Wellness Wednesday: The Acai Bowl Craze


By Genevieve and Gabrielle Knight 


The hot summer weather is quickly starting to creep up on us. Cold treats on a hot summer’s day, such as ice cream, root-beer floats, frappe’s, or a refreshing fruit smoothie can be quite satisfying and delicious. Unfortunately, as tempting as these summer treats can be, they are also very high in calories, fat and sugar. However, there is now a new, refreshing, low calorie, summer snack that has been causing a lot of interest and curiosity. It’s called an acai bowl, and has been the current craze throughout the warm weather spells, especially for fruit-lovers.

The acai is a fruit native of South America. It is a dark purple berry loaded with antioxidants, protein, and vitamins. Its extraordinarily high nutritional value can also be consumed, made into juice, yogurt, or added into fruit bowls and recipes. Acai bowls basically consist of frozen acai puree, blended with apple juice and topped with a variety of fresh fruit such as bananas, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, etc. Bits of granola, coconut shavings, and honey is also added to give it that sweet, savory finishing touch.

Not only are acai bowls delicious on a warm sunny day, but is a great choice for post workout meals! After a hard workout it is very important to replenish and refuel your body. Acai is filled with anthocyanin and flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that helps boost your immune system. Many people don’t know the true benefits that this amazing superfruit can bring to your diet.

Acai bowls can also be made from scratch by purchasing frozen acai pulp from a Whole Foods market. To add a little bit of a sweet spin to the acai add 1 or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, yogurt, or cocoa powder. Acai bowls are also an excellent choice to have for a healthy breakfast or light lunch. You can find acai bowls at local smoothie shops such as Juice It Up! ranging from $5 or $6 per bowl.




Music Monday: Judas Priest Announce 17th Studio Album

By Sydney Siva

Good news headbangers! Heavy metal legends Judas Priest have announced their 17th album (their first album since 2008). The album is titled Redeemer of Souls and will be released and available on July 14th.

So what should Priest fans expect? Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton told fans not to expect wild music experimentation, but rather the classic sound of what Judas Priest started.

“Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened,” Tipton said. “From start to finish, Redeemer of Souls is 18 songs of pure classic-Priest metal.”

Judas Priest released Rocka Rolla, their first studio album, in 1974. They are often credited with being an inspiration to the the “new wave” of British heavy metal bands in the late 1970s. Some may even argue that Judas Priest is the Godfather of Metal. Priest’s album, British Steel [1980], is considered one of the greatest metal albums of all time.

Redeemer of Souls will be the first album to feature guitarist Richie Faulkner, who replaced founding member KK Downing in 2011.

DATA Student Jonathan Serna Wins Big

By Jason Bullen

Serna_FACASThe weekend of April 11th, 2014 turned out to be a whirlwind of excitement for one DATA student.

Senior Jonathan Serna won two awards and was also given a unique opportunity to hone his skills in digital filmmaking and storytelling. Serna was awarded the US Bank for Creativity Award along with five-hundred dollars from the Palm Springs Art Museum for his poster/video piece titled “Self-Loathing Narcissist.”

On Saturday, Sernas short film, “The Take Over” won first place in the Tales of Cathedral City student film festival. Serna was awarded a trophy and a new video camera. “The Take Over” will be screened regularly before feature presentations at the Mary Pickford Theatre.

The Take Over on Vimeo

To top off the weekend, Serna was hired as a videographer for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. During El Paseo Fashion Week in March, Serna used his networking skills and portoflio to earn a position at Coachella. With an all access pass, Serna was able to attend both festival weekends where he was responsible for filming various art exhibits. He was also given the opportunity to use the time to create his own independent projects.

Jonathan Serna’s event-filled weekend was the result of hard work and time put into building his skills and learning professionalism, something that is the goal of all DATA students.

CCHS Theatre Presents: Guys and Dolls

The CCHS Performing Arts Department presents Guys and Dolls, the classic tale of gambling men and the women who love them. This production of Guys and Dolls marks Mr. Michael Thelen’s final production before retirement.

Guys and Dolls Promo Video

Performance Dates:
April 24,25,26 at 7PM
May 2, 3 at 7PM
Matinee, May 1st at 3:15PM

Tickets Prices:
Adults $12
Students $8

Call (760) 770-0100 ex. 444 for tickets and information.

Music Monday: Coachella and Music Festival Safety

By Sydney Siva

Yesterday marks the end of Coachella. It was surely a success, with over 90,000 people per date and surprise celebrity guests including Beyonce and Justin Bieber.

This was also the first year to prove fatal. Kimchi Truong, 24, died after she collapsed during the first weekend. Authorities are still investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in her death.

When attending music festivals, some people may get lost in the music and forget to take care of themselves. Here are a few safety tips when attending music festivals or attending any other outdoor activity:

Drink plenty of water. I know you hear this all the time and you are tired of being told to drink water, but in this case it is important to stay hydrated. Water can prevent you from suffering a heat stroke. You don’t want to be that one person that faints during a Lana Del Rey set.

Apply Sunscreen. Not only will a high SPF sunscreen would prevent you from getting sunburn, but it can also prevent you from getting skin cancer. Tourists always forget this and turn into a red lobster by the end of the day.

Eat plenty of food. I know some festival food can be pretty pricey and your favorite artist’s merchandise can be expensive, but would you rather be happy and satisfied after eating a meal or be cranky throughout the day? You need food to keep you going through the day. Again, you don’t want to be that one person that faints during a Lana Del Rey set.

Wear comfortable clothing. It is the desert and it’s hot. Also, It’s a festival and not a fashion show. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or stained. Girls ditch the heels and wedges because you will be standing for a long period of time. If you wear sandals, be careful of not getting your toes smashed.

Tales of Cathedral City Features CCHS Student Films

By Jazmin Ramirez and Viviana Ramos

On Saturday April 12th, the Tales of Cathedral City Film Festival took place at the Mary Pickford Theater. This event was sponsored by the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission, which advocates performing and visual arts in the community. This was the first year that this festival took place, and was free to the public. Tales of Cathedral City invited five Cathedral City High School DATA students, who produced short films, to have their work shown to the public on the big screen.

First place went to Jonathan Serna, a senior DATA student for “The Takeover”, which focuses on the  comeback of the Lions Football team in the 2013 season. Serna’s video will be shown in regular rotation before screenings of feature films. Second place went to junior Donnielle Gerell for “Technology In Education.” “I was really excited and shocked to win,” said Gerrell. Third place went to Pedro Pineda and Kevin Valdez, both senior DATA students, for “Origins,” which focuses on Cathedral City’s founding and history. Honrable Mentions for the festival included “Cathedral City High School” by Marissa Cruz and Cheyenne Whitecotton and “The Mary Pickford Theater” by Julie Meza and Alejandra Escobar.

After the student film competition, the award-winning documentary “Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano” was screened. The documentary celebrates Cathedral City’s own famous musician, Lalo Guerrero and his 70 year long musical career. Special appearances included the producer and director of the documentary, and Lalo Guerrero son’s, Dan and Mark Guerrero, who talked about their father and the experience of producing the film.



Lions Baseball Hits Hard This Season

By Ariana Davis

Varsity Baseball

2014 Varsity Baseball

The 2014 season for the Lions Varsity Baseball team has been a strong one so far. With an overall record of 4-5-0 and a league record of 2-1-0, the Lions have emerged victorious over most opponents.

“I feel that the hard work we’re putting into the season is being shown in the scores,” said senior Luis Castellanos. The team has heart and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to be number one. “This season is going great,” said senior Sabino Ramirez. “We’re looking pretty strong, the team is working pretty hard and staying really committed.”

One of their biggest victories was against Arlington, when senior pitcher Andres Ramirez helped lead his team to a win with a walk off double down the right field line. For many players, it all comes down to the effort the team and coaches are willing to put in the program. Putting in work and buying into their coach’s set plan is one of the main reasons why the Lions have been doing so well this season.

The Thirst Project at CCHS

By Bernadette Fuentez and Chris Gutierrez

The CCHS Thirst Project is a new student organization is about raising awareness for all the places in the world that have to drink contaminated water. We have decided to be a part of making a difference for those millions of adults and children. Our goal is to be walking billboards, and spread the word about how serious this problem is and how easily it could be solved. More info can be found at thirstproject.org

Raising money is fairly simple, and enough money can provide these people with clean water for the rest of their lives.

We highly encourage every student on campus to join. Meetings are held every other Thursday (or “Thirst-day”), in room 706, during lunch B.

Right now we are having a t-shirt design competition to see who will have their design on our group t-shirt, winner gets two free tickets to the new Wet N’ Wild water park.

If you have any questions, you may contact Chris Gutierrez, or Bernadette Fuentez via email ChrisGutierrez796@gmail.com or BernieFuentez@gmail.com.