ISSUE 1V APRIL 2012
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.
7:00 p.m. Doors close at 7:30 p.m.
Bring your student ID!
HOW TO EAT LIKE A
Saturday: 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 3:00 p.m.
Do your best, Panthers!
Testing tips: Get a good night’s
sleep and eat breakfast!
INT’L FILM FESTIVAL
7:00 p.m. in the Cafetorium
CITY OF PALO ALTO: 6TH
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!
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
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.
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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
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JLS TIMES ISSUE IV APRIL 2012
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
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
Young-Hye (Sarah) L.
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