don’t care what anyone says, that feeling of pride you get when you find an amazing deal is so amazing! As a child, I remember shopping with my mom at her favorite budget-friendly stores every weekend. My mom would give us a couple of dollars, slightly like an allowance, and let us get our shop on! I would always end up with a Hello Kitty item or colorful scented nail polish. Oh, those were the days!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind paying full price for an item if I absolutely love it. I also believe the saying, “You get what you pay for.” That’s something you need to keep in mind when shopping too. But, there are definitely ways to get great quality fashion with only a few dollars. Instantly granting you a whole lot of extra money in your pocket. You don’t have to spend an awful amount of money for a great fashion sense!

Here are the rules to live by for a closet full of clothes without breaking the bank:

Step one: Visit Budget and Designer Retailers and Outlets

 

These type of places were made for people who are seeking fashionable clothing at a low price! I love shopping at stores like Target, Kmart, JCPenney, Old Navy, Marshalls, TJ Maxx (LA location, grand opening in Visalia) and Ross. You might become surprised on how you can easily find cute clothing at a fraction of the cost of high retailer stores.

Step two: Visit thrift stores and go garage saling!

This is probably the best advice that can possibly be given. You never know what you’ll find. I personally love going thrift shopping and garage saling. More than likely, you’ll find items of clothing that no one really has. I love finding pieces of clothing that nobody around me has. It makes your wardrobe original. Plus, when you go garage saling, you can easily get unique items for a dollar or less!

Step three: Always pay in cash!

Never pay with a credit card. Paying with a credit card makes you feel the need to overspend. Often than not, you will make unnecessary purchases. Always pay in cash. That way, you are more careful about how your money is being spent. Having cash in hand will make you want to get more for your money.

Step four: Go shopping alone

When you go shopping with others, often than not, they will make you hurry up. When you hurry up, you get anything and don’t think twice about what you are about to purchase. When you go shopping alone, you can actually have time to go to various locations and get most for your money.

These are the rules I go by when I go shopping. If you take these steps into consideration, you most likely will have money in your pocket and most likely, a closet full of clothes. Who said you had to spend an outrageous amount of money when you go shopping? Clothes don’t make you. It’s up to you to make the clothes!

Cool, new places in Visalia

Cool, new places in Visalia

by MADDY HEESZEL

Staff Writer

 

Slowly, Visalia has been growing into something bigger and better. Many new restaurants and stores have been opening up within the past few months. Restaurants such as Ethel Red’s, Quesadilla Gorilla, Sarku Japan, Amir’s Kabob, and the new Pizza Factory are sure to attract many hungry Visalians, and with Christmas coming quickly, TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory are sure to bring many holiday shoppers. These new places here in Visalia are a must to visit!

This photograph was taken by Maddy Heeszel

This photograph was taken by Maddy Heeszel

 

1. Ethel Red’s Chop House

Just recently, Big Bubba’s closed out and was replaced by another barbeque restaurant, Ethel Red’s. Ethel Red’s has similar food to Big Bubba’s such as burgers, sandwiches, ribs, steaks, and salads, but instead of waiting to be seated, you get to order at a counter and seat yourself. Their food is like no other barbeque restaurant; it has a different taste to it, but it still tastes wonderful.

 

2. Burlington Coat Factory

If you love cute, yet inexpensive, clothing then you should visit this new thrift store. Burlington Coat Factory doesn’t just sell coats; they have hundreds of garments, shoes, accessories, and even home furnishings. They sell inexpensive clothing and some name brands on discount. You can expect to buy a large variety of items for a low price while shopping here.

 

3. TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx, another thrift store, has opened up near Vallarta Supermarket. They sell designer brands for low prices and of course, other cheap articles of clothing. Although they are much smaller than Burlington Coat Factory, they still have many cute clothing items to offer.

 

4. Quesadilla Gorilla

When you think of a quesadilla, the first thing that comes to mind is a warm tortilla filled with melted cheese. This restaurant has so much more than just that. Instead of ordering a plain quesadilla, you have to option to create your own. You can have it filled with different meats, cheeses, veggies, and salsas. You also have the option to try their PB&J banana quesadilla, which is my personal favorite.

 

5. Sarku Japan

In the Visalia Mall, a new Japanese restaurant has opened up in the food court. Even though they already have a Japanese restaurant, this one is much different. Their menu consists of teriyaki, vegetables, and steamed rice. Sarku Japan’s food contains no MSG or trans-fat. After you order, you get to watch the chefs cook your meal right in front of you. Their food tastes very fresh and is still steaming right when you get it.

 

6. Amir’s Kabob

In the Kmart parking lot, a restaurant has opened up called Amir’s Kabob. Amir’s Kabob is a Middle Eastern restaurant that sells things such as kabobs, salads, falafel, and tabbouleh. If you have never tried Middle Eastern food, then you are missing out. Amir’s Kabob has a great environment, wonderful service, and unique food.

7. Pizza Factory

As you may know, Pizza Factory in the Save Mart parking lot closed out many years ago. Now they’re back, but this time in the Kmart parking lot. Pizza Factory is known for, of course, their pizza, along their delicious calzones, sandwiches, and bread sticks. They also have a pizza and salad buffet available. Their food will leave you coming back for more.

 

Many people complain that this town is too small, but it’s growing quicker and quicker as time goes on. All over town, there are many wonderful, new places opening up. The seven listed above are just a few of the many new restaurants and stores that Visalia has to offer. Keep your eyes peeled for other great places coming soon in Visalia.

Review of Ender’s Game

by ANGELA RAY

Staff Writer

 

Ender’s Game is a book turned movie, written by Orson Scott Card. The plotline follows a young boy, Ender, who lives in a dystopian society. The government tracks the most intelligent children to see if they qualify to fight the “Buggers”, the alien race that poses a threat to survival.

Many will be elated to hear that the movie never truly strays from the book, but it does leave certain portions out of the movie. While this is understandable, it might be disappointing for those who wish to see every word Card wrote relayed onto the big screen. Personally, I felt as though the movie accurately portrayed almost everything — from the battle suits to the alien planet. Others may be bothered that the characters in the movie only refer to the alien race as “the Formics”, whereas Card does not use this term until later in the series. The word “Bugger” is only used once, when Ender’s older brother is tormenting him.

All of that aside, Ender’s Game is electrifying and gutsy, taking a strong stand on some sensitive issues. The changes made in translation from page to screen were big enough to be noticed by my fellow book-worms, but small enough to enjoy the movie. My friends and I all had the same word to describe Ender’s Game: “[almost] perfect”.

 

Black Thursday?

by YAILIN LEDEZMA

Staff Writer

With bellies full of yummy mash potatoes, turkey, or pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving, what better time is it go out and shop? With the great deals that Black Friday brings to local stores, Christmas shopping can be easily done! These to die for sales have come to be earlier and earlier into the wonderful day of Thanksgiving; where it can be either seen as a great way to officially start the holiday shopping season, or a terrible way of intruding family time.

 

In past years, Black Friday was set in most local stores to where they would open at 12 a.m. Yet in most recent years, retail stores like Target have opened their doors to shoppers at 8.pm. As holiday traditions are in most families, Thanksgiving is a time to share with family and friends over the course of a pleasant full dinner. But with the amazing offers at our favorite stores, one can only ditch their families and spend the holidays in line for the blue cashmere you have been wanting for weeks that is now half off.

 

So is it wrong that we have become a society that prefers desperate money saving sales instead of having precious moments with family? Or can there be a balance? Who is to say we can not do both? Black Friday can be something fun do with family after your traditional meal. Looking for the perfect Christmas gifts or your own personal shopping necessities can be greatly done with your family. There is no need to stop any celebrating or eating!

 

Now with that said, Black Friday is right around the corner, and Visalia is already preparing itself for the craziness that comes with it. Seeing the campers outside of Best Buy, husbands standing in line for their wives, and even the countless arguments or fighting for items. So be ready with your warm jacket,  wallet steady, and coffee at hand.

 

Check “Black Thursday” out for yourself : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNV7Dv7K2CI&app=desktop