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].”

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.

Poetry: The Parallel

By Cheyenne Whitecotton

I’m losing my mind in the sound of silence,
but I don’t want to cry,
for that will make me weaker than most men.
But if I look too strong,
too masculine I become.
And the priorities I’ll take on are seen as
weak, pathetic, and useless.
Because I am a girl, I cannot do much.
I cannot be smart,
for that is unattractive.
I cannot be tough,
because that is the man’s characteristic.
I have to be ditzy and dumb,
and sing songs about love,
but that is wrong.
I like to read and draw,
and argue about politics and laws.
I like to play sports and be strong,
I like to show emotions,
and I refuse to not fight for the right for equality of all.

Boys Water Polo Achieves Victory

By Rosa Hernandez


Photo By: Rosa Hernandez

Cathedral City High School boys water polo team had a very intense game, on October 2nd, against the Xavier Saints. Although the Saints played well, the Lions overcame victory, with a win of 14-13.

By the end of second quarter, Marco Picasso, a senior with quite a bit of experience in the sport, was sadly injured by the rush of the ball’s speed.Throughout the game, their coach, Stephanie, was motivating the boys to do their best. Omar, on the other hand, was doing an amazing job as a goalie by protecting the ball.

The team has been playing their hardest and will continue to train hard for their next games.

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

Poetry: Fragile

By Cheyenne Whitecotton

I don’t think anyone can really recover from a heartbreak,
I think they kinda just move on.
I think hearts are like glass and over time they’ll crack,
until the point where they’ve had enough,
and just shatter.
And when your heart breaks,
I hope you’re in the arms of someone who’s been there from the start,
the person whom you’ve cried a thousand tears to,
the person who’s made you smile everyday since you met,
the only person who’s never put a crack in your fragile heart.