On March 10th and 11th, the theatrically-inclined students gave a rendition of “The Pirates of Penzance JR” in the SFS Auditorium. Set on the rocky coast of Cornwall, England, The Pirates of Penzance begins with a group of pirates who are celebrating the birthday of one of their own, Frederic (Played by Caesar Amasol), who has reached his 21st year. Finally, having served his full length of his required time with the pirates, he decides to strike off on his own and become an upstanding citizen. Thus, bridging the pirates to justice could be a tricky prospect indeed, especially when Frederic’s freedom is called into question.
Dear Boys, This is how to make your girl feel like a princess. Besides summer break, Prom is one of the most exciting events to come around in the school year. It only comes around once or twice in our whole high school careers and it is something I have been looking forward to my whole life. Wearing the right dress, having your hair and makeup perfect for the night; it just seems so special. What would make us girls feel even more special is the perfect prom date. Boys, if you’re reading this, this is how you make your girl feel like a princess for the whole night. Pick her up before the night starts. Girls love some good old-fashioned chivalry. To tell you the truth, there are more guys that don’t have chivalry nowadays than guys who do. This is probably what is going to make you stand out the most during your date. Tell her she looks absolutely stunning and give her flowers. It's a such a simple gesture. Pick her up and open the door for her, whether it be your car, your parents car or a limo. On the way there, break the ice. Don’t be scared to ask her about her day or anything about herself really. It’ll show her that you’re actually interested in her and that you care. When you get to prom, try to make the night special for both of you. Be yourself around her and open up. She’ll have a great time with you that way. When you dance, sweep her off her feet. If she steps on your toes and gets embarrassed, tell her she’s doing great and encourage her to dance some more. Wait for the slow dance to come on and really win her over by looking into her eyes. Tell her you had a great time and how much the night meant to you. As one of my friends who wish to keep anonymous said, “Make me feel like I’m in a fairy tale.” Pictured above: Princess Haley Yoshioka and Prince Jarred Yara at the 2016 Junior/Senior Prom.
January 20th, 2017 was truly a historic date, as our forty-fifth president, Donald J. Trump was officially inaugurated as president of the United States. In attendance were previous presidents Carter, Clinton, Bush and Obama, as well as scores of Americans wearing the Trump administration’s iconic trucker hat emblazoned with his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Despite President Trump’s statement that this was a “peaceful” exchange of power, the political landscape across America remained far from peaceful surrounding the inauguration. The largest organized protest, “Women’s March” protested in several major cities across the nation against President Trump’s conservative campaign policies, as well as his promise to crack down on illegal immigration and Islamic terrorism. They took to the streets to speak their mind following the inauguration ceremony, leaving scores of signs behind at their areas of protest. Simultaneously, other black-garbed protesters bearing the red and black iconography of anarcho-communists or anarcho-syndicalists took to the streets of Washington D.C. as well, vandalizing public and private property. These riots further escalated to conflict with police, who attempted to quell the riot, leading to over 200 rioters arrested and six injured police officers. Sally Kohn’s (a prominent LGBT political commentator) statement early in the presidential electoral season, that “if Trump wins, Hillary supporters will be sad” and “If Hillary wins Trump supporters will be angry” has proven itself to be incorrect. At this point, if either candidate had lost, their supporters would have been angry. The country remains as divided as ever. It’s quite telling when protesters are bearing a banner embroidered with the phrase “NO PEACEFUL TRANSITION." We’ve entered a political climate where an “Alternative Right” (a far-right political movement) speaker Richard Spencer can be physically assaulted on the streets during an interview. People have found this behavior to be acceptable because Richard Spencer has been labeled a “Nazi”, even if he insists that he does not consider himself to be one. It deeply disturbs me that we have entered a climate where it has become publicly acceptable to apply the label of “fascism”, regardless of accuracy, to one’s political opponents and resort to violence against them instead of engaging in peaceful political discourse. Some have argued that it is perfectly fine to vandalize private and public property as well as assault far-right ideologists, citing the Boston Tea party and anti-fascist sentiments in America’s history. What they fail to realize is that the contexts of both excuses are far different than this. Colonists were protesting a newly enacted tax on tea and a state granted monopoly given to a British trading company conducted the Boston tea party. The colonists had no say in the enactment of the tax/monopoly, and thus lashed out. The protesters had a non-violent way to vocalize their opposition: vote against Trump. However, that failed. That does not give them the right to vandalize their fellow Americans’ property. They aren’t vandalizing some large corporation’s latest asset, but stores owned by everyday Americans. We live in a democracy that did not exist at the time of the colonists, and it speaks volumes to the rioters’ immaturity that they cannot accept that they lost a democratic election. As to the anti-fascist sentiments of WW2, one must remember that at that time, such advocating was seditious. It often called for the subjugation of America to the ideals of Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy. Today, this is merely the far-right political ideals of an American, who is in no way advocating for the dissolution or subjugation of the United States. Therefore, he/she retains the right to hold and express his/her political opinion just the same as the self-proclaimed communist who took to the streets with violence and vandalism. By their logic, it should be perfectly acceptable to assault self-proclaimed communists because the Cold War happened, and it was acceptable to despise communists back then. It is times like these that my mind is boggled by how far we’ve come. In the recent past, liberals were a fast-growing movement that advocated for peace and understanding while the conservatives were deeply entrenched in their ideals. Now, "liberals" advocate for strong-armed censorship of ideologies that do not conform to the mainstream, all in the name of peace and understanding, while the conservatives remain deeply entrenched in its ideals. I can only hope that the tensions wrought from the election season will settle in the coming months of the Trump presidency and we can unite once more as Americans, partaking in peaceful political discourse where disputes and debates are won by skillfully crafted arguments, backed by statistics and facts, instead of by physical force or censor. I can only hope.
When our school’s namesake, Francis of Assisi, was young, he wasn’t the greatest example of a Christian. He led a life of worldly pleasure, enjoying the riches he was born into in a carefree lifestyle. It was only after coming back from a war that he had a spiritual awakening to become the saint we know today. He began to turn his back on his previous way of life, choosing to live serving God and his fellow man. In fact, he began donating so much of his monetary inheritance that his father disowned him. In his travels that followed, Francis converted many to Christianity and preserved nature, adhering to the ways of Christ for the rest of his days, building a reputation as the patron saint of animals and the environment. Make-A-Difference Day is an annual event at our school that allows students to help around the school. However, it isn’t simply an event - it’s an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to be more like Saint Francis and, by extension, Jesus Christ by helping our community. Make-A-Difference Day is an opportunity to improve ourselves by working to better the world around us and we should begin to see it as such. Many of us make the mistake of approaching community service as a chore when it should mean so much more to us. Community service is just that: a service to the people around us. Helping others is something that should be relished, not lamented. With all this in mind, I challenge you to enjoy the next act of community service you take part in. I challenge you to think of the difference you are making in the lives of those you are helping and the days that you may have just brightened by choosing to lend a helping hand. I challenge you to be eager to make a difference, just like Saint Francis, and just like Jesus Christ.