October 2009 12440 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, CA 91978 3
Volume 12 Issue 7
A Global Effort Health Blurb
The common cold is nothing new to the winter months
and with winter break around the corner, it is most undesir-
able to be catching any illness. Here are three major (and
The first of this easy) tips from the Steele Canyon High School Nurse, Pam
month has become Sigmon, on how to keep your holiday recess congesstion free.
known as World
AIDS Day. This
1) Make sure you are eating lots of fruits and vegetables. All
of them contain some kind of vitamin that is beneficial to
not only the body as a whole, but also the immune system.
Hannah Snyder is put together to
increase aware- 2) Sleep is another key factor in maintaining a healthy
ness, raise money, immune system. Not getting enough sleep has been
NEWS 2 fight prejudice, linked to a list of mental and physical health problems,
and help stop the One of the World AIDS Day logos for 2010/ google.com including those that stem from an impaired immune
“Google has invented a
spread of HIV. Many coun- and AIDS. Elton John helped system. The consequences can include more sick days.
self-driving car that is said tries around the world par- by taking on the role as guest
to make driving easier.” ticipate in honoring this day editor for the UK newspaper, 3) As simple and common as this daily act is, washing your
and helping fulfill its purpose. The Independent, all day. All hands can prevent many germs that cause different illnesses
OPINION 3 1988 marked the first year that the procedes from the issue
held World AIDS Day. Each went to his own foundation,
from entering your body. During times when you are un-
able to wash your hands, refrain from touching around your
“The guidos and guidettes mouth. This will help stop germs from getting into the body.
year a different focus in terms Elton John AIDS Foundation.
have taken over and are fist of HIV and AIDS is chosen. Many people globally global equality and civil rights. preventing new HIV infections
pumping like champs!” The 2010 theme was univer- were involved in World AIDS University of San Diego held and is said to be the largest on-
sal access and human rights. Day by participating in the several events and programs on going community arts project
FEATURES 4 Celebreties like Lady Gaga, “Lights for Rights”. This had
Alicia Keys, and Kim Kardashi- many people turning of their
December first. A public view- in the worlds. Along with the
“Writer’s Block is the le- ing of to AIDS Memorial Quilt quilt, Jae Hansen’s photography
an are a few among many who lights for a few minutes. The was just one of many showings exhibit, “Survivors,” was put
gal way to express an opin- signed off their cyber lives until darkness and the sudden light that were available. The quilt is on display showing long-term
ion through street art.” one million dollars was raised that was created symbolized made up of sections that mea- survivors of HIV and AIDS.
for HIV/AIDS awareness. Pope those lost to AIDS and the sures 12 feet square and consists The people in the photos have
ENTERTAINMENT 5 Benedict XVI also contributed changes needed to be made
and made great strides in the to stop the epidemic. People
of eight individual blocks. Over
40,000 colorful blocks swen
survived ten years after their
original diagnosis. A campus
“Chocolate chip cookies Catholic doctrine by promot- were also encouraged to light together memorializes a life theme, “Act Aware” was also
and milk are supposedly ing the use of condoms to help candles to show the commit- lost to AIDS. The quilt is also apart of UCSD’s participa-
Santa’s favorite snacks...” prevent the spread of HIV ment of working on achieving an educational wool aimed at tino in the Worlds AIDS Day.
Winter College Plan:
Winter break is practically here and with it comes holiday cheer, family
SPORTS 6 traditions, and sleeping in. During the next two and a half weeks look and see
how this college plan can benefit next semester and the college years to come.
“...The Cougars de-
f e a t e d Va l h a l l a a t F r e s h m e n based on your PSAT results you may potentially be paying.
Use the College Savings
Make note of these so every-
Va l h a l l a 3 5 - 1 4 . ” Start familiarizing your- and explore lists of suggested thing can be sent in on time.
self with college costs and fi- colleges, majors and careers. Calculator to see how much Have your high school send
nancial aid. Prices for UC and Talk to your counselor and money you’ll need for college, your transcript to colleges.
whether you’re on track to save
Oh The Places CSU schools are going up an- teachers about taking SAT Sub-
enough, and what you need to do
Contact colleges to
make sure they’ve received
We’ll Go to reach your goal. Talk to your all application materials.
When comparing the family about college financing. Apply for Financial Aid
Visit colleges while You and your
two cities in different family should
they’re in session.
tourist areas, guess who Find out about col- save this year’s
came out as the winner? lege firsthand from pay stubs to es-
friends who are home timate income
STORIES 8 for the holidays. on aid forms
that you’ll file
CONTINUED Juniors early next year.
Schedule Your Submit your
Winter Holidays 9 Spring Testing. You FAFSA as soon
after January 1
can take either the
“Sparkling trees with as possible. Men
SAT or up to three
decorative ornaments nually so become aware of what ject Tests in your strong sub- SAT Subject Tests on who are 18 years
and holiday cheer comes you may potentially be paying. jects this spring. Take Subject one test day. Plan your of age or older
Visit colleges while they’re Tests such as World History, must register
o n l y o n c e a y e a r. ” in session as well as talking to and Chemistry while the mate-
testing schedule care-
fully if you want to take with Selective
friends who are back home from rial is still fresh in your mind. both, and register for two separate Service to receive federal
COUGAR PAGE 10 college for the holidays. Espe- Familiarizing yourself with test dates. See the SAT schedule financial aid. Many priority
cially for schools out of state, get college costs and financial of test dates and register online. financial aid deadlines fall
“I’m way too old a first hand account from them. aid. Prices for UC and CSU
S e n i o r s in February. To get the most
and too big to be sit- Sophomores schools are going up annual-
ly so become aware of what Review Application Details
attractive award package, ap-
ting on Santa...” While UC and CSU school
ply by the priority date. Keep
Use the access copies of everything you send.
11 code on your PSAT deadlines were November
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“Glee gives everyone ized planning kit,
you can prepare
someone to relate to and for the SAT us-
to get out of their ‘funk’.” ing a study plan
From the Cougar Chronicle Staff
News Jake Ellis
Steele Canyon’s Bee Invasion
tions taken by students during get them to leave. The weather
STAFF REPORTER lunch, such as knocking down is another key factor as to why
trash cans and trying to catch the bees are around. With the
They are seen around the bees, is what will often re- hot and dry conditions we have
campus probably more than sult in someone getting stung. been facing lately, the bees
people see their own friends. The type of wasps the are growing in number each
The bees at Steele Canyon school is being swarmed by day. They are on the look out
are becoming a well dis- are known as yellow jackets. for all the food and moisture
cussed issue among students. They are attracted to our cam- that they can find. Once the
Not only are they frustrat- pus for a number of reasons. weather becomes more cool
ing to have around, but the bees “All of the sugary drinks that and misty, there is a large
are classified as a health haz- you kids leave behind after chance that the bees will leave
ard to those who are allergic. lunch is what they go to”, said on their own because there
“ I try my best to stay away SCHS nark Elleen Schramn. will be moisture in the air.
from them because I know that Our school is also an easy The school cannot extermi-
Bee / physorg.com
it would not be pretty if I got campus. Because we can not are not being bothered, they
source of pollination for the nate the bees because they are
stung”, said SCHS sophomore take actions towards remov- should not bother anyone else.
bees, which makes it harder to pollinating all of the plants on
Micaylah Strukelj. Some ac- ing the bees, as long as they
Google’s Self-Driving Car Mission to Mars
Brett McFadden to its clouds of sulfuric acid,
STAFF REPORTER dense atmosphere, and even
more extreme temperatures as
Ever since we knew of their a result of its proximity to the
existence, humanity has al- sun.
ways dreamed of colonizing A mission to Mars also has
other planets. We already built financial incentives. It would
a space station, visited the create jobs in several sec-
Moon, and sent probes to far- tors, including manufacturing,
off worlds. However, the colo- transportation, and scientific
nization of other planets will research. However, recent eco-
be far more difficult, but far nomic troubles may push such
more rewarding. a mission back. Many non-es-
Colonizing another planet sential programs have seen
would have several benefits. It cuts in recent times, and NASA
would give scientists a place is no exception. Despite this,
to conduct experiments that NASA hopes to send astro-
require a low-gravity environ- nauts to Mars by the 2040’s.
Google’s self-driving car / www.google.com
ment or extreme temperatures, “I think it would be a great
major company such as the There are numerous benefits
both of which are difficult to achievement for scientists, but
Sydney Dole Toyota Prius. However, it has to the Google self-driving car.
simulate on Earth. Also, re- it would be extremely expen-
SPORTS EDITOR Google’s mechanisms for self- This could be the next big in-
sources that were difficult to sive,” said SCHS freshman
driving equipped within the car. vention that starts a new stage
obtain on Earth may be easier Noah Watts. “And due to the
The idea of automobiles There are also some negatives in technology. The Google car
to acquire on other planets. Fi- economy, it might take more
began in the late 1800s with to the innovative Google car. would make driving safer, more
nally, another planet will prob- than ten to twenty years before
a steam-powered car. As time “People will get la- efficient, and provide a better
ably be needed to sustain our we can send people to Mars.”
progressed, cars with inter- zier,” said Steele Can- quality of life for all drivers.
rapidly growing population. Regardless of the difficulty of
nal combustion engines ap- yon junior Zach Wiley. “A Google self-driving car
Currently, Mars is the only such a mission, it is clear that
peared. Cars have become an Google’s test car has been will make it easier to make
option that is even remotely the idea of going to mars has
essential commodity for any test driven numerous times decisions about the important
viable. Venus, the only other drawn in much interMst, and
human being and are constant- over the past couple of years. parts of driving by automat-
nearby planet, is far, far more will continue to appeal to hu-
ly evolving and improving. So far the car has an approxi- ing the parts that don’t require
uninhabitable than Mars, due man curiosity.
Google has created a car that mate 140,000 miles on it and human decision-making,”
will completely reshape the has taken trips all along Cali- said Marshall Kirkpatrick,
idea of modern automobiles. fornia including across the writer for readwriteweb.com.
Google has invented a self- Golden Gate Bridge, Lake Google would be expanding
driving car that is said to make Tahoe, and has even taken a their business into a whole new
driving safer. The
car has different
“So far, the car has an approxi- line of work. If
this car follows the
components such mate 140,000 miles on it and has path that Google’s
as cameras, sen- search engine
sors, and other taken trips all along California took, this could
types of artificial including across the Golden be one of the most
intelligence to influential inven-
meet and surpass Gate Bridge, Lake Tahoe, and tions of the 21st
a human’s reac-
tion time. The
has even taken a 350 mile drive.” century. Google
could change the
car also has detailed maps to 350 mile drive. There has only way we view cars today and
navigate the upcoming road. been one accident throughout could immensely improve
The car knows speed limit in- all the test drives which was the lives of all human beings.
formation and has live video of where a human rear-ended Time will tell what will happen
its surroundings. All of these the car that was stopped at a in terms of the Google car but
mechanisms are made possible stoplight. [Google’s car] will this invention could change the
by Google’s data centers. The benefit humans because it will very foundations of automo-
Google automobile is made limit collisions,” said Steele bile commute for everyone.
from an existing car from a Canyon junior Jackson Reif. NASA shuttle launch / usspost.com
To Thrift, or Not to Thrift
Aseret Sperry What makes boutiques
FEATURES EDITOR and new clothing stores
easier to shop at is their
When in the course endless sizes and large col-
of human events it becomes or variety. Unlike clothes
necessary for one to make a at a thrift store, where
decision between good and pieces of clothing are lim-
bad, new or old and in ver- ited, boutiques have multi-
sus out, one may be thrust ple sizes, colors and styles
into an image of deciding of similar clothing. This
between the mall or the lo- makes it easier for a per-
cal Salvation Army. The son to get something they
truth is, a trip to a local thrift liked, but in a color that
shop will prove to be a more looks good on them per-
successful venture as op- sonally and in their size.
posed to the choices offered Quality is also a plus
in Hollister or Hot Topic. when shopping at a bou-
One look into a thrift tique or new clothing store.
Salvation Army Sign and American Eagle Outfitters Store / google.com
store and a discovery will Clothes from Thrift stores
be made that is unavailable ten with much cuter clothes”. er factor of awesomeness that Olivia Taylor can often be in a worn con-
in any other type of store: Thrift stores have an in- is not as common in any mall OPINION EDITOR dition, with stains or tears
thrifty prices. The low pric- “You save a lot store: the pride that comes
Nothing compares to the
or broken seams. Clothing
es and affordability make purchased new are in their
with finding a unique item un-
the used clothes worth the likely to be found on another feeling of wearing a new top condition and will fit
penny paid. Their growing ventory made up of donations individual. Thrift stores are so outfit to school after a long properly since they aren’t
popularity has also made and clothes people sold to it. random that every visit is a day spent shopping. Shop- stretched out like used
them extremely convenient This unique way of obtaining scavenger hunt that produces ping can be tiring, mentally clothes can be. They also
and accessible. “You save a items to sell leaves the store cute and extraordinary clothes and physically. which is don’t have the awkward
lot more money,” said SCHS with a unique catalog suitable that others will be jealous of. why most people opt for the smell from the previous
sophomore Marki Sim- for any style. From beachy Thrift stores were once easiest place to shop and owner lingering on them
mons. “Even though it’s not colorful clothes to every style considered for those who find the clothes you need. that thrift clothes often do.
high quality clothes, you’re and size of jeans available, could not afford new, name Department stores and Thrift clothes hold other
still getting a good deal.” there is something for every- brand clothes. “I don’t care, brand name boutiques make people’s memories and ex-
The low prices it of- one to fall in love with on they are pretty awesome,” the shoppers life easier in periences, not ones own.
fers are probably the most the mysterious racks of the said Simmons. Most are in the many aspects. From their New clothes give one an
popular thing among thrift store. Its unique items right when they opt for thrifty endless size and color va- opportunity to have an
these stores’ fans and most make it a convenient stop to over mall clothes because of riety, to the convenience item filled with memo-
feel that the prices are look for items of a costume, their uniqueness, affordability of being able to find what ries and experiences that
worth the purchase. “They props for a play or any sort and the ability to create dif- you want without a lot of are strictly their own,
are much cheaper than big of creative kinks to decorate ferent worlds with the trea- searching, strictly new instead of recycling a
chain stores,” said SCHS a bedroom or living room. sures found in these stores. clothing stores prove them- strangers memories by re-
senior Marc Herold, “of- Thrift stores have anoth- selves above the contrary. wearing their old items.
Fist Pumpin’ like Champs
Monica Rivera Nicole Polizzi, known as
COUGAR PAGE EDITOR Snooki, has become a huge
sensation in the past two
The guidos and guidettes years with the look she por-
have taken over, and are fist trays. With her humongous
pumping like champs! Gym, Snooki-poof, and her jew-
Tan, Laundry is one of the eled glasses, it has become
biggest sensations that the a trend to many of her fans.
boys from Jersey Shore Mike Sorrentino, The
have come up with, fol- Situation, has received fame,
lowed by the Snookie-poof. by showing his “situation”,
Jersey Shore is a reality se- his abs. With his cocky per-
ries on MTV that was filmed sonality, it’s hard not to
in August 2009 that follows hate him, but also love him.
eight housemates that spend One relationship has caught
Jersey Shore cast fist pumpin’ / google.com
their summers together. wave from two of the cast
The show follows eight members, Ronnie Ortiz-Mar- od’, tell the girl she dropped with the boys singing it drama, the roommates
strangers, Pauly D, Snoo- go and Sammie Giancola, her purse and then make a when it’s time; T-Shirt time trolling nightclubs, drink-
ki, The Situation, Jwoww, who started on the show be- dash for the door. “You bounce means that they put it on ing, getting into fights,
Ronnie, Sammie, and Vinny ing an on and off couple on the girl, before she blows right before they leave and and many hook ups, it’s
who are Italian-Americans with all their drama, from up.” Said Pauly Delvecchio. without it, the shirt would not hard to get addicted
who spend their summer to- Ronnie hooking up with gre- M.V.P. became very common be wrinkled or stained. After to an hour long show
gether with a lot of drama. nades to Sammie not having on the second season of Jersey T-Shirt time, Pauly D would like Jersey Shore when
The show has gotten over a a clue about it and denying Shore, standing for both, most very loudly yell “CARS there’s that much going
million viewers in two sea- everything anyone tells her. valuable players, and the ini- HERE” to get everyone on. Some may hate Jersey
sons. The drama that hap- Pauly D, who is Mike’s tials of Mike, Vinny, and Pauly. to come out, ready or not. Shore, but it’s hard not to
pens on the show has caused wingman, and Mike have T-Shirt time is another im- Jersey Shore has become get addicted to watching
many laughs and a new come up with how to defuse portant thing that has become very popular over the last the show and loving it!
popularity among Italians. a grenade, by the ‘Spin Meth- a huge sensation and laugh two years, following with
4 Features Aseret Sperry
Got Writer’s Organic: Taste the Difference
Olivia Taylor ducing your own fruits/vegeta- rounding area.
OPINION EDITOR bles/dairy. A USDA approved Choosing organic can be
label indicates that the product beneficial to oneself and the
It is the place for the legal With all the health risks in
foods nowadays, many people
being sold passed the inspec-
tion that determines whether it
earth. By choosing organic, the
body retains more of its natural
defacing of property to are finding safety by making
organic choices during meal-
is certified organic or not. Or-
ganic fruits and vegetables are
resistance and immunities to-
wards outside disease. In addi-
take place. times.
A person can see organic
not genetically modified, and
are grown seasonally (pesti-
tion to this, organic foods carry
less toxins and chemicals that
Jake Ellis ing a $400-1000 and a couple slow down the body, and are
foods publicized on most gro- cide free). Organic dairy prod-
NEWS EDITOR months in prison, Writer’s therefore better at supplying
cery stores, as going natural ucts are supplied by farms that
Block is the legal way to ex- and environmentally friendly is range feed their livestock, and the body with a natural energy
For those with a press an opinion through street source.
a growing trend that more and do not routinely use hormones
penchant for graffiti without art. In a place with like-minded “I can taste and see the
more people are beginning to or growth enhancements. Or-
wanting the repercussions, the aspiring artists, “legal vandals” differences in organic foods.
follow. Buying organic means ganic farms use practices that
Writer’s Block attraction in can collaborate on daylong Maybe there’s not a drastic
purchasing brands of food that ensure the general well-being
San Diego is the ultimate meet- projects or just write a quick difference in the bases of or-
comply with the Organic Foods of their livestock, as well as
ing ground for artistic vandals message for all to see. The paint ganically grown foods and
Production Act and are USDA refraining from harming the
looking for an urban canvas to is always overwritten with new approved, or growing and pro- environment in the farms sur- continued on pg 8
show their work on. and fresh artwork, so visits are
Located on Market never the same; some images Alpine Certified Farmers
Street east of downtown San from before may linger, but for Lakeside Certified Farmers
Diego, Writer’s Block consists the most part, Writer’s Block is Some of the best Market
Tuesdays, 2 to 6 PM Market
of several rows of plywood an ever-changing business. places to buy fresh, 5005 Willows Road Thursdays 2 to 6 PM
just waiting to be painted on. “It is really imagina- organic and delicious Lindo Lake County Park,
Using only spray paint, people tive,” said Nolan Saksa, a se- foods are local Farm- Borrego Springs Chamber of 9841 Vine St.
of all ages come after school nior at SCHS. “San Diego is ers Markets, where Commerce Farmers Market
or on the weekends to express full of cool [attractions] that a La Mesa Village Certified
themselves through urban lot of people, even people that the produce goes di- Fridays, 7 AM to 12 PM,
November to June Farmers Market
artwork, painting everything live here, do not know about.” rectly from the grower Christmas Circle Community Fridays, 3 to 6 PM
from taglines to murals. While The new modern style to the buyer. Park at Christmas Circle and 8300 block of Allison Avenue
there are still some who tag is street art, with graffiti murals Palm Canyon Drive east of Spring Street
inappropriately on the walls, and colorful tapestries in near- Here are some Farm-
some pieces are genuine works ly every city. Writer’s Block Santee Farmers Market
of art, sophisticated works that focuses this lost creativity into ers Markets in the Jamul Certified Farmers
Market Wednesdays, 3 to 7 PM
took hours to render down to one place, where urban art can East county: Fridays 9 AM to 2 PM Abandoned school parking lot
the minutest detail. run free with uncensored imag- 14019 Highway 94 and 10445 Mission Gorge Road
With the punishment ination. Source: The San Diego Union Tibune.
for vandalism in California be-
Breathe In, Breathe
plains that meditating controls
Out; Relax As one meditates, their strength, stability, and flexibil-
Diana Valle external situation.
STAFF REPORTER Meditation is designed to a human body’s inner energy. mind is slowly being puri- ity to improve the quality of
help strengthen that mental It is the same energy people fied to create an “inner circle” the body and the mind,” says
Taking difficult AP classes, weakness internally, to help use to break bricks with their that “enables us to control our Megan Edwards, Grossmont
doing time-consuming home- one maintain a calm, positive bare hands. That energy can be mind regardless of the external High School Junior. “For me,
work, spending long hours of attitude and avoid anxiety, filtered to constantly be posi- circumstances,” explains How yoga helps me focus and be
sports training, and containing no matter the circumstances. tive and peaceful in order for to Meditate. Once achieving more patient and strengthens
a life full of drama, one barely “The purpose of meditation one’s mind to function well. “mental equilibrium,” one’s the muscles that are easy to
has time to eat and, much less, is to make our mind calm and It is a simple, relaxing way mind will be balanced and fully forget about. It also helps me
sleep. If stress was measured peaceful,” states the How To for one to relieve stress while trained to be continuously hap- relax.” For those who are more
on a scale of 1 to 10, one would Meditate website. “If our mind cleansing out negative vibes. py instead of being an unbal- sporty, and adjusting to medi-
score an easy one hundred. is peaceful, we will be free “A lot of people work out or anced, constantly transforming tation might be too extreme,
Stress leads to worries, wor- from worries and mental dis- hit things when stressed, but mind. With a balanced mind, yoga is great alternative. “Yoga
ries to uneasiness, and uneasi- comfort, and so we will expe- that only helps for a little bit. one is able to ignore the delu- doesn’t use intense cardio like
ness to unhappiness, eventu- rience true happiness.” [Meditation] goes deeper and sions that cause the suffering most workouts, but it really
ally reaching overwhelmed. Nour Chihwaro, SCHS will last much longer,” says from dilemmas. Obtaining this tests your strength and flexibil-
Although work load is a big sophomore and meditator, ex- Chihwaro. state is known as “liberation” ity. Because it’s slow you have
factor in being overwhelmed, or “nirvana.” to learn how to hold poses and
it’s the person that’s truly at Meditation how to manipulate your body.
fault. takes an incred- I would definitely recommend
The feeling of being over- ible amount of it because it’s exercise for your
whelmed is all in one’s head. patience, how- mind too.”
Distress is a symbol for mental ever, and might Whether it be extreme pu-
weakness because it exposes be difficult for rifying of the mind or relaxing
the inability to respond peace- beginners. A while toning muscles, one can
fully to life. Mental weakness good pair of try meditation or yoga meth-
is what causes people to be- training wheels ods for clearing their mind and
come emotional and get easily is yoga. Yoga learning how to live a happier,
irritated when an occurrence is meditation’s peaceful life.
fails to satisfy an expected cousin. “Yoga
route. This occurs because is a practice Chakra photos courtesy of
people focus too much on the that combines google.com
Meditating in a calm place can help de-stress / google.com
The Drawn Story Sandy Claws
What is referred to as the some of the most famous art- Jessica Gass an ugly devil like creature that
STAFF REPORTER Golden Age of comic books ists got their start, including Al STAFF REPORTER caries a basket full of all the
Comic books have gained and occurred in the late 1930’s and Feldstein, Reed Crandall, Jack Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas, evil children to the pits of Hell.
lost popularity since the 30’s, practically until the end of the Davis, Wallace Wood, Will Father Christmas, or com- Many people dress as the Kram-
yet they always pull through 1940’s. In this time were the Elder and others. However, monly known as St. Nicholas pus around this season, espe-
the tough times and are well- first major uses of superheroes psychiatrist Fredric Wertham or the more popular Santa cially the 5th of December and
known across America. From in comics, with the debut of singled out Gaines for his work Clause is a historical, legend- do traditions as going around
classic heroes like Superman, Superman in 1938 being the on this type of comic book ary figure that is known to the streets scaring children
to the newer form of Manga, very first. During this time, and superhero comic books bring gifts to the good chil- with rusted chains and bells.
they have provided inexpen- Action Comics and Captain as well in his book Seduction dren of the world late Christ- Modern day traditions consist
sive entertainment for all ages Marvel sold over half a mil- of the Innocent, which raised mas Eve. He is depicted as a of leaving snacks for Santa and
and are an original art form. lion copies each, per month. public anxiety about comic plump jolly old man dressed his magical reindeers such as
Collections of comic strips After World war II, the books because he perceived in an over sized red coat with cookies and milk on Christmas
started as early as 1833, but popularity of superhero com- that both types had homosex- red pants, a little red hat and Eve and leaving decorations
the first thing to coin the term ics greatly declined to be re- ual and sadistic undertones. boots with a white beard and such as stockings so that Santa
‘comic book’ did not appear un- placed by a wider variety of Quickly, comic books were mustache. He is believed to would leave gifts and presents
til 1897 on the back of The Yel- comics including Western, blamed for the cause of bad live at the North Pole with inside. “When I was younger, I
low Kid in McFadden’s Flats. teen humor (mainly the Ar- grades, juvenile delinquency, his wife, Mrs. Clause and always left a plate of chocolate
This type of comic book is still chie comics), science fiction, drug use, and basically all many elves, along with his chip cookies and a glass of milk
prevalent today. It was full of romance, funny animal comics other forms of crime. Some eight to nine flying reindeer. so that Santa would bring me
reprinted material from a se- that usually included Disney cities banned comic books and Saint Nicholas of Myra good presents” said Steele Can-
quence of comic strips. Steele characters, and satire comics. many public comic book burn- is highly inspirational to the yon High School sophomore
Canyon High School sopho- A different type of comic ings were held, and were led Santa Claus figure. He was a Bryanna Mcaully. Chocolate
more, Christian Hillman owns full of violence and gore by school and parent groups. 4th century Christian bishop chip cookies and milk are sup-
many collections of Garfield emerged in that time as well. This greatly reduced the cir- who delivered gifts to the poor posedly Santa’s favorite snack.
comics and said, “I really like The most artistically creative culation of comic books. Soon children of Greece. It is said During the last century Santa
them because they humorous.” and well put together horror after, a Comic Code was cre- that St. Nicholas tossed coins Clause has been the face of
It was full of reprinted material comics were led by William ated and almost every comic though windows of the poor, Christmas, making many ap-
from a sequence of comic strips. M. Gaines. In his company sold in newstands had a Com- and then later (if the win- pearances at many malls or
ic Code Seal of Approval. dows were locked) he would common shopping centers,
In the mid 1950’s DC com- throw the coins down the Christmas cards, and even Coca
ics and Marvel made superhe- open chimney tops, creating Cola cans. Many controversies
roes return to the main lines of the tradition of Santa deliver- has evolved with the Christian
comic books and thus began ing gifts down the chimneys. religion, because they believe
what is dubbed to be the Sil- Santa is highly known to be that Father Christmas is mak-
ver Age of comic books. Stan a “good” figure of Christmas, ing this sacred holiday a day of
Lee began to create super- but wile there is every good, materialistic things instead of
heroes such as the Fantastic there is also an evil. Krampus the true meaning of Christmas
Four that had human failures, is known throughout Germa- and the story of Jesus Christ.
fears and inner demons like ny and Austria and is depicted Christmas is just around
never before. These comics as the anti-Claus. He is known the corner so do not get cap-
became wildly popular among to accompany Santa Clause tured by the Krampus, because
children and college students and warns as well as punishes Santa is making the list, and
who claimed to find a deep- the bad children of the Christ- he is checking twice. So don’t
er hidden message in them. mas season. He is pictured as choose to be naughty, be nice!
Underground comics that
influence the styles of today’s
graphic novels became com-
mon in the 1960’s and early
70’s as independent comics
DC Comics/google.com continued on page 8...
A Night in Review
Amber Thoennes to make the event seem more days. Musicians could be seen
ENTERTAINMENT like a family environment. playing along the streets, the
Walking through the Interna- sounds of bagpipes and other
tional Cottages, ethnic aromas instruments filling the air. Santa Claus and Krampus/google.com
MANAGER filled the air. Booths from 30 Moving past the Internation-
countries sold a small selection al Cottages, the streets opened
The first weekend in De-
of traditional foods, and bev- to the Organ Pavilion and the
cember marked the annual
erages. People stood in lines massive Christmas tree that
“December Nights” festival at
three deep and ten to twenty reached to the top of the stage.
Balboa Park. The tiny streets
long, waiting for a taste of the Church choirs sang traditional
of Balboa Park begin to fill
delicious foods being offered. holiday songs throughout the
slowly with people starting
Behind many of the booths two nights. Past the Organ Pa-
Friday night at five o’clock,
stood the International Cottag- vilion a square opened, lined
when the museums open for
es themselves, housing artifacts with more food vendors, and
free admission, and the food
and trivia about each country. kiosks. A Spirit Garden opened
vendor’s start filling up plates.
In a small clearing between the in front of the San Diego Mu-
Saturday was the more com-
Cottages a small stage was set seum of Art. Just before five
mon day for families to bring
up, where dancers, singers and o’clock, a line snaked around
the little ones, since the fes-
other various performers from the square to get in to the mu-
tivities began at noon. Carnival
a few of the countries would
rides and games were set up
perform throughout the two continued on page 8... Balboa skyline during December Nights/google.com
6 sports Sydney Dole
Interesting Winter Sports
Shaelynn LaMadrid races, athletes stop in intervals, smoother track and longer ride. and Ben Agosto are serious and most interesting event is the
STAFF REPORTER take a rifle off of their backs, The goal is to get the stone contenders after their success skeleton, which is named for the
Over winter break, and shoot at targets. Adopted between two lines and close to at the Turin Games. sled the riders lie face down on.
many students travel to the in 2006, it now includes a a button. “They did that in [the However, ice danc- The athlete lies down on a sled
mountains to partake in sports mass start for the sprint race, movie] The Wild! I’ve always ing is not the only event in the and hurls down an ice track at
that require snow and ice. While providing for more thrills as thought that looked cool!” said rink. Figure skating is where about 80 miles per hour. What
the most common sports are participants attempt to stay Senior Darin Azevedo. Though many of the big name contend- makes it even more exciting is
skiing and snowboarding there standing while trying not to fall it seems very simple, it is quite ers can be seen. Though figure the fact that there is no breaking
are many more winter sports over each other’s skis. Another interesting to watch. For the skating has the reputation of or steering mechanism present.
one can participate in, a few event that will be featured is more romantic athlete, ice danc- being a feminine sport, view- “That sounds really cool, but a
of which will be featured in curling which is similar to ing can be quite exciting. While ers can appreciate both the little scary, I don’t think I would
the Winter Olympics. Among shuffleboard or bocce on ice. there are no lifts or real fancy beauty and strength it takes want to try it,” said junior Teddy
the first events is the biathlon. One member of a two to four tricks, ice dancing is described to complete many high speed, Alexander. While snowboarding
This somewhat confusing race person competing team pushes as ballroom dancing on ice. Ice high flying moves. Besides and skiing are fun to participate
consists of 10 races of varying a 40-pound curling stone down dancing events can provide for a that, these events are all fairly in during the winter months,
lengths in which all biathlon their lane. Another races ahead, romantic evening. It can also be predictable. there is a wide variety of winter
athletes compete. During the sweeping the ice to make for a rather exciting and competitive. Probably the oddest events for people to try.
American pair Tanith Belbin
Focus On: Reggie White Varsity Basketball
What position do you What is your favorite Who will you play for after
play? food? high school?
Forward or center. Spaghetti I will play for the Marines.
What advice would you What character from Harry How long have
give to other basketball Potter would you be? you played basket-
players? Harry Potter ball?
Work hard, eat right, Why do you play basket- All my life.
do you best, have fun, ball? Peanut butter or cheese
and remember losing It’s fun. crackers?
is not fun.
Tanya Villalpando football game. Both Associated
TAIL EDITOR Student Bodies from both Val-
halla and SCHS came together to
Mike Eddie was right; you truly fight against breast cancer. Both
cannot bend Steele. On October ASB’s sported the same pink
22, 2010, on a chilly fall night, shirt as created by SCHS’s own
the cougars defeated Valhalla Sarah Ritter. During halftime,
at Valhalla 35-14. The victory both ASB’s went onto the field
Unique Winter Sports
was a great achievement for and received a check in which
the varsity cougars. For the past all the money would go to breast
four years, Valhalla has beaten cancer, this is the first time that
Steele Canyon, but this time, the Elsa Rodriguez take their sports seriously. teams or ice sports like skiing
both ASB’s united as one and Students at most high and snowboarding that people do
cougars fought back STAFF REPORTER
fought against a com- schools do not really acknowl- in their free time. SCHS junior
with a victory. Varsity mon cause together.
In today’s modern
edge unique sports. As SCHS Fernando Aguirre said, “Well if
football coach and With the victory, the
society, there are various sports
senior Maggie Ybarra said, “I unique sports aren’t popular, then
physics teacher Ron varsity cougars gained
offered in high schools. Students
think unique sports are cool, why do people do them?” Even
Boehmke was espe- a stronger grip on the
look for those unique sports that
but I don’t really hear much though unique sports are not as
cially ecstatic about Jamacha Helmet. With
offer so much more than just the
about them.” The thing is recognized as they should be,
the victory against the Norse- this win over Valhalla, the cou-
typical high school experience.
unique sports do not have the they have to mean something if
men. “Our team played so well gars are starting to show how
Those sports that some people
publicity that traditional sports people share common interests
against them!” said Boehmke. much the varsity team has come
may not recognize as sports,
do. Horse back riding is appre- in playing them. These athletes
On the morning of this ground- along this football season so far.
give a sense of unity to the
ciated throughout the world, actually have more of a passion
breaking game, the KUSI Prep Colt Hubbs, varsity football
people partaking in them. It is
and has its own schools to in participating in sports, and
Pigskin Report came to SCHS clear why people choose to
player, was especially inspired participate in unique sports, “It is clear why people choose
are most likely go-
to host the alarm clock pep rally by this victory, “I just can’t ing to attend their
in their very own gym. believe it, this win just inspires
and why they are popular in
to participate in unique sports, practice. It is an
There was also some- all parts of the world.
me to strive to play better every Depending on the and why they are popular in
thing very different that hap- week,” said Hubbs.
ment to participate
pened during halftime at the region in the United States,
there are several sports of-
all parts of the world.” in unique sports,
practice. It is just as competi- but it is a different
fered only in the North or
experience that is worthwhile.
West. In Florida there might be tive as any other sport and has
Sports that are not in
surf teams, but in states where an artistic cultural experience
school do not have the competi-
it snows, there is ice hockey. that high school sports do not
tiveness that high school sports
It is all about what type of have. Ice-skating is a sport that
do. They have a much more close
weather might affect a sport or also has their own practice ar-
relationship with teammates.
if the sport is easily accessible. eas. There is even clubs that of-
Unique sports are so much more
Another aspect that may affect fer unusual sports outside and
than just something to do after
sports is school budget and inside of school, for example
school; they are a way to express
space for practice at school. surf club, dodgeball teams, and
oneself through a passion. A pas-
There is only so much money badminton club. Most clubs
sion that these athletes endeavor
coming from the government are created by people desiring
to keep their sports going, and
and fundraisers to sponsor to play a sport different than
that is what makes these sports
sports. For this reason, unique what is offered at their schools.
Jake Ruysschaert takes down a Norsemen/google.com
sports thrive in its members and There are even roller derby
OH THE PLACES WE’LL GO
are YOU going this
With the holidays around the corner, there are many students in Steele Canyon who are prepared with their own
plans to go out of the country. Rather than take the time to de-stress and relax from months of hard work, they seize
the opportunity to see sights and experience new places.
One cougar is taking an interesting out of country trip, a venture into the heart of Russian culture, Moscow. Here, SCHS
sophomore Shahan Dolamakian is planning on visiting family and the Red Square. Moscow is the capital of Russia and of-
fers a crowded city with lots of sites and adventures such as the Moscow Museum and numerous monuments and sculptures.
“I’m really excited to go see Moscow State University in the dark! I hear it’s a magical view!” said Dolamakian. In addition
to visiting family and the spectacular sights of Moscow, Dolamakian plans on using his time in Russia to strengthen his small
SCHS sophomore, Lucas Ballard along with his mother and sister are planning on going to the famous country Italy for a
vacation of a lifetime. His plans are to stay in Rome for a week and a half during winter break. While there, Ballard wants to
learn more of the Italian language so he can soon be fluent and visit the beautiful cathedrals. “I’ve been thinking a lot about
the amazing cathedrals we are going to see. I can only imagine how they are going to look!” Ballard said. He has been
doing research on cathedrals, but he thinks it is going to be completely different to see these monumental building
with his own eyes.
Aside from viewing the gargantuan churches, Ballard is also excited to taste the fabulous foods of Rome.
“Everyday, I would like to try different bakeries to see the variety in food. It will be nice to taste foods
from a different culture,” said Ballard.
Five of the The holiday will be filled with love, joy, and knowledge of new places. With a world filled
world’s edgiest with wonder and mystery, there are so many places to see and go to. No matter
rollercoasters! what styles of travel taken, whether it is camping out in the wil-
X2 derness or enjoying a nice tour in a Roman cathedral,
@ Six Flags Magic
Mountain in Los Angeles
travel is fun for everyone.
of the world’s SPRING 2011 panying Ms. Maneevone
in Hershey, Pennsylvania
scariest bridges! Every year many teach-
Aiguille du Midi Bridge in France ers from Steele Canyon to Armsterdam. “I am re-
host a trip to an array of ally excited to go on the
Insanity trip. It is a really good
X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain/ Trift Suspension Bridge in Switzerland different countries and
@ Stratosphere Hotel and
travelandleisure.com strive to tap into the cul- group of people and we
Casinoin Las Vegas
Capilano Suspension Bridge in tural fountain of these will have tons of fun,”
Canada other countries. This year, Heimburg said. However,
Thorpe Park teachers including Luis this is not her first time
Mackinac Bridge in Michigan going on. She said that
Chertsey, Surrey, U.K. Cely, Spanish teacher at
SCHS, and Leonie Ma- she has also gone to East-
Puente de Ojuela in Mexico
Kingda Ka neevone, AP United States ern Europe. While there,
Six Flags Great Adventure History teacher at Steele, she visited Hungary, Aus-
Bridge in Pakistan / Monkey Bridges in Vietnam
Jackson, New Jersey are taking a number of tria, Germany, Poland,
Steele Canyon students on and the Czech Republic.
DID these trips. “The best part was prob-
THE CITY SHOWDOWN: SAN FRANCISCO VS Maneevone says this ably hanging out at a park
YOU KNOW??? SAN DIEGO will be her sixth school in Vienna and watching
San Diego is ranked When comparing the two cities in differents tourist trip. “We’re going to Par- the people that lived there
number 2 as the city areas, guess who came out as the winner? is, to Brussels, Amster- and the beautiful culture,”
with the most attractive Best Weather: Nightlife: Heumburg said.
dam, Copenhagen, and
people and also number San Diego San Francisco Oslow.” The tour will be However, the oppor-
2 for athletic citizens!
eleven days and they will tunity to go see Paris or
visit sites like the famous Spain are not closed. Stu-
San Francisco San Francisco
Louvre, along with SCHS dents are welcome to ask
Food/Dining: Quality of Life and Visitor seniors Erin Heimburg, Ms. Maneevone or Mr.
San Francisco Experience: Zack Alper, Danica Tshui- Cely about these spectac-
San Diego da, and our own editor-in- ular trips.
Hotels: chief Hannah Snyder . The
“Painted Ladies” in San Francisco San Diego Shopping: trip, as well as Cely’s trip
San Francisco to Spain, will be with the
educational tours compa-
San Francisco Type of Trip:
ny EF Tours.
SCHS student, Erin
Downtown San Diego / google.com WINNER: SAN FRANCISCO Heimburg will be accom- Amsterdam / google.com
Why Comics Never Die continued from page 5
obsessives, but mar- ry them which has returned that do not enjoy reading to
ginalized comic comics to a large audience. get into them because of the
books in the eyes of Manga have also brought many franchised movies.
the public. In this a rise in females reading com- Comics have survived through
time many anti-he- ics. About 60% of Manga many tumultuous times, and
roes such as Wol- readers are women, while 90 have actually gained the most
verine and the Pun- to 95% of superhero comic popularity during the worst
isher were created. readers are male. Also, more times in American history such
Japanese comics, of comic books are written as World War II. With the major
known as manga, and for adults than for children, amount of profit they bring in per
grow in sales by 20 to although a few kid-friendly year in all of their forms of mer-
30 percent each year. and clean comics remain. chandise, it does not look like
Monique Castorena, In the 2000s, this art they are going to die out soon.
SCHS Junior, is an form has allowed people
A Night in Review
avid reader of this
Well known comic book characters/google.com type of comic, and says, “They
graphic novels became com- Included in the most well- give you the author’s point of
mon in the 1960’s and early known company, Zap Comix view,” but she also mentioned
70’s as independent comics used their ability to make fun there are pictures to go along
were published separately than of the government with gro- with it, so her imagination is
the established, older compa- tesque cartoons, which estab- limited, but with books she
nies. These new comics re- lished publishers could not do can create her own little world.
flected a youth counterculture because of the Comic Code. Hillman said, “Most of them
and the drug culture of the Soon, comic book stores seum when the doors opened lines in and out of museums
are really entertaining.” Large moved efficiently and quickly.
time. Many also had detailed opened across America, be- for free admission at five PM.
bookstores have chosen to car- Although the streets became
pornographic illustrations. coming a joy for comic book The lines into the museums
went quickly, masses pour- more and more crowded as the
Organic, Taste the Difference ing in while more poured out
after twenty or so minutes.
night wore on, it was hardly
over-crowded. All around the
continued from page 4
Up and down the streets event was highly enjoyable
kiosks selling anything from and well rounded. It is recom-
jewelry to pillows. The food mended for families, couples,
fied. Many of the chemicals produce, eggs, and sometimes aromas were delightful and and even groups of friends!
found in these ingredients can milk. Most cities and counties never overwhelming. The
be harmful to a persons body. have a CSA, or Community
Pesticides have been linked to Supported Agriculture, farm
health problems such as can- that sells seasonally grown and
cer, obesity, and Alzheimer’s. locally produced foods. Organ-
Farms that use pesticides and ic foods most commonly come
Organic fruit and vegetables/google.com other chemical engineering from local farms, bringing
Jessenia Orrantia, SCHS se- are also large contributors to with them a reverence for the
nior. Non-organic foods can pollution through synthetic local culture and counties that
carry a number of pesticides, fertilizers and pesticide drifts. produce them. “All the best
and can be chemically rip- Instead, there are many local things in life are organic,” said
ened and genetically modi- companies that sell organic Valhalla junior Sam Weick.
December nights at Balboa/google.com
Winter Word Search Word Scramble
1) inakar: ______________
*Hint: A wooden candleholder, used during
Kwanzaa, that holds seven candles.
2) letka: ______________
*Hint: A hot potato pancake eaten during Ha-
3) clroa: ______________
*Hint: A song of joy and cheer usually sung
around Christmas time.
4) dleired: ______________
*Hint: A toy that looks like a top and is used
for playing a game of chance during Hanukkah.
5) seatf: ______________
*Hint: A larfe meal prepared for many people.
6) mhnoear: ______________
*Hint: A nine-branched candle holder used to
7) letteoiicrnwss: ______________
*Hint: A celebration of the sun during the
longest night in winter.
8) eteatavdrwnh: ______________
*Hint: An evergreen wreath with four candles
encircling it. Each candle represents a Sunday of
Winter Holidays 9
Sparkling trees with decorative ornaments and Hanukah, a Jewish holiday, celebrates the Festival of Lights which remembers a miracle that happened
holiday cheer comes only once year. Christmas is probably the after the temple of David was destroyed. After the temple was destroyed, Romans filled it with their gods,
most celebrated holiday in America. Christmas is celebrated removing all Jewish traces. The Macabies, a rebel army of Jewish people, took back parts of Israel along
with pine trees, fruitcakes, honey baked ham, and presents, with the temple. When they were trying to clean the temple, there only enough oil for one night to light
along with the Santa Claus as the national symbol and red their menorah. Miraculously, this oil lasted eight days giving them enough time to purify the temple.
colors. The origin of Christmas comes from the traditional Currently, it is celebrated by lighting candles for eight consecutive nights in December on the Ha-
biblical story of Jesus Christ, and is also seen as a pagan nukkah. It is typically celebrated by eating fried foods as a reminder of the oil. The most common food
tradition. Christmas translates to the Mass of Christ. It is is ‘Latke’, which is like a potato pancake, usually containing onions. In Israel they make a jelly version.
celebrated in most Christian churches including Eastern Rite, Another major part of Jewish tradition, is the game ‘Dreidel.’ The goal of the game
Roman, and Protestant on December 25. Though the actual is to win gold-covered chocolate coins called gelt. The top-like dreidel has Hebrew
origin of Christmas is filled with controversy, Christmas has words on each of its four sides, that translate to ‘A great miracle happened there’.
turned out to be one of the most popular festivities that fill Gift giving is not an original tradition. It became an American-Jewish tradition evolved
people with joy and happiness. The celebration of Christmas to match Christmas. Mr. Miluso, Steele Canyon High School World Studies teacher, notes
has created a variety of traditions throughout the world, and that, “there is no such thing as a Hanukah bush.” Growing up, he celebrated Hanukkah,
has emerged as one of the most important days for Christians.
In China, they celebrate by lighting their houses with paper Playing the Making Latkes
lanterns and decorating their Christmas trees, which they
call “Trees of Light,” with paper chains, paper flowers, Dreidel Game Ingredients 3.Cook over medium-
•4 medium potatoes, about high heat about 2 minutes
and paper lanterns. There is also the traditional tamale 1.Give each player 20
pennies 1 1/2 pounds or until latkes are gold-
that is made for Christmas in Mexico, but has assimilated
2.Each player puts 2 pen- •3 tablespoons olive oil en brown, turning once.
into American culture. Most of American traditions, such
nies in a pot •2 eggs, slightly beaten 4.Repeat with remain-
as caroling, gift giving, Christmas dinner, and being
cheerful come from the 3.Spin the dreidel! The •2 cloves garlic (optional) ing batter. Add cook-
Victorian Christmasletter facing up when the •1/2 teaspoon salt ing additional oil dur-
that started in England.
dreidal stops does the fol- •2 tablespoons cooking oil ing cooking, as needed.
No matter the tradition, •Non-dairy sour cream 5. If necessary, reduce
the overall celebration lowing:
Directions heat to medium to prevent
of Christmas isNun-Do nothing
1.Peel and finely shred po- overbrowning. Drain on pa-
surrounded withGimel-Take everything
tatoes. In a mixing bowl per towels and keep warm.
happy moments that Hey-Take half of the pot
combine potatoes with ol- Serve with non-dairy sour
A recreation of the famos nativity scene/ everyone can relate to. Shin-Put a penny in the
www.google.com ive oil, eggs,garlic (if de- cream, if desired. Makes
sired), and salt. Using 1/3 about 10 latkes. (Nutri-
Kwanzaa 4. Thoughout the game,
ask players to count pen-
nies. Variation - Sub-
cup mixture for each latke, tion information is given
press mixture into patties per latke plus 1 teaspoon
Kwanzaa is a winter holiday, to African Americans and Pan- stitute about the size of the palm non-dairy sour cream.)
Africans, that celebrates the meaning of being African and human. coins or gold gelt stick- of your hand,
The name Kwanzaa comes from a phrase in Swahill that means er coins for pennies. s q u e e z -
“first fruits.” While each family celebrates Kwanzaa differently, ing out ex-
some activities include singing, dancing, playing African drums, cess liquid.
storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. The 2.In a large
most traditional activity is the nightly family gatherings in skillet heat
which seven candles are lit (one per night), traditionally by a
oil over me-
child. The candles are organized by color: three are orange,
one is black, and the remaining three are green. Each candle
represents a different principle that portrays the values and ideals heat. Care-
of African culture, which are usually accompanied by an African fully slide
folktale. These “seven principles” are called “Nguzo Saba” in patties into
Swahill and were created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. A dreidel/google.com hot oil. A freshly made Latke/google.com
These Naguzo Saba are Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia
(self-determination), Ujima (cooperative
Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).
Benne Cakes The Winter Solstice has been celebrated by many cultures throughout history, but today, it
Benne cakes are a food from West Africa. Benne means primarily celebrated by various Neo-Pagan sects, most prominently Wicca and Neo-Drudism.
sesame seeds. The sesame seeds are eaten for good luck. They see it as the rebirth of the sun, as a result of the daytime getting longer and the nighttime
This treat is still eaten in some parts of the American South. getting shorter after the solstice. Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 in the northern
hemisphere, and on June 22 or 23 in the southern hemisphere. It is often referred to as Yule by
Ingredients its adherents. Most Neo-Pagans celebrate it with gatherings that involve a meal and gift giving.
You will need: oil to grease a cookie sheet Many modern holiday traditions have their roots in Pagan ones. One such example is the
1.cup finely packed brown sugar Christmas Tree. Pagans would cut boughs of evergreen trees in December and decorate them to
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened recognize the winter solstice. Evergreen trees were seen as significant because the managed to
1 egg, beaten survive the harsh winters of Europe while the other trees, bushes, and livestock around them died
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract off. Similar to evergreen trees, holly was considered sacred by many Druids, as a result of its ability
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice to survive the harsh winters, and its many medicinal uses at the
1/2 cup all-purpose flour time. The Yule log has its origins in the pagan ritual of Yuletide,
1/2 teaspoon baking powder which was a festival of fire. Most Yule logs are made from
1/4 teaspoon salt oak, which is
1 cup toasted sesame seeds commonly
Benne cake/google.com seen as a
Preheat the oven to 325°. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Mix symbol of fire.
together the brown sugar and butter, and beat until they are The logs are
creamy. Stir in the egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Add decorated and
flour, baking powder, salt, and sesame seeds. Drop by rounded burned in the
teaspoons onto the cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 hearth on the
minutes or until the edges are browned. Enjoy! eve of winter
s o l s t i c e . A Winter Solstice festival at Stonehenge /google images A Yule Log/google images
10 Cougar Page
Cougar Page Editor
I’m a Senior this year and my parents are 9th Grade
still making me go with my little sister to sit on
Santa’s lap and take a picture for our family
Christmas card. I feel like I’m way too old and too
big to be sitting on Santa’s lap, but I don’t want
to spoil this dumb tradition for my sister. Please
help before its time to take the picture this year.
That is pretty embarrassing, but it’s family
and it’s a jolly holiday, you should do it! You just
said how you don’t want to spoil it for your sister,
so don’t. Continue with the tradition, and who
cares if people from your school see you, just stand
behind him, it’s no a deal, but if your mind is set
on not being in the picture, maybe stand behind
his sleigh, no harsh feelings at all toward anyone.
Take the picture, send it to your relative, and it
will all blow over till next Christmas when you
come home from college and have to do it all over
again, till your sister stops believing in Santa. Photo by: Monica Rivera
Merry Christmas! Q: What inspires your outfit choice?
“What I do everyday, I go around skat-
ing all the time.”
Q: What’s the
most you spent on
Q: What’s the difference between you your style?
“Um, probably like
and your brother, Nolan Saksa’s style? “Skater!”
$30 on pants.”
“Everything in every possible way.”
Q: Where do you get your clothes?
“I get my clothes wherever they sell skinny
Q: Bella Swan from Twilight or jeans.”
Hermione Granger from Harry
Potter? Q:What would you never wear?
“I don’t know who Bella is, so duh, “Hmmm, I would never wear shorts that go
Hermione!” to my ankles, cholo shorts.”
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Shaelynn La Madrid
Brett Mc Fadden
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Behind-the-Wheel at the same time!
(Amber Riley) Mercedes auditions for the
glee club by performing “Respect” by Aretha Quinn Fabray
Franklin. Mercedes develops a small crush on (Dianna Agron) is Finn’s girlfriend,
Kurt, unaware that he is gay. She is hurt when he head of the cheerleading squad and president of
rejects her, but Mercedes quickly recovers and the celibacy club. Quinn joins the glee club because
she is supportive when he confides his sexual- Finn is a member. She reveals to Finn that she is pregnant
ity. After this, the two become especially close and tells him that the baby is his, although the real father is
friends. When April Rhodes is trying to get the Finn’s best friend Puck’s. Quinn agrees to let Will’s wife Terri
other Glee club members on her side, she teach- secretly adopt her baby, but is then kicked off the cheerleading
es Mercedes and Tina how to shoplift. Dismayed team, and is thrown out by her parents. Quinn tries to rejoin the
at never receiving solo songs, Mercedes joins Cheerios to be in the team’s yearbook photograph, but ultimately
the Cheerios with Kurt. She briefly dates Puck, decides she would rather be a part of the glee club where she
but breaks up with him and quits cheerleading. feels accepted. Finn learns from Rachel that Puck is the father
of Quinn’s baby. He breaks up with Quinn, who tells Puck
that she wishes to deal with her pregnancy by herself.
Top Ten Glee Songs Quinn gives birth to her daughter, who Puck names
Kurt 10. Happy Days Are Here Again / Get Beth. Eventually, she regains her posi-
Hummel Happy tion as captain of the cheerios.
(Chris Colfer) is a 9. Don’t Stop Believin’
singer who is bullied by the 8. Toxic
football team. Over the course of the 7. River Deep, Mountain High
first season, Kurt comes out as gay 6. Sweet Transvestite
and develops a crush on Finn. 5. Damn It, Janet “Glee gives everyone
In the episode “Wheels”, he 4. Lucky
competes with Rachel to 3. Whatever Happened to Saturday Night? someone to relate to
perform “Defying Grav- 2. Touch a Touch a Touch a Touch Me and ways to get out of
ity” from Wicked. 1.Time Warp
Noah “Puck” Puckerman
(Lea Michele) Is a strong, -Ryan Guaderrama
(Mark Salling) is Finn’s best
friend and football teammate,
driven member of the glee club,
who is misunderstood. Rachel had
who initially disapproves of Finn
an on-off relationship with Finn. Ra-
joining the glee club. He is the fa-
chel quits the glee club when Will assigns
ther of Quinn’s baby. He is known
a solo performance she wanted for herself to
has the “bad boy” in the school.
Tina, but later rejoins the glee club. Rachel has Finn
a brief relationship with Puck, but breaks up with Hudson
him over her feelings for Finn. She later dates (Cory Monteith)-
Jesse St. James, the lead singer of rival glee is star quarterback of the
William“Will”Schuester club Vocal Adrenaline, who ultimately be- school’s football team who risks
(Matthew Morrison)- is McKin- trays her. Rachel discovers that Vocal alienation by his friends to join the Glee Club.
ley High’s Spanish teacher who becomes Adrenaline coach Shelby Corcoran He is dating Quinn, but is conflicted by his growing
director of the glee club, hoping to restore is her birth mother, but the two feelings for Rachel. Quinn later tells Finn she is pregnant and
it to its former glory. Will is married to Terri. fail to forge a relationship. he is the father. Finn intends to support her, unaware the
Believing her to be pregnant, unaware that she
father is actually his best friend Puck’s. He believes that
actually experienced a hysterical pregnancy, he
he is the father of Quinn’s baby despite the fact that they
considers leaving the teaching field to become an
have never had sex. He tells Quinn’s parents that she
accountant. He ultimately decides to stay a teach- S u e
is pregnant by singing “You’re Having My Baby”
er, though briefly works after hours at the school as Sylvester
to her, causing her parents to confront the young
a janitor to earn extra money. His dedication to the (Jane Lynch)
couple and subsequently throw Quinn out. Finn
glee club wavers when his choreography skills is head coach of
finds out that Quinn’s baby is Puck’s. He
are called into question, but after starting a the cheerleading squad
breaks up with Quinn and is no longer friends
well-received all-male acappella group, or “Cheerios”, and the
with Puck. He later loses his virginity to
tThe Acafellas, he recommits to the glee club’s “arch-nemesis”.
Santana, but feels it meant nothing.
club. After discovering Terri Sue enlists cheerleaders Quinn,
faked her pregnancy, Will Brittany and Santana to help her
ends his marriage. bring the glee club down from the inside.
(Kevin McHale) Artie is a “nerd” who loves
glee club. Artie uses a wheelchair due to a
Brittany Pierce spinal cord injury he received in a car crash
(Jenna Ushkowitz) auditioned for glee club
(Heather Morris) is a cheerleader who joins at the age of eight. He has feelings for Tina,
with the song “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy
the glee club with Quinn and Santana and is but is hurt to discover she has been faking a
Perry. She goes on a date with Artie, and
portrayed as being “literally insane”. Brittany’s speech impediment. It is revealed that Tina
confesses to him that she has been faking
character traits including finding recipes confus- left Artie for Mike Chang. Artie then joins
a speech impediment since the sixth grade,
ing, cheating off intellectually disabled class- the football team in an attempt to get abs
because she wanted to drive people away,
mates and not knowing her right hand from her like Mike’s, hoping this will bring Tina back
but as part of the glee club, she no longer
left. She makes her singing debut in the season to him. Artie loses his virginity to Brittany.
wants that. Artie tells her that the connec-
two episode “Britney/Brittany”, performing two Upon realizing his still-existing feelings for
tion he thought they shared was a lie. Artie
songs. Brittany has a physical relationship with Tina, and that Brittany has most likely used
forgives Tina and they begin to date. Their
Santana, in which Santana gives Brittany a hick- him sexually to ensure their duet for Glee
relationship later breaks off when she be-
ey, Brittany also has a brief romance with Artie. club, he quickly breaks off all ties with Brit-
gins dating Mike Chang, but that relation- tany
ship is rocky at best.