A Republican View of Samo Special Report: Drugs Winter Sports Begin League Play Page 2 Page 5 Pages 7 & 8 On the Internet: www.samohi.smmusd.org/thesamohi Circulation: 3,600 Vol. XCVI No. 6 January 20, 2006 Published Triweekly 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. (Yolanda-King.com) “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,”(Santa-monica.org/news) 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. Page 2 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 nel.com, “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. Remember, this paper is by students and for students. Use the Opinion page to express yourself: submit an original article or respond to one of our published articles. Do You Have An Opinion? E-MAIL: samohiopinion@gmail. com The Samohi seeks “My Turn” submissions of up to 800 words MAIL: Journalism or a “Letter to the Editor” of 500 c/o Santa Monica High School words or fewer on any topic, 601 Pico Blvd including a reponse to pub- Santa Monica, CA 90405 lished material. Please include references for any facts you use. SCHOOL: T217 We reserve the right to edit sub- missions for length and clarity. Submissions due by Nov. 30 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- MySpace.com. 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... MySpace.com. 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” (Carnegie.org). 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 Staff 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. Page 4 Feature 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 smpl.org 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 (msnbc.com). 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: DOES SAMO HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM? 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. habits. 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 WebMd.com, 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 Editor-In-Chief 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. ESPN. Page 8 Sports 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 (samohisurf.com). 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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