FEBRUARY 2007 VOLUME 35, ISSUE 1 SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION
In this edition you will find news, features,
entertainment, and opinion pieces including:
•Feel the Burn-Cross Country 3
aider •Re s t ro om Hor rors p.4
•Homecoming PHOTOS p.8
•Why Psychics Don’t Win the Lottery p.6
•Real Women have Curves p.11
The Student Voice of Silver Creek High School •Fashion Trends p.13
•Latest movie ReViews p.15
In the Bay we getting HYPHY Winning was as easy as pi
By Jennilyn Lubrin, Staff Writer
Has the *Hyphy Movement got you *thizzin’ or
completely nauseous? Is it *MTV approved for a
4’9” underweight male to wear an XL *tall tee? Or
perhaps an emo-punk savage sporting *grillz? Do you
have your mother’s approval of wearing *flamboast-
ing clothing? Could you stay calm if some mindless
kid stepped on your new *kicks? Do you actually pull Teacher’s dedication
your pants up when teachers tell you to do so? Are
these exaggerations even imaginable? But if you can
imagine such exaggerations, then you like many other
blessed complex thinkers, are from the Bay Area.
As all trends are born, Hyphy starts from the under-
By Jesus Hernandez, Staff Writer
ground and moved up to mainstream. Wikipedia.org
has this posted, “It began to emerge in early 2000 as Every once in a while, there comes along a teacher
a response from Bay Area rappers against commercial that takes that little extra time out of her day to make
hip hop for not acknowledging the Bay for setting sure her students succeed. In the case of Silver Creek’s
trends in the hip hop industry. Although the “hyphy Leena Guttal, that little extra time is spending until 8
movement” has just recently seen light in mainstream PM every Monday and Tuesday in the library hosting
America, it has been a long standing and evolving cul- tutoring for students with no other motive than to make
ture in the Bay Area.” According to Bay artists, the sure that they succeed.
Yay territory mainly consists of the 408, 510, 415, When asked what the best thing about teaching
707, 925, 650 and everything in between. is, it is not surprising that Guttal answers, “When the
Bay artists like: E-40, Keak Da Sneak, The Federa- students come back and tell me how much my class
tion, The Team, Too $hort, Turf Talk, Mistah F.A.B. has helped them, that makes it all worth it. Seeing the
and the late Mac Dre have paved the way for other students grow and become doctors and engineers and
upcoming artists who are using any means necessary teachers and getting all the e-mails from them telling
to get their music heard by selling cds on the streets me how much they miss me…that more than anything
Photo by Puneet Gill
or by using a music page that honest Tom offers on makes me feel the best.”
Myspace. Not only that, popular local radio stations
like Wild 94.9, KDON 102.5, and KMEL 106.1 are Leena Guttal has been teaching at Silver Creek for ten years now, and taught for three and a half years in India
playing their songs. If you heard a *slapper, it would prior to that. In her few years of teaching here, she already has one of the highest A.P. scores in the entire school
be rigor mortis if you didn’t start nodding your head district, 98% in Calculus AB and 100% in Calculus BC to be exact.
with the beats and lip-syncing to their lifestyle packed So what will she do when she gets that 100% pass rate on the AP test for her A.B Calculus students? “I want to
lyrics. Hyphy is more than just music, no matter how
quit teaching calculus…I’ll teach other math. I love geometry…Getting high A.P. scores is stressful. You always
raunchy and explicit the lyrics are. Real bay rappers
want it to go higher, so you’re always under a lot of stress.”
are telling a story whether it’s their relationship situa-
Guttal’s commitment to her students goes above and beyond what is normally expected of her. She spends
tions, how they make the club get down or how it goes
countless hours at after school tutoring sessions for her students and even hosts Saturday classes for her students
down when violence is involved.
To be in sync with the unnatural trend, it is a require- before big tests. Guttal is very passionate about her work and her students.
ment to have been exposed to the term Hyphy. Exactly Her family is also a huge part of her life, and the main reason she became a teacher. “…My sisters and uncles
what is Hyphy? When KTVU Channel 2 News did were into teaching. My whole family was into teaching. I had no choice” she manages to say between chuckles.
a segment on the topic it was found “Hype + Fly = Calculus isn’t her only strong point. She attended the Indian Institute of Technology in India where she got her
Hyphy.” Honestly, I do not understand that definition p.h.D. in math, and minored in physics and statistics. What her students, might not know is that she’s a big fan of
myself but I do know it’s a verb AND an adjective. Shakespeare. English is one of her favorite subjects.
Verb: Imma get hyphy in this joint. Adjective: That “ I used to teach at a college level, I started in India as a college teacher and taught here at San Jose State, Ever-
girl was straight up hyphy. Even then it’s not quite green, and DeAnza part time, but I didn’t enjoy it because you just lecture and there was no interaction. I wanted
clear especially if a teacher is trying to understand the to be more involved with the students. It was not fun” Student-teacher relationship is very important to Guttal.
Movement. Its been noted that the term came from Her dedication to helping her students succeed is what made her the perfect candidate for teacher of the year, a
Bay Area rapper Keak da Sneak since his mother often honor she received in 2006.
called him hyper do to his behavior as a young boy.
He would repeat hyper as ‘hyphy’. Take an educated
guess, hyphy is basically hyper.
To “get hyphy” just act or dance in an overstated and
ridiculous manner; go absolutely stupid and dumb.
Since you’re under age of 21, just how can you achieve
Foul Language Runs Amuck
this hyphy safely? You do not need to be intoxicated as By Will Maldonado, Staff Writer
some Bay *slaps explain. Getting hyphy comes from
within you. You can be in class getting hyphy right in “...skimpy costumes and provocative dances have be-
your seat, but I wouldn’t suggest that. When you’re
‘hyphy’ your current mood is really out there. You’re come a new trend in the homecoming competition...”
loud, probably screaming the lyrics of songs and you In the 2006 Homecoming skit competition (not the overall homecoming competition) the senior class of 2007 tied
do not give a care. for first with the junior class of 2008. However the seniors could not win the approval of the judges and students
It’s difficult to explain the act of going dumb to after the shaky ground upon which their skit was originally performed.
someone who would never understand it to begin with. The senior skit began very controversially with girls crawling on the ground pretending to be “cats.” Though
You can’t just hold your hands up and roll your head skimpy costumes and provocative dances have become a new trend in the homecoming competition, this year’s
around yelling ‘Hyphy hyphy hypeeeee.” Oh boo, any performance by the class of 2007 left many people shaking their heads.
one can get hyphy even if they’re not from the Bay so
During the lunchtime performance the senior recording left the audience and the judges in a state of shock with
let the energy flow through your body and go dumb.
blatant sexual innuendo recognizable to all. The phrase “ I’m getting wet” used by the villain Poison Ivy, played by
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Elmera Asadipour, caused quite an uproar and a deduction of 50 points for the senior class.
Hyphy Movement: Do you love it?
Thizzin: A gorgeous facial expression When asked about the phrase, Asadipour said, “Well the way in which I said it and acted it out was more on the
MTV: That channel that hardly airs music videos sexual side. My character by nature is seductive and sexual, however that phrase was inappropriate and docking
Tall Tee: White-tees that go below knees points was an acceptable punishment.”
Grillz: Diamond covered braces However with slight adjustments to their audio recording, (the provocative phrase was removed) the seniors per-
Flamboasting: A manner of showing off formed with a passion at the homecoming non-fire. And with their strong showing in the t-shirt, rally, overhang, and
ticket sale competitions the senior class was successfully able to uphold the Raider tradition by winning the overall
August page 2
Beware of Deadly
Starbuck and His Return from the
By Puneet Gill and Kelly Nguyen, Staff Writers
By Raquel Nevarez, Staff Writer
Walk to your nearest shopping center and you are sure to
find yourself a Jamba Juice or Starbucks, both of which
have sky rocketed in popularity and have strongly become
incorporated in the American diet. The tiny bit of actual
coffee just doesn’t amount up to the velvety whip cream,
calorie loaded caramel and excess sugar in a Starbucks
drink. Then there is Jamba Juice, which is an okay drink to
have if you forget about all the carbohydrates, sugar, and
calories. Boy, are there calories!
Teens are drawn to Starbucks not only for its taste, but
also for the effect that its caffeine gives them. Young high
school students are more willing to buy caffeine products,
such as Starbucks, on nights when they need to cram for
exams. They think that by drinking the caffeine, they will
be more awake to study. The truth about caffeine is that
it causes fatigue, triggers heart attacks, and it is addicting,
making it all the more worse for our health.
In addition, the Starbucks drinks are roughly around 500
calories each, which isn’t a nice number if you think about
it. Your body needs 2000 calories a day, and 500 calories
amounts up to one fourth of that!
Jamba Juice: a. Aaron Barrios: The Errand Boy j. Ibiza Medina & Sabrina Mercado: Supernatural Freaks
People may agree that Jamba Juice drinks are somewhat b. Lorena Gamez, Samera Hadi, & Mayra Miranda: The Gossip k. Raquel Nevarez: “Wait, wait. I have a question!”
healthy because they include at least 3-6 servings of fruits Trio l. Kelly Nguyen: The Harsh Critic
and optional boosts (protein, fiber, energy, vita, femme, c. Puneet Gill: “Go Broncos!” m. Trung Nguyen: The Computer Nerd
immunity). This satisfies the recommendation of taking in 5 d. Jesus Hernandez: “This is how we do it my country.” n. Veronica Ortiz: “You’re my best friend.”
servings of fruits daily. Jamba Juice drinks contain Vitamin e. Sara Jaka: The Giver o. Trang Pham: “Milk is bad!”
C, B6 and Foliate and very little saturated fat, cholesterol, f. Jennilyn Lubrin: “I’m not a spectator, I’m an entertainer.” p. Anna Ramos: The Corner Desker
sodium and calcium, which is all good and dandy. But g, Cynthia Ly: “Yay, bunnies!” q. Janet Vong: “I don’t know...”
the carbohydrates and sugar that are packed into the drinks h. Will Maldonado: Always on a Mission r. Rebecca Zelaya: The Only Normal & Sane One
must not be overlooked. In fact, they are found to be the i. Ashley Marquez: The Horoscope Major s. Laurie Weckesser: The Captain
causes of high blood sugar levels. Not to mention, each
smoothie amounts to 400-650 calories, when the average
snack intake of calories should be around 200!
Starbucks and Jamba Juice, two of the most leading
beverage retailers, have failed in producing healthy drinks
for its consumers. Both companies sell drinks with loaded nd the adventure continues. Two years have passed and not a single
calories, sugar, fat and even caffeine. If their products word has been spoken about the vanished Raider Review. What happened to it?
continue to be sold, what will become of their consumers? Where did it go? Why so long? Who is the culprit? Why are we asking these
What will it take for consumers to change their drinking
habits, more caffeine or a trip to the hospital? questions? We’re proud to say that we’ve found this vanished figment of the
As the previous commander of the Raider Review, Rick Dirck abandoned his
Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino:
crew of buccaneers to pursue the art of Creative Writing, and in addition to
Blended Coffee, no whipped cream
his quest, spent more time with his family. He handed the Raider Review over
Size: Venti/ 24 oz. (680g)
to Greg Louie who later cast off his crew in the premises of Davy Jones’ locker
to accept a promotion as principal at Santa Teresa High School. The promotion
Fat (grams): 4
ritual, which took place over the summer, was kept secret from most of his
Two years later, the brave and valiant captain, Laurie Weckesser surrendered
The Galleon to Bjorn Berg in order to commandeer the legendary Raider Review.
Through many treacherous perils and mind-numbing tasks, she proved victorious
Jamba Juice Mango-A_Go-Go: in the end. Once again, the Raider Crew will execute its job of plundering and
Size: 24 oz. (739g) pillaging the minds of the SC gentry. The only word our readers should say is
Calories: 500 “Parley?”
Fat (grams): 2 Savvy?
Carbohydrates: 117g Okay, we don’t have a Johnny Depp on board, but we do have a hearty crew
Sugar: 106g that brings the Review to life.
The “Bratz” Pack Invades Barbie World
Move over Barbie! There are new kids on the block!
By Ashley Marquez, Staff Writer The Bratz girls team up for global domination.
Sex, drugs, and Rock n’ Roll! Those seem to be the look in response to concerns over her disproportionate
recurrent themes of today’s popular entertainment and we tiny waist and big bust. She even dumped Ken to become
all relish on the uncensored and sexualized media. But did a more independent woman to concentrate on her career;
you know that some adult entertainment has even seeped her resume includes: astronaut, doctor, princess, rock star,
into children’s cartoons? Case in point, the Bratz cartoon teacher, veterinarian, etc. And despite the rumors, Barbie
aired by 4kids TV. Beware: viewer discretion is advised. is not pregnant because she believes in celibacy before
The cartoon is revolved around the fashion industry, marriage and does not want to promote teen pregnancy.
which is filled with deep-throat competition and impossible My advice to Barbie is: just be yourself and don’t listen
beauty standards. Unhealthy weight, eating disorders, and to them! You don’t have to dress like a that!
its high cut throat approach is mainstream in this business. Consider this:
Remember, little kids watch this. Over the last decades many studies have shown that there
The characters are extremely ridiculous! These dumb are several ways television can be harmful to the mental
blonde twins wear bandages on their noses, post-rhinoplasty and physical health of children. Most of the shows on
surgery. They intern for a Cruella DeVille replica who television, including cartoons, are non-educational. Plus,
takes regular Botox injections. Skimpy outfits, pancake the average child in the United States spends about 25
make-up, plumped up “Angelina Jolie” lips, lifeless hair hours a week in front of the television. In turn, excessive
extentions, and bare midriffs make up the common dress attack strategy--ouch! TV viewing is linked with poor school performance and
code. The most ghastly of all is a character who looks just Speaking of role models, move over Barbie! There are new decreased scores on standardized tests. In many cases, TV
like Simon Cowell. But he is not a big-time music executive kids on the block! Because Bratz is not just a cartoon show programming promotes negative behavior. A significant
but their pimp! Mini porn stars as role models? My deepest but also a popular doll produced by MGA entertainment. body of research shows that children learn violent behaviors
sympathy goes out to all the TV-viewing children of the The Bratz world features a fashion line, outfits, playsets, from watching violent television programs and violent
world. DVDs, and video games. And the plague continues to adult models through observational learning.
The Bratz girls don’t only look bad--- they are girls spread… Therefore, monkey see, monkey do. Watch what your
gone wild! They mob each other in rival gangs, they Poor Barbie, she has definitely felt the pressure. Barbie has little sister or cousin is watching. And, most of all, keep
are manipulative and conniving, they partake in illegal gone through a major make-over: widening of the waist, them away from the Bratz cartoon before they end up like
intoxication and they pull each others’ bra straps as an slimmer hips, and breast reduction to achieve a more natural “bratz.” Oh wait, it is already too late.
August page 3
The clock tower of
the new science
building takes shape.
The new building features:
•Four science rooms/labs
•6 NEW classrooms on
the second floor with 1
multipurpose room on the
• An mini quad with built in
•Fire and burglar alarms
•BRAND NEW bathrooms
Photo by Will Maldonado
Silver Creek’s New Face
By Will Maldonado, Staff Writer
The 14 million dollar, 16,000 every day life for students easier. right next to the administration when passing Silver Creek may begun to get the help that it needs.
square feet streetscape and Shorter lines for the bathrooms building along Silver Creek finally turn their head to look Mr. Schroeder said, “Finally
classroom project at Silver Creek and a new area for students to Road. There are a number of at the school (hopefully not our classrooms reflect the
High School is an attempt by the relax and enjoy their lunch are reasons for this location. When to the point where they wreck quality of teaching and learning
school district to beautify our two attractions that the campus asked Christopher Schroeder, their car) and see an institution that occurs at Silver Creek.
campus. The new building is set construction, when completed, associate principal of Silver where the appearance and Whereas when I arrived here
to be the new face of Silver Creek will make Silver Creek Creek High School, said, “First infrastructure match the high the building did not reflect
High School, as it will be wisely student’s way of life easier. off the infrastructure is more level of learning that occurs. this. It shows an awareness and
placed on the side of campus The state of the arts science readily available to be replaced The new building, and acknowledgement by the School
closest to Silver Creek road. classrooms will finally alleviate on the street side of campus. As streetscape project is going district that Silver Creek needed
The changes being a major disservice to the science well we wanted to upgrade the to mark a momentous change upgrades, and that we’ve been
implemented are set to be department. Once the new look of our campus. Finally its for the environment of Silver neglected in my opinion.”
valuable additions that the building complex is complete adjacent to the current science Creek. Adding the new quad, According to Mr. Schroeder we
campus was in desperate need every science teacher will have a buildings, so we keep all the new bathrooms, four state of Raiders have been noticed, so
of. The addition of four state of classroom that has a laboratory. science classes located together.” the art science buildings, new get ready for a highly anticipated
the art science buildings, seven Currently four science teachers This location wisely gives Silver fire and burglar alarms, and the new face to our campus coming
new classrooms, a new quad, are holding class in classrooms Creek what we’ve been lacking seven other new classrooms will soon along Silver Creek road.
new fire and burglar alarms, and that do not have labs. for quite some time, a face and improve this campus without a
brand new bathrooms will make The site for the new building is entrance to the campus. Drivers doubt. Silver Creek has finally
Feel the Burn
determination on Junior
Lilian Pham’s face as
she runs Montgomery
Hill, home meet. By Lorena Gamez, Staff Writer
In the next three decades, 9 out of 10 American men and 7 out of 10 American
I think I can! I think I can! women will become overweight. I’m sure we can all guess why. One, the delicious,
Adriana Rincon, junior, yet addicting In N Out Burger and two, the couch potatoes and lazy bodies out there
climbs a treacherous hill in
Crystal Springs. (you all know who you are). If you want those strong legs and an all around healthy
body, I have one word…running.
If you are looking for a sport to get you into the best The cross-country meets are exciting for the runners.
shape of your life, I strongly recommend cross-country. Senior, Alexandra Cardenas said, “The ending of a race
Some high school students are quite into sports nowadays, is the most exciting point because that’s when you pass a
and it just seems like it’s the thing lot of people and just give it all you
to do, but we wonder why it is
so hard to make it through the
baseball or football try-out. Now,
“ I have the motivation to get
These athletes put much heart and
effort into the race. Senior, Peter
I am a cross-country member through this season because of Hoang loves the competition as well.
myself, but I also love the sport “The best part of a race is beating the
of softball. At the softball try-out my teammates. If they can do people that you’ve lost to before.”
the other day, I couldn’t help but Silver Creek’s cross-country team is
notice just how out of breath the
other girls were. I do not mean to
it I can do it. ” all about doing the best they can in
the Mt. Hamilton Division.
brag, but I was neither tired nor Running is the perfect way to start
sore the next day. I am proud of it, –Victor Meza ‘08 off in sports. Coach Chuck Bean,
and I owe it all to cross-country. 30-year track and cross-country
I have to tell you, you have to coach, said, “There’s no time like the
work your butt off for what you truly want. No one ever present to get started. Don’t wait because you think you’re
said getting in shape was going to be easy. So if it is that not good enough. Endurance sports are cumulative.”
flat stomach that you want, you’ll have to go through the Junior, Victor Meza, first year of cross-country
effort of training and numerous drills to make it happen. runner is proud to have joined the team. “I have
In cross-country, you will always have someone there to the motivation to get through this season because
cheer you on all the way through no matter what because of my teammates. If they can do it I can do it.”
that is just how supportive our team is. The team is definitely hard working but knows how to
Starting off will be slow because your body needs the have fun at the same time. Alexandra Cardenas adds, “The
time to recover, but you can build yourself up to 40-45 miles team is like a second family.” No one gets left behind. I
a week, probably even more once you dedicate yourself. have come across meeting some wonderful people who
How many of us can say that they could run 2-3 miles are now very special to me. Joining sports is a great way
non-stop? Not very many, but after my first cross-country to meet people and make new friends just like I have done.
season, try 8 miles non-stop. It is an accomplishment that Not only did I develop the strong legs and the flat stomach
Photos by Lorena Gamez feels wonderful. After you have made that commitment, that I was shooting for, but I have the best looking tan ever.
the competition is on. What have you got to lose...pounds?
September page 4
The elves DID it!
Are we doomed for the rest of the ‘06 –‘07 school year to deal with restroom horror?
By Puneet Gill, Staff Writer hygienic. This comment kind of throws the whole thing
Meet the Silver Creek Toilet. It’s spotless, clean, and off. I’d expect high school students to have already learned
odorless. The polished porcelain shimmers in the brightly the importance of cleaning after themselves by now. But
lit restroom, where a fused light bulb is a thing of the just in case you forgot:
past. It is where the toilet bowls aren’t clogged, the trash
How to Keep the Restroom Clean:
cans aren’t overflowing, and the soap dispensers dispense
actual soap. This preppy high school provides a state of the •For starters, it doesn't take that many muscles to move
art restroom catered to each individual’s needs. the knob on the toilet an inch or two in order to properly
If only it were true. In reality what we have are filthy, flush it. If you’re afraid of having to amputate your hand
repulsive, putrid-smelling restrooms where students because you caught a deadly disease from touching the
cautiously enter in fear of what awaits inside the dreaded knob, then flush it with your foot.
stalls. The East Side Union High School District does not •I’ve heard of toilet papering people’s houses and cars,
seem to be willing to sacrifice more money to the school’s but never toilet-papering a toilet. If you have a problem
budget just so we can have nice toilets. The janitors already with this school, and can only show it by vandalizing
have enough work on their hands. The teachers don’t have the bathrooms, then transfer out. And if you think toilet
to worry –they have their own squeaky clean bathrooms. papering is amusing, get a life.
Are we doomed for the rest of the ‘06 –‘07 school year to
deal with restroom horror or is there anything we can do to •Ever wondered why a trash can is called a “trash” can?
solve the toilet problem? Maybe because this thingamajig was made for holding
It seems reasonable enough to insist that the ones who garbage/trash.
make the mess, clean it up. But who makes this mess? •And about the soap dispensers, either a.) sign a petition
Hmmm…It doesn’t take the world’s greatest genius to for a new dispenser (which will probably never make new
figure that one out. ones appear ) or b.) bring your own soap/hand sanitizer
Duh! We are the villains (don’t forget the elves too). From (paper soap works best).
early morning to late afternoon, more than twenty three
hundred students use the Silver Creek restrooms. Most of Follow these simple guidelines, and we might be a step
the students are either willing to deal with the stench and closer to that ideal restroom we dream of... one that is
filthiness of the restrooms, or they must be too lazy to be clean and usable.
Photo by Puneet Gill
Boys and girls water polo teams win games A
Left: Varsity ladies on
their final volleyball
home game of the
Below: JV lady Raid-
ers swooped down for
the ball coming their
Photo courtesy of Bjorn Berg
Tiffany Nguyen (‘07) pushed pass the opposing
players open for a shot at the goal!
By Sabrina Mercado, Staff Writer
On Wednesday, September 27th, the boys and girls water
polo teams faced off in their third game of the season
against Sobrato High School. The boys played first,
scoring the first goal less than two minutes into the game.
At the end of the first half, the boys were leading with a
score of 6-1, but they didn’t stop there. The boys continued
playing hard and making smart decisions, and in the end,
they pulled out their second win of the season, with a
Photos courtesy of Bjorn Berg
final score of 10-3. Their first win a week earlier had been
against Independence with a score of 8-7, their first victory
in over seven years. By Will Maldonado, Staff Writer
The girls’ team didn’t get off
It was an up and down season for the Silver Creek VOLLEYBALL TEAM. A
to such an optimistic start. At
the end of the first half, they
matching wins were trailing Sobrato by four year which began with league champion and CCS aspirations, ended short of
against Sobrato points.give up, and continued
But the Lady Raiders those goals.
made history, to fight hard. After a few
However, the year did not end without many exciting for 4th place.
games, thrilling victories, gut-wrenching losses, and Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the season
as the first time encouraging words from head a senior night with a raucous crowd propelling the was that the varsity lady raiders walked away with the
coach Mike Abrigo, the girls
both teams were back in the game. Within
Raiders to a three set sweep of Andrew Hill. feeling that they could beat any one they faced (all of
won on the the first few moments of the
Middle Blocker Monica Erezo, class of 2008, reflected their games ended extremely close) and proved this by
same day. ” second half, they outsmarted
the Sobrato defense, and
on the season by saying, “The greatest moment of the
season was when we beat Lincoln and Andrew Hill, it
winning one game against many of their opponents but
losing the other time they faced that opponent. This
showed our greatest abilities as a team and were wins to unfortunate event resulted in the 6-8-league record and
scored, making the score 5-2.
be proud of.” These two signature wins were indicative left the lady raiders wondering what could have been.
They started making smart passes and “driving ball side”
of the excitement and the tenacity of the lady raiders, Yet hope remains for the lady raiders, as this year’s
in attempts to get open. Their efforts paid off, and by the
since even though they were not in contention for the team contained a lot of youth with eight players who
fourth quarter the score was tied. The Lady Raiders played
league title they were able to beat two of the teams were not seniors. With a talented group of sophomores,
smart defense, and managed to keep Sobrato from scoring.
competing for the league championship. including Junior varsity captains Michelle Dizon and
Thanks to their hard work, the ladies won their first victory
However the successes against Lincoln and on Betty Tran as well as a host of others, arriving next there
of the season with a final score of 8-5.
senior night against Andrew Hill were not sustained will be fierce competition for starting spots and spots
“When we work as a team, and not as individuals, we are
throughout the season as the Lady Raiders suffered on the roster. Erezo said “Next year I think we will do
successful.” said Coach Abrigo, in regards to both the boys
some losses that were quite unexpected, and some wins really well, because we have a lot of young players on
and girls teams.
that were also quite unexpected. It was a season of ups varsity that have lots of potential, and a good upcoming
Their matching wins against Sobrato made history as the
and downs and the Lady Raiders could never seem to group from junior varsity.” So while this season fell
first time both teams won on the same day. Both teams
maintain consistent strong play. This reflected in both short of the league championship aspirations at the
credit hard work and determination as a factor to their
varsity and junior varsity’s records as varsity finished start of the year, next year’s returning players gained
success. There is no doubt to how far both teams have
9-10 overall (6-8 league) in a tie for 5th place and junior valuable experience, and will lead the lady raiders on
come, and Raiders can be sure to look forward to many
varsity finished with a record of 7-7 in league in a tie their quest to become league champions next year.
more victories in the future.
September page 5 September
Freshmen elect new officers
By Trung Nguyen, Staff Writer School PRIDE
After an exhausting week of campaigning and
competition, Kathrina Delacruz was crowned
effects MORE than
Class President of 2010. Joining in office are: Vice
President Kristine Jose, Secretary Gerika Garcia,
Treasurer Rea Soriano, and Spirit Leaders Nia
Concepcion, CatherineTruong, and Bianca Raynes.
Voter turnout was approximately 23% for the
Class of 2010. “Better than last year,” said Bjorn
Berg, Activities Director. When confronted with
these seemingly low statistics, the officers had a
concise answer for their class.
“They were confused.” Garcia said.
The seven girls campaigned as a group,
despite the potentially gritty nature of
high school politics. However, they came
Photo by Trang Pham
up with a hasty solution to the problem.
“We made a pact.” Delacruz said. “We know how to handle each other when we’re mad.” She added.
With 14 different candidates vying for office, the highest number of candidates in recent years, the odds were against
this tight-knit group of friends.
“I had doubts.” Concepcion said.
However, winning was no big surprise to this energetic bunch.
“We felt the energy. We were more spirited.” Garcia said, to which her fellow officers agreed.
More surprising was the support they were shown by their classmates.
“People actually listened to us. They came to us and wanted us to win.” Delacruz said.
With voter turnout as well as number of candidates going up, the future seems bright for the Class of 2010. “This year
is gonna be Cheetahlicious,” said Delacruz.
Inside the heads of our new teachers Photo courtesy of Victoria Nguyen
By Trang Pham, Staff Writer
For years, many have been describing Silver Creek
“The only bad thing people say is that our school
is ghetto.” (Junior Jennilyn Lubrin) This provocative
term has soaked into our minds with a strong negative
connotation and turned us all into more biased Raiders
of Silver Creek. What about “diverse” though?
Silver Creek has been described as “diverse” as
well. Nevertheless, it is easier to find ourselves using
“ghetto” as the more common association with the
school. As if these comments are gaining power on
campus, it seems, that for the past few years, Silver
Cynthia Cohen Huong Tran Daniel Imbessi Creek Raiders’ pride in themselves and their school
(French) (Forensics) (American Government) have been diminishing.
Although it’s hard to notice, school pride encompasses
aspects beyond just school spirit activities such as
by Rebecca Zelaya, Staff Writer F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.S. and Homecoming. It takes pride
By Rebecca Zelaya, Staff Writer
When Silver Creek lost a number of teachers to retirement or other plans last year, our administration in your school to go out there to join sports, actually
kept a lookout for new teachers to fill in the empty spots. This past June, teachers from all different WANTING to win and succeed. To live the best of
departments retired, such as Mrs. Stewart (Science), Mr. Okuda (Science), Mr. Bell (Science), Mrs. Chang your high school career, it’s important to take pride in
(Math), Ms. O’Neill (Business), Mrs. Metoyer-Jones (English), Ms. Chen (English), and Mr. Rodriguez where you will spend for four years and actually get
(Social Science). We also have Mr. Flores (Math) who transferred to Mt. Pleasant, Mr. Kilkenny (Science) involved. Imagine living with something that you do
who went to the district office, and Mrs. Torkelson (Business) who moved, and Mr. Dawson (Math) who not take any pride in. It’s hard to live, hard to enjoy!
became a state representative in the CTA. Current Associate Student Body Spirit Leader,
But just as new kids around the school have first impressions about the school they’re entering, new Jennilyn Lubrin, defines school pride as “believing in
teachers have them too. Students must not forget that teachers are humans as well. This is why I’ve your school and the students that go to the school.”
decided to pick the new teachers’ brains a bit to give you an insight as to why they’re here at Silver Creek. Often, it’s this belief that strives many of our students
While we all think that teachers like to do nothing but drown us with homework, Huong Tran (Forensics), beyond the expected limit.
Cynthia Cohen (French), and Daniel Imbessi (American Government) beg to differ: One of the easiest measurements of school pride is
how involved and visible the students are with extra
1. Why did you come to Silver Creek? -Tran: “I wanted to be a doctor, but I found it wasn’t curricular activities--beyond the six period academic
for me. I feel sad being around sick people. I also expectations. Certainly, Silver Creek students are
-Cohen: “Well I heard it was a good school. I wanted to be a photographer, but you make no involved in many ways, but dances are one of the more
talked to Mademoiselle Mortine and I came here. money.” popular and easier forms of involvement. “At dances,
And I wanted to come back to high school because I would estimate a couple of hundred [students],’ Mr.
I’ve been teaching in Middle School all these -Imbessi: “Geez, I’m not really sure. Actually, I Bjorn Berg, Silver Creek Alumni, once Associate
years.” wanted to paint and draw.” Student Body President and current activities director
began, ‘at most 600 attendees, but that’s including
-Tran: “I graduated here in 2001, so it felt 4. What activities do you do on your free guests. And for a school with 2400 students, that’s not
comfortable.” time? a very large percent.”
Last August, state reports showed that the school’s
-Imbessi: “I was a student teacher here last year -Cohen: “I walk my dog, spend time with my API score went down, partly due to poor STAR
and I felt welcomed, so I tried to get a job here husband, go to the movies, and for vacation, I go test results. Strangely, this same test was the reason
because I liked the students.” to Mexico.” Silver Creek’s API score went up for the 2005 API.
What happened there? Many see the decrease as a
2.What were your first impressions of the -Tran: “I go to the beach, take pictures, go to the direct result of students not taking the test seriously.
school when you began teaching here? movies, hangout with friends- I have a life too you “Talk to the other not serious students. WE took the
know.” test seriously. WE tried our hardest.” (Senior Elaine
-Cohen: “I had an excellent impression. I was Trinh) Where is the pride to motiviate us to do better
impressed by how polite, friendly, and helpful -Imbessi: “Play music. I play the guitar, try to play and let our school shine? There are students with
everyone was. Both the students and the faculty.” the drums, and paint.” soaring scores on the Advanced Placement exams, who
scored lower than Basic on the STAR test. No doubt,
-Tran: “It was strange being back here. Because 5. What’s the one thing you do to wind down these bright students can score higher than “Basic.”
now all of my old teachers are my colleagues.” when you’re stressed out? Although many students consider the exam tedious,
and know it has no direct impact on them individually,
-Imbessi: “Visually, it was a little scary, but once I -Cohen: “Call friends.” -Mrs. Cohen this test affects the school and communityas a whole.
got to know the students, I felt comfortable.” Looking at the bigger picture, this drop in test scores is
-Tran: “I lay on the couch or go out for drinks. one of the many examples of school pride decreasing.
3. Other than teaching, what did you want to Sometimes I just go outside to watch the people go If students were more proud of their school, with the
do? by. It’s relaxing.” recognition of how crucial the API scores are for the
rest of the student body, Silver Creek’s API scores
-Cohen: “I wanted to be a translator.” -Imbessi: “I play music. Actually, I play the drums.” should only sore.
October page 6
Raider spirit is alive and well at Silver Creek on Halloween!
Silver Creek’s staff including teachers from all departments, administration, counselors, and classified staff show off their swashbuckling Raider spirit in the
quad during a Halloween Rally.
Why Psychics Don’t Win the Lottery
By Ibiza Medina & Sabrina Mercado, Staff Writers
“If this lady was really a psychic, wouldn’t she know we were coming?”
Psychics have supposedly been around The question of whether or not psychic Laboratory, the average person only uses week, we went to a psychic named Lola
since before we can remember. We all abilities actually exist is open to debate. about 10% of his or her brain. This makes (name changed). To our surprise, we had to
know about people who claim to have sixth There is no scientific evidence supporting it possible for a “psychic” to be more tuned make an appointment. (If this lady was re-
senses, but in reality, they probably don’t. people having psychic abilities, but many in to the other 90% of their brains than oth- ally a psychic, wouldn’t she know we were
With so manyfrauds out there, how are we scientists do admit that it may be a pos- ers, allowing for their “sixth sense.” coming?)
supposed to distinguish what’s reality, and sibility. According to a report done by the We decided to find out for ourselves Regardless, this is what happened:
what’s fake? Dormant Brain Research and Development whether or not psychics were frauds. Last
Psychic: Hello, my name’s Lola. *Actually, I have a B.*
Sabrina: I’m Sabrina. Sabrina: Gee, thanks.
Lola: First, do you have anything that you carry with you all the time, something Lola: Your grades will improve with time and effort.
that you’re really attached to? Like a watch, or a cell phone? Sabrina: I guess you can say that about anything, though. Anyway, what
Sabrina: ...why? about my fourth question. Will I be successful?
Lola: It helps to hold on to something while I’m reading. Lola: You will get a good grade on your next journalism article.
Sabrina: I have my earrings. Does that count? Sabrina: Whoa...okay. Cool.
*hand’s Lola earrings* Lola: I have to ask, how is your love life?
Lola: Now ask me four questions that are really important to you. v: Umm...fine?
Sabrina: Will my sister be okay? What will happen to my great-grandfather Lola: You like somebody, don’t you? And he likes you back?
Sam? Will I ever get an A in AP World History? Will I be successful? Sabrina: Really?
Lola: Okay, the first thing I see for you is medication. Lola: He used to be your boyfriend.
Sabrina: What?! Sabrina: Ohhhhh! Yeah... right! Of course!
Lola: Sometime in the near future, you will go on medication prescribed by a *What is this lady talking about?*
doctor. But you don’t have to worry, because after that you will live a long and Lola: What’s his name?
healthy life. Sabrina: Oh....uh...Jensen Ackles!!
Sabrina: What kind of medication? *Note: Jensen Ackles is an A-list celebrity & star of CW’s “Supernatural.”*
Lola: I can’t tell. Lola: He still loves you.
Sabrina: Oh. Great. Sabrina: Wow...really?!
Lola: The next thing I see is a very mean person. There is someone who you Lola: You two are going to get back together someday.
calls you their friend, but when you turn your back, this person is mean to you. Sabrina: That’s wonderful news!
Sabrina: So... Lola: Just be patient.
Lola: This person is a girl. You need to beware of this girl, because she will try Sabrina: Will do.
and hurt you. She is very jealous of you. Lola: Do you have any other questions for me?
Sabrina: Do you know who this person is? Sabrina: Well, actually, I was curious if being a psychic is just your day
Lola: No, but you will find out who she is very soon. job, or if you do this full time?
Now, what was your first question? Lola: This is my job, and that’s it. So yes, I do this full time.
Sabrina: Will my sister be okay? Sabrina: Are you licensed?
Lola: She has cancer, right? Lola: Yes.
Sabrina: Well...yeah... Sabrina: So...did you know we were coming?
Lola: She will be fine. You don’t have to worry about her. After she finishes her Lola: No.
chemo, she will live a long and healthy life. Sabrina: Oh. Well, do you happen to know this week’s lottery numbers?
Sabrina: That’s good. Lola: I can’t predict things like that. Just like I can’t read my own future, or the
Lola: What was your second question? future of my family members.
Sabrina: What will happen to my great-grandfather, Sam? Sabrina: Oh...that sucks.
*Note: I really don’t have a great-grandfather named Sam. This was a test Lola: Is that all?
question, to see if our Psychic friend could tell. She couldn’t.* Sabrina: I guess so.
Lola: What’s wrong with him? Lola: Okay then. The last thing is you can’t say anything to anybody about what
Sabrina: He’s very sick, and doesn’t remember us anymore. He’s losing I’ve told you today, at least for nine days. After nine days, you can say anything
his mind. I was just curious if he was going to make it to his 98th birthday. you like. But until then, you have to keep it to yourself.
*Another test.* Sabrina: Why??
Lola: He’ll make it through his birthday, but I’m not sure if he’ll make it to Christ- Lola: Because it gives everything time to become set. If you say anything before
mas. Only time can tell. the nine days is over, your whole life will change for the negative. I can promise
Sabrina: Okay. My third question was whether or not I’d get an A in AP you, everything will get worse.
World History. Sabrina: Uh oh...
Lola: Are you having trouble in school? Lola: Have a nice day!
Sabrina: Well, I don’t know... *One minute later*
Lola: You have a bad grade in math. Sabrina: Ibiza!! Guess what the psychic said...
So as it turns out, it seemed as if the psychic knew about a few things that without us saying anything. For example, Sabrina’s sister having cancer, or the fact that Sabrina had
journalism. Although those are weird coincidences, there is too much evidence showing that Lola was a fraud. Much of the information she gave was vague, and could be guessed by
anybody. Things like dating A-list celebrities and having a great grandfather named Sam were way off the mark. Seeing a psychic is fun for a few laughs, however, the outrageously
priced session of $50 for a grand total of 20 minutes to talk to a phony seems a little unreasonable. Cheaper alternatives include fortune cookies, twenty-five cent fortune telling
machines, and the completely free method of just waiting for the future to happen instead of wasting your money trying to predict it.
October page 7
Horror movie remakes To eat meat, or to not
Hollywood Does it Again…and Again eat meat?
By Janet Vong, Staff Writer
When people hear the word, vegetarian, religious immoral to eat meat.
they often react with, “Wow!” or, “No One argument against vegetarian diets
wonder you are so skinny!” is that it does not provide enough protein.
Asking Leilani Dunton ’09 on her Nowadays, with so much information
thoughts of vegetarianism, she said, “I about recipes and diets, eating a variety of
feel guilty at times when I read about fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes will
animal cruelty, but I get over it and eat resolve the low protein issue.
them afterwards.” This is a statement felt Even though vegetarians are a minority
by many meat eaters. in the Silver Creek High School
According to the UCS (Union of Concerned population, there should be vegetarian
Scientist), a group of American scientists meals in the lunch menu so that existing
By Ashley Marquez, Staff Writer who are concerned about the misuse of vegetarians have a choice. One of the
The horror began on February 2006. A scary commercial appears with newcomer science and technology, farm animals are issues of “Animal in Print,” an online
Camilla Belle alone in a huge, dark house. And the phone rings. “When a Stranger Calls” being fed repulsive trash legally instead newsletter, said, “In the year 2003, it has
is based on the urban legend of a babysitter who is terrorized by a heavy-breathing prank of the nice green grass and grains that we been estimated that 25 million Americans
caller--- another pointless movie remake. imagined in our minds. The farm animals became vegetarians.” Ann Nguyen ’08
A new trailer begins with sirens blaring to a vintage clip of nuclear bombs and mutant are being fed their own species’ meat, says, “I believe that I am doing something
babies in jars. It looks like a documentary but actually a remake of Wes Craven’s cult diseased animals, feathers, hair, skin, good in life by helping the animals, and
classic The Hills Have Eyes. It is about the Carters, an American family headed to hooves, blood, manure and other animal I feel happy and healthier than ever!”
California when their car breaks down in the middle of the southwestern desert. But they waste, plastics, drugs and chemicals, and
are not alone. Hidden in the hills above them lives a cannibalistic family who pays them unhealthy amounts of grain.
an unwelcome and grisly visit. Since the crowded animal factories are Different types of vegetarianism:
June 6, 2006, 06:06:06, (666, the Mark of the Beast) was the release date of The Omen, a finding ways to save money, they are risking •Vegan-do not eat animal flesh, and
remake of the ‘76 film about the antichrist reincarnated as 5-year-old Damien. The Omen both the animal’s and the consumer’s avoids all animal food and products of
holds the highest opening Tuesday box office gross in the U.S., earning $12,633,666. health. Eating animal proteins can lead the animal origin
Notice 666 as the last three digits of its earnings. Coincidence? to many health problems such as heart •Lacto-do not eat animal flesh, but eats
Currently in theatres is The Wicker Man, starring and produced by Nicholas Cage. or kidney disease, colon and lung cancer, dairy products
Although is appears new, it is based on Anthony Shaffer’s 1974 screenplay about an osteoporosis, diabetes, hypotension, •Ovo – do not eat animal flesh, but eats
officer searching for a missing girl amidst a strange society of Summersisle. obesity, and Mad Cow Disease. eggs
This latest Hollywood trend of remaking horror classics of the ‘70s is bewildering. Why People become vegetarians for health, •Lacto-ovo –Do not eat animal flesh,
is this happening? Which rendition is better? So I tried an experiment. I watched all the ethical, and religious reasons. Some but eats dairy products and eggs
new remakes first (to be bias-free) and then watched the originals. I want to say that the doctors recommend this diet for their •*(Pesco)-Eats fish, eggs, and dairy
remakes are better but the originals were certainly phenomenal and inspiring. Usually patient’s health or to prevent deadly products
low budget with few known actors and a small film crew, the originals were revered by diseases that might occur in the future, *Pesco is not considered a true
audiences and critics alike, making their mark in film history. However, the remakes while other people become vegetarians vegetarian because they eat fish, which
achieve one thing: imitation is the best form of flattery. because they can’t stand the thought of is considered animal flesh to most
Go to web for detailed comparison of original versus remakes. killing animals for food. For others, it is a vegetarians.
School Shootings “It’s good that we leave the past in the past, but now what?”
By Rebecca Zelaya, Staff Writer
Just in the past three months there have been four shooting will start. Though what’s known is that those that we leave the past in the past, but now what? Does
school shootings, three in America and one in Canada. who start it usually do it out of anger or revenge. In high anything dramatically change within us? Are we more
Even worse, each was only less than fourteen days apart: schools, students have to deal with peer pressure, bullying, cautious, anxious, afraid, or friendly to others? If not,
August 24, in Essex, Vt., September 13, in Montreal, and cliques. These can get to students in a negative way. will it take a school shooting for us to really start to
Canada, September 26, in Bailey, Co., September 29, They might feel left out by the cliques or angry with those change? Most think that it will never happen to them,
in Cazenovia, Wis., and October 3, in Nickel Mines, that tease them. While most of us know that killing another but a shooting in Pennsylvania took place in an Amish
Pa. Many of us were shocked when we heard about is wrong, some make it their goal before they die. This is town, which proves that it can happen anywhere.
the “high school massacre” at Columbine High School how a shooting usually ends: the murderer kills themselves Perhaps there is no exact way to stop this. We cannot
back in ‘99, but has anything changed since then? Yes when they are finished and before the police can reach them. change the minds of every human being and tell them
there are high school counselors and security cameras, When we hear such stories on the news we think, “That’s right from wrong. New security equipment could be
but can we depend on these with a problem like this. horrible” and move on with our lives. We feel sad for the brought in, or psychologists could speak directly to
There aren’t specific signs that can tell us when a moment and then continue with our business. It’s good students, but would this really help? Maybe.
Haunted or Not? “There is no hard evidence that anyone has ever died in or around
the theatre... or is there?”
By Sabrina Mercado and Ibiza Medina, Staff Writers
You hear about myths surrounding the Us: Is anyone there? Amy: Yes
theater all the time. There are stories about 5 minutes later Us: Is anyone else there?
girls who’ve committed suicide in the back Ouija board (Amy): Yes Amy: Zoe
stage bathroom, people who’ve drowned Us: What’s your name? Us: Can we talk to Zoe?
in the danger pit, or fell off the ladder in Ouija board (Amy): A-M-Y Zoe: Hello
the electrical room. Students report hearing Us: Amy? Us: Is this Zoe?
sounds coming from the electrical room, Amy: Yes Zoe: Yes
and seeing strange orbs in pictures taken in Us: What year did you die? Us: Did you die in the theatre, too?
the theatre. According to theshadowlands. Amy: 1-9-7-8 Zoe: No
net, a girl named Amy died in the theatre Us: How did you die? Us: When did you die?
years ago and now haunts it. Amy: J Zoe: 1-9-5-3
However, all these things can be Us: J for jumper? Us: Silver Creek wasn’t even around in
explained. The banging in the back room Amy: Yes 1953. Are you supposed to be here?
is actually electrical currents sending a Us: Creepy. Zoe: No
signal twice every two minutes. The orbs Amy: G3 Us: What was here in 1953?
in the pictures could just be a trick of the Us: What’s G3? Is that a classroom? Zoe: M-E. Good-bye.
light, or a reflection of the flash bouncing Amy: Yes Us: AAGGHH!
off the object in the picture. And as for the Us: There’s no G3
ghosts? Amy: Yes ...And then we ran out screaming.
“When I first came to work here six years Us: Uh...okay.
ago, I was told the theatre was haunted. So In order to verify that this conversation
one day, I brought a leaf blower into the At this point we went to double check if was real, we went to the Martin Luther
theatre and blew the ghosts away.” Said there was a G3. After asking around, we King Jr. Library. We discovered no one
Janitor Osvald. discovered that G building was actually named Amy existed at all in 1978, let alone
There is no hard evidence that anyone has the theatre. From the stage G3 was the far died on campus. As for Zoe’s responses,
ever died in or around the theatre... or is right section of the audience. After getting before the school was built the land was
there? creeped out, we decided to go back to the just orchards and grape vines. It’s highly
We decided to go into the theatre with an theatre and ask “Amy” more questions. improbable that someone might have died
ouija board to prove nothing was in there. there. This proves that our little ouija board
Photo by Sabrina Mercado/Ibiza Medina
To make a long story short, there was. We Us: Is anyone there? conversation, yes, guessed it, is most likely
“Staircase of Death” or just a dirty interviewed the spirits, and they had a very Amy: Yes our imaginations running away with us.
walkway? interesting response. Us: Is this Amy?
Homecoming page 8
Villains of Gotham City, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Mr.
Freeze, Two Face, Joker and Cat Woman seek to
brainwash the world. When the devious cat woman
stole jewelry for her own personal pleasure, Mr. Freeze
and Two Face pulled her into their evil plot of world
brainwashing. Poison Ivy’s altoidious plant was the
final piece of the scheme. In every heroic scenario,
Batman and his two partners, Robin and Batgirl, stop
the villains from brain washing the world!
Spiderman is his name and defeating crime is his
game! His spidey senses come into action as the mali-
cious and delicious Doctor Octavius along with his part-
ners in crime, Green-Goblin, Hobgoblin and Kingpin,
plot an evil scheme to steal a precious diamond, which
is the key to total world domination. When Spiderman
spoils Doctor Octavious’ conspiracy, Doc. Oct. decides
to capture the love of Spiderman’s life- the beautiful
Mary Jane. Will Doc. Oct. come out victorious in the
search of his diamond? Will Spiderman save the day?
...Yes, he will.
Upon landing on earth, the alien
Starfire rushes to the bathroom. How-
ever after she returns to her space ship,
Starfire discovers that her alien friends
have taken the space ship and left
her stranded on Earth. Starfire is then
discovered by the Teen Titans, Robin,
Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Raven, who
immediately welcome her into their
Five friends: Susan, Ben, Johnny, Victor, and
Reed, venture into space to find the cure for acne!
On the journe, their spaceship is attacked by a
flaming meteor which gives them powers like no
other. Reed was in love with Susan, and before he
could express his admiration, the Fantastic Four
were pulled into a great battle resulting in the death
of Victor, also known as Dr. Doom. It was not until
the Fantastic Four survived all the life-threaten-
ing experiences did Susan finally came back and
confess her love to the heroic Reed.
December’s winter fun!
Winter fun page 9
At the annual Winter Concert, 170
students including all 3 choir groups
along with the 45 piece band, played
to a standing room only crowd.
(below) Students showing off their
talents in music, dancing, singing, and
even juggling at this exciting annual
event in Silver Creek’s main gym.
(below) Different clubs decorated trees for the 1st annual Winter Wonderland put on by the
freshman class. The afternoon activity on December 15 included tree judging, face painting
visitis with Santa, music by the SC band, as well as food.
November page 10
Are teens in the dark about
By Samera Hadi & Mayra Miranda, Staff Writers
With so much diversity in the United States everyone
should know about the different cultures, religions,
and leaders that impact the headlines
In order to check a
teenager’s degree of
awareness on different
backgrounds other than
their own, we conducted
a short quiz asking
a series of questions
regarding histories of
cultures. We also have
questions that have no
affiliation to politics
or countries, just pure
recreational questions, Photo Courtesy of Wiki. Commons
to test teens on what Guevara was an Argen-
they know best. We want tine revolutionary
to prove that the youth’s
knowledge consists more of useless facts rather than
As we went along interrogating teenagers, we found
Photo by Lorena Gamez that our experiment was proving itself wrong. Out of
25 people interviewed, 95% failed the history portion.
Catching and chasing a live pig for Thanksgiving dinner has been a longstanding tradition in the The questions that stumped everyone were, “What
Gamez family, having started around the 1950’s. did Mahatma Gandhi fight for?” and “Who is Che
Turkey or pig? It angers us to notice that as younger generations age,
they tend lose their sense of knowledge. How can we
send out voters when they start caring more about why
Britney and Kevin split up rather than the genocide in
By Lorena Gamez, Staff Writer
When you hear the word turkey, usually the first thing to come to mind is Thanksgiving. But I think of Our nation is looked upon as a role model for other
Thanksgiving when I hear the word pig. Thanksgiving is a time of coming together with family and friends to countries and if the younger generations can’t hold
feast and give thanks. that responsibility, what will our world become?
For some people, Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays because of the delicious food. With turkey, mashed Are you in the dark about diversity? Visit:
potatoes and gravy, stuffing, ham, corn bread, biscuits, and pumpkin pie no one can complain. However, in some http://silvercreekhs.ca.campusgrid.net/home/
families, like mine, Thanksgiving is not all about the turkey. Raider+Review for the questions and answers.
Since around the 1950’s, killing a pig has been the Thanksgiving tradition in my family. Sure we have a turkey,
but watching my cousins tackle a 250 pound pig in a pig pin each year is much more amusing.
Once it is tackled and tied up really tight, the pig is then brought back to the Ranch. Each year, someone new is
chosen to kill the pig. (I killed my first pig when I was just 13 years old.) On Thanksgiving morning my cousins
place the pig onto the same old wooden table and about three to four of them hold the pig steady. The Trevor Hotline:
As soon as we’re ready, the knife is handed to whoever is chosen and the poor pig is then stabbed in the throat
pointing towards the heart. And of course all the little ones are running around screaming and crying along with
the squealing of the pig.
You are not alone
When the pig is completely dead, it is untied and boiling water is poured onto it to make it easier for us to shave. By Raquel Nevarez, Staff Writer
After about a good hour or so passes, all the insides are removed, and the pig is chopped into pieces. By then, it
begins to look a lot like the meat we buy at grocery stores. The only difference is the delicious taste because it’s November marked the start of Suicide Prevention Month,
so fresh. dedicated to raising awareness about issues regarding sui-
I would definitely have to say that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because of the food. And when I cide. One of the cornerstones of the month is the Trevor
say food, I’m not talking about the turkey. It’s nice to switch it up a bit on Thanksgiving. The whole idea of being Project. When this event returns next year, be prepared.
together and giving thanks will never be different with my family, just the food will. Peer recognition is an important component in teen lives.
To see others being treated respectfully will encourage
others to respect their own peers, whether they are part of
the gay community or not.
Fence falters in face of desperation In order to give teen peers respect, people need to know
more about them, includ-
ing the gay, bisexual and • Teenage suicide has
By Jesus Hernandez, Staff Writer lesbian crowd. But before risen by more than
focusing on an individual 200% since 1960.
Fear, hunger, and fierce determination are emotions people. It almost seems as if people think this is just a group and eventually a • Gay teens are three
common amongst all undocumented immigrants who harmless border that will protect us against terrorists and larger group, people need times more likely to
come to this country. undocumented immigrants. When that “harmless” fence to comprehend the big- attempt suicide than
ger scope of things. This their heterosexual
These immigrants give up the little shelter, food and becomes the cause of thousands of deaths instead of the
is why checking out the counterparts.
pride they have for a chance to obtain a better life for solution, we may have to redefine the word harmless. Trevor Project, the Trevor
themselves and their families. Some Immigrants will try to build Helpline and the Trevor
travel hundreds of miles looking for tunnels under, cut through, and even website is a great start.
the promise of employment and instead climb the barrier if they have to.
The Trevor Project is an organization that focuses their
find labor intensive, low-income jobs. They may even take the desperate efforts to help troubled teens and discourage suicides.
Now, Mexican immigrants are not Government is urging risk of trying to cross through the Although the organization is primarily aimed at support-
only separated by the mentality of the desert, which can add to the casualties ing the gay, lesbian and bisexual community, it welcomes
U.S. people, but by a 700-foot wall the U.S. to reconsider, due to dehydration and exhaustion. any youth that needs guidance. Their website offers many
that might as well have a sign hung on but the response remains Apart from that, a fence would also sources of information and includes a toll-free hotline that
is available 24/7.
it that reads “Go back home, you’re encourage those who do get across to
not worth helping.” the same: the fence, take a permanent residence instead of
Suicide prevention is an important matter, especially for
gay or questioning teens. They are three times more likely
Congress recently approved a plan dubbed by its critics coming and going. to attempt suicide than straight teens. In 1994, a short film
to spend an estimated 1.2 billion This issue is going to affect the U.S.
dollars on a state-of-the-art fence to as The New Berlin and Mexico relationship together in a
was released called “ Trevor.” It is the story of a 13-year
old boy who is rejected by his friends and peers because
Wall, will continue
cut the surge of illegal immigrants. If potentially negative way, as already of his sexual preference, so he tries to end his life.
congress believes a fence is going to seen with Mexico’s consideration to
When the movie debuted in 1998 on HBO, the Trevor
make immigrants say, “Oh well, let’s bring the matter to the U.N. Homeland Helpline was estab-
go back to our poverty and misery” security is a huge topic right now for • For every kid that lished and put into ef-
then maybe they should leave their the U.S., but building a barrier between takes his or her life, fect. It became the first
comfy desks and spend some time in foreign countries. itself and its nearest ally could be a mistake in the long run. there are twenty more and only toll free sui-
Starvation, disease, and corrupt officials are all part of It’s a very risky move because it could essentially sever who try. cide prevention hot-
• Suicide is one of the line aimed at gay and
daily life for citizens of third world countries. one of its economic trade partners.
top three causes of questioning teens in
This fence isn’t going to reduce the number of immigrants, There’s one thing for certain: nothing the U.S can build or the U.S.
death for people ages
just raise the number of deaths. No matter how high or do will halt the flow of immigration. That’s up to Mexico Whether you’re having
technologically advance this fence is, it’s not going to itself. If they are to become a steady nation, they need to trouble yourself, you
keep the immigrants from trying to cross. The Mexican supply a steady flow of jobs for its people to stop the flow know someone who is
Government is urging the U.S. to reconsider but the of illegal immigration. having trouble, or you’re just interested in knowing more,
response remains the same: the fence, dubbed by its critics It’s easier said than done, but until that happens, the Trevor Project website is a great source.
as “The New Berlin Wall”, will continue construction. immigrants are going to find a way to feed their families, Visit: http://www.thetrevorproject.org
The thing that bothers me most is the mindset of the state-of-the-art fence or not.
November page 11
America’s morals going downhill? Passage in Senate
Party Yes No Ab.
Commentary on the Tribunal Bill may be less Rep. 53 1 1
By Raquel Nevarez, Staff Writer
about the “war on Dem. 12 32 0
terror” and more
On October 17th, 2006, the Tribunal Bill was signed by on the “war in
Ind. 0 1 0
President Bush. Its purpose: to allow the U.S. to interrogate Congress”. Total 65 34 1
and prosecute possible terrorists. This legislation only T h o u g h
applies to detainees specifically selected by the American Republicans Passage in House
military. For the other 14,000 prisoners that are held in know that the
U.S. custody, the bill doesn’t apply. bill is far from
Party Yes No Ab.
So what if the terrorists aren’t really “terrorists”? Is this perfect, they still Rep. 218 7 5
bill really sufficient enough to halt the war on terror? These voted for it to cast Dem. 32 162 7
are the sorts of questions that Democratic Congressmen the Democrats in Ind. 0 1 0
must have had in mind when they tried to veto this bill. a dark light: to Total 250 170 12
Their opposition to this bill is completely reasonable. seem like they
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The Geneva Convention states that possible “terrorists”, Camp Delta is one of many containment facilities at willed to do what
including American citizens themselves, held captive by Guantanamo Bay. The sign reads, “Honor Bound to is “right” for the country. With the primary elections
the military are protected from torture and permanent Defend Freedom.” coming up, this may or may not be the death knell for the
However, the Tribunal Bill completely throws out According to American judicial law and morals, What people don’t understand are that the flaws of this
guidelines the Geneva Convention has established, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Republicans are bill interfere with traditional and just American ways.
prohibiting detainees from receiving legal aid in the case flushing American values down the toilet by having this The government would like to think that it is doing the
of torture or indefinite detainment bill passed. American people a service by passing this bill, but in
After detainment, the ultimate decision as to whether or The Democrats aren’t being “soft” on the so-called reality, the bill only confuses and misleads the public.
not the prisoners will be tried comes from the President. terrorists, as the Republicans put it. They are simply trying America is struggling to defend itself against those who
Only 70 of the 325 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have to protect what they believe in: the rights of the people. make threats, but we must also continue to struggle with
been tried, interrogated and transferred to military custody “It must be done,” Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, NY how to preserve the morals of its people.
with permission from the President, leaving 255 prisoners Democrat, said, “But in a process that keeps strong hold of As of now, the Tribunal Bill does not seem to be the
to be held indefinitely. American values, so as not to shame the country.” answer.
Real women have
c u rv e
By Samera Hadi, Staff Writer
The ideal image for young American girls has been constantly
changing throughout the years. We came from the 50’s and
60’s when curves and full figured bodies were in and Marilyn
Monroe, size 14, was the girl to look like. However, times have
changed and the “look” now is her rail thin opposite.
Skinny, rail-thin girls are
being showcased as the image
to duplicate. Influential, ultra
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons thin, celebrities, such as:
Teens are a primary target for military recruiters as recruitment is at a high Paris Hilton, Kiera Knightly,
with the Iraq War in full blaze. Nicole Richie, and many
Army recruits teens more, play a major role in
young girls self-esteem and
attitudes towards themselves.
By Aaron Barrios, Staff Writer
Hangnail.com, a website
Military recruiters are becoming an all too common sight on high school campuses created by two Ohio
across the nation. Many kids see these recruiters roaming around campus at lunch or University students, posted
break on a weekly basis. Although they may appear to be offering people an alternative to a shocking statistic: an
college or jobs after high school, their offer is not always what it appears to be. Much of average American model is
their offer only focuses on the benefits and not the problems of joining the military. thinner than ninety percent of
The No Child Left Behind Act, signed in 2001 by President George W. Bush, was American women.
designed to improve the existing education system of our nation. It indeed has a positive One would think the media
face to it, but it also includes an important part that was not openly discussed. would show models that young
girls can relate to, rather than
In one section of the 670-page Act, it mentions that public secondary schools are a false interpretation of how
required to provide military recruiters a girl should look like. To
not only to access “Schools are obligated to to educational have images of young girls
facilities, but also with contact that don’t look like the norm,
information from provide this information all students. If girls feel bad about their Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
any school denies the military this body and a self-hatred cycle
request, they could and grant access to face a cut off of emerges every time girls look A curvy body figure was the ideal up until the mid
all federal funding. So schools are at a magazine. 20th century with advent of fashion modeling.
obligated to provide recruiters, even if it may be this information Women in general are
and grant access to recruiters, even if self-conscious about their younger sisters. Young girls who are
it may be against their against their will, in order will, in order to be appearance, but as a young girl being developing an unhealthy addiction to
properly funded. Kids are then contacted influenced by the media, you develop into their looks will, by the time they become
by phone, at school, to be properly funded.” and some cases that self-conscious woman. The media teenagers, develop dangerous behaviors
even the internet. doesn’t help when they portray “beauty” like anorexia or bulimia.
Recruiters may mention high paying jobs that will provide crucial training that will be as one standard: Skinny, tall, and white. Nowadays we see more curvy ladies
useful in the future. The truth is that most of these jobs with fancy sounding titles often Fashion magazines have always shown who don’t fit the standard of “beauty”
require no skills and are non-technical. Many soldiers have reported that they have spend more models that are Caucasian. Sending from before. As the media tries to shift its
hours doing nothing, just waiting for the sound of gunshots or a bomb to go off. the message to girls, who look completely view point on “beauty”, young girls still
opposite, that they’re not beautiful. need to realize that no one can categorize
Another thing that recruiters don’t usually mention is that the military’s money for We live in a society where looks are “beauty”. It comes in all different kinds of
education plan is not as easy as it sounds. It is only after you leave the military that you find everything. With that mentality going shapes and sizes with all different kinds
our whether you’ve met all of the requirements for aquiring the money for education. through the young girls today, it’s messing of colors.
If you or someone you know is planning on enlisting in the military, you should keep a up their main goals in life. A Glamour The next time you see a magazine with
couple of things in mind. survey asked women if they could achieve a model or celebrity in the cover and you
One, never sign any papers until you have read them over carefully. any possible goal what would it be. Their start to get all depressed because you don’t
Two, be sure to get all promises in writing, as spoken promises mean nothing. answers were weight loss. look like that, remember that the picture
Finally, if you think that it will be difficult for you to attend college or find a job and you These women, mothers or sisters, who was airbrushed and altered.
think the military is the only alternative, stop and consider other options. have weight loss as their major goal, are In the end no one is truly more beautiful
Once you are in the military, it is very difficult to get out if you change your mind. sending that message to their daughters or than anyone else.
December page 12
“How much do you really know about HIV and AIDS?”
By Kelly Nguyen, Staffer
Today teens are informed about AIDS and HIV through the use of billboards, television, the radio and magazine ads. When we see
messages like these everywhere, it is often typical for us to place aside its importance. It is kind of like the phrase, “Eat your vegetables,”
a command that is too commonly given and therefore ignored. The question then becomes: how much do teenagers really know?
As a teenager, I am entitled to answer the question myself. The majority of us know very little about the how, why, when and what
about anything concerning AIDS and HIV. Of course it is well known that the disease can be spread through sexual intercourse, the
contact of blood, and needles, how millions of people in Africa are suffering from it and the fact that it can eventually lead to death.
Therefore, the knowledge that an average teen may know about AIDS and HIV can only be done through a non-biased and reliable
questionnaire. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The Review talked with three students about their understanding of AIDS and HIV.
What is AIDS and what does it stand for? How is HIV passed on from one person to another? What body fluids?
Student #1: The sickness with the white blood cells where it can’t fight off germs or Student #1: Blood....orgasm? Ejaculations?
something like that... And you get it by being stupid and having sex...well you can... It Student #2: Sex, blood and that’s probably it. Maybe kissing?
stands for something deficiency syndrome. Student #3: Fluid contact.
Student #2: It’s a disease. It stands for something syndrome. That’s all I know. Fact: Body fluid that has high concentration of HIV includes semen, blood, vaginal
Student #3: AIDS is the full attack of the HIV virus. fluid and breast milk. For health care workers, the following may also spread HIV:
Fact: AIDS stand for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It is a viral fluids surrounding brain, spinal cord, bone joints and newborn babies.
infection that gradually destroys the human immune system.
What is HIV and how does it relate to AIDS? How can one prevent HIV/AIDS? (Sexually active people? Drug users?)
Student #1: I’m not sure. Something virus? The person gets the virus and it causes Student #1: Stop having sex excessively! As for drug users just say no!
damage with the T-cells or something like that, which causes a person to get sick; which Student #2: Don’t have sex, if you must then use protection. I didn’t know drug users can
leads to AIDS? get AIDS, maybe if they exchange blood or something.
Student #2: HIV is like a bacteria and it eventually causes AIDS. Student #3: Safe sex and no sharing needles.
Student #3: HIV causes AIDS. Fact: Sexually active people should consider using latex condoms for protection.
Fact: HIV, a virus caused through blood-to-blood contact or sexual contact However, it is also a must to know if you partner is HIV positive. Drug users should
can develop AIDS if not treated quickly. never share needles with their co-users or come into any blood-to-blood contact.
Where does HIV come from? Where can one get tested for HIV?
Student #1: Monkeys? Student #1: You can get tested at the doctor.
Student #2: Bacteria; probably when someone has unprotective sex. Student #2: At the hospital, Planned Parent Hood, etc.
Student #3: Fluid or blood contact. Student #3: A clinic.
Fact: For many years, most scientists believed that HIV originated in other primates. Fact: One can get tested for HIV through local health departments, clinics, private
Then in 1999, a team of researchers reported that they had discovered the origins of offices, and HIV support centers. There are also home-testing kits for HIV, but the
HIV-1, and that it originated from a subspecies of chimpanzees native to West Africa reliability is questionable.
which had been identified as the original source of the virus. Researchers believe
that HIV-1 was brought into the human population when hunters became exposed to What age group, race, country are most likely to have AIDS or infected with
infected blood. HIV?
How does someone with HIV/AIDS look like? What are its symptoms? Student #1: Whites? Europeans and teens through mid-adulthood?
Physical symptoms? Student #2: I think they’re mostly teenagers, around thirteen to twenty.
Student #1: You get more moody and tired? I just kind of always pictured pale skin and Africa has a high rate right?
baldness, but that’s kind of just my prototype image of them. I wouldn’t really know. Student #3: All groups can have it.
Then again, they might be kind of normal looking. Fact: As of 2004 and in the United States, people infected with AIDS are between the
Student #2: Don’t they look like normal people? ages of 20-40, race includes mostly African Americans or whites.
Student #3: Mainly in the later stages they look sick.
Fact: Some symptoms of an HIV infection include rapid weight loss, reoccurring What percentage of the United States is affected by it?
fevers, night sweats, swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or neck, white spots Student #1: Just to throw a number in, 58%.
or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat, memory loss, Student #2: 10 to 20%?
depression, and other neurological disorders. Most of the time, physical appearances Student #3: 7%.
may seem normal. Fact: As of 2004, 42,514 people in the United States are infected with AIDS.
Las Posadas – a treat from Mexico
Jack Emery Drive
By Jennilyn Lubrin, Staff Writer
“...when you enter the room the fresh cooked scent of tamales, posole, and buñuelos The month of November marks the
beginning of wind, rain and the nasty
take over your nostrils like a big fat moco.” cold. This month also holds the day we
eat tummy-loving foods as we kick back
By Mayra Miranda, Staff Writer
with our family and friends. You and I
Growing up in a traditional Mexican half of the people stay outside to sing. and Caridad, Charity. With the piñata will stay fat and cozy, but what of the
family has fortunately allowed me to I always remember the fourth house. hanging above heads, people watch safe-home deprived people of San Jose
experience the customs and celebrations I don’t know if it’s because of the towards los cielos (sky or heaven) longing alone holds? I just wonder, where and
of Mexico. With Christmas just illuminous, bright lights hanging from and waiting for the prize. The stick for how do they cope with a Thanksgiving
around the corner, I decided it was the roof, or because when you enter the breaking the piñata symbolizes virtue, day that requires them only to be alive?
time for me to share at least one of the room of fresh cooked tamales, posole, as only good can overcome evil. Once Thankfully, people and families are not
customs with all of you. One of the and buñuelos, they take over your nostrils broken, the candies and fruits represent going to have a cold night.
customs would be, “Las Posadas.” like a big fat moco. Whatever it is, it the just reward for keeping faith. There are so many volunteer services
Las Posadas is a religious and social never lets me forget the fourth house. With its eventual breaking, everyone
in the Bay Area alone. Every year, the
celebration commemorating Mary and Once the owners of the house accept shares in the divine blessings and gifts.
junior class officers are automatically
Joseph’s cold and difficult journey the peregrinos (pilgrims), everyone The blindfolded person represents
handed the burden of collecting canned
from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search goes into the house to celebrate. I’m the leading force in defying evil, ‘Fe’,
foods. Did the class of 2008 crumble
for shelter. Posadas usually begin on talking about a real celebration, with faith, which must be blind. People
December 16 and end on December 24. loads of foods and drinks such as gather near the person and spin him/her about taking care of the community?
On each one of these evenings, a Posada tamales, posole, buñuelos, pan dulce, around to confuse his/her sense of space. Not even! Asking the support of every
is held in a home in the neighborhood. atole, ponch and chocolatito. But, Sometimes the turns number thirty three 5th period class to donate as many
Posadas start off when everyone gathers that’s not the best part. Once everyone which represent the memory of the life cans in exchange for a pizza party and
at the designated house of the day. Once is done stuffing their faces, all the kids of Christ. The moral of the piñata are all donuts. All of the food donated, will
there, a girl and a boy are chosen to dress gather around the Nacimiento(nativity justified through faith. Nowadays, the be given right back to people who are
up as Mary and Joseph. A kid dressed up scene), where the adults explain the piñata has lost its religious symbolism and in need of it. The Jack Emery Food
as an angel holding a light leads the way, story of the Nativity scene and then most participate in the game only for fun. Drive gives SC bins to hold all the
then Mary and Joseph, followed by kids allow the kids to ask any questions After the piñata is broken, bolos (bag cans. Their people will pick up the bins
carrying figures of Joseph and Mary, After this portion, the finale of the full of goodies) are given out to the and distribute to people who need it the
and finally the musicians and adults. Posada is the breaking of the piñata. This children to avoid any hurt feelings of not most.
Once everything is set, the angel leads is my favorite part. The most traditional receiving any candy. With that, everyone November 27th through December
the way while everyone else sings to style piñata for posadas are the stars with says their farewells and return to their 8 were the days the class tallied the
the musician’s melodious songs. When seven points. The seven points represent homes. Since I was a kid I loved going cans. Thanks to all the contributed
they reach a house they pedir posada the seven deadly sins, pecados - greed, to posadas. It allows the kids to have fun to the cause scrounging through their
(ask for shelter).Unfortunately, they gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath and while at the same time it educates them cabinets, give and be loved. By January,
get rejected the first three times. When lust. Candies and fruits inside represent on the real meaning of Christmas. It also all of the cans were accounted for and
they reach the fourth house (which is the cantaros (temptations) of wealth allows everyone to reconcile and come the results are as followed: Mr. Zellner
the starting house), half of the people and material pleasures. The piñata also together in the season where family winning a pizza party and Mr. Taylor
go into the house to sing inside, while serves as a symbol of Esperanza, Hope means everything. getting a well earned donut party.
December page 13
Fashion For Life Give Yourself A Spa Day
“Can a tank top change the world? This one can.” “Revealing much more smoother glowing skin with a
By Ashley Marquez, Staff Writer feeling of satisfaction”
By Anna Ramos, Staff Writer
Trend watch: the fashion industry tries to alleviate It is never too late to pamper yourself. Both boys and girls deserve some
time to focuses on themselves and not just on school, work, or other
its superficial stigma by creating fashion for a good worries.
One of the main things necessary for a time of relaxation is a nice warm
cause--another example of celebrity altruism! bath, Before it actually comes down to relaxing in the tub, take the time
to mix these ingredients (which you can find at any local grocery store)
From August to October, Macy’s Northwest joined Macy’s stores nationwide to together that will in fact help relieve you from stress and detoxify your
support the LIFEbeat challenge. To enter the LIFEbeat contest, high school and college
students must create the most imaginative fundraising idea to support the HIV/AIDS Bath Water
Prevention and Education. The grand prize • 4 cups of water
includes a private show by singer Teddy Geiger! • 2 cups of milk
The winner of the LIFEbeat challenge was • 1 tsp of olive oil
announced on World AIDS DAY, December 1st. • 4 tbsp of honey
To promote the campaign, Macy’s designed To make this sweet bath water you will have to boil the 4 cups of water,
the LIFEbeat T-shirt under its American Rag when the water boils put it into a bowl where you then mix in the rest of the
clothing label. The tees are sold in select Macy’s ingredients and stir the water, you could just let it sit until its bath time.
departments and online, retailing for $19 each and
ten dollars from each sale will benefit LIFEbeat. Sweet Sugar Scrub
• 1/3 cup of natural cane sugar or the regular white sugar
Designers look to Africa for inspiration. This
• 1/4 cup of your favorite body lotion
fall, the (Product) Red was introduced in the In a plastic container, mix in the sugar and body lotion; make sure not to
United States. The line is lead by Bobby Shriver leave this mixture sitting for a long time since the sugar will dissolve.
and U2’s lead singer Bono. Oprah Winfrey
has also joined the bandwagon by promoting Cocoa Mud Mask
the project on her popular television show. Its • 3 tbsp cocoa powder mix
purpose: companies unite and produce goods • 3 tbsp whole milk
sold to the general public and a share of the • 1 tsp honey
proceeds will go to the Global Fund to Fight Mix in all ingredients until you get a nice pasty mixture.
Photo courtesy of One.org AIDS, created in 2002. Its slogan: “Do the
(Red) thing.”Just five months after debuting Before you actually get into the tub, shower off excess dirt on your skin
and if you were planning to wash your hair go ahead and shampoo it, apply
in England, the Red project has raised $10 million for the cause.
your conditioner, but don’t rinse it out just yet. Once you get out of the
The Gap is a proud partner of Product (RED). shower pat your skin dry with a towel and make sure that your hair (with the
Its motto asks, “Can a tank top change the conditioner still in it) is up and out of your way.
world? This one can.” The Gap have created First, you will get the Cocoa Mud Mask and apply the pasty mixture all over
a complete (RED) clothing line--T-shirts, your face as a face mask, which should stay on for at least 10 minutes.
hoodies, jeans, and jackets. Half the profits Next, get the Sweet Sugar Scrub and massage it all over your body
will go to the Global Fund to help women and making sure to scrub those rough areas like your elbows and knees. This
children affected by HIV/AIDS. Singer Mary is going to feel very sticky as you move around, but that’s fine.
J. Blige and model Christy Turlington appear What the Sweet Sugar scrub will do is scrub away dead skin cells on the
in the Gap Product (RED) advertisements. surface of your skin as the lotion moisturizes. The Cocoa Mud Mask works
Giorgio Armani have also joined the to make your face fresh, smoother and makes pores appear smaller.
As you still have the mixtures on your skin, you should prepare your tub.
cause by creating an entire line of (RED)
Make sure to run warm water, which will relax your muscles, and as soon
apparel under his Emporio Armani label. as the tub is full, throw in the Sweet Bath Water you made earlier, When it
His (RED) line sashayed on the catwalks has been 10 minutes with the Cocoa Mud Mask and Sweet Sugar Scrub on
during London fashion week last September. your skin, you could now get into the tub and relax for a while as you soak
Forty percent of his clothing gross sales will up and wash off the ingredients. When you are done drain out the water
be donated to Global Fund for five years. and turn the shower back on so you can get rid of excess ingredients on
So, for all you avid fashionistas out there, your body and wash off the conditioner in your hair.
here’s your excuse to splurge on your next By the time you are done you will notice the difference, revealing much
shopping spree. Don’t feel guilty. It’s for a more smoother glowing skin with a feeling of satisfaction after that nice
good cause! warm bath.
Photo courtesy of One.org
Unique? What is that? Tights Are Tight!
“Although you may know it’s wrong, you laugh anyways,
just to fit in.” “Why not try out something new,
By Aaron Barrios, Staff Writer
a recent trend, and make it better!”
While walking around the mall or the decisions, acting on personal instinct, By Anna Ramos, Staff Writer
schoolyard you may notice that many and exercising our own individual
people are wearing the same type of opinions, but nevertheless this pattern Fall is here! And winter just around the corner!
shoes or have the same hairstyle. Later of “following the crowd” is a persisting Its that time to shop for nice warm clothes again
you turn on your television and see a factor in teens today. that will keep you nice and cozy! So why not try
popular singer or actor wearing the exact Although the ill effects of “following out something new, a recent trend, and make it
same thing. It’s not a conspiracy, it’s the crowd” are not openly discussed, better!
what we call a trend, fad, or “what’s in”. they constantly show up in different
Leggings have been a top fashion trend lately,
We all take part in trends at one point or forms of mindless remarks or actions
another, but do we truly realize what’s taken by individuals. For example, you but aren’t you tired of seeing everyone everyday
going on? The truth is that most of us do are standing in a group and you hear a with the same basic black ones? Those are so
not. crude remark about someone you know hackneyed, but luckily in the latest fall fashion
Trends exist in fashion, slang, and and everyone laughs. Although you may shows, many designers have show-cased tights in
even personalities. The common reason know it’s wrong, you laugh anyways just the perfect way!
why some teens follow them is simple- to fit in. Though many people might not In her fall 2006 collection, Anna Sui presented many looks with a variety of eclectic
Teenagers are going through a time in see a problem in laughing at something tights with different patterns and colors, with all her models wearing tights. There
their lives when they feel the pressure like that, it doesn’t mean that a problem where tights with side prints on them, solid colors, polka dots, lace, and cheetahish!
of needing to belong to something or to doesn’t exist.
Colors included where: navy blue, black, white, and red. In Anna Sui’s collection there
fit in somewhere. So many of us just do Next time you find yourself acting a
what everyone else is doing, because it certain way or doing something that you is a fun way of putting an outfit together and making it look distinctively cool with
is easy and it provides a certain sense of feel is wrong, stop and ask yourself, “Am different types of tights!
security. I doing this because I really want to, or Other designers like Marc Jacobs and Betsey Johnson presented tight too, but they
The truth is that everyone longs for am I doing it just to fit in?” With that stayed with basic black ones, though the clothes that went with them where very nice,
acceptance and belonging, and giving simple question you may find yourself Marc Jacobs presented great layering, with colors that are not bright, but simple ones.
into a trend kills these two birds with one understanding your own behavioral And Betsey Johnson with dresses and different clothing iteams that where bright and
stone. But this does not come without patterns and making better personal also looked great.
conditions. Sometimes we may find choices. Remember you’re the one in Tights are perfect to keeping your legs warmer, as opposed to wearing nothing, and
ourselves sacrificing our individuality, control of your own actions not the are great on clothes that aren’t used much when its cold like skirts, dresses and even
morals, or personality just to fit in. Yes, media, your friends, or anyone for that shorts! Remember its how you wear it that counts, so raider fashionistas go out there
this deprives us of making conscious matter.
and take advantage and have fun with fashion!
ReView Counterpoints page 14
The Milk Showdown
Milk in all Aspects Where’s your Milk Mustache?
By Trang Pham, Staff Writer By Puneet Gill, Staff Writer
Drinking milk is a tradition in this society. Many drink milk be- There’s nothing like a tall glass of cold milk after a long, hard
cause of the belief in milk as healthy. Others drink milk, if not from day in school. Nor anything like a hot, steaming mug of cocoa on a
persuasion, out of habit. “When I was a child, my parents told me to winter night in front of the fireplace. And what could be said about
drink one cup of milk each day before school. It’s supposed to help our dear friends ice cream and milk chocolate?! Mmm…milk galore.
you grow and build stronger bones,” said Senior Steven Chau. A What’s more, all of this milk is an important part of our diet ‘cuz
similar scenario occurs in the Pham household as well, where the Granny said so. Who says it’s bad? (Ahem…TRANG)What’s the
eight-year old Anna Pham gulps down a glass of milk almost every secret ingredient?
day, claiming confidently “my teacher says it’s good for me.” Milk. It has hook-ups with everyone ranging from top celebs like Santa to toddlers
around the world. Mommies love it too because it contains all the necessary nutrients
Milk has been, besides a
needed for a balanced diet. “It’s
child’s teddy bear and soft blanket,
true that most of the nutrients in
a second best friend—a delightful
milk can be gotten easily from
mixture of comfort, always in the
other sources like seafood, len-
refrigerator, or Mom is always
tils, and vegetables, but milk puts
ready to go buy more. Such ideas,
them all together in a convenient
developed since infancy, are nur-
little package”(Dr. Sappier, Stan-
tured in many minds, and often,
when reaching adulthood, these
Milk is rich in minerals:
same thoughts, which bring us
•Calcium and Vitamins D and K:
back to our childhoods, influence
for strong and healthy bones
the tradition of milk consumption
•Iodine: essential for thyroid
From Medical and Biological Ap-
•Vitamin B12 and Riboflavin:
A cow naturally produces, on
healthy for your heart and a
average, 2,000 pounds of milk a
source of energy production
year. Today, because of the tre-
•Vitamin A: for immune function
mendous demands for milk, pro-
•Biotin and Pantothenic Acid: for
ducers manipulatively extract up
to 50,000 pounds of milk per cow
•Potassium and Magnesium: for
a year! This illustrates that within
the daily amount of milk Ameri-
•Selenium: a cancer-preventive
cans consume, they may also re-
ceive a portion of antibiotics or
•Thiamine: a B-vitamin especial-
injections that producers have in-
ly important for memory
jected into cows for more massive
•Conjugated Linoleic Acid:
production. (Robert Kradjian)
known to kill some cancer cells
One of the current injections
According to recent research
is “Bovine Growth Hormone” or
studies, including low-fat dairy
BGH, which genetically stimu-
products in your diet helps you
lates milk production. The more
lose some of that blubber hang-
drastic results of excessive con-
ing from your tummy.
sumption of BGH injected organ-
Milk and Prejudice
isms are that males may grow
False media is slander-
breasts or females starting their
ing milk with prejudice. Here’s
menstrual stage earlier than com-
a helpful list to get your facts
mon. Of course BGH is already
been injected into other animals
•“Milk contains Bovine Growth
such as chickens, but injections
Hormone (BGH).”- If you’re
into cows have been the very rel-
freaked out about any hormones,
evant as illustrated in the drastic
buy organic milk. If other food
increase in cow’s milk develop-
products contain BGH, how can
ment these past years.
someone blame milk for causing
Did you know that “when
all the side-effects of BGH? Is the
a cow receives penicillin, the penicillin appears in the milk for from 4 to 7 milking?”
BGH from the Chicken McNuggets you’re eating harmful or from the milk shake you’re
(Kradijan) The shock is that if a woman drinks milk carrying these drugs, the viruses may
also spread to the breast, which then may transfer to the infant through breast feeding, or
•“Milk contains viruses.”- According to virology, most animal viruses are only specific
assist in the development of breast cancer.
to animals. So, even if there was an animal virus in the milk, it wouldn’t infect humans.
CAUSE OF CANCER??!?!?
If you’re worried about catching a virus through consuming milk, think about viruses in
There are cases that have shown direct correlations between ovarian cancers (tumor
the meat you eat, or even the vegetables (like spinach) you eat. NOTHING is 100% safe
damage) and the amount of milk consumed. The Roswell Park Memorial Institution in
(yup, not even soy milk).
Buffalo, New York and the Harvard Medical School recognized that drinking more than
•“You can get cancer from drinking milk.”- Some cancers are genetically inherited. How
one glass of whole milk daily is a factor for ovarian cancer.
can someone blame one variable? Cancer is usually stimulated by various factors and
Drinking milk is also connected with the developments of lung cancers. For years,
health habits. Vegans also develop cancer –so how can that happen if milk is the culprit?
Americans have blamed development of lung cancers on tobacco and second hand smoke.
•“Milk causes lung cancer.”- The MAJOR cause of lung caner is SMOKING; not drinking
Nevertheless, a great question arose as to why Japanese men, who smoke far more than
milk. Duh. “87% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking.” (American Lung Ass.)
Americans or Europeans, did not develop as stringent lung cancers.
•“My glass of milk is contaminated. I see tiny microscopic thingies floating in it.”- The
The fact is that milk DOES CONTAIN CALCIUM. The concern now is whether the
milk industry works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug
calcium extracted from the cows is actually healthy for the human bodies.
Administration to guarantee that its consumers receive a safe and high-quality product. If
When claiming that milk is bad, 7 of 7 people asked have responded with some-
the milk contains harmful pathogens, it won’t be found in your fridge.
thing similar to this: “where will you get your calcium?” The milk industries have cer-
•“Milk contains calcium. Calcium isn’t healthy for me.”- Don’t give up on calcium! It is
tainly caught people’s attention and maintained the belief that milk is crucial part to bone
needed for healthier and stronger bones. Doctors promote little kids to drink milk so that
growth and vital source of calcium. (For one thing, how about considering soy milk?)
their bones can grow stronger in their early stage of cartilage development.
There was a study conducted on 81 women of ages 12-18 (the stage of strong bone
•“I still think you’re wrong Puneet. Too much milk is dangerous.”- Note the keyword
development). Researchers paid close attention to the amount of calcium these girls took
“too much.” There is a limit to how much milk you should drink. Taking too much of
and discovered that “the girls with ‘low’ calcium intake did not have any different bone
ANYTHING can be harmful. But milk in the right proportions is actually HEALTHY.
development than girls with high calcium intake.” (Nelson Jeff, “Sorting through the
Aim for three glasses a day!
Milk is Good: You Get My Point
In another experiment on women, Kradjian reported, “Excessive amounts of dairy
Almost everyone loves milk: babies, parents, celebs, athletes, and even the aliens in
products actually interfere with calcium absorption. A study in the United States actually
recent Got Milk? commercials. Milk is a reliable source of nutrition. Plus, it’s yummy in
showed a worsening in calcium balance in post-menopausal women given three 8-ounce
my tummy too! Besides, what will Santa drink with his cookies on Christmas Eve…soy-
glasses of cows’ milk per day.”
Review’s ReViews page 15
Following the Timberlake headlines HP Pavilion
Traveling Pants By Samera Hadi, Staff Writer
On Thursday January 11th, Justin Timberlake came to came down all around what seemed to be Timbalands
the HP Pavilion in San Jose. Having Justin Timberlake’s back, and showed a mixture of scary movies and pictures
concert be my first one, it was a spectacular experience. of celebrities, including a tribute to Aaliyah, as a D.J is
I’ve been a fan of his since his Nysnc days, but never re- mixed music. The intermission lasted about ten minutes
ally got the chance to see him live in concert. So when and the show went on. Justin came out with his known
my friend, Mayra, offered me a ticket how could I have sweater vest suit and kicks and brang more energy then
refused? before. He sang “Damn Girl”; the title speaks for itself,
Waiting outside in the freezing, cold weather and lis- and danced with half naked girls, which probably made
tening to a crazed man talk about the “sins” on earth was every girl jealous of them. He sang the only meaning-
worth every second Justin sung. Surprisingly, Pink was ful song on his album, which is also one of my favorites,
his opening act. Initially, I was skeptical about her open- “Losing My Way,”, not with a real life choir , but a image
By Anna Ramos, Staff Writer ing for Justin Timberlake, and I still would have chosen of a choir on the projector screens, while he sang in the
someone different. However, middle of the stage.
Sure you might have seen the movie “The Sisterhood the crowd seemed pleased The long awaited “Sexy
of The Traveling Pants” last summer, But the book is one with her performance, and she Back” finally arrived and had
I will never forget, it contains an unforgettable story of a did get the crowd hyped up. everyone standing up. From
friendship very strong and exciting events happening to Her last song was the hit the beginning to the end of this
the four best friends, and the traveling pants. “Coming Out” and she went song every person, young and
Ann Brashares has written 3 Sisterhood books: The Sis- the whole nine yards with this old, was dancing and singing
terhood Of The Traveling Pants, The Second Summer Of one. Despite the fact that she the simple words “I’m bringing
The Sisterhood, Girls In Pants and the latest book coming was singing, while doing Aer- sexy back (yeah)…” He end-
soon to stores Forever In Blue. ialist moves in the air. People ed that song with every light
The first summer, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling cheered anxiously for her to through out the whole show
Pants, is filled up with juicy details on how four best end and Justin to begin. blasting everyone and every-
friends spend their first summer apart. Carmen is a Puerto The arena went dark, and where while the band was strik-
Rican girl living with her single mother. Lena is the beauti- the fans, including me, went ing their instruments indicating
ful Greek artistic girl of the sisterhood, Bridget is a soccer crazy. Red lights glimmered their finale, so we thought.
star! She is the independent blond girl everyone loves, she everywhere, while two large As people started to exit,
is not afraid to express herself, and then we have Tibby, projector screens slowly ap- the arena, a piano and stool so
who loves filming and editing movies. peared from the sky. Then a happens to appear from below
The “magical” pants first came in contact with Carmen, familiar beat starts to echo causing unison chant for Justin.
who bought the pants at a thrift shop, but soon Carmen puts through out the arena. It so He came out with a different
the pants away in her closet until one day Tibby stopped happens to be the self titled change of clothes, more casual,
Carmen from throwing them away. The girls take a look at album/tour: Future Sex/ Love Sounds. After that, it was with a yellow t-shirt and pants and sat down. He starts off
the pants and like them, then Lena had the idea for them two hours of Heaven. thanking his fans for their support and if it weren’t for us
to all try them on. The four friends, despite their different He brought it back with songs from his first solo CD he wouldn’t be whom he is, (like we didn’t know that).
shapes and sizes, fit into the “magical” pants. They real- “Justified”, including the top charted “Cry Me a River”. Mayra and I started to scream for the last time until we
ize that although they will spend their summer apart, the Justin Timberlake took it upon himself to try to play his felt our throats burning with fire. Justin then says, “San
magic of the pants will keep them together. own instruments, when he wasn’t breaking a sweat on Jose you’re too good to me,” and that causes a frenzy of
These Sisterhood books are great for teenage girls, they the dance floor. It set the mood of dedication to his fans. screams, then he opens his mouth and lets out an intimate
are fun and have just the right sense of humor. I like how He slowed things down with his song “Until the End of voice for his last song “(Another Song) All Over Again”
Ann Brashares gets into the mind of these teenage girls Time”, and made sure he was facing everyone as he was acapillo with just his piano.
with the little thoughts we all get in our heads. With The sitting on a rotating circle with his piano and stool. He finishes his last verse, waits, at this point girls all
Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants we travel to Greece After the relaxing, slow songs Justin busted out with around me including Mayra are going crazy, gives a cute
with Lena, South Carolina with Carmen and to Baja Cali- his southern, inspired hip-hop song “Chop Me Up” and little smirk, and finishes the song. Justin waves to the
fornia with Bridget we get to experience all their fun and surprised the whole arena by introducing his partner in crowd introducing his band and dancers and then leaves.
adventure, plus the cute guys Bridget and Lena meet along rhyme, Timbaland. The whole arena was shocked with Mayra and I sit there while everyone is leaving and smil-
the way. excitement. After one hour of crazy choreography and ing with exhaustion. We took our last picture in the HP
These books are great they make you laugh and cry with amazing performances, intermission started. Pavilion and left with a newfound love and appreciation
heart breaking events. They are perfect for any girl to read Intermission usually means the lights turn on and for Justin Timberlake. This concert was the best way to
because these four friends are just normal girls with nor- people go get something to eat or go use the bathroom, start off my future concert goings; it sure sets a high stan-
mal problems in our normal lives. but not this intermission. The two large projector screens dard for artists to achieve, well, in my eyes.
Deciphering the babble of Babel
By Trung Nguyen, Staff Writer
An informative, but concise, lesson in film seemed to be. kept sitting at the edge of their seats, hun-
Biblical history: according to the book of As alluded to by the movie’s title, Ba- gry for the next impactful line.
Genesis, Chapter 11, the “Tower of Babel” bel is a contemporary twist on the old Bi-
began construction by a supposed united ble story: a film which centralizes on the That line never came.
humanity--sometime in our obscure past- themes of disunity and miscommunication
-in order to reach the heavens. God, be- between human beings. Expected of the The political appeal of the movie faded
ing the testy figure he was, was unpleased Iñárritu and Arriaga duo, who were also away quickly with the storylines digress-
by this action and proceeded to halt their known for their previous collaborations ing from international conflicts to intra-
work by confusing their languages so that on Amores Perros and 21 Grams, the film personal demons. The music began, the
the builders would be unable to under- unifies four perplexing plotlines bound by credits rolled, and most left with feeling
stand the foremen and thus they would be cruel twist of fate and a single tragic acci- almost cheated, hoping to find a reason to
unable to continue on with the ambitious dent. Considering the context of the name deem it worth the hype.
project. Taking their new tongues and of the film as well as its diverse filming Was the 21st century as cynical as the
disheartened spirits with them, humanity locations—Morocco, Mexico, the United film presented? This seemed accurate to
dispersed to all different corners of the States, and Japan—I expected a revealing an extent. Was there hope for these peo-
globe. exposé on the implications of life in the ple to regain and rebuild their lives? The saster. The actors were moving with artful
The purpose of the story was simple political 21st century. ending which was offered seemed to hint expression, character developments and
and explicit: to account for all of the dif- The movie began anxiously enough it. Did I gain a lesson that I expected re- their dynamics were believably crafted,
ferent races and peoples of the world. with a glimpse of the impoverished life of ceive? No. Not at all. Far from it, actually. and the soundtrack was appropriately
Not surprisingly, the same can be said a Moroccan family living on the fringes Well, was the lesson I did get in exchange complimentary to the psychology of each
about the film Babel. of their third world country. Living sea- for viewing the film worth the departure individual scene. The plot was not devoid
Debuting to rave reviews by Ebert, son to season, one herd of goat to another, from my expectations? of high moments, but those high moments
commendations by Cannes, and the af- they were the archetype of the modern were few and far in between.
fected parroting of trendy New Yorkers family in a third world country. The plot Not really. If I had seen Iñárritu and Arriaga’s pre-
and Los Angelites, Babel is actually little then switched gears to another narrative, vious films (Amores Perros, 21 Grams),
more than confusing film-snob hype. where we witness the quiet shooting of an Truly, Babel was a two-hour “bab- I may have been better prepared to han-
Manned by the powerful twosome of American tourist through the window of a bling mess”: confusing, off the mark, and dle this film and the themes it presents.
director Alejandro González Iñárritu and passing bus. overall miscommunicated. One of those However. to the casual viewer, it’s caveat
screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, the film The scene triggered a gasp from the films requires a second viewing in order emptor: buyers beware. If you expect a
boasted an A-list cast which comprised audience. I gasped along with them. The to extract some sort of feeling of comple- challenging political thriller, you’ll be
of Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García audience braced themselves for what tion, the ending left the watcher feeling so bamboozled by the drawn-out two hour
Bernal,, and Koji Yakusho. With names seemed like the beginning of an enlight- completely exhausted that it really isn’t and 22 minute film about the babbling
like these, it wasn’t wrong to have high ening political thriller in vein of recent worth the extra nine dollars. implications of language and social psy-
expectations of the film; what was really hits Syriana and V for Vendetta. As with However, the film did have its redeem- chology, which requires at least a second
violating was how ambiguous the entire all movie beginnings, the audience was ing factors to avoid being a complete di- viewing to truly appreciate, anyway.
Raider Review page 16
In Memory of
A Letter from Principal Boac
Dear Silver Creek Community,
Mr. Larry Johnson
It is a great honor to be a part of this,
the momentous return of the Raider
Review. With this first printing of our
renewed paper, we see the fruition of
many hours of dedication on the part of
both our staff and our students, seeking to
let you know of all the wonderful things
happening on our campus. Our intention
is to keep you fully informed of all that is
Silver Creek, the good and bad, and open
channels of discussion about our current
state of being and the heights to which
we are taking this school. Knowing that
this newspaper will bring us closer as a
community, warms my heart.
Communication to help fostering a
sense of community has been one of
my goals at Silver Creek. Our passive
communication methods, our website and marquee, have served us well
despite the occasionally technical difficulty. Tools such as Teleparent
and Schoolloop have helped us contact individual students and parents
and keep them better informed of current events. However, a tool such
as a newspaper opens new channels, giving our students an active voice
in the matters that face them daily. The early articles for this paper
posted to our website have been well written and poignant, reflecting our
diverse student body. I look forward to regularly hearing the voices of
our students, reading their thoughts on important matters, and watching
the paper grow as a vehicle for expressing their unique perspectives and
In the time that I have spent at Silver Creek, I have seen the many
On Saturday, January 13, 2007, our renowned advisor Larry wonderful things on this campus, but also become aware of other things
Johnson passed away of a heart attack. After serving as a Viet- that still need improvement. We have a wonderful caring culture,
nam War soldier, he dedicated himself to being an educator. academic prowess, and amazing events. These gems on the Silver Creek
During his span of teaching he was a history teacher and later a campus deserve highlighting. We are nearing the completion of our
first phase of campus construction, our PTSA is growing as a means
student advisor. He touched the lives of many students as well
of community involvement through the efforts of some very dedicated
as staff members with his sincere and good-natured manner. individuals, and our staff development is nearing the end of our first year.
Many students remember him as the last-minute savior who I hope that you will find the Raider Review as wonderful as I do, knowing
would thoughtfully give them lifts on his golf cart when they that each time this paper arrives at your door you are given a wonderful
were running late for class. insight into the lives of our dynamic students.
He will never be forgotten. Sincerely,
Half a year left...and what will we do? Check out these dates:
February 19-23: Winter Break May 5: Senior Ball
March 5-6: WASC visitation May 7-18: AP Testing
March 9: 4th grade period ends May 17-18: Spring Dance Concert
March 13: Spring Concert May 25: Creekstock & Last Dance
March 17: FANTASTICS May 28: Memorial Day, No School
March 31: Junior Prom June 1: Senior Picnic
April 9-13: Spring Break June 5-6: Senior Finals
April 17: 5th grade period ends June 14: Senior Graduation &
May 1-3: STAR Testing the Last Day of School
F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.S. Check out the online version of the
March is approaching quickly, and all you spirit nerds know what that means: Silver Creek
is putting on F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.S. This year, the classes will battle it out in the fantas- Raider Review
mic land of Bedtime Stories. Will the Seniors uphold the SC tradition of being crowned silvercreekhs.ca.campusgrid.net/home/
king? Or will the Juniors, with a narrow loss at Homecoming, achieve an upset victory?
Can the Sophomore outmuscle the upper classmen? Or will they be eating Freshmen dust?
Entertainment: ReVIEWs of: Alpha Dog, The Black
FANTASTICS 2007 – MARCH 17 6:30pm Dahlia, Borat, Gridiron Gang, Happy Feet, Lemony
AT THE SAN JOSE CIVIC AUDITORIUM Snicket, Marie Antoinette, Saw 3, The Science of Sleep,
Stranger Than Fiction, Ugly Betty, Cinemayaat, Poor
DON’T MISS IT! House Bistro, Lupe Fiasco, horror films
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen Sports: Softball, Beckham in the US.
News: Mrs. Boac’s visit to the Filipino Global Network-
ing Convention in Hawaii, Freshmen Fears, WASC
Health: Are ipods too loud, Acne home remedies,
Diabetes–Not for me!
Opinions: Gender bias in school sports, Survivor
morals, Teens’ like news light, Border fence, Prop 87,
SC needs more than one new building to improve the
Features: It’s a Small World, Las Posadas, How to Sur-
vive AP, Babies’ cries mean something and more!