Dances Production Impresses with Variety

Delivers strong messages

By Janae German

\For those of you that missed the winter Dance Production show you missed out on a great performance of a variety of dance genres and different messages.

“Being as I’ve always been a person who really enjoys dance, when I see dance that makes me have an emotional response that’s how I know it’ something powerful,” said audience member Alexis Simmons.

“There was such a powerful message in the third act, ‘Elementary School’, the message was don’t let your vanity, your technology, and your emotions get the best of you because it had a bad guy, good guy type rule, and it was so amazing. This is my first production I’ve seen at Skyline, and I’m really enjoying it,”

The production had various types of dances, some featuring all of the dancers and some just having a couple, and most having their own powerful topic, such as pushing away the person you love.

“My favorite part of the play was seeing the kids energy in each dance,” said Ms. Dempsey.

Each dance performed was unique in its own way, but what really put the dances on top was all the dancers’ energy.

Each dance had its own mood and depending on which one it was, the performers’ energy matched. Watching the show was a great experience. All the performances were on point with the energy, emotion, and talent. So the next time they perform, make sure to catch it.

[More photos on page 11]


Lines are a Mess

Students should be able to get their food quickly, safely

By Simon Huang

Let me tell you how much I hate waiting in the lunch line. One issue I have with the lunch line is that it’s crowded. It makes me uncomfortable from the number of people I am being surrounded by when I wait in line every day. If I was a claustrophobic I wouldn’t even go near the lunch line and make my own lunch at home, but I would’ve done that a long time ago if only I had the time to make myself lunch.

I don’t even have the money to buy my own lunch and the school’s lunch is my only option to get something to eat for free. One time when I was waiting in the lunch line, someone behind me pickpocketed me and I didn’t notice. My clipper card was stolen and I always kept it inside my backpack in the small pocket in front of my backpack which was easy to open while standing behind me. I can’t believe how easy it was to have things stolen from me while standing in the lunch line.

What pisses me off the most is when I have to wait in line for lunch and some students would cut in line rather than wait in line. This happens way too often and it’s impossible for the security guards to catch all of those who cut. Sometimes other students would just push through the line to get ahead or just to be near a friend.

I feel like the solution to the lunch line is to have people who want lunch sit at the lunch tables. Then a security guard calls out a table or more, and the people sitting at the tables that were called on will get up and get their lunch. Once the students get their lunch, another set of tables will be called on and those students who got their lunch will get to sit down and finish their lunch or finish their lunch outside the cafeteria.

Students that aren’t seated are able to sit down after a student gets up to get their lunch. After a student finishes their lunch while sitting at the lunch table they should get up to give other students a seat to sit and wait to be called on. Rinse. Repeat. Once the majority of people have gotten their lunch it’s safe to go get your lunch without having to sit on the table. I know this isn’t a perfect solution, but I definitely think that the lunch line needs to have a way to be more organized and faster.

Officer Campbell, a campus security guard working at Skyline High School for two years, gives his input on what he thinks about the school’s lunch line. “I like how the line is efficient enough with how the line is set up with the chains to keep students in line, but it’s very crowded with only one line for the whole school. It would be better to have two lines instead of one, but the school is going to have to remodel the cafeteria because it isn’t fit for more than one line,” he said.

The lunch line would benefit with having a second lunch line. It would make the line less congested which makes the traffic in the line smoother and serving students faster. I hope that the school will think of a way to improve the lunch line since it’s been a problem for a while. The second lunch line could be placed parallel to the other lunch line, but the lunch tables would have to be rearranged in order to make room for the second lunch line.


Violence Flares at Tech Game

Fights break out during event, but tension started earlier

By Noah Mitchell

When the Titans play the Bulldogs and vice versa, it’s a pretty big deal on both campuses. Especially during football games. Hype and tension usually build up leading into the biggest game of the season, but this time it was overwhelming and ended up with total chaos.

“The conflict that developed during the game had its roots earlier in the week, as players from the two teams started directing taunts at each other via social media,” explained the principals of Skyline and Oakland Tech in a joint statement addressed online to the communities of both schools.

“The low point prior to the game was when four players from Tech went to Skyline during lunch looking to fight some of their rivals. Those four players were banned from playing — and even attending — the game Friday night.”

As senior Josh Ahanonu, a team captain [and a Titan Times Sports Editor], recounted, “Some players from Tech game came to Skyline talking mess until [Assistant Principal] Carson came and wrote their names down and reported them.”

By the 2nd second quarter, the score was 7-6 in favor of Skyline. The crowd was pumped up for their team as usual. However, a student, who wishes to remain anonymous, recounted a few moments that kicked off the mayhem.

“There was a dispute between a Tech parent and coach which caused a long pause where all the players from both teams knelt on the field,” the student said. “This left room for two students to brawl behind the bleachers.”

Later in the letter, Ms. Bloom stated that,  “At the game, the rivalry became far more than just a  friendly competition, as fans took matters into their own hands and the two teams could not keep their emotions under control.”

Finally, with talk of a shooting  nearby possibly being linked to the  tension surrounding the football game, the principals said this was not the case.

“Lastly, we wanted to inform all of you that there was a shooting near the neighborhood after the game that was not connected to the issues at the game and is being investigated by the Oakland Police Department.”

Fights break out during event, but tension started earlier


By Noah Mitchell

Free Meals for All

More eating, but longer lines

By Janae German

Who doesn’t love free food? Well, Skyline is offering.

This year Skyline is giving out free breakfast and lunch daily to ALL students, and not just those from low-income backgrounds. The access to free food offers the entire campus a better chance to eat every day.

Free access to food helps a lot in easing the stress of coming to school and not having money to pay for it. It also grants students the opportunity to buy other, more desired products from the school snack vendor, like chips, soda, and candy. “It’s good, everything is free,” Hollis Acklin, a freshman, said.

It would appear, from the longer lunch lines this year, that the policy change is working to get more kids to eat at school.

Free lunch impacts students academically too. “Lunch is lunch and everybody needs food, so I think it’s great. Financially, everybody doesn’t have the money to pay lunch. I think free lunch is primary to school because it keeps students energized and students ready to learn,” said Sam Hill, a nighttime lead janitor. Students who eat lunch or breakfast don’t feel as tired during the day and helps them be more attentive in class.

Oakland has offered free lunch to students for a relatively short time, first being offered exclusively to low-income students starting in 1946, and just this year at Skyline to all its students. It wasn’t until 1975 that free breakfast was given the same treatment.

So who do we have to thank for this amazing advantage? Assistant Principal Garret-Walker was enthusiastic to give the answer: “We have a really rich history of Oakland when it comes to low income, and students getting free lunch; and we can thank the Black Panthers for that.”

The Black Panthers, an influential Black activist organization, famously founded a school in Oakland in 1969 and gave away free breakfast to nieghborhood kids.

Having the advantage of free food gives students the opportunity to not worry about if they will be able to pay for their lunch.

So with all the free opportunities to eat on campus, is there really any reason not to get free food?

Teacher Faced Fire

Mr. Johnson lives in destruction zone

By Rejanea Rhone

When massive, deadly fires raced across North Bay counties ahead of hot winds this October, Skyline students mostly paid attention only through the news, or because of the smoke pollution that drifted down to Oakland over the next weeks.

“The smoke made my chest hurt and I had to wear a mask,” said Nevaeh Iglehart, a junior.

However, for Skyline history teacher Mr. Johnson, who commutes to daily from one of the counties most affected, it hit a lot closer to home, literally.

“Twenty of my friends lost homes,” said Johnson, who lives in Sonoma County north of the most destructive of the dozen fires that were burning then. Called the Tubbs fire, it killed 22 people, destroyed 5600 structures, and became the most expensive wildfire in California history, in terms of property damage. “It was stressful, everything was gone.”

While his own residence was safe, Johnson missed several days of teaching as he volunteered in the distressed zone, helping friends and even making soup in shelters for those displaced by the flames. He said pictures could not capture the destruction he witnessed.

For Skyline students, though, the main impact was several days of extremely polluted air as smoke drifting from the fires created unhealthy conditions around the Bay. Some students overreacted, believing they were going to die, and parents were concerned enough to repeatedly call Oakland Unified to ask whether or not school would be cancelled.

“The smoke made it uncomfortable to be here,” said junior Elise Luna.

Students who have certain health problems, such as asthma, were particularly affected. Some after-school events and practices were cancelled, and attendance on some days was way down, but the school stayed open each day.


Deportations Possible for Undocumented Youth in Oakland

By Allison Dang

Many students were upset when Donald Trump was elected president, especially because of his extreme anti-immigrant and even racist statements.

On September 5, one of their big fears was realized when the new president announced the end of an executive order created by former President Obama, called Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA), that allowed minors who had entered the country illegally to stay, as long as they renew the permission every two years.

After their current permission runs out, they can be detained, deported, and torn from the life they’ve known for much of their life. Roughly 800,000 childrens will be affected by the decision to end DACA, and its cancellation has brought much fear to both students and their families here in Oakland.

For junior Alex Trujillo, it hits her close to home, as it directly affects her sister whose birth home was Michoacan, Mexico.

“I’m sad that just because they are from a different country they are treated differently and imp

roper,” she said. “[They] don’t get the same opportunity as someone from the U.S.”

Her sister was in the DACA permission process just as its cancellation was announced. She said her family is looking for a lawyer to help. No DACA permission applications were accepted after October 5, 2017.

“I think DACA needs to stay active because all the people who had it are working just as hard or even harder than the people who are originally from the U.S.,” said Alex, “and they should be treated equally.”

Mr. Barbuto, the head of the Education Academy, said he knows students who are deeply affected by Trump’s decision.

“I had students crying,” he said. They have a lot of “fear about what’s gonna happen to them and are just overwhelmed about what they can do for their future and what they can do about [the end of DACA]. Because they were giving the opportunity to move towards becoming legal in the U.S., but now [there is] a pushback, a setback.”

Since Trump overturned Obama’s DACA policy, defenders of undocumented immigrants have turned to Congress, hoping it will make a law that provides similar temporary protections for young undocumented immigrants. However, with the president’s Republican Party controlling both houses of Congress, such a solution seems unlikely before 2019.

Without DACA, even those who manage to avoid deportation still face unique obstacles to advancement. In some states, for example, they are specifically not allowed to attend public universities. “Alabama and South Carolina forbid undocumented immigrants from enrolling in all state universities, while Georgia forbids them from enrolling in some state universities, according to the National Immigration Law Center,” Alan Gomez told USA Today.

Even if they are allowed to attend public colleges, as they are in liberal California, it will be more difficult to to find funds than for those students who are citizens or have legal permission to live here. The end of DACA means they will lose their work permit, for example, making it harder to provide for themselves. Federal student loans and grants will also be inaccessible.

There are many resources like the Immigrant Resource Center to help their situation, but because of all the current commotion, most of the places offering free or affordable services are busy and packed with many cases. “It’s a lot easier to get service if you pay for it but not a lot of students can do that,” said Barbuto.

For Alex Trujillo, the person to blame for this suffering is clear. “I think [President Trump] is a heartless person because he treats undocumented people as if they aren’t humans but we all are the same,” she said. “Sadly, he doesn’t see that.