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					November 2006                                                  3
                                                             volume 13




     oh, the drama!
GVHS stages first U.S. campus production of ‘High School Musical’
Come watch high school and college students compete
in Japanese as they perform their memorized Japanese
speeches at the



3rd Annual
Japanese
Speech Contest
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Building K Room 101 at Community College of
S. Nevada, West Charleston Campus
(Registration starts at 9:00 a.m.)

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Sachie Karasawa, CCSN Professor of Japanese,
at 651-4105 or e-mail at: sachie_karasawa@ccsn.edu
or Tomoko Tashiro, UNLV at 895-3554 or e-mail at
tashirosensee@yahoo.com

You can also view a sampler of our 1st Speech Contest
at: http://www.ccsn.nevada.edu/fl/sbs/sampler/
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             by, for and about the high school students of Clark County




November 2006                                           Vol.13, Issue 3
Founders
David Phillips • Paul Aizley • Sari Aizley
Board of Directors                                                                                                    by, for and about the high school students of Clark County
President: Tom Warden,
Vice President, Community & Government Relations,
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President-elect: Chris Ferrari, Deputy Director of
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Owner, Marydean & Associates
                                                                              police procedure! campus police
                                                                              take action against school violence 06
Treasurer: Michele Johnson,
President/CEO, Consumer Credit Counseling Service
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Past President: Dr. Paul Aizley,
Professor of Mathematics, UNLV
Founding President: Barbara Buckley, Esq.
Nevada State Assemblywoman;
Executive Director, Clark County Legal Services
Mark Brown, President, YourBuyer, Inc.
Cindy Creighton, Executive Director,
Nevada Subcontractors Association
                                                                                                                                        vegas haunts! local ghost stories
Kathleen Frosini, Director, Career and Technical
Education, Clark County School District
Paul Henry, Esq., President, Henry and Associates
Judy Jenner, Spanish Content Manager, Vegas.com
                                                                                                               14                       continue long after halloween
Denise Karpelenia, Coordinator 6-12 English
Language Arts, Clark County School District
Catherine Levy, Gov. and Public Affairs, R&R Partners
David Phillips, Photo Supervisor, CSI,
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Susan Sawyer, Guidance Counselor, Sierra Vista HS
                                                                                                         ¡la inmigración!
Patrick Smith, Account Executive,
The Rogich Communications Group
Dr. Carrol Steedman, Director of Credit Programs,
UNLV Division of Educational Outreach
                                                                                            Ethan Bronner habla en UNLV 25
Myrna Williams, Clark County Commissioner
Honorary Board
Shelley Berkley, U.S. Congresswoman
Jan Biggerstaff, former member,
Nevada Board of Education
Thalia Dondero, Board of Regents,
Nevada System of Higher Education
Mark Fine, Developer, CLASS! Past President
                                                                                                                    32 instyle! foreign teens speak
Robert Forbuss, Strategic Alliances, LLC
Mary Hausch, Asst. Professor of Journalism,
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
                                                                                                                                            out on american fashion
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Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation
Sarah Ralston
Judi Steele, President & CPO,
Clark County Public Education Foundation
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Elaine Wynn
                                                                                                                     paint ball! extreme sport
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                                                                                                                          sweeping the nation 36
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Jessica Fryman, Staff Writer                                                 letters!                                                                                              02             schoolzone!                                                                                            38
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                                                                             entertainment!                                                                                        16             career center!                                                                                         41
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Amanda Adams, Las Vegas HS
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Greg DaLuz, Odyssey HS                                                       diganos!                                                                                              25             funzone!                                                                                               43
Miranda DaLuz, Odyssey HS
                                                                                                                                                                                                  calendar!                                                            44
Pedro De Leon, PAL Intern, Las Vegas HS
Jaime Garcia, Western HS
                                                                             body&soul!                                                                                            29
Anupa Gewali, Green Valley HS                                                                                                                                                                     scholarships!                                                        45
Whitney James, Liberty HS                                                    instyle!                                                                                              32
Kerstin Kent, Faith Lutheran HS
Farah Minwalla, Palo Verde HS
Rikki Mitchell, Faith Lutheran HS
                                                                             wheels!                                                                                               33             on the cover…
Brianna Rizzo, Arbor View HS
Kayla-Jo Rosoff, Sierra Vista HS                                             wired!                                                                                                34             GVHS junior Kylie Cox plays theatre diva Sharpay
Asia Sapp, Liberty HS                                                                                                                                                                             and GVHS junior Blake McClary plays her brother
Kaice Scarborough, Centennial HS                                             sports!                                                                                               36             Ryan in GVHS’s production of ‘High School Musical.’                                                    02
Danielle Sloan, Green Valley HS
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       letters!
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                                                                                                                                            Proud Panther defends PVHS
                                                                                                                                              The Right to Get a Piercing
                                                                                                                                                         Friendly Enemies
                                                                                                                                                      Photo credit apology

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Private feud                                             Piercing logic                                                Friendly enemies
                                                         Concerning the article, ‘Piercing policy: is it really just   I’m writing about the article, ‘Friendly Enemies,’ in
Was the article ‘Public vs. Private Schools’ in the
                                                         and fair?’ [September 2006]:                                  the September issue of CLASS!. A lot of people can’t
September issue of CLASS! really about that, or                                                                        read vibes they get when around people, or they just
                                                         As for piercings in schools, I don’t agree that it’s
was it about the feud between Palo Verde HS and                                                                        choose to ignore them. It’s become a habit for me to
                                                         right or necessary to ban them. Yes, it may keep
The Meadows? I had the choice to go to The                                                                             observe a person and try to read them before I
                                                         [students] from getting a job, but that is also more
                                                                                                                       choose to get to know them. There are plenty of
Meadows and turned it down simply because PV             of the students’ choice                                       people out there that can’t see where their actions
offered a variety of opportunities that The              of judgment. If they                                          will lead or can’t predict what will happen next.
                                                         wanted the job badly                                          That’s why predators slowly gain your trust, so you
Meadows does not. Also, to imply that teachers at
                                                         enough, they will do                                          won’t suspect a thing.
PV spend “little attention” on their students is bias.   what is needed to get
                                                                                                                       People that get the idea that they’re going to sexually
Yes, we do have bigger classes than The Meadows,         the job.                                                      assault little children are just sick. If something like
but like you said, “a student’s motivation will          It is also                                                    that ever happened to me, I would probably keep the
ensure success,” and if so they are welcome to           understandable that                                           truth inside, so no one could ever know. I mean, I
come after and before school for help. That rule is      the piercings may be                                          hate when someone starts treating you differently
                                                         distracting. It’s the                                         when they know something about you.
the same at The Meadows too. Maybe a drive to
                                                         same thing with                                               Most people think that strangers always single you
Palo Verde would have helped the article.                students coloring their hair. After a week of having          out, but I think that most people are victimized by
Proud Panther, Farah Minwalla, Palo Verde HS             that color, others aren’t going to still be going,            people they know. It’s easier to get away with things
                                                         “Wow! Their hair is purple!”                                  when you know every detail, and that isn’t done
                                                         Both are people’s ways of expressing themselves.              without an ‘inside man.’
Now hear this                                            It’s his or her body. If that person chooses to get           For example, my friend’s boyfriend had a really nice
                                                         these types of things done, then they should be able          stereo system hooked up in his car. He told his
                            I read the article in the                                                                  friends that he was going to get an alarm system on
                                                         to do it. Just because someone else doesn’t agree
                            Wired section, ‘Can you      with what the other person is doing doesn’t mean              his car the next day, and then what happened? His
                             hear me now?’               that the person doing it should be persecuted.                car was stolen right before he got the alarm installed.
                             [September 2006], and                                                                     Later, his car was found trashed in a parking lot near
                                                      Yes, it is understood why school would want to                   his home. I don’t think that’s just coincidence.
                             I do and I don’t         prohibit these. Yes, I also believe that teachers and
                             disagree with the                                                                         Name withheld, Shadow Ridge HS
                                                      adults should have some kind of impact and
                             article. I think that if influence on these kids’ lives. But not to the
                                                      extreme that eventually the kids become
                                                                                                                       Credit Where Credit is Due…
                              you are listening to
                              your iPod at maximum miniatures of the adults. At least allow them to                    One of last month’s artspace
                                                      have their own identity. People should have the                  photos was incorrectly credited.
                              volume all the time,                                                                     The photograph of the young
                                                      right to get a piercing if they please. Just like a
                              you will eventually get                                                                  woman was not taken by Devin
                                                      person should have the right not to get them if that
                   a hearing disorder.                is what they prefer.                                             Loretz, it was taken by Patrick
I personally only listen to my iPod once in awhile                                                                     Marshall, Liberty High School.
                                                      Thank you for taking the time to read this. It is                We sincerely apologize to Patrick
with three-fourths the maximum volume.                much appreciated.                                                for the error.
Andy Romero, Shadow Ridge HS                             Becca Beaudette, Shadow Ridge HS                              The Editor, CLASS!



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From chatrooms to Congress, the hot topic is

internetsafety
by Gregan Wingert,
Las Vegas HS
                                                                                                                             Berkley met with child advocate John Walsh as well as Brytani Caipa,
                                                                                                                        a graduate of Clark County’s own Liberty High School in Washington, D.C.,
                                                                                                                                      during the Teen Summit on Internet Safety, sponsored by Cox
The Internet is many things for                                                                                                    Communications in June. Caipa, one of ten students nationwide
many people. For most it is a                                                                                                 selected to participate in the summit, gave Berkley a presentation on
tool for learning and staying                                                                                                                                       Internet safety that she created.
connected, but for some it is                                                                                                 Berkley believes Internet safety is important, especially for teenagers.
a way to take advantage of                                                                                                                             “It should be taught in the schools
unsuspecting teens.                                                                                                                              along with computer [classes],” she says.
Nevada’s U.S. Congresswoman
                                                                                                                                            In regard to why teens are so trusting on the Internet,
Shelley Berkley has much to                                                                                                    Berkley says that young people tend to think they know everything
say about the dangers that                                                                                                        – they have not been burned by a flame yet so they don’t know
plague the Internet and                                                                                                              how hot it is. But the fault is not with teens alone. There are
government’s role in                                                                                                       many manipulative people out in the world waiting to take advantage of
keeping teens safe from                                                                                                                                             unsuspecting teens in particular.
online predators.                                                                                                                   “[On the Internet] you can be anything, you can say
                                                                                                                                          anything, you can pretend anything you want.




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                                                                                                                                      [Because] you are anonymous you tend to do and
                                                                                                                                       say things on the Internet that you might not do
                                                                                                                                                               in person,” says Berkley.
Photo: CLASS! correspondent Gregan Wingert                                                                          Some advice that the Congresswoman suggests to all teenagers surfing the Web
of Las Vegas High School (left) sits with
U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley                                                                                     is to be aware of what is out there and not give out personal information.
during an exclusive interview                                 July 2006
on congressional efforts to                                                                                                               When it comes down to who is responsible for
make the Internet safer                 The Birds and The Bees & The Blogs                                                     a child’s safety online, Berkley says, “I think in the final
for teens.
Photo courtesy of
                                           An open letter to parents —                                                                analysis a parent should be the person ultimately
Congresswoman
Shelley Berkley                   It’s time for parents to sit down and have ‘the talk’ with their teens --                                         responsible. But parents need help.”
                       no, not that talk. I’m referring to the one where parents teach their kids to be safer online.               In many cases where both parents work, teenagers come home
                      They need to hear -- from you -- the rules about not talking to strangers or revealing personal
                                                                                                                                       to an empty house and that’s when they log on. For parents,
                                                             information online.
                                                                                                                                           Berkley says keeping the lines of communication open is
                  Don’t think you can make a difference? You might be surprised. A recent Teen Survey by Cox                                   important and so is monitoring your child’s behavior.
           Communications in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children found that when
                                                                                                                                           Berkley believes that the government does have a role in
            parents and guardians talk to their teens about Internet safety, their exposure to potential threats decline
                                              and they make safer online decisions.                                                      Internet safety but not in a “big brother” sense. The Adam
                                                                                                                                                Walsh Act, which became law in 2006, insures that
       We discussed these stats and many more during Cox’s Teen Summit on Internet Safety held in Washington DC.
                                                                                                                                                 released sexual predators have to register as sexual
       I was one of 10 teen delegates to attend the Summit. Here’s my best advice for parents when you have ‘the talk.’
                                                                                                                                            offenders. According to Berkley, approximately 500,000
      Don’t overreact. Your child needs to feel they can tell you when they receive an unsolicited message or if someone
                                                                                                                                              sexual predators are in jail or registered, but 100,000
     makes them feel uncomfortable while online. Seventy percent of teens receive unsolicited emails and other messages.
          But only one in five will tell their parent. Why? We agreed that teens don’t tell because they’re sometimes                                 known sexual predators have failed to register.
       embarrassed by what they received and they’re afraid their parents will blame them for receiving the message.                      Because it’s so hard to keep track of sexual predators on
            Have ‘the talk’ and hold your kids accountable, but stay calm to keep the lines of communication open.                       the Internet, Berkley says that personal responsibility and
          With almost half of 16- to 17-year-olds reporting that their parents or guardians know ‘very little’ or ‘nothing’               using your brain to protect yourself must come into play.
            about their online activities, there are millions of unplugged, uninformed parents. But that can change if                  You would not walk down a dark alley in the middle of the
               parents take precautions like talking to their kids and visiting www.Cox.com/TakeCharge for online                   night alone and you should not be communicating with people
                                  safety tools, tips and a glossary of common Internet chat lingo.                                                               online just because they are there.
                    Have ‘the talk’ today. The survey also found that 30 percent of teens are considering a face-to-face         Berkley strongly believes in the First Amendment rights and is not
                          meeting with a person they met online. Fourteen percent of teens have already done it.                  a supporter of censorship, but when it comes to keeping children
                                                                 Sincerely,                                                      safe Berkley believes that the laws in place for those who use the
                                                            Brytani Caipa                                                                       Internet to commit crimes need to be strengthened.
                                             18-years-old, Liberty High School – Class of 2006
                                                                                                                                “Technology is a wonderful thing, but [we] cannot let it
                                                           Current UNLV student
                                                                                                                                   overwhelm us,” Berkley concludes. “We need to use
                                                                                                                                                      technology to tame technology.”
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Local teen advocates

onlinesafety
by Gregan Wingert, Las Vegas HS


Liberty High School graduate Brytani Caipa
was one of 10 students selected from across
                                                                                                at Washington D.C. summit
                                                                                        Washington has a great vibe, says Caipa, and to be a part of that was amazing for
                                                                                        her. While in Washington Caipa also met with Nevada Congresswomen Shelley
                                                                                        Berkley and chief of staff from Nevada Congressman Jon Porter’s office to show
                                                                                        them a PowerPoint presentation she created that highlighted what teens think of the
the country to attend the Teen Summit on                                                Internet and what needs to be done to secure their safety.
Internet Safety in Washington D.C. on June                                              Caipa was chosen by Cox to attend the summit after the public service announcement
                                                                                        she created for a broadcasting class won second place from the Student Television
21 where she discussed the issues involving                                             Network in a national competition. The PSA promotes freedom of speech and is still
kids and the Internet.                                                                  aired today.

The program was held in partnership by Cox Communication and the National               Currently a student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Caipa, who teaches a
Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Moderating the summit was “America’s           children’s art class and whose mother is a middle school teacher, is around children
Most Wanted” host and children’s advocate John Walsh.                                   all the time. With her experience with kids and her knowledge of what is on the
                                                                                        Web, she is very passionate about keeping children safe.
“The cool thing about the summit was that they were listing to us,” says Caipa.
 Due to the results of a national teen Internet survey funded by Cox                    “I think there is absolutely a way to make
 Communications in partnership with NCMEC, these organizations learned about the
 unsafe habits practiced by teens everywhere.
                                                                                         [the Internet] safe,” says Caipa. “Censorship
Taken by 1,160 teens between the ages of 13 and 17 during March 2006, the                is definitely not the way to go,” she adds.
survey concluded such startling information as the fact that 14 percent of them         The teens at the summit expressed that the Internet is a major part of teens’ lives,
have met face to face with someone they met online and that 71 percent have said        some going as far as to say the Internet’s importance surpassed that of the
they’ve received messages from a stranger online. Cox Communications and NCMEC          telephone. The teens also said that the Internet serves as a place for social
then decided to hold the summit to ask the teens themselves what they think.            networking. Sites like MySpace and Facebook are used to keep kids connected and
The teens talked candidly and honestly about Internet safety, says Stephanie            to find other kids with similar interests.
Stallworth, Director of Public Affairs for Cox, who sat in on the summit taking notes   Kids are getting on the Internet as young as eight years old, but are not being taught
on the teens’ comments. When talking to Walsh and Staca Urie, director for the          about it, says Caipa. Teens at the summit suggested that each state establish an
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Caipa and the nine other students     Internet safety curriculum that could be taught right along with computer classes,
made it perfectly clear that the Internet and social networking is not going away, so   preferably by at least sixth grade when many students are learning keyboarding and
parents and adults need to “get on board,” says Stallworth.                             computer skills.
                                                                                                @              Results from teen Internet survey:
                                                                                                               Teens continue to be active online but
                                                                                                               some still engage in risky behavior.
                                                                                                               Teens have established a significant
                                                                                                               presence on social networking Web
                                                                                                               sites as well.
                                                                                                               • 61 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds have a
                                                                                                                 personal profile on sites such as MySpace,
                                                                                                                 Friendster, or Xanga. Half have posted
                                                                                                                 pictures of themselves online.
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                                                                                                                                                                      As well, 37 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds
                                                                                                                                                                      said they’re “not very concerned” or “not at
                                                                                                                                                                      all concerned” about someone using
                                                                                                                                                                      personal information they’ve posted online
                                                                                                                                                                      in ways they haven’t approved.
                                                                                                                                                                      Parents and guardians can impact their teen’s
                                                                                                                                                                      online experience through communication.
                                                                                                                                                                      33 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds reported that
                                                                                                                                                                      their parents or guardians know “very little” or
                                                                                                                                                                      “nothing” about what they do on the Internet.
                                                                                                               • Older teens (16- to 17-year-olds) and girls
                                                                                                                 represent the majority of youths who use the         • 48 percent of 16- to 17-year-olds said their
                                                                                                                 Internet for social interaction, meeting friends       parents or guardians know “very little” or
                                                                                                                 and networking.                                        “nothing” about their online activities.

                                                                                                               However, many have also been exposed to the            Fully 22 percent of those surveyed reported
                                                                                                               accompanying potential risks.                          their parents or guardians have never
                                                                                                                                                                      discussed Internet safety with them.
                                                                                                               • 14 percent have actually met face-to-face




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                                                                                                                 with a person they had known only through            On the other hand, 36 percent of youths—girls
                                                                                                                 the Internet (9 percent of 13- to 15-year-olds       and younger teens, most notably—said their
                                                                                                                 and 22 percent of 16- to 17-year-olds).              parents or guardians have talked to them “a lot”
                                                                                                                                                                      about online safety, and 70 percent said their
                                                                                                               • 30 percent have considered meeting someone
                                                                                                                                                                      parents or guardians have discussed the subject
                                                                                                                 they’ve only communicated with online.
                                                                                                                                                                      with them during the past year.
                                                                                                               • 71 percent reported receiving messages
                                                                                                                                                                      Fewer teens whose parents and guardians have
                                                                                                                 online from someone they don’t know.
                                                                                                                                                                      talked to them “a lot” about online safety have
Above: Caipa, left, demonstrates an Internet safety presentation she                                           • 45 percent have been asked for personal              an instant messaging (IM) name or pictures of
created to child advocate John Walsh, center, and Nevada’s U.S.
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, right.                                                                            information by someone they don’t know.              themselves on the Internet, compared to kids
Right: Caipa receives a Congressional Letter of Recognition from Mike
                                                                                                               When teens receive messages online from                whose parents or guardians haven’t talked to
Hesse, chief of staff for Nevada’s U.S. Congressman Jon Porter.

Far left: ‘America’s Most Wanted’s’ John Walsh heads up the Teen                                               someone they don’t know, 40 percent usually            them at all. More teens who’ve talked to parents
Summit on Internet Safety, sponsored by Cox Communications and
                                                                                                               reply to and chat with that person.                    or guardians ignore messages from unfamiliar
the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, June 21, 2006 in
Washington, D.C. Ten teenagers from across the U.S. met for the                                                                                                       people, refuse to reply or chat, block unknown
Summit to discuss Internet dangers and strategies for keeping teens                                            • Only 18 percent said they tell a parent or
safe online.                                                                                                                                                          senders and report these occurrences to
                                                                                                                 guardian that they received a message from
Inset: 2006 Liberty HS graduate Brytani Caipa represented Nevada at                                                                                                   trusted adults.
the Summit.                                                                                                      someone they don’t know.
All photos courtesy of Cox Communications.                                                                                                                            The national teen Internet survey was funded
                                                                                                               Many teens consider their online
                                                                                                                                                                      by Cox Communications in partnership with
                                                                                                               behavior to be safe.
                                                                                                                                                                      NCMEC and was conducted among 1,160 teens
                                                                                                               One out of five teens reported that it is safe (i.e.   age 13 to 17 during March 2006. The research
Caipa and the other teens suggested an                                                                         ‘somewhat’ or ‘very safe’) to share personal           was conducted by Teenage Research
                                                                                                               information on a public blog or networking site.       Unlimited (TRU).




                                                                                                                      @
Internet safety test should be given to all
users before going online arguing that people
need to pass a test before they are issued
a driver’s license.
They suggest something simple, like a six-question test. They also want the social
                                                                                                                                     Even little things
networking sites like MySpace to consider establishing an access test on their sites
for users to take before becoming members.
                                                                                                                                 can make a big difference
Having unsafe habits on the Internet is not about being stupid, Caipa says. It is                                                in keeping you safe while
about being ignorant to the issues. Caipa hopes to organize an Internet safety
seminar open to teens where they can learn about the dangers that are out there in                                                    on the Internet.
cyberspace and about what measures they can take to help secure their online                                                               Some of the most important tips
experience. If teens tell other kids about it then they will be more open to idea,                                                           suggested by the teens at the
Caipa believes.                                                                                                                                    summit include:
“I am more open to my peers than to adults                                                                                            • Don’t use your full name (consider using an alias).

 just preaching to me,” she says.                                                                                                    • Don’t list your home address or school name/location
                                                                                                                               • Don’t share specific schedule info (i.e. when you go to church,
You have to teach your kids safe online behavior because they are going to go on
                                                                                                                                                   when you play sports, etc).
anyway, says Stallworth. Keeping the lines of communication open between children
and adults is very important. Stallworth holds hope that there will be more programs                                            • Set online profiles to ‘private’ (allowing only certain people
and more measures taken to promote online safety in the future, and hopes for                                                             access, which could deter potential predators).
another teen summit in 2007 as well.
To learn more about online safety for students and parents visit:
NetSmartz.org (www.NetSmartz.org)                                      Take Charge! (www.Cox.Com/TakeCharge)
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                Campus cops  by Gregan Wingert, Las Vegas HS




     With cameras in every
     school hallway it is
     not ‘Big Brother’
     watching, but in fact
     certified police
     officers that spend
     every day monitoring
     schools in order to
     keep them safe for
     students and faculty.
                                              photo: Chas Metivier/Orange County Register, MCT Campus
                                                                                           Campus cops                                                                                           07




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school police work to make you safe
Every day Las Vegas High School Officers Nick Fetcho and Elbert
Gray can be spotted patrolling the campus on bikes, or found in
their office viewing the feed from campus security cameras.
As television screens displayed the various parts of the campus, Officer Gray              Officer Fetcho, a LVHS alumnus, has spent eight years in the department, seven of
explained how useful they are in observing people coming and going. Besides                which he has spent at LVHS. Officer Fetcho described himself in high school as an
cameras there are even more security measures taken.                                       A-B student who played sports; he says he was just ‘your average Joe.’

“The campus security monitors are like our eyes from the rear; they                        Officer Gray started working for the department in 1990 and has spent 10 years
 see what we don’t see,” says Officer Gray.                                                at LVHS. However, Officer Gray did not always want to a police officer. He wanted
                                                                                           to be,
Though there are metal detector screenings at major high school activities, Officer
Gray admits there is not enough manpower to cover every school event. The Clark            “like everybody else, a fireman.”
County School District Police Department is composed of approximately 145 officers:        Officer Gray describes himself in high school a likable person who got along with his
two stationed at every high school, and one on most middle school campuses.                teachers, and as an A-B student who was active in sports.
Compared to other high schools in town, LVHS is one of the safest because of the           The officers that keep LVHS safe are part of an organization that
help of campus monitors and also students who inform the campus police on things
that they see, according to Officer Gray.
                                                                                           started in the late 1960s as part of the maintenance department,
However, in the case of a school shooting, Officer Fetcho did say there is a
                                                                                           and it soon developed into its own unit. All school police must take
lockdown drill in place. The drill is similar to a shelter-in-place procedure, minus the   and pass the 21-week Police Officer Standard Training (POST)
tape on the doors. According to the plan, the officers will head to the scene and          Academy, which certifies them as actual cops who can protect and
students should remain locked in their classrooms, the gym or the theater. The
                                                                                           serve schools across the valley                     !
cafeteria should also be avoided due to its large glass windows.
Closing off the side doors to campus during the day has been LVHS’s most recent
safety modification. By having visitors enter only through the main gates it is easy to
                                                                                           1-2   The Clark County School District police's          6   Officer Fetcho explains why he decided
supervise those who enter the school, says Officer Gray.                                         hat and shirt patch are part of the standard           to become a school police officer.
                                                                                                 uniform for CCSD school police officers.
                                                                                                                                                    7   Officer Nick Fetcho (left) and Elbert Gray
                                                                                           3-5
Both officers agree that their interaction with students is the best part of their job.
                                                                                                 CLASS! correspondent Gregan Wingert                    work hard to keep Las Vegas High School
Officer Fetcho says,                                                                             interviews Officer Gray about how police               safe for all its students.
                                                                                                 would respond in a crisis situation.
“I like working with kids instead of working on the street, dealing
with domestic battery every night, going call to call. I think I can
                                                                                           4     You may have seen your school police officers
                                                                                                 riding around campus on similar police bicycles.       Photos by Gracie Wingert, Las Vegas HS
make more of a difference here.”
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Increased
school violence
causes changes
in schools                                                                               by Asia Sapp, Liberty HS

                                                                                         Principals at all high schools, along with school police, agree that an earlier start
                                                                                         time and stricter security measures will help to decrease school violence.
                                                                                         The three Division 4A High Schools of the Northeast Region, which include Mojave,
All around the nation,                                                                   Legacy, and Cheyenne High School, are on highest alert, and have established new
                                                                                         rules for those attending football games.

the 2006-2007 school                                                                     Spectators who attend games on one of the three sites must either be currently
                                                                                         attending the school at which the game is played, currently attending the school of

year opened with                                                                         the visiting team, or be parents of one of the players.
                                                                                         In order to be admitted to the football game, students will need to bring their

a “bang!”                                                                                school ID. Parents will also need to bring a valid ID to verify their relationship to
                                                                                         the student.
In the past month there have been three deadly school shootings across the U.S.,         Although not all schools have changed these specific regulations, all schools
including the killing of three girls in an Amish schoolhouse.                            are affected.
“Nationally, there has been a spike in violence,” says Lt. Ken Young. “It can be due     Division 1A/3A schools will have to change their game times depending on the site
 to many things; our community recently suffered from a high-crime summer and            of the game. Almost all away games for these schools will be at a different time
 that may have reflected on our youth.”                                                  from their home games unless an individual agreement is made between a Division
Clark County students have been more than familiar with the violence that’s taken        4A and a Division 1A/3A school.
place this school year. Starting at the beginning of August, schools around the valley   Bill Garis of CCSD Athletics says that, “…a schedule for post-season games is still
have been on high alert due to many similar incidences.                                  being decided, but will most likely remain at 6:00 p.m.”
Since Aug. 30, eight handguns have been confiscated by CCSD police, and for              No games this season had to be postponed or canceled and, depending on the
good reason.                                                                             efficiency of this year’s game times, the 6:00 p.m. kick-offs will most likely remain
At 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, a former Mojave High School student was spotted on               for next year.
campus by school police. When approached, he ran and disposed of a gun behind            Incidences of violence have made all schools more cautious. Parents are also
a nearby church.                                                                         concerned about the safety of the kids and of any community members coming to
Although no students or community members were threatened or harmed, severe              support their local football team. While game attendance from community members
action was taken. Mohave, along with nearby schools, were locked down from two           was once encouraged and applauded, now people are more wary about going to
to four hours.                                                                           a game.

Also, violence at school sporting events this year has been common.                      Parent of Silverado JV football player, Carol Goree, says, “I would feel more
                                                                                         comfortable at football games seeing Metro Police on the premises.”
Many students can attest to being spectators of after-football game brawls that
occurred in years past, but seldom did these fights involve a gun.                       The Clark County School District is debating whether the funding of school police is
                                                                                         necessary. Some are vouching for more school police in the schools while others
However, at Legacy High School – one of the nine new schools that opened this year       believe that school police are not effective enough, and the money should be put
– a great scare was caused by someone opening fire on the grounds during the new         towards something else. Decisions on this subject are still being deliberated.
football team’s very first home game. Two rounds of bullets were shot, but no one
was hurt.                                                                                With more information to come, students are still recommended to take
                                                                                         necessary precautions while attending school and school events, even in their
Other incidents, such as a stabbing at a Green Valley vs. Canyon Springs game, led       own communities.
to a major change in the security and regulations at football games.
                                                                                         Young adds, “As a law enforcement officer [I] do see it getting better. Everyone is
Starting Oct. 13, all 4A Division High School football games now have kick-off at        paying more attention. Students are paying more attention. Administration and law
6:00 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. Division 4A includes all large schools around the         enforcement are paying more attention; we’re hoping to get more parental
valley, from Foothill to Centennial.                                                     involvement to help suppress what’s going on.”
Schools that were not affected in this change, and continue to hold games at 7:00        If any student has either concerns or information regarding school violence, or if a
p.m., are Division 1A/3A schools (smaller schools with less students), such as           student experiences an emergency while at school or a school event, they should
Indian Springs and Boulder City.                                                         contact the CCSD Police at 799-5411. An administrator, teacher or parent should
                                                                                         also be informed immediately.
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 Richard Lee/Detroit Free Press MCT Campus




School safety: a combined
effort for all parties involved!
by Kayla-Jo Rosoff, Sierra Vista HS                                                        For the parents of the individuals who were murdered over a grudge or a fight that
                                                                                           went too far, the reason makes no difference. They wish to know only the solution to
The Columbine shootings of 1999 caused students and their                                  making our school safer so that such horrible crimes don’t ever happen again.
parents alike to cringe upon the thought of simply entering                                Safe. The dictionary states that “safe” is what one should feel when they are free
through a school’s double doors. They could not believe that an                            from danger or harm. Not being able to feel this way at school of all places is
                                                                                           completely unacceptable. Students’ biggest worry should be their next grade on
institution created for learning and run by the government could,
                                                                                           their math test or if they will be asked to the upcoming dance, not whether or not
in the blink of an eye, turn so violent and deadly.                                        they will need to duck and cover. This is why it is unacceptable for administrations
Then, as the number of flowers among the graves sites of the Columbine victims             across the nation, including Clark County, to sit back as their students’ safety
gradually grew smaller and the weeping became less and less, schools slowly began to       is threatened.
feel safe again, and an attack of this scale was not heard across the country for years.   It’s understandable that hiring more police officers may be difficult, but isn’t our well
The start of the 2006 school year did not appear to be any different at first. But as      being worth the trouble? These men and women officers are some of the main
students around Clark County and the U.S. soon realized, violence in their schools         forces between students living and dying if a situation turns deadly. They have the
was about to become prominent once again.                                                  tools (weapons, resources and backup) to keep hundreds alive. Hiring more police
                                                                                           and paying them adequately should be the district’s top priority, even above such
Las Vegas schools alone experienced over 10 different incidents in just the first 20
                                                                                           issues as test scores and graduation rates.
days of the school year. From stabbings to prank phone calls describing students
bringing guns to school, the apparent threat of a Columbine massacre felt even more        This may be one step toward safer schools, but no matter how may police officers
prominent.                                                                                 the CCSD hire, if a student chooses to bring a gun to school, their decision is final.
                                                                                           This is why students also need to take an initiative in their own safety. They can
Now, only two months into the year, and already five girls have been killed in an          report gossip they hear, talk to each other about their problems and help make going
Amish schoolhouse, a teenage girl was shot to death in Colorado and a man                  to school a fun place, instead of a place where bullying is felt consistently.
massacred college students in Toronto.
                                                                                           The 2007-2008 school year may not start off with a bang the
Ask a local school police officer why so many students still feel threatened at their
school, and they may attribute the fear to the fact that they, as officers, remain         way its predecessor did, but that’s a good thing. And students,
understaffed.                                                                              faculty and parents alike can all feel safer knowing that they
Others jump to the response that violence will continue to climb as students of both       had a hand in making it that way. For school safety is a
the past and present are burdened by more and more stress.                                 combined effort, dictated and enforced by all.
  10




School crisis could
by Danielle Sloan, Green Valley HS



A recent increase of                                                                                    “Drills are unrealistic,” says junior

violent attacks in the
                                                                                                         Seelypon Phanthip. “If there was a big
                                                              says GVHS psychologist Bill Marks, who is part of the
                                                              Region Crisis Team as well as the District Crisis Team.

                                                              “We’re actually a pilot school working on fire in the school, I wouldn’t be
Clark County School                                            a crisis readiness response.”             following anyone in a single-file line.”

District has brought up
                                                                                                                              Junior Kimberly Carter has similar feelings. She says



the issue of school
                                                              The school recently issued a revised Emergency
                                                                                                                              that if someone came to school shooting a gun, she
                                                              Handbook to inform teachers of what to do in certain
                                                                                                                              would


safety and the handling
                                                                                                                              “try to get away from it as fast as
                                                              scenarios in order to keep themselves and their


                                                                                                                               [she] could.”
                                                              students out of danger.



of a school crisis.
                                                              The handbook covers areas such as fires, earthquakes,
                                                              bomb threats and campus shootings.                              School Police Officer Jeff Mendenhall disagrees with

                                                              “The plan is pretty comprehensive,” says
“I’ve been here 16 years and I consider
                                                                                                                              Phanthip and Carter. He says procedures are in place

                                                               Carducci. “It deals with every possibility
 GVHS a safe school,” says Green Valley
                                                                                                                              for a reason.

                                                               the crisis team could think of. But, of               “The best thing to do if someone is
 High School Assistant Principal Jackie                                                                              shooting is to get low on the ground
                                                               course, there are those unpredictable
 Carducci. “But, in reality, I don’t think                                                                           because bullets are flying. The human
                                                               things that can occur.”
 there is anywhere in the world that’s                                                                               instinct to survive is what causes us to
 exactly safe because no one can predict                      Carducci believes that preparation is a key element in
                                                                                                                     panic and makes the first thing that comes
 human nature.”                                                                                                      to mind in a crisis is to run. If there was
                                                              dealing with school safety.

                                                              “It is hard to predict how anyone will                 panic in the entire school, we wouldn’t be
                                                               react in a crisis, but having a plan in               able to control it,” says Mendenhall.
In August, a week before school started, a 14 year-old

                                                               place is a starting point to help alleviate Marks believes that the practice drills will
boy was arrested by the Henderson police on

                                                               panic. The main thing in school safety is
allegations of sending threats concerning the


                                                               that the staff remains calm,” says                    “reduce our instincts and help get us in
Columbine shooting via MySpace.


                                                               Carducci. “If we panic, then the                       an alert behavior so that our innate
According to the “Las Vegas Review-Journal,”

                                                               students are going to panic.”                          ability of panicking during a situation
he asked his friend if he would be

“down for something Columbine-like”                                                                                   would be reduced.”
 at his school.                                               The handbook states that in order for both teachers
                                                                                                                              Also, security measures are being taken to prevent a
                                                              and students to be aware of what to do in case of a
That same week, explosive containers were thrown at the                                                                       crisis from taking place.
                                                              crisis, practice drills such as fire drills, shelter-in-place
portables of Faith Lutheran High School. According to
                                                              drills and evacuation drills should be conducted.               Security cameras and school police are used as safety

                                                              “If we practice things like evacuation
Eyewitness News, the school boosted its security by
                                                                                                                              precautions, while at other schools like Basic High

                                                               drills, hopefully things won’t be so
hiring an adult to patrol the area around the portables
                                                                                                                              School, metal detectors are used to increase the

                                                               chaotic in the event of a real
and hiring a firm to elevate security during evening hours.                                                                   physical security of the school.

                                                               emergency,” Carducci adds.
A shooting occurred on Sept. 9 at the parking lot of                                                                          However, ironically, these certain safety measures can,
Legacy High School during a football game. Because of                                                                         in some cases, create a school atmosphere that is
this, additional security measures are now being added        Not only do these practices help students understand            detrimental to the learning process of its students.

                                                                                                                              “I don’t know how feasible the metal
to athletic events at Cheyenne, Legacy and Mojave             what they must do in the event of a crisis, but they

                                                                                                                               detectors would be, especially since
High Schools.                                                 also help teachers.
Then, on Sept. 21, two 17 year-old Canyon Springs
                                                              “The teachers understand their role, the                         there are so many entrances into the
                                                               more they practice it,” says Marks.                             school. In some cases, they could even
High School students shot three bullets at the back of

                                                               “Practicing helps the staff remain calm,                        portray a tone of fear,” says Carducci.
a school bus.

                                                               which in turn trickles down to the
These recent events have raised concerns on whether

                                                               students in helping them feel calmer.”
                                                                                                                              Many students agree that
                                                                                                                              “metal detectors would be crazy,”
schools are prepared for a crisis and what the necessary
precautions are to ensure the safety of its students.

“Green Valley is ahead of the rest of
                                                              However, the inability to ensure a relaxed response to a        feeling that the schools have gone too far, and that

 the district,”
                                                              crisis – such as a large fire or even a school shooting –       some students might even try to see what they could
                                                              may be inevitable because of human instincts.                   do to get away with dangerous acts.
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cause Panic…
                                              “One of the things
                                              that always creates
                                               more fear is when
                                                it’s focused on or
                                                      spotlighted,”
                                               says Marks. “We want to make
                                                      sure everyone feels safe.
                                                   Unfortunately, the way it’s
                                                         focused on so closely
                                                        makes people fearful.”
                                                                 He continued,
                                                     “The whole world hears
                                                     about school attacks and
                                                          sees it on the news.”
                                                      Many wonder why these attacks
                                                          are occurring more often in
                                                       Clark County. Officials say the
                                                               answer is simple: size.

                                                  “The Clark County School
                                                        District is very large.
                                                  If the rest of the nation is
                                                  having problems, certainly
                                                        some are going to be
                                                      seen here,” says Marks.
                                                   “But with the precautions
                                              we have in place, we are trying
                                              to make sure that these things
                                                   are not bound to happen.”
                                                         So it seems that students can
                                                     never be assured complete safety
                                                     at school, yet schools still remain
                                                                        relatively safe.

                                                    “I think we are in a better
                                                      position now than a few
                                                       years ago,” says Marks.


                                                   “I feel
                                                    safe here.”
illustration: Kainani Higa, Green Valley HS
  12


“Good food. Great beaches”
That’s what Green Valley High School freshman
                                                                                         Local
Alia Mokaddem had in mind for her annual
vacation to Tripoli, a city in the northern region of
Lebanon, on June 10, 2006.
“My brother and I flew alone, and eight days later
                                                                                         student
 our parents followed us to Lebanon,”
 says Mokaddem.
“We weren’t expecting anything to be out of
 the ordinary.”
                                                                                         experiences
According to Mokaddem, a month after landing, the
unimaginable happened.
“There is only one international airport in Lebanon,”
                                                                                         life in a
 explains Mokaddem.
“On July 12, Israel started to bomb it, and by the
 end it was completely demolished.”
                                                                                         war-torn
                                                                                         country
From that began the conflict                  had to go through the last of three
                                              roads – the only road that hadn’t been
between Lebanon and Israel.
                                              bombed yet. The Israelis kept
Being situated in a northern                  threatening to bomb the road, and if
area of Lebanon, the area                     they did we couldn’t get to Syria. If we
                                              can’t get to Syria, we can’t get home.     by Anupa Gewali, Green Valley HS
around Mokaddem had not
                                              It was our only outlet.”
yet been severely affected.
                                              According to Mokaddem, there was no
But according to Mokaddem,
                                              anxiousness as to whether the road would
on July 17, 2006, attacks,                    be bombed while they were on it. Getting
which had once been so far                    home on time was more important.
away, hit close to home.                      “We would have gone no matter what,
“The night that they bombed the port by        even if they hadn’t stopped
 Tripoli, I heard it when I was sleeping       threatening, because it was the only
 and I had nightmares afterwards,” says        way to get out,” says Mokaddem.
 Mokaddem. “We are one of the biggest          “The French government had offered
 families in Tripoli. People all over the      help, but it was delayed, and the U.S.
 country are in potential danger and           government aid wasn’t even offered
 could die at any minute.”                     until two weeks after we had left.”

Before the conflict had started, Laurence     It was the small changes that stuck with
Mokaddem, Alia’s mother, had left             Mokaddem – things that reminded her of
Lebanon to visit family in France and then    the turmoil in her state, despite being
stayed in France while her husband and        miles away from bombings.
children were in the midst of the conflict.   “When we went to Beirut, we were just
“I was very anxious and disturbed for          driving through crashed apartment
 the safety and well-being of my               buildings and rubble. Then at home,
 family,” says Laurence Mokaddem.              every second of the day, every channel
 “I felt useless and helpless in trying        on TV was showing live footage,” says
 to secure the safety of my family.”           Mokaddem. “The overall mood of the
                                               country was just sad.”
Mokaddem’s thoughts began to turn to
what outlet they would use to leave now       Looking back, Mokaddem says that she
that the airport had been demolished.         has no regrets.

“Our original flight was supposed to          “I would have still gone
 leave on a Wednesday, but that got
 cancelled. All our cousins were               even if I had known,”
 panicking for no reason, but my dad           Mokaddem continues.
 was really calm about the situation,”
 says Mokaddem. “We had a backup
                                               “I can’t stay away from
 flight planned for Saturday, and we           my family for two years.”
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opinion!




                                                                                                                                                                                                  opinion!
                                                                                                                                                       Self worth more than skin deep
                                                                                                                                               Immigration influences American culture

                                          have your say · tell it like it is · get it off your chest · make some noise




                                                                                                                  Immigration influences
                                                                                                                  American culture
                                                                                                                  by Bob Jerbic, Faith Lutheran HS

                                                                                                                  The diversity that makes the U.S. what it is
                                                                                                                  today could soon be affected by reforms to
              Self worth more                                                                                     Immigration laws proposed by Congress.
                                                                                                                  The most recent issues began in the spring of 2006. Congress was attempting to

               than skin deep                                                                                     pass laws that would tighten border security and make it harder to become a U.S.
                                                                                                                  citizen. Above all, the most controversial law would make illegal immigration a
                                                                                                                  felony. If passed, this would put thousands of illegal immigrants in prison.
by Jamie Dunn, Foothill HS                                                                                        By early April, protesters were ready to march. Thousands of immigrants, both legal
Sara stared deeply at herself in the mirror thinking, “What’s wrong with me?                                      and non-legal, took to the streets of Los Angeles. Throughout the rest of the month,
                                                                                                                  hundreds of other protests took place across the country. The climax of the protests
Why am I so different? Why can’t I look like that?” Every morning it’s the                                        was a massive job walk-off planned for May 1.
same thing. She thinks her short, brown hair, awkward freckles and skinny
                                                                                                                  The results were minimal. A few lay-offs were issued, and the protests had little
body don’t meet the standards of being “perfect” in the high school world.                                        effect in the workplace. Despite this, the protesters’ main goal was accomplished:
In high school, everyone gets looked down upon for something. Sometimes it’s their hair, or maybe it’s their      the laws in congress were stopped.
bodies, and many don’t realize how big of a deal it is to others. They wake up early, just to get ready, and it
                                                                                                                  Congress is now back to the drawing board and listening to the public for what they
seems to not even be worth it. They spend all this time and no one notices.
                                                                                                                  think needs to be changed with immigration laws. In the meantime, border security
“Most high school students try to fit in with the most popular students, so they become really self               has been reinforced with the help of the National Guard.
 conscious because they want to be like that,” says Rodney Fleming. “Most normal students are
 more self conscious about their body weight.”                                                                    One of the major laws being protested against
In movies that take place in high school, all the girls and guys look so great. They have beautiful, acne-free    proposes to make English the national language
faces, great hair that flows in all the right ways and the perfect body because they have hair and make-up
teams who make them look great.                                                                                   of America. For Americans, this means an end
“Teenagers envy people in movies,” says Whitney Dyer. “They want to be like that and that’s okay,                 to bilingual signs, but also an end to some of
 as long as it’s not harmful.”
Being self-conscious can sometimes cause bigger problems. Teen suicide rates are rising and becoming
                                                                                                                  the diversity that makes up the U.S.
the third highest cause of death for ages 15-24. A lot of it has to do with low self- esteem.                     As immigration slows down, so will the cultural influence. This may or may not be a
                                                                                                                  bad thing for America, but it is ultimately up to the people to decide. On one side,
“I hate worrying about what I look like,” says an anonymous senior. “I wish it didn’t matter. Every
                                                                                                                  the ethnic and cultural diversity that makes up America will begin to fade over time.
 day I get up and think, ‘Why am I wasting my time?’”
                                                                                                                  On the other hand, America will be a safer place to live, as screening immigrants
Being self-conscious seems to mostly start in the middle school years, but it feels like it will go on forever.   will improve.
Most people don’t worry about their image as much once they are out of high school. Teens care about
                                                                                                                  Students in the workforce may notice few changes in their daily lives at first if strong
looks. But many grow up and grow out of this when they realize that personality matters more.
                                                                                                                  laws like those proposed go into affect. One thing they may notice, however, will be
“Usually being self-conscious is something that diminishes when we get older,” says Counselor                     when jobs that require few skills -- which are often filled by those new to America –
 Jeff Doyle. “Your opinion of yourself and how the people who care about you see you is much                      begin to be taken over by more local citizens.
 more important than the opinion of some rude kid in your fourth hour class.”
                                                                                                                  Also, students may notice Mexican, Japanese and other themed ‘Mom & Pop’
Building self-esteem while young has always been a struggle. A way to raise your self-esteem is to think          restaurants beginning to close. Local stores owned by immigrants may also soon
about other things besides looks. Personality matters too – don’t forget that. Protect yourself from negative     fade away.
judgment and bad opinions from others. One way to get your mind off the negativity is by doing fun activities.
                                                                                                                  The greatest loss would be the rich heritage brought to America each year. Make no
“Counselors try to help kids understand that as long as they are making good choices they                         mistake – the heritage doesn’t just come from south of the border. Thousands of
 shouldn’t worry so much about what other people think,” says Doyle. “Another way to address                      people move to the U.S. every year from Asia, Africa and Europe. New laws will
 that is to encourage students to get involved in sports or extracurricular activities at school. It              hinder all of these groups.
 helps students makes friends.”
Many Web sites reveal signs of personality disorders that have to do with being self-conscious. There are         Unless Americans want this loss, they must
even Web sites out there that are to help make your self-esteem higher.
                                                                                                                  take action and have their opinions heard.
Sara wakes up the next morning. Instead of thinking about all the bad parts about herself, she realizes it’s
not worth it. So much time is spent worrying that she is missing out on good times. Plus it is only a high        These major changes to our country didn’t stop
school image !                                                                                                    in May of 2006. They are happening now.
14                                            Left: ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, founder of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino,
                                                supposedly haunts the casino at night. He was murdered in his Los Angeles home.
                                                    Right: From the plaque of ‘Bugsy,’ located in the Flamingo pool area
                                                        Opposite page, left: The old Flamingo Hotel and Casino, before it was remodeled.
                                                         Opposite page, right: The Flamingo Hotel and Casino as it currently stands today.




     Haunted
                                            re ’s more than just
                                        The


     Missed Halloween the first                                   come on all by themselves if someone’s in there                   Elsa Echevcerria, an employee at the Caesars


     time around? Wasn’t quite                                                                                                      “It’s my first day. I haven’t heard
                                                                  late at night. According to the rumors, a cleaning                couldn’t say much about this rumor.


                                                                                                                                     anything yet,” she reports.
                                                                  lady will not even go in there, and holds her rosary


     scary enough? Wasn’t
                                                                  beads when she passes the bathroom. Although
                                                                  no one could confirm this, it’s been said that a


     exactly what you expected?
                                                                  wall fell on workers while the casino was built.                  After sitting in the women’s bathroom for a good
                                                                                                                                    five minutes, my patience began to wear thin.


     Fortunately, Las Vegas has
                                                                  “…Everything
                                                                  Carlos Arriaga, an employee of the Mirage, says,                  People kept coming in and out and the water




                                                                      is Fine.”
                                                                                                                                    faucets wouldn’t turn on unless someone was


     more to offer than gambling
                                                                                                                                    washing their hands. I walked out of the
                                                                                                                                    bathroom, hoping I’d have more luck


     and fake haunted houses.
                                                                                                                                    somewhere else.



     The Strip itself is home to
                                                                                                                                    As I was leaving, I stopped to talk to a man who


                                                                                                                                    “This is the first time I’ve heard
                                                                                                                                    goes by Big Al. He reports,



     more than 10 reportedly                                                                                                         anything about the bathrooms
                                                                                                                                     being haunted, but I wouldn’t be
     haunted casinos.
                                                                  He has been working there for five years.
                                                                  Another employee says he is unable to release any
                                                                                                                                     surprised. Ever since Bugsy
                                                                                                                                     Siegal was here… You know,
                                                                  information regarding the water faucets.
                                                                  Suspicious. But with not enough information, I
                                                                                                                                     there’s a lot of occupied dirt under
                                                                                                                                     these buildings, and I’m not talking
     The Mirage, Caesars Palace, the Flamingo,
                                                                  moved on to the next casino on my list.

                                                                                                                                     about tourists. There’s been many
     Bally’s, the Excalibur, the Luxor, the MGM, and
                                                                  At Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino, a cocktail

                                                                                                                                     rumors flying around here.”
     the Tropicana have had reports of strange
                                                                  waitress working on the graveyard shift reported
     sightings, weird noises and suspicious activity. In
                                                                  something very similar to the Mirage rumor, saying
     an effort to validate whether such hauntings really                                                                            Interested to see what else I could find out, I next
                                                                  that in the bathrooms down the escalator in the
     exist, I traveled to each casino to investigate.             Forum Casino, the sensory water faucets do turn                   chose the Flamingo Hotel and Casino to investigate.
     There have been rumors that in the Mirage, the               on and off by themselves. And if you try to put                   Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegal originally founded the
     restrooms by the Danny Gans Theatre may be                   your hands under a faucet that’s already running,                 Flamingo. An infamous mobster, he would kill
     haunted. Supposedly the automatic sensor faucets             it turns off.                                                     anyone who called him ‘Bugsy’ to his face;
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                                                                    by Kerstin Kent, Faith Lutheran HS

                                                                                                                       “No one knows for sure if that’s Bugsy
                                                                                                                        or not, but who else would it be?”
he hated the nickname. Siegal had his own room in        Vernon Chow helps fix the slot machines when they’re
the original Flamingo, in which there was only one       not working properly. More than once, he’s been the

                                                                                                                        Stolzmann says. “It’s a white, see-
entrance but at least four exits. There were escape      only one around the slot machines and felt someone

                                                                                                                        through figure. It doesn’t harm anyone,
tunnels leading to a private chauffeured car at all      tap him on his shoulder. When he turned around,

                                                                                                                        it just wants to see what’s going on.”
times. The original Flamingo was built in the 1940s

                                                         “I’ve been working here for seven
                                                         however, there was no one there.
but couldn’t be repaired, and so it was torn down

                                                          years and 10 months and this has
and rebuilt. Siegal was shot in the Virginia Mansion                                                                   The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino has had employees

                                                          happened three times,” he states.
in Los Angeles.                                                                                                        who’ve seen the figure of a person lying on a bed. This

                                                          “Others have felt it as well.”
But guests have reported seeing apparitions of Siegal                                                                  could be a ghost or some kind of apparition of a person
out by the pool and walking through the hallways of                                                                    who died when the MGM burned down.
the Flamingo casino.                                     Burt Crowe, a security guard at the Flamingo, doesn’t         Most cleaning ladies in the Emerald-Green Tower hold
Mickey, who has worked at the Flamingo for 20            believe in ghosts, just evil spirits posing as ghosts. He’s   rosary beads while walking through the halls.


“scared to death” if he did.
years, says he’s never seen a ghost, but he’d be         been working at the Flamingo for 25 years. Crowe was          The Tropicana Hotel and Casino has a large Tiki mask
                                                         never able to go through the tunnels underneath the           face at the entrance. Visitors that have taken pictures


                                                         “Bugsy was crazy – he knew these
                                                         original Flamingo, but he knew their layout.                  with it supposedly have seen a weird, purple cloud of
A worker in the banquet department has never seen

                                                          tunnels,” was all Crowe would say about Siegal’s past.
                                                                                                                       smoke in the photo. Some have also said they got a
anything resembling Siegal running around the
                                                                                                                       terrible purple rash after touching it. At the Luxor Hotel


“Why would Bugsy still be here? He’s
Flamingo, but he isn’t surprised.
                                                                                                                       and Casino, two construction workers died during the


 long gone, probably in L.A.,
                                                         Another security guard reported that stagehands               building of the pyramid. It’s said they now haunt the


 somewhere fun. There’s no point in
                                                         working in the George Wallis Theatre have reported            grounds of the casino.


 staying around here,” he says.
                                                         many ghost sightings. After the show would be over,           At the Excalibur, those who walk down the hallway on the
                                                         while cleaning up, there would be strange apparitions         10th floor have reported feeling someone directly behind

“Guests like that he was the founder; it
                                                         seen and “funny business” going on. Unfortunately, no         them. This “person” hovers over your back and whispers

 adds a sense of mystery to the hotel,”
                                                         stagehands were available for interview.                      right in your ear, as if they were only inches away from you.
                                                         Bill Stolzmann, an employee at the Flamingo, has              Las Vegas has many other supposedly haunted places,
Flamingo worker Eva says. Eva wouldn’t admit if she      actually seen a white apparition out by the rose              not just casinos. Streets, daycares and schools are also
ever sees an apparition of Siegal or not. Instead, she   garden. After watching it for a few seconds, it
wanted to know, “Have you ever seen pictures of him?
                                                                                                                       supposedly haunted. Whether or not the rumors are true,

                  He was extremely good looking.”
                                                         disappeared. He’s had guests report seeing a white            just remember to always be safe and have a group of
                                                         apparition in the rose garden as well.                        friends with you when you explore any place of mystery.
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    entertainment!
                                                                                                                                                           Numeroff at Basic
                                                                                                                                                     ‘Kite Runner’ has depth
                                                                                                                                                not your average sci-fi novel
                                                                                                                                              Why Walmart? • K-Fed’s debut
                                                                                                                                          Vienna Teng • emo music, lifestyle
                                   what’s hot and what’s not in the world of books, film, music and nightlife


Children’s author Numeroff entertains at Basic
by Kristen Sroczynski, Basic HS
                                                                                           to four publishers and ended up
“If you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll want a glass a milk...”                               graduating with a contract for writing as
                                                                                           well as a college degree.
Sound familiar? Laura Numeroff, famed children’s book writer,
has walked the halls of Basic High School. She is the author                               Numeroff says that she received a really
                                                                                           well rounded background at Pratt. To get
of such children’s books as, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,”                               into a good writing program, she advises
(which she is most known for) as well as countless others.                                 students to “research the best colleges
Not intended to be a series, the “If you   “The first time I was with her was              and write letters to authors. Read
give a mouse a cookie” idea has turned     when I had knocked her off of the New           authors’ books and know the genre you
into a 14-book collection. Other well-     York Times Bestseller List,” Numeroff           are trying to get into.”
known works of Numeroff include,           says laughing.                                  Numeroff’s hobbies include art, writing
“What Grandmas Do Best” and “If You
                                           Numeroff was also able to talk a little         and tennis lessons. An obvious animal
Give a Moose a Muffin.”
                                           about writing professionally.                   lover, Numeroff loves to ride horses, but is
On a two-city tour to Las Vegas and                                                        “currently horseless at the moment.”
                                           “Writing is a very competitive field to get                                                    face and hanging out at artsy coffee
Dallas, Numeroff stopped in Henderson                                                      She reads a couple of hours every day,
to visit with Taylor Elementary students
                                           into. Only about 10 percent of writers can                                                     shops in the Village.”
                                                                                           and is a huge movie fanatic.
and to speak at a lunch with some          make a living off their work,” Numeroff
                                                                                           Documentaries are counted among her            Journalism has played a role in
journalism students.                       says. She counts herself as lucky.
                                                                                           favorites, but she says she enjoys             Numeroff’s life as well. One of her
“My ideas just come to me,” Numeroff       Numeroff got into children’s writing            “everything from Will Ferrell to               biggest inspirations includes her father,
says, addressing the ten or so students    when she took a children’s writing class        blockbusters.”                                 who was an art editor at a prestigious
invited for a fancy lunch in the Basic     at Pratt College, and had her first book                                                       newspaper in New York City. Numeroff
                                                                                           As she spoke about her personality in
High School Wolves Den.                    published in 1975.                                                                             also told the high school students of the
                                                                                           high school and at the beginning of her
A memorable moment that Numeroff           “I had to make a dummy book for a story         career, Numeroff couldn’t help laughing.       time when she pretended to be on her
related to the students was when she       that I wrote called ‘Amy for Short,’”           A self-described hippie, Numeroff spent        own high school paper, interviewed the
was interviewed by Katie Couric on the     Numeroff says. She wound up taking the          her teenage years “protesting the              student body president and ended up
Today Show.                                story — originally just a class project —       Vietnam War, painting flowers on [her]         getting a date !



                                                                                  top teen reads
                                                                                  With the extra days off that
                                                                                  Thanksgiving brings and a nice
                                                                                  full meal under your belt, why not
                                                                                  pass the time lounging with one
                                                                                  of those books you’ve been
                                                                                  meaning to read? If you need an
                                                                                  idea for something new, The
                                                                                  American Library Association
                                                                                  (ALA) issues an annual list of
                                                                                  Teens’ Top Ten reads. For 2006,
                                                                                  check out…                                                 ‘Elsewhere’ by Gabrielle Zevin is a fun read
                                                                                                                                             that you will keep thinking about long after
                                                                                  10. ‘Elsewhere’ by Gabrielle Zevin                         you’ve finished the last page.

                                                                                  9. ‘If I Have a Wicked Stepmother,
                                                                                      Where’s My Prince?’ by Melissa Kantor
                                                                                                                                           5. ‘Peeps’ by Scott Westerfeld
                                                                                  8. ‘Captain Hook:
                                                                                                                                           4. ‘Rebel Angels’ by Libba Bray
                                                                                      The Adventures of a Notorious Youth’
                                                                                         by J.V. Hart and Brett Helquist                   3. ‘Eldest’ by Christopher Paolini

                                                                                  7. ‘Poison’ by Chris Wooding                             2. ‘Twilight’ by Stephanie Meyer

                                                                                  6. ‘13 Little Blue Envelopes’                            1. ‘Harry Potter and the Half-
                                                                                         by Maureen Johnson                                    Blood Prince’ by J.K. Rowling
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Politics and culture give ‘Kite Runner’ depth
by Jessica Fryman, Liberty HS

As turmoil begins and peace is destroyed in Afghanistan,
Amir struggles with honor and betrayal on his journey to
adulthood in Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel, ‘The Kite Runner.
Raised together from birth, Amir and his servant’s son, Hassan, have a childhood bond;
the boys experience reading stories, chasing kites and the world’s cruelty together. Although
Hassan honors their friendship regardless of the consequences, Amir is quick to abandon
such trust for what seems to be the simple yet cowardly escape.
Hassan becomes a prime target for persecution during Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1970s
because of his Hazara ethnicity. The Hazaras in Afghanistan were treated similar to the
African Americans in the United States as they were denied their rights, sold as slaves and
segregated. Hassan experiences this persecution when his peers belittle him for everything
including his race, servant status and physical deformity (his harelip).
Amir constantly fights for his father’s (Baba) acceptance and envies Hassan for the attention
Baba so willingly gives him.
At times, Amir even despises and betrays his harelipped, Hazara friend, and then becomes
tortured with guilt forever.
When his country’s political disaster brings Amir to America, he learns of untold lies that
change everything.
It is through these events that this riveting story is outlined with loyalty and deceit, courage
and cowardice and innocence and guilt.
Hosseini weaves Afghan culture into every page, crafting not only an unforgettable story, but
a strong understanding of the Afghan people as well.
He doesn’t add any fluff to his work; it is straight, hard detail of Afghanistan’s destruction
witnessed by Amir. ‘The Kite Runner’ is a twist of personal and political conflict with moving
lessons of culture and life. Every word will have your stomach turning at the cruel,
inhumane truth !


                                                                                           Dutton is determined to take credit for Jack’s work. And while this in itself is a
not your average sci-fi novel                                                              tragedy, Jack has other tragedy on his mind.

by Asia Sapp, Liberty HS                                                                   Two years earlier, Jack’s girlfriend, Angie, revealed that she had cancer. She was
                                                                                           didn’t believe in the modern cures and decided she would find her own way to deal
                                        What do you get when                               with the disease, even if it cost losing touch with the ones she loved. So Angie
                                                                                           disappeared, leaving no clues as to what her plans were or where she was headed.
                                        you combine sci-fi, suspense
                                        and a little bit of romance?                       Jack has to get her his miracle cure. He doesn’t know how much time he has;
                                                                                           he doesn’t know if he is already too late. He just knows that he has to find
                                        A book that most teens would                       her somehow.
                                        never read.                                        Jack manages to get back his cure, and injects the bacteria into his own system,
                                        Alas, Holden Scott’s, ‘The Carrier’ is not your    hoping to be able to pass on the cure to Angie when they meet.
                                        average science fiction novel. There are no
                                                                                           But he soon finds out that Dutton has somehow turned it into a deadly virus that
                                        space ships and no aliens. Just a virus, a         fiercely eats away the flesh and organs of any and all that come in contact with him.
                                        curse and a walking death.
                                                                                           To top it all off, the FBI now believes that Jack is the perpetrator of theft and murder.
                                        Twenty-three-year-old Harvard student Jack is
                                                                                           Now Jack has to race across the country with the
                                        vigorously working on getting his degree in
                                                                                           FBI on his tail. The journey to find Angie is a
                                        Biology when he gets summoned by the
                                                                                           long, winding trail with little time, a lot of Feds
                                        administration and informed that he is being
                                                                                           and a lot of skeletons.
                                        expelled for plagiarism.
                                     His professor, Dutton, is an eminent Biologist,       Scott cleverly ties this plot
                                     both intelligent and suave, and has a certain         together, combining love and
charm to him that made his research and discoveries a little more interesting than
                                                                                           lust with intense action and
they might actually be.
                                                                                           chilling suspense.
Behind all of his success, he is really just an unfaithful,                                ‘The Carrier’ would complement romance readers
married drunk looking for his big break.                                                   who have been looking for a little more action, as
                                                                                           well as those action fans with a desire for a little
Dutton claims that Jack turned in the paper of a previous student, which is, in fact,
                                                                                           more emotion.
completely false. Both he and Jack know the real truth! This was not about a term
paper. Dutton’s young protégé has found a miraculous cure to the destructive               Those who enjoy ‘The Carrier’ can also
disease, cancer.                                                                           read, ‘Skeptic,’ another book by Scott !
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                                                                            Why
                                                                                                               Walmart?
                                                                                               by Amanda Adams, Las Vegas HS                  may be one of the cheapest and most
                                                                                               Every Sunday, thousands of people              accessible stores, it is also the dirtiest.
                                                                                               head out to do their weekly shopping.          “I have seen more trash in any
                                                                                               The number of shopping centers to choose        Wal-Mart parking lot than any other
                                                                                               from is endless, though some stores seem        grocery store parking lot in Las Vegas,”
                                                                                               to attract more clientele than others. One      says an anonymous senior.
                                                                                               of those number one stores in the nation
                                                                                                                                              Even though Wal-Mart has its issues,
                                                                                               is Wal-Mart.
                                                                                                                                              there are a few perks too. Wal-Mart is
                                                                                               But why?
                                                                                                                                              known to have the cheapest prices on
                                                                                               Take into consideration the number of          anything when compared to other stores
                                                                                               people in Las Vegas…how is it that they        in the same business. Also, you can go
                                                                                               all seem to huddle into the same Wal-          into Wal-Mart and find basically anything
                                                                                               Mart at exactly the same time? Because         you would want. Wal-Mart has products
                                                                                               of this, you end up surrounded by              ranging from clothes to electronics to
                                                                                               hundreds of people in pajamas who don’t        food, all in one store.
                                                                                               even look like they’ve combed their hair
                                                                                               that morning. Then there is that small         The Wal-Mart family continues to grow
                                                                                               number of people who tend to think they        everyday. Their newest establishments
                                                                                               are the only ones in the whole store.          include the creation of Wal-Mart
                                                                                               They stand in the middle of the aisle          Neighborhood Markets, where customers
                                                                                               and, even if you say, “excuse me,” they        can buy Wal-Mart food products
                                                                                               still just stand there and look at you like    without the extra people of a Wal-Mart
                                                                                               you’re from another planet and that they       Supercenter.
                                                                                               aren’t in your way -- you’re in theirs.        Wal-Mart has its pros as well as its
                                                                                               Aside from attracting uncomfortable            cons. Maybe if they worked more on the
                                                                                               crowds and bringing out the rudeness in        problems, Wal-Mart would not only be
                                                         photo: Stewart F. House, MCT Campus
                                                                                               people, there are other, more fixable          popular, but also rate higher among
                                                                                               problems that persist. Though Wal-Mart         teens looking for a good place to shop !




Not quite ready… A review Choice Awards at
                 the Teen
                          of K-Fed’s debut
                                                    by Jess Malik, Desert Pines HS

“Ground Control to Major Tom, commencing countdown engines                                      Another kid, who “popped out” of the platform, started lip-synching to Federline’s
 on…take your protein pills and put your helmet on….”                                           song. He was showing off his moves as well – which were incredibly odd to watch.
                                                                                                What they were doing neither fit together, nor truly made any visual sense.
Bowie was warning us. He was warning us for our protection. I hope you had your
helmets and protein pills ready on Aug. 20 for Kevin Federline’s debut at the Teen              Predictably, Federline then turned around from the piano and participated in the
Choice Awards. That is, if you were brave enough to stick around for his premiere               performance, gracing everyone with his presence.
as the grand finale.                                                                            He was bouncing around – I guess to indicate that he was having a good time – but
Oh, it was grand all right. Federline was ready to blow our minds that night, saying            his expression was serious, as of course it had to be to intertwine with the power of
that he had released his previous single, “PopoZao,” as a joke so he could prepare              his lyrics.
us for his true genius.                                                                         “This is that hip hop flavor mixed with a little bit of rock and roll…” Federline sings.
“At first, when I put out ‘PopoZao,’ people were kinda laughing at me,” Federline               But was it? Well, you decide. Fortunately, those were the only lyrics I could understand,
 says in a July 2006 article from E! Online. “I did it on purpose so people would               as Federline mumbled most of the rest of the song. The lyrics weren’t posted on the
 look at me exactly the way they did. That way, when I come out with my real                    Web either. How will the world go on not knowing the rest of that song?
 [work], people are…blown away.”                                                                Federline’s performance ended with him adding his own moves to the mix and then
Well, mission accomplished. That performance was…overwhelming. But not in the                   flipping over a backup dancer that was “grooving to the beat” next to him. After the
way that Federline hoped. It was more of a big question mark.                                   Teen Choice Awards, a video clip of Federline’s debacle was one of the most
                                                                                                watched (to make fun of) on YouTube.
Federline’s “premiere” started out with wife Britney Spears, looking filled with glee
as she introduced “her man” to the world. Then, Federline’s disk jockey began                   Throughout his whole debut, the camera didn’t get a close up of anyone in the
yelling in the background, perhaps as a preview of what was to come. A teenage                  audience once. Now, is that because he was so “mind blowing” or was it because
boy then started dancing on top of a platform, lip-synching to Federline’s song.                the editor of the awards show didn’t want to show anyone’s amused expression? The
There was no sign of Federline yet. However, there was a mysterious man in white,               performance was a reminder of how short life can be, and how important it is to use
with his back to the crowd playing the piano.                                                   the time we have wisely. Those are three minutes of my life I will never get back !
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                                                                                                                                                                 entertainment!
                                                                                   emo music,
                                                                                   emo lifestyle
                                                                                   by Bladen Ficarrotta, Basic HS
                                                                                   You see them walking through the halls with dyed black hair covering
                                                                                   their faces, pierced lips and eyebrows, and sporting t-shirts of their
                                                                                   favorite bands. Usually they are shy and keep to themselves. Some are
                                                                                   also said to cut themselves because they are depressed. These are
                                                                                   examples of the stereotypical ‘emo’ person.
                                                                                   People have different opinions on how the emo culture started. The band
                                                                                   Dashboard Confessional is usually the band that gets the most credit for the
                                                                                   evolution of the emo scene. Many emo bands today give credit to Dashboard
                                                                                   Confessional for influencing them.
                                                                                   Even though the music is a main part of the culture, fashion and lifestyle also
                                                                                   play a large role. Many students have different opinions about what they believe
                                                                                   it is to be emo.
                                                                                   “It means emotional. Most of the kids that listen to the music and dress that
                                                                                    way do because emotionally they’re messed up,” says junior John Downey.
                                                                                   Some students at Basic High School label people because of the way they look.


Feel the elegance                                                                  Spencer Abbott is a junior at Basic and many people think he is emo. Abbott
                                                                                   looks like he would be the definition of emo from the clothes he wears and the
                                                                                   music he listens to, but Abbott disagrees.



of Vienna Teng
by Erika Turner, Liberty HS
                                                                                   “I’m not emo, I’m just Spencer,” Abbott says. “I dress the way I want and listen
                                                                                    to the music I want to listen to and I don’t care if I get labeled for it.”
                                                                                   Abbott believes many of the people that are labeled emo really aren’t. He thinks it is
                                                                                   a misconception. On the other hand there are people who don’t deny the stereotypes.
                                                                                   Juniors Kris Bear and Jonathan Svenson are both members of the emo band
Ladies and gentlemen, you are urged to thank                                       Dying Forever.
whatever deity you believe in, for at last we have                                 Svenson explains, “Being emo is not a fashion, it’s a lifestyle.”
discovered salvation from the badly-sung, horribly-
written, ear-pounding songs that every teeny-bopper                                Their band has gained quite a following on the Web site MySpace.
with a guitar and a voice thinks he or she is allowed                              “We have fans all around the world from Germany to New York. There are
to write and proclaim as ‘music.’                                                   other emos all around the world,” says Bear.

Our savior is a 28-year-old Stanford alumnae hailing from San Francisco,           Like many others freshmen, Andrew Gonzales doesn’t understand the whole
Calif. and wielding a powerful voice, an unmatched writing prowess and 25          emo culture.
years of piano experience. Vienna Teng, a name she bestowed upon herself,
is a woman of rare talent for which we should all be thankful.
                                                                                   “It’s weird and I just don’t get why they are
Teng possesses the nature of an untamed wind, holding a style that is ever-
                                                                                    like that,” he says !
changing and crossing almost every musical boundary, and yet that same
wayward creation is so unique that it becomes a distinctive style all her own.

Although her first two releases deserve much more widespread acclaim
than they’ve been receiving, her latest endeavor is the most deserving.
                                                                                  blast from the past
                                                                                  Green Valley High School students
There have been few albums in recent years that have been as well-made
                                                                                  speak: What was the first CD you
and electrifying as Dreaming Through the Noise, which is why it must be
                                                                                  ever bought?
brought to the public’s attention.
                                                                                  “The first tape I bought was the ‘Space Jam’
Dreaming Though the Noise, a masterpiece able to rival the more well-known         soundtrack.” David Espinoza, senior
musicians, is the kind of CD that one begins to suffer withdrawals from once
                                                                                  “Queen’s Greatest Hits. It’s in my car, heck yes!”
one is parted from its overwhelming elegance. A second listen is demanded,
                                                                                   Jill Marriage, junior
after which the musical brilliance is realized over and over again.
                                                                                  “It was probably the Spice Girls.”
Though in reality, Teng isn’t exactly the coup de grace to vocal sound, her        Yvonne Teng, junior
voice is definitely one to be admired, especially when intertwined with the
                                                                                  “It was Savage Garden. It’s true.” Eric Green, senior
other elements of her music. After a listen to her two earlier releases, Waking
Hour and Warm Strangers, one becomes grateful for the fact that Vienna            “A Rancid CD, And Out Came the Wolves.”
                                                                                   Sarah Carmody, senior
relinquished her career in computer engineering to take the risk of becoming
a self-funded musician.                                                           “The first CD I ever bought was High School Musical.
                                                                                   Um, ew.” Thomas Petrungaro, junior
From the heart-wrenching, ‘Blue Caravan,’ to the head-bopping, ‘Whatever
                                                                                  “I got a CD called Bubble Gum Pop for a Christmas present.
You Want,’ and the jazzy, yet mellow, ‘Transcontinental, 1:30 A.M.,’ Dreaming
                                                                                   It was really embarrassing.” Callie Kitral, sophomore
Through the Noise will leave you shaken and enamored !
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                     The Green Valley High School
                     by Miriam Sader, Green Valley HS




                     theatre was the first school to ever
                     present the movie-turned-play,
                     ‘High School Musical’ on
                     Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 9-11.
                     According to theatre teacher Jennifer Hemme, GVHS was allowed to perform the script uncut.
                     “The vice president of Music Theatre International called and asked me if we would do it in a preview,”
                      says Hemme. “The idea is that we could give him feedback about the show before it’s released worldwide.”
                     Hemme also says that the theatre department was allowed to cut and add to the play.
                     “It’s special because it is not going to be released to the public until January and February,” says Hemme.
Juniors Blake
McClary and          GVHS was chosen, with seven other schools across the United States, to perform the Disney play.
Kylie Cox dance
together as the      The actors say the pressure to perform well was mounting right up until the first day of the performance.
brother-sister
theatrical duo,      “The pressure is shared with everybody in the cast and we know that a lot of people want to come see it,”




   Green Valley High School chosen as one
Ryan and
Sharpay.              says senior Stephanie Savage. “It’s kind of scary, but it’s so cool at the same time.”




   of seven schools nationwide for the production
DisneyMusical!                                                                                                                                                                       21




Savage played Gabriella, a young girl who’s new to school and who is also gifted    “There is a lot of dancing, acting and really just a lot of work,” says Kennebrew.

with an incredible singing voice. Along with Savage, lead roles included senior     Since its premiere on the Disney Channel on Jan. 20, 2006, “High School Musical”

Marshall Kennebrew as Troy, junior Blake McClary as Ryan and junior                 has been televised 13 times and, according to Disney, viewed by 37 million people.

Kylie Cox as Sharpay.
                                                                                    It has also become a popular seller on the iTunes Music Store where the public can
                                                                                    buy favorite song scenes from the movie, as well as the entire movie, to download
“The cast is really amazing,” says Hemme. “I was super excited to see the kids      to their computers and video iPods.
 that auditioned.”                                                                  Disney also says that, by the end of the year, they estimate that it will be shown in
                                                                                    over 100 countries.
Hemme’s expectations for the play were especially high when ticket sales began
nearly a month before the production.                                               Many of the GVHS actors view this experience as once in a lifetime.

“Tickets went on sale Saturday at noon and by 2 p.m. Wednesday we already sold      “I just thought that it would be a really great opportunity,” says Savage.
 100 tickets.”                                                                       “I’ve always wanted to be in a musical and I finally made it this year.”
                                                                                    Kennebrew agrees…
Some GVHS teachers also made guest appearances in the musical.
                                                                                    “This is my first experience ever in a play, but I have a background in music,”
“I knew when I cast the show that I would be asking some adults to make cameo
                                                                                     says Kennebrew. “I’ve been singing since the sixth grade and I just love to sing.”
 appearances as the drama teacher, the coach and the science teacher,” says
 Hemme. “Ms. Drusedum committed to doing the drama teacher role for one night.”     Just like his character, Troy, who realizes his passion for singing despite his father
                                                                                    and his friends who try to stereotype him as just a basketball player.
Hemme continues, “It’s a little added special thing for the students to see their
                                                                                    ‘High School Musical’ is, in fact, not just about singing, but about how high school is
teachers involved.”
                                                                                    made up of cliques and people afraid to break out of them and do what they love to do.
Savage also mentions a few other surprises that occurred during the play.
                                                                                    But like the movie’s final number titled, “We’re All in This Together,” every student
“There are a couple extra songs that you didn’t hear in the movie,” says Savage.    experiences the same kinds of struggles to be who they are. And through the
 “Also there are a couple of extra parts.”                                          support of their peers they can survive high school in the end. Seeing the movie
                                                                                    performed on stage by real, local high school students makes the story’s message
Hemme says that the theatre department was a little overwhelmed while
                                                                                    that much more real !
working on the musical. At the same time, they also had to work on their
production of William Shakespeare’s
                                                                                                                           Main picture, below: Basketball jock Troy Bolton, played by senior
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”                                                                                               Marshall Kennebrew (left), takes the stage beside math genius
                                                                                                                           Gabriella Montez, played by senior Stephanie Savage.
                                                                                                                           photography: Dave Phillips
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          “The earth
          shook like
          a monster”by Akanksha Sharma, Palo Verde HS

                          Year: 2005.
       Time: around 8:45 a.m. on a sunny Tuesday morning.
My summer holidays had started so I was in Kashmir for vacation and to escape
       the burning heat of Bombay. Both of these places are in India.
 The former is a valley in the Himalayas, and for that reason it is pretty popular
  in summer season. But people are scared to visit there because of numerous
terrorist attacks now. Once it was called heaven on earth, but now it is losing its
                           beauty because of terrorism.
 The latter one is a cosmopolitan coastal city on the western coast of India. So
   obviously it did get extremely hot and humid in summer. Anyway, I was in
Kashmir in a very relaxed mood. I got up around 8 a.m., took a shower and was
getting ready. So was everyone in my family who had all gathered together for a       Flamingos                              Danielle Bartholomeo, senior, Mojave HS
                                  Hindu festival.                                                                      project: color portraits (colored pencil, 18” x 24”

  Everybody in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir and other states that
    shared a boundary with Kashmir state were following their usual morning
routines. Everyone started their day like they always did. It was just another day
for thousands of people. No one had ever thought how their lives would change
after just a few minutes. All prayed to God for a good long life and to give them
           good money -- two things most people in Asia would ask for.
  At 8:52 a.m., the end came for many. The earth took the shape of jelly that
  wouldn’t stop shaking violently from one side to another. More scientifically,
 there was a major earthquake that measured 6.7 on the Richter scale on the
  epicenter. The earth seemed liked a devil, killing people and creating misery.
 Buildings started falling down like a sand castle, crushing thousands of people
                                   underneath it.
 In my family we were all sitting together, chatting and taking the morning tea,
   when suddenly the cups kept on the table started shaking violently and the
 chairs moved to and fro. Everyone started panicking and couldn’t really realize
   that they were amidst an earthquake. We all ran out. This earthquake as I
  precisely remember, was about a minute long, but because I was kind of far
 away from the epicenter, there was not that much damage to my building and
   the people around. The earth did tear apart about 8 inches in most of the          The Vandal                                   Alice Savell, sophomore, Mojave HS
                                                                                                     project: social issues (Prismacolor Markers & Tech Pen, 18” x 24”)
                                 affected areas.
 The damage that happened in Pakistan was far worse. Earth tore up as far as
two feet and about three feet deep. Offices and homes fell, crushed, causing the
  deaths of thousands of people. Many schoolchildren were buried under the
 rubble. Trees against the roads fell on the roads creating major accidents and
obstruction. Animals were killed; as many as thousands of living organisms were
 dead. Many more were hurt and thousands of peoples’ lives were shattered as
                       their loved ones were gone forever.
 As for as me and the people I knew, we were all safe. But that disastrous day
left a big impact on my life. That unfortunate day proved that nothing is always
           there and there is no surety of life. It was a horrible day and
                                I can never forget it !
                                                                                      In Art Class                                     Jace Ewing, senior, Mojave HS
                                                                                                                                 project: Still Life (Charcoal, 18” x 24”)
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Golden Gate Bridge                                          Leah Wikler, Coronado HS




                                above: a selection of photos by Rikki Mtchell, Faith Lutheran HS
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            Second Prize, Northern Trust Literary Society
            One Book, Two Book, Red Book, Blue Book
            by Grace A. Funcion
            “I like nonsense it wakes up the brain cells.                                “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” Dr. Seuss says. Inspiring and welcoming to cats in hats,
            Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a                          to depressed elephants, to tots who hop on pops, fast cars, slow cars and his quirky
                                                                                         characters. No matter how old, individuals remember their first books. Who can say
            way of looking at life through the wrong end of a
                                                                                         they never came across the self-illustrated works of Dr. Seuss?
            telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you
            to laugh at life’s realities.”                                               “The more that you read the more things you
                                       I like to read. To read I like. Learning how to   will know. The more that you learn, the more
                                       read was as hard as learning how
                                       to ride a bike. A man by the name of              places you’ll go!”
                                       something special helped acquire this new
                                  Lionel Hahn/MCT Campus




                                                                                         Oh the Things You Will Think! Dr. Seuss wove words through cotton, but like any
                                       essential. His name was obtuse; his name          fine garment, he hand stitched his works with larger, deeper meanings. All I learned,
                                       was Theodore Geisel, better known
                                                                                         I learned from Dr. Seuss. Not everything he wrote was happy, but he made a
                                       as Dr. Seuss. Short sentences, long words
                                                                                         difference – weaving topics such as racial discrimination, tyranny, environmentalism
                                       helped develop my unlikely prose.
                                                                                         and more behind the façade of children’s books. “Think left and think right and think
Many will say he put generations backwards with his whimsical way of writing –
I view this statement as somewhat uninviting. What can be more literary than             low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”
a man with a pen and a plan? Difficult, it is, to put down words on paper.               When building buildings, it’s better to start from the bottom up instead of top to
Not everyone can. However, Dr. Seuss was the man.                                        bottom. Classic writers owe gratitude to Dr. Seuss for proving them with children
With his verbose, sometimes lengthy, sometimes elaborate,                                already introduced to greater parts of life and literature. Stirring, surprising,
sometimes repetitiveness, he offsets his words with something oftentimes magical,        sensational, Dr. Seuss exemplifies a haven away from harsh reality. His books are
oftentimes commercial, oftentimes wonderful. Mere Cindy Loo Whos and Billy Todds         timeless. What was once a learning tool still is. Instead of learning how to read, it’s
playfully consider alliterations allure, allegories aplenty, and allusions abundant      learning how to live life – capturing young and old alike.
anytime they pick up a Dr. Seuss. Verbs, nouns and prepositional phrases, they’re all
there. Nothing can beat the man who latently taught young children sentence              “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one
patterns recognition.                                                                     alive who is Youer than You.” !


  I would rather…
  by Justin Romney, Coronado HS
  …Fight the dragon with no sword or shield
  …Jump from Everest unready to fly
  …Beat the mighty waves back from the
   ocean shore
  …Evade a hailstorm of screaming bullets
  …Stand through raging winds
  …Cross thousands of frozen miles with only
   bare feet
  …Gather the stars from heaven in one swipe
  …Swim through oceans of blazing fire
  …Battle the massive Goliath
  …Gaze into the eyes of Medusa
  …Return to problems of the past
  One hundred times over I would rather repeat
  these tasks…
  Rather than face my future.
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                                                                                                                                   Luchando contra la anorexia
                                                                                                                           Se sigue hablando de la inmigración
                                                                                                                             ¿Cuántos años de vida te quedan?
                                                                                                                         Que no te de pena con las muchachas
                                            entérate de las noticias nacionales y locales en español


Recaudando fondos para la anorexia
Estudiantes de anatomía quieren acabar con esta mortal enfermedad
por Tesha Kivi, Foothill HS

En la venta de pastelitos, la mesa era un desorden con sobras de galletas regadas por
todos lados. La jarra de vidrio estaba llena de billetes de un dólar. La profesora de anatomía,
Gail Mayes, empezó a contar el dinero y la cara de sorpresa de una estudiante, Raquel Young,
revelaba la noticia que se había reunido más de $100 para beneficiar a los jóvenes con anorexia.
Este año, para su proyecto del semestre, en una de las clases de Mayes los                 Gracias a la ayuda de Mayes, el grupo pudo recaudar
estudiantes tenían que escoger algo que ayudara a entender a los otros estudiantes         $110. “Los estudiantes han trabajado muy fuerte este
la importancia de dar y del sentimiento de saber que puedes hacer la diferencia en         semestre tratando de ayudar a estas organizaciones,” dice
la vida de alguien. La clase fue dividida en ocho grupos, cada uno escogiendo una          Mayes. “Hicieron un gran trabajo y estoy complacida con el
enfermedad que creen que necesita reconocimiento. Estos grupos crearon un                  resultado de cada uno de los grupos.”
evento para recaudar fondos para una organización que estuviera combatiendo
la enfermedad.                                                                             “Decidimos donar el dinero al Centro
“Nuestro grupo escogió la anorexia porque muchos piensan que no es nada
                                                                                            Nacional de Desórdenes Alimenticios
importante, cuando en realidad puede destruir muchas vidas si no se trata a                 de América (NEDA por sus siglas en inglés),”
tiempo,” dice estudiante Danielle Holt. El grupo de Holt, que incluía a los                 dice Parton. “Sé que $100 no es mucho dinero,
estudiantes Mikayla Lytton, Mike Mirasol, Kayla Parton y Young, se presentaron en           pero creo que ayudará significativamente a alguien
varios eventos deportivos de la escuela para vender pastelitos, galletas y otras            que lo necesita.”
dulces delicias.
                                                                                           Apenas la venta terminó y las pancartas se fueron enrollando, Mayes se dirigía a su
“Vendimos todo a un precio razonable,” dice Lytton.                                        oficina y el grupo de Young se siente orgulloso porque sabe que todos hicieron algo
“Nada costaba más de un dólar.”                                                            bueno por alguien más !



 Ethan Bronner, experto en inmigración, habla en UNLV
 por Natalia Molina, reportera invitada

 La inmigración ha sido y seguirá siendo uno de los temas más importantes y más hablados en los Estados Unidos.
 Esta vez, el tema de la inmigración llegó hasta los auditorios de la Universidad de Nevada, Las Vegas.
 Ethan Bronner, editor diputado del exterior del periódico New York Times, fue             Actualmente existe una propuesta que está siendo estudiada para decidir si se
 invitado a la universidad para hablar sobre el tema de inmigración en los Estados         construirá una muralla de 700 millas en la frontera de México con Estados Unidos.
 Unidos. Bronner se ha especializado en cubrir reportajes en países extranjeros            Bronner piensa que esto no es una buena solución para parar a los inmigrantes.
 acerca de leyes y educación. Bronner decidió ir a México y comentó lo que vio             “En la historia del mundo ninguna muralla ha sido exitosa y no creo que ésta vaya
 desde la frontera. Dijo que ahí pudo entender las razones por qué la gente viene a        a ser la excepción,” dijo Bronner.
 los Estados Unidos realmente.
                                                                                           “Yo pienso que México debería buscar estrategias para crear programas que ayuden
 “Tuve la oportunidad de ir a la frontera de México con                                    a crear empleos,” añadió. El piensa que si México crea estos programas no habría
  Arizona y pude ver que las condiciones de la gente que                                   tantos inmigrantes y esto ayudaría a disminuir los problemas entre estos dos países.
  quiere pasar no son fáciles,” Bronner explicó.                                           Bronner explica como la inmigración no es sólo un problema en los Estados
 Ahí conoció gente que le contó sus propias experiencias. Entre ellas estaba Antonio       Unidos. También en la unión Europea, hay miles de personas de África del norte
 Rivera, un trabajador de construcción que sólo gana $40 a la semana y $20 de ellos        que inmigran diariamente a Europa, así como mucha gente de centro y
 son para alimentar a su familia. Rivera quería pasar la frontera para poder trabajar en   Suramérica y México inmigra a Estados Unidos.
 los Estados Unidos y así tener mejores oportunidades y ayudar a su familia.               “La mayoría de inmigrantes en Estados Unidos son de México pero también hay
 Bronner pudo darse cuenta que mucha gente viene a los Estados Unidos por                  una gran cantidad de inmigrantes de todas partes del continente americano,” dijo
 necesidad. “Muchos no quieren vivir acá para siempre, ellos solo quieren venir para       Bronner. “Hay muchas personas que vienen de Centroamérica a México, usándolo
 trabajar por un período de tiempo y así poder llevar dinero a sus países,” dijo           como una vía para poder llegar a los Estados Unidos.”
 Bronner. “La inmigración ayuda a la economía de este país, puesto que muchos        Según él, cada caso de inmigración debe ser revisado individualmente, puesto que hay
 inmigrantes han tomado muchos trabajos que los americanos no han querido tomar.” mucha gente que no ha tenido culpa de ser un inmigrante indocumentado. Bronner dio
 Además, todos los inmigrantes que viven los en Estados Unidos necesitan             como ejemplo a las familias que traen los niños a Estados Unidos. Esos niños crecen,
 consumir; por ende, están pagando impuestos en cada cosa que compran y de esta y a pesar del tiempo, siguen siendo indocumentados. En este caso no deberían ser
 forma están ayudando a la economía del país. Dice también que no hay forma de       penalizados, pues ellos no tienen la culpa y no sabían lo que estaba pasando.
 parar la inmigración puesto que la gente va a seguir viniendo en busca de mejores   Bronner finalizó su discurso diciendo que en las próximas elecciones, el gobierno le
 oportunidades.                                                                      va a dar más importancia al tema de la guerra en Irak. “Aunque la inmigración es
 “Estados Unidos siempre le brindará trabajo a la gente que decida venir a trabajar        una de los temas más cuestionables en los Estados Unidos, y lo ha sido por mucho
 porque así es el sistema de este país,” dijo Bronner.                                     tiempo, la guerra en Irak es algo más reciente,” dijo Bronner !
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           ¿Cuántos años te quedan? Los menores de edad
           por Anupa Gewali, Green Valley HS

           Siendo Las Vegas un buen lugar para jubilarse,
                                                          siguen buscando a donde
           es muy común ver una gama ancha de edades      ir para divertirse
       en esta área. Pero, ¿alguna vez habías pensado                                                por Benjamin Ross, Green Valley HS
       si la ubicación geográfica tiene que ver con
       cuánto tiempo la gente llega a vivir? ¿Será que el                                            La clausura de lugares para la diversión familiar como
       lugar en que vives, o hasta tu raza, puede decidir                                            Mountasia, Wet ‘n’ Wild y se presume Scandia,
tu tiempo de vida?                                                                                   demuestra la teoría que los adultos están eliminando
                                                                                                     las salidas de entretenimiento vitales para los jóvenes a
                                                                                                     cambio de ambición y dinero.
                                                                                                     “Yo creo que Wet ‘n’ Wild se cerró por problemas sanitarios y problemas
                                                                                                     de sequía, mientras que Mountasia lo cerraron por la mala administración y la
                                                                                                     falta de publicidad. Al final, todo se relaciona con la ambición,” dice estudiante
                                                                                                     Ian Hanuscin.
                                                                                                     Con la pérdida de estas aclamadas atracciones, los jóvenes están obligados a
                                                                                                     seguir buscando otras actividades accesibles. Sin embargo, estos lugares ya no
                                                                                                     son tan frecuentes y muy pronto dejarán de existir.
   Jennifer Hart/MCT Campus                                                                          “Ahora que todos ellos [Scandia, Mountasia y Wet ‘n’ Wild] no existen, hay un
                                                                                                     vacío enorme en mi vida que no sé si podré llenar,” dice estudiante Taylor Smith.

Un estudio reciente por el Dr. Christopher Murray, de la escuela de Salud Pública de                 Mientras otros jóvenes son menos dramáticos, muchos reconocen que estas
Harvard muestra exactamente de lo que estamos hablando. Murray dice, por ejemplo,                    atracciones obsoletas reunían la diversión familiar y todas las demás diversiones
que las mujeres asiáticas que viven en el condado de Bergen en Nueva Jersey tienen 30                para los jóvenes.
años más de vida de los hombres del sur de Dakota.
                                                                                                     “Me enoja saber que los dueños de esos edificios lujosos
Estos estudios han capturado la atención de mucho principalmente porque los barrios
                                                                                                     derribaron estos lugares. Yo creo que los derribaron
bajos de nuestro país tienen las mismas condiciones que aquellos en los países
tercermundistas. Claro está que lo primero que se pensaría sería que “los pobres tienen un
                                                                                                     porque muchos de nosotros no los apreciábamos,” dice
tiempo de vida muy corto porque tienen menos acceso al cuidado medico.” Los estudios                 estudiante Brian Dentz.
van mas allá para mostrar que tener dinero no es necesariamente la mejor alternativa.                La pérdida de estos lugares se dio a causa de la ambición de los millonarios y se
Uno de los grupos más saludables de todos los tiempos han sido los blancos de clase                  hizo para cambiar la mente de los jóvenes por algo que fuera más valioso para
media y aun así les ganaron los grupos de gente que viven en el llano campestre del                  “la gente importante.” Por eso ahora quieren crear un “club” solo para los
norte del país.                                                                                      menores de edad “Club Zodiac.” O como yo lo llamo: “Panqueques en la
                                                                                                     mañana, luces estroboscópicas en la noche.”
Para generalizar estas conclusiones, Murray realizó una lista de ‘Las Ocho Américas,’
escrita en un artículo en septiembre 2006, ‘Donde Vives, Te Dirá Tu Tiempo de Vida.’                 “Mountasia era un buen lugar para divertirse sanamente, y ahora que no está, no
                                                                                                     hay nada más para nosotros,” dice Hanuscin.
 ¿Quiénes?                                   Con un Estimado                       Tiene Aprox.
 (Raza y ubicación geográfica)               de Ingresos al Año                    Años de Vida      Muchos ni siquiera saben dónde quedaba Scandia y mucho de esto era debido a
 1. Asiático-americanos                              $ 21,566                               84.9     lo que tocaba hacer para llegar allá. Consistía en hacer una “u” desde el Casino
 1. Blancos en las zonas rurales del norte           $ 17,758                                79      Palace Station para poder llegar.
 1. América media (blancos)                          $ 24,640                               77.9     “Yo iba a Wet ‘n’ Wild casi una vez por mes en el
 1. Blancos en el valle de Mississippi               $ 16,390                                75      verano, pero nunca fui a Scandia. Me dijeron que era
 1. Indios nativos americanos del oeste              $ 10,029                               72.7     confuso llegar hasta allá,” dice Hanuscin.
 1. América media (Afro-americanos)                  $ 15,412                               72.9     Es casi imposible no devolverse al pasado, recordando esos momentos de
 1. Afro-americanos en las zonas rurales del sur     $ 10,463                               71.2     ansiedad, mezclados con ese deseo interno de deshacerse de los miedos y
                                                                                                     experimentar la diversión pura. Eso era lo que producía esos lugares.
 1. Afro-americanos en la ciudad                     $ 14,800                               71.1
                                                                                                     “Era muy divertido tirarse del tobogán ‘Blue Niagara’
Esto lleva a muchos a preguntarse por qué entonces la riqueza es tan importante en
                                                                                                     en Wet ‘n’ Wild. ¡No se podía ni respirar de la emoción!
nuestra sociedad. ¿Vivir con menos comodidades significa vivir más?
                                                                                                     Era estupendo,” dice Smith.
En el mundo de hoy, todo parece modificado para vivir más rápido y esto termina
                                                                                                     De verdad que me siento decepcionado cuando veo estos puntos históricos
creando un ambiente muy estresante. La sociedad solo piensa en acabar el día, para
                                                                                                     convertidos en ruinas gracias a la ignorancia de los dueños de los condominios.
acabar la semana, solo viviendo en el presente. Esa clase de actitud puede estar
quitándote años de vida minuto a minuto !                                                            Esos lugares de diversión eran una parte demasiado importante en nuestras vidas !


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Vamos muchachos, ¡confianza!
Cómo salir con una muchacha
por Pedro DeLeon, Las Vegas HS

¿Qué tal son los muchachos cuando tratan de impresionar
a las muchachas? Cuando al fin tienen el ánimo para
invitar a una amiga a salir, ¿qué tan seguros están?
Bueno jóvenes, si se sienten perdidos con ese tema, les




                                                                                            photo courtesy of photobucket.com
voy a dar unos ‘consejitos’ para que no tengan una noche
de horror.
Muchos tratan lo mejor que pueden para dejar una buena impresión, pero en
muchas ocasiones por más que tratas de hacer las cosas bien, siempre se te voltean
y todo termina mal. No estamos buscando un enanito verde. Calmadas chicas, no
los duendecillos que ustedes piensan, estamos buscando ¡el secreto de la vida! Nada
es imposible, con confianza y seguridad todo puede ser simple y rico.
Si planeas llevarla al cine, déjame decirte que ya estás fallando. En el cine no pueden   Hay quienes también cargan su timidez y su nerviosismo en sus bolsillos. Bueno, ya
convivir, no hay espacio para la conversación. Lo único que la está haciendo reír es la   es tiempo que repongas estas dos cosas con otras mucho mejores. La confianza y la
película, no tú. ¿Por qué mejor no ir a cenar a donde puedes disfrutar de una buena       seguridad, como ya lo dije antes, son dos de las cosas más importantes que las
comida? Y no estoy hablando de lugares como McDonalds o Taco Bell... estoy hablando       muchachas buscan en un muchacho. Si tú eres alguien que sabes lo que quieres en
de una buena plática y una noche donde puede haber conexión entre tú y ella.              tu vida, tienes mucha ventaja sobres los otros chicos. A ellas les gusta ver que un
                                                                                          hombre sabe lo que quiere y sabe lo que hace.
¿Has pensado en llevarla a un lugar alto donde pueden ver
toda la ciudad de Las Vegas? Imagínate, solo tú con ella en                               Pero por supuesto, no te le tires a sus brazos tan fácil. Déjala que te mire y que ella
tus brazos, mirando las maravillosas luces del Strip. Qué                                 misma cree un misterio. Como una novela ¿no? No se van a querer perder el
romántico, ¿no?                                                                           siguiente capítulo.

Otro lugar donde se la pueden ganar es en un lugar simple pero a la misma vez             Si tú eres alguien tímido y te pones nervioso muy fácil, cuando es hora de enfrentar
grandioso: el parque. Enséñale que tan bueno eres preparando emparedados.                 a las chicas, existen maneras para dejar de ser así. Proponte desde el principio que
Recuéstense pegaditos, relajados y mirando hacia el cielo. O si quieren pueden jugar      no eres tímido y nervioso y verás que esto te ayudará a controlar estas emociones.
fútbol, baloncesto o lo que sea. A las muchachas también les gusta competir.              ¡Hasta tú mismo te puedes sorprender! Algo muy importante: nunca engañen a una
Cuando se acerque la noche, llévala a un lugar donde puedan ver las estrellas. Con        muchacha que se quieren ganar, esa no es la manera. No trates de ser alguien que
todo esto y la compañía de cada uno, será un día que nunca olvidarán.                     no eres. Si a ella no le gusta quien de verdad eres tú, entonces ella no es para ti y
                                                                                          no te preocupes porque hay miles y miles de muchachas en este mundo.
Cuando quieres impresionar a una chica y quieres ganártela, no se trata de cuánto
dinero vas a gastar en un día o en una noche, eso sólo demuestra desesperación. Lo        Si eres alguien real y puro, verás que todo esto no es ningún secreto. Las mujeres no
que dices, como la tratas, y como la haces sentir, cuenta más que todo el dinero          son del otro mundo. Ellas también se ponen nerviosas, así que dejen todos esos
que cargas en tus bolsillos.                                                              pensamientos en la casa y ¡salgan a disfrutar !


  espacio del arte




  ‘ayer’ (yesterday)
  Foto digital, 16” x 24”
  por Stephanie Gonzales, Mojave HS
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                                                                                                                                              ¡La RISA
                                                                                                                                              es SALUD!
          ¡entérate!
          Sí, las elecciones del 7 de noviembre son cosa del pasado. Pero en ningún
                                                                                                                                              Animales
          momento podemos dejar de involucrarnos en estas cosas por el bien de nuestra
                                                                                                                                              ¿Sábes cuál es el animal que da vueltas
          comunidad. Está bien que muchos pensamos cuan corruptos son algunos                                                                 después de muerto?
          políticos... por eso tenemos que estar al tanto de lo que pasa a nuestro                                                              - ¡el pollo asado!

          alrededor y de esa manera hacer cambios que nos beneficien.                                                                         Aprendamos chino
          Las elecciones del pasado 7 de noviembre hicieron historia en la política de los Estados Unidos. Ahora, el control del              ¿Cómo se dice...?
          Senado y de la Cámara de Representantes estará en manos de los Demócratas. A partir de esta fecha, habrán 228                       - Hombre delgado: fla-ku-ching
          Demócratas en comparación con 196 Republicanos.                                                                                     - Huérfano: chinchu-padle-chinchu-madle
En nuestro condado por ejemplo, de los 647,904 ciudadanos registrados para votar, solo el 56 por ciento de ellos votaron.                     - 99: cachi-chien
En números equivale a 362,410 personas. Y de ese 56 por ciento de votantes, el 10.8 por ciento corresponde a la comunidad
                                                                                                                                              - Despeinado: chin-chu-peine
Hispana. Estas cifras se obtuvieron gracias a un artículo publicado en el Tiempo Libre.
                                                                                                                                              - Escándalo sexual: clin-ton
  Estos son algunos de los nombres que debes recordar:                                                                                        - Minifalda: cachi-che-leve
  Senador de los Estados Unidos (representando a Nevada): John Ensign (R)                                                                     - Pobre: chin-lu, chin-agua, chin-naa
  Representante al Congreso, Distrito 1: Shelley Berkley (D)                                                                                  - Suspenso: cha-cha-cha-chaaan
  Representante al Congreso, Distrito 2: Dean Heller (R)
                                                                                                                                              Un campeonato deportivo...
  Representante al Congreso, Distrito 3: Jon Porter (R)
                                                                                                                                              Un día se encontraban los animales de la
  Gobernador de Nevada: Jim Gibbons (R)                                                                                                       tierra contra los animales del mar en pleno
  Vicegobernador: Brian Krolicki (R)                                                                                                          campeonato de fútbol, cuando el arbitro da
  Secretario del Estado: Ross Miller (D)                                                                                                      el pitazo final. El encuentro terminó 0 a 0
                                                                                                                                              por lo que el arbitro decidió irse a penales.
  Tesorero del Estado: Kate Marshall (D)
                                                                                                                                              El tiburón que era el capitán del equipo del
  Controlador del Estado: Kim Wallin (D)
                                                                                                                                              mar, decidió poner al pulpo como portero,
  Procurador General: Catherine Cortez-Masto (D)                                                                                              cuando de pronto el marcador desde los
  Sheriff: Douglas Gillespie                                                                                                                  penales cambia de 8 a 0 ganando los
                                                                                                                                              animales de la tierra.
  Algunos resultados de las preguntas estatales:                                                                                              Entonces, el tiburón muy enojado le gritó
                                                                                                                                              al pulpo:
  1: Financiar la operación de las escuelas públicas (K-12) antes de financiar cualquier otro proyecto. PASO
                                                                                                                                                 - Oye, ¿cómo es que tienes 8 tentáculos
  2: Traspasar una propiedad de una persona particular a otra persona particular no se considerará                                                 y no puedes atajar los penales?
     un uso público. PASO                                                                                                                     El pulpo enojado le contestó:
                                                                                                                                                - Sí, es cierto, ¡pero el delantero que
  4: Prohibir fumar tabaco en ciertos lugares públicos, con excepción de todas las áreas de casinos. NO PASO                                      tiró fue el ciempiés!
  5: Prohibir fumar tabaco en ciertos lugares públicos, en todo bar con licencia de manejar comida, pero excluyendo                           Cada uno con su jefe
     las áreas de juego de casinos. PASO




Agenda Comunitaria
                                                                                                                                              El jefe le dice al empleado:
  6: Aumentar el salario mínimo que se le paga a los empleados. PASO                                                                             - Tú no pienses en mí como tu jefe,
                                                                                                                                                   piensa en mí como un amigo que siempre
  7: Legalizar el uso de hasta una onza de marihuana a las personas mayores de 21 años. NO PASO                                                    tiene la razón.


                                                                                                         No te quedes sentado en tu casa sin hacer nada
                                                                                                             y aprovecha los eventos que nuestra ciudad


                                                                                                        Conciertos y Exhibiciones de Arte
                                                                                                                              tiene programados para tí.
Eventos para noviembre                          Cuerpos... al natural
                                                Evento: ‘Cuerpos... La Exhibición.’
Show Internacional de Autos                     Día(s): abierto todos los días.
El evento localizado en el centro de            Hora: 10 a.m. a 10 p.m. Lugar: 3801 S. Las
convenciones de Las Vegas hará la
                                                Vegas Boulevard. En el Hotel y Casino Tropicana.                 Artista: Vicente           Exhibición:
                                                Teléfono: (702) 739-2411. Precios: $24 admisión                  Fernández y
exhibición anual de autos nuevos, mini-vans,    general, $22 personas mayores de 60 años, $21                                               ‘El Maravilloso Mundo
camperos y camionetas la última semana          para los residentes de Nevada y $16 para los                     Paquita la del             de la Naturaleza’ – por Gayle Evey.
de noviembre. Llame al (702) 892-0711           niños entre los 4 y los 16 años.                                 Barrio                     Lugar: 250 S. Green Valley Pkwy. En el Centro
para más información.                                                                                                                       Multicultural de Henderson.
                                                El mundo de los niños                                            Día(s): noviembre 25 del
                                                                                                                                            Teléfono: (702) 267-5800.
Camine y luzca a su perro                       Evento: ‘100 exhibiciones a mano.’                               2006 Hora: 9:00 p.m.
                                                Día(s): de martes a domingo. Hora: 10 a.m. a 5                   Lugar: Mandalay            Exhibición:
A mediados del mes de noviembre, usted          p.m. Lugar: 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., En el Museo                  Bay Resort
podrá llevar a su perro a concursar el Parque
                                                                                                                                            ‘Diagonal a la división’
                                                para Niños ‘Lied Discovery.’ Teléfono: (702) 382-                Precio: $53 – $156.95      – cuadros pintados por autores chinos que
Dog Fancier. Usted podrá aprender de            3445. Precios: $7 admisión general y $6 para                                                enseñan en universidades americanas.
programas de instrucción para perros y          mayores de 60 años y militares y niños menores                    Artista:                  Lugar: 821 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
                              obtener           de 17 años y gratis para niños menores de 1 año.
                                                                                                                  James Blunt               Teléfono: (702) 229-4674
                              información
                                                Gracias a su esfuerzo                                             Día(s): noviembre 18      Exhibición:
                              para adoptar a    Evento: ‘En las Alas de las Águilas –                             del 2006                  ‘Arte Contemporáneo,’
                              uno. Llame al     Un Tributo a los héroes americanos.’                              Hora: 8:00 p.m.           – cuadros de Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse,
                              (702) 455-        Día(s): abierto todos los días. Hora: 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.             Lugar: Hard Rock Hotel    Robert De Niro y Alexander Calder.
                              8200 para más     Lugar: 2121 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin. En el Museo
                                                                                                                  Precio: $82               Lugar: 107 E. Charleston Blvd.
                              información.      De Los Recuerdos. Teléfono: (702) 298-4200.                                                 Teléfono: (702) 384-2615.
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                                                                                                                                                         teen talk




                                                                                                                                                                              body&soul!
                                                                                                                                             teen smokers debate
                                                                                                                                           the benefits of quitting
                                                                                                                                            junk food contraband

                                                            health for mind, body and spirit!

teen girls in abusive
relationships need a way out                                                             teentalk
by Grecia Rodriguez, Eldorado HS
The number of teenage girls in abusive relationships is growing, and many young
girls are finding themselves suffering physically and emotionally at the hands of
                                                                                                                     with Doctor George
                                                                                                                   Dr. Constantine George is a Las Vegas native.
abusive boyfriends.
                                                                                                                   He went to medical school at the University
Instead of nice, memorable high school relationships these teen girls are                                          of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, Nevada and
experiencing destructive relationships.                                                                            finished his schooling in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. George
Some teenage boys treat girls disrespectfully without any regret. They feel they have                              enjoys working out and reading.
the right to hit their girlfriends.
This type of behavior shouldn’t be ignored; people need to deal with this problem
before it gets completely out of hand. In fact, teenage girls who are in abusive        teen talk for today’s teens
relationships have a greater risk of being raped.                                       Get answers to your health questions each month in the Teen Talk health column, sponsored
                                                                                        by Southern Hills Hospital. Dr. Constantine George, specializing in adolescent health, gives
Those who wind up in abusive relationships are often following a pattern set by their
                                                                                        you advice on everything from acne to asthma. Send your confidential questions by e-mail to
mothers. Girls see their mothers in an abusive relationship and they start to think     classmag4u@yahoo.com, by U.S. mail to CLASS!, UNLV, Box 451025, Las Vegas, NV 89154-
that it’s all right to be abused.                                                       1025, or by fax to 895-1505. Here is this month’s Q and A with Dr. George:
Another reason girls put up with abuse is because they have very low self-esteem.
They want attention even if it’s abusive.                                               Q. Can too much stress be physically harmful? What are some
                                                                                              good stress relievers?
Many girls don’t get out of these destructive relationships because they don’t know
what to do. They even believe that their abusive boyfriends will somehow change               Dr. G: Yes, too much stress can be physically harmful. Stress is a normal part of
their ways.                                                                             everyday life, but too much is bad for your health. Increased stress can lead to
                                                                                        problems such as headaches, upset stomach, high blood pressure, heart disease, chest
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-
3224) is there to help all abused people, but few girls find the courage to pick up     pain, problems with sleeping — and the list goes on. Stress relievers include: learning
the phone and call. That’s too bad, because it’s too late to help someone after she’s   to manage your time more efficiently, always maintaining a positive attitude in the face
been murdered.                                                                          of adversity, always taking time out to relax/sleep/rest, having a good exercise regimen,
                                                                                        eating healthy and building a good social support system as well. This is only a small list
For more information on what to do in a dangerous relationship or what you can do       of the many things you can to do to help you deal with stress.
to help others, visit www.ndvh.org !
                                                                                        Q. When I’m in a close crowd of people (like on an airplane
                                                                                              or at church) is there any way I can prevent myself from
                                                                                              getting sick?
                                                                                               Dr. G: Some easy tips include: Wash your hands and keep them clean, avoid
                                                                                        touching your face/ nose/mouth, avoid those who are sick. Those who are sick should
                                                                                        try to avoid healthy people, cover their nose/mouth when sneezing and coughing and
                                                                                        always wash their hands.

                                                                                        Q. I really want to get my teeth whitened. Are there any risks
                                                                                              involved?
                                                                                              Dr. G: Those under the age of 16 years old should not get their teeth whitened
                                                                                        because the nerve of the tooth is still large and may get irritated. If you are allergic to
                                                                                        the tooth whitener you should not use it either. Cavities need to be fixed before
                                                                                        whitening your teeth. Gum disease is also a problem. I would recommend talking to
                                                                                        your dentist because there is a longer list of risks and recommendations that you need
                                                                                        to know about.

                                                                                        Q. My parents smoke in the house all the time and I’m worried
                                                                                              it’s going to affect my health later on. As long as I don’t start
                                                                                              to smoke, will I be okay?
                                                                                               Dr. G: Second hand smoke is smoke that a person who does not smoke
                                                                                        inhales from others around them who are smoking. In your situation, you are inhaling
                                                                                        second hand smoke. Second hand smoke is known to cause lung cancer in nonsmokers
                                                                                        and can also cause irritation of the lungs, ears, nose and throat. It can lead to ear
                                                                                        infections in young kids and also pneumonia, and can cause some kids to have asthma
                                                                                        later on in life. Asking your parents to smoke outside can help, but the best thing to do
                                                                                        is to ask them to stop smoking all together.

                                                                                        Q. Where can I find credible information about disorders like
                                                                                              OCD to find out if I have them or not?
                                                                                              Dr. G: OCD is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and you may find lots of easy-
                                                                                        to-read information on the Web site, www.kidshealth.org. Type in your search term and
                                                                                        the information you requested will appear.
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  body&soul!
               teen smokers debate
               the benefits of quitting
               by Abisag Salguero, Eldorado HS

       Everyday thousands of people try to
       quit smoking. Though it may seem
like adults are the only ones deciding to
give up the habit, those thousands of
people also include teenagers who realize
early that quitting may be a smart idea.
“It was hard for me to quit,” says Eldorado student Jack Nuñez. “It took me at least
three months. That sure doesn’t sound like a long time, but they were the three most
horrible months of my life.”

Even after a smoker has quit, life can be tough.

“I would wake up in a cold sweat, shivering and feverish,”
 says Nuñez. “It wasn’t fun at all. I was pretty much in
 pain because of the nicotine withdrawals.”
Nuñez says he suffered emotional pain too.

“I felt like quitting, quitting smoking, but sometimes I thought I wasn’t going to make it.”

“I didn’t quit,” says John Michaels, another former smoker. “I just suddenly stopped
one day. I decided not to smoke, and I did it. I didn’t smoke one day, and that led to
a week, which lead to a month.”

Michaels continues that, “It’s been two months
that I have not smoked. It hasn’t been hard at all.
I’m proud at myself for not smoking and actually
accomplishing something.”
It’s not always that easy for most people, however.

“I couldn’t quit,” says Jeremy Birch. “I tried a lot of things but I couldn’t stop. I tried buying
those patches, but those didn’t work. I tried going on a diet. That didn’t work either.”

Some people simply enjoy smoking too much
to give it up.
“I don’t want to quit smoking,” says Elroy Jackson. “It’s not that I’m weak, it’s just
that I don’t want to quit right now. I might quit once I’m older and I have a family of
my own. But I don’t have one right now.”

Jackson believes that pressure from others to stop smoking isn’t helpful.

“No one can tell me to quit smoking, and I’m not going
 stop.” Jackson says.
He explains that he becomes very agitated when people try to get him to quit smoking.

“No one controls me. If I smoke, oh well. It’s my body. If I die when I’m 40 years
old, too bad.” !
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                                                                                                                                                                           body&soul!
junk food contraband
Health move to crack down on candy turns students into
black market entrepreneurs
by Robert Winn, Eldorado HS

Candy. Every kid’s favorite thing in life is candy. With
Halloween over, most students have to wait another whole
year to get such a readily available candy fix. But at Eldorado
High School, it’s almost become like Halloween every day.
In 2004 the school district board made the decision to try to reduce obesity on Las
Vegas campuses with a plan to end all candy and carbonated beverage sales. But
the plan backfired. While many students saw the recent ban as a disappointment,
others took the Clark County School District crackdown on candy as an opportunity.
Within weeks students were showing up to school with grocery bags of candy they
bought at the 99 Cent Store, three for a dollar. That’s a 67-cent profit on each piece of   What many students probably didn’t know, however, was that they were breaking
candy, which is better than what most major corporations get on the items they sell.        rules. Every fundraiser on school district property must go through certain protocols
“The opportunity for making money was so obvious,” says Kris Lauer, a junior at             including filing the necessary paperwork and getting approval.
Eldorado High School. “You give kids the opportunity to buy something that they             But the real problem for entrepreneurial students came from other students.
were already buying and they will have no reason to stop.”
                                                                                       “People began stealing from the sellers, right out of the bag,” says Dean of Students
Of course there is a catch. Selling candy on campus is against the rules. But did that Dave Wagner. “But they couldn’t complain or snitch because they weren’t sure if
stop students who saw the profits that could be made?                                  they were breaking any rules.”
Eldorado has a 10-minute snack period after third period. Students are encouraged
                                                                                            “I would buy candy because I love my Reese’s,” says senior
to bring nutritional food to school, so when kids came with grocery bags no one
thought twice about it.
                                                                                            Miakela Taylor. “I don’t know what I would do without them.”
                                                                                            Currently there are few students selling candy on campus anymore, out of fear of
“I saw plenty of people buying and selling candy, but I had no reason to stop them,”
                                                                                            what the deans might do. Either that, or the sellers have become sneakier about it.
says Eldorado hall monitor Roshad. “I was not told by anyone that they were
breaking any rules. As far as I knew they weren’t doing anything wrong.”                    “I can’t wait until they decide to lift the ban,” says Lauer !



 safe snacks
 There’s a reason why those candy bars are being banned
 at school. Aside from being expensive, they’re not the best
 health choice when you need a quick snack. ‘The Book of
 Lists for Teens’ by Sandra and Harry Choron recommends
 these Top Nine healthy alternatives:
 1. Air-popped or low-fat microwave popcorn
 2. Raw vegetables and low-fat dip
 3. Nonfat yogurt with fresh fruit
 4. Pretzels
 5. Frozen fruit juice bars (but read the labels)
 6. Mini-pizzas made with English muffins (or pita bread or bagels),
    tomato sauce and low-fat cheese.
 7. Granola bars
 8. Rice cakes with peanut butter
    and fruit spread
 9. Quesadillas made with salsa
    and low-fat cheese

 Did you know one 1.4 oz.
 milk chocolate bar contains
 approximately 210 calories,
 13 grams of fat?
 For more candy facts, visit www.candyusa.org.
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                                                                                                                                                   America’s got style
                                                                                                                    High School girls disappearing at an alarming rate

                                                  fashion news · what’s cool and trendy · who’s wearing what

America’s got style
Rikki Mitchell of Faith Lutheran HS interviewed foreign exchange students across her
school to find out what they think about the fashion trends in the United States.
Zuzanna Helikova         Kamila Bednarova         Kuan Huang         Ally Pun                Seong Yong Han
age: 17                  age: 17                  age: 16            age: 17                 age: 13
country: Slovakia        country: Slovakia        country: Taiwan    country: Hong Kong      country: South Korea

“America wears lots      “I don’t like the        “I like what       “It’s totally           “I like it better in
 of colorful              layering or tights       you wear          different. You guys      America. There
 clothing, and you        and everyone has         in America.”      all do your hair and     are so many
 all put stuff in your    the exact same                             makeup for school        different colors.
 hair like bows and       boots! It’s different                      everyday and we          It’s much
 ribbons. I like how      but I think I like it                      don’t. We also don’t     different.”
 everyone matches         more here.”                                do the two shirts
 everything.”                                                        thing [layering].”
                                                                                                                                                         Maria Flor, age 16
                                                                                                                                                          Country: Ecuador

                                                                                                                                                 “It’s pretty much the
                                                                                                                                            same thing, but America
                                                                                                                                                  gets everything first.
                                                                                                                                              It’s cheaper in Ecuador
                                                                                                                                                     because we make
                                                                                                                                                        our own fabric.”


Big sunglasses are unnecessary
High School girls disappearing at an alarming rate
by Courtney Stachler, Green Valley HS

As I pulled into the Green Valley High School parking lot in                              It seems like they would have to be
                                                                                          practical. With their size, they must keep
my ice blue 2005 Hyundai, I drove past a group of girls all
                                                                                          at least out four times as much sun as
wearing what looked like two giant tinted windshields.                                    normal-sized sunglasses.
This is the newest, hottest trend of the year: sunglasses that are two times bigger       “I like them because they make my face
than the waists of the girls who wear them. I had to get to the bottom of this.           look small,” says Krejci.
There is no way boys find these glasses cute. They are ludicrous and a waste of           Maybe a lot of girls have this mentality, but
plastic that can be used to make more important things, like pencil sharpeners.           as far as I am concerned, sunglasses were
“They can be funny at times, but it’s not like a turn on or anything,” says junior        made to protect your eyes from UV rays.
Ryan Barazza.                                                                             These happen to protect your whole face.
We all see Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan in the magazines, but these girls look like     “The ones that are big have really thick lenses                                        Illustration: Kainani Higa, Green Valley HS

they have been badly beaten and need to cover up their black eyes.                        that help keep more sun out,” says Krejci.
Whatever it may be, teens have followed right along in their footsteps, waking up         Well, Krejci, normal-sized sunglasses can also
and putting their windshields on too. These sunglasses, fit for Godzilla, seem to be      have thick lenses that keep the sun out too.
eating these skinny little girls alive.
                                                                                          “They aren’t practical, they
When we look at teenage trends,                                                            are just for style,” says Barazza
quite often it’s about shock value,”
                                                                                          And it’s not just a style for girls either. Boys’ sunglasses are expanding at an
says GVHS science teacher Cindy Kern.                                                     alarming rate as well. Both girls and boys deem them the “perfect accessory,”
Kern believes these glasses are as shocking as they come. Which makes me wonder           wearing them not just on their faces anymore, but on top of their heads, backwards
just when are these glasses considered to be too big.                                     on the back of their heads and on their shirts.

“They’re too big when they don’t accent your eyes anymore and when they                   “I bought them so I am going to wear them,” says Barazza.
completely hide your eyes and eyebrows,” says Kern.                                       Clearly they are not practical because some students wear these glasses all day, yet
“Probably when they engulf the girl’s face,” Barazza agrees.                              the glasses never touch their face.

To get the real scoop, I went to one of our peers’ most notorious oversized               The fact of the matter is that these sunglasses that are a “pretty big” waste. What
sunglasses wearer, junior Lauren Krejci. I wanted to know if people really think these    we really want to see are the people behind the glasses. And who knows when we
glasses are cute, or if they wear them because they are practical.                        will ever see them again? !
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                                                                                                                                                                          wheels!
                                                                                                                                                      bikes vs. cars

                                                                    getting around town in style




bikes vs. cars
by Danielle Sloan, Green Valley HS

Every once in a while we see a decked-out                                                  Here are some of the reasons
bicyclist in ridiculous attire, including bright                                           why you should ride a bike
red spandex shorts and a helmet that looks                                                 instead of using other
like it came right out of Star Trek. Am I wrong?                                           transportation devices like
                                                                                           a car:
And do we not always think to ourselves, “man,
                                                                                           1. Bikes don’t require any gas, which equals
get a life” or “what new meds are you on?”                                                   more money to spend on junk we don’t
Because I honestly do. And this may just be                                                  need, and also means a cleaner
due to the fact that these Tour de France’d                                                  atmosphere. Yay for not polluting!

bicyclists are a rarity here in Clark County.                                              2. The human species need exercise and




                                                                                                                                                                               Yvette Marie Dostatni/MCTCampus
                                                                                             believe it or not, bicycling provides
Yet in San Francisco and Berkeley, and pretty much all of Northern California, you           exercise. Guess what does not?
can’t help but see these guys at every corner. And not just one of them — a whole            That’s right. Cars.
gang of them looking equally ridiculous.                                                   3. Also, Cars equal wars. People kill over
But why there and not here? Are Nevadans too cool for hardcore biking? Or is it              the oil used for cars. Most of the military
because we experience summer temperatures that are just too extreme for spandex?             costs and war casualties that occurred
                                                                                             since 1950 are related to fights over oil.
However right now, at this very second, it’s quite nice outside. A bit chilly, yes,
                                                                                           4. And over 40,000 people a year die due to car accidents. That means that
but wonderful to be riding around on your bicycle or tricycle or unicycle. Go take a
                                                                                             if everyone rode bikes instead of cars that would mean 40,000 lives
look outside.
                                                                                             saved. Crazy, huh?
How many people do you see riding bicycles? Now, don’t get cute on me and go
                                                                                           Now, don’t get all worked up and call my parents in the middle of the night asking
someplace where you know lots of people on bicycles will be. That would just ruin
                                                                                           them if I have ever ridden or driven a car. Because I will tell you I have. And
the whole point of this story.
                                                                                           honestly, that makes me hypocritical. But I do ride my bicycle whenever I get the
I am just wondering why no bikes? Why only cars? Silly, silly people in their silly,       chance too.
silly cars. I will tell you here and now: riding bikes is cool. It’s not only for losers   I know that we all have our little schedules so how can we beat the convenience of
who don’t own cars. Well, at least I hope it’s not.                                        cars? You’re right, we can’t. But we can come close.

I am not asking you to go out and buy a hot pink                                           Now, I will tell you why Northern California is filled with bicycles. Good weather and
spandex outfit and a highlighter yellow oval-shaped                                        transit systems. Yes, transit systems. And I am not talking about a monorail at the
                                                                                           strip that costs five bucks to ride and would be faster if you just walked the
helmet that gets all pointy in the back.                                                   distance. Real, good ol’ transit systems. For example, my good friend BART. BART
I am simply asking you to maybe one of these days go into your garage and take out         stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit. Maybe we can do something clever with this in
your old bicycle from under all the dusty junk in there and ride it around the block       Nevada. Like make signs with the Tin Man on it that say, “If I only had a HART.”
for old time’s sake.                                                                       And HART can stand for Henderson Area Rapid Transit !
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      wired!                                   the hot spot for gadget freaks, gamers and tech-heads
                                                                                                                                          MySpace:A Hacker’s Paradise
                                                                                                                                        ‘YouTube’ Not Going Down The
                                                                                                                                                 Tubes Any Time Soon




MySpace:
   p
          ah
    aradise
                 s
            acker’                                                                                         by Alicia Cooper, Clar
                                                                                                                                 k HS



MySpace was created to be a safe
haven for teens to chat and socialize
with the assurance that their
security would not be in jeopardy.
Now as it has grown to be the
phenomenon that it is today, more of
its users have become victims of
spamming, extortion and blackmail at
the hands of expert hackers.
Many members of this internationally adored Web site have been casualties of the
extensive damage these notorious hackers cause. On more than one occasion, those
who regularly visit the site have had their identity and privacy held for ransom.
Numerous users are now paranoid when they log on, and blame MySpace for not
providing a more secure atmosphere for them.
A recent incident of such extortion occurred in New York when two teenagers, 18-
year-old Shaun Harrison and 19-year-old Saverio Mondelli hacked into the accounts
of MySpace users and threatened to expose such information to the world if they
were not paid a sum of $150,000.
By using a Web site called myspaceplus.com, the teens successfully developed a
code that could obtain personal information from MySpace members. Harrison and
Mondelli were later arrested in Los Angeles and charged with illegal computer use
and attempted extortion.
Despite the fact that these criminals were caught and punished, this is only one of
the many occurrences that’s happened in the past year alone. Some blame the Web
site’s lack of protection or even care for their users as grounds for the uproar of
hackers lurking around their accounts. Some believe that MySpace is too welcoming,    With the recent increase of security violations and blackmailing, how are
thus making it way too easy for people like Harrison and Mondelli to take hostage     MySpacers ever going to safely use the site again? The answer to this growing
the things that should be confidential.                                               predicament is simple: be less trusting and more suspicious when it comes to
                                                                                      approving friends or clicking onto bulletins.
                                                                                      For example, if you see a friend display the words, “check this out!” on their
                                                                                      bulletin, it is best just to ignore it.
                                                                                      There have been some occurrences where hackers got into buddy lists and used
                                                                                      the names listed to obtain personal information. Also, if what is displayed on a
                                                                                      bulletin or page isn’t something your friend is likely to say, avoid the comment
                                                                                      altogether and warn the friend that someone has hacked into his or her account.
                                                                                      Another telltale sign of danger is when a complete stranger asks to be accepted onto
                                                                                      your buddy list. If you don’t know them, don’t approve them — especially when they
                                                                                      are asking personal questions, pestering you to give them a friend request or
                                                                                      claiming to know you without mentioning your real name.
                                                                                      Overall, this world is becoming less and less trustworthy. It is crucial to protect your
                                                                                      identity, even in the most innocent of situations. Be suspicious. Be paranoid.
                                                                                      Whatever it takes to keep your personals safe !
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                                                                                                                                                                              wired!
‘YouTube’ not going down the tubes
 anytime soon...
by Lauren Hoenemeyer, Meadows HS

Done something stupid lately? Watch                                                      YouTube has shaken up the political world
                                                                                         so much so that a GOP official advises
out, because people might be                                                             other politicians, “If you don’t say
watching it, over and over again.                                                        anything stupid, you don’t have to worry
                                                                                         about YouTube.”
Just when you thought MySpace was                                                        This one senator is a minor target, however, compared to President George W. Bush.
                                                                                         When entering Bush’s name in the search engine on YouTube, numerous clips of him
the biggest thing on the Internet,                                                       can be found stumbling with his words, fumbling around or even flipping off a
YouTube.com has suddenly emerged                                                         camera that he didn’t think was on. So politicians beware: the YouTube ‘Big
                                                                                         Brother’-esque cameras are watching you.
from the bottomless pit of billions
                                                                                         Even the alcoholic business is getting involved in YouTube. Smirnoff has created a
of Web sites to make No. 16 on the                                                       video to promote its new iced tea malt beverage, Smirnoff Raw Ice Tea. The clip has
                                                                                         a little bit of hip-hop in it as it features the P-Unit, short for the Prep Unit, a spin-off
list of most popular Web sites.                                                          of 50 Cent’s G-Unit.
The video-hosting site is definitely not something to ignore. Politicians, musicians,    No matter what ends up on YouTube, all who post their videos and watch the videos
geeks, freaks, alcoholic beverage companies and the average American are all             of others must agree: YouTube is definitely having an influence on our culture and
among those classified as ‘YouTubers,’ who use the Web site to show off their skills,    our lives. Whether or not that influence will end up being a good thing or a bad
or show off their stupidity.                                                             thing is still open for debate !
Here’s a riddle: what’s blonde, rich and just as big as YouTube? If you guessed Paris
Hilton, you’d be right. And the company that put together Hilton’s new debut record,        YouTube is the third most popular U.S. site for viewing
“Paris,” is teaming up with YouTube in creating Hilton’s own channel for the Web            streaming videos, in number of downloads, July 06.
site that features all of her videos.                                                       source: comscore media metrix graphic: pat carr, paul trap ©2006 mct
In the August 2006 article, “YouTube Unveils New Advertising Concepts,” Robin
Bechtel of the record company explains, “Paris Hilton and YouTube are both pop
culture phenomena. So, it makes sense that Paris is part of this exciting initiative,
and be first.”
Along with Paris Hilton are millions of aspiring musicians posting their videos of
songs, hoping that maybe people like Hilton will glance across their page and make
them known. Some of these musicians are serious about their music, but many more
film themselves singing terribly or lip-synching to songs. It’s like Internet karaoke.
Some people know what they are doing and others make complete fools of
themselves while they sing off-key.

Other types of ‘celebrities,’ such as
government officials grace the pages of
YouTube — but not so gracefully.
Republican Senator George Allen of Virginia was planning on a White House run in
2008. This year he has been on tour for his campaign. But little did he know that
someone else was with him on that campaign, videotaping him at each stop. The
spy from Allen’s opponent’s team caught Allen making racist remarks on a video
clip. The video became easily accessible to all and Allen’s approval ratings fell
sharply as a result.
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                                                                                                                                        Extreme sport of paintball
                                                                                                                                             sweeping the nation
                                                                                                                                         Paintball well on its way
                                                                                                                                               to the mainstream

                                             on the field, on the track and on the court




Extreme sport of paintball
SWEEPING THE NATION
If you’re still new to the game, read on for an explanation of just
what it’s all about and where it’s going                                                                                           by Cameron Fielder, Foothill HS

There are two types of paintballers. The first is the mullet-wearing, confederate-flag-waving, hay-between-the-teeth bush
baller, who plays the game not so much as an organized sport, but more as a war between him and Cletus.
                              The second type of paintballer is the tournament baller, who looks at the game from
                               a different perspective not as the cliché forest war with pump action guns and camo,
                              but as a systematic sport that tests much more than one’s ability to pull a trigger and
                              aim a gun.
                               Now just because I refer to this superior        Old Cletus plays outside in the wilder-      Back players, like the name implies,
                               class of paintballer as the tournament baller   ness with no distinct boundaries and no       play the back bunkers and are relied on
                               doesn’t mean that to be classified as one       real rules other than: you get shot you       by the front players and mid players to
                               you must compete in tournaments. In fact,       are out. Cletus may have some fun             lay down the most paint and call out the
                                    the majority of these ballers have         scenario games lined up, but ‘capture         opposite teams positions.
                                        never even competed in a               the mullet’ and ‘guard General Lee’ are
                                                                               not uniform in any way.                       Mid-players play mid-field and can do
                                            tournament. Whether or not
                                                                                                                             just about anything. They can double as a
                                              the player has any kind of       Now that you know what bush                   back player or front player and are usually
                                                tourney experience doesn’t     ballers are all about, let me                 the ‘meat and potatoes’ of the team.
                                                    matter. What matters       tell you about the latter of the
                                                            is how they        two classes.                                  Front players are the game winners on
                                                                  play the                                                   the team. They are relied on to make ‘run
                                                                               Tourney ballers organize teams with
                                                                      game.                                                  throughs’ up the field to eliminate sweet
                                                                               equal sides and no crazy scenarios.
                                                                               They can play outside, but the bunkers        spots and usually tie up the most guns.
                                                                                                        must be man-
                                                                                                          made and
                                                                                                                             An effective front player can
                                                                                                          uniform.
                                                                                                                             shift the entire momentum of
                                                                                                                             a game, and they get all of
                                                                                                          Boundaries
                                                                                                                             the glory.
                                                                                                        have to be set
                                                                               and rules enforced, preferably by a           Now there is a range of different kinds
                                                                               referee. A player may only possess one        of fields as well. Sup’Air fields are the
                                                                               gun while playing, and a hit anywhere         most commonly used for tournaments,
                                                                               on the body is an immediate ticket out        but are also the most work to maintain.
                                                                               of the game. Each team starts at the          A Sup’Air bunker is a blow-up bunker
                                                                               opposite end of the field at a starting net   made of a thick rubber material. These
                                                                               where, after a countdown from the ref,
                                                                                                                             bunkers deflect balls rather than absorb
                                                                               they spring free and out into the field.
                                                                                                                             hits, making a cleaner bunker for the player.
                                                                               It doesn’t matter the number on each
                                                                                                                             The other, cheaper option is a Hyper-ball
                                                                               side. Most tournaments are seven-man,
                                                                                  five-man, three-man or, occasionally,      field, which is made up of large hollow
                                                                                    ten-man teams (though those are          construction pillars. One of the most
                                                                                     rare). Each team has a strategy and     obvious reasons for the use of Sup’Air in
                                                                                      each player has a different position   a moving tournament circuit is because
                                                                                      and specific purpose.                  it is mobile, able to deflate to almost
                                                                                  You have your back players, mid-           nothing. But another reason for using
                                                                               players, and front players, but each player   the Sup’Air is its appeal. The now
                                                                               is different and can be categorized as        widely-growing sport of tournament
                                                                               aggressive back, mid or front, or defensive   paintball is much more attractive with
                                                                               back, mid or front.                           bunkers made specifically for the game !
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                                                                                                                                                                                    sports!
paintball
well on its
way to the
mainstream
Since the turn of the century,
the sport of paintball has grown
tremendously. Over 9 million people
play paintball in the U.S. alone.
By Erik McKay, Foothill HS

When compared to traditional sports such as football or
baseball, paintball has an excellent participation
percentage. Inline skating and skateboarding are the only
extreme sports that ranked above paintball in 2004. There
are nearly 1,000 licensed facilities in which to play the sport
nationwide. With an annual growth rate of 15 to 20 percent,
paintball is well on its way to the mainstream.
The majority of the population knows          Similar to most other sports, there are
                                                                                           “I don’t know what happened.                  successful teams in the world.
what paintball is, and many have even         different rankings of skill and ability.      We just didn’t play like we                  And Russia isn’t the only country that
tried the sport at least once. Most who       Foothill High School’s own Brennan            usually do,” says Farmer.                    has a team. Sweden, France, England
participate play at a recreational level,     Farmer is currently experiencing his first                                                 and Canada also have their own
usually outdoors with a group of friends.                                                  Aside from Team LTZ’s unexpected
                                              season as a professional on Team LTZ.                                                      professional squads.
Unfortunately, some perceive paintball                                                     finish, the event proved to be yet
                                              In just a few years, his team has                                                          Whether it’s a weekend down at the
as a ‘war’ activity in which people shoot                                                  another icon for the sport’s growing
                                              progressed from a local competitor to a                                                    local field, or a national tournament,
each other with guns. This false                                                           popularity. Huntington Beach has been
                                              professional powerhouse.                     the NPPL’s flagship event since 2002,         paintball is becoming popular on all
observation could be one reason why the
                                              “Last year we did very well and won a        and it is constantly drawing more             levels. The sport gives a unique rush
sport still hasn’t quite made the big time.
                                              lot of our tournaments. This year we         attention. This year topped last year’s       that players feel every time they set
“I don’t like how some people                                                              spectator turnout with a larger trade         foot on the field. Its appeal to sports
                                              have stepped it up to the pro level,”
 claim that paintball isn’t a                                                              show than ever before. Thousands of           enthusiasts is growing because of the
                                              says Farmer.
 sport. It’s the few ignorant                                                              spectators were able to get a first-hand      need for real athletes. Paintball has
 people that ruin it for all                  Team LTZ holds their practices mainly in
                                                                                           look at cutting-edge equipment from the       everything it needs to become a
 of us,” says local player                    Las Vegas, but competes in major
                                                                                           world’s top vendors. The weather was          mainstream sport; it’s only a matter
 Brian Downing.                               tournament circuits that hold various                                                      of time !
                                                                                           spectacular for playing paintball, making
Many players, including Downing,              events all over the country. They recently   the event a picture-perfect way to kick       Above: Armand Minci keeps his marker up and
compete at a regional and/or national         played their first event as pro at the PSP   off the 2006 season.                          pointed down the field towards the opposition. The
level. It is the tournament scene of the      (Pure Sports Promotions) Texas Open in                                                     sport of paintball is rapidly becoming faster paced
                                                                                           Tournament paintball is becoming a true       with games rarely lasting longer than four minutes.
sport that represents paintball at its        Austin. Despite the criticism that often
                                                                                           sport with true athletes. The sport is        Minci is one of many tournament players who
finest. There is a wide range of              comes with being a new team to the pro                                                     compete at the national level. He plays on Team
                                                                                           increasingly becoming faster paced, and
tournaments in which players of all skill     ranks, they still managed to advance to                                                    Method, a local team that competes in the PSP
                                                                                           teams are recruiting players that can do      national circuit.
levels can compete in. Even a beginner        the quarterfinals.                           it all. Today’s player can run faster, last   Far left: Levi Sampayo slides into a bunker in the
player can find a smaller tournament at
                                              Their second event at the NPPL               longer and play harder than ever before.      beginning of a game. It is vital to get to your bunker
their local field. The Las Vegas Sports
                                                                                                                                         quickly to prevent getting shot out. Sampayo
Center, for example, frequently holds         (National Professional Paintball League)     A professional team from Russia has their     competes in both local and national tournaments
local tournaments for teams not quite         Huntington Beach Open in California          players training six days a week. This        such as the PSP.
ready to compete at a higher level.           didn’t turn out as well.                     intense training results in one of the most   JeremyMcLarty/Courtesy photos
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    schoolzone!                                       what’s happening on campuses around the valley
                                                                                                                                                      Faith Lutheran teachers
                                                                                                                                                     bring Shakespeare to life
                                                                                                                                                        A new division affects
                                                                                                                                                    the future of Desert Pines




Home schooling provides benefits not found in public high schools
by Cassie Hopster, Foothill HS
Waking up in the afternoon, going to get some breakfast and relaxing in comfortable                                      Communities benefit from home schooling as well.
                                                                                                                         Home schooling saves taxpayers’ money and helps
pajamas is how Haley Laugenson starts off school every day. On the other hand,
                                                                                                                         reduce over-sized classrooms.
junior Jeanne Dean cannot avoid the stressful morning wake-ups.
                                                                                                                         There are countless benefits to home schooling a
This is an example of how home-schooled children           Home-schooled children learn at their own pace,
                                                                                                                         student. The child gets to spend all day with her family,
differ from public-schooled kids. Children who have        emphasizing the subjects they love or need extra help
                                                                                                                         never has to miss breakfast in a mad rush to catch the
been home schooled are raised in a completely              with. They also have more time to work, play and
                                                                                                                         school bus, her parents don’t have to fight traffic in
different way.                                             watch the grass grow. Fantasy author Christopher              front of the school and she doesn’t have to worry about
“I think that home schooling would be a good idea for      Paolini was home-schooled during high school and had          whether or not the teacher likes her.
high school students, but I do think that while in         enough free time between studies to write his best-
                                                                                                                         “I started being home schooled my freshman year and I
elementary and junior high, all kids need to socialize     selling novel, ‘Eragon.’
                                                                                                                         am so glad I chose it. I am closer to my family and I
and interact with other students,” says Jeanne Dean.
                                                           Home schooling also removes the threats of bullying,          don’t have to wake up grumpy every morning at 6
When home schooled, the child may not receive all the      boredom and negative socialization. The child takes           a.m.,” says Laugenson. “Plus I never have to worry
social skills that he or she may need to live a balanced   responsibility for his or her own education.                  about having senioritis or my absences.”
life, but home schooling doesn’t remove socialization
                                                           Not only is home schooling great for the child, it is a       Home-schooled students receive perfect attendance every
entirely. Children make friends at science fairs, park-
days, book discussions, in the neighborhood and more.      wonderful experience for the mother as well. Mothers          year. When going on a vacation, they can always find a
The child avoids learning the important office career      teach their children as they read together, play together     way to make it educational. There are many advantages
skills such as sitting down for six hours straight and     and work together. Working away from his peers, a             and some disadvantages, but so long as the parents are
may not learn manners like how to ask to use the           child can become more independent and also                    patient and reliable enough to take on the task of
restroom, but those appear to be some of the only          experience a healthy winter every year, since he won’t        teaching, home-schooled students are free to learn in one
drawbacks of home schooling.                               be exposed to all the other sick children.                    of the most unique and beneficial ways possible !




                                                                        Students of the Month
                                                                        November 2006
                                                                         Sierra Vista High School

                                                                         Holly Villamagna                                       Johnson Ukken
                                                                         Sierra Vista High School may be growing each year,     Johnson Ukken spent three years living in India, so
                                                                         but it continues to take pride in its highest          last summer when he visited, the country already
                                                                         achieving students. Senior Holly Villamagna is         felt like his home.                                 !
                                                                         ranked number one in her class of 570 with a 4.7
                                                                                                                                A member of National Honor Society, Culture
                                                                         unweighted GPA.
                                                                                                                                Society, MuAlpha Theta and Key Club, Ukken holds
                                                                         Excelling in her studies as well as in community       a 3.8 GPA, with a rank of 11th in his senior class.
                                                                         service and her commitment to journalism,
                                                                                                                                With three AP credits to his name this year, Ukken’s
                                                                         Villamagna is a hard worker through and through.
                                                                                                                                schedule is filled to the brim every day, though it’s
                                                                         An intern at Washington Mutual for over a year,        still not enough to keep him from working at the
                                                                         Villamagna caps off her busy work day with             Community College of Southern Nevada.
                                                                         homework from AP classes, writing stories for both
                                                                                                                                Coeditor of his school’s newspaper, Ukken strives
                                                                         her school’s newspaper and the ‘Summerlin’ and
                                                                                                                                each month to design interesting covers and layouts.
                                                                         ‘215’ magazines as well as a driving to Spring
                                                                         Mountain Hospital where she volunteers regularly.      Though Ukken says he “lov[es] the big happy family
                                                                                                                                feeling” he experiences when he comes to
                                                                         Hoping to cure Alzheimer’s, Villamagna volunteers in
                                                                                                                                Journalism class, Ukken really wants to study


                                          JoWesnon Hui
                                                                         an effort to achieve her goal of becoming a doctor.


           Holly                            hn
                                                                                                                                medicine, and volunteers at Summerlin Hospital.
                                                                         “I hope to someday open up my own practice,”
                                                                         she says.




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                                                                                                                                                                          schoolzone!
Faith Lutheran teachers
bring Shakespeare to life
by Charity Ziebarth, Faith Lutheran HS

Imagine watching three teachers go up on stage and attempt
to act every Shakespeare play ever written. For some Faith
Lutheran High School students, they no longer have to
imagine such a concept.
Those students attended the Diluted Shakespeare Company’s production of
‘The Complete Work’s of William Shakespeare’ (abridged).

Erik Ball, Dave Elliott, Doug Braun, Mrs. Ball (the director) and the Bobs (the tech
crew) made up the DSC. Working since mid-summer, they had been anticipating the
day where they would perform in front of their students and other faculty.

The play was definitely not a typical production. With a rather interesting
introduction, the show went on to perform its first real scene, ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
The audience couldn’t hold back their laughter when Ball came out on stage as the
first of many girls he would be playing. Braun proved an excellent balcony and Elliott
had two very crooked balloons among other things.

Other performances were made up of a rap, Scottish accents, a football game and a
                                                                                          Photo by Jodi Rael




cooking variety show.

The last and final scene was ‘Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.’ The three teachers went
all out. The audience members even got involved, including two unsuspecting ladies
who were dragged whole heartedly up on stage. Once the show was run through                                       ‘Romeo and Juliet’ balcony scene with Braun as the balcony.
once, it was run again, faster. And then even faster. Then surprisingly, backwards.
                                                                                         “It’s hilarious, I’m dying!” Sam Savage says, remembering the last escapade Ball and
The show was incredible — that’s all there is to say about it.                           Braun ended the first act with.

This production was one large fundraiser for the new chapel building/performing arts     “I liked when [Ball] was stabbing himself over and over and over again. It was
center that we will be breaking ground on Faith campus in the next couple of             awesome!” says Tyler Crinite.

months. It has been rumored, that the earnings were just under $12,000.                  The entire show, with all its hilarity and humor, was amazing in
Considering the level of the performances, the rumor is not surprising. During           itself. Fitting 37 Shakespeare plays into two hours with only
intermission people raved on about the show — and it was not even over yet.              three actors is nothing less then extraordinary !
                                                                                         (Adequate Yearly Progress) requirements for the fourth year. Putting us in the
 A new division affects the                                                              Educational Services region would give the students at Desert Pines more focused
                                                                                         attention according to Goldman.
 future of Desert Pines                                                                  “The goal is to move the school forward to have it meet
 by Jess Malik, Desert Pines HS                                                           AYP as fast as humanly possible. My philosophy is we’ll
                                                                                          be student centered and not adult centered,” he says.
 Desert Pines High School was moved out of the East
                                                                                         Some ways that students at our school will get more focused attention include the
 Region this year and was placed in the Educational                                      new 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. schedule, and also the fact that our school shares
 Services Division of the Clark County School District.                                  campuses with Global Community School, Sunset School and the Morris Center.
 The Educational Services Division is in charge of all the                               “If you really need services that I can’t provide, you can just take classes at the
 alternative and adult education schools, and serves at-                                 Morris Center,” says Goldman.

 risk students. Dr. Edward Goldman, the Associate                                        Furthermore, another change was getting a new principal, Dr. Timothy Stephens.

 Superintendent of Educational Services region was                                       “I think Dr. Stephens understands what needs to be done,” says Dr. Goldman.

 recently interviewed regarding this change.                                             Goldman also states that Desert Pines was already “slated to move out of the East
                                                                                         Region.” This is true — Desert Pines was supposed to be moved into the
 When asked why our school was moved into the Education Services Division, he
                                                                                         Superintendent’s Region. However, the Superintendent handed the ropes over to
 responded by asking, “Why does it matter?”
                                                                                         Goldman instead at the Educational Services region.
 It matters in the sense of how our school will be treated in this division. But
 Goldman reassured the Desert Pines school newspaper, “The Prowler,” that the
                                                                                         “It was a good thing. It was not a bad thing,”
 move would be beneficial.                                                                says Goldman.
                                                                                         Though Desert Pines students may still question the move, only time will
 “I think it’s positive,” he says.                                                       determine just how much a positive or negative effect the change will
 The general reason given for why the school was moved is that it didn’t meet AYP        ultimately have.
      college
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                                                                                                                       colleges rejecting girls
                                                                                                                              in favor of boys
                                                             helping you prepare for the next step


colleges rejecting girls in favor of boys
by Alexandra Oh, Meadows HS

No one ever said life was fair. You could be an A+ student with a roster
of numerous achievements, but if you’re a girl, the chances of getting
into college are lower than a boy with lesser credentials. Girls have to
come to terms with what the demographic realities show; women may
have to be more accomplished than men to obtain acceptance into the
nation’s top schools.
A recent article in ‘USA TODAY’ stated that college         environment because it encourages different perspectives
admission offices admit to giving a semi- ‘affirmative      and forces confrontation, which enhances learning.”
action’ treatment toward boys lately. Since young men
                                                            College admission officers have a real dilemma on their
are rare in the application pool, they’re more valued.
                                                            hands. The fewer boys they have at their schools, the
Jennifer Delahunty Britz, the dean of admissions at         fewer boys will apply there and the fewer will want to
Kenyon College recently wrote in her article, ‘To All the   attend there.
Girls I’ve Rejected’ in the March 23, 2006 issue of
                                                            With the majority of the school being female, the
‘The New York Times’ that, “Today, two-thirds of
                                                            problem isn’t just a lack of dates; the matter goes
colleges and universities report that they got more
                                                            beyond enhancing love lives to the issue of creating the
female than male applicants.”
                                                            best environment in which students can learn.
While schools used to be male-dominated,                    If a girl wanted to go to an all-girls college, then she
women have been increasingly replacing men                  could apply to Wellesley or Mount Holyoke.

in college graduations, which results in an                 In schools that are supposed to be co-ed, boys are
                                                            necessary for the environment. Without a preference
environment where 56 percent of
                                                            for male applicants, the percentage of men accepted
undergraduates are female.                                  into colleges could drop as low as 38 percent. Colleges
Accepting boys over girls may seem unfair, but              are not accepting boys over girls for sexist reasons,
disagreeing with this policy is disagreeing with the        but because they want the classes at their schools to be
whole act of accepting students because they are a          balanced.
minority, or affirmative action. The whole point of         It is necessary to understand that even though a girl
accepting students who are of different races and           may be a better applicant than a boy, college admission
religions is to create a diverse learning community.        officers have to take into account what contributions a
Director of admissions at Pennsylvania’s Dickinson          boy can bring to campus life that a girl cannot.
College, Robert Massa, recently addressed the situation
saying, “Diversity in any form — racial, geographic,
                                                            Visit www.nytimes.com or www.usatoday.com
economic and, yes, gender — contributes to the learning     for more information !
career center!
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                                                                                                                                                       female workers thrive




                                                                                                                                                                                 career center!
                                                                                                                                                              in auto industry
                                                                                                                                                         smart grad program
                                                                                                                                                        relieves future shock

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move over, mr. goodwrench:
female workers thrive in auto industry
Sugar and spice, and everything nice, that’s what girls                                      “I wanted to do something
                                                                                             different,” she says about her
are made of. Excuse me?
                                                                                             vocational choice. “I thought it
Girls may be made of sugar and spice, but they are also made of brains and brawn.            would be challenging.”
In the work world, more and more girls are putting their minds and muscles into
exploring fascinating new careers that were once not even on the map for women.              She adds, “It was really
                                                                                             bumpy in the beginning, and I
To compete in today’s job market, women have broadened the scope of their career
                                                                                             wasn’t welcome,” she says.
possibilities by looking into non-traditional fields. Non-traditional careers are those in
                                                                                             “Now, I have a very supportive boss, and my customers always speak highly of me.”
which one gender comprises less than 25 percent of the total workforce.
“In Nevada, if you take away teaching and nursing, the majority of jobs for women            Campverde says that new customers that come to her shop are surprised to see a
are in hotel housekeeping,” says Garry Wyatt, Career and Education consultant for            woman working in a garage. Yet, when they discover the qualities she brings to her
the Nevada Department of Education. “That means that a woman’s earning power is              work, they come back again and again.
severely limited.”                                                                           “I think a woman brings something new and valuable to this line of work,” she says.
                                                                                             “Women are clear and cool thinkers when there’s a problem, and a woman feels
Women have the opportunity to earn higher salaries in non-traditional jobs
                                                                                             empathy and compassion for the customers who come to her for help.”
than in many traditionally female occupations, such as housekeeping and
secretarial work.                                                                            Campverde’s tasks include everything from repairing air conditioners to installing
                                                                                             DVD players. While her work comes with periods of high stress and long hours, it
One non-traditional field that is beginning to welcome women into its ranks is the
                                                                                             also comes with a sense of satisfaction that has kept her on the job for a decade.
automotive industry. From hot-shot drivers like Danica Patrick to grease monkeys in
the garage, the ladies are making their mark in the automotive world.                        “I really enjoy my work, and I like taking care of people,” she says. “Not only can I
                                                                                             make really good money, but the work is very stimulating. It’s never, ever boring.”
Andrea Campverde, for example, has been an automotive technician in Las Vegas for
10 years and currently works at Cadillac of Las Vegas East. She started down the             To find out more about non-traditional careers for men and women, talk to the career
road to her current career by taking an automotive vocation in high school at Vo-Tech.       counselor at your school !



   SMART Grad program relieves future shock
   You’re in math class, contemplating the all-important subject of today’s
   school lunch choices, when you’re summoned to your counselor’s office.
                                 You’re in math class, contemplating the all-important       These mentors
                                 subject of today’s school lunch choices, when you’re        provide opportunities
                                 summoned to your counselor’s office.                        throughout the school
                                 “What are you going to do after graduation?” she asks,      year for students to
   peering at you expectantly.                                                               learn in-depth about
   “Uh…” you stammer blankly. You weren’t sure what to have for lunch, let alone             careers, meet with
   what to do with your life.                                                                potential employers
                                                                                             and learn all the
   Whether or not you’ve faced this moment of truth already, just about every high
                                                                                             Do’s and Don’ts of
   school student has thought about what he or she will be doing after graduation
                                                                                             job-hunting and            Photo: Andy Scott/MCT Campus
   from high school. Most students immediately go into denial and try not to think
   about it. After all, it’s a big decision that not many students feel prepared to make.    career-building.

   The best way to fight off future shock is to arm yourself with information and to         Upon completing the SMART Grad program, seniors will have a better
   find a mentor to guide you through the process of planning for tomorrow.                  understanding of themselves and their career strengths, as well as a professionally
   Fortunately, Clark County high school seniors have SMART Grad, a program that             reviewed résumé that they can take to job interviews or use with college and
   prepares high school students for post-graduation options and the world of work.          scholarship applications. Plus, potential employers who know that an applicant is
   SMART Grad teaches students how to present themselves in appearance, voice and            a SMART Grad, know that person is a cut above the rest, is serious about being a
   the written word to potential employers. In addition, SMART Grad students have            well-prepared employee and was wise enough to take advantage of available
   opportunities to develop their leadership skills and can hear guest speakers from         training. These are services that adults pay thousands of dollars for, and it’s
   different career fields. Some of the activities included in the SMART Grad program        available to students for free..
   are résumé writing, job shadowing and one-on-one mock interviewing with business
   professionals. There’s even an awards ceremony for SMART Grad graduates!                  Don’t waste this opportunity. Be smart, and be a SMART Grad!
   Every school’s SMART Grad program has a team of professionals made up of a                To learn more about the SMART Grad Program, contact the career counselor at
   school adviser, a business person and a military representative to give each              your school, visit your school’s career center or call the CCSD Career and
   student the best overview of all the career choices available.                            Technical Education Program at 799-8462 !
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international clubs teach tolerance
                                                                                                                                      international clubs teach tolerance

                             things to do · places to go · and stuff going on in and around the Valley this month




by Kaice Scarborough, Centennial HS

Our country is often characterized as a ‘melting pot,’ as So what can schools do to help promote tolerant behavior?
cultures from all over the world have come together to    One option schools have to help teens learn about other cultures is through an

create a unique and rich blend of cultural traditions.    international club. International clubs teach teens to have tolerance — meaning a
                                                          fair, objective and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race,
Most Americans can trace their familial roots back to     religion, nationality, etc. differ from one’s own.
their immigrant ancestors who came to America to find
                                                          Most area Las Vegas high schools have an international club. At Centennial
greater freedom and opportunity. These ancestors brought High School, International Club Co-Advisor Madame Adymy says, “Our club
with them their favorite traditions and adapted them to   celebrates various cultures by learning language [and culture] through games,
                                                          art, songs and dances.”
their new way of life in their new home. Today we are
                                                          Students who participate in this specific club learn social skills of tolerance,
experiencing a new influx of cultures from many places
                                                          acceptance and understanding because they’re able to experience other cultures in
around the world.                                         ways that interest them.
Most teens embrace our diverse society. Others may feel hesitant or even resistant —
                                                                                        International Club hosts a variety of activities for students including Hispanic
especially if they have not had much exposure to people who are different from
                                                                                        Month, National French Week, the Language Potpourri and the Carnival of Cultures.
themselves. As students enter their high school and college years, they find
                                                                                        They also do community service where club members visit neighborhood schools
themselves interacting with people who may not have previously been part of their
                                                                                        and community centers to teach about different languages, cultures and more.
experience. Learning to appreciate and relate to these differences is important, as
                                                                                        International Club’s motto is, “Connect with the world; together we can make
the ability to understand others is vital to success in the larger world.
                                                                                        a difference.”

Why is learning tolerance important to teens?                                           Even the small steps we take to fight intolerance are important. If everyone in the

The National Youth Violence Prevention Center reports that every year thousands of      world contributed to this fight just a little bit, it would mean something. Somewhere
American kids come under attack for racial, ethnic, religious and other differences.    down the line our children may go through the same struggle, but if we learn and
These attacks can span from relatively mild name calling to violent, life-threatening   teach understanding now, and help others do the same, we can make a difference.
assaults. The more violent attacks are characterized as hate crimes and are most
often perpetrated by individuals under the age of 24. None of us are born with          “More students should join our club so that they can
intolerance to others. These attitudes are learned from our parents, peers, schools,     become more aware of other cultures and have fun in the
the media and society.                                                                   process,” adds Adymy !
funzone!
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                                                                                                                                                                                    funzone!
                                                                                        Thanksgiving word
                                                                                                                                                              solutions on page 44




Horoscopes—Nov 2006
                                          exercise your mind · tease your brain · tickle your funny bone




Sagittarius
(November 22 – December 21)
Your feelings may be too sensitive to
handle the analysis of an authority
                                                                                        search!                                             See how quickly you can find the
                                                                                                                                            hidden ‘thankful’ words below!
figure with a sharp tongue. Try to
stay in the rational sphere of things                                                    H       N       O       S        Z        N      S       R      L     H       C       V       S       S       O
and let your intellect take over. This
is not a good month to let your
                                                                                         Q       P       E       G        M        C      F       E      O     A       O       T       U       E       O
emotions rule.                                                                           Y       O       U       U        N        R      W       L      O     R       G       X       N       I       H
Capricorn                                                                                M       L       T       M        I        I      Z       A      H     V       G       N       T       R       O
(December 22 – January 19)
A fancy social event will make you                                                       R       U       I       E        P        X      V       T      C     E       W       Q       E       R       I
somewhat uncomfortable. Be true to
your nature and help someone else
                                                                                         A       X       N       M        V        K      G       I      S     S       N       F       Q       E       C
have a good time. Funnily enough,                                                        H       D       C       W        A        Q      I       O      G     T       Y       O       J       B       O
you’ll find yourself start to enjoy the
event a lot more as well.                    Cancer                                      S       G       I       B        J        F      O       N      T     S       R       O       L       N       H
Aquarius
                                             (June 22 – July 22)
                                             This month brings about new
                                                                                         R       E       T       L        E        H      S       S      P     U       K       D       X       A       I
(January 20 – February 18)
You and the new person in your life get
                                             opportunities that shouldn’t be             S       P       O       R        T        S      O       H      Y     I       R       N       G       R       U
                                             overlooked. When you’re given the
along amazingly well. That’s no wonder       choice to try something new, take it!       Y       O       H       F        J        R      B       I      V     X       E       K       A       C       V
— you two share the same work ethic.
                                             The outcome will be a little strange,
Your differences also complement each
                                             but definitely worth the risk.
                                                                                         M       E       I       O        L        W      P       P      U     Y       H       U       E       H       C
other in surprising ways. As a team,
you’re unstoppable.                          Leo
                                                                                         V       E       T       E        R        A      N       S      D     A       Y       O       B       Y       T
Pisces                                       (July 22 – August 22)                       S       N       O       I        T        A      R       B      E     L       E       C       C       U       C
                                             There’s upcoming activity involving a
(February 19 – March 20)
                                             friend and money this month. Your old       Y       D       Q       Q        C        Q      K       Q      I     F       D       O       V       J       Z
You’re at your best during a
competition, especially when it’s with       friend will be persuasive about pooling
                                                                                        AUTUMN                                           CELEBRATIONS                          CRANBERRIES
yourself. You’ll be astonished at how        resources in order to make a big
high you can fly when you push               purchase. Understand how much a            FAMILY                                           FOOD                                  FRIENDS
beyond your perceived limits. Friends        gamble this may be before following
                                                                                        HARVESTS                                         PUMPKIN PIE                           RELATIONSHIPS
will provide support from the sidelines.     through or making promises. Some
                                             gambles pay off, but this one may not.     SCHOOL                                           SHELTER                               SPORTS
Aries

                                                                                        optical illusions
                                             Virgo                                      THANKSGIVING                                     TURKEY                                VETERANS DAY


                                                                                                                                                         conundrums
(March 21 – April 19)
A sense of accomplishment will               (August 23 – September 22)
accompany the praise you receive from        Your emotional dilemma has, at its
an authority figure this month. Look to      origin, a chaotic misuse of flirting and   Which of the MIDDLE circles looks bigger, the one on the left,   Can you solve the word riddles below? Each one is
benefit from potential changes in the        other intimate pleasantries. Someone       or the one on the right? Wait, look again!                       a popular phrase or saying.
company where you work. If you are           misunderstands your motives and this       A Native American profile?
unemployed, events that occur this month     month’s troubles are directly linked to    Or an Eskimo entering a cave?
will be linked to your future.               that situation.
Taurus                                       Libra
(April 20 – May 20)




                                                                                        S
                                             (September 23 – October 23)
A raise could be on the way if you are       A partner will make some plans that
already due one. If raises are out of the    involve a commitment you may not
question this month, at least ask for
                                             be willing to make. It is assumed you




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some feedback on your job performance.
A romantic encounter with someone from       will follow along, but that doesn’t                  Fill in the grid so that every
a different generation is approaching        mean you have to. The assumption                     row, every column and every
                                             should be an indication of where your                3 x 3 box contains the digits
toward the end of the month                                                                       1 through 9




                                                                                        D
                                             relationship really stands.
Gemini




                                                                           ?
(May 21 – June 21)
                                             Scorpio
Your idea of heaven is curling up in         (October 24 – November 21)




                                                                                        O
bed with a huge pile of whodunits.           Confusion is the order of the month
Why haven’t you given yourself a             as you get what was coming to
chance to just relax when you have the       someone else. Look for patience and




                                                                                        K
opportunity? Taking some time off for        self-discipline. An authority figure




ponder this!
yourself will really recharge your           may be quick to throw a temper
creative process.                            tantrum if you speak up.




                                                                                        U
                                             Do you know why…
 …pencils are usually yellow?
 …the color green is often associated with envy?
 …people knock on wood to prevent bad luck?
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            November calendar                                            what’s going on in and around the Valley this month
                                                                                                                                                                                 November is Native American Heritage Month!



                                                                the shuttle to the other First Friday’s events. Additional           demonstration; the clan, geneolgy and travel booths; and
November 1-30                                                   activities include art booths, musicians, painters and               children’s activities at the ‘Wee Barins Corner.’ Scottish      November 18
Bodies the Exhibition                                           performance artists, craft vendors, street performers and            food will be available for sale, as well as items featuring     Clark County Honor Orchestra Concert
Tropicana Hotel & Casino 10 am-11 pm                            local restaurants serving food and beverages. Stay for a                                                                             Artemus Ham Hall, UNLV
                                                                                                                                     the Nevada State Tartan from the ‘Purveyor of Scottish
Admission will be $12 for Nevada residents with photo ID.       performance by national touring band, Veruca Salt.                                                                                   2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
                                                                                                                                     Goods.’ For more information, call 507-3711. Don’t miss
The exhibition of real human specimens helps us                                                                                      this great event! Good for all ages, young and old.             For more information call 702-799-8531.
understand the makeup of the human body and the                 November 3-4
causes of certain pollutants and the functions of our           Vegas Valley Book Festival                                           November 5                                                      November 19
muscles, veins, nerves and skeleton.                            Las Vegas Art District 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.                       ‘Flight Plan’ Suspense Movie Series                             ‘Poseidon’ Suspense Movie Series
For more information call 702-739-2222                          Admission is free.                                                   Whitney Library Room: Concert Hall                              Whitney Library Room: Concert Hall
Nocturnal Photography Exhibit                                   Join us for the fifth annual Vegas Valley Book Festival —            11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                          11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
CCSN Cheyenne Campus, Fine Arts Gallery                         celebrating the written, spoken and illustrated word. Located        Movie event: A claustrophobic, Hitchcockian thriller. A         Movie event: On New Year’s Eve, the luxury ocean liner,
Gallery Hours: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.                 in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas Arts District, this           bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from            Poseidon, capsizes after being swamped by a rogue tidal
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                              FREE literary and arts event includes two full days of               Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and
                                                                readings, book discussions, workshops, and spoken word                                                                               wave. The survivors are left to fight for survival as they
For more information please call 651-4205                                                                                            nobody admits she was ever on that plane. PG-13.
                                                                performances.                                                                                                                        attempt to escape the sinking ship. PG-13.
Showcase of films by Alfred Hitchcock
Winchester Cultural Center 3130 S McLeod                                                                                             November 8                                                      November 21
                                                                November 4                                                           Walt Disney World College Program Presentation
Movie event: All films begin at 7:00 p.m. and include           Native American Festival                                                                                                             Wheelchair Basketball
a 10-minute clip discussing the famous director and                                                                                  Presenter: Sarah Hinchberger
                                                                Clark County Library 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., 507-3400                                                                                  John C. Fremont Middle School Gymnasium,
artisan and his films.                                                                                                               Location: Student Union UNLV 4:00 pm – 5: 30 pm
                                                                11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                                                                                                               1100 E. St. Louis Avenue
                                                                                                                                     Presentation regarding the Walt Disney World College            Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Ages 16+ 702-229-4903.
November 1-2                                                    Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at this annual              Program internship opportunity. Recruiter will be taking
Life and Death: Day of the Dead in Las Vegas                    event featuring dance, children’s activities, food and a             applications and scheduling interviews. For more                Sports wheelchairs and basketballs provided. No charge
Winchester Cultural Center and Park                             craft market with jewelry, pottery carvings and more.                information contact Sarah at (407) 828-3907 or                  to participants. Bring water. Call for information.
3130 S. McLeod 455-7340 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                   Teen Game Time                                                       Sarah.M.Hinchberger@disney.com
Free general admission.                                         Gibson Library – 2:30 p.m.                                                                                                           November 25 & December 2
A two-day celebration based on the Mexican Day of the                                                                                November 11                                                     ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
                                                                Teens, bring a friend and your favorite board game, or just
Dead holiday, featuring ofrendas (memorial alters) built                                                                             X107.5 Xtreme Rock Radio Holiday Havoc 2006                     Cashman Convention Center 850 Las Vegas Blvd.
                                                                play one of ours!
for deceased relatives and friends. The festival will also                                                                           Thomas and Mack Center 5 pm                                     9:00 p.m. Admission: $25 (half-price for students
feature food demonstrations, folkloric dance and music,         Strut Your Mutt – Dog Fancier’s Park                                                                                                 20 and under)
                                                                5700 E. Flamingo (east of Nellis Blvd.) 455-8264                     Deftones, Papa Roach & Unwritten Law. Tickets on sale
food and craft vendors, workshops for adults and children                                                                            October 7, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Ticket Prices are $27             A punk rock musical described by Rolling Stone as,
and a Calavera poetry contest. Winchester Gallery will          10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
                                                                Admission: $4 for participants, $2 for all spectators                and $34. For more information www.unlvtickets.com or call       ‘The first Rock musical that truly rocks.’ Debuting in 1998,
exhibit related art works through Nov. 24.                                                                                           702-739-Fans.                                                   this quirky show rocked the roof of its Off-Broadway
For more information please call Irma at 455-7029 or visit      Geared toward dog lovers, Strut Your Mutt includes
                                                                                                                                                                                                     theater, attracting David Bowie as a new investor. This
http://www.co.clark.nv.us/Parks/Day_of_the_Dead.htm             contests such as costume contests, dress your dog,                   November 12                                                     lead to new productions across the country, and even an
                                                                Frisbee catch and owner and dog look-a-like contests.                ‘Firewall’ Suspense Movie Series
November 1- December 31                                         Information booths feature health services, rescue groups,           11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     award winning movie version in 2001. For more
Teen Visual Poetry Contest                                      pet photography, clothing, assistance dogs, eye care,                Whitney Library Room: Concert Hall                              information please contact 702-366-1208 or visit
Clark County Library District                                   insurance, grooming, boarding, pet sitting, training and                                                                             www.colabo.biz
                                                                                                                                     Movie event: A security specialist is forced into robbing the
The Visual Poetry contest is a juried photographic              more. Demonstrations include agility, K-9, search and
competition created to encourage the participation of local     rescue and fly ball. Food is available for purchase.
                                                                                                                                     bank that he’s protecting, as a bid to pay off his family’s     November 26
                                                                                                                                     ransom. PG 13.                                                  ‘Red Eye’ Suspense Movie Series
teenagers in showcasing their creativity in the visual arts.    Donations of food, bedding, gently used toys are welcome
The winner, along with those who receive honorable              and will be distributed to the rescue groups at the event.                                                                           Whitney Library Room: Concert Hall
                                                                                                                                     November 13                                                     11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
mentions, will have their photographs on exhibit at the West    For more information please visit                                    ‘Cars’
Charleston Library. They may also be chosen to be in our        http://www.strutyourmuttlv.com/                                      6:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Paseo Verde Library                       A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight.
virtual gallery on our Teen Zone website. Art work may be       STORY OF THE YEAR WITH ANBERLIN AND                                  Picnic and a movie. All ages.                                   Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is
dropped off at the Young People’s Library in any District       GREELEY ESTATES AND MONTY ARE 1                                                                                                      pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.
branch. For more information please visit:                                                                                           Movie event: Bring your dinner and picnic blanket and
                                                                House of Blues Mandalay Bay Casino                                   enjoy a family movie inside on the big screen.                  PG-13.
www.lvccld.org/teen/specialprograms/visual_poetry.html          Punk, alternative and rock music.
November 2-5                                                    Ticket cost: $16.00 – $19.00 Show starts at 6:00 p.m.                November 14                                                     November 27
2006 Professional Bull Riders World Finals                      All ages. Anyone under the age of 16 must be                         Wheelchair Basketball                                           Classic Reads on the Big Screen
Thomas & Mack Center                                            accompanied by a parent or guardian.                                 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Ages 16+ 702-229-4903                     Enterprise Library 12:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
                                                                For more information contact 702-632-7600                            John C. Fremont Middle School Gymnasium, 1100 E. St.            Behold, award winning movies from award winning books.
For more information please visit                                                                                                                                                                    Movie event: 1984 (113 mins), Fahrenheit 451 (112 mins),
                                                                7th Annual Something Scottish Event                                  Louis Avenue
http://www.pbrnow.com/fans/club/ticketing/
                                                                Rainbow Library                                                      Sports wheelchairs and basketballs provided. No charge          One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (133 mins), To Kill a
November 3                                                      In celebration of Scottish Heritage, join the Scots and the          to participants. Bring water. Call for information.             Mockingbird (129 mins), PG.
First Fridays: Art, Movies and Exhibits                         LV-CCLD for this free, festive occasion. Hear the Desert
Clark County Government Center Amphitheater                                                                                          November 16                                                     November 30
                                                                Skye Pipes and Drums, delight in the dancing of The Silver                                                                           Winchester Theater’s Mid Week Movies Series
500 S. Grand Central Pkwy 455-8200                              Thistle Country Dancers and the Las Vegas Highland                   Anime @ your library
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                                                                                                               Malcolm Library 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 13-17 yrs.                Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod
                                                                Dance Association. See the 78th Fraser Highlanders with




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                                                                                                                                                                                                     455-7340 7:00 p.m. Thursdays $3




funzone answers
Art patrons may park at the Government Center, browse           their black powder muskets, the Scottish American                    Movie event: Do you enjoy anime? If so, stop by and join
the Clark County 3-D Invitational exhibit and attend the        Military Society, and the House of Stuart with Mary, Queen           our new anime club. We’ll be showing short anime movies         Showcase of films by famed director Alfred Hitchcock.
artist’s reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Afterwards, take      of Scots and Her Court. Enjoy the tartan weaving                     as we eat yummy fresh-popped popcorn.                           Films and dates TBA.




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                                     Answers from the book, ‘Ever Wonder Why?’ by Douglas B. Smith.




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…pencils are usually yellow?                            to look green. Because envy is not usually
Though yellow pencils have been made as far             welcome and those obsessed with envy may be




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back as 1854, yellow first became a popular             called sick or unwell, envy has come to be



                                                                                                               conundrums
color for pencils in 1890 when the L&C                  associated with the color green as well.
Hardtmuth Company of Austria came out with
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the high-quality Koh-I-Noor pencil, named after
an Indian diamond. The golden yellow paint              prevent bad luck?
together with the black lead made the color of          In pagan times, trees were worshiped because it
the Austro-Hungarian flag.                              was believed that the spirits of gods lived in
                                                        them. Because lightning often strikes tall trees,        Excuse Me                    Foreign Language

…the color green is often                               the oak was believed by some to contain the god
associated with envy?                                   of thunder and lightning. To touch or knock on a
A green face has long been associated with              tree would supposedly summon the spirit from
sickness. Those who get seasick are often said          the tree to protect you from evil.                       Right between the eyes       Feeling under the weather
Scholarships!
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                                                                                                                                                                                       Scholarships!
                                                                make the most of your college future

November Scholarship Directory                                                                                                                        It’s never too early to
                                                                                                                                                      start preparing for
The 2005 SAE Engineering Scholarship (National)                                                                                                       college! Here are a
Contact: http://www.sae.org/students/engschlr.htm                                       Amount: Varies: $1,000 – $10,000          Deadline: Dec. 1
Requirements: Senior who intends to earn a degree in engineering or a related science. Must meet minimum requirements with regard to GPA,
                                                                                                                                                      few things you can
SAT and/or ACT scores outlined in the individual requirements of each scholarship. Transcript and a $5 processing fee must be submitted as well.      already do for the
List honors, AP classes, school-related extracurricular activities, non-school related activities and academic honors, civic honors or other awards
received. Jobs may also be listed. An essay of 250 words or less must be written about your career goals in mobility engineering.
                                                                                                                                                      month of November:

John Cannon Memorial Scholarship (National)                                                                                                           If you are a JUNIOR…
Contact: http:/emmyonline.org/emmy/scholarship.html                                                   Amount: 1 – $40,000       Deadline: Dec. 11
Requirements: High school senior student who plans to attend a four-year college or university and also plans to pursue a career in television or a   • Register for the
related field.                                                                                                                                          ACT/SAT exams
AXA Foundation Achievement Scholarship (National)
Contact: http://www.axa-achievement.com Amount: 52 – $10,000 (State Winners); 10 – $15,000 (National Winners)                    Deadline: Dec. 15    If you are a SENIOR…
Requirements: Senior. U.S. Citizen or legal resident. Must plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United
States by the fall of 2007. Students must demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in an activity in school,       • Requests transcripts,
the community or the workplace. Must be recommended by an adult or professional who can attest to the student’s achievement. A transcript               test scores and letters
must be submitted as well.                                                                                                                              of recommendation for
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (National)                                                                                                                    college applications
Contact: http://www.hsf.net/scholarship/seniors.php                                                         Amount: Various     Deadline: Dec. 15     • Apply for admission
Requirements: Graduating high school seniors of Hispanic heritage with plans to attend a two-year or four-year institution. 3.0 GPA.
                                                                                                                                                        to colleges
Dorothy Harris Scholarship (National)                                                                                                                 • Apply to at least three schools
Contact: www.womenssportsfoundation.org/funding                                                        Amount: 3 – $1,500       Deadline: Dec. 29
Requirements: Female senior who is an American citizen or legal resident. Must attend an accredited postgraduate institution during the 2007-           1.Dream school
2008 school year. Applicant must need tuition expenses to qualify as well. Two letters of recommendation are required.
                                                                                                                                                        2.Realistic school
All-Ink.com College Scholarship Program (National)
Contact: http://www.all-ink.com/scholarship.html                                          Amount: Offering up to $10,000        Deadline: Dec. 31       3.Backup school
Requirements: Senior students who are enrolled or planning to participate in an accredited college or university program during the fall of 2007.         (one to which you can
2.5 GPA, a 50- to 200-word (max) essay on who has had the greatest impact on your life, and a 50- to 200-word (max) essay on what you hope                easily gain admission)
to achieve in your personal and professional life after completing college.
                                                                                                                                                      • Respond promptly to requests
‘Win $5, 000 – No Essay Required’                                                                                                                       for additional information
Contact: www.fastweb.com                                                                                    Amount: $5,000      Deadline: Dec. 31
Requirements: The ‘Win $5,000 – No Essay Required’ contest is available to current students who are over the age of 15 and have completed a           Information provided by
FastWeb search. You must also be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. You will earn one entry into the contest for   www.nelnet.net/collegeplanning
every friend that you refer to FastWeb using the online form.


 For more information on how to plan for your future, how to choose a college and how to get financial aid, log onto the
 Clark County School District’s Guidance Counseling website at http://ccsd.net/cpd/guidance_counseling.

				
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