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LOS ALTOS HIGH SCHOOL
NOVEMBER 21, 2007
Forum prioritizes Latino achievement
District and school leaders, teach-
ers and more than 100 Latino junior
high and high school students from
local schools gathered at the school
Wednesday, November 14 for a
forum on Latino achievement.
Participants hoped to boost the
academic success of Latino stu-
dents and someday help to close
the achievement gap.
“It came out of a desire to im-
prove academic achievement and
see if we can do a be�er job with
our students,” MVLA Union High
School District Superintendent Bar-
ry Groves said. “The purpose [was]
really to listen to students, to find
out what’s making them successful
and what are barriers ge�ing in
their way of being successful.”
The 7th to 12th graders who partici-
pated were chosen by counselors at
the seven schools. Students were from
LAHS, Mountain View High School,
Alta Vista High School, Cri�enden
Middle School, Graham Middle
School, Egan Junior High School and
Blach Junior High School.
The morning began in the Eagle
Theatre with a series of six speakers,
including Foothill College President
Judy Minor and Mountain View Po-
lice Chief Sco� Vermeer.
See Forum, Page 3
Students protest full Food drive a time to give back
day to reinstate café Scott Stephens
ASB has decided to eliminate
Jamil Poonja According to Julia Rosenberg,
the competition aspect of the an-
Managing Editor a member of the District Board
nual Thanksgiving food drive.
of Trustees, the administration
Without competition between
On October 26, an all-day is aware of the impact the new
classrooms, ASB hopes to promote
student protest was held in the laws have on the Culinary Arts
a more altruistic spirit throughout
quad against the closure of the program. District and school
the school. The food drive allows
Eagle’s Nest Café, run by the administrators are talking with
students and their families to give
Culinary Arts program. The local, state and national legisla-
donated food items to Second
protest a�racted 62 students tors to resolve the laws restrict-
Harvest, a charity that provides
by second period and 80 more ing culinary’s ability to sell to
food for the less fortunate.
during brunch. students.
Last year, the school raised
According “I applaud
12,000 pounds of food in its
to senior A.J. the stu-
quest to give back to the commu-
Pajarillo, a dents’ com-
senior culi- We wanted to show mitment to
nity. With this year’s drive, ASB is
looking to raise more.
nary student people that we can standing
“I’m hoping that we smash last
who helped up for their
stick up for what we year’s [goal] because everything SAMANTHA TSE
organize beliefs, but
benefits other people,” Assistant Freshman Adrian Sanchez (left) and senior Rebecca Kaufman tape
the protest, believe in. I think that
Principal Cristy Dawson said.
the dem- in this case a poster to announce the arrival of the school’s annual food drive.
Despite last year’s record haul,
onstration Kelly McCreery they may
concern was expressed regarding cannot be offered as a prize due to help to real people at this time of
was staged Senior not have
the morality of the competition regulations on the number of mini- year,” Becca said. “It’s especially
against the chosen the
with some teachers giving extra mum days. good to give back to the communi-
district ad- most effec-
credit for donations from stu- “Some students were giving to ty this season and give students an
ministration as well as the state tive method of expressing their
dents. Many don’t believe that win, not to help those less fortu- opportunity to help out as well.”
and federal food and beverage thoughts,” Rosenberg said.
the elimination of class competi- nate,” ASB Vice President Becca Second Harvest looks to help
restriction laws. “The best way to help raise
tion will increase donations. Kaufman said. the people within the community.
“We thought that [the pro- awareness with the legislators,
“Truthfully, I don’t really think Instead of a minimum day, ASB With donations of canned meals,
test] was going to get the at- both federal and state, is to
that there will be an improve- has decided the school prize will fruit, vegetables and other non-
tention of the administration, have the students themselves
ment,” sophomore David Ilishah be a visit from the radio station perishable products, the char-
and we were hoping that they tell their story.”
said. “People usually donate to 94.9 to play music for the school if ity helps families with dependent
would do something about it,”
See Protest, Page 4 get the classroom prizes.” the goal is reached. children and others le� in less
Additionally, a minimum day “[Our contributions] give real than favorable living situations.
News NOVEMBER 21, 2007
District wants taco truck to drive away Sydney Negus exist in neighboring towns
Content Editor such as Santa Clara. As the law
currently stands, it is legal for
In the midst of numerous a mobile food peddler with a
district-wide changes to the permit to sell anywhere in Los
way food is provided on Altos.
school campus, the catering “This ordinance supports
van (known colloquially as the our efforts to maintain a safe,
taco truck) usually stationed clean campus that serves only
behind the school at lunch is nutritious food to its students,”
being pressured by the district Dr. Groves said.
to leave. An October City Council
The taco truck, operated by hearing on the issue postponed
Julie Nguyen, regularly parks any such ordinance until further
on Jardin Drive behind the meetings could be scheduled.
school’s tennis courts during The ordinance has yet to be
lunch as part of a route that put back on the official agenda.
also includes local construction Nguyen does not think that
sites. The van provides a wide the ordinance would actually
variety of food, ranging from change much.
quesadillas to teriyaki chicken “If they don’t let me park here,
to cheeseburgers. It also serves I’ll just park further away and the
soda, packaged snacks and kids will come,” she said.
desserts, food that is no longer The taco truck serves a large
available on campus due to state group of student customers
nutrition laws. on a typical school day. Some
The district has voiced concerns customers are a�racted by the
about the van since it was first convenience.
brought to its a�ention in March. “It’s way be�er than the
The primary concerns are that the cafeteria, and it’s the only place
van competes with the cafeteria around here within walking
and sells food that is no longer distance,” freshman Danny
considered healthy enough to be Spiteri said.
permi�ed on campus, according Others like the variety of food
to state law. that is served.
“We think that areas around the “[The truck’s] the best,”
school that are close to the school sophomore Jorge Lopez said.
should maintain those same rules “They serve Mexican food.
as the school,” Superintendent They don’t serve that food [on
Barry Groves said. campus].”
This is why the district Nguyen sees her catering
suggested a city ordinance that van as a valid lunch option for
would place prohibitions on students.
mobile food peddlers near Los “If [the kids] want healthy food,
ANDREA LO Altos schools. The ordinance I have healthy food,” Nguyen
Freshman Matt Rinehart (left) buys a drink from Julie Nguyen (right), the woman who operates was later expanded to include said. “They have a choice. They’re
the truck. The district wants to restrict Nguyen from selling food to students during lunchtime. parks. Similar codes already not li�le kids.”
Event aims to promote tolerance
‘NOT IN OUR SCHOOL’ DISCUSSION COMBATS HATE CRIME
Sandra Song “We kind of deny or ignore
Staff Writer [discrimination] and don’t really
look at it, but we do have issues
The “Not in Our School” centered around race, gender
event was held from 6-9 p.m., and things like that,” Pearce
Thursday, November 15, in said.
the Eagle Theatre to present Clubs like ASB and Girls for a
themes advocating diversity Change were present to receive
and tolerance within our and direct a�endees. Students
community. who went to Camp Everytown
The goal of the program is to were also there to greet and COURTNEY MOULDS
work against the stereotyping, people and make them feel Eugene Wei (right) has been substituting some of math teacher Steve Co-
discrimination, hate crimes and welcome. chran’s classes. Cochran is taking the rest of the semester off due to an injury.
racism that permeate American PBS.ORG/NIOT “We want more exposure and
Culinary Arts Program and the
to raise awareness,” Assistant Teacher injury affects math classes
The nationwide campaign Principal Cristy Dawson said.
is meant to spread awareness art showcased was created by “We want to keep the lessons Douglas Sangster They are also concerned about
about these unacknowledged student artists from Mountain learned [at Camp Everytown] Staff Writer how effectively the curriculum
topics and to encourage students View High School. alive.” will be taught over the next few
to provide solutions to end the The art featured the themes of The lesson of tolerance and Math teacher Steve Cochran months.
prejudice that segregates so the event followed by a showing acceptance encouraged by the will be taking a leave of absence “The subs are trying, but
many. of “Not in Our Town: Northern event was well received by the until the end of the semester due it’s hard for them to adapt to
According to history California,” a documentary about a�endees and opened the eyes to a leg injury that occurred on our long-term needs,” junior
teacher DeeDee Pearce, who communities which were faced of many students. Sunday, October 7. As of press Natalya Copeland said. “We
organized the event’s arrival with hate crimes and a�empted “It’s really stimulated me to time, no permanent substitute have not learned trig in a
at this school, the “Not in Our to come together to respond to think more about equality and had taken over his classes, three month.”
School” campaign is a national the violence. the problems present in our sections of Alternative Pathways Cochran dislocated his ankle
movement that encourages A discussion, led by Milton community,” sophomore Ellie Geometry and two sections of and broke the tibia and the fibula,
communities to respond to hate Reynolds from the Facing History Fung. trigonometry. one of them horizontally and the
crimes. and Ourselves Organization, took “Not in Our School” worked In the meantime, other math other vertically.
This program has been place a�er the film and provided toward a more tolerant and teachers are available to help According to Cochran, he was
presented at Palo Alto High students with the opportunity to diverse environment for all students adjust to the change. immediately taken to a hospital
School for the past two voice their views on the prejudice students and many feel like “There should be no change in due to the severity of his injury,
years. This year, though, the and inequality o�en observed at just talking about these issues the curriculum, just a long-term which required reconstructive
campaign will take place in their schools. helped. substitute for me,” Cochran said. surgery of his ankle and lower
the Los Altos, Mountain View According to Pearce, the “Just the opportunity to have “We have other people in the leg involving plates and screws
and Saint Francis High School discussion tried to raise awareness a conversation about this topic Math Department helping out to hold his leg together. His leg
communities. among many students who aren’t will allow students to talk and with curriculum, such as Bob cannot sustain weight until the
The event included a aware that discrimination and be heard,” Principal Wynne Randall, Julie Hsieh and Justin pins are removed in December.
complimentary burrito bar hate are still present in their Sa�erwhite said. “A lot of Sligh.” His full recovery is expected
and an art show. The burritos communities, including this students don’t recognize these However, some students are by September of 2008, but he will
were prepared by the Los Altos community. problems, but they’re there.” having a hard time adjusting to resume teaching at the beginning
the irregular, indefinite agenda. of second semester.
NOVEMBER 21, 2007 NEWS 3
Most of the speakers were Latino
and spoke of their backgrounds,
their own experiences and the
importance of education.
Students were then divided
into small groups for discussions
in the cafeteria, staff lounge,
Tutorial Center and library.
There were a total of 14 groups,
each with 6 to 8 students and
2 to 3 facilitators. The groups
conducted discussions in either
English or Spanish.
The facilitators, mostly staff
volunteers from the participating
schools, lead the discussions
using a list of questions wri�en
by organizers of the forum.
For example, one question was
“What can we do to improve your
Students chimed into the talks
with suggestions and explanations
COURTNEY MOULDS of their experiences at home and at
Senior Charlie Morrin (left), freshmen Rachel Grate and Mark Levin use enlargers to process traditional, non- school. Their responses were then
typed onto laptops.
digital photographs in the darkroom. The darkroom will most likely be converted into a lighting studio next year. “The most important part was
listening to students, and we’re
Photo classes click with digital photography going to go back ... and process
that information and see how
we can make our schools more
Courtney Moulds students in Photography I and II buy computers, but in the long potential change. successful for Latino students,”
Staff Writer would still use cameras with film, run, it should be less expensive “The whole fun part of photo Groves said a�er the discussions.
but scanners would be used to and a lot healthier,” Hern said. “A is going to the darkroom and A�er 45 minutes of discussion,
The photography classes are upload negatives onto computers, lot of chemicals that you use in a actually developing the photos participants moved back into the
planning to use digital technology and the use of the darkroom darkroom aren’t very good to be and learning the process,” junior Eagle Theatre to listen to a panel
next year rather than continue use would be eliminated. breathing all day long.” Tavia Norheim said. “This year of five current and former MVLA
of the darkroom. Although this plan Several computers would Keeping up with technology and we’re doing not only darkroom students. The panelists, including
is not definite, the Art Department have to be purchased, and the giving students useful skills are also but we’re also doing a section of bookkeeper Nadia Ruelas,
is currently working with the darkroom would most likely be significant reasons for this change. digital, so we get both.” ’96, and Latin Student Union
administration on funding issues. converted into a lighting studio, “Most things are going digital,” Others are more optimistic. President senior Rosita Mancilla,
The school already offers a which would allow students to Hern said. “For most students, “I think it’s good because it answered questions about their
digital photography class in which take pictures indoors. when they work in a traditional will save paper and save trees,” experiences as Latinos.
students use digital cameras and According to Photography darkroom, they do it while they’re said freshman Ben Malenka, a At 12:15 p.m., students were
computers to process their works of I and II teacher Lindsay Hern, at school, but then as soon as they’re Photography I student. “It would released to a�end a�ernoon
art. Meanwhile, Photography I and there are several reasons to out of school, most people don’t be easier to adjust [photos]. If you classes a�er a provided lunch.
II students use manual cameras change the photography classes have access to a darkroom so they screw up with chemicals, then Following the forum, staff
with film and hand-develop their to a digitally-based curriculum. don’t really use the skills anymore.” your final print will come out met to review the feedback and
photos with chemicals. “Initially, it will be more Current photography students really bad, whereas with digital discuss its incorporation into
If the digital plan goes through, [expensive] because we have to have mixed feelings about the you can undo.” instructional practices.
CAHSEE classes help students pass test
Two classes are currently
offered to help students who
have previously failed the
California High School Exit
Exam (CAHSEE) to meet this
The CAHSEE consists of a
language arts section and a math
section. According to CAHSEE data
online, 68 sophomores (now juniors)
had not passed language arts and 40
had not passed math as of May.
Numbers of seniors who haven’t
passed is currently unavailable.
Theresa Nesmith teaches the
math class, and Héctor Pérez SAMANTHA TSE
teaches the language arts class. The Instructional Assistant Lorraine Wagner and junior Wendy
classes, both taught during seventh Feneron (right) solve math problems to prepare for the CAHSEE.
period, are not required for those
who have not passed the test, but “I don’t want them to be it is not English as a second
instead are considered electives. embarrassed,” Nesmith said. “I language; it’s standardized tests
“It’s basically a one-on-one just want them to come.” as a second language.”
tutoring session,” Nesmith said. Pérez’s class consists of 17 This year, make-ups for the
“We do practice tests also to get seniors and 2 juniors. Almost all test were administered to seniors
them ready.” the students are or have been in on October 2-3 and to juniors on
Nesmith teaches a class of English Language Development November 6-7. There will be more
six seniors and four juniors. (ELD). The class has created a opportunities for both to pass the
The class focuses on Algebra I bilingual glossary to help break test in March and June.
and geometry, the math topics the language barrier, which can If the students are able to pass
covered on the test. be used during the actual test. the test first semester, they will be
Nesmith makes sure to create “The aim is to have these released from the class at the end
an environment in which the students enter the testing of the semester. Those who pass
students feel comfortable and are environment ready for the test,” the test second semester must
willing to learn. Pérez said. “[For these students], stay until the end of the year.
4 NEWS NOVEMBER 21, 2007
Foro para News Briefs:
mejorar AVID recognized
logros latinos as great example
Mayra Ochoa The school has been chosen
Translator by district coordinators as a
California Advancement Via
Lideres escolares, profesores Individual Determination
y más de 100 latinos de la (AVID) Demonstration School,
secundaria y preparatoria de an award given to schools that
siete escuelas locales se reunieron set an exceptional example for
en la escuela el miércoles, 14 AVID programs nationwide.
de noviembre para un foro de “The AVID Program at Los
logros de estudiantes latinos. Los Altos High School continues to
participantes esperaban poder demonstrate a commitment to
aumentar el éxito académico de self-evaluation and continuous
los estudiantes latinos y ayudar a program improvement,” AVID
cerrar la disparidad de logro Regional Director Andrea
“Salió de un deseo de mejorar Lichter said. “All of the
los logros académicos y para ver essentials were implemented
si podemos hacer un mejor trabajo at the highest level.”
con nuestros estudiantes,”dĳo AVID is comprised of students
el superintendente del distrito who wish to go to college but
MVLA Barry Groves. “El may face academic hardship.
propósito de verdad era escuchar According to AVID
a los estudiantes para averiguar COURTNEY MOULDS Coordinator Roma Hammel,
qué es lo que los está llevando Students spent the entire day protesting the close of the Eagle’s Nest Café on Friday, October 26. the AVID program is successful
al éxito y cuáles obstáculos están Several board members and school administrators are talking to legislators to try to reopen the café. at achieving its goal.
impidiendo que sean exitosos.” “Before AVID existed, we
PROTEST: Students advocate for
Los estudiantes del séptimo al only had one Latino student
doceavo grado que participaron that made it to a four-year
fueron escogidos por los consejeros college,” Hammel said. “Now,
de las siete escuelas. Los estudiantes the success rate is much higher.
eran de está escuela, Mountain View
High School, AltaVista High School,
Cri�enden Middle School, Graham
return of culinary’s Eagle’s Nest Café AVID truly is the best program
I’ve been a part of in my entire
CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE
Middle School, Egan Middle School
y Blach Middle School. Food and beverage laws auditor’s a�ention, both Groves meats and seafood. Man arrested on
La mañana empezó en el The state law prevents and Associate Superintendent “[Stopping sales to students]
Eagle Theatre con una serie de unhealthy food from being sold of Business Services Joe White will cut into the value and level of
campus for alcohol
seis oradores incluyendo a la to the students. The federal law were asked to sign statements the food,” Ewing said. A young man was arrested
presidenta de Foothill College explicitly prevents “student affirming that they would not Though the students cannot around 2:45 p.m. November
Judy Minor y el jefe de la policía organizations” from selling food violate the law. sell to other students, they still 6 in the east driveway on
de Mountain View Sco� Vermeer. “prepared on campus” or the produce food, most of which is campus a�er teachers spo�ed
La mayoría de los oradores same food sold by the school’s Effects on culinary program thrown in the trash can. him and realized he was not a
eran latinos y hablaron sobre sus “food service program.” According to Culinary Arts According to Ewing, the student, according to Student
orígenes, sus propias experiencias “The [state] law doesn’t teacher Be�y Ewing, the law is culinary program receives Conduct Liaison Ron Nelson.
y la importancia de la educación. differentiate between a student doing a “disservice” to her 90 $7,000 each year from the school Nelson and Student Conduct
Después los estudiantes fueron group selling candy bars or students by only allowing them district funds, and no group has Liason Genaro Quintana
divididos para hablar en grupos doughnuts and the students from to sell to staff. The program will yet to subsidize money needed stopped the man, who was
pequeños en la cafetería, la sala the culinary arts program who lose between $10,000 and $15,000 by Culinary Arts. According to in his car, and held him until
del personal, el centro de tutoría want to sell fresh, healthy food this year because its cart can no Groves, any future subsidies police arrived.
y la biblioteca. En total había made from quality ingredients,” longer sell to students. would have to come at the According to police agent
14 grupos, cada uno con seis a Rosenberg said. All the money students make discretion of Principal Wynne Mark Laranjo, the man was
ocho estudiantes y dos o tres According to Superintendent goes back into the program, a Sa�erwhite. arrested for possession of
facilitadores. Los grupos llevaron Barry Groves, culinary’s Eagle’s majority into buying ingredients Ewing and students in the alcohol. Nelson alleged the
las discusiones en inglés o español. Nest Café had to stop selling to for each day’s preparation. culinary arts classes plan to alcohol charge was “among
Los facilitadores, en su mayoría students this year because an Because Culinary Arts only approach district officials at a other things, but I don’t know if
voluntarios del personal de las auditor found the sales in violation makes a $100 weekly profit by future school board meeting to I can divulge that.”
escuelas participantes, dirigieron of the state laws in May 2007. selling to teachers, students have discuss possible solutions to the
las discusiones usando una Once it was brought to the not been able to prepare many issue.
lista de preguntas escritas por Physics classes test
los organizadores del foro. Las student responders
preguntas incluyeron algunas
como “¿Qué podemos hacer para
District debates commemorating track Science teacher Adam
mejores su aprendizaje?” Shefali Luthra Randall’s physics classes
Los estudiantes participaron Staff Writer tested out a demonstration
en las pláticas con sugerencias y set of wireless student
explicaciones de sus experiencias The Mountain View-Los Altos responders last month, which
en la casa y en la escuela. Después Union School District Board of feature a graphical screen
sus respuestas fueron escritas en Trustees is currently considering and small keyboard. A�er
una computadora portátil. naming the school’s track a�er synchronization with the
“La parte más importante former track and field coach Leo teacher’s computer, its so�ware
fue escuchar a los estudiantes, Long. can be used to launch a variety
y vamos a regresar...y procesar The name Leo Long would of interactive activities, such as
la información y para ver cómo not extend to the school football taking polls.
podemos hacer nuestras escuelas field, which is named a�er The student responders,
más exitosas para nuestros former football coach Tom Burt. supplied by Troxell
estudiantes latinos,” dĳo Groves A sign to label the track would be Communications, were acquired
después de las discusiones. sponsored by a group of school by the school’s technological
Después de 45 minutos de alumni. implementation team. The
discusión, los participantes “I didn’t know [Long], but it team, comprised of teachers,
regresaron al Eagle Theatre para sounds like he did a lot,” Athletic was created during the WASC
escuchar a un panel de cinco Director Kim Cave said. “It would accreditation process.
actuales y anteriores estudiantes del be great to name the track a�er “The team looks at ways
distrito MVLA. Entre los panelistas him.” STEPHANIE BAER
to improve the classroom
estaban la contadora de la escuela The request to name the track The school track has been requested to be named after former environment through
Nadia Ruelas, ’96, y la presidenta was submi�ed by two former track and field coach Leo Long by former student athletes. technology, such as the student
de la unión de estudiantes latinos school athletes, Bill Frost and responders, plasma TV screens
Rosita Mancilla. Los panelistas Robert Stoecker, Class of ’62, said in a testimonial. 11 state champions in their and computers,” said Randall,
respondieron preguntas sobre sus both of whom belong to the Long’s record as coach is respective events and 8 national a member of the team.
experiencias como latinos. alumni group. Long coached impressive, including 18 Santa record holders during his time at Since the current set of 24
A las 12:45 p.m. se les dio both of the athletes, along with Clara Valley Athletic League the school. student responders costs $3,000,
el almuerzo a los estudiantes, many others who have sent in Championship wins between Burt also voiced approval the team is currently looking for
cuando acabaron con el almuerzo testimonials in support of the 1958 and 1979, 128 Dual Meet that the track be named for cheaper and alternative ways to
regresaron a sus clases. proposition. wins between 1956 and 1981, Long, writing that he would meet their goals.
Después del foro, el personal “He was a hero to many of us, 2 CCS championships in 1962 “heartily endorse this request
COMPILED BY DIETER JOUBERT,
se reunió para repasar los but he was also an individual and 1970 and a victory at the and welcome Leo’s name being
comentarios y averiguar cómo who influenced how young men California State Championships added to the present Tom Burt AND NATALIE LARSEN
integrarlos a la práctica. should live,” Neal Andersen, ’70, in 1970. Long also coached Field.”
NOVEMBER 21, 2007 Editorial 5
Thumbs Student activism a welcome
201 Almond Avenue
relief from student complaints
Thumbs up to the
school for its efforts
to promote sanitation
Los Altos, California
November 21, 2007
by providing hand
Editorial Volume XXIII, Issue 2
sanitizer in all classrooms and Opinion of The Talon
full soap dispensers in student Taylor Freret
bathrooms. In light of the The shouts and enthusiasm Managing Editors
outbreak of Staph infections that filled the quad during Jeff Liu
in school locker rooms, the brunch Friday, October 26, Jamil Poonja
administration has spread were not the generally trivial Ting Ting Liu
awareness and prevention by exclamations that accompany Opinions Editor
addressing this concern on bruchtime activities. These Calvin Hu
the morning announcements exclamations were of a Features Editor
and offering more reliable, Katherine Robertson
different nature—they were Issues Editor
convenient and accessible
unified shouts for a cause; Rahul Kishore
The school should maintain they were, quite literally, Ma� Rigodanzo
these improvements year- students clamoring to have Sports Editor
round in order to encourage their voices heard. Julia Cashen
and emphasize the importance The cause that warranted an Julia Duperrault
of good hand-washing habits. all-day protest was the close of Content Editors
the Eagle’s Nest Café and the Stephanie Baer
Thumbs down to the Sydney Negus
miscommunication that student store. While the cause Copy Editors
delayed the warning of was certainly important, it was Lauren Ilano
a violent sexual predator the actions of those involved Kristen Lee
in the greater Los Altos area. that should be lauded and Dieter Joubert
When a 17-year-old girl imitated. Instead of simply Hallie Keenan
was sexually assaulted on complaining about the flaws change, it is impossible for the piecemeal, ultimately that Adviser
Arastradero Road October 30, Michael Moul
or changes that have occurred, student body to meet its wants they are making an effort at all
many local schools (including students need to realize they and needs. If no voices speak is what ma�ers. Senior Writers
Palo Alto and Gunn High
have the responsibility to up to protest, change will Robert F. Kennedy once Nadya Agrawal, Claire Bedard,
Schools and Egan and Blach Natalie Larsen, Jade Shi, Paul
Junior High Schools) notified take power into their own never follow. The students said “Each time a man … Winterbotham
students the following morning hands and fight for what they who made their voices heard acts to improve the lot of Staff Writers
and suggested that trick-or- believe in. Student activism on October 26, if nothing others, or strikes out against Ancy Dow, Ava Foudeh, Kate
Keenan, Sahil Luthra, Shefali
treaters take precautions. This precipitates change. else, spread awareness of injustice, he sends forth a Luthra, Courtney Moulds, Felix
school was not one of those Perhaps the greatest their cause. Any changes that tiny ripple of hope, and … Ong II, Doug Sangster, Nicole
that warned students before examples of student activism follow will likely be a�ributed those ripples build a current Schreiber, Sandra Song, Sco�
Halloween. Stephens, Brian Walz, Kelly
are the sit-ins and protests to their efforts. that can sweep down the Wang, Meaghan Whitehorn, Alex
According to Assistant that occurred during the When we come together to mightiest walls of oppression Williamson
Principal Morenike O’Neal, the
60s and 70s in response to speak up about what should and resistance." Photographers
school was not notified by its Stephanie Baer, Charlie Falconer,
normal police department liaison the draft for the Vietnam be changed, nothing can stop Students should be reminded Andrea Lo, Courtney Moulds,
and did not formally learn of the War. Ultimately, these us. Many clubs on campus are of Kennedy’s words every Kelsey Mulcahy, Samantha Tse,
a�ack until two days a�er it had protests were effective in a�empting to change what time they open their mouths Alex Williamson
occurred. By the time a morning ending the draft. Although they dislike through their own to complain, be it about Nicole Duller, Tina Tseng, Tina
announcement warned of the many turned violent, it is efforts of student activism. the parking restrictions or Zhang
assault, Halloween night had the spirit and enthusiasm Girls for a Change hopes to cafeteria food. It is not enough Spanish Translator
come and gone. Mayra Ochoa
that students today should foster gender equality; the to want change; students must Webmasters
Thumbs up to channel lest the power of Environmental Club hopes be willing to effect it. Claire Bedard
senior Lisa Kellman’s youth be forgotten. to remedy the harm being It doesn’t have to start with Rahul Kishore
thoroughly entertaining When we students are done to the environment. much. In fact, just a few kids Los Altos High School’s
video announcements. complacent about unfavorable While their efforts are done carrying signs does the trick. journalism class is solely
They were cheeky, informative responsible for The Talon. It is
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Opinions NOVEMBER 21, 2007
Gossip does not fill a brain like current events
STUDENTS OUGHT TO KEEP UP WITH WORLD EVENTS FOR A MORE ROUNDED EDUCATION
How do you
Many teens stop at a nearby
coffee shop before going to keep up with
school. Students rush in and out
of the crowded store without current events?
even a glance at the newsstand.
Then they drive to school
listening to their iPods instead
of checking the morning news
At school, students choose to
gossip about the latest breakups
rather than discussing world
news. While online a�er school,
they engage in “deep” online
chats and write on friends’
“walls,” ignoring the news blogs
all over the web.
When did society’s teens COMPILED BY JADE SHI
become so self-absorbed? What
happened to caring about the rest 42%.............Internet
of the world?
The school’s Expected School 32% .....................TV
Wide Learning Results (ESLR’s)
wants students to be responsible 14%..............Friends
and knowledgeable individuals.
Students’ lack of knowledge of 7%........Newspaper
current events poorly reflects the
application of the ESLRs. They 5%..................I don’t
should take it upon themselves
to become knowledgeable about NICOLE DULLER
what is going on in the world
so they can grow into critical therefore, adults have more to on in the world. Also, keeping event that is relevant and related Current events can be used
thinkers. talk about with them. Adults also up with current events is time- to something that we’re studying to understand history and to
“I like to read about current tend to have more respect for consuming, and the information in the course, we will take the understand why the world is
events because it helps in class,” mature teenagers. is at times hard to digest. opportunity to do so,” Global the way it is now. It’s important
junior Daniel Moerner said. “That knowledge [gained from But the school offers a class for Connections teacher Gabriel that students learn about current
Daniel reads news on the current events] is something those who want to learn about Stewart said. “The key is [to use] events so that they can make
Internet or in the newspaper daily. you can use right now, even as a current events, even if they might the current event as an aid to these connections which in many
Current events cover a wide student, when you’re interacting find the information hard to understand the history, not to use cases are relevant to their own
range of subjects and can be with adults,” Daniel said. “It will digest. the current event as the history.” lives.
connected to many areas of make you seem intelligent, which Global Connections, a class By learning about current While surfing the net, eating
learning at school. Keeping up is important when you’re trying which grants 10 units of English events, students can be�er breakfast or watching television,
with the news can build reading, to get your point across and and 5 units of civics across two understand their own lives and students should take a few
writing and listening skills. you’re still young.” semesters, covers current events histories, the past and the future. minutes to read or listen about
Additionally, if students were Some students don’t keep up whenever possible. They are used “People make decisions upon what’s going on around them.
be�er informed, adults would take with current events for various as an “aid” to learn the history, things that are made in the past, If students have enough time to
teens more seriously. Students reasons. There may be a lack of but they do not dominate the and people justify things by write on Facebook walls, then
who keep up with world news are interest in news for those students curriculum. what’s been done in the past,” they should have time to learn
more knowledgeable and mature; who don’t know what’s going “If we can integrate a current Stewart said. more about the world.
Excessive use of plastic water bottles overwhelming landfills
Brian Walz world. A lack of recycling and landfills each year, and nearly 30 on the environment. impact is drastic,”Flora said. “The
Staff Writer a huge increase in plastic bo�le billion water bo�les were sold in “Students should remember the water bo�les don’t disappear.”
production have been detrimental 2005, double the number from 3 Rs [Reduce, Reuse and Recycle] Although plentiful in the
With a plethora of sources to the environment. 2002. Only approximately one in to help the environment,” Green quad, recycling bins are scarce
for water, students mistakenly According to an article seven of these water bo�les was Team Vice President sophomore by the fields and nonexistent
resort to buying an individual published in the San Jose Mercury recycled. Flora Champenois said. near the tennis courts. Therefore,
plastic water bo�le daily and not News (“Finding the right water There are many ways that one Simply reducing the amount of many plastic bo�les are
recycling it, which has negative bo�le for your lifestyle”), 1 billion can reduce the pollution and plastic water bo�les purchased is thrown into trash bins instead
effects on both the school and the water bo�les are discarded in negative effects water bo�les have the first thing one should do to of being recycled. The school
help the environment. should address this problem to
The next best option is to ensure that students have the
refill and reuse water bo�les, opportunity to recycle wherever
provided that there is a clean they are on campus.
source of water. Tap water is very According to conduct liaison
drinkable, and one should not shy Genaro Quintana, who observes
away from refilling water directly the daily recycling habits of
from the sink. students, most people do
A popular alternative is a whatever is convenient.
Nalgene bo�le or other reusable If they are near a recycling
bo�les made of materials such bin students usually recycle, but
as stainless steel, aluminum, should the nearest recycling bin
polycarbonate and corn- be a distance away, bo�les are
polymers. These bo�les can be disposed in the trash or even on
reused and brought to school the ground.
daily to save money and benefit “We have to change people’s
the environment. a�itudes, and that’s very hard,”
Buying water bo�les on Quintana said. “Some people are
occasion is not problematic and adamant about [recycling plastic
is o�en necessary. However, if bo�les], some people don’t care
one must buy a bo�le, that bo�le and they throw it where they
should be recycled properly. want to throw it.”
Throwing away bo�les adds to One should try to avoid
landfills; according to statistics purchasing plastic water bo�les
from Earth 911, plastic takes whenever possible, but if purchasing
over 700 years before it begins to a bo�le is necessary then it should
CHARLIE FALCONER decompose. undoubtedly be recycled properly.
Senior Lani Yort downs a bottle of water. While staying hydrated and drinking water is “So as consumption increases One does not need to be reckless to
important, it is equally important not to be wasteful and to always reduce, reuse and recycle. and landfill space decreases, the enjoy water.
NOVEMBER 21, 2007 OPINIONS 7
The Tutorial Center is an underutilized resource that helps students by providing tutors. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and located next to the library.
Tutorial center worth its weight in tutors
Ancy Dow increased academic success and and receive very personalized Abraham, an adult tutor at the
Staff Writer should not be wasted. Tutors Wanted explanations of a number of Tutorial Center.
“A lot of my students go to The Tutorial Center is confusing concepts. All in all, a visit to the Tutorial
First semester report card: the Tutorial Center and get extra looking for peer tutors in all “When I have questions from Center potentially benefits all
English - B. Math - C. Science - D. help,” physics teacher Karen subjects for all days of the class, I can just ask a tutor here, students. It offers a relaxing
Spanish - F. Davis said. “I would recommend week. Pick up an application and it’s really useful,” sophomore environment to those who want
That probably isn’t the best going there.” in the Tutorial Center today! Hanako Hino said. to finish up their homework and
way to be learning the alphabet. Many of the tutors who work Sophomore Kelsey Emrick provides valuable help to those
Fortunately, chemical formulas at the Tutorial Center are truly Contact: Quyen Nguyen agrees that the Tutorial Center who need it, completely free of
and sinusoidal functions no longer commi�ed to helping students Phone: (650) 960-8474 provides an atmosphere that cost.
need to be mortal enemies. improve. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. encourages a lot of academic “I would certainly encourage
The school’s Tutorial Center According to Tutorial Center productivity. all students to come here for help
offers a helping hand to all Coordinator Quyen Nguyen, and they don’t get paid, so they’re “I like to come here and study or if they have any questions on
students in need and is a resource one tutor took home an entire really working for a noble cause.” by myself,” Kelsey said. “It’s a a subject,” Abraham said. “It’s
that students should use. math textbook and painstakingly A number of students who really nice place to go to during important to me. I like to feel like
Some students may have a completed every problem in order regularly go to the Tutorial school, and I can get homework I can help the students that come
mistaken view of the Tutorial to be prepared to tutor students in Center agree that it is beneficial to done at the Tutorial Center, so I here.”
Center, thinking it is only a last that subject effectively. their studies. don’t have as much homework to Students at the school should
resort for those peers who are According to Nguyen, the adult “[The Tutorial Center]’s very do when I get home.” all utilize the Tutorial Center to
failing or academically inept. tutors who work at the Tutorial helpful,” freshman Sergio For those students that don’t their advantage, as tutors there
However, these students are Center not only have willingly Melendez said. “I get to catch up on want tutoring help, the Tutorial can patiently and effectively help
le�ing a precious reserve of sacrificed their time and effort my homework, and people explain Center is still an interesting place all students achieve academic
knowledge go to waste. In fact, the to help students succeed but are stuff to me when I don’t get it.” to hang out. It offers the benefit comprehension and success.
Tutorial Center was specifically also skilled and experienced at Sometimes students are of textbooks and the Internet and Though it’s good to learn the “A,
created to help students. It offers their jobs. intimidated by the classroom is not the dead silent land of the B, C”s, the “A, A, A”s make for a
a rare opportunity for students “Some of our tutors were environment and unwilling nerds or failures as some might sweeter song. Students can make
to overcome academic struggles professors at Ivy League to ask questions in class. This think. that happen with a few trips to
and gain a more thorough Universities or part of really makes one-on-one tutoring very “Actually, [the Tutorial Center] the Tutorial Center, and should
understanding of tricky subjects. successful businesses,” Nguyen effective. Students can ask as is quite a lively place. A lot of make the most of this worthwhile
This opportunity leads to said. “They’re really experienced, many questions as they want students come here,” said Sabre resource.
Thanksgiving should be top holiday
among family-starved teenagers
Felix Ong II count on seeing their family. give gi�s to loved ones, but
Staff Writer “We have cousins that come Thanksgiving is a holiday that
over,” Angela said. “It’s probably does not require any gi� at all.
With Thanksgiving approaching, one of the only holidays where we This forces families to focus on
big roasted turkeys, large mounds actually get together.” each other and not gi�s.
of mashed potatoes and delicious Thanksgiving honors that time Although the family bonding
apple pie are competing with of year where everyone feels is still a part of Thanksgiving,
family bonding time as the sole together. the food aspect of it is no doubt
purpose of the holiday. “[Thanksgiving] is like the not out of the picture. Food
Unlike other holidays that have bringing together of the whole,” for some people is what keeps
lost their real meaning among sophomore Bryan Cassella said. Thanksgiving alive. They look
teenagers (such as Labor Day), “Most of my family is separated.” forward to the food part of
Thanksgiving is the one day When things are not going well, Thanksgiving and that is it.
teenagers should count on to the family is the one unit that “You can always get to-go food
always have the same values. many teenagers know they can at a restaurant instead of having to
The primary values of go to for help. Thanksgiving helps make the food yourself,” Angela
Thanksgiving are spending time reassure adolescents that family is said. “It’s nice to enjoy eating
with family and being thankful still there for them. what your family cooks and picks
for one another’s company. It is a Generally it is more appealing out for everyone to eat.”
holiday that teens should always to take vacations on other The food on Thanksgiving
look forward to every year holidays; Thanksgiving is one plays a huge role in the interest
because of this. holiday where everyone should of Thanksgiving for teens but it
“It’s a day where we get be obliged to come together and doesn’t beat the feeling of being
together with our families, like to save the vacations for later. with your family. A huge feast
a family reunion,” senior Angela “It’s a time of the year when is nice and le�overs be�er, but if
Tran said. family gather together instead of teens do not share it with their
Most families don’t get the being busy with other things,” family, it’s just another meal.
opportunity to see their relatives junior Priscilla Lai said. Teenagers should continue
during the year. They may see One of the nicest things about to think of Thanksgiving as a
each other for birthdays, but Thanksgiving is that no one family-oriented tradition. Food
generally li�le else. Thanksgiving expects anything from anyone. is just a major side dish to family
TINA TSENG Christmas is a time when people bonding.
is a day where teenagers can
8 OPINIONS NOVEMBER 21, 2007
School needs to do the D.A.N.C.E.
Why do our dances have such
huge gaps of time between them?
It seems like there are a handful of
activities trying to distract many
Taylorvision students from what they want
to do. Homecoming is a blast
By Taylor Freret
because everyone who a�ends is
A Class That Pays in the mood to dance.
However, students are not
In fi�h grade, my math able to shake their groove thang
teacher gave the class a quiz again until the middle of January.
about writing checks. She This just does not seem fair. The
issued each student an unused school should have more dances
check, and then we had to fill in during the school year to keep
all the blanks. Unfortunately, this high energy and school spirit
I didn’t pass that quiz; I was flowing.
the one fi�h grader who didn’t The school has four dances:
suddenly become a millionaire. the Back-to-School Dance,
The big red “F” on my paper Homecoming, Winter Dance and
was enough to send me into Sadies (plus Prom for seniors).
tears and instill a fear of checks According to Principal Wynne
in me. Looking back, I remember Sa�erwhite, the school tries to RAHUL KISHORE
being devastated that I would have one every quarter, even “It’s hard because you need a body, pu�ing up decorations, provide money for the sponsors,
never be able to buy a life-size though currently there aren’t any balance,” ASB President senior making sure teachers can help it all comes down to the most
Barbie princess castle. But dances during second quarter. Jenny Uphoff said. “You don’t out and hiring a DJ, it seems that important fact of why there
looking to the future, I still feel Unfortunately, when most want to add another dance and there is no way a club sponsoring should be more dances: to spend
disillusioned. My knowledge of students think of school, they then have a shortage of people. would make any money. more time with friends.
money management remains think of the boring things like If people have too many dances, However, this is not true. “It’s fun to have fun with your
sorely inadequate. homework, tests, quizzes and [then] they’re not going to want The Choral Music Department, friends and be out there with
I would like to think that now lectures. For some, having dances to go.” sponsor of the Homecoming people you like,” freshman Jennie
I would be competent at writing is the light at the end of the dark The addition of another dance dance, was still able to make Leonard said.
a check if I had a checkbook. tunnel. also brings up the question of a profit of over $12,000 a�er Although students are around
But who even knows how to “I think they’re just really how the neighbors will take it. spending $2,000 on decorations their friends every day during
get a checking account? Some fun,” junior Skylar Bence said. “I While many students feel that and $700 for the DJ. classes, there’s just something
students can be�er execute an personally don’t get a chance to there’s an issue with disturbing While Homecoming was a huge different about being with them
online shopping spree than a go very o�en.” the neighbors, Sa�erwhite clears hit this year as well as previous at dances. It could be because of
cash deposit. Other students got to dances to up the misunderstanding. years, the school should add a the fact that everyone gets ready
Though the idea of balancing relieve stress. “Dances have never been an stag dance. Stag dances are fun together or that students can
a checkbook still makes me “It’s fun to relax and unwind,” issue,” Sa�erwhite said. “They and casual. just let loose and dance to their
nauseous, money management sophomore Sco� Greathouse said. have more of an issue when “It’s good to not have to favorite songs.
goes far beyond simply “[It’s nice] to have a break in the students drive poorly.” procrastinate and worry about Being able to just hang out with
writing checks. At some point, routine.” Because dances include the asking someone,” Sco� said. the people you like in a place you
I, just like every other student There have been discussions idea of organizing things such as Even though dances, whether want to be in just makes those
on this campus, will have to about adding more dances during having a large enough space to formal or stag, act as a way to stressful, three-tests-in-a-single-
start paying my own income the school year. hold a major chunk of the student prevent stress for students and to day periods of time worth it.
tax, and I don’t know what
that entails. I don’t even know
what income tax looks like.
Tall? Dark? Handsome?
New operating systems revive a high-tech debate
The whole process just seems Ava Foudeh
confusing. According to my Staff Writer
mother, she currently takes care
of paying for my income tax, but With the release of Apple’s
without a job how can I have an Leopard operating system
income? Does homework now following quickly on the heels
pay minimum wage? of Microso� Windows’ Vista,
My point is, I, like many other tensions between the two
teenagers, rely on my parents companies have never been
for money. I held a job once, but higher. But on which side of the
not for long. And even when I age-old debate should students
was working, I still spent my be on?
parents’ money. Whether we Although Windows is the most
go off to college or straight to widely used operating system in
work, at some point we all must the world, Macs have much more
learn about money and how to to offer than PCs.
manage it, a need I wish the Windows is the more basic of
school would fill. I don’t want the two operating systems with
to celebrate my 21st birthday by a straightforward layout and
filing for Chapter 11. structure of the system. PCs have
On this campus, I have a more professional feel to them;
learned how to solve complex the wide range of applications
calculus problems, write a five makes it easy to accomplish a
paragraph essay and avoid variety of tasks efficiently.
being trampled in the halls Macs on the other hand, induce
between classes. Those are all more creativity and are more
great things, but has the ability oriented towards artistic media.
to elbow students out of my Programs such as Photo Booth CHARLIE FALCONER
way ever taken out a loan? and iMovie allow users to create
I’ve heard that money makes and edit movies, photos, music
Apple Inc. recently released its new operating system, Leopard. Microsoft released its new
the world go round. But how and much more. operating system, Windows’ Vista, earlier this year. Now that both operating systems are on the
much? And can I pay with But this power doesn’t come shelves and being bought by consumers, the age-old question has been revived: Mac or PC?
a credit card? These are all without a price. The most basic
questions that the school could of Apple’s laptops costs $1,099, Macs may be more expensive amazing support systems for all never been easier and according
answer for me, in a semester while there are many different than PCs, but where that extra their products, online and at any to junior Ka Lau, “Its not a
course, an optional assembly, brands of Windows-based laptops money goes can clearly be Apple store. problem anymore.”
or even pamphlets in the for as li�le as $500. seen. Although various So which operating system
College Career Center. One of the distinct qualities “Macs are a lot faster and never compatibility issues between is more fit for the everyday
High school is supposed to of Macs is the user friendliness. crash or get viruses ... [They Macs and PCs made it near student? Macs have the best of
prepare us for the rest of our Although there may be a need to also] have really cool features,” impossible to transfer files both operating systems with the
lives. And this school does a adapt to the new features of the sophomore Vienna Rye said. between the two in previous business-oriented features of the
great job preparing us for most Mac, there is an extremely fast Most of the programs that years, the newest versions PC and creative applications that
of that life. But it would be a real learning curve. come pre-installed on all Apple of various programs have come standard.
shame if the giant, gaping hole “Macs were really confusing when computers must be purchased addressed this issue. Because Although the rivalry still
in this school’s curriculum— I started using them,” freshman for a PC. Also, for those rare cases of the standardization of continues, Macs are slowly rising
money management—became a Marika Lee said. “Now I know how when something does go wrong formats and programs, sharing to power in a once PC-dominated
giant, gaping hole in my wallet. to use them, and it’s easy.” with the computer, Apple has documents between the two has world.
NOVEMBER 21, 2007 Features 9
Classroom decorations reveal teachers’ personalities the song Babb was referring to,
Staff Writer and a�er hearing the title, it is
clear why he named his red tail
Everything has a story, boa constrictor a�er this song.
whether it be that fuzzy stuffed Covered in reddish-brown spots,
panda on the bed or the lime Lydia truly is a ta�ooed lady.
green knickknack si�ing beside Having Lydia around does not
the computer, and every story seem to bother students.
deserves to be heard—even “The snake is really cool,”
teachers’. Yes, behind droning sophomore Sydney Manning
lectures, your teachers can be cool. said. “I love snakes.”
It seems unheard of, a teacher According to Jenny, the snake
with a personality and another actually seems to have a positive
life outside the perimeters of the effect on the atmosphere within
campus. However, many teachers the classroom.
have other interests outside “It really lightens the mood and
of school and go on all sorts makes class more interesting,”
of adventures. Just by looking Jenny said.
around the classroom and
studying their possessions, you Chris Phipps
too can discover the other side of A life-sized cut-out of music
your teachers. legend Elvis Presley is clearly
visible from special education
Arantxa Arriada teacher Chris Phipps’ classroom
Among the many drawings door window.
and le�ers from previous beloved “I’m a huge Elvis fan,” Phipps
students on English and ELD said. “That was actually a prop
teacher Arantxa Arriada’s colorful from my 40th birthday party that
wall, one can find the 8 1⁄2 x 11- never happened.”
inch signed photo of America’s Birthday party that never
wealthiest woman, Oprah happened?
Winfrey. “My friends planned this huge
“I just love her!” Arriada said. birthday party with an Elvis
Arriada’s boyfriend Eli Brown, theme,” Phipps said. “Then a
who returned October 5 a�er week before the party, my dad
serving 13 months in Iraq, brought passed away, so it got cancelled.
the photograph home to her a�er The cut-out was a le�over prop,
working on the set of Oprah’s and so I took it home. It wasn’t
show. until this year that I realized it
KELSEY MULCAHY would be a good thing to put in
“Oprah was doing a special
show at Fort Campbell about
Science teacher Carl Babb “hangs out” with a few of his favorite companions during lunch. my classroom, a real conversation
pregnant army wives,” Arriada Lydia the boa constrictor and a stuffed parrot greet his chemistry students every day in class. piece.”
said. “Eli was a body guard for There is no doubt that this
her while she was there.” has spent her spare time traveling a�ernoon light are three hanging said. “It repeats what I say, so cardboard replica of the 50s’
According to Arriada, while to the corners of the earth in search quilts. The largest one, four feet if a student asks me to repeat dream boy is bound to stir up
Oprah and Eli were driving to of culture and a li�le fun. A few long and three feet wide, depicts something, I just push this some conversation. Standing at
their next filming location, Oprah of her travel destinations have a tranquil scene of villagers in a bu�on and it repeats everything about five feet-eight inches and
asked Eli if he was married. included Peru, Bali and Africa. small town. In the background, I said.” wearing an orange sweater and
He said no, but mentioned his Her classroom is a showcase for white-tipped mountains can be According to students, Babb classic black pants, the poster
longtime girlfriend Arriada and her many collections. In the right- seen behind the village roo�ops. enjoys the parrot. holds a startling resemblance to
her admiration for Oprah. Right hand corner of the classroom “Those I got in Peru,” Hammel “He uses the parrot a lot,” the real King of Rock n’ Roll.
then and there, Oprah pulled out is a 12 foot long lilac kite that said. sophomore Jenny Bakos said.
a photo of herself and a pen and resembles the face and wings of Carl Babb “He o�en sets it off right before In Conclusion...
signed the photo for Arriada. a dragon. Carl Babb is no ordinary science a test, while we’re taking notes, It is clear that with most
It reads “Best Wishes, Arantxa “I got it in Bali,” Hammel said. teacher. A bright, stuffed and or just to quiet the class down.” teachers, there is much more
Arriada.” “When I went, they were having fuzzy parrot perching in an open It is clear that Babb has a than meets the eye. Many have a
a kite festival. They even had cage sits motionless underneath personal connection to both the much different side to them that
Roma Hammel kite fights. The opponents would the television, and a snake bird and the snake. is represented through personal
Roma Hammel, English and a�ach glass to the ends of their remains tightly coiled in a glass The snake in the aquarium is objects hanging or posted
AVID teacher for the past 22 kites and try to knock the others aquarium against the opposite aptly named Lydia. around their classrooms. So in
years, can be described in one out of the sky.” wall. “I named her a�er the Groucho the future, look around and you
word: excursionist. Pinned high on the opposite “[The parrot] was a Valentine’s Marx song,” Babb said. may just find out something new
Over the past 10 years, Hammel wall and illuminated by the Day gi� from my wife,” Babb “Lydia the Ta�ooed Lady” is about your teacher.
Ambassadors offer new peer mentor program for freshmen
Nicole Schreiber in order to give support to the teacher,” Sharon said.
Staff Writer freshmen. Beginning in January The Ambassadors decided to
of 2008, a freshman teacher and get involved with the mentoring
The school’s Ambassadors a non-ninth-grade Ambassador, program because they believed
are developing a new peer ideally of the same gender, students would be more
mentoring program to help ninth will be assigned a particular comfortable working with a peer.
graders feel more comfortable student who the administration “The goal is that all students
during their transition into high believes is “falling through will feel they have an adult and
school. the cracks.” The teacher and student on campus that they are
“This program is designed the Ambassador will work in comfortable with, so they feel
for incoming freshmen who accordance to help the student more connected,” Robertson said.
the administration thinks may feel more comfortable on the The Peer Mentors are looking
be struggling to bridge the campus. forward to working with their
gap between middle school “We will work with them students.
and high school,” said senior more closely and help them stay “It will be really beneficial to
Sharon Hou, president of the connected to the school, as well as the struggling students,” junior
Ambassadors. help them be more academically Aleksa Bril said.
Head of the Ninth Grade successful,” Robertson said. “We As of now, only Ambassadors
Core Mentoring Program Keren want them to be successful as a are given the chance to be student
Robertson and Ambassadors whole person.” mentors because they are certified
adviser Suzanne Williams are The student and their assigned ALEX WILLIAMSON as Peer Mediators. However,
currently in charge of running Ambassador will be required Sophomores Jessica Rodriguex (left) and Jamie Eng met with anyone who is interested in
the program. to a�end the classroom of the other Ambassadors on November 6 to discuss the new program. participating in the new program
Inspired by former Assistant student’s mentor teacher during can contact Williams. All students
Principal Kathleen Meagher tutorial, where the student campus. The Ambassador will skills, study skills and overall are capable of lending a hand.
in 2006, the Peer Mentoring and teacher mentors will work also guide the student in ge�ing navigation through the school. “Our goal is to teach the
Program was created this year together to help the student feel involved with school activities “Ambassadors will act as ‘big students that helping others is
in accordance with the Ninth like he or she belongs to the such as clubs and sports, as well buddies’ to the students and work the greatest gi� in life,” Williams
Grade Core Mentoring Program community and has a friend on as help them with organizational in conjunction with the mentor said.
12 FEATURES NOVEMBER 21, 2007
Autoshop offers free car checkups
Felix Ong II
Cars are some of the most
cherished things in our society.
However, like all material things,
cars deteriorate if not properly
taken care of.
The autoshop classes are trying
Pardon My French! to remedy this by offering free
car checkups to the student body.
By Natalie Larsen
Students and staff must talk to
autoshop teacher Greg Ely to set
My Turkey “Faux Pas” up an appointment to bring their
car in. When a time has been set
Some things are as boring as
and the necessary paperwork has
the dust that clings to your TV
been completed, the car is taken
to the autoshop room and the
In my experience, lunch in
keys are given to Ely.
any school cafeteria is about as
The checkup program was
exciting as a Tater Tot-flavored
originally designed for the staff,
coma, with a similar medical
but has now been extended to
a�ertaste. When you’re a kid,
students. The main purpose for
lunch is a repressed memory
offering free checkups was to
and dinner is a distraction
make sure that the cars are safe
from valuable Frisbee time.
to drive to school. A preventative
Food is about as exciting as
maintenance inspection can now
television dust. In fact, I do not
be done to make sure the car is
believe that I ate anything at
safe when rain and cold weather
all until I got older and finally
strikes. This opportunity lasts up
discovered In ‘N Out. But even KELSEY MULCAHY
in cases like these, bits of dust Seniors Magdalena Brown (left) and Audrey McLaughlin work dilligently on a car together
“You can look for things that
are wiped clean. But where during their afternoon Autoshop class. The autoshop classes are now offering free car checkups.
might be a potential problem in
were the clean spots in my
the future,” Ely said. “Winter is
dull food experience? What
coming up, and many problems their inspection is that extra away customers is the fact that the the experience of working with
protected me from the forces
come up at the wrong time, labor is free. If serious problems cars are fixed by young students different cars.
of culinary evil, cooked carrots
especially when many people go are found, the owner will be who are still learning; however, “The service we offer is nice
and mystery meat?
on long drives for vacations.” contacted and can choose to buy this should not get in the way of because it gives me something
I thank my colonial heroes,
The depth of the free car parts that the autoshop classes ge�ing the checkup. interesting to do every day,”
those valiant men in high heels
checkup is very extensive and not will then install or replace for “I understand that they are senior Austin Kuo said. “It’s
for clearing my dust. Every
only limited to the basics. free. students,” social studies teacher interesting and fun to work with
November, I thank the Pilgrims
“We do lots of things,” Ely said. Inspections will be done during April Fritz said. “I feel safe different cars all the time.”
for pillaging through the dirt
“We look at things from lights, the school day and returned to because there’s a teacher guiding The preventative maintenance
and discovering a meal worth
tires, fluids and safety belts.” the owner by the end of school, a them. The only way to get be�er is program provides a variety of car
si�ing through, the epitome of
According to Ely, the American convenient and stress-free system application.” applications for the students to
all meals: Thanksgiving.
Automobile Association (AAA) for all. This way, the owner will According to Monica Placheta, work with.
In my family, November is
offers a checkup similar to the one not have to be inconvenienced by an autoshop student who takes “What I like about the service is
a holiday in itself, from the
the autoshop classes provide. The not having a car for a few days, appointments and works on cars, that all the cars and the problems
obsessive collection of canned
classes try to give the best quality a nuisance common to many the effort that the students put that we encounter are different,”
food that spans for months to
service they can supply for free. dealerships and professional car into the checkups affects their Monica said. “We don’t work on just
the great basting of the turkey
One helpful service that the service departments. performance in the class. one type of car. It just makes it more
that extends the entire week.
autoshop classes provide in A drawback that might scare Autoshop students really enjoy interesting to be in that class.”
But this year, Thanksgiving
draws near with a note of pure
grief in its merry tune. To my
dismal horror, there has been
no preparation. Sinfully, no
Eye on the Pupil: sophomore Tricia Cook
turkey has been slaughtered FORMER TV AND MOVIE ACTRESS DISCUSSES HER CAREER
in my family’s honor! Instead,
si�ing soggy on the stovetop, Kate Keenan to catch the next audition.
smirking at me through its Staff Writer “If you were acting during the
disgusting carved feathers, day, you couldn’t do anything
awaits the loaf of Tofurkey. Instead of spending your else,” Tricia said. “It took up your
What inhuman impulse time at school, listening to whole day.”
drove man to sit in his kitchen ringing bells and the shuffling Her family has always been a
and, lost in heavenly visions of students passing in the halls, huge part of her life, and they
of stuffing and pie, decide to imagine being on a movie or always helped her get to her
carve a turkey shape out of TV set all day with directors as auditions. Since acting took up a
nasty, ancient tofu? I would teachers and script memorization lot of her time, her mom, dad and
rather eat those Tater Tots and as homework. For sophomore aunt worked out a schedule that
coleslaw than suffer through Tricia Cook, this used to be all in allowed them to switch off taking
the Tofurkey disaster my a day’s work. her to New York while keeping
“health-conscious” aunt has Tricia, who recently moved the rest of her family happy.
planned for me. here from Ashburn, Virginia, “At first, it was hard to adjust
Quite frankly, I have had to be closer to family, has been to it, but as a family we figured
mediocre Tofurkey, and I have acting for television and movies out how to work it all out,” Tricia
had old bike-tire Tofurkey, since she was a li�le girl. She said. “They have all always been
and no ma�er how much the had “always wanted to be an willing to make adjustments and
mess resembles a friendly actress,” and her first audition compromises to make the acting
hand puppet, I will never be was for an Oscar Meyer Wiener thing work.”
a fan. In fact, I’m sure that at commercial almost a decade ago. Though she was enrolled in
least half of the ingredients Scouts recognized her talent and a public school, she rarely had
include squirrel and concrete, from there her career took off. time to get all her work done, so
so if you’re really trying to be Some shows on her resumé she is now excited to be back in a
healthy, carve a turkey out of include “Meet the Parents,” MOVIESCREENSHOTS.COM regular high school environment.
a carrot instead of an old bath in which she played a young A young Tricia Cook (front) plays the role of “little girl” on Because she was traveling to
sponge. kindergarten student; “Law and the set of “Meet the Parents,” starring Ben Stiller, in 2000. New York almost every day, she
So given my situation, what Order: SVU,” on which she had a had to give up outside sports
is there le� to be thankful for? recurring role as one of the main gets recognized by fellow actors. successful family member. and spending time with friends
Instead of happily sleeping detective’s twin daughters, and However, when her friends find “I like that Tricia does acting,” and family. Tricia now enjoys
through a traumatic family “Cut and Dry,” in which she co- out about her past, she says that Amanda said. “It is a very running on the cross country
reunion, my prescription for starred, although it never made it they get excited. interesting thing to do. ” team, playing club lacrosse and
a turkey sleep aid has been to theaters. “People I just meet tend to When she was acting, Tricia’s hanging out with her friends.
cancelled. I have been forced “I love [acting] so much freak out a li�le bit,” Tricia said. typical day involved leaving Although Tricia has put acting
into a horrifying conundrum of because you get to be someone “But once I explain everything, early in the morning with her on the back burner for now, it
misery, conscious, unsatisfied else completely,” Tricia said. “It’s people calm down and realize mom, driving to New York City will always have been part of
and forced to interact with almost surreal.” it’s not that big of a deal.” and either filming or going to her life.
the entire Larsen clan. My Although she has acted Tricia’s cousin and sophomore 30 auditions in one day. Tricia “I sacrificed my entire life,” she
dust has been spla�ered with in productions from “Meet Amanda NeSmith thinks that would go from one audition to said. “[But] it was worth it. And
Tofurkey muck. the Parents” to a Hallmark Tricia’s love for acting is great the next, spending five minutes even though I don’t act anymore,
commercial, Tricia only really and is proud to have such a acting and then quickly leaving it was a great experience.”
NOVEMBER 21, 2007 FEATURES 13
Club Corner: Future Doctors of America
floor is opened up to the members,
who can ask questions or make
Meaghan Whitehorn comments on things the club has
Staff Writer accomplished. Students also have
the chance to ask about job and
To most people, the FDA is volunteering opportunities within
known as the Food and Drug our community.
Administration, but at school, Because this is a nationally
it’s the Future Doctors of America established club, with groups
Club, which was started this year. at many other high schools in
The club, founded by the area, it will have a foothold
sophomore co-presidents Tina they can build off of. Gunn High
Chen and Reena Shah, aims School’s division of the FDA club
to prepare students who are meets every week and is almost
looking to enter the medical six times as large as the Los Altos
profession. Students have the chapter.
chance to learn more about The school’s FDA chapter,
particular fields, work with local though starting off small this
doctors at El Camino, Stanford year, has big ambitions for
and Kaiser Hospitals and find the future. And although they
out what working in the medical would like to grow and expand,
profession really entails. their first priority is to assist
Both presidents and some of the ALEX WILLIAMSON others interested in the medical
club’s board members currently Future Doctors of America (FDA) club co-presidents and sophomores Reena Shah profession.
volunteer and work in all three (left) and Tina Chen sit together and discuss the agenda for their upcoming club meeting. “Lots of people want to be
of these locations, including the doctors, and many people want
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit “as the years go by, [the] club will focused, in hopes that the club or fundraiser in order to donate to go to med school,” Reena said.
(NICU) and with the elderly. expand.” members can learn valuable to various organizations at the “All we want to do is provide
Many freshmen and sophomores The club and its board members medical information from the end of the year. Currently, the helpful information for them.”
have become active members of (nominated at the beginning of group. club is considering the Breast Any student hoping to learn
this club and currently make up the year by the co-presidents The co-presidents said they aim Cancer Awareness fund or more about the club and how to
the vast majority of its members; and approved by the other to “inform the students of ways to generally assisting those affected become an active member can
there are few upperclassmen. members) have set a list of five get involved or learn more about by the recent Southern California come to room 702 during lunch
According to the club’s co- goals that they are trying to run the medical profession.” wildfires. every other Friday or contact
presidents, this isn’t a bad thing. their meetings and club by. Four The club’s fi�h and final goal At the end of the official, Reena, Tina or club adviser and
Co-president Reena hopes that of these goals are educationally is to create some sort of project business part of most meetings, the science teacher Danielle Paige.
Disabled student overcomes obstacles Los Ambassadors ayudan
Staff Writer a los estudiantes nuevos
Most people may find dancing, Mayra Ochoa un amigo en la preparatoria. El
participating during P.E. or even Translator Ambassador también guiara al
climbing stairs easy tasks, but estudiante a que se involucre
that is not the case for one of Los Ambassadors están en las actividades de la escuela
the school’s students. For junior desarrollando un nuevo Peer como en los clubes y deportes,
Ya-Ching (Ginger) Hsu, even Mentoring Program para ayudar a y lo ayudaran a mejorar sus
walking is a challenge. que los estudiantes del noveno año habilidades de organización,
Ginger does not stroll around se sientan más cómodos durante la
the campus as most students do, transición a la preparatoria.
but instead must use a ba�ery- “El programa está diseñado ... Ayudar a otros es uno de
powered wheelchair as means of para los estudiantes del noveno los regalos más grandes que
traveling from class to class. año a los cuales la administración
hay en la vida.
Since birth, the bones in piensa que están teniendo
Ginger’s legs have been bent so problemas con la transición de Suzanne Williams
that she cannot walk stably. She la secundaria a la preparatoria,”
has a case of spina bifida, a birth dĳo senior Sharon Hou, Maestra de ciencia
defect involving incomplete presidenta de los Ambassadors.
development in the spinal cord La profesora de ingles y
and its protective coverings. encargada del Ninth Grade estudio, y como conducirse en
The condition is caused by the Core Mentoring Program Karen la escuela.
failure of the fetus’s spine to close Robertson y la consejera de los “Los Ambassadors serán como
properly during the first month of Ambassadors Suzane Williams un amigo para el estudiante y
pregnancy and occurs in one or se encargaran de este nuevo trabajaran en conjunto con el
two out of every 1,000 births. programa. maestro asignado,” Sharon dĳo.
Until this year, Ginger has had Inspirado por la ex asistente de Los Ambassadors decidieron
to journey to her classes by foot, la directora Kathleen Meager en el involucrarse con el Ninth
a slow and o�en tiring process. 2006, el Peer Mentoring Program Grade Core Mentoring Program
Her legs were encased in braces, fue creado en concordancia con porque ellos creen que los
which she took off only to shower el Ninth Grade Core Mentoring estudiantes necesitan sentirse
and sleep. Program para apoyar a los cómodos al trabajar con un
Over the summer, the bones estudiantes del noveno año. compañero.
in Ginger’s legs surgically Empezando en el 2008, un “La meta es que todos los
adjusted so that her feet could KELSEY MULCAHY maestro del noveno año y un estudiantes sientan que tienen
face forward, and she has now Junior Ginger Hsu exits P11 at the end of the period and goes Ambassador que no esté en un adulto y un compañero de la
grown accustomed to riding in a on to her next class with a little bit of help from her walker. el noveno año, preferible que preparatoria con quien se sientan
wheelchair. sea del mismo sexo, se le serán cómodos,” Robertson dĳo.
Her condition comes with and early dismissal from class Until then, Ginger says her asignados a un estudiante quien “Va a ser realmente beneficioso
consequences. Ginger cannot to avoid the massive crowds of condition is "okay," and most la administración sienta que para los estudiantes que tienen
do any physically exhausting students in the hallways. people Ginger has encountered se está desviando del camino. problemas,” dĳo junior Aleksa
activities. Rather than playing However, the classroom treat her respectfully. El maestro y el Ambassador Bril, quien va a ser una tutora
sports, she spends her spare time se�ing itself isn’t a problem. Her “They will be careful with me,” trabajarán juntos para asegurarse en enero.
reading and watching dramas on condition does not affect her Ginger said. "Some people ask me que el estudiante se sienta En este momento solamente
Youtube. schoolwork, and teachers try to what happened. Their response is cómodo en la preparatoria. los Ambassadors pueden
The school gives Ginger the make her academic experience a 'live strong!'” “Vamos a trabajar muy de ser tutores porque ya están
support she needs through its 504 comfortable one. Ginger's friend junior Jeffrey cerca con ellos y los ayudaremos certificados como mediadores
program. According to Counselor “When there’s group work, Huang describes her as "a good a que se mantengan conectados de estudiantes. Sin embargo,
Judy Prothro, the 504 program is usually the group will meet friend, open-minded and helpful." con la escuela y que sean exitosos cualquiera que este interesado
practiced nationwide, prohibiting where she is so she doesn’t have According to Ginger, the académicamente,” dĳo Robertson. en ayudar con el nuevo
discrimination against students to get up and move around,” school has done a lot in helping El estudiante y el Ambassador programa puede contactar a
with disabilities. Ginger’s English teacher Ryan her and insists that her life is asignado tendrán que la profesora Williams, porque
"The program is in place so Ikeda said. almost the same as the lives of atender la clase del profesor cualquiera es capaz de brindar
the people who have disabilities Though she cannot walk her fellow students, except with correspondido, ahí el maestro una mano para ayudar.
have accommodations, so the without a walker yet, she is a wheelchair. y el Ambassador trabajaran “Nuestro objetivo es enseñarle a
education is fair," Prothro said. currently going to physical “Don't look at me differently, juntos para ayudar a que el los estudiantes que ayudar a otros
These accommodations include therapy to build up the muscles but [it’s okay to] ask me some estudiante sienta que pertenece es uno de los regalos mas grandes
arranging classes so that they are she needs to be able to walk questions,” Ginger said. “Treat en la comunidad y que tiene que hay en la vida,” Williams dĳo.
close together, excused tardies again. me like you treat normal people.”
10 ISSUES November 21, 2007
Daily Scales| Music Helps students
Brian Walz People often associate themselves tends to help one focus or relax,
Staff Writer with groups of friends who listen whereas upbeat genres like rap
to similar music. and rock serve their own purposes.
Rap, 70’s classic rock, jazz, “Once you gain an image, you “Music tends to have a more
country—different genres of just want to stick to it,” Sherwin intense effect on teenagers because
music have become favorites said. of the influence of pubertal
among various groups of Music can often define one’s hormones,” said Professor Daniel
students, and the music plays an sense of identity, and many Levitin of Psychology Department
integral role in their lives. individuals tend to judge others at McGill University.
“[Music] helps me relax,” based on their genre preferences. Levitin is the author of the
senior Eric James said. “It’s just Although some students maintain bestseller “This Is Your Brain on
something that helps me think a certain style and listen to the Music.”
“It can cause feelings of
better, and most of the songs I
listen to I can connect with.” happiness and also fear, actually
Many students listen to music [Music] can cause feelings of changing brain chemistry,”
while doing their homework, Levitin said.
happiness and also fear, actually
talking with friends and trying to Freshman Teresa Fabbricino
changing brain chemistry. agrees that music can have a large
fall asleep. Many also use music
as a motivator before sporting effect on one’s mood.
events to get ready to play. Professor Daniel Levitin “It depends on what kind of
music you listen to,” Teresa said.
“I try to listen to music before McGill University
basketball games to get me into “If you listen to slow music, it’s
a competitive mindset,” junior calming and helps you fall asleep.”
Udaya Tenneti said. “Rap usually For some students, music plays
does the trick.” music associated with it, others a casual role in their lives, but for
Sophomore Sherwin Tavana are open to many different others, it is much more. Senior
agrees that music is beneficial varieties. Miles Beckstead plays in the band
before athletic games. “Listening to different kinds of “Heavy Weather” and would like
“It gets me going,” Sherwin music and staying open-minded to pursue a career in music.
said. “Before any type of game allows you to get different types “Music has always been a part
you’re just like ‘Oh dude, I’m so of emotions from music,” junior of my life, and it would be great
nervous,’ and then you play a little Kelsey MacDonald said. to get paid to do something that I
rock and you’re just like ‘Man, Kelsey listens to upbeat rap love,” Miles said.
I’m gonna win this game.’” and dance music when hanging Music is an expression of style,
Along with being incorporated out with friends and quieter character and personality. It is
into pre-game rituals, music plays alternative music when she tries not simply an art form or activity,
a role in society and the types to concentrate on homework. but can be a major piece of who
of images individuals portray. Psychologically, lighter music we are as well.
Citizens of hip-hop break new ground
Paul Winterbotham urban areas to the suburbs and innovation is the key.
Senior Writer even the heartland of America, Hip-Hop organization, a student
moving away from its gangster group at the school, operates on
“Hip-hop, hip-hop is dead. roots. The flavor of today’s the bleeding edge, both teaching
Hip, hip-hop, hip-hop is dead.” movement is less about the the latest moves and inventing
Despite what rapper Nas says, struggle that life brings, instead tomorrow’s.
hip-hop is far from dead; instead, focusing on themes that are Hip-hop is more than just music
it has never been bigger. It is constant throughout life. Many or dance; it is a style. It’s a walk, a
everywhere: on television, on the people are drawn to hip-hop by talk, a way life.
radio and on our campus. its universality. A lighter tone “It’s not what you wear, but
Hip-hop is a movement with a has helped draw in new fans how you wear it,” senior A.J.
huge following of people from all who relate to descriptions of the Parillo said.
walks of life. The underground human struggle. That is what hip-hop has
movement is alive at our school, Hip-hop has spread to all evolved into; it’s not what
with many students wearing hip- cultures and all corners of is done, but how
hop styles and listening to rap the globe, revolutionizing the it is done. The
music. movement. movement is no
It began as a way for urbanites The music aspect of hip-hop is longer just music—
to get out the frustrations of the most recognized, but other it’s a culture. Every
living below the poverty line. But elements add to the dominance citizen of hip-hop
today, it is an opportunity for free that hip-hop has in society. is an innovator;
expression and for musicians to Dances, clothing styles and dialect every citizen helps
talk about their situation. combine with the music to form decide what hip-hop
“What people fail to realize is the hip-hop culture. becomes. Hip-hop
that hip-hop was a culture before The dancing element ever explores the human
it was a movement,” English apparent at our school dances condition. And no
teacher Michael Smith said. “You include the “Soulja Boy.” Hip- matter what Nas
can’t stop a culture.” hop dancing is an expression of may say, hip-hop is
Hip-hop has branched out from personal style, a genre where here to stay.
November 21, 2007 ISSUES 11
Students jam with Mozart
When people hear about
student bands, their minds often
jump to visions of teenagers
banging drums and practicing
guitars in their garages. Rarely
do they imagine elegant quartets
and jazz ensembles practicing on
saxophones, flutes and violins.
For many students, however, this
second image represents a much
more common reality than the
stereotypical teenage garage band.
In addition to being involved in
the school’s orchestra, symphonic
band or wind ensemble, many
students continue to pursue their courtesy Bryan cassella
musical passions outside of school Sophomore orchestral quartet Anne Kim, Angela Liu, Diana Chao,
by forming their own groups. and Bryan Cassella plan to play at a senior home in december.
Students among this number
include senior Sam Vesuna, who of the quintet has helped him Angela and Diana play violin.
plays trombone with an on-campus “learn how to tune in a bunch of Instead of only playing at school
chamber brass ensemble that different skills.” concerts, they hope to volunteer
includes senior Charles Olaires on “We can really learn from each their musical services elsewhere
trumpet, juniors Max Butensky other,” Max said. and have scheduled appointments
and Mo McBirney, playing tuba Another on-campus ensemble to play at two local senior homes.
and french horn, respectively, and is the orchestral chamber quartet According to school music
sophomore Johan Mickos, who formed by sophomores Bryan director Ted Ferrucci the school
plays trumpet. Cassella, Angela Liu, Anne Kim has had a history of small musical
The brass ensemble began and Diana Chou. The group groups, although the number
playing last year. Although they started playing together two depends on the year.
only met a couple of times, Sam years ago. “It fosters student leadership
hopes that the ensemble will be “It’s like another whole feeling,” and creativity,” Ferrucci said. “I
much more active this year. Anne said. “You get to play pieces like to let them take the artistic,
“You’d think most people like you want to play. It feels like I can creative path and steer them in
CDs, but there’s something about It feels like I can try to do stuff the direction of jobs, if that’s what
live bands that a lot of people in with more than just the music.” they’re interested in.”
the community like,” Sam said. The quartet meets weekly to Music can be more than just
Max, who joined the quintet practice its pieces. Bryan plays lyrics, just notes, it can be an
this year, agreed that being a part cello, while Anne plays flute and undying passion.
“I’m happy and excited
[when I listen to it.] I
What’s on your iPod?
don’t know, I just love it
because it’s different.”
tiFFany Benavidez ‘09
Now Playing Now Playing Now Playing
Kiss Kiss ft. T-Pain Drunk Again Every Little Thing She
Chris Brown Reel Big Fish Does Is Magic
“Just in general, it’s a The Police
“It’s catchy and good song. It plays on the “It makes me feel
cool to dance to.” strings of my heart and happy because it’s
my emotions. It’s a great really upbeat.”
JenniFer ocHoa ‘10 song.”
Max napier ‘09 laura raley ‘10
coMpiled By claire Bedard
Entertainment NOVEMBER 21, 2007
GANGSTER A Review
Ridley Scott takes a shot at a gangster epic in his latest outing
Jeff Liu in a raspy baritone growl, able audience thinking throughout.
to convey rage and a murderous Though “American Gangster”
Which ‘Gangster’ character are you? intent without raising his voice. seems to have all the pieces to
With the directorial talents Washington has also mastered the achieve crime drama greatness, it
of Ridley Sco� and superb Q: If you found 1 million dollars in the art of the brooding stare, cu�ing lacks the lasting impact of “The
performances from Denzel trunk of a car what would you do? a fearsome figure with his dark Godfather” or “Pulp Fiction.”
Washington and Russell Crowe, eyes and expressionless features, Although the film enjoys a nice
“American Gangster,” based on the A. Use it to buy pure heroin straight leaving viewers quaking in fear. buildup and maintains a taut
real-life rise and fall of one of New from the source in Burma. As the foil to Lucas, Crowe atmosphere through most of the
York’s most infamous drug lords of plays a man on a mission to story, “American Gangster” lacks
the 1970s, Frank Lucas, comes close B. Turn it into the cops, only to have dirty take down his nemesis. Crowe the frenzied climax or signature
to achieving the same greatness as cops steal it and use it for personal gain. provides emotional depth to his moment that sums up the entire
“Goodfellas” or “The Godfather.” role, portraying the rough-edged, movie. There is no particular
Though lacking the small details C. Buy a life’s supply of ‘Blue Magic.’ down-on-his-luck guy poised to section of the movie that will blow
and signature moments that could finally get a break, reminiscent of one’s mind, no memorable quotes
have elevated it to a legendary
C. YOU ARE AN ADDICT
B: YOU ARE RICHIE ROBERTS his previous work in “Gladiator” nor action scenes. And thus the
status, “American Gangster” is an A: YOU ARE FRANK LUCAS and “Cinderella Man.” movie ends with viewers wanting
engaging film. For an R-rated crime thriller to find the scene that will keep
The movie shi�s between the lasting over the two-and-a-half- them talking for days.
intertwining stories of Lucas corrupt law enforcement officials . With two Academy Awards hour mark, “American Gangster” “American Gangster” is a solid
and his nemesis, detective Richie Meanwhile, Crowe plays Roberts, between them, Washington and has a surprisingly low body count. movie, a no-nonsense, entertaining
Roberts. Washington stars as a strait-laced New Jersey cop, an Crowe give electric performances Aside from a man being burned flick running on strong acting
Lucas, who amasses a powerful outcast in his own department for that make “American Gangster” alive in the opening sequence, the performances. Though not lasting
heroin empire through an efficient his oddly judicious ways. He is worth seeing. Although the two film showcases perhaps a handful enough to reach the top shelf of
business model. Traveling to tapped by the government to head don’t appear onscreen together of scenes of violence, none overly gangster movies, it is a satisfying
Vietnam in 1968 to buy pure heroin his own drug enforcement team in until halfway through the movie graphic in nature. effort good enough to be top dog
straight from the source, Lucas pays an a�empt to quell a surge in drug and do not interact until the Instead of the o�en heavy- on the movie block for awhile.
off U.S. army officers to smuggle trafficking. A�er months of fruitless end, both carry their respective handed, jerky storylines used in
the drugs into America and then searching, Roberts finally pinpoints sequences. Washington in particular modern crime thrillers, “American
undercuts fellow drug dealers by Lucas as the main perpetrator, gives one of the most dynamic Gangster” is filmed smoothly
selling his product at a fraction of beginning a cat-and-mouse game. performances of his career. His and intercut with scenic shots of Overall Grade:
the cost. By staying low and out Roberts works to convince his portrayal of Lucas may go down as
the grimy streets of Harlem and
of sight, Lucas quickly scales the skeptical superiors that a li�le- one of the most intimidating crime New Jersey. Sco� is thoughtful
organized crime hierarchy, soon known black gangster is running bosses since Marlon Brando in “The in his timing, moving the film
controlling a significant portion of the streets while Lucas struggles to Godfather.” Washington certainly along quickly enough to never get
the New York heroin trade while maintain order and control over his channels the quiet intensity of weighed down by a subplot, yet
operating beneath the radar of expanding network. Vito Corleone, delivering his lines adding enough story to keep the
Jay-Z’s new album jazzes with inspired style but has little new substance
Meaghan Whitehorn memories that he “hasn’t touched movie led him toward. The songs
Staff Writer on in a while,” particularly some contained in the album have
from his younger life in Brooklyn’s seemed to draw Jay-Z’s a�ention
Less than a year a�er the release Marcy Projects. as he is planning a limited tour in
of his first “post-retirement” In an MTV interview, reflecting the near future to support them.
album, “Kingdom Come,” Jay-Z on his album, Jay-Z said, “It was For Jay-Z, “American Gangster”
is back on the shelves with a new like I was watching the film and was a way for him to try something
compilation of songs inspired by pu�ing it on pause and giving a new in a direction he really liked.
Denzel Washington’s new film, back story to the story.” The album When asked how it was to come
American Gangster. The album tracks the rise and inevitable fall up with an album that you like
was released on November 6. of an impressionable drug dealer to produce, instead of thinking
Jay-Z has stated that almost from Brooklyn, not quite as a about that blockbuster single, Jay
every song on his album is based parallel to the movie, but as a spin merely replied, “It’s fun.”
on a specific scene from the Ridley off of ideas recalled from it.
Sco� film. Although his album is Initially, Jay-Z wasn’t looking
not the official soundtrack, Def to record again immediately a�er Overall Grade:
Jam Records (Jay-Z’s own label) his last album, wanting instead to
will be releasing that soundtrack, focus on his job as president of Def
featuring other artists like Bobby Jam. But, a�er seeing an initial cut
Womack and the Staple Singers. of the movie, being a big cinema
Jay-Z also stated that the direction and Denzel Washington fan, he
Jay-Z celebrates his new album “American Gangster” with a cigar. for the album is mainly personal couldn’t help but write songs the
NOVEMBER 21, 2007 ENTERTAINMENT 15
It Doesn’t Matter
Like so many seniors right
now, I am in the middle of
the great bundle of joy that
is college applications. It is
the one chance for everyone
to win the college over and
get into the school of their
dreams, but I have a question
for all the colleges across
America: Could you make
your applications any
I am unable to describe
myself in three words
or share a life-changing
experience that I will forever
Activision’s previous installments in the Guitar Hero series, remember. I do not have a
hero from a fictional novel–I
Guitar Hero 1, 2 and Rock the 80s, have sold millions of copies. don’t even have a real hero
for that ma�er–and I have
The mass appeal of the series is its ability to alure both hardcore no idea what these quotes
from poets even mean. Many
and casual gamers, due to its rising difficulty levels. We took of the applications asked
two writers, one with extensive experience with the series, me to define myself in one
word, and if I can’t do it in
and another with absolutely none, and had them record their three, think how hard this is
for me. I first wanted to put
seperate journey’s with the newly released Guitar Hero III. “sexy,” thinking that some
old woman on the East Coast
would love to get a nice,
My name is Scott. My name is Ava. water polo body to look at on
campus, but I decided against
What is a plastic guitar?
it. I then wanted to put “legit”
I am a Guitar Hero addict or “Zelda*”, but I’m pre�y
sure those aren’t Ivy League-
Scott Stephens there were ba�le gems that gave Ava Foudeh the colored bu�ons. material words. So what have
Staff Writer me power-ups such as le�y-flip Staff Writer Soon enough, my friends, who I put? Nothing, as I have no
(impossible), double notes (all notes also had never played Guitar clue how to define 17 years
I trembled with anticipation as are double, also impossible) and Maybe it was that I had Hero before, and I could complete into one simple word.
I sat out in front of the Mountain amp overload (flashing notes, nearly absolutely no musical ability. a song and not fail. Playing songs Another of my favorite
View Best Buy. My chair was impossible). As I dealt him his death Maybe it was that my real guitar with familiar tunes made it that prompts is where do you see
planted directly next to the door, blow, I threw down my guitar and was si�ing on the bo�om of my much easier to find the rhythm yourself in ten years? I see
and I made sure that nobody was performed a Rocky Balboa victory closet gathering dust. But when and beat of and consequently the myself celebrating the ten
going to get there in front of me. circle around my family room. I threw the strap of the small right “notes.” year anniversary of being
As I sat with my coffee in front By the time I had finished electronic guitar of Guitar Hero Sadly, the game began to asked this question (credit to
of the tremendous blue building, each song and moved past each III around my neck for the first lose its entertainment value Mitch Hedberg, R.I.P.)
people began to line up behind boss including Slash of the time, I felt extremely awkward. once we heard the same songs There is some information
me. With shi�ing looks and a Velvet Revolvers and Lou (the I couldn’t resist but to try a few that everyone liked over and about myself I don’t even
slight twitch in my eye, I kept devil), my hand was stuck in the air-guitar moves while the game over again, so we started to want to know. What has
a wrench in my pocket in case position of pressing down the was loading, which did not work experiment with different songs my social security number
someone tried to rob me. bu�ons. Although I struggled to out so well. I began scrolling and different types of game play. ever come in handy? Um,
For two hours I sat in front of Best straighten it out, my pinky was through a few easy songs. Unable That’s when we found the Ba�le never, although I have now
Buy to get my copy of Guitar Hero stuck in a bent position, and my to choose one, I closed my eyes Mode where two players could memorized it by heart, and
III for Wii, and as the sun beat down eyes were so glazed over that and picked one at random. When face off against one another it is…Do you really think I
on me, the employees of the store when I blinked, I kept seeing I opened them again, my scantily while throwing a�acks (such am dumb enough to give my
milled about se�ing up displays the different notes of “One” by clad bubblegum-pink-haired as broken strings) at the other social security number away?
and stations for the awaiting Metallica and “Welcome to the character was in front of a large player. From then on out, it was Come on, I expected be�er
gamers. They unlocked the doors, Jungle” by Guns and Roses. audience, and a series of multi- no longer friends playing a video from my readers.
and I eagerly rushed through the I had been in front of my colored dots were flying down game together. It was an all out But continuing on that
sliding doors, grabbed a long box television for 13 hours straight; I the screen. war to see who literally rocked point, I have no idea what my
and checked out of the store. was a rock legend, and I felt like A few seconds a�er staring and who did not. Friendships older brother’s middle name
I got home and ripped open the smashing my small, plastic guitar at the screen blankly, I came to were lost that day and enemies is, what his profession is or
box, popped the game disc into on the ground and lighting it on the realization that this was a gained. what brand of cologne he
my television and warmed the fire like a real rock star. less active, guitar-shaped DDR By the time everyone had wears. Hell, all these dumb
frets with my fingers as I waited I slept with songs of “The Who” game. I began to push the colored le� (some in tears), I had seen personal questions do is
to start the game. I spent hours and “Santana” running through bu�ons to match the notes on the something that I hadn’t since waste my valuable time that
picking a character, and finally my head, and when I got home screen. my Pac-Man playing days. A could be used to do…stuff,
decided on the new li�le Japanese from school, I had to sneak 20 A�er a while I noticed that simple, fun game that wasn’t like breaking my record of
girl that had the appearance of a minutes of hard rocking out to instead of the sweet, sweet music only for those people that spend 2 minutes 11 seconds on
purple and green Pokémon. get my fix. I have now come to the of rock and roll, all I was hearing all day behind a controller, but expert livel minesweeper
I began my journey to become conclusion that Guitar Hero III: were out-of-tune guitar notes. also people who just wanted to and trimming my great facial
a rock legend. I watched the li�le Legends of Rock is a sort of drug Next thing I knew, I was virtually have a li�le fun with a guitar (or hair. I do not need to answer
animated shorts illustrating my that may result in hand cramps, booed off the stage (a traumatic picking up what is le� of their the same pointless questions
growth with anticipation as I waking up sweating singing experience which no one should musical dreams). Guitar Hero over, and over, and over.
reached venues. Moving from a Tenacious D, urges to engage “Star ever have to go through) and had III is a game worth buying for I just cannot stand the wait
backyard house party to a bar to Power” when you are failing a test no idea why. anyone looking for a good time for the day I finish my very
a full blown concert in Japan, I and long periods spent in front of Instead of dumping this guitar to have by themselves or with last essay, lick my very last
played the songs unceasingly. My the television having a great time. in the closet with the other one, others. envelope, and click that li�le
hands cramped as the li�le circles I decided not to give up on the submit bu�on that controls
(the “notes”) came flying down game completely and invited a my future. At least I have
the screen at increasing speeds. All couple of friends over to see if
that went through my head was a Sco�’s Grade: they could figure it out for me. Ava’s Grade: only two more months of this
miserable activity, so have
series of colors (specifically, green, (Sco� is a longtime player) As soon as they started playing (Ava is a new player) fun the rest of the school–the
red, yellow, blue and orange). I saw a li�le black “strum” bar worst has yet to come.
Finally I came to my first ba�le on the guitar that simulates *Zelda is derived from the
against Tom Morello of Rage strumming the guitar (onscreen video game series Legend of
Against the Machine. We split directions popped up that I had Zelda. It means legendary or
the screen and took turns playing missed the last time) the bar had superior, and it was made by
solos. Instead of star power notes, to be hit simultaneously with Camille Fritsch.
16 ENTERTAINMENT NOVEMBER 21, 2007
A Site ‘Aladdin’ takes us on a magic carpet ride
Worth BROKEN BOX’S NEWEST PLAY RUNS NOVEMBER 29 THROUGH DECEMBER 1
Seeing Kristen Lee humor. But Broken Box had some
Copy Editor more serious issues as well—the
iDoser.com character of a Chinese inspector
In the coming weeks, Broken incited much debate.
Box can be found in a rather “[His lines] were very
unusual situation—guys stereotypical … of Asians,” Moran
Senior Writer dressing up as women, a girl said. “And we have to be aware of
I have an iPod. And just like playing the lead male and how we present ourselves to the
the rest of my iGeneration, I occasionally, some breaking community.”
use it to listen to my iTunes into song. The reason? Broken A�er several class discussions,
in my iHome with my iDog Box is rehearsing “Aladdin,” the the class decided to alter the
while I eat my iSandwich and selection for this year’s annual character. However, rehearsals
watch my iDVDs. And now I fall production. have been running smoothly.
can even buy an iDose from But don’t expect the Disney Another unique aspect of this
an iDealer, so that I can get version. Created by Stuart production is the addition of
iStoned and iUnconscious. Arden, this “Aladdin” is a British songs.
As ridiculous as it may pantomime, which is a form of “They’re taken off really well-
sound, college computer geeks theater that incorporates a lot of known songs,” junior Katie
have developed a new online audience participation. Chansler said. “They’re songs that
drug that may prove to be “What’s nice about it is that it’s people today would recognize. …
more addictive than Facebook. enjoyable for li�le kids, because We’re not really used to it so at
I-Doser.com is an online they enjoy the physical humor, first, it was kind of difficult.”
service that promises effects like but a lot of the lines, a lot of Nevertheless, they have so far
those of actual drugs, claiming the jokes are aimed at adults,” come across only small problems
to alter your brainwaves and drama teacher Nancy Moran with things like entrance and
give you a mental drug dosage. said. “You can really a�ract both exit cues, appropriate gestures
The product itself is easy to use ends of the spectrum for your of shock and horror and cape-
and straightforward for anyone audience.” swishing techniques.
with basic computer skills to Cast members have been “They’ve really started to make
“pick-up-and-play,” with a enjoying the different experience. it their own,” Moran said.
friendly interface and step-by- “I was really excited,” senior This is the first Broken Box
step instructions. In addition, Marissa Palmor said. “We usually production for sophomore Emma
first-time users are given some stick to things like Shakespeare Carr, who plays Princess Martini,
free doses upon initial download, … I think it’s good for us to somewhat the equivalent of
so if you are skeptical or uneasy be thrown into something Disney’s Princess Jasmine.
about listening, a “hassle-free challenging.” “It’s exciting to finally be in
high” is just a click away. Marissa will be playing the lead Broken Box,” Emma said. “And
The site provides a list of about male role of Aladdin; the gender- I think [“Aladdin”] is a good
50 available downloads, with switch is a tradition for British play to start with, because it’s a
prices starting at $3. The variety pantomime. Senior Grayson Carr comedy. It’s easier for actors to
of simulations is extensive, with plays Widow Twanky, Aladdin’s get into.”
choices including Nicotine, mother, also following the For both returning and new
Peyote, Marĳuana, Serenity, tradition of a male playing the Broken Box members, “Aladdin”
Victory, and Orgasm. lead female. seems like it will be a success.
The site boasts I-Doser’s “It was hard in the beginning to “It’s really fun … and really
mp3s to “scientifically synch find a character that wouldn’t be outrageous,” Marissa said.
your brainwaves to achieve a too annoying,” Grayson said. “It’s Broken Box will be performing
specific mood or experience, as such a physical, big role—it can “Aladdin” November 29 and 30 at
outlined by the dose you are be really hard.” 7 p.m. and December 1 at 2 p.m. SAMANTHA TSE
British pantomime is largely and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5 ahead Broken Box members Enrique Calderon (middle) and Sherwin
taking.” The downloads have
been advertised to put listeners based on puns and slapstick of time and $8 at the door. Tavana dance during a rehearsal of the upcoming play “Aladdin.”
in a trance-like state by using
sounds which are, according
to numerous I-Doser frequents, ‘Dan in Real Life’ ousts the conventional romance flick
what you might hear if you were
actually under the influence.
“I was very skeptical at first,” Senior Writer
an I-Dose marĳuana user with
screenname Gale said. “I got A man sets out on a family trip
bu�erflies in my stomach... the only to find himself falling in
feeling lasted for about four love with his brother’s girlfriend.
minutes a�er I took them off. It No, this is not another “Romeo
was really intense.” and Juliet.” Directed by Peter
Others, however, are more Hedges, “Dan In Real Life” is
skeptical of the effects. Senior a comedic depiction of a man’s
Rachael Wolber downloaded struggles between love and
the so�ware, and listened to familial integrity while trying ROTTENTOMATOES.COM
her free sample: Victory. to balance his responsibilities as Brothers Dan (Steve Carell, left) and Mitch (Dane Cook) battle for Marie’s (Juliette
“Nothing really happened to a father to his very independent
Binoche) love in Peter Hedges’ unconventional romantic comedy ‘Dan in Real Life.’
me physically… but my head daughters.
hurt a li�le from the sound.” Dan Burns (Steve Carell, “The find this movie to be another mother is humming and cu�ing even a simple “I’m sorry.”
Rachael said. “I’d rather go out Office”) is a columnist, widower rendition of a dull romance. vegetables in the kitchen. “Dan In Real Life” is a nice
and do something that makes and father of three daughters. As a film that tries to blend Fast-paced and abrupt departure from the popular
me feel victorious than spend He meets a woman named humor with drama, there are repetition is also used frequently “Transformers” or “Saw IV,”
$3 on some high pitch noise Marie (Julie�e Binoche) one day few instances in the film for to contribute to the humor of as it contains li�le action or
that’s supposed to make me in a bookstore and immediately where the actors can truly the film. A�er a busy day at suspense. It is entertaining at
feel the same way.” falls in love with her. Later, shine. Binoche plays the role his parents’ house, Dan finds times but holistically has li�le
According to an anonymous when he takes his daughters on of a quiet, and emotionless, himself abruptly back in his substance. Hedges a�empts to
source, his past experience a vacation to his parents’ house, character that two men fight “room” with the lights turned mix comedy with romance, and
with drugs has assisted the he meets up with Marie, only to over, and Cook disappoints off and the washing machines destroys the core aspects of
effects of the experience. find out that she had already by playing the role of a rather roaring in the background. Dan the la�er. However, this movie
“This really isn’t doing been dating his brother Mitch pathetic and indecisive brother is pulled over twice by the same deserves some credit for its
anything exciting for me,” (Dane Cook). who completely pacifies the police officer, and near the end improvisations on the average
he said. “I think that if I was A series of blunders by Dan rivalry between Mitch and Dan, of the film crashes into a police romance film, delivering a
actually on weed, I would in an a�empt to get Marie’s and puts li�le emotion into his car out of anger, a�er which his somewhat entertaining and
enjoy this a lot more. I think a�ention eventually turns him punch to Dan’s face near the end license is destroyed. definitely unexpected 1 hour
it’s more of a supplement than into an outcast from his brother, of the film. For those who are used to and 30 minutes.
an actual pure dose.” his daughters and much of his Carell is perhaps the only one crying at the end of romance
So whether you are searching remaining family. Dan, while who contributes any substance films, “Dan In Real Life” will
for a cheap thrill, or are merely seeking reconciliation with his to the film and makes it at least sorely disappoint. The ending
curious, the site is definitely
one to visit, as the effectiveness
family, learns a valuable lesson
of the importance of staying
somewhat worth watching. As
an “Office” veteran, he is able
for this movie is nothing than a
pitiful a�empt at mixing comedy
of the doses is such a grab bag. true to himself and valuing the to give audiences occasional with romance. Dan’s “apology”
You could get lucky. opinions of others. laughs to compensate for to his daughters, whom he had
I-Doser.com. It’s cheaper Overall the film is rather the otherwise dull plot. He neglected for the past few days,
than drugs, but might be predictable and slow-moving, is seen being drenched by a instead turns into confession of
unsatisfactorily less damaging. and if not for the subtle inserts of showerhead while fully dressed how much he loves Marie and
comedy, audiences may quickly and falling off a roof while his the entire sequence ends without
NOVEMBER 21, 2007 ENTERTAINMENT 17
Studio Art AP: students channeling inner artists The Baer
Nicole Schreiber Necessities
Ever wonder who could be the Stephanie Baer
next Picasso or Van Gogh? They
may be right here at school. Wiggle Your Toes
Studio Art AP, taught by Christine
An, is designed to foster growth I have two words for you. Two
in future artists. The 26 students words that we all experience
enrolled in the class experiment with some time during our high
all aspects of art as they discover school career. Two words that
their capabilities and explore the make some cry themselves to
wide spectrum of the art world. sleep. Two words that cause
This is the first article of a series, hyperventilating or nervous
which will feature Studio Art AP shaking. Yes, I’m talking about
students proving their artistic test anxiety.
talent. It was when I was an innocent
li�le sophomore that I first
Chris Fung, senior experienced this life-threatening
Chris decided to take this malady. Only a few weeks into
class because it was the highest the year, I was having trouble
available art class on campus. in my math class. We were
He has been taking art classes for moving at a rapid pace, and
nine years. I was surprised when I had
“What I like about art is how trouble with my homework.
open it is,” Chris said. “Anything On my way to math class
is art; there are no limitations to on the morning of the chapter
what you can do.” one test, I staggered up the
Chris also takes life drawing cheese grater stairs, shaking
classes at a studio called Rainbow and losing my balance. I
Art, located in Cupertino. During opened the door and hurried
this class, live models come in into the cold, tense room
and pose for the amateur artists where all of my classmates
as the students sketch them. were with their faces buried
“Chris has a very creative mind in their textbooks.
and does things on his own,” An “You have thirty minutes,
said. “He has already established class. Now, go!”
his likes and style.” Thirty minutes!? What!?
Chris plans to a�end an art Thirty minutes was not long
college and pursue an art-related enough to take a test! Was she
career a�er college. joking? My heart started beating
like the Energizer bunny, and
Nicole Dudley, senior my breathing sped up to a
Nicole has been taking art classes speed I had never reached even
since early childhood, and it is a while sprinting. Calm down,
pastime that turned into a passion. Stephanie, calm down.
“Art is a part of my life,” Nicole What are the 11 field axioms? I
said. “I have loved it ever since COURTESY NICOLE DUDLEY know this, I know I know this.
my grandma painted with me taking art classes, and her talent I couldn’t think of anything
when I was young. It brings back and love for the hobby has been because there was a big, gray
a lot of good memories.” the reason for her incredible cloud in my head hiding the
According to Nicole, Studio Art improvement. answers.
AP is a lot of work, but she still “I love art because it gives me “Pencils down!”
loves the class. a chance for creative freedom,” What?! I wasn’t even close to
“Ms. An is a great teacher,” Neggin said. “It is also very being done. I reluctantly passed
Nicole said. “I have had her since relaxing and calms me down a�er my test forward as I looked
my freshman year, and I love all a stressful event.” around at my classmates,
the people in my class.” The accomplishment she is most whose faces were as red as ripe
According to An, Nicole is very proud of is a perspective drawing COURTESY NEGGIN TAVANA tomatoes. They looked like they
disciplined and thoughtful. she completed last year. She spent were on the verge of crying.
“She puts a lot of insight into about 22 hours working on it, and “I love it,” Neggin said. “Ms. Thank God I wasn’t alone.
her pieces, and her technical skills her time and effort paid off. An is great and is there to help That was the first math test I
are far superior,” An said. “The piece won me $100 at a her students and give them some ever scored a C- on. In telling
Nicole plans to major in art in contest, and it was the first piece guidance.” my dad this, he gave me a
college, and continue doing what in which I actually recognized An also enjoys having Neggin
COURTESY CHRIS FUNG big Baer hug and revealed
she feels passionate about. that I had talent,” Neggin said. as one of her students. with a variety of media.” a surprising secret to me.
Neggin has truly enjoyed the “Neggin is very creative and has Neggin plans to minor in art in He told me to wear socks
Neggin Tavana, senior art classes at the school and loves lots of great ideas,” An said. “She college, and then continue on to whenever I had a test because
This is Neggin’s second year her Studio Art AP class this year. is also not afraid of experimenting an art school. he thought that having his
feet warm made his brain
‘Spice’ up your life with the return of the ‘Girls’ work be�er. This seemed silly
to me, but it still made me feel
Kate Keenan Their new CD will consist of their The next math test went much
Staff Writer greatest hits and some new songs. be�er. My warm feet made me
The tour, The Return of the Spice feel comfortable in the room
“If you wanna be my lover/got Girls, will be coming to some of that used to be deathly cold. I
to get with my friends.” These America’s most popular cities finished that test and received a
simple words could be heard including New York, Chicago, be�er score. It may sound silly,
singing at the top of every girl’s Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles but I really believe the socks had
lungs when the Spice Girls were and even San Jose in 2008. something to do with it.
in their prime, and now with their “I’m really excited for their Since then, I’ve tried to
comeback on its way, the question upcoming tour,” junior Genelle wear socks to all of my tests
on everyone’s mind is what will Barr said. “They’re definitely as a comforting tool. For those
the Spice Girls’ fanatics be singing one of my favorite childhood who normally wear socks, this
now? memories.” technique may have li�le effect
Many teenagers will not admit The group first signed together on you. But for people like me
to the fact that every day they in 1995, and from then on, who wear sandals every single
secretly still listen to the Spice their career took off. Hits such day, socks create a comfort
Girls, but now with the upcoming as “Wannabe,” “Say You’ll Be zone. I always keep a pair of
tour, which sold 1 million tickets There,” “Spice Up Your Life,” and socks with me in my backpack
in the first 24 hours, they can “Viva Forever” became instant deal, and almost everyone knows performed up to her potential. or car so that I can always be
finally come out of their shell. classics. Their last three records the words to ‘Wannabe.’” Soon, the Spice Girls will comfortable.
And yes, the rumors are true: sold a total of 53 million copies, Not only are the girls coming release their new single in Britain Even though I still experience
Posh, Scary, Ginger, Baby and and expectations are high with back with a tour, but also the and the United States, and they test anxiety, my socks allow
Sporty Spice are back. The Spice their new CD. documentary “Spice Girls: Give have been working non-stop on me to suppress the malady for
Girls are planning to release a “I think it’s awesome they are You Everything,” which will their upcoming tour. periods of time. They give me
new CD, coming out soon, and such a legend that people still are premiere on BBC. Melanie B Whether people have admi�ed room to wiggle my toes so that I
a worldwide tour, which kicks in love,” junior Maddie Freeman (Scary Spice) is on the new season it or not, the Spice Girls are back can still do my best on whatever
off in Vancouver on December 2. said. “It’s like a once-in-a-lifetime of Dancing with the Stars and has and ready to make an impact. test may trouble me.
Sports NOVEMBER 21, 2007
Junior Allegra Tringali
(above) gains control of
the ball during the CCS
BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS WATER POLO CONCLUDE LEAGUE Mountain View. The
SEASONS WITH VICTORIES AND GO ON TO PLAY IN CCS girls team won 13-1.
Senior Elliot Samuels
Claire Bedard championship match. are some players [who] are big
Senior Writer “We thought it was going to be shooters, some players [who] are (left) gets ready to
a really dirty game, and none of fast and some players who can shoot during the first
At the end of an exceptional us really wanted to deal with the steal the ball really well.” round of CCS against
season, the girls water polo violence and all that stuff,” Carey Although the team was strong San Bennito. The boys
team is looking back with pride. said. “But it turned out it was this season and was favored to
With a flawless league record pre�y clean and fair and it felt win CCS, they were defeated
took the win, 14-3.
and only three games lost really good to finally win, since in an upset by Leland High
before league games, the team this is the first time in the school’s School in the semi-final match. Alto, sweet revenge against a In the NorCal Tournament
was doing very well and was history.” The team played against Leland team that tormented them during at the beginning of the season,
looking forward to the league Winning the League title earlier this season, cruising to a the regular season. Palo Alto got to the finals
championships. definitely boosted the team’s 12-8 victory. “That was really nice,” junior against Sacred Heart, making
“It was kind of interesting confidence. The team was Even though the boys water Derek Koehler said. “They’ve them the second-ranked team
because we ended up playing optimistic about CCS because polo team has done well this been beating us in overtime the in the area.
[Los Gatos High School], and we they had done well so far, giving season, they fell to Menlo- whole season, so we finally beat “They took second, and so
were definitely expecting to play them the first seed. Atherton High School in their them in overtime and we won beating them is a really big deal,”
[Palo Alto High School],” senior The girls had a bye for the CCS quarter-final match. Menlo league championships.” Samuels said.
Carey Wong said. “[They have] first round of CCS and played Atherton won by one point Coach Ed Samuels was also This upset was a great
always been league [champions] Mountain View High School in the last seven seconds of happy. accomplishment for the team.
and they’re usually one of the best for the second round, winning overtime. “The team we beat have been “I wasn’t surprised because
teams.” 13-1. One week earlier, the team the perennial league champions we had all the talent—it was
However, there was an “I seriously believe that all of captured the SCVAL De Anza and there is an expectation that just about pu�ing in the effort,”
upset and Los Gatos beat Palo our players are amazing,” said League Playoffs with a 9-8 they’re going to win every year,” Derek said. “We played really
Alto right before the league goalie junior Anna Dilley. “There overtime win over archrivals Palo Samuels said. great.”
Their bones may break, but these athletes don’t
Sahil Luthra senior Margueri�e Aozasa Alex Cala injuries you can get. Even though
Staff Writer has been injured playing A�er going through the I got hurt, it’s worth it in the
soccer three times. She has summer without much experience.”
Barely three-quarters through broken her foot and has exercise, freshman Alex
the first semester, the number had several three-hour Cala joined the JV field Tim Vanneman
of student injuries is already surgeries. hockey team and pushed Sophomore Tim Vanneman,
staggering. Phrases like She’s had surgery once herself hard, saying quarterback for the JV football
“broken bone,” “torn muscle,” on her lateral meniscus, that if she felt any pain, team, sustained an injury during
“concussion,” “physical therapy” twice on her ACL and twice she would just “suck it the Homecoming game this year.
and “surgery” are casually tossed on her medial meniscus. In up.” But the change was According to Tim, his tibula and
around like footballs. addition, the cartilage behind perhaps too drastic, and fibula broke clean, Tim’s first “big
According to Sherry Auerbach, her kneecap was partially torn, Alex dislocated her hips injury.”
a physical therapist by profession and the doctors had to use her while running. A�er the ambulance got
and mother of sophomore athlete stem cells so that a protective Though her hips were popped onto the field, Tim was taken
Daniel Auerbach, there is risk in covering would form where the back in that same day, Alex was to the hospital for X-rays and
every sport, whether competitive cartilage once was. Margueri�e out of the game for two weeks. subsequent surgery. The doctors
or recreational. had her second surgery in July, She “could barely even walk” and inserted a titanium rod into Tim’s
“[Continuing to play] is up to which she said cost more than had to rest "a lot,” but was able to knee and put him in a hard cast.
the individual,” Auerbach said. $10,000. play a bit toward the end of the He also had to use a wheelchair
“Some are be�er conditioned— She can now put weight on her field hockey season. for a couple of weeks.
maybe it’s your physiology, your leg and hopes to be playing Despite this, Alex said that she Although the injury ended his
genetics, your whatever—but soccer again in March and will definitely keep playing field football season and will probably
everybody has to weigh it for next year in college, where hockey. It’s her first time playing restrict him from playing
themselves.” she will be a�ending Santa a sport that she really enjoys, basketball, Tim said that the
For several athletes, the game is Clara University on a soccer and she said that she was glad decision to keep playing despite
really worth the pain. scholarship. Despite several to experience both the pain and injuries “depends on how much
weeks of crutches and braces, “walking oddly” and several the game. you like the sport” and that he
Margueri�e Aozasa a lot of physical therapy to scars, Margueri�e said that all of “The sport’s really cool,” “will probably keep playing”
Since her sophomore year, strengthen her muscles, some her injuries were “good times.” said Alex. “There’s way worse a�erward.
NOVEMBER 21, 2007 SPORTS 19
Ballerina dances her way to the top Soaring
Tennis shoes. Soccer cleats.
Golf studs. Every sport has its
own type of footwear. Unlike
many other athletes, senior
Kristen Pawloski gets suited
up by lacing silk ribbons and
squishing her toes against hard
wood. But being a ballerina
doesn’t just include having
the right slippers. It also takes
poise, grace, determination and
strength. Kristen has a�ained
these traits a�er years of
Starting at the age of three,
Kristen has taken numerous
ballet classes. However, just like
learning any new activity, the first
couple of years as a young child
are just fun and games. Field Hockey
“When you’re li�le, you just
jump around … and smile at Senior Rachael Wolber
yourself in the mirror,” Kristen joined the varsity field hockey
said. team this year a�er playing on
A�er learning the basics, she junior varsity previously. She
set a short-term goal for herself, has been working to become
which ended up shaping her teen a more aggressive player and a
and high school years. Kristen strong leader for her team.
was determined to get pointe “I’m the [oldest] goalie on
shoes, slippers with wooden field hockey, so I really had to
planks sewn in to allow her to COURTESY KRISTEN PAWLOSKI step it up and become a leader
dance on her toes. But instead of Senior Kristen Pawloski practices at the barre for the “Nutcracker” performance in which for all the goalies,” Rachael said.
stopping once she achieved this she will play several major roles, including the Sugarplum Fairy and the Snow Queen. According to Coach Gerri
goal, Kristen continued to dance. Baldwin, Rachael saved at least
Now, Kristen is part of the perform the “Nutcracker” at the “Swan Lake” and “Giselle.” another type of dance,” Kristen 15 goals in their game against
Pacific Ballet Academy in end of the year, Kristen is proud In addition to performing said. “The moves you learn in Saratoga. Her teammates also
Mountain View. Being a top to have been able to get the top for the Pacific Ballet Academy, one dance can help you in another voted her Player of the Week.
ballerina includes having one role of the Sugarplum Fairy. In Kristen also has tried out for dance.” ““She’s one of those
to two-hour practices six times addition to this role, she’s also the American Ballet Theater Even though she has been a people who cares about her
a week. Because the academy’s the Snow Queen, Dewdrop fairy, (ABT). A�er the audition in ballerina for most of her life, teammates.” Baldwin said.
annual winter performance Spanish lead, Arabian lead, a San Francisco, Kristen had the Kristen is still deciding what she Overall, Rachael has had a
of the “Nutcracker” is being snowflake and a flower. chance to travel to Detroit for a wants to do during her college very successful season this year.
performed at the end of While she’s excited about her summer intensive course. At this experience. She would like to “I’ve had a lot of really good
November, Kristen has equally final “Nutcracker” performance, intensive, she was able to work minor in ballet her freshman year. games with some close saves,
long rehearsals before or a�er it’s also hard for Kristen to carry and learn from previous soloists Being a ballerina has had a and I think I’ve really been a
her daily practices. the dance workload. who had also been part of the larger impact on her life than just part of the team this season,”
Even though she spends hours “It’s been stressful because it’s ABT. learning dance moves and being Rachael said.
practicing, Kristen is able to my last year, and I have a lot of Kristen also enjoys taking with her friends. She has become
balance her school life and her roles,” Kristen said. Advanced Jazz classes at school a stronger person.
dance life. When she’s not practicing when she’s not performing in “When your toes hurt and bleed
“It’s actually not that hard,” or performing the Nutcracker, Mountain View or for the ABT. and turn numb, you have to push
Kristen said. “It all works itself Kristen gets ready for the four While jazz isn’t exactly ballet, she through the pain and get through
out somehow.” performances of the summer still feels it benefits her. it because it makes you stronger,”
With this being her last year to showcases, which include “It’s fun because you get to do Kristen said.
New trainer brings aid to student athletes
Ancy Dow here for several months, Gi�ens’
Staff Writer dedication to the Athletic
Department is already clear.
The school hired a new athletic “We’ve had a few serious
trainer, Jasmine Gi�ens, who is incidents [in sports] this year, SCOTT ABRAMO
currently involved in the majority and Jasmine has been there
of a�er-school sports at the school. every time, doing everything she Football
From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. every day, could,” Cave said. “She’s a great Sophomore Sco� Abramo is
Gi�ens can be seen prowling trainer, and I’d definitely rank her a receiver and defensive back
the fields, in the weight-training very high.” for the school’s varsity football
room or the gym. Gi�ens takes The students she has worked team. As a starting sophomore
care of injured athletes and helps with have also recognized and on varsity, Sco� has worked
them to increase their strength commended her ability. extremely hard throughout the
and physical well-being through “I think she’s the best trainer season to strengthen his game.
exercise and instruction. Los Altos has ever had,” junior “I just give it 100 percent
The school’s Athletic Veronica Milliken said. out there,” Sco� said. “And I
Department has a contract Sophomore David Ilishah, who listen to what people have to
with San Jose State University. plays basketball at the school, also say to me to make me a be�er
Students at SJSU who major in agrees that she is fit for the job. athlete.”
athletics are hired and receive “She cares a lot, and she has According to his coach, he
credit to work with high school magical healing powers,” David is always striving to gain a
athletes in two-year intervals. said. be�er understanding of his
Gi�ens, who moved from Gi�ens’ background in sports teammates.
Pennsylvania to the Bay Area, is also contributes to her dedication “He takes the game very
currently studying for a Masters and enthusiasm. She has been seriously,” varsity head coach
degree in athletics at SJSU. She a longtime sports lover and a Jeff Kalb said. “He’s probably
will work at the school as a GA student-athlete harder on himself than even
(Graduate Assistant) for the next Gi�ens played basketball “for the coaches … He’s coachable
two years through the contract almost all of [her] life” and was a … he’s durable … the toughest
between the school and SJSU. prized player at East Stroudsburg kid on the team.”
Her transition from university University of Pennsylvania, from A�er playing for varsity
student to athletics trainer has which she graduated. this year, Sco� feels he has
been smooth. As a result, she enjoys working improved as a player through
“I came into a great opportunity,” with the athletes at the school. competing against older
Gi�ens said. “Transitioning to “So far it’s been great here; I love athletes.
this school has been easy, and it,” Gi�ens said. “All of the kids
ALEX WILLIAMSON Kim Cave has helped me a lot in are very, very nice. They’ve been COMPILED BY COURTNEY MOULDS
Jasmine Gittens, the new trainer, assists a football player adjusting here.” accepting, and we’ve formed good PHOTOS BY ALEX WILLIAMSON
before practice. Athletes appreciate her help and kindness. Though she has only been friendships already.”
Sports NOVEMBER 21, 2007
Boys cross country makes
long strides despite odds The varsity team saw not only a competing against teams like
Staff Writer change in line-up this season, but Carlmont, who ranks nationally.”
also a change in coaching staff. Eric came in 60th out of 140
Though it felt the grind from Assistant coach Lauren Swigart runners with a time of 17:07, Ben
lack of runners, the boys varsity was a new addition to the team placed 67th with 17:18, and senior
cross country team was still able this fall. Charlie Kokernak placed 70th
to overcome the obstacles it “She is a huge inspiration to with 17:22.
faced. all of us,” said Ben Schneider, Senior Jon Tran rolled his ankle on
“[The season] has gone freshman varsity runner. “She a steep hill during the second mile of
somewhat surprisingly well, ran in the Iron Man a few months the race, forcing him into last place.
considering the number of varsity back and we all greatly respect Though for most, running may
runners that graduated last year,” her. She definitely had an impact seem like a side ache waiting to
sophomore Eric Safai said, varsity on our performance.” happen, Ben and Eric believe that
boys cross country runner. “Many Despite these changes, the team cross country can change one’s
people have stepped up to fill the placed highly in their meets and entire view on running.
empty slots.” qualified for CCS at the SCVAL “You come in thinking a mile is
One such player was freshman League Finals on October 30. insanely far and when the season
Ben Schneider. “Almost everyone including me ends, five or six miles seem far.”
“I was really surprised to make had a cold,” Ben said. “Also it was Eric said. “ It doesn’t ma�er how
the varsity team,” Ben said. at least fi�een degrees ho�er [at fast you are because it’s more
“Now that I’m there, I’m giving finals].” of an individual sport. You can
it all I got.” However, at CCS, the team improve your times and how you
Not only did the team lose overcame the obstacles presented feel [as a person].”
Paul Winterbotham key players to graduation, but to them and continued, despite Similarly, Ben feels that running
Staff Writer injuries prevented some runners the odds, to place in the low 60’s is not always what meets the eye.
in participating. and 70’s, an admirable placement “Though our sport seems
“We lost Jon Tran to shin given the overall field of 140 boring, it is the toughest one the
splints,” Eric said. “Brad Stabell participating runners. school offers,” said Ben. “The fact
PHOTOS BY CHARLIE FALCONER fell during a race and scratched “We did all right,” Ben said. “As that our entire sport is what most
Sophomore Eric Safai (above) and freshman Peter Ambiel himself pre�y badly, and me with a team, we placed in the middle…. other teams do for punishment
(above right) take off during a center meet at Crystal Springs. my broken wrist.” which is pre�y good as we were really says a lot about us.”
co-coordinator, Karen Plank,
the closing of the Grant
Keep your eyes peeled for
New coaches named girls varsity basketball, taking
Road pumpkin patch led to
increased sales this year. upcoming home games
for winter season
over for Sco� Green. Jackson
previously coached the girls team
Varsity baseball team
joins autumn league Wrestling:
at Saint Francis.
JV girls soccer team recently Dec 13 vs. Gunn @ 6:30 (JV @ 5:30)
lost its longtime coach Jon Pumpkin sales help Members of the varsity
Hayman a�er he unexpectedly baseball team are participating
quit his position. Hayman, a fund athletic boosters in a fall league hosted by Santa
history teacher at Egan Middle Clara University. While it is not Boys soccer:
School, could not put in the time The Athletic Boosters’ mandatory, about 15 of the usual
to coach this season. According main fundraiser has been the 17 to 18 players are participating
Nov 26 vs. Menlo @ 3:30
to Athletic Director Kim Cave, pumpkin patch located in the in preparation for the spring Nov 30 vs. Fremont @ 3:15
the school is in the process of student parking lot for more season.
looking for a new coach. Math than 20 years. The pumpkin Many local teams including Girls soccer:
teacher Theresa Nesmith will be patch is run by parents and Archbishop Mi�y High School
a co-coach along with the coach other volunteers. and Saint Francis High School
Nov 21 vs. Woodside Priory @ 3:15
that they will hire. The pumpkin patch began also participate in the league. Dec 7 vs. Santa Clara @ 3:15
Girls soccer was not the only selling pumpkins on Friday, Since it is run by Santa Clara
team to lose a coach for the October 12, until Halloween. University, it allows players
upcoming season. Wrestling lost Pumpkins ranging from $5 to $15 to a�end clinics run by the
its head coach, Marty Ma�hews. were purchased to help support university that help players Boys basketball:
While he still helps frequently the Athletic Boosters’ general improve on their technique. Nov 20 vs. Saratoga @7:00 (JV@5:30)
and a�ends almost every practice, fund. The general fund helps Games are every week
he decided he could not make the pay for uniforms and equipment on Tuesday, Wednesday or Nov 27 vs. Del Mar @ 7:00 (JV @ 5:30)
full commitment to coaching the for all sports teams. Thursday at Scho� Stadium
team. Wrestling will be coached Over 2,000 pumpkins were at Santa Clara University. The Girls basketball:
by Randolph Jimenez, who has brought to the pumpkin Eagles’ record is currently 1 Nov 21 vs. Capuchino @ 7:00 (JV @ 5:30)
been involved with the wrestling patch this year and each one and 4.
program. was sold prior to Halloween. Dec 4 vs. Mountain View @ 7:00 (JV @5:30)
Jacob Jackson will be coaching According to pumpkin patch COMPILED BY LAUREN ILANO