SkillsUSA Lip Sync Battles: Friday, November 21!

This article was originally published on Nov 17, 2014
By Donielle Gerrell

Have you ever heard of lip sync battles? You might have seen the comedic show on Jimmy Fallon. Lip sync battles consists of multiple performances where the competitors perform lip sync routines with the song of their choice.

The reason we are hosting these battles is to help SkillsUSA students raise money to be able to compete at the 2015 SkillsUSA State Conference coming up in April. The competitions can get quite expensive and with over 100 members this year, we can definitely use your support.

These battles will take place in the CCHS Theater from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $4 and it costs $2 to compete if you sign up prior to the show. It is on Friday, November 21, so sign up as soon as possible.

The best part of the battles are the prizes. There will be prizes brought to you by Whole Foods, Grill-A-Burger, and the Desert Ice Castle.

Please come out and support!



Band-O-Rama 2014

This article was originally published on Nov 7, 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

This article was originally published on Nov 3, 2014
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.”

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!

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!