Monthly Archives: February 2019

Album Review: Harverd Dropout

by Nick Hernandez

On February 22nd at 12:00 AM, Miami rapper Lil Pump finally released his long awaited Harverd Dropout.

Harverd Dropout is the second album Lil Pump has dropped in his 3 years of being in the rap game. His debut album Lil Pump was released in October of 2017, eventually being certified Gold, having sold 500,000 copies. His newest project, Harverd Dropout, much like his first has an assortment of features from highly acclaimed rappers – including Kanye West, Smokepurpp, Offset, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, YG and 2 Chainz – and his tracks sponsor the boastful lifestyle of the 18-year old rapper.

The album’s titled Harverd Dropout intentionally spelled incorrectly, paying homage to the time Pump incorrectly spelled Harvard University. Even more so, it is derived from the rapper’s fanbase and the ongoing joke that Pump attended Harvard University only to drop out of school to pursue his rap career. He has addressed this multiple times in tracks outside of this album, but the song on this project that offers a glimpse into how Pump views it is “Drop Out.”

As Lil Pump puts it, “[I] dropped out, then I got rich … [I] dropped out, knowing I was going be a star.” He says this in a nonchalant manner, implying that his rise to fame was fairly simple and his career so far has been very successful.

Throughout the album, each track follows Lil Pump’s generic style involving sex, money and drugs; in his circumstance this seems to be a subject which he will not break from any time soon as – in a sense – it is what sells his music.

In addition to him continuing to talk about these profanities, it should be taken into account that Pump can still be defined by the stereotype of being very repetitive. The most popular culprit in this case is Lil Pump’s 2017 platinum record, “Gucci Gang” and in Harverd Dropout, his repetitive nature seems to be nowhere near ending. In total, of the 16 songs on Harverd Dropout, 11 feature an absurdly monotonous chorus.

The 11 songs which contain a repeating chorus are “Drop Out”, “Nu Uh”, “I Love It”, “Racks on Racks”, “Off White”, “Too Much Ice”, “Multi Millionaire”, “Vroom Vroom Vroom”, “Be Like Me”, “Stripper Name” and “Drug Addicts”, wherein the tracks replay the chorus at maximum, three times. Another detail to take note of is that from his 16 track album, seven of the songs were singles – that is – they were released prior to Harverd Dropout yet Pump still included them in the project.

One of the singles that was included in Harverd Dropout received a lot of controversy over a racial slur that Pump wrote into the song. The offender, “Butterfly Doors” released on January 4th of this year, and many of his fans noticed the blatant racial connotation when Pump in the song was quoted as saying the following, “Smoking on dope, they call me Yao Ming cause my eyes real low (Ching Chong).”

Pump is notorious for his drug-related lyrics and way of life; this verse is a nod to Pump’s love for marijuana but he didn’t consider the negative repercussions that would follow the song’s release. “Butterfly Doors” received a lot of backlash from multiple racial and ethnic communities and their reception to the song forced him to censor the line that contained the offense. Pump made a public statement through an Instagram post where he apologized for what was said and everything seemed to settle down for the rapper.

Reception of the album was particularly mixed, in that most reviews came to the consensus that although the album was not particularly good substance-wise, it is a successful “crowd pleaser.” Despite Lil Pump’s efforts to produce content with high grade lyrical quality, the album does serve its purpose with respect to who the composer is and his fanbase. Pump often creates music that entertains the younger generation’s partying lifestyle and the album he constructed fits perfectly into this class.  


News: Stars Are Born At The 91st Academy Awards

by Gabriel Botello

The 91st Academy Awards proved to be astonishing without a host but with many amazing nominations, performances, and presenters.


2018 was definitely the year where diversity between race and gender flourished within the films and the production of these films. This showed as many different actresses, actors, producers, directors, and designers received awards for their excellence.

Rami Malek won the award for best actor due to his role in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This was a big win for him and his family as he dedicated his award to his parents and his cast for helping him through the difficult journey.

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, I’m a first generation American, and part of my story is being written right now and I could not be more grateful to each and everyone of you and everyone who believed in me,” Malek mentioned in his speech.

Olivia Colman later won the award for “best actress” for her role in the film “The Favourite.” This was an emotional win for Coleman, as she expressed her emotions of joy and gratitude in her speech for her supporters and family in England.

Mahershala Ali won “Best Supporting Actor” because of his role in “Green Book” and Regina King won “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

One topic that seemed to receive a lot of backlash was the movie “Green Book” for winning the award for “Best Picture.” Many people disagreed how the director, Peter Farrelly – also the director of Dumb and Dumber and Dumb and Dumber 2 – was even qualified to receive such an award.

There was also more backlash because most people thought that other nominations were more qualified for the award for Best Picture. Celebrities such as Spike Lee and Chadwick Boseman expressed their emotions during the ceremony as Lee tried to leave and Boseman made a disappointed and displeased look.

As for what most expected, the song “Shallow” won “Best Original Song,” as it touched many people’s hearts in the movie “A Star is Born.” During the ceremony, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed their song, touching the hearts of everyone in the room.

Of course, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won “Best Animated Feature” because of its vibrant picture, diversity, and soundtrack. This movie appealed to many kids of different race because of its main message that “anyone can wear the mask.”

Although the 91st Academy Awards didn’t have a host, special guest presenters that brought elegance, fame, and comedy to the ceremony made up for it.

Special guests like Trevor Noah and Serena Williams and comedians Melissa McCarthy and Mike Myers truly brought the ceremony to life. 


Bosco: Winter Signing Day A Success

by Kyle Moats

St. John Bosco continues its strong presence in college athletics with 16 football players continuing their educational and athletic careers at higher levels.


Winter Signing Day was very exciting day for Bosco Football, its players, families, and the Bosco community as a whole. Here are the athletes that signed back on February 6th, as well as the early enrollees already at their chosen schools.

DL Cole Aubrey, Princeton University

WR/DB Jake Bailey, Rice University

LS Derek Bedell, University of Colorado

WR Colby Bowman, Stanford University

LB Junior Gafa, Brown University

RB George Holani, Boise State University

CB Trent McDuffie, University of Washington

DL Sua’ava Poti, University of Oregon

DL Na’im Rodman, University of Colorado

P William Rose, University of Southern California

OL Marist Talavou, University of Utah

CB Titus Toler, University of Wisconsin

LB Ralen Goforth, University of Southern California

LB Spencer Lytle, University of Wisconsin

CB Chris Steele, University of Florida

TE Jude Wolfe, University of Southern California

Within this first-class group of athletes, every journey has its own story.  Every student-athletes tale is unique culminating in this day. Childhood dreams, maybe early sparks of talent or even lately realized and honed skills. Tragedy, loss, setbacks, rare opportunities and hope all act as factors.

Sua’ava Poti – at a powerful 6-foot-3, 275-pound frame – will represent Bosco next year at the University of Oregon. Poti expressed love and respect for his Bosco coaches and a deep appreciation for his family.  

Three young athletes whose fathers’ passed prior to seeing their son’s dreams realized-Junior Gafa, Na’im Rodman, and Marist Talavou – acknowledged the acute loss of those men and the deep and abiding love, support, and sacrifice their loving mother’s had made to get them to this point.

“You’ve done your part mom, and now it is time to do mine. This feels incredible and when I signed my letter of intent it was everything to me because my father’s dream was to see his kids work hard and go to college. The best part is knowing my dad was a diehard Ute fan. If he was here right now, he would’ve been decked out in Utah gear,” said Marist Talavou.

“My dad was a really big figure in my life and losing him at age twelve was probably the hardest thing any kid have gone through. But, dedicating my life to him was the best thing I have ever done. I used him as my inspiration to get done what needed to be done ensuring that, when all is said and done, I would be able to say that my dad’s ticket to heaven was also my ticket to a prosperous life. I will be forever grateful for his guidance throughout this journey,” said Junior Gafa.

“The loss of my dad affected me a lot because he was someone I looked up to and he was the one who got me into sports. It felt great honoring him because it was something we always talked about when I brought up my dreams as a kid,” said Na’im Rodman.

Colby Bowman – a wide receiver attending Stanford University next year – offered these thoughts about signing with his teammates.

“I have dreamed of signing day since my freshman year. It went amazingly and I am so glad I finished my high school career at St. John Bosco.  It could not have been with a better group of guys, either. I am so proud of all of them and cannot wait to see what the future holds for these guys,” said Bowman.

In true Bosco fashion, and yet one more thing that sets our school apart from the rest, the athletes and staff dressed school formal for the event.  The coaches took time to speak personally about each athlete and then yielded the floor to the athletes themselves. Dry eyes were a rarity in the room as, once again, St. John Bosco athletes demonstrated class, candid emotion, and even humor.

For those athletes who had early enrolled, a December 19th ceremony was held so that those young men had the opportunity to speak and sign as well. The future is bright for all of these student-athletes as they continue their academic and athletics careers.


Sports: Bosco CIF Division One State Playoff Preview

by Caleb Wiley

After a disappointing 0-3 outing in the Open Division Playoffs, the St. John Bosco basketball team has a chance to immediately turn it around with an opportunity to win a Division One State Championship this month.


In a season where the sky was the limit, the Bosco Braves have been through seemingly endless adversity. They lost both top big men – Jonathan Salazar and Christian Estrada – to injury. Many close losses against top teams have coincided with this team as well.

The name of the game for the Braves is going to be how well they can get back up when they are down. Going through many struggles have made this team persevere and grow closer together. They will have to do this once again after going winless in their Open Division pool.

After two close losses against Corona Centennial and Sierra Canyon, people were liking their chances against Mater Dei to close out their pool, especially since they beat them in their last matchup. However, it seemed like Mater Dei just couldn’t miss, making shot after shot in route to a relatively easy victory at the Bosco Thunderdome.

“They played really well, but I honestly thought that we were really tired. We gave it our all against Sierra Canyon and probably never recovered from that,” said Varsity Head Coach Matt Dunn.

Mater Dei beat Bosco 81-69 in a game where they took a big lead and never looked back. With the loss, Bosco finished their pool 0-3.

Looking forward, Bosco now has made the D-1 State Playoffs for the second season in a row and find themselves with a top five seed in the southern section. At the three seed, Bosco will take on Vista High School in the first round.

Both Vista and Bosco come in with the same record of 21-9, but Vista’s wins don’t come close to the competition of teams that Bosco has beaten. Vista is coming from the Avocado East League – which is no pushover – but it does not come close to the level of competition Bosco faces in the Trinity League. The Trinity League is known as one of the best leagues in the nation for high school basketball.

The potential matchup that immediately stands out when you look at the bracket is the possible rematch between Chino Hills and Bosco. Chino has a tough game against Mayfair first, but if both teams win their first round matchups then the second round will feature a rematch between Bosco and Chino Hills again this year.

Last year, St. John Bosco lost to Chino Hills in the regional finals 67-51 after the Braves were outscored 27-2 in the 4th quarter. Having something to look forward to at this time is something this team needs, especially after a string of tough losses.

“To be able to get a chance to redeem ourselves from last year doesn’t always happen. I’m glad we may get a chance to play them again,” said senior point guard Chris James.

However, the the Braves can’t look too far ahead.

“After a long layoff following a tough journey, it does get challenging for guys to stay in the right mindset. We have the ability to make a great run now, but we got to be at a place where we are able to play our best,” said Coach Dunn.

Fellow Trinity League opponent Santa Margarita and Open Division teams Rancho Verde and Etiwanda are all sure to be contenders to look out for as the playoffs progress.

Bosco is always ready to compete and play hard no matter what or who is in front of them. The team is excited to have a chance to redeem themselves.

“We are extremely excited to have another opportunity to win a ring and bring Bosco pride to our community. Especially for us seniors, it’s our last shot,” said senior forward Joshua Adoh.

The team is also liking their chances about their second go-around at the Division One state playoffs.

“I feel we are more experienced and have learned a lot from our first time. I feel confident that we are capable of winning,” said Chris James.

The Braves play their first game Tuesday – tomorrow – at the St. John Bosco Thunderdome, so come out and support the team as they start their playoff journey.

A Letter To Eugene

by Eddie Torre, contributing writer

February 21st, 2019

This letter to Mr. Eugene Fabiero is what we hope to be the first of many from our community. If you are interested in writing a letter than would be shared on The Brave, please visit Room 234 or email


Dear Eugene,

A week ago today when I visited, you and Karin were together for Valentine’s Day—not in the most romantic place but rather in a place of healing called Cedars-Sinai hospital.

A week ago today your eyes teared up when you saw the get-well card your Bosco students and band members signed for you.

A week ago today we were making plans for when you got better to go to Gerry’s Grill in Cerritos—and, break bread together with other Bosco colleagues on the condition that you would not eat any Filipino food. Ha!

A week ago today your eyes teared up when you were informed that many members of the Bosco community were making donations to assist you and your family—and, especially when you heard that one of your band members donated $47 of his own money to you.

A week ago today we laughed at the time you brought a humungous apple fritter from someplace called Donut Man.  Your treat from Donut Man made me a larger man. 

A week ago today your eyes teared up when you were informed that some of your Bosco colleagues were giving up their sick-days to help you and your family during your time away.

A week ago today we laughed again about Bobby’s rice-cooker that was left in the band room over Christmas Break—and, the whole rigamarole that I experienced in trying to get two-week-old rice and the associated smells disposed of…somehow dumpster diving was involved which included actual drum sticks.

A week ago today your eyes teared up when you were told that a Prayer Service was being planned for you.

A week “from” today, I can never more say “a week ago today” we shared, experienced, laughed, or cried over this or that.

I miss you…you were a friend and a brother to me.

I tried not to cry when I heard the announcement today…moments later, I could not hold back my tears.

You helped others create experiences, feel emotions, and ultimately feel alive.  You were alive and epitomized the cliché of living life to the fullest. 

I only got to know you through your hiring at Bosco (definitely one of the Bosco’s best hire’s in my humble opinion).  Although you lived a long commute away, whenever you were on campus you were fully present with the students as well as with our faculty/staff.  You demanded the highest standards from your students especially the band members.  You accompanied them—like any good Salesian—to away football games as well as to band tours far far away (well, I know you took our band to Northern California!). You did not bark out orders, you walked side by side with the band…you even played the tuba with the band when you got a chance.  Indeed, your accompaniment with students was recently affirmed by one of Bosco’s best, Juan Aleman, SJB’18 and freshman at MIT…

My absolute best to Mr. Fabiero. I have already sent my prayers and will continue to every time I hear the wonders of the world he helped me realize!!!…

…He helped me appreciate music to a further extent, and I want him to impart that same love in others. My continued prayers sent his way 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

As a friend to many on our faculty/staff, you mostly made us laugh with joy as well as grateful for your talents and sacrifices in directing our boys through the gift of music.  You were one of the three moderators of our Filipino Club (the three E’s!).  You opened up the band room to our pot-lucks.  You opened up your heart to all of us and that is why you are beloved. 

I was one of the fortunate ones that got to break bread with you often…usually some sort of Filipino food.  You were a friend and a brother to me.  As I get older, I realize it becomes more difficult to make new friends…let alone friends who are like a brother.  I want to call you my brother—I can only hope I was one to you.

Regardless about my brotherly hopes, feelings, and gratitude for you, I am most saddened by your passing for Karin and your two children (Elsa and newborn Bastian).  God and Karin shared you with us—and, it’s heartbreaking that Elsa and Bastian will have a void in their lives that no one can fill but you.  One day, I want to share with them the stories I have of you…and, I hope and pray that those stories can somehow bring a slice of the joy of life you brought to so many.

A week ago today, I saw you smile and that is the lasting memory I will have of you. Amen brother.

Your colleague, friend, and brother,




“Eternal rest grant unto Eugene and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.”

Sports: Manny Machado Breaks American History

by Enrique Gutierrez

Shortstop Manny Machado set a record deal last week when signing with the San Diego Padres on a 10-year, $300 million contract, the biggest in the history of North American sports.


On February 19th, 2019, Manny Machado signed the biggest contract in American sports history. Entering free agency, Machado expected a long-term contract worth around $300 million.

MLB fans around the world woke up to the news of Manny Machado signing to the San Diego Padres last Tuesday. The deal offers an opt-out after five years and a no-trade clause. Machado broke the previous record deal set by Alex Rodriguez, when the third baseman finalized a $275 Million deal with the New York Yankees back in 2007.

After trading Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel and Jedd Gyorko back in 2016, the Padres were set to reconstruct their farm system and enter a stage of rebuilding. The Padres knew that they were going to be facing tough opponents all season and they would be the underdogs in every match-up. Since starting their rebuild, the Padres have ranked at number four in the MLB’s farm systems in 2017 and number one in 2018.

The signing of Manny Machado will certainly change the atmosphere of the Padres clubhouse. Machado will be the face of the franchise for the next ten years and will have to present his veteran presence in a clubhouse full of young talent.

Even with the addition of Machado, the Padres will still not be a contender in 2019. The National League West is full of heavy competition between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers have their own core players and the Rockies managed to retain Nolan Arenado. The Padres will have to have a miracle season to win the NL West.

One can argue that Manny Machado is worth the money he received from San Diego. What is completely obvious is that Manny Machado chose money over winning a ring. Machado decided to leave Los Angeles to sign a ten-year deal in a city where no one cares about sports.

After playing seven years on a terrible team in the Baltimore Orioles and being traded mid-season to the Dodgers in 2018, Machado has a lifetime .282 BA, .335 OBP, 175 home runs, and 1050 hits in 3720 plate appearances. He is undoubtedly an excellent player.

During Machado’s career, he has been known as a ‘dirty player’ by often overreacting and being apart of dirty plays. Machado received major backlash from baseball fans in the 2018 postseason when he said, “I’m not the type of player that’s going to be ‘Johnny Hustle.'” Many baseball fans despise of Machado and his lack of love for the game.

In 2019, the San Diego Padres will give their top prospect, Fernando Tatis Jr., a chance of starting at shortstop on Opening Day. Meanwhile, Manny Machado will play at the hot corner at third base for the year and the foreseeable future.


Bosco: Remembering The Life Of Mr. Eugene Fabiero

by Ethan Piechota

“His memory of you was joy, you brought him joy.”


Mr. Eugene Fabiero: leading the St. John Bosco band.

On Thursday, February 21st, 2019 at 1:25 PM, the St. John Bosco community lost a man who embodied the true spirit of a “Brave.”

The life of Mr. Eugene Fabiero won’t be remembered just through his love for instruments and music.

He won’t just be remembered for his love for traveling and venturing around the world, and exploring new places.

He won’t just be remembered for his iconic motorcycle that he rode to school from 90 minutes away every morning.

And he won’t just be remembered for his incredible impact on the St. John Bosco High School band program in such a short amount of time.

“He had a gift, and he was always living life to the fullest. He was always alive and engaging, and had a way of making the person in front of him feel cared for and important,” said Mr. Edward Torre, a religion teacher at St. John Bosco and close friend of Mr. Fabiero.

Mr. Fabiero’s impact on the people around him was apparent. He had the type of personality that could rub off on everybody, even if you didn’t “know” him.

“He had a great spirit with a great attitude. He lit up a room and had a special love for life. He really cared about his students,” said Mr. Martin Lang, a theatre director at Bosco.

Mr. Fabiero had a certain love and a special kind of relationship with his students that couldn’t be ignored. His goal was to truly let students express themselves and help them achieve their full potential, in any aspect of life, but most importantly in music.

“When you had a bad day, he’d be right there. You would automatically brighten up around him because he would always try to make you laugh. When we had a tough time [learning the instruments], he’d be patient and help us learn,” said Jordan Makkar, a senior band member at Bosco.

Being a senior at Bosco and a part of the band program for four years, Makkar testified to how Fabiero literally turned the program around and put the Bosco band back on the map.

“Two years ago we were doing really bad. He came in mid-September of 2017 and he turned us around just like that. It takes a lot for someone to come in and start from scratch and cultivate our program, and he did that,” said Makkar.

Mr. Fabiero came in during the midst of the 2017 Bosco football season, where the band plays an integral part during the games. On such short notice, Fabiero’s impact was seen right away and the band improved greatly.

“Our other music teacher had basically up-and-left. Fabiero came in and was immediately enthusiastic about the program. To hear about a program that was in need of leadership and to be built, he looked at that as an opportunity. He was always positive looking at things,” said principal Dr. Christian De Larkin.

Having a positive outlook on life is something that Mr. Eugene Fabiero will always be remembered for.

“As a band instructor he was able to make a very good connection [with us] while keeping everything professional,” said senior band member Mauricio Vargas.

While teaching music to his students, Mr. Fabiero spent a lot of his time playing music himself, and that of different cultures.

“He participated in a German music ensemble, and lived in Germany for some time. He spoke German as well, which you wouldn’t expect,” said Dr. De Larkin.

Fabiero earned his masters in Orchestral Performance in Germany at the Staatliche Hochschule Fuer Musik after receiving formal education at Cal State Fullerton.

Over the course of his music career, he performed in Germany, Japan and the United States. He was clearly a very cultural person that had a love for experiencing life. Through music, he found a love for playing different kinds of instruments and experiencing unique sounds.

“He was in this band where he just had a bunch of really crazy instruments,” said Anthony Nold, the media production director on campus.

Mr. Fabiero played the tuba. He was the tubist for the Suedwest Deutsche Philharmonie in Germany in 2001 and played in Gwen Stefani’s 2005 Solo Tour, as well in many other prestigious installments. He was the conductor for the Pacific Brass Society founded in Long Beach, California.

At St. John Bosco, Fabiero laid down a lasting impact on the band program in several different ways.

“He was adamant about getting a timpani. He would always say ‘we need to have timpani’s.’ He knew the sounds that he wanted the students to learn,” said Dr. De Larkin.

This love for different kinds of instruments expresses who he truly was as a person. Living life, trying new things, but always keeping a positive outlook, no matter the circumstances.

Even if you didn’t know Mr. Fabiero personally, you could tell what kind of person he was. He had the kind of personality that rubbed off on everybody. The joy with which he lived with was apparent and could be seen from the outside looking in.

He expressed this love not only at Bosco, but at home as well to his two children, Elsa and newborn Bastian, and to his wife Karin.


“His last message from him and his wife was that he was very thankful that this [Bosco] community welcomed him, and for the prayers and donations and everything,” said Mr. Edgar Salmingo, the vice principal of academic affairs at Bosco.

Mr. Torre and Mr. Salmingo worked closely with Mr. Fabiero through the directory and leadership of the Filipino Club on campus, and saw the joy that he lived with up close.

“When anything bad happened he would yell, ‘Holy Chow!’ and throw whatever happened out the window,” said Mauricio Vargas. “He didn’t really believe on a negative attitude.”

Even though Mr. Fabiero’s life has come to an end, his spirit will undoubtedly live on. Mr. Eugene Fabiero will have an impact on the St. John Bosco community for the remainder of time due to his bright personality and unparalleled love for life.

Through music and the playing of instruments, we can peacefully reflect on his beautiful and fulfilling life. He was the epitome of a Brave.

Vaping Poses New Health Risks in High Schools

by Matthew Ruiz, George Holani, Elliston Ospina, and Jake Newman

“Vaping in general is a major health risk to teens and young adults for brain development, addiction, and behavioral risks.”

Teenage vaping of nicotine and marijuana can have long-term effects on the brain. When teens and young adults expose their brain to these substances, they are susceptible to side effects that include addiction, mood changes, and permanent lowering of impulse control.

Nicotine can also lead to addictions with more advanced tobacco products. Some evidence suggests that E-Cigarette use is linked to alcohol use and other substance use, such as marijuana.

According to The Guardian, Americans currently spend around $40 billion a year on legal and black market marijuana.

This intake is almost certain to increase, as marijuana becomes easier to access and is declared legal in more states across America. The “pot industry” continues to market marijuana as compatible with a healthy and relaxing adult life.

Though that is still up for medical debate, the same certainly is not true for middle and high schoolers.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 53 percent of people who have used marijuana began smoking between the ages of 12 and 17. Even more worrisome, 21 percent of high school students have reported marijuana use in the past 30 days.
This is extremely problematic as a lot of youth are not aware of the negative impact of marijuana on the teenage brain.

Marijuana is associated with the impairment of many brain functions. Teens develop weak memory recollection, difficulty understanding concepts and school subjects, and lower life satisfaction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The use of marijuana has been consistently increasing over the past few years as it has reached the highest point in the past thirty years according the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. This drastic increase in use is a result of extreme accessibility. Marijuana now comes in a multitude of forms such as: pens, vapes, and natural grown herb.

With the emergence of smoking in general, vaping, both of nicotine and marijuana, has become a major issue across high schools in America and at St. John Bosco.


Common Vaping Device

“[Vaping nicotine] was the same as patches and chewing gum that they would use to get smokers off of cigarettes and on a healthier plan with vaping,” says English teacher and former Dean of Students Mr. Derek Fernando.

Mr. Fernando supported vaping devices when they first came out, but has since determined that they influenced the wrong culture of teens.  

“There’s a problem with how they market the devices and vaping in general,” argues Mr. Fernando. 

Teens and young adults who vape see it as a fun thing to do, and ultimately aren’t prepared for the health effects and chemical changes to their body in the long and short term.

“The benefits of vaping aren’t meant to help people under the age of 25,” said Mr. Fernando.

Getting caught vaping is like getting pulled over for speeding or getting caught drinking underage, as there are consequences and certain fees you have to pay.

“I have not yet caught anyone in the act of vaping [at Bosco], but I have caught some students with the vaping paraphernalia on them,” Fernando said. “I have to put myself in the parents [of students] shoes and see how they feel about their son or daughter vaping and ask, why are they doing this to there body?” he said when speaking about students vaping at Bosco.

School President Dennis Mulhaupt obviously doesn’t condone vaping of  E-cigarettes or marijuana. His view is that, when in school, students are responsible for working hard and being responsible, not thinking about having to vape.

“It’s a socially cool thing to do,” said Mulhaupt. “We need to educate our students and show them why [vaping] is a bad thing. If students choose to vape on campus, it’s not permitted and disciplinary actions will be taken against them.”

Junior ASB member and student-athlete Nathaniel Quigg has a strong viewpoint on vaping within our school as well as outside of school.

“Vaping isn’t as harmful as smoking or doing marijuana, Vicodin, or Methamphetamine, but it still affects students regarding their learning capabilities and mental state,” Quigg claims.

Two anonymous seniors who play a sport and vaped at the same time possessed a negative stance on vaping.


Teen vaping has become a major issue across high schools in America.

“Vaping affected my studying and changed the way I think. It made me lazy and encouraged me to not do any homework,” said one senior, a single-sport athlete. “Vaping is a bad thing, but we all do things that aren’t good for us here and there.”

He says most students are influenced by their friends to vape, and in turn over time they become addicted. Sophomore and junior year this senior was addicted to vaping, and all because of some close friends who influenced him to do it at first.

“I don’t do it like I used to because I learned to grow,” said the senior of his situation now.

The second anonymous senior is a multi-sport athlete at Bosco, who also had a negative stance on vaping. Some of his views were similar to the first anonymous senior but possessed a different perspective.

“Vaping takes time away from school and everything I do in general. Obviously vaping isn’t healthy because it prevents our bodies from developing due to the amount of nicotine we inhale smoking it,” said the senior.

Vaping affects him in sports because it’s harder for athletes to breathe because they have bad lungs. The senior mentioned that the only reason he vaped was because he thought it was cool, but learned to stop and became more focused on his academics and sports.

All of the new technology poses a problem in itself as people may not be aware of what they are ingesting in their body. Increases in lung issues such as popcorn lung, a disease where holes develop in the alveoli in your lungs, have been on the rise.

Combining both the accessibility and the negligence of the product in a present-day problem. Our youth are harming themselves without knowing the outcome with little to no accountability. 

Vaping and smoking in general is a growing issue across America for all high school students and needs to be prevented before serious issues stem from it. We can start here at St. John Bosco High School by taking necessary actions and helping those that vape, stop.


Bosco: Feast Day Celebration

by Enrique Gutierrez and Kris Hutson

On January 31st, we remembered the life and death of Saint John Bosco as nations worldwide celebrated his life.

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Don Bosco was a priest, educator and a writer of the 19th century. Don Bosco worked in Turin, where there was ill effects. He was dedicated to the betterment and education of the children in the street and kids in juvenile, and other disadvantaged children. Don Bosco taught methods on love rather than punishment. This method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System. 

Bosco was a follower of the spirituality and philosophy of Francis De La Sale. Bosco was an ardent devotee of Mary, mother of Jesus. He later dedicated his work to De La Sale’s when he founded the Salesians of Don Bosco based in Turin. He taught Dominic Savio of whom he wrote a biography that helped him become canonized.

During the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis addressed Don Bosco with recognition and respect. Pope Francis acknowledged Bosco by referring him as a role model to all priest. Don Bosco was a prime example to who Jesus Christ was. Don Bosco was well known for helping the less fortunate children who wandered the streets in poverty. Bosco helped children grow and develop themselves as men.

Pope Francis focused on how Don Bosco viewed people he helped. Pope Francis said, “to look upon reality with human eyes,” and with “the eyes of God,” and this means “spending a lot of time before the tabernacle.”

Pope Francis’ quote referred to the perspective one gives to another person. Humanity can see a person or the state of someone with disgust and disrespect. Pope Francis makes it well known that man should see the world how God saw life everyday. No matter how terrible a person can be, there can always be a way to help them change and help them develop their lifestyle. God wants us to help those in need for motivation and encouragement.

“And what is the sign that a priest is doing well, seeing reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God? Joy. When a priest does not find joy within, he should stop immediately and ask himself why. And Don Bosco’s joy is known, eh? Because he made others joyful, and rejoiced himself. And he suffered. Today, let us ask the Lord, through the intercession of Don Bosco, for the grace for our priests to be joyful: joyful so that they have the true sense of looking at things regarding pastoral ministry, the people of God with human eyes and with the eyes of God,” were the final remarks of Don Bosco from Pope Francis.

St. John Bosco’s legacy will always be remembered and celebrated worldwide by giving Bosco praise for being an idol for humanity. 

News: Update On Trump’s Border Wall

by Gabriel Botello

The government shutdown is over and President Donald Trump is still extremely serious about a potential border wall, to the point where he is willing to build a “human wall.”


Throughout his presidential term, President Donald Trump has shown time and time again his true intentions regarding the proposed US-Mexican border wall. Although this is one of the President’s top priorities, his proposals have been continuously rejected by Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi has shown that she will not budge for the funding of this border wall during the government shutdown and after.

This has ultimately resulted in the Trump’s persistence and willingness to go so far as to declare it a national emergency to fund the border wall. Not only is this an extreme declaration to announce, but President Trump is also debating on removing funds from other government owned organizations to aid him in his quest to build the Mexican border wall.

“[President Trump] continues to threaten that he will divert funding for other military and infrastructure projects to build the wall, with or without congressional approval,” says The New York Times.

President Trump has expressed in many tweets how extremely important this wall is for the United States. In many of his tweets, he has clearly illustrated his thoughts and feelings for how the wall should be built, funded, and why it should be built.

“Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border. We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event,” said Trump recently.

“With Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country, Republicans must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for STRONG Border Security. [Democrats] do nothing. If there is no Wall, there is no Security. Human Trafficking, Drugs and Criminals of all dimensions – KEEP OUT!” the President stated two days ago.

There has been lots of controversy over Trump’s time as President in regards to the border wall. During Trump’s campaign, he has mentioned many times that he will make Mexico pay for the border wall and that the wall will be “enormous” and “huge.”

Currently, the President is finding this plan to be more difficult for him to pursue than he may have thought.

With Nancy Pelosi constantly denying funding, and Mexico also refusing to pay for the border wall, our Trump is trying every possible option, but running out of time to build this border wall.


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