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By Evelyn Pang
San Francisco, one of the most exquisite and awesome places to live in, harbors many stunning and cool tourist attractions. Even if you live in SF, you should still visit these fun attractions (instead of being a couch potato at home). Hey, and if you’re a foodie, there are multiple places to go around town to get a bite. So from decadent croissants to exotic goods, San Francisco is truly a paragon of cities in California.
2. The Ferry Building (One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111)
Right on the foot of Market Street, on the western edge of the continent, and in the center of the city’s financial banking and transportation district, stands the magnificent Ferry Building. The Ferry Building, opened in 1898, became the focal point for anyone arriving by train. By the 1930s, the arrival of the ferryboat became one of the only transportation for travelers and commuters to reach the city from the East Bay to San Francisco. Years later, in the 1950s, the Ferry Building was used very little, and was converted to a standard office. Finally, in 2003, this special landmark was restored and reopened to the public as a world class food market. Now, there is a high quality Cuesa’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, sweet treats, restaurants and cafes, and plenty of shops containing exotic goods you can’t really find anywhere else. For example, it has Blue Bottle Coffee, Mariposa Baking Company, Out the Door (restaurant), Dandelion Chocolate, and Village Market (just to name a few). You are guaranteed to have a wonderful and relaxing time in the Ferry Building with your family, friends, or just by yourself.
3. Japanese Tea Garden (75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA CA 94118)
The Japanese Tea Garden provides visitors with a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to experience the natural serene beauty and harmony of a Japanese-style garden. Originally, in 1894, it was created as a “Japanese village” exhibit for the California Midwinter International Exposition. When the fair closed, Makoto Hagiwara (a Japanese landscape architect) created a permanent Japanese-style garden as a gift of prosperity. He gave all his passion, wealth, and energy into the stunning garden. This garden features an arched drum bridge, stone lanterns, pagodas, native Japanese plants, stepping stone paths, a zen garden, koi ponds, and a Tea House. During March and April, you can see the elegant beauty of cherry blossom trees throughout the garden. Standing with great tranquil beauty and pride, the Japanese Tea Garden is one of the many wonders of San Francisco today. In addition, this garden will be most suitable for those who enjoy the calmness of nature over their weekend.
4. b. Patisserie (2821 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115)
Pastry wiz Belinda Leong, is the one behind all of the decadent pastries and cakes of her infamous b. patisserie. Her modern, yet stylish, bakery has an open pastry kitchen, displaying the combination of Leong’s pure talent and Michael Suas’s expertise. The menu consists of French pastries alongside American flavors and local influences. You can choose from tarts, verrines, macarons, a range of viennoiseries, croissants, tartines, individual cakes, all the way to kouign amanns (delicious, different, and strongly recommended!). Grab a friend, have a comforting cup of coffee, buy a chocolate croissant, and enjoy the pleasant setting of Belinda’s refined salon de thé.
By Maureen Loftus
Animals play a very big part in the Harry Potter franchise. Some of them even help the plotline more than human characters. It is my opinion that these animals don’t get enough credit (or enough infamy). I will be ranking these characters by importance, heroism, and cuteness. Some of these characters might not exactly be animals, but I’m counting them anyway (You’ll see what i mean). I’ll start with the worst.
10. Scabbers- I’m counting him because he was in three books. He was a spy for Voldemort, and brought him back to life. Bad Scabbers!
9. Aragog- He tried to eat Harry and Ron, and he is a giant spider. Just being a giant spider would put him at the back of the list.
8. Nagini- The giant snake that helped Voldemort get his power back.
7. Basilisk- Yes, he tried to kill Harry, but unlike the animals lower on this list he couldn’t really think for himself.
6. Fluffy- Fluffy wasn’t the best guard dog, considering a group of pre-teens could get past him. Even if he was super cute.
5. Arnold- Ginny’s pygmy puff isn’t that important (and not even an animal), but so cute!
4. Buckbeak- Buckbeak, the Hippogriff did attack a student, even if the student was Malfoy.
3. Fang- Fang was super loyal to Hagrid, and very brave.
2. Hedwig- Harry’s owl was through all his misadventures, and sacrificed herself for him.
1. Crookshanks- He is probably the smartest character, cat or otherwise, in the books. He detects that Scabbers isn’t a rat, and helps save Sirius Black.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome to the fourth edition of the Giannini Politics Update. Today we will discuss two very different issues, the Facebook mess with Cambridge Analytica and stem cell therapies approved by the FDA.
Recently, Facebook has been under heavy criticism for the idea that the data firm and company Cambridge Analytica was able to access personal information from over 50 million Facebook users without their approval. After criticism over his slow response to this news, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has been talking to many news corporations. Zuckerberg has testified in front of a Congressional Panel on April 11. He appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss the company’s use and protection of user data. Zuckerberg said that not only his users’ but even his data had been shared.
Zuckerberg apologized saying, “It was my mistake, I’m sorry.” This apology was a repetition of the one in the previous Facebook hearing. CNN reported that Zuckerberg said, “This is a complex issue that deserves more than a one word answer. ” Frank Pallone, a U.S. house representative called the response disappointing.
Also, recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified stem cell clinics using unapproved Stem cell therapies. However, the administration has now endorsed this therapy and has declared them effective and useful. This is contradicting because the FDA has suddenly changed their opinion entirely. The reason this is so interesting is because stem cells have the ability to become many types of cells in the body. “Some studies suggest that stem cells may help the nearly blind to see and reverse signs of aging.” (Cnn.com) These cells could also repair tissue and to some extent, regenerate body parts. Although not everything is known or confirmed, these therapies could be revolutionary in the field of health so stay tuned for more news regarding stem cell therapy.
By: Erika Wu and Jadelyn Lou
Imagine you find yourself in a situation where you’re craving fast food, and Burger King and McDonald’s are the only fast food places available. Even if you don’t normally eat at these places, they are the only ones available and they are both the same distance away from your destination. Now you’re in a dilemma. Which would you choose? Which one is healthier? We are here to help you make the right choice and get your cravings satisfied so you’ll have no regrets.
Total Fat: 12 grams
Total Carbohydrates: 33 grams
Protein: 15 grams
Sodium: 680 milligrams
Sugars: 7 grams
Total Fat: 11 grams
Total Carbohydrates: 29 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Sodium: 160 milligrams
Sugars: 0 grams
Total Fat: 8 grams
Total Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Protein: 13 grams
Sodium: 480 milligrams
Sugars: 6 grams
By Emma Yu
Perhaps one of the most beloved TV shows on Netflix, Stranger Things has taken the U.S. by storm. It seems like almost everyone has seen it. But how good is your knowledge of Stranger Things?
WARNING: THIS QUIZ CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOTH SEASON 1 AND 2
4. At the end of Stranger Things Season 2, which popular 80s song was playing during Mike and El’s iconic dance scene?
A.Time After Time by Cindi Lauper
B.Don’t You by Simple Minds
C.With or Without You by U2
D.Take on Me by A-ha
5. In the beginning of Stranger Things Season 2, what game are the kids first found playing?
6.Who is the creator of Stranger Things?
A.The Donner Brothers
C.The Duffer Brothers
7. What was the exact date that was displayed on the opening clip of the first scene of Stranger Things Season 2?
A.October 27, 1884
B.October 28, 1984
C.January 1, 1987
D.November 26, 1987
8. What are the names of these characters? (insert Picture 3 below)
A.Tommy and Ellie
B.Timothy and Carol
C.Jimmy and Allie
D.Tommy and Carol
9. What was the first line of dialogue ever spoken in the first season of Stranger Things? A.“Something is coming. Something hungry for blood.”
C. “A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness.”
D.“Will, your action!”
10. What’s the mascot of Hawkins Middle School?
By Kayla Yee
What was your learning experience like as a child?
Ms. Smith went to a strict Catholic school-where she had to wear uniforms. At lunch, the girls had to sit, eat and play only with the girls, while the boys sat, ate and played only with the boys. The teachers didn’t explain a lot, and they did all of their work at home, not at school, in the classroom.
When you were young, did you imagine yourself as a teacher? If not, what job did you want to pursue in life?
She did imagine herself as a teacher, although in the different phases of life, she wanted to be different things to keep her life exciting.
If you didn’t imagine yourself as a teacher, when did you change your mind to direct your career towards the teaching path?
In 4th grade, she wanted to be a teacher so badly that when her teacher gave her an extra “teacher edition” of a science book, she pretended to be a teacher in her room by herself.
What schools have you taught at, and what grades?
Ms. Smith has taught 6th and 7th grade in Westborough Middle School, Denman Middle School, and is currently teaching 6th Grade ELA and Social Studies and 7th Grade ELA.
From all of your teaching experiences, what is currently your favorite grade to teach, and why?
She likes teaching both 6th and 7th Grade for different reasons-6th Grade because it is fun to teach language arts and social studies back to back, 7th grade because they are “awesome” experienced writers, and it is fun to listen to them discuss their books.
Do you support using phones in class, and why or why not?
She only supports phones in class for learning purposes. Ms. Smith also doesn‘t support phones in class when they are used to take pictures because she has seen students post inappropriate pictures of their classmates, and used on social media, as a way of bullying.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome to the third edition of the Giannini Politics Update. Today we will be discussing a Senate hearing concerning school shootings.
Two important events took place on the same day last week. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on a bill to fund more security at schools, exactly one month after a deadly school shooting at Florida’s Parkland High School. However, many Democrats are frustrated that the bill does not include any restrictions on gun control or purchase. The Judiciary Committee held a highly anticipated hearing concerning the FBI and law enforcement’s failure to confront warning signs from the gunman before the shooting. Coincidentally, both the hearing and the vote happened to take place on the day when students around the countries are walking out of their classrooms in order to protest gun control measures.
“The witness list at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing also included David L. Bowdich, the acting deputy director of the FBI, as well as Ryan Petty, whose daughter was killed in the Florida shooting, and Katherine Posada, a teacher at the school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School” (Cnn.com).
The bill passed on March 14th, resulting in celebrations throughout the country. The vote was 407-10. If you are interested in news concerning gun control and much more, keep reading the The Giannini Politics Update.
By Maureen Loftus
Celebrities have been around for a very long time. The Middle Ages had famous troubadours, the Renaissance had painters, there have been opera singers and silent actors. For the past few decades, celebrities have been singers like Madonna and talk show hosts like Oprah. Much more recently, a new kind of “celebrity” has emerged:YouTubers. These people make lots of money by just filming and broadcasting their lives. Some of their videos are fun, like YouTubers who make awesome slime. Then there's the darker side. “Celebrities” who gain followers by causing controversies.
The self-proclaimed sovereigns of controversial YouTubers are Logan and Jake Paul. They each have at least 14 million subscribers each, and they don’t get those numbers by making fluffy slime. Most recently, Logan Paul got in huge trouble for filming in the Japanese ‘suicide forest’. That’s just the latest in a string of disreputable behavior. Their videos can be rude, offensive, and uncivil. After many of his dangerous outdoor stunts, Jake Paul is certified the worst neighbor ever. Those are the mild ones. These videos can teach kids and teenagers bad lessons. Like how being rude to people makes you look cool. If teens see their idols doing irresponsible things, and getting away with them, they might think they are acceptable. Most of what they do is not acceptable, like lighting a pool on fire. The Paul brothers could be ushering in a new generation of pyromaniacs by lighting up anything within arms reach!
They should not be allowed to keep glorifying their crazy and dangerous lives. And people shouldn’t watch it.
By: Erika Wu and Jadelyn Lou
Spring. Bunnies, Easter eggs, and flowers. These are some things that emerge during spring. Spring occurs between March 20 and June 21 in the northern hemisphere. Many thoughts about spring relates to Easter, Coachella Festival, and flowers. However, these aren’t the only things that people look forward to. They also look forward to what happens during spring, holidays in spring, and where people go during spring break.
During spring, flowers bloom into the beautiful shape they look like in pictures. More people tend to enjoy spring due to its creation of nature. Also, according to an article in Yougov.com, “While for the majority (30%) of 18-34 year old Americans summer is their favorite season, this is the case for just 20% of those aged 55 and over. 37% of 55s and older prefer spring above all – the perfect time of year for gardening and enjoying the warmer weather before the height of summer.”
There are many holidays in spring like St. Patrick's Day and April Fools. There is also Easter and Mother’s day. These holidays are both celebrated by tradition. Mother's day is about celebrating and being grateful for your mother. Easter is about Christians celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection, St. Patrick’s Day is about the death of St. Patrick, and April Fools Day is about pranking each other.
Spring break is the time where people bond with their families and/or friends. You can travel to many places due to the warmer weather. Spring isn't too hot like summer and not too cold like winter; Spring is just right. People go to places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City, and more.
Many festivals occur during Spring, including the Coachella Music Festival, which is one of the more popular music festivals in the spring. This event is located in Indio, CA, about 130 miles away from Los Angeles. The general pass admission for three days is $429, and prices have increased. A lot of people state that the Coachella is one of the best music festivals they’ve been to. Many artists perform in this festival such as The Weeknd, Beyonce, and Eminem. You can also download an app to help you schedule when you want to go there because tickets sell out quickly. There are also multiple decorations such as pieces of art. Various festivals happen during this time such as the Stagecoach in Indio. If the tickets are already sold out for the Coachella, don’t be worried, because you can always enjoy the other upcoming music festivals.
By Sabira Abdolcader
It’s getting really close to the day we’ve all been waiting for:
finding out what high schools we’re all going to. It’s a bittersweet time. For some of people, they’re happy because they’re getting out of middle school and hoping to make new friends and having new classmates. But at the same time, there are some people that don’t want to leave their friends and are scared of a new environment that they’ve never been to. There’s also so much pressure from parents about getting into the best high school that’s best for you and your future. You just want to make them proud. No matter what it takes.
You’re already imagining it: Your parents are passing you the letter that holds your future while waiting anxiously for you to open it. You’re taking in a deep breath before ripping the envelope apart to read the words: ‘Congratulations *your name*! You are attending the school of your dreams!’ You’re so happy and relieved! Your parents are jumping with joy! Friends are calling you to tell you how happy they are for you! Everyone is so proud and are congratulating you!
But... what if you don’t get into the high school you want?
Well, of course you might be disappointed and heartbroken that all the hard work you put into getting in the high school you wanted to was useless. You may cry a little. You may not want to talk about it. It might be a subject that you’re sensitive about. All of that is valid.
But don’t worry! It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get into the high school you want! Your high school experience is not completely over! And here’s why:
1.Tons of other great high schools! Just because the high school that you wanted to get into was the ‘best’ one for you doesn’t mean that other high schools aren’t just as great! You just have to give them a chance. Certainly, there are amazing opportunities in other schools that the school you wanted to get into didn’t have. It’s not the school that makes your experience amazing, it’s what you do in your school to make it great.
2.College is more important! I’m not saying that you should completely drop high school and not care about it at all, but if we’re talking about what will shape your entire life and career, it’s definitely college. High school isn’t what’s going to frame what you do in life, it’s too early to determine that. College is what will push you to what you want to do for life and therefore is more important than high school.
3.Relief of pressure! The thing is, you probably applied to your preferred high school because you think it’s going to be challenging and competitive. But if you don’t get in, won’t it just be easier and less stressful for you in your other high school that’s probably just average? This way, you can just enjoy your high school experience without having to worry about complicated homework and tough assignments. Life is better.5.
5.Best of the best! If we’re talking about being in average schools, then we can also talk about the average students… If you’re one of those people who really believes that they’re more advanced than other students but got placed in an average school, then look on the bright side! Now you can be the best of the best in your classes since you’re the exceptional student in the sea of the ordinary. It will also look really good when colleges look at your school and see that you are at the very top. How can colleges not accept you?
6.Just do you! So what if high schools don’t know your determination and talent? You can be the best if you really try your hardest and just be naturally you. Again, schools do not determine your life, it’s really you who does that. Just do your hardest in school and everything will turn out all right. Probably.
As you can see, there are many reasons why your high school experience is not completely over. You can rock those 4 years just being you. Who knows? Maybe not going to the high school you preferred will actually be the best choice you will have ever made.