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BAITLINE Coral Reef Sr. High School Which books are Get Ho ked Hispanic heritage BANNED? p.2 month p.11 October 2008 Volume 12 Issue 3 10101 SW 152 Street Miami, FL 33157 Happy Halloween! See the “Submerge Yourself” section on pages 8 and 9 to discover the origins of Halloween and some of its ancient traditions and games. 2 Revised student Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 News code of conduct ALEXANDRA CASTILLA Staff Writer At the start of the 2008-2009 school year the newly revised student code of conduct was stressed at orientation. Many students, however, didn’t exactly understand what it meant and its consequences, except that girls Harry Potter has been censored from schools because it allegedly promotes now must wear witchcraft. shirts with sleeves To the dismay of I.B. senior Sasha opposed to spaghetti Dunn, Mr. Mejia lays down the law. straps. “I don’t understand why it necessary for Banned book such a change, bare shoulders never hurt anyone,” said IB senior Ana Perez. Assistant Principal Mr. Evans says it all a matter of equality that Miami Dade County Public Schools is trying to stress. It is only fair to have the same regulations for all students no matter what gender they are. week ALEXIA FRITH Staff Writer For twenty seven years the American Library make it inaccessible,” said IB sophomore “Such a strong focus on the importance of equality in schools has been put Association has been “celebrating the freedom Britney James. in place in order to get rid of stereotypes and much smaller problems,” said to read.” Some of the books inaccessible in some Evans. Banned Book Week, usually on the last schools are the Harry Potter novels, which It is important to understand, however, that the newly revised student code week of September, informs Americans of were censored due to allegedly promoting of conduct applies to all Miami Dade County Public Schools and that Coral the privilege that they have to be able to read witchcraft. Reef is not the only school forced to make such changes. whatever book they choose. “The reason we celebrate Banned Books “Laws have to change as situations in schools change,” said Mr. Evans. This celebration is something that many Week is because it doesn’t matter what the Amongst the changes in dress codes are changes in violations such as a book lovers take great pride in. Libraries and book is, people will have biases because of “procession of items or materials that are inappropriate for an educational bookstores alike come together and display a lack of knowledge or prejudices and they setting” (Level I Violation). different books that have been “challenged.” are going to try to force their opinions on Other changes to the code of conduct include the addition of the “distribution These books have been censored for explicit everyone. Harry Potter was just caught up of items or materials that are inappropriate for an educational setting” (Level material. in that net,” said the school librarian, Mrs. II Violation) and bullying (Level III Violation). “I feel that [book banning] is unfair, because Fradera. Evans claims that most of these changes to the student code of conduct it withholds knowledge,” said Engineering Banned Book Week reminds Americans don’t exactly apply to Coral Reef seeing as there has rarely ever been any sophomore Jordon Thomas. of the importance in having freedom of the kind of high offenses taken place at the school and the majority of the student Books such as Killing Mr. Griffin, Captain press. Unlike in other parts of the world, body are well-mannered. Underpants, To Kill a Mockingbird and The like China or Cuba, citizens in the United He also believes that the student code of conduct has a higher purpose. Giver have been banned for reasons including States may read any book they wish. “College is a lot stricter than high school. Many believe that in college depictions of violence and destruction, or With sponsors like The American because you have more independence you are allowed to do anything you negative messages. Booksellers Association and The American want. The opposite is true. The student code of conduct is getting students “I don’t see why books would be ‘banned.’ Library Association, Banned Book Week ready to be successful in college,” said Evans. People should be able to read whatever they is something that is well endorsed and on In the end, the aim for the school is to have a functional school setting, one choose to. Just because someone doesn’t going. It is something students should take where students are allowed to learn and develop without distraction. approve of what someone else is reading pride in and use to their advantage. doesn’t mean they have the right to want to News Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 3 Waiting on the world to change: genocide in Darfur SHANE SUMBU “I think it’s “Dance for Darfur basically collects donations Staff Writer horrible the way going towards helping displaced victims of they’re trying to the genocide in Sudan with food etc. and is a As Americans complain about such get rid of a whole 6 hour dance marathon at the same time,” said things as sky rocketing gas prices and the population, “Do Something” club president, I.B. senior recent dive the economy took, a youth in because of Mar Echevarria. Sudan is witnessing his home being burnt their ethnicity Though the UN has taken little action to the ground, his sister being raped and and we’re not towards ending or slowing the Darfur genocide, maimed and his peers being murdered. doing anything students themselves can make themselves For civilians in the Darfur region, in the about it. I don’t heard and can take action through making war torn eastern African nation of Sudan, think it’s ethical donations, or participating in events such as this has become a harsh reality. at all,” said IB “Dance for Darfur.” As the United States has overstayed Senior Karishma “I think if the world is so concerned about its welcome in the Middle East for the Gieowar-Singh dictatorships and human rights then the UN past 7 years, a similar Holocaust genocide C u r r e n t l y, needs to pay more attention to what’s going upon non-Arabs in Sudan has been taking peace-keepers on in Darfur, if nothing else provide medicine, place for the last 5 years. Many students wear Darfur stickers, like the sent into Sudan food and clean water for the victims,” said The conflict began in February of one shown here, to voice their opinions on by the UN History teacher Mr. Bullard. 2003 when two rebel groups accused the ongoing genocide. attempt to help Most importantly, the genocide is going on, the Sudanese government of oppressing civilians as the and being aware is the first step in solving the non-Arab Sudanese citizens in Darfur. death rate grows problem. Now is the time when students can In response, President Omar al-Bashir exponentially. However, these peace-keepers are ill- show their humanistic sides, to show their sent an Arab militant group known as the Janjaweed from equipped and poorly funded. potential to care and to effect a difference. the capital of Khartoum into the Darfur region, where they As students, we can help by donating to the cause through “I think students should be actively involved killed unarmed citizens, systematically raped women and web sites such as savedarfur.org or simply sign a petition in humanitarian efforts. As far as Darfur goes, burned whole villages to the ground. demanding international action against the brutal killing they should join the “Save Darfur” coalition’s Since then, nearly 400,000 have been murdered and through the same site. million strong list so they can get information 2.5 displaced, now living in refugee camps in the nearby In addition with events such as Amnesty International’s periodically on how they can help,” said I.B. nation of Chad. An estimated nearly 15,000 people die “Dance for Darfur,” students can both show support and Senior Daniella Carucci. each month. have a good time. Gone and Back Again Diversity in the Reef Students from different ethnicities share their DROP forces teachers to retire and return experiences at school JORDAN FELDMAN gain that extra year. Instead, this year he Staff Writer has come back as a part-time teacher. He said that the original proposition made was The diversity of the student to allow teachers to come back on a yearly body at Coral Reef is apparent contract after the eight years but it was not just by walking down the approved. halls any given day and being “I loved the insurance and salary of being surrounded by an abundance a full time teacher and now I’m being of ethnicities and cultures. paid only one-third of the salary with no Reef’s diversity is reflected by benefits. We were lucky though that Mrs. the range of foreign language Leal could bring us back part time. She has classes offered, number of been very good to us,” said Mr. Hunt. afterschool activities, and Mr. Hunt, a part time AP European Melissa Cruz, Patrick Volum, Maya Carter, The disadvantages of teachers not being number and variety of teacher, was forced to exit the and Kent White all share a common able to come back the three extra years extracurricular clubs. DROP program. friendship despite their ethnic diversities. came down to the money factor. Working The Coral Reef High School three extra years allowed the returning census, according to www. teacher to earn a lot more money; Mr. Hunt muninetguide.com confirmed “Although I’m Hispanic, I have friends NICOLE BRANDFON estimated around $50,000 more each year. the ethnic diversity of its student body in of many different backgrounds which is As teachers, each year worked gains it demographics. one of the unique features of Coral Reef Staff Writer more seniority which causes salary to go Of Coral Reef’s 2,995 students, 50.2% High School,” said IB sophomore Alejandra up, even if by little, giving teachers who are Latino, 23.7% are White, 21.2% Garcia. work longer more money. For example, are African American, 4.7% are Asian, There is a visual display as well as an Going into the 2008-2009 school year, auditory display of the cultural individuality a teacher who has been working in the and 0.2% is Native American. This many students took notice of the amount of teachers who came back with fewer classes school system for 30 years will make is consistent with the demographics of the student body of the many languages and fewer students. Mr. Hunt, an AP $68,225 versus a beginning teacher who of Miami-Dade County and its large being spoken. would make $40,804 . Hispanic population. It is not uncommon to hear conversations European History Teacher, and Mr. Ford spoken in Spanish, German, French, English “I understand why they made us exit the The diversity of clubs represents the both came back as part-time teachers due to the change in the retirement program of program, however, it is ridiculous that Mr. different ethnicities and cultures here at and many others. Many students learn a Ford and I could not come back as first year Coral Reef High School. second or even third language outside the all state employees, DROP. DROP stands for “deferred retirement teachers with beginning salary and benefits They include the Afro-Heritage Club, classroom as well as in. because with 38 years of experience we the Hispanic Heritage Society, the The variety in cultures and ethnicities option plan,” which is a combination enables Coral Reef to have such an would be a bargain,” said Mr. Hunt. German Heritage Society, and the of many retirement systems that allow employees to retire but continue working This retirement program, DROP, has had a French Club Society. All of these clubs exceptional environment for its student for several more years. Mr. Zucker great effect on many schools everywhere. acknowledge a preference for diversity. body to prosper. Now some teachers that were promised up “The many different ethnicities at Coral Although the students at Coral Reef explained that after 5 years in the DROP come from different backgrounds, their to three extra years of teaching full time Reef have taught me about my fellow program you are supposed to automatically retire and up until this year, teachers and with a growing salary and benefits were classmates and their backgrounds as experiences and interactions with each counselors could stay up to an extra three cut off. well,” said Leisure Medicine sophomore other leaves them with knowledge and Some of these teacher or counselors are Christine Webber. appreciation of each other. years. “Being at Coral reef is like being back at now back to school working part-time like Despite the many ethnic and cultural This forced many teachers to retire who are Jamaica. Everyone is of different cultures Mr. Hunt and Mr. Ford, but some schools groups, the students at Coral Reef High now working part time in order to continue to earn some extra money. Mr. Hunt had were not as lucky and could not rehire School do not solely group themselves and it puts a perspective for us as an completed seven years and was hoping to teachers leaving them without their jobs according from where they came from international community,” said I.B. senior and fully retired. or their race. Rashielle Teape. 4 Student employees Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 Students in the “real News Balancing school with work is a responsibility Seniors discuss the benefits of taking internships many students have to deal with “It’s a good experience because I get to write articles and not just do SHATONE GRAY A direct deposit is another tool that clerical work, which a Staff Writer lot of internships consist can aid an employee in achieving their of,” said Uchdorff. As students get older personal financial A chance to go practice there is a growing desire goals. Money goes a special interest is for independence. directly to your always exciting, but This sparks the search account at the end what really makes the for employment, the of the pay period. internship elective so installation into the work “It’s rough sought after? force. out here on these It could be the fact Few things excite a streets! I gotta that it is offered only young adult more than pay for the things to seniors which makes the anticipation of their my parents think it more exclusive and very first paycheck. Plans are unnecessary. ultimately a privilege. are made obligating Sometimes I want “Personally I like the funds that are well another haircut, having an internship on their way to a bank I.B. senior Barbara Uchdorff interns at The Miami another pair of jeans because I have waited account. Herald Shaqueena Davis shows off her or shoes, my mom four years to become Aside from all the Burger King uniform. doesn’t want to ALEXANDER MELENDEZ a senior to have the obvious perks that come buy that. So I have Staff Writer opportunity to have an internship,” said from having a job, there to,” said Business Legal senior Stacey Perrera. are also difficulties that Many seniors at the Reef are taking sophomore James Brown. Other seniors like their internships for some student employees face. a d v a n t a g e o f a n u n i q u e e l e c t i v e : another reason, like the chance to leave Things are compromised, such as using Being employed allows for the freedoms internships. school a few hours early. available time effectively to complete that most kids want, but can’t afford. It is no surprise that Coral Reef offers “I love my internship. I get real hands schoolwork, the time spent with a But there is one thing that the employed an abundance of electives to enhance a on experience outside of school. Also boyfriend/girlfriend, and resting. students should think about, saving their student’s learning experience, like “office getting out every other day a little bit Students assume the responsibility of money. Money saved now will be a lot aid” or music theory. These electives provide earlier excites me,” said Legal senior working with hopes of being able to help more useful in the future. a multidimensional element students’ Sabine Salnave. pay their senior obligations, buy a car, or Also, with the upcoming senior curriculums, often allowing them to branch The answer is ultimately based on even some new clothes for partying on the expenses, money should be put to use in off into other areas of study. the wisest of ways. With Homecoming personal preference. weekends. Yet among all the courses and activities The popularity of internships might be “I go out on the weekends without tickets being $70; Grad Bash, $120; offered at our school, the one students because of the chance to leave campus a worrying about my mom pestering me Prom another $75; Senior Breakfast, look forward to the most is internship. It few hours early, or that the experience one about how much money she’s given me,” $35; Senior pictures ranging from $100 is a chance for them to get real hands on receives at an internship cannot be found said VPA senior Jennifer Brewer when to, in some cases, $600; surely parents experience in a field of their interest. in a school classroom. asked about the advantages of being would be more than grateful to have For I.B. senior Barbara Uchdorff, interning some financial help. 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Male The term “relationship” is a word that is vaguely used without teens are in their prime, and feel that they have the ability to achieve knowing the exact meaning of it. It is taken and played with like a anything. It just seems that young males, as most girls may say, baby learning to walk; stumbling to grasp on to the concept. The can’t achieve everything needed to make the relationship work. bigger debate is asking “What exactly does it mean to be in a There is no excuse for guys who are truly nonchalant and teen relationship from the girl’s perspective?” choose not to put effort into his relationships; however there It is a concept that is most often misinterpreted in the eyes are some guys that actually try, but just somehow fall short. of adults. Often parents figure that teens are too young to date, Teen relationships are always a hassle. Both the guy or they aren’t yet ready. and girl are young and just want to enjoy being a teen. It gets even worse, when the controversy of dating After asking students, majority of the girls feel that between boys and girls are mentioned; is it fair that being in a relationship can be a wonderful thing, girls always seem to be targeted when it comes to but nearly every male student felt that at times the mere mention of dating, yet guys never seem relationships can be extremely stressful. to have that problem? Females are a little too serious when Ironically, it always seems to be the girls who it comes to “teenage love,” it seems as if go through the most problems throughout the they’re thinking about marriage as soon as relationship. the guy consents to go out with them. These include disputes with parents, cheating, “Girls are so complicated and it’s hard lies, break-ups: the list can go on forever. This to have fun when you’re tied down,” said is not to say that guys make all the mistakes, but Business senior Gerald Grant. most of the time they are the cause. Ladies can be difficult! Guys are expected Stereotypes have always seemed to come into play to walk their girlfriends to and from class, Young men are blind when it comes to painting hold books, text her every second until the image of how a young lady is supposed to be the bell rings, then do it all over again the treated. They have not yet gained the knowledge following period. Has it ever dawned on of the right and wrong doings that tie into being in these females that maybe their boyfriend a relationship. Are these really stereotypes or is it just wants to be walked to their classes? reality that girls face while being in a relationship? Do they not realize that the guys books “No, guys should not be taught the ‘correct way’ of gets equally as heavy? being in a relationship. We just want to do it our way,” “A boyfriend is supposed to do things said Legal senior Jean Andre. for his girlfriend, not the other way around,” In reality, there is no ‘correct way’ of being in a said Business senior Alexandria Marsh. relationship. Guys just need to understand that not all girls True enough that part of being the man in are the same and they all deserve to be treated with a fresh the relationship means being the rock, the heart. Some girls tend to enjoy the silliness guys portray source of strength and stability, able to take and love their joking manner, but sometimes a boyfriend care and keep his “girl” happy. can go overboard. Don’t forget, girls still love the sensitive “Some of these girls be tripping! It’s like, and sweet side, too. you take them out to eat, and when the meal is “If he can’t make me laugh, I’ll lose interest. His personality done and the check has come, girls would just should compliment mine,” said I.B. senior Daniella Carucci. fold their arms and look at you. It would be Girls usually stress out more that guys do when it comes to nice if a girl would at least offer to help pay for relationships, mainly because they are struggling with the “L” the tab!” said Legal Senior Joseph Jefferson. word. Typically girls seem to fall in love quicker than guys do; Joseph makes a good point. To take on the they tend to get the fuzzy feelings in their hearts at a faster pace. title of a boyfriend now-a-days is like signing “Most girls do like to think that they’re in love, because they up to be 24 hour assistant/ bodyguard. There are want to feel wanted. For guys, not so much. They want to feel some relationships where the female demands and needed, but not needy,” said I.B. senior Hannah Dowd. or expects certain things. The guy has to deal with Guys aren’t off the hook though. A study shows that it is random anniversaries, attitudes and mood swings, the guy’s fault for the love trap. So, exactly what trap do they and trying to be considerate of feelings. set up to let those caterpillars out of their cocoons? It is the That is a lot to juggle; it seems that as soon as goofiness and wittiness that girls oh so love. the boyfriend messes up, he has committed the “People are just in love with the idea of being in love. There ultimate crime. Some girls expect too much from have been times where I use to believe that myself, but I’m their boyfriends, claiming that it’s all a part of being Lovebirds Victor Garcia not going to let it discourage me. It brings in the idea that a “gentleman,” but what does being a gentleman and Sarah Gonzalez many people have married their high school sweethearts, so really mean? why can’t I?” said senior Anquanette Anderson. “I believe if “Well, Webster defines being a gentleman as a two people are deeply in love and both want that relationship civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man,” said Business to work out, then they would do whatever they have to in order to senior Stephanie Nicholas. make it last.” Whatever the case may be, both the guy and girl in teenage relationships In actuality, girls tend to have a hate/love relationship when it should try a little harder to enforce the 50/50 rule. Many girls have the comes to adoring the guys. They seem to love the things they hate. misconception that the guy is there to do things for them, and not the It’s where they find their comfort that is lacking elsewhere. So do other way around. Teen relationships are broken off by the male because not fret guys, although slackness may occur, you’re still loved just the girl in the relationship had the mind-frame of receiving and never that much more. giving. So no offense girls, but you’re not perfect either! 6 Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 Editorial The Modern prometheus Will today’s science become tomorrow’s Frankenstein monster? As science speeds towards new innovations with each increased. If humans could live up to a hundred and fifty or two hundred coming year, scientists must be evaluative and self-reflective, with years, they might not pursue a career or begin a family until fifty years or a cautious eye on ethics. Otherwise, today’s science itself so. Then humans in their first fifty years life would just be resource may become tomorrow’s Frankenstein monster. depletion with no contributions to society. Mary Shelley saw the future when On the positive side, an extra fifty years in adolescence she wrote Frankenstein in 1818, originally could mean fifty years dedicated to education; with conceived as an idea to present at a such time given for schooling humans could ghost story telling event. become even more skilled in their areas What I mean when I of study. Society could then become refer to science as today’s exponentially more efficient if such an Frankenstein is not in the education plan was possible. literal sense. Rather, I An increasing life span would mean that science has also mean that the age gap as much potential for between children and their destruction as it does parents would increase. With for helping people. reproduction occurring Should we not so late in life, there is be careful in greater risk of humans our judgments dying before they have and ethical children. considerations, The world could then we may just experience a drop in suffer the same population growth, fate as Dr. which may either open Frankenstein: up job opportunities destruction to people, or disrupt from our own the economy because miscalculated of a lack of inflowing creations. skilled labor. A prime But will world-wide example of this is economies be able to the controversial support such a prolonged topic of stem-cell program of education research, which is of fifty years for every usually supported human? by liberals a pathway And who would be granted to curing disease, while this treatment for prolonged conservatives denounce life? Will it be like the treatment it as humans attempting to of AIDS, so expensive that only play God. the rich can afford it? And would it Undoubtedly it would be seen be ethical if some humans could live as a good thing if life-prolonging significantly longer than others? treatment became available to the These questions are the kinds of questions public. Yet there are critical questions we as a society must ask ourselves as technology that society must ask itself and important becomes ever so advanced. By no means is science consequences that it must consider. “evil;” it helps millions of people every day (a little With an increase in life-span, Americans would something called “modern plumbing). All the same, a cautious find it more desirable to pursue a career later in life. After approach is the best approach because it is better to be safe than all, the amount of time that can be afforded to waste in adolescence has dead. BAITLINE Baitline strives to provide quality student-led publications to the student body providing the school community with an open forum of public expression. 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Jillian Roberts Past issues can be viewed at http://crhs.dadeschools.net. Chiedozie Okafor Opinions Uniforms Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 7 To wear or not to wear? College Applications My tips to help ease the process MEGAN MIRANDA Staff Writer Five years ago, all public high schools had one thing in common. When you walked on campus, all the students JASMINE CALIN were wearing their clothing of choice. Now, fewer high Staff Writer 4. Gather all the information 7. If possible, make visits to the schools in Miami are allowing their students to dress you will need to fill out schools you are really interested freely. Among these high schools are Felix Varela, Miami College application time can be applications: Get your in: Being on the campus will aid Palmetto, and our very own Coral Reef. both exciting and confusing. unweighted and weighted GPA, you in your decision on forming “We are privileged, unlike other schools, because we To help ease the stress, here are my class percentile, school CEEB an opinion of the university. Ask get to express ourselves and portray how we feel,” said 10 tips to help you survive through code (101199), and ACT/ SAT yourself: could I be here for 4 Medical senior Diana Perez. the college application process: scores and the dates taken all years? From patched jeans to multicolored tops, Coral Reef together so you can get the students express themselves through the clothes they 1. Don’t rush: Give yourself application done quicker without 8. Apply to a couple state schools: choose to wear. time to write your essays and more having to wait on this information with a 1270 or higher on the SAT or “Everyone has their freedom,” said Engineering freshmen importantly give your teachers from your counselor later. a 28 on the ACT while maintaining Tyler Kushma. Coming from a school wear he was forced and counselors time to write your a 3.5 GPA or an IB diploma will to wear uniforms, Kushma is happy to be able to shed the recommendations. If they have 5. Narrow your colleges down award you 100% paid tuition to a conformity of uniforms and wear what he wants. to write in a rush or last minute it to a manageable list: Having a Public Florida University through However, there are people at Coral Reef who do not either won’t get done or they’ll be list of 31 colleges to apply to is Bright Futures Scholarships. shun the idea of uniforms. Some believe they advocate for too angry with you to write anything ridiculous! But only applying to school spirit and make the lives of students a bit easier. worth reading! No one wants to one is no more sensible. Pick a 9. The Early Bird gets the worm: “If we had uniforms we wouldn’t have to worry about have a recommendation from a mad number that is good for you but Apply in Both college applications what to wear,” said Agriscience senior Alina Sabatini. teacher. not vast. Remember that you and in financial aid,” adds Ms. Imagine how much time could be saved in the mornings are only going to one school in Harper. Most colleges have a 2. Make your essays about you: the end. Applying to dozens of rolling application acceptance This is your one chance to have them schools in hopes of getting into process so students can send in their get to know you as a person and not one may not be too smart… you applications from the start of their U n ifo rm s : W h a t S tu d e n ts T h in k just a student. Don’t write a report may end up getting into a college senior year. or research paper that will bore the you aren’t particularly fond of. college acceptance committee in the 10. MOST IMPORTANTLY- Keep first paragraph. “Follow the prompt” 6. Be sensible with your choices track of all your deadlines. It is suggests Mrs. Harper, Coral Reef’s but don’t undersell yourself: very easy to miss a deadline here and CAP advisor. Know what colleges you are there but it could be the difference 27% capable of getting into and focus between getting into to college of 3. Figure out which colleges on those. However, it is okay to your dreams or your safety school. you’re applying to take the apply to your dream college, As a last note, it is important to Common Application: Make life but it is recommended to have a stay focused during senior year easy for yourself; if the college takes safety school. because colleges can choose to the Common Application that’s one “UF is no longer a safety school. revoke your acceptance. less application you have to fill out. It is getting even harder to get in,” Refer to these tips anytime you Just make sure you also fill out each said Mrs. Harper. get stressed and remember, there is schools respective supplement. Go to a perfect college for every student. www.commonapp.org. 73% A poll taken out of 500 students Drilling the seas Brazil has tapped into an money to look for oil and have got it wrong when it LUKAS MOON oil reserve off of its shore these offshore drill sites comes to offshore drilling. Staff Writer if students didn’t have to spend ten minutes staring sleepily that is the second largest are susceptible to natural The Republicans are pushing into their closets for an outfit that matches their mood for One of the greatest politicalknown oil source in the disasters. for offshore drilling with few the day. Instead they would just grab the required uniform and economic problems world. Imagine what large Due to these concerns limits and little regard for the and maybe use those extra ten minutes for much needed facing the United States oil reserves could be found government should set environment; they also treat rest. today is its dependence hidden beneath the ocean limits and safety regulations it like the final solution to our Uniforms would rule out any prejudices or assumptions on foreign oil. Yet it is dependence on foreign people make based on appearances alone. By wearing well known that oil. the same thing, no one could mock one another for their vast reserves of The Democrats are choices in clothing. oil lie underneath fighting against it “Having uniforms would unify us as a school. We’d be the ocean floor and and want the United one student body and our lives would be easier. No one can be tapped into States to change to would judge us because of what we wore,” said Legal and if Americans allow renewable fuel sources Public Affairs senior Frederick Montgomery. offshore drilling. overnight, something Uniforms would significantly decrease the chances of The use of limited that will take many outsiders coming into the school and causing any trouble offshore drilling years to do. We need a or harm to the students or staff. would be a great plan that will support “I would love to see students wear uniforms because value to our nation offshore drilling for oil it would be easier to identify who belongs to the school as it transitions while simultaneously instead of looking for the ID badges,” said AP Biology into a new phase of increasing research teacher Laura Vogl. renewable energy. Americans are one of the largest consumers of oil and development of Coral Reef does not have uniforms and the majority of “[If we drill] we alternate fuel sources. the students rejoice at the freedom to express themselves won’t have to buy floor around the North on such sites to avoid “I think it will help us until through the clothing they choose to wear. oil from other countries. It American coast. accidents and to prepare for we can get a better alternative The people that do support uniforms make strong is something that we have There are many concerns the worst case scenarios. fuel source,” said VPA senior arguments in their favor, but are they strong enough? to do until we get alternate with such drilling. There is They should limit the areas Christina Persaud. Will Coral Reef one day adopt the same uniform policies fuel sources,” said Legal the environmental concern: that can be drilled, set strict The United States must that high schools across Miami-Dade County have? Only junior Charquavis Bell. it would be a nightmare safety regulations, and begin limited offshore drilling Indeed, it seems that a if one of the drilling sites hold the drilling companies as a means to move on to time will tell. temporary solution to our resulted in potentially the accountable for any renewable fuel sources to buy oil crisis is right on our largest oil spill in world shortcomings in drilling time for the development and shores. Russia and Cuba history, bringing destruction safety. employment of renewable have successfully found oil to both human and ocean Unfortunately, it seems energy. Offshore drilling reserves on the ocean floor. life. It also costs a lot of that both political parties does just that. Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 8 Don’t turn off the SUBMERGE light VANESSA RUEDA Staff Writer It’s that time of was the best theme the park has had since he has been year again where the air becomes just a bit more frightening, attending, this year promises to be the best one yet. With the dark holds more surprises than ever, and there is more several haunted houses such as “Reflections of Fear,” to a mirror than meets the eye. At least, that’s how it is at “Once Upon a Nightmare,” “Creatures!,” “Interstellar this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Terror,” “Dead Exposure,” and others along with “scare in Orlando, Florida. The theme is “Reflections of Fear” zones,” areas of the park that are themed specifically to featuring urban legends such as “Bloody Mary” scare you, such as “Asylum in Wonderland,” “Streets of among others. Blood,” and “The Path of The Wicked,” to name a While there have been few. This year has more haunted houses and rumors that seniors would “scare zones” than years before. For be attending this event those who have never attended, yes, as a class trip, Mrs. the rides remain open when Martinez was you attend. quick to end This year’s Halloween them. Horror Nights is sure to send a “The rumors scare down the spines of students aren’t true. It’s at Reef that will last a lifetime. not appropriate for high school students. If they choose to go on their own then that’s fine. There’s alcohol served and it’s just not something that Coral Reef will approve.” While it may not be a class trip, several seniors still plan on attending. Among them is Business senior Joel Perez who will be attending for the 4th time. Joel says: “I’ve been going for 4 years. The Halloween Horror Nights shirt from last year. It’s a thrill, I enjoy being scared and I usually go with a group of 25 people. This year’s gonna be sick!” While Joel’s personal view is that “Tales of Terror” How old is too old to trick-or-treat? After candy and CHIEDOZIE OKAFOR trick or treating are Staff Writer usually associated with little kids. “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give “I don’t see me something good to eat”—a song anything wrong I will be chanting door-to-door on with being over Halloween. 17 and trick-or- Yes, at the age of 17, I will be treating. I know dressing in a costume along with I’ll be doing it!” friends to not only play tricks, but to said Legal senior get some treats. Jean Sebastian Many people have come to me and Andre. asked whether I feel that I’m too old Apparently to participate in the tradition of trick everything or treating. My response is always concludes to the same: “NO!” There are no age “different strokes, limits on traditions and holidays. for different That’s like someone saying you’re folks.” Everyone too old to have a Christmas, it’s just feels differently unheard of! about the so called Although I feel a certain way about “age limit” for participation in such a “childish” trick or treating holiday, I wanted to ask someone on Halloween. else their opinion. Personally, I feel “If you’re going with a group of that it’s okay. Why people then its okay, but if you’re should anyone 17 years old, Thomas Martinez wonders why he shouldn’t be hindered from alone then yes, you will look foolish,” Trick-or-Treat said VPA senior Tiffany Shultz. doing something I somewhat agree with Tiffany. fun all because Yes, it’ll seem better with a group to see older kids come to my house people claim of people around my age group, but begging for candy,” said Legal Senior “you’re too old”? My advice is for if I was alone, is it that bad to want Nichel White. everyone to enjoy everything life has to candy? Now I know never to trespass offer. We are all here for a short while, “Thirteen is the last age anyone Nichel’s House on Halloween! Maybe so why not do something that brings should be trick or treating. It’s so lame there is an age limit to trick or treating. nothing but harmless fun. YOURSELF 9 Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 It’s all about the tricksters Harmless (and not so harmless) pranks liven up Halloween night CHAMERE LITTLEJOHN Staff Writer Halloween has always been one to have the best pranks and tricks up its sleeve. Ironically over the years, things have changed. It isn’t all about giving candy anymore, now-a-days it’s about playing a prank on society. The old classics are Ding dong ditching and going to a house to TeePee (toilet paper) it. However as a new generation is running the town, new pranks are in order. To what extreme have people gone to turn this holiday into what is called fun? The invention of shaving cream has been brought from under the sinks and is used to leave a nice clean shave on someone’s car. Pumpkin smashing has won an Emmy and now is the star role in our society. There’s nothing like seeing the extravagant pumpkin you took the time to create decapitated the next morning. Seniors Damien Rigol and Michel Tabbal “Teepee” the barracuda statue as their Toilet paper still stands strong in spite of Halloween prank. the competition it faces. The idea of having to clean up wet toilet paper that has been get the enjoyment of going around trick-or- garages can sometimes have tricks parked stuck to your tree doesn’t tend to be the treating. There still is a fashion show in the in them. best feeling you anticipate. streets with hideous costumes, and creative All in all, Halloween is a much anticipated Stephanie Nicholas, a senior in Criminal ones. holiday that most can’t wait for. There is no Justice, spoke out against Halloween Advocates for the thrill of Halloween also crime for having fun, just make sure it’s the pranks, “I think doing pranks are a waste go to the extent of setting up their garages right kind of fun. Tricks are always okay if of time. I feel the people that do pranks are or homes into a haunted house. This can they are safe and harmless. Is there advice juvenile.” too be a practical prank because people of any sort? Sure, beware of those talking Yet Halloween hasn’t completely lost its go to the extreme to get the screams of garages and don’t worry too much, your whole demeanor. Children (teens too) still the night. Be careful though, those talking candy bags will surely do all the thinking for you. Samhain: the night of the dead Discover the Celtic origin of Halloween and some its traditions and Samhain, which occurs the next day. Another Samhain tradition held that Halloween was a time to eliminate weaknesses—to do this, a person’s weaknesses were written on a piece of paper and then burned away. Halloween was a also time for fortune- telling and divination. Children and adults alike played games on All Hallows Eve to know their futures. To test a relationship, two hazelnuts were burned over a fire side by side. If they stayed together as they burned, the relationship would last. If they burst away from each other, the relationship would break up. Another small ritual on Halloween night was to place a perfect ivy leaf into a cup of water. It was left over night and if in the morning the leaf remained perfect, without All Hallows Eve was a time of fortune-telling. Tarot cards were popular means of any spotting, the person who placed the divining the future. leaf would remain healthy until next Halloween. Yet another game was played blindfolded, STEVEN LI The ancient Celts believed on this night, with several saucers containing different Editor-in-Chief the barrier between the living and the dead was thinnest and their lost friends and things. After the saucers were shuffled On the 31st of October, the veil between family members could cross over. Usually around, the blindfolded person would reach the spirit world and ours is thin. That night, in preparation for this visit, an apple is laid out and touch a saucer. If the saucer contained children and teens alike take to the streets, out: a feast for the dead. water, the person would travel next year; salt piling their bags with candies. Yet, this These ancestor spirits are believed to meant future wealth; dirt meant illness; a bean holiday was not always as light-hearted: bring guidance to their families for the foretold poverty; and a ring predicted love. Halloween originated from the Celtic year to come. In remembrance, candles are Samhain symbolized the dying of autumn holiday of Samhain, also known as “All placed at the graves of loved ones. At the and the transition into winter. It was a time Hallows Eve.” stroke of midnight, the spirits cross over for change, to let go negative things from the Traditionally the festival of Samhain is and all remain in respectful silence. past and start new. So this Halloween, get out celebrated on the first of November and A Halloween tradition, trick-or-treating those dusty Tarot cards sitting in the drawers, is considered the Celtic New Year. On the originated from the tradition of going from burn a few hazelnuts, or burn a few candles night before, the final harvest takes place door-to-door collecting bread, cheese, for the dead, and take part in this ancient and the dead are honored. and apples in preparation for the Feast of Celtic holiday. 10 Coral Reef Sr. High The Dark Knight hits the stage October 2008 A&E Drama students competed for victory in “Battle of the Classes,” parodying movie hits This summer’s blockbuster for the parents. Once the reputation, the actors weren’t hits battled it out Monday, parents have seen all the intimidated. September 15: theater style. skits, they donated money “You feel some sort of The “Battle of the Classes” to the class based on which power when you represent on is a play put on by all the performance they thought of the most famous villains drama classes: freshman, was the best. At the end, the in Batman,” said VPA junior sophomore, junior and senior, class that ended up with the Oscar Muñoz, who played where they create a 6 minute most money won the battle, the “Joker.” skit based on that year’s which happened to be the After the “Battle of the theme. sophomores this year. Classes” was over, the The 2008-2009 school “Battle of the Classes” drama academy moved on year’s theme was movies, was put together solely by to other productions. The giving each class a different the students, with the juniors next play performed by the hit movie. The freshman were directed by Henry Morillo. drama students was called given Wall-E, the sophomores “The juniors did amazing, “The Brain Wave Plays” on had to base their skit on I in my opinion they were the October 1st, 2nd and 3rd. am Legend a movie starring best. We had people rapelling This was their last play for Will Smith, the juniors skit from the second floor and the 2008 year. was based on the movie The dead bodies hanging from Starting off 2009, the I.B. Dark Knight and the seniors the catwalk,” said Morillo. senior drama class will be reenacted Mama Mia. As for whether it was performing their show in late Once all the skits were daunting for the juniors to February. finished they were performed live up to The Dark Knight’s Jamie Wheeler as Poison Ivy and Oscar Muñoz as the “Joker” College isn’t exactly Ivy Tri-M United Way League benefit concert MEGAN ZUCKER ALEXANDRA CASTILLA Staff Writer Staff Writer While buying my ticket at the box office The Tri-M Benefit Concert is a tradition here at the Reef, for the movie, College, I knew I would taking place every year since the events of September not be seeing an Oscar award winning 11th. Each year since 2001, the concert is put on in order performance. I went in with semi-hopeful to support a different cause. This year the Tri-M Benefit expectations of the movie, which were Concert supported United Way through donations of five crushed. What I really got was a waste dollars or more. The officers of the Tri-M Honor Society of 94 minutes. The plot of the movie and Coral Reef Music organized the event with the teacher wasn’t the least bit unique and had many sponsorship of Mr. Rose and Mr. Caves. similarities to the film Superbad. This year, the concert incorporated students from all “The movie was alright, but sometimes branches of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy, it got really boring. I would give it 3 including band, chorus, drama, orchestra, and piano stars,” said Business sophomore, Sheldon students. These students had been auditioning and Oxendine. rehearsing since September 2nd, and their hard work When the main character, played by proved to be a success at the benefit. Performances ranged Drake Bell, gets dumped by his girlfriend from classical, musical theatre, pop, R&B, jazz, Latin for being too boring, he and his two friends Paul Warren, VPA senior, debates music, and monologues. decide to visit a local college campus as which college to attend, like the “The show went incredibly well. All the performers did prospective freshman. The characters in the movie College. an incredible job, and I can honestly say that the officers three friends, with large resemblances of both Tri-M and Music Club were extremely impressed to the three characters in Superbad, get with how smoothly everything ran. There really weren’t recruited to one of the rowdiest fraternities high-schoolers to fight back, becoming the “heroes” any complications, and it was obvious that the audience on campus for the weekend and are granted access of the movie. really enjoyed the show as well,” said Nicole Iduate, Tri- to the college party scene. “This movie was like American Pie, but 10 M Honor Society President. Throughout the movie, typical fraternity times better. It was definitely the best movie of the This year, the concert raised a total of $1,400, the most brothers put the three high school seniors through summer!” said VPA junior Josh Burstein. out of all seven years of the concert. humiliating and disgusting acts of hazing. The During the entire movie, the audience was movie becomes uninteresting and painfully boring repeatedly disgusted with the many vomit and fecal within 45 minutes. Although I did let out a few centered humor. Whether or not it was the intention laughs during the movie, it was mostly at the of the director to continually sicken the audience is pathetic performances and screenwriting. up to the viewer to decide. Somehow, the three boys manage to attract the In the end, College was very predictable and was attention of a few college girls, who not only seem a downright horribly made imitation of Superbad. to believe that the boys are in college, but the Unless you enjoy watching repetitive vomiting girls actually really like them. When the fraternity scenes and typical fraternity hazing, I would not brothers find this out, they turn their antics of recommend anybody to waste their money and embarrassment up to a greater level, forcing the time on this film. What? Spanish Heritage Show spices up October Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 11 VANESSA RUEDA Staff Writer Hispanic Heritage Month “I’m going crazy!” said Mrs. Merly, the Hispanic Heritage and National Spanish senior and Salsa Club president, Karissa Dieseldorff. Calendar Honor Society sponsor, in response to her The club has been rehearsing on feelings about the upcoming activities for Mondays and Wednesdays in room 263 Oct. 8- Hispanic Country Fair the month of October. until 4:15 pm. The “big flowy skirts” In celebration of “Dìa de la Raza,” Karissa referred to hold a lot of symbolism. (Central courtyard- Lunch) the day of the discovery of America, on While dancing, the men typically have a Oct. 6 to 17- Hispanic Legacy October 12th, the Hispanic Heritage club scarf that represents passion. They snap Exhibition is bringing several events to the student the scarf at the women in a seductive body in order to appreciate the Hispanic manner while the women use their skirts (Media Center) culture. The kickoff activity is a Hispanic as a shield and back away from the men. Oct. 16- Hispanic Musical Show Country fair that will take place in the The skirts are opened and closed as the courtyard during lunch. ends are flicked out in a frantic manner, (Auditorium- 1:00 PM) There will be arts and crafts, ceramics, symbolizing the acceptance of the man. Oct. 17- Salsa Competition newspapers, posters, folk clothes, and In the show, students can expect to see more, all unique to an individual country. several singing numbers from students (Central courtyard- Lunch) There will also be a film festival during including Layla Martin, Karol Ramirez, Oct. 28- Spanish Film Festival school, where three different Hispanic and several others, along with several films will be shown to foreign language traditional dances such as salsa from Cuba, (Auditorium- FL Teachers) students. A salsa competition sponsored tango from Argentina, Plena from Puerto Oct. 31- Faculty & Staff Hispanic by the Salsa Club will also take place in Rico, and meringue from Dominican the main courtyard. Republic. Lunch Of course, the main event will be the The Magnet dancers are expected to (Media Center) annual Hispanic Heritage show. Since perform along with the Chamber orchestra, September, performers have been a select ensemble of 27 students of the rehearsing for the auditions of the music most advanced orchestra instrumentalists Other activities: portion of the show. Contrary to previous in VPA. They will be performing a piece • Lectures TBA/ pending years, there will only be one showing at titled “Margarita” by Manuel Tavarez. school during 5th period for students and “I enjoy performing in the show because confirmation teachers, and one showing after school at 7 it allows me to show my Latino heritage,” • Documentaries for School pm for parents and community members. said Legal senior Eduardo Herrera. “We’re going to be doing an Afro- The month of October is certain to bring viewing/ TBA Cuban piece called Aguanile by Marc many surprises and much entertainment, • Presentation of Hispanic Anthony. It’s a very African very jungle courtesy of Mrs. Merly and the Hispanic piece. We don’t have costumes yet, but Heritage club. Personalities/ CRTV Live we’ll be wearing big flowy skirts,” said IB 12 Balancing it all Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 Leading the masses Spotlight Students show remarkable signs of leadership Kathryn Hemsing talks about balancing ALEXANDER MELENDEZ Whether being President of a club or academics and sports. Staff Writer volunteering for community service, students find creative ways to help the community and make a difference. LEIDY PEREZ In a school known for its prestigious the uniforms Staff Writer and for the academics, tailored classes, and outstanding alumni, how is it possible for one student to season in Kathryn Hemsing, stand out among the rest? The only answer general. The Business senior, is to become a leader of leaders. team has is the ideal well It is already hard for one to find the time to only been rounded student. stick out with hectic teenage schedules and permitted She has successfully the added stress of being a Reef student. to use one balanced herself Yet students such as Louisa Santos, Sonul bus, due to between sports and Rao, and Mar Echevaria find a way. the severe school throughout “It’s called no sleep. I sleep about two budget cuts her entire high hours a night and even then it is a constant of MDCPS. school years. effort,” said Business senior and class Along She has played president Louisa Santos. with being a volleyball, softball, With the busy daily schedule she has, it star player, badminton, and is no surprise that she only gets about one she holds basketball and has fourth of the recommended sleeping time. Sonul Rao, President of Na- the national also been involved Why anyone would put themselves tional Honors Society. community in the nationally through the added stress seems absurd. service chair recognized club Is it to look better on a college resume or in FBLA. FBLA. simply to make a difference? Kathryn “My favorite “For me, it is not so much about has done has always been competition as it is about getting involved. activities volleyball, it’s I want to get people aware,” said VPA such as the exhilarating because Kathryn Hemsing wears her volleyball jersey senior Mar Echevarria. March of you are always on before a game. Mar is the President of “Do Something,”a Dimes and the move whether club designed to get students involved in a walk at you are touching the the community. Coral Reef ball, covering, delivering, or just getting Other students find unique ways to stick to collect funds for those in need. Kathryn ready for a hit; but more than anything I out in a highly demanding school like has placed in nationals with the FBLA and love it because it’s all about teamwork,” Sonul Rao, President of National Honors is also a member of the Business Honor said Kathryn. Society who reached her position in a very Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Teamwork is what she mostly refers back creative way. Kathryn serves as an inspiration to all to, stating that “the volleyball team is like “I rapped my speech,” said Sonul. those students at Coral Reef who fear the a family.” The team is now going through In a school filled with students who are struggle of balancing the academic part of Mar Echevarria, President of tough times because of the budget cuts but set to be the future of America, one needs their student’s life with the extracurricular the “Do Something” club. they are fundraisings to raise money for to find their own way of sticking out. activities. A poet in our midst In Retrospect Kim Berkley talks about her writing career and how to face criticism by Kim Berkley EMMA SINGER little harder to take their Sitting on the wall by the beach Staff Writer criticism,” said Berkley. frontier Kim is cautious about Coral Reef is home to a variety sharing her work with Waiting for the warriors of the of talents, ranging from art to break- others. “I usually tend waves to join me dancing. VPA senior, Kim Berkley, to keep my writing to is a talented poet, as well as an up- It’s a good day for a battle, and I’m myself until I really feel I and-coming author. like a piece but even then ready to fight Kim’s inspiration comes from I hesitate about sharing I’m ready to fight some of her favorite authors, such it. It’s actually much as J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, Standing on the scaffolding hanging easier for me to accept as well as her 11th grade English extremely harsh criticism way up high teacher, Mr. Menasche. from, say, someone online Waiting to grow wings so I can fly “He taught me more about writing who knows what they’re in one year than I had learned in far, far away talking about but doesn’t five,” said Kim. know me personally than My feet are tired of walking, but I’m Apart from poetry, Kim is also to hear it from someone ready to go working on a fantasy titled Three I really care about,” said of Swords, which deals with I’m ready to go Berkley. contemporary issues in a fantasy Still, Kim acknowledges Someone once asked me for a hand- setting. that criticism is a ful of change She also writes short stories, which necessary part of writing. she posts online, at www.deviantart. And in retrospect, I didn’t give him “At the same time it com. means a lot more to me enough Writing is Kim’s emotional outlet; when someone I love I gave him everything I had at the she unconsciously incorporates praises my work,” said issues she is going through into her time, everything Kim Berkley demonstrates her creativity with artistic Kim. character’s lives. She uses her poetry As to what advice she I gave him nothing make-up as a vent for her emotions; some of has for young writers, Watching me walking my warping it is rather private. poets and novelists alike, “I’m hoping to make writing my career. Many teenage writers face harsh criticism path from friends and family. Kim’s advice is to Kim urges them to listen to their Getting a real novel of mine on the shelves You never knew who I was, but you listen to everything, but to not necessarily English teachers and never stop writing is one of my dreams (and it wouldn’t hurt or reading. guessed follow their advice. to have a hit like Harry Potter, either!). So “And above all, never stop dreaming. hopefully I’ll finish Three of Swords soon. “If it’s someone close to me or, worse, Flick of my hair and a single step someone I really look up to (like a famous The best comes in the form of Who knows, maybe some crazy publisher more and I’m gone author I like or a good friend who also daydreams and nightmares.” will decide its good enough to sell!” happens to be a great writer), then it’s a Spotlight “So little time, so much Jammies for Kids Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 13 Michelle Fuentes, to do” IB Senior, opens up Alexandra Blake speaks about applying to KARLA ANDERSON colleges Staff Writer Michelle Fuentes, an IB senior, LEIDY PER- was watching Oprah when she saw EZ that one of the guests from Chicago started a pajama and duffle bag drive “Between print- for infants and children up to the age ing the applica- of eight. tions online, turn- Realizing that she could change the ing them in on lives of orphans after that Oprah time, SAT, ACT, show, Fuentes started a project of essays, and good her own. grades this college “I thought this was a cool idea, so stuff is rather nerve I decided to talk to Mrs. Martinez, as wrecking,” said IB well as the Children Home Society senior Alexandra to see what I can do to help,” said Blake. Fuentes. Seniors have This task was not as easy as it may many responsibili- seem. First, she had to contact both ties and expecta- Seniors, Karla and Claudia Cabreiro and Alexandra Blake the Children Home Society and His Michelle Fuentes, IB Senior, posing with tions. The college look over college applications. House Children Home to see if they received donations. deadlines are com- agreed with her idea. ing near and the on time. “It took over a week for them to Do Something is a club that recognizes seniors suffer through managing their time “It is a very hectic time of the year. But call me back, I thought they didn’t like the amazing young people who see a problem just right to be able to handle everything. it gives me a lot of pleasure because this idea,” said Fuentes. “I thought they had in the world and want to tackle it. “Not only do we have to deal with col- is what it is all about, getting the kids into enough projects helping them already.” There are boxes located throughout the lege stuff, but as IB students we have to college,” said IB counselor Ms. Vidaña. But as a matter in fact, both home societies school: rooms (Ford) 248, (Kirchner) 223, deal with IB things as well,” said Alexan- Not only are the students in a rush to fin- accepted the idea. (Scott) 310, (Paz) 307, and (Vargas) 105 for dra. The essays are one of the section of the ish all the applications, but the teachers and So Fuentes quickly started making flyers those who would like to make donations. application that students have the hardest counselors are also pressured to finish their and collected boxes to put in different “I think its great of her to do something time with. part of the process. rooms of the school that the students could like this and show how much she cares “It isn’t hard, it’s stressful because of the “It is kind of fun, seniors have done their donate. for those less fortunate than her,” said IB uncertainty of what to write, your not sup- jobs and this is just what is going to reflect In addition to collecting pajamas, Fuentes senior Barbara Uchdorff. posed to be writing to your best friend but all their hard work,” said CAP Advisor Ms. is also collecting hygiene products, like For those students who donate, some it isn’t an English paper either.” Harper. toothpaste, toothbrushes, pampers, etc. teachers are even considering giving extra Alexandra is applying to eight different The college application and acceptance which would go to the His House Children credit. universities and is struggling to keep up process is a very chaotic and time consum- Home. Fuentes will finish her drive on October with all the demands that are expected of ing one, but time management is the key “This is a very important project to me, 18th. her. to successfully finishing it in time. And for and I’m trying to spread the word out to “Please donate, because these are children She is one of the many seniors that are most seniors this is what it comes down everyone. I’m hoping to incorporate this that barely have anything and just the fact struggling between trying to keep up their to, the acceptance into the college of their project into the new club at school, Do that they have pajamas will make a big high school grade point averages and still dreams, even if that means having to go Something.” difference in their life.” being able to finish the college applications through such tedious processes. Our own soldier Mr. Mahoney after being sent to Germany speaks about his experience in the Air Force KARLA ANDERSON The military the side of a mountain about halfway up places a lot of the side and then you go to the top where a Staff Writer emphasis on castle is. They are both over 400 years old not accepting and are kept up nicely. It was quite a climb History teacher, Mr. Mahoney, delays in up the steps for a total of around 500 feet. returned from his 15-day trip to departures and Beautiful!” Germany. so things would But of course, not everything was His trip wasn’t a vacation but in more than supposed to be fun. The part that he least fact a job. Last year Mr. Mahoney likely become enjoyed was actually doing his job. The was in Kuwait for two months of tense prior to worst parts are when he had to inspect the the school year and returned to takeoff. planes that carried the remains of soldiers teach in October. When asked who died in Iraq. This year, he was sent to the what he “All movement stops in respect for the Ramstein Air Base, Germany to enjoyed the dead as they come through the Port. We are fulfill his annual tour requirement most about his constantly reminded that there is a war going for the Air Force Reserves, which experience, on and there are very real consequences,” is done once a year for 15 days. Mahoney said, said Mahoney, as he reflected back. “My job was to coordinate “Visiting the Mr. Mahoney’s annual tour ended two the movement of passengers nearby area days earlier than planned due to the several and cargo on the cargo aircraft around the hurricanes in the Caribbean. that the United States Air Force base as well as “We flew on an Air Force C-17 plane uses. The specific section that I Mr. Mahoney is happy to be back in school and grading papers after his trip a weekend tour into Dover, Delaware where we spent the work in is called the Air Terminal to Germany. in Belgium night and we were bused into Philadelphia Operations Center also known by with about 11 to catch a commercial flight into Miami the its acronym of ATOC. We are would call other sections of the Aerial Port others from my next day. We made it into Miami and down part of several sections in the Aerial Port to service the aircraft. squadron. We went by tour bus, which was to Homestead Air Reserve Base where we Squadron,” said Mahoney. Mahoney and his squad would also go full to its 45-passenger capacity. We visited spent the night until we were released on On a daily basis, Mahoney and his squad out to the planes before they would depart Brussels and Bruges the next day before Saturday September 6th to go home. This would go out to the airplanes and check the and ensured that all proper paperwork, going back to our base. We also visited ended our annual tour for this year.” cargo and passengers. They would gather cargo, and passengers were on the plane a town called Idar-Oberstein to sightsee. We are all glad to have Mr. Mahoney the necessary paperwork and if needed, ready to go. There is an old church that was built into back in school and proud that he is serving our country. 14 Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 Saving the world, one car at a time Technology An emission-free, fuel-efficient “Air Car” is in production Upcoming JILLIAN ROBERTS Staff Writer Air Car is a great idea, and a big money saver,” said IB junior Alex Hernandez. Gadgets The Air Car, currently being produced in India, EMMA SINGER With gas prices skyrocketing and the recent will be released in late 2009 or early 2010. Even Staff Writer obsession with the environment, the cost of though the cars won’t burn any gas, and there are driving a vehicle has an enormous effect on the no emissions, they still leave carbon footprints. Google Phone average car owner, and more importantly, on It will take small amount of energy to com- Estimated to cost $179 with a two our world. press the air, but much less than getting year contract, the Google Phone has a It is becoming a burden to own a car due to the oil from the ground and burning it in a car. tentative release date of Oct. 22. outrageous price of gas and a vast amount of air People are now more focused on “going green” pollution. and saving the environment and Air Cars are the Apple MacBook Touch Gas prices are constantly increasing. It costs perfect way to “go green.” Using the technology developed for more per gallon to fill up one’s car than it does Not only will CO2 emissions be greatly re- the iTouch, Apple is making a laptop to buy a meal at a fast food restaurant. duced, but people will save hundreds, even thou- with a built-in touch screen keyboard. People are constantly finding themselves leav- sands of dollars on gas. ing gas stations with full tanks, but empty pock- Only time will tell if Air Cars will become the 160 GIG PS3 ets. In addition, the carbon monoxide emissions key to ending global warming. But for now, they Scheduled for release in Europe in let out by cars is believed are certainly the best that we have. October, the 160 GIG PS3 is rumored to be a major contributor to to cost $499. global warming. What is America going to do? The answer lies with the Air Car. Instead of being powered by gas, the Air Car uses a motor that is driven by com- pressed air. It gets an equiva- lent of 100 miles to the gal- lon, can reach speeds of over 90 miles per hour, and costs less than $18,000. It is also environmentally friendly, because it is emis- sion free. “This is the most amazing thing I have ever heard of! The last time I filled up my Miles per Gallon in popular cars tank, it cost me $115. The A new kind of Facebook EMMA SINGER Staff Writer Facebook is seen by its 100 million users as a enabled the government to legally be “I think that this is a great idea, and not invading harmless, fun way to gossip, keep in touch, and able to listen in on telephone calls, read e- our privacy because if we put our share pictures. But all that is about to change. mail communications, and gave them access to information out there, whether its Facebook, or The CIA and FBI are teaming up to develop a medical, financial, and legal records. A-Space Myspace, people can see it. That’s why it’s new kind of Facebook, called A-Space, better will be a combination of all of this information, called the world-wide-web,” said IB freshman known as Facebook for spies. an immense database with all of our lives on Benjamin Pham. This new website will enable Secret Service file. A main concern of many spies involved in personnel to access information without barriers. A-Space has cost America just under five this project is a potential leak, from the inside Any information written online, filed in a million dollars. This program was put into effect or outside. A spy with conflicting interests could computer, or discovered by other agents will without the consent of Americans, and without easily transfer this information. Though this has be posted on A-Space. This website is a place their knowledge. Do taxpayers approve of how been a possibility since the establishment of the where spies can meet, share information, and their money is being spent? Does it matter? Secret Service, previously, a spy would only brainstorm about current issues. “I think that it’s okay and worth it, but should have been able to leak information from their Does A-Space violate our privacy? be really restricted because it has the potential own case/branch. But now, all of the information “I’m really big on privacy, so this makes me to be used dangerously. But it’s good that our is accessible to any spy. uncomfortable. I think it really depends on your government can keep us safe,” said IB sophomore Whether or not this new program is morally perspective,” said VPA sophomore Giovanna Patricia Dranoff. right, it is too late. The program will launch Barreto. Where will the Secret Service be obtaining this sometime from early October to December. Technically, A-Space is completely legal. The information? Mainly from other branches of our So remember, when on Facebook, be careful. Patriot Act, passed by President Bush in 2001, government, but also from internet sources. Someday the FBI may poke you. Sports A new beat hits the Reef 07-08 Lacrosse District Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 15 Cuda stomp makes its debut as the new step team Champions Can they do it again? JORDAN FELDMAN Staff Writer The Coral Reef Lacrosse team is looking forward another exceptional year after going undefeated in the regular season last school year. The team came out victorious as District Champions, but was later defeated at Regionals. “This year is going to be a big challenge. We lost all but a few returning varsity players so were going to have to reinvent Gerald Grant (president), Michael Davis (vice president), our style of play,” said IB sophomore, Jake Tavares Andrews (member) of the Sigma Beta team. Schiff. Due to a tough schedule for the 08-09 TRUDY CLARKE 15 girls or guys and five Dufreshe. season, the Coral Reef Lacrosse team has Boy’s lacrosse district championship Staff Writer alternates. Sigma Beta will perform a long road of hard work and dedication trophy for the year 2008 Although Cuda Stomp at their annual step show ahead of them. Their District opponents is not guaranteed at all pep hosted at Robert Morgan, include Palmetto, Killian, Western and “I expect to repeat our District Champion Cuda Stomp is Coral rallies, we will see Cuda which will be held on Columbus high schools. like last year, even though we lost 9 out Reef’s brand new step / Stomp at other shows, December 19th, 2008. With the graduation of many seniors of our 10 starters, we are still the team to hip- hop dance team. including the annual Tickets sales start some last year, including Scott Levitt, Michael beat,” said IB senior Michael Franklin. The clinics for Cuda Sigma Beta Step Show. time in November for Matthiesen, and Paul Thompson, the Ranked in the top ten in the State of Stomp were held on Students will also see $10. team will have to work even harder to Florida for Lacrosse Club teams last Thursday, September 4th them at the Dade County The goal of the show defend their status as defending District season, the Barracudas must over-achieve and Friday September 5th. Fair and Expo dance is to raise money for the Champions. It will not be easy to replace to match last years success. Finally, try outs were on competition groups’ main event which 1st team All-League Joseph Bellando, 2nd Friday September 12th. On the other end, Sigma is the college tour. Team All-League Andrew Bekkevold, and Anyone who was Beta is a youth group Students interested in 3rd Team All-League Logan Gomez on the interested in auditioning sponsored by the Phi Beta performing in the Sigma Coral Reef Lacrosse Team. was told to come in a Sigma fraternity. It consists Beta step show can Practicing every week, the team is looking white t-shirt, black shorts, of 25 male members and contact Gerald Grant, who to improve their game plans, conditioning, sneakers, and have their is dedicated to mentoring is currently the president and most of all, playing as a united team. hair pulled back out of youth and keeping men of Sigma Beta. “This is my first year on the Coral Reef their face. But what were off the streets. They can “We are a family not Lacrosse team so I have much to learn and they preparing for? be seen doing road blocks a team… a group of improve on, but if I work hard I’m sure The four captains of in order to raise money. brothers. Expect greatness I’ll see some progress in my game,” said Cuda Stomp are medical “Our main focus is to when you hear from Sigma Business and Finance Freshman, Justin juniors Sarah Girma, get out to the community, Beta,” said Grant. Garcia. Estefani Aguiluz, and last year we performed “Expect greatness” is a Head Coach Alan Bellando, starting his legal juniors Francesca at Miami heights quote that both teams hold third year as head Varsity Coach at Coral Polanco, and elementary,” said Business deeply in there heart. For Reef High School, will lead the Barracudas. Stephanie Dufreshe. senior Gerald Grant. the 2008 – 2009 school Coach Bellando was the recipient of the On the first day of the “We are currently year, Reef will hear a lot 2008 Coach of the Year out of Coral Reef’s clinics, 94 girls and guys looking for sponsors for from both Sigma Beta and District. showed up for a team our team uniforms,” said Cuda Stomp. that will consist of only Legal junior Stephanie Upcoming varsity football games 16 Coral Reef Sr. High October 2008 High Tide The Game of Life Our biology age vs. chronological age: how old are we really? Alina Sabatini, Agriscience senior, taking the Biological Age quiz online. MEGAN MIRANDA Staff Writer Scientists have theorized that humans have 22 years old. This means that the bodies of two ages. There is the chronological age, which these students are aging much too quickly. is the number of years a person has been alive, “It made me realize that I need to take and the biological age, the body’s true age. more precautions in my life,” said Frederick Biological age tells how fast the body ages Montgomery, senior in the Legal and Public based on what is done to it. The more stress, Affairs academy. health problems, and abuse one puts on their In order to slow down this aging process, body, the faster they will age. changes must be made in the students’ lives. David Niven Miller, author of “Grow These changes are made in their eating Youthful,” has written his book to try and habits, stress levels, sleep habits, and many help people slow their aging so that they can other factors that contribute to the aging appreciate the time they have. process. But how accurate is this theory of Biological For example, someone who chooses to Age vs. Chronological Age? On his website eat fast food everyday would have an age www.growyouthful.com, Miller has a Biological significantly higher than someone who eats Age Test for any person interested in knowing fast food once in a while and instead eats a their biological age. It calculates the body’s true balanced meal made from home. age based on answers given to 140 questions The number of hours a person sleeps a ranging from stress to health to dietary habits. night affects many body functions such as Several Coral Reef students have taken immunity production. Miller’s Biological Age Test and they all Other major factors the test considers when seemed to have different reactions to the ages calculating biological age are how much the test gave them. Some took the test lightly, alcohol, recreational drugs, nicotine, and such as Engineering senior Matts Michel. prescription medicine a person consumes. “[I] didn’t know I’d still be in school,” said The intake of the aforementioned items Michel, in response to finding out that while significantly affects the body in different chronologically he is 17 years old, his body has ways. Alcohol, nicotine, and recreational aged to 24 years old. drugs damage the body’s nerves, organs, and Others seemed a bit stunned by the results reflexes which adds several months if not expressing surprise and even a hint of years to the body’s biological age. apprehension. Jeffery Mondesir, Legal and However, there is no way of telling how Public Affairs senior, is also 17 years old and much a specific factor will age the body from the test he found out his body is 21 years because of the numerous other factors that old. need to be calculated as well. “I think the test is accurate and it’s scary. It The test and theory are just that, a theory, feels like its taking years from your life,” said but the point made by both is that people Mondesir. need to take care of themselves. This test was taken by seventeen Coral Reef The body is fragile and easily affected by students, varying from freshmen to seniors. The everything that is done to it, and ultimately, average biological age for these students was it will affect the life of the person.