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Getting to know our new teachers - Ms. Engle

By Regan Smith

Miss Engle, new teacher at EnsignRegan: Hello, how are you today?

Ms. Engle: I am doing fine. Thank you.

Regan: So, let’s just jump into things. What are your hobbies?

Ms. Engle: I like to travel, do photography, and surf, longboard surfing, that is.

Regan: Oh cool. So where did you receive your teaching credential?

Ms. Engle: I went to Westerners University, and student taught in modern day Physics.

Regan: Okay so I've heard that you are a big fan of superheroes. So who is your favorite superhero and why?

Ms. Engle: I’d have to say Thor because I like how he can blast people with his hammer, also the movies are pretty funny.

Regan: (laughs) So what did you do before you became a teacher?

Ms. Engle: I worked in finance for ten years, and I also taught children with disabilities in Costa Rica, where I also surfed.

Regan: Wow, that’s so cool!

Ms. Engle: Well, it was an amazing experience.

Regan: So, did you teach anywhere else before you started teaching at Ensign, or is this the first school that you are working at?

Ms. Engle: Well, before this I taught Physics at private schools before this, for about four years.

Regan: Okay, so one question I have been waiting for in particular: how does a student get on your good side?

Ms. Engle: They should ask good questions and do their best.

Regan: Should they also have an affinity for superheroes? (laughs)

Ms. Engle: Oh yes, and prefer Marvel superheroes to DC superheroes.

Regan: (laughs) Okay, so what are some of your pet peeves in a classroom?

Ms. Engle: Okay so, goofing off while I am teaching, and talking while I am talking.

Regan: Yeah, I can agree with you on that one. So do you prefer soccer or football?

Ms. Engle: Rugby, actually. I like the team in New Zealand the Oil Blocks.

Regan: (laughs) Okay, okay so going back into volunteering at school for disabled children in Puerto Rico. What was that like?

Ms. Engle: The parents really appreciated the help, and it was an amazing opportunity.

Regan: Great, great and do you have any final remarks, or advice you would like to give to your teachers?

Ms. Engle: I guess I would have to tell my students that science is challenging, but it is fun, it will make you think, yet it will always help you in one way or another. Also, that you should learn to think, and don’t give up if something gets hard.

Regan: Okay, well, thank you for letting me interview you!

Ms. Engle: It was my pleasure.

Who Needs Sleep?

By Lotte West

The most frequent words among my friends are “I’m tired” or “I wish I was still in bed,” and a common one, “I woke up too early today.”

In the busy world today, almost everybody who is hard working wakes up before seven o’clock. Students at school wake up especially early, I wake up at 6:00 - 6:30. Teachers wake up even earlier to cater for our early morning needs. But, I believe we are waking up too early.

“Teens are at an important stage of their growth and development. Because of this, they need more sleep than adults. The average teen needs about nine hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested.” The UCLA Health organization recommends at least nine hours of deep sleep for students, which requires student to go to sleep at 9 PM in order for students to wake up at 6 AM.

Due to after school activities such as homework, sports, theater, and more many kids can’t find rest till late at night. My friends frequently go to sleep at 11 or 12. Not enough time to feel refreshed by 6 AM.

Not only do students who lack several hours of sleep have to wake up to early, they then have to face various challenges at school. Math, science, English, and even physical education. This wears on students’ ability to focus and communicate with peers and teachers.

Adults frequently tell students about the wonders of sleeping more, and many parents try to get their children on a sleep schedule. But, this has not worked. You can guess what point I am trying to make - start middle school later in the morning.

“Most schools start class very early in the morning. After a long day at school, teens may also have to study for hours at home[, an] early start and a lot of homework can combine to make it hard for them to get to sleep on time.” The UCLA Health organization seems to agree that school is starting in early hours that are way too early.

The most common argument my peers and teachers make with me is that the transportation schedule would be interrupted by a different start time.

But, school buses are meant for school, they are specifically made to transport students to their school on time. If school changed their start time, so would the buses. Additionally, the local public buses are open 24 hours every day.

The amount of kids I overhear commenting about how tired they are is ridiculous. The school, the district, needs to find a way to provide more sleep for kids.

My friends, the same ones who complain about being tired, also discuss that the school should have a schedule like Harbor High school. The teachers get sleep, the kids get sleep, and everybody is more energized to learn.

Sleep, the word most used in our friend group is also a large problem discussed within education departments. We need to stop talking about sleep, and make a move so the worn out word is used in a positive way instead of a negative way.

PE Mile Change

By Hailey Wall and Elsa Wiley

Kids running the mileThe day that everyone hated.  Mile day.  This year P.E. teachers at Horace Ensign Intermediate school, Ms. Rush, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Fuschetti, Mrs. Halperin and Mr. Kaczynski, have made the executive decision to change the mile to every other week.

On the week of not running the mile we will instead be doing a high-intensity fitness day.  The teachers are trying to figure out the best way for kids to get good exercise and have fun while doing it. We went around the school and asked the current 8th grade students their opinions on this.  

Before having our first fitness day, we interviewed eighth graders on their initial opinions about the change.

  • “I much rather run the mile every week.  For one, you can walk the mile and second, P.E. teachers will not do the same amount or intensity of fitness on fitness day. One could be harder than the other.  The mile is equal.” - Anonymous
  • “P.E. teachers need to make the mile reward, so people are more happy about it.” - Anonymous
  • “It will be harder to do it every other week.  We will not get as much exercise as running the mile.” - Anonymous
  • “It will be something to get used to.  Hopefully for the better.” -Anonymous
  • “I rather run the mile every week.  I like having a free period after the mile, but for fitness day you have to do fitness the whole time.” - Anonymous

People have many different opinions on the matter, some would prefer to run the mile every week, while others don't really care.  And lots of people still do not want to do the mile and do not like the idea of having a high-intensity fitness day.

In addition, P.E teachers are considering taking away the free time given after the mile is run and using that time to talk to their students or find other work for their students to do.

After doing one of the fitness days we went around and asked people what they thought about not doing the mile and, instead, doing a run back and forth from line to line for 10 minutes without stopping as well as doing a variety of exercises.

  • “I did not like the extra fitness day.  I would have rather ran the mile.” - Anonymous
  • “I like the mile better.  It is tedious and suspenseful to run back and forth.  I am more focused during the mile and I have more of a goal set.” - Anonymous
  • “I enjoy the extra fitness day better because it is less pressure to run fast and I have more fun.  Also, it is a good mixture of exercises.” - Anonymous

Many people that we interviewed did not like having the fitness day, and would actually prefer to do the mile even though originally they did not like running the mile.  People’s opinions may change as the year goes on, but overall the eighth graders favor the mile.

Ensign Dress code: Equal to Both Genders?

By Megan Lachman and Julie Venckute

At Ensign Intermediate Middle School, our dress code restricts girls from expressing themselves. Last year and this year alone, it’s been noticed by multiple sources that girls are dress coded more than boys are. Whether its for crop tops or shorts, it is a fact that girls are restricted more than boys are.

Reporter Megan Lachman and Julijona Venckute asked some seventh and eighth grade boys what they thought about the school dress code. Some questions they asked were: Do you think that the dress code is more pointed at girls than to boys? What do you not like about the dress code at our school? Should girls be able to wear what they want? Are crop tops and short shorts distracting?

The dress code consists of rules on how students must dress to be at school. One of the rules for girls is shirts have to be long enough to not see their stomach when arms are raised. Some girls will wear shirts that do not show their stomach on a regular basis, but once they raise their hands, they get dress coded. Also, some girls have very long arms because they are tall and this causes all shirts to be too short according to the dress code.

Another rule for girls is that shorts must be longer than fingertips. Lots of tall girls have very long arms and legs, this is very restrictive to the amount of shorts they can actually wear to school without getting dress coded. Most of the girls who get dress coded for shorts are because they show “too much skin.” In reality, the tall girls who get dress coded aren’t really breaking any rules, they’re just caught up in a rule that shouldn’t apply to them.

Over the course of two days, the girls received lots of opinions of the dress code. The majority of the seventh grade boys stated that the dress code is more pointed to girls than boys. One boy stated that “Everyone (including girls) should be able to express themselves through what they wear. Except, they should not dress in a way that is inappropriate.” This statement make sense because everyone has a sense of style and should be able to show it without being inappropriate.

The second question the girls asked was about the distraction level of teenage girls' clothing. Basically, the question was, asking if modern day clothes for teenage girls is distracting to boys. The boys replied by saying that the way girls dress is not distracting from schoolwork. Because asking one group of boys was not enough, the girls asked three more groups of boys. All the groups came to the same consensus that the way girls dress while not following the dress code is not distracting. Some of the boys stated that we are at school to learn, and not look at clothing. This also adds that most boys think that we come to school to learn, and we should not have to dress according to the dress code our school puts us in. Overall, the opinions of these groups of boys line up with what the majority of the school says: the dress code is more pointed towards girls and is too restricting.

Along with asking questions about the girl’s dress code, the girls asked about the boy's dress code. Every group of boys thought that they should be able to wear hats that do not have the Ensign logo on it. Not every boy in the school can afford to buy a whole new hat just so they cannot be dress coded. Some boys have perfectly good hats at home, except they “aren’t dress code appropriately.” What does not make sense about this rule is that all hats are banned. Why not ban certain, inappropriate hats or brands of hats? Not every hat has an inappropriate symbol or logo on it. Overall, all the boys agreed that being able to wear all types and brands of hats would be amazing, and allow boys to express themselves.

The dress code consists of rules that limit a girl's chance to express their unique personality and sense of style. Shouldn’t everybody be able to express themselves? As long as the girls dress appropriately enough to line up with the boys that claim that they are not distracted. Girls should be able to wear whatever they want.

Are the new rules acceptable?!

By Aaron Wong

With another summer gone, school is back again, and to comply with several issues last year, Dr. Sciacca added several new rules to the school. Some of these rules have been quite small, but others have been more game-changing to students and teachers. Such as the new cell phone policy, “We see it, we hear it, we take it,” and the mile merging with fitness day, effectively making the mile every two weeks instead of just every week. Several students had this to say about these changes:

S= student

M= Interviewer

S: “I do enjoy the mile change, but phones being banned is stupid.”

S: “The new changes are awesome!”
M: “You mean both rules?”
S: “Yeah, I don’t have a phone.”

S: “I think the mile being two weeks is going to be hard to keep up with.”

S: “I hate the new phone rule, but the mile being every two weeks is cool.”

The general consensus of the whole change is that the mile being two weeks is a great change for Ensign, while the new phone policy, not so much. But even teachers have something to say.

“I do believe in the new phone policy. I recently read a text about how the youth’s minds are affected by digital devices. With the students now being around Chromebooks all the time, their minds are already being changed, so I do think having the phone away is best. About the mile? I’m an avid runner, so...," Ms. Arrow, Literature.

“I do agree with the phone policy, but I hate the mile being every two weeks. The mile? Yeah. I personally think that the mile should be every week,” Mr. Bambauer, math.

If you ask me, I personally am with the new phone policy, as we did see many students act out against the rules and I believe that the phones were behind. And, we mustn’t forget all of the disruptions in class caused by these phones. But the people who are against this point do bring up how they need to contact their parents which is completely valid, but there can be some bending of these rules to make up for situations like these, making this argument pointless to me.

With Epic Games raking in heavy money in the mobile market with a certain popular game right now, I think it’s best to say that the phones should be banned until further notice.

I am also with the mile merging with fitness day, because if you were a Sevie last year, it’s hard to forget the dread that was the mile and fitness day both every week. They were the most energy consuming days in P.E., so to have them merge, I believe that’s best.  

Overall, these rules are fine. Game changers, yes, but to have these rules finally be implemented in the long list of rules seems like they were needed to be placed a long time ago.

How Music Being Produced Now Correlates To The Past

By Gigi Jaimes

With new music being released in the past few months, maybe even the past few years, there have been some certain bands that make you reflect on media of the past decades. New bands are coming out like Greta Van Fleet, a bit of a Led Zeppelin knock-off, that are bringing classic rock back into the mainstream to younger audiences. Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have made headlines in recent weeks, and in the past few months, controversial rapper XXXTentacion passed away and gained praise for being open with himself through his music.

How do these artists, along with many more, relate to the past? Greta Van Fleet has riffs fueled with the same energy as Led Zeppelin had released almost fifty years ago. Even taking obvious inspiration from some of Jimmy Page’s licks, holding a dirty sound.

Other modern rock bands like Green Day and My Chemical Romance have brought back a punk spirit that bands like The Ramones, Dead Boys, and The Damned put through many teens forty years ago, the audience just being a bit different in the 21st century, and the fact being that Green Day and MCR make much more money than their influences. Their sounds, although just sounding a bit cleaner, have the jaggedness and rough-around-the-edges sound that something like The Damned’s “New Rose” or The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” and just a bit of The Stooges’ “Search and Destroy.”

And the recently disbanded alternative band by the name of The Walters, who may be a bit obscure, have some tracks with a Johnny Marr-esque guitar sound, possibly being able to throw a teen from the 80s back into Morrissey’s melancholic verses and The Smiths sound in general. With hits like “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” and “Girlfriend In A Coma” holding this light, dreamy sound with a bassline that sticks out like a sore thumb, in a good way.

Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, grew up in areas where hip-hop was a popular sound. Cardi has taken influence, and even a couple song samples, from Lauryn Hill and Tino Nieves track “Like It Like That.” This had the possibility of throwing some 90’s kids back into a Latin groove and even refreshing their head with some old-fashioned 90’s R&B. Minaj, taking influence from 80’s pop, like Cyndi Lauper, especially style-wise, and along with many female icons of the 80’s and 90’s, such as Janet Jackson, Madonna, Missy Elliot and even Britney Spears, she recently released her new album Queen with flows and tight lyricism, even dissing some rapper colleagues, Minaj definitely takes to being controversial, not that Cardi hasn’t either. She even disses her own husband on her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy.” She and Nicki are practically neck-and-neck album-wise, relationship-wise, getting into a brawl just a couple days ago at a fashion party, but that’s a story for another time.  

Another example in this modern music world we have is Hayley Williams from Paramore, who may have soundtracked a dozen scene kids in Paramore’s hay day, has been compared to Debbie Harry of Blondie for her stage presence and looks on stage. Blondie and Paramore’s music is not all too similar but Hayley Williams definitely gives off a Debbie Harry vibe. She even sites Harry as an influence for her style and her music taste, as well. Although, as I said, that their music doesn’t sound all too similar, Paramore being a female-fronted band gives a message that women aren’t just bubblegum pop princesses like Debbie Harry had done forty years ago. With Harry’s fierce vocals on “One Way or Another,” Williams shares that energy on “Ain’t It Fun,” showing women are no weak force.

One of the other prominent women in today’s music scene would be Annie Clarke of St. Vincent. She has guitar talents like no other star in the scene, maybe up there with some guitar legends from the 20th century, although that is not fully why she is a bit of an underground star. Along with her undoubtable skill, she brings a new look almost every television appearance which can remind people of David Bowie and his ever-changing appearance, although Clarke tones it down a bit. She’s definitely made it as a musician, making it to the Grammy’s a couple of times. She is a musician in her own right and doesn’t rip off of anyone, but you can see influence from many artists in her songs and her looks. Much like Hayley Williams, she shows women are no poppy starlets like some may think, and show that musicians don’t have to act out to gain praise.

As someone who is a music lover, some modern music, but more old school, I can say that trends have definitely changed over the past fifty years, but there are some that see to keep appearing in the most subtle of ways, showing that classic music has made a huge impact on pop culture, and I’m sure this generation of music will do the same. And it shows its impact by being able to make it into the 21st century and still fill teen’s Spotify and Apple Music playlists as they rediscover oldies that their parents may have played.

Getting to Know Our New Teachers

By Regan Smith

Last year at Ensign we had to say goodbye to many wonderful teachers who had dedicated most of their lives to teaching Ensign’s young minds; there will always a special place in our hearts that we will have for them. However, this year we have the privilege of gaining six new amazing teachers! Each month, I will introduce one new teacher and, for September, I started with Ms. Tum.

Ms. TumRegan and Miss Tum
 Today I will be interviewing Ms. Tum, one of our newest and brightest edition to our Seabee staff.

Regan (me): Hi, it’s nice to meet you!

Ms. Tum: Hi, it’s nice to meet you too!

Regan: So, let’s jump into things: my first question for you is where did you receive your teaching degree?

Ms. Tum: I received my teaching degree from Cal State University Long Beach.

Regan: Wow, really? That’s such a good college!

Ms. Tum: Yes, it is (smiling proudly).

Regan: My next question is what classes are you teaching this year?

Ms. Tum: I am teaching Literature and Composition II; I teach eighth grade.

Regan: Oh cool, which room do you use?

Ms. Tum: I share a classroom actually with Mrs. Reilly and Mrs. Cross.

Regan: I have seventh period with [Mrs. Reilly]!

Ms. Tum: Yes, she is a very nice teacher.

Regan: My next question for you is what kind of music do you like?

Ms. Tum: Anything! I like to listen to everything. I am not picky about what kind of music is on the radio. What kind of music do you like?

Regan: I like a mixture of country and the oldies, just like my dad! I think he secretly brainwashed me when I was little.

Ms. Tum: (laughs)

Regan (laughs, too): My next question for you is when in your like did you decide to become a teacher?

Ms. Tum: My entire life I guess.  Yeah, my entire life.

Regan: Yes, is there a specific point in your like in which you knew that you wanted to be a teacher?

Ms. Tum: I guess when I was five years old. Me and my sister used to play pretend school, and I taught her everything, even if it wasn’t true (laughs).

Regan: Aww, so moving on. One question I was particularly excited for: are you a local or from somewhere else?

Ms. Tum: I am from Sana Ana, so, yes, I was a local. I lived in Garden Grove.

Regan: Cool, so my next question is what is your style, fancy, hipster, or anything else really?

Ms. Tum: (pauses) I guess i would say comfortable. I love my pajamas. Also [I like] affordable: I don’t really get wearing expensive clothes for regular occasions.

Regan: Okay.  So what kind of food are you into? Are you a vegetarian, vegan, do you prefer meats to greens?

Ms. Tum: I will eat anything, it doesn’t really matter. I am an expert yelper.

Regan: (giggles) Okay, so I know that in order to teach, every teacher has to be a student teacher first.  So where did you student teach? Wow, that was a tongue twister.

Ms. Tum: I was a student teacher in the Huntington Beach Union District at Marina High School during the fall of 2017.

Regan: Cool!

Ms. Tum: Thanks.

Regan: Finally, the question we have all been waiting for: how would a student get on your good side?

Ms. Tum: Definitely be respectful, also have a good sense of humor. I like witty kids, also watch Game of Thrones, and Bachelor in Paradise. Oh, also The Real Housewives of Orange County like Mrs. Cross.  That’s my guilt show.

Regan: (laughs) That's so funny!

Ms. Tum: (laughs back)

Regan: Well, thank you for letting me interview you!

Ms. Tum: Oh, well, it was my pleasure!

Should You Celebrate Halloween?

By Aaron Wong

Do you know what’s sad? You are now considered too old to celebrate Halloween. Congratulations!

Well, for many, thirteen is the perfect age to stop trick-or-treating and to start egging houses (just for clarification, we don’t support egging houses, but your peers will soon enough). Some kids have this mentality to make themselves think they’re grown up while others have some sort of peer pressure from these kids that have this mentality. But, even then, you might see a man in his forties walking around proudly in his clone trooper outfit (again, we don’t support this behavior per se).

So, the question remains, should you still celebrate Halloween?

To answer this question, let’s look at people who have stopped celebrating Halloween and what age they were when they stopped. Based on Time magazine’s research, it has been decided teens between the age of 12 and 16 would stop their spooky fun. In fact, in the September of last year, a town in Canada banned trick-or-treating for people ages 16 or older and would fine them $200 if they broke this rule. Thankfully we Americans haven’t been struck by this rule, but it defines clearly what too old is. But remember, forty year olds, stormtrooper costume. Why is he doing it?

If you have ever seen an adult ride the nights in a bacon costume unironically, you would likely be asking why. Well surprisingly there’s simple answers for that. One, they could be a parent and are celebrating with their kid. You will never see a parent on Halloween without a costume., unless if they’re dressing up from a character in the office, never. It wouldn’t be any fun for your kid if you just wore your basic jeans and a white buttoned shirt. I mean, when’s the first time you’ve seen your parent not wearing a costume and walking around with you. Exactly.

Second, they could just be reliving their childhood fun. Have you ever found an obscure television show you saw as a kid, but was lost for years until you remembered it suddenly and decided to google search it. If you haven’t, shame, but if you have, that sweet sweet feeling is nostalgia. The word nostalgia has been thrown around way too much for the past few years and only now have we been experiencing something like what I described. You’ll remember places you once played on, books you had destroyed, political events that you honestly didn’t care about, and T.V shows you had repressed in your memory and now just realized why you repressed them. Nostalgia is now something treasured, and for good reason, so it wouldn’t be too out of the ordinary for someone to trick or treat in their 20s while yelling “I’m a 90s kid!” You know, now that I’m putting it into text…

But those are reasons other people still celebrate Halloween, so why should you celebrate Halloween? If your friends have a party happening on or near Halloween, of course you should go. If your friends are embracing the Halloween spirit, you should, too. If you’re in the mood for some chocolate but really don’t want to pay anything, go ahead (just a side note, my mom takes heavy advantage over this system). If you want to have a good exercise, definitely, but remember not to indulge in the other, more sweeter rewards. If you have a good idea for a costume or just want to practice the dark arts of cosplay, yeah, but don’t go too into it. Like too into it. If you like all of the haunted houses and all of the spooks and scares, yes and it won’t hurt if you got a costume on, as well.

Sadly though, there are some downsides to celebrating Halloween, but it only applies to a very select few. To the people that want or have grown way too quickly, don’t do it. You might regret this decision later on down the line, i.e. the adults that walk around, but if you really don’t want to. Remember, this article is for the people who can’t decide if they want to celebrate Halloween, not to convince the more mature kids to celebrate. If you really know you’re too old, you’re too old. It’s a sad thought, but you’ll find the fun in the holiday again soon enough.

Halloween is a unique holiday to celebrate, with the different elements and how specific, yet open the audience this holiday has. You can be a kid and still enjoy Halloween, young adults and teens can have fun with the different haunted houses, adults and parents can enjoy the decorations and the whole season as a whole, point is all age groups will have a different experience. Your fun on Halloween will possibly never end. Personally I should be in the haunted house audience but I’m still a big wuss and trick-or-treating again this year. Even if you don’t fit in the categories I described, you can go still have fun, so have at it.


Another Dress Code Article

By Bree Clarke and Lotte West

Yes, we know this is another dress code article. But, this one is different. This article is about the thoughts of you, the student body, on dress code.

The idea of a dress code is a very controversial topic: some people think it is needed, while others don’t, some say that it is pointed only towards girls, while others say it is fair, and a few people think it is okay, but could use some changes. This is why we decided to go out during lunch and gather students’ opinions about Ensign’s dress code.

According to Mr. Sciacca and other staff members, the dress code prepares you for how you will dress in an office area for when you are older.  However, there is not even a dress code for high school.  So, our question is how is a middle school dress code going to prepare us for our future jobs if there is not even a dress code in high school or college?  The whole point of this rule is to build habit, but this is the only two years that we will have with a dress code, so there is no point.

We collected remarks from seventh and eighth grade students during lunch, and many mixed opinions were washed in. Overall, the one thing that stood out was how many students called out the sexism in the dress code, including boys. 

Here are some of the most frequent remarks heard:

  • “...Dress code is rigged and only matters for girls, I hate it.” - Ava White
  • “I hate the shoulder rule. Nobody cares about spaghetti straps. I can’t even wear my favorite dress!” - Natasha Robertson
  • “The dress code stops me from wearing my favorite clothes just because they have thin straps. Because of the dress code, I can’t wear a tank top on hot days” - Skyla Engleking
  • “The dress code is needed to keep girls from wearing inappropriate shorts.” - Smith Kae
  • “I think [the dress code] is so stupid because boys honestly don’t care.” - Scarlet McGrath
  • “I don’t really care because it doesn't affect me at all; I’m not a girl” - Christian L.

The various comments about our dress code here at Ensign reveal the truths about how the rules are messed up. The fact that more than a few girls - and even boys - are able to recognize the sexist rules of dress code mean that we need to make some changes about the rules here at Ensign.  

Despite this, Mr. Sciacca argues boys are dress coded more because of hats. We understand that, but most teachers don’t even care about hats. The teachers want girls and to not distract the boys with their clothing, but the boys that they are not distracted in the first place.

And, to add on to this, many boys wear shirts with naked women on them, or shirts that flip people off. Socks with inappropriate material on them are also common, yet I have never seen any boy dress coded for these things.

While boys don’t get disciplined when wearing nudity, many teachers tell girls to go change because they are distracting boys by wearing something inappropriate. The message the staff is leaving to girls is that their education is below clothing, and below a boy’s education. It is not as important as a boy’s.

The consequences are also very sexist toward girls. If someone is wearing a hat, they have to pick it up in the office.   If you raise your arms and your stomach is showing, you change your shirt. Very different. Why shouldn’t boys be given trash duty or get their hat taken away for more than an afternoon. Most importantly, why aren't boys dressed coded for what they should be dress coded for? Nudity, inappropriate language, or inappropriate socks?

Along with the ridiculous rules, ASB promotes the sexist dress code. In their Weekly Update video for the week of September 17, 2018 the dress code clip only features girls and their dress code-able outfits.

Ensign is allowing their female students to feel targeted by the rules here. Let this article be a part in changing the sexist dress code, and making it equal for boys and girls.

It seems like the dress code really only applies to girls.  

On behalf of the majority of the students’ opinions, we would like to suggest that we keep the dress code and the rules about crop tops, but get rid of the spaghetti strap rule and allow girls to wear shorts that are shorter than the tips of their fingers.  

The Orange County Book Festival

By Aaron Wong

With technology growing bigger and bigger, it would be best assumed that the annual Orange County Book Festival will slowly die with every passing year. Two years ago, they had a decent amount of people come in with a whole lot of attractions and excitements to see, but the next year had practically nobody coming in with even less to do.

It would be a good guess that this year, the whole festival would be canceled, right? Wrong.

This year was surprisingly crowded with more support from independent authors and illustrators coming in as well as bigger companies supporting event, and not to mention the many performers that also came that were pretty big for a book fair.

If you have been living under a rock for the past seven or eight years the Orange County Children’s Book Festival is a little event that’s usually held at Orange Coast Community College that starts near the end of September that celebrates literature, but more importantly, advertises small and big authors, publishers, and anything else in between that’s related to books.

These events are always fun to go to because there’s always a personal and more homemade feel to them. The booths don’t feel like advertisements for large companies, rather they feel like an lone author trying to share their stories with the world.

And this feeling was definitely enhanced this year. There were more authors willing to talk about their books, some ashamed of their books for how stupid they look once reflecting on it, but others excited to show people their ideas and possibly make a bit of money along the way. Of course, the big companies did take up a lot of space, but the independent writers really shown through in the end.

It was fun interviewing the different authors about their stories and hearing their responses gave me confidence on independent writers. They all responded the same way when I asked about short children’s picture books and that they’re more difficult to write as you need to dumb down the story.

As an aspiring writer, I can really relate to what they were saying. One author wrote a book simply called Poop with everything written in Comic Sans font. It was over 200 pages long and looking over the synopsis the book sounded really creative storywise. He felt ashamed after I asked him about it, but he grew more confident as he noticed my interest in the story.

Books like the My Step Brother Ruined my Fairy Tales series and Buttheads from Outer Space were nice subversions of expectations as they were deconstructions of both the fairy tale genre and the sci-fi genre. Also hearing about the graphic novels The Brother’s Three some more really made me appreciate the whole look and art style of the comics, that’s very akin to the popular comic series Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Also the monster designs, though dumb on paper, were extremely creative in execution.

If you haven’t caught it yet, this event was designed with young kids in mind, but when you look aside that you’ll find a treasure trove of creativity and wonder. You’ll meet a bunch of passionate people willing to intrigue and excite people with their stories and ideas, something that’s been forgotten for years and years, and has been replaced with corporate marketing.

And with that, the Orange County Children’s Book Festival will survive for years to come. Also the fact that you can get a bunch of free stuff and laugh at all of the tired children’s performers, so there’s that.

First week of school - did incoming seventh graders make new friends or not

By Diana Estrada

I decided to write this article because I want the seventh graders to fit in and not feel like an outsider at our school.  I wanted them to feel comfortable to talk to the eighth graders, being able to trust them if they need help. I want the seventh graders to feel safe at this school so that next year they will be eighth graders and help the incoming seventh graders. I want seventh graders to help people.  

I asked all incoming seventh graders from different schools if they made new friends or not and to do this I went to the seventh graders’ lunch time to ask them questions. 

Ashlei Guzman, Alondra Rodriguez, Arlette Figueroa, Mia Moran, Leslie Flores, Sofia Galvan-Roca, Luz Martinez, Angel A. Ibarra, Pedro Arellano, Angel Gutierrez, Bryan Lugo, Jordan Espana and Daniel Ramirez all told me that they made new friends in the first week of school, whether it was in classes or at lunchtime.

I think the seventh graders should make friends like when we were in seventh grade because when you meet new friends, they become your best friends even though they come from different families or different schools. I want the seventh graders to have friends like us. Friendship is about being there for each other even though sometimes people are in their dark place.  Having a friend allows you to always have a friend to brighten your day.

I have had friends from when I was a seventh graders and they have helped me to become a better person and became my best friends. I want the seventh graders to have that, just like I did.

Who We Are...

Writers: Chloe Bennett, Bree Clarke, Chloe Coleman, Diana Estrada, Lucy Halperin, Gigi Jaimes, Lina Jasim, Megan Lachman, Lola Lazzara, Hunter Orozco, Kylie Papa, Quinn Perry, Kimberly Picasso, Lily Rutledge, Regan Smith, Olivia Stratton, Kate Stulik, Julie Venckute, Hailey Wall, Lotte West, Elsa Wiley, Aaron Wong


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Advisor: Kristine Cross