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Webb Canyon Chronicle

LA’s gloomy weather hits the Webb Schools with a wave of new changes and emotions

Jimmie McCloud
The rain soaks Chandler Field on December 14, 2021. The gloomy clouds overcast the field as Bobby Pham (‘22) plays soccer.

In the usually sunny California, Webb students have been covering themselves with puffer jackets and blankets to escape the downpour. Rain pelted the campus, as students found various ways to adapt to this change, with some using umbrellas and blankets to cover themselves from the rain, whereas others wore raincoats. Prior to last week, Claremont’s weather remained warm with highs up to 80 degrees. During this week, however, the temperature dropped to an average of around 55-56 degrees.  

A sunny December was expected this year, but this was not the case. Southern California tends to experience more rain in December, but last year, the area did not receive nearly as much rain as it has this year.  

Heavy rainfall drenched the Webb campus earlier this week, making the sight of umbrellas more common. Yet, this phenomenon was not limited to Claremont. In Los Angeles County and elsewhere, harsh weather sweeps the area. LA County received one inch of rainfall overall, and it is forecasted to climb up to 3 inches. The streets have begun flooding and power lines in certain areas have been knocked out. 

The amount of rain Webb and the greater LA area received in the past week made some upperclassmen nostalgic of their time prior to COVID. Aspects from that time, such as eating inside the dining hall, returned to students, reminding them of their time as sophomores and freshmen.  

Sam Zeiden (‘23) sits in the Dining Hall on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. (Jimmie McCloud)

Students who arrived at the Dining Hall on the morning of Tuesday, December 14th found seating available inside, which only happened because of the rain. This occurrence is not something new to students, as they have seen this before on rainy days. 

“It was nice [to be back in the Dining Hall],” Julia Fenner (‘23) said. “It felt like a sense of normalcy coming back.” 

As the Dining Hall reopened, faculty had to make considerations concerning COVID regulations since eating inside poses a COVID risk. As California’s COVID regulations became stricter, faculty and staff had to make sure that students could eat inside while meeting safety guidelines.   

“We consulted the medical advisory board to see [if indoor eating would be acceptable] and how we could maximize the space to get as many people as possible in there,” Rick Duque, WSC Dean of Students, said. “We also knew that people like to sit and lounge after they eat so trying to find a space for everybody was important to us. I think we will be going back to eating outside [once the rain stops] because California now as a mask up policy indoors again. We just want to keep the community safe.” 

Student life has been affected by the heavy downpours on campus. The rain sometimes serves as an inconvenience with our large campus, as this can be an annoyance due to the many hills on Webb’s campus.  

 “[The rain] is a little difficult because I had to walk down all the way from Jamison down [to lower campus] in the rain, and I got soaking wet which I did not enjoy,” Julia said. 

Although the rain can be soothing, it also dampens the community’s mood and affects their regular routine. The cold weather and heavy downpour have caused students to congregate inside rather than outside, and the overcast of grey clouds and heavy rain changes the campus dynamic from its usual bustle to a quieter place. 

“It was also nice to sit down and do homework while it was raining outside, but it also does dampen your mood,” Josephine Burdekin (‘22) said.  

“It’s definitely not as lively [around campus]. There aren’t people out and about as much, but it’s cool to see everybody dressed up,” Dean Duque said.  

The rain is a controversial topic here at Webb, and the community has a wide range of opinions on it. Most find the rain either inconvenient or say it brings down the general mood of the campus.  

Although it has been cold throughout the week, the rain has stopped while students get ready for winter break. After winter break, the rain will hopefully subside, and students can enjoy a sunnier and livelier start to the new year.  


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Eva Annabi
Eva Annabi, Co-Editor of Sports & Social Media Manager
Just like a spirited raccoon, Eva Annabi (‘23)’s lively enthusiasm and humor make it natural for her to be an amazing Social Media Manager for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. Eva lives by the quote “ride the wave”, like when she is spending time together with friends or binging shows like Love Island instead of doing her homework. Her various leadership roles as a head day student prefect and president of the Middle Eastern and Rotary clubs also allow her to discuss important topics to her, such as representation for minorities and women at Webb. Some of her special talents include wiggling her ears and rapping the fastest part in Rap God. As she steps into her role as the WCC Social Media Manager this year as well as the Co-Editor of Sports, Eva is thrilled to provide entertaining and informative media content in an effort to increase readership.   Favorite Song: "Ransom" by Lil Tecca
Narineh Madikians
Narineh Madikians, Public Editor
Narineh Madikians (23) is coming back to Webb for her senior year as a completely new person. Along with her new position as the Webb Canyon Chronicle's new Public Editor, Narineh is also a head peer advisor and a member of the VWS varsity volleyball team. Even though her senior year is full of change, Narineh still loves humanities courses from past years such as Advanced Studies Creative Nonfiction. She encourages everyone at Webb to take this class as it has made a significant impact on her writing techniques. This year, she is focusing on the future while also trying to stay present at the moment, hoping to make as many lasting memories as she can before she leaves for college. After a long and busy week at school, Narineh uses her weekends to recharge. She loves to go out with her friends or stay at home and watch movies with her parents and three dogs: Jeckie, Dash, and Rex. At the end of the day, Narineh unwinds by listening to her favorite artists such as Mac Miller, Frank Ocean, and Childish Gambino. Narineh will use her new and old experiences throughout Webb, the WCC, and outside life, to make her senior year unforgettable.   Favorite Song: "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and The Shondells
Jimmie McCloud
Jimmie McCloud, Staff Writer
Jimmie McCloud ('22) looks forward to joining the Webb Canyon Chronicle this year and is especially excited about the sports section given his unique perspective as a three-sport athlete. On any given day, you will typically see him either playing soccer, football, or doing homework. Even with all these activities populating his social and studious life, Jimmie still allows time for fun by occasionally playing the piano, watching childhood favorite movies, or eating cheese pizza. He resides in Chile when he is not at Webb but is currently transforming his Macleod dorm into his home through decorating with souvenirs from previous games. Jimmie typically listens to Lil Tecca before games, as this has proven to be a good luck charm for him time and time again. Given the close age gap between the two, Lil Tecca inspires him to succeed and put in maximum effort. Jimmie is ecstatic to be a part of the WCC with his passion for sports history. He has the potential to add fascinating insight to the sports section but is also interested in learning about the publication process, as he has never been able to publish his athletics opinions for others to enjoy. Favorite song: "Repeat It" by Lil Tecca
Sebastian Hoffmann
Sebastian Hoffmann, Staff Writer
On a typical morning, Sebastian Hoffman (’23) wakes up in his dorm, Kirkhill, and reads for 20 to 30 minutes. Working at a local bookstore during the last summer, Sebastian’s favorite book is Roadside Picnic and enjoys reading science fiction that explores insightful themes on the nature of mankind. Of course, books are not his only source of entertainment; Sebastian loves watching Peaky Blinders, playing the video game Nuclear Throne, and listening to synthwave, his favorite music genre. This year, the Bay Area native is taking Advanced Studies Cold War, which is fitting considering his fascination for history. Sebastian is also always up to date on current events, especially news about the economy and the market. As a staff writer for the Webb Canyon Chronicle, Sebastian hopes to guarantee the factual accuracy of his articles, while connecting global issues to the school community and increasing their relevance among the student body.   Favorite song: "Paint It, Black" by the Rolling Stones

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