Wildcats welcome back Assistant Principal Heidi Van Deventer

By ALEX VERDUZCO

Heidi Van Deventer is the newest addition to staff here at Redlands East Valley High School as the  new assistant principal. This is not her first time teaching at REV and worked during its first two years teaching summer school. Until prior to this year, she worked locally at Moore Middle School as vice principal for eleven years. At Moore her career expanded to include teaching sixth grade math, science, eighth grade algebra and English Language Development (ELD) as well as seventh grade social studies. Her background also includes being a math teacher on assignment for two years, principal of AAA Academy of Redlands, summer school teacher at Clement and Department Chair of math. 

Redlands East Valley High School’s Vice Principal Van Deventer poses in her office in front of her wall of inspirational quotes to keep her motivated during the school day on September 8, 2022. (GEFFREY ACOSTA/ETHIC Photo)

How do you hope to positively affect the staff and students here at REV?

When I’m out there [front school gates] in the morning before school starts I like to greet the students coming into school with a smile and a wave to change their day and to possibly be someone to come and talk to. No one is perfect, not even myself, and everyone can improve.

What is your motivation in life?

My parents said that education is a gateway to college. I am a first generation college graduate in my family. They said to open up doors by reading and to always continue reading books for more knowledge.

If you could leave your high school self a message, what would it be? 

Get involved more as a freshman and sophomore, do not wait until your junior and senior years to start getting involved in clubs.

*Follow up* How would you describe your high school years?

I attended an all- girls Catholic high school in San Diego, California and I loved it. It was a different high school experience than REV, but I liked that appearance didn’t nearly matter as much and it was very comfortable going to school there. I was also the ASB historian and I played right field on the Varsity softball team. I enjoyed high school but college was an easier experience for me.

Where did you attend college?

I went to Cal Poly Humboldt State and Point Loma Nazarene University after high school. I love math and I even tested out of math in college but I took them anyway as electives.

Which hobbies and/or interests would you like to share with students to take interest in?

I like watching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. I have always been interested in sports and I consider myself sports-minded. I also really like ceramics. I started becoming interested in high school and throughout college but I don’t make any ceramics anymore, I mostly just watch TV programs.

What are the highlights of your career?

The highlights of my career would be when I get to have students on campus and know that I taught their parents previously at Moore or Clement and see them around the school. Overall being able to see that my previous students now have successful jobs in life. Also seeing them succeed and do well in school is always a great thing.

Any words of wisdom for the students at REV?

I would tell them to believe in themselves. I am an open book and I have an open-door policy. The students are always welcome to stop by and chat.

What guided you to this career choice? 

I have always wanted to be a teacher. Even when I was a kid I loved to play school and pretend to be the teacher. However, it wasn’t until I started teaching at Clement that I had decided to go into administration.

Correction: Ethic News incorrectly published information in the original Sept. 27 posting of this article stating that Heidi Vandeventer taught English. Heidi Vandeventer was math department chair at Moore and Clement. She taught eighth grade algebra and English Language Development, but not English. The article was updated to reflection this correction at 2:29 pm on Sept. 28.

Opinion: Homophobia growing at Redlands East Valley

By SERENITY PALMERIN

Redlands East Valley students vandalized a single-use restroom stall in the Performing Arts wing. No further action is known to be done. (Credit / Emerald Gonzalez)

The school year started only a few weeks ago, and there have already been several hateful and homophobic incidents directed toward LGBTQ+ students at Redlands East Valley High School. The largest of which was the band room vandalism that occurred on the second day of school in the Performing Arts wing. Several students tagged the bathroom door, the bulletin, and the choir door with vandalism that included several homophobic slurs and threats. The vandalism included the following statements, “You’re all gay,” “LGBTQ is a mental illness,” and “lock your doors.”

Further vandalism of the Performing Arts building causes distress amongst LGBTQ+ students at REV. (Credit / Emerald Gonzalez)

According to an interview that occurred on August 25 with Brian Hollett, the band and orchestra teacher, and Emerald Gonzalez, the theater technician, this was not the only incident that targeted students in performing arts.

Hollett stated,  “On the first day of school, a burrito was thrown down the hall at the music students. On the second day, as the band was marching to the quad, food was being thrown at them, and they were also being yelled at by other students. I decided not to have the students perform and as we were walking back, someone threw milk in the halls. On Friday morning the bathroom door, the bulletin, and the choir door were vandalized. Stuff was swiped off the window and onto the floor.”

During this interview, they stated why they think the band room vandalism was able to happen and who could have caused it. 

“Who is doing something about this? Is security doing anything? Is the admin doing anything? School culture allows it,” Hollett said. “If the football players were being harassed I don’t think they’d be like ‘oh well.’ It’s a political touchstone, we live in what has been a pretty conservative area. Nobody was caught and the security camera only captured the top of their head. The band room was robbed two years ago and the camera only caught the top of their head.“

Gonzalez added, “I went to admin right away and we want to find who these kids are, and punish them, there need to be consequences. The fact there was no security footage or anyone who could punish them, you don’t have any proof as to who they were. We looked at security footage for what we could, to find out who was here, they haven’t seen.”

They gave their opinion on what they would like to be done about homophobia on campus. Hollet stated, “We just want this behavior to stop. I don’t want my students to feel unsafe. ‘Lock your doors’ what does that mean? I don’t know who’s out there and what their intentions are.”

Gonzalez added, “We’re not asking for everyone to hold our hands and be friends, but don’t say those things and keep it to yourself. The change is coming. The admin is all on your side.”

After the interview, a Google Form was posted on several Google Classrooms. Results of the survey were gathered from 28 REV students including members of the band, Pride Club, and other consenting students. The form inquired about their experiences with homophobia if any at all. 14% of the students surveyed said that either themselves or a loved one has been bullied for their sexuality or gender identity at REV, and half of those students fall under the transgender umbrella. Most of those students also answered that they had been bullied by other students at REV.

However, when asked to give a summary of their bullying experience, Kris Garcia, a junior at REV answered, “although it wasn’t explicit bullying per say, I’ve experienced a lot of discrimination from many of my teachers, especially during freshman year.” 

The survey also asked the students if they have ever changed a part of themselves to combat homophobia, Kris Garcia continued, “I changed my name and email to my preferred name so that teachers couldn’t use that excuse anymore.”


More responses from the survey were collected from students such as Lauren Wasmuth, a junior at REV who said, “It should be brought up with school administration because it is a serious issue. Punishment should be done to the people who are bullying. People can’t control their sexuality and they should not be bullied for something they can’t control or change.” 

Kris Garcia said, “I think reports of homophobia should be taken more seriously.”

 Tegan Foutz, a Sophomore at REV said, “Tell the students at REV that any form of bullying will not be allowed no matter what it is for.” 

Of all the students who responded to this survey, 50% answered that they were not sure if homophobia is a problem at REV, 21.4% answered that it is not, while 28.6% answered that homophobia is a problem at REV.

Many of these students expressed distrust toward the administrators and felt that they needed to take more action. Homophobia is rampaging at REV and few of the participants are facing the consequences of their actions. 

The fact that the camera system in the Performing Arts wing was not changed after it failed to catch the identity of the thieves, who robbed the band room two years prior is unacceptable. This is precisely the reason why the individuals who vandalized the Performing Arts wing have not been caught.

Security needs to be more diligent, punishments need to be enforced, participants need to be caught, and students need to be aware of the discrimination on campus as well as the consequences of bullying. 

The safety of LGBTQ+ students at REV is being threatened and their cries are not being answered, very little is being done to ensure their safety or prevent any further incidents. Students are being mocked, threatened, and terrorized daily on campus, losing their faith in staff due to their idleness. The lack of action from the administration and poor safety measures such as the security camera system all contribute to why homophobia is a problem on campus. This problem needs to be solved. 

Change needs to come, it needs to come from the actions of the staff who are supposed to protect the students. It also needs to come from the students who can either speak out or change their behavior for the better. 

If you are an LGBTQ+ student who has been bullied at REV, you are not alone. You are worthy, you are valid, and you are loved. It is important to speak out about your experiences to make a difference. All it takes is one voice, one tune, to start a symphony of change.

News brief: Redlands East Valley High School’s Mental Health Awareness Club holds a suicide prevention event

By AILEEN JANEE CORPUS

The Redlands East Valley High School Mental Health Awareness Club held a suicide prevention event during lunch on Thursday Sept. 8, 2022.

The booth was held in observance of National Suicide Prevention Week which is from Sept. 4 to Sept. 10. 

“I think that it’s good that more people are talking about mental health and the stigma around it,” said sophomore Eliana Campa, “So, the booth was really cool because people were able to talk about what mental health is and why it’s important.”

At the booth, there were pins with green ribbons for mental health awareness, candy for students, and a positive affirmation station. There students were able to write positive anecdotes on notes or on a poster that will be hung up at REV. Finally, an interactive mental health check was available where students could have placed a paint dot for how they were doing in a certain section. 

“I was in charge of the positive affirmation notes,” said Mental Health Awareness Club Vice President and senior Amélie Palacios, “and I saw that many students were more than happy to leave a kind note for a student that would need it in the future.”

“[Mental Health Awareness Club’s] goal is to provide a safe space to learn, talk and listen to each other,” said Mental Health Awareness Club President and senior Sarinna Schwendiman. 

Mental Health Awareness Club’s next event is their annual Mental Health Fair where multiple clubs from REV and organizations from the county hold educational booths with games, giveaways or resources. 

On Sept. 8, 2022 during lunch time, Wildcats came by the Mental Health Awareness Club’s booth dedicated to suicide prevention. There were many activities at the booth including an interactive mental health check and a positive affirmation station. Among the Wildcats, sophomore Eliana Campa picks up a pin and reads the table cover which shows that National Suicide Prevention Week and a crisis hotline: 988. (Credit / Amélie Palacios)

REV STEM Editor: Craig Morrison (he/him)

Craig Morrison is a 17-year-old senior at Redlands East Valley High School and a second year staff member for Ethic News. Morrison considers his favorite classes are physics and engineering as to him they are different from any other class before since they are a perfect balance of challenge and interest for him. He is passionate about space and would love to be an astrophysicist and one make discoveries and advance our knowledge. Morrison appreciates the kindness people have and looks up to his father as he feels that he has taught him the most in his life. In the next 10 years he hopes to get out and experience the world, which includes living on his own and starting his dream job. To Morrison, family gives him meaning as he can still have happiness even in the worst of times.

REV Chief Executive Officer: Mauricio Pliego (he/him)

Mauricio Pliego is an 18-year-old senior attending Redlands East Valley High School. He joined journalism because of his interests in writing and photography with hopes of one day becoming  an immigration lawyer or joining the political world for the state. This past summer, he attended Boys State where he competed against boys across the state of California and enjoyed the time he spent with them. Pliego plans to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, or the University of California, Berkeley. His childhood superhero is Spider-Man and enjoys movies related to the Sci-fi genre.

REV Executive Officer: Aileen Janee Corpus (they/them) (she/her)


Aileen is a 17-year-old senior attending Redlands East Valley High School. She has two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister making her the middle child. Aileen is very creative: she loves playing their instruments and basketball, crocheting, and expressing herself by art during her free time. She has always loved to write and found herself in ETHIC News. She is passionate about everything she does. 

REV Chief of La Plaza and Spanish Translating: Daniela Mora (she/her)

Daniela Mora is a returning REV student as a sixteen year old junior this year as well as in her position of Chief Editor of La Plaza. Her main motivation is making herself proud in life and through the pieces she writes. Mora’s favorite thing about Ethic is having the privilege of sharing her voice and being able to control her narrative. In teaching Catechism classes to youth she realized her calling to become an elementary school teacher in order to inspire and educate the younger generations. She hopes to graduate high school and attend a four year university to further her education. Daniela’s proudest accomplishment is allowing herself to take a leadership position despite her fears of failure and imperfection. During her time here she has taken on responsibilities as being a part of the Ethic News family and continues to grow as a person as well as writer and active member of the community.

REV Podcast Editor: Alex Verduzco (she/her)

Alex Verduzco is a 16-year-old junior at Redlands East Valley High school. Alex takes much pride in her academics. This year she is taking three Advanced Placement classes including AP English Language, AP Spanish Language, and AP US History. With this schooling, she hopes to go to UC Irvine and Johns Hopkins University to study medicine and become a maternal fetal surgeon. With her free time, Alex is part of the Wildcats tennis team and also enjoys reading and baking. In the community, Alex enjoys educating herself and being an activist fighting for lgbtq+ rights and more gun safety. She loves how outspoken and vocal she is and hopes his will help her in her journey with Ethic News.

REV Staff Writer: Alexander Marquis (he/him)

Alexander Marquis is a senior and big brother to his little sister, Marcy who also attends Redlands East Valley High School as a sophomore. He plans to go to college after this school year and attend Colonial Island University to pursue his interest in game design and his interest in history because one can see history from many different perspectives. As for food, he’s very set on his specified food but likes them all equally.

REV Features Editor: Kendra Burdick (she/her)

Kendra Burdick is an editor for the newspaper. She has been in the newspaper for three years and plans to continue through senior year. She sees herself as a very creative person and is owner to one dog and two cats and associates herself with being a dog person. She is a Libra and wants to pursue her love of traveling, writing and helping people in the future. Burdick sees herself going to school and becoming a radiologist and a part-time writer.

REV Staff Writer: Geffery Acosta (he/him)

Geffery Acosta is a 16-year-old junior attending Redlands East Valley High School. He enjoys his English classes, Athletic Training, and Journalism where one of his passions is photography, especially when it comes to nature. Acosta hopes to continue a career in photography where he can open his own business. Outside of school, he regularly goes to the gym where he tends to look more at his own improvement. He enjoys all kinds of music but in particular likes the band Airlifts and believes that everyone has a reason as to why they were created.

REV Staff Writer: Naleiah Miller (she/her)

Naleiah Miller is a 13-year-old freshman who is in her first year of ETHIC News and is a staff writer. She plans to write about topics that she is passionate about and to record a podcast. During her free time, Miller likes to read, play sudoku, and knit while listening to music. Outside of school, Miller is a part of the Redlands East Valley Wildcats’ marching band and has been playing clarinet for 6 years.

REV Staff Writer (she/her): Serenity Palmerin

Serenity Palmerin is a 16 year old Junior at Redlands East Valley High School. Serenity joined journalism because of her love of writing, prowess at networking, and her passion for important social issues. Serenity wants to pursue a career in the field of psychiatry, as she wants to help those who are afflicted with mental illnesses. In her free time, Serenity writes poetry, draws, and plays games. After high school, Serenity hopes to eventually attend the University of Redlands, and plans to also attend a medical school for her certification in the field of psychiatry.

REV Opinion Editor: Spencer Moore (he/him)

Spencer Moore is a 16-year-old Junior at Redlands East Valley High School. He is also the opinion editor of ETHIC News. The reason he joined the publication is because he loves writing, and he became the opinion editor because he believes that “all voices should be heard in the most powerful and clear way possible.” This passion for writing appeared in Moore’s life around the time he discovered his mutual love for debate. He aspires to go into education law and business litigation. In his spare time he watches movies, plays video games, and researches contemporary worldwide issues. He isn’t necessarily focused on trying to leave a large mark on society, however he wants to carry himself in a way that he will be remembered as someone who was kind. 

Does color affect your taste?

By CRAIG MORRISON

Have you ever looked at a piece of food and knew how it tasted? Without ever putting the food in your mouth you were able to determine how sweet or bitter it was. This happens because of how color affects one’s taste. 

Color is often the first aspect noticed about foods and drinks and it can be the most influential. Many times the flavor or taste of a food is known just by the looks. For example, the color red is associated with sweetness.

One study done by The National Library of Medicine, experimented with this effect. In the study, 401 participants were given samples of one of three flavors: grapefruit, lemon, or raspberry. 

The participants were given the same drink in four different receptacles. These containers differed by color and weight, the results of the test showed a great influence of color on perceived taste of the drink.

The study said, “Specifically, in terms of sweetness, red-coloured drinks have been found to enhance the detection of sweetness.”

Drinks that were served in a red container were reported more sweet and more carbonated than the same drink served in a black container, 

On another note, colors that are not associated with regular foods have an impact on taste too. One study put steak under a blue light for participants to eat. Some volunteers reported feeling sick after seeing the blue-lit steak. Due to the fact that the color blue is not natural for steak, the participants felt uncomfortable or even queasy at its sight.

How bright the color is also affects its perceived taste. According to Spoon University, a website dedicated to helping provide recipes and nutritional information to students, colors that are brighter are seen as being more nutritious and having more flavor. This is why the candy Skittles are appealing to consumers as its bright colors assume greater taste. 

Colors additionally can trigger hunger responses. The color yellow is known to increase appetite. According to Color Psychology, “Yellow is associated with happiness and energy, and it is said to even stimulate one’s metabolism.”

 The logo for McDonald’s capitalizes on this fact with its use of red and yellow. With the use of yellow to increase appetite and red to increase heart rate, it is a perfect combination to make consumers more likely to pull in to eat.

This image is of a McDonald’s sign outside one of its restaurants. Its use of the colors red and yellow lure consumers to the store by using psychological tricks to increase their appetite. “Dying McDonald’s Logo, Shepherd’s Bush, 16-10-06” by DG Jones is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0.

The color white has psychological effects with white being associated with saltines and also relate to emptiness and harmlessness. Foods such as popcorn support this fact and allows for mass consumption of the food without thinking about it.

Additionally, the color of food plays an important role in determining how it tastes. It can make you taste flavors that aren’t even present and possibly increase hunger. The next time you think a food is appetizing, think about how colors can influence your decisions, it may just surprise you.

Cuisine with Aileen: Offal is not awful

Editor’s Column

Aileen Janee is the sports editor for Ethic News.

By AILEEN JANEE CORPUS

Pig cheeks, oxtails, and chicken feet–all seen as disgusting pieces of the very animals we eat, but one man’s trash is another man’s treasure as they say.

Offal is all of these things. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, offal is “the waste or by-product of a process.” By associating the less used pieces of meat as waste, there is already a negative connotation to these other parts of livestock.

When I was in one of my classes, we were talking about Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and the teacher branched off to talk about how pieces of meat including pig cheeks or tails are undesirable.

In most other countries outside of America, they use the “undesirable” and “unwanted” pieces of meat.

As a Filipino, there is a traditional dish called sisig and it is made up of the unwanted pieces of meat, pig cheeks, ears and more, and kare-kare which is another traditional dish usually made with peanut butter and oxtail. These are delicious dishes, and I pride myself on being a Filipino.

Other delicious dishes include chicken feet that one can find at Chinese dimsum restaurants, but when I was watching an old Disney show with my siblings, they used chicken feet and called them monkey knuckles in a sketch making fun of microwave dinners.

Although the conversation on chicken beaks making up chicken nuggets most likely only lasted a few minutes, a few confused minutes. I couldn’t help

Starting with “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, a novel originally written to expose the exploitation of immigrants coming into America, Americans started to have a negative view on offal.

A part of the stigma can come from back in the day when good cuts of meat were associated with the rich and the unwanted parts with the poor. Logically, the impoverished would try to make their dish as delicious as possible with whatever they have.

Things have obviously changed from the Progressive Era: the food and drug act and necessary nutrition facts. The making and processing of our foods is now better.

Even the local Costco is starting to sell beef tripe and ox tails; near the meat section, I saw a few people piling up and looking at some large white meat, so when I went over to check it out, it was beef tripe, and right next to it was oxtail. I was filled with joy to see offal in a place more accessible to people.

Food culture is culture. Attacking someone’s food is attacking their identity and their culture, whether or not it is intentional, but that article is for another time.

For the time being, normalizing offal allows people from multitudes of countries to have pride in their cultures and not have to feel put down or what their eating is disgusting simply because it is not what the majority indulges in.

America is known as the big melting pot so it should be just that: a big melting pot with a variety of delicious cultures.