Summit Weekly Briefing of 10/25/21
Photo Credit via Wikimedia Commons by Keith Allison
Your Summit Weekly Briefing
By Ashwath Vimal, Lia Bhas and Angela Hwang
Disclaimer: Though the Weekly Briefings are no longer tagged in the Opinions section of Summit News and we try to remain as unbiased as possible, our opinions may show through in this article, especially in the “Actions” section.
- As Summit Prep wraps up their first round of Expeditions this week, we take this time to congratulate everyone on completing their first round of Expeditions.
- Also, as November and Early Decision/Early Action deadlines come up for seniors, please remember to take breaks and get feedback for your essays. Here are some Summit resources to help you as you navigate college applications.
- Check out this article by staff writers Angela Bustos Sanchez and Fernando Mendez on how one of the biggest TikTok trends of the last month, “Devious Licks”, has negatively impacted Summit Prep’s campus.
- The bomb cyclone that hit the West Coast earlier this week has been one of the many occurrences of extreme weather this year, with high wind speeds and record-breaking rainfalls. While most of the West Coast is in a drought right now, this “atmospheric river” is not how it needs to receive rain. Tens of thousands of people and homes were negatively affected by this cyclone, with a total of two casualties. The storm is supposed to move to the East Coast if it has not already, with flash flood warnings coming with it. While the storm is expected to move on to the sea by Thursday, another cyclone may be coming from the remnants of the West Coast storm.
- Jeff Bezos’s aerospace company Blue Origin, wants to build a new commercial space station (“Orbital Reef”) that will be used for science experiments, vacations, and even space construction. While something like this is needed as the International Space Station is reaching its end, it is probable that this project will not happen due to the risk and cost. If the station is built, it will be able to hold ten people and could be very important for space research, which is something other companies are interested in making happen.
- 150 years ago in Los Angeles one of the biggest massacres in U.S. history, the 1871 Chinese Massacre. While not many people know about it, 18 Chinese people were killed after a police officer tried to break up a gunfight between two Chinese factions. Today, former Los Angeles Councilman Michael Woo, along with other community leaders, are trying to build a memorial to commemorate the tragic event through a physical or virtual tour that will span throughout the city. This is especially important as more people start to realize that xenophobia from as early as the 1800s could have influenced racially motivated hate crimes that happen today (like ones due to Covid-19 against Asian-Americans).
- California has become very strict on Covid protocols, especially for businesses not following instructions. Two In n Outs in California have been shut down due to ignoring covid protocols and refusing to follow vaccine rules. Health officials in Contra Costa county shut the Pleasant Hill location because they ignored warnings to verify that customers who wanted to sit inside show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.
- Many believe that the Covid decline will soon stop because of the approaching holidays. It is feared that large gatherings for Thanksgiving or Christmas will make the cases go up and the hospitalizations back to where it was in the summer. Many California officials are urging that people stay safe, wear their masks in public, and try to reduce gatherings to 10-15 people.
- Washington has started to see an outbreak of 189 Covid cases, relating to K-12 schools in the state from August to the present. Scientists believe that this is because there are parts of the state that have 80-90 percent vaccination rates, while some parts only have 10-20%, causing the constant reminders to get vaccinated if you can!
- Women judges in Afghanistan feel their lives are in jeopardy. When the Taliban took over Kabul, they freed hundreds of prisoners, who have been calling death threats to many women judges that sentenced them. These judges have lost their jobs, are in hiding, and some have had their bank accounts frozen as the Taliban reverse women’s rights progress.
- The Senate has failed to pass the voting rights legislation 51-49. According to Fox News, “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, switched his vote to a “nay,” in a procedural move that will allow him to submit the legislation for a re-vote.” Many lawmakers have called for the filibuster to be amended or abolished; this issue has come up again in the aftermath of the failed bill.
- Gavin Newsom has expanded emergency drought measures to include the entire state. According to The Hill, The State Water Resources Control Board can now ban practices they deem wasteful and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services “will now be able to provide funding to support emergency response teams and deliver water for public health and safety under the California Disaster Assistance Act”.
In the NBA this week, the Golden State Warriors are one of the limited teams that are 5-0 guaranteed by their win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 106-98. When asked about Russel Westbrook’s double digit turnovers in the Lakers loss to the OKC Thunder, he said that it was his fault for getting ejected and allowing his team to lose. This was because of Thunders, Darius Bazley and scoring on a breakaway dunk with only 1 second left in the game. Westbrook said “that it is something you just don’t do in basketball” and revealed that he was merely disappointed. Washington Wizards center Daniel Gafford was helped off the court and brought into the locker room in their win against the Celtics. He had a right quadriceps contusion after colliding with Boston’s Jaylen Brown. He will undergo an MRI scan to see the severity of the unjury.
The Las Vegas Raiders won against the Philadelphia Eagles allowing them to have a 5-2 record, and be 1st place in the AFC west. For Week 8, they will be having a bye week, and will have time to regather and plan for their next game against the New York Giants in Week 9. The San Francisco Niners will be playing against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at 10 a.m. San Francisco is favored to win with a four point spread. The Kansas City Chiefs have been on a rocky start lately and had an embarrassing loss against the Tennessee Titans, 27-3. Patrick Mahomes had one of his worst games and on top of that, he had a collision into his head making him questionable for the next game against the Giants.
The Houston Astros and the Braves are battling it out to win the world series. In Game 2 on Wednesday, Oct 27, the Astros beat the Braves, 7-2 making the series ties, 1-1. Game 3 will be on Friday, Oct. 29 at 5:09 PM. Atlanta is favored to win.
Michigan v Michigan State —- MICH -4.0
Iowa v Wisconsin —- WISC -3.5
Texas v Baylor —- BAY -3.0
Georgia v Florida —- UGA -14
Texas Tech v Oklahoma —- OU -19.5
Colorado v Oregon —- ORE -24.0
Fresno State v San Diego State —- SDSU -1.0
- Last Thursday, renowned actor Alec Baldwin was on the set of his new film “Rust”(in Sante Fe, New Mexico) when he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, along with injuring director Joel Souza. The gun handed to Baldwin was supposed to be an unloaded prop gun, with law enforcement investigating who loaded the gun. However, the reported “prop gun” is a “legit gun”, as stated by New Mexico District Attorney of the First District Mary-Carmack Altwies. The possibility for Baldwin to face criminal charges is possible. It is being speculated that Baldwin, as the movie’s producer, may have skived on the budget, resulting in an involuntary manslaughter charge.
- The latest Warner Bros. movie, in collaboration with Legendary, “Dune” hit theaters on Oct. 20. Despite the shaky source material and previous poor adaptations, the movie has had a very good reception. It has cumulated $41 million on its opening weekend at the box office and 1.9 million streams on HBO Max. The main criticism was that the movie’s pace is too slow and feels like its main purpose is to set up a sequel. However, this criticism does not require too much scrutiny as a sequel to the blockbuster has been slated for a 2023 release date.
- NBA athlete Lebron James recently criticized the ending of the viral show “Squid Game”, saying that the main character, Gi-Hun, should have gone to visit his daughter in the U.S. rather than getting involved with the games once again. It seems like the director of the show, Hwang Dong-Hyuk, didn’t like James’s comments, responding with, “Have You Seen Space Jam?”, while still thanking him for watching the series.
Atlas (West Seattle): Highs this week will fluctuate in the 50’s. 56°F on Thursday, 50°F on Friday, 52°F on Saturday, 53°F on Sunday, 56°F on Monday and Tuesday and 55°F on Wednesday. Lows this week will rise slightly. 49°F on Thursday, 42°F on Friday, 41°F on Saturday, 42°F Sunday and 44°F Monday through Wednesday. There will be rain on Wednesday and Thursday, and the rest of the week will be partly cloudy.
Summary: Highs in the 50’s, lows in the mid 40’s, partly cloudy.
Olympus (Tacoma): Highs will hold pretty steady this week: 58°F on Thursday, 53°F on Friday and Saturday, 56°F on Sunday, 58°F on Monday, 57°F on Tuesday and 56°F on Wednesday. Lows this week will drop: 50°F on Thursday, 42°F on Friday, 41°F on Saturday, 43°F on Sunday, 44°F Monday through Wednesday. There will be rain Thursday and Friday, and the rest of the week will be partly cloudy.
Summary: Highs in the mid 50’s, lows in the low 40’s, partly cloudy.
Sierra (Seattle): Highs this week will fluctuate in the 50’s. 56°F on Thursday, 50°F on Friday, 52°F on Saturday, 53°F on Sunday, 56°F on Monday and Tuesday and 55°F on Wednesday. Lows this week will rise slightly. 49°F on Thursday, 42°F on Friday, 41°F on Saturday, 42°F Sunday and 44°F Monday through Wednesday. There will be rain on Wednesday and Thursday, and the rest of the week will be partly cloudy.
Summary: Highs in the 50’s, lows in the mid 40’s, partly cloudy.
Denali (Sunnyvale): Highs will drop slightly this week: 73°F on Thursday and Friday, 67°F on Saturday, 69°F on Sunday, 71°F on Monday, 69°F on Tuesday and 71°F on Wednesday. Lows will hold pretty steady this next week: 53°F on Thursday, 55°F on Friday, 53°F on Saturday and Sunday, 55°F on Monday and 54°F on Tuesday and 53°F on Wednesday. It will be partly cloudy all week.
Summary: Highs in the low 70’s, lows in the mid 50’s, partly cloudy.
Everest and Prep (Redwood City): Highs will hold pretty steady this week: 72°F on Thursday, 70°F on Friday, 65°F on Saturday, 67°F on Sunday, 70°F on Monday and 68°F on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will hold pretty steady: 54°F on Thursday, 55°F on Friday, 54°F on Saturday and Sunday, 55°F on Monday and 54°F on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be partly cloudy all week.
Summary: Highs in the upper 60’s, lows in the mid 50’s, partly cloudy.
K2 (El Cerrito): Highs will drop slightly this week: 71°F on Thursday, 70°F on Friday, 60°F on Saturday, 66°F on Sunday, 68°F on Monday and 67°F on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will hold pretty steady: 53°F on Thursday, 54°F on Friday, 53°F on Saturday and Sunday, 54°F on Monday and Tuesday and 52°F on Wednesday. It will be partly cloudy all week.
Summary: Highs in the upper 60’s, lows in the mid 50’s, partly cloudy.
Tam (Richmond): Highs will drop this week: 70°F on Thursday and Friday, 65°F on Saturday, 66°F on Sunday, 68°F on Monday, 67°F on Tuesday and 68°F on Wednesday. Lows will hold pretty steady this week: 53°F on Thursday, 54°F on Friday, 53°F on Saturday, 52°F on Sunday, 54°F on Monday, 53°F on Tuesday and 52°F on Wednesday. It will be partly cloudy all week.
Summary: Highs in the mid 60’s, lows in the low 50’s, partly cloudy.
Shasta (Daly City): Highs this week will drop slightly. 66°F on Thursday, 63°F on Friday, 60°F on Saturday, 62°F on Sunday, 64°F on Monday and 63°F on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will hold pretty steady this week: 52°F on Thursday and Friday, 51°F on Saturday and Sunday, 52°F on Monday and Tuesday and 51°F on Wednesday. It will be partly cloudy all week.
Summary: Highs in the low 60’s, lows in the low 50’s, partly cloudy.
Tahoma (San Jose): Highs will drop slightly this week: 75°F on Thursday and Friday, 69°F on Saturday, 70°F on Sunday, 72°F on Monday, 71°F on Tuesday and 72°F on Wednesday. Lows will hold pretty steady this week: 53°F on Thursday, 54°F on Friday, 52°F on Saturday and Sunday, 54°F on Monday, 53°F on Tuesday and 52°F on Thursday. It will be partly cloudy all week.
Summary: Highs in the low 70’s, lows in the low 50’s, partly cloudy.
Cooking: 3 Cup Chicken
By Rasa Malaysia on Rasamalaysia.com
- 1 lb. (0.4 kg) chicken drumsticks, chicken thighs or a combination of chicken parts
- 1 tablespoon baking soda to tenderize the chicken, optional
- 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil or toasted sesame oil
- 2-inch (5 cm) piece old ginger, peeled and cut into thin pieces
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dark sweet soy sauce, kecap manis
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
- 1 bunch Thai basil leaves
- Cut the chicken into pieces and rub them with the baking soda. Set aside for 10 minutes before rinsing the chicken off with water. Make sure the baking soda is completely rinsed off. Pat dry the chicken pieces and set aside. This is an optional step.
- Heat up a clay pot on high heat and add the sesame oil. Add the ginger, garlic, and stir-fry until aromatic. Add in the chicken and do a few quick stirs.
- Add the soy sauce, dark sweet soy sauce, Shaoxing wine and continue to stir-fry the chicken. Cover the lid, lower the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Add the basil leaves and stir well with the chicken, dish out and serve immediately.
Editor’s note: The “Actions” section includes petitions to sign, prompts and scripts to write officials with as well as other opportunities to engage in your local, national and global communities.
As Halloween approaches, take this opportunity to engage in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. UNICEF, or the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a charity agency that provides “humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide” (as per Wikipedia).
- Click this link if you know someone on the younger side who might be interested in creating Halloween videos to help other kids around the world!
- If you are 13 years old or older, start your own fundraiser or donate to UNICEF to help provide soap, vaccines, face masks, or more!
And, as always:
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- Watch or listen to this video. All advertisement revenue goes to various aid organizations easing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Please note it is blocked on school-issued Chromebooks due to being in the “Entertainment” category
- Learn more about the crisis at www.monareliefye.org/.