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vol. 88 / issue 2

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The school district is making efforts to inform students and parents about services available to staff and students who may be affected by two events: the murder of an elderly Davis couple in April, and the news that a Davis teen was charged in the case. The superintendent’s office sent an email to parents on Sept. 17, and DHS staff made a statement in fifth period classrooms on Sept. 19 to inform about services available to those who may have been “impacted to certain degrees by [the media coverage].” The messages were a response to a preliminary hearing of Davis teenager Daniel Marsh and its media coverage. Marsh, 16, has pleaded not guilty to two charges of first-degree murder and is being prosecuted as an adult. The statement covered possible reactions to the news and how students can help themselves and others cope. They explained that “as a school community, we are all impacted to varying degrees by [the pretrial].” The statement added that there is no “right” or “wrong” reaction and that “it is important that [students] take care of our emotions and each other.” It advised students to talk to parents or guardians about their reactions and to look for friends who might have trouble coping but have not looked for help. Students had mixed reactions to the statement. Junior Emily Phillips said that it seemed odd to make the statement to everyone, since the majority of students have no connection to the case. Junior Ivan Castro disagreed, explaining that the statement helped add a sense of security. “[The statement] made me feel like the school really cared about our sense of well-being, and I think they want us to know they’re there for us in this time of confusion.” Counselor Catherine Pereira explained that the statement was made because “we want to make sure that all students have a support system in place.” Pereira said that talking to counselors, parents, or friends would be a good way to verbalize concerns. In addition, director of student support services Laura Juanitas said that there is concern that students who have trouble coping but don’t seek help might have problems. She said the most extreme cases could involve self-harm, “but even in cases less extreme, students can end up struggling academically and socially in school and or they can turn to drugs and alcohol.” Juanitas said that students see drugs, alcohol and other self-destructive behaviors as a way to cope, but “in reality, it makes everything worse.” “That is why as a district, we felt it was important to reach out to parents through a listserv announcement and students in their classes,” Juanitas said. She added, “If our speaking to all students in class caused even one more student to seek help who needed it, then we have done the right thing.” Pereira said that students who are in crisis receive priority, and that counselors “will take them right away, and we all work as a team to make sure we reach students who are in need.” DHS parents received an email from the superintendent’s office two days before faculty talked to students. According to the email, its purpose was “to inform our parent community that we have taken steps to support our staff and students.” Despite the fact that Marsh has been the subject of many discussions on campus, the district also emphasized that students should not contribute to rumors or speculation. The email underlined the importance of the view that “each human being in our schools has a right to privacy,” and Juanitas also stressed that the legal process is ongoing and that speculation is inappropriate. She continued, saying that students and staff can “work hard to support each other as best we can.”

Devils to dance through the decades

Homecoming dance returns with rock and roll theme after hiatus After several weeks of getting into the groove of the new school year, students will have the opportunity to let loose and rock out on the dance floor. The homecoming dance is back and will take place on Oct. 4 from 9-12 p.m. in the North Gym. After experiencing several complications with having a homecoming dance last year, Student Government decided to reinstate the annual event for this year’s homecoming. There was no homecoming dance last year because reservations for the gym were not made in time, according to junior Sydney Maguire, the homecoming dance committee head in Student Government. According to junior class president Annie Leck, the lack of administrators supervision for the dance also prevented the event from happening the previous school year. In addition to teacher chaperones, Leck said that the principal and at least one vice principal must be present at the dance. However, this time around, Principal Will Brown will be present along with the help of the vice principals, according to Leck. With the requirements checked off to host the dance, Maguire hopes that this year’s semiformal dance will be

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a bigger success than previous years, where, according to Maguire, attendance was low due to the unpopularity of a casual dance directly after the homecoming game. To attract more students to the dance and to serve as a kickoff for homecoming week, the dance will take place the Friday before the homecoming game, according to Maguire. “My hope is that we have maybe 300 attendees and that everyone has a good time,” Maguire said. To complement the dance’s theme of rock and roll, Student Government plans to host a live rock band for 45 minutes, according to Maguire. While sophomore senate member Teddy Knox also hopes for a successful homecoming dance, he also wants the dance and other homecoming activities to encourage sophomores to be more active with their school. “If I can get the incoming sophomores to realize that high school student activities are a totally different ball game [and that] they’re a really big deal, then hopefully over this year and over their three years at DHS, they’ll really be excited to be involved with these activities,” Knox said. Dance tickets will continue to be sold the week of the dance, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, at the finance office during lunch for $15 with an ASB card and $20 without. Tickets will also be sold at the dance for $20.

OctOber 10/4 Field hockey “Set the Record Night” (vs. Chico) 10/4 Homecoming Dance 10/7 - 10/11 Homecoming Spirit Week t 10/11 Parade t 10/11 Football game (vs. Monterey Trail) 10/12 Soccer (vs. Jesuit) 10/31 Happy Halloween!


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competition. they will continue to compete, with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the world championships in st. louis this spring.

Domo Arigato Fueled by team synergy and a great love for robotics, the Davis, California FIRST Robotics Team “Citrus Circuits” secured the trophy of the Northern California robotics competition, Powerhouse Pwnage. The competition was held on Sept. 13-14, consisting of 25 northern California teams. Citrus Circuits went 12-0, winning every match and taking home the prize. The team members rejoiced over winning Powerhouse Pwnage, but their eyes are set on next year’s world championships, where 2700 teams compete to be a part of the competition, leaving four divisions each consisting of 100 teams to fight for first. Although the rules and game change every year, last world championships they took fourth, winning every match in their division and only losing in the semifinals. The game they played was called Ultimate Ascent, in which two alliances made up of three robots each compete to score as many discs as they can during the two minute and 15 second match. The match ends with the robots attempting to climb a pyramid in the middle of the field to gain additional points. The team, headed by team captain Jasmine Zhou and co-captain Reese Woodard, is divided into four different sub groups, including electrical, programming, mechanical and business media. The electrical sub-team-captain Brycen Wershing mainly deals with electrical issues and pneumatics, the production of motion through pressurized gas. “Electrical

issues happen every game, usually one or two minor issues per match and one fatal one per competition,” Wershing said. He has been on the team for three years and it “allows me to do what I love to do”. Business media lead and head scout Alexis Gilbert describes the importance of scouting because it can directly influence the outcome of the match. “Scouting basically won us most of our matches in the world championships and at Powerhouse Pwnage” Gilbert said. Scouting is the process of watching the other teams play and marking how many points they score in order to seed out the best teams. Gilbert also helps raise money for the team. It has a usual budget of $60,000 a year, gained through fundraising at the Farmers Market and grants from local companies. Just buying parts for their robots alone costs $10,000. And when paying to attend regional matches is included, they use every penny they raise. Head mentor Steve Harvey, who started the robotics team 10 years ago, hosts the robotics team in his room at Da Vinci Charter Academy. The team is “student run” he explains, so he makes sure that the team functions as a competitive and coercive team. Zhou became hooked on robotics when she attended a competition in the sixth grade, and she has made it her passion since. Zhou also added that the enviroment is why she stayed. “[Robotics is] fun, awesome, with a supportive community that works together well,” Zhou said.

September in the news Kenya mall besieged Unidentified gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall, battled security forces and held hostages in Nairobi, Kenya on Sept. 21. The siege lasted until Sept. 24 and resulted in at least 72 deaths. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility, and cites the attack as retribution for Kenyan involvement in Somalia.

Aggies stomp back into town Expect the downtown area to become flooded with returning college students as UC Davis classes start Thursday, Sept. 26.

Government contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. on Sept. 16, killing 12 and injuring three. Alexis is said to have been delusional and reported hearing voices before the attack. Alexis was killed in a battle with the police at the Navy Yard.

Gov. Jerry Brown signs for wages Students working jobs will have reason to smile this week, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 10 on Sept. 25. The bill will raise minimum wage to $9 an hour by July 1, 2014, and by 2016 it will be raised to $10. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, California is one of only 18 states to have minimum wage above the required federal level of $7.25.

Principal Brown, parents, staff and students in Site Council are dedicated to improving the school by introducing new programs and changes. In order for students’ voices to be heard, three representatives were elected by students at the assembly on Sept. 10. Representatives were required to complete and submit a personal statement before the schoolwide election. Peers could use these descriptions to make the best choices and cast their vote. The candidates who ran for this position car-

ried the hopes of spreading student requests to monthly meetings. Meetings are held on the third Thursday at 3 p.m. in the library, and anybody is welcome. Seniors Nora Filet, Keir Negron and Nathan de Ropp were selected by popular vote to represent the student body in Site Council. Negron said that because students contribute to the majority of the school, they should have an impact on what goes on. “Student representatives are treated equally. They contribute to the discussions, propose ideas for change and examine data to consider when programs should be created,” Vice Principal Tom

The annual Emmy awards on Sept. 22 resulted in big wins for some shows, and disappointments for others. Although Aaron Paul was upset by Bobby Cannavale for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama, the show “Breaking Bad” won the night’s best prize, taking home its first Emmy for Best Drama. “Modern Family” took home the Best Comedy Emmy for the fourth consecutive year, and Claire Danes took home Best Actress in a Drama for the second year in a row.

Welcome to Shaq-ramento Shaquille O’Neal was introduced Tuesday as the new minority owner of the Sacramento Kings. Although Kings fans have mixed feelings about O’Neal, his position as four-time NBA champion and league MVP cannot be forgotten.


Breaking Bad makes it big at Emmys

McHale said. Filet believes that her confidence and openness will help her achieve her goals. Her priority is school pride and unity amongst students. “I want all the students of DHS to be proud to say that they are a Blue Devil and feel motivated to support one another,” Filet said. Site Council promotes the improvement of student achievement in DHS, and student members will be able to influence the outcome of decisions made during meetings to better support the student body. “I hope to provide a voice for my peers,” de Ropp said.


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‘Nom-tastic’ lunch destinations

-Delaney Coleman, junior



Savemart Shopping Center “I remember walking on the Sophomore Walk when I was in 10th grade. It’s convenient.”

-Kelsey McMorrow, junior

Biking Time: 2 minutes Walking Time: 5 minutes Eateries include: Quickly, Dosirak, Savemart, Taqueria POSITIVE: Nearest choice, it is a good option for those who don’t have their license yet or don’t own a bike. Dirt cheap, speedy and convenient- Savemart is a foolproof choice. NEGATIVE: Mainly cheap, processed foods. Some students have reported eating cold or microwaved foods.

University Mall: “Get out of the DHS parking lot fast, so you can spend more time at Trader Joe’s!

-Paul Hinton, senior

Driving Time: 6 minutes Biking Time: 10 minutes Eateries include: Ohana’s Hawaiian Barbecue, Sugarplum, World Market, Starbucks, Subway, Fluffy Donuts, Trader Joe’s POSITIVE: Unique ethnic food found nowhere else in Davis with almost zero crowd. Also, snag samples at Trader Joe’s! NEGATIVE: With many intersection lights on the way, save plenty of time to get back to school.

“I really enjoy going to the Whole Foods area because there is a greater selection of food. Plus you can get some grocery shopping done! But make sure you get back to DHS quickly to find a parking space.”

Davis Commons:

“There’s a good variety of choices for food, and it’s easy to get to. I also love how many parking lot and bike spaces there are so students don’t have to fight for a lot.” -Maxine Zhao, junior

The Marketplace:

Driving Time: 6 minutes Biking time: 10 minutes Eateries include: Mikuni, Pluto’s, The Habit, pinkberry, Jamba Juice and Whole Foods POSITIVE: Many different styles of food – options available for everyone (vegetarian, low-fat, sushi, burgers) NEGATIVE: Slightly pricier, must pay more for the same amount of food offered elsewhere.

-Cassie Slack, junior

C.R.E.A.M. (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) is a new ice cream shop that opened in Davis on Sept. 21. Located across from the F street movie theater (at 110 F St.), it features various ice cream flavors sandwiched between two freshly baked cookies.

“Davis doesn’t have a good ice cream place, so I’m looking forward to consuming their ice cream sandwiches.”




Time seems to move slowly the last few minutes of fourth period when your stomach is grumbling from hunger. But when the bell rings, it’s lunchtime. The only question is where to go. In high school, a whole new world of lunchtime destinations opens up. No more soggy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or mushed apples; now there’s fresh burritos and Dutch Bros. For the sophomores, the policy of an open campus is a foreign idea, and many are trying it out, going out to eat instead of staying on campus. It’s important students return on time, and finding a place to go eat in a short 43 minutes can be a challenge. Senior Samuel Ravani thinks he’s got it down. “After going off campus for lunch for the past few years, I’ve become used to the lunch schedule and when to leave to be back on time. However, there are still some days when getting back to class on time is difficult,” Ravani said. “It’s just a matter of what you’re planning to do off campus and how well you can manage your time.” There are four main destinations for students. The Marketplace, well-liked for its short distance from DHS and variety of restaurants to choose from, is home to eateries like Noah’s Bagels, Jamba Juice, Jack’s Urban Eats and Panda Express. Another option is downtown, where students can find many different places to eat, including the ever-famous Chipotle. Keep in mind when traveling downtown that finding parking can be difficult and lines can be long, so keep track of time. The other places students visit at lunch are the grocery stores: Nugget, Co-op and Savemart. These places offer ready-to-go hot food that is quick and easy to purchase. Usually everyone can find something they want at a grocery store. But what if you don’t have a car? Have no fear, the Sophomore Walk will always be here! The Sophomore Walk leads to the plaza with Savemart, Quickly and a few other restaurants. While there aren’t as many options on the Sophomore Walk, it’s a great place to go if you don’t have a car but want to go off campus to eat. Ravani suggests this option if you don’t have a lot of time to spare. “If you want be quick, I suggest going to somewhere in the Savemart shopping center because it’s close to school,” Ravani said. Of course, the other option is to pack a lunch and eat on campus or buy from the cafeteria. Many students spend their lunch period on campus, either at club meetings, doing homework or just eating and enjoying while not worrying about returning on time. Ravani said he usually likes to go out for lunch when he doesn’t have something to do on campus at lunch. He generally goes to either the Marketplace or the Savemart shopping center. “I definitely prefer to leave campus because it gives me a break from being at school all day. Also, there are a lot more options for things to do off campus compared to on campus,” Ravani said. Junior Alex McIntyre agrees that going out to eat can be a nice break. “I don’t know, it’s fun,” McIntyre said. “It’s nice to have time away from school in the middle of the day.” Though McIntyre enjoys going out, he also likes to stay on campus a lot of the time because he says it is more relaxing. Whether going out to get food from a selection of downtown delis or staying in the quad for a stress-free lunch period, the freedom of an open campus gives you the option to choose how to spend your lunch.


Driving Time: 3-5 min Biking Time: 6 min Eateries include: Jacks Urban Eats, Togo’s Sandwiches, Noah’s Bagels, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Dos Coyotes POSITIVE: Very convenient, close by and with a variety of quick, cheap foods. NEGATIVE: A popular choice for many high school students, The Marketplace is often crowded with long lines at every restaurant.

The Melt, opening mid- October, will be located in the former Ben & Jerry’s location in Davis Commons, next to Whole Foods and Mikuni. The restaurant is an American-style eatery. Its menu also includes soups, sandwiches, salads and classic desserts.


“The Melt is the first place of its kind, and I’m going to be sure to check it out with my friends!”

-Hirra Akhtar, junior








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High school magician Isaiah West fans out his deck of cards. West has practiced magic for years, acquiring a diverse knowledge of tricks.

What magicians have up their sleeves simultaneously blowing on his knuckles. His eyes widen with excitement when he unclenches to reveal a neatly folded origami frog in the paper’s place. How did he do it? Well, magic of course. Josh Inouye, a sophomore at DHS, has been practicing and creating magic tricks since he was 12. Although his magic might seem mind-boggling and somewhat impossible, there is a sort of science behind it. “I really work on sleight of hand, which is basically moving your hand faster than the human eye can react to,” he said. As Jesse Eisenberg’s character in the magic-themed movie “Now You See Me” said, “The more you look, the less you see.” Meaning that while the audience often focuses on what is going on right in front of them, the magician does the real trick elsewhere. Sophomore Thomas Hart and junior Isaiah West get a variety of reactions when performing a trick: shock, screams or in West’s case, even tears. “If it’s really powerful, most people actually don’t like it. They just don’t understand it,” Hart said. “It’s usually the

completely different card, “Naturally my mind was blown! I Inouye gets a thrill out of the responses. “It makes me feel good, like I fooled someone that thought they couldn’t be fooled,” Inouye said. West believes that a magician should spend time perfecting a trick before it is performed so that everything goes seamlessly in front of an audience. “It depends on the trick, but it can take from 10 minutes to 10 weeks [to prepare],” West said. Inouye tends to take a couple weeks cultivating his own tricks since he believes they are usually harder for the audiThe common phrase, “A magician never reveals his secrets,” holds true for West, who almost never shares his techniques. Hart, on the other hand, freely educates anyone who wants to know how to do simple tricks. Even though their techniques may vary, the three magicians all agreed on what their favorite part of magic is: “The reaction [you get] when you fool someone: it’s really special,” West said.

Science teachers Eric Bastin and Timothy Peevyhouse spend lunch tobest friends for more than a decade.

Bug catching part of ‘zoobot’ curriculum themselves or with a partner. These insects must come from 11 different orders, or

At the start of every school year, students taking Zoology and Botany are assigned a bug catching and examination project. The process of the lab includes catching bugs in the wild, humanely killing them and pinning the bugs to Styrofoam. According to Sherri Sandberg-Ransom, one of two Zoobot teachers at DHS, students need to collect 3040 insects, depending on whether they are working by

Junior Olivia Stroud decided to take Zoobot because it sounded like “a very hands on class in terms of dealing with actual specimens.” She lived up to expectations of having the opportunity to work with living things.” Senior Tyler Ujifusa agrees with Stroud and thinks that the project is fun and educational. He likes the project because he and his

friends can “get together and catch bugs together.” Although it is a fun hands-on project, students may face challenges such as “having to be organized and proactive; it’s not a project that [students] can do at the last minute,” said Tim Peevyhouse, the other Zoobot teacher. Stroud concluded, “I feel as though I’ve learned so much more about insects from actually having the opportunity to examine the insects I’ve gathered.”

These best friends teach in the same department and often share their lunch period together. DHS is not only ships, but there is also a special friendship among the teachers. Science teachers Eric Bastin and Timothy Peevyhouse have been friends for more than 20 years. Working in side-by-side rooms, Bastin and Peevyhouse share a long-lasting friendship. “Long enough not to remember how long we’ve been friends!” Peevyhouse said. Before their teaching career, they both attended grad school at UC Davis. “We had a mutual friend, way back when I was in grad school at Davis. I think

Sophomore Josh Inouye uses a classic maneuver spends up to several weeks creating his own magic tricks in hopes of tricking his audience.

we just started hanging out mainly because of the mutual friend. We played a lot of basketball together,” Bastin said. “We became better friends when we started teaching together back in the ’90s,” Peevyhouse said. After a number of years working together, Peevyhouse began teaching in the science department at DHS in 2000. “When a position opened up a few years ago, I encouraged and pestered [Bastin] to come to DHS. I knew it wanted to be able to teach with him again,” Peevyhouse said. The two friends shared some great memories together from their recent trip. Last summer, Bastin and Peevyhouse took a canoe

trip down Putah Creek from Pedrick Road and Mace Boulevard. “It was an amazing trip down an unexpectedly beautiful river. I felt like Huck Finn,” Peevyhouse said. According to Bastin, they also went camping and cross-country skiing last year. “Mr. Bastin is always fun to hang out with. He is the kind of guy who will come over and help you paint your house, but he never asks you to do the same for him,” Peevyhouse said. Peevyhouse and Bastin have one of the many teacher friendships at DHS. It just so happens they teach in the science department together. “I’m certainly glad he’s here because it is nice to teach with one of your best friends,” Bastin said.



A symbiotic relationship


He folds a sheet of white paper into a triangle and places

simpler ones that get the better reactions.” Junior Elisa McIsaac recounted a time at cross-country camp when Hart showed her a trick that involved switching the number and suit of a card without touching it. She

Former student Alec Zavala’s insect collection is displayed outside of Timothy Peevyhouse’s classroom. Carpenter bees and varand Botany students.


How did you guys bond? Chloe Clouse: Izzy and I met at the “Hunger Games” midnight premiere. We had mutual friends, and then I asked if I could lay on her tummy cause I was tired. She said yes so I knew she was cool. Izzy Leamon: [laughs] YES that’s what happened. She was lying on top of me before we even knew each other’s names. That’s what he said.

Q: OK so the question must be asked…who’s friendlier? CC: ME! Jk probably Izzy actually. Like when it

Izzy: Weirdest thing about Chloe? Chloe: Weirdest thing about Izzy? CC: Izzy’s super into physical contact. Whenever we’re around each other she’s always touching some part of my body. Like not in a creepy way. In a “I want to stroke your hand while we talk about our lives,” kinda way. IL: Lol TRUTH. Chloe has a major Dutch addiction. Like she goes there at least once a day. And she gets self conscious about how the elbows of her sweaters look. CC: Yeah they know me there! And my hot neighbor works day! And I don’t want people to think I have saggy elbows! Like, that’d be gross!


CC: Yeah and there weren’t any cute boys.

SEPARATION ward. But then I start warming up to people, and things get real weird real fast. But yeah Izzys just always smiling and in a good mood. IL: Awwwww!!!! OMG I love meeting new people and making new friends SO much. Haha oh god, I’m such a Friendship Day cliche. But that’s totally Chloe too! Together we’re basically an explosion of friendliness.

Seniors Chloe Clouse and Izzy Leamon are both part of the Friendship Day team. But when it comes to their relationship with each other, they get a little more than just friendly.

What are the craziest things you guys do together? CC: Wrestle. Like frequently. And try and poke each others bellybuttons. Which like really hurts and I always lose so it sucks! IL: We love twerking. One time we had nothing to do so we went to the library. That was painful. Another time we witnessed a car crash and didn’t know what to do so we drove to Woodland and got Sonic. That was a lot less painful. CC: OMG you can’t tell people we went to the library. You’re making us sound like nerds. IL: No, but if you say we hated the library, I think it’s ok! Like they cancel each other out! The people

Anything else the world needs to know about you two? IL: If I was going to be stranded on a desert island and could only pick one thing to bring with me I’d choose Chloe. CC: Awwwwwww! I’d pick a toothbrush. IL: Oh wait awk did I say Chloe? I meant my best friend. CC: You suck!! IL: I love Chloe with all my heart, and I wouldn’t trade our friendship for anything in the world. She is SO important to me, and I don’t even know what I’d do without her. CC: AWWWWWWWWW! The feeling is so, so mutual!





him to sit and stay,” Morgan said. “I also wrapped tin foil around him once so he looked like a burrito.”




A4, B2, C1, D3





eachers around the campus are crazy about their furry friends. From labradors to chihuahuas, teachers are plastering their dogs all over their computer backgrounds or sharing stories of their adventures with their four-legged companions with their class. Before starting a lesson, science teacher Sherri Sandberg opens her desktop up to reveal a friendly face: her dog Abbow. “My dog is my shadow. She follows me everywhere I go,” Sandberg said. “I like to take her for long walks, and even though she weighs 50 pounds, I like to hold her on my lap.” English teacher Eric Morgan refers to his dog, Boo, as his “little buddy.” “I take him most places. I have a certain expectation for his behavior,” Morgan said. “We sneak him into places like the grocery store, and we always get away with it. He’s my BFF.” “I have two dogs named Tofu and Buddy,” English teacher Kelly Wilkerson said. “Tofu is unusual, he likes to be held like a baby, very clingy and in your lap all the time.” While you may see your teacher strictly in teaching mode, out with their dog, they may be completely different. “I like



Match DHS teachers in the right column to their furry friends on the left, then check your answers below.





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What’s New, Blue Crew? The new school year has introduced many new aspects to life at DHS, and The HUB goes in-depth to find out how students and staff have been impacted and how they are adapting to these changes.

Here’s what 30 DHS students said:




Calendar Access to grades Online lockers



Loop Mail

Staying in the loop When the start of the school year rolled around, incoming DHS students not only had to adjust to new surroundings and schedules, but they also had to acclimate to a different grading and communication system This communication system, School Loop, replaced Q Connection as the district’s main student information system.  According to librarian and teacher Bruce Cummings, the school district had originally proposed switching to School Loop during the 2010-2011 school year; however, it was only implemented at the beginning of this semester.

Unlike previous systems, School Loop offers many services to students, such as a comprehensive course calendar with assignment due dates, an email system that allows for students to email anyone at the school and an online storage system as well. School Loop also allows parents to create accounts and be more involved with their children’s schooling. Many students have reacted to the switch with enthusiasm, such as junior Brycen Wershing. “I like how easy it is to navigate and the built in email service,” Wershing said. Cummings also agreed with Wershing, saying that “All students may use the internal Loop Mail system, whether they have a separate

Link Crew


Teachers transferred from junior highs

taking classes MPR torn down


teachers. “It’s really helpful to be able to look up, download or view PowerPoints and handouts which the teachers put in their lockers,” Fiehn said. Junior Anisa Khan agrees, saying that “it is easier to access your teachers and to see your assignments online and in the calendar.” Cummings has high hopes for School Loop and says that “apart from [students] using it as a tool to access and manage their coursework at Davis High School, School Loop [will be] a good introduction to the sorts of course management systems used by post-secondary educational institutions.”

CHANGES TO DHS 2013 Policies for 2014

New principal & vice principal

Cap on total number of AP classes

email account or not.” However, junior Martha Fiehn feel as if there are some downsides to the daily emails parents can sign up to receive from School Loop, which inform parents of daily attendance and grades. “I thought that aspect of School Loop would put on enormous pressure not just on the students, whose parents might nag them […], but also on the teachers to keep the grades updated,” Fiehn said. Cummings also acknowledged this, adding that “districts and schools must be prepared to set reasonable expectations for responding to parent inquiries [about grades].” Nevertheless, Fiehn appreciates the connection School Loop brings to students and



Student Opinion: What is your favorite aspect of School Loop?


Getting to the core

New state standards transition into DHS curriculum

Common Core Goals To connect diverse state curricula with each other To better help students be able to compete with international students To give students “better knowledge and tools” to compete in the workforce and international fields To set the foundation for greater student growth For all students to succeed, no matter their location or circumstance


difference in the types of preparation as well as the teaching methods. According to math teacher David Blackwell, mathematics will involve a change in sequence and the timing of topics. The algebra course standards will take the place of current eighth grade math curriculums, and Algebra 2 will emulate what Algebra 2 Trigonometry is right now. “Students will need to interpret and solidify arguments, such as open-ended or close-ended questions,” Blackwell said. In addition to Common Core, California decided to adopt recently released national recommendations for science. These standards outline similar conclusions, but they are more central to science, whereas Common Core focuses on math and English. According to Physics teacher Scott Richardson, the old standards were very heavy in content, however now the emphasis has been placed on the themes and practices throughout the various sciences.

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Statewide, all public school districts have been shifting from the previous standards to California Common Core. Common Core was first introduced five years ago. DHS is starting to gradually apply it in courses, but the transition will officially take action next fall. “The labs we perform in science are totally different in the experimental portion. We need to design them ourselves with little to no direction,” junior Cordelia Hsiao said. Although these adjustments are not formally established yet, many teachers have begun incorporating them into their classes. Although the new state standards directly impact students, however, many are still confused or unaware about how this switch affects them in the classroom. STAR testing is one aspect, as they will be replaced by Common Core exams. Along with that, classes will

require a deeper understanding of concepts and improved problem solving. The new standards clearly communicate what is expected of each grade level and focus on core conceptual procedures. “Instead of answering a, b or c, students are going to need to manipulate material and show what they know,” Principal William Brown said. According to Brown, students will need to be taught how to master what they learn in order to prepare and accommodate the change in style in tests. Because of this, there will also be different adjustments within each subject. English teacher John Oster said that there is going to be an emphasis on including more non-fiction in the curriculum. “They wanted to reflect the real world more because some students don’t see the relevance in some fiction,” Oster said. In addition to the modifications on course syllabi, students will experience a


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Stay out of the serious situation in Syria CLIFF DHUBJAJAPRANATA STAFF

To all the neoconservatives out there, a full-scale war may be worth risking if we could even guarantee the destruction of these chemical weapons stockpiles. That is not easily accomplished when the United States became the Syrian Paul Revere after Obama’s announcement advocating military action on Aug. 31 gave government forces plenty of time to relocate their chemical weapons. Let’s not burden future generations with the cost of another war or the pain of seeing more sons and fathers deploy and leave behind their families. History teacher Fern O’Brien, whose husband is in the Air Force Reserves, knows the toll war has on the family, especially for her two daughters, one of whom is a junior at DHS. “I clearly remember her first day of elementary school and mentioning to the teacher that her dad was deployed. Little did I know this would be a common circumstance. He has been deployed just about every odd-year since then, so we estimate he has been away for about half of Mari’s life,” O’Brien said. Two wars in the past decade and millions of separated families are enough. The United States cannot get involved in Syria’s conflict. We must stand fast and demand that our government by and for the people stay true to constituents demanding peace.

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Ten years ago, thousands of soldiers stormed the sovereign nation of Iraq all in the name of suspected weapons of mass destruction in a surprise invasion with a costly aftermath: nearly 200,000 lives lost, trillions of dollars spent and a weary nation exhausted from war. Today, we are tested once more in bloodstained Syria, a country in the middle of an ongoing civil war whose people have fallen victim to chemical weapons warfare. While Russia’s plan to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control is shaky at best, plans for a military intervention are still in the president’s operations playbook. Despite the tragedy taking place in Syria, the United States must not militarily intervene in the Syrian civil war. In a nation buckling under a nearly $17 trillion

debt and still patching the wounds of a weak economy, launching campaigns to undermine Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons would be fiscally irresponsible, even when estimates predict the cost to be ok. Such low estimations were seen in the Iraq War, where the U.S. government initially estimated the cost to be $50 to $60 billion. Instead the cost is expected to balloon to $2.2 trillion by 2053, according to a report by the Costs of War project at Brown University. Can we really afford another war? It is worthy to note that President Barack Obama already ruled out the option of having boots on the ground. But Tomahawk missiles, the preferred weapon of choice for a strike, still cost $1.4 million each, according to DefenseNews. Multiply that by possibly hundreds of missiles and the United States can continue to kiss its financial future goodbye to a nation on the other side of the planet. Syria may be a regional power, but it poses no threat to our country. To those who would say that Syria is a national security risk, they should remember that our intervention could aggravate Iran to strike one of our closest allies, Israel. Should such ramifications occur, perhaps a regional or even greater conflict could ensue. Would risking World War III be worth stopping chemical weapons thousands of miles away?

ZHUB OE JUANITAS STAFF It seems like every time you blink, there’s a new piece of technology sweeping the nation. For Apple, it’s the iPhone. First introduced in June 2007, the phone quickly rose in popularity and held the title of the best-selling smartphone in the world during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data compiled by the firm, Strategy Analytics. There are many characteristics that could contribute to its rapid success, but the fact that Apple releases a new model each year gives it the advantage of keeping up with the ever-changing world of technology. It’s pretty safe to say that people, especially teenagers, get bored with material objects quickly, so Apple might actually be hurting themselves by coming out with new versions so frequently. I know if I had jumped at the chance to buy the iPhone 5 when it first came out, I would be pretty dis-

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appointed that I hadn’t waited for the new iPhone 5s. Apple has a goal for each of its new iPhones and that is to make it easier to maneuver. The new phones are also more innovative, more energy-efficient and just plain cooler! The new iPhone 5s embodies all these qualities with its sleek design, advanced camera and, may I mention, a James Bond-esque fingerprint sensor so all your apps and photos are just a touch away. Even after seven versions, the company still seems to come up with more improvements. The iPhone 5s comes with something called an A7 chip. It basically makes the phone run faster than ever while increasing its graphics to a true-to-life level. Sounds good for all those gamers out there. The phone also appeals to photography and videography lovers, with its new option of slow-motion video, video zoom, photo filters and an improved flash that doesn’t leave people with those scary looking red eyes. Although all those improvements seem great, many people face the problem that the price of the phone is too outrageously high. Well guess what? Apple found a solution to that too. Cue in the iPhone 5c, whose price ranges from $99$199, compared to the iPhone 5s’ $199-$399 price tag. The large price gap of the two upcoming phones is due to the materials they’re made of. The iPhone 5s is made from glass and sapphire crystal enclosed by an alumi-

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num case, while the iPhone 5c has a steel-reinforced frame covered with plastic. I think Apple deserves a pat on the back for finally making a product that isn’t only appealing but affordable for a bigger demographic. Now some of you might be wondering what the “c” in the iPhone 5c stands for. Other than cheap, the smartphone comes in five different bright colors: from neon green to a vivid coral. It has all the same features as the iPhone 5, aside from the fact that it’s also a fashion statement. The two phones are ready for pre-order for any of you who are counting down the minutes until your phone contract is up. I know I am.

School Loop not so loopy after all NATHAN WOO HUB STAFF

Out with the old, and in with the new. This is what Bruce Cummings thought when DHS agreed to switch from Zangle to the newest online teacher management system School Loop. School Loop is an online application that allows for teachers to contact their students easily and efficiently. School Loop also allows students to view their grades and assigned work online in addition to a locker application that lets teachers share files with their classes. The new webiste is superior to its predecessor, Zangle, in almost every category. It is easier to use because everything important is easily visible and not hidden in random tabs like in Zangle. It is more accessible because it can be reached directly from the DHS website, and the password is not easily forgotten like the randomly generated strings of letters and numbers on Zangle, that if lost would require an office visit to retrieve.

School Loop is also more useful because teachers can email their classes through it and vice versa. Zangle, or Q, is an online grade book that made the experience of entering grades “cumbersome and hard to use,” Cummings said. He has used School Loop in the past for his own classes, and he believes that it trumps Zangle. “Students could get in and use it better, teachers could get in and use it better [and] parents could get in and use it better. School loop does everything Zangle does and more,” Cummings said. Math teacher Karl Ronning believes that School Loop is a step up from Zangle, but not everything is amazing. “If it doesn’t save me time, then I am not going to use it,” said Ronning. Ronning believes that the grading system he uses, a simple spreadsheet, is superior to the confusing School Loop grading system. Although it was a sudden change from Zangle to School Loop, and many teachers were confused on how to operate it or what to do with it, Cummings believes that it was an ambitious move that was necessary. Although Zangle must be bid farewell, its replacement, School Loop, quickly erases all thoughts of Zangle, and takes the stage as the dominant teacher management website.






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Senior Shae Langley admires her poster of her favorite One Direction singer Harry Styles. She is emotionally tied to the band and is a huge fan.

Fanatical boy-band fans worth 25 million pounds, or $40 million. A glance at their rabid, obsessive online fanbase would make one think that they are the gods of a worldwide cult entirely populated by teenage girls. A quick Google search finds dozens of fan sites full of fan art, fan clubs, and occasionally erotic fan fiction. But not all of their fans are so obsessed, and these websites are run and supported by a lunatic fringe within the One Direction world. Most fans, like junior Casey Kimball, aren’t consumed with the band. “I don’t consider them to be gods among men,” Kimball said. “Most of their ap-

peal is that they’re just five normal ‘lads’.” Still, she concedes that she has “more posters [of One Direction] than I care to admit.” Kimball was one of millions of fans who saw the band during its last tour. “It was one of the most fun nights of my life because everyone there was so excited and it was unreal to finally see a group live that I have enjoyed for so long. It was actually very overwhelming,” she said. But the members of One Direction don’t have a monopoly on all the hearts and affections of teenage girls. Their contemporary is Jus-


Senior Shae Langley has seen the One Direction documentary twice and plans to see it a third time. She hangs a poster of One Direction member Harry Styles above her bed. And she says the band drives her to tears. “I actually cried during the One Direction movie,” Langley said. “Just because they’re so great.” One Direction is a boy band made up of one Irishand four English boys: “Harry [Styles], he’s the hottest, and he has curly hair. Then there’s Liam [Payne],

who at first glance is the hottest, but Harry’s personality is better. And there’s Niall [Horan], who’s Irish, and he’s blonde and really funny too. Then there’s Louis [Tomlinson] who’s really, really ugly but also really funny. And then there’s Zayn Malik, who’s like foreign, and he’s pretty attractive too,” Langley said. One Direction was formed in 2010 for the British TVshow “The X-Factor.” Neil McCormick of the Daily Telegraph described its music as: “clean cut, wholesome, whiter-than-white, middle class parent friendly pop: cute boys advocating puppy love.” The band is collectively

The new hit TV show “Breaking Bad” has become popular among students who enjoy drama and action.

Breaking bad makes for good TV “You clearly don’t know who you’re talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger! A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No! I am the one who knocks!” said Walter White, one of the main characters in AMC Network’s hit TV show, “Breaking Bad.” People who have never seen this show would probably guess that Walter White is some “badass dude”. In addition, they’d assume that he is obviously caught up in something really messy. Whatever it is, it’s definitely illegal, seeing as Walter just revealed that someone was shot.

These people would be partially correct. Walter is much more than a murderer. Walter is a father, a husband, a methamphetamine manufacturer and a high school chemistry teacher. Walter is what makes “Breaking Bad” one of the best TV shows out there. “Breaking Bad” is a six-season sitcom that tells the story of Walter White. He unfortunately developed lung cancer. He wanted to leave money for his family after he died, so he started making meth in order to get some extra cash. I’m not going to give away any spoilers. If you don’t watch this show, you definately should. Everyone should. Science teacher Eric Bastin watches it and is only

caught up to season three, but he still finds the show very entertaining. One of the reasons Bastin enjoys it is because “It’s different.” “It’s all the things I’d never do, but I get to watch someone else do it,” Bastin said. Bastin and White are both high school teachers, so that must also give Bastin a more personal connection to the show. The sitcom’s episode “Ozymandias” (Season 6, Episode 6) had 6.4 million views during the night of its airing, while attracting a wide range of viewers. The viewers like “Breaking Bad” for a number of reasons. The main characters are so developed, you feel like you personally know every one of them. There’s Jesse, the young meth-head; Hank, the

Drug Enforcement Agency cop who also happens to be Walter’s brother-in-law; Skyler, the wife of our meth manufacturer, and much more. It is also fascinating to observe how the characters change throughout the course of the show. Another thing that really catches viewers’ interests in “Breaking Bad” is all the hidden motifs shown throughout the show. Executive producer Vince Gilligan includes everything for a reason. The pink teddy bear is a perfect example. If you plan on watching the series, keep an eye on the bear. “Breaking Bad” gives us a lot to speculate about, but hopefully we won’t borrow any school fundraiser ideas from it any time soon.

tin Bieber, the 19-year-old Canadian singer and Vanilla Ice look- alike known for his humble beginnings, haircuts and affection for dropcrotch pants. Bieber has been on the scene since 2008, when he was discovered on YouTube and mentored by Usher. He is the OG of 2000s pop heartthrobs, though many of his fans, like Langley, have left him for One Direction. Still, many of his fans stand by him. “I like his everything. His personality, his abs, his face,” sophomore Camille Johnson said. “[I don’t like his music] as much as I like him.” For his fans, his shows are

often an intensely emotional experience. “I’ve seen him live,” sophomore Lauren Haverlock said. “Twice. I cried.” “There were lots of teenage girls [at his concert] pushing. It was very violent,” Johnson said. “He came down in angel wings.” The two acts combined are worth more than $200 million and have millions of fans around the world. Many share one sentiment voiced by Langley: “we’re really lucky they’re breathing on this earth right now. You should be thankful. We’re blessed.”

Helicopters, Secret Police and Dog Parks: Welcome to Night Vale

A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale. Since its inception one year ago, the bi-monthly program has made its way becoming the most downloaded podcast on iTunes, beating shows such as “Radiolab”, “This American Life” and “Wait Wait….Don’t Tell Me”. But what exactly is this mysterious podcast you’ve never heard of, and what has caused its sudden rise in popularity? “Welcome to Night Vale” has been described as “community radio from the Twilight Zone,” and each podcast takes the form of a nightly news update telling a brief narrative. The listeners have their view of Night Vale through the eyes of Cecil, the radio announcer who delivers news of apocalyptic plagues with an unnerving calmness. Podcast topics can go from proper hydration to identifying which helicopters will hardly ever take your children, all within a single minute. Though only a year old, the podcast has a huge fanbase. Creators Jeffrey Kranor and Joseph Fink credit its extreme popularity to the social media site Tumblr, where junior Zachary Moffatt first heard about the podcast. Moffatt has been listening to the podcast for several months now, and he loves the bizarreness of the show. “It’s very different than anything out there, and that makes it refreshing,” Moffatt said. Junior Jezreel Real was also drawn to the podcast. “I really love the atmosphere of the show. It’s so bizarre, so intriguing, that it gives you a sense of mystery that keeps you listening,” Real said. He also said that the show has a unique sense of humor that is not found in others. But Moffatt warned that the podcast is only for those who find humor in strange places. “Honestly, I wouldn’t tell anyone about it,” he said. “If I did, I would sound like I should be locked up in a small room with padded walls.”


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With the weather getting cooler, stores are pulling out new fall clothes. DHS graduate Hannah Kaplan interned at a highend British boutique, Austique, this past summer and knows some upcoming trends. “I definitely think the Steve Madden combat boot look is becoming very popular. Whether paired with a cute dress and a jacket or jeans and an oversized comfy sweater. I seem to be seeing a lot of the chic Bohemian kind of look reappearing,” Kaplan said. Kaplan also keeps up with high-end fashion. And based off of recent runway shows and collections by Phillip Lim, Pantone and Carolina Herrera, the color emerald green will really take off this fall. According to Kaplan, the current fall trends seem to be coming from movies, reality TV shows and online blogs. “Fashion is always evolving, so high end designers will build off ideas and concepts that already exist, but they will just emphasize one particular aspect of the clothing that makes it noticeably unique,” Kaplan said. Senior Emily Kappes is a fashion blogger and has been blogging for four years. She likes to buy “pieces that have rich fall textures and colors”. “Some of my favorite [trends] include investing in a wardrobe of fun jackets, always topping an outfit with a hat and rethinking approaches to military-wear. Some more feminine trends include wearing white in the winter and experimenting with the usage of leather and fur,” Kappes said. Junior Maria Soubbontina enjoys mixing and matching cute clothes. She likes to wear riding boots with knee-high socks, a cute skirt with patterned tights and cardigans or cropped jackets with circle scarves. Soubbotina’s favorite stores to shop for fall clothes are Charlotte Russe, Urban Outfitters, Lulu’s, Topshop and Nordstrom. Kaplan suggests a few stores for students who are looking to buy fall outfits. “Free People has just launched their fall collection, and it is absolutely stunning, pricey but stunning […] I’d recommend the Brass Plum (BP) section for just about anyone. If you are on a budget, Forever 21, H&M and Target all carry really nice clothes that will complement your fall style.” Kaplan said. Kappes recommends some other stores that sell fall clothes. “I think Madewell, Claudie Pierlot and Brooks Brothers are the brands with the strongest fall collection this season. I also look to Zara for ‘fun’ and inexpensive pieces,” Kappes said. Soubbotina looks forward to the cooler weather. “For this upcoming fall season, I’m most excited about staying cozy all the time in comfy outfits and looking forward to many festivities and holidays ahead,” Soubbotina said.



Pippin is pipin’ hot

The drama department is getting ready to put on its first production of the year. What’s it going to be this time? “Pippin”, a musical about a prince named- you guessed it- Pippin. He embarks on a journey to find his purpose in life with lots of singing and dancing along the way. According to Devon Hayakawa, who plays the leading role in the show, the play won a number of Tonys for the revival this past year, including Best Revival. “It has a ton of roles, the music is great and it’s entertaining to watch and perform,” Hayakawa said. She also remarked that the music for the play was composed by the man who wrote the music for “Wicked”. Senior Clayton Johnston, playing the role of Lewis, feels the play is one to impress the crowd. “The show includes singing and lots of really cool dances with a great story that

the audience will love,” Johnston said. Rehearsals for the play are already underway. “Rehearsals have been going great, and I really believe this show will be fantastic,” Johnston said. Junior Cole Yambrovich, playing Charlemagne, is also enjoying the rehearsals. “I looooove practicing,” Yambrovich said with a long emphasis on the love. “Besides auditions, that’s my favorite part of doing a play.” The crew practices after school every day, and while Yambrovich admits it’s time consuming, he says he manages. “It’s a big time commitment, but I’ve made room in my schedule so I have time for homework,” Yambrovich said. According to Yambrovich, this year Student Government is helping them sell tickets for the show, and he hopes that this will increase their ticket sales. Over all, Yambrovich is pretty optimistic about the progress of the production. “I think everything is so far just coming together well because everyone is just working together well, and everything’s actually just going at a pretty good pace.” The show “Pippin” opens on Nov. 8.


TOp LefT: Students rehearse for the upcoming play “pippin.” Rehearsals consist of a daily dose of singing, acting and performing. TOp RigHT: Junior Aditya Tuladhar and sophomore Sophie Chertok practice the lifts they will perform in the play. BOTTOm RigHT: Junior Veronica murillo gets goofy with her partner during rehearsal for their circus number.


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Senior Natalie Silver weaves her way through a group of Bella Vista defenders earlier in the season. Silver

Playing to beat cancer The women’s field hockey team will host the annual “Stick It to Cancer” game against rival Chico High School on Oct. 4 at the Ron and Mary Brown Stadium. The JV game will start at 5:30 p.m., while the varsity game will start at 7 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and tickets will be available at the door. All funds raised will go to the National Foundation for Cancer Research. The game will also serve as the first ever field hockey Break the Record Night. “We can’t break the record until we set it,” head coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins said. “We’re going to use this as our first game to try to set an attendance record. More importantly, we’re doing it to raise awareness and to raise money for a good, charitable cause.” In the past, the funds raised went only to breast cancer research, but this year the team chose to expand the focus to all types of cancer. “Part of the reason why we switched is because my

brother [Jason Marotti] has been inflicted with cancer twice, and he’s one of our assistant coaches, and I’ve had cancer,” coach Marotti-Huckins said. “There are quite a few people who are relatives of our former and current players who have had cancer, so we’re trying to spread it and reach out to touch more people to make it more than a breast cancer benefit.” Most of the traditions from the previous breast cancer benefit games will carry over. Visitors will be able to dedicate donations to friends or loved ones who have had cancer, and many players will have the names of loved ones on their uniforms. “It’s become a very personal thing for a lot of people,” senior and varsity team captain Ally Weir said. “It’s a really important game, and it’s a really good event for the community.” The fundraising goal is $1,500, which is $500 more than was raised last year. Donations can be submitted at the game or beforehand to the field hockey program to coach Marotti-Huckins or the Blue and White Foundation.

from page 12 the coach more accurately. The department is still waiting for the revised evalution to be approved by the union. Foster, voted Sac-Joaquin Section Athletic Director of the Year from 2012-2013, learned from the situation as well. “The athletics department and myself as athletic director learned that we need to continue working to improve our evaluation tools,” Foster said. “Prior to my tenure as athletic director , coaching evaluations were not completed or completed sporadically. As AD (athletic director) the past three years, I have evaluated each head coach on a yearly basis.” Even though the whole ordeal greatly affected Crawford, she continues to coach her teams with the same desire and passion she always possessed. “I do not let outside circumstances influence the way I coach my kids,” Crawford said. “My jobs are to teach, to inspire and to guide these young athletes towards success.” Over the summer, Crawford attended a volleyball training camp in southern California. There, she was able to train with and learn from national men’s and women’s volleyball teams. She has since implemented some of the techniques she observed there with her team. She returned this season feeling very inspired. And with an overall record of 11-6 for the season so far, it appears those techniques are working. “I have to continue to grow and develop as a coach in order to keep setting a positive example to my players,” Crawford said.

Notes: Crawford was able to meet former U.S. beach volleyball star and three-time Olymic gold medalist Misty May Treanor during her stay in southern California. The women’s varsity volleyball begins league play with a home matchup against the Franklin Wildcats on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. The JV game starts at 5.

It’s that time of year again when the guys create their own reality in the cyberworld: fantasy football. Fantasy football is an interactive competition in which you draft your favorite NFL players to create the ultimate dream team and compete with your friends for the most points based on the players’ statistics. The active members of this online phenomenon track their player’s scores by watching the real NFL games. If players are hurt, they don’t play, and points are determined by their players’ statistics. “My team has started off poorly, but I have lots of injured players who are projected to come back in the next few weeks. So when I get them back, I will hopefully have the best team in my league,” junior Isaiah West said. One of the major attractions is the ability to pick your own players from different teams. “I don’t have a favorite football team, but I like watching football. So with fantasy football, I can root for everyone I like,” history teacher Kevin Williams said. While some consider it a pastime, other players take it very seriously.    Williams started playing fantasy football 12 years ago when all the points and scores were tracked by hand.

Raunak ManandhaR is a junior who plays for the men’s varsity soccer team.


Fantasy football season in full throttle

“I used to [spend] up to two hours a day on it,” Williams said. “Then I learned to balance my time and only spend about 20 to 30 minutes a day now.” “I spend around 20 minutes a day and like five hours on game day (Sundays),“ junior Sachin Kumar said. “It’s ridiculously time consuming.” Most fantasy football fanatics are also intrigued by the communication aspect of the virtual activity because it allows players to keep in contact with people they don’t see every day.


When and how did you start playing soccer?

In this photo illustration, a student checks his matchup in his fantasy football league. Fantasy football is a quickly growing game that is played by millions of people in America.

“A really good buddy of mine moved and so I started fantasy football last year so we could keep in touch,” student teacher Daniel Hartrum said. As the fantasy football season coincides with the NFL regular season, players are currently four weeks into their season. “It’s not just a game,” Kumar said. “It’s my reality.”   

kelly Ragsdale is a

senior captain of the women’s varsity How did you start playing field hockey? My sister started playing field hockey when she was in ninth grade, and she is three years older than me. So I played, when I was really little, over the summer during camp or July nights, which is when they would practice. I’ve been playing since freshman year on the team.

I started playing soccer when I immigrated to the U.S. at the age of eight. What are some accomplishments you are most proud of?

As a senior, what makes this year different from past years?


I’m proud to say that I play soccer for Davis Blue Devils. Some of my highlights from last year were getting pulled up to varsity and getting an award for MVP [while playing for JV].



The main goal for this year is to win the section title and to beat Jesuit.




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What are your expectations and goals for this year?

This year we have a really close team, everyone gets along really well. There’s 10 of us seniors, so we’ve been together since the very beginning. It’s really nice to have that sense of family on the team. Do you plan to play in college? I am not planning to, although I probably could. Our coach is very into getting everyone off to college, but I decided against it just because I want to look at other things.


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It’s time for attendance to be equal for all DHS sports NATALIE SILVER

There are so many unanswered questions in my head. Why is there only one ethnic emoji? How is it possible that Jesse Pinkman, given his behavior, has perfect teeth? Why must we go to school? Despite the enormous amount of thought and emotional energy I have put into producing explanations for these questions, I always arrive at the same conclusion: they have no answers. This is why I’m turning to you guys for help. I have faith that together, with a little bit of cooperation and school spirit, we can all provide a solution to one issue that I ponder heavily: Why do certain high school sporting events draw a higher attendance than others? This is the deal. A lot of people show up for football games. Men’s basketball and lacrosse have a relatively high attendance on their respective Break the Record Nights, and the Davis vs. Jesuit soccer game is pretty popular. But other than that, most other games, especially featuring female athletes, are neglected. I hate to break it to you guys, but despite Davis’ liberal, slightly counterculture and progressive essence, DHS students are just proving the impressive ‘Murican stereotypes by following the same agenda. Go to school. Go to football game. Post pictures on Instagram to prove you were there and justify your high school experience. Go to sleep. Do it again the next week. Let me be clear—there is nothing wrong with this image we are bestowing upon ourselves. I’m not saying we should stop going to these games, I just think we owe it to ourselves, and to our classmates, to enhance the high school experience as both spectators and athletes. I’ve got news for you all. This is the 21st century. That, combined with the fact that we live in Yolo county (or as my lovely friends would say, ‘Yoflo County’), pretty much makes it our duty to bring about change. Title IX is 41 years old, and quite honestly, it’s embarrassing that attendance is so skewed towards men’s games. And it’s not only women’s sports that feel the pain. Have you ever been to a water polo game? A tennis match? Didn’t think so. Maybe some of last year’s varsity teams will inspire you. In league, women’s volleyball went 9-1, men’s volleyball recorded a  6-4 record, softball went 8-2 and baseball posted a 14-1 record. The field hockey team was undefeated, and the men’s lacrosse and water polo teams each went undefeated in league. And these are only a few examples of last year’s athletic accomplishments. I guess this really is just a plea for more school spirit. I know   I can’t be the only one who feels the shame when the handful of rival fans who travel with their teams practically twerk our meek “Devil Power” chants at home games away. Don’t get me wrong—we’re awesome already, and I love you guys. But it will benefit all of us, and the school as a whole, if we broaden our horizons a little bit. The athletes will really appreciate it, and you will most likely have a good time because our teams are the bomb, and it’s fun to win. Guys, I believe in us. Let’s do something unconventional. Let’s be legendary. And let’s make a change.  Go Devils.



The women’s volleyball team huddles up before its game against Ponderosa on Sept. 19. The team has performed well despite confusion caused by head coach Julie Crawford’s contract.

School Board, athletics department and coach reflect on summer coaching controversy The Davis High School athletics program is the second largest of its kind in the region, consisting of 16 different sports and 38 teams. A program this large is bound to run into some issues every once in awhile. Over the course of the past year, the DHS athletics program has faced various challenges. Two coaches, varsity football head coach Steve Smyte and JV men’s basketball head coach Bob Silva, stepped down this past summer partly because of ideological differences. Since then, both teams have found replacements for the two coaches. However, the volleyball program had a different situation. Head coach Julie

Crawford, a coach beloved by many of her players, received a call from Athletic Director Dennis Foster in late June saying  that she would not be returning  to coach for the upcoming season. Crawford was not given a reason for being let go; Foster and   Davis schools personnel chief Matt Best only cited that it was a confidential personnel matter. This caused an outcry in the community. Junior Dominic Fannjiang played for Crawford’s men’s volleyball team last spring. He said that at the time, the team was trapped in a whirlpool of confusion. “I heard something about contracts from the Enterprise, but I was never sure. I don’t think anyone knew why Crawford wasn’t going to be our coach [the following year],” Fannjiang said. Blame was flying. New rumors and explanations emerged every week. Even today, the public isn’t sure of what exactly happened, but one thing is certain. The Davis school board[ and athletics department are working hard to implement new systems in order to avoid a similar problem in the future. One problem was the coach’s evaluation. In order for a coach to be  rehired,

the athletic director must fill out an evaluation and send it in to the school board. The board makes the final decision whether to renew the coach’s contract or not.   The guidelines were vague at the time of Crawford’s evaluation. That situation has changed. For example, before the changes were implemented, a coach either “meets district standards” or “does not meet district standards,” according to the original evaluation. In other words, a coach either passed or failed a particular guideline. There is no evidence pointing towards the conclusion that Crawford had a bad evaluation. This just happens to be one of the things the department changed. The school board has since improved the evaluation in order to more accurately depict the coach’s performance. “We reiterated the importance of a yearly evaluation of every coach [and] reviewed the tool [Coach Evaluation] that is used to evaluate them,” school board president Sheila Allen said. Now, there is an in-between. This way the evaluation depict the performance of continued on page 11

Davis High HUB - Issue 2  
Davis High HUB - Issue 2