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Community Teen Shot
By Analee Abbott                       police followed and stopped it.
Campus Life Editor                          They detained the suspects
                                       in the vehicle, and a witness of
     An 18-year-old boy was shot       the shooting identified one of the
in the arm on the 1800 block of        people in the car as one they had
Pico Blvd. on Jan. 3. Classified as     seen holding a gun.
an “assault by a deadly weapon”             The victim checked in to
by the Santa Monica Police             a local hospital where he was
Department (SMPD), officials           treated for his bullet wound. Police
have not yet filed a report of an       investigations are continuing.
arrest.                                Anyone with information about
     Two SMPD officers who were         the incident is encouraged to
on duty at the time of the shooting    contact the Robbery-Homicide
were notified of the shots. They        Unit of the Santa Monica Police
arrived at the scene at 4:17 p.m.      Department at 458-8451. Callers
and immediately contained the          who wish to remain anonymous           Last week, seniors Kevin Cooke and Dorene Lew (left) and Andres Rosenthal, Ernesto Martin
area and searched for suspicious       may also call the We-Tip national      and Richard Wong (right) celebrate during Spirit Week.
activity. When a car left an alley,    hotline at (800) 78-CRIME.                                                                Photos by Max Jordan and Ashley Osberg

Yolanda King at MLK Jr. Auditorium Podcasting Comes to Samo
                                   By Carl Nunziato                                                                                                        and Productions, a firm specializing
By Nicholas Barlow                          King founded Higher               Chapel at Morehouse College
                                                                                                                   Staff Writer                            in the application of technology to
Staff Writer                           Grounds Production in 1990,            In Atlanta, Georgia, and the
                                                                                                                                                           learning, can be used to capture
                                       intending for it to be an              founder of the Gandhi Institute
                                                                                                                        Samo’s library has begun           “the imagination of learners by
     Yolanda King, first born          organization dedicated to creating     for Reconciliation.
                                                                                                                   posting podcasts of teachers’           presenting materials and providing
daughter of Martin Luther King         “unity by celebrating diversity,            “[The day] focused on
                                                                                                                   lectures on the internet as part of     resources in the form of audio
Jr. and founder/CEO of Higher          and [helping] people embrace           action and service more than
                                                                                                                   a continuing attempt to modernize       or video podcasts in new and
Grounds Productions, was the           their differences until difference     remembrance, nothing somber,”
                                                                                                                   the library’s resources. Podcasts,      interesting ways.” Studens can
keynote speaker at the opening         doesn’t make a difference.” King,      said junior Allie Sachnoff.
                                                                                                                   implemented by Library/Media            even use them while doing other
of the Martin Luther King Jr.          a respected actress, has played             “[The dedication of the
                                                                                                                   Teacher Dana Bartbell, are recorded     activities such as exercising.
Auditorium on the birthday of          many roles, including that of Rosa     auditorium] is many years due,”
                                                                                                                   audio clips that are broadcast               As of now, Samo relies on
Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 16.       Parks in an NBC-TV movie titled,       said Mayor Richard Bloom,
                                                                                                                   online for people to download as        Malibu’s internet server for
The auditorium is located at the       King. (               “It is great to see it has finally
                                                                                                                   “on-demand” resources. Students         podcasting because that of Samo
newly restored Santa Monica                 The Martin Luther King            happened.”
                                                                                                                   can store them on portable music        is not equipped to handle large
Public Library.                        Jr. Westside Coalition, a non-              At the entrance of the
                                                                                                                   players such as iPods, or they          audio files needed for podcasting.
     King spoke at the SGI (Soka       profit coalition whose missions         auditorium is a plaque with a
                                                                                                                   can simply use a computer, a            In addition, before Bartbell makes
Gakai International) Auditorium,       are consistent with King’s             quote by Dr. King: “I have the
                                                                                                                   microphone and an internet              podcasting available to all studens,
at 525 Wilshire Blvd., along with      legacy,”(        audacity to believe that peoples
                                                                                                                   connection.                             she wants to make sure that they
an array of inspirational readings,    coordinated the free event.            everywhere can have three meals
                                                                                                                        Bartbell chose Social Studies      will respond well to the project,
music and presentations of                  The theme of the day              a day for their bodies, education
                                                                                                                   Teacher Michael Felix to hold the       and that podcasts will not replace
scholarships all honoring the          was “State of the Union: A             and culture for their minds, and
                                                                                                                   first podcasts at Samo “because his      library books as resources for school
memory of Dr. King.                    Time for Love, Not Hate; for           dignity and freedom for their
                                                                                                                   lectures are so charismatic.” The       projects.
     “My father would be               Understanding, Not Anger; for          spirits.”
                                                                                                                   money for the equipment, which               Still, Bartbell hopes the project
disappointed if we took this           Peace, Not war.”                            The event ended with a two-
                                                                                                                   consists of a 20 gigabyte iPod with     will become a valuable tool: “The
holiday as a day to chill out; we           Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter,       block march to the new Santa
                                                                                                                   a voice recorder attachment, came       hope is that students will just view
have other days for that,” said        Sr. introduced King. Carter            Monica Public Library, where the
                                                                                                                   from a GATE grant.                      it as one other tool that will help
King. “Today is a day on, not a        is the first dean of the Martin         dedication of the new Auditorium
                                                                                                                         According to a report by          them as they do what they need
day off.”                              Luther King Jr. International          took place.
                                                                                                                   Russell Educational Consultancy

 SARC Fails Report Card Samo Explores Idea of New Layout
 By Alice Ollstein                     both the Microsoft Windows XP          By Jennifer Galamba                  of a more efficiently structured           proposal, and we will need a bond
 Opinion Editor                        Software Installation Instructions     Staff Writer                         Samo.                                     measure. It will end up being
                                       and the IRS 6251 Alternative                                                      Samo has hired members of           beyond the years of most of the
      UCLA Professor of Law Gary       Minimum Tax Form. In fact, the              Community members have          contract companies to observe             students here.”
 Blasi, along with several graduate    test revealed that one needs 17.2      been discussing tentative plans      the students, staff and activities             Two student groups have been
 students, conducted a survey          years of education to properly         for the architectural redesign of    that occur at Samo in order               established to formulate solutions
 in 2005 and determined that           understand it.                         Samo that will take place over the   prepare ideas for blueprints of the       to potential problems with the
 California’s“SchoolAccountability          In the second test, the study     next 20 years. The Santa Monica-     exact structure of the school. The        redesign. They will also assist in the
 Report Card” (SARC) is failing to     constructed two diverse focus          Malibu Unified School District        proposal will be tentative until          creation of the plans that will await
 communicate vital information         groups from the parents on             (SMMUSD) has titled the task “The    approved by a board of Santa              approval from the community.
 about school districts to parents     the UCLA campus, including             SMMUSD Facilities Master Plan        Monica residents this summer.                  Samo community members
 and community members of              professors,administrators,students     Community Planning Project.”               The plan is only in the             will also contribute to the project.
 diverse ethnicities and levels of     and janitors. Besides revealing that   City council members, members of     beginning stages. CEO/Principal           According to SamoAdministration,
 education.                            many have no idea that the SARC        the SMMUSD Board of Education,       Ilene Straus said, “ This program is      the participation and collaboration
      Every school district is         even exists, the focus groups          Samo parents and students have       just starting now, and in a couple of     of community ideals for Samo are
 required by federal and state law     provided further information           met to consider the possibility      years we will have a [permanent]          a priority.
 to publish a SARC for every school
                                                                              Ashes and Snow in Santa Monica
                                       about the poor readability of the
 in the district. In the UCLA study,   report. The study also notes that
 subtitled “Grading the Report         27 percent of California households    By Annie Danis                       a press release, “the common            Colbert’s novel, Ashes and Snow:
 Card,” Professor Blasi and his        are “linguistically isolated.” This    Editor-In-Chief                      ground that once existed when           A Novel in Letters, in which a man
 law students used three methods       means that no member of the                                                 people lived in harmony with            writes 365 letters to his wife while
 to evaluate the SARC: first with       household can fully understand              Ashes and Snow, an exhibition   animals.” Each photograph is            on a spiritual journey in nature.
 computerized readability analysis     English, let alone the SARC.           of photographs by Gregory            printed in sepia tones on hand-         The novel is referenced in a film of
 programs, then with in-depth               UCLA’sreportconcludedwith         Colbert, resides in the temporary    made Japanese paper and strung          Colbert’s expeditions that serves
 focus groups with parents, and        three suggestions for improving        “Nomadic Museum” in the              between wires, keeping the              as a focal point for the exhibit.
 finally with groups of “well-         the SARC: “The State should draw       parking lot north of the pier. The   photos unfettered by frames.                 The Ashes and Snow
 educated, civic-minded citizens”      upon outside expertise to assess the   exhibition, sponsored by Rolex,           The 56,000 sq. ft. Nomadic         Education Outreach Program
 to assess how well the SARC           comprehensibility of the SARC,         showcases over 100 photographs       Museum features innovative              offers free admission for all
 enabled them to make factual          the State should design, test, and     of humans interacting with exotic    sustainable architecture. Paper         K-12 student groups with a
 judgments about schools.              publish a more comprehensible          animals. The exhibition opened       tube columns and 152 steel              reservation. All Santa Monica
      The first test utilized proven    SARC template for use by school        Jan. 14 and will be on display       cargo containers comprise the           schools and Title I schools in
 commercial readability analysis       districts, and the State should        through May 14.                      two-story lofted space, giving          the greater Los Angeles area are
 software to compare the SARC          require that the SARC be translated         Colbert spent over 14           viewers plenty of room to absorb        automatically eligible for a bus
 to other typically “unreadable”       into languages used by significant      years traveling to Asia, Africa,     Colbert’s large prints.                 grant. For more information on
 documents. Blasi’s team found the     groups within each school district’s   Antarctica and the Middle East,           Ashes and Snow, the title of       the exhibit, visit Ashesandsnow.
 SARC more difficult to read than       population.”                           trying to capture, as he said in     this exhibition, is a reference to      com.
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A Teen Driver’s Plea for Rights
                                                          Opinion                                                      The Six Commandments
by Eliza Smith
Feature Editor
                                        As a member of this group, I am
                                        infuriated. I passed the test: the
                                                                               at the Auto Club explained, “The
                                                                               number of crashes involving
                                                                                                                       of Cell Phone Etiquette
                                        DMV guaranteed me the right to         California’s 16-year-old drivers        Hannah Bernstein                       person is 10 feet away.
    The driver’s license used to be     ferry around passengers under          between 11 p.m. and midnight is         Staff Writer                                4. DO use a headset for your
the adolescent’s symbol of free-        21 after six months of having my       nearly 13 percent higher than we                                               cell phone while driving. You
dom and independence. However,          license. However, on Jan. 1, in ad-    would expect.” However, an ear-             Every new technological de-        needn’t get into an accident trying
because the State government            dition to removing this right, my      lier curfew could lead to even more     velopment comes with its own           to make a one-handed left turn.
constantly implements new rules         curfew was bumped up an hour.          reckless driving as teens hurry to      problems and annoyances. Samo               DON’T use a hands-free device
and regulations, getting a license      How can the lawmakers actually         get home on time. And, let’s face       students have become so addicted       outside of a car, unless you want
is now more difficult than ever.         expect teen drivers to obey the law    it, teens who drink will have one       to their cell phones that they spend   to be mistaken for a schizophrenic.
Restrictive curfews and age limits      after their feelings have been so      less hour to sober up after the party   passing periods checking their         It’s frightening enough to see busi-
are not only discouraging but frus-     blatantly                ignored?      before driving home. Ultimately,        voice mail and class periods text      nessmen walking around talking
trating. Now, with the arrival of yet                                          more tickets will be passed out to      messaging under their desk. I          to themselves; seeing a teenager
another law for underage drivers,                                              drivers breaking the curfew law;        believe it’s time for a few simple     doing it is just ridiculous.
curfew has moved from midnight                                                   eventually, no one will have any      do’s and don’ts to prevent cell             5. DO realize that a unique
to 11:00 p.m., and teens cannot                                                     incentive to drive. The State      phone insanity.                        voice mail message can be a great
drive passengers under the                                                            should find a better way to                                              way to show off your personality
age of 21 without supervi-                                                             elminate grid-lock than tak-        1. DO silence your phone when      and entertain your friends.
sion of an adult for an entire                                                          ing rights away from teens     it could disturb others. You don’t          DON’T subject anyone to more
year after receiving their                                                               who rely on their cars for    want “Hello Moto” blaring at your      than ten seconds of banjo, and
license. Furthermore, this                                                               daily transportation.         grandmother’s funeral.                 never make it sound like you’re
law is retroactive: all mi-                                                                  Instead of further lim-       DON’T forget that vibrating        actually there; that’s just rude.
nors who patiently waited                                                                iting our rights, the State   phones can disrupt too, especially          6. DO realize that Big Brother
their six months to drive                                                                government should focus       when clanking against the keys in      could be watching and listening.
passengers must give up                                                                 on drivers’ education.         your bag.                              Text messages were evidence in
their chauffeuring rights and                                                          Those Red Asphalt videos,           2. DO keep private conversa-       Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case;
wait an additional six months.                                                       cheesy as they were, scared       tions private. No one should have      it could happen to you.
This new law is another case of                                                    me out of drunk driving for         to listen to you fight with your             DON’T talk (or joke) about
unnecessary teen driver disen-                                                 good. Unreliable online driving         mother or complain about a zit.        anything illegal in text messages.
franchisement.                                                                 courses could be limited, and               DON’T talk on a cellphone in       It’s all being stored by the phone
    Many drivers who have been                                                 behind-the-wheel training could         elevators, restaurants, waiting        companies and combed through
behind the wheel for over six               According to TheAutoChan-          be emphasized and increased             rooms, libraries, cemeteries, movie    by the police. We’ve all seen Law
months feel the law unreasonably, “The new law should           from the current three sessions         theaters, airplanes or any other       and Order: SVU.
affects them, as it takes away the      further reduce teen crash deaths       to four or even five. My peers are       enclosed space.
rights they’ve waited so long to        and injuries which have already        already responding negatively to            3. DO realize that cell phones         If Samo students (and a few
obtain. “After half a year you’re       been significantly reduced by the       the new law; many are likely to         can pick up your voice when you        teachers) can stop chatting and
experienced enough to drive             existing [six month] law.” If the      rebel against it. The State should      talk at a normal volume.               text messaging long enough to
people around,” said junior Taylor      law was effective, why has yet         realize that teens won’t respond to         DON’T yell to overcome a bad       consider these commandments,
Black. “Everyone [before this new       another been devised? Moreover,        laws they feel are unfair, but will     signal. Shouting “Can you hear         we can have a more technologi-
law] got to drive people after six      why is it retroactive? Steven Bloch,   respond to tedious but enriching        me now?” will only work if the         cally polite campus.
months. Why do we have to wait?”        Ph.D., Senior Research Associate       and practical drivers’ training.

In Defense of Samo’s Republican Students
Daniel Galdjie                                    when Republican students try share their          reinforced daily by the rhetoric of their        acterized Samo as politically “intolerant,”
Staff Writer                                      views, the liberal majority usually tries to      teachers.”                                       while 86 percent of Republicans reported
                                                  shut them up, not wanting to hear ideas              Even this newspaper, staffed by intellec-     Samo as being either “somewhat intoler-
    America’s liberals often hail their ideol-    that conflict with their narrow view of the        tual and well-read students isn’t immune.        ant” or “very intolerant.” After seeing these
ogy as one of progress, open-mindedness           world. Senior Greg Bogosian expressed his         During a recent brainstorming session, one       statistics, senior Democrat Sean Gaynor
and tolerance while characterizing conser-        feelings as a conservative at Samo; “There        student acknowledged the newspaper’s             acknowledged: “It’s hard for a Republican
vative ideology as archaic, unsophisticated       is no acceptance. People have these stupid        lack of political diversity, but then added      to live in an area as liberal as Santa Monica.”
and bigoted. However, because of the liber-       and frankly offensive stereotypes that they       that he “hates Republicans.” The comment         Samo junior Sultana Megalos added, “I
als’ certainty in their righteousness, they       constantly throw at me.”                          drew little attention; statements like this      believe a lot of the hostility against Repub-
have become the unsophisticated bigots                Samo teachers as well as students har-        are common at Samo.                              licans comes from Bush’s unjust policies,
they accuse conservatives of being. This          bor hostility against conservatives; I myself        To measure the deep prejudice against         like those in the Iraq war.”
irony is clear in “The People’s Republic of       have had a teacher who nearly cried upon          conservatives at Samo, The Samohi con-                Few liberals realize that even though
Santa Monica,” especially at Samo. Liberals       hearing that I’m a Republican. It is unfor-       ducted a survey: Out of 162 upperclassman        they disagree with conservative policies,
have good reason to believe in their ideol-       tunate that an educated teacher does not          surveyed, 55 percent are Democrats, and          the two parties want the same basic things:
ogy, because the liberals of the world have       understand that the open right-left debate        about 12 percent are Republicans. 72 per-        a healthy economy, a country free from ter-
courageously moved society forward for            in America that makes this country the            cent of Samo Democrats reported having           rorism, and the civil liberties guaranteed
centuries. However, in 21st century America       best in the world. Instead of being upset         “very negative” or “somewhat negative”           in the Constitution. They only disagree on
nothing is black and white. On issues rang-       over the fact that I’m a conservative, that       feelings towards Republicans, but only           the ways of reaching that better America,
ing from welfare to the economy to national       teacher should have applauded the fact            43 percent of Samo Republicans reported          but this should not create hostility. The
defense, there are no clear-cut answers;          that I have different ideas, realizing that       having “very negative” or “somewhat              French philosopher Voltaire is believed to
only through debate and compromise can            every difference in opinion is a new op-          negative” feelings towards Democrats. The        have said, “I do not agree with what you
the best policy be selected.                      portunity to reach a better solution. Senior      survey also found a significant difference        say, but will defend to the death your right
    These basics of democracy seem to be          Jessica Kilburn explains: “Students at Samo       in how Democrats and Republicans feel            to say it.” Unfortunately, the Democrats of
lost on liberals, at least those that attend      are radicals; most are close-minded to the        about the level of political tolerance at        Samo have forgotten the idealistic words
and teach at Samo. In class discussions,          Republican Party, and their sentiments are        Samo: Only 36 percent of Democrats char-         of this great thinker.

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                                                                                                                            Opinion—Page 3 The Samohi January 20, 2006

 Murdoch Owns My Mind, My Mom and MySpace
By Annie Danis Editor-in-Chief        purchase Intermix Media, which           FOX News, forced an anchor-             views on world issues. Randomly                      But when it causes a large percent-
and Alice Ollstein Opinion Editor     owns more than 30 marketing and          man to portray Ronald Regan’s           selected participants answered                       age of people to believe that the
                                      entertainment websites, including        birthday as “something akin to          questions about current events:                      United States found weapons of
    He owns nine satellite televi-                             a holy day” by airing endless           Republican FOX viewers got 78                        mass destruction in Iraq (which
sion networks, 100 cable channels,        Chances are, every one of us         footage of the Regan Presidential       percent of the questions wrong,                      has been proven false), we have
175 newspapers, 40 television         is influenced by at least one of          Library instead of news (Outfoxed).     Republican Public Broadcasting                       a big problem.
stations, one movie studio, 40 per-   Murdoch’s many corporations,             Murdoch shared his beliefs at a         (PBS/NPR) viewers got 50 percent                         When the Senate called Mur-
cent of the Los Angeles Kings, 9.8    seeing as he has a total audience        Senate Hearing in 2003, when a          wrong, Democratic FOX viewers                        doch to a hearing regarding
percent of Los Angeles Lakers, 40     of 4.7 billion people, almost three-     Republican senator asked him to         got 48 percent wrong and, in con-                    regulation of American media
percent of the Staples Center, and    quarters of the world population         explain 300-plus hours a week of        trast, Democratic PBS/NPR view-                      enterprises, California Senator
now... He’s Rupert       (Outfoxed). You may                                                                       ers got every question                      Barbara Boxer asked him if there
Murdoch, a staunch conservative       not care which                                                                                       right. This                      should be limits to the amount
Republican whose multiple media                                                                                                                  study                      of media one person can own.
corporations reach as many as one                                                                                                                                           Murdoch answered, “I don’t know
in five American homes at any                                                                                                                                                what the right limits are. But I’m
given time.                                                                                                                                                                 certainly in favor of relaxing the
    A firm believer that the news                                                                                                                                            existing limits.” She then asked,
business is a business, Murdoch                                                                                                                                             “Should there be limits on you?”
researches trends to find out which                                                                                                                                          Murdoch replied, “Of course not.”
news stories sell. Thus, he has                                                                                                                                             Murdoch fails to grasp that a free
shifted his focus from newspaper                                                                                                                                            press must offer the public a choice
journalism to television (such as                                                                                                                                           of news sources; if one man with
FOX News), and now has set his        wealthy old                                                                                            proves that                    one set of beliefs owns everything,
sights on teens’ preferred source     manownstheTVshows                                                                            a news source can and                    as is quickly becoming the case,
of news: the Internet. The Carnegie   you watch or the website where                                                   usually does affect our percep-                      the press is no longer free.
Corporation’s 2004 study on news      you can comment on your friend’s         conservative talk radio versus only     tion of the world. Murdoch gives                         As he moves into the domain
sources found that Americans          latest picture, but it does make a       five hours of liberal talk on one of     America news that sells: a sensa-                    of the Internet, Murdoch gains
believe Internet news is “more        difference in your perception of         his stations. Murdoch responded,        tionalized right-wing perspective                    yet another portal into the minds
up-to-date, more accessible and       the world. Murdoch holds blatant         “Apparently conservative talk is        that often strays from the truth.                    of Americans. With a new tool to
more entertaining than newspaper      Republican views and forces them         more popular.”                          He reports news that benefits his                     spread his doctrine and nothing
news” ( Murdoch         on his news outlets, including the           According to a 2003 study by        businesses instead of reporting                      barring his path, Murdoch will
believes so strongly in the power     Weekly Standard, a neoconservative       PIPA (Program on International          what actually happened. In our                       continue to give the people what
of the Internet that he paid 580      journal that pushed for war in Iraq.     Policy Attitudes), those who watch      capitalist country self-interest is                  they want, factual or not, in order
million dollars this past July to     Murdoch’s most watched channel,          FOX News often develop skewed           inevitable, especially in business.                  to turn a profit.

                                      Health Food Labels Lie Stop Week: A Necessity
                                      By Carl Nunziato                         flip the package over and read the       By Samantha Walters                                  to increase until 2008. Many (like
                                      Staff Writer                             list of ingredients, odds are you’ll    Staff Photographer                                   myself) have chosen to do music
                                                                               find “natural flavors” near the bot-
                                                                                                                                                                            and sports to give them an edge
                                          Fad diets have been around           tom. According to Eric Schlosser’s
                                                                                                                           Every year, the week before                      in the admissions process. In
Cold Sharing                          forever, offering quick, easy ways
                                      to lose weight without providing
                                                                               Fast Food Nation, the phrases
                                                                               “natural flavors” and “artificial
                                                                                                                       finals is designated as “Stop                        addition, participating in extra-
                                                                                                                       Week,” when all extra-curricular                     curricular activities helps many
Isn’t Caring                          long term results. With so many
                                      “painless” ways to slim down,
                                                                               flavors” both mean that a strange
                                                                               assortment of man-made chemi-
                                                                                                                       activities are supposed to be can-                   students feel at home in a big
By Chelsea Rinnig                                                                                                      celled (no theater productions,                      school like Samo, where it’s easy
                                      it’s a wonder that, according to         cals was added to make food look
Ad Editor                                                                                                              club meetings, sports practices,                     to get lost in the crowd. But every
                                      Friedman School of Nutrition             or taste the way it does. Schlosser
                                                                                                                       or music rehearsals). This pause                     year I feel punished for partici-
                                      Science and Policy, 55 percent of        also reveals the origins of these ad-
     High School: an enchant-                                                                                          in school-related activities should                  pating. Samo shouldn’t make us
                                      Americans are still overweight.          ditives: one type of coloring used
ing community where friends,                                                                                           give everyone at Samo free time                      choose between our classes and
                                          Thousands of health food             in pink products such as Dannon
teachers and cold viruses                                                                                              to study. Contrary to this philoso-                  our teams by scheduling count-
                                      stores are springing up across the       Strawberry Yogurt and Ocean
somehow co-exist. Rampant                                                                                              phy, there were 26 sports games,                     less activities in what should be a
                                      nation, in response to the popu-         Spray’s Pink Grapefruit Juice,
coughs and sore throats make                                                                                           a winter band concert and a choir                    “dead” week. The 11-plus hours of
                                      larity of a new fad—the “low fat,        called carmine or carmic acid, is
classrooms a breeding ground                                                                                           rehearsal scheduled this year for                    activities probably affect students’
                                      low calorie, all natural” diet. From     harvested from the fermenting
for sickness where students                                                                                            the week before finals. Athletes                      final grades in numerous subjects.
                                      Albertson’s health food section to       bodies of insects.
prioritize school over health.                                                                                         and musicians deserve a real Stop                    Remember, student comes before
                                      Jamba Juice’s smoothies, it seems            Many restaurants also use de-
     Don’t get me wrong; I’m                                                                                           Week, just like everyone else.                       athlete in “student athlete.”
                                      like every market and restaurant         ceptive language. Jamba Juice’s
not insanely germaphobic, but                                                                                              This is my third year at Samo,                       Most people are lucky enough
                                      is jumping on the healthy band           mission statement, to provide
after I got sick last fall, I be-                                                                                      and, so far, I have never been able                  not to have this problem, but of the
                                      wagon. Even local liquor stores          “great tasting smoothies that are
gan to closely examine every                                                                                           to study for finals without musical                   3,500 students at Samo, 255 play
                                      and school vending machines              good for you, too” is misleading.
surface before I touched it and                                                                                        and athletic distractions. This year                 winter sports and nearly one third
                                      stock brands that advertise under        The original Strawberry Wild’s
frequently scrub my hands                                                                                              alone I had three basketball games,                  dedicate their time to the music
                                      the banner of “healthy.” On the          480 calories and 92 grams of sugar
until they were red. Many                                                                                              plus practices every other day of                    program. Athletes and musicians
                                      surface, the popularity of these         are about as healthy as a liter of
teenagers are careless. They                                                                                           the week. On top of that, I had a                    have had to stretch themselves
                                      foods suggests that American             coke. And the majority of Jamba
share everything: drinks,                                                                                              band concert for three hours.                        thin over the last week to achieve
                                      shoppers are finally embracing            smoothies have similar nutritional
pencils, desks, lip balm, cell                                                                                             Why do students like myself                      the same results on finals as oth-
                                      healthy, non-sedentary lifestyles.       value; all but five contain over 400
phones and therefore, colds.                                                                                           choose to torture themselves                         ers. Samo should realize that stop
                                      However, health food is not what         calories. Fast food companies are
At this age we should be more                                                                                          with so many extra-curricular                        means stop. All students deserve
                                      it seems to be.                          also trying to carve out their share
conscientious of what we put                                                                                           activities? In a nutshell, college                   a real Stop Week, even if it means
                                          The nutrition facts on the           of the health food market, though
in our mouths—they taught                                                                                              is getting more competitive. Ac-                     moving finals before winter break
                                      backside of those brightly-colored       it’s amazing that “McDonalds”
us that in kindergarten after                                                                                          cording to collegeadmissioninfo.                     or extending a sports season. If it
                                      labels often make me wonder if the       and “health” can be crammed into
little Jimmy drank the glue.                                                                                           com, the number of students has                      helps the overworked musicians
                                      manufacturer made a misprint.            the same sentence.
     Because there is no cure                                                                                          increased almost 30 percent over                     and athletes survive finals, I am
                                      Many products have high caloric              It’s fine to enjoy “health”
for the common cold, it is                                                                                             the past decade, and will continue                   all for it.
                                      content and are filled with sugar,        snacks in moderation. But if you
important to let your body            strange chemicals and fat. Rather        want to eat food without fearing
fight the virus. How are we            than signaling a true shift towards      it will destroy you from the inside
supposed to get well if we’re         healthier lifestyles, American’s ob-     out, try cooking it yourself. People
busy trying to keep our eyes          session with health food actually        tend to consume 50 percent less
open during class?                    reflects our continued ignorance          calories when they choose a home-
     I am not saying that stu-                                                                                                                                                       Subscriptions
                                      concerning nutrition.                    cooked meal over restaurant food,
dents should spray antibac-               If shoppers overcame their           according to USA Today’s Lifestyle         Editor-in-Chief.................Annie Danis              $20.00 PER YEAR
terial on every surface, live         aversion to reading and actually         section. Also, buy certified organic        Managing Editor...Marissa Silverman                 Published triweekly during the school
in a plastic bubble, or start                                                                                             News Editor........................Cara Safon       year by the Associated Student Body
                                      looked at nutrition facts, “healthy”     whenever possible, to ensure your                                                              of Santa Monica High School, 601
ditching school at the slight-        foods would be far less popular.         produce is chemical-free. The San-         Opinion Editors..............Alice Ollstein
                                                                                                                                                                              Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA. 90405.
est sneeze or cough. Rather,          Wheat Thins, for example, betray         ta Monica Farmers Market, held                                               Molly Strauss     Unsigned editorials reflect the opin-
take vitamins, eat well, sleep        consumer trust; the name itself          at multiple locations throughout           Feature Editor....................Eliza Smith       ions of the staff. Signed editorials
more, avoid smoking and               (Thins) is supposed to sound slim-       the week, is full of fresh, organic        Special Report Editor....Nicola Persky              represent the opinions of the writer.
drink plenty of water. And            ing. It’s hard to believe that a small   fruits and vegetables.                     Campus Life Editor......Analee Abbott
hit the hay, not the books,                                                                                               Sports Editors..............Lincoln Boehm
                                      snack-sized bag could contain                If you don’t have any interest in                                                           Zahir Alibhai, Zoey Baldwin, Nick
when you’re feeling under                                                                                                                                   Emily Foshag       Barlow, Jackie Berkman, Hannah
                                      230 calories and a slew of added         cooking meals, buying fresh pro-
the weather.                                                                                                              Photo Editor......................Max Jordan         Bernstein, Nora Casey, Sam Cotten,
                                      chemicals and preservatives.             duce, or working out, at least take                                                             Jennifer Galamba, Daniel Galdjie,
                                                                                                                          Ad Editor......................Chelsea Rinnig
                                          Foods with “no artificial fla-         the time to check the ingredients          Copy Editor...............William Bromell
                                                                                                                                                                               Jacquelyn Hoffman, August Lipp,
                                                                                                                                                                               Erin Nadel, Carl Nunziato, Ashley
                                      vors” printed somewhere on the           on the back of labels. It takes less       Art Editor........................JoJo Samuels       Osberg, Charlie Paris, Evan Perkins,
                                      package are especially deceptive.        than a minute, requires no physical        Adviser...........................Kathleen Faas      Andrew Reilly, Erin Schneider,
                                                                               effort and can do wonders at keep-                                                              Jeremy Tramer, Samantha Walters,
                                      These labels imply that a product’s                                                                                                      Matt Weber, Sophia Young, Zoe
                                      taste has not been tampered with.        ing unwanted additives safely                                                                   Young
                                      However, if you take the time to         outside of your stomach.
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                                   The Public Library: Not Just for Bookworms
                                   By Nicola Persky                        featuring digital scanners and          houses a permanent art collection,
                                   Special Report Editor                   printable due-date receipts, allows     including Stanton Macdonald-
                                                                           for efficiency. Solar panels and         Wright murals, designed in the
                                        If you haven’t already checked     other sustainable features make         1930s as a WPA project for one
                                   out Santa Monica’s remodeled            the building environmentally            of Santa Monica’s original main
                                   Public Library, you should do so.       conscious. The building is also         libraries.
                                   The two-story building, located at      easily accessible: the library sells         The library’s grand opening
                                   601 Santa Monica Boulevard, looks       bus cards and contains a three-level    was Jan. 7. The day featured
                                   like a museum, and runs just as         public parking structure.               numerous activities, celebrities,
                                   smoothly.                                    In addition to offering a          speeches       and      presentations,
                                        Designed by Moore Ruble            wonderful collection of resources,      including a performance by the
                                   Yudell Architects & Planners, the       the new library provides a beautiful    Santa Monica High School Band,
                                   104,000 square foot library took        space for community members to          book readings and signings by
                                   two years to renovate, costing          come together. Said City Librarian      children’s authors Rhea Perlman
                                   $57.7 million dollars. The first floor    Greg Mullen, “The bottom line           and Jamie Lee Curtis, a puppet
                                   features fiction and new books, a        is that rather than a library that is   show and a presentation by “The
                                   children’s library, a teen lounge and   just designed to store books and        Animal Guys,” which showcased
                                   a grand reading room. Books aren’t      accommodate people, we have a           a dozen wild animals. “There was
                                   the only materials offered: CDs,        building here that is designed for      a tremendous, positive response
                                   DVDs, magazines, downloadable           people and accommodates the             from the community,” said Mullen
                                   audiobooks and newspapers are           collection.”                            of the grand opening.
                                   also available on the first floor.             Mullen cites the outdoor                The library’s Martin Luther
                                        If you want a quiet place to       courtyard featuring artist Carl         King, Jr. Auditorium will host
                                   study, head to the second floor,         Cheng’s “Underwater Canopy”             upcoming events in the community,
                                   which features study rooms,             and the soon-to-open café as            including the salsa dance class Viva
                                   computer commons, community             examples of the library’s dedication    Salsa!, a tribute to author Raymond
                                   meeting rooms available for public      to the community’s interest in          Carver and the Los Angeles
                                   programs and a computer training        creating an aesthetically pleasing      Flute Quartet. Visit for a
                                   room. Nonfiction, periodicals,           public library. “[The community]        complete calendar of events. Said
                                   reference services and the World        wanted an open building with open       junior Tiimo Schultz, “The [new
                                   Languages Collection are located        natural light and meeting spaces,       library] is amazing. I usually don’t
                                   on this floor as well.                   which is what we have created,”         go to libraries, but I’ll definitely be
                                        A self-service check-out center,   said Mullen. The building also          coming back here.”

American Apparel is “Clothes” Minded Bad Movie Madness
By Zoe Young                       have to overthink it when I’m           US federal minimum wage. AA
                                                                                                                    By Evan Perkins                         due to obvious reasons, the
Staff Writer                       wearing it.”                            offers workers (both those who
                                                                                                                    Staff Writer                            sequel sucks. Don’t see it. Not
                                        Along with the company’s           sew and those who design) health
                                                                                                                                                            even if you like vampires (and
     It’s hard not to notice the   all-seeing fashion sense, AA            insurance for only $8 a week.
                                                                                                                         It’s a bad little habit of the     werewolves).
bright, monochromatic clothes      happens to be one of the                AA provides employees with
                                                                                                                    major movie studios to release                Big Momma’s House 2:
that have begun to dot our         most humanitarian garment               complimentary transportation to
                                                                                                                    all their really terrible movies        This movie is not only a terrible
campus:      a shocking                                                               and from work, English
                                                                                                                    in January. Here are a few of the       waste of film, but it’s also a sign
orange tee in the Science                                                             as a Second Language
                                                                                                                    stinkers to avoid this month:           of the Apocalypse, or at least a
Quad, a forest green                                                                  classes for free, along
                                                                                                                          Bloodrayne: When you              prophecy of Hollywood’s new
dress near the Language                                                               with    Yoga     classes,
                                                                                                                    base a movie on a videogame             low point. This time around,
Building, even a tight                                                                bathroom breaks, free
                                                                                                                    about vampires, bad things              Martin Lawrence, as Big
red pencil skirt strutting                                                            use of the phone, paid
                                                                                                                    happen. Especially when said            Momma, must stop a murder.
down the breeze way.                                                                  days off and a bicycle-
                                                                                                                    videogame about vampires                Of course the plot doesn’t
These clothes are not just                                                            lending program.
                                                                                                                    isn’t very good and the director        really matter, as it is the sequel
cotton coincidences- they                                                                  CEO/Senior Partner
                                                                                                                    (Uwe Boll) is internationally           to Big Momma’s House, the
are all made by American                                                              DovCharneyestablished
                                                                                                                    known as one of the worst               movie that nearly drove me
Apparel (AA).                                                                         the company in 1998.
                                                                                                                    filmmakers alive. What you’re            to suicide. At least there aren’t
     With       locations                                                             Charney’s idea behind
                                                                                                                    left with is a movie about              any vampires.
all over Los Angeles,                                                                 the business was to
                                                                                                                    vampires that nobody should                   Cheaper by the Dozen 2:
including stores in Santa                                                             manufacture clothing
                                                                                                                    go see, even as a joke. Not             Technically this movie was
Monica and Westwood                                                                   for men, women, kids
                                                                                                                    even if you like vampires.              released in 2005, but it still
Village, AA has become                                                                and dogs while treating
                                                                                                                         Underworld: Evolution:             deserves a mention on this
one of today’s most                                                                   factory workers fairly
                                                                                                                    An unnecessary sequel with              list. The fact that someone
popular boutiques. AA                                                                 and “having a good time
                                                                                                                    a lame-sounding title, this             decided to make a sequel
specializes in colorful singles,   manufacturers in the world. In          in the process.” (americanapparel.
                                                                                                                    film proves that every once              to the wretched piece of
made to match anything they’re     an industry where sweatshops            net) In a market where people
                                                                                                                    in a while someone will come            garbage that was Cheaper by
paired with. “There are so many    reign supreme and workers are           have to worry about the ethics
                                                                                                                    up with a really stupid idea            The Dozen is probably proof
choices that you can find a color   chained to their sewing machines        behind the clothes they buy, it’s
                                                                                                                    (in this case, the war between          in itself that there is no shred
you really connect with,” said     for long hours, AA is a light at        nice to feel good about buying
                                                                                                                    vampires and werewolves)                of goodness or originality
junior Jake Weinraub. “I don’t     the end of a long tunnel. The           a name brand and not guilty
                                                                                                                    and make a movie out of it.             left in Hollywood these days.
                                    entire company functions out           about the sweatshop where it
                                                                                                                    Of course, Sony decided to              You should most definitely
                                    of one factory in downtown             was produced. AA is dedicated to
                                                                                                                    make a few more bucks off of            avoid this abomination at all
                                    L.A. Its average sewing floor           giving us good clothes, without
                                                                                                                    this terrible premise and put           costs. Especially if you like
                                    employee earns over $12.50             the guilt.
                                                                                                                    out a sequel. And of course,            vampires.
                                    an hour, more than double the

                                    Beware of the Penis Flytrap, A New Breed of Condom
                                    By Sophia Young                        done to help a woman so that            comfort, and plastic male models         and possibly result in more
                                    Staff Writer                           she does not get raped, and             (no live men have been used              harm being caused,” explains
                                                                           I thought it was high time,”            yet).                                    Sam Waterhouse, advocacy
                                         Women no longer need to           said Sonette Ehlers,        creator           Ehlers claims that her             coordinator for Rape Crisis.
                                    fear dark alleys and suspicious        of the innovative new form of           invention is meant to serve              There are still others who view
                                    strangers – The Penis Fly Trap         protection. The device, made of         women living in areas of                 the device as simply barbaric and
                                    is here to the rescue! The Penis       latex and sharp barbs, is worn          frequent violence, such as               medieval.
                                    Fly Trap (actually called rapex)       much like a tampon, and is              South Africa, where authorities               Ultimately,      the     most
                                    is the first female condom of           meant to stop a sexual attack           estimate there are at least four         disturbing factor with regards to
                                    its kind. Prior to the advent          before ejaculation. In the incident     times more incidences of rape            Ehler’s invention is its necessity.
                                    of rapex, protection against           of rape, the barbs painfully hook       than the 50,000 reported each            With hope, we will one day live
                                    pregnancy and STDs was the             into the perpetrator’s penis.           year      (    Despite        in a world that does not require
                                    main goal of birth control. Now,       Surgery is the only possible form       the intentions of the ground-            the threat of severe injury to stop
                                    with this new South African            of removal of the Penis Fly Trap,       breaking invention, many anti-           crime, but until then, we must
                                    invention, female condoms can          giving it the added bonus of easy       rape groups wonder if rapex may          brave such inventions as the Penis
                                    add rape prevention to their list      identification of rapists. Trials        in fact be counter-productive. “If       Fly Trap. As Ehler explains, “This
                                    of attributes.                         have been carried out on women,         a victim is wearing such a device        is not about vengeance... but the
                                         “Nothing has ever been            who have tested the product for         it may enrage the attacker further       deed, that is what I hate.”
                SPECIAL REPORT:
A Survey of Samo Students’ Drug Habits and Addictions
The Samohi surveyed • Of the 22% of Samo                                 • 17% of Samo students
383 students of all     students who have                                  have sold drugs. 4%
grades about their drug tried inhalants, 46%                               consider themselves
                        did so in 5th grade                                dealers.
                                         or earlier, while 34%
                                                                                                                                                               How easy
                                         first tried them in
                                                                         • 12% of Samo stu-
                                                                                                                                                               is it to get
                                         middle school.
• Of the 81% of Samo                                                       dents have tried Ec-                                                                Marijuana
  students who have                  • Of the 10% of Samo                  stasy. 4% have tried
  consumed alcohol,                    students who have                   it more than once.
                                                                                                                                                                at Samo?
  36% admit to doing                   used meth, 50% tried
  so at school.                        meth during or be-
                                              • Of the Samo students
                                       fore 9th grade.
                                                who have tried drugs,
• 13% of Samo students • 18% of Samo students   60% believe they will
  have used Acid.        have tried cocaine.    never quit.           Compiled by Carl Nunziato and Matt Weber
                                                                                                              Staff Writers

Samo’s Substance Policy: Every Student Treated Equally?
By Nicola Persky                     involving Soft Evidence, “In one Reynoso, was detained in a was suspended for a week, a                        who aren’t caught,” she said.
Special Report Editor                case two pieces of Soft Evidence different room and questioned sentence Nani took to be race-                        Esseln feels that the drug
                                     were sufficient to recommend a at the same time she was. “They related. “I’ve heard about                       policy procedure is executed
     Samo administrators and         student for expulsion, given the tried to scare me into ratting white kids getting cigarettes                  fairly, but says that the Soft
security officers, following          extensive drug history of the him out by saying that they had confiscated and walking free                      Evidence policy is a “loop-hole”
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified           student in question.”              found a lot of money on him [from         punishment]…I       see           in the sense that administrators
School District’s (SMMUSD)                Outreach Worker Kathy and that the money was drug blacks and Hispanics getting                            and security officers are able
Controlled Substance Policy,         McTaggart, former director of money. It was his Christmas suspended for the same thing.”                       to make personal judgment
frequently bust students for         the Alliance Program suggests money!” she said. Nani was                While McTaggart has not                calls as to whether a student
drugs. However, some students        that while administrators and shocked by the security personally observed racial                               is showing signs of drug use
feel that the policy’s procedure     security officers execute the officer’s attempts to make her profiling in the Controlled                          and should thus be punished.
is not executed in the same way      Controlled Substance Policy reveal information about her Substance Policy’s application,                       She feels, however, that this
for every student, which could       fairly, inequality in                                                         she does not deny                freedom allows administrators
be a result of the hazy definition    student      punishment                                                       the        possibility;          to keep students healthy.
of “Soft Evidence,” not clearly      could exist because of the “[Observations of student behav- instead, she sees                                  Esseln cites an example of
defined by the policy.                Soft Evidence Procedure.      ior] are somewhat of a judgment Nani’s claim of racial                           when the subjectivity of Soft
      The Controlled Substance       “[Observations          of                                                    discrimination       as          Evidence could lead to different
Policy divides drug-related          student behavior] are          call, though I believe the judg-               evidence of need for             punishment among students
evidence into Hard Evidence          somewhat of a judgment          ment is made by people with                   racial     acceptance            for the same offense, but views
and Soft Evidence. Hard              call, though I believe                                                        on campus. Said                  the example as one necessary in
Evidence, basically consisting       the judgment is made
                                                                   enough training to properly deal McTaggart, “I think                             keeping students off of drugs.
of physical evidence of drugs        by people with enough                 with these issues.”                     [Nani’s         claim]           “If a student has previously
and eye-witness testimony            training to properly                                                          is   an    interesting           been caught and punished
of drugs, leaves little room         deal with these issues.”
                                                                           ~Kathy McTaggart                        observation, and if              for drug or alcohol and I find
for debate. However, the                  Junior Erika Nani                                                        students are seeing              Soft Evidence, I may be more
definition of Soft Evidence is        was searched under the                                                        things that way, we              inclined to further question
less concrete. “Soft Evidence is     Controlled Substance Policy. boyfriend, who had no drugs have a long way to go before                          and search them than I would
more subjective; it involves all     A security officer came to her on him. “[Security] wanted me students on this campus are                        if I were dealing with a student
other forms of evidence and is       P.E. class and escorted her to to squeal on [Reynoso],” Nani treated equally.”                                 who had not previously been
usually based on observation         a Samo House office. “I didn’t said. “Security asked me, ‘Do             McTaggart feels that the               caught,” said Esseln. Esseln
of student behavior,” reads the      know why they were searching you think you’re in love? You Soft Evidence procedure may                         feels that as an administrator,
policy. There is no mention, in      my stuff,” said Nani. “They don’t know what love is?’” allow some students to avoid                            it is her responsibility to help
the policy, of how much Soft         told me a source had told them Administration denies this punishment altogether. “In a                         students stay off of drugs
Evidence warrants punishment.        I was affiliated with drugs. I claim.                                group of three or four students,           and alcohol. “It’s about
However, Soft Evidence can           told them I had nothing to hide        After more futile searching, some show more signs [of drug              rehabilitation,” she said. “If
hold equal weight in terms of        and they could search all they security gave Nani an apology. use] than others and thus, some                  we didn’t search kids who
student punishment for drug          wanted.”                           Administrators found half students will not get caught.                     have shown signs of significant
abuse. H-House Principal Ruth             Nani     says    that    her of a Zig-Zag rolling paper For every student who is busted                   drug problems, we wouldn’t be
Esseln described a situation         boyfriend,     junior     Esteban and a lighter on Reynoso. He there are probably like twelve                  doing our jobs.”

Addicted to Studying? Samo’s Rehab: Angels at Risk
By Erin Schneider                    occurred among teens. Some
                      By Chelsea Rinnig                                                                       problem.”                             kids that’s safe and protected and
Staff Writer                         teenage students use Adderall       Ad Editor                                 Angels at Risk reconnects        it’s the beginning of how parents
                                     in order to improve their SAT                                            families        by        opening     and kids can heal the breakdown
      Studies show that students     or standardized testing scores.          “My passion is driven by my     communication so that they can        of communication between each
across the country take Adderall     Other students pop a pill           belief that an addiction problem     handle their struggles together.      other.”
to improve their study and test-     before completing homework          in a child or teenager is a family   “The program made me realize                Spain sees a variety of
taking skills. Known to teens        assignments. A Samo student         problem,” says Susie Spain,          that it wasn’t that bad talking       teens attend, many whom she
as the “study drug,” Adderall        describes his one-time experience   certified Addiction Specialist        to my mom; she was actually           would not suspect as users.
is easily accessible in most         with Adderall, when a 10-page       and founder of the non-profit,        on my side,” said Sherman. By         She believes that most improve
school situations; students with     paper was due in hours: “The        on campus, substance abuse           repairing family relationships,       by the end of the program and
prescriptions for ADD or ADHD        drug didn’t really help improve     intervention program, Angels at      teens like Sherman gain the           sees the barrier between parents
can sell their pills to other        my work, it just made it hard to    Risk. The program focuses on         confidence they need to battle         and their children dissolve as
students for a profit. Like Ritalin   blink.”                             creating communication between       their addictions.                     they progress. Santa Monica,
and other Attention Deficit                Despite      its    positive   adolescents and their families            Spain believes that the key to   in Spain’s words, “holds this
Disorder medications, Adderall       attributes,     Adderall      has   and is available to all students     preventing the plight of addiction    program close to their hearts.”
stimulates the nervous system        extremely dangerous side effects.   throughout the West Los Angeles      is through education and              She credits the success of Angels
and increases concentration          According to, people      area, though most students who       communication. Angels at Risk         at Risk to Visions Adolescent
span. The drug makes falling         prescribed Adderall risk raised     attend have been caught with         often brings in guest speakers        Treatment Center and Santa
asleep difficult, helping the user    blood pressure, headaches,          drugs or alcohol.                    who outline their descent into        Monica-Malibu Unified School
stay awake for a study session or    dizziness, anxiety, insomnia and         “When I first came to Angels     addiction and the effects of their    District for donating its help
test.                                change in sex drive. The website    at Risk I thought it was a joke,”    drug abuse. The program has           and support. “We use drugs to
      The    National    Institute   cautions people with anxiety        said Samo senior Roy Sherman*.       also created a form of education      close our hearts because we are
on Drug Abuse released a             disorders, epilepsy, or thyroid     However, Sherman was suprised        through the use of “Love Notes”       afraid to communicate. We at
study stating that “the most         problems not to take the drug,      that so many students were           from teens to parents and vice        Angels at Risk want families to
dramatic increase in new             and also warns that patients        in similar situations. “Once I       versa. Spain explains, “This form     communicate.”
users of prescription drugs for      can become “physically and          realized I wasn’t alone I felt       of communication opens up a
non-medical purposes” had            psychologically dependent.”         much more able to confront my        dialogue between parents and          *name changed for confidentiality
                                                                                                                                  Sports— Page 7 The Samohi January 20, 2005

                                                                                                                                                                    Records as of Jan. 17
Winning Streak Continues for 13-1 Lady Vikings                                                                                                                                 Varsity
                                                                                                                                                                   Boys Basketball
By Molly Strauss                       player; she likes to get up and over the host team going into has been successful; the team                                 Overall: 12-5 League: 2-0
Opinion Editor                         down the court. Our guards pres- halftime. Inglewood was able had a 13-1 record following the                               Girls Basketball
                                       sured her…She was exhausted to remain close throughout the two games which took place                                       Overall: 13-1 League: 2-0
    Through sheer determina-           by the end of                                                game largely last week, and was on an eight                    Boys Soccer
tion, the Samo girls basketball        the game and                                                 due to the fact game winning streak going into                 Overall: 9-3-1 League: 2-0-0
                                                                                                                                                                   Girls Soccer
team defeated both Morningside         was unable to do                                             that the Lady Wednesday’s game, including a
                                                                                                                                                                   Overall: 7-3-4 League: 2-0-0
and Inglewood last week. The           what she’s used                                              Vikings gave 4-0 finish and a championship in                   Girls Water Polo
two games marked the opening           to doing,” said                                              up 27 offensive the Garden Grove Classic over                  Overall: 7-9    League: 2-0
of Ocean League play for the           assistant coach                                              rebounds.               winter break and victories over
Lady Vikings.
                                                                                                                                                                            Junior Varsity
                                       Marty Verdugo                                                    The girls’ Beverly Hills and Penninsula in
                                                                                                                                                                   Boys Basketball
    The girls were prepared for        of Miller.                                                   commitment to mid-December. Said Verdugo                       Overall: 15-1 League: 2-0
Morningside’s physically rough             Foshag led                                               teamwork and of the team’s success so far this                 Girls Basketball
play on Jan. 11, after splitting       the Lady Vikings                                             determination season, “We’re happy with where                  Overall: 7-4       League: 2-0
their two meetings last season         in scoring, with a                                           to improve their we are, but we’re not going to be             Boys Soccer
on the way to sharing the league       total of 23 points,                                          game is paying satisfied. We have long term goals               Overall: 11-1-2 League: 0-0-0
championship. The Lady Vikings         and grabbed nine                                             off. According that we want to reach.”                         Girls Soccer
                                                                                                                                                                   Overall: 10-3-2 League: 0-0-0
kept their composure throughout        rebounds. Senior                                             to head coach                One of those goals is to win
the game, refusing to be dis-          Monica Zell was                                              Marcus Cha- the Ocean League championship                        Freshman/Sophomore
tracted by numerous Monarch            a force on the                                               ruvastra, “We outright, and after victories                    Boys Basketball (Freshman)
provocations. In the fourth quar-      defensive glass,                                             look about as over both Morningside and                        Overall: 6-3       League: 2-0
ter, a Morningside player pulled                                                                                                                                   Boys Basketball (Sophomore)
                                       pulling down a                                               dorky as [we] Inglewood last week, the Lady
sophomore Daisy Feder’s hair           total of 10 re-
                                                              Sophomore Karlia Batalla             can be. We’re Vikings appear to be headed in
                                                                                                                                                                   Overall: 7-9       League: 0-2
                                                              looks to attack the tough                                                                            Girls Basketball
after a jump ball. Fortunately, she    bounds.                                                     not buff, we’re the right direction.                            Overall: 7-4       League: 2-0
didn’t retaliate, and a technical          In spite of Inglewood defense on Jan. 13. not very tall,                             League play continued on           Boys Soccer
foul was called on Morningside.        numerous fouls                                              we’re not very Wednesday as Samo took on Bev-                   Overall: 4-1-5 League: 0-0-0
Junior Emily Foshag made one of        from their oppo-         Photo by Samantha Walters          a t h l e t i c , b u t erly Hills on the road. The girls       Girls Soccer
the two technical free throws. The     nents, the Lady                                             we get the job will face Culver City tonight at                 Overall: 3-5-0 League: 0-0-0
                                                                                                                                                                   Girls Water Polo
Lady Viking’s focus frustrated         Vikings led by 15 at halftime. The done.” Apparently, this approach home. Tip-off is at 6:00 p.m.                           Overall: 4-3       League: 1-1
their opponent, allowing Samo          girls were able to maintain the
to dominate throughout the
entire game.
                                       lead throughout the second half,
                                       matching Morningside’s inten-           Greenies Win, Ready for Rival El Segundo
    The score was close after the      sity and eventually winning 60- By Emily Foshag                                      extremely well coming off the Culver City], we should be fine,”
first period due partly to Samo’s       42. Following the game, Feder, Sports Editor                                         bench, helping Samo to earn the said Lim. Samo’s biggest obstacle
weak rebounding, but the Lady          who finished with 11 points and                                                       13-3 victory.                        appears to be El Segundo, a team
Vikings increased their defensive      dished out four assists, explained          The Lady Greenies took a com-                This strong performance came that is currently ranked second in
pressure in the second quarter         why Samo won: “We just wanted manding lead over the visiting two days after the Lady Greenies CIF Division VI, and the favorite
and held the Monarchs to just two      it more than they did.”                 Culver City Centaurs in the first struggled mightily against to win the Ocean League title. The
points. Samo simply out-hustled            The ladies were victorious quarter of play of their Ocean Downey in a 10-1 loss, a loss that first meeting between the two
Morningside, who seemed to             once again on Jan. 13, defeating
                                                                               League opener on Jan. 12, and head coach Matthew Flanders felt teams is this Tuesday, Jan. 24, when
play a sloppy and half-hearted         Inglewood in an away game.
                                                                               never looked back. Samo was able was a result of the team not show- El Segundo comes to Samo, and
game. The Lady Vikings were            Sophomore Katy Keating had a
                                                                               to capitalize on several fast break ing up ready to play. “We didn’t the girls will wind up the regular
also able to hold Morningside’s        double-double, scoring 16 points
leading scorer, junior Sonia           and pulling down 12 boards. opportunities and had outscored come to win, we came to lose,” season on the road against the
Miller, to just ten points. Miller     She also had four blocked shots. the opposing team 6-0 go-                                                                         Eagles on Feb. 9. Flanders
averages 20 points per game.           Samo ended up winning 47-38             ing into the second quarter,                                                               feels that the team has a
“[She] is obviously their best         after holding just a one point lead     behind three goals from                                                                    realistic shot at winning
                                                                               junior Gloria Esqueda and                                                                  at least one of these games,
                                                                               a pair of assists from junior                                                              but recognizes that the
Cheer, Songs Perform Well                                                      Katrina Dargel. Senior                                                                     Lady Greenies still need to
                                                                               Allison Born then scored                                                                   address some weaknesses
at Recent Competitions                                                         midway through the sec-                                                                    in order to have maximum
By Annie Danis                          spirits after some organizational ond period after receiving                                                                      success. Said Flanders last
                                        problems last year. Senior Songs a pass from junior goalie                                                                        week, “We still have some
                                        dancer Tobin Watenmaker said, Samantha Lim that went                                                                              ball handling and control
    “GO! Sam-O, GO!” echos              “Last year we did pretty well, but the length of the pool, fur-                                                                   issues that reflect our in-
through the Greek every after-          this year we really stepped it up ther exploiting the inability Junior Helen Yu looks to take a shot against                      experience.” Hopefully, as
noon. As the basketball and com-        and [our routine] was right on                                               Culver City on Jan. 12.
                                                                               of the Culver City defense                                                                 the girls continue to gain
petition season gears up, Samo          point.” Amanda Papo and Aisha
                                                                               to get back and stop Samo’s                                                                game experience, these
Cheer and Songs teams have been         Ross, junior Songs dancers, both                                                                    Photo by Ashley Osberg problems will become less
                                                                               counter attacks. The only
working non-stop to ensure that         agree that the team this year is ex-
every moment of every routine is        tremely dedicated. “We’ve been Culver City goal in the first                                                                       of a concern.
                                        really on top of it. We’re not slack-  half came as time expired.                   said Flanders. However, after the       The Greenies beat Milken 19-0
picture perfect.
     The season began on Jan. 7         ing off,” said Papo. “We’re much           Samo’s success continued recent victory over Culver City, on Jan. 17, and the result of yester-
 at a Sharp International Spirit        more into the music,” added Ross.      throughout the second half as focus has shifted towards chasing a day’s game against Beverly Hills
 Competition at San Gabriel High        Having their decades themed the Lady Greenies execution league championship. According was unavailable as of press time.
 School. Songs placed first in the       routine prepared before the recent on the offensive end remained to Lim, the team is optimistic about Samo will take on Redondo today
 hip-hop division and won the           pep rally has also eased some of sharp. Substitutions for the Lady the remainder of league play: in a non-league contest before host-
 prestigious “Overall Sportsman-        the pressure from the Regional Greenies stepped up and played “If we play like we did [against ing El Segundo on Tuesday.
 ship” award out of 15 other cheer      competitions in February.
 and dance teams at the competi-
 tion. The win has raised the team’s
                                            Riding on Songs’ success,
                                        Varsity Cheer earned second              Wrestling Shows Steady Improvement
                                        place out of eight teams in another      By Zahir Alibhai                           in the first period, which is leading commented on the performance
                                        Sharp competition at Whittier            Staff Writer                               to solid wins.” Not surprisingly, of his team in this past tourna-
                                        High School on Jan. 14. Senior                                                      the wrestlers have a high opinion ment, saying, “We had too many
                                        and Varsity Cheer Co-Captain,                The Samo Wrestling squad re- of Zahursky in light of what he’s injuries and couldn’t secure the
                                        Megan Schaeffer explained that           ceived a boost from a new trainer, done for them. “He’s an easy going top position at Nogales.”
                                        the competition was largely for
                                                                                 National Champion Dustin Za- guy whose technique really helped                     Still, there has been notable
                                        practice. “It was mostly a trophy
                                                                                 hursky, who helped train the team me against tough opponents,” said improvement since the team’s
                                        competition just to get a feel,”
                                                                                 along with head coach Mark Black junior Chris Magaña. Senior Matt first competition of the season.
                                        she said.
                                            Cheer recieved a score of 87         and varsity coach Brent Wright. Reddick agrees: “[The training] According to Zahursky, all that
                                        last weekend. They need only             The added tutoring in technique isn’t exactly at the elite level, but is left is to “make slight tweaks
                                        a score of 80 or higher at next          that Zahursky provided was evi- it’s still advanced and gives us an in their endurance and technique
                                        weekend’s regional competition           dent in the team’s recent league edge in the game.”                             while on the mat.” Said Zahursky,
                                        to move on to national competi-          dual meet against Torrance, where              Since their performance at the “These are changes that will sure-
                                        tion in March. This score, as well       Samo defeated Torrance with a El Dorado Tournament in mid- ly come from experience.” The
                                        as the feedback the team recieved        final team score of 47–22.                  December, Samo improved their coaching staff agrees that the team
                                        from judges, leaves Schaeffer                The highlight performance of standing with four placements at looks great for a building year, and
                                        “very confident. “ She said, “Now         the meet belonged to junior Lev the Rosemead tournament, which the squad’s recent performances
                                        we know precisely what forma-            Darkhovsky of the 112 lb. Weight took place the weekend before have shown just that.
                                        tions and stunts to fix.”                 class, when he deftly picked up his winter break, compared to the                  Samo Wrestling faced North
                                             Cheer will be competing Jan.        opponent and landed a pin in the two at El Dorado. At the Nogales Torrance yesterday (the scores
                                        22 for a bid to nationals. Songs         first eight seconds of the match.           tournament on Jan. 6-7, there were were not available as of press
                                        will compete Feb. 4. Nationals               According to Zahursky, “The five placements. The highest place- time), and will compete in the
                                        will be held in Anehiem on March         intensity is coming out. A lot of ment went to senior Sundar Mims, Laguna Hills Invitational this
                                        17-19 and will be televised on           the moves and points are coming who earned second place. Black weekend.
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Boys Soccer: On The Ball                                                                                            Ocean League Opponents
                                                                                                                    No Match for Girls Soccer
By Emily Foshag                        Jan. 13 as the Inglewood squad  Jainen Narain and sent it past
                                       came to Samo, and for the secondthe diving goalkeeper for Samo’s
Sports Editor
                                       time in as many games, the boys second goal of the game. After               By Sam Cotten                          0-2. Gatell attributed the team’s
    After finishing 9-0-1 in Ocean     couldn’t get things going in thea poor clearance by the Viking               Staff Writer                           poor play in these two games to
League play last season to earn                                        defense allowed Inglewood to
                                       first half. Luckily for the Vikings,                                                                                the fact that the team was “still
the league championship, the                                           score, a goal from junior Victor
                                       Inglewood failed to find the back                                                Continuing the season after        on vacation mode.” Continued
Vikings began their defense                                                  Rivas in the seventy-ninth             winter break with their first league    Gatell, “We weren’t playing our
of the title on Jan. 11 when                                                 minute gave Samo the 3-1               game on Jan. 11, the girls beat        style, and we had poor control of
taking on Morningside.                                                       win.                                   Morningside 4-0 at home. Junior        the ball. Our reaction time was
Samo was able to overcome                                                        In addition to starting            Samantha Greene scored two goals       much too slow.”
a sloppy first half to beat                                                  out 2-0 in league play, the            and sophomore Allison Bronstein            Before the break the girls were
the Monarchs on the road,                                                    boys are also undefeated in            earned her fifth shutout of the         doing well; on Dec. 17, the team
6-1. The Vikings appeared                                                    the new year. The Vikings              year. Director of Soccer, Coach        placed fifth in the South Holiday
to be on the verge of an                                                     came back on Jan. 4 after              Frank Gatell explained, “During        Tournament and defeated North
offensive explosion when                                                     being idle for almost two              the beginning of the first half, we     Torrance when sophomore Allison
sophomore Luis Zavala                                                        weeks to beat North Tor-               didn’t play at the level that we       Gourvitz scored in the last three
scored just seven minutes                                                    rance 5-0. Smith recorded              can usually play at. We were up        minutes of the game.
into the game, but Samo’s                                                    an authentic hat trick,                2-0 at the half, and then began to         In the Lady Vikings’ second
scoring opportunities were                                                   scoring three goals within             play our brand of soccer. Once we      Ocean League contest on Fri., Jan.
limited for the remainder                                                    a six-minute span during               cleaned up our passing and play,       13, the girls cleaned up Inglewood
of the first half as the boys                                                the first half. In the wake            Morningside couldn’t keep up and       with an overwhelming score of 10-
struggled to win the ball                                                    of his personal accomplish-            the girls showed why they are two      0. “[Inglewood] is obviously not
from Morningside players                                                     ment, Smith credited his               time champs in this league.”           a competitive team, as we were
on many occasions. Senior Sophomore Artur Jozkowicz controls the             teammates for finding him                  According to Gatell, before        up 8-0 at the half,” says Gatell.
Danny Coll broke the scor- ball in Samoʼs game against Inglewood            in prime positions to score:            the game against Morningside,          So far Greene, freshman Yanneth
ing drought with a goal on Jan. 13. Jozkowicz leads the team with “I may have been the one                          the girls were not quite up to par     Guzman, and Gourvitz lead the
early in the second half via                                                to put the goals in, but it             regarding their normal skill level,    team with five goals apiece, while
a 30-yard pass from fellow
                               six assists and is second on the team with was my teammates who                      made evident by the two games          goalkeeper Allison Bronstein has
senior Rafael Guzman. The seven goals.                                      set me up all the way,” said            they played following the end          a total of six shutouts, second-best
goal was the first of five                       Photo by Ashley Osberg     Smith.                                  of the break. On Jan. 4, the girls     in league. The team has scored a
Viking goals in the half.                                                       The Vikings, ranked                 tied against Sherman Oaks Notre        total of 27 goals and given up eight,
“[Morningside] had a weak of the net as well and the half fifth in CIF Division V as of                             Dame, a game that would have           leaving the team with an overall
defense, and our forwards took ended in a scoreless tie. In the Jan.17, will look to continue their                 resulted in a loss had it not been     7-3-4 standing. After playing at
advantage of it,” said junior fiftieth minute, junior Brendan success against Ocean League                          for a corner kick by junior Nora       Beverly Hills on Wednesday, the
defender David Castellanos of Smith finally put the Vikings opponents when taking on Cul-                           Casey that tied the score 1-1. Then,   girls will take on Culver City at
his team’s second half success. on the board when he used his ver City this afternoon.                              on Jan. 5, the girls lost to Redondo   Samo today.
Added Director of Soccer Frank body to deflect a ball off of a
Gatell, “In the second half, our defender into the goal. Then,
guys finally played their style of in his first varsity action this
soccer.”                             season, freshman Orhan Basak
                                                                               Boys Basketball Going Strong
      League play continued on received a ball from sophomore           By Lincoln Boehm                            their win streak to three games.   season is starting.” By the looks
                                                                               Sports Editor                        “I think that we have more talent  of things, the season is starting

Surfing at Samo
                                                                                   Over the holiday break, while    and chemistry than most other      off better than could have been
                                                                              we were all bundled up by the         teams in the Ocean League.” Said   expected with the Vikings going
                                                                              fire opening Christmas presents,       Gainer. “And that will definitely   2-0 in league. “The games we’ve
                                                                              watching the glowing candles of       be a factor down the stretch.” Nextplayed in the past mean nothing,
 By Nora Casey                         shared dream, and a love for the                                                                                        we just look at the game
                                                                              the menorah and count-
 Staff Writer                          sport of surfing” according to                                                                                           in front of us.” Continued
                                                                              ing down the new year,
                                       their website (        the Samo boys basketball                                                         Freedman. “The fact that
      “Samo Surf Team kicks                 Prior to competitions the         team was in Santa Barbara                                                        we have a [four game]
 ass,” stated senior Jason Abra-       club members have a surf-off           competing for their beloved                                                      streak doesn’t mean any-
 ham confidently. Abraham is            among themselves, and only             school. The Santa Barbara                                                        thing to us. We just have
 President of the Samo Surf            the best go on to compete.             tournament took place be-                                                        to go out and prepare for
 Club, and, like many other            The selected then compete in           tween Dec.27 and Dec.30.                                                         our opponents the way we
 suntanned Samo beach bums,            heats against other schools in         “When we were out in                                                             always do.”
 a proud member of the Samo            the Channel Islands Division,          Santa Barbara we were only                                                            On Wednesday, Samo
 Surf Team.                            which spans from Long Beach            thinking about basketball.”                                                      hosted the 10-8 Beverly
      Thus far the team holds a        to Santa Barbara. As the day           Said senior Akil Gainer.                                                         Hills Normans (results of
 record of 0-3, mainly because         progresses, only the best surfers      The Vikings lost to Santa                                                        game were not available
 they lack enough female surfers       advance. Guth, who feels that          Barbara High School by one                                                       by press time) and felt that
 to compete in the girls races.        this year is an up and coming          point in the second round                                                        in order to win they would
 The team has a registered 37          team, said “We have a few key          of the tournament, but then                                                      have to close out and try
 members, only three of which          players we’re trying to build          went on to finish fifth in the                                                     to stop their shooters.
 are girls. This means they cannot     on- to create some momentum            consolation bracket going                                                        According to Freedman,
 accumulate enough points to           for next year.”                        3-1 in the tournament as Junior Leo Arnold Jr. steals the ball away from pretty much every team in
 win, in spite of great individual          This past weekend, the team       a whole.                     Inglewood, in what would turn out to be a nine the league besides Samo is
 talent.                               was scheduled to compete at a               Coming out of the                                                           “guard oriented.”
      The team is coached by           meet in the Santa Barbara area.        Santa Barbara Tournament,
                                                                                                           point victory for Samo on Jan.15.                        Today Samo will con-
 Brian Guth and Yorba Travis,          However, due to the rainy con-         the Vikings were an impres-                                                      tinue their quest for the
 teacher Michael Adams is club         ditions, the team was unsure of        sive 10-5, but now faced                           Photo by Ashley Osberg Ocean League Champion-
 advisor. The Samo Surf Club, the      the status of the event and opted      their first league opponent                                                       ship in Culver City against
 school organization of the Surf       not to attend, which resulted in       in Morningside. On Jan.11, the up was another league opponent, the sub-par Centaurs. Tip-off is at
 Team, meets Tuesdays in E100.         a forfeit for the team.                Vikings traveled to Morningside the 6-11 Inglewood Sentinels. Se- 7:30, so if you are sitting at home,
 The club, which is open to all,            The Surf Team’s final com-         and defeated the Monarchs 64-54. nior captain Will Freedman said, alone watching reruns of MASH,
 consists off Samo students who        petition will be held in Ventura       This pushed the surging Vikings to “we’re happy to be playing some get out of the house and support
 bond over “a common goal, a           on Feb. 6th.                           11-5, 1-0 in league, and extended league games, it finally feels like the your Vikings!

Upcoming Athletic Events:                                                                        Girls Water Polo vs. El Segundo
                                                                                                 Tues., Jan. 24, 3 p.m.
Girls Soccer vs. Culver City
Today, 3 p.m.                                                                                    Ranked second in CIF Division VI, El Segundo appears to be the Lady Greenies’ biggest
                                                                                                 obstacle on their quest for a league championship. Come to the Drake Pool to watch this
Culver City, who finished second in the Ocean League last year behind Samo, comes to              long-time rivalry play itself out. The game begins at 3:00 p.m., and the JV contest follows
Samo looking to rebound from a 1-2 loss to Morningside last Friday. Varsity kicks off
                                                                                                 the varsity game.
at 3 p.m on the North Soccer field. JV plays at 4:30 p.m.
                                                                                                 Boys Soccer vs. Morningside
Girls Basketball vs. Culver City                                                                 Fri., Jan. 27, 3 p.m.
Tonight, 6 p.m.                                                                                  Morningside looks to avenge their 1-6 loss at home at the hands of the Vikings on Jan. 11.
The Centaurs, who held a 13-5 as of Jan. 17, are led by senior guard Allison Taka who leads
the team in both scoring and assists, averaging just over 16 points and four assists per game.   Boys Basketball vs. Morningside
Samo won both meetings between the two teams last season, but this year’s Culver City squad      Fri., Jan 27, 7:30 p.m.
has shown improvement. Tip-off is at 6:00 p.m., following the JV and Frosh-Soph games.           The Vikings won the first meeting between the two teams by 10 points at Morningside.

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