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April 2010 - Lakeridge High School


									                                                                                       Tuesday,                         April 27, 2010
                                                                                           Lakeridge High School

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                                            Volume 35 Issue 5 P Box 7 39 Lake Oswego, OR 97034

cuts lead to
teacher cuts
      By Kate Kitto                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Megan Hinzdel
         Staff Reporter
                                                                    Left to right: Abby Cramer, ASB secretary; Rich Rogers, recognition director, Hilary Slauson, Publicity Director,
                                                                    Katie Reid, Philanthropy Director and Krissy Hengesh, Activities Director.
    Lakeridge is joining public schools across
the country in taking measures to account for
less state funding. Due to less annual fund-
ing, LHS has no choice but to cut the most
                                                                    Students win leadership positions after elections
                                                                                                                     ASB officers for next               Sophomore Krissy Hengesh will be the Activities Director next
important part of the school: teachers.
    “85 percent of the school budget is in per-
                                                                          By Justine Moore                       school year were elected on          year. Hengesh realized she wanted to run for this position during
                                                                             Staff Reporter                      April 13. Students listened          her experiences as a class officer this year.
sonnel,” said principal Mike Lehman “And
                                                                                                                 to speeches from 18 candi-              “Being involved with all of the events that went on this year
most of that is in teachers, so if you’re facing
                                                                    dates applying for 11 different positions.                                        really made me want to be even more involved. I have figured out
a major cut in funding, the only place you can
                                                                        Before being able to give a speech in front of the student body               this year that I love planning events. I love having to deal with all
go to get those dollars is in classroom teachers,
                                                                    and be considered officially in the running, candidates had to get                 of the little parts that come together to make a wonderful event
support staff and administrators.”
                                                                    200 signatures from other students who supported them.                            happen,” said Hengesh.
    The current proposal is for 3.0 FTE, or three
                                                                        Next year’s ASB officers consists of several members who were                     The Assemblies Directors will be juniors Anton Cauduro and
full-time equivalent teachers. FTE is used so
                                                                    part of either ASB or were class officers this year.                               Michael Hoch. Junior Hilary Slauson will be taking over the position
partial reductions are made in certain areas,
                                                                        Junior Nara Stupak, who was this year’s ASB Treasurer, was                    of Publicity Director and junior Rich Rogers will be the Recogni-
as most cuts are at Lakeridge.
                                                                    originally elected to be the ASB President. He ran against junior                 tion Director. Nate Merchant, another junior whose election video
    Under the current plan, three temporary
                                                                    Mackenzie Deane, whose election speech was a pre-recorded video                   was very popular among the student body, will be the Technology
teachers and four non-temporary teachers at
                                                                    as she is currently studying in Argentina.                                        Director.
Lakeridge will lose all or part of their job.
                                                                        A week later, students were notified that the position of ASB                     Junior Katie Reid will be a Philanthropy Director once again but
    Two teachers from Lakeridge will be
                                                                    president was re-opened for election. The ASB class was informed                  next year she will work with sophomore Allison Heymann.
transferred to other schools in the district, and
                                                                    that Stupak is unable to fill the position of ASB president. This special             Elections for class officers were held on April 26.
four new teachers from other district schools
                                                                    presidential election was held with the class elections. Because the
will be transferred to Lakeridge. Layoffs and                                                                                                                          President         V. President Sec/treas
                                                                    entire student body votes for ASB president, the choice of president
transfers are determined by seniority.
                                                                    was included on each class election ballot. Deane later was elected               Sophomore           Matt White     Julian Heninger      Kevin Mertz
    When deciding which teachers and courses
                                                                    as ASB president.
will go first, graduation requirement is of the                                                                                                                         Spencer Russell     Nellie Kerr        Dylan Erwin
                                                                        “Opening it up was really good just because it gave people a                  Junior
utmost importance.
                                                                    chance to run against Deane. I think the administration did it very                                 Collin Gilbert     Matt Reyer        Kyle Broderick
    “There is an analysis of the degree to the
                                                                    fairly. I think that they handled it really well,” said current ASB               Senior
which the course is considered a require-
ment, so the last thing you would make cuts
in would be those things that are required,”
                                                                    philanthropy director Caity Clark.
                                                                        The ASB Vice President will be junior Michael Higgins, and the                       Class election results
                                                                    Secretary will be junior Abby Cramer.
said Lehman.
    However, with Lakeridge being a college
prep high school, the expectations for what
will be cut are different.                                          City council looks to expand golf and tennis
    “It’s an expectation that if people are go-                                                                         The primary steps for         Oswego GC.”
ing to be living in a community like Lake                              By Olivia Moore                               restructuring the city of Lake       Phase one of the proposed plan for restructuring the golf course
Oswego, and contributing the dollars that                                 Staff Reporter                             Oswego’s public golf and         is to change the financial structure. Also, the exterior entrance will
they are to the foundation, that there will be                                                                       tennis facilities are being      be modified, and the range will be repaired and improved. This is
smaller class sizes and a full range of elective                    implemented this spring.                                                          estimated to cost about $275,000. In phase two, the driving range
options,” said Lehman.                                                  The Lake Oswego Municipal par three golf course has been                      will be moved into the Luscher Farm area and new restrooms, kiosks
    The cuts made at Lakeridge are done by                          losing an average of $70,000 per year. The driving range has been                 and parking facilities will be installed. A warm-up area will also be
department, with certain departments receiv-                        deteriorating with the range revenue dropping 63 percent in nine                  constructed at the current golf course site, bringing the estimated
ing more cuts based on ratio of student to                          years. According to consultants hired by the city, this is also partially         cost of phase two to $880,000. This makes the overall estimated cost
teacher, and in elective courses, the number                        because golf activity has been declining nationwide, resulting in a               to $1.16 million, if the city decides to follow this plan.
of students involved.                                               surplus of courses with a fewer amount of players to fill them.                        The proposed tennis renovations are expected to be more expen-
    Under the current plan, social studies                              On the other hand, the sport of tennis is growing. The Lake                   sive. The current tennis facility on Diane Drive would be sold, but
would be receiving the most cuts, with .83,                         Oswego Indoor Tennis Center is currently profitable, paying for its                the city would lease it from the purchaser while the new facility
science would lose .5 FTE and English would                         own expenses and making about $100,000 per year with a reserve                    was being built. This new facility would have at least eight indoor
lose .33 FTE. In terms of electives, PE would                       fund of over $350,000 from profits. It is also not currently meeting               courts, as well as restrooms and offices. The estimated cost for this
lose the most with .67 FTE.                                         the community’s demand for tennis, with an approximate 97 percent                 new facility is $4.8 million but $1 million would be offset by the
    “I can’t imagine losing that many teachers,”                    annual occupancy and a shortage of courts and lesson space.                       sale of the current tennis center.
said freshman Janie Rotticci. “It’s unfortu-                            “I feel it is unfortunate that we cannot service all of the people                Because there is no room to expand on the current tennis center
nate that they would have to lose their job,                        that want to play tennis,” said Anni Miller, director of tennis at the            land, it would have to be relocated. After examining seven possible
and some students may end up losing their                           Indoor Tennis Center. “The fact is that overcrowding has been a                   sites for the relocation, feasibility consultants recommended the
favorite teachers.”                                                 problem for years.”                                                               Rassekh Site located at the intersection of Stafford Road and Rose-
    However, the proposed layoffs don’t have                            In order to solve the golf course problems, the city has a few                mont Road. There are about seven acres of usable land on the site,
to happen if the Lake Oswego School Founda-                         possible options. The main steps for improvement are creating more                and the vegetation and elevation changes make it a prime candidate
tion raises more than the estimated $1 million                      marketing and making the golf course more aesthetically appealing                 for a successful design and operation.
, and as a result, layoffs could be less severe                     from the outside. The study also recommended that the driving                         The city council has included the Rassekh Site in their three site
or even nonexistent.                                                range be extended, which is not possible at the current facility, so a            selections to be examined further, along with the Armory Building
    “We are hoping that the Foundation is                           different area would have to be considered for the range.                         and the West End Building. A consultant has been hired to examine
able to raise that much money,” said assistant                          According to a study: “Inclusion of a high-quality driving range              the options and a report detailing the findings will be presented
principal Eryn Bagby,                                               is a critical element to maintaining or growing revenue at the Lake               in May.

                      Inside the Issue                                 Feature                                          Rejected? You’re not                              Variety show photo
                      News                                                                                                                                                essay
                      Lakeridge Students Support
                                                                       Mrs. Morton retirement..........6
                                                                       25 things not to do at prom...10
                                                                                                                        alone! See what the
                      Art cow...................................2      Sports                                           Wall of Rejection is                               See     Lakeridge’s   fanciest
                      Citizens of the World..............7                                                                                                                 performing group singing their
                                                                       Girls lax................................11      all about.
remember to
                                                                       Speech and debate................15                                                                 hearts out
                      Opinion                                          Entertainment
recycle when          Super School..........................3          Farmers markets...................16
you’re done!          School technology pro-con.....4                  Classic films..........................16                                       Page 6                                                     Page 15
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   April 27, 2010

News                                          Painted cow brings students together
                     Briefs                        By Randi Helmkamp
                                                       Staff Reporter
                                                                                             Senior Anne Feeny is one of
                                                                                          the many talented art-loving
                                                                                          students at Lakeridge. Feeny
                                                                                                                                           “Seeing all
                                                                                                                                       the support from
                                                                                          acquired the fiberglass cow by                classmates and
           By Mai Abdusamad                  submitting in an entry form and two designs.                                              teachers,” Feeny
                  Staff Reporter                “I saw the entry form in the art room and had seen the fiberglass                       said was one of
                                             cow around town before, so I decided to enter and see if I could win                      her favorite things
                                             one,” said Feeny.                                                                         about the contest.
Prom                                            “The contest also sent the school some monetary funding to purchase
                                             the art supplies needed to paint the cow,” said Feeny. With such a big
                                                                                                                                       It was also a good
                                                                                                                                       way to “bring ev-
“Do you believe in magic?” Prom              project as this, it is crucial that there are enough supplies to finish the                eryone together
will be on Saturday, May 1, at the           project. If there were to not be enough art supplies, that would set ev-                  to do something
Wonder Ballroom. Tickets will be             eryone working on this project back meaning it would take even longer                     good.”
$35 at the door.                             to finish the cow.                                                                             She “had fun                                    Photo by Megan Hinzdel

Voting for prom court will be                   “When we first started the cow, we transferred my sketches onto it                      transforming art on to a 3-D can-
Wednesday, April 28. There will be           in pencil,” said Feeny. “Then a team of students and I began painting                     vas,” and it was fun even though it The painted cow combines
an assembly Thursday, April 29 at            it with liquid acrylics. We are still in the process of painting, but it is               was difficult at times. Even though aspects of music and art.
9:15 a.m. to reveal Prom King and            coming along very well.”                                                                  something can be difficult, Feeny
Queen.                                          Her plans once the cow is finished are to take pictures from different                  didn’t let that stop her from completing what she started.
                                             viewpoints from the sides, and the front and back, then submit those                          Feeny says if given the chance, she would design the face and back
“This Prom will be good because all          photos to the judges.                                                                     differently. The figure only showed the sides when she started. And she
of ASB is teaming up to make it so,”            “After the photos are submitted the sponsor decides where the cow                      would get the drawings done ahead of time so that she could have more
said junior Katie Reid. For any ques-        will be placed,” said Feeny.                                                              time painting the actual cow. Students can see the cow on display at the
tions or concerns contact any ASB               The most important thing Feeny said people should know about the                       Safeway on Boones Ferry Road.
members.                                     cow was that it was “a great way to bring art and music together on the

Lake Oswego
                                            Naviance helps balance student schedules
                                                 By Alison Forest                Near the             junior Lizzie Lucas. “I felt pressured to choose                  make balanced schedules that they know they
Library’s Guitar Hero                                Staff Reporter           end of every            my courses right away instead of getting time                     can handle,” said Mejak.
                                                                              school year,            to think it over.”                                                   Aside from academic classes, there are many
III Tournament                              students at LHS make the decisions about what                 The computer then generates schedules for                     electives that are popular among Lakeridge stu-
Students in grades 7-12 are invited         classes they want to take. Whether the classes            all students. However, most students request                      dents. Film Studies, Psychology and Foods and
to compete for prizes in a Guitar           may be Ceramics, AP Microeconomics or AP                  changes to their schedules come next fall.                        Nutrition are all very popular classes. However,
Hero III video game tournament on           Spanish, every student must forecast a schedule               “The computer does not always make perfect                    because of budget cuts, some class sizes are go-
Friday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Lake      for the upcoming school year. Counselors and              schedules,” said Lakeridge counselor Stacy Me-                    ing to increase, while other elective classes will
Oswego Library.                             other staff members spend a week during the               jak. “It’s hard to make every student happy.”                     not be offered at all.
                                            summer making the schedules work for as many                  When making schedules, students must con-                        Students should consider their workload
Players at all skill levels as well as      students as possible.                                     sider the Lakeridge graduation requirements as                    as well as their recommendations and college
spectators are welcome to join the             This year, every student forecasted schedules          well as recommendations for math and science.                     plans.
fun. This program is presented by
                                            online using Naviance, instead of forecasting on          In order to graduate, all students must take two                     “I think it is important to choose classes that
the Library Teen Advisory Board.
                                            paper as they had previously.                             semesters of health and fine arts.                                 you are going to enjoy and are ready to handle,”
Snacks will be available. Call 503-
                                               “I much prefer forecasting on paper,” said                 “It is important to make sure that students                   said Lucas.
697-6580 to register.

Haiti Relief Dinner                         MUN participants take home awards
                                                                                         The annual Model United                           “I really enjoyed getting to see my students contribute. It’s fun seeing
French Club is hosting a dinner for
                                                 By Kate Kitto                        Nations Conference resulted in                   my students involved in something outside of where I normally see them,
                                                     Staff Reporter                   numerous Lakeridge students                      in the class room,” said social studies student teacher Kendall Shepard.
Haiti earthquake relief. “The point
                                                                                      and staff receiving awards. The                      While several students received awards within their individual com-
of this dinner is to raise money for
                                            conference, which took place in Eugene from April 9-11, proved a helpful                   mittees, the biggest winners were social studies teacher Ryan Rosenau
Haitian relief and provide informa-
                                            learning experience for students.                                                          and sophomore Rob Shiffer.
tion on what is happening with relief
                                               The largest delegation ever attended the conference, with over 1,800 kids                   Rosenau was presented the Adviser of the Year award, given to the
efforts so far,” said French teacher
                                            from around Oregon. With 106 Lakeridge students present, it was also the                   adviser who best represented his or her high school at the conference, a
Lisa Grimm.
                                            largest delegation that Lakeridge has ever brought to the conference.                      testament to Rosenau’s hard-work and popularity.
The event is on Friday, May 21                 The general consensus among attendees was that the conference was                           “I was very humbled because the delegation put in a lot of work.
at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant La           an enjoyable experience that helped students realize the impact they                       I’m thankful for all the help from the students here at Lakeridge. I was
Provence. Entrance fee is $5 and            could have on current problems.                                                            pleasantly surprised and very proud,” said Rosenau.
buffet dinner is $15.                          “It was excellent. We saved the world one resolution at a time,” said                       Sophomore Schiffer was elected by the entire MUN congregation to be
                                            freshman Julian Heninger.                                                                  an Under Secretary, and will be vital in organizing, planning and making
Come and enjoy a nice meal accom-              Others simply enjoyed the U of O experience.                                            sure next year’s conference goes off smoothly.
panied by French music. Lakeridge              “Being around the campus and seeing U of O (was my favorite). It                            Overall, it is safe to call this year’s MUN conference as a success.
French students, as well as Grimm’s         made me think about going there,” said sophomore Annusa Shanneb.                               “For a few days there, you have high school students who are forced
band, will be singing.                         The trip to Eugene was no average day at the office for teachers,                        to think outside of their realm,” said vice president of OHSIRL, the group
                                            either.                                                                                    that runs Oregon MUN, Max Heninger.

                                                                           Editorial Staff
                                                                           Editor of Content ........................................................................................................ Max Heninger
                                                                           Editor of Layout ............................................................................................................... Karen Shea
                                                                           Editor of Management.......................................................................................................Matt Kitto
                                                                           Editor of Reporters........................................................................................................... Kelly Bartz
Newspacer Staff

                                                                           Copy Editor...........................................................................................................................Holly Yoo
                                                                           News Section Editor .................................................................................................Parker Angelus
                                                                           Feature Section Editor ........................................................................................... Claire McKinney
                                                                           Sports Section Editor ......................................................................................................... Victor Cai
                                                                           Entertainment Section Editor ...................................................................................... Charlie Kidd
                                                                           Center Spread Editor ................................................................................................ Mickey Collins
                                                                           Opinion Section Editor .............................................................................................Emily Lightcap
                                                                           Graphic Designers............................................................................ Carina Lei, Mariah Matthews
                                                                           Adviser ........................................................................................................................ Erin Simonsen
                                                                           Mai Abdusamad, Lizzie Aronson, Oliver Bergh, Tricia Bogdan, Allie Debruhl, Allison Forrest, Kerry
                                                                           Gilbertson, Randi Helmkamp, Megan Hinzdel, Kelsey Howell, Meghan Jordan, Kate Kitto, Sierra Kerns-
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April 27, 2010
                                                              opinion                                                                                                                             3
Super school: Our imperfect future?                                                                                                                     Lakeridge
                                                                                                                                                      students have
                                                                                                                                                       got it rough
                                                                                                                                                    As soon as
                                                                                                                                                you step foot into
                                                                                                                                                Lakeridge High
                                                                                                                                                School, you’ll
                                                                                                                                                notice that you’ve
                                                                                                                                                got academic and
                                                                                                                                                social issues to
                                                                                                                                                whine about.
                                                                                                                                                Got a test next
                                                                                                                                                class? Tell me
                                                                                                                                                all about it. Let             Parker Angelus
                                                                                                                                                your friends, nay,
                                                                                                                                                everyone, know
                                                                                                                                                about your extremely pressing issues as a 16-year
                                                                                                                                                old, because you’ve got a BAD LIFE.
                                                                                                                                                    For example, let’s say it’s getting around that
                                                                                                                                                time of year nearing the big dance. You don’t have
                                                                                                                                                anyone to go with, making you wonder why you’re
                                                                                                                                                such a failure. You’ve been using your touch-screen
                                                                                                                                                phone in class to try and find out gossip about who
                                                                                                                                                is going so that you can feel better about yourself.
                                                                                                                                                But alas, you can’t manage to find anyone to suit
                                                                                                                                                your needs. Well, that’s not good! So, what’s the best
                                                                                                                                                thing to do in a dire situation like this? Whine, moan,
                                                                                                             Cartoon by Carina Lei              complain! It’s such a travesty! What an injustice!
                                                                                                                                                You didn’t get to go to the dance like you’ve always
                                                                                                                                                dreamed, so whine about it! You’ve got it rough!
                                                                       from the still leaking roof? I introduce myself as a time traveler
                                                                                                                                                What will you ever do?
                                               Let’s jump into a hot   who went to Lakeridge in 2010 and took one class at LO. I tell
       By Max Heninger                                                                                                                              Okay, picture this: you’ve signed up for three AP
                                            tub time machine and       them how I expected the schools to have profoundly different
           Editor of Content                                                                                                                    classes, and now you’ve got more homework than
                                            fast-forward 10 years      cultures, but how the only major difference was how the schools
                                                                                                                                                you can handle. Then there’s a test along with a few
                                            into the future. Federal   were governed by the administration.
                                                                                                                                                projects, so your weekend is pretty much shot. Boy,
and state money in support of Lake Oswego schools is smaller               LO High’s administration keeps kids in line by rigorously
                                                                                                                                                when will it ever let up? Is there anyone who has
than ever and so is enrollment.                                        enforcing rules. Eat a food in the hall and it has to be thrown
                                                                                                                                                it worse than you? No, there can’t be. You’ve got so
     An idea emerges from a school board seeking to balance the        away. Go off campus and get a referral. This sense of order
                                                                                                                                                much homework; your life sucks! It’s okay if you
bottom line; they plan to merge the two high schools.                  seems to transfer to success in academics and athletics.
                                                                                                                                                want to cry. If you get a B or lower, your parents will
    A torrent of furious letters to the editor appear in the Lake          Compare that to Lakeridge where the administration strives
                                                                                                                                                punish you because you won’t get into Princeton
Oswego Review and at the next school board meeting is so full          to be well liked and respected by the students. So well liked that
                                                                                                                                                to later make $250,000+ per year as a “successful”
it has to be moved the gymnasium at LOHS to hold all of the            students will want to make the right choices. Eat lunch in the
                                                                                                                                                stock broker who wears a sweater vest and plays
angry people from both sides of the lake. How can you do this          halls? Fine, just pick it up. Come back with Senior Taco, and no
                                                                                                                                                golf on a private course on the weekends. When are
they ask? How can you merge two distantly opposing and dif-            one seems to notice.
                                                                                                                                                things ever going to go right for you, you unfortu-
ferent cultures?                                                           These styles of governing could not be more different but the
                                                                                                                                                nate youth? Daddy’s going to punish you for not
    Not wanting to risk being discovered as time travelers, we         result is the same: Two schools successful in academics, athletics,
                                                                                                                                                completing your science project on time and then
sit in the back row and remain silent, but in our hearts we can’t      arts and activities.
                                                                                                                                                take away your Lexus! I’m tearing up just writing
help being intrigued by the idea. What would happen if the                 Another similarity is the students at each school. Everyday at
                                                                                                                                                this stuff, man!
high schools merged?                                                   LO, I looked for major differences and never found them. We are
                                                                                                                                                    Let’s say you’re playing some overrated high
    Luckily, Superintendent Korach, who is still working for the       an upper middle class, homogeneous community. We grew up
                                                                                                                                                school sport like lacrosse or football, and then all of a
district, is able to explain what the scenario would look like. The    in the same town, spent our middle school Friday nights at the
                                                                                                                                                sudden you take a fall, leaving you with a fractured
high school for the city will be located at LO, with the freshman      same Bridgeport hang out on the same lake while our parents go
                                                                                                                                                bone. Ouch, right? You’ve got some pain to deal
at LOJH because the building is not big enough for the 1900            to work at the same places. We may go to different high schools,
                                                                                                                                                with there. But here’s the worst part: you only get
students who will now go there.                                        but the differences are largely top down.
                                                                                                                                                to sit on the stands and watch the game; you can’t
    The plan would create a super high school, a public alternative        Merging the high schools would not be ideal be any means.
                                                                                                                                                play! Oh, no! What ever will you do without some
to the University of Jesuit. He assures the community that we          Even after the rocky first years where former Pacers and Lakers
                                                                                                                                                boring, structured activity involving a ball that you
would be dominant in nearly every sport, art completion, and           figure out how to get along, there will be fewer opportunities for
                                                                                                                                                signed up for just for a sense of purpose in school?
speech and debate tournament. It would be the most successful          success; instead of two, there will be one ASB president, one lead
                                                                                                                                                I don’t know—these are the challenging problems
school in the state.                                                   in the fall musical, one varsity quarterback etc. Not to mention
                                                                                                                                                that high schoolers face, because high school sports
    Korach’s speech leads to parents and students shouting out         that in a school of 1900, it becomes harder for administrators and
                                                                                                                                                are truly important enough to whine about.
comments of “no way” and “not in my town,” in a fashion similar        teachers to know everyone’s name and personality.
                                                                                                                                                    Or how about this: you’ve got a girlfriend/boy-
to the heath care town hall meeting 11 years ago.                          Imperfect yes, impossible no. If our separation becomes fi-
                                                                                                                                                friend and it’s not working out between the two of
    At this point, I can’t take it anymore, so I walk down to the      nancially and logistically unsustainable in the future, unification
                                                                                                                                                you. Your partner all of a sudden starts to dislike
front of the gym drawing stares because of my outdated cloth-          should not be ruled out.
                                                                                                                                                the look of your face, your recent acne outbreak,
ing, which is still a bit wet from the hot tub, or is it the water         But what do I know. I’m just a hot tub time machine trav-
                                                                                                                                                or something like that. Your true love is fading
                                                                                                                                                away. Now you two aren’t dating anymore, and
                                                                                                                                                you’re crushed. You’re a wreck. You’ve got no one

LOSD should consider student opinions                                                                                                           to make useless small talk with about things like cell
                                                                                                                                                phones, grades, tests and Facebook, so your life can
                                                                                                                                                be considered worthless from this point on. As soon
                                               school, but the start time is not one of them.   the district asked for our parents opinion,     as you’ve lost such a “special” person, you know that
     By Lexie Wilkinson                        However, something that will definitely           they forgot to ask the most important           things couldn’t possibly get worse. Let it all out. It’s
        Staff Reporter                         change next year is the amount of teachers       opinion: the one of the students. We are        okay. Stay strong, you tortured soul. No one else in
                                               Lakeridge employs.                               the ones that they do all of this work for.     this world has worse problems than you.
   It’s a well known fact that the money for      A preliminary report published by the         We are the ones that go to the schools they         Did you break your cell phone? My god. You
education that our district receives is        school board approximated that three             create for us. We have to live out their        may as well call it quits. How are you going to tell
shrinking by the day.                          teaching positions would be lost at each         decisions regarding our education. I don’t      your friends that you want to go to pick up some
   Every time we go to school, turn on the     high school. The board has also proposed         think I’m out of line in thinking that our      cow manure from Taco Bell after school? How are
TV, or the radio we hear how the national      sharing a librarian with Lake Oswego             opinion should be considered.                   you and your friends going to get together for a
education budget is slowly becoming non-       High School.                                         The district should conduct an exten-       “study group” that consists of anything but study-
existent. Even though we hear so many              All of this is in an attempt to cover        sive student survey. We might not agree         ing? And how will you be able to text “haha dude”
things about what’s going to happen to         the approximated $6 million shortfall            with what our parents have to say, but          to your friends who watch MTV without a mobile
Lakeridge and the Lake Oswego School           our District will be facing. I don’t care        after all, it is our district. We should have   device? Breaking your phone, my friends, is terri-
District, most of the things we hear aren’t    where in the world you live, that is a lot       some say.                                       tory that you do not want to cross into. It may as
fact at all.                                   of money.                                            This is the most frightening thing about    well be purgatory.
   Changing the high school start or end          Perhaps, the most disturbing thing            the budget shortfall is that we aren’t taking          Kids in high school, seem to constantly get
times has been debated, but as of now it is    about the districts proposal is how they         action in decisions that involve us. Sure,      the short end of the stick. With such demanding
not a fact. The school board did consider      decided what’s important.                        losing $6 million dollars for education is      problems in the life of a teenager such as homework
changing the times, but it’s been put off         According to the district website, “The       kind of scary.                                  and “prom,” there’s nothing better to show your
the agenda until next year. This means         district conducted an extensive parent               That kind of loss is nothing compared       indignant attitude than by complaining, because
that it will be up for debate again for the    survey to ask for feedback... and to gather      to the fact that the students don’t have the    the problems Lakeridge students face are surely
2011-2012 school year.                         perspective on priorities.”                      say in decisions that directly affect them.     some of the worst known to man.
   Next year there will be changes to the         Although it overjoys me to know that
4                                                                opinion                                                                                                                        Newspacer
                                                                                                                                                                                               April 27,2010

Science state testing                                                      Let the Pacers leave for lunch         Students wonder it ev-       in an accident while retrieving lunch, the school assumes
                                                                              By Lexie Wilkinson ery time they see someone                     liability and could be sued. But in a perfect world, your
                                                                                  Staff Reporter               leaving the campus dur-         parents would sign a waiver in which would not make the
                                                                                                               ing lunch. Administrators       schools responsible.
                                                                           wonder it when they can’t stand guard at the doors during              Adopting a system similar to Wilsonville High School
                                                                           lunch. They are all wondering; why is Lakeridge a closed            could work in our district because of the responsibility of
                                                                           campus?                                                             our students.
                                                                               After all, some schools in the area allow their students           Another speed bump in the proposal could be kids tak-
                                                                           to leave the campus during lunch.                                   ing other kids to lunch. This could be a problem if the other
                                                                               For example, Wilsonville High School allows off campus          kids weren’t supposed to leave campus, or if the driver’s
                                                                           lunch starting in 10th grade. Students can gain permission          six months weren’t up.
                                                                           to leave if they have at least a 2.5 GPA, and if their parent           A quick and lasting fix would be to let the police and
                                                                           submitted an approval form. Because the majority of LHS             parents handle the problem. Everyone knows the Lake
                                                                           students would fit into this category, it almost seems silly         Oswego Police Department would be more than happy to
                                                                           that Lakeridge students aren’t technically allowed to leave         write tickets, and they could use the extra ticket money.
                                                                           campus during lunch.                                                   It’s not the school’s job to keep tabs on all aspects of our
                                                                               In a community where students are responsible for the           lives, only the educational part of them.
                                                                           work load of taking AP classes, being involved in extracur-            The main and most important reason we should have an
                                                                           ricular activities, and keeping an excellent GPA, one would         open campus, is because the rule is too hard to enforce. Our
                                                                           think that the school board would let them drive five minutes        administrators can’t stand guard at all the doors watching for
                                                                           to lunch each day.                                                  kids to leave. They have better things to do with their time
                                                                               The students of this district are expected to keep Lake Os-     than check every student’s eligibility to leave campus.
                                                                           wego as a top-ranking school district, yet we aren’t allowed           The closed campus rule is outdated, and while the school
                                                                           to leave campus during lunch. It doesn’t make sense.                board is reconfiguring other aspects of school life, they
                                                                               There is, however, the issue of liability. If you were to get   should change this rule as well.

                                                                            Free press gives voice to all Pacers
                                                                                                                  Like many of you who         student body. In that way, this group is unique.
                                                                                                               read the previous issue of         Sure there are similar forums out there, like ASB for
                                                                                                               the Newspacer, I read the       example. One of the functions of a democratically elected
                                                                                                               article “The Trouble with       ASB is to provide an outlet for students to voice their
                                                                                                               ASB,” with a frown and          concerns.
                                                                                                               the column, “We are…A              But let’s face it: only those who are popular or funny can
                                                                                                               Dictatorship,” with raised      get elected. People from certain social groups cannot and
                                                                                                               eyebrows. A school with no      never will get elected to lead the school. As a result, ASB’s
                                                                                                               assemblies would be a cold      role as a forum of the entire student body is handicapped
                                                                                                               and hollow one indeed. As       by the way students vote; the views of the majority will be
                                                                                                               for the claim that Lakeridge    the only ones heard.
                                                                                   Thoughts from the Free
                                                                                 People’s Learning Center      is a dictatorship, it seems        So the school newspaper is unique. Since anyone can
                                                                                                               odd that if one of the hall-    be a part of it, (provided they complete Beginning Journal-
                                                                                    Max Heninger marks of a dictatorship is                    ism first) it holds an advantage over Lakeridge’s elected
                                                                                                               suppression of free press,      institutions in representing the views of the entire student
                                                                           the editors of the Newspacer were never shot behind some            body.
                                                                           chemical sheds, or at the very least brought to the principal’s        As editors we strive to keep the Newspacer consistent
                                                                           office to explain themselves.                                        with this value. Therefore, we not only allow, we encour-
                                                                               And regarding the most recent Parker Angelus column,            age our columnists and journalists who have viewpoints
                                                                           titled “Lakeridge students have got it rough,” bemoaning            differing from the majority of Lakeridge students to have
                                                                           the Lakeridge teenager for constantly finding things to              their articles published.
                                                                           complain about, well let’s just say that if Mr. Bernard were           Sticking with these values is not always easy and almost
                                                                           planning tomorrow’s English lesson on irony in writing he           never popular, but we continue to do it issue after issue.
                                                                           need not look further than page 3.                                     So the next time you find yourself fuming in English
                                                                               Some of the claims in these articles were so ridiculous         class reading a controversial article in the Newspacer,
                                                                           that it would be a waste of this column to bother refuting          please consider that while you may personally disagree
                                                                           them.                                                               with that viewpoint, the person reading the paper next to
                                                                               Instead, I’d like to have a philosophical conversation with     you may be thinking, “Gee, I’m glad there’s someone out
                                                                           you, the reader, about the role of a school newspaper.              there who’s hearing my voice.”
                                                                               From the very beginning, our credo has always been to              And that’s what we’re here for.
                                                                           publish something that acts as a forum of expression for the
                                                 Cartoon by Avery Fisher

Should LHS have more technology options for students?                                                                                        What does the Pythagorean theorem, the television and the
                                        Technology today is evolving in so many different
    By Allie DeBruhl                 ways, new resources and upgrades are available to people.                By Matt Kitto              automobile all have in common? They were invented before
       Staff Reporter                Unfortunately, we’re not so lucky here at Lakeridge. Our                    Editor of Management and without the assistance of computers. Throw in fire, re-
                                     technology would use upgrades to programs we have, and                                              frigeration, almost any scientific law and the wheel, and you
the school would strongly benefit.                                                                        have some of the most life-changing inventions in human history. And guess what, none of
   There are several classes at Lakeridge that would benefit positively with newer technology.            them used a computer.
Yearbook and Newspacer are two examples. These publications, that are some of the best in                   I am not against technology. Technology allows all people to make civilized life easier,
the state, have to spend much more time than necessary working because of slow comput-                   faster and more streamlined. I am against our society’s need for the newest and “greatest”
ers. And although we’ve done well with what we have, faster technology would make the                    technology the second it comes out. This foolish belief is evident in our requests for newer
process of both publications easier and much less stressful. Both of these publications have             computers and computer programs at Lakeridge. These “improvements” are unnecessary.
to use the Adobe CS2 program; considering there is a CS5 program coming out, publishers                     Sure, newer computers in the library would run faster, but why should hard-earned money
no longer build plug-ins for us.                                                                         go to ensure that every student who procrastinated for weeks on their English essay be able
   All students have access to one lab of nice Vista computers, but those computers do not               to make the last-minute changes at break easily, quickly and without penalty?
communicate well with the Windows 2000 computers that a majority of the school owns. If                     Most of the time spent on computers in the library is finishing homework that should
we have the rest of the computers be Vista, those problems could be eliminated.                          have been done the night, if not the week before, at home on computers that are much more
   Some ask why would we want to spend money on technology when there are other things                   advanced than any computers purchased by the school. The vast majority of students at Lak-
that we could use it for. The thing is, technology isn’t even fully fitted in the school’s budget;        eridge has access to superior computers and should take advantage of this luxury. But what
we fund raise for a majority of the money ourselves. And by we, it’s really the parents.                 about the students who lack access to home computers? Use the slightly slower, but no less
   The parents at Lakeridge already pay taxes and fees for all of the sports and activities the          functional computers at school. Newer computers would be nice, but the money that would
kids take part in. It isn’t right for them to have to be the ones to pay for our technology as           be spent on them could be spent in a much better way, like on books or teachers.
well. It would be better to fit technology into the budget, making it so the parents would be                Some classes would benefit tremendously from new computer programs, Newspacer
able to save money.                                                                                      and Yearbook specifically. However, the staffs of both publications have created award-win-
                           The agreement that parents fund raise for many technology upgrades            ning products with the technology that is available now, and can continue to do so for the
                       is the same for both Lakeridge and Lake Oswego. However, any money                foreseeable future.
                                               that parents from either school donate goes to               Eventually the time will come where the technology
                                                 their specific school, meaning there could be            at Lakeridge is obsolete, but that time is not now. There
                                                  a difference in money that the schools have            are thousands of schools across the country that would
                                                  for technology. If the district was able to fully      love to have the computers, Smart Boards, cameras and
                                                   budget technology for both schools, the level         projectors that we take for granted every day. These
                                                   of resources could be equal.                          products may not be on the cutting edge, but we are also
                                                                                                         not wasting money running out to buy dozens of new
                                                                                                         computers the second they leave the assembly line.
April 27, 2010
                                                               opinion                                                                                                                              5
 Are you happy with who’s in office?                                                                                                                   Disaster relief
     Before complaining about ASB, think about who voted them in                                                                                       comes and
   April is Lakeridge’s
November, and no, we’re
not talking about soccer
                                                                                                                                                      goes, but the
state play-offs, the newest
fall fashions, the lack of
                                                                                                                                                      need remains
shaving, or even a giant
                                                                                                                                                          Causes are like celebrities. They have their fif-
turkey dinner, but it is                                                                                                                              teen minutes of fame and people pay attention to
election season – a time                                                                                                                              them, but the hype soon fades away and they are
when students reflect                                                                                                                                                                     forgotten about.
on how much work the                                                                                                                                                                      The only issue
elected ASB officers do.                                                                                                                                                                   with this is that
                                                                                                                                                                                          these celebrity
Correction. April is a time                                                                                                                                                               causes are nev-
when students get out of                                                                                                                                                                  er solved. The
class for hour-long assem-                                                                                                                                                                problems that a
blies to listen to their peers                                                                                                                                                            cause set out to
humiliate themselves.                                                                                                                                                                     fix still remain
                                                                                                                                                                                          after all of the
Yep, definitely sounds
                                                                                                                                                                                          hype is over.
right.                                                                                                                                                          That’s what Mickey
                                                                                                                                                                                             People are
   While the intention of                                                                                                                                         Columns said
                                                                                                                                                                                          more than
democratic elections is to                                                                                                                                      Mickey Collins happy to jump
give students a voice and                                                                                                                                                                 on the newest
a chance to vote for the                                                                                                                              cause’s bandwagon and give their full support,
                                                                                                                                                      so long as others know they’re doing it. They’ll
most qualified student                                                                                                                                donate money to the Red Cross or recycle a few
representative, the most                                                                                                                              papers when it’s the cool thing to do and others
qualified are rarely voted                                                                                                                             are doing it too.
for by their peers.                                                                                                                                       People don’t join a cause solely for their
   When we fill in the                                                                                                                                beliefs if they jump ship as soon as the media
                                                                                                                         Cartoon by Mariah Matthews
                                                                                                                                                      press dies down. It would be like being a fan of
scantron bubbles or circle
                                                                                                                                                      a football team until they win the Super Bowl
names on a slip of paper, we’re not just practicing bub-                    gets underway, pay attention to those you elected. They                   and the season ends.
bling for the AP tests – we are determining who will                        are now in the public spotlight and have reputations                          If you believe in a cause then you’ll support
represent us. The level of respect we apply to this deci-                   to uphold.                                                                it from the day you hear about it until the cause
sion is really the level of respect we give own voices.                        Notice the attitude of those you elected because they                  has fixed the problem permanently.
Only we, the students of Lakeridge High School, get                         were qualified and those you elected because they had                          It’s not fair for countries like Haiti that gain
                                                                                                                                                      media attention and aid for a few weeks and
to determine the people who lead us. It really is not a                     a funny speech. Watch their productivity and take note                    then the world forgets about them like a one-hit
decision to take a vote lightly. And yes, despite rumors,                   of what they accomplish. Remember what they said in                       wonder band. (Remember the Baha Men?) How
every vote does count.                                                      their speeches, when they promised to “listen to your                     about the genocide in Darfur that everyone was
   Though elections may seem like just another annual                       voice,” (just about everyone says that in some form or                    crazy about a few years back? No one mentions
event with fun posters and goofy speeches, come next                        another), and see whether something happens when                          it anymore, though it’s far from over. Now it’s
                                                                                                                                                      all about Haiti.
fall, the results of the elections still matter. The peers                  you tell them that a winter dance is a must this year.
                                                                                                                                                          But it won’t be long before Haiti too joins
you voted in are official members of ASB and exert                              Keep this in mind: you gave them the platform                          the Island of Forgotten Causes. Once the media
significant control over things like dances, assemblies                      they will be operating from. Remember, before you                         has grown bored of the story it drops from the
and charity drives over the course of the year.                             complain about how the last assembly was a complete                       networks and the public’s eye. Haiti and other
   Let’s be real here, elections are over and it’s too late                 waste of time, or, how lame the dance was, it was all                     causes become out of sight and out of mind.
to change anything for next year, but we do want to                         your choice.                                                                  Maybe it’s right for causes to only have a little
                                                                                                                                                      time in the limelight. If we were to try to pay at-
challenge our readers. As the 2010-2011 school year                                  The editorial is the opinion of the Editorial Board              tention to every where-are-they-now celebrities,
                                                                                                                                                      we wouldn’t be able to focus on the new ones.
                                                                                                                                                      Sorry Haiti, we’re still dealing with Katrina over
                                                                                                                                                      here. Some help for all is better than complete

Sports teams reveal trends in grades                                                                                                                  help for a few, right? The only problem is that
                                                                                                                                                      we’re left with half-finished jobs. If everyone, as
                                                                                                                                                      a united world, focused their efforts on a cause
                                                    For a long time, high   missing school is simply unthinkable. Regardless of the reason,
       By Claudio Quintana                      school athletes have
                                                often been viewed as
                                                                            student-athletes miss half as much of school according to the North
                                                                            Carolina study.                                                            I’m not asking
           Staff Reporter
                                                absent-minded when
                                                it comes to academics.
                                                                                Student athletes stay out of trouble – Student athletes have 10
                                                                            percent fewer discipline referrals by reporting schools. Although
                                                                                                                                                       everyone to only
But now, this stereotype previously labeled as the “dumb jock,”
can be avoided with the term “student athlete.”
                                                                            the athletic referrals tend to correlate to the non-athlete ones, the
                                                                            athletes still had fewer.
                                                                                                                                                       support one cause,
   Data has shown that athletes don’t actually lag behind non-
athletes. In fact, there are numerous advantages to being a student
                                                                                Student athletes go to college - According to the study, student
                                                                            athletes had a graduation rate that was 4.9 percent higher than
                                                                                                                                                       but to never stop
athlete. The student athlete has the ambition and determination to          non-student-athletes. Student athletes are likely to attend a col-         supporting your
succeed in both the classroom and on the field.                              legiate institution with the hopes of playing for their dream team.
   Statistics show a consistent trend - Athletes outperform non-            Even to athletes not intending on playing in college, the appeal is        causes.
                                              student athletes. But it      still there.
Student athletes                              comes with a price. Of-
                                              ten, students striving for
                                                                                But sports can build skills as well - “Doing sports allows you to
                                                                            learn how to plan your out, basic time management skills,” said
                                                                                                                                                      one at a time and saw it through to the end we
                                                                                                                                                      wouldn’t have any loose ends and could take
have to devote                                success in both the class-
                                              room and on the field
                                                                                Exercise helps with brain functions - The scientific community
                                                                                                                                                      each new disaster as it comes.

much of their                                 have to overcome the
                                              challenge of maintaining
                                                                            also agrees on two aspects;. The first is,, that exercise increases
                                                                            brain activity, and the second is, that sports allow certain skills to
                                                                                                                                                           Some say that if we give a disaster some time
                                                                                                                                                      it’ll fix itself. (What’s that? AIDS still isn’t fixed?
time to academic                              the ideal balance.            be developed and used in the academic environment.
                                                                                                                                                      Didn’t we discover that 30 years ago?) AIDS
                                                                                                                                                      could’ve been solved if we were able to focus on
                                                  Student athletes have         “I cannot underestimate how important regular exercise is in
studies.                                      to devote much of their       improving the function and performance of the brain,” John Ratey,
                                                                                                                                                      it alone. The world was too preoccupied with the
                                                                                                                                                      Cold War or Chernobyl. Who knows, time may
                                              time to academic studies,     Harvard clinical associate professor of psychiatry said in his 2008
                                                                                                                                                      yet heal that wound too, but a commitment to
                                              and athletic commit-          book “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the
                                                                                                                                                      the cause would heal it faster.
ments, which can make a hectic schedule.                                    Brain.”
                                                                                                                                                           I’m not asking everyone to only support one
   “Both the coaches and teachers compete for your time, said junior             “Exercise stimulates our gray matter to produce Miracle-Gro
                                                                                                                                                      cause, but to never stop supporting your causes.
Mackenzie Bartz. Trying to succeed at sports and academics can be           for the brain,” Rabey wrote.
                                                                                                                                                      Too many times causes are lost and forgotten in
difficult if you can’t find the perfect balance.”                                 Granted, sports can be motivators, and can teach skills, lessons,
                                                                                                                                                      this fast-paced world. Support what you believe
   Student athletes have higher GPAs - In a study conducted by Dr.          and ideals on how to treat and deal with other people. At the end
                                                                                                                                                      in and don’t stop believin’.
Roger Whitley based in North Carolina of nationwide high school             of the day, its being passionate about something, and working
                                                                                                                                                           Think of Bob Barker, animal rights activist
students, athletes had .9 points higher than the non-athletes. These        hard for it.
                                                                                                                                                      extraordinaire, who was committed to ending
statistics are also supported by strong academics throughout the                “The exercise itself doesn’t make you smarter, but it puts the
                                                                                                                                                      nearly every one of his show since the early
country.                                                                    brain of the learners in the optimal position for them to learn,”
                                                                                                                                                      1980’s with a simple phrase: Good night, and
   Athletes show up to class - For some, missing school means               wrote Ratey.
                                                                                                                                                      have your pets spayed and neutered.
ineligibility to participate in practices or play in games. For others,
6                                                                feat ure                                                                                                               Newspacer
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Students                                           Share the                                                                                a real rejection letter from the Internet and

                                                   disappointment on
                                                                                                                                            altering it to fit his purposes.
deal with
                                                            the Wall of
                                                                                                                                               “A lot of people have told me that it was
                                                                                                                                            pretty funny. Some people are just jealous
                                                                                                                                            that I’m Rondo and had such a great idea.
grief in                                                                                                                                    I’m known as ‘Rondo’ throughout the
                                                                                                                                            school, so I believe that most people know

                                                                                                                                            that it was me,” said Schoenheit.
many ways                                                                                                                                      But Schoenheit would be more reluctant
                                                                                                                                            to share news of his own rejection with
                                                                                                                                            the school.
      By Kavita Rajani                                                                                                                         “I have (a rejection letter) from the
         Staff Reporter                                                                    ASB is attempt-
                                                                                                                              Coast Guard Academy, but I’m not sure if I’ll put it
                                                         By Justine Moore               ing to show seniors
                                                                                                                              up,” Schoenheit said.
    “Trauma is a term that can be used                     Staff Reporter               that they are not
                                                                                                                                 Other students decided to post real rejection letters
from a bad hair day to an earthquake that                                               alone in getting re-
wipes out a country” said Sue Lockett, a                                                                                      they received, especially ones from elite colleges. There
                                                                                        jected from colleges
Dart Center Programming and Research                                                                                          are letters from colleges such as Stanford, University
                                                    by creating a “Wall of Rejection.”This wall, which is
Associate.                                                                                                                    of Pennsylvania, Amherst and Brown.
                                                    actually two bulletin boards on stands, is located in
    At Lakeridge, it can be very easy to                                                                                         Senior Gayatri Mehra, who plans to attend either
                                                    the Senior Commons. It was put up on March 29 and
overlook the trauma and tragedy that strike                                                                                   Brown or Georgetown next year, was not initially plan-
                                                    students had the opportunity to post rejection letters
millions of teens around the country sim-                                                                                     ning to put up her rejection letter from the University
ply because students don’t hear about it.           for three weeks
                                                                                                                              of Pennsylvania but changed her mind when she saw
Students need to realize that many people              Several seniors took the opportunity to post their
                                                                                                                              the wall.
go through tragic events throughout their           letters. Other students can often be seen crowding the
                                                                                                                                 “After the wall went up, and people started putting
high school career.                                 board to read the letters, trying to find out which are
                                                                                                                              up their letters, I felt that I wanted to add something
     “It’s something that happens, it’s             real and which are fake.
                                                                                                                              up there too,” said Mehra, “I think it also made me feel
different for each family and person for               Alex Schoenheit, a senior who will be attending
what they go through,” said counselor                                                                                         better about the rejection letters. If everyone else could
                                                    Oregon State University next year, wrote a fake rejec-
Paula Emery.                                                                                                                  proudly put their letters up, so could I.”
                                                    tion letter from Kentucky University to Rajon Rondo,
    Sophomore Jenn Nelson has been                                                                                               Overall, the Wall of Rejection has been successful in
                                                    a well-known player from the Boston Celtics.
through an immense tragedy in the last                                                                                        helping students realize that they are not the only ones
                                                       Schoenheit was inspired by other fake rejection letters
few years. At the end of last school year,                                                                                    who have faced rejection.
Nelson’s father lost a seven year battle with
                                                    to write his own, and he was able to do this by getting
cancer. Her mother is currently battling
breast cancer.

                                                 Make your room into your
    “Having family there has helped and
knowing that he was in a better place”
said Nelson.
    Another sophomore, who wishes to
remain anonymous, has parents who are
in the process of getting a divorce.
                                                 personal space                                                              By Victor Cai
                                                                                                                                Sports Editor
                                                    Your room may be your most valuable possession, so why not
    The student said that the hardest part                                                                                   said junior John Diebold.
                                                make it your most creative and enjoyable one as well? Your bedroom
was, “learning to accept and realize that                                                                                        Decorating the walls of your room
                                                shouldn’t be a boring, lifeless bare-walled space. Decorate it with
life isn’t always going to be what you                                                                                       can be positive; physical proof of past ac-
                                                colorful accoutrements! Organization and style can make bedrooms
want it to.”                                                                                                                 complishments and portraits of inspiring
                                                more livable. Choosing the right object, and putting it in the just the
    Nelson said, “It feels like you’re the                                                                                   figures can lighten moods and create a
                                                right spot can improve the atmosphere and mood as well.
only person who has to go through this                                                                                       sense of achievement. Rooms with blank
                                                    “It’s all color coordinated,” said junior Tina Tappouni. “I have vases
and like your alone but it is better to talk                                                                                 walls ruin the atmosphere. Blank walls
                                                that are color coordinated to the room.”
to someone.”                                                                                                                 create areas of empty space, which give
                                                    Having the right light sources adds sophistication and can highlight
    Both sophomores seemed to agree in                                                                                       rise to tension and discomfort.
                                                other aspects of your room. Proper lighting can provide new perspec-
the course of action to take after going                                                                                         “I have a Dwight Schrute poster,
                                                tives on what the optimal arrangement of your room might be and
through a tragic event. After her father’s                                                                                   which really lightens the mood,” said
                                                can enhance the preexisting features of your room.
death, Nelson isolated herself. She recalled                                                                                 Bruett.
                                                    “I have like ten light bulbs, three switches and lamps, and a win-
“feeling alone” and like “you are the only                                                                                       “My room is beige and its really
                                                dow,” said Tappouni.
person who has to go through this.” She                                                                                      depressing. Every room in my house is beige because my mom likes
                                                    Light sources like lamps provide a special type of lighting, which
soon realized that she couldn’t hide.                                                                                        it,” said Bruett.
                                                can have significantly different effects than other forms of light, such
    “You have to confide in the people                                                                                            It’s important to at least make an attempt to decorate your room
                                                as natural lighting.
you know will be there for you and that                                                                                      and to remember that decorating your room can be fun! Although
                                                    “I have a lava lamp because it adds ambient lighting to my room,
you can trust for everything” said the                                                                                       empty space creates opportunities for improvement, the lack of cus-
                                                which is great for those times when I bring home girls after dances,”
sophomore.                                                                                                                   tomization may be depressing.
                                                said Max Bruett. “I got it for $20 at Target.”
    Students need to recognize that they are                                                                                     “I have whitewashed walls, and concrete floors, and drawn on
                                                    In contrast, dull preexisting lighting tends to be boring and eschew
never alone in their troubles. They need to                                                                                  windows,” said Evan Brown. “I have one pillow to sleep on.”
                                                any sense of creativity and fun.
realize that they always have somewhere                                                                                          “I don’t really decorate it at all,” said John Diebold. “I only go in
                                                    “The lighting in my room is really gloomy. I only have one light that
to turn and that several people go through                                                                                   my room to sleep.”
                                                is attached to a fan. My blinds are closed. It’s just boring and gloomy,”
the same problems that they do.

Morton retiring at the end of this week
                                               The Lakeridge            Before hitching up the trailer, there’s one order of busi-
     By Charlie Kidd                       library has always    ness she has to take care of.
          Entertainment Editor             been a comfortable,          “Plan number one is to turn off the alarm clock,” said
                                           soothing place for    Morton.
those who routinely visit. With familiar faces behind the               Although the delights of retirement await her, Morton
checkout desk and a candy dish awaiting students on their        is going to miss Lakeridge. It has, after all, been her home
way out each Friday afternoon, it is a friendly place to cram    since before the new millennium.
before a test or check out books. But after 11 years of faith-          “I worry about some things here. I worry about my
ful service, librarian Christine Morton is retiring at the end   plants, and I worry about if anybody will play my music.
of April.                                                        And what about Candy Fridays?” said Morton.
       When she arrived here over a decade ago, her stomping            And it’s not just the environment that Morton created
ground was a different place. Morton recalled having hope        that she will miss so much. Like most educators, the students
that she would be able to make the library a warmer and more     she works with every day are a big component of why she
inviting. Having just reinvented the atmosphere at West Linn     has enjoyed being a high school librarian so much.
High School’s library and before that coming from working               “You know, everybody says it’s the kids, but it really
in an elementary school library in Palo Alto, Calif., she was    is the kids. They change every day here and make the job
the right woman for the job.                                     interesting. So they’re really my main form of entertainment,”
       Most students and staff know the story about how she      said Morton.
met her husband and the wedding that followed a couple                  Junior Brynn Tran is just one of the students who will                                                    Photo by Kavita Rajani
weeks later. But less well-known is that Morton worked as a      be sad to see Morton go.                                            Christine Morton helps junior Robbie Gifford in
flight attendant and saw the world doing so prior to becoming            “I just really appreciated her as a librarian because        the library.
a librarian. Upon retirement, she hopes to kick the landlocked   she always remembered my name, even though she had like
blues and start traveling again.                                 1500 kids to take care of,” said Tran, somewhat shocked upon        hang the seniors’ names from the ceiling via blue and gold
       “We might get a place in Mexico for a couple of months    learning of her retirement.                                         ribbon, like she has every year.
each year, but now we’re thinking of getting an Airstream               With just a few more days left in her Lakeridge career,             And her music? She has no reason to fear it fading
and traveling around the country. We could go all the way        Morton has spent a lot of time reflecting on her legacy in the       away.
from Alaska down to Chile,” said Morton. “And with the           library. Leaving in her wake a completely rejuvenated learn-               “I’m really going to miss the classical music. That may
Airstream, we could bring the dog, too.”                         ing space, she has a lot to be proud of. She’ll be coming in to     be a tradition we have to keep going,” said Tran.
April 27, 2010
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Bilingual students at LHS
                                               Most students at Lakeridge have at some point been
                                            emerged in a foreign language study. Some can claim it
    By Mariah Matthews                      has broadened their outlook on the world, and others,
       Graphic Designer                     unfortunately, cannot remember how to say “hello.”
                                            Then, there is the small portion of bilingual students at
                                            LHS who have been studying and speaking a foreign
language their whole life.
   Being bilingual is an attribute not all of us can claim. For most students at Lakeridge, English
has been the primary language in their lives from birth. For students such as juniors Michael
Chen and Sheyla Rebolledo though, multilingualism is a trait they proudly bear.
   “One advantage to speaking Spanish and English would be that I think more abstractly about
the meaning of words.” said Rebolledo. “There are no disadvantages except that sometimes I
suddenly start speaking “spanglish,”
   Being bilingual involves an almost constant assimilation of the language. Since they were
young, Chen and Rebolledo have been surrounded by family members who spoke languages,
besides English.
   “I grew up speaking both languages, and a cool thing about that is that I can think in one
language and speak in another subconsciously,” said Chen who speaks Chinese at home with
his family.
   For Rebolledo, Spanish and English are her two languages of study and speech.
   “I grew up speaking Spanish and English at the same time, but during my toddler years I
was surrounded by more Spanish speaking people,” said Rebolledo.                                                                                           While every Lakeridge student is a part of
   Lakeridge’s French teacher, Lisa Grimm, believes in incorporating the French language into the                By Lizzie Aronson                      the Pacer family, each is also a part of their
lives of her twin daughters, Olivia and Josephine. Since their birth, Grimm has spoken to both of                    Staff Reporter                     own family at home. Some Lakeridge students
them in French and in English, hoping for them to grow up speaking both languages fluently.                                                              have houses filled with siblings and some just
   “Research shows that children who grow up bilingual are likely to learn both languages more                                                          with their parents.
efficiently,” said Grimm.                                                                                       A main difference between only children and those who have a lot of siblings is the
   For Grimm, Rebolledo and Chen, speaking multiple languages is an integral part of their                 sibling rivalry. Siblings are always pushing each other for more attention, success and
lives that defines them as individuals.                                                                     privileges.
   “Speaking Spanish is a large aspect of my life. It allows me to communicate with my grand-                  “We have to fight for computers and TV and stuff like that,” said freshman Ally
parents.” said Rebolledo. “I like to speak Spanish because it makes me who I am.”                          Bartlett, one of six children.
                                                                                                               “Being an only child is boring and you get lonely, but it’s also sometimes a good thing

 Near death experiences                                                                                    because you get all of the attention,” said freshman and only child Jacky Boehm. “The
                                                                                                           advantages are that your parents spoil you and you don’t have to fight over stuff.”
                                                                                                               Another difference between the two is the company and knowledge that siblings
                                                                                                           provide for each other.
    By Doug Taylor                              In movies, cartoons and comics, a dying character              “I learn a lot from my siblings; I see the mistakes they make and learn from them,”
        Staff Reporter                       often claims they see a tunnel of light moving closer, dead   said junior Jonathan DeBruyn, who has seven siblings. “It gives me a good perspective.
                                             family members or the gates of heaven. This sounds like       I’ve seen a lot of life.”
                                             an idealistic view of death intended for entertainment,           For only children, family vacations can be lonely with no one but parents to keep
however it is not. Near-death experiences are somewhat common; experienced by over 5 percent               them company.
of the U.S. population, and they are a subject that is extensively studied.                                    “Vacations would be more fun with siblings because on the way there and in the hotel
    Its origins are unclear, being reported all over the world by various ethnic groups and reli-          I wouldn’t be stuck with just my ‘rents,” said freshman Sam Handwerger, an only child.
gions, and amongst all ages.                                                                               “Sometimes I get to take friends though, so that’s fun.”
    Those who study this believe that these experiences may be the cause of many religions.                    Only children have been known to be either very self-reliant or very dependent on
Regardless of if this is true, interest in these stories is very high.                                     their parents.
    “I think so many people are so interested in these stories because they can be comforting, if              “My parents are stricter than most parents,” said Handwerger. “But I think I am
someone believes it is proof of some kind of heaven.” said sophomore Michael Conan.                        less self-reliant because I am my parents’ only child and they only have to keep one
    Some evidence also supports that NDEs are not a product of the brain, since it has been re-            child happy.”
ported while subjects were brain-dead. There also seems to be no purpose for the brain to have                 Other only children are more independent because they have no siblings to entertain
a final happy dream before death, as this serves no evolutionary purpose.                                   them and their parents are harder for them to relate to and play with.
    In 1998, Dr. Michael Sabom performed a rare operation in which the body temperature was                    Many students enjoy having a big family because their siblings are always there to
lowered to 60 degrees and the patient had no brain activity whatsoever. Nevertheless, she reported         keep them entertained.
contact with dead family members, a tunnel of light and accurately recalled various objects and                “There is always something going on,” said freshman Micah Bartel, the only boy of
things which had taken place in the room.                                                                  six siblings.
    Those who study NDEs argue that there is no purpose for a dying brain to hallucinate or                    “An advantage to being a part of a big family is that there is always someone to
imagine these encounters, and that they must be proof of a consciousness outside the body,                 babysit, so you can make money,” said Bartlett.
potentially an afterlife.                                                                                      Some people that come from big families realize the benefits that come from having
    This idea is further proved by blind people, who can see during NDEs. Dr. Kenneth Ring                 a small family too.
documented 31 legitimate cases NDEs with the blind in a two-year study. All of the people                      “It would be fun to be an only child for just a day because I’d probably get more
studied claimed that they were able to see during their experience.                                        attention,” said Bartlett.
    The theory is that NDEs must be separate from the body if a disability is lost when they                   “Sometimes it’s nice to have several siblings, but other times I wonder what it would
transfer to this “other world”.                                                                            be like if it was just me,” said sophomore Spencer Russell, who is the middle child among
     Furthermore, those who experience NDEs still have a full knowledge of who they are and                his four other siblings.
other information. Technically this should not be possible if their brain is not fully functioning             Financial matters are also a part of having a big family. Instead of only having to
or is dead altogether.                                                                                     provide for one child, bigger families have to divide their earnings amongst all of the
    And the mystery goes deeper. There are many who claim that their NDE allowed them to                   children.
know events that happened across the globe, predict the future, contact dead family members                    “One disadvantage is that the money goes to the first [siblings] going to college and
and see God. These claims are obviously controversial and lack credibility, but they are interest-         none of us get things like cell phones and iPods because of the financial situation,” said
ing nonetheless.                                                                                           DeBruyn.
    Near death experiences are something that may never be completely understood, and de-                      Several members of big families wouldn’t trade their siblings for anything.
spite research and studies that focus on it, scientific proof of a soul beyond the human body                   “I would never wish to be an only child,” said DeBruyn. “I love every one of my
may never take place. But it is important to know that the view of death in the movies and on              siblings and wouldn’t want to do without any of them.”
TV may not be far off.

Citizens of the World helps raise money for the world
                                                                                                          In December of 2009, two of the three founders, Koenig and Warrington competed in the
                                             For the Citizens of the World (COW), starting a new       Africa Rally. This rally helped them raise money for their causes by having people sponsor
    By Kathryn Little                     vision in the area of volunteering is both adventurous       the COW team.
        Staff Reporter                    and competitive.                                                They knew that they would be leaving the comfort of friends, family and simple necessities
                                             This non-profit organization is designed to help           for the vast deserts and third world villages in Africa.
                                          people, animals and environments in all parts of                Starting in London, England, they raced a 1986 Suzuki Samuri to Kribi, Cameroon.
the world and broaden young people’s minds to the different issues and solutions of the                   One of two major rules was that their car engine had to be smaller than 1.2 liters. Their
world.                                                                                                 car’s top speed was 60 m.p.h.
   Creating the organization in spring 2009 of their sophomore year at OSU, Keegan War-                   Besides the rule of the car’s engine size, the one other rule was that they could not call
rington, Tate Koenig and Zach Lowry have gone all out in their efforts the help the world.             for backup. The teams had to use each other in addition to their own personality and skills
   “Voluntourism” they call it, will help inspire and strengthen students in addition to mak-          to get them out of dilemmas.
ing them more conscious of certain issues.                                                                “While they took a short break to get the car at least in functional order, a large group sur-
   “The idea is that students go abroad and see how people in other places live and act. It is         rounded Tate and Keegan and the car. Keegan counted 79 at one point and noted that many
not just about the help they give while they are there” said Koenig. “There is a lasting impact        more came. Before getting too nervous, Keegan did the best thing he could think of: pull out
that affects the way that person will live their life,” The Rain Forest Foundation, Ape Auction        his camera. Once he did this, everyone started to go crazy with excitement. In a place where
Africa and Send a Cow are the three causes COW raises money and awareness for.                         civil war plagues many innocent people, Keegan and Tate bring fun and excitement.”
   The Ape Auction and Send a Cow focus specifically on African countries. The Ape Auction                 This story along with many others are shared by The COW team on their website blog at
raises awareness and money for the protection and aid of Cameroon’s great apes. Send a Cow,  
on the other hand, helps create sustainable agriculture in nine African countries.                        On the COW website you can donate by buying a sweatshirt or by writing a check. You
   The Rainforest Foundation helps protect rainforests in all parts of the world.                      can also look at pictures from the Africa rally and learn more about COW.
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                                                                          Clackamas                              Photo from
                                                                                                                                                      West Linn                          Photo from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Milwaukie                           Photo from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oregon City Rex Putnam             Photo from                                              Photo from

L a k e r s Cavaliers L                                                                                                                                        i             o               n                 s Mustangs P i o n e e r s Kingsmen
  By Max Heninger                formalities are often seen
                                                                       By Ollie Bergh                    preordered for 55 dollars.                By Kelly Bartz                                                          By Olivia Moore                 bracelet allows the wearer               By Karen Shea                 pulled out of the parking lot             By Kelsey Howell                   Classes such as Automotive Ser-
      Editor of Content          as optional. In addition, the                                              Recently, Clackamas’s                     Editor of Reporters                                                       Staff Reporter             special privileges, such as                  Editor of Layout          after I visited, I was passed by               Staff Reporter                vice Technology, Cosmetology,
                                                                           Staff Reporter
                                 last names are sometimes                                                drama program put on its 10th                                                                                    While Milwaukie High             off-campus lunch and leaving            To a lot of people, it seems   tall truck filled with several             The night before a game with       Law Enforcement and a lot more
    “Civility.”                  abbreviated by students,                 You can tell a lot about a     annual variety show! Unlike                                                                                                                       class early.                                                           students, slurpees in hand.                                                  are offered. Not gonna lie, I am
                                                                                                                                                  West Linn is our unde-                                               School is part of the Clackamas                                          that a place like Oregon City                                           Rex Putnam, Pacer athletes are
    In one word, that is how     Simonsen becomes, “Simo,”           building from its front door.       the Lakeridge variety show,                                                                                                                           Another program that                                                   Lakeridge might like to                                                  pretty jealous.
                                                                                                                                               fined, half-sibling. At both                                            School District, it doesn’t feel                                         should be an important one                                              probably thinking more of the
senior Wayne Yang describes      Provost becomes “Prov,” or          Maybe if you’re at a palace,        theirs is a thespian variety                                                                                                                      makes MHS unique is the Mil-                                           think that it’s a school burst-                                                  Putnam still has some disad-
                                                                                                                                               West Linn and Lakeridge, the                                            like it to all of the students at                                        considering that its name has                                           victory party afterwards than
Lake Oswego high school.         they are christened familiar        it’ll be grandiose and intricate    show, focusing on acting more                                                                                                                     waukie Academy of the Arts,                                            ing with Pacer pride and                                                     vantages though. While bathroom
                                                                                                                                               academic rigor is comparable;                                           the school.                                                              Oregon in it, but it does not                                           how to win. Putnam is the butt of
    Given that most Pacers’      nicknames.                          or if you’re at a shack, it might   than music and dance.                                                                                                                             or MAA. MAA is focused on                                              school spirit, but that may                                                  stalls were being cleaned of graf-
                                                                                                                                               student-teacher relationships                                              “We’re the red-headed                                                 appear that it is.                                                      every joke; (remember the senior
experience with and                  Another          student        not even be there at all.              All proceeds from their                                                                                                                        project-based learning rather                                          only be a part of the school                                                 fiti, new vandalism popped up in
                                                                                                                                               are sought after in both schools,                                       stepchild of our district,” said                                            R a t h e r, O re g o n                                              homecoming float: “Blast Putnam
impressions of the Lakers        interviewed, senior Tory                 But what can you tell          variety show benefited                                                                                                                            than the standard textbook                                                population.                                                               the girls restroom. It seems as if
                                                                                                                                               West Linn students reportedly                                           MHS sophomore Troy Hermo,                                                City appears to be                                                      to 5A”?). We don’t respect them as
comes from our raucous civil     Gray, seconded the idea             about a place from its virtual      Outside-In, a program to help                                                                                                                     method. Members of MAA are                                                         Junior at Oregon                                                 a majority of students don’t sup-
                                                                                                                                               text their teachers, flat screen     there is                            referring to the treatment of                                            sleepy town where                                                       competitors or as a school.
war sporting events and city     that LO is more formal than         door?                               homeless teens in Portland.                                                                                                                       required to take core classes                                                   City Shan Mills said,                                               port Putnam.
                                                                                                                                               televisions broadcast daily         really                              Milwaukie compared to the                                                cows and farms                                                              However, when I visited this
league basketball games,         Lakeridge.                               Taken for granted, a              Clackamas also has a list of                                                                                                                   within the program, but can                                                     “Some of the people                                                     In addition, Putnam is much
                                                                                                                                               announcements and both are          a pas-                              other schools in the area.                                               are plenty. In fact,                                                    “inferior” school, I found a place
the word “civility”                          “At least when          school’s website says a lot         clubs, such as the Key Club,                                                                                                                      take electives in the regular                                                  either love [the school]                                             more cliquey than Lakeridge,
                                                                                                                                               “closed” campuses. While we         sion for the                           In the Oregon 2009 School                                             while driving out                                                       not so different from our own.
is not among the                             it comes to the         about a school, so I took           Orchestra, and Band.                                                                                                                              school structure.                                                            or don’t like it at all. On                                            visually. Taking a look around at
                                                                                                                                               may be similar in outward           school in every student.”           Report Card, Clackamas and                                               to the school, located                                                  Once you look outside of sports,
many one-word                                   junior high,         a trip down the Internet               Like Lakeridge, Clackamas                                                                                                                          Junior Bailey Purcell enjoys                                            spirit days, you can tell                                               lunch, a “Mean Girls” lunchroom
                                                                                                                                               appearance, our differences                                             Putnam, the two other high                                               on Beavercreek Road                                                     Putnam turns into a pretty decent
phrases that                                    the perception       superhighway, avoiding porn         runs a four-period-a-day                                                                                                                          being in the MAA program.                                                   who.” Does that sound                                                   map could be replicated with
                                                                                                                                               really come across in the each          It is a passion that feeds      schools in the district, received                                        – an appropriately quaint                                               school. They take pride in being
quickly come                                     is that girls       left and right, to Clackamas’s      schedule; however, they have                                                                                                                      “It’s such a tight family, and                                           like Lakeridge? Consider-                                                  Putnam students. Food is strictly
                                                                                                                                               school’s “personality.”             on West Linn High School’s          a rating of “satisfactory.” Mil-                                         name – you will see a homey                                             the only Three Rivers League
to mind when                                     straighten          website and tried to have e-        three lunches, with second                                                                                                                        we have the same teachers                                              ing the continuum at Lak-                                                    prohibited in the halls, and it is
                                                                                                                                                  If you walk through the          principal, Lou Bailey, who          waukie, however, received                                                herd of cows grazing across                                             school who offers International
defining LOHS.                                    their hair every    coffee with the principal to        lunch students having their                                                                                                                       for our whole school career,”                                          eridge, from Caity Clark to                                                  closed campus as well, though that
                                                                                                                                               halls at West Linn, Pacers          wrote on the West Linn High         a “need improvement” and                                                 the street from the main park-                                          Baccalaureate (IB) classes rather
Yet, it is how                                 day,” said Gray.      no avail.                           third period split up before                                                                                                                      she said.                                                              Parker Angelus, it does sound                                                rule is slightly more lax.
                                                                                                                                               would notice a big difference       School homepage: “First and         reported the lowest state test-                                          ing lot.                                                                than AP. According to Putnam
Yang defines his high                      She also described              The school has 2,176           and after lunch.                                                                                                                                      As well as boasting a unique                                       a bit like us.                                                                   Putnam may have large class
                                                                                                                                               between themselves and their        foremost, it is our job as a        ing and SAT scores of all of the                                            The school is a modern                                               students, IB is hell compared to
school.                                    Lakeridge as having       students and 165 staff                 Clackamas has a stacked                                                                                                                        arts program, MHS                                                          Teacher-student relations                                                sizes, and only a few Smartboards
                                                                                                                                               Lion half-sisters and half-         school community to foster          district high schools. However,                                          building with lockers and                                               AP. They have the main three
    “ T h e r e ’ s                        a more “carefree”         members, so it’s obviously          performance schedule, the                                                                                                                         also                                                                   are also similar. Senior pic-                                                throughout their school, but they
                                                                                                                                               brothers; there is a lack of        and nurture quality people          Mustangs don’t let these scores                                          linoleum floors like any other                                           requirements of a 4000-word
definitely a certain                        atmosphere.               a little packed; however,           month of April including                                                                                                                          exhib-                                                                 tures decorate the walls of                                                  are offered good classes with some
                                                                                                                                               school spirit. Not enough to        who can apply their learn-          prevent their school spirit.                                             high school in the country. The                                         extended essay, proof they ap-
level of decorum                              “I’ve heard            the school has numerous             numerous rehearsals for band                                                                                                                      its cul-                                                               classrooms, conversations                                                    pretty darn good teachers.
                                                                                                                                               surprise the average Ameri-         ing, make good decisions,              “We need to work on our                                               inspirational posters in the                                            preciate other cultures, 150 hours
at this school,” said                  that students wear            extra-curricular activities,        and marching band, thespian                                                                                                                       tural                                                                  are civil and friendly and                                                       “People tend to focus more
                                                                                                                                               can high school student, but        and be highly successful as         overall grades,” said sopho-                                             classrooms are the same ones                                            of community service and some
Yang. “People don’t              sweatpants to school all the        including its own newspaper,        meetings, band festivals,                                                                                                                         diver-                                                                 some are even friends on                                                     on the student athlete rather than
                                                                                                                                               enough that a Pacer would feel      a global citizen in the 21st        more Alexis Wise, “but our                                               you would see at Lakeridge.                                             extra curricular activities. The IB
shove each other in the          time,” she said.                    The Shield, which takes place       choir rehearsals and choir                                                                                                                        s i t y.                                                               Facebook.                                                                    the athletic student,” said Putnam
                                                                                                                                               something is missing.               century.”                           school is very positive and                                              But we all know that a school                                           test is required for all students in
hallways.”                           Despite the differences,        after school at 3:30 instead of     concerts.                                                                                                                                         “There are a lot of different                                              “You’ll have one teacher                                                 Newspaper adviser Steve St.
                                                                                                                                                  “We really don’t have that           While Callaghan agrees          community-based.”                                                        is made up of people not a                                              the program to take.
    From this reporter ’s        all students interviewed said       as a class.                            The Internet is a                                                                                                                              cultures here,” said sopho-                                            who cares about students a                                                   Amand.
                                                                                                                                               much school spirit…unless its       with Guerins’ and Bailey’s             MHS has several fund and                                              building.                                                                   In addition to the juniors and
experience at LO High school,    they felt LO had a special               Along with The Shield,         magnificent tool to open new                                                                                                                       more Shelby Sharron. “A lot of                                         lot, and one who doesn’t care                                                    We need to stop putting Put-
                                                                                                                                               football or basketball, no one      sentiments, he also pointed         supply-raising events for local                                             Oregon City seems to share                                           seniors in IB classes, freshmen
(I take the AP government        bond with Lakeridge due to          Clackamas has The Lance,            doors and meet people you’ve                                                                                                                      problems can be caused by this                                         at all,” said Bragg.                                                         nam down just because of their
                                                                                                                                               really cares. We are outgoing       out that West Linn students         businesses and charities. They                                           many of the qualities of Lak-                                           and sophomore have the option
class offered there on blue      the fact that they are in the                     which is the          never met before: a philosophy                                                                                                                    because people don’t have the                                              All the impressions of Lak-                                              sports. They have a fantastic choir
                                                                                                                                               and friendly, just not very         really are, “spoiled, talented,     also founded “Living History                                             eridge: white and suburban.                                             to take pre-IB classes. They do
days as it is not offered at     same city.                                             school’s         many Facebook stalkers have                                                                                                                       same values or morals.”                                                eridge and Lake Oswego that                                                  and great students
                                                                                                                                               spirited,” said senior Joel Cal-    rich people.”                       Day,” where war veterans tell                                               “We’re pretty white,” said                                           not mess around with academics
Lakeridge), a certain level of       “Lakeridge is definitely                             yearbook        come to cherish.                                                                                                                                      Regardless of their differ-                                        I heard involved the word                                                    that actually do go
                                                                                                                                               lagan.                                  The question for us Pacers      their stories, are honored for                                           senior at Oregon City Andrew                                            at Putnam.
formality exists, creating the   our sister school,” said Yang.                             that has        So, open a new door,                                                                                                                           ences, Milwaukians are united                                          “rich” and that is a rather                                                  on to college. We
                                                                                                                                                  Senior Kelsey Guerins dis-       is, beyond the surface, how         their service and attend a                                               Bragg. “There are definitely                                                 Their elective options are
atmosphere of politeness that    Although, he added that                                         to be   hopefully avoiding a few                                                                                                                          by their spirit and commonali-                                         sweeping generalization.                                                     may be different
                                                                                                                                               agrees, recognizing that, “be-      similarly would you align           lunch.                                                                   groups that are pretty hick.                                            extraordinary. Students in the
Yang described. Teachers are     Lakeridge is clearly the                                                sketchy websites, and learn                                                                                                                       ties. “We should be seen as a                                          We could call them hick, but                                                 in some ways, but
                                                                                                                                               cause West Linn has only has        WLHS and LHS? Or, for Lion             Milwaukie administrators                                              There’s a group at Albertson’s                                          Clackamas school district have
well-liked but always referred   “younger sibling.”                                                      something new.                                                                                                                                    nice group of people,” said                                            would that also be an unfair                                                 in the end we are
                                                                                                                                               one high school, the whole city     King fans, if Simba looked          have recently become commit-                                             who hang out in their trucks in                                         the opportunity to take a bus to the
to with the salutations of           Given that older siblings                                                                                                                                                                                             Sharron. “We’re here to learn-                                         judgement? Lakeridge and                                                     all high school
                                                                                                                                               feels included in everything        into a pool of water would          ted to raising grades. Maroon                                            the parking lot.”                                                       Sabin-Schellenberg professional
“Mr.” or “Ms.” before their      seem to get preferential                                                                                                                                                                                                  that’s what most of us are                                             Oregon City do not seem to                                                   students trying
                                                                                                                                               which helps with a community.       he see a script “L” staring         “Learn Strong” bracelets are                                                Trucks seem to be the de-                                            technical center where they take
last names.                      treatment, perhaps he’s not                                                                                                                                                                                               trying to do.”                                                         be so different as two high                                                  to succeed.
                                                                                                                                               People are so involved and          back at him?                        given to students each quarter                                           termining factor at OCHS of                                             classes meant to help them get a
    At Lakeridge, those          far off.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         schools in Oregon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       who receive no Ds or Fs. The                                             group divisions. In fact, as I                                          head start on their future plans.

LO Facts                                                             Clack Facts WL Facts                                                                                                                              Mil High Facts                                                           OC Facts RP Facts
1260 Students                                                         2176 Students                                                             1556 Students                                                           1207 Students                                                            2280 Students                                                            1320 Students
1724 Average 2009 SAT score                                           1525 Average 2009 SAT score                                               1656 Average 2009 SAT score                                             1468 Average 2009 SAT score                                              1495 Average 2009 SAT score                                              1534 Average 2009 SAT score
                                                                                                                                                “The Power of the Lion is in the
1950 opened                                                           2002 current building built                                               Pride”                                                                  1925 originally built                                                    1885 established                                                         1963 established
Report card overall rating:                                           Report card overall rating:                                               Report card overall rating:                                             Report card overall rating:                                              Report card overall rating:                                              Report card overall rating:
Outstanding                                                           Satisfactory                                                              Outstanding                                                             In need of improvement                                                   Outstanding                                                              Satisfactory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       School spirit. You guys are                                              Lakeridge seems a lot                                                    I feel like Lakeridge is one
LHS Facts                                                            Well I’d say that [Lakeridge]
                                                                     is a really good college prep
                                                                                                                                               A stereotype [about LHS is]
                                                                                                                                               that people are pretty rich                                             the definition. Your teams may
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       not be great but you act like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                different than OC. There’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a lot less kids and it seems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the more mature high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         schools in Oregon. Students
 1035 Students in 2009                                               school just like Lake O but
                                                                     the kids are a little crazier.
                                                                                                                                               because it’s in LO [and]
                                                                                                                                               terrible at football...                                                 you guys are the greatest. I                                             like students have a lot                                                 are supportive of each other,
 1715 Average 2009 SAT score                                         I think the biggest stereotype
                                                                                                    Lake Oswego Senior
                                                                                                                                               Well [Lakeridge is] a really
                                                                                                                                                                                   West Linn Senior                    really respect your school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tualatin Senior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of freedom. It’s a really
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                comfortable environment and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         academically and athletically
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ex-Sunset Student

 1971 opened                                                         other schools have about                                                  strong athletic school minus                                                                                                                     I feel like everyone could fit                                             It doesn’t seem like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          [Lakeridge has] very many
 Report card overall rating:                                         [Lakeridge] is that [it has] a                                            football, rather egotistic but maybe that’s                                                                                                      in! I like it a lot and everyone,
                                                                     big drug culture.                                                         just ‘cause I’m LO.                                                                                                                              especially the staff, is friendly.                                        cute guys.
 Outstanding                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       West Linn Senior
                                                                                                     Lake Oswego Senior                                                                                Lake Oswego Senior                                                                                                          Oregon City Junior
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Parks and Trails to enjoy in the spring                                                                                                                             25 things
    Local trails and parks provide areas for relaxing outdoor activities
      By Kathryn Little
         Staff Reporter
                                               As the warm
                                            weather ap-
                                            p ro a c h e s a n d
school comes to an end, enjoying the outdoors becomes a
large part of many Oregonians’ lives.                                                                                                                                  to do at
    With Portland being located an hour and a half away
from the mountain and the beach, we have endless pos-
sibilities when it comes to outdoor activities. But here are
some of the most interesting and fun trails, whether you’re
a beginner or better than Bear Grylls.
    If you want to stay close to home, try Mary S. Young State                                                                                                 1. Get wast-
Park. Located in West Linn, Mary S Young Park runs along                                                                                                       ed
the Willamette River. With between five and eight miles of                                                                                                          M o s t
trail, this park is great for a whole family to go.                                                                                                            people want
    Some trails lead out to the river, where you can rest or                                                                                                   to remem-
                                                                                                                                                               ber their
play on the sandy beaches and rocks. Other trails lead you
through the forest.
                                                                                                                                                               2.       Get
    Venturing a little bit further out from Portland you
might run into Milo McIver State Park. This Oregon State
                                                                                                                                                                   Don’t be
Park is located in Estacada, about 45 minutes away from                                                                                                                                     25 Things
                                                                                                                                                               that guy.
    To get the most from this park you may want to consider
                                                                                                                                                               3. Get fad-              Karen Shea
camping. Since this park lines the Clackamas River, you
                                                                                                                                                                   Or that
can kayak, canoe or even raft.
                                                                                                                                                               girl. The obnoxious one.
    Milo McIver State Park allows hiking, biking and horse-
                                                                                                                                                               4. Get your booze on
back riding on their trails.
                                                                                                                                                                   The one who’s all like “I’m soooo drunk,
    We all know that during the summer Portland can get a
couple of heat waves. What could be a better way to escape
                                                                                                                                                               5. Get tipsy
those than to head to the Oregon Coast for the day?
                                                                                                                                                                   Our dancing kind of sucked to begin
    Ecola State Park is located just north of Cannon Beach.
With several trails leading to four breathtaking viewpoints
                                                                                                                                                               6. Get hammered
and relaxing sandy beaches, this park is great for the day
                                                                                                                                                                   Drinking before age 15 makes you four
or an overnight stay.
                                                                                                                                                               times more likely to develop problems with
    One campsite at Ecola State Park and sits in the middle
                                                                                                                                                               your boozing.
of the park and can only is reached if you walk or ride
                                                                                                                                                               7. Get juiced
a bike. Because a modernized vehicle cannot reach this
                                                                                                                                    Photo Credit:                  Prom dresses are ugly and that will
campsite, it has lot of privacy, as well as being very quiet. Tryon Creek is an excellent trail to explore.                        Megan Hinzdel               make it worse.
It’s the perfect campsite for a relaxing stay.
                                                                       five miles to a viewpoint or just an easy mile to the river, Oregon is                   8. Declare it Miller Time
    Beside the campsite, Ecola has multiple restrooms and covered
                                                                       the perfect state to get outside, as long as it is not pouring rain.                        More like “regret time.”
areas for picnics.
                                                                                                                                                               9. Get inebriated
    Oregon is filled with many beautiful parks. Whether you’re hiking
                                                                                                                                                                   Suspensions and MIPs look worse

Do Lake Oswego police abuse authority?                                                                                                                         on your record than puke on your nice
                                                                                                                                                               10. Get pickled
                                             A          One thing the city of Lake Oswego prides           mind, but sometimes they really should back
                                                                                                                                                                   Don’t spend the night playing, “keep
   By Danny Polak                         cou-      itself in (and rightfully so) is its safety. Violent   off,” said junior Mica Evans.
                                                                                                                                                               it down.”
        Staff Reporter                    ple       crimes are scarce, and overall Lake Oswego                 Police don’t want to be sticklers, but at the
                                                                                                                                                               11. Get plastered
                                           o f      is a safe haven where couples are comfort-             same time it’s possible they take advantage
                                                                                                                                                                   Prom isn’t your hotel party.
months ago, after a game of basketball at           able raising families without having much              of their power.
                                                                                                                                                               12. Get crunk.
Bryant, a policewoman wanted to search my           to worry about.                                            That’s how I felt after the egg incident.
                                                                                                                                                                   MIP fines “can be made with a VISA or
car for a supposed “report of possible egging.”         The old cliché states that a police depart-            Although many students may disagree, not
                                                                                                                                                               Mastercard online or by phone (503-635-
I informed her that she had no probable cause       ment’s sole purpose is to serve and protect.           every encounter with the LOPD feels nega-
                                                                                                                                                               0217), by mail or in person.” Wouldn’t you
for I was not breaking any laws (a janitor had      This is valid, but in turn it raises many              tive. Don’t get me wrong, some are negative.
                                                                                                                                                               rather use that on college?
told me we shouldn’t be there past 11 p.m. It       questions about the role our city’s trusted            But we should feel thankful to be living in
                                                                                                                                                               13. Hit the sauce
was 10:15). The situation blew over, but the        patrolmen and women play. In a city so safe,           a town where we don’t have to realistically
                                                                                                                                                                   Those alcohol responsibility classes
whole ordeal inconvenienced me and I felt           is police action in LO too prevalent?                  worry about being stabbed or shot at any
                                                                                                                                                               could make AP US busy work look inter-
somewhat violated. It was obvious that she              “Things get blown out of proportion,” said         point in the day.
wanted my consent so she could look for             junior Jake Nolton. “Police here are very strict           It’s much better to feel inconvenienced
                                                                                                                                                               14. Get tight
incriminating items. To me, the eggs were a         compared to places like Portland. There isn’t          by a city’s police department than to have to
                                                                                                                                                                   Your friends don’t really want to take
front to invade my privacy.                         a lot of crime so cops tend to do unnecessary          worry about violent crime. Safety shouldn’t be
                                                                                                                                                               care of you.
    Conversely, in an unrelated incident a          things.”                                               taken for granted, and the LOPD should also
                                                                                                                                                               15. Get a little captain in ya
few weeks ago, I was pulled over for obvi-              Many seem to agree with this ideology.             feel fortunate that for the most part their job
                                                                                                                                                                   It won’t make a great story. Your life is
ous speeding, but was only given a warning          Students at Lakeridge tend to think that the           doesn’t involve violent crime enforcement.
by a nice woman who was very easy to level          LOPD may sometimes exercise excess.
                                                                                                                                                               16. Get wrecked
with.                                                   “They certainly have our best interests in
                                                                                                                                                                   More than a third of youth killed in
                                                                                                                                                               alcohol related fatalities died during prom
                                                                                                                                                               season, April through June.

Sports injuries setback sports teams                                                                                                                           17. Enjoy irresponsibly
                                                                                                                                                                   Is this how you repay the junior class for
                                                                                                                                                               making prom free?
                                                    prospects for their entire sports career.              outs,” said Higgins.                                18. Intoxication
       By Hilary Slauson                               Junior Jeff Nakashima recently broke his                Injuries can set athletes back and Higgins’s        What would NHS think of you
          Staff Reporter                            leg during baseball season. His injury occurred        injury even had an affect on the team he made,      19. Become chemically inconvenienced.
                                                    during a sliding accident and could not have           though now that his ankle has recovered, he             And become the inconvenience.
    Sports injuries at Lakeridge come in all
                                                    been prevented.                                        is able to play on varsity.                         20. Get smashed
shapes and sizes. There are those that only
                                                       “The hardest part about being injured is                “I’m bummed I missed the team bonding at            You can have fun without alcohol.
require a Band-Aid, those that only need some
                                                    watching my teammates play and not being               the beginning of the season,” said Higgins. He      Promise.
ice or even those that require serious medical
                                                    able to play with them,” said Nakashima.               was also concerned about his ability to partici-    21. Get trashed
attention. Luckily those are scarcer.
                                                       Nakashima is starting to walk again and             pate in Basketball/Volleyball ever again.               Think of all the great names people will
    Lakeridge Athletic Trainer Kim Deaver
                                                    hopes to be playing again soon. Not only                   Clearly, injuries have a significant impact      have for you.
says that the types of injuries and the number
                                                    has it affected his baseball season, but also          on athletes. Luckily some of them can be            22. Get tanked
of serious injuries occurring depend on the
                                                    his off-season training for football. He com-          prevented.                                              Winning yourself an MIP makes you
season and the sports that are going on.
                                                    mented that his injury has changed his goals               Deaver suggests that the best ways to           eligible for fines, classes and criminal cita-
    “Fall is the busiest time,” said Deaver. This
                                                    for the season.                                        prevent injuries are to stretch before and after    tions!
is understandable, as many people come back
                                                       “Being injured has helped me appreciate             exercise, have a proper warm-up before games        23. Impair your judgment
to their fall sports without the proper mainte-
                                                    the simple things in life like walking and being       or rigorous workouts that require significant            The music is bad but this won’t make
nance of their muscles over the summer.
                                                    able to carry things,” said Nakashima.                 effort from your muscles, and use the weight        it better.
    Most muscle injuries occur because of a
                                                       Similarly, junior Michael Higgins seriously         room or continue workouts during the off-           24. Go sideways
lack of stretching and care of one’s muscles;
                                                    hurt his ankle during Basketball/Volleyball            season of your sport.                                   Would you risk losing your license for
however, many injuries are simply unfortu-
                                                    right before lacrosse tryouts.                             She encourages that if you do these things      an entire year?
nate mishaps.
                                                       “Though I was prepared for the season,              you have a better chance of avoiding pre-           25. Meth
    “Accidents happen,” said Deaver.
                                                    hurting my ankle was unhelpful because I               ventable injuries and fulfilling your athletic           This has gone unsaid for too long.
    Unfortunately these accidents can signifi-
cantly alter an athlete’s season, or even their     didn’t have enough time to heal before try-            endeavors.
April 27, 2010
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Girls lacrosse works to earn title one game at a time
                                                                                            A lot          in 1995.
                                                       By Katie Reid                     of pres-              “I want to win—we all do—but I only want to do it together,” said Clark, stressing the
                                                       Staff Reporter                    sure has          importance of taking the season one game at a time as opposed to only thinking of the state
                                                                                         b e e n           championship.
                                               placed on the Pacer girls lacrosse team this                    “I really want us to enjoy the four months that we have together during regular season,”
                                               season as they are expected to contend for a                added Bartz, who has been captain of the girl’s lacrosse team for three years now and ac-
                                               state title. But thus far, a few other teams have           knowledges the uniqueness of this team’s talent.
                                               demonstrated the ability to compete with the                    “There’s really no doubt in my mind that this team is going to be successful,” added
                                               Pacers.                                                     Bartz.
                                                   “We are confident in our talent,” said senior              “Since the LO game, we’ve been battling back and we’re ready for the next match-up,”
                                               Caity Clark. “But we are not disillusioned in the           said DeBruhl. “The loss has helped us improve, and it will show in games to come.”
                                               idea that we will be given the championship.”                  The improvement was evident on April 20, when the girls took on the defending state
                                                   “We need to earn it,” added Clark, who is               champs, Oregon City at the OC stadium. The Pacers walked away with a thrilling 18-17 win,
                                               prepared to do whatever it takes to earn the                which according to the girls, has been along time coming.
                                               state title.                                                   “Many of our seniors have been playing on varsity since our freshman year, and this was
                                                  Heading into the Lake Oswego game, April 9,              our first win over Oregon City,” said Jordan. “We’re looking to win state this year, and this
                                               both teams were undefeated, and LO eventually               win was a huge step in that direction.”
                                               came away with a 10-9 win in the most intense                  Seven different players scored in the game, in one of the best team efforts of the season.
                     Photo by Carolyn Heymann
                                              game for either team this season. Senior captain             DeBruhl and Jordan each had 8 points, DeBruhl had seven goals and an assist while Jordan
Junior Quinn Piper clears the ball            Allie DeBruhl scored three goals in the game                 had a goal and seven assists, to lead the way. Seniors Sarah Seals and Haley Fauvelle each
past a Lake Oswego defender. The while senior captain Meghan Jordan added two                              had great games with four and three goals respectively.
Pacers fell to the Lakers in their            goals and two assists, and senior Haley Fauvelle                 It is clear that we can expect a lot from this year’s girl’s lacrosse team, and it is time for
first meeting.                                scored twice to lead the team.                               the Pacer family to do their part.
                                                  Despite the loss, the pacers are just as de-                 “People should be excited,” said Slauson, noting the importance of Pacer support at the
                                              termined, if not more. It seems as though all 19             games.
members of the Lakeridge girls lacrosse team have their goals set high.                                        It’s time for all of you to cloak yourselves in pacer blue and head to the field on game day.
    “Many girls on the team show up 30 minutes before the start of practice to play wall ball              Bring your pacer spirit and get ready to cheer; there really is no reason to miss a game. Watch
or work to perfect their fundamentals” said senior captain Kelly Bartz.                                    the girls lacrosse team tear up the field on their way to state, watch their hours of practice and
   The team decided on their poster theme “Back to the Future”, referencing the seven con-                 dedication materialize into points on the scoreboard, and watch them fight hard and reclaim
secutive state championships that Lakeridge won at the very beginning of Oregon lacrosse                   Lakeridge’s title as Best in State.

Both girls and boys track start seasons off strong in TRL
                                                   Historically, the    Caitlin Hoddevik, sophomores Paxton Nielson and Krissy                 really focus on one event. It also gives people the opportunity
      By Emily Lightcap                       girls track team has      Hengesh and Wiley. Senior Lexi Ross is third in javelin.               to try new events,” said Sawin.
          Opinion Section Editor              been very successful.         Ross, Wiley, Pearson, and the girls 4X4 relay all ranked               The girls team is really strong and continue to strive going
                                              Looking back, last        first in the TRL in their respective events.                           into the district and state competitions. The district competition
year the girls won all of their duel meets and districts. At the            “The girls are really strong this year! We’re the clear favorite   is on May 13 and state competition in Eugene with Prelims on
state meet the girls sent a relay as well as multiple individual        for the district title, and should be really competitive at the        Thursday, May 20 and finals on Friday, May 21.
qualifiers. This year the girls are trying to win all the duel          state level,” said Sawin. “I think we’ll definitely win districts,         In the TRL there are several boys ranked in the top 10. Se-
meets, districts and place in the top five at the state meet.           and hope we’ll make top five in state.”                                nior, Robbie Magill is sixth in the 200 meters. Seniors, Kevin
    “I think we’ll definitely win districts, and hope we’ll make            A unique factor to the team this year is because there are         Pearson and Max Heninger are fourth and seventh in the 800
top five in state,” said Sawin.                                         so many strong athletes that in order to win an event each             meter. Pearson is also first in the 1500.
    Currently ranked in state is junior Amy Wiley. She is third         athlete doesn’t have to compete in four events at each meet,               Pearson is the only male Pacer ranked in state. He is ninth
in the 300 meter hurdles, ninth in the 400 and 10th in the 200          allowing the athlete to focus on fewer events.                         in the 1500.
meter. Freshman Kelly O’Neill is seventh in the 3,000 meter.                “Our team is really deep this year. The coaches don’t have             The next meet is on Friday, April 30 at Clackamas at 4
Also, the girls 4 X 400 relay is fifth in state, consisting of senior   to put people in four events anymore, which allows people to           p.m.

Girls golf has high expectations in mind for matches
                                              The Pacer girls golf team is loaded with depth,                   “We just [have]
                                           which could make this year even more special for                to play consistently.
    By Emily Lightcap                      Pacer girls golf.                                               And mainly I just
        Opinion Section Editor                The number one player for the Pacers this year is            want to have fun, re-
                                           junior Kendall Prince, new to the team after trans-             lax and enjoy my last
                                           ferring from Lake Oswego. Prince is coming off a                year playing golf,”
strong summer and winter season. She has posted numerous victories in various tournaments                  said Rossman.
around the country. Prince is one of the clear favorites for the state title and has won four                  The girls will
Future Collegiate World Tour Events (FCWT) this winter and is off to an impressive start in                battle league pow-
TRL matches this season.                                                                                   erhouse West Linn
   Sophomore Connie Zhou is one of four returning varsity players from last year’s team.                   who is returning
Zhou also a strong contender for the Pacers in the No. 2 position. She has improved her game               their strongest squad
from her impressive state- qualifying freshman season last year. Junior Madeline Young and                 in recent memory for
seniors Chloe Rossman and Kelly Kirk round out the varsity squad for the girls.                            the district title and
   The girls are looking to win districts and place in the top five at state; however, West Linn           qualification to the
will be tough to beat with a similarly stacked team.                                                       state tournament in
   ”I think we are for sure going to be able to make it to State, [since] we are all playing re-           May.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Megan Hinzdel
ally well. I bet we can make it in the top ten at least for state,” said senior Chloe Rossman.                 The next tourna-
                                                                                                                                     Junior Emily Walton pitches a shot on to the green. The girls
“Whatever happens and I know our team can play great.”                                                     ment is Monday at
   Where the girls show their depth is in the lower line up in the fourth and fifth position.              Oswego Lake Coun-         team has high hopes for this season in league and state play.
Rossman and senior Kelly Kirk both have shot under 40 in a tournament.                                     try Club at 1 p.m.

Pacer dance team places sixth in state competition
                                           Pacer Dance Team             the world,” said sophomore Hayley Rausch.                              make sure the very last move you do is as sharp as the first
      By Hilary Slauson                 competed in the state                The Pacer dancers had competitions throughout the winter          one, even though your body is just dead after you perform,”
         Staff Reporter                 competition last                before competing at state. They took first place at their first        said Stirek.
                                        month, closing their            competition in Albany. To close their season they competed                 Because they are together for essentially the whole year,
                                        season for the 2009-            at state in March. The Pacers placed sixth in their division at        dance team members become close and the friendships they
2010 year. Although most of their exposure to the student body          state, a good result, but one that fell short of their expectations.   establish help to give the team chemistry and an ability to
occurs during football games, their season continues through            Senior and first lieutenant Sam Stirek explained that the judges       work together while they dance.
winter and spring during their competition season.                      have very particular regulations for scoring dances, and this              “Our team had a ton of fun bonding stuff this year which
   After the transition from football season to competition             contributed to the team’s disappointment.                              is definitely my favorite part,” said Stirek.
season, dance team dives into creating dances that will impress              “You could have the most together and clean routine, but              The Pacers will lose three seniors this year.
judges and help them win victory.                                       if you don’t have enough formations or if the judges don’t                 “They are such a big part of the team and all people we
   Competitions last for an entire day, morning to night. The           like your music, if one person stops smiling, they’ll take off         looked up to so that will take getting used to,” said Rausch.
dancers start with 10 minutes of floor time, which is where             points. We worked so hard cleaning our dance, changing                 Despite the difference that will be evident next year, Rausch
they examine the floor. It’s the only chance they have to see           almost half of the routine, and changing formations to make            has high prospects for the team of currently talented dancers
where they’ll be dancing their routine. They dance twice, and           it flawless, and we got sixth place,” Stirek said.                     and the incoming talent.
then have drill down, which is where the dancers march to                    After each competition the Pacer dancers work relentlessly            For any Pacers interested in trying out for dance team next
military commands. At the end of the day are awards, and the            to make their dances most appealing to the judges based on             year, open practices are on May 4, 6, 11 and 13 from 4 to 6
dancers find out how they scored in the different areas.                the feedback they get at the previous competitions.                    p.m. to prepare the weeks before tryouts.
   Though football season is fun, the Pacer dancers love                     “Our biggest strength I would say is precision. That’s our            “Open practices are really helpful because anyone who is
competing as well.                                                      style we’re best at; you work really hard to do a four and a           considering trying out can come and participate to see what
   “I’m really not a competitive person at all, but when you            half minute long dance where you’re running around the floor           our practices involve and what they are like,” said Rausch.
work so hard at something competing is the best feeling in              and focusing on facials, while at the same time you have to                Tryouts for next year are the week of May 17.
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TRL hockey: Boys lacrosse contends with the best
undefeated The Pacers avenge last season’s defeat in Civil War rematch at LHS
    state                                                By Kerry Gilbertson
                                                         Staff Reporter
                                                                                              With an addition of five
                                                                                            boys to the varsity roster, the
                                                                                            Lakeridge boys lacrosse team

 champions                                        is ready for the season.
                                                      Thus far in the season with six starting players back from last
                                                  year, their record is at 10-4-1 in the general season, and 6-0 for league
       By Holly Yoo                                   “Our closest game was against West Linn. It went into overtime
          Copy Editor                             with us barely winning. It was a strange game because our offense
                                                  struggled but we pulled together as a team and won,” said senior
    While football, basketball and lacrosse       Alex Caffee.
dominate the sports news at Lakeridge,                Currently, the team is ranked fourth in state, which they hope to
hockey is easily overlooked. Despite the          improve on. “Currently I believe we’re ranked fourth in state which
assumption, hockey is not only an existent        is all right but I think we’re excited to start making the climb up to the
sport at Lakeridge, but a highly successful       top and start knocking some teams off,” and captain Warren Nielsen.
sport as well.                                    “It gives us the opportunity to come in a little under the radar.”
    TRL Team 1, the Three Rivers League team          After finishing last season with a loss to Lincoln in the second
consisting of Lakeridge students and Clacka-      round playoffs, the boys hope to improve this season.
mas students won State 9-4 against TRL Team           “The hardest part about the Lincoln game was the fact that we were
2, the team consisting of Lake Oswego, Rex        coming back in the end,” said junior Bryce Dorrance, “but despite all
Putnam and West Linn students. TRL Team           the effort we put into the last quarter, we still lost.”
1 finished the season 19-0.                            The team knows that they have talent on their team and hopes to
    The Lakeridge students in TRL Team 1          use it toward their advantage.
includes seniors Warren Nielsen, Marcus               “My hope for the team is to get better every day and become state
Jensen, Ross Giltinan and Keric Brooks,           champions,” said junior Michael Hoch.
juniors Dylan Lee and Colton Sorenson and             Lakeridge boys lacrosse has a long history of successful teams,
sophomore Jake Vissers.                           with multiple state championships in the last several years.

  “It was just a real
                                                      “I’m looking forward to success during the season,” said newcomer                                                                Photo by John Hoch
                                                  to the team sophomore Cole Fritz.
                                                                                                                                 Junior Michael Hoch looks to attack Lake Oswego.
  good team with                                      On the weekend of April 8, Lakeridge hosted four college lacrosse
                                                  teams, including University of Oregon, Arizona State, Chapman and
                                                                                                                                 middies,” said Hoch.
  a bunch of guys                                 Simon Fraser on the home turf.
                                                      All of the college teams are in the top-10 of the nation and three
                                                                                                                                     Head coachs Curt Sheinin and Frank Obiesie have essentially built

  who were good
                                                                                                                                 the Lakeridge program, and Sheinin and is considered the winningest
                                                  are in the top five. Even in rainy weather, huge crowds show up to
                                                                                                                                 coach in Oregon boys lacrosse history, after winning multiple state
                                                  support the 12 players from Lakeridge or Lake Oswego who were
  enough to play                                  playing on one of the four teams.
                                                      In the upcoming season, their biggest competition will be Lincoln
                                                                                                                                     The next game will be Friday, April 30 against Riverdale High
  well and have                                   High School, “Lincoln is our hardest competition, they have good
                                                                                                                                 School at Riverdale.

  some fun.”
                  Warren Nielson
                                                  Pacer baseball exceeding expectations                                                                  spectacular non-league results that includes a
                                                                                                                                                         recent sweep of Portland school Benson.
    During the season, Lakeridge students                                                                    By Danny Polak                                 Russell, sophomore Zach Brill and senior
practice only about once or twice each                                                                          Staff Reporter                           Evan Israel provide a very solid starting rota-
week.                                                                                                                                                    tion for the Pacers to work with, and new-
    “Ice time is hard to come by so [practices]                                                           Despite injuries early in the season, the      comer Tyler Binns gives the Pacers another
are at really inconvenient times,” said senior                                                        Pacers have managed to continue as well as         solid pitcher to help the cause. Senior Drew
Marcus Jensen.                                                                                        improve upon the foundation that has been          Burdick was a tough early season loss with
    There were usually one or two games each                                                          laid in the past. Coach Colin Griffin has al-       a broken ankle.
week as well. Most of the games were played                                                           ready established a winning attitude and the          “When Drew gets back it will give us
at the Memorial Coliseum and the Valley Ice                                                           results are starting to show.                      another top pitcher in our rotation,” said
Arena in Beaverton.                                                                                       “Overall, we have more of an urge to win       Russell.
    While most students tend to involve                                                               this year,” said junior pitcher and first base-         LO transfer Logan Henry has provided
themselves in more common sports, certain                                                             man Ryan Russell. “We expect to win, and           some great offense as the teams starting third
students at Lakeridge choose to play less                                                             our confidence has paid off nicely.”                baseman.
known sports like hockey.                                                                                 The Pacers are currently 9-7 overall, with        “Logan hit two home runs recently against
    “I started playing hockey because my                                                              a TRL record of 2-4.                               one of the top pitchers in the state,” said
parents used to house young members of the                                                                “We started strong, with good wins             Russell. He is referring to LO pitcher Tom
Portland Winter Hawks before I was born,”                                                             over Jesuit and McMinnville,” said Russell.        Zerosinsky. The Pacers lost the first game of
said Jensen.                                                                                          “Lately we’ve struggled a bit at the plate,        what should be an entertaining three game
    “As a kid, my parents would tell me stories                                                       but we are still definitely headed in the right     series.
about how fun it was to go to their games.                                                            direction.”                                           It was only three years ago that Lakeridge
When my dad suggested the idea that I should                                                              At first glance it may seem the Pacers are      could only manage one win. Things have
play, I couldn’t pass it up.”                                                                         struggling in league this year, but it should be   changed dramatically. Cornell-bound short-
    The Lakeridge students and Clackamas                                                              noted that all three losses to Oregon City were    stop Ben Swinford continues to hit well, and
students all enjoyed playing together and                                                             by three runs or less. The Pacers played well      second baseman Matt Reyer contributes to
one team.                                                                                             against Putnam with two impressive victories       the Pacers lineup that compliments a solid
    “There were no real attention hogs or                                                             to open league play. Once again, the TRL will      pitching staff.
anyone just out for themselves,” said senior                                                          prove to be one of, if not the toughest, leagues      The Pacers are expected to finish in the
Warren Nielsen. “It was just a real good team                                Photo by Megan Hinzdel   in the state, and the Pacers are competing         top four and make the playoffs. In any other
with a bunch of guys who were good enough         Sophomore Corbin Bird pitches.                      as well as anyone else. The Pacers have had        league, it would be without question.
to play well and have some fun.”

Boys golf team off to hot start, TRL league leaders
                                                  the No. 5 golfer. Senior Matt Kitto is the No. 1    tion as a team, and the boys hope that they        place West Linn.
      By Emily Lightcap                           golfer for Lakeridge and tied with teammate         do not come out short at the TRL district              The third league tournament of the year
          Opinion Editor                          sophomore Cody Benko, they both shot 71 at          competition.                                       was held at Stone Creek Golf Club and the
                                                  the competition at Oswego Lake.                         The TRL tournament is still up for grabs       boys turned in another strong performance.
    After only graduating one senior last             Seniors Jackson Maynes shot an 80, Patrick      and the margin begins to tighten. The margin       Playing from shorter tees and with favorable
year, the boys golf team is senior stacked and    Giani shot an 81 and Connor Givan shot 82           is only six strokes after the competition at the   weather, the boys posted a three-over team
looking strong.                                   for the Pacers.                                     Oswego Lake Club. However, assuming the            total of 291. Kitto once again shot 70, Benko
    At a recent golf tournament against Lake          “We want to go to state and win the TRL         team makes it to state, they believe they have     73, Maynes and Givan tied at 74.
Oswego and West Linn at the Oswego Lake           championship or shoot 290 and lower as a            a shot at placing in the state competition.            The golf team will continue its push to
Country Club, the boys performed well. The        team during a tournament,” said Giani.                  The last competition was on Monday, April      finish in the two top in league to earn a berth
competition was very tough with 13 different          However, making it to state could be dif-       19 at Waverly Country Club. The boys shot          to the state tournament in May and has high
golfers shooting scores of 80 or lower.           ficult with the small margin between West            293 as team. Kitto shot 70, Benko shot 73,         hopes for the rest of the season.
    The Pacers have a very deep team with         Linn, Lake Oswego and the Pacers.                   while Maynes and Givan shot 75. The boys               The next tournament is this Monday at
little separation between the No. 1 golfer and        Last year, Lakeridge received the short end     finished three strokes ahead of second place        Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla at 1 p.m.
                                                  of the stick in making it to the state competi-     Lake Oswego and 20 strokes ahead of third
April 27, 2010
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                                                                           Boys tennis team wins civil war
                                                                               By Victor Cai
                                                                                  Sports Editor

                                                                              With a range of skilled returning players
                                                                           and strong singles and doubles perfor-
                                                                           mances, the boys tennis team expects to
                                                                           place in the top three at districts, despite
                                                                           losing many seniors last season.
                                                                              The team began the season with a five-
                                                                           match win streak and beat LO 5-3 in early
                                                                           April. Much of the team’s success can be
                                                                           attributed to its range of talented and
                                                                           experienced players.
                                                Photo by Megan Hinzdel        “We have good depth on our team,”
  Jordyn Prince, single player, practices tennis at                        said junior Chris Deal. “We have a good
                                                                           set of top twelve players.”
                                                                           The teams top singles players this year
Girls tennis comes back                                                    include senior Ben Silbert and juniors Ben
                                                                           Brewer, Chris Deal and Michael Chen.

stronger than last year                                                    In addition to an impressive varsity line-
                                                                           up, the team also has a number of talented
                                      Lakeridge girls tennis has           junior varsity players.
        By Holly Yoo               gone through many changes                  “We have strong top players and
            Staff Reporter         since the previous years. With          deep middle players,” said junior singles
                                   science teacher Char Anderson as        player Michael Chen. “Compared to other
 new head coach and Steve Robertson as new JV coach, the girls             schools, our lower ranked players, (under
 tennis team is working hard to solidify their skills and have fun         top five) are better than a lot of the players
 with each other.                                                          at other schools.”
    Although Lakeridge girls tennis has lost against LO in the                The team expects its toughest com-
 past, the two teams tied 4-4 in matches against each other. Se-           petition this year to come from Clacka-
                                                                                                                                                                              Photo by Adrienne Gray
 nior Jordyn Prince, first singles player won 7-6 on the first set,          mas, West Linn and Lake Oswego High
                                                                           School.                                       Chris Hamilton hits a forehand while playing tennis at
 8-6 on a tiebreaker and 6-3 on the second set against LO’s Bailey
 Westwood.                                                                    The team expects its range of talented Lakeridge High School.
    Although the score of the match was tied, the Pacers lost 10-8         players below the top players to play a big
 in sets.                                                                  role in their performance this season.
    The Pacers won against West Linn 7-1, breaking West Linn’s                “Compared to other schools, our lower ranked players, like under top five are better than a lot of the players at
 previous winning strike against the Pacers.                               other schools,” said Chen.
        With about 60 girls that tried out for tennis, the girls tennis       The team’s success can also be attributed to the new coach, Andy Hunt, who replaced team’s former coach Rick
 team is divided into three different teams: Varsity, JV 1 and JV 2.       Prince. Andy Hunt is a tennis instructor at the Mountain Park Racket Club.
 Although there were many new tennis players that tried out, no               “[Andy’s] focused more about attacking the net and…being aggressive towards the ball,” said junior singles player
 cuts were made.                                                           Houston Tuck.
        “Anyone who wants to play tennis should have the chance               The team’s outlook on districts is optimistic.
 to,” said team captain Holly Dixon.                                          “Our biggest threats right now have been LO and West Linn,” said Tuck. “There’s no doubt that we can be in the
        Since there are three different teams, the varsity practices       top 3.”
 are separate from the JV practices. Conditioning has also become             With a win against LO already under their belts, the Pacers outlook on the rest of the season looks bright.
 a bigger part of the practices for girls tennis.                          “As long as we focus on our game plan, we can do well at districts,” said Tuck.
        “There is practice now even when it is raining,” said Dixon,
 “[but] if the whole team gets in shape, the better we will do as a
 team when the season starts winding down.”
                                                                          Girls softball battles it out for a place in playoffs
        During conditioning, the girls strengthen their bodies by
 doing indoor footwork drills, running outside and practicing                                                              From
 serving.                                                                        By Carina Lei                          the start of
        There are two to three matches a week for league match                       Graphic Designer                   the season,
 weeks. However, only Varsity and JV 1 players play against other                                                       the girls
 school teams although all players are required to request and                                                          softball
 accept challenge matches from other teammates. This policy lets          team practiced hard and set goals for the team. The team
 everyone gain experience playing in matches, determines their            hopes to defeat other schools in the Three Rivers League
 roster ranking and prepares them to play against other teams as          to make the end-of-season playoffs in late May.
 well.                                                                        After losing five experienced seniors last year, this
    “We have a really deep team this year and we are hoping to            year’s team has been quickly adjusting to new people
 send more than one person to state,” said Dixon.                         playing at different positions. Also, with the absence
    “LO, West Linn and Clackamas are [our] hardest competi-               of graduated seniors, other players have stepped up to
 tion,” said team captain Stephanie Long. “They all have super            accept unfamiliar roles. This year the team has strong
 strong first doubles and don’t like to lose, but then again, [we]         batters that play offensively to get the ball in play.
 don’t do either.”                                                        Changes have forced the girls to learn to work together
                                                                          in order to become successful.
                                                                              “Because we graduated a lot of seniors last year,

      Ij qtufs!Npwjf!                                                     we have a whole new team. Most of us haven’t played
                                                                          together before so we are adjusting to something new
                                                                          and working to come together,” said senior Chelsea

           Ojhiu!                                                         Canlas. “After playing on the team for four years I
                                                                          have had a great time making friends and watching
                                                                          the team grow.”
                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Alex Scott
                                                                                                                                      Melanie Walsworth plays second base during the

          Gsjebz-                                                             With a total of 13 players on the varsity team from kickoff Medford Spring Break tournament.
                                                                          all four grades, the level of playing experience is very
                                                                          divergent. The team consists of five seniors, three juniors,        “After playing on the
                                                                          four sophomores and one freshman. For example, this
                                                                          year’s team consists of players who have never played              team for four years I
                                                                          softball at Lakeridge before, but have participated in other
                                                                          Lakeridge sports such as soccer or volleyball.                     have had a great time
 Hbsef!Tubuf!                                                                 So far into the season, the softball is 2-6. However,
                                                                                                                                             making friends and
 Uif!Spzbm!                                        up!                    this pattern seems be common for the other teams in the
                                                                          league as well. All seven teams are very evenly matched
                                                                          making this year’s competition extremely close. With many          watching the team
 Ijhi!Tdippm!                                     22qn!                   unexpected wins and losses, many teams in the league
                                                                          such as West Linn, Oregon City, Clackamas, Rex Putnam,
                                                                          Lakeridge and Lake Oswego are neck and neck for one of
                                                                                                                                                                      Chelsea Canlas
 Pomz-!xbjwfs!                                  Bu!Uif!                   the four spots in the end of season playoffs.                                                             Senior
 sfrvjsfe!gps!                                                                Led by supportive captains senior Alex Scott and junior

 tuvefout!!                                     Mpvohf!                   Samantha Evans, the girls have already managed to defeat more players. Out of the 13 players, most of the JV players
                                                                          Lake Oswego and Milwaukee after officially beginning the have never played softball before. In past years, Lakeridge
 voefs!28/!                                          5212!                season the week after spring break. The team’s next game has never had a strong JV team.
                                                                          is on Monday, May 3 against Putnam. Then the next week,          This year’s theme is the acronym C.R.O.C.S. that stands
                                                    Lsvtf!                on Monday, May 10, the team faces off for the second time for confidence, redemption, outplay, courage and strength.                                 Xbz!                 against Lake Oswego.                                          With those five words in mind, the team hopes to accom-
                                                                              The JV team is made up of mostly freshmen and sopho- plish their season’s goals.
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See the new                                                        Great international cuisine in LO
reader recipes                                                          By Naomi Ryan
                                                                           Staff Reporter

        By Allie Debruhl and Meghan                                    You may think you have to travel across
        Jordan                                                     the pond to get a little culture, but if you
            Staff Reporters                                        know where to look you can have interna-
                                                                   tional experiences right here in LO.
                C onn o r H ay n es’s                                  Whether it’s your looking for a little
                                                                   European class, some Eastern flare or
        C h ocolate - C hi p C oo k ies                            pinch of South-of–the-border spice, you
                                                                   can find it all within few blocks radius. I
                                                                   recently went on an extreme hunt to find
   Connor Haynes believes he has the BEST choco-                   something a little more out of the box than
late-chip cookie recipe, so try it and see! Follow                 your standard chain restaurant, and these
his instructions below.                                            are the places that most caught my eye (and
                                                                   my taste buds).
   Ing redients:                                                       Kurata (450 5th Street, Lake Oswego): As
   4-5 cups flour                                                   an recent review in Willamette Week puts
   2 cups butter (not margarine; that stuff clogs                  it, “The best sushi shop in Portland is one
   you up)                                                         you’ve probably never heard of.” Heck, it’s
   2 cups sugar                                                    not even within the Portland limits!
   2 cups brown sugar                                                  Kurata is a small, family-owned res-
   2 cups chocolate chips                                          taurant specializing in the ever-popular
   4 eggs                                                          Japanese specialty. The staff is incredibly
   4 teaspoons vanilla extract                                     friendly and the food is served promptly
   1 teaspoon salt                                                 and with a great presentation; the dishes
   1 teaspoon baking soda                                          look like they hopped off the pages of
                                                                   Gourmet Magazine. The food is slightly
   Di recti ons:                                                   more expensive than your average sushi
   Cream the above ingredients, then add:                          bar, with prices of most entrees ranging
                                                                   from $10-15, but for the amount prepara-
   Flour (slowly, so explosions don’t occur)                       tion that goes into your meal, it’s a small
                                                                   price to pay.
   Chocolate chips (give or take two cups)                             Lady Di’s British Store and Tea Room
                                                                   (430 2nd Street, Lake Oswego): Even before
  Beat all the ingredients until you get a normal                  you enter the small import store/tea room,
cookie-dough consistency (don’t over-beat once                     you are feel like you are somewhere else.
you have put the flour in!)                                         The outside has a Northern European vibe
                                                                   with cheerily painted red doors. And the                                                                    Photo by Megan Hindzel
   With the oven heated to 350°, bake cookie dough                 inside is just as comfortable and inviting, Lady Di’s British Store and Tea Room
for 11-15 minutes (13 is usually perfect).                         with one side of the store devoted to goods                       Oswego): This toasty little eatery serves up great atmosphere
                                                                   from the British Isles, and the other side set up for comfort- along with authentic Mexican cuisine. The first thing you see
  This will make about 50 cookies, even if you                     able afternoon tea.
eat some dough.                                                                                                                      as you enter is the famous Ranchito wall of photos depicting
                                                                       The staff is helpful and courteous, and unlike most import past restaurant goers laughing and having a good time. These
                                                                   stores, the goods are relatively affordable. Lady Di’s is perfect photos really capture the mood of this place, light and fun.

                                                                   if you want to experience something new without stepping The homemade tamales there come highly recommended.
                                                                   to far out of your comfort zone.                                  Muy delicioso!
                                                                       El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant (329 2nd Street, Lake

machines offer                                                     Authentic Vietnamese at LaVang’s
lighter choices                                                             By Lindsay McCord
                                                                               Staff Reporter
                                                                                                                                        Nestled in by the Plaid Pantry and an upholstery store on
                                                                                                                                    Pilkington Road, a gem amongst rocks of a restaurant can
                                                                                                                                    be found. LaVang’s Restaurant is an authentic Vietnamese
                                                 Gone are the
                                                                                                                                    restaurant that is owned by Chris LaVang. Although it is not
     By Allison Forrest                       days of Snicker
                                                                                                                                    very well known amongst Lakeridge students, all who know
      Staff Reporter                          Bars and ice cream
                                                                                                                                    it love it.
                                              at LHS, but there
                                                                                                                                        “It is the best Vietnamese place in town,” said junior Bryce
                                              are still many
                                                                                                                                    McKinney, a frequent LaVang’s diner.
snacks available to students in the vending machines conve-
                                                                                                                                        The restaurant has been in business for eight years and has
niently located in the cafeteria.
                                                                                                                                    developed a following of regular diners who keep coming
    Each of these vending machines has Baked Doritos, Baked
                                                                                                                                    back because they find the food delicious and the customer
Cheetos and Baked Lays for a dollar each. Though healthier
                                                                                                                                    service outstanding. After just a couple of visits, customers
than normal chips, these chips are flavorful, but are not very
                                                                                                                                    are often known on a first name basis and their favorite dishes
filling. Get these chips if you are looking for something to
                                                                                                                                    are remembered.
munch on.
                                                                                                                                        “When they come in, we don’t even have to give them a
    Hot’n Spicy Cheddar Goldfish are also a good choice for
                                                                                                                                    menu, we just remember what they wanted last time and bring
85 cents. These Goldfish are a classic snack with a twist. The
                                                                                                                                    it right out,” said manager Lucy Nguyen.
best part of this snack is the spicy, slightly sweet seasoning.
                                                                                                                                        This relationship with the customers really sets LaVang’s
    Another classic, Reduced Fat Gardetto’s, are always popu-
                                                                                                                                    Restaurant apart from others in the area. However, the customer
lar. However, they may be a little too salty for some. Be sure
                                                                                                                                     service is nothing compared to the quality of their food.
not to chip a tooth on a bagel chip, though. Some say that the
                                                                                                                                         The food is all authentic and cooked with all-natural
Reduced Fat Gardetto’s are less flavorful than regular ones.        Pad Thai, a popular dish at LaVang’s
                                                                                                                                     and fresh meat and herbs. According to Nguyen, the pho,
    All natural White Cheddar Popcorn is another snack that
                                                                                                                                     salad rolls, bun and pad thai are among their most popular
is great when you want something light. This snack is deli-
cious for those white cheddar fans. Just be sure to check your
                                                                                                                                         “Pho Van is definitely the best [dish],” said McKinney.
teeth for kernels.
                                                                                                                                         Pho is a soup with rice noodles and a meat of choice. The
    Some of the most popular snacks that are bought by
                                                                                                                                     broth is traditionally cooked for 18 hours and always prepared
Lakeridge students are “Vitamin C Added” gummy bears
                                                                                                                                     fresh. The salad rolls are always a hit; shrimp, pork, noodles,
and sour worms. These candies are clearly not the healthiest
                                                                                                                                     cilantro, mint and lettuce are rolled up in rice paper and is
choice, as they have a lot of unnecessary sugar. Sometimes,
                                                                                                                                     accompanied by peanut sauce to dip it in.
though, these gummies are just what you need after a long
                                                                                                                                          “They [the salad rolls] are quite delicious,” said McKin-
day of school. A well-spent dollar.
    Not all snacks in the vending machines are very popular,
                                                                                                                                         LaVang’s Restaurant also finds it very important to give
including Fiber One Bars and other various cereal bars. Not
                                                                                                                                     back to the community. According to Nquyen, they hold a
only do these snacks not taste very good, but also they can
                                                                                                                                     fundraiser for one week every month for a local school, which
easily be brought from home.
                                                                                                                                     occasionally benefits Lakeridge. They give 25 percent of the
    What all of these snacks have in common is their labels,
                                                                                                                                     total tab to the chosen school if you dine there at the time of
which make them seem healthy. Reduced fat, Vitamin C
                                                                                                                                     the fundraiser.
added and 0g trans fat are commonly placed on the packages
                                                                                                                                         LaVang’s Restaurant is definitely a must-try for those in
of these snacks to make them more appealing. These snacks
                                                                                                                                      the mood for great Vietnamese cuisine.
may not be the greatest choice of food, but most of them are       Another favorite, the salad rolls are accompanied                     “It’s a great ‘hole in the wall’ restaurant with a five star
rather delicious. However, you are much better off with other      by delicious peanut sauce                                          touch,” said McKinney.
foods, such as fruits and whole grains.
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  Speech team                                                                                                                      “We sing good songs. Not
                                                                                                                                   stuff you would hear on a
prepares for state                                                                                                                 soundtrack.”       Turner Kerr,
                                 The Speech and Debate team                                                                                                                                  Senior
    By Oliver Bergh           placed second at districts this
        Staff Reporter        year, with 12 members placing
                              and three finalists.
                                 The two first place spots went
to senior Kyle Teegarden in Extemporaneous speech, with the
other spot going to juniors Morgan Aguirre and Isla McKer-
row in Cross-Examination.
    “It’s so empowering,” said Aguirre. “I just love the feeling
of getting first place.”
    This year the team racked up several second place wins,
six in all. The wins went to seniors Mia Schauffler and Dylan
Mackenzie in Cross-Examination, seniors Noah Jacoby and
Greg Irwin in Public Forum, senior Rishi Rajani in Radio and
Oratory, senior Abby Poindexter in Dramatic Interpretation,
Irwin and Poindexter in Duo and senior Josh Seiden in Hu-
morous Interpretation.
    Irwin said that the debate team was “legit” this year.
    The third place win went to Teegarden for Impromptu.
    Both fourth place wins went to an alternate and freshman
Becca Duncan, with an Impromptu and Prose win.
    “It feels pretty good to win, like I have some potential,”
said Duncan. “It’s nice.”
    Their coach is also proud of them.
    “Everyone on debate is incredibly talented inside and
outside of debate,” said coach Halah Lias. “I’m proud to
serve as their coach as I know that they will all be valuable
members of society.”
    “I am also excited about the Nationals tournament, which
will be occurring in June in Kansas City. Kyle, Rishi, Noah
and Dylan are some of the best Public Forum debaters, and
I’m sure that they will make Lakeridge proud,” said Lias.
    The team is preparing for the state competition.

          Book covers can
          mislead reader
                                           From an early age we
     By Julia Speck
        Staff Reporter
                                       all hear the sayings: “A
                                       watched pot never boils,”
                                       “A penny saved is a penny
earned,” and of course, the

                                       popular phrase, “Don’t
Judge a book by its cover.” I wondered if the latter was a true                                                                                                variety show
    In order to test this commonly-used phrase, I set up a highly-                                                                                              Top left: TJ Ewer and Turner
controlled scientific experiment. Dragging myself to Powell’s                                                                                                    Kerr. Top right: Anton Cauduro,
bookstore in downtown Portland, I picked a book I thought                                                                                                       Collin Gilbert and TJ Ewer.
looked interesting and another I thought looked awful.                                                                                                          Above:TJ Ewer and Sam Stirek.
    “The Vast Fields of Ordinary” cover instantly appealed
to all my senses. It depicts a boy in a flannel, lazily sprawled
                                                                                                                                                                Bottom left: Will Liguore, Alex
out on perfect green grass. The moment I saw it, I could smell                                                                                                  Elliott and Casey Costello.
the grass and feel the sun on my face. Then the title “Vast
fields of Ordinary”-something about the way it rolled off my

                                                                       Evan Labs: greeting you with a smile
tongue made me like the book. Overall, I was drawn to the
cover and bought it.
    After 10 minutes of aimlessly wondering through the
bookshelves, I found “Vibes.” Despite the title, this book
didn’t give out any good vibes whatsoever. The cover jumped
                                                                         By Tricia Bogdan
                                                                                                                       As you approach
                                                                                                                    the entrance to Lak-
                                                                                                                                            and to get to the
                                                                                                                                            next level of mak-
                                                                                                                                                                 “My ultimate goal
out and attacked me with its obnoxious pink background. A
washed-out albino-looking girl with heavy eye make-up and                     Staff Reporter                        eridge on a typi-       ing more friends,”   is to start getting
                                                                                                                    cal morning before      said Labs.
giant headphones gave me the creeps.
    However, digging into the two books, I was surprised by                                                         school begins, you          Labs is a dedi-  a ‘Hey!’ in the
how wrong I had judged them.
    The first pages of “Vast Fields,” swooped me up and took
                                                                       probably notice Dr. Lehman greeting students by the front
                                                                       door. What some may not see is an enthusiastic sophomore
                                                                                                                                            cated cello player,
                                                                                                                                            having started in    hallways and to
me for a wild ride, a ride I wasn’t I wasn’t expecting from            boy who holds the door open with a smile for everyone
                                                                       walking through.
                                                                                                                                            the school dis-
                                                                                                                                            trict’s Beginning
                                                                                                                                                                 get to the next
such a mellow-looking cover. It starts out with a guy named
Dade, writing his and another guys initials on a bathroom                  Evan Labs is this cheerful sophomore who is willing to           String Program in    level of making
                                                                       wake up early and try to start the beginning of everyone’s           fourth grade and
stall, during Prom.
    You soon learn that Dade is a closeted homosexual who is           days off right.                                                      playing for five     more friends.”
                                                                           “I decided to change the way the public sees me, and this        years.
involved in a secret sexual relationship with Pablo, the high
                                                                       is the right place to do that,” said Labs.                               He picked the
                                                                                                                                                                                        Evan Labs,
school quarterback. Yet, the relationship must remain a secret
since Pablo must keep his stereotypical football persona.                  Evan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, or AS, at           cello because it                              Sophomore
Eventually, Dade figures out that Pablo is a jerk and in order          the beginning of seventh grade. AS is categorized primarily          was just the right
to be happy, he has to move on.                                        as a social and communication disorder. The traits exhibited         size.
    “Vast Fields” definitely was not what I expected but in all.        vary from one individual to the next, most have average to                “[It is] not too big, not too small, but just right,” said
It was a nice read. It’s the kind of book that gives you that little   above average intelligence.                                          Labs.
tear in your eye and an ache in your stomach. Dade’s struggle              “My plan is to inform people more about Asperger’s                   When Labs started junior high at Waluga, he took a break
to find himself and be loved by anyone was heartbreaking.               because when people don’t understand something, they                 from playing seventh grade.
    “Vibes” also surprised me, meaning it didn’t completely            fear it,” said Labs.                                                     “It was the biggest mistake of my life,” said Labs.
suck. Kristi Carmichael is a psychic, angry teen that makes                With the goal to be understood, he wrote a letter to his             He played soccer for one year, second grade, and when
her own clothes out of clothing straps she finds in trashcans,          teachers about his AS.                                               he started cello, orchestra became his sport.
wears tons of make-up, lies, and thinks she’s fat. She attends             “The reason I’m telling you this is I want to have more              His plans for college are undetermined, but the idea of
an alternative school, which she hates mainly because she              social connections while I’m in high school by acquiring ac-         becoming a pilot appeals to him.
picks up bad vibes from everyone around her.                           quaintances and developing friendships. It is important for              “I realize that I will have to modify my goals for college,
    Overall the book was humorously written and kept me                me to develop these skills while in high school so that I am         after all college is much bigger than Lakeridge and I’ll be on
entertained throughout. I loved Kristi’s alternative attitude          prepared socially for adulthood,” wrote Labs in his letter.          my own,” said Labs.
and sarcastic way of talking. My first judgment of the book                 After he read his letter to his orchestra, math, and Spanish         So, as Pacers, it is our duty to help Evan achieve his goal.
couldn’t have been more wrong.                                         classes, he started to make progress.                                Next time you walk through the front door go beyond just
    From all this, I learned that judging a book by its cover is           “I was tired of feeling ignored,” said Labs.                     acknowledging him, give him a high-five and let him know
utterly pointless. A cover is merely a picture trying to define             Holding the door open in the morning was the perfect             Lakeridge is where he belongs. Be thankful to have someone
pages among pages of carefully written dialogue, details, and          place to start.                                                      as genuine as Evan to shows us what a true Pacer really is.
characterization.                                                          When he started receiving “thank yous” and “good morn-               “To you my door is always open, the key is friendship,”
    We all interpret pictures differently and therefore cannot         ings,” Labs’ self-esteem was immediately boosted.                    said Evan.
fully get the meaning of a book from its cover.                            “My ultimate goal is to start getting a ‘Hey!’ in the hallways
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                                                                                                                                                                                           April 27, 2010

 Bicyclists prove                                                   Classic films to enjoy nostalgically           With so many          of spies, guns, car chases and women.

 to be hazards to                                                       By Lindsay McCord
                                                                           Staff Reporter
                                                                                                               new movies and-
                                                                                                               special effects be-                        “The Princess Bride” (1987) is a romantic

   public safety
                                                                                                               ing used, movies                        comedy that has an air similar to “Monty
                                                                                                               in theaters and on                      Python and the Holy Grail,” another classic
                                                                    video make it easy to forget about the classic movies that we                      comedy that is rated a 8.1. Princess Buttercup
                                                                    grew up with. When you are madly searching for a movie to                          (Robin Wright) is captured by Vizzini (Wallace
                                                                    watch on rainy days consider some of these:                                        Shawn) and his crew in order to start a war.
       I was looking over                                                                                                                              But when it seems that all hope is lost, Princess
my columns from the                                                     “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986) is a                          Buttercup’s long lost love, Wesley (Cary Elwes) disguised
past year recently when                                             comedy from the ‘80s rated a 7.9 out of ten                         as the Dread Pirate Roberts, pursues them to
I came upon a sudden,                                               on Ferris (Matthew Broderick)                             rescue Buttercup from Vizzini.
substantial realization: I                                          plays hookie for a day with his friends, and
have not been doing my                                              his excuse has the whole school convinced he                            “Titanic” (1997) is a romantic drama depict-
duty. As a columnist, I am                                          is sick on his deathbed. The movie follows his                      ing the classic true story of Rose (Kate Winslet)
supposed to talk about                                              adventure involving a Ferrari, parade and a                         and Jack Dawson (Leonardo DeCaprio) as they
both the good and the                                               suspicious principal.                                               fall in love despite all odds on a ship destined to
bad. But my dear readers,                                                                                                                               sink. This movie received a rating of 7.4.
I have failed you with the            Kiddin’ Around Town                                  “Back to the Future” (1985), an ‘80s
latter. It, however, is not
too late. So here is a good
                                         Charlie Kidd                                   science fiction movie rated at an 8.4, tells                       “The Rookie” (2002) is one of the top base-
                                                                                        the story of Marty McFly (Michael Fox) as                      ball movies of all time rated at a 6.9. Jim Morris
old-fashioned rant:                                                                     he accidentally is sent back to 1955 by his                    (Dennis Quaid) is a 39 year-old high school
       Over the past few years, an encroaching species of                               somewhat off-kilter scientist friend, Dr.                      teacher and coach who motivates his team by
vermin have begun taking over the lanes of Portland’s                                   Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Marty                        saying he will try out for the major leagues if
streets. No, I’m not talking about police officers or even           must convince the younger Doc that he is from the future in         they win the championships. Sure enough, he finds himself
hybrid owners for that matter. The problem that I am                order to get his help in sending him back. Meanwhile, Marty         trying out for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, throwing 98m.p.h.
addressing is the issue of bicyclists.                              must make sure that his will-be-parents fall                                            fastballs.
       Now city planners as well as understanding motor-            in love after he interrupted their meeting
ists have been very generous in addressing these ungrate-           before time is altered forever.                                                            “The Matrix” (1999) is a science fiction
ful, “earth-minded” commuters. We’ve given them their                                                                                                      story about a computer hacker named Neo
own dainty little bike lanes and priority at stoplights with           “James Bond” (1962-2008) movies are                                                 (Keanu Reeves) discovers that life on Earth
those ingenious little green boxes painted on the asphalt.          intense action thrillers made from novels by                        is only an elaborate façade created by evil cyber-intelligence
But no, apparently that’s not enough for them.                      Ian Fleming. Agent 007, James Bond (Sean                            in order to use humans to fuel the Matrix’s domination of the
       For some reason, they find it essential that they ride        Connery…Daniel Craig), stars in 22 movies                           actual world. This movie was rated an 8.7.
as far to the left in their lane or even outside it just to spite
nervous drivers who wish to pass by them. And stop signs
and other traffic control devices? I guess those don’t apply
to them. And let’s not forget about how much they love
                                                                    Farmers markets coming into season
using sign language when addressing motorists.                            By Claire McKinney                       and offer a variety of goods at relatively      You’ll undoubtedly spot happy ven-
       Identifying and then comprehending the mental                          Feature Editor                       low prices. Besides the crisp produce,       dors doing what they love most— selling
processes of a Portland bicyclist is not all that difficult. Just                                                   hearty breads and other specialty items      their items to supportive Portlanders.
because they’re on a two-wheeler does not automatically                Enjoy farm-fresh fruits and vegetables      like cheeses and sauces or spices, you       So on the next sunny Saturday, consider
condemn them to this unsavory category! As for the bike,            but don’t have a green thumb? With           can count on farmers markets to provide        picking out one of the following farmers’
look for anything vintage, fix-geared or with a really clever        spring in full bloom, Portland-area          a cheerful, wholesome ambiance for its         markets to visit for what’s sure to be a
looking paint scheme. These are surefire signs. The riders           farmers markets are beginning to open        shoppers.                                      wholesome and pleasant day.
themselves likely have some asymmetrical haircut that
they gave themselves and will be wearing some article
of bright polyester thrift store clothing. Additionally,
                                                                     Portland State            South Park Blocks between SW Hall &                   Already open               Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.
                                                                                               SW Montgomery                                                                    – 2:00 p.m.
helmets are way too unhip for them. When following a
suspected Portland bicyclist, watch for when they take a             Beaverton                 Hall Blvd, between 3rd & 5th St.                      Open in mid-May            Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.
 water break. If they drink from a Bottless, Kleen Kanteen                                                                                                                      – 1:30 p.m.
 or any other form of reusable, aluminum water bottle,
 then you’ve got a certified sighting on your hands.
                                                                     Hollywood                 One block South of Sandy Blvd., NE                    Open in May                Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.
                                                                                               Hancock between 44th & 45th Ave.                                                 – 1:00 p.m.
       Once you realize that you’re following behind one,
 it’s best to know how the thought process of the typical            Moreland                  SE Bybee and SE 14th St.                              Open in mid-May            Wednesdays, 3:30
 bicyclist works. Basically, all Portland bicyclists suffer                                                                                                                     p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
 from a form of delusional-size-related-illness, in which
 they think they are actually the size of a station wagon.
                                                                     Oregon City               Clackamas County Public Service Parking Open in May                              Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.
                                                                                               Lot, Kaen Rd. at Beavercreek Rd.                                                 – 2:00 p.m.
 Thus their limited cognitive abilities do not allow them to
 recognize the concept of a red left arrow or apply any of           St. Johns                 St. Johns Plaza on N. Lombard & N.                    Open on June 5             Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.
 Newton’s laws when weaving between TriMet buses.                                              Philadelphia                                                                     – 1:00 p.m.
       This is not to say that these grand, environmentally
 conscientious individuals don’t get a fix from riding fix-
 ies. When not acting as traffic hazards, they tend to like
 to mull around bike shops and Belmont coffee houses
 and chitchat away about recycling/composting, food
                                                                    Crafty Wonderland breaks the traditional craft show
 co-ops, their beloved dream machines or the latest Wilco
 album. It is at these places that they are able to snootily                                                         “There is so much creativity and           derland Tori Nguyen & Cathy Pitters
 talk about their hardcore rides and how much more                        By Claire McKinney                      individuality. It’s hard not to get in-       decided to shift the monthly Crafty
 forward-thinking they are than the rest of Portland.                        Feature Editor                       spired,” said vendor Cydny Winslow.           Wonderland shows to two larger-scale
       What these green revolutionaries don’t understand                                                          “There are so many amazing people             events per year in order to draw more
 though is that their egos are a risk to their personal well-           When most visualize the classic           out there making truly unique things          customers to the event, provide vendors
 being. Sure, they may live in the most bike friendly city          “craft show,” they see chatty 60-year-old    so it’s nice to have a large number of         with better business and turn the shows
 in the country and may even be acquaintances with a                women in obnoxious colors selling cat        local artists in one place.”                   into an experience that no Portlander
 terrific personal injury attorney. But when it comes down           pins made of Sculpey clay and cup hold-         While Portland crafters previ-              can miss.
 to brass tacks, an aluminum road bike is no match for              ers made of Fun Foam hot-glue-gunned         ously gathered monthly at the Doug Fir             Shows like Crafty Wonderland can
 my 2500-pound Saab.                                                with faux flowers.                            Lounge in SE Portland to sell their prod-      benefit small businesses like Winslow’s
       Now I’m not declaring myself a vigilante here nor                Portland’s Crafty Wonderland has         ucts, Crafty Wonderland now takes place        greatly. Vendors can promote their busi-
 do I suggest anyone else choose that path (though I’ve             surely broken that stereotype.               biannually in December and May.                ness, network with other crafters and
 been tempted on several occasions). But the fact of the                If owls, cutout jewelry, hand-bound         “If you’re looking to buy local and         make huge profits. Since it has opened,
 matter is that the superiority complex of the typical              notebooks and refurbished vintage knick      buy original, this is your best bet. The       Crafty Wonderland has gained popular-
 Portland bicyclist has resulted in a number of avoidable,          knacks catch your eye, Crafty Wonder-        ladies that run it do a fantastic job of       ity and gets national coverage, attracting
 often fatal, accidents. And although the biking commu-             land is truly your paradise. For over four   picking a well-rounded group of artisans       vendors from all over Oregon.
 nity is always quick to point the finger at the distressed          years, Crafty Wonderland has remained        to showcase that you’re bound to find               “It is one of the most sought-after
 motorist, it’s seldom their fault; 82nd Ave. and Barbur            the ultimate shopping destination for the    something that suits your fancy,” said         shows in Oregon. The event is run
 Blvd. just aren’t appropriate places for absent-minded,            many sweater and/or tights-wearing,          Winslow.                                       extremely well, ensuring that vendors
 above-the-law hipster bicyclists to be disregarding                coffee-drinking Oregonians.                     At the December show, one vendor            and shoppers get the most out of it,”
 universal traffic laws.                                                 Over two hundred vendors will            sold hundreds of hand-bound notebooks          said Winslow.
       There’s always going to be conflict in the world: in          congregate at the Oregon Convention          where used, 50s-era hardback books                 Crafty Wonderland is a free event
 the West Bank, in Washington, between hosts of late-night          Center in NE Portland May 1-2 from 11        were “gutted” of their old pages and           and offers “swag bags” to the first 200
 shows. Until Portland’s bicyclists realize that size beats         a.m. to 5 p.m. for their “Super Colossal     filled with fresh, white paper. These           people each day, so arriving early at the
 bad manners any day, this particular fight will wage on.            Spring Sale.”                                clean yet historical-looking notebooks         event is beneficial.
 And regrettably, the casualty count will likely grow. But              Crafty Wonderland offers a variety       make for an ideal sketchbook, scribble              “Shopping local and handmade is a
  until then, my horn and return hand gestures will just            of vintage-inspired pieces, ranging from     pad or journal. Items at Crafty Wonder-        great way to support local artisans and
  have to suffice.                                                   jewelry and apparel to paintings and         land are moderately priced and worth           keep Portland as one of the strongest
                                                                    mustache wax. Yes, that’s right— hand-       their value for how much handiwork             creative hotspots on the West Coast,”
                                                                    made, one-of-a-kind mustache wax.            goes into each.                                said Winslow.
                                                                                                                    Original creators of Crafty Won-

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