By Steven Doan
Cloud 9, Independence’s Hip-Hop club recently hosted its first ever Jam and Dance session where alumnis and others from around San Jose could attend, seeking to unite the community and introduce a younger generation to the scene. Jams are usually large gatherings filled with dancers who participate to battle or are there for support or experience. The event happened after school on Friday March 15th, at 3:30PM to 6PM.
Alumni Joshua Domingo says, “I think it was good. The only thing we needed was more members or people in the area to come and participate. But for our first Jam, it wasn’t too bad.”
Domingo was one of the three judges at the Jam that day. Given that he has been in the scene for 8 years, his input is helpful. Cloud 9 is the only remaining Breaking (break dancing) club in the entirety of the East Side Union High School District. Therefore, having a gathering like this would be proven crucial to unite the dying Hip-Hop/Breaking scene and spread this form of art among the newer generations.
Sophomore Kim Nguyen states, “I think if we advertised it more to other schools in the area it would’ve made the Jam better. Even spreading this dance among younger kids would be great.”
Having younger generations acknowledge this type of dance would provide growth for the Breaking community since this dance form is not well known. In addition, having other schools come would have made the Jam as substantial compared to any other. Many suspected that because this was Cloud 9’s first Jam, it would not perform too well.
“Don’t worry, we’ll just do better next time.” Kim says.
By Thomas Nico Jimenez
Ever since the start of second semester the students of Independence have commuting around a fence that currently surrounds the senior stage, where there is construction currently being done to fix the damages the school has accumulated since it was established in 1976.
When asked on the current progress on the project Mr. Berg stated, “We have to work around weather, we need to do additional work around the 400 buildings that are around the center campus because of puddles happening.”
The rainy weather and the puddles have been the delaying factor in trying to finish to finish this project on time and getting the fenced removed. Despite these problems there has been some progress such as the removal of the mud pile nearby the girls locker rooms and the M buildings, and the repair of an electrical wire that has caused some lights to go out near the gym.
“They (the contractors) gave me a rough estimate of the weeks they would be doing different projects, “ said Mr. Berg. “Honestly, if this weather holds up we don’t expect this to be finished by the end of March.”
As of March, we expect some demolition and pavement by the N building and swimming pool from 11 - 18, as well as some in the B building on the 25th. The expected final product seems to be rock within mesh giving Senior Stage a refreshed and natury look.
“I’d hope they hurry up already. It has already been two months, and has been a nuisance within our classes because of all of the noise from construction,” said current senior Miguel Castañeda.
Students still continue to find the fence to be a problem, now with the added problem of noise causing a distraction to students from learning.
“Senior stage was projected to be done by early March, but we all know how construction meets deadlines around here. It has been a huge hit to our spirit weeks, but we’ve come up with a solution as a precaution for the unfinished renovations. All performances would be seen for the first time at BOTC and judged,” said ASB president Vivian Ho.
“It makes us sad how we aren’t ending our final performance on senior stage, ” said senior Jomar Reyes in response to now having to perform only once at BOTC, “Our performance was supposed to symbolize our years at Inde. It’s just sad how we started on senior stage and how cannot end it there."