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Students beat it out during break

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November 19, 2010

Davis Senior High School


Volume 85, Issue 4



Foreign language teacher Lili Floyd, shown above in her sixth period French class, says she has less time to teach as a result of the furloughs.


FOURTEEN teaching positions saved



$1.2 million saved in district budget

Furlough days inspire mixed feelings By Kelly Goss HUB Staff Writer

English teacher Sarah O’Keefe will no longer provide her senior students a week to work on personal statements for college applications. Students of French and German teacher Lili Floyd will not be giving in-class presentations. AP U.S. History teacher Chris Lee and AP biology teacher Ann Moriarty will be condensing their class lectures and asking students to study more independently for their AP tests in May. While students may rejoice over the five extra days off of the 2010-2011 school year, teachers worry they are forfeiting valuable instruction time for their classrooms. “You wouldn’t think that the loss of five days would matter, but it really has made a big difference,” O’Keefe said. “It makes an incredible difference in what I am able to do with my students.” DJUSD superintendent Winfred Roberson has complete “trust that teachers, as professionals, will continue to cover essential academic standards.” “Our teachers are qualified to modify activities and still meet the needs of all students,” he said. O’Keefe has changed her entire approach

while teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” to her American Literature Honors class, and she encourages her students to review and keep up with reading over the furlough breaks. “We’ve been discussing some very difficult literature. These are not easy books to read and understand,” O’Keefe said. Seniors in her AP Composition and Literature class will also be affected as they will lose class time to perfect college application essays. “That’s the week I had to give up,” she said. “I didn’t want to give up the study of any of the literature or the writing instruction because my students need that for college, so something had to go.” As Floyd alters her lesson plan for the year as well, she stresses to her students that they practice their language every day to maintain fluency. “Whenever you have a big lapse of time between instructional days the students regress, and especially with a language because it is practice and constant exposure to the language that makes a difference,” she said. With the loss of five instructional days, Floyd has eliminated the majority of student presentations from her French 4 Honors class and is considering leaving out the last chapter of the textbook which contains less grammar material. FURLOUGH continued on 3

Students enjoy days off Furlough days spark relief in students. “I wish these happened more often. They’re kind of half-vacations, and they give us time to rest,” junior Claire Coleman said. For student athletes during the fall season, the four-day weekend “definitely couldn’t have worked out nicer,” senior Mac Harvey said. Harvey runs on the men’s varsity cross country team, and believes the break is just right for the team. “It really helps me and the team to have extra time during the day to recover and be ready,” Harvey said. Sophomore Anna Pilon thought it was a benefit to students as well. Pilon finds the break helped manage her work load as well. “It gave me four days to catch up on stuff I’ve been procrastinating on, so it’s actually good,” Pilon said. Despite the time off, however, students see no real reduction in homework “It doesn’t really change all that much for me, except that I have fewer math and Spanish assignments. I still have the same AP US History workload, so it hasn’t changed too much,” Coleman said. By HANNAH LEVIEN

Deathly Hallows sells out By Sage Purkey HUB Staff Writer

Sleeping on the cold pavement, standing in line for hours and staying up all night— this is what many DHS students did last night at the sold out midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” The tickets for the showing were put on sale about a month before the movie opened and were sold out within a few days, according to Jason Chase, a manager at Regal Davis Stadium 5. “Every single one of our screens is sold out; we’re playing it on five screens which means that we sold just over 850 tickets,” Chase said in an interview before the premiere. “It’s totally insane.” Senior Grace Landon was one student who made sure she secured her place in line. She bought her tickets two days after the theater started selling them. At that time, they were already close to running out, according to Landon. “I really wanted to go at midnight because I think it will be a way different experience. I’ve seen all the other ones the day that they came out and it just isn’t as exciting as being one of the first people to see it,” Landon said. Senior Kilie Engelhardt was not as lucky in securing her tickets. She tried to purchase hers only four days after they were put on sale, but every screen was already sold out. “I was so mad, it was ridiculous. All those people were probably not even true fans. I would have been there the first day they were being sold but I had no idea they were on sale already. I was completely blindsided,” Engelhardt said. Engelhardt did, however, get tickets for the premiere in Vacaville. Chase expected busy lines. “This is definitely our craziest time of year,” he said.

By Kelsey Ewing HUB Staff Writer

Every year since 1987, more than 1,500 runners, including about 600 under the age of 18, gather on the field behind King High to race through Davis. Some runners are “just going to show up and run,” sophomore Natalie Ho said. “I just really like these races where there is no pressure to win.” Others, such as Senior David Gygi, are running to beat a personal record. To do so, Gygi has been preparing for weeks.

Weeks before the race

By November, school has fully set in motion and seniors are often overwhelmed with college applications. But as important it is to prepare for college, Gygi still finds time to run. In order to beat last year’s time, Gygi has set a better time to aim for as he trains, giving him an idea of a good pace to practice with.

“I ran a 49 minute 10K [last year], which is quite slow, so this year I’m aiming for a sub 40,” he said. “Usually whenever I run, I run 5K minimum, 10K max, 15K if it’s a really good day,” Gygi said. Senior Lisa Robison, who is running the Turkey Trot with Gygi, runs on weekends to get in shape, but also considers her weekday basketball practices part of the workout that will prepare her for the race. Sophomore Stephanie Cello, who placed first last year out of all women participants in the 10 K race, is not competing this year due to tendonitis. Last year, Cello would ran as often as she could. Her workouts varied from interval sprints with her dad to running five miles in 30 minutes.

Race day

On Nov. 20, Gygi, Robison, and Ho will forfeit sleeping in to join other runners and walkers from Davis

and the surrounding region at the starting line. Last year, Cello’s success in the Turkey Trot was, she said, a consequence of warming up by running down the block and thoroughly stretching. Gygi uses a slightly different approach to prepare the morning of the race. “I use those gel packs that have a certain amount of caffeine and carbs and it just helps wake me up in the morning,” Gygi said. “It’s pretty early, it’s pretty cold, but it’s just preparation,” he said. While physical preparedness is critical, Gygi says that being mentally capable of running the race is just as substantial. To motivate himself to run, Gygi plans to “listen to music, lots and lots of music,” he said. But once the starting gun echoes through the autumn morning air, it is no longer about the past weeks training. Instead, it is all about pacing.


Turkey Trot training toughens students

Senior David Gygi runs to train for the 10K Turkey Trot race, which takes place this year on Nov. 20.

Students and teachers alike use “abbrevs.”

During the race

While Ho did not train specifically for the Turkey Trot, she does have a strategy for the race. “I just think about how I pace myself and not to pass out,” she said. Similar to Ho’s approach to running the race, Gygi is “usually just trying to keep a pace for the race because it is a longer race for me,” he said. TURKEY TROT Continued on 2

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Harry Potter fans camp out for the midnight showing

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November 19, 2010

Davis Dollars keep money in town By Emily Glass HUB Staff Writer



Davis now has its own local currency: a cash alternative called Davis Dollars. Davis residents can purchase Davis Dollars for slightly less than the same number of U.S. dollars. For example, 10 Davis Dollars cost $9.50. According to the Davis dollars website, davisdollars. org, the bills are “Davis Dollars is a community currency that encourages people to spend locally.” According to the Davis Dollars website, more than 10,000 of the bills have been minted and they have begun circulating throughout the community. Social studies teacher Kelly Thomsen first heard about Davis Dollars about six months ago, “Initially, I thought [Davis Dollars] was a joke,” Thomsen said. Thomsen’s view of Davis Dollars has changed since then. “I think that it’s a good idea in theory, but I don’t think that it will work,” Thomsen said. Thomsen has taught her economics classes that business revolves around incentives whether it is incentives for a costumer to purchase a product or an incentive for a business to sell a product. But Thomsen doesn’t see the incentive for businesses to accept Davis Dollars. “I don’t understand why the businesses would want to do it because they have to pay a fee when exchanging for actual currency,” she said. This could explain why only five Davis businesses have committed to accepting Davis Dollars: Ken’s Bike & Ski, Apex Cycles & Service, Redwood Barn Nursery, Watermelon Music, and Bike Forth. Yet, some people are buying into the new currency. Davis City

Although some Davis residents believe that Davis Dollars are a good idea, others are reluctant to give up thier U.S. currency.

Council member Joe Krovoza bought 50 Davis Dollars. “Now I need to start spending them,” Krovoza said. Krovoza believes that benefits exist in Davis Dollars. “The dollars keep the money local, helping to keep money, successful businesses and jobs in town. And it gives the city still more pride and identity, and that’s a good thing,” he said. Senior Kaijie Zheng is a student in Thomsen’s economics class that discussed Davis Dollars. “[Davis Dollars] are just another way to guarantee the community more money,” she said. Zheng said that her class had a “negative feel about Davis Dollars. We thought it was pointless,” she said. However, Krovoza believes that high school students should care about the currency because they seek jobs in our community. “Student awareness of the concept promotes consumerism that considers the social consequences of spend-

ing, hopefully starting a lifelong understanding that how we spend money is an expression of our values,” he said. Krovoza also said that the community should start buying into Davis Dollars because it will spur more businesses to accept them. Community members can also pay for services with Davis Dollars. On the Davis Dollars website, services such as cooking, daycare, tutoring, and compost consulting are all listed by people who are willing to be paid in Davis Dollars. Krovoza also encourages Downtown Davis Gift Card, which is distributed by the Davis Downtown Business Association. The gift card is accepted at up to 200 businesses, according to Krovoza. “People should really stock up on Davis Dollars and DDBA Downtown gift cards for holiday, birthday and other gifts,” Krovoza said.

“Mr. McHale would like to talk with you about the location of junior prom.” It was Dec. 11, 2009. I was sitting in Andan Bailey’s third period physics class, feeling confident about my preparations for the next day’s junior prom. Suddenly, I was summoned out of class and heard the aforementioned quote. Location? What do you mean, location? Davis, CA? I mean, it’s in the MPR. It’s always been in the MPR. Maybe he meant time. Yes, that’s it, he wants to confirm the times. For chaperones. He just misspoke, I thought. I headed for the office, pulling up my hood against a steady rain. You know that numb feeling of disbelief when something can’t possibly be true, but it is? I was about to have a heaping bag of said disbelief dropped unceremoniously upon my person. “The roof in the MPR is leaking,” McHale said. The roof? Of the MPR? No, but that’s where prom is! Perhaps a different MPR.... no? Soon, McHale, my parents, Eric Morgan, a custodian and I were huddled inside the frigid MPR, standing in a circle, waiting for the next heavy drip to fall. Alternatives were discussed. Tensions flared. We almost moved it to the new gym. In the end, attractive “islands” of fake plants were devised to mask trash cans catching the steady drips. But ever since then, something has been gnawing away inside me about that hypnotic drip, drip, drip.

The day before prom, we attempted to get the roof patched. After finally getting a district employee to come check it out, we were told that the problems go way beyond the roof. The roof was water-logged. That’s why it didn’t shock me when the news broke that our beloved MPR was infested with mold. Almost a year ago, the roof was beyond patching, with moisture seeping through its zig-zag architecture. The space has been dubbed “unsafe.” To me, that moniker is a little tardy. Like a calendar year tardy. Is it safe to have a water ridden roof house junior prom? I think not. And it’s been that way for years. Is it fair to force this year’s junior class to scramble in search of a location, after being assured the MPR is the location for Prom, only to find out it is infested with mold? No. And it’s downright embarrassing. The district argues that there are insufficient funds for a complete overhaul of the MPR. Then they argue themselves that just repairing the roof would be inefficient, because a total remodel is sure to be on the way…someday. This issue is bigger than me, bigger than student government. It’s a mar on our stellar reputation, and a blemish on an otherwise flourishing high school. It’s unsafe, unfair, and just plain wrong. And that is not the Blue Devil way.

TURKEY TROT: Personal strategies for pacing during race

“If you just shoot off the start line and then you slow down, you’re going to get a horrible time, so I try to keep on beat with the music I’ve chosen,” Gygi said. For Cello, running effectively involves mental strategy. “I just tell myself ‘you only have x miles left,’” Cello said. “I tell myself how hard I have trained and all of that will pay off.” However, if Gygi were running a race of different length, his technique would vary. In the 5K, “you can usually pick up the pace a lot in the second half,” Gygi said. But “in the 10K, when you hit the three or four mile mark, you can’t just sprint the rest of the half of the race.” Both the 5K and the 10K portions of the Turkey Trot will start on the corner of C St. and Sixth St. and will finish on B St. by Seventh St. after making its way through the greenbelts of North Davis, according to Jeannine Henderson, assistant race director of the Turkey Trot.


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Senior David Gygi takes a minute to stretch, listening to music, before beginning his training for the Turkey Trot. For Gygi, listening to music is an effective way to keep pace throughout a race.



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Safety week brings out teachers’ inner thespians

A group of students waits in the Veterans’ Memorial parking during a fire drill. The fire drill kicked off safety week on Nov. 15th.

the drills of safety week. Yearbook adviser and Video and Film teacher Ted Fontaine has also been known for his dramatic acting during the teacher down drill. “Last year I grabbed my heart and said, ‘Oh my god, what’s wrong? My heart stopped beating!’ and froze,” Fontaine said. Senior Donise Lewis also recalls

Teens help homeless with holiday meals By Kelly Goss HUB Staff Writer

For more than 20 years, Davis Community Meals has provided a free meal to low-income and homeless individuals and families in Davis. While thousands of families hover around their dinner tables for Thanksgiving dinner this year, DCM will open its doors at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Nov. 25, so more than 100 Davis community members can receive a turkey meal as well. According to DCM executive director Bill Pride, it is especially important that DCM provide a meal on Thanksgiving so that individuals “have a place to eat on the holiday, can talk with other members of the community and mostly feel apart of the community” on that day. Pride, along with an estimated 25 volunteers, will prepare a “traditional Thanksgiving meal”, complete with turkey and mashed potatoes, for community members. The meal will be served at 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. “[Thanksgiving] is a time to

spread the love and reach out to the community and not just your family,” junior Lauren Boulanger said. Boulanger volunteers at DCM at least once every month for DHS volunteer clubs just because “it’s a rewarding experience. Everyone there is always in a good mood and happy to be helping.” Junior Hagr Balla, who has been volunteering with the organization for three years, plans to volunteer for DCM over her Thanksgiving break. “I want there to be a meaning to my break,” Balla said. “After you have worked making the meal and you see people say thank you, it just makes your day.” According to senior volunteer Maxine Chui, you also “get to meet a lot of people from the community that you wouldn’t usually see.” In addition to Thanksgiving Day, DCM provides a meal every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday night at 5:45 p.m. Volunteers help to cook the meal for the day, prepare the dining room, serve guests and clean up the kitchen afterwards. “Cooking is my favorite part,” Balla said. “You get to hear people say ‘this is so good’ and you know that you made it for them.

one of her teachers dramatically acting out a teacher down drill. Although terrified during the drill, Lewis looks back on it with humor. “My teacher was going about the classroom sing ‘L.O.V.E.’ and she got to ‘L’ and fell straight on her face and didn’t move. We all thought it was real but then we

got it was a drill and things were cool,” she said. This year, Fontaine has another act in store for his students. Yet, according to him, it’s coming up with new ways to die that is the most difficult part of safety week. “Each year poses a new question of how I’m going to kill myself off. Because you can only die so

many ways,” he said. As his fourth period class herded into class this Wednesday, Fontaine had one announcement: “All right, anytime from now between 11:15 I’m going to die. Yup, I’m going to die today.” His students laughed, continued piling in and went straight to work, paying little attention to his death warning. Because these teacher acts are silly and fun, according to many DHS students, it’s hard to grasp the seriousness of the drills. After years of participating in safety week, DHS students have become indifferent to the evacuation, intruder on campus, teacher down and duck and cover drills. “I can’t take safety week seriously. We already know the drills; we’ve been doing them since elementary school,” senior Sarah Owens said. “I think it’s good to talk about the drills but I think we don’t need to take time out of the day to practice them.” Lewis also feels safety week is unnecessary. “I feel like people should have common knowledge about what to do during events like an earthquake and fire. It’s obvious what to do. If they don’t, then that’s Darwinism, survival of the intelligent,” she said.

What’s in the red bag? Ever wondered what’s in those mysterious red backpacks tucked away somewhere in every classroom? The HUB opened one up and investigated.

Other Knickknacks A ‘snaplight safety lightstick’ (a glo-stick), a flashlight with two batteries and a whistle. Emergency First Responder Kit This is a standard lightweight first aid kit. Though there are no Band-Aids, there is sterile gauze in multiple sizes. Two packets of antimicrobial hand wipes are tucked in the bag as well. There are also “EMT Trauma Shears.” These are multi-purpose scissors with a bend in them that can be used for firstaid purposes. The first responder kit also includes one elastic wrap pressure dressing, one pair of gloves, one triangular bandage dressing and one emergency fast action card.

Biohazard Bag Not to be confused with the ordinary trash bag, this is for hazardous waste that is contaminated with substances like blood.

FURLOUGH: Teachers adapt lesson plans

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Floyd however, believes that teachers have to alter their lesson plans one step at a time. “It takes constant thinking and you really have to go by the flow of things,” Floyd said. “Students don’t learn things in the same way, and so I go more or less by each unit of what I can take out.” DHS math teacher Phil Raymond however, has not cut any of the daily instruction from his lesson plan for the year. “I’ve found that it’s easiest to squeeze some of the days for projects instead,” he said. Raymond also finds that because there is so much “overlap” with higher

Duct Tape Good old duct tape will always come in handy.

Starbursts Why are there three mini packs of Starbursts? Is it to keep people’s spirits up? Ahh, it’s for diabetics.

Black Trash Bag The black trash bag is “in case we have to make bathrooms for kids,” Willett Elementary principal Heidi Perry said.

math levels such as pre-calculus, any material that might have been condensed this year can simply be covered by a student’s teacher the following year. Like Raymond, Moriarty will not be eliminating any material from her lesson plan this year but instead will be working with her AP Biology classes at a faster pace. “I can’t leave anything out because it’s an AP College Board curriculum,” she said. “There will have to be less explaining time in class and more time for the student to figure things out at home and independently.” Lee also finds that his AP U.S. History students will be required to take on more independent learning this year to prepare for their AP tests in May. “I just can’t cover as much detail


“I went dead weight on the podium, pitched over onto the floor and bruised three ribs. I remember girls screaming and someone saying ‘Are you sure he’s faking it? I’m not doing CPR on him’,” English teacher John Oster said. “I guess I made it a little too real.” Oster was acting out a teacher down drill for last year’s annual safety week, and actually ended up “teacher down.” Oster was in the middle of a class lecture when he pretended to faint, hit his podium and his “keys dug into [his] thigh.” Oster recalls the moment as not only embarrassing, but “quite funny because I hadn’t reminded my class of the drill.” “I should have gotten a kudos award for that; it was stellar acting,” he said. According to DHS substitute Sharon Cain, teachers accidentally injuring themselves during these drills is not uncommon. “I’ve seen teachers fake heart attacks, have seizures and hit their heads, bang their leg on an open drawer cabinet when pretending to fall,” Cain said. However, Oster is not the only teacher who dedicates himself to


By Alana de Hinojosa Editor-in-Chief

Water Just in case. Four 4.227 ounce containers of water... Just enough to hold a class over for a short period of time.

Survival Wraps There are four snuggly (or crinkly) blankies to cuddle up under. By Elsie Fullerton HUB Staff Writer

as I would like to,” he said. Within the five days lost, Lee would be able to “go into more detail and explore the topic in more depth” with his classes. Now, students are required to learn some chapters on their own and time for discussion in class will be reduced. Whether or not further work reduction days will be added to future school years as well remains undecided, according to Roberson. If the loss of these instructional days continues for future school years, Lee believes that students will “lose out on the more in depth conversations and discussions that [teachers] would like to have in class.” “Although five days might not sound like a lot, you lose the opportunity to really explore the content and the curriculum,” he said.

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SPEAK of the DEVIL Features

Potter Premiere Special By Monica Lopez HUB Staff Writer

Any ordinary “muggle” is able to research statistics about how many Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide (about 450 million, according to or how many different languages they have been translated into (67). They may even be able to name some songs from “A Very Potter Musical”. But only a Harry Potter superfan can describe the true love and passion for these grand novels. Junior Rose Leander is one such superfan. Ever since she read the fourth installment of the series, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” as a nine-year-old, she fell in love with the excitement and magic that came with every book and movie. Leander was first exposed to the novel when she was seven-yearsold. Her older sister began reading the books before they became popular in the U.S., and would read them aloud to her. She had also seen the first film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” before she started to read the series. “It was probably third grade when I became so obsessed, and [The Goblet of Fire] was the only book I wanted to read. It was definitely my favorite at the time,”

Are YOU a Harry Potter Super Fan?

Leander said. So what qualities qualifies a person as a superfan? Is it the number of times they have read the books? Or maybe how big their collection of Gryffindor scarves is? Da Vinci senior and superfan Kea Paddy has acquired an array of Harry Potter merchandise, which includes posters, T-shirts and buttons among more unusual products such as copies of some books in Korean and Japanese, a “Snitch” purse and a Harry Potter mug. For Leander, her criteria includes reading every book in the series three to eight times, and around 40 times total. She also read “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” four times in one month. As a dedicated fan, Leander also took time out of her summer vacation in Alaska to wait four hours for the release of the newly printed “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. Paddy has gone as far as travel to Chicago for a Harry Potter fan conference called Terminus. She has also been to “wizard rock” shows, which feature bands that play music about Harry Potter. So why all this hoopla over the “Boy Who Lived”? What is it that makes people willing to wait in a costume all day, even in scorching heat or pouring rain, for a twohour movie or a 500-page book? Kashmir Kravitz enjoys sharing her obsession with others and believes this is what draws people into the fan world. “When you find somebody else who likes Harry Potter, it’s kind of like you have instantly made a friend. You can talk about it together, and the Harry Potter fan


Have you read every book and watched every movie at least three times?


Do you regularly quote Albus Dumbledore?


Charms, potions and horcruxes

Junior Rose Leander, Harry Potter superfan, enjoys the originality of the novels.

community is just very accepting,” Kravitz said. Leander believes the originality and surprises in the series are what keep fans wanting more. “It’s just so different and well written. It’s never boring and you never want to put it down because you always want to know what’s going to happen next,” she said The film version of the final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, which opened today, brings the beginning of the

end. After Part II of the movie what is left for superfans? For Leander, one thing is certain: “Even though the end will be sad, I’ll never stop loving it,” she said. “I’m going to force my kids to read it…I’ll still be reading it when I’m 40 and I will still probably refer to it on a daily basis.” Paddy believes that the entire culture behind the series will remain pretty much unchanged after the release of the final movie. “People will still read the books





Are words like “nargles” and “Parsletounge” part of your daily vocabulary? Did you wait for your Hogwarts letter of acceptance on your 11th birthday?

Have you ever shed tears/ began to cry/ bawled waiting in line for the books/movies? Does your iPod contain any Harry Potter soundtracks?

and watch the movies…and us super-obsessed crazy fans will still have our conventions, concerts and websites. Harry will live on as long as we don’t forget him,” Paddy said. While the end is approaching, super-fans and simple followers still have another chance to watch their favorite trio in action starting today and again in summer 2011 as Deathly Hallows closes with a 3D bang.

If you answered “Yes” to three or more, there is a great chance you ARE a Harry Potter Superfan.

By MADison dELMENDO HUB Staff Writer “Damn birds,”

junior Haley Cameron said as she stomps on her breaks to avoid a collision with a pack of huge birds on her route to school. She stops in the road and waits for the birds to waddle across Pole Line, as a line of cars develops behind her. Davis residents are used to flocks of bikes, but a different flock is taking to the streets: wild turkeys. They strut up the greenbelt and hobble around Pole Line; these big brown birds have made themselves at home. Cameron, who runs into the birds frequently in her Acura, questions how long she can tolerate Davis’s winged residents. Do the wild turkeys add to Davis’s small city charm, or do we have a poultry problem? In the late spring of 2006, turkeys appeared at the Davis Cemetery on Pole Line. The turkey family of a father, mother, and seven babies seemed harmless at first. “They were interesting and cute. However people in the neighborhood fed them and they lost their fear of humans,” cemetary office manager Susan Finkleman said. By 2007 the flock was haunting the headstones. “They chased bicycles, walked up to people gobbling and displaying their tail feathers,” Finkleman said. Although the turkeys never hurt anyone, their aggressiveness became a pressing issue. Finkleman said that when an aggressive turkey

approached it could stand up to four feet tall, flab its wings, fan its tail, and gobble from the depths of its throat. “The original aggressive males were relocated to a national forest land in Nevada after they chased local Davis mail carriers enough times that the carriers refused to deliver mail on the streets were there were turkeys,” Finkleman said. Although the flock has settled down, they number has grown to 40 or 50 of them. Since the Cemetery’s turkey problem, turkeys have migrated throughout Davis. Senior Phil Jones, who lives in North Davis, believes that the turkeys are just “big stupid birds.” Jones not only thinks that the turkeys are harmless, but that they are amusing as well. “There was an interesting encounter between a cat and some [turkeys] I saw once. Once I saw one try to jump on a roof and slip and fall off,” Jones said. According to Jones the only harm the birds have ever caused is “taking care of business” on his lawn a couple of times. On the other side of town, junior Corie Owen is frequently visited by a flock of around 11 turkeys. To Owen the turkeys are “cute in an ugly way,” but are still scary. “The turkeys chased me on my bike last summer. They seem harmless, but when they chase after you it is scary,” Owen said. Although the turkeys may be scary, they are protected by the City of Davis. Depredation permits are required to kill these turkeys.


Turkeys take over Davis

A turkey makes itself at home in a Davis front yard. This turkey, along with the rest of the flock can easily be found in the yards and parks around town.


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BYOB: Be your own boss

Junior Anders Young focuses on his subject senior Jacob Zaller. Young takes senior portraits and a portfolio can be found online.

mise between the two. Serna has been able to expand off his company and past just on and off-site repairs—he has signed a contract with a company where he fixes and upgrades the computers once a month at a flat rate. While Serna enjoys computers, he is not going to continue his repair business in the long run except for helping out friends and family. While Serna is interested in computers, Young is more interested in the outdoors as he is in the process of starting his own photography business. Young, like all smart business people, noticed a service that all se-

niors want, but can’t always afford as they save for college, so he plans on making the service for less. Senior portraits are very expensive. On average, a student will have to pay more than hundreds of dollars for their senior portraits, so Young hoped to make life easier for this year seniors. “The minimum payment at Bud Harmon is nearly 400 bucks. We charge around half of that and hope to deliver even better quality, more natural looking photos, not the highly stylized and edited photos people usually see,” Young said. Young takes photos while Kay-

la McCarty and he both edit them. They advertise their photography business online through their website, Facebook posts and through word of mouth. Young has been interested in photography since a young age like Serna has been with computers, and Young bought his first camera when he was in sixth grade. Since then he has been perfecting his skills by shadowing professionals and by taking AP Photography last year. Also, because this is a partnership and the two do not do this as a living, they are able to be more laid back. Teenagers and others are not locked into a set plan as to how

‘Cancer won’t break me’ As the lunch bell rings, sophomore Della Woods arrives to DHS to attend her only two classes of the day. Friends who haven’t seen Woods since January are surprised to see the way she looks now; her hair is short, her eyes seem tired. Chemotherapy is the culprit. But despite her long struggle with the medication that sapped her strength, Woods’ desire to live is stronger than ever. Della Woods is a cancer survivor. On Jan. 28, 2010, Woods was diagnosed with diffuse B cell lymphoma non-Hodgkin’s, a cancer that creates a tumor of lymphoid cells in the lymphatic system. This, her doctor explained, was why she was so tired after playing soccer. The first person Woods told was her closest friend, Megan Whitworth. Whitworth remembers sitting on her couch talking on the phone with Woods that very day. Whitworth turned away from the phone said, “Mom...Della has cancer.” Cancer was the end of soccer for Woods. Instead she spent


months undergoing chemotherapy and feared having to repeat the ninth grade. “Chemo made me feel like I had a bad flu all the time,” Woods said. “But my friends were always telling me I’d make it through this,” she said. “It was astonishing to see how much pain [our family] could take, to see someone we love go through cancer,” Della’s older sister and DHS graduate Bea Woods said. “If I were her, I definitely could not have been as brave.” It took bravery for Woods to accept her situation and separate herself from school and soccer. “Soccer is a team sport, and Della is a team player,” said sophomore Maddy Purves, the keeper on Woods’ team. “When we first found she was diagnosed with cancer, [we felt] a sense of emptiness and guilt that we were still playing while she couldn’t. We played each game for her.” “What kept me going strong was thinking about what my life would be like after cancer,” Woods said. “I was scared, but I had this mental attitude...that cancer wouldn’t break me.” Cancer was not strong enough to pierce through Woods’ steel. On Sept. 13, at 8:19 p.m., Woods


By Mckenzie seaton HUB Staff Writer

Although seniors Andrew Krouse and Noah Friedman have been friends for less than a year, the pair has become nearly inseparable. Bonded over their Jewish background and love for video games, Krouse and Friedman, winners of the senior class “bromance” award, have plans to take their friendship far beyond high school. How did you two meet? NF: I was having some friends over


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updated her Facebook status to read: “CT scan results are clear! Cancer messed with the wrong bitch!” This status update received 23 comments and 83 “likes” from her friends and supporters. In certain lymphomas the cure rate is high only if diagnosed early. Luckily, Woods received an early diagnosis. “She is one of the strongest people I know,” said sophomore Kylie Tierney, who regularly visited Della in the hospital. To her relief, Woods was not required to repeat the ninth grade and is now taking two classes as a sophomore at DHS: Spanish and biology. Her other coursework is supplied by Davis School for Independent Study. “It’s been amazing to see her here almost every day,” Spanish teacher Brittany Deibert said. “Della’s one of those people who lights up the whole class.” Recently, Woods has been cleared by her doctor to play soccer again. “Life has gone back to normal,” Woods said, looking back on a year that tested her strength. “It is all over...I can move on and look back on cancer as a positive experience in my life that changed me for the better.”

Day in the Life of Eddie Buchannan By Caitlin glassman HUB Staff Writer

Junior Eddie Buchannan spends an hour driving to and from school each day from his Sacramento home. Buchannan stays in Davis after school to rehearse for plays and Jazz Choir, go to friends’ houses, and spend time with his girlfriend. His 50-mile commute leads to less time to focus on schoolwork and a fragmented sleep schedule. 6:30 a.m.

iPhone alarm goes off. Dresses and “fluffs” his ‘fro

7:30 a.m.

Pulls into the student parking lot

11:00 a.m.

Attempts to make smoothies in Foods class

12:00 p.m.

Stays on campus with his friends and girlfriend for lunch

3:45 p.m.

Heads to the vocal room for rehearsal

6:30 p.m.

Picks up his sister and drives home

7:00 p.m.

Gets in bed and falls asleep

9:00 p.m.

Gets on Facebook, begins homework

3:00 a.m.

Says goodbye to Facebook friends and heads to bed


during winter break last year, and Krouse came over to drink orange juice and sit in my sky chair. AK: It was love at first sight.

NF: How we both love to do the same things all the time and how I get to teach him how to talk to girls.

What makes you such good friends? AK: Well when we found out we were both Jewish and the two best Call of Duty players in Davis, it was a wrap. NF: It’s true; no one will ever take us down.

What’s one of your best memories together? NF: One night we went on a huge adventure and walked three miles through Davis to get to Krouse’s house. AK: Oh yeah, we walked from like the new Nugget to the old Nugget. It took days. NF: Yeah, and I forgot a belt and my pants were sliding down so I ended up walking in my boxers. AK: Churr fuh.

What are your favorite things about each other? AK: His nappy haircut and passion for being a Jew.

many poses they must purchase, and can get what they like. According to Anders’ website, he “aims to capture photos of teenage life how it truly exists, rather than the confined image of a senior in a studio.” However, like Serna, once his high school career is over, so is his photography business. “Although I love photography, I am hoping to use the money I get to help pay for flight lessons,” Anders said. Anders hopes to someday become a pilot for the Air Force and eventually for a commercial airline.

How does it feel to be elected by the senior class as the winners for the “Bromance” award? AK: We’re very excited and honored for our victory. NF: It’s just so romantic. What are your plans for the future? NF: We’re moving to Santa Barbara together, getting an apartment together and living the life together. AK: We’re going to go to SBCC and get hella girls.


With the current status of the economy, teenagers are lucky if they just get a decent job with decent hours and pay. However, senior Anthony Serna and junior Anders Young have managed to start a businesses of their own with just a small amount of advertising. Serna has been interested in computers since he was 14, and in the last four years his love for them has only grown. It only makes sense then that he has started his own computer repair business. “Computers just click with me. It is so precise and you get exactly what you put in. It’s an exact science,” Serna said. Serna spread the word about his new business, “A.S. Computers” by putting ads in the Davis Enterprise, creating an account on Davis Wiki and telling his friends about it. He has also developed his own website. Since he keeps his prices lower than the average computer repair company in Davis and being the first listed on Davis Wiki under “computer repairs” people often come to Serna looking for answers and help. Not only does Serna repair and upgrade computers, but he also can make custom made computers. He built his first custom computer when he was 14, and can make others for cheaper than other computer manufacturers. After moving here from his previous school, Serna knew that to live in Davis you needed money to get things such as frozen yogurt. With his mom not keen on the idea of him spending so much time working, Serna made a compro-


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Keeping the college experience local There is a popular notion that in order to have the “complete” college experience, students must leave their hometown and experience a world outside their comfort zone. Yet, 274 DHS students applied to UC Davis last year, and 259 students applied to Sacramento State and Sacramento City College. “Personally I don’t think [staying local] is the real college experience, and if we’re talking Davis, then no. The complete college experience means everything college is supposed to be: new, fun, exciting, challenging, scary,” senior Donise Lewis said. “I would go at least an hour away.” DHS graduate Paul Kamisky, who attended UCD his freshman and sophomore years, agrees that UCD’s “almost too homey feel” is what eventually lead him to drop out and set his sights on a career in Lake Tahoe. “For me, UCD wasn’t everything that it was supposed to be for a freshman. A lot of the kids in my dorm were out discovering Davis, and I was sitting there thinking that I’d discovered those things in seventh grade,” Kamisky said. On the other hand, for DHS graduate and current UCD student

Grace Son, her familiarity with UCD is what she loves most. “As a freshman, I was almost like the leader cause I knew where everything was. Plus, it was just nice to feel completely comfortable,” Son said. Awareness of the campus is one of the reasons senior Kyle Wong hopes to attend UCD. According to Wong, because “college is college” and “things will be different from in high school and adjustments will be made” he feels that attending UCD would be similar to attending any university. However, Wong’s primary reason for staying home is his family. “I want to stay closer to home so I can help out my mom and sister; let some stress off of them after allowing them to do so much for me,” he said. DHS graduate and Sacramento State freshman Stephan Kryshtafovch chose to stay local because he “figured [he] would just chilll here unitl [he] figures stuff out.” “Only thing is, cause I’m living at home I’m not as involved as other freshmen are. But I’ll get to have that experience when I move to a bigger school,” he said. Despite Son’s content settlement at UCD now, she admits, at first, she loathed her decision to stay local. Just months into her first quarter, Son was contemplating transferring.

Classifying UCD as “not an option whatsoever” as a senior, Son recalls having to repeatedly remind herself of why she chose to stay in her hometown. “Honestly, I did not want to go to UCD. But, it was the best school that I got in to for my major [Environmental Policy and Planning] and I just went with it,” Son said. DHS graduate and UCD sophomore Deanna Seil had the same thinking process when committing to UCD. “Davis was really low on my list of colleges, I didn’t expect to go there. I wanted to experience other things but it was the best school that I got into, so it became more of an option for me,” Seil said. Like Son, Seil also had doubts about her decision. It was only until much later on in the year did she come to terms with it. “I felt like I needed to do what everybody else was doing; to break outside of my comfort zone. But then I realized that there’s that justification every student has with their school and that any college will give you that college experience,” she said. Plus, according to Kamisky, “local students always have the upper hand.” Mooching off parents, having a car easily available, snacking at their family’s home along with doing laundry and printing assign-

ments instead of paying dorm fees are only some of the benefits the students cited. “I don’t think anyone can truly really appreciate mooching off your parents until you’re a poor college student,” Seil said. “Staying in Davis is just cheaper. That’s definitely a huge incentive for me,” Wong said. In addition, these students have family and old friends readily avaliable - for better or for worse. “It’s nice to be able to have my family’s support system closeby. But sometimes going to college just 20 minutes away from my Davis

home can be frusturating when my parents expect me to come visit all the time,” Sacramento State sophomore and DHS graduate Ariel Styne said. According to Nicole Garrison, a DHS graduate and sophomore at UCD, because committing to a college is a tough decision, students should base their decision on where they would be successful. “UCD is a good fit for me; I’m a bit of a homebody and I’m doing well,” she said. “Sure, sometimes I wish I went somewhere else, but then I don’t know where else I would be happy.”


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Nicolas Behets-Wgdemans, Sze Sze Chan and Fer Castillo are all juniors, all foreign exchange students and all here for different reasons. Behets-Wgdemans speaks in heavily accented, yet very precise English, which he says he came to America to improve, though he’s unsure if he has yet. Occasionally he pauses and his eyes wander skyward as he searches for the right word. In the classroom, his status as a native French speaker has both helped and hurt him. He’s made friends with the students in the French class that he TAs for, but he struggled initially in his U.S. History class. “In the beginning we watched a lot of movies, and you know when you watch a video, and then it’s over and you didn’t understand half of the video. But now it is getting better,” he said. Castillo came because her parents, and the rest of her extended family, had all gone on exchanges when they were students her age, and are still talking about them to this day.

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Castillo comes from the bustling capitol city of Asuncion, Paraguay, home to half a million people. But her high school has only 400 students, and she says that the larger student body at DHS has made it difficult to make friends. “In South America, people are more open to everybody. The school is smaller and you know when people are new and you help them to feel welcome. But here, the school is so big, and if you are new people don’t even notice.” But Castillo has started to make





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more friends, such as senior Gigi Gilbert-Igelsrud. “They say the first three months are the hardest, and I think they are definitely right,” Castillo said. As for Chan, she came just for the adventure of it all. “I just wanted to get out of Norway,” Chan said. “I wanted something new.” However, Chan says that America has not been all that different from Norway, except for the fact that there are more fast food chains, and “a hell of a lot of cars.”

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Music plays in the background and a steady beat gradually grows louder and louder.The dance floor is approached and the rippling sea of dancing students is spotted, surveyed. There is a shiver of excitement as heightened senses strain to absorb everything: the throbbing music, the flashing lights, the pulsing motion and vibrating energy floods the dance floor. Heads swirl, bodies twirl, feet move and, just like that, the dancer is drawn in. Hopefully everyone who has gone to a good dance has had a feeling similar to this one. Last year, almost every dance I went to gave me that kind of feeling. In my opinion, both the DHS and Da Vinci dances, including the “Dance to End Hunger,” were thrilling and a barrel-load of fun. However, this year I observed a slight deterioration in the quality of dances, especially the Da Vinci Halloween dance that took place on Oct. 29. Senior Estela Diaz has observed a contrast between DHS and Da Vinci in the genre of music that is played at the dances. “Da Vinci dances tend to play more techno and dance music while DHS lean toward more hip hop and rap,” Diaz said. “I feel like there’s that contrast that appeals to different sets of people; those who detest hip hop might

like Da Vinci dances more, those who detest techno may like DHS dances more.” However, there are some students who do not like both types of genres, including Da Vinci senior Kyle Tibor. “Neither dance can throw together a good playlist because they’re both stuck in a rut that is either soulless ‘techno’ or ‘ghetto’ hip hop,” Tibor said. Diaz said that she would like to see some swing dancing incorporated into the dance playlists, Personally, I agree with her completely; swing is amazing. However, I am perfectly content with the playlists of the dances. As long as the music has a good beat and loud bass speakers to go along with it, I can dance to pretty much anything. The music isn’t the problem for me; the problem is the atmosphere. Homecoming dance this year had a decent atmosphere; the lights were dim, it was crowded and the majority of the attendees danced. The Da Vinci dance, however, told a different story. The lights were too bright and were far too revealing. This is a problem for me because I do not like people to see me clearly when I am dancing. And, if I feel that way, others are bound to feel the same. However, most disappointing though, were the low number of people who were in the dance room at a time. It was almost deserted. There was no crowd, no flow and ebb of motion and music. In a way it felt dead, which in turn


Do Davis dances need to change?

made people not want to come in and dance. The DHS homecoming dance, however, had a smart and creative set-up, with half the room blocked off so it didn’t look quite as empty, a precaution in response to the expected low attendance (this might have been a useful technique that could have been utilized for the Da Vinci dance). The lights were flashing, the music was danceable and from what I could see, people were enjoying themselves. Then, about halfway through, I began to see the little lights from flashlights appear on the dance floor, each accompanied by a couple of students and a teacher. These

students were getting their ID cards taken away for “inappropriate dancing.” Now, I know on the dance contract the rules say: “One leg on the floor at all times, shirts and shoes must remain on,” etc. I know teachers are obligated to enforce these rules if they are broken. But there are two things that bother me about this: One, I didn’t see a rule anywhere that said “no grinding.” And two, since “inappropriate dancing” hasn’t been stopped or punished at previous dances (the ones I’ve been to at least,) for teachers and administrators to suddenly start taking students ID cards without warning seems

a bit harsh. I feel as though the staff should give a warning to these students before getting them in trouble. Needless to say, once I realized teachers were carding people, I left the dance floor for good, as did a flood of other students. Despite those setbacks, I can still say that I had a lot of fun at these dances. And from what I have heard from other people who attended them, they feel the same way. Hopefully, these minor problems can be fixed for upcoming dances, because I still look forward to them.

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Giants bring NorCal back in the game Where they sat for Giants games Claire Coleman, Chiara Moore, Arianna Heyer and Kalley Thompson Section 316 NLCS game 4


Being a sports fan in Northern California has been an exercise in heartbreak since 1994. That was the year Steve Young, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers at the time, was able to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory. And since this victory, no Northern California team has won a world championship. But on Nov. 1, Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants threw what he called the best cutter of his career to strike out Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers winning the World Series. Championships lead to “bandwagon fans.” These notso-die-hard fans usually flock to a local sports team when they win an important trophy or win an important competition. However, because Northern California teams have struggled in recent years, we all just need to embrace the “bandwagon fans” and let bygones be bygones. Newsflash: human beings enjoy

underdog stories. So, who isn’t going to be attracted to a team of self-entitled misfits and castoffs winning the World Series? And after the heartbreak and disappointment NorCal sports fans have faced since 1994, why can’t we all coexist as Giants fans? It doesn’t matter whether we were fans out of the womb or new converts. DHS front office secretary Michele Salisbury has been a Giants fan for more than 35 years but she understands where the newbies are coming from. “It has been hard to be a Giants fan in recent years whether it be because of the heartbreak with Barry Bonds, or the loss to the Angels in the 2002 World Series,” Salisbury said. DHS senior Spencer Bowen, a season ticket holder, went to Giants’ games throughout the season and during the World Series. Bowen, who throughout the playoffs was seen around school with a Giants rally towel attached to his backpack, is a Giants fanatic. However, he is not wholly against the new Giants fans. “I have to admit, I am a little bitter towards the new Giants fans only because they haven’t had to live through the heartbreak and

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torture. But, I am excited for the increased enthusiasm that will follow,” Bowen said. All new and old Giants fans out there need to unite behind Northern California sports teams.

Let’s go for all out pandemonium and bring home a Rose Bowl victory for the Stanford Cardinal, a NBA championship for the Sacramento Kings and a Super Bowl victory for Oakland.

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Teens and teachers embrace “text talk” trend

I am obvi one of those people who loves their abbrevs. Although I’m not alone in my passion for what is commonly known as “text talk” throughout the DHS student body, I should be when compared to DHS faculty, right? Wrong. My statistics teacher Sarah Mach, pleasantly surprised me earlier this year when she smoothly dropped an “obvi” while lecturing the class one day. Jubilance filled my tired body

during fifth period that Tuesday, because she didn’t even hint at the sarcasm in the abbreviation. She calmly and collectively used a personal favorite of mine. Yes, of course, the class chuckled and some may have even guffawed, but today’s text talk is perfectly appropriate. In fact, Mach uses them daily. “All day. I would assume once per hour,” she said. The text talk and abbreviations have become prevalent amongst respected teachers. Not just students, as many would assume. Mach and her husband enjoy mocking movie stars from shows like “Jersey Shore,” and “Juliana and Bill.” “[We use them] because we think we’re more hip than we

really are,” she said. This eagerness to be cool and fitin is naturally paired with usage of abbrevs, because, naturally, talking in abbrevs is totally cool. However, Mach and I share somewhat of the same view when using abbrevs. “I go at it with the humor angle, ‘cause I like to make my students laugh,” she said. Senior Lillian Krovoza also understands and has embraced the trend. “Abbreviations just roll off my tongue. Plus, they always make me smile because they sound silly,” Krovoza said. College students use abbreviations as well. UC Davis junior and DHS graduate Dakotah Mohr entertains the idea often with a sense of laughter, like myself.

“Sometimes it becomes a joke to see how long your conversation can go using only abbreviations,” Mohr said. “If someone uses a real tricky abbrev, it takes a lot of smarts to figure out what’s being said,” she said. So, it can be concluded that abbrevs poke fun at the English language, but for Pete’s sake can everyone chill? We’re not writing essays in abbrevs. World-wide news source British Broadcasting Corporations remains somewhat chill regarding “text spk” according to an article published on Aug. 16 where BBC dubbed it as no major burden. “People say that text messaging is a new language and that people

are filling texts with abbreviations - but when you actually analyse it you find they’re not,” said Davis Crystal, linguistics professor at the University of Bangor. This is to say that people do not overuse abbreviations, so let them live! “In fact only 10 percent of the words in an average text are not written in full,” Crystal said. I thoroughly enjoy the efficiency of the new “text talk.” Yeah, that old way of pronouncing everything you say might have been courteous and nice in Shakespeare’s day but now... Who cares? This fad is “sups pops” and will “forevs” be in our culture.


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Miley Cyrus’ birthday makes me want to cry tears of ecstasy. She will be 18 in eight days, meaning that in a little more than a week we will have free rein to make fun of her. Because, as much as I love to make fun of celebrities and their intensely stupid actions, there is some sort of unwritten moral code that prevents you from completely tearing teenage stars apart. But anyone 18 or over? We’re good. We can dig in to Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and—God help me—Lindsay Lohan. However, I’m not the only one who adheres to this unwritten code. Perez Hilton got chewed out earlier this year for posting a picture that may or may not have broken child pornography laws by showing one of Miley’s not-so-HannahMontana-appropriate body parts, according to CBS News. She does not exactly have the greatest role models, either. Her dad claims that Miley is just doing what people her age do (in this case, it was in response to a video of her giving a lap dance to her director, according to TMZ). After Miley turns 18, however, she will be responsible for her own choices, and Billy Ray will not be able to take the proverbial blame. As much as Miley definitely should not have been spreading her legs for the camera (yet again), imagine if every bad move you made was blasted all over television.


Teen star drama Why do you volunteer?

Everyone makes stupid mistakes, especially teenagers. I would cry myself to sleep every night if the world knew about my idiotic choices. Teen celebrities do not necessarily sign up to be role models—some are pressured into it, others simply want to act and share their gift with others. Besides, waiting those few extra months for a celebrity to become a legal adult gives you more time to perfect your bashing for when the magical day finally comes. Once they hit 18, they become legally responsible for all their dumb moves—and therefore the press can blast their actions all over entertainment news. That being said, Miley has terrible, terrible judgment. She gave a lap dance to her middle-aged director, and she will be ridiculed for that. I am going to explode with horrifically rude comments about her on Nov. 23 at 12:01 a.m. But in happier news, we only need to wait two years before being able to publicly torment Justin Bieber.

“It’ll look good on college apps.” It’s a sentence that’s thrown around a lot these days. It’s used as a boast, an excuse, a justification, an answer—it’s everywhere. And it’s causing a big problem. Here is the sad, sad truth: it casts a dark shadow of selfishness and greed over the vast majority of kind acts performed by DHS students. Getting into a good college is important, but it’s not worth losing your soul over. Instead of doing something just to look great on an application, students should be doing activities because they have a genuine interest in them. It looks just as good—and probably better. Junior Claire Coleman believes consistency is key. “An hour one week at Davis Community Meals and an hour another week at SPCA is not really going to help get you into college,” she said. It’s always really fantastic to hear that someone completed 67,200 hours of community service, sacrificing time and effort to make the world a better place. Or that someone spent the summer teaching English in some far-flung country way on the other side of the globe. But if that person says of his experience, “It sucked. But it’ll look really good for college,” all that good karma just flies out the window. Think about the implications of

using “It looks good for college” as the primary motivator for action. It means that people didn’t really care about cooking for the hungry for an hour last Saturday. They just wanted it to look good, on a piece of paper, so that they can have a competitive edge on a couple thousand other people who also spent their high school lives checking off a laundry list of accomplishments just to “look good for college.” It’s time for people to stop with the fakeness and the superficiality

and get past the idea of doing things simply to get into college. Go out and live a little. Junior William Liu agrees. “I believe in getting into a good school, but your life shouldn’t be completely oriented toward getting into a top tier college,” he said. “Getting into a top school isn’t everything.” Students need to peel back the pretense and take back the point of extracurricular activity in the first place: doing something you truly care about.


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A taste of the wizarding world Potter Premiere Special Do they really mean every flavor? Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans are the most popular candy of the wizarding world. Bertie Bott’s are similar to the jelly beans of the muggle world with one large exception: Bertie Bott’s offer every flavor imaginable, good or bad. Ranging from bacon to soap, horseradish to grass, Bertie Bott’s always catch their eaters by surprise. Harry Potter tastes his first Bertie Bott on the Hogwarts Express in “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone” and is surprised to find they truly mean every flavor. The HUB scored a pack and below recorded student reactions to the acclaimed jelly beans of the wizarding world.

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ing each individual one from the pot to the drying sheet. It was also hard to clean the hardened candy after it fell on the kitchen floor. Using sugar, water, corn syrup and lemon extract, they tasted like what you would imagine Dumbledore eating in his office. Next we decided to make rock cakes. Apparently Hagrid was making them wrong all these years, because what we came up with was a whole lot better than the teeth cracking ones Harry and his friends complained of. They were pretty basic as well, made only with your basic baking ingredients, with the addition of raisins and cinnamon. The raisins, however, could easily be substituted with chocolate chips for all the raisin haters out there. But these rock cakes will definitely be a fan favorite. As Harry Potter fans ourselves, the book was able to put us in a magical mood. We will definitely use it if ever hosting a dinner party that needs some flair. All in all, “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook” is worth every penny.

1. Combine the brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture reads 240F on

4. In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of whipping cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about two to three minutes. 5. To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each

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Moldy Cheese “ disgusting, what the heck was that?” -Dontella Stanley

glass). 6. Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each. Serves four

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1 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons water 6 tablespoons butter ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cider vinegar 3/4 cup heavy cream (whipping cream), divided½ teaspoon rum extract 4-12 oz Cream sodas

candy thermometer. 2. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 whipping cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature. (You can put it in the fridge/ freezer to speed up cooling.) Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.


For more on this story, and a review of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 1” visit

Make your own Butterbeer Because DHS students can’t visit Hogsmeade to taste the famous drink from the Harry Potter universe, here is the best recipe The HUB tried. Source: Associated Press

“I’m eating scrambled eggs! I’m eating a breakfast burrito!” -Sam Miller

Canned Dog Food


Ravenclaws, Slytherins, Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs gather in the Great Halls. Owls fly around overhead and food appears, almost as if by magic, on the tables. Just another meal at Hog warts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with fun, festivities and food on the menu. As muggles, we too can achieve making these magical foods from our own home all thanks to “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook” by Dinah Bucholz. Once we saw the book on the shelf, we knew we had to try what was inside. Before even opening the book, the chefs know they are in for a magical treat. The purple background, glittery gold font and the cauldron below the title certainly tie in with the theme of extravagance often associated with the wizarding world. Inside, the font is red and the pages are a soft crème color; the perfect touch for getting in the magical mood. The table of contents comes next and the first chapter is entitled: “Good Food with Bad Relatives.” Harry Potter fans all know what that means: the Dursleys. Chapter four reads “Recipes from a Giant and an Elf” and Chapter 10 is “Treats in the Village.” The book

contains every Harry Potter food a person could imagine, if not more. Every edible Harry Potter item is explained within the book except for, arguably, the most important one: Butterbeer. So the real question becomes, how can the author put together an amazing book without putting the most famous Harry Potter food in it? Blasphemous? Maybe so. What was also disappointing is that a cauldron cake is a pancake. What? It’s not a purple spongy pastry shaped like a cauldron? That is not what Ron Weasley was eating in the first book, and it should not be thought of otherwise. Nevertheless, we decided to take on a few of the Harry Potter recipes, and this is what our magical experience brought us. Pumpkin juice may sound odd to muggles who only ingest pumpkin related items during the fall season. However, it is a surprisingly refreshing drink for those who like a little mango flavor, a little pumpkin spice and a taste of something that cannot be described without the aid of a professional chef. This juice is basically one of the most amazing juices out there, if you can get past the pulp at the bottom. Plus, it is easy to make. But an insider’s tip: use canned pumpkin instead of a fresh one; it works just the same. Next on the menu: Lemon Drops. This hard yellow candy is covered in powdered sugar. They tasted great, but it was a pain scoop-



Rotten Egg

“It’s like poop!” [Spits out jelly bean] -Katrina Cole

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By Elsie Fullerton HUB Staff Writer

The story of Rapunzel, the first installment of the final Harry Potter novel, a fight for equal pay in England, neo-Burlesque singing and dancing, a love story about a Viagra salesman and a documentary on Wikipedia all hit the big screen in the latter half of this November. According to www.movefone. com, these films are expected to be the biggest films of the fall season.

a handsome and charming Viagra salesman and pharmaceutical rep who sees a challenge in Maggie. The two fall under the spell of love, learning that love is the most potent drug of all. “Love and Other Drugs” is set to hit theaters on Nov. 24.

Ali strives to impress Tess. But Ali quickly realizes that some would rather knock her down than help her up. When Ali forms a friendship with the nightclub bartender, aspiring musician Jack (Cam Gigandet), she gains an enemy in Nikki, the show’s snottiest showgirl. But once Ali makes it on stage and becomes the star, a wealthy businessman makes a bid for the club and for Ali herself. “Burlesque” hits on Nov. 24.

Seniors Marcus Howard, Yael Torrez and Malika and Khaliya Wilkins practice their rhymes at break.

Battling beats Students face-off during break By EMILY GLASS HUB Staff Writer

“Love and Other Drugs” Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway star in this quirky chick flick that is sure to draw hordes of women. Maggie (Hathaway) is a free spirit who refuses to be tied down. Enter Jamie (Gyllenhaal),

“Made in Dagenham” Based on a true story, “Made in Dagenham” is set in the 1960s and centers around a group of women fighting for equal pay among genders. Although far from an idyllic view of the ‘swinging sixties,’ the women of Dagenham, England are saturated with the optimism of the era. Weaving the overall struggle for equal pay seamlessly together with personal accounts, “Made in Dagenham” will leave viewers with a greater appreciation of the struggle for fair pay in the Westernized world, and is sure to grant some laughs along the way. “Made in Dagenham” premieres today and will star Sally Hawkins, Jaime Winstone, Nicola Duffett, Andrea Riseborough and Lorraine Stanley.


“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” In what can easily be described as the most anticipated movie of the year, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” appeals to crowds of all ages. After the first rendition, which will cover only part of the final Harry Potter novel, viewers will leave the theater longing for part two. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) will once again take the big screen under the direction of Davis Yates. Due to these constants, this latest addition to the Potter series is rumored to be similar in logistics to previous Potter movies. What will change, however, is the primary setting of the movie. Yes, the cast will be leaving the hallowed Hogwarts walls in favor of bouncing through the magical and muggle worlds, constantly on the move. While premiere tickets have long been sold out, fans may still want to pre-buy tickets for later in the week, as theaters are sure to still be packed. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” premieres today in Davis at Regal Cinemas Davis Stadium 5 on G Street.

“Tangled” The Grimm Brothers’ classic tale of Rapunzel gets a makeover in the animated Disney interpretation “Tangled,” intended for both children and adults alike. Princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), born with magical hair, is kidnapped and locked in a tower by Mother Gothel, where she is kept from the outside world. When thief Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) breaks into Rapunzel’s tower, she masterfully uses her hair to slap Rider around and take his satchel, which happens to contain a heap of stolen crown jewels. Rapunzel promises to return the jewels, but only once Rider helps her out of the tower and takes Rapunzel to the far away kingdom whose annual light show Rapunzel has glimpsed from her window. “Tangled” will premiere on Nov. 24.

“Burlesque” In a dramatic performance, Christina Aguilera stars as Ali, a small town girl who comes to Los Angeles to make it as a singer. Ali searches tirelessly for work and is finally hired by Tess (Cher), the owner of a neo-burlesque nightclub. But instead of taking the stage, Ali serves as a cocktail waitress for the club. Longing to make it on stage,

While brushing off his chin, senior Marcus Howard sweeps the chest of his white T-shirt and inches his navy blue hat up his head as he listens intently to senior Khalid Ali rapping. Ali and Howard are holding a freestyle rap battle. “The free styling that we do is a capella with no beat,” Ali said. Ali, Howard, and their group of friends hold the battles multiple times a week during break and lunch in the DHS quad. Ali describes the rap as, “a form of art that is spontaneous rhyming poetry.” The rap is spontaneous because none of it is crafted in advance. Instead, Ali and Howard think of every line on the spot as they respond to the others line. Ali also declares that free style rapping is harder than most think because it is so spontaneous and competitive. Khalid says the main goal is to, “make fun of the other person so it is a very in your face competition.” “After the battle, the winner is somewhat superior to the other,” Howard said. Ali and Howard started free style rapping last summer with friends Malika Wilkins and Khaliya Wilkins at summer school. Khaliya now films all of Ali and Howard’s rap battles and puts them on Facebook. “I put it on the In-

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ternet because it is good entertainment and it gives me the opportunity to share my friend’s creative work so that everyone can see it,” Khaliya said. Khaliya also has informed the DHS community of some of the rap battles through Facebook, and when she does, Ali and Howard have battled in front of an audience of 40 people. Even though the key to winning the battle is to embarrass the other rapper, Ali said, “we are all mutual friends so there is a whole bunch of respect around it.” Malika, who Ali calls the instigator of the battles, is present at all of them, which draws peers to the performances. “I think people come for the entertainment, and because [Howard] is hilarious,” she said. Malika describes Howard and Ali as having a natural swagger that allows them to be creative. According to the Wilkins sisters, Khalid’s best line was when he spit, “he woke up in the morning, said forget the glitz and glamour. That’s why he came out of his house with a fit that’s older than MC Hammer.” Howard, Ali, Malika and Khaliya hope to continue rap battling. They have even begun communicating with school district members such as Mel Lewis about the possibility of having a freestyle competition in the Richard Brunelle Performing Arts Building.

iPod/iPhone Apps By Madison Delmendo HUB Staff Writer

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The Weather Channel: Sure iPods come with a weather app, but not like this one. This app gives you the current temperature along with hourly updates on predicted weather changes. This is the go-to app when outfit planning for the school day.

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Netflix: Who doesn’t love free TV or movies? This app lets you stream shows and movies onto your iPod and watch them directly. Slacker: Slacker Radio is Pandora’s big brother. This app comes with a huge selection of stations based on genre. Slacker

also has a “find music” option that allows users to create stations based on song titles and bands. Cut the Rope: Om Nom, an adorable green monster, lives for one thing and one thing only: candy. The object of the game is to cut the rope a piece of candy is attached to so that it falls into Om Nom’s awaiting mouth. This game is both tricky and addictive. Bump: Bump takes asking for someone’s digits to a whole new level. This app lets you share contacts, photos, calendar events, and social networks. By just bumping together iPhones or iPods you can get someone’s number, a picture of them for their contact info. friend request them on Facebook, and set up when you want to get together next.

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Left: The Kaleidoscope Quartet, consisting of seniors Maya Abramson and Constanza Jackson, junior Chiara Moore and sophomore Jana Perroud, rehearse in the music room. Right: Juniors John Louie, Eunghee Cho and Karis Yi reahearse in preparation for their “Downbeat” application.

Student musicians join forces By Chloe Kim HUB Staff Writer

DHS music students have been

branching beyond the typical school band and orchestra experience to develop their own small ensembles of quartets and quintets. These groups serve a bigger purpose than providing just another way to perform. “Playing in any small ensemble where there is no conductor is an excellent way to sharpen your musicianship skills,” orchestra teacher Angelo Moreno said. Senior Maya Abramson, a member of the Kaleidoscope Quartet, a string quartet consisting of two violinists, a violist and a cellist, agrees that small groups provide a unique musical experience. “I think that quartets are a nice

balance between working in a group, and working as a soloist. It gives people the experience to conduct themselves, when most of us are used to having a conductor,” she said. Playing in a group without a conductor helps musicians to develop tuning and intonation awareness, improve rhythm, play independently, heighten awareness and sharpen listening and personal interpretation skills, according to Moreno. In addition to developing technical music skills, small ensembles provide an enjoyable experience for players. “Performing is a really rewarding experience because people are so appreciative of our music,” senior Constanza Jackson, another member of the Kaleidoscope Quartet, said. For junior Eunghee Cho,

forming and playing in a quartet was a way to further immerse himself into the world of music. “After spending my summer at a music camp in Boston, I developed a newfound love for chamber music and immediately set out forming a new quartet,” Cho said. Cho, along with junior John Louie, recruited junior Karis Yi and Mira Loma High School junior Katie Lee to play with them in the new string quartet. Though the group is new, they have big plans for the year. “We just started this year, so we haven’t performed yet. But this year we’re aiming to apply for a “Downbeat” award for top chamber music group. “Downbeat” is a music magazine and every year they choose the top soloist or chamber group of the year and they’re announced in the magazine,” Cho said.

In addition, in the Young Musicians Outreach club, Cho is organizing small recitals at retirement homes or hospitals where the quartet can perform its repertoire. He hopes to organize a large benefit concert at the end of the year where they will be featured. Louie, the violist of the ensemble, also believes that being in a quartet is a good experience. “It is a lot of fun just being with your peers and learning good music. The pieces [Cho] chooses are difficult but I like committing time to a challenging piece,” he said. However, string quartets are not the only small ensembles that DHS students have organized. Junior Kimia Nader, a bassoon player, is a member of a woodwind quintet, along with juniors Claire Coleman, an oboe player; Ali

Holder, a clarinet player; Kristen Ronning, a French horn player; and Christine Chu, a flute player. “Ali and Claire were inspired to form a quintet by a professor at [University of the Pacific],” Nader said. Regardless of the type, these small musical groups serve another important function, according to Moreno: developing bonds between young musicians. He has personal experience with this. “I have friends I am still in contact with from junior high who I played in a quartet with. It is a special connection students make with each other, especially when given the opportunity to perform as a team.”


burger for $1.75 and fries for $1.35 at In-N-Out. But there is more to In-N-Out and Five Guys than just hamburgers; the two chains are beginning to represent the subtle rivalry between the East and West Coast. Countless arguments have surfaced on blogs and restaurant rating sites, between the loyal fans of Five Guys and In-N-Out. Many hate the other purely on principle and it’s actually quite rare to find a diner who has tried both chains. “Most East Coasters haven’t actually experienced In-N-Out, whereas Five Guys has migrated to the west,” Delaware native Sid Kamireddy said. In-N-Out currently has about 250 locations in four states while Five Guys has expanded to over 650 locations in over 40 states and four Canadian provinces, including a new location at the Nut Tree in Vacaville. So, West Coasters, if you haven’t had Five Guys yet, it’s only a matter of time before you try it. After trying both burger joints, I have reached a conclusion. InN-Out and Five Guys are too different from one another to choose a real winner. In-N-Out is a step up from average fast food and Five Guys is a step down from a full service fine dining hamburger; they are on different levels and it is unfair to compare the two chains. To proclaim one the winner of your taste buds, you’d lose out on the other. Both burgers are fabulous and I plan on visiting both of the restaurants many more times. However, let’s remember that Five Guys is still the one being compared to In-N-Out, not the other way around. I may be a bit biased, but the West Coast is still the winner in my book.

Turkey traditions

Big feast, black Friday highlight holiday week By RUBIA SIDDIQI HUB Staff Writer

When you think of Thanksgiving, the first thing that comes to mind is a fat black bird you eat for dinner. However, many high school students understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving: spending time and making traditions with family. “Thanksgiving is special because it’s a time when your family can get together and share memories,” junior Danielle Schickele said. For Schickele, Thanksgiving is not just a day when she can stuff herself with great home-made food. Rather, it is a time of reunion with her sister, who will return home from college for the first time since the beginning of the new school year. Schickele enjoys spending the week of Thanksgiving with her sister at home, or in some years, touring the streets of other states. “A lot of Thanksgivings, we go somewhere like New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Palm Desert. We also go to Tennessee sometimes because my mom’s family lives there,” Schickele said. Schickele’s most memorable Thanksgiving was the one she spent in Las Vegas, where she attended “Cirque du Soleil,” an entertainment company that combines circus arts and street entertainment from around the world and has several performances in many cities in nearly every continent. “[Cirque du Soleil] is really cool because it’s like a circus with more acrobatic elements,” she said.

Unlike Schickele, junior Alex Wong has a much more relaxed environment at home on Thanksgiving day. Wong’s family doesn’t usually have anything planned for Thanksgiving; they just get together with their extended family and spend the day with them. “Sometimes we watch a movie, sometimes we talk, play with the little cousins; we haven’t seen each other for a long time, so we like to catch up,” W o n g s a i d . However, there is one tradition her family does every Thanksgiving. They get up early in the morning and gather around in the living room and to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. “It’s fun and it’s long, but I do overall like watching it. My dad likes watching it, so I watch it with him and we enjoy the time spent together,” she said. Wong also looks forward to her grandma’s special dishes, if she decides to make them. Wong’s family, which is of Asian decent, applies some of their Chinese culture to their Thanksgiving meal. “The only Asian food my grandma makes [on Thanksgiving] is sticky rice and sometimes she makes dumplings, but it all depends if she wants to,” Wong said. An unusual dish accompanies Schickele’s Thanksgiving meal as well. “My mom makes sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top because it’s a southern Thanksgiving dish. And when I was little, I used to hate sweet potatoes. I still do, but

Thanksgiving is special because it’s a time when your family can get together and share memories. .

I would just eat the marshmallows off the top,” Schickele said. Both Wong and Schickele claim to generally help their parents with preparing the food for dinner; they help out here and there. Sophomore Hannah ColeLeathers, on the other hand, has a specific job she does every year. “My dad and I always make stuffing and we hand stuff the turkey and we go out and cook it, it’s like a tradition we’ve done every year,” Cole-Leathers said. Cole-Leathers also helps her dad with special mashed potatoes that he makes with a secret family recipe while her grandma makes “like five gallons of this fermented fruit drink that we only have on Thanksgiving,” she said. The reason behind making five gallons of a drink is that there are about 100 family members in her grandmother’s house. Cole-Leather’s family also has a tradition of going out to Branigan’s Turkey Farm a couple days before Thanksgiving and picking out their own turkey. Junior Jane Tannous doesn’t have any particular traditions on Thanksgiving day, besides having an ample dinner. Instead, her traditions kick in after 12 a.m. “On Thanksgiving night we go shopping because it’s Black Friday. Technically it’s the next day, but it still feels like Thanksgiving,” Tannous said. Tannous prefers going at night time rather than the next day because she has access to a lot more merchandise at night, however crowd sizes are the same. “Its always crowded when I go shopping because everyone is lined up to get inside the store so they can get the things they want before they get sold out,” Tannous said.

In August when the Zagat results of its yearly fast food survey were released, California took a beating. Our dear In-N-Out was kicked from the coveted spot of Best Burger in America, replaced by the rookie of the year, Five Guys Burger and Fries. Five Guys Burger and Fries, which started in Arlington, Virginia in 1986, has been called the InN-Out of the East Coast.The chain prides itself on using the freshest ingredients, having no heat-lamps or ovens and peeling and cutting fresh potatoes daily. So, what on earth makes Five Guys any different than our beloved In-N-Out? First of all, Five Guys has a basic burger that offers more than In-NOut. The free toppings beyond the norm that can be added to your burger include grilled onions or mushrooms, jalapeño, green peppers, A1 sauce, BBQ sauce and hot sauce. A hamburger has two beef patties and a junior burger has a single patty, but is still a bit larger than a single at In-N-Out. The chain also offers bacon burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs. Regarding its famous French fries, you can order them original or Cajun style, both fried in peanut oil. Furthermore, Five Guys has two sizes of fries, a small and large, both served in cups. However, with all this food at Five Guys, there’s a bit of a price to pay. A hamburger will cost you about $5 and fries will be $2.59. If you want to add bacon and cheese to your burger it’ll rack up a cost of $6.29. Compare that to a ham-

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Senior Matt Weisker warms-up at practice on Yudin Field, Nov. 15 in preparation for the state meet.


X-Country team nears finish line By megan schaap Hub Staff Writer

The 2010 cross country team is having an exceptionally successful season this year. The final state meet is two weeks away, and teammembers hope close bonds and friendships will continue to help them over the finishline. At the Sept. 25 Stanford Invitational, the women’s team gained a stunning victory, placing first in the Division I race with a score of 115 points. The men’s team ran up to fifth place in the Division I race with a score of 150 points, which included a fifth place finish from senior Brian De La Mora. “Stanford was unfortunately very hot and humid. However, everyone was still able to race very well,” Gonzalez said At the Oct. 9 Clovis meet, the men’s team placed second in the Division I race with a score of 143 points, while the women’s team took seventh place in Division I

with a score of 255. “Clovis was a lot of fun. It was great to spend the day with the team and support one another at the races,” Gonzalez said. Some of the team’s top runners on the men’s side who were injured at the beginning of the season made a comeback, including senior Trevor Halsted, who led for the first mile and a half of the three mile race at Clovis before finishing in fifteenth place overall. The biggest meet for the cross country team was the 63rd annual Mt. SAC Invitational, which took place from Oct. 23 to Oct 25; a “three day trip to the largest high school cross country invitational in the world,” according to the Mt. SAC and Runners World magazine. Hundreds of schools participated in the Mt. SAC meet, which has been held at the same course for the past 61 years. “Seventy to 80 DHS runners [were] invited by the coaching staff

to compete at this meet,” Gregg said. At the race, the varsity women placed tenth out of 21 schools, and the varsity men placed ninth out of 24 schools. “Mt. SAC was fun, but we had to wake up really, really early twice, so I wasn’t quite awake enough to be in the racing mood,” Weisker said. “But that was mostly for our race because it was at 7:20.” The team qualified for sections in their league and subsections meets. The varsity men’s team took first at the CIF section meet while the women took fifth. The cross country team was extremely successful at Sections, with both varsity and junior varsity boys taking first place, junior varsity girls taking second and varsity girls gettaking fifth. Since the top three varsity teams at sections go on to states, varsity boys qualified for states, as well as freshman Sophie Meads, who qualified as an individual for her 9th place finish.


Among the more than 300 high school teams registered to the International Quidditch Association to play “Muggle Quidditch,” the DHS Quidditch Club was an unofficial team that began successfully, but, in time, faded away. “There was a lot of initial interest at the clubs fair, with lots


of sign ups,” said Asha Sandhu, creator and 2008 president of the club, who graduated in 2009. “But as far as actual meetings and games went, we maybe had 20 people at the peak,” Sandhu said. Sandhu, along with fellow Harry Potter fanatics and 2009 DHS graduates Christine Hulsizer and Molly Prendergast, created the club in 2008. “We got to run around in capes, while riding broomsticks, in an environment where painted lightning bolts were encouraged,” Prendergast said. While Sandhu had intended to schedule a game against the Rio Americano High School Quidditch team, the DHS Quidditch club “never played other schools like we had planned to,” Sandhu said. Usually they had intersquad matches. “We divided up into Dancing with her horse: equestrian vaulting at DHS


recent successes. We are supportive and encouraging to each other,” Gonzalez said. Senior Matt Weisker feels that the unity of the team is a key component to success. “Unity helps because when you run, you do it for others as well as yourself,” Weisker said. “Also if someone is having a bad day, a teammate can help pick them up.” “The team is a very close knit and supportive group of athletes,” cross country coach Bill Gregg said. “They get along very well with each other.” Gregg also acknowledges that the team’s successes are a result of hard work and careful planning on workouts and eating habits, including pasta feeds that are held before every big meet.

Alumni game to start basketball season

Quidditch quitters By Kelsey ewing Hub Staff Writer

The three top Davis varsity runners at Sections were senior Trevor Halsted, De La Mora, and senior McConnell Harvey, with Halsted running the best time of all 79 varsity boys participating from multiple schools. Senior Jocelyn LaBelle loves cross country not just for the running, but also for the friends she has in the team. “It’s like a large family away from home, because we know everyone, and we can talk to everyone,” LaBelle said. This closeness actually helps them with their running, as a motivational factor. “When people run in a group it’s easier to push oneself because you aren’t alone in the process. They’ll cheerfully give you a kick in the butt when you’re slacking off,” said senior Emma Pesis, an avid cross country runner since seventh grade. “The bonds that are shared on the team greatly contributed to our

teams, switching players when the games would end.” she said. Despite the enthusiasm from some members, many lost interest. “I probably wasn’t as good of a president as I could have been,” Sandhu said. Quidditch is “about grabbing a cape and goggles, hopping onto a broomstick and throwing away any sense of dignity [you] have left,” said 2010 DHS graduate and 2009 DHS Quidditch club president, Alex Matlock. Despite the absence of a serious Quidditch team at DHS , students can still play at the college level, “its a rampantly growing sport in college,” Matlock said. More than 400 colleges have formed teams, according to the International Quidditch Association website.

Potter Premiere Special

By mimi yu Hub Staff Writer

DHS’ first annual basketball alumni game, scheduled for Nov. 27, will showcase DHS alumni returning to test their skills against current players. Younger alumni will play against varsity, and older returnees will play J.V. According to varsity women’s coach Jeff Christian, the event is to be held in honor of DHS alumni for their hard work in building the DHS basketball program. “I remember playing in these types of games as a player, and I always looked forward to going up against some of the players I respected when I was growing up,” Christian said. “To me it was sort of like being in an all star type of event.” Likewise, players such as senior Lisa Robison, a guard on the women’s varsity team, anticipates the prospect of challenging older alumni. “It’s nice to play with the players that you knew before they graduated and get a chance to play with them again. I’m expecting it to be a really great night of fun competition.”

For more on the alumni basketball game, tune into “The Dirt on Davis” on 90.3 FM or

Senior Tyler Delaughter hopes the game will kick off a successful season. “I hope we will be first in the league and make it farther in the playoffs,” he said. Delaughter plays center and power forward on the men’s varsity team. Basketball tryouts for both men and women have concluded. With the season approaching, both Christian and varsity men’s coach Dan Gonzales have their players pumped to perform. Robison aims to concentrate more on her skills as a player. “My goal is to give 100 percent every practice and game,” she said. “We need to work as a collective unit to encourage and push each other to improve.” Senior women’s varsity player Brooke Darrah, also shares Robison’s focus on team cohesion. “I think for us it’ll be difficult for everyone to connect because we have so many girls coming from different backgrounds and places,” Darrah said. However, Christian maintains

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continued from page 15 Briki Cajandig has been playing tennis for 12 years and hopes to play in college at a Division III school.

Paul Dailey has competitively played water polo for ten years and would prefer to play at a Division I school in the UC system.

What got you started playing tennis? My parents let me try everything when I was young; I played so many sports, but tennis just seemed to be the right fit for me. I really enjoyed the game, and have always been fully supported by my parents, as well as the rest of my family.

What was your best/favorite memory of the season? My favorite memory this season was going to Peach Tree, the annual Norcal Girls Tennis tournament down in Fresno. We all bonded as a team, and it helped me become a better teammate and tennis player overall. What will you miss most about playing tennis at DHS? I will miss the constant laughter and craziness of everyone on our team. Every one of [my team members] has made my high school years so much better.

What do you feel is your proudest moment with the team? I would say my proudest moment was our performance in the playoffs this year. We were able to unite as a team and apply everything we had learned throughout the season. LAUREN BLACKWELL/HUB PHOTO

What is your favorite aspect of the sport? The mental game is my favorite and most important factor in tennis: you have to depend on yourself when you’re on the court, and motivating yourself is one of the hardest tasks to accomplish. When you do succeed, though, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world, because you know that you’ve pushed through all of your mental obstacles.

What is unique about water polo? There are very few sports in which most of the violence takes place where the referee can’t see it. This is why water polo is such a physically demanding sport.

What do you feel you have learned from water polo and the team? I have learned that dedication and hard work is the only way to yield results. We gave up 14 hours each week to practice, and even more time on the weekends as we traveled to tournaments all over California. This is what made us such a strong team.

By monica lopez-lara Hub Staff Writer

it gradually,” Denton said. But now, there may be a relatively new alternative, a sort of happy medium in the barefoot versus standard running shoes debate. Originally designed as outdoor shoes to be used while backpacking, Vibram FiveFingers, shoes which Denton described as gloves for feet, have been adopted by traditionally barefoot runners and standard runners alike. Naomi Hester has had her FiveFingers for a year and frequently wears them. “I run and rock climb in them and do water sports [...] they’re just really great,” Hester said. In terms of running, “you have to build up your foot strength [... ] At the beginning I wasn’t able to run long distances in [my FiveFingers], but as I’ve run more and more in them my feet have gotten stronger so I can go on more long endurance runs in them,” Hester said. Those at Vibram claim that wearing FiveFingers benefit overall foot health. According to the company’s website, “FiveFingers stimulate the muscles in your feet and lower legs to build strength and improve range of motion...Customers report an increased sense of balance, greater agility, and visibly improved posture.” There have, however, been reports of stress fracturing in those who have switched abruptly from standard running shoes to FiveFingers or running barefoot. In Denton’s personal experience, he always felt “a little beat up” after running in thin soled racing flats and it always took him “a little longer to recover.” Denton has worn shoes all his life, so his feet are accustomed to being shod. “If I walk down the driveway to get the newspaper in the morning in my bare feet I can feel every step and it can be kind of uncomfortable... So I’m obviously not conditioned to be a barefoot runner,” Denton said. But, Denton said, barefoot runners are “passionate about it, and it works for them.”

AYSO continued from page 15 you can just enjoy playing for fall season,” Harter said. Sophomore Britney Downing, a seven year AYSO player, agrees. “AYSO really just lets you be who you are on the field. You get to play every position, and there really is a sense of friendship throughout the teams,” Downing said. However, letting anyone play in soccer can sometimes lead to difficulties. To play at a more competitive level Harter participates in select soccer, where the coaches choose players from the fall soccer season and put them onto teams. Houck, however, appreciates coaching at all levels. . “With the really good coaches, there is a mutual understanding between them and the players,” Houck said.

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that the women’s attitudes trump their differences. “We have three goals: to communicate, to believe in each other (chemistry), and to work hard consistently. When we put the team first and put the three C’s into action, it creates a positive synergy that each player feels inside of them,” he said. Gonzales shares an optimistic outlook on the season. “We have a very coachable team this year. Every kid is locked in; every kid is a hard worker. I don’t have a doubt that we will be able to come together and support each other,” Gonzales said. Christian hopes such enthusiasm will grow after the alumni game, which he predicts to be the first of many. “Tradition leads to pride and pride leads to a snese of ownership.”


No shoes required

Odd ball sports By rubia siddiqi Hub Staff Writer

By elsie fullerton Hub Staff Writer

Rock-Climbing: Many students at DHS including junior Matthew Lee take part in indoor rock-climbing at the Rocknasium as a favorite pastime. There are three main types of rock climbing: •Boulder climbing: short and quick • Top roping: more endurancelevel training where climber is tied to a rope attached to the wall • Lead climbing: climbers start on the ground and you clip in the rope as you go up into clips •Both top roping and lead climbing require harnesses and another person to belay them, which “basically means stopping them from dying if they fall,” Lee said. “I rock climb because it requires self-determination and simply because it is fun,” Lee said.

Some runners lean towards barefoot running because of the new fivefinger shoes and peaked interest.

runs cross country, the choice is simple: “I just like it [barefoot running] better,” Dooley said. Since Toy doesn’t have racing flats (thinner soled shoes), he often runs harder workouts, barefoot which take place on grass. But running short distances barefoot isn’t where the controversy lies. “[Running barefoot has] always been a good drill,” Denton said, “but doing high mileage [runs] we really don’t know what the long term implications are.” “If you’re going to try [barefoot running] and you’ve been wearing a standard running shoe...Don’t throw [the standard running shoes] away...Work into

Synchronized Swimming: “It’s like a combination of dancing, cheer leading and gymnastics all done in the water,” sophomore synchronized swimmer Molly Thomas said. • For routine, swimmers wear de-


Injuries brought down team By Mckenzie seaton Hub Staff Writer

From the time the sixth period bell rang until dark, the DHS varsity football team practiced -- and predicted they were in for a more impressive season. “We did everything we could; we worked really hard and put in tons of effort, but it just didn’t pay off,” senior co-captain Peter Smith said. The team failed to meet its own expectations of a 5-5 season, and instead walked away with a 1-9 record. “It’s disappointing because we looked a lot better in pre-season, but the injuries really killed us when it came to game time,” Smith said. “We lost big players like Court-

ney [Williams] for weeks, which really hurt us throughout the season,” senior Dillard Brown said. Over the course of the season, 16 players suffered injuries, and towards the end of the season, eight players were injured at once. “We were a small team, and at practice, a lot of us would have to play both offense and defense, which really wore us down,” “We didn’t have any subs, so it was just constantly getting hit and beat up everyday that did us in and caused so many injuries,” senior Derrick Coronado said. Some players feel the aggressive training programs the various injuries that stopped the team from achieving the 5-5 record they were striving for. “I don’t really know what led to so many injuries. I guess it was just

Fencing: Sophomore Hannah Nielsen took up fencing three years ago. Nielson practices every Monday and Wednesday, and occasionally on Saturdays. • Davis Fencing Academy has its own center in Davis where fencers practice year round • Basic fencing gear consists of a jacket, mask and sword; used in dry fencing • Electric fencing differs from dry fencing in that when an opponent is hit with the sword, lights on flash on and off. • Swords are made out of foil, saber called an epee. From left: junior Jacob Shroeder and seniors Chase HunMurray and and Evan ArnoldGordan sit out at football practice due to various injuries.

hard having training right before practice because we were always really tired, which could have led to some injuries,” Smith said. Smith believes more time should have been spent lifting and weight gaining opposed to physical fitness, but overall is still happy with the program. Senior Brent Martin on the other hand, felt that the training was appropriate. “We wanted to be pushed hard and treated like we were at a college level, not in high school and that’s what we got,” Martin said. “Regardless of the setbacks and losses, I always looked forward to Friday nights every week. Even if we didn’t win, I still loved it and worked hard to play the best I could for my team,” Smith said.


and claims that barefoot running is better for your legs,” Denton said. “[The] big advantage of shoes is to provide comfort [and] support,” Denton said. “Whether you land forefoot or midfoot, like barefoot runners do, or back on your heel... shoes take some of that punishment,” he said. According to Denton, track and cross country coaches have, for years, encouraged members of their teams to run barefoot once or twice a week in order to help strengthen their feet and help them with their turnover. Philip Toy, a senior on the cross country team, does just that. “Running barefoot...feel[s] nice on grass, and I think you can run faster...Our coach recommends we get some barefoot running in, but he doesn’t enforce it,” Toy said. For Kathy Dooley, who also

tailed and sparkled swimsuits • Swimmers wear a matching headpiece which relates to the routine • Meets consist of solo or team routines with the team. Routines are judged on a scale of one to 10.


Just because they do not have formal teams at DHS, doesn’t mean they’re not played competitively amongst DHS students. Odd sports: rock climbing, synchronized swimming and fencing are all represented in the Olympics, however not equally recognized on the local level.


“[I] wear running shoes because that’s just the way I’ve always done it,” UC Davis athlete Dakotah Mohr, who runs four to six times a week, said. But not everyone chooses to wear standard running shoes. “Barefoot running has always been around [...] forever, but in the last few years there’s been a lot of noise... in the media about it,” a co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports J.D. Denton said, who has been selling running shoes for 31 years. Barefoot runners claim that running unshod, or without shoes, is better for overall foot health. Runners who promote standard shoes, on the other hand, claim that running unshod can be detrimental. Specifically, many barefoot runners feel that running unshod is how people are meant to run. By running barefoot, advocates claim that ligaments and muscles in feet become stronger, just like exercising any other muscle group in your body. But some feel that due to the increasingly ‘cushy’ lifestyles of people today, feet have evolved to be generally less fit for barefoot activity. Shoes, advocates argue, help absorb the the shock that otherwise jars feet at each step. “Advantages of barefoot running are really dependent on who you ask. If you ask people who are committed to barefoot running, they would list a lot of advantages

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Students pass it on By caitlin glassman Hub Staff Writer

Senior Sammy Houck (top center) has been playing AYSO soccer for 13 years.



Senior Megan Aube arrives at the City of Davis Gymnastics and Dance Center. She gathers up her class of six kids and begins to lead them in a stretch. The kids then work on their beam and vault skills. Junior Stephanie Teuber talks with a Aube is among many player on her under 12 fall AYSO socstudents who coach cer team. younger kids’ sports, from synchronized child. swimming to basketball. “I’ve learned how to deal with different Junior Benjy Egel ages as well as make sure kids are improving coached five to 12-year- their gymnastics while having fun at the same olds at the Davis Youth time,” Aube said. Baseball Camp three Kids also profit from having younger summers ago. At the coaches. Seventh grader Glen liked the laidannual summer camp, back experience he got from being taught by “we taught them basic high school coaches in the City of Davis basfundamentals…how to ketball league. They focused on building skills field a ground ball, how through fun, easy techniques instead of vigorto throw properly, bat,” ous drills, according to Glen. he said. Egel also believes high school coaches can Both Egel and positively affect the players. “The [coaches] Aube’s previous experi- recently have gone through the same training ence with their respec- as the kids they teach, so they are able to help tive sports helped them them out without going too over the head. obtain their jobs. Egel Not only do these jobs come with cash has played baseball for rewards, they also bring with them a sense 11 years. While Aube of purpose and accomplishment, according has extensive dance and to Bowen. “I loved mentoring the kids,” he gymnastics experience. said. Coaching kids can Aube encourages students to pursue jobs as have positive effects on coaches. “Working with kids is definitely the both the coach and the hightlight of my day,” she said.

A-Y-S-O: All Your Saturdays Occupied By amanda zastrow Hub Staff Writer

Many Davisites have played AYSO soccer since they were five years old, and have continued to do so into their teens. But what is more prevalent in AYSO is the community that the players, coaches and volunteers create. Senior Sammy Houck has played AYSO soccer for 13 years. Houck

believes that a person can start playing AYSO at any age, no matter his or her skill level. “When you’re new [to AYSO] the coaches and your teammates will work with you. They teach you the simple skills that you need to know for soccer, and hopefully catch you up to the other players,” Houck said. AYSO’s official website, www., promotes that “in AYSO

every child plays at least 50 percent of the game. The best way to learn soccer is to play!” According to Da Vini junior and 10 year AYSO player Nikolas Harter, the AYSO fall season lets everyone play soccer. “No matter how good you are, or how many years you’ve played,

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