No Music, No Win?


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Football games, football players, students supporting their school, cheering, and music. Not in the case of Visalia Unified School District. Music has been taken place at our football games since our football players have been playing every season. Unfortunately, VUSD has banned music from being played at the games. The outcome to this plan wasn’t pretty. The first game without music, Tulare Western vs. El Diamante @ home, was disappointing to many students. I attended this game and I could feel the tediousness. In my opinion, the game was uneventful. Our student section wasn’t hype like they usually were. I was a part of the student section, and I felt that without the music, the game was not worth attending. Obviously there was reasons to why VUSD wanted to ban the music. I read on Twitter from a fellow follower that there were several reasons. They thought inappropriate music had been played, parents were unable to hear the announcer, band wasn’t able to be heard, referees had said that music was being played at the wrong time, and they want students to focus on the actual game rather than the music. Of course there had been some resolutions that needed to be made. A pre-selected playlist would be made by a committee of students, teachers and administration, every song must be approved before being played at the games, a teacher who is willing to donate their time for the football games would be in control of the music, music would only be played at appropriate times, and volume would be at certain level. VUSD has yet to respond. Students are hoping that by the next home game, VUSD has changed their mind and is willing to let us play music. A quote from rally commissioner Christian Urbina at Golden West says, “Imagine yourself in high school. It’s the big game. Your team is on the field. You’re standing next to your friends…is it silent like our games, or did your generation have the luxury of playing the music they loved? Remember what that felt like, and give that to our generation. Thank you.”

The Move on Billie Eilish


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The Music Industry has changed over the years. From the 80’s of Prince, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, and Michael Jackson, to the 2000’s of Eminem, Usher, Nelly, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and so on. So far, 2018 has been filled with new tracks and albums from different artists.,Examples such as The Weeknd with his new album “My Dear Melancholy”, Drake with his hit album “Scorpion”.15-year-old Billie Eilish O’Connell or Billie Eilish has worked her way up for her name to be known in the pop culture of electropop and electronica. Eilish was born December 18, 2001 in Los Angeles and has been raised there ever since a child, growing up in a family of musicians, actresses, and screenwriters. As a child she was homeschooled and at the age of eight she wrote and sung her very own songs. Eilish’s older brother, Finneas O’Connell, who also sings, wrote a song called “Ocean Eyes” and recorded Eilish singing it and by 2016 the hit single rose its way up along with her fame.She got a single in the soundtrack of the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”. Not long ago she released her EP, “Don’t Smile at Me”. “Her Lyrics tend to be layered with different meanings,but sometimes, they’re just as straightforward as they sound” says IDS (Indiana Daily Student).To follow along with that, her music is another way she expresses her emotions, like most artists. From love, to sadness, to insanity, to anger, and to sometimes joy. It is a blend of Eilish’s mixed emotions.

Eilish tells Harpers Bazaar “It’s insane. It’s really weird for me because I’ve been on the other side of it. Like, I’m 15, I know what it’s like to be an insane fan of someone and to love someone’s work, or to just have someone not know you exist. I feel like it’s such a passion and the fact that people feel that way about me is so insane.” “It’s really special for me. I don’t like to call them my fans because they’re my family; they’re the only reason I’m anything. So when artists take their fans for granted it’s like, ‘What are you? They are the reason you’re a person.’ I love my fans so much, I try to devote all my attention to them, whether it’s on social media or when I see them in person. I spend as much time with them as I can and make connections with them cause they’re people.”She goes on by how she states her fans are not just fans, but as “family” with her true honesty. Without her fans she would not be going on her recent tours, “Don’t Smile at Me Tour”, “Wheres my Mind Tour” and her most recent one “ 1 by 1 Tour”.

Going back to her music, she says her first “real” composition was inspired by The Walking Dead. “My first real song was about the zombie apocalypse actually, which is weird because it’s out and nobody knows that that’s what it’s about. It’s called ‘Fingers Crossed.’ I literally just watched The Walking Dead and I took little lines from it.

I would highly recommend listening to Billie You might want to put her music on repeat like I have for the past two months, but again, not everyone has the same taste in music.If you are looking for something relaxing and understanding, then Billie Eilish is the person you are looking for.


People Boycotting Nike


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Former NFL Football player, Colin Kaepernick, started a movement 2 years ago where he kneeled during the National Anthem before the games. Recently he joined a campaign ad with Nike which sparked rage and anger towards people who supposedly say they are against him because it “disrespects the military”. But he is not disrespecting the military at all, he’s protesting against police brutality and racial injustice. He is using his platform as a former NFL player to advocate people of color who are being treated inhumane and different to others. There are posts on the internet with people burning their Nike products saying that they are never wearing their clothing brand ever again. I think it’s foolish for people to be burning them because they already bought the product. People burning their Nikes and destroying its products are doing nothing but helping Nike pocketing the profit. Since the controversial ad campaign took place, there has been a huge increase in likes and followers on Twitter and Facebook. Nike added roughly 170,000 followers on Instagram around the timing of the ad campaign. Because of all the attention and backlash Nike has gotten, Nike hits an all-time high in stocks.

Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem in the 2016 NFL season due to the treatment of minorities in America. A large amount of people in the military is behind Kaepernick, they support him in what he is doing. They are supporting the fact that America has a big problem in racial injustice; they are okay with people not standing up for a country that oppresses people of color. Kaepernick is a voice to an important issue that affects millions daily.

Kaepernick gave up his career, regardless of how much he lost his job to exercise his right to free speech. He lost his job because people are blind to the injustices happening and Americans against him want to make it about veterans when it is not about them. We should listen to Kaepernick in “Believing in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”.


School Rallies


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School pep rallies, they are supposed to be special. They are supposed to bring school spirit to the students, get them excited for all the events in the foreseeable future. For some students though, rallies can be terrible. For students with anxiety or sensory disorders, rallies are terrifying. Too much noise and too many events happening all at once. Many schools make their rallies mandatory for their students. Forcing a student with a sensory or anxiety disorder to experience that much stimulus can have severe consequences. It can cause panic attacks, headaches, and extreme worry. Under no circumstances should these rallies be mandatory. Forcing students to undergo that much torment should not be okay. Faculty wishes for schools to be an inviting and caring environment, but it is far from that. There is a bright side though, this problem is not unsolvable. It would be easy to not make the rallies mandatory, to allow students to sit outside during the events. Supervised by teachers, of course, there is bound to be at least a couple of faculty members or teachers that do not wish to participate in the rallies as much as the students. Allow them to sit outside and supervise the students who do not wish to join the rallies. Allow students the choice, allow them to feel safe and benefit themselves instead of potentially causing a panic attack in a student who is meant to stay at school all day.


“Artificial Selection” by Dance Gavin Dance-Album Review


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Dance Gavin Dance is a one-of-a-kind band formed in 2005 in Sacramento, California. The reason I create emphasis on the fact that this is a significantly unique band is because this band is like no other. Guaranteed, you will never find a band quite like Dance Gavin Dance, due to the fact that they are so random, heavy and light, yet passion filled all at the same time. They are so different, that they don’t really have a genre like any other band. Many call them part of the metal scene, many call it rock, and others call it post-hardcore music. The truth is, society will never define this group with a genre; they are their own genre with their own sound, with their own way of writing and creating music, along with their own way of expressing their own emotions in their unrepeatable songs.

Not many bands can release eight studio albums since 2005 and create such a sound with powerful lyrics, that is except DGD. Each album from this group had a different sound as if ever album was an experimental success that somehow each defined a new look and style every time. Everything from Will Swan’s masterful guitar playing skills, Matt Mingus’s positive energy-filled drums, bassist Tim Feerick and his pounding bass, Jon Mess’s distinct screaming, and Tilian Pearson’s never-heard-before clean vocal talent. Anyhow, these five artists comes a new, powerful, and dazzling album titled “Artificial Selection”, released on June 8th, 2018.

Dance Gavin Dance clearly took a more experimental approach to this album. And it clearly payed off. However, giving a Dance Gavin Dance song a fitting description is difficult, since they are so unique and different (which is never a bad thing). Jon Mess’s vocals are rough and unclean, as if anxiety were a sound. Mess has an amazing vocal talent if you wanted to listen to music when breaking glass lamps with a baseball bat. On the other side of the coin, Tilian Pearson’s voice is beautiful, groovy, and if a bass guitar had a voice, that would be a perfect description for Pearson’s voice. Bringing these two vocalists together for the band gives off a clear-minded vibe, almost like you just went through your toughest day of your live, and all of a sudden, you stop and take a deep, refreshing breath. This perfect description of the band is also a good description for this album overall. Some songs are tougher than others, such as “Flash” and “The Rattler”. But if you want a more bass-filled, groovy sound, definitely check out “Count Bassy” and “Care”.

Taking a look at more of the groovy, fun-filled songs, “Count Bassy” guitarist [of Dance Gavin Dance] Will Swan tells us more about the song. He explains, “I named this song after the amazing artist Count Basie. But I changed the spelling because this is a chill song with a bass-driven parts. So it’s bassy”. As Swan mostly described this song as “bassy”, we can see why when we listen to the song, since it’s mostly filled with one of Pearson’s most beautiful vocal parts. One of the most memorable quotes of this song includes, “Don’t get all sentimental about it, oh no. The sun comes up the rain comes down. There ain’t nothing you can do to change it. Don’t get all sentimental about it, oh no. Life’s not fair”. This song explains that no matter what happens, it is not your fault, so learn to let go. Excuses sound best to the person who is making them up. Life is not fair, so don’t cry about your mistakes and excuses, get up and fix them. Not only does this song have beautiful lyrics and powerful instrumentals, It has a well-put meaning to it.

Since we discussed some of their better work of this album, there seems to be more…rushed songs. “The Rattler” proves to be a more energetic song. A little too energetic. Will Swan describes it as “just a song to move your head like a rattle”. This song is fast paced that sounds like a car crash with an ugly ending. However, this ending ends with fast and not well thought out lyrics. This song is basically noise, not music.

In conclusion, this is overall a beautiful, different, and refreshing album. It has some amazing songs, such as “Evaporate”, “Count Bassy”, and “Son of Robot”. On the other hand, songs like “The Rattler” and “Bloodsucker” turned out to be more noise than music. But that still does not change the fact that this unique band has a lot to offer.

The Meg Review


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For the most part, shark movies are usually the same, with some ex-cop fighting not only a big shark looking for a snack, but also the idiocy of the teenagers they are saving. The Meg, however, is a much different battle than just a great white shark. The Meg features the Megalodon, an extinct species of shark that in this film, is 90 feet in length. Sadly, however, Poseidon’s answer to the dinosaurs picked a fight with Jonas Taylor, who is played by Jason Statham himself, meaning this rampage is not going to be a picnic. (Warning: spoilers ahead)  Taylor teams up with some old scientist friends and the selfless and yet also sarcastic Suyin (Li Bingbing) once again, as the first time he was fired for running away from the terrifying monster in order to save lives, as no one believed it actually existed. Until, that is, the team of international explorers accidently let the beast free, upon discovering that the ocean floor is deeper than we thought. The film surprisingly has comedy throughout this action-packed adventure, and other than a few confusing plot holes and some of an egotistical billionaire (played by Rainn Wilson, or Dwight Schrute if you are a human of culture) goons not being able to tell the difference between a whale and a shark, The Meg is a fun movie to see with friends that will make you laugh and give you a reason to not go to the beach without a Jason Statham and Li Bingbing to protect you.

Someone broke into a Fresno church and burned a Christian flag


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A break-in and vandalism at East Fresno Baptist Church on Sept. 9. 2018, is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Police are investigating a possible hate crime at East Fresno Baptist Church on Clovis Avenue following a break-in Saturday night.

A secretary from the church arrived Sunday morning to see a broken window  and evidence that someone had been inside and apparently tried to set fire to the church by burning a flag, someone also used a fire extinguisher to put out the flame, according to John Crabtree, the church’s senior pastor.

The damage from the victims forced the church to move to a different location that morning from the from the main sanctuary into the social hall.

“We’re still sweeping up glass and powder and all that,” Crabtree said. The church is still determining how much cleanup will be needed, but early damage estimates were said to be between $700 and $1,500.

Police do not have a suspect in custody and a motive remains unclear. Nothing was stolen, Crabtree said. In fact, money that had been collected from offerings was found scattered on the ground. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, who visited the church on Sunday, said that the fact a church was targeted and a Christian flag was burned leads the police to believe this was a possible hate crime.


Visalia Man charged with second degree murder


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Aaron Rowe was found guilty for the death of his 6 week year old daughter, Peyton Rowe. She was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome, a disorder that causes birth defects and health abnormalities, which resulted in her  being a frail, sickly baby. Her arrival at Kaweah Delta medical hospital on November 12, 2012, was not a pretty site. Doctors and nurses onsight found multiple injuries consisting of bruises on the left side of the face and many fractured bones in numerous places. Unfortunately, medics were not able to reverse the damage, resulting in the infant’s death. With thorough investigation by officials, it is believed that the cause of the injuries was from blunt force. Three days later Aaron was arrested for murder. His background showed evidential proof of a history related to domestic violence and abuse. Rowe was sentenced to 18 years in prison on August 8, 2018. His ex-wife, who  pleaded no contest during the trial, saw fit by a judge to be sentenced to 6 years in prison. The sentencing will be set on October 6, 2018.  This chapter puts an end to the 2012 case.

10 Incredible Uses for Coconut Oil


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Coconut Oil has a wide array of health, hair, and skin benefits. Here are just 10 clever uses of a product you might just find in the cabinet of your kitchen.  

Coconut oil to nourish and moisturize skin Many people like to use it as a natural moisturizer. Its natural antioxidant properties make it great for preventing wrinkles and skin irritation. Its unique fat composition makes it especially beneficial for different skin types.  

  • Rub a generous amount of the tropical oil into your skin before you go to sleep every night for a week and watch your inner glow shine.  

For Hair uses–  The same properties make Coconut oil great for hair as well, it can repair frail and damaged hair, make your hair grow faster, and give it a beautiful shine.  You can also use it as a heat protectant, or even use it just to hydrate and sustain soft and silky hair.

  • Lather a palm full of Coconut oil into the roots and ends of your hair and let it sit in your hair for a few hours or overnight. The rinse thoroughly to wash it all out.

Hormone Support– Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.  Coconut oil can repair gut tissue and helps the growth of good bacteria in the gut.

  • A spoonful of coconut oil a day can benefit your hormone production,  digestive help, mental boost, and it’s a tasty and healthy fat to cook with.

Improve your dental health– Coconut oil can prevent dental plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.

  • Swish coconut oil in your mouth for 10 minutes.  

New Welcome from Spanish Department


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Mr. Hales was very excited to open up to us and let us know a bit about himself, so here it is! Mr.Hales is a native from Fresno, who has lived there his entire life, besides a short two-year trip to Mexico. Both his parents and siblings all teach a subject, except for his younger brother, who is not in the education field. He is happily married to his wife, Julie, who he wed back in 2014. Some of his favorite hobbies include camping, video-games, board games, as well as napping on the beach. Mr. Hales’ favorite food is steak and potatoes, following with some of his favorite movie series, the Star Wars movies, and the Harry Potter Series being his favorite books. Fun fact of him, during his high school life he was part of many clubs, he was also titled Jedi Master of the Chess team, Prefect of Hufflepuff house. Along with sports in high school, he competed in a high level such as state for both track and cross country. Also winning districts for diving. During his senior year he won most artistic for work in ceramics, winning best in show at both the Fresno Fair and Clovis Unified Art show. Hales also acquired the rank of Eagle Scout in The Boy Scouts of America. Since the time he was in high school, he worked as a waiter, a salesman, an underwater photographer, and an extra in movies. He had a speaking role in the movie The Gallows and can be found on IMBD.

As a young boy, teaching interested him due to the many family members in his family who teach. He enjoyed working with kids while volunteering as a Scout Master. Besides teaching as a substitute and the Credential Program, this is his first year teaching. As he was choosing a subject to teach, he had three in mind: mathematics, art,and Spanish. Hales chose Spanish because he loved his time in Mexico and the culture involved in learning the language. He is still interested in mathematics and art, but for now he said he is going to stick with Spanish. He did not know much about the job opportunity until he went to a Job Fair in Fresno. Principle Hohne was there and they had a very nice chat about El D. His perspective at El Diamante is said to be “A wonderful school with many wonderful teachers and students. Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful.” So far, this has been one of my favorite interviews. Be sure to have a chat and get to know him for maybe you might learn something new about the Spanish language or another fun fact about Mr.Hales.