Music Monday

By Brandon Honaker & Marissa Cruz

Hey music enthusiasts, this is Brandon and Marissa bringing you Music Monday!

For the first “Music Monday”, let’s start this off by explaining what Music Monday is (and shall be). Music Monday’s are essentially a random, music information article, every other Monday.

Since it’s the first, I, Brandon, am going to start by making it known that I’m going to often write about “rock”, “alternative”, “metal”, and “punk” music (although this won’t always be the case).

So to get things going, I’m going to mention (as I will every Music Monday) my favorite band, Nirvana. Having not released any newly recorded music since 1994 (when frontman Kurt Cobain passed away), they have nonetheless remained hugely popular and influential in the music community. A Nirvana song everyone reading this article should check out is “Sappy”. It’s a truly great hidden gem by them, only found on certain compilations and as a hidden track on another album.

Another band I’d like to turn readers onto is an originally local band, Queens of the Stone Age. QOTSA was born from the ashes of former CV greats Kyuss, and originally consisted mostly of former Palm Dessert High students. QOTSA have gained immense popularity in the last almost 15 years and have turned out several hits, with such songs as “No One Knows”, “3’s & 7’s”, and “My God Is The Sun”. On the October 31, they’ll be playing The Forum in L.A. So enjoy checking out some new tunes.

Now I, Marissa, am going to bring you some new jams. But before we get to that, I would like to let you know the type of music I like. I listen to indie-alternative rock, rap, electronic, R&B…basically anything except newer country music.

So, for this week I would like to recommend to you a duo called Chromeo. They are two really cool Canadian dudes who make 80’s sounding dance music. So yeah. check them out!

Till next time, Brandon and Marissa.

Beauty Guru: Mara Olvera

By Mara Olvera

Hello, my name is Mara Olvera, this is my first year working on the CCNews app. My goal is to provide you all with affordable, cute, and cheap makeup cosmetics.

– The Leaping Bunny –
The Leaping bunny provides the best assurance that no new animals testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories or suppliers. The Leaping bunny is my top three best choice as natural makeup and cruelty free makeup.
Leaping Bunny’s top sellers are;
Aromi- Preppy Red Matte Liquid Lipstick – $17.00
* SallyB’s- B Cheeky Powder Blush – $24.00
* 100% Pure- Fruit Pigmented Brightening Concealer Creme – $19.00

– Benefit Cosmetic –
The first benefit counter to open at a US department store was in, Henri Bendel,NYC. Benefit Cosmetic is personal my favorite Cosmetic brand, because the quality of the makeup, is really good.
Benefit’s top seller are;
* they’re real! mascara – $23.00
* the POREfessional – $31.00
Benetint – $30.00

Mayblline, a family owned business to the number one cosmetic company in America. empowering women to make a statement, explore new looks, and flaunt their own creativity and individuality. Maybelline gives you scientifically-advanced formulas, revolutionary textures and up-to-the-minute, trendsetting shades effortlessly, affordably, beautifully.
Maybelline top sellers are;
* The Nudes Palette – $11.99
*  Volum’ express Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara – $7.77
* Dream Pure BB – $8.99

Quote of the Week

By Sierra Foster

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator. Not by passively waiting for grace to come down upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
—Bradley Whitford

I decided to ask students what this quote meant to them. Their responses were quite similar.

Mara Olvera, 11th grade: “This quote to me means to make your own choices and to take every opportunity you get, because you only get one chance to do the things you want to do.”

Cheyenne Whitecotton, 11th grade: “To me this quote means to be who you want to be and don’t listen to what people say. Keep going even when you feel like giving up.”

Matt Donez, 12th grade: “To me, this quote means that every opportunity given to you should be taken, and you should do your best in everything that you do.”

I believe this quote shows the importance of not letting an amazing opportunity pass by, to accept every challenge, and go as far as you can in education and future careers. For high school students, this should motivate them to do what they can and not let anything get in the way of accomplishing their goals.

Original Poetry: Bed of Flowers & School Year

By Cheyenne Whitecotton

 There’s a bed of flowers resting in my lungs.

I cough out petals,

and breathe out dandelions.

Do you see what you’ve done?

My heart begins to sprout out leaves,

and my lashes turn to daisies.

You even say you love the weeds that grow from my chest,

and the buds that move with my breath.

I don’t know what has happened,

but I don’t mind.

I enjoy the roses and the tulips,

and the daffodils that rise.

For I am a whole new person,

a person that I like.

The only problem is that the flowers have grown so much

that I cannot see,

and when I go outside,

I flow with the breeze.

Do you see what you’ve done to me?

By Vivianna Ramos

Now that summer is over

We start again

Oh the drain

To wake up early

It’s the third week of School

Everyone thinks they’re cool

They’re big and bad because they’re in High School

It’s time to think of a Career

It’s time to think clear

Time to show no fear

 Time to enjoy the year

Media Monday: RWBY


By Denys Loaiza & Yolanda Cortez

RWBY is a show that is produced by the private production company: Rooster Teeth. They have also produced the popular series of Red vs. Blue, both series are which shown on YouTube.

RWBY is an animated web-series that was created and is being directed by Monty Oum. It is being written by Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross.

RWBY takes place in the world of Remnant, that is filled

with dark forces, known as “Creatures of Grim”, that threaten to over-throw the peace and turn the world into utter chaos. When they discover the power of dust, a mysterious element, they use it against the creatures of Grim to help preserve the peace. Now a new force is threatening that peace, the group threatening it is known as “The White Fang”.

The animation in this web-series is considered unique by the International Academy of Web television and it has won the award for Best Animated Series. Not many shows have this type of animation and make it look as great as it does. The 3D animation is very sharp cut and rough, but it fits and works well. There’s really no other way to explain this. It is different than any other animated show that I have seen. It is not perfectly smooth around all edges, but the way they present the show the makes up for that. The animation style can be difficult to explain in words, but once it’s seen, you can understand the way I describe it. There are only around 15-20 people working on the series, with that little amount of workers, I am amazed at how well they make this show. The programs used in the making of this are Poser Pro, Maya, ZBrush, Softimage, 3ds Max, After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop ,and particleIllusion.

What we like about this show, is the unique plot. The show gives off a tough vibe, even though the four main characters are girls, Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang.
The show is original, funny, and well written.

Poetry: Lost At Sea

By Cheyenne Whitecotton

  You come and go, like the winds passing and sunsets.
Your eyes would glow like the moon and radiate your youth.
Your heart was pure with just a few cracks.
You tried to stay strong, but you collapsed.
Your eyes turned as dark as winter nights, your skin was as pale as the snow in the trees, and your cries were loud and agonizing like a man lost at sea.
You lost your way and began to scream.
We don’t talk anymore, not like we used to. But sometimes I see you wandering the streets and I act like I never knew you.

Lions Debut

By Donielle Gerrell


Photo by: Donielle Gerrell


Photo by: Donielle Gerrell

On Friday, August 29th, the Lions football team took on the Desert Hot Springs Eagles. Just a couple days before the big game, star quarterback Davin Lile was in a car accident, but was unharmed. The team did not expect an incident like this. Although Lile was in ‘ok’ condition, his doctor recommended that he sit out during this game.

Luckily, Brandon Noll stepped up to the plate to fill in for Davin. The real star of the night was running back Orlando Wallace, who scored five touchdowns, leaving the score 40-0.

“The boys worked hard,” coach Smith said during the first half. “They’re going to do great.”

Although the team did not reach CIF playoffs last football season, the team has their heart set on making history. This win is one of many victories to come.

Want to see the team in action yourself? Watch their next game Friday, September 5th, at Rancho Mirage High School. This team has trained tediously and are sure to overcome this season.

Interested in other sports here at Cathedral City High School? Stay up to date on our school athletic page:

Lady Lions Volleyball Takes On the Golden Eagles


Photo by: Janet Mosqueda

By Janet Mosqueda

On August 28, 2014, the Cathedral City High School Lady Lions volleyball team took the court and was ready to challenge the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles. Although the game was a scrimmage, meaning the score did not count, it was an intense game between the two varsity teams.

“The game was very intense because both teams never gave up and kept fighting for the win,” Llyanah David said last Thursday night. “The one thing that could’ve gone differently was to communicate with each other more and just play smart throughout the whole game not just towards the end.”

Luckily, the season has barely started they still have a chance to redeem themselves at their next game today, September 2, 2014 in Twentynine Palms against the Wildcats! Good Luck Lady Lions.

Media Monday: Guardians of the Galaxy

By Denys Loaiza & Yolanda Cortez

Do you like action movies? Adventure? Comedy? These genres all in one? Well do we have a movie recommendation for you! Marvel’s latest film, Guardians of the Galaxy, has all of these elements.

The main character goes by the name of Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt), in this film he plans to steal a mysterious orb and sell it for a profit. Little does he know at the beginning, that this orb holds a strong power. After taking the item, Quill discovers its power. Quill becomes the target of a manhunt under the orders of a man named Ronan, who want his power to himself. Quill decides that he needs to get the orb to safety, away from those who will use its power for evil. Along the way he befriends several different people and creates an unlikely team that later becomes known as “The Guardians of the Galaxy.”

In our opinion, Guardians of the Galaxy is worth the time and money to see. It delivered and surpassed the expectations that we came with to see the movie. We were entertained throughout the entire movie by the different characters, humorous elements, and unique plot.

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s first movie to have been written by a woman and receive credit for her work. Nicole Perlman has worked as a screenwriter before and even assisted in the writing for the movie Thor. While it was difficult to have her ideas put out and be able work on a sci-fi film, she was able to convince people that she was capable of doing this project and received recognition for it. This film has become an unexpected blockbuster hit in the short time it has been out.

Will the Lions Make History?

By Donielle Gerrell

Photo By Donielle Gerrell

Photo By Donielle Gerrell


Photo By Donielle Gerrell


Photo By Donielle Gerrell


During the 2013-2014 football season, the Lions were on a roll. With only two losses, many believed the team was going to advance to California Interscholastic Federation(CIF) playoffs. The community roared for the team will pride. To think, the team did not perform this well in ten years, was incredible!


Unfortunately, the team did not advance. A social networking uproar began. People were tweeting from all over the Coachella Valley were disgusted in the final decisions. Many have said that the Cathedral City Football team is going to come back even stronger.

The question is, will the Lions make history?

I attended the scrimmage between Beaumont High School, Rancho Mirage High School, and of course, Cathedral City High School. As the game the went on, it was unclear to tell you how well the team was performing. What I can tell you is that the team has been working countless hours to improve their strength and abilities to have successful games this season.

Fortunately, this Friday, August 29th, is our very first home football game against Desert Hot Springs High School. The game starts at seven o’clock in the CCHS Stadium. Prices will soon be released. I hope you will be the judge of the Lions debut.