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"Westwood is a true college community": John Kirigaya

"Westwood is a true college community": John Kirigaya

By Chiyo Sakura
The Daily Bruins
August 15, 2073

UCLA Bruins freshman halfback John Kirigaya won the starting position at tailback and is poised to do big things. It isn't the championships that UCLA's sports teams have won that attracted Johnno, as he is know in Mitakihara Town, Canada. And it isn't the Rose Bowl Stadium that was the icing on the cake. Well, it is, but it's not the reason why Johnno is a Bruin.

The answer is under your nose and my nose and everyone else's nose: it's the experience that makes Kirigaya a proud Bruin.

"I like Westwood," he said after practice at Drake Stadium. "Westwood is a true college community. Here on this campus, everybody pushes everyone else to be better and do better to make the university better. You have players who can play and players who can succeed in the classroom.

"I got some really good roommates from the women's volleyball team that I spend time playing video games with and getting a good night's rest with really cute girls is my cup of tea. So I don't get bored; I always get motivated to be super, to be a star. I haven't shown the nation that I can be a great player because everyone knows the work I did at Mitakihara Secondary.

"All the detractors wonder if that's just smoke and mirrors. They wonder if I'm really all that's cracked up to be. I'm ready to show America that I am here, and I am ready to get to work because that's what I came here to do."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

John Kirigaya Picks UCLA

John Kirigaya Picks UCLA

By Touko Fukami
The MiTSS News
February 2, 2073

At Taniguchi Hall at Mitakihara Town Secondary School yesterday, a major press conference took place. There were four hats on a rose table. Halfback/left outside linebacker John Kirigaya was to choose a hat. Four schools had made the shortlist: Stanford, UCLA, USC and Notre Dame. Fans from all four schools flocked to Mitakihara Town to witness this event. The students were surprised that college football fans from the States would descend on their campus, when normally they would be at their jobs.

"I couldn't believe that there were diehard fans making a trip here in the middle of February," said Kirigaya before they even began. "They must have a lot of money riding on my decision, so it looks like there are going to be a lot of disappointed people. I really wished they just watched it on TV to save money, but that the way it goes with these fans. They love the sport and they have a really strong investment in it, so good on them."

The voice on the tannoy, Chester Hong Cheong asked, "Hanato Kirigaya, which school will you choose?" 10 seconds later, Kirigaya picked...UCLA.  The UCLA fans were belated, and some of the USC fans jeered and also delivered some unsavory language and even throw bottles towards Kirigaya. The degenerates that were in attendance were summarily escorted out and arrested for their actions.

"Well, I knew I was going to make a lot of people unhappy with my decision," said Kirigaya, who will choose the number 49 as his jersey number. "But, what's done is done, and I am ready for action in Westwood."

In other news, the Mitakihara Magi have elected to move down to Division I FCS as an independent. The Magi finished 10-3 and won the Sun Bowl under head coach Akiyuki Kaname.

Mitakihara Angels Defeat Lord Tweedsmuir, 69-7, Win Subway Bowl

Mitakihara Angels Defeat Lord Tweedsmuir, 69-7, Win Subway Bowl

By Touko Fukami
The MiTSS News
November 26, 2072

Johnny Landry's Mitakihara Angels are once again the best high school football team all of British Columbia. At BC Place in Vancouver, B.C., halfback/left outside linebacker John Kirigaya put on a masterpiece of a performance, carrying the ball 18 times for 401 yards and nine touchdowns to give MiTSS a 69-7 victory over the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers. The Angels conclude the season with a record of 15-0.

The win is Coach Landry's 175th of the season and his seventh BC High School Senior AAA Championship. Coach Landry won titles in '61, '62, '63, '65, '67, and '69 before the '72 championship, ending a three-year drought. Now the major question on everybody's mind is going to be where Kirigaya decides to commit to. He's earned scholarships at all the schools that want to take a chance on him but where will he go?

Kirigaya himself claims to not have the answer, however, an unidentified source has hinted that the University of Southern California, or USC will be hitting the jackpot. If this is the case, Kirigaya joins an elite list of running back to play for the Trojans. Kirigaya's family and Mitakihara Town Secondary School have stressed that the decision will be made official at Taniguchi Hall, the school gymnasium, on February 1, 2073.

Odds placed by 5dimes.com have placed USC as the odds-on favorite for Kirigaya's signature. However, there are a number of other schools in the Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten, ACC and SEC that have a chance at landing Johnno on their roster next year. A celebration dinner buffet and awards ceremony in honour of the 2072 Mitakihara Angels Football Team will take place on Dec. 25 at Tsukino Centre on the campus of Mitakihara University. Tickets go on sale for $30 and all proceeds will go towards the Angel Wings, the official booster club of MiTSS Athletics.

Mitakihara face Lord Tweedsmuir In Subway Bowl

Mitakihara face Lord Tweedsmuir In Subway Bowl

By Touko Fukami
The MiTSS News
November 23, 2072

Johnny Landry's Mitakihara Angels conclude their season with the Subway Bowl, the B.C. School Sports Provincial AAA Championship against the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers, who come into the contest with a record of 11-1. MiTSS is 14-0 and is the top prep team in the province, led by its electrifying halfback/left outside linebacker, John Kirigaya.

Prior to the playoffs, Tweedy suffered defeats in regular season play to the Rick Hansen Hurricanes and the Hugh Boyd Trojans. However, it was discovered by B.C. School Sports that the Hurricanes and Trojans fielded ineligible players in their victories over the Panthers. As a result, Tweedy was awarded 2-0 victories over Hansen and Boyd and they also steamrolled over their player opponents this year, which featured all-star teams from Calgary and Edmonton, as well as Vancouver College.

"Lord Tweedsmuir is a really good team we're facing," said Coach Landry prior to practice at the school's athletic field. "They gave us a test on the road at their house and they want to pull off a shocker that will reverberate around here for a long time. However, our boys are on a mission: they want to win the provincial title. They want to head to Subway after the game and feast on some Veggie Delites on whole wheat, because, you know, this is the Subway Bowl.

"We're not taking Tweedy lightly. We're going to head into BC Place hungry to take back what is ours. We're not going to settle for second this Saturday. Everyone at Madoka is pulling for us to win the provincial title. I promise you, we will prevail, we will survive, and we will do in with style. Johnno is looking forward to making this game his statement game, and the others are looking to push MiTSS to the finish line. This is going to be epic. You don't want to miss this."

Mitakihara Qualify For Subway Bowl In 90-0 Shutout Of New Westminster

Mitakihara Qualify For Subway Bowl In 90-0 Shutout Of New Westminster

By Touko Fukami
The MiTSS News
November 19, 2072

At New Westminster Secondary School in New Westminster, B.C., Johnny Landry's Mitakihara Angels shut out the New Westminster Hyacks, 90-0, in the semifinals of the 2072 BC School Sports Provincial AAA Football Tournament. Halfback/left outside linebacker John Kirigaya returned a punt 30 yards for a touchdown, returned a recovered fumble eight yards for a major and ran for 351 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

"The only issue I had with our performance tonight was our passing game," said Coach Landry after the game. "We only threw the ball, I think, just twice all game and both of them are incompletions. I think our boys needs to realize that we don't have to rely on Johnno to get points, even though he will give us points any way he can. We need to look at other options and have a balanced attack.

"Craig (Ostrander), Thien (Nguyen), Bill (Wilson), Steve (Merka)...those guys need to step in up when we head to BC Place next week. We have all to play for and I don't want to be disappointed when we get on the field. Now the pressure is on. Now there is no turning back. Our boys will be ready. Everyone's excited, but there is one more game to go."

The Subway Bowl will be broadcast on Radio Madoka and CMDO 89.5 FM. MiTSS improve to 14-0 for the year.

The Mystique of the British Columbia Penitentiary

The Mystique of the British Columbia Penitentiary

By Touko Fukami
The MiTSS News
November 16, 2072

The British Columbia Penitentiary (BC Penitentiary, commonly referred to as the BC Pen and the Pen) was a federal maximum security prison located in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. The BC Penitentiary operated for 102 years, from 1878 until it was decommissioned in 1980. It was the first federal penal institution west of Manitoba. After British Columbia joined confederation in 1871 and with the population of western Canada increasing, the need for a federal prison in western Canada became apparent. The fact that the transcontinental railroad had not yet been constructed made transporting prisoners long distances east to other federal institutions costly and difficult, which further exacerbated this need.

Planning and construction for the BC Penitentiary began in 1874. The site selected was a hillside overlooking the Fraser River in the Sapperton neighbourhood of New Westminster. The prison received its first inmates in 1878 and opened without fanfare.

The buildings and structures that made up the BC Penitentiary site were added gradually. The original complex comprised the main gate house and a few brick and wooden buildings. The large cell blocks, which housed most of the inmates, were constructed between 1904 and 1914.

BC Penitentiary was replete with structural problems when it opened, including flooding of the basement, faulty plumbing and heating, bars either missing from windows or not properly affixed to the walls, and the lack of proper medical facilities. Major repairs and renovations were conducted over several years to remedy these issues, with most of the work performed by inmate work crews.

The site was initially fenced by a wooden fence, which was soon upgraded to 30-foot rock walls, and finally 40-foot concrete walls. Guard towers were located on each corner. Until 1961, the prison incorporated a farm, located across the street from the penitentiary, where some inmates would be assigned to work. The farm produced a sizeable portion of the food used use in the institution’s kitchen. The farm was economically viable into the late 1950s. However, increasing costs of its operation, decreasing costs of buying food from outside sources, the perceived decline in the usefulness of providing agricultural training to inmates, and the increasing urbanization of the surrounding area, led to the decision to close the farm and sell the farmland to the City of New Westminster.

Staffing requirements increased over time in accordance with standards dictated by the Canadian Penitentiary Service. They were 171 in the mid-1950s, and had increased to 363 in 1976, despite a decrease in the prison population during this period. BC Penitentiary experienced severe overcrowding starting in the 1950s holding as many as 765 prisoners in 1958. The Canadian Penitentiary Service attempted to alleviate this by transferring inmates to other institutions, such as the recently opened William Head Institution. By the mid-1960s, the population had been reduced to around 500 inmates.[13] However, this did not prevent the series of violent riots and hostage-takings that plagued BC Penitentiary in its final years.

On March 12, 1979, Correctional Service of Canada announced that British Columbia Penitentiary would close. Inmates were gradually transferred to Kent Institution, with the last inmate leaving on February 15, 1980. For two weeks in May, 1980, the prison was opened to the public for the first time; over 80,000 attended the open house. Although BC Penitentiary had opened with no ceremony or fanfare whatever 102 years earlier, a formal ceremony, attended by various dignitaries, was held to mark its closing on May 10, 1980.[ Most of the buildings on the former BC Pen site have been demolished and replaced by residential housing and parkland. Only four parts of the original prison still remain: the Gatehouse (which is now a sports bar), the Coal House, the original Centre Block (which has been converted to offices), and the cemetery.