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By: Lauren Lew & Beatrice Sixt
Recently, the students of A.P. Giannini voted for this year’s student council and senate. In the student council meetings, we mainly discuss what our top priority is, whether it’s an event or what we want to change. Currently, we’re talking about the ways we can make the school better, such as ways of communication and fundraisers. The Student Council meets every Tuesday, and the Senate meets every Thursday, 2-3 times a week. (3 if you are participating in SQUAD week) If you are interested in a position, then you can talk to Ms. J in room 202.
Here are the elected candidates:
6th grade :
President and Vice President: Karina Louie and Lauren Lew
Shadow President and Vice President: Beatrice Sixt and Lauren Lew
President and Vice President: Kai Yeung and Dina Frenkel
Shadow President and Vice: Coco Conner and Violet Maddox
President and Vice President: Nico Schwegler and Jonathan Nguyen
Shadow President and Vice: Lam Tran and Madlen Koteva
8 Chosen by Representatives
8 Chosen by Popular Votes
Congratulations to the winners!
By Beatrice Sixt
Billie O’Connell, also known as Billie Eilish (Eilish is one of her middle names), is a sixteen-year-old alternative pop songwriter and artist. She is currently going on her third tour, called the 1 by 1 tour, to places like San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and Chicago on the map. Billie also recently performed at Camp Flog Gnaw, a music festival in LA. But it wasn’t always that way.
She was born in Highland Park, Los Angeles to a family of musicians. In a video interview, she said that she was a dancer and made her own music videos to songs she liked. Her first video on her Youtube channel was a dance video where she did aero arts (which her mom used to teach). Unfortunately, she had an accident which caused her to stop dancing, (I think in an interview with Nardwuar she said that she tore the muscle in her hip from the bone, but don’t quote me on that) and said in an interview that if she never did music, she wouldn’t know where she’d be. Billie works closely with her family. Her brother, Finneas, co-writes and produces her music. She released her breakout hit ocean eyes in 2016 on Soundcloud. After that, she released another song, Six Feet Under, on November 18, later that year. In early 2017, she released an EP with four remixes of ocean eyes. In August of 2017, she released her EP, Don’t Smile At Me. It had 9 songs on it:
It was well received. The 6th song, bellyache, is her second most viewed video on her Youtube channel. She’s also put out some singles lately: a holiday song for an Apple Music commercial called come out and play, a more angsty song called You Should See Me In A Crown, and one of her most popular songs, when the partys over, which has blown up, getting spot #1 on the Youtube trending page. They all are well loved, with You Should See Me In A Crown getting minor criticism for not being her typical sound.
I think Billie is very talented for someone so young. I look forward to seeing what else she does.
You can find her music here:
By Eva Ciobanu and Anya Sleeper Sheppard
A brief history of ice cream:
The ice cream that we know today was once known as "Cream Ice”. Originally, Roman emperor, Nero Claudius Caesar (ruled from 54-68 CE), sent runners into the mountains for snow, which he then flavored with honey, nuts, and fruit toppings. In 1553, France was introduced to similar frozen desserts. But it wasn’t until 1660 that ice cream was made available to the general public and appeared regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17th century.
The Ice Cream Quiz
1. Your best friend has a problem: they need your help to finish an essay that is due tomorrow. But you had already planned to go watch a movie with your mom. Do you help or do you refuse?
a. You paste on a smile and say, “Of course I’ll help you! I wasn’t planning to do anything today anyway!’
b. You say, “Ya, I’ll help you, but only for an hour because I’m seeing a movie with my mom later.”
c. “Why didn’t you do it earlier? You’re always procrastinating. I always do the work the day it’s assigned.”
d. “Ya, sure I’ll help you!” you say, forgetting your previous plans.
e. “Sorry, I can’t. I’m going to see a movie with my mom and I would feel really bad if I didn’t go.”
f. “Of course I’ll help you, let me make some flashcards for you!”
2. On the way to your next class, you spot a fight between two students you recognize. What do you do?
a. You pull out your phone and start recording it while yelling “OMG, I’m sister shook guys!”
b. You run to the nearest teacher to get help.
c. “Teacher! They’re fighting! I would never do such a thing, in fact, I was just doing my extra credit!”
d. You immediately run into the middle of the fight and try to separate the students.
e. You yell at them and watch from the sidelines.
f. You throw your shoes at them to try and get them to stop.
3. You got a D on your last math test but since it’s the end of the year you can’t make it up. How do you react?
a. “That’s ok, at least I didn’t get an F. Besides, that test was hard!”
b. “Come on! My parents are going to be so mad!”
c. “There’s no way I got a D, I have straight A’s, this must be a mistake!”
d. You start to cry and run out of the room.
e. “OMG I can’t believe you gave me a D!” you yell to the teacher.
f. You ask the teacher, “If I help you out with the class and do extra credit, do you think you could raise my grade?”
4. You find a wallet with $100 in it. There is also a name on it, but no contact info. What do you do?
a. You say “Omg I feel so bad for them! But there is no info so I guess I have to keep it.”
b. You bring it to the main office with hopes of the owner finding it.
c. “They should keep track of their stuff better,” you think, leaving it on the ground.
d. Without missing a beat, you stuff it into your pocket and walk away.
e. You want to keep it really badly but you fight the urge and bring it to the main office.
f. You make flyers for the missing wallet and put your number, so the owner can call you.
5. You can only invite three people to your birthday party due to it being at an amusement park, who do you invite?
a. You don’t want to make anyone feel excluded, so you invite some friends from summer camp.
b. You invite your best friends and hope no one feels bad.
c. You invite some friends from the debate team.
d. You only invite people you know will bring good gifts.
e. You invite only your best friends, and don’t care if people feel excluded: ‘It’s your birthday!’
f. You invite some friends that are excluded often, hoping to make feel welcomed for once.
6. For Christmas, you and a group of friends are going to do Secret Santa; you end up with someone who you’re not that close with. What do you do?
a. You get them stuff from the dollar store and hope they’ll like it.
b. You get them a popular YouTuber’s merch that you’ve heard them talk about before.
c. You get them a cool new pencil case and some homemade cookies, obviously your gift is the best.
d. You go to the store, get the first thing you see, and pray they’ll like it.
e. You put a lot of time and effort into getting them a good present.
f. You spend a week making them the perfect homemade gift.
7. You have a big test tomorrow and you aren’t prepared. What do you do?
a. You try to study but you have a breakdown and end up just scrolling through Instagram.
b.You make a groupchat with all your friends in that class and help each other study.
c. You use all your spare time for studying and making flashcards.
d. You decide to study when you get home, but you just end up binging your favorite show. The next day, you plan to cheat and hope you don’t get caught.
e. You and a friend quiz each other until you both feel ready.
f. You make up a catchy song to help you remember everything and you sing it until it’s stuck in your head.
Mostly A’s: You are salted caramel. You are very kind but like to sugarcoat everything, people don’t trust you as much because at times you are fake.
Mostly B’s: You are chocolate. You are loyal, people can trust you with their secrets. But, you also act very basic and follow every trend, no matter how ridiculous.
Mostly C’s: You are butter pecan. You put a lot of effort into your grades and education. This sometimes gets to your head, and people often get annoyed by your cockiness.
Mostly D’s: You are vanilla. Your habits are traditional, but your actions and reflexes are impulsive.
Mostly E’s: You are mint chip. You are very argumentative and won’t back down, but you are also strong willed and people can depend on you.
Mostly F’s: You are pistachio. You are by far the most unique and complex. You have your own way of doing things, and you always find a way to shake things up.
By Calianne Sok & Maya Wakabayashi
Bats are wonderful creatures, unique in their own ways. Their lifestyle is very interesting. Here are some facts and some information about bats. Enjoy!
What Do Bats Eat?
-70% of bats eat insects. Also there are fruit eating bats, nectar eating bats, and carnivorous bats that eat small mammals, such as lizards, frogs, and birds.
-There are also blood sucking vampire bats in South America.
How Many Types of Bats are There?
-There are about 900 species of bats, including the Old World Fruit bat, the Microbat, Indian Flying Fox, (the first image all the way at the top), the Megabat, Natalus, and many more!
-Some bat populations have numbers that go into millions, while other populations are very low.
-Giant flying foxes are a type of bat that live in Indonesia.
Where Do Bats Live?
-Bats can be found almost anywhere in the world except for really cold or really hot places.
-Bats make their homes in caves, tree cavities, crevices, and buildings.
-Some species of bats are solitary while others have colonies with up to more than 1,000,000 bats.
-For most bats to survive during the winter, some species migrate, some hibernate, and some go into torpor, which is a state of physical of mental inactivity or lethargy.
What are Bat’s Special Powers?
-Bats have a very good sense of hearing; they hear sounds from sound waves bouncing off of other objects to see how far or close they are, which they can do in a split second. It is also known as echolocation.
Here are Some Interesting Facts...
-The Palaeochiropteryx (pal-ee-oh-ky-rop-ter-iks) is one of the oldest bats known. It is sadly now extinct. (There is an image of the skeleton on the left)
-Bats are the only mammal that can actually fly.
-A group of bats is called a colony.
-For the size that bats are, they are the slowest reproducing mammals on the planet.
Try to do this whole quiz without looking at the text! Also they are not in order of the text.
(The answers are at the bottom.)
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics Update. Today we will be discussing the 2018
Significant differences were seen in one of the most highly anticipated and crucial elections in history. The Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, women seized 98 seats in the House of Representatives, and Republicans retained the Senate majority. The Democrats’ strategy was to recruit candidates that were at one point in time considered out of line for the position. That included many female candidates. The strategy was successful in turning out House voters as a record number of women will be sworn in next year. Democrat Beto O’Rourke is widely credited for a surprisingly well-run campaign. O’Rourke ran in a tight race for Texas senator. Although he did not see victory, O’Rourke’s campaign was focused on identifying new voters and refused to run negative ads. Republican Ted Cruz beat O’Rourke by a small margin, not significant enough to doubt O’Rourke’s political future. O'Rourke has shown that a progressive Democrat can mount a serious challenge in a previously red state. He has brought in thousands of first-time voters, among them many Latinos and millennials. Most surprisingly is the fact that he did this while refraining from negative attacks and staying true to his inclusive values.
Overall, this midterm election has shown a Democratic wave that may have the power to destabilize the Republican majority seen in 2018. The Democrats took back the House and won in traditionally red states. This shows a possibility of change and a change of results in the 2020 presidential election.
By Martin Lew
We usually go to a grocery store for food that is fresh, ripe, and good to eat, but sometimes the food that you buy is not always like that. You should listen to these tips closely to choose the best groceries for homemade meals. You can mostly tell by using your 5 senses. Touching, seeing, feeling, and smelling could now make a difference in picking ripe food.
-For bananas to be good, they have to be yellow and not have a lot of spots. If they are brown or you can feel they are mushy, they should definitely be left behind. The banana can be green and that doesn’t mean it is bad. It just means it needs to be out longer.
-Berries are good if they have a fragrant smell. They should be juicy and if it is in a container, look for stains or leaks.
-Apples should be firm and have a rich color lke the color red. If it looks like it is flattened a little or dented, it is best not to be eaten.
-Grapefruits, oranges, and pineapples should be heavy, firm, and also really jucy if you pick it right. Also when you squeeze it, it should stay in place not mushy. Also underipe pineapples should be room temperature and avoid sunlight.
-If pears are your favorite fruit, you should gently squeeze the area around the pear. If it gives, it is good to go.
-You should always pick cherries by feeling them. They should be plump, dark red like blood, and have a green stem.
-To pick a peach with ripeness and deliciousness, you can tell by the color. They should be golden yellow not light yellow. Red is mostly on peaches because when we see things that are red, we usually think it is ripe like apples.
-Cantaloupes should have a sweet smell and have a nice orange color on the inside.
-If you buy a whole watermelon, the watermelon should be well rounded, a light greenish color, and it should be heavy no matter the size.
-Strawberries should have a cap shaped stem and you should avoid strawberries with no seeds.
If you are looking for some asparagus, keep your eyes open for some smooth, dark green asparagus. Also look for dense closed points on the spears. Don’t buy more than you could eat for 2 days because they won’t be fresh.
-Red bell peppers are actually sweeter and riper than green ones. Get smooth, heavy peppers and shake one. If you can hear the seeds, it is past its due date.
-Broccoli should be light green, compacted heads are ripe while avoiding bruised ones. The smaller buds should be dark green and shouldn’t be open because that would mean it is too “old.”
-Cabbages should have a dense heavy head and usually come in many colors. They can last for a very loooong time if kept in the fridge.
-Beets should be 1 and one fourth to 2 inches in diameter. Also the leaves should be 4 to 6 inches to be fresh.
-Brussel sprouts should be firm and about 1 inch in diameter to be ripe.
-Cauliflower should be white, firm and the head of the cauliflower should be together with its buds. - Chard leaves should be 8-10 inches for it to be tender.
-Corn should be picked when it is a mixture of green and light green. The inside when it is good is bright yellow, very juicy, and should be sweet.
-Bok Choy should have dark green leaves with white stalks, but young ones will have light green leaves.
-Cucumber should be 6-8 inches if you want to chop it up for your dish. The cucumbers will be past it’s due date when it is large or the color has changed to yellow.
-Onions should be firm and dry. They should also have a thin skin. They shouldn’t be too dry or have soft wet spots.
-To pick garlic, you should pick it when it is yellow and dry.
Finally, I hope you enjoyed these tips and next time you go to the grocery store, pick wisely while picking veggies and fruits
By: Tina Yang and Cecilia Yong
Smallfoot is about a young Yeti named Migo, who is trying to prove that another species called the Smallfoot species exists. It’s harder than it sounds though, because there is the Stone Keeper, who has stones that ‘protect’ the village. There are a bunch of rules, and things they have to believe in that are written on the stones. One fateful day, Migo discovers a Smallfoot (human) and tells the village. He was banished from the village for defying the stones. There were three other people from the village who also believed that the Smallfoot species exist, though. They took him to their leader, who just so happened to be the daughter of the Stone Keeper. She introduced herself as the leader the S.E.S.-- The Smallfoot Evidentiary Society. Soon after, they bring Migo beneath the clouds. According to the stones, below the clouds is nothingness, and you fall forever. As said in the film, there are only yaks ---all the way down.
And yet, when he descends, he lands in snow after only a very short period of time. This confuses him. Did he fall on the yaks? When he goes off to explore, he finds a little town, and he sees a Smallfoot. The Smallfoot tries to shoot Migo, but soon afterwards, they develop a friendship. The Smallfoot is a TV show host named Percy who has a show about animals. His show is going down in ratings and he’s losing his money. He can’t go on to pay off anything without his show! When Percy sees Migo, he is determined to prove to everyone that Yetis exist. He’d get so many viewers and possibly be rich! Meanwhile, Migo and the rest of the S.E.S. are determined to prove that the Smallfoot species exist, to defy the stones, and to show the Stone Keeper that he isn’t protecting the village… he’s destroying it.
Our rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ★ (four stars)
We rated Smallfoot foot 4 stars because it was only a bit predictable, but it had a really meaningful lesson. The lesson is to always be curious even though people tell you not to be. Always ask questions! It included many things in the story that an audience loves, such as adventure, comedy, and meaning. We enjoyed this movie, and hopefully you do, too. Thank you for reading this movie review!
By Alexander Zlatev
Do you think you know Fortnite? You do? Well test your skills on this quiz.
By Jaguar Share
Throughout this quiz you will be able to learn more about the mechanics and history of these two games, as you put your trivia knowledge to the test!
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