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 Volume XIV                                     13 October 2008                           Issue 1

  Fight for the White House
                            Who will hit first?

                                        Pages 8 & 9

 CLUBS FAIR               DATING DIALOGUE                    NEW STUDENTS                SPORTS PREVIEW
See what happened         Learn what really goes            Meet the newest              What’s going on in the
at the annual event.      on behind the scenes              additions to the             Laguna sports world?
 page 4                   when it comes to dating           campus.                        page 14
                          at Laguna.                          page 13
                            page 7
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                                          Staff Editorial

                                       ou walk into the Laguna court yard and what do you see – respectable     Chinese Class Goes on a Cultural Field Trip
                                                                                                                  On October 2, Chinese classes level one, two, and three went on an all-day field trip to
                                       upperclassmen sharing a quiet yet interesting conversation. Kids         Bowers Museum in Santa Ana where they saw authentic Terra Cotta soldiers. The students
                                                                                                                dined in a Chinese restaurant, tried out their Chinese speaking skills, and spent some time at
                                                                                                                an Asian shopping center before taking another three hour bus ride home.
                                       are dressed appropriately – to some extent – and for the most part,
                                                                                                                Headmaster Sustains a Head Injury
                    the campus is clean. For those of you who were at Laguna during the school year of             Headmaster Douglas W. Jessup sustained a head injury on September 14 during his regular
                                                                                                                Sunday afternoon soccer game. Mr. Jessup’s wife, Hayley, said, “Doug went up for a header,
                                                                                                                won the ball, but was sadly run into by another player whose head collided with Doug’s
                    2007-2008, this concept symbolizes what last year was like. So what happened? When          face causing fractures to his upper cheekbone in three places…technical term a displaced
                                                                                                                zygoma fracture.” The family spent that afternoon in the ER. Mr. Jessup had surgery on
                    did the peaceful quad turn into a circus containing freshmen rolling around half            Sept. 16. The following Monday, students signed a get well card, the brainstorm idea of Ms.
                                                                                                                Tyner-Paradis, which included their wishes for his speedy recovery. Mr. Jessup’s surgery was
                                                                                                                a success , and he is back to work and feeling better.
                                                                                                                Freshman Class Holds Elections
                      Saying the freshmen dress provocatively might be an exaggeration, but when did the          October 2 marked the freshman class elections. Luke Gonzalez, Lauren Alef, and Tabitha
                                                                                                                Bergerson competed against each other for the president position. Cameron Platt was
                                                                                                                the only candidate for vice-president. For the first time, freshmen cast their votes via the
                    quad turn into the domain for all kids on campus? Traditionally, the quad has been          Internet on Moodle, as opposed to paper ballots. The results are now in, and Lauren Alef is
                                                                                                                the freshman class president.
                    a place for upperclassmen to socialize in between periods, or to find a quiet place to
                                                                                                                Seniors in National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finals
                                                                                                                   Three seniors are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Spencer
                    complete some homework to avoid going home to three hours of work. Now, it’s hard           Klavan, Colin Rodwell, and Seung-Keun Martinez, rank among the top 16,000, or 1%
                                                                                                                out of the 1.5 million students who entered into the 2009 competition. They qualified by
                    to have a conversation without being interrupted by the piercing yells of fourteen-year-    taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October.
                                                                                                                Ten other Laguna seniors are recognized as Commended students. The seniors are Rachel
                                                                                                                Barbour, Monica Beltran, Willy Chotzen-Freund, Erin Dunn, Viva Gore, Melina Hayum,
                    olds.                                                                                       Mitchell Landers, Kevin Lunn, Audrey McPherson, and Jeffrey Schultz. They were awarded
                                                                                                                a special Letter of Commendation for placing among the top 5% of all the PSAT scorers.
                      After last year, many people believed it would be best for freshmen to be integrated
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                    into our School – putting their lockers in the main quad while putting some in the                                  Upper School Calendar

                    “freshman quad, ” with the idea being to create a harmonious area, did we really unify                                             October 15
                                                                                                                                            PSAT: Grades 10 & 11 @ 8:00pm
                    Laguna?                                                                                                                            October 16
                                                                                                                                     Grade 11 College Counseling Night @ 7:00pm
                      It seems as though the freshmen this year are ruthless. Ask most seniors, and they’ll
                                                                                                                                                       October 20
                                                                                                                                                 No School - Fall Holiday
                    tell you it appears as if the freshmen walk around with little respect for anyone. Giving
                                                                                                                                                       October 25
                                                                                                                                           ACT @ Laguna Blanca @ 8:00am
                    freshmen the freedom to roam the quad has given them the attitude that they have the                              Upper School Homecoming Game and Dance

                    same power as a high school senior. With that, tensions grow between all classes dividing                                          October 31
                                                                                                                                                  Halloween Celebration!

                    the upperclassmen, with the inclusion of sophomores, against freshmen.                                                            November 1
                                                                                                                                            SAT @ SB Test Centers @ 8:00am
                      As September winds down, it seems as though much of the tension has disappeared.                                                November 4
                                                                                                                                                    First Quarter Ends
                    However, it’s a typical right of high school passage for freshmen to be at the bottom                                          Presidential Elections
                                                                                                                                                   November 12-16
                    of the figurative totem pole. This new quest for “bonding” has merely turned into an                               Upper School Drama Production @ 7:00pm

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                    welcomes guest articles and letters to the editor.
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                                                                                                                                                                         October 13, 2008
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   All School Jogathon Brings Out the Crowds

                                                                                                                                                                                             Photos: Crosby Harbison
ALL SCHOOL FUN: Students, staff and families joined together to participate in the annual Jogathon held Friday, Oct. 3 on the Laguna Blanca field.
Mandy Lu, junior, celebrates the event with a big smile. Spencer Klavan, senior, enjoys his last Jogathon at Laguna. Luther Tarver-Burks, junior, walks with
Amanda Harvey, freshman, around the track. Laguna’s newly-designed mascot, the fighting Owl, makes its first appearance. Alex Harmer, senior, powers his
way around the track. Seniors proudly stand around the grade 12 flag hoisted up at the senior station. Paul Chiment, math teacher, acts as the MC for the
event. Ms. Staci Richard, biology teacher, gives her son a lift.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Fourth Estate
              Portfolio                                          Class Trips Bring Students Together
                                                                The Senior Retreat brought the class together for college focus,
             Changes in                                                         class bonding, and recreation.
             Design and                                                         By Luke Gonzalez                              together throughout the year. This year, Ms. Martha
                                                                   Traditionally, each year grades nine through twelve Elliott will lead a group of students to the Inauguration in
             Execution                                          experience the opportunity to come together with their Washington, D.C. Over Spring break, there will be trips
                                                                class to enjoy an overnight trip. However, this year, the offered by teachers, to Vietnam and Cambodia.
                                                                administration to date has only planned a senior class trip.     The goal of these trips is to bring students together while
             By Jordan Shannon
                                                                   The seniors traveled up to El Capitan State Beach to not fostering a wider awareness of the world.
     What’s this? A new Portfolio?                              only strengthen friendships, but also to organize and prepare    On the class trips, the students get to have fun while
     Yes, it’s true. Publishing the creative achievements       for the college application process.                          getting to know their teachers and fellow students. For
 of students, our own Literary and Arts Magazine, the              This year, only the seniors were able to enjoy two days seniors, who went to El Capitan Beach, the trip provided
 Portfolio, has been greatly revamped this year.                without classes and come together to start the beginning of a relief from classes.
     The Portfolio was originally a contest-based submission    an end.                                                          “It was a great time to get to know our class better,” senior
 system in which students submitted their best works for           But what about the other grades? “We’re working on a Spencer Klavan said.
 publication and competition. It was put together largely       freshman trip with a ropes course,” said new Head of Upper       Aside from student held meetings to discuss top-secret
 by former faculty member, Dr. Tom Schmidt-07, rather           School , Mr. John Berry.                                      senior business and bonfires complete with s’mores, the
 than by students.                                                 As for sophomores and juniors, “We will consider class seniors were able to help prepare for a major upcoming
     But this year, Portfolio is primarily student-run. It is   trips for them next year,” he said.                           stress: college applications.
 overseen by English instructor Dr. Charles Donelan,               As Mr. Berry noted, “It was hard to schedule [the class       Hopefully, the other grades will be able to have the
 whose idea made the new Portfolio a reality.                   trips] because of timing and expenses. The decision was opportunity to experience a class trip before the year is over.
     “The Portfolio will include different kinds of writing.    made over the summer. I wasn’t here yet, but when I got here The senior class wants to say thank you to all the teachers
 We think that this will deepen the publication, and            that’s what I found out.”                                     who helped with the senior trips.
 provide Laguna students with more opportunities to                Some students think it is more than just funding and          However, the underclassmen will just have to wait until
 take responsibility, show leadership, express themselves,      planning problems that are stopping the School from next year to find out what will happen with class trips.
 and have fun together working as a team,” Donelan said.        planning a class trips for the sophomore and junior classes.
     Seniors Spencer Klavan and Audrey McPherson are               The class trips are
 the new student editors. Spencer informed students that        important because
 instead of the book including primarily visual arts and        they facilitate bonding
 poetry, it will also incorporate new genres such as essays,    among          students,
 prose, interviews, and possibly a video, which will be         which is one of the
 viewed on DVDs.                                                main reasons the
     When asked what he thought about the change,               freshmen         will
 Spencer said, “It is all very exciting and I think that the    likely go on a trip
 change was needed. So, paint stuff, create stuff, and send     since they have
 it in.”                                                        fourteen         new
                                                                                     Photo: John Berry

     He went on to add, “The Portfolio represents a             students.
 wonderful tradition of showcasing student’s many artistic         “Teachers can
 abilities, and we are hoping that these new improvements       plan field trips
 will set the bar even higher. Being a part of the school       and parents are
 literary magazine is also such great experience for any        more than willing
 young artist or writer.”                                       to help out,” Mr.
     Students have until March 10 to submit their work.         Berry said.               SURF’S UP: Senior class members relax on El Capitan State Beach during their two-day Senior
 The book will be published and distributed at the end             Individual classes Retreat on September 25 & 26.
 of the year.                                                   often take trips

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                          Students Hold a Successful Club Fair
                    To allure new members,                       spark career interests,” she said.
                    club leaders set up                             Student-based high school organizations
                                                                 offer teenagers a special element in
                    booths complete with                         that every person within a club shares a
                    photos, music, and                           common desire, ability, or personality.
                                                                    Clubs are so popular on campus that
                    tempting treats.                             many students participate in several clubs.
                       By Jordan Shannon                         Junior Jessie Ditmore, for example, is an
                                                                 active member of three clubs: Environment
                   Excitement filled the air with students       Club, Amnesty International, the newly
                rushing from club table to club table            created Tea & Biscuit Club and Art Club.

                                                                                                               Photos: Tara Broucqsault
                deciding which club best fit their interests.       “Clubs are exciting and make me feel
                   The Club Fair, which happened on              as if I am accomplishing something that
                September 23, gave existing clubs a chance       helps others outside of the Laguna Blanca
                to recruit new members, and new clubs a          community,” she said.
                chance to introduce themselves.                     Community service is a graduation
                   With the additions of many new clubs,         requirement for LBS students, and most
                it is clear that students will have no trouble   clubs offer students a chance to work on
                                                                                                                                    TAKING ACTION: Diversity Club members, Kaela Farrise, Angelina Romasanta, and
                finding their “niche.”                           those requirements while having fun.
                                                                                                                                    Carly Shevits get things in order (above). Interact Club members Niki Byrne and Erin Dunn
                   A wide variety of new clubs have                 Clubs like Amnesty International,
                                                                                                                                    share club’s up coming projects with prospective members (below).
                been created this year which include             Interact Club, and Environment Club
                the following: Current Events, Improv,           focus on giving back to the community.
                Mountain Sports, Operation Smile,                Amnesty International is a worldwide
                Physics of Rational Motion or Ping Pong          movement of people who campaign for
                Club, Statistical Analysis Club, Soccer          internationally recognized human rights.
                Club, Tea & Biscuit Club, Tech Club, and            Fund raisers, and food drives are only
                the Unicycling Club.                             some of the ways clubs help to make
                   Returning clubs include: Amnesty              a difference. Interact Club focuses on
                International, Art Club, Diversity Club,         leadership skills, community service, and
                the Environment Club, Future Business            understanding the value of individual
                Leaders of America (FBLA), Interact              responsibility.
                Club, Junior Statesmen of America (JSA),            While Environment Club also helps
                and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic         with community service, in the form of
                (RFBD).                                          environmental preservation.
                    The event was organized by Ms. Chelsea          Other Clubs focus more on Career
                Dullea, Director of Student Affairs.             interests such as Junior Statesmen of
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                   “Clubs are a great way for students to        America, which concentrates on specific
                get involved with the community, interact        career fields to help students understand
                with other students, and maybe even to           them better.

                                                                                                                                                                                          October 13, 2008

                                                                                            Drawing: Izzy Greer   The Fourth Estate
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   Shopping for Laguna: Everyone can Help!
 On a daily, weekly, or monthly basis we shop for items for ourselves, family, and friends. For some
of us, many of our purchases are made online through the Internet. What you may not know is that
these websites receive commissions on the advertising seen on their site.
 As consumers, each mouse click takes us from one site to another adding up to big profits for the sites
selected. This business partnership is called Affiliate Marketing; which is websites working together to
capture more commerce from potential customers.
 The LBS Parent’s Auxiliary and School Administration decided it was time Laguna started to reap some
of these financial benefits. The new programs are called “Shopping to benefit LBS.” These programs
can be found on the LBS website, as follows: Select either Lower/Middle/Upper School, then select
Parents and after that, select Shopping for LBS. There, you will see local and online opportunities for
LBS to capture funds for school programs and activities.
 It only takes a few minutes of your time to sign-up and give back to LBS without changing any of
your shopping habits (Items purchased are not tracked, only the amount - there is total anonymity for
each transaction.) Please visit the LBS website and look for “Shopping for LBS.” It is an easy and fun
way to show your support for our School!
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                    Feeding the Oil Habit
                       in America’s Last Frontier
                                    By Sarah O’Connor
                       In a society keen on progress and invention, it’s puzzling The cost of uncovering oil fields and extracting them in an                                   are home to over 150 wildlife species, including migratory
                    why some people continue to cling to oil and fight for its area as hostile and untamed as ANWR will cost the country                                        birds, polar bears, grizzly bears, caribou, musk oxen, foxes,
                    further extraction in America’s undamaged parts.                       more money than conserving the oil we have left.                                     and others. All species of arctic animals depend on the
                       The debate over drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National                    MYTH # 2: Extracting oil in ANWR will greatly lower                              undistributed habitat and ecosystems of ANWR’s coastal
                    Wildlife Refuge translates America’s                    d i r e        foreign dependency for oil.                                                          plains. The 1.5 million acre area targeted for oil extraction
                    need to pull all energy and resources                                      The oil to be found under the Arctic Refuge would help to                        is the most sensitive area of ANWR and is as narrow and
                    into making alternate fuels                                            decrease foreign-oil dependency slightly through the years                           limited in resources as it is ecologically diverse.
                    commonplace, a process that                                                 2022 and 1026, then America would return to its former
                    should have been done long                                                      level of foreign dependency.
                    ago, and protect what is left                                                           MYTH # 3: Extracting oil will cause little
                    of the environment.                                                                       harm to the environment due to “limited
                       The argument of those                                                                       footprint” technology.

                    supporting drilling in ANWR                                                                          “Limited footprint” technology,
                    is that the United States needs                                                                        such as extended-reach
                    the oil from ANWR, an estimated                                                                             drilling,     well-spacing,
                    750,000 barrels per day in a country                                                                          mud disposal,          all
                    that needs 19 million per day, to support                                                                       created to lessen the
                    America’s 180 degree turn to alternative fuel. Yet Grap                                                                environmental
                    in the midst of high gas prices and dependence on            :S                                                          impact      of
                                                                                   ara                                                                                          CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: A lone reindeer crosses
                    foreign oil, many have overlooked the illegitimacy of              hO                                                    drilling, will
                                                                                         ’C                                                                                     the road near a system of pipelines.
                    drilling in ANWR .                                                      on                                                  provide
                       MYTH #1: Extracting oil in ANWR will lower gas prices                                                                      menial                           Let us not forget about the diverse array of marine
                    and give relief at the pump, and give America the time and             relief.                                                  This                        mammals that inhabit Beaufort Sea off the coastal plain of
                    energy to “go green.”                                                  is because                                                                           ANWR, including the endangered bowhead whale.
                       As far as the solving the gas crisis, that hopeless feeling of the infrastructure                                                                            In the case of an oil spill, these animals would be subject
                    at the pump, the oil extracted in ANWR would provide an required to set up facilities                                                                       to longer exposure to harmful toxins, as oil disperses less in
                    estimated average net drop in price of 86 cents per barrel, throughout the area.                                                                            colder water and gets trapped in the ice.
                    a mere 0.6 percent-a drop in the bucket.                                   Although the true value of the environment                                          The possibility of an oil spill is a subject of grave concern
                       And that slight improvement in oil price won’t take effect          is too significant to measure, environmental                                         for environmentalists. Last November, a pipeline in an oil
                    until 2022. It was estimated by the Department of Energy costs should be the largest area of concern in the                                                 field operated by a British oil company, British Petroleum
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                    (DOE) that it would be at least ten years before any oil is debate over ANWR as an source for energy.                                                       (BP), leaked as much as 260,000 gallons of crude oil onto
                    derived from ANWR.                                                         Environmentalists and 90% of congressional                                       two acres of Tundra Bay in Alaska, an area just 60 miles from
                       In the time it would take to suck such a measly amount of           Democrats have fought to protect this Alaskan                                        ANWR.
                    oil from an undamaged animal refuge, we could invent and refuge because the network of pipelines, roads, and housing                                           So what’s the realistic solution to America’s energy crisis?
                    develop new ways to fuel the country. Also, there remains required for drilling in this area as well as the high possibility                                   The answer lies in the hands of the people. We can
                    many uncertainties about the location of the oil and the of oil spills would cause irrefutable harm to the environment                                      significantly improve the oil crisis by changing the excessive
                    size and accessibility of oil fields. Such realities could only and the wildlife.                                                                           way in which we consume oil. We need to conserve fuel in
                    cripple the process of oil extraction.                                     The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the largest wildlife                      our move to alternative fuels, in every way possible. This can
                        The more oil that is dispersed in a lot of little deposits,        refuge in the United States and is made up of the most fragile                       be done by embracing “nanny remedies” like lowering the
                    the more facilities will have to be built to extract that oil. ecosystems in the world. The 19 million acres of ANWR                                        speed limit or driving smaller cars.

                    Too Young to Vote, But Old Enough to Care
                                    By Carolina Beltran                                     To be honest, I find that I fit in well among a “Gossip                             excited this year than before. It’s clear that, from what I’ve

                                he twenty-sixth amendment states that, “the right        Girl,” iPhone obsessed “Gen Y.” But, despite many a Times                              seen, the majority of students seem energized by Obama’s
                                of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen       Magazine or Vanity Fair article, there’s more to me and my                             promise of change. Everybody’s got an opinion.”
                                years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied       fellow peers than, “OMG! Did you see my new Facebook                                      Can you see why I’m bummed?
                    or abridged by the United States or by any State on account          picture?” or “What happened on “American Idol” last night?                                I want to be one of the 91% of American youth voting this
                    of age.”                                                             My TiVo’s down.”                                                                       year. I want to be part of the process in choosing who will
                         That being said, what can someone under the age of                  This year, 91 percent of young adults ages 18-24 are                               lead my country. I want to vote!
                    eighteen, who has closely followed the election, do to               planning to vote, and an estimated 65 percent have been                                    Because it’s like not being able to root for your favorite
                    support his or her candidate of choice in the largest youth          paying attention to the election so far, as opposed to the 35                          sports team; no cheering or making signs, you just have to
                    voting election in over 20 years?                                    percent in past elections.                                                             stand and watch from the sidelines—silently.
                       Well, I’m delighted to announce that this year brings one            Junior Jessie Ditmore said, “I wish that I could vote.                                 Why should I watch their speeches on TV, or look up
                    of the most controversial and historical elections in history;       There are so many opinionated young people whose votes                                 their ads, or pour over their policies if I can’t even vote? This
                    a battle between the first female vice-president and the first       could make a difference. In our school, where political                                is how I felt. But, despite my previous moping, I do feel like
                    African American president. However, I’m not so delighted            endorsements appear on everyday items such as lockers and                              a part of this election.
                    to announce that, unfortunately, I will not be able to cast a        T-shirts, and even in temporary tattoos. Political debates in                             I can put up signs, or pass out pins, or scream my opinions
                    vote.                                                                classes often get heated, and young people aren’t given the                            in public places. But more importantly, I am going to know
                       Yeah, I’m only fifteen—and I’m pretty grumpy about                chance to make a difference.”                                                          the leader of my country. I’m going to understand his policies
                    it. I’m not saying that I think the “adult only” voting rule            We, as young adults, are increasingly engaged in the                                , and I’m going to know what’s going on. I’ll consider this
                    is a bad one, but seeing statistics proving that only 47% of         election procedure and planning on keeping it that way.                                year practice for when I can vote. A note to you eighteen
                    registered voters ages 18-24 actually went to the polls in              Everyone’s noticed, especially eleventh grade American                              year olds: take advantage of your right, the rest of us are
                    2004 starts to make my blood boil.                                   history teacher, Ms. Martha Elliot, “Students seem more                                jealous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “It would be cool to
                                                       “It’s lame. I want to                                                 “It’s frustrating because
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vote, but if everyone
                                                       have a say in choosing                                                I’m so close to being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my age had that
                                                       the man who is going                                                  able to vote in this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    privilege it would get
                                                       to save my country.”                                                  election, I feel like I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    out of hand. I don’t
                                                       - Maaya Hensman, 10                                                   neglecting my duty.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    really mind.”
                                                                                                                             - Erin Dunn, 12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Eva Davis, 9

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 Opinion                                                                                                                                                                                                                         7
      A Helpful Trend or a Short-Lived Fad?
                    By Sacha Ritter                                                                                                                    it’s a trend because the car is ugly, but as long as gas keeps
                                                                                                                                                       getting more and more expensive, then it will stay as popular
                                                                                                                                                       as it is. It is a trend, but mostly just to get people involved.”

         ince the global warming information scare and                                                                                                     Laguna Blanca is planning to become more
         the ongoing unusual weather patterns, the “Going                                                                                              environmentally conscious in the future with upcoming
         Green” craze has been popular and visible in                                                                                                  construction. According to Sue Smith, Director of Finance
many aspects of companies. From clothing and accessories                                                                                               and Operations, Laguna is “installing five waterless urinals
advertising the trend, to large companies promoting the                                                                                                in the gym and the Upper School boy’s bathrooms. [We]
idea of becoming environmentally responsible. The “green”                                                                                              are replacing the carpet in the fifth and sixth grades with
movement has evolved into quite an industry, forming a niche                                                                                           a product that is made from 100 percent recycled rubber
in the world of consumerism. However, is this movement                                                                                                 products.”
a short-lived fad, or will it really make a difference in the                                                                                              Mr. Neustadt also recognizes that Laguna is making
environment?                                                                                                                                           efforts to reduce the amount of herbicides and pesticides
    According to Mr. Landon Neustadt, Laguna science                                                                                                   used on campus, as well as use recycled paper products in
instructor, “There is always a little bit of trendiness. But I                                                                                         our printers.
                                                                 Photo: Sacha Ritter

think it goes deeper than that. People are worried about                                                                                                   The question still remains: Is this movement a fad? Or is
global warming, but the question is how many people are                                                                                                it something more that can help us better our environment’s
translating [this worry] into personal action? Are people                                                                                              future. It is for the people of the world to decide how much
actually making choices to cut consumption?                                                                                                            they will help and how important their environment is to
    Large companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Patagonia,                                                                                                them.
and Nike Inc. have gone to extensive lengths to make their                         FASHION STATEMENT: Senior Annie Varni shows off                         If it is recognized as a fad, it is a fad that is helping the world
companies more environmentally responsible. According                              her green conscious T-shirt, an idea that has become very popular   one consumer at a time. The companies that are following
to Jay Withgott and Scott Brennan’s AP edition textbook                            in contemporary clothing.                                           this movement and cutting what is known as their respective
Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, Nike Inc.                                                                                                 “carbon footprints,” or impact on the environment, are
“Collects millions of used sneakers each year and recycles                                                                                             inspiring other companies to do the same.
their materials to create synthetic surfaces for basketball                      recycle many of its used products and components, such as                 The participants in this movement can try to make a strong
courts, tennis courts, and running tracks.”                                      toner cartridges, electronics, and plastics.”                         impact on helping the environment, but this movement is
   Withgott and Brennan also elaborate on Hewlett-                                  Rachel Barbour, LBS senior and driver of a hybrid car,             really to inspire Americans as a society to make their lives
Packard’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly:                       shares her views on hybrid cars and helping the environment.          more environmentally responsible and help resolve our
“[Hewlett-Packard] runs ambitious programs to reuse and                          “It’s nice not to have to pay for gas as much. I don’t think that     current issues for a better future.

                                                          Dating Dialogue

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                   Seniors discuss what it means to date at Laguna
                              By Patty Christie, Morgan Ditmore,                                                                                                             By Jake Longstreth
                                       and Sacha Ritter
                                                                                                                                                                     Laguna Blanca is a small private school where
                                 At any high school, dating is difficult. It’s hard enough to                                                                     personal business becomes other people’s 24-hour-
                             handle schoolwork, a social life, and getting into college. On                                                                       a-day source of entertainment. It has nothing to do
                             top of that, what about the drama that ensues when someone                                                                           with the School, or how it’s run, or what kind of at-
                             is romantically involved? It’s just another part of surviving the                                                                    mosphere we go to school in.
                             teenage years. At Laguna Blanca, this is often made harder by                                                                           It’s purely human nature, but because of the
                             one (literally) small factor, population size. When there are two                                                                    School’s size, and the electronically-driven world we
                             hundred and twenty-seven students from grades nine to twelve                                                                         live in today; no one’s business is private anymore.
                             it not only narrows down the dating pool but it makes your                                                                              There aren’t as many relationships presently at La-
                             business, everyone’s business.                                                                                                       guna as there have been over the years. There are a
    While it’s a known fact that rumors and gossip spread like wildfire, it seems to spread even                     few factors that come in to play when talking about the loss of privacy between students.
faster at Laguna. There are all kinds of reasons for this. Social events like parties and dances                     Electronic devices as text messaging, Instant Messenger, and social networking sites such as
have boys and girls mingling and interacting at a close range. If something unexpected or                            Facebook, all make the exchange of information a lot faster and much more up to date.
interesting is going on, it spreads by word of mouth in a matter of minutes. The same is true                           On Facebook, for example, the status of relationships is updated whenever it changes.
at school. A couple holding hands means all kinds of inquiry from different people, whether                          Instant messenger and text messaging make all this information much easier to transfer be-
it’s their business or not.                                                                                          tween friends. People no longer have to call each other to gossip, or talk about the recent
    Remember back in middle school, when you didn’t want to pay attention in class, so you                           news, they can talk in much shorter, sweeter messages that get the information out much
interacted in a game of telephone? It seems this childhood pastime has evolved into social                           quicker.
gossip. “Did you see them talking?” gets repeated, and eventually turns into, “Did you hear                             But, what everything comes down to is word of mouth. People love to talk. It’s a very
about so-and-so making out?”                                                                                         natural thing and people have and will always talk about what’s going on in other people’s
    The spread of gossip has increased with the introduction of cyber chat rooms and personal                        lives. But, as a guy, that is usually the last thing you want.
online blogs. In the beginning, sites like Myspace and Facebook played huge roles. Having                               A guy, in a relationship, is two different guys. This is not saying that guys change because
a relationship, and posting it on Facebook is the best way to ensure that everyone knows                             of a girl, or that girls force them to change, it just naturally happens. There is guy “A” who
what is going on. At a public school, this wouldn’t matter. It would be just another high                            hangs out with his friends, and then there is guy “B” who is with his girlfriend. This is true at
school boyfriend and girlfriend announcing their status. At Laguna, however, things are very                         any school. This is just how guys are.
different. Class sizes are so small that often times people end up switching boyfriends and                             But, at Laguna there is another variable that becomes part of the problem. Things that
girlfriends left and right. It often reads like a flow chart on steroids. However, this is not to                    either guy “A” discusses with his girlfriend, or that guy “B” discusses with his friends, spreads
say Laguna students are more provocative than other schools, it’s just that well, we’re limited                      through the whole school quicker than a fire.
and have to pick and chose from what we’re given. After developing an immunity to it, it’s                              For example, if guy “B” tells his friends something, and one of the guys he tells, tells his
not alarming when a girl and guy swap boyfriends and girlfriends as if they’re sharing class                         friends, everyone knows in record time.
notes. That little red heart is important to so many people. Coming to school and knowing if                            The main thing this does is to create a separation between the couple. Since everyone at
someone got together or broke up is like reading the morning paper before a Current Events                           school is basically friends with everyone, or at least talks to one another, everyone is con-
class--you feel informed and on top of the latest ‘news.’                                                            vinced they know what is going on.
    Gossip spreads through text messages, email, and whispering. Everyone does it. Yes, guys                            Now, the biggest issue occurs. The guy or the girl start to hear things from their friends
do too. But in all honesty, girls can be notorious for gossip, we just don’t often realize how                       which is the last thing anyone ever wants. If there is an issue in a relationship, the last thing a
much it can affect each other. It makes relationships complicated when whole groups of                               person wants is to have other people knowing about it and discussing it.
friends are in on every detail of a relationship. It means that at every turn, people are there                         Whenever a comment between people on Facebook occurs, whenever a relationship sta-
offering advice and instruction. In a small school, it’s no longer about a guy and a girl, it’s                      tus changes, whenever something happens at school, everyone knows by E period.
about all of their friends too, which can include a whole class of people. When everyone                                I remember as a freshman hearing people discuss what was going on with the juniors.
knows everything, then suddenly others’ opinions creep into the relationship. Pretty soon it                         When there aren’t enough people in your own class to gossip about, you move on to the next
can feel like you’re dating the entire school.                                                                       group of people you know the best.

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      8                                                                                                                                                                                 Feature
                    Bread, Circuses,

                    and Pigs in Lipstick
                                                      By Keenan Orfalea

                       September 10, 2008, with fewer than fifty        on the implications of this outrageous
                    five days to go until one of the most crucial       development.
                    elections in United States history, Barack              Despite the uproar caused by this scandal,
                    Obama and John McCain’s campaigns are               it is nothing more than just another in a long

                    both gearing up for the final push before           line of meaningless attacks that have flown
                    November 4.                                         back and forth from the two campaigns
                       Each candidate and their respective              since March.
                    running mates, Joe Biden-Democrat and                   Both the candidates have run on the

                                 How many times
                                 will the voters of this
                                 country fall captive
                                 to empty rhetoric?

                    Sarah Palin-Republican, are trying to sell          promise to change Washington from the            fear is the biggest threat facing us in the near      At the same time as Mr. McCain was on
                    themselves to the American public and sway          same old politics, but now, after Obama’s        future, the environment.                           T.V. bemoaning the deep personal effect the
                    undecided voters over to their side.                ads about John McCain not knowing                   With the credit crisis continuing to            attacks were having on him and his family,
                       The eyes of the country are fixated on the       how to use a computer, or McCain’s ads           squeeze American families and the financial        his campaign was in the process of making
The Fourth Estate

                    two campaigns and the twenty-four hour              comparing Obama to Paris Hilton, Britney         sector in near free fall, the development with     two new ads attacking Obama explicitly
                    news networks serve up a new scandal every          Spears, and even Moses; their actions are        Lehman Brothers would have offered both            about his lipstick comments.
                    day for people to talk about around the             bringing to light just how empty their words     candidates a stage to address an issue which           How many times will the voters of this
                    water cooler or at the dinner table.                have become.                                     will more than likely be the biggest influence     country fall captive to empty rhetoric? In the
                        While most have been caught up in the              It might have come as a surprise to many      on voters come November.                           last eight years, America has seen a surplus
                    fevered pitch of this election, some think          Americans that on September 10, the Gulf            Finally since both men are running to           turn into the largest deficit in American
                    the habitual attack ads and trumped up              Coast was bracing for a devastating hurricane    become America’s next commander and chief          history, the military start two wars which
                    scandals more closely resemble a popularity         for the second time in a week.                   it would appear that an in depth knowledge         have already sent over 4,000 of America’s
                    contest than a contest for the most powerful           That same day, the economy was stunned        of America’s present military position might       finest home in coffins (not that Americans
                    office in the world.                                when Lehman Brothers announced a $3.9            come in handy. When the chief adviser to           could actually see the coffins if they wanted
                       It would have been hard to watch any             billion loss, bringing the nation’s fourth       the current president gives an address on          to), oil climb to record highs, the financial
                    station on September 10 without hearing             largest investment bank to the verge of          Capitol Hill saying we may lose a war which        system face its biggest crises since the Great
                    something about the newest scandal to hit           bankruptcy (five days later this nightmare       the next president will inherit it would seem      Depression, the near destruction of New
                    the election trail.                                 became a reality).                               that both candidates would make an effort          Orleans because of new environmental
                        At a rally the night before in Virginia,           That day, a third major news story broke      to talk about how they can win that war;           problems, as well as their democratic and
                    Barack Obama spoke about McCain’s new               about the nearly forgotten second front in       Instead both candidates chose once again to        supposedly inalienable rights taken away all
                    message of change. He said, "You can put            the war on terror, Afghanistan.                  take the low road and slip back into the same      in the name of freedom.
                    lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig. You can wrap      Amid growing violence and increasing          lies and mudslinging that both men pledged            With all the problems that have arisen in
                    up an old fish in a piece of paper and call         tensions along the Pakistani border, Navy        to fight.                                          the last 8 years it is not hard to understand
                    it change. It's still going to stink after eight    Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint          On September 10, Obama gave another             why both candidates say they are trying to
                    years. We've had enough."                           chiefs of staff said, “I’m not convinced we      stirring speech about how the campaigns            “change” Washington, but as this charade of
                       As soon as he uttered this, the McCain           are winning it in Afghanistan,” and he went      have gotten too personal, in which he seemed       partisan attacks continues to divert attention
                    campaigned pounced, accusing him of                 on to say we may be, “running out of time.”      to be moving back to his original message of       from the serious issues, it is becoming less
                    slurring Sarah Palin for her comment about             All three of these stories would have been    hope and change. Despite Obama’s stirring          and less likely that Americans will find the
                    hockey moms being pit bulls in lipstick.            important things for voters and candidates       rhetoric, once again, his actions spoke louder     change they so desperately need in either
                       Within hours, Governor Jane Swift, a             alike to focus on in the final weeks and         than his words when the very next day, he          candidate.
                    spokesperson for the McCain campaign,               months of the campaigns. With this year          did a complete 180 and vowed to renew the             Behind the smoke screen of this election,
                    called Obama’s words, "disgusting comments,         being one of the worst hurricane seasons         attack against Senator McCain.                     past the polarizing divide between
                    comparing our vice-presidential nominee,            on record, a trend which many fear will             On September 10 McCain was asked                Republican and Democrats, lies a scary
                    Sarah Palin, to a pig."                             get worse with global warming; this would        what he disliked most about the campaigns,         truth; you can put all the lipstick you want
                       Once her comments aired on CNN                   have presented a perfect talking point for       ironically he said his least favorite part was     on every pig in Washington, but at the end
                    and Fox, NBC gathered their armies                  Obama or McCain to show their support            the “personal attacks”, specifically citing        of the day it’s still a pig.
                    of partisan pundits to inform America               for victims, and also address what many          Obama’s recent lipstick on a pig comment.

                                                                                                                         Who would
                                                                                                                         you vote for?
                                                                                                                                                                               Are you intereste
                                                                                                                                                                               the election?

                              How do Laguna students
                              feel about the election?
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       Feature                                                                                                                                                                                           9
                                                                                                      demographic.                                    he would be supporting John McCain after

                                                                                                         In society today, the media is constantly    a chance meeting backstage at ‘Saturday
                                                                                                      being blamed for explicit violence, sex,        Night Live.’”
                                                                                                      drugs, and other various inappropriate             It remains to be seen if Young Jeezy’s
                                                                                                      stories that anger viewers. Brains all across   endorsement will impact the important votes
                                                                                                      the country are being over saturated with       from the young hip-hop demographic.
                                                                                                      opinions left and right. But in the case           In addition, celebrities such as Paris
                                                                                                      of this highly anticipated election, is the     Hilton, Kanye West, Scarlet Johannson,
                                                                                                      influence of the media to blame or to           Lindsay Lohan, Will.I.Am, Sheryl Crow,
                                                                                                      praise?                                         Halle Berry, Robert DeNiro, Ben Affleck,
                                                                                                         From CNN, to Saturday Night Live, to         Sharon Stone, and Madonna have all voiced
                                                                                                      Youtube, to Facebook, to Time Magazine,         their opinions regarding the 2008 election.
                                                                                                      to Newsweek Magazine, and to People             It’s safe to say that celebrities have a voice-a
                                                                                                      Magazine, Barack Obama and John                 loud voice that is clearly heard by American

                                                                                                      McCain are everywhere. In addition to           citizens.
                                                                                                      various traditional news sources, political        The effects of celebrity influence combined
                                                                                                      blogs have become a huge part of this           with the power of the Internet have created
                                                                                                                     Americans’ turn, they
                                                                                                                     are both consciously
                                                                                                                     and subconsciously
                                                                                                                        exposed to the
                                                                                                                      media’s influence.

        Mixed Messages:
                                                                                                          The number of young voters involved         a new virtual perspective on the election.
                                                                                                       in this election is record-breaking.              With access to the Internet just a click
                                                                                                    When a teenager finally reaches the highly        away, personal blogs along with Youtube
                                                                                                    anticipated age of eighteen, he or she will       and Facebook, have taken over the virtual

          Media in the
                                                                                                    become eligible to make a decision that will      networking scene.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Fourth Estate
                                                                                                    impact him or her for the rest of his or her         In the case of this presidential race various
                                                                                                    life: the privilege to cast a vote and make a     blogs have facilitated the young voters
                                                                                                    difference in our country’s history.              involvement. The “Rock the Vote” blog
                                                                                                       So what exactly is it that attracts these      follows numerous events on the campaign

        2008 Presidential                                                                           young voters to the polls? The answer is
                                                                                                    rather simple. It’s the constant coverage on
                                                                                                    CNN, the voice of celebrities on MTV,
                                                                                                    the parodies on “Saturday Night Live,”
                                                                                                                                                      trail, offering insight from both college and
                                                                                                                                                      high school students.
                                                                                                                                                         One of the main objectives of this blog is
                                                                                                                                                      to engage young voters across the country.

                                                                                                    the controversial political ads in The New        The crew hit the highway to do just that.
                                                                                                    Yorker-the list goes on.                          This road trip movement is called “Rock the
                                                                                                       Everywhere Americans turn, they are both       vote, taking it to the streets.”
                                                                                                    consciously and subconsciously exposed to            “Rock the Vote uses music, popular

       The inevitable influence on                                                                  the media’s influence. In some cases, however,
                                                                                                    the constant coverage and various celebrity
                                                                                                                                                      culture, and new technologies to engage
                                                                                                                                                      and excite young people to register and vote

       America’s new generation
                                                                                                    endorsements are not always beneficial for        in every election.” So far on the road trip
                                                                                                    the candidate.                                    across the country 1.5 million voters have
                                                                                                       For example, when Oprah Winfrey,               registered.
                of voters.                                                                          one of the most powerful female figures
                                                                                                    in America, endorsed Barack Obama her
                                                                                                                                                         McCain’s daughter, Meghan, has also
                                                                                                                                                      created a blog at,
                                                                                                    influence upon the American public was not        documenting each of her days on the
                                                                                                    exactly in Obama’s favor.                         campaign trail with her father.
                                    By Kendall Hall                                                    According a New York Times/CBS News                 On “Larry King Live” Meghan was
                                                                                                    poll release, “Only one percent of Democrats      asked, “What are your plans for the rest of

                  ith less than one month to         For the last nineteen months, voters across    polled reported that Winfrey's endorsement        the campaign?” She responded, “Continue
                  go in this close presidential   the country have been inundated by the            would make them more likely to support            to blog. It's given me so much. I really enjoy
                  race, young voters across       intense media coverage following this race.       Obama, while 14 percent said they would be        doing it. It's a way for me to show the world
   the country are more passionately involved     It is safe to say that, whether a Republican or   less likely to vote for the candidate because     what it's like to be on the campaign trail as
   than ever.                                     a Democrat wins, this race will go down in        of Winfrey's support.”                            a 23-year-old woman, when your father's
      This new, heightened level of interest      history, not only because of the potential for       On the other side, according to ABC            [running for] president and it's been a way
   can be attributed to many factors, but the     the first African American President or the       news, “Young Jeezy, an Atlanta-based rapper       for me to show people what my parents are
   media serves as the number one source to       first female Vice President, but also because     that Vibe Magazine called the ‘gangsta            really like.”
   investigate.                                   of the tidal wave of a new young voting           rapper of the moment,’ told the magazine              “Rock the Vote” and “McCain Blogette”
                                                                                                                                                      are two very different blogs, but they both
                                                                                                                                                      ultimately do the same thing in influencing

d in           Who could better                                                        Who is more                                                    the increasing number of young voters.

               handle the economy?                                                     motivating?
                                                                                                                                                         Any information young voters can get that
                                                                                                                                                      addresses the importance of being involved
                                                                                                                                                      in politics is beneficial.
                                                                                                                                                         Some may let the media be the basis for
                                                                                                                                                      their opinion, while others see the media as
                                                                                                                                                      an inaccurate account of politics.
                                                                                                                                                         However, the way people interpret that
                                                                                                                                                      information and use it in the election booth
                                                                                                                                                      is what counts.

       Volume XIV: Issue 1
      10                                                                                                                                                              Feature
                                 The Secret Life of the Laguna Teacher
                                        By Patrick Ferroni

                                                                               “I used to be a camp                                                             “I was a waitress at
                                                                               counselor for Girl                                                               Baker’s Square Pies,
                                                                               Scouts when I was                                                                back in the day when
                                                                               17. It prepped me                                                                it was legal to smoke in
                                                                               for parenting, and I                                                             restaurants, so I’d come
                                                                               learned how to canoe                                                             home at night with a
                                                                               with small kids. It was                                                          secondary smoker’s
            Photos: Patrick Ferroni

                                                                               voluntary, a dollar an                                                           cough.”
                                                                                                                                                                - Ms. Alethea Paradis,
                                                                               - Ms. Isabella Santos,                                                           History Department
                                                                               Math Instructor                                                                  Chair

                                             “I used to be a                                                                         “I used to work the
                                            professional car                                                                           counter at movie
                                          detailer. I made a                                                                     theaters. I still don’t like
                                           company called                                                                         the smell of popcorn.”
                                        ‘College Bound Car
                                              Wash Friends.”
                                                                                                                                              - Ms. Carol
                                      - Mr. John Berry, Head                                                                               Nordgaarden,
                                             of Upper School                                                                         English Department

                                         Worlds Apart: While We Stress for College,
The Fourth Estate

                                             Foster Kids Barely Get a Chance
                                      Foster kids are subject to terribly traumatic experiences, and even in America
                                        they are not properly cared for. But Casa Pacifica, a shelter in Camarillo,
                                            provides hope for these homeless, abused, or neglected children.
                                          By Erin Stone                        the foster care system show evidence of
                                 Over the summer I was in Russia and           mental health problems, the most common                            How You Can Help
                              I learned that there are 700,000 orphans         diagnoses being Post Traumatic Stress                                  Make a Donation
                              living in state-run orphanages across the        Disorder, alcoholism or substance abuse,
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                              children are exposed to shocking levels of       of foster youth will be in prison within the                             Vicki Murphy
                              cruelty and neglect. Thousands of children       first two years after they leave the system and
                              are abandoned at a rate of 113,000 every         over one fifth of foster children will become          Director of Development & Public Relations
                              year and statistics show that only one out of    homeless at some time after age 18.                                By phone: (805) 445-7804
                              ten orphans becomes a functional member             These statistics seem to come from another
                              of society. The rest fall victim to drugs,       country, not our own beloved United States.                Or email:
                              crime, alcohol, and suicide.                     One would think that America, one of the                     Mail tax-deductible donations to:
                                 One would think America, one of the most      wealthiest nations in the world, would be
                              successful countries in the world, would have    able to take care of its own children. But,                              Casa Pacifica
                              much better statistics, but, unfortunately,      unfortunately, our government does not                              1722 South Lewis Road
                              the statistics are shockingly similar. On        make it a priority to provide enough funding
                              any given day, half a million abused and         for these kids.                                                      Camarillo, CA 93012
                              neglected children and youth are in foster          After visiting Russia, my brother and I                            Add to the Wishlist
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                              too often lack the family environment and        a shelter in Camarillo for children who               Gift Certificates (movies, music, fast food, etc.)
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                              brain development.                               Their goal to provide, “hope and help for                               Stuffed Animals
                                 On average, children in foster care move      abused, neglected, or at-risk children and                             Batteries (all sizes)
                              through at least three different foster care     their families.” There are currently about
                              placements, frequently with little or no         75 kids who live either in the shelter or the                         Gameboy Games
                              warning. Over 10 percent suffer the trauma       group home. All of these kids come from                                      Books
                              of changing homes 5 or more times. Once          either Santa Barbara or Ventura County.
                              foster children reach the age of 18, they        Though the facility is beautiful, they lack                              Comic Books
                              are kicked out of their foster home because      funding for their dream of a play structure                           Sunscreen (SPF 45)
                              of lack of space and funding. While 100          for the kids. This play structure would
                              percent of Laguna Blanca students graduate       entertain the younger children as well as                            Individual Chapstick
                              high school and go to college, just over a       provide a space for the teenagers to get out                        Kids’ Design Band-Aids
                              third of foster youth don’t earn a high school   of their rooms and relax in the open air. If
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                              from college.                                    me at or see                                     Socks (new)
                                 One third of youth who “age out” of           the “How You Can Help” box.

                                                                                                                                                                    October 13, 2008
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                                                                                                                                GUEST SPEAKER:
                                                                                                                                Former Fourth
                                                                                                                                                         What to Expect in
                                                                                                                                Estate staff writer,
                                                                                                                                Blake Dorfman,
                                                                                                                                introduces the current    High School
                                                                                                                                journalism staff to
                                                                                                                                his new venture,             Some guiding words of
                                                                                                                                Presidio Sports on the
                                                                                                                                Web. Dorfman also                  wisdom
                                                                                                                                spoke about his recent
                                                                                                                                                                           By Lillie Hodges

                                                                                                        Photo: Sarah O’Connor
                                                                                                                                travels to Beijing,
                                                                                                                                where he covered             Throughout history, high school has been portrayed as a
                                                                                                                                the Olympics for the      time of hardship and awkwardness. Here at Laguna, these
                                                                                                                                Santa Barbara News-       stereotypes generally don’t apply. Students deal instead
                                                                                                                                Press.                    with the problems of balancing homework, sports, and
                                                                                                                                                          friends, so here are a few helpful hints about what to expect
                                                                                                                                                          this year.

 Staffers Continue                                                  continue on in the field of journalism. Whitney Burke, class
                                                                    of ‘05, Miranda Green, class of ’08, and Kelley Stevens, class
                                                                                                                                                             For freshmen: Fletcher Sipple, sophomore, said, “Some
                                                                                                                                                          advice: don’t break Mrs. Tyner-Paradis’ or Mrs. Garnett’s
                                                                                                                                                          windows, don’t play with lacrosse balls in the quad, this
 with Journalism in                                                 of ’07, are currently involved with journalism while they
                                                                    attend college.
                                                                       Whitney Burke, who is currently a senior at USC, is
                                                                                                                                                          isn’t Sparta- don’t even try it, sorry that you don’t have a
                                                                                                                                                         trip, and don’t break the bench in the freshman quad by

                                                                                                                                                         piling people on it.”
                                                                    majoring in Print Journalism and has had internships with                                For sophomores: When asked about his experiences
                                                                    ESPN covering both the summer and winter extreme sports.                             during sophomore year, Luther Tarver-Burkes, junior, said,
                                                                    Whitney also spoke to last year’s journalism staff.                                  “You can expect not to have the ‘freshman status’ anymore.
                                              By Morgan Ditmore        Miranda is a journalism major at George Washington                                There are new responsibilities too. Rumors, drama, gossip,
   Being involved with a high school publication like The           University while Kelley works for The Lens, a politics and                           player-haters, but sophomore year was the hottest thing
Fourth Estate isn’t something that is easily forgotten. The         culture magazine on campus at Carlton College. Miranda                               since microwave popcorn.”
skills that are created by working in the press are carried on,     believes that “The Fourth Estate was the perfect building                                For juniors: Nik Hodosy-Brander, senior, talks about
often leading to a future and a career in journalism.               block to getting me started in journalism and interested in                          teachers and tips on staying on the seniors’ good sides,
   Recently, a former Fourth Estate staff member, Blake             it outside of class.”                                                                “Ace will change your life. A word of advice: Park well,
Dorfman, visited Laguna to speak at assembly about his                 It is common for staff members to move on to other forms                          don’t annoy the seniors by parking in the senior spots (aka
career in journalism and his covering of the Olympics.              of journalism and media after working on a school paper.                             the parts closer to the school). When you park, don’t take
   Blake worked at the Santa Barbara News Press for a               The hours that are spent writing, editing, and placing articles                      up three spots- believe me it happens. Ace will blow your
number of years, and he recently started his own online             requires dedication that only comes if the staff members                             mind.”
news source “Presidio Sports,” which focuses on local Santa         really care about what they are doing.                                                   For seniors: Nick Behrman, last year’s all student-body
Barbara sports.                                                        Ms. Stevens realizes how important her first experiences                          president, gives advice to the class of 2009: “First semester
   This summer, Blake traveled to Beijing, China to cover the       were and says that, “I recently got a job as The Cowling Arb                         is when we had to really crack down on homework because

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Fourth Estate
2008 Olympic Games for the News Press. While describing             Outreach Assistant, creating outreach posters on InDesign,                           other than just the usual school work, we had all of our
the Olympics, Dorfman shed some light on the work that              mainly because of the experience I had working with the                              college applications to prepare for. The senior trip was very
goes into making a story run smoothly: “Journalism is               program at The Fourth Estate.”                                                       relaxed and there were activities for everyone. Overall, it
stressful and demanding, but if you love it and you appreciate         Needless to say, participating in a field of high school                          was a great bonding experience for my whole class. Once
it, it makes all the difference. You have to throw yourself at it   journalism can make it that much easier to break into the                            the decisions come back you need to visit all the schools
or nothing will ever get done.”                                     professional world of publications, as shown by past and                             and choose the one your heart likes best, not what your
   Dorfman isn’t the only alum of The Fourth Estate to              hopefully future Fourth Estate staff members.                                        parents want.”

                                                                                       What did you do before
                                                                                       the first day of school?
   Photos: Brooke Matthews and Sacha Ritter

                                                                                    “I was flying from Mexico
                                                                                    City and I was very tired”
                                                                                    - Mr. Luna, Spanish
                                                                                    teacher                                                                                                    “I crammed
                                                                                                                                                                                                my summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Jessie
                                                                                                                                                                                                Ditmore, 11

                                                                                         “I cried.”
                                                                                         - Nik Hodosy-
   “I got my clothes ready and                                                            Brander, 12
   looked in the mirror.”
   - Luther Tarver-Burks, 11
                                                                                                                                                    By Brooke Matthews and Sacha Ritter

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     12                                                                                                                                            Arts & Entertainment
                        Eclectic Regional Artists Draw Local Attention
                      By Arabella Watters                                                                                                             Esther Tran-Le, senior, is particularly                                       It’s filled with melodic surprises, which
                                                                                                                                                   fond of Dominic Balli, a local Reggae group                                      make you want to get up and sing.
                  Santa Barbara has been known as a mecca                                                                                          who placed first in The Independent’s Road                                          Ranging from soft alternative ballads to
               for top performing artists. Something about                                                                                         to West Beach Music Festival earlier this                                        Rock Reggae hybrids, the city’s artists are
               the eternally sunny skies, picturesque palm                                                                                         summer, “He’s the kind of music I like. He’s                                     diverse enough for anyone to find something
               trees, and overall laid back atmosphere of                                                                                          smooth, and he’s very easy to listen to. He                                      that they like.
               our seaside town draws big names like moths                                                                                         has real messages in his songs. “
               to a flame.                                                                                                                            Another student favorite is Iration, an
                  This summer alone, Death Cab for Cutie,                                                                                          infusion of Pop and Reggae and a lyrically
               Jack Johnson, and 311 have played on Santa                                                                                          strong band cited by senior Harrison Algra
               Barbara’s stages.                                                                                                                   as a choice local artist, “I like to listen to
                  While these popular performers draw                                                                                              Iration because it soothes me. It’s really
               crowds, it is the smaller and lesser known                                                                                          relaxing.”
               local artists who stand out. With their                                                                                                Amanda Schulenberg, sophomore, adds
               diverse sounds and styles, word is rapidly                                                                                          Matthew Mcavene to the list of popular
               spreading about Santa Barbara’s growing                                                                                             artists.
                                                                            Photos: The Independent

               music scene .                                                                                                                          Another       celebrated group, Them
                  For the most part, Santa Barbara’s music                                                                                         Terribles, produces refreshingly energetic
                                                                                                                                                   Rock. Two of the members attended

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photos: The Independent
               is mellow, reflecting the relaxed mood that
               settles over the city’s locals almost 24/7.                                                                                         Laguna, Matt Green and Jonny Black.
                  Reggae and Alternative artists take top                                                                                          The band was featured on MTV in the
               priority, filling the city with even more                                                                                           Dew Circuit Breakout contest where they
               tourists on those summer days. This city is                                                                                         finished as one of the top three finalists.
               home to many artists with strong lyrics and                                        A ROCK REGGAE INFUSION:                              Schulenberg declares Jack Johnson to
               sharp messages in their music, atypical from                                       Iration performs one of their fan favorites at   be one of her favorite artists from Santa
               America’s mainstream power pop.                                                    Velvet Jones last week.                          Barbara, “I love to listen to Jack Johnson.
                  Surprisingly, this unique sound is what                                                                                          When I’m sick, I’ll listen to him, and I feel
                                                                                        Rebelution (a Reggae staple), The Coral                    so much better.”                                                                SOOTHING CROONER: Reggae Group
               draws most Santa Barbarians (including
                                                                                        Sea (a poignant alternative band), and The                    Santa Barbara’s music is just like the city                                  Dominic Balli is a favorite of laid-back Santa
               Laguna Blanca students) to the mellow
                                                                                        Pom-Poms (a group whose vocals are almost                  itself: soothing and calm; most of the time.                                    Barbarians.
               beats and lulling lyrics of local artists like

                    Bands Get Involved in Politics

                                                                     By Abby Reutzel
                  Musicians have never been shy                  Wentz said, “It’s not an overly political
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               about their opinions, especially when          record, but I’m not gonna say what it is.”
               it comes to politics. With the election           Whereas front man Patrick Stump added,
               less than a month away, many bands are “And I also wouldn’t say it’s not a political
               pushing harder than ever for their favorite record, it’s just one of those things.”
               presidential candidate: Barack Obama.             The “Citizens For Our Betterment” (or
               Musical supporters of John McCain seem to CFOB) mixtape had other bands appearing                                                                               BOOK COVERS: “The Twilight,” “New Moon,” “Eclipse,” and “Breaking
               be nonexistent, sadly.                         on it like Cobra Starship, The Cab, Panic                                                                        Dawn.”
                  Thanks to organizations like “Rock the at the Disco, Tyga, and many more. The
               Vote” and “Head Count,” young people are Hush Sound had their track “We Believe In
               becoming more and more involved in the (Barack Obama)” also on the mixtape.
                                                                                                                                                   Vampire Series Disappoints Fans
               democratic process, and everyone has an           Well-known rockers Against Me! are also
               opinion.                                                                making a statement                                                                                            By Abby Reutzel
                  Bands are becoming                                                   with their “Rock

               involved            with                                                the Vote” video for                                                                        hen Twilight by Stephenie                           By Aug. 3 the Internet was full of hyper
               organizations too, and                                                  Stop!                                                                                      Meyer      arrived    on                         buzz about the book. Ultimately though,
               are doing their                                                            This video is an                                                                        bookshelves in 2005, the                         the reader’s comments were not positive.
               best to make sure                                                       attempt to open                                                           author was unknown, and the storyline                                Avid fans who had raced home to read

               that their favorite                                                     people’s eyes to the                                                      was targeted at an unpredictable                                  the novel they had been waiting an entire
               candidate      gets                                                     fact that there are                                                       audience: teenagers. More than three                              year for, were disappointed.
               elected. “Rock                                                          many issues that                                                          years later, Meyer and her vampire                                   Meyer decided to take the series down
               the          Vote”                                                      need to be decided;                                                       empire have been compared to J.K.                                 a bizarre and weird path leaving fans
               especially has an                                                       that the results are                                                      Rowling, and she is worth millions. Not                           mystified and confused. Fans became
               impressive lineup                                                       up to them. The                                                           bad for a Mormon wife and mother of                               angry and felt betrayed by Meyer.
               of famous musical                                                       band is an open                                                           three from Arizona.                                                  This was not the way die-hard
               supporters like:                                                        supporter of Barack                                                          The first book in the series is                                “Twilight” fans wanted their series to end.
               All Time Low,                                                           Obama, as well                                                            “Twilight,” from which the saga gets its                          The ending was confusing and simply not
               Jack’s Mannequin,         A NEW SOUND : Fall Out Boy’s new                  The campaign                                                          name, followed in the series by: “New                             believable.
               Mark Ronson, Regina political proclamation, Citizens FOB Mixtapes: for their favorite                                                             Moon,” “Eclipse,” and “Breaking Dawn.”                               The fans are still upset, and still feel that
               Spektor, Senses Fail, Welcome to the New Administration.                 candidate doesn’t                                                           The novels are about a seventeen-year-                         Meyer let them down with the twisted
               The Used, and The                                                        stop       at    the                                                     old girl, Bella Swan, who moves to Forks,                         ending.
               Maine just to name a                                                     recording studio-                                                        Washington, and falls in love with a boy                             “Breaking Dawn” hasn’t been received
               few.                                           the bands take it to the festivals, the shows,                                                     named Edward.                                                     well by critics. Many have bashed Meyer
                  One of the bands leading political and the streets.                                                                                               But, Edward is a vampire.                                      and her series, and discouraged others
               involvement in the presidential election,          Back in January, Pete Wentz held a                                                                The story revolves around the                                  from reading it.
               especially for Barack Obama, is Fall Out fundraiser for Barack Obama and his                                                                      hardships Edward and Bella must                                      But, for the “Twilight” fans who just
               Boy.                                           campaign in Chicago at the Lakeview                                                                overcome in order to be together. The                             aren’t ready to let go of the series yet,
                  On Aug. 25, Fall Out Boy released a Broadcasting Co.                                                                                           main obstacle of the relationship is                              there’s still the “Twilight” movie which
               mixtape called “CitizensFOB Mixtape:              World-renowned music magazine Spin                                                              that Edward wants to kill Bella, since                            will hit theatres on Nov. 21.
               Welcome to the New Administration” is getting in on the political action, with                                                                    he is after all, a vampire and she is just                            The movie release is highly anticipated
               which can be found at friendsorenemies. “Turn Up the Vote.” is asking                                                                    a human.                                                          by fans and is sure to bring back the charm
               com. The mixtape is an obvious homage to today’s musicians the tough questions about                                                                 Meyer’s highly anticipated fourth                              the book series formerly had.
               the election, made apparent by the ballot the presidential election, and who they are                                                             book “Breaking Dawn,” the end to the                                 Still, some fans aren’t so sure about the
               box theme on the web page.                     rooting for. Rogue Wave supports Obama,                                                            beloved series, arrived on shelves Aug. 2                         film, and don’t agree with the casting.
                  This mixtape is a teaser for Fall Out Boy’s along with REM, Bruce Springsteen, and                                                             at midnight.                                                         Others believe the novel “Twilight”
               new album “Folie A Deux,” which, according many more musicians.                                                                                      Teenage girls across America stormed                           will be butchered even more on screen.
               to Pete Wentz, means “the shared madness          Thanks to bands, the younger generation                                                         local bookshops to snatch themselves a                            It is always a challenge to please everyone
               of two” in French.                             is becoming interested in politics. The                                                            copy and to begin reading the 756-page                            when adapting a novel to film.
                  The album will hit shelves on November results will be seen on Nov. 4, that is, if                                                             novel.
               4-Election Day.                                young people vote.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            October 13, 2008
 Profile                                                                                                                                                                                                     13
 John Berry Joins the Laguna Community
     The new Head of Upper School hopes to preserve
      Laguna’s traditions while introducing new ideas
                             By Brooke Matthews

               ith former Head of Upper       who has always seen himself working
               School      Harry      Sims’   in education. His vast experience from
               announcement that he would     different schools is sure to bring new ideas
not be continuing into the 2008-2009          to the Laguna community. While he doesn’t
school year, questions immediately began      want to reveal too much, Mr. Berry did say
to surface throughout the student body.       that the Upper School will be seeing a bit of
Months passed, candidates were considered,    “fine tuning” in the next year.
and now one educator                                                   “We’re not trying
has stepped into his
shoes.                  “We’re not trying                           to reinvent the wheel.
                                                                    Laguna is doing very
                       to reinvent the
                                                                                               Photo: Brooke Matthews
     “My wife and I                                                 well,” he said.
were looking for a                                                     Those        changes
new adventure,” said   wheel. Laguna is                             include         making

                       doing very well.”
John Berry, Head                                                    the School more
of Upper School.                                                    efficient,         and
“Moving to Santa                                                    providing students
Barbara was a good                                                  with more leadership
start.”                                                             opportunities.
   A San Francisco native, Mr. Berry joins       In addition to facilitating improvements                               NEW SURROUNDINGS: Mr. John Berry stands in front of his office, which
Laguna after working at Tamal Pais High       throughout the Upper School, providing                                    underwent a recent remodeling.
School, a public school with about 600        students with the opportunity to share
more students than Laguna. Despite the        their opinions is a top priority. As Mr. Berry
differences, the change has not been a        noted, “My job is to make sure that the staff                         He is a San Francisco Giants fan and has        China and Nepal, develop the best teacher’s
difficult one.                                and students are feeling support.                                  also had a few photographs published in            college on the West Coast, scuba-dive
   “I’m thoroughly enjoying Laguna,” he          While Mr. Berry is ready to assist students                     Sports Illustrated for kids. Not only that, but    the Red Sea, sail the Greek islands, and
said. “There are great teachers, motivated    and navigate school tasks as Head of Upper                         he was also part of a first descent team to raft   construct a small, rustic cottage on a lake or
students, and a supportive board and          School, there are a few things that students                       down a small tributary in Siberia.                 seashore somewhere desolate,” he said.
parents.”                                     should know about him outside the                                     He hopes to one day “hike the entire              For now though, being the Head of Upper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Fourth Estate
   Mr. Berry is a third generation educator   classroom.                                                         Pacific Coast Trail, raft uncharted rivers in      School at Laguna Blanca will be just fine.

     Laguna Welcomes New Students to All Grades
                                                               By Brooke Matthews and Sacha Ritter

1 From Germany                                                4 From Dos Publeos                                                                   7 From Dos Pueblos
An exchange student from Germany, he will                     I like that it’s a smaller school, people are                                         I moved to Laguna because I knew some of
be immersing himself in American culture while                friendly and the classes are interesting and                                         the students. I really love all the teachers and
in the states.                                                involved which is really different.                                                  the teacher-student relationships.
-Sebastian Koch, 11                                           -Kaela Farrise, 11                                                                   -Olivia Lieban, 10

2 From East Hampton, New York                                 5 From Mercer Island, Washington                                                     8 From San Marcos High School
Santa Barbara is really different from where I                The public schools were all too big, so I ended                                      Why? Better school, I like the small school
lived before.                                                 up here at Laguna. It seems like everyone                                            environment better.
-Kayla Schwartz, 10                                           knows each other really well, and it’s really a                                      -Carly Shevitz, 11
                                                              -Kelly Furukawa, 10
3 From St. Simons, GA                                         6 From Santa Barbara High                                                            9 From Santa Barbara High
Everyone has been really welcoming, and                       I like that it’s close, like everybody knows                                         A returning student, she left Laguna after
Laguna is small so you can build relationships                everybody.                                                                           freshman year to complete 10th and 11th
with teachers. I like the casual atmosphere, it’s             -Sean Burke, 10                                                                      grade simultaneously at Santa Barbara.
very different from my old school.                                                                                                                 -Maddie Ryan, 12
-Emily Capone, 12

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      14                                                                                                                                                                        Sports
                    Laguna Blanca Fall Sports Preview
                                       Cross Country                                                                                Girls Volleyball
                                                                        By Luke Gonzalez, Patrick Ferroni, and Jake Longstreth

                                                        Team Captains – Seniors Kevin Lunn and Sarah                 Team Captains: Seniors Katie Borden and
                                                        O’Connor                                                   Jen Murphy were selected as the team’s co-
                                                         Award Winners – Kevin Lunn was voted The Santa
                                                        Barbara News Press Athlete of the Year for Cross             MVP: Katie Borden, as a junior, was the
                                                            Country in 2007-08. Kevin was Laguna’s first           team’s main force offensively and is looking
                                                              player to go to state, where he finished 22nd.       to take this team to the next level and win
                                                                                                                   their second CIF championship in 3 years.
                                                                Game Day Scores – sophomore Parker Lilly
                                                                 placed first in the sophomore race pre-season       Rival Teams: Cate, Saint Barry, Marlboro
                                                                   tune up. Kevin competed in the senior heat
                                                                   and finished 12th.                                Coach: Jim Alzina is a new face to the
                                                                   At the Small Schools Division at the Ojai       Laguna volleyball program. For the first
                                                                 Invitational Lunn, the star runner, finished      time in 12 years the volleyball program has
                                                         with the fastest time of the day, beating even public     a new captain at the helm. This is now his
                                                         school competitors. Teammate senior Zach Campbell,        team, and he is looking to win.
                Photo: Lina Beltran

                                                         claimed 30, and Sarah O’Connor finished 25 out of
                                                         211 female runners.                                          Secret Weapons: Freshman Amanda
                                                          Captain Kevin Lunn made history on Sept. 21 when         Harvey looks to help the team’s success after
                                                     he finished first out of 245 entrants in the Small Schools    her sister, Jackie, helped the team win her
                                                   Division at the Ojai Invitational. Lunn’s time of 16:20 was     freshman year as well. Sophomore Amanda
                                                   enough to win the race and was the fastest time of the day in   Schulenberg is looking to bring a spark from
                                                   any race. Laguna’s cross country team has greatly improved,     the outside hitter position.
                                                   setting up for an exceptional year.                                Laguna hoped to avenge Calvary Chapel
                                                                                                                   Murrieta for last year’s lost, but the Owls were
                                                   Rival – Thatcher: Laguna is ranked 7th and Thatcher is 4th      thwarted once again in a close match 25-22,
                                                   in a ranking. Both schools compete in the same league.          25-21 despite an outstanding performance by
                                                                                                                   both Katie Borden and Jackie Harvey.
                                                    Quotable – “This is the strongest team Laguna has ever
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                                                    had!”                                                            The Owls made a surprising strike on
                                                                                                                   Carpinteria’s Warriors from a 23-25 game, into a
                                                          Coaches – Bob Lunn, Coach Mikah, and Coach               25-11, 25-12, 25-19.
                                                                                                                      Katherine Cronyn and Amanda Schulenburg were
                                                   Workout – The team runs four to ten miles a day around          dominating the service line on Thursday in the Owls’ 25-6,
                                      Hope Ranch, and finishes with strides, core, and cool down.                  25-6, 25-7 pawning North Country Christian. Katherine’s                fantastic
                                                                                                                   serving carried Laguna on a nine point hot streak while serving in the second game.
                                      Goal – The entire team hopes to go to state! There are no signs of them      The same goes for Schulenberg who went on a similar sizzling streak of six points
                                      slowing down.                                                                from the service line in the third game. The Owls improve to 6-0.

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo: Carolina Beltran

                                         Boys Football
            Team Captains – Seniors Mark Romanov (out for the season), Hunter Rusack, Conor
           Murphy, and Alex Harmer

               MVP – Senior Mark Romanov

            Game Day Scores – Got “mercied” 50-0 in their first home game on
           Sept. 13. On Sept. 21, junior Luther Tarver-Burks had 175 yards scored
           three touchdowns while Michael Bremner had a 50-yard receiving
           touchdown as the Owls beat Valley Christian Academy 42-0 at
             Rivals – Cate and Thatcher

            Quotable – “We’re the best 8-man football team Hope Ranch
           has ever seen!” – Luther Tarver-Burks noted.

             Coaches – Mike Flores, Ray Robitaille, and Coach Hector

           Workout – the usual: run, catch, and pass. “Plus, strenuous
           weight room workouts (even though Laguna doesn’t have one
           yet), and we have to pull a semi truck before practice,” Luther

            Secret Weapon – “Luther is the secret weapon!” Marshall Alex Jr.
           shouted. Luther responded saying, “There are no secrets. We’re strapped
           like Desert Storm.” Laguna’s football team will have to continue
           this season without star RB Mark Romanov, this tragedy could be
           a blessing in disguise for other players like Luther Tarver-Burks and             Fr e d d y
           Williamson because they will get more playing time. Luther responded well to the increased
                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo:Victoria Kahmann
           minutes against Valley Christian, scoring four touchdowns. If supporting players play well
           on a regular basis, this team could go far.
                                                                                                                                                                          October 13, 2008
  Sports                                                                                                                                                                                          15
Owls Welcome New Coach
           By Lillie Hodges
                                                     All of my close friends at the time were              be on “Dancing with the Stars” because it      season an easy transition for both players
                                                  playing, and I just fell in love with the                would be fun and challenging. I remember       and parents. He is doing a great job working
   Jim Alzina is a seemingly ordinary father      game.”                                                   the awkward dances of my teen years, and       with everyone.”
of two, but beneath the surface lies a man           Jim began coaching in 1994 in Santa                   I would welcome the opportunity to learn         One of Laguna’s most highly awarded
who is athletic, intelligent, and fun-loving.     Cruz. He helped to coach the first women’s               this new skill.”                               volleyball players, and also this year’s other
   Jim grew up in Santa Cruz, California          volleyball team that his former high school                Sophomore, Amanda Schulenberg,               team captain, Katie Borden said, “Obviously,
with his brother, Jeff, who is two years older.   ever had. Jim said, “My dad was a high                   comments about this year’s team, “Our          we all know that Jim has some pretty big
However adept he is at playing and coaching       school basketball coach and a teacher. I guess           team this year is really great. We work well   shoes to fill, but I think he is doing a great
now, volleyball was not always Jim’s sport.       teaching, coaching, and helping people was               together and have started the season off       job, and I am excited for this season. We all
   Growing up, Jim generally followed in          instilled in me at an early age. The role of             really well.”                                  have high goals for this season and we know
his brother’s footsteps; playing basketball,      going from player to coach just seemed                     Jen Murphy, one of this year’s team          he will help us to succeed.”
baseball, football, and golf. He later dropped    natural.”                                                captains said, “Jim has helped make this
baseball and football for basketball and golf        On working with Jason Donnelly,
where he was more skilled.                        former Laguna coach, Jim said, “He taught
   Jim did not catch on to volleyball until       me how to deal with parents and today’s
the late 1980s, when volleyball was given a       athlete. Working with Jason was a great
lot of media coverage.                            experience. Any time you get an opportunity
   Jim said, “It seemed like everyone was         to work with a friend who has a passion for
playing volleyball back then. The football,       what they do is a great thing.”
basketball, and baseball guys were playing           Jim has two children, Malia, who is
it as a way to cross train. Volleyball was just   three years old, and Jack, who is just over
starting to take off as a big sport in America.   seven months old. His real job, when he
Our indoor team had recently won the gold         is not coaching, is as a real estate agent for
metal in the Summer Olympics of 1988              Sotheby’s International Reality.
in Seoul, South Korea and volleyball was             Jim said, “There are a lot of similarities
racking up a media storm. ”                       between selling real estate and coaching.
   In his senior year of high school, he
                                                                                                   Photo: Michael Lee

                                                  You have to be a people person to do both
joined the volleyball team and excelled very      jobs. Both jobs require you to set goals and
quickly.                                          work toward achieving them. They are both
   In comparison to basketball, Jim says, “I      jobs where you can have incredible highs
was drawn in to the different strategies and      and lows. The key to both is not getting too
the athleticism needed to win. It reminded        down during the lows.”
me of basketball in many ways and was an             When asked whether he would rather
easy transition. I found there to be far fewer    be on “Dancing with the Stars” with Misty                  A FRESH NEW FACE: Jim Alzina, the Owl’s new volleyball coach, playing in the California
injuries than in basketball as well, which was    May, or be on “The Apprentice” with                        Beach Volleyball Association Masters volleyball tournament in Manhattan Beach.
a plus for me.                                    Donald Trump, he said, “I would rather

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 Squash Team Starts Season Strong
                                                                     The ball can bounce off of any of the four
                      By Bryson Alef                               walls, but the opponent then has to return the
   Even though it’s one of the least known team sports at          ball before it bounces twice on the ground.
Laguna, squash is growing rapidly in popularity.                     Squash is not yet in the Olympic Games, but
   Squash was brought to Laguna three years ago by current         many players and coaches have been pushing
junior Tommy Mullaney and alumni Jake Gudmundsen.                  the International Olympic Committee to
The team continues to attract new players.                         include this unique sport in the games. "The
   This year there are two new additions to last year's 6-man      team," powerhouse Tommy Mullaney said, "is
team. Ashton Krebs and Cameron Westbury, two newbies               looking to avenge a loss to Cate last year."
                                                                                                                            Photo: Bryson Alef

to the sport of squash, are developing into impressive squash        Tommy Mullaney, ranked 20th in the nation,
players that may give Cate, Laguna's long-time rival, a run        comments, "We've got a team backed by solid
for their money.                                                   veterans with a couple of promising new guys,
   Coached by Debbie Brown, the Laguna Squash Team                 too...I think we stand a pretty good chance this
of 2008 consists of these formidable students: Tommy               year."
Mullaney, Charlie Mullaney, Max Hong, Patrick Ferroni,               The Laguna Team currently practices twice a
Parker Bell, Ashton Krebs, Cameron Westbury, and Dawson                                                             KEEPING AN EYE ON THE BALL: Tommy Mullaney uses good
                                                                   week, Mondays and Wednesdays, at the Santa
Ingersoll.                                                                                                          form while playing squash at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club.
                                                                   Barbara Athletic Club.
   The team's chauffeur, English instructor Dr. Barndollar, is       The first tournament, against Anacapa
a squash player himself.                                           and Cate in October, will
   Squash, like tennis, is played with a racquet and a ball, but   definitely be a showdown in
unlike tennis, squash is played in a box where the ball must       which the new squash team
hit the front wall instead of going over a net.                    will be put to the test.

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      16                                                                                                                                                                 Back Page

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Artist: Izzy Greer
                                         By Erin Stone

                               or centuries, the rich and the powerful documented
                               their existence and their status through painted
                               portraits. A marker of wealth and a chance at
                    immortality, portraits offer intriguing hints about the daily         Indeed, media coverage of social networking sites                 And he wouldn’t be alone.
                    life of their subjects—professions, ambitions, attitudes, and,     usually describes them as vast teenage playgrounds—or                MySpace and Facebook are overwhelmingly dull seas
                    most importantly, social standing.                                 wastelands, depending on one’s perspective. There is a nearly     of monotonous uniqueness. Users are committed to self-
                       By showing the artist both as he sees his true self and as      unbridgeable generational divide, with tech-savvy teenagers       exposure. The creation of intimate details and images of
                    he wishes to be seen, self-portraits can at once expose and        redefining friendship while their doddering elders look on        one’s own and others’ lives is the main activity in the online
                    obscure, clarify and distort. They offer opportunities for         with bafflement and increasing anxiety.                           social networking world.
                    both self-expression and self-seeking. They can display               Also, in the offline world, communities typically are              Quickly scan a profile and you know more about a
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                    egotism and modesty.                                               responsible for enforcing norms of privacy and general            potential acquaintance in a moment that you might have
                       Today, our self-portraits are crafted from pixels rather        etiquette. In the online world, however, new etiquette            learned about a flesh-and-blood friend in a month.
                    than paints. On social networking web sites like MySpace           challenges abound.                                                   “A place for friends,” is the slogan of MySpace. Facebook
                    and Facebook, our modern self-portraits feature background            For example, what do you do with a “friend” who posts          is a “social utility that connects people with friends.” But
                    music, carefully manipulated photographs, stream-of-               inappropriate comments on your Wall? What alternative do          “friendship” in these virtual spaces is thoroughly different
                    consciousness musings, and lists of our hobbies and friends.       you have if someone posts and embarrassing picture of you         from real-world friendship.
                       They are interactive, inviting viewers not merely to look       on his MySpace page?                                                 In its traditional sense, friendship is a relationship which
                    at, but also to respond to the life portrayed online. We create       If someone “friends” you and you don’t accept them, how        involves the sharing of mutual interests, trust, and the
                    them to find friendship, sure, but mostly that ambiguous           serious a rejection is it? Most of these scenarios end up being   revealing of intimate details over time and within specific
                    modern thing called connection.                                                                                                         social (and cultural) contexts. Because friendship

                                                                                        Are we missing
                       Like painters constantly retouching their work, we                                                                                   depends on mutual sharing that is concealed from the rest
                    alter, update, and tweak our online self-portraits. Vital                                                                               of the world, it can only flourish within the boundaries of
                    statistics, glimpses of bare flesh, and lists of favorite bands                                                                         privacy; the idea of public friendship is an oxymoron.
                    all clamor for our attention—and it is the timeless human
                    desire for attention that emerges as the dominant theme
                    of these vast virtual galleries.
                                                                                          chances to                                                           Friendship on these sites focuses on collecting,
                                                                                                                                                            managing, and ranking the people you know.
                                                                                                                                                                Everything about MySpace, for example, is designed to
                       Besides MySpace, the best-known social networking
                    site is Facebook, launched in 2004. Most young people              genuinely improve                                                    encourage users to gather as many friends as possible, as
                                                                                                                                                            though friendship was coin collecting.

                    use the site as their primary method of communicating                                                                                       If you are so unfortunate as to have but one MySpace
                    with one another. Millions of students check their                                                                                      friend, for example, you page reads: “You have 1 friends,”
                    Facebook pages several times every day and spend hours                                                                                  along with a stretch of sad empty space where dozens of
                    sending and receiving messages, getting updates on their                                                                                thumbnail photos of your acquaintances should appear.
                    friends’ activities, and learning about people they might          resolved with split-second snap judgements, while in the real        Of course, it would be stupid to suggest that people are
                    recently have met or heard about.                                  world these scenarios wouldn’t happen and if they did (of         incapable of making distinctions between social networking
                       Facebook users can also send “pokes” to friends; these          course in an equivalent “real-life” way), they would be dealt     “friends” and friends they see in the flesh.
                    little digital nudges are meant to let someone know you are        with in a face-to-face manner or with much consideration             The use of the word “friend” on social networking sites is
                    thinking about him or her. But they can also be interpreted        and thought.                                                      incorrect, and surely no one with hundreds of MySpace or
                    as not-so-subtle hit-ons: one Facebook group with over                Enthusiasts of social networking argue that these sites are    Facebook “friends” is so confused as to believe all those are
                    200,000 members is called “Enough with the Poking, Let’s           not merely entertaining; they also edify by teaching users        real friendships.
                    Just Have Sex.”                                                    about the rules of social space.                                     The impulse to collect as many “friends” as possible is not
                       Today’s online social networks are made of mostly weak             New technologies are challenging social norms—cell             an expression of the human need for companionship, but of
                    ties—no one who lists thousands of “friends” on MySpace            phones ring during religious ceremonies; blaring televisions      a different need lurking in the subconscious: the need for
                    thinks of those people in the same way as he does his flesh-and-   in doctors’ waiting rooms make it difficult to talk quietly—      status.
                    blood acquaintances. It is surely no coincidence, then, that       and new norms must develop to replace the old.                       However, a plus to these social networks is that they make
                    the activities social networking sites promote are precisely          What are we, as young, avid social teenagers learning          it possible to keep in touch with friends you haven’t heard
                    the ones weak ties foster, like rumor-mongering, gossip,           about social space? Have unspoken rules and norms that the        from in years, old buddies from elementary school, people
                    finding people, and tracking the ever-shifting movements of        millions of participants have created online influenced their     you might have fallen out of touch with—it is now easier
                    popular culture and fad. If this is our small world, it is one     behavior in the offline world?                                    than ever to reconnect to those people
                    that gives its greatest attention to small things.                    One could praise social networking as opportunities               The consequences of the narcissistic and exhibitionistic
                       Nevertheless, our need to believe in the possibility of a       for all of us to be little Van Goghs and Warhols, rendering       tendencies of social networkers are many. There are
                    small world and in the power of connection is strong, shown        quixotic and chameleonic versions of ourselves for others to      opportunity costs when we spend so much time carefully
                    by the popularity of contemporary online social networks.          enjoy.                                                            grooming ourselves online.
                    Perhaps the question we should be asking isn’t how closely            Pharaohs and kings once celebrated themselves by erecting         Given how much time we already devote to entertaining
                    are we connected, but rather what kinds of communities and         towering statues or, like the emperor Augustus, placing their     ourselves with technology, it is at least worth asking if the
                    friendships are we creating?                                       own faces on coins.                                               time we spend on social networking sites is well spent.
                        According to a survey recently done by the Pew Internet           But now online oddities and eccentricities stand out better        In investing so much energy into improving how we
                    and American Life Project, more than half of all Americans         than grandeur. I would guess that Augustus’ MySpace page          present ourselves online, are we missing chances to genuinely
                    between the ages of twelve and seventeen use some online           would have pictured him with his mouth open, screaming,           improve ourselves?
                    social networking site.                                            and a rock’n’roll symbol on his fingertips.

                                                                                                                                                                                 October 13, 2008