Monthly Archives: August 2018

PREVIEW: St. John Bosco vs. Mililani

by Ethan Piechota

The St. John Bosco Braves football team takes on Mililani High School from Hawaii tonight at Panish Family Stadium as the #1 ranked team in the nation looks to move to 3-0 on the year.

Dominance. Complete and total dominance has been on display from Bosco’s top-ranked, lockdown defense throughout the first two weeks of the season.

The offense, led by quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, has put up numbers as expected, scoring 49 and 56 points in their first two games respectively with high-powered games from skill position players George Holani, Keith Savage, Kris Hutson, Jude Wolfe and Jake Bailey in each.

However, Bosco’s national championship chances rest in the hands of the team’s defense. The unit has forced 9 turnovers throughout their first two games, taking pride in wearing and flaunting their “turnover chain” on the sidelines.

The squad is playing hungry, getting hits on opposing quarterbacks at every opportunity and tainting offensive gameplans from the kickoff.

Last week in Bakersfield, the Braves allowed just 10 yards of total offense to Garces Memorial in their 56-0 rout. That is an absurd stat, and just goes to show the power and high capability of this defense up-and-down the depth chart. And it’s not just the starters, as this Bosco defense is deep. It starts with Bosco’s highly skilled defensive line, which rotates 8 Braves on the regular.

The Mililani Trojans from Hawaii are one of the top football programs from the “big island” and are a top 50 team in the nation for high school football. There was worry that the game might not take place due to Mililani possibly not being able to leave Hawaii on a plane because of hurricanes in their area, but the team has landed here in California and has held practices at Panish Family Stadium.

Not to be overlooked, Bosco’s offense has gone above-and-beyond and gotten the job done in both weeks as well and will be a key part of the team’s success the rest of the season. But when you add in a unit on the other side of the ball that will literally not allow you to score, a national championship run is made a true reality.

It’s just been an absolute clinic from Bosco’s defense in each of their opening two games, and they will look to continue this again tonight against Mililani.

“The Tribe” will need to be in full force tonight as the Braves play another game to defend their number one overall ranking in the nation and fulfill their national championship hopes.





St. John Bosco Brave Vision: For the Students

by Matthew Ruiz and George Holani

Just less than a month into the school year, St. John Bosco’s Brave Vision team started filming, editing, and recruiting new kids for their first episode, which aired on August 30th school wide this month.

A monthly television program aired for the benefit of informing and giving the entire Bosco student body and staff a laugh, Brave Vision is excited for their upcoming year making videos for the students.

“The first episode will highlight the freshman, new teachers and especially the first football game,” said Mr. Nold regarding the first BraveVision that just came out.

Brave Vision / August 2018 Episode

Nold is the co-director of the Brave Vision service alongside theater teacher and lead director Mr. Lang, and the two run and edit the publication together.

The episode did just what the team had hoped, with hyped videos of the first Bosco football game of the season at home as well as a few new teacher interviews, one with new counselor Mr. Tota.

“Inspiration [for our videos] comes in the form of the oratory model St. John Bosco set up for the kids,” said Nold.

The oratory at St. John Bosco High School consists and is defined by a Church, School, Home, and Playground. In every Brave Vision episode, members of the team try their best to highlight those four key points.

As the program is still progressing and running, Mr. Nold has started teaching video editing in his Media Production class for students interested in learning. Already in its fourth year of running, Nold is looking to expand and progress student abilities.

“The most difficult part of Brave Vision is that it’s time consuming and editing,” said senior Brave Vision member Dalton Tuscany.

Dalton enjoys making his fellow students laugh and entertaining the entire school with funny actions, and can unleash all of that with full freedom on episodes of Brave Vision, in which he currently hosts a “Cool Cars of the Month” segment.

The Brave Vision team is active and working on a day-to-day basis around campus and will look to continue making successful and community strengthening videos all school year.


A+E: A GOOD Summer for GOOD Music

by AJ Castillo

Although there are still 3 months left in 2018, this year in rap is one that will not be soon forgotten. With highly anticipated releases from the likes of Drake, J. Cole, and Travis Scott, this year has been one of massive proportions in the industry. However, five albums in particular separate themselves from the pack.

When Kanye West returned to Twitter, fans knew that something exciting was bound to take place, yet no one could have expected this big of a year from the rap legend. Producing five albums including a solo work and a duo with his longtime friend Kid Cudi, West has once again shown that even with his age, he is still one of the top artists not only in hip-hop, but in music as a whole.

Reminiscent of the long gone GOOD Fridays, the famed label released four 7 track albums over five weeks this summer, and female standout Teyana Taylor produced eight tracks. Also known as the “Wyoming albums,” most of the songs were created and recorded in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where West also hosted two listening parties.

The star-studded lineup began with GOOD Music President Pusha T’s Daytona project on May 25th. As usual, Pusha used his talent in lyricism to paint a vivid picture of current events, his dark past, and his vast wealth over sample-heavy West beats on songs like “The Games We Play” and “What Would Meek Do?” featuring West.

The album also created lots of controversy and 2018’s biggest rap beef, due to the album artwork being a picture of the late Whitney Houston’s bathroom after her death, and Pusha T calling out Drake on the last track, “Infrared.” Overall, it was great for Pusha T’s first album in nearly three years, but did not gain the attention it deserved due to Pusha being lesser known by the mainstream rap audience.

Next dropped one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, Ye by Kanye West. As with his other works, West gives the listener an in-depth look into his lavish yet human lifestyle, this time discussing topics such as mental health and his children on songs like “I Thought About Killing You” and “Violent Crimes”.

“Yikes” and “All Mine” also bring back memories and reminisce of Yeezus, with West using extremely explicit lyrics to describe his wealth and party lifestyle over hard-hitting, drum filled beats. “No Mistakes” and “Ghost Town” gave listeners the West and Kid Cudi collaboration they desperately needed, giving a great preview for what was to come the next week.


Photo by YesJulz

As with their previous collaborations, this superstar duo did not fail to deliver. A nice break from the first few songs of the album, these two tracks brought a classic West sound back, with uplifting beats and lyrics as well as beautiful contributions from Cudi on hooks and in the background, making them some of the best tracks of the summer.

OVO signee PARTYNEXTDOOR also made a considerable contribution to Ye, offering great supporting vocals on “Wouldn’t Leave” and “Ghost Town”. Ye was nowhere near the level of West’s previous albums, but it was a fresh sound that mixed the Kanye we know and love with a newer one. Though definitely not his best, it is still a strong candidate for album of the year.

After Ye, came a long overdue collaboration between two of the of music’s most influential creators: Kanye West and Kid Cudi. The duo, now going by the name of KIDS SEE GHOSTS, released a self-named album together on June 8th.

KSG was a rollercoaster of different sounds and styles that somehow all fit and came together to create something special. “Feel the Love” featuring Pusha T felt like a perfect intro to the album. With a dark beat and a near perfect verse from Pusha T, vocals from Kid Cudi, and something best described as noises from Kanye, it started the album with the hype it deserved.

The song set the tone for the next two songs on the album, “Fire” and “4th Dimension” featuring Louis Prima on the samples. “Fire” is a great example of the duos versatility, showcasing a beat that sounds like it was made from an electric guitar with heavy percussion. It also had the all-classic Kid Cudi humming adored by all. Sounding similar to a march with its percussion pattern, it was all over the place in the best way possible.

Next, “4th Dimension” started with one of the best beat transitions or drops this year. Going from a Louis Prima song to another march style beat, the drop was completely unexpected. The song has a sound almost identical to “Jesus Walks,” again utilizing a military march style percussion pattern and the use of vocals to match the beat. It was classic Kanye production, with even better verses from the two features.



The next track, “Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, served as a good transition from tracks 1-3 to tracks 4-7. It was a breath of fresh air, bringing back an uplifting and carefree sound back from Ye. Just by listening to it you can tell everyone had a great time in the studio recording it.

After this track came three tracks that felt almost like an extension of Kid Cudi’s last album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. This trio of tracks all had the same dark, spacey sounds and vocals as Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. Although these tracks were simply amazing, Kanye’s verses felt somewhat out of place at some points. Due to the change in volume and pitch from Cudi to West, they didn’t flow like they would had they been Cudi solo songs. However, this is not to take away from the sheer beauty of the songs.

The three tracks: “Reborn,” “Kids See Ghosts” featuring Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), and “Cudi Montage” combined to create a memorable finale for the album that combined the styles of Cudi and West very well. GOOD Music did not skip a beat with Kids See Ghosts, adding another strong album of the year contender to the exciting lineup.

The fourth album of the five was a collaboration that turned many heads. New York legend Nas teamed up with Kanye West as his executive producer for his first album since 2012, Nasir. A breath of fresh air for the 2018 rap scene, it brought back Nas’s old-school lyrical style with Kanye West’s unmatched production.

In my opinion, Nasir had some of the best production of the five and on any album in my recent memory. Many of the songs showcased West’s ability to use samples and vocals to create a beat like no other. Sampling songs and artists like the main theme for The Hunt for the Red October, Iranian artists Shahram Shahbpareh and Kourosh Yaghmaei, Slick Rick, and bollywood artist R.D. Burman, the production set the stage for Nas’s unmatched lyricism.

Many of the lyrics on the album had highly political statements, especially on songs like “Not for Radio” featuring Puff Daddy and “Cops Shot the Kid” featuring Kanye West. Each song sounded very different, creating an experience that did not get boring like some rap albums do.

My personal favorites, “White Label” and “Adam and Eve” featuring The-Dream were perfect examples of West and Nas linking to bring back an old-school feel.

Also worth mentioning are the two tracks “everything” featuring The-Dream and Kanye West, and “Simple Things.” These two tracks had a much different feel than the rest of the album. With West doing what he does best to use the human voice as an instrument, they add a nice chilled-out energy, with “Simple Things” finishing off the listening experience on a wonderful note.

To me, Nasir has not received anywhere near the attention it deserves. Whether it be that today’s listeners aren’t as interested in old-school rappers or the other albums coming out at the same time, it has been criminally underrated.

Rounding out the five releases this past summer is Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E. (Keep That Same Energy). Once again, the album featured Kanye West as the lead producer. And as usual, Kanye utilized his abilities to create great beats from the most obscure samples.

K.T.S.E. was a new sound to enjoy at the end of the five week long release period. Mixing West’s production with the sound of new-age R&B brought an album that has not been talked about much, but puts Taylor up there with the likes of other R&B artists such as SZA, Jhene Aiko, and Ella Mai.

The Kanye production on K.T.S.E. separates it from any other contemporary R&B release. The slower sound and pace of the album matches up perfectly with Taylor’s voice and style. To me, this is a great album to listen to for those who are new to R&B or trying to get into the genre. It takes out much of the pop-ish radio style in many contemporary R&B songs and albums, almost creating a bridge between a slower style of rap and R&B.

Tracks like “Gonna Love Me” and “Issues/Hold On” finally put Taylor’s underrated voice into the spotlight. While the production is great, it takes backstage to Taylor’s beautifully versatile voice. The melodies of these tracks and others such as “No Manners” and “3 Way” are nothing short of captivating.

Another song worth mentioning on K.T.S.E.  is “Rose in Harlem.” One of my favorites, it showcases Taylor’s ability as a rapper as well. Her style on this track is quite similar to Beyonce in my opinion, which is always a compliment.

The final track of the album, “WTP,” has a very odd 80s synth-pop sound. It reminds me of the music my parents probably partied to, but for some odd reason it doesn’t bother me at all. The synth-heavy beat is also reminiscent of “Fade” from Kanye West’s 2016 album The Life of Pablo. Sampling the same type of music as “Fade,” it brings back the catchy synth lines from the 80s and 90s that are sure to get anyone moving.

Out of the five albums released, K.T.S.E. did get the least attention, but as with the others, it deserved so much more. It made me appreciate R&B much more, which is no easy task. Teyana Taylor is definitely a great artist for GOOD Music to have signed, and I hope for more great music from her in the future.

Overall, 2018 was a year of monumental proportions for all of GOOD Music. Not one of the five albums released fell short to me. Kanye West production on anything is exciting, but matched with all of the talent of the GOOD Music lineup, every release from the label this summer has a case for album of the year.

All five brought fresh styles and music onto the rap scene, which is slowly becoming watered down with copycats and repetitive songs. Hopefully this string of great releases is only the beginning for the legendary label, which has the potential to dominate the rap industry for many more years to come.


Bosco: New Students Welcomed to Bosco Brotherhood

By Naim Rodman & Jacob Jornadal

Every year young men come from all over to join the Bosco community, whether it’s from a different country, a public school, a private school, or even home school. Three weeks have gone by since these students have begun their journey as Bosco Braves.

As new transfers or freshmen, it can be hard to adjust to dress code, Mass, new academic and athletic standards and just Salesianity on the whole.

Students coming from private school are used to uniform rules because of their last schools policies.

“I’m fine with it because of I’ve been through it every day,” said lifelong private school student and freshman Andy Moreno.

New braves may face many challenges and adversities throughout the school year. Many students from Bosco have transferred here, and Bosco could be night and day for new students compared to their past schools.

“There really is no comparison the education, athletics, and Christian life are on a whole other level,” senior transfer Taylon Dalton said.  

Even though most new Braves acclimate to the school community without much issue, it could be hard to adjust to new schools. This school gives students many opportunities to make to new friends with dances and extracurricular activities. All new Braves should participate in these activities if they’re having trouble fitting in. You won’t regret it!

If you’re interested in doing a sport, then do it because in team sports you find your closest friends and brothers. If sports aren’t for you, join a club or run for class office. The more active you are in this in community whether it’s sports, clubs, or Associated Student Body (ASB), the more you are able to interact and meet people that could be your Bosco brothers for life.

In essence, new students, don’t be worried or hesitant. Always ask questions if you’re having trouble and be polite to your teachers to stay on their good side because you’ll never know when you’ll need their help.

Other than that, good luck to all our new Braves. Welcome to the Bosco Brotherhood!

News/Op-Ed: America Loses “The Maverick”

by Sean Singleton

John S. McCain III, longtime Arizona Senator and former American prisoner of war, passed away on August 25, 2018, a little over a year after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Senator McCain served his country for 60 years in both the U.S. military and Congress.

When he was just 18 years old, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy, just one year before the start of the Vietnam War. After graduating fifth from the bottom of his class, McCain became a Naval Pilot and flew the A-4 Skyhawk in the Vietnam War. The A-4 was designed to go just below the speed of sound, equipped with bombs and missiles to assist troops in the ground operations.

In an October 1967 bombing of North Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi called “Operation Rolling Thunder,” McCain’s plane was shot down, and he was seriously injured, fracturing both arms and breaking his leg. McCain was “rescued” by local North Vietnamese, beaten, and had his shoulder crushed and stabbed with a bayonet before being turned over to the North Vietnamese military and thrown into the “Hanoi Hilton,” North Vietnam’s main Prisoner of War (POW) camp.

In mid-1968 Admiral John S. McCain Jr., McCain’s father, was named commander of all U.S. Forces in the Vietnam theater. When the North Vietnamese military realized they’d captured the son of a U.S. admiral, they offered to release him for “medical reasons,” but also for propaganda.  The to-be senator refused.

This file picture taken in 1967 shows US Navy Airf

This 1967 photo shows McCain in bed at the “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was held as an American POW. Photo by AFP/Getty Images

Throughout his five and a half years as a prisoner, two of which he spent in solitary confinement, he was tortured, beaten and offered early release., McCain continued to refuse early release. McCain wanted to follow the U.S. Military Code of Conduct because he knew that if he walked out of the POW camp early, the North Vietnamese would use his release as propaganda towards the other American POWs in hopes of getting information.

On March 14, 1973, McCain was released.  His injuries, suffered during his time as a POW, affected him the rest of his life. He could barely lift his arms above his shoulders and had a noticeable limp.

After McCain’s service in the United States Navy, he decided to serve his country in a different way. In 1982, McCain ran for and won a seat in the U.S House of Representatives in his adopted state of Arizona and in 1987 ran for and won a seat in U.S. Senate representing the same state.  McCain served in the U.S. Senate for 31 years.

Many have called McCain an American Hero. They say this because even though he was being tortured, he refused early release, because he knew it was the wrong thing to do and he kept the POW’s hopes up and reassured them that they would all get out of the camp and see their families again.

McCain served 36 years in Congress.  He was known as “the Maverick” for not doing what was easy and not being blind to the party line. McCain perhaps most famously lived up to his legislative nickname when on July 28, 2017 he voted against the Republican-backed “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. Even during his Presidential run against then-candidate Obama, McCain chose not to support conspiracy theories surrounding the to-be president’s birthright as well as his religious affiliations. He did the right thing, always putting country ahead of party no matter what the backfire.

The senator is survived by his wife Cindy, their seven children, five grandchildren and, of course, by the citizens of the nation he so loved.

Sports: Bosco Cross-Country Preview

by Jalen Manson and Michael Beltran

Two seasons ago, the St. John Bosco High School cross-country program was at an all-time low, finishing last in the Trinity League.

For 25 years prior to this dreadful season, the team was virtually unstoppable, winning 25 straight league championships and earning a reputation for their “streak” of league titles. However, last season the team made a statement and regained dominance in the Trinity League by taking first place and restarting the notion of “the streak” around Bosco.

This year, with a great coaching staff and competitive returning seniors such as team captain Zeke Delgado and junior Kevin Aguilar, the team will look to continue to move forward and dominate.

“The team has worked very hard this summer and they are ready to compete for the league championship and be a force in CIF and state,” said Head Coach Tim McIntosh.

With the team coming off a league title win last year, coach McIntosh is looking to bring home another one to start up a new streak the cross country program is so well known for at Bosco. With the program’s long-lasting capability to produce great runners in the program, this looks very possible to restart for the foreseeable future.

The team is on the younger side this year, with only 4 seniors suiting up. There is a great future in this program for years to come. With not a lot of upperclassmen on the squad, it is going to be crucial for the seniors to pull their own weight. Team captain Zeke Delgado’s mindset this year is just looking out for his teammates and holding them accountable.

“As team captain, there are a lot of responsibilities and expectations, but I enjoy being in this position. All I ask of my teammates is that they are committed. In a cross-country race, the whole team has to trust each other and the work that they have done in the months prior,” said Delgado.

With the pressure of being team captain, Delgado knows trust is a big thing for the team, and if every single runner is committed, only good is to come in the near future. With new runners and talent, the team will progressively develop trust in each other over the course of the season. The sooner they do just that, the more they’ll ultimately succeed.

The team’s first official meet will take place on September 1st of this year. No matter what the result of the match, the team would greatly appreciate their fellow Braves going out and supporting them in their season long journey.


Sports: Bosco Water Polo Preview

by Nick Hernandez

This season, the St. John Bosco High School Water Polo team has great expectations for a very competitive year in the Trinity League.

“We have hopes to make CIF and win it all, or at least go very far,” said Head Coach Jeff Powers.

Last season, the young and inexperienced Bosco water polo team held a record of 8-19. Aside from being extremely young, the team was plagued with constant injuries throughout the season.

“Last season could’ve gone better but injuries really hindered our chances of making a good playoff run,” said senior team captain Patrick Burke.

Through a year full of injuries and a roster full of young and inexperienced athletes, the team’s subpar and lackluster record last season didn’t come as a shock to many people. They were in many close matches last year that ultimately just did not go their way.

Though it may have been disappointing at the time, it will now serve as valuable experience that will be extremely crucial to the team this year. With the everyday squad looking almost identical to last years, wins and improvement is expected from this years team.

In efforts to improve on their mistakes from last year, the program plans to focus on cleaning up their act in the pool and having their unit work together as a whole. Last year prepared the team for what is to come and it has shed some light on the areas in which they need to improve and perfect. Their desire to dominate the Trinity League this year will prove to the team that they can make a name for themselves and that they will be a force to be reckoned with.

In spite of two star players having graduated last year, the team remains optimistic looking up and down its roster. This season, a number of starters will be returning now as seniors to the team with multiple years of experience and much gained knowledge through practice.

The team feels that this season has great promise, and has strong hopes for making and possibly even winning CIF. As the season gets underway, the Water Polo program will face tough competitors  as they have before. Some key match-ups to look forward to include games against rival powerhouses Mater Dei and Santa Margarita.

Throughout the years, the program has not had much luck facing very competitive and high-level teams. However, this season is looking much different than the years past.

“We have an easier schedule [which should grant] easy wins in the Trinity League and a couple easy tournaments as well,” says senior Jake Douglas.

With a tournament taking place recently, the varsity Water Polo team started off their season with a couple competitive matches.

Their official season starts with a home game on August 29th, and the team as a whole is looking to start off the year strong. They are all very optimistic about the near future due to playing solid opening matches in the beginning of their year.


Bosco: Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease Awareness

by Jake Bailey and Jude Wolfe

“It was probably one of the worst I’ve ever had, mostly because of the almost complete disablement and the constant feeling of being uncomfortable as well as the duration of the virus. The feeling of being useless really begins to weigh on you, and it is extremely annoying to deal with.”

At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year at St John Bosco High School, many students arrived at school happy and healthy, primed and ready to enjoy another exciting year of school. However, a dangerous, menacing, and wildly contagious disease swept over some of the members of the Bosco community. Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease is a very intense and unique disease, most commonly found in children, with symptoms including sores in the mouth and vicious rashes on the hands and feet.

“The bumps came on both my arms and on the bottom of my feet, these bumps were painful to the touch and without ibuprofen it was pretty difficult to even move around the house,” said a Bosco faculty member who wished to remain nameless like the rest of the interviewees.

It is fairly easy to contract this disease as it is commonly found in small children and can be transferred to anyone through just a simple touch, making it extremely hard to prevent and stop from spreading.

“I had family staying with us for the summer because they were having house renovations done and they had two small children. Somewhere at either the park or the beach, one of the three children [including my daughter] obtained the disease and brought it home. I must’ve gotten it through touch,” said another Bosco faculty member.

Once infected, the disease has no treatment, and the only means of curing it are to wait it out and try to ease the pain with topical ointments and pain killers. This is disabling and takes a week to ten days to pass.

“I couldn’t even [expletive] walk or anything and couldn’t hold or squeeze anything. It was like a week and a half to almost 2 weeks over Christmas break so I couldn’t go out with friends and I couldn’t touch anything,” said a Bosco student.

This disease is particularly unique in the case of how extremely rapidly it can spread. Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease is capable of spreading like wildfire, and because of the lack of any real treatment, victims are forced to simply wait it out.

“[You must] repeatedly wash your hands and carry out constant healthy hygiene acts. Once the carrier is aware of the disease, avoid human contact at all costs and remain in quarantine for 7-10 days,” said head Bosco Athletic Trainer Ms. Melody Mohebbi.

Sometimes, the person that has the disease won’t take notice or see signs of contraction for 2-3 days, so the best way to avoid it is by practicing healthy hygiene. For those with the disease, it spreads fast, so stay away from others at all costs.

For example, if a player on a football team contracts the virus, multiple players could potentially obtain it within a matter of days if not kept away. In addition, when compared to other illnesses, many people have described this virus as one of the worst they have ever encountered.

“It was probably one of the worst I’ve ever had, mostly because of the almost complete disablement and the constant feeling of being uncomfortable as well as the duration of the virus. The feeling of being useless really begins to weigh on you, and it is extremely annoying to deal with,” said a Bosco faculty member.

On top of the complete physical disablement, there is another aspect of the disease that carries a heavy burden. 

“It also affected my appetite a lot, because it was hard to eat with sores in and around my mouth. Also with a sore throat and the severe pain that came with, it was very hard to sleep at night,” said a Bosco student. 

Due to the disease’s highly contagious traits, it’s is best to always wash your hands and often sanitize, especially in such a large community like you encounter everyday at St. John Bosco. One can greatly help prevent this virus by instilling this value within the youth, as they’re the most frequently infected. It never hurts to be too clean. 

Around Bosco: Oratory Makeover

by Ty Nakagawa

It is a new year at St. John Bosco High School, and there has been no better time than this past summer to turn some things around in the school’s own Oratory.

It has been a decade since Brother Nold and Mr. Woods re-opened the Oratory to its current state. The Oratory is an essential part of the Salesian program at Bosco, for it is both a home and a playground for students at the school.

Many families rely on it as a shelter and safe place for their kids who have to be dropped off at six o’clock in the morning and picked up later in the afternoon. The Oratory is a place where students can take a break to engage in friendly banter outside of school hours.

“The Oratory is a place for students to play and get energy out of them before and after school. I think it’s very positive because it gives you a sense of balance in your life. All work and no play is not healthy, because God tells us to rest, and so there is a time and place for everything that we have to do,” said religion teacher Mrs. Shields.

Every day of the school week, the Oratory is flooded with students. There are students eating, conversing, playing games, and buying snacks. The couches are packed, and so are the game spaces. However, that doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement.

The couches were somewhat old and tattered last year. The ping-pong tables were scratched, the paddles stained and shabby. The toasters and microwaves were also dingy and soiled with food stains.

In reaction to some of these aging resources, the administration at Bosco took action. You can say ‘goodbye’ to the old couches crawling with creatures, and ‘hello’ to new reclining leather seats, as well as brand-new foosball tables.

Other things to look forward to in the Oratory are new pool tables, better ping-pong equipment, air hockey tables, a new paint-job, a new TV along with a new PlayStation, and more. These changes will hopefully encourage more students to participate in the Oratory socially and connect more with the community and each other.

Because some students heavily rely on the Oratory, these new additions will be instituted incrementally so that the Oratory may remain open during renovation.

“Building a pipe underwater, you can’t just stop the water completely. You have to build in the water, and separate [the pipe] piece by piece, and parcel it out,” said Mr. Jaramillo.

The touch-ups made on the Oratory are expected to be fully complete and instituted around October. Mr. Jaramillo hopes that students will take better care of the Oratory this year after they see the time the school has put into remodeling the room and wishes to make a celebration of the new Oratory once the project is complete. 

Life of a Brave: Dress Code Crackdown

by Joshua Lucero & Lucas Garrison

By attending St. John Bosco High School, students have to comply with the school dress code. The past few years these rules have been overlooked. So far in the 2018 school year, there has been a clear reinforcement to these rules.

School Vice Principal of Student Affairs Mr. Jaramillo has been tasked with the job to have the structure of the school run fluidly. A former dean on campus, Jaramillo is familiar with the rules and regulations on campus.

“My job is holding up the stage and making sure the lights work on the stage,” says Mr. Jaramillo.

These school requirements of clean shaving, tucked in shirts and belts are all major cultural changes on campus. Mr. Jaramillo is not trying to make the lives of students difficult, as he tries to bring equity and unification to the school community.

Jaramillo understands that there will be push-back by those students used to a laid-back set of rules in the past school years, but all students must be prepared to comply with these rules when coming to Bosco in the first place.

Push back is a great way to understand the students’ feelings about topics such as this dress code dilemma. This is a belief that is welcomed with open arms, as from this faculty can understand and try to make the student life a better experience.

The life of a brave is introduced to us early in our lives at Bosco, as incoming freshmen are told to imagine ourselves not in a school but in a house with your brothers. Experiencing this as a young Brave, students are excited of this idea but slowly lose this belief over time.

The sets of standards that were once the definition of a Bosco Brave are now being rebuilt to our everyday student life. Starting something basic like strict dress code policies can bring these standards back. 

“Walking into this year, we as a staff knew that changes were to come and that our help would be needed to enforce this. Walking into day one of this school year, I didn’t know that it would be this drastic in the sense that we are supposed to report every infraction that would later on result in some sort of disciplinary act,” said religion teacher Mr. Mestas.

Teachers, although informed beforehand, didn’t anticipate this kind of drastic reinforcement of the rules just like the student body.

“I can say that the changes are good. However,there could have been a much better way of handling this. It’s not fair to you – the student – that coming into this year you guys had no warning of what was to be expected of you and what was to come with this new school year. However, all of this change is not a new rule,” says Mestas.

Having these new enforcements are not unbearable, but it’s somewhat like waking up to water splashed in your face. We are going to be caught off guard, but students will soon understand what the administration is trying to do.

Being bull-rushed by these new requirements was a shock to all. Students believed these were not going to stick. After resisting, students were met with consequences. If not following the directions of the deans, the first warning was a lunch detention.

Dress code is not the only policy that has been reinforced, as if students show up late to school, they will also be given lunch detentions. There is no warning or pass, as that day you were late you have to make up.

Many students who live far from school have an hour to two hour drive in the morning to school. Being late to school is not something you plan to happen but happens.

Talking to those who are in charge of student life and seeing how this affects students first hand has cleared up a blurry vision. The reinforcement to these rules is not to contribute to the amount of stress already on the Bosco student but rather to show equity in the Bosco brotherhood. To be one and not divided and to slowly bring back the ideal image of the Bosco man. 

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