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the hub OCTOber 25, 2013

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daVis high sChOOl

Trick-or-treating: How old is too old?

Basketball seniors return for last season

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spOrTs 14, 15

Plastic bags to be banned from most Davis businesses By SARAH GARRETT HUB Staff

wareness Month

Students show support for breast cancer research through sports and fashion By MICAELA EVERITT HUB Staff Pink seems to be cropping up all over the place - bright pink cheeks from cold mornings, dull pink pearl erasers from one too many SATs and girl’s jackets from PINK to sport with yoga pants and Uggs. However, pink ribbons are the most relevant rosy rage, and rightly so because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Support groups run year-round to help present the idea of coping with cancer, especially to younger girls and mothers. Breast cancer afflicts one in eight women in the United States, according to DHS’ very own field hockey team hosted a “Stick it 2 Cancer” game on Oct. 4. Half of the proceeds from the game go to the National Foundation for Cancer Research. The team has been hitting the mark when it comes to helping find a cure since 2010 during the first “Stick it 2 Cancer” game. Senior Kelly Ragsdale is on the varsity field hockey team and has participated in the “Stick it 2 Cancer” game for four years. “Athletes of any sport and at any level are recognizing the widespread [as well as the] close to home cases of cancer.

[The game] is one thing they can do to help raise money and awareness,” Ragsdale said. Athletes, male or female, varsity or JV, are a great way to get the public to focus on an issue, particularly when the issue is health related. This is the reason that A Change of Pace decided to host a 5k Run/Walk for Project Pink on Oct. 25, as it seems like an ideal venue to promote breast cancer awareness. According to A Change of Pace executive director Dave Miramontes, “the Project Pink 5K is different than other runs of its kind because Project Pink does not promote a cure nor does it make any promises. It simply presents information [about breast cancer] in a comfortable, supportive environment.” This support also includes help for those undergoing screenings and chemotherapy as well as cancer education. Ann Murray Paige, co-founder of Project Pink and a resident of Davis, may speak at the run, even though she is battling cancer herself. According to Miramontes, “Ann has dodged a bullet for so long because of staying healthy and exercising.” Miramontes says that Paige remains an example for many. “She inspires others because of her positive attitude. She is fantastic,” Miramontes said. Because of the scary statistics, breast cancer is important for every young girl, even at a high school age, to know about. However affected anyone is, it cannot hurt to tie up a ribbon and think a little pink this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The City of Davis, known for its reputation as an environmentally focused town, passed an ordinance last month to prohibit the handing out of plastic bags at all stores in Davis, scheduled to go into effect during the summer of 2014. Although plastic bags are going to be prohibited altogether, paper bags will still be available, but with a 10 cent fee per bag. Customers at all stores are encouraged to bring their own reusable cloth bags. The goal of the ordinance is to limit plastic bag usage because of its effect on the enviroment. According to enviromental science teacher Eric Bastin, plastic bags are dangerous because plastics require ultraviolet light to break down in a much lengthier process. Bastin added, “Even when [plastics are] broken down, some of these pieces are toxic and may find their way into food chains,” Bastin said. However, thicker plastic bags are considered reusable and therefore will still be permitted at certain businesses.

Environmental Club president Emma McElroy says this is the next step to making Davis a more environmentally friendly town. “We should not only set an example but a high standard for environmental action,” McElroy said. McElroy hopes that the Environmental Club affected the city’s decision to prohibit all plastic bags. The club has focused on informing students of the dangers of disposing of plastic at DHS. In fact, the club is currently building a bench made of bottles stuffed with film trash to increase awareness on this issue. Although the ban will bring a positive change for the environment, with it also comes minor inconveniences. For example, Bastin is concerned that he will no longer have readily available plastic bags for daily household chores, such as cleaning the litter box. However, McElroy strongly believes that the positive outcomes of the ban significantly outweigh any small inconveniences. “I believe that the ban is generally a positive piece of legislation,” McElroy said.

Athletic trainer Flo Salesa to leave DHS for Hawaii



Davis High athletic trainer Flo Salesa watches over football practice. Salesa will be leaving town at the end of November.

Flo Salesa is a familiar face to the athletes on campus. Through her role as athletic trainer, Salesa performs many tasks for DHS athletes. However, Salesa’s time at DHS is drawing to a close. Her husband is in the Air Force and has been restationed to Hawaii, and as a result, Salesa will be leaving Davis at the end of November. “It’s not a move I’m looking forward to,” Salesa said. She will be replaced by an-

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other athletic trainer from the company she works for when she leaves. Formerly the graduate athletic trainer at the University of Hawaii, Salesa first came to DHS after moving to Davis in 2011. As athletic trainer, Salesa oversees 1200 athletes in 25 sports. The main part of her job consists of working on injury care and prevention with athletes. She’s often in her office, nestled in the corner of the South Gym or attending any of the sports practices. Junior Emily Luffburrow first met Salesa due to an

injury during the 2013 track and field season. She went to her to find out what was wrong and how to deal with her injury. Luffburrow said that the one thing that surprised her was how friendly Salesa was. “Flo seemed to get along well with all the athletes,” Luffburrow said. “You could see her joking with everyone she talked to. She was a friend more than a doctor.” Although she is tasked with injury care and prevention, Salesa doesn’t stop there. She is also responsible for small changes around the school and in athletics, such

as the presence of ice water at track meets. Salesa often spent time watching track meets, and treated a large number of athletes complaining of dehydration. “I noticed a lot of athletes didn’t have enough water,” Salesa said. So Salesa brought two coolers of ice water to track meets from then on, and the athletes loved it. Salesa is viewing the day she leaves with dread. “The entire Davis community has become my second family,” Salesa said. “I will miss everyone here.”


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also administer the vaccination.

By RANA ESER Editor-in-chief Despite having a relatively high education and income level, Davis has one of the lowest vaccination rates for students in both public and private schools. California is one of 18 states that allows students to enroll in school even if they are not immunized. Parents have two reasons to exempt their child from the mandatory vaccinations: medical reasons and personal beliefs. Governor Jerry Brown passed a new law that will go in effect next year. It requires parents who wants to exempt their child from vaccinations due to personal beliefs to provide a signed sheet proving that they talked to a physician about their decision. There is also a box to check that expresses your reason for opting out is religious, in which case no signed form is needed. The rate of kindergarten

students exempt from vaccinations this year due to personal beliefs is 7.6 percent in Davis, compared to a much lower 3.4 percent in Yolo County and an even lower 2.7 percent in all of California. The reason isn’t clear cut, but Dr. Yvonne Otani, a pediatrician at Davis Kaiser, believes it has to do with the media’s portrayal of vaccines. “Most of the anti-vaccination literature does not have good scientific basis but unfortunately have very vocal, celebrity proponents of their anti-vaccination cause,” Otani said. The anti-vaccine sentiment first arose from the claim that there was an association between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. The report was later discredited, yet the negative stigma on vaccines stuck. As a result, many children worldwide died of measles, a completely preventable tragedy, accord-

ing to Otani. “Unfortunately, many families are choosing to listen to the popular media rather than the scientific data that clearly shows that vaccinations given on-time are one of the major ways to prevent childhood infections,” Otani said. Having such a low vaccination rate means Davis faces the prospect of eventually losing herd immunity. Herd immunity refers to having low disease rates so disease cannot spread even if exposure occurs because a large percentage of the community is vaccinated. Otani stressed that herd immunity is necessary, and added that “it is especially important for children who cannot have their vaccines, such as children who are undergoing chemotherapy.” According to Christian Sandrock, former Yolo County Health Officer and currently a doctor at UC Davis, the biggest reason people exempt their children is be-

cause they are worried about side effects and they don’t see any direct benefits. “It’s hard to imagine getting the vaccine for us when it largely benefits another,” Sandrock said. According to Sandrock, most highly educated towns have the lowest rates of vaccination. “I think it is challenging in an educated society where we focus on the individual, not the community. And Davis is no exception. So many people need to realize that they get the shot NOT to protect themselves but actually to protect others.” Otani stresses that all vaccinations have been heavily researched and that the benefits far outweigh any possible risks. “In 20 years of practice, I have also NEVER seen a pediatrician not give their own children the recommended vaccines and on the normal recommended schedule. If something was truly worrisome or dangerous, I would expect there to

be some variation in this,” Otani said. Increasing the vaccination rate is something the state has been grappling with for some time. “There will always be some people who do not get vaccinated, but in large we do not educate people as much as we can,” Sandrock said. With the start of flu season, another controversy arises. Many pediatricians recommend getting the flu shot yearly, and the Yolo County Department of Public Health mandates that all health care workers receive the flu shot or will have to wear a mask during the entire flu shot season. Despite these recommendations, many people refuse the flu shot. According to Sandrock, the coverage rate is 40 percent, though it is harder to tell because flu shots are not tracked. DHS graduate Sam Ramos and her family have never gone to get a flu vaccination. Ramos has never been in-

fected with the influenza, so she acknowledges that this may influence her feelings. However, Ramos doesn’t believe the vaccination is that protective because the virus is always changing. “I don’t want to have to keep getting shots year after year, when I know my body can likely fight it off and build up a natural defense,” Ramos said. Ramos, however, was surprised to hear Davis has one of the lowest immunization rates in the country. “I’m pretty dumbfounded, maybe because it’s very Davis to go the natural route.” Ramos said. Other students, however, line up every year to get vaccinated against the flu. “I absolutely hate shots!” sophomore Danielle Mentink said. “I don’t like them, and I won’t sit still.” Despite her distaste for shots, Mentink says she stills gets them every year. “It’s good for you, so I sit and bear it,” Mentink said.

By LINDA SU HUB Staff The United States government shut down Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 12:01am, the start of the 2014 fiscal year, and was closed for 16 days. The shutdown caused widespread changes, and several DHS students were affected, including junior Eden Tomich. “My sister worked on the CDC Cherokee Reserve in North Carolina, and since she got furloughed she [might] have had] to come back and live with us,” Tomich said. Government workers were not the only ones affected by the shutdown. Research labs at UC Davis rely heavily on federal grants that would

have been cut had the shutdown not been resolved. According to the UC Davis News Service, last year the university recieved $400 million in federal awards. “My mom’s research at UC Davis is largely funded by federal grants, and much of what her workmates have been doing would have [had] to be put on hold if the grants [weren’t] renewed,” junior Alex McIntyre said. The ROP Environmental Science class had planned a field trip to a salmon hatchery in Tahoe, but the trip was postponed until Oct. 28 due to the government shutdown. “We were incredibly disappointed as a class. [...] It was just painful,” junior Kelly Evans said.



Community Idol hits the right notes By ABBY SHADE HUB Staff Davisites, young and old crowded Brunelle Theater to attend Community Idol on Saturday, Oct. 12. ATC and Madrigals director Karen Gardias was the master of ceremonies of the event along with Dave Walters. The pair welcomed the crowd to the fifth annual Community Idol and introduced the 10 contestants. According to Gardias, “[Community Idol] provides community members an opportunity to perform

and receive feedback from professional musicians … It is a great evening of entertainment!” Along with being a fundraiser for ATC, the night is a celebration of Davis’ many talented and diverse musicians. Many added their own musical accompaniment, ranging from a plastic cup to a banjo. The candidates were given short reprieves when ATC performed renditions of George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You” and Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s “Somewhere.” By intermission, the audi-

ence was buzzing, excitedly awaiting the results. In the end, UC Davis student Aviel Habermen won People’s Choice with Stevie Nick’s “Stop Dragging My Heart Around,” and Davis Chorale member Don Deem won Community Idol with Christina Perry’s “A Thousand Years.” Deem is no stranger to Community Idol. His daughter Amy won Davis Idol in 2008, and he dedicated his song to her, replacing the original lyrics with “Amy don’t be afraid I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand

more…” By his last resonant note, the crowd was going wild, and more than a few tissues dabbed at damp eyes. Deem gave the song a whole new meaning by using it to express the love a father feels for his daughter. His expressive face and powerful voice earned him ecstatic applause and endless praise. The night was impressive, and ATC Soprano Jasmine Casillas said, “[The contestants] really exceeded my expectations.”

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A story from beyond the grave By RILEY DONAHUE HUB Staff

Everyone enjoys a good ghost story. Here, HUB Staff writer Riley Donahue give this genre a try. Think you can do better? Send your story to and we’ll print the best in time for halloween. The Davis known to people today is a safe, quiet town where people can raise kids and start families. But it wasn’t always that way. Many years ago, one of the most terrifying stories of revenge happened in the developing town that was Davis, Calif. It was 1946, and the farming community of Davis was starting to grow and become more populated after the creation of University Farm (what would later become known as UC Davis). People moved in, and every Halloween, the people of Davis would gather in Central Park for Halloween fun. Among those moving into the new town was Jonathan Williams, a college professor and highly regarded botanist. He moved to Davis with his family: his wife Eleanor and his 6-year-old twin girls, Nancy and Opal. Williams was very eager to spend his time working at the University on projects such as improving the shelf-life of tomatoes, and because of that, he was constantly working until late at night. This wasn’t something that his wife

Eleanor liked, as she was a very jealous woman and suspected that Williams was spending his time doing other things… On Oct. 31, 1946, it was the neighborhood Halloween party in Central Park. All of their neighbors were coming to the gathering, and Eleanor and the girls worked really hard preparing food while Jonathan was at work. They made lots of treats, but the main course was Eleanor’s revered candy corn cake. As the night grew darker and darker, everyone was waiting for the cake, but Eleanor insisted on waiting until her husband showed. When the clock struck midnight, Eleanor decided that her husband was cheating on her. She thought she would teach her husband a lesson and emptied a container of his arsenic into the cake while nobody was looking. Finally, Eleanor told the girls they could eat the cake, as it was apparent that Jonathan was not going to show. They jumped in excitement as Eleanor served them the deadly dessert, only muttering “Happy Halloween” under her breath. Minutes later, her daughters were writhing on the grass after consuming what turned out to be a non-lethal dose of arsenic. Thinking that the arsenic would have been enough to kill them all, the disheartened Eleanor found an old hammer from their garage and finished them off, as their blood covered her clothes. She proceeded to then wait for her husband to return, wearing her wedding dress which was covered in the blood of their daughters. Once he arrived at Central Park, Eleanor slit her own throat as her husband stood looking on in shock.

Crunch time for college apps By NATHAN CURTIS HUB Staff High school is a marathon. You work your butt off. No time to rest, no breaks, no time outs. It’s just hard work. And just like in a marathon, all of high school comes to a climax during the last mile. This last mile can either make or break you. Everything you have previously accomplished means nothing if you can’t capitalize on these achievements. In high school, this climax is known as college applications. Seniors at DHS are well aware of the importance that these applications possess, and many are scrambling to get some final boosts that help with their applications. Senior Jordan Weston is eagerly waiting to see if he can add any test scores to his application. “I took the SAT and ACT, and I’ll see if my scores went up from last time,” Weston said. “If they do, I’ll change my application to show the higher scores.” Senior Maddie Asta has also been laboring to finalize her applications. “I’ve written about six essays, contacted my teachers and counselor for letters of recommendation and a lot more,” Asta said. According to English teacher Carrie Pilon, letters of recommendation can be one of the easiest or one of the hardest parts of the application, depending on how students handle them. “In general, a student improves his or her chanc-

es of having a teacher write a letter of rec - for college or for anything else- if the student contacts the teacher 3-4 weeks before the letter is due and offers to meet directly with the teacher to share thoughts,” Pilon said. Even if a teacher knows a student very well, a meeting between the teacher and student can help the teacher know what qualities to emphasize on

the letter. Some teachers write as many as 50 letters of recommendation a year, so it also doesn’t hurt to send the teacher a gentle reminder every once in a while. Most applications this year are due by the end of October. Senior Adam Siegel has implemented some useful strategies in order to help get his applications in on time. “I set deadlines for myself and get lots of people to read my essays,” Siegel said. The deadlines help to keep him on track, and getting lots of people to help him read his essays helps to improve their overall quality. The more input an essay has, the better the final result will be. Weston agrees that a student should get all the help he or she can. “My parents have helped me a lot,” Weston said. “My mom keeps all the transcripts, scores and other basic information that I don’t know, and my dad gives me really helpful advice on what colleges look for.” Everyone writing applications agrees that one of the best things a student can do is get started early. The more time and thought one puts into one’s applications, the better one’s results will be. By starting early, students will also have more time to collect all of their past work and information. “Every college is different with what they require for applications, so keeping them all straight takes some brain power,” Asta said. Asta also has some advice for any juniors and sophomores who wish to gain an edge when the time comes for them to complete their applications. “Definitely visit colleges and do real tours in the spring,” Asta said. “Writing the UC essays during the summer helps too.” Even though writing these applications may seem like a daunting task, students shouldn’t be intimidated. “Some [applications] are actually kinda fun,” Asta said.

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Some of junior Dominic Fio’s earliest memories of toiling away on a drawing were when he was still very young and made incredibly detailed recreations of scenes from “The Lord of the Rings” with hundreds of tiny stick figures. His hard work and precision certainly grew from there -Fio said the pivotal point for him was in the sixth grade, when he actually started to become serious about improving his drawing and practicing in his spare time.   Fio’s favorite subject to sketch with graphite or charcoal pencil is people. “The amount of information you can capture in a subtle change in shadow or highlight of something small like an iris or eyelid is astonishing and can completely change the nature of the picture,” Fio said. Fio takes the most pleasure in playing with emotions in his drawings, or at least trying to represent the emotions he’s thinking or feeling. Although he has the advantage of  having an art teacher as a mother and some junior high art classs es under his belt, Fio actually credits simple You.Tube videos to improving his skill.  He recognizes sthat every artist develops his or her own way of ecreating art.  He is also currently taking AP Drawing and Painting which helps him experiment with ttechnique with acrylics and water color.   k Fio is mostly inspired by his older cousin who the swears is “Da Vinci status” when it comes to cartwork.   He drives Fio to push harder and become better at what he does, but Fio also  works on tdrawing because it’s fun and because  his inspirartion can spurt out of anywhere. r “When you’re artistically inclined, you never know when inspiration is going to slap you upside gthe head. It just comes out of nowhere!,” Fio said. c According to Fio, his job is to try and make use nof the inspiration he finds as fast as possible before dit slips away.  He compares the feeling of inspiration to the idea of “Inception”:   “That idea that’s gbeen planting just grows to define you. You can’t tcontrol inspiration; it just comes, and when it does, nyou better be ready,” Fio said.


3. “I received detention on the first day of

1. “I am a nail polish addict.”



Can you spot the incorrect fact?


2. “I am allergic to cats.” 3. “Birds terrify me.”

Matthew Trask senior 1. “My favorite music genre is country.” 2. “If I had one wish, I wish I could skateboard.” 3. “I hated baseball and wanted to quit as a kid.”

Car-mageddon In the rush to school, students face problems finding parking spots in time for class



2. “During a preschool interview, I was found peeing on a tree off in the distance.”


Dominic Fio shares his artsic inspirations and passion for sketching

1. “I competed on varsity ski team last year and qualified for states.”

Annie Leck

By MADDY SHIPPEN HUB Staff The DHS parking lots have been known to cause quite a conflict among student drivers. From students being honked at by parents, over excessive amounts of staff parking and long lines for parking lot entry, parking in the morning is not an easy process. The biggest conflicts tend to be directed towards the extra, unused staff parking spaces in the North Gym parking lot.   The location of this lot draws many students to it. However, access to it can be rather difficult due to the lack of parking spots, parents dropping off their kids and the empty staff spaces that take up room and haunt the students. Students that do park in the staff spaces are granted a ticket. “One time last year I got a parking ticket because I parked in staff parking since there were no other spaces open,” junior Elli Meinert said. “I thought I could move my car at lunch, but I still got a ticket.” Students usually have to cope with parking far off on the street or going around to the other lots and having to walk across campus to their class if there isn’t parking.  Other students, like junior Bryanne Potoski, make sure they arrive to school early so they can park in the solar panel parking lot without any traffic or troubles.




Junior Dominic Fio practices Trompe l’oiel, an art technique in which the artists take an ordinary object and paints it in a way that makes it look so real that it “comes off the page” in his AP art class.

Two truths and a lie

Jack Beckman sophomore

Key: Beckman: 3, Leck: 2, Trask: 1

Artist of the month


“I come to school around 7:25-7:30, so that I can park and not have to worry about the morning rush, because I’ve done that once before and it was quite stressful,” Potoski said. “I don’t know how everyone else does it.” The morning rush in both lots occurs primarily around 7:40. For the North Gym lot finding a space takes longer. Around 7:30 you can already find students searching for spaces and pulling in and out of staff lot. You will even find an extra line building up due to parents dropping off their kids and trying to exit.   The result of this causes students to be dropped off across the street and having to dodge the cars. By 7:43 students are rushing into any spot available, and parents are pulling in and out of the lot as fast as possible to beat the bell. “I wish people would just manage their time better, so it would be easier getting to parking,” junior Angela Flemming said.


end of the year.



Seniors Katie Werner and Amanda Glazer connected in sophomore year over their passion for music, love for Sonic and Jewish pride.

KW: Exactly!

Q: How did you guys meet? What did you


AG: That is so not true! Katie likes to tell people


KW: Yeah one time we saw our favorite server at er?”

AG: Yeah a lot of weird, local concerts. Those are fun. -

Q: KW: I think what appealed me the most to taste in music-AG: That is not true! That’s a lie! -



date was to the Emerson carnival,

them a shot, and I appreciate that about Katie. AG: And we like being Jewish. KW: Oh yeah we love being Jewish! AG: One time we went to synagogue together.


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Service clubs face off By LINDA SU HUB Staff As students ponder the question of which clubs they should join, the largest clubs at DHS, the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honor Society, have always been part of the indecision. Though CSF and NHS are both community service clubs with various membership requirements, there are also some distinct differences between them. Whereas CSF requires two meetings per semester to remain an active member, NHS calls for two each quarter. Additionally, students need to complete 20 hours of volunteer work for both clubs. For NHS, seven of those hours have to be from volunteering at an NHS event or listed organization. CSF requires that members go to at least one CSF event each semester. Students also experience the different aspects of each club ranging from meetings to volunteering. “I like NHS because the meetings are less crowded, and you don’t have to sit squished up on the ground,” junior Cordelia Hsiao said. Junior Emily Ginn said that CSF conveniently gives all the meeting dates and volunteer opportunities ahead of time. Another factor when deciding between clubs is picking the one that looks better on college applications. NHS is well known nationwide, whereas CSF is highly regarded in California. Both clubs will show colleges that students are involved in community service.

Clubbing at DHS With so many clubs offered at DHS, some students find it hard to find a club suited to their interests.



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- Lyle Sommer

The E-Sports Club is a group of

use to achieve victory in a match. While the club’s fosee that playing guitar with fellow classmates at lunch can be enjoyable. The guitar club meets every year.


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Their purpose is to teach everyone in the club about . They meet in A-7.


CSF REQUIREMENTS: At least 10 points earned from last semester’s grades on registration form Friday lunch meeting dates are listed Lifetime membership requires signing up each semester Active membership requires at least one CSF event, two meetings each semester and 20 hours of community service. Lifetime members receive a gold tassel, a CSF membership pin and a Gold Seal on your diploma. Active members receive all of the above plus a gold cord to wear at graduation.


to raise more money. They also hope to put on another successful track

NHS REQUIREMENTS: 3.4 GPA Meetings are usually every other Monday at lunch Active members need to register each semester, turn in an hours log with 20 completed hours (seven of which need to be NHS hours) and attend two meetings a quarter Lifetime membership requires four semesters of active membership Lifetime members receive a silver cord at graduation

BOTH NHS AND CSF REQUIRE: Hours log Transcript $5 membership fee

Which club do you like or enjoy the most?

A poll of Eleanor Neagley’s fourth period Honors American Literature class:


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The club quiz: Which club suits By EMILY KIM HUB Staff 1. In your free time, you like to a. hop on the Internet and search for new music b. study, of course… got to keep those grades up c. look through old pictures and create new ones d. challenge yourself, whether it is sports, online quizzes, etc. 2. When a TV commercial comes on, what is the a. the soundtrack c. the videography and the different frames d. techniques to make it better than any other commercial out there 3. How would your closest friends and family a. musical b. determined and studious c. artistic and creative d. competitive 4. What kind of profession do you see yourself a. a profession that involves exploring different aspects of musical art b. something detailed and strenuous c. a creative job that is full of art d. I want to be in a profession that is challenging and competitive

a. attend traditional music performances b. sightseeing to learn about the unique culture of the country c. visit iconic places to capture through photographs d. Compete in local competitions 6. Which aspects of DHS do you enjoy the a. how being a part of different races and social groups can affect a person’s taste in art, and how b. the chance to meet people with different academic interests c. the different arts and music classes available d. the different academic opportunities available

a. go through my iPod just one last time b. study for the big math test so I can ace my last test c. just try and create as many memories as possible d. enter and win a major competition

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Scan with your smartphone for a full list of DHS clubs.




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The Cultural Exchange Club is a club that hosts foreign The American Cancer Society meets evyear the club has been running. The club meets every have a guest speaker in October for Breast -


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your personality? If you chose... a. an mp3 player b. textbooks or interesting book c. a camera and its charger d. a Sudoku book

a. I don’t have a plan, I just go with what feel right b. I carefully analyze each approach, considering how the decision will affect the people involved 9. Over the summer, you most look forward to c. I picture the different results of each choice a. joining a band, playing at town gigs or informal d. I draw up a detailed plan involving the pros parties and cons of each possible outcome b. studying for the SAT or get a head start on your college applications 12. When you turn on theTV, the shows you love to watch include for a national competition a. Glee or Nashville d. taking daily visits to the library and try to read b. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition all the books in one genre c. MTV, for all the unique camera and video angles 10. Your favorite classes include d. The History Channel and Discovery Kinga. baroque or symphony orchestra, choir, symdom phonic or concert band, or various music theory classes a. playing with Ludvig van Beethoven accomc. yearbook, The HUB, photography or other art panied by a world-class symphony classes d. AP classes such as Art History and AP US that saves thousands of children in poverty History from disease and starvation c. Winning the Pulitzer Prize for your photography d. Memorizing every digit of pi


MOSTlY A’S: You are interested in music, so what club is better for you than one that explores every genre of music? This club’s purpose is to learn about world culture through exposure to music. MOSTlY B’S: National Honor Society You seem to be a studious person. This club is meant for the best and brightest students and may help on college applications. MOSTlY C’S: This club is meant for artistic and creative students. The purpose of this club is to explore the different elements of photography and learn how to creatively apply them to your lifestyle. No experience is needed. MOSTlY D’S: Quiz Bowl The Quiz Bowl competes in many local competitions and is great if you want to contribute to the academic success of our school. By competing in these competitions, DHS earns the title as a leading academic high school.


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HIGH SCHOOL HALLOWEEN Who says we have to let it go?

October is coming to an end, and that can only mean one thing- the candy-filled holiday known as Halloween. Decorated businesses downtown and houses with front porches wrapped in strings of fake spider webs are enough to build up the excitement for the holiday. However, Halloween is on a Thursday this year, an inconvenience for many high school students. A few DHS students, however, are managed to find ways to make Halloween enjoyable, even on a school night. Junior Mariah Sandhu is excited to stay home and watch classic Halloween movies. “I hate to admit it, but I love the cheesy movies they play on Halloween, like Casper,” Sandhu said. Sophomore Saihaj Bajwa plans on making the most out of staying at home. “It’s my mom’s birthday that night, so [my family]  plans on celebrating with

her,” Bajwa said. Junior Beka Dunaway and her boyfriend Preston Walchli plan to dress up as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West while spending the night at home working on homework and greeting the trick-or -treaters. “Also, my dog is going to be little baby North. It’s going to be super fun!” Dunaway said. Junior Minne Yoo plans to stay home as well. Yoo finds excitement in the candy aspect of Halloween. “I’m excited to give candy to all of the trick or treaters. With all the homework I’m going to do, it’ll be nice to have some form of companionship,” Yoo said. Trick-or-treating and receiving candy was definitely a big part of years past, and the candy aspect of Halloween still holds interest to this day. Junior Rachel Clift says one of her favorite Halloween memories has to do with candy. “I remember dumping out all of my candy after trick or treating and trying to give all the gross ones to my friends,”

Clift said. Another of the most exciting parts of Halloween has always been and will always be dressing up. Junior Myles Cannings says that dressing up is his favorite aspect of the holiday.

“It’s the one time of the year where you get to be something super crazy and fun,” Cannings said. Cannings also talked about his love of trick-or-treating. “My plans this year are to head into Sacramento and

do the trick or treating scene with some mates,” Cannings said. “When I was young, living in England, we didn’t do Halloween, although some people took advantage of the trick aspect.” Senior Will Belcher is also

fond of dressing up for Halloween. “I’m really excited to see how my little brothers’ costumes will turn out, because I have been watching them work on their costumes for a long while now,” Belcher said.

Carving fun for Halloween By LINDA SU HUB Staff

Cut this out and use it as a carving stencil for your jack-o-lantern!

With the start of October comes the appearance of jack-olanterns. From ghosts and witches to celebrity faces, people are steering away from the regular triangle eyes and a creepy grin to different styles of pumpkin decor. Here is a blue devil inspired stencil in order to help or inspire you to show your school spirit while celebrating Halloween!

By NATHAN CURTIS HUB Staff “Darkness falls across the land; the midnight hour is close at hand! Creatures crawl in search of blood to terrorize your neighborhood!” These very well-known lines from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” depict the stereotypical Halloween. Darkness, scary creatures, terror and all-around fright run rampant on this night. Even though Halloween is a spooky, fearful night for most people, it has a very different connotation for others. For some, it’s a night of mirth and laughter. “Halloween is the one time where you can dress however you want and it’s socially acceptable,” junior Martha Fiehn said. Whether someone dresses up in a goofy or a scary way is up to them. Junior Dylan Klein is one of the students that enjoys a



Hauntingly hilarious Halloween costumes more light-hearted Halloween. He celebrates by wearing silly costumes. This year, he will wear a comedic cow costume. “It’s more fun being silly,” Klein said. “People laugh! If you have a scary costume, people don’t have a reaction besides, ‘oh…nice.’” Klein has always worn funny costumes, but he believes this year his costume will top all his previous ones. “I chose the cow costume because I have a passionate love for cows,” Klein said. Sophomores Ben Simmons and Cory Guerrero share the same opinion on Halloween costumes as Klein. “When you get older, Halloween starts to become a more fun, social event,” Simmons said. “Funny costumes bring up the life of the party, but scary costumes don’t really do that.” Guerrero agrees. “Scary costumes just aren’t quite as awesome. Funny ones are more entertaining to look at.” On the other hand, many students enjoy the darker,

scarier side of Halloween. Fiehn loves the fright that traditionally goes along with the holiday. “Dressing up as a princess or a French maid is boring,” Fiehn said. “Halloween is meant to be scary! Traditionally, Halloween was a celebration that involved wearing costumes of evil spirits to mimic and appease them. It’s also really fun to go around freaking people out.” Fiehn has worn scary costumes for Halloween every year, and she loves going all out. Her makeup appears as if a professional applied it. This year she is going to go as the queen of hearts if she has enough time to make the costume. Even though many people see the holiday differently, most people still understand that it is supposed to be fun. Whether one dresses up in a frightening or funny way, it’s all still in the spirit of Halloween.


Halloween for high schoolers

Keeping the undead traditions alive By SARAH GARRETT HUB Staff Halloween’s more than just glowing jack-o’-lanterns. Several DHS students and their families participate in fun, extravagant Halloween traditions each year. Junior Brycen Wershing and his father turn their house into a haunted mansion for trick-or-treaters to enjoy every Halloween. Guests are able to walk

After the carving By YRENLY YUAN

Here are some activities you can do with your pumpkin parts after you’ve made a jack-o’-lantern with it!


Dry and save the seeds from the pumpkin, and plant them in your garden. You’ll have your own home-grown pumpkins in time for next year’s Halloween!

around Wershing’s house and peer through a series of large windows that reveal scenes including robots, air canons, ghosts and actors dressed up in spooky costumes. Wershing’s family began this tradition about six years ago, and it has been growing ever since. Last year, they saw between 200 and 250 guests; this year they are hoping for cloer to 300 visitors. Wershing enjoys this family tradition and hopes to continue it in the years to come

and maybe even pass it down to future generations. However, Wershing is not the only one to participate in out-of-the-ordinary Halloween traditions. Sophomore Tom Thornton and his entire neighborhood organize Halloween-themed events every year. The annual neighborhood events include best house decorations, a neighborhood picture and a parade on Halloween that begins at a nearby park. According

to Thornton, this tradition has been going on since the neighborhood was built about 15 years ago. Thornton enjoys spending time decorating his house with his dad in order to win the competitive decorating contest, which is judged by a group of adults living in the neighborhood. Many people from all over Davis come to Thornton’s neighborhood to participate in the parade and trick- orespecially young children.

Spotted: Halloween decor in Davis


Mix milk and a dab of honey to some purred pumpkin, and use it as a softening face mask.

Cobwebs, ghosts and jack-o’-lanterns adorn homes all throughout Davis, heralding the return of Halloween

3. Turn your smaller pumpkins into bowls or item holders

by sprinkling the hollowed insides with salt and pepper, and baking at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

6. Make a classic pumpkin pie by saving the fleshy insides

of your pumpkin, and make it into a puree. You can use your puree to make a pumpkin pie.


bowling on your street. Your neighbors will definitely be jealous of your mad bowling skills.


Make a hair conditioner with your pumpkin guts by adding four tablespoons of coconut oil to it, and leaving it in your hair for 30 minutes.



5. Grab some pumpkins and some bowling pins, and go

“Almost all the little kids participate in the parade,” Thornton said. “And there’s a lot of little kids.” Joanne Brennan is an adult in the neighborhood who helps organize many of the activities. She sends out fliers announcing the contests and parades, tallies votes for the best decorated house and spends time with her own family decorating and preparing for Halloween, which has become a very special tradition

in the Brennan household. “My kids, 10 and 14, have lived in this house for nine years, and Halloween is one of their favorite times of the year,” Brennan said. “They love the magic and friendly fun of the evening.” The annual parade and lavishly decorated houses can be found on Halloween night in the neighborhood of Woodbridge in Southeast Davis.


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Standardized tests are a part of student life as soon as second grade. The PSAT however, is not mandatory and doesn’t affect grades or admission for most people. Students need to be realistic, and the fact is most do not benefit from taking the test. There seems to be mounting pressure for students to take as many standardized tests as possible. Some people spend enormous ammounts of time and money preparing for these tests, even the PSAT. The PSAT can be taken from freshman through junior year in high school. The exam is supposed to be a practice version of the SAT, with slightly lower levels of testing and no essay. However this practice might have a large impact for a few students. PSAT scores are used as the National Merit Scholarship Qualification Test for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The few who score above a certain threshold may qualify for the program. Of the 1.5 million juniors who take the test nation wide, only 50,000 qualify for the program. Of those, about 34,000 will achieve a commendation, 16,000 become semifinalists and 15,000 of those become finalists. Each step along the way comes with its own awards and recognition and could include qualifications for scholarships, of which there are three types: National Merit Scholarships, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships and College-sponsored Merit Scholarships. However, only a small percentage of students actually recieve any financial benefits. For those who can score well on this test and attain any of these recognitions and scholarships, your $24 is well spent. But, realistically, it is extremely hard to receive a score high enough to qualify ‒ for California the qualifying score in 2012 was a 221 combined but the number could change for 2013. It is hard to know how well anyone will do on these tests, and your money might not return any financial assistance. Even if you recieve a commended mark, you still might not recieve a scholarship, although it could score you some points in college applications. If you are an outstanding student or test taker, and believe you can score in the top three percent of the state in your exam, by all means go ahead. But for the costs of prep books, classes, and even the test itself, it might pay to be honest with yourself and pocket the money. Some test prep programs cost up to $400, and there is no gurantee that this money will net a return on investment. If you decide to take the test, take it seriously. Scoring well can be a serious help to your future. Make sure that you put in your fullest effort, because there are more than a million other students aiming for the exact same thing. There is a need for students to push them selves academically, but scoring well on the PSAT doesn’t really matter unless you qualify for recognition. The SAT and other tests can have more impact on college admissions and it would be a better use of time to take prepare for that test. It is true that the PSAT is a strong indicator on how well students perform on the SAT, according to College Board, and the SAT is a tool for colleges to select applicants; however, it is probably better for students to focus their time, effort and money on doing well on the real thing, not the practice.


Trick or treating has been an established tradition since the 1950s and is easily one of the most fun things in a young child’s life. It’s so much fun that children may not want to stop trick or treating once they’re older. But there is definitely an age where you’re too old for trick-or-treating. Even as a 13-year-old, I was told by some of the more snobby parents that I was too old to be out trick or treating, and so that was the last year I went. They were right- I was too old. When you wear antiperspirant deodorant to school every day, you’re too old to trickor-treat. When you’re texting your crush and your friends about what they’re doing on

Halloween, you’re too old to trick-or-treat. When you think “maybe I’m too old to trickor-treat,” you’re too old to trick-or-treat. Some would argue that anyone up to the age of 18 is still technically allowed to participate in the tradition, but that’s much too old. No parents want to hand out candy to high school kids; parents walking around with their kids don’t want to have their small children trick-or-treating next to high school or middle school kids, and little kids don’t want to have to compete with much older kids for candy. After elementary school, you’re too old to be on the recieving end of this ritual. Don’t be that high school student who still goes house to house asking for free candy. Luckily, there are alternatives for those of us who are past the ages of being able to trick-

or-treat: hanging out with friends, handing out candy to the kids who are still knocking on your door, chaperoning a younger sibling/ siblings and their friends or going to Halloween parties are all possibilities where you can still dress up for and eat plenty of candy. At some point, you’ll be too old for things that’s an unavoidable fact of life. But please let the kids who are still an acceptable age to go trick-or-treating enjoy it, and don’t ruin it for them. Don’t be like the dad who tries to play video games and be hip and cool. This Halloween, stick to age-appropriate activities, and have a great time! Besides, there are lots of things that high school kids are old enough to do that young kids aren’t. You are past the age of constantly needing adult supervision. You are past the age of having just one teacher throughout the entire day. You are past the age of trick -or-treating. Run a hounted house, go to a costume party or even supervise little siblings on their noght out; just dont take along a basket for candy yourself.

Where are the original movies these days? SKYLER BLUME HUB STAFF

There is nothing new under the sun. These words from Ecclesiastes in the Bible, written more than 2,000 years ago hold true to this day, especially when it comes to one of America’s most precious icons, Hollywood. In 2012, the movie industry brought in $10.8 billion in revenue, and is expected to haul in a similar number this year, according to industry research firm Nash Information Services. Year after year billions of tickets are sold to eager audiences waiting to experience a brand new film. Or are they? Reboots and remakes seem to be a trend that have taken over the past few years, with some successful series making a return to the silver screen, such as “Star Trek,” “Man of Steel,” “The Amazing Spiderman” and more. It seems that every time an ad plays for an upcoming movie, it’s one you have seen years ago that is trying to make a break into this new decade. Sequels also dominate the box office, with this year’s top two grossing films, “Iron Man 3” and “Despicable Me 2”, being follow-ups in popular franchises. Popular books are also places that Tinsel town seems to love to get inspiration from, such as this year’s number eight grossing movie, “World War Z”. All in all, if you were to look at this year’s list of most successful movies based on revenues, you would have to go down to number nine before you didn’t have a sequel, prequel, adaptation or remake of other movies. Why is this? Why do studios keep repackaging the same characters and ideas and releasing them as new? Well, it just works too well. Every top domestic grossing film after 2003’s “Finding Nemo” has been a sequel. Though some could argue that “The Avengers” is not a direct sequel, it still is not an original screenplay. “Avatar” also fails to make the top spot for its year because of its release in late December. and earnings where split over the



Too old to trick-or-treat


Is the PSAT worth it?

calendar. The incentive to make these movies is money. A well-established fan base will allow the movie to be successful, no matter what. Movies are expensive to make, and guaranteeing a return on investment will win out over fresh, new, untested ideas. This however doesn’t mean that new ideas can’t be successful. Take for example “Avatar,” the highest grossing movie of all time. It was a new screenplay made by a well-respected director and gained $760 million in revenue. In fact, when adjusted for inflation, since 1977, six of the top 10 most successful box office movies were original ideas, including the one and two spots. This only goes to show that to be truly successful and make a lasting impact, you have to be original. It seems then that there is a lack of trust in Hollywood for new ideas, especially in hard economic times when people are strapped for cash and less likely to spend money on entertainment. However there is an appetite

for original ideas. Next month “Ender’s Game”, “Thor: The Dark World” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” are set to be the biggest releases, a book adaptation, a sequel to a comic book adaptation and a sequel to a book adaptation, respectively. Will they be good movies? Maybe. Are they new untold stories that will offer audiences an experience they haven’t had before? No. As long as these movies continue to be successful at the box office, they will continue to be made. If you are like me and are ready for some fresh new stories to be told on the big screen, then a hard choice must be made. The power of purchase is something that often goes under-appreciated. If you want something to change, don’t support it with your wallet.

OCTOBER 25, 2013




Cardio over Cars: Ride a bike to school NATHAN WOO HUB STAFF

As the number of people getting to school by car increases during the cooler time of year, so does the frustration in getting to school. Many drivers have the option to bike or walk, and it would not make their trek to school any harder or longer, but they opt to drive for comfort. Because of the vast amounts of cars in the

morning, the parking lot traffic becomes a nightmare. Also, the fact that some drivers don’t follow the driver code of conduct by cutting people off and breaking other rules makes driving in the lot a stressful experience. Although driving provides a warm and comfortable environment to get to school early in the morning, the costs outweigh the benefits. With the cost of gas at almost $4 a gallon, driving as little as possible is the only logical thing to do. Many added environmental benefits also come out of not driving, because vehicles account for one-third of the total U.S. air pol-

lution, according to National Geographic. By not driving, the air pollution produced is greatly reduced. According to a trial done by the European Cyclists’ Federation, biking with regularity improves health-related physical fitness and decreases chances of disease. There are too many benefits that come from getting to school by biking or walking, that it should be obvious what to do. Yet, people still overlook these simply because going by car is a bit more comfortable. The common excuse for driving instead of utilizing other means to get to school is the distance, but vehicles still account for half of the trips from a quarter to a half mile dis-

tance, which could easily be traversed on foot or by bike, according to a study done by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Those who drive are not the only ones affected by the excessive amount of cars. Automobiles often cause delays for bikers and pedestrians, and can pose a threat to their safety. With all of the newly licensed drivers, accidents occur frequently and are a terror for the general biking public. In order to cause less traffic problems for other drivers and bikers, those who have the easy option to get school by not driving should walk or bike to make it easier for everyone.

School rules that fail MADDY SHIPPEN



Girls’ Haloween costumes on display at Evangeline’s Costume Mansion show a trend towards more revealing clothing.

Problems with popular girls costume trends AYDAN PRIME HUB STAFF

Halloween: the one day of the year that people, specifically girls, can wear very little clothing without facing judgment from their peers. But have girl’s costumes become too revealing over the past few years? Some people think that girls our age should not be wearing clothes that are so revealing. However, it is not their job to decide for this other person what is and what isn’t ok for them to wear. It is ok for anyone to wear whatever they want outside of a professional environment as long as they feel comfortable wearing it. If Halloween is your one chance to wear that sexy Princess Leia costume, go for it. It’s your costume, it’s your body and it’s your decision. What’s not ok is “slut shaming”, or degrading someone for wearing a skimpy costume. Don’t make fun of someone for wearing something that you find too revealing or slutty. People should be free to wear the costume of their choice without facing degradation or name calling. Everyone wants to be respected, and respect is something that should not change solely based on what someone is or is not wearing. Another problem that arises on Halloween is the issue of boys taking advantage of girls in revealing costumes. A girl is never “asking for it” unless she actually says the word “yes.” The fact that she is wearing a costume that exposes a lot of skin does not mean that she wants a boy to hook up with her and certainly does not give a boy permission to make

advances on her without her consent. However, I also think that people should respect their parents’ opinions on their outfit. If you are wearing a costume that exposes your belly and your behind, and your parents ask you to change, don’t make a big fuss about it, and do as they ask. You are still living under their rules, so you do actually have to listen to them. Walking into a Halloween shop, one can easily see the stark difference between men’s and women’s costumes. According to the popular halloween store, Party City, some of their top costumes this year include medieval, skeleton, and geek costumes, although the female counterpart for each of these costumes have a lot less fabric and a lot more sex appeal than the male version. While the only skin showing on the male version of the medieval costume is on his face, the female version is a short, v-neck, sleeveless dress with knee high leather boots to top it off. In stores, the difference in men’s and women’s costumes is stark. While a pirate costume for men might include loose-fitting pants, a shirt and maybe a ragged vest, a women’s costume would consist of a bikini or a low-fitting top with knee-high boots. For girls who don’t want to wear something so revealing, other options that are more similar to the men’s more conservative designs should be made available. In general, I have no problem with girls wearing provocative and revealing costumes. However, what does need to change is other people’s attitudes towards the girls who wear these costumes. They should not be judged by their clothing, or lack of, by other people, and no one should give anyone else a label based solely on their costume. They like their costume, so leave it at that.

School rules are made to ensure safety and appropriate behavior on campus, but some school rules don’t make sense. There are the rules that are actually worth having, but there are some rules that may have you questioning their purpose or some that are just an inconvenience. I think we can all agree when I say the “no eating in your car at lunch” rule is unreasonable, frustrating and probably the most disputed rule on campus. I just can’t comprehend it. We’re allowed to get food off campus, but we can’t eat it in the comforts of our own cars? This action does not hurt anybody, as it’s not a disturbance. It’s actually ensuring that the students get on time to class after grabbing a bite to eat. If school staff is worried about suspicious activities, then why doesn’t the staff use its efforts to check in on the students in the cars so that everybody wins! Then there is a rule that can ruin a student’s mood before he or she even steps on the school ground: parking. I have so many questions about this one. Why can’t you park in the extra staff parking lots? Why can staff park in regular student parking spots? Why are there so many staff parking lots? Why,

why, why? I have seen it so many times you’re – heading to your car with your friends, day dreaming of that Jamba Juice you will soon hold in your hands, when boom, dream is over; and a nice parking ticket decorates your windshield. This rule has always seemed questionable to me. If you are running late to class and there are extra staff parking spaces available, then why can’t you use them? There are always several staff spaces left untouched, and many students are being forced to recieve either a ticket or tardy slip because they had to park far away. And, on page 18 in your planner under “Dress/physical appearance,” the words “gang material” follows “no clothing with inappropriate symbols.” This rule has always aggravated me the most. The fact that students cannot wear red or black together because they symbolize gangs is somewhat understandable. Although, the fact that this rule is primarily enforced towards certain groups and not prevalent with others creates knots in my stomach. On several occasions, students have gotten in trouble for wearing gang colors while others have not, and most of the students who get into trouble are usually similar in gender or ethnicity. Call me old fashioned, but I believe rules should be directed and applicable towards everyone. To solve these problems, the school should consider revising these rules with student interests in mind to make high school a better

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Featured artworks on ARTober’s Transmedia Art Walk included (clockwise from left) Tree Davis Leaf Emblem by Gilbert Menke, and Stan, the Submerging Man and The Stealth Angel by Finley Fryer.



Friendship Day On May 4, 1983, DHS student Thong Hy Huynh was stabbed to death on campus as the result of a racially charged rivalry between two groups on campus. A couple years later, Friendship Day was created as a way to bring students together despite their differences. I’ve been invited twice, yet I’ve never followed through in going to one. Looking back, it was either due to a test scheduled that day or just too much homework to make-up. This year I was excited because I was invited to the first Friendship Day of the school year and hoped I could go since my teachers hadn’t assigned a lot of homework in the beginning of school. Still, I ended up not going because I had a test on that day. It’s seems like a pretty successful way to meet students from different friend groups, and I kind of regret not going. I always hear great things about it: the good food, fun activities and opportunity to meet new people around campus. Now I realize that you have other times to do homework, but Friendship Day only comes around once in a while. A lot of my teachers even recommend skipping the school day to go because in the end you get a bonding experience that you can’t really get anywhere else. After hearing about Yrenly’s good experience, I’m definitely going the next opportunity I get.

My first experience with Friendship Day was in 2012, when the facilitators hosted a Friendship Day-esque activity for the entire track team. I thought that it was pretty cool, and I received my first invitation to one about two weeks ago. I went to the one on Oct. 18, and I decided to go, even though I missed 3 tests. But hey, I got to make them all up; everything’s good, so I’m glad I went! I met a couple of people from DaVinci who I wouldn’t have ever met otherwise and got to dance badly in front of a lot of people, which was nice because they said they wouldn’t judge me. We also got a lot of food (and I ate a banana, which was healthy). I’m glad I went because it was nice to see what it was all about (for real, instead of the shortened version I went to at track). It was nice to take a break from school and my 3 tests, and to hang out and meet some nice new people. However, I thought that it would have been nice if I could’ve talked to more people for longer amounts of time because there was only one activity that paired us with a partner that we kept for the rest of the day. Overall, it’s sad that it took Thong Hy Huynh’s death to create this program, but I think that it’s a great part of DHS culture. Hopefully, everyone can have the chance to experience Friendship Day at least once before they leave DHS after the three short years we all have here.

Couples huddled together as they strolled the streets of Davis on a crisp October evening. Children peered curiously into brightly-lit art galleries, and adults sampled Davis’ finest wine. October is the month of Homecoming, Halloween and hot cocoa; but in Davis, it is also the month of art, otherwise known as ARTober. Davis celebrates ARTober by having each day feature different art-related events. This year, the Discover Downtown Davis fall welcome street concert, Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair, International Festival and Davis Public Art Walk were popular events.

“ARTober is a worthwhile program that the Davis downtown and our community partakes in to spread the impact of art. Art can influence a population, politics, individuals and so much more,” said Katrina Wong, assistant director of the Richard L. Nelson Gallery. ArtAbout is the highlight of ARTober. ArtAbouts provide opportunities for local galleries and businesses to showcase their art and for Davis residents to learn more about their community. Each month has its own ArtAbout on second Fridays. October is National Arts and Humanities Month, so October ArtAbout typically gets the biggest turnout. This year’s October ArtAbout took place on Oct. 11 and featured 36 venues

around downtown Davis. Armadillo Music, the John Natsoulas Gallery, Mishka’s Café and the Yolo Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Aniamls Thrift Store were just a few of the venues that participated in this month’s ArtAbout. “[ArtAbout] brings people together, creates a great nightlife and highlights all those hard working artists out there… It’s a fun, colorful and lively event that celebrates art and the Davis community,” ArtAbout coordinator Sandy Thai said. Residents of Davis aren’t the only ones who enjoy ARTober. People come from all over the Sacramento area to participate in the events. “This is a real opportunity to see the diverse arts in Davis that includes not only

s h visual art, but music, dance, f theater and so much more,” h Wong said. ArtAbout draws a diverse w group of people, ranging b from local artists and art o appreciators to families and a students. It’s a great way for the community to come too gether and celebrate a common interest. f “There were a lot of people strolling around, talking about life and appreciating the paintings,” sophomore Ana Christina Kyle said after her visit to Luis Eduardo Guarnizo’s “Boundaries in Motion” collection at the International House. Davis truly comes to life in ARTober, becoming a cool, hip college town that people are proud to call home.

Fall drinks spice up mornings By AYDAN PRIME HUB Staff In the midst of the fall season, DHS students are finding themselves surrounded by orange leaves, comfy sweaters and pumpkin-flavored coffees. The overwhelmingly popular pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks is a nationwide favorite for fall. Over the past decade, Starbucks has sold more than 200 million pumpkin spice lattes to its adoring fans, resulting in a profit of about $800 million. “I definitely think the pumpkin spice lattes are a marketing thing. People like to get in the mood for fall, and the pumpkin-flavored drinks are a way for them to do that,” junior Angela Fleming said. Last fall season, Starbucks stores found themselves running out of the pumpkin spice lattes and were greeted by angry masses of people feeling put out after not receiving their spiced pick-me-up, according to a news article in the Wall Street Journal. The drink, now celebrating its 10-year anniversary, was made available on Sept. 3 this year, but pumpkin spice latte fanatics who just couldn’t wait that long could purchase their drinks earlier with the secret code, “PSL 10.”


The drink also affected people emotionally. Alyssa O’Neill, 18, passed away from an epileptic seizure in the town of Erie, Pennsylvania on Sept. 27 this year with a last wish for a pumpkin spice latte, which she unfortunately never received. After her death, the community decided to pay it forward with random acts of kindness, beginning with O’ Niell’s parents, providing 40 strangers with pumpkin spice lattes, according to an article on MailOnline. Along with the pumpkin spice latte, Starbucks also offers the salted caramel mocha and the chocolate chai tea latte. Starbucks isn’t the only place in Davis where you can find seasonally flavored beverages. Peet’s, McDonald’s and Nugget also provide their customers with tasty fall flavors, including maple and pumpkin chai lattes. Despite the national success of pumpkin spice lattes and their other fall flavored brethren, some customers find themselves less than impressed. “I really don’t get all the hype about the pumpkin spice lattes. They’re okay, I guess, but I think they’re really overrated,” junior Shevani Khatri said. “I think it’s a smart decision by the marketers, but I honestly am not a huge fan of the drinks myself,” Fleming said.


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For most of us unwinding is rewinding—and fast forwarding…and pausing…and hitting play, record, volume up, volume down or any other button on the remote. But while we watch TV in our free time, Da Vinci senior Nora Filet uses her spare time to make TV. Filet hosts and produces a talk show called “Scrambled.” Most of the people who crew the show, which is designed to appeal to a teenage audience, or are featured on the show are high school students in the Davis community. Episodes air on Friday nights on Channel 15 , for Comcast subscribers and are also available online at ” html . Filet started as an intern at Davis Community Television. When her internship ended, she e was approached by an employee about starting a talk show geared toward a teen audience g base. “[They said] it would be the first time something like it was done,” Filet said. “I jumped t on the opportunity because honestly how often does someone approach you about starting d a talk show?” r Over the course of a year, Filet and her self-recruited team have explored and discussed over a hundred topics relevant to Davis ranging from gun control to rugby. Throughout this time, Filet has not only put together an entire program but also a vision for the future. “Today I know so much more, and it has steered me toward the hopes of majoring in film g g e o n -

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or television producing,” Filet said. “The most rewarding part of creating this show is the learning opportunity. I have gotten an amazing hands-on experience with the equipment at the studio.” Filet picks the topics and the crew for each episode and navigates each show with her cohost, senior Dylan McElligott. According to Filet, the most challenging part of production is putting together a brain team. “TV and film require many minds and ideas to create a great product,” Filet said. She added that she is always in need of more crew members and content ideas, and she encourages all DHS students to contact her if they have an idea for an episode or a desire to become a part of the “Scrambled” team. “I am always in need of new recruits and happily take people onto the show, whether they want to help behind the scenes or if they have something they want to showcase,” she said. Along with McElligott, other Davis teens have been active helpers in the making of the show, including Andre Martinez, Shannon Segall, Lauren Robison, Shelby Danzer and Miranda Steidler. Filet added that Alex Silva, who works at the studio, has been her mentor. Silva, along with Davis Community Television, has “really helped the show evolve,” Filet said. The “Scrambled” team is currently trying to get the show on more people’s radars, which they hope will lead to a more interactive audience. “I want the show to be based on what teens in Davis want to highlight in the area,” Filet said. So it’s up to us. With the help of Filet, it is possible for Davis teens to get on the other side of the tube.

Couch potatoes back in the oven Returning TV shows are taking over students’ lives for another season. By NATALIE SILVER HUB Staff

It’s finally back. It’s what got us through last year, and the year before that and the year before that. It’s a beautiful thing that influences and shapes who we are. It infiltrates our minds, our dreams and our daily activities. It starts with a “T” and ends with a “V,” and this fall, it’s kind of a big deal. Most TV shows returned to their networks in September and October with new seasons. The summer drought is over, and life can resume. Because of all the amazing things shows have in store this season, from Bill Nye on “Dancing with the Stars” to the birth of North West, many students are making TV-watching a priority. Despite the fact that most of us are crazy busy, TV still manages to control our schedules   (it’s not like the TV industry has ever been accused of being manipulative or anything). Even though we don’t have time, and even though we know we have better things to do, the fact is that we’re still going to watch TV. Here is what the DHS population is into: Comedies are especially popular. Senior Madison Newton is excited for the new seasons of “Modern Family” and “Saturday Night Live,” both of which premiered in September. Newton said that “Modern Family” is her favorite show and said that she’s been waiting forever for Cam and Mitch to get married. Newton also speculatives about new cast changes in both “SNL” and “Glee.” “I’m excited to see how the new cast of ‘SNL’ turns out,” Newton said. “I’m going to miss Bill Hader… Stefan was a classic!” With “Glee,” Newton is curious as to how the producers will deal with Cory Monteith’s recent death. Senior Chelsey Nickell likes her comedies a little more raunchy. Nickell says that Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0” is one of her favorite shows. “I like it because it makes fun of videos that are popular,” Nickell said. “And I’m excited to see what the new piece of clothing is that he’s going to wear all season.” Popular non-comedies students at DHS enjoy include “The Walking Dead” and “Supernatural,” both of which premiered in October. Senior Raymond Concha is a fan of “The Walking Dead,” which plays on Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. “I want to see who lives and who doesn’t,” Concha said. “The Walking Dead” has a tendency to killing off characters you are starting to like. Newton also recommends “Supernatural,” a sci-fi series on its ninth season. “I watched eight seasons on Netflix in a little under two weeks!” Newton said. New episodes air on CW at 9 p.m on Tuesdays. Along with these campus favorites, TV Guide’s top five most popular shows on TV are “Dancing with the Stars”, “NCIS,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Blacklist” and “Homeland” all of which will air in October (in that order).


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Juniors Emma Stenz and Caitlin Mazzoleni look to lead a young, but talented Blue Devil squad By THOMAS OIDE Sports Editor Experience, talent, depth. These three things lay the foundation of a quality basketball team, and this year’s women’s varsity basketball team has all three. The Blue Devils return seven players from last season, including four players from last season’s starting five. Two of them, third-year varsity players Emma Stenz and Caitlin Mazzoleni, will be the leaders of a young team with high expectations. Stenz, who stands 6 feet tall, started playing basketball in the fifth grade because she has always been tall for her age. Mazzoleni, who is 5 feet 11 inches, was pushed into the sport by her grandfather. “I think I started around the same age (as Stenz), probably because of my grandpa, who played college basketball,” Mazzoleni said. “He could never get my parents to play, and so he kind of worked on me. I decided that I liked it, so I kept playing.” Both have played for the varsity basketball team since their freshman year, and a lot has changed from their first year to this year. “Everything has changed,” Mazzoleni said. “I remember Emma and I as freshman... Oh, it was so intimidating, with all the seniors and all of the juniors even. They seemed so big and full of authority, and we were just like little freshmen.” Now in their junior year, these two have dedicated much of their time to basketball. Both traveled around the country last July, playing in tournaments to show off their skills to college scouts. Mazzoleni played tournaments in Tennessee, Oregon and Los Angeles, while Stenz played showcases in Arizona, Oregon and Seattle. Both players are hoping to continue their basketball careers in college. “(The recruiting process) is so dynamic because there are so many coaches that come and talk to you and the recruiting process is really taxing,” Stenz said. “I want to keep an open mind as much as I can,” Mazzoleni added. “If you


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get set on any one thing you could be disappointed. I feel like it would be an honor to get recruited for a spot on a roster.” But before looking to the collegiate level, these two players have to prepare for the upcoming high school season. “I have a strong crew of players returning: Emma Stenz, Caitlin Mazzoleni, Katie Grahn, Anna Belenis and Rachel Allison,” head coach Karen Foster said. “All five of these players know what is needed to defend our title in the (Delta Valley Conference).” The two 6-footers will have to step up their games to replace the now-graduated Ashleigh Vandenbrink, who led the Blue Devils in scoring last year. “Last year, Ashleigh was like the cornerstone for our team,” Mazzoleni said. “This year it’s different because we all have to perform to our to our strengths, and it’ll be purely more of a team effort.” Stenz and Mazzoleni were second and third on the team in scoring. Stenz will be the primary post player,

while Mazzoleni can play a plethora of positions. In terms of system, Foster says that the Devils will mix it up throughout the season, switching between a two post, three guard system and a more traditional system. In the backcourt, the main order of business will be replacing defensive specialist Tori Powell. Junior Katie Grahn will look to fill that role, as she constantly pestered opposing offenses by playing the passing lanes and getting easy steals, averaging 1.7 per game last season. Last year, Foster raved about the potential of her two freshman guards, Anna Belenis and Rachel Allison. Both had stellar freshman seasons, playing well beyond their years. Belenis averaged 3.6 assists per game last year at the point guard position. Look for Belenis to become more of a floor general with the point guard spot solely in her control. Allison did a little bit of everything last year, and Foster expects her to take on a even bigger offensive role this year. “Anna has been working

all off season on her point guard role,” Foster said. “She is way more comfortable shooting the ball now, which will really help out the team. Rachel has been working on her outside shot, and we will look for her to help fill that offensive role that Ashleigh Vandenbrink had last season.” The Blue Devils will also have experience off the bench with seniors Lauren Cordano and Danielle Gantar returning. Foster has also seen promise from JV standouts Sophie Seng and Kelly Goedde-Matthews and said that both have vastly improved during the offseason. “The players that we do have this year are up to the challenge and are ready to hopefully win us games,” Stenz said. “It’s gonna be just like last year,” Mazzoleni added. “I don’t think we’re going to lose ground at all.”

Women’s Prediction: 22-6, 9-1 in DVC By THOMAS OIDE Sports Editor This is a talented group of Blue Devil women. They are well-equipped to defend their Delta Valley Conference title and to venture deeper into section playoffs this season. Every facet of this Devil team is sound; every position is loaded with talent. In the front court, Emma Stenz is just a beast inside and

has been working on her outside game in the offseason. She has the makings to be an all-DVC first teamer. Caitlin Mazzoleni will also be a huge factor for the Blue Devils this year. Mazzoleni drained the second-most three point shots on the team last season, and she will have to shoot the ball a lot more this season. The backcourt will be brimming with talent as well. Katie Grahn came on at midseason, and was a huge contributor on the defensive side of the ball. She is fully capable of replacing Tori Powell, another defensive specialist. The two young guns in the starting five will also be able to

be able to contribute. Sophomore Anna Belenis is a promising prospect as a point guard, and with her jumper steadily improving, I can envision her averaging eight points and six assists per game. Then there’s Rachel Allison, who head coach Karen Foster says will be a special player. I can fully believe it. Allison has the ball handling, shooting ability and athleticism to be a force to be reckoned with. Combine her talent with the talent that she has around her: this lineup is just lethal.

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Seniors set their sights on section playoff spot By RANA ESER Editor-in-Chief After a period of uncertainty with coach Dan Gonzalez leaving and coming back, the DHS men’s basketball team is finally back on track and heading towards a new season. Leading the way are four returning seniors: Ben Crook, Brandon Strong, Brett Bloomfield and Matt Michael. To these four, basketball has always been a huge part of their lives. “How long have I been playing basketball?” Strong said. “For as long as I can remember. I feel like I’ve had that nerf hoop in my house when I was like 2.” “My grandpa taught me how to dribble when I was like 3,” Crook added. ““I’ve been playing for all my life; I’ve kind of grown up with it. I started playing when I was like 2 years old,” Michael said. “We’ve all grown up with some kind of ball in our hand,” Strong concluded. It was no surprise to anyone that they would be playing basketball all four years of their high school career. The reason they love the sport so much differs for each one of them. “I’m a very competitive person, and basketball is a good way to compete,” Strong said. “And it’s always fun having all the crowd out there supporting you and being able to hit those big shots and have everyone go crazy, there’s no

feeling like that in the world,” Strong said. “I like it cause it’s non-stop action. I always need to be moving because I’m a freaking spaz, so I couldn’t play like football where there are stops and starts. I need to keep going,” Crook said. The four noticed that their competitiveness was a common theme in helping them excel in basketball. “I think like the main thing is that we’re all just huge competitors, and we’re super competitive,” Crook said. “I think we try and make each other better.” “It’s not just our ability to play basketball, because if it was just our ability, then we’d be going somewhere for basketball like in college, but I feel like it’s more our passion to win and compete,” Bloomfield added. Even at practice, the guys will compete like crazy to win, each of them striving to get better. “We’re not just competing to win that practice, but we’re also encouraging other players and to win with your team, not just yourself.” Bloomfield said. But more important than competitiveness is dedication to the team, something these four do not lack according to coach Gonzalez. “The returning seniors that we have in our program this year have invested much time in season and out of season to improve every facet of their game,” Gonzalez said. “I am very privileged and honored to work with these young men. They truly have an understanding of what it takes to be a team.”

Five questions facing the men’s varsity 2. basketball team Who will step this season up to be the 1. primary scorer? Can ‘The System’ adapt further as teams get more adjusted to it?

All four players put an emphasis on the importance of team chemistry. Strong says to be a good player, you have to have more than just your basketball skills. “You have to be able to work well with others; you have to be able to work through things that are complicated. You have to be able to work with what you have and just always give everything your best effort,” Strong said. The four are optimistic about the upcoming season. The goal, according to them, is to make playoffs. That requires a 15-win season. Last year, the team made playoffs for the first time in 20 years, according to Bloomfield. To make it two years in a row is practically unheard of in DHS men’s basketball history. “Davis High School basketball doesn’t make playoffs very often; that’s why we’re going for two years in a row,” Strong said. “Davis hasn’t done that I don’t think ever before in basketball, so that’s definitely a goal.” For Gonzalez, the main goal of the season is to walk away from every game knowing that they gave their best. “If we truly play together and understand our roles, the wins will come more often than not,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez expects the team to make a serious run at the playoffs. “We’re not the most athletic team in the world, we’re not the tallest, we’re not the strongest, but we are good teammates, and we’re going to overcome that,” Strong said.



Who will provide the spark off of the bench?

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Men’s Prediction: 15-12, 5-5 in DVC

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Are these guys the fastest? rNo. Are they the strongest? No. Do they have size? No. - But they do have a purpose, tand they are playing for some-body: head coach Dan Gonzalez. This group has its eyes set

on making the playoffs for the second consecutive season, something that has never happened in the Gonzalez era. And this year, the Blue Devils will have a shot to do just that. Gonzalez has said it himself: this year’s group is built to run The System They have the runners, shooters and inside presence

to pose a threat to every team in Delta Valley Conference. Brandon Strong is primed for a huge season this year and should be able to rack up a ton of points as a sharpshooter from beyond the arc. Strong isn’t the only perimeter threat, because both Ben Crook and Brett Bloomfield can shoot the ball as well and big man Matt Mi-

chaels can also knock down threes. On top of their sharpshooters, the Blue Devils will also have an influx of talent from last year’s JV team: Nate Curtis, Drew Gnos and Ryan Kreidler. All three were called up to the varsity team for the playoffs last season. These three players will likely have to contribute

immediately, as The System dictates substituting all five players on the court at a time. The Devils will have to contend in the very deep DVC, but they’ve proven that they can pull out close games (look at Grant at home and Laguna Creek on Break the Record Night). Last year’s team was senior-heavy, and

the Blue Devils will have to find ways to replace their players. This will be the year when Gonzalez’s version of The System really takes flight. He has the personnel and talent to pose a threat to all of the teams that they play this year.

sports It’s time to shut down the DHS ‘coaching carousel’

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When will great coaches at this high school be supported? Three varsity coaches left (two returned) the DHS athletics department during the past six months, and quite frankly, this "coaching carousel," as described by Davis Enterprise Sports Editor Chris Saur, is an embarrassment to the community. I’ll start off with Steve Smyte, the former varsity football coach, who brought the DHS football program back to relevance after several years of unspeakably abysmal seasons. Honestly, I don’t think any Blue Devil fan wants to look back on the “dark years” of Blue Devil football: 2009, 2010, and 2011. Smyte wanted to stay and finish out this season, but he was asked to step down because of "philosophical differences" with Athletic Director Dennis Foster and parent complaints regarding practice lengths. However, according to Smyte, the average GPA of the team only went up during his time as the head coach. So if grades weren’t going down, there's no validity in the parent complaints. Maybe practices did run a little long, maybe the extended practices cut into dinnertime, maybe practices forced players to stay up an extra half hour doing homework. However, those lengthened practices taught the football team the meaning and value of hard work. They were rewarded by winning five games last season, matching their win total from all of the “dark years” combined. On top of teaching his players about hard work, Smyte emphasized his coaching philosophy-- HITTS which stands for honor, integrity, toughness, togetherness and sacrifice, values that all athletes and people should live by. Julie Crawford, the men’s and women’s volleyball coach, was the next coach to get caught in the crossfire. Despite being the Delta Valley Conference Coach of the Year and winning a share of the DVC title last year, Crawford was dismissed by administration. Dismissing Crawford is the equivalent of firing San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh right after winning a Super Bowl. Would a coach ever get fired after winning a championship and a Coach of the year award? Of course not. Crawford won the DVC coach of the year award for a reason: she knows what she’s doing and is a true leader. And just a month ago, 14-year men’s basketball coach Dan Gonzalez shockingly stepped down from the helm of DHS men’s basketball coach; a position that he has a true passion for. He decided to return to his position on After hearing of Gonzalez’s departure, I talked to several DHS basketball players, both current and former. I only heard how Gonzalez’s had impacted their lives in a positive way. One of Gonzalez’s former players, Tommy Slabaugh, had this to say about Gonzalez: "He is not just a basketball coach, but a life coach for many of his players,” Slabaugh said. “He taught me about hard work and integrity. He taught me to always pursue victory with honor and to fight for something greater than myself." All three coaches are dedicated to the kids they coach, and that is something that the district should reward. Gonzalez has already started running preseason conditioning, Crawford went to a coaching clinic to help her teams learn more, and Smyte sacrificed his own time so that he could help make the football team even better. School board, administration, district can’t you see? It’s time for you to take a back seat, and put an end to this “coaching carousel.” These coaches are the people that we need in this district. These are the people who will have the greatest impact on our students and athletes. These are the people that we want to retain, not to alienate. And if this district and high school can’t support coaches and people like Gonzalez, Crawford and Smyte, we have a big problem on our hands.

game on Oct. 4. The game served as the team’s Set the Record Night with 303 people in attendence.

Set the Record nights grow to three new sports this year By NATHAN WOO HUB Staff Overenthusiastic people screaming and cheering for their team, excited players fueled with energy from the crowd, and a bleacher-shaking amount of people. It’s one more Break the Record Night at DHS. Break the Record Night, or BTRN, has long been a basketball tradition, with the goal always to beat the previous year’s attendence. But, over the last year, more teams have gotten into the action. First-timers, however, have to call it Set the Record Night because there’s no record to break. The field hockey team held its Set the Record Night


on Oct. 4, and 303 people showed up. Not only do these nights show school spirit and are a lot of fun, but it also energizes the team. The volleyball Set the Record Night had 190 people show up to cheer on the women’s varsity volleyball team which set the attendence record, according to coach Juile Crawford. She thought that it created a “fun and competitive atmosphere” at the game. “I thought it was a really cool tradition to build school spirit,” women’s varsity volleyball player Kimmy Siu said. “Having a larger crowd definitely gets the team more excited. When the crowd gets excited about something we do. It really fuels us and

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makes us want to give them something exciting and fun to watch.” Break the Record Nights are a great way to give recognition and support to teams that normally do not receive that huge crowd. “It was a great way to get people to come watch us,” junior volleyball player Rebecca Monachello said. “Break the Record Nights are great for every sport, it gets the fans coming to be loud and support the team and sport.” Although the women’s volleyball and field hockey BTRNs have already passed, the men’s basketball team will continue their BTRN tradition in the winter, while the men’s lacrosse team and the men’s volleyball team will hold their BTRNs in the spring.

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Men’s Soccer: Nov. 5 Location TBD Cross Country: Nov. 9 Frogtown, Angels Camp Women’s Golf: Oct. 28 The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton Women’s Volleyball: Nov. 7 Location TBD Men’s Water Polo: Nov. 9 Johansen H.S. Women’s Water Polo: Nov. 8 Johansen H.S.

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Blue Devils win 3-0 Blue Devils win 2-0 Blue Devils win 3-0 Blue Devils win 7-0 “It’s basically a tune up game “We have to win our senior for sections” game.”

Blue Devils win 10-5 Blue Devils win 10-6 Blue Devils win 11-6




“I think our soccer team will be playing inspired ball. From here on out, we’re going to win.”

Blue Devils win 9-2

“We’re gonna beat ‘em up so bad we could get out of the “I don’t think there is a team in “Our strong offense is key--we “Although St. Francis is strong, water with two minutes left to the section who have the just have to be killers and get the Blue Devils are on another go. Two goals will be all they’ll talent or coaching to beat the goals.” level.” have time for, sitting in the these guys. ” water by themselves.”

Pacers wins 35-7


“Monterey Trail doesn’t have the defense to withstand the Devils.”

“I’d say Grant will win by more, but our defense is playing well. Frankly, from what I’ve seen, the offense has nowhere near the caliber of the defense and that’s going to hurt them.”

Blue Devils win 3-2

Pacers wins 38-10 “Sorry guys, but Grant is like the 2pac of our league- it’s kinda hard to be better than them.”

Blue Devils win 3-1

“This is a game of survival. It’s “We've won 12 out of the last win or go home; and the Blue 15 games against them. We Devils won’t be going home.” can do it again.”

Pacers wins 46-2 “Grant has the biggest line in California, sorry Blue Devils.”

Blue Devils win 3-1

Blue Devils win 27-24 “Our defense will tighten up, we’ll catch a couple breaks, deliver a couple blows. We’ll have our backs against the wall, but we’re going to play the best game that Davis High has ever seen.”

Blue Devils win 3-1

“The need to win will motivate “Elk Grove has no idea what they’re in for. Zoe Hunt-Murray the team, and Davis will is going to have target pracsqueak by.” tice time. When she jumps in the air, the Thundering Herd had better duck!”

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