Band-O-Rama 2014

By Jessica Ramos & Janett Tirado

IMG_5742The 7th annual Band-O-Rama took palce on Wednesday November 5th in the Cathedral City High School Football Stadium. Band-O-Rama allows high school bands from all around Southern California to come together and perform their field show for each other in a competition-like setting (but with out the competitiveness). “Everyone is really nice, what I especially love about Band-O-Rama is seeing my band friends from other schools that I don’t normally see,” said Kyla Jacques from CCHS.

There were 9 different bands that came and performed at this year’s Band-O-Rama: Rancho Mirage High School, Coachella Valley High School, West Valley High School, Indio High School, Desert Hot Springs High School, Palm Desert High School, La Quinta High School, Cathedral City High School, and the famous Riverside Community College Roaring Tigers.

Band-O-Rama was started with the goal of uniting band members from different schools and to show off all their hard work for one another. This event allows band students to mingle and meet other band students and bond over their love of music.

IMG_5777“It’s really cool meeting other band members from other school,” said Adam Tamez from CCHS. “It’s like you know we’re all going to be friends because we all have something in common.”

“I always look forward to Band-O-Rama, just to see all my band friends,” said Douglas from WVHS.

What really makes Band-O-Rama memorable is the RCC Fall line performance. This year they performed a jazzy field show, featuring their saxophone, trombone, guitar, and drum set players. As always, their visual effects in the color guard, drum line, and band, and beautiful playing left everyone breathless, even from the first note. “Right when RCC played their first note of their field show I just felt it right here *puts hand on heart*,” said Taylor Intal of RMHS

“RCC is probably one of the best bands I have ever heard,” said CCHS Band student Janett Tirado. “Their shows are always colorful and extravagant. I always look forward to seeing their shows, especially knowing that their shows get better and better.”

“Most of the friends I have today are the friends I made in band.” – Every Band Member Ever

Media Monday: Watchmen

By Yolanda Cortez & Denys Loaiza

When someone starts killing off former heroes in 1984, Rorschach begins his own investigation, revealing something deeper that can alter the course of history. Rorschach is now needs to convince his former colleagues to help him find the killer and stop them.

In my (Denys) opinion, the graphics throughout the entire movie are impeccable. The graphics used on Dr. Manhattan, the superhero in the movie, are very realistic. His entire body is blue. When there are multiples of Dr. Manhattan, each of them are very detailed. The storyline of the movie is very captivating and suspenseful.

One of my favorite effects of the movie was when Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre are on Mars. The structure that he builds on Mars is very luminous and extravagant. The overall tone of the movie is very dark and mysterious. It keeps you guessing all the way to the end on who is killing the former heroes.

Watchmen brought in $3.2 million dollars in the United Kingdom on its opening weekend.  It grossed 107.5 million in the in the United States on May 2009. Throughout the five years that this film has been out, I still find it to be a magnificent movie to watch.

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.”

Last Home Football Game of the Season

By Donielle Gerrell


Photo By: Donielle Gerrell


Photo By: Donielle Gerrell


Photo By: Donielle Gerrell


Photo By: Donielle Gerrell


Photo By: Donielle Gerrell

The Lions did it again! With the crowd cheering and score board rising, the team had a great night. On top of all of the excitement of the last home football game, the night was also Homecoming night.

The CCHS Dance classes performed numerous routines during the half time show, along with the crowning of this year’s 2014 Homecoming Queen, Cindy Yanez. Stephanie Nuno, 2013 Homecoming Queen, crowned the new queen.

Along with the excitement of Homecoming, the night began with Senior Night for cheerleaders and football players. Each senior athlete was escorted by a loved one while their future goals were projected over the PA. We couldn’t be more proud of our Lions.

Orlando Wallace sat out during this game due to ldislocating his elbow at last week’s game in Palm Desert. In Wallace’s absence, Darien Broom stepped up and earned several touchdowns for the team. The Lions worked together to get a final score of 31-7. Great job Lions!

Will the Lions overcome and defeat the Palm Springs Indians? I hope to see you at the last game of the season on November 7th in Palm Springs.

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.

Music Monday: Pink Floyd & 500 Days of Summer

By Brandon Honaker & Marissa Cruz

Hello again music enthusiasts. This week we’re back to bring more music to you.

Brandon’s Pick:
This week, I, Brandon, will discuss the classic British band, Pink Floyd. This band is extremely popular, even today, and this is largely due to their creativity and magical musicianship.

Pink Floyd released many successful albums starting in the 1960’s and continued all the way into the 1990’s (with a new album rumored to be released this year). Two of their most popular albums to date are “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.” Some of their notable songs are “Money,” “Hey You,” and “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2.”

Marissa’s Pick:
For this week’s recommendations I would like to share the (500) Days of Summer soundtrack because I think it is amazing. There are quite a few great bands and artists on this soundtrack, including The Smiths, Black Lips, Wolfmother, and She & Him. The whole soundtrack is just a bunch of greatness! It is part of the reason why the movie is so great.

So music enthusiasts, if you want to check out a cool soundtrack, I highly recommend listening to this one! And if you’ve already heard it then listen to it again because why not!

Until next time, have a great week Lions!

Quote of the Week

By Sierra Foster

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it had made all the difference in my life.”
—Steve Jobs

With this quote from his 2005 Stanford Commencement address, Steve Jobs is saying that if you keep holding on to your past, you will never succeed. You should only look back on the past to learn from the mistakes you had made and to make the best out of your future. I gathered some students, and got some of their comments on this quote. Their responses were quite similar:

Nora Schwab, 10th grade: “The quote is saying to follow what you feel. Everything that happens in your life is what is meant to be and you should make the best of it.”

Ivan Silva, 11th grade: “The quote means that only by looking back at the past, can you truly learn and further discover what your future may hold.”

Jerry Soto, 12th grade: “I believe it means to take a different path if you fail, and you should get back up and keep going.”

High school students may have many regrets and mistakes leading to where they are now. Steve Jobs’ quote might help them to realize that holding on to the past makes you weak. The only way to get stronger is to let go of the past and move on. When you move on, it shows how you overcame the problems of the past and left them in the past. As Timon and Pumbaa said from The Lion King, “Hakuna Matata.”

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].”