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December 2010                                                                                               Thoughtful gifts that won’t dig too deep in your wallet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      December2010
 Holidays more about giving than receiving
 Brianna Cha-Kim                                       ever to make a difference and give to the
                                                                                                           Victoria Alvarez
                                                                                                           STAFF WRITER
                                                                                                            As young high school students, it is difficult to purchase meaningful gifts for your friends
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Supermom of the Charter System
 STAFF WRITER                                          needy, then when is?                                during the holidays without going over your budget. So here is a short list of possible gifts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eliza Barrocas                                         and DVDs. Even more notably astounding is that and has even provided the PTSA helium tanks for                  dren’s lives. All the teachers are my friends, I
                                                         Everyone has heard at some point in their         that you can give your friends and family, without digging too deep in your wallet.                          MANAGING EDITOR                                        through her efforts, this campus has been able to clubs who needed balloons for events.                         know all the teachers at the [FSU] elementary,
                                                       life, “It is better to give than to receive.” But   1. Create a photo album or collage:                                                        GrAPhiC By          The Pembroke Pines Charter School system is          provide twelve classrooms with new technology            “For SGA, we found out last minute that we             [West] middle school, and high school too. I even
                                                       how many of us can honestly say we agree            Photos have a lot of meaning behind them. They                                             GooGle            notorious for having a wealth of outstanding advi-     as well as save them over $58,000 in accordance were a little short on supplies and didn’t have a               still volunteer at the preschool [West]! Once I get
                                                       with that? Until we realize what it feels like      document good and unforgettable memories without                                                             sors and dedicated parents who devote themselves       to her endless connections and the thrifty quality helium tank to make the balloon arches for pep               a break it’s ‘like what else can I do?!’”
                                                       to give, to sacrifice, it will be unknown if                                                                                                                     to making the Charter system the absolute best it      she possesses.                                                                        rally. Debbie was            With this attitude, Cilli isn’t done just yet. “The
                                                                                                           saying a word. Taking the time to nicely put together                                                                                                                  “The PTA was                                                                       able to come in and
                                                       this statement has the same personal effect                                                                                                                      can be. One individual who has gone above and                                                                                                                          City of Pembroke Pines just hired a foundation
                                                                                                           an album or collage of your favorite photos with that                                                        beyond to ensure that the Charter Schools reach        able to buy the                                                                       give us a tank, saving    director, whom I look forward to working with in
                                                       on you as well. Any and every one enjoys            person will show them how much you appreciate the                                                            their full potential is Debbie Cilli; seven years      technology        at                                                                  the day,” states junior   order to help keep our schools open. The school
                                                       being given gifts, but it is also a beautiful       time you spend together, and how much you value                                                              ago our school system was changed miraculously         wholesale prices;                                                                     class senator Caitlin     has had this foundation for the past several years,
                                                       thing to give. To see smiles on other people’s      their friendship.                                                                                            thanks to the commitment of this devoted parent.       as far as instal-                                                                     Driggers.                 and it essentially helps raise money to support the
                                                       faces and to be able to say “I put that there”                                                                                                                     In 2003, the year that the Pembroke Pines Char-      lation, we were                                                                            As for PPCHS,        Charter system,” Cilli states.
                                                       brings a much greater joy than any new piece                                                                                                                     ter Elementary-FSU campus opened, Cilli wasted         able to do it all                                                                     some of the events          With all that she has done, Cilli has earned the ti-
                                                       of jewelry or clothing can bring you. Some-                                                     2. Bake something:                                               no time in actively participating in all the school    for free through                                                                      that Cilli can be as-     tle as a “go to girl” to many individuals. “She is a
                                                       where along the line, the true meaning of the                                                   Everyone loves those sugary treats during the holi-              had to offer. At the time, Cilli’s two out of four     both       qualified                                                                  sociated with include     supermom to all of us,” states sophomore English
                                                       holiday season seemed to slip the minds of                                                      days. Giving tasty and delicious sweets to someone               kids, Kali and Anthony, were in second and fourth      volunteers and a                                                                      the PTSA Stir Crazy       teacher and junior class advisor Mrs. Ogonowski.
  Supporting a good cause: Mr. Velasquez shows that    many people. It’s not all about the presents                                                    that you care about proves that you would take the               grade. “I like to make a difference and I really       company that do-                                                                      Award, which in-          “Whenever I am overwhelmed or lack a perspec-
  the holidays are more about giving than receiving.   or the hope to get all the things demanded on                                                                                                                    love the kids,” Cilli states as her reason for want-   nated their time.                                                                     cludes both a $100        tive, she helps keep me focused…words cannot
                                                                                                                                                       time to do something for them, no matter what. Even                                                                     In the month of                                                                       savings bond and gift
  Photo By GAil FletCher                               a personal list; this should not be the focus or                                                                                                                 ing to get involved.                                                                                                                                                   express my gratitude for having Debbie in our
                                                                                                                                                       though it may not cost a lot, it’s the thought that                She made PPCES-FSU campus history by be-             December, we                                                                          card to the restaurant    lives”.
      The weather has taken its slight winter          main purpose as to why the world looks for-                                                     counts, and the full feeling in their belly won’t argue          coming the first PTA president from the year 2003      will be spending                                                                      for every student of         It is certain that many can agree with this, and
 change, bright joyful lights are beginning            ward to the month of December approach-                                                         with you. “A lot of my friends and I bake stuff for              to 2007. From 2007 to 2010, she was the PTA 1st        three Saturdays                                                                       the month, donations      the help that Debbie Cilli has provided our school
 to sparkle up the streets, and shoppers an-           ing. Anxiety and eagerness for the ‘big day’                                                    each other for our birthdays and for the holidays. It’s          vice president and has since taken the title back      helping to in-                                                                        of the college tuition    is undoubtedly making in difference in everyone’s
 ticipate the December sales. It’s that time           to finally arrive should be about the hope to                                                   something we all know that we enjoy and won’t go to              as the PTA president. At the PPCMS-West cam-           stall new forms                                                                       raffles, Charter Fam-     life.
 of year; the long awaited holiday season is           make someone else’s Christmas, Hanukkah,                                                        waste,” said freshman Courtney Dart.                             pus, Cilli was PTSA president from the year 2005       of      technology                                                                    ily Night and the staff
 finally around the corner. As it approaches,          or Kwanzaa celebration one to remember.             Graphic By Google                                                                                            to 2008, was the 1st vice president from 2008          in all of the sec-                                                                    appreciation       lun-
 this special time needs to be recognized for             At PPCHS, measures have been taken to                                                                                                                         to 2009, and then became president again from          ond grade class-                                                                      cheons.
                                                       ensure a happy holiday for young children                                                                                                                        2009 to 2010. Currently, Cilli is also the PTSA        rooms,” states                                                                            “I just love it,”
 what these months are really about. It’s a                                                                3. Stuffed animals:
                                                       in particular. Mr. Velasquez, the teacher in                                                                                                                     president for PPCHS. Having four kids in the           Cilli.                                                                                Cilli says. “The mile
 time of joy, happiness, mainly one of wor-                                                                Giving someone a fluffy, adorable little pet to                                                              charter system even allowed her to be involved           Cilli’s economi-                                                                    stones of watching
 ship for many families. Little kids anticipate        charge of the Leadership class has imple-
                                                                                                           walk around the school day with gives them                                                                   with PPCES-FSU, PPCMS-West, and PPCHS all              cal abilities have                                                                    not only my kids but
 Santa Claus’ night adventures to their homes;         mented a toy drive. He says, “As an educa-
                                                                                                           the feeling of being wanted and cared about.                                                                 at once!                                               proven helpful                                                                        everyone else’s kids
 mostly everyone makes it a priority to put up         tor, children are my main importance. Help-                                                                                                                          With her motivation and a goal list intact,        on several oc-                                                                        too. I get to see it
                                                       ing and caring for kids is my job and what I        Being able to show it off to their friends and
 decorative lights, Christmas trees or Hanuk-                                                              hold onto it in every class makes them feel                                                                  Cilli’s help has allowed almost every campus to        casions. Here at                                                                      all, there’s nothing I
 kah menorahs– everything used to get in the           enjoy doing. This is the season where every-                                                                                                                     grow and thrive in ways that other schools could       PPCHS, she has                                                                        miss. Giving back to
                                                       one wants to feel loved, and I know just how        special and shows other people that that per-                                                                only dream of. One of Cilli’s many exceptional         helped several                                                                        the teachers is so im-
 holiday spirit.                                                                                           son is special to you.
   We have all proved to be sufficient in the          important it is for kids especially at this time                                                                                                                 projects has been helping the PPCES-FSU cam-           clubs purchase                                                                        portant because they      Lending a helping hand: Debbie Cilli helped SGA
                                                       to feel the spirit. I have two young children                                                                                                                    pus install a wealth of new technology, such as        t-shirts for inex- Jaguar Pride: Debbie Cilli shows off her Charter spirit by helping deserve so much for       during the homecoming pep-rally this year. Photo By
 ornamental part but despite the physical evi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 reBeCCA Murillo
                                                       of my own so I know how much it means to                                                                                                                         innovative LCD projectors, document cameras,           pensive prices the school in numerous ways. Photo donAted By deBBie Cilli             touching our chil-
 dence of our preparation for the season, is it
 not a good question to ask are we ready in            them to feel loved and I’m happy to be able

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Here’s to a new year…
 the right way as well? So we can decorate,            to make some sort of difference”.                                                                        Photo By Adrian Tabraue
 we can buy Christmas cookies and bake                   The time is here – when Christmas carols
 homemade cakes, but where is the part of              and world-wide known holiday music play
                                                       repeatedly on the radio stations, when the                                            4. Gift card to their favorite store:
 our holiday spirit that will actually make a                                                                                                Whether it’s Wal-Mart or Starbucks, giving someone a few
 difference? Have we thought about what we             gift shopping begins, when the voices of our
                                                       hearts need to be heard. Even if it’s a simple                                        extra dollars to the store they enjoy the most shows that you               Nicolette Sponer
 will do for others at this time, to help make                                                                                               pay attention to their likes and dislikes and that you care about
                                                       minor thing, anyone can contribute to cre-                                                                                                                        NEWS EDITOR
 everyone else’s holiday a good one? We                                                                                                      them. Doing a kind gesture like this shows that person that
 haven’t taken the time to consider the many           ating a joyful holiday for those who are in                                                                                                                        Five! The sparkling ball drops slowly in New York. Four! People are screaming, rejoicing, partying. Three! Couples pucker up. Two! One more second of 2010, until the end of the
                                                       need. Volunteering for organizations to raise                                         you want them to enjoy their holiday getting things from their
 little children who are constrained in hospi-                                                                                               favorite store.                                                             decade. One! Happy New Year! New Year’s is famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for none other than resolutions; promises to start over with a new year, to get in
 tals, sick and unable to set out cookies on           money, donating to hospitals such as Joe                                                                                                                          better shape, to be a better person. Students at PPCHS have their own resolutions set for 2011.
 Christmas Eve for Santa like any other kid;           D’Maggio for kids in the hospital, even mak-
 and we also seemed to have forgotten about            ing a dollar contribution at Publix for char-
                                                                                                           Photo By AdriAn tABrAue                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Freshman Joshua Kon (below),
 the homeless, the less fortunate, those who           ity fundraisers helps to make the difference          Even though you may not have a heavy wallet in your back pocket, you can still purchase or                                                                                                                                                                                                also, says, “I am a swimmer, so
 barely have enough to eat around this holi-           and make a precious memory for someone              create a nice, meaningful gift for someone that you care about for the holidays. The holidays                                                                                                                                                                                               I want to get a faster time in the
 day time. If now is not the time more than            somewhere.                                          aren’t all about gifts; it’s about showing your feelings to the most important people in your                                                                                                                                                                                               mile.”
                                                                                                           life, the people that keep you going every day. With just a small gesture you’re showing that
                                                                                                           you appreciate everything someone does for you. Remember, it’s the thought that always
                                                                                                           counts.                                                                                                                                              For Sophomore Joshua Marti-

 A Night of Great Festivities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   nez (left), dance is his main fo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cus in 2011. “I want to practice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dance and get more involved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with it,” says Martinez.
 Bianca Rodriguez                                      as Michael Buble’s “Save                                                “It was nerve racking at first    choir singing “We are the World” with a pa-                                                                                                    Junior Lucas Desouza (above) says, “My goal is to
 STUDENT LIFE EDITOR                                   the Last Dance for Me”                                                and I wasn’t sure if anyone         rade of the flags from all nationalities. The                                                                                                  make the soccer team and get A’s.”
  On the night of November 18, 2010, PPCHS             and “Man in the Mir-                                                  was going to like it, espe-         colors from all the flags truly lit up the room
 transformed The River of Grass Auditorium             ror” by Michael Jackson.                                              cially impersonating Michael        and it was a fantastic ending to a wonderful
 into a place where students from different            This was followed by our                                              Jackson just because he is the      night.
 backgrounds could come together as one and            Drumline, which had an                                                King,” said sophomore Col-
 introduce their love for their cultures in this       excellent      performance                                            lins.
 year’s Multi-Cultural Show. The entertainers          with the stage lights fol-                                              The crowd broke out in ap-
 took the audience along a journey through-            lowing their beat.                                                    plause and cheers when the
 out the world by performing a piece of music            Not all the numbers were                                            Step Team took the stage and                                                                     Senior Mariana Mejia
 or dance from their individual countries. The         performed by groups, and                                              stomped to African inspired                                                                      (left), takes her resolu-
 performers consisted of clubs and individual          there were individual art-                                            music in perfect rhythm. The                                                                     tion to the home field. She
 students who one by one wowed the crowd.              ist who left the crowd                                                Dance Team had an assort-                                                                        says, “I want to try and
 This year’s show was sponsored by Ms. San-            amazed. Sophomore Ran-                                                ment of music with Carib-                                                                        not fight with my parents
 din and Mr. Daugherty who introduced the              dall Collins performed                                                bean influences. Latin Dance                                                                     as much.”
 hosts for the evening, Johanna Segura and             a dance from Trinidad                                                 Team was in great rhythm
 Yanell Ordonez.                                       and Tobago, along with a                                              while they danced to salsa                                                                                                                                                                                 Junior Kevie Rivero’s resolution is “not to pro-
   The show started off with a delightful per-         wonderful impersonation                                               from the Dominican Repub-                                                                                                                                                                                  crastinate, which means not to waste time on Face-
                                                                                      Dancing the night away: Juniors Lu-
 formance by our very own Jazz band, led               of Michael Jackson that        cia Gonzalez-Llanos and Lino Maynard   lic.                                                                                                                                                                                                       book.”
                                                                                                                                                                 Singing like a star: Freshman Isabell Vasquez amazed                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photos By AdriAn tABrAue
 by Ms. Rivero, which played familiar tunes.           really got the crowd mov-      performed for the Latin Dance team.        The finale was amazing,         the crowd with her singing ability. Photo By GAil
 The audience hummed along to songs such               ing in their seats.            Photo By GAil FletCher                 with a performance from the         FletCher

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  Is your car prone to speeding tickets?                                                                                                                                                                                    The Independent Staff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Student News                                                                                                Wo r l d N e w s
 Carissa Perry-Smith                                     Cartoon By MAria Flores                                                                                       507-horsepower CLS 63 AMG sedan and the
 STAFF WRITER                                                                                                                                                          CLK 63 AMG coupe, with violation rates that
   Several debates have occurred on whether                                                                                                                            were well above average.                             2000- Charter opened                                2001- Wikipedia’s Creation                        2000- Bush Elected
 a certain color, model, or even age plays a                                                                                                                            The buyers of these high-performance luxu-          In 2000, Pembroke Pines Charter High                Wikipedia was created in 2001 by American         George W. Bush becomes the 43rd presi-
 role in how likely a person is to acquire a                                                                                                                           ry cars enjoy having the ability and opportu-        School opened and took in students from             Internet entrepreneurs: Jimmy Wales and           dent of the United States of America after a
 speeding ticket. Data suggests that people                                                                                                                            nities to go fast. Despite most of these drivers     many different schools across Pembroke              Larry Sanger. It’s an online encyclopedia         tense election against Al Gore that called for
 who buy high-performance luxury vehicles                                                                                                                              are in their middle age, drivers who purchase        Pines. When the school first opened it was          that has information contributed by many          a controversial recount. He goes on to serve
 have the temptation to test their car’s capa-                                                                                                                         less expensive sporty vehicles are acquainted        given an average grade of a “C’. Since then,        and any amount of volunteers and has been a       two turbulent terms and leaves the White
 bilities. Young drivers in flashy SUV’s or                                                                                                                            to getting just as many tickets. Statistics show     the school has excelled and has shocked             cornerstone of research papers since.             House as one of the most unpopular Ameri-
 sporty small cars, like Mustangs, are ticket                                                                                                                          that 50 percent of males are more likely to          many with all the outstanding test scores.                                                            can president in history. He had the highest
 magnets as well.                                                                                                                                                      drive over the posted speed limit. Whereas,                                                                                                                disapproval rating, 70 percent, ever recorded
   According to the Wall Street Journal, “At                                                                                                                           33 percent of younger women are less likely                                                                                                                amongst U.S presidents.
 a stoplight, a woman in her 20’s driving                                                                                                                              to get a ticket than men. Having conducted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2001- 9/11 Attacks                                GrAPhic By nick d’AGostino
 a red Pontiac Grand Am pulls up next to a                                                                                                                             many traffic stops, Miami-Dade Detective
 50-something man behind the wheel of a                                                                                                                                Edward Smith states, “The color and the                                                                                                                    In September 11, 2001, terrorists conducted         2003- Iraq War Starts
 black Mercedes SL convertible. Which one                                                                                                                              make of the vehicle never influenced my                                                                                                                    attacks on numerous US landmarks. With at-          The Iraq war starts in March 20, 2003. Iraq
 of those two is more likely to get a traffic                                                                                                                          decision making. When conducting a traffic                                                                                                                 tacks on the World Trade center, The Penta-         is invaded by order of President Bush with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo By FABiAnA GonzAlez
 ticket? The guy in the Mercedes, especially                                                                                                                           stop, there was always probable cause.”              2001- iPod releasedz:                                                                                 gon, and a failed attack that was headed to         a multi-national force. The invasion lasts
 if he’s from out of town”.                                                                                                                                              As you can see, getting traffic tickets has        The first iPod was released in October of                                                             Washington DC, this was the deadliest attack        less than 2 months. The US still has around
   Quality Planning, a unit of Verisk Analyt-                                                                                                                          nothing to do with the color of the car; it has      2001. Far from what they look like now,                                                               on US soil in history. Over 3,000 people died       50,000 troops stationed in Iraq.
 ics, serves the insurance industry by analyz-                                                                                                                         everything to do with who is driving the ve-         these iPods were bulky, non-touchscreen and         2003- Mr. Bayer’s Arrival                         and 6,000 were injured.
 ing and verifying the claims motorists make             found was that the most ticketed model line               The Mercedes SL is a 550 Roadster and has           hicle and the model of the car. The owners           came in a variety of colors. Who knew that          After Ms. Amalia Pares-Pomerantz resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2004- Tsunami
 when applying for auto insurance. The com-              cars were that of a Mercedes SL, whose                    a 382 -horsepower, V-8 engine and starts at         of high-performance luxury cars tend to have         in just five years Apple would outdo them-          from her position as principal of PPCHS in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In 2004, an earthquake occurred in the Indi-
 pany conducted research to find out whether             drivers are mostly middle aged men and on                 about $102,600. Other high-powered Mer-             the urge to go fast, making them a more likely       selves and create the first touch screen iPod.      2003, Mr. Bayer takes her place. He has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  an Ocean, creating a Tsunami that hit over 11
 or not these accusations are true. What they            average collect four times as many tickets.               cedes models that made the top ten were the         target for traffic tickets.                                                                              the principal since.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Asian nations. The tsunami caused the death

                                                                                                                    Attention federal workers:                                                                                                                                                                                    of over 150 million people, and left even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  more homeless or displaced.

 Going hungry for awareness                                                                                         say goodbye to phones in cars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2005- Hurricane Katrina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Out of all the recorded Atlantic Hurricanes,        2006- Saddam Hussein
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Iraq convicts Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hurricane Katrina was the sixth strongest.
 Enrique Batista                                            Senior Johanna Segura, who was in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 More than 1,800 people lost their lives in          of crimes against humanity and was hung on
 STAFF WRITER                                            middle class, said that “it helped me realize             Cassidy-Rae Brantley                                  of distracted driving. “This meeting is prob-                                                                                                            the tragic storm which decimated the city of        Dec. 30th.
   One Club sponsored a hunger banquet in                that a lot of people are poor and it’s impor-             STAFF WRITER                                          ably the most important meeting in the his-        2004- Facebook Created                                                                                New Orleans when the cities levees failed.
 hopes of raising awareness of the current               tant to be grateful for what you have.”                   On September 29th 2010, an executive or- tory of the Department of Transportation,”                      Facebook, the world’s most used social net-
 poverty levels in the world. Four classes                 This event put the hunger issue in perspec-             der was signed by President Barack Obama he said. “…No message or call is worth the                                                                                                                            2007 - The Virginia Tech Massacre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            work, first opened up in 2004. Created by
 participated in the hunger banquet; Mrs.                tive. It showed not only the amount of food               banning federal employees, all 4.5 million of risk,” he stated in a video to the public weeks                                                                Photo By AdriAn tABrAue                           On April 16, 2007 Seung-Hui Cho killed 32
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has become
 Hyacinth, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Rushing and Mr.              that people suffering from hunger get, but                them, as well as military workers, from us- later about families that have been truly im-                                                                                                                      students and teachers at the Virginia Poly-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            one of the most used websites on the inter-
 Bertrand. During SSR on Nov. 24, the stu-               also the amount of people that are poor and               ing cell phones while driving. This includes pacted and emotionally scarred after having                                                                                                                       technic Institute and State University. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            net, with over 350 million active users.            2005- YouTube
 dents went down to the cafeteria to enjoy a             how few people get all the good things while              banning them                                                                lost family members to                                                                                                             massacre was the worst shooting incident by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In early 2005, YouTube occurred as an epiph-      a single person during peace in the United
 lunch prepared for them. The students were              millions are suffering. It was incredibly hard            from texting or                                                             “senseless, preventable                                                          any to three college students: Jawed Karim,
 separated into 3 groups, each corresponding             to find one of the people in the upper class,             making calls                                                                crashes.” LaHood says                                                                                                              States.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve Chen, and had Hurley. They wanted to
 to the lower, middle, and upper class, and              since there was so few of them.                           while operat-                                                               the ban demonstrates                                                             make a website to share videos just as easy
 each of the groups received a certain amount              Senior Jordan Archer, one of the few se-                ing federal ve-                                                             how the federal govern-                                                          as it is to share photos, but little did they                                                         2008- Obama wins presidency
 of food in accordance to their groups. The              lected to be in the upper class, said “I had              hicles, using a                                                             ment is taking a lead.                                                           know it would end up being the most used                                                              On November 4th 2008, Barack Obama shat-
 groups were also separated in proportion to             more food than I really needed, even after I              phone to carry                                                                 A huge portion of                                                             website of the years to come.                                                                         tered more than 200 years of American his-
 the real world distribution of wealth, as in the        finished I had enough food to feed 10 other               out      federal                                                            the Distracted Driving                                                                                                                                                                 tory after he dominated the election polls.
 largest group was the lower class, then the             people, I felt really greedy”.                            business while                                                              Summit focused on how                                                                                                                                                                  Receiving 349 electoral votes compared to
 middle class, and the smallest group was the              Mrs. DePas, the ONE Club’s advisor, wrote               driving      pri-                                                           laws could work along                                                                                                                                                                  the 173 votes for Republican John McCain,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2006- Charter becomes A school                      2007- The last Harry Potter book:
 upper class.                                            a story for the Sun Sentinel explaining what              vately owned                                                                with public awareness                                                                                                                                                                  Obama became the first African-American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pembroke Pines Charter high school went             Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was
  The students at the school spoke about how             ONE Pines Charter is doing to help fight                  vehicles, and                                                               operations in regards                                                                                                                                                                  president of the United States, as well as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from a “D” school into 2005 to an “A” school        released to anxious and excited readers in
 they felt during the moving experience:                 poverty and make a difference. Much to                    using federal                                                               to this crucial problem.                                                                                                                                                               first Democratic president to reside in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in 2006, the biggest single jump in Broward         July of 2007. J.K. Rowling wrote the seventh
   Senior Danny Torres, who got the amount               everyone’s surprise and pleasure, Mrs. De-                cellphones in                                                               This part of the meet-                                                                                                                                                                 White House since Bill Clinton in 2000.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            county history.                                     and last book to the Harry Potter series with
 of food an average lower class person would             Pas’s story made it to the front page of the              any way while                                                               ing is one that sopho-                                                           the intention of ending the famous war be-        2009 - Swine Flu
 get, said that “it was sad not having anything          Sun Sentinel’s Outlook section. Having our                driving either                                                              more Socrates Quintana                                                           tween her protagonist, Harry Potter, and her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2008- Snowbowl Started                                                                                In Mexico, a new strand of the flu virus
 to eat other than cold rice and water. I hope           school featured in the newspaper for excel-               a      federally                                                            agrees is needed. “It’s                                                          antagonist, Lord Voldemort. The book sold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In 2008, the Snowbowl was introduced to                                                               H1N1 mutated to form swine flu. The pan-
 that more people realize that the situation is          ling in our attempts to change the world is a             or     privately                                                            not just a little thing on                                                       15 million copies within the first twenty-four
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PPCHS. The Snowbowl is an event in which                                                              demic swept the nation, affecting even those
 real and hopefully they will do more to al-             feat everyone should be proud of.                         owned vehicle                                                               not doing it,” Quintana                                                          hours of its release.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            students split up into teams and throw dodge                                                          who were healthy. But with a vaccination
 leviate the problems of the poor”.                                                                                    In Decem-                                                               comments. He says the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            balls at each other. The event takes place                                                            created to prevent the disease from spread-
                                                                                                                   ber 2009, the                                                               consequences of what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            each year and every team receives team                                                                ing, on June 23rd, 2010 the World Health
                                                                                                                   House of Rep-                                                               could happen need to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            shirts. The winner is given a trophy and the                                                          Organization declared the swine flu was no
                                                                                                                   resentatives                                                                be truly shown. There
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            privilege of “Snowbowl champions”.                                                                    longer a major issue in the world.
                                                                                                                   had also passed                                                             is widespread support
                                                                                                                   an order that                                                               on the matter of a na-
                                                                                                                   banned texting                                                              tionwide prohibition for                                                                                                                                                               2010- Oil Spill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2010- Heat Dream Team
                                                                                                                   while      driv-                                                            behind-the-wheel use                                                                                                                                                                   Deepwater Horizon, an oil rig in the Gulf of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Basketball star LeBron James switches from
                                                                                                                   ing, but that                                                               of cell phones.                                                                                                                                                                        Mexico, explodes. About 62,000 barrels of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat,
                                                                                                                   was just for Obama bans phones: All federal employees are now banned There’s a future plan by                                                                                                                                                                      oil spilled daily into the Gulf coast and over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NBA star Chris Bosh signs to the Heat, and
                                                                                                                   8,000 House from using cell phones while driving government vehicles to the federal government                                                                                                                                                                     185 million gallons spilled in the length of
                                                                                                                                     ensure safety. Photo By AdriAn tABrAue                                                 Dwayne Wade decides to stay with the Heat.
                                                                                                                   staff-members.                                                              to prohibit texting- and                                                                                                                                                               the spill. This three month disaster is consid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Together they formed the Miami Heat Dream
                                                                                                                   Obama has been on the issue of cell phone maybe from using cell phones while driv-                                                                                                                                                                                 ered the largest marine disaster history.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Team bringing in a lot of hope for an NBA
                                                                                                                   distractions for about a year, and the new or- ing- for bus drivers and truckers who venture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            title.                                                                                      Photos By Google
                                                                                                                   der surely won’t be the last.                         across state lines. Based on information from
                                                                                                                      The Department of Transportation had a the Governors Highway Safety Association,
                                                                                                                   two-day Distracted Driving Summit on the in 30 states texting while driving is against
                                                                                                                   issue. Transportation secretary Ray LaHood the law and in eight states all drivers aren’t
                                                                                                                   vowed to “set a new course of action” on allowed to use handheld cell phones while
                                                                                                                   the matter of distracted driving. The meet- operating any vehicle. Florida has no laws
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Graduating at the top of the county
                                                                                                                   ing, where the announcement was made, in- on either.                                                     Staff Writer                                        Pompano Beach Institute, both of which            years. “With all the support I receive here at
                                                                                                                   volved families of people whose lives were             On October 27 2010, FMCSA (Federal Mo-            Alexandra Mangano                                   have an unbelievable 100% graduation              PPCHS, I am assured that I will graduate with
                                                                                                                   taken by drivers who were preoccupied by tor Carrier Safety Administration) prohibited                     Pembroke Pines Charter High School was            rate. PPCHS’s high graduation rate shows          the faculty and staff next to me, every step of
   One Banquet: Students from Mrs. Hyacinth, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Rushing and Mr. Bertrand s’ classes participate in   their phones. LaHood thinks using a cell texting by commercial vehicle drivers while                     recently honored in a Florida Department            the hard work and dedication of everyone          the way,” states junior Celeste Chades. The
   One club’s banquet to raise awareness for world hunger. Photos By AdriAn tABrAue                                phone while driving is the deadly epidemic operating interstate business.                                of Education study that found it had the 3rd        at PPCHS from the students to the faculty.        school has also grown from a small high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            highest graduation rate in Broward County.          Vice-principal at PPCHS, Ms. Allen, states,       school, into an “Academic Village” includ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PPCHS’s 98.6% graduation rate puts it be-           “It says a lot about our teachers and students,   ing a Regional Library, Community College,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hind only the College Academy and the               because our teachers plan a curriculum that       a University, and a Performing Arts Center.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                makes our students achieve high and give          There’s no stopping PPCHS from spreading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                100%, so they can adequately prepare for life     its wings and topping lists everywhere.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                after high school.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Since its opening in 2001, PPCHS has over-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                come many obstacles to achieve its 98.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                graduation rate; this includes going from a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                D school to an A school during the 2004-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2005 school year, becoming the first school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in Florida ever to do so. PPCHS has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                an A school ever since its great 2005 turn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                around and hopes to stay that way in future       Photos By Rebecca Murillo
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December 2010
                                                                                                                           2010 Primaries and its effect on America’s future                                                                                                                                                                                                        December 2010

                                     Democrats lose election, and you should care                                                                                                                                                                    Steering America in the red direction
 Daniel Quevedo                                    U-Building were funded by this bill; they are     taxes of the lower working classes and the        remember that they didn’t win this election.        Matthew Coolidge                                    nomic and national security”. Scott’s new              mortgages. Scott looks to fix this crisis for     ing to fight the oil companies to try and pro-
 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF                                   going to help cool the air in U building and      middle class, which make up the large ma-         It was really an anti-incumbent mood, maybe         STAFF WRITER                                        immigration plan looks to stop the flow of             Floridian’s by helping lower mortgage rates,      tect Florida’s coastline. This will help keep
   Politics are not things students are usually    save thousands in energy costs). The funny        jority of America. How does it make logical       to some degree an anti-Obama mood. It was             This recent election has proven to be a ma-       illegal immigration, using bold tactics such           educating Florida’s workforce, and lowering       our coastline clean and free from the pollu-
 interested in. Who cares who gets elected         thing is that, even after the Democratic Party    sense to cut taxes, which fund helpful gov-       not pro-Republican,” stated teacher Dr. Lou.        jor victory for the Republican Party (GOP),         as deportation, extreme new identification             taxes. He looks to lower mortgage rates so        tion that oil drilling can cause to our coast-
 into what, who wins this and who wins that?       did so much to keep our country from im-          ernment programs, and at the same time low-          Even though I understand that people are         with them taking over the House of Rep-             measures, and strengthening border secu-               that homeowners can pay their house pay-          lines and beaches.
 How will the results of some elections that       plosion, many members were voted out              er the deficit of the government? That’s like     frustrated, and that everyone has been hit          resentatives and gaining a foothold in the          rity. Scott also wants Florida’s employers to          ments on time; this will help bolster Flori-        On the national level, the Republican vic-
 we don’t even have a voice in affect us? Par-     during the Nov. 2 elections. Democrats lost       saying that if you have 2 apples in a basket      hard by the recession, I think that this elec-      Senate. The GOP gained the majority in the          make sure they are using legal, documented,            da’s housing market and get the economy           tory allows the GOP to combat President
 ents hold up the finances                                                                                                                                    tion was just an error in the part of the    House of Representatives, gaining sixty-one                                                                                                 Graphic By Diego Vidal Obama’s policies such as the with-
 for most students at our                                                                                                                                     American people. People must realize         seats this past election. This is a success for a                                                                                                                    drawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan,
 school. They pay the tax-                                                                                                                                    that many changes were made dur-             party that has floundered in recent years, due                                                                                                                       and especially Obama-Care. Presi-
 es, figure out how to get                                                                                                                                    ing the two years that Obama has been        to a more Democratic movement in America.                                                                                                                            dent Obama and the Democrats are
 us food, clothing, health-                                                                                                                                   president, and I think many of these          The win for the GOP is important because it                                                                                                                         pushing the withdrawal of U.S troops
 care. “Important” elec-                                                                                                                                      changes take time to make a difference,      allows them to have a say in some of Presi-                                                                                                                          from the Middle East, where they are
 tion issues, such as what a                                                                                                                                  like health care reform.                     dent Obama’s policies including Obama-                                                                                                                               battling terrorism and trying to cap-
 candidate thinks about the                                                                                                                                     I spoke to Ms. Sarah Phelps and she        Care and his economic plan. The President’s                                                                                                                          ture the enemies of America. Obama
 Afghanistan war, or what                                                                                                                                     agreed with me, saying, “I think that we     recent plans have outraged a large number                                                                                                                            is attempting to withdrawal the over
 a candidate thinks on the                                                                                                                                    haven’t really seen if any other changes     of Americans; this includes the GOP, which                                                                                                                           250,000 U.S. troops currently serving
 deficit, or what a candi-                                                                                                                                    implemented in Washington will benefit       used this anger to gain more seats in Con-                                                                                                                           in the Middle East, thinking this will
 date thinks on gay rights,                                                                                                                                   us, and I think that now we are at risk of   gress. Since they gained a large amount of                                                                                                                           effectively end the war on terrorism.
 are ideas that are intan-                                                                                                                                    this reactionary movement taking away        power in Congress, the Republicans look to                                                                                                                           But with the majority now in the Re-
 gible to most students                                                                                                                                       all the changes and we will never see        help pass bills to help push their ideas, like                                                                                                                       publican’s favor, it is almost certain
 right? Most of us don’t                                                                                                                                      if these changes will benefit us. Things     anti-abortion and looser gun laws.                                                                                                                                   that they will attempt to block the
 really think of abortions                                                                                                                                    in the country are bad right now, I rec-       The Republicans also won a huge victory at                                                                                                                         withdraw of U.S. troops, and contin-
 every day. Taxes aren’t                                                                                                                                      ognize that, but I don’t think that doing    the state level with numerous gubernatorial                                                                                                                          ue the war on terrorism until Al Qa-
 usually on our minds. In-                                                                                                                                    this, and then taking it back, and then      victories including Rick Scott’s narrow win                                                                                                                          eda is defeated and Osama Bin Laden
 terest rates of loans don’t                                                                                                                                  doing it again and taking it back works;     over his Democratic opponent Alex Sink. To                                                                                                                           is captured. This will help protect the
 bother us. Most students                                                                                                                                     you have to give things time to work.”       most Floridians, though, this doesn’t come as                                                                                                                        American people from the threats of
 only care about the next                                                                                                                                        For now I think we must be patient        much of a change because Florida’s past two                                                                                                                          Jihadist and Muslim extremists, and
 day’s homework, what                                                                                                                                         and hold out for the next two years, and     governors, Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist have                                                                                                                           ensure that they are paid back in full
 movie is showing in the                                                                   Graphic By: Diego Vidal                                            wait for people to regain their senses,      been Republicans. What this means for Flor-                                                                                                                          for their attacks on September 11th,
 movie theater this week-                                                                                                                                     and realize that they made a mistake         ida is that many of the issues Republicans                                                                                                                           2001.
 end, that new video game that is coming out       one house in Congress and now only hold a         and eat two of them, you will end up with 4       putting the Republicans back in power. I            stand for, such as not allowing gay marriage        and safe workers who won’t steal American              back on track. To help improve the quality          The GOP will also be able to stop the ad-
 next week. Right?                                 slight majority in the other. Most U.S. states    apples. This is what Republicans want to do.      don’t think that Republicans are bad people,        and banning abortion, will be upheld in the         jobs. Scott wants to make sure employers               of Florida’s workforce, Governor Scott looks vance of Obama care, which levies taxes on
   The thing is many students that just read       are now governed by Republicans (including          The politicians that the public voted in are    or that they cannot be negotiated with or any-      Sunshine State. Governor Scott also looks to        use the free E-Verify system to ensure that            to make sure all members are educated and medical items and a tax penalty on Ameri-
 the last paragraph will stop somewhere in         our very own state).                              people who for the past 2 years have done         thing like that. Everyone is in Washington to       help protect Florida’s 2nd Amendment Rights,        their workers are legal.                               insured.                                          cans who don’t purchase health insurance.
 the middle of it and say, “wait Daniel. I care.      America voted in people who, to say it         nothing but block every piece of legislature      serve their country and represent the people,       which he believes have come under attack by           To help fix Florida’s massive budget prob-             Scott also believes that improving Florida’s Using their majority power in the House of
 I care whether or not my parents can take         nicely, have not done much for our country        that they did not write (and they didn’t write    but they really have to step back, away from        Democrats in Washington. He hopes to do so          lems, which include over a million Floridians          education standards will help prepare our Representatives, Republicans will be able to
 me to the doctor.” or “I care about whether       in the recent years. They voted in people         much). The occurrences of Nov. 2 were at the      the hysterical partisanship based on fear and       by making sure every Floridian who follows          that are out of work and the state government          children for good paying jobs, which will al- deny any new Obama care bills from being
 I will have to someday fight in a war that        who started two wars, cut taxes to the point      very least                                                                          realize that      the law will be able to safely own a firearm        battling over a $3 billion dollar budget defi-         low them to support their families and stim- passed and keep America free of unwanted
 no one even understands.” “I care about gay       of driving us to a recession, and deregulated     perplex-    The Nov. 2 election was more                                            yes changes       for protection or for sport. Scott pushes the       cit, Governor Scott has proposed a plan to             ulate the economy with their spending. He taxes and penalties. Another issues the GOP
 rights.” “I care about loans, how else will I
 get through college?” “Doesn’t the govern-
                                                   the market to the point that many of our par-
                                                   ents are losing their livelihoods as their jobs
                                                                                                     ing; how
                                                                                                     c o u l d   of a result of anti-incumbent                                           are needed,
                                                                                                                                                                                         but they must
                                                                                                                                                                                                           firearm issue because he is an avid hunter
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and a member of the National Rifle Asso-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               increase Florida’s “Budget Accountability.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               His plan includes using his background as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      also wants those students who are bypassing can attempt to swing their way using their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      college to have the skills necessary to sur- new majority power includes Obama’s eco-
 ment not only fund, but run many schools
 and universities?” The truth is most students
                                                   are being shipped overseas. Americans just
                                                   voted in the party of our every so popular ex-
                                                                                                     e l e c t
                                                                                                                 sentiments.                                                             be the right
                                                                                                                                                                                         changes; pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ciation (NRA), but he admits his religious
                                                                                                                                                                                                           faith influ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               businessman to help create new jobs and job
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vive and prosper in the world outside of high nomic stimulus plan, which favors Ameri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      school. This reform of the education system ca’s lower class. Republicans, who stand for
 really don’t care about the elections, nor do     president George W. Bush, who at the end          back into office a party that had done them       gression instead of regression. They must not       ences him on     The President’s recent plans                                        for citizens of       will mean better quality of education, which lower taxes and a weaker Federal govern-
 they care about what party they stand for or
 whether they are blue, red, or slight shade of
                                                   of his presidency had an approval rating of
                                                   around 30%.
                                                                                                     so much wrong?
                                                                                                       When viewed objectively, the results seem
                                                                                                                                                       just change things so that it’s back to when
                                                                                                                                                       they were in power, but change things so that
                                                                                                                                                                                                           other beliefs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           such as be-      have outraged a large number of                                     the Florida.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The plan also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in turn will help prepare Florida’s students ment, want to keep Obama from destroying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for college and the workforce. An educated the middle class, and using tax money to sup-
 purplish pink. But students do care about the      They voted in people who claim to be bring-      like a puzzle. How could the public be so         it is for the good of the American public. As       ing anti-gay     Americans.                                                          makes each            workforce will also help Florida attract busi- port the lower class and unemployed.
 effects of the elections.                         ing change to Washington... by going back         frustrated to vote people out who have done       senior Ian Georgianna states, “One thing I do       marriage and                                                                         state agency          ness, allow Florida to compete in interna- Overall the recent elections have provided
   Over the past 2 years, Democrats have con-      to the same failed policies of the Bush ad-       them so much good? But the answer is com-         want to say about the people that have just         anti-abortion. This is bad news for anyone in       set annual goals for every dollar they spend,          tional business affairs, and create modern the GOP a chance to step back into the na-
 trolled most aspects of the US government,        ministration. They want to keep the Bush          mon-sense. People tend to always blame            been voted into office is that they want to         Florida’s GBLT community who is looking             then measuring their performance against               jobs for Floridians. With all of this educa- tional political spotlight, push across their
 and important pieces of legislature have          tax policies and continue the wars in Iraq        what happens during a time period on the          change things in order to decrease spending,        to get married, because the law will prevent        those goals and then holding them account-             tion, Floridians will be on the fast track to ideas, and block Obama and the Democrats
 passed. The health care bill, a momentous         and Afghanistan, which cut so much money          ruling party. The recession started well be-      but increase war. Wars tend to be expensive”.       them from riding away in happy spirits. Gov-        able for the outcome. Scott also wants to              successful lives and good paying jobs which from passing their liberal based ideas. With
 piece of legislature that will provide health     out of the federal income that over the eight     fore Obama took power, yet many people                                                                ernor Scott also looks to tighten the noose on      help force government members to justify               will allow them to stimulate the economy.         countless victories in the House of Repre-
 insurance to over 30 million uninsured Amer-      years Bush was president, the budget defi-        will now blame him for many of the effects.                                                           illegal immigration in Florida, a big problem       the way they spend Floridians tax dollars,              Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott is sentatives and State Governor races, the Re-
 icans, was pushed through Congress through        cit increased 1.5 TRILLION dollars, from          A recession is something that doesn’t start in                                                        for the state in recent years.                      and he believes that holding them account-             also very interested in saving Florida’s natu- publicans looks to keep America “red” for a
 universal opposition from the Republican          a budget surplus of 236 million dollars dur-      a couple months, but in a couple years, and                                                               Scott’s views on immigration include            able for their spending will “help eliminate           ral environment; especially the Everglades. long time.
 Party. Financial reform, which made many          ing the presidency of Democrat Bill Clinton.      who was the ruling party for 8 years before                                                           forcing all immigrants to enter the coun-           waste, increase efficiencies and eliminate             He believes that “we must be good stewards
 big corporations responsible for their actions    (numbers from website             Obama took power? The Republicans.                                                                    try legally, and to send home all the illegal       ineffective programs”. If Scott’s plan were            of our natural resources. Florida’s natural
 and protected consumers, was passed in or-         The way that taxes work is that they, through      The Nov. 2 election was more of a result of                                                         immigrants who are “mocking our laws.”              to be put into action and work effectively,            treasures are the corner stone of the tourism
 der to deter another recession through strin-     several different methods, make Americans         anti-incumbent sentiments. People were and                                                            Governor Scott also wants to implement the          Florida would be subjected to lower taxes,             industry that drives our state’s economy, and
 gent opposition from the Republican Party.        pay a fair share of their incomes to the gov-     are mad at the events that have been occur-                                                           immigration control system used in Arizona,         less spending, and working to take a chunk             our beaches, rivers, lakes and parks are what
 The Stimulus Bill saved millions of jobs,         ernment so that it can run and provide ser-       ring in the past two years, and they voted out                                                        which would help dispel many of the illegal         out of the State’s budget deficit.                     make Florida a great place to live and raise a
 improved the infrastructure of our country,       vices to the people. The Bush tax cuts, which     the people in power, Democrat and Republi-                                                            immigrants in South Florida. Scott has even           Over the course of the recession, Florida’s          family”. Scott is not only for protecting the
 kept many educational institutions afloat,        the Republicans want to keep, mainly cut          can alike, it was just a coincidence that more                                                        stated during his governor campaign that “a         workforce has been struck hard by the unem-            Everglades, he is very involved in keeping
 funded many eco-friendly programs across          the taxes of large corporations and the richer    Democrats happened to be in power.                                                                    legal immigration system where everyone             ployment hurricane, causing 40% of Flori-              our beach’s free from offshore drilling and
 the nation (The big silver cylinders outside      people in America, and only cut some of the         “The Republicans would be well advised to                                                           plays by the rules is fundamental to our eco-       da’s homeowners to be underwater on their              the pollution it can bring. Scott is also work-

  Young citizens involved in civics for a cause                                                                                                                                                                                                                     News Flash! The elections do affect us
  Anjali Talwar                                    students involved.                                                                                                                                                                                              Jordana Cutajar                                       telling you to vote for Kendrick Meek or         ment controls how these services are man-
  STAFF WRITER                                       This year $8,085 were raised, and 50 stu-                                                                                                                                                                     ENVIRONMENTAL EDITOR                                  Charlie Crist.                                   aged.
    Many students here at PPCHS recently got       dents earned one thousand volunteer hours.                                                                                                                                                                        During election season, we all see the                 Junior David Vallejo said, “After high          Freshman Kali Cilli said, “It’s important
  involved in the community by working at          Dr. Vincent is proud to be doing this activ-                                                                                                                                                                    political commercials when watching TV.               school we should start worrying about poli-      to know about politics so that you can have
  polls during this year’s election. The Civic     ity for such a great cause; “it is a wonderful                                                                                                                                                                  Republican Rick Scott slams Alex Sink for             tics and the elections. Whatever occurs now      some involvement in the world around you.
  Involvement project is a semester long as-       partnership and a passionate issue for me be-                                                                                                                                                                   her position as a CFO, which he claims led            may not really affect us at the moment, but      What our government does affects not only
  signment that encourages students to ex-         cause I have had family members who were                                                                                                                                                                        to the recession. Following that commer-              it will in the future. I know I should care      us, but other people in the world as well
  perience government first hand. Students         diagnosed with cancer, and sadly my mother                                                                                                                                                                      cial we see a smiling Democrat Alex Sink              about the elections but at this point in time    and vice versa. We can’t make changes in
  worked in different aspects of the election      Erna, died from cancer when she was just 61                                                                                                                                                                     calmly stating that she denies Rick Scott’s           they haven’t captured my interest.”              our society if we don’t know what’s hap-
  process for the project, including campaign-     years old. I was extremely ecstatic to be do-                                                                                                                                                                   ‘false’ allegations, and then proceeds to               On November 3, 2010 Rick Scott was an-         pening.”
  ing for a candidate, attending a commission      ing this; words cannot describe my happiness                                                                                                                                                                    state her own accusations. The battle goes            nounced as the new governor of Florida,           At this point in time most of us do not feel
  meeting, and volunteering as a poll worker       in being able to work on an activity that is so                                                                                                                                                                 on and on between not only Sink and Scott,            winning approximately 50,000 votes more          the pressure or concern that the elections
  during an election. Dr. Vincent, who teach-      meaningful to so many”. Dr. Vincent has co-                                                                                                                                                                     but all of the candidates.                            than Alex Sink out of a grand total of ap-       conjure for most of the older population.
  es economics and government at our school,       ordinated this effort over the past 7 years and                                                                                                                                                                   Most students don’t know much about                 proximately five million. What does this         But in a few years we will all become a
  has been doing this project for the past nine    our school has won a county-wide competi-                                                                                                                                                                       the campaigns aside from the commercials              mean for us? Most of us can’t even vote,         part of that population and then what? The
  years. However, this is the first year that      tion in a 4A division to get the most students                                                                                                                                                                  and what their parents have to say regard-            yet everywhere we look we see the promi-         choices made now will be aspects of our
  all the proceeds have gone to the American       registered to vote. This contest is the activ-                                                                                                                                                                  ing the subject. Since our school is the site         nent signs of Florida’s government. Com-         future life that we cannot escape. So save
  Cancer Society. In order to get this done, Dr.   ity that helped to start the poll worker fund-                                                                                                                                                                  for elections, we are all influenced by the           munity pools, schools, roads, the energy         yourself the shock you’ll receive a few
  Vincent got Mr. Velasquez, who is in charge      raiser over 3 years ago, which is undoubtedly                                                                                                                                                                   elections, with our campus being swarmed              grid; they are all run by the state or federal   years down the road and inform yoursel f
  of Relay for Life at our school, to get his      something to be proud of.                         Civic Duty: All profits go the American Cancer Society                                                                                                        with red, white, and blue political signs             government, and who controls the govern-         now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Debating: Two students debate over the recent 2010 senate primaries. Photo By Lorraine oyoLa
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  Accio Harry Potter
December 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          December 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             For those of you who quite often find yourself lost in the midst of all this Harry Potter jar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gon, here are some of the commonly used words in the wizard world:

  Nicolette SpoNer                                        Tournament. The fifth year at Hogwarts and       adult series.”                                       Harry, Ron and Hermione, and have the
  NEWS EDITOR                                             the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order          Rowling’s main focus on magic is also             chance to chat with the Sorting Hat. The ride
                                                                                                           what has readers so captivated. The swoosh-          itself is not a roller coaster, but a scenic dark
                                                                                                           ing of wands, the casting of spells, the flying      ride. The experiences include flying around
                                                                                                           on broomsticks—these things are activities           Hogwarts castle, encountering the Whomp-
                                                                                                           many fantasize about doing. Many schools             ing Willow and a horde of Dementors, and
                                                                                                           have gone as far as conjuring up Quidditch           being caught in a Quidditch match; all in                                                                                                                   • Avada Kedavra (Ah-vah-dah Ke-dav-
                                                                                                           teams, including the University of Miami. In         the company of Harry Potter. The ride per-                                                                                                                  rah): The unforgivable curse, used mainly by
                                                                                                           2005, students at Vermont’s Middlebury Col-          forms such movements as dropping, spinning                                                                                                                  dark wizards. This curse kills its victim and
                                                                                                           lege invented a new brand of Quidditch. The          around, twisting and turning. Sophomore                                                                                                                     is unblockable. Harry Potter is the only wiz-
                                                                                                           game took off faster than, well, a real flying       Gail Fletcher says, “It was fantastic! The ride                                                                                                             ard known to have survived this curse.
                                                                                                           broomstick. Essentially, Quidditch is like           itself was at least a good four minutes long,                                                        • Apparate (App-ah-rate): The term used to
                                                                                                           soccer, basketball, and dodgeball combined.          which is longer than any ride in the park.”                                                          describe the ability to travel by disappearing
                                                                                                           As quaffle-tossing and dodgeball takes place          The Flight of the Hippogriff is a simple roller                                                     and reappearing at intended locations.
                                                                                                           on the field, three other players engage in a        coaster. The back-story to this particular ride
                                                                                                           game of flag football that has points at stake.      is that Hogwarts’ Care of Magical Creatures
                                                                                                           One of those players assumes the role of the         professor Hagrid is teaching young wizards                                                                                                                  • Mudblood (mud-blood): A derogatory
                                                                                                           “Golden Snitch”, a small, gold-colored ball          to fly on a Hippogriff, much like how Hagrid                                                                                                                term for a Muggle-born witch or wizard; that
                                                                                                           with wings that is featured in Harry Potter’s        taught Harry to do in Harry Potter and the                                                                                                                  is, individuals with no wizarding parents or
                                                                                                           pages. Whichever team catches the snitch is          Prisoner of Azkaban. The Dragon Challenge                                                            • Dobby (Dob-bie): The Malfoy’s house elf              grandparents. The term implies that the in-
                                                                                                           rewarded with a healthy amount of points,            is a dueling roller coaster which features two                                                       whom Harry frees in Harry Potter and the               dividual has “dirty blood” and is considered
                                                                                                           and the game then concludes. In the land             distinct tracks built to overlap and intertwine                                                      Chamber of Secrets. Dobby is devoted to                extremely offensive.
                                                                                                           of Muggles, the snitch is an actual person,          with each other. Formerly Dueling Dragons,                                                           Potter and does anything for him.
                                                                                                           dressed in yellow or gold, with an ability           this coaster was renamed in homage to the
                                                                                                           to run really fast. The snitch is chased by a        first task in the Triwizard Tournament, de-
                                                                                                           representative from each team (the position          picted in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.                                                                                                              • House-elf: A small humanoid used by wiz-
                                                                                                           is called Seeker), with both players attempt-        Riders have the opportunity to choose their                                                                                                                 ards as slaves. They are two to three feet tall,
                                                                                                           ing to “catch” the snitch by grabbing a ten-         fate- to ride either the Hungarian Horntail                                                                                                                 with spindly arms and legs and oversized
                                                                                                           nis ball housed in a sock that hangs from the        (the blue track) or the Chinese Fireball (the                                                        Hogwarts spirit: Students at PPCHS showed their        (as compared to a human’s) heads and eyes.
                                                                                                           snitch’s body.                                       red track).                                                                                          love to Harry Potter during this year’s spirit week.   They have pointed bat-like ears and high,
                                                                                                             Harry Potter gives us the ability to live vi-        Even though the magic of everything makes                                                          Photo By Gail Fletcher (left) and Lissette             squeaky voices. A house elf can only be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rivera (right)
                                                                                                           cariously through his magical struggles and          one a little breathless, Principal Bayer point-                                                                                                             freed when their masters provide them with
                                                                                                           successes.                                           ed out that “everything could have been a                                                                                                                   a piece of clothing.
                                                                                                             “Magic is something one can believe in,”           lot bigger. Harry Potter is such a huge con-
                                                                                                           says senior Jaclyn Fine, “I know personally          cept and I feel that they should have made
                                                                                                           that is what keeps me reading and rereading          the park huge.” But overall, the Wizarding
                                                                                                           the books.” Harry Potter spell books, Fire-
                                                                                                           bolt broomsticks, and character’s wands
                                                                                                           have been franchised by companies to fulfill
                                                                                                                                                                World of Harry Potter lives up to every HP
                                                                                                                                                                fan’s fantasy. Freshman Anthony Kelleher
                                                                                                                                                                says, “I’m such a huge fan of the books, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stay warm with these winter movies                                                                      So many new series, so little time
                                                                                                           the need of magic-loving fans.                       to experience what Harry, Ron and Hermione
                                                                                                             Of course, these days no book is complete          experienced was the coolest thing.”                 Paul Austria                                     the inheritance of their father after his death,       Isabella Jones                                        Hawaii Five-o: Based on the 1970s origi-
                                                                                                           without a movie twin. The Harry Potter mov-            Even for the ultimate, die-hard Harry Potter      STAFF WRITER                                     but instead experiences the opposite and are           FEATURES EDITOR                                    nal, this series will undoubtedly become
                                                                                                           ies have been extremely successful; who              fans, there are facts unknown by many about          Here’s the scoop on the new lineup of mov-      sent to live with their peculiar aunt. You can           We know you’ve got a date with your dra-         your new favorite if you dig fast-paced,
                                                                                                           would not want a visual about how to exactly         the series. Fred and George Weasley, the            ies for the winter of ‘10/’11:                   look forward to seeing this movie on Jan.              matic Glee friends on Wednesday nights, the        eye-popping, and draw-dropping scenes.
                                                                                                           pronounce “Alohomora” or to see how huge             mischief-loving twin brothers to Ron Wea-           Little Fockers hits theaters on Dec. 22nd as     28, 2011.                                              boisterous guidos and guidettes from Jersey        The irritable Steve McGarrett (played by
                                                                                                           Hagrid really is compared to Ron Weasley?            sley, were born on April Fool’s Day, which          the latest installment to the Meet the Parents     Tron: Legacy will be released on Dec. 17             Shore on Thursday nights, and the comedi-          Alex O’Loughlin) has got to clear the air
                                                                                                              Sophomore Taylor Mathews says, “Even              is arguably suited for their personalities. Did     series. Starring Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, and     in IMAX 3-D. This Disney sci-fi film fol-              ans of Saturday Night Live on the weekend,         with some very wicked people. Luckily,
                                                                                                           though many people hate how the movies               you know that “Dumbledore” is an old Dev-           Robert De Niro, the newlywed couple Gay-         lows a man in his twenties who feels he is             but here are four of the latest series that de-    the governor of Hawaii allows him the com-
                                                                                                           practically ruin the books, I love how they          on word for “bumblebee”? It was picked by           lord and Martha Focker have twins that are       being haunted by the disappearance of his              serve a little more of your time in front of       plete opportunity to organize his own justice
                                                                                                           bring the books alive. They help me visualize        Rowling because she imagines Dumbledore             five years old, and Pam’s parents are com-       father. Garrett Hedlund and Jeff Bridges               the tube:                                          team including the typical New Jersey native
                                                                                                           scenes.” The seventh and last movie, Harry           wandering around the castle humming to              ing for a visit.                                 headline this cast.                                       Hellcats: If you find the typical know-it-      Danny “Danno” Williams (played by Scott
                                                                                                           Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was split            himself. The official Hogwarts school motto         Yogi Bear comes out on Dec. 17th, and is           The Green Hornet, written by actor Seth              all, mean girl to be quite humorous, you will      Caan), Chin Ho Kelly (played by ex-Lost
                                                                                                           into two movies, for the book was way too            is Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus, the          a tie-in with the alike-named famous TV          Rogen and Evan Goldberg, hits theaters on              surely grow fond of Marti (played by Aly           star Daniel Dae Kim), and his racy, cantan-
      Harry Potter holds number 1 for two weeks straight: Harry Potter 7 and the Deathly Hallows           long to capture everything in a single film.         Latin translation for “Never tickle a sleeping      show. This new Warner Brothers animated          Jan. 14, 2011. Seth Rogen’s character inher-           Michalka), an attractive prelaw student who        kerous sister Kono (played by Grace Park).
      Part 1 made $125,017,372 on its opening weekend realesing in about 4125 theaters. After 2 weeks      Part one came out on Nov. 19, many students          dragon.” You won’t see A’s or even B’s at           film stars Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Yogi      its a media industry after the death of his fa-        despises her university’s cheer squad yet is       To discover the thrilling drama that unfolds,
      of holding the number 1 spot it shortly fell to 2nd to “Tangled.”                                    attending the midnight premiere. The much            Hogwarts. In fact, in the Harry Potter series,      Bear, while actor/singer Justin Timberlake       ther and makes a new friend. Together they             forced to join the misfits in order to keep her    say aloha to CBS Saturday nights at 8/7 C.
                                                                                                           anticipated part two is set to release on July       you will see grades like “outstanding” and          plays the voice of Boo-Boo Bear.                 fight crime under “The Green Hornet.”                  all-important scholarship. Luckily for Marti,
  It’s the craze that is sweeping the nation fast-        of the Phoenix, is turned around when Hog-       15, 2011.                                            “troll.” Passing grades include Outstanding,         The Dilemma stars Vince Vaughn and Kev-                                                                she was a gymnastics champ back in high-
  er than you can say “Expecto Patronum.” It’s            warts is taken over by the sinister Ministry       The next time you head to Orlando, brush           Exceeds Expectations, and Acceptable. The           in James and is about a man who knows that                                                              school. However, the show takes a turn when
  the series that everyone fell in love with from         employee Dolores Umbridge. Harry, Ron            up on your British accent and prepare to en-         failing grades include Poor, Dreadful, and          his friend’s wife is cheating on his friend                                                             she hears the terrifying news that her schol-
  the moment they read about the Boy Who                  and Hermione struggle against Umbridge’s         ter a world where wands, cauldrons and fly-          Troll. Can you imagine receiving your lab           and is unsure whether to tell him or not. The                                                           arship still may not be assured, and whether
  Lived. It’s the infatuation that is more ad-            rules and secretly form a club called Dumb-      ing dragons are the norm. Where a witch can          write up with the word TROLL scribbled on           Dilemma is available for viewing on Jan.                                                                or not to continue on such a team becomes
  dicting than Chocolate Frogs. It’s the single           ledore’s Army to stand up against the regime     stop by the Three Broomsticks for a butter-          the top?                                            14, 2011.                                                                                               the question. In the midst of this melodra-
  most amazing thing since sliced bread. It’s             of Hogwarts High Inquisitor (Dolores Um-         beer, or join a famous wizard on the journey            On a recent episode of Oprah, J.K. Row-             Season of the Witch is led by Nicholas                                                               matic chaos, watching those Hellcats dance
  Harry Potter.                                           bridge), as well as to learn practical Defense   of a lifetime. The Wizarding World of Harry          ling admitted that it may not be the end to         Cage and Rod Perlman. This film features                                                                is pretty amusing. For a Glee sense mixed
    This worldwide phenomenon first started in            Against the Dark Arts. In Harry Potter 6, or     Potter, a theme park in Universal Orlando’s          Harry Potter. For those of you who have             a Crusader and his friend who visit a place                                                             with blondes in skimpy spandex, tune in
  1997, when J.K. Rowling released the first              Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Pot-     Islands of Adventure, offers visitors a chance       read the epilogue to Deathly Hallows, this          that has fallen victim to the Black Plague.                                                             Wednesday nights to the CW at 8/9 C.
  book of the series, Harry Potter and the Sor-           ter searches for the complete and complex        to live the Harry Potter books and movies. In        thought seems appalling yet extremely pleas-        This action/drama hits theaters on Jan. 7,                                                                 No Ordinary Family: The Shield (played
  cerer’s Stone. Readers were captivated im-              story of the boy who became Lord Volde-          fact, if it weren’t for the roller coaster hard-     ing at the same time. Everybody thought the         2011.                                                                                                   by Michael Chiklis), who takes takes on the
  mediately by Rowling’s plot, wanting more               mort, and therefore finds out what may be        ware, it would be easy to lose yourself and          seventh book would be the last, but Rowl-           From Prada to Nada, a movie based on Jane                                                               role of a police sketch artist who, feels as if
  and more of Harry Potter, the boy with the              Voldemort’s only vulnerability: horcruxes.       forget that you are not walking the actual           ing stated that she could “definitely write an      Austen’s Sense and Sensability, is about two                                                            his life at home and at work are mundane and
  lightning-shaped scar. Seven books have                 Rowling explains horcruxes as, “receptacles      streets of Hogsmeade. However, the throngs           eighth, a ninth book.” Let’s keep our fingers       sisters who think they will become rich with                                                            quite lacking despite his interesting name.
  been released for the Harry Potter series.              in which a Dark wizard has hidden a part of      of people, the dichotomy of the beastly hot          (and wands) crossed that what Rowling said                                                                                                                  Adding to this bleak family are his clever
  Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Sorcer-              his soul for the purposes of attaining immor-    weather of Orlando and the “snow” on the             comes true, for one can never have enough of                                                                                                                wife Dexter (played by Julie Benz) and two
  er’s Stone first, telling the tale of a “regular”       tality.” In order to destroy He-Who-Must-        town’s roofs also help keep you grounded in          Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived.                                                                                                                            adolescent children. But their life does not
  boy who found out he was a wizard.                      Not-Be-Named, one must destroy all seven         reality.                                                                                                                                                                                                         stay stale for long, and by utter surprise,
    After an interesting first year at Hogwarts           horcruxes that contain Voldemort’s soul. The       Walking into Hogsmeade feels like walk-                                                                                                                                                                        they all gain superpowers. Will they put such
  School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry                seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the     ing straight onto the Harry Potter movie set.                                                                                                                                                                    abilities to good use and eventually unify
  Potter finds out that he is the center of an            Deathly Hallows, is an action-packed, nail-      Shops such as Honeydukes, the local sweets                                                                                                                                                                       their family? Stay tuned to No Ordinary
  ongoing feud between good and evil. Harry               biting fantastic tale of Harry, Ron and Herm-    shop, and Ollivander’s, the wand shop where                                                                                                                                                                      Family Tuesday nights 8/9 C. on the ABC
  Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the sec-           ione’s expedition to attain and obliterate the   “everyone got their first wand,” according                                                                                                                                                                       for answers.
  ond book, where Potter returns to Hogwarts              remaining horcruxes. Although spoilers will      to Hermione, line the “streets” along with
  and is faced with the mystery of the Cham-              not be disclosed, what can be said about         wonderful window displays. Of course, what                                                                                                                                                                          Nikita: This restart on the 1990 film and
  ber of Secrets, a lair known only to the heir           Deathly Hallows is that it contains many         theme park would this be without rides? The                                                                                                                                                                      USA network action-packed series truly
  of Salazar Slytherin. Every year, Harry faces           mind boggling scenes that make the book          Wizarding World of Harry Potter offers three                                                                                                                                                                     does reinforce the phrase “if looks could
  progressively more strenuous tasks and also             definitely worth reading.                        roller coasters—Harry Potter and the Forbid-                                                                                                                                                                     kill.” The revealing Nikita (played by Mag-
  learns more about himself as a son, friend                J.K. Rowling has accomplished the amaz-        den Journey, the Flight of the Hippogriff, and                                                                                                                                                                   gie Q) is on-the-run from a secret govern-
  and wizard. The third installment, Harry Pot-           ing feat of creating characters that her read-   the Dragon Challenge. The first, Harry Potter                                                                                                                                                                    ment agency that had previously trained her
  ter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is composed            ers can relate to. Harry Potter, Ronald Weas-    and the Forbidden Journey, is the centerpiece                                                                                                                                                                    as a spy and assassin, but now wants her
  of family drama, and surprises are found                ley and Hermione Granger, the books’ main        of this section of the park. The story is that                                                                                                                                                                   dead. All the while Alex (played by Lyndsy
  around every corner, the most surprising be-            characters, started out as three measly kids.    muggles (meaning you, non-magic peoples,                                                                                                                                                                         Fonseca) is the new recruit in this secretive,
  ing when Potter meets his godfather Sirius              Six books and six years later, the trio has      of course) are being allowed into the school                                                                                                                                                                     baneful Division and seeks to escape as well.
  Black, a wizard assumed to be a killer. In the          transformed into three mature wizards, ready     for the first time, and are brought through                                                                                                                                                                      For women who mean business armed with
  fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of             to battle their way against Lord Voldemort.      several rooms in Hogwarts castle. The queue                                                                                                                                                                      weapons and strutting heels, keep your eyes
  Fire, Harry’s magical stamina is put to the               “As I grew up, the story grew up with me,”     line for the ride is almost as fun as the ride it-                                                                                                                                                               open for Nikita, airing Thursday nights on
  test when he is chosen to participate in a se-          said junior Tammy Witkus, “I love how it         self! While waiting in line, you are spoken to                                                                                                                                                                   the CW at 9/8 C.
  ries of competitions known as the Triwizard             evolved from a children’s series into a more     by paintings, allowed to meet Dumbledore,
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December 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         December 2010

 Keep your eyes on the road; teen crashes devastating lives                                                                                                                                                                 Is 16 too young to drive?
 Anyssa Gonzalez                                                                                                                                                                                                         Erin Jones                                         “The streets would be safer without all these
                                                                                                                                                                        According to the Travel Industry Diction-        TECHNOLOGY EDITOR                                 inexperienced kids driving around. They
                                                                                                                                                                     ary, defensive driving is defined as “the act or      Sixteen -- It’s the one birthday when ev-       don’t have enough knowledge about driving
   Driving is one of the most prominent mile-                                                                                                                        practice of operating an automobile in such
 stones in every teen’s life, the one thing that                                                                                                                                                                         eryone already knows your birthday wish           yet,” Anderson says.
                                                                                                                                                                     a way as to minimize accidents, especially          before you even blow out the candles on the          Sophomore Patrice Prince, who has her
 students look forward to -- and parents look                                                                                                                        by looking out for and avoiding others who
 upon with fear.                                                                                                                                                                                                         cake. That is because at 16, by law, teens can    permit, disagrees and says “It wouldn’t be
                                                                                                                                                                     are driving badly.” In layman’s terms, how-         trade in their restrictive permits that allowed   fair that other kid’s accidents and mistakes
    But the problem that people do not address                                                                                                                       ever, this means paying attention. The worst
 when pulling up to the DMV for that fate-                                                                                                                                                                               them to drive under the watchful eye of their     would stop all teens from having the privi-
                                                                                                                                                                     thing possible is to lose concentration due to      vigilant parents, for a license, that praise-     lege to drive”.
 ful test is the overwhelming amount of ac-                                                                                                                          little things here and there such as changing
 cidents that change people’s lives every day.                                                                                                                                                                           worthy card that gives them the ultimate              PPCHS psychology teacher Mr. White
                                                                                                                                                                     the radio station, checking a text, talking to      freedom on the road. The only thing most          thinks 16 is the perfect age to begin navigat-
 There are different causes of such tragedies,                                                                                                                       a friend, or simply taking your eyes off the
 some of which are disregarded by teenage                                                                                                                                                                                teenagers this age wish for is to pass their      ing the roads solo.
                                                                                                                                                                     road for even a split second. That is all it        license test with flying colors and to find a        “Well [the brain is] certainly not fully de-
 drivers. The number of drivers involved in                                                                                                                          takes for something unwanted to occur.
 fatal accidents in 2007 was almost 60,000,                                                                                                                                                                              car with a big yellow bow with their name         veloped, and keep in mind once a person
                                                                                                                                                                       A very common place for accidents to occur        on it sitting in the driveway.                    becomes a teenager, they’re going through
 nearly 10 percent of which were teenage                                                                                                                             is the all too tight parking lots. Cars are turn-
 drivers (19 and under). Florida ranks num-                                                                                                                                                                                However, most 16 year old drivers also          so many changes,” he says “They are still
                                                                                                                                                                     ing in and backing out and driving passed so        know that with this much freedom comes            maturing and actually going through many
 ber three in the nation for most deaths due to                                                                                                                      often that getting into a car accident almost
 traffic accidents, passed only by California                                                                                                                                                                            a ton of responsibilities. Motor vehicles ac-     transformations. Therefore, the teenage pe-
                                                                                                                                                                     seems normal. Officer Wright knows of this          cidents are the number one killer of teen-        riod is known as a period of great change,
 and Texas.                                                                                                                                                          experience very well.
    Though the big picture is something that                                                                                                                                                                             agers between the age of 16 and 19. Last          a period of doubt, a period of thinking, and
                                                                                                                                                                          “My son pulled out a little too far and        year, more than 3,000 teens died in a car         a period of discovery. Yet, I do think [teens
 needs to be considered, it doesn’t really                                                                                                                           backed up into a small car behind his big
 sink in until it hits close to your own home.                                                                                                                                                                           crash while about 300,000 were injured in a       are] mature enough to drive. As a matter of
                                                                                                                                                                     SUV. It cost 500 to 600 dollars’ worth of           wreck. These startling numbers have raised        fact I think they probably make the extreme-
 Lately, that’s all that has been on the news—                                                                                                                       damage,” says Wright.
 teenage car crashes in Pembroke Pines, Mi-                                                                                                                                                                              the question for years: is 16 years too young     ly good drivers. Their ability to drive a car
                                                                                                                                                                        Police officers also put themselves at risk      for teenagers to be on the road?                  depends on maneuverability and experience.
 ramar, and Davie. The media portrays these                                                                                                                          with the built-in laptops for their squad cars.
 accidents to be larger than life in an attempt                                                                                                                                                                           In 2006 the Florida Legislature attempted        In these things, teenagers definitely have an
                                                                                                                                                                     Although they are only used for purposes of         to pass a bill that would increase the mini-      advantage,” he said.
 to teach teenagers a lesson or two about                                                                                                                            looking up someone they have pulled to the
 speeding, driving drunk, not wearing your                                                                                                                                                                               mum age to receive a license up by one year           Mr. White attributes the high number of
                                                                                                                                                                     shoulder of the road, they can also be a factor     to 17 years of age. Most recently in May          teen deaths not to a teenager’s maturity or
 seatbelt, and other elements that can lead                                                                                                                          in car crashes.
 to depressing and life changing outcomes.                                                                                                                                                                               of 2010, Congress has presented a law that        ability, but to some of the choices they make.
                                                 Student drivers: Seniors Danielle Heichen and Jamie Alabastro were recently a part of an accident on their way to       Officer Wright says, “If a cop is sitting       would make all states require the minimum            “I think it’s carelessness on one hand due
 Though they are not the only ones involved school in the morning. Luckly, they were both okay. Photo By Lorraine oyoLa                                              there looking at his computer, chances are
 in the accidents, they seem to be the high-                                                                                                                                                                             age to obtain a license to be 18 while one        to drinking and things like that. I think that
                                                       State governments all across the country themselves.                                                          he’s not completely concentrated on the             would have to be 16 to receive their permit.      contributes to the high rate of teen accidents.
 light of every newscast simply to make a                                                                                                                            road.” It goes to show that while everyone is
 statement.                                         are doing their best to buckle down on speed-             Sophomore Dbora Lee is personally affect-                                                                  They are hoping that the two year wait will       It’s definitely emotional. Teens are having
                                                    ing and texting because it’s costing everyone ed by the reports on the increasing number                         a potential victim, everyone is also respon-        allow teens to better perfect their driving       fun and unfortunately it gets out of hand.”
     As much as people don’t want to know                                                                                                                            sible for being aware of their actions.
 about these terrifying accidents, it is abso- an unnecessary amount of money as well. of car accidents because she will be driving                                                                                      skills which, they hope, will in turn reduce         A major factor in car accidents involving
                                                                                                                                                                        The Florida Driver’s Handbook states that        the amount of teen fatalities in car accidents.   teenagers is in fact due to the use of drugs
 lutely imperative that they know the poten- According to, over four mil- soon, and she will soon have to carry the                                   you should be aware of events happening at
 tial causes and consequences of their actions. lion tickets were given to Florida citizens, burden of watching out for herself because                                                                                     Junior Sarah Fisher has been driving for       and alcohol.
                                                                                                                                                                     least 12 seconds in front of you. If you are        a few months, yet she feels moving up the             According to SADD. org, the Students
 They also need to be informed about things most of which were issued for speeding. For drivers do not care enough to slow down and                                  going about 50 miles per hour, this will aver-
 that are happening in their own community. driving six to nine miles over the speed limit, keep their eyes on the road.                                                                                                 driving age would be a positive thing.            Against Drunk Driving organization, before
                                                                                                                                                                     age out to about 900 ft. in front of you, plenty      “I think some teens are cut out for driving     the crash “28 percent of teenagers killed in
 Even students at Pembroke Pines Charter it will costs the driver about $80 dollars, and                       “There’s more of a chance of me driving
                                                                                                                                                                     of space to slow down in case an accident
 High School, a place that we consider to be the numbers only go up from there. At 30 with those people,” states Lee.                                                                                                    and others aren’t. So by raising the driving      motor vehicle crashes had been drinking”.
                                                                                                                                                                     occurs that far ahead. Small but monumental         age, teens will be a lot more mature about          In the end, parental permission is needed to
 our small, safe haven, have had their lives miles over the speed limit, the traffic violator                  Parents have the tendency to tell their chil-
                                                                                                                                                                     precautions such as this one can be the dif-
 changed by the devastating events of a car has earned a hefty fine of $300. If the driver dren that they are not worried about their                                                                                    driving and take it more seriously.”              obtain both a driver’s license and a permit.
                                                    chooses to attend traffic school, their ticket ability but of the recklessness and danger                        ference between glancing at two totaled cars           Although having her license helps Fisher       So the decision of when to put teens on the
 crash.                                                                                                                                                              and sitting beside your totaled car.
    Seniors Danielle Heichen and Jamie Ala- will lower significantly and no points will be that awaits them on the road. Hearing about                                                                                   get to school, afterschool activities, and so-    road is ultimately the parents’ choice.
                                                                                                                                                                        On top of the impending dangers that are         cial gatherings, she says she’d be willing to        John Neal, whose daughter junior Kenya
 bastro were recently a part of an accident on added onto their license.                                    all of the car crashes may endanger a teen-
                                                                                                                                                                     caused by your own carelessness and that of
 their way to school in the morning -- a very            According to the Governors Highway ager’s chance to own a car or get their license                                                                              take a backseat and wait to get her license       Neal will soon be a licensed driver, says
                                                    Safety Association, Florida has not passed out of fear that they may have to endure the                          other drivers around you, there is the one sta-     at 18.                                            that “being a parent means having to juggle
 dangerous driving time for many teenagers.                                                                                                                          tistic that is imprinted on the minds of many
    Both cars were totaled and rendered use- any laws prohibiting the use of cell phones same consequences.                                                                                                                “My mom would be a little mad about still       between being strict and loose [discipline]
                                                                                                                                                                     teenagers. According to State Farm Insur-           having to drive me around,” laughed Fisher,       when it comes to your kids. Driving is one of     Safety first: Junior Sarah Fisher has only been driving a few months, but she still knows how a responsible driver
 less. Although both girls emerged from the or texting while driving. As of November                           A shocking and quite alarming story that
                                                                                                                                                                     ance, the intersection of Flamingo Road and                                                                                                             behaves. Photo By Lissette rivera
 crash with minimal injuries, it could have 2010, thirty states have banned text messag- tops many in recent times would be that of                                                                                      “but I wouldn’t mind it”.                         those things to decide if your child is ready
                                                    ing for all drivers, 28 banned novices from Monica Pong, a student at Archbishop Mc-                             Pines Boulevard, a mere ten minutes from              Senior Josh Anderson, who also has his li-      and then trust in their ability on the road”.
 been a lot worse.                                                                                                                                                   PPCHS, was found to be the most dangerous
   This was Heichen’s first accident since she handheld or hands-free cell phone usage, and Carthy whose leg was severed in a car acci-                                                                                  cense, agrees.
                                                                                                                                                                     intersection in the United States from 2000-
 was licensed in August of 2009, which might eight states do not allow drivers of any age dent. An elderly woman backed up onto the                                  2001. Because of factors such as poor light-
 lead someone to the conclusion that car ac- to use handheld devices. Why isn’t Florida curb, pinning Pong against the wall, injuring                                ing, drivers running red lights, and unclear
 cidents aren’t necessarily caused by a lack making a move towards banning texting if it her.                                                                        lane dividers, there were 357 car accidents
 of experience. Anyone can be involved in is creating such a problem?                                           Junior Rebecca Riley, a student at Arch-
                                                                                                                                                                     in just that intersection, one for nearly ev-
 something like this, and as long as the right         Georgia has gone so far as to implement bishop, did not actually witness the accident
                                                                                                                                                                     ery day in the year. Even though State Farm
 elements are mixed in, anyone is at danger. a Super Speeders law which increases the as it was happening, but she saw literally sec-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Poll Results
                                                                                                                                                                     claimed this about a decade ago, the minds of
 Alabastro and Heichen were both shaken up, amount of a traffic ticket to an extraordinari- onds later. She said that though it was against                          drivers that go through this intersection often
 and Heichen still gets nervous when she gets ly painful number. If anyone is caught driv- the family’s wishes, someone had released                                 have not strayed from that thought. An esti-
 behind the wheel of her car.                       ing above 75 on a two-lane road, they will her name to the media, and the news spread
                                                                                                                                                                     mated 90,000 cars fly through this intersec-
   “You have to experience it to know what it add 200 dollars onto the original ticket. The like wildfire.                                                           tion daily, a recipe for disaster.
 really feels like,” said Heichen, who doesn’t absolute horror created by this law might                      “Had she not walked forward,” states Riley,
                                                                                                                                                                         As long as teenagers are aware of what
 wish the same fate for anyone else.                actually be effective because no one wants “she would still have her leg.”
                                                                                                                                                                     they are getting themselves into and prepar-
     The repercussions of car crashes affect to pay that much money for something so                           Although Pong was flown to Memorial
                                                                                                                                                                     ing themselves mentally and physically for
 more people than can possibly be imagined; seemingly ridiculous.                                           Hospital in Hollywood as soon as possible,                                                                               Isabella Jones
                                                                                                                                                                     the worst, their risk of being involved in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    75% said they always wear their seatbelt when driving.
 the most obvious is the drivers that are in-         Speeding is a major problem, especially in they were not able to sew her leg back on                                                                                           FEATURES EDITOR
                                                                                                                                                                     these car accidents and car crashes is low-
 volved. They are burdened physically and school zones where students of all ages are again. She now has to cope without a leg and                                   ered enormously, and so are the worries that
 financially because cars are not just a cheap crossing the streets. Mrs. Torres, a PPCHS learn to live life after such an extraordinarily
 piece of metal. Most cars take a hefty toll administrator, has a son who just received his large change.
 on a person’s wallet, usually costing in the license. The facts are terrifying but real, and                  What could be the causes of all these acci-
                                                                                                                                                                     parents are burdened with when their teen-
                                                                                                                                                                     ager goes out driving for the first time. It is                 Student Surveys:                                                                                  25% said they do not always wear their seatbelt when driving.
                                                                                                                                                                     a heavy responsibility that needs to be nur-
 neighborhood of 10 to 15 thousand dollars, for her, it makes it even harder because she dents and fatalities? PPCHS’s very own SRO
 not including insurance.
   However, the family’s wallet is not the only
                                                    is a parent.                                            (Student Resources Officer) Russell Wright
                                                       “People still blaze through school zones,” is well aware of the distractions that accom-
                                                                                                                                                                     tured so as to keep anyone else from being
                                                                                                                                                                     harmed so unnecessarily, and keep the roads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     73% said yes to having their permit/ license and driving on a regular basis.                   Teacher Surveys:
 one at stake. With an increase in car crashes states Torres. Especially when these school pany teenagers behind the wheel.
                                                                                                                                                                     safe for everyone.
                                                                                                                                                                       As cliché as the advice comes, it always ap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       27% said no to having their permit/ license and driving on a regular basis.
 becoming more and more apparent to the lo- zones become obstacles on a day that some-
 cal government, they are finding more and
                                                                                                               “Now you have all these pop out TVs and
                                                    one is late to school; it seems that everyone text messaging,” says Officer Wright, “and                         pears to be the most simple and true—slow                                                                                                                          22%       of teachers said 16 would be the appropriate age for teens to be al-
 more reasons to use taxpayer money to in- wants just to bypass them. When there are when you have friends in the car and your
 stall cameras at intersections to catch the cul- children crossing the street, though, it is phone is going off, you aren’t defensive driv-
                                                                                                                                                                     down, buckle up, and pay attention, because
                                                                                                                                                                     you never know what might hit you next.                         59% said they own their own car.                                                                lowed to receive their license.

 prits of speeding and disobeying traffic laws. scary for everyone—parents and the kids ing anymore.”                                                                                                                                  41% said they do not own their own car.                                                       67% of teacherslicense. would be the appropriate age for teens to be al-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            said 18

 Teens more at fault on the roads                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lowed to receive their

 Cassidy-Rae Brantley
                                                       PPCHS’ secretary in the office, Janet Calero,
                                                       says “It doesn’t surprise me at all, because
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    82%          said they have not been involved in at least one car accident this year.                11%      of teachers said at least into mid-20s would be the appropriate age for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     teens to be allowed to receive their license.
   The increased number in recent local mo-
 tor vehicle accidents are leaving people con-
                                                       teens think they’re invincible”.
                                                        Such incidents were reported as fatal and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      18% said they have been involved in at least one car accident this year.
 cerned and questioning, “What’s going on?
 Are people distracted? Who’s causing these
                                                       five of them were at fault by teen drivers un-
                                                       der the age of 25. Only one of the accidents                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 44% of teachers feel teens are more hazardous on the roads.
 accidents- teens, adults, or the elderly?”            was caused by an elderly driver behind the
                                                       wheel after the vehicle hit and injured a pe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     42% have taken Drivers Ed.                                                                         56% of teachers feel that the elderly are more hazardous on the roads.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        58% have not taken Drivers Ed.
  Based on 8 random motor vehicle accidents,
 an analysis was completed by the Sun-Senti-           destrian.
 nel to analyze a quick comparison between               So questions can lastly be answered: teens
 the teens and the elderly and who is more             are now to be blamed for their reckless driv-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (9 teachers/ 200 11th and 12th graders surveyed)
 hazardous when driving. The results con-              ing and the majority of such disastrous ac-
 cluded that drivers between the ages 16 and           cidents.
 25 are ones who cause most car accidents.
                                                                                                                                                                                  GraPhic By Kenneth Madera
         Features              12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 Features
December 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                December 2010

 Life nearly lost, lesson definitely learned
 Isabella Jones and Erin Jones
                                                     the accident. I mean, all I remember is just
                                                     me taking off my seatbelt because the bus
                                                                                                            cious life truly is.
                                                                                                              “I try not to think about [the accident] as
                                                                                                                                                             uted to the wreck.
                                                                                                                                                             According to, about 5,000
                                                                                                                                                             pedestrians are killed while about 64,000 pe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Top ten safest cars for teens
    “What if I had heard my alarm clock?”                                                                                                                    destrians are injured in car accidents every       Anjali Talwar
 “What if I had left the house five minutes                                                                                                                  year. A pedestrian is killed in a traffic acci-    STAFF WRITER
 earlier?” “What if I had been wearing my                                                                                                                    dent about every 8 minutes.                          Stay safe this holiday season by choosing a car that will keep you secure on the crazy roads. During this time of the year, you can buy cars for decent end of the year prices, but the ques-
 seatbelt?” These are the thoughts that con-                                                                                                                  Speed was also another factor in the wreck.       tion is… what to choose? You always want a car with great safety features so you can stay worry-free and assure yourself you are in good hands. According to, the
 stantly rattle around the mind of PPCHS                                                                                                                     In 2007, 19 percent of people in Florida were      following are the top ten safest cars for teens. Looking to buy your own new whip soon? Check out what they suggest!
 junior Anthony Blanco. The events that oc-                                                                                                                  killed by the sole result of speeding. Driv-
 curred on the morning of Oct. 14 could have                                                                                                                 ing too fast gives a driver less time to react

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 taken his life; fortunately, however, he is still                                                                                                           and stop. Speed, of course, is one of the main
 here, he’s still standing, he’s a living lesson                                                                                                             causes of accidents involving teens.
 on the unexpected obstacles life can bring.                                                                                                                                                                             Ford Focus- This is a cheap, safe,                Honda Insight- This hybrid car                  Pontiac Vibe- It will suit drivers              Suzuki SX4- This ride is packed
                                                                                                                                                                Blanco now realizes that wearing a seat-        and fun to drive car. With only $745 for the      encourages drivers to take it slow cost-                                                       full of airbags and antilock brakes as a stan-
   That morning, he woke up late for school.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with its six airbags, antilock brakes, and
                                                                                                                                                             belt could have prevented him from being           antilock and electronic stability control, this   ing only $20,520. It’s the cheapest hybrid                                                     dard measure for your protection.
 The bus had already zoomed past his neigh-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       electronic stability control.
                                                                                                                                                             ejected out of the window of the vehicle and       is a must have car for young drivers.             around!
 borhood’s stop so his brother decided to                                                                                                                    thus could have lessened the seriousness of
 quickly drive him to the next designated                                                                                                                    his injuries.
 stop. When he finally caught up with the                                                                                                                    55 percent of passengers between the ages of
 bus, Blanco slipped off his seatbelt. As his                                                                                                                16 and 20 were killed in motor vehicle ac-
 brother cruised down the street, he realized                                                                                                                cidents because they were not wearing seat-
 too late that sophomore Ashley Mcghie was                                                                                                                   belts. Florida even has a law that states if
 crossing the road to get to the bus stop. With                                                                                                              anyone in a car is not wearing a seatbelt, the
 no time to bring the car to a halt, Blanco’s                                                                                                                driver will receive a $30 ticket for each un-
 brother frantically swerved the car to avoid                                                                                                                buckled occupant. As the slogan goes, “Click
 hitting Mcghie, only to slam into another                                                                                                                   it or Ticket” because it’s not only the law, its
 vehicle that had been turning. The force of                                                                                                                 common sense.

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 the impact was so powerful that it knocked                                                                                                                     Mcghie says of Blanco’s accident, “The
 Blanco’s brother from the driver’s seat into                                                                                                                bus stop is literally two minutes away from                                                                                                                                                         Drunk driving- NOT a game
 the passenger seat. Blanco flew from the pas-                                                                                                               Blanco’s house and to see such a tragic ac-                  Honda Civic- It is extremely fuel                Kia Forte- The cost is only $14,                Smart Fortwo- This two seater car
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  500 for this automatic transmission car.        has a 70 horsepower engine so the problem      Kevin Kennedy
 senger’s seat into the open side window and                                                                                                                 cident happen in such a short space of time        efficient and will last forever with proper                                                                                                      SPORTS EDITOR
 was thrown onto the jagged concrete street.                                                                                                                 is horrible”.                                      care.                                                                                             with speeding won’t be so serious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Underage drinking is a major problem that
    By then the bus had reached the stop.                                                                                                                    This is surprisingly a common occurrence;                                                                                                                                                           occurs almost everywhere. Some teens go
 Shocked bystanders rushed to Blanco’s side.                                                                                                                 according to, 52 percent of                                                                                                                                                        above and beyond that stupidity, driving
   “When I saw him, I just began to cry. Part                                                                                                                accidents occur within five miles away from                                                                                                                                                         even after they drink -- and risking their
 of his head was a like a flap. He was just                                                                                                                  home.                                                                                                                                                                                               lives. Understanding the consequences of
 messed up, he was spitting out blood, and                                                                                                                     Blanco is now apprehensive when it comes                                                                                                                                                          driving while under the influence is crucial.
 his arms and face were covered in blood. I                                                                                                                  to driving. Although he has yet to receive his                                                                                                                                                        If one is pulled over by a police officer and
 just really felt bad for him,” said sophomore                                                                                                               permit or license, such an accident has made                                                                                                                                                        their blood alcohol level is above .08%, they
 Kelly Vivas.                                                                                                                                                him very accepting of that, mainly because                                                                                                                                                          are considered to be driving under the influ-
  Vivas witnessed the accident. Her father im-                                                                                                               he has realized how hazardous being behind                                                                                                                                                          ence. A first time offender could receive
 mediately dialed 911 seconds after watching                                                                                                                 the wheel may be.                                                                                                                                                                                   up to $500 in fines, 50 community service
 the traumatizing scene unfold.                                                                                                                                “I had no clue. I used to think that cars were

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                                                     Anthony Blanco: Alive and well after his harrowing accident. Photo By ADRIAN tABRAUE                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hours, and 6 months in jail. If one’s blood
   An ambulance rushed to the scene minutes                                                                                                                  cool and that is was awesome to go fast.                                                                                                                                                            alcohol level is above .20%, the fine can be
 later and took a fazed Blanco to the nearest        was right there and that we got hit. I just            much and hope for the best, but at the same      But now I think you should go slow… like                                                                                                                      Subaru Impreza 2.5i- The all-         up to $1,000, and the jail sentence could be
 hospital. He suffered from a serious lacera-                                                                                                                                                                            Honda Fit- This car is sufficient                 Nissan Versa- This car comes at an
                                                     woke up lying on the ground,” he says.                 time, I’m still grateful that I’m here because   10 mph below the [speed] limit and always                                                                                                            wheel drive and electronic stability control   up to 9 months.
 tion to the head, a mild concussion, a frac-                                                                                                                                                                   when it comes to safety, with six airbags and     inexpensive price, costing only $10, 710, and
                                                       As for the state of the car, “it’s completely        it was a huge possibility that if I had gotten   buckle up!”                                                                                                                                          will reduce a driver’s chance of losing con-     In addition to the direct penalties, one
 tured finger, and a road rash that shredded                                                                                                                                                                    antilock brakes. The body shell is also de-       an extra $250 for antilock brakes.
                                                     totaled. The door came off, the body of the            hit [by the car], I would have died, since it      As common as car accidents have become,                                                                                                            trol.                                          receives an arrest for DUI on their criminal
 the skin off of his back. Blanco spent three                                                                                                                                                                   signed to survive a collision.
                                                     car is crushed, and a wheel came off.”                 was coming at full speed,” said Mcghie who       amongst teen drivers especially, most do not                                                                                                                                                        record, and it’s certainly not enjoyable to
 days recuperating in the hospital. Luckily,          “I can’t really do much right now. I need to          was almost hit.                                  end as fortunately as Blanco’s did. It’s cru-                                                                                                                                                       walk around with a bulky, embarrassing
 the others involved in the wreck escaped            go to physical therapy, and especially since I            Blanco, as well, shares similar feelings.     cial for teens to realize that most accidents                                                                                                                                                       ankle bracelet. Employers would also not
 with minor cuts and bruises.                        injured my back during the accident, it’s re-          “I’m thankful for my life. The doctor said I     are avoidable by simply always staying cau-                                                                                                                                                         want to hire anyone that has committed a
 After being out of school for a month, Blan-        ally hard right now to do anything.”                   shouldn’t have lived so I’m really thankful      tious of the unanticipated obstacles that the                                                                                                                                                       crime like that. One night could ruin a life
 co has returned to share his life changing ex-       Because of the lasting impression, everyone           that God gave me another chance.”                road may bring. In the words of Blanco, “life                                                                                                                                                       forever, and it’s as simple as that.
 perience.                                           who witnessed and experienced such an in-                Blanco admits that the accident could have     is unexpected, expect the unexpected”.                                                                                                                                                                However, these consequences are nothing
   “Honestly, I don’t remember much about            cident has realized how significant and pre-           been avoided and that many factors contrib-                                                                                                                                                                                                          compared to what could physically happen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 One would be lucky enough to get pulled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 over without losing an arm, leg, or any body

 Red Ribbon week ‘reaps’ drug awareness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 part, becoming paralyzed from the neck
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PHOTOS BY GOOGLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 down, ending up in a coma, or even dying.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   And sadly enough, drunk driving is some-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 thing so very common amongst teenagers,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reasons to be wary on the road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 especially in our very own school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “I drove after just a few drinks, and I could
 Paul Austria                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tell I wasn’t ready to drive. I definitely
                                                                                                                                                             were not allowed to speak for the entire day
 STAFF WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    won’t ever do it again,” said an anonymous
                                                                                                                                                             and the Grim Reaper, played by senior Jac-
  PPCHS took a stand against the use of drugs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    source.
                                                                                                                                                             lyn Fine, peaked in and out of different class-    Isabella Jones
 and alcohol, and marked the first week of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Driving is a privilege most people receive
                                                                                                                                                             rooms.                                             FEATURES EDITOR
 November as the annual Red Ribbon week                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in their teen years—the same years they
                                                                                                                                                               “We hoped to spread the word about the
 in a campaign to “just say no” to such ab-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      behave the wildest. Now adding alcohol
                                                                                                                                                             dangers of drunk driving, not only the risks,
 surdities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to the equation makes the situation even
                                                                                                                                                             but the possible consequences that come            •        Every 12 minutes a person dies in a car crash.
   On Monday the story of Enrique Camarena                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       worse. Drunken teens behind the wheel?
                                                                                                                                                             along with it,” Mrs. Hughes said. “We tried
 was read over the intercom to students con-                                                                                                                                                                    •        Distracted drivers account for 80% of crashes.                                                                                          Not a good combo.
                                                                                                                                                             our best to make sure that every student un-
 cerning a man who was assigned by the U.S.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last year, one out of every ten thousand
                                                                                                                                                             derstood why drunk driving is something not
 Drug Enforcement Administration to travel                                                                                                                                                                      •        Every 14 seconds a car accident results in an injured victim.                                                                           people in the United States died in an
                                                                                                                                                             to be tried or tested or is okay.”
 to Mexico undercover and investigate a ma-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      automobile accident. Many of which were
                                                                                                                                                               Overall, the PPCHS rendition of Red Rib-         •        There are more than six million car accidents each year in the United States.
 jor drug cartel. But on a lunch date with his                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   caused by drivers under the influence.
                                                                                                                                                             bon Week again ended as a success. The
 wife, he was kidnapped by five men, and tor-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are absolutely no positives that come
                                                                                                                                                             chief goal, for students to realize all of the     •        Each year over 5,000 teens between ages 16 - 20 die due to fatal injuries caused by car accidents.
 tured to death. His body was found a month                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from driving drunk. Just don’t do it!
                                                                                                                                                             negative effects when dealing with drugs,
 later in a shallow grave. And soon after,                                                                                                                   alcohol, and drunk driving especially, was         •        18-20 year olds are four times more likely to be involved in accidents.
 friends and family starting wearing red satin                                                                                                               met. And when dealing in certain situations
 to commemorate his death, which started                                                                                                                     of peer pressure, students will now hopefully      •        The car accident death rate for teen male drivers is more than one and a half times female teen drivers (19.4 killed per 100,000
 Red Ribbon Week.                                                                                                                                            have the courage to just say “no”.                          male drivers compared with 11.1 killed per 100,000 female drivers.)
    The activities continued on Wednesday.                                                                                                                     Junior Natalia Nino said, “Thanks to Red
 During both A and B lunches, students were                                                                                                                                                                     •        Teens are just as likely to have accidents after school hours from 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM Monday through Friday as they are on week-
                                                                                                                                                             Ribbon week, I’ve realized how very op-                     end evenings.
 encouraged to sign a large red banner in the                                                                                                                posed I am to drinking and drugs. You lose
 cafeteria to pledge they would stay drug and                                                                                                                track of reality when under the influence of       •        Drivers under the age of 24 account for $26 billion dollars of the yearly total cost of car accidents in the US.
 alcohol free. This turned out to be a pretty                                                                                                                them and can mess up your body in various
 big hit with over 200 participants’ signatures.     Red ribbon week: Another victem is taken by the Grim Reaper. Photo By ADRIAN tABRAUE                    way. I will definitely not be using them now       •        More than 25% of all car drivers are involved in car accidents in a five year period.
   On Thursday, students were told to wear                                                                                                                   or ever.”
 crazy socks in order to “sock-it” to drugs.         sported throughout the day.                            Honor Society sponsor, assigned certain stu-                                                        *All facts are according to the Virginia Tech and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the AAA,,
 High knee, zigzagged, striped, polka-dotted,         Friday was headlined with the Grim Reaper             dents to act as “dead” people who had been                                                , and
 and an assortment of other wild socks were          activity, where Mrs. Hughes, the National              killed by various drugs and alcohol. They

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Drinking and driving: Drunk drving is dangerous and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 illegal. It’s a bad idea.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo By ADRIAN tABRAUE
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December 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  December 2010

 Dolphins’ Brown starts projects to curtail teen violence
 Kevin Kennedy                                                                                                                                             How do you find the time to talk to kids
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Largacha looks to leave legacy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Paul Austria                                                                                                                                                       Largacha averaged almost 15 points a game
 SPORTS EDITOR                                                                                                                                             when you have practice?                                 STAFF WRITER                                                                                                                                       Senior         last season to go along with four assists in
                                                                                                                                                           “Great question! Football season is incred-                Senior Steven Largacha is going on his                                                                                                          super star:    which the team finished with a disappointing
   Some celebrities and famous athletes create                                                                                                             ibly demanding on my time, but in the NFL               4th straight year on the basketball team. He                                                                                                       Steven Lar-    8-11 record that ended with a loss to Strana-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gacha has
 charities as a nice way of giving back to the                                                                                                             we do get one day off a week, which is Tues-            made his first appearance on the court dur-                                                                                                        helped the     han in the first game of districts. This season,
 community. But the star running back for the                                                                                                              day. Typically I like to relax on Tuesdays,             ing the junior varsity season of his freshman                                                                                                      jaguar boys    he is committed to putting the work in for a
 Miami Dolphins, Ronnie Brown, is taking a                                                                                                                 but this program is certainly worth waking              year. He made the jump to varsity sopho-                                                                                                           varsity bas-   shot at the district title.
 more direct approach. He created the Ronnie                                                                                                               up a little early for and spending a few hours          more year, where his fellow teammates start-                                                                                                       ketball team    “I’m trying to work as hard as I can to make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      through the
 Brown Project. Basically, Ronnie wants to                                                                                                                 with the kids. I really enjoy it and it is a            ed to notice the immense talent he had; many                                                                                                       years and is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sure I’m in my best shape. With the help of
 tackle teen violence, and to do that, he visits                                                                                                           great way to forget about football for a little         of them even regarded him as the best player                                                                                                       ready for a    the coaches, hopefully we can win districts,”
 schools in Dade and Broward counties and                                                                                                                  while.”                                                 on the team. And when November 30 comes                                                                                                            great season   Largacha said.
 talks to students about this key issue. Seth                                                                                                                                                                      around, it will be the beginning of the end                                                                                                        his senior       In preparation for this season, Steven has
 Levit, executive director of the Jason Tay-                                                                                                                                                                       because it will be his last season on the hard-                                                                                                    year. Photo    spent his summer playing for the Miramar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By aDrian
 lor Foundation who works with the Ronnie                                                                                                                                                                          wood for the Jaguars.                                                                                                                              taBraue        Heat. He is also preparing for his new role
 Brown Project, got the CHAT in touch with                                                                                                                                                                           “This is it,” Largacha said. “I really hope                                                                                                                     as the starting power forward in a new four-
 Ronnie Brown and this is what he had to say:                                                                                                                                                                      with the help of our coaches that we can at                                                                                                                       guard system that has fellow senior and close
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   least make a run for districts. I feel like I                                                                                                                     friend Jonathan George as the only true big
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   need to end my senior season with a bang to                                                                                                                       man starting. The basketball team began the
 What prompted you to start The Ronnie                                                                                                                                                                             leave my mark on PPCHS athletics”.                                                                                                                                2010 season on Nov. 30 at Pompano Beach.
 Brown Project?
 “The Project is simply my way of giv-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   NFL going soft on hard hits
 ing back to kids in this community. Over
 the years I’ve been a part of so many great
 programs and events that the Dolphins, my                                                                                                                 What made you decide to do this instead
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Players’ health:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 More important than fantasy points
 friends and my teammates have held, and for                                                                                                               of a regular charity?
 some time now I’ve wanted to create some-                                                                                                                 “For years I have been going to events and
 thing where I could really dictate what I felt                                                                                                            programs for Jason Taylor’s Foundation and              Kevin Kennedy
 the focus should be.”                                                                                                                                     I have always been impressed with the work              SPORTS EDITOR                                                                                                 Paul Austria                                        player first, because there’s a chance that
                                                                                                                                                           he does. So when I started to really consider             The commissioner of the National Football                                                                   STAFF WRITER                                        his career might be over. Your fantasy team
                                                                                                                                                           establishing my own foundation, I spoke                 League, Roger Goodell, has fined players                                                                         So you’re matched up against your best           should probably be the last thing on your
                                                   What do you intend on teaching the kids?              What do you think the students will learn         with JT and some of his staff. The more                 and even threatened to suspend players for                                                                    friend this week in fantasy football. All the       mind when you see him lying down on the
                                                   “Well, it really depends on the specific ini-         from your lectures?                               we talked, the more it seemed like a great              illegal hits. Goodell means well—he is con-                                                                   Sunday games are over, and the only game            field, pondering and hoping he’ll be able
                                                   tiative. We look for important issues that            “Again, there are so many different ways a        fit. They have people that know all about               cerned about player safety—but he is taking                                                                   left is the Monday Night game. Your fantasy         to spend another Sunday playing football.
                                                   kids are facing every day and try to make an          situation can be handled instead of resorting     foundations and putting together programs,              away from the game of football.                                                                               team is just barely losing to your friend’s            I understand that sometimes, instances
                                                   impact in that area. Watching TV these last           to violence. And for each person, those ways      so this way all of the money we raise can be              The commissioner fined Steelers lineback-                                                                   team but luckily, the Dolphins are playing on       like these involve a lot of money from your
                                                   few years and just seeing the things that have        are going to be different, but we wanted to       spent on programs that directly benefit the             er, James Harrison, $75,000 for his hit on the                                                                Monday, and star receiver Brandon Marshall          pocket because you lost and there was a
                                                   been going on with kids and the acts of vio-          give kids some options when they are faced        kids. I don’t need to incur the expenses of             Browns Mohamed Massaquoi. That was the                                                                        just happens to be on your team. A single           lot riding on that game. But still, I’d hate
                                                   lence, I felt there was a need for somebody           with things in their lives that make them feel    hiring staff, opening an office, etc. as they           largest fine for any single hit in the history of   Too hard of a hit to handle?: After Steelers linebacker   touchdown by Marshall would propel your             to have to imagine being in that player’s
                                                   to come in, and so we created ‘23 Ways to             like they need to hurt someone. I understand      already have that in place.”                            the NFL. He hit Massaquoi just as he was            James Harrison got fined for a hard hit on Browns         team to a victory and $20 coming your way           shoes. When I’m lying on the ground in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   catching the ball. Massaquoi wasn’t look-           Mohamed Massaquoi, questions have come up about           on Tuesday. First play of the game—the Dol-         excruciating pain, the first thing on my
                                                   Stop Youth Violence.’ The goal is to reach            that kids are always going to have their dif-                                                                                                                 NFL hits. Photo By google
                                                   as many kids as possible and let them realize         ferences, but our thought is that maybe we                                                                ing at Harrison, and Harrison made a helmet                                                                   phins are on offense. Dolphins quarterback,         mind isn’t the fans or the fantasy own-
                                                   that there are other options and choices they         can get them to stop and think for a second,                                                              to helmet collision with Massaquoi. The hit         with my shoulder. If the ball is coming, I’m              Chad Henne, throws a deep ball to Mar-              ers that I can’t provide points for. No, it’s
                                                   can make rather than acts of violence that            show a little respect for one another and ap-                                                             left Massaquoi with a concussion and took           going to hit him with the crown of my head.               shall. Marshall is unable to make the catch         my family and being worried if I can still
                                                   ultimately affect themselves or other people          proach these situations differently than the                                                              him out of the game.                                I’m not aiming at any particular body part,               inbounds, but as he comes down, his knee            support them and give them a future that
                                                   down the road. This gives them a different            way they are doing it now. And one of the                                                                   But that’s football. If you are too scared to     just him. If a referee wants to penalize me,              buckles and stays down on the field. The            they can look forward to. And when I read
                                                   option to choose.”                                    main things I think they can learn is that they                                                           go over the middle, don’t. People get paid          so be it. I bet that receiver won’t try to catch          team doctor says he has a torn ACL in his           the articles online and scroll down to the
                                                                                                         truly have the opportunity to make the dif-                                                               big money because they are fearless and can         the ball over here again.                                 knee and he is out for not only for the rest of     comments, I’d hate to see the repetition of
                                                   Tackling teen violence: Ronnie Brown, above, in his   ference more than anyone else. All it takes is                                                            catch passes in traffic. People get paid big          Sure, some believe that player safety is the            the game, but also the season. Once that an-        the words “thankful”, “finally”, and “yes”.
                                                   Miami Dolphins uniform. Left, right, and top right,   for one kid to change the way they act with                                                               money to hit those receivers trying to catch        most important thing—and that’s a legit opin-             nouncement has been made, you check your            You’d think there would be more people to
                                                   Ronnie Brown at a high school talking to students     just one of their other schoolmates and they                                                              the pass. Taking that element out of the            ion. But taking hits out of the game defeats              cell phone only to see it’s your friend call-       wish me a safe and speedy recovery, but
                                                   about violence. Photos By the MiaMi DolPhins                                                                                                                    game would make it less interesting. Impact         the purpose of it. When I think of football, I            ing in excitement, saying he can’t believe he       that goes to show you the lack of sensitiv-
                                                   (aBove) anD Michael hoPkins (left, right, anD toP     begin to make a difference.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   is what makes football America’s favorite           think of smash-mouth, hard-hitting men out                won this week’s matchup and that you owe            ity sometimes by football fans all around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sport.                                              there putting their bodies on the line. Fining            him $20 tomorrow. Now, you’re putting the           this country.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Isn’t football about big hits? That’s what       players takes the element of toughness away               blame on Marshall and some of the blame on            Nevertheless, I am appalled by the peo-

 Heat tickets:                                                                                           Coach’s vision worth the weight                                                                           makes football interesting,” said football
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   player and junior Olivier Rigaud.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Players should be able to hit whatever they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       from football.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         That’s what it’s all about -- being tough.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Part of the reason Goodell is trying to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the guy who tried to tackle him.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This scenario happens all the time in fantasy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 football and this reaction is usually expected.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ple’s drive to win and the insensitivity that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     comes along with it. It takes a true person
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to understand what an athlete goes through

 Hard to come by this holiday
                                                                                                         Kevin Kennedy                                                                                             want with whatever they want. Asking de-            rid of the hard hits is to make more money.               But in reality, do you really know and un-          when suffering an injury. The crutches,
                                                                                                         SPORTS EDITOR                                                                                             fensive players to hit a moving, airborne re-       Without hard hits, players will make bigger               derstand what just happened? First of all, an       the rehab, the unexplainable pain, and the
                                                                                                                   A project that coach Bell has been                                                              ceiver with their shoulder to the receiver’s        offensive plays. Touchdowns are what make                 injury such as a torn ligament requires weeks       time in between appearances on the field
                                                                                                         working on since August 2008 has finally                                                                  chest is too much. NFL representatives have         the money.                                                and even months of recovery and rehab and           are sometimes undecipherable for an aver-
 Paul Austria                                      compared to last season, but the demand was           reached completion. Coach Bell, the strength                                                              said that even if the hit is accidental, the           I’ve played and watched football for my                coming back to full strength after an injury        age person. I wish the people who played
 STAFF WRITER                                      expected so it makes sense,” said Puldon.             and conditioning coach for Pines Charter, did                                                             player will still be fined.                         whole life, and Goodell is making decisions               to this degree is really difficult. The average     fantasy sports wouldn’t be so selfish, and
           Even the night before LeBron James      “It’s a business, and that’s how a business           everything he could to raise the money nec-                                                                 As a football player myself, I have never         like it’s a business, not a sport. That is going          person should feel sympathetic towards the          understand that athletes are people too.
 decided to take his talents to South Beach,       works.”                                               essary for a revamped weight room.                                                                        adjusted to a receiver to hit him in the chest      to be the downfall of it in the end.
 season tickets for the Miami Heat were sold       To those who remember the $10 “nose-                            “Some booster clubs donated hun-
 out. Many fans thought they would never           bleed” seats from last year, they still offer         dreds, some thousands. The dress down day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fantasy sports explained
 get to catch a glimpse of the Big 3 in action,    those seats in almost all games including the         last year generated almost a thousand dol-
 but many forgot about individual game tick-       ones against the top teams, but they may be           lars. The City of Pembroke Pines reallocated
 ets. And with the arrival of James, the Heat      already long gone since the day individual            money, delayed other projects, and made this
 raised ticket prices.                             tickets came out.                                     project a priority,” said coach Bell.
 The lowest price for lower bowl seats is $75      If you’re looking for a good price on a pair                    Of the total $45,000 raised, $15,000
 for games against the less-popular teams.         of seats, check secondary websites such as            went towards injury prevention: coach Bell’s                                                              Kevin Kennedy                                       in each of a set number of rounds. Players                ers await the start of the season. A schedule       wins and losses you have in the season.
                                                                                                                                                                                               New strength:
 For the games against the top teams in the and and              ultimate goal. The weight room has twelve                                             Students are ex-    SPORTS EDITOR                                       who are expected to accumulate the most                   is randomly set up. Each week, each team              The teams with the best records make the
 league like the Lakers and the Celtics, lower     getting lucky is possible. But the Miami Heat         new benches, six new platforms, six new                                               cited to see the      Fantasy sports have turned into a major ac-       points are selected earlier in the                                           matches up with another          playoffs. Once the playoffs start, it’s just like
 bowl seats start at $115.                         strongly recommends using the Miami Heat              squat cages, and a new set of bumper plates.                                          new equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tivity that sports fans have been drawn to.         draft.                                                                                team—just like real     real sports—if you lose, you are out of con-
 Junior Kevin Puldon is an avid Heat fan and       TicketExchange, as this is the only website           In addition to the new equipment, the walls                                           in the soon to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Even people who have just a small interest in        Players get points                                                                    sports.                tention. The final two teams standing play a
 is surprised but not shocked about the rise in                                                                                                                                                painted weight-
                                                   to guarantee you tickets that will, for sure,         will be painted white, and the wood panels                                            room. Photo By      sports have partaken in the game.                   based on how                                                                             Rosters have ev-     championship game.
 prices. “The prices are somewhat outrageous       give you entrance into the arena.                     will be painted maroon, black, and silver.                                            aDrian taBraue         About 30 years ago, Daniel Okrent and a          t h e y                                                                                          erything       Before the start of the season, it is deter-
                                                                                                         Coach Bell is going to try to get a fathead of                                                            few of his friends invented the game. They          p e r -                                                                                          a     real   mined whether there is a wager for the
                                                                                                         the Pines Charter logo, as seen on the foot-                                                              were baseball fans, and they created the first      form on                                                                                          t e a m      league. All of the players put an equal
                                                                                                         ball helmets. There will be action photos of                                                              fantasy sports league ever which they called        game                                                                                             would        amount of money into a pot. The player who
                                                                                                         athletes on the walls. Coach Bell plans to                                                                “Rotisserie.” The name came from the res-           d a y .                                                                                          have—a       wins the championship wins the pot.
                                                                                                         have a college corner—a corner of the room                                                                taurant that Okrent held meetings at for the        Imagine                                                                                           starting      Students are even taking part in it. Senior,
                                                                                                         filled with past Pines Charter athletes now                                                               new fantasy game. They thoaught it was just         a play-                                                                                           lineup      Joey London has 4 leagues. “I play fantasy
                                                                                                         competing at the college level.                                                                           something small—they had no idea what it            er ran                                                                                            with all    football for bragging rights. After the week-
                                                                                                         This was only the first stage to coach Bell’s                                                             was about to turn into.                             for 70                                                                                            of the      end’s games, I like coming back to school
                                                                                                         plan. Stage two is a ten year vision. He                                                                    Other organizations started making fantasy        yards                                                                                             posi-       and rubbing my win in everybody’s face,”
                                                                                                         wants to build a new athletic facility across                                                             leagues for other sports like football and bas-     and scored a                                                                            tions and a bench.    said London.
                                                                                                         the street complete with a football, baseball,                                                            ketball. Since then, the game has expanded          touchdown.       That                                                                The bench is con-          A fantasy sport is a game where ordinary
                                                                                                         and softball stadium in addition to a gymna-                                                              rapidly. From conducting league meetings at         player would earn 7                                                               sisted of excess players    people can take sports into their own hands.
                                                                                                         sium and athletic support facility.                                                                       a local restaurant, people now play fantasy         points for the yards and                                                      who can be used for sub-        They can test their knowledge on the sport.
                                                                                                                   Bell’s thirst for athletic success at                                                           sports against strangers across the country on      5 points for the touchdown.                                              stitution whenever needed.           They can compete with friends on how much
                                                                                                         Pines Charter will never be quenched until                                                                the computer. Everything is managed over            The numbers may vary in differ-                                      All of the points for the two teams      they know about sports. To some people, it
                                                                                                         Jaguar teams consistently win district, re-                                                               the web, harnessing full optimization.              ent leagues. The league settings can be                        are added up. Whichever team has more          is a very serious thing. To others, it is just a
                                                                                                         gional, state, and national championships.                                                                  In any fantasy sport, there are usually about     modified prior to the start of the season.                points wins the game. Just like in real sports,     game. Either way, fantasy sports have taken
                                                                                                         Remodeling the weight room and building                                                                   ten people. Each person has a draft selection        After all of the rosters are assembled, play-            you get a record, which is the number of            sports fans by storm.
                                                                                                         new stadiums across the street is certainly a     *Article has been updated from The Independent
                                                                                                         good start.
  Technology                  16                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          17 Technology
December 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          December 2010

 What you wish wasn’t on the web Great online options for holiday shopping
 Brianna Cha-Kim                                   her name’s typed into the internet, pictures                                                                                                                           Alexandra Mangano                                    With the qualms of online shopping, there
 STAFF WRITER                                      of them at wild parties and personal blogs                                                                                                                             STAFF WRITER                                       is a positive side which helps out with the
    Today, the internet is used by people of       or statuses with foul language and naughty                                                                                                                                With the rise of the worldwide web over         struggling economy that experience during
 all ages, ethnicities, and in all parts of the    phrases flash across the screen? It doesn’t                                                                                                                            the past decade, online shopping has be-           the holiday season. When purchasing pres-
 world. It’s an international worldwide com-       portray a good self-image of who you are                                                                                                                               come a new phenomenon with everything              ents online you do not have pay a tax fee,
 munication circle that any and every one          and it certainly doesn’t strike as appealing to                                                                                                                        from designer shoes to cars available, often       saving shoppers a great deal of money.
 is able to access. However, due to this be-       the college committees who have the power                                                                                                                              at a discounted price. Online shopping is a         “I have had a very positive experience with
 ing the case, the importance of what is put       to accept or deny your entry to the campus.                                                                                                                            very convenient way of shopping, allowing          online shopping, and I am very judicious
 on the web can’t be overlooked. Signing on          To imagine yourself being in the position                                                                                                                            e-shoppers to look through a picture filled        about places that I shop at, which are local
 to Facebook, updating a status, or posting a      of a glorious opportunity and then having                                                                                                                              catalog, order their item, and have it deliv-      stores, so if a problem were to occur I could
 picture is starting to become a natural part      it taken all from you after someone leaks                                                                                                                              ered to their house -- all from the comfort of     fix it right away,” states English teacher Ms.
 of many people’s lives. Even hourly, some         something that knocks you off your ladder                                                                                                                              their own home.                                    Phillips.
 teenagers find themselves on Twitter, post-       of success is terrible to think about. These                                                                                                                            “I am obsessed with online shopping; I think        Even though online superstores like Craig-
 ing any and everything that comes to mind.        things do happen. Actress Vanessa Hudgens,                                                                                                                             it’s the greatest invention for girls especially   slist and EBay allow customers to interact
 Despite parents’ warnings about the trouble       who had proved to be a famous Disney rep-                                                                                                                              when you don’t have a car, or someone to           with sellers either by phone or online mes-
 the internet can cause, we fail to think of       resentative and was a role-model to many                                                                                                                               take you,” states freshmen Galit Sims.             saging to discuss their product, often times
 how this affects us. But what we need to take     children, suffered a scandal recently in the                                                                                                                              Although online shopping is done by both        online shopping carries with it many haz-
 into consideration and really realize is what     last two years. You don’t know what the fu-                                                                                                                            men and women, recent studies have shown           ards. These hazards include selling fake or
                                                                                                       Internet Preminence: People have to watch what is put on the internet because the internet is dangerous and per-
 we post on the internet will always be there.     ture holds for you - many may say that they         manent. Photo By taylor Neita                                                                                      that over 63% of American women shop               replica items, scamming buyers, or posting
    Regardless if you erase what you posted        can’t or won’t be the next Michael Jordan                                                                                                                              online outweighing the 42% American men            faulty or misleading information about their
 or delete the picture of you and your friends     or the next Beyonce or even the next Pres-         or the crazy, wild, dancing-on-tables type of             high school days, drinking, drug use, and                 that partake in e-shopping. Around the holi-       product. Recently, scams on Craigslist have
 surrounded by alcohol, if someone some-           ident; but if you allow yourself to fall into      parties isn’t a good idea. Taking pictures that           bashing peoples’ faces in may come off as                 days, stores become overcrowded with hun-          been on the rise, causing Craigslist to put out
 where wanted to access it they’d be able to       the harm of the web, you may not be able to        insinuate you take part in this type of behav-            humorous and great entertainment. But stop                gry buyers, which results into many shoppers       a list of warning signs to help protect buy-
 do so and very easily at that. Any pictures       become this type of person even if you have        ior isn’t the intelligent thing to do either. And         and think for a second – will this be as funny            buying gifts online to avoid the treacherous       ers and sellers from faulty transactions. Ac-
 on websites can easily be saved to any-           all the talent to do so. What you do now will      most certainly, taking videos of you fighting,            years from now when you’re not accepted                   crowds. Even though online purchasing              cording to Craigslist the “Golden Rule” for
 one’s computer hard-drive. No one would           come back to you when you’re applying for          doing drugs, or participating in under-age                into college, better yet kicked out of college,           avoids the holiday commotion, it has its cons      a safe online transaction is to “Deal Locally
 like to think that they’d be blackmailed, but     jobs, when you’re getting married, your ac-        drinking is something sadly not everyone re-              unable to become employed, and are even                   as well.                                           with Folks You Can Meet in Person” and
 the truth is that people will always surprise     tions will be mentioned decades from now           alizes is a severe danger. The significance of            charged with felonies for what these vid-                    “I do not like purchasing gifts online for      the site claims this will prevent 99% of the
 you and what you make public knowledge            even when you’re buried below the ground.          your face, body, voice in a video of you beat-            eos and posts reveal about yourself? I didn’t             one reason, this is simply because you are         scam attempts that occur on the site. Other            Online Shopping: People are tending to do their holiday shopping online this year Photo By lorraiNe oyolla
 can always come back to haunt you years           It’s really that serious – and it’s solely your    ing someone up and engaging in a fistfight                think so. Now is the time to protect yourself             not guaranteed the exact item you choose           rules Craigslist recommends to help its us-
 later. Applying for college isn’t very far into   responsibility to save and protect yourself        with a circle of kids encouraging you is not              from your own online actions; choose wisely,              online, also because you receive the gift in       ers have a scam free shopping experience,            escrow services because only a scammer will             rules have “helped me be 99% sure my
 the future; it’s actually approaching much        from becoming a victim of self-destruction.        what you want to have your name associated                and post with caution. Better yet -- don’t post           a long period of time, which doesn’t help the      includes never use any wire services such as         “guarantee” your transaction.                           Craigslist purchases will be legit, and I won’t
 nearer than we anticipate. What university          Blogging about getting high, being drunk,        with in the long run. For right now, in your              anything you might regret in the first place.             rush that I am always in”, explains senior         Western Union or Money gram to wire funds              According to junior Tyler Perkins these               get scammed like numerous others.”
 wants to accept a student that, when his or                                                                                                                                                                              Nathalie Henriquez.                                and to avoid any deals involving shipping or

 The perfect gift for an 8 year old is… a cell phone?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Teaching through tech:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Graphic By Julian Graves

 Jordana Cutajar                                   cent of 8 year olds have cell phones. And            Senior Brandon Pilot said, “When I was 13

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A SMART choice
 ENVIRONMENTAL EDITOR                              if you think most of that 8 percent have the       I got my first cell phone, it was a gift that I
   In society’s day and age it seems that every    cheap flip phones you’d be wrong. By age 12        had wanted for a long time. It was a cheap
 teenager you encounter owns a cell phone.         more than half of the children in the United       little phone with pre-paid minutes that I was
 From Blackberries to iPhones teens use them       States already own their cell phones. The          only supposed to use in case of emergencies,
 all. In fact most may find it odd that some       number sky rockets at age 15 when the per-         that didn’t change until high school. Now I                                                                                                                                                                                                         jector is used to display the computer’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Isabella Jones
 teenagers don’t have a cell phone. With the       centage soars to 84! Most of us have seen          think that it is stupid for kids younger than                                                                                             FEATURES EDITOR                                                                                           video output onto this whiteboard, which
 use of cell phones becoming more common           little kids at our trips to the phone store gaz-   13 to get a cell phone because it really isn’t                                                                                                                                                                                                      then acts as a large touch screen. It typi-
 among teens it appears that the age for a teen    ing desirably at the collection of cell phones     a necessity. If your parents know where you                                                                                                  Dwelling in the 21st Century, it’s about                                                               cally comes with 4 pens that use digital ink
 to get their first phone has been lowered. A      on display. Many of them are there to pick         are, then why do you need one?”                                                                                                           time classrooms start exemplifying this fu-                                                               to replace the traditional whiteboard mark-
 few years ago most teens had to wait until        out a cell phone of their own.                       Many teenagers claim that their cell phones                                                                                             turistic era. Recently, Pembroke Pines Char-                                                              ers. This SMART Board is often used when
 they were at least thirteen to get their first       Junior Connor Fuchs said, “I got my first       are a part of their everyday lives stating most                                                                                           ter High School has been thrown into the                                                                  teachers are presenting the class with dif-
 phone, now you see seven and ten year olds        cell phone when I was 13, I think that’s a         commonly that they can’t ‘live’ without                                                                                                   world of technology and teachers are now                                                                  ferent writings or student essays, which al-
 walking around with nicer cell phones than        good age to get your first phone because           them. It seems that this phrase is being ad-                                                                                              using a myriad of hi-tech materials in the                                                                low them to make corrections through the
 their older counterparts! What happened?          that’s when you start going out more often         opted by many youngsters in America now.                                                 lore
                                                                                                                                                                                      a   ria F                                                 classrooms to aid their students in learning.                                                             computer, either by highlighting, circling
   According to The McDowell News 8 per-           and need to keep in touch with your parents.”                                                                                 By M
                                                                                                                                                                             oon                                                                    One innovative object is Senteo Soft-                                                                 or underling, for the entire class to view.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ware, which resembles a calculator and in-                                                                    Although most classrooms have become
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cludes various buttons labeled with a letter                                                              useful for student-involvement due to

  Top five holiday internet videos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A-J. While the students hold these in their                                                               new technology, such advances have also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hands, the teacher puts questions and answer                                                              brought some negative outcomes. For in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                choices up onto a SMART Board, and the                                                                    stance, if a teacher’s lesson plan for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                goal is for the students to answer the ques-                                                              day involves some sort of use of technol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tion by pressing the letter on the Senteo they                                                            ogy, sometimes the teacher cannot get a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                believe is the answer. After the students de-                                                             device to function due to “technical dif-
  Matthew Coolidge                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cide on an answer, they click their choice and                                                            ficulties”, which ultimately ruins the en-
  STAFF WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  their names will pop up onto the screen along      Activote Controlers: These egg shaped tools allow      tire lesson for the day, and forces them to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with the letter they chose. After all students     teachers to quiz their students electronically         alter the lesson plan. Yet, this is a rarity.
   With millions of viral videos out there in the cyber world, here are a few that will be sure to bring you some holiday cheer in a hilarious                                                                                                  have selected an answer, percentages of the        Photo By Gail Fletcher                                   Sophomore Jessica Davis still hopes to
 and comical fashion:                                                                                                                                                                                                                           amount of students who chose each answer                                                                  see more technology in her classes, say-
 1. A Charlie Brown Christmas:                                                                                                                                                                                                                  choice will also appear onto the screen.           to answer a question Ms. H-D asks.”                    ing “It’d be cool to have some sort of vir-
    This is the classic American Christmas video; it has been around since 1961 and has been a Christmas fixture since its induction. It’s a                                                                                                       An object that functions similarly to the          When asked what technology he uses to               tual connection that allows students to
    story about Charlie Brown and his struggle to win his neighborhoods Christmas display and star in his schools Nativity play. Charlie                                                                                                        Senteo Software is the egg-shaped ActiVote.        help stimulate his students, English and               watch their teachers teach from home if
    Brown also brings some of his classic humor into the video.                                                                                                                                                                                 Ms. Hernandez-Davis, the AP Biology                SAT Prep teacher Mr. Troha says, “I want               they’re absent, just so they wouldn’t fall
 2. Simpson’s Christmas Stories:                                                                                                                                                                                                                teacher, is a frequent user of them, especial-     to present information to them in ways                 behind or miss any important material”.
    This video gives us a humorous look at the Christmas holiday, thanks to the jokes and actions of the notorious Homer Simpson. In this                                                                                                       ly when reviewing with her class multiple          they are not accustomed to. I attempted to                 Junior Nyeshia Garland alike feels more
    video, after the priest cannot give the Christmas sermon, it’s up to Homer to give his version of what happened.                                                                                                                            choice questions in preparation for a test.        use FM radios, although it wasn’t very suc-            technological resources should be offered,
 3. WKRP in Cincinnati: Turkey Drop:                                                                                                                                                                                                              She claims these hi-tech “eggs” have so far      cessful. I also present them with YouTube              saying “I think we should have some sort
    This is a video from the 1978 sitcom, which features radio newsman Les Nessman describing a very unusual Thanksgiving promotion                                                                                                             been a pretty positive method for teaching,        videos and PowerPoint [presentations].”                of high-tech recorder to tape our teacher’s
    involving helicopter and live turkeys.                                                                                                                                             Graphic By Julian Graves                                 saying, “Students enjoy using [ActiVotes]             And the outcome of using such technol-              lecture in class so that we would be able
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and looking at overall class data, because they    ogy has been effective, Mr. Troha says. “I             to view it anytime we wanted to. That
  4. Bart vs. Thanksgiving:
     This video provides us with a funny look at a classic American holiday, using Bart and Homer’s crude humor to help Americans look                                                                                                          allow us to review the percentage of students      think my students have responded much                  would be very helpful when studying.”
     at the holiday in a different way. In this video Bart breaks the Thanksgiving centerpiece and is exiled from his house, where he finds                                                                                                     that answered a particular question correctly.”    better to them. If not, I would lose them               As society advances with innovative technol-
     himself at a local soup kitchen before making it to his house and reuniting with his family.                                                                                                                                                    Sophomore Dbora Lee, a student of             [and their attention]. It’s all about hav-             ogy, so do the classrooms of PPCHS. So far,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ms. Hernandez-Davis says, “I like when             ing diversity in the methods of teaching.”             most of these implements have proven to be
  5. Merry Hanukah: (A Jewish Christmas Rap):                                                                                                                                                                                                   we’re allowed to use them because they                An additional modern technology placed              very effective in allowing students to interact
     This uplifting YouTube video is a rap done by Jewish performers to celebrate the 8 nights of Hanukah. With humorous rhymes about                                                                                                           allow me to see if I know as much as               in classroom instructions are the SMART                more with the lessons, and overall, allow the
     Dreidels and golden coins, this video is truly hilarious.                                                                                                                                                                                  the rest of my classmates do. It’s also a          Boards, or interactive, electronic white-              classroom to become much less mundane and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lot more fun than just raising your hand           boards used by teachers. Basically, a pro-             allow learning to become much more… fun!
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 December 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   December 2010

‘Human’ robot sent into space                                                                                                                                                                                   Our Earth is not re-giftable
Cassidy-Rae Brantley                              “Our challenge is to build machines that            NASA.                                             of 3 ft. 4 in. from just the head to the waist,         Bianca Rodriguez                                         Go Green when purchasing your gifts- An-              Save Some Trees- This season you can also
STAFF WRITER                                   can help humans work and explore in space.              Creators of Robonaut 2, also known as R2,        and can cover up to 7 feet in a second. Its             STUDENT LIFE EDITOR                                      other way to help shrink your carbon foot-            make homemade cards. Although store
  A robotic astronaut developed by NASA        Working side by side with humans, or going             hope that over time the Robonaut will be          computer power comes from 38 Power PC                     Although the holiday season is one of the              print is purchasing your Christmas gifts lo-          bought cards are more convenient, too many
and General Motors will go on a trip set for   where the risks are too great for people, Ro-          able to perform space walks or explore Mars.      processors. R2 is constructed mainly of alu-            happiest times of year, it doesn’t have to hurt          cally, instead of having them shipped from            natural resources are spent on producing
the International Space Station along with     bonauts will expand our ability for construc-          The robot only of course looks to be some-        minum and other materials that are metal and            our Earth. There are many easy ways to make              halfway around the country. You should also           commercially made greeting cards only to be
Discovery astronauts.                          tion and discovery,” says a statement from             what human. It’s 330 pounds, has a height         nonmetallic.                                            your holiday season more Earth friendly and              visit nearby craft fairs which often use house-       thrown away at the end of the holidays. Ac-
     NASA will be                                                                                                                                                                      What are the             reduce your carbon footprint!                            hold objects to create the items they sell. Not       cording to studies from, the
                                                             Out of this earth robots! Together with General Motors, NASA has developed
launching the first                                          a human-like robot to assist astronauts to assist astronauts in dangerous outer
                                                                                                                                                                                   thoughts on there                                                                     only will the gift be more meaningful but it          amount of cards sold in the US during the
ever humanoid ro-                                            space work. The robot (below and right) is capable of highly precise actions.                                         even being a hu-                                                                      will also lower the impact of transportation          holiday season would fill a football field 10
bot into space to be                                         Some people, like Dr. Glenn (left) think that some aspects, like the human like                                       man looking ro-                                                                       emissions. Try to find gifts that are made            stories high, and requires the harvesting of
an assistant to the                                          appearance of the robot, are unnecessary for its function. PhoToS By loRRAINE                                         bot?      Chemistry                                                                   from recycled materials and read the pack-            nearly 300,000 trees. That’s a lot of waste!
Discovery      astro-                                        oyolA AND NASA                                                                                                        and physics teacher                                                                   aging of the product to determine what your           Wrapping paper is also harmful to our earth
nauts and to live at                                                                                                                                                               Dr. Glenn thinks                                                                      product is made of; you may be surprised to           since a forest full of trees is chopped down
the Space Station.                                                                                                                                                                 the humanoid isn’t                                                                    find the item you’re interested in just might         just to wrap your gifts each holiday season.
That shuttle will be                                                                                                                                                               necessary.                                                                            be made of recycled materials. Another way            “Why not use newspaper,” says Mr. Bayer.
the STS-133 mis-                                                                                                                                                                     “Why go to all the                                                                  to be green this holiday season is to look for        “I use the comic section of the newspaper to
sion launching on                                                                                                                                                                  trouble of making                                                                     gifts that don’t require batteries, since batter-     wrap my gifts”.
November 30th; it                                                                                                                                                                  it have human fea-                                                                    ies are not biodegradable and will sit in land-         Even if you can’t wrap your gifts in news-
would be the 35th                                                                                                                                                                  tures?” she com-                                                                      fills or garbage dumps for years. If you can,         paper try to look for wrapping paper that has
mission to the space                                                                                                                                                               ments.                                                                                solar powered electronics are the way to go.          recycled materials and most definitely shy
station. The main                                                                                                                                                                    Freshman Christi-                                                                                                                         away from glossy, foil, or metallic wrapping
accomplishment                                                                                                                                                                     na Camarena thinks                                                                                                                          paper because this material is much more
looked forward to by                                                                                                                                                               the development of                                                                                                                          difficult to recycle. Science teacher Mrs.
the robot right now                                                                                                                                                                the humanoid ro-                                                                                                                            Rago says, “Instead of using paper gift bags I     Say no to commercial Christmas cards: Commercial
is to demonstrate                                                                                                                                                                  bot is “kinda good                                                                                                                          use recyclable bags that people can use again      Christmas cards tend to use massive amounts of paper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  energy to create. Try to make your own cards. Not only
that robots can work                                                                                                                                                               because it doesn’t                                                                                                                          and again”.                                        will it be a better gift, planet earth will thank you for it!
in microgravity with                                                                                                                                                               put real people into                                                                                                                                                                           PhoTo By DANIEl QuEvEDo
humans.                                                                                                                                                                            danger anymore.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The advantage of fake trees: Fake trees tend to be

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               According to studies from earth-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                better for the environment since they are reusable and

                                                                                                   Gadgets for Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                actual trees don’t have to be cut down for their use.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                PhoTo By loRRAINE oyolA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fake Trees vs. Real Trees- If you’re the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                type of person that feels the need to have a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Avoid excessive light displays: House decorations, the amount of cards sold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in the US during the holiday season
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         such as this one are not only pretentious, but bad
                                                                                                   Melissa Sullivan                                                                                             real Christmas tree to make it feel like the             for the environment due to all the energy they use.
                                                                                                   STAFF WRITER                                                                                                 holidays, that’s ok too, because it’s what               PhoTo By loRRAINE oyolA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               would fill a football field 10 stories
                                                                                                    The holidays are right around the corner                                                                    you do with the tree after you’re done us-               Reduce Energy when decorating this sea-
                                                                                                   and as they near, teenagers everywhere are                                                                   ing it that can make all the difference.                 son -When decorating the outside of your
                                                                                                   beginning to ask for their favorite “must-                                                                    While plastic trees are sometimes discarded             house and your Christmas tree you can use
                                                                                                   have gifts”. With all the new technology
                                                                                                   on the rise, teens are craving the gadgets of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                at the end of their use, their plastic content
                                                                                                                                                                                                                makes them last forever in the landfill. How-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights. You can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         also minimize your light display and add              high, and requires the harvesting of
                                                                                                   2010. From iPod’s to pricey Mac comput-
                                                                                                   ers, teenagers far and wide are looking
                                                                                                   to their parents for these items during the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                ever, the fact that you can reuse them every
                                                                                                                                                                                                                year makes them both cost efficient and eco-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a light timer that will turn off you lights at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         whatever time you decide to set it - this will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         greatly help lower the cost of your energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               nearly 300,000 trees.
                                                                                                   holidays this year.                                                                                            “I have used a fake Christmas tree for 10              bill. Now who doesn’t want to save a little
                                                                                                    The CHAT asked several students what                                                                        years and I think it is much greener than                moola? This way your Christmas lights don’t
                                                                                                   they wanted for the holidays, and almost                                                                     throwing away a tree every year,” says                   stay on throughout the night while no one is           So go green this holiday and save money. In the process you’ll conserve energy and our
                                                                                                   all of them said they were looking forward                                                                   PPCHS principal Mr. Bayer.                               enjoying them.                                        natural resources and still enjoy your holiday season in a more natural, green way.
                                                                                                   to receiving an electronic device. Adoles-
                                                                                                   cents have gone from wanting hula hoops
                                                                                                   and footballs to wanting pricey electronics,
                                                                                                   especially this year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Comforting air with a natural care                                                                             How to be a green gift-giving teen
                                                                                                    Whether it is a laptop or phone, students
                                                                                                   will definitely be asking for electronic de-                                                                                                                                                                                Nicolette Sponer                                   star, heart, or square even- and they make
                                                                                                   vices for the holidays this year. These fancy                                                                                                                                                                               NEWS EDITOR                                        perfect air fresheners! There’s no baking in-
                                                                                                   gadgets have caught the eye of teenagers                                                                                                                                                                                      Around the holidays, students are scram-         volved, just let the ornaments dry for four to
                                                                                                   around the globe and companies every-             Awesome gadgets: Students are looking forward to the                                                                                                                      bling to find gifts for parents, family mem-       five days and voila! The perfect holiday gift.
                                                                                                   where don’t plan to stop this any time soon.      holidays for the gifts they are hoping to receive. PhoTo                                                                                                                  bers, and friends. Once they have the perfect        For those of you who aren’t so confident
                                                                                                                                                     By loRRAINE oyolA                                                                                                                                                         presents, a huge sigh of relief is emitted. The    in the kitchen- it’s okay, you’re still loved,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               gifts students usually end up buying, how-         websites like and
                                                                                                   Most wanted gadgets for the holidays                                                                                                                                                                                        ever, are not eco-friendly. There are easy and feature cute organic,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               simple ways to find or even make eco-friend-       eco-friendly and recycled products.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ly items for your loved ones.                        Regardless of what your gift ideas are, take
                                                                                                   1. Fourth generation iPod touch.                                                                                                                                                                                              Donating to organizations, such as The De-       time to remember Mother Earth and go green
                                                                                                   Apple has taken the world by storm and is continuing                                                                                                                                                                        fenders of Wildlife (, in your       this holiday season.
                                                                                                   to do so with latest iTouch. Teens and children every-                                                                                                                                                                      friend or family member’s name
                                                                                                   where are begging their parents for this cool gadget and                                                                                                                                                                    is a great way to stay eco-friend-
                                                                                                   many are expecting to receive one in their Christmas                                                                                                                                                                        ly, fight a cause, and give a gift.
                                                                                                   stocking this year. The iPod includes a camera, a re-                                                                                                                                                                       The Defenders of Wildlife is a
                                                                                                   cording device that lets you communicate with friends                                                                                                                                                                       national, nonprofit membership
                                                                                                   easily, and many more features.                                                                                                                                                                                             organization dedicated to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               protection of all native animals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and plants in their natural com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               munities. They work to protect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and restore America’s native
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               wildlife, and your contribution
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               will assist them in their goal.
                                                                                                   2. Blackberry Storm                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you are more of an artsy per-
                                                                                                   Almost every student nowadays has a blackberry, even                                                                                                                                                                        son, a homemade eco-friendly
                                                                                                   parents and teachers are looking into getting this inter-                                                                                                                                                                   gift is a perfect fit. Making cin-
                                                                                                   esting gadget. It has a built-in 5MP camera, enhanced                                                                                                                                                       PhoTo FRom lG   namon ornaments by mixing
                                                                                                   browsing, and even a high-resolution touch screen.                                                           Alexandra Mangano                                        er-harnessing technology to provide con-              organic applesauce and ground
                                                                                                                                                                                                                STAFF WRITER                                             sumers with clean, crisp air. “Just last week,        cinnamon is easy and ador-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Today’s society is full of citizens concerned           my parents purchased the Lennox SunSource             able. Mix one cup of the or-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                about the environment. Eco-friendly prod-                system, and have saved money ever since. It           ganic applesauce with one cup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                ucts shoot off the shelves promising a small-            is important for my family to reduce their bill       of ground cinnamon, creating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                er carbon foot print and a cheaper bill. Living          because of the tough times we are in now,”            dough that should be the con-
                                                                                                   3. Mac Computers                                                                                             in the “sunshine state” requires a dependable            states Sophomore Alexa Quintana                       sistency of cookie dough. Roll
                                                                                                   Apple has continued to succeed with the invention of                                                         A.C. system. It’s usually more problematic                 The Lennox Sun Source uses a single 190-            the dough out on a cookie sheet
                                                                                                   the ultra-thin and super sleek Macbook Pro. It includes                                                      during the summer, but things have changed               watt solar panel which provides power to as-          until it’s about ¼ inch thick. Cut
                                                                                                   a multi-touch track pad, wireless Bluetooth technology,                                                      since our modernized civilization has created            sist the fan motor that moves air across the          the dough with whatever cookie
                                                                                                   and the ability to zoom in on your documents with a                                                          high-tech appliances. LG has combined both               outdoor coil that cools the air in your house.        cutters you please, making sure
                                                                                                   pinch of your finger. This laptop is the best gift for any                                                   these ideas to produce Lennox SunSource, a               Even on shady days, the Lennox SunSource              to leave a hole at the top so that
                                                                                                   tech-savvy teen and will be on many Christmas lists                                                          cost-effective and eco-friendly air condition-           takes in the available solar resources and re-        you can tie a ribbon. These or- Be Green! Students are beginning to become enviromentaly concious
                                                                                                   this year.                                                                                                   ing system. It uses state of the art solar pow-          duces energy usage.                                                                       and giving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               naments aren’t solely for Christ- FlETchER gifts that are good for the environment. PhoTo By GAIl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               mas trees; cut out any shape- a
Environmental                       20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         21 Environmental
December 2010                        Chillin at Charter:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pass the tofurky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         December 2010

  How to be a green gift-giving teen New ice banks to keep PPCHS cool
  Nicolette Sponer                                           applesauce and ground cinnamon is easy and
  NEWS EDITOR                                                adorable. Mix one cup of the organic apple-
     Around the holidays, students are scram-                sauce with one cup of ground cinnamon, cre-
  bling to find gifts for parents, family mem-               ating dough that should be the consistency
  bers, and friends. Once they have the perfect              of cookie dough. Roll the dough out on a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Enrique Batista
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           STAFF WRITER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Red, white and green salad
  presents, a huge sigh of relief is emitted. The            cookie sheet until it’s about ¼ inch thick. Cut                                                                                                                                 Being a vegetarian can be tough
  gifts students usually end up buying, how-                 the dough with whatever cookie cutters you                                                                                                                                    during the holiday season. The
  ever, are not eco-friendly. There are easy and             please, making sure to leave a hole at the top                                                                                                                                worst part can be denying the                                                                                                                            o 1 medium bunch arugula
  simple ways to find or even make eco-friend-               so that you can tie a ribbon. These ornaments                                                                                                                                 pot-roast that grandma made or                                                                                                                           o 1 med head radicchio
  ly items for your loved ones.                              aren’t solely for Christmas trees; cut out any                                                                                                                                the stuffed turkey that dad spent 6                                                                                                                      o 2 heads Belgian endive
    Donating to organizations, such as The De-               shape- a star, heart, or square even- and they                                                                                                                                hours baking and 24 hours mari-                                                                                                                          o ½ cucumber, sliced
  fenders of Wildlife (, in your               make perfect air fresheners! There’s no bak-                                                                                                                                  nating. So what’s a vegetarian to                                                                                                                        o 1½ c cherry tomatoes
  friend or family member’s name is a great                  ing involved, just let the ornaments dry for                                                                                                                                  do when you are faced with this                                                                                                                          o 1½ c white mushrooms
  way to stay eco-friendly, fight a cause, and               four to five days and voila! The perfect holi-                                                                                                                                situation? Take matters into your
  give a gift. The Defenders of Wildlife is a                day gift.                                                                                                                                                                     own hands. Cook for a change!                                                                                                                         Wash the lettuces, pat dry, trim, and tear
  national, nonprofit membership organization                  For those of you who aren’t so confident                                                                                                                                    That way, you can offer them                                                                                                                        into bite-size pieces. Toss them together in
  dedicated to the protection of all native ani-             in the kitchen- it’s okay, you’re still loved,                                                                                                                                something instead of waiting for                                                                                                                    the bowl, and then top them with the veg-
  mals and plants in their natural communities.              websites like and                                                                                                                                       them to feed you. Plan it ahead of                                                                                                                  etables.
  They work to protect and restore America’s        feature cute organic,                   Mysterious ice: Students are curious to know what these ice banks are going to be used for. Photo By Gail Fletcher   time and it’s easy! Here are some                                                                                                                     Serve with vinaigrette on the side, or you
  native wildlife, and your contribution will                eco-friendly and recycled products.                                                                                                                                           traditional recipes that have been                                                                                                                  can toss the salad with a few T of vinaigrette
  assist them in their goal.                                   Regardless of what your gift ideas are, take           Erin Jones                                                totaling about $787 billion to purchase posi-
                                                                                                                      TECHNOLOGY EDITOR                                         tive, beneficial products that will in turn help           tweaked to create a vegetarian                                                                                                                      and serve immediately.
    If you are more of an artsy person, a home-              time to remember Mother Earth and go green                                                                                                                                    friendly menu!
  made eco-friendly gift is a perfect fit. Mak-              this holiday season.                                        Most students and faculty alike have no                them save or generate money and jobs.
  ing cinnamon ornaments by mixing organic                                                                            idea what the 22 tall silver machines lining                The Ice Banks will be joining the outdoor
                                                                                                                      the northern side of the U-building are.                  classroom, smart light saving system, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo By Gail Fletcher
                                                                                                                        “I thought those had something to do with               recycling plan to help make PPCHS an eco-
                                                                                                                      water towers,” says Junior Andrea Orhiuela.               friendly school.
                                                                                                                         “I thought it looked like a some sort of                 “As part of our initiative to have a greener
                                                                                                                      weird machine,” said Junior William Albino.
                                                                                                                         Those massive silver machines happen to
                                                                                                                      be a part of Pembroke Pines Charter High
                                                                                                                                                                                school, this is a great addition [to PPCHS].
                                                                                                                                                                                It’s helping us cover our carbon foot print,”
                                                                                                                                                                                says Principal Bayer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ginger bread Salad vinaigrette
                                                                                                                      School’s intuitive to go green. They are                    With more than 1,500 students, numerous
                                                                                                                      called Calmac Ice Banks and are going to                  teachers and Florida International Univer-                                                                                                                                                                         o ¼ c vinegar
                                                                                                                      be used to cool the U-building, one of the                sity (FIU) students and faculty using the U-                                                                                                                                                                       o ½ c olive oil
                                                                                                                      largest buildings on campus, during the day               building every day, the Ice Banks will allow                                                                                                                     o 1 c plus 2 tsp wheat flour                      o 1 Tb lemon juice
                                                                                                                      time. The Ice Banks store and freeze water                PPCHS to cover a major carbon foot print.                                                                                                                        o 1 c white flour                                 o 1 tsp Dijon mustard
                                                                                                                      at night during off-peak hours (9 a.m. to 10              By just being in the U-building and enjoying                                                                                                                     o 2 tsp baking powder                             o 1 tsp light brown
                                                                                                                      a.m., Monday through Friday) when electric-               the cool air, they will be saving the planet                                                                                                                     o 1 tsp baking soda                               o 1-2 tsp soy sauce
                                                                                                                      ity is least expensive and in less use. During            one breeze of hybrid air at a time.                                                                                                                              o ½ tsp salt                                      o 1 tsp minced rosemary
                                                                                                                      the day, on-peak hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)                                                                                                                                                                                 o 1 Tb ginger, ground                             o 3 cloves garlic minced
                                                                                                                      is when electricity is the most expensive and                                                                                                                                                                              o ½ tsp cloves, ground                            o ½ tsp ground pepper
                                                                                                                      in high use, the Ice Banks will melt the ice                                                                                                                                                                               o ¼ tsp cinnamon, ground
                                                                                                                      it stored the night before use it to cool the                                                                                                                                                                              o ½ c canola oil
                                                                                                                      U-building. This process, known as hybrid                                                                                                                                                                                  o 1 c maple syrup
                                                                                                                      cooling, will be the sole provider of air con-                                                                                                                                                                             o ½ c molasses
                                                                                                                      ditioning for the building.                                                                                                                                                                                                o 1 c milk or plain soy milk
                                                                                                                        “It’s an old school processes used in the old                                                                                                                                                                            o 1 Tb apple cider vinegar
                                                                                                                      days,” says Principal Bayer of the Ice Bank                                                                                                                                                                                o 2 Tb vanilla extract
                                                                                                                      process, “I’m interested to see how it works,
                                                                                                                      if students are going to feel either too hot or
                                                                                                                      too cold.”
                                                                                                                        Although the Ice Banks aren’t hooked up                                                                                                                                                                                 Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder,
                                                                                                                      to the U-building just yet, they are expected                                                                                                                                                                          salt, and spices into bowl and whisk together.
                                                                                                                      to be up and running by 2011. They will be                                                                                                                                                                               In another bowl or blender, whisk or blend
                                                                                                                      saving PPCHS a lot of money when it comes                                                                                                                                                                              oil, syrup, molasses, milk, vinegar, and va-
                                                                                                                      to the school’s electric bill, which is usually                                                                                                                                                                        nilla until oily blobs are suspended in liquid.
                                                                                                                      about $800,000 a year. The use of hybrid                                                                                                                                                                                Whisk the wet mixture into the dry until just
                                                                                                                      cooling instead of electric cooling will result                                                                                                                                                                        barely mixed. Batter will be wet and sticky.        Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl,
                                                                                                                      in about a 1/3rd of a savings on the bill.                                                                                                                                                                               Preheat oven to 350.                            bottle, or cruet, and whisk or shake until well
                                                                                                                        The Ice Banks will also be saving the en-                                                                                                                                                                              Oil pan(s) and line with parchment paper.       mixed. If you use sliced garlic, it will just sit
                                                                                                                      vironment by reducing polluting emissions,                                                                                                                                                                             Half-fill the pan(s) with batter. Bake 35 min-    at the bottom of the jar, gradually improving
                                                                                                                      delaying the demand for more power plants,                                                                                                                                                                             utes for small pans, 55 for large. Gingerbread    the taste of the dressing.
                                                                                                                      and by conserving energy.                                                                                                                                                                                              is ready when a toothpick or knife inserted         Whisk or shake the dressing immediately
                                                                                                                        “I think it’s amazing our school is willing                                                  Saving the                                                                                                              into center comes out clean.                      before each serving.
                                                                                                                      to save the environment in this way,” said                                                     environment
                                                                                                                      freshman Nikki Brito.                                                                          one tank at a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     time: Students are
                                                                                                                        The Ice Banks were delivered in the sum-                                                     happy to know
                                                                                                                      mer by crane and were purchased with a                                                         that our school
  Teens going green: Charter Students adopt the practice of giving environmentally friendly gifts for the holidays.   $500,000 grant given to PPCHS from the                                                         is catious about                                                                             Photo By Gail Fletcher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Pot pie
  Photo By taylor Neita
                                                                                                                      American Recovery and Reinvestment Act                                                         the environemt.
                                                                                                                      (ARRA) of 2009. The ARRA was imple-                                                            Photos By Gail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fletcher (toP)
                                                                                                                      mented by the Obama administration to help                                                     aNd FaBiaNa GoN-
                                                                                                                      jumpstart the sagging economy by providing                                                     zalez (leFt)
                                                                                                                      homeowners, businesses, and educational                                                                                   o 1 Tb butter
                                                                                                                      institutions across the country with grants                                                                               o 6 c assorted vegetables, thinly sliced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  or diced.                                   Melt the butter in the saucepan; add the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Some ideas:                                     vegetables and sauté over medium heat, stir-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - bell peppers                                  ring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add garlic and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - carrots                                       continue sautéing for another 5 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - celery                                          Sprinkle flour on top and continue cooking,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - corn                                          stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - green beans                                    Gradually add the warm liquid, stirring con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - leeks                                         stantly, until sauce thickens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - onions                                          Add thyme and parsley and continue cook-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - peas                                          ing until all of the vegetables are tender,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - potatoes                                      about 10 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - spinach                                       then transfer vegetables to the baking cas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - tomatoes                                      serole.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - zucchini                                        Preheat oven to 400.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                o 1 clove garlic, minced                     Make the pie crust dough, then roll it into a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                o ¼ c flour                                circle slightly larger than the casserole. Lay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                o 3 c warm veggie stock                    on top of the vegetables, without sealing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                o ½ tsp thyme                              edges.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                o 2 Tb fresh parsley, minced                 Place in oven and bake until filling is bub-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                o 1 tsp salt or soy sauce                  bling and crust is golden brown, 20-30 min-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                o black pepper                             utes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                o 1 pie crust
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo By GooGle
          Fashion             22                                                                                                                                                                           The opinions shared in these columns express the views of only the writers of their respective columns, and do not neccesarilly rep-                          23 Columns
December 2010                                                                                                                                                                                              resent the views of PPCHS students, staff, faculty, and administration, nor do they neccesarily represent the views of the rest of The
                                                                                                                                                                                                           CHAT staff, editors, writers and layout artists.                                                                                                                        December 2010

 Accessories assist in uniform revamp                                                                                                                                                                                                                Julia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Baca                                                Time of the month? Try again
 Nicolette Sponer                                  wards the uniforms. Many think of them as          colorful and it makes my uniform look better.” a great self-image. It is how people know
 NEWS EDITOR                                       boring and monochromatic, in need of color            However, the popular reason for accessories you; by what you wear and what you say.”
             In a school where uniforms are a      and pizzazz. The word uniforms itself just         is a need to be different. At our school, students With his red scarf, red shoes, red watch, red
 must, students strive to make themselves          screams “blah!” Junior Alexandra Rivas             are forced to wear the same thing as everyone sweater, matching bracelet and belt, and do
 stand out in a sea of maroon, black, white,       says. “I accessorize to make our uniform look      else: khaki bottoms and a uniform top. This calls not forget the glasses, Louis is a perfect ex-                                                           COLUMNIST
 and grey. At PPCHS, teens pride themselves        better. [The uniforms] are too boring!” This       for the need                                                                      ample of in-
 not on their clothes, but on their accessories.   is where the bright pink Converse and elec-        to        acces-                                                                  dividualism.
 Boys and girls alike find ways to accessorize,    tric blue nail polish come in handy for some.      sorize        and                                                                     There are        Women are creatures with reputations for             you do every day. To say it is their fault            with both people involved. Women are just        girl” come out of a female’s mouth I would
 while still following the Broward County          For sophomore Feda Fitian, she spices up her       show off our                                                                      a      plethora    being overly complicated, emotional, and               that you spend so much time on your ap-               as capable as men of making mistakes and         be pretty rich. Women should never doubt
 Dress Code of course. Colorful Vans, glittery     uniform with different colored hijabs, or tra-     unique style.                                                                     of     different   weak. And while these are just generaliza-             pearance is outlandish when really it is you          hurting someone. If we want to be equal          themselves or think they are incapable of
 headbands, vibin’ necklaces, and statement        ditional Muslim head covering. “I love to be       Junior       Jane                                                                 kinds of ac-       tions that the media, men, and sometimes               who wants to look good.                               to men, pretending that they have over-          doing something just because of their gen-
 rings are a                                                                                          Somuah says                                                                       cessories,         even women themselves make about the                     The reason behind a girl’s desire to look           whelming power over us isn’t the way to          der. A woman can do anything that a man
 must among                                                                                           she makes her                                                                     from the usual     female population, the actions of some                 perfect is a personal thing, not one that you         make that happen. The way to make that           can do.
 the students.                                                                                        style     known                                                                   necklaces and      make these assumptions appear to be true.              can blame on the entire male population.              happen is by owning up to our faults and         That being said, many girls just do this
 Sophomore                                                                                            by “wearing                                                                       bracelets to       We women sometimes make it very hard                                                                                                                          because it can get them out of a situation
 Isabella                                                                                             cute      sweat-                                                                  the unconven-      to dig ourselves out of these holes that so-                                                                                                                  they don’t want to be in, not necessarily
 Delgado                                                                                              ers over my                                                                       tional     belts   ciety has us grouped into. If we want to be                                                                                                                   because they don’t think they are capable.
 is      known                                                                                        uniform shirt,                                                                    and socks. By      equals to men, we cannot put ourselves on                                                                                                                     I’ve heard girls try to get out of something
 among her                                                                                            headbands,                                                                        wearing ac-        pedestals, we cannot blame everything on                                                                                                                      as simple as washing their own cars, say-
 friends for                                                                                          and shoes to                                                                      cessories, not     the opposite sex, and we cannot use our                                                                                                                       ing it’s “a man’s job”. Another thing that
 the fashion-                                                                                         match.” Senior                                                                    only are we        gender as an excuse for things.                                                                                                                               girls often do to excuse their behavior is
 able rings                                                                                           J e s s i c a                                                                     spicing up our       Being a girl, I have had my fair share of                                                                                                                   blaming it on that monthly gift that we are
 she wears.                                                                                           Crain        dyes                                                                 uniform, but       moments where I think “boys suck”. It is                                                                                                                      sent by Mother Nature. If they realize that
 “I         love                                                                                      h       e       r                                                                 we are show-       very easy to point the finger at men when                                                                                                                     they were rude to someone or are being
 my       rings!                                                                                      h     a    i    r                                                                 ing to oth-        the going gets rough, but girls need to re-                                                                                                                   cranky they’ll just pull the old PMS card.
 They’re                                                                                              partially pink                                                                    ers what our       alize that what is easy isn’t always what’s                                                                                                                   Now being a girl, I too would like to use
 mainly the                                                                                           “because ev-                                                                      personal style     right. I’ve heard girls blame anything from                                                                                                                   this as an excuse as it is a hassle and is a
 only         ac-                                                                                     eryone looks                             Photo By taylor Neita                    is and taking      their self-image issues to their inappropri-                                                                                                                  very easy ticket out of an unfortunate situa-
 cessory        I                                                                                     the same, I                                                                       the opportu-       ate behavior on boys. You can’t use some-                                                                                                                     tion. However, we control our own actions
 wear,” says                                                                                          want to look                                                                      nity to stand      body else, especially a gender as a whole,                                                                                                                    and can’t just use this to justify all our bad
 Delgado.                                                                                             different.” At our age, being different is a out. Pembroke Pines Charter High School                 to be the reason behind every problem you                                                                                                                     moods just because it’s there. It makes girls
   One reason                                                                                         good thing. You stand out in a crowd, and ac- is limited with uniforms, yet blessed with             have ever had. I’ve heard friends of mine                                                                                                                     look whiny and emotional. All I want is for
 for the awe-                                                                                         cesorizing school uniforms helps achieve that. the fact that the students have the chance to         blame the reason they cake make up all                                                                                                                        men to recognize the emotional strength
 some acces-                                                                                          Many guys also find the necessity to infuse accessorize like crazy. The uniform policy               over their faces on boys. They say that if                                                                                                                    that girls can have, and using things like
 sories is the                                                                                        their personal style, even if they won’t admit isn’t changing any time soon, might as well           boys didn’t expect them to look perfect all                                                                                                                   our feminine problems to help us out when
 s t u d e n t ’s                                     Photo By taylor Neita                           it. However, freshman Beeloochee Louis ex- make the best of it and show off your ear-                the time they wouldn’t feel the need to put                                                                                                                   we are being mean isn’t the way to get that
 feeling to-                                                                                          citedly admits, “I feel it is important to have rings, nail polish, shoes, and personality.          make up on or straighten their hair or be so           Another thing is that girls are constantly            being independent!                               done.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           skinny. The thing is, if you actually talk to          blaming boys for problems in their rela-                I am all for the feminist cause, obviously       So ladies, if we want to feel as equal as
                                                                                                                                                                                                           a boy, almost none like it when a girl wears           tionships and assuming the worst about                wanting women to be equal to men. Be-            men then we have to act like we’re as equal

  Gaga over shoulder pads
                                                                                                                                                                                                           a lot of makeup. Not to mention that most              them. Attention ladies! Men are human be-             cause I want this, I try to never use my         as men! Using anything we can find to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           guys do not even notice or care about your             ings just like you and I. They don’t have             gender, no matter how convenient it may          point the finger at the male population and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           daily routine of just a little bit of eye liner        a master plan to ruin your lives and a re-            be, as an excuse for absolutely anything.        using our status as the weaker sex to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and lip gloss. Chances are if you didn’t               lationship takes the effort of two people;            If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard      out of situations is not the way to do that.

                                                                                                       What truly signifies “swag”
  Bianca Rodriguez
                                                                                                                                                                                                           wear any they’d say you look the same as               therefore, problems that occur have to do             something along the lines of “I can’t, I’m a
   Who says things never come back into style?
  Well the newest craze is a style that was well
  too known in the eighties - shoulder pads. A                                                         Isabella Jones                                     I would almost like to associate the expres-
  fad that many would think would have dis-
  appeared for good is back and they’re big-
                                                                                                       FEATURES EDITOR
                                                                                                        “Swag”: a remark I feel is used way too
                                                                                                                                                        sion “swag” with the unofficial word “hip-
                                                                                                                                                        ster”, or someone who is effortlessly cool,                                                  Ishin                                                    It’s too late for me,
  ger than ever. Many celebrities we admire in                                                        habitually to describe a style that is not, as    edgy, and gives off a sort of urban bohemian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              but my future children will believe
  the entertainment world today are wearing                                                           a matter a fact, “swag” at all. You are well-     look. These are the teens who participate in
  shoulder pads underneath and over their                                                             aware of the typical “swag” fanatics that sad-    weekly thrift store raids, garage-sale bargain
  clothes! Today’s designers                                                                          ly flood the halls of PPCHS. These boys wear      hunting, and antique shop fervent-buying.
  have made the shoulder pad                                                                          brightly colored cardigans, skinny khakis,          I also feel that if you possess “swag”, you
  trend more modern by em-                                                                            wooden rosaries, G-shocks, an assortment of       would certainly never be seen in the typi-                                                                COLUMNIST
  bellishing them and the trend                                                                       sneakers received from Dunk Xchange, and          cal stores: Pacsun, Zumiez, Love Culture,
  has caught on fast. Not only are                                                                    sagging Jansport backpacks, that, as a col-       American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch,                  That’s right, it’s December, and we all             of a lot of things, like a career, starting a          Here’s where most parents get lazy. Some-       their sanity, and, once all rational thought
  fashion icons and celebrities from                                                                  lection, are an awful mix with the uniform.       Aéropostale, Hollister, or shoe stores such        love December. It’s the month with the two             family, finding a place to live. But I think          times, kids bring home “reindeer food” to        has been burnt out, only one thought will
  Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift rock-                                                                     And when it comes to the ladies’ “swag”,          as Foot Locker and Journeys. You would in-         best holidays of the year: Christmas and, of           one of the most important things to think             sprinkle in the front lawn. I’ll re-collect it   remain: “Santa is real.” Well, either that
  ing these shoulder pads but the girls                                                               the neon socks paired with moccasins craze,       stead spend your money in trendy and wor-          course, Kenyan Independence Day! Ken-                  about is how you will handle Christmas.               in a bag and burn it in an incinerator. No       or “Daddy is a god.” I’m okay with either,
  here at PPCHS are rocking them too.                                                                 along with Forever 21 accessories matched         thy stores, such as Topshop, H&M, American         ya dig that?                                           My question to you all is, in this world that         way is my kid going to be disappointed on        actually.
            Shoulder pads were evident                                                                with oddly colored Vans or flimsy ballet flats    Apparel, and Urban Outfitters. You would              Now, while we may not all celebrate                 destroys more and more childhood magic                Christmas morning because Blitzen and              Of course, I can’t know what they really
  at this year’s homecoming – a bevy                                                                  obsession are simply put: not cute nor swag!      also invade your parents’ closets for any          Christmas (or Kenyan Independence Day,                 every day, how far will you go to keep your           Rudolph didn’t find his Wolfgang Puck-           want unless I have some kind of way to
  of bedazzled forms and raised shoul-                                                                 Although I’m positive the majority of teens,     out-dated yet especially fashionable cloth-        for that matter), we all know Santa Claus,             kids believing in Santa Claus? Will you go            inspired reindeer food to their liking.          keep tabs on them. I can pay some other
  ders made the girls look taller and                                                                 at least the ones dwelling in South Florida,      ing items that date back to the 80s, 70s, and      that jolly old man that can somehow magi-              all out and completely fool them for years,             When the kids wake up, they will see the       students in their school, but, I can also take
  leaner than ever. This fashion                                                                      would willingly disagree with me, I per-          quite possibly even the 60s, because the old-      cally appear simultaneously in over 2,000              or just not care and hand them presents               living room window busted in, the milk           an easy way out and bug their phones and
  trend, as worn by the unique Lady                                                                   sonally feel that the term “swag” should be       er the piece appears, the more “swag” it has.      malls nationwide. Even though I don’t                  yourself at midnight? If you think you’re             and cookies gone, and a note left under the      monitor their Facebook messages. It’s only
  Gaga, mimics the look of an army                                                                    used to describe anything that is atypical,        Sadly enough, PPCHS only contains “wan-           come from a Christian family, we still cel-            the latter, I suggest you also buy a plastic          Christmas tree. The note will be written in      because I love them.
  colonel’s jacket with their achieve-                                                                unique, and a little bit off-beat, and someone    nabee” swag fans. If they only stopped rock-       ebrated Christmas. Just like most Ameri-                                                                                                                         Now those are just some of the things
  ments and embellishments proudly dis-
  played. As with the trend in the eight-
                                                                                                      with “swag” would certainly not be fear-          ing the classic looks, and started going against   cans. And I loved Christmas for the pres-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ents. Just like most Americans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They’ll doubt their sanity, and, once all rational                                                     I’ll do to ensure nothing but utter belief in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Santa. I mean, it’s the least I can do for my
  ies, the chance this fad will stay around
                                                                                                      ful of going against the mainstream style.        the grain when it came to fashion, they would
                                                                                                                                                        certainly be marked as cool in my book.              When I was a kid, I adored Santa Claus.              thought has been burnt out, only one thought will                                                      future children. When reality starts hitting
  for long is slim, but at least while it’s
  here, we can take it on and look good!
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Not because he gave me presents, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                           because he somehow managed to travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  remain: “Santa is real.” Well, either that or “Dad-                                                    them in the face as they grow older and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         they realize that, in the midst of holiday
                                                        Phioto by Google                                                                                                                                   around millions upon millions of homes in              dy is a god.” I’m okay with either, actually.                                                          festivities, there are still so many unsolved
                                                                                                                                                                                                           one night. Even as a clueless little young-                                                                                                                   problems in the world – crime, hunger,

 Fashion Polls
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ling I had enough mathematical sense to                bowl because you’ll probably end up as                lemon juice, so that it stays invisible until    standardized testing – it’ll do well to have
                                                                                                                                                                                                           know that a mere mortal couldn’t do that.              one of those boring people that leave candy           it is microwaved. What they get is a mix of      some magic they             can hold on to.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Supposing that his nine, mechanically-                 sitting outside their homes on Halloween.             realism and magic. Score.                            By the way,
                                                          Poll taken by Isabella Jones and Nicolette Sponer
                                                                                                                                                                                                           engineered superreindeer could manage to                 As for me, I plan to raise my kids so they             When my kids start getting cynical and        my Kenyan

                                                          We interviewed 50 students with several questions about fashion. Here are the most interesting results:                                          travel fast enough to hit all those houses,            are still believers when they are 64. Now,            doubting of Santa, I’ll turn their minds         Independence
                                                                                                                                                                                                           he would still have to come in, find the               it won’t be easy, as each generation of kids          against themselves. One day, near Christ-        Day       parties
                                                                                                                                                                                                           stockings or the tree, and eat some kid’s              get more and more tech-savvy and cynical.             mas time, the little buggers will open up the    are going to

                                                                                                                                                                                                           cookies. And what perplexed me the most                Here are some of my plans to ensure total             closet to see what looks like half-wrapped       be so “live,”
                                     say they don’t
                                                                Do you accesorize your uniform?                                                                    say having the latest                   was how he managed to get into our house.              dominance over their fragile little minds;            gifts – “Awesome, just what I wanted, the        it’ll shut the
                                                                                                                                                                   trend is a necessity                    We didn’t have a chimney and we locked                 you may adapt them as you wish as well!               complete set of The Fresh Prince!” – and         neighborhood
                                     have swag                                                                                                                                                             all our doors. He was my idol.                           The first thing I will do is make sure my           their belief in Santa will be shattered. Once    down. Hit me
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The disappointment I felt when I found               kids stay asleep. There is no point in set-           present opening time comes, I’ll simply          up.

                                                                           58% Yes!                                                                                                                        out that Santa Claus was not real, there-              ting up elaborate plans if the kids just wake         watch in amusement as their “pretend” ex-

                    87%                                                                                                                   55%
                                                                                                                                                                                                           fore, was intense. It was so intense I ex-             up to see me plant their presents.                    citement turns into genuine confusion as
                                                                                                                                                                     say having the latest                 changed that year’s gifts for box sets of                Now, Santa is magical, but he would be              they open up the wrapping to find some-

                                                                            No 42%
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead. After that,             more realistic and believable if there was            thing totally different – say, a zombie in-
                                                                                                                                                                     trend is not a necessity              school, technology, and the media success-             some method of entry. That can quickly                vasion survival kit? – and go nuts.
                    say they do have swag                                                                                                                                                                  fully eliminated every other magical being.            be fabricated if I just introduce my living           They’ll doubt
                                                                                                                                                                                                             As we grow older, it’s important to think            room window to my spinning 540 kick.
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