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BY Thomas oidE & Cliff djajapRanaTa HUB Staff

September 6, 2013

Volume 88/Issue 1

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Administrators, teachers and students have been advocating for free wireless access for several years. And their pleas have been answered: Wi-fi is now available to the entire DHS student body and staff. The Library Wireless Project was the brainchild of the District Technology Advisory Committee. The committee funded the project with money, $80,000 raised through the efforts of a Davis family. However, due to financial limitations, Wi-Fi is centered around the library area, since administrators believed that the library would be the most logical choice if access was limited. “They serve all students in a school and function as a hub for information, instruction and collaboration,” said Kim Wallace, the Director of Instructional Technology. “It is our hope that students and teachers will be able to use mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops to conduct learning activities,” Wallace said. “So far we’ve been largely limited to wired access [...] This opens up the playing field to all kinds of new devices and the hundreds of educational apps that are out there.” Students at DHS agree that having Wi-Fi access on campus could benefit them. They say that Wi-Fi could save time and make class less stressful because research can be done quickly during classtime, according to sophomore Varun Kota. To combat abuse, administrators have put restrictions in place: students will only have access to the Guest network, which is monitored by the filter on most of the DHS computers. However, Wallace says that the access is fairly generous, and most educational websites will be accessible. While cheating could also be a problem as a result of this project, according to sophomore Sophie Chertok, this concern is irrelevant because students already have data plans that can access sites to cheat. Administrators are pleased to offer the Wi-Fi. “We are excited about this initial launch and hope that it serves to expand the way we teach and learn in DJUSD,” Wallace said. The DTAC will evaluate the Library Wireless Project at the end of the year, and according to librarian Bruce Cummings, the district would eventually like to expand its wireless access to other locations.

Construction crews clear mounds of debris during the building of an outdoor shelter. Originally intended for completion before the new school year, setbacks forced work to continue into the early days of school.

Outdoor shelter still under construction BY Rana EsER Editor-in-Chief

Ever since the school district discovered a mold infestation in the multi-purpose room in October 2010, an abandoned MPR sat on the DHS campus, sitting alone to rot. But this summer, construction workers began to tear down the 50-year-old building. They initially intended to complete the construction Aug. 16, but there were some setbacks that forced the work to continue into the school year. “Whenever you got construction, the

one thing you can guarantee is delays. Even if you schedule extra days into it, you’re still going to have delays,” DHS Principal Will Brown said. Construction has continued past its second estimated completion date. It is still undetermined when it will be finished. In replacement of the MPR, the school board has decided to build an outdoor eating area with a rain-shedding shade structure. “I think that we are going to get significantly more use out of the new pa-

tio area than we ever did with an actual building there,” said Renee Hannah, who is in charge of the cafeteria. “ I think it’s going to be prettier and a lot more welcoming.” As for whether the school will ever get a new MPR, Brown says it’s possible, but probably not for a long time. “I have heard rumors that there is a plan for one, but I know for a fact there’s no money for it,” Brown said. “It’s probably down the line in ways.”

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As a new class of sophomores floods onto campus and a new principal takes over, six new teachers will also take their spots at the heads of classrooms. Rachel Doller, Amber Palomores, Ashley Hamrick, Holly Istas-Thomsen and Daljeet Gill are all new hires for DHS this fall. The teachers come from a diverse background of experience, ranging from first-time teachers to veteran educators. English teacher Gill received his teaching credential two years ago and spent the last year working at Holmes Junior High in the library. He comes to DHS to teach mostly sophomores with a mix of nervousness and excitement that comes with a new job. Along with trying his best to create a positive classroom experience, Gill believes that the students play a role in adding to the class. “Students need to be involved in it, it can’t just be from me,” Gill said, “Just a lot of student involvement is the best I could ask for.” Joining Gill in the English department is Hamrick, who will be teaching sophomores, juniors and seniors. Hamrick believes that this will be a great year and looks forward to meeting both students and staff. This is not her first time running a class, having taught at the middle school, high school and college levels for five years. Her advice to students is to work hard, make the right decisions and be sure to have a great year. Splitting her time as a yearbook teacher at Emerson Junior High and as a World Civilizations and psychology teacher at DHS, Istas-Thomsen previously taught at Gridley High School and in Chico. She took time off to raise her kids and take on other jobs before returning to teach. Having worked as a substitute teacher last year, Istas-Thomsen is already familiar with the campus and some of the teachers and is ready to take charge of her own classes. “I’m really looking forward to teaching psychology and World Civ at DHS. Those are two things I’m really passionate about,” Istas-Thomsen said.

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New kids on the block Sophomores react to their first days at DHS BY yRenly yuan HUB Staff

“There’s a lot more people here, so there’ll be more competition. The classes will be a lot harder too.” -Chaitrika Budamagunta

“Girls; Jesuit was an all-guys school. [There are also] more extracurricular activities than Jesuit has.” -Carson Tibbitts

“I came from a lot of small schools, so the size of the school is really intimidating.” -Morgan Metler

“I’m kind of scared for the teachers who seem nice, but then turn out to be jerks.” -David Cobar

school survival guide for sophomores BY Riley Donahue HUB Staff As the incoming sophomores acquaint themselves with what might seem like the labyrinth that is the DHS campus, they will slowly learn their way around through trial and error. Fortunately, the seniors are seasoned pros at navigating through life on campus and can pass on their wisdom to the sophomores to help them out. Seniors Gregory Shilling and Casey Schmidt both agree that there are some ways of carrying yourself that aren’t acceptable at DHS. “Don’t cheat on Mr. Peevyhouse’s tests because he will suspend you,” Shillings said.“Do

“No backpacks with wheels” -Casey Schmidt

your homework, and don’t run with your backpack.” “Also, no backpacks with wheels,” Schmidt said. As far as social situations, senior Jonathan Whitcomb has some advice on how to fit in at DHS outside of the school day. “Go to as many sporting events as possible,” Whitcomb said. “It’s a great way to support [your] school and get out and meet a ton of new people.” Senior Emily Kappes suggests that school-related extracurricular activities will also enrich the quality of the DHS experience. “Get involved in Homecoming,” Kappes

How is high school different from junior high?

said. “I was on a float my sophomore year and felt integrated and welcomed into the school really quickly. Plus, I had a lot of fun. [Also], familiarize yourself with all of DHS’ clubs and events. Unlike some people might think, it’s definitely cool to be active and involved on campus.” Throughout the year, the grind of high school will soon seem as pedestrian as going to elementary or junior high school. Shillings offered some final encouragement for any sophomores that might be finding it hard to assimilate. “Just be yourself,” Shillings said.

“Go to as many sporting events as possible.” -Jonathan Whitcomb

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“It’s going to be harder, I just don’t want to get Fs.” -Alex Unger

“I think classes will require a lot more effort, and I’ll have more things to do.” -Hannah Richter

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Sophomores now share the school with older siblings By AydAn Prime ge 3 HUB Staff Sharing the campus can bring anyone together through first day ice breakers or forced interaction, but for some siblings, having a brother or sister at the same school makes them even better friends. Senior Ary Spilkin says having her younger brother, Nathaniel, at the high school will tighten their bond, both in and out of school. “Being on the same campus will make us feel closer knowing that we are physically right there for each other. Plus we will be able to relate to similar things being in the same school,” Spilkin said. For others, having a sibling at the same school is like having an extra friend who you can hang out with when all other options are unavailable. “It’s kind of nice in the mornings when none of our friends are around, [and] we can talk to each other,” junior Bismah Siddiqi said of her younger sister, Qudsiah.

Locker Personality Test Have you ever wondered what your locker

By LindA Su HUB Staff How full is your locker? a. Stuffed with little to no room. b. Some extra space, but there are things dangling from the ceiling or pasted onto the walls c. Filled or half-filled, and everything is either stacked or lined up. d. Empty What is in your locker? a. Textbooks, shoes, food, water bottles or anything else that can be jammed inside. b. Wallpaper, stickers, mirrors or a whiteboard. c. A shelf that keeps everything in order and there is nothing hiding in the corners. d. Nothing, maybe a pile of dust or a few wandering ants. How often do you use your locker? a. A lot; basically your whole life depends on those things in your locker. b. Quite often; sometimes you just enjoy admiring your decorated masterpiece. c. Whenever you need to: everything is already planned out; when you go and what you need from your locker. d. Never; your backpack probably holds it all.



If you chose mostly: As: The Hoarder Your cramped locker has everything in it, from yesterday’s lunch to one left sock. You can never be sure of what your locker holds, and you may discover mysterious items you had no idea were in there. You take frequent trips to retrieve and cram other belongings inside. Hoarders put their lockers to use.

What do people say about your locker? a. Whooaahhh there, what is all that? b. How long did that take? c. I would never be able to keep my locker that clean. d. Not much. Why would there even be any talk about your locker?

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“Older siblings can also be an advantage due to the fact that they know the ways to succeed with tricky teachers or difficult classes. “It’s nice to have someone to give me advice on teachers and things to do at DHS,” sophomore Tom Thorton said. With a much bigger campus than any of the middle schools in Davis, the chances of running into a sibling during passing periods becomes more unlikely. Thorton says this year with his older sister Caitlin will be a lot different than their shared time at Harper Junior High. “I saw her all the time there because the school was so much smaller, but we never really spoke. We just made awkward eye contact. I don’t expect to see her much this year;but if I do, I will stop and try to talk to her,” Thorton said. With a slimmer chance of contact, it is less likely for any sibling rivalries. “We probably won’t really interact that much. We don’t have the same friends or anything, so we can coexist peacefully,” Siddiqi said.

Bs: The Decorator Streamers, magnets, photos, gift wrapped walls or other decorations are lined around the sides or top of your locker. You probably spent more time on this than last night’s homework. Well, if there are ever any contests, yours will definitely be running for best in show. Just add one of those mini disco balls to top it all off.

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Closer than ever

Cs: The Organizer You are the neat freak who needs every textbook, binder and folder in its place, with no extra items hanging around. It may be organized to complement your schedule; one side is for before lunch, and one is for after. The key element is your shelf, which keeps things standing straight. Your locker is clean and orderly, and that’s just the way you like it.

Principal Brown scrolls through his Facebook page, one of the social media sites he uses to reach out to students and the community.

Sophomore Qudsiah Siddiqi poses with her older sister Bismah, a junior. The sisters have always been close and supportive of each other, and plan to strengthen their bond through high school.

Ds: The Plain Jane Your locker is just filled to the top with air, and your backpack most likely weighs a ton. There is nothing too exciting or special. The walls are plain; they are cream colored just the way they came. Maybe you believe lockers are inconvenient, not cool, or you want a good workout every day.

Bright and early on the first day of school, the new principal strolled across Halden Field with a pair of neon green shoes on his feet. He used his iPad to snap photos of three smiling students and senior sunrise spectators; he then uploaded the pictures to Instagram while simultaneously sharing to Twitter and Facebook. On his Facebook wall are pictures of DHS and DJUSD happenings, shared news related to DHS and even his latest achievements in Candy Crush. Principal William Brown, who officially took office July 1, is using social media to reach out to DHS students and the Davis community. “I would like to be known as a unifier, somebody who brings folks together, who is all about academic achievement but wants you to have a good time doing it,” Brown said. To him, DHS is “one of the great American high schools” and “everything you want in a high school for your kids.” Coming from the Twin Rivers School District, the biggest difference is the amount of family and community support, Brown said. “Where I come from, getting people involved is a major undertaking. It’s how you spend a lot of your time and resources – getting people to come to your school and help out,” Brown said. “Here, you get plenty of people to come out to help. They are really interested and invested in what goes on at this school.” Brown plans to keep students, parents and community members in the loop by using social media. “You take advantage of technology because it’s there to make your life easier. You take advantage of what people are doing and what is popular in our culture,” he said. Aside from updates on staff and students, Brown entered the sports realm at DHS. He encouraged people on Facebook to vote for the Davis vs. Yuba City football game in the poll to win Xfinity Game of the Week, which resulted in a local station featuring the first DHS football game on the news. “We really want to get kids excited, get people involved in these activities,” Brown said, “because it really sets the tone for the morale for the rest of the school year.” Senior Maya Lindeman, one of Brown’s “friends” on Facebook, thinks social media makes the principal more approachable. “I actually think it’s super cool because it shows that he’s trying to be actively connected with all the students,” she said, “and to me, that shows that he cares about his job and also the students.” Although he does not solicit friends on Facebook, Brown accepts friend requests from any student or parent willing to find him. “People who don’t have a car or don’t have a lot of interest in school they have Facebook, they have Instagram, they have Twitter,” Brown said. “It gives you access to people, and it gives people access to you at their convenience where they are.” Brown is optimistic about getting to know students better as school picks up speed. “Hopefully it helps people get more comfortable with me and where we’re going as a school because that’s how we get to be our best – when people are comfortable and feel good about each other,” Brown said.

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It’s all falling into place for varsity teams

Senior Brendan MacDonald catches a low pass at preseason practice on Aug. 27 as junior Nate Curtis looks on.

Kicking off the season field, and this year he will also expect a lot from his players off the field. “Our team goals are to [get] better every day and to readies for 2013 season be good citizens and even better men in life,” Hicks said. Over the last three years, the varsity team has BY ZoE JuAniTAS & MADDY SHippEn experienced success and improvement on the field: HUB Staff going from one win in 2010, to two wins in 2011, and After a tumultuous offseason, in which the DHS finally to a 5-5 mark last season. However, there have football program saw two of its star varsity players been other successes achieved that aren’t necessarily go down with season-ending injuries, the varsity shown in the Blue Devils’ record. head coach resign, and the freshman football team In the last three years, the Blue Devils have had removed from existence, the Blue Devils are settling six consecutive semesters of 100 percent eligibility, down to business this fall. meaning that each player met academic quotas with All Delta Valley Conference first teamer C.K. Hicks no disciplinary referrals. Overall, the number of tore his ACL while attending a UCLA football camp players in the DHS football program increased, but this summer. Then, all-DVC second team cornerback those numbers were not evenly distributed across the Quinn Williams tore his ACL during football practice program. in early August. In particular, there were low numbers of players Last year’s varsity football coach, Steve Smyte, who tried out for the freshman team and as a result, resigned in June due to philosophical differences the team was cut. The freshmen were moved to the JV with athletic director Dennis Foster, according to tryouts in order to give them a chance to play. Smyte. Smyte, however, says he is confident that the Sophomore Danny Medina sees positives in the team will still succeed because new head coach Marc change. Hicks decided to retain the entire coaching staff from “The fact that there are more players competing for last year. a first string position makes each individual person Throughout the offseason Hicks has assured team try harder,” Medina said. members that they will continue to operate the The next football game for the Blue Devils is today program in a manner that reflected the academic at Foothill HighSchool. JV kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. and character, leadership and athletic growth that they varsity will kickoff at 7:30. The first home game is on created. Hicks is demanding of his players on the Sept. 20 versus Rio Americano.

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Senior Garrett Fisk rises to block a shot during the Pan American Games.

24/7,” Fisk said. “The water polo never stopped. We would practice in the morning or play a game, then have a tactics meeting [and] then practice again.” Travel was part of the experience. It took more than 15 hours to get to Argentina. “Flying over, it was horrible. We flew threeand-a-half hours to Houston, then 10 to Buenos Aires, and the seats

hurt. None of [the team] had showered recently on our flight back, and we stunk up the whole plane,” Fisk said. Overall, the Pan-Am Games was a very positive experience for Fisk. Although rigorous practice left little time for sightseeing, Fisk and his teammates used their time in between games, to explore the city together. “We went to a flea

Women’s TENNIS Coach: Sally

Hosley First Match: Sept. 5 and 6 at the Fresno HS Classic Despite losing six key seniors, including Ines Guinard and Ceci Cajandig, the women’s varsity tennis team looks to continue its dominance as experienced players step in to show their skills. Juniors Kailynn Yang and sophomore Angela Donahue will be numbers one and two for the team, respectively. Women’s FIELD HOCKEY Coach: Sandi Huckins Next Game: Sept 6 vs. Yuba City The women’s field hockey team may feel pressured to live up to last year’s reputation as undefeated league champions, but coach Sandi Marotti-Huckins thinks that it can rise to the occasion. Huckins said that seniors Ally Weir, Natalie Silver, Elizabeth Leshuk and Kelly Ragsdale are taking charge, while sophomores Hannah Denton, Whitney Sacramento and Andi Jackson should provide good support. Huckins is confident in the team’s ability and said, “I foresee nothing less than being undefeated league champions.”

Way to represent! For most DHS students, the schedule on the first day of school went something along the lines of: wake up, go to school, do homework. For senior Garrett Fisk , however, the day’s agenda looked different: wake up and play water polo for the U.S. national team. Fisk stayed in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, for the 2013 Union Americana De Natacion Youth Pan-American Championships. Fisk, along with teammates from across the United States, represented his country in the 13-day water polo tournament, competing against athletes from North, South and Central America. The U.S. placed second, behind Brazil. Fisk was selected for the team after a lengthy process that began six months before when he entered the Olympic Development Program. Applicants attended several training camps and competed in several tournaments. “It was water polo


market, and I got a sweet Messi shirt,” Fisk said. “Then we went to a Subway, and it was different [than America]. It wasn’t very good. The ham was Spam.” Fisk added, “The whole thing was an experience for me. Not only the water polo, but meeting and competing against people from other countries was a real pleasure. It was great. I learned a lot.”

Men’s WATER POLO Coach: Tracy Stapleton Next Game: Sept. 6 and 7 at Valley Tournament The DHS men’s water polo team is diving straight into the season when it meets El Camino High School at Arroyo Pool. According to head coach Tracy Stapleton, “the team is working to be their best each day,” focusing on diligence and determination. Look for seniors Garrett Fisk, Tyler Ujifusa, Graham Fullerton, and juniors Jeff Stark, Conrad McCarthy, and Brad Nicholson to be impact players for the squad. Women’s VOLLEYBALL Coach: Julie Crawford Next Game: Sept 9 at Kennedy Replicating a Delta Valley Conference championship is never easy, especially when you lose senior standouts like Lyndsay Chambers. However, newly rehired coach Julie Crawford has plenty of talent to build upon. Outside hitters Maya Gilardi and Zoe Hunt-Murray will be expected to step into leadership roles for the Blue Devils.

Men’s SOCCER Coach: Alex Park Next game: Sept. 6 and 7-- Bay City Classic in Santa Rosa The men’s soccer team is kicking the season off with a great start, winning its first matchup against El Camino 2-1. While last year’s seniors are sorely missed, new varsity sophomores, Isaiah Alba and Giovanni Morales, are playing better than ever and according to Park, they show great promise. The team hopes to make section playoffs again this year with help from U.S. national team member David Villegas. Women’s GOLF Coach: Rhonda Mohr Next Match: Sept. 9 vs. Vacaville Although the women’s golf team swings irons, its play is solid gold. According to head coach Rhonda Mohr, this year’s team is the strongest one yet. With six seasoned golfers-- Katie Honeychurch, Emily Masiel, Ji Hye Lee, River Xiang, Hayley Mitchel and Casey Harris-- Mohr has no doubt that the DHS girls will be able to win the league title again. Women’s WATER POLO Coach: Doug Wright First Game: Sept. 12 vs. Gunn The women’s water polo team is starting the season with a splash, ready for its first official scrimmage of the season on Tuesday. After nine months of preparation and training, the transition between incoming players and departing seniors has been smooth. With the starting line-up including Colby Stapleton, Heather Johnson, Lauren Owens and Mara Dominguez, coach Doug Wright is confident that the Blue Devils can repeat as section champions. CROSS COUNTRY Coach: Bill Gregg First meet: Sept. 7-- Lagoon Valley Classic The DHS cross country team is off to a running start. Coach Bill Gregg is looking forward to a great season, and he foresees big things for this year’s team. The women’s team is led by senior Sophie Meads and sophomore Fiona O’Keefe. On the men’s side, seniors Gavin Monges, Daniel Rowen and Jasper Laca lead the pack.

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Six squads prepare for the competition ahead