14 Opinion 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 values. 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 skirts 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! school! 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 individuality. 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 skirts. 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 style. 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 different. 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 trend. 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 said. “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. O pinion Street Talk Teacher Edition: Who is your celebrity Golden Arrow look-alike? 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 Sodorff “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 activities. 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 15 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 Golden Arrow STAFF WRITERS: NEWS EDITOR OPINION EDITOR Ji Yoo Chang, Kristyanne Crosby, Mariam Daher, George Hoyeon Lee Ashley Beall Jiyoo Chang Diamantopoulos, Jazmyn Fitisemanu, Taylor Grimm, Annie FEATURES EDITOR SPORTS EDITOR Andrea Kim Ishimoto, Hannah Kim, Michelle Kobzeff, Gabrielle Marks, Hannah Hartstein Naomi Menezes Alexa Manese Devin Marlinga, Courtney Nguyen, Jana Obeid, Diana A&E EDITOR BACK PAGE EDITOR FRONT PAGE EDITOR Rodriguez, Kira Tran, Ellie Young. 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