JLS Times Issue 4: April 2012 (pdf)


JLS Times Issue 4: April 2012 (pdf)



Congratulations to Michael Huang,

Ben S.T., and Lauren Y. for winning

the art contest. Thanks to all

participants. More participation in

the future will lead to the

publication of winners’ work.


FRIDAY, 4/27


7:00 p.m. Doors close at 7:30 p.m.

Bring your student ID!

SAT.-SUN., 4/28-29



Saturday: 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

TUES.-FRI., 5/1-4


Do your best, Panthers!

Testing tips: Get a good night’s

sleep and eat breakfast!



7:00 p.m. in the Cafetorium

FRIDAY, 5/11



7:00 p.m. at Cubberly Community

Center (Gym A). Tickets are $10 at

Lucie Stern or Cubberly. No tickets

are sold at the door!


Current Events

Obamacare in the Supreme Court

By Maya M.

Recently, the Supreme Court* has

been taking a look at the legality of

Obamacare: the proposed medical

insurance plan suggested by Obama and

the Democratic Party. The court especially

focused on the heart of the plan—a

mandate that states that all citizens must get

health care by the year 2014.

Many republicans believe the plan to

be a violation of the people’s rights to make

personal decisions. They believe that it is

unconstitutional to force people to buy

anything. The judges, too, asked many

questions. Justice Antonin Scalia, in

particular, asked the administration what

would stop the government from ordering

everybody to buy broccoli if the law stands.

However, the democrats bring up

some key points. Obamacare helps many

people who would otherwise have no

chance of affording health insurance. Take,

for example, the story of Violet McManus,

a 3-year-old girl, who suffers from

dangerous seizures. Obamacare is the only

reason that her family is able to afford

coverage. If the program were to be

dropped, her father’s health insurance

would only cover her to a 5 million dollar

life limit, which, according to calculations

by her parents, would run out at roughly

age five. Her mother recently gave a quote

to CNN about her fears of Obamacare

being shut down- “I’m really scared,” she

Holiday History

Saint Patrick’s Day

By Young-hye (Sarah) L.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a national holiday

in Ireland, celebrated on March 17th. This

is also the feast day of St. Patrick. who was

the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick

was a missionary to Ireland in A.D. 400’s

who converted the Irish to Christianity. It is

a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick by

attending special religious services, enjoying

family and community gatherings and

wearing shamrocks – a type of small herb

with leaves made up of three leaflets, and

the national symbol of Ireland.

According to legend, St. Patrick

planted shamrocks and used them to

explain that the Holy Trinity (Father, Son,

Holy Spirit) could all exist as separate

elements of the same entity. Because of this,

his followers adopted the custom of wearing

shamrocks on his feast day. The Irish

consider shamrocks as good luck symbols.

Continued: PATRICK P. 2

Book vs. Movie Review

The Hunger Games

By Neelima V. and Kathleen X.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let the 2012

Hunger Games begin and may the odds be

ever in you favor! This bestselling debut

novel by Suzanne Collins recently had its

movie version released. In this captivating

tale of survival, hope, justice, and a bit of

romance, readers get to know a 16-year-old

girl, Katniss Everdeen. Through her

writing, Collins introduces the futuristic,

tyrannical country of Panem. The Hunger

Games refer to a “game” where 24 teenage

tributes fight to the death, a punishment for

the districts of Panem due to a rebellion

against the government many years ago.

The movie was a blockbuster hit—

most likely because of the book and public

Continued: HUNGER P. 2




Every day after school

We’d walk home side by side

You could make me laugh when I was down

And help me when I cried

And on our wrists in perfect knots

Were friendship bracelets tied

A friend is a shoulder to lean on

One you love and share

When even all your hope is gone

You know they always care

Rachel B. and Lauren Y.

PATRICK: In the United States, Americans celebrate this day as

a secular (nonreligious) holiday by people wear green clothing,

hold parties and march in parades.

Another key part of St. Patrick’s Day is the leprechaun, a

fairy that originates from an old Irish word “luchorpan,” meaning

“little body.” According to legend, treasure hunters can track

down a leprechaun by the sound of his shoemaker’s hammer. But

if the captor’s eyes leave the leprechaun, the leprechaun is known

to vanish.

Another interesting thing about St. Patrick’s Day, is that the

color was not originally green, but blue until the 19th century,

when green became the national symbol for Ireland. By wearing

green, people pay tribute to Ireland and supposedly get good

luck--especially on St. Patrick’s Day. Many years ago, playful

children started to pinch people .who forgot to wear green on St.

Patrick’s Day and the tradition is still practiced today.

HUNGER: anticipation. As a movie adapted from a book, the

film followed the storyline well, but lacked many scenes that were

emphasized in the book. For example, in the book, Collins writes

in detail about Katniss and Gale’s relationship, and also clarifies

who Katniss’ mother and father were, but the movie mostly

revolves around life in action—the interviews, the Games, the

deaths, etc. In the movie, there is almost nothing about Thresh,

Cato, or any of the other tributes. Characters that play an

important role in the book, such as Madge and Katniss’ prep

team, are completely M.I.A. in the movie. Someone who had

never read the book would never know how Katniss actually

acquired her mockingjay pin or how she prepared for her

interviews. One plus was that the director did a good job making

the movie life-like yet futuristic. However, it is obvious that

compared to the well developed story, the film pales in contrast.

Overall, the movie had a lot of potential to be great, but it

left out quite a bit, leaving many loyal fans of the book confused

and dissatisfied. The book is definitely better than the movie.

Hopefully the director of Catching Fire, the next book in The Hunger

Games trilogy, will do a better job.

OBAMACARE: said. “Like, I-can’t-sleep-scared.”

Both sides have brought up convincing arguments, and this

Supreme Court case is in no way closed.

*The Supreme Court is the highest court in the US.

Thousands of cases are submitted each year, but only those that

are considered to be of national controversy are selected for





Maya M.

Neelima V.

Kathleen X.

Young-Hye (Sarah) L.


Grace P.

Robin P.

Alyssa S.T.

Formatting and Design

Grace P.

Robin P.

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Coluzzi

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