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                                         the saratoga falcon                                                                                         Friday     December 4, 2009
An Independent School Publication
                                                                                                                                        Vol. 50, No. 4
                                                                                                                                                     DISTRICT BUDGET

  New electives, new books?                                                                                                               DEFICIT
                                                                                                     FALCON POLL
                                                                                                                                          TO REACH
                                                                                                   Do you support the idea
                                                                                                   of adding English elec-
                                                                                                                                                    by Rebecca Nguyen
                                                                                                   73% This is a great idea.                          and Anna Shen

                                                                                                   When does it start?                          aratoga and Los Gatos High Schools
                                                                                                                                                will be facing at least a $1.6 million
                                                                                                   23% Interesting Idea, but                    deficit during the 2010-2011 academ-
                                                                                                   I have some concerns.
                                                                                                                                          ic school year and are looking for ways
                                                                                                   4% This is a terrible idea.            to solve the problem during the next few
                                                                                                                                          months. Potential changes include larger
                                                                                                   Poll based on a survey of              class sizes, staff layoffs, pay cuts and
                                                                                                   796 students across all                furloughs, fewer instructional supplies,
                                                                                                   grade levels.                          reduced options and a schedule alignment
                                                                                                       —the English Department            between the two schools.
                                                                                                                                             “[Los Gatos Saratoga Union High
                                                                                                                                          School District] is a very fiscally sound
                                                                                                                                          district,” said principal Jeff Anderson.
                                                                                                                                          “We get audited every year, and our [ac-
                                                                                                                                          counts] are always in good shape. [The
                                                                                                                                          deficit] is really related to the state budget;
                                                                                                                                          this is the effect that we’re feeling.”
                                                                                                                                             Although the 2009-2010 budget will be
                                                                                                                                          balanced, the budget for 2010-2011 contin-
                                                                                                                           Arnav Dugar    ues to look grim because of cuts in state
                                                                                                                                          categorical funding and less revenue from
                                                                                                                                          local property taxes, according to district
  ENGLISH DEPARTMENT CONSIDERS NEW ELECTIVES-BASED CURRICULUM                                                                             superintendent Cary Matsuoka.
                                                                                                                                             Because of California’s budget crisis,
  THAT WOULD OFFER A VARIETY OF LITERARY GENRES FOR UPPERCLASSMEN                                                                         many districts within the state are again
                                                                                                                                          receiving fewer funds. As the state cut
             by Vivian LeTran                    English department chair Jason              English curriculum.                          educational funding, it imposed a 20
            and Emily Williams                Friend said the proposed electives                “They wouldn't actually be electives      percent cut across most categorical funds

                                              would include semester-long classes            that you would take in addition to your      in all school districts. Basic Aid districts
        his year the English department       that focus more on specific subjects,          regular English classes; they would ful-     such as LGSUHSD receive all of their
        decided to explore the idea of        increasing the options for students and        fill your English requirements for your       general funding from local property tax
        adding new English electives to       teachers. The classes would be an alter-       junior and senior years,” said Friend.       and avoided some of the cuts that affected
  the curriculum as an alternative to the     native choice for students who prefer             If the department does decide to go       non-Basic Aid districts this year.
  current courses available for juniors       specific genres of literature, such as
  and seniors.                                non-fiction or fantasy, to the standard           see ENGLISH ELECTIVES, p. 3                            see BUDGET, p. 5

Girls’ tennis beats Monta Vista to win CCS, Norcal runner-up
            by Lauren Kuan                   their lineup this time around, and lost 4-3.    Falcons' problems.                           first CCS Girls' Team Tennis Champion-
            and Denise Lin                     “It was a close battle, but they pulled out      After a rainout, the Falcons faced        ship in school history, winning the CCS

                                             in the end,” said head coach Tom Uyehara.       St. Francis from Sacramento in the           Scholar Athlete Award and finishing
        fter winning CCS for the first       “The difference was the fact that we got off    second round on the second day.              as finalists in the CIF/NorCal Team
        time in school history, the girls'   to a slow start and played very flat com-           “[They were] a tough team that had        Tennis Championship,” said Uyehara.
        tennis team managed to end its       pared to when we played them in CCS.”           strength up and down their lineup,” said        The CCS Scholar Athlete Award is
season with a second-place finish at the          Although the team placed second, the        Uyehara. However, the players were able      given to the competing team in CCS which
CIF/Norcal Team Tennis Champion-             Falcons had to overcome many obstacles          to pull out a 5-2 win. Later, they lost to   has earned the highest collective GPA.
ship on Nov. 22. After beating longtime      during the tournament, including the            Monta Vista in the championship round.          “I think our team did really well and
rivals, Monta Vista, to win CCS on Nov.      loss of No. 1 singles player, senior Mika          On the first day, the Falcons had         the season overall was very good,” said
18, the Falcons weren't able to come         Padmanabhan, who had to forfeit her             a bye and they faced Pleasan-                junior Mary Edman.
away with a repeat victory against the       match after suffering from a high fever.        ton Valley, easily beating them 5-0.

Monta Vista Matadors, who changed            Strong winds and heavy rain added to the           “We had a great season winning the                    see TENNIS, p. 23

  OPINION                              SCHOOL SCOPE                       IN-DEPTH                             ENTERTAINMENT                                      SPORTS
            Balloon Boys’
                                                      pg. 14-15                                                         pg. 18-19
           parents sink to
                                                                            Follow the                                                              What’s up
              new lows                                                        rules?                                                                 with that
                                                                                                                                                   sports rule?!
                                                     We are the               pg. 16-17
  pg. 8                                              Champions                                                                                                pg. 20

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    N E W S                                                                                                                                                                                   Band marches to sixth place in championships
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               After the banquet awards brunch on

                                                                                                                                                                                                             by Vivien Lu
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and Ashley Tang                  Sunday morning and then a final per-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            formance, the students arrived home at
                                                                                                                                                                                                      he marching band placed sixth 11:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      in the Western Band Association          “The whole thing was definitely tiring,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Class Championships in Clovis on but a lot of fun,” said Chang.
MAP building to be completed in May                                                                                                                                                           Nov. 22.                                         The WBA Grand Championships was
                                                                                                                                                                                                  In total, there were around 90 schools unlike any other competition this year
   The construction for the 4,800-square-foot Multimedia Arts                                                                                                                                 from all over the state at the band compe- because it was the last tournament of the
Program (MAP) building located behind woodshop and the                                                                                                                                        tition, according to band director Duane season.
weight room began early September and is making progress.                                                                                                                                     Otani.                                           “It was dynamite,” said music direc-
The $2.2 million project's most current milestone has been the                                                                                                                                    Most schools in Division 5A consist of tor Michael Boitz. “We had a totally new
completion of the electrical work.                                                                                                                                                            at least 2,000 students or more; however, theme, both musically and visually. This
   “We had a few hiccups,” said media arts teacher Tony Palma.                                                                                                                                Saratoga only has 1,350 students, making year was very exciting because we tried
“In the process of the work, the equipment failed and there                                                                                                                                   the Saratoga band the underdog in the some things that we’ve never done be-
were some expenses in fixing that.”                                                                                                                                                            division.                                     fore.”
   This first problem arose when the construction workers re-                                                                                                                                      Even so, this disadvantage did not and       Students also performed better and
routed the primary PG&E electrical line for the MAP building.                                                                                                                                 could not affect the overall performance with more enthusiasm this year, due to
Another minor incident triggered the school's fire alarm system                                                                                                                                of the band.                                  many different reasons.
Oct. 22 during first period. Some students were puzzled by the                                                                                                                                     “I think it went very well and I’m really    “On our final run through, we were
unexpected and unexplained fire drill.                                                                                                                                                         proud of them,” Otani said. “The trip went really pumped because it was our last
   “I was in chem class when the alarm went off,” said sopho-                                                                                                                                 smoothly, and this year, the WBA even one. It was really obvious that they [the
more Megan Yen. “It was confusing because nobody really                                                                                                                                       treated everyone to a fireworks display.” students] were really energetic and into it
knew what was going on.”                                                                                                                                                   Grishma Athavale       On the day of the championships, while I conducting,” said Chang.
   Bosco confirmed the false alarm resulted from MAP build-                                                                                                                                    while all the bands were being recognized        During the final performance, the
                                                                       Seniors Annie Lee and Trevor Teerlink dine at the Hunger Banquet hosted by the leadership class on Nov. 18.
ing construction.                                                                                                                                                                             on the field,                                                         students’ energy

                                                                       The cranberry juice they are holding symbolizes the meal of the higher class.
   “[The construction workers] got too close to one of our sen-

                                                                       Hunger banquet opens
                                                                                                                                                                                              the WBA an-                                                           showed through,
sors and actually bumped into one of them,” said Bosco. Other                                                                                                                                 nounced to             Things really changed because of leading the band
than these relatively small issues, construction on the building                                                                                                                              the estimated            the new band director, Mr. Otani. to beat rivals
has been going smoothly.                                                                                                                                                                      10,000 people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     He pushed us to work harder dur- Homestead and

                                                                       eyes, raises awareness
   Bosco said, “These little issues may have set us back a few                                                                                                                                there to “look                                                        Amador.
weeks, but we're still pretty much on target for our completion                                                                                                                               skyward.”               ing rehearsals, which is the main                 “This time
day in late May [of 2010]. I think we've made it through the                                                                                                                                      Freshman             reason why I think we did better w a s d i ff e re n t
rough patch and I don't have any concerns at the moment.”                                                                                                                                     flutist Cathy                                                         because the
                                               —by Serena Chan                                                                                                                                Han said,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  than last year.”                  crowd was a lot
                                                                                                             class received a full three-course      starving.”                               “There were                                                           larger than usu-
English teacher hosts a Motif Fair                                             by Lauren Kuan
                                                                                                                                                                                              a whole ton of             —sophomore Cecilia Hollenhorst             al, which hyped

                                                                                                             meal complete with salad, pasta,           Afterward, students discussed
                                                                             very five seconds, a child       dessert and cranberry juice; the        their feelings about the issue. The      fireworks and                                                          everyone up,”
    The English department has often found that students do                                                                                                                                   it went on for what seemed like forever; I Han said. “Even though it was an exhaust-
not read the literature that they are assigned to read. In attempt           dies from starvation and        middle class got a small bowl of        banquet ended on a high note
                                                                             9.7 million children die        rice and beans and a cup of wa-         with a raffle of gift baskets cre-        don’t know how they could have afforded ing two day trip, it was worth it when we
to combat this lack of reading, new teacher Suzanne Herzman                                                                                                                                   all that, but I really enjoyed it.”           beat our rivals.”
had her English 11 honors students participate in a Motif Fair,        before they reach their fifth birth-   ter; and the low-income people          ated by leadership students. The
                                                                       day. Fifty percent of the people      received a handful of rice and a        tickets sold at the raffle generated          However, not everyone was as pleased         The marching band wrapped up a
which took place from Nov. 10 to 13.                                                                                                                                                          with the unexpected experience as Han memorable season.
    Herzman learned about the Motif Fair at a teachers’ confer-        in the world go to sleep hungry       cup of water.                           money that will go to Oxfam, an
                                                                       and 85 percent of the world live         Students from each class             organization that works to end           was.                                             “We had a really good performance
ence called National Counsel for Teachers of English. Ever since,                                                                                                                                 “Some of the people in our band were this year,” said sophomore Color Guard
Herzman has done the Motif Fair every year and tries to “bring         in low-income households.             moved up and down, showing              hunger around the world.
                                                                          These issues and facts were        the instability of each person's           “The sharing was touching             scared by the fireworks because they were member Cecilia Hollenhorst. “Things
different kinds of learners into literature”                                                                                                                                                  so loud and continuous,” said junior tenor really changed because of the new band
    “The book became a school tradition and now the students           discussed during the Hunger           place economically. A few people        and impressive and the concept
                                                                       Banquet that took place Nov.          from the upper class tried to           of the Hunger Banquet was                saxophone player Darren Sun, “None of director, Mr. Otani. He pushed us to work
[at my old school] still do it. So it’s great. I think more kids are                                                                                                                          that scared me though.”                       harder during rehearsals, which is the
reading the book and I was pleased with the results.”                  10 in the cafeteria and was or-       transport their food to the poorer      extraordinary,” said assistant
                                                                       ganized by the leadership class.      people, but it was all thrown           principal Karen Hyde.                        Generally, the whole trip was very main reason why I think we did better
    In attempt to bring the similar success to Saratoga High,                                                                                                                                 demanding on the students.                    than last year.”
Herzman had her students create visual and interactive aids to         The Hunger Banquet, a simula-         away to represent corrupt gov-             Senior Natalie Tkalcevic was
                                                                       tion to display the hardships of      ernments. A shocking video that         the head coordinator while the               On Saturday, they arrived at 9 a.m. for      Some students had other reasons to
help their peers understand the Scarlet Letter better as well as to                                                                                                                           rehearsal, then left at 1 p.m. for Clovis, explain why they had performed so well
encourage more students to read the novel. Groups were evalu-          poverty, had a turnout of 50 very     contained facts and pictures of         leadership class helped her with
                                                                       surprised students, who were          poverty was later shown.                the planning.                            arriving there at 4 p.m.                      at Clovis.                                                                                                              Photos by Jordan Waite
ated by anonymous judges on content as well as creativity.                                                                                                                                        “Pretty much there was no much time          Sophomore trumpet player Thomas
    The winners of the Motif Fair were juniors Jay Lee, Nick           originally told they were invited        “Pictures are worth a thou-             “I think the simulation was
                                                                       to a special charity dinner.          sand words and the pictures             effective because it's not every         for homework; it was like band, band, Ishikawa said, “We played better this                 Clockwise from top: Freshman Madison Buchanan twirls her flag at the Homecoming football
Renda, Chris Lui, Rohan Marathe, and Emma MacNaughton.                                                                                                                                        band, band, eat, and then band again,” year because we were more together as a              game during halftime; sophomore Matt Opatrny waits for instruction from the drum majors;
    “The Motif Fair was something different,” said Lee. “I have           Everyone gathered into the         that were chosen definitely made         day where we're put into a posi-                                                                                                     and Vivian Liao stands at attention with her mellophone.
                                                                       cafeteria and was handed a            everyone realize that hunger            tion where we have to see the            said senior drum major Flora Chang.           group, more like family.” ◆
never done an artsy project like this ever in English. Also, it
helped me look at the words on the page and analyze.”                  piece of paper saying which           around the world is a problem,          distinctions between countries

                                                                                                                                                                                              Guidance department makes ELECTIVES Changes possible
                                           —by Karthik Annaamalai      social class they belonged to:        and we tend to brush it off and         and classes,” said Paranzino.
                                                                       high, middle or low income.           don't really realize it,” said junior      Hyde is curious to see if an-
Saratoga Library debuts new teen center                                Students were handed food that        participant Arianna Paranzino.          other Hunger Banquet can hap-
                                                                       represented the meal portions         “But when you see pictures the          pen next year without it being a
    Dozens of Saratogans gathered in the Saratoga Library on
Nov. 3 to celebrate the opening of its new teen center.
                                                                       people actually receive in their
                                                                       income class. The high-income
                                                                                                             problem becomes much more
                                                                                                             real because you see actual kids
                                                                                                                                                     “surprise” but still being effec-
                                                                                                                                                     tive. ◆
                                                                                                                                                                                              scholarship applications easier                                                              continued from, p. 1                             “I think it is a good idea because it lets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         students take what they want if they have
    The new center, located in the adult section of the library,                                                                                                                                           by Lauren Kuan                        “I think the universal application is     the electives route, students still have the different interests, such as Renaissance or

boasts all new furniture, including distinctive desks and                                                                                                                                                                                    a great improvement because the coun-         choice of taking honors and A.P. classes Shakespeare,” said freshman Stephanie

                                                                       Oncologist educates students
tables, swivel chairs and red leather sofas. Its $60,000 cost                                                                                                                                         he world of scholarships is so vast    selors who do the nominations have            at the junior and senior levels.              Payne.
was funded entirely by the Friends of the Saratoga Library                                                                                                                                            that every high school works to find    all of the students' information right in         To assess the student interest in the        The idea, already adopted by other
(FSL), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the                                                                                                                                            the best way to get information out    front of them. It is a big help for us and    idea, the department conducted a survey high schools such as Palo Alto, Gunn and
Saratoga Library.

                                                                       in advances in cancer research
                                                                                                                                                                                              to its students. This year, the guidance de-   the students because it simplifies and         in English classes.                           Bellarmine, is based on the college model
    To thank the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries, the library                                                                                                                               partment has made some major changes           standardizes the whole process,” said             “We are just throwing around the idea in which English is offered through spe-
held an official ribbon-cutting in the new teen center, where                                                                                                                                  such as reorganizing its webpage on the        college and career center coordinator         right now,” said Friend. “It would be a cific classes, not just the broad English
FSL members and librarians expressed their care for the com-                                                                                                                                  school's website and making the process        Bonnie Sheikh.                                way to teach literature and non-fiction curriculum.
munity’s youth.                                                                 by Sarah Hull                by sophomore Arnav Dugar.               changing. Bhandari spoke on              of applying for scholarships easier.                Sheikh said that they have worked        that we don't get a chance to talk about in      Although nothing has been set in
    “We [librarians] may tell you to be quiet, and we may tell                and Vivian LeTran                 “The purpose is to bring             how the cure for cancer must be               The department has changed the            hard to customize the webpage this            traditional English                                                    stone, many of the

                                                                       M                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “
you to get your feet off the furniture, but we love you and                                                  people from either industry or          found in a series of small steps         webpage so that all the scholarships that      year and they are trying to make it more      classes.”                                                              English teachers
that’s why [this center] is here,” said community librarian                      any students’ lives         academia to school so we can            over a long period of time.              have to do with the school, the outside        intuitive for students to find the informa-        If the English          It would be a great way to                 are excited about
Barbara Williams.                                                                have been or will one       introduce what is going on in              This talk, which was at-              world and ones for which the student           tion they need. Students have seen the        department gets              teach literature and non-                 possible new
    According to Williams, a change was necessary because the                    day be affected by          the real world to students,”            tended by 17 students, covered           needs a nomination are located all in          improvements made and the clarity in          a good response                                                        classes.
library’s original teen center was too small to accommodate            cancer since one in every six         said Dugar.                             the progress of cancer research          one place. It is more user friendly and        the information.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       fiction that we don’t get a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           from students and
the large number of teens and preteens who flood the library            Americans will be diagnosed              Dugar has had this idea for          and where it could lead to in            systematic with the scholarships orga-             “I like the quick links in the middle     parents, the new          chance to talk about in tradi- t e a“cWehre n wteh e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       h s]
every day after school. That change has been met with the              with some form of it within           over a year but finally put it           the future.                              nized in chronological order by deadline.      of the page that link us to important in-     classes might be              tional English classes.”                 coming up with
collaborative efforts from FSL, librarians and teens from the          their lifetime, according to on-      into effect this year with the             Dugar has already contacted                “We're trying to make things much         formation. It makes browsing easy and         offered as soon as                                                     topics, we were
community as well.                                                     cologist Manish Bhandari.             support of assistant principal          possible future speakers who             clearer because without that, students         accessible and almost all the other links     two years from                  —English teacher Jason Friend like kids in a can-
    “I think it’s gorgeous,” said FSL president Terrie Creamer.           Bhandari discussed the re-         Brian Safine.                            may speak about topics such as           would be looking at maybe 15, 20, 30 dif-      are located conveniently to the right so      now, though the                                                        dy store,” said
“I would love to come here and just curl up on the sofa with           cent advances in cancer re-              “There are many things that          3D television and flip phones.            ferent places. The website now can point       users don't have to scour through a mil-      district's shrinking budget could derail Friend. “Personally I would be happy to
a book.”                                                               search and detection during           we do learn in school that get          He hopes that they will be as            you to a specific website and now all the       lion sites to find what they want,” said       all plans.                                    teach about 20 out of the 40 ideas.”
    Besides accommodating the large number of youth, the               his after school presentation in      outdated because as things              successful as the first and more          scholarships are listed in an organized        senior Jonathon Chen.                             “We want to do it right, so if every-        Arbizu thinks this new model would
library’s other main goal in creating the new center was to            the Library Research Center on        progress, the textbooks are not         students will attend.                    fashion,” said assistant principal Brian            The guidance department is always        body's on board, it is going to take at least not only cater to students' interests but
share its myriad of resources.                                         Nov. 6. This discussion was the       able to keep up with it,” said             “I’ve already seen that there         Safine.                                         updating the site with application dead-      a year for us to really get the curriculum also tap into each teacher’s passion and
    “We wanted to build this new center to promote informa-            first of what a new club hopes         Dugar. “This [program] is one           are a lot of people who are                 Guidance has also created an applica-       lines and new scholarships, so students       together,” said English teacher Valerie specialty, creating a better learning en-
tion literacy, whether it be voter literacy or media literacy or       will be many upcoming speak-          way to get around this issue            interested in coming to high             tion that makes it easier for students to      should check it often.                        Arbizu. “We don't want to do any thing vironment.
parent literacy,” Williams said. “The library is the center of our     ers who will speak on a variety       and show students what is re-           schools and speaking to stu-             apply for all scholarships by filling out a         “My feeling is that you can put as        hastily.”                                        “When a teacher is teaching a subject,
community, and by improving it we are making our society               of subjects.                          ally going on.”                         dents,” said Dugar. “There’s             universal scholarship application. It will     much information out as possible but the          The results for the survey will come they are passionate about what they are
better as well.”                                                          These speakers will be part           The scientific world, includ-         such a wealth of knowledge               be the first one counselors look at when        students still need to be proactive and       out sometime in the next couple of doing,” said Arbizu, “ and then students
                                                   —by Kevin Mu        of the Industry and Academia          ing, cancer, is one example of          out there that I don’t think we’ll       deciding who gets which scholarship,           use the information to their advantage,”      weeks, but so far students seem to have tend to enjoy and like the class a little bit
                                                                       Connections Program, founded          how information is constantly           run out of speakers.”◆                   and Safine urges all seniors to fill it out.     said Sheikh. ◆                                responded favorably to the idea.              more.” u
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CHEER FINISHES FIFTH                                                                                                                                                                                 ‘Toga drastically
                                                                                                                                                                                                     different in ‘60s
Securing place in                            road as the routine was not complete until
                                             three days before they performed at Wash-
nationals gives girls                        ington High School in Fremont. Because
reason to celebrate                          of this, most team members were anxious
                                             about how they would do. This was also
                                             the first time many of the cheerleaders had
             by Sarah Hull                                                                                                                                                                           GIRLS WORE SKIRTS; EVERYONE WORE WHITE TO RALLIES

                                             ever participated in a competition since
       he cheer team took home fifth place    they had no previous cheer experience.
       and qualified for nationals at their       "When I first got there, I saw all the                                                                                                                            by Robin Liu                     school or to any school functions,”
       first competition of the year on Nov.  other teams and they were like [the                                                                                                                                and Tiffany Tung                   said Simpson. “No pants at all, skirts

8, despite only practicing their entire rou- movie] 'Bring It On'," said sophomore                                                                                                                                                                 or dresses only. I was kind of mad
tine the morning of the competition.         and first time competitor Anika Jhalani.                                                                                                                           ost students today would never that they changed that rule the year
    This competition also marked the         "That made me feel like we weren't totally                                                                                                                        imagine being able to buy a after I graduated from SHS!”
first occasion that only some members         prepared for this, but I knew that in the                                                                                                                         yearbook for $4 or listen to Duke      Other problems included smoking,
of the team performed competitively.         end we would be able to pull together as                                                                                                                Ellington and his jazz orchestra live for which was much more widespread in the
Previously, the entire                                        team."                                                                                                                                 even less. For students here 40 years ago, ‘60s. Perhaps as many as half of students
team had participated                                             The group's initial                                                                                                                such occurrences were normal.                 smoked, said a 1969 Falcon paper.
in competitions. This        They performed a solid worries were alleviated                                                                                                                              “I remember that there was a very            Already, many traditions were being
year, members who                                                     they competed.
                              routine, only dropping after performed a solid                                                                                                                         friendly atmosphere at the school,” said established during the ‘60s as well, such
were not interested in                                        They                                                                                                                                   alumna Sue Simpson, who graduated in as senior ditch day and Powder Puff.                                                                                                             Jordan Waite
the competing aspect           one stunt sequence.            routine, only dropping                                                                                                                 1968 and is happily married to her high Furthermore, students were also more                    Sophomore Anika Jhalani and junior Talia Balma audition for tap dancing roles on Nov. 18.
of cheer or who could                                         one stunt sequence.                                                                                                                    school sweetheart, John Simpson. “There involved in politics, with students par-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     STUDENTS TAP AWAY
not make the necessary                                            "[The team] had lots of                                                                                                            were of course, cliques, but it seemed to ticipating in the Vietnam Moratorium, a
time commitment were given the chance        energy and everything we did well, we                                                                                                                   be a pretty carefree time.”                   protest against the Vietnam War.
to opt out. The remaining 15 girls, who      did really well," said Ridge. "Overall, we                                                                                                                  The decade following the start of Sara-      Numerous activities that were popu-
were willing to put in extra time and ef-    were very successful and everyone did a                                                                                                                 toga High in 1959 was marked by rising lar at the time don’t take place anymore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     FOR ‘ANYTHING GOES’
fort, formed the competition team.           great job."                                                                                                                                             enrollment and a more diverse popula- today. For example, there was a fencing
    "The girls who are on the competition        The primary goal of the competition,                                                                                                                tion. Popular icons during that time team and even a mariachi band on cam-
team are the ones who really want to         however, was to receive feedback and                                                                                                                    included musicians                                                   pus, and every year,
do it," said cheer coach Laressa Ridge,      constructive criticism from the judges as                                                                                                               such as the Beat-                                                    a carnival was held
"The attitude of everyone on the team is     well as their reactions to the routine.                                                                                                                 les and the Rolling                                                  on campus.                           by Mary Mykhaylova                   in your movements for it to be done cor-

phenomenal and I think that has a lot to         "We got lots of good comments from                                                                                                                  Stones. From music                                                      Toward the end                                                         rectly,” said junior Abby Frankola.

do with why we had such a good perfor-       the judges," said Ridge. "They gave us                                                                               Photos courtesy of Carolyn Doles   to movies, teenage                                                   of the decade, the                 fter a mere three weeks in between        Though most actors have never tap
                                             some areas where we can add difficulty, so                                                                                                               entertainment was

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            R AT O
mance."                                                                                       Clockwise from top: cheer team performs at the October rally; the girls execute a lift                                                                                      school considered                  productions, the drama depart-         danced before, they have been attempting
    While preparing for the first competi-    now we'll change those parts. We can only        maneuver during the halftime show of the Homecoming football game; Senior Paxton                       much different from                                                  instituting an open                ment promptly cued the auditions       to practice together in order to pick it up
tion, the team did face some bumps in the    improve from where we are now." ◆                Barco is lifted during a practice on the football field.                                                nowadays. For ex-                                                    campus policy dur-         for winter musical “Anything Goes” two         as quickly as possible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ample, today stu-                           G                        ing lunch because          weeks ago.                                        “A lot of the musical experience has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A H GH
                                                                                                                                                                                                     dents rave about                                     I               there was finally             This Cole Porter show is different from     to do with embracing our lack of skill in

Students and teachers join                                                                  Guaranteed admission to some UCs
                                                                                            brings little comfort to top seniors
                                                                                                                                                                                                     musical variety
                                                                                                                                                                                                     shows like “Ameri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ca’s Got Talent” and       Fourth in an occasional series
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          an interstate run-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ning through Sara-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          toga, and there were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the usual repertoire of annual musicals, all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     due to one unique addition: tap dancing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Susan Dini, the principal’s secretary and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    various areas together as an ensemble,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    joked Lee. “I've always wanted to learn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    how to tap, and what better way to learn

to become ‘secret pals’                                                                                    by Anna Shen
                                                                                                                                                                                                     “American Idol.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Back then, students loved TV shows like
                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Shindig!” and “Bonanza.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          more places to go.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The classroom setting was also very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   different. Instead of calculators and com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     an avid tap dancer, has stepped up to take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the lead as choreographer for the show.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        She has taken time out of her schedule
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    than by doing a musical?”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Auditioners agree that musicals are a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lot of fun, since by the end of a show, the

                                                                                                          and Karen Yang                                                                                 As for rallies and other school puters, students used adding machines                       to attend lunch meetings in the weeks          cast gets really close, having bonded over

              by Maggie Lin                   students signed up and Chang was in                                                                                                                    events, students used to wear white and typewriters to do their work.                           leading up to auditions in order to give the   those many hours of singing and dancing

                                              charge of typing them up and distribut-               he top 4 percent of seniors who                                                                  as the official color instead of the             As for sports, in 1964, the San Fransis-       actors a strong foundation in tap dancing.     incessantly.
             umpkin stress balls? That is so ing all of the slips.                                  have been academically consistent               Eligibility in the Local                         red that students wear now.                   co Examiner named the varsity football            With most auditioners not knowing the             “[Musical theatre] is the best part of
             cool! My secret pal is awesome."    "Coordinating who gets what teacher                and successful throughout their                 Context (ELC)                                        “We did have a playday one year, team the No. 1 Class A football team in                    difference between a shuffle and a flap,         drama because it incorporates all three
             This was just one of the excited was hard because not a lot of people          sophomore and junior years of high                      GUARANTEED ACCEPTANCE: The                       where the whole school was out on northern California, a title that would                       her expertise has played a significant         elements: singing, dancing and acting,”
responses from the first Secret Pals event signed up at first," Chang said. "It was           school received a letter in the beginning               top 4 percent of seniors receive                 the football field, participating in egg tough to imagine achieving today. School                role.                                          said sophomore Anshu Siripurapu. “It
held on Oct. 30.                              also difficult making sure all the kids had    of the school year that congratulated                   guaranteed admission into                        races, tug of war and lots of those kinds spirit was aplenty during the 1960s, es-                 “I have never felt less coordinated in      appeals to a wide variety of people and
    Secret Pals is a year-long event hosted slips from their teachers and vice versa.       their automatic admittance into a few                   some of the UCs.                                 of games,” said Simpson, who now pecially before football games when ral-                       my entire life. But it's all about embracing   anyone can be involved in the show in
by the ASB that is open to all students and We wanted it to be as secret as possible        UCs, including UC Davis, UC Merced,                     BRINGS LITTLE COMFORT: Most                      lives in Aptos. “That was fun.”               lies were held before every game.                 the experience with our fellow perform-        some capacity.”
teachers who want to exchange gifts at so we had to type everything out or                  UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and UC                   of these students have these                         While teachers worry about the               “There was an actual rooting sec-              ers,” said junior Jay Lee, who will be            Cast members are excited about the
designated times of the year.                 copy the slips over to disguise students'     Irvine, for certain majors. Despite the                 UCs as a fallback, not a first                    amount of clothing worn during dances tion at the football games and a lot of                   playing the lead, Billy. “I love the lessons   prospects of “Anything Goes.”
    ASB President,                                                    handwriting."         success, however, this has brought little               choice.                                          today, dress code problems back then students followed the cheerleaders’                        because I'm not the only one who's strug-         “I was really glad to see some new

senior Haley Zarrin                                                      The event had      comfort to these students.                                                                               involved finding an appropriate length cheers. Later, I noticed that the ‘rooting                gling through the process.”                    faces at the auditions. You can never have
said,"It's a chance          It was pretty neat seeing                a rough start due         Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC),                                                              for pant dresses for girls. During the sections’ sort of gradually disappeared                     After emphasizing the basics for the        too many people participating in these
for students and            all the gifts piled up in Ms.             to miscommuni-        which is calculated from a student’s GPA,        and Santa Cruz.                                         ‘60s, wearing a “skort,” shorts with a over the years until they were gone,”                    first several lessons, Dini went on to teach    shows,” said Lee. “Hopefully, next time
teachers to get to                                                    cation concern-       guarantees students who have been                   Compared to last year, the guidance de-
                              Hyde’s office. It felt like              ing the dates and     ranked as the top 4 percent of their class       partment has seen a trend of more broad
                                                                                                                                                                                                     flap of fabric in front, instead of a skirt said Simpson. “Kids nowadays are more                the actual audition routine in advance.        we can get some more people from the
know each other on                                                                                                                                                                                   to school could send a girl home.             interested in visiting with each other and           “Tap is very difficult, since it’s really    athletics departments to join our festival
a more personal lev-                  Christmas.”                     where to drop off     admission to at least one of the nine UC         applications, more early applications and                   “Girls could not wear pants to being ‘seen.’” ◆                                             fast and you have to be precise and perfect    of fun and foolishness.” ◆
el instead of only on                                                 the presents, but     schools. More prestigious UCs such as            more private school applications, accord-
an academic level."                  —ASB secretary Cindy Chang was a success.              UCLA, Berkeley and San Diego, how-               ing to Brian Safine, the assistance principal

                                                                                                                                                                                                     BUDGET Budget deficit hits district, solutions to come
    S e c re t P a l s i s                                               "The best part     ever, do not participate in ELC.                 in charge of guidance. He said 74 seniors
similar to Secret Santa in almost every was seeing it actually work," said Chang.               “I think [making ELC] is a major ac-         have applied early this year compared
way but one. Instead of being completely "It was pretty neat seeing all the gifts           complishment and a nice reward for the           with 59 last year, and he anticipates that
anonymous, it is only anonymous to the piled up in Ms.Hyde's office. It felt like            work I’ve done,” said senior Ashwin              roughly 230 seniors out of the 330 in the
teachers as the students chose the teachers Christmas."                                     Siripurapu, who was accepted by UC               class will apply to private universities, up            continued from pg. 1                            collecting less money from property taxes          In addition, electives with few sign-ups

they wanted to be "Pals" with.                   It was just as successful from a "Pals"    Davis. “That is a relief for me; it feels        from 215 last year.                                                                                     than usual because of a falling real estate     will most likely be cut in order to conserve
    "We got the idea from previous ASBs point of view.                                      good to know that I’m going to go to                “Students were initially concerned                      The categorical funding for the LG-          market.                                         money.                                                      Financial Crisis
and thought we should do it to improve           Zarrin said, "It's fun finding them a       college.”                                        from '08-'09 because there were cuts at the             SUHSD—which finances specific pro-                  “[The local assessed valuation num-            “[The school] is thinking of re-doing
ASB-staff relations," said Zarrin.            gift and also how we know who they                Despite an automatic admission,              UCs; [however], we increased the number                 grams, such as guidance counselors,             bers] are not confirmed yet,” said Ander-        the entire senior English curriculum,” said            PROJECTED DEFICIT $1.6 million
    Senior ASB secretary Cindy Chang, the are, but they don't know who we are. It           many seniors find that ELC brings them            of students at private schools and UC                   instructional materials and the GATE Pro-       son. “They might be higher; they might          senior Allison Wustrow, “but that would                CATEGORICAL FUNDING Will be
main coordinator of the event, worked makes it more interesting."                           little comfort in college applications and       [acceptance rates] stayed the same,” said               gram—has been reduced to zero as a part         be lower. Where we need it to be, to keep       be bad for the budget, because you have                significantly cut, thus restrict-
closely with assistant principal Karen           Upcoming gifting times include             decisions, mainly because they are hope-         Safine. “If this year is anything like last              of the Basic Aid “fair share” negotiated        the $1.6 million deficit from getting bigger,    to buy all the new textbooks and train the             ing instructional materials and
Hyde to make sure everything ran Christmas and Valentine’s day.                             ful of attending private colleges instead        year, our students are going to have many               in the state legislature this past summer,      is a 3 percent increase. If it goes down ,      teachers on the new topics.                            specific programs such as the
smoothly. Chang's job was to send out                "I'm excited about figuring out a       of UCs.                                          choices for schools to attend.” Safine said              said Anderson. Categorical funding for          then the $1.6 million deficit gets bigger;          Because of the current nation-wide fi-               GATE Program
slips to teachers asking if they wanted gift to get and seeing what the teacher                 “[Davis] is not where I really want to       that 39 percent of last year's class ended              the district was $2.1 million in 2008-2009      if it goes higher, then the deficit will be      nancial crisis, many students feel that the            PROPERTY TAX Due to the falling
to participate and for them to fill out the gets. It's a good bonding experience,"           go,” said Siripurapu. “I prefer to go to a       up attending a UC.                                      and $1.47 million in 2009-2010.                 lower. That’s key.”                             district’s deficit was inevitable and not to            real estate market, there will be
attached from. After compiling the list, said Zarrin. ◆                                     private school, but I’d rather go to a first-        Letters from the UC offices were sent                    History teacher Matt Torrens, who                Because of the overall downturn of the      be blamed on district officials.                        a decrease in property values,
                                                                                                            rate UC than a second-rate       at the end of last year informing then                  heads the School Site Council, said the         state and national economy, it is not likely       “We’re not going to solve [this prob-               contributing to the deficit
                                                                                                            private.”                        prospective seniors whether they belong                 group last year distributed $100,000 in cat-    the staff will be receiving a raise in their    lem] really soon, because it’s the whole
                                                                                                                Although ELC offers lit-     within the top 15 percent of their class.               egorical money to various programs and          salaries in 2010.                               country, the state, and everything,” said
                                                                                                            tle help to students seeking     In the beginning of senior year, students               projects in the school. He said the council         Students who have heard of the po-          Vishwanath. “If the economic issue is re-      tion contracts.
                                                                                                            a prestigious education in       were informed whether they made the top                 be distributing $40,000 this year—with all      tential cuts feel that their education and      solved outside of school and we cut back          “As much as it is possible, we want
                                                                                                            the Ivy League, ELC offers       four percent, automatically making ELC.                 of money coming directly from the district      extracurricular activities could be affected.   within the school, that would help.”           to keep everybody on the job and make
                                                                                                            at least one safety school for   Despite having been guaranteed admis-                   rather than the state.                          Along with a the possibility of having             District officials are deciding whether      sure that we have people to serve [the stu-
                                                                                                            eligible students.               sion, ELC seniors were still required to                   “We sort of streamlined how money is         fewer teachers and less instructional mate-     to extract some money from the district’s      dents],” said Anderson. “[Students] can
                                                                                                                “If you know you’re          submit a full application to those UCs.                 getting out,” said Torrens. “[The budget        rial on campus, expenses, equipment and         $3 million emergency strategic reserve—a       go without a new textbook next year, but
                                                                                                            going to get into a UC, it’s        “I’m not sure how carefully [Davis’                  deficit] has forced us to streamline and         trips for the athletic and music depart-        rainy day fund to help weather financial        people are what make schools go. That’s
                                                                                                            comforting [knowing that]        admissions office] will scrutinize my es-                organize ourselves; so even though we           ments may also diminish.                        crises. Other ideas the district brain-        what our priority will be: to maintain the
                                                                                                            despite all the budget cuts      say. They said I was guaranteed admission               have less money, it’s clear how that money          “From the music departments perspec-        stormed during a recent meeting of the         folks that could serve [students].”
                                                                                                            and tuition increases, you       in my first choice major, so I suppose I                 will be spent.                                  tive, I know we’ve been cutting back on         committee to help tackle the problem              A Budget Advisory Committee meet-
                                                                                                            have a spot,” said senior        could just smash the keyboard on my                        Another factor in the district’s deficit is   [equipment], such as not riding lavish          were the alignment of Saratoga and Los         ing will be held in December to discuss
                                                                                                            Priyanka Hardikar, who           essays, and they’ll still accept me,” said              an anticipated decrease in this year’s local    buses,” said junior Neya Vishwanath.            Gatos High School’s schedules in order to      plans for minimizing this deficit.
                                                                                                            was accepted into UC Da-         Siripurapu. “I’m not going to take that                 assessed valuation numbers—property             “Just from little things like that, I can see   reduce the hiring of new teachers; and a          “This will be an interesting winter,”
                                                                                                            vis, Irvine, Santa Barbara       chance though.” ◆                                       value—which means that the district is          [the financial deficit] taking place.”            decrease in supplies, staff and construc-      said Anderson. ◆
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                                                                                                                                                          The Saratoga Falcon            The Saratoga Falcon                    INSIDE: Bystanding does not beget innocence p. 10
                                                                                                                                                            December 4, 2009             December 4, 2009                                          Climate Change Realities p. 9

TEA PARTY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

PUSHES                                                                                                                                                                                                         LETTERSTO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TOGA SPIRIT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Veterans Day: Not
            by Emily Williams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         just another day off
                                                                                                                                                                                         FOOTBALL WON’T GIVE UP
       aculty members, administration,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             by Sophia Cooper

                                                                                                                                                                                         “N                                                                                              M
       students and city council members
       from Saratoga and Los Gatos all met                                                                                                                                                            ever, never, never quit.” – to football. Rather than focus on the                             any students came to school
on Oct. 14 at the Los Gatos Neighborhood                                                                                                                                                              Winston Churchill               frustration that this lack of support and                     Thursday, Nov 12, complaining
center for a “Green Tea Party,” to brain-                                                                                                                                                                 The November 6, 2009 school spirit causes us (the varsity foot-                           about how horrible Veterans
storm ways to make Saratoga and Los                                                                                                                                                      issue of The Saratoga Falcon included ball team), let me enlighten everyone as                  Day was. The day before, they had home-
Gatos High more eco-friendly.                                                                                                                                                            an opinion article about our rivalry with to why we are undeterred in our rivalry               work to do, tests to study for, college
    The “tea party” was organized by dis-                                                                                                                                                the Los Gatos football team. The piece with Los Gatos.                                          applications to fill out.
trict superintendent Cary Matsuoka along                                                                                                                                                 conveyed some truths in a compari-              I have two words: Red Pride. Red                   But we don't have Veterans Day as
with senior Natalie Tkalcevic, the student                                                                                                                                               son between Saratoga                                              Pride is a Saratoga           an excuse for students not to have to go
representative for Saratoga on the board,                                                                                                                                                and Los Gatos athletes.                                           Football tradition.           to school or catch up on homework. We
and Los Gatos senior board representative                                                                                                                                                Sure, players from LG      The article failed to take Red Pride is the be-                      celebrate it to honor all of those who have                         Cullan McChessney

Jenny Heath.                                                                                                                                                                             are traditionally bigger   into account the passion lief that you have                          served in our military and to thank them                              choice.
    According to Tkalcevic, both she and                                                                                                                                                 than the ones in Sarato-                                          failed unless you             for their service.                                                           But
Heath found the subject “near and dear                                                                                                                                                   ga; however, while su-         and precision that a               have played 48 min-              The true meaning of Nov. 11 has sadly                       the best way to
to [their] hearts.”                                                                                                                                                                      perior physical ability winning squad must play utes of “balls to the                           gotten lost among the bustle of people's                   honor vets is to say
    They first brainstormed the idea of                                                                                                                                                  provides a team with                      with.                   wall” football; that          busy lives—even at a time when we're thank you. By thanking a veteran
putting this group together when they                                                                                                                                                    a slight advantage, it                                            despite the numbers           fighting wars in two countries.              for their service, you show that
addressed Matsuoka about getting in-                                                                                                                                                     hardly determines the                                             on the scoreboard,               It's vital for us to remember why we you appreciate the sacrifices they
volved with the environment. Together                                                                                                                                                    outcome of a football                                             there is nothing bet-         celebrate Veterans Day. Our veterans have made.
the three of them planned the entire party:                                                                                                                                              game. The article failed to take into ac- ter than toiling with your blood brothers             make significant sacrifices to help secure       Personally, both my father and
from hand-picking 10 students from each                                                                                                                                                  count the passion and precision that a on Benny Pierce Field. It is displaying                  our freedoms as American citizens and my grandfather are veterans of
school to making biodegradable invita-
                                                                                                                                                                             Amanda Yi
                                                                                                                                                                                         winning squad must play with.                admirable character both on and off the            those of all world citizens.                the Vietnam War and World War
tions.                                          Seniors Andrew Hsieh, Andy Johnson, Trevor Teerlink, Casey Dalbeck and Dale Everett perform on Nov. 6 before a roaring crowd.               The piece also implied that people can field through work ethic and sportsman-                   They fight on the front lines of battle, II, respectively. My family makes
    “I've always been really passionate                                                                                                                                                  only be either academically or athletically ship.                                               standing tall while                                            a point of celebrating

                                                Seniors save best performance for last
                                                                                                                                                                                         talented, but not both. There is no reason      On the Saratoga High School var-                the artillery hits
about being environmentally friendly and
                                                                                                                                                                                         why accomplishment in one area should sity football team, we practice what we                   around them, keep-            They have watched the both of make Nov. 11
going green,” said Tkalcevic. “It's really
exciting to see that people are interested                                                                                                                                               preclude excellence in the other. As a preach. We advocate Red Pride. I do not                  ing their eyes on the          enemy advance. They             their special day, do a
in this and they are becoming passionate                                                                                                                                                 matter of fact, it does not on our team. expect two words to possibly win sup-                  American flag flying              have watched their             project they want (this
                                                                                                                                                                                         Many of our most prominent leaders dis- port for our team, but rest assured we                  high, defending our
as well.”                                       Seniors place first and                      dress, notifying the students that they
                                                                                                                                                                BIGIDEA                                                                                                                                              comrades fall. They have year it was and have      tiling our

    There were many ideas discussed at the                                                  would be pulled out of dances for dis-                                                       tinguish themselves both academically will never change our stubborn beliefs.                   American ideals of                                             bathroom)
party, including getting new water foun-        Homecoming week wraps                       regarding warnings. If a second offense                                                      and athletically; many members of our So, why not help us to achieve something                  the natural rights life,          watched us win.              dinner together. It isn't
                                                                                                                                                  HC Final Scores                        football team are no exception.              great? Why not root for the upset of the           liberty, and the pur-                                          nearly enough to truly
tains, installing solar panels, making the      up with a clean dance.                      occurred during the dance, the student
                                                                                                                                                                                            As a team, we felt both baffled and century? Understand. We cannot give                       suit of happiness.                                             express our gratitude,
school more paperless and getting more                                                      would be sent home following parent                  SENIORS: Class of 2010
recycling bins.                                        by Christine Bancroft,               notification.                                                                                 disheartened by other concepts portrayed up. We will not give up. We must beat                     They have watched the enemy ad- but it's a start.
                                                                                                                                                 goes up, up and away with
    “It was good that we brought up the               David Eng and Karen Lyu                  “We can see that trying to end [the                                                       in the piece. Our own newspaper sug- Los Gatos. The time will come, whether                     vance. They have watched their com-                So for the next national holiday,
                                                                                                                                                 633 points

water fountains because the water foun-                                                     dance style of] 'freaking' is not going to                                                   gested that we simply “give up.” Our within 5 years or 50. Fair weather fans                    rades fall. They have watched us win.       don't just think of it as a day to do work
                                                                                                                                                 JUNIORS: “Nemo” finds 467
tains are the same as they were when the              he 2009 Homecoming week will          work,” assistant principal Karen Hyde                                                        esteemed band attends California Finals need not attend; we will play just as                      It isn't hard to honor our veterans once or do absolutely nothing. Memorial Day
school was built 50 years ago and they're             certainly be one remembered for       told one English class. “All we want is to                                                   each year; they are frequently defeated hard for our school, even if the stands                 a year. Simply flying an American flag in and Veterans Day alike, think of or thank
                                                                                                                                                 SOPHOMORES: Stole away                  by their rival Logan High School. Last are empty. ◆                                             front of your house can be a good start. of a veteran.
kind of disgusting,” said junior Kent                 changes, as it came to a close with   make things more appropriate.”                       with a ratty 348 points
Paisley, one of the students invited to the     a senior quad day, a football game and         Hyde obviously was successful get-                                                        year, our band placed 13th in the contest,                                                      Wearing red, white and blue that day is a      Without their courageous contribu-
meeting. “Hopefully these reforms will be       an unusually clean dance in the gym the     ting this message across to students, call-
                                                                                                                                                 FRESHMEN: Dinosaurs go                  but they were back at it again this year – Peter Auvil and the rest of your                     good start. Putting a "Support our Troops" tions, we wouldn't be able enjoy the
enforced in the near future.”                   following night, Nov. 7.                    ing the Homecoming dance “fabulous”
                                                                                                                                                 extinct at 171 points                   with another shot at victory. Now, back         Saratoga Falcons                                sign in your front yard is another great freedoms that we do.◆
    The school board has looked at these           Members of the Homecoming court          and describing the students as being “ex-
ideas and is planning to fix the water          were presented at halftime during the       traordinarily responsive” to guidelines
fountains and bringing additional recycle
bins into every class room.
    Tkalcevic and the board are getting
                                                Nov. 6 football game against Cupertino
                                                High School.
                                                   Homecoming king and queen were se-
                                                                                            issued throughout the week.
                                                                                               Administrators and teachers circled
                                                                                            the gym throughout the night with
                                                                                                                                          left out a few too.” Barco believes that
                                                                                                                                          students followed the administration's
                                                                                                                                          regulations and said students were “bet-
                                                                                                                                                                                         Electives idea: a big step forward for the English department
started right away. They have already           niors Guillame Bellegarda and Rita Chen,    flashlights to look for inappropriate         ter than usual.”
had a meeting on Nov. 10 at lunch, and          accompanied by princes Kevin Rollinson      dancing. The semi-formal dress code of           The compiled results of the Home-                                                              by Kevin Mu                      does nothing to boost their level of interest   that such electives are

Tkalcevic spoke at a PTSO meeting in            and Trevor Teerlink and princesses Annie    the Homecoming dance as opposed to            coming competition were also released,                                                                                             in reading and can even turn students away      frivolous and unneces-
hopes of raising money.                         Lee and Jordan Leonard.                     previous years' casual dress, also added      as the senior class dominated the com-                                                         hen students think of novels        from books. By incorporating new classes        sary, but the reality is
    They are also planning on starting a           Junior Homecoming prince and prin-       to a cleaner atmosphere.                      petition with 633 points. Juniors placed                                                       read in an honors English           and letting students choose what books          reading books from
group called The Green Team which will          cess were Ren Norris and Jason Shuian;         “It was not gross and disgusting,”         second at 467 points, while sophomores                                                         course, their minds don’t of-       they want to read, the school is helping to     different genres is
go to elementary and middle schools to          the sophomore class was represented by      said Hyde. “I think kids really heard the     scored 348 and freshmen tallied 171.                                                      ten jump to mystery novels or ad-        get students interested in reading again.       just as valuable as
educate kids about the importance of            Annie Barco and Eric Wang; the freshman     message.”                                        One of the huge controversies regard-                                                                    venture stories,           The electives also offer the opportunity    reading clas-
going green. In addition, they hope to          class was represented by Stevie Berman         In addition to approval from the           ing the week's festivities involved the                                                                      but that may          for students to appreciate different types of   sics. Not
coordinate a green week some time next          and Courtney Lee.                           administration, student reception of the      judges' decision to rank the sophomores'                                                                     soon change.          literature. In designing a normal curricu-      only do
semester.                                          Nearly 24 hours after the Homecom-       dance was generally positive.                 decorations higher than the juniors'.                                                                             I n re c e n t   lum, the school must be very selective in       they allow
    “It's such an important subject, espe-      ing court was announced, hundreds of           “I thought the dance was pretty good.         Guidance secretary Sharon Fong, one                                                                        weeks, students      the books they choose and, as a result, leave   for deep
cially for schools since that is where we       students slipped into the Saratoga gym to   For me it started off slow, but then it       of the decoration judges, attributed the                                                                       took a survey       out many other brilliant works of litera-       literary
become educated,” said Tkalcevic. “If we        participate in the Homecoming dance.        picked up,” said sophomore Annie              sophomores' one-point victory to their                                                                         that attempt-       ture. Although there are many, many more        analysis
start here, then our generation will be a lot      The administration recently cracked      Barco. “The DJ played most of the songs       detailed kitchen but added that the ju-                                                                        ed to gauge         books that are worthy of being in an honors     and criti-
more aware and eco-friendly.” ◆                 down on inappropriate dancing and           that are really popular right now, but he     niors did a good job as well. ◆                                                                               their interest       curriculum, time constraints simply don’t       cal think-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in having Eng-       allow for them to be taught by teachers.        ing, but they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lish literature         Adding electives would expose these          also provide a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        electives avail-     less conventional books to students and         more conducive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        able in their ju-    broaden their views of literature. Logi-        e n v i ro n m e n t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nior and senior      cally, it’s impossible to cover the entirety    for class dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        years. These         of literature in just four years or even in     cussions. It’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        electives would      a lifetime of learning; literature is an im-    because all the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       focus on a spe-       mensely broad topic that contains the           students in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cific genre of litera-    different experiences and viewpoints and        class are more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ture such as science       stories of people from all different walks      likely to be in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               fiction or horror/sus-        of life. So why should studying literature      terested in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pense and would aim          be limited to a narrow range of books?          novels themselves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to increase students’             Some                     people would      and actually read
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               interest in literature.                                                ar-    them since they’ve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By adding these elec-                                                gue   c h o s e n t o b e t h e re .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tives, the school would                                                         The new program, if ap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             take a major step toward                                                        proved, would take a collabora-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            making literature more                                                           tive effort by English teachers and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          accessible and fun for upper-                                                      around two years to implement,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        classmen. Many students com-                                                         but the benefits for students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ment that books read in regular                                                          are endless and far out-
                                                                                                                                                                                              Nathan Kim                             English are boring or feel that the                                                        weigh the work involved.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 novels’ themes don’t apply to their                                                            As a junior, I’m sad to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lives. While certain standard books                                                            say my only disappoint-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    are useful for developing skills                                                             ment is that they didn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in literary analysis and critical                                                            think of it any sooner.◆
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thinking, for some students it
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                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Saratoga Falcon
                                                                                                                                                                                                 December 4, 2009                                                                                                                    opinion 9
            by Jordan Waite                                               have been suspend-      received suspension for having a knife her     stances considered. Every citizen of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Saratoga Falcon
                                                                                                                                                                                                              STAFF POLICY
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Saratoga Falcon is pub-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Copenhagen climate change circus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              by Arnav Dugar                  plague future generations? When will it             If some extraterrestrial civilization

                                                                          ed or expelled since    grandmother sent to school along with the      United States who is accused of a crime           lished ve times per semester by                                                            be too late?                                    were to visit the Earth, they would see

      ix-year-old cub scout Zach-                                         then. A 17-year-        birthday cake for her class to share.          has the right to a trial by jury.                 the Advanced Journalism classes of                   he international community is             Answers to these three questions            a political circus. Leaders are clowning
      ary Christie sat down to eat his                                    old Eagle Scout             What has happened with this policy is         A fair hearing is the least students           Saratoga High School, 20300 Herri-                   in concord over one statement         seem as likely as a panacea for climate         around, trying to appear devoted to
      home-packed lunch at Downes                                        from upstate New         that school officials sometime don’t even       should expect. In fact, students deserve          man Ave., Saratoga, CA 95070.                        regarding climate change: it is a     change. The only certainty is of some           the cause without taking any action.
Elementary School in Newark, Del.,                                      York in the running       consider the circumstances of individual       even more consideration than a grown                  Views expressed in The Sara-              problem that needs to be addressed.          malady sometime in the future. So we            Organizations are juggling ideas but are
on a day he thought was an ordi-                                         for Westpoint re-        cases. Any student in possession of what       adult, because events like being sus-             toga Falcon are those of the writers          However, not much else is known about        have identi ed a problem we created for         not settling on any. Only a few are truly
nary day in Oct. He took out his                                          ceived a suspen-        could be considered a weapon, no mat-          pended and places like reform school have         and do not necessarily represent              the issue.                                   ourselves and are now trying to battle          concerned about the earth-shattering
camping eating utensil—which con-                                         sion in October for     ter their age or record, is punished as        long-term and possibly irreversible effects       the opinions of the administration,              By how much are emissions alter-          it blindfolded, without any substantial         decisions and are getting drowned out
tained a fork, spoon, can opener and                                       possession of a        if they had the intent of harming their        on a child’s growing mind.                        faculty or school district.                   ing the atmosphere? What impacts will        knowledge.                                      in the ruckus.
small knife— a n d w a s i m m e -                                           pocket knife in      classmates.                                       After many cases like Christie’s, where
diately sent to                    the                                        his car survival        Officials who enforce the “zero toler-      an innocent student was wrongly pun-                    MISSION STATEMENT
principal’s of-                                                                  kit he kept in   ance” policy are effectively treating every    ished due to the “zero tolerance” policy,
fice for being in                                                                 case of emer-    case the same and therefore not putting        the government should have figured out                The staff of The Saratoga Falcon
possession of a dangerous                                                        gency. This      thought into the situations. If a boy has      that their thoughtless approach isn’t             is committed to objectively and ac-           Cap and trade system throws US into disagreement and chaos
weapon. Christie’s initial                                                         student        a butter knife in the back of his pick-up      working.                                          curately representing the diverse tal-
punishment was a manda-                                                              should       truck, does that mean he was going to stab        The “zero tolerance” policy needs to be        ents, cultures and viewpoints of the             Although the Waxman-            own regulations without          emissions by 17% from 2005          ganizations, including the
tory 45 days of reform school                                                         have        another student with it?                       altered so that school and district officials      Saratoga High School community.               Markey and its successor,          Congress’ approval.              to 2020 by setting a cap on         Chamber of Commerce,
before returning to first grade.                                                                                Another issue that needs to be    can treat each individual case differently                                                      the Boxer Bill in the US have         The problem, at least for     emissions while giving cred-        that several businesses are
In no way does a 6-year-old de-                                                                               addressed in cases involving       and actually think about the circumstanc-                       LETTERS                         both proven to be duds stuck       the US, seems to be solved,      its for not reaching the cap.       looking to take advantage of
serve such a harsh punishment over a                                                                           possession of weapons is the      es surrounding each accusation. ◆                            TO THE EDITOR                      in Congress, the Environ-          but the EPA has proposed         However, the trade of these         the system. Companies like
harmless camping tool.                                                                                       definition of a weapon.                                                                    The Saratoga Falcon welcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mental Protection Agency           somewhat of a two-faced          credits puts a dollar value         Nike which manufacture
   Though the school board quickly over-                                                              Knife is a very broad term. Clearly, a                                                       all signed letters of opinion, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (EPA) seems to be the rem-         solution, cap and trade.         on carbon, making it another        and pollute abroad favor
turned the initial decision and allowed the                                                       case involving a butter knife should not                                                         are subject to editing for length,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 edy. The agency, empowered            It aims to                    economic game designed              the system since they will
boy to return to school, poor Christie said                        been c o m m e n d e d         be handled in the same way as a combat                                                           accuracy and grammar. Please
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by the Supreme Court, has          reduce                                 to reap the bene ts of        easily receive credits, while
that he felt like he didn’t fit in anymore                          for his responsble pre-        knife, but under the “zero tolerance”                                                            send them to editor@saratogafal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the authority to enforce its       US                                        the world’s fear of        other companies are strongly
at school because of the mob of reporters                           paredness, but he was         policy, they are sometimes treated                                                      For ad information, call
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                climate change.          against it and are threaten-
and photographers that constantly fol-                              caught on the wrong           equally. Pens and scissors are                                                                   (408) 867-3411, ext. 222.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     It is already       ing to sue the EPA.
lowed him.                                                           side of an overly set-       both arguably more dan-                                                                                                                                                                                                          apparent from            Instead of reorienting the
   It is a disgrace that the school                                     in-stone law.             gerous than a butter                                                                                                                                                                                                              the disagree-        US in a positive direction,
system even considered sending the                                          In another            knife, so what’s next?                                                                                   3RD PERIOD STAFF                     Deforestation                                       Denmark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ment within        the EPA has created a repul-
boy to reform school, where he would                                     case, a 10-year-         Are school districts going                                                                                                                                                                                                            several          sive cocktail of economics,
have spent every day around actual                                      old student from          to ban scissors?                                                                                                Alex Song                          In past climate change                                                               trade or-      politics, and science.
delinquents.                                    Longmont, Colo., was suspended in 1998                It is certainly neces-                                                                                                                     conferences, deforestation,
   This case is just one of many that have      when she was found with a small kitchen           sary for schools to be                                                                                         News Editor                     accounting for 20% of global
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Annie Lee
occurred in an era of “zero tolerance”          knife in her lunch box. Her mother put            cautious about weap-                                                                                                                           emissions, has been over-
against weapons, which has been enforced        the knife in her lunch that morning so            ons on campus, but                                                                                                                             looked. In response, the UN
in many public schools since the Colum-         the girl could cut her apple; she clearly         each accused student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Opinion Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mary Mykhaylova                   devised a program to Reduce                                                       China’s emissions policy
bine shootings in 1999.                         didn’t intend to use it in a dangerous            should have his or                                                                                          Lifestyles Editors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Emissions from Deforestation
   Many obviously innocent students             way. In yet another case , a third-grader         her individual circum-                                                                                          Maggie Lin                     and Degradation (REDD), but the                                            POLLUTING LESS BY POLLUTING MORE
                                                                                                                                                                               Jordan Waite                   Rebecca Nguyen                     solution unravels a host of new
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Entertainment Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 problems instead of solving them.                  A policy to reduce emissions that          increases, then China can thus emit

‘Balloon Boy’ parents Pushing children too early
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nathan Kim                           REDD aims to achieve its goal by           allows an overall increase in pollution        more. The GDP does have to increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 having developed nations bribe de-             seems counter-intuitive, yet China             more than the carbon emissions do, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                            School Scope Editor                  veloping countries to not cut down             plans to adopt such a scheme. The              it is certain since China’s economy is
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Karthik Annaamalai

in search of publicity academically unnecessary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 forests. In return, developed nations          proposal will mandate a decrease in            rapidly growing at a steady rate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               In-Depth Editor                   spend from the national budget to              energy consumption, which is directly              The policy is merely to please the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kevin Mu                       get emissions credits to buy them-             related to emissions levels, for every         world and to look pretty on paper at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sports Editor                    selves out of pollution penalties.             unit of GDP produced.                          Copenhagen not to genuinely improve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sophia Cooper                        Even if it seems to do its job, the            At first glance, China seems to            the climate. Such an obviously lax para-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 aftermath paints a very different              be making a constructive decision.             digm from the country with the highest
                                                                                                                by Albert Gu                                                                                   Backpage Editor
             by Izzy Albert                                                                                                                      learning about entomology rather than                            Ren Norris                     picture. REDD rewards the worst                However, according to their proposal,          emissions levels will not only cause

            and Tiffany Tung                                                                                                                     insects—pointless terminology that ob-                                                          offenders while countries with low             if China produces more units of GDP,           dispute over the standards of other

                                                                                                      t is no secret that in the past few years, scures the fact that they are just learning                      Web Editor                     deforestation rates like Costa Rica            which means the country’s total GDP            countries, but also hinder any progress.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brian Kim
        he artist Andy Warhol once said,                                                              the competition to get into first-class about every day matters, not researching                                                            do not bene t. Also forests gain an
        “In the future everyone                                                                       universities has escalated. High school a scientific field. This rigorous “study-                    Webmasters/Layout Editor                arti cial value giving governments
        will be world famous for                                                                  students burden themselves with extra ing” of certain subjects in fact hinders                            Karthik Sreedhara                    incentives to push the natives out.
15 minutes.” As for the Heene                                                                     classes and extracurricular activities in children’s ability to be creative by laying                        Head Art Editor                       Overall, REDD leaves devel-             Procrastination until another Copenhagen
family, 15 minutes of fame is                                                                     order to give themselves an edge over out facts in front of them and preventing                             Cullan McChesney                   oping countries addicted to the
just not enough.                                                                                  their peers. Their parents are no less them from actively questioning the world                                                                program since deforestation re-                 At the end of the day when this circus        America’s goal also is to only look good at
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Graphics Editor
    On top of appearing on                                                                        obsessed—they often attend getting-into- by themselves.                                                         Albert Gu                      starts when the cash ow stops.              packs to leave for Copenhagen, it is un-          Copenhagen, and since the EPA guarantees
two episodes of “Wife                                                                             college seminars and enroll their children        Another negative aspect of private el-                                                       And without a standard between              likely that substantial progress will have        this, little progress is being made.
Swap,” a show on ABC                                                                              in expensive prep classes. Many expensive ementary schools it that it can hinder the                   Assistant Graphics Editors              contributions, countries will hunt          been made. Those in power who run the                 There is even talk about a second Co-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Arnav Dugar
Family, the Heenes                                                                                private schools have sprouted all over the children’s social abilities. Most obviously,                                                        for the “cheapest” way to get cred-         circus rides, who design the policies and         penhagen since the expectations for the
were in the process of                                                                            country. All this is understandable; after such expensive schools usually have mini-                          Design Editor                    its, leading to an non-sustainable          know how to take advantage of them, will            rst one are already plummeting.
developing their own                                                                              all, getting into a good college can be the mal class sizes, and the small student-to-                         Tiffany Tung                    business rather than a program for          end up richer. Meanwhile those who are                Some fear what the future may bring.
TV series.                                                                                        gateway into a high-quality life. However, teacher ratio is not necessarily beneficial                     Head Photographers                   environmental change. Regard-               genuinely playing the game have very              Others are simply playing the game. Only
    In an effort to secure this                                                                   the craze has to stop somewhere.               because children get fewer chances to                         Jordan Waite                      less, there would be no method to           little power to achieve anything.                 time will tell if Copenhagen III will become
deal, Richard Heene, the                                                                              Private elemen-                                                  socialize. In addition,                                                   measure the improvement, if any.                With no speci c goals set, countries such     a reality or if the world will give up on the
father, planned the                                                                               tary schools have                                                    educators often view                                                                                                  as China, are left to interpret the standards.    idea altogether by then.
“Balloon Boy Hoax” to                                                                             existed for decades
                                                                                                                                 A rigorous curriculum is              recess and exercise as
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Grishma Athavale, Karen Lyu

get the media’s attention.                                    Tiffany Tung                        but kept a low pro- pointless when given to any mandatory but point-                                       Head Copy Editors
                                                                                                                               child below middle school less activities to keep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Iran's nuclear ambitions leave world in a bind
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Robin Liu, Anna Shen
And the media’s attention did he get, but                                                         file. In recent years,
not the attention that he was expecting.                                                          more parents have                                                    kids fit, not as a vital                Copy Editors
    When the youngest son, Falcon                                                                 been pushing their                                                   element to their social     Serena Chan, Vivian LeTran, Karen Yang
revealed that the family had “done it              Richard Heene went to try and                  precocious youngsters to apply to these and physical development. Expensive                             Head Business Manager                             by Arnav Dugar                   to Russia and France so that it would be          and impose its own sanctions against Iran
for the show,” the family’s plans for a        achieve fame, and forcing his children             elite schools. Demand has been growing, schools try to appear better than their                            Kavya Nagarajan                                                                 impossible to convert the resulting energy        even if the rest of the world does not fully

television show blew up in their faces,        to lie to the police and nation, Child             so new schools have been founded, the public school counterparts by developing                                                                     he current Iranian regime has con-      grade uranium into a weapons grade form.          support this action. If the European Union
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Assistant Business Manager
and America learned that television is         Protective Services has been contacted.            most recent of which is the Speyer Legacy extensive physical fitness programs, but                             Lauren Kuan                          sistently shown its intent to develop      Another option is to combat the im-            agrees to these sanctions along with the
not what it should be.                         This is both good and detrimental for              School in west Manhatten, which opened no fitness regime can compare to letting                                                                     nuclear weapons. Iran has already       pending nuclear war with aggression,              U.S., together accounting for over 30 per-
    Is it really worth gambling away           the children; good because their father            its doors this year with a ridiculous admis- the children roam free by themselves.                       Reporters/Layout Artists           shown sufficient progress on the three         proposed by former vice president Dick            cent of world oil imports, it should have
                                                                                                  sion price of $28,500 for kindergarten.                                                          Isabelle Albert, Serena Chan, David Eng,
one’s pride in order to achieve fame?          is psychotic, and detrimental because                                                                Parents fret over their bright children          Sarah Hull, Vivien Lu, Aanchal Mohan,    pieces of technology to create an effective    Cheney, but it will not be well received          signi cant impact on Iran’s oil and natural
The over-reported “John and Kate Plus          their lives will never be the same, and                While the desire of parents to provide not getting the high quality education                       Ashley Tang, Emily Williams         nuclear weapon: uranium enriched to            by Arabs, the American public, or the rest        gas based economy.
Eight” situation is a prime example as to      all hopes of staying a happy family are            the best possible education for their they deserve, but pushing them through                                                                weapons grade, a missile capable of reach-     of the world. Regardless, the U.S. simply            Even if the Iranian regime continues its
                                                                                                  children is understandable, putting such expensive, elite private schools may not                                 Adviser
why one should put one’s private life out      likely to be gone.                                                                                                                                                  Mike Tyler                 ing Israel and parts of Western Europe and     doesn’t have enough money to ght an-              nuclear weapons program despite these
in the world as entertainment, especially          Parents are supposed to care for their         young children through elite schools is just be as beneficial as they think, if at all. The                                                  a warhead that will t on the missile.          other war.                                        sanctions, the people in Iran are likely to
that of a reality show.                        children. Exploiting them and tricking             absurd. They are subjected to a rigorous focus of educating young children should                 Printed by FolgerGraphics in Hayward          Iran's clandestine nuclear program is a       A lot of faith has been put on Obama to        feel the economic impact and hence may
    It’s not worth it. And still, the Heenes   the public eye is not only misleading,             academic curriculum with set standards be on exposure, which any school can do,                      Printing is paid for by advertising    ticking time bomb and its well-advertised      devise a peaceful approach compared to            demand changes from their government.
were willing to ask their children to lie      but also illegal, and since the incident           for each grade. This type of education is not teaching them more advanced facts.                           and a PTSO donation.             intent to threaten Israel makes it a real      his predecessor—not to mention the Nobel             Iranians have already shown their dis-
for them so they can get their own tele-       occurred, the Heenes’ case has been                completely pointless when given to any Most successful students pull ahead dur-                                                             danger. Even so, when it comes to dealing      Peace prize he recently won.                      pleasure with the government by taking
vision show.                                   sent to their district attorney. Unfortu-          child below middle school.                     ing middle and high school as a result of                                                    with Iran, the world, particularly the U.S.,      Pressuring Iran by imposing global             to streets and protesting last summer’s
    Then again, the parents did meet           nately, with the media coverage of the                 Elementary schools need to focus on personal interest and exploration in a sub-                                                         is stuck between a rock and a hard place.      economic sanctions against Iran has been          elections. The time may be ripe to bring
each other at an acting school. Although       hoax, America will still be staying tuned          exploring rather than learning concrete ject, not their parents’ prodding. The best                                                         Meanwhile, Iran seems to be betting it can     proposed, but rapidly growing economies           changes within the country while making
building a balloon and saying that a           regarding the results of the case and              facts and trying to reach set goals on what solution is that if parents feel like public                                                    deploy nuclear weapons while the world         such as China's are dependent on Iranian          the world safer.
child was in their was quite an ingenious      whether charges will be filed.                      children should know by a certain age. school is progressing too slowly for their                                                           is muddling through inaction.                  oil and not inclined to support such an              Of course, such sanctions will likely
idea, tricking America for one’s own               The Heenes got the media that they             For instance, students at Speyer are told child, they can let him play with friends                                                             After much delay, Iran has adamantly       action.                                           result in higher oil prices, but it is better
selfish motives is just wrong.                  were looking for, but they must be re-             they are discussing meteorology rather at school and teach him themselves at                                                                refused the U.N. proposal in which the            One viable option out of this deadlock         to pay that price now instead of taking
    Because of the disturbing length           gretting their decision now.◆                      than the daily weather, and that they are home. ◆                                                                                           enrichment process would be outsourced         could be for the U.S. to take a hard stand        chances with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
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Richmond case shows need for ‘bystander’ law
         by Christine Bancroft                                                              at the Richmond High campus were an                 did not stop the attack or contact police
            and Denise Lin                     The Bystander Effect                         escalated, more horrific equivalent of this          will most likely dodge any legal charges

                                                  The spectators' disturbing lack of ac- second type of bully.                                  because the victim is 15, and the Iverson
    n a famous 1964 incident, a New York       tion in both the Genovese case and Rich-        Authorities are attempting to track              law applies to victims up to age 14.
    city bartender named Catherine “Kit-       mond attack can be described by a social down the many witnesses of the attack                      If the Sherrice Iverson law had been
    ty” Genovese was walking home late         psychological phenomenon called the who did not come forward. But it is un-                      extended to protect all minors 18 or
one night after a day's work when she was      “bystander effect.” Research shows that likely that they will be prosecuted due to               younger, then the girl at Richmond High                                                                                                                                                         Albert Gu
attacked by a man. She screamed, plead-        the more “spectators” witness a crime, a law created in 2000 that only makes not                 might have been rescued sooner, more of
ing nearby bystanders for their help but       the less likely that                                             reporting a sex crime           her attackers might have been arrested
the screams seemed to fall on deaf ears; the   one will report it or                                            illegal if the victim is        on scene or later on with the aid of more      ...SKIP TV FOR A WEEK?                           besides watch football? Well, homework          ...HAGGLE AT TARGET                               I was curious to know if that sort of
bystanders stood idly and later, Genovese's    attempt to intervene. Even if an onlooker may not under 14. The law is                           evidence and those who stood by and al-                                                         or Facebook would be what most high                                                           thing works over here in America, but
attacker came back to finish the job. Her       Psychologists say           have directly participated named after 7-year-                       lowed the horrific crime to occur would                                                          schoolers would answer and church is            AND HOME DEPOT?                               it clearly doesn't. So folks, don't bother
                                                                                                                                                                                                            by David Eng                                                                                                                      trying to haggle for anything at Target
murder—and the bystanders' indifference        this occurs because        in the attack, that does not old Sherrice Iverson,                    have to face serious penalties.                                                                 what my mom would say. Simply put, it

to her pleas—became a national outrage                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      by Robin Liu                      or any other store for that matter. You are
                                               bystanders elude the                                                                                Besides extending the Iverson law                                                            was a struggle to streer my fingers away
and the source of years of academic study.     responsibility in a
                                                                          mean he or she is innocent. a child who was kid-
                                                                                                                napped from a casino            to protect all victims of sexual or vio-                s I trudged about the room con-         from that remote control, but I did.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and Kavya Nagarajan                   basically guaranteed to not get away with

   A similarly vicious attack occurred at      crowd, believing that                                            by an 18-year-old               lent crimes who are at or under 18, the                 templating my next pursuit, I              My tactics included convincing myself                                                      it, unless you end up with a confused and
Richmond High School Oct. 24, when a           someone else will or                                             high school student             state should make sure more schools                     innately plopped down on the            they were getting destroyed with Alex              n places like China and India, when        gullible salesman.
15-year-old girl was raped and beaten          already has taken the initiative to contact and was raped and murdered, while                    teach students the importance of tak-           couch, reached out for the black button-        Smith at quarterback and telling myself            people go shopping, they can get ac-
by a group of young men and boys after         the authorities or medical services to help. several onlookers did nothing to help               ing the initiative in dangerous cir-            laden remote control, fired up the flat           that watching the game translates into             cessories for much cheaper than the        Robin: Home Depot
her Homecoming dance. As many as 20               A crime as horrific as the Richmond gang her, a situation unsettlingly similar to the          cumstances. By doing so, students can           panel screen and sat there mesmerized.          three fewer hours of sleep.                     price written on the tag. Most business          Home Depot claimed that it occasion-
spectators watched and did nothing to          rape becomes even more appalling when Richmond case.                                             protect themselves and prevent such                In the ever-expanding age of techno-            Anyway, then Monday came, the                owners expect to deal with haggling           ally allowed customers to make pricing
aid her, despite the presence of police        it becomes clear that the victim's peers                                                         crimes from occurring in the future.            logical advances, one generation-span-          night I typically devote to watching an         customers.                                    decisions, so I decided that I had a chance
on campus performing routine drug and          did nothing to help her—and even egged 15-year-old girl out of luck                                 Even if an onlooker may not have di-         ning activity has captured the eyes, and        hour of “Heroes.” Tension built. My 13-            But what happens when you try to           for a bargain there.
alcohol searches.                              on her attackers—as this abuse persisted.       These laws that punish witnesses who             rectly participated in the attack, that does    minds, of nearly every American—the             year-old brother fired up the large screen       haggle in America?                               I picked out a $50 floor lamp and
   The attack on the unnamed victim               Anti-bullying campaigns in schools do not report crimes to police are called                  not mean he or she is necessarily innocent.     TV. In my case, it's nearly an addiction.       that stood before me.                                                                         found the nearest store worker.
may have lasted anywhere from one to           have drilled the valuable lesson into “Bad Samaritan” laws, as opposed to                        By failing to intervene, the bystanders            Perhaps some may criticize me for my            I had finished all of my work and prac-       Kavya: Target                                    “Excuse me, is it possible to get a
two hours and still no one called 911 until    students that there are two kinds of bul- “Good Samaritan” laws, which protect                   at Richmond High School allowed the             affection for this mindless leisure pursuit.    ticed the piano like a good boy should.            “Eight dollars for this pair of earrings?” discount on this lamp?” I asked. “I have
around midnight that evening. Seven sus-       lies: Those who directly harm others and people who do intervene, or provide first                course of unrestrained brutality to run         Others may question my commitment               Oh and I recalled this episode focused          Kavya asked. “No, I'll                                            a lamp just like this
pects, some as young as 15 and 16, have        those who observe crime or abuse but fail aid to victims until authorities arrive. Of            wild at the expense of a defenseless, 15-       to school and time organization meth-           on Hiro medaling with the space-time            pay you five.”                    His expression was               from this store a few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   His expression was
been taken into custody.                       to act. It can be argued that the students course, the Richmond High students who                year-old girl. ◆                                ods if I have enough time to indulge in
                                                                                                                                                                                                several hours of simply gazing into “the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                continum! Who cares? You have nothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                else to do whispered someone on my              priceless. He looked          priceless. He looked at years ago, and$20.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  one only costed

                                                                                                                                                                                                tube.”But somehow I seem to get away            shoulder. No. Don't you want to show off        at me, unsure if I was me, unsure if I was being                      He looked from me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                being serious. I tried                                            to the lamp and asked,
CANDIDCARICATURES                                                                                                                                                                               with watching the Warriors game while
                                                                                                                                                                                                typing that essay for English.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                your self-control to the people who will read
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                your newspaper article whispered someone        my hardest to keep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Do you remember
                           by Cullan McChesney                                                                                                                                                     So it was then that I set out on a quest     on my opposing shoulder.                        a straight face. I read                                           what model it was?”
                                                                                                                                                                                                to test my own will power: Could I sur-            One hour later I found myself sadly          the name next to the 'Target' symbol on          “No, but I'm pretty sure it's the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                vive a week without TV?                         sliding into bed, considering what I            his name tag. “Mark, do you really expect lamp,” I said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   The experiment began Nov. 4 and five          had just done. Failure. I suppose I can         to sell these for eight bucks?” I asked.         The store worker went on to explain
                                                                                                                                                                                                days later I still had not watched any          not survive a week without watching                “Uh, I don't decide prices actually. that because he didn't have any evidence
                                                                                                                                                                                                telecasts. During that span, the weekend        television.                                     But I can't give it to you any cheaper. It's that the lamps were the same model, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                was easily the most straining on my                I fell short, but perhaps you could          sterling silver,” he said, surprised by my couldn't get a discount.
                                                                                                                                                                                                self-values.                                    succeed. Can you survive a week without         odd behavior.                                    Perhaps if I had been more prepared,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   What else is there to do on Sundays          watching television? ◆                             “I know its sterling silver, but eight I may have reached a successful bargain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dollars?” I said.                             I know for a fact that people who have
                                                                                                                                                                                                FALCON                                                                                             He looked at me, not sure if I wanted brought in prices off the Internet re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    FIGURES                                                                                     a response.                                   ceived discounts or even had their prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Uh, I'm sorry. If it's not on sale, you matched. With a bit of experience and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     2.24    Number          250 Billion Number           $1.5 Trillion Value of                can't get it any cheaper,” he said, trying evidence, a customer just may be able to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of TV sets in an        of hours of TV               that time with respect                to hide his smile.                            get away with a sweet deal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     average     U.S.        watched annually by          to wages ($5/hour)                       I gave up. I couldn't fake it any longer.     Bargaining in America may not be ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     household               Americans                                                          After I explained to him that I was doing cepted in most stores, but only a persua-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      —by David Eng             an experiment for my school newspaper, sive customer armed with information
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                he lightened up and began to laugh.           will have a chance at a discount. ◆

Time for Americans to switch off consumerist lifestyles
              by Robin Liu                     the world's population. The average             experiment with new types of green tech-

         and Cullan McChesney                  American will contribute 52 tons of trash       nology. In addition, California is making

                                               to landfills by the age of 75. Out in the        electric utilities limit carbon emissions and                 Going Green
      xcess. This word has defined Ameri-       Pacific Ocean, an enormous garbage patch         increase the use of renewable resources.
      can culture since the inception of       twice the size of Texas continuously circles        The federal government should use                  NUMBERS: Americans use 24 per-                                                              Vo was unable to set aside as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by Vivien Lu
      industrialization. No where else in      between America and Asia—a floating              California as an example to bring the                  cent of the world’s energy, and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  much time to practice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               and Ashley Tang
the world exists a place where citizens        reminder of America's excess waste.             rest of the country in line. It should look

                                                                                                                                                      average American adds 52 tons of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “As the year progressed,
consume so many manufactured goods.               These days, people buy way more than         for more diverse forms of green energy                 trash to landfills by the age of 75
                                                                                                                                                                                                          his year's junior quad day dance        the workload increased, so I
Many parents in Third World coun-              what they need, and all the surplus ends up     such as harvesting the by-products from                WHAT’S NEXT: Innovative technol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          marked the debut of Brian Vo's no-      didn't have much time to go
tries wake up worrying whether they            in the dump or as litter. The need for luxu-    Algae, which not only provides oil but                 ogy and renewable resources can
                                                                                                                                                                                                          longer-hidden talent: break danc-       out on the football field and
can provide enough food to feed their          ries is high on the list of the average Amer-   ethanol gas. The consensus seems to be                 limit carbon emissions
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ing. All eyes were focused on him as he        b-boy with my friends.”
children, while in America people are          ican's priorities. In many places, there are    that wind and solar power are optimal                                                               performed an elaborate windmill.                   Even though break dancing
constantly subjected to mass production.       more shopping malls than high schools.          but these technologies are still limited by                                                             “I was nervous before, but once I got      is generally done alone, Vo has
   Anyone who has sauntered down the               In the fight against excess waste, Cali-     production procedures and unattractive                                                              out and finished my solo, I felt great to       made many friends who share
endless isles of Costco can only begin to      fornia is one of the leading states and has     manufacturing designs.                           lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   have represented my class,” Vo said.           his interest.
grasp the overwhelming amount of en-           taken the first steps in moving toward              It's not like solar and wind are dead-           For those who can't afford solar panels
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Many people who have known Vo for              Juniors Sanjeev Srivatsa
ergy and resources spent catering to the       a sustainable society. While other states       end technologies; it's just that as a nation     and low-energy appliances, there are still
                                                                                                                                                                                                   a long time didn't realize he was a break      and Jeff Kuo are among some
“American dream.”                              have been increasing their energy con-          people need to be open-minded to diver-          countless ways to decrease consumption.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   dancer until after the quad dance.             of the people who get together
   We have been taught to expect comfort       sumption, California has started a revolu-      sity in the field of green technologies. As       Even the simplest acts, such as buying
                                                                                                                                                                                                       “When I saw him, I was amazed that         to practice their moves.
and security in our daily lives. Ameri-        tionary system of rewarding those who cut       more resources are wasted, innovative            items only out of necessity or recycling
                                                                                                                                                                                                   he could do all that,” said Jay Lee. “It's         “Throughout the year, I met
cans consume 24 percent of the world's         down on their energy usage. This system         technology may not even be enough,               resources or buying used items can help
                                                                                                                                                                                                   just weird how you can know someone            a few people who also enjoyed
energy but constitute only 5 percent of        encourages people to conserve energy and        leaving it up to the people to adjust their      lead the planet to a brighter future. ◆
                                                                                                                                                                                                   for so long and then see them do all this      b-boying, so I practiced with
                                                                                                                                                                                                   crazy stuff that you've never seen them        them,” Vo said. “We would
TOGATALKS                               I try to turn off                                 I recycle all the                                    I started reusing
                                                                                                                                                                                                   do before.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Vo first started dancing the sum-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  help each other with different
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  moves and watch one another                                                                                            Jordan Waite

                                        the lights in my                                  stuff that needs to                                  bottles and paper                                   mer after freshman year because it was         improve.”                        Junior Brian Vo showcases his impressive breakdancing moves during the junior Homecoming
                                        house when they                                   be recycled and I                                    instead of                                          an invigorating way to pass time. He               However, it is hard to tell quad day on Nov. 5. Vo debuted his skills as an effort to support and represent his class.
       What changes are                 are not being                                     turn off and unplug                                  constantly wasting                                  took each new move as a challenge he           those who really enjoy danc-
       you making to be                 used and I avoid                                  things when they                                     them in order to                                    yearned to accomplish.                         ing from those who enjoy the               dedicated b-boy and someone who's just time soon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       “It takes a million mistakes before        “cool” reputation that comes along with in it for giggles,” Vo said.                      “I don't even practice anymore, since
       more green?                      using styrofoam.                                  aren’t being used.                                   save energy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   I can learn a move, but when I do, it's        it.                                           Although Vo sometimes feels bad that I'm a junior and have to put up with all my
                                                                                                                                                                                                   always so rewarding,” Vo said.                     “I know a lot of people who try, but he doesn't have much time to dance, he academics,” Vo said. “To tell you the truth,
                                                      sophomore Steven Sun                                     junior Victor Zhang                         freshman Shireen Kaul                       However, during sophomore year,            there's an ambiguous line between a doesn't plan on dropping his hobby any when the time comes, I just dance.” ◆
12 lifestyles                                                                                                                                  The Saratoga Falcon
                                                                                                                                                 December 4, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Saratoga Falcon
                                                                                                                                                                                      December 4, 2009                                                                                                       lifestyles 13

the falcon guide to:
                                                                                 Winter Ball
                                                                                 Dress to Impress
                                                                                        Dress to Impress
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          date: Dec. 12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          time: 8-11p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          place: Big Gym
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          initial cost: $17
                                                        BOYS                                                                                                                                              GIRLS
 L                                                                                                                                                    F                                                                                                                                               How to ask
                                                                                                                                                           or girls, finding the perfect outfit is essential for any dance. Whether the dance is casual
       et’s face it: We are at an awkward age as guys—when clothes don’t quite fit us right and we                                                          or formal, girls always strive to look their best. To help those who are stressed out and
       haven’t quite developed a knack for purchasing formal wear. Even many adults have prob-                                                             need some help with their outfits for Winter Ball, here are some tips.
       lems with dressing to impress. To set you on the right track, here are a few tips and tricks I
 have learned over the years.
                                                                                                                                                           DRESS: T                    he dress is the most important part of the outfit, so put some
       SHIRT:                                                                                                                                                                          time into finding the right one. Try to wear colors like yellow

                               T                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WHETHER YOU ARE

                                   o start off, decide whether you are on the slender side or if you                                                                               or green; stay away from blue especially unless you want to look
                                   have a larger build. If you are like me and most traditional dress                                                                              like everyone else. As for the style, we all know you want to feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BOLD, SWEET OR SHY,

                               shirts make you look like a pirate, try a shirt marked “slim fit” or “fit-                                                                            like a princess, but there’s no need to wear a full-length ball gown
                               ted.” Shirts like these will give you a cleaner look and won’t make it
                               look like your clothes were an afterthought.
                                                                                                                                                                                   to this semi-formal dance. This isn’t prom! However, that does
                                                                                                                                                                                   not mean you should wear something too short. You don’t want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           THESE CUTE IDEAS AND
                                  For those who have longer arms or a larger stature will do just fine                                                                              to be too revealing! If you want your date to match his tie, make                                                       TIPS ARE SURE TO MAKE
                               with shirts marked “traditional” or “classic.”                                                                                                     sure you tell him the exact color of your dress beforehand.
                                  The shirt design and color can be just as crucial as fit but is largely                                                                                                                                                                                                      ANY GIRL SAY YES!
                              based on personal preference. If you are not confident in your sense
                              of fashion, ask a salesman or store clerk that is dressed well; a good
                                                                                                                                                                                      emember comfort! We know that high heels are fashionable,                                                                             by Serena Chan
                              percentage of the time they will be able to steer you straight and find
                                                                                                                                                                                      but there’s no need to wear four or five inch heels. You prob-

                               the best fit for you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Ashley Tang

       TIE:                                                                                                                                                                       ably don’t want to be hobbling around the dance floor after an

                                                                                                                                                                                  hour so try to get something comfortable and cute!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ith Winter Formal coming up, more and more

                               T  he most important component to ties, tying the tie, is one of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                people are racking their brains trying to think

                                  most dreaded rituals and one that few men actually know how to                                                                                                                                                                                                                   up a “good way” to ask their date to the dance.
                               do properly. See and click on “Windsor knot” to learn                                                                                                                                                                                                   Most people don't have enough money to buy a private
                               how to tie one properly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jet and fly it over school during lunch with a banner at-
                                                                                                                                                           BLING:                                                                                                                                        tached saying: “Will you go to Winter Ball with me?” For
                                                                                                                                                      the                         T   ry to go for jewelry that’s simple and elegant. Extravagant
                                                                                                                                                                                      necklaces, rings and earrings will just make you look like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         most of us who cannot afford such extravagance, here are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a few priceless ways to ask your crush, whether a girl or

       PANTS:                                                                                                                                                                     you’re trying to show off and way overdressed. They say dia-                                                           a guy, to Winter Ball:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Bold: Burst into her first-period class and attempt
                                                                                                                                                                                  monds are a girl’s best friend, but make sure your jewelry doesn’t
                                   ants or slacks, unlike the other items, generally need to be tai-                                                                                                                                                                                                     to serenade her. Have some roses in your mouth and
                                                                                                                                                                                  shine brighter than you and your date.
                                   lored. Go to a store like Nordstrom’s or Macy’s, which usually

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         bring a boombox playing cheesy music. It might be a
                               have a tailor on call to help you alter your pants.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       good idea to check beforehand with the teacher and find
                                  As for the color, a pair of neat black pants will go well with most                                                                                                                                                                                                    out where she sits so you don't look clueless while you
                               shirt-tie combinations as will a shiny black belt. If you are wearing
                               pants that are not black, a brown belt might be better.                                                                     MAKEUP:                                                                                                                                       search for the right person.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Sweetie: For each of her classes, leave some Her-
                                                                                                                                                                                  I  t’s a good idea to put some makeup on but don’t go overboard.
                                                                                                                                                                                     No one wants to go to winter ball with a raccoon. Ask a couple of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         shey's kisses on her desk which spell out your message
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         one word per class. Remember, chocolate is the key to

        SHOES:                                                                                                                                                                    friends for suggestions. If you don’t normally wear makeup, ask a                                                      success.

                               T   he right shoes can help your posture and can make you feel and                                                                                 friend who does to help you apply it.                                                                                     The Shy: Even if you are absolutely terrified, the
                                   appear inches taller. However, the wrong shoes can make your                                                                                                                                                                                                          least you could do is leave a personal note in her locker.

                               night a living hell. If your shoes are uncomfortable, try some Dr.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Please, please don't text, IM, or Facebook it.
                               Scholls inserts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Creative: Find an inside joke that you both share
                                  Shoe colors are simple enough. Dark pants go with black shoes and                                                                                                                                                                                                      and incorporate it into your plan. (If you don't have any,
                               tan or light colored pants go with brown shoes.
                                                                                                                                                           HAIR:                                                                                                                                         she's not worth asking).

                                                                                                                      Sophomore Cullan                                                                                                                           Senior Mary Mykhaylova                     The Cool: Show up in a suit, tie and aviators, pull a
                                                                                                                      McChesney poses in his                                           o matter what you choose, keep these tips in mind to blow your            sports an elegant Jessica
                                                                                                                                                                                       date away! Get together with a group of your friends so you can                                                   James Bond move by asking her with style. Or, get Mr.

                                                               over, so invest in a decent cologne from Macy’s or     well-tailored outfit                                                                                                                        McClintock dress.                       Bosco to ask her for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                  get their feedback and help when you're going dress shopping or get-

  THE “REST OF IT”:                                            Nordstrom’s. Contrary to popular belief, you are
                                                               not fumigating a house so one or two sprays is all
                                                               you need.
                                                                                                                                                                                  ting ready.                                                                                                               The Creeper: Stalk her until you find her alone; then
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tap her on the shoulder and surprise her. This could go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         wrong; make sure your girl won't flip out.

   T    here are several other things that you can do to
        improve your appearance and the overall im-
                                                                  “The clothes make the man,” said Mark Twain.
                                                               However it also works both ways. Just because you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Direct: This one is both the simplest and the hard-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         est, unless you have guts. Just look her in the eyes and

   pact of your ensemble. Got facial hair? Great. Shave        have put the perfect outfit together does not mean                                                                                                                                                                                         ask.
                                                                                                                                                          ometimes hair is better left alone. But if you want to get all dolled                                                                              No matter what your style is, make it personal. Know
   it off. Girls do not like guys who look like they’ve        that manners should go out the window. Remember
                                                                                                                                                          up, go for some soft curls, you don’t want your hair bouncing with-                                                                            what your girl likes whether it's a public invitation,
   recently gotten lost in the woods. This includes            to show common courtesy, e.g., opening the door
                                                                                                                                                       out you! Straightening your hair can also give you a sleek and shiny                                                                              sweets or a secret note. Put time and effort into your
   those of you with the freshmen “fuzzstache.”                for her and being nice, etc. and you will surely im-                                                                                                                                                  - Maggie Lin
                                                                                                                                                       look. ◆                                                                                                                                           planning; after she says yes, all you have to do is sit back
       The days of taking a bath in Axe body spray are         press your date. ◆                                        - Cullan McChesney                                                                                                                      and Rebecca Nguyen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and wait for winter formal to come around. ◆


 FALCON                                        Likely final
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Of course you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  get nervous, es-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “A guy made a shirt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             that said ‘Will you go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would want him
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to ask straight
                                                                                    The estimated
                                                                                                                          The estimated
                                $22                                                                                                            250
                                                bid price                                                                                               Attendance

                                                                                      price of a                            price of a                                                                                            pecially if you like                                       to Winter Formal with          up. If he asks
                                               if you wait                                                                                               last year
                                                                                      girl’s outift                         boy’s outfit                                                                                           her a lot.”                                                me?’ I said no, but I          cutely and I want
                                              until the last
                                                 moment                                                                                                                                      Thoughts on                                                                                     like it when they ask          to say no, then

 Winter Ball                                                                                                                                                                                  Winter Ball                                                                                    in a sweet way.”               it’d be awkward.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 junior Brian Chiou       senior Elisabeth Bellissimo                              freshman Katherine Chang

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tiffany Tung
14         school scope                                                                                                                                          The Saratoga Falcon
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YEN PINNED DOWN BY STANFORD                                                                                                                                                                        Pollack trots her way to championships
                                       application] out and hoped for      have plans of continuing wres-                                     PLAYER OF THE GAME

       by Aanchal Mohan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PLAYER OF THE GAME

                                       the best.”                          tling after college and hopes to                                                                                            by Grishma Athavale                She annually attends The Cel-      has captured wins there in 2004,
                                                                                                                    Alan Yen

     t was 9 a.m. on Oct. 21, and          Yen began to wrestle seven      become a doctor, he does have                                                                                                                               ebration, a Tennessee Walking         2006, 2007 and 2009.                        ASHLEY POLLACK
                                                                                                                    Event: Wrestling                    College Chosen: Stanford
     senior Alan Yen was sitting       years ago and has been hooked       big dreams for his wrestling                                                                                                unior Ashely Pollack excels     Horse competition, which takes            Pollack has been growing up
                                                                                                                    Experience: 7 years                 CCS Appearances: 2                                                                                                                                               Event: horseback riding and           Main Competition: The
     in his fourth-period history      ever since.                         career in college.                                                                                                          in competitive horseback rid-   place in Shelbyvile. Pollack said     with horses since age 3, and her
                                                                                                                    College Offers: Stanford, Univer-   Weight Class: 189+ pounds                                                                                                                                        show horse                            Celebration takes place in Ten-
 in film class when his cell phone          “It’s a rewarding win,” said         “I hope to be a four-year           sity of Pennsylvania, Princeton     Potential Major: Medicine                      ing; she has won five world      The Celebration is equivalent to      family has owned and shown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Merits: 5 world champion-             nessee
 rang. Thankfully, the teacher         Yen. “I get all the credit for it   starter,” said Yen, “and maybe                                                                                          championships and two world         the Olympics for the Tennessee        horses for decades. She loves the           ships, 2 world grand champion-        Practice Location: Morgan Hill
 was absent and a sub was pres-        because it’s one on one.”           I can be a NCAA champion my                                                                                             grand championships in the past     Walking Horse industry and is         feeling she gets after her horse-           ships                                 Experience: 13 years
 ent instead. Not sure who the             All of Yen’s hard work paid     senior year.”                                                                                                           10 years.                           the most important competition        back riding practices.
 caller was, Yen made an excuse        off when he was recruited by            Along with Stanford, Yen also                                                                                          World championships pit          in the walking horse world.               “When I ride horses on trail
 that he needed to go to his car. As   Stanford to wrestle in the 189-     applied to Princeton and the                                                                                            horses from all over the world         Every trainer, owner, exhibi-      rides I feel free, like there's noth-                                                                 Junior Ashley
 he reached his car, he called back    pound division. During the off      University of Pennsylvania and                                                                                          against each other in different     tor and fan works year round for      ing else going on,” said Pollack.                                                                     Pollack not only
 the unknown caller not knowing        season he practiced six days a      was accepted by both schools                                                                                            divisions, while a world grand      the 10-day event.                     “But when I show horses I usu-                                                                        displays her tal-
 what to expect. When the caller       week and took any opportunity       for wrestling but chose Stanford                                                                                        championship matches the best          “The celebration is what I look    ally feel a rush and get anxious                                                                      ent in showcasing
 on the other end of the phone         that he could get to wrestle go-    over the other two. He is guar-                                                                                         of world champions in smaller       forward to most all year,” said       and aggressive during a compe-                                                                        her horse, but also
 picked up, Yen happily found          ing as far as Half Moon Bay and     anteed admission to the school                                                                                          classes with combined divi-         Pollack. “I get to go to Tennessee,   tition.”                                                                                              proudly shows off
 out that it was the Stanford          Stanford when they held open        but whether he will receive any                                                                                         sions.                              stay in our house there, and ride         Pollack has no plans so far to                                                                    years of training
 University head wrestling coach       mat sessions to show the coaches    financial aid is unclear.                                                                                                   To prepare for such competi-     and show all my best horses, and      pursue competitive horseback                                                                          by posing with her
 John Procter, who had called to       his talent.                             “I like Stanford’s team and                                                                                         tions, Pollack devotes her week-    see all my friends from around        riding in college.                                                                                    beautiful steed in
 tell him that he had been ac-             “I think it’s all about [his]   their coaches,” said Yen. “ I have                                                                                      ends to practicing on her ranch     the country.”                             “After I am done with college,                                                                    front of an admir-
 cepted to compete in the sport        work ethic,” said assistant wres-   gotten to know them pretty well                                                                                         in Morgan Hill.                        Although she said she has          I will most likely still be riding                                                                    ing crowd at the
 at the Division 1 school.             tling coach Kirk Abe. “Wrestling    since my junior year and since                                                                                             She shows horses, which is       won “way too many awards              horses every once in a while,”                                                                        Celebration com-
     “I received a packet from         has been one of his central fo-     [Stanford] is so close I can train                                                                                      riding a horse in a class around    too count,” Pollack points to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   petition in Ten-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             said Pollack. “It depends on
 Stanford around the end of            cuses along with academics.”        with them a lot between now
                                                                                                                                                                                    Jordan Waite                                                                                                                                                                                   nessee in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                   a ring against other people in a    victories at The Celebration as       where my life takes me at that                                                                        2009.
 August,” said Yen. “I filled [the          Even though Yen does not        and when I go there.” ◆              Alan Yen pins his opponent to the mat in his tournament at Reno.                   certain division.                   her proudest achievements. She        point in time.” ◆                                                        courtesy of Ashley Pollack

                                                                                                                                                                                                   WHETHER ATHLETIC OR ACADEMIC,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   MANY STUDENTS REACH THE TOP
                                                                                                                                                                                                   OF THEIR FIELDS, COMPETING WITH
                                                                                                                                                                        Albert Gu
                                                                                                                                                                                                   THE CREAM OF THE CROP.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Albert Gu

Junior’s passion for math adds to success                                                                                                                                                          SENIOR ON COURSE TO BROADWAY
               by Kevin Mu                 liked math but was not serious about it           ly. And in high school, he would finally          the Bay Area math community.
             and Anna Shen                 because of the lack of competition there.         got the opportunity to show just how far            “A lot of people don't know this, but             CHRIS RENALDS ON THE ROAD TO REACHING GOAL OF PERFORMING ON STAGES AROUND THE WORLD

                                              “I used to actually be an avid gamer           he had come.                                     Amol is actually a lot better at math than I
      or many students, math is painful before I moved here,” said Aggarwal. “I                  Aggarwal qualified for the selective          am,” said fellow mathematician champion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     PLAYER OF THE GAME

      at worst and tedious at best. Not so didn't feel any motivation to learn any           United States of America Mathematics             Albert Gu. “I tend to do well on contests                 by Mary Mykhaylova             but, Renalds has worked many          As the curtains will soon be

      for junior Amol Aggarwal.                     extracurricular stuff.                   Olympiad (USAMO) competition in his              and get good results, but I don't even com-                                              productions both in and out of     drawn on the final scene of his
The champion mathematician                             In California, Aggarwal at first       freshman and sophomore years and got             pare to him in practice. He deserves a lot                    s a sixth grader, senior   Redwood and Saratoga High          high school career, Renalds is                   CHRIS RENALDS
views mathematics as less as                        struggled with MathCounts, a             the highest score out of any freshman.           more than he's given credit for.”                             Chris Renalds was cast     School’s theatre departments,      pursuing his goals by auditioning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Event: Musical Theatre
a linear subject and more as a                      nationwide math competition              He qualified for Mathematics Olympiad                Aggarwal practices math whenever he                        as Winthrop Paroo in his   including an appearance in Chil-   for the musical theatre programs                 Experience: 7 years
series of dynamic and intercon-                     for middle-schoolers, missing            Summer Program (MOSP) by earning a               gets the chance to. He frequently browses            first musical, “The Music Man.”      dren’s Musical Theatre San Jose’s  at numerous universities.                        Drama Productions: “The Music Man,” “Rent,” “On the Razzle,”
nected concepts, each of which                      the qualifications for the state         top score in the USAMO in his freshman           The Art of Problem Solving, an online                Little did he know that five years   premiere production of “Rent” as      In preparation for his college                “Romeo and Juliiet” and “West Side Story”
he tackles with hours of prob-                      competition both years; he wasn't        year.                                            forum where inspired students come to-               later he would go as far as at-     Tom Collins.                       audition for University of Michi-                Active Member: Children’s Music Theatre, Vice President of the
lem-solving and learning.                           a national champion yet.                     In his sophomore year, he received           gether to discuss all aspects of advanced            tending a summer conservatory          This year alone, Renalds is     gan in Ann Arbor on Nov. 20,                     Glee Club, and SHS’ Drama Club
   “Math is a hobby for me,”                           But his passion for math mani-        the second highest score in the Bay Area         math. On the site, he is respected by math-          program at the NYU Tisch School     vice president of Glee Club, was   Renalds found himself having to                  Goal: to be on Broadway
said Aggarwal. “It’s a choice,       Aggrawal festedand nonstop constant solv-
                                                           itself in his         hard        Math Olympiad (BAMO), one of only                ematicians all around the world.                     of the Arts.                                                                prepare far in advance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Potential College: University of Michigan
not something burdened on my                        work                 problem             two students in the competitive area to             “Math is more interesting than any                    Now a Musical Theatre                                                      Aside from the expected
back.”                                     ing.                                              solve all five problems in four hours. He         other subject,” said Aggarwal. “It requires          veteran, Renalds has truly          [Theatre] is a career that              songs and monologues, he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Summer Program: New York University Tisch School of the Arts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Favorite Musical: Spring Awakening
   Before Aggarwal moved from New             During the two summers before high             has also won a myriad of smaller regional        more thinking, and it’s more mind-twist-             embraced his talent, allow-       gives you a kind of immedi- anticipated the potential bal-
York to California in seventh grade, he school, Aggarwal studied math extensive-             competitions and gained a reputation in          ing and intuitive.” ◆                                ing the hobby to blossom          ate reward as the audience let and jazz auditions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   into a serious aspiration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   He has been taking voice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    claps or laughs for you. That’s dancer,” not a very good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         admitted Renalds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   lessons for six years, attends   the the emotion response that “I have somewhat of a natu-
    Swimmer aims for Olympics                                    Chess team tries to defy odds                                   Science whizzes net hat trick                                     dance classes twice a week            people do theatre for.”               ral rhythm that springs me

  A                                                                                  S                                         S
        fter breaking 11 Pacific                                                          enior Charles Sun racked                eniors Malika Kumar and                                          and rarely has downtime                                                     close to music, but other-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   between productions.
        region swimming records                                                           his brain, digging deep for             Haley Zarrin have competed                                                                                       —senior Chris Renalds wise, it’s something that I
  at the age of 12, sophomore Ian                                                     a move that would outwit his             together in the regional science                                        “I hope to be a working                                                 struggle with.”
  Burns has every right to claim                                                      opponent, until he finally had            fair, Synopsys-Silicon Valley                                       actor,” said Renalds, “and                                                     Renalds has had to take
  the Olympics as a career swim-                                                      a checkmate, resulting in a win          Science and Technology Cham-                                        not have to be a waiter all my a lead in “On the Razzle” and many dance classes to get where
  ming goal that is well within                                                       for him. Then came the thrill of         pionship, every year since their                                    life.”                              plans to audition for “The 25th he hopes to be: “a singer and ac-
  reach.                                                                              victory at the National Open             freshman year. They finished                                             Renalds aspires to someday Annual Putnam County Spelling tor who also moves well.”
      “I really found that I had tal-                                                 tournament in 2006.                      first and qualified for the Cali-                                     be on Broadway or in the least Bee“ at CMTSJ.                             According to Renalds, many
  ent and I started swimming full                                                         Flash forward three years            fornia State Fair every year.                                       be successful in some arena that       Renalds anticipates the sec- overlook the hard work that goes
  time year round,” said Burns. “I                                                    and the chess team has only                 “I was shocked when they                                         falls into theatre.                 ond semester of his senior year into theatre.
                                       Burns                            Sun                                                                                      Kumar                                 “[Theatre] is a career that to be a busy one, and he will be          “People don’t realize how
  just got better from there.”                                                        seven players, including Sun,            announced our names at the
      Burns currently swims for the national team at              but the team is still going strong, and aims to win          ceremony,” said Kumar. “We                                          gives you a kind of immediate juggling college auditions and much like a sport it is,” Renalds
  Santa Clara, specializing in butterfly and freestyle             a sixth straight state championship this coming              weren’t expecting to place, much less qualify for                   reward as the audience claps or two shows at once.                     said. “If anything, it’s even more
  and practices with his team for 20 hours a week.                season.                                                      the international fair.”                                            laughs for you,” said Renalds.         “It’s almost like I’ll be work- time-consuming, since you find
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “That’s the emotion response ing, except for no pay,” joked yourself devoting your entire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jordan Waite
                                                                                                                                                                                                   that people do theatre for.”        Renalds. “Well, working to main- week to it. Regardless, it’s a lot
                                                                                                                                    For the full stories, visit                 Since his middle school de- tain my grades is more like it.”       of fun.” ◆                                 Chris Renalds stars as Christopher with Jay Lee in “On the Razzle.”
16 in-depth                                                                                                                                                The Saratoga Falcon
                                                                                                                                                             December 4, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                 The Saratoga Falcon
                                                                                                                                                                                 December 4, 2009                                                                                                           in-depth                                                17
    Every school has its rules. Students may hate them,                                                                                                                                                                                                                    id Eng
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Super Quiz by Davtest your knowledge of the rules of the school. Scoions,

    but they have to live with them. So the next time you’re                                                                                                                                                                                         is as follows: On
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Answer the following
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nine questions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       e point for freshman lev
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                el questions, two point
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        s for honors level quest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               level questions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and three points for AP
    feeling rebellious, just remember:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (TRUE/FALSE)                                                     probable cause.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FRESHMAN LEVEL                                                 y student's locker with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   oo  l is allowed to search an                             w.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. True or False? The sch                                  cars on campus right no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    assmen can park their               in on-campus building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 s without written
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2.  True or False? Undercl               teachers or students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. True or False? Voice                day school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      consent    is punishable by Satur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ULTIPLE CHOICE)                                               h C) areas may have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       HONORS LEVEL (M                                             les? A) 10 mph B) 15 mp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   it on campus for all vehic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       4. What is the speed lim                                eed limit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 D) there is no official sp in order to participate in or attend a student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       different speed limits                   ny class periods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 d how ma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       5. Students must atten              B) 2 C) 4 D) attend all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      classes.                             ax in cars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ty that same day? A) 0                                           apple pie B) places to rel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  y, the parking      lots are A) areas to eat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       6. During the school da                      D) places to hang out.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        C) off limits  with some exceptions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        E ANSWER)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           N BE MORE THAN ON younger than 20 C) older
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        AP LEVEL (MUL       TIPLE CHOICE — CA                    A) younger than 21    B)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    school dances must be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         7. Students who attend

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ed walls D)

   1.          Ride that in here! “Because of the potential danger in the use of skateboards, roller-skates,                                                                                                                                                                          h school.                                 tiled walls C) on paint
                                                                                                                               Many colleges allow bikes and                                                                                             than 11 D) attending hig                   on concrete walls B) on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      d only A)
               roller blades, ‘razors’ and bicycles, these items are strictly prohibited on campus. This includes                                                                                                                                        8. Posters may be poste
                                                                                                                               long boards, but they are not                                                                                                        sent from an Assistant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Principal.                                   ing? A) it depends on
               parking lots, sidewalks and fields.”                                                                                                                                                                                                       with con                                                  ate in a prank or streak
                                                                                                                              allowed to do tricks. Our school                                                                                                                      for seniors who particip htly streakers C) not allowed to participate
     Sophomore Peter Hsieh, who regularly bikes to school, clarified the rule, highlighting the word “use.” He                                                                                                                                             9. What is the penalty                                   sig
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      B) same for all other un                                  nalty.
  recalls being told to walk his bike through the parking lot to the bike rack last year. Later, Hsieh mentioned              should utilize the same rules.”                                                                                             how much people saw                                         people saw it E) No pe
  that no one really pays attention to the rule pertaining to bicycles on sidewalks and parking lots because no                                                                                                                                                     ation activities D)    it depends how many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in gradu                                                                                      3.True. 4.B, 15
  one really enforces it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    on campus after Jan. 4.
                                                                                                                                               —junior Alison Shen                                                                                                                    e, sopho    mores may only park                          ng lots is not allowed.
     “I’ve only walked my bike like twice,” he said.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Answers: 1.True. 2.Fals                                     , loitering in the parki
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     st  attend four periods. 6.C                          l but not over 21. 8. A an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mph. 5.C, students mu                                es must be in high schoo an assistant principal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           7.A and D, Students   who attend school danc              with prior approva    l of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       d only on concrete walls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           D, Posters may be poste

   2.           Click that shutter. We are all guilty of it. “When funny stuff happens, I take pictures,” said
                sophomore Kushal Raj. Nobody bothers to obey the school rule written in the technology agree-
                ment, which states that students are not allowed to record teachers, staff or their fellow students
  in any form, which includes in photographs, without written consent.                                                    “     It’s a pretty silly rule. I under-
                                                                                                                                  stand why it’s here, but the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           9.C, Not allowed to pa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Scoring: 0-1 Go back to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rticipate in graduati

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               on activities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               l, freshman! 2-5 Cancel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         You should hit the book
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            your weekend plans an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      s harder. 10-13 Impressi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     d pack your bags
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ve... handbook nerd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            for Saturday school. 6-9                                                 ndbooks for fun or som
     Junior Shai Segal agrees the rule does have a logical basis since it protects students’ privacy, but written                                                                                                                                                                     , rule freak. 18   Do you read student ha
  consent still goes a bit too far.                                                                                            rule is kind of useless because                                                                                              14-17 Congratulations
     “Having to get written consent to capture the moment would be absurd,” said Segal.                                           it can’t really be enforced.”
     And the consequence? Termination of your access the school’s network; that’s right, just for taking a photo,                                                                                                     Tiffany Tung
  you can no longer use the school’s computers or wi-fi connection. So keep a pen and pencil handy, just in case
  you want to snap that shot.
                                                                                                                                                —junior Jesse Yung

   3.          Get any funny ideas, mister. “Pranks or streaking are strictly prohibited,” the school
               says, and violating this rule can have serious consequences. In fact, “students who participate in
               pranks or streaking prior to their senior year will be suspended for up to five days.” But can the
                                                                                                                          “   Senior pranks used to be a tra-
                                                                                                                              dition, and it’s a pretty harmless
                                                                                                                                way for seniors to have fun.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                            What do you think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I think that the school’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             rules are pretty much
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             all reasonable and logi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I get that we need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 rules, but some of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the rules that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 school comes up
 threat of suspension stop what was once an age-old senior class tradition? And is this rule actually fair?                                                                                                 about Saratoga’s                 cal, and people should
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with are kind of un-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            school rules?                    do their best to follow
    “Just as long as it’s not harmful, I don’t think it should be against the rules because it’s all in good fun,” said                                                                                                                                                                                          fair or unnecessary.
                                                                                                                                               —senior Karen Choi                                                                            them.
 senior Lauren Boden.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        junior Srinadhi Ragavan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                junior Christina Wu
                                                                                                                              Most sophomores can’t drive
   4.          Park in my spot, underclassman! According to the school, underclassmen, even if
               they are old enough to drive, cannot park in the school parking lot until Jan. 4.                              anyway, but I think it’s unfair
                                                                                                                               for the ones that can or will

                                                                                                                                                                                             BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
                   “You’ve got to be kidding me!” said sophomore Roman Balogh, who celebrated his 16th
birthday Oct. 14. “I would have to find somewhere else to park.”                                                               be able to in the near future.”
   With an unfortunate Homecoming quad day routine and now this, it seems as though the sophomores are
just getting the short end of the stick this year.
                                                                                                                                     —sophomore Amanda Olson

   5.          Play hooky. Before you decide to pull a Ferris Bueller, you might want to watch out for the                                                                                    ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL JOE BOSCO EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A STUDENT IS EXPELLED
                 serious consequences of ditching class. If an absence is not excused, then it will be marked on
                 the student’s attendance record as a cut, and after three cuts, a student is required to attend a
Saturday School. After 10 cuts in one class, a student is forced to drop that class with a withdraw/fail grade.
                                                                                                                          “  Some people take excused
                                                                                                                           absences so they can study for
                                                                                                                                                                                                       by David Eng
                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Karthik Sreedhara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      different students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Suspensions are not always ef-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  taken into account.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “The panel is seen as an impartial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                times we go without any—we don't
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                have a whole lot of expulsions,” said

   More than absences, tardies are a common phenomenon in the morning and can still have consequences if                   a test or something, but I don’t                                                                           fective, it's individually based,” said     entity, and they make a ruling on             Bosco. “Suspensions, 30 or 40, maybe
they become a recurring problem. A student will receive a Saturday School upon his or her sixth tardy of the                 think it’s a smart idea to to                                           rugs. Weapons. Harassment.       Bosco. “For other students, being           what's best for the student and the           [a year], depending on the class and
semester, according to attendance technician Anna Ybarra. Everyone is occasionally absent or tardy, but most                                                                                         It's not a good thing to be sit- suspended has a lot of repercussions        school,” said Bosco. “I try to make           depending on the other issues that
students find the tardy policy a relatively easy rule to abide by.                                                            skip class for any reason.”                                             ting in assistant principal Joe  because of college and issues with          these options last resorts when I do          are going on.”
   “I think it [the school tardy policy] is reasonable because five minutes passing is a lot of time to get to class                                                                          Bosco's office for any of these disci-    that.”                                      my job, but it's not always about                 For most students, the threat of
and the only real tardies would be your first class of the morning,” junior Daryl Chang said.                                                —freshman Jackie Gu                              plinary reasons. The administrator                                                   me.”                                          expulsion and other punishments
                                                                                                                                                                                             may given a student minor penalties Expulsions are “last resorts”                       Although each case of severe rule-         is effective in keeping them out of
                                                                                                                                                                                             like a suspension, but in some cases,       The repercussions of a suspension,       breaking is handled on an individual          trouble.

   6.          Gamble away your lunch money! According to the student handbook, “The Law
                of the State of California prohibits gambling. Therefore, students are expected to refrain from
                                                                                                                          “      Not allowing gambling is
                                                                                                                               reasonable becuase not only
                                                                                                                                 is it illegal, it’s also a bad
                                                                                                                                                                                             he is not as lenient. He has
                                                                                                                                                                                             the power to recommend
                                                                                                                                                                                             expulsion. But what really
                                                                                                                                                                                             happens when he opts to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                although admittedly detri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mental to one's high school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                career, are nowhere near the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                life-altering effects of an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  basis, some transgressions can almost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  certainly spell out an automatic ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Basically it boils down to bring-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “[The offense] obviously goes on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                their permanent record, so it's an in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                centive to not do whatever they did
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                again,” said senior Laura Boden.
                gambling activities which involve exchange of money or items of monetary value.” Better stop                                                                                 enforce these extreme mea-                         expulsion; in the event of an     ing a knife to school, selling drugs,             Like some, Boden also believes
 all of those Fantasy Basketball Leagues with some money involved. Right? Wrong.                                                habit to get in high school.”                                sures, whether it be a sus-                        expulsion verdict, the pros-      bringing guns, bringing weapons [to           that sometimes the administration
     As sophomore Jimmy Zheng puts it, “When they say gambling, I think they mean more money than $5. It                                                                                     pension or expulsion, and                          ecuted student is forced to       school], harassment, sexual crimes,           goes overboard with its punishments.
 should be a considerable amount.”                                                                                                                                                           just how effective are these                       attend a different school.        arson and explosives,” said Bosco.
                                                                                                                                        —sophomore Brian Leung                                                                                                                                                                    “I think they were obviously a little
                                                                                                                                                                                             methods in stopping teens                              Of course, expelling a        “Those are the main things that usu-          hard on the drug dealers from the
                                                                                                                                                                                             from causing trouble?                Bosco         student is no easy decision,      ally get you expelled. [There are] a lot      incident last year,” she said, referring

   7.          Make plans for the weekend. Saturday school, otherwise known as detention, is
               administered as a punishment for a wide array of rule violations, including excessive tardies
               and unexcused absences, cell phone violations, defiance, disruptions in class, leaving campus
  without permission, parking violation and skateboarding on campus.
                                                                                                                          “      Saturday school is really
                                                                                                                               boring. You’re forced to just
                                                                                                                                                                                             Suspensions vary in effectiveness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and the school administra-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tion takes careful measures to ensure
                                                                                                                                                                                                When Bosco encounters a suspen- that any accused student receives a
                                                                                                                                                                                             sion situation, he sends home a letter fair punishment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of other circumstances which are all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  individually based.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A bit of good news
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to last year's scandal in which several
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                drug dealers and users were either
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                expelled or left for another school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But the administration is doing a
     Junior Adam Essertier was given Saturday school this year for being tardy to school on several occasions.                 sit there and do your home-                                   in addition to meeting with the stu-        After Bosco “lays out the facts”            Fortunately, Bosco noted that              good job in enforcing the rules, she
  Suffice it to say that he has set his alarm clock a few minutes early to make sure it doesn’t happen again, but                   work for a long time.”                                    dent and the student's parents. After of the transgression, a three-person           serious disciplinary issues are not as        said.
  nevertheless Saturday schools are not always an effective prevention for miscreant behavior                                                                                                the student spends anywhere up to panel comprised of district adminis-               prominent here compared to other                  “Teenagers are naturally rebel-
     “Many students who tend to get Saturday school sometimes don’t process the consequences,” said Es-                                                                                      a week away from school, it's back trators and office personnel make the              schools in the area.                          lious and its really hard to control
  sertier. “For some people, getting Saturday school goes in one ear and comes out the other.”                                            —junior Adam Essertier                             to the books. However, suspensions final decision.                                       “We average one or two expul-              them,” said Boden. “But I think the
                                                                                                                                                                                             can produce varied results among            Many different circumstances are         sions at the most [annually]. Some-           school is doing its best.” ◆

                                                                                                      -by Grishma Athavale, Arnav Dugar, David Eng and Karthik Sreedhara
18 entertainment                                                                                                                                             The Saratoga Falcon
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THE ARTIST OF THE ISSUE : Jackie                                                                                                                            Bae                             I’M BEGGING YOU FOR ‘MERCY’
                                                                                                                                                                                                        by Ren Norris                    new medical show has failed, as it seems        so often to keep the audience interested,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         there is just no room in viewers’ minds         but that is not found as there are even par-
   unior Jackie Bae talks about her            any restrictions. When I'm having a bad                                                                                                               edical trauma, the complicated      for another show about the lives of hos-        allels drawn between “Mercy” and Show-
   passion for drawing and why she             day, drawing whatever comes to mind                                                                                                                   love lives of several doctors and   pital staff. NBC even got rid of the show       time’s “Nurse Jackie” that sparks the idea                                          METER
   has been committed to this hobby            cheers me up.                                                                                                                                         a ridiculously crowded hospital     “Medium” to make room for “Mercy,”              that “Mercy” is a ripoff. The main charac-
for 11 years. Using different types of                                                                                                                                                     provide plenty of opportunities for drama.    which back-fired as                                                       ters of both of these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              STINK-O-METER: 4
media, mainly pencil, Bae expresses            Q: How does art make you feel?                                                                                                              I’d bet you that was the pitch for the new    “Medium” is now                                                          shows, Jackie and
herself through this type of art and will      A: Well, basically, when I draw I can                                                                                                       NBC drama “Mercy.” I also bet that was        stacking up the rat-                                                     Veronica, are the
begin to prepare for a portfolio due in        convey messages that sometimes I can-                                                                                                       the pitch for the tons of other medical       ings for compet-                                                         tough girls with at-
November to showcase her artwork in            not express in words. Some people write                                                                                                     shows that have already been made.            ing network CBS                                                          titude, both wom-
preparation to show colleges next year.        poetry, while others just like to talk, but                                                                                                 My point? We’ve seen this all before.         on Friday nights.                                                        en are married but
                                               for me the best way to express myself is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lacking original material on the
                                                                                                                                                                                               “Mercy” follows the life of Veronica         Though “Mercy,”                                                       are having affairs           hospital scene, you just can’t give
Q: What types/kinds of art do you do?          through drawing. It's nice to know that                                                                                                     Callahan, played by Taylor Schilling, a       currently in its first                                                    and even support-
A: I do mainly drawing. I basically draw       I'm talented in something—and this                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              this show any mercy.
                                                                                                                                                                                           tough-as-nails but brilliant nurse who        season, does seem to                                                     ing characters are
anything I'm capable of drawing: people,       gives me a greater motivation to keep on                                                                                                    returns to work at Mercy Hospital after a     have witty dialogue                                                      mirrored like the
animals, objects, and scenery. I use many      trying, regardless of the constant erasing                                                                                                  tour of service in Iraq. Flanked by Sonia     and some traumatic                                                       bubbly character
different types of media, but I like to use    I end up doing.                                                                                                                             and Chloe, two other nurses from Mercy        scenes that have                                                         of “Zoey” from           as good as the other medical shows out
pencil and paper most often.                                                                                                                                                               Hospital, Veronica sets out to show off       kept me on the edge                                                      “Nurse Jackie” that      there. “Mercy” is attempting to play in the
                                               Q: How do you get inspired?                                                                                                                 her superior medical knowledge gained         of my seat, it lacks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is almost identi-        big leagues of medical shows, but it has
Q: What age did you start drawing              A: Anything that leaves an impression                                                                                                       in her Iraq experiences. Throw in a           originality to set                                                       cal to the cheery        to face the facts that it just isn't original
seriously?                                     on me inspires me to draw, I guess,                                                                                                         love triangle and a hunk like Dr. Sands       it apart from the other medical shows. I        “Chloe” in “Mercy.” Need I say more?              enough to be on the same playing field.
A: Well, I drew stick figures and happy         anything from a song to a dream to a                                                                                                        (James Tupper) and you’ve got one             know this seems harsh for a new show              All grounds have already been covered              The trend of medical series may allow
faces since I was a toddler and doodled        novel. Other times, I get my inspira-                                                                                                       melodramatic love life. So basically, it      still trying to find its footing, but it is so   in the medical show department, yet               “Mercy” to ride the coattails of previous
all over my homework in elementary             tion from how I feel. If I'm happy, that's                                                                               Grishma Athavale
                                                                                                                                                                                           is Grey’s Anatomy with nurses. Yawn.          easy to compare “Mercy” to other medical        new shows are still being created with            successful shows, but it won't be long
school. I guess that's not really “art,” but   the mood I'll go for when I'm drawing.        Jackie Bae displays her latest painting, done in pastel at the Sunflower Art Studio.              NBC seems to be trying to replace the      shows that it makes it difficult for “Mercy”     only slight variations. I guess the major         before “Mercy” watchers realize their
drawing has always been my favorite            If I'm sad, I'll draw something sad.                                                                                                        successful “ER,” which ran for 15 season      to ever live up to the high standards of        networks don’t get the picture that medi-         case of deja vu—or at least see the need to
hobby ever since I was able to hold a                                                        a birthday card or draw them a picture       cently when I decided to pursue art              on NBC before ending last year. But           shows like “House” or “Grey’s Anatomy.”         cal shows are overworked. It’s not that           spend their time watching a better medi-
pencil.                                        Q: What is the favorite type of art you do?   as a present. They're totally legitimate,    seriously. I'm actually working on a             this attempt to revive enthusiasm for a          Viewers need a breath of fresh air every     “Mercy” is a terrible show—it is just not         cal drama. ◆
                                               A: I love to draw cartoons. It's some-        'cause I put time and effort into them! I    portfolio now so I can apply to art col-
Q: Why do you like this type of art?           thing I learned to do by myself, and it       most often use a pencil or pen or a tablet   leges next year. I want to major in art.
A: Simply put, I like drawing because          doesn't require too much preparation.         to draw on the computer.
it's enjoyable. If there's something on        All I need is a pencil, a piece of paper                                                   Q: Are you in the art program here?
my mind, I'm able to put it on a piece of      and my brain. It's fun to exaggerate the      Q: Do you want to be an artist when          A: I'm currently in Art 3 with Mr. Mc-
paper and show it to the entire world.         gestures and expressions of everything.       you grow up or is this more of a hobby?      Cue. I'm also in the Expressions Club.
It's a creative and fun form of expression     I suck at picking out birthday presents       A: Drawing had always been a hobby
that I can do for hours and hours without      for my friends, so I always make them         for me, but it wasn't until pretty re-                         —by Grishma Athavale

                                                                                                                                                                                             When A-list entertainment doesn’t live up to the hype, the Falcon is here to measure how bad the stench is
                                   THECRITIC                                                                                    THECRITIC
                         More than a Game OST                                                                                       Jaicko
                                                                                                                                                                                           Ponyo simple and disappointing                                                                 Brown needs to lose thesaurus
More than a soundtrack                                                                          Caribbean debut falls short                                                                Despite a star-studded cast, Ponyo fails to impress                                            Heavily stylized writing kills already mediocre plot
Combos of beats and vocals are sure to inspire                                                   Despite promo                            a nationally recognized star. Ironically,

                                                                                                                                          he makes fun of how one song makes                          by Vivian LeTran                                                                                 by Tiffany Tung
                                                                                                 song success, album                                                                                                                                       STINK                                                                                                STINK
                                                                                                                                                                                           T                                                                                              C
         n Oct. 2, King James (aka,                                                                                                       him millions of dollars. In the begin-
         Lebron James) had his acting
         debut in the movie “More than
                                                                                                 doesn’t impress                          ning, the catchy tune is fun to listen to
                                                                                                                                          but becomes annoying too quickly for
                                                                                                                                                                                                  he first movie I watched by direc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  tor Hayao Miyazaki was “My                                            METER                     learly one of the most success-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ful writers of this century, Dan

a Game,” based on his high school                                                                   aicko Lawrence, who recently the song to become a true hit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Neighbor Totoro,” a 1988 Japanese
                                                                                                                                                                                           animated film. “My Neighbor Totoro”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           STINK-O-METER: 3.5                                     Brown has been revered, wor-                 STINK-O-METER: 2.5
basketball team’s rise to greatness.                                                                                                         The other songs on the album are                                                                                                             shiped and loved. But, truth be told, Dan
                                                                                                    signed with Capitol Records, is an                                                     was a cute and audience-friendly movie                                                         Brown is in many ways a horrible writer.
The movie soundtrack was released                                                                   up and coming artist from Barbados. too similar to the feature song and do
Sept. 29. Showcasing a range of artists,                                                                                                                                                   about two sisters’ magical adventure                                                           His stories, as reflected in “The Da Vinci
                                                                                                   Singing since he was 9 at local per- not provide the listener with anything             with Totoro, a spirit from the forest be-                                                      Code” and “Angels and Demons,” are
such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Mary J.                                                          formances in Barbados, Jaicko brings new. The repetitive beat makes listen-
Blige, Jay-Z, Omarion and Chris Brown,                                                                                                                                                     hind their house. I felt a connection with                                                     exhilarating to read, but when taking
                                                                                                a different perspective to pop music. ers feel as if they’ve been listening to             the characters and enjoyed the way they                                                        into account the stylistic choices that
the album is a vocal powerhouse. The                                                            He mixes his Caribbean roots with one song on repeat.                                                                                       The voices of a star-studded cast                                                                  Clinging to his thesaurus, Brown
variety of artists makes for an interest-                                                                                                    Jaicko will never have a top album            captured what it's like to be a child. For       are lost amidst a poor excuse for             Brown makes in his works, the results                provides readers with exhilirating
                                                                                                modern pop to create a new genre in                                                        this reason, Totoro was one of my favorite                                                     are actually quite devastating. With the
ing blend of rhythm and beat.                                                                   the music industry.                       because his songs are too similar for the                                                         a storyline.                                                                                       yet illogical novels.
    Mary J. Blige and the Pussycat Dolls                                                                                                                                                   movies. When I heard of Miyazaki’s new                                                         release of Brown's new book, “The Lost
                                                                                                    Jaicko often compares his music album to be a true hit. He will, how-                  movie, “Ponyo,” I anticipated something                                                        Symbol,” the internet has been abuzz
jump start the track-list with “Drop it                                                         with that of Akon                                               ever, have singles
Low,” a debut single by songwriter, Es-                                                                                                                         that will be on            as extraordinary as (or better than) “My                                                       with articles criticizing his technique.
                                                                                                because Akon in-                                                                           Neighbor Totoro”.                             was extremely anti-climatic, considering             Websites like UPenn's “Language                     These examples are not just evident in
ter Dean. Second up is “Forever,”which                                                          serts his African          The catchy tune is fun               the top of future
headlines rising star, Drake, and                                                                                                                               charts but Jaicko             However, I found “Ponyo” to be a           the dangerous hurricane, the sea rising          Log” reflect some of the questionable as- Brown's more popular works; his earlier
features Kanye West, Lil Wayne and
                                                                                                heritage in his          to listen to but becomes               will never reach           huge disappointment. The whole movie          to inexplicable heights and the promise          pects of Brown's works. On the first page books also include jarring contradictions.
                                                                                                music; similarly,        annoying too quickly for                                          was unbelievably absurd. [Spoiler Alert!]     of the world’s destruction. In the end,          of the book, we get this: “A voice spoke, Although some argue it's a stylistic choice,
Eminem in a song about endurance                                                                Jaicko uses his                                                 the status of the
and power. “Forever” is a remake of                                                             Barbados back-         [“Oh Yeah”] to be a true hit. legends in his                        “Ponyo,” a mainstream Japanese animat-        everything was resolved with Sosuke’s            chillingly close. 'Do not move.'” First, his strange use of vocabulary and contra-
last year’s song, “I Want this Forever.”                                                                                                                        singing career.            ed film, is about a goldfish named Ponyo        verbal promise to love Ponyo. All he did         voices don't speak. And the sentences dictions regarding certain facts occur too
                                                                                                g round in his                                                                             who wishes to become human after meet-        was say, “Yes, I will take care of Ponyo.”       that follow are full of contradictions (but often than to be just a “style” of writing.
Featuring the wheezy Lil Wayne, ego-                                                            music. He is also                                                  Look for Ja-
tistical Kanye West and fast-talking                                                                                                                            icko, though               ing a human boy, Sosuke.                      But Sosuke was only five. What could a            make for delightful reading), as shown                  In chapter 8 of “Deception Point”,
                                                                                                a frequent observer of the tunes of the                                                       At one point in the movie, Sosuke's        5-year-old know about promising love             in the following example.                         Brown writes, “Overhanging her precari-
Eminem, the song is a rich blend of rap
and Drake's smooth tones.                                         TRACK                         late Michael Jackson.                     rough around the edges now, to be a
                                                                                                    Jaicko will be releasing his first al- top pop singer later in his career. Al-
                                                                                                                                                                                           mo t h er, L i sa , o p t s t o                                for the rest of his life?           “On his hands and                                                ous body was a jaundiced
                                                 1. Drop it Low: Ester LIST
    Earlier issued from the album was                                                                                                                                                      drive home through an                                            Although adventure            knees, the curator froze,                                            face whose skin resembled
                                                                                                bum titled “Can I” in Dec. The feature though his roots are in the Carribean

the heartfelt and richly textured ballad,                                                                                                                                                  approaching hurricane,                                         and simplicity can be en-       turning his head slowly.                                             a sheet of parchment paper
                                                 Dean ft. Chris Brown                           song “Oh Yeah” will instantly find a style, he will consistently produce                    merely telling the 5-year-                                     joyable, these elements         Only fifteen feet away,                                              punctured by two emo-
“Stronger,” from Mary J. Blige. Other                                                           place on many people’s playlists. The music that the American music society
tracks include “History,” produced by            2. Forever: Drake ft.                                                                                                                     old boy to hold on as she                                      seemed excessive in “Po-        outside the sealed gate,                                             tionless eyes.” So, is he
                                                                                                song’s lyrics are about Jaicko’s rise to will listen to. ◆                                 floored the gas pedal. Un-                                      nyo.” The plot plodded          the mountainous silhou-                                              saying that “Suspended
Kanye West and “I’m Ballin’,” by young           Kanye West, Lil Wayne,                         fame from being a small-town singer to                   —by Karthik Annaamalai
sensation Soulja Boy Tell’Em. This al-           Eminem                                                                                                                                    believably, Lisa later leaves                                  along slowly and was            ette of his attacker stared                                          above her insecure body
bum will draw in a quick audience with
its emotional depth. “Forever” dishes
                                                 3. King on Set: T.I. ft.                                                                                    TRACK                         Sosuke home alone during
                                                                                                                                                                                           the hurricane to rush back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littered with boring sce-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          narios. On top of that, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          through the iron bars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          He was broad and tall,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               was a yellowed face whose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               skin resembled a sheet of
                                                 Young Dro
out lyrics about endurance and the
power to achieve, while “Stronger,” by
                                                 4. Stronger: Mary J. Blige                                                                   1. Will You Be There LIST                    to her workplace.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Traditionally, children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          simplicity was more su-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          perficial than cute. What
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with ghost-pale skin and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thinning white hair. His
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               parchment paper punc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tured by two emotionless
Mary J. Blige fits the movie's theme of           5. History: Jay-Z                                                                            2. About You                                 aren't trusted to be left                                      can explain how a 5-year-       irises were pink with dark                                           eyes.” I don't know, but
individuals standing out and coming              6. Top of the World: Rich                                                                    3. Perfect                                   home alone because they                                        old’s love for a fish saves      red pupils.” Apparently                                              this doesn't seem right to
together as one.                                 Boy ft. Chili Chil                                                                           4. Name and Number                           can get themselves into                                        the world? The story was        the definition of chill-                                             me, but to those who don't
    The “More than a Game” soundtrack            7. I’m Ballin: Soulja Boy                                                                    5. Not Trying to Fall in Love                dangerous situations. Such                                     shallow and disorga-            ingly close has become                                               recall their 10th grade vo-
pulls from a wide pool of genres and             Tell ‘Em                                                                                                                                  was the case with Sosuke                                       nized. It only scraped the      15 feet. However, that's                                             cab lists, it's perfectly ac-
                                                                                                                                              6. Caribbean Girl                            and Ponyo. A storm caused                                      surface of deep matters         besides the point. Once                                              ceptable.
creates a flow between songs. Easy to             8. We Ready: Ya Boy
listen to and exploding with emotion,
                                                                                                                                              7. Can I                                     the sea to rise to an unre-                                    that might’ve been better       you freeze, you don't move. You don't                   The stylistic choices made in his novels
                                                 9. Go Hard: Hayes                                                                            8. Air                                       alistic level, seemingly submerging the       if they had been more developed.                 turn your head. You're stuck until you seemingly reflect the tone of one of those
“More than a Game” is a record for the
ages. Listeners will get a lift from the
                                                 10. Frozen: Jared Evans                                                                      9. Dreaming About Me                         whole world while leaving only the tree           Perhaps the movie would appeal to            unfreeze. Furthermore, if one can only essays students write when they press
inspiring lyrics and get pumped up by            11. If You Dream: Omari-                                                                     10. Two Piece                                tops and Sosuke’s house above the water-      younger children who simply enjoy the            see the silhouette of one's attacker, how shift+F7 (thesaurus) every other word to
the powerful tunes. ◆                            on, Jojo, etc.                                                                               11. Oh Yeah                                  line. Sosuke and Ponyo promptly decide        animated portion of the film, but this            can the curator know that the attacker make themselves sound more intelligent.
                                                                                                                                                                                           to set off on a mission to find Lisa, armed    movie has nothing to offer to any person         had ghost-pale skin and thinning white I don't understand it either, but it sure
                       —by Nathan Kim                                                                                                                                                      with only a tiny boat and a candle.           hoping for a profound and practical sto-         hair, not to mention pink irishes with sounds nice, and technically that's what
                                                                                                                                                                                              The ending was frustrating as well. It     ryline. ◆                                        dark red pupils. It's a bit strange, actually. Brown does in his novels. ◆
 20            sports  Loose hair bands?
                                                                         INSIDE: Seniors sign letters of intent to three top colleges, p. 22
                                                                         Girls’ tennis wins CCS championship, p. 23
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  Suit rules add costs                                                                                                                                                                                 Davey to focus on defense                                                                                        15 frosh join team
                       Get on the bench!
             by Serena Chan               and to create a streamlined body. As                                                                                                                                          by Izzy Albert

                                          well, no clips, zippers or other fasten-                                                                                                                                   and Apeksha Sharma                                                                                        by Tim Rollinson                  ”Wrestling isn’t a marathon,

          s of Oct. 1, the swimming ing devices are allowed other than the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and Jordan Waite              it’s a sprint,” said Tseng. “If we
                                                                                                                                         be able to grab it. It’s for the athlete’s own

                                                                                                       by Serena Chan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             become experts in the basics then

          world cleared out all technical wasitband string in men’s suits.                                                               safety.”                                                                s the girls’ basketball season commences,
          suits to the dismay of many        This news caused reactions across                                                                                                                                   the players plan to work on certain weak-                                                                       fter nine months away       we’ll be good.”
                                                                                               hink of all the ways a hair tie could be     This policy of no hair ties may seem
 swimmers. The International Swim- the globe and the web. It affects swim-                                                                                                                                       nesses but overall have high expectations                                                                       from the wrestling mat,         Another common problem in
                                                                                               used as an advantage during a sport. extremely trivial, but competitive girls can
 ming Federation (FINA), the govern- mers not only during USA Swimming                                                                                                                                 on how they will do this season. Coach Mike                                                                               many of the team mem-       high school wrestling is exces-
                                                                                               Maybe while a girl is running her cross be vicious.
 ing body of swimming, held meetings meets but also during high school                                                                                                                                 Davey is shooting high, aiming for the girls to                                                                  bers were rusty at the start of      sive weight cutting. Contrary to
                                                                                        country race, she’ll slip off that black elastic    “A referee told us that last year at CCS one
 around the world to define what kind meets. During CCS last spring, the                                                                                                                                “play as hard as [they] can, win as many games                                                                   the new season. The first step of     many coaches who encourage
                                                                                        and snap it at another runner. Or maybe girl found out that another girl was wearing
 of racing suit will be allowed during majority of Saratoga’s swim team                                                                                                                                as possible and to have fun.”                                                                                    developing a successful season is    lengthy dieting and fasting in or-
                                                                                        a water polo player                                                        a belly button ring

 competitions.                                       was decked out in suits that                                                                                                                         The team is steadily working to overcome                                                                      to reteach the basics and get the    der to have wrestlers compete in
                                                                                        will pull on another                                                       and she pulled it off,”
     Speedo’s LZR Racer and                                                                                             [Referees] just don’t want                                                     early detected issues, such as talking to one an-                                                                athletes back into the wresting      the lowest weight class possible,
 the J01 made by Jaked are
                                    Swimming would have broken most, if
                                                     not every one, of the above
                                                                                        by the hair tie around
                                                                                                                     anyone to be able to grab [the
                                                                                                                                                                   said Knysh.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       other on defense.                                                                                                mindset.                             Tseng wants his wrestlers to
                                                                                        her wrist.                                                                    Although the tug
 only a couple of the first-                          rules.                                                                                                                                               “Improving on communicating on defense is                                                                         “The tough thing at the be-      “grow into [their] weight classes
                                                                                           Officials don’t want       hair ties]. It’s for the athlete’s of a hair tie is not                           important,” said sophomore guard Shriya Nag-                                                                     ginning of the season is that we     by building muscle so everyone
 class suits that have been banned from      “I think this is really stupid,” said      to test athletes’ cre-                                                     much compared to
 meets. Here are the rules according to sophomore Rebecca Chen. “I just                 ativity by thinking of
                                                                                                                                  own safety.                      that of a belly button              pal. “But we have some amazing shooters and a                                                                    have to break people of their bad    stays stronger.”
 a letter sent out by Bruce W. Stratton, recently bought a tech suit and now I                                                                                                                         lot of posts, so this will be a good season.”                                                                    habits,” said head coach Gabe            Many top wrestlers graduated
                                                                                        new ways to use hair                                                       ring, officials have
 Chair, USA Swimming Rules & Regu- basically have to wear it every chance                                                        —sophomore Alison Knysh made it simple by                                Making it to CCS will come with a lot of hard                                                                 Tseng. “Then, we can go forward      last year, but over 15 experienced
                                                                                        bands as a weapon,
 lations Committee:                       I get, even at lesser meets. They only                                                                                                                       work on the girls’ part as the team is in the high-                                                              from there.”                         freshmen joined the wrestling
                                                                                        so hair ties around                                                        saying: no jewelry
     For guys, the suit cannot extend gave us a couple months notice.”                                                                                                                                 est league possible.                                                                                                 Previous head coach and his-     program this year. According to
                                                                                        the wrist are banned from most girls’ sports or accessories other than the required uni-
 above the navel and below the knee.         But by enforcing these guidelines,                                                                                                                           “We would like to win league, but we are in                                                                   tory teacher Kirk Abe stepped        Tseng, the influx of underclass-
                                                                                        including track, water polo and soccer to form.
 For girls, it cannot cover the neck, ex- FINA is trying to even out the play-                                                                                                                         the toughest public school league in the whole                                                                   down to assistant coach and is       men on the team will create a
                                                                                        name a few. However hair ties are still al-         This is all to try to prevent bloodshed and
 tend past the shoulders or below the ing field so that swimmers can’t buy                                                                                                                              section,” said coach Davey, “so you have to be re-                                                               still very much part of the pro-     deeper lineup than previously.
                                                                                        lowed in the hair.                               tears during high school games and meets.
 knee. For all swimmers their suit must their speed. Regulations are necessary                                                                                                                         alistic, too.” The team will be facing tough school                                                              gram while Tseng moved from              ”We have more talent than
                                                                                           “The referees do checks before the game          "You're not going to hurt anyone with a
 be made of a textile material, which when people start wondering whether                                                                                                                              such as Valley Christian and Wilcox.                                                                             assistant coach to head coach.       we have had in past years,” said
                                                                                        and they make you take off any jewelry or hairclip," said senior cross country runner
 means no polyurethane. This plastic- it was technology or true skill that                                                                                                                                The girls do have their work cut out for                                                                          As the new head coach, Tseng     senior captain Alan Yen, “but we
                                                                                        hair ties you have around your wrist,” said Molly Jordan. "In cross country, you're not
 like material is used to mold the have been breaking world records                                                                                                                                    them.                                                                                                            is making slight changes to the      lost two senior wrestlers, so some
                                                                                        sophomore JV water polo captain Alison next to other runners for very long, so there
 swimmer’s muscles to reduce strain lately. ◆                                                                                                                                                             “Our offense is strong, but our defense is pretty                                                             practices as opposed to previous     of the younger wrestlers are go-
                                                                                        Knysh. “They just don’t want anyone to won't be any contact with them." ◆
                                                                                                                                                                                                       weak,” said senior captain and post Baylee Yates.                                                                years, developing endurance          ing to need to step up.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                       “In order to do well, we’re really going to need                                                                 and strength in the first part of         Thanks to the year-round Chi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       to improve our defense.”                                                                                         the season and then changing         mera Wrestling Club at Redwood
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Becoming close is also vital for the success of                                                               to more concise practices near       Middle School, there is an abun-
                                                                                                                                                     Athletes can’t see                                the team, which has been a bit of a problem in the                                                               the end.                             dance of freshman talent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tseng wants to avoid the con-        Some key first year additions
                                                                                                                                                     point in pointless                                past. In addition, Yates added, “Everyone needs
                                                                                                                                                                                                       to work together because we’ve had teams in                                                                      flict of over-training early in the   include Bryson Yates, Henry Wei
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Emily WiIliams
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the past where the girls didn’t like each other, so    Senior captain and post Baylee Yates dribbles down        season on the squad while still      and Anthony Bilic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       working together and getting along will help us        the court at the varsity practice on Nov. 17.             strengthening the team for the           “This is the first year [of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       a lot this season.”                                                                                              season ahead. The practices this     Chimera program] and the suc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reaching CCS is the hope for the team but is        our offense is pretty good,” said Yates. Yates as         season will incorporate situations   cess shows,” said Tseng. “I expect
                                                                                                                                                                                                       unpredictable based on the previous years’ results     well as the rest of the team hopes all varsity play-      that are common in matches and       some CCS placers from some of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       from past league champions.                            ers from last year will be returning. Key players         focus on mastering the basics.       these freshmen.” ◆

                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Last year, the representative for our league       include senior post Nicole Gragnola, Yates, senior
                                                                                                                                                                                                       lost in the CCS finals,” said coach Davey, “and         guard Anna Schroeder and Nagpal.

         the Rules
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the year before that our representative won in             The team will be depending on experience and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the CCS.”                                              the girls’ ability to lead them to the finals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Along with improving their strengths, the               “We are a senior league team, so we have a lot
                                                                                                                                                                                                       girls need to work on their weaknesses to place        of experience and our main thing is that we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                       at CCS.                                                a lot of depth and a lot of girls who play different
                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Our defense [needs improvement], because           positions,” said coach Davey. ◆

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BOYS’ SOCCER

                                                                                                                                                                                                       New coaching, fresh feet
                                                                Sunglasses ban                                                                                                                         hope to overcome all odds                                                                                                                                                     Jordan Waite

                                                                clearly ridiculous                                                                                                                     Falcons want to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sophomore Tyler Borch wrestles during practice on Nov. 17.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            captains had yet to be decided      league out of 10 teams.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as of Nov. 19.                          Even though they are playing
                                                                                                                                                                                                       improve on 7th                          “It’s going to be a hard sea-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            son because we’re really young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in the same league, the gradua-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tion of star player Chris Chung,
                                                                                     by Cullan McChesney
                                                                                                                                                                                                       place in league                      and inexperienced,”said sopho-      who now plays at UCSC, Hoff-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            more center-defender Jonathan       man Hibbet and senior Sean

                                                                                                                                                                                                             by Aanchal Mohan               Junqua. “If we start working        Ashe’s decision not to return

                                                              n y o p - advantage over competitors by allow-            lowed to protect their eyes from                                                                                    together more than [we did]         to the team has left the Falcons’
                                                              t o m - ing them to see better and keep he glare          the sun and dust. I honestly                                                           s the boys’ soccer team      last year, then it shouldn’t be a   middle with large gaps to fill
                                                              e t r i s t and dust out of their eyes, but is it right   can't think of any good reason                                                         kicks off the 2009-10 sea-   problem.”                           and will make it harder for the
                                                  or pediatrician will to deny competitors protection from              for the ban.”                                                                          son, they seek to build         The team hopes to get over       team to place higher up in the
                                                agree that                           solar radiation? According             In a sport with so many                                                    off last year and win with the       this with the help of the new       ranks.
                                              eye protection                         to, “UV             variables that can affect
                                                                      Running                                                                                                                          help of a new coach and young                                                “[Chung, Hibbet, and Ashe]

                                           against the sun is                        radiation from the sun             an athlete’s perfor-                                                           spirit.                                                                  were our core players,” said
                                         crucial to maintain-                        can damage not only the            mance, includ-                                                                    “I think we have a pret-          We’re going to have to              Everett. “We’re going to have to
                                       ing good eyesight through skin of your eyelids but also the clear                ing expensive                                                                  ty good team this year,” said          try and play our best             try and play our best to make up
                                   out life. So why do Central Coast outer parts of the eye—the cornea and              special                                                                        sophomore defender Manish                                                for the loss.”
                                Section (CCS) cross country rules conjunctiva.”                                         shoes for                                                                                                           to make up for the loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Raghavan. “We don’t have that                                                The boys are going to have
                                ban non-prescription sunglasses in           Many competitors also feel the same        d i ff e r-                                                                    many seniors but I think that         [of our core players].”            to face some tough competition
                                 competition?                                                                           n e n t                                                                        we’ll be fine.”                                                           early on as they play last year’s
                                     Much of it has to do with what          Many runners do not see                    terrain                                                                           The team has only two se-                —senior Dale Everett         CCS champions, Bellarmine
                                 could be considered a strategic                                                        a n d
                                 search and elimination for anything
                                                                          CCS’s rationale in eliminating                events,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       niors, a couple of juniors and                                           and Palo Alto who tied, in their
                                                                                                                                                                                                       mostly sophomores. Some new          head coach Adam Clarke.             pre-season.
                                 and everything that gives competi-            a small performance                      many run-
                                                                                                                                                                                        ia             key players are sophomore Ra-           “[Our new coach is] a lot            “Our pre-season games are
                                tors an advantage. But what makes          advantage that makes a big                   ners do not see                                                      Co
                                                                                                                                                                                               op      jiv Ramakabir and sophomore          more relaxed than the last          pretty tough,” said Raghavan.
                                sunglasses so different from the                                                        CCS’s rationale                                                           er

                                shoes that competitors wear? Some
                                                                              impact on eye health.                     in eliminating a small
                                                                                                                                                                                                       midfielder Manuel Stimmer. At         coach,” said Everett. “He has       “Hopefully, people won’t get to
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the moment, the only seniors         a more hands-off approach,          discouraged by that.”
                                competitors wear better shoes than                                                      performance advantage                                                          on the team are outside mid-         whereas the last coach was more         The Falcons kicked off their
                                 others, so by CCS logic, all runners                                                   that makes a big impact on eye

                                                                                                                                                                                                       fielder/forward Dale Everett         hard core.”                         pre-season competitions with a
                                  should compete barefoot to level the way. Boys' cross country captain Joe             health.                                                                        and Sawan Shah.                         Players hope Clarke’s differ-    game against Los Gatos on Dec.
 age S

                                   playing field.                          Stevens, who is rarely seen without a             “Sure, maybe it's a slight advan-                                             This could become a problem       ent approach to coaching will       1 at home and will later on play
                                      That may not be rational, but pair of his signature Oakley shades,                tage to athletes with sunglasses, but

                                                                                                                                                                                                       during the season when the           help the boys do better in the      in the Homestead Tournament
                                   how is it different from eye pro- said, “The ban on sunglasses is totally            certainly not a relevant one,”said                                             young team is put up against         season and help them rebuild        on the weekend of Dec 5 but
                                    tection? Sunglasses may give an stupid. Athletes should definitely be al-            Stevens. ◆                                                                     the tough competition from           off the last season.                the results of these games could
                                                                                                                                                                                                       other schools such as Moun-             Last year, the boys placed       not be published due to printing
                                                                                                                                                                                                       tain View and Los Altos. Team        seventh overall in the El Camino    deadlines. ◆
                                        Pictured are juniors Megan Benzing and Garrick Chan.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CCS Wrapups
                                                                               ATHLETES OF THE ISSUE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wai runs PR at state finals SPORTS shorts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          by Sophia Cooper              everyone ran a good race.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Field Hockey dashed in quarterfinals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Finishing third and fourth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ith a perfect combi-    for the Falcons were sopho-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nation of warm sun      more Emily Williams and                  CCS expectations fell short for the girls’ field hockey team as a devas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and a cooling breeze,   freshman Caroline Chou,               tating 3-0 loss against Presentation on Nov. 14 knocked them out of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the girls' cross country team      respectively. Also running            playoffs in the quarterfinal round.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     attacked the Crystal Springs       were juniors Hannah Harter,              “The game was great in the second half since we came out the way we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2.95 mile course at the Central    Mansie Cheung, and sopho-             should have and we played really, really strong,” said head coach Kellie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Coast Section (CCS) finals on       more Kristine Johnston. If the        York. “I’m just sad we couldn’t play the whole game like that or else the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Nov. 14.                           team's placing fifth wasn't           outcome would have been a lot different.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Led by senior Karen Wai,        enough, Wai placed 96th at               Even though the team had a disappointing in their sixth place CCS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     who placed 10th out of 99          her third state championships         finish, their win over North Salinas on Nov. 12, which had put them
                                                                                                                                                                                    Niki Farsio                                      runners with a time of 19:26,      at Woodward Park in Fresno            through to the quarterfinals, boosted their confidence. The game ended
Seniors Alan Yen, John Lamble and Elizabeth Murray sign their athletic agreements for next fall to Stanford, Santa Clara and Loyola Maramount Universities, respectively, on Nov. 12.                                                six out of the seven runners       on Nov. 28.                           in a close 3-2 victory for the Falcons, but players thought their passing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ran personal records, or PRs,         ”I'm pretty happy with my          and teamwork helped to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     on the course.                     time and that I got a PR,” said          “Although the score was close, as a team we really pulled through and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wai cut her time down 12        Wai.                                  held our own out on the field,” said Li.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     seconds, followed shortly by          That PR was 9 seconds fast-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     freshman Courtney Schlos-          er than her last time on the 5K       Boys’ cross country falls short at finals
           by Karthik Annaamalai                 to Yen’s dedication in all areas of his very   be happy to have her, not only for her lead-   coaches.                                                                              sareck in 12th with a 31 second    course, bringing her final time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     PR at 19:36.                       to 19:48, 6:23 mile pace.                As junior Kyle Fukui crosses the finish line of the 2.95 mile Crystal
           and Cullan McChesney                  busy life.                                     ership, but her determination.”                    “I think I’ll be able to contribute more                                                                                                                   Springs course Nov. 14, he looked to the scoreboard for his time. Fukui

                                                    “He is extremely determined not only            Murray will be one of the top recruits     to the team at SCU as opposed to the other                                               “I'm pretty happy with             “I had a good last race,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     my CCS results,” said Wai.         said Wai. “I [wanted] to give         saw he had taken 26th place overall, clocking in at 16:50. The end of the
          ith friends and family in atten-       on the mat, but in the classroom as well,”     to the LMU swim team, where she will be        colleges,” said Lamble. He will be joining                courtesy of Steve Hammack
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Senior Karen Wai sprints to        “Schlossareck] was really re-      it my all since it's my senior        race was the end of a long but rewarding season for Fukui and his team-
          dance in the faculty lunchroom,        said Abe. “He is a real student-athlete.”      able to compete at the top level in both the   his older sister Kelly at Santa Clara next
                                                                                                                                                                                                  her 10th place finish at CCS.       ally close to making state, and    year.” ◆                              mates as the squad competed in the CCS finals.
          three members of this year ’s          (For more coverage on Yen’s accomplish-        butterfly and 500yd freestyle swimming          year, where she is also playing tennis.                                                                                                                           “I was pleased with the result because I ran a faster time than I ever
senior class signed a letter of intent Nov. 12   ments, refer to page 14-15 in the School       events.                                            Assistant principal Brian Safine is proud                                                                                                                   have before,” said Fukui. “Overall, the team had a great race.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                    TENNIS First place CCS
stating which college they will be compet-       Scope section.)                                    Lamble will be attending Santa Clara       of Lamble’s success and his dedication to                                                                                                                         The team was anchored by strong performances from Fukui and junior
ing for next year: wrestler Alan Yen will go        Assistant principal Karen Hyde helped       University next year and is excited to be      the school.                                                                                                                                                    Garrick Chan. Chan was the second Falcon to finish, taking 42nd with a
to Stanford, swimmer Elizabeth Murray            congratulate swimmer Murray on her ac-         able to play on the SCU tennis team. He            “What sets John apart from the rest is                                                                                                                     time of 17:25. Freshman David Zarrin was the third member to cross the
will attend Loyola Marymount University          ceptance to Loyola Marymount by saying         received offers from many other colleges       that he is not just playing for himself, but                                                                                                                   line at 18:41. Also running were freshman Aasim Naqvi, sophomores Eren
and tennis player John Lamble will go to         a few heartfelt words.                         including USC, Notre Dame, UCLA and            for the school,” said Safine. “It’s remarkable        continued from page 1                              fying for CCS as ours,” said Uyehara.                  Veziroglu and Lawrence Liang, and junior Stephen Louie.
Santa Clara University.                             “She is really the heart and soul of our    Michigan, but chose to stay closer to home     how much he has contributed to this school                                                                 In the semifinals on Nov. 16, the team                  The team tied for 10th place overall in the final CCS standings, but lost
   Kirk Abe, Yen’s wrestling coach, pointed      swim team,” said Hyde, “and Loyola will        because he felt more comfortable with the      both athletically and academically.”◆                Historic CCS victory                               defeated Mitty in a close match, 4-3. It was           the tie-breaker to Mills High School.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       For the first time in school history, the        up to the No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles
                        BOYS’ BASKETBALL                                                                                   GIRLS’ SOCCER
                                                                                                                                                                                                    girls' tennis team became the CCS cham-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    pions. They defeated archrival and No.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       match to decide whether Saratoga would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       move on. The team only needed one more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Golf’s Sivaram represents team at CCS
Fewer seniors, young team New talent, coaches bring stability
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1-ranked Monta Vista at the Courtside              match in order to win and in the end, the                 Along with the end of CCS rolled the eventual pit stop of a successful
                                                                                                                                                                                                    tennis courts by a score of 5-2 on Nov. 18.        No. 1 doubles team of Annie Lee and Sarah              golf season. However, although the season stopped, the girls are by no
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Keying the victory was the team's ability to       Lum pulled out a win during a 10-point tie             means winding down. When they are not reflecting on the season as a
supply new energy on court                                                             by Olivia Chock
                                                                                       and Ren Norris
                                                                                                                    sophomores Kari Clark and
                                                                                                                    Courtney Brandt will be an im-
                                                                                                                                                         Alto tournament on Nov. 30.
                                                                                                                                                            The El Camino league season
                                                                                                                                                                                                    win all of their first sets, except for one.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The No. 3 singles player sophomore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       breaker 7-5 in the third set.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ”It was a really tough match, but we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              whole, they are looking forward to next fall, when the seniors will depart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to college, their places filled with rookies from this year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Crystal Yen was the deciding match, win-           were able to accomplish it,” said junior                  “[The season] has been pretty demanding, especially since the switch

         by David Eng                                                                                               portant part of the offense.         begins Dec. 8 and the team will
                                                         SEASON                                                                                                                                     ning 2-0. Padmanabhan also won 2-0 in a            Lauren Kuan. “Everyone is so ecstatic                  to the Mt. Hamilton division resulted in more matches,” said Hall. “The

       and Jenny Zhang                                                                he girls’ soccer team has         However, a majority of the       face tough opponents such as
                                                                                                                                                                                                    second-set tiebreaker. Meanwhile, all of the       about finally defeating Mitty.”

                                                                                      not had the best track re-    girls who planned on trying out      Cupertino and Santa Clara.                                                                                                                           girls have worked hard. And I can't say I wouldn't enjoy a break from
        s the 2009-10 winter                                                                                        were in fall sports that moved          The players look to improve             doubles teams won their matches. In the               The team beat Homestead in quarter-                 our usual, hectic golf schedule.”
                                            Boys’ basketball                          cord with stable coaches
        sports season kicks off,                                                                                    on to the CCS playoffs, which        from last season, and to bond              previous two matches this year against the         finals 7-0 on Nov. 13 and defeated Sacred                  No. 1 junior Uttara Sivaram, who qualified for the Nov. 2 CCS tour-
                                                                               in recent years. This year, how-
        the boys' basketball team           at a glance                                                             ran though the beginning of the      together as a team.                        Matadors, the Falcons lost 4-3.                    Heart in the first round of CCS 6-1 on                 nament, drove down to Carmel to play 18 holes in the narrow Rancho
                                                                               ever, the team is trying to change
has high aims, despite having                                                                                       winter season. Field hockey in          “High school season is al-                 The Falcons first received the No. 3 seed        Nov. 11.                                               Cañada course. Sivaram played through the thick rough and fast greens
                                                                               that by having history teacher
only four returning seniors.                2008-2009 RECORD: 11-15
                                                                                                                    particular held a large number       ways really fun because you get            in CCS behind Monta Vista and Mitty.                  The 12 players all contributed in one               characteristic of challenging courses.While she didn't place as highly as
                                                                               Kim Anzalone continue as head
   The Falcons will look to im-
                                            Overall, 4-7 League
                                                                                                                    of soccer players, including Li.     to hang out with a lot of differ-             “Our league is by far the toughest              way or another and bonded with each                    she would have hoped, the well-aerated greens and pleasant weather
                                                                               varsity coach, a position she
prove on last season's 11-15                COACH:Trevor Naas                                                           “When fall teams go to CCS,      ent people,” said Guy.                     league to compete in with three out of the         other to create lasting memories,” said                contributed to a good end to Sivaram's competitive season.
                                                                               took mid-season last year, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                    six teams seeded top six in CCS. No other          Uyehara. “I look forward to defending our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Volleyball spikes way to semifinal game
overall record (4-7 league finish)           KEY PLAYERS: Senior center         SHS alum Brandon Chow as             it cuts into soccer season and I’m      In order for success in the
under the direction of second-              Vincent Carstens, senior                                                torn between wanting them to         league season, Anzalone be-                league has as many teams capable of quali-         CCS title next season.” ◆
                                                                               assistant coach.
year varsity coach Trevor Naas.             guard Daniel Chou, senior                                               do well in CCS but also wanting      lieves all “diva mentalities”
                                            forward Andy Johnson
                                                                                  Returning players already                                                                                                                                                                                                      After obstacles during the season such as adopting new middles and
They also have hopes of trump-                                                 see a difference that consistent     them for soccer,” said Anzalone.     need to be left behind and the             The girls’ tennis team                                                                                    tough league competition, the girls' volleyball team managed to pull
ing last year's first-round CCS              GAMES TO WATCH: Jan. 2                                                  “I go through that every year.”      team will have to work to-
                                                                               coaches make to the team com-                                                                                        poses after defeating                                                                                     themselves through, placing third overall in the De Anza League and
                                            vs. Los Gatos; Jan 22 vs.
playoff exit.                                                                  pared to last season.                    Once the team was formed         gether.                                                                                                                                              qualifying for the Central Coast Sections (CCS) playoffs.
                                            Lynbrook                                                                                                                                                No. 1 Monta Vista for the
   To achieve these goals, they                                                   “Last year we had a coach         after fall sport athletes joined,       “We’ve got the skill,” said An-                                                                                                                      The Falcons started off CCS with a win (3-0) against Notre Dame-
will strongly rely on three of                                                                                      the girls had little time together   zalone. “We just need to main-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    CCS Championship on
                                                                               who said he was going to be                                                                                                                                                                                                    Belmont on Nov. 14 leading them to the semi-finals. They then went on
their seniors for leadership on                                                                                     before the first preseason Palo       tain the positive attitudes.”◆             Nov. 18. Back row from
                                                                               there, but he was really incon-                                                                                                                                                                                                to play Valley Christian and lost 4-1.
the court.                            and Kyle Dozier, on his squad,                                                                                                                                left: Samantha Tsang,
                                                                               sistent, which broke down the                                                                                                                                                                                                     “We played them earlier in the season and it was our best game of the
   Opponents will have their          Naas figures there will be several        team,” said senior co-captain
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mika Padmanabhan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mary Edmund, Chris-                                                                                       season and we beat them,” said senior co-captain Nicole Gragnola. “We
hands full trying to defend           new faces netting lots of minutes        Sarah Guy. “The fact that we’re                                                                                                                                                                                                [the team] weren't all on together so it was a tough game.”
sharpshooting senior guard            on the floor this season.                 starting this year with Anzalone                                                                                     tina Doo, Crystal Yen,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 If the Falcons had won the game against Valley Christian, they would
Daniel Chou, one of the team's           “Even though we have less             makes the coaching situation                                                                                         Coach Tom Uyehara.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              have made it into the finals and possibly from there on to states.
primary scoring threats who           seniors, I feel like it's better be-     much more solid.”                                                                                                    Middle row: Carolyn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “I think we had a pretty good chance [at going to state finals],” said
averaged 9.9 points per game in       cause there's no one fighting for            With tryouts having been                                                                                          Chen, Lauren Kuan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              junior middle Megan Brading. “Compared to the other teams, I think
his junior season alone. Skilled      that star spot,” said Chou.              held since late October, the new                                                                                     Lisa Asai. Bottom row:                                                                                    we were up there.”
center Vincent Carstens will look        Naas noted three simple keys          coaches have had time to wit-                                                                                        Catherine Nguyen, An-
to dominate the post and gobble       for his team's success: improving        ness the talent and hard work                                                                                        nie Lee, Sarah Lum,                                                                                                           by Ren Norris, Synthia Ling, Jordan Waite, Vijay Menon,
up the boards this year with his      as a team every day in practice,         many new players bring to the                                                                                        Nikki Bedekar.                                                                         Annie Lee                                                 Uttara Sivaram, and Aanchal Mohan
strong inside presence. Versatile     “selling out” on the defensive           team.
senior forward Andy Johnson           end of the floor and limiting               Since many of the varsity soc-
will anchor both offensive and        turnovers and stressing ball se-         cer players graduated last year,                                                                                                                                                                           FOOTBALL
defensive units with his inside       curity on the offensive end.             there are opportunities for other

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Five turnovers lead to tough second-round CCS loss to Seaside
and outside presence.                    The Falcons opened the sea-           girls to join the team. In addi-
   “[I will keep in mind] every-      son with a scrimmage at West-            tion, sophomore Sloan Lewis,
thing I learned in the last two       mont on Nov. 24 and will play            who was an essential part of
years to succeed,” said Chou,         their first home game versus             the Falcon midfield last season,                                                                                              by Karthik Anaamalai                    Burlingame the week prior. They were           He racked up a pair of rushing touch-          to what our program could be,” said
who has two previous years of         Scotts Valley High on Dec. 22.           transferred to Archbishop Mitty.                                                                                                and David Eng                        slotted to play the No. 2 seeded Seaside       downs and scored on a deep pass from           senior lineman Connor Clarke, who

varsity experience. “I played         Due to printing deadlines, The           These slots will most likely be                                                                                                                                      Spartans at Westmont High.                     senior quarterback Vincent Carstens.           will play football next year in college.
with two different coaches and        Falcon could not publish results.        filled by underclassmen.                                                                                                      hen the fall sports season kicked          But a win was not in the cards for the          However, the football program stepped      “I’m really happy to be a part of this.”
two different strategies.”            This year's traditional alumni              Key returning players include                                                                                             off in early September, second-         Falcons, dropping their season-ending          off the field into the muggy Friday night          A lot of the success the Falcons expe-
   The Falcons will have to re-       game will occur Nov. 27.                 goalie Jan Iyer, who helped the                                                                                              year football coach Tim Lugo            game 28-19. However, they certainly            looking at the semifinal loss as more than      rienced this season can be attributed to
cover from last year's unusually         “[The alumni game] is just            team to several shutouts last                                                                                      had a vision for his team to play through         gave the favored Spartans a run for their      just an “L” in the loss column. Finishing      the leadership of Lugo and the rest of his
large graduating class of nine        a fun game for everyone,” said           season. In addition, the team                                                                                      Thanksgiving in CCS playoffs. Three               money.                                         at 6-6 in one of the toughest leagues in the   coaching staff.
seniors to win in the competitive     Chou. “People who were on the            will look to defenders and co-                                                                                     months later, his vision was realized.               The Falcons’ five turnovers ultimately       section and playing deep into the DIII CCS        “With coach Lugo, the attitude is a lot
El Camino Division. With just         team last year, and even people          captains Guy and Sam Li to lead                                                                                       The Falcons earned a chance to play            overshadowed a huge game by senior run-        playoffs, the Falcon football players said     different for our team,” said Clarke. “There
four returning seniors and even       who are in their 30s come back           the team from the backfield,                                                                                       the afternoon ensuing Turkey Day with a           ning back Grant Thomas, who accounted          they had a lot to be proud of.                 is a lot more control for the team and I
two freshmen, Stevie Berman           [for this game].” ◆                      and senior Jordan Leonard and                                                                                      hard-fought first-round 30-20 victory over         for all of the Falcons’ three touchdowns.          “This season was a good transition         just like him personally as a coach.” ◆
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News: “Tech room remod-
                                                                                                                                               “ Oh yeah,
                                                                                                                                                 I learned
                                                                                                                                                 that in Girl
eled to have more suitable
working environment” by                                                                                                                             Scouts.”
Vivian LeTran                                                                                                                                  Sophia Cooper

Sports: “Boys’ water polo
finish bittersweet season                                                                                                                          n first grade, it was the coolest thing
with solid league tourna-                                                                                                                          ever. Everyone wanted to join, and
ment” by Tim Rollinson                                                                                                                             you were uncool if you weren’t in it.
Opinion: ”Anniversary of                                                                                                                       Now, it’s laughed upon and considered
Berlin Wall’s demise inspires                                                                                                                  dorky to participate in.
conflicting emotions” by Ut-                                                                                                                        Oh yes, I’m talking about Girl Scouts.
tara Sivaram                                                                                                                                      The coolness factor of being a scout
                                                                                                                                               wore off in middle school. In a time
                                                                                                                                               when girls are self-conscious, being a
      TOPTEN                                                                                                                                   member of an organization that has
 BEST THINGS TO DO                                                                                                                             vests as their uniform isn’t exactly an
 WITH THANKSGIVING                                                                                                                             appealing concept.
                                                                                                                                                   But what the other girls missed when
                                                                                                                                               they quit Girl Scouts is something that
      Make a Thanksgiving                                                                                                                      they will regret. They missed building
10    burrito. Everything
      tastes better in a
                                                                                                                              Emily Williams   friendships while eating melted
                                                                                                                                               marshmallows, attending a NASA
      tortilla.                                                                                                                                conference to brainstorm our future
      Throw it all in a pyrex,                                                                                                                 with international delegates and having
      add cheese and bake                                                                                                                      the pride of saying, “Oh yeah, I learned
9     at 375º for 37 min.
      You can make a cas-
                                                                                                                                               that in Girl Scouts.”

      serole out of anything.                                                                                                                  Life-long Friends
      Stuffing smoothie.                                                                                                                           Twelve years ago, my Girl Scout troop,
                                                                                                                                               Troop #473, bonded over making blueber-
8     Just ask planet juice
      for their Thanksgiving                                                                                                                   ry muffins in orange peels on a back porch.
      blend recipe.                                                                                                                            Sleepovers backyards were the extent of
                                                                                                                                               our camping experiences, until we took it
     Three packets of
                                                                                                                                               up a notch and went beach camping. That
7    green jello and six
     cups of water mixed                                                                                                                       was when the real fun began.
                                                                                                                                                  We did the usual camping stuff: burn-
     with your leftovers and
     presto! Turkey Jello.                                                                                                                     ing potatoes in soup cans, making brown-
     Why not?                                                                                                                                  ies, singing camp songs. But when it was
                                                                        Aditya Dev                                                             time to head to our tents for the night, the
      Leave it in the refrig-
                                                                                                                                               sugar high from the brownies kicked in.
6     erator until it molds.
      It’ll taste like chicken.                                                                                                                   Personally, I never knew that third-
                                                                                                                                               graders had so much gossip. Yet that night
      The sophomores                                                                                                                           of heart-to-hearts led to many years of
      might enjoy it since
                                                                                                                                               Kiss, Kill or Marry, endless conversations
5     we can see they have
      bad taste... especially
                                                                                                                                               on trips and high-energy pool parties.
      in quad days.
                                                                                                                                                  I had the opportunity to be one of 13
                                                                                                                courtesy of Suzanne Herzman    girls from the Northern California council
      The economy isn’t                                                                                                                        to attend the National Girl Scout Conven-
      looking too good, so                                                            CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: HEARD AND NOT SEEN                   tion last fall. Throughout my six days
4     save a few bucks by                                                             SOPHOMORE PATRICK SOBRAK-SEATON                          there, I formed bonds with four of the
      vacuum packing and                                                              AND JUNIOR PARTH DHOLAKIA STARE                          other girl delegates who I now consider
      freezing it for next                                                            INTENTLY AT A DISPLAY AT THE INVISIBLE                   four of my best friends. The friendship we
      year.                                                                           CHILDREN SCREENING ON NOV. 17. SCARLET                   made from being on our own that week
     Get connected with                                                               “A”+ JUNIOR ROHAN MARATHE OBSERVES                       and having a blast remains. We’ve grown
     your French roots                                                                ONE OF THE THEME POSTERS IN ENGLISH                      up and moved to Boston and Trinidad
                                                                                      TEACHER SUZANNE HERZMAN’S SCARLET                        and remained in Marin, Sunnyvale and
     (even if you’re not
                                                                                      LETTER “MOTIF FAIR” ON NOV. 10. FARM-
     French) and try
                                                                                      HANDS JUNIOR TREVOR WONG AND OTHER                       Saratoga, but we still talk once a week and
     gravy creme brulee.
                                                                                      MAP ENGLISH STUDENTS WORK ON A                           keep each other updated on everything.
     It sounds fancy so it
     must taste good.                                                                 DEMONSTRATION FARM ON THEIR STEIN-
                                                                                      BECK FIELD TRIP TO SALINAS ON NOV. 23.                   Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities
     Start a food fight in                                                             COMIDA SABROSA SPANISH TEACHERS AR-                         Girl Scouting isn’t just selling cookies
2    the quad. Fifty points                                                           NALDO RODRIGUEX AND GINA RODRIGUEZ                       in front of Safeway and looking cute in
     if you hit the golf                                                              TASTE A GOURMET MEAL MADE FOR THE                        our vests (and yes, we always look cute).
     cart with mashed                                                                 LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT BY ALUMNUS                           Events provide girls with opportunities to
     potatoes.                                                        Michael Tyler   AND CHEF DANNY TAVIN ON NOV. 13.                         do absolutely everything.
1    ...or you could just eat
     it—don’t be a sissy.
                                                                                                                                                  “Girl Scouts Save the Bay” is a program
                                                                                                                                               in which girls come together and work to
                                                                                                                                               clean various parts of the Bay, including
      —Jordan Waite and
                                                                                                                                               docks, water shed and plant life.
      Emily Williams
                                                                                                                                                   “Lead the Way” is an annual, girl-
                                                                                                                                               planned conference for high schoolers,
Shwayze: Let it Beat              ‘No Shave November’ is razor-free                                                                            teaching the importance of leadership
                                                                                                                                               and life skills. The Northern California

                                                                                                                                               council’s robotics team, called the “Space
   After releasing their                here is a trend growing among some            stubbles.                                                Cookies” is ranked nationally and one of
self-titled debut album                 boys this past month: facial hair. While         “I thought I had the edge                             the top all-girl robots teams.
called “Shwayze,”                       the number of participants remains            because I’m Asian and we                                    These are all things that aren’t available
the group avoided a               small, their beards are growing longer than         don’t grow facial hair,” said                            through most organizations. We may be
“sophomore slump”                 ever. No this isn’t some sort of infectious         Kim. “I failed to account for                            dorks, but Girl Scouting presents us with
in their new release              disease, it’s “No Shave November.”                  my mom in the equation.”                                 opportunities and experiences, such as my
“Let it Beat.” Shwayze               Ever since alumnus Matt Pearce showed off           The group is planning to                              trip to Indianapolis, that empower us and
and Cisco Adler com-              his huge beard in November two years ago,           continue this hairy union                                give us memories to last a lifetime.
bine rock, hip-hop and            senior Nathan Kim was inspired and decided          throughout the year as well.
reggae genres into a              to create his own Facebook group, “No Shave            Future events include Salmaan Javed                   Been there, done that
new type of music.                November,” in which, as the name implies,           Decembeard, Manuary and                                       You need to light a campfire? Ask a
Shwayze’s new album               participants don’t shave for a month.               Febuhairy.                                               Girl Scout. You need to fix your car? Ask
is widely popular as                 So far the group has 30 followers, most of           Kim is thinking of charging a dollar for             a Girl Scout. You need someone to plan a
the group appeals to a            them being upperclassmen. Competitors have          each member and splitting the prize among                weekend event? Ask a Girl Scout.
variety of music tastes           been eliminated due to varying problems,            the victors, but for now the “grown out”                      While the girls who dropped out of
with their fusion-style           from college interviews to embarrassing facial      contest is just a fun competition among                  scouts were hanging out with friends,
singles, portrayed                hair growth.                                        classmates.                                              we were working on badges and setting
by one of their most                 Kim had to forfeit due to family issues: His        “I just thought it would be interesting to            up tents. As my years in scouting come
popular songs on the              mother would not let him attend a college           see how much I could grow my beard out in                to a close, I realize that the past 12 years
album called “Get you             interview with USC sporting a chin full of          a month,” said junior Parth Dholakia. ◆                  of meetings and award ceremonies and
home.” ◆                                                                                                                                       “On my honor, I will try,” were all worth
    -Karthik Annaamalai                                                                      —Grishma Athavale and Tim Rollinson               it. I wouldn’t trade my Girl Scout vest for
                                                                                                                                               the world. ◆

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