Sports: LeBron James Catches Heat For Twitter Comments

by Ryan Dwyer

As one of the most outspoken athletes in the world, LeBron James often feels the pressure to speak out on issues of social justice. However, at what point does it become excessive and controversial, if at all?

On April 21st, 2021, Lebron James Posted a tweet with a picture of a police officer which was captioned “YOU’RE NEXT⌛” followed by the hashtag “#ACCOUNTABILITY.” The officer who was featured in this tweet was an officer by the name of Nicholas Riadon, a Columbus, Ohio police officer who was involved in the deadly shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16 year old African American girl. Bryant called police after she was attacked by a group of girls in her neighborhood.

Initially the vast majority of people were outraged and saw this as yet another racially motivated killing. However, footage soon came out showing that once the officer had arrived on the scene, the incident had fizzled out and no one was being harmed, until video surfaced on Nicholas Riadon’s body cam that showed Ma’Khia out of nowhere lunging at two of the girls with a knife, leading to her eventual fatal shooting.

As sad as the situation is, it was widely accepted that this proved Nicholas Riadon innocent of any racial motivations as he was simply saving a girl from being stabbed or possibly killed by Ma’Khia Bryant. LeBron’s tweet had come out after this information was already made public though, so it faced immediate backlash as many believed he had neglected to do any sort of research on the situation, which is something he has prided himself on doing in the past. He deleted his tweet less than a day later after a massive uproar. In the following days, he put out several tweets in which he both directly and indirectly addressed the situation.

One day after the initial tweet, he put out a new one, in which he stated, “ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!”

This tweet gave sort of an admittance to the lack of research used just the day prior, but still showed his anger for the situation. Later that day, he addressed the fact that he had deleted the prior controversial tweet by putting out one last tweet.

“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because it’s being used to create more hate -This isn’t about one officer. It’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY,” LeBron said, shedding some light on his reasoning behind deleting the tweet.

It seems as though it was more about preventing a false narrative and preventing the conversation from being taken away from the problem at hand. Also, it was about ending the backlash and controversy. Regardless of the statements put out by LeBron and the removal of the tweet, he still faced significant hate and criticism. This continual outpour of anger and hatred was made even more prevalent when the news broke that an Ohio bar owner had been quoted as saying that NBA games won’t be shown at his establishment until LeBron is expelled from the league.

Lebron responded to this news by retweeting a MSN article about the situation, saying “Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp.”

Even former president of the United States, Donald Trump, released a statement about LeBron saying “LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA”… “He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together.”

Statements like that only further push a narrative that LeBron spoke when he shouldn’t have, and conservative Americans are not very happy about it.

Nonetheless, LeBron is a massive figure in both sports, activism and pop culture. He is just simply one of the most well known people in the world, and that title holds a lot of weight. He is one of the biggest voices in the world of activism and awareness, so no matter how much hate he receives he will always stick by what he believes is right.

On top of that, he is one of the best basketball players the world has ever seen, and there is no doubt that regardless of the backlash he faces he will always be just as successful and sought after as he’s always been. No matter what happens – what controversy he is surrounded by or what mistakes he makes – LeBron James will always show up for his team and the community to dominate both on and off the court as the voice for so many voiceless people.

Around Bosco: Mr. Adan Jaramillo, The Quintessential Bosco Man, Is The School’s New Interim Principal

by Aydn Morris

Mr. Adan Jaramillo will serve as Bosco’s principal for the remainder of the school year. It has been quite the journey for Mr. Jaramillo, who is a Bosco alum and has served in numerous capacities as a faculty member over the past few years.

Mr. Jaramillo was the youngest Vice Principal in Bosco history and is now the youngest Principal Bosco has ever had. Being a young principal helps him relate with the students more on their situations and challenges throughout their high school experience.

Mr. Jaramillo is very motivated to take the intern principal role despite the fact that it wasn’t something he was working toward getting. What motivated Mr. Jaramillo to take up the role as Interim Principal were the students, teachers, staff and parents. He was motivated because of the excitement and honor he was given for this opportunity to serve the community even more than he already has.

Mr. Jaramillo wants to give the Bosco Salesian experience to all of the students. Clearly, he has a vision for the school, which is to give all the students their social, emotional and educational needs by treating every kid with care and attention. He also envisions making Bosco known for their inclusive education and school opportunities.

When Mr. Jaramillo was Vice Principal, he took on the challenge of the dress code and grooming system, making his mark by allowing it to be a little bit more free, so that kids wouldn’t have to give up their nationalities or cultural customs to look a certain way. He wanted to enhance the dress code by figuring out if hair and uniform would distract education, while also bringing a sense of discipline. The uniform policies enacted by Mr. Jaramillo gave students the opportunity to say that they have a voice and have the ability to be themselves on campus.

Furthermore, Mr. Jaramillo wants to allow kids of any type of income, background or culture to be able to attend St. John Bosco, not solely who he thinks deserves to be a part of the school. He wants to be able to include the boys in any decision the school makes and also being able to hold teachers accountable by giving evaluations throughout the year to see how well leadership and staff members are doing. 

Mr. Jaramillo was born in Bellflower, grew up in South Gate and raised in Los Angeles. He was supposed to go to a Salesian high school in Los Angeles known as LA Cathedral, but he would always drive by Bosco and his dad told him he was going to go to the school, so that is what he did.

Mr. Jaramillo has been a part of St. John Bosco for 20 years, dating back to the 2000-2001 school year when he was a freshman. He has also been a part of the Salesian world since he was five years old, meaning he has been involved with all things Salesian for nearly three decades. His Brother Eddy Jaramillo also went to Bosco, graduating as part of the class of 2002.

Mr. Jaramillo started teaching at Bosco when he was 24 years old, with current Bosco teachers Mr. Avila and Mr. Alvidrez being amongst his first students. He taught seniors at the time, instructing the History of Los Angeles class, Economics and Government. After that, he became a Dean, then the Dean of Activities, Campus Minister and Vice Principal. He never had any aspirations or thought of what he was going to do or be in the Bosco community, but he watched and admired Mr. Linares and Coach Griffin due to their professionalism, reputations, work ethics, responsibility and the way they cared for their students.  

What inspires Mr. Jaramillo is his wife and his two-year-old son, who he plans to send to St. John Bosco in the future. They inspire him because Mr. Jaramillo wants to be a role model for his son the same way his dad was a role model to him. Mr. Jaramillo’s wife works at St. Dominic Savio and they have been married for five years. 

“Me and my wife crossed paths in Mexico at a camp and never even noticed it. When we figured out that we had both been at the same camp at the same time, it was one of the greatest moments of realization,” said Mr. Jaramillo. 

The former principal, Dr. Christian DeLarkin, was a great leader for St. John Bosco. He was a part of the Bosco community for seven years after being the former Principal of Serra High School in Gardena. Dr. DeLarkin has moved on to serve as President of St. Pius-St. Matthias Academy in Downey. 

Mr. Jaramillo was great friends with Dr. DeLarkin and admired the patience he had. The impact Dr. DeLarkin made during his time at Bosco was certainly noticeable and appealed to Mr. Jaramillo.

“Dr. Christian De Larkin always had time for someone; he never told anyone no. Christian is a very good person. He would always be there for you and listen to you and have an open heart, which I find very fond of him,” said Mr. Jaramillo.

Mr. Jaramillo appreciated that Dr. DeLarkin always seemed to be there for somebody. The day Mr. Jaramillo’s wife went into labor, he called his brother first to tell him the news. But, his brother never answered, so he called Dr. DeLarkin and started confiding in him, to which Dr. DeLarkin asked him to pray.

When former Bosco Head of Security Mr. Ismael “Ish” Fernandez passed away in February, Mr. Jaramillo recalls Dr. DeLarkin acting with true leadership and professionalism in the face of tragedy.  

“When Ish passed, Dr. DeLarkin had been shocked, but he then proceeded to handle the Bosco community well by sending out an email and telling everyone the tragic news, even while mourning his death,” said Mr. Jaramillo.

Mr. Jaramillo also admired Dr. DeLarkin’s resilience, passion and love he had for others, as well as taking time and getting to know them. The St. John Bosco community appreciates everything Dr. De Larkin has done and wishes him the best of luck. Now, here’s to the future with Mr. Jaramillo!

Around Bosco: New Science Teacher Mr. Rummel Requerme Joins The Bosco Team

by Andrew Fierro

Mr. Rummel Requerme becomes one of the newest additions to the Bosco community. Find out a little more about him!

Q: What college did you attend?

A: I attended UCLA. Go Bruins!

Q: What did you study?

A: I switched my major a few times but landed on Biology. So I guess you can say I’m a powerhouse…of the ‘self’.

Q: Favorite music, artist or genre?

A: It really depends on the time of day, but I’ve always found myself coming back to either John Mayer or Bruno Mars.

Q: Favorite color or colors?

A: Always has been blue. Go Braves!

Q: Favorite movie?

A: Back to the Future, hands down. Who doesn’t love this movie?!

Q: What you like most about teaching?

A: Having the opportunity to not only have a voice but actively give others a voice when going through lessons. I guess the boys are alright, too…sometimes.

Q: What do you like most about Bosco?

A: The snacks in the Teacher’s Loun-  I mean the students and faculty. 

Q: Favorite place to eat?

A: You can never go wrong with some Chipotle or McDonald’s.

Q: Canes or Chick Fil A?

A: Raising Cane’s. Chicken tenders for daysssssss!

Q: Favorite sport and favorite team?

A: Basketball, LOS LAKERSSS (although that loss to the Mav’s really hit me deeply)

Q: Favorite TV show?

A: I’ve always been conflicted on this one. I love some New Girl, but Big Bang Theory & Modern Family come in real close. 

Q: Favorite video game if you have one?

A: Fortnite. Aha I’m kidding. Probably the Uncharted Series on Playstation. 

Q: How has it been teaching through ZOOM and then only a handful of students in person?

A: It’s been real tough, not going to lie. But the students have been really on top of it, even more than me, and been enthusiastic since Day 1. It’s always nice to see their happy, but mostly tired, faces nevertheless. 

Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: This is actually my first year teaching. I’ve led leadership programs and mentored in the past though. 

Q: Where are you from if not California?

A: I am from a sad place called Victorville. However, I did grow up in Downey and even went to Alameda/Carpenter until I moved when I was 10

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? 

A: My mom has been an elementary school teacher her whole life so I’ve been subliminally influenced by her. I learned to be vocal and helpful from her and to be childish and silly from my dad. So, I’ve always dreamed of providing that type of environment for students (since all my teachers were really strict and not funny).

Q: Dogs or cats?

A: I owned a Turtle. I know that doesn’t answer the question, but I thought I’d let you know. What was that? Answer the question? Okay okay…dogs. 

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: I like playing and writing music during my free time. I do like playing video games when I have the time. Traveling was big for me before the pandemic but the commute to Bosco is a great adventure in and of itself.

Q: Do you have a favorite holiday?

A: Christmas, man. Something about the season and the energy that really makes you FEEL happy and peaceful. Christmas music is also universal throughout the entire year and really gets you hyped.

Q: What made you decide to come to Bosco?

A: The atmosphere; it’s unlike any other school. As you can tell, the faculty and staff really emphasize the need of being a leader more than strictly a teacher. That’s a necessity in any environment, but a lot of schools lack that. So I would say the principles and values of Bosco is what really drew me to it.

Q: If you could vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?

A: Iceland. I really want to check out their system for clean energy and the dozens of things that their culture has that really differentiates themselves from other countries. I’ve also heard their chocolate is fire.

Lampoon: Which Bosco Bathroom Reigns Supreme?

by Zachary Gardiner

The most important thing to a Bosco student, next to a heightened education, stellar athletics and a warming sense of welcoming brotherhood, is a comforting place to relieve one’s self.

St. John Bosco High School has six bathrooms, all in different locations, offering many different services, ranging from powered hand dryers to automatic urinals. Some are well kept, some are too hard to be kept. Today these six bathrooms will be ranked from best-to-worst. 

When asked about their opinions of the different bathrooms of Bosco, seniors Parker Beam and Aaron Pena both rated the 200 building bathrooms in their top three.  Pena rated the top floor as his favorite, while Beam rated the bathroom on the ground floor by the basketball court the highest. Both are kept clean, however the ground floor bathroom boasts six stalls – including one handicapped – six urinals and three automatic hand dryers. This makes sense, considering that this bathroom is made most available to guests of the campus. 

Both students rated the 300 building bathroom in the middle tiers of their lists, likely as a result of its pungent smell. This bathroom also seconds as a janitor’s closet. What keeps it in the middle grounds is its size. It has 4 stalls and 4 urinals. The sinks are usually functional. 

Both Beam and Pena rated the 400 building bathroom at the bottom of their lists. This bathroom is about as bad as it can get. Terrible smells, overflowing sinks, unsavory puddles – not good at all.

Without further ado, here are the official rankings of the 6 bathrooms of St. John Bosco. 

1) 200 building, ground floor

The crown jewel of high school bathrooms. Kept clean as the first bathroom made available to the public when events are held on campus. The many stall doors have sturdy locks, and there are plenty of urinals. It’s as good as it gets on the bottom floor of the 200 building.

 2) 200 building, third floor

This is your average restroom. 3 stalls, 3 urinals, sinks that don’t work all that great and just your average paper towel dispenser. This bathroom has a window facing out towards the front of the school and on a good day with no smog, you can see the downtown Los Angeles area.

3) 200 building, second floor

This bathroom is nearly identical to its counterpart on the third floor; however for some reason, this one always has more people in it, often resulting in the occasional overflowing sink and wet paper towels on the floor, but overall a well-kept bathroom.

4) 300 building

This is where things begin to go downhill. Although it does have a whopping four stalls and four urinals, this bathroom is often neglected when it comes to basic cleanliness. Toilets are always clogged, toilet paper is always missing, and for some reason, there’s always this lingering smell.

5) Track bathroom

This bathroom is the second bathroom most available to visitors so it is kept clean. However, this is the smallest bathroom on campus. Located by the baseball field in the corner of the school, the soccer, lacrosse and baseball crowds often use this restroom. Unfortunately, it only has one stall and two urinals.

6) 400 building

This is the worst bathroom on campus by far. The smell is terrible, and it’s almost guaranteed that at least half of the toilets are clogged.

Well, with that, it appears as if the 200 buildings ground floor restroom is the best on campus! Let’s hope it doesnt deteriorate like some of the others anytime soon. In the meantime, keep relieving!

News/Op-Ed: The Trial of Derek Chauvin Sheds Light on Killing of Angel Zapata Hernandez As Well As the Future of Police and Criminal Justice Reform

by Joseph Theisen

On April 20th 2021, almost a year after the murder of George Floyd, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison procescuded Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer, and convicted him on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter.

Derek Chauvin Murder Trial: How to Watch and Livestream

On May 25th 2020, George Floyd was killed while being arrested for allegedly using a fake $20 bill. This caused America to take a stand against police brutality, causing several demonstration of civil protesting around major cities of the country.

The three other police officers, Thomas Lane, Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, have not yet presented themselves to trial but are being prosecuted for aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. Chauvin has not yet been sentenced to a specific amount of years. However, he could receive as few as twelve and a half years or as many as 40 years. These extremes are unlikely, and his sentence will probably be somewhere in the middle.

George Floyd’s murder was not by any means the first time a police officer has killed a black man in America, but it was one of the most impactful on our society in recent history. This fateful day sparked many police reforms across America in Congress and on smaller scales, such as in specific police departments in towns.

The killing of George Floyd metaphorically woke up many people in America, heading in the right direction towards progress being made, but there is still a long way to go to achieve equality.  On October 15th 2019, just a few months before George Floyd, Angel Zapata Hernandez, a 24 year old Latino man was killed in a similar manner to George Floyd.  Hernandez was stopped by an MTS code compliance inspector while walking over railroad tracks, and an Allied Universal security officer came over to the scene. 

When Hernandez saw the security officer, he took off and was pursued for about 100 yards at which point the two men tackled and handcuffed him.  After the incident, one of the men stayed on top of him with his knee on Hernandez’ neck and continued to do so for six minutes.  When the two men could not feel a pulse, Hernandez was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. 

No charges were brought against either of the MTS employees, and the family of Angel Zapata Hernandez reached a $5.5 million settlement.  No matter the situation, a security guard should work to deescalate situations before resorting to killing someone in pursuit, and in this case, the guard got away without any charges. 

This was a case in which a minority man was killed, and it was brushed under the rug and largely silenced in the media. America has a long way to go, and the American citizens are the ones that need to make sure these changes happen. With the current political climate and many citizens being tired of living under fear, several reforms can be lobbied in government in order to prevent a catastrophe like that of George Floyd or Angel Zapata Hernandez.

News/Op-Ed: Across All Major Sports Leagues In The United States, Athletes Create A Culture For Change

by Aeden Alexander

For the past year, the United States has been in the midst of an ongoing battle with racism, discrimination and bigotry. In the past few years, there has been no shortage of celebrities and athletes coming out, voicing their opinions and using their platforms as a bully pulpit to aide in ending racism and making the United States of America a better place.

For the past year, the United States has been in an ongoing battle of ending racism, with many different celebrities and athletes attempting to help this cause and really make America a better place.

As the Derek Chauvin trial has come to a close and resulted in what was perceived as justice for George Floyd, many big athletes came out and spoke on what the guilty verdicts really meant for their communities and the United States as a whole.

While many celebrated the decision, many also came out and took the chance to talk about how this is just the beginning in something much greater. However, some also said that the verdict should not even be celebrated, because it should be expected.

But, for America, this is the perfect place to be, as this gives the chance for kids who look up to sports stars, like Lebron James and Serena Williams, to feel as if they are heard and their concerns are recognized. Both James and Williams have trail blazed a path for the next generation to follow so they don’t have to fight and deal with racism at an older age.

Moreover, James and Williams, likely inspired by the activism of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have also paved the way for other athletes, regardless of their sport, league or level of play, to use their platforms for the greater good of society. 

Yet, not just the athletes take part in voicing their opinions. Other people, like the owners of sports teams and league commissioners, have come out and made sure that they promote social justice in many shapes and forms. 

In the past and the present, the owners, commissioners and players associations across all the major sports leagues agreed to make warmup shirts featuring social justice statements on them, creating flexibility in game schedules in case of cancellations due to social justice issues and allowing room for political dialogue without any pushback from the leagues themselves. 

The athletes in our current world have an increased role in society, as they provide both sports entertainment as well as acting as a voice for activism in the United States. Of course, there are many dissenting points of view on this issue, as some believe that athletes should not have this much say in socio-political debates and shouldn’t use their platforms for societal change.

At the end of the day, athletes are concerned citizens too, and their activism shall continue as long as they are given approval by their respective leagues, coaches and team owners. 

Around Bosco: Bosco Celebrates The Annual Mother And Son Mass And Breakfast, Honoring The Actions Of A Community Stronger Than Ever

by Ryan Tavera

The annual mother and son mass and breakfast celebrates the special bond between mothers and sons in these times of confusion and uncertainty to uplift all members of the Braves family.

Despite continuous setbacks due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual mother and son breakfast was celebrated on April 25, 2021, hosted in the Saint John Bosco quad. Thanks to the contribution of facuity and the parents association, the Bosco community was able to honor all hard-working mothers that are a part of the Bosco community. 

The event consists of students and their mothers participating in mass together, following a gathering in the quad to celebrate with friends and family, while enjoying a selection of staple breakfast items and music. 

Director of Enrollment Management Mrs. Becky Ellison feels that the event highlights the idea of togetherness and celebrating the relationship between parents and their son within the Bosco community. 

“Parents are the primary teachers always. The Salesian way of teaching is really about accompaniment and that’s not just with your teachers it also with your parents. I think it’s really important because it celebrates students’ relationships with their families,” said Mrs. Ellison. 

This idea that the relationship between mother and son can be so crucial and important in a young man reaching adulthood is something that must be cherished and celebrated. Vice President of Advancement, Ms. Amy Krisch shares this same sentiment and feels the event highlights that exactly.

“Our mothers play such a big role in how the school forms the young men into a Bosco man and their such a critical piece of it. The bond between a mother and son is just so important and it’s important for you guys as students to be able to continue to have that bond with your mom,” Ms. Krisch said.  

While the event highlights that strong and valuable connection between mothers and their sons, the event also showcases Bosco’s strong sense of community and togetherness. As seen throughout this challenging last months, Bosco families have established a community effort to get through several obstacles, while highlighting what it means to be a Bosco Brave.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limitations, the event was much more spaced out and separated, in order to maintain COVID-19 safety precautions. However, the event still managed to captivate that sense of a welcoming and loving atmosphere that the Bosco community provides. 

Thanks to the determination and persistence of faculty and the parents association alike, the event was an extraordinary success. Parents such as Mariah Ruiz, Allie Arredondo, and Veronica Figueroa have given it their all in order to see the event come to fruition. The perseverance and service of the Bosco community truly highlights the sense of community and commitment that being a Brave is all about, giving families hope, that not even a great disaster can destroy the bond established among the Bosco community. 

News/Op-Ed: Former Vice President Walter Mondale Passes Away at 93

by Joshua Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief

On April 19, 2021, the 42nd Vice President of the United States, Walter “Fritz” Mondale, passed away peacefully at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota from natural causes. Serving under Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, Mondale transformed the office of the Vice Presidency, which was previously seen as an undesirable position in Government. 

American Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, campaigns in Illinois, September 11, 1984. (Photo by Robert R McElroy/Getty Images)

According to numerous reports, former Vice President Mondale was aware of his declining health and inevitable death; sending memos to staff members as a form of goodbye while also informing them that he was at peace. Additionally, only one day before he passed away in his sleep, Mondale talked to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and 42nd President Bill Clinton on the phone, saying goodbye as he and his family were expecting the inevitable.

Prior to his death, Mondale held the unique distinction of being the oldest living former Vice President. Upon his death, such a title became held by former Vice President Dick Cheney, who is 80 years old. Ironically, former President Jimmy Carter, whom Mondale served as Vice President, is the oldest living former president at 96 years old. Upon hearing of his former Vice President’s death, Carter released a statement expressing grief, love and respect for Mondale. 

In a political state of affairs that can best be described as polarized, Walter Mondale serves as an example of an elder statesman who was a respected member of the political establishment in the United States. Not only was Mondale nationally respected by Democrats for his trailblazing career, he garnered the respect of traditional conservatives, who were drawn to his outreach, his willingness to reach across the aisle and negotiate when it came to legislation, as well as his overall transformation of the role of the Vice Presidency. 

The life of Walter Mondale is one that can best be described as illustrious. A devoted public servant, Mondale served the United States in many different capacities. From May 4, 1960 to December 30, 1964, Mondale was the 23rd Attorney General of Minnesota. From December 30, 1964 to December 30, 1976, Mondale served as a United States Senator from Minnesota. From January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981, he served as the 42nd Vice President of the United States. 

In 1984, Mondale ran a bold campaign against Incumbent President Ronald Reagan, tapping Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate, making her the first woman to appear on a federal presidential election ticket in American history. Despite Mondale being well respected across all sides of the political spectrum and making a running mate selection that was well ahead of his time, the potential of a Mondale-Ferraro Administration failed to gain significant traction, as Mondale was defeated by popular Incumbent Ronald Reagan in a landslide, winning only one state, his home state of Minnesota, and the District of Columbia. 

Despite the landslide election loss that put a stain on Mondale’s illustrious career in public service, his impact as Vice President of the United States is one in which has redefined the office of Vice President and has allowed modern-day President’s to put significantly more value on the office of the Vice Presidency. Rather than the Vice Presidency being a crapshoot in which one acted merely as a symbolic figurehead, Mondale changed the Vice Presidency into an office that allowed future Vice Presidents to assume a wide range of responsibilities and duties, which aided future Vice Presidents such as Al Gore, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden in having lasting impacts on their respective administrations despite not being the primary shot callers. 

After his election loss in 1984, Mondale continued to be on the radar in the legal and political scene. Once he was back in Minnesota, Mondale joined the Dorsey and Whitney law firm, as well as the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. In 1993, after having not held public office since 1981, Mondale was called to serve his country once again by 42nd President Bill Clinton, whom he served as the 24th United States Ambassador to Japan from September 21, 1993 to December 15, 1996. 

After that, Mondale still wasn’t finished, returning back home to Minnesota to serve as a part-time teacher at the University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Right up to his death, Mondale remained active behind the scenes in the Democratic Party, offering a ringing endorsement of current President Joe Biden and shedding some optimism in a time that seems increasingly grim. 

In Minnesota, Mondale was particularly influential to current Senator Amy Klobuchar, who also ran for the Democratic Nomination, leading a gritty campaign as she vied for the presidency, though she ultimately came up short despite proving many naysayers wrong. Klobuchar, who was a college intern for Mondale in 1980 during his final year as Vice President, learned that Mondale was a truly great man, who was overwhelmingly honest. Klobuchar also learned from Mondale the ability to apply oneself to a job, even if it wasn’t the job that was envisioned – as was for Klobuchar, who was taking down serial numbers of furniture instead of working on briefings like she wanted. Klobuchar credits the lessons she learned from Mondale as a reason why she is currently a Senator for Minnesota. 

Whether many realize it or not, Walter “Fritz” Mondale, the 42nd Vice President of the United States who served only one term in office, is one of the most consequential figures in American history. While he may best be remembered as the man who got trounced by Ronald Reagan in the 1984 Presidential Elections, what he is really known for in Washington, D.C, Minnesota and beyond was for being a man who was perhaps much too ahead of his time. From crafting housing legislation to having unprecedented influence and transforming the office of the Vice Presidency all the way to tapping a little-known female United States Representative to be his running mate in a consequential election, “Fritz” was as good as they come. 

In times that are so polarized, Walter Mondale serves as a throwback example to the prototype establishment politician who was decent, honest, hardworking and respected all across the political spectrum. When time seemed to move quick in Washington, D.C., “Fritz” moved at his own pace, always one with the present, tackling issues as they may have come. Mondale may have been a trailblazer who was ahead of his time politically, but he was always in harmony with the present, never too sure to count his chickens before they hatched. Right up until he felt the inevitability of death, he was at peace, enjoying the moment and the present just as he did throughout his illustrious life of public service. The tao – the ideology of being one with the present – is Walter Mondale, and his life of public service and the legacy he left behind shall serve as a vessel for an America divided.

News/Op-Ed: After A Year Of Tragedy, California Is Finally Seeing The Light With Vaccine Rollouts And Dipping COVID-19 Cases

by Andrew Fierro

As the state of California opens up COVID-19 vaccinations to all people 16 and older, many more young adults are being vaccinated everyday, which is having a positive effect on the state’s COVID-19 cases. 

Beginning on April 15th, all California residents over the age of 16 are now available to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Adults and young adults all over the state are lining up to receive the vaccine in large numbers. The young adults who are 16 or 17 years of age are eligible to schedule, with their parent or guardian’s consent, a local vaccine which is to be Pfizer only. 

With these vaccines being rolled out to millions, the state has seen a positive result in COVID-19 cases and is on par with the targeted date of a June 15tth reopening. Over 24 millions doses have been administered in California with many more being done everyday. 

Many students have received the vaccine due to athletic concerns and one Bosco student who has obtained his is junior Joshua Joson. 

“I received my Pfizer vaccine last thursday on April 15th, and will receive my second shot in the middle of may, it took about an hour all together, and I felt no pain or sickness afterwards,” Said Joson.

After being given the vaccine, patients will be asked to wait for a certain amount of time in order to make sure that there have not been any reactions to the vaccine. Now due to this wave of vaccines, California has seen for the first time in a long time a positive trend in cases in the state.

The Bosco students being vaccinated are now able to practice their sports in confidence without the worry of being affected by the virus.

“Being a student athlete, getting the vaccine has taken some stress off of my shoulders knowing that I don’t have to worry about contracting the virus and missing time of school and my sport,” Joson said. 

The vaccine being opened to people over the age of 16 helps high school students be able to participate in all the highschool activities that they are usually offered. There will be a higher output of high school sports because of the vaccination being administered to more and more high school students everyday.

There are many different sites in the state that are offering the vaccine, but each individual may have a different level of difficulty in getting their vaccine. Due to priorities over different jobs and students, some people may have to wait longer in order to get an appointment to become vaccinated. 

Anyone who receives a Pfizer vaccine will have to receive a second shot in order to become fully vaccinated. Though there have been many positives with the COVID-19 situation in california, one negative has been the Johnson and Johnson vaccine being halted. Though the vaccine is being halted, the state’s health officials said that this halt will not have any effect on the distribution timeline. 

Almost one third of adults in California are vaccinated with 50% of adults all over the U.S. receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. These high rates of vaccination are having an extremely positive effect on the country and state in terms of case numbers. 

California has seen the lowest 7 day average of COVID-19 cases in the state as of April 18th since May of last year. The cases, deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have all substantially lowered since the rollout of the vaccine. 

With California set to fully reopen on June 15th including a positive trend in terms of COVID-19 cases, the state is finally seeing some positive outcomes since the beginning of the pandemic. Hope is here!

Life Of A Brave: How COVID-19 Has Impacted College Admissions

by Jackson Smith

There has been very little change in the college application process for Bosco students despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to college counselor Ms. Alyssa Skipper. Yet, there’s been a seismic shift in which colleges Bosco students have chosen to apply.

Ms. Skipper explained that students have been looking into backup options much more. Additionally, people are looking to stay closer to home, choosing local schools such as Cal States and UCs, while also choosing to look at community colleges more. This is partially because the pandemic has put financial stress on people, but also because staying in-state and going to a community college significantly decreased the overall expenses of college. 

Even though community colleges are being looked at more in the wake of COVID-19, in recent years, it was already becoming a more popular option than ever before for Bosco students because some have not been entirely ready for a big four year college, either financially or emotionally, according to Ms. Skipper. Additionally, community college can be a stepping stone for students in need of further academic development. 

The application process has undergone slight changes for the class of 2021, and possibly for 2022 as well. Namely, the SAT and ACT are no longer required for almost all colleges. However, students can choose to give their scores for those tests if they so desire, according to Ms. Skipper. 

Ms. Skipper believes that the lack of SAT and ACT requirements may not go back to how they were, at least for some colleges. It is largely because colleges nationally are reporting record high numbers of applications from the past year because the SAT and ACT requirements previously acted as a barrier for some students to apply to certain schools. The schools are realizing that they can get more applicants, and strong applicants at that, and the colleges would not want that dynamic to disappear after COVID-19 by reinstating SAT and ACT requirements. 

Other than the SAT and ACT part of the application, the process is generally the same, but in the absence of standardized test scores, the other parts of the applications are going to be weighed more heavily. This means that the essays students write, as well as the extracurriculars activities in which they partake, are going to be scrutinized in finer detail. 

According to Ms. Skipper, scholarships have changed for students in a much bigger way than before. Athletic scholarships could be more difficult for students to come by because of the delayed sports seasons and financial hits that colleges have endured. Some other states started sports seasons earlier or even at a regular pace, meaning that colleges have been looking at some players out-of-state for a significantly longer time than Bosco student-athletes. 

Furthermore, the way colleges look at the AP exams has even changed, according to Ms. Skipper. Students have done better this last year on the AP tests than before the pandemic, and this was because the college board did not expect that classes would get through the full amount of curriculum.

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