Volume 98, No. 3 Taft Union High School, 701 7th St., Taft, Calif. 93268 December 16, 2010
in this Trainer Lindsey Brown named Staff Member of the Year
By Eloisa Garcia
Athletic trainer Lindsay Brown
was named Staff Member of the Year
at the Renaissance Rally on Dec. 1.
She was very surprised by the award,
which she didn’t see coming.
“I felt very surprised and happy.
It is a very big honor,” said Brown.
It meant a great deal to her. She was
very nervous because she is not
good with crowds. But she is glad to
know that many people like her.
Brown loves her job. She has
The stories been working at TUHS for about
3 behind Christ-
five years and expects to work here
for many more.
She graduated from Saugus High
mas traditions School in Santa Clarita, and then
earned a bachelor’s degree in exer-
cise science at Cal Lutheran and her
M.S. in sports medicine at Georgia
It wasn’t easy for her to become
such a great athletic trainer; it took a
lot of time and determination.
Brown enjoys being around ath-
letics, as well as being outside. One
of her most memborable experiences
while working at TUHS was being
a part of the varsity football Valley Lindsay Brown, center, holding her son Colt, is surrounded by family members, including husband Chad
Championship in 2007. Brown (behind her) after being announced as the Staff Member of the Year at the Renaissance Rally. Photo
by Jim Carnal
One of the craziest things she
has experienced occurred last year. the hospital. Brown and medical personnel can In the midst of all this good
3 Katy Perry
Two boys’ varsity players running
to get a ball while using the header
technique collided into each other
Concussions have been in the
news lately, and many students
want to know why our athletes take
detect whether there has been any
damage to a player’s brain and de-
termine whether the injured athlete
news, Brown is saddened by one
thing: her student trainer for the
last few years, Priscilla Figueroa, is
and one sustained a laceration to concussion tests. The test is required is able to continue playing. going to graduate. Brown has tried
with sound, vision the front of his head. Brown went to of soccer and football players before Brown is a helpful person who to teach Figueroa everything she
the hospital with the student, who the season. When athletes collide has won the hearts and trust of many knows.
needed 10 staples in his head. Brown and hit their heads, their ability to people. In her spare time she enjoys Lindsay Brown is a great trainer
helped him get through all the pain react decreases. Using the results spending time with her family, tak- who can’t be replaced by anyone.
by being his support on the way to from the pre-season concussion test, ing runs and going to the movies. She’s that special.
6 Rob Cleveland’s
“Most Improved Student” Ryan Gaunt is congratulated by his older
Daniel Watts (8) scans the defense as his blockers open up a path for brother Marcus, Class of 2010, at the Renaissance Rally. Photo by Jim
him in the game against Coalinga. Carnal
Daniel Watts to play in Army Arena Bowl Sophomore Ryan Gaunt surprised by
By Yeraldin Barrera “Most Improved Student” award
Winter sports By Maria Solis
Wildcats running back Daniel The Wildcats won again against hard and I had low self esteem, but
coverage: Watts has been named to play in the BCHS on Nov. 5, dominating the Ea-
I put in a little initiative and it really
U.S Army Arena Bowl in April. To gles 47-22. Watts set a school record Sophomore Ryan Gaunt was hon- worked,” commented Gaunt.
basketball, soccer add to his accomplishments, Watts by scoring five touchdowns, four ored as the Most Improved Student He participates in Academic De-
also recently set the schools record running and one receiving. He fin- at the Renaissance Rally on Dec. 1. cathlon, the Chess Club and Future
for touchdowns in a game. ished with an impressive 262 yards The news came as a surprise to Farmers of America.
“I feel like it’s a great accom- rushing. His biggest plays were a re- Gaunt. Gaunt won a plaque in the Sci-
plishment because I’ve wanted to ception of 40 yards for a touchdown “I was shocked, because no one ence Fair last month for his project
be in it since my freshman year and and a run of 65 yards. had ever told me,” said Gaunt. “It on the corrosive effects of sugar.
it is pretty difficult to get into,” said Arena Bowl voting ended Nov.6, was a well kept secret.” An additional benefit of the project
Watts. the day after his record-setting per- Gaunt got off to a bad start his is that it inspired Gaunt to change
Watts has had a great season, formance against BCHS, with Watts freshman year but he eventually his lifestyle and become healthier.
even though the team struggled. finishing first and earning his spot realized he was on the wrong track He has already lost more than 20
After a string of losses, the Wildcats in the game. and stepped it up. pounds.
decimated the Shafter Generals, 57- Coach Steve Sprague is impressed “My cousin had a bad medical Despite his many commitments
27. Watts ran for four touchdowns with Watts’ performance this year. problem and he overcame it. That and solid academic performance, he
and scored a fifth on a pass play. He “We knew going in that Daniel inspired me,” Gaunt explained. still maintains his modest demean-
racked up 212 yards. would give us everything he has. He was also inspired by seeing or.
His performance in this game Joshie Ramirez win the Most Im- “I didn’t expect the award. I
He is a three-year starter, so we nev-
Hunger Games appears to have gotten him into er had a doubt that he would be a proved Student award last year. thought there were more deserving
the Arena Bowl. Voting started the force to deal with. Not only is he a He went from less than a 2.0 grade people out there,” he said.
trilogy takes day after the game against Shafter hard worker, but he understands the point average in the first semester of Does he have any advice for oth-
on Channel 23/KERO’s website. In game as well as our schemes and the his freshman year to just below a 3.0 er students who want to achieve a
teens by storm only the first week, Watts accumu- opponents.” GPA in the second semester. He also similar turnaround at school?
lated 3,000 votes and was in first “Give me 11 Daniels and I would became an enthusiastic reader. “A little initiative goes a long
place. be a happy camper,” said Sprague. “When I got here I didn’t work way,” Gaunt says.
Page 2 News & Opinion December 16, 2010
Is dissection a form What place would you most like to visit, and why?
of animal cruelty?
By Katarina Moore
Millions of animals are dissect-
ed in schools throughout the na-
tion each year, but this practice has
raised the question of whether dis-
section is a form of animal cruelty
because animals used in the dissec-
tion industry suffer before they even
reach the classroom.
PETA (People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals) conducted an Aaron Kolb, junior -- “Scotland, so
undercover investigation of one ma- I can inherit their accent.” Deleila Iotamo, sophomore -- “I Emily Davis, freshman -- “Jamaica,
jor biological supply company and would like to visit Mexico so I can because I want to get my hair done
exposed gross cruelty towards live meet Juan’s grandma who he’s al- Daisy Guitron, junior -- “I would in dreads and I want to wear a big
animals as they were received and ways talking about.” like to visit Africa because I would Jamaican hat.”
killed at the facility. like to help the people over there.”
The video footage from investi-
gation led some veterinarians from
the U.S Department of Agriculture
to testify that the company pumped
formaldehyde, which is a preserva-
tive linked to cancers of the throat,
lungs and nasal passages, into cats
while they were still alive.
Here in the U.S. some animals
are raised specifically for dissection,
while others are purchased from fur
farmers and factory farmers, sup-
porting both of these controversial Veronica Lehman, senior -- “I
industries. Being raised in over- Billy Wolfe, sophomore -- “I would would like to visit Italy because
crowded, barren cages causes the like to visit Mexico because I want my dad has gone there and he talks Trebor Williams, senior -- “I would
animals to suffer needlessly. to learn their language and tradi- about how pretty it is and I would like to visit Hawaii because I want Derrik Pitts, senior -- “London be-
Still others are collected by peo- tions.” like to see it for myself.” to see a volcano.” cause it sounds fancy.”
ple called “bunchers,” who answer
“free-to-a-good-home” ads and pick
up stray animals and companion an- Student-staff teams compete in
imals who have wandered off. They
have been known to steal animals AR contest, earning 4,230 points
from people’s yards, too.
According to biology teacher By Tina Perez
Ryan Hickman, Taft High gets its News Editor
animals from biological supply com-
panies such as Carolina Ward’s.
“I dissected when I was in high
Foreign Exchange Student compares The second quarter A.R. deadline
marked the end of the first A.R. con-
school,” said Hickman. “It was one
of the more memorable and educa-
life in Taft to homeland of Sweden test between four teams of students,
each led by a staff member. The con-
tional activities in science and all of By Erik Glantz test achieved its purpose of getting
my high school education.” Staff Writer and Burger King. However, the food more students interested in read-
“I think that dissection is a great in school is a lot different. ing and rewarding top readers who
learning tool for students and a School, food and sports are some In Sweden we get to take as much were already reading.
great opportunity,” said Ag biology of the things that come to mind food as we want, like a buffet, and Approximately 48 students par-
teacher Teresa Taylor. “However, when I compare the life in Taft to the we get real food such as spaghetti, ticipated, earning a total of 4,230
students shouldn’t be forced [to dis- life in my hometown of Stockholm, meatballs, lasagna, and meat with points.
sect].” Sweden. potatoes, etc. Until you are 16, the There were no requirements for
Dissection can also harm stu- The life for a student in Sweden government pays for your meals. the contest. Students signed up and Joey Sorensen was one of the
dents. Animals that are used for is much easier than it is here. The Sports are completely different. then could choose any of the A.R. student participants in the AR
dissection are often embalmed with government pays students to go to In Sweden, we don’t have sports in books in the library and then take a competition. Photo by Tina Perez
formaldehyde. The way animal school. If we attend at least 80% of school. test.
corpses and toxic chemicals are dis- our classes, we get 1050 Swedish Sports are played in clubs out- “It was really fun because of the “We didn’t expect such a great
posed of in some schools and supply kronor per month, which is equiva- side of the school and that’s bad competition,” said sophomore Ana outcome, maybe four or five stu-
houses should be of public concern. lent to $158. This gives us more time compared to the American way of Estrada. dents,” said McLaughlin.
Careless disposal of toxic substances to work on our education because having all the sports in school be- The team led by Library Media Students were accepted two or
can contaminate groundwater and we don’t have to spend time work- cause it creates school spirit and Technician Kelly Fedoroff earned a three weeks into the contest. Most of
soil, threaten food supplies and en- ing to earn extra cash. gives good athletes the opportunity total of 1,255 points, finishing first. the participants earned more points
danger wildlife. The relationships between teach- to get a good education with a col- LRC Manager Dianne Kaszycki’s than they would have otherwise.
Because of the removal of frogs ers and students in Sweden are lege scholarship. Since all education team finished second with 1235.8 The top reader, Derrick Pitts, read
for dissection, the ecosystem’s deli- friendlier and more informal than is free in Sweden, scholarships have points. The teams led by librar- 17 books and earned 322 points.
cate balance is disrupted. Insect pop- they are in Taft. For example, a stu- never been an issue. ian Kathy McLaughlin and English Pitts was on Fedoroff’s team,
ulations have skyrocketed, resulting dent in Sweden calls their teacher by Another big difference between teacher Caroline Schoneweis fin- which won the contest.
in increased crop destruction, pesti- his/her first name, rather than Mr. Taft and Sweden is the patriotic feel- ished third and fourth, with 1138 “I just really like to read,” said
cide use and spread of disease. “Last name.” A lot of the students ing of being an American. In almost and 601.4 points, respectively. Pitts.
The bottom line is that it’s not have nicknames for their teachers every classroom that I have been to,
right to dissect animals who have and use that when asking for help. there is a U.S. flag. I have never seen
been tortured and killed just so stu- There is also no such thing as a Swedish flag in any of my classes
dents can cut them up to learn about detention in school. Students are in Sweden. The flag salute in the The Gusher
animal or human anatomy. These expected to complete their studies morning shows patriotism towards Taft Union High School
animals haven’t donated their bod- and behave; if not, they fail and are America. I wish we had the same 701 7th Street
ies to science, and they still have the kicked out of the school. pride in our country back home. Taft, CA 93268
ability to feel pain and fear. The food in Sweden is similar to Both Taft and Sweden have their
We need to find a viable alterna- American food. We have most of the pros and cons, but I like them both
tive to dissection. big fast food chains like McDonald’s very much. Adviser: Bill Wolfe
Assembly honors Taft bands plan for trip to Washington, The Gusher is a monthly publication of the journalism class at
Taft High veterans D.C. to perform in Pearl Harbor ceremony Taft Union High School. The Gusher is an open forum for stu-
dents, faculty and alumni of TUHS. The opinions and views
By Nicole Frost By Tamara Conwell
“F” and one suspension during the expressed in The Gusher are the sole responsibility of the staff
Editor-in-Chief 2010-2011 school year. and do not reflect the views of either TUHS, the TUHS
Taft High honored its own veter- December 7, 2011 will mark the “Fifty maximum are allowed to District, or the Board of Trustees. Member, NSPA
ans during an assembly on Nov. 12 70th anniversary of the attack on go on the trip; that’s Lincoln and
to honor those who have sacrificed Pearl Harbor. Bands from all over Taft High combined,” band director Editor-in-Chief
their lives to protect our country and the United States have been invited Amanda Posey said. Nicole Frost Sports Editors
give us the freedom we treasure. by Musical Celebration to Washing- The bands will be organizing Blake McPherson
A video presentation, produced ton, D.C. to perform for the military various fundraisers to help earn the Photo Editor Daniel Watts
by seniors Dalton Thornsberry and personnel who served our country $65,000 they need for all the stu-
Peter Galvan, featured images of and whom we honor. Both the Taft dents to go. Staff Writers
veterans and words of encourage- and Lincoln bands, with students According to the tour company, Yeraldin Barrera
from 7th to 12th grade, hope to go to for every 10 students there must be
ment and reflection. In the video, Tamara Conwell
Washington to participate. at least one supervisor. Cristina Loza
Taft High veterans spoke about what Karissa Dixon
Veterans’ Day means to them. The bands will be performing Posey will be going as the direc-
at various locations, including the tor along with Lincoln’s band direc- Features Editors Autumn Fee
“The video was inspirational be-
cause all sides were covered from World War Two memorial and Lin- tor, Marlene Mudge, who will be Raveena Bhakta Eloisa Garcia
the families to the soldiers,” said coln Memorial. assistant director and tour coordi- Krystle Holder Erik Glantz
teacher Debra Popejoy. “It spoke a “I’m really excited to go see the nator. Posey’s husband Vic is safety Nathan Hutchison
million words without saying a sin- Lincoln Memorial because President manager and percussion instructor. News Editor Matt Likens
gle one.” Lincoln was my favorite president Mike McCormick, who retired from Tina Perez Ashley Malizia
The assembly made many peo- of all,” said junior Angelica McCros- TUHS last June, is brass instructor Winter Martin
ple realize what they are taking for sen, who plays clarinet. and in charge of first aid, and Vah- Entertainment Editor Katarina Moore
granted every day: freedom isn’t All band members are eligible to nita Hooker is equipment manager Sarah Muro Maria Solis
free. go, but must have no more than one and assistant tour coordinator.
December 16, 2010 Features Page 3
The real story behind Christmas traditions
By Karissa Dixon
The history of a Christmas festi-
val dates back over 4000 years.
The term “Xmas” instead of
“Christmas” is Greek in origin. The
word for “Christ” in Greek is “Xris-
tos.” During the sixteenth century,
Europeans began using the first
initial of Christ’s name, with the
“X” in place of the word “Christ”
as a shorthand version of the word
Although early Christians under-
stood that the “X” was another form
for the name of Jesus Christ, later
Katy Perry is not just a pop star; she is a celebrity. Her music, videos Christians mistook “Xmas” as a sign
and personal life fascinate her millions of fans. of disrespect.
Eventually “Xmas” came to be
Katy Perry captivates fans accepted by many as an abbreviated
form of the word “Christmas.” celebrations. Carried into homes than any other seasonal spirit.
Many of today’s Christmas tradi- and adorned with apples and other It is generally accepted that the
with her colorful charisma tions were celebrated centuries be-
fore Christ was born. The giving of
Such decorations were intended
name “Santa Claus” was derived
and abbreviated from his original
By Sarah Muro gifts, parades, carolers, and holiday as food offerings to the tree and may Dutch title of “Sinterklaas.” The
Entertainment Editor feasts are all rooted in the customs be where the modern custom of modern-day Santa Claus only came
Snoop Dogg, which debuted at num- observed by early Mesopotamians. placing gifts beneath the Christmas into existence approximately 100
Katy Perry, the daughter of two ber one on the Billboard Hot 100 and So how did Christmas become tree originated. years ago.
pastors, began her music career sing- sold over two million digital down- so popular in America? Prior to the It is difficult to find the date that Santa Claus is attended by a host
ing in church. At 16 she recorded a loads within its first week of release. American Civil War, the North and Christmas trees were first decorated of elves and is able to travel the sur-
Christian album titled Katy Hudson, She is currently on a world tour un- South were divided on the issue in America. Some believe the tradi- face of the Earth in only a few short
which was released in 2001 while til May 2011. of Christmas. Many Northerners tion may have begun in the very hours, which includes climbing up
she was still attending Dos Pueblos This pop star will stop at nothing thought it was sinful to celebrate early 1800s. Another theory is that and down millions of chimneys.
High School, where she graduated to get her music heard around the Christmas since Thanksgiving was soldiers set up the tree in 1776. He is aware of who has been
in 2003. She then moved to Los An- world. the much more appropriate holiday. By the early 1800s, there were naughty and who has been nice and
geles to further her career in music. Perry and actor-comedian Rus- In the South, Christmas played many decorated trees to be found is known to leave gifts for those who
A few years later, she had gone from sell Brand, got engaged during the an important role in the social sea- throughout the United States but the have favor in his eyes, while leaving
Christian folk singer to a pop super- Christmas holidays in 2009, and son. The first three American States term “Christmas tree” did come into lumps of coal for those with whom
star. were married on Nov. 14 in India. to declare Christmas a legal holiday common use until 1830. he is less than pleased.
In 2007, Perry signed with Capi- They celebrated with close were: Alabama in 1836; and Louisi- The first written record of a Many cultures believe Santa to be
tol Music Group, where she rose to friends and family and had a tradi- ana and Arkansas, both in 1838. Christmas tree is in 1601. a fat and jolly character.
fame with her hot single “I Kissed a tional Hindu ceremony. Fresh flow- TIn the years following the Civil The foundation of Santa Claus,
Girl,” which was inspired by Scar- ers were used to signify beauty, and War, Christmas traditions began to however, does appear to be based
lett Johansson. Perry was so taken kumkum, a red powder, was used to filter across the country. Children’s on a factual character.
by Johansson’s lips that she wrote mark their foreheads to wish them books played a vital role in spread- It is from this character that
the song as some sort of fantasy good luck on their journey through ing the customs of Christmas cel- Santa Claus received someone who
note. It reached number one on the life. ebrations, particularly the tradition once bestowed upon three penniless
pop singles chart in 2008. Perry cites vintage movie stars of trimmed trees and gifts delivered sisters a dowry in order that each
The song was criticized by her like Jane Russell and Liz Taylor as by Santa Claus. of them could be married, a saint
parents for promoting promiscuity her biggest influences. Sunday School classes encour- whose name was Nicholas.
and encouraging homosexuality. When she was dating Travis Mc- aged participation in celebrations. Saint Nicholas lived in Myra
Perry was raised to say, “These Coy, lead singer of Gym Class He- Women’s magazines also played an (today’s Turkey) during the fourth
people aren’t good, you can’t be roes, she appeared as his love inter- important part in promoting the fes- century. The only child of a wealthy
friends with them.” But to her it est in the video for the song “Cupid’s tival of Christmas, suggesting vari- family, he was orphaned at an early
didn’t matter whether they were gay Chokehold.” ous ways to decorate for the holi- age when both parents were killed
or straight. Some of her best friends Perry’s style takes you on a jour- days also supplying instructions on by the plague.
were gay. ney in the past with the vintage pol- how to make decorations. Nicholas grew up in a monastery;
Perry’s first full-length album, ka dotted dresses and pin up hair- The colors most often associ- at seventeen years of age he became
One of the Boys, was released in June styles. She adds a twist to each of ated with Christmas decorating are one of the order’s youngest priests.
2008 and became the 33rd best sell- her outfits by accessorizing with big green, red, white, blue, silver and There are tales detailing his gen-
ing album worldwide that year; a bows and strong, vivid colors. gold. These colors have been used erosity, given in the form of gifts
top 10 hit in the U.S. and certified Due to her talent, gorgeous slim for centuries. to those in need. Legends tell of
platinum. figure, beautiful and unique style, Green represents everlasting life, Another thing people think about Nicholas dropping bags of gold
In May 2010 Perry released her Perry has become a style icon for red represents the bloodline of Jesus when they think Christmas is rein- down chimneys or throwing purses
single “California Gurls” featuring many of her fans. Christ, blue represents the sky from deer. To have been endowed with through open windows, where they
which the angels appeared, white the power of flight by magic corn would land in stockings hung to dry
represents the purity of the Virgin given to Kris Kringle are the Rein- by the fireplace.
Birth, and silver and gold represent deer people believe to drive Santa Saint Nicholas died of an uniden-
the richness of God’s Blessings. Claus on his sleigh. tified sickness on December 6. De-
Many people use these colors on Through this magic corn, the pendent upon varying sources, the
their Christmas trees. strength of the reindeer is increased year was 330, 345 or possibly 352.
There are numerous tales regard- threefold, their stamina increased He was interred in the Cathedral
ing the origin of the Christmas tree to infinity and their hooves can at Myra in 1087 A.D.
but in fact, this custom has nothing walk the air as though it were solid Officially recognized as a saint by
at all to do with the birth or life of ground. the Eastern Catholic Church, Saint
Jesus Christ. Therefore reindeer would be Nicholas is the third most beloved
Since ancient times, evergreen able to pull a sleigh brimming with
TC classes allow TUHS students
religious figure after Jesus Christ
trees have been set as a representa- 13,500 pounds of toys for an unlim- and the Virgin Mary.
tion of fertility, sexual potency and ited amount of time. Many people love Christmas but
to get a head start on college reproduction.
For centuries, evergreens have
Best-known for Christmas is San-
ta Claus, whose identity is probably
not very many people know enough
information to appreciate every-
By Krystle Holder played an important role in winter more entangled in different legends thing about it.
the professors at TC are not so wor-
ried about your future. You’re re-
While getting a college education sponsible for your own work and
Improving your study skills
is the goal of many students, some
students are already getting an early
the teachers don’t know you as per-
sonally as do the TUHS teachers. most dangerous
start on their college career.
There are two options when it
When you’re failing, they don’t take
the time to personally help you raise
is easier than you think “drug” of all
comes to TUHS students taking TC your grade. By Eloisa Garcia
classes. Students can take the classes “The teachers in college don’t Staff Writer fore you take your big test, but also By Maria Solis
during the evenings on the TC cam- watch out for you like high school study days before,” said junior Dai- Staff Writer
pus, or they can be a part of one of teachers do” said junior Cristian Many students complain about sy Guitron.
the classes offered on our campus. Magana, who took Spanish at TC. their grades. They always use the *Look over the questions you missed Alcohol was ranked the most
The students who do choose to take “No one’s holding your hand.” same old excuses, like “My teacher on previous quizzes. harmful drug in a study published
these college classes can use them to “Taking college classes made me hates me”or “I’m trying as hard as I *Review the concepts that the teach- by Lancet, a British medical journal.
boost their GPA. more prepared,” said junior Jessa can.” Yet, they don’t realize that it’s er tells you to review. On a scale of 1 to 100, alcohol
But not every student is eligible Dahlgren, who took Anthropology nobody’s fault but their own. *Always take notes on materials the scored a 72. It was compared with
for enrollment in these classes; only and Sociology. “Now I know what Many low grades can actually be teacher is going over. 19 different drugs using 16 criteria:
those with good grades can take col- to expect.” attributed to bad study habits. Some- *Make flash cards. nine on the effects on the individual,
lege classes. For the most part, the “I like that you can take one se- times, when we say we are studying, *Ask for help. and seven on how it harms others.
school pays for these classes, and mester over there and it counts as a we are actually just spending a lot of *Skim (preview) what you have to Alcohol is a depressant that af-
they want to make sure students can year of work here,” said junior Caleb time listening to music, watching read before you read it. fects the nervous system and the
handle the work load. Therefore, if Lopez, who took Spanish. “It raises TV or generally just wasting time. *Highlight important facts. brain. Dizziness, blurred vision,
you had a D the previous semester, your GPA.” “If you don’t dedicate spe- *Be involved in your classes; ask slurred speaking, memory lapses,
you are ineligible. Students are enrolled in the col- cific time to your studies, you will questions. and the eventual loss of your liver,
In some cases, the student does lege class for a shorter time and the struggle in school and especially *Never wait to study until the night are the risks you take when you con-
have to pay for their classes. For classes offer an extra grade point, in college,”said English and AVID before the big exam. sume alcohol
example, if the student has enough which is part of the allure. teacher Debra Popejoy. *Listen for the key words, “This will It is easier for younger people to
credits to be considered a full-time To take these classes, it is neces- Here are some tips that can help be on the test.” obtain, so it is more often used.
college student, they have to pay the sary to speak to a TUHS counselor. you improve your grades: *Review your notes the day you Alcohol is as addictive as any
course tuition. Books are also some- They can help you determine eligi- * “Study in groups that understand take them and again at regular in- other drug, but it has more risks than
what expensive, and those too are bility and which courses are most the problems you don’t understand. tervals until you have mastered the any other drug because it not only
the student’s responsibility. compatible with a student’s sched- Review the notes about 10 times be- material. harms you, but it also can be damag-
Unlike the teachers here at TUHS, ule and needs. ing to the people around you.
Page 4 Features December 16, 2010
Are Cartoon Network shows Reading remains a
becoming too mature for kids? popular recreation
By Tamara Conwell
Despite the many entertainment
options available to them today,
teens around the United States are
still reading for fun, even at Taft
Union High School. You might not
think many kids go to the library
just to read. But Taft High students
“I see students coming in the
morning, during nutrition, really
By Autumn Fee Tom White is first and foremost a family man. L-R: Michael, Suzanne,
For example, on The Regular Show, anytime,” said librarian Kathy
Staff Writer Tyler, Tom and Lizette. Photo courtesy of Tom White
two characters sing, “Don’t look at McLaughlin. “I even see them leave
class to come and read.”
Recently, Cartoon Network has
been experimenting with their show
our crotches while we synchronize
our watches.” These characters The library has a list of books that
are so popular there is a waiting list.
Tom White gives real meaning to
line-up. The network, in wanting point at their groin area while this
to appeal to an older audience, has
added shows that feature more
line is being recited.
I am not the only one who
The list includes Rules of Attraction,
Leaving Paradise, Perfect Chemistry, “family values” in ROP and FLY
mature content and language. feels this way. Sophomore Haley House of Knight series and The Hunger
Games trilogy. By Sarah Muro
This change has resulted in more Houghton feels uncomfortable
Lisa Polk, an English and Read/ Entertainment Editor
teenagers becoming more interested when her younger siblings watch
in watching shows on this channel. these shows. Write teacher, has her students read interest in them and their success in
However, it has also discouraged “I feel these shows are getting 10 minutes every day. Tom White not only teaches school,” said WSROP director Dale
a lot of parents from allowing really inappropriate. I thought the “I think the students trust me Criminal Justice in the West Side Countryman.
their younger children to continue network would go through some when I hand them a book,” says Regional Occupational Program White worked as a CO for 12
watching shows on Cartoon change but not this much,” said Polk, “because I know my books (WSROP), he is also a loving father years and as a Recreation Specialist
Network. Houghton. and I know my students.” of three kids, a pastor for Front Line at GEO for one year. At GEO he ran
I think this attempt to expand An animated remake of Mad TV Teens do read a lot; it just doesn’t Youth at New Hope Temple and a all the sports and entertainment for
their audience is a smart idea in has been included on the network. always involve books. They read retired Correctional Officer. the inmates.
the sense that the network wants At times, this cartoon has the most magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc. “Teaching Law Enforcement is White has been married nine
another age group to watch their offensive sketches. “Reading is reading,” agreed a different type of subject than any years to Suzanna White, a science
programs, but they need to realize For instance, one sketch was McLaughlin and Dianne Kaszycki, other,” said White. “I love the kids, teacher at Lincoln Junior High and
that if they want to make changes to making fun of the movie Avatar. LRC Instructional Assistant. and my co-workers are like a family the assistant varsity girls’ basketball
programming, they need to consider The sketch was named “Avaturd” Even with many distractions to me.” coach at TUHS. Together they
all parties involved. and featured a character dressed around, teens are able to multi-task When he first got the offer to adopted three kids: Lizette, Michael
The new shows on Cartoon as an M&M. At one point, she was and still read many books. teach Criminal Justice, all he could and Tyler. They own a dog and four
Network are inappropriate for most frightened and said, “I think I just The librarians often get requests do was laugh. He never would have turtles.
children under the age of 12. The crapped in my shell.” from students for newly-released thought that he would become a In his spare time White loves to
shows use vulgar language, sexual So, it seems as though Cartoon books, so they try to stay up-to-date teacher. But now look where he is. hang out with his kids, coach Little
innuendo and reveal body parts. Network has not made the best of with the students’ interests. The “I’ve been teaching four years League baseball and catch up on
I do not think that the network choices and should reconsider some library usually buys between 50 and and love every minute of it,” said some ESPN. Overall, White is quite
should take the shows off the air, of the content they include in their 100 newly-released books a week, White. the family man.
but rather they should create a shows. I believe if they make the according to McLaughlin. When he teaches he makes every White has been working with
more appropriate show line-up for correct changes their audience will “We here at Taft High are very experience seem as real as possible. youth for 14 years and has been a
younger kids. broaden without any complaints. lucky to have so many library books,” He really knows how to grab his youth pastor at FLY for five.
agreed McLaughlin. “Because some students’ attention. “He really cares about all the kids
other schools don’t get very many “Tommy is awesome; instead that go to his youth group,” said
books at all.” of teaching from a book like senior Tyler Scovel. “Tommy really
Coming in the next issue of The Gusher So if you have extra time, read other teachers, he teaches us from wants to make a difference in kids’
a book. Who knows? It might be a experience and knowledge. He lives.
The pros and cons of Facebook great one. makes every scenario seem so real,” No matter where he is or what
Winter sports coverage and athlete profiles explained senior Amber Strong. he is doing, Tom White will stop
“Tom relates to his students what he is doing to listen and help
Girls who drive big trucks as much as he can.
very well. He shows a great deal of
Get to know campus supervisors Mary and Kim
GSA Club makes it debut at TUHS
My Chemical Romance and Jimmy Eat World CD reviews
Survey: How many hours of sleep do you get at night, and how does it affect your day?
By Autumn Fee
Katie Burrows, Freshman: 8 hours. Nicholas Rodman, Junior: 5 to 6 hours. Natalie Cornejo, Sophomore: 10 hours.
“It has no effect on my day.” “I still feel sleepy.”
“I’m never tired.”
Joshua Keith, Freshman:
5 to 6 hours.
“It feels the same as a full night of
Julia Laguna, Sophomore: 6 1/2 hours. Matthew Strosnider, Sophomore: 6 hours.
“I feel sleepy.” “I’m tired a lot.” Ashley Espinoza, Senior: 8 hours. “I’m tired.”
December 16, 2010 Lifestyle Page 5
Tips for being
a “green teen”
By Tina Perez
Being green has become very
important in recent years and is
now “in” among teens. It may seem
that being green would take a lot of
work, but in reality just a few minor
changes in your daily routine could
get you on your way to becoming a
1. Recycle cell phones: Cell
phones contain toxic metals which
pollute the environment and can
To dye or not to dye: tips for threaten human health. It’s easy
enough to get a recycling bag and
dyeing hair without damaging it take it to the drop-off center; most
electronic stores have them.
2. Recycle bottles and cans: The
By Ashley Malizia most basic thing you can do to be
Staff Writer green; some teachers have boxes
contain many harsh chemicals that
Purple, blue, green, and pink are can damage the scalp, creating an for recycling, and recycling bins
colors commonly found in a chil- unpleasant burning or itching sen- are all over campus.
dren’s crayon box, but nowadays we sation. 3. Clothes: Get together with all Hiding complexion issues easy to do
have decided to incorporate them in Many people also think that leav- your friends and hold a stuff swap.
one of the most basic fashion state- ing the dye in longer makes the color You could exchange clothes and By Ashley Malizia a foundation to cover yellow, apply
ments. Many teens have dyed their stronger, but they are wrong. If these other objects, and in the end ev- Staff Writer it in thin layers until the spot is un-
hair or just as many have considered chemicals are left on the scalp/hair eryone goes home with something
noticeable, then blend out. At times
it. However, when thinking about for too long or are not washed out “new.” Or you could sell them to
We’ve all had those pesky prob- you may need to apply the founda-
making this transformation the risk properly it can result in hair loss. Plato’s Closet.
lems with our complexion, such as tion to the entire face to blend.
of damage isn’t always considered. Of course, there are many alter- 4. Try to reuse everything at
acne, patchy coloration, dark circles When covering dark spots, like
Most teens often dye their hair with- native safer ways to dye hair. Semi least once: water bottles, plastic
or scars. With a few simple steps any bruises or circles under the eyes, a
out any negative outcome, but some permanent dye, for example, coats cups, plastic containers, etc.
complexion flaw can be hidden. concealer one shade lighter than
don’t realize the damage they could the hair strands instead of being 5. Be energy efficient: Don’t
Most problems can be covered your skin tone is most effective. In
be causing. absorbed in. It also often contains have all your appliances plugged
with a concealer, but only when the some cases, the spot may be so dark
When a professional colorist dyes more gentle chemicals, but an al- in at the same time! If you’re not
right concealer is used. When cover- that it will need multiple layers of
hair, they often know the ins-and- lergy patch test should still be con- using it at the time, just unplug it
ing red or pink shades, often in acne, concealer, before it’s unnoticeable.
outs of what is safe for the individu- ducted. or turn it off.
it is best to use a green concealer. After applying the concealer the area
al. Often times when the hair is self- Semi permanent dye is not as 6. Organic food: Not only will
When it is applied to the red area should look just slightly lighter if
dyed or bleached mistakes are made long lasting as permanent dye; on you be healthier, but it will make
thoroughly, it becomes a neutral not the same color as your skin tone.
and the hair becomes damaged. average it only sustains through 40 you look sophisticated.
shade. With these dark spots, foundation is
Many teens and adults are un- washes. 7. Transportation: Walk or ride
If your green concealer is over- also needed to blend the concealer.
aware of what’s actually happening Henna is also a much safer form your bike. Not only is it good ex-
applied, you may begin to look like The most effective foundation for
to their hair in the processes of dying. of dye. Most henna hair dye comes ercise but you also save money on
an alien, so be aware of how much this is medium to light coverage.
A hair strand has microscopic scales in red and brown shades and it can gas. If you must drive, carpool.
you’re applying. After the concealer To be sure your coverage lasts all
and, when dyed, it often becomes often be a nutrient to the hair, rarely These tips, when applied to
is applied, a foundation should be day, apply powder to keep it all in
brittle and dry. The dye in cream irritating the scalp. Although most your life, could make a difference
applied over it, because without place. You will need to cover the en-
form makes the hair strands swell henna is organic, an allergy patch in your community, and if you get
it you will have a noticeable spot tire area in powder and dust away
so they can absorb color through a test should still be completed before your friends involved, that is even
of neutral color that doesn’t match the excess.
chemical reaction. dying. better! Always remember the three
your skin tone. With three basic concealers you
One of the more serious concerns So, whether this is your first time R’s of being green: reduce, reuse
Aside from pimples, sometimes can cover just about any imperfec-
when dyeing hair is an allergic re- dying your hair or your twenty- and recycle.
a strange spot of yellow coloration tion; just remember to use a conceal-
action. Not everyone completes the third, you should be aware of all may appear on the skin. This can er color appropriate for your skin
recommended patch test before dye- your options and consider your hair best be hidden with a lavender (light tone and the foundation type need-
ing his or her hair. Permanent dyes health when making a choice. purple) concealer or a medium to full ed for your coverage. Once you’ve
coverage foundation. When apply- mastered these tricks, you can face
ing a lavender concealer, be sure to the world with a flawless appear-
use only small amounts, then blend ance. Some tips provided by www.
it into the problem area. When using EasyMakeupGuide.com/.
U.S. recalls toxic costume
jewelry made in China
By Katarina Moore
Staff Writer can damage their developing or-
Everyone likes to accessorize Tests on animals that are ex-
with jewelry. These bracelets cost posed to cadmium have shown
as little as $8. But these cute little bone weakening, and offspring of
accessories are potentially deadly, animals exposed during pregnancy
according to consumer advocates. have shown behavioral and learn-
This cheap costume jewelry is made ing ability defects.
with the metal cadmium, a product Among the cadmium-related re-
that can be very toxic at high levels. calls this year, a line of Miley Cyrus
Beginning in January, the Con- jewelry from Wal-Mart was called
sumer Product Safety Commission back in February and McDonald’s
has found more than 200,000 pieces recalled nearly 12 million Shrek-
of cheap jewelry from China that themed Happy Meal glasses in
were made with cadmium and sold June.
at numerous national retail chains, A federal law severely limits the
including some of the most popular use of cadmium in paint, but it does
stores like Wal-Mart, Claire’s, Justice not apply to jewelry. In July, Rep.
and Limited Too. The latest recall, Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco) in-
issued in July, targeted the cupcake troduced a toxic metal protections
pendant necklaces and other items bill, which would limit the use of
that were sold at Justice clothing cadmium to 75 parts per million
stores. in jewelry meant for children. The
The recalls haven’t reached the measure is now in a House commit-
level of those a few years ago for tee.
Chinese toys containing lead. In all, In the meantime, the Consumer
approximately 45 million items were Product Safety Commission has
pulled from shelves in 2007 because been testing imports and has turned
they had dangerously high levels of away one shipment coming from
lead. China of metal children’s jewelry,
Since U.S legislation in 2008 agency spokesman Scott Wolfson
banned lead in children’s products, said.
Chinese factories have increasingly China has its own limits on cad-
been using cadmium as a substitute. mium in export items, but such
Due to Chinese factories’ competi- standards are not strictly enforced,
tion, they do all they can to stay in Devereux said, especially at small,
the game, even if that means using privately owned factories that fly
toxic materials. under the radar of national regula-
“Cadmium is toxic to humans,” tions.
Ruth A. Lawrence, professor of pe- “The problem is that China is not
diatrics at the University of Roch- proactive but reactive. Once they
ester School of Medicine and Den- start getting bad publicity, they’ll
tistry, told The Los Angeles Times. take action,” Devereux said. “If
“Children are especially susceptible there isn’t that publicity, something
to even small exposures of cadmium like using cadmium will continue
from metal toys and trinkets, which with no one worrying about it.”
Page 6 Sports Features December 16, 2010
Rennie keeps the school’s buses, vans and cars in great mechanical condition. Photo by Raveena Bhakta
“Jack of all trades” Gary Rennie keeps Junior Tyler Adkins has been shooting skeet and trap for several
years and has the awards to show for it. Photo courtesy of Adkins Family
busy as mechanic, sports announcer Off-campus athlete: Tyler Adkins
By Krystle Holder
hits the mark in competitive shooting
weed eaters to school buses,” said Eris Martin. “He always has some- By Winter Martin
If you’ve ever been to a TUHS Rennie. “I keep everything running thing nice to say and seems to know Adkins praises his 12-gauge
football or softball game, chances and clean.” everyone.” Browning 525 Sporting enthusiasti-
are you have heard Gary Rennie. Gary has been interested in me- “I’ve known Gary since I was a Many people enjoy shooting cally and will not hesitate to tell you
“Larry Brown, who was the Ath- chanics since he was young. kid,” said senior Brett Howard. “He guns for a hobby but junior Tyler how amazing it is.
letic Director at the time, asked me “It’s something I did as a little and my dad are pretty much best Adkins has been shooting competi- “When Iím not shooting com-
to play some music at the varsity kid,” he said. “I was always asking friends.” tively since his freshman year and petitively, my favorite thing to shoot
football games. It sounded like fun for tools for Christmas.” Gary has never been married, now has more awards than he can is dove, but it was exciting to shoot
so I said yes,” said Rennie. “I can’t Though his job is a lot of work, and although he does not have chil- count. buck too,” said Adkins.
remember when that was, eight or Rennie enjoys being a part of the dren, he has a horse and two dogs. Adkins participates in two types Tyler spends quality time with
nine years ago. It kind of started TUHS family. Rennie graduated from a trade of shooting, skeet and trap. Skeet his grandfather, who got him inter-
there.” “What I like best about it is being school, the Universal Technical In- shooting is when a shooter rotates ested in this sport and still takes him
Though being the announcer is a small part of the program,” said stitution in Phoenix. He is a good between eight shooting positions out shooting.
fun, it is not without its challenges. Rennie. “Like when they won the example of someone who chose not that are located in a half-circle pat- Although shooting is a very time-
“The biggest challenge for me is valley championship game at home to go to a university but is still mak- tern while clay pigeons are thrown consuming sport, Adkins shoots all
getting players’ names right,” said in 2007, I got to be the announcer for ing a good living, thanks to his wide from two throwing stations, called year around and only takes a break
Rennie. that and it was awesome!” variety of skills and talents. houses. during baseball season. He practices
Rennie has worked at TUHS for “My favorite thing about work- Though Gary has a lot of respon- The other type of shooting is trap, at Buena Vista Lake and is a mem-
five years. He works in the bus ga- ing here is seeing Taft High pride sibility on campus, he still finds time which is when the shooter stands 16 ber of the Kern County Gun Club.
rage as a mechanic and is the an- and being a part of that,” he said. to partake in a plethora of hobbies, yards behind the throwing station Adkins competes in tournaments
nouncer for sports games. Rennie is The students appreciate Rennie’s including photography, camping while clay pigeons are thrown for- at Buena Vista Lake, Santa Maria,
in charge of so many things, it seems character; he is someone that they and running. ward one at a time. Trona and even out of state.
he keeps this school intact. like to be around. “I like them all equally,” said “My favorite type of shooting is “A gun is a tool, no different than
“I work on everything from “Gary is sweet,” said sophomore Rennie. “I don’t have a favorite.” skeet because itís challenging,” said a hammer, a shovel, or anything
Adkins. “It requires you to do more else,” says Adkins. “A gun is as good
difficult shots.” or bad as the person using it.”
Coach Cleveland uses playing experience to
instruct and inspire varsity football players Five keys to being recruited
Rob Cleveland THEN as a Taft College Cougar
to play college athletics
By Blake McPherson
and your skills.
Content that should be included
If you find yourself wonder- in the video are plays that show your
ing how can you get recruited, or talent at its highest and things you
why college coaches aren’t looking do well. When you’re done filming
at you, well here’s some advice for you need to edit it; this is where you
you. There are five keys to getting get help from your coach or a college
recruited. coach to see what they want to see.
The first one is evaluation. Listen After you’ve edited the film, it’s
to an expert, someone who knows time to distribute, it but if your on-
what college coaches are looking for line resume doesn’t allow you to
at the next level not only athletically upload the video, you’ll have to find
but academically as well. a way to send your video to the col-
Then research; once you have lege community.
earned an honest and accurate as- The fourth key is communication,
sessment of your ability and level which is very important because
Cleveland NOW as a Taft Union High School coach of competition that fits your evalua- this is when you take control. Since
tion, start contacting the schools that you’ve compiled your resume and
By Blake McPherson you’ll like and fit your skill level. highlight video this is a process you
Sports Editor State he was a three-year starter at “He’s a real fun guy to be around The second thing you should do let technology help you with. Many
nose tackle and defensive end. In and always finds a way to get all is build an athletic resume or web- college coaches have a wide variety
You may know him as Rob Cleve- 1988 he received his B.A. in Social the players hyped up and wanting site. This is an essential part of the of athletes to recruit and that’s how
land, or you may know him as the Sciences. When he looks back on his to hit someone, and he’s just a great recruiting process. This will help you should think with your schools.
football coach yelling at the linemen college football days a couple things coach,” said senior Craig Curtis. you get your athletic and academic Once you’ve got all the schools
to stay low. But what you may not come to mind. He’s been married to his lovely resume to college coaches quickly you’re interested in, email them your
know is the remarkable life he is liv- “Playing in stadiums that held wife Leah for 15 years. They have and effectively. resume and video. If you don’t hear
ing. 100,000 people was awesome. The two kids: Bowe, 14, a freshman at Your resume should include per- back from the coaches, be relentless
He went to school in New York wave of sound vibrated the stadium; Taft High who was a lineman on the sonal info, statistical info, academics and keep trying to contact them.
until 10th grade, when he moved to that’s a rush,” said Cleveland. JV team this year, and Aubrey, 11. info, athletic history and references. Last but not least is getting guid-
Bakersfield and started attending After playing football in college When he’s not coaching, Cleveland Some websites to consider are bere- ance through the recruiting process.
West High. While at West he was a he continued his love for the sport is district manager for Key Energy cruited.com and ncsasports.org. On- The reason you should do this is
three-letter starter in football, bas- and started coaching the Wildcats. Services, the largest well service in line profiles help athletes learn what that any mistake you make could
ketball and baseball, but football He’s been coaching for the past 11 the United States. He enjoys spend- coaches are interested in so students result in a program dropping you
turned out to be his ticket out of Ba- years and says he loves every min- ing time with his family, working can reach them faster, rather than off their list of recruits. Though this
kersfield. Cleveland went straight ute of it. out with his son Bowe, spending mailing or e-mailing every single may seem harsh, it happens a lot,
to Washington State University on a Coach Sprague is very thankful time at the coast when he can or bar- college yourself. and seeking help from your coach
full-ride scholarship for football. to have him as a colleague. bequing. The third key to recruitment is or counselor can help you through
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Cleve- “He’s been there and done that When you attend a football game your highlight video, which is prob- this tedious process.
land, recalling the time when he got at the next level,” said Sprague. “He and see Coach Cleveland in action, ably the most important element be- When all is said and done, fol-
the scholarship. “Football was al- does all my dirty work at practice.” you can appreciate all he brings to cause it allows coaches to see what lowing these steps will help you get
ways the sport I wanted to pursue.” Cleveland has also left a good not only the team and players but you can do. The video is the first on the right path to your athletic fu-
When he attended Washington impression on his players. also the community. impression a coach will have of you ture.
December 16, 2010 Sports Page 7
By Maria Solis
Twenty-four is the magic number
that the boys varsity soccer team is
made up of. It includes 13 returning
players and some new additions to
The boys work hard but they
have fun at practice. According to
senior Sebastian Ramos, a typical
practice includes running one lap,
stretching, running another lap,
sprinting, passing, dribbling and the
“If we really apply ourselves, I
Allison Jarvinen gives a hands-up to Mary Pezer during a recent prac- think we can go undefeated,” said
tice. Team spirit makes the Lady ‘Cats strong competitors. Photo by Coach Cris Flores.
Katarina Moore The team looks strong and they
are convinced that their season is
Lady ’Cats rebuild with going to be successful.
Boys’ varsity soccer is never
scared, agreed juniors Juan Arguel-
eye on SSL championship lo, Johnathan Almaguer and senior
These boys have worked hard,
By Cristina Loza even before the season started. They
Copy Editor had practice over the summer for six
which would allow us to go to the weeks, and began conditioning on
The Lady Wildcats are strong and playoffs, something that hasn’t October 25 in order to prepare them-
ready to take on their opponents this happened since 2003,” said Coach selves for the upcoming season. Caleb Lopez keeps his eye on the ball during a layup, as Tyler Vega
year, even though more than half of Chuck Hagstrom. All their hard work showed at observes. Photo by Grecia Almaguer
the players are new additions. They were well on their way to their first game. They put up a good
The team had to work on getting
used to each other during the be-
this goal when they went on a six-
game winning streak after the loss to
fight against South High, and the
final score was 1-1, with Taft’s goal
Varsity boys’ basketball starts
ginning of the season, though they
worked well on most everything
Central. First, on December 3, they
defeated the Arvin Lady Bears 40-38
scored by Almaguer.
The Wildcats took first place
at the Liberty tournament on De-
season with great expectations
else. and followed that the next day with
“I think if we hustle more we a 44-39 win over Reedley High. cember 4, by beating teams such as By Nicole Frost
could have a successful season,” Next came the game against Golden Valley (JV) 1-0, with a goal Editor-in-Chief with only three returning players,
said sophomore Tara Kelly. South High on December 7, where from Jesse Gama, East 4-0 with two but they have great attitudes and
From what the girls have shown the girls rose once again to meet goals by Jose Prieto and one each The varsity boys basketball team they work hard.”
so far, they are well on their way to the challenge with a 38-31 win. On by Gama and Edgar Padilla. They has high expectations for themselves The players have high hopes.
a great season. They won their first December 10, they defeated Foothill defeated Arvin 1-0 with a goal by as they enter the 2010-2011 season. Their fiercest competition will prob-
two games, beating McFarland 29-18 47-37 and, the following day, Mira Gama and tied Frontier 0-0. This year they’re under the lead- ably be Bakersfield Christian and
on November 29 and Madera South Monte 39-28 and West High 43-34. “We wanted to redeem ourselves ership of Jeff Hughes and thingsare Tehachapi, but they are optimistic
46-26 on December 1. The next day, Although the girls’ toughest after losing that same tournament being run a bit differently. about doing well from beginning to
however, Central High broke the competition, Tehachapi and Shafter, last year, and I think our effort was “We’re much stronger defensive- end.
Lady Wildcats’ beginning streak are yet to come, the girls are ready to shown,” said Arelllano. ly from last year,” said senior Tyler “I can’t wait for the Bakersfield
with a score of 51-26. step up their game. Vega. “We focus more on having a tournaments to test our skill levels
‘motion’ offense, in which the play- against the bigger schools,” said
“We would like to win seven “I think we have a shot at SSL,”
games and finish over .500 in league, said senior Karla Lopez. ers are constantly moving, rather junior Caleb Lopez. “This will help
than a ‘penetrate and create’ offense, us in playoffs at the end of the sea-
Talented girls lead new, soccer goal: in which the players create shots for
other people. We practice for abou
Seniors Blake McPherson and Ja-
two hours a day.” cob Johnson lead the ‘Cats as team
improved JV soccer team
Coach Hughes holds his team to captains.
a high standard. The boys’ varsity team is confi-
“We’ll be competitive this year,” dent, and they expect to be competi-
By Erik Glantz
said Hughes. “It’s a young team, tive this season.
By Autumn Fee are enough girls to fill in the spots of
Staff Writer girls who miss practice.
The ladies on the team said pre-
The girls’ varsity soccer team is
really kicking up a frenzy of hard
JV basketball team enters season
This year’s JV girls’ soccer
team is a large and talented squad
season has gone well. They believe
that they are better than they were
work in their attempt to get to the
league championship. trying several new approaches
with 34 girls on the roster. More last year. Unfortunately, with good With only three seniors on this
than half are returning players. there often comes bad. The JV girls year’s team, they may face a few
By Grecia Almaguer
Coach Sophie Rasmussen is in her have to face rival teams like Wasco, challenges, but the team seems full
first year, but she is feeling confident Frontier and Tulare Union. Even of confidence for the upcoming sea-
that the team will do well this year. though they’ve lost to these teams son.
“These girls show a lot of talent,” in the past, these Lady Cats are “We love to win,” says Coach With sophomores dom-
said Rasmussen. confident that if they set their minds Billy Long, “but we prefer to be the inating this year’s junior
The team seems to really like to it, they will dominate these teams best athletes.” varsity boys’ basketball
Rasmussen and her practice when the season begins. The team has three tournaments team, the Wildcats are well
routines. On the bright side, the girls this year and is hoping to have a on their way.
“We don’t work hard, but we have enjoyed some early season successful season. The most im- This year’s team offers
don’t slack off,” said freshman highlights. proved players appear to be Kathy new players, new offenses
Brenda Arellano. The girls start off “Lupe Rosales made a goal from Rubio and Daisy Guitron, according and a whole new set of de-
practice by running. When finished, quarter field,” said Arellano. Another to their teammates Kristen Coke and fensive schemes.
they stretch, do drills and have player, Amayrany Leyva, said that Julia Laguna. “We have a very athletic
scrimmages. her favorite moments are when they “Everyone has come out with a group. They are smart and
The girls may think practice is so struggle with the opposing teams. lot of energy. Everybody is on the pick new things up fast,”
easy that they can do without it, but She likes a challenge because it same page,” says Coach Long. “Ev- said coach Robert Lums-
Coach Rasmussen thinks otherwise. shows where she and the team need eryone is showing growth. Every- den.
“They need to come every day to improve. body is a part of the team.” “But we need to get
and have the willingness to play,” The team is ready for the season to Coke and Laguna see Tehachapi fired up and ready to go
she said. “If they don’t come, they start. They have enough confidence and BCHS as the toughest oppo- from the start.”
don’t play.” She explained that there and perseverance to defeat any nents to face this year. Long’s plans With that in mind, a
challenge that comes their way. to overcome these obstacles are new year arrives with
“teamwork” and “work hard every weaknesses and strengths.
practice, 110%.” “Well, our offense is
Winter Sports Schedule A long practice with lots of drills kind of difficult to pick up
is the norm this team. A typical prac- and some of the plays are
Brandon McCoslin practices layups as Edt-
Boys Varsity Basketball Boys Varsity Soccer tice includes a grueling schedule of hard to run against a live
1/5 @ Mira Monte 1/5 @ Mira Monte mer Medel observes. Photo by Grecia Almaguer
running, stretching, drills and more team,” said sophomore
1/7 TUHS Tournament 1/7 @ Mission Prep
1/11 @ Independence 1/11 Arvin running. Edtmer Midel and junior
1/14 @ Bakersfield Christian 1/14 @ Bakersfield Christian Though the practices are tough, Josh Maino.
1/18 Shafter 1/18 Shafter Long always encourages the girls by The preseason games showed a
1/21 Wasco 1/21 Wasco lack of intensity from the players. estimating the competition.
telling them to do their best and by
giving them compliments. The scores in both were close, with “Everyone in league will have
Girls Varsity Basketball Girls Varsity Soccer McFarland winning 49-42 and Coal- improved from last year,” said
1/5 Mira Monte 1/5 Mira Monte The members of the girls’ varsity
1/7 @ Lindsay 1/7 @ Lindsay soccer team have a lot to look for- inga winning 47-40. Lumsden.
1/14 Bakersfield Christian 1/11 @ Arvin ward to despite plenty of obstacles. As seasons go, there is always “We haven’t gotten off to the best
1/18 @ Shafter 1/14 Bakersfield Christian
They plan to overcome these chal- competition and usually for the boys start, but we learn from our mistakes
1/21 @ Wasco 1/18 @ Shafter this means BCHS and Tehachapi. and we hope to finish off strong,”
1/21 @ Wasco lenges with hard-work and confi-
dence. But this year, the team is not under- said sophomore Miguel Rodriguez.
Page 8 Entertainment December 16, 2010
Everyone has an opinion...on the new Taylor Swift CD
Swift exhorts listeners to Speak Now, and
three Gusher staffers take her up on her offer.
By Raveena Bhakta By Nathan Hutchison ther too loud and drown each other
Features Editor Staff Writer out or make the music sound off-
beat. These combined faults make
Taylor Swifts is a sweet menace Taylor Swift’s new CD, Speak for a peculiar CD that does not com-
when it comes to her latest album, Now, is less than satisfying and pare to her previous albums.
Speak Now. This album incorporates anything but “new,” as she fails to Though Speak Now is not up to
Swift’s signature gentle voice into inspire or impress musically or lyri- the level expected, it is not entirely
a wide variety of songs within the cally. bad. Swift proves that she has tal-
same genre. The CD starts off with a fun song ent and potential with Speak Now.
Some songs, such as “Mine” and called “Mine” that can easily get She shows that she is a much better
Speak Now, still have the same up- people going, but it’s still the same pop artist than country artist with
beat pop traits, while other songs sound from this pop-country artist’s “Better Than Revenge,” which is an
like “Dear John,” have a bluesy feel previous albums. Swift continues to obvious pop song that sounds much
to them. use the humdrum, worn-out beats better than her other country songs.
Dramatic drum beats in “Better from her earlier work that shout un- From top to bottom Speak Now
Than Revenge” and explosive vio- originality. proves to be less than what it was
lins in “Haunted” trigger feelings of After the first song, Swift’s CD hyped up to be by her expectant
anger. Meanwhile, rhythmic notes goes into a downward spiral; de- fans. It lacks the creativity and spark
in “Sparks Fly” create a foot-tapping pressing, slow-tempo songs that that it needs to be a truly outstand-
mood. seem to drag on and on. The awk- ing album. With more work and
Swift confronts comments against ward-sounding “Dear John” goes thought, this CD could have easily
her live vocal skills with “Mean,” a on with dull, tiring lyrics that seem been both a commercial and artistic
song that barely masks her disgust to repeat themselves until you’re success.
towards her critics. practically begging for the song to
The lyrics in “Last Kiss” leave a end. “Enchanted” also continues By Winter Martin
Staff Writer is definitely not acceptable, but Swift December.”
feeling of emptiness, this ballad will with the repetitive lyric, “It was en- makes it seem that way in “Speak The only love song on the album
surely have listeners fighting back chanting to meet you” during its six- Taylor Swift has released yet an- Now,” a song about Swift interrupt- that doesnít sound completely cli-
tears. minute duration. other predictable album; once again, ing a wedding and asking the groom che is “Last Kiss.” The song does a
Like a puzzle, seemingly ran- Swift’s voice has taken on a bor- all she sings about is love and break- to meet her outside the church. This great job of showing listeners how
domly capitalized letters in each derline-monotone sound that seems ing up. Yet instead of the original song also has a similar tone to “You sweet and memorable a last kiss can
song of the Speak Now lyric booklet, tired and hoarse in songs like “Back love songs Swift used to write, Speak Belong with Me” from her previous be. Itís a sad song and you canít help
when connected, spell out the focus to December.” She sounds as if she is Now sounds like she merely added album, Fearless. but love the way she sings it. You
of the song. actually fighting to keep up with the a few new words and exchanged the Throughout the CD the only can hear the passion in her voice; it
This album, like Swift’s two pre- music. It is hard to understand most old beat for new ones. songs that really sound original are sounds as if she is singing about a
vious albums, gives listeners a true of her lyrics, as in “Mean,” with its In Swift’s new song, “Enchant- “Mean” and “Better than Revenge.” personal experience.
reflection of her life. Though Speak overpowering music and slurred ed” the music sounds very similar to It was nice to hear songs that were “Sparks Fly” seems like it should
Now doesn’t stray far from her prior words. her old song “Tim McGraw,” which not about love or breaking up. have been on Swift’s first album, but
albums, it definitely shows Swift’s Aside from these problems with was on her first album. It seems like Speak Now sounds like a fairytale it would have sounded better if it
growth as a songwriter and musi- lyrics, beat and rhythm, the odd she sped up the beat and changed gone wrong, with both “Haunted” were acoustic.
cian. combinations of instruments are ei- some of the words. and “Story of Us” sounding like Swift’s first album was all about
I was hoping I could get through they were taken out of a storybook her and the guitar. Her last two al-
Speak Now without hearing a song and given a bad ending. bums have sounded like the country
Shakira’s Sale el Sol offers that was based on a famous roman-
tic movie. “Love Story” and “Dear
Someone needs to call Demi Lo-
vato and let her know that Swift has
music world, with too much empha-
sis on the musical accompaniment
stolen one of her song ideas. Swift’s and not enough on her vocals. Now
passion, fire and Latin flavor
John” may have had a different tone,
but the concept is still the same. “Back to December” sounds a little her music is just a bad mix of Miley
Stealing a boy from another girl too similar to Lovato’s “Remember Cyrus and Carrie Underwood.
By Eloisa Garcia
This song was for every team but es-
Shakira is The Latina Singing pecially for the Africans who helped
Sensation. She started singing when her add flavor to the song. “Waka
she was young and has become a Waka” will always be remembered
remarkable artist. Her songs either because it was the theme song for
make you cry or make you want to the most watched sporting even in
get up and dance. the world.
Her new album, Sale el Sol, has Sale el Sol will touch your heart,
several great songs, each with a get you dancing or maybe get you
significant meaning. The title track thinking about some sad moments
shows how she feels; when a huge you’ve been through. Shakira has a
storm comes and makes everything passion for her music and she puts
gloomy, the sun will always come her soul into it. Every time you hear
out to make everything better. Other her voice, it isn’t the normal sing-
huge hits on the album, like “Loca,” ing voice we’ve heard before. She
“Gordita” and “Rabiosa,” show that has a soft though loud voice in the
having a crazy side once in a while choruses, but it sounds very sweet.
is okay. Compared to her other albums, this
In addition to all her hits,”Waka is very different because she has
Waka” was a worldwide smash be- more artists singing with her.
cause it was chosen as the theme If you don’t like her type of music
song for the 2010 World Cup in
South Africa. Shakira wrote it to
because you like R&B, rock or even
country, once you hear her music on
Hunger Games trilogy must-read books for those
perk up the soccer teams’ energy
level so they could play their best.
this CD you will enjoy it as much as
with an appetite for thrilling dystopian novels
By Raveena Bhakta
Beastly retells Beauty & the Beast The Hunger Games, by Suzanne
ernment severely cracked down on
the districts when the citizens of dis-
the all-controlling Capitol? The sto-
ry follows Katniss’ progress and the
as teenage fairy tale set in NYC Collins, is a futuristic trilogy set in
a society in which citizens are nearly
trict 13 tried to gain their freedom
danger she encounters while trying
to free the people of Panem. These
enslaved by a totalitarian govern- As punishment for this rebellion, addictive books keep readers on the
By Tina Perez ment. The series consists of The Hun- the Capitol passed a law that regu- edge of their seat.
News Editor ger Games, Catching Fire and Mocking- lates one boy and one girl from each Each of Collins’ books has 27
him to a mansion in Brooklyn. After jay. district to be sent each year to partic- chapters which are groupted into
Beastly, by Alex Flinn, is a mod- a year of being a beast and failing to The Hunger Games’ protagonist is ipate in the Hunger Games, an arena three sections of nine chapters each.
ern twist on the classic fairytale find love and someone to look past 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who in which they must fight each other Collins says that she drew inspira-
Beauty and the Beast. his appearance, Kyle changes his lives in a country called Panem that while the whole nation watches on tion from Theseus and the Minotaur,
Beastly takes place in New York name to Adrian, to reflect his new is divided into 12 districts. Each television. The catch: there can only the Greek myth about seven girls
City and centers around the life outlook on life. One night, a robber district has its own main industry; be one winner. and seven boys, one of them being
of Kyle Kingsbury, a narcissistic stumbles into his mansion and, to Katniss belongs to District 12 which The sequels, Catching Fire and the Athenian Prince Theseus, who
and haughty teenager whose life is save his own life, the robber offers produces coal. Mockingjay, show Panem’s prog- are sent to the Minotaur in exchange
turned upside down. his daughter Lindy. The citizens of Panem are strictly ress in a powerful rebellion which for peace in Athens.
Kingsbury has a seemingly per- Flinn manages to keep the story controlled by a powerful govern- is caused in part and led by Katniss. If you are interested in a thrilling
fect life; he was popular, rich and fresh while following the storyline ment called the Capitol. The gov- Will the citizens of Panem overthrow page-turner, this trilogy is for you.
handsome. At least until a cruel of the classic fairytale. She uses viv-
prank on the outcast girl from his
class, who turns out to be a witch,
id imagery, which brings the story to
life. 10 movies the Gusher staff thinks you should see
goes wrong. He is cursed and slowly Beastly offers a new perspective By Cristina Loza
begins to change into a beast. on the fairytale, giving insight into Copy Editor
The witch gives him two years the character of the beast. Flinn does The Hangover [Comedy] The Lion King [Disney Movie]
to break the curse because of a small a superb job of mixing the timeless In order to create a list of 10
act of kindness he showed just be- themes of substance over beauty must-see movies, each Gusher staff The Blind Side [Inspirational] The Dark Knight [Suspense/Action]
fore the curse was placed on him. and finding love without relying on member created a list of his or her
Kyle has two years to fall in love and looks in a modern setting. favorite movies. This list of consen- Finding Nemo [Family] Paranormal Activity [Horror]
in return have that person love him The movie version of Beastly will sus Gusher recommendations was
back. be released in July 2011. Alex Petty- compiled from those individual The Notebook [Chick Flick] Harry Potter [Fantasy]
Kingsbury’s dad, who is ashamed fer and Vanessa Hudgens will play lists.
of his son’s appearance, relocates the leads. In no particular order: The Breakfast Club [80s Classic] Twilight [Guilty Pleasure]