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Vo. 51 Issue 3 Friday, October 29, 2010 Saratoga High School Saratoga, CA saratogafalcon.org
SARATOGA 21, LOS GATOS 17
VICTORY AT LAST! vote on
The school board is on its way to de-
ciding whether the school should have
finals before or after winter break for the
school year of 2011-2012, according to
“There is a great momentum to [have
finals before break],” said assistant prin-
cipal Brian Safine. The school board de-
cided to distribute a survey last Decem-
ber and discovered much support for the
plan, according to the district website.
For many students, having finals and
then a break to relax would be beneficial,
allowing them to have some time off be-
fore second semester starts.
“It would be really nice for students
and teachers to be done in December
with a real break,” said principal Jeff
Anderson. “Both students and teach-
ers could start fresh after the December
break. This is something we can control
that can help with students’ stress.”
Many students also prefer having fi-
FALCON // JORDAN WAITE & DAVID ENG nals in December.
Clockwise from left: Senior running back Greg Johnson shows “I think it’s good that we would get to
his excitement over the Falcons’ first victory over Los Gatos in 27 actually relax during our winter break.
years. The team poses for an after-game celebratory photo shoot We won’t have to stress over studying
on the field. Junior running back Troy Doles evades the Wildcat for finals, and we can go on vacation be-
defense at the 40 yard line. Doles had a touchdown and made a ing relaxed,” said junior Rachel Le.
clutch interception to secure the win. Many schools around the Bay Area
follow a schedule of having finals before
Falcons DEFEaT caTs WHy THIs HIsTorIc winter break. A high school in San Rafael
To EnD 27-yEar sTrEak WIn sHoUlD (anD WIll) FINALS on pg. 6
BYKarthikAnnaamalai After taking over the BoosT scHool sPIrIT upcoming events
& AbhishekVenkataramana head coaching job just
three years ago, coach Tim BY AnoopGalivanche that is. The team from Los Oct. 29 String Orchestra Concert
Within seconds of the Lugo managed to do what & TimRollinson Gatos walked off the field The orchestra will perform with
game clock expiring, the seemed to be the impos- defeated. One player’s eyes Lynbrook in the McAfee today at
green turf of the Benny sible. For him, the game Let’s face it: It’s been a filled with tears. He had no
long 27 years for Saratoga idea what hit him.
Pierce field was replaced meant more than just an-
with a sea of red, as stu- other victory for his team. football. As Saratoga stu- The rivalry was not al-
dents and alumni flooded “I’m excited for the play- dents grew increasingly ways so one-sided. In the Nov. 2 General Elections
the field, screaming and ers because they no longer indifferent to the football ‘60s, ‘70s and early ‘80s, Seniors, do your part and vote.
chanting in celebration of have to listen to everyone program due to mediocre Toga held its own as a foot-
the Falcons’ first regular asking when it’s going to results, the program fell into ball powerhouse. Benny Nov. 8 Women’s Choral Concert
season victory over Los happen,” said Lugo. “Ev- a self-perpetuating slump Pierce started his coaching Come enjoy those angelic voices
Gatos since 1982. The Fal- eryone doubts our guys ev- that seemingly bogged career at Saratoga in 1959 as
down players, causing fail- the JV coach. In 33 seasons
in the McAfee at 7:30 p.m.
cons managed to end the ery year, but this year they
27-year streak in a thrilling showed the school that they ures that only served to fur- as head coach of varsity
21-17 victory over the Wild- could do it. I’m speech- ther alienate the fans. Pierce never had a losing Nov. 11 Veterans’ Day
cats under the Friday night less, but I knew they could The side effect of this season. His teams won 21 No school... on a Thursday!
lights on Oct. 22. win.” downward spiral was most league or section champion-
“This is amazing right The rivalry for this apparent on one night every ships. His 1980 team went
now,” said senior captain year’s match-up between year: the rivalry game be- undefeated and finished inside falcon
and starting linebacker the Falcons and the Wild- tween Saratoga and Los Ga- the season ranked in the
Marcus Hoffman, just mo- cats intensified even be- tos. Since the regular season top 10 nationally. His 1987 News ............................ 1-7
ments after the game. fore the teams even took of 1982, Saratoga has con- team beat three undefeated Opinion ........................ 8-10
“Words can’t describe what tinually fallen victim to the Life ............................... 11-13
I’m feeling. It’s surreal.” VICTORY on pg. 20 Wildcats—until last Friday, HISTORY on pg. 20 Entertainment .............. 14-15
School Scope .............. 16-17
online extra did you know? In-Depth .......................
For full-length articles and photo slideshows from the In 1997, the Falcon football team won CCS but still Backpage .................... 24
game last Friday, visit www.saratogafalcon.org managed to lose to Los Gatos in the regular season.
2 NEWS October 29, 2010
29 seniors qualify as National Merit Semifinalists
This year, 56 seniors qualified as commended schol-
ars and 29 students as semifinalists in the National Merit
The National Merit Competition is based solely on how
students do on the PSAT, which is taken in fall of junior
year. Semifinalists, who are the top 1 percent of the all en-
tries nationwide, will submit an application for the chance
to become finalists. Students who become finalists will re-
ceive scholarship money if the student chooses a college
that honors the National Merit recognition, according to
assistant principal Brian Safine.
“[Becoming a National Merit semifinalist] has opened a
lot more options for college. I’ve started looking at a wider
selection of colleges that gives the National Merit scholar- FALCON // DAVID ENG
ship,” said semifinalist senior Carina Chu. Seniors Grace Kim, Jason Shiuan, Michelle Wang and Chris Chung and sophomores Evelyn Lee and
Throughout the years, the number of SHS students Sasan Saadat line up to take a picture at the Saratoga-Lynbrook Homecoming game on Oct. 8 after the
who qualify as semifinalists has remain constant in the Homecoming Court was announced. Kim and Lee were Homecoming princesses; Shiuan, Chung and
high 20s, with 27 seniors qualifying last year. However, in Saadat were princes, and Wang won Homecoming Queen.
comparison to the scores of other high schools across the
nation, the scores of Saratoga High students are extraordi-
nary, said Safine.
“What’s most impressive is how Saratoga High School
compares to the rest of the country in this regard,” said 1997 The first year the
API Scores for Various
Safine. “We have 29 [semifinalists], which is about ten
times the number of an average high school. That is very,
the STAR test
High Schools (2009-10)
A recognition breakfast for semifinalists and commend- 990 The number of Sara- 1000
ed students and their families was held Oct. 20. toga students included in
–– Vivian LeTran the API calculation 950 933 932
800 The California State- 900
wide API target, out of 873 873
English teacher gives birth to baby boy 850 2009 2010 2009 2010
Around 6 p.m. on Oct. 8, English 1-10 The range of the API 2009 2010
teacher Natasha Ritchie gave birth to Statewide Rank. 10 means 800
her first baby at Sutter Maternity Center the school’s API fell in the
in Santa Cruz. The boy, Cooper Riley, top 10% (Saratoga got a 750
weighed in at about 7 pounds. 10)
Saratoga Los Gatos Lynbrook
“The baby is growing stronger each
Michael Lee SOURCE: http://www.cde.ca.gov/
day,” said Ritchie.
According to Ritchie, the transi-
Technician unveils green thumb
tion from teaching to caring for the baby went relatively
“It is hard to let go of my teaching responsibilities for
the time being,” said Ritchie, “but caring for a newborn is
certainly a full-time job, and then some.” BY JackieGu ing computers to building up lab special education classes
Prior to the birth Ritchie and her husband took birth the school's network and pro- held outdoors. He decided to
and infant care classes and purchased “baby gear.” On a Thursday afternoon, gramming routers,” said Gre- integrate one of his personal
Ritchie plans to return to SHS and resume teaching af- school technician Spencer nier. “There's a lot of manual hobbies into school life while
ter Thanksgiving Break. Her English classes mean that she Sands retreats to his garden work, too. It's everything you simultaneously broadening the
will have a large amount of grading to complete upon her after a hard day at work and could possibly think to do with horizon of clubs for students.
return, a task she knows “will be tough.” s u r v e y s technology.” “Not enough people know
The biggest obstacle now is trying not to be an anxious the bloom- Grenier is more in charge about it right now,” Sands said.
parent, according to Ritchie. ing patch of the programming aspect, “We started it pretty recently
“Cooper is so small; it’s easy to worry about him,” said of land be- while Sands often takes care of and the PTSO gave us as grant
Ritchie. “However, we are adjusting and feeling more hind the art the mechanical labor. Similar to get us going. The more kids
comfortable already.” building. He to the manual process of taking that are involved, the more
–– Paul Jung decides to apart a computer to fix it, the people are willing to give us
plant a new maintenance of a flourishing money to fund it.”
row of toma- garden requires much care and As of now the garden con-
toes, enjoy- attention to minute detail. sists of four beds. With a sec-
Band washed out by rain at Gilroy competition ing the feel Sands “The kids water the gardens ond grant from the PTSO, the
The marching band began its season on Oct. 23 with a of raw earth regularly,” Sands said. “We club aspires to enlarge not just
competition at Gilroy High School. As rain poured, band between his fingers and unfil- collect the green waste from its membership but garden di-
members struggled with the conditions and scored 77.5 out tered sunlight on his face. His the cafeteria and use the com- mensions as well.
of 100 and place last among the four schools in their divi- better-known image as school post accordingly as well. It's a “We want to plant some
sion. technology guru contrasts lot of fun getting out there and more trees, and a winter garden
The 2010 marching band show is entitled “Thought sharply with this one, but trad- would be great,” said Sands.
Crime,” loosely based on George Orwell’s novel “1984,” ing computer motherboards for “We had a lot of vegetables
depicting a fictional totalitarian state. The show uses a squash was easy to do with the falcon focus over the summer, and we gave
number of props such as scaffolds and ramps that debuted newly formed Garden Club. them to the office staff that had
in the band’s performance at the Los Gatos football game “Gardening is one of my fa- Spencer Sands to work in the summer.”
the night before. The rain, however, meant they could not vorite things to do,” he said. “I Though gardening is one of
use these props. Additionally, the rain forced the band to grew up in a rural area, where Sands' favorite hobbies, he has
remain on buses and then hastily warm up for the perfor- weekends were really devoted moving dirt around.” a diverse palate of other inter-
mance. to yard work, so it's something The idea for the Garden ests as well.
The competition included Saratoga’s long-time com- I miss living in the valley.” Club blossomed last year be- “I play the bass and piano,
petitors James Logan, Homestead and Amador Valley. All This is Sands' third year tween Sands and special edu- though I can also play a bit
three rival schools had previously competed in the Cuper- at the school as a technician, cation teacher Cabot Weaver. of ukulele and trumpet,” said
tino Tournament of Bands, which Saratoga was unable to though he is currently in pur- Conveniently, senior Carolyn Sands. “I started playing the
attend because of Homecoming. suit of an elementary school Kobara approached Sands at bass in 7th grade, and it just
Although the rain may have dampened the band’s uni- teaching credential. His day- the same time with a similar became something I love.”
forms, it did not dampen the spirit of director Seth Jones. to-day job consists of helping idea for the club. Now presi- Despite this, Sands has a
Jones said he received excellent feedback that will allow to maintain all campus tech- dent of the six-member club, clear affinity for the outdoors,
him to push the band further along in coming weeks. With nology and fixing any blips Kobara is in charge of organiz- making it seem interesting that
the addition of the props, Jones hopes to make the upcom- that should arise—which they ing the monthly meetings and his actual job requires him to
ing competitions much more successful. often do, according to Sands. maintaining the overall health stay under a roof.
“I’m optimistic because nobody has seen the entire pro- He and Julie Grenier, the over- of the garden. “I also love to surf and try
duction” said Jones. “I think everybody is excited to see all technology coordinator, “We're a pretty small club, to get out at least once a week,”
our final product.” are the two caretakers for the but what we do is fun,” said Sands said with a smile. “I
––Anshu Siripurapu and Justine Huang school's networks and technol- Kobara. like technology, don't get me
ogy. Sands had been inspired to wrong, but what can I say? I'm
“We do everything from fix- start the club by Weaver's life a man of many hobbies.” u
saratoga falcon October 29, 2010 NEWS 3
Buried in College Apps
shows artistic skill
BY KarenYang strong interest in art, she became deter-
mined to pursue art in college and start-
After spending five long weeks in ed her portfolio only last year.
the ceramics room, senior Emi Ichikawa “As a child, I’ve always liked art, but
breathes a sigh of relief as she adds the I didn’t really decide on going to art col-
finishing touches to her clay vase. Hex- lege until last year when I actually got
agonal at the base, the functional work serious about art,” she said.
of art depicts six flat panels ornately However, with the pressure of finish-
decorated with alternating flat and ing her portfolio added to the already
folded Japanese fans, showcasing not stressful college application process,
only her Japanese heritage but also her Ichikawa struggles to invest an equal
creative ability. Despite her immense ac- amount of effort in the essays and in
complishment, Ichikawa knows that this the portfolio. The essays are due in the
piece is just another addition to her port- winter, while the deadline for portfolio
folio, which she must complete for her submissions is in February.
college application. “It’s kind of hard because I feel like I FALCON // VIVIAN LETRAN
In addition to writing personal state- should be focusing more on the normal Senior Emi Ichikawa works diligently on a vase for her portfolio in the ceramics room.
ments, prospective art students are re- applications, because they’re due sooner,
quired to prepare a portfolio that dis- but at the same time, I’m procrastinating must also balance her time to write her requirements from individual schools.
plays at least 10 pieces of their best and on the art ones, because that’s all due essays and to prepare a portfolio for a Some schools require specific types of
most recent artwork. From paintings to soon,” said Ichikawa. “It’s really hard.” major in industrial design and art and pieces while others require portfolio re-
pottery, Ichikawa has tried to create a To complete both aspects of her col- design. Although she has been focusing views in person, said Frankola, who will
portfolio that consists of artworks of all lege applications on time, Ichikawa has on finishing her essays, she still manages be flying to Pittsburgh to showcase her
different types of mediums. created a schedule that allocates time for to find time every day to sketch and time portfolio to Carnegie Mellon.
“I’m just trying to make as many both the art and the essay portion. She on the weekends to design projects. Frankola appreciates that she can dis-
pieces as I can,” said Ichikawa, “a whole focuses on adding pieces to her portfolio “Putting together a portfolio is dif- play her works in a creative way. Her fa-
variety of different kinds of art.” on the weekends while spending time to ficult,” said Frankola. “You constantly vorite piece is a paper lamp resembling
Ichikawa has decided to apply to only write her personal statement on week- have to worry about what a college is coral that when illuminated gives the il-
two art schools, Otis College of Art and ends. looking for and whether each piece is lusion of having a unique texture.
Design in Los Angeles and California “During weekdays, I do school work strong both technically and composition- “It adds an extra step and some stress
College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her which is something I don’t really want to ally in addition to being a strong piece of to college admissions,” said Frankola.
remaining college list is comprised of do, and then I have art, which is some- art. It’s kind of stressful.” “Doing a portfolio for college is definite-
schools that have a strong art program. thing I look forward to,” said Ichikawa. The process of compiling a portfolio ly a daunting task, but hopefully it will
Although Ichikawa has always had a Like Ichikawa, senior Abby Frankola is even further lengthened by additional be worth it.” u
An insider’s guide to college applications
BY DavidEng ment and others is not going to waste. “It gives a private college a more de- that a letter of rec may be the differ-
“Writing college essays hasn’t been tailed, a more nuanced look of a student, ence between being admitted and be-
Who said senior year was easy? As as confusing as it’s cut out to be,” senior both who they are a person, who they ing turned down by the school of their
October rolls to a close and dreaded col- Harshil Sahai said. “I mean, the office are academically, what they’re involved choice. For this reason, they advise a
lege application due dates draw closer, does a great job of telling us what to do in,” said Safine. very circumspect approach in selecting
the life of a senior becomes increasingly and when to do it. They give us forms Despite the letter of rec’s apparent teachers.
hectic. But what is it about the college for teacher recs, couselor recs, tran- importance, it hardly seems plausible “In my opinion, it’s better to choose a
apps season that causes this frenzy? scripts, etc.” that a college admissions staff would teacher who you bonded with better be-
Word has it that the have the time or the resources to scour cause they can put some substance into
college application pro- Do college essays al- the teacher opinions of every applicant. the letter, instead of general comments
cess is a lengthy, strenu-
ous and time-consum-
online extra ways spell trouble?
A word to the wise
However, Safine says
like ‘great grades, hard worker,’” said
ing endeavor. Given from Sahai: Start writ- “A lot of private Senior Shai Segal offers similar senti-
the college application’s For full-length article and an ing college essays be- schools have quite ments, asserting that blindly selecting a
interview with the Stanford
multi-faceted nature, fore it is too late. For large admissions teacher based solely on academic perfor-
Dean of Admissions, visit:
with components rang- some seniors, the hard- staffs and mance may not be the best way to go. He
ing from college essays www.saratogafalcon.org est part about the col- they’ll selected his English 11 and AP Chemis-
to letters of recommen- lege essay is just getting actually try teachers because he knew them well
dation, this description started. sit around already.
is not far from the truth. “It’s definitely hard and review All in all, the letter of rec is a valu-
to motivate myself to get essays finished everything able tool in the admissions process.
How’s college apps season 2010? for applications,” said senior David in a student’s “Some schools that are popular
Last year, the school sent 99 percent Wang. Even when a student does get the packet. Pri- with our students accept either less
of its graduates to college, well above ball rolling on writing essays, each pa- vate colleges re- than 10 or less than 20 percent of the
the national average of 70.1 percent. In per still consumes a significant amount ally put a lot of students who apply. The letters can go
the past five years, Saratoga High has of time. weight on teach- a long way in terms of defining a stu-
never graduated a class with fewer than “I haven’t finished my essays yet, er opinions, ad- dent’s status,” said Safine.
three-quarters of its students en route to but I usually just write the first things ministrator or
a four-year college. that come to my mind in maybe two to counselor opin- In the end...
The brunt of this heavy lifting is taken three hours,” said Sahai. “I have to chisel ions as they’re No matter how fervently students
up by the guidance department, a team down, add more, rephrase, reorganize. making a deci- may try to gain admission into the
of four counselors, a registrar (Jeanne The whole process for me is no less than sion,” he said. colleges of their choice, in the end, it
Jamieson), a guidance secretary (Sharon three to four weeks for a solid essay.” Many cur- comes down to which is the best fit.
Fong) and the College and Career Center rent seniors College applications are just minor
coordinator (Bonnie Sheikh). Need recommendation for that letter? are aware hurdles in the expansive canvas of
Judging from the school’s track record In the college application process, one higher education.
as a college-prep powerhouse, this “hard component certainly sets students apart “I’d imagine college life is pretty
work” endured by the guidance depart- from one another: the letter of rec. amazing,” said Sahai. u
4 NEWS October 29, 2010
Working the polls
BY MacHyde essential to democracy.”
The students' duties include check-
On election day, Saratoga voters will ing in and assisting voters. In the past,
find some fresh faces assisting them in workers often helped people work the
the great democratic process. voting machines. In exchange for their
Seniors in history teacher Kirk Abe's time, they will earn $95 for a full day or
government classes are being offered the $47.50 for a half day, plus extra credit in
chance to staff the polls at voting centers government class. If the students are bi-
around the area on Nov. 2. Not only is lingual, they will be paid an additional
this a great way to get newly minted vot- $5.
ers interested in voting, but it is a chance Abe cautions, “a full day is longer
for students to see how democracy actu- than just eight hours. They help set up
ally works, Abe said. the night before, get there before they
“It gives students an opportunity to open and have to be there past closing.
upcOmiNg NOvEmbEr ElEctiONS Will see what it's like, firsthand, how the sys- [The day is] closer to 12 hours.”
tem works,” said Abe. “A lot of people He hopes the students will take away
briNg majOr chaNgES fOr StudENtS don't know how it works; they think much from this experience and garner
at SaratOga high it's one thing or another, but they real- “a better understanding of the voting
ize that actually it's not as pretty as what process and to see democracy in action
people think, but [the voting process] is in their community.” u
School board elections get competitive
The election promises to be competi- SUSD Association of School District
tive since all candidates carry impres- Administrators, and Buchanan was
After the Nov. 2 elections, the Sara- sive resumes. For example, LGSUHSD appointed in April as a trustee of the
toga Union School District and the Los candidate Doug Ramezane was the school board. Spots Available: 3 on each board
Gatos-Saratoga Union High School principal of Los Gatos High School Recent budget woes have been the SUSD School Board Candidates: Mi-
District will each welcome three new for four years and spent 11 years as an major topic of discussion for most can- chael Gipe, Paige Berardo, Ashley Chao
members to their school board. In each administrator there before retiring in didates, as the economy has challenged and Patty Buchanan
district, four candidates will vie for recent years. The other candidates run- school boards to maintain the qual- LGSUHSD School Board Candidates:
three open seats. ning for the LGSUHSD school board are ity of school programs while spending Cynthia Chang, Doug Ramezane, Neil
The SUSD serves Redwood Middle Neil Green, a parent and member of the prudently. Green and Michele Van Zuiden
School as well as Argonaut, Foothill LGHS New Millennium Foundation, “More than 80 percent of the general
and Saratoga elementary schools. The Michele Van Zuiden, an incumbent, budget is used for employee compen-
LGSUHSD includes Los Gatos High a member of the LGHS New Millen- sation, and the last thing we want to do in Saratoga.
School and Saratoga High School. nium Foundation board and a previous is lose teaching staff,” said Ramezane. If elected, candidates say they will
School board members aim to create member of the Los Gatos Educational Though budget problems in LG- implement innovative ideas. One of
positive educational environments for Foundation, and Cynthia Chang, who SUHSD are severe, SUSD candidates Berardo's goals is to expand the hori-
students while taking into account the is currently serving her 12th year on are not as concerned with this issue. zons of students early on.
varying ideas of the community by set- the board. “We are one of only a few school dis- “I want to [improve] preparation for
ting the overall direction of the super- The candidates running for the tricts in our state that have been able to the global community,” said Berardo,
intendent, who creates goals and op- SUSD school board are Paige Berardo, maintain a 20 to 1 ratio in spite of the whose three children have attended the
erations overseen by the school board, Patty Buchanan, Michael Gipe and economic challenges of the past cou- English school system, which has “the
according to Jack Chang, a previous Ashley Chao. Berardo holds the 2010 ple of years,” said Buchanan, who has benefits of a curriculum that encom-
member of the SUSD school board. Volunteer of the Year award from the taught elementary and middle school passes a more global world-view.” u
I am against the I think it would I am for the
legalization of benefit the legalization of
What is one issue marijuana. I feel community marijuana because
from Econ class,
you care about this it will increase to vote no on
we learned of its
the usage among measure Q.
election season? underage youth. [economic] benefits.
junior Akash Kar junior Kelsey Owyang senior Ricky Chiu
Prop 19 gets mixed reviews voTE continued from pg. 1
Seniors take part in election
worrying about [pot] so much we can
BY EvalineJu will find access to it anyway. focus on harder drugs.”
“Kids who are 13 find ways to get of parental influence varies for each But most students are still undecid-
For decades, politicians and activ- drugs, so [legalizing them] wouldn’t individual, but all agree that their par- ed on many major issues and are un-
ists have debated the legalization of make a difference,” said Kar. “There’d ents do not dictate their views and po- sure who they will vote for in the up
marijuana. Consequently, the details of just be more 21-year-olds with pot.” litical affiliations. coming elections.
Prop 19 on this year’s November elec- Junior Nikhil Panchal said for some “My dad is economically conser- “I’m definitely still on the fence
tion have sparked controversy. The final users, half the attraction is getting the vative but politically liberal,” said [about the Governor election],” said
decision will affect communities all over drug. This might decrease as the legal- Frankola. “I think that I was raised to Frankola. “But I’m sure I’ll make a de-
the state, including Saratoga. Although ization deny users of the thrill. be the same way, but I do disagree with cision soon.”
small, the city has had its share of deal- However, pot can be very danger- [my parents] on some points.” By the Nov. 2 elections, 44 students
ings with marijuana, as seen in the crack- ous. Many students agree that legaliza- By comparison, Kim said will be 18, but not all of them
down of drug use tion will make for that her conservative parents are planning on voting, choos-
and sales in school easier access and don’t have much of an effect ing a path of complacency to-
last March. At Saratoga, students increased health on her and that she leans more wards politics.
If passed, Prop possess a wide array of risks, like addic- to the left of the political spec- “I don’t really know anything
19 will reverse the views on the possible tion or psychologi- trum. But over all, most seem about what’s going on right
federal Marijuana cal impairment, ac- to have chosen the middle path now [in politics],” said senior
Tax Act of 1937 that
legalization of pot. cording to the Los between parents’ beliefs and Dylan Teter. “I feel like it would
banned the drug, Angeles Times. their own. be worse if I just voted with out
thus allowing anyone over 21 to possess, “[Legalizing marijuana] will cause “I think we take our parents Frankola knowing anything than if I just
grow or transport it for personal use. problems. People can just go and get thoughts into consideration, but didn’t vote at all. It’s worse to
Additionally, the state can regulate and high,” said sophomore Maya Nag. we put our own twist on it,” said se- make an uninformed vote.”
place taxes on the drug. Junior Peter Chen said that while nior Vanessa Block. Barring a few exceptions, the ma-
At SHS, students possess a wide ar- making pot legal will help the state’s One politically hot topic this season jority of those eligible to participate in
ray of views on the possible legalization economy, those who decide to use it can is Proposition 19, the legalization of the upcoming election at SHS, though
of pot. Some believe that drug use is easily become addicted. marijuana, which some students seem they may not know exactly where they
simply another choice. A poll by Survey USA from Sept. 30 to favor despite their parents’ opposi- stand yet, will be exercising their rights
“There are many other destructive to Oct. 3 shows that support for Prop 19 tion. this November.
habits in our lives,” said sophomore is increasing slightly, with about 48 per- “I think that by legalizing pot it will “I know that if [young people] take
Suzannah Osekowsky, “so why do we cent of voters currently in favor of legal- become less of a threat,” said Frankola. the time to go out and vote we can have
[make] this one [illegal]?” izing recreational marijuana use. About “Doing pot is kind of a rebellion, and if a pretty big impact,” said Frankola.
Similarly, freshman Anup Kar said 41 percent are against the proposition, we legalize it, not only can we regulate “I’m really excited to vote for the first
that if people want to obtain drugs, they while 11 percent remain undecided. u it, but it will become less taboo. By not time.” u
saratoga falcon October 29, 2010 NEWS 5
Fall play sends audience into the past
‘Our tOWN’ a SuccESS dESpitE Small crOWdS ON OpENiNg Night
BY ChristineBancroft cally the relationship between George
and Emily Gibbs.
The drama department had its last “Even though it’s a different time, the
showing of the fall play, Thornton Wild- message is universal,” said Lee, “and
er’s 1937 three-act play “Our Town,” the sooner you come to the realiza-
on Oct. 24. Although the first two per- tion that you need to love your family
formances did not draw big crowds, the and friends, and just take the chance to
26-member cast and crew still found breathe, the better off you’ll be.”
that the message of life, love and family The show was difficult to pull off, be-
reached many. cause of time constraints. The actors and
The play is set between 1901 and 1914 crew had less than two months to pre-
and focuses on two families, the Webbs pare the show.
and the Gibbs. Seniors Jae Lee and Mi- The play was also written with mini-
kaela Burton played the two main char- mal prop usage to exemplify the rela-
acters, George Gibbs and Emily Webb, tionships and emotion portrayed, forc-
while seniors Dylan Teter, Abby Franko- ing actors to pantomime much of the
la and Jesse Rogan and juniors Ariella actions described in the script.
Yendler and Penelope Burgess took on “We had less than two months to put
the roles of their family members. Senior the show together,” said stage manager
Chaz Main narrated the play as the stage Natalie Berg, “which meant we had to
manager. get a lot done at every rehearsal, particu- TALISMAN // ADITYA DEV
“Our Town” was directed by Steve larly since Mr. Dini didn’t want to have Junior Penny Burgess makes a proposal to family member played by senior Jesse Rogan
Dini and produced by drama teacher any weekend rehearsals, but everyone on opening night, Oct. 16, in the McAfee.
Kerry Mohnike. It was performed Oct. pulled it together and this didn’t end up
16, 17, 23 and 24. hurting us much at all.” ments utilized. This may not seem re- es, along with many who felt that they
“I think this play sends out a very The play was also a unique one for its markable to today’s audiences, but this were very moved by the play, according
strong message in modern times,” said time. Berg calls it “monumental in the was the first of the play to do anything to Berg.
Burgess. “With so much new technology history of American theater” because the remotely like it.” “I saw this play a few years ago,” said
and distractions, it’s easy to ignore the character of the stage manager speaks The play brings to light the aspects of Yendler. “’I’ve always really respected
little miracles around us, but this play directly to the audience, as well as how life that many take for granted: family, and loved the message. We never do
reminds us that life is short and we need the character of Emily Webb travels back love, friendship and community. It begs stop and think that the dull moments in
to appreciate it while we can.” in time during the third act. the audience to take an introspective life might be the important ones. I try to
The play, the second ever to be per- “The show has some very strong mes- look at their life and relationships and- remember to do that sometimes, when
formed at Saratoga High, focuses on sages about life and love,” said Berg. “It consider what is truly important. I’m impatient or angry, that what might
the relationships between townspeople, was pretty revolutionary to pantomime Cast and crew have received encour- seem mediocre is still so, so important.
family members and neighbors, specifi- so many actions and the theatrical ele- aging positive feedback from audienc- That’s what this play is really about.” u
Speech and debate
Team shows promise
introduces a new major in
COMPUTER GAME SCIENCE
vEtEraNS hElp jv dEbatErS
dEvElOp aNd imprOvE SkillS Learn about game design, games and society, games
for communication, training/education, medicine, and
“I think we definitely have to visualization... Plus, gain a solid foundation in math, physics,
& AbhishekVenkataramana potential to start closing out some and fundamentals of computer science.
of these league tournaments and
After weeks of practice and hard winning bids,” said Rector. “Every- Come see for yourself!
work, the speech and debate team one’s coming out to practice, work- Computer Game Science Open House
kicked off its regular season with ing hard, and we’re improving as
Saturday, November 6
the novice Public Forum tourna- a team.”
ment at Presentation High on Oct. In spite of not fielding any unde- 3 - 5 p.m.
10 and the fall league debate tour- feated squads, the team is still en-
nament at Leland High School on couraged by the results and hopes www.ics.uci.edu/CGSrsvp
Oct. 17. to see progress at the next league
Ten teams from Saratoga com- tournament.
peted at Leland in varsity and JV In addition, on Oct. 10, six nov-
Public Fo- ice Pub-
rum and lic Forum
Parliamen- “I think we definitely teams com-
tary. While have the potential to start peted at
no teams the Novice
went unde- closing out some of these Public Fo-
feated, the league tournaments and rum Tour-
tournament winning bids.” nament at
allowed de- Coach Erick Rector Presenta-
baters the tion High
opportunity to get a sense for this School. The tournament presented
year’s competition and find areas first-year debaters with the oppor-
to improve on, said the head coach, tunity to apply their new skills in a
Also offering computer technology degrees in:
English teacher Erick Rector. tournament setting, in preparation
“This was just the first tourna- for the upcoming tournaments.
ment of the year,” said Rector, “so “This tournament was more of a
there are things we can still im- learning experience for the novices Business Information Management
prove on. However, I have already since this was their very first tour- Computer Science
seen development, especially in nament of the year,” said Rector. Computer Science & Engineering
some of the [novice debaters].” The team’s next tournament Informatics
Of the three teams that com- will be the League Congress Tour- Information & Computer Science
peted in varsity Parliamentary nament at Palo Alto High School ICS Undeclared (Pre-Major)
debate, the team of juniors Anoop on Nov. 1, followed by the League
Galivanche and Anshu Sirapurapu Individual Events Tournament at
led the school with a 3-1 record Milpitas High School on Nov. 13.
and were just one win away from “I’m excited for this season,”
earning the team a bid to the State said Rector.“With the experience
Apply November 1 - 30
Qualifying Tournament. In Varsity that we have from our veteran de-
Public Forum, the team of juniors baters and talent and hard work I www.ics.uci.edu/apply3
Ruchie Bhardwaj and Parul Singh see from our novices, I think we
also went 3-1. can do really well this season.” u
6 >> NEWS October 29, 2010
FINALS Schedule change NEW CLUBS
continued from pg. 1 After a shortened summer, however,
summer vacations would return to nor-
Do you believe
in magic club?
has already been following this schedule mal lengths.
for the past four years. Under the new school calendar, the
“Personally, [I think] students could school would end on June 7 as opposed
decompress and re-energize,” said to the traditional mid-June end date.
Safine, who supports the proposition. “There are also plentiful examinations
There is a lot of support for the measure and events going on before winter break
although it has not been put in place yet. due to Christmas time,” said Anderson.
However, Safine still feels that there is “I’ve talked to a lot of different princi-
hope for this year. pals, and no one had said anything bad Wearing baggy worn-out jeans
However, having finals before winter but rather that it was great for teachers and a black zipped up sweater, junior
would also mean starting school ear- and students so they could de-stress.” Fredrick Lee takes an ostensibly ordi-
lier in August. In the transitional year, it Final board approval for a calendar nary-looking coin out of his pockets
would mean having a shorter summer. will come later this year. u and places them on a girl's hands.
“A coin is generally an item most
people carry around daily, and in
GrAND JUrY rEPOrT certain hotspots like Las Vegas there
are usually pickpockets and thieves.
Merger idea rejected Now the fastest thieves can simply go
up and steal the coin,” said Lee.
Swiftly gliding over the quarter,
his hands do not appear to grab the
big idea quarter, but in an instant, the coin
& MichelleShu disappears. He exposes his two
District Merger Proposal palms and the coin is no where to be
Trying to find ways to help financially seen.
Who: the Santa Clara County Superior Court
struggling school districts, a Santa Clara Where did the coin go?
Civil Grand Jury
County Superior Court Civil Grand Jury “That's the biggest mystery of
recently suggested the combination of Proposed changes: LGSJUHSD would merge all,”said Lee.
with the Loma Prieta, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Lee, who has been practicing
FALCON // VIVIAN LETRAN
five of the smallest school districts in the
area, including the Los Gatos-Saratoga
and Lakeside School Districts
magic for about a year, is the presi- Junior Fredrick Lee shows off his playing
dent of the new Magic Club. cards at a Magic Club meeting onOct. 7.
Joint Union High School District. But the
proposal has not been met with enthusi- The plan was created due to the “I generally help teach the princi- some who are new to magic. With prac-
asm by LGSUHSD board members. varying sizes of districts in Santa Clara ples of performing,” said Lee. “I also tice, they all hope to perform in front of
In June, the grand jury proposed this County, with a few districts only serv- teach the psychology of the performer crowds.
consolidation with the Loma Prieta Joint ing one school. In their proposal, the and how to apply it to situations with “If we raise enough money we can
School District, Los Gatos Union School grand jury designated a range of 15,000 various audiences.” perform at the McAfee and most likely
District, Saratoga Union School District to 30,000 students as “optimum school The club deals with tricks from go out in public places and perform,”
and Lakeside Joint School District in or- district size” and created plans for the cards and money to mind tricks where said Lee
der to save a projected 7 percent, mostly consolidation of six groups of districts things fly. The club allows students to have fun
on administrative costs. However, the in several areas of the county. Numerous They meet every Friday at lunch and open up.
LGSUHSD believes that the negatives school districts responded negatively. in World Geography teacher Rich- “It's a hobby, so it's fun to do and it
of the consolidation plan outweigh its Although the Santa Clara Unified ard Ellis's classroom, room 702. So adds a little spark in life,” said Lee. “I
benefits. School District was not included in far there are about 20 members in the think it's pretty interesting, so I give it
In his written response to the pro- the proposal, its superintendent, Steve club, some who are experienced and a shot." u
posal, Roger Mason, president of the Stavis, was one of the few who spoke
LGSUHSD Board of Trustees, said any in favor of the proposal, calling it “eco-
monetary gains would “come at the ex- nomically viable” but went on to con-
pense of the quality of education pro- clude that it was “politically, somewhere
]\Mason also stressed the importance
between improbable and impossible.”
The grand jury does not have the
of a small district and its benefits, stat- power to force this change on LG-
ing, “Community input works better in SUHSD, and the districts targeted in the
a smaller setting.” report will remain the same size. u
MAP SPEAkEr SEriES
are accepted to a
Media experts encourage top 50 College.
students to get tech savvy be smarter.
• ACT/SAT Prep
BY KarthikSreedhara advice for anyone interested in media or • Reading/Writing/Math
technology. • Study Skills
“Who in here does not have a Face- “[The event] informed me more about • Homework Help
book?” asked 2000 SHS alumnus An- what I would be getting into if I joined • AP Classes
drew “Bos” Bosworth, who is now direc- the social networking or programming • College Counseling
tor of engineering at Facebook. fields,” said senior Sebastian Wagner. • College Essay
“That's okay, I'm not going to get mad Bosworth emphasized the importance • Subject Tutoring
at you,” he said to the only person in the of social networking.
audience who had raised her hand. “Imagine having a 15-minute win-
On Oct. 7, the Media Arts Program dow every day which you can't control,
held its first speaker event this year in during which you get all your informa-
the McAfee Center. Called “Social & tion and talk to friends. If you miss that
Interactive Media: A New Revolution,” window, you have to wait until tomor-
the event featured Bosworth, along with row,” said Bosworth.
Patrick J. Ferrell, CEO and founder of Bosworth's main piece of career ad-
Zenergo; Jay Berryhill, vice president of vice was to take advantage of all the 1.800.777.7000
Sales at Sling Media Inc, which created technology available to this generation. www.c2educate.com
the Slingbox; and Richard Rothschild, “My advice is to get as technically
director of IT at TiVo. The event was savvy as possible. This opens up oppor-
hosted by Scott Budman, a local NBC tunities to cater to the audience, a global
reporter and founder of the of the “Tech
audience that's not tied to anything or
Now!” television show.
After graduating from Saratoga High,
any specific time, and each person can
connect to friends at the click of a but-
Bosworth graduated from Harvard Uni- ton,” said Bosworth.
C2 Tuition Diagnostic Test
versity with a bachelor's degree in com- According to social studies and MAP New Students Only. Offer cannot be combined with any
other promotion. Participating centers only. Saratoga
New Students Only. Offer cannot be combined with any
other promotion. Participating centers only. Saratoga
puter science. Bosworth worked briefly teacher Kim Anzalone, 70 people attend- High School students only by mentioning this ad. High School students only by mentioning this ad.
at Microsoft and joined Facebook in 2006, ed the event. Anzalone recommended
where he wrote code for an integral part that students go to future MAP speak-
of Facebook—the “News Feed,” a con-
stantly updating list of stories from peo-
er series events for information about
break-through media innovations
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such as the inbox, chat and groups. that was relevant to us,” said Wagner.
The goal of the event was to talk “Facebook and TiVo and social network-
about the backgrounds of these success- California | Georgia | Florida | Illinois | Maryland | New York | New Jersey | North Carolina | Oregon
ing is something that most—if not all—
Pennsylvania | Texas | Virginia | Washington | Vancouver, Canada | South Korea
ful technology leaders and give career of our generation can relate to.” u
saratoga falcon October 29, 2010 NEWS
October 29, 2010
Time to bury legacy
BY JenniferJin League schools. Harvard accepts 40 per-
cent but only 11 percent of all applicants
Students are often told that all that are attend.
needed to get into a good college are good Many private colleges argue that legacy
SAT scores, good grades and good extra- admissions are needed. However, a study
curricular activities. has shown that legacy preferences do not
But for some students, all it takes is increase universities’ revenue.
their parents. Caltech raised $71 million in donations
A legacy admission is a type of pref- in 2008, while MIT raised $77 million. One
KYUMIN SHIM AND ARNAV DUGAR
erence given by educational institutions difference is that Caltech does not provide
to certain applicants on the basis of their legacy preference, while MIT does. Fur-
familial relationship to alumni of that thermore, MIT is five times larger, thus
Poor parent driving
school. having more alumni, according to The
A study led by Princeton claimed that Chronicle of Higher Education.
having legacy at a university gives an ap- Among the top 100 colleges, the aver-
hurts student safety
plicant an advantage equivalent to an ex- age amount of money donated per alumni
tra 160 points on the SAT. at schools that provided legacy prefer-
As a result, many students with out- ences was $317, compared to $201 at non-
standing academic records may not have legacy schools; however, the alumni from
as good of a chance of being admitted into colleges with legacy admissions tended to
BY WillEdman administrators alike.
& SabrinaCismas their college of choice compared to their be wealthier.
There are obvious reasons the
peers, with worse academic records, who It is true that when a legacy student is
parking lot is designated as student-
have legacy at the school. rejected, donations stop––but only for a
In elementary and middle school, only. Since Herriman Avenue is con-
According to the Wall Street Journal, while. After the parents recover from their
when all students were young and gested every morning, the possibility
Henry Park, born to middle-class immi- anger, and the child moves on, they con-
license-less, their parents would drop of a traffic accident is always possible.
grants, attended Groton School, a board- tinue to donate.
them off in the morning in the school The parking lot is designed in such a
ing school known for its outstanding col- Becuase alumni of top schools tend to
parking lot, hand them their lunch way that most traffic can run much
record. In fact, 34 of 79 members in his be wealthier and Caucasian, legacy ad-
and kiss them goodbye. This inti- more smoothly when traffic is run-
graduating class were accepted into Ivy missions are a form of affirmative action
mate and time-consuming parting fit ning in one direction, as it should be
Leagues. Park ranked 14th in his gradu- for the wealthy.
perfectly in the environment of these in the morning.
ating class and earned a prestigious SAT Minorities make up 12.5 percent of the
schools, but not anymore. However, parents leaving the park-
score of 1560 out of 1600, but was rejected applicant pool, but only 6.7 percent of the
We are in high school now. ing lot ruin this traffic system and in-
from Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, legacy-applicant pool. At Harvard, only
Some parents—mostly parents of crease the possibility of an accident.
Stanford, and MIT. However, many of his 7.6 percent of legacy admits in 2002 were
freshmen or sophomores—cannot A parent who has just dropped his
classmates whose ranks and SAT scores minorities, compared with 17.8 percent of
break the habit of entering the main or her child off and is pulling out of a
were much lower were accepted by those all students. At the University of Virginia,
section of the parking lot and drop- parking spot is dangerous, since driv-
same schools, due to legacy. 91 percent of early-decision legacy admits
ping off their kids conveniently in ing students do not expect cars leav-
Many top colleges boast about their low in 2002 were white, 1.6 percent were black
front of the main entrance. Some even ing parking spots in the morning.
acceptance rate or and 0.5 percent were His-
find it necessary to park in a space, so Additionally, parents in the park-
high diversity, panic, according to the
their kids don’t have to rush out of ing lot makes the circulation of cars
but do not Chronicle of Educa-
the car. These parents follow the same slow down, resulting in tardiness.
exact routine every morning and are While a parent takes a spot and waits
the accep- Clearly, the legacy
evidently oblivious to the fact that for their child to leave the car and en-
tance rate factor is outdated and
they have a separate drop-off zone ter the school, a student who could
of legacy in need of extinction.
just for them. have had much more convenient and
students. It’s about time uni-
The school has attempted to solve timely parking will pass by.
As of versities make the
this problem in many ways, from Parents need to realize that stu-
2004, chil- change. u
marking off parent dropoff zones dents resent their presence in the
with neon cones to the appointment parking lot, not just out of a sense of
of a student traffic commission to entitlement, but out of concern for
hold up signs directing parents to- safety. Although the administration
ward the drop off zone. There are has backed students in their plight,
three entrance ramps: two that lead to their actions seem to continually fall
the parking lot and one on the far side on deaf ears. Consequently, the issue
that leads to the drop-off zone. How- must be brought to your attention:
ever, some parents unfailingly keep parents, please stay in your drop-off
I v y SHANNON GALVIN
returning to the parking lots, disre- zone and out of the student parking
garding the pleas of the students and lots. u
Saratoga voters should say ‘no’ on Measure Q
ake a walk through the aims to restrict commercial buildings to away potential businesses. ic implications of such a far-reaching
two that the restric-
Saratoga village any day tion stories. Backers saythe character of
will help preserve
The truth is, the city cannot afford to proposal.
drive away such business investments. What will surely be marketed by lo-
of the week and you’ll the quiet town, but what good is char- City sales tax receipts are already cal spinsters as merely a good-hearted
find an assortment of over- acter if all the businesses leave? down an enormous 17 percent since attempt to preserve the quaint aura of
The measure itself is poorly de- 2007. Measure Q will only accelerate our town has the potential to instead
signed. Currently, the
that decline. bring about markedly
rants, empty town allows struc- While main- dramatic change and
sidewalks, vacant tures to be built to taining the The truth is, the city drive away future po-
storefronts and heights of 26, 30 and city’s character cannot afford to turn tential for growth.
35 feet, depending on is certainly im- away such business Clearly, the voters
the occasional the zoning district. portant, Sara- of Saratoga are faced
straggler. When Measure Q says toga already with an enormous
nothing about the has an exten- decision on Nov. 2. In
compared to the height. It only limits sive review process to ensure new light of these potential consequences,
bustling down- the number of stories developments adhere to it. Any devel- this board strongly recommends a vote
town of nearby of commercial build- opment already goes through public in opposition of Measure Q. u
ings. notice, community planning and pub-
Los Gatos, the StaffEdiTorial If passed, such lic hearings before the planning com-
>> big idea
Village is indeed a restriction would mission and city council. If Measure Q
a ghost town. hold for 30 years. Developers seeking passes, it will require final decisions to Measure Q
If Measure Q passes, Saratoga voters to build over two stories would have to build above the two-story height limit
Problem: Saratoga businesses
will ensure it stays this way. hold it to a citywide vote—a costly and to go through costly citywide votes, are already struggling. the measure
On the November ballot, Measure Q frivolous requirement that would drive bypassing the city’s planning commis- would drive away potential growth in
sion and city council. the Village in already difficult times.
Lastly, voters do not know what Proposed fix: A “no” vote will not fix
opinion of the Vijay Menon
The Saratoga Falcon
voted 37-0 in opposition
they are getting into. There has been the problems plaguing the Village but
Falcon Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief no long-term study of Measure Q’s will ensure that they don’t get worse.
to Measure Q.
Shannon Galvin possible impact regarding the econom-
saratoga falcon October 29, 2010 OPINION 9
‘Church’ case tests free speech rights
BY DeborahSoung Although the WBC's behavior is ob- and “GOD HATES AMERICA.” stands against.
viously out of line, the federal appeals The question the Supreme Court must Because of this, the WBC does not de-
The day is overcast as the family and court ruled for the WBC because of the answer is whether or not the WBC has serve the protection of the First Amend-
friends of a fallen soldier file into his First Amendment. stretched the boundaries of the freedom ment. u
funeral. The funeral of a soldier should In the Supreme Court, though jus- of speech.
be sacred, solemn and respectful, but tices could rule in Phelps's favor for the Because laws are based on previous
a group of picketers lies in wait, hold- same reason, they also have the chance court rulings, if the WBC wins Snyder
ing signs branded with slogans such as to overturn this case if they decide the vs. Phelps, such hurtful protests can be
“THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS” WBC's protest is considered outrageous legally held at funerals in the future.
and “GOD HATES FAGS,” and singing conduct. Freedom of speech was created
twisted parodies of hymns which ex- The irony of the federal court's rul- so ideas could be expressed
press hate instead of ing is a bitter and spur thinking and
love. pill for the advancement for-
This malicious Freedom of speech was victims of the ward, not so that
group, the West- created so ideas could WBC. The citizens could
boro Baptist Church be expressed, not so WBC teaches hurt and
(WBC) from Topeka, its children mock others.
Kans., has conducted
that citizens could hurt that America, For exam-
over 30,000 similar and mock other. because of ple, in 1975,
pickets across the its tolerance many stu-
country, all with the toward gays, dents began
shared theme of intense hatred and big- divorce and abortion, is a sinful country, to protest the
otry. Albert Snyder, the father of a dead and therefore, picketing the funeral of a Vietnam War.
Marine whose funeral was picketed, has soldier who defends this country is justi- T h i s
taken WBC leader Fred Phelps to court fied. was justi-
on the grounds of “intentional infliction And now America's constitution pro- fied be-
of emotional stress.” tects them from being prohibited from cause their
To prove intentional infliction of emo- aggravating the wounds of the grieving protest-
tional stress, Snyder must provide evi- acquaintances of dead soldiers. ing had a
dence of outrageous conduct and inva- This cult, which began in 1955, point: to
sion of privacy. preaches that God hates gays, Jews, put an end
soldiers, America and basically anyone to the suf-
who is not a supporter of the church. fering of
The WBC would have you believe that both Viet-
hell is going to be extremely crowded n a m e s e
when we all inevitably wind up there. citizens and
The Issue: A group of people from the Its inhumane disrespect exhibited to- American
Westboro Baptist Church petition at ward the dead and the grieving is utterly soldiers.
military funerals. astounding. The WBC
Their Beliefs: They beieve that America These people gain happiness from protests every-
is sinful and therefore feel justified in causing others pain under the guise of thing and therefore
picketing the funerals of those who spreading God's word; they are heart- do not encourage criti-
defend America. less creatures who have the shameless- cal thinking, but rather,
The Court Decision: The court ruled in ness to encourage their children to hold mindless hatred.
favor of the group due to First Amend- signs emblazoned with “THANK GOD They fight to increase
ment Rights. FOR AIDS,” “PLANES CRASH, GOD the suffering of humans,
LAUGHS,” “THANK GOD FOR 9/11” which is everything America
saratoga falcon >> Banning books unfair and ignorant
GiuliaCurcelli troversial for its derogatory portrayal of witchcraft and evil and is targeted for
& AashnaMukerji slaves, which is in fact appropriate to its dark imagery. Far from encourag-
The Saratoga Falcon is published five times per semes- the era in which the novel takes place ing cruelty and destruction, the theme
ter by the Advanced Journalism classes of Saratoga High
School, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga, CA 95070. What do the “Harry Potter” series, and is necessary for accurate depiction. of magic running through the series is
Views expressed in The Saratoga Falcon are those of the “Gone with the Wind,” “The Outsid- The dynamics of the characters and the full of love, the fight against oppression
writers and do not necessarily represent the opinions of ers” and “Charlotte’s Web” all have plot would be drastically changed if it and injustice, and the triumph of good
the administration, faculty or school district.
in common? On the surface, nothing. were not for certain disputed aspects over evil—messages that are clearly
MISSIoNSTATEmENT They are of different genres, intended such as Scarlett’s multiple marriages positive. The series topped the charts of
for different audiences and centered and the character of Belle Watling. the American Library Association’s 100
The staff of The Saratoga Falcon is committed to objective- around different themes. At one point In another occurrence, S. E. Hinton’s most challenged books of the decade,
ly and accurately representing the diverse talents, cultures
and viewpoints of the Saratoga High School community. or another, however, each of these “The Outsiders” was banned in South followed closely by Stephenie Meyer’s
books was banned or challenged due to Milwaukee, Wisc., due to the charac- “Twilight” series. While Meyer’s books
LETTERS EDITOR controversial content—a practice that ters' excessive use of drugs and alcohol, received criticism for being sexually ex-
is no less abhorrent today than in any in addition to the fact that the majority plicit and unsuitable for children, they
The Saratoga Falcon welcomes all signed letters of opin- other time. of them come from dysfunctional fami- also encourage strong family values
ion, which are subject to editing for length, accuracy and
grammar. Please send them to editors@saratogafalcon. The practice of banning books has lies. The story, however, promotes close and abstinence until marriage.
org. For ad information, phone (408) 867-3411, ext. been around as long as books them- friendships and self-sufficiency and These books, banned for various rea-
222. selves and has escalated to new heights warns against the dangers of violence. sons by a variety of groups, all enhance
over the course of the last three centu- Furthermore, it shows the journey of a reader’s knowledge. And honestly,
Editor-in-Chief Head Copy Editors ries. Banning books remains common the protagonist’s search for belonging. who can claim to have been harmed by
Shannon Galvin Karthik Sreedhara in many countries as well as in schools “The Outsiders,” in addition to many E. B. White's “unnatural depiction” of a
News/Associate Editor Kim Tsai and libraries across America. During other books commonly read and taught talking pig or a spelling spider? u
Kevin Mu Karen Yang
Opinion Assistant Business Banned Books Week, held annually at at schools such as John Steinbeck’s “Of
the end of September, people are en- Mice and Men” and William Gold-
couraged to read banned literature in ing’s “Lord of the Flies” have been banned books
recognition of the cons of censorship. ignorantly banned by small minorities
Lifestyles Editors Photographers “The Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin
Rebecca Nguyen Sarah Hull without consideration of their actual
- banned for contradicting religion
Synthia Ling Vivian LeTran Banned books have deeper meanings messages.
Entertainment Editor Parul Singh Books are most commonly banned Having withstood endless rounds of
Anna Shen Reporters “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien
or challenged for sedition, heresy and criticism, “The Catcher in the Rye” by - banned for having satanic undertones
School Scope Editor Shivani Chadha obscenity. Yet even books with the most J. D. Salinger is one of the most iconic
David Eng Giulia Curcelli
In-Depth Editor Jackie Gu benign intentions are wrongly judged. novels to date. The book explores how “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher
Christine Bancroft Justine Huang The banning of books by the govern- a misunderstood, introverted adoles- Stowe
Backpage Editor Dylan Jew ment also threatens the authors’ First cent deals with a lack of acceptance - banned as abolitionist propaganda in the
Tim Rollinson Jennifer Jin Amendment rights, making the ban- and his attitudes toward isolation. Al-
Web Editor Evaline Ju South
Roy Bisht Samika Kumar ning of books unconstitutional. though crass and vulgar at times, he
Webmaster Michael Lee “Gone with the Wind,” Margaret sets an example for teenagers every- The “Junie B. Jones” series by Barbara Park
Emily Williams Aashna Mukerji Mitchell’s epic novel about love and where in his compassion for his sister - banned for improper grammar and use of
Head Art Editor Aasim Naqvi the Civil War, raised controversy in the as well as in his handle on society. words like “stupid”
Kyumin Shim Rohan Rajeev
Graphics Editor Deborah Soung 1930s for its use of scandalous language
Cullan McChesney Ashwini Velchamy such as “damn” and “whore.” Some Fantasy novels, not an exception “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by
Head Photographer have also been opposed to Scarlett Known as some of the most contro- Roald Dahl
Parul Singh O’Hara’s multiple marriages and the versial books of the 21st century, the - banned for being racist and having a poor
Head Business Adviser presence of Belle Watling, a prostitute. philosophy of life
Ashley Tang Mike Tyler “Harry Potter” series by J. K. Rowl-
The novel has also recently become con- ing is often accused of promoting
10 >> OPINION October 29, 2010
Campus security cameras cause no harm
BY DylanJew vacy and safety. Balancing these two issues is
always a challenge. However, installing cameras
The idea of secretly being watched is a popular has more benefits than detriments.
idea in many horror movies. Someone's out there, Another factor is cost. Purchasing and install-
watching your every move. But should this inva- ing cameras is not cheap, and with looming defi-
sion of privacy be enough to stop schools from cits, the district needs to save as much money
installing cameras to monitor activities during as possible. Right now, the school can spend
and after school hours? its money better funding educational programs
Contrary to the “Big Brother” dystopia sug- than on more security cameras.
gested in George Orwell's “1984” the reality is However, after the financial situation is under
that cameras have made SHS a safer place. In- control, it would be a good investment to pur-
deed, more cameras chase more security cam-
should be bought and eras and catch thieves that
put around campus. When students or others can cost SHS even more
The benefits of security hear that more cameras money than the cameras'
cameras far outweigh are located on campus, initial cost.
any infringements on With more cameras
they will think twice around campus, police
Saratoga has about before doing something could have gotten enough
20 cameras on cam- they will regret. evidence to arrest the
pus, according to as- thief responsible for about
sistant principal Chris Cerbone, but he said the $30,000 of stolen items from the school much ear-
school could use more in certain areas. lier.
By installing cameras, the school could find Not only can cameras be used to catch people
evidence of misconduct even when authorities misbehaving, but they can also be used to ensure
aren't around to catch wrongdoers in action. The people act appropriately at all times. Students do
idea of security cameras alone deters potential many things at school they would not want to
criminals. When students or others hear that be recorded doing. If they knew they were po-
more cameras are located on campus, they will tentially on camera, students would think twice
think twice before doing something they will re- before making a regrettable action.
gret. Anybody out in public understands that their
Students and staff may not be thrilled at the actions or appearance can be seen by others.
prospect of having their every action caught on Cameras don't change this; they only make it
video. There is always the fine line between pri- certain. u KYUMIN SHIM
Tap, tap, tap... Six steps up from
tHe gOverNMeNt IS kNOckINg SuIcIdeS Of SIx gay StudeNtS reveal Need
ON tHe dOOr tO PrIvacy fOr actION, PuNISHMeNt fOr aBuSerS
BY ChristineBancroft young person feels so trapped that he
BY MichaelLee In addition to the invaded e-mails feels he has no other way out than to
and instant messages of the general In one month, intolerance and inac- take his own life.
Imagine yourself in the safety and public, the government can, has and will tion in the United States stole the lives Many states have anti-bullying laws
privacy of your own home. You're typ- monitor certain people more than oth- of six promising young men. They were but often do not include harassment
ing an e-mail to your friend in San Fran- ers, most notably those of Islamic faith. gay, and now they are dead because of based on sexual orientation within
cisco about your first couple of weeks at On multiple occasions federal judges ridicule for something they could not their language or have ineffectual au-
Saratoga High. have found the government guilty for control. thorities. Such was the case for Billy
Now consider the fact that you could the unwarranted, unjustified wiretap- Tyler Clementi was 18 years old, Lucas, 15, of Indiana, whose principal,
be sending your e-mail to someone oth- ping of blameless Muslim societies and a Rutgers University freshman and Phil Chapple, implied that his death
er than your friend. Some other person, individuals. This is not only unneces- skilled violinist. 13-year-olds Asher was his own fault because he liked to
with the right sary monitoring Brown of Houston and Seth Walsh “do things that stirred up dust.”
tools, could be of innocents, of Tehachapi, Calif., were beginning These crimes transcend common
monitoring, or Anything transmitted over but also segre- eighth grade, with Walsh dying the day schoolyard bullying. They are hate
“wiretapping,” the Internet is fair game. gation and ste- after Brown shot himself. Justin Aab- crimes that have resulted in death—
that supposedly reotyping based erg, 15, came out when he was 13. Ray- second or third degree murder, as well
private message. This ranges from a Face- on religion. mond Chase, 19, of Monticello, New as felony invasion of privacy, in the
That might book status update to an The simplest, York, was an openly gay sophomore case of Tyler Clementi, whose room-
make you think e-mail between friends. most effective attending Johnson and mate spied upon him
twice about hit- solution to this Wales University in having a same-sex ro-
ting the send privacy problem is Providence, Rhode Is- Victims of gay suicide mantic encounter with
button. to prohibit all forms of wiretapping that land. Fifteen-year-old a webcam and ridiculed
This situation is not far from reality. do not involve serious crimes. These freshman Billy Lucas Tyler Clementi, age 18 him. Law enforcement,
National security and law enforcement lawful limits would need to be carefully of Greensburg, Ind., -Piscataway, N.J. schools and prosecutors
officials can require communication enforced. Only then could citizens use was found hanging in Asher Brown, age 13 need to stop playing to
services—such as Facebook and Yahoo the versatile technology of the Internet the family barn dur- -Tehachapi, Calif. the wishes of religious
Mail—to provide unencrypted (read- without fear of someone intercepting ing Suicide Prevention Seth Walsh, age 13 groups and conservative
able) messages for the government. their personal information. Week after being tor- -Tehachapi, Calif. political powerhouses.
These agencies supposedly use these Only then could you be guaranteed mented for a month, Justin Aaberg, age 15 This is more than ele-
messages to monitor criminals and sus- to send that e-mail to your friend—and although he never said -Andover, Minn. mentary school taunting
pected terrorists. only your friend. u he was gay. Raymond Chase, age 19 and should be treated as
The massive amount -Monticello, N.Y.
This would seem justified in the al- crimes to prevent more
Billy Lucas, age 15
leged efforts to stop crime, but there of media attention has deaths. Complaints must
>> bigidea -Greensburg, Ind.
is a small problem. In the process of prompted celebrities be taken with the utmost
monitoring potentially criminal com- such as actor Daniel importance, because if a
munication, government officials have Wiretapping Radcliffe of the Harry Potter franchise suicide occurs, the school has failed in
the ability to invade the privacy of any and talk show host Ellen Degeneres to its job to protect its students.
person who communicates over the In- The Issue: National security and make statements imploring for the end This issue transcends the boundar-
ternet. Anything transmitted over the law enforcement requires commu- of intolerance and for the persecution ies of sexual orientation. It is not a par-
Internet is fair game. This ranges from nication services such as Facebook of the “bullies.” Online groups such as tisan issue. It is not a religious issue.
a Facebook status update to an e-mail or Yahoo to provide unencrypted the Trevor Project and the It Gets Bet- It is a human issue. For a country that
between friends. messages. ter Project, led by columnist Dan Sav- preaches tolerance and equality and
Despite the uses in potentially track- Pros: Potentially tracks and deters age, which encourages LGBTQ people prides itself as a safe haven for all races
ing criminal activity and stopping catas- criminal activity, monitor criminals to submit encouraging videos to You- and religions, it is time for the major-
trophes like 9/11, wiretapping should and suspected terrorists. Tube, also worked to reach out to gay ity to take into consideration the largest
be lawfully limited. Wiretapping stops Cons: Stops few crimes, but many
teens considering suicide. growing minority in the United States
relatively few crimes compared to the personal messages are intercepted
If authorities do not press charges before another death occurs: a group
excessive numbers of personal mes- for these offenses, it sets a dangerous of victims, gay or straight, who need to
by the government, jeopardizing
sages intercepted. Both lawful and un- precedent that society is tolerant of be protected by law enforcement, their
privacy on the Internet.
official wiretapping remove the privacy such bullying. It says that law enforce- school, or legal representatives, before
from online communication. ment will look the other way when a another tragedy occurs. u
October 29, 2010
Little-known Lunch Spots
Hot dog stand serves tasty food
BY JustineHuang me produce an un-
A rarity in today's fast-paced of saliva,” says junior
world, hot dog stands are a re- Viraj Parmar. “I foam
minder to kick back, relax and at the mouth for three
enjoy an American delicacy. minutes.” yougo
Located on the corner of Kel- Only a 5- to 10-min-
ly-Moore Paints on South De ute drive away, Har- Harold’s Hot Dogs
Anza Boulevard, Harold's Hot old's Hot Dogs is an
Dogs is open from 11 a.m. to 2 excellent option for
p.m. every Tuesday, Wednes- students without a FALCON // SYNTHIA LING What: Hot Dogs
day and Thursday. lot of time to drive off Harold’s Hot Dogs’ unique eating experience When: Tuesdays, Wednes-
“They're all fine quality,” campus. makes for an enjoyable lunch. days and Thursdays 11 a.m.
said Craig Steel, the owner of “It's a really nice - 2 p.m.
the stand. “That's why I've been place,” said senior time they came here and ate. Where: 1510 South De
here for 24 years.” Matt Kemble. “There's barely And they won a lot of games.” Anza Boulevard
Harold's Hot Dogs offers rea- any wait, and the hot dogs taste Though there has been a lack
sonable prices for a wide range good.” of Saratoga High patronage for
of selections—Polish, Louisiana Though the stand used to be a while, he remembers Saratoga
and regular hot dogs can all be a favorite with many Saratoga students as being friendly.
purchased, with many toppings students, especially football “One thing about your
to choose from. It costs about $3 players, Steel has noticed a de- school is you've got really nice
for chips and a hot dog. Drinks cline in customers. kids,” said Steel. “Some high
are also available. “The kids would come down school kids can be really obnox-
“I like the place because the here and go, ‘We won a football ious, but you guys are all really
spices in the Polish dog make game!’” recalls Steel. “For a long courteous.” u
My tongue ‘hearts’ Bai Tong(ue)
BY AnoopGalivanche ity.
& SynthiaLing Lunch comes near-
ly an hour later than
yougo Saratoga’s quiet downtown, usual, and the sound
colloquially known as the vil- of rumbling stomachs
Bai Tong lage, is home to many mediocre routinely punctuates
and overpriced restaurants. It was the lectures my chem-
therefore a pleasant surprise to istry teacher gives.
find that one particularly unas- On the day I went,
What: Thai food suming restaurant, obscured by a my tolerance was
When: Tuesday - Saturday barrage of trees and sandwiched more lenient because FALCON // SYNTHIA LING
11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. between a nail salon and a jewelry I had the prospect of Bai Tong welcomes customers with festive deco-
Where: 14515 Big Basin store, has some of the best Thai Pad Thai to look for- rations and delicious Thai food.
Way food in the South Bay. ward to.
Indeed, going to Bai Tong can And Bai Tong did not dis- were cooked perfectly—with a
turn a usual lunch period into appoint. Immediately after we slight bite that complimented the
something magnificent. Users on walked in, we were met by a hot sauce, which is at once sweet and
the popular food review site Yelp sweet and sour soup and water. savory.
concur, as did my acquaintances All of us opted for the Pad Thai, If you’re looking for good Thai
who accompanied me to the res- which Matt S. on Yelp called “the food without going far, Bai Tong
taurant. best in the South Bay.” is a great option.
How well a student can endure The Pad Thai was splendid, Driving time is 5 minutes, and
a Wednesday fifth period is one of with the right proportion of pro- the prices are about $10-15 per
the truest testaments to his tenac- tein to noodles. The rice noodles person, without drinks. u
Los Dos offers authentic and affordable food
tic and good,” said senior yougo
Shahar Perlmutter. “The
Los Dos Compadres #2
While most people think of prices relative to the pro-
Chipotle when thinking about Mexi- portions are pretty cheap
can food, Los Dos Compadres #2 is a too. It’s definitely worth
great alternative. it.” What: Mexican food
Only four minutes away from Both Chipotle and Los When: Monday-Saturday 8
school, Los Dos Compadres #2 is Dos offer a different feel a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.
located at 1652 South De Anza Bou- for Mexican cuisine. - 8:30 p.m.
levard and is open every day from 8 “They’re both differ- Where: 1652 South De
a.m. until 9 p.m., except on Sundays ent. Los Dos serves very Anza Boulevard
FALCON // ANNA SHEN
when it closes at 8:30 p.m. authentic Mexican food,
With a wide variety of Mexican while Chipotle is commer- Los Dos Compadres #2 has both authentic Mexi-
cuisine, such as enchiladas, burri- cialized,” said Perlmut- can food and a convenient location.
tos and quesadillas, Los Dos Com- ter. “They’re both good
padres succeeds in delivering deli- though.” there. It’s close to school, so you
cious food for an affordable price, With its great food and conve- have a lot of time to eat and it makes
such as $5.45 for a reasonably large nience, Los Dos Compadres is a de- lunch less rushed,” said Perlmutter.
quesadilla. licious off-campus lunch spot. “Also, the food is prepared pretty
“The food tastes really authen- “People should definitely go fast.” u
GRAPHICS BY CULLAN MCCHESNEY
B E S T O F
H A L L O W E E N
WITH HALLOWEEN JUST TWO DAYS AWAY,
THE FALCON PROVIDES LAST-MINUTE TIPS
FROM SPOOKY SPOTS TO COSTUME IDEAS
Last-minute costumes for dummies
BY KimTsai partying on Halloween, you know you're going
to need some.
Halloween costumes can be a difficult ordeal, Twilight (Boys): Now, you can either pick Tay-
especially if you have just decided to go trick- lor Lautner or Robert Pattinson, but both are pret-
or-treating with your friends. Sometimes, you ty low-hassle. If you're going for the “Jacob Black”
might not even have time to go look, just go trick-or-treating
shopping for a costume. So here shirtless and draw a six-pack
are eight low-hassle costumes for
everyone to enjoy. Quick Fixes with a marker... or something.
If you want to be “Edward Cul-
Puritan-style:Nothing's wrong len,” just throw some sparkly
with recycling a U.S. History What you’ll need... glitter on yourself and be creep-
simulation costume, right? Just ily protective over a girl. The
1. Harry Potter: 3-D glasses,
dig out whatever you wore for adults might not get it, but the
black marker and a tree branch
those, and be a pilgrim. Ameri- pre-teens definitely will!
can pride! If you're a freshman 2. Easy A: scissors, red paper Dorothy (Girls): Dig out a
and a baby doll for that extra
or sophomore, you might as well nice skirt, some red heels and
scrounge something up, because that stuffed dog you haven't
you will be needing a Puritan 3. Twilight (Boys): shirtless and touched since you were eight.
costume junior year! marker-drawn abs (or real ones) Toto, I've got a feeling we're not
and sparkly glitter
Harry Potter: “Harry Potter in Kansas anymore!
and the Deathly Hallows” is still a 4. Dorothy (Girls): skirt, red Blackmail: Dress up in all
good 21 days away, but everyone shoes, stuffed animal black and stick a postage stamp
loves a good Harry Potter cos- 5. Blackmail: Stamp and balck somewhere on yourself. Feel
tume. Go look around for those clothes free to act mean the whole day.
3-D glasses from all the movies 6. Mummy: Toilet paper Mummification: Find those
and take out the lenses, draw a 7. Burrito: Tin foil extra rolls of toilet paper in your
lightning bolt on your forehead bathroom and go to town with
with a black marker and find a them! Use some tape to be an
tree branch from your backyard even more legitimate mummy.
to use as a wand. You're all set! If you lose part of your costume,
Memorize some spells to yell out while you're at just find a bathroom and borrow some toilet pa-
it. per to fix it up!
Easy A: Want to be an English fanatic? Stick Burrito: Worst comes to worst, wrap some tin
a red letter “A” on your shirt and carry a baby foil on your arm and tell everyone that you are
doll. Pick up a copy of “The Scarlet Letter” just in dressed up as a burrito. Your neighbors might
case some people don't get it. If you are a junior, think you're a little weird when you go trick-or-
try going to your English teacher to rack up some treating, but at least you'll be able to get a $2 bur-
more extra credit points. With all that time spent rito at Chipotle. u
“Trick-or-treating. “I was my favorite “I liked when I
What is I like getting free Disney princess was a Teletubby
candy. One time Cinderella for because all of the
your favorite there was a man three years in a parents loved me
Halloween on a porch that I row.” and gave me lots
memory? thought was fake. It of candy.”
was really scary.”
senior Kenny Song junior Tiffany KIm sophomore Aneesa Mazumdar
a falcon LifestyLes 13
Swank Farms Corn Maze
What: Explore a scary corn
BY TimRollinson price con- maze that seems straight
sidering out of a movie
Maize. In Spanish, it translates to corn. the mem- When: Oct. 1-31
Now, take the “i” out of the word maize but ories it Where: 2600 San Felipe Rd
keep the corn and what do you have? Swank leaves visi- Hollister
Farms Corn Maze in Hollister. tors with.
Located approximately an hour from “I went
Saratoga, this spooky attraction, named the to the maze a couple years ago,” said senior
“Maniac Maze,” brings visitors of all ages. Erin Wong. “And I still get scared when I
The maze winds through about 30 acres of think about it. One of my friends peed in her
corn fields. Participants can expect sudden pants.”
scares from employees dressed in horrifying Swank Farms also offers haunted houses
costumes popping out of nowhere. The expe- and other outdoor Halloween-themed events
rience of running away from lurking creeps such as a tamer “Spookley Maze” for kids,
and monsters seems straight out of a horror but the main attraction is the frightening
movie. It is open annually from Oct. 1-31. “Maniac Maze.” This destination may seem
Swank Farms created its first corn maze strange, but the dullness of the average corn
in 2005, and since then thousands of visitors field shouldn’t discourage teens looking for
have flocked to this Halloween hideaway. The a fright.
maze is redesigned every year so even previ- “The corn maze is an experience you will
Courtesy of SWANK FARMS
ous visitors will find new adventure. A night never forget,” said Wong. “Just try not to get
Swank Farms designs a unique “Maniac Maze” every year, shown here in 2009.
in the maze will cost a student $16, a good lost.” u
Scary spots spook Saratoga students
BY IzzyAlbert was there,” said Vu. “All I know is that I am never going back to
the high school at night again.”
Scratch-scratch. Within the bubble of the town of Saratoga, the only scary sight
Abstract noises and illusions of scattering animals residents come across during the daytime might be watching a
stop junior Chris Vu in his tracks. On just a typical Sat- student react to a bad grade.
urday night, a frightening aura hovers over the football However, as soon as dawn turns to dusk, some spots in Sara-
field as a set of bleachers becomes a home for wild critters. toga can give you the heebie-jeebies.
The usual cheerful, spirited and friendly atmosphere of Sara- Another spooky location, Hicks Road, a street up in the moun-
toga High during the daytime is the environment most students tains past Pierce Road, has been notorious in Saratoga for years for
are used to. The few who have experienced the school at night, its supposed albino citizens that come out at night and the several
though, know of the eerie sounds and images that loom through- eerie “no trespassing” signs.
out the dark campus and football field. Over the summer, senior Kaitna Shankar and several of her
Junior Chris Vu regularly spends his weekend evenings idly friends decided to see the infamous Hicks Road for themselves,
walking around the school's track to relieve stress from the week, completely unaware of what was in store for them. As if driving
but one night his stress level actually increased as he was accom- up the narrow mountain road in the darkness wasn’t enough,
panied by an unexpected creature. there were no signs of life.
“I was minding my own business, walking around the track,” “To the left, there’s a lake with signs that say there are no fish
said Vu. “All of the sudden I hear a scratching noise coming from due to radiation,” said Shankar. “On the right there are ‘no tres-
the bleachers.” passing’ signs in front of houses with eerie flickering porch lights
Vu cautiously looked around to find a pair of eyes staring right or just abandoned houses in general.”
back at him. With a rational inclination to scream, Vu scared the Hicks Road is virtually what you make it, said Shankar. If you're
critter away. reluctant to go and have a tendency to see things in the dark, then
“To this day I still don’t know what the creature was or why it the trip to Hicks Road will be quite the experience. u
Bellgrove Circle a favorite
for fun trick-or-treating
VivianLeTran covered faces. yougo
Giant spiderwebs, jack-o'-lanterns with a always some Bellgrove Circle
variety of different expressions and creepy red houses that
lights adorn the driveways of many houses in have really What: Go trick-or-treating
Bellgrove Circle. One particular house hangs a cool decora- to get lots of candy!
bed sheet ghost in the window, illuminated by tions,” said When: Oct. 31
an eerie blue light. Wu. “There’s Why: Lots of Halloween
Bellgrove Circle, located past also a spirit and many high school
Highway 85 on Saratoga Ave, is lot of trick-or-treaters
known for being a favorite for trick- the real-
or-treating in Saratoga. ly scary
It boasts a close community, as houses. I tend to avoid them since I’m a
well as a substantial population of wimp, but I really appreciate the elabo-
high school trick-or-treaters. With so rate decorations.”
many familiar faces, it is almost like Not only favorable to kids, Bellgrove
trick-or-treating with a huge group is a site parents approve of as well. It’s
of friends. Owyang impossible to get lost in as it is a loop
Bellgrove also promises a good and is complete with sidewalks, street
haul of candy every year. lamps and a lot of adult supervision.
“Of course, there’s always those “A lot of parents take their kids
people who simply leave out bowls around Bellgrove since it’s really safe,”
of candy on their doorsteps and put said Wu. “It’s a really nice place to trick-
up a sign telling people to ‘take one,’” or-treat.”
said junior Alyssa Wu, a resident of Although in recent years, participa-
Bellgrove Circle. “But I remember tion has slightly lessened due to the
one year, there was this lady who younger kids growing up, the remaining
was giving out handfuls of king- Wu crowd still enjoys dressing up and trick-
sized candy bars.” or-treating every year.
Some houses have wonderful Halloween “It’s really funny to see your neighbors
spirit, extensively decorating their houses in and friends from school dressing up in such
creative ways. Houses oftentimes will deco- silly costumes that they would normally never
rate with a purpose to frighten trick-or-treat- wear,” said junior Kelsey Owyang, who also
ers, such as decorations in the doorways that lives in Bellgrove. “But it’s Halloween, so ev-
make a lot of noise or human-like figures with eryone’s [just having a lot] of fun.” u
ALL GRAPHICS BY ARNAV DUGAR AND CULLAN MCCHESNEY
14 >> ENTERTAINMENT October 29, 2010
How to be a...
“I probably fall
“I am a band geek “The way I dress, underneath “I enjoy reading
What probably because the way I think, jock because I
so much of my everything in my
stereotype do time is spent in art and music is basketball, and books. Many of
you fall band. I love the what makes me a football. Sports
are fun and
the games I play
are academic as
band people.” FOB.”
under? competitive.” well.”
senior Joyee Woodrow senior Ricky Chiu sophomore Kyle Dozier senior Amol Aggrawal
: Eyeliner is your best friend
BY JackieGu skin. To achieve this skin tone natu- piercings, though—any legal area for how to
rally, hide in a basement for several of your body should be pierced to begoth, but
Would you like to be seen as an months. Do not allow yourself to add to your masochistic persona. remember:
overly emotional sop who wears his be exposed to sunlight for more Goth music is one of the most If you start
heart quite literally on his sleeve? than five minutes at a time. If you significant identifiers that separates off chippy
Here are some loose guidelines. want to do an outdoor sport, you the clique from the rest of society. and cheer-
Express a burning hatred of shouldn’t even be reading this, but It’s also one of the easiest steps to ful, you’ll
“Twilight,” because you think its you can always try taking a bath in becoming goth: find the most dark, be consid-
fans are weak-hearted sissies who white paint every morning. Your angry, maudlin music you can and ered a pos-
can’t stand real blood. call. store it all in your music player. Re- er if you
At least that’s one thing you Eyeliner is your new best friend, fuse to listen to anything remotely descend
have in common with the rest of regardless of gender. The desired happy or uplifting. Wallow in self- into goth-
the world. Other things you should effect is to make you look like a rac- pity and make deep connections dom too fast.
claim hatred of include daylight, coon who hasn’t slept in over a year between the sad lyrics of the music Don’t offend
happiness and innocent baby ani- and then got punched in both eyes. and your own life, even if you’re your relatives
mals. Stock up on red lipstick as well. Try the one intentionally making your too badly—if
Your favorite color should be to make it look like you just soaked life a pathetic mess by becoming Grandma Jane
black, because it is the color of your lips in blood. Or that you’re goth. Oh, irony. nearly goes
death and your cold, cold heart. a clown with bad aim. One of the Common hobbies and interests into cardiac ar-
Thus, only wear black. Do not wear two. Now, piercings. Pierce your among the goth community in- rest after seeing
any other colors, ever. nose, lip, tongue, brow, or some clude pyromania, sadism and writ- you, you know
Another key physical charac- combination of the four. ing bad poetry. you’ve gone
teristics of gothdom is pale, pasty Don’t limit yourself to facial These are general suggestions too far. u
: You foster an addiction for 90210
BY AashnaMukerji ror, text nonstop and foster an ad- to act deep and tagging as many self-absorbed, but the ones here are
diction for Gossip Girl and 90210. people as possible in Facebook sta- much nicer than someone from out
Walking down the halls of Sara- Along with being known for your tuses. of state would expect,” said sopho-
toga High, the classic “prep” im- memorization of movies like “John Burn everything you own if it more Heather Sabel.
age is almost nowhere in sight. Tucker Must isn’t obscenely Being preppy doesn’t always
Girls don’t wear pleated skirts and Die,” “She’s the California has a expensive or require you to spend ridiculous
knee highs matched with cashmere Man” and “The from a respect- amounts of money in order to fit
Ralph Lauren sweaters—instead, Notebook” and
different version of able brand. in. In school, it’s all about the at-
it’s easier to find tank tops and use of annoying prep that doesn’t On the other titude.
Abercrombie jean shorts. Swap chatspeak, try to include pearl necklaces hand, you could The conformist air surrounding
headbands for side bangs and polo gain a reputation and diamond earrings. argue that Sara- a prep is like a signal—watch out,
shirts for Juicy jackets, and you ar- for being irritat- toga preps are someone much cooler than you is
rive at a more laid-back version of ingly perky and clique-obsessed. more down to earth compared to approaching.
the original prep style. With Taylor Swift as an idol, what those in other parts of the world. You can only hope that they
California has a different version else would you expect? Preps in the traditional sense come to their senses and realize
of prep that doesn’t include pearl Your life would revolve around don’t usually care about grades or that acting preppy is only a mere
necklaces and diamond earrings. climbing the social ladder and lis- anything past high school. phase—one that will burn out as
To be a modern prep, you should tening to Justin Bieber. “I’ve heard that at other schools, soon as Katy Perry drops from the
spend hours in front of the mir- Have hobbies like using lyrics the preps can be really stuck up and charts. u
Student listens to music that relates to Korean culture
BY AasimNaqvi been influenced by culture to he said. “I can listen to ‘rock mu- actually performed a dance to the
the extent that his music and TV sic even though I’m not a fan.” song in front of Ms. Fan’s class for
Senior Garrick Chan sits down choices reflect it. Though he is For Chan, this music just nev- extra credit.”
and turns on his television on a Chinese, he loves K-Pop. er gets old. Chan was first intro- Chan didn’t hesitate to share
Sunday evening. He smiles when “Chinese music is part of my duced to songs from his
he sees that one of his favorite culture, but I listen to K-Pop be- Korean iPod.
programs “The M-Wave” is on. cause the lyrics are legit,” Chan music by “Chinese music is part “I like ‘No Oth-
He then relaxes while getting said. a friend in of my culture, but I er’ by Super Ju-
the scoop on the latest Korean Within Chinese and Korean his junior listen to K-Pop because nior, ‘Come back’
pop hit singles. When the pro- music, Chan said he enjoys all year, he the lyrics are legit.” by Infinite and
gram ends, he can only wait for genres of music other than jazz said. ‘Wedding Dress’
next week’s program. Until then, and country. Because Chan runs “I start- >>Senior Garrick Chan by Taeyang,” he
he listens to his favorite Chinese for the school’s cross country ed listen- said.
singles, which he enjoys almost and track teams, he especially en- ing to K-Pop when my cousin With this music, Korean and
as much. Chan is Chinese, but he joys music that prepares him for showed me a link of ‘Nobody’ Chinese, Chan runs confidently
loves Korean music as well. meets. by Wondergirls,” he said. “I got into the future, knowing that the
Chan is one of many students “I listen to all genres as long as so hooked that I had [the song] effect of his culture has been im-
in the school whose lifestyle has the songs pump me up for a race,“ as a ringtone for a few months. I mense. u
Photos by Sarah Hull and Vivian LeTran
saratoga falcon October 29, 2010
Like most places, the school has its own cliques and social groups. Writers reveal how these different stereo-
types listen to music, dress in their own sense of fashion, have their own slang and act in their own way.
: Listen to obscure music
BY JackieGu you answered “yes” to any of these, of from your iPod.
burn all the aforementioned items. It is rumored that a hipster’s IQ
Are you sick of your hopelessly Revel in their ashes. If there are is directly proportional to the ob-
mundane lifestyle? Will you go in- any pictures of you wearing any of scurity of the bands he or she lis-
sane if you hear another song on these, staunchly deny all evidence. tens to.
the radio by a whiny country girl In the era of Photoshop, who puts Start listing every obscure indie
with lyrics seemingly written by a any weight in photographic evi- artist you’ve ever heard of, and
prepubescent teenybopper trying dence anyway? throw in a few made-up names as
her hand at bad love poetry? Fol- Shop in run-down thrift shops well to secure your hipster cred-
low the advice of this article, and that look like they’ve been around ibility.
soon you will be free of your life since World War I. There’s a simple formula for
dictated by mainstream constric- Raid your grandmother’s closet. making up indie band names on
tions! The only rules of hipster clothing the spot: The + Adjective + Plural
With their lives steeped in bohe- are 1) anything a prep wouldn’t Noun. No one will be able to tell
mian culture, iPods stored full of touch and 2) if you’re a guy, stock you’re making them up.
obscure indie bands and hole-rid- up on tight multi-colored jeans. Class spirit is overrated. Don’t
den clothing from the ‘60s, hipsters You cannot listen to Rihanna, participate in Homecoming, ral-
pride themselves on their estrange- Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Katy lies or student council because you
ment from mainstream media. Hip- Perry or anything else on Top 40 don’t want to damage your hard-
sterdom awaits you! charts. Pretend you haven’t even earned reputation.
Check your closet. Do you own heard of most of the popular artists Time magazine said on hipsters
clothing from Forever 21, Pac Sun, at any given time. “Justin Bieber?” in a July 2009 issue, “Everything
American Eagle or any other store you might say innocuously, “who’s about them is constructed to give
that can be found in a mall? Do you that?” Make sure you delete the off the vibe that they just don’t
wear Converse, Vans, or Uggs? If songs or artists you feign ignorance care.” u
: Your life should : There’s more to sports
revolve around your GPA than wearing that LAX penny
BY MichaelLee Those tank tops are also great to
BY AashnaMukerji If you want show off your athleticism and nar-
to let loose and Do you want to get ripped (or cissism.
The typical SHS student is accessorize, put on at least somewhat in shape)? Have Next, we’re going to mix up that
thought of as too busy studying a sweatshirt pro- you always dreamed of being the iTunes library of yours.
to ever have time for a real social moting a respect- star of the football team? Do you Say goodbye to Mozart,
life. Grades are all that matter— able Ivy League yearn to parade around the school Beethoven and Bach, because clas-
not friends, parties, or sports—just college. To have with that red and white uniform? sical music is as out as “Like a G6”
grades. fun, if you need If you replied “yes” to any of these will be in a few months. You’ll
Although you only find the ste- to fill up any ex- three questions, then the holy ha- need to stock up on good old rock
reotypical nerd with bowties, kha- tra space in your ven of high school jockdom awaits n’ roll. Don’t let anyone catch you
kis and suspenders on television, schedule, join the you. Soccer, badminton, track, even with that peppy pop on your play-
here are some tips to achieve a lev- math or chess cheerleading—there’s a sport for list.
el of nerdity that you can be proud club so you can (almost) everyone! And, of course, you have to play
of. learn in your free Luckily for most high school stu- the part. Don’t just say that you’re
Being obsessed with grades is time. Knowing dents, being a jock is fairly simple. a jock. Be a jock. Believe you’re the
the perfect place to start. Always be Klingon in addi- With one easy payment, you can star of the football team, whether it
looking for ways to get ahead of the tion to other obscure lan- join any sport team your heart de- be JV or Varsity.
rest of the people in your classes. guages (Elvish, HTML code, etc.) sires. Remember, a “Letz go!” and a
“I check Aeries obsessively. At never hurts. A wide variety of sports are solid fist pump can spice up any
least twice a day, if not more,” said Study by candlelight in order to fresh for the picking. Even bet- situation for the jocks.
sophomore Abigail Lin. reach your full potential—if you’re ter, you don’t even have to be the And don’t hesitate to show off
P u s h lucky, your eyesight star of the team to claim the title of those toned badminton muscles.
yourself as “I would classify a nerd will deteriorate “jock.” When we say anyone, we Anyway, why else would people
hard as you as someone who isn’t enough for you to mean anyone! spend endless hours lifting in the
can. Sleep is need glasses. There are, however, a couple of gyms other than to look good in
social, and who enjoys If you’re dedicat- prerequisites for becoming one of that sports uniform? ... Well, if you
but pales spending time ed, act pathetic in the big men and women on cam- care, I guess working out can help
in compari- studying.” social situations so pus. you compete better, too.
son to the >> Senior Tom Clark someone beats you First, you need to rearrange If you can successfully
thought of up and breaks your your closet. Basketball meet all these jock require-
not acing an assignment. If you new glasses. Fix them with tape. shorts, sports jacket, high ments, you too can take
have nightmares about missing a If your mother still picks out your socks and anything with a your rightful place among
point on a test, listen to Mozart to clothes, you get bonus points. name and a number on the glorified ath-
soothe your nerves. Awkwardness usually accom- the back will need letes of Sara-
Nonetheless, academic pres- panies nerdiness, coupled with to fill your toga High
sure can only exert so much of an fear of social interaction. ward- School.
influence on your reputation. Don’t let the fact that you spent robe. u
“I would classify a nerd as some- more money on orthodontia than
one who isn’t particularly social, you ever will on your car bring
and who enjoys spending time you down.
studying or on a computer more Remember: The popular jock
than time spent with other people,” you sit next to in English will prob-
said senior Tom Clark. ably work for you in 10 years. u
16 SCHOOL SCOPE October 29, 2010
Sasan Saadat Man of 1000 Words
s the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words,
and sophomore Sasan Saadat has been trying to capture
storytelling pictures since he first began photography.
Saadat started his serious interest in photography on his trip to London
during his freshman year.
“I picked up a camera and fell in love,” Saadat said.
Saadat's true love rests beyond the beautiful scenes and dazzling land- Crystal Yen 10-S-Q-T
scapes. What Saadat really loves is the hidden stories and subtle messages
behind the glossy surface.
“Pictures where the model looks flattering or the landscape looks stun-
D espite qualifying as a Junior
Olympic hurdler in eighth grade,
junior Crystal Yen abandoned the track
ning, those are the ones a ton of people like,” Saadat said. “But my personal lanes the summer after her freshman year when she real-
favorites are the ones that are unusual and make people think about why the ized she did not truly enjoy the sport. She chose instead to fo-
picture was taken a certain way, and make viewers look deeper to under- cus on tennis, which she had started only two summers before, after seventh
stand the full story behind it.” —Dylan Jew grade.
Since then, Yen has been traveling and playing in national tennis champi-
onships around the state and even in farther away places including Louisiana,
Texas and Arizona. She also plays No. 2 singles on the school varsity team.
Tim Park The Music Man This past May she won second place in the 16s and under USTA National
Open in Elk Grove. Later in August she won the 18s and under section of the
V isit sophomore Tim Park in his room on a typical day and
you’ll probably find him sitting at his keyboard with his
computer screen blaring from the side. The speak-
West Coast Championships in Sacramento.
“Both times I wasn’t expected to get that far, but I [did surprisingly well],”
ers blast out his newest music piece, which consists of an orga- Not surprisingly, Yen is looking to play college tennis. She feels proud to be
nized collection of synthesized instruments. a “5-star” recruit, or Top 75 in her grade nationally on tennisrecruiting.net, a
“I took a violin class before, so I can read basic sheet music. website that college coaches and recruiters use. —Evaline Ju
But I don’t really know any music theory, so I try to stay off
the black keys.”
After Park learned to play violin, he picked up the pi-
ano and guitar on his own. Since then, he has been mak-
ing his music with these two instruments and a program Vivian Wang Design Star
called Mixcraft, a computer-based music creation studio. any students own a sketchbook or two filled with doo-
“I don’t use an organized way of making music. I just dles or drawings of animals or manga characters, but not
keep retrying it until I find something I like,” said Park. freshman Vivian Wang. Her sketchbook is full of drawings of
—Rohan Rajeev still lifes and empty rooms filled with furniture, each etched with dark
and precise strokes of her pencil.
“I got into interior design because I was inspired by the
picture ads from the Ikea catalogs that they mail to your
Josh Harris Costume Extremist home,” said Wang. “I fell in love with the simple yet at-
tractive ways they arrange the furniture, and, in a way,
J unior Joshua Harris has been regarded by others as funny,
weird and eccentric for his outgoing attitude and interest-
ing fashion choices which include Snuggies, characters like
it’s just like art.”
Though Wang’s drawings do not depict living
creatures, they still express emotions and creativity
Jailebirde for the junior quad day, and historical figures through how the artist arranges objects around a
for his history classes. two-dimensional room.
“There were a couple of weird ones,” said Harris. “I love drawing interior design simply be-
“I think it was one day for history when I was sup- cause it makes me relax and forget about my
posed to dress up as Resputin, but I wore the beard worries, and simple sketching is what I’m naturally
the entire day.” good at,” said Wang. —Deborah Soung
Harris said that “picking up things that friends
do, watching a lot of shows, having friends who
have the same outlook on life and such” affect
his flamboyant choices in outerwear, and that he
dresses up “because life is boring.” Isabel McPherson Jill-of-all-trades
“Really, [I’ve] got to do something unior Isabel McPherson is no ordinary
to make the day more interesting and band student, unless you count being in
lighten up the atmosphere,” said Harris. practically every music group there is on
—Deborah Soung campus as ordinary. She is a member of jazz band, march-
ing band and orchestra. McPherson has played six different
instruments over her life, and actively plays four:
violin, bass, bass guitar and baritone.
Walter Hsiang Mr. Club Prez x 4 “I feel like if I didn’t do all [of the instruments],
I would go insane,” said McPherson. “I need some-
S aratoga High students are notorious for their high stress
levels—typically resulting from their multiple AP courses
and their numerous extracurricular activities. Now imagine
thing to keep me occupied. If I have free time, I feel
like I should be doing something.”
In addition to leading the euphonium section in
adding the responsibility of being the president of not marching band and accompanying the jazz band on bass
one, but four clubs. guitar, McPherson also plays the string bass for orchestra
Senior Walter Hsiang is the president of CSF, and the chordophone, a ukulele-like instrument, whenev-
Tri-M and Perfect Pals as well as the co-president er she has spare time. Next year, McPherson hope to add
of Live Right. the prestigious title of drum major to her musical resumé.
“I joined each one by one,” said Hsiang. “The “If I didn’t have music in my life, I would not have moti-
first two [CSF and Tri-M] I joined freshman year vation to not suck,” said McPherson. —Mac Hyde
because I wanted to help my community. Then
I joined Live Right to raise cancer and hepatitis
awareness. Finally I joined Perfect Pals because
I wanted to help my disabled and special edu-
cation friends.” online extra Other profiles available online include Nikki
Bedekar (10), Gautam Bhayani (11), Lauren
Hsiang said his primary motivation is to
give back to his community. For full-length articles and Gardanier (12), Parth Shah (9) and David
“I really enjoy being part of these clubs,” even more “fascinating” Wang (12).
said Hsiang. “When I started out this whole student profiles, visit:
process I had no idea what college applications were; I Photos taken by Sarah Hull, Vivian LeTran
only wanted to help others. —Sarah Hull www.saratogafalcon.org and Parul Singh.
saratoga falcon October 29, 2010 SCHOOL SCOPE 17
* Listed in no particular or-
der, these 15 “fascinating”
people were selected and
interviewed by members
of The Falcon staff.
12. W Henry Shen Tennis Mentality
hen tennis players are in a game-deciding situa-
tion, the difference between winning and losing
often comes down to who has the stronger will. By em-
phasizing his mental game, sophomore Henry Shen is able to capitalize on
these tight situations to win more games.
Shen has been playing competitive tennis since he was 11. After years of
tight matches, he still finds it's hard to stay calm during pressure situations.
“If you play badly in tennis, you don’t have any teammates to back you
Angie Chang My English Coach up,” said Shen. “This makes the mental game extremely important.”
“N o pain, no gain.” One person who can relate to this is Singles tennis players feel the burden of being on the court all alone with
junior Angie Chang, who spent most of this past July no teammates to help.
teaching English to Chinese-speaking students in Taiwan. “The mental game is not getting angry after mistakes and being able to
In the class, she mentored a diverse group of students every week ranging move on after losing a point or key set,” Shen said. —Dylan Jew
from elementary school to high school students. In training for her job, Chang
also had to work the opposite way, teaching Chinese to English-speakers.
“[Teaching Chinese] wasn’t as much fun as teaching English because my
Chinese wasn’t very good yet,” she said.
But after the grueling first week, the work became more engaging and
Manish Raghavan Fútbol Phenom
Chang was able to enjoy life as an English coach. or most high school students, San Francisco is about
“Had I not worked hard [in training], I would not have been able to take so as far as they would travel for a soccer
much from the experience,” said Chang. “I would definitely go again if I had game. For junior Manish Raghavan, a
the chance.” —Rohan Rajeev game in SF would serve as a break from the far-flung venues
where his team often plays.
Raghavan’s team, De Anza Force 93 Blue, has played in tour-
naments as far away as Dallas and Seattle, where Raghavan
and the team fought their way to the quarterfinals. But
Cassandra Tran Icing Queen playing for a prestigious club like his comes at a price.
There is a lot of competition within the team.
S enior Cassandra Tran has always been a bit of a perfection-
ist, especially when it comes to one of her more imagina-
tive hobbies—the art of cake decorating.
“We have 40 guys on the roster, but some don’t even
get chosen for the games. The coach picks 15-18 guys for
Tran bakes and decorates intricate cakes at home with the game. It gets pretty competitive,” Raghavan said.
her mom and has recently begun to take custom orders from Raghavan plays first string center defense for his
family members and friends of the family. She also creates team. The color signifies the class level of the team, blue
cakes for her friends’ birthdays and surprises them with one- being the highest.
of-a-kind desserts. “Right now, we’re ranked close to No. 10 in the state,”
“I only started cake decorating half a year ago, but I’ve Raghavan said. “That’s pretty good.” —Rohan Rajeev
been baking with my mom for much longer,” said Tran.
“The cakes can get pretty elaborate. I remember the first
one we did was an Ariel mermaid cake.”
Tran and her mom are currently taking lessons at Mi- Cynthia Chen Gamer Girl
chael’s Arts and Crafts store, which offers tutorials in cake
ost girls have stockpiles of clothes in flashy arrays
decorating, in order to expand their skills. Tran hopes to
of color. Sophomore Cynthia Chen has an ever-
one day be able to sell her cakes for profit. —Sarah Hull
expanding collection of video games.
“My three brothers got me into [playing video
games] when I was pretty young, and I grew up in a house
full of guys, so I guess I just adapted to their interests instead
Edgar Chen Pi Guy of ‘female’ interests,” said Chen.
Chen’s addiction has set her apart from the “stereotypi-
ith help from math teacher PJ Yim, freshman Ed- cal female,” since most girls do not spend as much time
gar Chen filed an appeal to accelerate to Trigo- playing and collecting games.
nometry/Precalculus Honors, a class Her favorite video game is Final Fantasy X be-
rarely occupied by 9th graders. cause “it has an amazing plot and there was so
Chen achieved noteworthy success while participat- much detail put into it.”
ing in the Redwood Math Club in late March last school Chen said, “I own almost every video game,
year, when he was seventh in the individual section of and I’ve tried most of the online multiplayer
the state Mathcounts competition and helped lead the games out there.” —Deborah Soung
Redwood team to sixth place in the team section.
Later in April he won fifth place in the Middle
School Leapfrog section of the Santa Clara Valley
Mathematics Association Field Day.
“I don’t really know what started my inter- Michael Cheung Crafty Kid
est in math, but I [sort of] do math for fun,” said
n his free time, sophomore Michael Cheung enjoys
Chen. —Evaline Ju
crocheting and making origami figures, cards and as-
sorted paper crafts, defying age-old gender stereotypes.
At age five, he learned origami from his father and has practiced ever since.
“I would normally just do origami because it’s more straightforward,” he
Peter Hsieh Yo shi Trilinguist said. “Crocheting can be frustrating.”
f learning one new language is hard, imagine learning Cheung discovered paper crafts when he stumbled upon paper-
two with completely different alphabets craftmuseum.com when he was 11. He
at once. Such is the case for junior Peter started cardmaking because he sub-
Hsieh, who takes both Spanish 4 Honors and Chinese 5 scribed to the Paper Crafts Magazine.
Honors. He makes figures of Pokemon, ani-
Hsieh’s parents were split on which language he should mals, things in nature or anything else
take. His father wanted him to take Spanish, and his mother he thinks looks cute. When finished,
wanted Chinese. “I came up with the logical solution,” he normally gives his crafts away to
Hsieh said. “I took both.” friends as birthday presents.
Hsieh finds Spanish more challenging than Chinese, Mastering the arts of paper crafts and
but says taking two languages has been worth it. crocheting takes time and effort. To any
“It’s really fun to learn about the culture and to com- struggling artists, Cheung advises, “Don’t
municate with a lot of different people from all over the give up. Just keep messing around until [you]
world.” —Dylan Jew get it right.” —Evaline Ju
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Facebook users experience harassment
News Feed Junior Anjalika Goyal remembers mately lead to forms of cyber bullying it is in person.”
Messages the day her online nightmare be- through harsh comments and words. Though creating fake accounts is
Events gan. She was checking her e-mail two “They made a fake account with one form of harassment via Facebook,
months ago and clicked on a link that my information and pictures,” Goyal Facebook users have found other ways
led her to a suspicious looking website. said. “So after a month of trying to fix to release private information and hurt
Goyal attempted to log back in to her the problem myself, I decided to report others’ feelings. Because of Facebook’s
Facebook account, but to her horror, her the second account to Facebook and let open nature, it has become common for
password and e-mail had been changed them deal with it.” users to copy and paste conversations
for the popular site. Goyal was finally Since then, Goyal said she has be- to one another. Many students have had
able to reset her password and e-mail, come much more careful, has changed experiences where private information
but found that all her friends had been many of her privacy settings and does has hurtfully been revealed through
Facebook bullying deleted. not click on links she does not recog- these seemingly innocent chats.
Goyal discovered that her Facebook nize. “I think that if you are trying to say
Fake profiles: Students have
account had been hacked by an un- Another student, who asked that his something to one person, it should stay
reported that their names and
pictures have been used to cre-
known user, who also created a fake name not be used, had a similar expe- between you and that person,” sopho-
ate fake profiles account under her name. The cycle rience, when a fake Facebook account more Jaya Narasimhan said. “It’s an
Rumors: Students have re-
repeated itself every other day, with a was created for him and he did not find invasion of privacy when people copy
ported that private information
change of password, deletion of friends, out till two days later, after the hacker and paste things on Facebook.”
exchanged in chats have been and random wall posts. instant messaged people pretending to Despite Facebook’s privacy options
posted to the public Facebook is the social network that be him. for user safety, those who have experi-
Hackers: Outside websites can links people worldwide, via chat, mes- “The problem with outlets like Face- enced the dark side of the online world
steal passwords, pictures and sages and wall posts. However, now, book is that people can literally pretend understand that it is still a danger.
personal information if a user a network that has brought everyone to be someone else without the hassle “People think there’s no cyberbully-
clicks on an unfamiliar link together can actually tear people apart. of hacking accounts,” the source said. ing in Saratoga,” junior Anshu Siripura-
Many believe that Facebook has become “Cyberbullying is scary because it is a pu said, “but people talk behind peo-
a facilitator of gossip, which can ulti- lot easier to bully someone online than ple’s backs while behind a screen.” u
falconfigures Q&A with Dr. Hadas Pade, Psy.D.,
on cyberbullying and its effects on victims
20 percent of students
between the ages of 11
and 18 have reported be-
ing cyberbullied by a peer
in their lifetime Q: How does cyberbullying affect the victim? Q: How should victims of cyberbullying react?
20 percent of students A: There’s never a clear answer, but it can often go one of A: Finding someone they can trust to talk about it is
in the same age group two ways: the individual internalizing the experience, be- probably the most important thing, although that’s often
have also reported cyber- coming depressed or anxious, which can lead to drastic hard, embarrassing and painful to do. Together with that
bullying another student changes in behavior and poor choices. Or, the individual individual, preferably an adult at some point they can fig-
themselves will externalize, and become more aggressive and defiant. ure out a plan. Talking about it is a powerful first step.
10 percent of students Q: How can people help victims?
have both cyberbullied Q: How should friends and family of victims react?
another person and been A: The impact can be greater if there were risk factors before A: Be supportive, validate the child’s feelings and just
a victim of online harass- the bullying, such as having a poor family support system
listen to what they have to deal with, without necessarily
ment or few friends. On the other hand, research suggests that
trying to fix it immediately, judging or commenting. Just
having one of the most powerful factors when it comes to
274 of students at Sarato- listen and be available.
bullying is having a consistent, supportive adult available.
ga High will, according to
studies, be cyberbullied
or bully another before Q: What is the mindset of most cyberbullies? onlineextra
age 18 A: Bullying or putting others down often makes people feel For more statistics behind cyberbullying, the full interview
good about themselves. Cyberbullying makes it easier be- with Dr. Pade and anecdotes from two anonymous victims of
-Emily Williams cause you can do it from the comfort of your own home. cyberbullying, check out the entire story by Emily Williams at
Source: www.cyberbullying.us Most students don’t realize what they’re doing is hurtful, www.saratogafalcon.org
but there are, of course, some that have no real reason.
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BY AshwiniVelchamy suffer in silence.”
Assistant principal Chris Cerbone said that victims
As technology becomes more prominent in our of cyberbullies should save everything as evidence. Saratoga on cyberbullying
lives, school administrators face a major problem. The He also said the administration will suspend students
schoolyard bullies of the past are now online, becom- based on the degree of the cyberbullying. Law enforce- “With anonymity
ing cyberbullies. Because this problem has emerged in ment can also get called in because cyberbullying is a comes the boldness
the past few years, schools are still looking for the most crime. to show the uglier
effective way to deal with it while ensuring the safety Cerbone believes the prevalence of new technolo- side of human nature.
and education of all involved. gies, such as the Internet and cell phones, contributes People can attack
“It is really sort of uncharted territory,” said princi- to the increase in cyberbullying among teenagers. others without fear of
pal Jeff Anderson. “The age of the Internet and texting makes it easier
SHS administrators say that only a small number of for people to not face their victims,” said Cerbone. “It
incidents of this sort have occurred at the school. makes it easy for people to disrespect others.” alumnus Steven Sung
“We have tried to be proactive on these and got to Cerbone added that the Internet has depersonalized
them before they became problems,” said Anderson. everything. “Recently, cyberbullying
“We know it’s out there, but, fortunately, we haven’t “I think cyberbullies are cowards,” said Cerbone. has been increasing a
seen it too much at Saratoga “They sit behind a closed door lot and it needs to stop.
People don’t realize
High.” “We really and say things they’d never say
they’re hurting someone
Anderson feels that the best in front of the person.”
way to solve the problem of cy- encourage you to Anderson offered some sim- because it’s over the
berbullying is having the involved come tell us. Don’t ple advice for preventing one-
parties meet face to face. suffer in silence.” self from becoming a victim of
“When you get wind of it, even cyberbullying. junior Darisha Jhutty
if it turns out to be nothing, you Principal Jeff Anderson “Don’t be a big texter,” said
need to address it. The parties Anderson. “Talk to people face
need to be brought in to determine the level of serious- to face. Don’t do anything on the Internet that you “The Internet makes
ness,” said Anderson. don’t want on the cover of the Mercury News.” u bullying morally
Guidance counselor Alinna Satake said it’s in the easier to do, because
best interest of students to come and talk to an adult when people bully
about any incidents. online, they don’t feel
“In the 21st century, people are still trying to fig- Admins on cyberbullying the same guilt they
ure out what is appropriate and what should go out would if they said it to
From Principal Jeff Anderson: Go find an adult, someone’s face. “
on the Internet and on public sites,” said Satake. “It’s and don’t “suffer in silence” if you’re being cyber-
not good decision making. I guess someone might feel junior Mark Van Aken
empowered by it, as well as the anonymity in doing it From A.P. Chris Cerbone: Victims of cyberbullies
online versus getting into a fist fight with someone.” should save everything as evidence, and law en-
Anderson agrees with this idea and stresses how forcement can be called in because cyberbullying
important it is to tell parents or teachers if an issue is a crime. IM +/- Actions
arises, especially if it is online. From guidance counselor Alinna Satake: Anonymity
“If you know [cyberbullying] is going on, we really empowers Internet users to make poor decisions.
encourage you to come tell us,” said Anderson. “Don’t
and Ashley Tang
Saratoga, CA Formspring.com cracks
down on cyberbullies
When was the last time you ex- harass and bully their peers of safety tips for its users to try Although cyberbullying is
ercised? Please start ASAP. Many students use this to prevent harrassment. rampant on Formspring, the
Nobody likes you. Get a life. popular website to both ask “We count on users to be privacy settings give users the
and receive questions. Because smart and safe,” said Sarahjane choice to block anonymous
Such questions are examples Formspring enables people to Sacchetti, the director of com- questions. If the site took away
of cyberbullying that appear on ask questions without giving munications at Formspring, in the anonymity option, cyber-
the popular site, Formspring. names, bullies have the capa- a press release. “This includes bullying would decrease; how-
Formspring is a bulletin-style bility to impersonate others checking and maintaining the ever, the appeal of the website
website where one can create without suffering any conse- safety and privacy settings that would decline along with it.
an account and anyone with ac- quences. work best for them, as well as “If Formspring wasn’t anon-
cess to the Internet can ask the “[The cyberbullies] pretend blocking and reporting users ymous, it would render the site
user questions. Anonymity is a to be someone else and then in- who may cross the line.” useless; nobody would use it,”
key factor that makes this web- sult another person,” said soph- Sachetti says that Form- said junior Sankash Shankar. “It
site both appealing and harm- omore Sarah Kuo. “They feel spring follows up on all the would be like posting on a Face-
ful. Originally, Formspring was protected behind a computer reports that they receive and book wall.”
created to provide a means of screen.” they have the ability to block or Cyberbullying can be hurtful,
honest questioning for curious Formspring’s open, easily suspend users. While they will exacerbated by Formspring’s
friends and coworkers who accessible format is perfect for never reveal an anonymous anonymity policy. Authorities
wanted to avoid awkward situ- cyberbullying to spawn. When user to another, they are able to recommend enforcing privacy
ations. Now, people are abusing concerns were raised about bul- give user information to local settings or deleting the account
the privilege of anonymity to lying, Formspring created a list law enforcement. entirely. u
20 October 29, 2010
VicTory Doles’ interception seals the deal
FALCON // JORDAN WAITE
From left: Junior runningback Troy Doles evades a Los Gatos defender as he sprints
towards the end zone. Students cheer in celebration of Saratoga’s 21-17 victory
FALCON // JORDAN WAITE over Los Gatos, the team’s first victory over the Cats since 1982.
continued from pg. 1 pable passing attack. They capped their said Hoffman. “We practiced it for the with just 30 seconds left on the clock.
drive off with a 32-yard touchdown pass first time the day before and everyone In prime position to win the game for
to the field. On the wall of the Facebook from senior quarterback Kevin Smith to was surprised when it worked. It was by the Cats, Los Gatos senior quarterback
event for the game, students posted senior receiver Chris Guengerich, tight- far the [best] play we ran.” Hayden Hibberd lofted a floater into the
harmless “smacktalk” at first, which is ening the Wildcat lead to 10-7 at end of end zone, hoping the win the game.
expected for a game with such history. the first half, after an extra point by se- Wildcat offensive drive The stands stood waiting in anticipa-
But the innocuous comments soon nior kicker Peter Auvil. The Cats quickly responded and tion as Hibberd’s pass soared straight
led to vicious and even racial insults re- managed to plow through the Falcon into the endzone right into the hands of
sulting the punishment of several Los The perfect call defense, driving run-by-run into the Doles, who while playing cornerback,
Gatos students. After the opening kickoff of the red zone. Late in the third quarter, the managed to intercept the ball in the air
second half, the Falcons started with Cats regained their first half lead with to secure a Falcon victory. With 26 sec-
Rough offensive start the ball on their own 30-yard line and a 1-yard touchdown run by Zeiter, and onds left on the clock, the Falcons took
The Falcons and Wildcats stepped moved the chains consistently yet again. an extra point conversion, taking a 17-14 a knee to run out the clock. Counting
onto the field with high hopes. Both However, after two rushing attempts lead over the Falcons. down seconds while waiting for time to
teams’ offenses struggled to score early for no gain, the Falcons faced a third expire, the fans then stormed the field,
in the game, but the Wildcats drew first and long on the Cats’ 26-yard line. Us- Falcon comeback capping off one of the most magical
blood with a 35-yard field goal by senior ing every bit of creativity he had, Lugo Down by three in the fourth quar- nights in Falcon football history. u
kicker Andy Heimer, who sent the ball called for a triple reverse pass, a play the ter, Smith maintained his composure.
sailing straight through the uprights. Falcons only practiced once before. The Making no mistakes on the drive, Smith
In their next offensive drive, the Cats play worked to perfection. After faking completed a 17-yard touchdown pass,
steadily pounded the ball into Falcon ter- a pass, Smith tossed the ball to Johnson, his third of the night, to Guengerich saratoga 21, Los Gatos 17
ritory using their power running game, who tossed it to Guegerich, who tossed with less than 4 minutes remaining. Senior Chris Guengerich caught two
and scored on a 4-yard dive up the mid- the ball back to Smith, who finally threw touchdown passes from senior Kevin
dle by senior running back Garret Zeiter, a 40-yard bomb to junior running back Play of the year Smith, including the game decid-
followed by a Heimer extra point. Troy Doles in the end zone, pushing the With a 21-17 lead over Los Gatos, it ing fourth quarter touchdown. Smith
Despite being down by 10 early in the Falcons into the lead for the first time looked as though Saratoga had finally passed for 156 yards and three touch-
game, the Falcons refused to give up. with a score of 14-10, after an Auvil ex- secured a victory. But the Cats managed downs. Junior Troy Doles had 183
In order to jump start their offense, the tra point. to squelch all Falcon hopes by moving totals yards of offense.
Falcons took advantage of their unstop- “It was the perfect call at the time,” into scoring position in the red zone
HisTory The big game How we broke the curse
Troy Doles, who had 183 yards
continued from pg. 1 team managed to earn a CCS berth and of total offense.
reach the semi-finals.
squads in the playoffs, one of them Last Friday junior Troy Doles not 2. Falcon defense came up with
only held tightly onto the game-winning
being Los Gatos, to win the CCS crown. big stops at the right time.
At the end of Pierce’s tenure, the cross- interception, he also clung to a legacy,
a proud history and a hope for the re- The Saratoga defense came
town rivals were enjoying a rise in up with big plays when they
prominence and as enrollment dipped at surgence of a football program that had
been dwelling in hardship. The momen- needed them most. The Falcons
Saratoga High, hopes against the Wild- Kevin Darchuk and Tim Lycurgus started out the game by forcing
cats dwindled as well. tous win has allowed the team to come
After Pierce’s retirement in 1994, Sara- full circle, to an almost forgotten yet All Things Considered Los Gatos to punt, letting every-
slightly familiar place. How the Falcons one know it could stop the Los
toga began a slow slide into mediocrity.
Despite occasional success, the team lost carry out the rest of the season is still to fter seeing Los Gatos Gatos offense and then recorded
its hold in the upper rungs of local high be determined, but they have a strong lose 42-0 to Palo Alto the a crucial stop at the end of the
school football. The team often found forward push going into the last three previous week, students first half to keep the score 10-7
itself looking up to Los Gatos from a games, and a major Wildcat off their started predicting that this could instead of a two possession
league below. The years continued to backs. u
be the year we finally won. Fans game and momentum on the
add up. Even when Saratoga seemed to thescores weren’t disappointed as the Fal- side of the Falcons. In the second
be better such as in 1997 when they won The Big Game: over the years cons beat the Cats 21-17. Here’s half, after giving up the lead on
CCS under coach Mike Machado, they why: a long scoring drive, Saratoga’s
1981: No Score 1996: 13-12 (L)
still managed to be done in by the Los
Gatos curse, losing 13-12 that year. 1982: No score (W) 1997: 34-16 (L) defense came up with two late
In 2001 a prodigy was leading a Los 1983: No score (L) 1998: 24-0 (L) 1. Offensive Line did its job. stops, including the interception
1984: 27-0 (L) 1999: 48-8 (L) The line gave quarterback in the end zone with under a
Gatos team—Trent Edwards, who d now
1985: 19-7 (L) 2000: 40-10 (L) Kevin Smith time in the pocket, minute to play.
plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Los
1986: No score (L) 2001: 14-7 (L) yielding only one sack to a
Gatos would still win that game 10-7.
1987: 21-6 (L) 2002: 42-13 (L)
In 2008 Tim Lugo was brought in as
2003: 28-6 (L)
defense that averaged over three 3. Support from the stands.
1988: No score
the new head coach. One of his first ac-
1989: 28-2 (L) 2004: 34-11 (L) sacks a game. With this extra The bleachers were packed
tions as coach was to implement the time, Smith could complete and the band and the student
1990: None 2005: 61-13 (L)
same Wing-T offense employed dur- several passes for large gains, in- section remained in the game
1991: 14-0 (L) 2006: 49-13 (L)
ing the Benny Pierce golden years. That cluding touchdown passes of 17, all four quarters. The fans made
1992: 27-7 (L) 2007: 49-21 (L)
year, an unsuspecting Los Gatos team
1993: None (L) 2008: 10-7 (L) 27 and 32 yards. The offensive sure that the Falcons had an
was caught off guard by Lugo’s highly
motivated team. But the curse still held 1994: 45-14 (L) 2009: 47-0 (L) line opened gaps for running actual home field advantage by
back the Falcons. An untimely fumble 1995: 24-3 (L) 2010: 21-17 (W) backs, seniors Greg Johnson cheering nonstop and support-
by Saratoga led to a 10-7 loss. Last year Scores from school yearbook records. and Marcus Hoffman and junior ing the team. u
the Falcons fell 47-0. Despite the loss, the
saratoga falcon October 29, 2010 SPORTS 21
Injuries, losses set back CCS goals
BY SynthiaLing “It’s really upsetting and disappoint-
& RenNorris ing that my season is cut short,” she
said. “I’m definitely going to try to stay
Having competed in the playoffs ev- in shape so I can maybe return for the
ery year since 2000, field hockey has con- last few games, but it is definitely a ma-
sistently been one of the school's stron- jor letdown.”
gest sports teams. This season, however, The injury seems to have come at
with key losses early on, and the injury the worst time possible. Before the
of senior attacker and co-captain Vanes- loss to Gilroy, the team had a disap-
sa Block, the team may not even make it pointing 2-0 loss on Oct. 12 to Leigh,
to the CCS playoffs. a new team to the El Camino division.
At an away game on Oct. 14 against On Oct. 7, the team managed to tie
Gilroy, the Mustangs came away with with Presentation 1-1, when sophomore
a 2-1 victory against the Falcons after mid fielder Amanda Schwartz tipped in
a goal early in the
managing to score
two early goals. Se- game, but Presen-
nior forward Whit- “We had great play, but tation responded
ney Hansen scored we had just bad luck with a goal in the
the lone Falcon goal and couldn’t get the second half.
late in the second ball in the goal.” In the first
half, hoping to spark half the season,
a comeback. Ass’t coach Amber Wilson the team's record
During the was 0-5-2, risk-
match, while Saratoga was defending a ing the team's chances of qualifying for
Gilroy short corner, the ball hit Block's CCS.
right thumb and broke it in four places. Now, Saratoga is in the process of
As a result, Block will be out for at least facing all the teams a second time and
four weeks to recover. needs to beat some of the teams they fell FALCON // PARUL SINGH
Having played on varsity since fresh- to in the first half of the season.
man year, Block has been an impressive, “The season hasn't been going the Sophomore Megan Doles shoots during a 2-1 victory against Los Altos on Oct. 21.
high-scoring offensive player and an in- way we wanted, score-wise,” said Wil-
fluential leader, said assistant coach Am- son. “We had great plays at certain times, need to beat Los Altos, Presentation, stepped up in the absence of Block, said
ber Wilson. but we just had bad luck and couldn’t get Leigh and one other school, all without Wilson.
“If the team dwells on the fact that the ball in the goal. The games were lop- Block's help. Block, who has been recruited to
[Block] is out and thinks that’s a huge sided; we’d dominate but we couldn’t “Skill-wise we are all there because play for several Division 3 colleges
blow, then it will be a huge blow,” said score.” all of us are really good players,” said in the East Coast, says her injury will
Wilson. “In the Gilroy game we scored The team’s first win of the season was sophomore forward Megan Doles. “It be healed by the end of this year and
without [Block] in, and that was against against Los Altos on Oct. 21, when the just comes down to working as a team should not affect her future in the sport.
an undefeated team. We would love to girls pulled off a clutch 2-1 win, with and getting intense for these important “I’ll still be on the side leading and
have [Block] in, but if the team steps up goals by senior center-mid fielder Ren games. It is definitely possible for us to cheering them on,” said Block. “We have
to the challenge we can still do it.” Norris and junior forward Annie Barco. go to CCS.” a lot of strong players, and they are im-
The setback is troublesome for the However, the team is still feeling the Norris, along with sophomores Jenny proving as a team, so we still have a shot
team, and especially for Block. pressure. To make it to CCS the girls Miller and Hannah Johnson, have all at CCS.” u
GiRlS’ TeNNiS GiRlS’ GolF
Girls smash Matadors Team has a Champion
in key league match fReShman STePS uP wiTh gOOd all-
aROund game and enThuSiaSm
BY ApekshaSharma of the season on Oct. 14 turned out to be
The dark clouds hung ominously on & SamikaKumar a success. Using the sum of the team’s
the afternoon of Oct. 5 when the girls’ top four individual scores, the girls
tennis team set out to play their bitter For No. 4 player Hallé Champion, finished with one of their best overall
rival, Monta Vista High. Yet even the playing on the golf team this season scores—194. Saratoga High beat Lin-
depressing skies and a few light sprin- has solidified her hopes to excel at the coln by a margin of 40 but lost to its sec-
kles would not hinder the team from game, plow her way to perfection and ond opponent, Leland, by 7.
defeating their opponents 5-2. develop lasting friendships. With the Champion scored a 50 on the par 35
With half of the league season over young team losing their most experi- course, mere strokes behind Sivaram
as of Oct. 5, the outlook to a CCS cham- enced member, No. 1 player senior Ut- and No. 2 player sophomore Samika
pionship repeat remains bright. “I can- tara Sivaram, next year, this freshman Kumar.
not remember the last time Saratoga just may become the exemplary golfer “I think we were playing pretty
tennis has started a season 12-0,” said for her peers in upcoming years. [well], but then we got a little nervous
head coach Tom Uyehara . Having played golf for two years, and antsy,” Champion said. “That con-
The win against Monta Vista can Champion would like to hit the ball far- tributed to our score.”
boost the entire team’s confidence to ther and be better at putting. Of the nine teams that are in the
win CCS, said junior Sarah Lum, who Though she admits she has some league, Saratoga High ranks near the
FALCON // VIVIAN LeTRAN
plays No. 1 doubles with junior Lisa ways to middle.
Asai. Junior Crystal Yen volleys the ball back to go, her “This golf season has been terrific Though the
Changes in the team’s lineup have acquired
improved chances of further success.
her opponent in a match against Monta knowing that this has only been team did not
Junior Crystal Yen has been moved up
Vista on Oct. 5.
my first season on the team. I feel qualify for
CCS, it sent
to the No. 2 singles spot, trading places main ad- [like] I’m with family.” several girls
ed, said Yen, who defeated Monta Vista
with senior co-captain Catherine Nguy- senior Vynnie Kong 6-0, 6-1. mired by to the Coy-
Freshman Hallé Champion
en, who now plays No. 3 singles. “I wasn’t too excited [when we won] her peers. ote Creek
Both Nguyen and Yen are great play- because it wasn’t as intense [as the last “I’ve Golf Course
ers, but Yen has had more success lately few years].” seen [Hallé] hit some golf balls,” player on Oct. 27 to try out for CCS individual
against the top players in and out of the The day before the Monta Vista sophomore Madison King said, “and qualifiers. The results could not be cov-
league, said Uyehara. game, No. 2 doubles player sophomore they go really far and straight. She’s re- ered due to printing deadlines.
Since they emerged as the champi- Niharika Bedekar rolled her ankle and ally good for a freshman.” Champion knows the team has had
ons of the 112-team Peachtree tourna- No. 3 doubles player freshman Usha King believes Champion’s personal- its ups and downs, but she is certain
ment in Fresno in early September, the Raman hurt her wrist. Despite these ity adds a unique flavor to the team. that she will continue to be part of the
team didn’t face any serious challenges setbacks, both managed to play in their “She is very outgoing,” said King. team next year. After high school, she
until they played Monta Vista. matches. “She has good style with her knee-high hopes to compete in golf at the college
“I was really happy because in previ- Saratoga had a bye for league match- socks and plaid pants.” level. Until then, however, Champion
ous seasons it has been really hard for es on Oct. 12, giving the players time to To bring more enthusiasm to match- knows she will savor the upcoming
us to secure a victory,” said senior co- recover. Saratoga played Monta Vista es, Champion has worn colorful knee- years on the Saratoga girls’ golf team.
captain Mary Edman. “[This] being my for the second time in a home game on high socks and checkered shorts, an “This golf season has been terrific,
senior year [made it] extra special.” Oct. 26, but due to printing deadlines, original trademark of hers that has in- knowing that this has only been my first
However, this year even the oppo- the game could not be covered in this stigated team spirit and optimism. season on the team,” Champion said. “I
nents did not seem as tough as expect- issue. u The team’s second-to-last tri-match feel [like] I’m with family.” u
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san FranCisCo Giants
boys’ Cross Country
the Series? Team runs forward, aims
NO WAY! to go to state meet
BY BrandonJudoprasetijo clude freshman twins Sam and Will the team lacks a strong “fifth man.”
& VijayMenon Guy, who had impressive results in the Chan has been hampered by inju-
recent race at Crystal Springs on Oct. ries and hopes to overcome these dif-
Under the leadership of new head 7. Will and Sam finished 2nd and 4th, ficulties in the coming weeks.
coach Dan Ambrico, the boys’ cross respectively, in their divisions. “Coach and I agree that I have stuff
country team has smoothly transi- “We’re working really hard to get left in the tank,” said Chan. “The rea-
Number one fan tioned into the season as familiar son my race was what it was is be-
faces continue to dominate on the cause of low competition and my sore
oughly six months ago when track. Now, the team is focusing on “It’s our competitve ankles.”
the major league baseball season
started, I boldly predicted that
achieving its goal of making it to the nature that makes us Although Chan has been recov-
state competition at Woodward Park want to work harder.” ering, he admits that he is “still in
this year, the Giants were going to the in Fresno. pain.”
World Series. After hearing that predic- Having a strong leadership role in “I’ve tried to use many methods
tion, many of my friends immediately senior Garrick Chan
the team are senior co-captains Gar- to cure my ankles, but not all of them
referred to me as a “fool.” Fast forward rick Chan and Kyle Fukui. everyone better, and we’ve really im- seem to work,” he said.
six months through the season and into Chan is doing everything from run- proved over the season,” said Sam. The team also raced in the Lyn-
the depths of the playoffs, only four ning intervals around the campus and “We’re just trying to make that last brook Invitational on Oct. 27, but due
teams remain. Yes, one of those teams local streets to doing strength work- push to get to state.” to printing deadlines, the Falcon could
is the Giants, and no, I am no longer outs. Chan says that injuries affecting not report on the results.
considered a fool. “We’re all bonded together and sophomore David Zarrin and himself They also compete in the VAL Crys-
As a Giants fan—I’ll be honest—the we all motivate each other during the are the main problem for the team tal Springs finals on Nov. 2 before rac-
last six years of baseball have been workouts,” said Chan. “It’s our com- right now. ing at CCS Nov. 13, where the team
downright depressing. From losing petitive nature that makes us want to Zarrin has battled Planpar Sasciitis, must place as one of the top three
the division lead on the last game of work harder.” which give him constant foot pains teams in order to qualify for the state
the season in 2004 ending up just four Other major figures of the team in- when he runs. Due to Zarrin’s injury, competition. u
games back from first place in 2009, Gi-
ants baseball has truly been torture.
But what makes the Giants’ inclusion
in this year’s playoffs so great is the Girls’ volleyball
taste of victory after those six years of
horror. When the Giants clinched their
playoff spot on the last game of the sea-
son, all of those years of losing and me-
diocrity were erased with just one win.
That one game was worth more than
any game played during those six years,
a span of 972 games. Immediately after
that win, I went straight to the Giants’
online store and bought an official “San
Francisco Giants 2010 National League
West Division Champions” shirt. I have
never been so thrilled to buy a shirt.
Until Oct. 7, the Giants had not seen
a lick of playoff baseball since former
first Giant J.T. Snow was thrown out
trying to score the tying run against the
Florida Marlins in the last game of the
2003 N.L. Division Series. That’s right,
2003. I was merely a fourth-grader at
Saratoga Elementary School during the
last time that anyone on the Giants had FALCON // SARAH HULL
stepped foot on a field in mid-October. Team captains seniors Sarah Blegen (second from left) and Hanna Nielsen (far right) with their teammates freshman Katelyn Mol-
From the end of that 2003 season to lahan and sophomore Janelle Williams prepare for Monta Vista’s serve during a game on Oct. 19. Saratoga lost 3-2.
the beginning of this one, almost noth-
Two headers are better than one
ing has gone right; what occurred in
those six years was a mess of errors, los-
es, strikeouts and many severe cases of
fanatic depression. Honesty, I couldn’t
blame my friends for disregarding my BY AashnaMukerji said Blegen. “[Blegen] is our starting outside hit-
claim that the Giants were going to the “If they make a mistake, we have ter and the teams’ kill leader,” Coach
World Series. When most people reach their senior to tell them to just shake it off,” added Brad Frederickson said. “She is also an
But this year was going to be differ- year, they are excited to finally be at the Nielsen. “It builds confidence on the outstanding defensive player. Although
ent, and I knew it. I didn’t care that the top of high school’s hierarchy. Seniors court, which is really important.” [Nielson] was a great hitter for us last
Giants had a 3 percent chance at the Sarah Blegen and Hanna Nielsen year, we have her setting through all
beginning of the season to make it to have reached this peak, but they are “If they make a mistake, the rotations to this point because she
the World Series, based on the fact that sharing a top leadership position as we have to tell them to just is outstanding at that position.”
the Giants are just one out of 30 teams co-captains of the 11-17 girls’ varsity shake it off. It builds confi- Looking to the future, Blegen feels
in the MLB. Nothing could stop a team volleyball team. dence on the court, which that the team “can definitely improve
with Tim Lincecum’s long feminine “I think it’s a really good system [their] skills by working hard at prac-
hair, Brian Wilson’s pitch-black beard because both [Nielson] and I bring
is really important.” tice, but the league’s set how it is.”
and Aubrey Huff’s red rally thong. different aspects to the team,” said senior Hanna Nielsen Since the season is well on its way to
Throughout the year the Giants main- Blegen. She praised her co-captain completion, the captains are hoping to
tained a solid pitching staff, strong for taking such a leading role on the Leave the coaching to the coaches; lead the team to a solid finish.
bullpen and, for the first time since the court and boosting everyone’s confi- the most important part of the captains’ Having played volleyball through-
Barry Bonds era, consistent home runs dence. leadership is creating a sense of unity out her entire high school experience
from players without number 25 on the “Sarah and I have been friends since among the players. and spent three years at varsity level,
back of their jersey. elementary school, so we work well “Captains can relay messages from Blegen has mixed feelings about letting
Every win brings the Giants closer together and know each other well,” coaches to the team in a more personal go of the sport, since she won’t be play-
to a championship, something that they added Nielsen. way,” said Nielsen. They are out on the ing in college.
haven’t seen since 1954—when they The captains’ role is to make sure court to encourage their teammates and “It’s scary because [volleyball] is
were the New York Giants and Dwight that everyone focuses in practice dur- help them step up. something that’s been a part of my life
D. Eisenhower was president. ing warm-up and laps and maintains According to Blegen, the whole team for so long, but I’m also excited to move
After such a long era of failure, this concentration throughout games. contributes and manages to mesh to- on,” Blegen said. She plans to play club
year is going to be different. The fans One of the hardest tasks as captain gether quite well. The captains were volleyball in the future.
are louder, the team is better, and the includes helping the girls raise their elected in the beginning of the year and Both Blegen and Nielsen enjoy being
Giants are actually in the World Series. spirits and making sure everyone comes are popular with the rest of the team. looked up to as captains. “It’s reward-
Can it get any better than this? Who together as a team. “They’re two of the most inspiration- ing to know our hard work has paid
knows, maybe in a month from now “If any players are down at any al players I’ve ever seen,” said sopho- off,” said Nielsen.
people will refer to the Giants as the point, you have to pick them up and more Ramya Swami, who is a front row “I feel glad that I’m responsible for
reigning World Series Champions. u make sure they’re okay. Even if I’m hitter. “They have so much ability and something that I love so much,” Blegen
down, [Nielson] helps me bring it up,” so much to teach you.” added. u
24 BACKPAGE October 29, 2010
Sorry, I don’t do Disney
yet, but I can probably skip it altogether as
I’ve seen “Avatar”), the sheer happiness
radiating out of the movies was completely
While watching “Snow White,” I couldn’t
keep myself from interrupting once or twice
Jackie Gu (or maybe a few dozen more). “Her voice
What do Gu think? makes my eardrums feel like they’re giv-
ing birth,” I commented. The storyline was
few months ago, I was talking plainly illogical, laced with so much saccha-
FALCON // JORDAN WAITE to a friend about pop culture rine sweetness I didn’t think it was possible
when she brought up the subject for anyone over the age of 6 to watch with-
of animated movies.“Oh,” I said. “I’ve out wanting to vomit in sugary technicolor.
never seen a Disney movie before.” Maybe I’m just being cynical, but how can
She acted as if I had committed anyone expect me to believe that a little
some great personal offense. After all, 5-minute walk in the garden is sufficient
her childhood had been composed time to magically fall in love?
solely of unicorns, sunshine and I have no problem with fantasy—give me
Disney movies. I was forced to make fairies or dwarves or evil stepmothers, and
a list of movies that started off with a I will stomach the clichés with little com-
few classics apparently everybody has plaint. But many of the Disney princesses
seen (except me) like “The Lion King” have only one goal in life: to get married.
and “Mulan,” but it quickly morphed They’re perfectly content to spend the rest
into a terrifying list of every animated of their boring lives in boring castles doing
TALISMAN // ADITYA DEV
movie Walt Disney has ever produced. boring things. Hardly a good lesson to be
She faced this list of 30-some mov- teaching little girls, in my opinion.
ies with unmerited bravado. Me? Just Maybe using Disney movies as means
looking at it made me queasy. How of escapism is the reason they’re so appeal-
could I survive literally dozens of ing. They give people a sense of hope and
movies laid so thick with cheesiness security, luring us back time and time again
that you could cut it with a knife? I for reassurance of that “happily ever after”
didn’t have that kind of patience. But everyone dreams of. Disney movies may not
I swallowed my pride (at least for the be realistic, or even remotely believable, but
time being) and set off on this daunt- they can help people forget their troubles for
ing task, armed with pounds of junk an hour... or 10, if you’re daring like me.
food and even more apprehension. So next time someone wants to find me?
Although I had a grand time watch- Instead of beating myself up over my last
ing Simba battle through puberty and test score or wallowing in self-pity, maybe
FALCON // JORDAN WAITE
Pocahontas frolic around the forest I’ll be watching Mulan save her country,
(Actually, I haven’t seen “Pocahontas” secretly enjoying it every step of the way. u
Thud! a rooster from above
BY ChristineBancroft be late otherwise, so I just decided to take him
For junior Mac Hyde and his mom, assis- Students in Nicholson’s biology and chem-
tant principal Karen Hyde, their mundane istry classes marveled at the rooster that
Thursday morning routine was interrupted perched atop a science cart, eating strips of a
by an unexpected visitor. tortilla and drinking water from a Tuperware
On Oct. 14, while stopped at a red light at container.
the intersection of McClellan and South Ster- “He’d knock over the water every time I’d
ling Road in Cupertino, a 6-pound rooster come into the classroom,” said Mac. “I don’t
FALCON // SARAh hull
landed on the top of their Prius. know if he was afraid of me or excited to see
After investigation, Mac took the bird into me, but no matter where he was, he managed
TALISMAN // JAYA NARASImhAN his car, much to his mother’s dismay. They to make a mess.”
couldn’t turn back, and so the newly discov- At the end of the day, Thud left Nichol-
ered rooster, deemed Thud, wound up in the son’s classroom and spent time in the Hyde
room of science teacher Kelly Nicholson for house before being picked up by a neighbor,
the whole day. who keeps chickens in their hometown of
“It was really unexpected,” said Woodside.
Mac. “I mean, most kids don’t “He’ll be sharing his home with ducks,
cats, dogs, a couple geese and some hens,”
Taco expect a rooster to fall on
their car when they’re driv- said Mac. “It was interesting, but it wasn’t
The ing to school. It would too out of the ordinary. I used to round up my
Town have taken me a half an neighbors chickens when I was little. It was
hour to get home, and I’d just an ordinary day for me.”u
Murder Mystery sophomores
haley Wong, Tyler Tanaka HallowEEn CosTumEs
and nadya shahin invesTigaTe
a murder during sophomore
quad day on ocT. 6. Chalk talk The
10 sarah Palin. Wouldn’t that be extraor-
dinarious. 5 lady Gaga. I think steak is on sale at
varsiTy boys’ WaTer polo Team
lisTens To coach chrisTian
bonner during The senior day 9 superman. Try jumping off the roof. I
promise, you won’t get hurt. 4 Justin Bieber. Actually, that would be
more appropriate for a 10- year -old.
game againsT harker on ocT.
14. letz go toga! seniors cheer
on The Team aT The homecoming 8 a witch. Or you could just dress up as
Christine O’Donell. 3 Giants player Brian wilson. Yeah, you
work that black beard, blondie.
game, sporTing painTed chesTs,
on ocT. 8. roCkin out Freshman mr. mint from Candyland. Warning:
michael eschen and his FelloW 7 It will be difficult to upstage James
2 a werewolf. Or just Mr. Torrens.
percussionisTs pracTice on ocT.
12. Chillin’ seniors adiTya dev,
chris chung and james hadid
siT aT a Table and Talk during 6 an average saratoga resident. This
will require a cane and a bald cap. 1 a peregrine falcon, the fastest animal
on earth. Watch out, wildcats.
TuTorial on ocT. 15.
Izzy Albert and Tim Rollinson