Adopt-A-Family

By Donielle Gerrell

Students of Cathedral City High School were given the opportunity to help families in need this holiday season through Adopt-A-Family. Families that were in need had the opportunity to sign up for the program to receive help from homerooms of CCHS. Homerooms had about three weeks to plan for the items they would be giving.

On December 16th, 2014, the students provided gifts for the children and meals for the entire family. The high school provided Christmas to about 30 families. Gifts consisted of toys to bikes to Christmas tress. By the end of the day, students felt as if they made a difference. As we join our families for the holiday season, we are reminded how thankful we are for having home cooked meals and presents under the tree.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Cathedral City Gets a Pool!

ByJanet  Mosqueda

On October 28, 2014, it was announced that Cathedral City High School would be the home of the Palm Spring Unified School District Aquatic Center. The school board decided at Tuesday’s night’s meeting on where the swimming pool’s location would be. The pool will be approximately 130 feet by 75 feet. The large size will make it easier for multiple schools or teams to share the facility at the same time.

“I think the pool has the chance to have a tremendous impact on the schools using it and the community as a whole,” said Brad Fleener, the swim and water polo coach at CCHS. “I personally feel proud to have been a part of the process that has culminated in the decision to build a pool.”

Fleener was among those who have been patiently waiting and constantly going to meetings in order for this pool to happen. “I’m really excited about having a chance for students and staff to come watch how special these athletes are and how fun swim and polo can be.”

Water Increases Chances of Murder

By Sebastian Gomez

Recent studies by the University of Harwood have proven that 100% of murderers have consumed water. “We can say with 100 percent certainty that drinking water correlates directly with the ability to murder,” the University said at press time. They further proved their point by stating, “there has never been anyone that doesn’t drink water that has murdered”

This is a rather startling fact, as this seems to be the only thing that connects all murderers together. Could this be the source of all evil? We spoke with local Catholic Priest Dennis McLeary. “Well, I can say with absolute certainty that Cain, the first murderer, drank water before killing his brother,”

The Mayor held a press conference this morning on the concerning nature of water. In statement, the Mayor said, “there will be an effective zero-tolerance ban on water, effective immediately” and that “those caught drinking water will be charged with high treason, attempted murder, aggravated assault and loitering” She also went on to say that,”police are authorized to use lethal force to stop those who are drinking water”

We sat with the Chief of Police for a statement. “This will effectively reduce crime by 100%. The Mayor is a wonderful person, because we will become the first city in the history of time to have 0 crime” We broke the news to the citizens and they were overjoyed. Tears streamed down their cheeks as they realized they would have a perfect utopia for their children, for the future generations.

We at the news station are also optimistic, for we no longer will need to write horrifying news each and every day. We can write about things like, “Why are you wearing that?” or “Look at these people who are way better then you, and have done something with their lives” Either way, we’d like ti thank our readers and wish them a good night.

Caution: this story is not real.

Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ever

By Eric DIaz

Oslo, Norway-

Children’s rights activists Malala Yousafzai, of Pakistan, and Kailash, of India, won the Nobel Peace Prize.The Norwegian Nobel Committee recognized the two “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Yousafzai, who is now 17 publicly spoke out about her right to an education in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region, where Taliban militants often target women and girls who attend school. She was attacked on her way home from school on Oct. 2012 and was shot in the head, but she still bravely refused to bow to Taliban threats. She is now a woman’s rights advocate for around the world.

The first Nobel Peace Price was made in 1901, and was received by Jean Henry Dunant and Frédéric Passy and has also been received by many famous activists like Dr. Martin  Luther King Jr. Lech Walesa, Henry Dunant, Mother Teresa, and Betty Williams.

At Least 100,000 Snapchat Photos Hacked

By Eric Diaz

At least 100,000 Snapchat photos were apparently leaked. Users thought that their photos would disappear as soon as they were viewed, but they may have been found by hackers who want to post them online.

Business Insider reported that hackers have been obtaining photos and videos for years and have posted them on the internet using a database called 4chan. This is being called “The Snappening.”

The hackers obtained this content using a third-party app that some Snapchat users downloaded to store their photos, which are automatically deleted after a few seconds. The name of the third-party app in not yet known. In a statement by Snapchat they said “we can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks.”

Snapchat also stated on Twitter, “users where victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice we expressly prohibit in our ToU [Terms of Use agreement].”

Media Monday: Tokyo Ghoul

By Yolanda Cortez & Denys Loaiza

tokyo-ghoul-widescreen-wallpaperThis summer’s anime season left those who watched in tears after tragedies, devastating events, and characters leading new lives. Tokyo Ghoul was no stranger to these events.

Tokyo Ghoul is an anime released during the summer of 2014. The main character is Kaneki Ken, an average college student, who only wants is to go on a simple date to a book store, which he ends up getting. Kaneki appears to not have the best of luck as  the girl who he ends up on a date with turns out to be a ghoul. Ghouls live in Tokyo and the only difference between them and humans is that they eat humans to survive. A tragic accident happens on this date, and to keep him alive, the doctors replace Kaneki’s damaged organs with the girl’s who died. Kaneki becomes half ghoul half human, and is now fighting against the humans who are trying to eliminate all ghouls, and ghouls the who want to have him for themselves.

This anime series is based off of the manga, Tokyo Ghoul, written by Sui Ishida. The series began in September of 2011, and finished in September of this year, with a total of 143 chapters. Over this past summer, the manga was adapted into a twelve episode anime. The series files under the categories of Action, Drama, Horror, and Psychological. The anime covers approximately 60 chapters of the manga, and fans are hoping that there will be a second season, especially since this season ended on a cliffhanger.

We enjoyed the anime very much. We watched it over a span of two days, and when we finished it, we wished it hadn’t ended. I (Yolanda) personally loved the main character, Kaneki Ken, and was interested in how he changed throughout the series. To discover he was now a monster that humans hated and feared, then have to figure out how to live his new life, all while meeting new, and strange characters along the way. We loved the anime art style, though there is a lot blood in the series, so at times it was a bit graphic. Despite that, I highly recommend watching the anime, and reading it to find out more!

Containing the Threat of Ebola

By Eric A. Diaz

Washington D.C. – Infectious disease experts are trying to figure out if how Ebola could spread throughout the United States. Because of its contagious nature, Ebola is a big health hazard that could spread really fast. Although it is not airborne, it is spread by the exchange of bodily fluids like vomit, saliva, and blood.

According to FOX News, the virus has a chance of being used as a bio-weapon by ISIS terrorists. Lawmakers & health officials in Washington D.C. are debating wether the virus can be used as a bio-weapon and how this would happen. If an Ebola weapon were deployed, it could wreak havoc in cities and populated areas.

According to an ABC News report, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was being treated for Ebola in an isolation unit at a Texas hospital, is now the first American to have died of the Ebola virus in the U.S. “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 A.M.,” said a hospital spokesperson.

In order to contain Ebola, 5 major U.S. airports have propounded health screenings for passenger coming from West Africa. So far Ebola is not a really major threat, but with the so many people coming from many parts of the world it can spread faster. Hospitals have also been preparing for a major Ebola cases.

Man Allegedly Shoots Down Neighbor’s Drone with Shotgun

By Eric A. Diaz
Last week, Russell J. Percenti  was arrested for allegedly firing a shotgun and hitting a remote “helicopter” that was flying near his home. According to the owner of the drone, he was using it to capture photographs of a home that was under construction. While he was flying his drone he heard several gunshots and lost control of it.

When the owner recovered his drone he realized that there were holes in the device and guessed that it was likely the result of the the fired shotgun. He then called the local police department and they conducted a investigation. The drone owner directed the police to the origin of the shots. The police officers went to the home of Percenti and questioned him. They found out that the shotgun was used in the drone attack. Upon discovery of the shotgun, Percenti was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief. In addition the firearm was also taken away and used as evidence.

The bail was set at $2,500 by a local judge in addition to the criminal charges. Percenti is also subject to possible financial compensation charges for the drone. Depending on the model of the camera on the drone Percenti could be responsible for thousands of dollars.

Source: Fox News

Quote of the Week

By Sierra Foster

“Truth is, I’ll never know all there is to know about you as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour.”

—Tom Hanks

What Tom Hanks is portraying in this quote, is no one has come to their full potential just yet. I chose this quote to let the readers know they have a lot more in store for them than they think. So I decided to ask some more students what this quote meant to them. Their responses were ranging from acceptance to understanding.

Jacky Diaz, 9th grade: “I believe it means to accept who you are.”

Manuel Aramburo, 9th grade: “I believe you’ll never fully understand yourself.”

Melissa Rogers, 11th grade: “I believe that humans will never understand what the human mind and body wants.”

I believe this quote means that no one will ever know themselves or their friends fully. Everyone has something to hide, and no one will truly understand what they are capable of achieving. For high school students, this should reassure them that their full academic and creative personalities have yet to show themselves. So after reading this, I would like you to keep in mind to stay yourself and just whatever creative ideas come to mind, just pursue them. Because you never know when an idea will bring you something new.