November 3, 2011
A Visionary
On October 5, 2011 a visionary died. No,
not Steve Jobs, but rather, Robert “Bob”
Sterling Beall. During his life time, my
great-uncle Bob affected everyone he knew.
He was always telling people how important
education, friends and family are. Beall
worked with ABC Unified School District
and the highlight of his career was the
founding of Whitney High School.
Beall was the first principal at Whitney
High School, and he is the reason it’s one of
the top schools in California. Whitney High
School was originally supposed to be a place
for kids who didn’t fit in at other schools; it
was kind of intended to be like Creekside.
But my Uncle Bob wouldn’t have any of
that. He decided to hire the best teachers and
to influence the students to be the best they
could be. Top students were soon clamoring
to get into the school.
“We at Whitney will do ONE thing and
we will do it well. We will prepare kids for
college.” My Uncle Bob had a grand vision
for Whitney High School: he wanted all of
the graduates to go on to college. By the
time he retired in 1988 his vision came true,
100% of the graduates went onto college.
Not many high school principals can boast a
100% graduation record, let alone all of those
graduates going to college. But my Uncle
Bob could, year after year. He prepared kids
for life’s challenges while also teaching them
Everything he did in his life had a purpose;
he wanted the best for everyone around him. I
feel so lucky to have had him as a part of my
life and I will never forget him. I hope to one
day be able to say I positively influenced as
many people as he did. So Uncle Bob, if you
are reading this from the great library in the
sky, I want you to know I miss you so much.
I will never forget our hours of studying U.S.
History, my visits to your house, and our
wonderful trip to Paso Robles. I love you
Uncle Bob. Your Opinion Editor,
Ashley Beall
Woodbridge High School
H2H: Maxi Skirts
PRO: Maxis=Fashion do
Another plus is that these
can be worn with almost
Contributing Writer
any kind of weather. You could
wear a loose maxi skirt to keep
You’ve probably seen them worn by
you cool outside on a warm day
girls around campus, or maybe featured
but they’ll still manage to keep
in some of the most renowned fashion
your body from freezing to death
magazines? Maxi skirts are one of the
in the subzero classrooms here at
hottest looks for fall!
Maxi skirts are such a virtual piece
Maxi skirts aren’t so much a
and are a perfect transition for a day to
‘trend’ rather than just an essential
night outfit. You could be wearing just a
item, like a pair of jeans, because
simple tank and then for night throw on
it’s been around forever and ten
some heels and a cute jacket.
years from now people will still
Some people may say that maxi
be wearing them. So wearing
skirts are too long and uncomfortable;
them now doesn’t mean you’re
but actually they are very comfortable
not being original or you’re trying
because these skirts are loose and
to be in with the crowd; the point
breezy, not constricting like some other
of fashion is to embrace pieces
-Cartoon by Alexa Manese
trends like skinny jeans.
and make them your own. That’s what defines
If you’re worried about
wearing a skirt that could possibly make you trip while
Maxi skirts can be fitted to almost anyone’s sense of
going up the stairs or running through the halls (that’s if
style and that’s why every girl can wear one; so ditch those
you’re a freshman) then you could always opt for a maxi
short summer hemlines and trade in for falls floor length
skirt that’s short in the front and long in the back!
maxi skirts
by Courtney Nguyen
CON: Maxi=Fashion don’t
by Rachel Handa
In-depth Editor
It is back to school season and most because you don’t have to follow every little
people want to keep up with the fashion fashion
trends and look their best. However,
there are a few trends that should never
be followed no matter who tries to bring
it in. A prime example would be long
Long skirts do not complement the
body the slightest bit. I understand that
some girls may feel that there is nothing
wrong with covering up their bodies.
However, the skirts take it a little too far.
Last time I checked, we weren’t Puritans
from back in the day. I think that it is
perfectly fine not to wear revealing
clothing, but I feel that people are using
the skirts simply to hide behind. Girls
need to feel secure with their bodies
these days instead of keeping everyone
from noticing them.
-Cartoon by Alexa Manese
I know that if I talk to young
trend. Instead, you should create your own
fashionistas, some of them will want
to defend the skirts and claim it is “in”
The biggest problem in society right now
right now. One of the biggest reasons
is the constant need to fit in rather than to
why you shouldn’t own a long skirt is embrace individuality. Doesn’t anyone want
to stand out from the crowd? Girls
aren’t going to catch a boy’s attention
if they are wearing the same thing
as the girl beside them. Instead of
conforming to society and getting
peer pressured into wearing all kinds
of “fashion trends,” you can be that
girl who starts her own trends.
I understand a few girls simply
want to wear the long skirts because
they think they are pretty. However,
why waste money on long skirts
when you can just take the drapes
at your house and wrap it around
yourself? The sad part about that
is, it wouldn’t even look that much
There is a reason why long skirts
disappeared for such a long period
of time. Apparently only the Puritans
could pull them off and it should stay
that way. If long skirts are the new
style, well then you should be proud
of being out style and start your own
Street Talk: What is your biggest pet peeve?
by Ashley Beall
Opinion Editor
‘When girls say the word
‘like’ every 5 seconds,”
freshman Victoria Austin said.
‘When girls wear cheetah
print leggings,” sophomore Gordon Stuart
“When people are making out in front of my
locker,” junior Erika
Agadjanova said.
“When girls are married
to their blackberries,” senior Eric Nunziata said.
Street Talk Teacher Edition: Who is your celebrity
Golden Arrow
by Hana Brannigan
Managing Editor
“I like to think of myself as a Salma Hayek, but
people tell me I look like Chad Lowe.” -Scott
“Some of my students say that I look like
Kate Middleton and if this true I expect the
royal treatment,” -Meredith LaPlante
“I think I look like Weird Al Yankovic , but people
say I look like Jason Mraz,” -Jeremy Matamales
“Apparently I look like Emma Roberts,”
-Lauren Debellis
Editorial: Goodbye art programs?
You are a student who takes one art class, for example
Painting, every day. It is one of the only classes you look
forward to because it is the only class you can creatively
express yourself on canvas. But recently, you’ve noticed
that there are fewer materials-paints, paper and palettesfor you to use. Meanwhile, your teacher starts frowning
more often as the supplies dwindle and eventually you
must paint over another student’s canvas. And finally,
halfway through the school year, you walk into the art
room and there is nothing left but a few used paintbrushes
and the half-hearted smile of your teacher. art class has
been canceled.
California State Budget cuts to education and the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit brought
it to light that certain districts were charging inappropriate
fees. The Irvine Unified School District defines a fee as
“a condition for registering for school or classes or as a
condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular
activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is
elective or compulsory”. In other words, clubs, sports,
fine art classes and any other extracurricular activities are
not allowed to charge fees to students. Of course, schools
may ask for donations to offset some of those costs.
If you are thinking, ‘why not just collect enough
donations to compensate for budget cuts?’ Too bad we do
not live in a perfect world. Currently, the Irvine Unified
School District has allotted $ 3.5 million to cover some
of the budget deficit. Unfortunately, the IUSD must split
that money among all district schools. Furthermore,
athletic and music boosters, groups devoted to fundraising
for their organization, are lagging in participation and
funding to compensate for the cost of extracurricular
But, there are ways to help. Every time you donate,
you help to rebuild a school struggling with a crumbling
budget. Schools rely on donations to help offset some of
the costs of both curricular and extracurricular activities,
In other words, the money returns to benefit you. Also, the
spirit of donating itself is noteworthy; you are voluntarily
contributing money to your own education. If you have
a fundraising idea, whether minute or magnificent, reach
out to your teachers. Who knows? Maybe that idea will
jump start our school’s budget and help turn the frowns of
teachers upside down.
-The Golden Arrow Staff
November 3, 2011
A Word About Pie
As autumn swings into its last month, I’m
left with the distinct emptiness of knowing that
something beautiful and holy is fading away.
We’re not talking about the wildfire blazes of
changing leaves, or the fuzzy comfort of your
favorite fall hoodie. This is serious.
See, I’m a pie person. Cake? Eh. Brownies?
Okay I guess. Chocolate covered bacon? No.
But pie? Pie is my thing.
I baked my first homemade pie a few weeks
ago; a sticky globby mess of apple, sugar,
butter, and enough Crisco to grease a hog. I ate
slice after slice, and when we ran out of clean
plates and bowls, I ate it out of a water glass.
This brings me to my point: I love fall
because it’s the season where, no matter how
hot it is outside, you can stick a fork into a
piece of pie and feel the sharp, breezy snap of
October on your face, and warm cholesterol in
your veins.
This brings me to my point: whatever your
passion is, gather your rosebuds while ye
may. Pursue surfing, reading, baking, soccer,
chemical engineering, or whatever else floats
your boat.
See, I take full advantage of the fall season
by cramming as much holiday pie as humanly
possible in my face. You may wish to do the
same, or choose a more elegant hobby.
Passion is underrated. It’s a difficult
concept to convey through an essay or a
column. When you get prompts in English
class or college applications asking you to
write about an activity you’re passionate
about, what are you supposed to do?
But setting aside academics, being
passionate about something, anything really is
one of the best parts of life.
Whatever you end up doing, just look at life
with a glass-half-full attitude. Because, after
all, a glass half full of pie is a glorious thing.
Your Editor-in-Chief,
Amanda Jaramillo
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