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BREAKING: Feather shuts down for reconstruction

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The Feather Online will no longer be a functioning high school newspaper, starting March 27. Please follow Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates and check back in mid summer for a revised site.

New website planned for 2015-16 school year

All things must come to an end sometime during their life cycle. The Feather has been around for more than a decade now and the technology holding the website together has become dated. Therefore, The Feather is being moved to a new website and will be shut down for at least one month.

The Feather will be signing off the Internet today, March 27, and students will be beginning their spring break and will return to school April 7. The Feather is scheduled to be put back up sometime in summer.

Greg Stobbe has advised The Feather Online since 1997 and thinks it has been long overdue to get with the times and come out with a whole new website.

“Since 2004, the current Feather version has been the backbone of Fresno Christian High School publications students. Today it is obviously an outdated website; it is high time that The Feather editors got into the 2015’s with a WordPress version,” Stobbe said. “So when The Feather shuts down, it will also give the staff and The Feather Online the opportunity for growth with new plug-ins and all kinds of features in the near future.”

Editor-in-Chief Sara Peterson, ’15, believes that this redesign of the newspaper will give veterans of The Feather a chance to train new staffers for their new positions when the seniors leave this year.

“I think it is good that The Feather is going to be shut down for a month, it gives us a chance to work with new staffers and to teach them things they didn’t really catch on this year,” Peterson said. “Also we are going to be getting our new website up and that will be good for The Feather because our website is outdated. Next year, even though I will not be here to see it, The Feather is going to do very well with their new website.”

This is a good plan because The Feather has a very outdated layout so it is a lot harder for the editors to edit things because they have to code then put in pictures. This new website will make it a lot more efficient. Also it will be easier to train new people next year and we are going to come back twice as strong. –Chloe Mueller, Co-Editor-in-Chief

During the construction of the new Feather website, all social media will still be available and current for those interested. IT Director Robert Hyatt will start off the redesign and the shut down The Feather Online, setting up a page where it currently exists which will lead readers to social media links including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. After the redesign of the Fresno Christian website, Hyatt is excited to see the changes in the weeks ahead.

“I would expect to see as radical of a change from the old Fresno Christian website to the new Fresno Christian website,” Hyatt said. “It will be dynamic. It will be unique. From looking at all the other websites that we looked into from other school newspapers, ours will look nothing like them, but it will be fantastic. I have no doubt.”

Junior Chloe Mueller is Co-Editor-in-Chief this year on The Feather and will continue on next year, solo as Editor-in-Chief. After two years of being in journalism, she is glad to see something new is happening with the school newspaper.

“This is a good plan because The Feather has a very outdated layout so it is a lot harder for the editors to edit things because they have to code then put in pictures,” Mueller said. “This new website will make it a lot more efficient. Also it will be easier to train new people next year and we are going to come back twice as strong.”

Please continue to look for posts via Feather social media and as more information becomes available, Feather staff and editors will share information about school and community news, sports and features.

“This is a good plan because The Feather has a very outdated layout so it is a lot harder for the editors to edit things because they have to code then put in pictures,” Mueller said. “This new website will make it a lot more efficient. Also it will be easier to train new people next year and we are going to come back twice as strong.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @KevinGarcha.

For more news, read the March 26 article, NOTS parents viewing scheduled for March 28.

By |2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Entrepreneurs set to sell during Econ Fair 2015

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Economics class will be hosting the annual Economics Fair, during lunch on March 18.

Economics class will be hosting the annual Economics Fair, during lunch, March 18.

Students in economics class will be taking the seat as an entrepreneur and feel what it is like to launch their new product. Each group will take on the task of creating their original product and also financing the costs of the product.

The main reason for this project is to teach students what if takes to form a business, also it correlates to the unit the class is currently in which is supply and demand.

Civics and economics teacher Robert Foshee hopes this project will give an insight to students on how a business is run and will open a new path of careers for them.

“I have done this many years,” Foshee said, “and I hope that the students will see how much it takes to run a business.”

There will be many things sold these year, from space goo to tideye apparel. This years main focus will be food such as smoothies, chicken curry burritos, and different types of Mexican food.

Roman Endicott, ’18, has never seen the Econ Fair before and is expecting it to be interesting and creative.

“I’m expecting to see a lot of good products and chances are I will buy the ones that are most appealing to me,” Endicott said.

Morgan Miller, ’16, is participating in this year’s Econ Fair and partnered up with Bailey Brogan, ’16; they both are making a Mac and Cheese bar with toppings such as bacon, sausage, and ham.

“I’m expecting lots of food items to be sold which is good since it’s during lunch time and it gives people variety of things to choose from,” Miller said.

There will be no off campus lunch passes on March 18 and students are encouraged to bring extra money for food and crafts/trinkets for sell.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @garchakevin8.

By |2015-03-26T00:00:00+00:00March 26th, 2015|Academics, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Music department earns Heritage Sweepstakes (PODCAST, SLIDESHOW)

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The campus music department was honored with the Sweepstakes Award at the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival, March 5-6. Seniors Ivette Ibarra and Andrew Guthrie, pictured, won Maestro awards, while Guthrie also won the “When you Wish” award.

Senior Andrew Guthrie earns Maestro, “When You Wish” honors

Every year students from the music department embark on a journey to Southern California to attend a singing festival, while either going to Worldstrides Heritage or ACSI. These festivals are to commemorate all the long hours practicing as a whole to put on a performance for high ranking adjudicators.

At 12 p.m., FC students boarded the charter bus en route to the 35th annual Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival, down to Los Angeles, California, March 5-6. Directors Susan Ainley and Lesley Bannister have never traveled to compete in this Southern California music festival, being new to their positions this year.

While attending the festival for the duration of their trip, they were able to visit Medieval Times, as well as Disneyland and participate in other recreational activities. Students were able to visit many sites in LA, but the majority of the trip was spent preparing and performing for the Heritage Festival competitions.

After getting back on the bus, students waited to arrive in LA. They visited Medieval Times around 6 p.m. where students saw the reenactments of duels and jousting. While watching the battles food that was served to the audience. Sophomore Trevor Trevino

“It was so fun, I loved the battles and the food was amazing. Probably it was because I was very hungry from traveling all day,” Trevino said. “I loved the environment that I was in, it made me want to become a knight and go battle.”

After the show students arrived at their final destination for the day, WYNDHAM Hotel. Students boarded the bus early at 7 a.m. on their way to Disneyland and California Adventure. Upon their arrival, students dispersed into small groups and visited different rides in the amusement parks.

I loved getting to try the authentic southern food in New Orleans Square. I had never tasted American food from the south. My favorite food was the authentic Gumbo. It had chicken, shrimp, and sausage with a creamy sauce all over rice. I want to try to find a restaurant that has this type food back in Fresno. –Junior Olivia Tandajaja

One of the most popular rides of the day was the new Cars ride. Senior Andrew Guthrie rode the Cars ride for the first time, and was impressed by the roller coaster type thrill ride and the layout.

“When we first got to Disneyland, and I saw a group of people headed over to Cars Land, I wanted follow them since I’ve never been on the ride before,” Guthrie said. “People had told me it was a really fun ride but it wasn’t until I saw it firsthand that I could truly appreciate it. I loved how you drove through the different rooms leading up to the race, but my favorite part of the ride was of course was the race itself.”

With a variety of different restaurants around the parks, foods from Asian, to South American, European were all available to students. Junior Olivia Tandajaja enjoyed foods from the south the most.

“I loved getting to try the authentic southern food in New Orleans Square,” Tandajaja said. “I had never tasted American food from the south. My favorite food was the authentic Gumbo. It had chicken, shrimp, and sausage with a creamy sauce all over rice. I want to try to find a restaurant that has this type food back in Fresno.”

Vice President of Heritage Festival Kyle Naylor discusses the effectiveness of the Heritage Music Festival

The following day band and choir had separate because of different of their different venue locations. Band had to be on their stage at 8:30 a.m., while choir had to arrive a little later, around 10 a.m. Band practiced through their songs before the actual performance.

After performing several songs, the band was adjudicated by three judges. Not all three spoke to the band, only one judge went up on stage with a given time of four minutes to critique the band.

After band had finished the performance they went out into the lobby where choir had arrived a short while before. The members of the band changed into more comfortable clothes to prepare for the second day of Disneyland, while choir began practicing for their upcoming performance.

After both the choir and band had finished their performances, everyone packed up and were ready to visit Disneyland one last time. Unlike the previous day where students were given bouncer tickets to which they could go to Disneyland and California Adventure, students could only wander in Disneyland.

One group had to wait an hour and ten minutes to board Space Mountain, but this provided opportunities for students to converse and learn new things about their peers outside of school. Senior Anthony Zhang had never been to Disneyland before. One of the things he disliked about Disneyland was definitely the wait for the rides.

“Disneyland was really fun, and I got to see why everyone loves Disneyland so much,” Zhang said. “But one thing I didn’t like was how I had to wait a long time to get on a ride. One ride called Space Mountain we had to wait for an hour and a some minutes. What was nice about you and your friends being stuck in line was that you could talk to them and see what they are like outside of school. I really liked that.”

I am so proud of my students. They have put in a lot of hard work, and many hours of practice. It is so exciting to see their efforts rewarded in such a meaningful way. To achieve a gold star rating as my first year as band director is so exciting, also to have our music program recognized with the sweepstakes reward is a sign of great things to come. –Leslie Bannister, band director

The concert hall, located in Big Thunder Mountain, where the awards took place was very open and no chairs were in visible. Music directors had their own section with chairs, while students sat on the ground with their appropriate schools. The opening ceremony of the awards ceremony began with “Goofy”, “Mickey Mouse”, “Pluto”, and “Daffy Duck” all dancing with a group of singers. After they had done their dance routine a wizard had come on stage to help present the awards with the Vice President of Heritage Kyle Naylor.

Heritage Festival awards, presented by Naylor, honored band and choir, where they earned honors: gold for jazz band and womens ensemble, silver for high school choir and junior high choir. Senior Ivette Ibarra and Guthrie won the maestro awards, and Guthrie also won the “When you Wish” award. The school music program won overall top prize earning the Heritage Sweepstakes Award.

Bannister was proud of her students as well as the Music Department as a whole. While this is only Bannister’s first year as band director, she excited to see how much of the work practicing payed off.

“I am so proud of my students. They have put in a lot of hard work, and many hours of practice,” Bannister said. “It is so exciting to see their efforts rewarded in such a meaningful way. To achieve a gold star rating as my first year as band director is so exciting, also to have our music program recognized with the sweepstakes reward is a sign of great things to come.”

Ainley was astounded by her choir group winning the best overall music program. Along with Bannister, this was also her first year as high school choir director.

“This is my first trip to Heritage as a high school choir teacher and I feel like it was the best possible experience for both teachers and students,” Ainley said. “Winning the sweepstakes trophy literally took my breath away, and I felt so humbled and honored that they would recognize the hard work that all Fresno Christian students do in order to achieve their very best.”

The writer can be reached via Twitter: @KevinGarcha.

For more features, read the March 10 article, Teen dating: The struggle.

By |2015-03-11T00:00:00+00:00March 11th, 2015|FC Arts, Features, Music, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brief: Gang violence even in rural America

Gang violence has become a huge problem in many major cities and even some rural places. These groups are usually vicious and will do anything to prove a point. There seems to be no stop in the rapid expansion in gangs across the world. The panelists at the town hall meeting believe the fuel for all this anarchy may just be the lack of attention during their childhood. To find a solutions a town hall meeting was put into play to discuss how to put a stop to gang violence.

 

On the afternoon of November 19 Peoples Church was to host a town hall meeting regarding gang violence. The attendees ranged from the chief of police to concerned citizens. The church was arranged with a Q&A setup, with the citizens asking questions. The panel consisted of Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, Pastor B.T. Lewis from Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, and outreach worker Ernie Rodriguez. The group answered any questions or responded to comments the audience may have on the topic.

 

The town hall meeting took place at Peoples Church. The meeting started from 7pm and would last until 10pm. It was also televised on KFREE59, which was hosted by Monte.

Panelists started off by giving their point of view on gang violence. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, “Gangs in our community is the number one threat facing Fresno and I believe that is true for many cities across the nation and all you have to do is turn on the nightly news to see another drive-by shooting involving a gang members.” Chief Jerry Dyer then began to state the statistics of gang member in the city of Fresno, “ When you look at the city of Fresno we have somewhere between 18,000 to 20,000 people that are in gangs and those individuals are out there committing drive-by shootings, robberies, involved in human trafficking. Unfortunately a vast majority of these individuals are armed and they are willing to use those firearms.” Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Sheriff Margaret Mims also gave her insight on her take on gang violence. “In fact in Fresno County it has been identified by the State of California as a high intensity gang area.” Sheriff Mims said. “We have to work together.”

Outreach worker Ernie Rodriguez was also present on the panelist board, he was asked if law enforcement was the only answer to this gang violence problem. Ernie responded, “The community and organization is an asset to make something happen.”

Pastor B.T. Lewis:

Now the questions from audience members took place, from a wrestling coach to ex-convicts. A wrestling coach at Mayfare Elementary, he explained to the panelists why gang members join gangs in their teens, “The kids are hungry,” He said, “We have to get the kids when they are small, if they want to be in a gang come join the wrestling, basketball team, parents get you kids busy. That’s what is going on they want to be a part of something. These kids are growing up and they want to be a part of something.” The wrestling coach said.

Gangs are an ongoing war throughout the nation and the world. They will take in anyone they see fit for their group, if the gang can get something out of a person they will take them in as one of their own. No one in gangs looks out for one another, even though it may seem like it. Gangs consist of the “every man for themselves mentality”. A way to decrease members in gangs is to show the actual reality of gangs and uncover what really goes on in the “brotherhood”.

Gangs tend to scout younger members because they are the most vulnerable and can be molded into a perfect destructive machine. These young teens are desperate for attention, a way to stop them from falling into these gangs is to show more attention to the younger teens. These teens want to be a part of something and gangs are drawing them in and showing them all the attention they desire. Then when the teens get sucked into it is impossible to get out because higher ranking members of the gangs practically own them, the hierarchy will learn the most vulnerable parts of their member for insurance if needed in the future.

By |2015-02-23T00:00:00+00:00February 23rd, 2015|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Generation neglects the morals of historical legacy

Martin Luther King Jr. was a bringer of salvation to the black community, a humble man with selfless ambitions. Mr. King had so many great words that he shared openly with all who would listen, yet so many people in today’s generation can barely grasp the full scope of his words and his sacrifices.

Why did Mr. King sacrifice so much when he did not have to? That is a question that may be answered through a look at his lifestyle and philosophy. King had everything an African-American man in the 60’s could dream of: a house, well-paying job, beautiful wife and loving children. The reason he gave up everything is because his culture, his people, his brothers and sisters needed someone’s love and leadership. This was a burden that only Mr. King could carry; he became the Atlas of his people.

The iconic ‘I have a Dream‘ speech echoes through the fabric of history and stands as the highlight of the American Civil Rights movement, but many things had to happen before this speech was delivered. If we, as a society, truly observed King we would realize that his dream was dreamt in despair and in sadness as he watched the cruelty his people had to endure. King displayed that not all dreams are created in comfort and kind environments, sometimes they are born out of desperation.

Mr. King had a light that shown through the darkest of tunnels, that persevered through the coldest of nights, that endured not because he wanted to, but because it had to. He stood when no one else would, he marched even if no one would. The greatness of this man is immeasurable; it is a shame that this generation neglects the morals of that he stood for.

Perhaps the reason why his purpose and sacrifice and other great works are seemingly ignored is because our society no longer values what Mr. King valued. Mr. King stood for something, but now in todays society standing for anything, or making definitive statements; is frowned upon. Some of us even believe that moral absolutes are an artifact of an inferior time and no longer serve a purpose. That the only absolute we need to care about is our own “happiness”.

If we continue down this path; where pleasure is all that matters; then we will see a truly dark world. Learn from the example Mr. King gave to us, stand for something. Stand for your moral absolutes, do not fall prey to the apathy and selfishness that has swept through our nation like a plague. Stand as Mr. King stood, then maybe, just maybe we could come to understand the gravity of all of his words.

For information on MLK, make sure to read the CNN article “The greatest MLK speeches you never heard“.

Follow the Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronline. These writers can be reached via Twitter: @RRoggenstein and @GarchaKevin8.

For more opinions, read the Jan. 21 article, COLUMN: Pushing through.

By |2015-01-27T00:00:00+00:00January 27th, 2015|Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoundCloud gains popularity amongst users

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SoundCloud has recently gained increased popularity amongst its users.

Music has become a big part of expression in todays culture as a whole. Many companies have come out like Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, Rhapsody and now SoundCloud.

SoundCloud was originally founded in Stockholm, Sweden but then established in Berlin, Germany in August 2007. It currently has over 175 million users. The users range from musicians, journalist and interviewers. This new online streaming allows users to add, save and share audio recordings from interviews, podcasts or a music.

The two CEO’s of SoundCloud are founders Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlfross. They both grew up with music but they then noticed that there was a program to share photos such as Instagram and Flickr and to share videos there was Vimeo. But to share music there was no platform, he then took up the responsibility to bring that program where people could share, or get some feedback on their music.

When the website was originally made in 2007 it was mostly used by upcoming music artists. But now newspapers and company looking for maximum advertise can upload audio onto the website and share it with millions of users.

SoundCloud is very famous for music sharing and streaming ad commonly used now for upcoming artists to debut their new albums.

Tyler Breedlove, ’16, shares his experiences with SoundCloud.

“I love SoundCloud because I love music,” Breedlove said. “Its a great way to find different kinds of music and also a great way to just relax and listen to your favorite tracks.”

SoundCloud also gains popularity with high school newspapers. It has been rampantly used by El Estoque a high end school newspaper located in Santa Clara. They have done many staff profiles, food reviews and sports updates which have then been uploaded to their SoundCloud.

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlilne. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @KevinGarcha.

For more news, read Jan. 15 article, Student Leadership: Begins interviews.

By |2015-01-16T00:00:00+00:00January 16th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Wawona Ranch Estates host Christmas lane

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Wawona Ranch Estates officially started the tradition about 18 years ago when a lady named Ricci Ulrich, her family thoroughly enjoyed decorating. During the holidays her home and another household began adding decorations to their homes during the holidays.

Christmas is the time of year for family to get together and rejoice in the jolly spirit of the holidays. Throughout the years neighborhoods have indulged in bringing life around their streets with brightly lit Christmas lights. There is one neighborhood with a rather flashy style of Christmas lights, Cindy Lane.

Cindy Lane is located in Clovis behind the Willow Station shopping center, East of Willow and Alluvial.

There are three neighborhoods who participate in the Christmas decor: Huntington Boulevard, Christmas Tree Lane, and Cindy Lane at Wawona Ranch Estates (otherwise known as Candy Cane Lane).

Wawona Ranch Estates officially started the tradition about 18 years ago when a lady named Ricci Ulrich, her family thoroughly enjoyed decorating. During the holidays her home and another household began adding decorations to their homes during the holidays.

“The street south of us, Cromwell, liked to decorate and that is where the neighborhood decorations took off,” Ulrich said. “Between our house and that block it just got better and better so the rest of the neighborhood really took off.”

Another resident named Sandy Wecter also decided to help make the neighborhood blossom during the holidays, also her father absolutely loved Christmas so this would be great for him. Since then all the residents in Wawona have taken up decorating their homes and have continued to do so.

Wawona Ranch Estates has about four streets: Decatur, Athens, Cromwell, and Bedford. Creating a Christmas decoration galore around the homes.

There is no official opening for Cindy Lane due to it being a community effort. However, homeowners start to unravel the lights and inflatable Santa’s the day after Thanksgiving and start to turn them on the first day of Dec. around 5:30 p.m. This setup reoccurs every night until the day after Christmas.

Senior Jonathan Brushwood, ’15, enjoys the decorations of Cindy Lane and easy access from his house. Despite the love for the decorations Brushwood is not a fan of the busy traffic.

“I go every year because I live a block away,” Brushwood said. “There is a lot of traffic and it makes it difficult to go anywhere at night. My favorite house is the lightly decorated house with a large cut out of the Grinch tearing down the decorations. Its funny because its the easiest decorating job but its the funniest one too.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @KevinGarcha.

For more news, read the Dec. 5 article, BRIEF: Leadership invites campus to Christmas Tree Lane, Dec. 10.

By |2014-12-08T00:00:00+00:00December 8th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

COLUMN: Samaritan's Purse gives back this holiday season

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Samaritan’s Purse started up in the 1970s to support and serve people in distress around the world. Since Samaritan’s Purse’s purpose is about helping those in need, they created a branch that aims to bring joy to less fortunate children around the world during the holidays, Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child provides a way to give to the children who are in need and cannot afford receiving gifts on this holiday. The program makes sure that if Santa cannot come visit the children, the Samaritan’s Purse gives back to the community and those who do not have a way to receive a gift during the holidays.

Every Christmas volunteers from around the world pack shoeboxes, filling them with toys and educational gear for the children to use and play with on Christmas. Operation Christmas Child makes the promise of caring for those who are uncared for.

An ordinary shoebox contains toys such as a teddy bear and hot wheels, or some pencils and drawing books. Food is not allowed to be shipped to the children due to health risks. Also, every shoebox comes with something that connects the child to God’s Holy Word.

Operation Christmas Child is a great opportunity for students to make an impact in their community and also make a difference in a land foreign to them. Both Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse gives back this holiday season.

After personally participating in the Operation Christmas Child gifting, I can say the feeling I got once completed the box was very positive. The feeling knowing you are helping someone in another place is very uplifting and brings great vibes.

Every child deserves to be special on Christmas. Operation Christmas Child are doing their part, are you?

A final collection of boxes will be Monday morning, Nov. 17. It’s not too late. Think #FCGiveThanks. And if creating a Christmas box is not for you, please consider another act of kindness and generosity this holiday season.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @garchakevin8.

For more opinions, read the Nov. 13 article, Almunus undergoes severe ulcerative colitis, discovers natural remedies.

By |2014-11-14T00:00:00+00:00November 14th, 2014|Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unexpected journey leads Solis to campus

Many heartfelt and meaningful stories often go unnoticed or unheard in today’s high-paced society. Jorge Solis, a painter for People’s Church, possesses a story of travels, music, and redemption.

Solis’ story began was in Central America. He was born and raised in the nation of Costa Rica, but moved to the Guatemala for family reasons.

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Solis has been working with Peoples Church for about 20 years now and along with that he is making Spanish Christian music with his friends and two sons.

“I was originally born in Costa Rica, but I ended having to leave there for my family,” Solis said. “I moved to Guatemala because my mother was from there, so I had to go live with her.”

Solis came to the U.S. about 30 years ago pursuing a different life, he arrived in New York to pursue different career options that were just not available to him in the Central Americas. The land of the free is also the land of opportunity.

“I came to New York first because I had family there,” Solis said. “But then I started my music business. Going to clubs and bars, playing secular music.”

As Solis’ music career grew different opportunities arose in other states, prompting him to move from New York.

“You know when you start playing in those bands you start playing in different states,” Solis said. “That’s why I’m in California, because I started playing in clubs at San Francisco.”

The flares of big city life eventually took their toll, so Solis decided to move to Fresno for more quiet living.

“San Francisco was nice because it was a big city but was smaller than New York,” Solis said. “But then we came to Fresno to play our music over here and I like it over here to because it is really quiet.”

In 1983 Solis was involved in a life changing accident which opened up his life to the spiritual world. While in the hospital he met God and decided to change his life from the fast paced club life to a lifestyle serving the Lord.

“Before I didn’t know God at all but after that I started going to church every Sunday,” Solis said. “I opened my life to him and I left the clubs even though I made a lot of money it was a bad place to be.”

When Jorge left the hospital he decided to take up a job at the Peoples Church campus. He felt this job would leave out the temptation of going back to the clubs and it would be a good way to serve the Lord.

Solis has been working with Peoples Church for about 20 years now and along with that he is making Spanish Christian music with his friends and two sons.

“I left the clubs and came to work here because the clubs didn’t work for God,” Solis said. “I feel that this is what God wants me to do and I like the environment here.”

Solis is continuing his work at Peoples Church along with his son who works with him. They also continue to make music and lift their life up to the Lord.

From the club life to the Holy life Jorge Solis has seen it all, and to Solis the work for the Lord is more important.

Jorge Solis has music on the iTunes store, entitled Rey De Reyes Vol. 6, as well as as CD copies that are available on his upcoming website. Also he is working on an album in English and will be available soon on both iTunes and on CD.

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @GarchaKevin8 and @RRoggenstein.

For more features, read the Oct. 28 article, Pageant entertains audience, embarasses candidates (VIDEO).

By |2014-10-29T00:00:00+00:00October 29th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

War book sparks feelings of patriotism in FC junior

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This book is a tribute to those who fought the tremendous test of survival and sacrifice. 

Before school ended, last year, I enrolled in AP Language and Composition. One of the requirements for the course was to read a couple of books and write a summary essay on them afterward.

While searching around for an interesting novel, one of the books I chose was Black Hawk Down.

Built on the bond of brotherhood and the strength of a family, the U.S. military is the strongest family in the world. Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden emphasizes this theme through the memories they have made together.

I had seen the movie multiple times and was not fond of the idea of reading a book in which I already knew what would happen. I eventually decided to go along with the notion of reading the book, although I already knew the plot. Soon I figured out that the book gave more detail about the soldiers and their relationships on and off the battlefield than the movie offered.

The book gave me the same intense heart pounding feeling as the movie did. Every time I opened the book feelings of patriotism lined inside of me.  The story took place in Somalia, during their Civil War.

The book follows a 100-man squad of marines fighting their way through the enemy infested city. Only supposed to take an hour, the squad’s mission to abduct two lieutenants of a Somali warlord was thwarted due to an enemy ambush.

Along the way to Black Hawk helicopters went down. The group of soldiers had to go and secure the crash sites for survivors while battling off the attackers.

The entire contingent of Somali fighters in the city of Mogadishu tailed the small squad. They were against the clock to retrieve the grounded crew and to make sure that there was no crew members lost in their battalion.

The fighting lasted throughout the night with gunfire being exchanged constantly. Rescue was on the way, but they would get ambushed and lead in the opposite way from the crash sites.

The level of detail presented in the emotions of the soldiers was unbelievable. I felt as if I was standing right in the room while a loved one received the news of their deceased family members.

This book is a tribute to those who fought the tremendous test of survival and sacrifice. The sacrifices these soldiers made for each other were very selfless and humbling.

The stories these soldiers give is a lesson everyone can use in their life. When things begin to get difficult fight till the end.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @GarchaKevin8.

For more opinions, read the Oct. 14 article, COLUMN: Ebola virus continues to infect.

By |2014-10-17T00:00:00+00:00October 17th, 2014|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Staffers analyze string of attacks from terrorist group, ISIS

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Staffers Kevin Garcha (left) and Rees Roggenstein (right) comment on the string of attacks perpetrated by ISIS and the values of freedom of speech.

Yet another radical terrorist group has grown exponentially in the Muslim world. ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has risen to prominence in Syria and Baghdad with it’s extreme and radical ideology.

ISIS has been responsible for a number of public executions, religious killings and international attacks. One of their most notable killings has been the executions of three journalists, Mr. James Foley, Mr. Steven Sotloff and Mr. David Haines.

ISIS has shown that they do not value human life, and exhibit violent actions against innocent people. The killing of any journalist is an attack on the value of life and freedom of speech.

But are the extreme radical terrorists the only ones attacking the right to free speech? The truth is that the freedom of speech is already under attack in the ‘free’ world.

There were reporters fired for exposing the U.S. milk contamination at Monsanto, which is a multinational agricultural biotechnological company. It is the leading producer of genetically engineered seed for agriculture. Monsanto uses growth hormones that alter their products genetically.

The reason for all the discrimination towards Monsanto is that they produce GMO’S, otherwise known as genetically modified organisms. Meaning it’s genetic insides have been transformed. This mutation can further the process of the organisms molecules, thus creating cancer.

Monsanto harms anything around it in it’s quest of greed. They have done multiple tests on rats and 70% of the rats have died prematurely when fed GMO’S. Many of the rats died of enormous tumors grown on the rats.

Two reporters Steve Wilson and Jane Akre found out that the multibillion dollar company Monsanto used such types of hormones. The two reporters uncovered the truth to the world of the cancer infected hormone and were immediately fired.

Why were they fired? The two reporters were uncovering a cancer causing genetic mutation, which was for the health of all people. Defending them from a deadly virus which is contained in many food substances.

Covering up the truth was the reason for the reporters being fired. Monsanto is worth billions of dollars, so if an obstacle is created in Monsanto’s way, they throw money at it, and the problem is solved. The attack on freedom of speech does not happen just in foreign countries, but also in home soil.

Before we fix what goes on in the Middle-East, Europe and Russia. We need to fix our own problems here in America.

Follow the Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. These writers can be reached via Twitter: @RRoggenstein and @GarchaKevin8

For more opinions, read the Sept. 19 article, Starting the school year off right.

By |2014-09-30T00:00:00+00:00September 30th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Advisory period offers academic assistance

Due to subpar communication about school announcements and events last school year, FC has planned for students to meet twice a week and receive in-class announcements as well as class specific information.

With the new program the school aims to inform students about important events with the school community.

Junior Andrew Moore enjoys advisory because it gives him time to collaborate with other students that he otherwise would never talk to.

“Advisory gives me an opportunity to work with people that I usually do not get to collaborate with. Moore said. Last year I could not get announcements because of my class schedule, so I really missed out on all the school news.

With the campus news being told in advisory, there is no need for the daily announcements told through the intercom. A face to face connection is provided between students and teacher, where they can gather together and brainstorm about activities, including school functions.

Senior Devin Jakusz, feels advisory to be nuisance and something that really should not be active in our school.

“I feel that we could get the same news over the intercom and it wouldn’t cut into class time as much,” Jakusz said. “I just feel that there isn’t any point in advisory because getting announcements over the intercom was a great system and flowed with the schedule.”

Sophomore Timothy Melendez feels that by having advisory squeezed in the schedule, it is helpful for some students. He understands the purpose of advisory and is feeling indifferent about the idea.

“I don’t know why the school felt we needed advisory, but now that I have been in the class I kind of understand the purpose of it,” Melendez said. “Our academic advisor can’t always be there to help us with grades, so having advisory keeps me in line with my grades.”

English teacher, Andrea Donaghe was hesitant at the idea of have advisory, is slowly becoming more comfortable with the idea of the session in the school schedule.

“Initially it felt very structured and a little confusing,” Donaghe said. “Now that we have some wiggle room so I can have some creative freedom.”

For more features, read the Sept. 2 article Technology advances education, diversifies campus.

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This writer can be reached @garchakevin8.

By |2014-09-04T00:00:00+00:00September 4th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments